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Friday, 31 July 2015

Empties | July 2015

I know, I know; I can barely believe we're now at the end of July, another month passed, et cetera... Seriously though, where is 2015 going!? I feel like Summer is pretty much over even though the kids have only just broken up from school, the weather for the last week or so has been pretty miserable! Someone needs to tell July that it is not February and this weather is inappropriate. I don't think anything noteworthy has happened this month; it's been a busy one nonetheless with plenty of work, volunteering, and losing patience with waiting for my car to be fixed... I've had a couple of nice walks with a good friend and eaten probably a bit too much cake - that's what winter weather in July does to you! Anyway, onwards with this month's empties; there are more than I was expecting, though still a pretty poor month for me...
July Empties #bbloggers
July 2015 Empties
The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Butter | This smells absolutely beautiful. I really love The Body Shop's fruity body butters and this one is no exception, it's sweet and fresh, and a product I genuinely look forward to using. That aside, it has also been doing a pretty good job of hydrating my eczema-prone skin, as TBS body butters usually do.
Repurchase? Yes - I already have!!
Eau Thermale Avène XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Balm| I've been making an effort to finish this up for the last couple of months and it seems to have gone on forever! I'm done now though and I have to say, for all its marketing towards people with extremely dry skin, this didn't do much for me - after applying in the morning, my legs were just as dry and itchy as ever by the evening. As I mentioned in my review, it does contain Liquid Paraffin which my skin doesn't seem to like, so that could well be why.
Repurchase? No.
GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation | I feel like I'm cheating a little by including this as I haven't actually finished it; I cut the tube open thinking there'd be enough for one final use, only to discover it was pretty much half-full! So I've decanted it into a little sample pot and will be using it up over the coming weeks. This is one of my favourite foundations, it gives a brilliant coverage and has a lovely finish, and lasts well on my skin.
Repurchase? Already have.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser | This is one of my favourite primers; it works pretty well at hiding the crater-like pores on my cheeks and keeping my make-up in place, all whilst smelling reassuringly of tea tree oil. If you're not a fan of the smell then you will not love this, but I do recommend giving it a try if you have oily skin, problem pores or both!
Repurchase? Almost definitely.
Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo | This is by no means a favourite but I do keep picking up Batiste as it's the most readily-available dry shampoo; I think this particular can came from Aldi! It does the job for freshening up second-day hair for me, though I definitely prefer CoLab having tried it!
Repurchase? Probably, though through convenience rather than preference.
Beauty Empties July 2015
Lacura Cotton Pads  Cheap and plentiful, I think a double-pack of these is about £1 and easy to chuck in the trolley whilst doing the food shop at Aldi! These do their intended job and they do it perfectly well - removal of eye make-up and nail polish and the application of toner. There is nothing exciting about cotton pads, I'm afraid, but there they are.
Repurchase? Yes.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | I basically picked this up because I'd never tried it and have always heard how good it is. I feel like maybe I used a different product because I thought it was awful; there are definitely budget brands offering far better products at lower prices! The powder was chalky and unnatural on my skin and really didn't do anything to keep my skin matte. A massive disappointment for me!
Repurchase? Not in a month of Sundays.
CoLab Monaco Dry Shampoo | I'd been wanting to try this a while so I was positively gleeful to receive the travel-sized can in my Latest In Beauty #LIBAwards box earlier this month; I have to admit it's not my favourite of the CoLab scents, but it worked just as well as the other variants in terms of freshening up my roots and absorbing oiliness without leaving that tell-tale white residue.
Repurchase? Probably not this version.
Stila Smudge Stick in 'Damsel' | This came with my Stila In The Light palette and I loved it; it has a gorgeous soft, creamy texture which made it easy and comfortable to apply, and it lasted well even in my waterline. I think these are quite pricey for eyeliners but there are often some great gift-sets around the Christmas period so I'd consider picking one of those up, as I will miss having this in my routine.
Repurchase? Maybe.
And that's another month's worth of empties popped into the recycling! Have you tried any of these products? Any recommendations for powders that will keep my oily skin in check?

[*Product provided for consideration.]


  1. I love the aldi cotton pads, only ones that don't fleece for me. I really recommend Seventeen's Stay Time pressed powder, Think I'm on my third one now. I didn't like the Stay Matte either!

  2. I am a big fan of the CoLab dry shampoos, I much prefer then to Batiste x

  3. I love the Body Shop raspberry scrub too :) I wasn't that into Colab unfortunately but I do love Batiste xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  4. I need to try that tea tree pore minimiser. Every thing you said sounds wonderful..anything for my oily ski.

  5. I love the Body Shop primer and need to get a new one. Too bad about the Rimmel powder! I wan thinking of getting it, but I'm not sure I will now

    Pink Frenzy


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