Sunday 22 May 2022

Product Empties #39

product empties and reviews


It’s just over two months since my last empties post so slower progress than I would have liked but let’s get into the mini reviews! 


haircare empties and reviews


OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

I really dragged this out as it’s more expensive than I usually go for, but I loved this! Gave me an extra day out of greasy hair, no residue, added volume and smells incredible – also has my favourite Melrose Place scent! Would repurchase on a good offer.


Olaplex No.3

A staple in my haircare routine, I love this, and you can read more here! My hair feels stronger and it’s harder for me to find split ends after use/between haircuts. Already repurchased and using the supersize version!


Sol de Janeiro Hair Repair Treatment

I love SDJ’s body care offerings and I love this mask too! It smells the same as the body cream and looks the same too so be careful you don’t mix them up! This is thick and creamy but isn’t hard to wash out and makes my hair so soft and swishy and the smell lingers too! Already have a backup along with the shampoo and conditioner to try from a Christmas set!


The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

I love this! I notice much less hair fall when I use it consistently so hopefully that is contributing to my hair looking thicker! While you can definitely tell there is something on your scalp it doesn’t necessarily look greasy but at the same time, I am glad I have been working from home and can get away a few extra days not washing! 100% worth a try if you suffer hair loss or thinning hair as it’s so affordable! Will repurchase and spoke about it more here!


Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath and Pure Inspiration Conditioner

Loved the orange scent and these felt super gentle, but nothing compares to my OUAI shampoo and conditioner so not a repurchase for me!


Virtue 6-in-1 Styler

Another one I really enjoyed the scent of! This is lightweight so worked well for me on dry hair when I wanted to tame frizz without weighing my hair down! Would repurchase but I just have too much haircare right now! 


skincare empties and reviews


Huxley Secret of Sahara Sleep Mask

This is a beautiful, cooling, gel like formula that contains Pricky pear seed oil, hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica. For an overnight mask, it feels super lightweight and absorbs quickly! I initially thought this wouldn't be hydrating enough but I was wrong!  My skin feels nourished, and I wake up with calm, hydrated, smooth and plump skin! Full review here and I will repurchase in the future!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I’ve lost count how many bottles I’ve went through of this and it’s great to have by my desk throughout the day which is how I use it as opposed to a skincare step. I actually have a large bottle of this in my back up stash but to be honest I am sick of it so will use up some of my other mists before opening! Read more here!


Dermalogica Smart Response Serum*

Gutted to be finished this serum as I absolutely loved it! It hydrates, firms, brightens and soothes depending on what you skin needs. It contains glycerin and niacinamide and instantly calms skin and makes it feel soft and supported! What I don’t love is the price haha at £129 it ain’t cheap and right now I can’t justify repurchasing but in the future I definitely will! More on this serum here!  


Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster*

A quick google tells me this has been discontinued now which I was surprised by! This was a nice lightweight, calming oil with futuristic packaging (you push the bottom to dispense!) I generally prefer my oils to be fattier so this wouldn’t have been a repurchase for me!


Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum*

I first started using this serum prior to going on Roaccutane and my skin was so bad nothing was really working for me unfortunately! My skin has been clear since coming off it so I used this up on my neck and chest and overall it’s a nice gentle serum that doesn’t dry the skin out but does help with recovery time. Not a repurchase for me but you can read more here!


Sand&Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Hydration Boost Cream*

Really enjoyed this cream and surprised myself by getting through it so quickly (for me!). It’s a hydrating gel-cream that locks in moisture, smooths and targets fine lines and prevents dehydration. It felt cooling and soothing and was my go-to night cream. I woke up to plump, hydrated skin and I loved the subtle marshmallow-y scent! This formula didn’t work for me during the day as it caused pilling but for night-time it was lovely and I love the packaging too! Not a repurchase for me right now but would consider in the future! Read my full review here!


Fenty Skin Fat Water

Really enjoyed this mini, my skin looked more even, and it reduced my oiliness. I loved the texture as it’s a hybrid toner/serum and I just patted in with my palms so perfect for travelling and I plan to pick up the full size in the future!


Origins Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

I’ve been through quite a lot of minis of this too and it lasts forever! It’s a watery formula and feels calming on the skin and helps with redness while hydrating. Will repurchase in the future!


Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30

I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did but it’s amazing! It’s a creamy formula but ribs in easily leaving no white cast and a lovely glow behind! It sits so well under makeup and doesn’t pill with other products and the only thing that could make it better would be if it was SPF 50! I took this on a trip to Prague with me and my skin felt protected, and my makeup looked really good over the top if I do say so myself! Will repurchase in the future once I get through a few other SPF’s!


Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream

Another favourite and long-term staple in my skincare stash! This contains five ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and it manages to be both lightweight (so perfect under makeup) as well as rich enough for overnight! My skin drinks this up and I always go back to it! It’s hydrating, soothing and restoring and you need to try it! I also took this with me on my trip but I already have a full size back up! Read more about it here!


Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum

I’ve been through few minis of these now, but I think because it’s so small I never get the full benefit of the dark spot correction! I know so many people are a fan of this so I might need the bite the bullet and buy a full size at some point as the consistency etc is lovely! Might repurchase!


