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Chloes September Empties

C: HAPPY DUE DATE MONTH TO MEEEE! And anyway… moving quickly on (hopefully I will have a nice gory detail labour post on its way to you soon), welcome to Septembers empties! Since moving house I have had a chance to look through my stash and select the half used products I wanted rid of. Not because I didn’t like them, but because they were already opened and needed using up. So this month I have exceeded my usual 5-6 monthly empties and have used up a whole 10 products! Because there are more than usual, I have split the photos up a bit to make my mini empty reviews easier to follow! So here we go:

Stretch Mark/Baby Related Stuff

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Palmers Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – this is the lotion I have enjoyed using the most, mainly because despite having a slight clinical use it actually still smells nice. Even though pregnancy sucks and all dignity is out the window, I still like being able to pamper myself and use products that seem at least slightly normal. This also keeps skin soft and supple so it can stretch without being itchy and horrid.

Repurchase? I already have!

Bio Oil – the jury is still out on this one, I think it has stopped my stretch marks from looking as red etc (they look like old ones rather than new ones really), but I don’t know how much it has prevented them so I maybe should just save this to use after labour!

Repurchase? Yep! 

Derma Mum Superior Moisturising Cream – I reviewed this here so won’t bore you all with another review!

Repurchase? Not now as it’s such a large tub. 

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

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Blemish Mud – I absolutely loved this, and reviewed this in full here if you fancy a goosey

Repurchase? Hella yeah!

Passion Peel Off – this made my skin feel super soft and moisturised and did do a good job of calming my skin down, but the peely-ness just isn’t for me. It felt horrid to peel off and freaked me out/made my teeth itch. I know thats weird… but no thanks. Not for me.

Repurchase? Not a peel one no!

Hair Care

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – not my fave dry shampoo but gets the job done – albeit with a slight white haze that needs lots of brushing through!

Repurchase? I always seem too! Although I have another bottle in my stash waiting to be used before I buy anymore!

Loreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo sachet – I got this free in a magazine and thought it was about time I used it up rather than stashing it for some unknown occasion! I liked the smell of this, and it certainly made my hair soft and shiny but obviously its hard to tell how amazing a shampoo is from one go!

Repurchase? I would quite happily use this again.

Body Wash/Perfume

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The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish – I recently re-bought the full sized version of this in my Body Shop Haul post here, so you can tell I liked it!

Repurchase? Already have!

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life – this is one of my absolute favourite S&G body products. It has the standard S&G scent, but is super exfoliating at the same time. However, it is also really gentle and can be used daily, as it doesn’t even upset my super sensitive skin. Winner!

Repurchase? I have a full sized version of this in my stash waiting for me, but after thats used up I will definitely be buying another!

Calvin Klein Euphoria Blossom Perfume – yes you have read that right… I have actually given in and finished up a perfume! Normally I leave the last few pumps for special occasions as I have perfume separation anxiety, but I went all out and used this up! I bloody love this, its floral but not too old-lady-esque and the scent lasts all day.

Repurchase? this shall be on my Christmas list for Santa!

And there we have this months empties! Hope you like my mini reviews! #twolittleowls 

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Chloe’s January 2015 Empties!

C: Another month (year), another set of empties! As Christmas brought lots of beauty related treats I have been trying super hard to use up lots of my stash this month (L said he was gonna throw stuff away if I didn’t use it… ridiculous). As you can see I have done a pretty good job really! For me anyway!

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1. Yes to Cucumbers Face Wipes – Annie gave me these out of one of her Birchboxes as she hates the smell of cucumber. So do I, but apparently she isn’t bothered about my scent preferences. Anyway, I didn’t love these, didn’t hate them. They were effective at removing make up, but I wouldn’t say they had any skincare benefits – I was always led to believe that face wipes are bad for your skin (and the environment!)

Repurchase? No.

2. S&G The Righteous Butter – one of my favourite S&G products, although I think I now prefer the Butter Yourself scent. This sinks into the skin easily for a body butter, smells nice and moisturises well. For a reasonable price (which is also normally on offer too!) you can’t ask for more! Love it.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t received about 3 for Christmas then of course.

3. Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Shower Gel – I am suspicious of any products that have multiple uses… Jack of all trades, master of none and all. But this was okay actually, it smelt like a spa and made me clean/I wasn’t allergic. I kept this in my swimming/work bag and it did the job perfectly.

Repurchase? No just because I didn’t love it and it isn’t the normal fragrance I would choose.

4. Silk Honey Shea Butter Hair Mask – another Birchbox product! I got a couple of uses out of this sample size and I enjoyed it actually. It smelt nice and did a good job of moisturising my hair without it feeling greasy.

Repurchase? For £55 (yes… said that correctly!) no! Too many pennies for a hair mask, but I did enjoy using it!

5. Benefit Posietint – I haven’t actually used this up, I was just going through my stash and found this tucked at the bottom looking battered and old. As I have no idea how old it is I shall be throwing it away! I do have another though and I love it. The perfect cheek and lip tint, I don’t find it particularly long lasting but as its easy to re-apply this does not bother me

Repurchase? Already have!

What have you guys been using up this month? Has the increase in Christmas beauty stashes resulted in lots of empties for you too?! Make sure you send us links to your empties posts! #twolittleowls

Chloe’s Hair Care Essentials

C: I was looking through the blog today (I like to have a quick squiz through and re cap on what we have been posting lately) and realised that we have hardly done any haircare posts! Considering the amount of hair (on our heads, we aren’t just super hairy creatures) we have between us, thats really quite shocking. I’m no expert… but here are my hair care essentials, and a few tips I have learnt along the way.

Lets just make it clear first, that I have very thick, long hair and so if you have short fine hair… clearly these products/tips may not work for you (or they might, in which case let us know in comments below!). My first essential is clearly a tangle teezer. We reviewed this here if you fancy a look, but since buying this I haven’t looked back. I use it every single day (okay, I’m lying, I sometimes “forget” to brush my hair) and it has seriously reduced the fly aways I get, as I am no longer ripping out my hair when attempting to de-dreadlock it.

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On to the products… I haven’t included a shampoo/conditioner, as I tend to change them every time I buy a new one. There’s always too many new ones out! Once I have washed my hair, I spray through a detangler to assist my tangle teezer. My favourite is here but I wanted to try out some others, and I have been enjoying using this Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance detangler so far. It just provides a little extra protection to your hair, and makes it even less likely to damage it whilst brushing.

I then like to apply my KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam, which I previously received in one of my Birchboxes and have since bought the full size version. This helps add a little texture but also control to my frizzy curly hair, as I dont like to straighten it often – burnt hair = not cool. This allows me to leave my hair to dry naturally, which results in soft (sometimes still crazy) curls.

Once my hair is dry I like to apply a hair oil to the ends, just because my hair is super long and therefore super old and in need of as much moisture as it can get. I love this Carino oil by Aldi. It costs about £3 and does the same job as the billion pound oils. What more could you want? (We reviewed this here).

Lastly, an essential for any busy person with lots of hair – dry shampoo! We reviewed/compared lots here, if you fancy a goosey. Perfect for second (or third) day hair, if you want to put up your hair or need some extra volume (/grease hiding power).

These products combined allow me to look after my hair, and create natural loose waves without the use of any heat! Perfect. What products do you guys use? Have you tried any of these? #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Hair Culture Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner

A: I have been debating on whether or not to write this post for a while now, but I feel like I owe it to you all to tell you these amazing products. They aren’t your usual brand though and actually come from Aldi – not a shop at the top of every beauty bloggers list!

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About a year ago, I spotted their shampoo and conditioner, which is in look-a-like Tresemme packaging, and I decided to buy them for my boyfriend; he usually steals my favourite shower products so I thought I’d let him have the cheap stuff and I could carry on using my expensive products… But one day I gave them ago and was so surprised by their quality for the price you pay. The Hair Culture Professional Quality Shampoo and Conditioners are just £1.99 for a whole litre of product. A massive bargain! They are so lovely to use because they have such a clean and light texture – I do find that some shampoos with lots of nice smells and extra products to boost shine can leave my hair feeling a bit lank and heavy. These do the total opposite and make my hair super soft and shiny, without any crazy added volume (deffo don’t need any help with that). They also smell so good, without being too overpowering – just fresh and clean. The shampoo is super sleek but doesn’t make your hair greasy at all, and the conditioner is lovely and creamy – but not heavy. Also, the package is perfect. No whistles and bells, just easy to use flip lids that let you use all of the product.

