Empties: June 2015

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A new month means a new empties post! June was pretty productive on the empties front; with the house move imminent I'm trying to get rid of as much stuff as possible and toiletries seem to be an easy hit (although I probably still have enough to stock a small branch of Boots). So here's what I managed to use up this month...

Skincare


La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel
I'm always on the hunt for the perfect cleanser - not too heavy for mornings but thorough enough to take off a full face of make-up, and ideally with spot-fighting properties too. (I'd also like the moon on a stick and a pet unicorn, but you can't have everything.) Effaclar, I'm pleased to say, ticked nearly all the boxes. It's not drying or harsh on the skin, made my spots clear up a lot quicker than other products - especially when used alongside the matching moisturiser - and removes everyday make-up really well. However, I did feel it irritated my eyes so had to use a separate eye make-up remover, and I wasn't enormously keen on the foaming texture. That said, if you are and are in need of an affordable cleanser for oily yet sensitive skin, I'd definitely suggest trying this out - you can find out more here.

Pharmagel Pharma-C Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Serum
At 28 (practically a grandma in blogging terms), I'm starting to notice the first signs of ageing, so when I won this serum a few months ago I decided to give it a whirl. Whilst it is incredibly effective due to its high vitamin C and collagen content - I have a very deep wrinkle on my forehead and this has reduced it down considerably with twice-daily use - I wasn't entirely wowed by the texture as it was quite difficult to move around my face. It's also not the cheapest at £48 a pop. So overall, not necessarily one I'd purchase but worth a go if you want to tackle signs of ageing.

Hair products


Schwarzkopf Got2b Crazy Sleek 4 Days Heat-Activated Straightening Spray
I've reviewed this in more depth elsewhere on the blog, but suffice to say it's not my favourite product; it doesn't seem to do a massive amount for straightening my hair and definitely doesn't last the alleged four days (though it does work better when you leave it on your hair for a bit before straightening). That said, for blow-drying it works OK in terms of giving quite a sleek look - almost too sleek on occasion for my liking though - plus it's a fairly reasonable price and I like the bright packaging. So not something I'd personally buy again or recommend unless you tend to blow dry more than straighten.

Makeup



Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
I wrote about this in a previous post and gave it a mixed review. Whilst I liked the fact that it makes my lashes look fuller and it lasts for ever (I have gone to sleep with this on - yes I know - after a full day at work and it was still there the next morning), I do find that it makes my lashes clump quite a bit. Also as this has been around for a few years now I think mascara technology has moved on and there are newer formulas out there (such as Benefit Roller Lash) that give a much better effect for a similar price, so I'm not sure I'll be repurchasing this one. Not the worst mascara I've ever used but others have stolen its crown for me.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Translucent
Budget powders are one of the hardest products to get right - so often they end up oxidising or looking chalky or cakey. However, this one from Rimmel actually works really well; it gives a nice level of coverage and a natural finish without being shiny. My one gripe is that you do need to touch up at lunchtime or if you're going out after work, but as it's cheap as chips I can live with that. So definitely worth giving this a whirl if you need a cheap face powder, though I think next time I'd go for a specific shade rather than the translucent one. By the way, the reason the pan looks slightly horrible is because I tried to fix this by mixing it with toner when it smashed and I think the toner has caused the pan to go rusty...

Samples



Marc Jacobs Dot Eau De Parfum
This has been my go-to weekend perfume for a while now as I really like the mix of the berry notes and the jasmine - it's not overly sweet or floral but instead is a nice, easy-going, fun scent (if you can describe perfume in such a way). This is a fragrance that I feel I can just throw on, dash out the door and have a really relaxed chilled-out time. Plus I am a sucker for red and black polka dots so the full-size bottle will definitely be making its way into my collection soon!

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche
I wrote about Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire EDT in a previous empties post and this one is fairly similar - it still has those floral notes but the sweetness has been replaced by a 'green' scent (which I think comes from the pistachio). This adds a fresh feel to the perfume which I quite like in the spring and it's also been nice as the weather's warmed up because it's not sweet in the same way as the EDT. I'm not sure I'd buy again but it's been a nice one to try out.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne
This was a sample I got when I bought my Jo Malone Birch & Black Pepper (which I wrote about here) and has been perfect for the burst of hot weather we've had lately. The citrus notes are sharp and refreshing without going into toilet-cleaner territory and the basil adds a nice note that keeps it down-to-earth. I was also really impressed by how long it lasted; colognes often don't hold up that well but I could still smell this on me well into the workday. My one gripe is that the sample pump had a tendency to leak so I found I got through it quite quickly, but other than that this is a lovely happy fragrance that I'd suggest checking out if you like citrus scents.

So I'm making a dent in my stash (albeit slowly!). Am slightly dreading how much we'll still have to move though...

What have you used up this month?

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