January empties – first batch of 2015

January 2015 empties

January 2015 empties

Are we really into the second month of 2015?! How has that happened. 2015 is shaping up to be a great year! Hope it is for you too.

Back to my empties for last month (yes this post is coming a little bit later than I would have liked…better late than never!) Looking at this lot, it would seem I get through a LOT of body products.

Clockwise from left to right:

Lush ocean salt scrub – I wanted to try this out because I have been looking for a micro bead free scrub. This one uses salt, limes and grapefruit as the exfoliants, blended with avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed absolute to soften and condition. It’s a great shower scrub although a little harsh for my sensitive skin. I would never use it on my face. I don’t think I will buy it again but am glad I tried it out.

NARS oil-free pro-prime pore refining primer – a staple of mine for many years, I think I have used this for the last time. My skin is getting drier with age, so am not sure an oil free primer is what it needs. I have been using my Laura Mercier primer of late, and it seems to be doing a great job of keeping skin hydrated. Sorry NARS.

NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser in St Moritz – I can’t live without this stuff. My best friend is completely hooked on it too! It has SPF of 30 built into it, contains ingredients to improve the tone and texture of skin (botanicals, Kopara and mineral rich seawater), and lasts all day so you look as fresh at the end of the day as at the start.

Mary Kay oil free eye make up remover – another firm favourite. I keep a few spare bottles so I never run out. It is the best at taking off all eye make-up and even stubborn lipstick.

Diorshow blackout mascara – another one that has a growing legion of fans from amongst my inner circle – sister, best friend, work colleague – I own a tube each of the regular and waterproof variants. Long lasting, non-flakey and the blackest of blacks.

L’Occitane cherry blossom hand cream – a gift from a friend, this is a handy sized hand cream from the masters at L’Occitane. I use their shea butter one regularly, and find these travel sized ones great for tucking into a side pocket of my handbag. I must admit this one isn’t as moisturising as the shea butter one but I have been using it in the dead of winter, when skin on hands need a lot of help!

Simple nourishing body wash – this was an emergency purchase for when I had house guests (I use soap, and no one wants to use someone else’s soap in the shower!). It contains glycerin, chamomile, pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E to cleanse skin without drying it out. It doesn’t contain artificial perfume or colour so is suitable for sensitive skin. I like it but will stick to my French Marseilles soaps in the shower.

Crabtree & Evelyn jojoba oil moisturising body lotion – this was a bonus find in TK Maxx. It smells divine, is light enough for every day use and is great for my sensitive skin. Not only does it contain golden jojoba oil, but also my favourite sweet almond oil, and finally oat extract (no idea what that does but sounds good and natural). I love Crabtree & Evelyn products, and find they are a welcome addition to any bathroom.