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A Bag Full of Empties 2018

Don’t worry, you haven’t read the title wrong.

Here is another one of my crazy-late posts that actually got the chance of passing the finishing line!

I took these photos at the beginning of the year but if you have been keeping up, the start of 2019 started a bit shaky for me and quite frankly, I wasn’t in the mindset to want to fully blog leisurely.

I love a good empties post/video so it was always my intention to share this – just a matter of when. I’m still playing a bit of blog catch-up at the moment but I’ll be at the top of my blogging A-game soon in no time. 🙂

Now there’s a lot of products to cover so I’m going to keep it short and snappy for each one. Grab a cuppa and let’s get started!

Featured in this post:

Boots Organic 97% Organic Cleansing Balm
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil
Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Avene Thermal Water
Simple Soothing Toner
Simple Micellar Water
Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz
LUSH Tea Tree Water
Poppy Austin Vitamin C
Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid
Clinique Freshly Pressed Daily Booster
No7 Youthful Eye Serum
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
Clinique Moisture Surge
Clinique Sheer City Block SPF 25
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara
L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara (Waterproof)
Etude House Dr Mascara Fixer
MINISO 3in1 Eyebrow Pencil
Rimmel Translucent Powder
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray
Clarins Eau de Confort Nettoyante Express
Clarins Demaquillant Tonic Express (sample)
LUSH Honey Trip Lip Balm
Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
Simple Refreshing Shower Gel
Johnson’s Soft & Nourish Body Wash
E45 Cream
Allergenics Non-Steroidal Cream
Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion

Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil
YesTo Coconut Ultra Moisture Shampoo
YesTo Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner
Palmer’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
Boots Smooth Care Wax Strips
Balance Gold Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Masks

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
Soft Cotton Rounds from Home Bargains
Cien Soft Make-up Pads
Boots Double Faced Round Pads

Note: I’m aware that it’s a very long list so for my next set of empties, I’ll cap it at a reasonable amount each time!

Cleansers and a Beauty Water

Boots Organic 97% Organic Cleansing Balm: Absolutely not my favourite. It comes with a muslin cloth and for good reason since the balm cannot be removed from your skin without it. The product doesn’t melt easily and it also smells quite medicinal from memory. Won’t repurchase.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil: Nice product but not long-lasting. I think this is just a given for most cleansing oils though. (I’m more of a cleansing balm person in general.)

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub:
This was just okay – nothing special. Can’t complain though – you get what you pay for. Wouldn’t look to recommend this in a heartbeat.

Avene Thermal Water: One of my cult-favourites. I especially love using this in the summer because it’s so cooling on the skin. Its spray nozzle is probably the best I’ve used too which I feel is at least half the reason for its success.


Simple Soothing Toner (x2): Another one of my cult-favourites. It is what it says – soothing. I go through toners quite quickly so having something cheap and cheerful to go back on is nice on my pocket.

Simple Micellar Water
(x2): Everyone loves the Garnier version whereas I prefer this one that bit more. Maybe I should conduct a side-by-side comparison?

Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz: Not a fan of this product or the line itself. I felt that it didn’t do much for my skin and it wasn’t necessarily calming. The spray nozzle was one of the poorer ones I’ve ever experienced too. I left this product unfinished as I wasn’t really enjoying it.

LUSH Tea Tree Water:
I bought the smaller size of this to try out and I loved it! I went through it rather quickly though which is the only thing stopping me from purchasing it further since it is pricey. Oh and the spray nozzle? No issues, loved it.

Serums and Treatments

Poppy Austin Vitamin C: Purchased on Amazon as a means to try out the skincare available there and I was not disappointed. This serum is in a dropper bottle of 60ml which is double the size of your average serum. Having said that, it may not be beneficial since it’s best for Vitamin C to be used as fresh as possible. I personally had no complaints – it’s not a miracle-worker but it helps in plumping my skin when it’s a bit dehydrated.

Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid:
I never not have HA in my skincare routine. That and SPF are my skincare must-haves. It can be quite tricky to source hyaluronic acid that’s affordable but also of good quality. This is it though, and I’m proud to announce that I’m currently over halfway into my second bottle!

