22 Feb 2014

Almost Empties.

Everything must come to end, and sometimes it just so happens that everything comes to an end all at once! Not everything here is actually empty (hence the 'almost' - an idea stolen from Jen) but seeing as I seem to do empties posts only twice a year I though I'd gather up a few things that are about to bite the dust too. 

Running from left to right first up we have the Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk. How many times have I mentioned this on the blog, about twelve dozen I'm guessing but we were a match made in heaven and I did do an overdramatic sob when it finally coughed up it's last little bit of moisturiser. Will I repurchase? You'd think so wouldn't you BUT I am a beauty blogger and the urge to try something new just for the sake of my blog is exceptionally strong. Next in line is the Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist*, a fabulous toner that I used after the exfoliating Clarins one to hydrate, as apparently that's what you're meant to do. 
I used to absolutely adore the NUDE Purifying Face Wash, so much so that this is the second bottle I've gone through, the only trouble is I got bored. It's nothing spectacular really and my skin just doesn't react the same as it used to to it, I won't be repurchasing and I'm glad I've finally used it up as it lasted forever! Something I haven't anywhere near used up yet (I don't think) is the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer, a very un-natural concealer that I loved because it was high coverage and pale without caking, perfect for my scars. But it really was time to say goodbye and start using my natural concealers more instead of always running to this to save the day, yes now you can see my scars a bit but I'm just learning to live with it.

Two body products I have very nearly used up are the Aromatherapy Associated Revive Body Gel and Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap. I started mixing the body gel with a small body oil sample so that I could use it up but it turned out to be the best combination ever, I hate oily skin so the gel helped the oil sink in quick and my skin was so soft! I'm sad to see this go. I use the peppermint soap for washing me, my hair, hands and my makeup brushes, a staple I will purchase again and again as it is just so good, everyone needs a bottle. Not long after just about singing from the rooftops how much I loved the Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo... it ran out. The bottle lasted me 4 months of every-other-day hair washing (washing twice) so I would class that as good value? My hair really misses it and I need more! (but aforementioned beauty blogger problems are getting in my way again). 

I finished both the Melvita Narcissus Extraordinary Water & Yarok Feed Your Ends mini ages ago now but have been clinging onto them for this post. The Melvita toner is a firm fave and very soothing, while I purchased the full size Yarok leave in conditioner as soon as the mini had run out, love! Finally two exfoliating products that I'm not sure did much for my skin, The Clarins toner, while I wanted to love it and I'm sure it did help in some way or another was not a game changer for me or my skin and even if it was I wouldn't want to repurchase it anyway as it's not exactly organic ha! The REN Resurfacing Concentrate also wasn't that great in the end, I found myself using it less and less because it just didn't seem that effective, though I remember loving this at the beginning, I think perhaps my skin is a little too used to chemical exfoliation at the moment... if that's a thing?

Are you always looking for something new to try when you use something up or do you stick to what you know?

P.S. So sorry if my photo appears a bit blurry or grainy today, promise it was perfect before I uploaded it but then blogger got it's grubby mitts on it!! 


  1. I might have to pick up that Yarok leave-in conditioner! I've been looking for a good hair treatment since I've had a haircut to keep my hair in good post-salon condition :) I seem to get split ends so quickly and I don't even use heat products that much x


  2. Your skincare collection makes me so jealous. I love the NUDE face wash too but I know what you mean about getting bored with products, I have to switch them up all the time else I never use them up! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  3. My eherb is on the way out too - SO SAD. Also, I have that Nude Purity Cleanser hanging around and I just can't love it. It's fine for what it is but nothing special and I don't like the smell! xxx

  4. I'm really glad you did this post, Annabel! I love empties briefs. I tried the REN Resurfacing Concentrate, too, and didn't get on with it; I think it was because I was already using regular chemical exfoliation.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  5. What a lovely set of beauty products. I love melvitas waters too. The rose one is my favourite. Becki from www.lifelooksperfect.com xx

  6. Nice post!
    To answer to your questions, I always tend to stick to beauty products for at leats 1 month before switching to something else. I am happy then to try something new or repurchasing the goodies I really liked. I am not a fan of changing products too much or using too many samples..skin needs some routine :-)

  7. It seems that a lot of bloggers are like Melvita's toner a lot. For me, I try to stick to a regime for at least 30 days to see the benefits/effect. My skin is also rather sensitive so it's not ideal for me to switch around too often/quickly. I tend to be more adventurous with face masks tho - I'll try something new as soon as I get a new one.

  8. I'm definitely going to have to try the elemental herbology moisturiser - I love their face masks and I'm yet to find a moisturiser that really blows me away!
    Lucy xx
    Sailor Speak

  9. I love the Dr. Bronner's soap for brushes and I plan on trying it on my hair as well. I'm afraid that it'll wash some of the colour out of my hair but maybe it'll just lighten the colour a bit. We'll see.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  10. I need to try the Dr. Bronners liquid soap. Currently I'm using just simple baby shampoo but once that runs out I'll be ordering one of those to try.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  11. Wow the Intelligent Nutrients shampoo lasted you 4 months? I tend to use mine twice a week so I'm going to be using that for a long long time! Its amazing value and I absolutely love the shampoo. Thank you so much for the recommendation!
    I definitely want to try the leave in conditioner too
    Roshni’s Journey

  12. Annabel have you ever tried the Rahua omega 9 hair mask or their shampoo/conditioner? If you haven't it might be the time to try them because they're truly amazing :) I have the intelligent nutrients shampoo, and even if it is good the rahua one is even better :)

  13. Annabel have you ever tried the Rahua omega 9 hair mask or their shampoo/conditioner? If you haven't it might be the time to try them because they're truly amazing :) I have the intelligent nutrients shampoo, and even if it is good the rahua one is even better :)

  14. I'm currently loving the Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk after seeing the lovely reviews from you and Jenny Purr. I'm also considering buying the Dr. Bronners soaps after failing for months, to find the sample I received in a beauty box.

    Abbie x

  15. I am loving the Ren Aha concentrate, hope it still works once I use it more! I do think my skin gets used to some products after awhile..
    You have some really nice things in there though, just added some to my whishlist (oops)!
    The Beauty Break // http://beautytimebreak.blogspot.com


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