December 2014 Empties!

Hi Ladies,

I am really sorry this is going up late. December was a really busy month for empties. This was due to the fact that I made a conscious effort to use up products in order to make room for any toiletries that I got for Christmas (which turned out to be a great idea as I got lots). So let get started:

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Baylis & Harding sweet mandarin & Grapefruit Balancing Body wash (300ml)

I got this as part of a gift set for my birthday. I actually used this as a hand wash rather than a shower gel as it had added vitamins & I felt my hands needed it more than the rest of my body. This smelled subtly citrus which I prefer to full on fruity overload. 7/10

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Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml

I love this shower cream. It is so thick and creamy and it leaves my skin lovely & soft and lightly fragranced. It is a great luxury product to use in the evening just before bed. 10/10

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Elizabeth Arden Untold

I would say this is one of my favourite winter scents; I first purchased it around Christmas time so it always reminds me of the festive season whenever I smell it. I was so disappointed when I ran out in the first week of December, but my boyfriend got me the gift set for Christmas (I did drop a lot of hints!). This perfume gets 10/10!

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Estée Lauder Idealist skin Illuminator

I got this last Christmas as part of a skin care set and really enjoyed the results. I wore this as a serum under my foundation for a subtle highlighting shimmer. It is a little pricey so I would have to re-purchase when I am Feeling a little flush. 9/10

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil 3ml

I got given this sample when I purchased my Illamasqua Pure Pigment (which is mind blowing btw). Now this primer has a very unusual consistency that reminds me of frogspawn lol. It’s a really thick jelly, but don’t let this put you off, as it is amazing! I applied it before my foundation & I found it kept my base in place all evening (and I was in warm club). This is definitely going to be a repurchase for me! 9/10


Korres Citrus Shower Gel

Although I used this entire sample I didn’t really enjoy using it. I’m not a huge fan of sharp citrus smells I prefer my shower Gels to have a creamy scent & consistency. I got this in one of my beauty boxes (I can’t remember which). 5/10

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I don’t know how but I ended up with a good few samples of this product and decided to try it. I fell in love. As I have mentioned recently, I’m all about the double cleanse at the moment. I have been using this cream cleanser to remove all my makeup and daily buildup and then following it up with my new Clinique sonic system. A definite repurchase! 10/10

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Monu Spa Hand & Nail Cream

I am obsessed with hand cream. I cannot remember where I got this hand cream from but it has been a firm favourite this December. It left my hands feeling super soft with a nice subtle scent. 8/10

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L’Oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque

I believe I go this in a beauty box & may have already blogged about it. I already use the oil in my hair after blow-drying to smooth any fly aways. When washing my hair I prefer to apply a mask to my hair instead of conditioner & this worked a treat, leaving my hair silky soft. The full sized product costs £15.90, which I find pretty expensive so I’m not sure about a re-purchase. 8/10

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Nivea Double Effect eye make-up remover

I’m sure I featured this in one of favourite blogs. I bought this as a replacement for my NARS remover as it was so costly. I was shocked at how efficient this product was. It removes my eye make-up with no drag and no effort. I have repurchased this already. 9/10.


Penhaligons of London Blenheim Bouquet Shower Gel 300ml

I think this has featured both in past Favourites & Empties posts. Both my boyfriend & myself are in love with this product. It is pricey at £25.00 a bottle, but it smells so delicious we can’t resist. 10/10!

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

As far as skin care goes, this is my Holy Grail. I cannot rave about this product enough.

It smells amazing, feels luxurious on application and leaves my skin feeling and looking nourished. I got a Pro-collagen gift set for Christmas so I didn’t have t go out without for too long. There is no other moisturiser that blows me away like this does 10/10!

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The White Company – Hand & Body Lotion 30ml

I got this in the bathroom when we stayed at the Palace Hotel, Manchester. I have been using this as a travel sized hand cream and really liked it. 8/10.

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Tresemme Platinum Strength Treatment

If I am to be honest I didn’t really notice a huge improvement to my hair after using this product. It didn’t leave my hair overly soft and didn’t leave it really shiny. This was a disappointment. 4/10.

So those are the products that I used up in December. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl


April Glossy Box – Sweet Treats!

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When I heard that the theme for April’s Glossybox was going to be Sweet Treats I expected pastel coloured products with sugary sweet names so I was little disappointed when I opened the box to find nothing of the sort but there were some good products in the box.

Product 1: Emite Make Up Lip Brush (L312) Sample worth: £17.00

I was quite happy that I received this product as it seems like a nice brush and it’s one that I can pop in my day make-up bag that I take to work. I would say this was probably my favourite product in the box.

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Product 2: Monu Spa Warming Ginger Massage oil (30ml) Sample worth: £7.50

If I’m honest this product took me by surprise. I usually hate anything that is ginger scented/flavoured (ironic as I am Ginger 🙂 ) but I really liked this. It has a lovely warm spicy scent but isn’t too strong. It also felt nice on my skin without being too greasy. Overall an enjoyable product

Product 3: Me Me Me Beat the blues Highlighter (12ml) Sample Worth: £5.50

This is a product that I wasn’t over the moon about. Mostly because I already use Benefits High Beam and this product just doesn’t meet Benefits standard. The consistency is really thin and the effect is so subtle it’s practically non-existent. This is definitely not going to be working its way into my make up bag.

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Product 4: TREsemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo (100ml) Sample Worth: £2.50

Now this is a product going straight into my handbag. What girl doesn’t need dry shampoo in a manageable handbag sized can?!? I love getting products that are useful & handbag sized.  So this was great for me.

Product 5: He-Shi Professional Tanning (50ml) Sample Worth: £7.95

Unfortunately I took one look at this product and gave it away. This is a fake tan product for Medium skin. I am a red head with fair skin (as I put on my beauty profile) so this product made no sense to me. I don’t use fake tan products and if I did I certainly wouldn’t use a medium shade. This was a disappointment but was perfect for the person I gave it to so they gained from this mismatch.


Overall I would say I was happy with the contents of my Glossybox this month. Lucifer on the other hand just loved the wrapping…..

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I hope you enjoy.

Secret Girly Girl