Empties & Mini Reviews | May

Monday, June 12, 2017



Last month I was thinking of not continuing with these Empties posts but so many of you guys told me how much you appreciate them and look forward to them that I'm back at it again! :) And thankfully this month there is a huge number of things I would repurchase which is great. Nothing worse than having to force myself to use up a whole bunch of things that I don't enjoy using and then come onto here to have a right rant about it all...


To keep things a little more exciting for me to write, I will only be giving short reviews on notable products in each category. But I will list what I have used up and link in a previous blog post if there is one.


THE ONES I WILL DEFINITELY REPURCHASE (if I haven't done so already)

Soap & Glory The Rushower is a new obsession, so much so that before I used up this travel size can I went out and bought 2 full sized ones. I don't generally get along with dry shampoo - they always leave white streaks and feel weird in my hair and on my scalp. But this is the answer to my greasy roots prayers. It doesn't leave that dreaded white cast, lifts and volumises the roots, and freshens my hair wonderfully. Also it smells incredible!

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser is a cleanser and mask in one. You can use it as a cream cleanser after removing your makeup for a nourishing cleanse or you can apply a generous layer and leave it on for 15 minutes for a hydrating mask. The scent is very delicate and it leaves the skin feeling clean and nourished and I already have a couple of back-up tubes of it because I love it so much.

Oskia Renaissance Mask is the best, most effective mask I've come across for when I don't have the time to indulge in the full triple masking routine. This does a great job of exfoliating the skin and revealing a naturally glowing complexion, helps clear the skin of impurities and build up in pores while hydrating and plumping the skin.

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum is one that I've been using on and off for over a year now. I don't use it daily but rather I reach for this when my skin is looking seriously dull. It works overnight to exfoliate the skin and I swear I wake up to fresher looking skin every time. The dropper is completely useless with a thick gel formula like this but otherwise a great product that would work on most skin types.

I also used up and loved:

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Primer
Original Source Vanilla & Sweet Almond Oil Body Butter
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo
Soap & Glory Hand Maid
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Spray


THE ONES I MIGHT CONSIDER REPURCHASING (basically if they go on sale)

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream smells delicious...it's so unfair it isn't edible because it smells like a Bounty Bar! I liked this thick foot gel but it didn't wow me but it didn't disappoint me either. I just prefer Soap & Glory Heel Genius which does a better job at hydrating and healing my feet whereas this is just a thick moisturiser.

I really enjoyed using Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa which is a light-weight burst of hydration for the skin. I've actually been using this during the day and my dehydrated oily/combo skin has been loving it for its ability to hydrate without being too rich. It has such a lovely light skincare scent and the almost gel-like formula sinks right into the skin.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is exactly what it says on the tin. Its a no frills rose hip oil. I enjoyed using it but there's something more pleasing about using the Boots Botanics one or the Trilogy ones that I just prefer. Still this does the job and I used it up on my girls to help with eczema and post-injury scarring. It has a great price point too.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water is one that I purchased just for the reverse pump and although I enjoyed using the product, I don't see how its worth the price if I'm honest. There are so many affordable micellar waters available now that you really don't need to be spending this much just because it's iconic and renowned. I have already bought a bottle of my beloved Simple Micellar Water to refill this reverse pump bottle with.

I also used up:

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream


THE ONES I NEVER WANT IN MY LIFE AGAIN

I don't actually hate Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder and this is a repurchase. But I've just discovered other setting powders that work better for me. This is a good powder for setting under-eye concealer because it melts into the skin and keeps things locked in place without being detectable but for me it never worked on my face. It always looked patchy and clung to dry patches. It is quite sad to say goodbye to a product I've been using for 2 years but it just doesn't do it for me anymore.

Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream smells incredible but I could never get it to absorb into the skin easily. I tried patting, rubbing, circular motions, upward swipes and every way it was a struggle to get the cream to absorb. After some work it does and then its all good but for me, I just don't enjoy having to put so much effort into it.

The Body Shop Spiced Apple Shower Gel was from their xmas line and I didn't realise they had changed the scent from Glazed Apple because that was a more fruity scent and this one is very warm spicy. I really just didn't enjoy the scent much and found myself forcing myself to use it up.


Is there anything here you love/hate using? Do you spot anything you'd love to try? I'd love to know...



