This year is flying by, and even though it barely seems five minutes since my last empties post it’s time for another!
Firstly I’ll get the product disappointments out of the way. The Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner really did nothing for me. My full review is here, but to summarise if I spend £32 on a shampoo and conditioner I really expect to be wowed. I wasn’t. The next ‘meh’ product is the Avon Naturals Body Whip. Whilst I liked the light ‘whipped’ texture of this body butter, the scent was very strong and artificial. There are no ingredients anywhere on the packaging and even a Google search threw up no positive results, but I suspect this product really isn’t as natural as the name implys. Now I have no qualms using products that aren’t completely natural, but I hate products that use the term ‘natural’ to masquerade as something they aren’t.
Moving on to the products I enjoyed using and first we have Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray, which gives hair an invisible, natural looking and long-lasting hold, brushing out easily at the end of the day. Next is the Abahna White Grapefruit & May Chang Bath and Shower Gel, with its gentle, uplifting scent. This bath gel utilises natural coconut based agents to cleanse the skin without leaving it dry and irritated and is free from SLS, parabens and synthetic colours.
I also have some favourites which make a regular appearance in my beauty routine, including the gentle, 98% natural Yes To… Cucumber Wipes, Liz Earle’s classic Cleanse and Polish, and Clinique Sparkle Skin Exfoliating Body Wash, which cleanses and exfoliates, leaving skin feeling silky smooth.
Another couple of use-ups that, despite not strictly speaking being ‘beauty’ products, are worth a mention are Cocowhite Oil Pulling Sachets, which I’ll be reviewing in full shortly, and the It Really Works Vitamins that I reviewed here. I fully believe that beauty is more than what you put on your skin, so i’m always keen to try supplements or products that work from the inside out to build healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails.
In August I also embarked on a sample challenge, with the aim of using up as many of my sample sachets as possible and sharing a mini review on my Instagram and Facebook page. It was a really good way of using up some of the many samples I’ve accumulated!
If you’ve used any of these products I’d love to hear what you thought of them, so feel free to leave a comment!