Empties | #3

Well hello, there you gorgeous bunch of humans! It’s that time again, time to talk about all the products I’ve used up! Every time I do one of these posts I feel like a “legit blogger” and it feels so good to actually use up products – it sort of justifies my constant spending on beauty products (…. Well kinda).

So you guys should know the drill by now, I chat you with you regarding all the products I have so far used up, my thoughts and whether or not I’ll repurchase them.

Let’s jump right in!

Urban Decay ‘All nighter’ Setting spray

One of my holy grail setting sprays – which basically got me hooked on setting sprays! It keeps the makeup looking flawless all day, has a fine mist that doesn’t wreck your foundation. It also settles down fine powders and makes your skin look like skin. Now with so many setting sprays out there (and many in my collection whoops), what’s so special about this one? it really does keep your makeup on all day, with this magical bottle I know my makeup will stay fresh the entire day and that makes it worth every dollar. |Review|

Will I repurchase? Already have! And I always will!

LA Girl Pro HD Concealer

Such an affordable yet incredible concealer, it’s thin in consistency yet sits well under the eyes. The brush applicator annoys me as it can be quite messy getting the product out but other than that it’s an awesome concealer that comes in A LOT of shades! |Review|

Will I repurchase? No, the packaging annoys me but the concealer is awesome (and I have other favorites).

Maybelline ‘The colossal volume express’ Mascara

Yes, another Maybelline mascara has made it into the empties stash, I always have plenty of Maybelline mascaras in my collection and will forever go back to them as they are affordable and awesome! This mascara gives your lashes lots of volume and drama and just makes your lashes come to life! It’s one of my favorite Maybelline mascaras, tied with the push-up angel mascara. |Review|

Will I repurchase? Already have!

Esmi Skin minerals ‘Pomegranate Brightening’ Serum *

This serum was super lightweight and extra hydrating for the skin. It felt almost juice on the skin as when you applied it would go from a slightly thick consistency to completely melt onto the skin. it did a really good job at locking in the hydration from the moisturizer I applied over the top and overall my skin was super hydrated. I did use this in my AM routine so when I wore makeup, it did a good job at boosting my skin’s hydration levels and allow makeup to go on better!

Will I repurchase? No, as I have TOO MANY serums that need to be used up

Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel

In the previous empties post (which I’ll link here) I used up the gel cream moisturizer from the hydro boost range and moved onto to the water gel to see if there was a difference – and if I’d like one more than the other. To be honest I couldn’t spot a difference between them, after using up both – both did the same thing on my skin! I loved both, they were lightweight but incredibly hydrating and worked well underneath moisturizer. My obsession for gel moisturizers started from Neutrogena and I cannot recommend the hydroboost range enough.

Will I repurchase? I’m happy to repurchase this or the gel cream, whichever happens, to be in stock!

Burts n bees cleansing oil *

You guys know how deep my obsession for cleansing oils is and I have discovered so many favorites. The Burts n bees one, being one of them! It’s super gentle on the skin, melts the makeup while nourishing the skin and takes off easily about 85% of your makeup. On top of that I, doesn’t leave you with a lingering greasy layer that won’t go away. How awesome is that! It does the job and it does it well! |Review|

Will I repurchase? I love this cleansing oil a lot but the only reason I won’t be repurchasing it, is that Priceline doesn’t sell this product! It stocks the brand but not this product so I won’t get access to it at a sale price – but I still probably will repurchase it once I run out of my other cleansing oils.

Bioderma *

This is the micellar water that got me hooked to micellar water. I love how gentle it is on the skin, it literally feels like water only with the magical powers of removing all the gunk. Now I don’t use it to take off the bulk of my makeup. It falls into step three of my makeup removing process (click here, to read that post) but it removes the residual traces of makeup well and I know everything has come off. I also use a good ol’ micellar water on those no-makeup days where I can’t be stuffed washing my face at night but I refuse to get lazy and skip a skincare routine altogether.

Will I repurchase? I have discovered lots of micellar waters that I love that are much more affordable, as much as I love bioderma – micellar water isn’t something I want to invest a lot of $$$ in, that and I go through it super quickly!

Nip+ Fab Glycolic daily cleansing pads

Yes, another one of these has entered the empties stash. I use this morning and night so I easily go through a tub a month, about 2 months if you only use them once a day.. These are a great way of acid exfoliating but on the gentle side and I also feel like it helps minimize breakouts + active blemishes.  I’m enjoying them a lot but I’m wondering if I prefer the night extreme version and whether I’ll stick to repurchasing that.

Will I repurchase it? I have one more tub in my stash, afterward, I will only repurchase the night time version!

