Happy April – spring is upon us!
That means one thing – it’s time to go through my trash from March…
Two primers bit the dust this month – the Primark PS…PRO Miracle Primer has a similar consistency to Benefit Porefessional. I really enjoyed using this under foundation and it helped to smooth out my pores ready for the rest of my makeup. For £5, it’s a great product! I often used it in combination with the Makeup Revolution Aqua Priming Base for a bit of extra hydration – the glycerin in it really helps your makeup to stick to your face. It sprays a fine mist (no squirting here) that settles gently on your skin. A great alternative to the Smashbox Priming Water!
This Collection Divine Lash also dried out on me – a shame actually as it was a great mascara that I really enjoyed, but it didn’t last very long. The waterproof formula stayed in place all day with no flaking or smudging – I’d get this again if it’s still available, and it was most definitely worth the £1 I paid for it in Poundworld!
Does perfume count as makeup? Not really, but I’m including it here anyway. This tiny bottle of H2O got me through quite a few uses, but now it’s gone I can’t really recall what it smelt like. Oh well – another bottle out of my perfume stash!
Some real favourites here – the Nivea Gentle Caring Micellar Water is a firm favourite, and I generally have at least one backup in my skincare drawer. It has a multitude of uses – a gentle cleanse to refresh my skin early in the morning, cleaning up eyeliner mistakes, and removing makeup when I can’t be bothered with the whole oil-cleansing thing. A classic staple I hate to be without!
It was my first time using the ESPA Hydrating Floral SpaFresh Toner and it made a lasting impression on me. I loved the classy frosted glass bottle and the heavy marble-effect cap – such a luxurious addition to my makeup table! It helped to inject a bit of extra moisture in my skin while helping to soothe my (usually angry) skin – I even noticed a reduction in redness after use. Would possibly buy again, but I have a feeling it’s rather expensive…
Lastly is The Body Shop Unperfumed Elderflower Eye Gel – I’ve recently decided that this is my all-time favourite eye product. I’ve got quite sensitive eyes and I can gloop this right in there with no problem! It’s super hydrating and really refreshing to apply, and I will definitely grab another one (or 5) next time I take a trip to The Body Shop!
I only used 3 face masks this month – I’ve clearly been slacking!
Two more Innisfree masks bit the dust – I’ve really been enjoying these and reaching for them over others! They’re a great affordable option, although I can’t tell the difference between them. This month’s picks were Bamboo and Kiwi – both lovely!
Lastly I used a Montagne Jeunesse Face Tonic – I’ve not seen these around before but I spotted them in Poundworld so thought I’d give it a go. It smelled very orangey but wasn’t very damp, and the cloth was a lot more scratchy than I’m used to – especially compared to the Innisfree masks. It did last quite well on my face and did a good job at hydrating, but the scratchiness ruined it a bit for me.
Two staples in my monthly empties – and regular repurchases – the Primark Oval Cosmetic Pads and Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Toothpaste. Both cheap, cheerful and do the job just fine!
My project lotions is going well – I’m saying sayonara to some more body lotions 👋 The I Love… Winter Berries Nourishing Body Butter smelled just like parma violets and I’m a little sad this pack of 4 is gone now. They were lovely! I also finished a mini of The Body Shop White Musk Body Lotion, which came in a gift set a couple of years ago! I really like the scent of this – it’s a long time favourite, and the formula was easily absorbed. A surprisingly luxurious product which I’d probably buy again.
I also finished a Nivea Caring Shower Cream Indulgent Moisture in Orange. I really love these – they make my skin feel super soft (and not that horrible squeaky clean feeling I hate) and I usually have at least one backup. I actually recently won one of their new shower creams in an Instagram giveaway – so I’m looking forward to trying that next!
The Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo with Vanilla Milk & Papaya is my second favourite scent from the line, and I will be definitely buying this again. I did enjoy the fresh Blueberry scent of the YesTo Blueberries Frizzy Hair Smooth & Shine Conditioner – but the effects didn’t impress me enough to go out of my way to try it again. I won it in an Instagram giveaway originally so it was nice to try!
I also finished this whopping 400ml can of VO5 High Volume Hairspray. I use a bit of hairspray most days – my go-to work styles are high buns and ponytails – and have no complaints about this one. It kept my hair in place and brushed out easily – I would buy it again!
I burned through two little jar candles this month – I’m making good progress on my wax stash, partly due to a self-enforced no-buy for lent.
I was super excited to find a Krispy Creme Cinnamon Apple Filled Donut Scented Candle – if you hadn’t guessed by now, bakery and general food scents are my favourite! Unfortunately, it had no throw at all. The cold sniff was okay but when I lit it? Nothing. Nada. Super disappointed and hoping the other one I bought (Original Glazed Donut) actually smells…
Fortunately, the Air Wick Essential Oils Spiced Orange and Cinnamon Candle smelt much stronger. It was a standard orangey cinnamon scent – perfectly pleasant – and had a better throw than their regular line of candles. I’ve got really into soy wax and independent vendors now though, so I probably won’t seek these out again (unless they came out with one of my ultimate scents… Gingerbread or Red Velvet Cake? Yes please!)
I also burned two Yankee Candle Votives from my Christmas gift sets this month. Star Anise & Orange was a spiced orange scent with a strong note of aniseed. It was pretty nice but not something I’d get again. Macaron Treats on the other hand was one of the best scents I burned this month! A sweet bakery-type scent that I found uplifiting, soothing and delicious all at once. This was limited edition from Christmas though, so I’ll be bulk-buying them in a panic before they disappear forever…
I was clearly a busy bee with my melt bags this month!
My favourites from Millie’s Melts were Fizzies – an amazing fresh scent that smells exactly like refreshers, and was perfect for a Saturday I spent clearing out crap from my house – and Fizzy Cola, which smelt like fizzy cola bottles. I’d definitely get these again – in bigger sizes! Christmas Eve was OK but didn’t wow me – that’s the problem with ordering online, it’s hard to tell if you’ll like the scent! I’m pleased she offers small tarts so you can try a scent without committing to a large pack.
Baked Apple Pie from The Scented Wax Boutique was a lovely apple scent with a buttery flaky crust mixed in – great throw too, made me hungry!
I was so impressed with Red Velvet Cake from Cupcake Chasm – this was a freebie she popped in my parcel and I feel like she totally got my taste! It was a gorgeous scent I will definitely buy again – as was Key Lime Pie. They were both multi-layered scents that smelt exactly like their descriptions. Looking forward to her shop reopening so I can stock up!
Lastly I melted two melts from Emily Victoria Candles – as with all the others from her, these were very nice! Gingerbread was my favourite of these – if I could only melt once scent for the rest of my life, I’d probably pick gingerbread, and this was a lovely one. Apple Strudel was very nice as well, and smelled exactly like apple strudel. You know what you’re getting with these melts – they smell exactly as described, which is fab! I think they smelled stronger when I first got them though so I wouldn’t recommend leaving them to cure for too long.
March total: 30 items
It’s not quite my goal of 1 item for every day, but it’s still a good amount – and I was already ahead during January and February, so I’m still on track. I’ve got quite a few skincare products nearing their end right now, so I think April’s empties will be bigger.
Thanks for reading!