4 Dec 2013
This was lovely, it smelt botanical and really fresh. The cream wasn’t greasy and felt nice once massaged into my hands. I took this with me on a few long haul flights and it was a god send. A good hand cream to have in your bag
This was in a skincare kit I bought from What’s in my Handbag. I wasn’t sure about it at first but after using it for over a month I liked it and found it cooling and hydrating. It is a gel and it absorbs very quickly but doesn’t leave your skin with that tight feeling. I would buy this again if I had the money.
I have spoken about this a few times on my blog and I really like this. It is a great budget friendly micellar water. It was gentle at removing my makeup and this bottle lasted me well over a month of using it daily.
LOVE these. I bought 10 back with me from San Francisco earlier this year and I have one tucked away in every bag, on my desk and in my car. They smell so damn good. I have have a few other scents but this Vanilla one is sweet and the smell lasts a long time on my hands. It is great for keeping your hands bacteria free and just handy to keep in your purse. These get a big thumbs up from me and I will be sad once they have all ran out.
This has been by my bath for a while & I’ve been using it sparingly as it smells so good. It is a lovely body wash and I am going to treat myself to the full size. This bottle was part of a Lime & Ginger gift set that Elemis sent me last year & I misplaced so I’m finally getting round to enjoying it. This smells quite festive, I love it.
I never finish these but I have had this one in my care for a while now. These are inexpensive and some people say that they’re not great for your lips but I find them OK.
This was a gorgeous Conditioning Treatment. I used it once a week and it left my hair looking glossy and feeling bouncy and healthy. Neal and Wolf haircare is luxurious but is so affordable – perfect combination.
This was a nice lightweight serum, but I think my skin has bigger concerns than what this is aimed at. If you’re in your early 20′s then I think this would be excellent for you. It is hydrating and brightening but I don’t think it has any anti ageing benefits. I liked it but I don’t think I would repurchase.
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.
20 Sep 2013
I know it isn’t the end of September yet but I did a big clear out & couldn’t leave this bag of empties so I took photos and put them all in the bin!
Chanel Mousse Douceur Cleanser – I had used this for quite a few years and I do like it. But I think my skin has changed over the past year and this no longer does what I need. I have found quite a few new cleansers that I think are better for my skin.
Gliss Hair Repair Liquid Silk Express Hair Conditioner – This bottle lasted me a good year and I used it most times I washed my hair. This is a leave in conditioner and I sprayed it on to towel dried hair. This gave my hair a nice glossy smooth look. I would re purchase.
Champneys Spa Treatment Skin Comforting Bath Milk – This left my skin so soft after a bath, It was lovely and luxurious. I received it as a gift set with a few other products and have enjoyed them all. This is something I would repurchase.
Dalton House Hand Soap – I counted down the days until this finishes. I have 4 toilets in my house & this has been in the toilet we use the least and has taken the longest time to use up. I thought this smelt sickly sweet and wasn’t the nicest hand wash. I wouldn’t repurchase & am thrilled to finally be throwing it away.
balance Me Super Toning Body Wash – I bought quite a few Glamour magazines the other month so I could get back ups of this. I really like it, it is very gentle and I like to us it when I shave my legs as it leaves them very smooth. It smells great too. Love it!
Caudalie Lip Conditioner – Even smelling this now it reminds me of holiday. I used this on the flight to keep my lips in tip top condition and I have had it sat on my desk for a couple of months too. I like the rich creamy formula. It smells light & summery. I would buy this again as It worked wonders at hydrating my lips.
Phil Smith Dry Shampoo* – I carried this can in my handbag and used it to give my hair volume and keep it looking fresh. It didn’t last the longest time but it did a good job & would repurchase. It didn’t leave too much white cast on my hair (I have deep dark brown hair) I just brushed it through after I’d sprayed it and that did the trick.
