26 Aug 2014

A picture of THE EMPTIES #1

A picture of THE EMPTIES #1
When I first started writing Tattooed Tealady I always used to do monthly empties posts and it's been a good year (or more...) since my last once. I recently bought some storage boxes for the new office and after organising and tidying everything away, I had one of the three boxes left, the smallest. I decided it was the perfect place to start collecting empties again, which I had started saving up again a few weeks earlier. Empties posts are the perfect way to share my final thoughts on products, whether I would repurchase them - and most importantly? To motivate me to use products up again!

A cult skincare product, the Origins GinZing Eye Cream (15ml, £23) has been a favourite of mine ever since I first reviewed it early last year (see here). One of my favourite eye creams, I love the way it instantly brightens my eye area, whilst still being hydrating, smoothing and helping to reduce any unwanted puffiness. I only ever used the GinZing Eye Cream as a morning eye cream, and find it works well either with makeup or without. It's a wonderful eye cream, and I'd definitely repurchase (I was a little sad to reach the end of my pot!).

I first shared the Melvita Orange Blossom Extraordinary Water (100ml, £17) back in May (see here), after receiving a sample size in a beauty box. I instantly became smitten with how instantaneously it worked to hydrate, calm, soothe and refresh my skin, one of the best toner spritzes I have ever used. I will 100% be repurchasing, along with a few other floral waters available from Melvita, once I've used up a few more toners in my stash. Amazing product, it showed huge benefits to my skin! 

It's not just limited edition makeup I hoard, but body care too, and I've finally plucked up the courage to finish up my deliciously scented Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel. Unfortunately as a limited edition product, it's no longer available, but if it pops up in the 2015 Valentine's Day collection, I'll definitely be stocking up! With a mix of fresh Pomegranate Juice and Grapefruit Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Pod, skin-softening Marshmallow Root and Almond Oil, the scent was mouth-watering and I love how long the fragrance lingered throughout the day. Please re-release this Lush!

Another body wash my partner and I jointly used up, is the Korres Fig Shower Gel (250ml, £8) which I actually managed to snap up earlier in the year in a duo set buy-one-get-one-free (so expect to see the other in my next empties!). Anything fig scented gets me hooked, as it always reminds me of Cyprus. The Korres offering is a touch more musky in scent than my other fig favourites, but in a way which makes it really soothing and warming under the hot steam of a shower. Would I repurchase? Probably not; it's a good product, great in fact, but I have cheaper favourites which have a sweeter, fresher scent that I prefer. Sorry Korres

The Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath (236ml, £11.25) was a product I found inside my July Birchbox (see here), which I actually really enjoyed using. It made lots of lovely bubbles, had an incredibly refreshing scent with herbal and citrus notes, which was perfect for waking me up in the mornings, leaving my skin cleansed and softened. I love the way the scent filled the bathroom and it certainly made bath time more refreshing and invigorating. Would I repurchase? I would! I'd also love to try the accompanying Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Vitamin E Body Lotion (236ml, £11.25).

John Frieda is a brand I return to for shampoos and conditioners all the time, a brand I have used for years. I've gone through a couple of bottles of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo (250ml, £5.99) now, but I'm a big fan of the entire range (see here). As volumising shampoos go, it isn't my favourite - I much prefer the Ojon Volume Advance Range (see here) - and I find it a touch too drying, but followed with a good conditioner and you're set to go! I'd definitely repurchase in the future, but only if we were on a budget. 

A budget-friendly hair care product I would repurchase even over my high-end favourites, is the Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Wow! Brunette Conditioner (250ml, £3.50) which leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft. In fact, it leaves my hair so soft I rarely need to apply an oil afterwards, and it also adds a lovely natural-looking healthy shine to my hair. Love. 

I've just finished my second pot of Lush Big Shampoo (330g, £11.95), and I'm just as besotted now as I was after my first use. I shared my thoughts on Big almost as soon as I tried it for the first time (see here), a fantastic product which does the job of two of my favourite high-end hair care products. It works to deeply cleanse my hair like the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo (see here), whilst volumising and added some much needed oomph to my hair just like the Ojon Volume Advance Range. It lasts forever, it smells lovely, it's cruelty free - what's not to love? I'll definitely be picking up another pot next time I'm near a Lush store! 

I've been a big fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (30ml, £10.99) ever since it's release, and I've just finished my third bottle. I love this foundation; it applies perfectly, blends easily, leaves a lot natural yet almost dewy finish and works wonderfully with my oily skin. I've even hailed it as one of my top drugstore bases (see here). I will definitely be repurchasing this beauty again, but I've decided it works better with my skin in the colder months, so I'll be waiting until winter to repurchase.

Have you used any products up recently? Let me know!