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Monday, 13 November 2017
Beauty Empties Empty Products
I almost always forget to save my empty products, which means I never do empties posts. I actually managed to remember this time though and I have a ton of products to share with you. Of course, I really liked a lot of them and have already repurchased a bunch, which is always a good indicator of my very favourite beauty products.

St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion - Medium to Dark review
St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion - Medium to Dark $33.99
This is my absolute favourite tanner and I am almost through my third bottle! It is a bit more expensive than drugstore gradual tanners but it is so worth it. Plus, I stockpile it during Priceline's 50% off tanning sales. My biggest pet hate is fake tan transferring onto clothes, sheets, towels... basically everything! This doesn't do that at all and in three applications gives me a really nice colour. Even just one application makes a noticable difference. I usually apply it 2-3 times a week and it keeps me looking less ghostly. If you want a really deep tan, this isn't the one for you. However, if you are super pale like me and just want to look like you are actually alive with a golden glow, it is amazing. It is super easy to apply with a mitt and always gives me a gorgeous, even tan. 

Zoella Beauty Shower Sauce Body Wash Shower Shake Kosmea Rose Glow Body Wash Review
Zoella Beauty Shower Sauce Body Wash* $9
I reviewed the Zoella Jelly & Gelato collection when I received it (here) and I was really impressed. Obviously, I really liked this one and used it up pretty quickly. It is a really nice scent and pretty affordable. I can see myself repurchasing this one if I find myself without shower gel but I have a couple to use up before I need to buy more. I would definitely recommend it if you like fresh, fruity scents.

Zoella Beauty Shower Shake Moisturising Body Wash* $12
I really liked this one too and actually found it perfect to use when I was exfoliating before fake tanning. I used it with an exfoliating glove, which would leave me smooth and moisturised when I got out of the shower, ready for tanning. Again, everything in this range smells amazing! I am definitely considering repurchasing this to use on my tanning days.

Kosmea Rose Glow Body Wash* $26.95
I did quite like this one and the rose smell was great. The only negative I suppose is the price. It isn't crazy expensive, but it is more than I would like to spend on body wash, especially when I can get a great Zoella one for $9. For that reason, I probably won't be repurchasing it. That said though, it is really nice with rose hip and coconut oils, which leave the skin moisturised.
Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist Moisture Defence Ultra Dry review
Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist* $30.15
If you want a full run down of the Skinstitut products I use, you can head over here. Suffice to say, I am loving the brand and even though I was gifted a lot of the products, I have since repurchased every single one I ran out of with my own money. The Multi-Active Mist is a hydrating and beautifully refreshing mist to use after cleansing and before serums and oils. It always makes my skin feel amazing and also has a pleasant light fragrance. I have already repurchased this one and will continue to do so. 

Skinsitut Moisture Defence Ultra Dry $30.15
This was the first Skinstitut product I ever tried and it is what made me fall in love with the brand. I have been using it consistently for a year now and am already on my third or fourth tube. I seriously can see myself forever repurchasing it because it is the only moisturiser that actually keeps my dry skin in check, while also being surprisingly affordable. I took my first tube to Europe when I went in January this year and it kept my skin moisturised, even in the bitter winter negative temperatures. Since then, I've been hooked. If you suffer from dry skin, you need it in your life!
Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge Maybelline Master Fix by Face Studio Wear-Boosting Setting Spray Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque Review
Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge $2.80
I couldn't even tell you what number bottle this is. I think it is up in the twenties somewhere! It is by far my favourite brush cleaner! Not only is it crazy cheap, it is legitimately the best brush cleaner I have ever used and I have used a lot of way more expensive ones. I would say I would repurchase it, but Daiso just changed the formula (spoiler alert - the new one is crap!) and you can't buy the original one anymore. Seriously, it is a travesty and makes me want to cry! I hope they bring back the original soon. 

