// Post includes some gifted items. \\
I’m writing this update in May knowing full well it won’t be posted until June, as I’m in the midst of my final year deadlines and of course there’s a pandemic going on. Fingers crossed we get back to some sort of normality soon, and along with that I hope to have a decent blog schedule for the first time in forever. I won’t lie, the spending ban element hasn’t been adhered to as such, but I think that can be excused in the circumstances. Anyway back to my project pan update #2.
Hair // Again I surpassed my own expectations with hair care products this month, though none to do with dying my hair bright colours this time. Firstly I used up another purple shampoo, the Tresemme Violet Blonde Shine shampoo, this smells great, definitely a lot better than my favourite BleachLondon silver shampoo, but doesn’t work quite as well. I’d repurchase if the other was out of stock but it just didn’t offer quite such a icy blonde. To keep my very in need of a recolour hair in check I also went through a Tresemme Instant Recovery Mask, their hair masks are some of the best and can always be found on offer. Lastly, I went through a Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair oil, another in my arsenal of keeping my hair as well as I can until the salons reopen. It was a nice oil, lasted an impressive amount of time, had I not found a L’Oreal oil on offer I would have repurchased for sure.
Body // Two products here, one from LUSH that I used up three years after the use by date… oops. The Snow Fairy body conditioner was excellent for hydrating my skin and smelt incredible as LUSH products always do. If the body conditioners were more affordable than they are (£18 for 225g) I would consider getting another but they’re just a little too pricey. I also used up a Dove antiperspirant, the pear and aloe vera scent. I loved the scent of this so much and they do incredible other options and it does what it says on the tin so it’s even better – a definite repurchase.
Skincare // I used up quite a few more skincare bits than last month, and again did well on the lip balm front. As I said in the last post, I really like BurtsBees lip balms and ended up ordering a trio off Amazon and it didn’t take long for me to finish one. The honey scented on was my favourite and it’s no surprise I finished it first, this will be repurchased once I use the other two up without a doubt. I took me a while but I finally used up TheBodyShop’s Apple lip balm from a couple of Christmases ago, it took quite so long as I forgot I had it for a while. Apple scented things are a favourite of mine, and it was actually super moisturising which was even better. The final lip balm I used up was the Nuxe Reve de Miel, hands down the best lip balm/treatment I’ve ever used. I’ve reviewed it in full before; I will forever repurchase this when I have the money, it’s not cheap at £10ish but it lasts ages and works better than any other.
Two moisturisers bit the dust in the last two months: the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and the Pixi pHenomenal gel. Now the Bobbi Brown was excellent in winter when my skin got super dry and was a beautiful base for makeup, I only had a sample size and it still lasted well. Sadly, the product is an eye watering £44.50 full size and I cannot justify that, however nice the product is. The Pixi gel was also a lovely product, sent to me in PR, it’s very similar to Clinique’s Moisture Surge which is an all time favourite of mine. It’s a very good moisturiser if you have dry skin like I do and if I didn’t have a whole host of moisturisers to work through this could be repurchased.
Two more from Pixi – also PR – are the Glow Tonic and Vitamin C serums. I only really got into serums and layering my skincare over the last couple of years or so and these two were welcome additions. The Glow Tonic serum, provided exactly that: a glow. I would use it before bed and wake up with my skin feeling fresh and healthy. The Vitamin C serum wasn’t quite as good of a success as the Glow serum, and that’s simply because Vitamin C has a very short shelf life and if you don’t use it in time, it’s a glorified nice smelling water, which, if you’re pale, may tint your face orange. Both are effective when used in their shelf life, and fairly priced at £26.
Makeup removers look to be a pretty big category, however these weren’t used up as such. The Garnier Micellar water, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balms and Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse miniatures – PR – were all emptied into their full size counterparts. I was running low on Take the Day off and Pre-Cleanse; both my holy grails when it comes to first cleanses, so transferred the contents to the bigger ones getting rid of the minis. The micellar water on the other hand wasn’t running out, in fact I needed a mini to smuggle vodka into an event… don’t judge me, needs must. The event was cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic, however I will be keeping this for times when I need a travel bottle as the size is great.
Makeup // Not a lot of progress here, but then we’re not allowed to go anywhere so that’s understandable. The two mascaras that are in my project pan aren’t actually empty. The Soap&Glory Thick & Fast mascara used to be a favourite but I tried it again after many years and either the formula has changed or my lashes have and this now does nothing. Benefit’s They’re Real on the other hand is still a firm favourite it’s just quite old and I have many minis to get through.
This month I managed to use up nineteen products, three more than last time which is pretty good considering use of beauty products has been minimal. Unlike last update, I don’t think many of my products are too close to being finished, but who knows, a lot can happen in two months!
// Post includes some gifted items. \\