Autumn Empties 2012 | It’s been winter for over a month now and I have been postponing this post far too long!
I do use up the following products but don’t count them as an “empty” (with the odd exception or two/three/four): shower gels, shampoos, shaving gels, toothpastes, small samples.
As you can see from the photo above… I have managed to empty A LOT of products last season, which also means… typing a lot! I’ll try to keep my opinion short and sweet!!!
- Za - essential liquid wash (125ml): Contains alcohol - boo!
- The Body Shop - shea body butter (50ml): Very moisturising, fantastic for this time of the year! Such a shame it’s hardly on offer…
- Hand cream: A product I trialled a while ago, I have no idea what brand it is but it did the job!
- Lancôme - Visionnaire (5ml) x2: Alcohol denat. is very high on the ingredient list, something I’d rather avoid. Also something I wouldn’t expect to contain in a high end product!
- Action - reinigende poriënstrip (6x): My favourite nose strips! Fortunately it’s only €0.99 but unfortunately only available in The Netherlands - I always try to stock up whenever I go back!
- Superdrug - deep action nose strips (4 strips): Bought these long before I discovered Action’s nose strips. These don’t really work and are much more expensive.
- FreshCare - roll on splash fruity (10ml): Indonesian vaporub in a rollerball - ideal for travelling and your hands won’t get dirty!
- Estée Lauder - Perfectionist (7ml): To be honest I couldn’t see any difference…
- Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream lip protectant stick SPF15 (3.7g): The most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased and I won’t repurchase it. It quickly makes your lips feel dry again, making you re-apply it. I prefer the original Eight Hour Cream!
- The Body Shop - White Musk smooth satin body lotion (60ml) x2: Using this body lotion (and shower gel) has put me off using the White Musk eau de toilette! Conclusion: I don’t like perfume-scented body lotions!
- Kérastase - Nutridéfense anti-dryness nutri-protective treatment (75ml): A deep conditioner, a shame it was in a pot instead of a tube!
- L’Occitane - Fleur Chérie bath and shower gel (75ml): Got this for free… Not a fan of the scent.
- Missha - Near Skin moisturize emulsion (sample): An OK product, contains alcohol though!
- White Glo - extra premium whitening toothpaste (24g): Got this in the She Said Beauty box which I’ve won a few months ago!
- Pearl Drops - party sparkle whitening tooth polish (50ml): My teeth didn’t get any whiter… Also I wouldn’t use this on its own, I used a normal toothpaste before using this.
- Aussie - Dual Personality Heat Protection leave-in spray (150ml): An OK product - only downside is that the spray didn’t leave a fine mist on my hair.
- Sure - Maximum Protection in clean fresh scent (45ml): One of the best deodorants I have used, however it goes empty pretty quickly (when using it daily) which makes it quite expensive.
- Zwitsal - body lotion (200ml): Nostalgic! The Dutch answer to Johnson & Johnson’s baby products. Not the most moisturising body lotion but I love the scent!
- L’Oréal - Telescopic waterproof mascara (7ml): Holy grail! Holds the curl all day long.
- No7 - Beautiful Skin eye make-up remover (100ml): Half oil half water based, this is a great product - esepcially when you have a £5 off No7 voucher!
- Superdrug - Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser (200ml): Has a nicer scent than Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, but it’s more artificial. It also contains alcohol denat. (in the middle of the ingredient list).
- Nuxe - Huile Prodigieuse (10ml): Quickly sinks in to the skin, but I have a feeling a good body lotion/butter will work as good as this (expensive) oil.
- Soap & Glory - Scrub, Actually (200ml): I really struggled to find a high street (drug store) scrub that doesn’t contain SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and that is also in a tube instead of a pot… This was the only one I could find at Boots. Confession: this is the first body scrub I have ever bought/used!
- Dr. van der Hoog - hypo-allergeen dagcrème (50ml): A hypo-allergenic moisturiser… it’s OK, nothing special!
- Omorovicza - deep cleansing mask (5ml): One of my favourite beauty box samples (Selfridges beauty box). I haven’t used many different face masks, but this is good stuff! Such a shame it doesn’t come cheap…!
