December 2014 Empties

Monday, December 29, 2014

I'm actually shocked about how much I've got through this month! I looked in the box and it was full. I'd also thrown out a lot of old make up which I've separated out and I'll do in a separate post.

Hair Products

There are more things as my mum mucked out the bathroom and binned my V05 Texture shampoo (It was still pretty full as well!)

Herbal Essences Brakeage Defender hair mask This has been in all my empties posts. We love this stuff. I think we have 2 or three more pots of it and it is up there will my all time favourite products. I've only ever seen it in pound world and I would buy it again if I see any more, 
Hair Oil (check name and brand) This was in a beauty box. I'm not sure which one and I didn't read the label and used it as a body oil for about a week before reading it to see the brand and look at buying it. Doh! it's a hair oil. My hair gets really greasy really quickly so adding oil is a no no for me. I tried it a couple of times and went back to using it on my legs! I wouldn't repurchase it but only because I'm a greasy haired one! 
Herbal Essence Dry shampoo This was an impulse purchase. 1 It was on offer (under £2) 2. I was buying the matching shampoo and conditioner. 3, It smells amazing. As a dry shampoo i'm a bit meh! First time I used it I found it a bit wet. It gave incredible volume and I decided to use it as a styling aid and found it worked quite well but I didn't love it. I wash my hair at night and by morning I always find I need to use a bit of dry shampoo and didn't really like it for that. BUT over Christmas I had a couple of lazy days and I was on day 2 (maybe 3) of not washing and my hair looked like it'd been dipped in the chip fryer. I decided to try it and it was amazing. It really soaked up almost all the grease and it didn't make my head itch. My initial reaction was I wouldn't repurchase this but after seeing what it did day 3 I would be tempted if it was on offer again. 
 CoLab London This is another one i'm a bit meh about. I'm not keen on the smell. I know a lot of people like this one best. It's ok for a quick refresh on my morning hair but it doesn't really last all day. I have a mini green one which I haven't tried and a mini orange one which smells amazing. These will probably be in next months empties post. 
Batiste Wild and Sassy Despite it making my head itch you can't beat Batiste for dry shampoo. I got this scent because a few YouTubers I watch say it's their favourite. I liked this and of all the Batiste flavours (scents,  types defo flavours) It's one I'm likely to buy again. 

Bath Products

I'm so grateful for winter allowing us to have the heating on and meaning hot water for baths. Baths are one of my favourite things. 

Epsom Salts I got this in a goodie bag from City Spa Escapes. It was Epsom salts with lavendar. I used this as I was really achy and ill and it said it was good for that kind of thing. It smelt amazing but I couldn't cope with the lavender buds in the bath. It also was quite hard to clean up. I wouldn't use anything with bits in again but I would use epsom salts again. 
Rituals Shower Gel Another product from a beauty box and I remember saying I hated the smell of this when I wrote about this box. I've had a couple of other Rituals shower gels and loved then so decided to try this and when it was mixed with hot water the smell improved. It has rosemary and something else and I really liked it. Not enough to buy a full sized but I wouldn't be opposed to another  miniature.
Zoella Soak Opera I really liked this product. I got it when the Zoella stuff came out at first. It's very bubbly and I'm not sure i'd buy it again for myself but I would get it as a gift for someone else or if someone wanted to get me it as a gift I would be happy.  


These are not things that are part of my skin care routine. I've used other serums in the past but they are not something I ever think to buy.

With both of these you apply them to clean wet skin, I don't know that I'd buy these again or anything like them. They are very small samples and I only got two or three uses out of each of these. They were a nice to try but i won't be buying any time soon. 

Face Products

Essence Grab and Go Wipes I love these little wipes. I think this is the second or third pack i've been through. The towels themselves are very small but I think they do well to remove a lot of make up for their size and They are really handy to for wiping make up off my hands as I'm getting ready. These will be repurchased I'm sure. 
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer I'll be honest I didn't like this when I first got it. It was in a beauty box and I hated them smell (I'm still not keen) But it has to be the best primer I've tried and I've worked my way through quite a few, I squeezed pretty much every last drop out of this and was trying to decide what to buy next. I really couldn't justify £19 or so on a primer. Luckily for me I got an email from Latest in beauty with a code for a free one if I bought their latest Glamour Box. The Glamour boxes are ace so I got me a second one. I'm not sure what I'll do when that one runs out. I might have to start a Laura Mercier Primer fund!
Nivea  Oil Free Day Cream This has to be my favourite moisturiser of all time. I can't count how many of these I've been through but I love it. My mum game me one when I ran out of Clinique lotion and I haven't looked back. They do a few types. This is a combination skin but I've also got the dry skin and normal skin ones on the go as well. I tend to use this as my night time moisturiser as it doesn't have SPF in. All the other ones do. This is also on offer a lot so next time I see it I'll stocking up. This could also be my product of the year. 

