Beauty, Body Care, Empties, Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare

Empties, April 2017

Empties, April 2017 | Essential Twenty

This definitely was not the post I had planned today, but we’re just going to roll with it. About 10 days ago I was sorting out my various beauty stashes and found so many products with just one or two uses left. I had to finish these bits up, so I have an impromptu empties post today. I actually really want to start doing these monthly as I love reading them, yet nobody seems to do them anymore. I have written empties posts in the past, but I’m going to restart from scratch and turn this into a monthly thing.

Never again will I use up so many makeup products in a month, but it seems that April was the month that I managed to finish a fair few. Six whole products! Practically unheard of, right? The first couple of products that I finished up were setting sprays, I have a couple of primers and then a couple of other bits. A good mix really.

The Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray in Grapefruit was an okay product, but like I said in the full review I’ve written before, it didn’t beat my trusty Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It did a pretty good job of keeping my makeup on my face, but it did start to break down around the 6 hour mark. Not bad, but not great. Would I buy it again? Potentially. If there was a good deal on it then maybe, but I’d definitely go for a different scent as this did get a little sickly after a while.

The Freedom Pro Studio Anti Shine Fixing Spray was a cheap setting spray that I picked up for every day use. When I first bought myself the Urban Decay All Nighter I was too afraid to use it as it seemed a little pricey. I mean, it still is pricey but I’ve learnt to accept it. I’ve been using this most days for work and it lasted absolutely ages. Would I buy it again? Probably not. It was an alright spray, but there are other setting sprays on the market that I’d prefer to try rather than repurchase this one.

I don’t really want to talk about the Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue as I have a full review planned to go live in a couple of weeks (let’s just say I wasn’t expecting to run out of it when I did). Keep your eye out on my full thoughts, and I promise to include a ‘would I repurchase’ section in it! But a different kind of primer that I’ve been using for some time is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original. Here’s the thing: it’s not actually empty. But it’s gone off. I’ve had this for almost two years so it’s definitely time to part ways, especially since the consistency just isn’t the same anymore. Would I buy it again? I already have…sort of. I have loads of Urban Decay Primer Potion Samples and I’m definitely going to keep using them. It’s one of my favourite shadow primers!

Empties, April 2017: Makeup | Essential Twenty

Another Benefit product that I’ve used up recently is the Benefit Gimme Brow which needs no introduction on Essential Twenty. This is my holy grail brow product, as it just does everything that I want from a brow gel and more! Would I buy this again? I already have! I couldn’t be without this brow gel for any length of time.

The final makeup product is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer which is another product that has blown me away. I love how full coverage it is and for less than a tenner you really can’t go wrong! To be honest, if I’ve used up a makeup product it’s probably because I love it. I try so many products that I only really finish up products that I enjoy so it’s not surprise that this has been a very positive empties…so far. Would I buy this again? Like Gimme Brow, I already have.

The body, hair and skincare section here is probably smaller as a ratio than it will be in the future but I’ve got a mixed bag of products here. One of the miniatures I’ve used up recently is the Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF 20 which I don’t have a strong opinion on either way. It contains SPF 20 which makes it a reasonable day cream, but I don’t remember it being anything special. Will I buy it again? No. I wouldn’t pass it on if I received it again, but because it was nothing special I’ll keep searching for the perfect day cream. I’ve recently been enjoying the Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush Moisturiser and currently much prefer this.  

Another miniature I’ve used up, and still have another to get through, is the MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover. So far, I’ve not loved any skincare I’ve tried from MAC. Other than the MAC Fix+, I’ve never felt the need to try it other than when I’ve received samples. This took my makeup off reasonably well, better than I thought it would but is wasn’t any better than some of the drugstore removers I’ve tried in the past. Would I buy it again? This eye makeup remover was okay, but not enough for me to spend £16 on it again. So no, I wouldn’t buy it again.

The final bit of facial skincare I’ve used up recently is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser*, which feels like it’s taken bloomin’ ages to do! I have a full review on this, and whilst I like it, it didn’t wow me. I’m an oil and balm cleanser kind of girl, and this didn’t take off my eye makeup particularly well like an oil would. Would I buy this again? Whilst I think you get a lot of bang for your buck with this, I’ve tried cleansers I prefer to this so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Empties, April 2017: Face, Body & Hair Empties | Essential Twenty

I am really sad to say that I have used up my The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter*. This was limited edition from last summer and I’ve been using this sparingly but it has finally all been used up. This had the most gorgeous pineapple scent and was lighter than the usual Body Butters from The Body Shop. Would I buy this again? Unfortunately this isn’t on sale anymore, but I would definitely repurchase if The Body Shop bring this back out. Please, TBS, I am begging you to rerelease this!

I love the Colab Dry Shampoos, but this is the first time I’ve tried the Colab Active Dry Shampoo. Personally, I didn’t like this as much as much as the original Colab line in terms of scent, and it also didn’t seem to last as long as the original range. Would I buy this again? Possibly, although only if I was in a pinch. I’d rather buy from the original line again.

The final product in my empties is a tool, rather than an actual product. In the No 7 Advent Calendar last Christmas, I received the No 7 Eyelash Curlers which I’ve been loving for over a year now but it’s finally time to say goodbye to them. I have reasonably long lashes but they have zero natural curl, so a good pair of eyelash curlers are definitely a must for me. The rubber padding has worn down and it was just time to treat myself to a new pair. Would I buy this again? If there was a deal I definitely would. For now I’ve just picked up some cheap ones from Superdrug until I decide which slightly pricier ones I want to treat myself to.

For an impromptu post, this was a long one. I love reading empties post, and I’m definitely going to start hoarding my empty packaging again. So hopefully I’ll see you at the end of the month for another empties post!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) were gifted for PR purposes.
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