My Year of Green Beauty Empties: #7 Snog, Marry and Avoids

I hope you’ve had a wonderful and very merry Christmas!

Right cracking on with my tally of every beauty and skincare product I’ve used up in 2017.

October 2017 Green Beauty Empties

Here are all the products I used up this month:

green beauty empties - october 2017

Read on for my thoughts on the products I’ve used and find out which I would snog, marry or avoid!

SNOG (good products that I thoroughly enjoyed having in my life but am not quite ready to make a commitment right now due to having an extensive harem of products). I.E MIGHT REPURCHASE

green beauty empties - october 2017 - snog

  • Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Eye Balm: this is the first eye balm I’ve ever used. I really liked the thick gel like texture of this eye cream – which absorbed pretty quickly – don’t let the balm name put you off. It kept my dry eye area well moisturised and didn’t irritate my sensitive eyes at all which is a major plus. It’s up there as one of the eye creams I’ve enjoyed using but I wasn’t totally wowed – is that possible with eye creams? So I’m still on the hunt for The One as far as eye creams go.
  • RAZSPA Hylauronic & Hexapeptide 8 serum: I’m a big fan of RAZSpa, Danish natural skincare range. This Hylauronic acid serum was boosted with the addition of Hexapeptide 8 which inhibits neurotransmitters in the skin, and is referred to as ‘nature’s botox!’ It certainly plumped up the skin but on the botox front I don’t have enough lines yet to have seen a major difference.  
  • Mathilde B Donkey’s Milk Shower Gel: we all know that Cleopatra loved to bathe in ass milk, which is the key ingredient in this French line using milk sourced from their own farm, and aimed at sensitive and irritated skin. Donkey milk does have a number of skin nourishing properties due to the higher levels of A, B, C, D and E Vitamins compared to cow milk that it contains.  This also contained dead sea salt and was soothing on the skin but it had a black cherry scent and I’m not crazy about fruit smells in bath products. 

MARRY (products that I loved using, have or want to have a long term relationship with and plan an ongoing commitment to): I.E. WILL REPURCHASE

green beauty empties - october 2017 - marry

  • La Bella Figura Curative Cleansing Balm (now called The Clean Slate):  this rinse-off balm cleanser was originally part of La Bella Figura’s covetable limited edition ‘The Capsule Collection’ but proved so popular it was added to the permanent range. Boasting an intriguing and exotic ingredients list but most importantly it cleans the skin like no other balm cleanser I’ve used. Oh and has a delectable texture that reminds me of a more solid white chocolate mousse. 
  • Studio78 Paris Lets Get Married Liquid Lipstick 06 Velvet Wedding: this is the most pigmented liquid lipstick I’ve come across in green beauty. Made with all natural ingredients as well as vegan friendly, I love the striking plum colour that lasts for ages. This reminds me very much of one of my Ellis Faas favourites. 
  • Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser: Olive Leaf & Plantago Extract: I love this cleanser and have repurchased a few times. It’s my favourite rinse off cream cleanser. I really enjoy the herbal scent, creamy texture and it thoroughly cleanses without stripping or irritating my very dry, sensitive skin.
  • Eco Soapia Rose Geranium Organic Castile Soap: to be honest I bought this simply because I was charmed by the packaging. Thankfully it’s not just a pretty cover but a lovely castile soap with no SLS, gently foaming with an uplifting rosey scent. 
  • Raw Gaia MSM Organic  Beauty Cleansing Serum: this was my first time using a product described as a cleansing serum and it was a hit with me. You can read a detailed review here. In short it’s a luxuriant oil blend that felt super nourishing on my skin with serum treatment benefits. 
  • Skin & Tonic Calm Clean: I fell in love with Skin & Tonic’s Steam Clean (unexpectedly as it’s aimed at normal-oily skin) and thought I’d try Calm Clean which is on paper more suited to my dry, sensitive skin. This is a gorgeous balm cleanser that melts on the skin, soothing and pampering away.  This is a fab balm for those who struggle with shea butter and coconut oil as it’s one of the few balms that doesn’t contain either of those ingredients. 

AVOID /PECK ON THE CHEEK  (This isn’t a bad product, it just didn’t work for me for one reason or another ). I.E. WON’T REPURCHASE

green beauty empties - october 2017 - avoid

  • GOSH lip oil: GOSH Copenhagen is one of my favourite drug store brands. Fab performing products and clean synthetic ingredients list with botanicals thrown in. I like lip oils as a concept but don’t like this packaging – it’s impossible not to contaminate each time you dunk in and out.  You can read a detailed review of the GOSH lip oil here.

So that’s another 10 roducts used up, 113 for 2017 so far! Do follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with what I’m currently using up.

My Year of Green Beauty Empties
A reminder of a few of the products I’ve used up this year. Search “empties”

Nearly getting to the end of the year. I can’t lie, I’m looking forward to never having to write about empties again!

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