Empties – January 2019

Hi there! January 2019 is already over, so it’s time for my January Empties post. Read on if you’d like to know which products I said goodbye to last month and what I’d repurchase. 🙂

1 Elizavecca Gold CF Nest Collagen Jella Pack Mask – this stuff was terrible. Good riddance!

2 Wonder Woman Shower Gel (travel size, x2) – I did enjoy these. I would definitely pick up another Wonder Woman toiletries set in the future.

3 The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream – this is a nice hand cream, but priced at £5 for 30ml it’s too expensive for what it is. I received this hand cream as part of a gift, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself.

4 Nivea Indulging Moisture Cocoa Caring Shower Cream – my husband and I loved this shower cream, so this is a shared empty. I will repurchase it.

5 Imperial Leather Uplifting Raspberry & Pomegranate Shower Gel – this is a nice shower gel that, fortunately, doesn’t smell half as sweet as it sounds. I might buy it again.

6 Patisserie De Bain Sugared Violet Hand & Body Lotion – this is an average body lotion. It’s good for when you’re in a hurry because it absorbs quickly, but it’s not good enough for dry to very dry skin. I won’t repurchase it.

7 NSPA Orient – a lovely and unique fragrance that I enjoyed very much. I’d love to buy it again, but it’s been discontinued.

8 Boots Garden Collection Magnolia Body Wash (travel size, x2) – this is a lovely shower gel. I hope Boots will bring back their Garden Collection at some point because I would love to buy the set again!

9 Skinlab Revitalise & Hydrate Facial Serum – this serum makes my skin glow! I would like to buy it again!
10 Nivea Indulgent Moisture Orange Shower Cream – I love it! I have another bottle or 2 in my stash.

11 Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple & Moringa Oil Body Lotion – this body lotion smelled terrible, so my husband and I used it as a foot lotion – and it actually did a great job. I wouldn’t buy it again, though.

12 Gliss Hair Repair Total Repair Conditioner – this is a lovely conditioner. I will repurchase it (and the matching shampoo), no doubt.

On top of this I’ve used a number of single-use face masks. No, I still don’t keep the empty sachets for the monthly empties post, but if you’re interested in the masks I’ve tried recently, click here to read about my latest face masks finds. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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NSPA Orient

Hi there! Today’s post is about NSPA’s Orient fragrance. I’ve been on the hunt (!) for NSPA’s fragrance collection for almost a year. And just a few days ago – when I least expected it – I found exactly one bottle of NSPA’s Orient at my local Asda. Of course, it went straight in my basket. 🙂

Now let’s look at the fragrance. NSPA’s web site says it contains the following fragrant notes: orchids, amber, silk, lily, vanilla, musk and mandarin oil. So is it any good? If you read on, you’ll find out.
NSPA Orient
I think Orient is a beautiful, elegant and grown-up floriental fragrance. It reminds me of all those classic violet and vanilla perfumes. But Orient is more elegant and modern because – instead of violets – it features sensual aromas of orchids on a warm bed of vanilla, amber and musk. Orient is a very enjoyable interpretation of a classic floriental fragrance. Well done, NSPA!

NSPA Orient is available as 50 ml Eau de Toilette. I got my Orient fragrance for £4, but I think the actual RRP is £8. Either way, this one’s a real bargain!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde