Sunday, July 12, 2015



If you've seen my snaps (snapchat: sharonleavy) about my overcrowded bathroom or you know me in any capacity at all, you'll know I'm a bit of a hoarder. I just like stuff - I go through phases of buying lipsticks, then shower things, then skincare - it's just the way I am, I get distracted and swayed very easily and I'm a marketer's dream. But I never seem to finish anything. Ever. It took me nearly a year and a half to finish a bottle of Micellar Water. HOW.

With that in mind, and the fact that I've never been able to do an empties post because I never have empties, I made a decision to consciously uncouple from my hoardy ways and make an effort to finish one product before moving on to the next.

Over the past three months - LOOK! I FINISHED THINGS!!!!

I got a serious thrill from seeing the empties box fill up, so much so that I'm making a definite effort to use up things that are on their last legs for the next time. Look at me, behaving in a normal human manner around the stuff! I'll go through everything and tell you where you can get everything, and if I'll repurchase it. I've taken most of the prices from Boots because they seem to have the best offers at the minute - this isn't a sponsored post, just in case it starts to look like a giant Boots ad. It's not.

Original Source Lime Shower Gel | Currently €1.40 at Boots
I seem to always have several shower gels on the go, but I finished this one completely. I love the scent of limes, and it compliments the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush range when I run out of the more pricey shower cream. Repurchase? Yep, I've another one almost finished and I'll be taking advantage of that Boots price!

Palmers Cocoa Butter | Currently €3.33 at Boots
I picked this up at the till in Boots one day, I hadn't used it in ages and forgot how much I really liked the smell. I chopped the bottom off to get the last bit out. Repurchase? Already bought the big pump one.

Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control & Sports Strength | Currently €3.60 each at Boots
My all time favourite deodorant. I was sent one of these (I think the green one) and I bought the other - I think I've gone through every one in the range at this stage. Repurchase? I've a fresh one in the bathroom waiting!

Ziaja Olive Leaf Concentrated Nourishing Cream | €5.99 at Original Beauty
I was sent this to try a while ago and I loved it. I gave it a proper review here. Repurchase? I will at some point when I get through some other moisturisers.

Daiso Make up Brush Cleaner | €7.50 on eBay
I don't usually buy this cleaner - I always get this one - so what possessed me to change from my Holy Grail is beyond me. This was fine - but it was like a pre-mixed version of my favourite one so the entire bottle only did one set of brushes. Repurchase? No way.

Essence Sponge Nail Polish Remover | €3.79 from Penneys/Pharmacies
This is fine, it went through a lot of nail polish before the little sponge started to break up. It's not as sturdy as the Bourjois offering, but for the price it works well to remove nail polish and it lasted ages. I used it for glitter a few times and had no major issues. Repurchase? I'm spoiled with the sturdiness of the Bourjois sponge, so I'll probably stick to it - sorry Essence!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Currently €4.00 at Boots
The world and its mother have used this, it does the job, I use it to take off the top layer of facial cement of an evening before I go in with a cleanser. It's fine, it works. Repurchase? I have a full one ready to go, but to be completely honest with you I'm bored with it, I won't be buying it again.

Tiger Balm | €3.75 from eBay
I know you can get this in Dealz but I don't know if it's the same stuff, the eBay seller I use is linked. I think you can get it in some chemists too. This is magic for migraine or headache sufferers - it freezes the area so that you can get some relief. I find this particularly great when I have one of those pukey migraines and my head pounds so much that I can't sleep - this soothes my head and lets me relax enough to sleep it off. Repurchase? Full one ready to go!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Pot | €21.99 at Boots
I bought this on offer at my local chemist for around €12 one day - I used it as a day and night cream and I adored it. It left my dehydrated skin feeling moisturised and hydrated. Repurchase? Yes, definitely. The more affortable Rich Tube at €15.50 is on my list for Autumn/Winter.

Catrice Nude Illusion Foundation | €8.49 at Penneys/Pharmacies
A really nice medium coverage foundation that blends well and lasts ages. What's not to love? Repurchase? I've another one ready!

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation | €13.95 at Cloud Ten
Did you know that you can buy sample pots of foundation from Cloud Ten beauty? Well you can. They're €1 each, and they give you enough for a decent application so you can try before you buy. That's what I did with this and a couple of Paese ones - I bought the full size of this Bourjois one and it has been my saviour during the heat. Containing pigments to help combat not only dark circles but redness and dullness too? Winner. Repurchase? I absolutely will.

Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance Perfume | €17 for 100ml EDP from Fragrance Direct.
With a musky sandalwood base, this has top notes of pear and mandarin. There's some tuberose in there too, and it all makes for a blend that you'd never peg as a celeb perfume. Repurchase? I have a 30ml bottle of this to use up - but after that, although I have loved you and enjoyed you, here is where I leave you, Brit. My perfume drawer is heaving and I'm a bit terrified they're all going to go off.

Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Ultra Black Mascara | €12.99 from Boots
This is one of the best mascaras I've ever used. It's just gorgeous - it makes a huge difference to my lashes, and after I first tried it I didn't use any other mascara until this one was finished. I genuinely can't remember finishing a mascara in the last 15 years, so this is a rare, rare thing! Repurchase? You betcha.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturiser | Full Size: €45 at Boots
I got this sample in a Glossybox and fell in love with it. It's just a beautiful moisturiser - the texture, the scent, everything. I love it. Repurchase? I have a full sized one waiting for me to pick up in Boots.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser | Full Size: €33 at Look Fantastic
This was another Beauty Box sample - I think it was one of the British Beauty Blogger boxes. I've never used a cleanser like this before - it's like a jelly that dissolves makeup effortlessly. Also fell in love with this. Repurchase? I bought the full size from Look Fantastic, it's gorgeous.

