I’ve always meant to do empties posts, I just tend to find
that I go for ages without having any and then within a week everything I use
regularly is finished. I love reading or watching them when other people do
them as it shows what you actually use and like rather than a review of
something you’ve been using for a few weeks or days.
As I’ve been organising my wardrobe, I’m only part way at
the moment, I’ve ended up getting all the random stuff that got thrown into
this basket I got for empties so now it can finally be used as I wanted it to
be. I didn’t plan on it being overflowing before I did my first post though! I’ll
try to keep them shorter, maybe after every ten empties, I didn’t realise how
much was in there until I emptied it earlier! As there are so many I’ll try to
keep them short and I’ll link to any I’ve done reviews on so you can see more about
Read more to see how much I actually finished this month…
I recently got a bottle of the Cinders Shower Gel from the Lush limited edition Christmas range. It’s a more creamy formula that’s supposed to be moisturising and skin softening with maple syrup in it and the scent is described as Brazilian orange oil, ginger, nutmeg and allspice powders. This sounded like a great mix to me with a hint of the spices I like in winter products.
As with their other shower gels this is available in three sizes; 110g (£5.50), 260g (£10.95) and 520g (£18.25). It’s a self preserving formula, which I have found tends to make them good ones to keep if you like the scent. I was half expecting this to be like the shower creams that Lush released, which were a nice thick consistency to start with but turned to water after two uses, so had to give them a proper try and use them a lot to see how well they kept. So far it’s been good but it’s only been a month so I can’t comment on the long term stashability of them yet.
I don’t remember Soap and Glory doing a festive limited edition scent before, and being a fan of their products I had to try the Naughty But Spice scent collection. It comes in two gift sets, the smaller Naughty But Spice Duo for £5 with a mini body wash (75ml) and body butter (50ml), and the larger Naughty But Spice Collection for £14 with a 250ml body wash, 200ml body butter and standard 100ml body spray. These are also both in the 3 for 2 Christmas gift offer at Boots.
As far as I can see the Naught But Spice scent is only available in the three product types and in these two sets, unless they’re planning on releasing singles. It’s sold as “fabulous floriental scent-sation that smells good enough to eat! With notes of baked plum and cinnamon.” As a fan of plum scents and spicier smells in the cooler months I had to try it. I decided to get the smaller set to try and if I love it the larger one can go on my Christmas list.
The Soap and Glory Righteous Butter Creamy Body Wash was one of those products that you get and sits in the back of a cupboard for ages, for me anyway. I think I got the first tube in a Christmas set and it wasn’t until last week when I got the second in the Foam and Away gift set that I actually gave it a proper try. The tube holds 250ml and costs £7, though this tube will last a long time as a little goes a long way.
This is a 3-in-1 product designed for cleansing, shaving and moisturising so it’s sort of a body wash, shaving cream and moisturiser all in one. As I have dry skin and I’m always on the lookout for a new moisturiser that works well for me I probably should have tried it sooner. If you know of Soap and Glory you may know about the Righteous Butter body butter, it’s one of their best selling products, and this has the same original pink scent.
Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
I did have another post planned but as the Marks and Spencer’s Summer Beauty Box arrived in the post today I couldn’t wait to do a post on the products in it. Similar to their beauty advent calendar these boxes have a much higher value than this price, this one is around £135 of products they say on the site, but you have to spend £40 in Marks and Spencer’s to get it for the discounted price of £15. Since I wanted curtains from there anyway I just added this to the basket as it’s such a bargain and there are a few products in here I was planning on getting anyway.
There’s quite a good range of different products in the box. Some are full sized and others are travel sized or deluxe samples but they cover the spectrum of beauty pretty well. There’s a couple of makeup bits with mascara and liquid lipstick, some summer products like after sun and SPF lip balms and quite a few hair and body products. It’s actually pretty evenly spread out and a great way to try some of these brands as the full sized products of some would cost more than the box and any that aren’t full sized are still a decent sample size.
Last Thursday the summer Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap arrived so I’ve had some time to play around with most of the products to see how they work. Fortune Cookie Soap are an American company that make bath and body products and, once every few months so each season, they release a main collection and you can see inscribe to their Soap Box so they send out a box full of said please and two full sized products, one in each of the upcoming scents.
Most seasons they tend to stay pretty much within the trends for that season but they also have a second theme and this one is one I love and am excited about as it’s Pirates of the Caribbean inspired with the name A Pirate’s Life for Me. You get six sample sizes and two full sized products. The ‘samples’ though are a pretty good size and you get multiple uses out if most of them,things like bath bombs and melts are one off but most have enough for multiple uses.
I’m a big fan of shower jellies, though there don’t seem to be many companies that do them, and a fan of the Soap and Glory brand, especially the Sugar Crush scent, so when they released shower jellies last year I couldn’t wait to try them. I got this for Christmas and have been using it since then and there are definitely some things about it I love.
This is available from Boots, and probably other stockists of Soap and Glory, I just don’t know which they are outside the UK. It costs £5.50 though I can’t see it on the Boots website, they do have it in at least one store near me though so I’m not sure if that’s old stock and it’s not being stocked any more. There is another shower jelly in a different Soap and Glory scent though, Clean On Me, which I think is the original pink scent that you associate with the brand but the consistency is the same.
I recently made an order online with Lush, mainly because of the Marathon bubble bar they had in the kitchen which is sadly no longer available, and most of it is from the Mother’s Day range. I did get a couple of extras but as you can’t get them online any more this post is mainly my first impressions of the Mother’s Day products I bought. They’re still available for a while, until Mother’s Day at least, and I know that stores tend to have these seasonal items in stock beyond the date they’re available online.
I have to say that, for the past few years, I kind of went off Lush. The quality and consistency seemed to have gone downhill while the prices went up but recently they seem to be going back to the older scent strength. I also love the recent trend with their limited edition products and the citrus scents. They may not be everyone’s favourites and they don’t always have the complexity of some of the Lush signature scents but I do love a good citrus bath product.
Fortune Cookie Soap is a company that I’ve reviews products from in the past, they’re based in America and sell bath and body products. They have a box of samples they release as a preview for each of the collections they release in the year and you can sign up here for future boxes, the Christmas one will ship on 2nd November. These boxes have a range of products in sample sizes as well as two full sized products, sometimes new product types are introduced in them. This box was a separate collection to the normal subscription and is for Halloween with a Zombie Survival Kit theme. I like the names and product scents in their collections, they normally have a range of scents and the names fit well with the theme.
I normally find that the Halloween scents and collections are some of my favourites, there’s always some mulled fruit scents and spicy smells that I really like. Zombie Survival Kit seems like a great theme, and it’s more specific than just Halloween. The added extra this time was a plaster, though I don’t know what colour it is it looks like it’s a dark one with maybe a pattern on. I’m keeping it for if I ever need it, it’ll be a bit different than the normal coloured ones I have.