It’s been quite a while since my last recent product empties post. I’ve really been in the spring cleaning mood recently, despite only being able to do little bits at a time. So, in the spirit of decluttering, I think it’s high time for my Recent Product Empties 5 post, so that I can throw all the empty packaging away.
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As always with my empties posts, you can check out my skincare staples, skincare saviours and hair care routine posts for the products I use over and over again. I don’t want to keep repeating myself, because my skincare, haircare and body care rarely change. So products in these three posts don’t get a mention in my empties.
Recent Product Empties 5: Garner Micellar Water for Combination and Sensitive Skin
If you’ve read my Micellar Water Comparison post, You’ll know just how much I love the Garner Micellar water. So much so, that I wouldn’t try another brand unless I had to. Where possible, I order my basic skin and haircare with our weekly food shop, as while I can get out of the house, I can’t do so reliably. So it seems sensible to order what I can and have it delivered so that I don’t run out because I can’t get to the shops. I went to add my usual pink topped micellar water to the food shop, but Tesco were out of stock. They recommended the green top as a substitution, and I’m really glad they did!
I’ve found that I prefer the green top to the pink, it’s softer and leaves my skin feeling more nourished. So from now on, where possible I’ll be picking up the Garner Micellar Water with the green top.
Recent Product Empties 5: Kathleen Silk Miracle Essence*
I’ve raved about this product in my Kathleen Silk Miracle Essence review post, so I won’t repeat myself here. Needless to say, I love this product! It made my skin look radiant and when I’d finished the bottle, I really noticed a difference. Unfortunately, the Kathleen Silk Miracle Essence costs £58.80, which is the only reason I haven’t repurchased. At the moment, I can barely afford to buy another of my £2.99 Superdrug moisturiser! That being said, I do want to repurchase this when I can afford to, because it made such a difference to my skin.
Recent Product Empties 5: Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
A few years ago, I had a bit of a thing about buying hand creams. I’d find them at Poundland and thought they were a bargain, so picked various brands up to try. But for some reason, I’ve never managed to get on with hand cream. Possibly because this was the hand cream I started with.
I find that the Norwegian Formula Hand Cream doesn’t absorb into the skin as quickly as I would have expected. Instead, it sits on the skin with a filmy residue. Now, I know that as a result it’s more intensive, but I’m not putting it on because I don’t like having to sit for 15-20 minutes waiting for it to sink in. My plan was to use this before bed, but then I just forgot. I’ve finally managed to use both the mini version and the full size up and I won’t be repurchasing them again.
Recent Product Empties 5: Frizz-Ease Serum Finishing Spray
I’ve had this for AGES. I went through a whole big thing about trying to banish frizz and picked two of these up in a 3 for 2 offer. The fact that it’s taken me YEARS to finish the one bottle speaks volumes. The Frizz-Ease Serum Finishing Spray is an ok product, nothing more. Interestingly, I actually liked it better on my straight hair. It gives a nice shine to the hair and does smooth out light frizz a little. I’m going to work on using the second bottle up, but won’t be repurchasing.
Recent Product Empties 5: Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo*
Dry shampoo is so handy! While I’ve only tried three different brands, the Big Sexy Hair Volumising Shampoo has been my favourite. You can find out why I love it in my Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo review post. I haven’t yet ordered a new one, because I’ve got a couple of others to use up first. But assuming the Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo remains my favourite, I’ll be picking another up in the future.
Recent Product Empties 5: Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked
The Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked was part of my 2016 project 10 pan, but didn’t quite get finished up. Because the lip gloss got to the point where needed to be kept upright to get any product out, I decided to keep it by my bed and use it as a lip balm to finish it off. It was a nice lipgloss and I liked the minty, cooling tingle, especially in summer. These have been discontinued, so repurchasing wouldn’t be an option.
Recent Product Empties 5: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is my favourite affordable mascara. I love the look it gives my lashes and I’ve already repurchased a new one. Actually, if I’m honest, this post is so overdue that I purchased a new one and have nearly finished that up! While I like trying new mascaras as much as the next person, I’ve often struggled to find a formula and wand combination that really suits me. I find it really disheartening when I pick up a new mascara, only for it not to suit me. So for the foreseeable future, I’ll be repurchasing the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.
I’m even debating picking up a waterproof version if we go on holiday this year. And I’m someone who usually hates waterproof mascara, because it’s hard to remove. If you want to know why I love this mascara so much, check out my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara review!
Recent Product Empties 5: OPI Nail Lacquer in Berlin There Done That
While technically I haven’t finished this OPI Nail Lacquer or the Essie polish below, I’ve used them up as much as possible. Both have become gloopy and when applied I end up with lots of air bubbles in my polish. So I’ve decided to retire both to the bin.
OPI’s Berlin There Done That is a shade I was on the fence about when I bought it. I picked it up because I wanted a quick, nude, goes with everything (almost everything) kind of shade. I had no idea that I’d fall in love with the colour. Not only did I fall in love with the colour, I also fell in love with the formula. Usually, nail polish chips on me within 48 hours. But this polish lasted 48 hours chip free! Despite being in love with this nail polish, I won’t be repurchasing it. I have two polishes that are similar in shade and am planning on switching over to gel at some point, to tackle the issues I have with poor wear time. I’ll be on the look out for a similar shade in gel formula.
Recent Product Empties 5: Essie Lilacism
Essie’s Lilacism is a gorgeous shade! It’s been a got-to for me for the past few springs and summers. As it’s gone gloopy, it’s time to throw it away. This polish lasted 24-48 hours on me, which is better than a lot of polishes on me, but still not great. I’ll be looking out for a similar shade in a gel polish once I’ve invested in a gel kit.
Have you tried any of these product? What were your thoughts?
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