Empties – February 2017

Hi there! It’s the 1st of the month – so it’s time for last month’s empties. In February I threw out a konjac sponge and a nail buffer, and I used several face masks. I didn’t keep the beaten-up beauty tools or the empty face mask sachets – this kind of stuff gets thrown in the bin right away. Now, let’s get to the ‘real’ empties!
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1 Laura Biagiotti Venezia – I can’t believe it’s gone! Venezia is one of the most gorgeous fragrances from the 90s. It’s strong, powerful, warm, sensual and multi-dimensional. I’m sad I can’t repurchase it, but I’m glad that it didn’t turn whilst it’s been sitting in my stash for all those years. To sum it up – I’m happy that I had the chance to enjoy this fragrance!

2 Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray – this body spray smells exactly like the one and only Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Butter. So yes, this body spray smells wonderful! I’ll review this one properly – very soon! Oh, and I have two back-up bottles – another small 70ml bottle and a full-size 150ml bottle.

3 Dolly’s Mixtures Peach Melba ‘Just Peachy’ Body Mist – a decent body mist. Nothing special though. I won’t repurchase it, but if you like the scent of peaches and peach skin, give this one a try.
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4 Boots Extracts Olive Body Butter – one of my favourite Boots Extracts body butters. Unfortunately this body butter has been discontinued. But I have a few tubs left! 🙂

5 Superdrug Tea Tree Skin Care Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash – a decent face wash. I really liked it in the beginning but I grew tired of it because it took me ages to finish it. I might repurchase this product in the future. However, I’ve got lots of other face washes to go through, so I won’t be repurchasing this one any time soon.
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6 Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Conditioner – this conditioner is the best thing ever! If you’ve never used the original Herbal Essences products, you have no idea what you’ve been missing out on. Buy this conditioner – and the matching shampoo. And buy the pink versions (Herbal Essences Classics Silk N’ Shine) as well. The shampoos are clarifying, and the conditioners give your hair tons of moisture without making your hair feel heavy or greasy. 100% Awesome!

7 Radox Relax Bath Gel – I really like this one. The lavender and waterlily fragrance is wonderful. I’ll buy this bath gel again, no doubt.

8 NSPA Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel – this shower gel has been one of my favourites this winter. It was a limited Christmas edition and I hope that NSPA will relaunch it (together with the one and only NSPA Caramel Fudge shower gel) this autumn. Fingers crossed!
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9 Boots Mediterranean Bergamot Olive & Orange Body Butter – this is a nice body butter. Rich and hydrating – but not sticky. Too bad Boots discontinued their Mediterranean collection. Otherwise I’d probably repurchase this body butter!

10 Max Factor Pan Stik (2) – I almost despaired when I realised that I’ve been using 6 Max Factor Pan Stik foundations at the same time. However, I managed to prioritise the near-empty ones – this means that I finished 2 Pan Stiks this month! The Pan Stik is also my Holy Grail foundation and I would recommend it to everyone with dry skin. I will repurchase this product, no doubt. However, in addition to the other 4 Pan Stiks I’m currently using, I think I have at least 6 unused Pan Stiks in my stash. So I don’t need to buy foundation any time soon.
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11 Radox Mango Mayhem Shower Gel – this is a fantastic shower gel. The mango fragrance is just lovely – it’s almost as good as the Boots Extracts Mango fragrance! Repurchase? Yes!

12 Imperial Leather Effortless Rich Moisturising Body Wash – this one smells great. One of the best shower gels I’ve ever had. Ever! Repurchase? No doubt!

13 Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion – I really liked this body lotion. It’s not the richest formula, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – especially when you’re in a hurry. I will definitely repurchase this body lotion!

This is it for this month. I think I did quite well! I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to finish the Imperial Leather shower gel, but I did it! Success! I hope I’ll be able to finish just as many (or more) products next month. Wish me luck! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Beat The Cold With A Hot Bath – Radox Muscle Therapy, Relax and Eastern Spirit

Hi there! I love my daily shower in the moning, but I also love a hot bath before bed, especially during the winter months. I’m emptying countless bottles of bath gel, cream and soak every winter. And this year I’m trying hard to reduce my bottomless toiletries stash by actually using stuff up and not leaving half-empty bottles around the bath tub.

At the moment I’m using three Radox bath soaks in a rota – Radox Muscle Therapy with black pepper and ginseng, Radox Relax with lavender and water lily, and Radox Eastern Spirit with lotus flower and orange blossom. These three bath soaks are very popular in our household. So let’s have a closer look.
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Radox Muscle Therapy has been one of my husband’s favourite bath soaks for years. He swears by it. Whenever he’s had a rough day or his muscles ache, this is his go-to bath soak. Muscle Therapy doesn’t do much for me – and that’s mainly because I find the black pepper & ginseng fragrance too masculine. But that’s alright. My husband and I agree that Muscle Therapy is a man bath soak! 🙂

Radox Relax is my favourite of the bunch. I love the lavender & waterlily fragrance. It smells warm, feminine, pleasant and very relaxing. I’ll definitely buy it again. This bath soak has been renamed. Its new name is Feel Relaxed.

Radox Eastern Spirit is the creamiest of these three bath soaks. The lotus flower & orange blossom fragrance is wonderfully exotic and feminine. If I close my eyes and breathe in, I sometimes forget that it’s cold and dark outside. A very lovely fragrance! This bath soak has been renamed as well. It’s now called Feel Enchanted.

Radox Muscle Therapy, Feel Relaxed and Feel Enchanted are available as 500 ml for £1.99 each – but they can usually be found for £1 each or slightly less. Feel Relaxed is also available as shower gel, and Feel Enchanted is available as hand wash and shower gel.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde