February 2020 Empties

February 2020 Empties

I mentioned in my January Empties I wanted to start filming my empties, but we’re only a few days into March, and I’m already feeling quite overwhelmed by everything I have to do this month – so the thought of adding more to my to-do list at the moment is a little terrifying. My February 2020 empties is a bit more interesting than the ones I featured in January and I’ve got a good spread across the board of different products and feel quite accomplished by what I managed to finish up during the month.

Makeup

Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer (Review)
I can’t help but feel like this isn’t truly empty but there’s no way to get the pump off the top to scrape the barrel any more. I thought this was okay, I don’t think it was the most suited to my skin type and that a normal to dry skin would probably like this more. Makeup applied nicely on top of it and it created a smooth base without being a silicone packed texture, but it didn’t help so much with wear longevity.
Repurchase? No

MAC Strobe Cream (Sized to Go 30ml)
This took me forever to finish up – I’ve had this for a couple of years and have just finished it! I don’t tend to use illuminisers all the time as I’m oily (coincidentally, I think that’s all I have left at the moment!) but after finishing the Pro Filt’r. I do think out of all the illuminating primers I’ve tried that Strobe Cream is as good as they comes – it adds this sheen without being glittery, it works well being mixed with foundation if desired too.
Repurchase? Two fold reasons for no, MAC isn’t cruelty free and I do have a lot of illuminating primers to get through at the moment! If you are in the market for one though, MAC will always be near the top of my list.

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation
I’m kind of regretting not reviewing this foundation now. I had this on my Winter Use up list, and had only used it a handful of times before I added it to that list. My friend Lora passed it on as it was too dark for her, and I do have to admit it was a little too dark for me too, but with some concealer I could make it work, and this is the lightest shade from the range. But putting that aside, holy moly this is amazing. It’s the best budget foundation (it’s under £10) I’ve tried for my skin I’d say it has a medium-high coverage but doesn’t give that unnatural veil of foundation look, it has a satin finish. Currently on offer on Beauty Bay for £4.95 – I’m very tempted to get another bottle but I’m going to try an be good and finish some others up first! If you follow me on instagram, this is what I’ve been wearing a lot recently on my stories and have had loads of questions over what foundation it was.
Repurchase? Yes in future – I’ve also heard the Pro Matte one is great so may try that.

Revolution The Mascara (Review) [Gifted by Superdrug]
We were away at the beginning of February for my birthday and I decided that this one had bitten the dust and I had to go and buy another one. This is just, not good man. One coat doesn’t have enough impact, 2 coats can easily go sticky. It wears away quickly through the day and actually it dried out pretty quickly. Just avoid, better budget mascaras are out there – and this one felt a bit to pricey for revolution IMHO too! (£8)
Repurchase? No, no, no.


Nails

Essie Let it Shine Topcoat
I went to use this last week and whilst there was still a bit left in the bottle – what was left was too gloopy to use so I sadly. It’s been a while since I used this but I remembered it being a fairly decent topcoat which had decent shine to it.
Repurchase? Good topcoat but it’s been discontinued.

Danglefoot Polish Loki (Review)
My favourite nail polish ever, shifts of olive, emerald green, purple, bronze. I’m so surprised I’ve managed to finish a coloured polish and not surprised at the same time, it’s a testament as to how much I loved this. I didn’t realise my last use was going to be the last one as it looked like there was more left in the bottle but I couldn’t get any more out and had to use a different polish on my last finger it was that empty! Danglefoot is an Indie maker who is fairly local to me and I love her formula, if/when she has this back I’ll be repurchasing.
Repurchase? Absolutely, I’m considering stealing the bottles back that I bought for other people as presents.


Haircare

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo 500ml
Favourite shampoo ever. Despite my greasy hair this leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and smells delicious.
Repurchase? I hope so as it’s my all time favourite – I’m finding conflicting statements about whether Aussie a CF or not, a recent statement says yes (but I don’t think they used to be). But not many leading CF blogs have changed them to yes, more research needed.

Cien Mega Moisture Shampoo
As you can tell from above this is Lidl’s dupe of the Aussie Shampoo above. I’ve had this since about October time when I picked it up when we went away and other than the scent it was nothing like the shampoo it was trying to imitate. It made my hair look greasy and didn’t work well at all. I ended up using it up to clean brushes.
Repurchase? No

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner (Gifted by Superdrug)
Firstly, this smelt absolutely amazing. Not only did it have the coconut and hibiscus scent, but I noticed the first few times it smelt of mango too and it did have mango in the ingredients list. However I felt like it was making my hair quite heavy and lank, my hair felt moisturised but it felt a bit too heavy for my hair.
Repurchase? No

Aveda Shampure Hand and Body Wash
*This should have been in body care, I got distracted by the Shampure title! This was okay, didn’t have much of a scent – seemed too expensive for what it was. I got this in my advent calendar box in December and finished it off quite easily.
Repurchase? No

Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo
Not a lot to say here as it was a single use sachet, smelt minty! I double shampoo my hair so it wasn’t even enough for me to tell off one hair wash!
Repurchase? No


Bodycare

Boots Zingy Raspberry & Pomegranate Shower Gel
Probably my favourite budget shower gel – I’ve discovered this last year and will rebuy it any time I’m in Boots and in need of stocking up – it’s only 75p but smells fantastic!
Repurchase? Yes

Dove Anti Perspirant Deodorant (Gifted by Superdrug)
If you read my empties often you’ll know I’m pretty loyal to the Mitchum twist up cream deodorant, after I ditched spray ons several years ago. This was okay but didn’t find it as heavy duty as my Mitchum, good for light days at home but needed to turn back to Mitchum on days I knew I’d be more active.
Repurchase? No


February 2020 Empties – Skincare

Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Sheet Mask (Gifted)
Probably one of the best sheet masks I’ve tried. These give my skin a real noticeable boost in terms of appearance but I find it nice and moisturising too.
Repurchase? I believe I have one more left, but probably not as I’m trying to avoid purchasing single use.

Pixi Rose Flash Balm (Gifted)
The more I used this the more I disliked this, it claims to be a primer, moisturiser and mask in one and it seemed to be a jack of all trades, master of none. Compared to other moisturisers I didn’t feel like it gave me much of a boost with moisturiser and even when I used a thicker layer as a mask. Left over night I felt like I had residue left behind but my skin didn’t feel better off.
Repurchase? No, probably my least favourite Pixi product!

The Body Shop Soft Cleansing Sponge (Gifted by local shopping centre at event)
I’ve had this for over a year and cracked it open after Christmas – it’s gotten to the point where it’s been pretty grubby now and isn’t washing out to be clean so I’m declaring it done. This was okay, I used this usually to wipe away any remaining residue after a heavier makeup cleanse. I liked using it, but wouldn’t repurchase – these are £4 and microfibre cloths do the same job but last much longer.
Repurchase? No

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Gel Creme Moisturiser
This was my main moisturiser of the month, I packed it for when we went away for my birthday so I was travelling light. I’ve had samples of this and my skin adores it, these gel creme moisturisers just get lapped up whilst not making my skin greasy at all. This sank in quickly and was a great moisturiser day and night.
Repurchase? No, Nuxe isn’t CF (which did surprise me actually!) 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml (Gifted by Superdrug)
Just like the above, I had this saved for when we went away and I popped it in my shower to finish when we got home. If you saw my New in the Shower post earlier in the week this was mentioned in there, and it’s a product which dupers of the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser love. This didn’t get close to hitting that status for me and I felt like it left a residue behind that was difficult to shift, even in a hot shower. It didn’t remove makeup as fully as I would like or expect either for a cleanser of this type.
Repurchase? No! 

Origins Mega Mushroom Relief – Treatment Lotion
I used this as a toner and the sample size wasn’t really enough to tell how I felt about it. Other than it didn’t smell like mushrooms it felt pretty moisturising, but not enough to convince me it was better than say, Pixi Rose Tonic.
Repurchase? No (and not CF)

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Found this lingering in a box that hadn’t been opened since we moved, used it not sure whether it did anything as it’s such a small sample, but at least it’s been put to use.
Repurchase? No (and not CF)


Fragrance

Hugo Boss the Scent Absolute for Her
Thought I would like this more than I did as I love the gents version, but this didn’t live up to it for me – it was nice but didn’t give me the same unique vibes that the mens line does.

Burberry Brit Sheer
This was okay a good every day perfume if you are after something lighter.


I’ll wrap things up quickly as that was quite a big one wasn’t it? Let me know in the comments what you finished up in your February 2020 Empties and if you’ve tried any of these for yourself and what you thought.

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7 Comments

  1. March 6, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    I don’t think I have this many empties in a month, or not very often, it’s an impressive amount! I really want that Loki nail varnish now, it looks so pretty and I have to admit that Loki anything gets my attention. The boots shower gel sounds nice, I like pomegranate things and at 75p it’s worth trying now my shower gel stash is actually small enough to not take up multiple boxes. .I’ll have to see if they have that in when I next go to Boots.

    I’m surprised that Nuxe aren’t CF considering they’re down as vegan friendly, I guess that just means no animal products in them. It’s always disappointing when brands aren’t CF any more, especially the luxury brands, when so many manage it.

    • rachael
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      March 12, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      I’m a sucker for raspberry and pomegranate so when I spotted that one it had to have my name on it.
      I guess for Luxury brands it’s all about image so brands like chanel, dior etc are going to want to sell in China as well as getting a cut of those consumers. I was surprised about Nuxe too, seems strange that it’s one way round normally you get cruelty free and then vegan, not vegan but not cruelty free!

  2. March 7, 2020 / 2:31 am

    We finished up a couple of the same items in February: the Fenty primer and MAC’s Strobe Cream. I found the pump on the Fenty primer relatively easy to remove and discovered another week or two’s worth of product in the bottle that I decanted into a container. I quite enjoy the primer and may consider picking it up again in future. The Strobe Cream is nice but I wish the other shades came in the smaller size. I feel like I’d personally enjoy trying Silverlite but I think it’s only available in the awkward full size packaging.

    That nail polish you finished up is beautiful!

    • rachael
      Author
      March 12, 2020 / 2:15 pm

      A couple of people have said that about the fenty, either I was being stupid or mine was royally stuck on – I tried several times over many days and couldn’t work it out!
      I’ve not tried the other Strobe Cream shades but some of them do look so stunning!

      • March 13, 2020 / 1:30 am

        Maybe the pump was faulty. As it is a thicker texture a squeeze tube wouldn’t be much easier to dispense product either I’d imagine. I have a sneaky suspicion Goldlite comes in the 30ml size too but I may be wrong.

  3. March 19, 2020 / 3:36 am

    That’s kind of awesome that you finished your bottle of Loki! Have you ever worn it as a pedi? I think it would be really fun in the summer, but might be a bit out there. The raspberry pomegranate shower gel sounds like an amazing scent combination, yum!

    I definitely have on of those TBS sponges lying around somewhere and haven’t used it yet, thanks for the reminder! :]

    • rachael
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 11:30 am

      I haven’t no – I have my toes gelled as I have a problem with my hip and can’t reach my own toes without me splatting it on all over my whole foot haha! I do think it would make a gorgeous pedi though, definitely an eye catching one with sandals!

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