September empties and Mini Reviews

September empties and Mini Reviews

Another month, another bunch of used up products…

As part of my ongoing quest to use up products that I have in my bathroom cupboard, before spending out and buying more, I have got through this little lot over September. Not as many as last month, but Im making progress. Read on my beauties, see what I thought x

Bath and Body

As ever, I spent a lot of time in my bath tub this last month. I just blooming love that place. I get to relax in peace and indulge in a good book for half hour. Bliss….

Dove Nourishing Bath – Moroccan Argan Oil

The Dove range of bath products are all pretty reliable really. They tend to be nice and moisturising, and have lovely scents.This particular scent was very warming and comforting. It reminded me a little of shea butter smell. It didn’t produce loads of bubbles, but I really liked it and would buy it again. This scent in particular is probably my favourite from Dove bath range.

The White Company Foam Bath – Seychelles 

Im not going to lie, I buy these bath products mainly because I love the look of them in my bathroom. The glass bottle with its little glass stopper is just so pretty! Im a huge fan of The White Company anyway, so knew this fragrance, Seychelles, from its candle of the same name. I bought this fragrance back at the start of summer, as it is a real holiday smell. It has notes of vanilla and amber, laced with bergamot, so is a fresh, slightly sweet smell. It really does make me think of summer beech walks. The product itself does produce a good amount of bubbles, and pouring even a small amount into my bath in my en-suite, makes the whole bedroom scented too. I love it. I wouldn’t say it is the most moisturising product, certainly not drying, but it dosent make my skin feel all super soft when I get out like some do, and the light scent it leaves on my skin is so worth it. I would definitely re purchase, and in fact, had another in a different fragrance, lined up to go as this one finished.

Radox Feel Heavenly bath cream – Coconut

By now, you are probably all familiar with my love of coconut scented anything! I just love it and its the fragrance I adore in my candles, hand soaps, beauty products, well anything really, in the Summer months. This product from Radox was a limited edition scent. It was ok. Not horrible or massively disappointing, but just ok. The fact that I don’t feel the need to describe it any other way than ok, leads me to the thinking that I will not be repurchasing. I did find it quite hydrating, but the coconut scent just didn’t do it for me. It was perhaps a little too synthetic smelling? Anyway, I got it on special in Boots for about £1.50, so Im certainly not saying its awful, just that it didn’t rock my world.

Thierry Mugler Angel perfumed shower gel

I blooming love this stuff! Thats it, straight off the bat. I love it and would repurchase. I used to wear Angel perfume a lot, and this 50ml size came in a gift set I was bought, but have moved away from it now as sometimes it felt a little over powering. Using the shower gel leaves my skin with a soft scent of Angel, which I much prefer. I tend to use this when I fancy a little decadence before bedtime. If the truth be told, my main time to use this is the day I have changed my bedding, as I love that it scents my sheets of Angel if I have got in bed after using this, then applying the body lotion. I just blooming love it!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Creamy Oil

This stuff is amazing and lets face it, if there is any chance that any product is going to give me ANYTHING that Jennifer Aniston has got (she advertises this brand) then Im all over it like ants on jam. This was  on special when I bought it in Boots, but I would definitely repurchase it at its full price. Its a lovely light moisturiser for the body, that absorbs so quickly and leaves no sticky, tacky feeling at all. It really dosent. Its scent is very light and fresh, with hints of almond in it. My husband says it reminds him of Amaretto. It leaves your skin soft and hydrated, but the overall winner for me is the lightness of it. Some body moisturisers and body butters can sit on the skin a bit, but this is gone in seconds after applying it. Love Love Love.

Hair Care

If you follow me over on Instastories, you will be familiar with the lions mane of frizz I have on my head, called my hair. It is the bane of my life. I have long hair, but no matter what I do with it, or how long I straighten it for, it ends up wild after a few hours anyway. I am constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, on the look out for products that could make my life easier when it comes to sorting out my barnet! These are the products I have used up in my quest recently.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Conditioner

This was ok as conditioners go, and it did smooth my hair. The Frizz Ease range of products and I have a long and complicated relationship, and I think I have probably tried most! This product promised me it would hydrate and restore manageability, and while I would say that yes, it did make it more manageable, the result was pretty short lived. I don’t wash and condition my hair every day, so after the first day of using this, my natural frizz head returned. Although I cant say I dislike this product, I didn’t feel like it did enough to make me repurchase. My quest continues.

