Ultimate Empties Challenge- April

Hey hey how’s everyone doing! April felt like the longest month yet but it’s ok because it was my birthday month! Thanks to all who wished me a happy one!

At last, the end of the month came and it’s time for another instalment in the ultimate empties challenge! Let’s get to in

Cleansers & Toners

Two face wipes- Boots Cleansing wipes for normal skin and one for dry skin. These wipes are rubbish but the worst of the two is definitely the wipes for dry skin (pink pack). They are super moist I can give them that but it doesn’t take off makeup properly, more like pushes it around my face. And I have to use quite a few to take off even the most basic of makeup. When I go in to wash my face after these wipes, the residue is almost like I didn’t even try to take the makeup. It was only £1 but I definitely won’t repurchase. They are better wipes available. ESPA hydrating floral mist – I love this mist! This mist was basically free as I used a discount code that came in the YOU Christmas advent calendar last year. This mist leaves my skin hydrated and glowing and it sprays in a fine mist. It doesn’t clog pores or highlight texture and after it dries my skin doesn’t feel or look tight. I would repurchase this. The ‘botanical’ scent isn’t the greatest but since its very effective, I can overlook that. PIXI Glow tonic– this is probably my 3 or 4th bottle of this stuff. I love the glow tonic and I have even purchased the 500ml size! 5% AHA that is gentle on the skin smells great and is effective!

 

Face Masks, Eye Masks & Sheet Masks

I had a few masks with tiny amounts left so for April I set out to finish them.  I finished the Mary Kay Timewise Radiance Peel which is a lovely AHA mask.  Glamglow Youthmud– probably my favourite mask of all time. It tings and tightens whilst drying but results are smooth skin and no pores! I love using this for prep for events, before & after holidays and even as a spot treatment. It’s a hefty price tag but I think it’s worth it. Also, I only buy Glamglow around Christmas because they have good value for money giftsets. The price is the same as a full-size mask but you also get 3 or 4 different travel size masks. I don’t know if this will work with sensitive skin as it does sting so please test patch first! Also, I won’t recommend using a harsh scrub before this. L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask, I have a full review of this mask here. Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7 in 1 mask– I got this sample in a goody bag at the brown beauty skincare masterclass ( the event was fab btw) it’s a creamy mask, easy to put on and spread. I think the most benefit I got from this was hydration but nothing else. The sample only lasted 2 applications so maybe the other benefits are accumulative. I used another Soap & Glory eye patchTony Moly Panda’s Dream Eyepatch x2– I like this as it hydrates the under eye area but it also targets the brow area but this darn this is difficult to put on. The eye-opening is small so I end up cutting this and applying it in 2 parts. It’s Skin Aloe Sheet Mask– with the success of the It’s skin serums (review on BBT) I decided to try their sheet masks. This aloe mask is for calming and moisture and I must say it did a great job of hydrating. The sheet mask itself feels great and good quality and it isn’t overtly soaked in serum. The openings were on the smaller side but the mask did fit my face. My skin was left soft and hydrated. [amazon_textlink asin=’B075DW2PNN’ text=’Jluna Real Essence Cucumber sheet mask’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahfynn-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d8e091d0-4e31-11e8-b2c0-ad47357d21f8′]- I purchased this from Amazon and it’s the 1st one I have used from the pack. This smells of real cucumber and is for moisture. Again another mask I am impressed with! Can’t wait to play around with all the others. (Check out my K beauty haul here)

Creams & Serums

Garnier Moisture Bomb SPF 10 day cream, my full review of this is on BBT. A huge disappointment for me, I expected a lot from this as I love Garnier. The Body Shop Drops of Light Skin Defence SPF 50– honestly the best sunscreen I have used for dark skin. Extremely lightweight and transparent plus it doesn’t clog pores and no flashback! It’s my 2nd bottle and I have a 3rd on the way! (I have discovered two more invisible sunscreens but I am yet to test them out) The BodyShop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser– a lightweight gel like textured cream it was good for a little hydration but it doesn’t offer a huge amount. It did leave my skin looking more radiant as I continued to use it. I received this as a gift a while back but it’s something I won’t purchase. Finally, I finished the Boots Botanics Radiance concentrate. I have a full review here

Hair care

I’m seriously slacking when it comes to hair product empties, I only have two this month.  Aphogee Deep Moisture Shampoo– one of my best shampoos! This is great for finger detangling and adding moisture to the hair. I can always count on this when my hair is super dry! Curls unleashed Intense Hair conditioner– I like this conditioner but I am not a huge fan of the scent. It smells almost medicinal. It works well to condition my 4c hair but I wish it has a little more slip to use.

