Recent empties

Recent empties is a semi-regular feature in the blog wherein I write about cosmetic goodies that sadly (or something, less sadly) have run out. I hate waste, even when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, so I do my best to use every last drop of the products I acquire (unless they’re completely awful, looking at you, Batiste). Sometimes when I finish a product I go out and buy a replacement immediately, sometimes I chuck the packaging in the recycling without another moment’s thought.

Regardless, it’s always good to keep track of those things I’m definitely getting use out of and to take a moment to decide whether they were worth my time. I’m not about to consider a Kondo-esque joy sparking exercise, but mindlessly using stuff isn’t appealing either. So,  without any further ado, here’s a quick run down of what has recently been used to the bitter end.

Boots Natural Collection liquid concealer, rrp. £2.49

Why is it that I only ever run out of concealer when I’m totally skint? That’s why I was using this concealer and it’s why (spoiler alert) I’ve already bought its replacement in the form of Boots Natural Collection Correct and Conceal Stick (rrp. £1.99). To be honest, these are surprisingly good for the price, and if anything the stick is a little better than the liquid equivalent, but neither are ideal. Please someone just remind me to treat myself in duty free next time I’m flying?

Will I replace it? See above. No doubt I’ll forget and end up repeating the same mistakes over again.

Topshop Magic Liner in engraved, rrp. £6.50

This was ah-may-zing for like the first five uses. Thereafter it was infuriatingly patchy. Now, I might like a little bit of a cat-eye flick when I wear black eyeliner, but I refuse to accept the possibility that I used up the whole lot in five goes. In fairness, there’s always the risk I got a dud and the first few uses were almost good to buy another but it’s not happening. I remain on my quest to find the perfect affordable black liquid eyeliner. I expect to be on that quest for some time.

Will I replace it? No. I’m currently using Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner (which is fine, but also isn’t going to end my quest).


Grace Cole Eastern Spa True Relaxation Moisturising Body Lotion, rrp.???

Yeah, sorry for the lack of pricing information on this but I don’t remember what I spent (or indeed ever buying it, maybe it was a gift?) and I can’t find it anywhere online. Anyway, you’re not missing out because this moisturiser leaves a lot to be desired. The scent is pretty delicious but that’s where the advantages stop. The consistency is weirdly sticky, leaving your skin feeling tacky and there are occasionally small grains in the formula that I’m pretty sure aren’t supposed to be there because this is not an exfoliating product. I made it through the bottle because of the anti-waste thing but this ain’t great.

Will I replace it? I’ll probably avoid all Grace Cole products in future, which will apparently not be a challenge.

Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion, rrp. £4.99


I reviewed this product absolutely yonks ago and it’s one I just keep going back to. In spite of the draft Q10 promises, this is just a really solid body lotion and, even though it’s far from pricy, it always feels vaguely luxurious to use and it never lets me down. A total relief after the shambles above.

Will I replace it? I already have.

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash, rrp. £3.29


If I’m honest, I always struggle a bit when I’m using anything other than Dermalogica’s special cleansing gel to wash my face. That said, this was a decent replacement for a couple of months. It foams nicely and leaves my skin feeling properly clean, which cleansing milks and other non-foaming products tend not to. Plus, for £3.29 it’s certainly plenty cheaper than Dermalogica and it’s hard to pretend that it’s not a great deal.

Will I replace it? It’s not good enough to break my Dermalogica habit, but I definitely recommend it.

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Mask, rrp. £53


No, that rrp is not a typo and no, I didn’t buy this outright, it was a sample size in a GlossyBox ages ago. I saved up the last drops and used them recently, reluctant to empty the tube because I knew that doing so would break my heart. You know what? It totally did. I have never used a mask this good before and I suspect I’ll be hard-pressed to find a replacement within my budget.

Will I replace it? I really wish I could justify that. I might ask for some for Christmas. Or maybe I’ll save up or something.


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