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Thursday, 31 January 2013

January Empties

I finally have some empties for you! I will be the first to admit that I am terrible for finishing products. I get bored of the scent and move on really quickly. Particularly with shower gels and moisturisers. However, since Kat from Tales of a Pale Face talked about her savings idea of putting away money for every product she finishes, I've been feeling inspired! No more will half used products sit in my bathroom! 

From L-R: Soap and Glory Hand Food, Soap and Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel, The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter 50ml, VO5 Treat Me Right Hair Mask, VO5 Gloss Me Smoothly Conditioner, The Body Shop Dragon Fruit Lip Butter, Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover

Soap and Glory Hand Food and Clean on Me Shower Gel
Okay, confession time. I've actually had these since December 2011. I got them in the big S&G case. I'm not normally this bad when it comes to using up products but I actually got so sick of the smell of these that I couldn't bare to use them! They just reminded me so much of working at Boots (as a very miserable Christmas temp) and they gave me a queasy feeling of dread every time I smelt them. A few months ago I decided that I was going to try to reacclimatise myself to them so they didn't make me feel sick. I didn't do too badly! They're still excruciatingly sweet but meh, I finished them. I know that for a lot of people these are like Holy Grail products, particularly the Hand Food. But I wasn't wowed. I personally much prefer the smell of the Sugar Crush range. The quality is excellent though. They last forever and you don't need much. The Hand Food is very moisturising but it doesn't sink in quite as quickly as I'd like. Still very fast, but not by any means perfect. (P.S. the shower gel has lost it's colour because it was shoved on the window sill for months, it's supposed to be a happy pink!)
Repurchase? No way. I gave away my last Hand Food and Righteous Butter to my giveaway winner. I would have given her the shower gel too but it was too darn heavy!

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter 50ml
Ahh, let me count the ways I love thee... One of my all time favourite products are the body butters that The Body Shop make and this is possibly my favourite scent. It's very true to a Satsuma smell and it sinks in insanely fast. It's a bit lighter and creamier than the other butters that I have tried so I would prefer to use this in the Spring/Summer. I actually finished this around Christmas time and it's my oldest empty out of the lot! I like to layer the satsuma mist over this for an extra long lasting scent. Smelling like a satsuma isn't for every one, but I love it.
Repurchase? Already have. The 200ml version sits proudly on my drawers.

VO5 Treat Me Right Hair Mask and VO5 Gloss Me Smoothly Conditioner
I'm very fickle when it comes to my hair. I'd like to say I'm loyal to a certain shampoo and conditioner but I'd be lying. I'm actually the type that buys whatever is on offer a the time! *bad beauty blogger* Regardless of my bizarre swapping and changing, I have noticed a slight improvement in my hair recently. I think it's a combination of these and my Tresemme heat defence spray. It looks much shinier than it usually does! I've always been quite lucky with the condition of my hair and I've never suffered with particularly bad dryness or split ends but shine and volume is something I'm always looking for. Here's my hair a couple of days ago (sorry for the long image):

This is after using Colour B4 (which didn't work, but that's a story for another day,) applying the VO5 mask and Tresemme heat defence. Very shiny and healthy looking! I do recommend these products if you're looking for cheap glossy conditioners.
Repurchase? Yes, so long as they're on offer ;)

The Body Shop Dragon Fruit Lip Butter
All hail the holy grail! I love this product. I rave about it whenever I get a chance. Being of dry skin variety I also suffered with dry and chapped lips which would split and bleed (gross but true.) Well no longer. This product is an intensely moisturising, thick, pale cream. I slather it on at night and wake up to fabulous soft lips. Can't recommend it enough. Particularly in Winter.
Repurchase? YES! Already have. I'm trying a new scent though, hello Mango!


Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover
Always an essential. I picked this one up months and months ago and it's lasted forever (despite me tipping it over and losing some!) Would I say it was conditioning? Hmm. It certainly wasn't drying and cuticles always felt soft after using so to an extent I'd say yes. Also worth noting is that this is the nicest smelling nail varnish remover I have ever smelt. It doesn't make me wince with the acrid fumes. And on top of all that it even removed my nail varnish with a small amount of effort! Win.
Repurchase? I probably would. I recently bought a strengthening one from Sainsbury's so I'll see how that compares first.

Lots of positivity in this months empties! What do you think to these products?

Lauren

28 comments:

  1. I'm not surprised it took so long to finish Clean on me! I use loads in my showers and I've literally only just noticed it's gone down a tiny bit, and I've been using it for over a month!

