I cannot believe that 2012 is almost over. I feel like I blinked and missed it! My fascination with empties posts/ videos continues so if you have posted any please feel free to leave a link in the comments. In December I finally finished some more makeup products which was a bonus!
Dior Forever Extreme Wear Flawless makeup. I really loved this foundation but sadly it has been discontinued. It wore well (not forever but it lasted well through work), had good coverage and a soft matte finish.
The L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing primer was nice enough. I disliked the pot though and I also felt like I had to tug at my skin a little when smoothing it on which I disliked. I won’t repurchase as I have so many others I want to try and this was just ok to me.
The ELF Clear Wet Gloss Mascara has been a brow staple of mine for a long time and I used up 4 tubes of it in 2012! I have since moved on though and prefer my MAC Brow Fix so I won’t be buying this anymore!
The mini MAX Factor Kohl pencil was just ok. It didn’t last particularly well on my water line so I tended to keep this pencil in my hand bag for touch ups. I wouldn’t bother buying it again, there are better pencil liners out there.
And some perfume empties! That bottle of Ralph Lauren Romance has been in my life for more years than I care to admit. I thought I’d lost it ages ago then pulled out a handbag that I hadn’t used to a couple of years and there is was. I adored this as a teenager (yes... it is that old) but having spent so long trying to use it up recently I’m bored of it now. It is a nice, soft wearable floral though. The wee sample bottle of Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau is a lovely fragrance. It is much more appealing to me than the original Shalimar which I found almost too soapy.
It’s been a bumper month for skincare empties!
The Dove hand cream is nice and inexpensive, I have repurchased. The Crème Brule Vaseline tub was distinctly meh. The fragrance was so so and as a lip balm I didn’t find it particularly moisturising. The Neutrogena Daily Defence Moisturiser, Simple Kind To Skin Eye Cream and Nivea makeup remover wipes were all just ok. I didn’t dislike them but I didn’t like them enough to run out and repurchase.
I finally caved and am throwing the awful Glossy Box lipstick. I hate that they are using the box to pimp their own shoddy makeup line (at least what I've tried of their products has not impressed me!). It was partly this that made me cancel my subscription. The Neals Yard black pencil liner is so awful that it has to go. It has no pigmentation ans it so hard it hurts my eyes, I got it free with a magazine so I have no guilt about throwing it.
A quick count through my empties posts reveals that I have finish a total of 32 makeup items in 2012 (I have not included items thrown because they expired or were rubbish). I dread to think how many I have purchased in comparison. The breakdown is as follow...
6 tubes of mascara (of which 3 were sample size)
6 lip products (5 gloss, 1 lipstick)
3 face primers
5 clear brow mascaras
1 eyeliner pencil
1 eyeliner pencil
In addition I finished 9 perfume samples and 1 full sized bottle.
I feel like I want to improve on that score in 2013. If nothing else I will start running out of storage space soon! When was the last time you finished a makeup item and what was it? I’m nosy and I want to know! I hope you all have a fabulous New Year and please stay safe out there tonight xxx