Empties #2

Sunday, 13 January 2013

I actually have two lots of empties but I thought I would split it into two parts so this wasn't too rambley! I didn't realise until I returned from home back to uni just how many I had saved up but I have been trying to use things up to declutter so I hope these posts aren't too boring for you! I will say before I start that a lot of these products in my empties are just 'okay' which is the reason I've tried to use them up.

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask - I haven't tried much from REN but I did really enjoy using this mask. It's a clay consistancy that digs deep into your skin to bring out all your pores and really clear up your skin. The only bad thing I'd say about it is that you don't get a lot for your money at £18/50ml, especially when my Origins mask is £20/100ml works better for my skin. For that reason, I wouldn't repurchase.

Antipodes Juliet Gel Cleanser - This is a nice cleanser but for me it did nothing special to my skin. It did cleanse well and have a nice fruity scent but it didn't feel that luxurious or brightening which is something I look for in a cleanser. For that reason as well as the price of £25 I wouldn't repurchase it as for me it was just average.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - I was so disappointed with this! I have pretty sensitive skin so expected a lot from a cleanser that is formulated for sensitive skin. However, my skin completely reacted to this I even cut out other products to make sure as I was so surprised. This may be okay for someone with dry skin but definitely not one I would recommend for sensitive skin at all.

Origins Drink Up Intensive - This is the one product of this post I would highly recommend for dry/dehydrated skin. This was a saviour for my skin particularly in the summer. For some unknown reason I am completely backwards in that my skin is far oilier in the winter and my lips are dryer in the summer.. weird I know so I used this a lot when my skin felt more dehydrated earlier in the year and then just on my dry forehead over the winter. It has a lovely fruity scent and leaves your skin so soft the next day. 

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - Another product I hear so many bloggers/youtubers speak about. I think I must be a fussy blogger as I'm not someone who finds a lot of skincare items that incredible, maybe I just expect too much from products! For me this smelt beautiful but it didn't make a groundbreaking difference for my skin when if I pay quite a bit for a product I expect. When used weekly my skin did feel soft but since I get that from other cheaper products also, I would not repurchase (though I am tempted just for the smell..)

Origins Make A Difference Cream - Okay, this is a controversial one. I have to be honest here and say I really did not like this product, please don't kill me! To me not only did it smell of cigarettes (though I haven't seen anyone else say this so please smell for yourselves) but it didn't do anything for my skin. No reduction of oilyness, no particularly amazing moisturization for dryer areas and I felt it clogged up my pores quite a bit. It also felt pretty greasy and didn't sink in nowhere near as quickly as my Night-a-mins moisturizer. I would definitely recommend that one above this one as I see such a difference when I use it and it smells of oranges which is much nicer!

What do you think of these products? 


  1. Feel exactly the same about the Elemis Papaya Peel. Really wanted to love the product and it smells beautiful but the results I saw were nothing compared to regular hot cloth cleansing and twice weekly Liquid Gold. I've still got half a tube left but I'm reluctant to stop using my LG to finish it off.


    1. glad i'm not the only one! it's just so expensive for something that you can affectively get from any good cleanser/mask x

  2. Do you mind me asking where u buy your antipodes products from? I'm trying to look for the best place to get some facial oil, lovely post xxx

    1. not at all, I really want to try that too actually haha! pretty sure I got it from feelunique during a discounted period :) x

  3. Which Origins mask do you use? I'm looking for a new face mask to try :) x