July Empties

Another month has passed and I am ever closer to popping out my first child. This means another round-up of empty products and trying not to spend spare money on beauty products I don’t need. July has seen me use up 9 products and the strict no spending on beauty products is going well. The only thing the restriction on spending doesn’t include is foundation/concealer as I really can’t do without this.

Haircare

This month I only used up 1 hair product; Dermalogica’s daily conditioning rinse. Does anyone ever find they use up the conditioner way quicker than the coordinating shampoo? This conditioner is great but long-term, I don’t think it will be a product I will purchase again. I have a really sensitive scalp and although this product was gentle, it didn’t really deal with the problem as well as other conditioners I have used.

Face

I’ve loved the Body Shop’s Tea Tree products since trying them a couple of years ago and purchased this cool and creamy face when my skin was at its worst. They no longer sell this particular product however the rest of their range is fantastic and I’ve found all the facial wash products have helped in the same way. This is always going to stay on my re-purchase list.

When it comes to toner, I’ve finished up my Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Toner which has been a godsend. This product massively helped me calm my skin on the run up to my wedding this year and with uber hormonal pregnant skin, it still helps to calm my skin now. A definite recommendation if you’re looking for a new toner.

I’ve also finished up my Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask which I received as part of the full Proactiv 3 step system. This mask is great and when washed off, provides a gentle scrub to the skin to remove any dead skin or bacteria. I own a shed load of masks so I won’t be repurchasing this one in the close future but I would definitely use it again in future.

Body

Firstly I used up a couple of Happy Jackson products that I received as part of a Christmas gift. These are fab and I absolutely love their body care but unfortunately I have no idea where they were bought from so am struggling to re-purchase. If anyone has seen them, please leave me a comment as I’m desperate to re-buy.

I also used up my huge tub of Sugar Crush Body buttercream from Soap & Glory. This range is one of my favourites from this brand as I love the scent. This buttercream is fab and has been a saviour at looking after my skin during pregnancy.

I also had a sample tub of Sleepy by Lush from a recent blog event and it has been one of my absolutely favourite offerings from them so far. It was great for helping me to relax before bed and trying to get a better night’s sleep. The scent of this body lotion is especially soothing and calming which is perfect now I’m in my last trimester.

Lastly I used up my bottle of The Body Shop frosted plum body wash which is part of their Christmas range. I like this product but prefer the glazed apple which smells amazing.

Stay tuned for my next edition of Empties in August when I will try to tackle even more of my hoard of products before the arrival of Baby Moore.

Laura x

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June Empties

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been trying to use up all my products at home before spending any unnecessary money on myself whilst we save for Baby Moore’s arrival in October. We may only be 19 days into the month but I have used up a whopping 10 products this month and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.

First up… Hair:

I used up a firm favourite of mine which is Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, it’s that much of a favourite there’s another 2 bottles in the cupboard! I love this product as it always re-hydrates my hair when it’s feeling a little dry/frazzled.

Next up… Facial care:

I finished a couple of travel size products from Dermalogica; the special cleansing gel and the multi-active toner. I used these products on the run up to my wedding and they contributed a lot to my clearer skin on the big day. I will definitely be re-purchasing these products once I’ve bought everything I need for baby as they work wonders for my sensitive, spot-prone skin.

I also used up the Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian facial concentrate which has again helped my hormonal skin over recent months. I used to steer clear of oils on my face because I was always under the impression I had greasy skin. Now I’m older and wiser to skin care I appreciate that my skin needs moisture more than anything and oil based products like this are fantastic at giving you that result.

Now onto Body Care:

I used up a gigantic tub of SBC Rose and Argan Oil Body Butter which smells absolutely incredible. Trying to look after my body with limited funds has been a worry of mine but this product lasted me a decent amount of time for the size of the tub on offer. It really leaves the skin soft and supple but with a gorgeous floral smell that lingers afterwards. I have another tub of the aloe vera body butter in the cupboard ready to use as I love this brand so much.

I also started looking after my body with body scrubs more in the second trimester and the Evolve Tropical Blossom Body Polish has been a winner for me. This scrub looks like sugar in the jar and just require rubbing into the skin. You then add water to turn it into a milky texture and rub any remainder into the skin. I love that it’s not too harsh and melts away almost when water is added. I also used up a little jar of Tropical Blossom Body Butter which absorbs into the skin quite well and has a sorbet style feel to it. I don’t think I would buy this again as it felt a little oily on the skin after and as though it hadn’t fully absorbed.

I also used up my favourite roll-on deodorant Nivea Invisible Black & White. I always have a stock of these in the cupboard as spray on deodorants have given me problems in the past. I love how gentle this is on my skin and the fact that it never leaves marks on my clothing is another plus. I also finished off Dirty Works Coconut body wash which smells and feels incredible. As far as coconut scented products go, this is one of my absolute favourites as it has a gorgeous sweet scent to it.

Lastly I used up Soap & Glory Girligo Body Mist. I used this as another moisturiser in effect as it has a great smell and if I’m really honest; I needed to use it up. As a moisturiser it doesn’t leave my skin feeling hydrated for long but as a mist for quick spritz, it has a lovely smell and does have the desired short-term effect.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first in a long time of full empties posts on the blog. I love getting back to some of my roots and this was always a post I loved doing when I was well into my beauty writing. I will be sharing some more pregnancy specific posts soon so please keep your eyes peeled.

Laura x

 

 

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Lush York Re-opening

Last week I had the privilege of attending my first ever Lush event at the York re-opening. The store had been closed for a little while to have a bit of a refurbishment and was sharing its new look store with some lucky folks the day before the grand re-opening to the public.

Having never attended a Lush event, I was a bit unsure of what to expect, and also having never tried many of their products in the past, I really didn’t know a huge amount about the brand either.

The lovely team welcomed us in and offered us food and drink before we got started. We were then introduced to each of the team and found out a little about how long they’d worked for the company and what they would be demonstrating that evening.

Photo-opportunities came next and cue 10 or so bloggers armed with camera ready to snap all the pretty Lush products all displayed in the new store setting. Think lots of people bent in funny angles if you aren’t quite sure what to picture in your mind.

We were then given demonstrations of the newest products that Lush were offering including Sleepy Body Lotion, Olive Tree Gourmet Soap, Ro’s Argan Gourmet Soap, Yellow Submarine and Metamorphosis.

Cue more picture-taking of course after this and the chance to browse around the store getting help from the various staff members and asking lots of questions. I found myself drawn to the fresh face masks and got deep into a conversation about what would be the best one for my pregnant hormonal skin. I settled on the Love Lettuce after it was recommended and after using it once already, I am thoroughly pleased with my choice.

Before leaving and making my purchase, we were gifted with a lovely goody bag featuring some of the products we had been shown that evening. I was pleasantly surprised by how much was in there and cannot wait to test out the bathbombs for myself at home.

A huge thank you to the staff at Lush who made the whole experience great and I definitely think I will be shopping there a lot more in future.

Laura x

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