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Thursday 2 June 2022

Empties #31 Bleach London, Mary Quant, The Ordinary

Empty beauty products on a zebra print carpet. Brands include Bleach London, The Ordinary, Mary Quant and Etude House. Some of the tubes have been cut open to get every last bit of product out.

Hello gang, I am still behind on these empties posts, let's get into it! 


Bleach London Reincarnation Mask// I'm on my third one of this mega tub, after going through several smaller tubes in my time. Safe to say I love this (as regular readers know) and I love the XL packaging, I wish the Beer Mask also came in this size. Speaking of, I also had a Beer Mask in my empties. I tend to alternate between the masks and it seems to be agreeing with my hair so I have no plans to change up my routine. 

Bleach Scotch Mist Super Cool Colour// I do like this, it's quite subtle but really pretty misty purple- grey. I forgot to take photos so I'd need to buy another one if I was to do a proper review. 

Plex Bleach// I think I prefer Total Bleach to this? I'm a bit paranoid that my hair will get protein overloaded again. But, it lifted my hair perfectly. I'm just being a bit paranoid I think...

Lavender Grey Toner// I really liked this- again, the colour came out quite subtle for me but really pretty! Debating buying another one so I can do a proper review post as it's gorgeous but I didn't get any pictures that do it justice.
Marie from Bleach did let me know that for my length of hair, (slightly longer than shoulder length) I should be using 2 boxes of toner at once for the best colour application if I'm toning all of my hair and not just the roots. I was stingy and used them one at a time (Sorry Marie!) I will listen to her advice next time. *This lavender grey toner was kindly gifted when I was a hair model for Bleach. They didn't ask me or pay me to post but I was super happy to be able to try it and will definitely buy it myself in the future. 


No7 Vitamin C cream// This was a nice texture! It didn't disagree with my skin and I wouldn't rule out getting it again although I believe that this format of vitamin c won't stay as effective as long as it's got more chance to be exposed to air?? Don't quote me on that though. My skin did like this though! 

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser// This was... fine. Not bad but it didn't remove my makeup as well as other cream cleansers I've tried, so I am back on my search.

The Ordinary Niacinimide and zinc// I love this! I'm currently using a Mary Quant Call the Shots serum which is also a texture refining pore control serum, so I won't be purchasing this Ordinary one for a bit, but this serum is so affordable and I think my skin really likes it. Will definitely pick it up again in the future. I will let you know how I get on with Call the Shots in a future empties post :)

The Ordinary Buffet// I love this! And so does my skin. As with the niacinimide, I'm currently using my Mary Quant Back to the Prime which fills the same spot in my routine, so I won't pick this up until I need a new serum but I definitely will get it again, this is a cult classic for a reason. 

Clinique Moisture Surge 72hr// I love Moisture Surge- it's one of the only moisturisers that I reliably notice that my skin has improved the next day after using it. I don't use it every day but I definitely appreciate it for when my skin needs a boost! I think I wrote this last time though, but there are so many moisture surge things to choose from right now... and I want *this* one. I bought a jar of 72hr recently and it's more of a creamy texture which is fine but this gel texture is the one that really agrees with my skin. I'll have to keep hunting. 

Garnier Micellar water// I don't know if mine was getting old, but I definitely remember it being better at removing makeup when I had it previously. I will get a smaller bottle if I pick it up again so it doesn't have the chance to go off. For now I'm on the hunt for a different makeup remover that will remove makeup without dragging or irritating my eyes. I've had luck with the Muji Oil Cleansing and also with the No7 Cleansing balm.

SOS SPF 50// This was nice and did its job well but it's quite thick which isn't my preference. I adore the SOS serum though, and the SOS H20 (which has SPF30) is nice too, although I usually do prefer something with SPF 50 (like Kosé Suncut or Mary Quant Block & Block).

Mary Quant Go Deeper// I've already bought another tube because I can't be without this! It's a really nice clay mask with Moroccan lava clay, smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft (obligatory disclaimer: I work at Mary Quant but no one's asked/paid me to post this).

Nivea Moisturising Cream// I liked this fine for actually moisturising my hands and body- it did it's job really well. But the smell was super strong which is not my favourite.

Clinique Smart Defence Serum// Another thing from my 2020 advent calendar, this was nice but I didn't notice any difference in my skin particularly. Was happy to try it though!

Empty beauty products on a zebra print carpet. Brands include Bleach London, The Ordinary, Mary Quant and Etude House. Some of the tubes have been cut open to get every last bit of product out.


Bleach Lip Pencil in Matte Le Blanc// This has been discontinued for a while, and I was trying to use it up as it's getting on age-wise, but then I sharpened it and the whole thing fell on the floor so it's good bye to this unfortunately. 

Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony// I loved this colour, but I think I'd kept this too long (I got it in 2018 I think) as it had a slight crayon scent. Nothing had changed colour wise and I don't think it was unsafe to use or anything?

Wah Nail Polish in Mating Surfaces// I loved this, I used most of it up "organically" just because I love the colour, and then it was starting to get thick when there wasn't much left so I made a concerted effort to try and use it up. You can't get these any more, which is a shame. I definitely want to find another lilac nail polish to replace this with.

Etude Play// This nail polish was sooo glittery and cute! It's so full of glitter it was a bit rough to the touch, but worth it for how cute the polish looks on. I got it in Shizuoka and again I used most of it up without trying. Silver glitter nail polish is definitely my go-to. I would definitely pick it up again, not that I need any new nail polish...

That's it for now! I hope you guys are all doing well and staying hydrated ;)

-Amy xoxo

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