Saturday, 25 July 2015

Empties: April & May 2015

Took me aaaages to finish some of these, but I slogged on through them, put them in my little caddy and proceeded to forget about them as I was blinded by newer, shiner, fuller products. I finally got round to them though. Here we go:

So we will start at the top. The top of the body. Hair!
Neutrogena T/Gel (125ml €2.99 on offer, normally around the €6 mark). This is the one for greasy hair and it works well to de-grease and lift flakes off the scalp. Both me and Hannah suffer from dry flakey scalps but with greasy roots and this suited us down to the ground without causing any other irritations or drying out our scalps even more. I did like this, I liked it a lot, but I found another shampoo conditioner combo that suits me far better. But Himself is now a big fan of this over his usual Head& Shoulders so I have to re-purchase. And he won't mind if I use it every now and again.

Macadamia Oil Extract Hair Treatment (250ml €1.99 in my local pharmacy). Cheap as chips this treatment got used just on the ends of my hair and really helped to keep them smooth and hydrated. But getting this anywhere near my scalp just turned me into a greaseball. Use with caution!

Face next!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Cleanser Mask (150ml €4.49). Professed my love for it here. Prefer it to the Vichy one. Will get it again when it is on offer in Tesco when I can chuck it in with the groceries.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (this was a sample, full size 75g €50+) I liked this, polished away dry bits and and mopped up a bit of grease without being harsh and scratchy. Pity its so expensive.

Aldi Lacura Aqua Complete Hydrating Serum (€4.99 I think). Deadly little hydrating serum that has been compared to Vichy's Aqualia Thermal Serum. Nice when you need to up your hydration for a short period and you don't want to splash the cash.

Justine Tissue Oil Skin Repair Face Cream (present from my SA Bestie ZAR240 50ml). I like this as my occasional Day cream. It has SPF20 and a multitude of oils and ingredients to protect and heal irritated skin. I wish you could get it here. This cream sinks in quickly without leaving a residue and my skin feels really nourished during the day. It is most often what I will use if I know I am not going out during the day. Why I prefer it for this... I don't know.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ *(€20odd 40ml). Good for oily & normal to sensitive-ish skins who have bothersome-breakouts and scarring. Its nice. Not great for properly sensitive skins though, the active ingredients are quite "active". I liked it, but found something a bit more effective...

La Roche Posay Redermic R* (€34 30mls) A very gentle but rather effective retinol treatment that helped brighten, tighten and lighten (pigmentation). I like it. But I need something more.... More. My pigmentation (melasma) is fierce.

On to the Body.

FINALLY finished this Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk (€13.99 400ml). Took me nearly 2 years, but I did it. Adore the smell of this (so does himself... he is partial to a vanilla milkshake) but I found it didn't really do the "deep moisture" thing, more of a light lotion. The fact that it comes with a pump makes it awesome.

Justine Tissue Oil Facial Treatment (another SA prezzie ZAR190 30ml). This was a bit too greasy for my face, but it was ACE for my knees and elbows and the auld Boobage. A drop did both Knees, another drop for the elbows and a special treat... a drop for each boob. It smells like what I can remember Olay used to smell like, way back when.

Straight Arrow Foot Miracle Therapeutic Cream* (€12.95 170g). We have had this very tube since August 2013. Yes. And we finished it just about 1 and a half years later. This was soo good, you didn't need much of it. Pop it on straight after a shower, put on socks, go to bed and wake up the next day with super soft feet. And then you don't use it again until your feet resemble hooves... 3 weeks later in my house. This stuff is so good that Himself has been bugging me to get another one. That is how good it is.

Lastly the Hands:

Jessica Fusion Treatment (€25+  14.8ml)*. My HOLY GRAIL of nail polish treatments/base coats. Fusion is truly amazing for peeling brittle nails. Siriusly. I adore this soooooo much. It is also the first base coat I have ever finished before its gone gloopy. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover (€2.99 200ml). One of the few nail polish removers that I purchase over and over again because it works. Not great with glitter, but I have yet to find one that is. I even like the smell of this one.

So there you have it. My April & May empties. In July. I know I am late. And I have my June & July empties ready to be photographed... I have been in a bit of a funk... and I am playing catchup, but I think I am starting to get my groove back...

Anything strike your fancy? Have you tried anything on this list and had a different reaction/opinion? Lemme know in the comments!

*Products received for review, opinions my own


  1. Fair play for getting through your soap and glory- I'm trying very hard to get through mine! The bottles are massive!

    1. I have another one that is about half way, But I am SICK of it now so I am slathering it on like its butter on hot toast... trying to get it finished now.

  2. I'm the same with the LRP Redermic R, I need something stronger, my pigmentation just keeps getting worse

    1. I had good success with the Vichy Idealia Dark Spot serum, But it does take time. I am using a few new products at the moment, I must get my butt in gear and do a Pigmentation post!


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