Every so often we all need a bit of decluttering. It could be a life-changing experience with instant gratification and lasting feelings of lightness, sense of an achievement and possibly a new beginning. Other benefits include a permission to splash on a new wardrobe, after getting rid of four bin bags of clothes that were barely worn. Another benefit will be something to brag about at work or among peers, cleaning old cupboards or closets tends to be a task that is purposely avoided until final notice.Or maybe you like me have alarm bells in your head and every 3 months or so there is an uncontrollable itch to get rid of stuff. This time around iI aimed at clearing out my beauty cupboards. There were too many “suspects” that I needed to get rid off and once I started there was no stopping me, hanse this is only part one of my product empties spring clean edition.
Here is a small selection of half empty products lingering at the back of my bathroom shelves or makeup cupboards. I managed to finish some but others were well passed a point of even trying to salvage them. There is also a reoccurring theme including products that require a bit extra commitment when it comes to application and ending up being used only half way.
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell body cream was an expensive body cream that I bought for my wedding, two years ago. It was 3/4 used and the remaining product seems to be still reasonably ok to use. The reason I kept it was probably for sentimental value but realistically I was never going to use it up. This hefty jar was taking too much room so I got rid of it. The product itself was nice, but if memory serves me right I don’t think it was worth the splash of cash.
Omorovicza Glam Glow is one excellent gradual tan lotion. It develops very gradually and leaves no streaks. Even if you are very sloppy during application this self-tanning lotion won’t let you streak. It is a bit expensive but worth every penny, especially if you are not a pro at self-tanner and have a for a special occasion coming up.
St Tropez Gradual Tan In shower is great but does require several applications before a decent amount of colour shows on the skin. I probably used half of the tube and the novelty wore off. I think its great if you manage to put up with waiting for 5 minutes in the shower. if you are not fully committed don’t over bother testing it.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a great hair mask but with slightly inconvenient instruction for application. You have to apply it 30-50 minutes or overnight before actually washing your hair. I’m a creature of habit and normally do a hair mask after shampoo and conditioner in the shower. Every time I remember that I have this hair mask it is already too late, so I end up barely using it. This is truly a great repairing hair mask that I will look into repurchasing one day, once my hair cannot take any more beating anymore. For now, i will stick to some other great alternatives I have on hand.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Huile Lavante Bain is a great clarifying shampoo that once again I just keep on forgetting to use. It is not recommended for regular use but rather once or twice a month depending on how often you wash your hair. This shampoo does a great job stripping all the generated build up from hair products without leaving hair feeling squeaky clean. My problem with this product is that it takes forever to finish up this generous size bottle before it expires. No repurchase.
Essie Spa Starter Scrub is a great hand but more importantly foot scrub. It really brightens and softens skin in just a few seconds. I find it hard to find a good foot scrub at the drugstore. Most of them smell of some tropical fruit and are not very gritty which is kind of key. My favourite foot scrub is from Margarette Dabs which is quite pricey, but this little guy has totally replaced it. I will definitely repurchase.
Alpha H Liquid Gold was once of those hyped up products at the time. Basically, it is a glycolic asset that worked well with my complexion until my skin got used to it and I stopped seeing results. I don’t think I will be repurchasing this product since there are cheaper and as effective alternatives at the drugstore.
Soap & Glory Archery blow pencil is one of the first drugstore brands that copied designer brow products. This pen does a great job, it’s double-ended and the colour is not orange at all. The wet end of the pen dried out quite quickly but the pencil part remained intact for a good while. I really like the ashy undertone of this product and will probably repurchase it.
Dior Driorshow mascara is probably one my favourite mascaras at all time. I like the big fat brush that gives volume, thickness and a good amount of length. It dried out after a few months of use which is normal but sad considering the price. I will repurchase
Rituals Himalaya Scrub is quite gritty, have an opulent scent and does leave residue on the skin. after using up the whole jar I’m not sure that this combination actually works for me. No repurchase.
Majorica Majorca Rush Expander Edge Meister and Lash King are mascaras I purchased in Thailand. I really wish there is a way to get hold of them here in UK without paying a very high premium price. I liked the brush on Lash King a bit better since it really gives more volume and a bit of clumpiness to the lashes. both mascaras have fibres, hold a curl incredibly well and last an eternity without any fallout. Definite repurchase if I find them at a reasonable price.
Stay tuned for part two of my product empties spring clean!