Farmacy Green Clean cleanser

Really nice cleanser, not quite as luxurious as something like the Emma Hardie Moringa balm but this works well to break down makeup! Would repurchase! 


bodycare empties and reviews


Nivea Body Moisturising Mousse

I actually thought this was a shower mousse not a moisturiser when I first got it! It’s a really fun texture, has my favourite Nivea scent and felt moisturising even though it’s not as thick as their usual creams. I felt I did get through it quite quickly though so would probably repurchase their standard creams over this again!


Cetraben Natural Oatmeal Cream*

Everyone should have a product like this in their stash! Perfect for sensitive or eczema prone skin and it works a treat on random dry patches I get on my legs! It’s soothing and lasts overnight, keeping the area moisturised and stopping me from itching! As well as on the body this can be used on your face and its really lightweight but powerful! Can’t recommend enough if you need a do it all body/face cream for any emergency skin situations! Read more here!


Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus and Spearmint Stress Relief Body Lotion

This on the other hand I loved! This is a lightweight moisturiser that really does smell so stress relieving to me though the scent isn’t the most long lasting. The packaging is lovely but it’s difficult to get out once it gets near the end I also have the body cream in this scent in the squeezy tube so I might repurchase this again but will probably stick to the cream! Read more here!


Necessaire The Body Serum

I have a full post on these Necessaire products here but overall, I was quite disappointed with them based on the hype/price. I really like the brands ethos, and this was my favourite product out of the four I had. It’s a Hyaluronic Acid treatment that’s a gel formula and it absorbs into the body quickly and it helped with extra hydration. While it feels more luxurious than the hyaluronic acid I usually use on my chest, I don’t see a massive difference in result with them, so this won’t be a repurchase!


Necessaire The Body Lotion

This is unscented so I found it a little boring/basic. It has a thick formula and takes some rubbing in before it’s fully absorbed and left my skin hydrated. Same with the serum though, I didn’t notice any massive benefit to using this than my normal more affordable lotions! Not a repurchase.


Necessaire The Body Exfoliator

I am surprised how quickly I went through this as it normally takes me a bit longer with exfoliators but again, it was a bit of a disappointment to me. Not “scrubby enough” for me personally and the scent wasn’t strong enough either. I’ll stick to my Frank Body coffee scrub/exfoliating gloves in future! Not a repurchase! 


Neutrogena Hand Cream

Really nice intensive hand cream, I used this overnight, and a tiny bit goes a long way. Sinks in quickly and made my hands soft. Would repurchase!  


daniellesbeautyblog makeup empties and review


Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in 150 Buff

My favourite drugstore foundation! Affordable, long lasting and full coverage! Already have a couple of backups as I stock up when it’s on 3 for 2! Read more about it here!


Clarins SOS Primer

Really liked this both for mixing in with foundation and as an illuminating primer. I don’t think it helps with staying power but it gives a nice lit from within look! Could be a contender for my beloved discontinued Becca Backlight Priming Filter! Might repurchase! 


vital proteins collagen review


Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen

I didn’t notice a massive difference between the two of these so won’t bother with the Marine Collagen again as it’s more expensive, but I love the Collagen Peptides. I hope it’s working on my skin/hair, but I notice it most on my joints which aren’t painful going down stairs etc anymore! I’ve been taking this for about a year now and have already repurchased!


Also not pictured because it’s so ratty is my old wet brush which I have finally binned/decluttered since repurchasing last month! It has more bristles missing that remaining but served me well over the last 5/6 years!


So that’s it for this edition! Do you see any of your favourites or anything you’d like to try?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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  1. Ooh, I love the sound of The Ordinary Hair Density product! x


  2. I loved the smart response serum! I was also so sad to finish it as it's so pricey. xx

    1. It's absolutely gorgeous isn't it! Will definitely get it again once I get through more of my stash! xx

  3. You have a great range of empties here! I love to see what other people are using. I love the Mario Badescu facial spray and the Revlon foundation is a staple for me too. I couldn't get past the smell of the Caudalie serum, which is such a shame as I know it's so well loved but not for me. xx

    1. Those are two constant repurchases/empties for me! Ah that's a pity about the Caudalie serum! xx

  4. Honestly in awe as to how many empties you manage to gather! I think I've got some of that Emma Hardie protect and prime somewhere! Will need to dig it out and maybe take it away on holiday with me! xx

    1. I loved it! Will definitely pick up a full size when I get through some more SPF's, so good under makeup! xx

  5. Woah this is amazing. Definitely need to focus on more collagen and find one that works for me.

    1. I love collagen! The Vital Proteins one is so good! xx

  6. The Sol hair mask has been on my list for a while now, it smells so good!

    1. It makes my hair feel so good! I want their new leave in conditioner when it's released! xx

  7. So many empties sweetie!

    Danielle |

  8. Love all of these products you shared! I would love to try the mask from The Ordinary.

  9. I've just bought the Sol Bum Bum cream, didn't realise they did hair masks too. I love the scent of it, so I'm sure I'll love the hair mask. xx

    1. It's lovely! Just be careful you don't mix them up :P xx


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