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December 2015’s Empties Part One : Facial Skincare and Make-Up!

C: so this month in a bid to use up lots of half used products in prep for my Christmas clear out I have used up a whopping 24 products! Because I have used so many I have split this post into two, so my body skincare, shower gels and hair care products will be discussed in my next post so I don’t bore you all too much with a super mega long post!

Facial Skincare

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner – I actually stole this from Annie as I wanted to try it and she wasn’t in love, so cheers Annie, I have now used it up if you were hoping for it back… long story short, I didn’t love this. It didn’t irritate my skin, it removed any last traces of make up… but it was just a bit sticky? Which I find weird for a toner and didn’t make my skin feel especially clean or nice.

Repurchase? No.

Lush Tea Tree Water – this is currently my HG toner. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin but is powerful enough to actually make a difference on my spots and blemishes.

Repurchase? Hella yeah

Clinique Clarifying Lotion – this is one of those products that has been basically empty for about a year I swear but never ended. I only use this about twice a week, when I feel like my skin needs a deep clean or I have been wearing a lot of make up and want to make sure it has been removed properly. If I use this more often its just too strong for my sensitive skin and causes redness/itching. But I love it for those days when I have had cray cray make up (Im thinking of you, Halloween!).

Repurchase? Yes.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Mask – it wouldnt be one of my empty posts if it didn’t feature some S&G products would it? I enjoyed using this (don’t leave it on too long else you will have a sad face) and it made my skin feel super clean. It also lasts ages considering its quite a small pot as you really don’t need much. As for pore minimising? I didn’t notice much, but realistically I don’t think any products achieve the ever searched for pore minimising-ness. Yep, thats deffo a word.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t already got about 6 other face masks to use up then yes.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – I reviewed this here, so check out my review if you are interested in trying this.

Repurchase? Yes, its perfect for sensitive skin

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel – another product we have previously reviewed.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t asked Santa for it then yes!

Make-Up

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Mac Matchmaster Foundation – this foundation is AMAZING. I love it, and its the perfect foundation if you are super pale like me as they have load’s of shades to match you too! This also lasted me a year!

Repurchase? Yes!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – another product I have previously reviewed, but this bad boy is my HG mascara! I love it! Perfect for thick, long lashes that last all day!

Repurchase? Yes!

No7 Gold Glitter Top Coat – this has alas died of old age *insert sad face. I have had this about two years though so I really can’t complain! Due to all the glitter sinking to the bottom I seem to have used up all the nail varnish without the glitter… bad times! Love it though!

Repurchase? I already have another!

Korres Eyeliner – this used to be my go-to eyeliner. It is super soft and pigmented so I used this to create a feline flick on my upper lashes when I was too lazy to use liquid eyeliner! It also lasts all day without smudging (although it smudges a little if using on your lower lash line)

Repurchase? I would if I didn’t have a large amount of eye liners to use up!

So there we have the first part of my December empties! Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and agree with my mini reviews! #twolittleowls

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE!!

C: Hi everyone! Just a little birthday related post today, it was my quarter century birthday over the weekend and I thought I would share with you all the beautiful gifts I was lucky enough to receive! This is not a bragging post, I was just super spoilt and wanted to share all the lovely things I got with you guys (plus there are some hints at reviews that will be coming up soon!

Homeware/random nice things

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First up I received some more Long Tall Sally pyjamas from my parents in law. These are my favouritest brand of pjs as they are super comfy and not ankle swingers on me, so they were the perfect gift! I love the checked pattern, and I am saving these for my post baby, first nights sleep at home pjs! (If anyone wants to treat me to 100 more pairs then feel free). The parentals number 2 also got me this “Junk Genius” book, which is full of tat according to the father 2 – which means I will clearly love it! It is full of ways to use stuff you have lying about the house to make something amazing – I am going to find the worst thing in it and make father2 it for Christmas. He will pretend he doesn’t, but secretly love it. Tat is his favourite.

I also got this cute tea light from one of my lovely friends, and this oil burner from Annie. I love candles so these were always going to go down well! The green colour is also almost a perfect match for my lounge/dining room and the oil burner will go perfectly in my bedroom! So good colour matching friends – 10 points to gryffindor.

