November Edition: Beauty Empties – Kiehls, Image, Bioderma, Vichy, L’oreal etc

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In the three weeks since my last empties review, I’ve somehow managed to gather many, many more Done-And-Dusted-Products into my designated ’empties’ bag (Cringe).

  

Starting with skin-care, I finally finished the Image MD Reconstructive Cleanser. This is easily the most powerful cleanser I’ve used. I originally used this face wash once daily (Image recommend using it twice daily) and I found it incredibly harsh on my face – It’s powerful AHA/BHA complex is definitely more suited to more mature skin, or very oily/acne prone complexions. After using this for a couple of days my skin actually started peeling – not a good look. From thereon in I used it (maybe) twice weekly – and loved it. It removes all traces of grime/makeup/oil and whatnot from your skin (with a slight tingling effect), and when used less frequently it’s obviously not as drying on the skin. It left my face feeling sqeaky clean and prepped and primed for step two!

 

Moving onto Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution – The one and only. This actually does live up to its hype – In comparison to its competitors it’s definitely the most hydrating to use, plus it obviously plays a blinder at removing eye makeup/regulating oil levels on the skin. I have and will repurchase this – Although at the same time if you’re looking to save a few euro, then micellar water is definitely where you save with a cheaper alternative – The Garnier version is also great.

Last week I finished up my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil – within a  record three-month duration. This is a holy grail product for me, I absolutely adore it. Check out my thoughts on its magical powers  here.

 

I also used up a mini Glamglow ThirstyMud – which is divine. It smells gorgeous, feels gorgeous and is incredibly moisturising on dry skin. This and the Youthmud are my favourite two Glamglow masks. (Not so much the Supermud or Powermud)… My thoughts on the Glamglow range are discussed more thoroughly here.

As always there’s a whole lotta body products to fly through…

 

First up being the Dr. Bronner Magic Soap (this was the lavender version). I’ve used products from the Dr. Bronner range on and off over the past few years… I quite like the soap as a makeup brush cleanser, which is what I used this bottle as. It’s very effective when used alongside a make-up brush cleaner glove (Soap and Glory and Sigma both do these gloves FYI – as does your local pound shop probably!).

Next up is an Aussie Shower Gel Smoothie – Not the biggest fan of this scent – I wouldn’t repurchase. Too bubblegum sweet for me personally.

Moving onto Olbas Bath, which you can find in most independent pharmacies, and I love it. As expected, the scent is intensely decongesting, and I always use it in my foot spa when I’m soaking my vile feet!

Finally for the shower empties, is a Ziaja intimate wash – This was great; Mild but does the job without a loud ‘Vagisil’ logo hanging in your bathroom!

 

Hair care wise, I loved the Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Conditioner. This smells divine and manages to make my super dry hair (somewhat!) silky. No mean feat. Only dodge thing about this is its packaging – There’s so much product left in the bottle but unless I get a chainsaw to it, it’s impossible to whack out. Such waste.

Hair masks – I belted through these two from Boots – L’oreal Elvive Full Restore Mask, and Pantene Expert Keratin Repair. Both were pretty decent, neither blew me away. But as they both leave you with change from a tenner I’ve no complaints. Of the two, I found the Pantene mask more intense, and will happily repurchase.

I also used up this Sukin Protein Shampoo, which I actually loved. This is sodium free (which I something I always look for in a shampoo), as well as being sulfate and paraben free. It removed build up from my hair without stripping it of moisture, and left my hair shiny and boucey. Sure what more do ya want?! It’s also very affordable for a sodium free shampoo, which often retail at cray cray prices.

Body Care…

   

I picked up this Garnier Body Ultimate Oil at the till in Penneys from what I recall. The packaging of this annoyed me hugely – It’s mpossible to spray once your hands are oily. Other than that it is worth the purchase – Very hydrating, dries in quickly and smells lovely.

I was actually really surprised at how incredibly moisturising  I found the Victoria Secret Deep Softening Body Butter. This had been hanging around my cupboards for quite some time after picking up a million and one Victoria Secret products Stateside. I didn’t like the scent of this at all at all (Lemon and Coconut) – The fragrance is incredibly synthetic/sickly sweet. However as a body butter it is fantastic – and I’m now dying to try out other fragrances from the body butter range instead.

 

Obviously there’s a token empty Cocoa Brown bottle thrown in there – This is the 1 hour tan version. I can’t fault any product from Cocoa Brown – In my opinion the brand has absolutely zero competition as an affordable tan. This glides on easily, doesn’t streak or smell, and develops into a natural golden hue. Although you definitely need to give it more than 60 minutes to develop! I always leave it on either overnight, or for at least four or five hours.

My supply of Soap and Glory toiletries is literally endless –

Heel Genius is definitely not the most heavy duty of foot creams out there, but as a moisturiser in general it’s pretty great. It absorbs quickly, smells delicious and hydrates my skin as best it can! If you’re looking for a heavy-duty foot cream though, then the Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream is just the thing. It ain’t glam or pretty, but it does the trick. This cream is insanely rich, and therefore takes an absolute age to sink in – but when leaving it on overnight that’s not the biggest of deals. After a week of using this, my feet were be baby soft.

Make-Up Empties…

  

I’ve finished up my beloved L’oreal True Match foundation, my last of the now discontinued formula. I adore this, and actually just ordered another bottle (new formula though, obv) earlier today from Boots. It’s fantastic – flawless finish, great coverage, natural looking, dewy, PLUS there’s an incredible shade range. In saying all that, I actually rate the L’oreal Infallible Matte foundation even higher – Hands down my favourite drug store base. Yay for L’oreal! (I also re-ordered the Infallible version today FYI). I’ve given up trying any other high street end foundation – This beats ’em all hands down.

Concealer wise, I finished a L’oreal Lumi Magique concealer –  and I wasn’t majorly impressed with it. It’s grand as a highlighting concealer, but to be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference before and after using it.

And lastly I’m binning my Vichy Teint Ideal Illuminating compact foundation. Vichy reformulated their foundations earlier in 2015 to suit Irish skintones – Before this their bases were always extremely orange (on the average pale skinned cailin), but now they’re pink-toned. Hurrah. I rarely wear compact foundation, but picked this up when the reformulation was launched. And subsequently smashed it into smithereens on its first night out – Sigh – Which is why I don’t wear compact foundation! BUT I absolutely loved it for the brief time I wore it – It evens out skin tone with buildable coverage, leaving a semi-matte finish – I’ll more than likely repurchase this at some stage.

 

And with that my Empties Bag is now… Emptied.

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