Nowadays I don't hang on to all the beauty products that I finish, I ususally only keep the packaging of products that I'm excited to talk about. There are a lot of beauty products that I use which don't get mentioned on my blog - or don't get mentioned enough. I always enjoy reading "empties" blog posts, so I hope you enjoy all these mini reviews of the products that I've finished this spring.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask - £21.99
This is one of my favourite face masks - and I think that this is my third empty tube. I absolutely love reaching for this when my skin is feeling congested but also a little bit dry or red. I find that it offers an effective but gentle cleanse that never irritates my skin, leaving it looking fresher, clearer and all round happier. I've actually already bought another one, which I think says how much I like it.
Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Nourishing Face Oil* - £44.98
I absolutely loved using this facial oil - everything about it screamed luxury and indulgence. The texture of the oil was glorious, it was thick but not too thick, and the natural rose scent was beautiful. I actually used this oil over the course of twelve months, applying it pretty sparingly whenever my skin truly needed a boost of hydration. Honestly, I know it's expensive but I think it was worth every penny. It isn't the sort of product that you'd reach for everyday, but when you need a beauty pick-me-up then a facial oil like this can really make you feel like a princess. Based on how this made me feel, and on the results I saw whilst using it, I would definitely repurchase this in the future.
Skin Blossom Reviving Eye Cream - £5.95
I received this eye cream in a Love Lula natural beauty subscription box back when I used to be a subscriber. I typically only use Balance Me's Wonder Eye Cream, but when I ran out I decided to try this one before I repurchased my trusty favourite. I found that the Skin Blossom eye cream was thicker and generally more hydrating, so perfect for anyone with a truly dry under-eye area, but I didn't really like the pump dispenser. I always found that the pump distributed too much product, which meant that I typically over applied product every single day. I think that if this was in different packaging then I'd definitely have liked it more, but I did like the consistency of the cream and I would repurchase it - I think this eye cream offers fantastic value for money.
Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser* - £16.50
This is probably the best product I've tried from Nourish so far, and it happens to be my second tube. If you like chemical exfoliators - the sorts of products where you don't have to scrub your face to remove dead skin - then I would highly recommend this cleanser. By leaving it on my skin for about five minutes, I like to use this product as an exfoliating mask. I add this into my skincare routine about twice a week and I find that I see my skin looking extra glowing and healthy-looking. I love that it's gentle on my skin but still effective, and I find that it's a nice compromise to the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask which can sometimes be a little bit too harsh for my skin.
Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream - £3.95
I bought this for the gorgeous rich, warm fragrance, but it just didn't live up to my expectations at all. Lush's body care is typically overpriced but I found this shower cream particularly disappointing. Despite loving the fragrance of this shower cream I don't think that I'd repurchase it - I'd rather save up for another bottle of L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil, or I'd purchase one of Korres' shower gels if I was on more of a budget (I get mine from FeelUnique or LookFantastic when there's a buy-one-get-one-free offer).
Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator* - £13.50
I can't remember where I got this sample size of the Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator (I think it might have been in a goody bag) but this is the second one that I've used up and I'd say that I'm more impressed this time around. This is a really effective manual exfoliator, packed full of mid-sized exfoliating particles. If you really need a good exfoliation then this is a product that you can rely on - but sensitive skinned girls might want to stay clear, as the particles can feel a tad harsh sometimes.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil* - £15.95
It took me a long time to use up this sample sized Soy Renewal Creme Oil, and in short this stuff is incredible. I have mid-length, fine hair with damaged ends (from heat styling) and I found that this leave-in cream worked wonders on my hair. I'm usually a bit so-so about haircare as it can be hard in the short term to see a difference. However, I noticed immediate results when I started using this product and I saw the difference in my hair when I stopped using it. I'd definitely like to purchase the full-size (although I have a couple of other similar products that I'm working through first), but if you're looking for a leave in hair product then I'd recommend checking this one out - you can find it on Beauty Bay's website.
Konjac Sponge with Charcoal - £5.95
I don't know if this really counts as an "empty", but this sponge has come to the end of its working life so I thought that I'd include it. I love Konjac sponges, they add a dose of gentle everyday exfoliation into my skincare routine that leaves my skin looking noticeably clearer. I've probably used four of them now and I can definitely see myself repurchasing them again in the future. They're a great staple, perfect for cleansing or for helping to remove stubborn clay face masks.
Botanicals Orange Blossom Body Balm* - £25.95
I love Botanicals' natural and organic body balms - they're super moisturising and they leave my skin feeling a specific sort of soft that no other product can quite match. Yes, they do take a bit of extra time to absorb into the skin but the results are seriously worth it. If you have dry - or seriously dry - skin then I'd recommend checking these out. I can see myself reaching for these a lot during the summer months when more skin goes on show.
What beauty products have you finished recently?
Are there any that you'd recommend?
This post contains some PR samples - marked with an asterix