Monday, 4 February 2013

January Empties

This post is a little late as I haven't been very well over the past couple of days. Anyway, here are my empties for January.


I have tried to use up some of my samples this month, and as I have stayed at my Mum's house a couple of times I made sure to put samples, where possible, in my toiletry bag. I did find a few items that I definitely want to buy in their full sizes in the future.

My January Favourites



These are my favourite items from January. All of these products only cost me personally £1!! Let me explain...
Obviously the Omorovicza serum was a free sample, as was the Dirty Works Body Butter. I won the Lavera shower gel in a competition on the Lavera facebook page, and the L'Occitane was part of a gift I received for Christmas. The one thing I actually paid for was the Body Shop shower gel, but it was on offer for three for £3, so not bad for this bargainista last month.

My shower Products



I loved both of these products. The Lavera bath and shower gel in Rose Garden is beautiful. The fragrance completely enveloped me and even hours later there was still a noticeable rose scent on my body, and in my bathroom. I made sure to leave the bathroom door open whenever I used this shower gel so the smell would spread throughout my home. As with all Lavera products this shower gel is 100% natural, chemical free, and best of all of course, involves absolutely no animal testing. It is made with organic wild roses, mmmm doesn't that sound lovely? And it is. I will definitely be buying this again. This product is available online, and costs just £6.45  for 150ml from http://www.pravera.co.uk 

The Body Shop Earth Lovers shower gel in pear and lemon grass fragrance also gets my vote. For such a low price this product really performs well, and again I would highly recommend it, especially when it is on sale at http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk although the list price is £5 for 250ml, the Body SHop always has a sale on. It has a fresh, natural smell and I only needed a small amount on my sponge to get a lot of suds and bubbles. It is really good value for money.

My favourite face and body products


Dirty works body butter


I was more impressed with the Dirty Works body butter than I expected to be. It was obvious as soon as I tried it that it contains shea butter and sweet almond oil from both the fragrance and the way my skin felt after applying it. I used this 20ml sample over a few days on my hands and arms, and I loved the way it smelt, and the way it made my skin feel. Obviously Dirty Works products are dupes of Soap and Glory, and I have to say that this product at least is a very good dupe that I will definitely buy again. It is available in a 300ml tub and the list price is £4.99, but, it is often half price in Sainsbury's. Even at full price it retails at about half the price of Soap and Glory!

I use L'Occitane products all the time and always have a travel size hand cream in my hand bag. This past month I used up a cherry blossom fragrance hand cream, which I really like. What more can be said about this brand that hasn't been said a hundred times? Well not much, so I will just say that as with all L'Occitane products this is well worth the money and does what it says in the blurb. It smells wonderful and leaves your hands soft and not sticky. You can pick up the 30ml size for £8 from http://uk.loccitane.com

I am in love with the Omorovicza radiance renewal serum now I have tried it. The company itself says of this serum, " This oil-free soothing serum helps to brighten dull complexions and erase any signs of tiredness" and I would say they are spot on with that description. My skin felt soft and smooth, and did look brighter as soon as I applied the serum. I would love to use this product every day, but at £75 for 30ml that is not going to happen, sadly. I will keep my eyes open for discounts on this brand though, and if I find this discounted I will definitely stock up, it is wonderful on my 52 year old skin. You can buy this, and all Omorovicza products, from their web site at http://www.omorovicza.com

January's basic products



Not much to say about these products, I ran out of Listerine and bought the Aquafresh mouth wash as a stop gap product. It's OK, milder than Listerine and freshens your breath. The Imperial Leather Jasmine Touch hand soap is my favourite fragrance from this brand. It leaves my hands smelling sweetly of jasmine and is naturally antibacterial, which I of course prefer to chemicals, a nice cheap every day hand soap. The Gucci Premiere sample was a disappointment as it was just one of the little wet squares rather than the little vial many companies give out as samples. I couldn't get any real idea of how this perfume works on my skin, but my daughter received a gift set of this from my son for Christmas and it is a beautiful fragrance, if a little expensive. I would say it is worth the price tag though.


Mainly more samples here. The Matis intensive resourcing cream was nice, but I doubt I would buy again as it didn't make my skin feel amazing or anything. The L'Oreal Revitalift BB cream felt a little heavy compared to other BBs I have tried, so I won't be buying this one. I did like the way my skin felt after applying the L'Oreal youth code serum and this is one I will consider in the future as it is more in my price range than the Omorovicza serum. I have used the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair before and I do like it and will probably buy it again at some point. 
I finally used up the Clairol Perfect 10 conditioner, which had been in my shower for a couple of months, since I last dyed my hair. This conditioner always leaves my hair feeling in great condition and is another product I would highly recommend. The conditioners that come with hair dyes always seem superior to other conditioners to me, especially this one.
I don't even remember when or where I bought the travel size hair spray, Freeze It. I always like to have a travel size hair spray in though, to put in my handbag on a night out. This one was fine, nothing special, and I doubt I would buy it again. It did brush out of my hair completely and did smell nice though.

Well there you have it, my first monthly empties post, I hope you enjoyed seeing the products I have used up in this past month. If you have any questions about any of these products please leave me a comment and I will try my best to answer you.

23 comments:

  1. I really need to start doing this, I hoard so much it's not even funny!

    Great collection of empties, you did really well!

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    1. I know! But this year I am going to try and save money by using my samples, I do have quite a lot! And of course every time I see any samples are available I have to apply, so my stash keeps getting bigger and bigger. It did help that I was out overnight a couple of times, as samples are perfect for throwing in an over night bag. x

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    2. I agree! Samples are great for travelling, that's what I love about beauty boxes!

      By the way, I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog! Check out my blog post on it to see what to do next, right here :)

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  2. Hi Angela, I did post a comment on your Yankee candle post but I don't think it was saved :(
    I'm not able to reply to comments on my blog so decided to pop over here and have a snoop while I was here.
    I don't do extra work regularly, WR was my first and a friend of a friend asked me if I would do it and I agreed. I actually did it a couple of weeks ago but I had to wait on permission coming through to blog about it. It lasted for 3 days so only one more post to go.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, although I can't reply to them, I do read them and eventually figure out how to get in touch lol!

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    1. Well it's an exciting job, hope you get loads more work n the future x

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  3. Hi, don't forget as part of the 'I Love My Post' blog hop, you have to follow all the hosts and co-hosts(including me) to take part :)

    http://bigmegowski.blogspot.ie/

    xo

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    1. Hi Megan, I know this must be a generic post as I followed them all two days ago hon x

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    2. Hi Angela,

      Sorry I made a mistake there was a big mix-up with the comments and following.

      My apologies, feel free to delete that last comment.

      xo

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    3. No problem, just wanted to make sure you knew I followed. Did you get my reply on your page re the hosts and not following? x

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  4. Great post! I love the Matis lip conditioning stick, have you ried it?
    L'Occitane is another of my favourites!

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    1. I haven't tried their lip conditioning stick, yet lol I use a lot of L'Occitane products and usually my sister stocks me up with them for Christmas and birthdays, love their products x

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  5. Hi! thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a comment on the date night post!

    You were asking about following. You can do it through feedburner using the link below
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/beautythroughimperfection

    If you select "google" it will give you the option to add my blog to your GFC. My blog is run by wordpress so I don't have GFC myself, but it should work that way. I also have bloglovin
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4487793/beauty-through-imperfection

    I hope that helps!!!
    thanks again for stopping by

    those look like great products that you are sampling. I don't recognize any of them, so I'm guessing we don't have them in the states. sad! :/

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  6. Ooh I always wonder what Dirty Works is like... I need some xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. it is pretty much the same as soap and glory, which i also love, you should try it, it's often on offer in Sainsbury's x

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  7. I love empties posts! I adore Lavera Rose Garden products - so lush x

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    1. i love them too, like to see what other people use and what htey think of them, and i love lavera rose so much, it smells beautiful x

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  8. I love your blog! It's great :)
    Maybe, you follow my blog ? ♥ tell me and y follow you back :)

    kisses

    http://lapetitprinces.blogspot.com.es

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  9. Very nice post , love it! Maybe you want to follow each other? Let me know!

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    1. OK gabi i will check out your blog x

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  10. Thanks for the lovely comment, I am following you on GFC :)
    I LOVE your blog! So useful for a student on a tight budget, I will be checking back regularly!
    Carrie
    xxxx
    http://carriebrighton.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for the follow, well we all have to be careful with our cash these days, but i know it's hard financially being a student, so hope you can find a bargain or two from my blog x

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  11. Love product review posts from real consumers! And so much detail! Thanks!

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    1. Me too, you never know with magazine reviews if they are paid or sponsored by the company they are reviewing x

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I read every single one and reply as often as possible. If you are going to follow me my preferred option would be through GFC, but of course I am very happy to be followed which ever way you prefer. Again thank you for commenting, it makes me so happy to see I have new comments.
Angela xxx