Empties! 10 Things We Finished In November

One perk of working in beauty means we have a constant stream of new products to test, but this also means we very rarely properly finish anything… there’s always something new to try! So when we do make it to the end of a product, we know we’ve found a winner. Here’s a roundup of the products team BEAUTY BAY has squeezed, scopped, and shaken until there’s nothing left.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

“When I heard around the office that The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% serum was a total gamechanger in fading acne pigmentation and keeping breakouts at bay I was instantly convinced. I use it every morning and night and I apply it quite generously so the bottle lasted me around two months. I saw results pretty soon after adding it into my daily routine. My acne scars have faded and it absorbs almost instantly into the skin leaving it super smooth and my skin looks the healthiest it has in a very long time. I’ll be repurchasing forever and ever (amen). The reviews say it all. Although, I’ll probably buy the supersize version next time.” – Chloe, Affiliate Marketing Executive

RCMA No-Colour Powder

“The RCMA No Colour Powder is the one product that I have consistently bought on repeat for the past 3 years. I am someone who likes to have a matte complexion and needs my makeup to stay on all day long – so this is a must have! The no-colour shade/formula makes it wearable for all skin tones without leaving you looking ashy. For nights out I will ‘bake’ my face, but for daytime I will just apply a light layer to remove any unwanted shine. One tub lasts me about three quarters of the year, so it’s an absolute bargain!” – Kelsey, Junior Ecom Exec

The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer

“I can’t describe how much I love this primer, but I’m going to try. Not only does it sit very comfortably within my monthly makeup budget, The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer has also changed my entire makeup experience and possibly my life. I use the primer before foundation and after SPF during the week when I’m doing my makeup for work, and on its own over SPF at the weekend. It creates the smoothest matte base I’ve ever felt and subtly blurs my larger than life pores. I realised just how good it is when I ran out and had to wait for my next hit. During that wait, my makeup could be best described as sloppy and my skin felt its regular unsmooth, unremarkable self. I’ll pass this primer down to my children, but since I don’t have any yet, please take my advice and add it to your haul!” – Olivia, Content Assistant

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Embryolisse’s Lait Crème Concentre is quite possibly the most coveted skincare product amongst the majority of the staff at BEAUTY BAY, myself included. This does-it-all moisturiser is way more than just your usual day cream. It leaves your skin feeling super hydrated (but not greasy), acts as the perfect base for makeup, and can even be used as a cleanser. I decided to try it because basically everyone told me to buy it and I felt like I was missing out! It’s the only moisturiser that suits my skin all year round, as it’s so nourishing without leaving behind any residue, meaning I keep using it over and over. I even have the small tube specifically to travel with! This is one of the few products in my skincare routine that I just keep buying on repeat. Trust me, try it and you’ll be as hooked as the rest of us.” – Kate, Content Assistant

Saturday Skin Waterfall Water Cream

“As someone that suffers from dehydrated skin, Saturday Skin’s Waterfall Water Cream has been a lifesaver. It’s one of my all time fave night time mousturisers, I love a really thick moisturiser at night that I can feel actually soaking into my skin but still leaves the surface of my skin hydrated too – and this does EXACTLY that! I use this when my skins having an exceptionally dry time and wake up the next day feeling completely and utterly hydrated AF. I think this is one of the only products I’ve scraped around the edges of to get them last precious drops!” – Rochelle, Social Media Assistant

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

“Hands down, balm cleansers have to be my ride or die product! There’s something about the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm that adds the spa factor, making this balm extra indulgent. I’m a big fan of double cleansing, but this balm has that two-in-one ability, where it melts all your makeup off for that deep cleanse and really hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth & radiant. Do not be put off an oil-based cleanser if you have oily skin. I get a really oily T-zone during the summer months and dry skin in winter, yet this product works wonders all year round for me. Yes, it’s a little more spenny than other balms, but I always think cost per use! Because a little goes a long way, it took me ten months to get through this, and I get to have a home spa facial every night. Oh, and did I mention the luxury cleansing cloth it comes with? Major spa vibes” – Liv, Senior CRM Executive

Rodial Vit C Face Souffle

“When it comes to skincare, I’m happy to spend a little bit extra if a product really works, and Rodial Vitamin C Face Souffle definitely works. Although Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser remains a firm staple of mine, I like to alternate with other multipurpose moisturisers to keep my skin on its toes. After a week of using the face souffle, my complexion looked noticeably brighter, healthier, and fresher. The rich texture and delicate scent adds a bit of luxury, making this my go-to moisturiser to use in the evening when I’ve got more time to relax and take care of my skin. I can honestly say this product is worth the boujee price tag – it lasts ages, looks great on your shelfie, and feels like a real treat for your skin. I’ll 100% be repurchasing (on payday, of course).” – Fran, Marketing Executive

The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

“I wish I could have a bottomless pot of this product! I love that’s it’s a little bit thinner than Hyaluronic Acid so it absorbs into my skin really easily and quickly before I apply moisturiser. The Ordinary really strip back their ingredients list meaning you don’t get anything in the formula that doesn’t need to be there, and the ingredients that are included really work. If you want to give your skin a pick-me-up, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics is the perfect product to add into your routine – and it’s an amazing price too.” – Alex, Social Media Executive

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

“I’ve spent years dealing with large cystic spots which lurk under my skin, threatening to pop up for days before eventually aggressively breaking through into a very angry, very red spot. Luckily, I’ve had a lot of experience in dealing with these facial intruders and I know that the one thing to stop them in their tracks is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. I dab it on with a cotton bud as soon as I feel the first soreness of a new spot – the winning combo of calamine, zinc, and salicylic acid is pretty much unbeatable. Even with frequent use it’s taken me months to get through this bottle (it’s tiny but lasts for ages), but I already have a back-up ready and waiting.” – Grace,  Beauty Editor

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

“A product I finished this month and go through like wildfire is the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer. I have actually been buying it religiously for a solid two years. It’s the only concealer that doesn’t crease under my eyes but still gives amazing skin-like coverage. Bonus points: it covers any breakouts like no other! I use it every day without fail, it never lets me down. I struggled for so long to find a concealer that ticks all my boxes and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and the Conceal and Define is definitely it. Without fail I go through a tube a month and will continue to do so for the rest of my days.” – Justyna, Paid Social Assistant