I can’t talk these products up enough, and I really would recommend you heading to your local Aldi to give them a go, you can’t go very wrong with £1.99 each, and they have one for coloured hair too for the same price. I use both of these as my long-term hair care products, and they have saved me a fortune! Plus my boyfriend really likes them too, proof that although they may not be amazing for every hair-type, they are so good for both of ours – and our hair-types are very different from eachother.

Have you tried either of these before? #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist

“Get that that beach hair look with this salty spray that gives a light hold and adds shine, leaving a neroli, orange flower, grapefruit and rosewood scent. We’ve used carrageenan, a seaweed extract, together with glycerine to hydrate the hair. Mineral-rich fine sea salt gives that volumised, beachy head look, counteracting the flattening effects of soft water and softens the skin on the scalp too.”

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A: I have to admit, I bought this way back in April and have only just started getting into using it. The first time I used it, I got a bit spritz happy and it just left my hair feeling super gunky (real word) and gross and I was really disappointed because it smells SO good, that I wanted to use it every day. I started using it again a couple of weeks ago, hoping to fall in love with the texture, not just the scent – and I definitely have. 

It gives my hair a gorgeous natural and shiny look with tousled curls and waves – exactly the hairstyle I like to aim for. It’s perfect for this time of year too because I like to let my hair dry naturally in the Summer and keep it’s own shape, rather than trying to tame it with a blow-dryer and straighteners. Once my hair has dried by it’s self, I give it a spray (avoiding the roots, it doesn’t work so great on mine) with this lovely sea-salty mist and it brings my hair to life and gives it hold without too much structure and crispiness. I always give it a ‘comb’ through with my fingers once it’s dry, just to encourage natural movement in my hair and I only need a couple of pumps which is impressive as my hair is quite thick and unmanageable – although the product is quite small I have a feeling it will last me a while. The smell really is lovely and takes you straight to the seaside and the bottle is a perfect size to keep in your handbag for a mid-day freshen up. So many people have asked ‘Ooo what’s that lovely smell?’ when I’ve used it during the day, which always make you feel a bit spesh. It costs £9.95 for 100g which falls in with other Lush products, and I don’t mind spending a little more for quality and cruelty free brands.

I am a big fan of Lush products, I love their ethos and everything they stand for. This is another product to add to the list of Lush favourites – I’m so pleased I persevered!

Have you tried the Sea Spray from Lush? #twolittleowls

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Regis: Holiday Hair Beauty must-haves

A & C: Regis Salons have recently launched their *brand new* online store, and we’ve had a bit of a gander to find our favourite products for sun protection in this lovely weather. We both have long, super thick hair so hair care is pretty important to us, and after we saw their competition lauch – we knew we had to give it a go.

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DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Shampoo

“Achieve beautiful, vibrant, energized hair with DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Shampoo 350ml which revitalizes and protects your hair.”

DESIGNLINEUltimate Radiance Conditioner

“Get the beautiful, vibrant hair you want with DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Conditioner 355ml which instantly detangles, heals and conditions hair.”

We had to include these as a pair, because they are SUCH bargains and it’s always nice to have a shampoo and conditioner as a set. Designline is also Regis Salon’s own line of hair care. The shampoo has a sulfate free formula which removes chlorine (perfect for days spent in the pool!) and impurities without stripping the moisture from you hair.

And if your hair is feeling dry because of too much time in the sun, Regis recommends the conditioner because it replenishes hydration and provides ultimate smoothness – leaving your hair with a radiant shine. What more could you want? They cost just £8.99 each – a baragin and available here if you’re as tempted as us.

