My First Empties Post

It is finally time to start running with the cool cats by publishing my very first empties post. The only problem is that I am not so cool and don’t have a whole pile of glamorous beauty bits to show you. However, what I do include is affordable and practical and I hope that you might gain something beneficial from this post. Here we go!

First up is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I bought this hefty bottle 9 months ago for approximately €3 in Primark and after nearly daily use, it is only now coming to an end. I included this product a few months ago in a post which listed my recommended skin care products for red, sensitive skin and I still stand by my choice. True to its word, it is excellent for removing make-up, including eye and lip products, easily and without causing too much aggravation to the skin. It also does not dry out the skin. This will definitely be on my repurchase list.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This is not my first bottle of the Rival de Loop Clean & Clear Ölhaltiger Augen Make-Up Entferner (eye make-up remover for any non-German speakers out there) I have purchased. Quite simply, it is an effective and cheap (under €3) way of removing even the most stubborn eye make up. A little goes a long way with this product and a bottle will last up to two months even with everyday use.

Rival de Loop Clean & Clear Ölhaltiger Augen Make-Up Entferner

Another product which I buy religiously is the Rexona/Sure Roll On Deodorant. With no other deodorant have I experienced such great protection. Quite a weird product to include in a beauty empties post, I know. If you would like to know more about the deodorant, you can read the full review here.

Rexona/Sure Roll On Deodorant

From the age of 15 right until last year, I had bright blond hair, using hair dye of course. I loved my hair colour at the time but it did cause one problem – brassiness. Yellow tones and brassiness are negative aspects of having blond hair and are not easily fixed other than putting a hell of a lot of bleach into you hair. However, there are products which can help, including the Swiss-O-Par Silver Shampoo.

Purple shampoo works simply because purple sits opposite yellow on the colour wheel. So, when these basic colours mix, brassy tones can be eliminated. While it does make a significant difference, don’t count on purple shampoo to completely eliminate brassy tones. You will however, gain brighter hair. I wouldn’t buy this product again, or at least currently, as I have toned down my hair colour.

Swiss-O-Par Silver Shampoo

My final product is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation which I have just started using since last Christmas. As you may know if you have being reading Joyful Antidotes for some time, I was a massive advocate of the Clinique Repairwear Foundation. However, over the last year, I began to fall out of love with it and needed a change. I was afraid that the Wake Me Up Foundation would not cover my red skin tone but I was pleasantly surprised. While it did not give me as heavy coverage as the Repairwear, it is quite enough to allow me to leave the house feeling confident. It is easy to apply and has a lightweight finish which often makes me forget I am even wearing foundation. It also leaves a dewy, healthy finish which has resulted in a lot of compliments stating how fresh I look. Score. I will definitely be restocking this foundation when in London this month.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

What products have you been using a lot lately? Any that I have mentioned above?


  1. I had no idea they sold micellar water in primark thats awesome and also my favourite thing to use to take off my make up, I also really want to try the wake me up foundation now it sounds lovely without being too heavy on the skin which will be good for my blemishes xx

    1. They do in Ireland but I haven’t seen it in the Berlin Primark so maybe it isn’t everywhere. I would really recommend the foundation. It is not the heaviest coverage but more than enough and it looks very natural too.

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