Empties–products I’ve finished using #9

27 Aug

Before my now not-so-recent move, I tried to use up and chuck out a bunch of products so as to lighten the load just a little. It turns out chucking out these things was like a drop in a bucket in terms of how much stuff I have, but hey, a little less is a little better.

Here we go (and apologies for the appalling photography skills:

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Body Stuff:
REN Guerande Salt Body Scrub: I got this body scrub from my colleague either as a birthday or Christmas present last year or the year before. This worked a lot better if I started off with dry skin, scrubbing it in and then rinsing it off. This tended to leave an oily film on my limbs, which wasn’t unwelcome. It had an interesting mint aroma, but not very strong–I felt it smelt more waxy than minty. This is quite a pricey item, so I don’t think I’ll get it again in a while but there’s a rose scrub also by REN that looks potentially very luxurious.
This DNA Elements oil was a purchase of mine where I’d hoped it would aid in getting me to sleep at night. I think I mentioned in my previous empties that I have a bit of trouble in the sleep department, so anything that promotes relaxation and sleep for me is worth a try. This oil doesn’t really sink into the skin very quickly. I do love the smell though, so may repurchase it soon. And, I have a weakness for glass jars (I have a small collection), and this one does tickle my fancy.
I got the Norwex Shower Gel as a Christmas present. I really liked this. It didn’t dry out my skin at all, had a nice lather to it and also smelled lightly of pineapples or other fresh fruit. I would for sure purchase this again at some point in the future.
The Thank You Shower Gel smells like slightly spicy Turkish delight. The Thank You brand makes stuff that lasts for ages. Same with the Thank You Hand Wash. Seriously, a little goes a long way. So, while it may be more expensive at the till, it actually seems to me to be more value for money than any of the cheaper stuff. I’ve been using both of them for months and it’s like the never-ending supply. I’ve repurchased the hand soap already, but I’m getting my way through a different brand of shower gel at the moment. I’m not particularly loyal to any brand of shower gel, but this one does get the thumbs up.
Tucked in there is the Cowshed Grumpy Cow Shower Gel. I love the name because my default mood is grumpy cow these days. I like the herbal scent of this shower gel, and I like the way it makes my skin feel. It’s up there in price for something you wash yourself with, but I’d definitely consider splurging on the full size of this.

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Face Stuff:

The 100% Pure Antioxidant Serum is more of an oily serum than a water-based one. This one is good when your skin is having a bit of a freak out or feeling a bit dehydrated. I always felt like my skin looked plump and refreshed the next morning. It takes a while to sink into the skin, so I would only use this at night. It had a bit of a fruity, berry scent, and was very lovely to use. I’m currently using a Sunday Riley oil, so won’t be getting this again for a while, but it was a good one while it lasted.
The Hylamide Vitamin C Booster. This was an interesting product. I feel like this was definitely an add-in kind of product where it’s not absolutely necessary, but it’s a nice addition. And, it’s pretty good value for money as I used this twice daily for five to six months straight and it only ran out just before I moved. I have it in mind to see how my skin fares without this for a while to see if it is a holy grail product, and maybe I’ll try something else within the Hylamide range. For now, I’m just trying to gauge whether my skin is missing it before I repurchase.
There are two eye creams hanging out there in the top left corner. The first is the Weleda Evening Primrose Eye Cream. This was alright, but did not layer very well over other products, which is probably not how you’re supposed to use it anyway. This had kind of consistency where it tended to feel a bit tight under the eyes. Great if you’re trying to depuff your eyes, but not so great if you just want your skin to feel hydrated and plump. So this one wasn’t a particular favourite of mine. Then the Moreish Eye Cream. This one was more of your bog standard eye cream that hydrates the skin and doesn’t boast to do do anything spectacular. I preferred this a little to the Weleda cream, but still just ended up missing the 100% Pure Eye cream that I’m currently using.
There are also two MooGoo moisturisers there. I’ve been using all of the different offerings on rotation for the past year or so. I found the Brightening Cream to do a nice job of actually brightening the skin, but it didn’t feel as moisturising as the Full Cream, which is what I ended up preferring.
Then we have three face masks. The La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask was a gentle clay mask in that it didn’t completely sap my skin of all moisture when I used it. This was nice to use when I felt like my skin was about to have a freak out or was feeling a little congested. This would calm the situation down. It’s one I’d consider getting again, but I’m using other things at the moment that I think I prefer. Then we have the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. By the time I used this up, I think I’d probably had it around a year longer than I was supposed to. It was very hyped up around the time I purchased it and then I forgot that I had it. This is indeed a 1 minute facial–it basically eats the dead skin off your face, to put it in not the daintiest of terms. My skin always felt refreshed afterwards, but also would benefit from using something very nourishing and hydrating after using this. Will I repurchase? Probably not, but I enjoyed it while I had it, even if it turned a strange colour towards the end. I’ve already mentioned the Origins Original Skin serum, but there is also the mask. I’m now onto my second tube of this. It’s like a hybrid between a clay and exfoliating mask that I use if my skin is on the verge of a freak out or looking a bit grey.

