Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Empties # 8// Bleach London, MAC, Lee Stafford and more

Empties Bleach London Mac Lee Stafford
Long time no empties! Over the last couple of months I've used up a fair few items, so in today's post as usual I'll be writing some mini reviews. This round of empties include some items I loved and am pretty sad to have finished, like my Lee Stafford silver shampoo and my mini Bayliss and Harding shower gel.


Schwarzkopf 00B absolute platinum bleach// I only buy packet bleach in emergencies (because it's waaay cheaper to buy a lot of bleach powder and developer separately from a hair supplies store) but this or Bleach's are the ones I tend to pick up. It did the job, although I definitely prefer buying developer and bleach powder separately to save money.

Bleach London white toner// I tried this when my roots weren't quite light enough (I'd let my roots grow out too long, so my bleach job didn't come out amazingly) so this didn't really have a fair test. I did see a colour change (from orange to less brassy yellow-orange.... whoops) and I definitely want to pick this up again and try it on actual custard yellow roots to see how it's really supposed to work.

Bayliss and Harding jojoba, silk and almond oil bath and shower gel// this scent is sooo good! I got the body cream of this before and it's lovely! And I also bought the soap of this- it's not too much more than your average liquid soap, but it smells heavenly and doesn't seem to dry my hands out as much. This actually came in a little cracker at Christmas and it was suuch a nice thing to recieve-definitely would repurchase.

L'oreal Elvive extraordinary oil nourishing hair masque balm dry hair// This made my hair feel really silky and smooth, smelled nice and is pretty cheap. Only slight problem is that it's not white- which isn't normally a problem but sometimes I like to use a hair mask with a bit of hair dye in for a deep condition/ colour top up hair treatment and I wouldn't be able to do that with this. But apart from that, I'd definitely recommend this! Zoe London also recommended it so you know it's legit.

Lee Stafford silver shampoo// This shampoo was fairly cheap at £7, and it does the job, lathers really nicely and smells amazing. It's also pretty easy to get your hands on, which is a definite plus. This is a more pink-toned silver shampoo, and it does make your hair go a little pink if you use it every time you wash your hair. Depending on what I'm after, I don't mind a pink tint but it's definitely something to keep in mind. I tended to use this and then Bleach's silver shampoo (which is more blue toned) in rotation. I'd definitely get this again though.

Rimmel stay matte face powder// This powder matched my pale skin tone and I got on pretty well with it. I think I'll repurchase it, seeing as it's pretty cheap and I was happy with how it looked. My one gripe was the packaging- it definitely looks cheap, and the lid cracked along the sides which made it a bit of a nightmare- I couldn't really travel with it once I had used a lot up- as the dregs of the powder would end up escaping and making a mess. Not a great shade range either- looking online it seems to be 6 different shades of beige.
Empties Bleach London Mac Lee Stafford
Simple kind to skin protecting facial moisturiser// I love simple as a brand- most of my skincare products come from them- but when it comes to moisturisers, I definitely prefer the blue oil control one to this one- it feels more moisturising, smells nicer and my face just seems to get on better with it than with this one. I ended up using this up as a body moisturiser.

Bioré nose pore strips// These are a little pricey, but I trust them to get the job done and sort my blackheads out. Not much to say about pore strips really is there?

Garnier micellar water// You guys have all probably heard the hype about this one, and it's my eye make up remover of choice- it's cheap, not too irritating on my eyes and gets my makeup off. I've probably bought at least 4 bottles of this now.

MAC prep and prime skin// I hadn't used primers too much before I tried this- my normal sunscreen works fine as a primer, but I got this as a sample when I bought my MAC Russian Red lipstick, and it was nice to have on nights out (SPF apparently turns out strangely in flash photos). It's quite pearly, which I'm not sure if I liked the idea of, but it didn't make me look greasy or anything. I liked it, but I think I'll try one of The Ordinary's primers (which are about £5) before I go and blow £20 on the full sized version of this.

Now I've done this post, I can finally recycle my mini-hoard of empty bottles!  I find using up products really satisfying, especially now I'm trying to cure my hair product hoarding by having only one of each thing (i.e. finishing something means I can buy a new one!) Do you find using up products weirdly satisfying? Is there any type of beauty item you tend to collect loads of?

Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo

Empties#7: Lush, Crazy color, Lee Stafford, Etude house etc.//Hair update: barely there pink with DIY pink shampoo//  Radio Silence: life lately//
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