The product empties challenge is something I began last year in an attempt to minimise my makeup collection. Although my drawers are still fairly packed, I am slowly but surely whittling them down so that they only feature products I love. Over the past two months I’ve finished off some great products.. and had one that was destined to the bin way before its time.
Collection Sheer Loose Powder | £2.99
I repurchase this over and over again. It’s a great baking powder and is super affordable too.
I’ve repurchased this even more times than I have the powder and it even featured in my last product empties. I have a couple of different shades, one for actually concealing and one for highlighting under the eyes and the bridge of the nose. You won’t find a better concealer for this price point anywhere.
Maybelline FIT me! Concealer | £5.99
This is quite a nice creamy concealer for a good price. It’s lightweight so sits comfortably under the eyes without creasing. Most of the concealers I have with around the same level of coverage can be quite drying, so this one is a favourite.
Crown All Day Setting Spray | £10.00
This is a good product but the spray function lets it down. It definitely doesn’t generate a fine mist that’s comfortable to use directly onto the face. It lets out too much product and basically just soaks your face, which I’m not okay with. Instead I’ve been using this to dampen my beautyblender before applying foundation.
I reviewed a few hair care products from Fabriah recently and the shampoo was the first to bite the dust. I’ll let you read the full review for more information but to summarise: it’s a yes from me.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel | £32.00
I swear by Dermalogica skincare and their cleansing gel is one of my skincare staples. The only cleanser that could possibly contend in similarity of product and results is Clinque’s Liquid Facial Soap Mild. For my usual combination skin, both work wonderfully but if the Dermalogica is definitely the best for when my skin is feeling more sensitive (I rarely suffer with eczema) than usual.
Revuele Argan Oil Eye Elixir | £2.14
I’ve tried a lot of eye creams and this one is not only one of the best but perhaps the cheapest too. It’s nice and light so sinks in comfortably and moisturises well.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions | £39.00
Whilst I’m disappointed that I’ve still not found the miracle cure for my large pores, this one comes the closest by a long way. Mind you, for it’s price point it should. I’m very sceptical of pore refining skincare products generally and after using this for so long I’d lost track of whether it was actually helping at all. I didn’t immediately repurchase this and after around two weeks of skipping it out of my skincare regime I’ve definitely noticed a negative effect. Although it won’t magic away your pores, it made mine appear much smaller (I’d say it roughly halved the size of mine) and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
This claims to tighten pores, moisturise, detoxify and soothe. I’d agree with the two latter and I’d also chuck in that it does a really good job of brightening too. I really like this mask but when linking it I really struggled to find anywhere that actually sold it rather than somewhere which just provides information. For that reason I’m likely to not bother repurchasing it and to go for the L’Oreal mask that inspired it instead.
Wake Skincare Eye Gel | £16.95
I featured this in a highlights post last February and it’s only now making my empties! I’ve really enjoyed using this in the mornings as its gel consistency is soothing and cooling- perfect for puffy morning eyes.
The last and most certainly least of this lot of empties is this little number from Eyewake. I’m sure that this comes from the same company as the Wake skincare eye gel above so I was a little confused by the mixed branding. I actually positively reviewed this on Amazon and really enjoyed it for the first few months of its use. That is, until it went bad. After around 3-4 months of being opened it just turned, much like gone-off milk. Not only did it begin to change consistency but it also smelled off. I know all beauty products do have a shelf-life but I’ve never come across one this short before. I had to throw away around a quarter of a jar and it’s definitely put me off wanting to use this product again.
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