January | Empties & Mini Reviews

Thursday, February 02, 2017




I'm not going to lie...I'm quite proud of myself for finishing up this many products in the last month. Especially considering I used up a fair amount by the end of last year. It just feels great to see so many things emptying up so I can move onto other products I've been hoarding. I'm going to try to keep the reviews as snappy as possible as there's a lot here to share with you.


MAKEUP


L'Oreal True Match Foundation | post

Firstly, I made makeup history in my world by finally using up a foundation. Even though I was late to the party and the shade was a touch too neutral (and they reformulated soon after I purchased this!) I'm so glad to have had it in my life. I love the medium-buildable coverage which is easily achieved as the formula is quite runny and easy to work with. The finish is a gorgeous satin that makes my complexion look radiant. Finishing it up started to drag for me but that's more because I had it in my life for a long time and I wanted to move onto so many other base products. If I can figure out what shade to get in the new formula, I would want to use it again in the future. 

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum

I used the matte version of this primer last year and quickly used it up. This version is perfect for me during the winter when I need something a little more hydrating. I love the serum-like texture of this primer, it makes makeup look great and last and I love the glass bottle with convenient pump so is definitely one I'd repurchase.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | post

After using this liner on and off for a year I am finally glad to see the end of it. This wasn't as black as I expected or as long lasting and did this weird thing where it would remove liner if I went over the same place twice.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Collagen Mascara | post

This mascara surprised me because I've used the regular Thick & Fast before and hated it. The brush was far too big and didn't do much and I expected this to be similar. But actually this one got better with time. It's great for volumising without clumping and really opened up my eyes. I like the packaging too and is one I'd happily use again.

Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara & MAC False Lashes

These two sample mascaras failed to impress me. I don't know if it's because they're samples but they barely coated my lashes let alone anything else. I used these up on days when I needed to wear mascara without looking like it...no mascara mascara if you like. I don't like to buy high-end mascaras so definitely won't be purchasing full sizes of these. 




SKINCARE


Simple Miceller Cleansing Water

I love this miceller water so much as it's cheap, you get a whopping great big bottle of it, it takes off most (not all!) of my eye makeup, doesn't sting my eyes and doesn't leave my eye area feeling dehydrated. I've purchased the giant reverse pump bottle of the infamous Bioderma, so when that's used up, regardless of whether it turns out to be magical or not, I'm going to refill the bottle with this one.

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm | post

I like this cleansing balm especially while my skin is dehydrated as it is very nourishing and hydrating. I don't like that it doesn't emulsify so well which is a personal preference. I don't think I will repurchase even though it's not a bad product just because there are so many others I prefer.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser | post

This is definitely a drugstore gem. Its perfect as a morning or second cleanser. It's hydrating without being too rich, the cream is easily massaged all over the skin and leaves my complexion looking refreshed and bright and feeling super soft. It contains fruit extracts which gently exfoliate the skin. To me, this gives me similar results as my beloved Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser but in cream form and without the heftier price tag of course. I will definitely repurchase and thankfully it's often on sale too.

Alpha H Liquid Gold

I was gifted this bottle of 'gold' by my lovely friend Nassima (@beaussima) and after only 2 uses I bought 3 full sized bottles! Why? Because it instantly brightens my skin and gives my complexion a natural glow like nothing else. I use this every 3-4 nights, and very often will apply it and leave it on for half an hour for a longer-lasting exfoliating treatment.

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity

I chose this serum sample from Love Me Beauty just to use up points and didn't really expect anything from it. It was a pretty decent sized sample too so I really got to try it out. Apart from making my skin feel silky smooth when I applied it, I can't really say it did anything valuable for me. I won't be purchasing a full size but I am glad to have tried it.

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum

This sample, on the other hand, instantly became an invaluable part of my skincare routine to the point where I had to purchase a full-size quickly in order not to be without it. It's the perfect hydrating serum for my combination but dehydrated skin because it's lightweight and helps keep my face hydrated all day long. It's a great texture for layering under/over other products too as it sinks in straight away and gets to work (also perfect to use after retinol products). I don't know how effective this will be for dry skin types though as it is quite light.

Mizon Collagen Firming Eye Cream

I bought this eye cream when I first started trying out Korean skincare. And I have to say, aside from being mildly moisturising, it didn't really do enough for me to warrant a repurchase.

