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Monday, 5 August 2019

July Empties 2019

*This post contains gifted items and affiliate links.
Space NK UK

It's time for my July empties! 

A.Florence Skin Rehab Light (Gifted, available HERE for £27 for 50ml) - You all know how much I love A.Florence's products and this cream is no exception. This cream is designed for sensitised or comprised skin. It's packed full of amazing ingredients like Squalane, Ceramides, Centella, Beta Glucan - all designed to soothe, strengthen and heal skin. The cream is available in two versions Light and Rich. This is the light version. It's a gorgeous light cream that sinks into skin beautifully. It's completely non-greasy. It instantly soothes and hydrates. Although it's light, it's still incredibly nourishing. It's a perfect cream if you're using retinol or acids. It leaves skin plumped and soothed - it's fantastic.
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone!
Will I buy it? Most definitely! I've got another bottle in my skincare stash to open soon. 


Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil SPF 30 (Gifted, available from Arbonne reps only) - This is a nice light base. I'd say it's medium coverage. It blurs imperfections well. It was a tiny bit dark for my skin tone though.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Not really. It was ok but there's better out there.
Will I purchase? No as it's not the best shade match.


Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream (Gifted, available from an Arbonne rep only) - Again this was a tad too dark for me. It's medium coverage and helps colour correct and cover imperfections. 
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I purchase? No 


Touch In Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat (Gifted, available from MMCL for £22.50 or £15.75 using my affiliate code 30FROMTORIA) - This is a super light coverage serum style foundation. It's a typical K-Beauty "real skin" finish. I loved the finish of this but as I'm super oily, it wasn't long lasting enough with it being light coverage. Such a shame as it looked gorgeous on!
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes unless you have oily skin like me. It'll be especially good for dry skin types.
Will I purchase? No


Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect moisturiser with SPF 30 (Gifted, available from numerous retailers including Medik8 for £55 or £47 from Skin City) - This moisturiser does it all. It hydrates, tackles signs of aging all whilst protecting from UVA/UVB rays. It's a nice light cream. It does smell of SPF a little bit but it doesn't feel like SPF (if that makes sense). I do find that it can sting my eyes a little bit when first applied but nothing too bad. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I purchase it? Probably not as I prefer to use a separate moisturiser and SPF.


Jordan Samuel Hydrate The Mist (bought myself, available HERE for $29) - Love, love, love this mist! It's packed with loads of humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerine and has calming ingredients too like cucumber extract. Super hydrating.
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Definitely! But I'm going to wait until later in the year when shipping from within the UK becomes available so I don't have to pay customs fees again!


Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner (bought as part of a set for £21, available HERE) - Now I adore the exfoliating shampoo that goes with this but sadly the conditioner fell a bit flat for me. It smelt gorgeous (mint choc chip) and was lovely and cooling on my scalp but it just didn't leave my hair very soft. I want to be able to easily run my fingers through my wet hair after conditioning without hitting tangles - I couldn't with this.
Marks out of 10: 5/10
Do I recommend it? No
Will I repurchase? No.


Paula's Choice Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment aka 10% Azelaic Acid Booster (bought myself, costs £37 & is available from a number of retailers including Paula's Choice, Skin City, Look Fantastic UK & USA, shop around - one of them usually has an offer on!) - This is a fantastic serum to target a number of concerns, including acne, pigmentation and texture. It's a cream consistency - although quite dry / matte if that makes sense. It layers well with all products I've used alongside it (unlike The Ordinary Azelaic Acid that pills).
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Definitely in the future.


Dr Jart Soothing Hydra Solution Sheet Mask (gifted from Askmspark.com - prices vary) - This sheet mask is designed to deeply soothe and calm skin. It did just that! My skin was left super plump after.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I purchase? Yes I'd purchase this, which is a strong statement seeing as though I'm not always fussed about sheet masks.


Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6 (gifted, available from Medik8 & Skin City & other retailers for approx. £59) - You can read my full review of this serum HERE - but to re-cap...It contains a high strength form of Vitamin A that's less irritating to skin. It's very effective and works well with other products. I didn't have any irritation from this at all.
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Not this specific one as I want to try Crystal Retinal 10 next time, which is the stronger version.


Wow You Babe Butter Coconut body cream (bought myself, available HERE for £18) - This is a fantastic body cream. It's rich without being heavy or greasy. It absorbs quickly and easily and leaves skin feeling super soft and smelling amazing. The scent is a gorgeous mix of coffee and coconut - heavenly!
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Yes at some point.


Leegeehaam Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner (Gifted, available from HERE for £24.90 - now called Dr.Ceuracle Tea Tree Purifine 70 Toner) - You can read my full review of this toner HERE - but to re-cap; it's a great toner for acne prone skin like mine. It contains tea tree, BHA and Niacinamide. It's very gentle though so it perfect to use daily.
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Probably not because I prefer a hydrating toner.


Clinique Moisture Surge (bought myself available from loads of retailers including Boots, Look Fantastic for £25 for 30ml) - Wow do I love this moisturiser! It's a wonderful gel / cream consistency that hydrates skin so well. It does have that slight silicone feel to it but in a good way! It visibly plumps skin and is so cooling to apply. It's like a glass of water for your face! It's one of the only products that makes a difference to my oiliness - I'm guessing because it keeps my skin so hydrated. It's great value too!
Marks out of 10: 10
Do I recommend it? Yes! I think this cream would work for all skin types.
Will I repurchase? Most definitely! I've had to stop myself from buying it again straight away as I've got a load of creams to use up in my stash first!


