Empties December 2015

December has actually been a bit of a slow month on the empties front - I actually ended up only finishing three things! But at least it means I'm slowly making a dent in my massive pile of products, so every cloud and all that. Here's what I used up this month...


Wild About Beauty Rose Water Illuminating Serum
This was in a Birchbox a few months ago and I'm still not sure whether I'm that keen on it. On the one hand, it had a nice texture, a lovely smell from the rose water and sank in easily. However, although it wasn't overly sparkly and didn't settle in my pores, I didn't feel it actually did very much in the way of making my skin look brighter. I also didn't really understand why it was described as a serum as putting it under moisturiser seemed to dull the effect even more, so I ended up swapping it round in my routine but not having much more success. Ultimately I don't think I'm going to repurchase though and, to be brutally honest, beyond the smell and texture I'm struggling to recommend it.

Marks & Spencer Lemon Verbena Hand Cream
I was very kindly given this by a colleague as a thank-you for working on the comms for one of our campaign awards last year and it's been a staple in my work bag since. It's got a lovely slightly citrusy scent and sinks in easily without being overly greasy. The only criticism I have is it's a little thick in terms of consistency and it's quite difficult to control how much comes out of the tube, so you do end up using more than you want. For that reason it might work better as a night-time hand cream rather than a work or sink one (just me who has tubes of hand cream all over my house?), but definitely worth trying if your hands are feeling a bit dry and you want something to help them out.

Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel
With cold season in full swing, my main tactics to counteract it have been Vicks First Defence Spray and this antibacterial gel. It's got a nice fruity fragrance to it (though the alcohol in the gel is a bit sharp), sinks in quickly and doesn't dry out my skin too much. Plus the small tube means it's easy to throw into a bag of any size. You do need to use it quickly as it does have a tendency to go watery if it's open for a while, but if you're in need of a good hand gel I'd consider having a look at this one.

So that's it for December's empties! As I'm on a 'no non-essential spending' kick in January I'm hoping I'll have lots more in the next post though...

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