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Summer Empties 2014 – Body

October 15, 2014


Since I’ve been away from blogging for what seems like almost all of Summer, I’ve had a whole host of empties collecting dust in my craft room waiting to be photographed and reviewed, so instead of your typical May, June, July empty post, I’ll be posting the products I’ve used up over this summer over the next few weeks as we move into those horrible dark evenings and frosty mornings.

  1. Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Shower Gel & Body Lotion Impressions: I picked these up in one of my earlier Birchbox’s, I was pretty excited to discover that a few month’s after receiving the Shower Gel and I also had the matching Body Lotion. I’ve only recently used these in a bid to try and use up some of my vast and frankly quite worrying collection.  My overall impression was that the smell was absolutely gorgeous, although I seemed to need a lot of the Shower Gel to feel clean, even though I was using my trusty shower puff. The lotion went on better but was a little thin and “drippy”, meaning I ended up dropping some on the carpet instead of on my body. Despite that my body was left with a beautiful light fragrance all day which I was pretty happy about
    Cost: £18 for 300ml of the Body Wash £25 for 300ml of the Body Lotion £42 for 300ml of both the Body Wash & Body Lotion
    Where can I buy this: Molton Brown Website
    Repurchase: Probably not – I mean it smelt nice – but so does almost everything at The Body Shop. For such an expensive brand I wasn’t -that- blown away. I think this is more a of a status buy – you know – something you have on display in your bathroom to make you look more upperclass.

  3. Avon Planet Spa Fantastically Firming Body Polisher Impressions: I wasn’t expecting much as I’ve never been a massive fan of Avon’s shower range, but I was pretty blown away by this. It smelt gorgeous and was really exfoliating, unlike some of their products I’ve tried before which hasn’t really had that “sand paper” effect I so desire. The fragrance didn’t really last as I always use body wash after exfoliating anyway, but I felt lovely and clean!
    Cost: I picked this up at a discounted rate in my demo book, but it was available for less than £3
    Where can I buy this: Unfortunately it’s no longer on sale for the next few campagins, but keep checking the the Avon online shop or your local representitive for details of it’s return.
    Repurchase: Maybe – there are other exfoliating scrubs I have on my “to try” and “rebuy” lists before this one, but if I see it around at a fair price again I’ll definitely be picking some more up.

  5. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish Impressions: This is still from my Christmas stash (which is still going may I add) and I have used this before. It’s full of seeds and grains which is a nice touch but it’s not rough enough for me. Alas it smells nice, especially when layered with the other products in the range and it didn’t leave me skin too dry which it has done previously.
    Cost: £5.00
    Where can I buy this: The Body Shop UK
    Repurchase: Probably not, unless I receive this for Christmas (which I won’t complain about) I’m probably not going to be buying it myself.

  7. Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Millk & Cherry Blosson Foaming Shower Gel Impressions: This has been absolutely amazing! It’s kind of like a shaving foam so this little can went a very long way. The great thing about it dispensing this way is you can control how much product you want, it’s really foamy and doesn’t drip everywhere and is small enough to just leave in your hand bag. (Great if you are having a few unexpected nights away and needs to freshen up in an unfamilar shower!) I actually took this away with me to Scotland and ended up using it as a hand wash as well as shower gel. The scent is also gorgeous and stuck with me throughout most of the day.
    Cost: £8.50
    Where can I buy this: Rituals UK Website
    Repurchase: I’ll definitely be looking out for this come Summer time next year and stocking up.

  9. The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel Impressions: As with the body polish, I’ve used this before. It’s pretty pleasant to use and similar to their the rest of their Body Wash range. The scent is a light but not overly chemically or synthetic Strawberry which makes layering these products very nice indeed.These big bottles seem to last me a fair while too, especially if I’m using a “shower-puff”.
    Cost: £2
    Where to buy: The Body Shop UK
    Repurchase: As with the body polish, probably not but I wont be disapointed if it turns up under my tree this year.

  11. The Body Shop Olive Oil Shower Gel Impressions: This was actually my second bottle of this. I’d bought it to try as my skin is quite sensitive and can become very dry and Olive based products is supposed to help. Having said that I didn’t notice much different, although it didn’t dry my skin out. I wasn’t too keen on the scent though.
    Cost: From £2
    Where to buy: Currently unavailable via the website, but check out the rest of the Olive range at The Body Shop UK
    Repurchase: Probably not. I tried it, it was Okay but not that great so not something I’ll be buying again.

  13. Gilchrist & Soames Shower Gel Impressions: I actually reviewed this not so long ago and was incredibly disappointed with it. Hotel tat comes to mind – you know the stuff you are left you find in your room when you go to a cheap European hotel? You can read my full review here.
    Cost: From £11 (How do people spend this much money on this?)
    Where can I buy this: The Gilchrist & Soames UK site
    Repurchase: Definitely not. I’ll wait until the next time I end up in a3 star hotel in Holland to get my fill of cheap “hand wash” shower gel thankyou very much.

  15. Noble Isle Bath & Body Wash Impressions: Hmm again, this struck me as the sort of thing you’d find in a hotel room but it was at least much nicer than Gilchrist & Soames. I managed to get a few washes out of it, it lathered well and it smelt quite nice. I can’t really say any more on it so it couldn’t have had the “wow” factor.
    Cost: £20
    Where can I buy this: Noble Isle website
    Repurchase: No. Although after taking a nosy at their website, I am very much in love with some of their packaging for Christmas Gifts.


Thus concludes my first ever empties post! Finally! Keep your eyes peeled for my next installments of Summer empties. Have you tried any of the products above? If so I’d love to know your thoughts below.

Totally hellbent for remembering the glory of summer by reviewing all of the empties

– Pants


September Empties

September 30, 2014
September Empties

September Empties Gonna give you the heads up that the title is a bit of a fib!  I’ve been building up a shamefully huge stash of empties over the summer, so this is probably more like June/July’s empties that have lay in waiting for me to get my blogging groove back! Any other bloggers out there find that they end up with boxes and bags full of empties everywhere just waiting and begging to be posted? Anyway, onto the first lot of things I’ve used up! September Empties - Soap and Glory

Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream (£5.50) I swear by the Avon Footworks Heel Softening Cream most of the time, but this is definitely a close second favourite. The fresh almost-peppermint scent is delicious and it never fails to leave my tootsies feeling pampered.

Repurchase? It’s unlikely that I will buy it for myself as I usually (hint hint double hint) end up with some S&G bundles including Heel Genuis at Christmas  

Soap and Glory Scrub ’em and Leave ’em (£8.00) Probably my favourite of the plethora of S&G scrubs. I find I can make a tub last for ages with some restraint, but usually I blast through one of these in a month because they are SO amazing.

Repurchase? Definitely.

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean (£8.00) I’ve been using this cleanser pretty much continuously since January and I’ve yet to find anything that leaves my skin feeling as soft and clean. It melts off my make-up in seconds and even makes my oily skin (and it’s horrible big pores) look clean and fresh no matter how badly I’ve been treating it.

Repurchase? I’ve got a couple of bottles stashed away so I never run out!

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter (£10.50) The only body butter that comes close to perfection.

Repurchase? Another S&G treasure I keep stockpiled, so yes!


September Empties31 Avon Naturals Body Lotion in Black Cherry and Nutmeg Hand and Body Lotion (no longer available) I really love the Avon naturals range, but find it really frustrating when I find a scent I like that they stop producing. This was definitely one of my favourites, so I’ll be heading to Amazon and Ebay to track down another bottle when my stash of Avon hand and body lotions runs down!

Repurchase? If I can find it!

Avon Footworks XXL Heel Softening Cream (£2.45) You can expect to see one of these in practically every empties post ever as I easily go through one tub a month. Definitely the best foot cream I’ve come across, it’s unscented (usually, though sometimes they do release scented versions) no fuss, and works to keep my feet soft whether it’s flip-flop or boots weather. I smother this on before bed with a pair of moisturising socks and it is absolutely magic!

Repurchase? Absolutely!

Rituals Laughing Buddah Fortune Scrub (£9.00) I was actually quite underwhelmed by this scrub, which is surprising as I’m a big fan of Rituals in general. Though the smell was frankly divine, the scrub itself seemed scratchy yet somehow less effective than more comfortable counterparts. The only upside really is that I got this free with a magazine for a few quid so didn’t shell out the full price for something I didn’t really like very much.

Repurchase? Unlikely.

