April | Empties & Mini Reviews

Monday, May 08, 2017



I've gone from feeling super proud of myself for getting through so many products each month, to feeling burdened by all this collected recycling. I think I am losing my interest in writing up Empties posts even though these are some of my favourites to read. So for this post, to keep it somewhat manageable for myself, I am only going to be doing mini reviews of the products that I actually have some kind of remark about...



THE ONES I WILL DEFINITELY REPURCHASE (if I haven't already)

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser isn't a basic cleanser though it is seemingly simple. This is super gentle cleanser is great for breaking down makeup and grime, toning and refreshing the skin and leaving skin feeling hydrated and soothed. I used this in the mornings with my Foreo Luna Mini 2 for a lovely, uplifting cleanse to get my day started. It has a clean scent that I sometimes liked and other times resented but otherwise this is a great cleanser for everyone even those with sensitive skin.

I really enjoyed the KoreBeauty Anti-Ageing Hydrogel Facial Mask* which is unlike your traditional sheet masks as the mask is made with the serum itself. I don't particularly like how slippery this is but its a perfect one to lie down wearing and have some chill-out time while the skin is plumped and hydrated. Also, you can use the code umm25 for 25% off any purchases on their site.

Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser is wonderfully rich and nourishing without being overly greasy even on my oily/combination skin. I love the pump dispenser too which always is a bonus. This SPF15 version is now discontinued but thankfully there is an SPF20 version of the exact same moisturiser now so yay!

I've had this Rodial Glam Balm Lip for ages now and I love it so much that I've already purchased another one. This is the best lip balm to use before using a liquid lipstick for me because it is hydrating and slightly plumping meaning that my lipstick won't settle into lines and look unflattering. I just apply this to my lips before I begin my makeup and by the time I get to my lipstick, my lips are perfectly plump and ready for even the most drying of matte lipsticks.

Of course I have to mention Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads which I use as a morning toner and have gotten through numerous tubs of these. They are highly saturated and I find they provide that first layer of hydration for the day ahead. Also, Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme are such a quick and easy way to exfoliate your skin at the end of the day, as they help to refine skin texture and unclog pores and gently remove dead skin cells. These are not irritating and far more effective than the regular ones which I just don't find potent enough.


THE ONES I MIGHT CONSIDER REPURCHASING (basically if they go on sale)

I finally got through another foundation and it only took me about 2 years to use this up. Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Foundation is great for oily skin and those looking for a fuller coverage foundation from the highstreet/drugstore. It is very thick and can be difficult to blend out but I liked the finish and shade match of this which is why I used it so much. I've got other foundations that I would repurchase before this one but if it ever were half price or something, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

I'm sure I've said this before but I'm going to say it again - I love mascara samples because you get so much product and they tend to last a long time. I didn't like Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara at first and found it a little bit blah. But as it aged and dried a little I grew to love it. It adds a little extra volume and length and mostly this is great for really defined lashes that widen the eyes. I'm not a high-end mascara girl though so I would definitley only get it as a sample again or on sale.

I was sent OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner* last year but I've only just used them up because I ended up using so many other products since I opened them. These are the only 'volumising' hair cleansing duos that don't excessively dry out my hair, which is great even though I can't say they have helped me achieve thicker and fuller looking hair. I do love the scent of these though, like a sophisticated perfume and wouldn't mind using them again in the future.

Rituals The Ritual Of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream came in an advent calendar last year and oh gosh, when I say this smells incredible, I am not kidding. Its a grown up scent that is both subtle and sexy and while the cream itself isn't the most nourishing, the smell of this makes it worth it. This is the most uplifting body scent I have tried to start the day with.


THE ONES I NEVER WANT IN MY LIFE AGAIN (no way, no how!)

So I've been hoarding this sample of Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation for so long, its not even funny but now that I've tried it, I can quite confidently say hoarding it for so long wasn't a crime in any way. The shade was obviously far too light and neutral for my skintone, but aside from that it was so thick and unflattering on the skin. I could barely blend it out before it started setting to my face and when I eventually got it looking half decent I realised it looked pretty awful - settling into pores and lines, clinging to dry patches and looking completely mask-like. I don't want this in my life ever again even in the right shade.

At first I was super excited by The Body Shop Skin Defence because it seemed super similar to the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence in packaging, texture and ingredients and thought it would be great as a replacement because the Biore takes so long to arrive. But the more I used it, the more I realised that this was nowhere near as friendly as the Biore which melts into skin, feels completely weightless and leaves a slight tackiness without being greasy. This however smells so strongly of alcohol that the moment I apply this anywhere, my eyes start watering and stinging and it becomes painful for me to use it. I have about 1/4 left in here that I can't bring myself to use up because its so strong and unpleasant.

Finally, Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm isn't actually a bad product at all - in fact this helped me through some of the worst episodes of chapped, peeling lips this past winter. The thing that winds me up about this is that the neck of the tube split soon after I started using it so I've always been using it by squeezing product through the cracked opening. Its so annoying because it meant I could never take it out with me and it seems like something that any brand can deal with and overcome. I mean, I've never had any Carmex tubes split open like that.


I hope you enjoyed my version of a condensed rambling Empties post. Let me know if you think I should continue writing these or if a quick picture of my Empties on Instagram would suffice. I'd love to know...



