14/08/2015

Empties | August 2015

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Firstly, apologies that this post is up a day late! For various reasons I couldn't get on my laptop last night to finalise and publish this post, but that just means that there will be two posts up today! I love reading about products that people have used up and hearing mini reviews of each product, I think if a blogger has totally finished a product then they have clearly been able to form a proper opinion of it which can be interesting to read. I've slowly finished these products over the past few months and finally had enough to put a post together, so there's a bit of a mixed bag but hopefully you'll find this informative in some way or another.

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Arbonne SeaSource Detox Spa Foaming Sea Salt Scrub, £26.00 – Arbonne's SeaSource Detox Spa range is fabulous and the products do feel like a luxurious spa treatment! This sea salt scrub is great but feels rather gritty on the skin so if you’re not about that life then this product isn't for you! I have another full bottle of this left from my consultant days so don't need to repurchase this yet but would definitely consider doing so in the future.

Maybelling Fit Me Concealer, £5.99  – I love this concealer so much and have already repurchased in two shades (one for blemishes and a lighter one for that under-eye brightness). Everything creases on me but I've found this isn't too bad on the whole and it blends so nicely and gives such great coverage that I can put up with the slight creasing. I'd definitely recommend this product - I've even heard some YouTubers compare this to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but of course it is a fraction of the price!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, £13.00 – I love the packaging, but the product itself is just as lovely! If you have dry skin and want a refreshing moisturiser to use then you need to try this! I wouldn't say it gives a lasting moisturised feeling to the face like some do (so I wouldn't use this at night) but it definitely leaves the face feeling refreshed and awake in the morning.

Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub, £25.00 – Ok so this product isn't technically empty but I'm binning it anyway. I really dislike this product and felt like it did nothing for my skin and I hated using it that much that I have just binned it…painful as it is pricey (like all Arbonne products) but I just wasn't using it so it needed to go.

Arbonne FC5 Moisturizing Night Crème, £45.00 – This moisturiser lasted me a heck of a long time. While I really enjoyed using it I don’t think I would repurchase it as it is very pricey and there are some more affordable products on the market that I like just as much (such as my new Vitamin E night cream from The Body Shop).


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Arbonne FC5 Nurturing Day Lotion with SPF 20, £33.00 – The great thing about this packaging is that the pump and product move up within the tube so that no annoying traces are left at the bottom of the tube. I liked this moisturiser but again don't think I would bother repurchasing or particularly recommending as I've found cheaper alternatives that I like just as much if not more. Having said that, I would still always recommend the Arbonne FC5 range for oily skin (particularly the face wash and moisturiser) as they totally fixed my oily skin a few years back.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation, £32.00 – this isn't totally empty but will take some scraping to get the last bits out. I have another full bottle of this and would definitely consider repurchasing in the future as I do think this is a fantastic foundation. The only thing is the price, it is very pricey (compared to drugstore foundations anyway) as I no longer have my consultant discount, but I'll see how long this next bottle lasts me and potentially repurchase after that. Honey Beige is definitely my summer/tanned shade and I don't have a backup in a lighter shade so the new bottle may remain hardly touched until next year! If you know an Arbonne Consultant I'd definitely speak to them about getting a sample of this foundation to try. (I've talked about this product here, here and here if you fancy a read!)

Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion (£23.50 for full-sized bottle) – I'm pretty sure this was a birthday present a few years ago and I dug it out recently to use it up! It is a lovely toner and does add moisture to the skin rather than leaving the skin feeling stripped like some toners do! I'm not sure whether I would buy the full sized bottle as I'm leaning towards trying acid toners nowadays (yes, thanks to Caroline Hirons) but it is a lovely product!

Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil 300ml, £6.50 – ahh Lucy Bee. Coconut Oil is being raved about this year and rightly so, it is a fabulous product but I must admit I only use mine in a skincare context and never for cooking! This jar sits in my bathroom and I use it to remove my makeup before going in with a second cleanser. I don’t use this every night as I am trying to rotate my cleansers and makeup removers (as I mentioned in my cleansers wishlist!) but I wouldn't be without it so I repurchased a new jar before this one even ran out. 

Have you tried any of the products in this post? What products do you always repurchase?

Don't forget that I've been posting every day this week (until a spanner hit the works yesterday!) to make up for things being quiet around here recently! Monday's post was a skincare wishlistTuesday's was all about my new Emma Hardie skincare and Wednesday's was the first in a new series all about affordable makeup and brushes. Come back at 6pm tonight to see my current makeup wishlist.


Nicola x
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