Empties – July 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I finished last month. I used a few single-use face masks. Whilst I don’t keep the empty sachets, you can read about my latest face mask finds here. Now onto the ‘big’ empties! 🙂

1 Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum – this is a great serum. Since it contains AHA and BHA it doesn’t smell great, but this serum gives real results. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued, but I have one more back-up bottle.

2 Superdrug B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz – I love this product! I will continue to buy it for as long as it’s made. Awesome stuff!

3 Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume Roll-On – this fragrance is nice. It says coconut nectar, but it’s more like a heavy vanilla with lots of honey and a drop of coconut milk. I won’t buy it again because I don’t love the fragrance.

4 I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer – this body spritzer was a nice surprise. The fragrance is sunny and summery – and it’s very well done. Definitely a lot better than all those £15 celebrity fragrances. I have 1 back-up bottle!

5 Boots Botanics Skin Brightening Deep Clean Gel – this is a wonderful face wash (and I have a back-up). I’d love to buy this product again and again, but, unfortunately, it’s been discontinued.

6 I Love… Tropical Paradise Nourishing Body Butter – this body butter was really nice. Very nourishing, but not sticky. Great for summer! I would buy this body butter again, but it appears that Tropial Paradise was a limited edition that sold out quickly.

7 L’Oréal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Crystal Sparkling Conditioner – this is an average conditioner. However, I might buy it again one more time because I’d like to test if the Nutri-Gloss Luminizer shampoo would be a better prep for this conditioner.

8 I Love… Tropical Paradise Bath & Shower Crème – this is a nice shower gel with a pleasant exotic fragrance. I would buy it again. However, it appears that this limited edition product is gone for good!

9 Nail Polish Remover – quite effective and not too stinky, and dirt cheap (£1 for 400ml)! Yes, I have a back-up.

10 Astor Fashion Studio 221 Cabaret – this was an ugly pearly-white polish with a frosty finish. I used it as a base coat. Repurchase? Nope!

11 Rimmel Lycra Pro 421 Clearly Clear – one of my favourite clear polishes. Great as a base coat or as a top coat. I have several bottles in various states of empty. 🙂

12 MUA Top Clear Coat – yes, its name is Top Clear Coat! This is a reasonable top coat. And I have a few back-up bottles.

13 The Healing Garden JasmineSensations – this is a super sweet jasmine and bubble gum fragrance. Gorgeous! I have a few 15ml bottles!

14 Leafy & Lovely Summer Meadow Hand Lotion – a very nice hand cream! It also looks super fancy but it was £1 only. This hand cream has been repackaged – and I have one more tube in my stash!

15 Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub – a reasonable scrub. Effective, but not harsh at all. I’ve been using this scrub every Saturday for 10 months, and it’s finally finished! Whilst I would recommend this scrub, I won’t buy it again because I have countless scrubs in my stash.

16 Garnier Moisture + Protect Daily Protective Moisturiser – this is a good moisturiser. However, I don’t like the fragrance at all, so I wouldn’t buy it again.

This is what I emptied last month. I’m glad I managed to finish another big 500ml shower gel and lots of smaller items! Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for reading. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – September 2016

Hi there! It’s a new month (Can you believe it’s October already?), so let’s look at the products I used up last month! As always, I’ve used several face masks (Yay!) which means I’m getting on top of my stash – and I can buy new face masks later this fall – although not this month. But now, let’s look at what else I’ve used up in September.
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1 Original Source Tropical Pineapple Shower – a decent shower gel that smells like the white Haribo gummy bears. I’ve used it on and off for over a month. I do have a back-up bottle but once that one’s finished too, I wouldn’t repurchase it.

2 Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Wash – a decent face wash which I’ve been using on an off for about a year. I don’t think I’d repurchase it. Whilst it was nice while it lasted, it’s simply not a favourite.

