empties // Kiehls, Kevyn Aucoin, Nars & Becca

Back in August, we touched on the importance of noting down the products yourself and girlfriends touch pan on the quickest, as time often speaks for itself in terms of our most loved beauty products.

Here are the prods we’ve emptied this month, and our reviews – enjoy!
x N&J

J// Nars Turkish Delight Lip Gloss

This gorgeous, milky, baby pink gloss is the first lip prod I truly fell in love with and categorised as HG. Way back when I purchased my first tube, it was in all the mags as Kim Kardashian’s go-to gloss (image reference here) and, embarrassingly, that’s what sucked me in. However, it is such a delightful shade that it’s single-handedly spearheaded my longtime obsession with baby pink lips.

I’m not a big fan of layering lipsticks and glosses (mainly due to the lack of space in clutches!) and happily wear Turkish Delight as is, straight onto the lips. It’s perfect paired back with natural or smokey eyes, but my preference is always a bronze, gold or champagne lid and some pretty pink blush to tie it all in! (Recommendation: Nars Orgasm).

Repurchase? I always have two or three Turkish Delight glosses going at once; scattered across the car, hand bags and drawers so that I’m never without – my worst nightmare!

J// Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon

I rarely Tweet, but Becca’s cream Beach Tints are so good I affectionally described them as ‘life changing’ on Twitter when I first made the purchase back in 2012, and this handy blush/lip tint duo has been in my beauty kit ever since. Due to the tint’s water resistance, they’re absolute perfection in summer when heading to the beach or pool, as well as everyday use to put a stop to melting makeup.

Onto the colour itself… I bought both Watermelon (described by Becca as bright pink) and Dragonfruit (brighter, ‘poppy pink’) at the same time and as much as I adore a bright blush in summer on tanned, glowy skin, I’m constantly reaching for Watermelon as I find Dragonfruit is just too pigmented and difficult to blend out. Watermelon is a more tame, softer pink and when blended, gives a gorgeous, natural flush. I pat the cream onto the apples of my cheeks with my middle finger, then blend away with Becca’s #56 Small Polishing Brush. Be sure to act fast, as the cream is fast drying!

Repurchase? I’m determined to give Dragonfruit a better try this summer, so will hold off on a Watermelon repurchase for now. The blushes are a must have for summer though… the tubes may be tiny, but the $42 prod lasts for years. Throw in the practicality of water-resistant colour and double up as a lip tint, and it’s a pretty fab buy!

N// Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

As a young twenty-something year old, I was looking to dip my toes in the world of eye creams and stumbled upon the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream. It’s a super creamy and cooling eye cream that once applied becomes almost slick and sheeny to avoid that stinging migration into the eye (nothing worse!). Perfect for evening use, I found that the slick finish on the under eye area, made morning concealer application a little more tedious. As I’m one to prioritise extra zzz’s in the morning over managing an awkward concealer application, I found myself reaching for a different eye cream in the morning.

With super moisturising Avocado Oil and antioxidants, it’s a great no nonsense eye cream that hydrates the delicate under eye. I would recommend this for anyone who has dehydrated under eyes or hasn’t quite mastered eye cream application without the sting.

Repurchase? As I’m beginning to notice some fine lines under my eyes (eep !), I may give this a miss and pickup something to target my fine lines.

N// Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara

Fist things first, if you hate the fallout that you get at the end of the day (or night) or the mess of removing mascara, this is the mascara for you! Having noticed my under eyes looking a little worse for wear from the daily Bioderma swipe I knew it was time to move on from my mascara at the time. So naturally, as any beauty gal would do, I went to the net to see if someone else had discovered the mascara of my dreams. I discovered the tubular mascara revolution – basically a mascara that shrink-wraps your lashes and dries into a tube (as the name suggests) around your individual lashes. Removal is as easy as water and a gentle swipe of your finger (or a massage with an oil-cleanser) and the tubes easily glide off.

I stumbled upon the Kevyn Aucoin range of mascaras – The Volume, The Curling, and The Essential – and decided to give the Curling mascara a go, as one of my few blessings is one of long and thick lashes, so curling gives me the one thing genetics really can’t offer. Clearly a winner, this is my second repurchase ! It’s smudge-proof, weather-proof, tear-proof, ie all a gal needs in a mascara. The small brush means all my lashes are coated, though you must work quickly as once the mascara dries, further coats will definitely thicken your lashes, but can sometimes look uneven.

My only comment is that I find my lashes aren’t necessarily curled per se – however, I am yet to find a mascara that truly holds a curl. I would highly recommend two or three quick coats, one eye at a time, for effortless, your lashes but with better definition, separation and length.

Repurchase? Yes, I’ll always keep one handy, but I definitely want to try the others in the collection.

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