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Empties #3

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Empties time! Actually some of the products have been used up months ago but it turned out that I kept them in another box *sigh* and I was trying to accumulate a little bit more and at the end it turned out it was too much *sigh again* but hopefully you won’t be bored.
I decided to group them and here’s the result:

Face products

Ikarov rose water – I love pure rose water but this just wasn’t my favourite. It wasn’t bad, it didn’t irritate my skin but it didn’t even smell of rose water, I just wanted to try a different one but won’t be repurchasing.
L’Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid – one of my 2014 favourites! I love this as a primer on my combination skin, it’s one of the loveliest products I’ve ever used and that’s why I wanted to try the following product as well.
L’Occitane Angelica Eye Roll-On – refreshing eye gel, I kept it in the fridge for a cooling effect, I love it for the spring and summer.
Oriflame Essentials Eye Contour Gel – another eye product, another gel with cooling effect. It was a nice one but nothing special.
NUXE Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals (review here) – I used this up such a long time ago and somehow the bottle remained hidden somewhere. It’s a really gentle cleanser, I loved using it in the morning, smells incredible and I’d repurchase.
Bilka Cleansing Milk with White Grapes Extract – this is suitable for dry skin but it didn’t make mine greasy, it wasn’t heavy but it didn’t remove make-up so well.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – this was my second tube and it means that I really like this concealer, I’d definitely repurchase.
Oriflame The One Volume Blast Mascara – this mascara didn’t wow me in terms of volume but it’s a great one for separating your lashes and that’s why I’m missing it. I always used it before applying another one. More about the mascara here.
Oriflame Very Me Prep Me Perfect – this primer actually surprised me, it made my skin smoother and the rest of the products glided on easily after this.

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Shower products

Cottage Exfoliating Shower Gel with Violet Sugar – this one smells amazing, cleanses the skin while gently exfoliates it, it’s affordable and I’d repurchase it.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – probably my favourite body wash. It’s so moisturising that you don’t even need to use a body lotion/butter after that. Have repurchased and will always repurchase it!
Faith in Nature Pomegranate and Rooibos Shower Gel* – I’ve included this one in a monthly favourites, I really liked it, I’m curious about the other scents so I’d be picking up another one.

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Hair products

Elvital Volume Collagen Shampoo – Was a little bit heavy on my hair and I actually prefer some other Elvital shampoos more so I won’t be repurchasing this one.
Vichy Dercos Mineral Soft Shampoo – I wrote a post here about how soft my hair gets with this shampoo, I liked the gentle scent and the gel-like texture and the only thing that bothered me was the uncomfortable pump.
Toni and Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo – this dry shampoo has a very strong fragrance, it’s very heavy, leaves too much residue and at the same time makes the hair quite sticky. At the end of the day my scalp feels very itchy and it’s really unpleasant. Won’t repurchase.
Batiste Floral and Fruity Blush Dry Shampoo – I find this one much better, smells fresh, yes, it leaves some residue but after combing your hair it goes away, gives you volume, texture and does its job good. I’d repurchase.

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Masks and samples

Montagne Jeunesse Peel-Off Masque – I’d definitely repurchase this face mask, it has a cooling effect, it’s easy to apply and remove, makes your skin soft and it’s quite relaxing when you have it on.
Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac – this one smells very strong, it’s almost irritating. When the mask starts to dry, it gets flaky and everything falls down, I wouldn’t get it again.
DHC Velvet Skin Coat Primer – it has silicone-based formula and it does makes your skin smoother and prepares it for your foundation but it doesn’t really fill in pores, at least for me.
Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash – this is supposed to do the same as the famous Beauty Flash Balm but for your under eye area and you still have to use an eye product, it’s not replacing the eye care step. However, for me it didn’t change anything, I have pretty dark circles, I’m not sure if this is the reason but there was no change after applying this product.
Dior Addict IT-Lash – it’s a very nice mascara, I like the brush but it didn’t do something so special that I’d decide to pick the full-sized one.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – I’ve been reading and hearing so much about this product and when I got a sample to try, I was really disappointed that it broke me out straight on the next morning after applying it the night before. Now I’m not sure if I’d give it another go or I’ll just forget about it. If you’ve seen the full size in a latest InstaHaul on my Instagram, I actually decided to give it away as a present.
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash – this cleanser is actually 2-in-1 product because it has tiny scrub particles, I love the scent and it was very pleasant to use it, not sure if I can judge by such a small sample but it didn’t break me out, it wasn’t stripping and I liked it.
Bliss Ex-‘glow’-sion – this moisturiser was a little bit too heavy on my combination skin and made it shiny but again, has a wonderful scent.
L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream – I love the Angelica range but I have to say that this must be my least favourite product that I’ve tried from it mainly because of the texture and the smell (it was different than the typical for the series). However, I can’t talk about the effect because it’s hard to conclude something for a skincare product in such a short time.

