Sunday, 24 September 2017

Beauty Empties September 2017 - Lush, OGX, Freedom, Tony Moly, Yankee Candle

So I sat earlier on and tried to work out when the last time I did an empties post. It was March. That feels like such a long time ago. I half typed a July-August one but never posted it so its been awhile.

That being said, I don't have loads to talk about. I've been focusing on all the products in my Gone by 2018 project pan, and I feel like everything I started with in that is almost done. They'll probably run out one use after me posting this so Octobers empties will be huge but that's OK. I have time off at the end of October so future me can worry about dealing with them.

Skin Care

  1. Superdrug Pore Cleansing Pads - If you've seen any of my empties posts before, you've probably seen these. I use them daily to help keep my skin under control and I do find they work. The don't stop the hormonal break outs I get, but all the small spots I usually get down my cheeks stop when I use these regularly. I'd probably repurchased one of these before I even opened this and I'm already using one of my two backups. Love it.
  2. Superdrug Facial Cleansing Wipes for Dry Skin - I don't use these to take my makeup off at the end of the day, but I do use them if I make a mistake putting my face on or for wiping swatches of my arm and cleaning the area I do my makeup and these are fine. They're cheap and cruelty free (and I also earn points on them) so yeah, I probably will repurchase.
  3. Biore Nose Pore Strips x2 - Up until this month I thought these were the best strips out there, and was really glad I purchased hundreds in a sale a while ago as Biore aren't cruelty free so I won't buy them again. I've now discovered the Superdrug do a two pack of Charcoal strips that seem to work just as well so if I need strips in the future I will buy those (not that I will as I have so many backups from different brands).
  4. Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Pore Strip - These are not very good. I think that's why there's still so many floating around my collection. Wouldn't recommend or repurchase.
  5. Primark Sunflower Dark Circle Patches - These did nothing and are just a bit uncomfortable to wear under your eyes as they are really thick. Would not repurchase.
Sheet Masks
  1. Garnier Soothing Moisture Bomb Mask - I hate that I liked this. I was given four of these (two pink and two blue) when my skin was really bad and dry. This is the only one I've tried and I actually really liked it. I wouldn't repurchase as it's not cruelty free but I will gladly use the three I have left up. 
  2. By Nature Moisturising Coconut Sheet Mask x2 - I bought a box of five of these, used one, hated it, and abandoned them. I had to add the remaining four of them to my Gone by 2018 project (linked above) to try and use them up. I really can't stand these. The mask is a really thick paper that you have to peal a backing off, it doesn't sit on my face well, the serum was really thick and chunky (they've not gone bad, they expire 2022) and they're just all round not a pleasant experience. After using them my skin did feel really nice but they're a struggle to get use. I wouldn't repurchase but I will use the other two I still have left.
  3. Tony Moly I'm Real Avocado Mask - I really liked this mask but Tony Moly isn't cruelty free so I won't be repurchasing any of my Tony Moly masks. If you want a nice moisturising mask and don't care if things are cruelty free or not then I would recommend this.
  4. 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask - I hated this. Hated hated hated. I dedicated a whole post on my Instagram to how much I disliked this. It smells so strongly like a lemon and honey Lemsip (fake honey smell is my least favourite smell) and even though I left it on my face for about 20 minutes longer than it said to the mask didn't dry down to peel off and I had to scrub it off my cheeks. I'm trying to get through the last of my 7th Heaven masks as I don't like them so there will be a lot of these over the next couple of months. I would not repurchase this, and if I was given it I would have to re-gift as I could not do that myself.
  1. New Look Fix Makeup Setting Spray - I actually finished this maybe ten weeks ago, but as I needed to keep the bottle as I had to transfer the Freedom spray into this bottle I didn't include it last time. This did nothing for my makeup but the sprayer was really nice and I could use it to foil eyeshadow. Wouldn't repurchase it but it didn't cause a bad reaction or anything.
  2. Freedom Pro Studio Fixing Spray - This did nothing and the spray head was like a jet. Would not recommend.
  3. Bourjois Ultra Black Felt Liner - I found this in my stash when my Kiko eyeliner ran out and I legit maybe got four or five uses out this before it stopped working properly. I didn't like the tip and I couldn't get it to apply over foiled eyeshadow. I wouldn't buy Bourjois anyway (not sure how I ended up with this as unless it was really really old, but it was brand new) but this was definitely a fail from my point of view.
Everything Else
  1. Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb - Autumn is here and I'm now getting back into baths (I don't know if anyone remembers this but in my old flat I only had a bath, so I've been enjoying the luxury of a shower in the morning) and pulled out all my Lush stuff. Some of its gotten a bit old and some other products have done that thing where they kind of leak into the bag and then get on other stuff. This was fine though, maybe a little old but not bad. I've had Fizzbangers before, I really like them and I will no doubt buy it again once I get my Lush stash a little more under control.
  2. OGX Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Mist - I used to love this, and I bought it (and the other OGX products I have) when I thought they were still cruelty free. I recently learned they are now sold in mainland China and, like Nars, they are no longer cruelty free. I'm going to use up what I have and not purchase again, its a shame as the Tea Tree and Mint shampoo is one of my favourites. Really liked it, but wouldn't repurchase it.
  3. Ralph Lauren Polo Sport 3 - Back when I bought this perfume I really liked it, but that was nearly three years ago and my tastes have changed since then. It was nice enough to use it up but I'm glad its gone and I wouldn't repurchase.
  4. Yankee Candle in Midsummer Night - I really really liked this candle, it smelled so good and burned for a surprisingly long time, however I find Yankee Candles really overpriced so I wouldn't repurchase unless it was on offer.
Items I'm Throwing Out

