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January’s Empties Part 2 – Body Care 

C: hiya! Finally I have time to write up the second part of my empties, turns out babies are cute little time suckers and days just disappear. So here we have the body skincare items! 

Shower Gels 

  

Beauticology Gingerbread Shower Gel – I got this in a set last year for Christmas and I wasn’t keen! They smell nice but the scent doesn’t last long and the formula doesn’t foam up well meaning you use it super quickly! 

Repurchase? Nope. 

No7 Beautiful Skin Blissful Body Wash – I really wanted to like this but I just didn’t. It foams up beautifully but I just didn’t like the scent on me. It smelt lovely in the tube but on me it smelt like toilet cleaner which was a shame! 

Repurchase? No. 

Lush Twilight Shower Gel – now this I loved! It is such a sophisticated lavender scent that lasts all day, this tiny bottle also lasted over two weeks! 

Repurchase? Yes I miss it already! 

Moisturisers 

  

Soap and Glory Hand Food – I literally have millions of these from various gift sets which is handy as all the hand washing and bottle washing that comes with having a baby has resulted in horridly dry hands! This has definitely helped! 

Repurchase? Yes if I didn’t already have some. 

Soap and Glory Righteous Butter – another skincare staple for me that features in pretty much all of my empties posts so I won’t bang on about it! 

Repurchase? Always. 

Lavera Hand Cream – I’m guessing I got this in some sort of beauty box as I have no idea where it came from! However I decided to try it out on my new dry hands and it was really effective. I didn’t like the smell of this though it was quite minty and seemed a weird scent for your hands! 

Repurchase? No. 

Beauticology Marshmallow Body Cream – another disappointing product from this brand, it didn’t smell of marshmallow and its moisturising-ness was rubbish.

Repurchase? Nope! 

Celleunce Phase 1&2 Body Cream – these are aimed at reducing cellulite so I decided to try them on my new mother belly to see if it made any difference to the skin. To be honest I didn’t notice any difference over the time used so these either don’t work or the samples are too small to see a difference. 

Repurchase? No.

So there we have the second part of my January empties! Don’t get too excited about February’s as I have currently used up a grand total of zero things! Anyone else tried these products or are trying to use up their stash? #twolittleowls 

January’s Empties Part 1 – Skincare and Make-Up

C: hi guys! We have been taking a little break from blogging recently but I can’t get out of the habit of collecting my empties to share with you all. There’s a definite sense of achievement in using up so much of my stash! I did super well in Jan so I’m splitting it into two posts and will be sharing my body care items another day! 

Make-Up and Nail Stuff 

  

Seche Vite Top Coat- this is my holy grail nail polish top coat. It makes my mani last ages and gives it a lovely glossy finish, only problem with it is the last bit always goes gloopy and horrid. 

Repurchase? Yes. 

Essie Nail polish in silver glitter-Iv had this so long the name has rubbed off! I loved this as it gave good coverage for a glitter polish and lasted well. 

Repurchase? Yes if I can find the same shade again. I won’t be buying it again any time soon though as I have loads of silver polishes to use up. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer – another blogger favourite that I actually really liked. I went off it for a while but used this sample up whilst away with family and re fell in love with it. I had forgotten how great it is! I find other cheaper primers last the same over time but nothing compares to how well make up applies over this. 

Repurchase? Yes! 

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – I have dedicated a whole post to this as I really love it and it’s a CC cream that’s actually pale enough for me! This is perfect for those days where you aren’t wearing much make up but still want a flawless base. 

Repurchase? Definitely. 

ELF Eyebrow Kit – I loved this and used it every day for about a year! However since using it up and trying other products I realise it probably isn’t as amazing as I first thought. In comparison to others it is a little cakey and the applicator provided is awful! 

Repurchase? No. 

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Powder- another product I loved! This was perfect at setting foundation and keeping shine at bay! It also lasted way longer than most other powders Iv tried. 

Repurchase? Hella yeah! 

Skincare 

  

Garnier Micellar Water- won’t go on about this as everyone in the world knows about it. Amazing. 

Repurchase? Definitely 

Clinique Moisture Surge – I got my usual Clinique moisturiser for Christmas but I have been trying to use up the many samples I have hanging about and I’m so glad I did as I love this! It’s perfect for winter when your skin needs extra attention but would be too heavy for me in summer I think. 

Repurchase? Definitely next autumn. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter- I am so proud of myself for using this up as it was never ending! Definite value for money there! This was great at removing make up but did eventually end up making my eyes pretty sore, I’m not sure why!

Repurchase? No. 

Green people Hydrating Firming Serum – didn’t like this, it was good at moisturising but made my skin feel sticky some how? I also like to think I don’t need my skin firming so just not the product for me! 

Repurchase? No. 

