May 2017 Empties

New month started and I have another bag full of products I used up or disposed of in May. There is quite a lot of haircare simply because I now share hair masks and sometimes conditioners (but they have their shampoo) with my daughters although their hair is mixed raced. I used to buy all their haircare in specialised shops but I didn’t see any special results, some of the products even made their hair smells after a few hours or they were expensive. If you don’t know, mixed race hair soak up oils from products really well so I saturate their hair especially from midlength down and as there are two lovely heads, I cannot afford to finish product costing over £15 in two weeks on regular basis.

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Skin

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner with vitamin E and hydrated IQ. I really used to like this toner and a year ago I would tell you that it is a deffinite repurchase but this time it felt a bit drying and not that refreshing, so I don’t really plan on buying again but I will check some other toners from Nivea.

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B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel. I would say that the name peel is a bit confusing as it is a cream cleanser that can be used up to three times a week. For it to work better as a first cleanse to remove make up, you need to use a bit more than ordinary oil or balm which I didn’t mind as I bought two of these by mistakes. So I am glad that I finished the second now and you can guess I am not gonna repurchase as I got bored with it. But I might in the future if I need something purse friendly.

L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask is the black charcoal mask that had a creamy opaque consistency that is very easy to spread around the face with flat foundation brush. I liked it but I did found it heavily perfumated with first few uses (my nose probably accustomed to it later) and another warning is that if you remove it with face cloth or towel, use something dark otherwise your white one will permanently stay grey. I would say that 10 applications it says it had is about right as well. Of course, I also always use hydrating mask after clay.

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum is a really nice budget serum with light, almost watery consistency that smells like a typical vitamin C product, kind of citrusy. It soaked in quickly and brightened my skin although it didn’t dicrease appearance of age spots. If I need vitamin C serum under a fiver, I’ll happily repurchase.

Boots Ingredients Sheet Face Mask with lotus flower and tiger lily is a brightening mask from Boots offering. It contained milky lotion that took some time to soak into my skin and after 30 minutes from removing the mask I got fed up with waiting and just applied SPF before make up, as I wanted to go out.

Origins Flower Fusion sheet mask in Orange and lavender. Despite higher price (but still not too steep as there are many more expensive ones), I really like these masks as they are right size and good shape on my face, contain a reasonable amount of essence/serum that is not heavy but still hydrating, never stung my face and no parabens. The orange one smells inoffensive and did brighten my skin. Soothing lavender contains squalane in bottom half, but there is also dimethicone right next to it, if you mind things like that but the mask didn’t feel heavy and didn’t aggravate my healing breakouts, so that should still be ok.

Masque Bar Green Tea Sheet Mask. I did a review about it a few weeks back. I liked the scent, light hydration and again, it made my skin radiant but unless you buy a 3-pack where 1 piece comes to £3.33, it is one of more expensive ones with price starting at £4.99 a piece. On the other hand, there is no paraben.

Oskia Renaissance Mask felt luxurious and I can easily imagine someone using it as a cleansing balm or mask but let’s be honest, £50 for a jar is really steep for me and I am yet to see the time I can afford it.

I am not sure whether I should put St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask should be in skincare or body care but as I applied it on my face, skin it is. I was considering writing a full review about with my face with masks and how it work on the skin but I am afraid that I am completely anti-selfie and changed my mind. The mask contains thin sheet soaked in non-greasy tanning essence. By your desired effect, you should leave it on for 5 minutes for light, 10 for medium and 15 for dark and it is not advise len to leave it on for more than 15 minutes. It is quite ill-fitting from eyes down, I couldn’t smooth it properly. The effect should work for next 8 hours and I can vouch for that, as I left the mask on for 6 minutes, after the first hour I saw my face a shade darker but after 5 hours it looked like I had yellow fever and started panicking a bit and rubbing it with cotton wool soaked in liquid gold. Plus as with all self-tanning  products, as the tan developed, so did the typical smell. I went to the cinema with children next morning and didn’t have time to put on my make up and before we left, my daughter said: “Mum, you’re orange!” (Word of encouragement is always needed when you go out barefaced.) On the other hand, the face was not streaky (just make sure you massage the serum well after removing the mask, especially around the hairline. I guess what I am trying to say in this paragraph is that self tanning with yellow tinged skin is not for me.

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Body

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter, Shower Gel and Body Scrub. As somebody mentioned in their reviews of their body range, shower gel has got the best intensity of the scent which is somehow diluted in other products from the set. Who reads my empties knows I am a sucker for fruity scent so I definitely didn’t mind smelling like a peach. I overindulge in TBS sales last year though so I just really cannot wait to finish them so that I could move on.

The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil is finally finished. I hate using oils on my body as they make me feel itchy and this was no different so I used it in my Aztec Secret Clay mask and on hair.

Avon City Rush EDP was right up my street with its spicy plum notes. I really loved it, although I am not sure whether Avon still sells it but I saw it on notino.co.uk.

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Hair

Paul Mitchell Kids Taking Spray is for kids but I loved to use it too. For me personally it is one of the nicest (although also most expensive) detangling sprays I’ve used. It keeps hair soft yet lightweight with daily use and it smells like a raspberry compote😋 My purse doesn’t allow me to buy on regular basis but will definitely repurchase.

Avlon KeraCare Detangling Conditioning Mist is a really nice detangling spray for daily use. It is a bit more expensive than ordinary detangling sprays you can grab in poundstores or while shopping groceries but I can definitely see and feel the difference and for £7.60 I can still see it as a more regular repurchase.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment mask was in my empties probably every month since January, as I stock Up every time Boots have them on offer and last tíme it was on 3 for £15 so that makes repurchase manageable (I don’t think I would bit for full price). I don’t really have a problem growing my hair and my hair didn’t get thicker as I hoped but I still like using this mask every time I wash my hair (around every 3 days). I wasn’t much sure about the growth efficacies but I realised last month when I looked at a few grey hair I have on the sides of my head that it was 4 weeks since I dyed my hair and I could see around 1 and half inch growth (so maybe I should stop using it -to stave me from frequent dying😋).

Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Mask was quite a good mask, it did nourish hair well but I just didn’t like the artificial fragrance. I might be tempted to buy again for a good price though.

Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends is a leave in treatment cream that I definitely liked for both my (in small amount) and my daughters’ (in higher dose)hair. Not gonna repurchase now but definitely in the future.

Avon Natural Daily Nourishment Superfruit Souffle with acai berry and shea oil. It was nicely smelling and lightweight and yes, it does contain silicone and paraben but for £1-2 probably everything does.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was another 40ml sample I had as I would not pay the full price for the full size. However I repurchased a set of 75ml version with some other PK minis, as I saw it for £11 on Lookfantastic outlet.

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Make up

Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Volume mascara has a giant wand that took me a bit of getting used to and it is impossible to use on my sparse lower lashes but as mascaras go, it is not bad, it gave me volume and some length although not that extreme as it days on the packaging.

MUA Matte Perfect Primer promised to be complexion balancing and oil controlling but even if I apply my primers sparsely, it just felt like my skin was suffocating. I had it for two years and I just forced myself to use it up to 10 times, so I don’t really feel I should continue this struggle to use it anymore.

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