I honestly cannot believe I’ve done 6 of these empties posts now. SIX?! I knew I had a hoarding problem with products, but wow. This shows how many products I had that were actually nearly finished or only had a couple of uses left in them. What on earth was I saving them for????
This post isn’t as big as my last few, but it’s still pretty sizeable.
Link Pharmacy Hair, Skin and Nails supplement
I try and take a supplement for my hair, skin and nails every single day. I usually use the Vital brand, as it provides some omega oils as well, and I can see a difference in my skin when I use it, and even my hair dresser says I get a lot of new hair growth as well. I tried this one out, as it had a slightly higher dosage of Biotin (the vitamin that helps your hair to grow faster and stronger). While you get twice the amount of pills, you have to take 2 a day as opposed to 1. Because these were hard tablets as opposed to the Vital soft gels, I also found I didn’t seem to be getting as much Omega 3 oils in them either. While you could then just pop an Omega 3 supplement to remedy this, I found it counter-productive, as with the Vital brand I take one tablet. If I continued with these, I’d have to take 3 to try and get the same results. I therefore won’t be repurchasing these, but I have repurchased the Vital Hair, Skin and Nail supplement.
Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Energising Day Cream SPF15 R159.95
I really enjoyed using this day cream, and while it did the job, I’m still on the lookout to see if I can find one that does the job even better. I’ll most probably return to this though, as it has a built in SPF, and didn’t irritate my skin at all. I often seem to go back to good old Nivea face creams. They’re just such fantastic quality, especially for the price!
AA Age Technology Sensitive Skin Semi-Rich 24H Cream R275
I managed to make this cream last for ages, as it was incredibly soothing when my skin was irritated and red. I therefore only used it when this was the case. I have only tried one other product from the AA range of skincare and I liked that one too. I can’t seem to find this one to purchase again on the site where it was originally from, but they have a big range of different products on there, and I’d like to try more. You can buy them HERE.
Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Facial Night Cream R204.95
This was a decent enough night cream, but I wanted to find something that is a bit better. I don’t think I’d buy this one again, as I’m now rotating between the Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle night cream, that has a very small amount of Retinol in to help with the anti-ageing process, and the Sorbet Hydroskin night cream. I’m finding that alternating these products is really helping the hydration levels in my skin, and it’s been a lot less red and much smoother.
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow body lotion R37.95
This is one of my favourite body lotions – it’s cheap as can be and has never let me down! I like this one for winter, either the lotion or the butter version in the tub, and I like the aloe one for summer as it’s not as rich.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea body butter R170
The body butters from The Body Shop are most people’s favourites. They’re pricier than your regular one like the one from Vaseline, but they definitely are more luxurious to use, and you get so many gorgeously scented ones. This must be my favourite scent – it’s fresh and clean and makes you feel super pampered.
Charlotte Rhys Rose Bath Oil R177
This is a South African brand, and her scents and products are so gorgeous. I made this bath oil last over two years, as I felt it was my seriously fancy pamper product, and it never discoloured or lost the intensity of it’s scent. The Charlotte Rhys products make such beautiful gifts, and you can buy them in selected stores or online (the website should also list all stockists).
Radox Herbal body wash in Secret Sanctuary R26.95
I love the smoothie body washes from Radox, and this was the first time I’ve tried this scent. It’s fruity and creamy and you use less of this wash when you shower, as it really lathers up a lot more than the Nivea or Dove ones.
Good Stuff Time on Your Hands hand cream R19.95
Good Stuff make insanely inexpensive body and bath products, and they’re all so fab! Their handcreams are actually some of my favourites, and this one was great, I just prefer other scents, as I found this one quite baby powder-y. Their Bee Natural one smells like cream and honey, and has a spot of pride on my desk at work.
Colab Dry Shampoo in London R89.95
The Colab products are exclusive to Clicks in SA, and they’re really fantastic dry shampoos. I’m still torn between these and Batiste, but with Batiste being around R10-20 cheaper, I usually go with them. These Colab ones are transparent though, so they’re perfect for darker coloured hair, as you won’t get that white shadow like you do from Batiste.
These two products aren’t actually empties, but they’re serious FAILS and I won’t be buying them again.
Catrice Multi Style Matt Eyeliner R59.95
I usually don’t have enough good things to say about Catrice products, so I picked this up as I had no Matt liquid liner pens and really wanted to give one a try. I used this product ONCE and then it dried up. It was like an old, grubby koki-pen! Seriously disappointed in this one,
Essence Stay All Day 12H long lasting powder, around R50
I swatched this shade in the shop, it was fine, I looked at it when I got home it was fine. Within 2 minutes of applying it to my face, it oxidised and turned a much darker and much more orange shade. It looked like I’d tried to apply the wrong shade of bronzer all over my face. Not pretty! I’ve tried it with all of my different foundations, and even on it’s own. Every single time it changes colour. I’m not even giving this to a friend to try – into the bin it goes! Another disappointment, because I usually like Essence products as a whole too.