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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Empties: July 2014

July has been an interesting month for a number of reasons; without going into too much detail, there are a lot of big changes coming up in my life and I've been trying to prepare for those as much as possible. I've also been blogging a lot more than in the previous few months, which I'm pleased about, and really happy with the way my blog is looking at the moment. I was thrilled to launch my 500 Bloglovin' Follower Giveaway, something I'd been looking forward to for months in fact, and it'll be open for another couple of weeks so if you're in the UK, get your entries in now! All that aside, however, I don't seem to have finished a huge number of products.
July 2014 Beauty Empties
REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser I wasn't particularly sold on this cleanser, I liked it but didn't love it and didn't feel it really lived up to my expectations. I enjoyed using it but the smell was a little off-putting for me and I wouldn't say it's the best cleanser I've ever used, though it was one of the more expensive. I hear so many rave reviews on REN so I have to admit to being a little bit disappointed in this; it just wasn't as special as I'd hoped. Maybe my hopes were too high, but either way this wasn't a winner for me.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Naked Volume Shampoo My standard shampoo, this doesn't trigger my eczema and does a reasonable job at keeping my oily hair under control; I can just about manage two days between washes with the liberal use of dry shampoo, which is the best I've ever managed. If anyone has any suggestions for reasonably-priced SLS-free shampoos which are good for oily hair, I'd love to hear them!
Repurchase? Yes.
W7 City Slicker Eye Make-up Remover* This was a pretty decent biphase eye make-up remover which required shaking the bottle to mix the two liquids, one water-based and one oil-based, before applying with a cotton pad. I found it did a reasonable job at removing eye make-up without stinging my eyes, which is the main thing for an eye make-up remover to achieve after all!
Repurchase? Probably not, as it's not readily available.
The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter The Body Shop's body butters are a Holy Grail product for me and my eczema, without a doubt; I never buy them at full price but stock up when there are sales or offers on. The Passionfruit scent is a gorgeous summery one which I've really enjoyed using and definitely did the trick for keeping my legs soft and smooth.
Repurchase? Probably, though I do like to rotate my scents!
Superdrug Cotton Pads One of life's less exciting essentials, these do the job just fine and are always on offer. There is very little to say about cotton pads to be honest!
Repurchase? Yes.
Dove Summer Glow Beauty Body Lotion I have no idea how long I've had this bottle, but I'm pretty sure it's survived at least two house moves... I recently dug it out from the back of a shelf, failed to get any lotion out, and cut it open to discover enough for two applications to my legs. God only knows why I'd been carting that around with me for an indeterminate number of years! I'm not a huge fan, the ingredients seem to dry my skin out and I don't find it does much to give me a "summer glow".
Repurchase? No.
Ted Baker Body Spray This came as part of a gift set which I won quite some time ago now; it smells beautiful and I've been really enjoying wearing it on a daily basis over the last month or so. I'm sorry to see the back of it! Body spray isn't something I tend to buy, but I'd be more than happy to receive this as a gift.
Repurchase? I'd consider it, once I've used up all the other body sprays I seem to have accumulated over the years!
Benefit They're Real! Mascara (Not pictured because I accidentally threw it away!) This was a magazine sample which I was really excited to try, given the hype surrounding They're Real!, but again I was a little disappointed; I don't think it's anything special beyond the fact it's an absolute horror to remove! I'm lucky in that I have quite long lashes anyway, so I guess if you have shorter lashes it may work to your advantage, but for me I didn't see results which were any better than my usual, much more reasonably-priced, mascaras!
Repurchase? No.
So, those are the few products I've finished up in July; not a lot, I know, but at least I've cleared out a couple of things I've been hoarding for years! Have you finished many products this month? How has July treated you?



  1. I love Body Shop body butters as well <3 they smell so good and are life savers in colder months. I didn't like they're Real! mascara either when I first tried it, but the more I used it the more I liked it. xo's

    Pink Frenzy

  2. Ooooh loving the sound of the Passionfruit body butter! I'm working my way through a massive tub of the Mango butter at the moment.They're Real seems to a be a real hit and miss product, I really like it but I know a lot of people who hate it!

  3. Love the Body Shop Body Butters and the Naked Volume Shampoo sounds good too! :) xx

  4. Wow, you finished so much!! I'd like to try that mascara. :)

  5. I love The Body Shop Body butters too, I haven't tried the Passionfruit scent yet though. I really like the Benefit They're Real mascara but I agree, it's tricky to remove! x

  6. Gutted you didn't like the REN Cleanser very much, it is one of my favourites! :(
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing


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