  1. Molton Brown Amber Cocoon Hand Lotion - This has gone bad. I maybe got a third used up in my Gone by 2018 project but when I went to use it after a couple of nights off the smell had changed. So its a shame but that's being decluttered.
  2. L'Occitane Ultra Rich Lotion - I was given this when a friend de-cluttered an old gift set they'd never used. Its been well over a yeah now, I haven't used it either and as I'm not sure how it should smell but I think its a bit iffy so I'm not about to use it.
  3. L'Occitane Ultra Rich Shower Cream - Same story as above. 
  4. NYX Eyebrow Pencil in Shade 3 Medium Brown  -  This isn't so much medium brown, its more straight up orange. I was hoping it would be a good match for me as I have light to medium browny hair with a lot of bronze and golden tones in it. At some parts its straight up blonde on the underside. However my eyebrows are pretty dark and I usually use a dark brown pencil/powder to fill them in. I sometimes feel that even through what I'm using matches my browns it makes them look too dark for me. This however makes me look like a clown and as I don't know anyone it would match or what to do with it, I'm just getting rid of it.
  5. Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Chihuahua (Delux Mini) -  I'm not having a good run with Too Faced lip products as even though this is well within the 12 months its supposed to last, it smells really bad. This is the fourth one of these I've had go bad so I will not buy any more Too Faced liquid lipsticks. I do have two backups that are currently unused so I will open and use as and when I want to.
And that's everything for this month. Next month I will most likely have a lot more, as I'll have all my Gone by 2018 items and I tend to go through face wash once every two months and two bottles of shower gel every two months so I would expect them to all fall into that update as well.

Tried anything here and had a different experience than I have, let me know

xoxo Scruffy

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Gone by 2018 - Update one - Giant Declutter - Project Pan - Ralph Lauren, Stila, Superdrug

At the end of July I started a huge project pan type use up (find that post here) and as its been a little over a month and things have started to get finished up I thought it was about time for an update.

I've not taken hundreds and thousands of photos with this update as that would take way way to much time,  but my exciting thing this month was I hit pan on three shades on the I <3 Makeup Naked Chocolate palette which means it is done. Its gone and it means I have been able to start a huge rolling Project Pan Roulette with all my eyeshadow (link to that post here). That project will have far more up-close and in depth photos than this one.

Anyway, lets have a look at what I got through and what I'm adding in.

