It’s been a while since I opened my empties box – yes, bloggers get into the habit of essentially keeping their rubbish and putting it all together so they can talk about it in a future post. I have a purple shoe box which lives in my wardrobe, and whenever I finish a product I pop the empty packaging in there and forget about it for weeks on end, until it gets to an amount that’s worth photographing and writing about.
~ Skincare ~
Evoluderm Eau Micellaire | around £4 | available from TK Maxx
I’ve got through 3 bottles of this micellar water which I randomly picked up in TK Maxx one day. My favourite micellar water is the Garnier one, but this is very similar. It does a really good job of removing all traces of makeup – even waterproof mascara.
Would I repurchase? I have got a bottle of Garnier on the go at the minute, but I would maybe get the Evoluderm one again in the future if I see it in TK Maxx again.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Toner | £12 | available here
A while ago I bought the Effaclar 3 Step Anti-Blemish Kit in an effort to clear my teenage skin (I’m 32, shouldn’t I have grown out of this by now?!). I enjoyed using it, and definitely thought it made some difference but I started trying different bits and pieces and forgot about it. I recently started reusing it, and found that it quickly made a difference. This is an astringent toner for blemish-prone, oily skin. My skin can be sensitive and sometimes this can sting a tiny bit, but that’s not uncommon for astringents.
Would I repurchase? Already have – in the fancy new blue packaging.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ | £16 | available here
As above, this was part of the 3 Step kit which I’ve recently started using again. Considering this is quite a slim tube, it’s lasted bloody ages and you really don’t need to use much at a time. I don’t find this to be particularly hydrating as it can dry my skin out a little but I use it in combination with more hydrating creams on my drier areas and it’s fine.
Would I repurchase? Again, already have.
Superdrug Cleansing Facial Wipes for Winter Skin | 99p | no longer available
These were a till queue impulse purchase around Christmas time as the words Winter Skin really stood out to me. At the time I was suffering at the hands of cold weather and in my desperation, I thought these would be some help. Surprisingly, these were really hydrating and made my skin feel lovely and soft. They also smelt divine. I’m really sad they seem to have been limited edition.
Would I repurchase? I really would if they were still available – but I’ll be looking out for them again towards the end of the year!
~ Hair and Body ~
Mr Blanc Bamboo Charcoal Whitening Polish | £7.99 | available here
Another Superdrug impulse purchase. I saw this was on offer (I forget how cheap it was, but I know it was a lot less than the usual £8 price tag). This is a black toothpaste, which I was a little intimidated by on first use. Be aware that if you’ve got an electric toothbrush, this toothpaste can make a right mess! It had a nice minty taste and I think it made my teeth slightly more white, but nothing spectacular.
Would I repurchase? Possibly, but definitely not for £8!
Bilou Coco Cocktail Creamy Shower Foam | £3.99 | available here
Shower foams seem to be a new fad, and I was keen to try one. I absolutely pina coladas and thought this would maybe smell like that. I absolutely hated the scent of this. It was mainly just coconut, and it smelled so plastic and artificial. I also thought the foam didn’t go very far so I had to use loads at a time – yet it still lasted for what felt like forever! It didn’t leave my skin feeling very cleansed, in fact it sometimes felt a little sticky.
Would I repurchase? No way.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Mask | £6.99 | available here
I had a sachet of this and loved it after just one use so went straight out to buy the full size. This is a really deep conditioning hair mask which smells incredible. I have quite fine hair which is easily weighed down when I use products that are too heavy, leaving it looking limp and lifeless. This made my hair silky and sleek, but still bouncy.
Would I repurchase? Definitely, once I’ve worked through some other ones in my shower.
Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray | £17.45 | available here
I received a mini of this as a free sample from a Feel Unique order and knew straight away that I would like it. As my hair is so pathetic, I prefer to leave it looking messy so it looks like it has some volume to it. I often use dry shampoos to achieve this, but they always make my hair feel dirty and they dry out my scalp like nobodies business. This dry texture spray does the work of dry shampoo and hairspray in giving me some bed head that stays textured. Aaaaand, it smells incredible (I’m obsessed with the scent of things, can you tell?!).
Would I repurchase? Already got the full size.
Zoella Wonder Hand Cream | £6 | available here
I kept this hand cream on my desk at work and used it pretty much every day. It wasn’t too thick or too light, it did make my hands feel soft afterwards. It sank in quickly and didn’t leave my hands feeling sticky. And do I even need to comment on the scent at this point (it was really nice!).
Would I repurchase? Probably if I didn’t have a million other hand creams to get through first.
The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily EDT | about £15 | no longer available
I used to be a Body Shop at Home consultant, and I think this was one of the freebies I got in my start up pack. It’s a fresh and floral scent which layered nicely with my citrus perfumes. It wasn’t particularly long wearing or strong, but it was pleasant enough. There, that’s the last time I’ll mention scents in this post.
~ Makeup ~
Considering how much makeup I buy and use, it’s shocking how little I actually get through!
Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer | £4 | available here
I’ve talked about my love for these concealers before so I won’t go into too much detail. These are full coverage, long wearing and cheap as chips. A good dupe (but not quite identical) for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer.
Would I repurchase? Already have.
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash | £16.50 | available here
This has definitely featured in an empties post before, but it’s been a while. This is the only bottom lash mascara I’ve used for years now. The tiny brush is great at getting to the roots without smudging all over my under eyes. The waterproof formula doesn’t budge until you want to remove it. The Gigablack version is also super black so really makes lashes stand out which opens the eyes.
Would I repurchase? I already have, but I’m currently trying out the Pixi Lower Lash mascara so it’s in my drawer for now. Let me know if you’d like a review of the Pixi mascara or a comparison post as they are quite different.
2 x Lottie London Arch Rival Brow Artist | £6.45 | available here
I’ve also spoken about this brow pencil at lengths before so I’ll keep it brief. This is my every day brow pencil and I really like it. The shade is good (but not perfect) and it’s skinny enough to fill in areas without looking like I’ve used a Sharpie. It does smudge so definitely needs setting with a brow gel, and even a light dusting of translucent powder.
Would I repurchase? Already have and probably need another backup soon.
If you enjoyed reading this, why not check out my last empties post here. Have you used any of these products? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading…