February | Empties & Mini Reviews

Monday, March 06, 2017

mini skincare and body care reviews


I have to begin with a little pat on my own shoulder. Haha! I managed to get through loads more products this month and I cannot be happier. The shopaholic in me just needs to relax a little and then I can truly start seeing the fruits of my labour.

I'm going to structure this month's Empties post a little bit differently - I'm taking inspiration from the wonderful Mili - Sharmtoaster (if you're not already following her, I highly recommend you do!) and I'm curious to see if this structure works for me too.


DEFINITE REPURCHASES


skincare I would definitely repurchase


Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash has been in my life for years. Its usually a scent I pull out in the summer because the zesty scent is so refreshing and cooling but I missed it too much. Love this and always will.

Dove Nourishing Care Shower Oil has been a saviour for my dry skin this winter. I've really enjoyed layering my body hydration products to ensure the cold weather doesn't dry out my skin too much. It smells so lovely and washes off and leaves my skin feeling velvet soft.

Burts Bees Multipurpose Ointment is actually a product I use on my girls mostly but every now and then mumma bear can't help but slather this yumminess all over herself. Its a rich petroleum-free balm packed full of an assortment of natural oils. This makes my skin (and my daughters' skin) beautifully soft and nourished.

Mitchum Ultimate is a men's product yes, but I stole it from the husband because it smells incredible and I really wanted to try the cream/gel version. I really like it but I don't know if its significantly better than the regular version. Having said that, I will definitely get a women's scented gel version soon.

Institut Karite Shea Hand Cream is such a luscious rich treat for my paws. When I think about it, most of my favourite hand creams are French - I just think they get the balance between rich and nourishing but never greasy just right.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser looks an absolute state but this is easily one of my favourite skincare products ever. It makes my skin look clearer and brighter instantly. I like to use this after wearing a full face of makeup as my second cleanse/mask. Its a shame the packaging doesn't reflect the quality of the product inside.

PreLab Toning Peeling Tap is an innovative and exciting Korean skincare product that has combined acid toning with hygienic and fun packaging and applicator. The toner is potent but not stripping or irritating and reveals a glowing complexion. You just squeeze the little pod and the toner is pushed out into the little sponge on the tip and you just swipe it all over for your face. Super fun.

Wish Formula Bubble Peeling Pad was kindly included as a free sample with my first ever Buttermilk Skincare order. This is another fun and innovative Korean product that exfoliates the skin while cleansing. I was expecting this to be quite harsh but it wasn't...you just rip open the pack and squish the pad and the product lathers up. You give your face a good swipe with the more abrasive side for a couple of minutes. Then you flip the pad over to the smoother side and use it to pat the vitamin into the skin. Such an interesting and effective product.

Nugg Beauty Hydrating Face Mask took me by surprise because I didn't expect it to be quite so lovely as it was. It smells like frangipane and the gel like mask hydrates and plumps the skin up and you're left with an incredibly supple and bouncy face.

Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Day Lotion SPF15 was a perfect choice for me with my skin becoming seriously dehydrated this winter. It layers on top of serums really nicely and is thoroughly hydrating. I love LOVE the fact that it has a pump too.

CosRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is one that Mili - Sharmtoaster actually raves about a lot so I bought a full size already. It isn't too thick or greasy so there wasn't a chance of making too much mess overnight. In the morning I woke up to beautiful plump skin that didn't feel greasy or slippery. I can't wait for my full size tube to arrive because this will make such a nice weekly treat.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm is no stranger to my blog since I've been through pots and pots of the stuff already. Its the perfect overnight lip balm because it nourishes the lips and stays in place. Its not a slippery greasy lip balm making it great to use under lipsticks too.

All of these sheet masks were lovely and I will of course repurchase them if I haven't already got multiples in my collection already.


POSSIBLE REPURCHASES


empties, project pan, panning community, blogger reviews


Good Things Argan Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil is such a great affordable product that melts off makeup and nourishes the skin at the same time. It smells so sweet and delicious and contains a mix of lovely oils but sadly, I hear this has been discontinued? Such a shame!

Fresh Soy Cleanser surprisingly lasted for a lot more uses than I thought it would considering its just a deluxe sample. It did a lovely job of cleansing my skin and leaving it feeling refreshed but I wasn't a fan of the cucumber scent. It is far too strong for my liking. If this was more easily accessible here in UK then I would most likely repurchase.

Sephora Instant Moisture+ Cream is another one I enjoyed and would happily repurchase instantly if I could get my hands on it more easily. Its a lightweight cream that is super hydrating on the skin. I managed to get 2 uses out of this sample so that's pretty good.

