Thursday, 29 August 2013

Empties Review

Hey Guys,

So recently I've moved home from being at university for 4 years and a big clear out of my beauty products and make-up was definitely a must.

Majority of my make-up simply went in the bin because it was stuff I'd bought when I was 15/16 and lets be honest who has skin matching foundation when you're that age! I might do a post on what survived the bin if you are interested? Let me know in the comments. Although my skin products and hair care was all usable and just needed a good using up, so hear are my empties and what I thought about them. Here we go..

Starting from top left: Aussie miracle hair insurance leave-in conditioner/ Tresemmé heat defence/ Nivea daily essentials refreshing toner/ Nivea daily essentials day cream/ Palmers coco butter formula firming butter/ Jergens cocoa butter/ The Body Shop almond body butter/ Boots cocoa butter body butter. 

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner
This product is my absolute life saving in hair care! I have had bleach highlights since I was about 15 till I was about 18 then I home coloured all colours under the sun for a year then back to bleach. At the start of my second year of uni I kinda sat down with myself and thought my hair is so long and thick yet it is in such bad shape, I need to fix this. So my best friend who is a hairdresser recommended Aussie to me as a cheaper alternative to salon brands and let me tell you I have never looked back! I use it on wet hair before I brush and really focus on the ends. I find it detangles well and really locks in the moisture after a shower, it has a great spray and smells amazing! definite recommend for less than happy hair.

Tresemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray with UV Filter
Heat protection is a must when blow drying, straightening and curling on a daily basis. I feel heat protection is like foundation you need to find one that suits your hair and after a long search for a good heat protection I have found my perfect match. I have tried many different brands and types but Tresemmé is my fav! I use it on wet hair after my Aussie and brushing routine and really spray well including the roots. I really like its wide spray and feel it has a light consistency on my thick hair. With heat protection I've always struggled to find one which is good for straightening but light enough for curling and I feel Tresemmé ticks my heat pro boxes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Range 
I'm going to combine these two Nivea products (Refreshing Toner & Rich Moisturising Day Cream). Start off I love the toner my skin is quite sensitive and dry so I'm always quite sceptical about skincare products. But this toner leaves my face really refreshed and tightened (I'm not even sure if thats suppose to happen) but I like the way it leaves my skin feeling smooth and ready for the day! I then pair it with the day cream, now I thought as I have dry skin I'd get the rich moisture one but it leaves my skin feeling very oily and I'm not a fan. But because I like the range I thought lets try the blue cap one which is more normal/combination skin and it's so much better leaves my skin smooth and nourished but not greasy! I would definitely recommend these products I bought them at Tescos and there normally on offer for £1.99 each, like all the time, which I feel you can't really go wrong. Although I would advise against the Rich Moisture one (pink cap).

Palmers Coco Butter Formula Firming Butter
So on to the Cocoa Butters, from the images you can see I'm a fan of a body butter. Now this Palmers one I bought because my previous experience with the brand was great so I thought it would be a safe buy. I was slightly disappointed and I think there are better coca butters out there. I was going to start with the pros but I can't think of any over the cons so let me get them out and I'll see if I can think of the pros. So the cons: It's slow to dry and leaves the skin sticky for about 20minutes, the smell is quite sickly and I know cocoa butter smell is quick rich but this ones too much, the pump which I thought I'd like is hard to use especially when you hands are all creamy. Ok I thought of a pros.. It's called a firming butter and when using it I actually felt like it worked. My skin felt amazing after a 20 minute dry and after about 10 days felt firmer but personally I will not be purchasing again.  Sorry Palmers :(.

Jergens Cocoa Butter 
Man almighty I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. It smells amazing, it drys quickly, my skin feels nourished but not greasy and the scent lasts on the skin. I honestly have no negatives to say. I bought this from Superdrug when it was on offer but I would defiantly buy again at full price! I can't even put into words how much I love it, I simply have no more to say!
I've also tried the 'skin firming' one which doesn't dry as quick and is a bit sticky but my skin was noticeably smoother within days!

The Body Shop Almond Body Butter 
This body butter my mum bought me at Christmas and I love the smell, it's sweet but not overpowering. The consistency is quite heavy and I found I had to use a lot to cover my skin. After application I found it left my skin feeling very oily and greasy which I'm not a fan off but when that went it left my skin smooth. I feel this product is worth buying but only in the sale as I think it was about £8, but don't hold me to that. Although I've been reading about different flavours and they seem to have different consistencies to different flavours so I think I'm going to try one with a lighter consistency.

Last but not least..

Boots Essentials Cocoa Butter Body Butter 
This was another one my mum bought me and when I first opened it I thought 'hmm Boots own not sure how I feel about you' but oh my I was pleasantly surprised. The scent is heavenly, its light yet so nourishing, dries quickly and so much more. It came in a set with a body scrub and body wash, the body was I only use on special occasions because the scent it soo good but the scrub is good but I prefer really gritty scrubs and this was more smooth. I cannot sing it's praises enough definitely one to stock up at Christmas!

So that's everything, sorry for such a lengthy post but just wanted to pass on my thoughts of products I've finished. Any of you used these products, what have you thought?

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