Hello! A new feature on the blog today, a monthly empties post. I’m not branching out into general beauty, because, honestly, apart from the basics (and nail polish, obviously) I’m not all that interested in make-up. But I do have an overflowing bathroom cabinet and several drawers full of lotions and smellies, and I’m on a mission to reduce the stash before Mr Magpie threatens divorce. (Thank you to Mrs Strawberry Blonde for inspiring me!)
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Intensive Relief Hand Cream: my holy grail hand cream (at least in the winter) – it’s thick, my skin absorbs it quickly, it leaves my skin feeling lovely and it smells like chocolate. And not that nasty synthetic chocolate scent either. I have bottles of this stashed all over the place. Would I repurchase? Definitely!
Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover: I bought this in desperation when I couldn’t get hold of my usual stuff from the poundshop. This feels slightly greasy, probably due to the strengthening additives, and I couldn’t tell any difference in my nails after using it. It also smells terrible, a very strong chemical scent that lingers on my fingers and in the room that I’ve used it in. Would I repurchase? Hell no! Glad it’s gone.
Orly Rich Renewal Hydrating Creme: this was my favourite hand cream until I found Palmer’s last year, since then it has lain neglected along with many others.There wasn’t much left, so I made an effort and used it. It’s a nice lotion, with a delicate scent of something vaguely rose like. Absorbs easily too. I found a few bottles of this at a car boot sale for 50p each, this was the last one. It’s not cheap though, around £17 for this size bottle. Would I repurchase? Probably not.
Original Source Raspberry & Cocoa shower gel: a seasonal edition, I found this in Poundworld so it could be any season anywhere! I really like the smell, so I bought a few bottles. Original Source shower gels are always a winner for me. Would I repurchase? If I can find it!
M&S Autograph New York EdT: I’m terrible at describing scents, so here is M&S’s description – “The rich sensual feminine fragrance blends top notes of bergamot, gardenia and apricot with heart scents of damask rose, jasmine and warm woods and sensual base notes of velvety musks, creamy sandalwood, vanilla and heliotrope.” OK then! I liked it, but it didn’t last very long on me. I kept this one in my handbag. Would I repurchase? Possibly
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara: This came in one of the big S&G sets that Boots sells, I got it as a Christmas present. It’s supposed to give you long thick lashes, but it didn’t do as good a job as my favourite Maybelline mascara. Didn’t like the wand much either. Would I repurchase? No.
L’Oreal Infallible Stylo Eyeliner: I’m rubbish at eyeliner so I always go for the gel pencil style ones. This one was a bit rubbish. I had two – one was so hard it barely left a mark, and this one kept breaking as I was applying it. Would I repurchase? Nope.
Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2-in-1 Foundation + Serum: no idea what the serum is for. Just felt like regular foundation to me. A little too dark, so I mixed it with something else to lighten it up until it was gone. Still searching for my perfect foundation! Would I repurchase? No.
HK Girl Glisten & Glow Topcoat: My current favourite topcoat. Dries fast, and looks very glossy. I’ve always got at least one backup bottle! Only available in the UK from www.rainbow-connection.co.uk. Would I repurchase? Already have!
NYC Grand Central Station Clear Polish: I use this for making stamping decals. I’m not overly attached to it, I guess any clear polish would do. I got this because it was in a 3-pack at Poundworld, so 33p each. Would I repurchase? Maybe.
Nicole by OPI Pink Polish: (sorry, forgot to note the name) Completely dried up so it’s beyond rescue. It used to be a pink glittery textured polish, and I quite liked it, but not enough to look for it again. Would I repurchase? No.
Not bad for my first month! My birthday is in March so no doubt I’ll have new additions, hopefully I can clear a bit more space first.
See you soon,