Hey everyone! Hope you’ve all been doing well. I’ve been super tired lately – if you don’t have me on social media etc, then you may not know that I am pregnant! I’ve just entered the second trimester, so I’m hoping the exhaustion will start to pass soon.. Today I’ve got a new empties post to share with you guys. It’s the first one of 2022, and I have a fair few products to discuss.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume (£6.49)
Even though I’ve been trying to not use quite as much dry shampoo lately, I still always have some on hand for when I wake up and just need that extra help. I like the volume one because I have really fine hair which lays pretty flat. They’ve recently changed the packaging of this, but from my experience the product is the same. Batiste is the only dry shampoo that I think really works in making the hair look less oily and fresher.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Watermelon – Shampoo & Conditioner (£6.00 each)
I picked up this duo a while ago when it hadn’t since launched. This watermelon version from the Garnier ultimate blends range is targeted towards fine hair & Garnier say that this is a ‘plumping’ shampoo and conditioner. I did like this duo, it left my hair feeling clean, fresh and light. It definitely didn’t feel weighed down which some shampoo and conditioners can cause, so I can see the ‘plumping’ aspect. I wouldn’t say this is particularly special, but for the price it is a great drugstore option for finer hair!
Repurchase? Maybe at some point
Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer (£25)
I’ve been using this heat protection for quite a while now and I’m still really enjoying it. It has a thin but creamy texture which helps to nourish hair as well as protect it from heat damage. I always spray this through my hair before blow drying, or using heat tools. I also use this sometimes on non wash days when my the ends of my hair are beginning to feel a little dry. I really like this as I feel as though it protects my hair as well at adding some extra moisture.
Sure Cotton Dry Anti-perspirant Deodorant (£1.75)
I tend to just pick up any deodorant which is on offer, or something that sounds appealing at the time. I liked this Sure one as it smelt good and kept me feeling fresh. It didn’t leave powdery white patches unlike some others (I’m looking at you Nivea…).
Repurchase? Probably at some point
Nivea Fresh Blends With Apricot, Mango & Rice Milk Shower Gel (£3.99)
A product I do like from Nivea is this fresh blends shower gel! I love fruity shower gels as they are super refreshing and leave me feeling cleaner than floral or sweet scents for some reason. This one lathered up well and lasted me such a long time.
The Body Shop British Rose Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub (£16 for 250ml)
I got the mini version of this The Body Shop scrub in a gift set and I’ve finally used it up! I loved the texture of this as it wasn’t too gentle or too harsh on the skin, which is ideal. I used to be obsessed with rose scents, but for some reason I’m kind of going off them now, so the scent wasn’t the best.
Repurchase? Probably not in this scent
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.49)
I’ve had this for embarrassingly long… I think Collection changed the packaging AGES ago. I only use this on my eyelids before eyeshadow these days, so I haven’t got through it very fast, and I actually still have another one in this packaging to use up. I used to love this concealer under my eyes, however I find it too drying now. However it works well to cover the veins and darkness on my eyelids. Plus, it’s so cheap!
Too Faced Hangover Pillow Balm (£18)
I’ve spoken about this Pillow Balm multiple times on my blog. It’s one of the best lip balms I’ve used and I pop it on every night before bed. I never wake up with dry chapped lips anymore. This nourishes the lips sooo nicely, leaving them feeling soft and more plump. I have 2 back ups of this, so it’s safe to say I’m obsessed and think it is 100% worth it.
Repurchase? Yes always!
Clinique Moisture Surge Mini (£39 for 50ml)
I got a mini of this free with another Clinique order that I placed, but I have also had the full size version in the past. They have slightly reformulated since I got this mini, however I believe it’s super similar. I really enjoy this gel moisturiser during the warmer months as it’s super light, however it probably isn’t enough for my dry skin during winter.
Repurchase? I have other moisturisers I prefer so probably not
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (£25 for 30ml)
I’ve used up the full size 30ml of the intense version of moisture surge. I really liked how moisturising this was for my skin. It’s definitely quite a heavy cream which may put some people off, however if you have dry skin then you may love it! I enjoyed using this, but I’m pretty sure it was breaking me out… so perhaps it was even too heavy for me.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Cleanser Rose & Lavender
I got through the limited edition rose & lavender version of my favourite Liz Earle cleanser. Although I adore this cleanser and will continue to use it, I wasn’t a huge fan of this scent. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no longer a lover of a rose scent, so this just wasn’t up my street. Having said that, the cleanser performed the exact same as the original scent.
Repurchase? In the original scent, yes
SOS SPF 50 (£13.84)
I’ve mentioned this one a few times on my blog before. It is my go-to SPF. I love that it’s such a high SPF but it doesn’t feel TOO heavy or thick on the skin. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely not a super light cream, however it does soak in nicely and leaves skin feeling moisturised and soft. Most importantly, it protects my skin! It doesn’t break me out or leave a white cast.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream (£13)
I picked this eye cream up quite a long time and I’ve used it in my skincare rotation just to use it up. I don’t think this is a bad eye cream, however it is very basic. If you don’t have any real issues with your under eye area, but you do want to use an eye cream then you might get on with this well. It isn’t too heavy but it is moderately moisturising. Personally, I need something thicker and more nourishing for my under eyes.
The Ordinary Niacinamide (£5.60)
I’ve had this serum in my skincare routine for quite a while now and I really think when I am using it consistently I can see the benefits in my skin – it doesn’t appear as red, and my pores look a little smaller. If you have oily skin, this can help reduce oil too! I personally have dry skin and still find this really good. Plus it is affordable!
Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream (£16)
I finally used up this day time moisturiser! I liked this cream as it really did give my skin a lovely radiant glow. It has a reasonably thick cream but not overly so. I found this pretty basic, but sometimes that is exactly what your skin needs. I find it ideal for the winter months when my skin needs that extra boost and glow.
And that’s all for my empties this time! What have you used up lately? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you found this post useful in some way.