Monday, 2 May 2016

SPOTLIGHT: April Empties!...

Well I'm not sad to say goodbye to April - had some major health issues for half of it, and as you can see, when I'm not 100% ticketyboo, I barely use up anything lol! All good now though, and there's always a silver lining hey - yes, my search for the perfect home hair colour came to a successful conclusion with the box pictured below, which means I'm SUPER happy, and besides, I'll get my empties revenge this month... 

Neutrogena Deep Clean Revitalising Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub (100g, RRP $13.99)
If any brand wants me to buy their product, all they have to do is make it smell like pink grapefruit! I need at least a weekly dose of this scrub for the fragrance alone - it's gentler than the Oil-Free Acne one so I'll stick with this variety...
Repurchase?
Oui - already have a replacement in the shower stall ...

Natura Siberica Oblephikha Shower Gel (400ml, RRP $12.99)
Hmmm. I love the whole concept of this range, and although it passed the sniff test in Chemist Warehouse, I really don't go for the smell of it in the shower. It's very cleansing and non-drying, but the fragrance is all a bit too weird. I've fallen in love with the hand wash though - at the time of purchase I noticed there was another shower gel flavour, but it didn't appeal, so I'll say no...
Repurchase?
Negative...

Urban Rituelle Turkish Rose & Vanilla Bath & Shower Gel (500ml, RRP $28.50)
I won this in a giveaway from the exceptionally beautiful Kate from Seducedbybeauty almost two years ago. It's lasted all this time because I only use it once Summer's heat has faded - the fragrance is a stunner but amazingly potent, and being super concentrated, it's taken this long for me to get to the bottom of the bottle. I absolutely ADORE Urban Rituelle's shower gels - they're the most moisturising of all, and chock full of nature's goodies. Reviewed here ...
Repurchase?
Not this particular one, but only because there's about 10 other scents in their range that I desperately want to try ...

Clairol Nice'nEasy - Natural Light Auburn (RRP $12.99)
Jackpot! This is officially my new hair colourant. Love it because it doesn't build up - I get the same result each time, and believe me, that's a huge bonus. I'm thrilled because I don't have to use two different shades (one for roots, one for lengths) - instead, this one goes onto the roots for 30 minutes, the lengths for another 10 to freshen them up, and then I paint on the L'Oreal Preference Brush On Glam Highlights No. 3 every six weeks for the highlights. Nice and easy!
Repurchase?
Just picked up 2 for $20 at Coles ...

L'Oreal Revita Lift Laser X3 Anti-Ageing Power Serum (30ml, RRP $49.95)
I couldn't resist this when it was on special at Coles (yes I buy the majority of my beauty products from the supermarket!) - two for $50, which is basically half price. Love the deep red pump bottle, AND the contents. Smells dee-vine, and makes my skin feel amazingly soft, and injects a ton of moisture into it. Can't say it did much for my pores or wrinkles, but then again I don't expect much from one round - it absorbs very quickly, and works well under makeup. Until I find something that performs better, I'll stick with this ...
Repurchase?
I still have the unopened second bottle, and the minute it goes on special again, I'll stock up...

Garnier 2in1 Express Eye-Makeup Remover (125ml, RRP $7.99)
I've had this for over 12 months - bought it to try mainly because it's purple lol. It's pretty good, but takes way too long to cut through my three layers of waterproof mascara, so I've been using it up on weekends when I rarely wear much eye makeup. It's one of those ones that you shake to mix the two layers. Doesn't sting, and I'd actually recommend it to anyone who wears non-waterproof eye products ...
Repurchase?
No - the Neutrogena one is my HG, and all I need...

Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter - Honey & Vanilla (10g, RRP $5.75)
As mentioned previously, I've recently had a really nasty (and I mean NASTY) virus that had my nose running like the tap washer had disintegrated - unstoppable! 10 boxes of tissues later, I'm fine, and my lips and nose were lovingly protected and nourished throughout with this lip butter. Went through the whole tube in 2 weeks because I applied it every time I blew my schnozz - kept my lips and skin magnificently hydrated and supple, and I didn't experience one bit of peeling. I used this particular flavour because it has the least fragrance of the set, and as I couldn't smell or taste ANYTHING, I figured I'd keep the strawberry and coconut ones for when I could appreciate how yummy they are. Reviewed here ...
Repurchase?
Probably not this variety, but I'm NEVER going to be without one of the others ...

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. This is my contribution to what I know will be a selection of terrific reads over at Ingrid's Monday Madness Link Up Party 

27 comments:

  1. Nice empties you have here. I agree you can never go wrong with pink grapefruit!
    Sammy | Bargainbaglady.com {xx}

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    1. Hey Sammy - thanks for stopping by. Can't believe I haven't had time to respond to your comment till now - way too much happening in my life lol! Glad to know we have a fragrance bond xxx

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  2. I love the honey and vanilla Naturalus pawpaw ointment - just the right amount of "flavour" for me (don't like anything too fruity). It's funny, I must have some sort of problem with pink grapefruit, I've bought a few body washes and handwashes and they smell like they have an underlying body odour fragrance to me, I don't know what it is!!

