February Empties

So many empties this month! I’ve really been trying to use up what I have, I haven’t bought any beauty products since coming back from Australia in January, which must be a record for me. February’s empties include body, skincare, hair, and nail related products, from brands including The Body Shop, Sally Hansen, Dove and Lush. Let’s get into it, I have mini-reviews for all of these products

February Empties

First up is a range of different lotions that I finished up during February.

Planet Earth Frangipani and Vanilla Intensive Repair Hand Cream 150ml
I bought two of these from Farmers a couple of years back, and I absolutely love the smell. I put it on most nights before bed, and I find it incredibly relaxing. It’s nice and hydrating too. They often have great gift packs and deals on the Planet Earth range which have a number of different product

Repurchase – Yes, if I didn’t have other hand creams to use up first.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Hydrating Foot Cream 75ml
I’m not even entirely sure when or why I bought this. My feet get a bit rough and dry, especially during summer. This apparently has Alpha Hydroxy Acids to make the skin smoother, but I didn’t find it any different to the average body lotion.

Repurchase? No.

Dove Essential Nutrients Body Lotion Protective Moisturising Spf15 120ml
This has been my daily moisturiser for around the last year. I really can’t fault it in any way – it’s a nice light moisturiser which can be worn on it’s own or also works well underneath makeup. On an average work day I spend under 10 minutes a day in the sun, so I think SPF 15 protection is adequate. I like that it is very affordable – only $13.99 at Countdown supermarkets.

Repurchase? I have bought a different daily moisturiser,  but this is a product I would happily repurchase

The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter 200ml
This body butter isn’t actually empty, but I have included it since I am throwing it away. While cleaning out my collection when I was home with Glandular Fever (I’m not very good at resting) I realised just how long that this has been in my drawers! I still like it, but it’s probably swimming with bacteria so it’s time for retirement. I think I should go and get a replacement, or perhaps a different variety such as Strawberry. Currently The Body Shop has 30% off body butters, making a 200ml tub $25.85, down from $36.95. Score this deal at www.thebodyshop.co.nz/, or do as I do and visit your local store to smell eeeeeverything.

Repurchase? Absolutely!

the body shop papaya body buter, vaseline intensive rescue hydrating foot cream, dove protective moisturising lotion, planet earth frangipani and vanilla hand cream

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo 50ml
I am such a Batiste Devotee – I’m practically an evangelist about it! I had this mini can of the cherry version to have at work, in case of greasy hair office emergencies, and it has served me very well. I wrote in last month’s empties post how much I like the brunette version, and my feelings are similar about the cherry scent.

Repurchase? Absolutely, although preferably the brunette version.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser 60ml
This cleanser is part of Murad’s acne treatment range, and includes 1.5% Salicylic Acid. I have to say I’m glad I got it as a Sephora deluxe sample, as opposed to paying for it. I found it to be totally useless in terms of acne treatment, as Salicylic Acid, or indeed any acid, needs to sit on your face to be effective. When you just wash off a cleanser with an active ingredient like that, it doesn’t have a chance to work. The full size is $53 for a 200ml tube and to me that is washing money down the drain. Using something like Stridex pads or the 2% Salicylic Acid lotion from Paula’s Choice would be much more effective.

(Re)purchase? No way.

Lush Happy Hippy Hair and Body Gel 100g
This is for hair and body, but I exclusively used it as a body wash because I have a set hair routine. It says it’s ‘just the thing for centralising your aura’ – I’m not entirely sure about that, but I do adore the refreshing grapefruit scent. The citrus scent made me a very happy hippy when I used it. It costs $8.90 for this 100g bottle, which lasted me a surprisingly long time.

Repurchase? I have another bottle of this already which was gifted to us from Lush at the Brunch Club Festive Feast – YAY!!

batiste cherry dry shampoo, lush happy hippy body wash, murad clarifying cleanser

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat 13.3ml
This is another product that I have been evangelising about, ever since Alle Connell (formerly of XoVain, now of The Daily Makeover) recommended it. It makes polishes dry very quickly which is great because who wants to sit around with wet nails for any longer than necessary? Not me that’s for sure. I used to be a devotee of the cult Seche Vite, but I didn’t like how quickly it became gluggy. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri is the way to go!

Repurchase? After I finish another top coat. But if I wasn’t watching my spending, I’d get it straight away.

Sally Hansen Insta-dri topcoat

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them – do you agree with what I have to say, or do you think I’m horribly wrong? Let me know in the comments.

lena x



  • I think I’ll pick up some of that top coat – hope you’re all recovered from glandular fever xx

  • MyBeautyJunction

    I am SO glad you left a comment on my blog, because it helped me discover yours! I love Murad products but the clarifying cleanser did not help with my acne either. I just bought Sally Hansen Insta Dri because someone said I would love it even more than Seche Vite – let’s see! I’m following your blog. Thanks again and good luck to New Zealand in the World Cup (that was a nail-biting win over the Aussies y’day)!

    • I much prefer it to Seche Vite since it didn’t get gluggy until the very last bit of the bottle. I nearly said ‘what world cup’ and then I remembered the cricket – I’m not really much for sports haha. Thanks for following!

  • Ooooh I’ve been tossing up the Happy Hippy shower gel, and I think you’ve convinced me. (Hope you are feeling better now!)

    • It’s so nice, and it actually lasts for ages despite it being a tiny bottle. I’m nearly back to normal now, and I’m very happy about that.

  • Charlotte French

    I adore all the body butters from The Body Shop, they’re great! Tempted to try the Lush Happy Hippy after reading this review. Nice review!

    • I just love The Body Shop in general! Although i’m yet to try any of their makeup actually. You should get Happy Hippy, it’s such a happy scent.