I am on a strict no spend plan this summer. In 5 weeks I'm off to Crete, and in just under 5 months I'll be making my way to California. Sadly these places cost money and you can't spend the same money twice. On the plus side, I'm now finally making use of what I've hidden away and have discovered some right gems.
Since having my bathroom done last year I have indulged in amazing bath products. Although a little pricey at £7, this & Other Stories Lemon Daydream Body Scrub is perfect. The balance between smooth and exfoliating means it's not too harsh on your skin, whilst the fragrance is similar to sherbet lemons without being too overbearing. I was also pleasantly surprised by Lush's Hot Toddy. At Christmas, everyone, including myself, seems to get obsessed with Snow Fairy, so much so, the other limited edition shower gels are ignored. Hot Toddy is a great alternative if you want a more festive scent that isn't sickly sweet. Sadly I wasn't as impressed with Snowman Shower Jelly, and didn't end up finishing it as I hated it so much. I've done a more detailed review here, and my feelings haven't changed.
I have become fragrance obsessed lately, and plan to pick up a few new ones at the airport in Duty Free. I didn't actually expect to love Next's New York but it's possibly one of nicest I've smelt in a long time. I've received so many complements whilst wearing it, but sadly it's been discontinued. Don't you just hate it when that happens. From a new love to an old love, I must have gone through about 20 bottles of Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray since I was 14. Vanilla is my all-time favorite scent and I always have one of these knocking around for me to indulge in. Nicki Minaj's first fragrance Pink Friday has base notes of Vanilla, and is generally quite a sweet, girlie perfume. Having said that, I didn't like it as much I thought I would, and definitely wouldn't purchase it again. It's just not rememberable.
My skincare stash could rival Caroline Hirons; no joke. I've been on a determined effort to use up a lot of my sample sized products rather than push them to the back of the draw. I absolutely adored the Murad Exfoliating Cleanser(*). It's ideal for dry combination skin, as it's gentle, but very effective. My skin was so much smoother and brighter. I also really enjoyed Ren's Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel(*), but I think this would be better for more sensitive skin or in the warmer months. It's increibly cooling and calming on the skin. Although Dermalogica's Ultra Calming Cleanser was supposed to be, well ultra calming, I didn't see any difference in my skin. I would point out it didn't make it any worse, but again, another forgettable product. I was pretty disappointed with Benefit's Porefessional too. I've read quite a lot of mixed reviews on it, but somehow managed to convince myself that it would be some sort of life changing product. It wasn't and I actually preferred this W7 primer. Ending on a high, I'm really missing using this Good Things mask. The berry scent alone is reason to try it. I'm very skeptical about things that have big promises in a reduced amount of time, but this really does give a facial like cleanse in 5 minutes. Great if your in a rush!
What do you think about these products? Any suggestions?