Beauty Empties #1

Beauty Empties #1

I’ve decided that monthly beauty favourites posts aren’t for me. Who really find that many new products in a month that they love? If I did do a monthly favourites it would probably consist of the same few items every time. Instead, I thought I’d run through products I’ve finished over the last couple of months. I know, original right? Rather than sticking to a monthly schedule I’ll post these whenever I’ve filled up a bag of empty products. Better than telling you I still love the same mascara I did six months ago right? Right…? Here goes…


Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £38.00

I’ve been saving the last drops of this oil for a while simply because I didn’t want to get rid of the bottle. It just looks so good on my dressing table compared to the shed loads of white products. But alas, the time eventually came when I needed to have a sit down and tell myself to stop hoarding near empty beauty products and actually finish them. I think I got this last Christmas (as in 2016 because to me Christmas 2017 still seems like 2 days ago) after hearing so much hype about it. I love the smell. It contains lavender and primrose oil which are super relaxing before bed. I did like the effect, my skin was smooth in the mornings however I don’t think it was quite the miracle in a bottle product I was expecting. I would use it again, but I don’t feel like I’ve lost a limb now it’s finally finished.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90

I’ve already talked about this in my post about hyaluronic acids so I won’t say too much but in short, I liked it. It’s amazing value for the price. Does what it says on the tin. Will likely repurchase when I run out of other HA serums.

Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse £24.00

As soon as Caroline Hirons announced this collaboration with Pixi I knew I had to try it. With one balm cleanser for removing make up and one creamy cleanser for a deeper clean it’s a unique product that I found really helpful in reminding me to properly cleanse my skin every night. I still like to remove my eye make up first before going in with the balm otherwise I feel like I’m just spreading mascara all over my face. I really like the concept of this and my skin felt extra clean afterwards. My only negative is that I found the pot a bit messy.

Optimum Birch Water Micellar Tonic £4.99

Birch water was a bit of a thing a couple of years ago, making it’s way in to skincare thanks to it’s hydrating properties. This micellar tonic is great for sensitive skin and I used it after cleansing just to get rid of any remnants of dirt or makeup that remained. Great if you just need something simple to wipe over skin after cleansing, especially if your skin is particularly dehydrated. Some reviews claim it’s sticky but I didn’t have that problem. It’s almost always half price in Superdrug so if you’re looking for a bargain give it a go.


TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray £5.50

My search for the perfect heat defence is seemingly never ending. My hair gets heat damaged pretty bad. I only have myself to blame but I just can’t air dry my hair r leave the curling wand alone. I am trying I promise. I enjoyed this heat defence spray. I like that in can be used on both damp and dry hair.  I just still can’t see the overall difference it’s made to my hair. Maybe that’s just me. I’ll probably repurchase once my damaged hair has all been chopped off and is in a better condition to see if it keeps it in tact.

TRESemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray £4.99

I’ve had this giant bottle so long I think all the packaging has changed and I might have linked to the wrong one. It’s pretty standard as far as hairspray goes. Hold it too close and it will make your hair a little crispy but then I’m yet to find one that doesn’t. If it’s on offer in Boots and I’m desperate for a new hairspray then it will probably make it in to my basket again.

Umberto Gianni No More Messy Break Up Split Ends Cream £7.00

I picked this up when I visited the Birchbox Pop Up Store and created my own box. It’s a really nice cream to run through damp hair before blow drying and made my hair really smooth and soft. Again, I’m not sure it made huge difference to the actual split ends in the long run but it certainly smoothed them down when blowdrying.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Strengthening Hair Mask £4.99

I really enjoyed this. It deeply conditioned my dry ends and I think it helped when trying to grow my hair by restoring some strength. It feels lovely to use, I just wish it lasted a bit longer. That’s probably because I whack a great big dollop on each time. Would definitely pick up again.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush £2.99

Batiste is still number one for me when it come to dry shampoos and I’m pretty sure it always will be. I seem to gravitate to the blush scent for no real reason other than I feel safe there. No other dry shampoo I’ve tried before works as well for soaking up that 3 day old grease and it’s such a reasonable price. I have zero complaints.


Cuderm Moisturising Lotion £14.46

If you haven’t heard of Cuderm before it’s a bodycare brand mainly aimed at eczema sufferers. Whilst I don’t have eczema I do go through stages of having incredibly dry and itchy skin on my legs that nothing seems to soothe. TMI? Soz. I don’t quite know what brings it on but suddenly I cant think of anything except needing to sratch my legs all over until their red raw. Gross. Anyway my point is that since using this after the shower my skin has stayed calm and doesn’t feel itchy in the slightest. I’m hoping I can find something a little cheaper to replace this now I’ve finally finished the world’s biggest bottle of body lotion.

The Body Shop Frosted Berries Shower Gel

You have to receive something festive from The Body Shop at Christmas. It’s the rules. Despite my panic earlier this year that I was becoming allergic to overly scented to shower gels I was pleased that this gave me no reaction (I now think it was down to a deodorant or perfume anyway). It’s a wonderfully Christmassy scent and it lasted a surprisingly long time. It’s limited edition but I’m sure it will be back again at the end of the year. I hope I find it in my stocking again.

Have you tried any of the above? What were your thoughts?


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