Empties No.6

Another few months have passed since my last empties post and I have another little collection of goodies to round up for you...

Origins Make A Difference+ Rejuvenating Treatment

Repurchase?

Already have!

Recommend?

Of course

Why?

I formulation is really lightweight but also very hydrating - perfect for my combination skin.

Ren Mayblossom Cleansing Gel

Repurchase? 

Not at the moment

Recommend?

Yes, for combination skin

Why?

I received these samples from my facialist. They lasted me 2-3 weeks and I really enjoyed using them. The formula is so lightweight yet does a great job. I wouldn't purchase the full-size product at the moment because I am using another Ren cleanser which is more suited to my skin's current needs.

Australian Organics Volumizing Shampoo

Repurchase? 

No

Recommend? 

No

Why? 

I bought this when I spotted it in T K Maxx because I really like trying different shampoos which use natural ingredients and this one was suited to my fine hair. I didn't find it to be as effective as other natural shampoos (even after two washes there was little or no lather) and it was overall, nothing special.

Naked Rescue Conditioner

Repurchase?

Yes

Recommend?

Yes

Why? 

Now this is a natural haircare brand which definitely delivers time after time. This rich and creamy conditioner is one of my favourites.

Bodhi Bath and Shower Therapy in Rosemary Chi

Repurchase?

Not unless I could justify really treating myself...

Recommend? 

Yes

Why? 

This brand is fantastic! I use this product in the shower and it lathers wonderfully, despite being made from natural ingredients, and the aromatic scent is heavenly and lasts for ages!

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Repurchase? 

Maybe

Recommend? 

Yes

Why?

After being given this sample in my local Kiehl's store (which was a lovely experience itself!), I couldn't wait to try this sachet. The product is a really effective hand cream and as my hands are definitely much drier recently, I'm considering making the investment...

Kiehl's Orange Flower and Lychee Body Cleanser

Repurchase? 

No

Recommend? 

Yes

Why? 

Another Kiehl's product that I was excited to try. I love the scents of lychee and of orange blossom, plus this contains a hint of Moroccan Rose - perfection! I found the formula to be really runny so I'm not sure how long a whole bottle of this would last but if you have the cash to splash, I would recommend giving it a whirl!

Sainsbury's Cod Liver Oil Supplements

Repurchase? 

No

Recommend? 

Only if recommended by a health professional

Why?

I have only shopped at Sainsbury's a few times but was really impressed with their range of supplements. These cod liver oil supplements were a great price and I thought I would give them a try as I have heard great things about the benefits of fish oils. However, I noticed no difference when taking them or since discontinuing taking them.

Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

Repurchase? 

No

Recommend? 

No

Why? 

I personally think that this mascara is totally over-rated and over priced. Save your money!

Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Hand Wash

Repurchase? 

Yes

Recommend? 

Definitely!

Why? 

I absolutely adore this hand wash. I love the natural ingredients and the heavenly scent. I repurchased the product in the lavender meadow fragrance which is also lovely.

As well as finishing up some products, I also decided to bin some products that I just couldn't bare to look at any longer...

Lee Stafford Bling Conditioner

I received this in a goody bag at The Clothes Show Live and I have to say, I was thoroughly unimpressed with all of the products that I received.

Purity Face Wash and Exfoliator

I think that Purity are a lovely brand but unfortunately, the face wash wasn't right for me and I am no longer a fan of exfoliators with any kind of 'bit's in them. Since my skin has been so problematic and sensitive, I don't want to use anything to harsh or risk scratching the skin and introducing infection.

Liz Earle Exfoliator and Treatment Mask

I received these products in a Liz Earle set that I ordered from QVC quite a while ago now. For the same reason as I am getting rid of the Purity exfoliator, this one is unsuitable, and I just didn't find the treatment mask to be effective.

Balance Me Lip Salves

Although I quite like Balance Me as a range, I find their lip products far too oily, and when using the limited edition one in particular (luckily this was free with magazine...) I suffered from blemishes around my lips.

Boots Soltan Facial Sun Cream

I am throwing this out because it has been open for over a year and will no longer provide the most effective UV protection, however, it is unlikely that I would repurchase because I prefer SunSense sun protection products which I have found to be much gentler to sensitive skin.

As always, I hope that this post has provided a helpful insight into some of the many tempting products out there.