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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Empties

It's hard to believe we've finished 2013 already, and tomorrow we'll be heading into the New Year - is it just me, or has this year flown!? December in particular has gone really quickly for me, although it always does with being so busy. I've sadly not managed to blog as much as I'd like due to other commitments but it's still been a pretty good month for me, and I've also finished up a fair few products! Read on to see my thoughts on this bunch of empty bottles.
December 2013 Empties
December Empties 2
W7 HD Foundation I'm so sad to have finished this foundation! I seem to have gone through it really quickly but it has lasted a good couple of months and I've been wearing it almost every day as I love it so much! The shade matches my skin perfectly, it blends well and gives a great coverage, and lasts reasonably well on my oily skin - everything I look for in foundation, for a bargain price.
Repurchase? Yes!!!
Neal's Yard Bee Lovely to Your Hands Hand Cream This was a magazine freebie a few months ago which I've really enjoyed using; it hydrates really nicely and has a gorgeous citrus scent which makes it a pleasure to use. It does leave my hands feeling a little greasy and I was really annoyed by the way the writing rubbed off the packaging after a few weeks; this tended to stick to my freshly-hand-creamed hands and leave me covered in little black and blue bits, which I didn't appreciate. Overall, though, this was lovely.
Repurchase? Probably not as it's outside my budget at the moment, and I do prefer L'Occitane if I was to buy something in a similar price range.
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Biiiig can - they work out cheaper when the smaller cans aren't on offer, and they're half price at Superdrug at the moment so I've stocked up! I couldn't be without my Batiste, my hair would need washing daily otherwise, so this is an absolute essential for me and I love the Tropical scent.
Repurchase? Already have.
Macadamia Deep Repair Mask This tub has lasted me around a year, although admittedly I have alternated it with other hair masks. Nonetheless, a little goes a long way so whilst it seems expensive, you do get fairly good value for money. It also does a great job of really intensively conditioning my hair, leaving it soft, smooth and shiny.
Repurchase? Maybe, once I've finished up some other hair masks.
Naked Coco de Mer Body Butter I really love this body butter, the scent isn't my favourite but for moisturisation it's amazing, particularly in the Winter. I actually purchased a tub of this for my Nan for Christmas, along with a little bundle of other Naked goodies, as she suffers with eczema as badly as I do and I've found this perfect for rehydrating any dry and sore bits. I also love that you get 300ml which is a good-sized tub, and it's less than half the price of The Body Shop's body butters (which I also love!)
Repurchase? Yes!
December Empties
Naked Volume Body Building Shampoo My staple shampoo from Naked, this is perfect for my thick but fine hair which tends to go oily quite quickly - it smells lovely and leaves my hair feeling clean, and is pretty reasonably priced as well. This must be about my sixth bottle of it!
Repurchase? Already have, although I'm currently trialling Naked's Brunette Radiance range - expect a review post on that very soon!
OPI Nail Envy I was amazed at the difference this little beauty made to my nails in terms of peeling and flaking, and it's also turned out to be a pretty good base coat, so I was pretty sad to see the end of it. I put off ordering a new bottle since it's quite pricey, but my nails went downhill fast without it, so I ended up reordering from the same Amazon seller I got my original bottle from. This really is a game changer for me and I won't let myself run out again!
Repurchase? Yes!!
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub It seems to have taken me absolutely ages to finish off the last little bit of this, but the jar is finally empty - I really enjoyed using this because of the lovely bubblegum flavour, and found it effective for exfoliating my lips.
Repurchase? Maybe, although I did pick up the Santa's Lip Scrub when it was half price at Lush in the sales, so not for a while!
Witch Blemish Stick This featured in my Evening Skincare Routine post earlier in the year and is an essential for me, helping to treat spots and calm down my temperamental skin. However, I recently purchased the Gel rather than the stick and have to say I love the gel even more, so this may be the last time the stick features in my Empties posts!
Repurchase? Probably not, as I prefer the gel version.
Naked Silky Smooth Starflower Body Wash Another product which seems to feature almost monthly in these posts; I love the spicy cinnamon-y scent and the fact that this body wash doesn't upset my sensitive skin! It's also perfect for bubble bath for the little ones, meaning I can bath my stepdaughters without my hands turning into a red flaky mess - bonus!
Repurchase? Already have - in fact I stocked up as it's currently half price at Boots!
So, those are my December Empties! Have you posted an Empties post this month? Have you tried any of these products?

My December advertiser is the beautiful Sarah from Small'N'Hot, I'd love for you to pay her a visit!


  1. I barely finish my foundations :p Seems like you have loved them so much!

    xx Jeeshan
    NEW POST: http://www.beautydosage.com/2013/12/review-of-circle-lens-from.html

    1. I only tend to finish the ones I really love, and I did really love this one! Haha :) xo

  2. Well done on using up so many products, especially the lip scrub! I think it'll take me years to use all of mine :) x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  3. I love Bubblegum Lip Scrub though I also bought the Santa one too x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

    1. Snap! Although I've yet to actually use my Santa one - ooops! xo

  4. wow you used up so many products :) Great post as! xo's

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Thank you Laura! I definitely did better than last month ;D xo

  5. I loved the Bee Lovely hand cream - I didn't have any trouble with the writing coming off mine, but I have had that with other products in the past and it is annoying!

    1. Congrats on your empties! I also emptied a Macadami nut oil mask container and OPI Nail Envy! Good work!
      Happy new year :)

    2. Yay go us! Happy New Year to you too :) xo

    3. So annoying! Hmm maybe I just got a dodgy tube, then!? Weird. xo

  6. I need to try that W7 foundation! Maybe a dupe for the Makeup Forever one!


    1. I love it - my new bottle just arrived today! :D xo

  7. I purchased my second bottle of OPI Nail Envy as I was in two minds over it and at times felt like I never really gave it much of a chance as when I bite my nails I really do bite them. Once again I have a New year Resolution to get my nails into good condition.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  8. I love it! It's so expensive but I think it's worth it :) Good luck with your nails! xo


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