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End Of Year Beauty Empties | Best & Worst From The Last Two Months

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How is it that I’m already writing about the very last beauty products I used in 2019? I’m not entirely sure where the year went, but one of my goals throughout it was to work on streamlining my beauty collection. It’s actually a little crazy to think about all of the products I used up as a result. Over the last three months, I produced so many beauty empties, that it’s only really worth telling you about the best and worst of the lot.



For a long time, I avoided falsies for fear of them peeling off without my knowledge and leaving me looking a little deranged. I don’t really know where the fear stems from, but I do know that with Duo, it’s not something I have to worry about. This is the only eyelash glue that I’ll use because I have full faith in its wear.

You only need the tiniest amount per use, so it tends to ‘go off’ before it runs out. I get rid of mine after about half a year when the consistency and smell begin to slightly change.


Aside from this mascara, I’m not familiar with the brand. I do, however, know that it’s stocked in M&S, so it’s cruelty-free. There’s not much I can say about this other than it’s just what I want in a mascara. It adds volume and length, has a pretty impressive staying power, and doesn’t smudge under the eyes.

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I’ve had this in a beauty drawer longer than I’d care to admit. As someone who flits through perfumes, it can take me a while to use up larger bottles.

Parisienne is sweet, bordering on sickly. Towards the end of the bottle, I felt as though it was something my Nan would appreciate far more than I was. The beauty of perfume is that it’s subjective, and I did love this when I originally bought it.


I recommend avoiding this product. Although I won’t speak for it’s worth as a heat protector, I can say that by spraying it, you’ll subject everything within a mile radius to being pretty sticky for the foreseeable.

It took me a while to figure out why, periodically, my vanity, phone, and floor were all covered in a sticky residue. It was this. Avoid.


I’m 100% behind the brand ethos of Freshly Cosmetics. I’ve tried a few of their products and all are ethical, sustainable, and refuse to compromise on quality. This smells delicious, does what it says on the tin, and is gentle on the skin. Hey- that rhymes.


Sugar Crush is one of my all-time favourite scents. It achieves a perfect balance of fresh and sweet and is the most invigorating scent for morning use.

Soap & Glory body butters speak for themselves, don’t they? To summarise; affordable, moisturising, and comfortable on the skin.


I am one of the world’s worst fake tanners. I’m far too lazy for impeccable upkeep and have no shame in tanning only the body parts that people (my lucky, lucky, boyfriend excluded) will actually see. For that reason, I opt for tanning products that make my life easier wherever possible. I punctuate standard tanning products with those that are quick to use, or even better, don’t need to be washed off at all.

Unlike the many fake tans which suggest leaving on for two hours but which everyone knows is code for ‘sleep in the stuff’, this one really does work in only an hour or so. I still tend to leave it on for longer than suggested, but it’s my go-to for last-minute plans which require a tan.

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I’m not going to go into this in too much detail, as I have already written a review in the form of a Neek First Impressions. Essentially, its another brand with a great ethos (sustainable packaging and vegan) and this makes a nice morning moisturiser.


I often speak about my love for the glow tonic range. Of which, the toner and cleansing gel are perhaps my favourite products. It took a little while to get used to this, as it doesn’t foam like cleansers I’m used to. After realising how amazing this stuff makes my skin look, it’s a minor annoyance I can completely forgive.


I have a feeling they rebranded this a while ago, but at one point I held a little stockpile. The No7 hot cloth cleansers have made up a few of my beauty empties as they’re an affordable, and slightly more gentle, version of the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. I use it specifically to remove makeup in the shower, and it leaves my skin clean and super soft.

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And there we have it. The best and worst of the beauty products that helped me see out 2019.

I feel as though beauty empties aren’t focused on as much as they used to be? Although reviews are, of course, helpful, I like empties as they provide a slightly better insight into what people are using day in and day out. My opinions on products also quite frequently change over the course of using them, so it’s a completely honest account of beauty I’ve had a lot of experience with. I’d love to know if they’re something you find helpful?