Chichi fabulous & flawless foundation

I adore this foundation! It sits on the skin so well (has a filter effect), it has about a medium coverage and looks super pretty on the skin. Me being a crazy foundation lady I had to find a way to reduce the size of my foundation collection as it was getting too crazy! This bottle is so old so I had to let it go but I adore it! |Review|

Will I repurchase? I do plan to repurchase eventually.

Pixi ‘Glow’ Tonic *

This is one addictive product and it’s no surprise why everyone loves it. It brightens, refreshes, hydrates your skin! I feel like my skin looks better when I use it and being an ‘acid’ it does help control the breakouts. I just love it that it doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin and yet it’s still super effective. Pixi has a strong game with their products! |Review|

Will I repurchase? Of course!

Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation

This was the first foundation I ever loved! I still love it and I still own another bottle! I purchased this a few summers ago in a deeper skin tone. I tan very easily so when I use to go to the beach more I’d get to a point where every single foundation I owned was too pale for me, so I had to pick up a few foundations in darker shades. This foundation is super light-weight and hydrating and it glides onto the skin. It has a super-natural and effortless look to it and is just an awesome everyday option. |Review|

Will I repurchase? The foundation as a whole, yes – this shade, no! I hardly go to the beach.

Nip+Fab night extreme glycolic pads *

I love these as a night time acid and I love that they are in the convenience of a being a saturated cotton round without us having to pour the product onto a cotton round ourselves. These particular ones aremoistert (sorry for using that cringy word!) but I also find they are more potent and do more for the skin. Yes, the cotton rounds are super thin and stick together making it annoying to separate but I still love using these!

Will I repurchase?  Already have!

John Frieda ‘Frizz ease’ Smoothing finishing cream *

I rarely talk about hair care of any kind on the blog and that is solely because I am the laziest person on earth when it comes to hair care products, hair styling and just anything to do with hair care. So when I do go for hair care products they need to be super effective and fuss free. Frizzy hair is my #1 problem and it’s not something I’ve conquered but I have find things to make my hair less like (Monica Geller in Bermuda). This finishing cream feels like a heavy moisturizer but it doesn’t make my hair too oily and does help with the frizz – I’ve accidentally skipped it from time to time and definitely noticed a difference! It’s also hydrating as well.

Will I repurchase? I already have!

Bourjois ‘Air matte’ Foundation

Another baby I had to let go of because of my insane foundation collection! I have the best luck streak with Bourjois foundations, every single one I’ve tried – I’ve loved. But I purchased this during my ‘tanned’ phase so it no longer matches me. I find that despite my dehydrated/oily t-zone skin type, this foundation worked so well on my skin and wasn’t drying. It sat so naturally on the skin and didn’t cake up at all!

Will I repurchase? I sort of want to repurchase it in the lightest shade but I’m kinda of trying to stop myself because my foundation collection is forever growing.

Murad ‘Hydra-dynamic’ Quenching Essence *

This stuff is a silky, hydrating, nourishing bottle of magic. It makes the skin feel so hydrated and amazing but it isn’t sticky! Its super lightweight but it packsa mega punch in the hydration department! It definitely made my skin feel super incredible but it’s one pricey product, like crazy pricey – $130 to be exact!

Will I repurchase? As much as I loved it, there’s a lot of other things I want to repurchase from Murad and I can’t afford to repurchase it all, so this won’t make the cut unfortunately.

Bourjois CC cream

Another product I had to let go of because it was too old and didn’t match me properly. I mentioned above, how much I adore Bourjois foundations. This product is awesome for those days you want to keep the base light. It looks super natural, sits on the skin well and doesn’t accentuate texture or pores.

Will I repurchase? No, unfortunately, I love too many other light coverage bases and this doesn’t make the cut!

Maybelline ‘Brow drama’ brow sculpting mascara

Maybelline is my go to brand for brow products! In general, my brows are very low maintenance but a brow gel is a must for me and when it has a tint – that’s a bonus. What I love about this brow gel is how it holds my brows in place, gives them some colour but mostly that it has a massive wand! Most brow gels have the tiniest wands and my brows are so massive so tiny wands don’t work for me.

Will I repurchase? Yes, Maybelline have also come out with another tinted brow gel which I also love so I may just repurchase that!


And that wraps up this post! Have you guys tried out any of the products mentioned in today’s post? What products have you recently used up? Drop a comment and let’s have a chat! I hope you all have a great day and I’ll catch up with you in the next post!


^ Disclaimer: Products marked with a (*) were gifted to me for consideration. This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links. Any links provided are solely there for convenience. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I share with you guys my experience with beauty products, this does not make me an expert.

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  1. Siobhán

    October 27, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I need some of the Nip + Fab pads in my life! I wasn’t crazy about Bioderma but do like Micellar waters xx


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 28, 2018 at 12:15 am

      Yes like Bioderma is nice but it’s just micellar water, no need to spend extra $$$ on it and thankfully there are more affordable options now! Yes you do – the night pad extreme ones are super awesome.

