Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Empties Part One

One of my favourite parts of going on holiday is the trip to Boots where I would stock up on numerous travel sized products to take away with me or less cost effective full sized ones that I would end up leaving behind rather than weighing down my hand luggage. 

For my recent trip due to my spending ban and a skincare regime that was working nicely for me and I didn't want to stray from I decided to take away products that were already in my stash which has led to a rather bumper empties haul. For this reason I'll be breaking up into three separate posts over the next couple of weeks. 

Vichy Purete Thermale 3-In-1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Water* link
We all know the deal with micellar waters by now so I won't go into too much detail but know it was good enough to be relied on whilst travelling. I used this for removing make up before my second cleanse and took this along with me as it would double as an eye make up remover. I would repurchase although the price is higher than the L'Oreal and Garnier versions I enjoy using.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic link
My holy grail toner from Liz Earle which I will repurchase again and again. This was my regular at home bottle and I also had a travel size in my hand luggage for my inflight routine.

L'Oreal Eye and Lip Make Up Remover link
There was a small amount of product left in this bottle so I threw this in my case to use it up. Another product I'd repurchase although I'm going to try and work with micellar waters over the next month to remove eye make up and see if I can cut down on using multiple products. You can read more about L'Oreal Eye and Lip Make Up Remover in this post.

Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Gel link
A necessary product when travelling especially when multiple flights are included. This bottle is actually the one that would usually sit on my desk at work so it will be replaced immediately - the scent is amazing and a nice change from the clinical scents that usually come from these products.

L'Occitane Sorbet Verbena Body Ice Gel link
A small sample I had floating around for ages and thought it would be nice to use after a day in the sun - it was. 

Lush Brightside Bubble Bar link
When I passed Lush in a shopping mall during our trip I decided a bubble bar was the perfect treat so I could enjoy a bath in the hotel. I did try the Pineapple Passion Bath Crystals that I picked up in the gift shop the night before but they weren't up to much. It was amazing so stay tuned for a review on this.

Jo Malone Perfumes; Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Amber & Lavender link
Sample perfumes are great to travel with and this was a great opportunity to try some scents from Jo Malone. Lime Basil and English Pear received the thumbs down from me but Amber & Lavender has been noted as a purchase when I'm in the market for a new fragrance.
There were also samples of Chanel Chance and Guerlain's Le Petite Robe, the former had a thumbs up but Guerlain's wasn't for me.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream link
This was my in flight cream and I think came via my friend Rose. I also used it as a night cream for the occasional night I wanted something heavier than my oils after flying. I'm quite glad I have another small pot and I will be stashing that away for my next US trip in September. 

Decleor Radiance Flash Mask link
I received this sample in amongst a bumper bag of goodies from Rose again which I shall share with you soon and thought it was worth taking along on my travels especially as I was intrigued to see how a 3 minute mask would fair. Designed to revive the complexion I used this after my flights or days when I was jet lagged and unable to sleep properly - it certainly did the trick

Kiehls Powerful strength line reducing concentrate link 
This is my current 'at home' serum I am using so it was great to have smaller samples to take away (I actually ended up going through 2 of these tubes over the fortnight). I'm still not convinced this is better than botox as the sales assistant claimed when I purchased but it's a nice light weight serum and I don't think I'm looking any worse since turning 35!

Heaven Skincare Hydro Cleansing Milk* link
I was lucky enough to receive a in flight kit from Heaven Skincare last year which you can read about here.

Cowshed Cow Slip Soothing Hand Cream link
Another product I was halfway through and pinched from my desk at work. This hand cream had a lovely zesty scent which would be enjoyable whilst flying. Sadly I ran out of this quicker than expected but thankfully the hotel had a hand cream in our toiletry stash so I was able to use that for the remainder of my trip.

Kiehls Olive Fruit nourishing shampoo link
I'm fussy about shampoo and didn't expect to like this shampoo and had put off using the sample for ages. Prior to my trip I had used this on a couple of occasions and enjoyed the results so I thought it was worth taking away with me - even better the empty bottle was repurchased on the Hawaii to LA leg for another product that was almost finished but could be decanted into a smaller bottle and now that has been used up I can remove the label and repurpose for decanting other products in the future.

Lotil Original Cream* link
Another product I've reviewed fully in this post but one that I would definitely repurchase for future trips. This wonder cream soothed some nasty bites I received on holiday, acted as a body lotion and foot cream

And here ends the first of three empties posts for this month - stay tuned for part two.

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  1. Wow, you've had a bumper month for empties, Victoria!

    1. Wait till you see the next 2 posts - I can't believe how much there is or that I had a bag gathering them in Hawaii!!

  2. Looking forward to part 2 - you must have loads! I love the Liz Earle Skin Tonic too althought I've been using the Dr Organic Rose Otto toner recently, it's a bit cheaper hehe. I'm attempting to save my empties atm but find myself wanting to throw them away, well done for keeping hold of yours! x

    1. I can't believe how much I used up! I'm not a fan of rose scents otherwise I'd give that a try - love something cheaper.

  3. I need that Lotil cream NOW and I haven't even been away; little nasty buggy things have bitten me in the garden, (do I need to re-phrase that?) and I got hives from the penicillin stuff that I've had to take for my tooth infection.
    Mr B brought me back some Kiehls' stuff from his first USA trip way back when, when there were no stockists in the UK. The crème with silk groom is just brilliant.
    Z xx

    1. There's nothing worse than bug bites is there!! I picked up a Kiehls eye cream whilst I was in the US, I know we can get it here but I enjoy the memories of buying it there when it was lesser known too xx


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