Last year, I kept a lot of empty packaging with good intentions of letting you all know what I thought of the products. I failed quite spectacularly to be honest and ended up throwing all of this out. It was just getting ridiculous and I couldn't even remember half of the products anyway.
I've been saving some empties for the last few months so before it gets out of hand again, I thought I should put my thoughts out there!
I go through shower gel quite fast so I've got quite a few to mention here. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shower Gel was such a lovely scented shower gel. It was just like Apple Sourz (the alcohol) and it was really enjoyable to use.
The Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Gel smells like strawberry milkshake! That's my favourite thing about this shower gel as unfortunately I find these shower gels a bit too thin so lots of product gets wasted and it doesn't lather as much as I would like. I still end up repurchasing these when they're on offer for a pound though as I enjoy the fragrances.
I picked up Rose Jam and So White from the Lush Christmas collection and had very opposite thoughts on these. I already knew that I love Rose Jam, it's the perfect rose scent with an added sweetness to it. I always find a little goes a long way with Lush shower gels so they do tend to last quite a while. This wasn't such an advantage when it came to using up the So White one though. To me, it really smelled like furniture polish so I just didn't enjoy using it. Disappointing!
The Ted Baker Body Wash was a small size from a gift I received for Christmas. It was quite a floral scented body wash which I found to be ok. Nothing too exciting if I'm honest. I wouldn't buy the full size version myself but it was pleasant enough.
I loved the coconut oil and cocoa butter scent of the Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo and Conditioner from The Sleek Restorer range for dry/frizzy hair. I don't have frizzy hair so didn't notice any changes to the condition of my hair but I thought these did a nice job at general cleansing and conditioning. I would try other Ultimate Blends ranges when they are on offer.
I got the Kerastase Lait Vital and Bain Satin samples from a British Beauty Blogger beauty box in collaboration with Latest in Beauty. I really enjoyed using these products. I felt they helped to improve the condition of my hair and left it feeling super soft. I think Jane has another box coming out soon so I'm looking forward to seeing what she puts in that one!
The Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment was a sample from a Space NK gift with purchase. This was quite a nice mask and I did feel like it made my hair feel nice and soft. I definitely wouldn't pay £35 for the full size though. As much as I liked it, I felt it wasn't massively different to a pot you could get for a fiver from Boots!
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has become a staple in my routine. This is great for use all over the face and eye area. It does such a good job at removing makeup without irritating the skin. I was a regular buyer of the L'Oreal Paris version but since buying this, I haven't looked back because the bottle is much bigger and lasts for months!
The Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner is my all time favourite toner and I've repurchased it multiple times. This was just a sample size but it made me remember how much I like this stuff. It smells so nice and fruity and it helps to soothe my dehydrated skin before adding moisturiser.
I bought the Sephora Instant Refreshing Toner on a trip to Barcelona last year. As you can see, there's still product left in the bottle and I'm not bothered about throwing it away! I got bored of using it and thought it was quite an average product.
I really enjoyed using my sample of the ReVive Intense Creme Lustre Day Cream as it nourished my dehydrated skin really well. It also left my skin looking more radiant and I liked that it contains SPF30. I was just looking at the price of the full size to decide whether I'd repurchase it or not. It's £235. Simply put, I will never repurchase this! It is really good though...
The Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub is a scrub that contains lots of tiny, gritty particles that really slough off any dead skin cells and I felt this improved the texture of my skin while I was using it. The full size of this is £65 so I won't be repurchasing this but I wouldn't say no to another sample!
I managed to use up a few perfumes which made room for some of my new Christmas ones. First up, the Prada Candy L'Eau fragrance, one of my faves due to its very sweet but sophisticated scent. The original Prada Candy is my absolute favourite but this is still really nice.
Calvin Klein DownTown is such a lovely light and slightly floral scent. It just feels very refreshing to wear and I'm glad I discovered this one. I'd definitely get it again some time.
I love the original Ghost fragrance because it smells like Turkish Delight. I don't feel like I need to expand on that! I love it and I would happily buy/receive this again.
My favourite anti-perspirant is the Mitchum cream stick in Pure Fresh. I've repurchased this many times and it's the most effective anti-perspirant I've ever used and I love this fresh scent too.
I had a travel size version of the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub and whilst I love the scent, I wasn't too bothered about the actual scrub. It didn't contain enough scrubby bits to do much so I wouldn't buy this again.
I had to put the Lush Santa's Lip Scrub in this, despite it still being almost full but it was past the use by date and since I quite like to eat this stuff off my lips, I didn't want to keep it past that date! I stocked up on another whilst the Christmas stock was available though. All of the Lush Lip Scrubs are amazing at removing yucky dead skin from the lips but this cola one is particularly yummy. I do recommend the Popcorn and Bubblegum ones too though.
The only makeup item in my empties is the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen. I love the rose gold packaging and the peachy liquid is great on my dark circles. It doesn't provide a full coverage but it's great for when you fancy something quite low maintenance that still brightens things up a bit. I've had about 3 or 4 tubes of this in the past so I would pick it up again some time in the future.
Ahhh it feels good to get this done so I can throw all of those empty containers away!
Have you tried any of these products before?