August Empties

I cannot believe we are now in September…..and it’s time to talk empties for last month.  Also, next month is my 1 year ‘Blogversary’!  (Is that even a word?)  I started Beauty and The Ballroom in October last year and I am still shocked at the number of people who read, like, comment, share and follow my posts…but more about that next month …… along with a little giveaway perhaps so stay tuned!!

So…what have I used up in August?


August Empties!


Pixi Double Cleanse

Pixi Double Cleanse

I have been raving about this cleanser recently but just incase you’ve not seen this before, this is the collaboration between Pixi Beauty and Caroline Hirons.  The theory behind ‘double cleansing’ is that you essentially cleanse your face twice.  Once to remove makeup and/or SPF and once to cleanse the skin properly.  This product serves as a one pot does all – one side is the solid cleansing oil to break down the SPF or makeup and then follow with the cleansing cream to clean the skin.  At 100ml in total this is travel friendly and saves taking a host of cleansers on holiday!

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  I already have another in my draw which is ready for my upcoming trip!  I definitely recommend trying this.  It’s super gentle on the skin but effective in what it it doing for your skin.

Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream

Formula Absolute Sleep Cream

Since trialling this in the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar last year (which I won’t hesitate in getting again this year!) I was adamant I need it in my night time routine (I use it alternate nights to Rosehip Oil).  Unfortunately I decided this at the same time that M&S had a discount code running so everyone had cleared the shelves!  I finally got a call from the store manager to say she’d found two pots…..I was straight to the shop and bought both!  It smells divine and claims to make your skin look like you’ve had eight hours sleep even if you haven’t!

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  Well….I would if I didn’t already have another pot waiting!!  In the mornings following the evenings that I use this cream, my skin feels super soft and looks great!  Another product I will be keeping in my routine!  One pot last months!!

The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF50


I don’t think I need to say much about this!  Just take a look at my recent review!!  The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF50

Would I repurchase?

Have a read of my previous post and take a guess 😛 😛


Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Nights


I was given this perfume as a gift last year, which I always think is a brave thing to do, gift someone perfume, as fragrance can smell different on people once on the skin.   I am rubbish at choosing fragrance for people but obviously my friends got it right as this is a lovely scent.  I find perfume very difficult to describe as its such a personal thing….what one person gets from the smell may differ to the next person but to me this is a floral scent that contains some of my favourite aromas!

Details of notes are:

Top:  Bergamont, Mandarin, Cyclamen, White Fresca and Wild White Rose.

Mid:  Calla Lily, Jasmine, Muguet, Heliotrope and Pink Peony.

Bottom:  Musk, White chocolate, Blonde Wood, Sandalwood and Infused Vanilla.

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  I don’t buy perfume that often as  I tend to get it for Mother’s Day, Birthdays etc which is amazing of course!  I would definitely wear this again!


Mac Fix+ Spray


I have to say, I don’t really like setting sprays….mainly because I just don’t feel that they do anything at all to prolong my makeup wear!  Mac Fix+ falls into that category too, however I don’t use this for that reason.  If however my face is feeling a little too powdery, this works wonders for a quick-fix hydration and to remove the over-powdered look!  That is still not my main use for this!  This product is fab for dampening beauty blenders….ok water can easily do this too but if I’m in my bedroom doing my makeup I don’t want to have to get up and go into the bathroom when I want to refresh my beauty blender!  Another use is when using eyeshadows wet or when aiming to get a foiled effect from pigment powders.  This is where this product comes into it’s own….a quick spritz on an eyeshadow brush and into the powder…done!

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  I picked this up at IMATS ready for when this bottle ran out.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer is one that I had heard a lot about before I started using it.  I am pretty fussy with any under eye makeup products as so many crease and the skin under my eyes can be quite dry (despite having generally oily / combination skin).  The NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is a relatively thick concealer in consistency but lightweight to wear.  It covers dark circles really well and brightens the eye area also.    It doesn’t make my eyes look caked in makeup and doesn’t dry the skin out at all.

Would I repurchase?

Yes.  I will be buying this again.  I haven’t as yet as I am using others that I have in a bid to actually use up some makeup!!

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus


This is essentially a primer for mascara.  I have used this on and off for a few years now and when I moved over to their newer Little Black primer, I quickly went back to this as I feel this is probably the best one that I have used.  It gives a good base to aid mascara with building length and volume to the lashes.

Would I repurchase?

Yes…a mascara primer isn’t necessarily top of my list to replace especially if I am using a good mascara but I will be buying this again at some point as I do like what it does.

Mac False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara


I’ve been trying to use up miniatures before buying any more makeup!!  This included this little gem of a mascara!  This Mac False Lash extreme mascara gives great definition and volume to lashes even without the above mentioned primer!!  It wasn’t clumpy and stayed really well.

Would I repurchase?

Yes.  This is on my list for when I go to New York given the hotel we are staying in is above a Mac store!!

That’s all of the empties for August.  Have you used any of these?  I’d love to know your thoughts.

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45 thoughts on “August Empties

  1. lucyjane says:

    Everyone raves about the Mac Prep + Prime spray. I think I need to try it. Great post. Haven’t heard of many of these products before. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for them x

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  2. Nay @ beautyaddictmama says:

    Great post! I love reading empties posts. I didn’t realise that M&S did an advent calendar though. I’m definitely interested in it. I must be the only person in the world that hasn’t tried Pixi products, this looks lovely!


  3. Jenny says:

    I absolutely love the Mac Fix+ as well, it’s such a simple product yet it works wonderfully! Read your review on The Body Shop Skin Defense and I’m so bummed out that we don’t have this product available in the US 😦 All we have are SPF15 moisturizers!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  4. Thebeautyspyglass says:

    Both are bloggerversary (really struggled to write that)!! are coming up, mine is November 15th good chance to do a giveaway as you say. I have collaborated with a brand to do giveaway later this month but my first proper one I’ll do myself in November. How quick the year has gone!
    Once I get to the comment section here I can’t see the post so from memory, I’ve use a lash primer before, I used to repurchase the Lancôme hypnose mascara and matching primer and loved it but it was like buying too expensive mascaras each time do I gave up on it and switched to my fave Bourjois Vollume Glamour as the Formula is very similar. Pixi double Cleanse on wish list as you know.

    Why am I so far behind on your posts! 😩❤️

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