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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Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil

ABYSSINIAN OIL I here you cry! What on earth could that be? 

Well I’m pleased you asked. Abyssinian Oil is a facial oil from the lovely people over at Beauty Kitchen. In a nutshell, it’s an intensive hydration and age defence treatment for sensitive, oily or dry skin. (Not my words, they are straight from the website.)

If you’ve read my previous posts, then you will have seen my review of another of this brands products, the Refresh Me Star Light Bath Bomb. I absolutely loved that product so I was keen to try out something different from the brand and something new to myself as well. I won’t lie, I would never drift towards a facial oil in the shops but having read reviews from other bloggers in the past, I wanted to give this a proper go and see what it could do for my skin.

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I love that all the products from the Beauty Kitchen are 100% natural, effective and affordable.

I tested this product out over 3 weeks and was a little hesitant at first. I didn’t want to slather it on my face in case it made my skin worse. I decided to use a couple of drops in the palm of my hand and then rubbed it into my skin and neck. I repeated this on a daily basis before bed to allow my skin to breathe in all the goodness through the night. After 3 weeks I have definitely seen a difference in my skin; mainly in the pigmentation marks I had from previous acne scars in the past. This was my biggest concern so it was nice to see some of the marks had faded a little.

Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t expect it to stop new spots appearing and I did suffer from some blemishes over the weeks but I haven’t suffered with any dark marks and I definitely think my spots have cleared up a little quicker. I think long-term this product would be brilliant for my skin as it seems to making improvements already. I have been using it on my arms as well as I’ve suffered with dry patches recently and it’s helped to improve this loads as well.

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This product retails for £19.99 and I think it’s worth every penny. Having never tried any other form of facial oil before, I can’t really compare it to any other products for an honest review. Now that I know my skin reacts well to these oils, I intend to purchase a few others from other brands to see what else I find and really compare them to each other.

Would I buy this again?

Yes I think I would, I think for an all natural product then this is worth the money as it really has left my skin nourished and healthier looking.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first facial oil review and if like me, you suffer from blemishes and bad skin, you may finally feel comfortable to step out and try a product like this for the first time.

Laura x

*this product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, as always my opinions and findings are all my own*

 

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Holland & Barrett ft The Beauty Kitchen

Holland & Barrett is a familiar face on many a high streets nowadays and my local store in York is no exception. I don’t get the chance to venture into the city much now I work in Leeds but the few times I have been recently, I noticed the store was moving. It seemed it wasn’t moving too far, only a mere walk down Coney Street and you could spot the bigger premises they were moving too. I have seen it once since it moved and the new store looks Ah-Ma-Zing! It’s absolutely huge and features different dedicated sections such as The Beauty Kitchen.

The Beauty Kitchen are a company that make 100% natural, 100% effective and 100% affordable beauty products that are stocked in a huge section of the store. They are a company that are based in Glasgow and have branched out into Holland & Barrett stores including Chester & York. They contacted me over a month ago asking me if I would like to try out some of their wonderful natural products and I absolutely said yes. I decided to try out the Refresh Me Star Light bath bomb, the Abyssinian Oil Aroma facial concentrate and the Refresh Me Minty Wonder Balm.

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Rather than trying to put all of these products into one huge review and do them all justice, I thought I would feature one at a time and make the review worth your eyes. First up is the Refresh Me Star Light Bath Bomb, and energizing minty blend to make you feel you can reach for the stars.

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First things first, the smell, which was incredible. I love a minty scent and this was one subtle enough that it didn’t overpower your nose, but left your bath smelling lovely and made me relaxed. I love bath bombs and was eager to test this out and was not disappointed at all. On the scent alone, I would want to buy this again in future.

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Next up, the colour. It left my bath with a gorgeous soft blue colour and didn’t stain the bath at all, which I was a bit nervous about. I had a bath bomb at Christmas which left my bath a hideous green colour and took days to scrub away so I was left with a bit of worry about using coloured bath bombs. I am glad to report that I needn’t have worried at all with this one.

I felt super relaxed in the bath using this and enjoyed the smells and how soft it left my skin after. The bath bomb costs a bargain £4.49 and is huge in size making it worth every penny in my opinion. On the website there is 11 different bath bombs which all vary in colour, scent and purpose. I intend to get myself some more soon but am using up some other bath products at the moment which are taking over my life.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks for the reviews of the other products and leave me a comment if you’ve tried any of their other products you feel I should try out.

Laura x

*these products were sent to me to review but as always, my opinions are my own.*

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