14 Oct 2014

A Few Empties Sept / Oct 2014

October Empties 2014

Dove Refresh & Care Dry Shampoo 200ml for £4.59 – I bought this after my trusty Batiste ran out & wanted to try something new. I wasn’t completely won over by this Dove offering. I have dark hair & this left residue and my hair felt chalky and squeaky after using it. I wouldn’t say it was great at absorbing the oil either, I did find this gave my hair volume and yes it smells nice but thats not a massive selling point if the product is less that effective as a dry shampoo. I now have a Herbal Essences one that I’m trying so I will let you know how that works out for me. I really struggle to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair. If you have found one you love let me know

MONU Brightening Boost Serum* 15ml for £22.50 – I really liked this serum and found it lightweight and hydrating. It was good at keeping my complexion looking bright and healthy. I also used it on the backs of my hands as it contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone and also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles & those are concerns I have with my face but also my hands & I thought it worked well for both. Do you do this & use products on more than area?

NUXE  Melting Cleansing Gel 125ml for £12.00 – If you’re looking for a gentle but effective cleanser then this NUXE one is for you. The rose scent it quite strong but don’t let that put you off, the gel I would say felt more like a cream but either way you massage it on to dry skin & I like to spend a good few minutes massaging it in then rinse off with warm water. You will be left with smooth, hydrated and beautifully cleansed skin. Its so gentle and if like me your skin can react and go a little red after cleansing you will love using this NUXE offering as it was so calming and gentle that it didn’t flair up my redness or irritate my eyes. Another amazing product from NUXE!

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Liner £12.00 – Utterly disappointed with this eyeliner. It wasn’t very black & applied patchy and it transferred on to my upper eye area which was so annoying. I also found this dried out very quickly. I am a liquid liner addict & wear it daily so I have worked my way through quite a few different liners over the years & this was one of the most disappointing ones. I hate to be so negative but Eyeko are now quite an expensive brand & this fell short of the quality I’d expect from them.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O 100ml for £4.50 – As I have said a few times, before I’d tried Bioderma I just couldn’t understand how it could be that much better than other Micellar Waters but it really is. I think the stand out thing for me is the fact it leaves my skin so very soft & it never stings my eyes. I always cleanse after using this but I do like to remove my eye makeup with a Micellar Water & this one Bioderma is the best I have tried, the Garnier one comes a very close second.

Bath & Body works Hand Sanitizer – Another one bites the dust. I only have one more of these left from the 10 I bought whilst in San Fransisco last year & thats a Pear one. This Vanilla Berry Sorbet one smells lovely & good enough to eat (although I wouldn’t recommend it). I always have one of these in my handbag & on my desk just to keep bacteria at bay (germaphobe). My brother is heading to NYC in November & he has promised to get me a few Christmas ones. I’m so excited.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

19 Sep 2014

Empties August and September 2014

August & September Empties 2014

Baylis & Harding Body Firming Cream* – This was nice to use in the evening after a bath, I likes the lightweight texture and found it absorbed easily without leaving my skin feeling tacky or greasy. I wouldn’t say this was body firming but it did hydrate and leave my skin feeling soft & smooth. I wasn’t a big fan of the scent either it smelt quite synthetic, but that didn’t linger once I’d massaged it in. I have seen this Great Body range in Body Care which is a purse friendly shop so if you want to try any of the 5 steps in the range I recommend picking it up in there.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner The Sleek Restorer –  LOVED using this range. I finished the Shampoo last month but I really enjoyed this sleek restorer range, as it left my hair in really good condition. Smooth, glossy and very manageable. It smelt really nice too. The conditioner was creamy and felt nourishing on my hair. I will be repurchasing both the shampoo and conditioner. I like to wait until they are on offer (bargain shopper)