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover | Full Size: €28.50 at Boots.
I got this as part of a set from Brown Thomas in the sales. It's a brilliant eye make-up remover, one of the best I've tried. Repurchase? At nearly thirty quid? As much as I love it, not a hope in hell.

Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream | Full Size: €76 at Brown Thomas
This was supposed to "define the look of facial contours along the cheeks and jawline, and smooth and firm the look of the skin on the neck and chest" - I didn't see any major difference from using it for the few weeks that the sample pot lasted. It was pleasant to use, sank in well, wasn't greasy or offensive, but nothing special. I mean I still don't have cheekbones, so.... Repurchase? Eh, for €76? No.

I also burned a few candles and tarts over the last three months - I finished one from Emma's Soy Candles but forgot to keep the jar. This one from Boyne Country Candles in the scent "Take me to Beverly Hills" was gorgeous. The Celtic Candles tart in "Champagne and Pink Grapefruit" was lovely to begin with, but it lasted so long that I was completely sick of it and dug it out of the burner to replace it with Yankee's "Vanilla Cupcake" tart. That got the boot last week in favour of Yankee's "Vanilla Lime". I'll definitely buy more from Boyne Country Candles - they're €12.50 and available at and on their website. Intrigued by the "Orange Cream" (AKA Super Split) one, it has to be said.....

Are you proud of me for finishing things? I also finished two bags of the Boots Cotton Pads. I wonder if I'll ever finish a nail polish or lipstick? Or an eyeshadow? Imagine finishing an eyeshadow!


  1. I so did not know you could buy foundation samples..I off to buy some from cloud 10. I need to try the different paese ones as I do not know which one I want. Plus I need new foundation and I don't want to end up with a bottle of shite!!

    1. It's brilliant, they've a 'sample' button on every foundation they sell. I got samples of some of the Paese ones and I was so glad because one of them was absolute muck, slid off my face, and I'd have been stuck with it otherwise!

  2. I love empties posts as you know! Delighted to see this pop up on my feed! It's such a good feeling finishing stuff isn't it?* love the sound of that Ole Henriksen cleanser- on the list!
    *sad case

    1. I LOVED finishing the things! I'm excited to fill the box up again! Even though I don't know if I'm actually being productive at all considering I'm buying most things again, but......

  3. Those Original source shower gels are amazing! I love the lime one (the mint is pretty good too). Tiger balm smells amazing. I haven't had one in years but I#ll definitely pick up a tub. I had no idea it was good for headaches and the little size means I can carry it with me just in case.

    1. It's fantastic for headaches, or tired muscles - there's a red one too but I've never tried that. The white one is just great when I get a little niggle or a stress headache too and I don't want to be taking ALL the tablets. Love the Original Source, I've tried Supermarket brands and they're just not the same, the OS is so rich x

  4. I love empties posts! Mainly because I'm nosy and love seeing what other bloggers are using!

    That Ole Henriksen cleanser has been on my wishlist for a while, but I've a stash of other cleansers to get through first.

    I'm intrigued by that Britney Spears scent too, I love when you'd never guess that a fragrance is from a celeb range.

    1. The Britney is really nice, it's not candy sweet like some of her other ones. That and the purple Victoria Beckham one always prompt people to ask what I'm wearing, it's such a long-lasting scent considering the price. The cleanser is lovely!

  5. Well done on finishing so much! I thought you would be able to :)

    Finishing an eyeshadow, imagine that feeling of achievement! lol!

    1. Thank you! I live in hope, one day I will hit pan on something :D x

  6. I really need to try that Catrice foundation, heard so many good things about it! Also that Bourjois mascara is next on my list when my Wet n Wild one runs out. So many empties! Love these types of nosey posts :)

    1. The foundation is excellent. I mixed it with a tiny dot of the Boots Radiance cream yesterday and it made it lovely and dewy, really good! I love Wet n Wild too, but our stand is absolute crap :(

  7. This is some awesome conscious uncoupling! Really want to try that Ole Henriksen cleanser but like you I have a million other tubs of stuff to get through first. And BTW no-one has ever truly finished an eyeshadow. Can't be done.
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    1. Thank you Becca! I bet you I won't have another empties post now until Christmas, but I'll plug away at it! I don't think I've ever finished an eyeshadow, ever. Even when I only had a few. Impossible! The cleanser is lovely, the texture is so different to anything else I've tried x

  8. This is the first ever empties post that I've actually enjoyed reading! And now I have a list of things I want to try and avoid. To be honest, I'm very whelmed with Clinique skincare and at €76?! PS it's scientifically for the mere mortal to finish an eyeshadow. Possibly a lipstick. Definitely a lip balm. Great list bridie!

  9. Wow look at you go! I want nearly all of this that ole Henriksen cleanser sounds fab also brill idea on the foundation samples must try it out!

  10. Sorry yeah, I'm going on a stalk of your blog, sorry! I'm really interested in both those foundations, I'm always willing o try new ones out. But I think (and I'm totally still in the skint student phase but) I love the look of Bourjois stuff - like all of it, but I think its kinda pricey for a 'drug store' brand? I've a massive list of things I'd love to try from them though. And I've had samples of Ole Henriksen before, the brand is to feckin die for, I think I'll be adding that cleanser to the birthday list! Great post :) xx

  11. really enjoyed this opst & I'm with you 100% . . I'm in awe of bloggers that are able to do monthly favourites. I'm nearly finished a bottle of the micellar water though, but it's only 125ml :)

    Maria. xx


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