December Bodycare Empties

My second empties post is all about finished bodycare products with one slight mistake. My previous post was about haircare empties and somehow I managed to miss out one of the products so I have included it here and I will start the post with it:

Tresemme Botanique Hydrating Mist – A really nice hair detangler slash conditioner. I highly enjoyed using it, it’s light on your hair, has a great scent and works well as a detangler. I would definitely get it again especially when on an offer.

Vichy Ideal Soleil After-Sun – It’s a very interesting after sun oil which is made to be used on a dry skin or in a shower. I got it because I am not the biggest fan of spending a lot of time applying moisturisers. I liked using this more as the in shower item, it did leave my skin nicely moisturised and conditioned especially after being in the sun. I have used it all up over summer and summer holidays. As an after sun on a dry skin I found it to be too heavy for my liking. I think I would get this next time when we get towards summer.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Scrub – I had this from last year and took a long time to use it up. I’m not a big scrubs user… I liked using this purely for the scent and I think I should get something else from this range again until it is gone for a year.

Dove Maximum Protection Deodorant in Pomegranate – one of my favourite deodorants. Not much else to say really.

Sanctuary Spa Instant Moisture Spray – my favourite body oil. I love the scent of it, it’s super light and non-greasy on the skin, absorbs quickly but leaves skin feeling well moisturised. This product allows you to moisturise your skin in no time.

What bodycare products do you guys like to use?

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An Empty Affair – August Empties 2015 Part 2

I bring you the part two of my August Empties posts. I must say that it is very nice to be writing this post because this means that I can finally clear out the shelve where I was keeping all this “rubbish” and actually through it out. Now that is a very satisfactory feeling. Here is what I am binning:

Patisserie Strawberry Cupcake Hand Cream – I always keep a hand cream on my work desk. One of my previous colleagues many years ago now said that she makes sure to moisturise her hands as they are used the most therefore the ageing process is most visible on them. Since then I make sure to take care of my hands. If I look after my face then I need to take care of my hands as much.

Burt’s Bees Honey Hand Cream – unfortunately this hand cream was not one my favourites. I don’t like honey and the smell of the hand cream puts me off.

Dove Purely Pampering Hand Cream –  another hand cream. I used this a lot after climbing as I always need cream after a climbing session.

La Roche Posay Nutritic Lip Balm – this is a very nice lip balm that feels light on the lips but does a good job of moisturising them. I have another one already and it’s a great one to keep at work.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I have a post about this mascara (here) but I must say that since I have written it up I have changed my mind a little bit. At the end of using it I started liking a bit more than I originally did. I am now thinking that I should buy another tube of this and give it a second go to see what I really feel about it.

Hydraluron Moisture Gelly – a very nice day time moisturiser. I will definitely be getting this again one day.

Zara White Perfume – I do like this perfume and I like more that it does not break the bank.

Soap & Glory Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser – It’s a nice hot cloth cleanser but I don’t know if I will be purchasing it again. It’s got a lot of essential oils and my sensitive skin does not like them too much. It also has some strong smell that I am not keen on. It’s nice but it’s just not meant for me.

La Roche Posay Serozinc – Need to get my hands on another bottle of this. I like to bathe myself in it and I miss it.

Dr Bronner in Bergamot – I used this soap for cleaning my brushes. It’s nice but it’s a little bit too pricey. I think I will stick to baby shampoos for washing make up brushes.

The Body Shop Honey Body Cream – I finaly used it up. As in my many posts I’m not the biggest fan of the Body Shop creams but I keep getting them as presents. The irony..

What should I get next to replace some of these products? Do you use any of them?

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An Empty Affair – August Empties 2015 Part 1

I have accumulated quite a few empty products, so much so that I can’t fit everything into one post. I have decided that I will split up my empties post into two parts, one for hair & bath products and the other one for everything else. Here’s what I have finished using up:

Dove Oxygen Hair Mask – I used this actually as a conditioner for my hair rather than a hair mask (though you can use it as it suggest). I just found it to be really great for conditioning your hair as it is quite lite and would never weight down my hear or leave it greasy. I definitely recommend to try this out if you want something that works well on your hair but leaves no traces afterwords.

