Happy Monday! If you’re feeling a bit confused about why my monthly empty post isn’t on the first of the month, I completely understand. I’ve decided to rework my schedule a little bit to accommodate around my beautiful puppy, Kiki. So instead of blogging and working every day of the week like I used to, I’m sticking to a Monday-Friday routine, especially where posts like monthly recaps, empties, etc, are concerned. Normally I write these on the day I publish them, and I plan to stick to this, but for occasions when this falls on the weekend, I will push those posts forward to the new week instead. So I’m starting this change today.
With that out of the way, January has a few empties to talk about, so let’s get jump right in. We’re going to start with the miscellaneous category to get it out of the way, and unsurprisingly, the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes make yet another appearance. I’ve been lazy a few times throughout January and used them for removing makeup, but mostly for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes. I don’t really have much to add other than this, but as it’s clear to see, they are a staple.
I’m including a product that isn’t really a cosmetic product, but it is a desk-buddy of mine, which is The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Handy Wipes. I pick these up in Boots and use these for spot-cleaning my hands. I have used these occasionally as deodorant wipes on days I don’t need to shower, but want to freshen up slightly. It doesn’t do a great job for this, but it works in a pinch.
Another desk-buddy are the Boots Skin Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets, which I grab for to blot my oily skin on days I’m not wearing makeup. These do a great job, and I do have a couple of backups in my Alex drawers so I’m not caught out.
I have a couple of sheet masks to include as well, starting with the Tony Moly I’m Real Rice Mask Sheet Clear Skin. This is part of my project pan to work through non-cruelty-free cosmetics still in my collection, and work through my excessively large sheet mask collection. I planned to post a first impression throughout the past month, but finding the time with Kiki’s seemingly endless energy meant I put it off. I still plan to write a first impression, but it’s going to be this month instead.
I did enjoy using this sheet mask and sitting down to relax. So it sucks knowing that Tony Moly are not currently fully cruelty-free, because the I’m Real line of sheet masks has worked well with my skin overall so far. This specific sheet mask felt very soothing on my skin so it adds to my disappointment that it’s not cruelty-free. I will talk about this sheet mask in more detail in the future though.
I also paired an under-eye sheet mask with it, which is the Dead Sea Elements Dead Sea Under-Eye Treatment, which I will review in the future after I’ve tried it a couple more times. This came from a pack of 5, so I’ve only used this product once so far. It was fun to pair with a sheet mask though, so I am excited to try it again.
Moving to my larger skincare empties, I used up The Body Shop Camomile Fresh Micellar Water, which came as no surprise to me. I reviewed this product fairly recently, and my major critique was that I was working through the bottle very quickly. I still hold this opinion, so I don’t plan to repurchase it. It retails for £10.00 at full price, and that’s a lot of money to spend fairly frequently, so I’m trying out other alternatives. This bottle will be going in a basket, so that when I have 5 empties I can take them back to my local store so they can be recycled.
I also used up the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, which was my go-to sunscreen throughout winter. I’ve also reviewed this product, and featured it in my April YesStyle Haul. I really liked this sunscreen, and think it’s a great fit for my skin during the winter. I think it would be too much during the summer, but I plan to keep this on my YesStyle wishlist so I can pick this up again later in the year for next winter.
An empty that I’m not sure The Body Shop will accept as part of their recycle program, is a travel mini of the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I picked this up when this was on clearance when they first introduced their current packaging. Using this travel pot reminds me to pay more attention to the seaweed line, as I like how light in texture it was on my skin. I plan to wash this pot out, and see if they’ll accept the pot, assuming that they may not.
Moving to makeup, let’s talk about some products that I couldn’t really categorise comfortably together. Starting with the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade, this was a product that was dried out the moment I opened it. So I have no opinions on this product as I had no way of using it. This is a bit annoying, but I have no plans to rebuy it as I don’t consider NYX as a brand to be 100% cruelty-free as they’re owned by L’OREAL.
I also have a makeup brush that I’m moving out of my collection, which is from one of the travel sets from EcoTools. I’m not sure what the name of the brush is, but it’s what I used every day for blending out my crease eyeshadows to help it look more natural. This was usually paired with The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow single in ‘Sand By Me‘. I really liked these two as a duo, but so I’ve replaced it with a brush of a similar shape and intent so I’m not lacking it in my collection.
Lastly we have two mascaras that are leaving my collection. Both of these are not currently 100% cruelty-free. The first is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara in the shade ‘Black‘. This is from my pre-cruelty-free days so this ended up on rotation so I could work through it. This did a nice job of separating my lashes to make them look more defined, but I found it was prone to transferring to the upper and lower areas of my eyes really easily as I have naturally longer lashes. So it’s more hassle than it’s worth for me, but it’s not safe to pass it along.
I didn’t even get a chance to try out the Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara which I originally bought during my trip to Canada back in 2016. I pulled this out as a replacement for the Maybelline mascara to find the wand was broken. The main tube of the wand pulls out, but the head itself is stuck inside the tube. So I was quite upset about that.
This concludes all of the products in my empties from January. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope you are happy and healthy and I’ll speak to you again soon.