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DESIGNLINE Olive Oil Restoring Oil

“Rich in vitamins and antioxidants DESIGNLINE Olive Oil Restoring Oil is just what you need to create sleek, smooth styles with no frizz.”

Another pick from Regis’s own range, olive oil based products are perfect for sun and uv protection. This has been designed to soften and hydrate your hair, leaving your hair looking and feeling amazing. You can find it here for £11.49.

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DESIGNLINE Hydrating Balm 

“If your hair is in need of a bit of moisture then our stylist recommend DESIGNLINE Hydrating Balm 250ml which will leave your hair touchably soft, moist and supple.”

Regis introduce this as a ‘spa day’ for your hair, and after you’ve worked hard for all those hours relaxing in the sun, your hair would be in a need of a treat – and this looks perfect. £11.49 is pretty reasonable for such a luxury, you can find it here.

Click here to visit the Regis Salon Online Store!

What’re you top hair picks for sun-damaged hair? Have you used an of these products? #twolittleowls

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May Birchbox Review

A & C: we were super excited to receive our Birchbox’s today, and we both got the same goodies so we thought we should do a joint review.

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So firstly, the box is beautiful. The theme this month is the Great Outdoors, and the ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ print is really bright and colourful. The beauty guide this month is full of inspirational looks which use the products in the box so you can re-create them yourself. Perfect for Birchbox’s Share + Win competition to get involved in sharing pictures of how our samples help you enjoy the great outdoors. Chloe and I have some epic ideas for this so please follow our Instagram account else you will be missing out majorly!

So to the box contents…

1. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil, sample size 3ml £2.13 (full size 55ml £39)

Annie thinks this smells lovely but Chloe thinks it smells like the stuff her mum used on her hair when she had nits…. anyway, we really like the fact that it’s dual use and can be used in the shower or the bath. We’ve used quite a few samples from this brand, and it is a high end product so we are both looking forward to using it (Chloe will just have to hold her nose).

2. Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo Protect & Condition, sample sizes 30ml £1.86 each (full size 225ml £14 each)

Okay we both like the smell of this, first time ever. These are a Birchbox exclusive, and are a brand that appear a lot in Birchbox’s but this is the first time that both a shampoo and conditioner have been included. We were both happy about this because it gives you a chance to use both products to their full potential, however the size of the sample is pretty small and we both have quite a lot of hair so we will probably only get to use these twice and that’s if we are being careful.

3. Liz Earle Beauty Co. Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, sample size 30ml £3.98 (full size 100ml £13.25)

There’s been crazy amounts of hype about the Liz Earle brand, especially the Hot Cloth Cleansers so we were really excited to see this in the spoiler. This cult cleanser ‘leaves skin perfectly cleansed and prepped. The muslin cloth and polish ensure a beautiful glow’ so we are obviously super eager to use it. We will be reviewing this as soon as we have both used it as part of our routine so keep following to see what all fuss is about!

4. Soigne Nail Lacquer, full size £11 (yay!)

The most important thing about this is that the packaging is amazing. Like really amazing. It makes you feel like you’ve received a really high end product, and we all love that feeling. We both received the Persimmon colour which is an amazing deep orange (it matches Annie’s hair which is an added bonus). Both of us have ridiculous nail varnish collections, and this is a new brand so it is a perfect addition for us.

5. Benefit They’re Real Mascara, sample size 3g (full size 8.5g £19.50)

Chloe swears by this mascara, and reviewed it here a couple of months ago but it isn’t one that Annie’s used before. She actually bought some from the duty free on the plane home from her holiday yesterday because Chloe kept telling her how good it was, so we are both happy because we’ve now got enough mascara to last us forever, and it’s Benefit. Win.

So we both were really pleased with this months box, it contained a great mix of products (and we are always happy when we get a full size ginger nail varnish). The total value of the box is £27.88 which is really good considering it only cost £12.95 including postage and packing! If you are thinking of signing up please use this link (click here) and we will both get £5 worth of points to spend in the online shop. If you sign up before the end of the month you will also receive May’s box which will contain similar items to these!

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