August and September Empties

It's that time of the month again - my empties post! This is a bit of a bumper edition because September was such a busy month for me that by the time I'd got round to writing up my August empties it was practically the end of September, so I figured it was better to do a double post. Thankfully things are quietening down a bit in October though (well mostly) so hopefully I will be more active on the blog in the coming months!

I must admit the last couple of months than I'd like on the empties front because everything I was using turned out to be a long-haul job and seemed to take ages to use up, even the samples. In the meantime, here's what I thought of the products I used up in August and September...

 Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash
This was part of a care package that I was very kindly sent by Sali Hughes, the Guardian's beauty writer, after meeting her at an event. Not only did it last ages (Sali sent it to me in May and it ran out in early August), it also helped clear my breakouts and even began to work on my spot scars, which have been an issue for me for a while so anything that clears them is good! The microexfoliators aren't scratchy or irritating - though I will warn you now that you'll have to scrub your eyebrows unless you want little blue beads in there - and it left my skin feeling clean but not tight. I have since repurchased and it's not the cheapest product but again considering how long a bottle lasts I'm quite happy to buy it again.

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash travel size
I bought this when I went to visit my parents a few weeks ago and foolishly forgot to pack shower gel, and actually really like it. Again it lasts ages (this tiny bottle lasted me a month!) and has a lovely creamy rich fragrance. I did find I needed to use body lotion afterwards but if your skin isn't so dry then you might be able to get away with it. All in all, a great product and one I'll definitely be repurchasing when I've cleared my shower gel mountain.

Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream sample
This was a sample in my March Birchbox and I'm actually quite sad to see it go! It's a very delicate cream with a nice floral scent that's not too sweet or overpowering, sinks in quickly and leaves my hands feeling really soft. I've definitely noticed an improvement in the condition of my hands since I started using it and it's something I'd consider repurchasing, though again not for a while as I have a couple of other hand creams to use up first.

And now the samples:

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 15
This is not a product that you necessarily want to wear to work - I did this and what I thought was going to be a subtle shimmer turned out to be full-on disco ball glitter. However, if you work somewhere where glitter is appropriate (or it's not a workday), this is a really nice product. The smell is like summer in a bottle - if you like coconut scents then you'll love this - plus it's really moisturising and doesn't take ages to sink in. If you're off for some autumn sun and don't mind a bit of sparkle it may well be worth picking some up.

Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match Goodbye Dry Ultra Hydrating Rich Cream
Is it a rule that any kind of high street skincare product that comes in pink packaging must have that slightly artificial fruity smell? This is the second time on the run I've had a product like that in one of these posts and I'm starting to wonder if it's a thing. Other than that, this was a bit of a 'meh' product for me - whilst it didn't break me out and was nicely moisturising, I just didn't think it was anything particularly special.

Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream
I was not keen on this, mainly because of the texture - it seemed to go sort of bobbly when it was applied and didn't feel nice on my skin at all. That said, it did sink in quickly and I felt it did go some way towards making my skin look a bit less shiny, and the smell wasn't too bad either. If the texture wasn't bad this would be a decent drugstore moisturiser for my combination skin but otherwise I don't think I'll be purchasing it.

After that and with twelve new products from the last two Birchboxes, I'm currently at a net total of 270 products - worryingly I'm accumulating more stuff not getting rid of it! I'm not expecting to make much progress on empties next month as I am currently working my way through a giant bottle of Lush Tramp shower gel and have gone back to a tried and trusted skincare routine after my skin exploded with horrible cystic spots recently (not good just weeks before the wedding!). But I will try to keep up with using things up where I can - there are quite a few things that feel like they're going soon so hopefully October's empties might not be too bad going!

What have you used up this month?


  1. I keep meaning to try Proactiv, I always meant to pick some up when i'm in the state. No excuse now they sell it in Boots!

    1. If you're prone to breakouts it's definitely worth getting hold of some. I think it's slightly stronger in the US as there's certain ingredients they can't put in the UK version but the one here works really well for me. They also do a cleansing bar which is slightly cheaper than the Deep Cleansing Wash - I haven't tried it yet but will definitely give it a go next time I need cleanser!

  2. I have wanted to try pro activ for ages and haven't really seen many reviews for it, my acne is seriously getting me down so probably should give it a go xxx

    Blonde of Carbs

    1. It's definitely worth trying - I tried loads of different products marketed as 'for oily skin' to clear my spots and it's the first thing that's had a noticeable effect on reducing the number of spots and scars on my face. If you'd like to see a full review let me know and I can put one up :)