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November’s empties

C: I have missed doing these posts so much! I love a good empties pile, makes me feel super productive especially just before Christmas! Alas, this empties is slightly lacking on the productive front… I have so many products that are super close to the end but just not quite there yet, so hopefully Decembers empties will be slightly more impressive!

Soap & glorys hand food. An essential in my house, especially due to having eczema and doing lots of washing up (children make so much mess) so my hands are always dry and sore if I’m not regularly using a hand cream. I love this one from soap & glory, it smells amazing and is super moisturising. Only downside is it takes a while to sink in so this tends to be one I keep by my bed to use over night!

Repurchase? Yes!

Mitchum deodorant… wouldn’t normally include this in an empties post. Deodorant isn’t usually exciting, but for me this is! Normally I react to most deodorants or after a while I hate the smell of them? I have been using this (not this exact one) one for several years now and it’s literally the best.

Repurchase? If you like smelling nice and not being a sweatybetty this is a life essential. So yes.

Batiste dry shampoo for dark hair. I hate batiste a bit? Like others are so much better but it’s so easy to get hold of that I just end up panic buying it whenever I go shopping. The brown one is much better though and I actually get on with it much better than the uncoloured ones that take six years to remove the grey spray from my hair!

Repurchase? Probs yes, although I’m going to try super hard to remember to try something else next time!

Body shop mango shower gel- now are you not impressed that I have finished up that massive shower gel?! L helped… but still. I love body shop shower gels and there is always at least one in my shower on the go, however I wasn’t that keen on this scent, it was too sweet and sickly got me!

Repurchase? Yes but not this flavour!

Finally we have Dr lipps nipple butter which is actually a mini lip balm! I bloody love this stuff, it’s super thick and moisturising without being sticky (literally looks like you have shiny lip gloss on) and keeps your lips in perfect condition ready for red lipstick season! It doesn’t dry your lips out even more so you have to keep reapplying for the rest of your life (Vaseline I’m looking at you) so it’s taken me about 4 months just to use up this tiny sample!

Repurchase? I would if I didn’t already have a full size ready to go!

So there we have my mini empties post! Hopefully my December empties will be more impressive and include some of the items I’m hoping to finish up before Christmas! Send me a link to your empties too, I love reading them!

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December 2015 Empties Part Two: Body Skincare, Shower Stuff and Hair Care!

C: Welcome to my second empties of the month! You can see my first empties post here if you are interested in the facial skincare and make up I have been using up! So lets get too it!

Body Skincare!

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Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – after having a baby I have gone through lots of these types of products and this is by far my favourite. It moisturises and stops stretched skin from itching, smells good and actually seems to make a difference! I love it!

Repurchase? Yes if I ever decide being pregnant is a good idea again.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – I bought this ages ago and finally used it up now I have minimum time available for showering and moisturising! This really is a great idea and works well. I wouldn’t say it moisturises as well as a proper moisturiser, but it certainly works well enough for those days when you are super in a rush!

Repurchase? I would, but they do a cocoa butter version that I would like to try next.

Bio Oil – I know this is loads of peoples HG product… but tbh I think its pretty shit. soz. For the money it really seems to do nothing, it feels horrid and it doesn’t even smell nice. Nah mate.

Repurchase? Nope.

Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Body Cream – we all love a bit of Molton Brown don’t we?! This smelt good and was of the same quality we have come to expect from this brand. I only wish the sample I got in my Cohorted box was bigger!

Repurchase? probs wouldn’t spend my pennies on it, but I would happily use it again.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter – oh more S&G? What a surprise. Wont bang on about this cos one of these body butters pretty much feature in every empties post I write. Love it.

Repurchase? Hells yeah.

Cowshed Blissful Body Lotion – I don’t normally like body lotions as I find them a bit thin and a waste of my time, but I bloody loved this! It smells amazing and actually moisturised my skin well.

Repurchase? I actually would!

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Lush Hot Toddy – I wasn’t that interested by this when I received it last year for Christmas (clearly as I have only just used it) but I loved it! Super festive and this tiny bottle lasted me about 2 weeks!

Repurchase? If it is available again this year I will definitely be picking some up!

Soap & Glory Clean On Me – I took this with me in my hospital bag when I had baba so temporarily went off the smell (bad memories and all), but decided to finish it up this month and I am glad I have fallen in love with it again. Smells great and is super moisturising!

Original Source Raspberry and Cocoa – another product that had been hanging around since last Christmas! I really liked this when I first opened it but decided to save it for the colder months as its quite a wintery smell… anyone else do that or am I just weird?!

Repurchase? Yes, its lovely!

Dove Silk Glow – I am not normally a fan of Dove stuff, but I received this as a stocking filler last Christmas (jesus I am clearly bad at stashing stuff..) and fished it out this month when I ran out of shower gels I was excited about… and I liked it! It smelt nice, was super bubbly and moisturising.

