Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

August Empties

Slightly earlier than my July empties post, but yet another month has disappeared in the blink of an eye and we are almost half way through September!  So…I best get a move on with this post as I have so many more planned!

So…here goes:

Clarins Double Serum

Clarins Double Serum

I won’t need to say too much about this as I have just written a post on my thoughts now that I am at the end of this bottle so you can check out my review here:  Clarins Double Serum – A Review!

Would I repurchase?

Absolutely!  Again, see my previous post for my thoughts but I have opened my second bottle of this wonderful serum!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Another firm favourite that has featured in a few other empties posts is this sweet lime and brown sugar body scrub.  It smells simply amazing and leaves my skin soft and smooth after use without the horrible oily residue that a lot of body scrubs leave behind. I have used this for a while now and every time I think I will try a different body scrub, I regret it and end up coming back to this.  It is great for regular body exfoliation but for me, I also find it to be the best one for prepping for a spray tan prior to my dance competitions. That point around a week later when the tan is wearing off … it is perfect for getting rid of the last remaining bits of tan that aren’t budging!

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  Again and again!

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Setting Powder

I don’t think I’ve ever emptied a whole pot of setting powder and reordered the same one!  I have quite a few setting powders and only really rate a few of them.  This is definitely one that I would highly recommend.  Translucent in colour so doesn’t affect your foundation shade, finely milled so doesn’t appear caked on the skin and contains light reflecting ingredients which help to blur the appearance of imperfections.  I find this really helps the longevity of my foundation and quickly became my choice of powder in my professional makeup kit to use on my clients also.

Would I repurchase?

Yes.  One for me and one for my pro kit!!  It’s THAT good!

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – Travel Size

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm Mini

I bought these from Marks & Spencer before my trip to Spain as I absolutely love this cleanser but didn’t want to take my bigger pot just for a one week trip!  I actually only needed one of these but have used the other one up also this month.  I use this as a morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening.  I don’t waste it removing makeup despite that being one of the cleanser’s abilities, I prefer it to be cleaning my skin!!  It is a balm to oil consistency and feels super luxurious on the skin.  I also like to use this as a ten minute mask when I feel my skin needs a bit of extra TLC!

Would I repurchase?

Another yes.  Another product that I have purchased a few times over!  These little travel size versions are so handy!

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

What can I say about this product that I haven’t already said on however many posts it’s previously been mentioned in?  😛  This makeup removing balm does exactly what it says on the tin (or pot!) – it takes the day off!  This is certainly a first cleanse product in the evening to remove makeup and SPF.  If I haven’t worn either (i.e. stayed home all day) then this is the step that I would skip.  Apart from that this is a daily use for me and it really does remove everything.  After a long day of dance competition, for which I have done my makeup first thing in the morning but in a way to make it last all day, even the toughest eyeliner is removed by this.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Would I repurchase?

Yes…but I think you could have guessed the answer to that!!  😛

Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Mist

Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom

In my A very late empties post!! for July I wrote about another Bath & Body Works fragrance mist and unfortunately this one has also come to an end.  I say unfortunately because we don’t have Bath & Body Works in the UK and this was another find from New York.  It’s a wonderfully sweet cherry mist but not sickly sweet…a perfect summer scent.

Would I repurchase?

If I could, I would!  I loved this scent and bought the mini hand anti-bac gels too!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid & B5

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid & B5

I have used this on and off for a while now – probably around 18 months and it was one of the first products that I tried from The Ordinary.  If you don’t know about this already, Hyaluronic Acid isn’t an ‘acid’, it is a humectant so draws moisture to the skin.  When I finished my first bottle of this, I didn’t think I needed it in my routine so didn’t reorder it. After a while, I realised that I was lacking something and believed it to be this.  I still stand by that, however I have found that my skin prefers a different Hyaluronic serum by Hada Labo.  The Ordinary HA is nice and I found that anything I applied on top of it was being absorbed by my skin much better.  It did however have a slight tacky texture to it which I overlooked given I was always applying another product over the top.

Would I repurchase?

In honesty, probably not.   Now that I have been using the Hada Labo Premium HA for a few months I’m absolutely loving it and have no reason to reorder the version from The Ordinary.  If you’re a fan of The Ordinary and other brands under the Deciem umbrella, check out the The Ordinary & Deciem Chatroom Facebook page.

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

NIOD FECC

The science behind this product is much more than I am able to go into but what I can say is that it combines 28 technologies to target multiple signs of ageing.  I do like an eye serum that is suitable for all around the eye area including the lids, which this is.  It’s a very light oil-type of serum that doesn’t irritate or cause any issues when used under makeup.  It absorbs nicely, not too quickly, however I did find that I wanted to use something over the top that was more moisturising so often added an eye cream over the top.

Would I repurchase?

Personally, I think for the £43 price tag, it just didn’t do enough for me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice serum, just not one I would be prepared to pay full price for.  I believe I got this in a Black Friday bargain deal and would buy a set like that again, I just think for me and my budget, this wasn’t one I’d jump to re-order.

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharge Concentrate

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharge Concentrate

Clinique are certainly onto a winner in my eyes with their Moisture Surge range.  I’m always singing the praises of the moisturiser that I use every morning and I am a fan of the All About Eyes eye cream, the moisture spray, the Sleep mask and the eye roll on also!  This addition to the range is another favourite of mine now!  I had originally bought a travel size version of this to try rather than committing to yet another serum and not liking it!  I purchased this full size in Duty Free at some point and used it regularly every day under my Moisture Surge.  It is designed to give the moisturiser an added oomph of hydration for the skin.  This can be used in a number of ways but so far I’ve just used it as I described.  It can be used as the last step of moisturiser to seal in serums, as a boost under moisturiser as I do, as a makeup primer for a dewy finish or even as an eye serum to assist the hydration support of your usual eye cream.

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  I’m planning to get this back into my routine as I do love it and my skin felt more hydrated when I used it!

Rosie for Autograph – Supermodel Smile Lip Gloss

Rosie for Autograph - Supermodel Smile

I do not reach the end of lipsticks very often!  This is marketed as a lip gloss but the big thing for me is that it doesn’t have the sticky feel of a normal lip gloss.  For me this is more like a super soft, moisturising lipstick!  The shade is a very natural, pretty pink that would suit anyone!  Sometimes I have literally been in such a rush to leave the house, I have applied my SPF, thrown this on my lips and run!  I got this in the Marks & Spencer Advent calendar 2016 but as I rotate lipsticks all of the time, I can’t say I’ve used it every day but it’s certainly been an absolute favourite!

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  When I get around to it I certainly will!  I’d highly recommend this!

Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Hair & Body Wash

Dr Paw Paw Body Wash

I have always been a fan of Dr Paw Paw’s original balm for lips and dry skin on elbows / knees etc but I was intrigued to find this in TK Maxx and thought I would give it a go!  This hair and body wash smells AMAZING and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised thanks to Papaya fruit, olive oil and coconut oil.  As it is free from all nasties such as parabens and sulphates I wanted to try this as a shampoo also given that’s what it says it’s also for.  I don’t usually try anything like this on my hair but it smells so good I had to try it!  My verdict is that as a shampoo and a body wash, it is fantastic.

Would I repurchase?

I went back to TK Maxx when I ran out of this and bought the 3 bottles they had left of the shelf!  I love it!  (Oh and also picked up the 1 bottle of conditioner that they had but I haven’t tried that yet!)  😛

So that’s my August empties!  Have you used any of these?  Did you spot any of your favourites?  Let me know!!

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