Empties: May 2015

It's the start of a new month, and that means the latest empties post. Despite having been away and so leaving most of my current in-use products at home in favour of samples (more on that later), I actually managed to make a reasonable dent in my stash which I'm very pleased about! So read on to find out what I've used up this month...

Skincare


Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion SPF20
Do you ever have those products that you really want to like but just don't work for you? That was me with that mascara. Although it sank in really well on my skin and had quite a nice fragrance, unfortunately it just made my skin feel really clogged up and kept making me break out. So I'm afraid I'll be sticking with two of the other moisturisers from the range which work much better for me, despite not containing SPF (because, y'know, I'm essentially lazy). That said, it is a great budget option for an everyday moisturiser if you want something with SPF in it, so if your skin doesn't react too badly to creams that are on the heavier side then this might work for you.

Body products


Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel
By far and away my favourite thing about this product was the smell - a lovely fruity but not too sweet fragrance that adds to the incredibly girly vibe of the product. This was a limited edition for Valentine's Day 2014 (I think Lush brought it back this year but don't quote me on that) and it's one of my favourites out of their recent smells. I also found that it lathered up really nicely yet didn't dry out my skin too much; I still needed moisturiser but my dry patches were no worse for using this product. Just wishing I'd bought the bigger bottle now...

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream
This is a really lovely hand cream, I won it in a pass the parcel game at my hen do and have used it a lot since then; it was particularly nice in the winter to put it on under my gloves before I left home or the office so it would sink it on the journey (similar to applying foot cream before bed and then putting on bedsocks). It's rich without being greasy and sinks in quickly, as well as being fairly lightly scented so it won't clash with any perfume or other body lotions you're using, and works really well at tackling dry skin. Definitely worth a go if you're looking for an effective yet affordable hand cream.

Hair products


Colab Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo in London
I've always been a bit of a Batiste loyalist when it comes to dry shampoo, but when I spotted this one from Colab and the lovely Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends I thought I'd give it a go, and it has been a really worthwhile purchase. It feels like it's genuinely working at absorbing the oils and making my hair feel fluffier and fresher but without the slight residue that other dry shampoos often give. I also really like the fragrance which is lovely and fresh but without being too overpowering. Would definitely recommend this one!

Boots Baby Sensitive Conditioning Shampoo
This is the shampoo I use for washing my fringe on a daily basis and also for cleaning my makeup brushes. As well as being really affordable, I like it because it's gentle on my hair and, although it's moisturising, doesn't make my hair feel too greasy or difficult to style in the mornings. Plus a big bottle goes a long way so it makes a great affordable alternative to posh brush cleaners. A really nice product and one I think it's worth getting over the embarrassment factor to pick up.

Number 4 Lumiere D'Hiver Reconstructing Masque
I got this in my May Birchbox and talked about it in more detail there, but suffice to say that this is a lovely product. It's rich without weighing hair down, smells amazing and, although it's not cheap, you only need a tiny bit to give you lovely smooth sleek hair. I'll definitely be buying this when I've used up all my current hair masks.

Samples



Benefit The Porefessional
This was actually a really pleasant surprise. I was a bit worried that it would make my skin look a bit 'fake' but actually it was just a really nice, soothing product that did what it said by tackling the pores around my nose but without making my skin feel clogged up or cause breakouts. Plus it helped my makeup stay on a lot better throughout the day - up to about 12 hours which is always a bonus! Have a couple more little tubes in my stash so now slowly working my way through them.

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris Eau De Parfum
This was in my March Birchbox and I really liked it; it's fresh yet sophisticated and one of those perfumes that you could wear on lots of different occasions, from going to work to heading out for the evening. Whilst I love the balance of fruitiness in the top notes with the richer oriental scent underneath, it's a bit on the pricey side for me so I think for now it will have to stay as a sample. But if you like multifunctional fragrances with a bit of depth then this could definitely be worth investing in.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette
I'd been keen to try out some of the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire fragrances for a while, so when I received this in a swap recently it was nice to try it out. A fresh, feminine floral with light top notes, it's a lovely spring daytime fragrance as it's not too overwhelming or heavy but equally not too sweet. The one complaint I have is that it doesn't last very long but as it's an eau de toilette this isn't hugely surprising, though does mean I got through the sample quite quickly, I'll be interested to explore the range further but on first impressions I think it's definitely one I'll like.

Have you tried any of these products? And what have you used up this month?

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