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A lifestyle blog by a London gal who loves plants, metal, bleaching my hair and Osaka

Tuesday 1 September 2020

It's been a little while life update/ empties #24 Lush, Philip Kingsley, Bleach London, Simple

flatlay of used beauty products including lush, bleach london, simple, directions

Ok so it's been a little while and I've still been using beauty products so it's empties o clock! Quick life update: I'm doing all right! I hope you guys are too ♡ I've managed to get a new job even in these corona times (feeling suuper lucky because it's interesting and I get to use Japanese and I'm really happy <3) but I've been sliiightly busy! So again, another long long gap in posting. Really sending you guys so much love- it is a mental time atm and now we're sort of reopening things it's almost *more* stressful navigating seeing people and going to work and wanting to return to normal whilst remembering things aren't quite there yet. Stay safe gang <3

Aaanyway, on to the empties! Because there are soo many this time, I've split them into categories

Hair dye//

Bleach London Plex Bleach// this includes alex plex so supposedly rebuilds the hair's bonds as they're being broken. I don't reeealllly know how different this is to normal but I'm not a hairdresser so ^^; my hair still lifted well though

Bleach London Total Bleach// I like this, it's a little pricier than schwarzkopf but it's lifts well too so. I love that they've reduced the plastic in this kit too- it was something that put me off buying it again before as I already own enough tint brushes so I'm glad they took it out.

Champagne Super Toner// I am going to do a whole review on this, but it was nice :)

Directions Tangerine// this was such a pretty colour and I got mad compliments on it (again, review coming soon) but it stained my hair at the roots where I put the most on and now I have a slightly orange band in my hair, love that for me. So I can't 100% recommend unless you're someone who does bright colours all the time and won't be upset if your hair is stained. 

Hair care//

Bleach Live forever shampoo// This was in the sale for £2.50 and while I do think it's slightly a lot of money at full price, it's nice and agrees with my hair and I bought two so I'm still using it atm. I might go back to using the beer shampoo next time though.

Philip Kingsley Elasticiser// This gets hyped up a lot, but I do think it's worth the money and does seem to strengthen my hair. Give it a try if you also have super damaged hair. 

L'Oreal Elvive Purple Shampoo// I liked this tbh! It's a nice enough colour and didn't dry out my hair- I still mixed it with normal shampoo to dilute it slightly. 

Tresemme Care & Protect heat protectant spray// My go- to heat protector- I prefer the spray on the full sized version, but this one is perfect for travel.


Primark overnight sleep mask//  honestly this wasn't my favourite- it didn't absorb into the skin and I didn't really feel any results that wowed me tbh. It was nice to get it as a present (thank you mama!) but I wouldn't rush to get this again. 

Simple toner// I use this allll the time, it's pretty much my go-to. But Leah Yoo (among others) have pointed out that a toner isn't suuper necessary, so I might try and go without to save money. I do like this though.

Kosé suncut sunscreen// My absolute fave Japanese sunscreen- you can tell by the fact that I cut it open to get every last scrap out (I do this with everything but usually I wait until after I take the empties photo :') ) I'll definitely get this again, for those of you that haven't tried Japanese sunscreen- even the cheaper drugstore factor 50 is just sooo much nicer to apply than British factor 50 which is often greasy and not nice to apply. 

Germolene// local anaesthetic and antiseptic cream- I put this on spots/ sunburn etc.

Simple Hydrating Gel Cream// My go-to moisturiser, it really agrees with my skin but I can't always find it in store and I don't like the green one of this- it's a little too heavy for me. I also think they've made the tube smaller :') I do really like it and keep going back to it though.

Boots expert cream cleanser// I know cream cleansers seemingly aren't so popular at the moment, but they're my fave. My go-to simple one seems to have been discontinued, so I'm on the search for a replacement atm. This one did the job, no complaints.

Body care

Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel// I love Lush shower gels, any regular reader will probably have seen this in an empties post like 3 times now, it smells good and fresh and it's perfect if you're a morning showerer like me.

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner// I liked this product in theory- it smelled great and it's a cool idea, but in practice I just felt a bit sticky. Was really nice to get it (it was a present) and I was happy to try it- I'd recommend saving it for baths/ pamper days. 


Datura lip gloss// this was free with a magazine in Japan, and while I did finish it, it wasn't my favourite at alll- it went kind of blotchy quickly and just, not my thing/ it was free so I can't really complain.

Clarins Eclat Minute Lip Gloss/ This was part of a christmas set I got as a present and was absolutely lovely- it had a really sweet scent, the colour was great for everyday on me- like a light brown-beige. 

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara// This was in that set too, and it was lovely- I got a lot of compliments. Slightly less intense than my usual Maybelline

Maybelline Collossal Big Shot Mascara (Waterproof)// I got this in Japan, but I love the Maybelline mascaras and I've been using them on and off since I was like 16. I prefer non waterproof though because it's easier to get off at the end of the day.

Barry M Base & Top Coat// This is my go-to because it's cheap, dries quickly and does the job. 

Nail Holic pink nail varnish// another one I bought in Japan- I managed to finish this up because it's a 'sophisticated' pink colour that was ideal for work when I was basically only allowed this colour. 

That's it for now- a bit of a mammoth post, but ^^; Thanks for reading!

Take care guys- please be kind to yourselves and those around you <3 

-Amy xoxo

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