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.

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Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle

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I have tried three or four different Sally Hansen nail treatments over the last few years. I get through a lot of it because I am very bad at taking good care of my nails. My last bottle went thick and gloopy so I found myself in the nail aisle of Boots.

I never know how to decide which one to buy. They all sound different but the same as well, if that makes sense. I picked this one partly because it promised length and partly because it had a pretty gold bottle!

The Nailgrowth Miracle is for soft, thin, bitten or damaged nails. You apply a coat to thin dry nails every other day. You can also use it as a base coat under coloured polish. It dries super quickly, which is great.

You should see an improvement in the strength and hardness of your nails. The polish also promises up to 30% longer nails in 5 days.

I’m not sure that I saw that length in 5 days, but after a week there was a definitive improvement. After 2 weeks my nails are much longer and I am having to file them down. They also feel a little stronger, although still weak around the edges. They are prone to snapping and I suspect only magic would cure that.

Cambridge Shopping Haul

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I don’t think I have mentioned yet that I have moved to Cambridge temporarily for a few months. At the weekend, I took my first venture to the shops. I hit the Grand Arcade and Lion’s Yard shopping centres and the general surrounding area and finished with lunch in Yo Sushi. I thought I’d do a little haul post to show you what I bought!

When I arrived at the shopping centre I made a beeline for Lush (my spiritual home). After sniffing various bath bombs and face masks, I eventually decided to buy a small bottle of It’s Raining Men shower gel because I had a free sample in my last Lush order and it was amazing, and also Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo because it sounded really weird and I thought my boyfriend might like to try it (SURPRISE if you are reading this!)

After Lush I found Clintons. Clintons is my favourite place for all sorts of quirky little things; they are much more than a card shop now.  I bought beautiful floral print notecards because the print really spoke to me, a Yankee Candle in the scent Black Coconut because it smelt reeeeally good, and this adorable ceramic travel mug. I like to have a mug with a lid at work. When you are concentrating on things, coffee goes cold really quickly without you noticing, and the lid really helps to keep my drink warm until I get round to drinking it.

The Grand Arcade has a nice big John Lewis inside, so of course I went there (despite having only gone to John Lewis a week or so ago and stocking up in Liz Earle and Jo Malone). I bought three adorable Mavala nail polishes in the colours 114 Sand Rose, 164 Rose Dust and 312 Poetic Rose. To be honest I could have bought the whole display. I just adore Mavala. I also got some food storage boxes, because who doesn’t need to store things?

After a short stop in Specsavers to buy lens cleaner for my glasses, I ended up in Boots. I picked up another tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar A I, because it’s awesome, the latest issue of Glamour magazine, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in the shade Transparent, and Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle treatment for my nails.

Finally, I ended my trip by giving some money to the smallest busker in the world. She was perhaps around 6 (I’m terrible at guessing the ages of children) and was playing the harp. She was awesome!