Jordan Samuel Hydrate The Serum (bought myself, available HERE for $29) - This is such a gorgeous hyaluronic serum. It's not sticky, it plumps skin and keeps it super hydrated.
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Yes once it's available in the UK (some time later this year apparently).


Beauty Pie Flawless Foundation Blending Sponge (bought myself, available HERE for £4.80 for 2, if you're a member) - If you've not heard about Beauty Pie before - check out my blog post HERE. You can get your first months membership free using my referral link HERE. These are fab - very similar in texture to the original Beauty Blender. Great value too.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Yes


Avarelle Spot Patch PM (gifted, available HERE for $7.50) - These are hydrocolloid patches that you apply to a spot overnight. They help draw out the impurities and flatten the spot. They're great if you're not wanting a harsh spot treatment.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend them? Yes
Will I repurchase? No because I've found another brand that I prefer as they're thinner (Dots for Spots).


Dr Jart Ceramidin liquid (bought myself from TK Maxx for about £10. Available from numerous retailers) - Sadly I didn't get on with this. I couldn't get passed the strong fragrance. Purely personal preference. Plus it smelt strongly of alcohol too. Aside from that, it was a lovely product! It was what I'd describe as an essence as it was thick. It left skin hydrated and plump, the couple of times I used it. This has been passed on now.
Marks out of 10: 4
Do I recommend it? Yes as my dislike of it is personal preference.
Would I repurchace? No.


Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (bought myself, available from Space NK for £37) - Wow do I adore this cleanser! You know a product is great when you cut the tube to get every last bit out! It's a slightly gritty consistency but it also contains acids so you get both lots of exfoliation. It smells amazing too - really fruity. I loved it for a morning cleanse. It left my skin super bright and smooth. The only downside is the price. It's expensive! But totally worth it in my opinion.
Marks out of 10: 10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchace? Most definitely!



Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle (bought myself as part of a Latest in Beauty box, available from Boots for £8) - This is a lovely, light lotion that you apply to damp skin straight from the shower. I love that, it appeals to my lazy side! It's a gorgeous citrus scent too - really uplifting.
Marks out of 10: 7
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchace? Probably not. I prefer a body oil.


Derma V10 Exfoliating Foot Peel (won in a giveaway) - This felt a lot stronger that the previous foot peel I used. It said to leave it on for 90 mins - I took it off after 30. My feet started peeling after a few days and still are now.
Marks out of 10: 7
Do I recommend: Yes
Would I repurchace? No - I felt it was a bit too harsh for me.


Briskin AC-Control sheet mask (gifted - available HERE from Ask.Ms.Parks) - This mask was amazing! It's bio-cellulose rather than traditional paper. If you've not tried bio-cellulose before it's basically a gel / rubber consistency. It sticks to skin better, fits better & feels better! This was super hydrating with lots of serum left over. I kept this to use with my LAB LED device.
Marks out of 10: 9
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchace? Yes! And that's saying something as I'm not a huge sheet mask fan.


Lore Originals Legend Hair Mask (bought myself as part of a beauty box - can't remember which one! Available HERE for £38 for 6) - I've used one of these masks before and loved it. You apply it to dry hair, which appeals to my lazy side. My hair must be much longer than when I last used it as sadly one sachet wasn't enough to cover my hair fully. It did leave my hair softer though.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes but be mindful that you'll need 2 sachets per use, if you have long / thick hair.
Will I repurchase? No, I've had similar results with much cheaper products.


Dr Jart Ceramidin Gel Cream (bought myself for about £12 - now discontinued but you can still find them in some TK Maxx stores which is where I bought this from) - This was a gorgeous textured cream but sadly it has the same scent as the liquid so I didn't like it. It's now been passed on.
Marks out of 10: 5 purely marked down for the scent!
Do I recommend it? Yes it's a lovely cream.
Would I repurchase? No


Touch In Sol Non-Stop Swift Black Liner (Gifted, available from Boots for £9.50 or MMCL.com for £6.95 if you use my affiliate code 30FROMTORIA to save 30%) - I adore this liner - it's one of the best I've tried! It's super black, with a really fine brush tip so you can be extra precise with your wings. It lasts all day and doesn't smudge or flake either. 
Marks out of 10: 10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Yes but I'm using up the Too Faced Better Than Sex Easy Glide (HERE) one first. I received it from Boots review panel. I have to say it's on par with the Touch In Sol one but it's double the price, so it's no contest. 


Pixi Beauty Glow Glycolic Boost sheet mask (PR, available from Pixi for £10) - This was a lovely sheet mask. It was a good fit, with plenty of serum. There was even some left over! It left my skin hydrated and bright.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Yes


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturising Shower Cream-Gel (bought myself, available from Space NK & Cult Beauty for £10) - This is a lovely body wash. It has the same heavenly scent as the bum bum cream. It lathers well and leave skin feeling super soft and nourished. The scent lingers nicely too.
Marks out of 10: 9
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Already have.

And that's it for this month! Thanks for reading. 
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