    I really love the Vo5 mask too, I finished that a while ago and really need to repurchase it. They have some great products, one of my favourite brands for hair from the drugstore. xo

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    1. It's crazy how long it lasts haha kind of happy to finally see the back of it if I'm honest!
      Have to agree :) VO5 is an excellent drugstore brand x

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  2. Oh my god your hair is amazing! Will be trying out that hair mask, sounds great. That nail polish remover is my normal one, nice little bargain :) xx

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    1. thank you so much! so weird that the remover smells nice, don't blame you for using it as your regular :) x

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  3. Great post Lauren! I've never tried a soap and glory product except from the supercat eyeliner and I definitely wasn't impressed...so I 100% do not believe the hype in the blogging world about soap and glory. I have a similar problem with not using up products but that's because I'm loyal to quite a few brands and find it difficult to try anything else! So things usually sit on my shelf UNopened for months :( Maybe I'll take a leaf out of your book and give my shelfed products another go :) x

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    1. thank you lovely! The bath stuff is all fantastic quality I just couldn't get over the sickly sweet smell. I liked it at first but it just wasn't for me in the end. The lipsticks are quite nice too :) absolutely! started emptying those bottle girl! haha :) x

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  4. I actually like S&G's Hand Food but never tried Clean on Me so I can't comment on that :)
    I didn't know that the Body Shop sold Lip Butters but will call in and have a look next time I'm in town.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. It's fantastic quality I'm just not a huge fan of the scent. Clean on Me is the sae scent and is slightly moisturising too, might be a nice one for you to try :) they're amazing! £4 each but there's always some great offers on x

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  5. I also like soap and glossy hand food! And I love the clean on me shower gel! I am yet to try any products from the sugar crush range though.
    After reading this post I am definitely going to invest in a body shop body butter :)

    amberlee6309.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. great quality, just not my favourite scent!
      so glad to hear that, they have an amazing selection of scents :) you won't be disappointed x

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  6. I used to work at Boots too, but the memories are all very fond ones :) I love the old school S&G scent and don't like the new one haha, and find the satsuma smell of Body Shop products super fake and sickly - I think we have perfectly opposing tastes haha!

    Great post though, I love reading about empties!

    Elspeth xx

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    1. It wasn't Boots exactly, just some very nasty women and my female manager kept slapping my bum and hugging me. Very weird borderline sexual harassment. She also once slapped my hand rather hard for messing up on the till. Worst job ever! Haha.
      Sounds like it! Variety is the spice of life as they say :) thank you! x

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  7. Oh my gosh, your hair is GORGEOUS!! I'll basically buy anything hair related that you're using if it'll give me those kinds of locks haha :)

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much! haha, I'd love to tell you I have a miracle product :( I'd so be flogging it left right and centre. Only advice I have is minimal styling so that when you do make the effort it looks amazing in comparison ;) x

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  8. Hand Food is my favourite hand cream and I really want to try that V05 mask. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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    1. it's great quality :) the mask is great too! Cheap and does the job x

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  9. The vo5 hair mask was the first one I ever used, feel so nostalgic! x

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    1. awwh :) I think the first one I used was a herbal essences one... before they even had the new packaging! x

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  10. Love all of these products! Especially the Soap and Glory and V05 mask :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. definitely some goodies here :) x

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  11. You made me giggle with the *bad beauty blogger* comment...show me a beauty blogger who isn't swayed by a deal ;-) hehe! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    1. I know haha! It's terrible. If I even glimpse a "3 for 2" sign I need to immediately leave :') so much will power! x

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  12. Great blog Im exactly like you i get a tad bored of products and rarely finish them x

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    1. urgh it's a nightmare isn't it? My boyfriend goes mad at me for it haha. I leave the bathroom bursting with half empty bottles! x

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  13. Thanks for the mention! I'm glad some of these products are getting used up - it makes space for all the new ones, he he :) x

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    1. no problem lovely :) it was a great idea! I must admit that I've already spend my money... but at least I used them up? haha :) it sure does ;) x

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  14. Look at your hair, it's beautiful! I have to say I'm a stickler for salon brands when it comes to hair products, I often feel like I should branch out, but I just can't bring myself to do it! :) xx

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    1. awh thank you lovely! I know salon brands are the best things you can use but they're so bleeding expensive! Probably best to stick to what you're using anyway, your hair looks amazing so you're clearly doing something right! :) x

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