Clinique Freshly Pressed Daily Booster
(x4): I bought this last year at the airport in Hong Kong before I departed. Even as a Clinique enthusiast, this is a very pricey product than what I am used to (from them). Each ‘capsule’ is 8.5ml and lasts about a week so it’s quite product-friendly in that matter – you are strictly using fresh vitamin C. It is travel-friendly too. Whilst I love the product, I sadly won’t repurchase unless it was on reduction.

Eye Creams and a Moisturiser

No7 Youthful Eye Serum: I’ve lost count of how many times I have repurchased this. I actually haven’t repurchased it lately but just know it’s another one of my cult-favourites. If you find your eye cream isn’t giving you enough hydration, I would recommend getting something like this to layer underneath!

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream: I am personally happy with this eye cream. Eye creams are very personal though, quite like mascara so I don’t expect this to suit everyone’s needs. It did hydrate my eye area though so if you’re looking for something simple, this is worth a try if it fits within your budget.

Clinique Moisture Surge:
LOVE THIS. I am adamant that my face lights up whenever this product is mentioned. If I had to describe hydration in a jar, it would be this and as it stands, I actually have a back-up.


Clinique Sheer City Block SPF 25: I believe this is my second empty of this? Anyways, this is my quick go-to if I’m a bit short on time to use primer, SPF and foundation separately. There are days where I don’t know what base to use so I’ll just go with this because I know it works. In the summer, I’m not a fan of foundation so using this helps.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation:
I have a backup of this foundation because one of my fears is when they stop selling it. It’s been my go-to foundation for a long time and still is. It’s the perfect colour for me with a natural finish.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: You may already know that concealers are quite hit and miss for me. Fear not though as this one is in the good pile. It’s very easy to use and since it’s a sponge applicator, it means that you won’t end up using too much concealer so that’s already half the battle won. I’m running out again soon so I’ll be repurchasing again and again. 🙂

Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara:
Since we’re on that conversation, mascaras are also quite hit and miss for me. This mascara has a waxy scent which I don’t enjoy. The formula itself doesn’t do much for my lashes – I was only able to make it work by using a mascara primer underneath. Won’t be repurchasing.

L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara (Waterproof):
Japanese mascaras are very much what I use because 9 times out of 10, western mascaras just don’t work on me. This product is an exception though and by far the best I’ve used in that category. It gives me fluttery lashes without looking false and the separation is great too.

Etude House Dr Mascara Fixer:
I purchased this because my blogger friend Stashy recommended this on her now retired-blog and I really have her to be thankful for. This primer changed my entire lash game. I was able to use mediocre mascaras sitting in my drawer. I was able to make the mascaras I already liked even more fantastic. If you get this, make sure you get the Super Long Lash version.

MINISO 3in1 Eyebrow Pencil:
So I introduced this in my Hong Kong Beauty Haul post last year. I used this to the very end and spoiler alert: have recently purchased another on my Hong Kong trip. It creates very soft, natural brows which I like. Although I have black brows, I typically don’t like buying black or dark grey brow pencils as they tend to be too harsh on the face. This is perfect though.

Rimmel Translucent Powder:
Probably one of the most affordable powders on the market. It’s too bad the packaging isn’t great though (I always crack the case) otherwise I’d purchase it more often.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray:
I bought this because I had never used a setting spray before and when curiosity took the better of me, I thought I’d start small with something like this. It really works! My makeup lasts a lot longer when I use this and there’s also less need for me to powder. I’m currently using the Matte Finish version and whilst I love both, I might just stick to the Dewy Finish instead.

Sample-sized Beauty

Clarins Eau de Confort Nettoyante Express (sample): Smelled nice but otherwise, a sample of this size for a beauty water is just hard to test.

Clarins Demaquillant Tonic Express (sample): Again, smelled nice, but would need a larger size of the product to have a real opinion on it. At the very least, neither Clarins samples broke me out so there’s that.

