Empties: April 2015

This has been a bit of an unusual month for empties as I've used up loads of products that I've been working my way down for ages. A lot of my empties tend to be 'quick hits' of samples or things I can finish off relatively quickly, but this month it seems to have been more like everything that was due to be finished has come all at once. So here's what I used up in April...


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 51 Light Vanilla
I really like this foundation for when I'm having a good skin day; the pump dispenses just the right amount of product, it's a great match to my skintone, blends really well and gives a nice level of dewiness but without looking too shiny. My only gripe about it is that it's not the easiest to completely finish (as you can see it looks like there's a lot still in there but this is after holding it above a pot to decant for 48 hours), but I would rebuy in the future when my skin improves.

Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer in Ivory
This is a bit of a classic product for me - I think it was one of the first concealers I ever bought (well not this exact one obviously). I really like this one for travelling as its stick design makes it really portable and easy to draw on before blending out with your fingers, though you can just as easily use it with a brush if you prefer, and it lasts a long time on the skin too. However, whilst I find it works really well on covering up my spots, I do find it slightly too cakey on the under-eye area so it may not be the best one to use for dark circles (though, as always, blending helps). There are a few different concealers I want to try though so won't be repurchasing this just yet.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Call My Buff
An ivory/neutral eyeshadow is something I always like to have in my make-up bag, and this has been a really nice shadow to use. It has a lovely soft texture which feels really nice on the eye and just the right amount of shimmer to be interesting without going overboard. I also find it holds up really well; I can go through a 12-hour day at work and there will still be some of this left on my flannel in the evening. And isn't that vintage-style packaging just gorgeous? Again I've got a few other similar products I want but would definitely consider buying this again.

Shower products

Lush Tramp Shower Gel
Is it wrong to be sad about finishing a product? Because that's how I feel about this. Tramp is one of my favourite Lush scents ever - an earthy, woody, 'dark' yet 'green' fragrance that smells like being in a mysterious forest. Sadly it was discontinued all the way back in 2010 and I've been in mourning for it ever since, so have been eking out this bottle for months on end. It was inevitable that I was going to finish it someday but now that's finally come I actually miss it a lot. Oh well, one day I'll find a dupe for it - not that I need more shower gel for a while mind...


Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau De Toilette
This is a really lovely springtime perfume - it's got a fresh, floral, fruity scent that's very feminine but not overpoweringly sweet or powdery. It's the kind of thing I could imagine wearing on a warm spring day in the office or going to the park for a picnic with friends. If you're looking for a new perfume as the weather gets warmer and want something quite light for daytime wear, then this one is worth trying.

Befine Warming Clay Mask
I wrote more about this in my review of the April Birchbox and found it a bit mixed. Whilst it did work as a moisturising mask and headed off my usual post-threading breakouts, I found it difficult to move around my face and didn't find it particularly warming. I would have liked it to be a bit more exfoliating too. Not sure it's something I'd repurchase as it was just a bit too much faff and too hard to work with for my liking, but it was a nice treat to try on this occasion.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you used up this month?

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