Friday 2 January 2015

Trimming My Stash - December 2014 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews And A Review Of The Year

Hey Guys x Today's post really should be a Foodie Friday one but to be honest I am a bit foodied out, and with a family party on Sunday food really is the last thing I want to think about at the moment. Instead my foodie review of December in a slightly new format will be up next Friday, and this Friday's post will be my December empties post.

Primark PS Love Your Skin Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes x 25 Wipes
Avon Naturals Herbal Care & Repair Shampoo With Chamomile & Aloe Vera - 750ml
Boots Fearne Body Polish - 200ml
I Love Winter Berries Nourishing Body Butter - 50ml
Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser - 30ml
Total - 5 Items

Mehhhh! Only 5 items! I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with this, I have a couple of bits including a mascara and some skincare that are just about done but I just couldn't push them over the line. I did finish a nice variety of body, skin and hair products though including a couple of things that I was sick of looking at so it wasn't all bad x 

1. Primark PS Love Your Skin Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes x 25 Wipes

I've lost count of how many packets of these I've gone through. They are a real staple not just as an emergency skincare item but also as a general hygiene item and for cleaning up swatches and make up packaging. I got another 2 pack in my Christmas stocking and I know that I'll keep repurchasing x 

2. Avon Naturals Herbal Care & Repair Shampoo With Chamomile & Aloe Vera - 750ml

Excuse the rubbishy iPhone pic but this bottle was absolutely huge and it appears to have gone on forever. I originally purchased this shampoo purely based on the scent. The smell of a product is so important to me and the scratch and sniff section and the cheap price lead to my purchase. This was actually a decent shampoo with a lovely fresh, floral scent. It's a nice everyday shampoo and whilst it's meant for dry, damaged hair I think people with all hair types would enjoy using this shampoo. You don't seem to be able to get this size anymore but it's currently just £2 for 250ml, or you can get 3 bottles for just £4.

3. Boots Fearne Body Polish - 200ml

Another awful picture but this was from a Fearne Cotton hat box set that I got for Christmas a few years ago. The scrubs are always my least favourite things in these kits. They usually have a very runny, creamy texture and their crammed full of scratchy, nutty bits. This one was no different and whilst I quite liked the smell I wasn't a fan of the texture and the bits it left in the bottom of the bath.

4. I Love Winter Berries Nourishing Body Butter - 50ml

I'm a huge fan of the I Love range but unfortunately a lot of their festive items didn't make a re appearance this Christmas. A scent that I fell in love with in 2013/14 was their Winter Berries. As the name would suggest it has a very fruity berry scent that reminds me of Mr Kipling Apple And Blackcurrant Pies and vanilla. This was a nice creamy, butter that absorbed quite easily and left the skin smelling yummy.

5. Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser - 30ml

This was a beauty box item that I've had for a little while now. This was a nice thick, creamy cleanser that worked just as well with my Magnitone Pulsar  as it did with a warm flannel or muslin cloth. It also removed make up and even some eye make up with no problems.

So they were December's empties,but how did the 2014's empties total compare with previous years.?

January - 11 Items 
February - 6 Items
March - 6 Items
April - 7 Items 
May - 6 Items
June - 7 Items
July - 10 Items
August - 7 Items
September - 6 Items 
October - 7 Items
November - 6 Items
December - 5 Items
Total - 84 Items 

Well I was well, well down on 2013's total of 130, and whilst I'm disappointed not to do as well, 84 items are still an awful lot and it really puts into perspective just how many beauty products I've had and still have in my possession. I think the main reason why I haven't done as well is because I didn't go on holiday. Whilst I never count little sachets I do count mini bottles and tubes and I normally manage to use quite a few up when I go away, I also don't think I've used up as much make up as I normally do - never mind x 

Onwards and upwards though and Trimming My Stash will continue in 2015. My main aim will be use up all my bath stuff. As you know at some point this year I will be losing my bath tub,so using up my bubble baths, bath oils, soaks, bubble bars and ballistics is priority number 1. Thankfully I only received a couple of bath things for Christmas but I still have a lot of stuff to use up including several super sized bottles of bubble bath from Avon that seem to go on forever. Operation Bath Tub starts here, as does operation body care in general. I still have so many body moisturisers, scrubs and shower gels to use up that I'm really going to be trying to stick to one of my 2015 goals to use and wear what I buy, and only buy what I actually need, rather than what I like the look of.

In 2015 I'm also going to make a serious effort to use up some of my bulging skincare drawer. One of the hardest but funnest parts of being a beauty blogger is trying so many new things. It means that some things just never get finished so this year I'm going to make a real effort to use up all of those half finished cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers.

Something else that I want to tackle is my make up stash, I need to have a good sort through, and use up all those lipstick dregs, hit pan on powders and half finished foundations. You never know once I've had a sort out I might host another blog sale or two. Nail varnish is also the other area that I need to tackle. I''m debating a total no buy at some point this year but in the meantime I'm definitely going to try and cut down on the amount that I buy, after all I only have two hands and two feet and an IKEA Helmer and a shoe box full of polish!

Thanks for reading and here's hoping that I can cut down on my shopping and use a few more products up in 2015 x 


  1. Well done for finishing so many products in 2014! I think my overall count's gone down too but I'd like to think it's because I'd used up all the near empty stuff in previous years. Good luck with trimming your stash in 2015 x

  2. I know what you mean about never seeming to finish things as a blogger - there's always something new to try! Well done on finishing so many products though! :)

    Milly // Mini Adventures


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