Recent Product Empties #1

Recent Product Empties

Today I am sharing my first ever Recent Product Empties post. I’ve always thought these types of post are great as the resulting reviews will be very informed. If you’ve finished the whole product and are willing to repurchase something that speaks volumes in my opinion. 

These posts probably won’t come about very often, as just building up this collection of empties took me quite a few months. But I do plan on doing more in the future.

Products are linked.

Recent Product Empties

Face Skincare Empties

Recent Empties

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil – I’ve previously mentioned this serum in a haul and in my review of derma rolling as this is the oil I use to do that. Whilst I predominately only use this oil when I am derma rolling, which I still highly recommend, I also put some drops into my moisturiser every now and then when my skin feels especially dry or when I have the remnants of a spot. I find that the oil helps heal the marks left by a spot much quicker than normal. The oil has never broken me out and leaves my skin feeling very supple and brighter with or without the combination of derma rolling too.

WILL I REPURCHASE? Yes, I already have


Recent Empties

  • Superdrug’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream – I’ve reviewed this product before and everything I said in that post still stands. I honestly love it so much! To the degree that even though it only costs £2.99 I asked my mum to get it for me as a stocking filler because I knew I’d be happy to receive it on Christmas day. Please try it if you are looking for a new night cream. At £2.99 I really don’t think you can go wrong with at least giving it a go.

WILL I REPURCHASE? Yes, I already have


  • Superdrug’s Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream – You saw me buy this eye cream in my most recent collective haul. I said in that post how I had been using it almost every night, which is not something I’ve ever done with eye creams as I find I lose interest in them very quickly, as for the most part, you don’t see any benefits from them. I am still planning on doing a full review on this product but until then I do recommend it. Again, at only £2.99, why wouldn’t you?

WILL I REPURCHASE? Yes, I already have. And I asked for the eye cream as a stocking filler too.


There is currently a buy 1 get 2nd 1/2 price on selected Superdrug Skincare too.

Recent Empties

  • Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes – This is another product I mentioned in my recent collective haul post. I said in that post that I haven’t been very impressed with the Yes To Wipes. I have previously tried another one of their cleansing wipes and was likewise disappointed. They seem to retain no moisture and because of that they simply are incapable of removing makeup. They actually remind me of those cheap baby wipes that likewise don’t cleanse anything.

Hopefully you can see in the pictures below how unsuccessfully they removed my makeup. So much so that as I’m writing this I’m starting to wonder whether that is actually their purpose? Either way I don’t rate the material, as I said it’s somewhat cheap-clothy-baby-wipe-y-material.


Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes

Recent Empties

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Mask – Prior to making the decision to go cruelty free I bought a significant amount of these sheet masks from Gariner whilst they were on sale. And since then I’ve been working through them. This alone speaks volumes as I just don’t reach for them. There is nothing specifically awful about them but there is nothing specifically good about them either. They feel a bit itchy on the face and don’t leave me feeling moisturised; more tacky and in desperate need of a face wash. They are also pretty large sheet masks that strangely have small holes for your eyes and mouth. They’re just blah. Even disregarding the animal cruelty element I wouldn’t repurchase these.


Recent Empties

  • Skin Republic Bubble Face Mask – I got this bubble face mask as a freebie addition in a Superdrug haul and I think I understand why it was being given away as a freebie. I have never tried a bubble mask before and whilst that part was reasonably fun I did not enjoy the results from the mask.

After removing the mask I noticed immediately how my skin felt dry, irritated and itchy. It left my skin looking red and blotchy too. It felt similar to a sun burn. I’m not sure why this happened as I have used and loved many other products that have activated charcoal as their main ingredient, nor do I have particularly sensitive skin. I didn’t keep the mask on for longer than recommend either. I’ve read a few reviews where people loved it which was why I was quite excited to try it, but afterwards I did a bit more digging and there was also a lot of reviews saying they experienced the same results as me. So I wouldn’t recommend this mask. I’ve also never even heard of the brand Skin Republic before.


Body Skincare Empties

Recent Empties

  • Sanctuary Spa Ultra Rich Body Butter – This is yet another product I’ve shared on my blog before, specifically in my Brands I Want More Of series. I really love Sanctuary for their body moisturisers, my favourite ever being their Cocooning Body Butter. Which, much to my disgust, they discontinued.

