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Empties plus Mini Reviews

September 3, 2017

I usually do a five favourite things post, but I thought I would do an empties one instead this month, showing things I have used up, why not mix it up a bit eh! I have been making a concerted effort to use the products that I actually have in my cupboard, before I purchase more. I have a tendency to be unable to resist things in Boots, despite me probably having similar already. Since I started my cash book, (You can read more about that in this post Five Favourite Things May ) I became very aware of my drugstore addiction, so have reigned myself in. I am almost a Saint with the restraint I am showing……

So this post will show you what I have used up in July/August, what I would re-purchase and little mini reviews. Hope its helpful x

Body Care Products

I have a ridiculous amount of body moisturisers. Literally a whole shelf full in my bathroom. These are the ones I have used up over the last 2 months.


Nivea Coconut Shower Cream – I am obsessed with anything coconut scented in the warmer months, so this limited edition one floated my boat. It isn’t expensive, smells gorgeous and lathers well. Its not anything special, but I liked it and would repurchase when it comes out in the summer again.

Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb Body lotion – One of my favourite body lotions ever. I told you in my My Holidays Essentials post how I love to use scented body lotions on holiday instead of perfume, and this one is absolutely gorgeous. It scents your skin all day, but softly and non-overpowering.  Its my third bottle and I will re purchase as soon as I can.

Hawaiian Tropic After sun – I had this for my holiday last year and its gorgeous. It is cooling, hydrating and moisturising, and again, has a coconut scent that screams holiday. I love it and would definitely re purchase.

Loccitane Hand Cream – I got this little tube in a subscription box that I tried. I apply  hand cream every night once I have got into bed, so always have a stash in my cupboard. My hands get so dry! This one was ok, nothing spectacular,  but soaked in nice and didn’t feel greasy. I wouldn’t necessarily purchase again, but not because I didn’t like it, but I just didn’t like it enough to specifically track it down.

Nivea Relax bath cream – I wasn’t overly impressed with this. It didn’t give loads of bubbles, I wasn’t keen on the scent and it didn’t leave my skin soft. I wouldn’t bother with it again.

Laura Mercier Foam Bath – I have told you about my love of indulgent bath oils and bubbles in previous posts, and this one is one of my absolute favourites. This is my second bottle and I will 100% be buying again. I hate that its run out. It gives loads of bubbles, scents my entire en-suite and bedroom, hydrates and scents my skin and just makes me feel good. I love it.

Skin Care

I tend to use the same core skincare products, (you can read about my current skin care in this post, Looking after my skin in my 40’s) so its no surprise what I got through this month.


Environ AVST 5 – My go to moisturiser, packed with vitamin A, results driven, hard working. What more can I say. I already have a new one on the go.

Environ Retinol 1 serum – I introduced retinol into my skincare sometime ago and this is my fourth or fifth bottle. I mix one pump in with my night time moisturiser, and rub that bad boy in. It packs a punch in the anti-aging stakes, and I the only time I will not repurchase is when my skin is ready for the bigger punch of Retinol 2

Environ C-Quence eye gel – My favourite eye gel ever and one that I have used for years. It os expensive, but I swear that this is what keeps the skin around my eyes looking the best it can.

All details for Environ can be found here

Comfort Zone Extra Cream 24hr – I got this in a goody bag of a beauty conference I attended for my day job. Its a great brand, and this product was great for keeping in my bag to top up my moisture levels through the day on the hotter days we enjoyed. I would re-purchase this as I liked how it made my skin feel.

Hair Care products

It is well documented on my Instagram stories the issues I have with my hair. I have a lot of hair, that is beyond wild and many hours of my life are wasted trying to tame and control it. I am always looking for good haircare so please, for the love of the hair gods, feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments.

In all honesty, I wouldn’t repurchase any of these items. The two shampoos just didn’t suit my hair. The lemon highlights one made my hair feel stiff and dry, and the Herbal Essences one made my head itch. I try different shampoos all the time in the hope of finding The One, so I know my hair is difficult to match, its not always the shampoos fault. The dry shampoos, also known as the item I cant live without, were ok. I think some of the latest Batiste dry shampoos that they have launched don’t suit my hair, I should stick to the original. These made my hair feel almost sticky and flyaway. I hated it. I will try another brand next as I think I need a change.


Again, I have a huge perfume collection as my lovely husband is always treating me to new ones. I am consciously trying to use some up, so have been calling some of my older ones to duty.


Pure DKNY – This is a lovely, soft, daytime scent that I really liked. Its not offensive in any way, dosent over power an is lovely for warm summer days. I have been using this a s my daytime work perfume. I wouldn’t necessarily re-buy it, but thats because I have to really love and adore a perfume to repurchase it. I would recommend trying it though.

