Friday, 11 April 2014

• Empties #1 // make up, skincare, haircare etc // reviews & would I repurchase? •

It's so satisfying when you finish a product, especially something that you've been working on for so long. I've been saving (rather, trying to remember to save) my empty packaging from things I've been using recently and I've finally gathered enough to make it post-worthy! So I thought I'd share with you what I thought about the products and whether to not I'd repurchase them - this is kind of a mixed bag, some things I love and some things I really wasn't a fan of.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
Currently £12.46 (on sale!) from Amazon, click here to be directed to the site.
I bought this mask after reading so many amazing reviews about it and after using the whole tub, I'm definitely ready to give my opinion on it; I really like it. I must say that I'm not in love with it and I'm definitely on the look out for a new mask, but it worked well whilst I had it. At first, I used this as a mask, putting it in my wet hair and leaving it for 10-20 minutes, but after a few applications I started using it as a conditioner as it's still effective this way. It made me hair feel so soft and manageable, not at all knotty and so easy to work with. My hair was super silky and felt really clean and nourished after use. The smell of the product is amazing and my hair still carried the scent a few days after using it, which is a massive bonus. So really, this is a lovely hair mask - I'm just not sure it's worth its normal price tag at £26.95, and I'm certainly on the hunt for something similar as I don't think it's one in a million. Unless it's on sale for under a tenner, I wouldn't repurchase this.

Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee shampoo
Currently 99p from Superdrug, click here to be directed to the site.
This smells incredible. It's a true coconut smell with a hint of lychee and the scent really fills up the whole of your bathroom. The shampoo lathers up really well and is a thick consistency, it cleans my hair well and doesn't leave any type of residue. I'm not entirely sure what else I can say about shampoo other than that, but I did like it and I would repurchase!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical 400ml
Currently £4.99 from Boots, click here to be directed to the site.
We all have those days where we just can't be bothered/it isn't feasible to wash our hair, and I'm not going to lie, this happens to me more often than not. I tend to wash my hair about twice a week which sometimes means my roots need a quick pick-me-up in the form of Batiste. This dry shampoo does leave a white talcum-powdery cast at first, but I always spray it, wait about 5 minutes then gently massage it into my scalp which gets rid of any white residue. After flipping my hair upside down and messing it up with my fingers, it looks as if it's just been washed and is styled without effort. It's not sticky and gives me loads of volume, resulting in me looking like a lion and having to tame it dow slightly, which is what you want out of a dry shampoo essentially. I keep repurchasing this product and will continue to do so.
LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water 250g
Currently £7.50 from LUSH, click here to be directed to the site.
I really do go on about this a lot here on the blog, and for good reason. It's so refreshing when sprayed directly onto the face throughout the day and it keeps my skin feeling and looking clear when spritzed onto a cotton pad and swiped across blemish prone areas (mainly my chin and jawline). It contains tea tree oil which is great for blemishes but it's not as concentrated as pure tea tree oil, making it really gentle on the skin. The scent is so light and inoffensive, the spray is so fine so you don't end up with a big wet patch on your face and it really is a lovely product. I will repurchase this again, as I have done many a time, as it's a staple product in my skincare routine.

LUSH Enchanted Eye Cream sample
Currently £11.95 from LUSH, click here to be directed to the site.
I tried this teeny little tub out as I received this as a sample in my recent order from LUSH. I'm not overly crazy on eye creams as I usually just use vaseline on my eye area and that works perfectly, but this product did leave my eyes feeling really moisturised and plump in the mornings. The consistency is quite thick but sinks into the skin really quickly and easily which is lovely. I'd recommend this product but I'm happy with my vaseline routine so I don't think I'd purchase this.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 52 Vanilla
Currently £10.99 from Boots, click here to be directed to the site.
This is the loveliest foundation I've ever used and easily one of my favourites of all time. It covers my scars and evens my skin tone, is light enough for every day but build able for medium coverage, I'm so impressed with it. I've written a full review with a demo in this post, so check that out if you'd like to know me. Oh and it goes without saying - repurchase!!

Maybelline The Volume Express Flared Falsies Mascara
Currently £7.99 from Boots, click here to be directed to the site.
There is just so much hype around this product and unfortunately I can't understand why. It didn't volumise my lashes nor did it really lengthen them at all and it was kind of a dud for me. I may have had high expectations for it but it genuinely did nothing for my lashes - I always found that I had to layer it with another mascara, and that was just for daytime wear, which personally I think is just too much hassle and faff. I was quite happy when this dried out as it meant that I could move onto other mascaras and get rid of it, I really wasn't impressed at all. Mascaras are quite a personal thing so please don't let me put you off, this product may even work for you, but for me, I definitely wouldn't repurchase.
Sure Woman Crystal Invisible Pure Deodorant
Can't find this product anywhere - which is probably a good thing.
Whoever knew that there could be a deodorant that makes you smell even more? ...found it! It stinks like you wouldn't imagine. I'm really sorry if you like this smell but that's not even the real problem if I'm honest - when on the skin, it makes me smell terrible and I swear it enhances natural odours. Definitely not great when you're having a stressful day, running errands or just generally running all over the place! I don't know what on earth's going on with this deodorant but the fact that I can't find the exact one anywhere on the internet to provide you with a link kind of tells me something. I'm thinking that perhaps it's been discontinued, and if that's the case, then good riddance. I don't mean to end the post on a negative's just awful! I'm so shocked because I never thought that a deodorant could do this. I found myself sniffing my underarms all day and really worrying about it - not what you want out of a deodorant! Anyway, do I even need to say it? I totally would not repurchase this.

I hope you enjoyed my empties - again, sorry to end on a downer! I have used up some amazing products recently though, so it's not all bad. I'd love to see your empties, link me some posts in the comments if you have any!



  1. The Lush tea tree toner sounds great. I hate it when you have sprays that soak your face! But this one sounds perfect :) x

    Mapped Out

    1. Hey, it is perfect. I do love a fine mist! Daniela x

  2. I found the exact same with the Falsies mascara! It didn't work for me either but so many people love it, I am guessing its a personal preference.
    Great post!
    Jess x
    A-Beautiful Secret
    A-Beautiful Secret GIVEAWAY

    1. Hello, ahh I thought it was just me. It really did nothing! Daniela x

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  4. I used to be so good with using up products but for some reason I'm struggling lately! It's always satisfying because it means you can go out and buy more ;)

    Danniella x

    1. Hello, I know, it is hard! I really forced myself to use up products and I treated myself to a splurge today without the guilt haha! Daniela x

  5. I'm also using Lush's Tea Tree water. I love the fresh feeling of this product on my face.

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

    1. Hello, such a wonderfully product isn't it? Perfect for this time of year, especially for when it gets hotter/humid! Daniela x