Monday, 8 February 2016

Monthly Empties: January 2016

We're already a week into February so I thought I'd better get this post published. I was trying to think of an innovative title for this post (everyone uses something like 'month Empties'!) but it turns out there's really no need to over complicate it...

So, here's a run-down of the things I used up in January, and a little review of each.

Beauty products mixed


Benefit Puff Off! Eye Gel (Sample)
Unfortunately, I can't remember where I got this sample of Benefit's latest eye care product, the Puff Off! Eye Gel. However, I can say that I really enjoyed using it. The full size has a metal-tipped (iron shaped!) applicator which helps with the cooling effect of the gel, but the mini didn't have this feature (understandably).


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I don't know if it made a massive difference to the appearance of my under-eye area (I'm quite bad at noticing any difference skincare does or doesn't make), but I did like the way the gel felt on the skin. It was very cooling even without the metal applicator. I would consider buying the full size when I need a new eye cream.

It's available from Benefit for £22.50 (10ml)

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep (Sample)
This sample came in my December Pink Parcel. I've heard many good things about this skin cream and I wasn't disappointed. It was only a very small sample but I got about three or four nights' worth out of it (and I like to really slather on night cream). 


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As mentioned, I'm rubbish at noticing the effects of skincare, however what I can say is that this felt lovely on the skin, sinking in well, and my face did feel hydrated and refreshed the morning after using. I would consider buying the full size in this.

It's available from Feel Unique at £26.50 (50ml)

The Body Shop: 
Red Musk Eau De Parfum (100ml)
Shower Gel: Strawberry (Mini)
Body Butter: Frosted Cranberry (Full Size)
Shower Gel, Body Polish, Shimmer Lotion: Frosted Apple (Minis)

Last week I shared my Body Shop Collection on the blog; throughout January my stash has taken quite a hit as I've been trying to use some of it up to make way for other products I have waiting to be used.


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I won't repeat my thoughts on the products, if you're interested you can read them here.  All available from The Body Shop at various prices.

Sea Sprays:
Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist (Full Size)
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (Mini)

I've had both of these for some time and honestly, I've not fallen massively in love with either. That's not to say they're not good products - both do a really good job of creating beachy, textured waves in my hair. However, I thought both were quite sticky, and they made my hair feel crunchy and stiff. I don't like to overwash my hair but if I use these sprays daily, I have to wash it out more often. I was disappointed, especially as the Bumble and Bumble spray is such a cult product, but I just couldn't get on with these two sprays.


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I'm now on the hunt for an alternative spray which brushes out a little easier. So far, StyleExpertise by Superdrug's offering has been great (reviewed here). I also recently bought another to try, which I'll feature on the blog soon.

Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist is available from Lush for £9.95 (100g)

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is available from Look Fantastic for £22 (125ml) or £9.50 (50ml)


Avon Makeup Setting Spray (Full Size)
I was an Avon rep for a while over a year ago and this was one of the last products I picked up with my commission and discounts. It's lasted absolutely ages. I found it did a really good job of keeping my makeup fresh-looking all day. I'd highly recommend it if you want a more affordable setting spray.


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I couldn't find a direct link to the spray but you can shop with Avon online here.


That's it for my round-up of January empties. I already have a little bundle of empties waiting to be blogged at the end of February so look out for that one in a few weeks. 

Hope you enjoyed the post, let me know what you think of the items featured and whether you have any recommendations for me to try.

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