Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Trimming My Stash - May 2017 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews

A little late I know but like the year so far, the past week has flown by. We're now half way through the year and you know what that means, we're only 6 months or so from Christmas. Ha Ha I know I'm wishing my life away but I do love Christmas and at the moment life is a little bit tough so I really do need something positive to focus on.  

I do know something already though, I think this is going to be the first Christmas in living memory where I actually discourage my friends and family from buying me beauty products. I've been reevaluating my beauty stash over the last month and there are actually beauty products from several Christmas's ago that I haven't even opened - me bad! I therefore goes without saying then that I need to really up my game when it comes to Trimming My Stash.

Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life - 200ml
Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Shimmering Shower Gel - 355ml
PS Love Your Skin Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes - 25 Wipes
Vitamasques Pomegranate Moisturising + Firming + Lifting Sheet Mask x 1
AVON Skin So Soft Tissue Oil - 150ml

Total - 5 Items

I must say, I'm a little bit disappointed with May's total, despite my best efforts, I only managed to finish 5 items. I honestly thought that I would have done better than that but since I'm trying to use products normally and I'm trying to overuse things, some items are just going on and on and on. Still 5 items are better than none and I did manage to finish two of those seemingly never ending products.

1. Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life - 200ml

You should know by now that I'm a huge fan of salt and sugar based scrubs, they are my go to, and they are the type of scrubs that I tend repurchase. Thanks to beauty boxes and gift sets though I have had plenty of opportunities to expand my body scrub knowledge, and thanks to the big Boots Christmas Star Gift from Soap & Glory I've had plenty of opportunities to try out one of their signature body scrubs. Sugar Crush is by far my favourite body scrub from Soap & Glory but if you prefer and gentler and less gritty scrub then this one could be one to try. The Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life  has the original Soap & Glory fragrance and retails at around £7. It's a gel based scrub with very fine exfoliating particles, that foams up when you add water. I'll happily use it again, (I already have another one) but I wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase it on it's own because for me it just isn't scrubby enough.

2. Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Shimmering Shower Gel - 355ml

As much as I enjoy finishing products so I can move on to something knew, this is one of those products that I didn't really want to finish, as it's the last bottle that i own. Despite it's popularity on the other side of the pond Bath & Body Works is very, very hard to get hold of in the UK. I only know of one online store that sells is (The Bath And Body Shop) and even then they don't always stock limited editions or holiday items, so I normally rely on eBay or Amazon, or friends and families US holidays for my Bath And Body Works fix. I've used this product on and off for over 10 years now and I absolutely love it. It's obviously from their Christmas / Holiday collections, and it's got the most fabulous fruity fragrance. You obviously get the apple and a few festive spices but you also get a bit hit of pineapple. Pineapple is a really strange ingredient for a festive scent but for me it really, really works. I have half a bottle of hand sanitiser, and a little bit of body lotion left and then the last of my Winter Candy Apple stash will be gone. I really hope that B&BW bring this fragrance back again this year, and if they are reading this some UK  stores or a UK website would be great as well, pretty please!

3. PS Love Your Skin Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes - 25 Wipes

Yawn, yawn, yawn another packet of these, means lots of more swatch photographs which means that I have lots of make up reviews in the pipeline - You're welcome x 

4. Vitamasques Pomegranate Moisturising + Firming + Lifting Sheet Mask x 1

As much as i love beauty boxes the contents can be a little bit repetitive - If you've been watching my unboxing videos over the last few months or so (check out my You Tube channel I you haven't seen them yet), then you'll have seen quite a few sheet masks and a few in particular from Vitamasques. I actually had two of these so I sent one to one of my giveaway winners, after using it though I kind of wish that I'd kept it. The Pomegranate mask is all about moisturising and firming, and whilst these aren't my main skin concerns, I loved how this mask made my skin feel. Unlike some sheet masks that I've tried this one was very, very wet. It had a slightly fruity fragrance, and it felt really cooling and refreshing on the skin. When I took it off there was quite a bit of dampness and residue left on the skin so I just massaged it in to my skin. I didn't see a huge difference in my skin but it did look a little bit more awake after I removed but it, and it certainly felt plumper and more hydrated. This particular mask retails at around £3.99 and it's available from various retailers including ASOS, Look Fantastic, and HQ Hair. I have a few sheet masks in my collection now and I definitely think they are going to be one of my summer skincare saviours, especially on those warmer days. By the way if you're a bit of a face mask fan, make sure your following my blog, because later this week I'll be reviewing another fruity facial treat x

5. AVON Skin So Soft Tissue Oil - 150ml

Apologies that the labels missing from this bottle, but oiliness and dampness isn't really that conducive to sticky labels! What is it? well it's a body oil designed to help with stretch marks and skin imperfections. What can I say? I'm a woman and thanks to life in general, weight loss and weight gain, I have stretch marks, uneven skin and wobbly bits. When it comes to body care, I must admit that I'm pretty good, and whilst I'm a regular body lotion, body cream and body butter user, I do tend to spend a little bit of extra time on my "problem ares" I'm suckered in by a promise and I always use a firming cream on my stomach, bum, and thighs, and I usually slather my tummy, my hips, thighs, my bum and my boobs in some form of body oil. Whether or not it makes any difference I really can't say but I really don't think that a hit of extra moisturiser will do any harm in the long term, especially when this product contains Vitamin E. I've recently repurchased this product for around £6 and it does seem to have changed slightly, (AVON are probably the worst brand for changing products and reformulating things) but I'm hoping that I still like it. As I say I'm not sure if it's making any real difference to the condition of my lined bits but it feels nice on the skin so I going to keep using it.

So they were May's now famous five products, If you have any questions or comments on any of the items that I've mentioned then please leave me a comment and I'll get back to you x 

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