As I sit down to write this post, it’s the middle of February 2018. I think that says a lot about my current enthusiasm for writing empties posts – each time I started one last year they just felt more and more tedious to do. I think it’s been important to track what I’ve used up, but now I’m in the habit of finishing things, writing these posts has fulfilled it’s purpose. I don’t think I’ll continue them this way in 2018 – I’ll focus on writing more reviews instead. I might still keep track of my empties, but do it in a different format to the way I did in 2017. Sorry if you do enjoy these posts! If you do love a good traditional empties post, my favourites are from StashMatters and UmmBaby, so go check out theirs instead.
That said – let’s get into this post, and find out if I hit my goal of 365 empties in 2017!
There’s some sad, mouldy sponges in here – my Beauty Blender has definitely seen better days! I do really like this sponge and have some backups I got for Christmas. All the other sponges are latex-free ones from Primark – these were great budget options but they don’t do them any more, sadly.
I finally gave up on my NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder – the little bit that was left smashed and I’m far too lazy to attempt repressing it. I do like this powder and have another one somewhere, but I don’t know where you can buy this brand any more now it’s no longer available in Superdrug! They also deleted all their social media a year or so back, so maybe they’re not around any more?
Another discontinued item is the MUA Skin Define Hydro Primer, and I’m TOTALLY mad you can’t buy this any more. This little guy – a clear gel hydrating primer – and the powder from the same range were two of my favourite finds of 2017, so of course they don’t make them any more. Honestly, I must be cursed or something.
As far as brush cleaning goes, I finished a bottle of the Makeup Revolution Brush Cleanser – a staple in my stash, I use this weekly to clean my brushes. It’s £5 a bottle so super affordable! I really liked the Freedom ProStudio Brush Bath for cleaning my sponges – it’s a solid soap – but naturally that’s discontinued now too, and the Makeup Revolution one isn’t as good. I’ve been using a Lush soap recently to clean my sponges though, which has been working really well!
Lastly a surprise – the only thing I’ve tried from the Nip+Fab makeup line is their Concealer, and I was blown away by the coverage. It’s a bit steep for a drugstore concealer, but it does last ages, so I’ll happily get it again next time Superdrug has a 3 for 2 offer on their makeup range!
Two of my absolute favourite cleansers I used to the last drop – the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* has a very strong oily smell, but once you get over that, you’ll find it cleanses every last scrap of makeup off without irritating or drying out your skin. My favourite morning cleanser was the Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser – smelled fantastic, and my skin responds really well to any products with honey in them.
I used the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream whenever I had angry acne – it helps to soothe skin and promotes healing. It’s also super cheap and easily available on Amazon and eBay. I also used the Hell Pore Control Hylauronic Acid (reviewed here) to help with acne – great if your skin is parched and needs moisture. There’s loads of these on the market now though (including one from The Ordinary) so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one, as it’s quite expensive.
I finally finished the Mango Mojito Lip Balm from The Bath House – you may have seen it in many of my Instagram #FOTD posts last year as I was trying to get through it – it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t super hydrating either, just quite oily. The Biomed Forget Your Age Eye Mask* (reviewed here) was good though – it was hydrating and not irritating to my sensitive eyes, but I’ve already got two holy grail eye creams I love, so won’t be purchasing this.
Glam Glow sent me a sample to try of their PowerMud Dual Cleanse Treatment* – this is a mud mask which you apply then leave to set, and then it’s meant to turn to oil when you massage hot water into it to wash it off. I liked the sound of that, but in practice it’s just quite messy and flaky and doesn’t seem to do a lot. I also think Glam Glow are horrendously expensive and am not a huge fan of the brand – although I am grateful they sent me this to try out, using it doesn’t make me want to purchase any of their products. Getting PR is nice, but I’m a blogger at the end of the day – gotta be real with you!
Shower Gels & Lotions
The Superdrug Mix & Fizz range actually really impressed me – it must have impressed my boyfriend too, as he picked all three of these out of the basket to use one after another! He always seems to be finishing shower gels and shampoos, so even though it’s me actually buying them in the shop, he often chooses what we open next. They’re all super refreshing and don’t smell too girly. Mojito was my favourite, but Daquiri was lovely as well.
I also finished off a couple of minis from The Body Shop – a White Musk Shower Gel I’ve literally been hoarding for years (my boyfriend’s mum bought me this gift set at LEAST 5 years ago) and a mini Vanilla Chai Body Lotion. Vanilla Chai is by far my favourite scent from The Body Shop, but I love all the musk scents too, and have most of them in perfumes. Talking of which – when are they coming out with a Vanilla Chai perfume?!
Soaps, Dental & other Bathroom
The Carex Chocolate Orange Handwash makes an appearance in almost every one of these posts, and I still love it! The Arm & Hammer Extra White Care Toothpaste is still a fave too – I thought I’d try a Colgate Baking Soda one next and it’s crap compared to this one! Will be going back to my old faithful immediately.
I finished a box of Cien Cotton Buds – Lidl own brand – I’m not sure what to say about these! I use them to clean up mascara smudges… and also to less glamorously stick in my nose and ears. Whatever, we all get bogeys, right?!
