One of my favourite types of blog post to read and youtube video to watch are empties. I know that if someone has finished a product, they can do a completely honest review on it. I actually buy a lot of things I see in peoples empties, simply because if they’ve finished it, they’ve probably really enjoyed it. I also get really excited when I manage to finish a product I’m using for the first since I try out so many different things.
If I finish and repurchase it, you know it’s a good ‘un. I also moved a couple of weeks ago, so I wanted to photograph these before I left so I knew I had a post waiting for me in the wings to publish. It made sense for it to be this one because then I didn’t have to cart empty bottles to my new flat with next to no storage space.
My first two products are both bubble baths from M&S. I used up the Essential Extracts Foam Bath in White Peach & Almond and Cocoa Butter & Vanilla. These were reduced to 50p so I stocked up, and I’m pretty sure I’m down to my last bottle. They’re nothing special, but I get through bubble bath so quickly that unless I need a real pamper, I never use expensive ones. These both smelt beautiful, and if I saw them reduced again, I’d pick them up to keep my stock up.
I finally used up my The Body Shop Body Butter in Moringa which is in the small version although I can’t remember what size it actually is. It’s taken me a year which is ridiculous, but I’m rubbish at applying moisturiser. I love, love, love the smell and have the hand cream from the same range (which I’m actually coming to an of, so that might pop up in an empties soon).
I have two Ren samples. I’ve had these for a while and decided that they needed using up, and you can tell I’ve had them for a while because the one packaged saying Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream is now called the V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream. This retails at £32 for 50ml which, in my books, is pricey. However, I love this night cream and it works absolute wonders combined with Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I like to try out a lot of moisturisers, but this is definitely one I would reconsider buying as it is one of the most hydrating moisturisers I have ever used. If you want one that does a similar job at a more budget friendly price, I’d recommend the Botanics All Bright Night Cream which I am quite quickly getting through, so I can imagine that will pop up on an empties post in the future. The other Ren sample I used up was the Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel. I’m just going to say that I don’t like eye gels; I don’t feel like they do a lot for me. I wouldn’t repurchase this, especially as it dried up very quickly.
Speaking of eyes, I finished my Clinique All About Eyes Mini (this was a 5ml pot). My mum gave me this last September and it took me an age to finish, but I finally managed to about two months ago. This is the best eye cream I’ve ever used, and I’ve already repurchased this (I got it in a set for $7.50 in America and I would’ve paid double for the eye cream alone). I have very sensitive eyes, and this is the only cream I’ve used which hasn’t irritated them.
I’ve recently used up a couple of Clarins Daily Energiser products which I’ve been using on and off for 5 years. My mum bought me a set all those years ago because she said I needed to get into moisturising, and although they’re good, I have alternatives which are better but also a little lighter on the budget. However, I have used up the Clarins Daily Energiser Cream-Gel which was fine, but nothing special and the Daily Energiser Wake-Up Booster. The cream-gel isn’t that moisturising and is better in the summer when my skin is dryer, and the wake-up booster isn’t a cleanser as such, but more of a skin brightener. I have spares of these waiting in the wings (both full size and minis) but I won’t be rushing to open them.
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water was the first micellar water I ever tried, and I think this was my second bottle (and I’ve already opened a third). If you want a cheap micellar water, this is for you, since it’s always on offer somewhere and it lasts ages. I have noticed that it becomes less effective after the expiry date though, so that’s worth bearing in mind. I’ve tried better micellar waters, but as a budget option, this is excellent.
I only have one makeup product this month, and that’s the Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Brow Gel. I have repurchased this but I can’t say I’m enjoying it as much this time. I mentioned it in my Little Drug Store Haul post a couple of months ago and I’ve noticed the issues I’ve mentioned in that post a lot more than I did before. It’s very thick and can dry crispy if you’re haphazard during application. I will use the one I’ve got but I will try a different eyebrow gel next time. This is only in my empties because it went gross and cakey; it isn’t actually empty but I can’t use it anymore.
Since being in my new place, I’ve already used up two products so my empties bag is starting to fill again. I will definitely upload a post once I’ve collected a few more empties because I’ve really enjoyed reflecting on old products.
Have you tried any of these products? If so, what did you think? Would you repurchase them?