Speedy ‘Empties’ Reviews comin’ atcha!
First up is the L’Occitane Christmas Advent Calendar, which kept me entertained throughout December….
I’m not gonna bore you with twenty-four individual reviews, but overall I was in LOVE! I adore minature products in general – I find I rarely finish full sized products anyway before getting bored so if you’re similarly inclined then you’ll love such kitsch collections. L’Occitane is a brand I often overlook, but thanks to this I’ve rekindled the passion, and have since stocked up on their Almond Shower Oil and Lavender Foaming Bath, both of which are totes stunhun.
Then, to Haircare:
I finished up three hair masks, the first being a Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. This was a repurchase, and I still have another one to work through thanks to a recent two for €13 deal at Boots. It’s graaand, it’s definitely not the most heavy duty of hair masks out there but apparently with long term use it stops breakage/aids growth and subsequently I’m holding out for that…
Hair Mask number two is the Dove Dry Oil Pure Care Mask (another repurchase). I found this great – deeply nourishing, smells lovely, super affordable. Although it’s quite thick/heavy on the hair – perhaps not for everyone.
I also used up another CoLab Dry Shampoo – This is definitely a love/hate range depending on how dry/greasy your mane is, but I love it (and fyi my hair is v, v dry!). On a side note, I’m bleedin’ dying for Irish stores to start stocking the CoLab gloss shine spray… (Although next on my list is the Kardashian haircare range).
I picked up the Eco Argan Oil Shampoo in TK Maxx, with high hopes – but alas I hated it! I purposely threw half of it away with every shower as it was refusing to disappear. It sounds great – paraben free, SLS free etc, but it didn’t cleanse my hair at all.
The final kaputt hair product was a Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer Mask – Another repurchase, and another decent hair mask. It’s nothing crazily amazing, but it does actually work in 60 seconds as claimed, and nourishes/moisturises the hair.
But of course there’s a Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse thrown in there too… You can’t really go wrong with this one – There are other tans I prefer to use when I’m feeling spendy, but for €8 Cocoa Brown does the job just as well.
My skin has been so dry at the mo, and so I’ve been lashing on whatever is close to hand. I really loved the Lush Charity Hand and Body Lotion – and will definitely be repurchasing. This was super light on my skin, yet provided rich hydration and felt quite soothing on my skin.
And in keeping with body oils, I also used up the Moroccan Argan Oil I picked up this time last year out yonder in Marrakech. This was fab – totally different to any Western argan oil I’ve tried; extremely thick and quite messy to use – but incredibly hydrating on my skin/hair.
I’ve been slowly making my way through the barrage of Soap and Glory products I gathered over Christmas – and I’m a huge fan of their body butters; so rich yet so affordable. This Smoothie Star Buttercream is my least favourite of the range scent wise, and so the one I wanted to get rid of first. Highly recommend for scaly skin!
Oh the pain of knocking over a face serum in a glass container from a height! Which is what happened to my Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster … A purchase enabled by the Professor Caroline Hirons. Loaded with vitamin C and anti-oxidants this serum promises the world, but I didn’t notice anything too major in the (v. short) time I used it. Will need to retry!
Also I can now clarify that it is indeed possible to finish up a lip balm! I used up a L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Balm recently – which is fantastic for inflammed, dry lips. I picked this up last summer, and used it pretty much daily in work. Highly recommend.
I’m all about cleansing oils as make up removers – (Dermalogica’s Precleanse and The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansing Oil are my two favourite baes), but I picked up the L’oreal Extraordinary Cleansing Oil in the hopes of a dupe. This was really nice, very effective as a step one cleanser, but it doesn’t really compare with the aforementioned favourites. It’s decent though, just not as soothing.
And obviously there’s a micellar water thrown in there too – This one being the Simple Cleansing Water. This is pretty decent, but given the high street choice I prefer the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Solution (adore!), or the Garnier Micellar Water.
Don’t buy the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Liner – it dries out incredibly quickly.
And finally –
Am I missing something with jumbo pencil products?! How annoying are they!?! Can you pare them down? How? Is there more product inside the tube? I don’t get it… I loved the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil but it just melted away in no length. Ditto to the lip pencil. (I have a similar, rarely used but much adored Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner which I’m refusing to give up on so if I’m missing the boat entirely with these products help a sista out!)