Sunday, 24 March 2013

Empties #10

I have a huge bag full of empty products that I have been keeping to one side to review on my blog for the last couple of months and now it is over flowing so I thought that now would be the perfect time to get around to reviewing them.  There's a good mix here, some products I like, some I love and some I wouldn't buy again- either way, I've got an opinion on them.


Good Things Ultra Rich Body Butter- Available from Sainsburys, Boots and Superdrug
First up is the Good Things Ultra Rich Body Butter which is the most moisturising and indulgent body butter I've ever used.  It is absolutely amazing as it not only does a great job at keeping my skin soft and supple but it smells incredible too which will be down to the superfruit extracts of papaya and mango, mmm.  I've raved all about it in this post.  I haven't repurchased it yet as I'm trying my best to use up the million and one body moisturisers that I already have but when I've finished them, I will absolutely 100 percent be repurchasing this one.  It is my absolute favourite!

Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub- Available from Boots
After raving about the Good Things body butter, I wish I could speak so highly of the Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Body Scrub.  The only things going for this scrub is the smell which is the signature Sanctuary Spa scent that many know and love.  As a body scrub this is absolutely useless.  It contains natural pumice, rejuvenating patchouli and soothing orange oil which sounds great but in actual fact it is a gel with some not so exfoliating particles in.  I like my scrubs to be abrasive and unfortunately, this product is a very half hearted attempt at a scrub.  It gets a thumbs down from me!

Dr Organic Virgin Olive Oil Hand & Nail Cream- Available from Holland and Barrett
I first received this product in a gift set with two other hand and nail creams from Dr Organic which I reviewed here.  At the time, I loved the set so much I repurchased a few of them and this is the last hand cream that I have.  I've thoroughly enjoyed using it.  I suffer with dry, cracked skin on my hands and wrists and this really helps to keep my skin moisturised and soft which stops my skin from cracking and becoming very painful.  I'd really recommend this little tubes as they're great for popping in your hand bag.  I've got a few hand creams left to use up but I would definitely look to buy a hand cream from Dr Organic in the future.

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Wet Wipes- Available from Holland and Barrett
These are great if you're going camping or doing outdoorsy things as they really freshen you up.  I'd definitely repurchase them if I was something similar in future.  For a full review, see my post here.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel for Hair and Body- Available from Lush
Snow Fairy is a really cult shower product from Lush.  It smells absolutely amazing, so sweet and sugary, just like candy floss.  I've finished two of them this winter and I can't wait for next Christmas to come along for me to repurchase some more bottles.  I think I'll go for the large ones next time as I enjoy using it so much.

Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser- Available from Boots and Escentual
I first reviewed this cleanser here last summer and it has literally taken me an  age to use it up.  This is the cleanser that just keeps on giving!  I kept it next to my bath to take my make up off when I get in the tub.  I'm not usually a fan of rinse-off cleansers (well, until I got my Riosonicleanse earlier this year) but I must say that this did do a good job at taking my make up off, even stubborn mascara and eyelash glue.  I wouldn't repurchase it as I'm really happy with some of the other cleansers I've been trying out since I got this but I do think that it is a lovely product, particularly for those who prefer a rinse off formula cleanser.

Wen by Chaz Dean Cucumber Aloe Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment- Available from Wen
I reviewed this hair treatment along with a few others from the Cucumber Aloe range here and I stand by my original statement- I wouldn't repurchase this.  Whilst yes, it did smooth the ends of my hair, it just feels so oily and greasy that it isn't worth bothering with, there are much better hair masks out there in my opinion!  Like what I hear you say, well this one here for starters...

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque- Available from Boots and Asda
I first featured this product in my Hair Mask Showdown post so I'd recommend heading on over there for a full on review but in a nutshell, this mask is amazing.  It doesn't add to my oily roots, it smoothes all of hair and deeply nourishes the brittle ends.  It works equally as well on my thin, brittle hair and on my friends thick, dry hair.  I cannot recommend this hair mask enough and have already repurchased 3 when they were on offer in Asda!

No7 Beautiful Skin- Available from Boots
Beautiful Skin is No7's answer to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and it's damn good.  It is a hot cloth cleanser and before I got my Riosonicleanse, I swore by it... I still do, I'm just addicted to using my Riosonicleanse and the Beautiful Skin cleanser works really well with that too.  So to use this as a hot cloth cleanser, I apply it to dampened skin, massage it in, run the muslin under a warm tap, ring it out and hold it over my face before polishing the cleanser off.  This gives instant results and leave my skin looking super smooth and clear.  I absolutely LOVE it and have already repurchased 3 as they were on offer in Boots.

Manuka Doctor Api Nourish Rejuvenating Face Mask- Available from Holland and Barrett
Moving on from hair masks to a face mask that I absolutely love.  The Rejuvenating Face Mask from Manuka Doctor was first featured on my blog a couple of years ago and I've been repurchasing it regularly ever since.  It contains bee venom and you can really feel it working and tightening the skin from the first application, I love it!

What did you think of these products?  Have you used up many products lately?

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12 comments

  1. I so keep meaning to pick up No 7 Beautiful Skin, heard a lot of great things about it!

    xoxo
    Claire does beauty

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    1. Go for it Claire, honestly its brilliant xxx

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    2. Its even better when you wait until you get a £5 off No7 voucher as it only costs £5 then! Bargain and just as good if not better than the Liz Earle version (Smells better too!) x

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    3. Haha I completely agree! xxx

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  2. I have not tried any of these products but I like the sound of the face mask, slightly freaky that it contains venom but I love the feel of something really working on my skin. Isn't seeing an empty product just to satisfying, I used to start something and never finish it.

    http://barbiesparkles.blogspot.com

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    1. I thought that when I first got it but it works, yey for bee venom! I love finishing a product, so satisfying!!

      Lxxxx

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  3. face mask sounds awesome! Snow fairy is such a lovely scent, i keep buying LUSH shower gels! just run out of Twilight which is gorgeous!

    Hayley x

    www.onewaytickettogorgeous.blogspot.com

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  4. Snow Fairy sounds so nice! I haven't actually tried it before which is strange as I'm obsessed with Lush! Great post - I love seeing what people use up and will rebuy as it always means the product must be amazing!

    Christina | Passion Obsession

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    1. Honestly Christina, you need to try Snow Fairy!! xxx

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  5. Totally agree with you on Sanctuary's Body Scrub. I bought it once and it did nothing for me. I prefere Soap & Glory scrubs, those you really feel. I have the Avene makeup remover though I prefer Bioderma, which I stock up on when I am in France. ;)

    bisous,
    Natasha

    http://www.bisousnatasha.com/

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    1. Soap and Glory scrubs are great, you're totally right there Natasha. Thanks so much for your comment xxx

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