  2. em

    October 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I’m in desperate need of a setting spray and the Urban Decay one sounds perfect! the Pixi Glow Tonic sounds really good!


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 28, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Yes that one is the best and 100% will keep your makeup on!

  3. Lily

    October 27, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Some great products here! Heard so many good things about the all nighter setting spray and I like the sound of that Burts Bee’s oil – love how it’s non-greasy!

    Lily Loves | https://www.lilyloves.net

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 28, 2018 at 12:13 am

      That setting spray is the QUEEN of all setting sprays – nothing compares!

  4. Anika May

    October 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Love the LA Girl concealer, a total favourite and it’s so affordable 🙂

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 28, 2018 at 12:12 am

      It’s so good, if they only switched the brush applicator dor a fine nozzle applicator I’d be so happy.

  5. Danielle Alexa

    October 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, you have got so many empties!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 28, 2018 at 12:12 am

      I’m surprising myself as I hardly use to use products up but especially when it comes to skincare – I’m on a mission!

  6. Serene

    October 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I really love your empties, I love the Bioderma, UD All nighter spray and the pixi glow tonic <3

    Have a lovely rest of the weekend <3

    Serene XO


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 3:49 am

      Thank you! I’m so obsessed with that Urban decay setting spray – I can’t begin to tell you!

  7. Rachel

    October 28, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    So many empties! I love the Urban Decay Setting Spray! And I’ve always wanted to try Pixi Glow Tonic, but I think I’m going to wait and try their Retinol one.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 3:50 am

      I know I feel like a legit blogger haha. I need to try their retinol one as well.

  8. Shireen L. Platt

    October 29, 2018 at 2:40 am

    That’s a lot of empties! I adore Nip+Fab Glycolic Pads too but the extreme version is hands down the best.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 3:51 am

      Yes, I feel like the day versions aren’t saturated enough – the cotton rounds feel kind of dry and that annoys me!

  9. Tatiana

    October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am

    OMG! So much nice stuff! About all the products I just know and use the Neutrogena, it is really good 🙂

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      I’m completely obsessed with gen neutrogena hydroboost range

  10. Lauren Victoria

    October 29, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, you have so many empties! I need to still try the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      This time round the collection was bulky

  11. Hanna Rose

    October 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Wow Bernadette! You got through alot products recently!! I wish I could say the same thing but I have been so lazy about using up products lately.

    That Maybelline tinted brow mascara is great stuff. I’m a quick and easy low maintenance kinda brows girl myself and this stuff does the trick! The LA Girl Concealer sounds nice but it’s a sham ea out the packaging not being up to scratch. Happy your still loving the Healthy mix foundation. In future, maybe try lightening up your darker shades with those foundation lightening drops for when your not tanning? Nip & fab, the body shop and Revolution all do them. 🙂

    Great post lovely!

    Hanna Rose – UK Makeup & Beauty Blogger

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      I never use to use products up well, not even skincare which is meant to be easier, I’ve only recently gotten into it. Yes my brows are so low maintenance so brow gels are the best. I never self tanned, I got super tanned a few summers ago due to a few beach trips and my entire collection was pale – this was before lightening drops were common. Plus my foundation collection was too large so some had to go but I will only be using shade adjusting drops from now on.

  12. Angela

    October 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    The Frizz Ease creams is great and I’m currently loving the John Frieda Frizz Ease serum – makes my hair super soft and smooth, which isn’t easy since I have so many coarse grays mixed in now!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Not many hair care brands have a range focusing on frizzy hair and their stuff is so good!

  13. Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    October 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I need to try the Burts Bees cleansing oils. I also like the LA Girl Concealer. You did great finishing up all the products.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      It’s so good and removes most of the makeup in an instant! Thank you

  14. Hannah

    October 30, 2018 at 12:42 am

    You’ve used up so many products, what an amazing empties post! I love Maybelline mascaras and that one seems great too, may have to get around to picking it up xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 30, 2018 at 12:52 am

      I surprised myself with how much I went through, though not including the foundations as they were part of a declutter. Maybelline always come out with amazing mascaras, I’m obsessed!

  15. allie

    October 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    The only one I’ve tried on this list is the setting spray! It is good, isnt’ it?! I’ve repurchased this several times!
    xo, allie

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 31, 2018 at 1:50 am

      It’s the best. I can’t think of one setting spray that works better than the Urban decay one.

  16. Kate

    October 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    That Urban Decay setting spray is amazing, I need it back in my life! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 31, 2018 at 1:49 am

      It really is, it’s the best setting spray ever!

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