Jewels!

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My friend who got me the tea light holder also got me these amazing midi rings! I love midi rings but loose them all the time, so I was in need of some more to add to my diminishing collection! I love the colours of these! I also got this necklace and these earrings from L, who took me shopping for my birthday to make me feel better about being pregnant and a whale. These were from H&M and were £3.99 each I think! I also got new clothes, but I shall show you those in some OOTD’s post baby!

Make Up/Beauty Stuff

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Annie got me lots of new make up! We had been shopping a week or so ago, and clearly she had been paying attention as I love all of these things! This Make Up Revolution eye shadow is super exciting, and like nothing I have ever tried before, so I can’t wait to review it for you – it comes with its own primer and mixing tray to make it super long lasting! She also got me the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick I wanted as I really like the new packaging… yes I am that lame, and the Make Up Revolution Blush Palette which is clearly too pretty and I won’t be able to bring myself to use it for ages. But I will review it for you eventually I promise! Lastly another friend treated me to three Lush Bubble Bars! Lush is my favourite for bath stuff and she got me The Comforter, Pop in the Bath and a Creamy Candy Bar – all very good choices as they smell AMAZING!

So there we have my birthday treats! I also got given some Boots vouchers (which I cannot wait to spend!) from the work bestie and some pennies from the fam (which I spent on getting the dog to the groomers and my car valeted… I am clearly now getting old) so I was super spoilt! What do you guys think of my pressies?! #twolittleowls

Holiday Essentials Part One

A: I’ve been busy packing my things for a trip that my boyfriend and I are taking and I thought I’d share with you my essentials. We have an old Volkswagen camper van (called Jeremy) and although I love him dearly, he doesn’t provide us with a lot of space – so I really have to pack methodically. I’ve split them into two – my everyday essentials and my make up essentials, so here are my everyday must haves for a camping trip!


So firstly, dry shampoo is an obvious one. I have a lot of hair which is far too much hassle to wash everyday – even when I’m not camping! So as long as I have a can of this, I know I’ll be good for a few days.

Hairspray is another hair essential for me. On those days where it’s getting close to needing a wash, I can plait it or put it up and hairspray always gives me lots of fullness and body to help disguise three day old hair. I haven’t tried this particular one before, to be honest I bought it because it was a nice medium sized can. I didn’t want one of the massive cans, but the tiny ones will probably be good for one use for my hair! But I’ll be reporting back on this TRESemme one as soon as possible!

The Dove Summer Glow lotion is a new one for me, and I bought it on a bit of a whim. I’m incredibly pale, my legs in particular. So I thought id give this a go to try and disguise my whiteness because if the weather is remotely warm I will have to brave getting my legs out – and I hoping this will help!

The Wash & Go 2 in 1 Shampoo and Confitioner is a bit of a cheat but to be totally honest with you I love this product. My hair really doesn’t need a lot of conditioning and I won’t have the luxury of hair dryers or straighteners so I went for this shampoo. It does exactly what it says on the label with no faffing or unnecessary extras – which is so much better for my hair than shampoos and conditioners with argan oils or additives or serums.  

Lastly, the good old Garnier Micellar Water. One of my favourite products and it’s super hassle free to use – exactly what you need whilst camping. 

For deodorant, I’m taking one I can rely on; Mitchums Advanced Roll On. We are going to be doing a lot of cycling and fingers crossed it’s going to be warm so I definitely need a good deodorant!

The Lush Sea Spray is always a holiday essential for me, where I’m camping in the UK or jetting of to somewhere warm and sunny. It gives my hair a lovely beachy look, and it smells amazing too!

Ultrabland is always in my going away bag too. It’s the best thing for removing the make up and dirt off your face, plus it calms my skin if I have any crazy breakouts.

Make up wipes should never be used I know! But when you’re a bit tipsy from wine and all you want to do is crawl into your sleeping bag – surely a make up wipe is better than not removing your make up at all?! For emergencies only!

