Friday 26 April 2013

Empties #2

Since starting my blog I have used up so many products. I cant decide if I used this amount before, and just did not realise as they went straight into the bin? Or am I using more??? I don't know, but hence due to the amount I have gathered this month I thought I'd share them now, before the post gets too long.

Korres Fig Shower Gel
Fig is another fave scent of mine, I love the Figs and Leaves soap from Lush as well. I really like this shower gel, its moisturising and soothing to my skin. I must add I am very disappointed to hear Korres use SLS???? I cant understnad why, they have a huge list of what they don't use on the ingredients. Surely you would think SLS would not be added to a natural product.

Dr Organic Rose Otto Body Wash
I really enjoyed using this body wash, I love rose scented items. The formula is thicker than most natural products and due to this I found this lasted longer. I recently took Holland and Barrett up on their offer, It was buy one get one half price, and I am glad I did.

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash
I received this a long time ago in a beauty box, somehow it got forgotten about. I dug it back out and fell in love!!! Its so nice, again to me it smells amazing.

Lush Snow Fairy
I must add this is not mine, its not my scent of choice. I know this may be a controversial comment as I know its a blogger cult product. I brought this for my son, he loves the scent, and owns soaps, balms and all sort in the scent.

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Body Wash
This formula was thinner than the rose scented version, I couldn't decide if I liked this scent? Its seemed quite sweet and dare I say sickly?? Its did not irritate my skin so this was a bonus.

Moroccanoil Conditioner
This is my all time holy grail hair care brand, I love it. I have a terrible icthy, dry scalp and this brand has certainly improved it. The formula is not thick, but still very moisturising. I love then scent, its so fresh and I can smell it for hours after my daily hair wash.

Organic Surge Tropical Bergamont Shower Gel
A nice body wash, smells lovely, again was a thicker consistency. I found it lathered up well compared to other natural products.

Rituals Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk
I am not sure if this is classed as natural?? Please tell me. I really enjoyed using this cream, it smells heavenly, the texture was extremely thick and took a while to stink into my skin, I like this after my bath I like to slather myself in a good moisturising product.

Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
I have used this product on and off for many years. My sister used to manage a Clarins counter for over 8 years, so I know the brand well. My skin seems to like this item, I have been suffering lately with my skin as its been breaking out.

Herbal Essence Conditioner
I picked this up from the pound shop, I had read some rave reviews and wanted to try it. It made my scalp itch, so I could not continue with using it. My boys used it up, they did really enjoyed using it. Their hair felt soft after use and smelled fresh and clean.

Sensodyne Repair Toothpaste
I know you are properly thinking what a strange one to add?? But I have seen great results since using this item. I have suffered with sensitive teeth and gums for a long time. My dentist recommended this to try. I was initially shocked at the price, over £4 for a toothpaste!! I can honestly say its the best thing I did, It has totally changed everything, I have no problems now at all. I wont stop using this, never ever!!

Eco Boutique Body Lotion
I received this in a beauty box, it was quite runny but easy to absorb into my skin. It was a small sample so I did not get a full use from it. It smelled fresh and clean, quite an earthy scent if I remember correctly.

Jergens Ultra Healing Cream
I received this as a freebie with a magazine. This is not a brand I have used before, It was very thick, in a silky way if that makes sense?? It smelled nice, I could describe of what, but just nice.

Dr Andrews Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief
As you may well no, I have really been struggling with my skin of late. It is breaking out and well just not behaving like it had previously. I paid a visit to my friend Soraya at my local Origins counter and purchased a few items. This little sample came from a gift set my mum had at home, I have since purchased another from the brand. I absolutely love using the range, it makes my skin feel clean, without feeling tight. Its so refreshing on my skin.

Dead Sea Body Lotion
Another item which came along in a beauty box, It was nice to use, I got a couple of uses out of this tub. It smelled lovely, very moisturising on my skin.

Origins Modern Friction
I have used this product on and off for years, the funny thing is I had been using it wrong!!! It was only when Soraya explained how to use this I realised. I was using it on my wet skin as a normal exfoliate product, in fact you apply to dry skin, rub gently in a circular motion then add water!! Now I have been shown the right way I seeing better results. Love this product.

I have been trying to use up all my deodorants, I am trying to find a good natural version that works. I liked this, it worked for me and smelled lovely, but its not natural. I really want to replace normal deodorants with natural ones. I am concerned with the dangerous ingredient's in normal ingredient's. I have tried one natural brand and believe me it did not work. The search continues..........

