Ambitiously (or foolishly?) I’m starting my first empties post with two zeros in front of “1”, hoping there will be many more to come. Every beauty junkie knows how difficult it is to finish a product, when most of us have way too many of them. Occasionally, however, it does happen. With skincare more often, with makeup quite rare – but still, it happens and makes me feel a bit better about spending tons of money on beauty when I see the evidence of actually using it, not just hoarding it!
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is a hand cream for very dry skin. It’s one of their cult products, and it is supposed to restore moisture and suppleness. It does deliver on the promise, but I find it hard to get used to the scent and texture. The texture is very thick, it takes time to massage it into the skin, and quite a lot of time for it to sink in. Even after washing my hands I could feel the cream’s protective film – which I like for a daytime use as I’m washing my hands often. The problem is that the daytime use is off the table as this is not an office friendly cream. I end up with everything around me covered in it as I don’t have the time to wait for it to be absorbed completely. I am not big fan of the scent either, I just find it unpleasant and heavy. For that reason I avoided using it before going to bed. In the end, I mostly used it over the weekends when I’m at home and have enough time to let it work. It is great for rough hands, but for all the reasons stated above I wouldn’t purchase it again.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba, Panthenol, Methyl Soyate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Talc, CI 77288, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.
Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Make-up Remover I’ve purchased 3 or 4 times so far. It’s an effective remover that you can count on – it takes the waterproof makeup off with ease. It does not contain perfume or alcohol. It’s a two phase remover that contains oil and leaves a bit of residue on the skin. I always double cleanse, after I’ve removed all my makeup with Garnier 2in1 I use a different cleanser to wash my face and that removes all the traces of the oil from Garnier. I would recommend this one – it’s a budget friendly makeup remover for face and eyes that delivers.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclopentasloxane, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl, Palmitate, Panthenol, Rose Centifolia / Flower Water, Dipotassium Phosphate, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, CI 61565/Green 6
Vichy 48 Hour Soothing Anti-Perspirant Deodorant – Vichy deodorants are my favourite. I’ve tried them all and I can’t even remember when was the last time I bought a different brand. But this particular roll-on for sensitive and depilated skin I didn’t quite like. It’s a bit sticky and not long lasting. While I will keep repurchasing Vichy 48Hr Anti-Perspirant Spray and aluminium salts free Vichy 24 Hour Deodorant Dry Touch roll-on, I will skip the Soothing Anti-Perspirant one.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Aluminium chlorohydrate, Aluminium Sesquichlorohydrate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth-33, Parfum/Fragrance, dimethicone, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate , PEG-4 Dilaurate , PEG-4 Laurate
Phyto PhytoCitrus Color Protect Radiance Shampoo is a brilliant, botanical-based, shampoo for dyed hair. It should be used for the first four shampoos after the colour treatment, and then twice a week to restore pH, vitality, shine and preserve the colour. This is my second bottle of PhytoCitrus, I love the look and feel of my hair after using it – it helps manage the frizz, and the hair is left shiny and soft. PhytoCitrus is for all hair types. If you’re not familiar with this brand give them a try – they are hair specialists and have the great product range.
Ingredients: Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Laureth Sulfate., Propylene Glycol, Coco-Betaine (Dérivés D’huile De Coco), Cocamide Mipa, Glycol Stearate, Peg-4 Rapeseedamide (Dérivé D’huile De Colza), Lauryl Pyrrolidone, Octyldodecyl Ricinoleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (Pamplemousse), Coco Glucoside (Dérivé D’huile De Coco), Peg-15 Cocopolyamine (Dérivé D’huile De Coco), Glyceryl Oleate, Benzyl Alcohol, Quaternium 80, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein (Amande Douce), Glycerin, Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Water / Aqua (Eau Purifiée), Propylene Glycol Stearate, Tetrasodium Edta, Fragrance / Parfum, Limonene, Polyquaternium-10 (Dérivé De Cellulose De Bois), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract (Extrait De Carthame), Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Parabens (Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl)*, Methylisothiazolinone*, Methylchloroisothiazolinone*, Beta-Carotene.
Benefit Hello Flawless is another repurchase, possibly the best face powder I’ve tried to date. It’s great for setting light liquid foundations, but I love it for its great coverage when applied on it’s own. The texture is like a satin, it gives a true second skin effect, and lasts throughout the day. The only downside is the amount of product you get for your money – £25.50/7g.
^ Benefit Hello Flawless in Champagne (Me Vain?)