Wednesday, 4 October 2017


This blog has been a long time coming, and at some point many moons ago, I started keeping hold of my used-up products for the empties posts I would eventually write. Now that I've finally stopped thinking about blogging and started actually blogging, I have a whole big box of junk to make my way through and enough material to write several epicly long empties posts, starting with this one. I'll try to keep my musings on each product brief so that getting through this post doesn't require ten hours of scrolling.

REN cleansing gels are my go-to cleansers, and this one is my favourite. It's light, gentle, non-drying and (you guessed it) smells like roses. I'm currently trying out another cleanser, but when I'm done with that one, I will be repurchasing this one.

This is very similar to the Rosa Centifolia one. Its texture is the same and its effect on my skin is pretty much identical. The main reason I prefer the Rosa Centifolia one is that it has a nicer smell. This one has a more herbal scent.

I've made my way through two bottles of this skin-quenching serum, and I'll most likely buy a third. It has a thin, fluid consistency so layers nicely under moisturiser, and its hydration-boosting properties really pack a punch. It's quite heavily fraganced, but I enjoy the scent and have never experienced any irritation from it.

Speaking of pleasant smells, this Origins moisturiser smells like oranges and makes my nose happy. Its perky, zingy scent is designed to give you a boost in the morning, and its lightweight gel-cream texture absorbs into the skin immediately - perfect for when you want to put on makeup right after application. I did like this moisturiser, but there are others I like more, so I'm not sure how likely I am to repurchase. (Despite how tempting that smell is.)

Bioderma Hydrabio Light Cream (Discontinued)
This was my perfect moisturiser. It was the best face cream to ever come into contact with my complexion. I say 'was' because by the time I'd used up this bottle, it had been discontinued and I'M STILL DEVASTATED. My skin is extremely oily but prone to flakiness which, as you can imagine, makes finding a suitable moisturiser a Herculean task. This was The One. The perfect lightweight-but-intensely-hydrating formula. And now it's been replaced by a not-even-slightly-similar reformulation.

In happier news, this face mask knocked my socks off, and I can/will repurchase it. It's a deep-cleansing and exfoliating clay mask that's kind to sensitive skin but still highly effective. It has quite a light and creamy consistency for a clay mask, but while it feels less intense during wear-time than its thicker peers, its effects are even more visible. It effortlessly unclogs pores and sloughs away dead skin cells. It makes my face feel so thoroughly clean and smooth and fresh, without drying it out or irritating it the way so many other clay masks do.

There was a time when the mere thought of paying almost £10 for a lip balm would've had me scoffing, but I've now repurchased this cult favourite several times over and it has been worth every penny. No other lip balm comes close to matching the lip-nourishing power of this one. I can put it on in the morning and not have to reapply for the rest of the day. I can put it on at bedtime and still feel it doing its work the next morning. Minimal amounts are required to keep my lips in perfect condition all the time. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is one of very few products I actually feel I can't be without.

If you're looking for a simple but effective primer that prolongs foundation wear-time and works for pretty much any skin type, you're looking for the Max Factor Facefinity Primer. It's a no-frills kind of product - it doesn't promise to erase pores and make you glow and all but give you a new face - but it does what it says on the tin, and it's fab. I've already repurchased it.

Lightweight and satiny, this is a powder for those of you who like to set your foundation without really mattifying it. It has a very natural, skin-like finish; it doesn't look at all powdery on the face. And it smells like apricot - a happy bonus. I'm not likely to pick up another one because my greasy t-zone requires a powder with more potent shine-busting properties, but I do think it's a great product and would recommend it to anyone whose skin is more on the normal-to-dry end of the spectrum.

I talked about this bronzer in my previous post, and the one I mentioned there was a repurchase because this is a real gem. The shade '01' is a pasty girl's best friend, and the powder itself has a nice light texture that looks natural on the skin. This was the first bronzer I ever purchased, and it's still my go-to.

I also mentioned this in my previous post - the one in the photo above is the last one I used up in the old packaging. Gimme Brow is a real staple for me. If you're too lazy to fill in your brows but you'd like them to look just a little more groomed, pick up this product and prepare for your world to be rocked.

No other brow gel plasters those hairs into place like this Anastasia one. It's brow superglue. It's fantastic. The one you see above is a mini version I got in a little Anastasia gift set last year, and it lasted an impressively long time, so I can only assume that the full-sized one contains half a lifetime's worth of product.

This is a good liner pen, especially considering its teeny tiny price tag, but it doesn't quite fit my preferences. The brush isn't precise or flexible enough for my tastes, but it's definitely worth checking out if you prefer a firmer nib. I know a lot of liner-beginners find them easier to work with.

It's been a little while since I used up this mascara, and the main thing I remember about it is regularly stabbing myself in the eye with its very firm, spiky plastic brush. As that brush description would indicate, this is more of a lengthening and separating mascara than a volumising one. Its standout feature performance-wise was its lasting power - I found it more difficult to remove than most other mascaras I've used - but I didn't really like it as much as I do my drugstore faves. I'm yet to be converted to high-end mascaras; they just don't do anything their affordable counterparts can't do!

Moving on to another hyped-up mascara... And I totally don't get it. I really don't like this mascara. The curved plastic brush is clunky and awkward. It picks up too much product, transfers it to the lashes in clumps, and smudges bits onto my lids and under-eyes almost every time I apply it. I suppose we can't completely rule out inept application on my part, but I don't have this problem with other mascaras...

I didn't quite succeed in being brief there, did I?

What products have you used up lately?
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