Have you tried any of these products?

*PR Sample

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Empties #2

 

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Blogging about my garbage again!

Here are just a few items that I’ve used up because I threw many before I realized I could’ve included them in such post…oh, well…

As per usual the majority is hair and body products. I’ve kept only two body wash bottles and they are the Palmolive Milk and Honey and Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena ones. I really liked the Palmolive body wash, it was pretty soft and nourishing. But although I like big bottles of body washes (this one was 500 ml), it wasn’t very convenient in the shower. As to the Dove one, I loved it! I loved the smell, I loved the texture, I think the Go Fresh series is really nice and I actually miss this body wash, I might have to repurchase it soon.

Similar to the body wash topic, I threw all my shampoo containers before writing this post except for one. Excuse me, I will try to be better with it in future. So, the shampoo here is the Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine (review here) which I’ve used up months ago! I’ve also used up at least 4 more shampoos since then but as mentioned, I can’t include them here.

The conditioner is Norwegian and it’s called Change. I picked it randomly and it wasn’t a bad one but I prefer using masks as conditioner, so I’m not planning on purchasing it again.

I’ve spoken about This Works Really Rich Firming Lotion and Vichy NutriExtra Body Cream  here and here. I really liked them but unfortunately, the first one is discontinued so I can’t repurchase it even if I wanted to and for the moment I don’t need the second one but both are nice body moisturisers.

The last body product is by Clarins and it’s their foot cream. I often forget to hydrate my feet, don’t we all? It’s bad of course, but when I remember to do this step, I loved using the Clarins foot cream.

I also have 3 face products to show you – a lip balm, a daily moisturiser and a clay cleanser.

The lip balm is by Love and Toast in Prickly Pear, it smells amazing but it’s not the best lip balm I’ve tried. I enjoyed using it but I guess I wouldn’t repurchase especially considering the amount of lip balms I have at the moment.

I’m going to miss the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (review here). It gives such a deep cleansing and leaves your skin purified and soft. It served me well.

Last but not least is my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat moisturiser for oily/combination skin. I think it’s a nice one and it’s better if you use it in the warmer months because it gives you light hydration and mattifies your skin. Love their Effaclar products!

That’s it for this time’s Empties! Will try to accumulate more containers and stop throwing them right after using up the products.

Empties

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I still don’t have the habit to keep the containers of all I’ve used up but I’m working on it. This is a small part of the products, that’s what I’ve kept and a word or two about them.

I would like to mention one of the products that is not on the picture because I really liked it. It’s the Vichy NutriExtra Extraordinary Oil which is a dry oil for hair, face and body. I didn’t try it as a face oil because of my combination skin, I just don’t risk when it’s not specifically for combination skin. I tried it on my hair ends before washing or after washing but just didn’t like it, it made my hair looking and feeling weird. Then why did I say I liked it? Because it’s a great body oil! It’s just an amazing body oil, I won’t do a review here cause it’s an Empties post but if you’re more curious about it, just check it out and you won’t regret using it…at least as a body oil.

Now moving to what’s on the picture.

I like L’Oreal’s Arginine Resist X3 shampoo, a good one.

John Frieda’s Fizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque is a great hair mask that made my hair soft and less knotty. I would repurchase.

More for hair, L’Oreal Professionel Volumetry Powder Fresh SOS Refreshing Spray is something like a dry shampoo. It was a gift and unfortunately it’s for fine hair which mine is definitely not so it didn’t really work for me but I absolutely love the smell, it’s fresh and clean. I wouldn’t repurchase but if you have fine hair, try it out.

My Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating care is over again, it’s a moisturiser that I use all the time, I’ve repurchased it and will continue repurchasing, love Eucerin, love this moisturiser.

Body care and the lovely Rose 4 Reines Rose Body Milk from L’Occitane. Amazing smell, great texture, wonderful results, why didn’t I get a new one before this was gone?

Fragrances. The travel size of Yves Rocher’s Red Berries Smoothie did a great job in May during my long trip – handbag friendly, scent perfect for the summer, doesn’t last long on you though.

I confessed my love for Salvatore Ferragamo’s Incanto Charms here and now I’m sad that I can’t find it anywhere.

I had Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million in my April favourites and my opinion remains the same – like it for the colder months, feminine but a little bit bolder.

Actually when you write a blog post, it seems better to include less products, right? It’s pretty interesting when I watch YouTubers’ Empties videos but if it’s a blog post that is too long, I guess people lose their interest at some point. What do you think?