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo

I bought this as I hoped it would brighten my hair a little. I have naturally blonde hair, that I have some darker, fine lowlight streaks put through, as well as some lighter tint highlights. I like to break my colour up a bit. As we got nearer to Summer, I hoped to brighten it up a bit. I really liked this shampoo, and it smelt amazing! It definitely made my hair look a little more sun kissed, and I found it effective for both the promised brightening, and the shampoo freshness. I wouldn’t however repurchase because of one reason. It ruined my beautiful White Company bath caddi. I was so upset. The shampoo is a bright violet colour, and when I was washing my hair, two drops fell onto my white bath caddi that I have across my bath. When I rinsed the shampoo off my hair, I noticed the splodges on the caddi, so washed them off. Sadly, it had stained the white wood bright violet, and will not budge. Now, there is no warning on the bottle that it could stain things, so I was a little annoyed. I should have contacted the company really, but my life has been pretty dramatic lately, I just didn’t have the energy. I just strategically place a pretty shower gel on the splodges so I don’t have to look at them. Lesson learnt. For this reason, I would not buy this item again.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner

This item, a masque for your hair, was another tool I hoped would improve my hairs behaviour. Promising to help my distressed hair and return it to a healthy state, it advises you to use it once a week, leaving on for 5 minutes. I quite enjoy using a hair masque. I tend to pop it on once I have washed my hair and am soaking in the bath. I wrap y hair in a towel once its applied, and relaxxxxxx. I did leave this on about 10-15 minutes each time, which may not be advisable, but I really enjoyed how it left my hair. It was soft and manageable. The only downside was that I had to wash my hair the following day too, as it looked a little greasy and limp. Maybe I over did it! I would buy this again to use as an occasional deep conditioning masque.

Skin Care

Nothing really finished in this area September, except I did use up another bottle of my usual moisturiser, the Environ AVST 5 that I wrote about in last months mini review. You can read the full details of it in this post, Empties Plus Mini Reviews, if you would like to know more.

 

Well, thats it for September. Im slowly working my way through my stash. Im actually doing No Spend October challenge with some other lovely ladies on Instagram, so will be getting through lots of other bits from my cupboard! 

Have you tried any of these items? Any hair products you can recommend? Let me know xx

 

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21 Comments

  1. October 6, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Really love the products mentioned in this post hon especially the one from White Company and Aveeno❤️❤️

  2. October 6, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I love Dove shower creams they are my go to. Really affordable, but super nice and they feel amazing on body. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 6, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Yes I think the price point is a massive plus. So reasonable xx

  3. October 6, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Liked these products and the way you captured😍😍 Dove brand never disappoints anyone 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 6, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Oh thank you so much, thats so kind. Good ole reliable Dove eh. Thanks for reading xx

  4. Jean
    October 6, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Use dove products daily

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 6, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      They offer a great range Jean dont they x

  5. October 6, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I didn’t know that the Wite Company did bubble bath as well. My Mum got me a set with the body wash and body lotion in that scent because I loved the hand cream so much!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Kirsty the bubble baths are gorgeous! I love their hand creams too, so moisturising. I havent tried the washes yet, I will have to look at those when next there x

      • October 8, 2017 / 2:45 pm

        Where do you get the products? I’ve only ever bought from the White Company online – are they in department stores too? I’m definitely interested in the bubble bath now!

        • kerrylifeandloves
          October 8, 2017 / 2:55 pm

          I tend to get mine from The White Company store at Bluewater. There are stores all over the country. I would definitely say pop into a store if you can, as you can smell all the fragrances. This could prove dangerous too though………haha

          • October 8, 2017 / 3:00 pm

            Ooh sounds good, I’ll have to check out where our nearest one is!

          • kerrylifeandloves
            October 8, 2017 / 3:06 pm

            Yes do it! Just prepare to want EVERYTHING. The shop is amazing

  6. October 9, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I LOVE everything coconut too! Shame to hear the Radox item was just OK! I highly recommend the Body Shop coconut range but if you are a big coconut fan you have probably already tried it! I am very intrigued by The White Company items, how gorgeous is that bottle x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 9, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by xx. Yes it was a little synthetic smelling. You absolutely must try The White Company, but be warned, that place is home goals and will make you want everything……… 🙂

  7. October 9, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Great Post! I keep having to reminding my husband not to throw my empties away!! lol xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      haha! I know, I forgot for months before I got into the routine. Thanks for reading xx

  8. October 13, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Oh that bath foam jar is so delicate!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      They look so pretty dont they. Thank you for stopping by xx

  9. October 13, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I’ve always wondered about those purple shampoos – considered getting one to tone my hair after getting a blonde balayage once but never got round to it. Shame the colour of the shampoo actually stains rather than washes out! Also how do you read in the bath?? I’m just so paranoid that I’ll drop the book in the water! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 13, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Oh my goodness, I always read in the bath! Its like my little bit of heaven. I have a bath pillow so that makes it more comfy, and then I just read. I did drop a magazine in the bath once, so the risk is real 🙂

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