Products Empties | March 2018

It has been a good, long time since I’ve done an empties post. Which means I’ve collected a fair few!

Empties post are always my favourite to both read and write, because I feel like true, well-informed opinions can be expressed.

So without further or do, here are the empties!


Lush Dare Lipstick

This, in my opinion is not worth the money. The product completely dried out, so I only got to use about half of it, but that was enough to now this isn’t a good product. I did purchase another shade at the same time, which somehow is still creamy and going strong, which makes me think Lush’s colours, being vegan and “fresh”, probably have a lot of ingredient variation that effects the formula.

It’s a stunning deep colour, but after about an hour of wear, my lips felt as dry as a desert and this was flakey. Not a pretty look.

For £13, you don’t get much and the product isn’t even good.

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

I got this in a Soap and Glory Christmas Set that I posted a haul of last year. In that post I mention I wasn’t a fan, as it’s awful for lengthening (which is the main feature I go for in a mascara). I concur, it’s still not for me. But I do think girls with length and who are after volume, would love this. It’s pretty much in the name.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

I adore this foundation. It’s full coverage, whilst still looking natural and non drying. The only reason I haven’t repurchased this, because while I was waiting for a gift-with-purchase offer, I found a good deal on one of the counter/industrial size bottles of Estee Lauder Double Wear in my shade. It was a good find. I’ll probably revisit this foundation one day.

No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara Mini

This is an unsung hero. Fantastic mascara with both lengthening and volumising qualities. I especially liked the curved, yet slim-line brush, which is easy to manoeuvre I’ve gone through a full size of this two already, from when I used to work for Boots, when this was first released and I love it.

Mavala Nail Polish in Ankara Mini

This is a lovely, classic, leaning slightly rasberry, red. Very flattering. I also enjoyed the formula, as it doesn’t chip quickly, even without a top coat.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Now, I do feel like this is overhyped. I didn’t have any particular concerns or problems with it, I’ve just used cheaper eye primers that perform just as well. I great, more budget friendly (by a long shot) alternative is the Elf Eye Primer.


Tony Moly Face Nutrition and Moisturising Masks

These are nice, but only really found immediate effects, which didn’t even last over 24 hours. Probably better to use before an event, instead for general skin maintenience.

I did prefer the Moisturising Mask and I felt it nice and did more for my skin, but I wouldn’t repurchase either, especially as they aren’t the cheapest.

I’m not 100% certain it wasn’t hormonal/period related, but the day after using the Nutrition mask, I had a fair few small pimples. Maybe avoid if you have spot prone or congested skin.

Lancome Bi Facil Mini

This makeup remover is a dream. Very oily, so my skin felt so soft after use. This also dissolves water proof mascara like a dream.

I would love to repurchase this, but even the thought of spending £26 on an eye makeup remover makes me want to curl up and cry. It’s not quite the same, but the Garnier Delicate Skin Micellar Water has replaced this, despite not feeling quite so luxurious

Dr Paw Paw Original Clear Balm – Be warned, their website has autoplay sound

This a great, winter friendly lip balm. Very thick and moisturising. I also like to use this around chapped skin on the nose, when I have a cold. I’m already on my second tube of this.

Dermatologica Skin Hydrating Masque Sample

This mask (I refuse to say masque), is astounding. I honestly saw visible difference in my skin for days after use. Very moisturising and soothing.

I’m considering splurging on a bottle of a full bottle of this, as I’ve never used a mask as good as this one.

With that being said, you may want to avoid if you have sensitive skin, because there are some bad reviews regarding burning sensations on the reviews. Maybe, try and get your hands on a tester and patch test this before use, if you’re unsure.


L’Occitane Hand Cream in Almond Mini

This hand cream is lovely and luxurious. Very moisturising, while staying light on the skin. It also smells incredible.

However, I have other effective hand creams that are much cheap, I mostly like the Soap and Glory Hand Food. I do think this would make a great gift for someone.

Charlie Red Body Spray

I used to coat myself in this and Charlie Pink when I was in my early teens – way before I ever wore a perfume. So this was bought for nostalgic purpose.

It’s a very strong floral fragrance, so may be a bit of a acquired taste, but I personal love it. For a cheap spray, the fragrance last well – better on clothes than on skin.

I’m probably going to pick up a bottle of Charlie Pink now, to satisfy my nostalgic nose.

Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a whole host of uses and benefits in beauty and cooking, but liked using this as a deep hair conditioner.

I love applying this in the morning on a lazy day and letting it soak for hours.

It completely changes to behaviour of my hair, making it tame and sleek.

If you do use, please please please double shampoo this out throughly or you’ll look like you haven’t washed in weeks. Mistakes were made and a second shower was needed.

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

This is a brilliant body moisturiser, I’ve been using it for years and already have 2 backups to get through. I think that says it all.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Wash

This body wash is a punch of fragrance. It really nails the real, non artificial, strawberry scent, making it a dream to use. It didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped.

Not much more to say about a body wash, but I wouldn’t be adverse to buying this in the future, despite much more affordable options being available. But not until I finish the hoard of body washes that I have in my stash.

Anjou Vitamin C Serum

I got a set of these as a gift with purchase, with a home fragrance differ by the same brand.

I can’t vouch for how reputable this brand is, for keeping well preserve vitamin c in their products, which is why I wouldn’t repurchase. It felt lovely to use, but I’m not sure I noticed any visible changes from ongoing use.


Batiste Dry Shampoo – Various Fragrances 

I’ve been using Batiste for years and am always disappointed when I use any other brands. I’ve mentioned my love for these babies in a previous Empties post here.

I will always repurchase Batiste. Although I am considering trying Collab Hair, but I’m scared it won’t live up to my expectations

My favourite out of this selection, is the cherry fragrance, it smells beautiful.

Catwalk by Tigi Headshot Shampoo and Conditioners

I love this duo (which I can’t seem to find in a value set together anymore). Very nourishing and taming to the hair. They also smell pepperminty and gorgeous.

I replaced these with another Tigi set by Bedhead, as I always trust and enjoy Tigi hair products.


Lee Stafford Miracle Heat Defence Spray & Phillip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Both of these are good heat defence sprays and smelt nice, which is about as much as I can say on a heat defence spray.

If I had to differentiate, I would say the Phillip Kingsley spray is conditioning and therefore nicer.

In terms of repurchasing, I will just buy whatever is on offer, I’m not picky.

Lee Stafford Dehumidifier

I was dead spectacle about this product initially, but it does actually work!

Great for days when you don’t want to have to deal with frizz, but are keeping things natural and don’t need hairspray.

I will be repurchasing this.

Lee Stafford Growth Mask

I’m not sure if one tub of this is enough to really say if it’s effective with hair growth or not. I have used a tub of this before, but not back to back with this one. But I can say this made me very dry and often irritated scalp flake free and left my hair silky and smelling like an expensive perfume.

I think keeping your scalp moisturised will probably promote hair growth, so I may repurchase again and try to be more regular with usage.

Superdrug Ultra Firm Hold Hairspray

Nothing about this is Ultra Firm Hold. I felt like I was spraying a can of air into my hair; it did nothing. And absolutely didn’t hold a style. Don’t bother with this one.

I’m all for good value, and this is very cheap, but no product is worth any money if it doesn’t work.


So that’s it! Phew, is anyone still reading? If so, drop me a comment, let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if you’re now going to pick any of these up!


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