Recent empties

These sorts of posts are always fascinating to me. Yes, it might be slightly unusual to keep your rubbish/trash until you’ve collected enough to talk about them, but it’s so interesting to hear reviews after someone has used a full product up. So here I am, presenting my recently used up products – mostly skincare and a little bit of haircare

Balm Balm Beauty Balm (£16.50, 60ml)*
An oil-based cleanser which smells amazing, feels amazing, and leaves skin looking and feeling amazing too. I’ve raved about this product on my blog before.
Repurchase? Quite probably, but I try so many balm cleansers and it might be a while before I need a new one! This is one of my favourites and excellent value.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (£4.99 for 30 wipes)*
These are great and brilliant when travelling. They cleanse skin really well and leave it feeling fresh without being drying. I find the Yes To Tomatoes range* great for helping calm my skin when I’m experiencing breakouts/blemishes.
Repurchase? Yes, I keep a small pack of these in my gym bag now.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub (£16.50, 75ml)*
Fruity and creamy scrub with small exfoliating particles. I really like this for smoothing skin without feeling too harsh – I use facial scrubs in the shower. I imagine it would be good for sensitive skin as well as dry skin.
Repurchase? Possibly, though I also really love the Mádara exfoliating oil-to-milk scrub* and the Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator* (both of which smell amazing!).

Pure & Light Organic Skincare Revitalising Facial Exfoliation (£28.00, 50ml)*
Another creamy exfoliator, though this one is more of a cleanser than a scrub. I used it every morning for a few months and really liked the experience and what it did for my skin. I love that this brand is suitable for all skin types; see my Pure & Light Organic Skincare review for more information.
Repurchase? Quite possibly, though again I have lots of other cleansers at the moment.

Balm Balm Organic Rose Floral Water Hydrosol (£7.50, 30ml)*
Fairly simple toner mist which is rose scented but not too strong. This was OK, but nothing special. I don’t think it adds anything to my skincare routine personally.
Repurchase? Probably not, I much prefer the Oromovicza toner I mentioned in my 2017 favourite skincare post.

Mádara Hyaluronic Collagen Booster Ampoules (€29.90, 10 x 3ml)
Moisture boosters to be used as an intensive treatment for 10 days, and then periodically as a top-up. I didn’t find these did anything special for me personally, and think it’s quite a waste (of product and packaging).
Repurchase? No, these weren’t for me.

Laidbare Spot The Difference Problem Skin Treatment Cream (£6.99, 30ml)*
Great multi-purpose treatment in that it can be used to treat spots (it seems to really help speed the healing process) or as an extra skincare step to deal with lingering scars and protect skin from further breakouts. Love the fresh scent of this and it’s amazing value. See my review of Laidbare skincare for more information.
Repurchase? Yes, I need to get one of these soon.

Sukin Purifying Shampoo (£9.95, 500ml)*
Shampoo designed to help thoroughly cleanse hair and remove product build-up. I really liked this and didn’t find it dried my hair out or left it ‘squeaky clean’ (which is definitely a good thing!).
Repurchase? Unlikely as I have so many other shampoos I like to use, though if it was on offer or I fancied a change I’d definitely pick this one up.

Sukin Nourishing Conditioner (£9.95, 500ml)*
Conditioner designed to help keep hair nourished and not too dry. Works brilliantly in combination with the purifying shampoo, and leaves hair soft and shiny.
Repurchase? As with the shampoo, it’s unlikely as I have so many other conditioners I like to use, though if it was on offer or I fancied a change I’d definitely use it again.

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter (£7.00, 250ml)*
This shower butter is so moisturising! It’s a cleanser but it is really rich and nourishing. It leaves skin feeling so lovely. I don’t know of any other products like this and would love to hear of recommendations!
Repurchase? Not sure; I’d prefer to stick to brands that are definitely cruelty-free (it’s a bit of a grey area with Soap & Glory).

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm (£15.00, 10g)*
Despite incredibly frequent application of lip balm (numerous times a day; I always have lip balm with me!), my lips get dry and benefit from a rich overnight balm. This one is such a tiny pot but it lasts me for over a year using it every night. I love it.
Repurchase? Yes, though first I’m using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy* (not loving it as much).

Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Stick – Dew (£10.00, 45g)*
Cream deodorant in a stick format. Elsa’s is a popular brand in the LoveLula Facebook community and I can certainly see why. I really liked the fragrance of this, it’s effective and it’s easy to apply.
Repurchase? Possibly, though I’d had a rash recently so have switched to spray deodorants to prevent spreading.

Superdrug Anti-Perspirant Deodorant – Crystal (99p)*
Before trying numerous natural deodorants (see my natural deodorant review), I used Superdrug deodorants as they’re easily available and cruelty-free (and great value!). These are effective, and smell good, they’re just nothing special. Really great value though.
Repurchase? Possibly; I quite often seem to buy these when I’m out and feeling like I need a refresh!

So there we have it; my recently used up products and what I think about them. Since photographing these items, I’ve finished up quite a few more items so expect another empties blog post in the not too distant future! 🙂

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