If you’re new here, you may not know that “Empties” posts are some of my favourites! It is so satisfying to see a collection of empty products that you have completely used up – leaving room for alllll the fresh new products🙌🏻 Below you can read about each of my recent empties – a little blurb from the brand, my thoughts, and if I’d repurchase. So let’s just dive right in!
Kaia Naturals The Vitamin Cleanse Wipes
The sustainable answer to single-use makeup wipes. Soaked in vitamins C, E, and B12—plus antioxidant-rich honey and skin-softening sunflower seed oil—these cleansing cloths remove makeup and impurities while refreshing your complexion. Crafted from 100% biodegradable and compostable unbleached bamboo, they’re perfect for even sensitive skin, and can even be planted after use.
About a month ago I received a surprise little package in the mail from Kaia Naturals and it was these wipes. I used to use makeup removing wipes every single day for years but have recently moved away from them as they are a single-use item and I am slowly trying to do what I can to use more sustainable items. Now that being said, as you can see above these wipes are 100% biodegradable and compostable so they are definitely a big step up from many wipes that are currently on the market. I really did enjoy these wipes; they have a fresh citrusy scent and they did a great job of removing my makeup and leaving my skin feeling clean (not sticky). Although these were gifted to me, I would likely purchase them myself in the future – I think they’d be great for travelling!
Pür Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
A continual PÜR best-seller, this versatile, all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 has been clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your biggest skin concerns—even after the makeup comes off!
I have been using this foundation for nearly 12 years now – it is hands down my favourite foundation. It is finely milled so it literally melts right into your skin and looks so incredibly natural. You can adjust the coverage depending how much you need; even the lightest dusting covers my redness so well. I have used many different brands and types of face products over top of this (blushes, bronzers, highlights) and everything seriously looks beautiful – this foundation is amazing. This product is cruelty-free, talc-free, vegan, and gluten-free. I will 100% continue to repurchase this foundation because it’s the best in my opinion!
Eminence Organics Rosehip Whip Moisturizer
Rosehip is known for toning, soothing and regulating complexion. Combined with the moisturizing power of carrot, this moisturizer will help improve the appearance of sensitive and over-reactive skin.
This was the second time that I repurchased this moisturizer, it’s definitely one of my favourites that I’ve tried. It does an amazing job of soothing my sensitive skin and making my skin feel hydrated but not greasy or oily. It has a light scent and absorbs into the skin really well. I absolutely love Eminence Organics products and my skincare collection has many of their products in it. Although I haven’t repurchased this moisturizer yet (trying to use up some other things) I will continue to do so in the future.
Eminence Organics Rosehip Exfoliating Masque
As the maize flour in this mask exfoliates, rosehip infuses the skin with high quantities of antioxidant vitamin C. Irritated skin is then soothed by honey and zinc oxide. A perfect remedy for sensitive and oily skin.
I think that this mask may have been reformulated as it is now called the “Rosehip + Maize Exfoliating Masque” – I’m not exactly sure. The original mask that I had smelled strongly of citronella (like the mosquito candles) but once I got past that scent I did really like the mask. It was one of the strangest textures I’ve ever experienced…it was silky but also almost…gummy? I know, weird🤷🏼♀️ Anyway, after using this my skin always felt soothed, smooth, and silky soft – who doesn’t want that? I can’t see myself repurchasing this mask any time soon but I really did like it!
BeautyCounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
A lightweight, creamy foundation that actually cares for your skin, this formula goes on seamlessly and blends effortlessly to cover imperfections and visually even out skin tone. Buildable and natural-looking, it leaves you in control of the coverage
Around the time that I first started my blog I was really trying to research and learn more about clean beauty (I still am). While I have learned quite a bit since then, it can be quite overwhelming so I am still trying to figure it all out. BeautyCounter is a clean beauty company and I was super excited for my first real foray into the 100% clean beauty scene. I purchased this foundation as well as their concealer to test out; while I didn’t mind the concealer I found that it didn’t have the coverage that I was looking for and is quite expensive so I have not repurchased it at this point. I have really enjoyed this foundation and oddly really love the smell of it lol – it smells clean (what a crazy concept right🤪). I find the coverage to be quite light, it is more like a tinted moisturizer. When my skin is being well-behaved this foundation is great to even things out, but when my skin is not-so-great, this is not the foundation I reach for because the coverage is pretty minimal. I am not sure about the other shades in the range but I found this one to be a bit too pink toned for me at times as well. I have not repurchased this yet but I could see myself using it again in the future.
Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer
This is another product from a completely clean beauty company; I have used a few Nude by Nature products and I LOVE their packaging – it’s rose gold and looks way more expensive and high-end than it is. This concealer had decent coverage and was quite blendable, I mostly used it under my eyes to brighten and conceal dark circles. While it’s not the absolute best concealer I’ve ever used, I did think it did a pretty good job and I love that it is made with clean ingredients. The tube is super small and I always had a hard time squeezing the product out for some reason – unsure if it was just mine or if that’s the way they all are. I likely won’t repurchase this to be honest but Nude by Nature does have another concealer that I think I’d like to try.
Cocokind Raspberry Vinegar Toner
Our raspberry vinegar toner is designed for those with oily or acne-prone skin. coldpressed and fermented raspberries deliver an acetic acid and nutrient-rich vinegar that helps regulate oil production and calms angry skin. a toner that soothes, supports natural circulation, and restores balance to the skin’s pH levels? Check, Check, Check!
Cocokind is right up there with Eminence Organics as one of my absolute favourites when it comes to not only clean beauty brands, but brands overall. I have purchased and tried so many of their products and have loved them all – seriously they’re SO GOOD. I have recommended this toner specifically to a ton of people and have always heard nothing but great feedback! This toner does an amazing job at keeping my skin clear without over drying – two things that don’t typically go hand-in-hand. The one thing I always warn people of with this one though is that is does smell like straight up vinegar; it does have a sweetness to it too because of the raspberry but if you are scent-sensitive it’s something to be aware of. Cocokind also has a Rosewater Toner that I have purchased multiple times and that’s what I will be using moving into the cooler weather because it’s more soothing and hydrating, but I will definitely repurchase the Raspberry Vinegar Toner in the Spring/Summer.
Kevin Murphy Un.Tangled Leave-In Conditioner, Detangler
No need to tearfully tear those tangles away – allow UN.TANGLED to do all the hard work for you. Our leave-in conditioner is formulated with a complex blend of nourishing Australian Fruit Extracts that help detangle, strengthen and restore hair to sleek perfection. Added heat protection also helps guard against styling damage.
I have raved about this product for years now and have continued to repurchase it over and over again. This along with the Kevin Murphy Young Again Treatment Oil have completely saved my fine, bleached hair and brought it back to life; seriously my hair didn’t grow for YEARS – I mean it grew but just broke off at the ends so it was the same length forever. Once I started using this and the oil every time I washed my hair, it made the hugest difference in my overall hair health. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever repurchased the same hair products as many times as I have these two – they’re just that good. I still have a tiny bit of the oil left but will definitely be repurchasing both in the near future – they are must-haves for me! Bonus – Kevin Murphy products smell unreal!!
Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo
Bring out the shimmering highlights in your hair with Clairol Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo. This shampoo is a protein-enriched color enhancing shampoo that tones down brassiness on blonde / gray hair while shampooing away yellow. Refreshes faded highlighted hair. Maintains and refreshes cool, ash-toned hair color leaving hair shiny without residue, so let your lights shine.
Okay first things first, this stuff STINKS – like I absolutely hate the smell. It’s very strong and to me it smells like chemicals and old granny floral perfume. But this plus the Shimmer Lights Conditioner are the best at keeping my blonde hair cool-toned and icy. I only get my hair done about twice a year (balayaged) because this stuff keeps my hair looking fresh from the salon. Every single time I use the Shimmer Lights Shampoo + Conditioner at least one person asks me if I just got my hair done. This stuff is so concentrated that I have to be careful how long I leave it on or I do end up with lavender-hued hair – but I actually don’t mind when that happens! I am sure this stuff isn’t anywhere close to being considered clean (based on the smell alone) and I am always on the hunt for a cleaner alternative that works just as well, but I have yet to find one. I have already repurchased both the shampoo and the conditioner.
Well that sums up my recent empties, I hope you all enjoyed checking them out! Back in the day it was a rare occurrence that I actually finished any product because I have always been such a product junkie that I am so eager to move onto the next thing. But over the course of the last year or so I have been really working hard to make sure that I completely finish each of my products or pass them on to a friend if I feel they may get more use out of them than me.
Would you say you usually finish up all of a product before moving on to the next? Or are you more of a product junkie at heart like me?
Catch you next time beauties,