19 January 2016

New Year Empties

Happy belated New Year - I can't believe we're into 2016 already!

Today I wanted to share with you a few products that I've recently used up. This January I have put myself on a 6 month 'Spending Ban' (more info on this to come) so I suspect you'll be seeing a few more of these posts as the year goes on...

L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Shampoo (£3.99) is by far my favorite shampoo, not only of 2015, but possibly of all time. I  have used this for years and tend to always have a bottle on rotation. It has a creamy formula that gets your hair really clean without drying it out or leaving it 'squeaky'. I have naturally thick, coarse hair that has taken a bashing from dyes and heat over the last few years and this works wonders on it. I use the matching conditioner too but I don't go through that half as quick.

Next up is Rimmel's Wake Me Up Radiance BB Cream. This isn't technically an empty as it's still 2/3rds full... But I dislike it that much it's going straight in the bin with my actual empties this evening. I love a good BB Cream, and the colour match was almost perfect! The downside for me is that it's just so hard to blend. I have used various brushes, my beauty blender, and even my fingers but all I'm ever left with is a streaky finish, and the product just seems to roll off my face in dry little balls? Trust me, it's not a pleasant experience. At £6.99 it's would be a reasonable price if I could make use of it. Please let me know if you tried this and if it worked for you as it seems such a shame to waste it.

I mentioned in my What's in my Handbag post that I suffer from really dry hands in the winter,Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Hand Cream (£3.99) is one of my favourites. This hand cream as it's lightweight and non greasy. Compared to the Aveeno which I'm using currently, it's much lighter and absorbs quicker, but it doesn't last as well throughout the day.

Deodorants are still a bit of a taboo subject amongst beauty bloggers, but let's be honest, we all wear them and we'd be lost without them, or at least I hope we all would? One of my favourites is Dove's Go Fresh in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena (£2.30). This smells so fresh and uplifting and it doesn't leave any white marks. Thankfully I'm not usually a sweaty person (TMI) and this anti perspirant does the job just fine. I also really like the Cucumber and Green Tea version.

For work I like to keep my makeup simple and fuss free. I like to reach for an eyeliner though to bring out my eyes a bit and enhance my mascara. Lately I'd been using L'Oreal's Super Liner Eye Liner in Deep Violet (£5.99). I like that this isn't as harsh as a black liner but it still really makes my green eyes stand out. I also love that I don't have to sharpen this one, you just twist it up. The formula is creamy without it smudging all under your eyes. I'm in desperate need of picking up another one of these.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara (£9.99) has taken over as my favourite drugstore mascara. It has a rubber brush that is small enough to get all the little lashes, yet big enough to create some volume when applying a few coats. This mascara has a great formulas that's buildable and doesn't flake. I'm currently using Maybelline's The Rocket mascara which is really nice, but I miss the brush of this one.

Lastly I've finished up my travel size bottle of CO Lab Dry Shampoo in RIO (£1.99). I loved the smell of this dry shampoo but I have to admit, I prefer Batiste's Tropical Dry Shampoo a little more. I find that the Batiste has a chalky residue that helps to absorbs any excess oil much more effectively than the CO Lab one. I'm a sucker for dry shampoo's though, so please leave me your recommendations in the comments below.

I hope everyone had a fantastic festive period and is having a great start to the new year. I feel so excited and positive for this coming year, I can't wait to see what 2016 brings!

I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone in the blogger-sphere for supporting me and my blog over the past year. Lippy In The City has now officially turned One and I couldn't be prouder! Knowing that a small handful of you lovely people read my blog on a regular basis makes me so happy, so thank you once again!

Here's to a great 2016... xoxo


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