Empties #2: Skincare & Haircare

Blog posts or YouTube videos about peoples ’empties’ are definitely one of my favourites things to read, or watch. I find that by the time someone has completely finished up a product, they have a really good idea of how the product performs for them, any benefits or negatives it has and most importantly, would they spend their hard earned money on it again? I personally think you can find out a lot about a product in a snappy review within an empties post for those reasons, so I thought I’d share my recent empties with you guys today.

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Unfortunately, you won’t find any makeup items in this post, as I’m absolutely awful at finishing them – I honestly can’t even remember the last time I hit pan on a product! As my makeup stash is rather large, I’m always trying out new products, or rotating the ones I’m currently using, so nothing seems to come to an end! However, I am quite good at finishing up skincare items, so that’s mainly what this post is about today, with a haircare item thrown into the mix.

Skincare Haircare Empties emilyloula beauty blogLa Roche Posay | Serozinc Spray > £8.50

La Roche Posay are one of my all time favourite skincare brands – in particular their Effaclar range which is targeted towards oily and blemish prone skin is perfect for me! I’d heard a lot of good things about their Serozinc spray so I picked up a duo pack from Escentual (see my haul here) earlier in the year to give a go. Serozinc is a toning mist spray that targets blemishes, marks & excess oiliness and is recommended to be used between cleansing and moisturising. It can, however, be used at any time of the day to refresh and treat your skin, which is how I was using this towards the end. Whilst I really enjoyed using Serozinc for a refreshing lift in the afternoon, or as a pick me up at the end of a long hot day, I didn’t actually find in the long run that it made much difference to my skin. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t make my skin any worse, I just didn’t see the improvements I was hoping for, compared to other toners I had been using. So whilst I won’t repurchase this for that reason, I will repurchase it when summer rolls around again, as it’s perfect for refreshing your skin, whilst containing some great skin friendly ingredients. For me this is pretty much a glorified facial water spray with added benefits, but I wouldn’t dismiss this as a good skincare product, as I know a lot of people do swear by it, including my sister, it just didn’t seem to do much for me.
REPURCHASE? Yes for summer!

PIXI | Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner > £18.00

If you’re a regular reader here on emilyloula, no doubt you’ll have heard me going on about PIXI’s Glow Tonic before. This is my third bottle of this magic stuff, and I genuinely can’t imagine myself stopping buying it any time soon. If you haven’t heard all the hype surrounding this product before, it’s an oxygenating, exfoliating toner that helps to tone, firm and tighten the skin. I’ve written a full review of PIXI’s Glow Tonic so I won’t go on about this one too much, but you should know that it’s done amazing things for the quality and texture of my skin, as well as my acne scarring and pigmentation. It’s a product that I use every single day, and I don’t feel that my skincare routine would be complete without it anymore.
REPURCHASE? Yes – I’ve always got a backup ready!

Clinique | Anti Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion > £18.00

The final toner in this roundup is from Clinique and it’s their Anti Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion. This is another chemical exfoliant, and one that opens clogged pores and evicts blemish causing bacteria. This toner isn’t something that I reach for on a daily basis, instead it only comes out if and when my skin is playing up and needs to be put back in line. I don’t apply this to my whole face either, only to my chin and jawline as this is where my breakouts happen, because I feel it could dry out my skin if used all over. The formula of this is intense and rather harsh, meaning that it can leave a slight stinging sensation once used but I rather like this, as I can tell the product is doing really doing something. When my dreaded breakouts occur, this definitely helps to calm my skin down, so for that reason I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

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L’Oreal | Skin Perfection Micellar Water > £4.99

Micellar waters have hit the beauty market with a bang this year, with many companies bringing out their own version and I for one am a massive fan of them. My favourite for quite some time has been this offering from L’Oreal, but within the last month or so it’s been over taken by Garnier’s version, that’s specifically targeted towards combination to oily skin (mentioned in my monthly favourites). I don’t have any reason to dislike L’Oreal’s version, as honestly it is a great micellar water, it takes my makeup off incredibly easily, even including the notoriously stubborn they’re real mascara. The only reason I’ve moved onto Garnier’s version is because it’s targeted for my skin type, and you get double the amount for your money! (L’Oreal = £4.99 for 200ml, Garnier = £4.99 for 400ml).
REPURCHASE? Maybe in the future

La Roche Posay | Effaclar Duo + > £15.50

The second empty product from La Roche Posay in this post is their Effaclar Duo + cream, and it’s another product that I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. If you haven’t come across this product before, it’s basically a treatment that is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, whilst unclogging blocked pores, controlling shine and refining the skin’s texture. As much as I do think that using this did significantly help my acne when it was at it’s worse, I found that it kind of stopped working after a while, like it had done as much as it could do for my skin. Since finishing this, other products including Vichy’s Skin Sleep (review here) and the Nip & Fab pads (below) have improved my skin even further, and it’s currently the best it’s ever been, so it was possible. If my acne does a U turn and goes back to it’s old nasty self, and the skincare I’m using at the time doesn’t really help, I will repurchase another tube. Just at the moment I feel like my skincare routine works really well without this product so I won’t be buying another one right now.