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  • Reply Mica

    I did used to have a heat protector spray back when my hair was longer and I had to straighten it a lot but I found like you did with yours that everything got a bit sticky, haha! Now I just try not to use heat on my hair too often!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂 We are safe from the bushfires still, and so thankful.

    January 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have really fine hair so have to use it regularly but this is by far the worst I’ve tried!

      I’m so glad to hear it- hoping you stay that way and for some relief for those who aren’t as lucky x

      January 7, 2020 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Gemma

    Ah I love the Sugar Crush range, their body butters are to die for xx

    January 6, 2020 at 2:23 am
  • Reply Megan

    Where did you get that cute storage box from? Love that!! I swear by that DUO glue when I wear strip lashes, I never go back to any other glue now. Also, I need to give Pixi a go, I can’t believe I haven’t used any of their products yet! x

    Megan Elizabeth

    January 6, 2020 at 8:53 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s cute isn’t it! Theres a link to it in my eco-friendly gift guide. I’m the same – Duo is definitely my go to! Ooh I love Pixi, their glow range is my favourite x

      January 7, 2020 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Hena Tayeb

    These all look like some great products.

    January 6, 2020 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Nina

    That shower gel and Pixi cleansing gel sound lovely.

    January 7, 2020 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    The No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser caught my eye. This is something I would want to try along with the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel. What can I say, I like trying cleansers.

    January 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love trying cleansers too! These ones are both great ones, Pixi for every day and the hot cloth for a more moisturising treatment! x

      January 10, 2020 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    Great roundup. I can’t imagine life without Soap & Glory body butters, I’m pretty sure every British female starts using them around the age of 12 then has one…forever? Such staples. That mascara sounds pretty good! I’ve very recently started wearing it again so I’m excited to start trying new ones again x


    January 7, 2020 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Haha I totally agree, I love them and they’re so affordable. I’d definitely recommend trying this one out if you’re in need of a new one, I get on so well with it! x

      January 10, 2020 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Valerie

    I’m loving this beauty empties post! Your insight regarding each of these products is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    January 9, 2020 at 12:27 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you- I’m so glad you think so! x

      January 10, 2020 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Bash Harry

    I throw away my empties before I can really do an Empties post. I will say though, I definitely have gone through two DUO Lash Glues. They are amazinngggg

    with love,
    Hey Bash

    January 9, 2020 at 12:38 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      As someone who LOVES emptying products and decluttering, it is quite annoying for me to store them for these posts haha! Oh I’m so glad you love Duo too, I swear by it! x

      January 10, 2020 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Des | itsbetterinheels

    I like how you included products that didn’t work out for you. I feel like people don’t necessarily talk about the products that didn’t work for them, I almost find those products/reviews more interesting to read about LOL.
    DUO lash glue is so popular, I haven’t read a bad thing about them. Thanks for sharing your beauty empties with us!

    Des |

    January 10, 2020 at 4:20 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’d always want to know whether a product wasn’t worth investing my money into so I’m glad you find it helpful too! x

      January 10, 2020 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Katrina

    I love reading about beauty empties, it helps me to know which products are actually worth buying if someone’s managed to use them up!
    I love the sound of the Norvell Rapid Mousse – I hate tanning products that don’t work instantly, I’m too impatient & I’m also a huge fan of the Duo lash glue, I use it so infrequently I hate having to throw it away when it’s time’s up x

    January 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Me too! I’m also really nosy so just like knowing what other people use haha! The Norvell 1Hour is so great and I’m glad to hear you love Duo as much as I do! x

      January 12, 2020 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Makeup Muddle

    Oh I am obsessed with the Sugar Crush range! They’ve just launched a coconut range, and I can’t wait to try them as I love their scents so much xo

    Makeup Muddle

    January 30, 2020 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh it just smells divine doesn’t it? Oh I had no idea about the coconut range- I can’t wait to get my hands on it!x

      February 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

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