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Saturday, 3 November 2018

October Empties

Space NK UK

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October has been and gone, so here's a quick run down of the products I finished / got rid of this month. To pinch the description from Caroline Hirons - these are my empties and meh products.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel* - I've used a fair few of these now and absolutely love them! I like to save them for when I go away as they're so convenient for travel.


Clarks Botanicals Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream - I adore this cream and have used a few samples of it now. It's a safe bet to take with me when travelling. I'll definitely buy a pot of it at some point.


Clarks Botanicals Soothing Marine Cream - This is the first time I've tried this cream. It's nice enough but compared to the Overnight Retinol cream, it left me feeling a little flat! Not that it's bad but it just didn't wow me. 


Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Serum - First time I've tried this, I love the face serum so had high hopes for this. It definitely lived up to my expectations! Is a great gel texture, easily absorbed and worked well for both AM and PM use. 



REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Salt Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Body Scrub* - This is a lovely body scrub but I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with it. It's a lovely fine scrub encased in a balm. You apply to skin prior to getting in the bath or shower. I found this really messy - it gets everywhere! I ended up standing in the bath before putting the shower on, so if any bits fell off, it didn't go all over my bathroom. I found you need quite a lot of product to cover your body so it's not the best value for money. It's got an invigorating, fresh scent. Once you get in the shower, you rub the scrub into skin then rinse. The balm emulsifies really well and leaves skin feeling super soft, which I loved. As for the anti-fatigue benefits - I didn't notice any effects to be honest. I wouldn't buy this again. 


Omorovicza Moor Cream cleanser* - I hate to say it but for me, this doesn't live up to the hype. I had such high expectations of this after hearing so many glowing reviews but I just found it to be a bit meh. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice cleanser but I wouldn't buy it out of choice. I used it for a second or morning cleanse. It was nice and invigorating due to it's mentholly scent. It left skin feeling soft too.


Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum* - gifted by brand. I've already done a detailed review for this serum (click here to read it) but I want to continue from that now I've finished the bottle. I think this is a brilliant Vitamin C serum that works well at brightening my skin tone. It works well with everything, there's never any pilling issues. Now it does darken in colour over time but the brand assured me it's the natural ingredients not oxidisation and that the serum is still effective for 6 months. I used this most days and it lasted 5 months. Now the million pound question, will I buy it again? At the moment the answer is no. The only reason why is that I haven't tried any other Vitamin C serums to compare it to! So as much as I love this one, I could potentially find one that works just as well for much less money. And as this is very expensive (a whopping £135 a bottle!!) I owe it to my bank balance to at least try some of the cheaper alternative out there. If they don't compare, then I'll certainly buy this again!

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (shade C3) - I've loved this cheap and cheerful concealer! For the price, a whole £4, it's a steal. It's thick and creamy and blends well. It does a great job at covering my dark circles. I did seem to go through it quickly though, as it only contains 3.4g of product but for the price, I can't grumble. I've not re-bought yet as I'm trying out the newest Makeup Revolution Fast Base concealer instead (also great for the price) but I'll certainly buy again in the future.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%* - I think there was a bit left in this but it's going all the same. This was definitely a meh product. I loved the effects of it but it's such a difficult product to use! It really doesn't play well with others which is a big no no for me. It often pilled which drives me mad! So I won't be re-buying this.

Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion* - again another Meh product for me. It was nice enough but not really for my skin type. It was just a bit boring to be honest! I think it would be brilliant though for those with dry skin.

Veneffect Micro-Exfoliant - I absolutely love this cleanser! I got this tube in my birthday gift from Space NK back in May but only just got round to using it when I got another one in the latest Space NK GWP. I wish I'd used it sooner! It's a very fine physical exfoliator as well as containing willow bark which performs similar to Salicylic acid. Despite this I find it pretty gentle on my skin. It's a perfect AM cleanse for me. The lovey @the.wrinkle.phobic sent me her tube too as she knows how much I love it and it doesn't work for her! How kind, right?!If you're not following her already, check out her stunning Instagram. So now I've got a couple of tubes to go at - YAY!!


Odacite Baobab-Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate for eyes - This is a gorgeous, rich, thick oil. You only need one drop to easily cover both eye areas so this little vial lasted quite a while! I found it very effective at hydrating my under eye area. I wouldn't buy full sized just because I prefer an eye product that targets my dark circles. 

Soaper Duper Shea Butter body wash - OMG this body wash is just amazing!! Honestly the nicest I've ever used! It's super rich and creamy, it lathers up really well. It smells to die for - almost like white chocolate. It leaves skin really soft and nourished afterwards. I'll definitely be buying a full sized bottle of this once I've used some other shower gels in my stash up!

Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel mask - This mask was pretty good. It's a thick clear gel with a lovely fruity scent. I left my skin nice and soft after use. I liked that it contains both Azelaic and Glycolic acid. I don't think I'd re-buy as it's not the cheapest and I prefer using an acid toner or serum instead.
Rodial Stem Cell Cleanser - again this was nice enough but not one I'd re-buy. It's a lovely thick cream that feels really nourishing. It does a good job at removing makeup and SPF. I found the scent to be overpowering although it was a pleasant floral fragrance. 


Verso Reviving Eye Mask* - These are gel masks that go under your eyes. They fit well and were lovely and cooling. I left them on for 20 mins as directed. They contain Retinol 8 and wow could you tell! Mu under eye area was visibly plumped after using these, it made such a difference! I got this in a Space NK GWP - they're normally £50 for 4 pairs. I'm not sure if I'd pay that to be honest as good as they were! I'd prefer to spend that money on a good under eye cream or a concealer! But if you are into eye masks - I definitely recommend these!



Drunk Elephant Protini sample - Out of the whole Drunk Elephant range, this was the one I was dying to try the most so I was super happy to see Space NK having it as part of their samples range to choose with your order. So long story short, I loved it! It's a gorgeous rich cream but not heavy. I'll definitely purchase it in the future, once I've got through some of my stash!



And that's your lot for this month! Spot any favourites or products you'd like to try?


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