This Month’s Empties & Would I Repurchase?

This is simultaneously the grossest blog series, but also my fav to read or watch. Like, it’s SO rank to hoard grimy old bottles under your sink until you have enough to post about, but I feel like using a whole thing up is the only way to provide a 100% accurate, honest review. Anyway, this stuff has been empty and hiding beneath my bathroom cabinet waiting for their time to shine, and as I’m moving back to uni next week, I am determined not to take literal trash back with me.

Boring Stuff:


Wait, you’re surprised there’s boring stuff? In a post about empty toiletries? What did you even click on? What were you expecting here?

Imperial Leather Cherry Jasmine Hand Wash:

Look, I fill up a big fancy hand wash jar on my sink with any pink hand wash that’s on offer at Tesco, like every middle class mum on this planet. This hand wash was fine.

Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Hand Wash:

Imperial Leather might be ‘fine’ but Molton Brown is GREAT. This hand wash was legit amazing, couldn’t stop sniffing my hands, in the least probably-a-serial-killer way as possible.

Garnier Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Face Wash:

Would I ever put this on my face? Oh god no, if I had a choice. But maybe if there was no other option. I use gross old face washes (or just very boring, pound shop face cleansers) to clean my makeup brushes. My theory is: would I put dish soap, vegetable oil, brush cleaner etc etc onto my face? No. Then why would I wash my brushes, that then go on my face, with it? I wash my makeup brushes with passable face washes (lol maybe one day I’ll wash my brushes with Aesop face wash but today is not that day), as I figure the properties in the cleanser that gets gross makeup off your face and keeps spot causing bacteria at bay will do the same thing for my brushes? Idk. Maybe this isn’t good for them, but so far so fine.



This month I used up not one but TWO foundations. I’ve never used up a foundation before, I usually just get bored of my current and buy a new one. So for this achievement I quite literally expect a medal. Or at least a really good Pinterest link on how to reuse foundation bottles.

NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation (Siberia):

Fav formula foundation ever. So so good. Both of the NARS foundations in this post are the same colour, which is slightly too yellow to me. If NARS did this exact foundation, in this exact coverage and lightness, but with more neutral undertones, it might be a Holy Grail, kids. Def going to go back to the counter and see if there’s anything more neutral. If not, I prob won’t repurchase just because there’s so many other foundations out there I want to try.

NARS Sheer Glow (Siberia):

I like this formula slightly less than the ^ above ^ foundation so I won’t repurchase it, but it was my first proper high end foundation (and the first foundation I bought most similar to my skintone lmao, RIP bright orange MAC Face and Body) so it holds a special place in my heart xx

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade (Dark Brown):

There’s kind of a gross amount in the bottom that I’ve put coconut oil in etc etc to revive it but tbh: I have another two new pots ready to go and I cba for this crusty one anymore. Great product, will continue to repurchase, just bored of looking at this janky pot every day of my life.

MAC Lipstick (Brave):

It’s like a kiss bluer than my fav MAC lipstick (Pink Plaid) so no I won’t repurchase it when it’s basically just a slightly less nice version of Pink Plaid. However, you bet I was excited to finish it so I could Back2MAC it. Obv. Anyone with a load of MAC empties that they want to donate to me, I will happily accept your yucky lipglosses.

Skincare stuff:


Pixi Glow Tonic Toner:

This toner has been my Holy Grail for soooo long, I’ve gone through legit like 5 bottles. I do still love it, nothing’s changed, but I want to ~branch out~. If you have any toner recommendations I’m very open to them, and I need a new one ASAP! Tweet me, tysm.

Lancome Gel Eclat Foaming Face Wash:

I got the first one free with my Clarisonic, and just assumed I was meant to use it as the face wash that goes with it. Since them, Lancome always seems to be doing offers where if you buy something you get a free gift; and this is always the gift. Due to constantly getting it for free, I’ve been using it twice a day with my Clarisonic for over a year and I love it. It lathers into a rich and creamy foam and the smell lingers on your face (but it’s a nice smell so it’s not gross, obv). It also leaves your face really smooth and squeaky clean, but it’s not drying. So yeah I’ll continue to use it as long as Lancome continue to give it out on their free gift with purchase scheme lmao.

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate (sample):

This is Kiehl’s newest product, that you’re supposed to put on your face before bed and wake up like you’ve just had dermabrasion. I’ll be honest, the first time I put this weird oil on I was like: yeah I’m going to wake up with acne, aren’t I. It didn’t break me out, but it also didn’t do anything. However, as I continued to use it, I woke up in the morning and when I rubbed my face, the top layers of skin rubbed off too. So basically it does what it says it will with prolonged use, but rubbing layers of my own face off kinda freaked me out. Don’t think this one is for me.

Girl2Go Bright Eyed Girl undereye patches:

Treated myself to a bath recently, and when I say I treated myself, I mean I had to force myself into a watery environment that I couldn’t use my phone in in order to read a book for uni. Stuck these weird gel patches under my eyes whilst I did so. They were nice and cooling and depuffed my underyes, but I found them in my cupboard from about 100 years ago, so I don’t think they’re anything ~fancy~ or special, prob would prefer to invest in some of those other weird gold eyepatches all the YouTubers are into for next time.

Hair Stuff:


Just a quick one, does anyone know how to take a beautiful blog photo of some gross scaly shampoo bottles that have been kicking about your shower for two months? No? That’s because you can’t. It is impossible. Look, I don’t make the rules here.

Tresemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo:

Seemed to clean my hair alright. I’ve just been spoiled by Dr Organic Hemp Shampoo and everything else seems like a disappointment in comparison.

Tresemmé Split Remedy Conditioner:

See above, I caved and bought more Dr Organic stuff.

Body Stuff:


Is buying fancy ass body wash, stuff you literally wash down the drain, a good, economically sustainable idea? No. Will I continue to do it? Absolutely.

Dr Organic Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Body Wash:

This smells like what I imagine what one of those InstaFamous girls’ trips to Bali smells like. Fresh coconuts, beaches and sun. But not sweet or gross, synthetic flavourings. No, organic body wash is not a necessity, but after two bottles, it is a luxury I appear to have grown very accustomed to. Oops.

Molton Brown Water Mint Body Wash:

For £20, I expect a body wash to wash me like I’d just been reborn in the River Jordan, but alas, this was just a nice, fresh smelling soap.

Are you still reading this post about used up shampoo? Is anyone still here? Hello? *echoes* hello… hellooooo

Amelia XX


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