Elnett Satin Classic Strength Hairspray - Another handy sized can that I had in my handbag. Elnett just works. No fuss no frills. I always repurchase this.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – This came in a Caudalie Travel Set I bought to take on holiday. Like the lip conditioner I used this mostly on the plane. I have had a full size of this last year and was never too sure if I would re purchase. I am not 100% a fan of this. I like to use it and find it refreshing and it does calm my skin but think there must be something that smells better and that has more skin benefits. I do like this smaller bottle but once again I am not sure if I would re purchase.
Pixi Vitamin Liquid – This was a really good serum and I used it as a three month intensive treatment, it is full of anti oxidents and vitamin c so it gave my skin a real boost. I thought my skin looked brighter and my redness was a lot calmer after using it. If my skin needs it I would buy this again as I really liked it.
Garnier Soothing 2 in 1 Makeup Remover - I use one of these up at least once a month. I like it to take off my makeup before cleansing with a face cloth. I like this it is good at removing even waterproof makeup and it is not too greasy. I always have a couple of backups.
Have you used any of these products before? Did you enjoy using them?
17 Aug 2013
I will be away in Scotland for the next 2 weeks and wanted to get this post written so I could throw away my bag of rubbish before I left. I used up more than I thought this month, although a couple of things are sample sized.
I was sad to finish quite a few things this month as I am trying so hard not to buy anything for a while. First up I used up two Sanex Deoderants, this is the only brand I use as its so gentle and just works. I also use some wipes I bought whilst in America and I only used them for my hands and to clean up any makeup miss haps. As wipes go they weren’t great, these were from Walgreens – Studio 35 Beauty Wipes.
I really liked using the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream I want to try a few more things from this brightening range. I found it was hydrating too and way a good base for my concealer. If you want a budget eye cream then check this one out. The Avon ANEW Clinical Eye Life this was a pot with two creams in one for above your eye and one for under the eye. I would say this was OK but I wasn’t crazy about the two creams. I kept forgetting which cream went where. I won’t repurchase. The Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment – I was SO sad when this finally ran out. I loved using it, it helped clear up some acne scaring I had on my chin. It is very hydrating and not greasy, I always recommend this cream to people. I would repurchase this and I’m sad I have none at the moment.
Simple Kind To Skin Moisture Boost Hydro Mist – when we had that heat wave back in July this face mist was a god send. I enjoyed using it and would re purchase it. Heathcote and Ivory Wild Daisy & Elderflower Shower Gel – This came in a gift set along with a few other body products & it wasn’t great. It was a little thick and hard to squeeze out in the shower with wet hands. I wouldn’t repurchase. Garnier Soothng Eye Makeup Remover – I’ve spoken about this a few times, it works well to remove mascara and is so soothing. I have backups of these so i will never be without it.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – I loved using this in the evening to cleanse. I want the full size of this so badly. It is so easy to massage it in and your makeup just melts away. It left my skin looking healthy. Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash this is another cleanser that my skin reacted well to. It is quite soothing and gentle, I have a full size of this and I would repurchase this. Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream – This is quite a thick cream which I had to massage in for a while but I liked how my skin looked int he morning after using this. It made it look plump and bright. I would love to repurchase this.
Bare Minerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum – This serum was so nice, it was quite watery and a little went a long way, I only had a sample size but I liked using this and it was nice during the hot nights to put a little moisture back in to my dehydrated skin. I would like to buy the full size so I can see if it really works. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – this worked the same at the Bare Minerals one & my skin loved them both. I really like using serums / oils on my skin as it feels like my skin just absorbs them so well. This made my skin look glowing and I have another sample to use up but I will buy the full size of this. It’s a miracle in a jar.
TRESemme Frizz Control Ultra Light - I can’t seem to find this anywhere and that makes me sad because I loved it. I used it everyday – smoothed into wet hair from mid length to the ends to stop those wispy fly away hairs. This tamed them and made my hair look smooth and silky. I hope I can track down a tube somewhere. This tube lasted me a good 4 months.
