Product Empties

Come to think of it I can't remember ever writing a product empties post before. I think I fall into that typical blogger category of buying new products far too often, eliminating the chance for any of them to actually get completely used up. This month however I've seen quite a few of my old favourites struggling on their last legs; that's what a student budget does for you...

I'm more than pleased to say that my skin has been looking better than it has done in years lately (touch wood), the main reason for which I think is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. A holy grail product for me, I've touched base on every pot of this but I already have a brand spanking new one winging it's way to my door. What else would you expect? Another HG product that I've run down every single tube of is La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo. I love this stuff, no question about it, but at the moment I'm trialling Effaclar K from the same collection so I'm planning on giving that a little more time before I commit myself to buying my 5th bottle of Duo. I've run out of my coveted Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, but at the moment I just can't justify the price of buying another bottle, no matter how desperate I am to try the new formula. It's a great product though and one that I'm really sad to see the end of, so it might just make a late appearance on my Christmas list. The last skincare product of the lot is Skinetica, an anti-acne solution that once took pride of place in my evening routine. I actually ran out of this a few weeks ago now and I so far haven't missed it enough to repurchase it, so I'm not in any great hurry to. There are lots of other anti-blemish treatments that I'm eager to try first anyway!

In terms of makeup, I've gradually been using up the last dregs of my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I've been using this since high school, so I had a few half-used tubes lying around that have finally all reached the end of the line. I'm not in as much of a hurry to repurchase this one as I always have been; I have a concealer routine that I'm pretty happy with at the moment anyway so I don't really feel the need to rush out and buy another tube of something that doesn't get much use now anyway. That being said, I probably will buy it again someday as it's just so fail safe. One product I have been mourning the end of however is my Benefit They're Real Mascara. I've had this for a few months now so it has dried out pretty quickly, but it's hands down the best mascara I've ever used and I'm slightly heartbroken that it's finished. I've literally just bought the Clinique High Intensity Mascara so I'm giving that a go before I repurchase this, but a new one is definitely in the pipeline.

Last but not least, hair. This month saw the eventual end of my Lush BIG Hair Shampoo, not bad considering I've used it pretty much every time I've washed my hair since Christmas (I did finish the tub just before the best before date, so it's not as skanky as it sounds). I love this, but I do have a few other shampoos that have until now been neglected, so I'm giving those a fair bite of the cherry for now. My other two empties are both Bumble & Bumble; namely the Surf Spray and the Texture (un)Dressing Creme, both of which I love, both of which I'm already planning to buy again this weekend - possibly along with some other products from the brand that I've been lusting over for some time now *cough* Dryspun Finish *cough*.

"empties"Natalie Stubbs