Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

I've used products up. Tonnes of products (for me anyway). Instead of waiting for another 6 months to fly by and post, it's time to dust off the keyboard and get back to one of my very favourite hobbies, blogging! 

Over the past few weeks I've done more organising and sorting out of the cottage then I ever could imagine. Even things which were already in order, were given the once over and re-ordered and cleaned within an inch of their life. 

I've been staining fences, painting outdoor walls, making chili and matching every single rogue sock up. As well as looking after a new kitten (Tilly - more about the cats, coming soon), cycling around the local villages and starting Couch To 5K, yes I will get fit! The M & S gym-wear came yesterday (not at Lulu Lemon level yet). I have a flash new pair of running trainers and Tony to run alongside with. There are no excuses. Even when I do shout out 'F you Jo Whiley, my hair's stuck to my face' and 'I love running', yes, really I do!

You know I like to ramble, I mean c'mon this maybe your very favourite part of the post. When you get to take the mick out of me, realise I'm a little batty and live for a clean (ish) living space. You may live in the very same boat, or similar at least!

It's time for a stack of empties. There's a variety, so let's kick this off....

01. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
My favourite type of cleansers, are always the balmy ones. There's nothing better than massaging a balm into your skin at the end of the day to leave skin feeling soft, nourished and refreshed.  Drunk Elephant's Slaai Cleanser is lovely. It does the job and is gentle on the skin but it just didn't wow me. I've tried some Drunk Elephant products and fallen in love with them. It works, however I would choose Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish over this, which I find works better and is kinder to your bank account.

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

02. Sukin Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Sukin's creamy cleanser is really lovely and kind to the most sensitive and driest of complexions. My dry skin loved this. You only need to massage a tiny amount into the skin (although on more than one occasion I would get a little carried away and apply twice as much as I needed). This is the most perfect cleanser to remove every inch of grime and makeup at the end of the day to revive tired skin. It's nourishing and leaves my skin feeling very happy. A real thumbs up from me.

03. Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
Face mists are essential to my routine. I try tonnes and over the years have found a few I will always go back to. Herbivore's Rose Mist is one of those products. I shook every single last drop from the beautiful packaging and headed straight to Cult Beauty in a panic, wanting more. At the time it was sold out. Note to Self: Be more prepared. The rose scent is calming both to mind and skin. The spray gives just enough to saturate your skin, smells wonderful and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. I cannot get enough. At the time of writing, if I had to use one face mist for the rest of time, this would be it. High praise indeed!

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

04. Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist
Both Herbivore and Omorovicza mists featured in my 2019 skincare favourites. I did and still really do enjoy using Queen of Hungary - however I feel after using both bottles up, QOHM does not pep up my skin and hydrate in the same way the coconut water does from Herbivore. It's a great face mist and if I was feeling particularly flush I'm sure I will buy again in the future. It's expensive and personally I feel Herbivore's mist is much better value for money.

05. Darphin Lumiere Essentielle 
Heard the term Princess product?  This is it. Non-essential. On the pricier side. Not something my skin benefits from, however I really did enjoy using this. The most beautiful oil serum which leaves a shot of glow to the skin. Temporarily skin looks fairly dewy after application, however I was hoping this would also hit me up with much needed hydration. Lumiere Essentielle leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and looks healthy but after the product soaks in the glow does some to disappear. A high-end spa-like product perfect for the days when you fancy a little pamper, but not essential to your daily routine. 

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

06. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
I bought this product in December 2017 when I was in New York with Brigita (my sister from another mister and who featured in my Barcelona post). At the time I knew nothing about Drunk Elephant.  It wasn't for sale on Cult Beauty at the time, my purchase was not considered and I just wanted to try something from the range as I thought the name was cool.  I have now finished this up! Hallelujah! 

Not quite sure if we should have parted a long time ago, however after spending hard earned dollars, the product was kept in the dark, smelt and felt fine. I really like this serum and B-Hydra really does pep my skin up. I've used alone, as part of my morning routine and evening session. I've mixed with foundation and also moisturiser. A little goes a long way. I kept using this, wondering when it would end and then it did. I was sad. I'd used up the whole bottle, now that's alot of hydration. I wish I'd known when it was going to run out. Much like a love affair coming to the end, there was no end in sight and then it just happened. Drunk Elephant, I wish there had been some indication you were running out. I will DEFINITELY buy this again. I love it, a great product. It ticks all the boxes and even though it's expensive, it lasts a long time!