Repurchase? Probably not, as I have lots I love more but I would happily use it again if I received it.

Beauticology Caramel Fudge – another Christmas present… whoops! I didn’t like this, it smelt nice but not as strong as I was hoping it would and it just didn’t lather up. You had to use so much product to feel even slightly clean that I used this up in 4 days. Boo!

Repurchase? Nope.

Hair Stuff

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – won’t go on about this as everyone in the world has used this I’m sure. I don’t even like it that much? But I just panic buy it when I go shopping, as I forget to look at the others that I actually like/have a brown tint so I don’t look like an old lady.

Repurchase? Yep, even though I shouldn’t!

Bed Head Colour Goddess Leave-In Conditioner – I got my hair ombre’d when I was preggo so I have been using this to keep the colour nice… I can’t say I noticed much of a difference but It smelt nice so I kept using it! It also helped keep my hair shiny and made it easier to brush out.

Repurchase? nope, I have started an Aussie detangling spray which I prefer and is half the price!

Hip Ultra Shine Shampoo – wasn’t keen on this. It was tea tree flavoured which made me think of nit shampoo… not that I have nits I just remember my mum spraying it in my hair so I  wouldn’t get them at school! It also didn’t lather up very well so I made L finish this!

Repurchase? Nope!

So there we have it, the end of the worlds longest empties post! Have you tried any of these products? what did you think of them! #twolittleowls

Review: The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

C: one of the lovely side effects of being pregnant has been a delightfully flaky scalp – something to do with the same hormones that ruin your skin and nails apparently. Lovely. Obviously, as I am pregnant I didn’t want to be shoving loads of chemicals and nastiness on my scalp to sort the problem, but also didn’t want my scalp to keep falling off so I did a little research and found this beauty.

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The Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo is £4.50 for 250ml or £6.40 for 400ml from The Body Shop, so not too expensive really, only a little more than your average drugstore shampoo. Now the hundreds of positive reviews on the Body Shop website speak for themselves, but I thought I would share my experience with you guys too. Basically… this stuff is amazing.

After one wash my scalp was no longer itchy/irritated and there was hardly any flakiness left. By the second use literally all evidence that my scalp had ever decided to fall off was gone. Literally, gone. Now I haven’t ever had this issue before, so I haven’t tried any other anti-dandruff shampoos to compare it too but with results like that I won’t be bothering to try any!

Also if you are worried about the scent, I am preggo with super human smelling powers and don’t like ginger… but it is fine to use. The scent isn’t over powering in any way and I actually enjoy using it. There doesn’t seem to be a matching conditioner, so by the time you have used your normal one there is no over powering ginger scent lingering about!

So basically, if you have any scalp issues you NEED  to try this! I have literally been recommending it to everyone! Has anyone else tried this? What did you think? #twolittleowls

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

A Vintage Bride ft. Lover.ly

A: I was recently having a browse on the world wide web, and quickly got  lost in the never ending scrolling, but found myself on the beautiful Lover.ly Website. I was so inspired by it that I knew I would have to put together a post for you all and share their gorgeous wedding dresses. Unfortunately neither of us are currently engaged (very stubborn boyfriends), but we love weddings and hey, a girl can dream.

Lover.ly was launched in 2012 by a one-time maid of honor and her team of former bridesmaids and groomsmen determined to simplify the wedding planning process. It’s described as ‘the new way to plan your wedding’, and it really is. You can search under key words, themes and colours – making the whole process so much easier to find anything and everything for your big day. All the products they feature include direct links to the site they are available from, as well as prices – it’s pretty much like a shopping version of Pinterest – what more could you want in life?

I’ve decided to pull together a ‘look’, featuring hair, make-up and accessories to go with a theme I would choose – which would have to be bohemian and vintage inspired. So here is my choice;

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Pas De Deux Bridal – Ginata Coverlet & Ebro Skirt (price on request)

Firstly, I apologise in advance to any brides to be. If you’re anything like me you will have fallen in love with this beautiful skirt and top combination (and if you have, DO NOT click the link to head to their website because their whole collection is just as beautiful!). I love the classic cut of the Ebro Skirt, with it’s nipped in waistband and gorgeous chantilly lace and illusion tulle layers, it really is my ideal wedding day look. The two-piece wedding day look is a fairly new trend, and it’s so versatile, you can really easily tune the whole outfit to exactly what you want. Personally, this being teamed with the Ginata Coverlet is bridal perfection to me. I love the high neck and sleeves with the skin showing through, keeping you covered but not concealed – for any brides who have insecurities about their arms, or chest, like I do. I also love the vintage vibe that a two-piece has and when you throw in the silhouette that the skirt creates, you’ve got a gorgeous retro-inspired bridal look. Unfortunately, this is one of the few collections on Lover.ly that don’t inform you of their prices, which normally means they are pretty pricey (sorry about that!).

