December 2014 Empties

I've actually had quite a good couple of months for empties - all of a sudden it seemed like loads of different things ran out, so today's post is a bit of a bumper edition! Here's the products I've used up this month and what I thought of them...

Makeup


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This is a great example of a brilliant product let down by terrible packaging. The actual concealer is great - the lightest shade is fair enough for my skin and it gives really good coverage on both undereye circles and spots without looking cakey. However, the tube is just awful; it leaked all over my other make-up (to the extent I had to keep it in a separate pocket of my make-up bag), the black writing rubbed off the tube really easily and the two parts of the lid detached from each other so I couldn't open it without using a tissue for grip. That said Collection have redesigned the packaging since I bought this so hopefully it's improved since. I probably will repurchase it at some point but have a couple of Rimmel Hide The Blemish tubes left to use up to finish off my cheaper concealers and then a couple of Benefit ones, so it will be a little white before I do.

Benefit They're Real! Beyond Mascara
This was the second one in a set my mum bought me as a gift a couple of years ago, and I must admit I'm quite glad to see the back of it. I'm lucky in that I have long lashes anyway, but I did think that this mascara definitely made a difference in terms of how full they looked and helped them hold their natural curl. However, I found that it also made my lashes clump together quite a lot, which I really disliked - though I think a lot of that is down to the design of the brush rather than the actual product - and also quite tough to remove. I'm now back to Urban Decay Supercurl which I much prefer as it doesn't clump anywhere near as much, but have a mini They're Real! in my stash so will be finishing that up once I'm done with the Urban Decay.

Skincare



L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
This was my first foray into micellar waters and based on my experiences I'll definitely be going back. I was mostly using it as a make-up remover on nights when I was too tired to properly cleanse (I know, naughty) or as an eye make-up remover for particularly stubborn mascara, and it did the job really well. It took all my products off, didn't dry my skin out or irritate it, and was a really quick alternative to face wipes which made my face actually feel clean. It's not something I'd use as an everyday product but definitely something to have in case of emergencies or when a normal one-step cream cleanser won't cut it to shift everything. I'm keen to try a few other brands though so will go for the Garnier one next and then the Bioderma one the world and their wife seems to love.

Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion
I've been using this cleanser on and off since my teenage years - not the same bottle I should add - and every time I come back to it I'm reminded why I like it. It's a really good basic cleanser that works well with hot cloths and won't irritate your skin (this was an absolute lifesaver when I came back from New York and had skin drier than a roasted lizard). Plus it's cheap as chips so if you're on a budget after Christmas but need a cleanser it could be worth picking this up. It's not necessarily going to address any major skin concerns but definitely one to consider if your skin is OK at the moment.

Hair



Batiste Oriental Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is one of those staple products that I always have on hand, yet had stopped using until quite recently - since I got my hair cut it seems to look and feel greasy more quickly than it did when it was longer. So this can of Batiste has been on the go for a while but only used up this month. As with all Batiste scents it does the job well - gets rid of the greasy feeling, adds a bit of oomph to my hair and smells really nice in a floral yet slightly spicy way. I'm trying the Colab dry shampoo at the moment for a change but would definitely buy this one again.

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo travel size
I was a big fan of Aussie products as a teenager, but as I've grown older I've been drawn away from them by other brands. However, when we were going up to York for our wedding, I realised I'd forgotten to bring shampoo and conditioner so grabbed this at the station, and it reignited my love affair with Aussie all over again. It smells lovely, doesn't dry your hair out and is really affordable, making it a great buy if you're on a budget. I also like the fact that in the main range the shampoo bottles are slightly bigger than the conditioner - handy as I always use more shampoo than conditioner! Definitely something I'll be coming back to in the future.
Perfume


Prada Candy Eau De Parfum
Yep, at long last there is a bottle of perfume on my empties list! And I think this might be the one that turns me on to the idea of seasonal perfumes. Previously I just worked my way through my perfume bottles in the order I bought them, but then I tried this and I couldn't imagine its sweet, warming, toffeeish scent working in the summer where it could very quickly tip over into sickly. I'm not normally a fan of sweet perfume but Candy has a nice depth that's inspired me to look for similar options in the coming colder months. Probably not one I'll replace for a while but definitely a turning point in my perfume history.

Samples

Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
This was a sample in a Birchbox a little while ago. It actually really grew on me - when I first tried it I didn't like it, but with regular use I warmed to it very quickly. It made my skin feel nourished even without moisturiser over the top (though I would recommend that if your skin is really dry), sinks in quickly, doesn't feel too greasy or tacky, has a nice herbal smell and works well on dry patches but without making me break out. The only reason I wouldn't buy it is the price - at £58 for a full size bottle, when there are equally good if not cheaper facial oils out there, it just doesn't make the cut.

Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Glowing Serum
Another Birchbox sample and one I'll admit I didn't like at first - I found it difficult to move it around my face and wasn't so keen on the smell - but over time I actually started to really like it. It's actually an anti-ageing serum, so initially I wrote it off as not for me at the age of 27, but

The White Company Flowers Shampoo
I swiped this from the hotel Nick and I stayed in when we got married and liked it so much I'm quite tempted to buy some!

Honorable mentions
This is going to be a new section for products that have appeared on Empties posts before - as today's post is already ridiculously long it seemed a bit daft to write about stuff I've already included in previous posts, so I thought it would be easier to mention them and link to previous reviews. On this month's list are:

Estee Lauder Clear Difference Targeted Blemish Treatment - read the full review here
Vaseline Derma Beauty Compressed Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - read more here

So not bad going I think! What products have you used up this month?

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