What I've Used Up ...

I don't even think I've ever done a "What I've used up" post in the history of Vex in the City. It was quite fun actually, I think I'll make an effort to do another one soon. It's a wonder I manage to use anything up at all, since I have so many products to play with. Anyway, here's what I've managed to use up lately.

1. The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Baume Hydration Moni
I bought this during one of their sales and still kick myself for not buying another tube when as I had the chance, as it appears to have been discontinued. This moisturiser had the perfect consistency, left my skin so soft and supple and was neither too thick or runny. It smelt utterly amazing too.

2. Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath*
This bubble bath claims to have a built in body lotion. I can't say I felt the benefits of that. My skin felt no less moisturised that it usually does when I step out of a bubble bath. Nothing special about this. It contains lemon balm but smelt and performed like a standard bubble bath to me . I won't buy trying this again.

3. Dr Bronner's Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Rose Pure Castille Soap*
Dr Bronner has a huge cult following stateside. Remarkably you can use this soap for a number of uses - 18 in total! You can wash your hair, face, clothes and even your teeth with it.  Despite containing jojoba, olive, coconut and Vit E oil, I did find this a bit drying. I attempted to to use it on my face once and it left that 'squeaky clean' feeling, which I hate so I only used it to wash my hands. Its velvety soft lather is impressive, but you definitely need to slap on the moisturiser as soon as you've rinsed it off.

4. Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily foundation. Shade: Caramel.
Yet another bottle I've worked my way through. Colorstay is my fave high st foundation, which annoyingly is still not sold in my shade, in the UK. It gives me the full coverage I desire, without looking heavy and has never made me break out either. A great bargain buy which I know I can always rely on.

5. The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel (400ml)
Working my way through this giant sized bottle was relatively easy - it smells gorgeous and helps to wake me up in the morning. I still have another bottle waiting to be used. A simple product, which does what it says it will. No complaints.

6. No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream SPF15
I was using this alongside the night version for about three months and only stopped because my skin began to act up earlier in the year. I reached for the day cream again as I feel my skin has needed the extra hydration of late. I really liked the day and night cream combined and will most likely switch back to them when it starts to get cold again. The added protection of SPF was a comfort too.

7, Ole Henrinksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
What a disappointment! I had really high hopes for this, but failed to see the brightening effects it promised at all. I used it day and night and this serum for over months had no effect whatsoever. It's expensive and you don't get a lot of product for your money, so are forced to scrimp on how much you apply because you want it to last. Not impressed. At all. I've now come to the end of a bottle purchased off Ebay (still expensive, but a bit cheaper than the RRP)

8. Dove Visible Effects Hand Cream
I'm really fussy with my hand creams and won't settle for just any old nonsense. I slap it on at least times a day, and as a result have very soft hands. I recently used up this baby from Dove, it doesn't leave a sticky residue like some hand creams do and my hands feel silky soft and fully moisturised after use. This is much better than the Dove anti-ageing hand cream in the maroon tube which I bought (and discarded a few days later) a fortnight ago! I like the fresh cucumber-y scent too.

9. Palmers Daily Cleansing Gel*
I raved about this here, and I still stand by my initial review. This cleanses well, doesn't tighten my skin and is great value. I'll be picking up another bottle, when I'm next in Superdrug.

10. Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF15*
I am more obsessed with anti-ageing products than ever before, since turning 30. This lightweight moisturiser claims to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore youthful, supple looking skin. Okay, so I only have one fine line on my whole face (around my mouth, I obviously grin far too much for my own good), but I'll do whatever it takes to grow old gracefully. I thought this was a nice moisturiser but not special enough to make me want to go out and repurchase it.

11.Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil*   
I'm not a fan of cleansing oils. I find them a pain in the a** to rinse off, as I'm left with a milky residue all over my face, especially around my hairline. I abandoned this months ago, but came back it and used it every so often as I didn't want it to go to waste. Okay,l so it removes waterproof mascara better than most cleansers and admittedly my skin does feel soft after use, but it doesn't compensate for the utter frustration I feel when I attempt to remove it. It's just more hassle than it's worth for me. It's not cheap either.

12. Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser*
I'm kicking myself for not buying the £35 for £17 Murad offer which popped up on Living Social a few days ago. This was what I had planned on buying. A cross between a cleansing gel and lotion, I really like the way this cleanser feels on my skin. My skin has is still going crazy *le sigh* and so I figured having another tube of this on standby may be beneficial. I only have a teeny bit left, but think I'll try and stretch that out over the next week in the hope my skin calms down again.

Have you tried any of these products and if so, did you use them up?

All products purchased by me, unless marked with an *

7 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

BreezeyBee said...

those are all sounding like amazing products! dove is my fav

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Imo said...

Id like to use up my SHU cleanser but it just wont budge! Id not repurchase its a hot mess, true works well for waterproof mascara but so does oilve oil from sainsburys.

Claire said...

really want to try the Palmer's cleansing gel - still trying to find it instore though!

giddyfilly said...

*delurks for a tiny bit* I love your blog and the way you write. It's always interesting to get a peek into other people's cosmetics bags and such. Great post.
Also wanted to add that the TBS monoi balm has been re-packaged and is now sold as the Polynesia body balm along the other Spa Wisdom products.

VexintheCity said...

@BreezeyBee -

@Imo - LOL It took ages to finish and yeah, good pointre: olive oil!

@Claire - Really? It's out now, check Boots and Superdrug x

@Giddyfilly - Aww thank you, that means a lot - glad you enjoy it :-) Thanks for giving me the best beauty news I've had all week!! I had no idea it was still being sold right under my nose! THANK YOU xxx

Dija said...

I'm working on finishing my SHU cleansing oil. I've had it for at least a year and it just won't finish. I do like the way it cleans, but you're right - its a messy business and I don't like the hairline issues it creates. I'm surprised about Ole H though. I'm using their Grease Relief toner at the moment and no complaints.

Lipglossiping said...

http://livingsocial.com/deals/110433-murad-skincare-products-online?msdc_id=245 It's back on the Bournemouth portal x


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