Sal xxx
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38 comments

  1. That Oskia mask is my favourite ever! The Pixi overnight glow serum has been on my "to buy" list for a while!

    I'm glad that you are continuing with these posts, Sal xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Its such a great mask. Thanks love xxx

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  2. I've got The Body Shops almond hand and nail cream and honestly I can never see myself finishing this product, it's got so much in so I congratulate you on finishing that because that's an achievement in my eyes! I also found with The Body Shops spiced apple scent too warm and not as fruity as before, I'm a little let down by it too.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Haha..I have severely dry hands and I'm constantly applying hand cream, though I know what you mean - it does last forever xxx

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  3. I'm always amazed at how much you use up! I used to love the S&G Powder but it doesn't do for me either anymore :( I must check the dry shampoo, I don't normally like them either so maybe this one will xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. I know...I shock myself sometimes because I feel like I'm not using up much but actually I am ;) xxx

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  4. I started using the Ordinary 100% Rose Hip Seed oil two weeks now and I am really impressed, I never tried rose hip oil before and my skin seems to love it.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  5. I really enjoy these kinda posts :)
    I am loving the Rushower Dry Shampoo too - I'm the same after trying it once I picked up two cans too <3
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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    1. Its so good right...its one of those ones that you realise how good it is straight away xxx

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  6. I would love to try that Rose Oil from The Ordinary, but it wasn't in stock so I bought the Moroccan Oil, hope it's good!

    carolinasmakeuplife.blogspot.pt

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    1. Ooooh...I want to try their argan oil too xxx

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  7. I had no idea soap and glory did dry shampoo and it sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing

    http://claresloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You have to try it hun, its so good xxxx

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  8. I have not tried anything you mentioned, but I will try the Oskia mask soon and hope to be amazed. And regarding the Empties topic: I feel the same way, I am not sure if I want to keep up with them, but people seem to be lookig forward to these videos, so I make one whenever I have enough stuff.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. The mask is amazing and I can imagine you will love it too. Yes, they are quite popular aren't they xxx

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  9. The Oskia Renaissance mask sounds absolutely amazing, I love the fact that it does several things and works as a multi-tasking mask. The Soap & Glory dry shampoo sounds really nice too but I am reluctant to buy it at full price.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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    1. I bought them on buy one get one half price I think...they do this little travel size that's great just to try it out xxx

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  10. Haha! I really love that title "the ones I never want in my life again!" An empties post would be one without S&G eh? I want to try the rushower! Xx


    Toni | sheergloss

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    1. LOL! you know me too well...half my products are S&G haha! xxx

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  11. Rodial Stemcell Clenaser has been in my list to buy since a long time and that goes the same with that Oskia mask. Both are pricey though so I'll need to wait for a good sale to come by.

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    1. Yes, very pricey. I got the Rodial as part of their Heroes collection which I bought when it was half price too and the Oskia I got in a subscription making it a bargain xxx

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  12. Well I must try Rushower straight away! I have never seen it before xxx

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    1. Its so good. I'm sure you will love it too xxx

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  13. I feel the same about the Oskia mask, it's my perfect mid-week pick me up :) And I think I will have to buy a full size because I have almost used up all my sample sizes I stocked up on ;) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Aww thanks for convincing me to try it. So worth it xxx

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  14. The Pixi Overnight Glow Serum is on my list! Glad to hear that you loved it, always impressed with how many products you chug through, I am the worst at abandoning products for new ones. Great post Sal xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Totally understandable...I love to use different things everyday but that was exactly what was stopping me from using anything up xxx

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  15. The overnight glow serum is something that I've been loving and wanting for so long now, I feel as though I need it in my life haha.

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. You will love it, it gives such a nice glow the next morning xxxx

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  16. So many amazing products! x

    Maiya | http://www.maiyabellexo.co.uk

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  17. Yay! I'm glad you're continuing to do this series :) I think listing out some of the products you don't feel like talking about is a good idea! That pixi glow serum is in my stash, now you've inspired me to start using it! It's a shame that the powder didn't work for you-- especially since it's a repurchase. At least you can finally toss it!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Thanks Mili, I think this format is probably the only way I can motivate myself to continue to do them to be honest. Yes, try the serum again and let me know how you like it xxx

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  18. The Oskia sounds amazing Sal and, you're right - I have the pixi serum and the pipette/dropper thing get's on my last nerve! xx Love your empties Sal, always! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. I know right...the pipette is so silly. They need to make it with a pump xxx

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  19. I only use the Garnier Micellar Water and it's very nice, plus reduces my need to go for the Bioderma one. I'm glad you didn't stop the empties post. :)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. It is a great one. Thanks love, I am so glad you enjoy them xxx

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