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The First Beauty Empties Post of 2020 | Mini Reviews

2020 Beauty Empties
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Hello and welcome to my first beauty empties post of 2020! I’m not sure how it’s already April but I think this may be the strangest year I’ve lived through so far. We’re seeing shortages of pasta and toilet roll but I’m pretty confident that I have enough skincare and makeup to last me a very long time, even despite all of the recent beauty empties.



Tan is one of the beauty products that I’m quite particular with. Let’s be honest, no one can pull off a patchy tan, so naturally I avoid it at all costs. Bondi Sands is one of my favourite fake tan brands and they have made several of my beauty empties.

I’ve tried plenty of shades but find that dark typically works best for me. I also leave it on far longer than it suggests to on the bottle, usually overnight.


I get bored of scents very quickly, so my perfumes typically last me quite a while. I’ve had this one for years and have really loved it but it is one that reminds me of a past life so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

2020 Beauty Empties, Body
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Elemis create such beautiful spa skincare products. I was prescribed this a while ago by an Aqua Sana beauty therapist to combat dehydrated skin. This is such a beautiful and relaxing toner that’s effective as well as gentle.


I’m so lucky to be a Dermalogica Skinfluencer and I adore the vast majority of products that I’ve tried so far. Precleanse, though, has to be one of my favourites. It dissolves heavy and stubborn makeup so easily and is the perfect first step of an evening routine. I have no doubt that I’ll be repurchasing this.


My skin absolutely loves this moisture boost. I usually find adding products to my beauty empties pile so satisfying, but with this, I was just upset that I’d finished it. One of my biggest skin problems is dehydration and using this before my night cream has really made a difference. It’s another definite favourite.

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Hydration intense is definitely the right description for this product. I’ve been using this every other evening and have found it incredibly effective if a little heavy.


Clinique is one of my favourite skincare brands, but if I’m honest, this one just didn’t hit the mark for me. I was drawn to this because I like face creams that boast SPF, but this one is just very… average. With so many better alternatives (like their HydroBlur moisturiser) I wouldn’t necessarily recommend or repurchase it.


I love a good day cream and have quite enjoyed using this one. It’s wonderful for those dull complexion days as it has an actual sparkle to it. For this reason, I feel like it may be a love it or hate it type of product, but I’ve enjoyed using it as a base for my daily makeup.

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This is the contour option I tend to opt for day-to-day, so I’ve gotten through a few of them. For such an affordable product the contour shade is lovely and blendable and the highlight gives a very ‘your skin but better glow’.

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Foundations are one of the makeup products I’m more than happy to invest in. Typically I opt for high-end foundations, but so many people raved about this one that, for the price, I just had to try it.

Considering the price I was actually quite impressed with this foundation, it blends easily and is long-lasting. There’s a big BUT though. When I use it for more than a few days at a time I do find my skin rebelling. My top priority is great skin so I’m not about to sacrifice that to reduce my foundation costs. Saying that a lot of people do seem to get on with it, so it might be worth giving a go. If you don’t like it then you’ve only lost a fiver.


I bought this in Paris last year and was actually originally after the renowned Shape Tape. When I couldn’t track it down I settled for this one instead. Initially, I wasn’t a huge fan of the consistency, but it’s definitely grown on me over time. The shade range of Tarte concealers is incredible and this one is so long-lasting.


Last but not least is one of my favourite affordable mascaras. I purchased this myself but was recently sent the waterproof version by the lovely Soap & Glory team, which came at the perfect time. Now, having tried both, I would probably opt for the waterproof version when the time comes to repurchase, but both versions get a definite thumbs up from me.

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  • Reply Ellie Phillips

    This is like the 5th blog post I’ve read where someones mentioned the S&G mascara, i think it’s a sign i need it haha! But this has made me miss my precleanse, i was gifted it a while back and loved it so much i used it all but cant afford to buy it 🙁 such a good product!

    April 16, 2020 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      You definitely do! It’s so great for it’s price point – I miss my precleanse already but I’m not going to be repurchasing until I’ve gotten through a few more similar products. I know what you mean- it’s definitely on the pricier side! x

      April 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Mica

    I don’t have a concealer but I have heard good things about the Tarte one so I can see why you liked it! A nice mix of products you’ve liked or disliked here!

    Hope that you are having a good week 🙂

    April 16, 2020 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I feel like everyone’s doing empties posts at the minute and I wanna join in haha. I love Bondi Sands, it’s always my go-to tan. Also, I swear by the Sleek contour kit too, it’s so cheap and so good xx

    Megan Elizabeth

    April 17, 2020 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love reading them because I’m so nosy and I love writing them because it’s a great way to review what you did and didn’t love! They’re both such staples aren’t they?!x

      April 20, 2020 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Nancy

    Ooooh! I love reading about emptied products. Toners are great – they do so much for your skin. I love that your products are super affordable as well. I should look into using concealers again. Thanks for sharing all of these great options to check out!

