It’s been a long time since I did an empties post for two reasons: I stopped collecting up my empties for a little bit, and also I was going to do this as a YouTube video but my channel has taken me longer to get started than I had planned.
However, I decided I had to do this as a post because when I moved home properly last weekend I couldn’t really take rubbish home with me.
Quick disclaimer: Just because I’ve finished a product, it does not mean I’ve loved it or even liked it. Especially when it comes to hair and body products. It’s only really makeup that I will only use up if I love, and even then it rarely happens. Also, prepare for a mammoth post (sorry not sorry).
Starting with body care, I’ve only got three products that I’ve used up within the past few months. I wrote about Lush’s Rub Rub Rub back towards the start of the year, and it grew on me even more after writing this post. I didn’t really rate it as a body scrub (the salt crystals were a little too small for me), but it was amazing as a clarifying shampoo for me. This will definitely be a repurchase for me at some point, although I’m trying to use up as many products as I can before repurchasing old favourites and new goodies to try.
The Body Shop Moringa Hand Cream is definitely one of my favourite scents ever, which my friends find bizarre as it’s a ‘granny’ smell (their words, not mine). I love the hand creams from The Body Shop, and I have one on the go and one in my back ups (Glazed Apple and Mango respectively). I won’t necessarily be buying this one again any time soon but I loved it when I had it.
My final body product is the 7th Heaven Foot Pumice & Foot Butter, which I actually won in a giveaway back in the summer. This was okay, but I’ve used better foot scrubs and creams so won’t be going out to repurchase. However, I could understand buying one of these if you were going away for a weekend and needing heels that aren’t peeling (TMI maybe but my feet are gross and I need good foot cream).
I get through hair products super quickly, and hardly ever repurchase the same thing twice. If I repurchase a hair product then I have truly loved it. First I’ll discuss dry shampoo – the Superdrug Sinful Moments Dry Shampoo and the Colab New York Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo. I still can’t find a dry shampoo that I really love, but these two both did a pretty good job. I bought the Superdrug one because it was on Buy One Get One Free (and I’m still using up Ready To Rock scent that I bought at the same time) and it did the job, although I had to use a lot for it to have any real effect. I think the Colab dry shampoos are my favourite (especially over Batiste), but they still don’t do the trick that I want it to do. Just let me know your favourite dry shampoo because I’m still on the hunt for a holy grail one!
Leave in conditioners and hair masks are one of my favourite things to try out. I destroyed my hair couple of years back so anything to give my hair a bit of life again is a great buy in my book. The 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Rescue Masque was another product that I won in a giveaway, which did the job but it wasn’t anything special. The Herbal Essences Bee Strong Rinse Off Intensive Mask is the one hair mask that I return to again and again. This must be my sixth or seventh tub of this and it, along with the Lee Stafford For Hair That Doesn’t Grow Past A Certain Length treatments, saved my hair. This usually retails for around £4 but I’ve found it in Pound World a few times so I had a stock up a while back (unfortunately this was my last tub). My final hair mask that I’ve used up is the Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, which is pricey. But when my hair needs some TLC sometimes only high end products will do the job. Sure, this was on the expensive side but this made my hair feel incredible and if I had the money to buy it more often I would definitely do so!
My final few haircare bits are shampoo and conditioner. Considering I wash my hair most days (#greasyhairgirlprobz), I actually get through shampoo relatively slowly. The only shampoo I’ve finished recently is the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo, which did lift the colour in my hair…for 30 minutes. This is supposed to lighten your hair by two shades, but unfortunately it just doesn’t last. I also used the sister conditioner, the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Conditioner, but it was just a standard conditioner really. I won’t be repurchasing this set, especially since they’re £6 each (although I picked them up when they were 2 for £8) and work the same as any other shampoo and conditioner I’ve tried. The other two bottles of conditioner that I’ve finished up were the Garnier Nutrisse Conditioner that come with the hair dye. I occasionally dye my hair a little lighter than my natural shade (although not often), which means I end up with these little bottles. I like these because it means when I finish my conditioner – WHY OH WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN BEFORE I RUN OUT OF SHAMPOO? – I still have a few minis to use up before I have to start a new set of hair products.
Onto the final section – Skincare. I quite often use up skincare more than anything else, especially since I like to buy travel size products so that I get to try as many products as possible. There are a number of minis that I’ve used up recently. The Clarins Daily Energiser Cleansing Gel is something that I have 100s of lying around for some reason. I’ve used the full size of this a number of times before and I like it, I just think it’s expensive for a face wash (my mum buys them for me, I’ll stick to spending no more than a fiver on face wash thanks). I also finished up the Bioderma mini which, although I loved, it wasn’t much better than the Garnier Micellar Water (this must be my third or fourth of these by now, see later) so it’s just not worth it for the price. I’ll stick to buying the Garnier one in future. I finished my third mini of the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which I love but just cannot justify how expensive the full size is! The final mini is the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I have discussed before and already have cracked on with the full size version of it. I absolutely love this toner and is make my skin look so bright. I couldn’t recommend this toner more.
Back to the Garnier Micellar Water – I love it. It does the trick and last an absolute age. I love to use this before I do a cream or balm based cleanse to get off the majority of the makeup (and not ruin my muslin cloth). I have a couple of micellar waters that need using up, but once I’ve finished those I’ll be buying this one again. I’ve used up two more Garnier products – the Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover and the Garnier Fresh Eye Makeup Remover. I try out so many eye makeup removers because I still can’t find one that I love (the Simple one is my favourite to date but I still didn’t love it), and I can’t see myself repurchasing either of these. The 2 in 1 makeup remover was a biphase remover, and worked a lot better than the fresh one, but it didn’t work enough for me to want to repurchase it.
The final product I have used up is the one I’m most proud to have a used up. For the first time in my life I have finish a lip balm before losing it or it going off. I DESERVE A MEDAL. This is the Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, which wasn’t anything special but it worked for me in the winter when my lips were particularly dry. It doesn’t sit well under other lip products, but it’s great on it’s own to add moisture back into the lips. I have so many lip balms and probably won’t repurchase any time soon, but if I was in a bind and spotted this I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up.
And that’s everything! If you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cookie or something because man this was a long post. Maybe I won’t leave it so long before my next empties post?