 

Makeup

So a second mini challenge is to finish at least 1 lipstick lol but I don’t think I will get there anytime soon. I have 3 empties this month. The Pixi Glow Mist– I have a full review on this here. I have already repurchased this. Barry M Original Primer– I bought and review this ages ago as part of the drugstore primer series. Check that out here. I do love this primer and I will repurchase just not now as I have a few to get through. SmashBox Photofinish Primer Water– so the first time I used this, I hated it! I thought it clogged my pores and highlighted texture on my face but I was wrong (my skincare routine was pretty much non-existent then). Using it again now, I can say it doesn’t clog pores or highlight texture. I don’t use this as a primer, but as a first mist to take away excess powder. It doesn’t leave a dewy finish and it also has the tendency to dry in patches. With this bottle, I noticed it doesn’t work well when it’s continuously pumped so I find I have to mist slowly and press it fully to get a good even mist. I thought it was ok but not enough to buy a full sized bottle. I got this in a gift set with 2 other primers around Christmas time.

 

Perfumes

My OG fav perfume- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Love this perfume.. Another perfume, YSL Mon Paris I’m actually down to my last 5 perfumes and I suspect 1 of them will be done in May as well.

 

Others

2x large cotton padsVaseline deodorant and Soap & Glory Flake away body scrub

Total – 28

The challenge is going well, I now have 106/250 and I can honestly see a difference in my storage space.  I am also happy to report I didn’t buy a lot in April, in terms of beauty products!

I’m looking forward to May!

Ultimate Empties Challenge 2018- January

Hey guys, I hope all is well. This month has been SO LONG! Damn! But alas the month is over and I am very excited to bring the 1st instalment in the Ultimate Empties Challenge! Check out the intro post here. I should be getting at least 21 empties a month to get to my overall target of 250 by December 31.

Let’s get into January’s empties! I will link where to purchase and any reviews I have done on the products too

Skincare

Lots of empties in the skincare category. In the masks collection, I finished my beloved GlamGlow Thirstmud Hydrating Mask! This mask penetrates deeply and leaves my skin radiant and hydrated. There is a slight sensation when applied but it doesn’t linger! Tip- it’s a leave on mask but I apply a little more than recommended and leave a little longer then wash off. Results- glowing soft skin! I didn’t see much results from the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox mask sample I had, maybe I need more applications but the sample lasted two masking sessions and the results were unremarkable. Onto sheet masks, I used the Sephora Avocado sheet mask, great for hydration and the Rose Eye mask for the under eye area

For cleansers & toners- I also managed to finish the Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser- as I mentioned in my review, I love the concept but the ingredients are so harsh on my skin! I’m just happy to get done with it. Primark travel size face wipes (not pictured) – I have a lot of these in backup because they are cheap & great for travelling. Not the best wipes out there but they work and I follow up with a cleanser. My favourites- Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Daily & Extreme night pads are out. I use the travel size of the daily fix for trips and the big tub of the extreme at home (wish they would do the extreme pads in travel size too). For mists- I finished the very hyped but huge let down for me, Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It just didn’t live up to its claims for makeup setting. My fav drugstore mist- B Confident Hyaluronic acid mist is out too.

Two small serums- a sample size No7 Protect & Perfect Intense advanced serum- primer like texture which was nice but No7 has left a bad taste in my mouth since that bronzer wahala. Read my full rant here. Boots Botanics radiance concentrate- its ok, full review here.

Hair care

Not a lot in the hair care department. A shampoo I recently fell in love with- Garnier Ultimate blends Olive oil shampoo- read why it works for natural hair here. Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Conditioner- I got this in the YOU Mag advent calendar. Great scent and leaves the hair so soft! Crème of Nature Argan buttermilk leave in hair milk- need I say more?

Body care

I’m loving body scrubs lately so I tried the Boots Botanics Mango Scrub scrub. Worst idea ever! Its oily and feels greasy on the skin. Difficult to spread and hasn’t got much grit. It’s a sweet scent that gets sickly after a while. I used up the whole 50ml because I had to scoop out a lot to make it slightly easier to spread! Soap & Glory righteous butter- I use these as hand creams and travel body moisturisers. Its ok but I love my DIY Body Butter mix! Vaseline Intensive Care healthy hands- its crap! DoveGo Fresh ( yellow cap) rubbish & smells like bleach lol. Nair Argan oil shower cream- because who’s got time for shaving?

Others- Boots Cosmetic oval pads

 

Grand total- 21

Right on target! So a good start to my empties challenge! Let’s see what February brings, I have a few products coming to the end of their life cycles lol

Join me on this journey! Start your own empties challenge. Catch you soon!

Sarah