I guess that’s a strange remark to make about a cleanser that I only use it in the bath but it’s really not as weird as it may sound. The N07 Deep Pore Purifier is a bit of an odd one because of how you apply it using the tube itself to clan your skin with. It’s for all skin types but I think it’s going to be very Marmite you’ll either love it or hate it.
Almost everything has changed in my skincare routine since I last did an update at the beginning of 2014. I like to chop & change because I haven’t found any holy grails yet. That’s not to say they were no good just that I’m a floozy when it comes to my skin. It’s a pretty simple routine & I’m hoping to add in a serum when I can afford too.
There seems to be a lot this month but that’s due to a few almost empties from May. I seem to be having a bit of a fail day at work, everything that could go wrong seemed too. Luckily for me nothings broken and programs can be fixed and tools reset. If only the brain could be turned off, restarted and the alarms go away that easily. Now that I have chance to breathe and collect my thoughts let’s get down to the empties.
Finished Em – Meh! Sums It Up
Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution 200 ml £4.99
It’s not so much indicative of this Micellar solution so much as having gone off all of them. Great for fixing make up mishaps but otherwise I just don’t trust them to truly get my skin clean. This one I’ve had a while, maybe that’s why it seems to react with my eyes, it didn’t when I first bought it. I just feel like I know I still have makeup and ickyness left on my skin. I want to be lazy but only if it still does the job. In the bin it finally goes, give me an oil cleanser any day.
Loreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Conditioner 400 ml £3.99
I guess it helps when you buy a conditioner to properly read what it says on the bottle. I saw fragile hair but I think it means thin or limp hair. Not really meant for me then, bought when I ran out and couldn’t get to a better shop. It smells nice and didn’t leave residue which I find happens all too often so that’s a positive.
N07 Completly Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml £10.50
This smells very much like every N07 product which isn’t a bad thing. This is moisturing and nice but too thick and takes too much effort to get it to soak in. I basically used this up as an after shower body lotion. Didn’t keep my skin hydrated for long enough, I do have very dry skin.
It’s A Mans World
From the mouth of the man of the house!
The Body Shop Kistna Hair & Body Wash 200 ml £6
Great as shampoo but if left on too long almost feels sticky. Not as great as the other Body Shop one named Arber but prefer if when I’m cleaning my beard. It doesn’t dry the hair out so it still feels clean but soft.
Botanics Men’s Face Scrub 120 ml £3.99
This is a complete bargain, this was much nicer that the King Of Shaves one I had that was too abrasive. This feels like it helped with my skin as well as my skin beneath my beard. It’s meant to soften stubble but didn’t do this as much as I’d liked. I have found a different one I like more though.
Empty To The Last Drop
Ren Clear Calm 3 150 ml £18
This is for me what a luxury cleanser should feel like. This was a splurge for me when I go it and I enjoyed using it every time. This made mornings that little bit more bearable. There are very few clay based cleansers and this was just lovely I hold other cleansers up to this one. In the future I may repurchase but for me it’s a lot to spend on a cleanser.
Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist 200 ml £5.99
This is one of many travel bottles of this stuff I’ve bought and I’ll likely buy another if only for travel. I love the scent and it does keep my hair soft while using Ghd’s. I’d use this if I’m straightening after I’ve left my hair to naturally dry. I’ve found a good one from BlowPro to blow dry my hair with instead though. Have been using this for donkeys years.
BlowPro Damage Control Conditioning Mask £235 ml £9.99
I am in love with this hair mask. It’s not cheap and I probably used it too much to begin with as it’s a protein mask which builds the strength of the hair up. I could have made this a once a week treat and when I get chance to repurchase it I intend too. My hair is over dyed, dried, thick and a pain. This made it manageable where I could get a brush through it easily without bit knots the day after if I left it to dry. Smells similar to the Toni & Guy Nourish hair mask but works better for me.
The Body Shop Cranberry Body Polish 200 ml £10
I know you can’t get this anymore but it’s available in strawberry still. I prefer the strawberry but this was a nice Christmas edition. I seemed to forget about it not just this but all scrubs. Kinda went off them for a while, maybe laziness I’m not sure. These with the seeds in I do like to get a proper scrub going. I have psoriasis so this is great for those extra dry areas you want to itch but don’t want to do damage to. Great for before shaving but does leave the seeds in the bottom of the bath tub.
This is a little change up I’ll do every now and again when my bloke finishes off the skincare bits he uses. So you’ll get the guys v girls empties and a little bit of a different view point if you fancy getting something for a male friend, boyfriend/husband, brother,dad or even your uncles this should give a little insight into whats worth getting. My male view point is my fiance who has slowly been directed (or nudged) into trying new things out. He has sensitive skin beyond belief to the point where he can’t even use the bath balistics at Lush. We don’t know why he reacts he just does hes a sensitive old soul!
