Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well. October has FLOWN by, and before we know it, it will be Christmas… and I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get working on some Christmas blog content too. Today though, I’ve got another empties post… number 2o! I’ve not posted an empties since early July, so I’ve got quite a few things to talk about. If you want to know my final review on all the things I’ve used up, then just keep reading!
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 (£26)
My hair is really not in the best state… I’m not even sure why as I do try to be careful with it, use heat protector, haven’t dyed it in quite a while… but it is very fine and prone to breakage. I decided to give Olaplex a try because so many people have recommended it for breakage and hair issues. I used this once a week on a Sunday and immediately after use my hair did feel much healthier, a bit thicker and smooth. I think with continued use, and maybe more olaplex products in the mix, my hair would see some great improvements. My hair is getting more lack lustre now I have run out of this, so I may re-purchase soon!
Repurchase? Probably soon.
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean (£2.99)
I bought this shampoo to strip some of the black hair dye out of my hair months and months ago. I do think this really helped to strip some of the black out of my hair which was great as it is what I wanted. However, it did seem to really dry my hair out and I had to make sure I was using lots of moisturising masks etc. I wouldn’t buy this again, or really recommend it, but it worked for the purpose I intended.
Function of Beauty Shampoo & Conditioner (£39)
I used up another FoB duo. I have been using this hair care for a while now and I’ve always been such a big fan of it! Since using this up, I’ve already repurchased and used up about half of the new purchase. I like that you can personalise this hair care to target specific things. The first few bottles of this, I absolutely loved and my hair seemed to improve a lot. However, I’m not currently enjoying it quite as much, and as I mentioned further up this post, my hair doesn’t seem to be super happy recently. Maybe my hair has just gotten use to this, or perhaps I chose slightly different hair goals… Once I’ve used up my current bottles, I think I will explore other hair care options.
Repurchase? Not at the moment, maybe in the future.
Living Proof PhD Triple Detox Shampoo mini (£10)
I received this mini shampoo in the cult beauty advent calendar last Christmas. I was excited to try this as I’d heard good things about the brand and I hadn’t tried it before. I really enjoyed using this shampoo about once a week, or maybe even less! It is definitely quite drying and you could not use it every day, however with it being a detox shampoo, it’s only intended to be used every once in a while when product or oil builds up a lot on the scalp. This did really thoroughly clean the scalp and hair, which is such a nice feeling. If you want to incorporate a detox shampoo into your routine then I recommend giving this a try.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo (£26.50)
It’s no secret that I love a lot of Bumble & Bumble’s hair products, particularly the Invisible Oil collection. I started double shampooing each wash a while back and I wanted a nice moisturising shampoo to use on the second shampoo. This shampoo is full of nourishing oils which helps to protect the hair and not overly strip it. If you have dry hair I think you would adore this! I have oily hair, so I don’t think I could use this if I was just single shampooing, however it works perfect for the way I use it.
Repurchase? Already have.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume (£6.49)
Of course, Batiste dry shampoo is featuring in this empties as usual. I love this Heavenly Volume version and it’s now the one I always buy when I need a restock. I try not to use it too much as I don’t think it is the best for your hair, but since I have oily hair, I definitely always have this on hand. I probably use this about two times a week.
Repurchase? Yes, always!
Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Shower Gel mini (£22 for 300ml)
Another mini that I received in the cult beauty calendar last year. I’ve wanted to try Molton Brown for a while and this was definitely lovely to use. The scent was really nice and unique, and the gel lathered well! However, this brand is so pricey and I don’t think I would ever spend £22 on a shower gel. But it was nice to try it out.
Imperial Leather Tropical Rainforest Shower Gel (£1)
This Imperial Leather shower gel is definitely more in my budget! I often just pick up any cheap shower gel that’s on offer. I have always enjoyed the Imperial Leather ones I’ve tried and this one is no different. I am a fan of fruity scents as they’re very refreshing.
Repurchase? I would do!
Yankee Candle Christmas Morning Punch (£24.99)
I picked this up in the sales after Christmas because it smells so good! It’s super fruity. Yankee Candles really are good – the scents fill the room much more intensely than cheaper candles and for me, it is worth the price as they’re not stupidly high.
Repurchase? Yes. Currently burning ‘Clean Cotton’!
Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Serum (£4.99)
I’ve used this serum on and off for ages now. It’s a nice moisturising affordable serum to have in my skincare cabinet! I like to incorporate vitamin E into my routine as it is a great anti-oxidant, which helps protect the skin against pollution etc.
Repurchase? I haven’t yet but I really should!
Nivea MicellAIR Water (£4.29)
I always like to have some micellar water in my skincare cabinet, to use as a first remover of makeup, or to remove swatches, or clean up eyeliner etc. The Nivea one is my favourite, is doesn’t leave residue or cause any irritation on my skin, unlike the Garnier one!
Repurchase? Already have.
