August Empties

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Alright so I know I didn’t do an empties post for July, but that’s because I only had one thing I would have been able to talk about, so it would have been pretty pointless. However throughout August I have been flooded with empty products, so much so that my purple Liberty bag is overflowing with empty products! So finally I bring to you an empties post, I hope it was worth the wait! :’)

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  • Dettol Camomile Comforting Hand Wash with E45.

Like all the other Dettol hand washes I have mentioned before on my blog, I really did enjoy this one. This was a bargain at a £1 and I thought I’d give it a go, as it sounded just as good as the honey one that I use so much. It was lovely to use and I was sad when it came to the end of the bottle. It reminded me of Johnson’s bedtime baby bath with the camomile scent, which lasted ages on my hands. I’d buy this again for sure!

  • Carex Complete Bubble Gum Hand Wash.

This was really fun to use and was an awesome bright blue colour, just like bubblegum! Although this did smell amazing the smell did get a little boring and tacky smelling after a few weeks and I actually couldn’t wait to finish it after a while. I’m unsure if it was this or something else but after a few weeks of use my hands started to be terribly dry, and since this coming to its last use a week ago my hands now aren’t as dry. I would pick this up again, don’t get me wrong but maybe as a treat as whilst it was only a £1, it was a bit too artificial smelling for my liking. I recommend people to try this who have children mind, as it was lovely nonetheless.

  • The Body Shop Hand Cleanse Gel in Strawberry (mentioned here and here).

This is a lovely hand sanitizer and providing if I’m on a budget or not is by far one of my favourites! At work, at home and amongst friends and family I get nothing but compliments on this, how gorgeous it smells, and even people asking if they can nab a blob off me. These don’t break the bank to buy and last ages in my opinion! I like to keep them in my handbag for at work and on the go, as you never know when you may need some.

  • The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel (mentioned here).

I was extremely sad to see the end of this (especially considering that I’m saving money and can’t buy anymore yet) because of the fact that it just smells amazing, plus I think it’s limited edition (I hope not!). I bought this for mine and my boyfriends long weekend in Bristol and it really does remind me of there whenever I smell it. This smells of delicious, ripe raspberries, perfect for summer! This foamed up lovely, left my skin feeling soft and gorgeous as well as smelling amazing too! I will buy this again in the future, as well as for my boyfriend who probably loved it more than I did!

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  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.

I’ve mentioned this product before, if you would like to read more about it look here.

  • Colgate Plax Mouthwash in Soft Mint.

Like all mouthwashes, this did a good job and one I expected it to. Since this has run out I haven’t re-purchased this one, nor have I purchased any in particular. This was nice to use and made my mouth feel nice and fresh whenever I used it.

  • T-Zone Clear Pore Anti-Bacterial Cleanser.

I love this cleanser so much that I re-purchased it well before it ran out and that is what I am currently using. This cleanser doesn’t cost much, less than £2.00 infact and is available from both Home Bargains and Body Care if you would like to pick it up. This smells gorgeous, just like tea tree and really does feel like it works when applied to the skin. I use this everyday and I can safely say that I have fallen in love with it. I used to use the T-Zone range as a teenager and I can say that it still works the same now as it used to back in the day! Try out their products if you fancy trying something new and affordable.

  • Hidden Passion EDP.

This was a find in a pound shop, for obviously a £1. I bought it after one of my closest friends picked it up too as it reminded me of one of my more expensive perfumes. I ended up using this for work and I couldn’t wait to see the back of it! Yes it’s cheap and cheerful but also really crap! I don’t recommend this unless you want something to spritz after the gym, work, for your car, etc.

  • Oral-B 3D White in Brilliance.

I LOVE this toothpaste and I can’t believe this is the first time that I’m mentioning this product on my blog! Since this came out it’s all I use and I think this toothpaste has been out for 2-3 years now, which is a very long time! This toothpaste isn’t cheap but I recently discovered that you can pick this up really cheap in Home Bargains, which I’m really pleased about. I recommend this toothpaste if you want to have clean and pearly white teeth!