Caudalie Hand Cream is one of my favourite hand cream formulas and this limited edition scent was nice but didn't steal my heart. I still enjoyed using it because the formula is the same as the original which I love so much.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner is nice but not the best lip balm I've ever used. I actually gave these to my daughters because they are nourishing enough for them and really helped their lips avoid cracking so I will get them again for the girls.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a cult product that is a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. I have to admit I didn't get it at first but now that I've used it a few times, I have to say my hair really appreciated it. My hair is left softer and more manageable.

These sheet masks are both lovely and I really loved them when I first started getting into sheet masks, but I've come across so many more now that I prefer. I wouldn't say no to using them again though.



WILL NOT REPURCHASE, NEVER NO WAY


products I've used up and mini reviews


Balance Me Restore & Replenish Cream Cleanser was a sample I think I got in a magazine and I have to say its a pretty generous sample. It lasted me a good while and I really enjoyed using it in the mornings. I just know that there are better cream cleansers I prefer that are even more affordable.

Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Burst Cleanser is one that I actually used to enjoy. But nowadays I just find it a little annoying. It does a fabulous job of cleansing without stripping my skin, don't get me wrong, but I just don't like that my skin has to be bone dry to use it as a gel. The tiniest bit of water makes it turn super milky and I find it quite messy. It also doesn't rinse off without leaving a greasy film on the skin unless I use a hot cloth. Sadly no longer for me.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask really is one of the worst I've tried. I know so many people swear by them but I find them overly priced for unimpressive performance and results. It doesn't fit my face at all, isn't nearly as saturated as I'd like and it doesn't leave my face as hydrated as I'd like.

Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm was once a beloved item to me but since using the L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer I don't really have a need for this and I just stopped enjoying using it. It does give the skin a gorgeous luminosity but it makes me excessively greasy and sinks into my pores exaggerating them.

Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Reduce Facial Oil is a thick luscious oil that smells sweet and is able to moisturise the skin wonderfully. It is very greasy and thick though and I never felt like it sank into my skin. It just sits on top like a mask.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream is not nearly as nourishing as I'd like which is a shame because I love L'Occitane hand creams and the Peony range is my favourite. Similarly Garnier Ultimate Blends Hand Restoring Cream doesn't last well on my hands and doesn't stop my hands from feeling dry.


I have a feeling I probably won't get through this many products over the next month because there really isn't as many things on rotation now that are already half used up. But still, I am happy to say goodbye to all this empty packaging.



Is there anything here you've used and love/hate? Do you prefer this structure or do you like when the products are grouped into their respective categories? I'd love to know...




Sal xxx
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42 comments

  1. I love Mili's blog! There are so many goodies here I need to try. The Sugar Crush scent from Soap and Glory is so so lovely! perfect in the warmer months.

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Yes, she's amazing!!! It just smells so yummy xxx

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  2. You managed to finish so many products! Sugar crush is my ultimate favourite and I'll always repurchase it :) Nuxe lip balm is the best I've tried, it saved my dry lips this winter and I use a generous layer every night to have soft lips :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Yes, those are two of my favourite products out of all of these things. I've stopped chopping and changing my products as much as I used to and its really helping me use up a lot of things I've had half used up all these days xxxx

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  3. That is a lot of empties, well done, Sal, for putting the post together! I recently threw away many empty packaging as I just couldn't bring myself to writing about them, haha!
    I had only a sample of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser but I will be purchasing full size for sure! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Oh yes, trust me...I was close to just giving in but pushed myself. I might run out of steam with posting empties again very soon. Hahaha xxx

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  4. This is amazing batch of empty, Sal! You tempt me to try Fresh Soy Cleanser, or all Fresh products in general. Also, yes, I'd repurchase sheet mask if I didn't have so many of them already.

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Thanks hun, I'm glad to have gotten rid of all this packaging. Sheet masks are so addictive xxx

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  5. You finished so much product sal! xx I actually do like the botanics balm, simply because it doesn't make me look greasy due to the fact that I have dry skin. But I do agree, for anyone with either combination skin or oily skin will look like they've just dipped their head in oil! xx
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Exactly...I loved the glow it gave for a while and then it got too much. I'm glad you enjoy it xxx

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  6. I've JUST thrown out my Sugar Crush from Soap and Glory- I agree that scent is the ultimate summer smell! Loved this post.
    - Lau xx
    Life Of Lau

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    1. Thanks love. Yup, its summer in a bottle xxx

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  7. Nuxe reve de miel lip balm is one of my all time faves.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. It's an absolute staple product in my life xxxx

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  8. Wow, loads of empties! You've done well! I need to try the Pixi Glow Cleanser and I love the sound of the Burts Bees Multipurpose ointment!