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    1. Beth my dear, I know the smell you mean - I've picked that up in other "mixed" fragrance body washes, some of them even smell like cat pee to me ha ha! Thank goodness there's so many different scents to choose from hey ♥

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  3. Aww I hope you are all well and rested now! I hate getting viruses and I hate getting sick! I felt something coming up after getting off the plane, a night on a budget airline with no blankets was torture!

    Lily not Louise

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    1. Yes all good now thanks Lily - took 3 weeks to get over it. I loathe being unwell too and I'm an atrocious patient, I get all grumpy lol. Hope you didn't come down with anything too severe after your flight hon - nothing worse than ending a beaut holiday that way xxx

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  4. So sorry to hear about your NASTY virus but glad to hear you are better now! That Natrulus Lip Butter sounds amazing in helping you cope with your virus without any keeping skin.

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    1. Oops, damn spell check changed my words again! I meant peeling not keeping.

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    2. Thanks so much Ingrid - I haven't been unwell for over 12 months and I'd forgotten how awful it is to not have any energy. The worst of it was I lost my voice - I've never been so frustrated in my life ha ha! Thanks goodness for Natralus though - I use these lip butters every night before bed, they're just so good xxx

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  5. So glad to hear everything is good health wise!! phew! And, I'm so glad you finally found your perfect hair colour! Nice that you can do it at home too! xo

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    1. Hiya doll! Oooh yes, it took a while but I'm happy with the colour at last - I've settled into a manageable routine now, and that's certainly a bonus ♥x♥

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  6. Glad to hear that you are feeling better now Kats ♥
    I love the Natura Siberica range too! I agree that some of the scents in the range can take a little getting used to. The Natralus lip butter sounds like a handy product too.

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    1. Thank you Bella my dear ♥ I still have the Natura Siberica Extra Firming hand cream on my shelf, but it's next in the queue and I LOVE the smell of it xxx

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  7. Good to know that you are in good health now:)
    Its interesting that Nice and easy works well for you, I am using Loreal hair colour but now thinking of trying some other brands.
    Love to read a review of Loreal serum, it looks great.

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    1. Aww thanks Faiza - being unwell is just the pits! Yes I'm very happy with the Clairol, and have always had good results with L'Oreal too. I'll review the serum properly once I've used the second bottle xxx

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  8. oh you poor thing, hope you are better Kat. Nice little collection of empties all the same x

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    1. Yes back to my usual crazy self now thanks Barbe. This month is looking to be a reasonably quiet one too so far, but amazingly I've actually finished a bottle of perfume - unheard of for me lol! xxx

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  9. Loved this post Kat! Simply love the layout and it's given me some inspiration for my own blog. The Neutrogena Daily Scrub sounds beautiful. I bet it smells delicious. I'm a big fan of some of the other products including the water gel so I must give this one a go x

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    1. Gosh thanks Louise! Yes the pink scrub is super yummy, and it really is gentle yet sloughs away all the loose surface bits - I'm certain you'd love it too xxx

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  10. I love the sound of the Urban Rituelle shower gel! Yeah I've got the other variety of Natura Siberica shower gel and love the fragrance, haven't smelled the one you have in the orange bottle though!

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    1. My dear Di, the UR shower gels are really something special - incredibly moisturising and yet there's no slimey leftovers and the shower floor doesn't get slippery. I'm going to try the other NS one again though - I find my nose reaction changes depending on my mood lol xxx

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  11. Sorry to hear you have been unwell, hun. Do take care of you xx

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    1. Indie thank you sweetheart - I hate to admit it but I turn into a monster when I'm not well, all crabby and depressed, which is not my style at all. Just as well it doesn't happen too often lol xxx♥♥♥

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  12. Exciting you found your HG hair colour!! I've been looking to try a new eye-makeup remover, so I'll have to try Neutrogena. I currently use the Garner one you showed. P.S. Hope you feel better!

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    1. Hey there Mel - yes I finally stumbled upon the right shade, doing a happy dance ha ha. Can't recommend the Neutrogena remover highly enough - for me there can be only one! And yes I'm all better now thank you sweetie ♥

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  13. I got the Oblepikha hand cream & foot cream in a bh discovery bag & fell in love with the scent, it's divine! I bought the shampoo & conditioner in beautorium & they don't have the same scent. If you ever cop a whiff of the hand cream in particular - ooh! Heaven!

    I'm interested in trying the Clairol now. I tried it years ago & it didn't hold up to the deep cleansing shampoo I use for my oily hair. In the compromise, I've chosen to combat oiliness over colour fade. I'm interested in seeing if your opinion changes on the Clairol.

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    1. Hi hon! Thanks for the tip re the hand cream - I have the Extra Firming one on my shelf and like the fragrance. I'm glad they're all different scents ♥ Will keep you posted on the Clairol - I'm loving it so far because the colour doesn't darken or build up xxx

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