Lena talks beauty empties post - hair, skin & cuticles

May, June, and July empties – bumper edition!

This post is long overdue – and I can tell this because my empties box is quite literally overflowing. With moving house and changing jobs, this poor wee blog has been sorely neglected but now I feel like I’ve got life under control so I’m back baby! Over the last 3 months I have finished 12 products, with most of those being full size so I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve made a real point of sticking to a consistent skincare routine which means I’m behind in trying new products but my skin is loving it, and I’ve actually managed to finish a few things. This post features hair, skin, body, and nail care products, so let’s jump into it.

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The 5 best exfoliators without microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products, such as facial exfoliators and other body products. Sewage treatment plants are generally not designed to filter out such tiny particles, so they end up polluting waterways. Ever since I learned about the dangers they pose to waterways and the creatures that live in them I have avoided using them in favour of exfoliators without microbeads. Reading ingredient lists to figure out if they contain plastic can be seriously confusing so I’ve done the work for you. In this post I’ve rounded up a list of exfoliators that are free of polluting microbeads. I’ve used these products myself and can recommend using them. Some plastic-free scrubs rely on harsh pieces like shell that end up harming your skin but these are gentle. The brands included are Goodness, Trilogy, Oasis Beauty, Dermalogica, and River Veda. All were provided to me as press samples.

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November Empties

I know, it’s the middle of December and I’m writing about the beauty products that I used up in November. Better late than never, right? I finished up quite a few different products – hair care, skincare, makeup, and body. That was a mixture of full sized, and samples, and overall I’m feeling quite accomplished. By the way, when I say ‘repurchase’, some of them I didn’t actually purchase but got sent from brands, or got samples at counter but my evaluation remains the same – would I spend my money on them in the future. Right, now let’s get on with the reviews!

Nude by nature tinted moisturiser, phoenix custom fondation, bare minerals concealer, clinique pressed powder, estee lauder doublewear. Lena Talks Beauty

October Empties – Makeup

I’m back with part two of my October Empties, and this time it’s all of the makeup products that I finished or decided to throw out during October. I did some spring cleaning when I organised my makeup storage  so a fair few of these aren’t actual empties in the truest sense, but it’s nice to have a chance to do a quick review of things that wouldn’t actually be worth a full post. For some reason it’s mainly face products, probably since I’m so fussy about having them be right for my skin type and colour.

Skincare update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the skincare I’m using, so it’s time for an update. My routine changes frequently, based on how my skin is feeling, and I also l like to try new products. Being a beauty blogger means I often have new products arriving on my door step, and although I don’t try all of them since not everything is suitable for my skin, I like to give a good test of most of them before writing about them. The additions to my winter skincare routine lately have been Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Oasis Beauty Hot Toddy Super Hydrating Serum*, Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturizer*, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15.

My most important beauty products

Today my friend Laura from Laura Loves Beauty Blog and I are sharing our five most important beauty products – our absolute favourites that we just couldn’t be without. It was really hard for me to narrow this down, but I eventually managed to get it done, and here they all are. Keep reading to find out why these products are my favourites.

SeptemberEmpties

I’ve been making a huge effort to try and use up as many products as possible, so that beauty products don’t take over my entire house. There’s a fair bit coming in between purchases, subscription boxes and products to review, so others have got to be emptied. Today I’ll be showing you what I finished in September, ranging from body to haircare, so lets get started!

A look at Oasis Beauty products

We were so spoiled at a meet up I went to recently – one of the many things in our goodie bags was a packet of samples from Oasis Beauty. I had tried a couple of their samples in the past but the range seems to have had a fair bit of change, so it was great to get the chance to try them again. Oasis Beauty is a New Zealand owned and made range of skincare and also BB creams, and it’s also cruelty free. The samples I got were Rhino Repair, BB Cream – The Monroe, and Apple A Day SPF 25 moisturiser.