Ten Empties #1

Okay, after my minor breakdown about what to do with my empties, most people were in agreement that my idea to do these every ten was a good idea and something they would like to read. It really didn’t take me long to get to ten empties this month, I had so many products that almost made it into my last big empties in December and by day four of January I already had 8 products sitting in my empties box. I want to continue decluttering this year for the big move.First off, I don’t know what the heck happened to the featured image, all the options I took came out all grainy, these are now all well on their way to the recycling tip, so there’s no retaking – I tried to style it out, but I’m not sure it worked.

What I’ve decided to do is keep a track of all my empties on a spreadsheet and I’ll only give a detailed paragraph review of them once during the year, some things I’ll use up several times in a year such as Garner Micellar water so to save being repetitive I’ll simply link back to past empties my roundup – unless my opinion changes for any reason. These empties will feature 10 full/decent deluxe size products where I feel like I’ve garnered a proper idea of the product, and any deluxe/sample sizes where I don’t really know will just be featured as mentions at the end. This first empties has a good mix from a range of categories…

Makeup & Nails

Urban Decay Primer Potion
I featured this in my end of year favourites as I really fell back in love with this last year as I concentrated on getting this used up. This is my favourite eye primer, I don’t even want to try another one as they last so long if I regret it it’ll take ages to use up and get this one back in my collection. I have another one I’m trying to use up, but I’ll be back for this shortly – my other one is running through much quicker.
Repurchase? Yes

Fenty Pro Filtr Foundation (review)
As you know this foundation broke me out big time when I used it solidly for the first three weeks, when I stopped using it daily and used it no more than 2-3 times a week it was perfect for my skin and didn’t break me out. I had so many compliments about my skin on instagram/in person when ever I was wearing this foundation, great coverage and pigmentation and worked really well for my oil prone skin.
Repurchase? Maybe, but not immediately I have a lot of foundations to get through

Essie Gel Couture Topcoat (review)
I went to use this recently and found that it had completely dried up. I know I’ve used this a lot since these launched, but I didn’t feel like I’d used it that much that it should have dried up as of yet. I really liked this topcoat, it was fast drying, gave a real glossy look to the nails and generally helps polish wear a bit longer. This is designed to give wear for 2 weeks with the accompanying polishes in the range, and it does help extend the wear of normal polishes better than other topcoats, but not up to 2 weeks.
Repurchase? Yes, but I have plenty of topcoats at the moment


Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes
These are ones I keep by for cleaning my arms when I do swatches, they do a really pick up eyeshadow particularly well and are cheap so do the job for what I need them for. On my face though they make me really red so they’re reserved for swatch & products clean up only. Which is great because it means I don’t become lazy and reach for them.
Repurchase? Yes

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
I bought this as I’d read it was the best for trying to clear up scarring – the perfect time to use this was post Fenty Foundation breakout. Sadly I didn’t feel like this helped at all clear anything up any faster or aid in fading. I also found if I used it more than 2/3 times a week it started causing bombs around my eye area.
Repurchase? No


Impulse Purple Petals & Smoky Sky Body Mist
I saw this when this line first launched and was intrigued by the weird scents in the line (vanilla float & microchip anyone), this was the one that spoke to me the most and I used it a lot. It only took a few months for me to go through this whole bottle. For longevity this was decent for a body mist. Totally recommend giving this line a whiff in Superdrug.
Repurchase? I would recommend, but I have many a body mist to get through for now!

General Consumables

Tiger Hand Saebe Cherry Blossom
I bought this as I thought the packaging was kind of cute, it looked a bit, like a scandi version of muji. Sadly this didn’t have much of a scent and I wouldn’t rebuy, whilst the soap was a nice size as it wasn’t too huge I didn’t find myself enjoying using it (and life is so much more pleasant if you enjoy a hand soap haha).
Repurchase? No

Colgate Max White Luminous Toothpaste


Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo
This is just about the hardest shampoo I’ve ever had to use up! I really didn’t get any enjoyment out of this at all and tried to limit it to just a few uses a week, I found too frequently and it dried my hair out. But huzzah it’s finally gone
Repurchase? No

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Light Serum Spray
I’m a huge fan of the Coco Loco lotion it’s a hair miracle worker, I’ve slowly been trying out everything else from the range and sadly this was one that didn’t work for me. If I treated this as a hair perfume, absolutely fantastic, it smells lovely and strong. But I don’t think that this does anything for the hair.
Repurchase? No

You can peek at my 2018 empties spreadsheet at any time by clicking here – these will likely be updated as the empties post goes up.


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18 thoughts on “Ten Empties #1

  1. Great empties post! So happy that you were able to make the Fenty foundation work. I haven’t tried it, as I’ve heard it might not be the best for dry skin, but I am tempted to try it.


  2. You’re so right life really is more enjoyable if you enjoy your soap! I like the idea of doing empties every 10 xxx


  3. To be honest, I really like your featured image! I can understand why you don’t like it but I think with the contrasting colours/font, it really works.

    I’m not a big fan of Tresemme shampoo either. I haven’t tried that particular version – just the ordinary ones in the matte black bottles but my gosh! They are so drying! My whole family doesn’t like it either so that’s kinda saying something. I still have like half a bottle in my shower that am sure is just left untouched so I might just bin it soon. For a brand that markets itself the way it does, it really misses the mark.

    I find the Alpha Arbutin best used with the Retinol, together I think they’re great. On its own, it’s a bit weak – no particular changes to sing about so I understand your dislike.


  4. I was surprised by the Essie Gel Couture Topcoat too – it’s rather fast drying but it’s not marketed as such.
    Hmm I’m remembering the scent of that Lee Stafford Coco Loco Genius Lotion!
    Good tracker! ❤


  5. Love your ten empties post. I have a heap of stuff to put in empties and I’m dreading the photos/writeup! My mum swears by Tresemme but it just makes my hair oily so I hate it! I like tge Essie top coat. I’ve just started using it, but combined with their gel nail polishes it lasts great. Nail polishes chip on me in a day but it’s lasting close to a week now😊 x


  6. I didn’t know Impulse did body mists. I’ve used that Keratin range from TREsemme before and I didn’t like it either 😛 I’ve never tried an eyeshadow primer, are there any you really like as well as the UD? x


    1. They’re a newish launch – I think I spotted it in September. No one seems to like the Keratin range it’s so drying!
      I really like the MUA Luxe one (https://helplesswhilstdrying.com/2017/03/09/the-budget-shadow-primer-that-rivals-urban-decay/) as a budget option, but since I wrote this I do think the Urban Decay one does a better job of sticking to pigment. I haven’t tried that many others, they take so long to go through and use up (I had that UD one for atleast 3 years…) that I never want to purchase anything else and feel like I’m stuck with something that will take forever to use up!

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