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Recent Beauty Empties Mini-Reviews | August & September

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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.

MAKEUP

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).

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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

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY 5-IN-1 STYLING TREATMENT | £24.00

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.

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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.

SKINCARE

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.

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No7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCED NIGHT CREAM | £25.00

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.

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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!

*  This post contains one (previously) gifted item. As always, all words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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17 Comments

  • Reply Kiran

    I didn’t know Seventeen had been discontinued, that is such a shame! Great post, I haven’t tried anything from Clarins xx

    October 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Yes it has from Boots! Thanks so much, I really rate Clarins in general x

      October 7, 2019 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Becca

    I looove a good empties post – I love seeing what products people actually make it to the end of! I also bought a baby lips on the recommendation of Youtubers back in the day, and, I’m gonna be honest, I never really got the hype?!

    Becca / becc4.co.uk

    October 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m the same, so nosy and love hearing what other people think! No, I quite like it for a casual reapplication throughout the day but wouldn’t say it’s a must have! x

      October 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    I agree, using up a product that’s been hanging around is very satisfying. I’m the same, particularly with shampoo for some reason! I
    Loved what you said about autumn’s alter ego, so true isn’t it! Autumn is my favourite season but I don’t like the dank, dark days and frizzy hair! Fab post as always. x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    October 7, 2019 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Isn’t it just?! Agreed, I like Autumn but definitely not those aspects of it! Thanks so much x

      October 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Monika Hudová

    I love that eye cream from Benefit, it’s so fresh!

    xoxo | Mona from http://lipstickverse.com/

    October 8, 2019 at 1:30 am
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream sounds great for night time hydration. I will be looking for this for the winter months.

    https://debsdecorativelife.com

    October 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It really is, I completely recommend it! x

      October 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I agree with you on the whole Autumn season, I like the things that go along with it like the crunchy leaves and everything Pumpkin but it’s so cold and rainy all the time! I always say it’s my fave season, but I feel like it might actually be Spring thats my fave. I love the body shop fragrances, for a long time my favourite was the Mango one – but they’re all so sweet and smell great!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    October 10, 2019 at 1:54 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha I’m so glad you relate! Oh I love spring and the feeling of new beginnings that come with it! Yes! I’ve not tried any others (other than the body sprays) but will definitely have a smell next time I pop in! x

      October 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Lucy Penn

    I find when reading Empties blogposts you really get a sense of what somebody loves and what somebody hates as you know they have used up all the product before reviewing! It’s a shame about the setting spray my favourite is the UD all nighter but at a pricey money point I’ve been trying to search for something rather similar but nothing has turned up yet sadly!

    October 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Absolutely! I’ve done a few first impressions posts but over the course of the product I think opinions can quite drastically change! Yes, my fave is the UD All Nighter too, but this one is great for priming the skin! x

      October 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply juliettsstyleglam

    I buy bodyshop products on the regular and for me it’s touch and go sometimes. I love Clarins but their prices could scare one off.

    October 15, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I haven’t bought from them in a while but like the products I have used! Yes they are on the pricier side but I do like to invest in my skincare x

      October 22, 2019 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Katrina Frances

    I love empties posts, it’s so interesting to read what people have and haven’t got on with.
    I think the Revolution Glow Fix sounds great, I hate using my MAC Fix+ or UD All Nighter everyday as I hate using it up! x

    November 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do too, I’m so nosey! I’m the exact same, I use those when I feel like I actually need extra lasting power, but for every day they’re just too pricey x

      November 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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