- Liz Earle - Cleanse & Polish (30ml): Hyped up for a reason? Yes! I only used this in the morning because I didn’t want to get my muslin cloths dirty from any make-up!
- Tea tree cream face wash: Another product I had to trial… I don’t like the scent. Edit: it’s the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash by The Body Shop, released in Spring 2013.
- Onyx - aromatherapy mask (15ml) x2: Lovely scent, not sure if it actually does anything to my skin though!
- Etat Pur - B23 melting moisturising cream (5ml): It’s an alright product… I guess I’m not too fussy when it comes to moisturisers, as long as it doesn’t contain mineral oils.
- Clarins - Extra-Firming Body Cream (30ml): A Glossybox sample (Harrod’s edition to be precise) and while it’s a lovely product, I just can’t justify paying £40/200ml for something that didn’t last long (just over a week!). Also, my £3.99 Re-Gen cream does the same job!
- Lancôme - Génifique (5ml) x2: Like Vissionaire, it contains alcohol denat., such a shame!
- St. Ives - fresh skin apricot scrub (30ml): At first I liked it, but it actually strips down the oils in a not-so-good way… It also contains SLES, something I’d like to avoid in skincare products (I don’t mind with body/haircare products).
- The Body Shop - White Musk sumptuous silk shower gel (60ml): Didn’t like the scent :(.
- Simple - Kind to Skin moisturising facial wash (50ml): I am trying to get rid of “bad” products, and this was lying around for a while. This contains SLES.
- No7 - Lash & Brow Perfector (7ml): Not totally empty but it has gone bad and it didn’t really work for me anyway! I prefer Hema’s eyebrow gel (which is also cheaper).
- Philosophy - hope in a jar (6ml): Why is everyone so enthusiastic about this moisturiser? I hate the scent! Also, I wouldn’t normally put sachet-sized samples in an empties posts, but this sample lasted me about a week - a pretty generous sample I’d say!
So… Last autumn I managed to use up 36 different beautyproducts (40 in total, eek!), which is great because this means: more room in my bathroom and more room for better beauty products! So far this season (winter, in case you were wondering!) I have managed to use up 4 products, which is not a lot! But who knows… Maybe my next post will be another big one (probably not as big as this one though)!
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Summer empties 2012
Spring empties 2012
2012 Beauty Favourites | It’s almost 2013 so it’s a good time to show you my favourite beauty products I’ve discovered this year! Every product’s (except for the eyelash curler and MUA palette) either bought on sale/discount/offer/with vouchers or have won… I’m not that rich!
- Shu Uemura - eyelash curler: Seriously the best eyelash curler ever! For many years I’ve used one from a Dutch drugstore and I have also tried the Missha one (for some reason very round, definitely not meant for Asian eyes) until I decided to get my hands on the Shu Uemura one… Definitely worth the money!
- ghd - IV styler: Are expensive hair straighteners better than cheaper ones? I think so! I have used cheap ones for many, many years… The ghd IV styler will straighten your hair within minutes and you can also curl your hair without pulling any hairs off!
- Urban Decay - Naked 2 palette: Worth the hype? Yes! Unlike the first Naked palette, Naked 2 offers more cool toned eyeshadows. All eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented!
- MUA (Make Up Academy) - Undressed palette: Although I do not own Urban Decay’s Naked palette I have seen many reviews on MUA’s Undressed palette and all say it is a very good dupe to UD’s Naked. I didn’t feel like spending £36 on Naked and for £4 Undressed is a very good alternative. If I have to compare the quality between UD and MUA eyeshadows I think that MUA’s eyeshadows are more powdery, but it can easily be solved by tapping off the excess before applying your eyeshadow on your lids!
- La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Duo: This product has been hyped up around the blog/vlog-o-sphere lately, but since I recently have been suffering from spots on my forehead I decided to give it a go. I am using Effaclar Duo since ±3 weeks and so far I’m really pleased with the results. It takes time for spots to heal and disappear but yes, I do think it’s definitely worth the hype! I apply this after cleansing, before moisturising, twice a day.
- Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion: Hyped up by many and I can see why… If you do have oily eyelids this eye primer will make sure your eyeshadow won’t crease at all and will stay on all day!