Guys v Girls
Guys – Bulldog Original Moisturizer – 100 ml £6.39 This one is a little bit on the balmy side and too close to almost greasy. I prefer the sensitive version as this one takes too long to rub in to my skin. The smells masculine without being excessive
Girls – Lush let The Good Times Roll Cleanser – £6.35 100g – This is my third tub and I go back to it time and again because it smells amazing. Haven’t got sick of it yet anyway but would only use it on my face. Doubles as a mini scrub as well and got into using it at night to remove the work day grime, nice!
Guys – The Body Shop Arber and Kistna Hair & Body Wash – £6 200 ml – These are great products as I don’t react to them and have purchased them multiple times. The Arber (purple one) is a fruity grape smell which I like as an alternative to standard guy scents. The Kistna is an unusual scent along the manly side and I like it almost as much as the Arber. Both get me really clean but don’t dry my skin out. You also do have to use loads so they last a decent length of time.
Girls – Philosophy Cinnamon Buns 3 in 1 – £14 480 ml – Fine as a shampoo, like it as bubble bath treat but love it as a shower gel. I think in the bath you have to use a lot to get the smell but then end up with way too many bubbles. As a shower gel its scent is much more concentrated and has that freshly baked cinnamon bun smell to it. Can’t wait to try the coconut frosting version when I can afford it.
Guys – No7 Hair & Body Wash – £7.50 200 ml– This is good and has a bloke kinda scent. It’s not excessively strong and I prefer to use it as a shampoo as my hair can get quite oily but this gets my hair squeaky clean. I do like the body shop ones more now than this one.
Girls – Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel A limited edition at Christmas that I’ve bought time and time again. I only got a little one this year and I’m thinking the love has worn off. It’s very sweet but it does the job I just prefer other products more. I actually finished it off just using it as shampoo as I’d run out of the Toni & Guy.
Guys v Girls – Toni & Guy Shampoo £7.49 250 ml and Mask £7.49 200 ml – We usually share a set and that lasts around 4-6 weeks. For me shampoo just al seems the same maybe because I don’t like to spend much on them. On the flip side it’s all about the mask and that really stood out. You didn’t need to use loads and it made my hair soft and much more manageable than normal.
If you like the idea of a guy v girls empties or even favourites post in the future comment and let me know.
I’ve been getting more organised this year so I’m remembering to scoot around the house and find where all my empties are hiding. I’ve been loving watching other peoples empties videos on Youtube because it really gives an insight into what we all get through.
These were my first move into trying more expensive brands to get my hair into better shape. within a week I could tell they were doing more for my hair but the set I’m using now I love more and will write something up soon about that. These between the two of us lasted the month which is about right for us. I’ve tried James Brown before in the travel sizes and liked them but it’s more the salon scent that made me enjoy them. The mask in particular is rich and really has to be only used on the length as it made my roots greasy when I first tried it me being a noob with hair care.
This for me is mainly about the scent as it keep my have fragrant throughout the day. I use a fair amount as I like to keep my hair protected from my Ghds. It took along time to empty it as I stopped straightening my hair last year for a long time but now it’s finished I’ve already picked up another mini version to replace it. The spray from the bottle is a little too direct so I spray it into the palm of my hand and work it through that way. This makes my hair nice and shiny and looking in better condition than it is.
I won’t be repurchasing this but only because I really didn’t like the classic vitamin e smell that most of this range has especially when it’s being applied all over my face you just can’t get away from it. Other than that I have cheaper moisturizers that work just as well but moisturizer better for longer. This would be fine for normal skin it just didn’t do enough for mine. I did enjoy the Intense version I had a sample off but for the price I have already found something to replace it.
This was one of those things that I enjoyed using but as it was fairly pointed out won’t do much for me as it’s not suited to my age range. That been said it did hydrate my skin more and made it feel softer. This if you are looking to try a serum is a nice afford way to do it but I won’t repurchase it but I’m on the look out for one more suited to my mid twenties dry skin if any one has any suggestions withing budget?
This was really hydrating and to say it’s only 7 ml this really did just keep on going I’d say 6 – 8 weeks of day and night use. This stopped the dry patches and cleared some up completely which meant I could apply make up smoother. I’m trying a cheaper alternative at the moment but I may go back to this when I have more spare cash. I you do get this keeping on pushing to the very end as when I though it was ready to go with my other empties it lasted another week.