Empties – May 2016

Hi there! Last month’s empties post was really fun, so I collected this month’s empty stuff too. Now here’s what I used up in May 2016.

1 (no photo) 3 Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Masks & 3 Superdrug Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Masks – I really love these face masks and I’ll repurchase them again. Sorry, there’s no photo but I didn’t want to keep the empty (and sticky) sachets.
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2 Herbal Essences Shimmering Colour Conditioner – this stuff is amazing! I rejoiced when Herbal Essences reintroduced two of their Rainforest Flowers shampoo and conditioner combos in 2013. Unfortunately these products were discontinued again. 😦 I don’t know why – the products are excellent! I have a few more back-up bottles and I’ll do a proper review soon. 🙂 In the meantime, check out my post about the Herbal Essences Classics products – if you’ve never tried them, you really should do it now because they’re the best shampoos and conditioners out there!

3 Classics Nail Polish Remover – I’ve been buying this nail polish remover for years. It’s effective. It doesn’t dry out my nails. It’s cheap (£1 for 400ml). It’s simply great! And this product is made by a UK-based company and it’s not tested on animals. Repurchase? Absolutely!

4 Superdrug Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Body Lotion – a really nice body lotion that smells lovely and moisturises my skin nicely. Good quality, good price. Repurchase? Yes!
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5 Olay Total Effects Radiance Enhancing Cream Wash – an amazing face wash! It exfoliates gently – but at the same time it’s creamy. It’s brilliant for dry skin! Too bad this product has been dicontinued.

6 L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner – one of the best conditioners out there, second only to Herbal Essences’ Classics conditioners. Repurchase? Yes! (In case you’re wondering what happened to the shampoo – as soon as I’ve used up a conditioner, my husband will finish the matching shampoo.)

7 Palmolive Oriental Beauty Sophisticated – a really nice shower gel, refreshing and not too harsh on dry skin. And it smells like a mix of tea and flowers. Nice! The product has been discontinued, so I can’t repurchase it. If it were still available, I’d buy it again.
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8 L’Eau Par Kenzo Ice Pour Femme (50ml) – a fresh summer fragrance (which I’ll review properly in a few days). This one was a limited edition from a few years ago. But I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still available – because it no longer tickles my fancy.

9 Kirstie Allsopp Lansdowne Rose Shower Gel – a gentle and pleasant rose-scented shower gel. Perfect in combination with Flower Pharm’s Wild Rose body butter. If it weren’t discontinued, I’d probably buy it again.

10 Yung Haircare Deep Conditioner – this one’s a cheap product from a German drugstore. I bought it years ago (!) but left it untouched until a few months ago. It’s an okayish deep conditioner, nothing special. I wouldn’t repurchase it.
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11 Black eyeliner pencil – not sure which brand this is, but I liked this eyeliner pencil. Good quality. Comparable to Essence.

12 Superdrug Animal Mad Lip Balm – I used up one of these last month – and I’ve now used up another one. This lip balm was part of a limited edition set from last autumn so I can’t repurchase it.

13 Thierry Mugler Alien EDP sample – I love Thierry Mugler’s Alien. I’ve got a full size Alien EDP, but whenever there’s an Alien sample in a glossy mag, I’ll use it! Awesome stuff!

14 Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum – I have no idea how old the bottle was when I finally opened it. I used this serum a few years ago when it was introduced. But I never opened the second bottle – until a few months ago. I’ve now been using this serum on and off – and I actually still like it a lot. I’ll give the current version of the product a try and then I’ll report back. 🙂

15 Naturtint Shampoo & Naturtint Nutrideep Multiplier Protective Cream samples – I didn’t like these products. I’d probably use the shampoo if nothing else was available. But I wouldn’t use the protective cream again if you paid me. My last post explains it all…

16 NSPA Raspberry Body Butter – a rich body butter with the pleasant scent of juicy raspberries. I think this body butter smells a lot more natural than some of the considerably more expensive raspberry-scented body butters out there. And it’s only £3. Repurchase? Most likely – as soon as I crave raspberries again.

So this is what I emptied / used up in May 2016. I really enjoyed writing this post – so I’ll definitely make monthly empties a permanent feature. 🙂 Oh, and I’m really proud of myself for using up an eyeliner pencil before losing it. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! I hope June 2016 will be an awesome month for all of us.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Mask

Superdrug Fruit Sorbet Face MaskHi there! I bought a bunch of face masks a while ago. But I never touched them – until now. 🙂

So, I’ve now finally tried Superdrug’s Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Mask.

Out of the sachet this mask is very runny. I tried to keep the goo away from my eyebrows (with peel-of masks you never know what else comes off) but it didn’t really work.

So I let the goo settle for a minute and then I wiped the excess product off my eyebrows. That did work.

For the first couple of minutes the mask felt pleasantly cool and refreshing. But this sensation went as the mask dried.

Superdrug recommends to leave the mask on for 10 – 20 minutes or until the mask has dried. I left it on until it was completely dry – which was about 25 minutes. It was easy to peel the mask off. A few bits remained on my skin, but it was just as easy to remove these leftover bits with warm water.

I think this mask left my face feeling softer than it usually is. However, I didn’t really notice any other improvement. On the back of the sachet it says the mask lifts away dead skin cells and impurities. Whilst I’m not saying the mask didn’t do that, I certainly didn’t see or feel a difference in this regard.

I’ve got a few more sachets and I’ll try to use the mask on a weekly basis. But I doubt that a mask as gentle as this one would make much of a difference. However, if my skin looks much better in a month or so, I’ll definitely report back.

Would I recommend this face mask? Yes and no. If you want a powerful mask that helps with skin impurities, keep looking because this isn’t it – and you’re probably better off with a mud mask anyway. But if you want a gentle and refreshing face mask that softens your skin and makes you feel pampered, this inexpensive mask is definitely worth a try.

Superdrug’s Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Mask is usually 99p in store – but for some reason it’s only 49p on Superdrug’s web site. In addition, Superdrug runs 3 for 2 promotions on face masks very frequently, so you can get yourself 3 sachets of this face mask for under £1! Fingers crossed they won’t increase the price! 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde