I think I’ve done pretty well lately getting things used up and out of the house. I used to have so many half empty bottles or shampoo and body lotion in my cupboards that it was getting a little overwhelming.. not to mention I was running out of space for new stuff! Now I finish onething before opening another and the result? Regular empties posts and mini reviews for you guys!! Here’s what I finished up this month..
L’Oreal Wild Ombre no.2 – £6.99 here
You may have seen my before and after post with Laura (link) where we used this on her hair (it’s obviously not suitable for blondes like me). It was great and if you’re nervous to use a full on pre-lightener at home then this is for you, the result was very subtle and I think it will be pretty tough to come away with a total hair disaster but we since used a stronger peroxide to get a more dramatic ombre as it wasn’t as light as Laura wanted from this kit.
Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower Gel – £2.99 here
I bought this when my Warm Cinnamon nights ran out (it was a Christmas scent) because I loved that so much and this was just as delicious. Unfortunately many of the scents are generic ‘lemon’/'strawberry’ etc which doesn’t really appeal ubt these more interesting variations are really nice and although I don’t usually shop at Tesco I will pop in specially for one for one of these.
Batiste Tropical & Light/Blonde Dry Shampoo – £2.99/£3.99 here
Ahhh my love.. I cannot go more than a day without reaching for a can of this stuff. My favourite scent is tropical for sure but I’ve recently been introduced to the light/blonde version and when my roots are getting a little wiley and out of control the added colour definitely makes them less obvious. The only thing I would note is that if you’ve just had fresh highlights the blonde one may make them look a little brassy as the powder is yellow, I would stick to the regular formula until you have something to ‘hide’.
Endermologie Aqueouse Celluilite Detox System* – can’t find a link to buy but here’s their site
I wasn’t massively impressed with this and I don’t really think any of these cellulite treatments really work. Most of them instruct you to massage for x amount of time and it’s really the massage that’s aiding the temporarily improved appearance, not the product. You’d be better body brushing or using an oil to massage in the mornings if you’re really willing to put in the time, this kind of thing is a waste of money but I received it in a beauty box a while back and decided to use it up.
T-Gel For Greasy Hair* – £6.99 here
I haven’t used T-Gel for years but I recently had a flaky scalp issue and it cleared it up so quickly I will never be without it again. I’ve suffered with dandruff on and off for years, I think scraping my hair back as I do doesn’t help and the dry shampoo definitely makes things worse but T-Gel once a week keeps my scalp healthy and the flakes at bay. It’s also a great clarifying shampoo for those who find they have a lot of product build up in their hair.
Derma V10 Beeswax and Vitamin E Hand Cream* - £1.99 here
This was one of many products given to me at the Leeds Blogger meet up I attended a couple of months ago. You may remember me trialling all of them out in a mini review video as the whole Derma V10 range is £1 in poundland, body care etc. I could only find one link online which is more expensive but I still think that’s a great price for the product. It’s a very heavy lotion which almost turns to an oil as it’s rubbed in, great for hands and feet and even better for a foot massage!
Boots Epsom Salts – £1.25 here
These were bought on Nikki Phillipi’s recommendation after she made a video all about how much they helped her achey joints. I can attest to this but I need to find somewhere that sells them in larger volumes as this little pot was way too small. It was marketed more towards ingestion rather than topical treatment (ie: in the bath) so I get why it’s so small but I want a big bath of them so if you know anywhere I can get some let me know.
VO5 Texture Me Choppy Cream Wax* – £3.89 here
If I was using this alone I’d still be using it now, I only used the teeniest bit to tame my fly aways when I put me hair up but Lee took to using too so it went quickly. We’ve since repurchased the ‘boys version’ which is basically the sam but pink and it smells a little ore masculine but it works just as well. Unlike hairspray it really holds those wispy hairs and isn’t crispy, it’s actually a pretty matte finish so perfect for the job. – review here
Ted Baker Origami Body Wash* – £5.50 here
This smells so good, I have the body spray as well and as it’s not too girly this is another product I had help with.. I’ve even caught him using the spray on occasion. It’s quite musky but still a little sweet.. definitely my kind of scent and as body washes go.. it got me clean.. nothing special there. – review here
Naked Skin Thirst Aid 12 Hour Moisturiser* – £7.49 here
When I first got this I loved it, my skin was feeling dry and it drank it up. The reason my skin was like this was it was still adjusting after pregnancy so as soon as the oil returned this was no longer right for me but I can tell you that while it was I loved it. Once it was too heavy for my skin I actually ended up using it on my feet and elbows and it worked really well.. gotta find a use for everything!
Dr Rose’s Apothecary Milk Bath Powder – £3.00 here
This was a bit of a disappointment since I was expecting a result but saw no realy difference in my skin after using it. It claims to soften and I’m not sure whether my skin is just not dry/rough enough for it to work but it didn’t do anything for me so I wont be buying it again.. smelled nice though. – review here
Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Shampoo – £6.76 here
This was one of the products I was sent as a ‘goodwill gesture’ when one of Schwarzkopf’s products ravaged my hair (see here) but I gave it a fair shot.. I just didn’t like it. It was a basic shampoo, no better than any other I’ve tried so I saw no repair benefits and I guess I just expected to see a difference since it’s not a cheap brand.. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo* – £5.99 here
This was another pretty basic shampoo but it was one of the first natural/organic ones that I felt actually cleaned my hair. I’m not massively into whats ‘good’ for my hair I just want it to look nice so I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this again but I was impressed that it lathered and really when it comes to shampoo that’s all I’m looking for.. to get my hair clean. So if you are someone who prefers to err on the side of natural I would definitely recommend this and while we’re on the subject Organic Surge in general is a great brand.
Ickle Bockles Chocolate Conditioner* – £3.95 here
I was sent a bunch of travel sized products to review a while ago from a company called Ickle Bockles.. how cute is that name? I know! Unfortunately I haven’t been anywhere to have the opportunity to use them yet but I ran out of conditioner when I was dilluting my crazy colours (pink, lilac etc) a month or so ago and ended up using this. It’s nice, again pretty basic but smells lush. I probably wouldn’t pay £3.95 for that alone but in a travel set it’s great and I’ll be keeping the bottle to refill so I guess if you look at it that way it’s just like buying a travel bottle that happens to come with product in it.
Watch my empties video on YouTube here
Products marked with * were sent to me for review