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque – I used this when my skin had sore blemishes or when I was tired. It was great at calming and soothing. I have enjoyed every Aesop product I have ever used. Their skincare is amazing and worth every penny. I would re purchase this. Nivea Waterlily & Oil – a really refreshing and hydrating body wash these are such a bargain & very good.
SpaceNK Laughter Eau De Toilette – If I had to pick one perfume to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it. The smell always reminds me of happy memories and it smells so unusual. Its beautiful. I can’t wait to repurchase.
Phew – that was quite a lot. I did finish some amazing products this month. What have you used up that you enjoyed using & would recommend?
15 Jul 2013
These are my favourite posts to read and I get quite excited when I finish a product, I still get a sense of achievement (lame I know). I did use up quite a few miniatures last month as I went on holiday and didn’t bring the empties back with me. If you want to see what I took with me I did a Travel Skincare post.
Superfacialist Daily Brightening Cleanser* 150ml for £7.99. This took me ages to use up and I really liked it right from the first use. It was effective at taking my makeup off and it was gentle too. I would purchase this and will keep an eye out for it being on offer in Boots.
Garnier Fresh Essential Eye Makeup Remover 150ml for £1.56. I always have a bottle of this in my stash. It is a really good eye makeup remover and I can’t recommend it enough. Love it.
Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocca Radiant 200ml for £1.49. This was a very hydrating body lotion. I used it mostly on my legs as they get really dry. It has a lovely scent to it and I enjoyed using it. I would repurchase.
Sanctuary Body Wash 250ml for £5.50. This was part of a Christmas gift set. It was a nice body was but nothing too special. I won’t be rushing out to buy it again.
Hydraluron 30ml for £24.99. My beloved hydraluron, I am totally addicted to this serum and will be repurchasing it as soon as I can. I have written a blog post on it here if you want to see why I love it so. Oh & it is worth every single penny.
Origins Make a Difference Cleanser 150ml £20.00. I have a smaller bottle as it was part of a Make a Difference Set. I absolutely love the moisturiser from this set and use that everyday but this cleanser isn’t all that and didn’t 100% enjoy it. I won’t repurchase it.
Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss £9. I found this to be terribly sticky and it wore off my lips really unevenly. I won’t repurchase this.
L’Occitane Verbena Shampoo – This was a hotel sample and I loved using it, it smells like spring days and more importantly left my hair feeling soft and clean. I am tempted to buy the full size.
Ojon Dry Recovery Hydrating Conditioner – I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like this. I was excited to try it and bought a travel set. This conditioner left my hair feeling dry and not hydrated at all, it also smelt odd too. Not a fan of this.
Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner - I used these whilst away in London for a week, they are great sized minis and my hair loves them. They leave it glossy and manageable I am going to buy the whole range.
Elemis Aromazing Shampoo – Another hotel mini, I have used a couple of these over the past few months and I really like Elemis haircare. I have a few more of these to use up and I am saving them as I really enjoy them and my hair is left looking healthy and I can go 3 days without washing it after using this. That is a big plus.
Davines Melu Anti Breakage Shampoo – Not really enough product in these sachets to tell you if its anti breakage but it was a nice enough shampoo and it smells very luxurious.
Melvita Rose Micellar Toner – I adore Melvita Skincare and this was also part of a travel set I bought. It smells of spring and very botanical it is also Organic and very gentle on my face. I will repurchase the full size of it.
Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water – I took this to San Francisco with me and I did like it but not sure I would repurchase the full size, I am undecided. It did the job but I think I prefer the Melvita one.
FCUK Body Wash – Smells amazing and left my skin soft. This was part of a Christmas set.
L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream – This came in a beauty box and I have used it previously and bloody love it. It is quite a thick moisturiser but not too heavy. It leaves my skin so soft. I adore the scent it reminds me of long summer evenings, it’s so fresh. I would repurchase this.
B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum – I like using serums especially at night, this was a free sample from a B. Pure stand in Superdrug. It was very nice and hydrating and non greasy. I am not sure how radiant it left my skin but I did like it and would try more from this range.
