Sunday, 21 April 2013

What I've been using up lately: Empties #3

Sorry it's been a while since my last proper post. I've been feeling under the weather lately and before that I moved flats so it was all a bit hectic!


To get me back into the swing of blogging, I thought I'd write about the next lot of products I've used up. I'm finding it really satisfying using things up as I'm sick of wasting things when I move on to the next new product!

I'll start off with the skincare bits I've used up. First of all, I have used up my all time favourite cleanser, the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. This is one of those pump style hot cloth cleansers, similar to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but it's much, much better! It's pricey at almost £30 per bottle but I've repurchased this several times and every time I go back to it, I notice the difference in my skin straight away. It's a gorgeous, thick cream that you apply to dry skin and massage in for about one minute then remove with a warm, damp cloth. I like to go old school and use a flannel. This feels so luxurious to use and it contains lots of beautiful ingredients such as sweet brazilian orange, lavender, ylang ylang, moringa seed peptide and assai fruit. This cleanser never leaves my skin feeling dry or uncomfortable after use like a lot of other cleansers do. It's absolutely perfect for my dehydrated skin and I'd love to try the new balm cleanser by Elemis as that looks even better!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a really nice cleanser as again it has some great ingredients such as rosemary, chamomile and cocoa butter so you feel like you are putting goodness into your skin. I do enjoy using this cleanser and it also is good for my dehydrated skin but it's just not as moisturising and thick as the Elemis one. This one is less than half the price of the Elemis one though so I guess that's why there's a difference in the quality. I would still recommend this one as it helps keep my skin looking healthy.

Elemis Skin Buff is a facial exfoliator I've had for a while as I forgot about it and just rediscovered it again. I really like this as it contains lots of very fine salt-like particles which do a brilliant job of sloughing away the dead skin on your face. Lovely! It doesn't leave my skin feeling tender or anything and as long as you moisturise afterwards, your skin isn't left too dry. It creates a lovely base to apply moisturiser and makeup on to as the flaky patches are gone and fresh skin is revealed. This is a bit of an expensive one again with it being Elemis but you only need a little bit each time so it lasts months if you're using it once a week or so. 

The Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel was a small version I picked up a while back in a special value set and stopped using due to buying more products but I went back and finished it off recently. The formula of this cleanser is so nice. You rub the gel into dry skin and it massages in like an oil. It feels like you are giving yourself a little facial. When you add water to your face, the product turns into a milk and is easy to remove. You are not left with oily patches! This one isn't good for removing eye makeup as it tends to sting that delicate area but my face feels clean and moisturised after using this. Another great one for dehydrated skin.

I have an array of shower products that I've used up starting with the Soap & Glory Foam Call Body Wash. I got this in a set for Christmas but it normally comes in the pump style applicator which makes it super easy to use in the shower. I've had this fragrance before which is based on the "Fruitigo" scent containing lovelies like orange oil and fig. It's quite nice but I prefer some of their others such as the Sugar Crush one which is sweeter! I love the moisturising effects of these body washes though as they keep your skin lovely and soft. I'll always repurchase these in their varying scents.

Another Soap & Glory product I used up was the Scrub Actually body scrub. I love the scent of this as it's quite tropical due to the mango butter and apricot kernel oil, it's definitely an enjoyable experience to use this. The other thing I really love about this is that it contains brown sugar and white sugar which feels like a thick paste so it does a great job at really exfoliating the body without having to scrub too hard or use too much. The oils and butters in this leave your skin feeling smooth but not greasy. 

The Original Source Chocolate and Mint shower gel was bought purely for it's fragrance. I didn't particularly need a new shower gel as I have quite a stash going but the chocoholic in me couldn't resist. It smells a bit like mint Matchmakers which to me is a good thing! It's not the most rich, lathering shower gel but I liked using it as it made me feel clean and smell good. It's pretty cheap too so its a good little treat.

I used up the Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Creme Body Wash from a set I bought from the Boxing Day sales. This is a rich shower cream with a gorgeous scent that smells like expensive cakes to me! I enjoyed using this as it felt really moisturising on the skin but I wouldn't repurchase this as it's quite expensive at £29.00 for 200ml and it would only last a few weeks!

I featured an Alberto Balsam conditioner in my last empties post and mentioned I would like to try another scent so I picked up the coconut and lychee version. This was just as good as the mandarin and papaya one, it smells nice and does a fab job at hydrating your hair. Another great buy.

I must have had the Lee Stafford Argan Oil Miracle Heat Defence Spray for a few years or so before finally finishing it. I used this before using hair straighteners and sometimes before blow drying my hair. It smells lovely and sprays a nice fine mist into your hair rather than creating damp, sticky patches as some heat protection sprays do! I feel like this does a good job at protecting the hair and I would definitely repurchase it. I have a mini bottle of the original one (without the argan oil) on the go at the moment. My fiance always comments on the nice smell when I use these!

The Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo was a product I lusted after for a while before I gave in and handed over my cash. It is massively raved about in the beauty blogging world and I thought it would be amazing. I have to say, it was a bit of a let down! It's basically a clarifying shampoo to help get rid of product build up from the hair and yes, I would say it does that job but so does other cheaper offerings. My problem was that I expected miracles! I have hair that gets greasy quickly and I have to wash it every day and bloggers were saying they could go longer between washes but it just doesn't work like that for me. I'm now using a Tresemme cleansing shampoo that I bought for a few quid and it's twice the size of this and doing the same job! I would still like to try other Bumble and Bumble products though.

My last product is a perfume, a type of product I don't tend to get to the bottom of quickly as I have so many on the go at once! I got the Lacoste Touch of Pink not last Christmas but the one before and I was really pleased as I used to buy this in my late teens and loved it so it's been good as its a really nice girly, easy to wear scent but it also brings back fond memories.

So that's me done, I can now get rid of another basket worth of empty packaging and continue my mission to use up more products. Hope you enjoyed reading about these products!

What products have you been using up lately? Have you found any holy grail products you must repurchase or alternatively any let downs that you do not recommend at all?


  1. Ooh some really lovely products you've got there xx

  2. I love Foam Call it smells amazing x


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