Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Empties | Beauty Products I've Used Up


I’ve been feeling rather pleased with myself because I’ve managed to finish up a few products before it went off! I’ve been hoarding the empty packaging and it’s piling up, making a mess in the corner of my bedroom so I’m eager to get on with this ‘empties’ blogpost so that I can throw it all out!

I’ve been going through a lot of body and skin care this past 6 months - it has been so cold for months and my skin has been soaking the product up like no tomorrow!

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Skin and Face Care

I go through these so quickly! I’ve been obsessed with these lip balms, they’re my favourite! Made from 100% natural ingredients, Crazy Rumour balms keep my lips nourished and moisturised during cold weather - it has been an all year round essential and I can’t wait to repurchase a couple more! I love all the flavours but the bubblegum one is my fave! There's a teeny tiny bit left in the base and I've been trying to dig it out but I really need to just throw this out now!

Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water:
I have been using this as the first step of my skincare routine, to remove my make up before applying a 'proper' cleanser. I haven't got on well with cleansing water in the past, but this one is really lovely and light! It doesn't dissolve eye make up well but that's why I use a cream cleanser afterwards to get rid of all trace of make-up and dirt. I've got another bottle of this which I've started using, I think this cleansing water will remain in my routine for some time yet.

My mum bought me three of these for Christmas and as predicted, each 150ml bottle lasted approximately 5-6 months. I use this cleanser twice a day apart the odd day or two where I switch to something else (an oil cleanser, another cream cleanser, or indeed a cleansing water as mentioned previously). Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has won over 100 beauty awards and it has been on the market for 20 years. I hadn’t heard of it until I started getting in to beauty blogging (the power of social media) and I wish I had known about this cleanser when I was in my teens and early 20’s. It’s a brilliant cleanser and I recommend it to anyone! I’ve already cracked open another bottle!

This one’s a bit hit and miss for me. It worked wonders at first but the more I used it, the less effective it seemed. I used it on-off so maybe my inconsistency is at fault here. I’ve enjoyed using the small sample but I won’t be repurchasing this for now. A lot of people rave about this product, and the full size version is really expensive so I’m glad I got a chance to try a sample of it first. 

When it comes to eye treatment, I love gel formulas the best. I have absolutely loved using the Estee Lauder eye gel, it’s so rejuvenating and soothing. If I haven’t already got a couple of eye creams to use up, I’d definitely repurchase this in full size. 

This is a rich face cream that I used at night time. It works in to my skin while I sleep and leaves my skin feeling very smooth, even the morning after. It’s a really nice cream but it's probably bit too rich for me. I would buy this again but not at the moment. I associate Estee Lauder with an older lady and mature skin, so I probably don’t need anything as rich and potent at this point in my life (yet)

I received a little tube of GlamGlow - the mud mask that everyone’s raving about. Again, the full size version is super expensive so it was nice to try it out and see what all the fuss is about! I’m really in to mask treatments that deep cleans and this sure is right up my street! I don’t tend to use a mud mask as they can sometimes make my skin a tad dry but this left my face clean and radiant. I’ve also got the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask to try out so I’ll report back and let you know which one I like best!

bath product recommendations

Bath and Body

Does it take anyone else about 8 years to get through the tubs of Soap&Glory body scrubs?! They last sooo long - which is great, you definitely get your money’s worth! I bought three body scrubs last year in the Boots 3 for 2 offer and I alternate between each one depending on how I feel! They’re all different in consistency and while Sugar Crush smells really good, it’s not as gritty as I’d like it to be. If you like ‘em rough, try Soap&Glory’s Smoothie Star. Sugar Crush is a gloopy texture and Smoothie Star is quite thick. Both smell AMAZING.

The Body Shop Bath Jelly:
When the tub was filled with product, it was soooo pretty and colourful! They honestly look good enough to eat! I won a set of bath jelly on Twitter during Christmas and was sent Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry and Vanilla Brûlée. I had already used up Glazed Apple by Christmas time but recently finished Cranberry and Vanilla. I hope they bring them back this year for the festive season. They cost £10 and they don’t last very long (approximately 8 baths) but they’re a fun product to use!