29 May 2013
I love doing these posts. Nothing more satisfying than finishing off half empty products. Mine seems to be mostly shower products – that must mean I smell amazing and am very clean!
Nivea Water Lily & Oil Shower Gel £2.49 – This is a repurchase for me and it is the only shower gel I’ve repurchased. I love the scent and it is very hydrating and I find it good for shaving my legs (too much information?). So it’s safe to say I like this and I do have 2 more bottles in my backup stash
Sanex Vitamin E Deoderant £1.69 – this brand is the only one that doesn’t irritate my underarms. It works well and I always repurchase it. I get mine from the poundshop
Sanctuary Body Scrub £5.50 for 200ml – This wasn’t the best scrub. It was a nice body wash but I wouldn’t class it as a scrub. There wasn’t enough scrub in it for me. I wouldn’t repurchase it.
Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover £3.49 for 125ml – I found this too greasy. I didn’t like the feel of it on my eye. So won’t repurchase, I like my Garnier one more.
LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner £3.95 for 100ml – This is another repurchase for me, I’ve had this 100ml size before and also the larger 250ml but I prefer the smaller one as I like to take facial toners with me when traveling and also some times in my handbag. This one is good when you’ve a breakout and its also nice to spritz to refresh your skin. I will repurchase this once I come back from holiday as I have a Caudalie one to take on the plane with me.
SpaceNK Laughter Perfume £20 for 15ml – I just adore this perfume and have been wearing it for many years. Every time I wear it I get compliments as it is such a lovely scent which lasts on the skin all day long. I tend to buy the smaller 15ml bottle as I put this in my handbag and use it throughout the day. It is such a refreshing uplifting scent. It is a firm favourite of mine. This is the only perfume I’m taking with me when I travel to San Fransisco as it is the perfect summer fragrance.
Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets £2.99 for 50 sheets – Another repurchase for me and I’ve a pack of these in my handbag, car and on my desk. Having an Oily T Zone these come in so handy and even more so in the summer. This is something else I’m taking on holiday with me. I wouldn’t be without them. I have written a post on them here if you’d like to read it.
The Body Shop Big and Curvy Mascara £10 – this was free with a magazine. I disliked this mascara so much it was a watery formula and so much product sticks to your lashes that they look clumpy even the brush is a bad design. Half the plastic bristles were too short and didn’t grip my lashes. It is safe to say this won’t be getting purchased!
LP Skin Therapy Uplifting Facial Water* £15 for 120ml – I loved this face spray I used it in the morning to wake my skin up. It was very hydrating and I found it quite calming on the skin. I would purchase this and think I’m becoming quite the face toner junkie!
Superdrug Vitamin E Exfoliating Body Scrub £2.99 for 150ml – by far my favourite budget buy body scrub. I love this stuff it is an amazing scrub – if you like quite harsh scrubs then this is for you. I use this mostly on my thighs as I get dry skin there and also I like to exfoliate and massage them at the same time – tackling that cellulite. I recommend this scrub to everyone it is a bargain I urge you to try it.
Champneys Body Skin Comforting Body Butter £10 for 300ml – this was a Christmas Gift and I had never used anything by this brand before but I really liked this body butter. It smelt creamy and like freshly washed bedding (does that make sense?). I used this after shaving my legs as it absorbs quickly and left my legs so soft.
Origins Starting Over Age Erasing Moisturiser £38 – for 50ml – this was a nice light moisturiser and it didn’t leave my skin greasy. I can’t say it was age earsing but I did like it. I’m currently using the Origins Make a Difference Moisturiser and I like that more.
Champneys Skin Comforting Cream Shower Cream £8 for 200ml- this like the body cream was really nice and hydrating it was a lovely set and I would purchase another one.
* This was sent to me for my recommendation & all reviews are 100% honest.
6 May 2013
Here is the 2nd part to my overdue empties post.
