Current Empties #1

In today’s post I’m going through some of my current empties.  This post is a little different because I want to change up my content so that I’m not posting one-product reviews all the time.  Instead, I’m aiming to have a mixture of different posts and content starting with this empties post.

Empties posts are some that I really enjoy reading especially when there are mini reviews of the products mentioned in the post so on that I thought that I would share my current empties with you.  

I hope you enjoy reading, it’s a long one, so grab a cuppa…😊

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

One of the best skincare items I have ever used and I will 100% be buying a full size.

This is amazing at breaking down makeup, but without stripping my skin or being in any way harsh or abrasive.

A tiny bit goes a long way so a full-sized tub would last forever. Once you start massaging this into your skin it turns to an oil and when rinsed off it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, supple and clean.

It’s pretty pricey, but for me it’s worth it. I like investing in skincare, it’s so important to me so if I find something I love as much as this, chances are I will repurchase time and time again, even if it’s expensive. Good skincare cannot be beaten.

Super Acids X-Treme Acid Rush Peel

I got this sample ages ago and have used it twice because to be very honest; I really dislike it.

It does nothing for my skin bar irritate it and cause further dryness.  After I use this I have little bumps on my skin that are there because it’s been irritated in some way.

I rarely use peel off products like this for that exact reason; often they will leave my skin that way and I really hate it.

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask is the only peel off mask that hasn’t irritated my skin and that I’ve actually liked so I’ll stick with that in future.

If your skin is sensitive in any way then avoid this because it would just cause aggravation I think.

Estée Lauder Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser

Have had this travel size for a while and only got around to using it.  Really liked it, non-irritating and my skin felt clean after using it.  

I cannot find it anywhere in Ireland, but it is available in the US for $22 which is reasonable.  Don’t think I would repurchase just because I prefer the Soap & Glory 3-in-1 Vitamin C Facial Wash. It does exactly the same thing and is only €10 in Boots I will stick with that one.

Marks & Spencer Rose Hand Cream

A really lovely hand cream that smells gorgeous too.  Not the most moisturising but grand for throwing into your handbag or desk at work.  I really liked this and would definitely buy it again. 

It wasn’t greasy or sticky and it absorbed quickly and felt really nice too.  The scent of it lasted for ages even after it had absorbed.  It wasn’t a strong or overpowering scent, but was noticeable.

Essence Hugs & Kisses Lip Scrub

I recently decluttered the spare room and while doing so I found this.  I don’t even want to think about how long it has been there.  Needless to say it’s going straight in the bin.  Mortified that it was even there, I’m pretty sure the Hugs & Kisses collection came out *years* ago….!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Shadow Primer

I got this with a Stila eyeshadow and thoroughly enjoyed using it.  It’s very like Inglot’s Duraline and works just as well. 

I can’t find it in stock anywhere so I’m assuming it is discontinued, however, if it’s not discontinued and is still available I would definitely consider purchasing a full size.

Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer

This isn’t technically an empty product; but I am getting rid of it so wanted to include it.

This does nothing absolutely nothing for my under-eyes.  Frankly, it’s awful.  There is no coverage, it just blends away to nothing.  It doesn’t build up either.  Any time I have tried building this up it just blends away to nothing.  The colour names don’t match the shades either.  I have the colour Light/Medium which is more like porcelain.

I usually love Covergirl base products and I adore the Ready, Set, Gorgeous foundation so I had high hopes this concealer would work as well, but unfortunately it didn’t.  It was very disappointing.

Not a fan and wouldn’t recommend.

Too Faced Hangover Primer & Hangover Setting Spray

I got a mini size of theses in a set earlier this year as I had been dying to try it for ages so when I saw the set I snapped it up.  I liked the primer, it felt nice and cooling on my skin, but it didn’t do anything for helping my makeup to apply, look or last better or longer.

It’s pricey at €32 and because it didn’t do anything special for me I wouldn’t purchase the full size.  I liked it but I don’t like it enough to pay €32 the full size.

The setting spray I didn’t like at all.  Frankly, it’s one of the worst setting sprays I’ve ever used.  It gives a chalky finish to my base and it emphasises any and all flaws on my skin.

It causes my foundation/base (no matter what product I use) around my nose to separate, smear and gather in one area.  It does nothing for helping my makeup to apply, look or last better, if anything; it has the opposite effect.

Don’t even get me started on the scent. 🤢 It is supposed to have a coconut scent but the scent is far from coconut.  It’s sickly sweet and not like coconut at all. 

The Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection has a beautiful coconut scent that smells like coconut, there is a big difference between the scents of both.  

Penneys/Primark Rose & Peony Hand Cream

This is a lovely lightweight hand cream that smells gorgeous however, I don’t find it great for moisturisation.

It was €1 so very affordable and if your hands aren’t overly dry it’d be a great one for your bag, office desk or to leave in the car etc.  It’s not greasy at all and it sinks in very quickly, but I prefer my hand creams to be more moisturising as I have very dry skin.

Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara

Another lovely mascara.  Just like the MAC one above this didn’t flake or smudge and wore well.  Nice and black and has a lovely wand also.  Would definitely considering purchasing the full size of this as I really liked it.

Eyeko Skinny Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – Black

This is a really lovely liner to use.  It has a nice sized felt tip that makes it easy to get a thin or thick line.  

It’s very black and dries to a matte finish, which is my preference with eyeliner.  Would definitely consider picking this up again as I really liked it and it isn’t expensive.

I have quite a few items from Barry M – this brand is one that is very hit & miss in my experience.

Barry M Glitter Liquid Eye Liner in Rose Gold – I got this a while ago as I was looking for a liquid glitter and thought this would be a good one.   It wasn’t.

The glitter wouldn’t transfer from the brush to my lids at all.  I wanted to use this over eyeshadow for a glittery effect and thought this would be a nice option.

The only way I could get any glitter on my lids was to rub the brush with my finger then apply it to my eye.

It was messy and time consuming and just didn’t work as I wanted it to.  I’ve tried it a few times and nothing works so I’m binning it.

Barry M On Point Felt Tip Eyeliner – A lovely eye liner to use, nice felt tip, nice pigmentation but it comes off with water wipes so not waterproof.

It’s okay but there are other affordable eyeliners I prefer so I wouldn’t repurchase this one.

Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter in Desert BronzeI picked this up not realising it’s a body glitter and not eye-safe. 

I love the colour and thought it’d be a gorgeous eyeshadow (which is why I bought it).

I’ve never actually used it because I don’t wear body glitter so it’s of no use to me.

I have quite a few items from MAC also.  

MAC False Lash Extreme Mascara – I’ve gone through two full tubes of this and endless samples.  One of my favourite high-end mascaras. I love everything about it, the wand, formula, longevity.  I have had the full size before and would definitely get it again.

MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage – This is a lovely product to use.  It’s supposed to even out skin tone and add radiance, however I haven’t found it to help with either of those, but it feels moistursing and makes a nice base for foundation.

It’s €27, which isn’t too bad, but because it doesn’t do much for my skin, bar feel nice when applied I wouldn’t purchase the full size.

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover –  I really liked this.  It’s an oil-based makeup remover that was effective at removing my face makeup (even though it is for eyes). 

Waterproof eye makeup took a little more work and rubbing, which I wasn’t a fan of. I dislike having to tug at or around my eye area because it is such a delicate area of our face.

I liked it, but don’t think I’d buy a full size.  There are many similar makeup removers out there that you don’t need to buy high-end unless that’s your preference.

Garnier do some of them which are pretty much the same thing; but for less $$.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

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