Bath & Body Works Pocket Bac Hand Sanitiser – These are a bargain if you ever get to visit a B&BW store. I bought 5 for $5 & wish I’d bought lots more. The two I finished this month were Warm Vanilla Sugar and Winter Cranberry. Both smell amazing and are perfect to have in your handbag to keep those germs at bay. I know these contain alcohol so won’t be great for my hands but they smell SO good.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – I had seen these & thought how good can they actually be! Well, let me tell you they’re so so good. Quite a thick creamy texture and you use it like a shower gel, massage it in to your body & rinse off, then there is no need for moisturiser when you get out the shower. Who doesn’t love a lazy way of apply moisturiser!? It leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. I also like to use it when I shave my legs as its nourishing and keeps my skin from drying out. I now have quite a large stash of these in all the available scents.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* – Julrlique know how to make great skincare! I’ve been using their products for about 10 years now & love how luxurious and effective they are. This 30ml serum lasted me almost 3 months of everyday use. It has a gel like consistency which feels cooling on the skin the product is quickly absorbed to leave your skin feeling very hydrated, smooth and refreshed. It has a whole host of skin benefits including, defence against free radicals, cell regeneration, radiance, brightening and intense hydration. This really is a powerful botanical serum. I loved using it & would buy the full size in a heartbeat.

Q Awe The Fine Fragrance Body Spray – This is the perfect grown up body spray, it smells refreshing and floral (without being old lady). Its very inexpensive and is handy to have for the gym or for freshening up throughout the day. I haven’t used a body spray in a can for years but this has persuaded me to use them again. I urge you to test them out next time you’re in Boots.

Melvita Narcissus Extraordinary Water* – I used this as a toner and thought it was very soothing and refreshing on my skin. I like products that promise to give me radiance and help brighten my complexion. This lasted me about 2 months of daily use and It helped keep my skin looking healthy and hydrated, I did think my skin looked bright and smooth whilst using it. It was gentle to use and smelt very botanical so this gets a thumbs up from me. Toner is my new obsession I love trying them & wouldn’t miss that step out in my routine.

Let me know if you have tried any of the products I’ve mentioned & let me know if they were HITS or MISSES for you.

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Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

4 Aug 2014

July 2014 Empties

What I used up in July 2014

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* – I really like to use this in the evening as my first cleanse because Its great at removing every trace of makeup, decongesting your skin and it was gentle enough to take around my eyes. Its creamy and hydrating and left my skin very soft. Full review of this here

dr Organic Vitamin E Deodorant - This has been my go to deodorant for about a year now. It does a good job, its gentle and leaves my underarms soft. Its also free of any harsh chemicals which I like. I have many backups – a girl can’t be without deodorant.

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser – This is my favourite budget friendly hot cloth cleanser. I always stock up on this when Boots do their No7 vouchers. Its a bargain but it is also gentle and you get a lot of product for your money 200ml last me a good couple of months. If you haven’t tried this yet give it a go, I highly recommend it.

Organix Teatree Mint Shampoo* – I finished the conditioner in this range last month. My husband really liked this shampoo & conditioner duo. I thought it was hydrating and left my hair manageable but not flyaway & it smells so minty & invigorating. Perfect for the mornings. When I can get to a Waitrose I will be replacing them & they last for ages as you get 385ml of product.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I have a love hate relationship with this face mist. I really dislike the scent but I like how refreshing it feels on my skin. I like using this when I fly (which isn’t that often) as it a really nice way of keeping hydrated on a flight. Im always torn about buying it & tend to purchase it when its on sale.

No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner – This was my morning toner & it felt like it took forever to use up – this 200ml bottle lasted for about a year. It is a gentle toner that helps hydrate and sooth the skin. I did really like it & would repurchase it again.

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel  – I loved using this eye gel and really liked it for my overnight eye treatment. It helped tighten (but not dry out) the skin around my eye and left the area looking bright and well rested. It was so gentle and felt cooling too. It lasted me about 3 months so thats a big plus.

Bioderma – This was my first bottle of Bioderma & I always wondered what the fuss was all about. Now I know. This Micellar Water is SO good at removing makeup and leaving my skin very soft. It was gentle and you didn’t need to tug or rub to remove eye makeup, it didn’t sting my eyes at all. This bottle lasted me for 2 months & that was using it almost daily. I will 100% repurchase this.