Herbal Essences Hydrating Shampoo and conditioner- not skincare but had to add them in somewhere! I got these for my baba hospital bag but I’m gross and didn’t use them so decided to finally use them up to make room in my very crowded bathroom. Iv used this brand before but this time they made my hair look greasy and gave me a super itchy scalp so obviously don’t agree with me any more! 

Repurchase? No. 

So there we have the first part of my empties! Let me know if you agree with my mini reviews! #twolittleowls 

December 2015’s Empties Part One : Facial Skincare and Make-Up!

C: so this month in a bid to use up lots of half used products in prep for my Christmas clear out I have used up a whopping 24 products! Because I have used so many I have split this post into two, so my body skincare, shower gels and hair care products will be discussed in my next post so I don’t bore you all too much with a super mega long post!

Facial Skincare

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner – I actually stole this from Annie as I wanted to try it and she wasn’t in love, so cheers Annie, I have now used it up if you were hoping for it back… long story short, I didn’t love this. It didn’t irritate my skin, it removed any last traces of make up… but it was just a bit sticky? Which I find weird for a toner and didn’t make my skin feel especially clean or nice.

Repurchase? No.

Lush Tea Tree Water – this is currently my HG toner. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin but is powerful enough to actually make a difference on my spots and blemishes.

Repurchase? Hella yeah

Clinique Clarifying Lotion – this is one of those products that has been basically empty for about a year I swear but never ended. I only use this about twice a week, when I feel like my skin needs a deep clean or I have been wearing a lot of make up and want to make sure it has been removed properly. If I use this more often its just too strong for my sensitive skin and causes redness/itching. But I love it for those days when I have had cray cray make up (Im thinking of you, Halloween!).

Repurchase? Yes.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Mask – it wouldnt be one of my empty posts if it didn’t feature some S&G products would it? I enjoyed using this (don’t leave it on too long else you will have a sad face) and it made my skin feel super clean. It also lasts ages considering its quite a small pot as you really don’t need much. As for pore minimising? I didn’t notice much, but realistically I don’t think any products achieve the ever searched for pore minimising-ness. Yep, thats deffo a word.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t already got about 6 other face masks to use up then yes.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – I reviewed this here, so check out my review if you are interested in trying this.

Repurchase? Yes, its perfect for sensitive skin

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel – another product we have previously reviewed.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t asked Santa for it then yes!

Make-Up

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Mac Matchmaster Foundation – this foundation is AMAZING. I love it, and its the perfect foundation if you are super pale like me as they have load’s of shades to match you too! This also lasted me a year!

Repurchase? Yes!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – another product I have previously reviewed, but this bad boy is my HG mascara! I love it! Perfect for thick, long lashes that last all day!

Repurchase? Yes!

No7 Gold Glitter Top Coat – this has alas died of old age *insert sad face. I have had this about two years though so I really can’t complain! Due to all the glitter sinking to the bottom I seem to have used up all the nail varnish without the glitter… bad times! Love it though!

Repurchase? I already have another!

Korres Eyeliner – this used to be my go-to eyeliner. It is super soft and pigmented so I used this to create a feline flick on my upper lashes when I was too lazy to use liquid eyeliner! It also lasts all day without smudging (although it smudges a little if using on your lower lash line)

Repurchase? I would if I didn’t have a large amount of eye liners to use up!

So there we have the first part of my December empties! Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and agree with my mini reviews! #twolittleowls

 

Chloe’s November Empties 2015

C: another monthly empties post for you guys this month and with a grand total of 13 products used up (most of which are full sized!) this is quite possibly my most successful empties post yet! Clearly having a baby and not being able to go shopping for new things all the time is super useful in using up your stash! I have split the photos up into the types of products I am going to talk about so it is a little easier to follow, so hope you enjoy my mini reviews!

Stretchmark/Baby Related Skincare

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Neals Yard Mothers Massage Oil – I received this in a gift set at my baby shower and was really excited about trying things from a brand I hadn’t really used before but unfortunately this product just wasn’t for me. I don’t like oils! They are too oily… which I know is the point I just personally don’t like them. Plus I managed to drop half of this on the floor as it came out the bottle too quick. It did smell nice though and was nice and moisturising, couldn’t comment on its stretch mark reduction though as this only lasted me about a week.

Repurchase? No.

Shea Mooti Mama’s Everything Body Balm – I received this in my Sassybloom subscription box, but unfortunately this was another product that I didn’t really enjoy using. When you massaged it in it turned to an oil and it smelt horrid. I don’t even know how to describe the smell but for such an expensive product I was pretty disappointed!

Repurchase? No.

Neals Yard Mothers Balm – I did actually quite like this! Although it turned to an oil when warmed up it sunk in nicely and didn’t leave me feeling all sticky and horrid. It was also super moisturising and although I don’t know whether it reduced stretch marks it certainly got rid of that horrid itchy skin you get when your skin is stretching/shrinking!