LUSH Shower Jellies:
These are another fun bath/shower product. I do have another tub of Sweetie Pie and it smells so good (like Vimto) but I don’t think I would buy it again because it is quite hard to use! It’s fine at first when it’s in tact, but the jelly breaks up and the small bits are difficult to use - very slippery! Nice idea though and makes a change from a boring shower gel.

I use this quite a lot and it seemed to have lasted forever! The Sanctuary Spa Smoothing Silk Polish is a silky cream with particles in it to polish your skin. It has lavender in it and whenever I use it, it really helps me sleep. Very soothing and I recommend it to anyone who has troubles sleeping!

One of my besties from Uni bought me this for my birthday last year and I’ve been using it sparingly. I actually finished it before Christmas but have kept it for an ‘empties’ blogpost. I forgot to include it in my last empties so I’ve had this empty bottle for a while now - I almost feel a bit attached and don’t want to throw it out! You can see it very well in this photos so below is a photo I took when I first got it. You only need 3-4 drops in your bath, and don’t let the small size fool you, this bath oil lasted 10 months! Granted, I didn’t use it every time I had a bath but I did manage to make it last that long! It’s a lovely product (and beautiful gift!), you can’t go wrong with Jo Malone!

jo malone pomegranate noir bath oil

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18 comments

  1. Your blog photography is so beautiful!
    I've also just finished my cleanse and polish, it lasts forever! I really want to try Glam Glow but as you say, the full sized products are so expensive!
    sophielfarrell.

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  2. I love Sugar Crush and Sweetie Pie, two of my favourite body products! I really enjoy empties posts as I think they give a much better indication of what products people like, plus I'm just nosey x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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  3. Ahhh your pictures are always amazing and interesting. I'm yet to try Liz Earle cleanse and polish, but after reading this post, I'm moving it to the top of my 'purchase list' :) x

    Simee | Cup Of Simee

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  4. The Soap and Glory scrub smells amazing and it really is so, so good. I am still one of the few people in the blogging world that haven't tried Cleanse and Polish. I bought a bottle for my bestie last month, but am yet to buy it for myself. Next pay day, I may have to pop into town and buy it. The Jo Malone Bath Oil sounds amazing and such a nice gift!

    http://shebearacharmedlife.blogspot.co.uk/

    Love Lucy x

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  5. I love the Jo Malone bath oils! I always feel a bit sad when I finish a product I really love that was quite pricey so I know I'd feel attached to it as well. Beautiful photos!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  6. I think I start all my comments the same but beautiful photography!
    I'm a huge fan of the Liz Earle C&P I go through so many bottles! I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a little underwhelmed by the EL ANR, I didn't think that it was a bad product but I didn't notice enough of a change to warrant splurging on the full size! xx


    http://www.rinicawrites.com/

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  7. Love The Body Shop bath jellies, they smell amazing don't they?! Love the sound of the Jo Malone bath oil too, definitely one to put on my birthday wishlist x

    Always, Alice

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  8. Anything Jo Malone doesnt last long in my house, nor does Estee Lauder skincare!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. The jo malone bath oil sounds like a dream! I've always wanted one of the candles but I think I'd actually appreciate a bath oil more x

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  10. I haven't tried any Jo Malone products, it's sooo expensive in Australia, it's not funny. I've been saving my empties for the last how many months so that I can finally have a blog post up haha

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  11. I love soap and glory products!! You can't beat them x
    Jess x
    www.momentsofbeuatywars.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I love Liz Earle, such a beautiful product <3

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  13. Jo Malone for life!

    www.wonderlandclothing.com

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  14. Love your photos so much Sarah ! Gorgeous ! And great blog post too !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  15. oooo I must dig out my small tube of GlamGlow Super Mud Mask Treatment too! I'm so lazy when it comes to doing masks and facials.. x

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  16. My bottle of Pomegranite Noir Bath Oil is slowly coming to an end and it's making me very sad! HAHA.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  17. Your photos always look incredible! I agree about the Lush shower jellies, I have found them far too much hassle to use and I don't think that they lather all that well. Loving your blog!
    http://toastoclock.blogspot.co.uk/

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