Product Empties #4 – The one where everything ran out

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Hi all,

So recently I have started running out of absolutely everything which has put me in panic mode for some bits but it’s also been a good opportunity to revise my decision about how much I love each product and if I should repurchase or try something new!

First 2 of my primers ran out! This was a panic moment for me because I heavily rely on my primers but luckily I had just bought the Benefit Porefessional Blot on the Spot stick which has been great so far. My favourite one by far was the Make Up For Ever HD Primer (sorry I don’t remember the price) which I bought at IMATS last year. Now that Make Up For Ever has landed in the UK (YES!) I hope this product will be available as I can’t find it on Debenhams website. The second primer was the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free £29. This primer is okay I don’t mind it but it did end up sitting in a drawer for months unused so I thought I’d better start using considering how much I paid for it! It’s quite expensive for a primer and I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it anytime soon.

The second panic moment came when no product would come out of my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil free in Ochre £34. I absolutely love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer it’s fantastic and ticks all the boxes. It’s light, matches my skin perfectly, oil free, contains SPF 20 and is so moisturizing. I have recommended this to anyone who looks for a light foundation or a bb cream because I’m yet to find one better. At £34 its not a cheap one but it’s one of those products I will keep repurchasing. I already picked up another!

I had never bought anything from Dior before but when I heard about the Colour Reviver Balm £24 I was so intrigued as I don’t particularly like the shade of my natural lips. They are quite brown and patchy. Now I’m sure I paid a lot less for this but I did buy it years ago so I’m not sure if the has risen since. But this product was amazing. It works with the PH levels in your lips and turns them pink and the crazy thing is it looks different on everyone because it’s dependent on your own chemistry. I was definitely sad when this one ran out but I was not willing to pay that much for another so luckily when I was in Paris I spotted a dupe from the Sephora range which was half the price and just as good. Highly recommend a lip balm like this, it’s great for everyday when you don’t want to wear any lipstick or glosses.

The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £36 has lasted me at least a year before it ran out which was pretty impressive as I use it almost every single day. A little goes a long way and it may seem expensive but considering how long it lasts it’s worth it. This is one of my holy grails in my kit and this was repurchased before the old bottle even finished. I have done a more in depth review which you can read here.

Most people are obsessed with the Gimme Brow by Benefit which I also own but it didn’t tickle my fancy. Unlike the Benefit Speed Brow £13 which is my obsession. This is more like a setting brow gel rather than providing any thickness. I use the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil £26 in Dark Brunette to fill in my brows and then this baby to set them. It holds so well and doesn’t make my brows feel hard or crispy which I find some drugstore brands do. This one I have also repurchased because I can’t use anything else!

Exfoliation is key to maintaining good skin and the Clarins Gentle Refiner £26 is perfect for just that. This exfoliator contains microbeads and can be used dry for a deeper exfoliation or mixed in with water for more sensitive skin types. I really enjoyed using this especially before putting on a face mask to really help the mask penetrate the skin. I’m not sure if I will repurchase this one as I have a couple of other ones I need to get through first.

So as I’m sure you have probably noticed I tend to buy a lot of expensive products – some worth it 100% I stand by them but some can easily be swapped out for alternatives that are a bit more purse friendly. A few drugstore bits that I have been loving that also ran out have been…

The Maybelline the Falsies Waterproof £7.99 which I bought after the hype everyone gave it. Of course I had to stick to the waterproof one as my lashes never hold a curl by themselves. When I first bought this I absolutely hated it! It was way too wet and my lashes kept going straight by the time it dried. Not to mention the amount of times the mascara ended up on my eyelids and around my eyes. But once the mascara got a bit drier it became easier to use and well what do you know the mascara was fantastic. It really gives my lashes incredible volume and length and it now holds a curl perfectly. The mascara I can happily say is definitely waterproof and has been trialed and tested by me at the gym after a sweaty workout – mascara = perfect. I have already repurchased this one and let it dry out a bit before using it. For £7.99 I am so impressed it really shows you don’t have to buy everything high end for it to be great.

While I keep up with my face exfoliation I am a bit useless with the rest of my body. I bought the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Scrub £7.39 literally a year ago and it’s taken me ages to finish it due to my laziness. Whilst I love the smell and how soft my skin felt I just ran out of motivation to use it. I am however happy it’s finished now as I have one from The Body Shop to get through!

Whilst I’m lazy with my exfoliation I’m very on it with my moisturizing. I hate having dry skin and my skin is always quite dehydrated so I like to moisturize everyday to make sure my skin is looking well and gets some nourishment. The Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion £3.75 was really great with keeping my skin moisturized and feeling soft for days after but the only problem I had with this one was I struggled to put my clothes on afterwards. Jeans were the worst to get on if I had just put the lotion on. So once it finished I didn’t repurchase it and instead I am using one of The Body Shop body butters which is amazing!

And last but not the least I was trying out the new Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Volume Shampoo £3.99 to see if there was a difference when using a product that contained no silicone, parabens or colourant. I have to say this shampoo smelt incredible and while I didn’t notice a huge difference I’m glad to say it wasn’t a negative difference. The only hiccup I had was that because the shampoo is clear, my dear brother thought it was shower gel and used up half of the bottle and so I didn’t get to test it out for too long! I have since bought a different one because I always like to change up my hair products and I have a few more to try out from a Macadamia press event so I probably won’t come back to it anytime soon.

This is probably one of the longest posts I’ve written and I hope I haven’t bored you to sleep! If you are reading up to this, thanks for hanging in there!

Have you recently run out of any holy grail products? Do tell in the comments, I always love to know what products people enjoy using.

Until next time..

Zinita x

Beauty & the Payroller

5 thoughts

    1. Ooh really! I always pick it up but never buy it! I think I will buy it! Yes! The midnight recovery concentrate is amazing! Smells wonderful too 🙂

  1. I love your blog, your posts are beautiful! I just followed, it would be great if we can support each other 🙂 I am so glad I got to discover you ❤

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