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Thursday, 18 March 2021

First empties in a while/ Empties #25 including The Ordinary, Bleach London and some of my ride or die faves

A flatlay of empty beauty products I've used up in the past few months- all of them are listed in the blog post.


Hello gang how are we all? I love a good empties post, and I've not done one in like 6 months, so let's get into it. Lots of these are like the third or fourth time I've repeat-bought this, so you know I'm pretty obsessed. Here are my empties and little mini reviews from all the beauty products I've used up in the last few months:

Hair Dyes/ 

Bleach London Bold as Brass// I wasn't suuper blown away by this tbh- full review here: Bleach London Bold as Brass: Review and Before and After

Bleach London Rosé// On the other hand, this is one of my faves for a reason- it's reliably pretty and doesn't stick around for too long- perfect when I wanted to have pink hair for xmas! I miiight actually do an updated review on this, becuase the review I did write was 7 years ago now! (Seven!!!) Here's one from 5 years ago of me comparing Bleach Rosé to Directions Carnation Pink 


Hair Care//

Bleach London Beer Mask// I'm obsessed with this- I've already got another one on the go. Makes your hair smooth and silky, and tbh I'm paranoid after some of my hair was falling out last year (which I think might have been stress????) so I'm not really looking to change up my current routine as it seems to be working. 

Bleach London Live forever Shampoo (x2)// These were my second and third bottles of this- it's more expensive than tresemmé but I like it and it smells good. I'm actually on my fourth one of this now.. 

Bleach London Rosé shampoo// Perfect for changing up your hair colour with even less commitment, or for neutralising greenish tones that you sometimess end up with from other dyes. I've got another one on the go now, it's just nice having one in case.

The Ordinary Moroccan Argan Oil// I've been using argan oil on my hair for years and I liked this a lot- I think it's convenient that you can use it to moisturise your body too in a pinch, and apparently it makes your hair dry faster too. I've finished it for now, but I definitely might pick it up again in the future.

Bleach London Hair Elixir// After finishing the argan oil up, I tried this, and it smells amazing and I think it makes my hair feel so super smooth. Only minus point is it leaves hands feeling a bit sticky- I tend to rub it in to my hands because it's mostly a mixture of oils, but argan oil definitely absorbed faster. I do think my hair likes this better though, I got a free bottle with a cult beauty offer recently so I'm going to stick with this. (Also it's cheaper than The Ordinary's argan oil...)

Hand/ body care// 

Envoque Hand & Body Lotion// freebie from a hotel, did the job but it wasn't the most moisturising thing, it was quite light. 

Lush Charity Pot// Love this, I always pick it up when I'm in need of a little treat. The little £1 tins are perfect for travelling, too. The scent is quite sickly sweet, so I'd smell it first if you're sensitive to strong smells.

E45 Moisturising Hand Cream// Anyone else's hands usually get suuper scaly in the winter? Especially at the moment when we're all washing our hands a thousand times a day. Well I love this- it's reasonably priced and does the job.

Norwegian Formula Hand Cream// This is another staple hand cream- can't go wrong with it. I love how teeny this one was- perfect for putting in your handbag on the go. 

A closer up, vertical image of some of the products I've used up in the last few months- they are all listed in the blog post.


Skin Care//

Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub// I think this was quite old, but I used it and it did the job fine- I think physical scrubs have sort of gone out of fashion now, but something about them is quite satisfying isn't it. Also you can see I used every last dreg of this- I always cut tubes in half to get the last teeny bit of product out. I'll do that to the rest of the tubes in these photos too :) 

Simple Soothing Eye Balm// I'm starting to get a couple of wrinkles around my eyes, so in the last two years or so I've been using an eye cream. I liked this one a lot and for the price you cannot complain at all.

The Ordinary Natural Hydrating Factors + HA// I've been having a bit of a bad skin year tbh (aren't we all with all the stress about), so I tried this which is very raved about but I think it was a leetle too heavy for me unfortunately. 

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glocoside Solution 12%// Vitamin C has become really trendy over here in the last few years and I really like this- I definitely feel like my skin looks brighter I think I'm on my fourth or fifth one of this now? I want to try some of their other formats of vitamin c products though- there's a Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid mix that's ALWAYS sold out. Always. 

The Ordinary Buffet// Always. I think I'm on my third one of this now?  

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate// I bought this as a treat for myself after my first payday from my current job (yay!)- I like it, but not as much as the 'proper' Moisture Surge because I'm not a huge fan of the little jelly bobbles (idk how to describe them) I would definitely prefer a smooth texture, so I prefer the smooth original Moisture Surge though. I actually went all out and bought myself a Clinique advent calender last year, so next empties will probably be full of Clinique Minis. 

Primark Bi-Phase Eye Make Up Remover// This was a present, and it does remove eye makeup really well, but it leaves an oily feeling behind which is the problem with a lot of oil based eye makeup removers. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Lip// I liked this well enough, but I am just a big fan of good old Vaseline.... This was good for on the go though. 

Vaseline// This was a limited Edition tin which is way cuter than the normal one and I'm sad it's all gone. But honestly, Vaseline is a classic for a reason- it's cheap but moisturises your lips/ dry skin on your elbows etc. like nothing else. 

Make Up

Miscellaneous Primark red nail polish from like 2011// Does anyone else have makeup from their childhood still hanging around? This was still good (ish... it took a little while to dry and was definitely at the end of it's rope but I wanted to use it up) so I finished it :)

Rimmel Clear Complexion Pressed Powder in 021 Transparent// This is a classic, I think I prefer it to Stay Matte. I hate the packaging though- it always breaks before I'm done even though I don't usually carry it around with me. But, it's so good so I'll probably get it again. 

Miscellaneous Primark Lip Liner from like 2011// this was.... I probably should have just chucked it, but I tried to use it up :') 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 010 Light// One of these was from Donki in Japan, and one was from the UK. I really liked this and will probably get it again. I'm trying the new The Ordinary concealer atm though. 

Rimmel Eye Pencil in White// I use this every day for my water line, I love it and will definitely get it again- this was like my second or third one I think. 

Clinique quickliner in 09 Ebony// I keep getting these in like Christmas Presents- I like it and it's all you could want in a black pencil liner :)

Dolly Wink Brush Pen Liner in Black// I'm obsessed with this for doing a nice winged eyeliner- if you haven't tried a brush pen liner, it's a game changer. This was like my 3rd one, and I've already got another one on the go. 

In terms of how I'm going to dispose of these: The things that can be recycled in the normal recycling, I will clean out and put in recycling (the hard plastic bottles). The Lush and Bleach things are black plastic, which isn't recycled in my area. But I will be taking the Lush things in to the shop (when it's safe) to recycle (Lush free face mask, here I come!). I think I remember reading you can do the same with Bleach's things at their salons, but I'm not sure... I'll hang onto them for now. And the makeup items that are eligible I'm going to put in a Maybelline Terra Cycle  thing (again, when it's safe). The glass nail polish bottle will be cleaned and recycled. 

So that's it for now! I hope you guys are doing ok <3 <3 Sending all my love and thanks for reading! 

-Amy xoxo

My last empties:  It's been a little while life update/ empties 24 // Bleach London Champagne Supertoner: Review and Before and after

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