- Rimmel - Scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal in 005 Nude: Finally a high street/drugstore brand has decided to bring out an eyepencil in a nude colour. It’s perfect for the waterline, your eyes will look brighter/less tired and more open. This also looks more natural than a white eye pencil.
- Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in 001 Honey: It all started with Clinique’s Chubby Stick and now other brands have decided to join the crayon looking balm stain craze. In my opinion this is more pigmented than Clinique’s version (although Clinique now has released a more opaque version called Chubby Stick Intense) but I still like the fact that it’s still sheer enough for me.
- Clinique - Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon: The original one. I still can’t get used to opaque colours on my lips so balm stains like this (and Revlon’s) are great for me.
- Maybelline - Fit Me concealer in 20: Initially I really liked Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer but later I realised it’s too pink toned for my skintone. This is more yellow toned which is great, it’s not easy to find a yellow toned budget concealer. To me this is similar to Collection’s concealer, it also has a doe foot applicator and it gives you full coverage.
- L’Oréal - Telescopic waterproof mascara: Combined with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler = holy grail! If you have straight lashes like me, you should go for this combination.
- theBalm - Frat Boy shadow/blush: I have never used it as an eyeshadow but I love using this as a blusher. It’s pretty pigmented so be careful when you apply it on the cheeks!
- Kleenex - shine absorbing sheets (powder free): A handbag must-have! Great for blotting oily parts of your face (in my case my t-zone), it gets rid of oil without ruining your make-up.
Looking back at my list the majority of my favourites have been hyped up by the beauty blogging/vlogging community. I guess there’s a good reason why they’ve been hyped up so much…!
Summer 2012 empties | Another season has passed, which means it’s time to show you another empties/used up products post! I’d like to point out that I do not show the following products: shower gels, shampoos, toothpaste and shaving gel. Why? They’re just not worth mentioning! I always get them on offer in the supermarket. As for shaving gel I always use the same (Gillette for Women). If they do appear in an empties post it means I’ve paid more for than I usually would (or any other weird reason)! Enough rambling, time for the overiew + mini reviews:
- Clinique - dramatically different moisturizing lotion (30ml): I used to like this moisturiser (I’ve first used this 2 years ago), but after getting more into skincare and cosmetic ingredients, I realised this product might not be the right thing for me… It contains mineral oils (#2 and #8 on the ingredients list)! I would not buy this again.
- Missha - Near Skin balance softener (sample size): I got this sample (+ moisturiser sample) at a Japanese department store 3 years ago. Since the packaging is in Japanese I had no idea what kind of product it was (the name of the product doesn’t really give it away, right?!). I googled and found out that it is a toner! Unfortunately alcohol is the second ingredient on the list (for some reason I always find alcohol in Asian skincare brands), so if I do get the chance to buy this, I wouldn’t.
- Simple - Kind to Skin vital vitamin night cream (50ml): This is the 3rd pot I’ve used up (also mentioned in “My current skincare products” post back in March 2012)! There is nothing wrong I can write about this, it does the job and it’s affordable! I definitely would buy this again. Tip: buy it at Bodycare for £2.85 (at Superdrug/Boots you pay £5.60!!!).
- Nivea - Creme (30ml): I believe this is Nivea’s most famous product. However the second ingredient is mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum) and this is something I am now trying to avoid. It has a very thick consistency (great for very cold days) but I don’t feel it sinks into the skin. I would not buy this again.
- Neutrogena - Norwegian formula hand cream (15ml): Does the job, nothing negative to write about. I would not buy this again though, because I love my current hand cream a little bit more (by L’Occitane)!
- Onyx - Skin Polisher (15ml): A face mask, you actually get two sachets for under €1. You can apply one sachet twice, or apply it royally all at once. As far as I know Onyx is a Dutch brand and only sold at Action (similar to Quality Save). I’ve got two sachets left but when I go back to The Netherlands I would definitely buy this again!
- Nivea - Good-bye Cellulite ant-cellulite gel-cream (200ml): I’ve bought this because a) I was curious about it and b) it was on offer (half price). You really have to be committed to it and apply it on problem areas once or twice a day. It took me over 3 years to use up this product because a) I didn’t have the patience and b) I was not committed at all. The product didn’t work for me, maybe because I didn’t apply it daily. Also, the second ingredient on the list is alcohol denat, another disappointing reason! I would not buy this again.