Repurchase? No, as I no longer need such products but I would consider it again if ever pregnant again.

Skincare

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Plush Therapy Mild Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub – I received this sample in a Birchbox, and although I am suspicious of multi use products I decided to give it a go/use it up out the way. As usual my suspicions were correct and this seemed a pretty pointless product to me! It wasn’t scrubby enough to be in anyway exfoliating for my face, and the pot was too tiny to really test my body with it more than once! It also didn’t really make my skin feel clean or nice or anything…

Repurchase? Nope.

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser – one of my favourite face products that I have reviewed here and features in many of my empties posts!

Repurchase? Yes! Its true love!

B. Pure Micellar Water – I am really proud of myself for finishing this up as I hated it! It stings my eyes/makes them water loads and makes my skin feel all sticky and horrid after using it! This lived in my work bag for emergencies for ages, and then I have finally finished the last little bit up as I ran out of my Garner Micellar water before I could get another!

Repurchase? No!

Body Stuff

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Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream – dunno if you can tell from this post… but I might just be a massive S&G fan! I received this little beauty for Christmas and have finally got round to using it! It smells amazing and is super moisturising. S&G body butters are my fav moisturisers so I go through them quickly!

Repurchase? If I didn’t already have some more to use up then yes definitely!

Dove Silky Nourishing Body Cream – another moisturiser I got for Christmas and have finally finished up! I wasn’t expecting much from this really, but I actually enjoyed using it. It smelt nice and was a lovely light moisturiser to use daily.

Repurchase? Probably not as I love others more, but I would happily use this again if I received it!

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream – another item that I have reviewed here. Made my boyfriend give me lots of foot massages both pre and post baby, mainly because I couldn’t reach my own feet to moisturise them so this came in handy!

Repurchase? I would do, but I have a couple of little versions of this to use up first!

Beauticology Hot Chocolate Shower Creme – once again another Christmas gift! Definitely got enough bath/body stuff to last me all year apparently! I wasn’t keen on this though, the scent got a bit sickly after a while so I couldn’t use it every day, and I didn’t find that that formula lathered up very well either.

Repurchase? No.

Make-Up/Perfume

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Elf High Definition Powder – I bought this ages ago and it has lasted absolutely ages! I loved it when I first got it, but after a while it got a little bit clumpy/I got bored of making a mess every time I opened it. Loose powder isn’t the best product for us clumsy people!

Repurchase? No as Elf don’t deliver to the UK anymore *sad face*

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer – I received this in a Birchbox and it has lasted me about 6 months! I just used a tiny bit when I wanted my eye make up to last that little bit longer, and this does a perfect job of keeping it there without your make up creasing/sweating down your face. Love it.

Repurchase? I have another little sample that I have started, but once that gets used up I will definitely be investing!

My Burberry Perfume – I have now finally almost got through my life time supply of mini perfume samples! I liked this actually and would happily own it again! It was very sophisticated and grown up!

Repurchase? I definitely would consider it!

So there we have the longest empties post in twolittleowls history! Hope you managed to stay till the end/enjoyed my mini reviews! We shall see if I can beat 13 empties next month, although I very much doubt it! Let me know if you have tried any of these beauties/if you agree with my repurchase choices! #twolittleowls

Review: Soap & Glory Drama Clean 5-in-1 Micellar Water

C: I recently decided to delve a little deeper into S&G’s skincare products, as even though they are one of my favourite brands I hadn’t actually tried many of their skincare products –  I had stuck to those I knew and mainly focused on showergels/body butters. As there was a 3 for 2 offer in Boots I decided to try their micellar water, as lets be honest such products are always useful to have around and I could justify adding a nifty little product to my ever expanding stash. This product is available here for £6!

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“No rubbing required! Remove make-up, dirt and impurities in one clean sweep with our astonishingly gentle yet effective Drama Clean™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (or as we call it “miracle water”)”.

So according to S&G this is a miracle water… and unfortunately (normally I adore all S&G products, and haven’t tried one I didn’t before) I have to disagree! I have tried this a couple of times now, and although it soothes my sensitive skin it just doesn’t remove make up effectively enough for me. My mascara (admittedly Benefits They’re Real) just got moved around my face rather than removed and my skin didn’t feel particularly clean. I ended up using my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm after this to actually remove my make up properly.

I am super sad about this, as normally S&G are spot on with their products! Has anyone else tried this? Have I managed to pick up a dud?! On the plus side though I am still getting plenty of use from this product by using it as a toner instead, to make sure my skin is super clean after initially removing make up with something a little more powerful.

On a side note it is also quite fragrant.. which I find strange in a micellar water and isn’t something I have come across before! I can’t work out whether I really like it or hate it!

