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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.



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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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.


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.



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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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.



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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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.


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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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.


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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  • 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 /

    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 |

    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

    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.

    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

    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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