LUSH Honey Trip Lip Balm:
Not a sample but it seemed fitting to place it in this category. I liked the lip balm although at times, it was a bit itty-bitty so it was necessary to smooth out the balm more. Most likely won’t repurchase in a heartbeat.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
(sample): I tend not to spend too much money on mascaras because I already waste a lot from testing mediocre drugstore mascaras so I can’t imagine how much my pocket would cry if I did the same for higher-end mascaras. For a sample, this lasted me a good month or so and I have to say, I loved the formula. This, along with the mascara primer mentioned above, gave me the best set of lashes. I will eventually buy a full version of this next time I stop by at the Bobbi Brown counter.


Simple Refreshing Shower Gel: This is a nice option if you’re looking for a shower gel that’s odourless/has a mild scent. I don’t have that much of a preference when it comes to shower gels actually so I’m most likely not being helpful here.

Johnson’s Soft & Nourish Body Wash:
For what it’s worth, I really liked this! It’s very creamy so you definitely get that feeling of nourishment on your skin. I don’t have a concrete preference when it comes to body washes but for sure


E45 Cream: This is a well-known cream to treat eczema, burns and mild skin conditions. It is mostly made up of paraffinum liquidum – the thick white cream that takes some effort to rub into the skin. It’s okay as something to have in a first aid kit but otherwise, nothing to sing home about.

Allergenics Non-Steroidal Cream:
My new favourite cream to treat my psoriasis! If you ask every psoriasis and eczema sufferer out there, I’m sure they’ll tell you how many lotions and potions they have trialed. What sets this apart from other creams is it doesn’t take ages to rub in and it’s 100% natural. It’s not a miracle worker but it does what a lot of creams fail to do: calm down irritation.

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel
(x2): I have repurchased this product many-a-time and this certainly won’t be my last. It’s a good multi-tasker: it can help treat sunburn or redness, be used as a face mask or even as your summertime body moisturiser!

Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion
: I do actually like Aveeno products but for some reason, I do not purchase it enough. I am very lazy when it comes to body-moisturising however trust me when I say this works. It’s very hydrating and suitable for sensitive skin albeit you might not enjoy its oat-y scent.

Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil: I vividly remember this purchase because 1. It was a pricey product and 2. I was desperate because my psoriasis was acting up again. For what it’s worth, it did help my psoriasis dry-patch somewhat at the time but it’s definitely not a necessity so I won’t be repurchasing.


YesTo Coconut Ultra Moisture Shampoo: I couldn’t find this on their main website so I have a feeling it may be discontinued. The shampoo was okay, not great. From memory, I preferred their YesTo Carrots range.

YesTo Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner:
I generally don’t use conditioners but for some reason purchased this. Again, it was okay but no long-lasting impressions. Won’t repurchase (not that I can but you get the gist).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo:
Okay, now we’re really talking! After trying out (and loving) the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion, I started looking at their expansive range and saw this. It is so moisturising for the hair without making it look greasy. It’s become my favourite shampoo and I even used it for 6 months straight. I’m using something different now but I’ll be coming back to this for sure.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner:
I bought this for the sake of trying it out with the shampoo but personally, I don’t think it’s needed as the shampoo gives a lot of moisture already. Won’t be repurchasing.

Palmer’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner:
Again, I purchased this to go with its corresponding shampoo (not pictured here but FYI, that was a good shampoo also). It’s not a bad conditioner – I think I’m just not a conditioner person in general.


Boots Smooth Care Wax Strips (x2): I’m trying to figure out if these have gone up in price or not. Probably a big fat yes since Brexit is happening (but also going nowhere – ha!). These are not great but due to habit, I somehow keep repurchasing these.

Balance Gold Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Masks:
I got these in Home Bargains for £1 and as the saying goes: You get what you paid for. These aren’t awful but they didn’t do a whole lot either.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty: This is potentially my favourite face mask from LUSH. Unfortunately couldn’t use this up though which just illustrates a huge point: If you’re purchasing from LUSH, make sure you can really finish this up before its expiration date. That aside, I liked using this when my skin was feeling a bit rough, dull and spotty.

Soft Cotton Rounds from Home Bargains:
I quite like testing cotton rounds and these have to be my favourite ever. They’re super soft and do not break apart. Highly recommend.

