I hate waste, even when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, so I do my best to use every last drop of the products I acquire (unless they’re completely awful, looking at you, Batiste). Sometimes when I finish a product I’m a bit sad, sometimes I go out and buy a replacement immediately, sometimes I chuck the packaging in the recycling without another moment’s thought.
Recently I’ve run out of a few bits and pieces, and for once I’ve been organised enough to keep track of these things. It’s good to know what I’m getting use out of, after all. So, here’s my run down of what has recently been used to the bitter end.
The Body Shop Olive Oil Body Butter
P got me this as an apology for secretly using all of my Body Shop Olive Oil Shower Gel as bubble bath. He got caught when I was looking for it and found the empty bottle and was kind enough to get me a replacement as well as this. Quite right too. I like this Body Shop range more than I expected to, it has a delicate, subtle, fresh scent that could never be overpowering and I’m finding that I actually prefer it to some of my old favourite from their selection. Of course, anything from The Body Shop is always lush.
Will I replace it? Not immediately – I have plenty of body butters and moisturisers to be working through, but maybe when I’ve run out of everything I’ll pick up a new pot.
Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum
This has the prettiest purple bottle and I loved having it on my stand making everything look ~fancy~ It’s a very girly scent with raspberry and rose top notes, jasmine middle notes and vanilla base notes. Floral and fruity but sadly not very long lived and I’d expect better from an Eau de Parfum. Still, it was wearable enough and I don’t think I’ve tried any Lancôme fragrances before so it was good to give this one a go.
Will I replace it? No. This was a perfume that was just fine, there are plenty that I like better.
My love affair with Dermalogica is no secret and I’m pleased to say that it’s still going strong. It’s like we’re made for each other. This primer is the perfect example of why I love their products. It’s tinted enough that I use it as a foundation, the colour suits my complexion perfectly, it lasts ages, it has an SPF, and it’s good for my skin. Why use anything else?
Will I replace it? I’m already partway into the new tube.
Emporio Armani Diamonds Shower Gel
I reviewed this only last week. It was fine as a shower gel but rather lacklustre as a shower gel that specifically came in a set with a matching fragrance. I was hoping for a little something special, some hint of luxury, and it just wasn’t there. You can’t win ’em all. Also, how boring is that packaging? Come on, Armani, try a bit harder. Jeez.
Will I replace it? No. I’ve had Palm Olive shower gels that have impressed me more.
Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Condition
I am going to miss this Glossybox item. It was the perfect thing for between “proper” washes with shampoo but genuinely did leave my hair feeling clean. I really liked having something gentle that wouldn’t bother my skin or wash out my colour for those days when my hair needed a bit of refreshing but I didn’t want to fully wash it.
Will I replace it? Well, this is the first co-wash I’ve tried. I think I’ll look around for others and maybe try out other brands before returning to this one but, honestly, the bar has been set quite high.
111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m never quite 100% sure that eye gels are actually doing anything, so I use them just in case. This was definitely true of this product. It was nice enough but I have no idea if it was “working.” I couldn’t see a difference, but maybe I wouldn’t? Who knows?
Will I replace it? No, because it is crazy expensive and I only spend money on things I am certain actually do something.
Caudalie Paris Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
Again, my usual go-to facial moisturiser is Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream (both the tinted and the non-tinted are great) but I actually really liked this alternative that arrived in a GlossyBox a few months ago. It had the lightest possible formula, smelled great and left my skin feeling soft. Win win win.
Will I replace it? Again, this one is quite pricey, but it’s on a par with Dermalogica prices so I guess I’d think about it, as a treat.
There, seven things I’ve been using up. For the most part, I’ll be sorry to see them go, but at least I now have room for more new bits and pieces. Are there any products you always find yourself running out of and replacing?