Winter Empties 2019

Thursday, February 06, 2020

SKINCARE

Info: For Dull Eyes*. You must be 18 yrs old to purchase this product. With a specially designed formula enriched with natural plant extracts and a special whitening agent, Optrex Eye Brightening Drops gently restore the natural brightness of your eyes so they can look and feel their best
My POV: Wholly crap, using these drops hurt like hell. I had a burning sensation for a couple seconds before it passed. 
Recommend: No - RRP £4.29 10ml

Info: Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation. It's used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery.
My POV: From suffering from acne and acne scarring for so long, I decided to hop on the trend train and buy some products from The Ordinary and it had tremendously lightened up the redness on my face to the point where I got compliments on my skin from my friends! I used it as part of my daily routine, morning and night and used sun protection in the AM as you need to when using The Ordinary products. For products that can be life-changing comes in a budget-friendly small mighty bottle.  
Recommend: Yes, for all the acne sufferers out there. £7 for 30ml

Info: The formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions.
My POV: Probably one of the best products I've tried recently. For someone who has dehydrated acne-prone skin, this product is a life-saver. Rosehip oil is recommended for those who have a similar type of skin to mine, I found out about rosehip oil when I went to Nirvana Spa a couple years ago, having done a skin consultation, they recommended me a pricer version but I wanted to do my own product research and found out The Ordinary sells one for a fraction of the price and I was sold. The bottle does get sticky and stained if you're not careful.
Recommend: Yes, 100% recommend and will definitely be buying again. £9 for 30ml

Info: The high-strength formulation is clinically proven to provide lasting protection against severe sweating problems.
My POV: I'm not gonna lie, I'm a sweaty person. I sweat when I'm anxious or stressed and when I work out, so normal deodorants don't really do anything for me, therefore, I sought out a more potent deodorant and Perspirex did the job. It may seem expensive for what it is but I can wear this and not worry about sweating throughout the day and they even state "one application provides dryness for 5 days"! The only downside is that once you have shaved your underarms and applying this deodorant on after has a stinging effect on the skin, so I would recommend to Apply at night to completely dry, unbroken skin and there is no need to re-apply in the morning.
Recommend: Yes and I am looking to repurchasing this again. £8 for 20ml

Info: Instantly Soothes - With our post-shave balm men will find that their skin is instantly soothed and any post-shaving skin irritation is calmed.
My POV: Now, you're probably wondering why I bought a men's beauty product, well let me tell you. I was lied to...well not really but being in the blogging world you hear about all these types of dupes and ways of doing certain things and one of them was to use the Nivea men's balm as a primer and in conclusion, it didn't work for me. Apart from the nice smell, it didn't do much as a makeup staying power.
Recommend: No, I regret buying this often.




HAIRCARE

Info: VO5 Instant Volume Powder is a quick and easy to use a product designed to give instant volume to flat or fine hair! This versatile product creates instant volume by gripping at the roots, adding texture and creating lift. 
My POV: I was recommended this product from an old friend but once I started using it, I hated it. I didn't like the texture of my hair and it felt unnatural. I think this product is great for someone who likes to backcomb their hair a lot but for me, I wanted volume near my roots as I have quite thick heavy hair which weighs down my roots making them appear flat.
Recommend: No, I ended up giving this product away. £4.40 for 7g

Info: Natural frizz-free curls with hold. Hydrates and gives hold. Creates bouncy, frizz-free curls. Helps protect against damage caused by heat-styling tools.
My POV: My relationship with mousse stems way back to the early 2000s where my sister and I would use it to tame out the thick curly mess of a mane and for a while, that relationship faded but when I went back to university I started to use it again and oh boy did I miss using this stuff. The VO5 mousse tamed my curly hair for the first couple of days when I used it correctly with a salt spray and braiding my hair to create a curling hair pattern and made it look lush overall.
Recommend: Yes, I'll be purchasing this product again or I'll try something new. £4.40 for 200ml