- Aussie - 3 Minute Miracle reconstructor (250ml): A hair conditioner with a bubble gum scent. The only problem I had was that my bottle leaked, which meant I’ve lost a lot of conditioner (this bottle doesn’t have a cap). P&G was kind to me to give me a voucher (after I emailed them with my problem), which I’ve used to buy a new bottle of the 3 Minute Miracle reconstructor. If my new bottle won’t leak it just meant my first bottle was faulty, if the same thing happens I would not buy this again.
- Clarins - serum: Half a year ago I was asked to trial a new serum by Clarins (see my post from March 2012 “My current skincare products”). To this day I still have no idea if this serum has been released since I trialled it and what the actual name of this serum is. Such a shame! (For now) I would not buy this again (because I still have other products I need to use up first) but I did really like it. Edit: it’s called Double Serum and has been released in Spring 2013.
- Eucerin - replenishing face cream (12ml): A sample I got via Boots’ website. Great for dry skin! This is something I would buy again, but first I need to use up all my other moisturisers…
- The Body Shop - Shea whip body lotion (250ml): I like The Body Shop’s shea range, but I do prefer the body butter version of it (it also has better ingredients). I don’t think there is anything wrong with this body lotion, but I do think there are cheaper body lotions out there that do the same job (or maybe even better). (For now) I would not buy this again. Tip: if you want to buy products at The Body Shop, make sure there’s an offer lying around (vouchers, discount codes or store offers) - it will save you some money!
- Rimmel - Clear Complexion in 021 Transparent (0.56oz/16g): My only makeup empty! The main reason I’ve bought this was to apply this on the actors at a short film I’ve worked on (all male, so I just needed to use powder to keep the shine away). I thought it really looked natural and not cakey. After the shoot I’ve started to use it myself! I don’t know how much this differs from the Stay Matte powder, but I can tell you the Clear Complexion is a good, affordable (£3.99) product to keep your face matte for at least a few hours. Would I buy this again? It’s so great… I’m currently on my second one already!
- Not pictured: L’Occitane - milk shea butter extra gentle soap (100g): I’ve used this instead of a shower gel… I really like the scent (the reason why I’ve bought it) but unfortunately the scent doesn’t stay on your body after you’ve washed if off. Also, it leaves a squeaky clean feeling, which is not nice! Soap bars are too much hassle for me, I’d rather use a shower gel! I would not buy this again.
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Spring 2012 empties
Glossybox UK June 2012 unboxed | Ah, how disappointed I am with this box :(. As you can see the box isn’t filled up with goodies, you can imagine how I felt when I opened the box for the first time. Oh well, let’s move on to the mini reviews!
- Caudalie - eaux fraiches in “fleur de vigne” (10ml): A generous sample size. At first I didn’t like the scent but now I start to appreciate it more!
- Glossybox - serie exclusive pro beauty brush: They claim it’s a blush brush, worth £15. What the…! No way this brush is worth £15! The quality is crap, bristles keep falling off, it doesn’t apply blusher nicely. I’d rather use my Zoeva 128 blush brush which is worth €5.80!
- BM Beauty - summer warmth bronzer (1g): Two things I am not a fan of: 1. bronzer; and 2. mineral/loose powder. Only because: 1. I have no idea how to apply bronzer on my (round) face; and 2. too much hassle! However when you apply this very lightly you can get away with it as a highlighter!
- MeMeMe - nail collection long lasting gloss in “97 Sensuous” (5ml): The horror! A nail polish! I don’t use nail polish (except nail whiteners) so this is a big disappointment!
- Vichy - Dermablend corrective foundation cream stick starter kit (6g): The good thing about this starter kit is that there are 6 shades to try out. However I much prefer a liquid and cream concealer over a stick one (I know this is a foundation but you can also use this as a concealer), so this is something I definitely wouldn’t purchase. The coverage is good though (only on blemishes, not on dark circles)!
