June Empties!

It’s empties time again, and I’ve only got a small crop for you (well, at least by my usual standards). Shall we get going?

Haircare to start, and there’s a bottle of the usual, Herbal Essences Bee Strong conditioner, which you know that I love (review here), but I also went through a fair amount of other conditioner too! I like the Sainsbury’s Basics Conditioner for finishing off left over shampoo – it’s cheap and it does the job. There are no frills, but I like the plain clean smell, and when you go through as much conditioner as I do, the litre bottle is quite handy. I also changed things up a little and went for Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine conditioner, which is nice but not as weighty as the Bee Strong.  Continue reading

January Empties!

Wow, January’s gone by so fast! The end of the month has really snuck up on me, and it’s already time for empties. Want to see what I’ve been using and finishing in the last few weeks?

The first couple of photos are things I finished at home, the rest I have finished in Oxford. Rather than store everything until the end of the month, I decided to photograph things in twos and threes, as they were finished, and then ditch the packaging so it wasn’t hanging around for ages! That’s why things aren’t in neat categories, but just in random groups…

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September Empties (Again)

So, even though I already did my empties for September, I managed to sneak in a few more use ups in the last week, and I refuse to move what’s effectively rubbish back to college with me! I’m off to Oxford today, so you might have to bear with me for posts for a couple of days while I get myself unpacked and sorted – I’ll be back soon, though!

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Shopping My Stash

Like most of you I expect, I have a habit of acquiring must-have things and then forgetting to use them. And then buying more things. And forgetting to use them. Now don’t get me wrong, I love having a good variety of colours in makeup, or flavours of lip balms and things – I’m not doing this in order to whittle my stash down to one of each item. I just want to show some long-lost products some love!

I am fairly loyal to some things and don’t tend to hoard different varieties, so I haven’t wanted to switch up my cleanser and toner, for instance, and in other cases I’m in the middle of a big bottle of something, so I’m just going to persevere (like shower gel).BEAUTY shopping my stash

 

 

Top Row:

Chilli Pepper Eyeshadow Quad – this is a cute little neutral set that was my everyday eyeshadow hero in my first year at uni. Then came Urban Decay. I really like these, I just… stopped using them!

Nivea Express Hydration Primer – I absolutely HAD to have this when it came out, and then I realised it was less of a Porefessional, post-moisturiser primer, and more of a moisturiser in its own right. But I’ve recently finished my day cream, so it’s Primer’s time to shine!

Bottom Row:

Nip and Fab Dry Leg Fix – I got this in free with a magazine this summer, so it’s not been languishing too long, but I want to use my body lotions while I can enjoy them, before it gets wintry and I feel much more body buttery.

No7 Sheer Temptation lipstick in ‘Lovely’ – This was part of a gift with purchase somewhen in the mists of time. It’s a sort of dusky pink, but very shimmery, so it’s been abandoned for a while in favour of my brights. Time to see if I can make it work or if it’s one to ditch.

Mini Ghost perfume – I really like this! I had a set of mini perfumes given to me at Christmas several years ago, and from them discovered my favourite scent, Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon – but that meant I rather neglected the other minis, which is silly when I liked them so much! As the weather darkens, the richness of Ghost should be nice.

Toffee Apple flavoured owl lip balm – surely enough said? This is amazing. I just have way too many lipbalms!

Soap and Glory Glam-a-lot – I don’t really wear body spray that much, being such a perfume girl. This is nice enough with a lovely scent, but I’ve had it for years and really would rather focus on perfume.

And of course, beauty products aren’t the only thing I stash! My To Be Read pile is enormous (although slowly shrinking, only around 160 books now), so I’m going to make an effort to nominate some lingerers to be read in the next couple of weeks to shift them onto the Read shelves!

BOOKS shopping my stash

Black Trillium by Marion Bradley, Julian May and Andre Norton – this looks like a good old-fashioned high fantasy! Not sure why this one keeps slipping down the list, I’ve had it on the pile for a few years.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W. Dahlquist – I’m actually reading this at the moment, and it’s very entertaining, but quite a dense, slow read. I love the blurb quote – like Sherlock Holmes, with the production values of Buffy, rewritten by the Marquis de Sade. Fun stuff.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – I’ve tried to read this before and gave up – I found it a bit too patronisingly knowing and sly, but I like his other work (Shades of Grey is great), so I’m going to give it another go.

Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies – This has only been on the pile since Christmas, but I’m worried that if I don’t get to it soon, all my non-fiction will be abandoned once the Classics kicks in for the final year in October… A history of now-defunct places in Europe, how exciting!

Do you have the same stashing habits as I do? What do you think of this stash-shopping idea?

Asha x

Review: Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day

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I’m not one for buying particularly fancy or branded shampoo, but I got this bottle of Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day shampoo in my big pink tote bag a couple of Christmases ago, and I’ve only just decided to break into it rather than keep it for ‘special occasions’. I realised that was a bit silly – what special occasion are you going to need to wash your hair on? Before, maybe, but meh. I’m glad I finally started to use this! Continue reading

Review: Soap and Glory Slimwear Body Balm

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I first picked up Soap and Glory’s Slimwear about six years ago, when I was first attempting to lose weight, but lost interest in both the weight-loss and this supposedly cellulite-busting cream quite quickly. Having been shut at the back of a drawer for a while, I’m aware that this cream might not be at its best, but since I’ve been trying to use it up, I thought I’d give you a little peek at how I’m finding it a second time round.  Continue reading

February Empties

This is a very Nivea-heavy post, for some reason!

Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose in It

Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose in It, 125ml

Soap and Glory’s Scrub Your Nose in It is a minty, bright green scrub and exfoliating mask – you can use it just as a normal scrub, or leave it on longer for a mask. This is a really nice product, and one that’s lasted me nearly a year, with a good 6 months of twice weekly scrubs and once a week full-face mask. It’s very very scrubby, so not good for those with sensitive skin, but I like a rougher scrub so that I feel like it’s cleansing! This suffered in comparison to St Ives’ Apricot Scrub, which has become my Holy Grail scrub for normal use, and so for the last few months this has been used just for masks. I’m not sure that it’s “pore-refining” or whether I’ve looked “more radiant”, but it is a nice exfoliator. I got this in the big Christmas bundle (The “Pink Big” Tote) in 2010, which I paid £25 for. A tube of this currently retails at £7.50. I probably wouldn’t buy this again, because I like St Ives much better, and it’s half the price.

Nivea Soft, 200ml

Nivea Soft, 200ml

I was given this by my mum, who was on the search for a new moisturiser, and bought this only to discover that she couldn’t stand the smell. To me, it just smells clean – there’s a slight baby powder-ish smell, but nothing too strong. This isn’t a very exciting moisturiser, but it gets things done. I liked it, but I prefer a thicker body butter (or even the original dark blue Nivea cream), while this was like a very thick body lotion in a pot. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it wasn’t bad. This is currently in Boots for £4.28.

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, 4.8g

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, 4.8g

This is one of the lip balms I got in this set in September, and I’ve just used it up today. This was my least favourite of the four, because after about three weeks of use, the texture of it changed completely, from a solid lip balm to a squidgy Vaseline-type texture, which meant that it couldn’t really be used as a stick balm, but had to be applied by dabbing. I always got too much, which I think is why I’ve used this one up first! I didn’t like this at all (and I used the last centimetre or so as heel cream!) and I wouldn’t recommend it, but no other Nivea balm I’ve ever had has done that, so it might just be a funny one. I got this as part of a 4 for £4 deal, but on its own this sells for £1.65.

Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream, 250ml

Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream, 250ml

I picked Happy Time up along with Free Time when searching for a new shower gel, and all Nivea body wash was £1 in Boots. Although I adore Orange Blossom scents, I found this one rather lacklustre, more orange squash than sunny Mediterranean landscape. I much prefer Free Time, which has a very intriguing green smell. I also think I prefer a clear shower gel to a creamy one, just for feeling cleaner (which is silly). I would happily use this again for £1, but perhaps not for £1.95, its usual price – it’s still on offer at Boots at the moment, but I’ve got plenty of shower gel at the moment!

What’s the best shower gel scent you’ve tried? I really like Lush’s Flying Fox for an evening shower, but I need something citrus or minty for the morning to wake me up!

Asha x