So those were my empties for August! Whether or not I have any products to talk about this time next month or not, I’m unsure, we shall wait and see!

What products did you use up throughout August? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope September is going well for you all so far.

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March & April Empties

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I know I’m a little behind on my empties post… By a month! The reason for this is because at the end of March I had all of one empty product in my empties bag and I thought it would be somewhat pointless writing up a post about it, so I left it and throughout April my empties bag has piled up high full of empty products!

So in the future if there isn’t an empties post at the start of each month, then don’t expect one until the month after as chances are there aren’t enough products for me to talk about.

In two months I’ve managed to gather eight products, which isn’t bad considering that I only had one to talk about last month!

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  • Oral-B Complete Mouthwash.

This mouthwash wasn’t one I had tried before and was a random but much-needed purchase I made whilst food shopping. It was on offer at £2, which aside from ASDA’s own branded mouthwashes, this was the cheapest one there! I’m quite a fan of Oral-B so I thought this was well worth the money and it really was! This is also an alcohol-free mouthwash which is what I always look for as it means it won’t be strong and pretty much burn the inside of my mouth away! I was going to pick this up again after it ran out but it was nearly £3 and as I’m quite poor, as well as trying to save up for my weekend away in June, I decided to opt for a mouthwash a little more in my price range. I’d recommend this mouthwash for sure and I can see me picking it up again in the future.

  • N Spa Lime Hair & Body Wash.

I’ve only mentioned this in a favourites post once, which I’m really shocked by as quite frankly I LOVE this body wash and the more my boyfriend came over to my house, he soon discovered he loved it too. This is a gorgeous gel style body and hair wash that leaves you smelling like juicy limes, as well as waking you up that little bit too. The smell of it reminds me of the lime green fruit pastilles you get in the tubes, they’re my favourite! I used to love using this in the mornings and whilst I only used this as a body wash, my boyfriend used it to wash his hair and boy did his hair smell gorgeous all day long. I will be repurchasing this in the near future but for now I haven’t due to the fact I have so many shower gels to use up, as well as start using and also the fact I haven’t seen this for sale in ASDA for quite some time, which is a shame.

  • The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel.

This is by far, of all time one of my favourite shower gels and since rediscovering it before Christmas just gone, I’m never letting it go out of my life EVER again! When I was a little girl my Mom would take me to The Body Shop once a month to have a sniff of all the yummy products and one day I stumbled across this shower gel, pleading with her to let me have a bottle and from that day on every month my Mom would take me to the shop so that I could pick up another bottle. This continued for quite a long time until suddenly, we stopped going and I soon forgot about the shower gel, until Christmas 2013. I got myself a £3 gift card from Glamour magazine and decided to pick up this shower gel to try out again and the smell is still the same as it was all those years ago when I was little. This shower gel is amazing and not long after buying this bottle I picked up a HUGE 750ml bottle for under £8! It’s a lovely fresh strawberry scent that is perfect for spring and summer, but of course I would use it all year around. Once again this has become another one of my shower gels that my boyfriend has fallen in love with and for his birthday in April I too bought him a huge 750ml bottle! He loves it (I hope anyway!) and I know I can steal a little when I stay over at his too. 😛 I wrote about this shower gel here if you wish to check it out BUT I’ve mentioned this shower gel so much that I recommend you just go and type it into the search bar if you wish to find anymore posts about it.

  • Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Shave Gel with Olay.

I’ve mentioned this in a previous empties post, as well as one or two favourites posts too and I will say the same here as I will have said before, this shave gel is amazing! Especially if you have sensitive skin and very dry skin too. With an average, cheap shave gel/foam I find that my legs become irritated during and after shaving, as well as flakey and dry. But with this shave gel my legs look and feel gorgeous, with no irritation! If you wish to read about this shave gel more in-depth check out this post and this post. 🙂

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  • The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment.