Bee Good 2in1 Cream Cleanser* – This was so lovely and really good for my skin. Its creamy texture was soothing and left my skin feeling clean and fresh. Its kind on the skin, good to bees & a British skincare brand so it ticks all the boxes. This has been a lovely brand discovery & I have a few more products from them in my skincare routine. I’m really enjoying them all.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Face Masks – If you’re skin needs a boost of moisture then these are the masks for you. They’re sheet masks and look funny & a little scary when on but they work like little miracles. These leave my skin feeling plump, radiant and my makeup sits so much better after using them. After using the mask make sure you pat the excess product in to your skin. Shame to waste all that Hyluronic Acid goodness as they’re are quite expensive but if your have dehydrated skin they will be worth every penny.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets – These have sadly been discontinued but Home Bargains were selling them for 29p a pack (50 sheets in a pack) so you better believe I bought a butt load of them. I will never run out. These have been a staple in my handbag, on my desk & in my car during this crazy heat wave. They keep me looking shine free & don’t interfere with my makeup.

MUA Undress Your Skin Radiant Under Eye Concealer – This was a little meh & didn’t really do a lot of concealing. This would be better used as a highlighter in my opinion. Oh and this has a shimmer to it, not what I want in a concealer.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

6 Jul 2014

A Whole Lot of Empties June 2014

Empties

Origins Mega Bright Dark Circle Minimiser Eye Cream* This little pot of greatness lasted me almost 6 months, this is a thick creamy consistency and was just the most nourishing and hydrating eye cream. I used it everyday and loved it. I think it did help with my dark circles and it really helped with my dehydrated fine lines. This was a really lovely cream & I would repurchase.

balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash – For me this is a bit of a treat in the shower as it is quite pricey for a body wash, nothing ludicrous but at £9 for 200ml its still a little more than most people are willing to pay. It leaves your skin feeling soft & hydrated and it smells very pretty too. I do like having a shower gel / body wash that it slightly more luxurious to use when I’m having a pamper evening as it is a little treat & these balance Me ones are very nice.

dr. Organic Pomegranate Deodorant - I’ve used this brand of deodorants for about a year now & really like them. They are gentle & leave the skin under my arms feeling very soft and not irritated at all. I’d say a bottle lasts me just over a month. I have repurchased this over & over again.

The Bathory Soothe Bath Soak* – I loved sprinkling these salts in to my bath, they’re so relaxing and very nourishing for your skin too! They soothed my tired body, the scent was relaxing and the salts left my skin feeling so soft. What a fantastic brand and a wonderful fun concept. These are for people that are serious about baths! If you haven’t ventured on to their online shop you must go & check them out! I will be treating myself to more jars of these & I’m planning on reusing my jar as a vase.

Organic Surge Spiced Lily Foaming Bath –  If you’re after a bubble bath that gives you masses of bubbles then this isn’t for you, its more of a lovely bath foam. This is more of a winter festive scent & was so nice on the colder evenings, the scent was lovely and spicy. A very nice addition to my baths & come Christmas time I would repurchase it.

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Berry Sorbet Hand Sanitiser – I really like these for in my handbag, they’re great for keeping my hands germ free on the go & the fact this smells incredible is a massive plus. I have a stock pile of these in my stash so Im good for backups.

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Lotion – This was so nice after a shower to moisturise my legs, its quite creamy but so nice to massage in to the skin to leave it silky smooth and very pampered. I enjoyed using this but not sure if it stacks up against my Soap & Glory ones.

Greenland Coconut Milk & Lime Body Scrub* – This scrub is so nice after a warm sunny day, it smells so fresh & zesty almost like a warm summer holiday. I love using a body scrub & try to use one everyday just to keep my skin looking fresh & glowing. This Greenland Scrub had the perfect combination of exfoliator & hydrating body wash. It left my skin smooth and feeling soft.

Organix Tea Tree & Mint Conditioner* – I have the shampoo to this too & really like them both. They smell fresh & minty and leave my hair feeling soft but not fly away. They tame my frizz and my hair seems glossier since using these. My husband really likes them & has been asking me to buy another set. So I will be replacing these ASAP.