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Aaah the accidental REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser purchase. I went into Mecca one day and mistakenly bought this scrub instead of the Cleansing Balm that I love. That’ll teach me to read labels properly before I purchase them. This is one of the few REN products that I wasn’t really fussed on. It had a bit of a gritty texture and the creamy element was nice, but it just didn’t really wow me in any way. I don’t love physical scrubs anyway, so I won’t be getting this in the future.
Origins Original Skin Serum is probably my favourite of all the serums I’ve tried from Origins. I do like this brand, even though it’s probably not the ‘greenest’ out there. I like how this makes my skin feel and I’m already using my second… or is it third, bottle of this.
And the MOA Green Balm. I was quite sad when this ran out. I am partial to a balmy cleanser and this was no exception. I’ve moved onto other cleansers for the moment, but this one is hanging in the back of my mind as a probable repurchase.

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Basically the Graveyard of Mascaras:
Too Faced Better Than Sex. This would probably have to be one of the worst names for cosmetics but, name aside, I really liked this. This gave a lot of volume really quickly and looked amazing. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it tended to smudge on me a bit. I’ve somehow acquired another sample/travel size of this and I use it as my weekend mascara.
The Nars Audacious Mascara had a very dangerous wand. If you weren’t careful, you could stab yourself in the eyeball with the seriously spiky bristles. This was a more defining mascara, and I did quite like it. It just took a while to get used to the wand.
Then we have the Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara which has a massive wand on it. I think out of all the Eyeko mascaras, I prefer the skinny or curvy ones, but this was good while it lasted. It is, I believe, a tubing mascara so doesn’t smudge during the day and isn’t a bitch to remove at night. If you struggle with either of those things, give Eyeko a whirl.
100% Pure Mascara. I’m trying to be a bit cleaner/greener with my makeup purchases these days and these are two of the more natural ones that I’ve tried in recent months. The Maracuja mascara has a big-ass wand on it so I tend to get mascara all over my eyelid when I apply this. It also had the kind of formula where it improves after a short while because it’s dried a little. The Cocoa mascara has a lovely chocolate scent to it and was great on weekends where I wasn’t really wearing any makeup but I needed a little something to open up and define the eyes a little. Neither are waterproof so can tend to get a little smudgy by the end of the day, but not enough where you start to resemble a panda. I like.
The two REN samples there are, I think, a BB Cream and a Serum, but it has been so long since I’ve used them that I’m not entirely sure what they are… I suspect I liked them while I was using them, but they didn’t wow me enough to make me want to buy them in their full size.

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Sleep Aids/Things to make me calm:
As I’ve mentioned, I’m not a good sleeper. I’m also cursed“blessed” with quite an anxious disposition, so I’m always on the lookout for things that will promote a more mellow me.
The Origins Peace smells so peppermint-y and fresh. I have bought multiple of these. I don’t use it too frequently though because I think it doesn’t react too well with my skin sometimes. It is good for when you feel a bit headachey and gross. Which I kind of have been feeling a bit lately.
Then, the Aromatherapy Company Sleep roller ball thing. I don’t know if it helped particularly with my insomnia but it had a nice scent and ritualistic feel to it before I would go to bed at night. I don’t think I’ll get it again as I’m exploring other options.
Last, but not least is the Lotus Wei Inner Peace Mist. I’ve fallen in love with this stuff. It is my favourite smell of all the Lotus Wei things I’ve been able to have a whiff of. I think this does make a difference in how I feel as it has quite the calming effect. I’m now using the serum and the elixir, but will probably get the mist again soon. I love some inner peace.

Oh man. Remind me to never accrue this many empties before I do another one. This took forever to summon the energy and focus to actually write up, hence the bit gap between posts lately, sorry. I’ve already started accumulating some for round #10, so keep an eye out for that.

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