Beauty, Reviews

Empty Thoughts May ’22

Hi! It’s me again. With what I used up in May. And I’m bringing this to you a lot earlier than the last couple of months. I like it and I hope to be able to stick to it. We will see. A LOT is about to change for us and I’m not sure what I will or won’t have time for or when. Anyway, without further ado…


Body

  1. The Body Shop, Strawberry Beautifying Oil (100ml, N/A) Of course this has been discontinued. It seems that nearly everything I’ve used from TBS has been discontinued by the time I finish it. I’m not sure if it says more about me or them. Maybe this just wasn’t one of their best sellers. I actually didn’t mind it, even though mine was a bit too old and didn’t smell much of strawberries anymore. It was easy to use, absorbed to my skin quickly and left it feeling very soft. It looks like they do still do a few dry oils on their website, but they’re not the most exciting scents for me, so I’ll just keep looking (or go to one of my previously mentioned favourites).
  2. Wild, Deodorant in Pomegranate & Pink Peppercorn (43g, £6) – This was another limited edition seasonal scent and I liked it. I have tried ones that I like a lot more than this one though, so I wouldn’t repurchase this particular scent again, even though there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s just, as I said, there are others I like more!
  3. Joik, Grapefruit & Mandarin Body Scrub (210g, €16.90) – Oooooh I loved this so much! It smelled citrus fresh with a bit of sweetness to it and the texture of it was deliciously scrubby, but not in a harsh way. One of my all time favourite body scrubs. Oh, and it left my skin feeling sooooo soft and beautiful. Just love it.

Candles

  1. IKEA, Wild Strawberry Candle (8cm, £1.25) – What a wonderful little candle, especially for the price! I can’t remember smelling the strawberry much, but I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t want an overpowering scent, so this would be perfect for them (yes, I’m talking about you, sis!). I would and most likely will buy more candles from that range in a heartbeat.
  2. DW Home, Grapefruit Citrus (240.9g, £3.99*) – As you can see, I got this little guy on sale. Once again, it wasn’t one of my most favourite candles from DW Home, but it did have a somewhat citrusy scent which I like, so it was ok. I’ve had others from that brand that trump this hands down though, so I wouldn’t purchase this particular one again.
  3. Yankee Candle, Candles in Blueberry, Cherry Vanilla and With Love (49g, £1) – These were little votive candles that I forgot I had until I took inventory of my candles. The one called ‘With Love’ didn’t really smell of much anymore, the ‘Cherry Vanilla’ did have that artificial cherry scent which I sometimes don’t mind and I would say the same about ‘Blueberry’ – an artificial berry scent that brings to mind autumn/winter time. For that price I would definitely buy them again, but I would also make sure to burn them soon after purchasing, rather than letting all the smell to evaporate whilst they sit in a box or a drawer for years (my bad!).

Makeup

Eyeko, Black Magic Mascara Drama & Curl (4ml, £10) – I had very much of a love-hate relationship with this guy. I LOVED how it made my lashes look and the compliments I got when wearing this, saying that I looked like I was wearing falsies, but in a good way! It gave my lashes a beautiful long lasting curling effect and made them look very voluminous and voluptuous. The downside? It was an absolute pain to take off. None of my usual makeup removers worked (not even eye makeup removers meant for waterproof mascaras), the only thing I managed to get it off with was a cleansing balm and even then I had to massage it in for ages. If you have any tips or tricks on how to take this off without making it a horrid chore, I would buy this again in a heartbeat. (I forgot to say I also really loved the super curved wand it had.)


Fragrance

Floral Street, Neon Rose (1.5ml sample) – I loved the fresh and floral scent of this one, plus it had a great lasting power! I even got compliments whilst wearing it which is not that easy to achieve with a simple albeit elegant floral perfume. The one downside to this sample was that I could only do one spray at a time because no matter how many times I pressed, it wouldn’t spray any more until some time had passed. But hey, at least I didn’t have to break it open! Just needed some patience.


Skincare

  1. Verdetta, Rose & Berries Aqua Bouncy Mask (30ml) – I have no idea what this mask was meant to do, but honestly I don’t think it did anything. So, no benefits but it also didn’t irritate my nowadays somewhat sensitive skin, so yay! The bottom line is, even if I could find where to purchase this, I wouldn’t buy it again.
  2. Sunday Riley, Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment (5ml, sample) – At first I tentatively thought I liked it, but then the more I thought about it and looked at my skin, I realised I could actually see the difference between the days when I used it and when I didn’t. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t remember the last time I could see visible difference in my skin from using a skincare product (unless it was a bad reaction or a breakout). So, happy days, right? Wrong. When I went to buy it in full size and saw the price of it, I may have had a small heart attack. £128 for a 50ml bottle. I mean… on the one hand, it really worked, but on the other hand, that’s a lot of money, especially nowadays when the price of everything is skyrocketing (looking at you, petrol! Up 8p in 4 days?!). The search continues, but the bar is set high now. We will see, I guess.
  3. Mixa, Hyalurogel Rich (50ml, £8.30) – This was a great little face cream. Rich but not greasy, it absorbed well into my skin and didn’t interfere with my makeup either. I loved the scent of it, but I can imagine it could be a bit too much if you’re very sensitive about it. I would buy it again.
  4. Lumene, Nordic-C Brightening Day Fluid with Mineral SPF 30 (10ml, £5.18) – This was not love at first sight. I thought it was greasy, left a white cast on my skin and was very hard to spread… until I worked on it for a few seconds, then it seemed to get almost room temperature buttery, spread like a dream and absorbed into my skin leaving it feeling very soft. Oh, and no white cast once it was absorbed. I feel like it is a bit on the pricey side, especially considering the amount you’re supposed to use with SPF, but hey, you do get two products in one here, so there’s a bit of a saving. Overall I’m not yet sure if I’ll be rebuying this. I guess only time will tell.
  5. Lumene, Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (50ml, €3.45) I didn’t like this much. It was very oily and made my eyes sting. I know sometimes these kind of bi-phase makeup removers can be a bit oily, because they’re literally part oil, but this was on another level. It even struggled to soak into my makeup remover pads, it would just roll off it. I wouldn’t buy this again when there are other alternatives that are less oily and don’t sting my eyes.
  6. Lumene, Nordic-C Clear Glow Cleansing Gel Scrub (15ml, £5) – This smelled great and it would’ve been a good gel face wash, but marketing it as a scrub just missed the mark in my opinion. It had these sparse little dots in it that I guess were supposed to be the scrubby bits but they did absolutely nothing for me. I wouldn’t buy this again.

That’s it! 14 products that I used up in May. Weheey! As I predicted, with me trying to find stuff that doesn’t irritate my skin, I have been using things up a lot less rapidly, taking my time letting my skin get used to things – only using products every dew days, etc. But still, I feel that 14 (16 if you count the Yankee Candles as separate entities), is not bad!

What were my top 5 favourites? The Joik scrub, for sure! And the Sunday Riley Good Genes (still sad about that one). Hmm, what else stood out? I also really enjoyed the IKEA candle and the Mixa face cream. And last but not least, I think I have to mention the mascara. It’s a begrudging favourite. I did really love it when it was on, it’s just the removal part…

Anyway! Hopefully I’ll see you before it’s time to talk about what I’ve used up in June, but if not – I’ll see you then.

G.

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