Autumn is well and truly here in the UK, and I cannot express my joy enough. With September here and the last few weeks of cooler weather, it’s really feeling official. As per tradition, I’m kicking off the new month with monthly empties, but as I’ve alluded to a couple of times throughout August, this comes with a twist. As I mentioned in my Life Update post, I’m moving house towards the end of September, so I’ve been working particularly hard the past month to get my makeup collection in order. So August’s empties has been split into multiple parts, which will be posted over the next few days.
Today’s post are the genuine empties I want these types of posts to encompass, so let’s jump in with these.
The first is a product that snuck in at the last minute, and are the Superdrug Cleansing Eye-Make-Up Remover Pads. I’ve been using these as my brush spot-cleaning and swatch cleaning wipes, and they’ve been working wonderfully. If you’re a long-term reader of my blog, you might be wondering why I steered away from my trusty Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make Up Remover Pads, and it comes simply down to price. Superdrug’s own-brand remover pads are much cheaper and that’s something I have to keep in mind at all times particularly now though as we save up for moving. I vouch for both of these products though, and I’m grateful I have options as these remover pads don’t irritate my hands when I’m cleaning up swatches with them. I haven’t tested them for their intended purpose as I prefer water-based cleansers or micellar waters, so that’s something to bear in mind.
The other skincare item I’ve used up is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Line Smoothing Eye Cream, which I reviewed a while ago. I won’t go into too much detail with this, but this was really nice to use as a night time eye cream, particularly during the winter. I would definitely consider repurchasing it, although I do want to test some Korean eye creams sometime soon, so it would be something I wait to do.
A makeup brush cleaner I feel sad to throw out is the E.L.F. Daily Brush Cleaner, which is in this section for two reasons. The first is age, I’ve had this product for quite a while, but also because the spray mechanism has always been faulty. While it sprays mostly fine, it also leaks no matter what I’ve done to try and fix it, so I don’t want to move with this product again or pass this on where it can provide the same hassle to someone else. I do have the E.L.F. Brush Shampoo though so I’m looking forward to putting that to use.
A perfume that’s reaching it’s expiry date is the Truly Beautiful Eau de Toilette in a mini-size, which I bought years ago back in Cardiff from Superdrug. It has a really nice floral scent, and it’s been well-loved by me, but it’s reaching a point now where the scent is starting to change, so it’s time to let this go.
A foundation that’s past it’s time is the L’OREAL Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation in the shade ‘015 Porcelain‘. This was a relatively medium-full coverage foundation and ever so slightly too dark for my skin tone, but it was one of very few options for my pale skin. I prefer light-medium face products at the moment, so this sat in a drawer unused for a while, so it’s no surprise to me that it’s started separating. I did get a fair use out of it though, so I don’t feel it’s truly wasted. I probably won’t repurchase this again because it’s not the ideal shade match or level of coverage I prefer anymore, but it’s worth looking into if this fits your needs and you can find it in a shade that matches yours.
A lip product I’m considering a relatively true empty is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade ‘07 Nude-ist‘. I absolutely adore this shade and while I’m not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks, this line of products is one of the more forgiving out there as it doesn’t dry my lips out as quickly as most others I’ve tried. I love this shade in particular as it’s a slightly darker my-lips-but-better sort of shade, and is a nice shade option for me when I want a more autumnal shade. I would definitely repurchase this product, but now that there’s a lipstick line of these available, I might try this shade in the lipstick version and see if that suits me better.
Moving right again is a facial cleansing brush, which is the Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Blackhead Out Brush. I think this is a lovely product, but it suits just hanging off my bathroom door handle because it went through a phase of neglect on my part. My previous apartment’s bathroom didn’t have any windows and awful ventilation, and I noticed this poor thing was developing what looked like bacteria or mold at the roots of the bristles. “Why didn’t you just throw it out then and there?” you might be thinking, but I made a lot of effort to try and clean it up, get it usable again and it just never worked, and if you know how life is like, I ended up just forgetting about it. Now that I’m preparing to move, I feel a little sad to part ways with it, but I may repurchase this in the future.
An old reliable makeup brush of mine was the Eco Tools Stippling Brush, in the old packaging. I’ve used this makeup brush for many years for buffing pressed powder onto the skin, but it’s time to say goodbye. The hairs are starting to fray, fall out and look a little tired. Most of this is due to age, but there have been sad moments where sections of the hairs got caught zipping up my makeup bag when traveling that didn’t help. I’m considering repurchasing this brush but I also love my Eco Tools Retractable Kabuki Brush which follows me everywhere around the apartment, so I may stay more minimalist.
The final empty for today’s section is the E.L.F. Complexion Brush, which is another face brush that’s done well by me for many years. This has been great to use for lighter applications of face powders, but the hairs are starting to get coarse and abrasive, when they used to be much softer and pleasant to use. So I’m throwing this out knowing I got a lot of use out of this brush.
This concludes part one of my August Empties 2018! Keep an eye out over the next couple of days, as I have a few more sections to come. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today, I hope it gave you some insight to the products I’ve been finishing up, and I’ll speak to you again soon!