ESPA Pro Serum*- All I have is love for this facial serum. It is the perfect overnight treatment, I wake up with glowing, plump and very fresh looking skin. I even like to put a few drops of this under face masks for an extra skin boost. Although it is an oil it isn’t greasy or too heavy, I have worn this during the day when my skin was really dehydrated & it worked wonders. Its a very versatile serum & I will always have this in my skincare routine & have another one waiting in the wings.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II – This serum makes my skin so happy – that translates to looking younger, fresher, brighter and all importantly well rested. I love the process of using the pipet to dispense the serum, warming it up between my hands and then patting it on my face and neck. It feels cooling on the skin and instantly hydrated. I convinced my mum to invest in this and she is converted and her skin is looking fabulous. This is an investment but one I’m thrilled I made and will treat myself to another bottle without a doubt.

Wow, that was quite a few empties, I was on a roll last month & I finished quite a few of my favourite products like the ESPA Pro Serum, Estee Lauder Serum and The Bathory Bath Soak – all luxurious by well worth the price tags. Let me know if you have used or using any of the products I’ve mentioned.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

9 Jun 2014

May Empties 2014

I’m currently living with family & trying hard to not to take over the main bathroom with all my lotions and potions. So I have been trying to use up one thing before opening another. Thats harder than it sounds for a self confessed beauty junkie. May was quite a successful month in terms of empties & here is what I finished,

Empties

Germaine de Capuccini Total Comfort Lotion £24.80 for 200ml- I bought this toner in a local salon where I go for my facials. I bought it about a year ago when my skin was sensitive and quite red in places, this was a great toner for calming my skin and keeping it hydrated. This bottle lasted me ages. I also have a foundation by the same brand which I love too. I would re purchase this again as it lasted so long.

ESPA Zesty Lemon Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans hand wash £15 for 250ml – my husband loves the ESPA hand washes (I do too) but this one was in his bathroom and he enjoyed using it. It smells fresh and quite summery, it leaves your hands soft and clean but not stripped of all their moisture. I always put hand lotion on after I wash my hands but my husband said this was OK on its own. These hand washes are a little slice of luxury in the bathroom & the scent really lingers after you’ve used them, they last a good 3 months so I’d say they were well worth the money

The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion – I like the scent of the body spray & perfume from this White Musk range but this body lotion wasn’t as nice. The scent wasn’t as fresh, I used it all up but don’t think the formula is as nice as The Body Shop’s Body Butters & it wasn’t as hydrating & nourishing so I won’t repurchase.

Garnier Micellar Water £4.99 for 400ml- This bottle lasted me ages, longer than any other Micellar Water & I really liked using it, I used it as the 1st step in my cleansing routine. To tale off my eye makeup and a little of my foundation too. It was gentle enough to take up around my eyes and it did a good job of taking off my mascara & eyeliner without too much rubbing. I would repurchase this & think its a handy product to have. I always follow up with a Hot Cloth Cleanser or an Oil based cleanser.

Tommy Guns Fig & Plum Shampoo* £5.50 for 250ml – This was a great shampoo for taming frizz and a good first step in achieving sleeking more manageable hair. This also made my wavy hair look glossy & my curls looked more polished & less messy. I also had the conditioner in this range & they made a very good pair. I always use conditioner much faster than shampoo so they never run out together. I would repurchase these & noticed my local John Lewis store had a really good selection of Tommy Guns products so I’m going to try a different combo next time. Maybe a hydrating one.

May's Empties

Baylis & Harding Hydrating Honey Hand Wash* £2.99 for 300ml – This was in our kitchen & was a lovely hand wash, not as luxurious as the ESPA one but I guess the price tag is more affordable (especially if you go through them quickly). This was a gentle formula and sweetly scented always a good combination. It lasted a good amount of time & I would repurchase it again. This is also a Fair Trade product so if that is something you look for in products then give this a go. Its affordable, smells nice & leaves hands feeling soft.

