Monday, 22 January 2018

Recent Empties

It's been ages since I've written an empties post and unfortunately I've thrown away quite a lot of my empties in the meanwhile as the clutter was starting to engulf my bathroom!

Recently however I've started saving my empties to share with you again. 

All of these empties I've liked well enough to finish. Some I've absolutely loved and already replaced, others I've liked enough to finish but haven't necessarily loved enough to replace.

To be honest, if I hate a product or it simply doesn't work for me it never becomes an empty. I will either pass it along to someone who will appreciate it more than me or throw it out if there is a problem with it.

So let's look at what I've finished recently and whether I will be replacing it or not.

Note: I've highlighted pink links to where you can purchase these products from if you are interested in buying any of them. Some of them I was unfortunately unable to find links for. 


Recent Empties


CLEANSERS, SOAPS, SCRUBS & BATH BOMBS

Lycon Mango & Guava Oil Free Sugar Scrub
OMG! This luxurious spa quality oil-free sugar scrub is summer in a jar!

Containing mango and guava it is absolutely divinely scented! 

It gently exfoliates, buffing away dead skin cells and boosting circulation whilst simultaneously moisturising the skin without leaving an oily residue. And it washes off easily.

I don't know why it took me so long to start using this scrub. I received it in a goodie bag at an event over a year ago and now I've finished it I definitely want to buy a replacement immediately!

I'm so devastated I haven't been able to track down this exact product but I did find a Lycon Pomegranate Oil Free Sugar Scrub, a Lycon Lavender & Chamomile Oil Free Sugar Scrub and also a Lycon Coconut & Vanilla Oil Free Sugar Scrub.

Although the pomegranate version sounds intriguing, the lavender & chamomile version sounds relaxing and perfect for a pre-bedtime bath, it's the coconut & vanilla version that I will be purchasing.

Coconut is such a quintessential summer product that transports me instantaneously to previous tropical island holidays. Just what I need as I return to work after the holidays.


Cleansers, Soaps, Scrubs & Bath Bomb Empties

Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water
I found this Amie micellar water to be effective in removing my makeup but I won't be repurchasing it.

Despite usually loving scented products I found the rose petal fragrance of this micellar water to be a bit overwhelming for me. 

I guess I'm used to my micellar waters and makeup removers being fragrance free.

I've instead purchased the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2in1 Waterproof Makeup Remover which I'm super happy with.

QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Although I do not have sensitive skin I love returning to the QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser to give my skin some gentle TLC.

I have repurchased this gentle foaming cleanser numerous times and will continue to do so. 

I love this cleanser!

Nutrimetics Violet & Pink Orchid Scented Soap
Admittedly I'm usually more of a shower gel type of person than a soap person but over the holiday period I popped this divinely scented Nutrimetics Violet & Pink Orchid soap into the bathroom. 

It looked pretty in the soap dish and resulted in a beautiful subtle floral scent wafting throughout the bathroom making it a welcoming space for visitors and me alike.

I'd be happy to repurchase this soap but do have several other shower gels and soaps to use up first.

Lush Experimenter Bath Bomb Gift Box
I won this Experimenter Box of 10 different and amazing bath bombs ages and ages ago. I used up the majority of them early on but was hoarding the last two!

Hoarding your bath bombs is a bad move! I've now used the last two but they were disappointingly non-fizzy probably because I used them way past their recommended use by date!

My recommendation is to buy bath bombs as you need them. Don't hoard them!


Lush Experimenter Bath Bomb Gift Box


SUNSCREENS


Sunscreen Empties

SunSense Sport SPF50+ & SunSense Ultra SPF50+
Recent readers of Fabulous and Fun Life would know that these two SunSense sunscreens are two of my absolute favourite sunscreens.

The good news is that since I bought these two sunscreens, they have been reformulated. I already have both the reformulated versions and have almost finished those too! 

The refomulated versions of both these SunSense sunscreens feel even more lightweight whilst still offering the same high levels of sun and UV protection.

They are definitely firm favourites of mine that I will continue repurchasing!

