Thursday, 3 March 2016

Monthly Empties: February 2016 Reviews

Here we are at the start of another month and 2016 is flying by (yes I'm a cliché and I'm not sorry!)

February was a good month for me in terms of getting through a lot of beauty products in my collection, so I have a lot to share with you in today's post. I've reviewed all the things I used up so you can get an idea of what I thought of the products.

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Naobay Calming Face Toner

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This came in a Glossybox last year. It was quite nice and gentle, it cleaned off the last of my makeup when used after cleanser. Unfortunately though I did end up pouring away about a third, as I think it had gone off. I went to use it last week and it had a slightly 'off' smell so I didn't want to risk putting it on my face. I probably wouldn't buy this as it didn't blow me away, it was just an 'ok' toner.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

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I bought this after reading rave reviews on blogs, I thought it might help even out my skintone. Honestly, I was a bit 'meh' about this product. I don't think my skin is actually problematic enough to need the product, so as a result I didn't see particularly amazing results. It's not one I'll repurchase.

Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser

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This was a 10ml sample that I received in a Pink Parcel last year. It was a nice moisturiser, it was very hydrating and felt nice under my makeup. I probably wouldn't buy it as I tend to pick up skincare in store (usually Boots or Superdrug) and I think this is only available online. If I saw it in store I might pick one up. The only thing I would say is I didn't particularly notice it having a 'matte' finish.

Madara Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum

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Another Glossybox treat; this serum didn't impress me much either to be honest (sorry for all the negativity so far in this post!) The smell was quite strong, and I'm not a massive fan of strong scents for skincare. The formula was quite watery, and I found I needed quite a lot of the product to feel like it was distributed over my face. Lastly, it didn't really do an awful lot. I actually had a bout of dry skin whilst I was using this, I don't know if the product caused it but it certainly did nothing much to help. I definitely wouldn't buy this serum.

Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser

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Lo and behold another item from a beauty box; this one was from Pink Parcel. I really enjoyed using this and I would consider buying it. The first time I used it I did what I've always done with cleanser - applied it to cotton wool pads and swiped it across my face; but this didn't seem to work very well. I felt like loads of the product was left on my skin and I didn't feel clean - I needed a separate toner (which seemed to defeat the object of it being 3-in-1). So I tried another method, massaging it into my skin and removing with a hot cloth. This was much better, and my skin felt really soft after rinsing. This was a really nice little sample and I'd happily use the product in future.

Rimmel London Just Let It Go Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

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I picked this up at a discount makeup store. It was really quite effective and although it was a water based eye makeup remover I did find it was very gentle on my eyes. I usually prefer cream based cleansers as I find the water types dry my eyes a little but this one was fine. I would possibly buy it again; the only downside was it didn't last very long but as it is fairly cheap that isn't a major issue.


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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara

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This mascara was a Glossybox item, and I really liked it. I would happily repurchase. I really liked the brush style and the mascara was nice and thickening as well as effective at curling my lashes.

Manna Kadar Conditioning Lash Primer

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Lash primer is something I never really thought I needed, but I have to say I was quite impressed with this. It helped to thicken my lashes before adding mascara and it did give them a nice full look. I probably wouldn't buy it, as I can definitely live without it, but as it came with a Glossybox I did get my use out of it and enjoyed it.

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova

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I have had this lip lacquer forever! I got it when Apocalips were quite new and I have to say I have absolutely loved it. I definitely need to buy another. The formula is perfect, the colour is perfect and the lasting power is perfect. Definitely a Holy Grail lip product for me.

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Concealer

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This concealer was really great for the under-eye area, it contains lots of lovely ingredients which are designed to help reduce dark circles and I do think it had an effect. It was one of those concealers that has the perfect consistency for the under-eye area, nice and creamy and not too drying. A little goes a long way so it lasts a long time too. I'd recommend it.


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Superdrug Style Expertise Salt Infusion Surf Spray

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I wrote about this in a post here; I love this product and will definitely repurchase.

Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque

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Another Glossybox product; I used it as a normal conditioner as my hair isn't coloured so doesn't need a specific colour treatment. It was really nice and made my hair soft. If you were using it as a mask a few times a week, the tub would last you ages as you only need a small amount.

Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Bombshell Blonde Shampoo

This was a freebie I was able to choose when I bought some beauty bits from It was a nice shampoo, it made my hair feel really clean. I don't have an issue with my colour in particular so I didn't notice any special benefits, but it did the job. I probably wouldn't buy it as I just use 'normal' shampoos most of the time, but I'd recommend it for dyed blondes to give a try. The full size bottle has Marilyn Monroe's face on it and who wouldn't want that beauty in their bathroom?!


Charlie Pink Body Fragrance

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Last but not least was this body spray by Charlie. I had a set of minis and this is one of the scents from the set. I can't describe smells, so this is what the bottle says it smells of: "a little tangerine mixed with red fruits and dark vanilla". I always pick up body sprays to layer over my deodorant and under perfume; I generally pick whatever's on offer, but I'd buy this one again as I did really like the scent.

Thanks for bearing with me whilst I went through this lot! Hope I've inspired you to try some new things (or avoid some). Let me know what you're using up and loving this month.

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