And lastly, this super handy toothbrush holder to keep away any bacteria. Obviously I’ll be packing my toothbrush and toothpaste too – but I will definitely need to use them before I leave at the weekend!

What’re your holiday essentials? Would love to know, whether it’s for camping, backpacking or a relaxing beach get away! #twolittleowls

Annie’s Skincare Empties

A: So I don’t want any of you to faint with shock, but I’ve got an empties post for you….! I’ve actually only posted one empties since Chloe and I have been doing this blog; I’m terrible at using products up! But after months of forcing myself to, Ive got lots of goodies to share with you – starting with skincare.

This is a mixture of cleansers, toners and moisturisers – admittedly some of them aren’t empty but that’s because I’ve used them a few times and hated them so much that I couldn’t carry on using them!

So let’s get started with Clinique.



I got this clarifying lotion and cleansing foam as part of the three step anti-blemish solutions system. I have always struggled with blemishes and breakouts, but even more so in my twenties, so I eventually gave in and invested in this system last year, fully expecting it to solve all of my problems, because of all of the amazing reviews online. But it actually did the opposite. It irritated any blemishes I had, brought out so many spots after a day of using it. I persevered for three months, as advised, but I was still struggling with my skin. The clarifying lotion is so incredibly strong that it actually makes my eyes water – which makes me wonder what on earth is in it and whether it could actually be any good for my skin. And the cleansing foam had the same effect, but not quite as extreme. The three step system in the trial size versions (which are supposed to last three months) costs £25 from Boots, so I was expecting good things – but I am fully aware that everyone’s skin is different so I’d love to know  if your experience was different! Repurchase? No way!

This Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make Up Remover was given to me by my Mum, because she didn’t get on very well with it – so I was more than happy to give it a go to see if I had the same experience. And as you can see hardly any of it has been used, between both of us, which can only mean one thing! This was another product that made my eyes sting and water, which considering its branded as ‘sensitive, no fragrance, no colour, hypoallergenic etc’ is disappointing. I do have super sensitive skin so was very much looking forward to using this but I was massively disappointed, and after talking to my mum she had the same experience! Repurchase? Nope!

The Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion was another purchase that I made when I was feeling massively stressed about my spots and bad skin, but to be totally honest with you; I’ve hardly used it. The texture is okay, and the scent too – not too strong and quite calming. But it just sits on top of my skin and doesn’t sink in at all? It’s actually like applying a peel off face mask because you can actually peel it off once it’s dry. Another product that’s promoted as a skin saviour but doesn’t live up to the hype (I promise the rest of the empties are going to get better!). Repurchase? No.

The Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Toner is something I bought from Feel Unique to bump up my shopping cart total so I got free delivery. I love rosewater so I guessed I’d like using this. And I was so right. This has got to be one of my favourite ever products, and it doesn’t exactly what it says on the packaging; it’s calming and soothing and leaves my skin feeling so lovely and soft and super refreshed. It was £6.50, which is a good price because it’s a fairly large bottle (250ml). Repurchase? As soon as I place another order with Feel Unique yes! I seem to have a terrible habit of falling in love with products which are only available online!

The Lacura Aqua Complete Serum is one of my favourite ever products and I’ve gone on about it far too much on the blog already. Just know that I love it and it costs £3.50 from Aldi. Repurchase? Already have! (If you actually want to read more about this, just click here).

Lastly, the Ultrabland cleanser from Lush. My hg skincare product. This really does work wonders, and I buy it in bulk whenever I’m near a Lush shop. You can see my full review here! Repurchase? Already have.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think to them? #twolittleowls

Chloes April 2015 Empties

C: Hi guys! It is almost moving house time, which means… must. use. up. beauty. stash. Well, I have been trying anyway, so here is what I have finished using this month/what I thought about them.

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Lush Dream Cream – an essential for any eczema sufferer, or lover of tattoos. We always have a pot of this in the house, to calm down sad skin or for post tattoo care. I think I am over my tattoo phase (mainly due to being a wimp), but L often still gets new ones and swears by this.

Repurchase? Always.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Batiste isn’t my fav dry shampoo, but I always seem to still buy it? No idea why/probs cos it is always on offer. I suppose it gets the job done, I just prefer a coloured one so there is less of a grey tinge in my hair.

