August Empties


It’s that time again.. I wasn’t sure wether I would film an ’empties’ this month as I’ve been trying to upload only requested videos (as per my #totalrequestaugust promise) but I realised if I skipped a month Septembers video would be LONG.. I used up a lot of stuff recently!

Fast Shampoo & Conditioner – £24.99 – It’s so difficult to say whether these hair growth products are actually doing anything, my hair didn’t miraculously turn in to Rapunzels but it did grow.. but it would have grown anyway, right? As far as I’m aware there is nothing that will actually make your hair grow faster, most of these claims are attached to protein treatments and this is no different. Fast Shampoo & Conditioner isn’t stimulating my roots it’s caring for my lengths and ends to make them stronger and less likely to break. If your hair seems to always stay the same length that’s not because it isn’t growing it’s because the ends are snapping off so it appears to never change.. treatments like this do work if that’s your situation but if your hair is healthy and growing, you just want a boost.. I’m afraid there’s not much a shampoo will do. I’ve heard good things about Phyto capsules but once again I suspect these do more to condition your hair (skin, and nails) that actually grow it. I’m afraid it’s just a waiting game.

Dove Oil Care Shampoo  – £2.69 – & Treatment Conditioner – £3.39 – When Aussie changed the fragrance of their hair products I thought I’d never find a range I liked as much that actually felt like it was doing good for my hair.. enter Dove Oil Therapy. With Aussie I always felt like I was treating myself because their products were more expensive than my regular shampoos/conditioners and I do miss that with Dove but they’re around half the cost and they make my hair look, feel and smell amazing so I just cannot complain. I’ve got the blue range to try next (I think that’s the repair stuff?) and am happy to report they smell just as delicious. Unless I’m trialling something for you guys I would doubt that I will stray from Dove from now on.

Colour WOW Security Shampoo – £16.50 (full size) – This is an odd one, it’s a high end shampoo but other than the logo (which remind me of Charles Worthington for some reason) it looks and feels cheap. The product is sulphate free which I’ve never been a fan of because it does absolutely nothing to clean my hair. So many people have told me I’m wrong but it just doesn’t work for me, I need the suds, y’know? So that was a negative before we even began but just overall I don’t think it feels like an expensive product. I wouldn’t say that for the entire range because they have some very cool stuff but this was just a bit blah for me.

Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment – £5.69 – Given that I’ve just raved about the Dove intensive conditioner I’m sure you can see where this mini review will go.. it’s just not all that. I heard so many amazing things about the Platinum Strength range but it all seems a bit rubbish.. however there’s nothing to say that this isn’t also protein based meaning that it’s manking my hair stronger but not making it feel any better. I spoke to the PR regarding the Fast range when I suspected protein but haven’t had any confirmation on this so if you know, leave a comment!


Yankee Candle Fireside Treats – £8.39 (small jar) – Oh. My. God. This is seriously yummy. I’m not usually a fan of foodie scents when it comes to candles.. or anything other than actual food for that matter.. but this is not in the least bit synthetic and just smells delicious. Unlike the vanilla cupcake (and all other cupcake variants) from Yankee this actually smells like what it’s supposed to. I know I’m totally on my own in disliking the cupcake scents but if you like that then you’ll probably want to eat this, haha.

Botanics Face Soothing Cleansing Balm – discontinued – I had this for the longest time and used it off and on but never really loved it until recently. It removed my makeup so well, left no residue and my skin felt so clean afterwards. The main trick was super hot water, I think when I’d not loved it in the past it was that key element that had been missing. Unfortunately it’s been reformulated and is now totally different, it’s so much more greasy and difficult to remove, it still does the job but I’m so disappointed not to be able to get the original anymore. If anyone has a great budget balm recommendation I’d love to hear it – I’m not paying Emma Hardie Prices yet.

Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel – £6.00 – I had such high hopes for this, I really did. I love Nspa and this sounded so interesting, a gel that turns in to a cleansing milk upon contact with water… ohher! Well I can confirm that it does transform but unfortunately it’s the transformation that makes it rubbish. In my experience once it’s a milk it has a texture that wont allow it to glide on to the skin anymore, it’s almost got grip to hinder it. I used it up (obviously) but I didn’t like it and wouldn’t recommend it.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius – £5.50 – I didn’t like this when I first used it, I like a foot cream you can rub in and potentially request a massage with 😉 but this is not that kind of cream. I didn’t understand why people were raving about it when I thought it was rubbish until I slathered it on one evening when my feet were super dry and the next morning they were (for use of no better word) healed. From then on I was converted. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I struggle with hot feet (actual problem) so there’s not a chance in hell I could sleep with socks on but I’m sure that would make the whole thing more effective if you can stand it.

H&M Body Butter With Argan Oil – discontinued – Another discontinued item, sorry! This I picked up in the H&M sale for peanuts and I was so impressed I would have gone back for more had they not sold out so quickly. I’ve heard others say they hated the smell, it wasn’t uber luxe smelling but I didn’t dislike the scent.. and the way it felt on my skin I don’t think I would have cared either, way. Seriously smoothing and much more effective that you’d expect for the price, If they bring it back buy it!

So that’s in for this months empties, what did you use up and would you repurchase?

Miss BB



  1. Gillian McFadden
    27 August, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Have you tried the Lush Ultrabland cleanser? It works just like a cleansing balm but is more of a creamy texture. It is very gentle, has nice ingredients, and takes off makeup very very well. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it leaves a residue in the sink when I have washed my face. Definitely worth giving a go, especially since it is pretty cheap 🙂

  2. 27 August, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    I thought I spotted a baptiste dry shampoo in your bag, hehe, it’s my ultimate favourite drugstore dry shampoo!!

  3. 27 August, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    well you can consider this an empties request! I LOVE empties videos and am so excited to watch yours when I get home tonight 🙂

  4. 27 August, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    I always really enjoy your monthly empties posts / videos and I seriously cannot believe how quickly they come round again each month!

    Btw, you totally got me hooked on the Dove Nourishing Oil Care hair range, especially the leave-in treatment spray which I now use everyday 🙂 x

  5. 28 August, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Olá, adorei o seu blog, ao ler alguns posts, vi que você é uma pessoa esforçada que só quer falar e ser ouvida na blogosfera, assim como eu. Posso dizer que gostei muito do que li, vc tem um potencial enorme e sei que será um grande blog de fácil entendimento e conteúdo gostoso de ler. Sou Luciana Shirley do blog se desejar me visite e siga, mas só se gostar, eu vou retribuir seguindo também o seu.

  6. Roz
    13 September, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    You could try the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm from John Lewis for £14.50. I really wanted the Emma Hardie balm but couldn’t afford it and saw that Ruth from A model recommends had suggested this as an alternative and more affordable option. I love it! And it leaves no residue at all, it’s just lovely to use. x

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