December & January Empties

I tend to let my empties basket fill up, then decide that I should probably do an empties post cause I can’t throw it out before then. What a strange mindset. Good old blogging has really changed my priorities.

Anyway, here are 10 empty products I’ve collected from the past two months.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes

I actually went through two packs of these, but I didn’t think I needed to show both in the picture. As I’ve said previously, these are my favourite makeup wipes! They don’t sting my eyes at all, which is great as that was becoming a problem before I found these wipes. I’ve been considering getting the micellar cleansing water and see if that lasts longer, as I seem to go through these wipes quite fast.

Do I recommend? Yes!

Would I repurchase? Already have.

  • Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15

I was so sad when I realized I was getting to the end of this foundation last week. You guys may know that I absolutely love this mineral foundation and I keep recommending it to anyone who walks by. Still, I’ve had it since October, so 3-4 months is a decent chunk of time to use it up since I wear it everyday.

Do I recommend? Yes!!

Would I repurchase? Got it a few days ago.

  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Another one that made me sad when I realized it was running low. It fully ran out a few weeks ago and I immediately made plans to get it again. I’d considered getting the full size instead of travel, but this one had been with me since July. I love using it to set my make-up, and it hasn’t let me down. I don’t plan to deviate from it anytime soon.

Do I recommend? Yes!

Would I repurchase? Already did.

  • Bare Minerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This made me extra sad, as it ran out the same time as the foundation. Before this concealer, I was using an Elizabeth Arden one that I was just using out of habit. This Bare Minerals one covered up spots and uneven skin tones so well for me! The shade was perfect, and it seemed to work perfectly with the foundation. It did a pretty good job of concealing my dark undereyes as well, more than other ones I’ve tried. I’ve since bought other concealers to try, but I’m still really attached to this one.

Do I recommend? Yes!

Would I repurchase? Absolutely, but I should probably give my other concealers a fair go first.

  • Lee Stafford Original Heat Protection Shine Mist 

The previous cheap heat protection spray I had ran out, so I wanted to try another one. This one had alright reviews and so I grabbed the travel version to try it out. It definitely helped to keep my hair straight longer when I used it before my hair straightener. It has a fairly strong scent, but the job it did was good.

Do I recommend? If you’re looking for a drugstore heat spray, this is pretty good.

Would I repurchase? I bought the full-size version as it was on sale, but once that runs out, I may look for another spray.

  • Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo

I got this shampoo to help bring shine and softness to my hair, as that’s what it said it did. To be honest, my hair does seem soft, but also a little oily. See, I’ve discovered that my hair can run a little oily sometimes, so maybe this wasn’t the best shampoo for me. I only used a teeny amount, but now that I’ve finished it, I’m happy to try other shampoos.

Do I recommend? If dry hair is a problem for you, by all means give this a go.

Would I repurchase? No.

  • Lush Sunnyside Bubble Bath

I haven’t enjoyed a bath bomb since the beginning of December. I’d be sad about that, but it’s been too hot to enjoy a bath! I should really wait for it to get cooler again here before diving into them again. That being said, this was my first bubble bath, and I loved it! It bubbled up so much, and under the bubbles, the water was a beautiful gold, sparkly colour. The scent didn’t leave a lasting impression on me, but I played with the bubbles for ages.

Do I recommend?  Yes!

Would I repurchase? I would first want to try other bubble baths

  • Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender & Espresso Body Lotion

I got this from Marzia’s Night Time Cozy Box, and it was such an interesting smell. It did smell like lavender, but with coffee undertones. It confused me at first, but then grew on me. I used it everyday, it made my soft feel soft and smell so nice. I’m so sad it’s out cause I can’t find it anywhere else!

Do I recommend? Yes!

Would I repurchase? If I could find it somewhere, yes!

  • Rimmel Fix & Protect Primer

So I just realized that I may have had this in my previous empties, but guess what? It wasn’t completely empty yet, so I managed to squeeze a few more uses out of it. I like to really use everything up before throwing it out. My view on it is still unchanged though. It’s alright, but there’s better drugstore options out there.

Do I recommend? Nah.

Would I repurchase? Nah.

  • Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

Another product from my latest subscription box. I loved this facial cleanser. It never felt harsh on my face, smelt and felt so refreshing, and left my face feeling so clean. Not oily or dry or tight. It was such a good cleanser!

Do I recommend? Yes!

Would I repurchase? Again, I can’t find it anywhere!!

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That’s all for this round of empties. Have you tried any of these?

Also, just a reminder to feel free to leave me any questions which I’ll answer in my Q’n’A when I reach my next milestone! 🙂


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  1. I love reading empty posts. You can really tell if a product is good if you used it up. Great post Angela, going to try these make up wipes xx

    1. I love reading them too! A lot of these I used up quickly cause I use them on a daily basis. Definitely try the wipes! They’re so good 😀

  2. That lotion from Marzia’s box is heavenly! I got another tube in a mystery beauty bag from her site and gifted it to my mom for her birthday- she loves it too haha (:

    1. It really is! I really like the brand, and I want to find more of it ?

  3. I love these kind of posts! I am also a big fan of the bare minerals foundation. Their products are always so good ☺️

    1. Thanks Lulu! I love reading empties posts too, it’s a fun way to find out what people think of products. Bare Minerals is really amazing!

  4. Such good products! I use to use bare minerals all the time. And I still love their lipgloss and sticks. also micellar water is seriously LIFE changing! <3

    1. They really are! Micellar water is such a game changer! I can wipe off makeup without stinging my eyes ?

  5. Empties are so much fun to read! I haven’t heard of some of these products before but I’m glad you’re a fan of the majority of products you mentioned. You’ve already repurchased which shows you truly enjoy them 🙂

    1. They really are! Gosh, there’s so many different products out there. I don’t hear of half the ones I read about, but it’s nice when you find something that really works for you 😀

      1. As long as a product works it doesn’t matter how many people have heard of it!

  6. Love, love, love the All Nighter! I must get myself to a Lush and check out their bubble bath! x

    1. It’s such a good setting spray! It’s the first one I’ve used, and I’m so happy with it! Lush has such a great collection of both bath bombs and bubble baths! Definitely check them out 😀

      1. I’ve tried quite a few but always go back to that one!

  7. I’m a huge fan of Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 too and I’ve been thinking of trying their Concealer so its good to hear the Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer works well together. Oh and now I feel like I need to try Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray too. Mecca Maxima here I come 🙂

    1. Their concealer and foundation really do go so well together! They complement each other well! The UD setting spray is also really good. It’s the first one I’ve ever used and helped keep my makeup in place all day. I got them all from Mecca as well 🙂

      1. Thats good to know! I haven’t used a setting spray yet have always wanted to but with so many opitions it’s hard to know where to begin.

  8. I’ve never used a setting spray but I keep hearing good things about the Urban Decay one, worth getting?!
    Also I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 I love your blog! 🙂 xo

    1. It really is worth getting! It helps keep my makeup in place all day, especially in the hot summer I’m currently in haha!
      Thank you so much Carina!

      1. I might have to invest then and try it aha 🙂 xo

  9. I love reading empties posts, and would love to do my own one day…. But it takes me so long to actually use up products that I’d only have like one empty at a time XD

    1. They really are fun! It took me ages to do my first one, and those were products that took me like a year to finish haha! Just keep stocking them up 😀

  10. Nicely done. It’s often hard to finish makeup unless you use it everyday but you’ve done a good job. I hope this year’s project pan gets me somewhere lol

    1. Thanks! I really agree with that. It took me months to have enough to do my first empties post. I buy more travel size and samples now, and that seems to help my collect more things for my empties haha!

      1. That’s another way to do it lol

  11. Loved this post as I’m interested in the Bare Minerals concealer- the questions were really helpful under each product 🙂

    1. I’m glad this post was helpful! The Bare Minerals concealer works really well for me when it comes to evening out my skin tone and covering blemishes! 🙂

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