Cien Soft Make-up Pads
(x2): These were my previous go-tos for a long time. They’re very inexpensive and can be bought from Lidl for 39 pence. They’ve been replaced by the above now but is still a good alternative option.

Boots Double Faced Round Pads
: If I’m being really honest here, I always thought Boots cotton rounds were quite expensive. I know that sounds so silly (and possibly stingy) but I know I can stretch my money elsewhere. I bought these in a rush and they’re okay, but definitely don’t beat the above-mentioned.

Even though I’ve long thrown my empties into recycling, somehow it feels like it’s not over until I’ve fully written about it. Does that make any sense? This reminds me – I need to check my current empties bag as I know it was starting to pile up before I left for Hong Kong.

Do you keep track of your Empties? What are you trying to finish up at the moment? Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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    • It’s so good right? I popped into LUSH the other day and got some goodies – I try not to go in there too often because I always come out with something! But it’s seriously doing my skin a lot of good. 🙂

  1. sports, food,actives,life says

    I was wondering. What do u use to edit your photos?

  2. I don’t know exactly why, but I love this kinda post amd yours was particularly interesting. Only thing is when you’ve saved aside some much empty packaging, doesn’t it make you feel like we’re wasting way too much plastic? – and that’s just cosmetics alone. I’m not much of an environmentalist, just I have become more aware of this issue recently.

    • Your point is completely valid so I’m glad you asked! I definitely think we need to do better especially when it comes to recycling. I have seen other countries implement recycling into different categories such as clothing, paper, plastic etc but at the moment, it seems to be all mixed in the UK. Sometimes if I particularly like a bottle for example, I will save it for my own personal concoction.

      I have seen documentaries actually where they have re-made plastic bottles into a piece of wearable clothing (!!) so I would love to see more of that.

  3. Holy cow, lady, that’s a lot of empties! How long have you been collecting these?!

    I 100% agree that eye creams are SO individual, like mascaras! I’ve meant to try the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation for YEARS…still on my list of products to try!

    I think we’ve talked about this, but that Etude House primer (which I received from Stashy!) is amazing. The only negative is that I find it hard to remove, even with oil removers!

    • I think this is a good 3 months worth of empties…I didn’t mean to collect so much but it just got bigger and I had no time at the time to write about them. I should know better now though!

      The Etude House primer is definitely an ultimate fave! I’m not so keen on this other version I’m using though from them…I’ll have to take pictures of why but basically the wand seems to flake so whenever I open it, it looks like there’s lots of hairs around the top? It looks super gross!

      • Wow, that’s a lot for 3 months! That’s like a whole year’s worth of empties for me LOL.

        Hmm, I might be wrong but from the sounds of it, it sounds like it might be a fiber primer?? Those fibers are meant to make your lashes look fuller or longer! You are right though, they are pretty gross out of the tube hahaha.

  4. Wow so many empties! I’m about to do an empties post and I also have so many products to write about >_< and I can't believe Simple has a body wash! I never knew!

  5. I love a good empties post! 😀 Well done.

    I haven’t tried the Simple Micellar Water – only the toner. I didn’t love the Simple toner so I’ve been hesitant to try the micellar water… might try it. I am, in fact, using the Garnier one right now! 😛

    The Clinique Booster was just ok to me. I do like that it’s travel friendly but the effect of the vitamin C was pretty mild. What are you using now for vitamin C? I’m using The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder which is a bit fussy but I do like how I can make a fresh batch daily and also control how much I use. Plus, very inexpensive at less than $6 per 20g jar.

    Clinique Moisture Surge is HG material for me too – I also have a back up jar, hah!

    Not sure what’s going on with me but lately the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer looks drying on my under eye area. I did buy a new tube with one of the new shades they released recently – I’m not sure if the formula is drier. I’m going to try it again once the weather is warmer.

    Yay Dr. Mascara Fixer but only the Perfect Lash / Volume Up version!!! #nofibres

    I agree, LUSH fresh masks sound great in theory but it’s always a rush against time to finish them up before the expiry date.

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