Cutex Nail Polish Remover £2.44 for 200ml – This was just pretty standard really I tend to buy nail polish remover when it is in the sale. I am not too bothered by brand. This worked well nothing special. Clarins Silky Smooth Body Cream (sample size) – this came as part of a Christmas set with a few other products. I wasn’t expecting much really but I ended up loving this. It smells so good, really fresh and summery. It left my skin feeling very soft and moisturizsed and was easily absorbed. I would buy the full size which costs – £29.00 for 200ml
Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream £1.95 for 250ml – I have said so many times that I don’t like to spend too much on shower products because I go through them so fast & there are so many brands that do affordable ones. This Nivea shower cream smells of oranges and is a complete bargain. I have repurchased this many times as it’s a very gentle shower cream and it works well when shaving your legs as I find it very hydrating. Love this!
Vaseline Healthy Hands + UV Protection SPF 15 Hand Cream £2.99 for 75ml – I don’t know why it’s so hard to find a hand cream with SPF in but it took me ages to find this one. It lasted me about 2 months and even cut the top off to use the every last drop. I thought it was a little greasy but not unbearable it just took a minute to really sink in. I would repurchase it and I’m planning on taking it with me on holiday.
Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Dry Skin Fix Body Butter* £8.49 for 200ml LOVE LOVE LOVE this. It smells divine, I tried to savor every drop of this it was so nice. It was a thick body butter but it was so good at keeping my legs hydrated after shaving. I get so dry the day after I have shaved my legs but this worked a dream at keeping them silky smooth. I can’t say enough positive things about it. You have to smell this to appreciate how good it is.
Origins Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum (sample size) – This came in an Origins set I bought with a few other products from the same line. I have been enjoying them all I find this Make a Difference range to be really calming for my skin. The serum was almost like a milk and made my skin feel smooth and made a lovely base for my makeup. I am still using the moisturiser and cleanser from this range and I would repurchase them all. The full size serum costs £32.00 for 30ml
No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator £8.00 75ml – When I have a No7 voucher I like to try something new each time and this is what I bought just before Christmas. I have to say it was OK but I didn’t find myself reaching for it in the shower. I can’t say that it made much of a difference to my skin. I won’t repurchase this.
Sure Bright 48hr roll on £1.79 50ml – This was on offer when I bought it for 95p, it did it’s job nothing more to report really. Apart from it smelt really nice and floral and I would repurchase. L’Oreal Full Volume Mousse (sample size) – I think this was in a Glossybox, it says full volume but I didn’t think it gave my hair any extra volume. I am not really a fan of mousse and wouldn’t pay the £9.00 for the full size.
Garnier Soothing 2 in 1 Makeup Remover £2.99 for 200ml – this is the 2nd one of these I used up and I really like it. It removes my makeup well and it is really gentle. I’ve already repurchased this.
* I received this in a goodie bag at an event.
4 May 2013
It seems that in my toing and froing from Scotland these past few months I have forgotten to do an empties post and I have accumulated an unhealthy amount of rubbish in my dressing room. My husband is threatening to throw away my bag of rubbish – who is the crazy one?? I thought it best to break this post up into two parts for fear of boring you with too long a post.
Tresemme Split Remedy Leave in Treatment £5.69 for 125ml. I can’t remember where I bought this from but It was either Home Bargains or the poundshop & I really liked it. It lasted me forever and I used it most times I washed my hair. It is a leave in treatment but it doesn’t leave your hair greasy and it’s quite lightweight. I am on a mission to find it for a bargain price as I know I didn’t pay full price for it. I would highly recommend this.
Percy and Reed Dry Conditioner Full size is £12 for 150ml – This was a freebie with Glamour magazine a couple of months ago and I never knew such a thing as a dry conditioner existed. This has been a God send since having a fringe cut in I use it to freshen it up as I don’t wash my hair everyday but my fringe looks flat and a little greasy quickly so this has been fab to spray in and makes it look clean and gives it a little volume. Loved it.
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo £1.75 for 250ml – I have used a few of these and really like it. I buy them from the poundshop, such a bargain hunter I am. This shampoo leaves my hair looking glossy and isn’t too flyaway after. I will always repurchase it if I see it for £1. Naked Bounce Curl Defining Shampoo* £3.98 for 250ml – I have naturally curly hair so I use this when I am not going to straighten it or when I want my curls to be more defined and it just works! It lasts ages and does a great job. Thumbs up and I would purchase it.
Garnier Soothing 2 in 1 Makeup Remover £2.99 for 200ml – I have used up two bottles of this. It’s my go to makeup remover, I remove the bulk of my makeup with this then I do a proper cleanse. I normally buy these when they are either 3 for 2 or 2 for £4. They are gentle and alcohol free and I will forever repurchase it! Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Gentle Cleanser £8.99 for 95ml – I bought this from The Garden Pharmacy in Covent Garden (love it in there). I found this cleanser really gentle on my skin and it was really soothing I have written a blog post on it here if you’d like to read it. I am going to America in June and I want to buy a few more products from the Yes to Cucumber range as my skin seems to like the calming effects of the cucumber and aloe vera.
Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cream £46.00 for 50ml – To say I love this is an understatement and I am so sad that it’s come to an end I scraped every last bit out the jar. It is such an intense overnight cream. I found it very calming and it helped with breakouts. The smallest amount warmed up between your fingers would be enough to moisturise my whole face. It is targeted at people who suffer from redness and that is me to a T, I will be repurchasing this for sure. It is well worth the price tag.
Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish £14.75 for 100ml – I have a sample size that I got in a Latest in Beauty Box a while ago. I do enjoy this but have never kept up religiously using it so can never tell if its 100% working. I do like it and I like the botanical smell and using a hot cloth is such a nice way to remove makeup & dirt. I think I would repurchase a full size but only if I had a voucher (if that makes sense).
Have you used any of the products in this post – I’d love to know what you thought of them. I have about 8 other empties so I’m going to split March & April into 2 posts. Look put for part 2.
* this item was kindly sent to be to review
5 Feb 2013
What a long dull month January was, I’m glad its over. I’ve a busy February ahead as it’s my 13 year anniversary and my best friend is getting married plus there’re so many new beauty releases that I’ve had my eye on & was too skint in January to purchase, so I’m going to blow the budget in Feb! Right so this is what I used up this past month.
La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution 200ml £11.50 – I used this up quite quickly. It was good at removing my makeup, but I always cleanse after anyway. I would repurchase this but I picked up a bottle of the new B. Pure Micellar Water so will be testing that out.
Garnier 2 in 1 Makeup Remover 200ml £2.99 – This is a repurchase for me, I tried a Nivea one this month and had to stop using it as it really irritated my eyes. This Garnier one even removes waterproof mascara. I’ve already purchased another one. I won’t try another this is my go to makeup remover.
Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml – This has been a nice facial toner this month. It’s been nice to spray on during the day to give my skin a lift esp as I work from home and have had the central heating on alot. It helps my skin stay hydrated and clams down the redness
Imperial Leather Limited Edition Bewitching Shower Cream – This was nice and smelt lovely and fruity. I never buy a shower gel twice I just purchase what is on offer. This one was nice and I do recommend it.
Palmolive Naturals Pampering Touch Coconut Shower Milk – This was a really hydrating shower gel and I really liked it to shave my legs with as it left my skin so soft.
Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir 75ml £4.29 – This I enjoyed using. It lasted me quite a while. I used it once a week it left my hair looking healthy and glossy. I would repurchase this. I have posted about this in my Winter Hair Care roundup
The Body Shop Dry Cool and Zesty Roll on – I think this has been discontinued and I’m sad about that as I really liked this. It worked so well and I liked the citrus scent. I’m going to try to hunt down some backups.
Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask – This was a sample with another purchase. It lasted for 3 applications, it was OK quite milky and left my skin smooth and plump but I couldn’t say if it helped with firming and tightening. I wouldn’t repurchase this. I think It might be aimed at ladies who are older than 34.