Miss Dior Cherie – I absolutely love this scent and whenever I wear it, I feel like a real grown up for some reason. I think its a classic, classy perfume that people recognise. I think this is my second bottle. Sadly, this one has gone off as I have had it a while, so I wouldn’t re-purchase yet as I have too many others to use up. It is a perfume that I love though, so can see me buying it again in the future.


So there you have it. My used ups this month. I was surprised that I hadn’t used up any make up items this month, but to be fair, when I look at my make up stash I shouldn’t be surprised at all!

Have you tried any of these items? An hair care recommendations for me? Id love to hear x

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32 responses to “Empties plus Mini Reviews”

  1. You just reminded me I haven’t done an empties post for months! 😮. I love the Viktor & Rolf perfumes, but I haven’t tried the lotions before…I guess they come in a gift set? It’s a shame you didn’t get on with the hair products. Those brands work well for me, just shows that some products aren’t suited to everyone

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      The lotion is gorgeous Emma, you buy it separately, although I think at Christmas you can get gift sets. My hair is very difficult, so its no real reflection on the products. I just have crazy hair lol xxx

  2. highstreetbeauty11 says:

    I love this kind of post. Great to have mini reviews on products and honest opinions! Lots of love x

  3. I actually never saw Nivea shower cream coconut scented, I need it in my life. I’m also obsessed with anything coconut scented, I love it. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhhhh me to! I think in the warmer months coconut stuff just screams holidays. Have you tried the Palmers cocoa butter coconut body lotion??? Just sayin…..

  4. J | Beauty's Expert Amateur says:

    Ooh that Pure DKNY stuff is the bomb.com. Your hubby has good taste in perfumes! Also I’m very envious of your body care collection xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thanks for stopping by! You are so right, he buys me gorgeous perfumes. Im actually embarrassed how much body stuff I have. In my defence, I do get bought a lot of gift sets at christmas etc in my job. Does that make it better??? My friend has just been round and stole some, so Im sharing them out lol xxx

  5. I love Nivea shower creams so much, they feel so nice 😻 And batiste is my go to dry shampoo, have the tropical one that smells amazing! For hair care have you tried John frieda? I find it helps my hair so much when it’s unmanageable (they do a great oil elixir) xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Oh I havent tried John Frieda, maybe I should look into them, thanks for the suggestion. I have also been recommended Percy and Reed, have you tried them? Unmanageable hair is such a pain isnt it!

      • I love John Frieda, there’s such a wide range tha you’re bound to find something you like. I swear by their Shampoo/Conditioner and Elixir Oil! I’ve not tried them but I have heard good things. It really is, nothing puts a downer on things like a bad hair day

  6. I didn’t know that Laura Mercier did a foam bath – I like a good soak and will be checking that out!

  7. I really want to try that Pure DKNY perfum! It sounds lovely, thank you for sharing. Xx

  8. ruralroses says:

    I love an empties post! That’s weird that the newer Bastise dry shampoos don’t agree with your hair… it’s an essential for me, and I find that all of the variations I’ve tried seem fine – how odd! X

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Honestly, my hair is so weird with products I really struggle. I think I need to be a hairdressers guinea pig, Id certainly be a challenge to them! x

  9. Samantha says:

    I love these kind of posts! I also have the Nivea coconut shower cream and love it, definitely need to repurchase soon! Also, Batiste is my go to dry shampoo, I love that stuff!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by x. I think they have stopped the coconut one now summer is over, it was lovely wasnt it. iv just bought a candy scented CocoLab dry shampoo and its gorgeous.

  10. Ohhh I really loved this post! It’s so interesting to see what products people use to! I really like the look of the eye gel, I’ll definitely be checking out your post! That Laura mercier bubble bath sounds sooooo luxurious! I think I’ll add it to my Christmas wish list!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  11. had to pop in as title intrigued me as I am currently having a use it or lose it phase.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thanks for popping by. Me too! I am determined to use stuff that I already have before I buy more. I have already saved money by doing this. Im on a mission

  12. First off, your blog is beautiful. What theme are you using? I’m considering going self hosting so I can get pretty themes like this. Second off, that coconut shower cream sounds amazing, my skin needs that haha.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh thank you so much. You have made me feel all warm and fluffy… I had Pipdig design my site, then we customised it to fit how I wanted it. They are amazing and I would recommend them fully xxxx. Its such a shame that they only do the coconut cream in the summer!

  13. Love a good empties post. If it’s empty is usually something you genuinely enjoyed. Thanks for sharing, some things here I’ll have to get ahold of

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thank you for stopping by, glad it was of use! Im on a mission to use u the countless products in my bathroom so Im sure I will find a few I dont enjoy too!

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