September 10, 2013

Trash Talk: An Empties Post

I've noticed that "empties" posts and videos are some of the most divisive in the online beauty world. Some find them quite useful as a series of mini-reviews, others can't get past the "rubbish" aspect. Where do I stand? Well, the reason that I haven't done one before now was that I wasn't too hot on the idea of holding on to my rubbish for the sake of a blog post. I guess I'm not that dedicated - Chelsea Wears has a very funny video in which she talks viewers through a bag of empties at the airport before moving across the country!

So, I'm not going to pretend that these are the only things I've used up over the last couple of months or so. I can't bring myself to save 'em all, so I've just kept a few random things aside over the last while. Some are old favourites and some were new products, so read on to see what I made of them!

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Legère

One of my very favourite moisturisers - I've been through a few of these. It's really light (without compensating on hydration), sinks in quickly and has a decent SPF of 20 which does me fine in the colder months.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner

Again, this was a repurchase for me. I've switched almost exclusively to chemical exfoliants over the last few months and my skin has been reaping the benefits - it's clearer and brighter. If you're looking to try one, this is a fairly gentle formula to start off with.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H

Another staple product - are we sensing a pattern here?! I have been buying this since I was seventeen and it if I could pick only one foundation to use for the rest of my life, this would be it. Medium-full coverage, long-lasting, lumious yet mattifying... it's the best.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV

I gave this a shot just to switch things up as I had been through two or three tubes of Hydraphase in a row, and I have to say I didn't like it as much. It was just a little more silicone-y and didn't feel quite as hydrating. Don't get me wrong, it's still a very good moisturiser, but if you are like me and are a sucker for texture skincare-wise, I would stick with La Roche-Posay.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer

I think this is the best budget concealer for the undereye area that I've tried to date; it's lumious but with plenty of coverage too, so, definitely one to try!


  1. That foundation is my HG one, it's amazing!

  2. I love the hydraphase moisturiser too! I love how quickly it sinks into my skin! Usually with very hydrating moisturisers I feel like they are way too thick!

  3. Oh def going to try out that concealer! Dee, what other chemical exfoliants would you recommend?

    1. Hey Eimear, so far I have only tried the Clarins one and Pixi Glow Tonic - I love both of them! Here's a great article from Sali Hughes on the subject:


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