Tuesday, 28 August 2012

empties + mini reviews #1

Hellooooo! I am in fact not dead, I've just been getting iller and iller. I'm better again now though.
So, I've been planning an empties post for a while, as I like reading them because you get to see more about what people use regularly. I saved up all my empty packaging and here we are!

John Frieda 3 Day Straight
£6.99 at Boots
I remember when this came out, as my hair is the thickest, frizziest, waviest mess ever I could not wait to get my hands on it, and I don't think I've gone more than a month without using it since. You apply it on damp hair, blow dry (I just let mine dry naturally) and straighten, and it claims to keep your hair straight for "up to 3 days". It doesn't on my hair, although this may be due to my hatred for drying my hair properly. It does, however, keep it a lot sleeker than anything else I've used, and my hair seems easier to straighten.
LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
__ at LUSH
I bought this on a recent LUSH spree. It's a really thick oily cream that you apply on damp skin and then rinse off in place of moisturising. It smells like sweet rose jam and contains argan oil, which as I'm sure you all know is very moisturising. This leaves quite an oily residue, which I actually look for in a body moisturiser as it feels more like it's working, and smells in.cred.ible! It's pricey but I find it a lot easier to slather a handful of this on and rinse than actually moisturise once I'm out the bath. It's lasted surprisingly long too.
LUSH Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment
__ at LUSH
This I bought a few months ago as an attempt to save my horribly over processed hair and have only just finished. It smells very very strongly of jasmine and henna (funnily enough), and I could still smell henna on my hair the next 2 washes. You apply it before washing, leave for 20 minutes and then wash and condition as normal. I got 3 uses out of this tub, the first I left for 20 minutes, the second about an hour and the third overnight. Honestly, I couldn't really see or feel any difference in my hair after any use. Apart from the smell.
Lee Stafford Treatment for Hair that Refuses to Grow Past a Certain Length
__ at Boots
This is another product I've used for years. It's meant to strengthen both the hair and the scalp to lead to extra growth. My hair definitely refuses to grow past a certain length; just past my shoulders to be precise, it drives me insane! I stopped using heat on it about 6 months ago for a couple of months and it did grow, but there was no way of telling because I never straightened it and wore it up all the time! Since I've had to bleach the eff out of it to get it red it's just in really crap condition. I don't think this actually does what it says either, but it certainly makes my hair feel loooovely. Also, it's a treatment that you put in between shampooing and conditioning, which I really like. anyway, thank god for extensions, eh?
Diorshow Blackout Mascara
__ at Boots
An oldie but a goodie. I think this technically ran out a while ago but I've only just admitted it to myself. I love this mascara, but only after a couple of weeks as it's too wet for me otherwise. I generally apply about 4 coats of it at a time because I'm mad, and it gives me lovely big black lashes. I'll certainly be buying it again.
Crazy Color semi permanent hairdye in Fire
__ from Sally's
This is the colour of my hair. I buy a bottle monthly and mix it in with my conditioner, then I use that mixture every wash. I love this colour, it's a blue based red so it fades pink not orange. I actually quite like the faded colour, although I've not had any conditioner-dye mix for about 2 weeks now and it's only just looking faded, which is good. I should really do a full review of this as it basically makes up my entire look.
LUSH Ultrabland
__ from LUSH
I love me an oily cleanser, and this is the perfectest niciest loverliest one ever. It's a really thick balm, I slather it on, rub with a hot flannel, dry face and repeat. It makes my skin so soft and clean looking. Anyone not sure about oil based cleansing for god's sake try this, it is an absolute godsend. I really need a new one, there's nothing that's ever come close to cleaning my face as well as this. May fully review. Probably should.
Vichy Soft and Soothing Toner
__ from Boots
I looove this. When I first got it my skin had just had an awful reaction to a Simple night cream (liars), and it was all scaly and dry and sensitive and horrible. This really helped me get through that and my skin has improved a lot since. I can really notice when I've forgotten to use it, my moisturiser just doesn't sink in as well and my face just doesn't feel as soft and fresh. I don't use cotton pads, I just squirt a bit in my hand and dab it on my face. I'm going to replace this as soon as I get paid because I bloody love it. I don't even want to try anything else. That is how much I love this. It's alcohol free, too.
L'Oreal Everpure Colour Care & Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner
__ in boots
I bought these shortly after bleaching my hair to smithereens and reddening it. My hair was a lot softer from the first use and still feeling fairly good. Considering. The shampoo is SLS free and the conditioner is really thick and luxurious. I really like these, they smell amazing (rosemary and mint) and do what they say. I quite fancy getting these again but I might try some other stuff first. I also love the packaging, it's a John Frieda style tube but foily, so they retain their shape. Can't explain...
Burts Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
£8.10 from Amazon.co.uk
This is a mini that I got in a giftset. It cleanses well and is nice and thick, but contains some kind of menthol, which makes my eyes water like hell. It's come in really useful for waking me up when hungover but otherwise I've only been able to use it as a 2nd cleanser, avoiding my eyes. For this reason I don't think I'd repurchase it, but I have liked using it.
L'Oreal Eversleek Smoothing Mist
__ from Boots
This is a heat protection mist that you use on dry hair before using curlers or straighteners. I've been using it on my extensions and it's really made straightening them a lot easier, they've taken a hell of a bashing as I've bleached them (shh, naughty!) and miraculously they're doing damn well. This stuff really helps to keep the ends sleek though and I don't have to detangle them a million times a day when I've used it. The smell is inoffensive, and you do have to be a little bit careful with it as using too much can give a bit of a greasy sheen. The packaging is v. nice, sleek and gold.

so that's that! some stuff I've liked enough to finish recently. I'll try and do these posts frequently, as I seem to be going through so many products at the moment!


1 comment:

  1. Wow great empties, everyone is raving about those Lee Stafford products i have to try them asap :)

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