Has anyone else tried this? I would love to hear if you had a similar experience to me! #twolittleowls

Review: Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash

C: if you are a regular twolittleowls reader you will know that I am an avid fan of S&G, and in terms of their skincare range I love their Peaches and Clean Cleanser which I have previously reviewed here, and it has featured in numerous of my empties posts due to repeat repurchases. However, due to my love of the Peaches and Clean Cleanser, I had never actually tried any of the other face washes and scrubs that S&G have to offer, which when it is one of my favourite brands seemed ridiculous. Hence investing in this little beauty to try!

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“Cleansing, foaming and smoothing •Gently detoxifies, polishes and purifies •Includes pigmentation-preventing antioxidants •Rejuvenates, energises and brightens •Strategically formulated for oily/combination skin”

S&G have attributed many impressive claims to this facial wash, so how did I find it? Firstly it is very pleasant to use, it has a fruity smell and you only need a tiny bit to lather up nicely on your skin for a clean, fresh feeling. It also contains little beads for exfoliating… which don’t really seem to add much in terms of exfoliation for me (and I dislike them being in products after reading London Beauty Queens post on the environmental effects of these little beasts) but all in all it is pleasant to use – the boyfriend is also happy to use this as it isn’t too girly girly.

It is however perfect for combination skin as it helps keep oil production in check without drying out the rest of my skin – formulated to do just so as this product is not a soap, but is a foaming facial wash specifically aimed at not causing the dryness associated with applying soap to your face! Since starting to use this I have noticed that my skin has remained clear and blemish free – so it has obviously carried on my Peaches & Cleans good work, and I am definitely glad I invested in this as for £8 (available here, and often on offer) it is going to last me such a long time!

Have any of you guys tried this facial wash? It certainly won’t be replacing Peaches & Clean in my heart, but it will be repurchased and used as an alternative so I don’t get bored (I am very fickle with my beauty products I am afraid!) #twolittleowls

Chloe’s October Empties!

C: Another month… another very successful empties box! I hadn’t really paid attention to what I was using up this month so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had used up nine things – thats pretty impressive work for me, especially when I wasn’t specifically trying to use stuff up! So here is this months empties:

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Lacura Face Care Aqua-complete Multi Intensive Serum – Annie actually reviewed this very accurately here, so I wont go into too much detail but I really liked this. I did remove the label though so it would look prettier on my dresser… but it is a great serum, especially for the price!

Repurchase? Definitely! This is such a bargain!

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower gel – this had been sat in my stash since Christmas as I hate eating grapefruit, and grapefruit washing up liquid makes me vom so I assumed I would hate this! Due to laziness, as this was the first shower gel I came too whilst having a rummage I finally used it and loved it! The scent is delicate and beautiful, and it lathers up nicely so a little goes a long way! This tiny bottle lasted me over two weeks – another reason why I love the Body Shop!

Repurchase? Surprisingly yes!

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Hyrdoactive Microderm – another Birchbox sample here I believe! I liked the scrubbiness of this, it was nicely exfoliating without being too harsh but I wasn’t keen on the formula on the cream. It just sat on top of my skin and didn’t sink in at all, meaning when I used a micellar water afterwards there was still loads of make up there.

Repurchase? Nope.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter – Im pretty sure one of these turns up in my empties posts about every other month! I bloody love this stuff! It smells amazing and is super moisturising, it is definitely one of my favourite products ever!

Repurchase? I still have two more in my stash, but when I run out I definitely will.

Tresemme Salon Sleek Glossing Spray – I loved this! It helped tame fly aways, reduced frizz and added a nice shine to my hair without making it look greasy.

Repurchase? I would do but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere! If I do then yes!

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My Burberry Perfume – another sample Annies mum gave me (I promise I will find time to unpack my perfume collection at some point and stop just using samples)! I really like this, and its way more sophisticated than most perfumes I wear so I ended up using it up pretty quickly! It also lasts all day and I received lots of compliments when wearing it!

Repurchase? I think I actually would you know, and I never buy perfumes!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – my favourite mascara that I reviewed here!

Repurchase? I still have a full sized version on the go, but I will be doing, yes.

Anna Sui Secret Wish perfume – I won’t go on about this, as it just wasn’t the right scent for me. It lasted all day and I am sure it would be lovely on someone else but I just didn’t love it! I also promise I am running out of perfume samples to use up so I will stop boring you with them soon!

Repurchase? Nope.

Black Eyeliner from The Body Shop – I have no idea which Body Shop eyeliner this was, as it lasted so long all the writing rubbed off/I have sharpened it too often! I loved this, but it was finally time to say goodbye to an old faithful friend and admit it was time to retire. It lasted all day and had great colour pay off so it was a winner in my eyes!

Repurchase? I would happily re-buy an eyeliner from The Body Shop, I shall be having a look when I next pop in!

So there we have it, a mixed batch for Octobers empties! Have you guys tried any of these products? If so did you agree with my mini reviews? #twolittleowls