All the Beauty products I've used up in the past year

22 May 2020

Beauty Empties 2020

Today is all about beauty, and what products I’ve used up in the past year. SPOILER ALERT, but hardly a surprise, that the biggest amount of beauty empties I have, are skincare. I recently ran out of three skincare products over two days, which is sods law when you’re going through a lockdown - thankfully online shopping is still going strong, and I have a rather large shopping basket on Cult Beauty, ready and waiting for payday (and hopefully a CB discount code) to come! 

I haven’t done one of these posts for just over a year, so that means I have a fair amount of empty beauty products to get through - go grab a drink, and settle yourself in for a mammoth bit of reading! 

Green Clean makeup meltaway cleansing balm, Farmacy

Clearly my cleanser of 2019, I managed to get through two travel sized tubs, and two large tub of this cleanser! 
Repurchased? Not yet, I’m working through the last of my current cleansers.  

Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, Drunk Elephant

Green Clean may have been my cleanser of choice for 2019, but in terms of my most-purchased brand of 2019? Drunk Elephant wins hands down! 
Repurchased? This cleanser was bought mainly because it was a new product to the DE line. It’s not my favourite product of the brands, and it was a pretty average cleanser - I won’t be repurchasing. 

Travel-sized products, Drunk Elephant

2019 was a big year of travel for me, and a lot of travel-sized products were used whilst I was away, mostly from DE! I always had a small tube of their B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum in my in-flight beauty bag - perfect for long-haul flights. Their Lala Retro Whipped Cream was my moisturizer of choice on my trips, and I’ve just finished a tube of their Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser I had in my ‘travel beauty’ drawer (yes, really) as I’m trying out a couple of travel-sized cleansers I have before making my Cult Beauty purchase. 
Repurchased? As soon as I get back in travel-mode, I will be making a purchase, but as I’m currently grounded until lockdowns are lifted, repurchasing any of these are not on the list. 

Protini Polypeptide Cream, Drunk Elephant

I love a good moisturiser, and this one is a favourite of mine. It’s just a bit of a nightmare, and something that annoys me about this product - you can’t see when you’re about to run out, which is what happened when I ran out last year, and again last month!
Repurchased? Not yet, but it’s in my Cult Beauty basket (I just need to stop sulking about the packaging!)

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

I’ve managed to get through 2 full-sized bottles of this product - I use this daily, and have just ran out - I feel quite lost without this product in my morning skincare routine. Luckily, I have a couple of travel sized ones, and they’ve been getting me through the last part of the month before payday hits. 
Repurchased? It’s in my CB basket ready to go!

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Drunk Elephant

A little goes a long way with this product, and it lasted about 18 months before finally running out! I love applying this before bed, and also after using the DE BabyFacial product - it’s super nourishing, and feels like you’ve had a right little pamper. 
Repurchased? As much as I like the product, it is also one I can live without - it’s pretty expensive, and I have another face oil that I prefer…

Maqui + Acai Prickly Pear Goji Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil, Youth to The People

I absolutely love this oil. I use it twice a day, everyday. Like the DE one above, a little really does go a long way with this product.
Repurchased? I stocked up on this product when I was in the US back in November last year. I very nearly didn’t, and I’m so glad I did as you can’t purchase this in the UK - I’ve even started to use it sparingly as I’m nervous I’ll run out before I can head back to the US and stock up!

Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, Youth to The People

My other favourite moisturiser! It left my skin feeling so hydrated, and was perfect in the Winter months.
Repurchased? Sadly, no, but it will be the first product to go into my Sephora basket as soon as I’m back in the US. 


Cleansing Balm & Gel Balm Cleanser, Eve Lom

Both travel-sized products, and used across a few trips last year. I’d never used the Gel balm cleanser, and I decided I prefer the balm. Both great products though.
Repurchased? As soon as I get back in travel-mode, I’ll be grabbing the Eve Lom balm.

Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, Fresh Beauty

This was something I purchased on a whim when I was in NYC, and although it smells delightful, it didn’t float my skincare boat. 
Repurchased? No, and I’m not sure I will again! 

Créaline H20 Micellaire Water, Bioderma

A skincare that has been part of my daily routine for YEARS! I love taking my makeup off with this before I start my cleanse, and a little goes a long way.
Repurchased? I didn’t need to - I already had a bottle ready to go!

Jet Lag Mask & Overtime Mask, Summer Fridays

Face masks over sheet masks any day, and these two are ones I reach for at least once a week. The Jet Lag Mask comes along with me on my trips - it’s a great one for long-haul flights! I also like using this one as a primer before applying makeup. 
Repurchased? I have a fair few masks to get me through the next couple of months, so I’m holding off for now, but they will be back in my skincare drawer in the future. 

Beauty Empties 2020

Snow Mushroom Water Serum, Volition

I came across this brand in Sephora back in November. Always intrigued by new skincare, I picked this up, mainly as it had the most hipster name! But, looking into the brand a bit more, it really got my attention. It launched on Cult Beauty at the beginning of this year, and I’m looking forward to trying more of their products. 
Repurchased? I won’t be adding this to my CB basket, but I have a couple of their other products in there, so looking forward to trying those out shortly.

Hemlock & Bergamot and English Pear & Freesia perfumes, Jo Malone

I love these scents, but for me, the English Pear and Freesia will always be my favourite of all.
Repurchased? Yes - I picked up a bottle of the English Pear and Freesia at the airport back in November, along with a newer fragrance, Poppy & Barley - it’s gorgeous!

Bye Bye Foundation - total coverage Moisturiser, it Cosmetics

I very rarely wear a ‘base’ but this product is amazing! Sadly, you can’t get this in the UK - it seems to be an Ulta exclusive. I prefer it to their CC Cream, which I’ve also used in the past. 
Repurchased? As it’s not available over here in the UK, no! 

Cloud Paint (puff) and Boy Brow (brown & clear), Glossier

I use both of these daily, (not so much at the moment as I’m make-up free during lockdown) and have done for a good few years. With the Cloud Paint, a little goes a long way, and I love a cream blush more than a powder one (don’t get me wrong, NARS Orgasm powder blush will always have a piece of my heart!) Boy Brow beats all other brow products hands down. 
Repurchased? I always have a backup of BB in my beauty drawers, and a couple of other shades of CP ready for when I run out. 

Magic Away Liquid Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury

I’ve always been ‘blessed’ with dark circles under my eyes, and have tried so many under-eye concealers over the years to hide them. I’ve only come across two brands that have products that I use. Sadly, this isn’t one of them. As much as I love CT, this product just didn’t deliver for me, and I really didn’t like the applicator!
Repurchased? No, but I have one of her ‘eyes to mesmerise’ shadows in my CB basket - I love those! 

Endless Weekend Scented Candle, Bath & Bodyworks

One of my friends introduced me to their candles (and hand sanitizers!) so every-time I can get to one of their stores on a trip to the US, I stock up. My luggage has gone over the weight limit in the past due to this! Their candles are such good value, and smell amazing!
Repurchased? I have a couple left in my stockpile - I’m using them sparingly though! 


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