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Empties in Tens #1

Are Empties still popular nowadays?

I genuinely have no idea since I seldom watch beauty videos on YouTube anymore (I’ve moved over to the fitness corner) but what I do know is that I enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

Reviewing 10 empties at a time isn’t exactly a new idea but I definitely felt I needed more control in this aspect as more often than not, my empties bag gets out of hand and then I end up with an even bigger challenge of compiling the post. To make things even easier, I’m going to automatically throw out any empties that are simply repeats/go-tos and leave behind those that are either new or re-visited.

A special shout-out goes to Rachael from Helpless Whilst Drying since she has been conducting this style of post for quite some time and I always thought it was a brilliant idea. What’s even more brilliant is that she collectively records the Empties into an excel spreadsheet to keep track of usage and spending in an entire year! So please do check her out. 🙂

Let’s get started shall we?

+ Would repurchase
– Will not bother again
= Neutral/Indifferent

+ Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
+ Garnier PureActive 3 in 1 Clay
+ Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
MAC Lightful C Cleanser
+ Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
= The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
+ Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Suncreen SPF 50+
= Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
(discontinued?)
= Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Calming Urea Shampoo

Starting off with the cleansers, we have:

+ Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I know that there are some people who are very anti-cleansing-waters but I’m all for them! As much as one of my biggest interest lies in beauty, I am particularly lazy in two areas: body moisturising and washing my face in the AM. This cleansing water is what I use every morning to remove excess oil. Obviously, I don’t expect this to clean my skin from underneath but it’s what I use to skin-prep before I go in with a toner. I feel like I need to do a side-by-side comparison for micellar waters to see where the differences lie since at the moment I can’t tell! For now though, I would say this does the job and as it stands, I’m currently using a giant 700ml bottle of it!

+ Garnier PureActive 3 in 1 Clay

It’s highly likely that I have featured this product a few times on the blog – almost from the beginning in fact. I don’t really care for drugstore cleansers in general but I’m going to make this an exception. Sometimes I can suffer from spots that take a long time to go away especially if they’re under-the-surface; but during the time that I used this, the spots went away quicker and prevented them from coming back. My skin never felt tight or dry – just clean and how you would want your skin to feel. Just typing these words makes me realise how it’s probably time for a repurchase since my skin is going through a break-out!

+ Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

I have probably featured this on the blog more than enough times already but with good reason! It is my favourite makeup-remover. I just enjoy using it. What sets this apart from other cleansing balms is that I really get to massage my face and “get in there” whilst still being able to wash the product off. I think the price point is pretty reasonable too.

MAC Lightful C Cleanser

I was testing this cleanser for the longest time – up until the very end of its usage! I’m still very unsure about it now which most likely means yes, it’s mediocre for me and nothing to really sing home about. I couldn’t put my finger on whether this cleanser was making my skin more imperfect or not. I wouldn’t say it made my skin feel dirty but it never made it feel freshly clean either. I didn’t break-out per se but I felt like my skin was developing dirt from underneath which would cause an abundance of blackheads at a time. Of course, there’s no way to test if solely one product can do that because there’s so many external factors, but it’s fair to say I won’t be returning to this!

+ Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

I had wanted to try this for the longest time and now that I’ve gotten the chance to, it’s one that I’d happily re-purchase. Out of all the cleansers mentioned in this post, I would say that this lasted me the longest time overall. My skin always felt really good after using this and I only needed a pea-sized amount per application. The formula contained some of the smallest granules that I’ve come across but it’s very, very mild so you can barely feel it on the skin. I would like to try its sister product, a clay mask, at some point.

…and now for everything else in the mix:

= The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Ah, The Ordinary! Who remembers the hype when it first came out? My brand-focus post still remains one of the most popular on my blog. It’s a little sad to mention TO now considering the chaos and aftermath of its creator, however one cannot deny the genius of the brand and concept. This retinoid product is easy to use in that it’s not invasive. I found it best to use this before hyaluronic acid. Some of my personal best skin days were thanks to this product so yes, I rate this.

+ Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Suncreen SPF 50+


I actually haven’t tried that many Etude House products! This is perhaps the first of their ‘skincare’ that I’ve tried and it was 100% devoured. With extra steps such as primer, you don’t want to be going in with a heavy sunscreen – you want a light layer that’s not going compromise sun protection. This is exactly what it says: an airy finish. It layers rather nicely with no white cast or scent to the skin. This was the only sunscreen I liked from all my sunscreen purchases in 2018 so if you’re struggling in that field, I highly recommend this.

= Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
(discontinued?)

I have been searching high and low for this powder but I really think it has been discontinued! Since the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is a go-to of mine, I thought I’d venture outwards into powder. I think that there are good options for powder in both drugstore and high-end – the main difference is normally packaging and at times, longevity. This Bourjois number offered compact packaging with a mirror as well as a soft-finish formula that could honestly compete with some high-end brands. (I once read it’s a good dupe for a Chanel powder.) The only bummer is that it’s been discontinued…unless someone else can enlighten me?

= Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base


I bought this on Amazon shortly after trying an Etude House Mascara Primer because I was curious to see what the differences would be. This in comparison is a lot more expensive and does not beat the EH version* in my opinion however I still really liked it. For one, it never got goopy and the bristle wand always remained clean and sleek which gave me the perfect lash for minimal makeup days. It’s a fool-proof product for those who want a natural enhancement. If you want lots of volume, look elsewhere!

*Note that there are two versions of the Etude House Mascara Primer. I recommend the Perfect Lash version. The Super Long version gets disgustingly goopy after a while, and the long fibres start to disintegrate and litter the tube opening!

Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Calming Urea Shampoo


Last year was a very experimental year when it came to shampoo. I cut SLS out for a good length of time because I was experiencing scalp and skin issues that I strongly felt were triggered by the usage of dry shampoo. [Read my experience here] I’ve since slowly re-introduced myself to SLS shampoos and am not experiencing any issues thus far, but this was one of the last products I took to trying when my scalp flared up last winter. It helped a little along with the use of aloe vera gel and other creams, but I think overall, the rest of my hair felt unclean plus it was an expensive product. I love Eucerin as a brand in general but this is one of the products that I wouldn’t recommend as far as SLS-free shampoos go.


I was shocked by how cleanser-heavy this post ended up being! I threw away some re-occurring empties so that I could just talk about the bare minimum products that are new on the blog and are worth mentioning. It shouldn’t be too long until my next Empties post as I’m finding myself using up at least 2 products per week these days…

What’s the most interesting product that you’ve finished up recently that’s worth mentioning?

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8 Comments

  1. I remember I actually purchased the ordinary’s retonoid as a recommendation from your blog and I’ve literally repurchased it 5 times it’s so FREAKING GOOD. xx

    • Hi stranger! I haven’t talked to you in so long! I hope you’re doing well!! I’m glad you love the product – it’s always interesting to see if your readers/blogger friends would like the products that you recommend. Thanks for stopping by! X

  2. Great empties post! I feel like empties are still a thing on blogs but not so much YouTube, but it could also be because like you, I don’t watch YouTube videos nearly as much as I used to.

    The Clinique Take the Day Off is still on my list of products to try, but I keep going back to the Farmacy Green Clean meltaway balm because I love it so much. Maybe I need to buy a mini.

    I didn’t believe in miscellar water before, but that Garnier micellar water totally converted me!

    • Same! I am feeling so uninspired by YouTube and especially with the tea that has been spilt in the last few days (if you know you know). I am finding myself watching web documentary series instead as well as lifestyle/fitness videos.

      I would definitely recommend the Clinique TTDO! I am also loving the Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil at the moment too.

      • The tea that has been spilt 🤣 so true though, it’s like, I left high school over a decade ago, why are people still squabbling online like teenagers? I feel like I’ve been avoiding YouTube in general. Netflix it is!

  3. Jessica says

    Empties are definitely some my favorite content! I REALYY hope the Bourjois powder hasn’t been discontinued, I absolutely love it.

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