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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Pinching the Pennies During Pregnancy

I’m just over 5.5 months pregnant now and boy has it flown by. As we’ve now surpassed the halfway mark, Bob and I have been thinking about our finances and it made me decide to do a series of penny-pinching posts for pregnant ladies out there.

I’m kicking it off with a major pregnant lady pain: fighting stretch-marks and body care.

I’m a beauty hoarder by nature so my stash of products at home is somewhat insane. Rather than running out to purchase all those products that are labelled “Stretch-Mark Fighting”, I have made it my mission to use all my products up first before spending money unnecessarily. This includes using skincare or face care products up as well before spending more money.

It’s easy to get sucked into buying oodles of products that say they are stretch mark fighting and don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought a couple at the start of my pregnancy. What they don’t tell you is that you should be applying this stuff 2-3 times a day and at that rate, you are working through a bottle/tub a week! Who has that kind of money?

I made the decision to just use what I have at home first which includes several tubs of body butters and body lotions that all promote healthy, supple skin. I’ve been using these twice a day as advised and so far so good in terms of my skin looking and feeling great.

I’m going to keep sharing the progress of my skin journey as I know there will be lots of mums-to-be out there who share the same worries when it comes to combatting stretch marks.

This is the first in the series of penny-pinching posts during pregnancy and coming up we will share a before and after of our nursery as we decorate it without breaking the bank, ways to cut back on spending and bargain buys for baby.

I hope you find the series useful and I would love to read your comments if you do.

Laura x

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