I finished a tube of Amber Noir Hand Cream from Primark’s ‘Private Collection’ – a line of Jo Malone Dupes. I love the Pomegranate and Black Tea perfume – I have the EDP and the perfume oil – but the hand creams aren’t very moisturising. On the plus side, they aren’t greasy and sink in quickly – but then it feels like you didn’t even apply any, so…
I wasn’t a fan of any of the Superdrug Extracts Shampoos – they really seemed to dry out my hair, so I left them for my boyfriend to use, and even he said they didn’t lather up much. I bought them on offer for £1 so it wasn’t a huge loss, but I won’t get them again. Weirdly I also finished two conditioners – the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew in White Grapefruit & Mose Mint and Golden Moringa Oil*. These smell fantastic, as you would expect from Herbal Essences, and helped to soften my hair. They also seemed to last forever – every time I thought the bottle was empty, a bit more came out!
I stayed away for a few nights so made an effort to use up some of my travel sizes. The Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo & Conditioner were good, but I didn’t use them often enough to see if they made much difference to my hair. The Redken For Men Go Clean Shampoo was more suited to my boyfriend’s hair, and because of the size I didn’t form a lasting impression of it – same with the Toni & Guy Smooth Definition Conditioner. I do love having a bunch of these minis around though, as they always come in handy for holidays and weekends away.
Lee Stafford’s Dry Shampoo is my new holy grail – I don’t like being without it now! It makes your hair look and smell fresh, doesn’t dry out your scalp, and doesn’t leave white marks in your hair. Only downside is that it’s quite expensive, but you can often get this line on 3 for 2 in Boots, which works out at £3.30 a can (and it does last for ages). The Intu Style Dry Shampoo wasn’t the worst I’ve tried – the ‘salon quality’ on the bottle is a bit of a stretch, but it did help to alleviate the grease in my hair, although it dried it out quite a bit. I’m not mad though, as it was only £1.
The Primark Oval Cosmetic Pads are still great, and still cheap – I think the quality actually improved since I started buying them. The Primark Konjac Sponge was a bit crap though – it isn’t as scrubby as the ones I usually have, so doesn’t do such a good job of exfoliating.
I recommend the Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack to everyone – great if you have slightly gross, dry feet but can’t be bothered faffing about, as they’re just plastic socks you bung on and they do all the work for you. #LazyGirlHacks
Lastly, and most boring of all, I finished a pack of Wilko Tissues. I always need these in my bag in case someone cries (usually me, let’s face it), I spill something, or I get a cold. Wilko does a pack of 8 travel packets for 80p, and I always have a few knocking about the house – I put them in my boyfriend’s backpack too when he has a cold (mostly to stop him taking all the loo rolls to work, because that’s just bloody weird).
Wax Melts & Candles
I finished a buttload of wax over these two months (I’ve been making an effort to finish half-used things off) from a bunch of different vendors. Honestly I find wax from small companies to generally have a much better throw, last longer, and smell better. Unfortunately every time I find a UK vendor I love, they seem to close for months at a time… Supporting small businesses can be a struggle!
I really like the wax I’ve tried from this vendor – the fresh scents are super fresh, and the bakery ones all smell yummy. Margarita was super limey and refreshing, while Cake Batter Ice Cream was sweet and vanilla-y. I’ll be ordering from this vendor again once I figure out what I want to try from her huge range!
The melts from this vendor had a medium scent throw, and didn’t last that long, so I wasn’t as impressed with these to be quite honest. I had Black Raspberry and Vanilla, Lemon Linen and Gingerbread, which all smelled good, but as far as scent throw they’re in the bottom few vendors I’ve tried. Shame! I’ve recently melted their Birthday Bonanza melt and the throw and lasting power on it was much better though, so I’m willing to give their melts another chance.
My favourite from this vendor was 7UP Bundt Cake – hard to describe, but it was a combination of fizzy lemon/lime mixed with a sweet yellow cake scent. It was gorgeous! I was a little disappointed with Custard Cream – it wasn’t as strong, and I don’t really remember the scent so it’s not made a lasting impression. I will probably order some more from this vendor though (they are currently closed), as the 7UP Bundt Cake was just THAT good!
I’ve ordered from this vendor twice now – they’re actually based in the same city as me – and while the products do take a while to dispatch, it’s always worth the wait. The scent throw is one of the best I’ve tried, and they smell strongly for a good 6-8 hours. Gingerbread was my fave – it’s the scent I buy the most – and Sugar Cookies was the perfect cosy, fuzzy warm scent, and not too sweet. Watermelon Fizzer is a Bath & Body Works dupe and smells super fresh and strong. I’ll definitely get more from this seller in the future – they just switched over from Etsy to their own website – as I’ve not been disappointed so far!
Yankee Candle/Home Inspiration
Christmas Cookie is my favourite scent from Yankee – I have a bunch of the melts, as well as the Home Inspiration version in a large candle and a votive (it’s called Santa’s Treat and it basically smells the same). It’s only available at Christmas… but I’m a weirdo that likes to melt Christmas scents all year round. I also finished a Raspberry Sundae votive from Home Inspiration – these smell a bit, but they aren’t in the same league as a wax melt. Nice for lighting all around the room and having a gentle fragrance – and they are only about 75p in Poundworld.
Last is this clamshell from Airpure in Home Baking – this was actually really good! One cube in the warmer has a great throw and smells like delicious, sweet vanilla-y baking. I found this at B&M but haven’t seen anything from this brand since.
Total for 2017
Can we have a drumroll please?
November & December empties total: 55
So the total number of products I used up in 2017 is…
Okay, so I didn’t make it to 365. Sad times. But 344? That’s still awesome!
It means I used up 0.94 products each day – or one product every 1.06 days.
Thanks for reading! Now… I’m off to throw away all this trash!
Products marked with * were sent as PR for consideration. I am under no obligation to feature them and all thoughts are my own.