Maybelline Master Fix by Face Studio Wear-Boosting Setting Spray $15.95
I have already repurchased this one, which makes my third bottle. I really like this setting spray and think it competes easily with much more expensive ones. It is definitely my favourite drugstore formula and works really well on my dry skin to settle any powdery finish in my foundation and restore the dewiness I like. I don't have too much trouble with making my makeup last since I have dry skin, but I am pretty sure that this keeps it looking fresher for longer. Basically, I would never go back to paying $40 for a setting spray because you can get this one on sale for less than $10 and it is amazing. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer $18.95
Since I started fake tanning I can actually use the lightest shades of most drugstore face products. Seriously, I was so pale before that even the fair shade was too dark. I am so glad I can use it now though, because it is amazing! There is a reason this is a cult favourite and it can easily hold its own against far more expensive concealers. It always sits nicely on my dry skin and is pigmented enough to really cover my pronounced dark circles. I have already repurchased it and will probably continue to do so when that one runs out. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque $44
Aside from the Maybelline concealer, this is my everyday go to. It is so pigmented but still somehow never looks heavy. Honestly, most of the time I can't even notice it as an additional layer beneath my foundation and concealer because it is such an amazing formula. I have quite dark circles, no matter how much sleep I get, because I have such pale and semi-transparent skin. This stuff is easily the most effective under-eye corrector/concealer I have ever found and I have used most of the popular ones. It is more pigmented and higher coverage than the Benefit or Becca ones. I have already bought a new one because I couldn't be without it. 
OBX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo & Conditioner review
OBX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo & Conditioner $17.99 each
I am a firm believer that it is worth spending the money on salon quality shampoo & conditioner but sometimes we are all short on dosh. I picked this combo up on sale and was actually very impressed considering it is a drugstore brand that you can get for less than $10 each on sale. It left my hair very soft and manageable without leaving any gross heaviness or build up, which I often get from cheaper conditioners. I have transitioned back to salon brand (Make Haircare) now but I would definitely consider repurchasing it in the future, especially if I'm on a tight budget. 
Ouai Hairecare Dry Shampoo  Eva NYC Freshen Up review
Ouai Hairecare Dry Shampoo £20.00
I originally got this from Sephora Australia, but of course it isn't available on their website. This is easily the best dry shampoo I have ever tried and smells absolutely incredible. If I had 40 bucks to spend on each can of dry shampoo I would definitely keep using it, but sadly I really can't justify the price, at least not on a regular basis. If you are willing to splurge though, I would totally say it is worth it. It is a very cleansing dry shampoo that actually leaves your hair feeling clean and not at all crunchy or gross like so many of the do. 

Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo $10
After falling in love with the Ouai Dry Shampoo, I set about finding the closest affordable alternative that I could and this is the best I've located so far. It doesn't smell quite as good but it has the same effect. It isn't at all crunch, powdering or matting on the hair and just leaves my hair feeling cleaner and clarified. If you like tonnes of volume from your dry shampoos, neither of these are for you. But if, like me, you absolutely hate the awful texture the volumising ones leave and actually just want cleaner hair, this one is great. Once I run though the other dry shampoos I honestly don't like as much, this is the one I will repurchase.

So there you have all my empties! I didn't realise how many products I had saved up until I went to write this post so it ended up being a long one. I hope you found it insightful to hear about all the products I've used up and whether I've repurchased or not. Sometimes I think that these empties post give way more info and true thoughts than first impression style reviews because I really have put all of these to the test. Let me know if you have used any of these products and what you thought of them in the comments below. I would also love to hear what the last product you used up was. 

Disclaimer: I received all the products marked with an asterisk (*) as PR gifts without any obligation to say nice things. I purchased the rest of the products with my own money. As always, my opinions are my own. 
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19 comments on "Beauty Empties"
  1. I'm the same with the Bobbi Brown Corrector! I use it everyday and it's the best product I've found to cover dark circles. I just wish they gave us more product for the price!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. It's amazing right! I actually get mine for $26 at the Estee Lauder corporate store so I can't complain :)

  2. I can't use dry shampoo - no matter how I try and apply it, it always seems to cause really bad build up on my scalp and it get's really itchy and 'pimply' (gross!).

    I love the Skinstitut products as well (my favourite is the Glycolic Scrub), I love the Moisture Defence range but I found the mist didn't really do anything for my skin. It's nice to refresh the skin throughout the day, but I find all mists do that for me haha. Except the Jurlique Rosewater mist - that stuff is liquid gold for me!

    You got through a good amount of products, I wish I was that good at it!

    Felicia //

    1. I love the Glycolic scrub! I definitely need to try the Jurlique Rosewater Mist as well. As for how many products I got through, I saved them up for quite a while haha.

  3. I really want to try the Ouai Hairecare Dry Shampoo, it sounds amazing! The last product I used up was the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara.

    Amy |

    1. I couldn't get on board with that Rimmel mascara :/ I think I have it away.

  4. I love the Daiso Puff and Sponge Detergent if you check a couple of stores they still sell the old formulation. But i do agree the new one is not as good. I wish they would bring back the original!

    Rochelle ||

    1. I've already checked a few stores around Brisbane and they only have the new one. I'm going to email them and beg them to bring back the original. We'll see what they say :p

  5. How affordable and gorgeous are the zoella products..

    1. Agreed! The packaging and scent of them really makes them seem more luxe than they are :)

  6. You got through so much this month! I love Zoella’s products, so pretty and affordable. You’ve made me want to try that Bobbi Brown concealer though!

    Laura ||

    1. If you struggle with dark circles you should definitely check it out!

  7. I love that Daiso brush cleaner so much!! i've still got quite a few of the old ones left. i'm so sad to hear about the new one! :(

    1. I'm down to my last bottle and I'm devastated. I think I will cry when it runs out because I really don't know what I'm going to use.

  8. I am well over due for an empties too! Those are two skinstitut products I haven't tried but sound absolutely amazing! Also, the Zoella products look so cute. I haven't even checked out her products yet - I should go have a sniff!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  9. I'm a sucker for a good dry shampoo, must check out the Ouai Hairecare version.

  10. I am using only Maybelline concealer and I love it. Nice products :)

  11. I am so with you, I do forget to save the bottles or the tube for empties post. I was looking for a good dry shampoo to start with, Ouai dry shampoo sounds great, coming from you as the best does makes me want to check it out :)


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