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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Empties | May 2015

[Insert clichéd ramble about time flying here.] Yes, yes, here we are about to enter June - which is going to be a busy month for me, what with Total Warrior coming up at the end of the month and all the requisite training between now and then! May has been pretty jam-packed, too, what with my paid job and two voluntary roles, meeting my boyfriend's Mum for the first time (spoiler alert: she's lovely!), a job interview (I didn't get it, but never mind!) and a surprise visit from my brother. I've also finished some beauty products, predictably, so here they are; read on to see what I've finished, what I thought, and whether I'll be buying again!!
May 2015 Beauty Empties
May Beauty Empties
Boots Botanics All Bright 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Solution (mentioned here) I've really enjoyed using this as my first cleanse each evening; soaked on a cotton pad, I use it to remove the bulk of my make-up before using a cleansing oil as my second deep cleanse. It by no means leaves my skin completely clean, but it means the second cleanse can really get to work in clearing out my pores, since the majority of the surface grime has been removed.
Repurchase? Already have; full review coming soon!!
Spa Exfoliating Wipes I feel like a terrible beauty blogger for even having bought these - I promise I got them for the purposes of removing Halloween make-up! Does that make it okay? Probably not. Anyway, I've used up the last few for just taking of the majority of my make-up at the gym on days when I've gone straight from work.
Repurchase? Probably not, and it's honestly beyond me how people can just use make-up wipes to wash their face - I never feel clean!
COLAB Dry Shampoo in 'New York' and 'London' I won a full set of COLAB minis, these are the last two to finish up. Both worked equally as well as the first three in terms of absorbing oiliness at the roots on my second-day hair (I generally wash my hair every other day, as it does get oily really quickly) without leaving too much of a white residue. I wasn't a huge fan of the 'London' scent, which is simply described as "classic", but the fruity notes of 'New York' were right up my street!
Repurchase? Yes, I'd buy 'New York' again.
Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer This is hands-down my favourite concealer ever; I controversially really don't like the ever-popular Collection Lasting Perfection one as I find it creases and cakes really badly on me, whereas this little S&G beauty covers blemishes and dark circles to perfection and lasts really well without sliding and creasing. The shade match (I have 'Light') is pretty much spot-on, too - this is a real winner as far as I'm concerned!!
Repurchase? Yes!!
Lacura Anti-Fatigue Face Mask This is one of those products I've been meaning to finish for ages but kept kind of forgetting about - and I don't know why because I really liked it! The brush makes it easy and fuss-free to apply to my face, it smells bloomin' gorgeous, and works really well to brighten my tired, dull skin on those days when no amount of sleep makes me feel like I belong in the land of the living.
Repurchase? If it's available, although the problem with Aldi's Special Buys is their limited availability - I should have stocked up when I realised how great this was!!
May Beauty Blog Empties
Ted Baker Mia Purse Spray* I've been keeping this in my bag as it's the perfect size for carrying around, it smells really nice and in my boyfriend's words - "girly," and worked well for making me feel a bit more pleasant at the end of a hard shift at work - it's always good to freshen up a little! I really like what I've tried from Ted Baker's line of purse sprays and they're super affordable too at only £15.
Repurchase? Maybe - I need to finish off some other perfumes first, though!
The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream These little tubes are the perfect size for keeping in my pocket at work for on-the-go hydration, as my hands can become very dry and chapped from the constant hand-washing. The Absinthe hand cream was light, absorbed quickly, and had a lovely delicate scent. However, it just wasn't as hydrating as the Hemp Hand Protector which I have to say is pretty much a Holy Grail hand cream for me!
Repurchase? Maybe, though I do prefer the Hemp Hand Protector.
Lacura 100% Pure Cotton Wool Pads These are so cheap it's unreal; a twin-pack cost me just 79p if memory serves! They're soft, just the right size, and don't disintegrate when I'm using them. There's not much more I can ask for from cotton wool pads and I definitely see these becoming a staple - especially when they're so easy (and cheap! Did I mention they're cheap?) to pick up with the shopping!!
Repurchase? Yes!!
The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner* I've been using this for quite a few months and have found it soothes and calms my skin beautifully, making it perfect for after a clay mask. I've actually been using it most mornings to calm my skin before I apply my make-up for the day, and have found it leaves my skin smooth, clean and ready for my foundation, without feeling dry or tight in the slightest.
Repurchase? Possibly.
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in 110 'Ivory' I really loved this foundation at first for its brilliant lasting power and great shade-match to my super-pale skin, but as time went on I found it a little heavy and mask-like, so I started to mix it either with a lighter foundation or a bit of moisturiser, just to make it a bit more comfortable to wear. The lack of pump on the bottle really did my head in towards the end of the bottle, too - I had to stand it upside down to drain, and then because I hadn't shaken it, the foundation all separated...
Repurchase? Maybe.
I felt like this had been a pretty unproductive month as far as empties go but I've actually got quite a nice little selection here to pop into the recycling bin now! Have you tried any of these products? How have you got on with clearing out your beauty stash this month?

[*Product provided for consideration.]


  1. I really want to try the Colab dry shampoos, I've heard the London scent is a bit weird but I definitely want to try the others!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  2. I really like CoLab, I still need to try a few of them x

  3. I think that Aldi do some great little beauty products but like you say, they do sell out quickly! The Kick-Ass concealer sounds like a great alternative to the collection lasting perfection concealer which I also find a little bit too dry and cakey.

    Lovely empties & mini reviews :)

    Miss Beauty Saver

  4. I adore empties posts with mini reviews, they're so easy to read. :) I am looking forward to the Boots Botanics review, I am obsessed with micellar waters. And thanks for the Revlon foundation review, I am a fellow very pale person and am always on the lookout for pale shades.

  5. I have the S&G concealer too, it's a grew product! xxx

  6. I can't remember the last time I used a product until it was empty. I so want to try the Colorstay foundation.

  7. I love the Body Shop toner :) the S&G concealer is fab too - the colour was just a bit off on me, such a shame! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  8. I feel so good when I finish a foundation. I have yet to try Revlon foundations. I also want to try COLAB dry shampoo x

    Pink Frenzy


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