3 Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Conditioner With Ginseng Extract – a good conditioner that detangled my hair without problems. Of all the Harmony conditioners this is the best one. In addition, this conditioner smells amazing! I will buy it (and the shampoo) again! If you’re wondering what happened to the shampoo, I’ve passed it on to my husband who always uses up my shampoos once I’ve emptied the matching conditioners.
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4 Garnier Ultimate Blends The Shine Revitaliser Conditioner – I’m pretty sure this is the best Garnier conditioner I’ve ever had. The Garnier shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried in the past made my hair go greasy within about 12 hours after washing, but this one didn’t. I was also pleased with how nicely this conditioner detangled my hair. And whilst the fragrance isn’t my favourite (it’s not bad, but it’s just OK), I’ll buy this shampoo and conditioner combo again.

5 Original Source Mango & Macadamia Shower – a gorgeous shower gel that’s exclusive to Poland. I used it on and off for over a month. I love the sweet and delicious fragrance. If only Original Source would permanently replace the sickly sweet mango shower gel with this one… In the meantime, I’m glad I have a back-up bottle! 🙂

6 Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub – a very nice, gentle and creamy (!) face scrub that’s perfectly suitable for dry and sensitive skin. This product lasted me for over a year! This scrub has been discontinued, so I can’t repurchase it, but I have two back-up bottles!
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7 Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter (73ml travel size) – this is one of the few Pacifica products I didn’t like at all (the smell is very unpleasant). But since I always try not to be wasteful, I used this product as a foot cream. It did an OK job, but compared to other body butters I’ve tried, this one is considerably less moisturising. And it’s actually not even a body butter, but more of a lotion.

8 Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Body Lotion (30ml travel size) – a decent body lotion. Ages ago. I got it as a sample to figure out whether to buy the fragrance. I’ve used up the body lotion now, and I can safely say it made me fall out of love with the fragrance.

9 The Healing Garden JasmineSensations (15ml) – the sweetest and most delightful jasmine fragrance I’ve ever come across. It’s all sweet, innocent jasmine and bubble gum. It’s delicious. The bottle was near empty (5ml left?) when I started to use it again this month. Ages ago, I found this fragrance at one of those bargain basement stores (I think the store name might actually be Bargain Basement or something like that), and I’ve never seen it anywhere else before or after, so I assume I’ll never be able to buy it again. BUT I have several back-up bottles!

10 Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter (50ml travel size) – the best and most delicious mango body butter out there. Forget the more expensive one from you know where. 😉 Get this one from Boots. It mops the floor with its competitors. I will, without doubt, repurchase it.

11 Boots Extracts Mango Shower Gel (75ml travel size) – it smells just as amazing as the body butter, it lathers up nicely, and it’s not drying at all. Yes, I’ll repurchase it.

12 The Red Forest Moonlight Raspberry Bath Salts (50g, single use) – Ages ago, I got these bath salts as part of a small limited edition gift set from the 99p Store (R.I.P. 99p Stores!). I think these bath salts are actually decent. And the rose & raspberry fragrance is pleasant.
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13 Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada ‘Don’t Be Shy’ Shower Gel – a decent shower gel that smells mainly of pineapple with a hint of coconut. I do like it, but it’s not a favourite, so I don’t know if I’ll repurchase it.

14 Classics Nail Polish Remover – my favourite nail polish remover. Not tested on animals, made in the EU. What’s not to love? For as long as this nail polish remover is made, I’ll keep buying it.

15 Superdrug Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15 For Normal Skin – a decent SPF face cream that moisturises well. However, I’m not in love with the fragrance (the next person might love it), so I won’t repurchase this cream. Saying this, if you’re on a budget and if you’re looking for a nice moisturiser with SPF, I would definitely recommend it.

16 I Love… Strawberries & Cream Body Butter – if you love strawberry-scented toiletries, I’d definitely recommend this one because I Love…’s Strawberries & Cream collection is the most natural smelling strawberry-scented product line out there. Personally, I found the fragrance overwhelming, so I used this body butter as a foot butter – with great results. But I wouldn’t repurchase the product.

So this is it for this month! I finished several travel-sized products, I managed to finish a face cream and I emptied a seemingly bottomless face wash. Success! What have you used up this month? Have you used any of the products I used? If so, please let me know in the comments.

And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde