I do love an empties post and reading about the products that other bloggers have used up. Even though I feel a bit like a voyeur as it’s so rare that I actually finish anything myself. It has literally taken me almost a year of blogging to get to the point where I have enough empty containers to write about! But I finally do and I am so excited to share my empties.

Some of them I have already repurchased as they are my staples. However, a couple of products I will never touch again because  using them up has felt like such a chore. But, I hate waste so I tried my hardest to use them up, and if I’m honest, some of them were used rather generously!


For this post, I decided to split my empties into two halves, makeup products and non -makeup as I felt it was easier for me to organise the post. I have a bit of a thing about organisation… Plus it was interesting to see how many makeup products I had managed to use up this year as it’s so rare that I actually finish.

Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC35

This is my usual go to foundation so I have already repurchased it. The shade suits me and I like the formulation. This is s full- overage foundation and for me is one of my staples. I do use other, more expensive foundations, and I love to experiment with new products, but I always have some of this in my collection. Just in case.

Benefit Moon Beam

This is one of the products that I tried so hard to fully use up but I just couldn’t. Mostly due to the packaging. It’s so bizarre and almost impossible to use this product with the strange nail polish like container. Most of the product got stuck and went all gloopy around the opening of the container and it’s a nightmare to apply. Needless to say, I won’t be repurchasing.

Makeup Revolution Aqua Priming Base

This intrigued me it was the first water based primer that I had ever used but as it was an utter bargain at around £5, I thought it was worth a shot. And it was! I found it made my full-coverage foundations look dewy and when paired with a setting spray, helped my makeup to look amazing and last forever. Overall, silicone based primers are best for my skintype but this was a very close second.

Makeup Empties

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Caramel

I love these, so much so that I’ve written a more detailed review about them. They smell divine and the colour is so pretty. I was absolutely gutted when it ran out. It’s the first time that I’ve ever ran out of a lip product but I wear this almost every day to work. That said, this isn’t the biggest liquid lipstick I’ve ever seen. But I couldn’t do without it and replaced it the day that it ran out.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Admittedly I’m not the most excited about mascara but I didn’t see any change to my lashes. They certainly didn’t look sensational, I felt like this was a huge disappointment and won’t be repurchasing.

PS… Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in Pillar Box Red

Another product that I absolutely loved. So much so, that I wrote a whole post about it and was distraught when my three year old decided to use it to colour in my cream leather sofa.  Luckily the sofa was able to be saved, the lipstick crayon was not. I had to repurchase.

Makeup Revolution Eye Primer

I bought this on a complete and utter whim for £1 and assumed it would be awful. I was wrong. It does exactly what it should do and helps to prolong my eyeshadow for the whole day and I’m talking about 12 hour work days. This primer doesn’t quite give the same impact on the eyeshadow colour as a concealer seems to (my concealer always seems to make my eyeshadow look stronger) but it does keep it on forever.

Empties Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

I used to be a huge fan of Soap and Glory products but I seem to have outgrown them lately. I’m not really a fan of the packaging or product names anymore which is a shame as the products are quite nice. This was lovely, had a delicious fruity smell and lathered up well.  It was neither amazing nor horrendous, it simply did its job! I doubt I’d repurchase, there are too many other more prettily-packaged options.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

I’ve had this a while because you only need to use the tiniest amount to keep your skin moisturised, which it did. Disappointingly, I didn’t really notice any significant changes to my skin texture or appearance and at £36 I’d expect to see some changes.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA

In contrast to the Dermalogica moisturisers, this is really good value for money. It was £3.90 for 30ml and in conjunction with the other products in my The Ordinary skincare regime, I am seeing a lot of change to my skin. My acne scars have faded, my skin glows and I get fewer breakouts. All of this makes me smile, especially when you consider that the total cost for my regime is less than £30.

Gillette Satin Care Vanilla Cashmere

I never understand why women’s shave cream products cost so much more than men’s, however I am willing to pay the extra for this! It smells absolutely amazing –  vanilla as to be expected – and leaves my skins really soft. I’ve used this for years and I usually have at least one backup! Please tell me I’m not the only one to stockpile toiletries?!

What have you used up recently?

12 thoughts on “My first empties post”

  1. The MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation used to be my go-to until I tried the Born This Way foundation by TooFaced! I’d like to try the MakeUp Revolution Primer – I use their setting spray every day and it’s an absolute bargain for a fiver!

  2. i’ve never seen an empties post before – I love the idea! ps I actually felt the exact same way about Dermalogica products – for the price there are much better skin care lines out there as far as I’m concerned

  3. This is the first time I’ve heard of an empties post. Neat idea. I usually just donate my leftovers. Mascara is always tricky for me so i tend to not wear it. Haven’t found a good one yet.

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