Lush Rub Rub Rub
I absolutely love the smell of this item, its a bright blue exfoliating product, it loves a smooth coating on my skin. It contains sea salt so I would not recommend this for your face, but its perfect for your body. It has an amazing effect on my skin, I have already started my next tub.

One of my all time favourite perfumes, I have a couple more of them in my stock!! I carry them around in my bags. They are the perfect size and the bottles are so pretty, I love the flower prints. This pattern is from last year, the new design for this year is more Aztec. I will always have a bottle of this in my collection. I would describe the scent as a floral, Rosy scent.

Benefit Porefessional
This is my primer of choice, I do own the large sized tub, but I am trying to work through all the sample sized ones I have. A good few months ago one of the magazines had free Benefit products free, me being me cleared the shelves!! I worked out the cost of the magazine compared to the product and it made it so cheap, so I stocked up. I suffer with the dreaded lunchtime make up slip, you know when you look in the mirror and think, I'm sure I put make up on this morning?? So where has it gone, Well this helps a little.

Clarins Toning Body Polish
This has been in my draws for a long time, I just never got around to using it. Its has a citrus scent, which is not my favourite of mine. The texture was very oily, felt heavenly on my skin, it really did a good job of removing all the dry skin, it also left a thin layer of oil residue on my skin, I did not need to moisturise afterwards.

Origins Mushroom Serum
This sample is the same as the sachet shown below, when I initially tried this serum I was shocked. It did not look like any other serum, It looks very earthy, a greeny, browny colour that smells really unusual. It took me a while to get used to the smell. I am used to it now, and I am starting to see results. I had been waking up to a lot of spots everyday. Now its just one or two, this still is too many and upsets me, but its a huge improvement.

Origins Mushroom Mask
The first time I tried this mask was at at skin consultation with Soraya, she tailored a mask to meet the needs for my face. Literally using 2-3 different masks for the various concerns of my face. I have never heard of this fabulous technique before, I was continue to use this method its great!!! I love this face mask, its so nice on my skin, its thick and creamy and very soothing to my sore skin.

YSL Manifesto
This scent smells Divine, I am so good at describing the notes embedded, so I have taken them from their website!! Here we are 'a woody floriental scent carrying daring blackcurrant, addictive white flowers and a sensual blend of vanilla and woods'.

Aromatherapy Associates  Revive Morning
What a luxury brand, I savoured every moment lying in my bath. It smelt so uplifting, refreshed my mind. I enjoyed using this, I have a couple more of this size and I own 3 full size oils. I don't use them much as I don't want them to finish!! My skin felt rejuvenated afterwards, I highly recommend you try these bath oils.

Victor and Rolf Flower Bomb
Another perfume sample I am trying to sue up, I have a large glass jar full of perfume samples I am trying to work through. Flower bomb has notes of bergamont, jasmine, orchid, freesia, rose and patchouli and smells soooooo nice.


Clarins  Wonder Perfect Mascara
I enjoyed using up this mascara, it gives a full lash whilst lengthening at the same time. I found it did not transfer to my under eye area, and was easy to remove at the end of the day.

Avon Eyebrow Glimmer Stick
I have been looking for the perfect eyebrow product. I have tried powders and pencils from several brands. This is one of them, I found the colour to be a great match for me. Its a twist up pencil the nib is quite big compared to the Mac offering. I am currently using the Mac one and getting on well, the only complaint is the price and how little product you get. Hence I have stocked up with 4 more Avon pencils. I find the Avon one lasts all day once applied.

Wowza that was a lot of chatting, Sorry it was so big. I would love feedback with regards to some of my questions surrounding the green items or need of them! Thanks for reading.
Jen x


  1. Haha you have certainly used up alot in a month (with the help of your boys). I really need to try the Moroccan oil for my hair, everyone raves about it!


  2. You've got through loads this month! I was reading the back of the Korres shower gel bottles in the bath the other day and was sad to see SLS too. The guava one is one of my favourites too :( x

  3. OOh great post, lots of wonderful products here honey... I love Rituals and Lush Snow Fairy is one of my favourite shower gel xx

  4. In answer to your question about Rituals whilst they do seem to have some nice ingredients they include a lot of synthtic ingredients too, there are worse brands but I am afraid they are definitely doing a touch of greenwashing! You got through lot's of nice products :)xx


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