The Beauty Parlour Hand Lotion (no longer available) I found this hand lotion in a Morrisons January sale if I recall correctly, and though I really loved the scent and the texture (very similar to Soap and Glory Hand Food, not that you’d guess at all from the cheeky packaging!) a quick search on-line makes it seem as though this product is no longer available direct from anywhere, though there are a few floating around on Ebay. At the 99p I paid for it, this is a great dupe for Hand Food for those who want to save a few pennies, but unless this brand resurfaces for the supermarket Christmas gift aisle it might be lost to the beauty world forever!  

Repurchase? I’ve got a couple of Hand Foods on the go at the moment, but I probably would pick it up if I saw it!


September Empties41 Avon Naturals Apricot and Shea De-tangling Spray (£1.00) Another great Avon find, this is second only to the Aussie offering when it comes to de-tangling sprays., and tends to be a whole lot cheaper! It has a gorgeous scent and is an absolute god-send for getting a brush through hair that has been headbanged all over the place. I finished the last of this off post Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was probably the worst case of birds nest hair I’ve ever had!

Repurchase? Ayup!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral and Flirty Blush (£2.99) The standard for dry shampoo I think, this isn’t my favourite scent (I like the tropical best) but it works as well as any other. I try not to wash my hair more than once a week to preserve colour so this is one product I just couldn’t live without.

Repurchase? Always

Aussie Three Minute Miracle (£4.99) This is the same conditioner I’ve used since I first stared experimenting with bright hair colours, and though it’s not the colour-specific type I use regularly, I find the reconstructer is the best for repairing all kinds of damage.

Repurchase? Yeeees  

Avon Naturals Chamomile and Aloe Vera Care and Repair Conditioning Balm (No longer available) Geez, c’mon Avon, please stop discontinuing all my favourite products this month! This is (or alas now was) a great little pick me up, espcially for my horrendous split ends

Repurchase? If they re-release it!


September Empties51   Dermatalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash (£13.00) I was quite excited when I got this in the last ever Miss Glossybox (Which I wish they would bring back so much!) but it sat unused for quite a while, however I totally fell in love with this facewash on the first use! It’s been my in-the-shower facewash ever since and I’m a little bit heartbroken that it’s run out now. Still it’s well worth the price and I’m sure I’ll go back to it once I’ve run out of my far too large stash of face washes!

Repurchase? Yup

Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream (£24.00) I’m quite a fan of Balance Me, I love their company ethos and their products never fail, but I just couldn’t get too enthused about this moisturiser considering the full price. This sample has been great for throwing in a gig bag but I don’t think it impressed me enough unfortunately.

Repurchase? Unlikely

Philip Kingsley One more Day Dry Shampoo (£13.50) Undoubtedly the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used, I got this in a Glamour Beauty Edit box and I’ve tried to make it last as long as I can! As wonderful as it is though, I definitely can’t think about spending £13.50 on a hair product that I usually go through so quickly. Maybe I’ll treat myself and ration it out between Batiste!

Repurchase? Maybe


September Empties61 Jelly Pong pong Fairy Lashes (New style – £18.00) Don’t you just hate it when your favourite mascara dries out? This was a second repurchase after I first tried Fairy Lashes in a Glossybox, but it looks as though they’ve stopped selling this specific mascara and have replaced it with the new Curl Fairy Lashes. I’m of course willing to give the new one a try at some point, but I have a lot of other mascaras to get through first!

Repurchase? At some point

Tresseme Platinum Strength 60 Second Treatment Shot (£1.49) These are great little treats for a pamper night, though I find that I do need two to fully cover my long thick hair! This was another Glossybox find, and one I’ve already repurchased a few times. You can never have too many hair masks and treatments to counter the amount of bleach it takes to get blue hair!

Repurchase? Yes!

ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (£6.95) Probably the best budget face primer your money can buy. This does have that silicone-y texture that some people don’t like, but I found it gave me a great base for my foundation and helped keep everything in place for much longer. I’ve since invested in some slightly higher end primers that I do prefer, but I’d definitely go back to this if I wanted to save a few pennies!

Repurchase? Maybe

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (£11.00) As someone with naturally shiny skin, I’m always looking for ways to try and get rid of the oil slick look, but as lovely as this moisturiser is (aren’t all Body Shop moisturisers lovely?) I didn’t feel that it really stopped my skin being shiny.