I bought this night treatment back in October/November 2013 and at first I didn’t get on with it too well, but over time I began to enjoy using it in the evenings more and more, eventually using it in the morning too before work. It was a lovely light gel that sunk straight into the skin upon making contact with it. This was also refreshing to use as due to it being it gel it left my face feeling cooled down after a hot shower, as well as moisturised. I would buy this again for sure, but not just yet. I’m trying out some products at the moment and until I need to stock up on something new, this will remain a firm favourite to try once more in the future. This is for combination/oily skin but if you suffer from sensitive skin that I’d advice you stay away or be wary that this may irritate your skin at first or if you use often. At one point they wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin, but then at another time it was kill me to apply this to my face! Just be wary before you buy, The Body Shop staff are lovely and if you ask them for some advice on skin care they’ll be more than happy to help you out!

  • Sure Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Cream in Sensitive.

This is by far the best deodorant I have ever used and I can’t see me EVER replacing what I use with something else. I suffer from sweat quite badly and even in the cold winter months I’ll swear terribly! One of my best friends suffers with the same issue and told me about this deodorant last summer after she had and told me to get some ASAP! So on a shopping trip I picked up my first tube and since then I’ve used nothing else. It’s not cheap at £5.50 a tube but this lasts me ages and at that price it’s well worth it! I don’t sweat half as much as I used to now and that’s just a huge weight lifted off of my mind. If you sweat badly like myself I recommend this to you! I’ve written about it in more detail on a post here.

  • Easy Nails Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover.

I don’t know who this nail polish is by (other than Easy Nails) but this is by far the best nail polish remover pot I have ever tried and that includes Bourjois too. For under a £1.00 you can pick up this little pot from Body Care and Home Bargains and it should last you a good 3-6 months, depending how often you wear and remove nail polish. This nail polish remover is acetone free and also has a light peach fragrance, which is lovely! Like all nail polish remover pots it contains the remover inside a thick lining of sponge and with a couple of twists of your finger the polish will be removed. Glitter polish isn’t as easy to remove as I find it is when I use the foil technique but that doesn’t bother me either way. If you want a remover that will take off your polish quick and easy, pick this bad boy up!

  • Chapstick Lip Balm in Apple.

I love this lip balm so much that I’m surprised at myself as to why I haven’t picked up a replacement yet! It not only leaves you  lips lovely and hydrated but it also makes them smell and taste of yummy fresh apples, which I love. Whenever I applied this to my lips I would often get asked, “Can you smell something? I can smell apples!” and it’s usually me and my lip balm that has caused this in the first place! Weird huh?! I can see me picking up another one of these later on today if not tomorrow as I just can’t live without this lip balm in my life anymore! I always make sure to have 2 of these, one to have in my handbag and one to keep at home on my bedside table. Some may think that’s a bit drastic, it’s just the norm to me.

So those were my empties for this month, what products did you use up? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and have a good weekend!

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A Sunday Catch-Up Haul

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So last Sunday my friend Poppy and I met up after 4 months of not seeing one another to have a much-needed catch-up, as well as do a little bit of shopping. We were both super excited and couldn’t wait to get together to do what we do best, drink coffee and talk about make-up!

I told myself I wouldn’t spend much and in just a few hours I spent about £50… Oops! I won’t be treating myself for ages though now and will be making sure to save up as much as possible!

Otherwise I’m not that bothered, it was a lovely day and all the things I bought were definite essentials and at one point I came out with something that sounded rather like something Rebecca Brandon (née Bloomwood) would say from the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella… (I love that series!) But I’ll explain that later into this post!

The weather was pretty crap but I’d started my journey to town rather well, as I made my way from Coventry for a change. The train journey was pleasant and it only took me 20 minutes to get to Birmingham. It’s weird, from where I live it can take maximum an hour, but yet from Coventry it doesn’t even take half an hour… Weird, huh?

As soon as we met up we went to go and get hot chocolate to warm us up as it was pretty chilly and was raining none stop! I enjoyed my mint hot chocolate, Poppy enjoyed her soya hot chocolate and when we were warmed up and had a mini catch-up we headed over to Zara to make a must-needed purchase.

