Friday, 3 January 2014

December Empties #2

I've been trying to get through my mass collection of products, but I don't seem to be doing too well! I had a good sort out the other day and threw out a lot of old products, however I still have a lot left!! (If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my picture of my 17 shower gels...!) So I definitely need to work on using up products better. Here's what I used up in December.

Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser 250ml - £24.45 (online price)
I've mentioned this cleanser a few times before on this blog as I've used it for a long time. The clay based formula is great for my oily/combination skin and cleanses without being harsh or drying out the skin. Full review here.
Re-purchase? No - the price goes up everytime I need to re-purchase, so I'm now using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.

NEOM Organics Real Luxury Organic Treatment Candle* - £39.50
I absolutely loved this candle and was so sad when it ran out. The scent was a gorgeous mix of Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood; light but really relaxing. It burnt completely evenly thanks to the three wicks and the all natural mix of vegetable wax and aromatherapy oils. Full review here.
Re-purchase? I'm currently using their Harmonise candle, but I would definitely like to have this one again.

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray 75ml - £2.50
I don't use hairspray very much but I always have a little bottle just incase. It's a perfectly good hairspray though I wouldn't say it's the one for hardcore hold.
Re-purchase? Yes.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution 200ml - £4.99
This featured in my Favourite Skincare Discoveries of 2013 post as it's made me a micellar water convert. The formula is great at removing my makeup and doesn't contain any alcohol or artificial fragrance to irritate my skin.
Re-purchase? I already have!

balance Me Daily Essentials Pure Skin Face Wash 50ml - FREE (magazine sample - worth £11.00)
I liked this more than I expected to. The formula is quite light and thin with a strong essential oil scent, that foams up as you mix with water. (Though it doesn't contain SLS to strip your skin or block your pores.) It's not the best at removing heavy makeup, but works great as a light second cleanse or as a morning cleanse.
Re-purchase? No - I liked it, but not really enough for the price.

Sally Hansen Strengthening Nail Polish Remover 200ml - £2.45
I'm not particularly loyal to any nail polish remover and bought this one because at the time my nails were quite weak. It's pretty good at removing nail polish but I didn't really notice any difference to the strength of my nails.
Re-purchase? No - I'm trying a Cutex one instead.
Naked Blonder Lightening Shampoo 250ml - £3.99
I've never fully reviewed this but have mentioned it in a Disappointing Products post. I have to admit I didn't actually finish this but tipped out what was left down the sink. I don't do that very often, but I couldn't carry on trying to use it up. It made my hair really knotty, dry and tacky no matter how I used it.
Re-purchase? Definitely not.

What products have you used up recently? Do any of the ones above feature in any of your beauty routines?

Beauty Bird xx

*Items marked with a star indicate that they were originally given to me as a PR sample.



  1. I used to use that nail polish remover too! I've never (ever) found one that strengthens my nails so please let me know if you find one haha. I will be buying the Skin Perfection 3 in 1 when mine runs out! <3

    Tara xo

  2. I finished the micellar water last month too, I think I've now repurchased around 5 times!


    1. I'll be re-purchasing this a lot too! Plus it's on offer so often :-) xx

  3. I am finding same thing now with the blonder shampoo , i do like the sound of the candle
    Melissa x

    1. I've seen a lot of positive reviews on the Naked range - I thought I was the only one finding this!! Such a shame xx

  4. I had that Balance Me face wash, and I just could not deal with the smell of it! x

    1. I'm quite used to natural smells like that now the more natural products I use, but I can see how some people really wouldn't like it! xx

  5. Replies
    1. They are expensive but the best candle I've ever used! xx

  6. I've just finished my pure skin wash as well. I did like it as a light morning cleanser but like you I don't think I liked it quite enough to repurchase at that price x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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