Well, here we are, at the end of January - already! I have no idea where this month has gone to be honest, it's been a busy one for me what with starting a new job one day per week and trying to fit that round my existing job and other commitments... All good fun, though! I've also finished off a good handful of beauty products so, as per tradition, let's have a sort through my recycling for the month:
Repurchase? Maybe, but I wouldn't seek it out.
ELF High Definition Powder | I still haven't really made up my mind whether I loved this or hated it, although I have now used it all either way. In theory it's great but in practice I felt it was somewhat lacking - it seemed to leave a white cast to my skin which I wasn't loving. I did think it made my skin look smoother in photos, but sadly not in real life. Also it had a weird silicon-y texture to it which I'm kind of undecided on, too.
Repurchase? Who knows?! (Probably not.)
Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Wrinkles & Radiance Day Cream* | I really, really liked this day cream; everything from the texture to the subtle fragrance was just lovely! It sank into my skin really quickly, left me feeling hydrated but not greasy or sticky, and I actually did think it helped a little with the beginnings of fine lines that I have on my forehead and around my mouth. Two minor bugbears for me were the jar-style packaging (hygiene issues!) and the lack of SPF (memory issues!)
Repurchase? Maybe. I did really like it but I have a few day creams to use up, and somehow Yves Rocher isn't a brand I ever think to order from.
Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner | This is my second bottle of this super-budget-friendly toner and I do still really like it; I do feel like it leaves my skin brighter and more even in tone when I use it regularly. That said, I think I may stray from it to try pastures new (read: something with a higher concentration of Glycolic Acid).
Repurchase? Maybe, at some point down the line.
Yardley Polaire Eau de Toilette | I won this ages ago in a giveaway and whilst it's not a scent I'd have chosen for myself and hasn't been one I've reached for daily, I have enjoyed wearing something a little different to my normal tastes. With notes including pear, freesia, rose, ginger, pink pepper, patchouli and amber, this is very much a floral fragrance to my nose.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Repurchase? Maybe; it's a nice range, and reasonably priced.
Boots Botanics Shine Away Invigorating Face Scrub | This is a lovely budget-friendly exfoliator which I tend to use in the shower after I've been to the gym; a gel base with exfoliating particles that aren't too harsh on the skin, I'd say I've been using this two or three times per week. It works well to smooth out any dry or rough areas of skin without causing irritation or soreness, and although I can't say I've noticed any mattifying effect from using it, I wasn't really expecting to and don't really mind!
Repurchase? Already have.
Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder | Yeah that's right, I've finished off two powders this month! I quite liked this Rimmel number actually, it didn't oxidise on my skin and seemed to work pretty well at setting my foundation, although I'd prefer something that kept me a little more matte. Still, you can't have everything in life!
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter | This may have been picked up as a "one for me" purchase whilst Christmas shopping... Well, with 3 for 2 on Boots gift sets, it would have been rude not to, wouldn't it!? I love the Sugar Crush fragrance - sweet and citrussy, it's exactly my cup of tea, and this mini body butter didn't last me long at all as I used it basically daily after going to the gym.
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer | Oh boy, am I glad to see the back of this one! I've been trying to use it up for months and it's seemed never-ending. Maybe because the pump broke? Anyway, I hated it. It smelt like rubbing vodka on my face (oh, hello, Alcohol Denat. in the ingredients list), made my foundation go on funny, and didn't even have the good grace to keep my skin matte after all that. A crashing disappointment here!
Repurchase? Not in a month of Sundays.
COLAB Rio Dry Shampoo | Ah COLAB; my new dry shampoo love! This has well and truly replaced Batiste as my go-to dry shampoo choice, although unfortunately it's not quite as widely available, so I do end up picking up Batiste in the supermarket in desperate times. I love Rio's tropical scent and find that it works well for me to absorb excess oil at my roots on second-day hair, without the horrible white cast that some dry shampoos leave.
Repurchase? Already have.
So January hasn't been a bad month in terms of clearing out my mountain of beauty products!! Have you tried any of these?
[*Product provided for consideration.]