Overall I am disappointed since there are no full size products in this box (except the Glossybox blush brush… but let’s not go into that!). It’s pretty unfair that they’ve released Glossyboxes with different values - I’ve seen many beautyblogs where they’ve received the same box as I, but instead of the MeMeMe nail polish (£4.50/12ml but mine is only 5ml… So £1.88/5ml!!!) they’ve received an HD Brows tweezer worth £20! Unfair or what! After I’ve received this box I’ve unsubscribed (mainly because I was abroad in July). I still like beauty boxes though and I will keep reading reviews on them. I hope the next Glossyboxes will get better and better…
See also my other reviews on…:
Glossybox UK May 2012 “1st Birthday Box” unboxed
Glossybox UK March 2012 “The Harrods Edition” unboxed
Spring 2012 empties | “Empties” (used up products) posts/videos seem to get more popular these days. I really like to look at empties posts/videos, and it gave me an idea to collect empties as well. I want to use up every product I own (starting with the products I like the least) and make room for products I actually like. These empties posts will be like a diary to me. I don’t know how but some bloggers/vloggers seem to collect the same amount as me within a month (instead of a season!). These are my empties + mini reviews:
- Kruidvat - cleansing milk with aloe vera and cucumber (250ml): Earlier reviewed in this post (“My current skincare products”). Just wanted to add that this product has 26 ingredients… Cucumber is #18 on the list and aloe vera is #22. A bit misleading, Kruidvat!
- Za - dewy effect lotion (125ml): Also mentioned in “My current skincare products” post.
- Vaseline - sheer infusion mineral renewal body lotion (200ml): I’ve bought this after I’ve received some samples in the city centre. I like this product but I don’t mind using other body lotions (as long as the ingredients are good!).
- Kiko - face make up fixer (75ml): I’ve bought this because I happened to be in London (Westfield Shepherd’s Bush to be precise - the only place in the UK where you can buy Kiko) one day. I really wanted to try something from this brand, because I’ve heard many good things about it. This is basically like a hair spray, it even contains alcohol denat and it smells like hair spray. I didn’t test this in the shop (how stupid). Back then I didn’t pay much attention to the ingredients list, this definitely is a “regret-buy”. I prefer using MAC Fix+ spray but I definitely am interesting in Urban Decay’s All Nighter!
- Origins - Starting Over age-erasing moisturizer with Mimosa (15ml): See mini review here. Definitely won’t buy this - it smells weird!
- Simple - Kind to Eyes soothing eye balm (15ml): See mini review here.
- Carmex - classic moisturising lip balm (7.5g): Bought this in Poland! I’m still not sure whether I like it or not… Because it does work (most of the time!), but the first ingredient is petrolatum. Instead of nourishing the lips it just leaves a layer, so that’s why I’d rather try another one. Won’t repurchase this (for a while?).
- Makeup Academy (MUA) - Primer (27ml): I’ve bought this because I didn’t want to spend much money on a primer. This one is only £4 (the cheapest primer I know of so far!) and it does the job… I think! I’ve never used any other primers before this one so I can’t really compare. Repurchase? Yes! In fact I am already using my 2nd tube :).
- The Body Shop - almond body butter (200ml): Got this for £5 (normally £12.50). This definitely was a life-saver (being dramatic now) during the winter but after a while I got sick of the smell - I prefer the smell of the shea butter version!
- Clinique - dry-form antiperspirant-deodorant (75g): I’ve been buying this deodorant for 4 years, to me this works better than most deodorants. I’ve started using a new one since this one’s been empty until I recently discovered a new deodorant - Sure’s Maximum Protection…
- Simple - Kind to Skin smoothing facial scrub (75ml): See mini review here. Lousiest scrub ever!
- Johnson’s - 3in1 facial cleansing wipes (25 wipes): I am not really into wipes, that’s why I’ve owned this product for about 3 years… It does the job though, but I don’t think wipes are as good as using a cleansing milk, cleansing gel and toner. They do come in handy when you go on a holiday!
- Witch - 5 cleansing and toning wipes: Basically the same review as the Johnson’s wipes!
While I was pretty positive about Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation (see review here), I think I have found a new favourite: Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation.
It sounds pretty greedy, but I visited four different YSL counters in (and around) Manchester to get a 7-day sample of YSL’s newest foundation. The main reason was to find out what my correct shade would be. Every makeup artist has his/her own opinion, and I was curious to see what shade they would think suit me best. I’ve managed to blag 4 samples within 3 days, and as you can see in the photo above I’ve got 3 different shades recommended: (from left to right on photo) B30, B40 (x2) and B50.
Because lighting in shops are different from actual daylight I was happy YSL offered samples, so I could try all of them out at home. Two makeup artists have recommended shade B40 and I have to agree: it suits my skin tone pretty well. I like to apply this foundation using a Cosmopolitan’s blend perfection sponge (Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Blender) for a sheer to medium finish.
There are 22 shades available and are catagorised into “shade ranges” rosy beige (BR10-BR60), golden beige (BD10-BD70) and neutral beige (B10-B90). YSL Le Touche Éclat foundation will be available from the 9th of July, but is already available (a.k.a. exclusively) at Selfridges (£28 for 30ml).
Glossybox UK May 2012 “1st Birthday Box” unboxed | Received this Glossybox a month ago but I haven’t posted it. As I mentioned before in my first Glossybox post there were other versions released, so some customers have received other items. This definitely wasn’t the worst box! These are the items I’ve received + mini reviews:
- Lolita Lempicka - 2 perfume sample vials: I wasn’t really impressed with these two perfumes, again something you could get for free at a department store, both scents aren’t really my cup of tea.
- Collection - lasting colour gel eyeliner in “brown” (full size): Unfortunately a product I definitely will not use - I don’t use eyeliner so hopefully I can make someone else happy with this product!
- HD Brows - brow beater (8ml/full size): My favourite product of this box and I’m happy with it! I was looking for a good brow gel (No7’s brow gel doesn’t work for me…) and so far I’m happy with the results!
- Noble Isle - summer rising shower gel (75ml): I haven’t opened it yet so I can’t tell how good/bad it smells. I’m not really impressed when Glossybox gives us shower gels or perfume samples… The only good thing is it will come in very handy when you’re travelling!
- Weleda - wild rose night cream (5ml): Like the showergel I haven’t opened this product. I am trying to finish my other night creams first and if I open this now the product will expire quicker…
- Glossybox balloon + mirror: A nice little bonus, even though the mirror smells weird!
I love the HD Brows brow beater (RRP £14.95, that’s more than what I’ve paid for the Glossybox!) but I am disappointed with the gel eyeliner and perfume samples - oh well, you can’t have everything!
If you’re like me and you normally don’t wear lipstick, this is the one for you! I always wear L’Oréal Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow on special occasions, and I love the fact that this lipstick will give you a sheer, unique shade (it adapts to the moisture of your lips).
L’Oréal Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow retails at £8.49 and is available at Boots and Superdrug (but I’ve bought this on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots a month ago!).
My favourite hand and nailcare products | Unlike most women I do not like nail polish. However, I do think taking care of your hands and nails are important. These are my favourite products + mini review:
- Rituals - Hand Therapy nourishing and softening handscrub (75ml): This smells lovely and feels really soft to the skin. I think it’s a bit pricey though (I paid €10,90 at Rituals in The Netherlands)… Fortunately you only need/have to use this once a week (and less often when it’s not winter) so I won’t be running out of it quickly!
- nails inc. London - miracle shine buffer: I do like to keep my nails shiny (without using nail polish). At the moment I am using this nail buffer, but for some reason the “shine” will only show the very very first time I use a new nail buffer. The next few applications will look “semi-shiny”…
- Lush - Lemony Flutter (50g): I haven’t used any other cuticle butters/creams/oils/etc besides Lemony Flutter so I can’t really compare. I do think this product is great and they do make my cuticles soft. I wish Lush would make a smaller version of this, ‘cos there is no way I could finish it within a year (all Lush products are freshly made, so they do have expiry dates).
- L’Occitane - hand cream (30ml): My favourite hand cream! It contains 20% shea butter which smells lovely - this product keeps my hand soft soft soft! Especially during the cold winter days (and now… for some reason it’s cold in May…!).
- Hema - nail clippers and glass nail file: These are cheap (can’t remember the exact prices but definitely under €3 each at Hema) and they work perfectly! The glass nail file comes in a plastic cover so there won’t be a chance of breaking (unless you drop it on the floor…)!