Banana Boat Sport CoolZone Spray
Although I absolutely loved the cooling and refreshing feel of this sunscreen and admittedly I never got burnt whilst I was wearing it, I was concerned that I wasn't applying the recommended quantity of this sunscreen due to the spray application of it so I won't be repurchasing this one.

If you are wanting to know what the recommended quantities of sunscreen are click HERE to find out how much sunscreen you should be applying per use.


HAIR CARE & OTHER

Although I have been trialing a number of different shampoos and conditioners my holy grail of shampoos and conditioners remains the bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.

I can see and feel the difference after using bhave Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner.

My hair feels and looks so much healthier, smoother and frizz free.

If your hair is in need of repair and TLC because you abuse your hair with heat styling tools such as hair dryers, curlers and straighteners like I do or because you have been spending a lot of time outdoors in the hot summer sun and swimming, I highly recommend the bhave Rescue range of products.

Unfortunately these products aren't cheap but because of the significant improvement in my hair when I'm using these products I will continue to repurchase them time and time again!


Hair Care & Other Empties

This bhave masque is another holy grail product of mine that provides intense moisture to my hair to help keep it healthy, moisturised and damage free. I use it once a week.

This product is especially useful to those of us with coloured, heat stressed or damaged hair.

This 'empty' is my own fault! 

I was so cranky with myself  for dropping this Schick Hydro Silk Trim Style Razor on my tiled bathroom floor and breaking it.

I especially love the bikini trimmer feature and this is a summer essential product for me! 

I've already replaced it! 

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48 comments:

  1. I love your honesty in this one. It's great when you get to the end of a product and you are really excited to repurchase it. You must receive so many gifts so to want to purchase at the end is a good sign.

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    1. Thanks Natalie. You're absolutely right, you can always tell which products a beauty blogger loves by which products she repurchases!

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  2. I have a bottle of the Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water but I have not opened it as yet. Rose is not my favorite scent so it will be interesting to see how I go with this one.
    Bhave products are lovely. I have a great travel set that i have put aside for when I head off on my 7 week holiday in August/Sept.

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    1. bhave rescue products are my holy grail hair care products! I used my travel set up during the recent holidays.

      Enjoy your 7 week holiday!

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  3. We have that Banana Boat sunscreen in lotion form - we love it! In fact, it's my only recent empty and of course I replaced it :)

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    1. I think lotion as opposed to the spray version would be a lot better for me as well!

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  4. Good advice re the bath bombs! I have recently bought a LOT of Lush ones and will have to ensure I use them before they go off!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Good excuse for many many pampering, divinely scented baths!

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  5. I couldn't hoard lush products if I tried- I can't wait to use them usually haha!

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    1. Lush bath bombs look so pretty and sometimes I keep them out on display as it wafts a divine scent throughout my whole bathroom!

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  6. I love your honesty on what you'd repurchase and what you wouldn't. My attention was taken by the Schick Hydro Silk Trim Style Razor and Bikini Trimmer. I've clicked on the link and will be having a good look/read because I am on the lookout for a razor for myself. Recent products finished by me are the WomanOil8 Australia 100% natural botanical plant-based oil skin care products that I love so much that I now sell them as well as use them! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. That sounds like a good endorsement of the WomanOil8 skincare range! I'm going to google this range to find out more about it.

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  7. I think I'm a much more simple girl than you Ingrid when it comes to body products! Sunsense Daily Face SPF 50 is something I'd never be without. It may horrify you to know that I wash my face with soap, use only shampoo and no conditioner, and use whatever face moisturiser comes with the 'gift with purchase' for Natio from whom I buy eyeliner, lipstick, and blush! So I admit it is lovely when someone gives me the gift of a luscious body product. Good on you for narrowing down your favourites.

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    1. You still use quite a few products compared to some other people I know. Good to hear you always use sunscreen!

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  8. I always love your empties posts. Empties in our house at the moment are sunscreens - we go through so much - and this kerastase solar creme stuff that stops my hair going green when I swim laps, & the kerastase oil stuff that helps keep the dreadlocks away when I swim in our pool & the saltwater. #TeamLovinLife

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  9. I love the empties posts too. Good to see lots of sunscreen being used!

