Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Empties // Mini Reviews #2

These are the products I have used up over the last couple of months - As you can probably tell, I've been trying a few cleansers and quick ways to remove my make up and revitalise my skin, so its fair to say this post is mainly based around them! I'll start with the product on the far left and work my way right. Let me know what you think!

Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' EDT £36
One of the sweetest perfumes I've ever used. Girly, free spirited and perfect for summer, this is probably one of my favourites for packaging and scent, but I seem to smell it on so many people 
Repurchase? I don't think I'd repurchase it myself as I prefer a few others, but if I was even given another one I'd be thrilled. 

Dior Mascara Extase Full Size £23
Quite a nice separating and volumising mascara that doesn't clump and doesn't seem to dry out as quick as other Dior mascaras. Its also meant to condition lashes, leaving them shinier and suppler without mascara, but I can't say I've noticed a difference. 
Repurchase? No, I prefer Diorshow.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra £27
Its taken me years to find my 'holy grail' foundation, and hands down, this is it. Its a great colour match, light, and has a perfect colour match with a natural finish. Its also one of the longest lasting foundations I've ever used. I've written a full review here.
Repurchase? Already have. And if they ever discontinue this, all hell will break loose. 

Collin Resultime Regenerating Collagen Gel* Full Size £48
It has a thick serum, almost jelly consistency and seems to have cooling properties when applied. The first few times I used this my cheeks went a little red and then my skin seemed to get used to it. Now, I apply this liberally at night before my usual moisturiser, and the inevitable dry winter skin has been kept completely at bay. It also claims to have a firming effect but I haven't noticed anything, though my skin is still quite young!
Repurchase? No, as my skin isn't usually too dry, you'll love this if your skin is dehydrated. 

Batiste Paisley* £2.99
I've never felt the need to try any other dry shampoo as Batiste has always served me well between hair washes. And whilst I love the XL Volume batiste the most, I do think this Paisley holds the best scent, with fruity top notes and undertones of jasmine, rose, musk and vanilla. 
Repurchase? Yes.

Bioderma Crealine £14.50
I've tried other Micellar waters and cleansers to remove my make up, but I always find myself coming back to Bioderma. It removes make up effortlessly without any irritation whatsoever. Its not available in this country so I always get it from eBay, but there are rumours that it will be coming to Boots in 2013! Yes, its expensive, but for 500ml, it lasts long enough. 
Repurchase? Always.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water £9
This was the second bottle of this I'd bought, mainly because I adore the scent of this entire range, but I do have a few bug bears now. I don't like the pump, to soak a cotton pad requires more than a few pumps and more than that is required to remove a full face of make up. No reactions with my skin though.
Repurchase? No.

Avene Lotion Micellar Cleanser £12.50
Avene is a brand that I trust, through and through. I've never had any problems with any of their skincare products and this was no different. It removes make up nicely, and I bought it 'urgently' as my Bioderma had run out and I hadn't ordered any more. 
Repurchase? No. I like it, but at that price, for less than half of the amount in a Bioderma bottle, its seriously expensive. 

Origins 'A Perfect World' Toner £18
This was recommended to me by the sales advisor at Origins, whilst buying the moisturiser. She said that if I spent over £50, I'd get £10 off - And I'd already spent over £35 so I got it, thinking it'd only cost me £5 more. Turns out she didn't understand the offer, and I got £5 of points on my card, not £10 off. (Completely wrong)?! And then I never got to use the card because there was a time limit on the points, which I never knew about. Oops. 
Anyway, it smells nice and removes any excess dirt well but there are loads that do the same job. It didn't leave my skin 'noticeably smoother' as claimed. 
Repurchase? No, I can't believe how expensive it is for the amount!

Taaj Micellar Water Full Size £18.80
To me, this smells delightfully like cloudy lemonade. To the point that I just 'had' to taste it - Of course, it didn't, and I wouldn't recommend doing that. Removed make up well but seemed to leave a slightly tacky, though smooth, feel to my skin. 
Repurchase? No, I love the scent so much, but prefer Avene and even more so, Bioderma. 

Have you used any of these? What did you think of them?
What have you used up recently?

S xx



  1. I loved the No7 cleansing water, especially the pump of it! I did actually buy Bioderma when I ran out of it though, to see what all the fuss was about, and I don't think I'd go back to No7 now. I love paisley batiste too! xo

  2. I really need to just buy the Bioderma!! It's way past time!

  3. this is such a gorgeous picture for your empties :)

  4. I've heard mixed reviews on the cleansing water, may have to give it a shot xx

  5. I really want to try out the Lancome foundation...I'm in love with their Hypnose mascaras!

    I have the Bioderma Crealine which I'm nearly at the end of and I will repurchase, if it does come to Boots this year that will be AMAZING!!

    I've almost used up my favourite lipstick - Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy...and I don't have the funds to replace it, going to use it little and often for now :)

    Sarah @ xx

  6. I won Daisy and I love it. The whopping 100ml bottle so it'll keep me going for a while! It's really fresh and summery but doesn't linger for too long... Love the No7 cleanser. haven't actually tried any of the other stuff! Sorta eyed up that batiste but I have an unused cherry can sitting here and getting through Lace at the moment!

    Lizzums x

  7. Daisy is my favourite perfume for the day time - it's absolutely gorgeous! I love empties posts!

  8. My two must haves are Clarins Gentle Exfoliator and their Water Comfort One step cleanser. Just finished mine after nearly two years and hubby got me more for Xmas! Plus really love Marc Jacobs perfume! Have all of them including dot which was another Xmas pressie. In love with the bottles!

  9. I grabbed a 10 day sample at the Lancome counter of that foundation a while ago and loved it. Im buying it as soon as I use up one of my other ones:)

    Sara x

  10. i love looking at empties posts; i think it really shows what people have liked enough to use up... because lets face it you aren't going to use it up if it has adverse effects on your skin!! lovely blog by the way, just found it!

    Jade | Beauty Butterfly Blog

  11. Daisy is such a lovely scent. I only have a drop left :( !
    Great post

  12. Thank you for the fab review, Sarah!

    Roxie x


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