Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Empties / Disappointing Products #2

An alternative title for this post could be "products I'm finished with" I guess, it's things I'm getting rid of either because I'm done with them, or because they didn't work out for me. I've been collecting things for a few months - as I'm certainly guilty of half using things then moving on to new or exciting shiny things - and even so it isn't the biggest collection, but it's driving me mad having the box lying about as I try and pack up to move house!

Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo 

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here or not, probably not as it is a bit of an overshare, but I've been having some scalp issues of late. I don't have dandruff or really much of a visible problem, but my scalp has been sooooo itchy. It got so bad that I had to place my beloved Lush Karma Komba bar to one side and try this for some relief. I think it did help in the short term - after the first few washes I felt a bit better, but now, at the end of the bottle I can't say the overall situation has improved. Other than the scalp issues it's a surprisingly good shampoo for my curls, and it has a kind of menthol feeling on your scalp which is surprisingly pleasant.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of sniffing this yet, let me describe it for you: heavenly. It smells like lime and ice cream soda mixed together - it's just a very original, very morish scent. I worried initially with the huge size of the bottle (500ml) that I would get sick of the smell, but actually, I found I needed to use quite a bit at a time to get a good lather on, so the bottle didn't last horrendously long. I'm also not complaining about the quantity I had to use; it's still really great value for money and I would definitely purchase it again. 

Cutex Moisture Guard Nail Polish Remover

This is a remover designed to be moisturising and to help protect dry nails from breaking and becoming further weakened by polish. I was pretty much having all those issues and thought I'd give this a shot. I do think it was a bit more gentle on my nails than say, Quickies, but I just can't really get my head around using a bottle of liquid like this to remove polish anymore! I'm so used to my little foamy Bourjois pots, that this just felt messy and complicated every time - there's a #firstworldproblem if ever there was one.

Bourjois Volume Clubbing Waterproof Mascara

This is a key player in my mascara arsenal, and I was super eager to replace it for the Summer's trip to Florida... but *sob* but *sniffle* it seems to have been discontinued *wail*. This is the mascara I wear if I'm going to watch The Notebook, or if I need to stand in the pouring rain for three hours, or I'm holidaying in a country with about 90% humidity and a daily itinerary of hitting the pool and riding log flumes. This is, on me at least, an industrial level of waterproof. I don't panda eye, it doesn't transfer up top either - it just stays put. The brush picks up a little too much product and it's not the most amazing formula of all time - in terms of aesthetic impact - but to me that's all a small price to pay for having mascara that you can trust to stay on your lashes.

No7 Lash Adapt Mascara

This was passed from my mum to me I think, she didn't care for it and I'd never tried a No7 mascara so I didn't know what to expect really. I actually loved it. It's designed to be a buildable mascara that you can kind of work and layer in a way that it will adapt to creating    your desired lash look. It is very buildable, you can create a very understated look for work, or really play with it and make fluttery fanned lashes, or bolder bombshell lashes - really good fun. Because of the flexibility it does have, it's a great one to carry in a travel bag, or to work if you need to look demure, but may want to amp up your look after you clock out. I will definitely repurchase this at some point, at the moment I have a few mascaras to work through, but yeah, when I next have the chance, I will return to this one. 

Maybelline Shape Master Brown Pencil in Soft Brown

This is like ... the third one of these I've used? Could be fourth. I've also talked about them extensively so I won't prattle on.. well, too much. Good points: a) very good colour match for my brows b) stays put pretty well c) fast to apply d) has a good spoolie on the other end. Bad points: a) it's soooo soft it needs sharpened constantly and uses up really fast b) it does look a little waxy on, and you can't get a very 'detailed' natural look with it.
I have replaced it and am still using it, but ladies - what are your recommendations for brow products?

Boots Essentials Eye Makeup Remover Pads

And now onto the first of the disappointing products, which, just to be confusing I'm sure, actually featured in a favourites post a while back. Basically, they're like Quickies for your eyes - which does lead to a few moments of initial panic when you first slap one over your lid and a frantic sniffing of it to ensure it is in fact not nail polish remover. Basically, I think I got on well with them at first as the pads at the top were 'drier' so they just kind of did their thing and then you moved on, but as I worked down, these were the oiliest, slimiest things ever. I'd use one and for hours later, no matter what cleanser I then went in with - I'd be having blurry, oil vision.

The Body Shop Banana Conditioner

I wanted to love this, I really did. It smells deliciously banana-y and it's supposed to soften and detangle all hair types - it should have been a match made in heaven really, but actually I've had to abandon about a third of the bottle! I have dry hair, really dry hair that leans towards frizzy, brittle problems. I have many, many issues with my hair but I have never experienced greasy hair or oily hair or that build up feeling at my roots... until I used this. I was legitimately puzzled for ages as to what was going on as it's just something I've never seen my hair do before, but alas it was this conditioner, and if that's what it did to me, I dread to think what it would do to someone with already grease prone hair! It does, however, make my hair pretty soft so I tried applying it to just the tips etc. in an effort to be able to keep using it, but it just wasn't meant to be...

Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towels

I got a travel pack (10 wipes) of these in beauty box at some point and I was really excited, they promise to be soothing and gentle - well, my face must have missed that memo. These irritate my skin so much it's painful. After use number one, I had red, irritated skin, but it eased after I did my 'full' hot cloth cleanse, so I thought I'd have one more go. What a silly idea that was. Instantly, my skin became raised, red, burning and raw - and no amount of rinsing or cleansing removed the situation completely. The next day my skin felt OK, but was so red and sensitive I didn't fancy putting any makeup on and risk making it worse. Now, while an allergic reaction clearly makes them a disappointment to me I generally wouldn't list something here because of that; I mean just because my skin doesn't like them, doesn't mean yours won't love them. But basically, despite how harsh they felt on my skin... they were pretty pants at taking my eye makeup off. 

And so that's all I have in the world of empties at the moment! I'm off rinse and recycle all this before they accidentally get packed in a box and end up moving with me to Glasgow...


  1. I love these kind of posts they always make me think twice about buying products! I've heard a few people say that they didn't get on with thee banana conditioner so I think I'll be crossing that off my wishlist! :)


    1. Ah, yeah... maybe if I'd researched it before hand then I could have saved myself some seriously unpleasant hair experiences! Oh well, lol, live and learn!
      I love disappointing product posts too - not because they're negative, but like you say, it makes you think twice you know, you're hearing more than what's in the ad campaign!

      Thanks for reading and commenting

  2. I don't seem to get on with Head&Shoulders either or Body shop shampoos/conditioners. They just made my hair more frizzy. I've also heard a lot of positive reviews for the latter xx

    Velvet Blush

    1. The quest for good hair products can be quite a head ache - I always feel so unbelievably out of sorts and uncomfortable in my own skin if my hair is really acting up, I mean bad hair days, sure, but when something's not right it just throws me totally out of funk!

      Thanks for reading and commenting,


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