So… I’ve been meaning to do an empties post for over 6 months. In fact, I have now packed up these used bottles for 2 separate house moves. That is just ridiculous. I cannot tell you how satisfying it is to know that as I write this post ALL of those 25+ pieces of empty plastic are safely in my recycling bin. Even more satisfying- most of my products are now full so in theory I shouldn’t have this kind of back log for a very long time... in theory.

Considering how many products there are to cover I’m going to have to try and make this quick. My two most used products seem to be dry shampoo and eye make-up remover, so if there’s anything this demonstrates it’s that apparently I don’t like washing my hair and I wear a lot of mascara? Right let’s get a move on people:

PHYTO 7 DAY CREAM

 A leave in conditioner of sorts, this tube has already been repurchased. Along with my grapeseed serum it has taken on the mammoth task of keeping the ends of my hair more human-like and less straw-like.

BODY SHOP GRAPESEED GLOSSING SERUM

One of the first posts I ever wrote was on this little baby. It lasted me well over a year and was well loved. I’m looking to pay my poor hair a little more attention so after I do some research I might be considering an upgrade. Watch this space. 

 

CLARINS INSTANT EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER

 In a nutshell- overpriced. As much as I love Clarins, for £25 I was expecting instant removal of waterproof makeup with one easy swipe. Considering the high praise this gets on VDM I felt compelled to try it... but as my £3.49 option (see below) works just the same, if not better, it'll be back to that.  

LIZ EARLE INSTANT BOOST SKIN TONIC SPRITZER

200ml of a product you’re not mad about is a lot to finish- even in a spray bottle. I'd heard good things about Liz Earle but I don’t feel like this did anything for me... or her Cleanse and Polish for that matter (are you even allowed to say that on the internet? Oops.)  Not keen on the smell either and we all know that’s half the battle.

 

LA ROCHE-POSAY SEROZINC (X2)

I wrote my thoughts about this a while ago, two bottles later they are much the same. It's a shame I ordered two bottles, really. 

 

 

CLARINS GENTLE EXFOLIATOR BRIGHTENING TONER (X2)

I don't think this bottle has ever cropped up on the blog. It's a gentle exfoliating toner and I like to use it at night after cleansing but before any serums or moisturisers. After taking a cotton pad over my face I tend to quickly swipe it over my chest as well just to keep any pesky spots at bay. Works a treat. Obviously repurchased. 

 

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER

I've mentioned this before and am now nearing the end of a second tube. Would happily invest again although a little birdie tells me the Origins Plantscription Concealer might be worth a go so there may be a few changes in the concealer department. Again, watch this space.

GARNIER 2 IN 1 EXPRESS EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER (X3)

Obviously I like this stuff. It's cheap and cheerful. As a religious waterproof mascara wearer, a bi-phase makeup remover is essential. Does take a couple of swipes... but at £3.49 I can live with that. 

 

 

SMASHBOX PHOTOFINISH SHADOW PRIMER

Very handy for traveling but NARS Eyeshadow Base is the only one for me. It's as simple as that. 

 

INDEED LABS HYDRALURON

This little number has popped up on the the blog before  and I do love it. However, I have recently upgraded to Sarah Champman's offering and there's no going back. That is bound to make an appearance some time soon so keep your eyes peeled! 

 

URBAN DECAY ALL-NIGHTER MAKE-UP SETTING SPRAY

This was the smaller travel size and I now have the big cahoona taking up more table space than I'd like. BUT for a night out or an extremely hot day this stops all your melted makeup worries in their tracks. 

JAMES BROWN INTENSIVE MOISTURE MASK

I have to say, I don't know that much about hair. What I do know is my hair likes this stuff and I have been using it for well over two years now. Much to my horror my Boots doesn't seem to stock it anymore! Typical. 

 

PAI ROSEHIP BIO REGENERATE OIL

 Details here. Oils last an absolute age so I'm actually surprised this is finished. Although very nice, I think I like the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil just that little bit better so that beauty is now gracing my bathroom shelf instead. 

 

BATISTE

You won't believe me, but I had two more of these bottles that I decided not to photograph. I like to properly wash my hair 2-3 times a week and that means dry shampoo is my best friend. I spray it on, and I mean really go for it, at night and tie my hair up if I know I won't be washing it. 'Fresh' is my favourite and I wouldn't recommend the coloured versions... they're just messy. 

 

BIODERMA SENSIBO H2O

Internet sensation. Makeup remover of choice. Gentle and Effective. I am now on my fourth bottle. Three more to go, we're almost at the end people! 

 

EMMA HARDIE MORINGA CLEANSING BALM

My favourite cleanser. Ever. I am now on my third tub and I've upgraded to the huge version- you know the one that resembles a doorstop? I don't think I've ever mentioned it on the blog but I have some skin care posts in the works so I'm sure it will pop up sooner rather than later. 

 

CLARINS DAILY ENERGISING CREAM

Sister to my all-time favourite moisturiser (that has rudely been discontinued) I have absolutely been loving this as a day-time moisturiser. I wrote about it here and I am just as pleased with it now!

LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO

This might be a shocker, but I'm not convinced this actually does anything for me. I desperately wanted it to work but there are definitely other spot eliminating tactics that my skin prefers. I do have a back up in the cupboard (why?!) but I'm not sure it will be getting much use now. 

 

Does anybody really know if these things work? It smelled nice, that's about as strong of a justification as I can make . I now have an Elnette one because part of me feels like maybe my hair might thank me somewhere down the line. But in all honesty, who knows?

 

And breathe. 

God, it feels good to have that done. I'd love to know what you've been using recently and if you have any suggestions?