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    1. I always go through loads of sunscreen!

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  10. Thanks for the advice on BHave. I shy away from expensive hair products because I wonder if they are actually any different. But perhaps they are? #teamlovinlife

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    1. I can't vouch for every expensive hair care brand but the bhave rescue range is definitely worth the extra money in my opinion!

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  11. I've been using the Garnier sensitive 2n1 face wipes and love them. I purchased these over the summer break when my nivea ones were out of stock and won't being going back to them now that i've tried these.

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    1. Sometimes being forced to try another brand of products when our current favourite is out of stock is a good thing in helping us discover a product we love even more!

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  12. I had NO IDEA bath bombs went off! Who knew!

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    1. My bath bombs weren't off as such, they just didn't fizz like they usually do! They did at least still smell divine!

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  13. I agree with your bath bomb point - I am still angry at myself for letting a whole gift box go off about ten years ago! Grrr!

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    1. Oh no! A whole gift box of bath bombs! But at least we all learn from our mistakes. I bet you use your bath bombs a lot quicker now. I know I do!

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  14. Ahh more of my favourite haircare!! I also love the sound of that sugar scrub, it sounds so lovely!!


    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. I'm determined to track down another Mango and Guava version of the Lycon sugar scrub! I need it in my life! That scent was divine!

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  15. You've finished so many amazing products! I have just finished a LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel - it smelt so delicious!!

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    1. Lush products are always so divinely scented! I love visiting Lush stores to sniff all the products! Mind you I can never leave a Lush store empty handed!

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  16. I love the idea of bathroom soap doing double duty as room fragrance. Definitely going to check out the Nutrimetics range of soap.

    SSG xxx

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    1. It's a definite advantage of scented soaps over bath gels and body washes!

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  17. I now want to get the bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner and the Banana Boat Sport CoolZone Spray.

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com/

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    1. I can't rave enough about the bhave Rescue range! They are my total holy grail of hair care and have been for the past couple of years!

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  18. I love the summer theme to the products you've finished! Totally understanding not hoarding bath bombs...... I have a GIANT box full that are well past their fizzy stage.. oops!
    Ebony x

    www.theblackandwhiteguide.com

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    1. At least they will still smell lovely in the bath!

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  19. Great empties! Those Lycon products sound absolutely amazing!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Thanks! I need to find another of those Lycon Mango and Guava scrubs!

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  20. Great round-up! You really hit the nail on the head with the coconut being summer in a scent! I love coconut for that reason. Do you know if Nutrimetics products can be purchased online or only through a consultant? I really love their stuff but don’t have time for a party.

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    1. You can buy Nutrimetics products through their website www.nutrimetics.com.au

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  21. Oooh these all look amazing! I LOVE seeing the products you have enjoyed so much you have emptied!

    www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

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    1. I always love reading other people's empties posts too!

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  22. My empties are mouthwash (every day since surgeries) and my factor 50 tinted sunscreen. I am a minimalist..not really, I am not into much of the care routine as everyone else is and I cannot afford a lot of it anyway. I was lucky to have SkinBoss sent to me from Kirsten and I was given some lovely care products in hampers from friends when I was in hospital.


    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 5/52. Next week's optional prompt is "Starting School Memories".

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    1. I haven't tried SKinBoss but I've read some lovely reviews about it.

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  23. I am still to try bhave, sounds amazing. We bought some bath bombs at a market recently and they didn't fizz. That's the best bit! I'll be wary about his market stall in future!

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    1. How disappointing that your bath bombs didn't fizz! Maybe they were old stock at the market stall?

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  24. I love Banana Boat sunscreen but my husband is allergic to it. Apparently his nieces are too, weird. That said, I can never resist the spray can offerings which make it so easy to reapply when you're at the beach, so I'm on the lookout for alternatives.

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    1. I wonder what the ingredient is that they're allergic too?

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