January 2012 Empties

Hello you sweet people. It's the weekend, yay! I get a bit excited when the sun is out if you can't tell :) I am so sorry it's later than I wanted it to be, but here is my post on the products I used up in January and my thoughts on them.


Left To Right: No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator, Link :), Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, Link :), No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, Link :), Yon-Ka Vital Defense, Link :), Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser SPF 6, Link :), Lierac Creme Mesolift Anti-Aging Radiance, Link :)

No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator ~ £8.00 for 75ml

The Information:

No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator contains a special blend of different sized exfoliating particles, this light and gentle facial exfoliator deeply clenses, helps promote cell renewal and refines pores, leaving skin soft, smooth, energised and glowing with health. No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator contains natural fruit acids to brighten skin, plus conditioning pro-vitamin B5.



Once or twice a week, gently massage a small amount into cleansed, damp skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Wash away thoroughly with warm water. Avoid direct contact with eyes. If product gets into the eyes rinse well with water immediately.


I have been using this product twice a week. The granules exfoliate my skin without feeling harsh. My skin is very dry and sensitive, especially on my face so I do not use facial exfoliators more than two or three times a week. There isn't much of a scent to it it's very mild. I use mine while I'm in the shower as I find I'm more likely to use it. This is available at Boots Pharmacy and boots.com


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer ~ £5.00 for 30ml


The Information:

This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.


Moisten a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck every morning and night after cleansing with Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser or using one of their special treatment masks. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, dull or congested, the nourishing and brightening botanicals will help to leave your skin feeling soft and looking fresh for longer. It also primes your skin perfectly for your choice of Liz Earle Moisturiser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time. The fine mist can even be used over make-up.


Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.

Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Tocopheryl acetate, Parfum (fragrance), Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

I received this as part of a gift that my boyfriend bought for me. Please find that post here. Now I'm not sure if this does magical things to my skin, but it certainly feels refreshing to use. This 30ml bottle has lasted for a while so it's pretty good value. This product comes in various sizes and you can choose the option of a bottle that you pour or a spray bottle like mine. I think it's great that they give you this option. I first cleanse, remove make-up if I have been wearing any and sometimes exfoliate. I then spritz this over my face rather than applying it with a cotton wool pad as suggested. That's just the way I have been doing it as a preference. It feels quite wet as I apply it liberally, but my skin soaks it up very quickly. I then follow with neck tightening spray, face serum and face moisturiser. This product is available from lizearle.com, Liz Earle stores, John Lewis Stores, QVC, Fenwick Bond Street and boutique stockists.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum ~ £21.00 for 30ml

The Information:

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum 30ml is proven to restore skin’s structure and appearance. Independently proven to restore the skin’s structure, visibly improving deep lines and wrinkles by up to 50% with regular use. The first product proven to restore the skin's structure with prolonged use. So effective that other people can see a significant visible improvement in your deep lines and wrinkles. Immediately improving skin’s radiance after the first application, this rich, velvety, No7 Intense anti-ageing serum glides onto the skin. After 4 weeks, the appearance of lines and wrinkles is reduced by up to 50%. Skin structure is weakened in older and sun damaged skin, encouraging loss of elasticity and causing wrinkles. After 6 months of use, the skin is shown to rebuild and over time elasticity is improved and deep wrinkles are visibly reduced.
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Dermalogically tested 
The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum is now available as an outstanding value 6 Tube Bundle, saving £9 compared with purchasing from the No7 3 for 2 mix and match promotion.


Use No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum 30ml as part of your daily No7 Protect & Perfect skincare regime.

Step One - After cleansing and toning morning and night, smooth No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum into your face and neck with your fingertips.

Step Two - Once you have applied your No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum follow with your No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream and No7 Protect & Perfect Day or Night Cream.

The last time I reviewed this product was in my September Empties post here. Now I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older or if my skin has just changed, but this product is not taking care of my fine lines and wrinkles like it used to.  I would still recommend this product for someone with just one or two lines forming. I am tempted to try Nanoblur Optical Skin Cream, Link :), but I haven't read many reviews on it yet. Have you tried it. What did you think? 

Yon-Ka Vital Defense

All information is in this link here as I received this product in my 1st JolieBox in December.