But their Ultra Rich Body Butter is pretty nice too. I didn’t however use this to moisturiser my body; I actually used it exclusively on my ankle. Which I’ll explain more with the last product in this post. Overall though I did like this product. It’s no Cocooning Body Butter, but it’s okay. – Can you tell I’m holding a grudge here?

WILL I REPURCHASE? Yes, but not for full body moisturising.


Recent Empties

  • Mitchum Deodorant – I have been using Mitchum deodorant for.. – years nows. Possibly a decade or more. I’m not sure what else to say about this other than it prevents me smelling and also helps somewhat with keeping me dry (as it’s anti-perspiration as well). Unless it’s hot, in which case I will sweat. I just won’t smell. I’ve always preferred role on deodorants over spray as I just feel they work so much better. Especially if you suffer with more perspiration than the average person.

One of the only issues I have with this product, or roll on deodorants as a whole, is my inability just to do a couple of rolls and then walk away. Instead I find myself getting caught up in roll after roll. I then spend the next 5-10 minutes with my arms in the air waiting very impatiently for them to dry and cursing my inability to control whatever that weird tick is that I suffer from. I also suffer this way when piercing microwaveable meals. Ending up piercing the film with far more holes than necessary as I enjoy the noise it makes so much. I’m not insane dammit.



Beauty Empties

LVL Lash Treatment Review Before And After

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – In almost every makeup look I’ve posted on this blog I’ve used this mascara. And as you can see from the wand, I used it within an inch of its poor little life. I most definitely used it past it being even remotely acceptable. Obviously I loved this mascara and whilst Urban Decay are cruelty free, their parent company is L’Oréal who most definitely are not. If you are looking for a cruelty free mascara I am currently using Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara and I am really loving it.

WILL I REPURCHASE? Yes, if their parent company was cruelty free.


  • Elegant Touch Nails – I’ve been using Elegant Touch Nails for over a year now and I love them as a quick and easy way of making your nails look instantly presentable for special occasions. I reviewed them as a whole here, which I think is a pretty funny post. And all my observations in that post are still very true whenever I put a new set on.

At an average of around £5 – £10 I also think they are pretty reasonably priced. They last around a week for me, although that is with them occasionally falling off and me re-gluing. I also think they could be used again as a whole at least once or twice if you file down the glue on the nail. 

The ones I’ve used and loved so far include; Coral, Charcoal, Next Stop New York, Mink Nude and Steel The Night.

I would also really recommended their brush on glue. It makes things so much easier than the little tube they give you in each packet of nails. As they seem to dry up and get pretty difficult to squeeze out, especially when trying to be careful with the fresh nails you’ve just glued on.



Haircare Empties

Recent Empties

  • L’Oréal Pure Colour Shampoo & Conditioner – I honestly don’t have much to say about this shampoo and conditioner. It really isn’t anything special, nor is it anything bad. It just.. is. I’ve been using it up for what feels like forever but I’m finally done. I won’t buy this again because L’Oréal are top offenders for testing on animals and lying about it. If you are interested in knowing more or about going cruelty free yourself I recommend blog sites like Cruelty-Free Kitty.


Recent Empties

  • Hask Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner – In my search for a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner (which is recommended for coloured or frizzy hair) that was also cruelty free I came across the brand Hask. They have different ranges for all your hair needs. I went with the Argan Oil for my first try and I honestly love them. The Argan range is ideal for repairing damaged hair but they also have ranges for volume, thickening, texturizing, curl care, blonde care, purifying, moisturising and more! 

When I first bought these I said that if I liked them I would try one of the other ranges when it came to repurchasing. Which actually proved difficult when it came to it as I really just wanted to buy the Argan Oil again as I loved using it so much. I did manage to keep my promise though and went with their Smoothing Keratin Protein range instead. 

I usually find that I have to alternate my shampoo and conditioner every few washes otherwise my hair seems to acclimatize to them and not clean as well. But I never found this with these products and was instead reaching for them every single time as I loved the way they went on and how they left my hair looking and feeling.

