I’ve been collecting my used up products for a while now. Despite the fact that I am still using up products from before I transitioned to cruelty free products all of the products featured are cruelty free. I will not be discussing any products that I finish that are not. This is going to be a long post so I’m just going to get right into it!
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm – £18.00
I think I can safely say that this product completely changed my approach to removing my makeup. Before I picked this up I detested that time of the evening when I would have to spend goodness knows how long rubbing at my face trying to get my makeup off. I dare say that for many years I relied on makeup remover face wipes. I now know the error of my ways and I feel I must apologise to my face for all the hardship I’ve put it through in the past. If you’re someone who still uses makeup wipes on their face..STOP. Maybe try this instead. This product changed it all for me. As you warm the balm up with your fingers it turns to an oil that gently and effectively melts all of your makeup ready to be washed off with a warm flannel or a cotton pad. It makes taking your makeup off an absolute breeze and it’s not harsh on the skin in the process. I would 100% buy this again and I was so sorry to see the end of that tub.
Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water – £2.99
This was my first cruelty free micellar water, replacing the Garnier one I used before transitioning to cruelty free products. This worked just as well as the Garnier one in my opinion and may have been even nicer to use actually. This is a very gentle, kind to skin solution that removes makeup effectively. I liked to use this to get the bulk of my makeup off before going in for a proper cleanse at the sink. I would definitely repurchase and recommend this one if you’re looking for a new micellar water.
Yes to Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser – £6.99
This one is aimed at folks with sensitive skin and I would definitely say that if sensitive skin is an issue for you this would be a nice product for you to try as I found it to be super gentle. This is best used as a morning cleanser. I felt that the cucumber in this really woke me up and left my skin feeling fresh.
Yes to Blueberries Ultra Hydrating Body Wash – £4.99
This is a great affordable body wash that claims to be ultra hydrating. I can’t say that I felt any hydrating benefits but then I do have showers hot enough to make Daenerys Targaryen squeal. Ok, maybe not. I don’t want to generalise but I think it’s a female thing as I know a lot of women who have insanely hot baths and showers. The kind that leave you feeling like you might faint after you get out where a good sit down and a biscuit is needed. That has happened to me a couple of times I must shamefully admit. I digress, the lavender in this makes this an ideal product to use in the evenings to wind yourself down before bedtime.
Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Wash – £4.25
Despite this being a product for the face I liked to use this on my chest and shoulders when in the shower. These are common areas of the body for the skin to break out and I’d say that the majority of us have probably had spots somewhere in those areas. This was my way of keeping them at bay and I think it worked. I have actually noticed since finishing this product and not yet replacing it those areas of skin aren’t as clear anymore so it must have been working. I’m still looking for a new product to replace this that preferably doesn’t break the bank for a body wash so if anyone has any recommendations please leave me your suggestions in the comments.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream 7ml – £11.00 (full size £20)
I found this eye cream to be quite rich and very nourishing with ingredients including coconut oil and hyaluronic acid. This left my eyes feeling hydrated all day long. I would absolutely buy this again.
Balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve – £12.00
Another lovely product from Balance Me. I don’t hear many people talking about this brand but I really like them myself. This lip salve is a great way to hydrate your lips whilst also providing a natural red tint. I loved the fruity smell of this and the shimmer running through it provides the lips with a nice shine.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream – £12.00
This claims to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. I don’t have issues with any of those things so it’s hard for me to comment on how effective it is in those areas. The only thing I’m looking for in an eye cream is for it to keep my skin hydrated. For me, this product did that. Even though it looks like a tiny tube I swear this thing was never ending. You get your moneys worth for sure.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask – £14.00
They’ve changed the packaging on this now and it seems it’s now being referred to as a sleeping mask. This is apparently similar to the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask which was the reason I purchased it. On that note, I don’t think they’re similar at all and as a mask I didn’t like this product. I found it to be too greasy for me when applied thickly and it just took too long to absorb into the skin. You can however, apply a light layer of this and use it as a moisturiser which is how I used it in the end and I really enjoyed using it that way.
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15 – £13.00
It’s been quite some time since I finished this product and I don’t remember entirely what it was like to use. I do know that this wasn’t a standout product by any means. It was just okay for me. I picked this up purely because I wanted a moisturiser with SPF in it however SPF 15 is pretty low and isn’t going to provide much protection for your skin anyway. For me, I probably won’t repurchase this product however if you have sensitive skin this might be worth a try.
Soap and Glory Hand Food – £5.50
I recently discussed this in my Soap and Glory Brand Spotlight. Basically, this is one of those products that I just can’t be without and frequently repurchase. This smells great and leaves my hands feeling nourished but not greasy. I love it.
Superdrug Cotton Fresh 48hr Deodorant – £1.79
One of the first struggles I encountered after going cruelty free was what deodorant I could buy. There aren’t a lot of cruelty free deodorants out there and I really can’t praise Superdrug enough for providing that. I did enjoy this deodorant and found that it kept me fresh all day which is great. However, over the last few months I’ve been hearing more and more about the harmful ingredients like Aluminum that are found in most deodorants. Whilst this is a cruelty free deodorant, it is not a natural deodorant and it does contain ingredients that I would rather avoid. I have a lot more research to do on the subject but I am trying find a natural deodorant that works for me. If anyone has any recommendations on great natural deodorants to try please leave me a comment down below as I’d really welcome any suggestions.
Batiste Heat and Shine Spray – £4.49
I disliked this stuff so much I used it about 2-3 times and then gave up. I hate to waste products but I just can’t use this. My main issue with this is the smell. It smells so bad! I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s just strong, chemically and horrid. What sent me over the edge with this was when I brushed through my hair after using it and my brush was covered in gold as were parts of my hands that I hadn’t noticed. I guess that’s where the ‘shine’ comes from. Just a load of gold crap in your hair and who wants that? Don’t waste your money on this stuff.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fresh – £2.99
I can’t tell you how relieved I was to learn that Batiste were cruelty free when I first transitioned my beauty products. I don’t know what I would do if they weren’t. Despite disliking the product above, where dry shampoo is concerned I always count on Batiste. On the few occasions that I’ve ventured away and tried something new I’ve hated it. When this can started to run low I went out and bought another one ready. It’s one of those products that I will always have a back up of.
Soap and Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush – £8.00
This is a frequently repurchased product for me and one that I will continue to purchase again and again. It’s the sort of product that I can’t bare to be without and will rush out to buy if my current pencil runs out and I don’t have a back up. I don’t know how I managed to do my brows before this came into my life..badly probably. If you want to know more about this product, I recently discussed it in more detail here.
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara – £10.00
I really disliked this mascara as it smudged on me so much! Having to frequently touch up my makeup because I’ve got black smudges all around my eyes is not something I want to spend my time doing. I also don’t want to be walking around in public unknowingly with black smudges all over my face. That is not my idea of fun. This mascara didn’t give me much length either and the brush was a bit too big for my liking. For the £10 price tag this was just a waste of money for me.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – £17.50
I’ve spoken about this concealer before so I won’t rabbit on too much. This is honestly one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried. It gives great coverage at the same time being lightweight on the skin. I recently heard good things about the Bare Minerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer and was going to try that but seeing as it was around £5 more than the UD Naked Skin I decided to repurchase my trusty pal the Naked Skin. They’ve also expanded their shade range recently which was the one thing that was letting them down previously so that’s great news!
I hope you guys enjoyed my first empties post.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and your thoughts on them.