Empties | Makeup, Skincare & A Massive Heap Of Reviews

This post turned out to be a comprehensive guide to all the stuff I’ve emptied up in the past couple of months. It’s long enough, so I’ll skip the intro for today.


I’ve reviewed the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in my most recent Skin Saviours post, so if you want to read why this product is one of my die-hard must-haves, head over to the other page.

Same thing goes for both of the The Ordinary products I’ve used up lately. I’ve reviewed their Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA in my November Monthly Beauty Favourites post, which you can read here. I’ve also spoken about their Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 in both my recent Skin Saviours and my The Ordinary series in great detail. 

Sorry for not including proper reviews of these three items in this post, but I feel that it’s a really long one as is.


A quick disclaimer before we start: my eyelashes are some stubborn pieces of s*** sometimes. (Excuse me.) Even though they are long and quite full, they always grow downwards. A simple non-waterproof mascara can never hold a curl. It always needs several curls plus a seriously waterproof mascara to make my lashes stand out. And sometimes even this doesn’t do the job properly. So I guess you can imagine what I want from a mascara.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara Waterproof

I purchased this mascara in summer 2016 when I was on excavation in Mexico. I got really excited when I found a Walmart that sold US makeup because I’d never had the chance to get my hands on some of it before.

For a solid few weeks I was absolutely in love with it. However, I found that it dried out pretty quickly, so I had to keep reviving it using a couple drops of saline solution. All in all it performed great on my eyelashes. I’d only advise to have a look at the wand first, which is a fairly large rubber one. It may not be everyone’s favourite.

plus points

  • volumising
  • slightly lengthening
  • great pitch-black colour
  • absolutely waterproof
  • doesn’t smudge
  • holds a curl
  • separates lashes well
  • no clumping, but layers nicely


  • dries out quickly
  • massive wand (personal preference; not necessarily a minus for me)
 I give it a 9/10.

Maybelline LashSensational Mascara Waterproof

This is one I’ve repurchased numerous times before. Whenever I’m lacking a good mascara, I go back to this one, because I know I can rely on it. Although the curved rubber wand may not be to everyone’s taste, it works really well for me and makes my lashes look fabulous.

plus points

  • seriously long-lasting
  • definitely waterproof
  • no panda-eyes (guaranteed!)
  • holds a curl
  • fans out and elongates lashes beautifully
  • doesn’t clump up
  • gives some nice volume (although it isn’t the right mascara if volume’s all you need)


  • messy packaging

It’s my favourite one so far, so I’ll give it a 10/10 for the moment.


Catrice Glam&Doll Mascara Waterproof

Everyone and their mother has been talking about the Catrice Glam&Doll (or Glamour Doll) mascara. No wonder though – it is super affordable and performs well on most people. I liked it, although it somehow didn’t do enough for me.

plus points

  • separates lashes nicely
  • elongating
  • doesn’t smudge
  • not clumpy (but can be, if you build it up too much)
  • great packaging
  • doesn’t dry out too soon
  • long-lasting and waterproof


  • not volumising
  • difficult to build up
  • doesn’t hold a curl all day


 It’s a 7/10 for me, but may be great for people who don’t want volume and whose lashes stay curled anyway.

MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara

The last mascara that I’d already finished up a while ago is this one by MaxFactor. It was highly raved about in Germany a couple of years ago (in 2014 and 2015, I think). I have to admit that this one was an impulse buy and I should have looked into it more beforehand. And I should have known better to not purchase a non-waterproof mascara. Don’t get me wrong – it does a really good job, but simply not for my lashes. As with the Covergirl mascara you should be aware of its massive rubber wand though.

plus points

  • fans out eyelashes beautifully
  • great colour-payoff
  • slightly volumising
  • only flakes on oily skin (so not problematic for me)
  • doesn’t dry out quickly
  • long-lasting


  • not waterproof
  • doesn’t hold a curl (for me)
  • can be flaky if you apply too much
  • can get clumpy

I know, it was mainly my fault and I’d love to give this a higher rating, but from my perspective, it’s only a 6/10 for me. Again, I think it’s a great choice for people who don’t mind the non-waterproof formula.


Eyeliner & Eyebrow Gel

Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Call Me

Months ago I somehow managed to wreck my beloved Colourpop Crème Gel Liner (Call Me). But resourceful as I am with products I can’t easily get hold of, I made it work. Yesterday though my favourite gel liner pen finally died.

plus points

  • amazing and unique colour
  • looks stunning on green or hazel eyes
  • long-lasting
  • waterproof
  • doesn’t smudge
  • stays put even in the waterline
  • affordable
  • great packaging


  • none

Favourite. Absolute favourite. This one’s simple: 10/10.

Zoeva Cat Eye Pen in Blackest Black

I have talked about this Zoeva eyeliner in a Makeup Battles post before. You can read more about it here. I’ll just briefly sum it up.

plus points

  • great shape of felt tip
  • easy application
  • fairly precise
  • good colour payoff
  • didn’t dry out too soon for me
  • pretty affordable


  • nothing’s perfect about it (it performs solidly, which may not bee enough for most people)


I rate it 7/10.

Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Eyebrow Gel with Argan Oil

In my UK drugstore haul post I talked about buying this Rimmel eyebrow gel and gave it a brief rating. I have to admit that my impression of it has ever so slightly improved.

plus points

  • keeps brows in place for a while
  • not clumpy or crunchy
  • doesn’t dry out too soon
  • good packaging


  • brush is a little too big
  • doesn’t do a majorly impressive job overall

I give it a 7/10, which is a tiny bit better than my original rating. Sure, it still isn’t an amazing product, but it’s affordable and works okay.

If you enjoyed this extensive pro and contra type of blogpost, please let me know. I’m never quite sure whether those are too long or not. Also let me know if you’d rather want me to write shorter posts about single empties.

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