March Empties

Today's post is a bumper empties post for February and March (you might want to get a cup of tea and a biscuit before you start reading...). The last two months have been pretty successful for me in terms of using things up - not necessarily a massive clearout, but I'm slowly and steadily getting rid of things before months. It's actually funny how it all seems to go in cycles; some months there'll be nothing from a particular category, then suddenly I'll use all that stuff up at once and have to restock. This time it's been skincare and make-up - so on with the empties!

Skincare


The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub
I've always been a big fan of The Body Shop skincare and this was no exception. It's got a slightly medicinal smell, which I always quite like in a product aimed at treating spots, and made my skin feel clean but without being too harsh or irritating. Whilst it didn't do a massive amount for my spot scars, it did work well at reducing and preventing breakouts which is a big concern for me. It's probably a bit too much for everyday use but I would definitely buy this again as an occasional product to treat major breakouts, especially as it's really affordable.

Superdrug Simply Pure Aqua Hydrating Serum
I've reviewed this in depth previously here but I felt it needed highlighting again as it's such a good product. It's really light, sinks in easily, is super-hydrating - great for those with dehydrated skin or if the weather is particularly cold - and really affordable at under £3 a bottle. It does now come in different packaging (with a green lid) and seems a bit hit and miss as to which branches stock it, so if you see it in your local Superdrug grab it and run to the checkout! Definitely one I'll repurchase soon to have in the stash next winter.

Balance Me Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream
This was a Birchbox sample from all the way back in July last year (is it just me or does eye cream last forever?) and I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I liked the size of the tube - very good for travelling - and the product itself sank in easily and was very cooling, but compared to my Benefit It's Potent! I just felt it didn't do anything near enough for my dark circles. If that's not an issue for you then this is worth trying as it's good for other issues like fine lines and dryness, but sadly it's just not quite right for me.

Makeup


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox is a legendary brand when it comes to primer, and for good reason. It keeps make-up on for hours; as my forehead in particular is quite oily often foundation can slide off my face before lunchtime, but if I use this I won't need to touch up at all unless I'm going out in the evening. It also feels nice on the skin and doesn't clog my pores or give me breakouts. I'm trying out a couple of other primers at the moment but will definitely be coming back to this.

Samples



Agave Healing Oil Treatment
This was a Birchbox sample from all the way back in September. I loved the smell of this; it was kind of sweet and floral, almost like honey. Whilst it didn't work quite so well in terms of conditioning, what I found it did really well was 'relaxing' my hair - it has a tendency to flick out at the ends which is often a bit annoying, but this makes it lie a lot flatter - and it worked really well as a styling product too. It's not the cheapest so not sure I'll buy it again but really enjoyable to use.

What have you used up this month? Have you tried any of these products?

2 comments:

  1. I love that Superdrug serum so much. I've given quite a few away to people in giveaways and beauty swaps to share the love. I hope it stays around x

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    1. The Superdrug serum is brilliant - and yet still seems such an unknown gem. Have stocked up for winter just in case but hope they hang on to it this time!

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