Sal xxx
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38 comments

  1. I am IN LOVE with OGX beauty and their haircare products - I'm perpetually using their Argan oil and loving it. So affordable too! Also like the sound of the Body Shop skin defence, so I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks so much for sharing Sal! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. I really like their oils too. Sadly I didn't get along with the SPF but you should try it out, you may like it xxx

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  2. Love reading your empties posts! But I feel the same, they're some of the toughest to put together! I really want to try that Rodial lip balm now, I'm finishing some old ones so I'm in the market for a really great one xx

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    1. Yes, I have the drive to write so much when I've just finished the product but a couple of weeks later I'm like......aaaaaaaah! xxx

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  3. I love your honest take on all the products, i actually had my eye on the body shop sunscreen but thanks to this I will avoid it. I don't like the biore one either as I find it stings my sensitive skin, I just can't handle alcohol in skincare :( Your welcome to have mine if you like Hun? Xo

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    1. Thanks for reading, you could try the Body Shop one as you may like it. It just isn't for me xxx

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  4. I love empties posts, as you know! That Kat Von D foundation sounds awful! I love the sound of both of the NIP+FAB pads xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I love them too...that's the funny thing. We shall have to see how I feel next month. Hahaha xxx

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  5. I really enjoy reading Empties posts, since, I get to know about a person's favorites and things that will be ditched for better. The Nip & Fab Cleansing pads sound very useful.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. That's also why I love reading them :) xxx

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  6. The Rodial Glam Balm lip sounds like an amazing product that I really really need to try, and I think the Philosophy cleanser always sounds great whenever I hear about it too. It's a shame about the Kat Von D foundation as it sounds amazing on paper. I thought I would also add that I love reading these to see which products are worth the repurchase.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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    1. Aww thanks love. The lip balm is great and that pot lasted me a long while too actually xxx

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  7. What a shame about the skin defence. I was eyeing that up the other day. Wil have to have a sniff the next time I see it. Love the sound of the Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

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    1. You could still give it a go hun...its just far too strong for me and I think because I have an alternate its easier to make such a bold claim xxx

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  8. Ok I need to give the Philosophy cleanser a proper go after reading this, I've found it a bit blah but I use it as a morning cleanse so I'll try it at night too! Totally agree about the KVD foundation, it clings to fine lines I didn't even know were there and I've finally written up my disappointing products post with it in it! I did find a Nivea moisturiser that works brilliantly with it though so haven't been hating it quite as much!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Yes, I really enjoyed the cleanser. So refreshing! :)
      Oh gosh...I will of course be reading that and nodding along with your findings of this foundation...well its good you've found a way to make use of it then xxx

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  9. I have a small sample of Purity cleanser and will give it a try tonight. Everyone love the Fresh Soy cleanser and it was just okay for me so I have better luck with this.

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    1. Let me know if you prefer it...I really didn't think anything special of the Fresh Soy Cleanser and really didn't like the scent xxx

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  10. I love a short review on each products, makes it much easier to read when there are so much products you are trying.
    https://twitter.com/PWhiley94/status/861862394867449856

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  11. What a shame about the KVD foundation, such a disappointment, thank you for sharing! Looks like you used a fair few products and love the layout of these posts xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Yes, and its so overhyped...I suppose if it works for you go for it but its far too much for my liking haha! xxx

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  12. Such an impressive stash of empties! I really need to try more from OGX xx

    Gemma Etc.

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  13. There are so many products here that i haven't tried! I really want to try more from Nip+Fab

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    perfectfixations.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The cleansing pads are amazing xxx

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  14. I totally get where you're coming from, Sal. I keep my 'empties' but feel very uninspired to talk about them, lol!
    I am currently using the Nib+Fab NIght pads and I'm really enjoying them. I've been using the TBS SPF Essence and so far I'm OK with it, I agree it does have strong alcohol scent but it doesn't bother me. x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Exactly...I feel inspired for exactly one day after I finish using it and then I struggle to think of anything to say lol! I am so glad you are getting on better with the SPF xxx

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  15. Ah that's a shame that you've started feeling burdened by collecting all your trash. I think this is a good way to reconcile that! Sometimes there's honestly nothing interesting to say about a product. I don't get along with the KVD base products either. I find them so thick and difficult to blend. No thank you!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. That's a good tip. I think I will try it that way for next month xxx

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  16. Thanks for sharing it! love to read you :)

    www.lacaleya.com

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  17. I love your empties post! Please keep doing them! Such a shame about the Kat von D foundation, I've been debating buying it. But i think i'll pass! I need to try the Nip+Fab pads! I'm really into exfoliating pads, they're so convenient xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Awww I will try my best to stay inspired with them as they clearly are popular xxx

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  18. I love empties posts! I guess they're not as exciting to write because you know the products really well. They're so satisfying to read, though!

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

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    1. That's true. Thanks for reading lovely xxx

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  19. With empties you could stick to the products which made an impact aka ones that you didn't get along with, ones which made you have a strange think or ones you've loved for certain reasons so there's nothing that's just meh (because those can be boring to write about). I like that you still included the photo of all of the products though! I heard some good things about the lock it foundation, you've put me off buying it as soon as you said thick! I didn't even know Ren did a lip balm but I can feel the frustration of it splitting!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the tips love. I will definitely try to put a post together next month as so many people enjoy them and find them helpful. xxx

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