Skin Care
  1. Loreal Pure Clay Purity Mask
  2. Loreal Pure Clay Detox Mask
  3. Nip & Fab Bee Sting Lifting Mask
  4. Nip & Fab Dragons Blood Plumping Serum
  5. Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Serum
  6. Superdrug Tea Tree Cleanser & Toner
  7. The Balm Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover
  8. The Body Shop Seaweed Day Cream - Done
Body Care
  1. Molten Brown Amber Cocoon Hand Lotion - I think this has gone bad and its smelling funky now so I'm getting rid of it. 
  2. Dr Pawpaw Tinted Balm
  3. Roger & Gallet Replenishing Body Lotion
  4. Superdrug Vitamin C Body Butter
Lip Balm
  1. Balm Balm Tea Tree Lip Balm
  2. Burts Bee's Cocount and Pear Lipbalm
Hair Care
  1. Boots Botanics Moisture Shampoo - This irritated my scalp so badly I had to pass it on as I couldn't use it
  2. Boots Botanics Shine Conditioner - I decluttered this at the same time as it really did nothing for my hair
  3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Fresh - Done
  4. Loreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Spray
  5. OGX Coconut Oil Mist Spray - Done
  6. Gliss Shine Tonic Spray
  7. Superdrug Killer Volume Dry Shampoo
  8. Superdrug Exotic Flair Dry Shampoo
  9. Superdrug Cocoa Brownie Dry Shampoo
  1. Ralph Lauren Polo Sport 2
  2. M&S Nuit Parfum (Deluxe Sample Size)

Not happy about the lack of progress on the NYX lipstick as I feel like I wore this a lot
  • New Look Fixing Spray- Done
  • Freedom Studio Fixing Spray
  • Revolution Pro Base Priming Spray
  • I <3 Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette- Done
  • Bare Mineral The Phenomenon Duo (Golden Iris only)
  • Revolution Beyond Eden Baked Eye Shadow Palette
  • Seventeen Brow Sculpting Pencil
  • Kiko Milano Shadow Stick in 06 Golden Brown
  • MUA Lipliner in Caramel Nougat
  • ELF Finishing Powder - This has some sero
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Powder
  • Loreal Infallible Mattifying Primer
  • Collection Pore Minimising Primer
  • Collection Cool Rose Illuminating Primer
  • New Look Flawless Liquid Foundation in Porcelian
  • NYX HD Foundation in 101 Nude
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral
  • NYX HD Concealer in 02 Fair
  • NYX HD Concealer in 03 Light
  • Barry M Eyeliner in 30 White
  • NYX Eyeliner in 07 Jet Black
  • I <3 Makeup Eye Pencil in Channeling my Inner...
Total Products: 47
Items finished this update:8
Total items finished:8
Items remaining:39

Additional Items

These are items I put in at the start but I only want to see some progress on or try and finish. Unlike the ones above they are not necessarily old or going bad. 
  • Kat Von D Ink Liner in Dali- Done
  • Too Faced Mini Blush in Justify My Love
  • Too Faced Mini Blush in Love Hangover
  • Too Faced Mini Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced Mini Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops
  • Kat Von D Mini Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare
  • Too Faced Mini Melted Matte in Chihuahua 
  • Too Faced Mini Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Honey
  • MUA Highlighter in Pink Shimmer
  • NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Girl Talk
Additional items: 11
Items finished this update: 1
Total items finished:1
Items remaining:10

Added in at update one

So I was originally only going to replace the eight items I finished/had to remove but as the Ralph Lauren perfume is almost done along with some of the other items I decided to challenge myself a little more.  I also recently went through my foil packet collection, and its a little out of hand, so I've added in the five packet masks I'm least likely to use up unless they are in the project and I make myself use them, in the hope I can start making a dent in collection too.

  • 4. By Nature Moisturising Coconut Sheet Masks
  • 1. 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask
  • Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Day Cream
  • Revolution Pro Fix Setting Spray
  • Soap and Glory Scrub Atomic Face Scrub 
  • Primark Lip Liner in mid brown (the shade name was on a sticker on the cap and its gone now)
  • Montagne Jeunesse Buriti Fruit Body Smoothie
  • MUA Pressed Powder
  • Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil
  • Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Spray
  • MUA Volume Mascara
  • Burts Bees Original Lip Balm
  • Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Olive
  • DKNY By Delicious Fresh Blossom Perfume

Update 1 additional items: 17

Anyway, until next time

XOXO Scruffy