January and February 2016 Empties

My empties posts have been sidelined recently so before the end of the month I thought I should catch up and do a quick run-down of my January and February use-ups! There is a real mixed bag here with lots of skin and body care, alongside some supplements that I also deem to be essential for a healthy body and skin, so let’s take a look.

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First up is skincare and the Nip + Fab Clean Fix Gel. I use a double cleanse approach in the evening, using either a balm or oil to remove my makeup, then a foaming cleanser to cleanse the skin. This cleanser did a good job of removing any excess oil and residual makeup, although it felt quite basic. Next is a serum I love and was really disappointed when I reached the end; InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum is deeply hydrating and the non greasy texture makes it perfect for oily as well as dry skins.  I definitely saw a difference in my skin after use. Although the packaging isn’t very luxe this product is a real gem and is proof that it’s what’s inside that counts. Another serum I used up is Dominae Facial Serum (full review here). This 100% natural serum also features Hyaluronic Acid but the formula is richer and it has a floral scent which may not be for everyone. Last but not least are a couple of Korean sheets masks from Mask Maven, which now form an essential part of my pamper sessions.

Moving on to body care and my first use up is from one of my favourite natural brands Burts Bees. The Radiance Body Wash is deeply cleansing yet non drying, and has a lovely soothing honey scent. If it wasn’t for the fact I have so many other body washes to use up I’d definitely repurchase this. I like a really effective body scrub and my next use-up, the M Botanicals Balancing Himalayan Salt Scrub, definitely ticks all the boxes; cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating, it’s definitely put this gorgeous all-natural brand on my radar. Another of my pamper night essentials is an indulgent bath oil and Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax is a firm favourite, after trying this sample I quickly bought the full size and it’s  become my go-to after a long day when I need some serious R&R. The last two items are very contrasting body creams; The White Company Hand and Body Lotion is quite lightweight whilst A Passion For Natural Aloe Vera Body Butter is very rich. Both provide great nourishment but my preference would be the Aloe Vera Body Butter because of its ingredients.

Supplements are an essential part of my routine and even though I try to eat healthily I like to think they help boost my diet and provide any minerals or vitamins I may be lacking. The Perfectil vitamins are supposed to support healthier nails and hair but as the sample pack was only a week’s supply I couldn’t really say if they worked. One thing I would say is the advice to only take them with a meal should definitely be heeded; I took one first thing in the morning and within minutes I was retching over the toilet bowl! The next vitamins, Forza Multivitamins For Dieters, are intended to support those following a calorie controlled diet and that may otherwise be missing out on certain vitamins or minerals. They are relatively large capsules but being smooth are easy to swallow. Another interesting supplement I tried was GOLD Liquid Collagen which is said to help boost the skin. A 30 day supply is quite expensive however and I wasn’t sold on the taste either so I won’t be buying these any time soon.

The final product in my empties rundown is the Skin Freyia Foot Peeling. The foot mask which is supposed to accelerate the removal of hardened skin from the feet was a complete miss for me. After hearing other people’s testimonials I had such high hopes and expected dramatic results but the peeling was practically non-existent. Perhaps my feet just weren’t bad enough to begin with but I won’t be buying into the hype again!

So those are my use-ups; some products are definite winners whilst some I’ll leave on the shelves. Are there any of your favourites amongst the products?

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