I enjoyed the slightly citrusy smell which isn’t overwhelming. That’s always a must for me because of my strong sense of smell. It foams nicely, cleans very well. Leaves my hair feeling soft, looking shiny and marginally less frizzy than normal. I’m not sure what else I can say about it and those are the basics most people want from a shampoo and conditioner. And regarding the marginally less frizzy comment; I don’t expect any haircare to really control my mane. It’s simply too wild. 




Other Empties

Recent Empties

  • Westlab Epsom Salt – I first shared about using epsom salts in my Bath Routine post back in June 2017! Which was one of my first posts and feels forever ago. I started using these after it was suggested that they may help with arthritis. I wasn’t expecting any kind of wonder product, nor do I personally find it to be one. But the magnesium sulfates are supposedly meant to reduce the amount of inflammation caused by arthritis.

Considering I find momentary relief from my arthritis when soaking in a hot bath anyways, I hoped this would also do something to minimize the pain I suffer with and loosen my joint slightly. I’m honestly not sure they do much. I think they, combined with soaking in a hot water, might ease the pain slightly but overall they are nothing to write home about. Do you know that saying?

But I also use them now as they leave me feeling cleaner, which most likely is just a mental thing I’ve convinced myself of as I see no reason why they would leave me any cleaner than I would be without using them.



Recent Empties

  • CBD Oil – Now this is a bit of a wonder product with regards to my arthritis. My mum bought me some CBD oil after reading some articles about how people with arthritis and other chronic pain found relief from taking it orally. I tried this for a period of time but found it to not do anything. But then I read an article about using it topically by mixing it in with a mosituriser.

And since then, every night, I moisturise my ankle with this oil. And I really have noticed how it helps. It was never going to revert the damage done, nor was it ever going to take all my pain away. But it really is amazing how this illegal drug (not the CBD oil as that is now legal in the UK, but cannabis which is illegal) helps reduce how much I suffer.

Since bringing this into my routine I’ve not had half as many days of being completely crippled and unable to bear any weight on my ankle. Yes, I am still in constant pain. And yes I’m still needing my steroid injections, daily morphine and future surgery. But it helps me feel more like a normal human than I have in the last few years just by taking the edge off. It’s honestly amazing. CBD is beneficial for so many different things too:

  • Chronic pain relief
  • Anti-seizure properties
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Helps with sleep related issues
  • Aids cancer treatment
  • Helps with Epilepsy
  • Reduces depression
  • Helps with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Helps with Parkinson’s Disease

Just to name a few! I mean, what the hell! Why isn’t this stuff more available. I would highly recommend doing some research into it if you suffer with any of the above and maybe giving it a try. Obviously I can only speak about it regarding topical pain relief but there are many posts and YouTube videos of people telling you how it has improved their lives. I’m hopeful it won’t be too long until it is available via prescription as it is pretty expensive. More expensive than I can really afford for the amount I go through. It is currently available via some online shops but I get it from Holland and Barretts as I trust them.



I hope this post was useful and informative as I’d love to do more of these in the future, but only if you guys enjoy them? 

Have you used any of these products? What have been your experiences and thoughts? Please let me know in the comments!


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  1. January 15, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I love that you published an Empties post! I have seen multiple bloggers write them and they’re one of my favorites haha. How fantastic that CBD oil has provided noticeable relief! I’ve read so much lately about cannabis helping with numerous physical ailments, it really seems kind of amazing!

    • Sarah
      January 16, 2019 / 4:35 am

      Took me a while to build up enough empties but was fun to write up 😊
      And I would honestly really recommend CBD oil as it does seem like a wonder product that seems to really help a lot of people across a lot of ailments!

      • January 16, 2019 / 4:32 pm

        I can imagine, holding onto all the empties would probably be the hardest part for me if I were to do a post like that!
        Agreed! I think it’s worth trying for sure. It’s a shame that something so helpful is something people look down on so much!

        • Sarah
          January 16, 2019 / 11:12 pm

          It was satisfying to finally throw them all away but then a couple days later I had another empty to store for the next post 🙈 and I agree. I’d be so interested in trying some of the other drugs that are illegal over here but legal across America and people rave about their helpfulness.