    Nancy ♥

    April 18, 2020 at 5:48 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Me too! I totally agree- I have pretty bad dark circles under my eyes so concealers are a must but I wish I could get away with not wearing any! x

      April 20, 2020 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Sam | Violet Hollow

    So many empties! Great work. I love the S&G Thick and fast mascara and the Dermalogica precleanse is a favourite too xx

    April 19, 2020 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s so satisfying to finish off a product isn’t it? I’ve really been trying to use up my older ones first. I’m glad you like those too! x

      April 20, 2020 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Mai

    I’ve heard really good things about Dermalogica as a brand, but I haven’t tried any of their products yet. I might test it out after I finish my current stock of skincare items!


    April 20, 2020 at 1:05 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I absolutely adore them as a skincare brand, they’re in my top 3 for sure! Just no fuss skincare that really works! x

      April 20, 2020 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Bexa

    I always love reading these posts, they are such a great way to find out which products are worth buying! I’ve only ever tried Soap & Glory skincare and bath products and would be very tempted to test out their makeup range too – it’s good to see that both their mascaras are worth checking out and are affordable. Elemis have such amazing products too, they always remind me of a spa day! Thanks for sharing Soph! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    April 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad- I do too, I love hearing about how other people have been getting on with products! The S&G mascara is definitely worth checking out next time you’re in the market, it’s one of my favourite high-street ones for sure! Oh yes, Elemis always reminds me of the spa too, I think that’s one of the reasons I like them so much! x

      April 20, 2020 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    It shocks me how people get through so much beauty stuff cos mine tend to last me like, half a year. But that being said, I haven’t worn make up in what must be like, 2 months now haha! I really need to invest in a new tanning brand. I feel so much better with a tan but I don’t particularly enjoy using the one I’m using so I’ll definitely give Bondi Sands a go, thanks to your suggestion! <3

    April 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      A lot of my stuff lasts me a really long time too but over the last year I’ve been constantly using products rather than swapping and changing- so I’ve finished up quite a lot! Bondi Sands is an absolute failsafe for me- it’s never let me down so I hope you love it too! x

      April 22, 2020 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Lauren

    I like reading these posts and learning about new skincare and make up products to know what to try! Thank you for sharing these! ❤️

    April 20, 2020 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Carly

    I like the Bondi Sands Self-Tanning foam. I’ve used it up a bunch of times. Nice post.

    April 21, 2020 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I always find it so satisfying finishing a product too, I haven’t heard of a lot of these but that’s why I do enjoy reading these kind of posts and its good to see if something is worth buying. I do use the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara, I love how affordable it is and how good it is, its my fave!

    Chloe xx

    April 21, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s a great feeling isn’t it- unless you REALLY loved the product of course! I’m so glad you like the S&G mascara too, such an affordable staple! x

      April 22, 2020 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    I like getting the scoop on what works and what doesn’t from your product empties. Then, I know what to try the next time I visit a beauty online store.

    April 21, 2020 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you find them helpful! x

      April 22, 2020 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Ashlee

    I’ve been so curious about Elemis and their products so this was super awesome to know that their toner is gentle and works. I also like how honest you are about this list, I’ll be checking more of it out!

    April 22, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Ashlee, I’m glad you found it helpful x

      April 23, 2020 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Talya Stone

    Big fan of Dermalogica and Elemis here so glad to see some empties from them in this round up! Also quite a few brands I haven’t heard of here which is good to know.

    April 22, 2020 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Cristina Petrini

    When I conclude cosmetic products, I always ask myself which ones to buy and if it is worth it, but do you believe that most of the time I never buy the same product twice?

    April 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do as well! I have a select army of go-to products that I always repurchase but I definitely understand why you rarely buy the same product twice. The beauty industry is so saturated and new releases come so often that it makes sense to keep trying new things! x

      April 23, 2020 at 11:33 am
  • Reply chad

    I don’t know any of these brands to be honest! I already flipped your post to my wife, she is gonna benefit from your review.

    April 22, 2020 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I love posts like this. It helps me to figure out which new products I’m going to try.

    April 23, 2020 at 3:06 am
  • Reply Kate

    I’ve always wanted to try Caudalie products and that hydration SOS looks perfect for a frequent traveller like myself. I hope the hydration can survive a flight (that’s when we can even fly again!). Plus, the feeling of empties is so satisfying!

    April 23, 2020 at 9:03 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Definitely- this stuff is so rich that it would definitely survive a flight, and would be particularly perfect for a night flight! x

      April 23, 2020 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Sarah Ann

    I’ve used a toner from Elemis before (I think it was their Apricot one) but I’ve never tried this rehydraying one. My skin can be extremely dry, so this sounds right up my street!

    April 23, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh I’ve heard great things about their apricot one! The Ginseng one is definitely amazing for dehydrated skin x

      April 23, 2020 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle

    So glad you have sufficient beauty products as that is one thing I did not stock on! So looking at your suggestions and will in an order for some including the Elemis Toner which I always wanted to try.

    April 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh no! I hope you love the toner as much as I do, I can always find an excuse to put in a beauty order haha!x

      April 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Melanie williams

    I am always on the look out for new skin care and some new foundation, as my current ones are not working for me, so may have to try these out xx

    April 24, 2020 at 10:54 pm
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