Empties #1

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.

Lets excuse the poor photography. I was in a bind and only had one evening to take a photo of these before I moved and I didn’t want to take empty bottles with me.

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.

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?

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  • Brunette

    Great post! Everyone raves about Micellar waters- I have the one from Simple and I love it!

    Brunette-ish

    • I’ve been meaning to try the one from Simple! Their eye makeup remover works like a dream, and I’ve heard wonderful things about the micellar water x

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