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Deodorant £5.49 for 50ml – I’ve tried to make the switch to natural deodorant a few times but never found one that worked well enough for me to feel comfortable. Then I discovered the Dr. Organics range & they have quite a good selection, this Aloe Vera one was the first one I’ve tried from them & loved it. It left my underarms soft & not irritated. When I’m really hot I get a little damp under my arms but I’m not worried about being sweaty. This aloe one has a very light fresh scent. I will have to see how I get on during the warmer summer but I have since bought 3 new bottles so I am all stocked up. If you have a natural deodorant suggestion for me, let me know.

Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion  – Loved this toner so much, it helped keep my complexion looking bright & feeling hydrated. I thought it was very good at helping to clear up stubborn blemish scaring & I will be repurchasing, although I think since I bought this it has slightly reformulated & improved so I’m excited to compare them.

Tropic Skincare Vitamin Toner £12.00 for 120ml – This is a really nice refreshing facial mist, it smells quite fruity and is packed full of skin loving vitamins & antioxidants and is alcohol free. I like spraying this at every possible opportunity as it made my skin feel soothed and hydrated. I do recommend using it in the morning before you apply your serum / moisturiser & again in the evening after cleansing & before applying your skincare. The spray action was like a light mist not a full on drown your face in liquid (thats happened before). Id say this bottle lasted me a good 7 months. I would repurchase this again, especially as a summer toner.

Have you used any of these products, did you like them / repurchase them? Let me know.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

3 May 2014

April 2014 Empties

April 2014 Empties

Mac Fix+ : I bought this from the airport a couple of years ago & went through stages of using it all the time and then i’d forget about it. Not really sure it fixed anything in place, I used it more of a facial spritz, to freshen up my makeup through the day. I didn’t miss it when I wasn’t using it so I wouldn’t say it really has a place in my routine and for the price there are nicer & better facial mists. Have you tried this? If so how did you use it & did you like it?

NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel* : This was very rose scented so if thats not your favourite scent then you won’t like this too much. It was a gel cleanser with exfoliating beads in. It was gentle enough to use it a few times a week. I found it hydrating and used to leave it on my skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Just be gentle not to press/rub to hard when rinsing it off. I will be purchasing a new one of these.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum : It is no secret that I LOVE (love love love) Aesop skincare and in particular the Parsley Seed collection. I bought this eye serum early last year and the very nice sales assistant in the Liberty Beauty Hall said it was good if you spend a lot of time on the computer or in a dry office environment (I work from home & am on the computer many hours a day). I used to have this sat on my desk and I’d pat it under my eyes when I felt I needed a hydration boost and it was nice and soothing. Now in terms of benefits, hand on heart I can’t say I noticed many. Yes my under eye area was hydrated and felt nice but I think being a little older I need something more from a serum. I need more targeted benefits so sadly I liked this but won’t repurchase it. For the price I would rather have something else from the Aesop range. This might be more suited to younger skin. Let me know if you have tried this & how you worked it in to your skincare routine.

Bath & Body Works Sugared Vanilla Wish : The scent of this is just too damn good. I went through this bottle far to quickly and now I am sad I didn’t savour every drop. If you like the scent of Vanilla then this is even better as it is so much sweeter and reminds me of freshly baked cupcakes. When I have the chance I will be stocking up on these like a crazy lady. If you have tried any of the B&BW hand sanitisers let me know what scent you recommend.

April Product Empties

Urban Decay Primer Potion : This was a sample with purchase and I hate the packaging of this. There is a ton of product still in there & I can’t get at it with the applicator. Such a pain. I wasn’t a huge fan of this as I have been using an elf one for years and that does a really good job. So I will stick to that one, better value & better packaging too.

Murad Advanced Active Serum : This was in my bargain Murad Kit that I found in TK Maxx, wishing I’d bought all of them now. This Advanced Active Range is so brightening, I noticed such a difference in how healthy my skin looked & when I missed a few days I could tell. My skin felt dull and not as plump. I’m just deciding if I can stretch to the £99.50 price tag.

The Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On : You know when you start using a product & within a few weeks it is empty & you wonder why you spent your hard earned money on it, well thats exactly how I felt with this eye roll on. I can’t tell you if it was Firming as I only used it for a little over 2 weeks, yes I guess it was refreshing but so is spraying water on your face and thats free. So no I won’t be repurchasing this again. The Dr.Organic Dead Sea Mineral Rescue Ball is 100% better.

So thats it for April, not too many products this month but a few that I am sad are empty and in a dilemma whether to repurchase. Let me know if you have tried anything from my line up & if you’d recommend alternatives or if any of them are holy grail products for you.

Now on to May, lets do this & please be a more relaxed month than April x

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

28 Mar 2014

March Empties 2014 Pt2

Empties

Soap & Glory Foam Call Body Wash 500ml for £6.50 – these big bottles last for ages! I really liked using this and will be getting another one. I used it in the bath as I found it great for shaving my legs, very moisturising and is lathers up well too. We all know how sweet and lovely S&G products smell so I won’t go on about that but this was really nice to use & lasted me months.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash 100ml for £9.00 – I really like this for in the shower as its more luxurious and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I have been through a couple of these and would repurchase it over and over again. Its a perfect uplifting morning shower gel

Merumaya Luxury Face Wash* 100ml for £14.50 – Another wonderful product from Merumaya, this introduced me to the double cleanse and I haven’t looked back. I used this before their Melting Cleansing Balm and it keeps my skin blemish free, clean and looking bright. I have fallen for this brand in a big way as most of you already know.

Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml for £16.00 – I was sad when this ran out as I noticed they have since changed the packaging and I really like the pump on this as you don’t waste any product. The product itself I found to be a very good brightening toner, it worked well for me to clear old blemish scars and keep my skin looking its best. For the price I can’t fault it. I went down to using it a few times a week in the evening and that worked best for me

TRESemme Argan Oil Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99 – I don’t often use heat on my hair but over the past few months I’ve used this spray when I needed to straighten my hair. I used it on damp hair after applying my hair oil. I’m not 100% sure this was all that effective as I still had quite a few flyaway hairs and this is also meant to control frizz also after a couple of months it didn’t spray very well. Not overly impressed. I wouldn’t buy this again

March Empties

Nivea Express Hydration Primer 50ml for  £3.33 – I was quite surprised at how good this was as both a primer and a moisturiser. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis so this tub lasted me almost a year, as I only used it when I wore makeup. It’s very hydrating but not greasy, I’ve enjoyed using it and would repurchase it. It is very budget friendly.

Dove Shape Up Firming Body Cream 250ml for £3.99- It took me ages to use this up as I really didn’t like it. It was very sticky and I could feel it on my skin hours after applying it. I don’t think it helped firm my skin in any way. Not a nice body lotion at all.

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream 40ml for £13.50 – By accident I got the Normal / Dry skin formula & I have quite an oily t zone but I have to say this still worked well on me. I love the coverage and the finish of this. It isn’t too sheer and it gives a very nice glow to the skin. Its one of my favourite bases, especially on those day’s when I only want a touch of coverage. This makes me look alive & evens out my complexion. I really like it. Whenever I have a No7 voucher I stock up on these.

Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Shampoo (travel size)* 70ml for £6.85-  I used up the conditioner from this set too but seem to have thrown it away. I preferred the shampoo on its own as when I used the conditioner too my hair felt weighed down. The shampoo did give me volume from the roots and my curls looked bouncy and healthy. This was a lovely shampoo but not sure I would repurchase. I think almost £7 is expensive for such a small bottle.

Clarins Lotus Facial Oil Treatment 30ml for £32.00 – I have to say I shed a tear when I used the last drop of this, it has been one of my favourite skin care discoveries for a long time. It really helped with my combination skin, my t zone was less oily and my stubborn blemishes cleared up much faster when I used this at night. It is such a hydrating and balancing oil. When I get the money I will be repurchasing it & hope I can do so before my skin misses it. So if you suffer from oily skin I highly recommend adding this to your skincare regime

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

10 Mar 2014

A Few Empties

Empties

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Mask – This mask left my hair very soft & glossy. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Its 150ml and lasted me for 7 months using it once a week, I left it in for a good 30mins and found that worked well. I have the Hair Oil from this range too and love that. I would re purchase this.

