I’m back for another round of empties! Between travelling and being busy with certain unexpected & not-so-great life events, I’ve collected a sizeable stash of empty products over the last two months just to share with you and let you know what I love and what’s not been so popular. As always, let me know below what you’ve finished up lately, and if you’ve tried any of these products yourself!
1. Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (from £16.50 via Lush) – An all-Lush selection of bodycare empties! Ro’s Argan has the same beautiful smell as the coveted Rose Jam shower gel and bubbleroon – simply use all over the body in the bath or shower after cleansing, then wash off for super-soft, rose-scented skin. I did initially love the smell of this but have gone off it over time, and I’ve yet to try a Lush body conditioner that I happen to adore the scent of. They’re fine to use in the shower and do leave skin soft without being too greasy, but in the bathtub it has a habit of leaving a greasy ring around the tub and making the water feel slimy. I’d recommend for anyone into fruity-rose scents or loves the Rose Jam scent from Lush, but this took me so long to use up (and eventually expired) I won’t be repurchasing. Repurchase? No.
2. Lush Kitchen Creamed Coconut & Almond Smoothie (currently unavailable) – A Lush Kitchen exclusive, the Creamed Coconut & Almond Smoothie has quickly become a favourite of mine. Smelling more of almond and vanilla to me, this pairs well with fruity, nutty or cocoa scents to gently moisturise and nourish skin in the shower. All the butters in the formula leave my skin super-soft, especially great when I’m not in the mood to be using lotion afterwards. I already bought 2 more tubs when it came back to the Kitchen a couple of weeks ago. Repurchase? Yes.
3. Lush D’Fluff Shaving Soap (from £5.75 via Lush) – Not your average shaving cream, this buttercream-esque non-foaming soap formula works by lathering over the skin before using your razor. These days I prefer to use more natural formulas as I’m a lot more health-conscious (hence the large amounts of Lush empties), though they can be expensive, so when trying to save money by spending less you can’t always justify the almost-£6 price for a tiny pot of shaving soap, or £10 for a large one. This is definitely my favourite scent out of the Lush shaving products, a light natural strawberry scent that leaves skin soft and helps prevent razor burn. As mentioned, due to the price it’s unfortunately more of an indulgence than a necessity for me sadly! Repurchase? Yes (when I have more money).
4. Lush Dream Cream (from £6.50 via Lush) – Such a popular & effective product! Dream Cream is ideal for sensitive skin, used as either an all-over lotion or moisturiser for specific problem areas. I use it under my arms, as the skin is very dry and thin after prolonged issues and medical treatment from a particularly bad allergic reaction a few years ago. I do prefer the thicker self-preserving formula they offer, though the original one is great too. Smelling slightly of lavender, this gently soothes and hydrates skin, absorbing quickly without being greasy at all. And as I only need a tiny amount at a time, a large pot lasts ages for me. Hoping I don’t have to be without it! Repurchase? Yes.
5. Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub (from £8.95 via Lush) – A bright blue cherry blossom scented liquid salt scrub! I find the scent of this really refreshing and uplifting, and the coarse salt works as a decent scrub without being too abrasive – ideal to use before shaving. My only suggestion would be to use this in the shower instead of the bath if possible, as the salt dissolves very quickly! Repurchase? Yes (soon).
6. Lush Celebrate Body Lotion (currently unavailable) – A Christmas limited edition! I always accumulate these from festive gift sets and have ended up with quite the collection of little Celebrate lotions. The consistency is thick and buttery, strongly scented with a zesty lime and vodka scent. I feel it’s more suited to summer scents due to the citrus, so I’ve been using it alongside fruitier baths to suit the warmer weather (or just a little less cold in England’s case). I’m not the biggest fan of lime so only use this occasionally! Repurchase? No.
7. Lush Kitchen After Tango Foot Mask (currently unavailable) – A Lush Kitchen release from a few weeks ago! At first I wasn’t too interested, but noticed it was still available when I made a Lush order for my mum, so helped myself to a pot. Similar to their Volcano foot mask which smells quite peppery and strong, After Tango is a little more refreshing and lightly scented, containing lots of nourishing avocado. To use, simply spread generously all over both feet and place inside a plastic bag for 20 minutes or so, then wash off. My feet felt so soft, soothed and refreshed, and it didn’t leave the more pungeant scent that puts me off using Volcano more often. I even managed to get 2 sessions out of the tiny pot. I wish this was permanent as I enjoyed it so much – hopefully they’ll make more soon! Repurchase? Yes (if available).
