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Empties September ’18

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It’s that time of the month. Except it’s not painful, I’m not grumpy, but I still want to eat myself into oblivion. Here are my skin care, makeup, hair care empties for September. I actually have way more than that, but I don’t believe in an empties post with 182575 items. 

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

the ordinary niacinamide

What are the claims? It balances the visible aspects of sebum activity and reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion.

I’ve been using this as a morning/evening serum for months now and I have nothing bad to say about it. I hardly ever get spots and *if* I do, this product will nuke them off my face within 48 hours. I’ve already talked about it before and I know I will again in the future. I can’t believe this is only €5.90.

Rating: 5/5

Repurchase? Already cracked a new one open. 

Creightons Professional – Photo Perfect Face Mask (Anti-Blemish)

primark ps beauty anti blemish mask

What are the claims? It draws out impurities, soaks up excess oil, purifies, leaves your skin feeling fresh, cool and soft. Price: €4. Can be found in Primark and Asda (I think). 

Well, believe it or not, it actually does all that! It took me months to finish it because 100ml is a lot of product (and I have a lot of other masks I need to use up) (which I never do). 

Rating: 5/5

Repurchase? Sure, but I’d like to try the Radiant Skin mask this time (because I don’t have that many blemishes)

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

pixi double cleanse

This is a 2-in-1 cleanser created by Caroline Hirons (with Pixi Beauty, obv.). One side contains a solid cleansing oil and the other side a cleansing cream. 

The oil removes makeup better and faster than any other solid oil I’ve tried before. It’s even better than Clinique‘s Take The Day Off. You can rub your eyes with it to remove waterproof eye makeup and you won’t be blind for 6 hours afterwards. 

My only problem with it is that I go through it very fast. I wish there was a supersize version of this. 

Rating: 6/5

Repurchase? Will never be able to live without it again. 

MAC Cosmetics – In Extreme Dimension Mascara

mac mascara

What are the claims? It volumizes, curls, lengthens, lifts, separates lashes, doesn’t clump, doesn’t flake, doesn’t smudge. 

Sounds like Prince Charming, eh. Those claims are actually true when you first use it, but that doesn’t last. I know mascaras are supposed to be used only for six months, but some of them outlast the expiration date. This one didn’t. After a few months, Prince Charming became an ugly toad and we took our separate ways. 

Rating: 3/5

Repurchase? Probably not. 

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly

lush whoosh shower jelly

Still laughing at myself for coughing up €6.50 for this. I was probably suffering from a heatstroke when I bought it. This shower jelly is all cute and fun when you first start using it and it does smell amazing. But after a while, it starts to disintegrate and it just feels like you’re trying to wash yourself with a giant dead slug

Rating: 2/5

Repurchase? Neh. 

Lush – I Love Juicy Shampoo

lush shampoo i love juicy

What are the claims? It deeply cleanses and clarifies hair, leaves it soft and super shiny, and helps break down excess sebum. Price: €8.95 for 100g. 

Yup, that’s all true. It also smells of freshly juiced pineapples, kiwi, mango and papaya, which can be a bit off-putting when you have a fruit phobia. Most people would love that smell, but I don’t. That, however, doesn’t stop me from enjoying this shampoo because the results are simply amazing. The only drawback is that I find it on the pricey side. 

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase? I might!

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  • Reply
    Cordelia Moor
    October 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

    YES NIACINAMIDE I will never be without that miracle serum in my stash now. I like to credit it for making the biggest difference to my skin, it’s so so lovely. Also, you’ve reminded me that I need a new double cleanse because it truly is the best cleanser out there. To Boots I go!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

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      October 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Oh you’re so lucky to have Pixi in stores. I always have to order off their website.
      I think the combination of the Glow Tonic + TO’s serum almost cleared out my rosacea. No mean feat.

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    September 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Glad I read this as I’ve been thinking about getting the Pixi double cleanser for ages but read a negative review and got put off. I trust your judgement so am now rethinking getting it. Your dead slug comment killed me off.
    Kate x

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      October 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks. To me, it’s one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used. But you have to use a wet cloth with it and not just rinse it off with water.

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    Gemma 💎 (@GemmaEtc)
    September 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I love the Niacinamide, it’s perfect for when I feel like I have a spot appearing xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️

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