Poppy had her eye on the Mini Office City Bag (which you can find here) which she picked up in Navy. I’d never bought anything from Zara before, so I’d never looked at the bags either and I was expecting this bag to be at least £40-£50 but when she said it was £29.99 I was really surprised! She picked it up in navy and it looks gorgeous, she wore it all day whilst we carried on shopping. I’ve never seen someone so pleased with a new bag purchase before, she is adorable, bless her. FYI this bag also comes in burgundy, which looks really nice!

After this I made Poppy come with me into Primark, while as boring as I sound right now, I needed some new socks for work but I left with a new set of pajamas too!

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I’m a big kid when it comes to 101 Dalmatians, like most people are about The Lion King or any of the Disney Princesses. Lady & The Tramp and Bambi are included in this too. I’d heard from a friend that Primark were selling 101 Dalmatians pajamas, which made sense as I recently bought myself some slippers of the same Disney movie from Primark too. There were two different sets, this one, which as you can see is shorts and another with had trousers, but out of the two, this was the only set in my size! I’m going to be checking quite a few Primark stores throughout the month to try and track down the other set. I really could do with some new pajamas and I might as well get some cute ones that I’ll love. I own too many 101 Dalmatians pajamas sets now… It’s a tad worrying! This set was £7, which I thought was good! I had a very anxious Wednesday afternoon so as soon as I got home I had a relaxing bubble bath, put on my new pajamas and slipped into bed to relax some more for the evening. These are really soft and fit comfortably, well worth the money I paid for them! If you would like to pick these up but sadly can’t find them in Primark anymore, they do have them on eBay, but they’re more expensive than they are in the shops, which is a bit crap.

Finally after making our way out of Primark we headed back to Zara as I saw something in there I really wanted and just had to have after spotting it from our previous visit there.

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We walked past many hooks with scarves hanging off of them in Zara but this one stood out to me the most, a black and red striped scarf, that is long enough to wrap around yours as well as another person’s neck beside you. This is described on the Zara website as a Long Narrow Scarf With Stripes (which you can find here) and I got it in burgundy. The red is looking brighter on the pictures I took, when it’s more of a wine red, which I really like. This is super warm and since buying it I’ve been wearing it to and from work in the car, as well as when I went out Wednesday. I can really snuggle my face into my scarf, which I like and I haven’t bought myself a decent scarf for quite a few years now, as I’ve been a snood lover for a while. This was £19.99 which shocked me when I checked out the price tag, as every time I have been into Zara, their clothes have always seemed really expensive to me, but for how big and how warm this scarf is, the price didn’t bother me at all. This was a real treat today and one that I don’t think I’ll be regretting anytime soon. It goes with everything from my pleather spiked biker jacket, to my navy military coat, to even a grey or navy boyfriend cardigan. This will keep me really warm this autumn and winter and with the weather becoming so bitter and cold, it looks like I chose the perfect time to buy this.

We wandered around for a while, including Selfridges where I found out how much I need certain Laura Mercier products in my life (post about those in a few days!) as well as finally swatching MAC Speak Louder, which will definitely be my next MAC purchase… When however, I don’t know!

We went for lunch and some tea, as well as more catching-up and one of our last stops was to Boots, where I needed to pick up some essentials, as well as a few treats.

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I had a list inside my head of certain things I needed to get, but I ended up bringing home a couple of things I really didn’t need. At the moment Boots are doing one of their 3 for 2 deals, so although I didn’t intend on doing this, I ended up being sucked into it and picked up three items, getting one free, hooray!

I knew I wanted to pick up Vaseline’s latest limited edition, Paint The Town Red lip tint as whilst some beauty bloggers had reviewed it as overrated and rubbish, most had reviewed it as being a lovely product to use on their lips and went on how good it was. So I decided to pick it up for myself! I’ve been using this loads since I bought it and I’ll definitely be writing a review for it! It leaves a lovely dark pink tint to the lips, which is perfect if you don’t fancy wearing lipstick but would like a hint of colour, plus it smells gorgeous and it reminds me of autumn. This was £3.49 but so worth it and I know come Christmas I’ll be buying these for my Vaseline loving friends, as well as picking some more up for myself before they’re taken off the shelves. If you can’t find this in stores to buy, you can pick it up from Boots and Superdrug.

