Saturday, 17 December 2011

December: Used, Abused And Reviewed.

I know it's not the end of December yet but I cant see myself fully using up any more products between now and then so I'm just going to go ahead and post this. The whole point of doing the 'Used, Abused And Reviewed' posts was that hopefully I'd concentrate more on what I already have instead of letting it go to waste and buying more products that I want rather than need. If you want to read last months post then here it is.

Ok so enough rambling

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo & Conditioner. 200ml, £8 Each: I've already reviewed both of these here.
Would I Repurchase? Shampoo - yes. Conditioner - probably not.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (Black) £10.99: 'Finding a high impact volumising mascara that doesn't leave your lashes looking clumpy and clogged can be a challenge. Masterpiece Max Mascara is the next generation of mascara. It delivers bold, thick lashes with up to 400% volume but defines and smoothes at the same time for a surprisingly, sleek effect. One swipe of its high tech IFX brush gives a chic, catwalk finish in seconds - no wonder it was the official mascara of Milan Fashion Week!' A decent mascara with a big plastic brush. I prefer big brushes but would rather have bristles than plastic/rubber. I wouldnt describe the results as the same or even similar to false lashes but still, it does a good job and wont break the bank. I did find though that after a few hours it tends to flake a bit but I can deal with that.
Would I Repurchase? Yes, if there was a 3 for 2 offer on but it wouldnt be my first choice.

Philosophy Eternal Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel. 480ml, £19: A luxurious shower gel that can be used as shampoo or even a bubble bath. Infused with crisp citrus notes, and delicate floral scents of eternal grace. Like most things I own from Philosophy, this came in a set from QVC. I'm a huge fan of all the 'Graces' they smell so clean and fresh and the scent tends to stay on your skin for hours after plus it fills your bathroom aswell. I used this on my hair once, I didnt find it the best for my hair type (Coloured/Dry) but it did give an amazing shine and everytime I swished my hair I'd be able to smell it, even after the first day.
Would I Repurchase? In a set, yes.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. 200ml Bottle, £12.25: 'Moisten a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck every morning and night after cleansing with Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser or using one of our special treatment masks. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, dull or congested, the nourishing and brightening botanicals will help to leave your skin feeling soft and looking fresh for longer. It also primes your skin perfectly for your choice of Liz Earle Moisturiser.' I've lost count of how many bottles I've gone through now, maybe 6? Skin Tonic (toner) comes in different sizes and also as a spritzer. It has such a calming effect on the skin and after using, the skin is left feeling really moisturised. Brilliant product and the price isnt too bad either. Anyone on the look out for a new toner or even if you've never used a toner before but want to introduce one into your skincare routine then definately give this a try. Theres no sting like you get from most drugstore toners. I know a lot of people dont bother using a toner but its essential, cleansing removes the skins acid mantle, to restore this you need to use a good toner to reset the skins natural PH balance, it also helps remove any dirt you missed while cleansing.
Would I Repurchase? Definately.


  1. Ohh ive been trying out the spritzer version of the skin tonic and it is so good! Ive never really been into toners but it's one of my must have products now.

  2. Great post hun,really wanna try Liz Earle ,have had so much rave abt their amazing products x

  3. Great post! Thanks, Ill take a look and find out what the shade (the OPI polish) is called.. x

  4. nice post:) xx

  5. I also finished up my Instant Boost Skin Tonic this week and my Cleanse and Polish, too. Two shiny new bottles waiting in the wings (next I'm trying the toner with the spray bottle top as I think cotton pads are pretty wasteful).

    So interesting to hear what other people's mascara preferences are. I absolutely LOVE the Max Factor False Lash Effect (although I agree with you: the results are nowhere near false lash looking). I actually prefer plastic bristles to proper brush bristles, but I know most people feel differently. I just find they work wonders for combing through my lashes and not clumping.

    Love these posts and love seeing what you've used up. I keep meaning to do one but always throw the bottles away as soon as they're finished without really thinking! x

  6. Zoe: I never really bothered with toners, untill I tried this one. The drugstore types completely stripped my skin.

    Boscy: I use the spritzer at night but during the day I like to use a cotton pad as my skin is quite oily and spraying it directly onto my face and leaving it to dry results in an oil slick.

    I love seeing what people use up too, you should def start doing it. I've chucked a few things in the bin by mistake and couldnt remember what they were. haha