Repurchase? Realistically? Yes.

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter – one of my absolute favourite body butters. I love everything about this. The smell, the formula, how quickly it sinks in and how much it helps my dry skin.

Repurchase? I have about 3 more already!

Aromatherapy Associates Triple Rose Renewing Moisturiser – I got a sample of this free in a magazine (a great way to try out new skincare etc). It is very thick, which I am not used to as I usually use a gel/serum moisturiser but once I got used to this I actually really enjoyed using it. Plus I love anything that smells like rose!

Repurchase? Probs not, as I have too many to use up already!

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream – this was my fav BB cream, and then I started using the Rimmel one… and now I miss this one. So I may have to buy it again. They don’t do many colours, which was my only issue over winter as the lightest one is still too dark until I get a little Summer colour. But it is easy to apply, and makes your skin happy. Lovely.

Repurchase? Yes.

So there are my empties this month! Have any of you guys tried any of these products? Did you agree with my mini reviews? Let us know #twolittleowls

Chloe’s March 2015 Empties.

C: oh hallo March! This year is going crazy quick, but atleast I am sticking with one of my resolutions and have been using up some of my crazy beauty/skincare stash ready for my house move. I think I would need about 10 boxes just to empty the bathroom/dressing table cupboards! So here is this months empties:

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Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat – personally I wasn’t that keen on this. It made a good base coat and protected my nails well but I wouldn’t say it made my nail polishes last any longer. In fact this is still half full, and as I haven’t used it in so long it has gone gloopy and horrid.

Repurchase? No.

The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel – I received a few of these for Crimbo from one of my work colleagues, and I was most excited about using this one as I had not tried anything from this range before but knew it was quite popular. Obviously the formula was as lovely as all Body Shop shower gels but I personally thought it smelt like my nan… soz.

Repurchase? Not this flavour, no.

Lush Eau Roma Water Toner Water – I bought this after trying the Tea Tree Water toner from Lush, thinking that this might be better for my sensitive skin. I really enjoyed using this, and found that it did calm down my skin beautifully, but did not help with my blemishes. So I now use this in the morning to calm down any redness, and the Tea Tree Water in the evening to combat spots. Perfect combo.

Repurchase? Yes.

Gilchrist & Soames Mineral Bath – I received this in a Birchbox, and was never that excited about using it. I left it in my over night bag and ended up using it several times whilst at my parents – we just have a shower at our apartment. It was a lovely formula, but once again the scent just wasn’t for me. I prefer sweet, vanilla-ry scents.

Repurchase? no.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – this was in the giant S&G box I got for Crimbo last year! Mental. I keep stuff for too long apparently. I really enjoyed using this, it took a lot of getting used too as the brush is quite big for my tiny squinty eyes, but once I got the hang of it I loved it. It really thickens lashes, is super black and lasts all day. It doesn’t quite trump my Benefit They’re Real Mascara but as a cheaper option this is perfect.

Repurchase? Yes, I would happily pick this up again.

So there we have my March empties! Have any of you guys tried any of these products before? What did you think of them? #twolittleowls

Review: Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar from Lush

A: Chloe got me this bubble bar for Christmas, and I’ve been saving it for a worthy enough use, which came on Friday night after my rather stressful week.

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Firstly, it looks beautiful. All that glitter makes for a pretty happy bathtime. As soon as you start crumbling this under warm running water, it smells amazing. Cinnamon and Orange scents which perfectly sum up Christmas. I am a little sad I didn’t use this over the festive period because it smells so Christmassy – but it still made me happy using it in March. The glitter can been seen in the water, which turns bright green – but don’t worry, the glitter is so fine that it doesn’t stick to you!

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Bubble bars are my favourite from Lush because I do like a proper bubbly bath, and this one didn’t disappoint. And I felt instantly relaxed, which is exactly what I needed. It made my skin feel heavenly, soft and silky, conditioned and luxurious as a bonus. What more could you want?

Have you tried this bubble bar? What’s your Lush favourite? #twolittleowlsblog