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Empties and Products I've Hit Pan On

Believe it or not, I've never actually done an empties-type post before. I tend to make my way through products quite slowly, and although I'm guilty of the odd impulse buy I generally stick to the same kind of thing  there's no way I'd have enough material to put together a monthly empties post.

On this occasion, however, I seemed to run out of a lot of products at the same time (why does this always happen when your student loan is starting to run out?) and I fancied writing about everything before I threw it in the recycling bin. I think it helps to stop and think about whether you'd actually buy a product again, so you may well be seeing more empties posts in future! Let me know what you think. 


Empties (Sept 2015)

LUSH Rehab Shampoo (v)
This is one of those products that sounds ideal on paper, but in real life just doesn't work the way you hope it will. Papaya, pineapple, kiwi, mango, and the tonnes of oils Rehab contains all sound great, but this shampoo also contains Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and lathers up a lot, as much as liquid hand soap does. Generally, the more a shampoo lathers up, the less my hair and scalp will like it, which is why I only use sulphate-free products now. My hair was okay when I used Rehab once in a while, but any more than that and it dried out, so I started using it as a make up brush cleaner instead.
Repurchase? No. And I should probably invest in a proper brush cleaner!

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk (v)
A fruity cleanser which works well both morning and night (although the scent has made me reluctant to put it anywhere near my eyes). Peaches and Clean leaves skin looking and feeling exactly that  clean  but without that horrible stripped feeling. It's never caused my acne to flare up, either, which is always a good sign. 
Repurchase? Yes.

LUSH Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
The perfect first cleanse in the evening  this thick balm melts away make up and is incredibly gentle, no matter how upset your skin might be. Ultrabland is probably the most talked-about product on Toasty, which shows how much I love it and need it in my life.
Repurchase? I already have.

The Body Shop Shea Whip Body Lotion
This is not the best body lotion I've ever tried, but it's lovely all the same. It leaves skin feeling soft, sinks in quickly, and it smells pretty good too.
Repurchase? Maybe. I'm currently obsessed with the enormous tubs of Vitamin E body cream that Superdrug sell, so unless I find something that's just as good and even better value for money, I doubt I'll be straying far. But smaller bottles are ideal for travelling, and I'll keep Shea Whip Body Lotion in mind if I ever need any miniatures for that purpose.

Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash
I believe this is the first body wash I've ever come across that doesn't contain sulphates, which is why I love it  my skin feels softer and more comfortable after I've used this than it does with any other shower cream/gel, so much so that I can skip the body lotion if I'm pressed for time. My only problem with Super Moisturising Body Wash is the price: £9 for 200ml is a bit much for something I would use every day and get through quite quickly.
Repurchase? Yes, if I had a bit of extra money to spare.

Products I've Hit Pan On

Products I've hit pan on (Sept 2015)

Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadow in Hung Up
I've not once used this as an eyeshadow; I use it as a contour, because Hung Up the ideal not-too-warm, not-too-grey shade for pale-skinned girls like myself. It's run out a little quicker than I would have liked, but that's my own fault for dropping it and causing the contents the shatter.
Repurchase? Yes, but I need to be more careful with it!

The Body Shop All In One Cheek Colour in Marshmellow
I've had this for years, and it's only just starting to run out; in truth, I probably should have thrown it out before now, but I just couldn't bring myself to get rid of it. Despite looking very bright in the pan, Marshmellow is the perfect pink shade and gives the apples of the cheeks such a healthy flush. It also has excellent staying power.
Repurchase? Yes, but I also want to try some blushers from other brands.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Translucent Mattifying Powder
I didn't expect to hit pan on this so soon, but in fairness I seem to be picking up all the product from the middle and avoiding the outside (not on purpose). I thought I'd include this anyway, because it's the only powder I've ever used that I actually like: flattering on my pale skin, mattifying without being cakey, and, best of all, it lasts
Repurchase? Yes

Seventeen Phwoar Paint Concealer in Fair
I recently wrote that I expected this to last a lifetime, which is awkward, because as you can see it's actually gone down pretty fast (although that may be because I've been spottier than usual and have therefore been using more concealer on a daily basis). Phwoar Paint does do a good job of covering spots initially, and lasts when set with One Heck of a Blot (above), but it can start to disappear towards the end of the day if I've been particularly active. My main issue, though, is the shade match: I want something paler. This is a shade or two darker than I'd like it to be, so I'm on the hunt for something else that's a) a little whiter in tone, and b) from the high street. Anyone?
Repurchase? No, I want a better shade match.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you run out of recently? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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