Empties #4: Skincare Edition

As mentioned a little while ago, I’m trying to use up a lot of products before I go out and buy more because I have so god damn many! I’ve been throwing them in a bag for an empties post for a little while but when I pulled them out to photograph them I realised I had way too many to put in one post.


There are going to be four posts along these lines over the next few weeks (so I don’t bore you with similar posts every day for a week) and I’m starting with skincare.

Makeup Remover

I love a micellar water, and I’m forever testing out now ones. I tend to use a micellar water to take off the bulk of my makeup then cleanse with a cream or oil cleanser afterwards, which means I get through a lot of micellar water. The Skintifique Cleanser P* micellar water did an absolutely wonderful of removing makeup, and I used it in my evening skincare routine video. I would repurchase this as it’s a great micellar water but it’s almost £10 and the Garnier offering is just as good but a lot cheaper. However, if you’re have sensitive skin or prefer to use products that contain minimal ingredients then this is the micellar water for you. The Botanics All Bright Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution isn’t one I’ll be repurchasing (despite having a second bottle waiting to go in my skincare stash, but that’s because it was free on O2 Priority and I love a freebie). It didn’t do a great job at removing makeup and there was no stopper on the top which meant I ended up wasting a lot of product. Even if it’s half price I wouldn’t be spending my money on it again when there are better micellar waters on the market.

So many people skip toners in their skincare routine but I love them. If you’ve read my favourite toners post you’ll know that I love the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Lush Tea Tree Toner Water so I don’t really need to talk how much I adore the Lush Toner. What I can say is that I didn’t hesitate to buy another one when I ran out and it’s sitting waiting to be used once I’ve got through some of my older bottles. Another toner that I’ve used up recently is the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner which is nothing special and it doesn’t have anything different to most other toners, but it does the job. I like to use a toner that is beneficial to my skin such as an exfoliant, followed by a very basic toner which balances my skin back out, and that’s what this toner did.

Some people use their micellar water to remove their eye makeup but it doesn’t work for me and I feel like I need something stronger so use a proper eye makeup remover. The Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover was a really great remover, and definitely one of the best I’ve used in a long time. All I ask for in an eye makeup remover is that it isn’t greasy and removes my makeup without scrubbing and this did just that. I’m still on the look out for my perfect eye makeup remover but this is up there. The Boots No7 Beautiful Eye Makeup Remover was one of the items in last year’s No7 Advent Calendar and unfortunately it wasn’t quite as good the Nivea eye makeup remover. It did an okay job, but it was a little greasier and I can’t stand any sort of greasy feeling around my eyes.


If I ask most people my age whether they use eye cream or not, they will say no. None of my friends use it so I feel like it’s hard to get a good recommendation that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (even though the Clinique All About Eyes one is definitely my favourite). When looking for a budget option on the Boots website quite a while ago I stumbled across the Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream and thought it sounded perfect. It wasn’t expensive and I have pretty sensitive eyes so it had the potential to be a dream product, but it didn’t work out that way. I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive eyes, and I like more of a serum-cream consistency rather than a straight up cream under my eyes. I definitely won’t be repurchasing this and will stick to the higher end products in the future.

One of my favourite day creams I’ve ever tried has to be the Soap & Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel. I have combination skin so in a moisturiser I look for something that reduces my oil, moisturises my dry spots and sits well under makeup. I find the sitting well under makeup the hardest part, but this does a great job at all of these three factors. It also smells amazing so if I ever manage to cut down on my face creams, I will definitely be repurchasing this. I also have the night cream in the same range yet to try but I have high hopes! Another day cream I’ve used up recently is the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet which I won in a giveaway a couple of months ago, and this was alright under makeup but it was a little too light for me for every day use (and that’s probably why it sat so well under makeup). Since the full size retails for £23 and I wasn’t wowed, I don’t think I’ll be picking this up again.


I’ve had a lot of Clinique samples to get through recently, but I think I’m down to my last two or three now (go me!). The Clinique Take The Day Off Lids Lashes And Lips was absolutely pants. I’ve heard great things about this but to be honest it was just greasy and didn’t take off much product. It was okay for liquid lipstick and matte creams, but not for mascara. I still want to try the cleansing balm from the same range, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing the eye makeup remover.

I always like the have a face wash in the shower with me, and from somewhere I had the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap so decided to use that up rather than buy a full size of another wash. I really liked this as it didn’t feel like it stripped my face but still felt like it was cleaning it. This worked so well with my Magnitone too! But do I think it’s worth £16.50? Probably not. I’d be tempted to repurchase if there was a deal on for a free gift or something but at full I’m not sure it’s worth it when there are great budget washes out there.

I’ve been using up a few of my moisturisers up and some of them are pretty intense so I’ve been reaching for them as night creams as opposed to the day creams they’re meant for. The Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is one of those products and I really like this. It gives hydration for a really long period of time thanks to the gel-cream consistency and I’d definitely consider repurchasing this for no makeup days (it’s a little heavy for makeup days). The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ is very similar, although not quite as heavy and more of a lotion than a gel. This is another product that I really liked and would pick up again, although I’d consider picking up the gel version rather than the lotion.

And last but not least is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Overnight Mask which I did love when I was using it, and it was on par with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. It smelt nice and hydrating really well but since picking up the Kiehl’s Overnight Masque, I don’t think its quite as special. I’m not saying I’d never repurchase but the Kiehl’s offering is such a big tub that it’s going to take me some time to get through it.

Overall, a pretty mixed bag. But I really enjoy writing mini reviews as some of these products don’t require a full post. Don’t forget to check back in a few days to check out the makeup that I’ve used up recently!


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If you enjoyed this post, why not check out L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask or Empties #3

*This post products sent to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. My full disclaimer can be found here.

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