L’Oreal Wild Stylers Beach Waves – this is a sea salt spray for your hair as you might catch from it’s name. It’s a first sea salt spray I have ever used and this is the product that began my search for the perfect beachy hair. The mist that comes out is really fine and I even like the smell of it which is a tiny bit seaweedy. What was interesting with this product was that you could not apply too much of it, it never made my hair feel like I applied too heavily and I never ended up with crispy hair. That does not happen often with hair products.

Imperial Leather Foamburst in Bergamot and Sea Minerals – I use this shower gel as a shaving cream. It’s cheap and cheerful and is much better than splashing out on real shaving gels. I will be getting another one of those but my favourite scent is Blackberry & Wild Fig so I will be getting that one instead.

OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo – I got this shampoo with the hope that it will tame my frizzy hair. Whilst I can’t say that it definitely did amazing wonders I really enjoyed using this shampoo. Not too sure how much frizziness it took care off but it did leave my hair soft, clean and bouncy.  I think I want to try other ranges from this brand so what’s this space for more proper reviews.

Carex Complete Hand Wash in Strawberry Laces – because life is too short to be grown up and serious. What can I say?

Dove Silk Glow – I got this body wash after a famous youtuber mentioning that it leaves you feeling the same as L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I love Dove products which you might have noticed and there is nothing wrong with this shower gel but it does not compare to the Almond Shower Oil. Just shows that sometimes I should go with my gut instead of listening to comments that try to compare different products incorrectly.

The Body Shop Chocolate Shower Gel – smelled like chocolate and was very nice to use after long cycles. Not much to say about this one either.

Part of my August Empties has come to the finish. I will be writing about all other used up products in my next post. If you have used these products or you have some good alternatives to offer let me know.

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An Empty Affair – June Empties 2015

Another month and another instalment of an empties post. I don’t like to collect too many empty products so I prefer to write a post about used up products as soon as I have a few empty pots on my desk.

First up, I have used up the cheapest shampoo that I haver ever tried and that is Superdrug 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo. I really liked it and it’s great for a sensitive scalp. You should not be deterred by the conditioning part as it did not leave my hear greasy or with too much product in it. I think I will definitely get this again one of these days.

Carrying on with the in shower products theme I have also finished The Body Shop Honey Scrub. This was kind of useless product. It’s supposed to be a scrub but it did not do well to actual scrub my skin. I felt like it’s just a body butter with some grainy texture but it was not good enough to really take off dead skin. I will not be purchasing this scrub but I am keen to try other scrubs that The Body Shop offer.

After I leave shower I really like to apply body lotion or some body oil. Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray is the best dry body oil I have used so far. I really love! It smells great for one, it is dry oil so you never end up feeling greasy and it absorbs super quickly. I have a second small bottle of it in my work to use it when I shower at work after cycling and I have bought a big bottle to keep it at home.

I always try to remember to moisturise my hands. Once I read that a woman’s age can be given away by looking at her hands. It is true that we put hands through a lot but not often we take care of them. I always keep some sort of hand moisturiser at work so that after every hand wash I could give some moisture back. I have finished Mandara Spa Sandalwood hand moisturiser and I am very sad that I can’t find it again. I love sandalwood smell and this hand cream smelled divine. I found it in Sainsbury’s so if anyone spots it back please let me know! I need another bottle of this in my life.

I have also used up Dove Pure deodorant. It’s simple, has no perfume but I prefer stick form deodorants so I won’t be buying it again. Well, unless I can’t get my hands on any good stick form deodorants.

I have finished L’oreal Skin Perfection primer. I liked it for smoothing out the skin and making a nice canvas for applying foundation over the top. I’m not sure if I will be buying this as I want to try other primers for now.

