July Empties

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser – I reviewed this cleanser recently, and although I did enjoy it I am just too loyal to my beloved Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel to stray too far from it again any time soon.

Slatkin & Co Marshmallow Peppermint Candle – I loved the smell of this candle in the jar, but when it burned the scent didn’t throw very far across the room. For that reason alone I won’t bother repurchasing this. (Note: I’m planning on digging out that last bit of candle from the jar and using it as a melt in my oil burner, because I saw someone doing it on Youtube and it seemed like a pretty good idea.)

AlchemicMuse Marzipan Cream Soap – Oh boy. If you’re a fan of almond scented body products get your butt over to the AlchemicMuse etsy store and stock up on their Marzipan range ASAP. This product smelled like bitter almond sherbert, and the cream soap was really nice to use. It had a gritty sort of consistency, almost like it contained almond meal or something similar. I liked it, and plan on repurchasing more of the cream soaps from AlchemicMuse in the future.

Pantene Pro V Deep Fortifying Shampoo – I was glad to finally finish this up because it had been sitting in my cupboard for such a long time, but I was also a bit bummed when I ran out of the product because I really liked it. I found that it left my hair feeling silky and soft after use, but as with most Pantene products I’ve tried in the past I had to include a clarifying rinse into my monthly hair routine to help remove excess build up.

Marie Adele Spa Fresh Blends Romantic Discovery Bathing Ritual – I received this sachet in a deluxe sample subscription box and I enjoyed it. The smell was nice (a sweet rose scent without being too overpoweringly floral), and I liked how my skin felt after taking a bath in it. It was nothing outstanding though, so I won’t be repurchasing it.

MOR Honey Nectar Hand & Body Lotion – MOR, I love you but the packaging of this body lotion is all kinds of stupid. Once I’d made my way through 3/4 of the bottle the product stopped pumping up through the top, which was frustrating. What was even more frustrating was when I turned the bottle upside down to try and get the product out through the top, it all collected around the rim and because the plastic was so stiff I couldn’t squeeze the container it to get anything out. Annoying. It smelled pretty amazing though.

Bath + Body Works Twisted Peppermint Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap – This scent is basically Christmas personified. AMAZING.

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens – The Boscia linens are a lot softer than any I’ve tried in the past. I love them and I have spare packets squirreled away in my cupboard at all times.

evo Mane Prescription Protein Treatment – This is one of my all time favourite hair products, and one of the best hair treatments I’ve ever used. This was only a little sample sized container but I’ll be repurchasing another full size once I’ve worked my way through some of the other treatments I have in my cupboard.

evo The Therapist Shampoo & Conditioner – These were nice but the smell drove me crazy by the end. I don’t particularly like my hair smelling like men’s aftershave so that is enough to put me off purchasing full sized versions of these in the future. Also these little square containers are on par with the MOR body lotion packaging for being practically impossible to get the last dregs of product out.

L’Oreal Sublime Mousse Casting Cream Conditioner – Another leftover conditioner from an old box of hair dye. Nothing special.

Biore Ultra Nose Strip – I went into a mild state of panic when I saw how red my nose got after I used this strip (which didn’t fade for a few terrifying hours afterwards) but despite that I liked it. It’s extremely gross but oh-so-satisfying seeing how much crap you have stored in your nose, even if you don’t have any obvious blackheads.

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola Fragrance – Super sweet and fruity floral – not really my thing.

CK Shock Fragrance – I’ve mentioned previously how much I like this scent, but CK fragrances never last more than an hour on my skin so I won’t bother buying a full sized version of this.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – My holy grail winter facial moisturiser. I have a full sized version of this that I’m working my way through, but I took this little sample with me on my road trip and finished it off during the month.

Terax Crema Conditioner – One of my holy grail hair care items, and I haven’t owned a full size tube of this in such a long time, getting to use this sample was a real treat. I love this product, and once I can justify spending money on conditioner again (ie: when I don’t have 5 bottles sitting in my bathroom waiting to be finished) I will definitely be buying this.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique – In the battle of the Kerastase thermique products, the Nectar won out over the Ciment, and I purchased a full sized bottle of this during July. LOVE IT.

10 Thoughts on “July Empties

  1. Lucy on July 31, 2012 at 8:30 am said:

    Completely agree with you on 2 points (ie they were empties for me this month too!):

    1. The Biore strip – haven’t used one of these in years – and I was SO red afterwards – but was also sickly satisfying…I do wonder how good these are for your skin though…the extreme redness and how much it hurt peeling it off?! Hmm.

    2. Totally agree on the Evo mini containers – I thought they looked so cute – but god dang they are a nightmare to get product out of!! Evo if you’re listening – please change the packaging!! I seriously loved the hair mask I tried (hydrationist one) – and had to quickly jump online to make sure the full size wasn’t just a big version of that same container! Please to report back that it isn’t 🙂

    Ps like the lemming that I am, I jumped on Etsy to look at AlchemicMuse and am slightly devastated that they’re closed for renovations or something until later in August. Have made a note to peruse at a later date. Probably a good thing considering I’m on a ‘no buy’. Apparently.

    • Wait until the store opens up again… I hope they put their leftover Spring/Summer products on sale because I am dying to get some of the pineapple stuff. YUM.

  2. That’s it I’m taking all of my sample sized things and putting them on the bath/shower caddy so I USE THEM UP DAMMIT!

  3. GlossQueen on July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm said:

    What a great idea for using the rest of the candle. I’m going to try it with a Dusk candle I’ve got that won’t burn anymore despite their being heaps of wax left in the jar.

    • I thought so too! I’ve often had quite a bit left in the bottom of candle jars if they haven’t burned through properly. I’m going to be doing this a lot from now on.

  4. I HAATE those little Evo containers! I can’t get any of them out and they are so hard to squeeze! I really want to try the Protein Treatment! I also love seeing all of the gunk come out of my nose! I’d love to see a review on the Kerastase Netar Thermique although I know you’ve talked about it heaps already!

  5. Sabine on August 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm said:

    You’re using up a storm! The only empty thing I have from last month (I think) is a packet of Wotnot Facial Wipes (!!).

    • That’s still something! I have 2 packets of face wipes sitting in my cupboard that I’ve been trying to work through for about 6 months now. Never ending!

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