December Haircare Empties

This is the first instalment of empties posts that I am going to make. I have collected a lot of used up products and I want to not only get rid of them but also write up all of the posts so that I could move on writing other posts. So this is what I have finished using from Haircare:

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Shampoo – ok, so this shampoo… I thought it would be coconut scented but it is not. That was a massive disappointment number one, then it also made me feel like it did not wash my hair very well. I felt like it made my hair greasy rather than washed so honestly I hated using it. I will not purchase this ever again and I can’t believe I used it all up instead of getting rid of it.

Tresemme Botanique Conditioner – A very affordable and great conditioner. At least this one gives a little bit of that coconut scent that I look for in coconut products. I think it worked pretty well to detangle and you get a lot of product so I used it without the need to limit myself on how much product I would like to put on. Would get this one again if I would find it on an offer. (I like my bargains)

Have you guys used these products before? If so, what were your thoughts about them?

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Maria Nila Pure Volume Shampoo Review

I have pretty normal hair, it’s not super duper oily where I need to wash it every day and not too dry where I need to slather myself in oil. But one thing that my hair does do is look flat and uninteresting. Therefore I am always keen to try new volumising products (especially if they do not specifically require a blow dry).

I have picked up Maria Nila Volume Shampoo a while ago from Sallys’ and have been using it every time I wash my hair. Maria Nila shampoo range is developed for colour treated hair but anyone can use it. If you try to avoid sls and parabens in your hair care then this one is worth looking into. I think this is the best sls free shampoo I have ever used so far. If it would not state on the bottle that it does not have sls then I would never know because the product lathers very well. It washes out easily and does not leave your hair feeling full of product and oily. Maria Nila also did a great job with the scent of this shampoo, every time I wash my hair I feel like I’m in the salon getting a nice pamper. (I wish!) In regards to noticing any volume difference I cannot say much. It does not have any dramatic difference but at the same time it definitely does not weight the hair so that’s where the volume bit is.

I am starting to run out of this and quite sad that my local Boots or Superdrug does not stock this range. Next time I am in Sallys’ I will be surely picking this up or something else from the range. Big thumbs up for the best sls shampoo in the market.

Have you tried Maria Nila products before? Or would you have any other good volumising shampoos to recommend me?

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An Empty Affair – Hair Care Empties

I have a massive pile of used up products and it took me a lot of effort to kick my ass and get them sorted out. It’s very hard to motivate myself to take any pictures in winter when there is no light and darkness rules every single day. But I have finally picked up my camera and did some shots. Be prepared for an overload of empties posts, I had so much stuff saved up in the last couple of months that I had to split things apart. This empty products post consists of used up hair care items, I hope you will enjoy it.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Conditioner and Sea Salt Spray – I have reviewed these two before. One day I will be purchasing them again. I do like to try different hair products so I might not rush to get them but I did like them very much so I know that one day they will end up in my shelves again.

CoLab Dry Shampoo in Tokyo – This is my favourite dry shampoo. I am currently trying out a different scent of the same brand. I want to try each one before I can tell you my exact favourite scent.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil – this is a really lovely hair oil. I have fine hair that can be weighed down very easily and I found that this oil does not do that. The bottle lasted me for a couple of years which is amazing. Because I want to try other oils I will not be purchasing it any time soon. However, if you are in the market for a new oil and want to get a product that will last you then I recommend to go for the Extraordinary Oil. It’s really good.

OGX Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo – I am still on the roll for the beachy waves look. This shampoo does smell a little bit like seaweed but nothing too strong. I think that the John Frieda offering is slightly nicer. I like OGX shampoos in general but I did not fall in love this one.

What have you guys used up in the last month or so?

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Hair Products for Beachy Waves

The summer has now truly left us but my wish for the beachy locks has not faded away. I am still looking for ways to get that effortless hair style that reminds me of fun careless days. The current items I am using to help me to achieve ‘out of the sea’ looking hair style are:

Beach Blonde Cool Dip Shampoo & Smooth Seas Conditioner. It took me a while to get my hands on these products because for some reason when it came out I thought that the range is dedicated to blonde people. I think the name have mislead me but once I knew that the products can be used by any hair colour I bought them. First and foremost I adore the smell of them, it’s minty and fresh – a total joy to use. It definitely reminds me of summer which is way I might be using these products come winter as well. I find that the shampoo washes away any dirt or product residue well and I m always left with clean, not weight down hair. The conditioner helps to keep the ends of the hair moisturised and does help to detangle a little bit. I do feel that before washing my hair when I need to brush them out I need a little bit more help with detangling so I use Johnson’s Baby Spray Conditioner no more tangles. You an use this on both wet and dry hair (I prefer the latter). It does work well and it is very affordable.

After washing my hair I like to use two products that have sea salt so that they would allow my waves to look more like what you would get if you were at the beach. OGX Moroccan Surf Paste is quite an interesting product and I’m not sure if I worked out the best way to use it. It’s texture is a little bit like an old fashion styling paste but it has sea salt and oils. It is supposed to keep moisture in your hair but help to style more prominent beachy waves. I take a pea sized amount of product into my hands, rub it between the hands to warm it up a bit and then run through the hair and try to scrunch them at the same time. (If any of you have used this product could you let me know how you use it?) I also spray hair with Beach Blonde Sea Waves sea salt spray. Now this one smells not like min but like coconut. Amazing! I do spray quite a bit as I have long hair but you do have to be careful not to overdue it as it could make your hair feel a little bit crispy.

I love all these products and I am very happy with them. I am still on the look on anything else that would help me to get that sexy effortless beach look so if you guys have any suggestions please leave me a comment.

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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 – 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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