SuperFacialist Neroli Firming Eye Cream | post

This is my second tube of this eye cream and I've got a back-up already in my stash. It's hydrating and gives a subtle firming sensation when applied which helps to awaken my under-eyes.





SHEET MASKS


I won't describe each one but I will give some notes on a few that I distincly recall:

Berrisom Water Bomb Jelly Mask - Moisture
This sheet is literally oozing with the jelly serum and my winter dehydrated skin has been drinking it up. The jelly essence contains grapefruit, milk and honey extracts high up on the ingredients list. This really helps boost the moisturising abilities of this sheet mask and makes it a great one for protecting the skin from pollutants. There is so much jelly left behind that there is more than enough to apply this all over your face and body too.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask
I really don't like this mask. The fit is one of the worst I have ever encountered but additionally I don't find the serum as hydrating as other masks I've tried. It dries far too quickly and my skin doesn't feel plump or significantly hydrated after use.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Goggles Eye Lock In Aqua Mask
The super fun packaging houses an ultra thin gel mask is for the eye area and stretches and moulds perfectly around all the contours and bones. The 4th listed ingredient is niacinamide which is what prompted me to buy these and I'm so glad I did. My eye area was left plump, fine lines seemed to have filled out and it was just a pleasure to use.

Tony Moly Pureness 100 Masks
These are my little cheap thrills. The masks are slightly thicker than their more popular I'm Real line, so able to hold more serum. I love the Propolis, Hydrating and Ginseng ones. They hydrate the skin beautifully even if the title ingredients aren't included in high quantities to make them more effective.

Aeria Skin Intensive Hydrating Mask* | $25 for box of 5
I'm really enjoying using these organic cotton masks that effectively hydrate and plump up my skin. Containing organic rose flower water which hydrates the skin and edelweiss extract which helps to protect the skin, these are a great fit and a real pleasure to use knowing good quality ingredients have gone into the serum and mask itself.


BODY BITS


Bubble T Hibiscus & Acai Berry Bath Fizzer

This was part of the Xmas Look Fantastic Beauty Box and I was super excited to try it out as I have a fondness for hibiscus products. It turned the water in my bath tub pink, smelled nice and was mildly skin softening but nothing too exciting to warrant a repurchase. Me and my girls like a good bit of drama when it comes to bath fizzers and this wasn't all that exciting.

Original Source Skin Quench Body Butter - Vanilla & Sweet Almond Oil

This body butter smells delicious and it's almost torturous that it isn't edible. It smells like caramel, vanilla, creme brûlée, toffee, butterscotch and has just been a delight to apply. The yummy scent lasts on the body all day too making it a repurchase item for me for sure!!!

Atrixo Hand Cream

This isn't the most exciting hand cream but it's a classic one that I always repurchase as it does the job without any frills. I keep a tub in my kitchen as I'm constantly washing something or another and this just protects my hands from drying out.

Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream

I got this in the M&S advent calendar and used it straight away. A thick hand cream that keeps my hands feeling nourished without being overly greasy. I don't know that I loved it enough to repurchase but a pleasant hand cream nonetheless.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius | post

And what would an empties post be for me without yet another tube of Heel Genius. I go through so many of these as it's the only foot cream that works for my dry heels and I enjoy using it. Of course I have back up tubes of it at the ready!


Have you ever used up a foundation? Do you spot any faves here? Let me know...


Sal xxx


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33 comments

  1. I really need to use up my Heel Genius by Soap and Glory as I have 3 travel size tubes. I keep forgetting about my heels - oops! Once again, Sal, you share so many great products. The hot cloth cleanser by Superdrug sounds lovely. Will grab that the next time I'm shopping there. Xx

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    1. Thank you so much hun, thank you for reading. Yes, Heel Genius is a daily staple product for me. Let me know how you get on with the cleanser...its always on some kind of offer xxx

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  2. Im so glad someone else thinks the same of the KVD Liner! I didn't find it as intense black as I expected it to be at all. You really need to try the Too Faced Sketch Marker liner, now that is intensely black! It lasts all day too. So much better than the KVD one.

