April Empties


I didn’t think I’d used up many products, but it turns out I was wrong. So here’s this months empties!

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Tulle


So this lip gloss was very much an impulse purchase. I’d never tried any of Bobbi Brown’s lip glosses, so when I saw this pink, sparkly one, I snapped it up. I didn’t love this gloss, but as I didn’t hate it, I made an effort to use it up. I was expecting more of a pink colour, but it’s essentially a clear glittery lip gloss. The glitter stays on your lips even after the gloss has worn off, and it’s thick and sticky in consistency, making it feel like a much cheaper product than it is.

Repurchase? No.

Bourjois Effet 3D Lip Gloss in shade 59


Don’t worry I haven’t spelt the name of this wrong, it is effet and and not effect! The Effet 3D range is one of my favourites, as there’s such a great choice of colours and the glosses are hydrating but not sticky. This shade is a light pink and it’s a softer colour than many I own, but it adds a delicate hint of colour and looks lovely used on it’s alone or on top of a lipstick.

Repurchase? Not for now, as I have two more Bourjois pink lipglosses to get through.

L’Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer


I’ve mentioned this crayon concealer before as it’s one of my must have products. There’s a great range of colours that work well for my skin tone, as I use the lightest shade Ivory in the colder months and buy a shade or two darker for summertime. As this is a dry concealer it works well on the oily parts of my combination skin.

Repurchase? I already have!

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Powder Foundation


This has been my go to foundation for quite some time, as I find powder foundations work best for me. This one is great for my combination skin as it’s not too matte and drying, so I use it across my whole face. The range of colours is great and like with my concealer, I buy different shades for winter and summer.

Repurchase? I already have.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara


I got this mini sized mascara in a Lancome set I received for Christmas. My usual mascara is Lancome’s Hypnose Drama, but after trying the original Hypnose mascara, I’ve fallen in love with it. It gives great length and separation, with no clumpiness.

Repurchase? Yes. I will buy the full sized product in the future.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water


I’ve tried micellar waters in the past and not been too impressed, so I only purchased the ‘On The Go’ size of this product. I’ve really grown to like this cleanser and surprised myself by how quickly I used it up. My only gripe is that it’s not sensitive enough to remove my eye makeup, as it does irritate my eyes.

Repurchase? Yes, I’ve purchased a full size bottle!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner


I got this mini bottle of toner in The Body Shop shop calendar last year and as I love vitamin e products, I enjoyed using this. As this is a hydrating toner, I mostly used it on just the dry parts of my face and it felt lovely and gentle.

Repurchase? Yes in the future, but I’ve got my eye on a Lush toner to use on my dry patches.

The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel


I got this in The Body Shop calendar in December and I absolutely love this product! It’s amazing at reducing puffiness under eyes and making me feel alert and awake in the mornings. I love how cooling this gel feels under my eyes, so I was sad when it ran out.

Repurchase? Yes! I’ve just placed an order for another one.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream


This is usually one of my favourite Soap & Glory products, but I’ve been a bit disappointed by this hand cream this time. I still absolutely love the scent which contains notes of Shea butter and marshmallow, but I didn’t feel this helped improve the condition of my hands.

Repurchase? I probably will repurchase and give this another try in the future.

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter


This is another product I received in The Body Shop calendar. It’s not a full sized body butter, buy it still contained a reasonable amount of product. I never really loved The Body Shop’s Body Butters growing up, as they felt too heavy and greasy, but I found myself loving this. It felt thick and creamy, not greasy as I remembered and melted into my skin no problem. I also liked the subtle, gentle scent of the shea butter.

Repurchase? Not at the moment, as I have two more Body Shop moisturisers to get through.

The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream


This is yet another product that I got in The Body Shop calendar! Again it’s not a full sized product but it’s one I enjoyed using. This shower cream felt luxurious and rich, without feeling too heavy. As with the Body Butter, I really liked the gentle Shea scent.

Repurchase? Yes, probably in the future.

Patisserie De Bain Cranberries & Cream Bath & Shower Creme


The title of this is a bit of a mouthful, but I was given this body wash in a set with a matching hand cream. I’ve never tried this brand and I found this wash pleasant enough. It felt fairly creamy and the scent was somewhere in between cranberries and strawberries, but I didn’t totally love this product.

Repurchase? No.

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath


I bought this bubble bath a while back as it was half price. It’s a good sized bottle and only a small amount of product is needed to create lots of bubbles. The argan scent is fruity and nutty without being too overpowering or sweet.