Molton Brown Myrrh, Muske and Cypress Hand Wash - This was a gift with a purchase and I have owned the full size one. I love it. It smells incredible, very luxurious and I can smell the scent for ages after washing my hands. Most hand washes dry my hands out but this one doesn’t. I really recommend Molton Brown Hand Wash, it lasts for a really long time. The 300ml lasts me at least 2 months. The full size 300ml costs £16
Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara - I loved this mascara. It separated and lengthened my lashes. I like that look, there were no clumps and it didn’t flake at all. I have done a review of this here & if I didn’t have 5 mascaras waiting to use I would repurchase. 6ml for £18
No7 Protect and Perfect Eye Cream £15 - This took the longest time to run out. This was a nice eye cream it wasn’t too heavy or greasy and it really hydrated my under eye. I always use my No7 vouchers to buy this so never pay full price for it. I would repurchase this.
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum – from a glossybox. Not too sure what to say about this. I think its meant to almost freeze your face?? This isn’t quite the look I go for (frozen in time). I have a couple of these sachets to use. I used this one around the lines on my eyes (crows feet). I have to say it felt like it was working but I wouldn’t pay the £127 price tag for the full size.
No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Serum – Gift with purchase – I’ve used so many of these both full size & sample size. Its a lovely serum but since purchasing the Hydraluron (my true love) I haven’t repurchased. But it is a nice serum. Full size is 30ml & costs £23
Have you used any of these products? Or have you done an empties post – leave me a link in the comments if you have.
7 Jan 2013
I know I’m a little late with this post but I’ve been getting back into the swing of things after the craziness of Christmas and New Year. Over the month of December I tried hard to use up all the products that had been hanging around for ages. I knew I’d get a few beauty related gifts for Christmas (which I did, see that post here) so needed to make a little space. So without further delay here are my empties from December.
Nivea Water lilly & Oil Body Wash – this is a really nicely scented product. It’s fresh and sweet, it left my skin nice and hydrated. I really liked this and it was a bargain at only £1. If I see it again I will repurchase. Pantene Clarifying Shampoo this was from the poundshop and I am not too sure it was that clarifying. Took me ages to use it up. Now I have I won’t repurchase.
I used up 2 mascaras this month the No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara in Black this was a sample I got with purchase & I have owned many a full size of this mascara. I love it. It makes my lashes look thick and long. It is the Mascara I go back to time and time again. The other is the No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara in brown (changed packaging). I wouldn’t say the was Exquisite Curl. It made my lashes nice and thick but not something I’d repurchase.
Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, I think this was a bit of a hyped product that I bought into. I won’t repurchase it as I find the cotton wool / nail polish option a lot better and dare I say it quicker. St Ives Apricot Body Scrub I bought this when it was half price at Superdrug and it lasted me quite a long time. I liked using it and it left my skin feeling soft and really smooth. I blogged about it here. If I see it on offer I will pick up a couple.
Garnier Eye Makeup Remover – this was great. It is cheap and really works well to remove eye makeup. I have already repurchased this. Elemis Pro Collagen Body Cream, this came in a latest in beauty box. With this being a sample size I can’t say if it helps tone but I certainly liked the consistency and how it left my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I’d love to try the full size and see if it makes a difference to my ageing skin.
This month I ran out of both my Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Lotion and Perfume. This is my favourite, I love citrus scents. I always repurchase this. It smells so pretty. The body lotion lasts for so long on the skin. My lovely husband bought me the perfume for Christmas so I won’t be without it.
