Empties Summer 2014

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I have a strange assortment of empties to show you today, so I’m going to dive right in!

Sanctuary Foaming Bath Soak – This was a Christmas present from my Grandparents. It created lots of bubbles which I liked – pretty essential for a bubble bath really. It has a similar grown-up spa style scent to most Sanctuary products. This is a lovely bubble bath for people who want a simple bubble bath, without crazy colours or glitter or scents.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel – This was a limited edition Valentine’s Day shower gel from Lush. It smells incredible and I can’t wait to see if it comes back next year!

Sanctuary Spa Mande Lular Sensuous Foaming Shower BurstThis is a really fun and unique product to pop in your shower. It comes out the pump in a clear gel and foams up to become a creamy white mousse. I really enjoyed it.

Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream – My fiancé gave me this for Christmas and it lasted through till late June, even though I use it daily! It’s fantastic stuff if you have dry hands and nails. It smells delicious, absorbs quickly, and is the best thing I’ve found for keeping my skin smooth and hydrated.

Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar – This night time moisturiser was in my You Beauty Discovery box. It absorbs quickly and didn’t make me break out, but it has a really peculiar smell. I didn’t finish it in the end.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile – Cleanse & Polish is my absolute favourite cleanser and I refuse to use anything else because it suits my skin best. It was nice to try a new scent, but I prefer the original.

Boots Salon Nail Shine Solution – There’s a little left in the pot, but it’s gone all gloopy so I am throwing it away. I really enjoyed this.  I used it as a top coat and it worked really well. It stopped my nails from chipping and made them look beautiful and shiny.

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle – This is another one which has gone a bit gloopy so is being thrown away. It was one of the better nail treatments I’ve tried, but not my favourite. I’m not sure I quite saw the length and strength promised.

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub – I really loved this scrub. It smells absolutely delicious and it has a lovely texture. It’s not a particularly abrasive scrub, it’s more of a luxurious treat, but I will definitely put it back on my Christmas wishlist!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A I – This was my second tube of Effaclar AI. It worked really well for me at first, but seemed to tail off towards the end of this tube, which is why it isn’t quite finished. I switched to Soap and Glory Dr Spot instead, but I do have another tube of this to try. I’m hoping that after a few months my skin will react better to it again, because it really was excellent in the end.

My top travel products

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I do a fair bit of travelling (mostly for work, nothing glamorous) so I keep a whole host of products on hand to travel with. I don’t take them all with me everywhere I go, I mix and match depending on what I need. Here’s some things I think are really great.

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo – Everyone needs a travel shampoo and this is one of my favourites. I didn’t rate the conditioner, but the shampoo is fantastic. It has a gorgeous raspberry scent to it.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I was scent this adorable little Cleanse and Polish along with my online order from the Liz Earle website. It is perfect for travelling with, and came with a miniature cloth too.

Tangle Teezer Compact – I am such a huge fan of my Tangle Teezer that I picked up one of the compact versions recently. It is smaller and has a little cover on it to protect the bristles as well. It’s a life saver for travelling!

Boots Essentials Firm Hold Unscented Hairspray – When I am travelling and will have a nice event to go to, I like to take a little hairspray with me. I find this Boots one has perfectly good hold and doesn’t go too crispy. I like the fact that it is unscented because it doesn’t interfere with my perfume.

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel – Everyone needs to take shower gel with them when they go away, and the miniature Lush bottles are perfect. Rose Jam was limited edition last year and smelt amazing, but you can get any of your favourites scents in this size.

Soap and Glory Clean Girls Shower Gel – A great alternative to Lush miniatures are the Soap and Glory travel size products. They aren’t quite as easy to use (they aren’t squeezy bottles) but they smell equally delicious. Clean Girls is one of my favourites.

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Deodorant – Another essential is a deodorant. Your choices for small products are a roll on or a miniature spray. I don’t like roll ons particularly so something like this tiny little spray can from Dove is perfect. The scent is amazing too!

Impulse Very Pink Body Spray – I love body sprays for when you need to freshen up during the day. A hybrid between perfume and deodorant if you will. This one smells like pink grapefruit and vanilla and is really sweet and refreshing.

Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream – This is my absolute favourite hand cream at the moment as it leaves my hands feeling super soft. I am so pleased it comes in a smaller size, because now I can have it at home and in my bag too!

Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

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I wasn’t expecting to write a post on this because I reviewed the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector not so long ago (linked below), however I decided this was different enough that it warranted it’s own post.

You may remember that I liked the Hemp Hand Protector, but wasn’t keen on the smell. Turns out my boyfriend hated the smell even more than me and decided to buy me this Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream because it smelt better and he wouldn’t have to put up with Hemp any more!

The Almond Hand & Nail Cream contains sweet almond oil and panthenol to moisturise your skin, condition your nails and create a lovely sweet almond scent. It reminds me very much of marzipan!

Whereas the Hemp Hand Protector is very thick as hand creams go, the Almond Hand & Nail Cream is much lighter and wetter, but it still absorbs quite quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave my hands feel sticky or clammy. It definitely keeps my dry skin at bay and works just as well as the Hemp Hand Protector did. I am very impressed and pleased I don’t have to put up with an unpleasant smell to get good results. I haven’t used it long enough to see a real change to the condition of my nails, but I’ll update this if I do.