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Thursday, 19 May 2022

Empties #30 it's been a little while... Etude House / Bleach London/ SOS Serum / Emoda/ Mary Quant

Hello gang, hope you're all well! I haven't blogged (or posted much on instagram...) this whole year, and yet again, I'm back with a quick empties post. (I do have plans for more hair dye reviews and other substantial content, don't worry!)

So yeah, here are the (many) products I've used up recently along with some mini reviews: 

Empty beauty products scattered on a zebra print carpet. Some tubes are cut open to get every last bit of product out. Brands include Bleach London, Clinique, Emoda,

First set: 


Bleach Pearlescent Conditioner// You guys know I love this. Conditions and deposits a lovely pearly colour.
Bleach White Heat// I didn't want to like this, as it's just another step to get white hair. But, I actually think Bleach's White Toner + this made my hair look amazing. I'll get it again for sure. 


Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Cream// it's nice enough but I don't like the little bobbles of extra... hydration(?) in there? I'd rather it was a smooth texture. 

Clinique All About Face Face Wash// foaming face washes really don't agree with me.. this was another one I got from the Clinique advent calendar, I'm really pleased I got to try it and confirm that it's not for my skin.

SOS Serum// I heard about this brand from skincare queen Demi Colleen, and I really like these two products! The SOS Serum is a really nice light gel which calms down irritated skin and I really liked it! I bought a larger one of the SOS Serum and the SOS H2O which is a moisturiser that has SPF 30 in it. Safe to say I liked them! 

Lip Bouncer L-04// I loooved this ginger scent, and I'm a bit sad to see it go as it was a limited edition scent. You can still get the regular Lip Bouncer and the Tea with Milk scented Limited edition from last year though! (** obligatory disclaimer: I work at Mary Quant, no-one asked me to post this but I want to be totally transparent!)

Red Nail Polish// misc. from my childhood. I am trying to use up any miscellaneous bits of makeup like this, wish me luck!


Etude House Tinted Lip Balm// I bought this while I was in Shizuoka.... I think I just need to accept that I'm not a tinted lip balm person.... or maybe I just don't have luck with them? This turned BRIGHT PINK on my lips! It looked nice but it was not the work appropriate orange tint that I had bought it for. Glad to see it go as it wasn't the most hydrating. 

Mary Quant Billion Lashings Volumising Mascara Smudgeproof Ebony Black 01// (** obligatory disclaimer: I work at Mary Quant, no-one asked me to post this but I want to be totally transparent!)I LOVE this mascara. It's expensive but I think it's totally worth the price (unfortunately as it is a bit pricy.) I got so many compliments on how nice my lashes looked when I wore this and I didn't have any smudging onto my brow bone. I have quite deep set eyes so smudging is actually something I've really struggled with with other mascaras recently (e.g. the Marc Jacobs one, in the next empties... you can't buy it any more but I haaated it cos it smudged on me so badly) . 

I've bought another Billion Lashings as a backup and I'm using Action Lashings too right now- I'll let you know which one I prefer but I'm leaning towards Billion Lashings atm.

Emoda Highlight Stick// I dug every last bit of this cream highlight out because I adored it! It was a freebie with Jelly Magazine in 2019 though, so no way of getting it again as I don't think Emoda even do makeup usually? I bought the Glossier one a while ago so I will give that a go. 

Clinique Perfume mini// Another one from the Clinique advent calendar. I don't really think perfume when I think Clinique, but this was quite nice! I have lots of other perfumes on the go so I'm not going to seek this out but I was happy to try it. 

Second set: 

Empty beauty products on an orange blanket. Brands include Bleach London, Clinique, Tresémme and Mary Quant

Two different sets of empties because that's how long I haven't posted... 

Mary Quant Cleansing Massage Cream//  (** obligatory disclaimer: I work at Mary Quant, no-one asked me to post this but I want to be totally transparent!)Happy to have tried this, it's a great first cleanser. You definitely need to double cleanse after using this though. I'm trying the MQ Deep Cleansing Gel Oil next which I think might be more what I'm after. Watch out for that in my empties in a couple of months ;)

Clinique All About Clean// I really want a cleanser that will take my eye makeup off, but this sort of irritated my eyes. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Masque// I liked this a lot, was happy to receive it in the advent calendar. I think my favourite moisture surge is the 100 hour gel one (?) I've had it a couple of times and I genuinely notice that my skin looks better the next day when I use it. There are too many different types of moisture surge and it's a bit confusing trying to find *the* one that I think works best on my skin. 

Bleach London Awkward Peach Super Cool Colour// I kept this for waaay too long before using it, and I think this because it turned my hair pink, not peach. A gorgeous pink, but it wasn't peach. Again, it's my fault for keeping it around too long- I'm actually trying not to hoard beauty and makeup so much so this type of thing can be avoided.

Mary Quant Block and Block Perfect Protection Sunscreen// My beloved. This is a little pricy compared to drugstore sunscreen but it's 100% worth it for me, it's soothing to the skin and non-sticky. I'm using this instead of importing sunscreen (mostly Kosé suncut or Bioré) from Japan like I used to. This is definitely in my top 5 MQ products (should I do a whole post on Mary Quant? Would you guys be interested? Let me know). 

