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Monday 20 September 2021

Empties #27 Mary Quant// Clinique // Bleach London // Lush


Empty products from brands including Clinique, Mary Quant, Bleach London and Lush

It's that time again.. It's empties o clock!


Bleach London Total Bleach x 2// I'm having good results with this recently so I keep using it. Nothing else to say : )

Bleach London White Toner// I think I left it on too long for *my* hair- I left it the full processing time and ended up with some greenish bluish tones (that washed out thankfully). I think I needed to do just the roots with this cos they were the yellow bits. TBH I just want to go to the hairdresser for a colour corrector.

Bleach Beer Hair Mask// Love this- atm I'm alternating between this and reincarnation mask instead of conditioner, and my hair seems pretty happy :)

Bleach Live Forever Shampoo// I like this a lot! I'm back on the Tresemmé at the moment because you get a lot more shampoo for your money, but I'd pick this up again for sure. I think this was actually my third or fourth bottle of this shampoo. 


Mary Quant Misty Jet// I've always thought facial sprays were a bit of an extravagance, but I do get staff discount on MQ products (Disclosure: I do work at Mary Quant- I haven't been paid/told to write this blog post but obviously I *am* paid by MQ to do my job...) So I tried it, and I really liked it! This one's super moisturising and really makes my skin look and feel nice. I am already halfway through another bottle of this. Sadly it's been discontinued but we have a nice tropical scented one that I want to try next time :)

Mary Quant Block & Block Perfect Protection// I'm super pale and need a super high SPF or I burn. Block & Block was renewed this year which is exciting- it's still nice and moisturising and sinks into the skin well, but it might be a little thicker than the old formula. B&B also blocks pollution and pollen from irritating your face, and calms inflammation which is a big plus! My skin definitely looks better when I commit to wearing SPF every day.
Empty products from brands including Clinique, Mary Quant, Bleach London and Lush

Lush Don't look at Me mask// I got this because, it's blue and I thought it'd be fun but I did really like it :) I wouldn't run to get this one again because the use by date for the lush fresh face masks slightly stresses me out, but I love lush's self-preserving masks like Magnaminty

Glossier Priming Moisturiser// This was meh to the point of bad for me- it didn't agree with the skin on my face (too heavy). I LOVED the priming moisturizer balance though- that one's more of a gel moisturiser. I actually used this to moisturise my body instead to use it up because it was making my face unhappy.

Bioré Aqua Rich Sunscreen// This was one of my go-to Japanese drugstore sunscreens, but I think I'd kept this too long- it had quite a strong alcohol scent... I still used it up on my arms and legs. When I've tried this before it's nice- I prefer Kosé suncut (or the MQ Block and Block if we're being fancy...) though but this is reasonable and a nice texture usually. I'd recommend trying Japanese sunscreen if all you're used to is drugstore brands from the UK. 

Clinique moisture surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate// This was nice and made my skin feel good like the normal moisture surge, but it had little bits in it (almost like little popping boba?) so I prefer the normal moisture surge. 

Muji Highly Moisturising Toner// I looove this and I think my skin does too! I know the opinion's divided on toners, but I like using it tbh. 

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly// Whichever lip balms I try, I always end up preferring Vaseline. A classic for a reason tbh. 

Germolene// I put this on spots etc. And I still have distressingly many spots despite being in my mid twenties now......


Boots Royal Jelly bath and shower creme// this was fairly cheap but it was soo moisturising! I'm usually a Lush gal but I'd get this again for sure.

Clinique hand cream// I got this in the advent calender, and it was nice! I wouldn't not get it again, but for now I'm happier with cheaper hand creams 
Zuqqun hand cream// My friend Lizzie got this for me from Japan, thank you! It was cute and light and had a nice scent :)

Lush Karma Solid Perfume// I love the Lush solid perfumes- great for travel or popping in your bag! Karma is my fave lush scent- this was my second solid perfume of Karma and I'll definitely pick up another because they're so reasonable and convenient!


Models Own Nail Polish in Toxic Apple// I've finally finished this after about 8 years... the colour was amazing neon green, but you needed a million coats and it chipped off so fast. I am told that neons are hard to formulate though.

Thanks for reading! I hope you guys are all taking care, and for those in the northern hemisphere, HAPPY AUTUMN! I am very excited for jumper weather again! 
-Love Amy xoxo


Thursday 9 September 2021

I did it again I missed my blogaversary but it's officially been NINE YEARS of Candyflossoverkill I feel old help

A photo of a 50 yen vending machine in Shinsekai, Osaka. It's yellow and there are lots of yellow signs in the background. There's a (mysterious) video rental shop in the background and a parked bicycle in the foreground.
Heyy gang! Just a short and sweet post to say that yes, as per the title, it's been over nine years since I started this blog in August 2012... 

This blog has actually been such a big part of my life, even though it's just me rambling along about makeup and music and occasionally travel photos... 

But the experience of writing content and making something and having a no-pressure creative outlet has been so good for me.

Plus! Everyone who has read and commented has mostly been suuper nice! I'm lucky.

Obviously it's all about video content nowadays and I'm much less active on my social media than I used to- work is taking all my creative energy tbh.

But I still want to keep posting sporadically on here, cos it's special to me and I still have things I want to make, plus some things work better as blog content in my opinion.

I had an amaaazing and long overdue couple of days in Leeds last weekend, so I definitely want to post that, and I also have another empties post due, among other things- let me know if there's anything you want me to post! 

As always, thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate it <3

-Amy xoxo

Happy Quantaversary to me!// I got my hair done at Bleach and it was great //
8 years / over 600 posts of Candyflossoverkill 

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