          • January 17, 2019 / 4:28 pm

            Oh my, that would be difficult, lol! I’d be so happy to finally clear them out haha.
            That’s the part that I think I’d be so confused with when we visit England, because it’d be hard to remember what’s illegal/legal here versus there. I’d probably end up in jail or something because I did something that’s legal here, knowing my luck! XD

          • Sarah
            January 17, 2019 / 9:14 pm

            Well we don’t have jaywalking here, which almost got me in trouble a couple of times when I was travelling across America!

          • January 17, 2019 / 9:35 pm

            Lol people still jaywalk here and just don’t care. I don’t know how many times I’ve been driving and literally had to stop in the middle of the road because someone decided it was a good time to hobble across. And then they give me looks like how dare I be driving there hahaha. It’s not enforced often except in certain areas I guess. 😂

          • Sarah
            January 18, 2019 / 12:27 am

            Lol. I think it was either New York or LA where it happened with me.. or both.. – I had trouble remembering as over here you can cross where ever you want, just be safe.. And don’t walk out in front of a car and then glare at them lol 😉

          • January 18, 2019 / 4:24 pm

            Haha well at least you lot have manners enough to not glare at the cars lol. And to cross safely. Everyone here just walks out in front of cars as if there’s no danger of ever being hit lol. I’ve seen so many YouTube vloggers in LA walk out in traffic and it stresses me out lol.

          • Sarah
            January 19, 2019 / 3:02 am

            I was trained well in primary school lol! And I know, especially when recording themselves they’re asking for something to happen!

  2. January 15, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    Very nice! You got through quite a few products. I may look into the body shop vitamin e serum because I’m in need of a serum lol. I’m running out and the one I really really liked is a bit on the pricier side so I definitely want to get something more affordable.
    I’ve tried Yes To masks and hated them lol. After that I haven’t bought anything from that brand since, they look rather cheap in my opinion. ,
    I have that UD mascara as a sample waiting for me to get to it, if you liked it that much I have high hopes to try it. If I would have known this earlier I could have probably sent it to you lol.
    Hask is a really good brand, mostly everything I’ve tried so far works wonderfully for my frizzy hair. I don’t remember which shampoo and conditioner I have at the moment, but I like it better than the Argan oil one, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them but the ones I have feel more hydrating for my poor hair lol
    So great to hear they got CBD oil over there too!! I have heard of people saying it doesn’t work for them orally so it’s great that it works topically. CBD oil is seriously so amazing. I’ve been an advocate of marijuana for chronic illnesses and pain for almost 10 years, before it was legal in the states lol. I always knew that it had so much more to offer. I have a CBD oil vape pen that I love so much and it’s so good for my stress and anxiety. It’s an instant mood lifter.
    Oh my look at my long ass comment. Have a great week Sarah!

    • Sarah
      January 17, 2019 / 3:03 am

      I really like the serum, I haven’t tried any others but it doesn’t break me out and using that and derma rolling really does help minimise skin issues and heal scars left behind so much faster!

      Ah good, I thought maybe it was just me! I got a face mask from them too and it just made my face very red and sore! Not a brand for me I don’t think.
      Lol, well let me know what you think when you do get round to using it, I think your opinion on makeup is more informed than mine! But I really enjoyed using it.. even after it’s death lol.
      It is isn’t it! And really affordable too. I’ve repurchased from them but it’s one of the different ranges, I don’t like the smell as much but otherwise I like it.

      I think with CBD there is multiple different ways to use it and it’s just finding what method works best, so I’m so glad I started using it topically after orally failed! I can’t go without it now!
      It really shocks me that it’s only recently they gave in and legalised it (to a degree) and only after a very(!) ill child came out publicly saying how much it helped him and how he couldn’t use it over here (via his parents I mean)! He suffered from fits so bad they could kill him, but a medical version of cannabis completely stopped him fitting!!! And we all know why they are doing it.. because drug companies and the government are making more money off standard drugs (that don’t really work) instead of offering things like cannabis that would actually help people!.. can you feel my rage lol.
      And I was reading up about the vaping version for myself as apparently it’s a faster version but doesn’t last as long and I was wondering whether that’d be a good idea for me when I have to be walking (for example) but I’m in extreme pain. Because applying topical takes longer to take effect but lasts longer. So I was wondering whether I could mix the two.