Repurchase? Probably not. I liked this bubble bath but I didn’t love it.

So that’s my round up of this months empties. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products. 

46 thoughts on “April Empties

  1. I used the eye gel and it helps me sleep better too! For some reason. I love Body Shop Body Butters especially the cranberry seed. Its a little greasy but good for my dry skin. Good intro to other products. Thanks.

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    • I love the eye gel. It really stops my eye area from feeling sore and puffy☺ I’ve never liked moisturising but lately I’ve started to enjoy the body butters and other moisturisers. X


      • Moisturizing is crucial even if you live in high humidity like me, skin can still dry out when we are in air conditioning. I loved the ones I bought in Auckland from a department store called Farmers but can’t get the brand here in Malaysia. I love to match my bath gel and body lotion before bed time, like sleeping in a cloud!

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      • It’s good to moisturise regardless of climate to keep skin healthy. Over here the weather is erratic so my skin gets dry and oily. Ooh lovely. I like matching products too. It’s nice to use some products before bed to pamper yourself☺ Do you get The Body Shop in Malaysia or do you buy bits when you travel? Xx

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      • We have Body Shop though a limited range. We just had bath and body works set up 2 stores in the city. But I like body products so will pick up stuff as I travel. In Auckland I used Skin Wisdom a local brand. Love their vanilla and neroli body butters. Even drinking water isn’t sufficient to hydrate skin I feel. We still need good skin care. My daughters use a lot of Korean and Japanese products. Better suited to their skin.

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      • No I agree. Drinking water is good, but skin still needs a bit more. Aah see we have The Body Shop but no bath and body works. Is it them that do really nice candles? It’s a shame you can’t get brands you like, such as Skin Wisdom in other countries. I like South Korean and Japanese products too. I can’t really use their foundations and moisturisers as they’re a bit too oily for my skin. The packaging is always super cute for their products x

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      • The scents on sale change with the seasons in North America so we are very pampered for choice. Moods are often created by smells so it’s a great hit here. It’s a fun store to linger in once my daughter and I spent an hour just smelling and testing! Hope you get one in the UK soon. surprised there isn’t one yet. Do you have a similar local brand maybe?

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    • I really didn’t think I’d used up much. Then I looked at my bag of empties and realised I’d used loads! I think they’ll probably do another calendar this year, as it was so popular. It gave me the chance to try out a lot of their products☺ x


  2. Those lipglosses look so pretty, particularly the Bobbi Brown one – shame it wasn’t as good as you’d hoped 😦 I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Micellar water, I like it and find it useful but I’m not sure it benefits my skin. The Shea scent is probably my favourite from The Body Shop xx

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    • I know, it looks such a pretty gloss but was pretty disappointing sadly. I agree with Micellar water, I enjoy using it now; but I think it’s possibly made my skin a bit dry. Of course it could also be caused by the awful British weather😂☺ Shea is a lovely scent isn’t it. Quite a hard to describe smell but just subtle and lovely to use.x

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  3. Maybe “Effet” is French? It’s so fancy! 😛
    I’ve been curious about that L’Oreal crayon concealer – I thought it might be a cheaper alternative to the UD concealer chubby sticks. Glad to know it works well – I’ll have to get one when they’re on sale next time.
    I’m using the Body Shop toner right now – it’s one of my all time favourites. I’m not usually that loyal to any particular toner but that one I’ve repurchased multiple times!
    Wow, did you use up a lot of products – well done!

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    • I think it’s probably just the French word for effect. Bit more fancy saying effet☺ I really like the L’Oreal concealers. The range of colours work for my skin tone and as it’s a crayon, it wont oxidise.
      The Body Shop toner is lovely and gentle. I’m loyal to Lush’s toners, I buy them time and time again☺ I sure did! I’ve been making an active effort to use whole products up, otherwise I would have thrown that Bobbi Brown lipgloss haha x


  4. I have all the products you got from the TBS Christmas calendar. I love the shea body butter. It smells so good. The hydrating toner is going to be my companion on my trips and vacations. The elderflower gel is part of my morning routine. The shea shower cream… well, I don’t know about that yet. I’ve almost finished it but I’m on a fence with it. I kind of like it and yet it’s kind of disappointing. I hoped I don’t have to use a separate moisturiser after shower but I do.

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    • The shea body butter was really lovely, I like that scent. The hydrating toner is good too. As you said it’s a good size to take away with you, that’s what I really liked about all the bits in the calendar☺ I had to order another elderflower gel as I love it. I really like the shower cream but I agree, it’s not hydrating enough go without a moisturiser x

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