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Ready for recycling #1 - Part 1

I realised I haven't done an empties post for a while now (September was the last one) and I appear to have used up quite a bit so I thought it was time to do another. I don't know whether moving into my own home has changed how I use products in some way but I appear to be using up more than I did at home. 

As there's quite a lot I have decided to split it into two posts as I don't want you to get too bored! So this one will focus on make-up, hand creams and hair and the next post will be on skincare and body. I've also gone for a slight change of name for this type of post just because I fancied a bit of a change as it's a new year. 

Ready for recycling #1
Ready for recycling #1

The Body Shop Spiced Apple & Frosted Berries hand creams £4 each (post) As you may know The Body Shop's little hand creams are probably my favourite and every year I make sure I pick up at least a couple of their festive scents. This year I was really disappointed to see that Glazed Apple hadn't returned, but had been replaced with Spiced Apple. So I picked up one Spiced Apple and one Frosted Berries. I wanted to like Spiced Apple as much as glazed, especially as it smells like apple pie (thanks to the spice - cinnamon) but once applied I found it changed to a floral type scent I really didn't like.
Repurchase? The Body Shop hand creams, yes. Frosted Berries, yes (if it returns), Spiced Apple, no.

Soap & Glory Hand Food with Sugar Crush scent £2.50 I am a fan of Hand Food and picked this up as a freebie courtesy of 02 Priority (if you're on 02 made sure you download and check this app regularly, a free Cafe Nero every Tuesday, yes please!). I've only used the standard Hand Food previously but personally think this is even better as they've added the sweet and fruity (lime and vanilla) Sugar Crush scent to it. 
Repurchase? Yes.

Ready for recycling #1

Benefit They're Real mascara £19.50 They're Real is probably my favourite mascara and my boyfriend is aware of this, so he bought me this for my birthday last year (June). I think there is a little bit still left in this but towards the end of the year I thought it was probably time to get rid as the shelf life of a mascara is three to six months. I do really enjoy using this but it really is quite expensive for a mascara so its not something I usually buy for myself.
Repurchase? No.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer £7.99 (post) I've recently posted about this product and how at first I really didn't like it and put it away in a drawer. However when I did decide to give it a second chance I loved it. I find this really good for covering and brightening redness and scaring and although I would say it's very good for dark circles as well, like most products it does struggle with mine. 
Repurchase? I already have!

NARS Radiant Creamy concealer £22.50 (post) I do really like this product and find it quite similar to the Bourjois concealer I've just mentioned above, but it's over £20, £22.50 to be precise, and that's quite expensive and not something I can really afford. If I was a lot better off I might consider it, but to be honest I might as well go for the Bourjois one and treat myself to something else as well with the £15 difference.
Repurchase? No.

theBalm How 'bout them apples cheek & lip stain* £29.50 for the full palette The only theBalm products I've tried are these little samples you get from subscription boxes, with this one coming from Birchbox. This is a sample of one shade from a palette of six. I'm not really a fan of the packaging design or the topless cowboys that feature inside, but I did really like using this as a cheek stain. There is a little bit left in there but it's looking a little worse for wear so it's time to get rid.
Repurchase? It's something I would consider in the future.

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Shea Moisture Fruit Infused Coconut Water Weightless shampoo* £9.99 Shampoo is something I find really difficult to review because unless it completely blows me away with how amazing it is I just don't know what to say 'Er, yes, this shampoo, cleans my hair'. In fact it's easier for me to be negative because it actually gives me something to talk about! So I'm not sure what else to say about this one apart from that I liked it and there isn't anything bad to talk about.
Repurchase? Probably not as it's a little pricey for a 'not blowing me away' shampoo. 

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling leave-in conditioner* £17 full size I really shouldn't leave it too long before doing empties posts, or should at least make some notes, as I can't actually remember exactly what I thought about this one! Although like shampoos I often find it hard to review heat protection spray type products, which this is as well, because unless I hear my hair frazzling while I use heat I don't really know if it's doing anything. For the price though let's say this isn't one I'll be purchasing. 
Repurchase? No.

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  1. I was the same with the Bourjois concealer! I love how it brightens but it doesn't give *quite* enough coverage, so I pop a NYX Corrector underneath first x

    1. I find it pretty good with covering redness and scarring but with darkness it's not quite so good x


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