Monday, 19 August 2013

August 2013: Used, Abused & Reviewed.

Another month is almost over which can only mean one thing - it's time to get rid of all the empty products I've used up over the last few weeks. I'm still having problems with blogger, I can't lay my posts out how I normally would and I'm having trouble adding links. I have reviewed most of these products so just have a wee search through my blog if there's anything you would like more info on.

KIKO Light Legs Crackling Mousse*: This stuff was a godsend when the weather was really, really hot recently. It instantly cools on contact with the skin and as the name suggests, it crackles. I know a lot of people might think it's quite a gimmicky product but if you have a job that invloves a lot of standing (hairdressers etc) then you'll know how tired and achy you're legs can get at the end of the day. This crackling mousse really helps to refresh and soothe legs. It's also great if you have restless legs.
Repurchase? Yes! I think it's limited edition though, I'll have to check.

Bioderma Sebium H2O Micelle Solution*: I haven't tried the original version of this in a few years but unlike most people, I wasn't blown away. To me it didn't work any better than other makeup removers/micellar waters out there. I'm not sure if the formula has been changed since then or how different the ingredients are between the original and this Sebium H2O version but I prefered this slightly more. It didn't irritate my skin at all and it did remove make up but mascara doesnt disappear with one seep of a cotton pad.
Repurchase? Bioderma is a lot easier to get hold of in the UK now but unless you live in London, you'll more than likely have to order online. If I was in a shop that stocked it then I probably would buy it but I'm more likely to stick with something like the L'Oreal Micellar Water, it works really well and is a lot easier for me to get my hands on.

PRO:VOKE Touch Of Silver Weekly Treatment Shampoo: Can't fault this shampoo. It's designed to get rid of brassy, yellow tones from blonde/grey hair and it really works. I pick mine up from Boots where it's often on offer, think it's around 2 quid.
Repurchase? I thought I already had but I lifted the everyday version by mistake. The purple isn't as vibrant as the weekly treatment so doesn't work just as well but I'll get a new bottle next time I'm in town.

The Handmade Soap Co. Goats Milk Honey & Beeswax Soap: The Handmade Soap Co is a new-ish 100% natural skincare brand from Ireland. I'd never heard of it untill around Easter time when the fambo done the once yearly museum visit. Not gonna lie, museums don't float my boat so I headed straight to the gift shop where I came across so many different products from this brand. I noticed my hands were less dry while using this, it had a lovely creamy texture and the bar didn't go slushy as quickly as other soaps.
Repurchase? Yes but maybe in a different scent as the Goats Milk & Honey range doesn't have much of a scent to it, think it's fragrance free.

Dainty Doll Mascara/Eyeliner Duo: The mascara barely coats the lashes, doesn't curl, lengthen or anything else and the liquid liner wipes straight off. Awful product.
Repurchase? No

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask: I really loved this mask at first. It can be left on for around 20 minutes or overnight. I usually leave it on overnight to get the most from it but over time I've found other masks that work just as good, if not better and cost a lot less.
Repurchase? No.

Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Face Lotion*: I finished this aaaages ago but just came across the empty bottle. I love Barefoot Botanicals and enjoyed using this. It's free from nasty ingredients and was very gentle on my sensitive skin and added just the right amount of hydration.
Repurchase? I'm sure I will at some point.

Sure 'Cool Pink' | Soft & Gentle 'Wild Rose & Vanilla': I'm almost at the end of my deodorant stash now, think there's only one left in my cupboard. Both deodorants worked well and the Wild Rose & Vanilla smelt so good.
Repurchase? I would repurchase both but I won't. I'm switching to more natural deodorants and really love the Citrus one from Weleda.

Bodhi Ylang-Ylang Incensa Body Moisturiser: I really shouldn't like the scent of this but I do, I love it! It smells so rich and the scent lingers for hours. Finished the matching shower gel a while back and it scented my whole house everytime I used it. I won the duo from Sandra/Beauty Balm's giveaway. This is the only scent I've tried so far but want to get my mitts on the Mint The range. If you've tried it, does it mainly smell like mint?
Repurchase? Definitely.

Yankee Wax Tarts - Christmas Eve & Winter Wonderland: I love Yankee Wax Tarts, they last such a long time, way longer than Yankee claim they will and They work out much cheaper than the candles. I like Christmas Eve but Winter Wonderland smells like pine toilet duck.
Repurchase? Christmas Eve - Yes. Winter Wonderland - Nuh-uh.

REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream: I've gone through a few tubes of this now. It's one of the best moisturisers to wear under makeup. I find it makes foundation go on a lot smoother and it's light enough to use when I'm having an oily skin day.
Repurchase? Yes.

Green People Eye Gel*: Another one I finished ages ago but only just found the empty tube. It's very cooling, felt great when my eyes were puffy or irritated and it's reasonably priced.
Repurchase? Probably not, there's other eye products I prefer.

Green & Spring Refreshing Eye Cream*: Most eye creams come in 15ml tubes but this one was a whopping 30ml and lasted an absolute age! It isn't the cheapest eye cream out there but it's free from horrible ingredients and holds the same amount of product as a bottle of foundation.
Repurchase? Same as above, there's other eye creams I prefer.

Pure Thoughts Natural Handmade Soap Honey, Oats & Orange | Coffee Bean & Shea Butter: This brand can do no wrong in my eyes, I've loved every product I've tried so far. Both of these soaps are sample sizes but were big enough for me to decide I love them. They contain oats & coffee beans so I'm guessing they're designed to be used on the body for a light exfoliation but I used them for my hands as I'm trying to get away from drying handwash.
Repurchase? A big fat yes!
Have you tried any of these products?   


  1. The Crackling Mousse sounds amazing, I've never heard of anything like it! xx

    1. Virgin Vie used to make a minty one years ago but it was discontinued. KIKO are the only other brand I know of who make something like this, it's lovely. :)

  2. You got through lot's and lot's! I love the Bodhi Ylang Ylang Incensa and I like the look of the green and spring eye cream too! Xx

    1. Green & Spring Skin Care products are lovely, the shower/bath products are ment to be gorgeous too.

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  4. Really want to try Bioderma now but like you said, so hard to get hold of and quite pricey :( xx