Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Empties #1

Empties, 2015, empty products, bioderma, skincare, makeup, jo malone


Empties, 2015, empty products, bioderma, skincare, makeup, jo malone


I'll admit that I own a lot of beauty products. Because of that, I don't often use up all of the products I buy, as I'm constantly switching up what I use on my face. So when I do use things up (especially makeup), it usually means that I really really like said product. For that reason, I've been saving up what is essentially rubbish and I'm going to show it to you - hooray! I have to say, I had a hard time taking the photos for this post because I just kept thinking I was trying to make things that ought to be in the bin look presentable. But anyway, let's get on with the empties and maybe grab a cup of tea - it's going to be a long one!

1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Ah, the time-old blogger favourite, housed in that big pink bottle. This is a micellar cleansing water, aimed at removing makeup. I was roped into buying this after seeing countless beauty gurus soak cotton pads in this, hold them over their eyes for what seemed like a very long time and then swiping them off to reveal that practically all of their eye makeup was gone - magic? Maybe. When I bought this, it took me an absolute age to get ahold of because if something is tough to get in the UK, you can generally count on the fact that it's near impossible to find in Switzerland. Nevertheless, I found it online, shipped it to a friend in the UK, waited for said friend to arrive back in Switzerland and finally had it in my eager mitts. This actually took me ages to completely use up, because after the palaver of actually getting it, I wanted to make it last. I did really like it though, it's up there with the best cleansing waters I've used, but I won't be repurchasing this one - way too much hassle.

2. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser - Now, to my knowledge, Vaseline have actually reformulated this, so the link above is to the new, more intense version. That actually bodes very well with my impression of this product, because although I absolutely loved the convenience of a spray on moisturiser, it was way too light for my drier skin. Having said that, I would repurchase the reformulated version to see if that one packs more of a punch in terms of moisture!

3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - Now I'm going to make a bold statement here and say that this is almost exactly the same as the Bioderma. I tried this after my Bioderma micellar cleansing water ran out, thinking that even if it wasn't quite as good, the fact that I could get it from the shop down my street warranted a try. Thankfully, this turned out to be fab, I use this whenever I wear makeup to remove the bulk of it before I cleanse. Easy to get ahold of, does what it says on the tin and it even comes in a pink bottle!

4. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - I'm absolutely gutted that this has run out because it's probably my all time favourite cleanser. It's cropped up on the blog before and this one is probably my second or third bottle. It's a lovely, light cleanser with an oil-like consistency that leaves skin soft and bright. The only problem is that this isn't cheap and whilst it's certainly not the priciest cleanser out there, it doesn't last as long as I wish it did. I'm taking a bit of a break from this one at the moment, not because I want to, but because I lack the necessary funds to keep repurchasing this every two months - *sobs*.

5. Aussie Luscious Long Conditioner - I purchased this when I still had long hair before I chopped half of it it off earlier this month, because my hair was in pretty shoddy condition. My reasons in general for purchasing Aussie products are very superficial - they just smell amazing. I can't say I've ever really been wowed by their haircare powers, but if you're after a deliciously scented mane, this is your guy.

6. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque - This is yet another product you'll find rave-reviews all over the blogosphere about. After hearing so much buzz about it, I decided to give it a try, somewhat apprehensively because if you thought this was expensive over in the UK, check out the Swiss prices! Anyway, the actual product itself is a great one, albeit somewhat aggressive. This is an intense mask that really gets in there and clears out your skin, a process that definitely has a tingling sensation at first. I would generally use this once or twice a week, until it ran out on me, but I do think it helped to keep my skin in check. A word of warning though: if you have drier, sensitive skin, this could be a bit harsh for you. It's a great mask but boy does it tingle!

7. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne - This is one of my all-time favourite perfumes and one of the few that I've actually completely used up. I spent a very long time at the Jo Malone counter, umming and ahhing over which of their scents to get. I ended up picking this one up and I haven't looked back. I'm not going to attempt to explain the fragrance, because we all know by now that I am fairly awful at that. It's an especially great one for autumn, fruity whilst still being fresh and clean (okay, so I tried). I'm onto my second bottle of this, and I already know that it probably wont be my last!

8. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara - I have what I would class as fairly unruly brows. I've tried many a brow gel, to no avail, either they're too sticky, too crispy, or just downright useless. This is by far the best brow mascara/gel I've used. I've seen mixed review of this online, often centring around the weird, bobble-ended brush. Yes, the brush is weird, but if you learn how to work with it, the product is amazing. I use this is the shade Blonde, and its a great match for my more ash blonde/brunette eyebrows, it fills in any sparse bits and fixes them in place without making me look like Helga from Hey Arnold - result.

9. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - Last but not least, my under-eye concealer of choice. I went through a phase of using my beloved Collection concealer under my eyes, but it's just too drying, and after a lot of creasing, I had to let it go. The Maybelline concealer glides on smoothly, blurring fine lines and covering up dark circles. Although this doesn't provide as much coverage as the Collection one, it doesn't crease on me so it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. The shades available in Europe aren't ideal and the US has a better range, but until I pluck up the courage to fly across the pond, I'll deal with it. I've just purchased another of these in the UK (cheaper and all that) and I'm chuffed to start using it again!

Phew that was a wordy one indeed! Is it bothering anyone else that there are only nine empties instead of ten? I'm sorry! Props to you if you made it to the end of this post, and I'm sorry it was such a long one! On a brighter note, now I can finally throw all this stuff away!


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  1. I love the Garnier Cleansing Water too! It doesn't feel like it dries out your skin like other water based products. I won't be throwing mine away any time soon- I still have A LOT left. HeHe!

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    1. The Garnier cleansing water is such a great product! I just repurchased it and I'm so glad, makeup removal is just much more of a challenge without it! xo

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  2. I loved the Bioderma Sensibo H2O too but never got round to repurchasing it because of the hassle, but maybe if I go to France again I might pick it up there? I've read such great reviews about the Oskia cleanser and the Aesop mask and reading this post has only made me want to try them more! The only thing that's put me off before is the price - but I think I'll have to save up for them now or stick them on my Christmas List. This was a lovely post to read Sonja :) x
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    1. I think that if I went to France I would pick up some more Bioderma too, but unfortunately I'm almost never in France! It actually took me a really long time to buy the Oskia cleanser and the Aesop mask because of the price, but I do think they're great products! Thank you so much, that really means a lot! xo

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  3. Absolutely LOVE that Maybelline undereye concealer! It's the only concealer I've repurchased. I've been hesitant to try Maybelline's brow mascara (because of the wand, haha), but now I'm intrigued! I may have to pick that up after all!

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    1. Haha, I really feel like so many people are put off the Maybelline brow mascara because of that weird wand! I think it's a great product though so I really hope you like it if you do end up picking it up! xo

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  4. I love Garnier Micellar water, it is pretty good and way cheaper than Bioderma! Maybelline concealer is great, it is one of my fave!

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    1. I love the Garnier Micellar water too, it's such an amazing makeup remover and a great drugstore buy! The Maybelline concealer is really good too, I just wish they had more shades! xo

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  5. I've been using the garnier micellar cleansing water recently and I love it too. I've also used the maybelline instant age rewind concealer for years and it's definitely my go-to under eye brightener!

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    1. Both the Garnier Micellar water and the Maybelline concealer are great products and ones I think I'll keep repurchasing! xo

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  6. We have a few empties in common, that always means good products!

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    1. Haha, definitely, that generally seems to be a good thing! xo

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  7. This is so great, I love your honesty! I've never tried any of the products you mentioned so maybe this is the time to start.
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    1. Thank you! I hope you like the products if you decide to get any of them! xo

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