Teeth Products

I wouldn't normally include a used toothbrush but decided to this time. 

Colgate Battery Tooth Brush  I've never included my used tooth brushes in an empties post but derided to this month as I've been using this brand and type of tooth brush for a few years. I can't use electric tooth brushes they really go through me and when I did use them I was getting told off a lot by the dentist for missing teeth. I decided to try this type and I love it. They are about £6 ish but I'd say about the last 5 or 6 i've had have been under £3 as they tend to be on offer at Tesco and Boots a lot. You have to flit between the two to get the deals, I also used to be bad at not replacing my manual tooth brushes but with this kind I get a new one when the battery wears down. This tends to be 4-6 months. I think you're meant to get a new one every three months so this keeps me in check with "normal" rules of society!
Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Tooth Paste I've had this in an empties before and originally I got some as a PR sample and loved it. I've honestly never used a tooth paste that made my teeth feel as clean. I bought two more tubes on the back of that sample. I'm still loving it and I'm part way through tube three, It's expensive as far as tooth pastes go at about £5 a tube but I think that's comparable to other whitening tooth pastes, My teeth are awful and I'm not sure i've seen a change in the colour but nothing but verniers would fix my teeth.


These are things that didn't really fit anywhere else.

Johnsons Cotton Buds I go through a lot of these and they are in every empties post. I always used to buy any brand but I think the Johnsons ones are the best. They are the softest and the most sturdy. I tend to get them from the Pound Shop or Home Bargains. 
Tanya Burr False Lashes I worse these to a wedding in November and really liked them. I can't remember which ones I got but they were really nice to apply and didn't irritate me. I managed to lose one when I removed them otherwise I think it'd have got another use out of them,
Sure Deodorant I keep coming back to this brand. I don't have any loyalty to a deodorant brand. I tend to buy any that are 48 hour as I feel it gives me a better level of cover but I don't really put much thought into what i'm buying, 


I don't think I have ever finished a mascara before and here we have two! 

Essence Multi Action By far my favourite mascara of the year. I did get this as a PR sample and was wary of the pretty thin brush but I loved it. It was really good as an everyday mascara and I although I must have 7ish mascara's in my make up collection at the moment I think this will be repurchased at some point soon. 

Essence Extreme Volume I loved the look of the brush on this one. It's nice and chunky and like a traditional fibre brush. I really like this it did have a bit of a tendency to clump but that could be my technique as I'm not the best at applying make up. I also found it hard to get close to the roots. Again this could be more me than anything else. I would repurchase this if I didn't have so many other mascara's on the go. 

Face Masks

I have a real love for face masks and I'm looking for one in a pot to buy. If you can recommend one. Please let me know in the comments or tweet me! 

Superdrug Purifying Facial Sheet I'm a massive fan of the superdrug clay mask and decided to get this sheet mask. they really intrigue me and are less messy. This felt really nice on my skin but I don't think the sheet is quite the right face shape as I felt like I had a patch missing, I think I have another one of these so I need to try again.

Montagne Jeunesse dead sea mud mask My favourite mask of the year. It has the mud infused in the sheet so is a bit messy but not as messy as squeezing out the mud on to your hand. It made my skin feel amazing and I will be buying more of these.

Hand and Nail Products

I go through so many hand creams. Santa and the sales have been good to me and I might have enough hand creams to last me till June!

Body Shop Shea Hand Cream I highly rate all of the body shop hand creams that I've tried. This was a new or new and improved one that I got in summer. I really loved this and if I hadn't got some many other ones I'd buy a full size one.

Soap and Glory Hand Food This came from Rebs in a beauty box swap and it smells amazing and really works well. When I first started getting soap and glory boxes I was sceptical of the hand cream as I thought it might be a bit greasy and just a bit of nothing but it proved me wrong. This will be repurchased at some point.

Nail file It will be a rare thing to find a nail file in my empties post but this one has well and truly had it. It was in a multi pack I got in a goodie bag from the FABB event in Manchester last year. I dished them out between my colleagues and this one has lived in my drawer all year. It's rare for me to file my nails but I know someone at work has been using it and it's worn practically smooth. I have one more of these in my drawer at work. Wonder if that will ever end up in an empties post?

What have you used up this month? 

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  1. Glad I read this before buying the Herbel Essences dry shampoo :) I'm always on the hunt for new beauty products and you just added a few to my wishlist!

    xx Amanda

  2. It's not the worst dry shampoo i've ever used it was just a bit wetter than I was expecting.


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