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    1. Will definitely have a look into that one as we tend to like the same things...I'm quite impressed with the L'Oreal one currently xxx

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  3. Wow, well done I am so impressed! I definitely need to try the Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser and definitely want to check out the matte version of the Bourjois primer as that sounds suitable for my skin. I find this post really inspiring, and I am going to work my butt off to finish some products this month haha, thanks for sharing Sal. Brilliant post xxx

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    1. Aww thanks for such kind words hun. The cleanser is a true drugstore gem in my opinion. Keep at it...I used to chop & change my skincare too much before so I rarely used up anything but I'm sticking to consistency as much as I can nowadays and its helping me get through things much better xxx

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  4. Interesting, what you said you don't like about the Indeed Hydraluron face mask is exactly what I love about it (hope it makes sense): I find it more hydrating than the usual sheet masks (even though I don't like the fit as well, it's way too big for my face) and I really like the excess it leaves on my skin, it gives me time to massage the serum-like texture into my skin! The new formula of the L'Oréal true match foundation has been on my wishlist for so long, I might purchase it very soon! Great empties!

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    1. Definitely makes sense...I wish it performed like that on my skin. Maybe its because I am really really dehydrated right now and I just don't find there's enough product on there for me. Thanks for reading xxx

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  5. Wonderful bits and bobs in this empties post, there's a few things that I really wanna try because it has hot stamp of approval on them, like the bioderma serum, the hot cloth cleanser and the torturous inedible body butter LOL!!!

    Beauty And The Muslimah

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    1. Ah! You will love the smell of the body butter. I'm tempted to get a few more tubs even though its torture...hahaha! You may not find the Bioderma quite hydrating enough for your skin...you'll need to try a sample ;) xxx

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  6. That's strange about the KVD liner - I've never noticed that happen on me - I wonder if you got a dud?! Atrixo gave me flashbacks to my childhood because my Mam always used it! Well done on finishing a foundation! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Thanks love, I'm super chuffed with myself ;) I don't know why the liner was so weird with me, so disappointing. And yes, Atrixo is definitely one from my childhood too xxx

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  7. i'm so sad you don't like the Indeed labs mask. I love it! I need to give Alpha H another go, I didn't like it the first few times I used it. I'm impressed that finished a foundation, i can't remember the last time I used one up! I wonder if the pixi balm is the same as the one that is the Caroline Hirons cleanser. xx

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    1. I know you love it...I bought it because of your recommendation actually. So sad it doesn't work quite so well on my skin. Definitely try Alpha H again. Leave it on a little longer maybe? I'm not sure...I haven't actually compared the ingredients xxx

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  8. I always forget about sheet masks! I have a few stashed away that I need to use! I love the Alpha H Liquid Gold and this has reminded me to use it more often too!

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    1. Hehehe...it can be messy storing yucky sheet mask packaging lol! Yes, I love it for a deeper exfoliation xxx

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  9. Wow! That's an impressive empties post :)
    I just bought the Matte version of the Bourjois primer and I'm liking it. It's a shame you don't like the Kat Von D liner, I love it and I've never experience with it what you have, how strange.. xx

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Yes, that's a great primer. I would definitely repurchase that version before this one actually. I know..so strange considering everyone loves it xxx

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  10. I love heel genius, it's a life saver! You have loads of empties!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. I know...I really muscled down and committed to using up a lot of half used things xxx

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  11. I really need to get my hands on liquid gold, it seems like such a great product and anything to help brighten the skin is a win win for me haha! Have a great weekend :)

    Trishna xx

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    1. It was one of the few products I fell in love with instantly...thanks love xxx

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  12. Holy moly you finished up a lotta stuff! I'm jealous lol. I had the same problem with the KVD eye liner. It would randomly skip and if I went over the same area twice sometimes it would lift the eyeliner off. So weird considering how popular it is!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. I know...it acted so weird for me. Hahaha...I just had my focus mode on. Stay organised and didn't chop and change too much to use up a lot of things I'd half used xxx

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  13. Love these posts of yours, you always make me want to buy the good skincare items which you keep repurchasing haha! I need to try that hot cloth cleanser by Superdrug!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. The cleanser is amazing!! Highly recommend you try it out hun xxx

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  14. I always love a good empty post. I also had a 50ml od liquid gold and after I used it first time, quickly ordered a full sized duo��

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    1. Yes, they're some of fave posts to read too. Yes! Exactly as it happened for me xxx

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  15. I had no idea original source did body cream?! i need to try these!

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  16. Alpha H Liquid Gold is in my list to try for this year but I wonder how it would be for dry, mature skin?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Personally...I should think you would find it fabulous as long as your skin agrees with a dose of glycolic xxx

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