Can’t count how many tubes of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I have gone through. I have been using the colour 2 Medium Cool but I have realised that it’s a bit too pink toned so now I have colour 3 Warm Medium which is more of a yellow toned which is better for hiding my redness.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist is my first lip product that I have fully finished. I love it that much that I have nothing left in the tube. I want to go through the multitude of other lip products that I have but I’m pretty sure that I will be re-purchasing Nudist some time in the future.

This is what I have used up in June. I though that as these products were going to end up in the bin it was right to take the picture of them on the bin 🙂

Have you guys tried any of these products? Do you have any alternatives to suggest?

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An Empty Affair – May Empties 2015

It seems that I have been using up a lot of products recently and I really don’t want to keep all the empty packaging on my desk so here I am again writing an empties post. (Though this one is quite full of my all time favourite products)

Body Shop Camomile cleanser – this is my all time favourite cleanser. It is the only oil based cleanser that I have fallen in love with and I already have another bottle purchased. It’s very affordable and is amazing for removing make up. I don’t know why I don’t have a dedicated post to this cleanser. (Note to myself!)

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – this cleanser is very good too. I used it as my second cleanse after I took off most of my make up. It is fragrance free and is made for sensitive skin. Though some people might say that this cleanser has nothing special about it I would say that though it is simple it is very good at what it does, it cleanses the skin without drying it out or leaving any residue, it does not sting your skin and has no irritants to affect your skin.

Body Shop Chocolate Body Butter – I have used up a small tub of this chocolate body butter which I got as part of a gift box. I mentioned before that I am not the biggest fan of Body Shop body butters so I’m happy to have used it up.

Sally Hansen Instant-Dry Top Coat – this is the best fast drying top coat I have used. Controversially to a lot of people I prefer this top coat to Seche Vite one. It dries as quickly as Seche Vite does but it doesn’t have as strong chemical smell as the counterpart as well as it does not make my nail polish to peal off. I will be buying another bottle because I can’t see how I can make my manicure without it.

Essie Rock Solid Base Coat – from the picture you can see that I have a little bit left in the bottle but this base coat has got a bit too gloopy for me to use so I have decided to retire it. It was nice but nothing special. I don’t thin I will get this again as I want to try other things.

Olay Essential Complete Care Moisturiser for Combination/Oily skin – this is a simple no fuss moisturiser that has spf 15. I’ve used it up and I’m looking forward to trying something else. Though if you are looking for a light, easily to absorb, non-perfumed  moisturiser then I suggest to give this one a go.

Dove Dry Shampoo – the best dry shampoo ever! This is the only dry shampoo that does not leave any white residue in your hair. It sprays & distributes nicely without ever leaving your hair feeling tacky and the smell is to die for. I will be buying this again and might not look at any other dry shampoo ever again.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – one of the best glycolic acid pads. I have used them up and really would like to get this again but the price does stop me a little bit. Maybe if when I see discounts on feelunique.com I will manage to get hold of it again. If you never tried these pads then I urge you to get some as they are really good and could even be used on an every day basis.

Have you tried any of the above products? What where your thoughts? Let’s discuss…

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An Empty Affair – April Empties 2015

Spring is finally here and I have started sorting out slowly through my make up stash and clearing out things that are old or not used any more. I have also been trying to finish up products so that I would have less of them (*or space for new stuff?*). These are the items that I have binned:

Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Spray – I’m not sure if this did anything for my hair but I liked using it for the smell, it’s really nice. This leave in spray needs to be shaken before the use as it has two different layers which need to be mixed up. I actually did not finish this product because just as I had a quarter of it left the spray nozzle stopped working and did not distribute the product when spraying any more. I decided to give up and and just bin it. If you guys know any good detangling sprays please could you let me know?

Une Breezy Cheeks Blushes – these are cream blushes that I’ve got from fragrancedirect.co.uk. Une was a brand sold in Boots a while ago but disappeared from the shops very quickly. The blushes that I’ve got where quite brownish. burnt orange type colours that did not suit me at all. I wasn’t really using them and decided that there’s now point in keeping them – I will not use them and they will just take space in my drawers.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc – the much coveted French zinc spray that’s supposed to calm your skin and keep spots at bay. I’m not sure if this one also does much to my skin but I have used it up and have a second one on the go. I have rosacea so anything that claims to keep your skin calm and happy will be used by me.

