16 March, 2016

365 Days of Empties Challenge

Since January 1st 2016 I have been taking part in the 365 Days of Empties Challenge.
The idea is to try and use at least 356 beauty products in 365 days. I have been finding this a great way to force myself to use products I had pushed to the back of my cabinet.
I also have far too many samples that I need to get through and I'm pleasantly surprised to find that I'm discovering new products I love and I've been able to cross some not so great products off my list.
The challenge also gives me a chance to review products and decide if I would repurchase them again.
These are just a few of the products I have emptied, Check out my Instagram @thelovedlifeblog to see more.
So far I have used up 85/365 beauty products.


Because I'm starting to have so many empties, I've decided for this post, just to review my absolute loves and the products that really didn't do it for me. 

Skynn Iceland Fresh Start Mask
The more I use from this brand, the more I fall in love. This mask is in two steps that left my skin glowing and smooth. First a liquid mask is applied and then layer it with another mask and massage it in, The product then foams up a little and there is a slight tingle. I actually received compliments for a few days after using this and that is pretty rare. Mecca sell a great sample pack if you want to try out some of the products.

Lonvitalite coconut milk, hydrating mask
As far as cloth masks go, this brand is one of my favourites when it comes to soothing and moisturing. I use these after I do a deep clean or acne mask to stop that tight feeling and to soothe redness if I've been a bit rough with my pore pillaging.

Bastiste Dry Smapoo in Wild
Always a favourite, I usually buy the Wild version, purely because the bottle is leopard print (you know you do it too). I love the range and find the cans last quite a while, the mist is fine, hard to over use and they do the job well.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express Mascara
One of my staple mascaras. The brush is nice and thick, the formula is buildable. This mascara gives me a full, fluttery look, without the spidery clumpieness of some standard thickening mascaras. This also rarely budges. This tube has dried out but never fear! I have 2 back ups (addicted much?).

Alcohol Swabs
You can purchase these from any chemist for next to nothing and they are handy. I use these to wipe over tweezers and cuticle clippers before using to avoid spreading bacteria. The Waxing queen herself, Vera from V Beauty told me these can also be used straight after waxing to help prevent ingrown hairs. I also find myself using these for the odd paper cut or damage from an intense Jamie Oliver inspired cooking session.

L'Oreal Elnet Hair Spray in Very Volume
I have yet to find a hairspray I love more than this, high end or budget! I have gone through countless bottles and always stock up when there is a sale on. This is a cult favourite with professionals for a reason. Great hold and brushes out easily, what more could you ask for?

K'erastase Bain Densite Shampoo and Conditioner and Capsules - Sponsored
I have been trialing these for Kerastase. A three month supply was sent to me to try out and so far I'm enjoying them. The capsules that you massage into your scalp can be a little heavy to use daily but I am starting to see results, my hair seems to be growing faster and becoming thicker. I loved the shampoo and conditioner but I don't find there is enough product to last 3 months as the brand claims. A full review will be on the blog once I complete the trial.

Not for me!

Fresh Soy conditioning eye makeup remover
I am huge fan of Fresh skincare. A friend brought me back a generous sample pack from Singapore Sephora and I loved them so much, that I used the shipping service shop and box to have more of the range sent over as I can't find a stockist anywhere in Australia. However I didn't like this eye makeup remover. The product is too thick and stung my eyes - sort of the opposite of what you would expect from a product that is supposed to be used in such a delicate area. I also felt it left my eyes a little dry after and didn't do such a great job of removing my eye makeup. FAIL.

Schwarzkopf Super Styling Lacquer
Ok, this is a "lacquer" and it is supposed to give an extreme hold but I just found this over the top. The overpowering scent reminds me of old school hairspray that my grandmother would have used "back in the day" and the hold sets rock hard (and not in a good way). It didn't matter how far away and lightly I sprayed this, it left me with a solid, obvious helmet that took forever to brush out and wash out. I honestly can't imagine why I would ever use this again.

Ogx Argan Oil of Morocco
This formula was far too heavy for my hair and didn't lather well. I shampooed twice and I still felt that my hair wasn't clean enough. I think this would benefit somebody with thick and/or damaged hair or even natural curls. This was a fail for me, so much so that I had to wash my hair again the following morning and it just looked like a greasy mess. I will be passing this on to a curly haired friend for her opinion.

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