Empties – April 2016

Hi there! I haven’t done any posts about emptied products before. But every time I read my fellow bloggers’ posts about emptied products, I’m thinking I should do such posts too! And as someone who’s guilty of hoarding beauty products and toiletries, I’m sure that looking at the products I emptied every month will make me feel like I’ve accomplished something. 🙂 So, here’s what I emptied this month!
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1 Palmolive Pampering Touch with Coconut and Moisturising Milk – what a lovely shower cream! This one’s been a shower staple for years. I love the creamy and gentle formula and the gorgeous fragrance. Yes, I will definitely repurchase this one.

2 Positively Fruity Smells Like Tropical Showers Body Wash – a nice body wash. It smells sweet, sunny and tropical and the formula isn’t drying at all. I think this is a good product and I might buy it again.

3 Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Conditioner with Mulberry Extract – an OK conditioner for my hair type (long, thick, curly). But I’d recommend it to ladies with fine and straight hair. I’ve got about 25% of the matching shampoo left in the bottle. As almost always, whenever I finish a conditioner, my husband will finish the matching shampoo and I move on to another shampoo and conditioner combo. 🙂 Anyway… repurchase? Don’t know. Maybe.
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4 Colgate Kids Toothpaste 0-3 Years – I bought this toothpaste because it looked cute. I know kids toothpaste doesn’t have much fluoride, so it doesn’t replace an adult toothpaste. But I really liked using this toothpaste every time I wanted to give my teeth a quick brush in between (during the day, after work, etc…). I think I’ll repurchase this toothpaste again because it tastes yummy and it’s fun!

5 Colgate Max White One Optic – I tried this relatively new toothpaste for the first time and I really like it. It keeps my teeth clean and it tastes quite good! I’ll definitely buy this toothpaste again!

6 Boots Extracts Festive Spiced Apple Body Scrub – the matching shower gel and body butter are long gone. But I only just emptied this scrub. I found the body scrub too gentle for my liking. I prefer a more powerful scrub for my body. And now, a month after Easter, I’ve really had it with the christmassy apple-cinnamon fragrance. I’m glad this product is finally gone. I wouldn’t repurchase it for myself.

7 Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm – one of the hand creams I’ve been using on and off over the past few months. It’s an OK hand cream, but I had to keep using it all the time. And I grew tired of its weird scent quickly. Repurchase? No. There are much better hand creams out there.

8 Superdrug Animal Mad Lip Balm – a great lip balm! I like the soft and rich texture and the pleasant and subtle berry flavour. I have three more lip balms from this set, so I don’t need to stock up. But if Superdrug does a similar lip balm set again this autumn or winter, I’ll probably buy it.

9 Boots Botanics Hydrating Serum Capsules – good stuff! Too bad these capsules have been discontinued. If they were still available, I’d repurchase them in an instant.

10 Max Factor Pan Stik 25 Fair – this is THE ONE foundation for me. Full coverage, very affordable, makes my dry skin look dewy… what’s not to love? I’ll keep buying this foundation for as long as its made!

So, this was my first empties post. Looking at the stuff I’ve used up, I feel a bit proud of myself. 🙂 Now I have to tackle the countless eyeliner pencils which are almost used up – but just almost.

I don’t know if I will include toothpastes and things like that in the future, but this time I really wanted to tell everyone that I love kids toothpaste and I wanted to tell you about Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste (just in case you might be interested).

Have you tried any of these products? Feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for stopping by.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream and Hand Rescue Balm

Hi there! I spotted these relatively new hand creams at my local Superdrug store. They were 99p each (they’re usually £1.49 each), and they went straight in my basket! 🙂 I’ve been using these quite a lot over the past few weeks. And now meet Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream and Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm.
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Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream is a decent hand cream. It moisturises my hands nicely and it makes my skin feel softer and more elastic. However, this ‘effect’ is only superficial and I need to keep moisturising, otherwise my hands will return to their very dry state in under a day.

Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm is decent as well. I didn’t think it would be – because when I used it for the first time, it didn’t feel as rich as most other hand creams. But I noticed the difference this hand cream made after washing my hands for a few times. I’m not sure how it works, but it feels like it’s doing something from underneath the skin surface. But just like the other hand cream, I need to keep using it a few times each day for maintenance, otherwise it’s game over again for my hands.

In summary, these hand creams are quite alright. But they’re not very special. They can’t compete with Dove’s lovely hand cream, or with Baylis & Harding’s wonderful hand lotion. I think I should also mention that Superdrug’s hand creams don’t smell that great. They don’t stink, but their scent is quite plasticky.

The good stuff: Just like the other Superdrug beauty products, these hand creams carry the Leaping Bunny logo. They’re cruelty-free and suitable for vegans!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde