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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Empties: January 2015

It's hard to believe we're already at the end of the first month of 2015! It's been a busy month for me; I've passed my driving theory test and booked my practical for the end of next month, and started a new voluntary position one day per week, alongside working a whole bunch of overtime shifts, my pre-existing voluntary job, driving lessons, and generally trying to have a life... I've also just found out a couple of days ago that I've got through to the interview stage for a job I applied for down in Birmingham, so hopefully that will go well! Also in January, I've finished off a pleasing number of beauty bits and pieces:
Beauty Empties January 2015 Bbloggers
January Empties 1
L'Occitane Zesty Lime Hand Cream I adore L'Occitane's hand creams, their high Shea Butter content means they work amazingly to hydrate my horrible scaly, dry hands, and the Zesty Lime scent is right up my street! I'm genuinely sorry to have finished this.
Repurchase? Maybe. I'll always pick these up when they're free with magazines (as this one was!) and I'm considering ordering a couple as well.
Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Round Pads One of those boring essentials that I seem to get through with predictable monotony, these do the job just fine in with eye make-up remover, micellar water, toner and nail polish remover. What more can I say!?
Repurchase? Probably.
The Body Shop Almond Body Butter This is a regular amongst my Empties posts and one I absolutely adore; as far as I'm concerned, smelling like marzipan is pretty much living the dream! Unfortunately I've been unable to find this to stock up and I'm now down to my last tub... Sob!!
Repurchase? In a heartbeat, if I can ever find it again!
BiC Soleil Lady Shave Gel I bought this for my weekend away last September as it was small enough for hand luggage, and have been trying to use it up ever since. Whilst it did the job in terms of shaving my legs, it left them horribly dry and itchy, worse than I can remember experiencing with any other product. Not for me!
Repurchase? Nope.
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil I promise I'm not employed by The Body Shop! I just genuinely enjoy using their products and this is another one which has slotted beautifully in my routine, I'll be sorry to see it go. It smells gorgeous and works really well to dissolve and remove the last traces of make-up, oil and general grime from my skin at the end of the day; I use it as a second cleanse after removing the bulk of my make-up with a micellar water and it's been working well for me. It's also lasted amazingly well, like about eight months.
Repurchase? Probably.
Dr Organic+ Olive Oil Body Scrub This has been a really nice product to have in the shower for a good old scrub of my limbs; it's left my legs feeling super smooth without being dry, tight or irritated. The formula is actually pretty spot on, leaving my skin feeling hydrated due to the oils, but without a sticky residue. It's hard to explain but I did really like this scrub!
Repurchase? Maybe, though I'd like to try other Dr Organic+ ranges! I'm also currently using the scrub from The Body Shop's Chocomania range which is amazing.
January Empties 2
COLAB Dry Shampoo in Tokyo + Rio These minis have been the perfect way to try out the various COLAB scents; I really liked the tropical fragrance of Rio, but was less keen on Tokyo's oriental notes. That's just me, though, and obviously these things are pretty subjective - I'm just a fan of fruity fragrances! I really rather like the formula of these little beauties, too, finding that they work reasonably well to freshen up my roots, with far less powdery white residue than other dry shampoos I've tried. Winner!
Repurchase? Yes, although I'm not sure which fragrance yet.
Mitchum Advanced Powder Fresh Roll-On Deodorant This is an essential for me and it's the only deodorant I buy - for the simple reason that it's the only one that works for me! There's no pretty way of putting it but I sweat pretty easily and especially in a job like mine (I'm a carer), it's so important to me to have a good deodorant.
Repurchase? Already have.
The Body Shop Argan Body Butter This 50ml tub was actually a freebie for renewing my Love Your Body membership, and I've really enjoyed using it. The Argan range isn't one I'd tried previously but I found this body butter really thick and luxurious, and whilst the scent was overridingly Shea, it still smelt beautiful. I'd definitely consider buying this one again, and others from the Argan line.
Repurchase? Probably.
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter I'm not too sure how I ended up with the coloured hair version of this hair butter but that's beside the point; I was pretty unimpressed with this. Although it smelt beautiful, it didn't really feel like it did much for my hair, which is super dry at the ends. It drank this up like nobody's business but didn't really seem to feel any better for it.
Repurchase? No, although I'd try the Rainforest Moisture version for dry hair to see if that suits me any more.
Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy This was a freebie in a Boots 3 for 2 offer and I was actually surprised by how much I liked it; aside from the lovely citrussy scent, it had a really nice light texture which absorbed readily and left my hands feeling hydrated. It was actually perfect to keep in my pocket at work for on-the-go hand moisturisation!
Repurchase? Yes!
So that's another nice little lot for the recycling! I used to be so bad at having four or five of the same type of product open at once, but for the last year or so I've been finding it quite satisfying to use one product at once until it's finished, before starting a new one. Do you like to use beauty products one by one, or are you more of an options kind of person? Have you tried any of these products?



  1. Wow, you finished so many products this month - congrats! The lime zest cream sounds lovely, I will have to keep an eye out for that one.. I adore anything lime.

  2. You have had a crazy busy month well done on the theory test and poss new job in Birmingham, I love loccitane and I have the shea butter hand cream but haven't tried the lime one sounds nice, and agree Mitchum deodorant is one of the best.


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  4. I was literally just saying how January has flown by so quickly...I can't believe it is February! You got through a great selection of products this month - I really want to give the COLAB dry shampoo a try!

    P.S - congrats on passing your driving theory!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  5. Body Shop body butters are the best! They do fantastic job keeping my skin soft and not dry <3

    Pink Frenzy

  6. Love the body shop cleansing oil!

  7. Oh wow, you have had a busy January! The almond body butter sounds lovely, I hope you manage to find it again! Xo

  8. The almond body butter is amaaaazing! Love it!

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  9. i still want to try colab dry shampoo. its sold out every time i go into boots :(

  10. I have not tried any of these products :) Wow girl I love the way you use every last bit even cutting the packing up to get the last bit lol :) http://ninasbargainbeauty.blogspot.com

  11. Loccitaine Hand Creams are beautiful! I love them. I am loving the Argon Body butter at the moment too. xxx

  12. I think the CoLab dry shampoos are brilliant too, I have two that I got in a beauty box and really like them x

  13. Well, I can really see how busy you were last month. LOL coz that's a lot of empties!!

  14. That Almond Body Butter sounds amazing!!!!

  15. I havent used any of these but I have seen the CoLab dry shampoo in the bathroom, it is in a can with a black lid though.

  16. The Body Shop Cleansing Oil is a product I'd like to give a whirl :)
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing


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