Products I've used up #14

Empties: Bleach London Rose conditioner // Givenchy Play // Botanics Refreshing eye roll on // Zuzka Botanicals rose petal facial spritz // Botanics Hot Cloth cleansing balm // Biorganics Perfect Balance rebalancing shampoo // No. 7 Beautiful Skin eye makeup remover // Aveeno hand cream with colloidal oatmeal

It's only been about a month since my last 'empties' post but I am finding that my efforts to use up what I've got, as opposed to just buying more and more, has helped to edit my beauty cupboard right down. In a sort through a couple of weeks or so ago, I binned off a load of products that were probably long past their best, and dug out a few other bits to use up and the upshot of that is another empties roundup!

There are a couple of repeat performers this time around, including this Aveeno hand cream which I've discussed at length here. I adore this product; my dry and scaly hands are so hard to hydrate but this works wonders and it isn't too expensive either, you can buy it here.

Another brand I've vouched for in the past is of course the Boots Botanics range. Often on special offer, there have been more hits than misses for me with this selection of products, hence my willingness to invest in the brand and try other products from the range. The hot cloth cleanser was one such pick up; I would highly recommend this as a daily cleanser which I actually used in the morning as well to prep my face for makeup. It comes as a waxy block from which you scoop out a small amount and gently warm into the face. It's quite oily but comes off beautifully with a hot muslin cloth (included) and smells delicious; it contains rosehip and has a slightly 'sunbaked country garden' scent to it. The pot looks tiny but a small amount goes miles and this has lasted me around 6 months; which for the £8.99 price tag is a worthy investment, and you can pick it up here.

Also from Botanics is this brightening eye roll-on which contains hibiscus. Now, anything that can help soothe my eye bags is a winner, and I do think this helped to de-puff tired eyes. It's almost used up now and I would say that as the product has lessened, so the roller ball tip has moved less freely and dragged and pulled on my skin, so I won't be able to completely finish the product because of this. I think I will rebuy an eye 'cream' next rather than this liquid/gel as I feel they tend to work better for me but as a pick-me-up for tired eyes this does work well. Buy here.

Since my fragrance empties post here, I haven't invested in any new perfumes but have been revisiting some old favourites. Using this Givenchy 'Play' as my everyday scent has been lovely; though quite heady, it stays put all day and always gets compliments. I found this too much when I first got it, but have learned to absolutely love it over time and the floral woody amber combination has become a favourite. Sadly I have too many fragrances to get through to warrant buying another but it's on the back burner for Christmas, perhaps, along with YSL Elle, which is of a similar intensity to this one. You can buy this here.

I posted about the lovely products from Zuzka Botanicals back in February and I've now sadly used up my favourite of the two products I was sent, the rose petal facial spritz. This is such a gorgeous product and not only smelled wonderful, but made my skin look amazing too. I am enjoying using the cleansing product but this was such a nice 'bolt on' to my evening skincare routine and I will probably repurchase it! Shop it for yourself here.

A couple of hair products too, this month I've used up the Bleach London rose conditioner (and almost the shampoo too!) which I was loving as a gentle toner to take the brassiness out of my blonde ombre, and this rebalancing shampoo from Biorganics was a tester. I can't quite remember where I got it from but I really liked the fragrance, which is organic lavender and chamomile. I might re-buy the full size as I did feel it made my hair feel soft and manageable without stripping out too much of the natural oil, which some shampoos can do! You can buy the bleach conditioner here and the Biorganics here.

Finally, I finished up this small No. 7 Beautiful Skin eye makeup remover this month too. I liked that this was a very effective product; soak a cotton pad and swipe over the eye, and all makeup is removed, no mess or fuss. However, it is quite an oily consistency, which I found quite difficult to remove even with a cleanser. A nice product, but perhaps not one I'd rebuy, although it is available from Boots here.

XO Amie
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