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Over the years, beauty has become one of my biggest passions. I’m by no means an expert, but I absolutely love discovering new brands and reading product reviews. I know many of you are like me in this respect. This is why I knew I wanted to dedicate a separate feature to products I’ve tried and used up way before I even started this blog!
Because I love trying new things so much, it normally takes me a long time to finish a product. It wasn’t until I looked at the stash of empty product containers I hid in my closet for the purpose of this post that I realised how many products I actually went through! There were way too many to be featured in one post, so I decided to split them into two separate posts instead. Without much further ado, here’s the first part of my empties series… sit back and enjoy!
I first purchased this conditioner upon my friend’s recommendation – I was already a fan of Aussie products at that point, so it didn’t take much convincing. I am extremely impatient when it comes to conditioners – I always tend to rinse them out too soon. With this product, it really isn’t an issue, as it promises to improve your hair’s condition in just 3 minutes. I’ve found it’s not just a marketing ploy. It really did leave my hair smooth, less frizzy, and made my split ends less visible.
Will I be repurchasing?: I repurchased this conditioner a couple of times in the past, but I have recently discovered two products that might work even better for me, so I currently do not have any plans to buy this one again.
In one of her vlogs, Lydia mentioned this shampoo as a perfect product for people with a sensitive scalp. It is a problem I’ve been struggling with for years, with many hair products leaving my scalp dry and itchy, so this shampoo sounded like an absolute godsend… Made with more than 97% naturally sourced ingredients, it is perfect for fragile or stressed-out hair. During my next shopping trip, it went straight in the basket and it did not disappoint! Not only did it have a lovely lavender scent, but it also left my locks fresh and healthy-looking without irritating my scalp. Thanks to the pump dispenser, you don’t need a lot of product so it lasts for absolute ages too!
Will I be repurchasing?: The only reason I’m not planning to repurchase it at the moment is the fact that I’ve recently discovered a great shampoo and it’s the only one I’ve been using lately. Otherwise, I would’ve purchased a replacement long ago.
Anything coconut-scented is a clear winner in my book. If it’s made of 100% natural ingredients and completely cruelty-free, all the better! From the moment I was given this body wash last Christmas, I was really excited to try it out. At first, I found it hard to get used to its runny consistency, but it’s to be expected in SLS-free products. Once I got the hang of it, I came to love this body wash. It left my skin gently cleansed, nicely hydrated, and smelling beautifully!
Will I be repurchasing?: If I can find it in my local TK Maxx, I probably will!
And now on to the legendary trio of Benefit mascaras… I first purchased these minis with the intention of trying them all out and purchasing the full-size version of my favourite one. After seeing all the positive reviews, I had high hopes for this particular product. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about it. The brush helps define your lashes, leaving them looking full and lengthened. However, with time the mascara started sticking my lashes together. I am unsure whether the formula is to blame or I simply left the mascara open for too long. Either way, I expected more from it.
Will I be repurchasing?: As my overall impression of this mascara is positive, I will most likely give it another chance eventually to see if I still experience the same issues.
This mascara promises to give you fluttery, curled lashes, and in my case it delivered on the promise. The angled applicator helped separate and lift my naturally short lashes to make them seem more defined without the use of an eyelash curler. It was perfect for when I was in need of a more natural look, but it just didn’t have that wow factor I was hoping for. I think adding another coat of a volumising mascara might do the trick.
Will I be repurchasing?: Again, I will most likely give it a second chance one day, just not in the nearest future.
To say that there was some buzz surrounding the launch of the latest addition to Benefit’s mascara collection would be an understatement. After all, its reveal featured a silver space pod to signify the fact that the mascara contains aero-particles typically used in spacesuits. After reading all the glowing reviews on social media, I simply had to get my hands on it. I was immediately sold on the dramatic look it gave me without the dreaded spidery lashes. It lasts throughout the day, but the downside is that I do find it a bit of a hassle to remove.
Will I be repurchasing?: I’m currently halfway through my first full-size tub of this product, with a second one already waiting for its turn in my makeup stash. I normally have to alternate between mascaras. If I use the same one for too long, it either starts losing its effect or I get bored with it, so I will think twice before repurchasing it.
I got the mini version of this mascara in my local TK Maxx and it was love at first application. It added noticeable volume and length to my lashes without flaking or getting clumpy. All the while, it created a very natural effect, so if you’re after the coveted false-lash effect, it might not be the best choice for you. My only concern is the fact that one of the reviews I read said it contains toxic substances, which is a very serious claim.
Will I be repurchasing?: The jury is out on this one. I need to do more research on the ingredients before I can decide, but I would gladly have this mascara back in my life.
Although True Match is my all-time favourite drugstore foundation, I was a little hesitant to try the matching concealer because I already have a number of firm favourites. My friend, on the other hand, swears by this concealer. I eventually followed her advice and purchased a tub in the shade Vanilla when it was on sale. At first, I found it a little hard to work with because of its lightweight formula. With time, I came to appreciate the natural effect on my skin. It almost feels as if you are wearing no concealer, but the downside is that it needs to be retouched after a few hours.
Will I be repurchasing?: I don’t intend to repurchase it in the nearest future – I think I will stick to my favourites for now.
I feel like everyone and their mother has been raving about this concealer, which sells with an estimated rate of 10 per minute in the UK alone. Although I joined the hype fairly late, I can now say with confidence that it has been flying off the shelves for good reason. I am yet to find a better drugstore concealer. I always get it in the shade Fair and it does a perfect job of covering my dark circles without looking cakey. The small applicator makes it extremely easy to cover small spots or the area around my nose. It doesn’t crease, stays in place for hours, and each tub lasts me a surprisingly long time. At £4.19, what more could I possibly want?
Will I be repurchasing?: I always stock up on this concealer whenever I’m in Boots or Superdrug – there are at least 5 tubs in my spare makeup bag, so you know it’s serious. If I ever let my concealer stash run a little low, you can officially feel alarmed.
I first got this concealer after I heard everyone say that it’s the best dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape currently available on the market, and for a fraction of the price. Just like Shape Tape, it is more on the thicker side and has a big applicator, which comes in handy whenever I’m in need of more coverage. I’ve tried a number of different shades, but I keep coming back to C2. The best part is that thanks to an amazing shade range, everyone should be able to find one that matches their skin tone. My only complain is that you get a relatively small amount of product, so I always tend to run out quickly.
Will I be repurchasing?: I still have a few left, so I’m all set for now. However, I feel like it’s a product I will keep coming back to.
So, that is the end of my round-up of products I have recently used up… Have you ever tried any of these products? Are there any you would like to try?