I'm usually quite good at re-purchasing products before they run out, but this month has been pretty hectic and I've been left with a bunch of empties with no new products to replace them (argh!). Thankfully, lots of empties is a very good excuse for a blog post, so I decided to gather them all together and show you what I've used up over the past month or so.
1. Dove Nourishing Oil Care leave-in conditioning & care spray - I'm quite lazy when it comes applying hair products after I've washed my hair so this product was great as it acts as a 2-in-1 leave-in hair treatment. Part of the product is oil based and the other part conditioner based, which is activated when you mix them together by shaking the bottle. The solution is in a spray bottle, so I didn't need to worry about my fingers getting oily during application. The product smelled amazing and did a great job of adding extra moisture to my dry ends. I have actually re-purchased this product in the past, but I might look for something new as I like to change up my hair products on a regular basis.
2. Batiste Dry Shampoo (full size and travel size) - I went through dozens of Batiste dry shampoo bottles last year until I discovered Dove's Dry Shampoo which I found left no white residue compared to the Batiste bottles. I went into a smaller Boots store one day to re-purchase, but they had none in stock so I decided to give Batiste another try. I'm still on the fence about Batiste dry shampoo. I find it doesn't do a terribly great job of actually cleaning my hair when it's dirty, unlike other dry shampoos. Instead, it simply masks the dirt whilst adding a bit of volume. I think I'll stick to my Dove dry shampoo however, I enjoyed having a travel size Batiste bottle in my bag to give my hair a bit of volume during the day.
3. Dove Summer Glow nourishing lotion with gradual self-tanner - This was definitely my holy-grail product during the summer months. I am very pale and I found the fair to medium skin formula was the perfect shade for sun-kissed skin without looking completely orange. I found the lotion needed to be worked really thoroughly into the skin to avoid streaky tan lines- but I expect this with most gradual self-tanners. There was also no distinct fake-tan smell like other tanning lotions I've tried in the past. I've already bought another tube of this and also purchased the medium-dark skin shade for nights out.
4. Aveeno Cream - I found Aveeno Cream was the only moisturiser that completely got rid of my stubborn dry patches when I was on Roaccutane, back in 2013, and I've stuck with it ever since. Recently, the skin on my face has been slightly oilier than usual, so I've been opting for a lighter moisturiser. However, I've been regularly using Aveeno Cream to moisturise any dry patches on my body. The pump bottle is very convenient and seems to last forever, so I'll definitely be picking up another one of these.
5. Bravura London 15% glycolic acid detoxifying gel - I was left with a lot of acne scarring after my Roaccutane treatment, so I decided to invest in a glycolic acid solution to exfoliate my skin to reduce the appearance of any scarring. Only a small pea-sized amount is required to cover my whole face and the small bottle has lasted 6 months! I've seen a noticeable difference in the appearance of my scars, they're a lot less inflamed and angry-looking and I'm delighted with the results. The solution is not as concentrated as solutions used in salon facial peels, but I'm thankful I've found a great glycolic acid product I can use at home at a fraction of the price of a facial.
6. Priori gentle facial cleanser - When I received a glycolic acid facial peel a few months ago, the lady at the salon recommended a facial cleanser with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) to thoroughly cleanse the skin, giving it a healthier looking appearance. As I was concerned about my acne scarring, I decided to give it a go and I was very impressed with the product. It does a fantastic job of cleaning my skin and gets rid of all my makeup during the process. I have re-purchased twice, but I'm on the hunt for another AHA cleanser to try, so if you have any recommendations or any other face washes for acne scarring please let me know!
7. Boots tea tree & witch hazel peel off face mask - I picked this up during a bad skin day a couple of months ago in Boots as it was fairly cheap. The mask is a gel consistency when applied, hardens and is ready to peel off between 5-10 minutes after application. I found it did a great job of tightening my pores and removing the oil from my skin. My spots didn't disappear any quicker than usual but the skin around the breakouts felt thoroughly cleansed after use.
8. Mitchum Advanced Control deodorant - I'm a huge fan of Mitchum's Advanced Control deodorant in the scent 'Water Lily', but I think it may have been discontinued as I can't find it in shops anywhere! So, I picked up the deodorant in 'powder fresh'. It has a pleasant floral scent and doesn't leave any white marks. I would consider repurchasing this again as it was quite cheap, but I'm still holding on hoping a 'Water lily' bottle will appear again someday!
Have you tried any of these products before? What are your opinions?
If not, what beauty products have you used up this month?