November 2014 Empties

november-2014-emptiesIt’s the end of November, which means Christmas is right round the corner – HURRAH. December is my favourite month by far. Whilst I have been continuing on my effort to try and use up the old to make way for the new, I have been struggling to actually get to the bottom of products this month, some just aren’t seeming to end!

Tresemme Heat Protection Spray


1/ I’m really bad at remembering to actually use a heat protector, I’ve had this for 3 years, and it’s taken me to now to actually use up.

2/ heat product to heat product I’ve never actually noticed any difference in their effect, protection etc.

3/ I don’t actually notice a difference between when I use one, to when I don’t – I can forget to use one for months, and my hair is in no worse condition from when I don’t use one to when I do.

Repurchase?: I will probably buy another heat protection spray, as when I’m using a very hot curling wand (rarely), I think it might be good to be over cautious, but I’m not really in a rush to add this back into my routine, I ran out of this at the start of the month and haven’t really felt the need to replace.

Calvin Klein Eternity Moment Perfume


This has been the perfume that I have repurchased most, my mum says it’s my Granny perfume, but it’s just very very floral, and very rose based – I can see where she’s coming from but I still love it! If you like very floral scents I would recommend checking this out. The bottle is a nice quality glass, pretty crystal look lid, and is very classic looking – in a good way.

Repurchase?: I will, but I have so many perfumes, I’m trying to weedle out all the ones which I don’t actually want to repurchase before I rebuy this, however if I saw it on offer I could be persuaded!

R+Co Gemstone Shampoo & Conditioner Sample


When I popped into Space NK last month they popped a sample of these in my bag, the sales woman told me I was going to “LOVE them as they are AMAZING” she put a lot of stress on the words love and amazing, I remember it vividly. And I was hoping that these would be AMAZING, as for the price tag of £22 for the Shampoo and £23 for the conditioner (284ml bottles – less than a can of coke!) you should expect noticeable results. It smelt lovely – very lightly lemongrassy – if you like your spa scents you’ll probably like this. But it just didn’t do anything out of the ordinary – now it may be a product that you need to use multiple times to get the full effect of, but I could only use it once from the sample.The line doesn’t really have largely favourable reviews online on Space NK, there’s a lot of 1-3* ratings for products.

Repurchase?: Erm, No.

Pretty Smooth Nose Pore Strips


When I saw these I bought these as a reminiscing product, these worked wonders in my teenage years, but these ones weren’t that great. I remember loving some tea tree ones from boots so I may hunt for those, as I’ve noticed that my nose is particularly porey recently.

Repurchase?: not these ones, but I would give some others a try.

Anatomicals Cheese Release Me Foot Cream


I picked this up from my local CCO as I really like the anatomicals line. I don’t suffer from particularly cheesy feet, but thought I would give it ago. It’s very very menthol scented. Does the same kind of job as any other body lotion for me.

Repurchase? No, think a body butter or body lotion would work the same for me, but if you do have a bit of a cheesy smell about your toes, I think this would do a good job of balancing the smell.

Herbal Esssences Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo


I did an indepth review of a load of dry shampoos (here), I liked this initially but didn’t love this but the more I used this the more I felt meh about it. I didn’t find that it was particularly volumising, nor did it help to keep second day shininess away.

Repurchase? I’d use it if I had it, but I didn’t love it!

Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo


I did a whole review of this as well on the dry shampoo showdown, apart from Aussie product which I loved more but later turned out had dodgy packaging problems this was my favourite I tried.

Repurchase? Yes, I still don’t think this is the holy grail as it makes my hair feel slightly powdery, but until I find the HG I’ll have a back up of this – tempted by the Ruth Crilly colab line – let me know if you’ve tried!

Rene Furterer Forticea Shampoo


I had to have a major hair cut back in about June , my hair had got so bleach damaged at the ends I lost about 4 inches. I was looking up all the miracle ways to make your hair grow faster and this popped up as being recommended to post chemotherapy patients to encourage hair growth. It had largely positive reviews online, so decided to give it a try. It did a good job when I used it regularly, it wasn’t the best at cleaning my hair, but o found shampooing, conditioning then applying this just on the roots really rubbing it in for a minute, then leaving on for another minute or so. My hair had grown back to the length it was within about 3 months – which for me was quick. There’s a whole treatment line if you struggle to grow or thicken your hair and I’d recommend reading up on the forticea line. It’s not cheap but a little goes a long way – especially if you only concentrate on the roots.

Repurchase? If I was looking to actively grow my hair fast then yes, and id be tempted to try out the whole line.

What have you used up this month?


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