Wednesday, 8 July 2015

June’s Empties – And Favourites!

It was a grand total of 20 empties last month. I really thought it was going to be far fewer than that, but then in the last week of June quite a few of my jars and tubes were running dry, a bit like a fast sprint towards the finishing line - not a fantastic analogy, granted!

Face and body products came out even stevens this time, with nine products apiece (the last time that happened was in April - I usually empty more facial skincare than anything else).


L’Occitane Crème Radieuse Hydration Cream. Very light in texture and yet still very hydrating. Love this. £32 for 50ml here.

Rodial Multi Intensive Anti-Ageing Balm. Contains 3D Hyaluronic Filling spheres to ‘instantly’ hydrate skin. This is so very thick (too thick even for my dehydrated skin) that I only really used it to relieve facial fatigue and tightness after a flight. £49 for 40ml here.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  A 15ml sample I got free with March’s Harper’s Bazaar - post. Rich and hydrating, this moisturiser has become a cult classic for good reason. £80 for 50ml here.

Espa Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15*. Combines matte mineral pigments with jojoba oil in a blendable and hydrating formula. Just wish it had a higher SPF. Reviewed here.

Bio Effect EFG Serum. There’s a lot of love for this serum but I dislike its gel-like texture – I find it leaves a film on my skin. £65 for 6ml (hellishly pricey!) here.

Sqoom XcentialSkinCare One*. Blimey, such a mouthful of a name.  A  post-treatment smoothing cream for use with the Sqoom home beauty device (reviewed), containing rose and grapeseed oils. I think there are better moisturisers for the money. £59 for 50ml here.

SkinPep Wrinkle Clear* - £14.99 (7ml). A retinol-based serum for the whole face. This brand packs a lot of ingredients into their formulas for the price, but I’ve never been that fond of the way they smell – a little synthetic. More here.

SkinPep Eye Lift* - £14.99 (7ml). Anti-ageing eye serum containing collagen and elastin, as well as retinol like the above. Being a serum you can apply it all over the eye area. Competitively priced too.  But again (see above) the smell. More here.

SkinPep C-Face Bright Booster*. A pure stabilised vitamin C powder which you can mix with your favourite serums. Designed to brighten and boost collagen. I like it! £4.99 for a 1g refill packet here.


Beautannia Brighton Body Lotion. Picked this up in a Space NK sale for a ridiculously cheap £8.50 – and you can still do so here! Contains argan to moisturise, sweet almond oil to soften, and vitamins B, C and E to help protect. A bargain find!

Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. Super rich, all-natural and beautifully sweet smelling. It’s made with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to moisturise and beeswax to help seal and shield hands from the elements. £9.99 for 55g here.

Champney’s Spa Indulgence Mediterranean Bliss Shimmering Body Oil. Yep, I have indeed got through yet another bottle of this – a firm favourite that has featured in my last three empties posts! Full review here.

L’Occitane Frisson de Verveine Shower Gel. One of the few L’Occitane products to disappoint me - I’m not keen on the aqueous citrus scent. I can only see the body lotion of this available on the L’Occitane UK site (and it’s down from £20 to £12 currently) here.

Aromatherapy Associates Support Equilibrium and Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oils. Love , love, love – both equally! Check out my full review of these delightful miniature oils here.

Vita Liberata 2-3 Week pHenomenal Tan Lotion (medium). Easy to apply with a mitt, non-streaky and gives a good colour. £37.50 for 150ml here.

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Cream. Of 99% natural origin, this gorgeously rich body cream smells utterly heavenly too. A firm favourite. £18 for 200ml here.

ILA Beyond Organic Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation. Blended with purest vetiver, petitgrain and apricot oils. Add this to a warm running bath and the aromas are guaranteed to de-stress every muscle you possess, believe me!  £9.60 for 150ml here.


Benefit The POREfessional. One of my favourite face primers. Glides on like a dream and provides the perfect base for make-up. £24.50 for 22ml here.

NARS New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil. Feels lightweight on and gives lips super sheen. Plus the colour is awesome – a sexy, cheeky and playful pink! £19 here.


L’Occitane - Crème Radieuse Hydration Cream
Elemis - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Champney’s - Spa Indulgence Mediterranean Bliss Shimmering Body Oil
Aromatherapy Associates - Support Equilibrium and Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oils
Balance Me - Rose Otto Body Cream
ILA - Beyond Organic Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation
Benefit - The POREfessional
NARS - New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

*PR Sample


  1. Wow you have quite a selection there! I love Benefits POREfessional! I had the Champneys body shimmer oil many years ago too! X

  2. Such a great selection and I am yet to try NARS but the lip pencil looks beautiful . Elemis is wonderful they use it in the spas to cleanse, tone or moisturize your skin . It is a little pricey though .

  3. I love seeing seeing empties!

  4. I absolutely love the Ila bath soak and of course the Aromatherapy Associates too x

  5. When I see posts like this it reminds me that I need to stop buying more products and use up all the ones that I already have! xx

  6. Love the ILA bath soak and the Aromatherapy Associates Oils (my favs are Deep Relax & Inner Strength which I buy again and again) x

  7. That Bio Effect serum is really very pricey, but somehow I like the film on skin :) I would love to test the L’Occitane creme hydration, I love L'Occitane! I have to confess that I don't use body creams, though I should, I think... my dermatologist said that now my skin is good, but that in the future it would thank me if I used creams now... I think she must be right! I would like to try this one, too: NARS New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil. I looove Nars, and you said it is good, so it's enough for me! I will look for it now!

  8. Wowzers, now that is one impressive bunch of empties and some of my faves are in there, especially the Burts Bees Almond and Milk hand cream x

  9. Gosh you've finished loads!! I love the sound of the Elemis Pro Collagen cream :)

    Jess xo

  10. That's a lot of empties for month :O Impressive!

    Pink Frenzy


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