Topshop Wheels On Fire Lip Liner// RIP to Topshop.... this was a nice enough colour, but it was a bit too creamy to use as a liner really so I used it as a lipstick. It was a proper bright red, I got many compliments on it!

The Inkey List Vitamin C// I didn't like this, it was too strong for my skin and it irritated my skin and also left oxidated vitamin C marks on my pillow when I used it at night. I know you can mix it which they suggest to do if it irritates you, I tried to mix it with a moisturiser but it's a hard pass from me for now on tbh. 

Nail Polishes// Again, misc. from my childhood. 

Tresémme Instant Recovery Mask// This has protein in it and I'm a bit wary of overloading my hair with protein lately. I did use this up but I'll be sticking with Bleach London for the forseeable. 

Anyone else super satisfied when they use up beauty products? I've recently been mildly obsessed with Project Pan youtube videos of people using up their makeup. Super relaxing, and the lo-fi style of a lot of the youtubers makes me nostalgic for the olden days of youtube... 

Plus, it really makes you realise how long some of these things take to use up! I'm really glad I managed to miss out on the IKEA Alex Drawers full of makeup that we were all encouraged to accumulate. And on that note, I will be doing a post on my up to date makeup collection soon! For my own future reference, if for nothing else. Quite proud of myself for not going (too) crazy and drowning myself in beauty products now that I have a disposable income ;)

Thanks for reading! 

-Amy xoxo

Empties #29: Glossier, Bleach London, Mary Quant etc// I have seven different shampoos and they're all different ok? My bleached haircare routine in 2021// Bleach London Champagne Supertoner: Review and Before and After


Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Empties #29// Glossier, Bleach London, Mary Quant, Becca etc

 A flatlay of empty beauty products from brands including Bleach London, Glossier, Mary Quant and Becca

Hiii gang! I hope you're all ok! I'm still doing nothing but work, basically....

I will get back into creating *content * but for now, here are some more empties:


Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser// I liked it, this was nice. But, I have lots of other cleansers to get through before I even consider if I want to repurchase. I get the hype though.

No7 Hydraluminous Water Surge Gel// This was actually my second pot of this and I loved it! I'm currently trying another cream in this range but I think I will go back and get this exact one again- this was perfect for where my skin is now- dry but also very prone to breakouts.

Soap and Glory body cream// This was nice and moisturising, but a very strong scent for me tbh.

Mary Quant Lip Bouncer// Lovely. It's a bit more expensive than good old vaseline, but I liked this and will definitely get another one after I've used up a few more older lip balms. It's light but hydrating and also makes your lipstick last longer, what's not to like? 

Lush Peony// This was a lil sample and it smelt gorgeous and was super moisturising. 

No7 protect and perfect primer// I got this in the summer gift set, and it was nice but quite thick.

Haircare // 

Bleach Total Bleach// I like this, it's always a repeat-buy for me. This or the plex bleach, depending on how I'm feeling.

Bleach London White Heat// I tried this out finally, and it is a lovely last step to get white hair. I didn't want to like it cos it's an extra step after bleach and toner, but I do. I will probably pick this up again at some point but I have lots of other colours to try out first!

Bleach London Beer Mask and Reincarnation Mask// you guys know I love these, what can I say. I alternate these every time I wash my hair, and I've bought each several times. And you know what? I did experiment with another mask I had, and my hair hated it.... so I'm sticking with what I know and love for hair care. If it aint broke don't fix it I say!

Bleach London Pearlescent Conditioner// as regular readers will know, I'm a big fan of the pearlescent shampoo and conditioner. I want to try the pearlescent toner too. 


A flatlay of empty beauty products from brands including Bleach London, Glossier, Mary Quant and Becca

Clinique High Impact Mascara// I like this a lot, and it had got to the point where it was super done. I have another one that's from the advent calendar to use up, along with my fave MQ Billion Lashings.

Clinique High Impact in black// This was nice- smooth and creamy and lasted pretty well for me. I got it in an advent calendar for 2020 and I used it no problem. 

Becca tinted lip balm in Rose// Becca the brand has gone, but I saw this in T K Maxx and thought I'd try it, along with a red lipstick. The lipstick is nice, but this tinted balm I was not a fan of. It went waaay darker pink than it looks in the tube, and it had sort of scratchy glitter in and it wasn't that hydrating either. I used it up quickly to get rid of it tbh.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo// I actually didn't finish it, but I decided it had to go because it was years old and past its best. I was half heartedly trying to use it up, but there's so much in there and it just wasn't my favourite. I'm not really a liquid lip gal tbh so I wouldn't get this again although I did get lots of compliments on the colour.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent// It's called transparent, but it does have a bit of an orange tinge on me if I use too much. I much prefer the version of this with the green bottom- the complexion clarifying one. The actual powder in both is pretty good for the price, but I haaate the packaging- it always breaks on me even when I am careful not to take it anywhere. I've finished it and I've got the Laura Mercier loose powder in translucent for now, and I think I prefer that finish on my skin (unfortunately, seeing as it's much more expensive...). I think Rimmel have a new pressed powder with a different packaging which I wouldn't rule out, cos my main gripe with this is the packaging. 

Thanks for reading! Have you used up any makeup recently? Or had anything exciting happen? 

-Amy xoxo

I have seven different shampoos and they're all different ok? My bleached hair care routine// Empties #28 The Inkey List, Glossier, Bleach London and more// My work capsule wardrobe// 

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