February Empties

 

Firebird Almond Milk Body Lotion – Words can’t express how happy I was to discover that this Etsy shop was still in business, and on top of that they still stock my favourite scent range. This lotion was beautiful and lightweight, and the scent lingered on my skin throughout the day. I bought two of these when I placed my order, and I’m glad I have another tub ready to use so I can keep smelling like a baby’s head 24/7.
 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender – Every year at Christmas I put the Mario Badescu spray set on my wish list, I love them and they are so handy to have on hand in my beauty cupboard. The lavender scent is not my favourite of the four, but it’s pleasant and is a nice refresher to use as part of my nightly skincare routine when the weather is warm.
 
Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap in Vanilla Bean Noel – This was a bit of a novelty purchase last year, but it smelled delicious and I’m always happy to have something Christmas themed in the house around December. I had forgotten how much I like these foaming hand soaps from Bath & Body Works, but unfortunately I’m no longer someone who will regularly fork out a lot of money for hand soap. Priorities!
 
Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish – This was part of my Christmas gift from Sebastian last year. I’m a big fan of this brand, so I was really excited to try something new from their range. I loved this scrub. The sugar did a beautiful job of exfoliating my skin and the oils left me feeling glowy and hydrated. It also had the classic sweet lemon fragrance that I love from products in this range.
 
Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I’ve used up countless tubes of this stuff. If you have never tried this mascara, please put it on your list of products to try because it’s absolutely amazing. It is my holy grail mascara, and I can’t live without it.

January Empties

 

O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray – This is the only hairspray I bother with these days, because I know is going to work with my (very) fine hair and manage to keep hold of a curl for the entire day. I think this is the second or third bottle I’ve used up in it’s entirety, and you know I had a backup sitting in the cupboard ready to go. This product is an absolute superstar in my hair care routine, and I love it.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This has been a staple in my skincare routine for many years now. I feel like Dermalogica was the starting point for my skincare obsession, and with good reason because their range is incredible. This is a product I repurchase time and time again because it works well with my sensitive skin, I credit it with keeping breakouts at bay, and I feel like it gives an overall “freshness” to the skin after use.
 
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter – I’m actually amazed I used up this entire container, but now that I’ve done so I have to say this is my new favourite body butter. The whipped texture makes it light and comfortable to use during summer, but it’s so moisturising that it really sinks into the skin and leaves you feeling baby soft.
 
Aveda Nutri Plenish Shampoo & Conditioner – This is one of my favourite shampoo/conditioner duos and it’s one I’ll be repurchasing again in the future. This leaves my hair feeling shiny and soft and smooth, and manages to tame my fly-aways, which can be a big issue for me when my hair is pretty desperate for a cut.
 

December Empties

 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – Another one bites the dust! This is my current holy-grail foundation and I have it on regular rotation. I run out, I repurchase. What I love most about this is how buildable it is. I prefer a lightweight look when it comes to my foundation, so I can apply this as light coverage most days and it’s really easy to build up on days where I need just that little bit more.
 
Kevin Murphy Staying Alive Leave In Treatment – I’ve discovered that my favourite after-shower hair care is anything that comes in a spray bottle. The convenience just cannot be beaten. I enjoyed this, I mostly used it on the ends of my hair after washing it (which, tbh I do most days). I did feel like it made my hair easier to comb through, which can sometimes be a struggle for me, but I don’t think it had much of an impact on the overall condition of my hair.
 
Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island – Glasshouse discontinued this fragrance, and I’m sad about it because it’s one of my all time favourites from their range. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty, like spun sugar with a sprinkling of sea salt. The official fragrance description is “Burnt Sugar and Fig”. It is delicious, and I don’t know why they’ve stopped producing it. Bring it back, Glasshouse!
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – I really need to stop running out of my favourite products, it makes empties posts quite repetitive. Or maybe I should be trying more new things? Nah. I will likely be churning through a lot more of these in the future, as it’s now the moisturiser Sebastian is using as well. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturiser for sensitive skin, and I will continue using it throughout 2021.
 
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – Oh look another favourite product that I’ve used up. On nights when I am feeling especially slack when it comes to my skin care routine, I’ll reach for these. And let me tell you, I reached for these a lot in 2020. They’re a great product to use on sensitive skin, and are a staple I always try to have on hand.

November Empties

 

Ecoya Candle in French Pear – French Pear is one of my favourite Spring scents, so it was lovely to have this burning in our living space this season. I am a big fan of these Ecoya candles, they have a long burn time and the throw of the scent is really good, even in an open area like our living room. I’d recommend picking this up if you’re in the market for a spicy pear fragrance for your home.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – This is one of my favourite products from the Mario Badescu range, and my favourite of their facial sprays. I have once again popped the four pack of these sprays on my Christmas wish list for this year, because I enjoyed having them as part of my beauty routine throughout the year.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Health Skin Refreshing Toner – This is a holy grail item in my beauty cupboard and I go through these tubes fairly regularly. This is a lovely lightweight toner with a refreshing cucumber sort of scent. I like to use this all year round, and it’s my favourite from the Paula’s Choice toner range.

NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I am a total convert to NARS base makeup now, and this is my new holy grail concealer. I think this is around the fourth or fifth tube I’ve made my way through since becoming a fan.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Yet another staple in my skin care routine, I tend to make my way through one of these moisturisers every couple of months. This is the perfect lightweight moisturiser and it will be a staple in my skin care routine for years to come. I wish they would come out with a bigger version because I feel like I run out of this way too quickly.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisturising Cream – This is Sebastian’s favourite moisturiser. I am not a big fan personally because I find that it has too much fragrance in it for me and my skin, but he loves it.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – My current favourite foundation, and not just because I’m glad I’ve found the perfect colour-match for my face. I like that this can be worn sheer or built up to a heavier coverage if I feel the need. One thing I will say about this though is that you need to have smooth skin for this to sit well on the face, so regular exfoliation is needed.

October Empties

 

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star The Breakfast Scrub – This is the ultimate cold weather body scrub, and one of my all-time favourite shower products. This is definitely a product that should come with the warning label “do not eat”, because it smells absolutely delicious. Not only does this smell delicious, but it’s a hard working body scrub that does a good job of keeping my skin refreshed without irritation. This is something I will repurchase time and time again because it’s a winner for me.
 
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist – This is one of the few setting mists I’ve tried that has a very fine spray, which makes it incredibly pleasant to use. I received quite a few compliments on how ‘glowy’ I looked during my time using this spray, and as nothing else in my routine had changed much I am contributing it to this product. Because of that, you can bet I have a second bottle lined up and ready to go.
 
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Weightless Mask – I’m a recent convert to the Living Proof haircare brand, and I enjoyed trying this sample size of their weightless mask. It wasn’t something that I would purchase the full-sized version of as I didn’t feel that it was hydrating enough for the ends of my hair (which can require some serious help), but it was a decent lightweight mask that I can see working well for people with fine hair that isn’t too much in need of heavy duty hydration.
 
Mecca Max ‘Bring On Bright’ Illuminating Primer – This is the second tube of this primer that I have finished up, which is a true testament to how much I enjoy using it. This is the perfect primer for those who need a bit of a glow-up before applying their makeup. I have recommended this to a few friends who are still using and loving it, and it’s at a decent price point for a primer, which is an added bonus.
 
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – When I know that I like a cleanser I tend to go all out and purchase the jumbo size to keep in my shower. Having said that, you can probably tell how I feel about this cleanser by the sheer size of it. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser. There isn’t too much variety in my skincare routine these days, which is because have spent many years finding products that work well for me. This is one of them.