8. Lush Softy Foot Lotion [Sample] (full size from £7.95 via Lush) – Since my feet can get especially dry, unfortunately this lighter lotion wasn’t quite as effective as I was hoping! A relaxing lavender-ish scent, but sadly quite a runny texture which doesn’t moisturise tough feet as well as I need it to. Purchase? No.
Skincare (Face) & Makeup
9. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (£5.99 via Amazon) – Someone tell me why these aren’t readily stocked in the UK already?! Okay, £5.99 is a whole lot more affordable than they used to be on Amazon, but it’s still more expensive than they should be, not to mention a hassle to order them and then wait around for the parcel to arrive. These are by far the best face wipes I’ve ever used, super-thick and wet, removing most makeup so quickly and easily without burning or irritating at all, even thick eye makeup. I always follow with a full cleanse, but they remove the bulk of my makeup beforehand which makes cleansing so much easier. I always make sure to pick up a few whenever I’m in the US for around $10 for a pack of two. Repurchase? Yes.
10. Boots Fragrance Free Cleansing Wipes (£1 via Boots) – Always on offer at Boots, but really not the most effective wipes! They’re thin and fairly dry with very little product on, and struggle to remove much makeup. At least they’re unfragranced and don’t irritate my skin. I’ll be using up any others asap just to be rid of them! Repurchase? No.
11. Boots Simply Sensitive Face Wipes (£1.99 via Boots) – Preferable to the last ones, but still not near as effective as the Neutrogena wipes! Again, they’re thin and don’t have much product on at all, but fine for sensitive skin. Repurchase? No.
12. L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water (£2.45 via Superdrug) – Glad to finally use this up! Although the packaging looks sleek and smart, it’s definitely not as luxurious as it looks – the plastic hinge on the lid broke off after just a few uses, not to mention the mess from the product awkwardly squirting out onto my table and floor as it doesn’t pour so smoothly. The product itself wasn’t great either, making my eyes sting if I used too much around my eye area. Very glad I get to move on to a different micellar water now! Repurchase? No.
13. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£29.50 via Space NK) – A little disappointed the price keeps going up and can’t believe I’ve paid almost £30 for a cleanser a few times already (!!), but I’ve yet to find anything near as effective as this! The unscented gel formula is gentle on the skin and delicate eyes whilst melting away makeup without leaving any residue or greasiness. It does last a couple of months at least, but is still more than I’m comfortable paying for a cleanser! Repurchase? Yes.
14. Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask (£6.95 via Lush) – My current favourite Lush face mask! Ideal for brightening and calming all skin types, this is packed with fresh blueberries and smells good enough to eat. It immediately makes my skin skin look brighter, smoother and less red. I used to like their BB Seaweed mask for oily, blackhead-prone skin, though I definitely prefer CC now my skin type has changed! I actually got this one for free for trading in 5 full size Lush pots. Repurchase? Yes.
15. ELF Lip Exfoliator (£4.50 via ELF UK) – A brand that seems to have disappeared, yet still does sell online, albeit with their prices a little higher than before (much cheaper to buy in the US if possible). The lip exfoliator works much the same as a sugar lip scrub, exfoliating with a sugar scrub and balm formula to scrub whilst moisturising. However I stopped using mine as it gets quite gross quickly as you can imagine, so I had to discard it! The standard sugar scrubs are much more hygienic. Repurchase? No.
16. Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength 2% BHA [Trial Size] (£6.75 via Paula’s Choice UK) – My skincare saviour! Since using this I’ve had zero blackheads, barely any spots and it’s really changed the texture of my skin. I use it every 2-3 days to keep away breakouts and also gently exfoliate to keep skin smooth and clear. I was a little wary about using it since my skin can be sensitive, though it’s caused no issues at all using it just every few days instead of every single day. This tiny size lasted ages and made a big difference after using for just a week – I’d recommend it for anyone else with similarly troubled skin! Repurchase? Yes.
17. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask [Sample] ($92 via Sephora) – A tiny Sephora sample I managed to get a couple of uses out of! I truly noticed my skin looking more hydrated and well-rested after using, though it’s impossible to tell any long-term benefits from a small sample. And as this is a rather large $92, I may have to try another sample when possible to see if this makes a difference in the long run! Purchase? Undecided.
18. Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99 via Boots) – My current favourite summer base! It’s so quick and easy to blend with fingers, and neutralises any discolouration without looking orange or cakey in the least – it looks incredibly natural on the skin. Plus the extra SPF is a bonus for sunny days. Bourjois is usually on offer in Superdrug and Boots, so I always stock up on this and the matching concealer when I can – love them both! Repurchase? Yes.
19. TonyMoly Broccoli Sheet Mask & Pomegranate Sheet Mask (£10.88 for 11 via Amazon UK) – Not only is the packaging cute on these colourful little face masks, most of them actually perform really well! Both work brilliantly for hydrating and brightening skin, ideal after a long flight or busy week. I feel that the Pomegranate mask was more effective for me, wish it was easier to purchase my individual favourites! I just wish they fit larger faces better!
20. La Roche-Posay Hydreane Legere / Hydreane Riche Moisturisers (£9 each via Escentual) – My favourite pair of moisturisers, as you probably all know by now! I use the Legere (Light) formula during the day, and Riche at night. Non-scented and non-greasy, they absorb so quickly into the skin to give it hydration without leaving residue. A simple, straightforward & effective formula. I must have been through dozens of both by now! Repurchase? Yes.
21. Indeed Labs Hydraluron Facial Serum (£16.66 via Boots) – Normally a rather expensive £24.99 but often on sale! This little tube may be pricier than my other favourites but it’s ideal for when skin needs an emergency moisture boost, especially important when travelling on a plane or during the coldest winter weather. If you suffer from dehydrated skin like I do, be sure to stock up on these while they’re on sale! Repurchase? Yes.
Hair & Miscellaneous
22. Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo 750ml (£14.35 via Look Fantastic) – One that’s usually in TK Maxx for an excellent price, hence the massive size of this! My hairdresser uses Tigi products in his salon, so I usually end up picking myself up a few to use at home. I do find that this makes my hair feel more sleek and hydrated without being greasy, which is a bonus, especially when it’s feeling a little dried and damaged from bleach/colour and weather! It’s also perfectly safe to use on coloured hair. Although I can’t quite put my finger on the scent – a slightly floral vanilla, possibly?! It performs and smells wonderfully though! Repurchase? Yes.
23. Lush H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment [Sample] (£9.75 via Lush) – I picked up samples of this as well as the next product from the lovely Melody at Lush in Bristol! I’d never really got into Lush haircare as I prefer to use very colour-safe products most of the time, but as my purple was fading out I decided I needed some ultra-conditioning products to prep my hair for my next salon visit. I actually loved this sample so much I ended up purchasing the full size soon after. I used 1/4 of the full-size pot all over dry hair, left on for 2 hours and then washed out. It made my hair incredibly soft, smoothed and conditioned – even my nan commented on how great my hair was looking. This conditioning treatment contains plenty of natural goodness from avocados, bananas and eggs to keep hair soft and shiny but not heavy or greasy in the least. Loved it! Purchase? Yes.
24. Lush Retread Conditioner [Sample] (from £5.95 via Lush) – My hair absorbed much of the sample so it didn’t last long at all! I felt like it didn’t do a lot to truly condition my hair and didn’t leave it feeling conditioned or hydrated afterwards. I didn’t like the smell either – the ingredients do sound lovely, but the synthetic musk scent was just a bit much for me. I may try again in the future but there are plenty of very effective conditioners out there for much cheaper! Purchase? No.
25. MAC Brush Cleanser (£12 via MAC Cosmetics UK) – I’m fairly sure this used to cost much less! This was ideal for giving my brushes a second disinfecting rinse after washing with baby shampoo to help kill any bacteria. It worked excellently, kept my brushes looking good and lasted a while, but as mentioned it is a little expensive if you wash your brushes once a week as I do. I’ve been experimenting with some DIY brush cleansers from various Pinterest recipes which have actually worked surprisingly well, so may stick with the more affordable DIY option for now! Repurchase? No.
I hope my latest Empties reviews were helpful! Please let me know below what you’ve used up and also what you think of any of these products if you’ve used them before – I’d love to know!