      • January 17, 2019 / 6:36 am

        Oh yeah that derma roller! I need to find one lol.
        The thing that was interesting was that it was a coconut sheet mask that I tried, it felt like my skin was burning so I had to take it off immediately. I was so upset because anything I’ve tried with coconut oil I’ve loved, but not that one! Lol
        Well from what I can tell, it does make your lashes look great, of course were not alike you and I, so hopefully they work out for me. Or I can try to figure out how to send it to you and you can have it 😉
        Yeah, it’s so great for people who suffer from seizures. It’s amazing all those videos I’ve seen of people being able to come back from a really dangerous seizure with CBD. A friend of mine with leukemia had asked his doctor to allow him to try medical marijuana but he was denied. My friend eventually died. He had leukemia. 😔 and it was legal here in my state both medically and recreationally so that really angered me that they care more about getting paid than to make people better. Ugh. Girl I feel your frustration. I’ve been preaching the same thing for years and all of my friends thought I was crazy for saying that. They all must be eating their words because they’ve jumped on my conspiracy theorist bandwagon lmao
        You should try it and see if it works for you. I like the vape pen cause it’s on the go lol. The worst that can happen is it doesn’t work, but you can say that you at least tried. Let me know how it works for you. And also, your dogs could also have CBD, safe for dogs too lol.

        • Sarah
          January 25, 2019 / 1:55 am

          Mine it’s just from Amazon!
          Bizarre, it’s comforting that it seems to happen across the whole range though.. but really bad! I don’t think I’ll bother testing anything else from them.
          I’m sorry about your friend, that’s shit. It’s difficult not to hold onto real anger over stuff like that so I’m sorry.
          I’d never even heard of it, I suppose because it’s always been illegal I never thought to look into it for anything like pain relief! It does seem to be gaining a bit more media attention now though which will hopefully put it out to more people and force the government to start making it more accessible for everyone!
          And I heard about that! Although I don’t believe there is anything these two need it for yet. Maybe Mia for her heart, I’d have to check with my vets. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind for when they get older and start to suffer with general aging pain.

          • January 25, 2019 / 5:23 pm

            I’ll have to look it up then!! What’s the brand of the roller?
            Its alright. And I think the reason it wasn’t as widespread as it is now is because everyone was so misinformed about marijuana. I mean, everyone thought it was for getting high. Every one wasn’t on board when we were trying to legalize it here medically and we barely even won it lol. And I think that set the tone for various other states to legalize it for medical use and then came CBD. A lot of people still don’t know that CBD doesn’t get you high, like my cousin and a friend. I recommend the vape pen to them too and my cousin was like “no. I need to go and research and make sure it doesn’t show up on the drug test” and I kept telling her it doesn’t. Lol. She just wouldn’t listen. But the more we talk about it in ways that has been helpful for people, I think that information will spread and people will be more receptive AND eventually they will accept it lol.

          • Sarah
            January 27, 2019 / 5:33 am

            I just get one called TinkSky Derma Roller 🙂
            Exactly, that was always the impression I was under so I completely understand why others would be, it’s not something you’re likely to know unless you’d have a reason to.
            Lol, bless. I think tere is such a fear when you hear the words like cannabis or marijuana. I think it’s ingrained in us as we grow up that they are a no no! So that’s something you have to work around. But I think we are heading in the right direction with those types of things. Later than it should have been, but better than never getting there!

          • January 29, 2019 / 8:21 am

            sweet, i’m writing down that name now 🙂 in case I forget! thanks for the recommendation!
            yes, that’s for sure!! <3 🙂 hope you're doing amazing Sarah! xx

          • January 25, 2019 / 5:24 pm

            Oh but yeah, for dogs, I was thinking of giving some to Sophie whenever we go out because she starts shaking so much when shes in the car. And it makes me feel so bad for her.

          • Sarah
            January 25, 2019 / 11:52 pm

            Luckily both Oscar and Mia are okay on car journeys. Mia is a bit anxious to begin with but usually settles down. But it is distressing so it might be worth giving it Sophie. Bless her 🙂

  3. January 14, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this roundup, girl! I need to get some new skincare products- so I’lll have to see if I can hunt some of these down. Have a great week, girl!

    • Sarah
      January 15, 2019 / 12:17 am

      Let me know what you think if you do hunt any down 🙂 And thank you, you too!

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