L’occitane Rose Ultra Rich Body Cream – the cream was nice and it was used up by myself and my Man. I’m not too keen on Rose scented products so I don’t think I will rush to purchase this one.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion – love, love, love this product! I raved about it here and I will one day pick it up again.

Dove Maximum Protection Antiperspirant with Cucumber & Tea extracts – this deodorant is nice and I like to use it but can I just ask why the price is so high? Also, why do we have so little choice of cream deodorants here in UK? The shelves in the shops are crammed with the sprays but there is very little option of nice cream deodorants. I just going to wait till it’s on a discount to buy it cause I just don’t agree with paying £5 for an antiperspirant.

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara – I had high hopes for this mascara but it did not live up what the rest of youtube/blogging world have promised it to be. It was supposed to be a much better version of the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara but actually the L’Oreal option is way better. It did not do much to my lashes, I felt like it was actually quite clumpy and instead of giving proper volume it just stuck lashes together. If there is one thing I can suggest is not to splurge on this one and just get a cheaper better alternative from the high-street. (Now when I think how I looked through Barcelona for Sephora to buy this makes me sad. So much effort for such disappointment.)

Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturiser – I had this little sample pot from an order I made with Debenhams and was happy to try it out instead of splurging for the full size. I did not enjoy it as I felt like it was quite heavily scented and the scent was not very pleasing to my taste. Good to try it but would not go in any effort to purchase it.

Artdeco Eyeshadow Base – This eyeshadow base is similar to the famous MAC paint pots offer. I think Artdeco sell this in one colour but it would work on anyone. This is actually quite a great little product and I have gone through two of them. They do dry out so you need to use eyeshadows quite often to use up the whole little pot. If you can easily get your hands on Artdeco products then this is one to pick up. I don’t think I’m going to get this again because they are not sold everywhere as well as I think that Maybelline cream eyeshadows are the best thing ever.

This time I have finished some loves, some ok products and some products that were not worth it. Have you tried any of these items, what do you think about them?

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An Empty Affair – February Empties

Everyone who likes to blog about beauty products know that satisfying feeling when a product has been finished. It not always means that you have enjoyed using the product but it definitely means that you have a new excuse to hunt for something new. Here are some products which I have recently finished using up.

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo – I like Dove hair products and some of them I count very highly. The shampoo wasn’t a standout, it worked well but I’ve moved on to something new now. I don’t think shampoos in general ever impress me that much so I’m not saying that this was bad or good.

L’oreal Skin Perfection Serum – I could not wait to finish this serum. I don’t know why but every time I used it at night the next day I would wake up still feeling residue on my skin. I really don’t like to feel anything in the mornings and it just makes me feel uncomfortable. I will not be getting this again.

L’oreal EverRiche Hair Mask – though my hair is not that dry I really liked using this for the ends. I actually ended up using it as a conditioner rather just a hair mask. It did not weighed my hair and made the ends of the hair soft and manageable.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – my holy grail concealer. I am already onto another tube of this goodness. I use it all over my cheeks to hide any redness that the foundation was not able to cover. It’s just a great concealer and supper affordable.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer – this was my second tube that I have gone through. I use it under my eyes and anywhere where I would like to highlight. It’s a great lightweight concealer, very easy to apply onto the skin and blend out. One day I will get this one again but for now I just want to try other things.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – yup, that’s right, a baby shampoo. Used up all this bottle for washing up makeup brushes.

Bodyshop Japan Adzuki Bean and Rice Scrub – I did not like this scrub. It literally was just grains without any essential oils so I did not feel like I could easily scrub my skin. Won’t be getting this again if I have to be honest with you.

Since I have taken this picture I have finished some other products so you might see an empties post coming your way pretty soon again. Have you tried any products above? If you have then let me know what are your opinions about them. And if you have any suggestions what I could replace them with then of course let me know.

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