August Empties

So with August over I want to share with you my empties from this month and tell you a bit about them, whether I liked each product and if I would repurchase. I like reading these posts because it is great to get a final verdict on a product rather than an opinion after a swatch or couple of days trial. So without further ado, here are my August empties!

First up is the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum. I purchased this little gem in the Boots sale after Christmas, so I think I got the set half price, which was an absolute steal! I love the berry scent of this fragrance and I think it is a great every day kind of perfume that I wear to work and when I’m just out and about. I would definitely repurchase this either on sale or for the full retail price because I think the scent is gorgeous. I also love the packaging, the bottle is so girly and looks lovely displayed on a dressing table, so I will be sad to get rid of it now it is empty!

Next up is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo cream. If you saw my previous blog post where I reviewed three wonderful products from the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range, you will know that I absolutely adore this product. It has done wonders for my skin and I think this will forever hold a place on my dressing table. I have already repurchased another tube so I can confirm this is a true favourite!

I have sadly hit the pan on a great little concealer from Seventeen, Phwoarr Paint. I use this concealer to hide dark circles under my eyes and for the price, I think it is pretty good. It is not as good as higher end concealers I have used, but I think it is a good dupe for Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer. I have actually repurchased this concealer already as I think it is a fab budget beauty product.

I found this small sample pot of the Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream hiding in the back of my bathroom cabinet a few weeks ago, I must have got it from a Nivea Set at some point, but I forgot just how much I love this moisturiser. It is a great multi-purpose product that can be used on the face, body and hands so would be the idea product to take on holiday or to a festival. The cream smells absolutely amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I am definitely going to pick up a full sized version next time I’m in town.

Lastly, I finished up MAC Fluidline in the shade Blacktrack this morning. This is my go to eye liner and I use it everyday. It is highly pigmented and I find it stays on all day due to the gel formula. As long as you use a good brush, the gel applies really smoothly and evenly on the lid. While this product lasts for ages, I do find that it starts to dry up a little bit over time, which is a shame. I’m not sure if gel liners from other higher end brands do the same, but I’d be interested in giving them a try. I have already repurchased this liner because I wear it every day and I hate risking that I might run out of an every day essential!

How many empties have you collected this month? Do you use any of these products?

Nivea Daily Essentials Mini Haul

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, Express Hydration Primer

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up a new oil-based eye makeup remover to remove my NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara that I bought at Olympia Beauty more efficiently. Being a little bit strapped for cash right now I wanted something low end but still a decent brand so I ended up browsing the Nivea shelves. When I saw that Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 deal on their skincare ranges I decided to try out a few other products too! I ended up buying the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Express Hydration Primer.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover

I have always found that oil-based make-up removers are great for dealing with tough and pigmented cosmetics such as mascara and liquid/gel eye liners. Unlike other products that I have tried, just a few swipes will remove heavy duty makeup and leave your skin refreshed and nourished. I do really get on with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, it removes all traces of my eye make-up with just a couple of cotton pads whereas before it took about 4 cotton pads per eye!! I love the actual composition of the product as the densities of the liquid and the oil are different they separate which is pretty cool looking (inner geek alert!). The formula is suitable for all skin types, and I found that even with my skin verging on the oily side, the use of oil on my face didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling greasy. My only complaint is that it does sting if you get it in your eye so it isn’t as gentle as I’d like it to be, but seeing as it isn’t a fancy high-end skincare product, I can get over this! I liked this product as it does the job well and for just £3.59 it is a bargain, and I recommend it to beauty lovers on a budget.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

When the weather gets cooler and the seasons turn I often find that my skin gets a lot drier due to the cold air outside and the use of central heating. To combat my dry areas of skin I switch my normal moisturiser with a night cream as I find that the intense moisturisation banishes my dry skin and makes my makeup look much nicer and not at all flaky! I had never tried out the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream before, but as it was in the 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

The cream is very thick and heavy and so it does take a while to sink in. I’m impatient when I have to get ready for work at 5.30am and don’t like to wait around for my moisturiser to absorb so unfortunately I found that my foundation slicked across my face and looked horrible the first time I used this! Not good. However if you have the patience to let it sink in, it is wonderfully hydrating and a good base for your make-up. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with oily skin though. I have combination skin, so I only use this cream on days when my skin is starting to look or feel dry, and I never apply it on oil prone areas such as my forehead. I also do use this cream for its intended purpose as a night cream, and I think that it is very nourishing and hydrating. Given the whole night to soak into the skin, I found that I woke up with refreshed looking skin that did feel softer and it has helped to banish dry areas.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Now I am going to admit something … I have never used a primer before. Its not that I couldn’t be bothered, I just didn’t know what to pick. I have read countless reviews, but I have been reluctant to buy one in case it doesn’t work for me and it is a waste of money. So as the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer was in the Boots 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go and dip my toes into the world of primers. I was surprised at how thin this product is. Usually the primers that I have swatched at various beauty counters have had a thicker consistency. I have to admit that I don’t think this primer is all that. It is okay, but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my make up. If anything I would say that this is essentially a thin mosturising lotion. While it is good for those with oily skin, I don’t think that this helped the dry areas of my skin.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

It is hard because I don’t have any other experience of primers that I can compare this product to, but I’m sure that Beauty Bloggers would not rave about them if all primers were similar to this product. Personally out of the three products from the Daily Essentials range, this would be the one that I would drop.

I do really like the Eye Make-Up Remover and the Night Cream though and I am sure that I will repurchase them in the future. You can get hold of all of these Nivea products from Boots, where the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is £4.35, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is £3.59 and Express Hydration Primer is £4.99.