I can't actually believe it's the end of January, I'd say it's flown by but in all honesty it doesn't feel like it has! Except for a trip to London for the boys birthday and a cinema date night to see Django Unchained (words cannot describe how good it is) the rest of January has been spent staying in, watching the pennies until the arrival of pay day. I've even found some evenings revolving around the eating of my gingerbread house! I'll certainly be welcoming February will open arms as I have a jam packed month full of birthdays, hen parties and trips to Spain and Liverpool to name a few....exciting!
Todays post is my first ever empties post, these are one of my favourite types of posts to read (and watch on YouTube) as it means you can have a good ol' nosy into the bloggers bathroom cabinet or Muji storage unit to find out the answer to that all important question, would they repurchase?
Eve Lom Cleanser 100ml - Just the tiniest amount of this herbal scented cleansing balm massaged into my face ensures all my make-up is removed with a quick sweep of a hot muslin cloth. Afterwards my skin feels fresh, smooth and most importantly clean without that stripped feeling. At £55 this could be one of the most expensive cleansers you'll ever buy but it has lasted just over 3 months and I use it almost every night. Will I be repurchasing? I'm not going to lie ladies, I'm already on my second tub of this beauty. I would love to try the Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm to compare as it sounds very similar and is even a little cheaper at £34.
Kiehls Ultra Face Cream 50ml - This is an incredibly gentle and hydrating face cream which promises to help water replenishment and hydrate skin for up to 24 hours. At first I loved this moisturiser and quickly went through one tub and repurchased (this is my second tub). Now whether my skin got used to it or not, I'm not entirely sure but I found my combination skin wasn't as hydrated as it should be. I found my dry patches still felt dry after application whilst my more oily patches felt over moisturised. At £24 I find this neither high end nor high street and would personally recommend this to someone where hydration was their main concern, as someone with combination skin I wouldn't repurchase this.
Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance 50ml - Did someone say holy grail moisturiser? Well this is an extremely bold claim but this is how I feel about Perfect Balance - with twenty active ingredients and five anti oxidants it's packed full of skincare goodness. Unlike the Kiehls cream this has kicked my dry patches into touch and overall I find my skin more normal as there's no longer obvious dry or oily patches - this all happened when I started using the Eve Lom cleanser and Perfect Balance together so I haven't switched up my routine much since. At £40 this is certainly high end but I would feel seriously lost without it. Read more about the combination of the Eve Lom Cleanser and Perfect Balance here.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Limited Edition Mascara - I have literally tried, what feels like thousands of mascaras from Dior to YSL yet I always come back to reliable Max Factor. This mascara has a huge plastic wand which means I'm able to get enough volume for the day with just one coat - you would definitely need a few more coats for the evening though. This is by no means the perfect mascara as I do find it can look clumpy after more than two coats. At £10.99 I do think the False Lash Effect mascara is pricey especially when you can get a Clinique mascaras for £16 so this gets a big thumbs down for price. I have recently bought the new Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara to replace this one and to hopefully combat the clumpy look so I promise to keep you updated.
Body Shop Body Butter in Chocomania & Cocoa Butter - For as many years as I can remember I have been a huge fan of the Body Shop and more specifically their body butters - I have an unhealthy obsession with them and liberally apply these after every bath or shower. I know so many people hate using body moisturiser but I love the whole ritual of slathering my entire body in sweet smelling body butter. Scent wise I'd say Chocomania is slightly sweeter whilst Cocoa Butter is a tad more subtle. I'm yet to find a body butter as moisturising as these and that sinks in so quickly plus the scent stays around forever too. At £13 a pop they're certainly not the cheapest but Body Shop regularly have discount days and promotions on. I challenge you to recommend me something as moisturising and heavenly smelling as these?
Neom Refresh Travel Candle - If I was more of an emotional person I would have easily shed a tear when this had it's final burn. This was my first ever Neom candle and it certainly won't be my last - the Refresh fragrance is everything you want in a candle and I find the key note of Sicilian lemon comes through the strongest but in the most subtle and beautiful way. I love how Neom candles burn clean and release no nasties into the atmosphere. I was also pretty impressed with the burn time to say how small the candle is, at £15 I will definitely be buying another...now which scent should I pick? If you fancy getting your mitts on your very own Neom candle then hop on over to my follower giveaway here.
Have you ever tried any of my empties? Which would you like to try the most?