The two months since my last empties post passed quicker than you can say ‘goodbye summer’. As such, reluctantly, I’ve accepted that it’s now Autumn. It isn’t that I don’t love the idealistic associations we have with the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice, it’s that I really, really dislike its soggy, cold, and gloomy alter-ego. Let’s just say that I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we experience more of the former this season.
Regardless, there’s something satisfying about completion. It possibly has a lot to do with the promise of a fresh start that accompanies the end of a season or using up the very last of a product. So with that, here are my thoughts on my makeup, skincare and haircare empties from the last two months.
REVOLUTION GLOW FIX | £5.00
Quite unsurprisingly, this doesn’t much compare to my higher end fixing spray favourites. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t recommend it. On your average day, when you don’t have full-glam to set, this is fine for doing the job at a fraction (around a quarter, to be precise) of the price.
What this is really good for though, is skin prep. A couple of sprays onto your Beauty Blender before using it on concealer and foundation, and you’re set. It definitely gave me more of a glow (admittedly in the use of the last half of a bottle, given that I’d not adhered to the ‘shake before use’ instruction).
SEVENTEEN MIRACLE MATTE POWDER | £10-ISH
I have a feeling that I stocked up on these at a bargain price before Boots discontinued the brand. I wouldn’t pay the tenner that they’re being sold for on Amazon now, but it is a good powder for setting and providing pretty long-lasting matte.
MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS CHERRY ME | £3.99
Remember when these were all the rage? I remember buying these on the recommendation of OG YouTubers like Zoella (before her re-brand of course) and Tanya Burr.
I’ve gone through a few of these in my time. Although I don’t think they’re a great balm, they certainly are more moisturising than your average lipstick and provide a nice hint of colour. I won’t be repurchasing this time around but for the price, it does make a good handbag addition.
HAIRCARE & FRAGRANCE
This made my 2019 New Year Beauty Staples and is firmly on my repurchase list. With all of the beauty products out there, you know somethings a winner when you just have to keep using it, don’t you?
This smooths and shines my hair in the best way, without weighing it down (I have fine hair so I find this a common issue). Oh, and it smells great too.
THE BODY SHOP HONEYMANIA EAU DE TOILETTE | £20-ISH
I love including fragrances in my empties because they often take me a good while to use.
Although this is listed on the Body Shop website, it looks like an in-store purchase only so they haven’t shown a price for it. Other Google results range, but from those, I’d say it’s around £20.
I love honey so this has been the perfect scent over summer. It’s fresh, light, sweet, and well, genuinely does smell like honey.
CLARINS MULTI-ACTIVE DAY CREAM | £42.00
I received a 30ml size of this when I attended the Inthefrow X Clarins event earlier in the year. It’s lasted me a good few months so I’d say that the full 50ml is a good investment in terms of cost-per-use.
It claims to target fine lines, the effectiveness of which is always difficult to report back on as someone who uses these kinds of products in a preventative way. However, overall, my skin got on well with this. Plus, it smells great.
Generally, I’m a big fan of No7 Advanced skincare and it’s featured in a few empties posts. This has been created to work with the skin’s natural night time repair processes and I’m not sure how they achieve that, but I love it.
This is another product that smells great. It also keeps my skin hydrated and acts as a preventative measure. In the mornings, after having used this the night before, my skin really does look taken care of.
SKN-RG EVOLUTION ALPHA SERUM | £75.00
I won’t go into too much detail as I reviewed the Alpha Serum a little while ago. Overall, I enjoyed using this and SKN-RGs ethical perspective and use of technology is impressive.
It’s taken a while to make it to my empties as I only really used it in the mornings. For £75 I’m glad to report that it lasted a while, which in my eyes, makes it a better investment.
BENEFIT IT’S POTENT EYE CREAM | £28.00
I have a complicated relationship with this product. Initially I featured it in (a really old) favourites post, and then I featured it in an anti-recommendations. I know this seems like a contradiction, but in each post I address my disappointment in how ineffective this is in terms of brightening.
Ultimately, I like this, and it has worked really well for me when my under-eyes are drier than usual. However, for such a high pricepoint, I expect better results and definitely won’t rush to repurchase.
CLARINS PORE-LESS BLUR & MATTE STICK | £15.00
This is another complicated one. It works great, but the pores on either side of my nose are quite large and I need a lot of product in order to achieve the results I want. That’s fine, but this is pretty expensive considering how quickly I got through it and in comparison to my pore-refining staples.
If your pores are only slightly enlarged then I’d recommend this as I love how easy it is to apply. Unfortunately, I personally just need something that packs more of a punch.
I hope that these insights prove helpful, both the highs and the lows. I’ll be back with my Autumnal empties in December which will be the last one of the year- scary!
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