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.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Melvita-Narcissus-Extraordinary-Water–100ml

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.

 

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