    I love this format! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. You really need to try the cleanser...its so effective. The body balm is a nice little treat ;) xxx

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  9. So many empties! Love Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, not finished my first yet but have a back up already! Not a fan of Nuxe Reve de Miel though I have repurchased in the past - I have photographed it for a disappointing products post 🙊

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Yup, I had to buy a back-up before finishing too. Its so good. Oh dear..will be heading over there to have a read. xxx

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  10. I love the format of this empties and I'm glad you took inspiration from Mili (btw, she's the worst enabler! I want to buy everything because of her! LOL!). That Cosrx Overnight Rice Spa mask is in my list to purchase to and all thanks to...you guessed it, Mili. Haha!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Hahahahaha she is such a sweetheart and a great enabler indeed ;) xxx

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  11. A pat on the back indeed! Well done you! I too have been loving the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body wash as well as their hand Food hand cream. You have so many I want to try. Good things skincare, the pixi glow mud cleanser and the Nuxe lip balm are all calling me. Xx

    sheergloss


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    1. Haha thank you thank you. I don't think I'll be getting through this much again in the space of a month any time soon though. xxx

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing a quick review for this products, most of these products I have to say I've never heard about them, but I'm always glad to know which products to get and which ones to avoid. You have finished sooo many products haha

    Live. Laugh. Love. & Make Up

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    1. I am so glad you found it useful. Thanks love xxx

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  13. Thank you for sharing these reviews, I love an empties post! That ginseng mask caught my eye right away. The Innisfree sheet masks are surprisingly good for such a road shop masks. I love the honey/royal jelly one as well! Have a lovely day sweetie!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

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    1. Yes, I love the sheet masks that are cheap but effective. Honey will always be one of my go to ingredients. xxx

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  14. HOW? How do you finish so much stuff Sal, how do you do it? I am in constant awe of you, great empties post. I love these rapid review posts, I actually have the Good Things Oil and really like it. It is so cheap and smells so nice, perfect cheap oil haha, thank you for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I'll tell you how...all of last year I spent buying products, using them a handful of times and then buying more. Now I'm finally focussing on using up all those things that are already partially used and not changing my products up too much. That's whats doing the trick for me ;) xxx

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  15. love the way you've set this post out, so much easier to read! I need to start project get through everthing x

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the format. I think its a lot easier to write too ;) getting through so many products is so refreshing xxx

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  16. Woow so many empties!
    Great post and good products you have there :D
    Kiss
    xx

    https://thathappymess.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for reading hun. I am glad you enjoyed it xxx

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  17. Great post, congrats on finishing all of these products. Most, I have been eyeing so it was great to hear your thoughts! Gotta start investing in skincare, nowadays, I just cleanse, tone and moisturize. Would love to try face masks!

    xo,
    I AM YASMIN

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    1. Aww thanks lovely. It's definitely feeling like a sort of achievement getting through so many products. Face masks are such a nice treat xxx

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  18. High Five for so many empties! I'm saving mine up for a similar post. Its taking me ages though to get a collection though haha. I'm really enjoying the Fresh cleanser at the moment! I love the Dove Oil, I actually need to repurchase it. But I brought it when it was on offer for like £2 so I'm waiting for it come back again haha xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Lol! Snap...I'm waiting to repurchase it on sale too. Hahaha! Yes it usually takes me forever to get through a whole bunch of things but a lot of these were already half used so I just needed to put everything aside and focus on using them up. Looking forward to reading your post soon xxx

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  19. Don't think you realize how excited I've been to read this ever since it's gone live haha! I've changed my structure to that too, using different captions of course and I think its working as it's easier to know what's what. That wish formula pad sounds so interesting. I got that Philip Kingsely Elasticizer in my M&S calendar a year or two back and I was always unsure as to what it did and how you use it so I gave it away to my family. Maybe I should of kept it!?
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. I am definitely enjoying this layout too. I don't think you're missing out too much with the Elasticizer. Its something I would never have purchased or used if it didn't come in that advent calendar lol! xxx

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  20. Thanks for the shoutout, Sal ;) I'm so jealous of how many empties you managed to finish! I'm terrible at using up body products, but I need to get better because I need an excuse to buy that soap & glory wash XD I'm so happy to hear you liked the cosrx mask! I hope your memebox order arrives with no issues :) Such a bummer that the indeed labs sheet mask didn't work out for you. I've yet to try anything from the brand but have heard so many glowing positive reviews! Looks like I'll be skipping out on this mask though, not that that's necessarily a bad thing... I already have way too many sheet masks lol

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. You inspired me girl and its a winning layout it seems ;)
      You will love the S&G body wash...its a classic! Well my Memebox is floating around in the air or in some random warehouse somewhere. Still hopeful it will be with me soon. xxx

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