January Empties

I missed my regular empties post in December as due to being ill I’d hardly used up anything (I must have spent 50% of the month makeup-free, much to my horror). Fast forward one month and I’m getting back into my pre-sickness blogging routine of taking photos and planning posts, so I thought I’d reintroduce my empties post; where I rummage around in my bathroom bin to give you the lowdown on what I’ve been using and more importantly my verdict on each product!


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (RRP £4.50)
Having oily skin I’ve always had the knee-jerk reaction of steering clear of any products containing oil, but more recently I’ve learnt the error of my ways and now I love all sorts of oil based products. DHC is the first cleansing oil I’ve ever used and I was actually pleasantly surprised; the oil removed makeup effortlessly, even stubborn waterproof mascara, and rinsed clean leaving no greasy residue. I’d definitely repurchase this!

Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser (RRP £4.99)
Good Things is a reasonably priced, good quality skincare brand and this cleanser was particularly effective. Being free-from nasties such as parabens it’s a great brand to introduce teenagers to as it’s gentle and kind to skin – not overly drying or harsh like some cleansers for spot-prone skin can be. I reviewed this cleanser and a couple of other products from the range last year.

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It (RRP £9)
This scrub is ok and definitely leaves the skin feeling clean, but the fragrance is a little strong and artificial for my liking. It has a minty aroma and feels cooling so is good for using on mornings when you’re feeling sluggish, but it’s not a product I’d rush out to buy again.

Skin Repair All Over Me (RRP £24.99)
This isn’t one of my use-ups but instead is a product I used on my daughter. Her skin is prone to dryness and this cream was really effective, if a little pricy. My full review is here.

Botanics Bath & Massage Oil
I used this as a base oil to combine with essential oils whenever I wanted to create my own blend for the bath. There isn’t anything really exciting to add about this unfragranced base oil except that it left a comfortable veil of moisture on the skin after bathing.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (RRP £23)
I didn’t really get on with the wand on this mascara, which is the traditional Christmas Tree shape, but once on it really accentuated my lashes, giving them volume and definition. I probably wouldn’t buy this again as it’s fairly pricy and there are other mascaras I rate more.

Weleda Skin Food (RRP £7.95)
Skin Food is one of my skincare saviours and a product i’ll always have in my beauty stash. It works wonders on dry elbows and knees, and is also suitable for my daughter’s sensitive skin. I love its herby scent and of course the fact that it’s completely natural.

Have you used any of these products before? If so do you agree with my verdict?

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8 thoughts on “January Empties

  1. Natalie says:

    I have used the Soap and Glory one, and it has been sat in my bathroom cabinet for over a year – partly because I forget it’s there and partly because I am not that bothered by it I think! xxx

    • Helen says:

      Mine’s an old one too, I’d use it then put it back in the cupboard. In fact I think they revamped the packaging last year and the new one looks completely different!

      • Natalie says:

        Really?! Well my packaging is even different to yours, so maybe I have had it a couple of years?! Oops?!
        It’s got to be time to bin in for hygiene reasons?! xxx

      • Helen says:

        Yeah, the packaging for their skincare is white with turquoise writing and quite minimalist now. Mine’s old TBH too! I’m sure it was from a set a couple of Christmas’s ago!

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