This was a nice cream, but that's all I have to say about it really. I'm not sure of it's price I'm afraid.

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser SPF 6

I received this product in my November Boudoir Prive box. Please see that post with all the information here

Again this was a nice enough moisturiser. 

Lierac Creme Mesolift Anti-Aging Radiance

I received this product in my January Feelunique Beauty Box. Please see that post with all the information here

I love the scent and appearance of this product. The packaging is nice and brightening too. It is a nice moisturiser, but a bit expensive.


Left To Right: Mama Mio O.Mega Body Buff, Link :), Deadsea Spa Magik Bath Salts, Link :), Cussons Imperial Leather Little Treat Pampering Cherry Blossom & Vanilla Bean Shower Cream, Superdrug Body Spray (Seduction), Link :)

Mama Mio O.Mega Body Buff ~ £23.00 for 200ml

I received this product in my June GlossyBox. Please see that post here for all the information. 

I used this product mainly on my body, but a couple of times on my face. It's a nice enough exfoliator and not too harsh for the face so it's good that you can use it as a duo product. I found the bottle hard to squeeze the product out of though so I ended up unscrewing the lid and smacking it out instead. It's nice, but even if they changed the bottle to a squeezy tube I still wouldn't buy it as it's too expensive. It does smell good though.

Deadsea Spa Magik Bath Salts ~ £5.89 for 1000g

I received this product in my November GlossyBox. Please find all the information in that post here.

I am not usually a fan of bath salts, but these made my bath water feel smooth on my skin. There was no gritty layer on the bottom of the bath. I prefer foaming bubbles in my bath as it adds to the relaxation and I feel a bit bare without them. If they could change the packaging to a tub that would be great.

Cussons Imperial Leather Little Treat Pampering Cherry Blossom & Vanilla Bean Shower Cream ~ 99p for 250ml

The Information:

Mild enough for the whole family, dermatologically tested, 100% soap free and skin friendly PH.

Cherry Blossom - A light and alluring fragrance, a Chinese symbol of female beauty

Vanilla Bean - Warm, comforting and relaxing

I picked this up in the 99p Stores and I love it. I can't find it on their website now so I'm not sure if it's still available. It smells amazing. It has that real baby scent to it. I love, love, love it <3

Superdrug Body Spray (Seduction) ~ 69p for 35ml

The Information:

A sultry body spray with a touch of musk to spritz generously over your skin. Let the sensual tones ravish your senses. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Shake well, hold 15-20cm from body and spray.

I purchased this product in my Superdrug Haul in August. Please see that post here. This scent really is seductive. I think this product is great value, but I hope it is not just reduced to the travel size now as mine is a 75ml can.

Left To Right: The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion, Link :), Hello Kitty Strawberry Body Butter, Next Just Pink Shimmer Body Lotion, Etro Fragrances (Vicolo Fiori, Heliotrope & Etra Etro), Link :)

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion ~ £8.00 for 250ml

The Information:

This lightweight but richly moisturising body lotion has a sweet cocoa scent.
  • Moisturising
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Sweet cocoa scent


Massage into skin and allow to sink in before dressing.


  • Community Fair Trade cocoa butter
  • Sunflower seed oil

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Ceteth-20 (Emulsifier), Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Steareth-2 (Emulsifier), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Methylparaben (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylparaben (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Isoeugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Cinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Cinnamate (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 15985 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour).

I received this product as a Secret Santa gift from work about 2/3 years ago. I never used to like the scent of cocoa butter, but I do quite like it now. I believe that most fake tans have a cocoa bean underlying scent to them and I don't mind this. Again I ended up unscrewing the lid on this when it got near the end as the bottle is quite stiff and it's hard to get the product out. 

Hello Kitty Strawberry Body Butter ~ £1.00 for 75g

My Mum picked this up for me when she also got the cherry scented one. Please see that post review here in my November Empties. This is from Poundland. I love the cute tin and the cream smells gorgeous. I do prefer body creams, lotions and butters that you don't scoop out as it gets under my nails and drives me mad, but it's Hello Kitty so I can't fault it really :)

Next Just Pink Shimmer Body Lotion

The Information:

A fresh floral fragrance containing mandarin, freesia and peach, resting on a heart of lily of the valley, rose, jasmine and wild orchid. A lightly fragranced body lotion that will help leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and lightly shimmering.


