May Empties // Product Reviews

Is it really that time of the month again that another empty post is due?! How is the end of May already like seriously?!

I’ve got a few more empty products for you and I’m ready to do a full review and as you guys know, I think that empty posts are a great opportunity to show case properly informed thoughts on a product when you’ve had a chance to use!


From left to right – Boots Essentials Moisturising Cream Cucumber, Tresemme Keratin Smooth, Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum, Mark Hill Styling Heat Protection, LUSH Cosmetics Warrior Fresh Face Mask, Soap and Glory Eye Cream, Cloud Nine Magical Blow Dry Potion.


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The Boots Essentials Moisturising Cream Cucumber is a bloomin brilliant bargain moisturiser at £1.50!! It featured in my Winter Essentials post here where I said it was super moisturising for colder months but actually it’s fab for summer too as it’s refreshing without being too thick or greasy. So it’s a great all rounder as it’s kind to skin and suitable for all skin types.

Would I repurchase? Definitely especially at that price and it lasts for aages it lasted me a good 5 months before running out. Plus a little goes a long way with this. I can’t recommend it enough!

When I got this LUSH Cosmetics Warrior Fresh Face Mask (it was actually free form my local Lush because it was going out of date soon, and as they only last 3 weeks they couldn’t sell them, so were offering them to anyone that made a purchase!) it was the first fresh mask I’d tried.

I love that you keep them in the fridge because they’re really refreshing on your skin. This one smells a little as it contains garlic and it actually has huge chunks of garlic in it but it really does leave your skin feeling fresh. It’s a shame they only last 3 weeks as at 1 face mask a week you get 3 whereas there is enough product to get a good 6!

Would I repurchase? Not straight away as I want to try other fresh masks first but if I was going through a particularly spotty time then I would definitely go for this!

This Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum was something I got out of a Glossybox. It is a thin green coloured Serum that is meant to renew skin and aid in reducing fine lines. It’s gentle enough for around the eyes so I used it on my forehead and around my eyes. I’m not sure if it made a difference but I like that the ingredients are natural.

Would I repurchase? Probably not but that’s because it isn’t readily available at Boots and for convenience I’d probably reach for something else.

Last on my skincare list is this Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Eye Cream. It’s a iridescent white shimmery cream that aids with dark circles and wrinkles. It does make your eyes look refreshed and is a good base for concealer. This is old packaging as I found it under my bed in my stash, it is now in a lovely silver pot.

Would I repurchase? I probably would but not straight away there’s a few others I’d like to try out first but I would happily go back to it.


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Now this Cloud Nine Magical Blow Dry Potion lives up to its name and does exactly what it says on the tin it really is magical! It smooths and reduces blow dry time whilst protecting from heat all at the same time.

Believe me my hair takes a decade to dry so anything that speeds up this onerous process whilst smoothing at the same time is an absolute gem! It was recommended by my hairdresser who actually used it on me during my visit so that’s how you know it’s good!

I use this on occasions when I go out and need my hair to behave I don’t waste it on everyday looks because it is that good. It’s about £5 for the small bottle and £15 for a big which is actually better value for money, you can get it on Beauty Bay or Look Fantastic. Well worth it even if you save for special occasions!

Would I repurchase? Definitely, I already have, I can’t be without this little guy!

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Serum is a cream which you apply to damp hair using 8-10 pumps and it smooths and straightens hair when activated with heat, aka a hair dryer and straighteners.

This stuff is very good and I would recommend it as it is a great drugstore smoothing cream that does the job! It recommends using the accompanying shampoo and conditioner (don’t they all) but it very good without too! It’s very affordable too.

Would I repurchase?  Yes definitely, well once I’ve got through the rest of my mountain of hair care waiting to be used!

Next up the Mark Hill Styling Heat Protection Spray. First of all I love the packaging of Mark Hill’s recently launched range, it’s so pretty! This is a good heat defence spray I feel like it has protected my hair, however it does make your hair go a bit hard where it’s been sprayed if you don’t spray from far enough away. Plus it leaked and went under the glass of my Ikea dressing table so I wasn’t too pleased about that!

Would I repurchase? Probably not due to the residue but it is a very good spray for anyone wanting to try something new just make sure you spray far enough away! It’s also from a very affordable range.

So that’s my empties for this month, have you tried any of these? Let me know your thoughts below!

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  1. May 28, 2016 / 8:43 am

    When I use the tresseme cream my hair feels really greasy and sticky. I use a small pump of it too. Any tips? x

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Oh really? I don’t put it near my roots just half way down the lengths and I use a good 8 pumps too. Is your hair damp enough? Cos I find any product I use if my hair is nearly dry it feels sticky? It’s always been good for me! Shame it isn’t for you! xo

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