Info: The UK's #1 Dry ShampooBatiste, revitalizes hair, leaving it feeling clean and smelling fresh, so your style lasts longer in between washes. Batiste provides an instant fix by removing excess oil and grease while adding body and texture. It can also be used as a styling product to add root lift, volume and texture.
My POV: I used the Batiste Coconut and Exotic Tropical dry shampoo and I love it, this product is especially great for post-gym hair when you like me who has dry hair and doesn't want to constantly wash their hair, dry shampoo is great to soak up that excess sweat and moisture in the hair.
Recommend: Yes





BEAUTY

Info: Gradual Tanning Drops Face and Body. Create a beautifully sun-kissed complexion with the Balance Me 98.8% natural Gradual Tanning Drops. Created to achieve a healthy, natural-looking tan. With a dry oil consistency and a 100% natural derived DHA, you will achieve a streak-free, even spread
My POV: This product works a charm, however, maybe a little too much when you see the tanning stains on the pads of your hands! I am a big fan of gradual tanning especially during the winter months, I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and my body isn't all the same colour, so I pay special attention to my face and feet. I got this product in the Look Fantastic 2018 advent calendar.
Recommend: I would recommend this product; however, I don't know if there are better products out there like the Balance Me that is more budget-friendly or does a better job yet. £25.50 for 30ml 

Info: I got this mascara as part of a beauty set many moons ago from Boots when they used to do great sets for Christmas 3 for 2. 
My POV: I have a sort of love-hate relationship with this mascara and near the end, it became overall hate. The mascara wand is very weak; I had issues every time using it trying to put it back into the tube and would bend awkwardly and the finish wasn't as great as it used to be during the first few applications after opening it as new. I do have another one of these I will be using so hopefully this is just a fluke but we'll see.
Recommend: No and I'm sure you can't buy this again unless you find it on reseller websites. However, I heard on the grapevine that Ted Baker is released a whole new beauty line so good luck to them and hope their new products do well as it certainly looks pretty.



OTHER

Info: Drift off and enjoy a restful night’s sleep with a spritz of This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, a natural sleeping aid created by a brand with skin health and wellbeing at its heart.
My POV: If you suffer from insomnia, or any other sleep issues this sleep spray is a great stepping stone to trying to find a solution to your problems. Personally, this helped me drift to sleep much quicker and stay asleep throughout the night which is my biggest issue now. A couple of pumps is enough for the spray to take effect. The only downside is that does contain lavender oil which a lot of sleep products do contain, however, I am not a big fan of but this spray isn't powerfully scented. 
Recommend: 100% recommend this product but not sure if I would repurchase again myself. £19.50 for 75ml.

Info: Stress relief eucalyptus spearmint Pocketbac hand sanitizer. Our skin-softening hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of most common germs, while the pocket-friendly design makes it easy to keep hands clean & conditioned when you're on-the-go.
My POV: Back when I went to the states in 2016, I went a little shop happy in Bath and Bodyworks for the hand sanitizers I ended up probably buying 30+ bottles, which now when I look back was a little overboard and I still have so many even though I gifted a lot of them to my friends. However, they are the best hand sanitizers I've used - they're cute looking, smell great and do the job.
Recommend: Yes, and I will be repurchasing their new line in the future!

Yankee Candle November Rain
Info: A rainy fall day stirs up many emotions, as does this intoxicating, masculine, and moody fragrance with deep watery notes. In it, you'll discover the quiet interlude of the season reflected in an airy, refreshing mix of watery leaf notes, warm amber and crisp, brisk air. All perfectly suited for cosying up inside and watching the rain from your window.
My POV: As always Yankee Candles are top-notch quality and last a very long time. This candle is long-lasting, has a wonderful masculine fresh scent, has a great colour, and receives many compliments! Unfortunately, they are very pricey, but I got it as a gift from a friend who didn't want it anymore.
Recommend: I would recommend this as a great gift for any male in your life.


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