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit   
Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

07. REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream
If you're looking for a lightweight but effective no frills moisturiser. then REN have you covered. Ultra Moisture Day Cream is hydrating, easy to apply, sinks into the skin beautifully and leaves a non-greasy finish. After using a second bottle up of this, I would been keen to grab another once I have used more of my stash up. It's great, it does the job and Drunk Elephant should take note, you can see when you're running low on the side of the bottle and need to make another order. A great moisturiser perfect for the warmer days when you don't want to block pores. Lightweight but packs a punch!

08. Origins Make A Difference (Night Cream)
A rich, hydrating, heavenly orange-scented night cream. It's lush. A completely different texture and consistency than REN's day cream. I enjoyed using this at the end of my bedtime skincare routine. It's uber thick, so only a little is needed.  My skin felt brand new the following morning. Even better when my lips were dry and very sore when the weather was much colder this was highly effective as a nourishing lip balm and with continued use transformed them over night. 

09. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
I decided to give this a whirl to detox my skin. The pink clay certainly seems to draw out all of the unwanted nasties, however for my dry skin, this was far too drying. Even after using an oil/serum or rich moisturiser, it still felt dry. It works, however this was more suited to my partner's oilier complexion. Great for oily skin-types, personally this didn't suit my skin and that is the only reason I wouldn't repurchase. A great product, just not for me. 

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10. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
When your skin really needs some attention or if you are having a few hormonal breakouts, this is the one. Peter Thomas Roth's mask is intense, it feels uncomfortable on the skin, but boy does it work! The scent would not be out of place at a Starbucks in the Autumn.  As the name would suggest it's strongly scented with that good orange stuff and it's spicy. If Starbucks could somehow replicate the scent into something we could drink when we're allowed to slurp in their coffee shops it would be appreciated. Hot or cold! Pumpkin Enzyme Mask does everything it says on tin, if you can put up with the slight stinging, it leave skin refreshed, renewed, smooth and glowing. Perfect for those crappy skin days when your skin really does require some TLC. Just make sure to follow with a hydrating moisturiser and/or face mist to complete your routine.

11. Milk Make-Up Kush Lip Balm (Green Dragon)
My lips often get really dry, even when it's warmer, so it's imperative I use lip balm regularly to protect them. I love Burts Bees and Nuxe and now I'm rather impressed with a green shaded beauty from Milk Make-Up, which would appeal to Shrek. Don't be afraid by the slime green colour, this applies to the lips to leave a silky clear balm. It's so hydrating, packed with tonnes of goodness and the minty scent in a strange way feels refreshing when applied. If you too suffer from dry or chapped lips then this is a fab balm to get them back on track.  

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

12. Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak
Going into lock-down, Tony and I decided to do something to get a little fitter with the free time we suddenly found upon us. We downloaded the Couch To 5K App and are running at least 3 times a week leaving a days rest in between. Not currently at my fittest, my leg muscles do ache after half an hour of sweating and pounding around the local playing field. I am not a glamorous runner in the slightest! 

When I've made it up the stairs at home, the first thing I normally do is have a much needed warm bath, Mio's Liquid Yoga has become part of my running routine. Well the after-care anyway. A few drops of this sloshed around the tub relax the muscles and leave my mind feeling rather clear.  Packed with essential oils including arnica, this is a real treat to come home to! A full size bottle is on order as we speak.

13. IGK 30,000 Feet Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
The only hair-care product I had so far tried from IGK was their Hot Girls Hydrating Conditioner. A rich, nourishing conditioner which I really enjoyed using. I wanted to try their Volumizing range, something to give my fairly thick hair some extra bounce. Just a little lift. I must say, I do not feel like I got the right product for my hair. It didn't increase volume, just left my hair looking lank, feeling greasy and dull (it's usually quite bouncy and shiny). After using these I felt like I needed to wash my hair again to restore its shine and to feel clean. Not for me, although I still highly recommend the Hydrating Conditioner. 

14. Aesop Post-Poo Drops
I bought this for Tony as a joke present for Christmas. It was the one present in his stocking, which I couldn't wait for him to open. He did laugh. The smell of our house is important to me and I instructed him after using the bathroom to following the instructions on the back of the bottle. This citrus scented concoction smells wonderful, however the scent soon disappears. A quick swirl of bleach/toilet duck around the bowl and an open window is much more effective. Not something I would buy again.

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

Beauty Empties: The Lockdown Edit

So there you have it, the latest products to bite the dust. Have you tried any of these? What do you think - worth the bucks or should be left on the shelf? Is there a product you have tried lately which I need to add to my shopping list? As always, please do leave a comment below.

I'll be back next week with more new content. See you next Sunday at 9am! :)