Empties - February 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Another month has rolled round and my empties box has filled up nicely. It's amazing to see how much stuff I get through each month and I really enjoy reading these kinds of posts.


Hair Products


Herbal Essences Breakage Defender - It really wouldn't be an empties post without one of these Herbal Essence pots in there. I am loving this but getting a little bored of it. We're half way through another pot of this then I'm having a change to a different brand. I get this from Pound World and it's the only place I've found it. I will buy more if I see it but it's time for a change

CoLab Dry Shampoo New York - I think I might have got this in the You Beauty Discovery Box before Christmas but I have bought a few of these CoLab Dry Shampoo's from Superdrug. I really liked this one. It's lightweight and smells amazing. I think this is my favourite fragrance out of the ones I've tried. It works well in my hair and I've bought a full size version if this one.

CoLab Dry Shampoo Extreme Volume Rio - I bought this on a whim, excited by the packaging  but I wasn't keen. It does give volume but it game my hair a plastic feeling and I'm not keen on the smell. It would be good for styling hair in up do's but I don't think I'd buy it again. I'm quite sad to be disappointed with this one.

Vidal Sasson Salonist Hair Dye 4/4.5 Dark Intense Red  - I really regret buying this product. I had really high hopes but right from opening the pack and seeing how many components there were really put me off. I have to sat the colour looked good when it was first done but despite trying not to wash my hair as much it's really faded. It was a total hassle to apply and my hair feels in such bad condition. I'm having to use hair masks with every wash, which isn't helping the colour. If I forget to use the hair mask I can't get a brush through it even with the aid of a detangling spray.

Vidal Sasson is a brand of my childhood, my dad used to buy the shampoo if was ever on offer and I always felt fancy is I used a "Designer" brand, so when I saw this new dye come out I wanted to try it.

It says it's easy to apply yourself, I don't see how this would be easy to do yourself at all. My mum did mine and she really struggled. I know it's not just her as I did her hair with the same product in another colour and it was a pain to apply. In Theory the brush is good for the roots but it was really hard to section the hair and make sure you save a quarter of the pack to do the lengths. There also isn't any instructions for first time application. It assumes you need to do the roots. It did say to check out the website for different techniques. I've looked and I can't see anything .

The dye seeped through the gloves so our finger tips were stained for a few days afterwards. The product also has a very strong chemical smell which was really off putting. The past few hair colours I've used have been orderless or had a nice none chemical smell so this was a really turn off.

Washing it out was a nightmare. I've never had an experience like it. It took almost 20 mins for the water to run clear (clearish) then you have to apply shampoo. At this point my hair went into one giant knot. I thought at  I was going to have to cut the knot ou

t, it was very painful and at one point I was crying. Once I'd washed the shampoo and I had to use a full tube of the conditioner and spend an age detangling it with my Denman shower brush. I am hair sore normally but never has a dye done this to me. It's been a couple of weeks since I dyed my hair and my scalp is still sore and sensitive. My hair feel awful which is not something I'm used to after dying my hair it normally feels in good condition. I'm also now having to use a hair mask with every wash and detangling spray which isn't like me at all.

I love the result of the colour, My mum's hairdresser commented on how nice the colour was and seemed supervised it was a box dye but overall the effort and the pain was not worth it. I'm sure other people will have different opinions and experiences but this is mine.  It was also quite a bit more expensive than hair dyes I normally buy and feel really disappointed by it.


Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Treatment - I love this stuff and I mentioned it in my growing my hair post recently. I don't know if it does help with growth or not, but I've been using various  Lee Stafford products for a few years and have bought this a number of times. I like the smell and how clean my hair feels. I'm not in a rush to buy it again but it's on the tip of my shopping list and I'm determined to hold off buying it for a couple of months.

Bath Products



Bomb Cosmetics Bath Mallows -  these bags represent approximately 2 Bomb Cosmetics bath mallows per bag. I'm obsessed with these things. I got loads in the sale after Christmas and was trying to not use them but I've used one in almost every bath I've had this month. I like them all, some more than others and I've only got 4 left from my haul.

Misc Bathroom Products 


Johnson's Cotton Buds - Another empties post staple. I've used lots of different brands of cotton buds but for me it's worth paying the extra for the Johnson and Johnson ones. I get mine from pound shops or home bargains so I don't way a lot for them at all. 

BIC Soleil Scent - I love these razors. OK love might be a bit strong but they are my preferred ones. They are pretty cheap and I rarely nic myself when I use them. They have scented handles. Errr ok I've never noticed. I only know this as I read the packaging when I was going through them empties. The packet smells a ok but I sniffed one of the handles and I didn't really get a smell. It's not why I buy them but thought I'd mention it. I have got another pack of these ready to go. 

Face Products

Primark Argan Facial Cleaning Wipes - For £1 for 2 packs these are a bargain. They are for Dry skin. My skin is combination and I haven't noticed any extra greasiness. I tend to use these to wipe off my make up before washing my face which I think helps.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub - This wasn't for me. Why carry on using it? One I don't like waste, Two I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't! The grit wasn't gritty enough for my liking and the stuff it's suspended in too thick. It foamed up and seemed to lose the grit. I used it on my arms and chest as well as my face. I also hated the smell after a few uses. I'm really smell sensitive and I should know better than to buy something with a strong fragrance. I've also got the Neutrogena face wash and I don't like that either. I have half a bottle left and I'm thinking about binning it. I don't feel like it suits my skin and I won't be repurchasing it.

Nivea Rich Moisturising Cream for Dry Skin - I really love the Nivea moisturiser and I like that this has SPF in it. I tend to mix and match the different ones as my skin is weird and combination is the word for it but it's dry where you'd expect it to be greasy and vice versa.

Nivea Light Day cream for Oily and Combination Skin - Same as above really. This has SPF in as well and While I still think the Green one (Combination Skin) is my favourite I really like this.

Make Up


Essence All about Matt Foundation 02 Beige - This was a PR sample from the Essence UK Launch event last year along with the powder I'm going to mention. I've loved Essence products for years. This has to be the first foundation I've ever used up completely. I get bored or my skin changes colour with the seasons or I don't like it enough to use up. This is pretty light coverage and lasts well on my skin. I'm not one for topping up my make up during the day and after I apply it I rarely look in a mirror again. The mirrors in the loo's at work are smoked glass and you don't get a true reflection of how you look so I've got used to not bothering!

Essence Matt Powder - The name has worn off this and I was almost down to pan but on Friday 13th it feel out of my makeup bag on the bus and smashed. I wanted to mention it as I really liked how this felt on my skin and I will repurchase it again.

Essence Lip Liner 13 Transparent -  I bought this after seeing someone talk about a high end lip liner. Lip Liner is one of the last products I reach for, but when Roise from a Rose Like This mentioned to me the Revlon Lip Butters in Candy Apple worked much better with using a lip liner I decided to dig this out and it really does work amazingly with this lip liner. This is in my empties as ever time I sharpen it I'm getting a sharp point on the pencil. I've tried all sorts and I though for the cost just bin it and buy another one. Which I have. I've also used this with my Illamasqua Minx lipstick and it works well.   

And that concludes this months empties. 
Have you used any of these products? What did you think?

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