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Nars Illuminator

Kiko Cosmetics Velvet Mat Satin Lipstick in Autumn Pink

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

Make-up wise, I think a classic winged liner would be perfect for this dress – with dewey highlights and rose coloured lips. The Benefit eyeliner is renowned for its lasting power – and would stay in place all day for a Bride on her wedding day. And the Kiko lipstick is a beautiful shade of pink to compliment the Nars illuminator (click here for a full review of the Kiko lipstick). This simple make-up look would go perfectly with the dress, the heavy lace pattern would be too much if it was teamed with bold make-up.

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A floral hair crown would be perfect to finish this bridal look and would look beautiful either with long, tousled curls or a messy up do. Fresh flowers would be a must for me though, and you can tie them in with your colour scheme and bridal bouquet to bring the whole wedding together.

I love the overall look of this – the heavily patterned lace dress with it’s gorgeous texture and style is complimented by the simple yet romantic make-up. The floral hair crown would really bring this look together, and I would choose one in pink and orange hues, to compliment the pink undertone in the lipstick. The overall muted pastel tones that this wedding look would create would be perfect for a spring/outdoor wedding – something which I would adore!

I’ve had so much fun writing this post, and would like to send a big thank you to Lover.ly for the inspiration!

What do you think to this Bridal look? #twolittleowls

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

Annie’s First Empties Post!

A: This really is my first empties post ever. It’s taken me 10 whole months to collect enough empties to write about and review…because I like using new stuff too much. I have a problem. So here it goes.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – £4.99 from Boots

This is one of the cheaper micellar waters on the market at the moment. I have tried quite a few but I must say that this is my favourite. It feels super clean to use and is not greasy at all and leaves my skin feeling cleansed and ready for the day – and is great for sensitive skin too. It doesn’t have a scent, which suits me perfectly because these can sometimes irritate my skin. The 400ml bottle advertises 200 uses – in theory just 2p per use, which is massive value for money. I would highly recommend this for removing your make-up if you’re a fan of the micellar waters.

Re-purchase? No, but only because I have changed my cleansing routine recently. This actually didn’t help improve my skin and it’s blemishes – something which my new routine has done (don’t worry – I will be posting an updated night time routine soon!).

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Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment – £25.00 from Boots for the 3 Step System

I bought this 3 step system from Clinique as a last ditch attempt when I was feeling super low about my spots and blemishes. I was stuck in a relentless circle of permanently having bad skin and assumed this would solve all of my problems because all of the online reviews said it worked for them. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. At all. If anything, it made my skin worse – especially for the first few weeks, I was expecting this so I powered through – but it didn’t improve . The scent, texture and packaging really do make them a nice product to use – particularly this clearing treatment. It sinks into your skin almost immediately and and makes it feel refreshed and super soft so I am disappointed this didn’t work for me – it obviously just contains something my skin doesn’t agree with. I don’t want to put any of you off of using this – please give it a try if you think it might suit you and read other reviews!

Re-purchase? No!

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Beauty Protecter Daily Shampoo and Conditioner –  £14 each from Birchbox

These were in one of my Birchbox’s, and shampoos and conditioners are one of my favourite things to receive because they are perfect for nights or weekends away. I saved these for a weekend away we had planned and was excited to use them as a treat for my hair and because they smelt SO good (although a lot of Birchbox products all have a very similar scent?). Sadly, they were a little heavy for me and left my hair feeling lank and dull – not silky smooth and voluminous like I was hoping. I still haven’t found my HG shampoo and conditioner – and actually buy one from Aldi because it suits my hair the best (embarrassing but true). Have you got any shampoo tips for me?

Re-purchase? No, sorry – a little expensive too I think!

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate – £12.99 from Birchbox

I won’t bang on about this too much because I actually reviewed it a while ago on the blog, so if you want to know more – click here!

Re-purchase? Yes!

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Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish – £8.99 from Urban Veda

I love a good exfoliator and this is one of my favourites. It ‘naturally brightens and balances skin tone’ – which I really think it does! Plus it has lots of scrubby beads in it and for me, there’s nothing more annoying than an exfoliator with not enough beads.

Re-purchase? Yes, but I have a few more exfoliators to use first!

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Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation in Fair – £19.95 from Feel Unique

This is my favourite product. I have included this in my Every Day Make Up Look (you should click the link, even if it’s just to lol at my selfie), but never actually dedicated a whole post to it – but it deserves it. It’s perfect for minimal coverage, but also for applying as much as you need. I really do love it as a foundation – and I don’t get on with liquid foundations because of my insane amount of freckles. If you have freckles, please try this!

Re-purchase? Without a doubt! (already have two in stock from the Feel Unique sale!!)

Have you tired any of these products? #twolittleowlsblog