Repurchase? No

So that’s all for this especially long empties post! Have you tried any of these products?

Totally hellbent for a slightly less bulging empties box!



May Empties

May 30, 2014
May Empties

May Empties


So I’m hoping that doing a monthly empties post will convince me to finish up loads of almost empty products (to make room for some new ones of course!) clogging up my beauty storage!  Plenty of products here that you will definitely see again in this sort of post, is this telling me that I need to mix it up a bit next time I go shopping?


May Empties


Soap & Glory – The Scrub of Your Life – [£7.00]

I’ve yet to find a  Soap & Glory  scrub I don’t love, but this is definitely my favourite. This was the final tube left over from the mountain of S&G  I received for Christmas and I’ll be rushing out to get another one as soon as I’m done with my Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub!

Repurchase – 100%

Dirty Works – Glow Girl Buttery Salt Scrub [£4.00]

I also adore the Sainsburys range of Soap & Glory  style products, and this is probably the best of the bunch. The only problem I find with these pots is they don’t seem to last as long as a tube, probably because I dig my hungry fingers in to scoop mountains of product out! Either way this is a really nice scrub, but it’s not that much cheaper than Soap & Glory and doesn’t quite have the same luxurious feel.

Repurchase – If it was on special offer I probably would!

Aussie Three Minute Miracle – Colour Mate [£4.99]

I’ve stuck religiously to the Aussie Three Minute Miracle range since about 2008, and flitter between the Reconstructer and Colour Mate depending on the state of my hair. I can’t recommend this conditioner enough for anyone with damaged or dyed hair, it’s the only thing that lets me get a brush through my locks after a night of headbanging!

Repurchase – 100%

May Empties

Avon Footworks – Beautiful Heel Softening Cream x 2 [£3.50]

I get through a couple of these almost every month, they’re my absolute favourite foot cream and they keep my heels soft and pretty no matter how much I’ve been on my feet. I tend to use them with cotton moisturiser socks at night time to wake up with perfect tootsies every day.

Repurchase – Already got a huge stash!

The Body Shop – Raspberry Body Butter [£13.00]

This has always been my favourite Body Shop body butter, and when they discontinued it a while back I actually hung onto this tub for -years- yet never used it. Finally it’s time to go to the bathroom bin in the sky to be replaced by the new  The Body Shop raspberry range!

Repurchase – Definitely can’t wait for the new one!

May Empties

Sure Long Lasting Protection – Clear Aqua [£2.10]

It’s quite hard to get excited about deodorant, but I am a fan of the compressed eco-friendly update. The smaller size makes it great for throwing in a gym bag or tour supplies too!

Repurchase – Most likely

L’Oreal Paris Skin perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution [£4.99]

I absolutely love this, but I have to say I’m unlikely to purchase this again now that I’ve tried the Garnier offering at half the price for twice the product.

Repurchase – No, changing to cheaper brand

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes [£3.25]

I know face wipes are the skincare devil of late, but we all have times when we just need to get the make-up off as quickly as possible and make sure our face is at least sort of clean before we pass out. I’ll admit I don’t use them very often at all these days, but it never hurts to have some lying around for when you’re too drunk to tell the micellar water from the vodka.

Repurchase – Yes

May Empties

Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer [£8.99]

I used to be massively in love  with this primer, but as it got to the end of its life it started to feel a bit too sticky and silicone-y on the skin. We had a good run, and it definitely helped towards creating  a smooth make-up finish, but there are other primers that feel more natural that I’ll stick to in the future.

Repurchase – Unlikely

Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H [£7.99]

This was a great eyeliner at first, but I found it dried up very quickly. There’s probably more than half of the pot left, but it’s just too hard to even try and use.

Repurchase – I’m loving my new Rimmel Scandaleyes gel liner (reviewed here) so probably not.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner [£12.00]

I adore this eyeliner and have another two waiting in the wings to replace it, my only concern (that you can probably tell from my hoarding) is that they dry up very quickly, and I’ve already gotten through three or four of them. For easy cat-flicks on the go though, you really can’t beat one of these. Plus they are so tiny you can make space for them in even the smallest make-up bag!

Repurchase – Already done so!

Totally hellbent for having more space for new things!

– Gem