For a beauty addict like me, one of the best feelings is using up a product. The sense of achievement I feel is far too sad to even begin to describe on the Internet. Put it this way, it makes me want to play Heather Small, Proud really loud.
Anyway, I have used up quite a few makeup and beauty items these past few months, so before I recycle them here's my mini reviews.
* Indicates how many times a product has been featured in a beauty graveyard post. So if you see a lot of stars it must be good ;)
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation * - After finishing my second bottle of this I am tempted to say its my favourite foundation, but I'm not quite ready to make such a sweeping statement! If you want a light coverage, long lasting and natural looking foundation try this. I have already purchased my third bottle with my Boots points (woohoo)
MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil *** - Another must have item for me, one of the best eyebrow pencils. If you don't want your eyebrows to look like you coloured them in with a felt tip please try this. This pencil is so small that you can draw individual hairs, making your brows look a lot more natural. Although my love for Lingering has recently been overshadowed by the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil!
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - I think they should re-name this the never ending bronzer. Honestly its taken me about 2 years to finally finish this thing! If you want a good, matte bronzer I would highly recommend this. Its quite dark though, so if you are pale it might not work as well for you. I loved using this instead of eyeshadow, defines your eyes with minimal effort!
Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm - My favourite ever lip balm, I have already bought another one because I cant be without it! I would never have tried this if it hadn't been recommended to me by the Beauty Team at Cosmopolitan magazine, so for that I thank them!
Benefit They're Real Mascara - This little diddy tube was free with Elle magazine, normally I'm not a fan of magazine freebies but I was intrigued to try this mascara and I'm glad I did. I love it, have since bought another 2 tubes! Its pricey but I love how it makes my lashes look, as the little torture ball wand really wings out my outer lashes and elongates my eyes.
Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel - My new favourite cleanser. I use this every night, rub it all over my face and wipe off with a warm, damp, washcloth. Removes all my makeup and feels so nice on my skin.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner - I was having a bit of a Clarins moment! Equally love the toner, doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped at all. Only downside is this bottle didn't seem to last long at all!
Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment - I used this at night as a moisturiser. This feels so hydrating and moisturising on your skin but I don't think it actually did much. I didn't notice any difference in my skin but it sure felt nice putting it on!
Yes to Carrots Nourishing Rich Moisture Day Cream - I have raved about my love for Yes to before for their amazing range of natural products. I have tried the Cucumber and Tomato moisturisers as well and I love them all. I like that these moisturisers are quite light, so if you have oilier skin and like to use products with natural ingredients I would really recommend trying out on of their moisturisers.
Yes to Cucumbers Calming Shower Gel - I discovered this shower gel on my quest to use more natual products and I havent used anything else since. Its pricey for a shower gel at £8.00 but its a massive 500ml bottle so lasts you months and theres no nasty chemicals in it.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion - I liked this body moisturiser, wasn't too keen on the smell but not really a big deal. Just didn't last me long at all, I tend to slap on my moisturiser, hence why I love my gigantic bottles of E45.
Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream - This was a freebie and thank God because it was the strongest smelling cream I have ever come across in my 26 years on this planet. Honestly it was so overpowering and really not in a good way, more of a nauseous headache inducing way. I couldn't even bear to wear any perfume after using this.
Zoya Remove + ** - When you change your nail polish as much as I do your nails need a little bit of extra TLC. This is my favourite nail polish remover, if I use a cheap standard removed my nails literally dry out and break. This makes my nail varnish last a good week and doesn't damage my nails at all. I get mine from eBay or Amazon, its £10 which is expensive but I find it lasts me a good few months.
Lush Big Shampoo ** - I hate the smell of Lush, I hold my breath as I walk past but their Big Sea Salt Shampoo smells divine! This shampoo has little bits of sea salt in to really clean your hair and add volume, I really like using this as I have quite greasy hair and this makes it feel so clean.
Moroccanoil ** - Apart from shampoo and conditioner, this is pretty much the only other thing I use in my hair. I use it every time I wash my hair, I just run 2 pumps through the ends. I swear this completely transformed my damaged, frizzy ends and I would never be without it now.
Aussie Mega Shampoo * - Can you tell I have a new favourite shampoo and conditioner? Recommended to me by my sister after moaning that my hair always felt greasy, I have not used anything since trying these and as you can see have got through countless bottles. I love it, my hair feels so clean and healthy after using it and its cheap too!
Aussie Mega Instant Conditioner - This is the conditioner from the same line and I love it equally. Leaves my hair smooth and soft but doesn't leave it feeling weighed down or greasy. I think I will be using these for a long time to come!
If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them, as you can see I discovered some of my all time favourite products through people's recommendations, so I always want more!