Oral-B 3D White Brilliance toothpaste is the only one I’ll use since it came out… Well until something I think is better than this one comes out anyway! My Mom bought us some to try when it first came out a couple of years ago and since then whenever I’m close to running out, I’ll pick up a new tube. I run out of this every 3 months or so and since using it my teeth just look so much better and even my dentist agreed! It’s £3.49 a tube but it doesn’t bother me, as I really like this toothpaste and I use it day and night!

I nearly forgot I needed shave gel and I haven’t treated myself to a nice, woman’s shaving gel for quite a long time now! I usually opt for men’s shaving foam as it does a great job, but after buying a cheap can of shaving foam, my legs ended up breaking out in a terrible rash from an allergic reaction and I felt like the skin was being taken off of my legs, instead of my hairs. For a while I discontinued using any shave foams or gels and opted for using conditioners and shower gels instead, which didn’t do so much better for my skin either! When I looked at the women’s shave gels I saw that certain Gillette shave gels were on offer at £1.74 each, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have one of these. I decided upon the Satin Care with Touch of Olay for Sensitive Skin as it sounded rather appealing. Not only is it suitable for sensitive skin but it also moisturises as you shave, which is exactly what I need for my legs of late! I gave this a go on Wednesday during my relaxing bath and afterwards my legs felt so beautiful and smooth and shaving them with this gel felt lovely too. I don’t think I would repurchase this at its full price of £3.49, but if I got it on offer again, I don’t see why not!

I needed to get another product for make my 3 for 2 offer and even though I don’t need anymore shower products, this seemed like something I wanted to give a go after Poppy telling me how lovely it smelt. I love strawberry scents, even though I hate them to eat or drink. I gave this a sniff and it reminded me of the Strawberry Shower Gel by The Body Shop, which is a firm favourite from my childhood. I’ve used Natural Collection products since I was a child too and Wild Strawberry has been around for ages, but I don’t recall ever trying it myself! The shower cream sounded yummy and as it was £2.00, it became my free product in the 3 for 2 offer! I gave this a go before going to work on Monday and it really did perk me up! It left my bathroom smelling lovely, as well as leaving my skin the same, as well as it being soft too. I’d love to try more of Natural Collection’s shower gels/cremes as although they’re a tad expensive at £2.00 each, it’s not as expensive as some shower products, eh? I can imagine my boyfriend stealing this whenever he comes over in future and I can hardly blame him! You can find this here on Boots website.

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Last of all I had thought about picking up a new eye gel whilst shopping in Boots, but I was only going to pick up my good old Simple eye balm, but I wanted to try something new and decided to pick up Soap & Glory’s Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boots Hydragel. I’d looked at this before and thought how cooling the gel felt on the back of my hand, so who only knows how it would feel on my eye! I decided to go for it as you only need a little bit for the eyes and it goes a long way! I reckon this little jar will last me for 6 months, if not more! I tried some of this when I got home on the Sunday afternoon and it felt lovely on my eyes and when I’ve used it before going to work and out during the day it’s felt really refreshing on my eyes too! This was a pretty expensive purchase at £12.50 but it was a treat and it’ll last me months! You can pick this up in Boots and a lot of Soap & Glory products are featured in the 3 for 2 offer, which is what I bought mine in. I know I’ll be reviewing this in future as my eye bags can be quite big depending if I’ve had much sleep or not, so I’m going to be trying this little pot out day and night to see how it does!

So after another sit down with some pots of tea and some gossip to be had, it was finally time to go home and at the last-minute Poppy decided to drop me off at home, seeing as it was on her way, which was lovely of her!

I had such a lovely day and it was great to see Poppy again, as I had missed her terribly!

I’m now poor and need to stay in eating cheap meals, but at least I’ll be clean and warm eh?

Have you been shopping recently? What did you buy nice for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and I hope you all had a great week.

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