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.

Sanctuary Spa Mande Lular Sensuous Foaming Shower Burst

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I was given this for a Christmas by my grandma and I was really intrigued, I’ve never used a foaming or mousse type product in the shower before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The Sanctuary Spa Mande Lular Sensuous Foaming Shower Burst has shea butter, jojoba oil and Indonesian spices to give that spa luxury and iconic scent that Sanctuary Spa is known for. I personally really like the smell of Sanctuary’s products. They remind me of relaxing spas and smell exotic without being overpowering. However, I know some people aren’t a fan, so it’s not a universal scent.

The product is really fun to use. You pump a little into your hand and it comes out in a clear gel form. If you then rub it together in your hands or onto your skin, it foams up to become a creamy white mousse. This makes it super easy to massage into the skin, and I find I waste much less than I do when using normal shower gel.

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Overall I’m really impressed by this product. It’s really unique and a lovely addition to my shower experience, I’d definitely recommend it!

Review: Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub

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Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub – £6.25 in Boots

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This scrub contains rice bran wax for exfoliation, turmeric and vitamin E. It claims to improve circulation, revitalise your skin and leave it smooth and glowing, all whilst making you feel like an Indonesian princess. Sounds good right?

I have been using this scrub for several weeks now and in general I have enjoyed it. The scent in particular is really lovely. I would describe it as having almost a fruity undertone, but the turmeric gives it a spicy, exotic feel.

The consistency is quite smooth for a scrub. It comes out the bottle like a gel, rather than a thick paste. You can really see the little particles of rice grains in the scrub when you apply it which makes it feel quite a natural product.

It has the feeling of a luxurious spa product, but not the price tag. £6.25 is fairly good value for money, especially considering I have been using this twice a week for nearly a month and I am not even halfway through it.

My main criticism of this product would be that it doesn’t seem to have strong exfoliating power. Whilst it is nice to use, I wouldn’t say that it has made my skin smoother or reduced the amount of ingrown hairs I get. I have been using it with an exfoliating glove and, to be honest, I think the glove does most of the work.

Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a luxurious addition to their shower routine, but I would avoid this if you are looking for heavy duty exfoliation.

Let me know if you have used this product and, if so, what you thought of it!