Johnsons Makeup Be Gone Wipes (£2.50)
These are ALWAYS in my empties posts so I won’t say too much.. I love these wipes as they’re perfectly saturated in liquid, they’re not drying and they’ve never caused any skin issues for me. I do always use a cleanser after using these wipes, so perhaps that’s why I’ve not experienced any issues. If you are going to use makeup wipes, I recommend these ones!
Repurchase? Already have.
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel SPF 15 Moisturiser sample (£37 for 50ml)
I got this Clarins sample a while back as I wanted to try one of their moisturiser options. I decided to try this Hydra-Essentiel one which is for normal to dry skin, with the added SPF 15. In all honesty this cream did not live up to my high expectation of Clarins. It has a white cast, probably due to the SPF, but it is way more of a white cast than any other moisturisers I’ve used with SPF. I also found this a little too greasy, which is strange as I often love a thick cream for dry skin. This just didn’t work for me.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream (£28)
I purchased this eye cream a while back after hearing Kathleen Lights on YouTube recommend it for dark circles. The small tube has lasted me such a long time, so the price point which initially I felt was too high, didn’t work out so bad after all. I only used this at night time. When I first started using this I remember being so obsessed with it! It really seemed to brighten my under eyes. Looking back, I’m unsure if it did actually do that, or if I just had that in my head. Since purchasing this, I fell in love with other eye creams, mostly from Clinique. This Kiehl’s one has some essential oils, so I feel it could’ve been contributing to the dryness under my eyes, so I am going to not repurchase for a while and see what happens.. if my darkness increases, I will 100% repurchase this, if my dryness improves, I won’t!
Repurchase? We will see.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (£29)
I finally used up this Too Faced primer! Having a drier skin type, I like to use a hydrating primer. This cream based one is ideal as is really added moisture to my skin, prepping it well for foundation application. It led to smoother softer skin. If you’re more into pore filling, or blurring primers, then this won’t be for you. It mostly just hydrates the skin leaving it soft for foundation, but that is alls I am looking for!
Repurchase? Already have.
Tatti Lashes x2
I’ve used up two pairs of Tatti Lashes – TL39 and TL4. Both of these styles are quite full and dramatic, which is what I’ve been loving lately! TL39 is fluffier and I probably prefer these ones, however I loved them both. These lasted so well as the quality is amazing – I got loads of wears out of each pair. 100% worth the price – which in my opinion is pretty reasonable anyway.
Repurchase? Still have plenty pairs!
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (£16)
Now this one I haven’t actually fully used up the liner… because I lost it! I think I must have left it on holiday by accident, maybe it fell out of my makeup back. It is VERY unlike me to misplace makeup, and since it’s still not shown up I’m pretty sure it’s been left there. I still had the box so I thought I may as well include this in my empties. This eyeliner was so good! Super easy to use, long lasting, didn’t smudge or bleed.
Repurchase? I have a couple of other liners to use at the moment, but maybe another time.
Too Faced Drama Queen Lashes (£12)
My other fave brand for lashes has got to be Too Faced, solely for this ‘Drama Queen’ pair. These are probably my favourite lash at the moment. I think they work so well for my eye shape and always look nice no matter what eye shadow I am wearing. This quality is once again amazing, and I got loads of uses out of these. Too Faced haven’t been producing lashes for super long, but I’m so glad they made these!
Repurchase? Already have.
KVD Beauty Lock It Liquid Foundation (£29)
I finally finished up this KVD foundation which I’ve had for so long! I didn’t think I would see this day this featured in my empties.. I had the smallest amount left for ages and I didn’t want to use it all up! I adored this foundation when I first got it. For a while it was my favourite. I love that this gives me high coverage whilst also not looking too thick or cakey. It lasts really well on the skin, but it does go a bit ‘oily’ throughout the day. For me, I don’t mind as I like that look, but if you have oily skin then you may not love that. I definitely still love this foundation, however since using others, it’s not my number one favourite, but it’s still an amazing option!
Repurchase? I already have as I like having it in my collection.
Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (£17.50)
This is such a classic lipstick and it’s honestly my most worn. I love the deeper rosy nude shade. The finish is also perfect – it is technically a matte lipstick but it is still super creamy and not drying AT ALL. It feels like a cream lipstick but looks more like a matte one. My favourite way to wear this is to pair it with Fenty Lipgloss in fussy, as it emphasises the pinker tones.
Repurchase? I have TWO in back up. (I think this was an accident..)
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer (£25)
If you read my blog at all, you will probably already know that I am so obsessed with this concealer. It has featured in empties before. This is the only concealer I use at the moment.. it’s super creamy and bendable but it gives me such amazing high coverage. It doesn’t feel heavy to me despite that coverage, and it also doesn’t crease badly at all once it is set into place! I have mine in the shade Snow which is absolutely ideal for me. As I have dark under eyes which are a blue/purple tone, I like to use a concealer shade the same as my skin as opposed to a lighter one to highlight, as that only seems to make my under eyes look grey. If you’re looking to try a new full coverage creamy concealer, I really recommend this one if you’ve not tried it already.
That’s all my empties for this one! I hope that you have found this useful. Thanks so much for reading.