L’Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – I liked this but I used it up very quickly. I bought it when it was on offer for £2 so that was quite a bargain. It is good removing mascara, I’m not sure about waterproof mascara as I don’t wear it. I think I prefer my Garnier one & will stick to that.

VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir With Argan Oil – This was the first hair oil I used and I have re purchased it a few times now. You only need a little and the pipet dispenser makes it very easy to get just the right amount of product. This is good at taming fly away hairs and keeping your hair in tip top condition. I have dark brown hair & it looked glossy and healthy after using this.

Giorgio Armani Si* – I have a post about this perfume here. It is safe to say it was beautiful and was the first Armani perfume I tried. It won’t be the last and I loved using this.

Empties

Avon Solutions Truly Radiant Vibes Brightening Eye Roller – This felt nice and cooling in the mornings. I used it before i applied my eye cream. I don’t think it was very effective at brightening but it did feel quite hydrating. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Botanics Skin Relief Ultra Calm Serum – This was a nice serum, I only used it in the morning. I think my skin may be a little old for this. It was calming but I need something which has more hydration and anti ageing properties. This would be more suited to people in their early 20’s.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – I also have the full size of this and really like it. I use it at night & when I wake up my skin looks well rested and plump. If you have dry patches this will see them off within a week. It feels quite oily and a little greasy when you first apply it but don’t worry it will absorb very quickly. 2 – 3 drops is plenty for your face and neck. I always have a bottle of this and I will be saving this mini bottle to decant some in to when I travel.

Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara – Wasn’t a fan of this at all. I thought it was watery and it ended up on my eyelids as the day went on. It also smells a little odd too, not pleasant.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer – I think I am the only blogger that isn’t in love with this concealer. It ends up looking cakey and heavy on me. I can never get it to work. I think the Rimmel Wake Me Up & Seventeen Phwoarrr Paint works better. I won’t be repurchasing this.

Bath & Body Works Island Nectar Hand Sanitiser – This smelt like cocktails and holidays. I have more in my stash & this makes me happy.

I know it’s not quite the end of the month, but I’m moving house in a couple of weeks & my husband keeps threatening to bin my empties so I thought I’d do the post a little early. Let me know if you have tried any of the products I’ve used up.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

25 Feb 2014

February 2014 Empties

Feb Empties

& Other Stories Fig Friction Body Lotion – I am a big Fig fan, I adore the scent and this body lotion was so nice to use. The pump made it easy to get out and it was a rich formula that left my skin soft and smelling so good. I will be buying another one when I’m in London

N07 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser – I already have another one on the go, this is a wonderful cleanser and it works well for my combination skin. It removes my makeup with ease and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. This 200ml tube lasts me over 2 months. These are a bargain if you have one of the infamous No7 vouchers. That’s when I stock up.

Kiehl’s Centella Skin Calming Facial Cleanser – I use this when I have blemishes or if my skin is feeling sensitive. I suffer from redness on my cheeks and this helps to calm my skin. It lasted me for 8 months and that was using it at least twice a week. It is a great gentle cleanser.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover – I was expecting this to be wonderful and I wasn’t that bowled over by it. I went through the bottle very quickly and think there’re better eye makeup removers out there.

Nicara Luxury Hand Wash* – This was a very hydrating hand wash, if you suffer from dry or sensitive hands then I highly recommend this. It comes in a glass bottle which feels quite luxurious although frightens me a little with it being handled whilst my hands are wet. I did like the product and would use it again.

Feb Empties

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Cupcake Hand Sanitizer – I just love these, they’re really fun & sweet to have in your handbag and they smell incredible. I have quite a few backups.

