Wednesday, 10 February 2016

January Empties

Kia Ora!

Last week was a little quiet because I was busy organising my engagement party! Unfortunately it meant that the blog suffered a little, for which I'm really sorry. I have been trying to keep up with social media and am posting on my Instagram daily, so follow me there for updates.

I love reading empties blog posts, and I managed to finish so many things in January! It must have been a bit of a fluke, but most things were awesome so how can I not talk about them all?

Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion
I got this over a year ago in a Beauty Review box, and it has been sitting in the bottom of my shower for the last 6 months. It was a reasonable lotion, I quite liked the novelty of putting it on while I was in the shower. Where this product turned bad was the packaging. By the time I was 2/3 of the way through, it was very difficult to squeeze out. The plastic is almost too hard to squeeze at the bottom, and so I had to have my fiance help me get it out of the bottle. Not ideal!

BeeKind Body Lotion
This was a sample in a Bonjour Jolie box, and I love it. The packaging is cute, and you just rip the top off to open it. It smells divine, and is a thin lotion that sinks in really quickly. Love it!

Beekman Fresh Air Lotion
I used the shower gel companion of this lotion during December, and wasn't too fussed with it. However the lotion is awesome, sinks in and moisturises really well. It smells nicer in lotion form too, with a light fresh scent. Yum!

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter
I'm so excited to have used this up. I've never finished a full-size body butter before, because those suckers are huge! This is one of my favourite scents (and I bought the body spray when it was stocked last year). The formula of the body butters is awesome, really thick and perfect for dry skin. I also used this to give my fiance a massage one time, and it worked alright - not as good as oils or massage bars from Lush, but enough to help his sore leg muscles. I have about 50 million more body butters from The Body Shop to work through, but I love them so it's rather exciting. Keep an eye out for other flavours in future empties.

Butterfly Party Soap Bath and Shower Whip - CandyLand
I love the formula of these shower whips. They are easy to scoop, lather up well, leave you sparkling clean, and the scent lingers for a few hours. It's great! This scent was very sweet, and isn't my absolute favourite but it is nice. It reminded me a bit of Snow Fairy from Lush.

The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel
Another great product. These are a bit more expensive than supermarket shower gels, but they are great. The scents are wonderful (and I did enjoy the Mango one), this bottle lasted a couple of months, it lathers up well and cleans you perfectly, and it even leaves your skin feeling moisturised. I also have a few more of these to work through, but I would repurchase in the future.

Tosowoong Body Scrub Wash
I got this in a Memebox in 2014 I think. It's a reasonable product. It has small scrubby particles, so it doesn't give a deep scrub, but it also lathers well. It smells nice, but the scent doesn't linger. Basically, it's decent but nothing special.

Bossy Cosmetics Tutti Fruiti Emulsified Scrub
I got this recently in my Bossy Cosmetics haul, and absolutely adore it (clearly since I used it up so fast). The combination of oils and larger sugar scrub particles is wonderful, leaving you with very soft and smooth skin. I loved the scent too, it was sweet and fruity. The chia seeds on top didn't do a lot but are a novel touch. I can't wait to buy some more of this (once I've used up all my other Bossy scrubs). I highly recommend this one, and if you want to buy some yourself head over to the website!

Etude House My Beauty Tool
I've mentioned before how much I love these cotton pads. To recap, soft, sturdy, wonderful. I'm in the process of getting some more as this was my last packet.

Swisspers Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes
I love these face wipes. I use them when I'm too lazy to use a proper cleanser (which is more often than I'd like to admit). These ones smell fresh and cucumber-y. They are soft and wonderful. I didn't use them to take off makeup so I can't comment on that but I loved using them for cleansing. I have another packet in stock, but I can highly recommend them and will repurchase later in the year.

Fortune Cookie Soap OCD Hand Sanitzer - Glitz and Glamour
This is from one of my Fortune Cookie Soap boxes (which are expensive but amazing). I love the OCD hand sanitzers from FCS, as they smell amazing, clean your hands, and moisturise them. This one smelt delicious, all warm notes with a hint of spice and musk - I know I'm terrible at scent descriptions but this was truly delicious.

Milky Dress Pink Lovely Fast Shampoo
What a name. This is a Korean shampoo that I got from one Memebox or another. It was a pink liquid inside, and you didn't need much to get a good lather going. This was a pretty decent shampoo, although I did find I needed to use a lot of conditioner afterwards. It left my hair shiny and smooth, and lasted for ages too! I don't think I'll repurchase as I have about 6 shampoo/conditioner sets stocked up, but I did enjoy it and would recommend.

Appelles Tamanu Conditioner
Oh look, some conditioner without the matching shampoo (which is still in my shower). These were awesome. I got them from Violet Box, and have been trying to use up some of my samples. These smelled herbal, and were great for conditioning. I did like them, but only got 1.5 uses from each bottle. It was enough to realise I like this brand though so that was good.

Nimue Purifier
This was a spot treatment, and I found it worked a treat. It lasted for over a year as you only needed a tiny bit each time you used it. I liked that it seemed to immediately help with any trouble spots on my face. I haven't found anything to replace this yet, and would welcome recommendations!

Jeju Hallabong Peeling Toner
This was a neat toner, although it didn't seem to have any particularly special effects. It did fade red spots a little faster, and smelt like citrus. Otherwise, a bit meh.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence
I've been through several bottles of this in the last 18 months. I love it to bits. It helps smooth out my skintone, fading spots, and being a generally great product to use. Some people have had problems with Benton products, particularly as they don't use chemicals to prolong their life, but I've never had any problems. I keep this in the fridge to help with that, and it makes it awesome to put on on hot days too. I've talked about it before here and here if you want to know more.

Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Mask
This was just a sample size, but it was perfect for 1-2 masks. I think I left it too long though and it had gone off by the time I used it. It didn't give bad results, just didn't work properly. I won't say anything else because of that, and otherwise it would be an unfair review because of user error.

Bossy Cosmetics Clay Cleanser
Another Bossy product, and this one just as good. This was a solid clay cleanser, and it was awesome! It lasted for months and months (I honestly thought it would never end), and was wonderful. It was easy to use, left my face soft, clean, and feeling moisturised. It was easy to put on (just rub the bar all over your face), and to wash off. It doubles as a mask if you leave it on a bit longer. I honestly had great results with this product, and can't wait to buy some more.

Nivea Men Clear Effect Volcanic Mud Foam Face Wash
Review from my fiance: It smelled nice, went on easily and wasn't too gritty. Some products feel like they tear up your face, but this one was nice to use. It didn't dry out my skin too much, but worked well with a moisturiser afterwards. It cleans well. Would buy again!

Well, there you have it. A super long post for January. Lots of great products though, and I'm sad to see most of them go. Keep an eye out next week for a 'Products I want to use up in 2016' post (very late of course), and February empties isn't too far away either. 

Did you use up anything interesting in January? 

Until next time ...

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