Friday, 28 October 2011

Product Use-Ups - Would I Buy Again?

I've suddenly came to the end of so many products that my bathroom shelf can't cope, so before I put them in the (recycling - where applicable!) bin, I thought I'd give you  a quick run-down/mini review on each, and whether or not i'd buy them again now i've used them up - my version of 'Project Bathroom', if you will!

Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream with SPF 15
This was meant to be a stand-in product that I grabbed one day in Boots, but it has literally lasted me FORVER! It's lovely and light, easily and quickly absorbed, and has the bonus of an SPF 15, as well as only costing about £3 (it was so long ago I can't remember!)
Would I buy this again?
Yes, I probably would. It has served me well, and as far as I can tell it's helped stave off the wrinkles!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-In-1 Wash & Mask
I remember buying this clay-type wash/mask after Sara (SWalker Make-Up) and Laura (Buy Now Blog Later) raved about it, and at first I didn't get what the fuss was, and stashed it away after a few uses. However I started using it again (I evidently had used up whatever other morning product I was using!), and really liked it this time around.
Would I buy this again?
Had it not been for the fact that Neutrogena test on animals (thumbs down), I would indeed repurchase this.
It's reasonably priced at around £4 for 150ml, and has lasted a long time as (when using it as a face wash), you only need to use a little at a time each mornng. Since i've finished it I have noticed a few spots appearing, particularly on my forehead.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleansing Water
I bought this after all the hype surrounding it recently by bloggers/YouTubers/Make-up Artists etc (yes, I am a sheep. I feel no shame), and at first I didn't really get what all the fuss was about, but now that i've finished it, I can appreciate what a good performing product it is. You can read my full review here (I also did a YT review here if you're interested, but it's much the same as the blog version!).
I would love to say yes (the reasons for which you can read in my review), but as with the Neutrogena face wash, Bioderma do test on animals, and given that i'm trying to avoid any products which have been tested on animals, I personally won't be buying it again for this reason.

No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm
I decided to try this cleanser out when I had a £5-off No7 voucher one day I was in Boots, as I hoped it would be a highstreet alternative to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. You can read my full verdict here, but in short it is a cleanser that has done it's job - although I will say the name 'cleansing balm' is somewhat misleading as it's a cream-consistency cleanser!
Would I Buy This Again?
It's a toughie. I'm inclined to say no as i've not found it to be a completely outstanding, holy-grail product, and there are so many other cleansers out there to try! I guess if I was strapped for cash, had a No7 voucher to spare, and really needed a cleanser I might pick one up again.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
As you might have guessed by now, i'm a complete sucker for anything in beauty ads, blogger reviews and so on, and Herbal Essences with their (occasionally cheesy) brightly coloured adverts are no different. I decided to buy this shampoo and the conditioner (and hair mask...) when they were on offer in the hope I would too be swinging my shiney mane of hair about like the ladies on the telly, but alas I can't say i've noticed any difference (sad face).
The Herbal Essences brand is also packed full of SLS chemicals (which make your shampoo foam up, for example).
Would I buy this again?
I've developed a rather tight, uncomfortable and sometimes itchy scalp, and I can only put it down to this shampoo. I also don't like the fact it's so packed full of chemicals, therefore I won't be buying it again as I want to find more naturally-sourced products for my hair.

Mitchum Deodordant
A rather boring, everyday item, but one I feel is rather important! At around £3 Mitchum is a tad more expensive than most deodorants out there, but it is often recommended by doctors, and it does work in terms of odour control and everyday freshness (although I don't think anything can keep you 100% dry).
Would I buy this again?
I will and I have! I often pick this up when it's on special offer (in stick, roll-on and spray forms), and I also love the fact that it is made by Revlon who don't test on animals. Bunnies rejoice!

Johnsons's Baby Lotion
An old classic which I loved using as both a body moisturiser and facial cleanser. It smells amazing, is good value for money (and you can pick it up almost anywhere, from supermarkers to pound shops), and it's pink!
Would I buy this again?
Again the animal testing factor comes into play. As much as I love this moisturiser, there are equally good products out there (such as my yummy Palmer's cocoa butter) which aren't tested on animals, and therefore until Johnson and Johnson invest in cruelty-free testing methods, then it's a no from me!

Maxfactor Second Skin Foundation
I remember buying this from Fragrance Direct after reading how much Fee at Make-Up Savvy loves it, and my verdict is that it's a good summer time foundation; for those days when you want the sheer glowy look of a tinted moisturiser with a tiny bit more coverage.
Would I buy this again?
I prefer my foundation to have a bit more coverage than this, and as you will see from my review, it does wear off a bit during the day. I think i'll keep my pennies for my Revlon Colorstay!

Maybelline One by One Volume Express Mascara
Another product that i've reviewed , I this mascara is nice for an every-day pretty look, but I wouldn't say it's particularly volumising or dramatic. After all the hype surrounding each of Maybelline's mascaras I was slightly disappointed with this one.
Would I buy this again?
No, partly because i've got about 3 other mascaras to get through, partly because I didn't find it that good, and also because Maybelline are animal testers (if you haven't guessed that has become a big factor for me when choosing products now!)

Coleen EDT
Celebrity perfumes are not something I go out my way to buy, and I usually end up with a load of them after Christmas time, this one included. I'm rubbish at describing scents (you can find a description of it at Perfume Point ), but it's quite sweet, yet not over powering, and whilst i'm not in LOVE with it (as I am with Angel by Thierry Muglar, yummy), i've actually had quite a few compliments on it, which I found surprising.
Would I buy this again?
For those 'interim' times where i'm just about out of my favourite 'posh' perfumes and need an everyday fragrance that I can spray all over whenever I like, I actually think I might buy another bottle of this, especially since you can pick up a 100ml bottle for around £10.

Have you got any products you've used up and rate/hate?

Melanie x
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