Murad Essential C Cleanser – This cleanser has a gel like consistency and I enjoyed using it in the morning as it left my skin looking bright & plump. Its great at keeping skin healthy and looking its best. I will be buying the full size. This was in a Murad set I bought from TK Maxx

Murad Clarifying Cleanser – This is another Murad Cleanser I really like. This isn’t for everyday use, more of a treatment. I use it once a week to help control my excess oil and keep my blemishes at bay. Its good at helping reduce the scars left by old blemishes.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* – This is a HG cleanser. If you read my blog on a regular basis then you know how much I rave about this cleanser. All I have to say is this costs only £14.50 and you will love it. Its gentle but effective at removing makeup, it leaves no greasy residue and it will keep your skin looking bright and glowing. You must try it. I have already repurchased this & will never be without it.

NEOM Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Hand Cream – This is a lovely floral scented hand cream that is perfect for Spring. It will keep your hands moisturised and the scent it quite grown up. Perfect for your handbag

I’m hoping to move house soon, so I’m trying my best to use up products before opening new ones. I am starting to make progress at reducing the copious amount of products I have on the go.

12 Feb 2014

January 2014 Empties

January 2014 Empties

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml £4.99 – This is a good budget friendly facial toner. I like to use this before applying makeup. It is refreshing and hydrating. I seem to have a bit of an obsession for face sprays. This Botanics one lasted me ages, it lightly mists my face & doesn’t spray out too much product at once. I would repurchase this.

Garnier Soothing 2 in 1 Makeup Remover  200ml £3.25 – I use one of these up at least once a month. I like it to take off my makeup before using a hot cloth cleanser.  This is good at removing even waterproof makeup and it is not too greasy. I always have a couple of backups.

balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash* 125ml £16.00 – I use this in the shower in the morning and it helps keep my skin blemish free and is good for my redness. It’s gentle and creamy and works wonders to calm skin but keeps it clean too without drying it out. With all balance Me products they contain no Mineral Oils, Parabens, Sulpahtes, Petroleum, silicons or artificial colours or fragrances! So that is your skin taken good care of. Yes I would repurchase this.

ESPA Bergamot Jasmine & a Hint of Cedar-wood hand wash 250ml £15 – This smells so damn good & I’m sad its all used up. There isn’t too much you can say about a hand wash, but this is a mighty fine addition to my bathroom & I enjoyed using it. I am currently using the ESPA Lemon & Tonka Bean one & that is equally fabulous.

January Empties 2014

Organics Mega Mushroom Skin Relief 200ml £26.00 – I love this whole range and the skin relief lotion is refreshing to use at night after cleansing. It calms my skin and keeps it hydrated. If you suffer from redness then this is very good at soothing it. Its worked wonders for my skin.

Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover* 125ml for £19 – This was a good eye makeup remover. It wasn’t greasy but had enough slip that I didn’t need to rub back and forth to get that stubborn mascara off. It was gentle and didn’t sting my eyes either. I thought it left my eye area feeling quite hydrated and was a pleasure to use. This bottle lasted me a good couple of months. This is more than I would usually pay for a makeup remover but if you’re looking for a effective, gentle and multi use remover this is a very good one.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist – £7.50 for 100ml.  Even though this could be seen as more of a summer scent I still use it all year round. It’s reasonably priced and smells so good. I adore coconut scented things and this has been a favourite of mine ever since I bought it. This bottle lasted me a whole year now thats good value for money.

Coconut Milk and Lime Shower Cream*  250ml – £7.95 I have to tell you that this Coconut and Lime range are my favourite scents combined. I’m obsessed with coconut products (lotions, body sprays, hair masks) and citrus scents are my favourite too so combined into one product is just heaven for me. Don’t be worried that the scent will be over powering as it isn’t, these are perfectly balanced and provide an uplifting combination of the two. I mostly used it as a shaving cream and it left my legs extra silky smooth. So this gets a thumbs up from me. I still have a Scrub from this range on the go & thats keeping me in my coconut & lime fix.

Sanctuary Foaming Bath Soak 250ml for £6.00 – This was a nice addiction to my bath but nothing spectacular. It has that love Sanctuary smell which I find relaxing and soothing. I wouldn’t repurchase this but I tend to get them as part if their lovely gift sets.

 

 

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