No7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, this glass jar feels very luxurious and I have enjoyed using it. It is a very heavy cream. I think it’s a little too greasy for me and won’t repurchase. Murad AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, this was from another latest in beauty box and I’m so sad it’s finished. I used the last bit on Christmas morning and was gutted. If you want a cleanser that really gives your skin a deep clean and leaves it looking bright then this is for you. Once I have saved up I will be repurchasing the full size. I have written a blog post on this here.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, I use this when I wear makeup which isn’t everyday. It is one of the best cleansers at removing ALL of your makeup. It cleans like no other. I always have a tube of it in the bathroom. Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm, I very rarely use up a lip balm. I have a draw full of lip balms and have made it my mission to use one up before starting a new one & this was the first one I’ve used up in a long time. It was nice and I have always used Nivea lip products. They are always a bargain. Can’t really go wrong with these.
Phew that was a fair few products. If you have written an empties post leave me a link as these are one of my favourite posts to read.
5 Dec 2012
I know I am a little behind blogging about my empties but December has been busy and I’ve had little or no time to sit down and blog. I didn’t want to carry them over to next month as I’d have too many things to write about. I’m trying hard this month to use things up as I’m hoping to get a few things off my Xmas Wishlist. So I’m trying to make space by using up half empty products. Is anyone else doing this?
1. LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water – I had the smaller bottle of this & when that ran out I purchased the big one. I really like it & spray it onto my face as a refreshing mist. I use it after I have my eyebrows threaded and find it stops me getting those little spots above my eyebrows. I would repurchase but would get the smaller size as I missed carrying this in my handbag.
2. OLAY Ultra Moisture Body Wash – This was from the poundshop. It was really moisturising and it lasted ages. I never really buy a body wash again I always just pick up whats on offer when I’m shopping. This was great for £1 though & would recommend it if you see it.
3. Garnier Body Tonic Hydrating Lotion – Loved using this. It smells of citrus. Can’t say that it was too firming but I guess that’s what exercise is for. But It did leave my skin very smooth and soft. It’s been great for these colder weeks and I would 100% re purchase.
4. Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum – This came in a Glossybox and I used it so sparingly as I loved it. It left my hair feeling strong and ultra glossy. It smelt lovely too. When I get enough Boots points I am going to re purchase it.
5. No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm – At 34 ageing is something that plays a part in the products I purchase but I don’t worry about it too much. This came as part of a free gift with purchase from No7 and I thought It was time I gave it a go & have to say it left my face feeling so soft. Not tight in the least like some anti ageing cleansers. It was milky and hydrating. I have to say though – not 100% sure if I’d repurchase only because I have a few cleansers I rely on & I also have a couple to test. But this has surprised me and again it worked well at hydrating my skin.
6. eTOS Makup Remover – This was something I bought whilst on holiday in Amsterdam. It’s a local pharmacy brand. It was OK. It removed my makeup but was slightly drying.
7. Elemis Eyes Awake Recovery Gel – This was part of the hotel toiletries where I stay in London. It’s the 3rd time I’ve stayed there & I just love this stuff. It’s the most soothing eye cream I have ever tried. The gel is cooling and really hydrating. I would repurchase. This lasts a really long time and I just put the smallest amount on and lightly tap it in. I’m gutted its ran out.
9. REN Jojoba Micro Bead Invigorating Facial Polish – I won this in a giveaway a couple of moths ago & have used it once a week here and there. It’s great way to get a really deep clean without rubbing the hell out of your skin. It has a creamy consistency with micro particles in. I would gladly re purchase this as it was a good fit with my sensitive skin.
10. REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel - this I am sure came free with a magazine, maybe RED. I wasn’t sold on this. I love the Elemis Eye Gel, but found this REN one was slightly drying. It left my under eyes a little tight. So wouldn’t repurchase.
11. No7 Perfect & Protect Intense Beauty Serum – I said in my last empties that I ran out of my full size of this but had 4 of these mini versions to use up. SO that’s what I have been doing. I love this serum and my skin feels so smooth and healthy when I use it. My makeup also goes on better after using this. So I most definitely would buy it again (with a £5 No7 voucher.
I didn’t use up that many things this month. But I am determined to use up some stubborn products that refuse to empty. We all have those right? Those things that are a bit meh but go on forever. I’m waging war on them. Esp before I get my Xmas loot )
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