Nip & Fab | Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme > £14.95

I mentioned these in my October monthly favourites so surely that’s a testament to how much I like these little pads. Not only are they pre soaked, which really appeals to the lazy girl within me, they also have a deliciously uplifting grapefruit scent and have greatly improved my skins texture. I use these pretty much hand in hand with my PIXI Glow Tonic, using that everyday but swapping it out twice or three times a week for these Nip & Fab pads. I tried the original Gycolic pads and whilst I did really like them, these night extreme versions are much better in my opinion. The original pads have a content of 2.8% Glycolic acid, whereas the extreme version has almost double this, at 5%. These Nip & Fab pads aid natural skin exfoliation, help to unclog congested skin and gently remove any dead skin whilst resurfacing the texture. Although for me, I do think they’re worth it, in my opinion £14.95 is slightly pricey for 60 pads, however you can usually pick them up for around a third off at Boots or Superdrug occasionally if you keep your eyes out! These get a big thumbs up from me and I’ll be buying another pot ASAP.
REPURCHASE? Definitely 

Skincare Haircare Empties emilyloula beauty blogSoap & Glory | Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub > £8.00

Soap & Glory are definitely my favourite drugstore brand for body care, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them, but without a doubt my favourite product is the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. For a start, this has some really great natural ingredients such as organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts, but also it has the most delicious maple scent ever, that I absolutely adore. I really love using this scrub because you can definitely feel it working, the grains don’t disappear too quickly and it leaves my skin feeling super soft without stripping or drying it out. I just wish Soap & Glory did a body lotion or shower gel in the same scent as this, as it honestly smells incredible!
REPURCHASE? Yes, I already have!

Silk & Honey | Shea Butter Hair Mask > £25.00

This Shea Butter Hair Mask is the only hair product that features in this empties post, as for some reason I don’t seem to have finished anything else for my hair recently, which is quite rare for me. I received this hair mask in a Birchbox a while back, but it’s taken me until now to actually get round to finishing it. The pot you can see in these photos is actually a sample size, so this isn’t worth the £25 that I’ve mentioned above. However, for £25 you get something a bit different than a regular mask, you actually get a complete kit, including ingredients to create your very own hair mask. Whilst I enjoyed using this, and it did make my hair feel very soft and smooth, I’ve used others for a fraction of the price that do the same thing, so I’ll be sticking to them. As much as I wouldn’t purchase this for myself, I think it would make a lovely gift for someone as it’s rather unique, and unlike anything I’ve come across before.
REPURCHASE? Maybe as a gift…

LUSH | Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask > £6.75

When it comes to face masks, LUSH are definitely one of my favourite places to stock up on them. I have a lot of love for all of the face masks I’ve tried from them except for Catastrophe Cosmetic which I felt a little bit let down by. The main reason for this being that I find it almost impossible not to create the biggest mess when I use this. The mask contains actual pieces of blueberries, and has a bizare pliable and ‘smushy’ texture once dried, meaning that unfortunately for me it literally clumps together, balls up and drops off my face.  I’ve read mixed reviews about this, with a lot of other people having the same experience as me, and then many others having no problems at all, so maybe it just depends on the batch – since they are all made fresh! Containing some fab ingredients such as blueberries, calamine, chamomile, rose and almost oils, whilst claiming to be a great calming, soothing and moisturising face mask that can help prevent breakouts, it sounds perfect for me but I doubt I’ll repurchase. There are many other face masks that I enjoy using more than this one, and due to the pure mess I make, I’m not sure it’s worth it, so I think next time I’ll just opt for something else.
REPURCHASE? Probably not…

LUSH | Cupcake Fresh Face Mask > £6.75

On a completely different note to Catastrophe Cosmetic, Cupcake is my absolute favourite mask from LUSH (see my top 5 here) and one that I will forever repurchase as long as they stock it. It has a deliciously minty chocolate sent, which I personally love as it doesn’t smell artificial at all and the mint is the perfect uplifting addition. Cupcake features some great ingredients such as Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent and works alongside the cocoa powder to provide a deep cleanse, whilst drawing out all the impurities and dirt from the skin. It also contains fresh mint which stimulates and tones as well as linseed and cocoa butter that help to soften and moisturise the skin. This really does help with my oily blemish prone skin, and it’s honestly a joy to use (and to smell) so I’ll definitely be repurchasing it. In fact, I have 5 empty LUSH pots to take back to store and exchange for a face mask, so if there aren’t any new ones that I haven’t tried (I’ve seen LUSH Oxford Street & new Christmas masks floating around) I’ll definitely be grabbing another Cupcake to take home.
REPURCHASE? 100% yes

So those were all my empties as of recently, what did you think? Have you tried anything I’ve mentioned in this post & would you repurchase it? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading.

emily x

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