Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Very late: June July 2014 Empties or Garbage Pail Review

It seems that my theme for the last few months is me running late. It's a miracle I have been able to get the kids to school, its not my fault really, I was standing at the door this morning with the car running chasing the kids out the door at 8:45am. The kids were playing Minecraft. Cos Daddy lets them.

Anyways. These are my June and July Empties. I know its September. It takes me forever to use up products so I figure doing an empties post every 2 months gives me a good few products to write about. I do enjoy reading empties posts. Bloggers usually mention if the product is worth re-purchasing or not, and based on this, even if its a PR sample, you can tell if its worth it.

I have a little basket that I keep under my sink, and instead of the bottle going in the bin straightaway, it goes in the basket. I was quite surprised at how quickly it filled up actually... So I will try keep it brief:

Aveeno. Aveeno Anything rules in our house for dry body skin. Its one of the only body moisturisers that doesn't cause my daughter's eczema to flare up and its one of the only ones that calms down any flares. We ALWAYS have at least 2 or 3 tubes or bottles in the the house, and we always will. The Skin Relief Lotion is great for mornings as it sinks in quickly but leaves skin hydrated and comfortable. The Moisturising Creamy Oil is our favourite for after baths/showers. 

It just works. Its a bit more expensive than the lotion, but I tend to pick up 3 or 4 tubes or bottles when they go on offer at my chemist.  Re-purchase Oh yes.

 Dove Men +Care Deodorant in Clean Comfort is for men. And himself Likes it, it does the job and he likes how it smells. I like this because I love how this smells. He says it does the job and he's never some home stinking, so I'm inclined to believe him. And I have used this on the sly now and again too, I can't confirm the 48hr claim: We shower every day. Bonus is that Dunnes frequently has them on offer in double packs making them great smelling value. Repurchase: Yes to keep my man smelling yummy .

 Kerstin Florian Correcting Rescue Créme (PR Sample). I have reviewed this already and its great for treating the skin, especially now when the temperature is all over the place (woollen scarves and sunscreen in my bag at all times from now until November). Great for dry skin, good for skin during colds/flu. It is pricey at €60, but you get 50mls and its lasted me just about a year of mostly everyday use and would have lasted me longer if I didn't give my sister-in-law and a friend of mine 2 hulking samples to try out. The Friend loved it and subsequently purchased her own tub. Re-purchase: If I win the lotto I'll probably get it again, but until then I'll make do with something in my budget...

 Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Facial Wax Strips. This is not an empty. But I'm binning it anyway because it just didn't work for me. It only ripped out some of the hairs, not all of them. And something that baffles me, is that they supply 20 wax strips (which you pull apart to use) so you should get around 8 - 10 uses out of the box. But they only supply 2 Pre-wax wipes, and 2 Post-wax wipes. WTF Nair? And I haven't seen a place that you can buy extra wipes...
Re-purchase: Not a chance.

 Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash Mask. I like this. Its a clay based cleanser that you can use as a mask as well. Its cheap (around the €5 mark) and I didn't mind if himself used too much of it as an occasional cleanser. Skin felt Clean but not dessicated. Re-purchase: Yup, as soon as my other clay mask is finished.

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner for Dry Skin with Almond Oil I already reviewed this, and I am still loving it. I already have a new one in my shower and a spare in the cupboard. Re-Purchase: Uh-Yup its a no-brainer.

Nuxe Rêve de Meil Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel. I wanted to love this. I couldn't. But I couldn't just bin an almost full bottle of cleanser that cost me £12 (plus shipping). I'd use this as a first cleanse on my good skin days to start the cleansing process. But it was a chore. Re-Purchase: No way Jose.

Oral B Pro Expert Fluoride Toothpaste: I liked this, the rest of the family not so much. They were put off by the grittiness of the toothpaste, I liked it. I love how it tastes too. Its a nice toothpaste, but because I am the only one who likes it and the only one who used it, I won't buy it again unless they take out the gritty bits so that the rest of the family will use it too. Repurchase: No

Pantene Classic Clarifying Shampoo: It is the family shampoo of choice: Its cheap, it lathers like nobody's business, it works and it rinses out easily. Winner. Repurchase: Yes. And you can put it in with the groceries.

Roger & Gallet Liquid Soap in Cédrat (€12 for 250ml): Oh my lord this stuff is awesome. A Luxury, but one that I am happy to save my pennies for, and keep in my En-suit to savour by myself. I don't like to share this. Lemony, Citrussy fresh and freaking fabulous: I Really love this. Really Really. This one was a PR Sample, but I will treat myself to a new bottle for the festive season. For some reason Lemon Scented anything puts me in mind of Christmas. Re:Purchase: For special occasions and my own private use. I might add the EDT to my basket if I am feeling rich.

These next two are just gorgeous. Even on my combo-oily skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil €22 for this little Pipette-topped bottle of loveliness. I already have my 2nd bottle. But I got a friend to get it for me "Up The North" where its only £12.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (I got it on special for €11): I've had this for a while and used it almost every day. But I have never blogged about it for some reason. I finished the bottle, and didn't realise how much my skin actually loves this because 2 days after it finished: my skin rebelled like a hormonal teenager. Seriously. Its still rebelling. Repurchase: as soon as I can.

Vichy Eau Thermal: €10 I liked this, but I haven't really missed it since its been finished. And its been finished a while. Re-purchase: Not unless its in a GWP (gift with purchase)

Right. Thats that. Stuff I liked. Stuff I didn't. Are there any bits I finished that ticked your boxes or just ticked you off? Anything I should try instead? Let me know in the comments...


  1. Great info! I'm with you on the Nivea in shower & anything Roger & Gallet is a must :)

    1. Great Minds Corrina, And I agree, Roger& Gallet anything wins.

  2. So many of these are in my 'regular' products list - the Nivea In Shower is great, I love the Body Shop Serum in oil, and the toothpaste is our family favourite! A tip with the Pantene shampoo - use that before a deep conditioning mask once a week - I prefer other shampoos for every day but I use this to remove product build up so the mask can really get to work.


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