Gently massage into the skin.

I received this product a few years ago from a friend as part of a gift set. I can not find it on the Next website. It does have a very soft and gentle scent to it. The shimmer is more of a sheen really. There are no chunky glitter particles in it.

Etro Fragrances (Vicolo Fiori, Heliotrope & Etra Etro) ~ Various Sizes/Prices in the link under the photo

I received these fragrances in my November GlossyBox. Please see that post here for my thoughts on these scents. These are available from House Of Fraser.


Left To Right: E.L.F. Studio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 (Porcelain), Link :), Bourjois Khol & Contour Ultrablack Eyeliner Pencil, Link :)

E.L.F. Studio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 (Porcelain) ~ £3.50 for 0.88floz

The Information:

This lightweight and hydrating formula is breathable and provides anti-aging sun protection with UVA/UVB SPF 20. Achieve even skin tone and naturally radiant skin with this moisturizing sheer tint of color. The smooth formula enhances your complexion with the nourishing key ingredients Aloe, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E.


To use just apply to clean skin in an upward and outward motion with a makeup sponge or foundation brush to achieve a flawless look.


ACTIVE: Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide.
INACTIVE: Water, Mineral Oil, Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Steareth-21 Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparabem, Tocopherol(VE), Retinyl Acetate(VA), Ascorbyl Palmitate(VC), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) .

Please see my full review on this product here.

Bourjois Khol & Contour Ultrablack Eyeliner Pencil

I have had this eyeliner for absolutely ages. I am not sure what I paid for it at the time. The information on the Bourjois website describes this as intense colour for up to 16 hours so I'm not sure if it's been updated?

Here is the information on the current eyeliner version of this product:

Enriched with pure pigments, this kohl allows for an intense result from the very first stroke and lasts up to 16 hours*

Its soft and blendable formula is ideal to apply both on the inner and outer rims of the eye. Hypoallergenic, with natural wax and vitamin E, it is gentle on the delicate eye contour area. Available in 7 shades. 

*Scientifically tested on 22 consumers - result obtained on 32% of panelists

This eyeliner does have a quite intensely black and creamy, smooth formula to it. I'm not sure if I have dropped it too many times, but I can not sharpen it anymore as the pencil keeps breaking every time I do.


Left To Right: Colgate Max White One, Link :), Macleans Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

Colgate Max White One ~ £3.99 for 75ml

The Information:

Colgate Max White One Fresh toothpaste with White Accelerator micro-crystals safely removes stains and prevents tartar build-up to help you get one shade whiter teeth in one week.

Now I admit I did not take before and after pictures of my teeth so I can't say for sure, but I didn't notice any difference in the shade of my teeth. I didn't mind the taste and freshness of this one though as I don't like the Colgate toothpaste that is the plain white one. I don't like the taste and my mouth doesn't feel as fresh as it should after brushing. I got this for free when I went to BINTM LIve! last year. Please see that post here 

Macleans Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

The Information:

Clinically proven to whiten teeth after 28 days of daily usage. Not suitable for children under the age of 7 years.


Brush twice daily for clean teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath.

This was good enough to use, but I didn't test it properly for whitening. I didn't notice any shade change.



Left To Right: Betty Crocker Candle (Apple Pie) & StarLytes Scented Candle (Candy Cane)

Betty Crocker Candle (Apple Pie) ~ 99p

I picked this up in the 99p Stores. This has such a warm, autumnal scent to it. I threw the packaging away before taking this photo.

StarLytes Scented Candle (Candy Cane) ~ 99p for 85g

I also picked this up in the 99p Stores. This really does smell like candy canes. These are both such great value and you could use the jars for storage or to put tea lights in when you have finished with these candles. 

I bought these candles and others before Xmas. Please see my original post here.

Products I would repurchase:

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

Cussons Imperial Leather Little Treat Pampering Cherry Blossom & Vanilla Bean Shower Cream

Superdrug Body Spray (Seduction)

E.L.F. Studio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 (Porcelain)

Betty Crocker Candle (Apple Pie) 

StarLytes Scented Candle (Candy Cane)

So that's it for my January Empties. So sorry it's late. I will be posting about my February Empties soon :)

What have you used up lately? Did you love, loathe or just like the products?

Love to you all


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