June 2018 Skincare Product Empties

June 2018 Product Empties

Garnier Nourishing Botanical Gel Wash

I bought this on a weekend break after discovering I had left all my toiletries at home, I just wanted something to get me through the weekend and that was pretty affordable as I had all my skincare at home. That being said I was actually very surprised by how much I liked this and I continued to use it when I got back home. It is good at removing makeup and as a morning cleanse. It is refreshing and considering it is a gel it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight. If you’re on a budget or see this on offer I highly recommend trying it.

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balm

If I had to describe this product in one sentence I would say it is the most nourishing, luxurious treat for your skin, EVER! This balm was a joy to use every night and I looked forward to this step in my skincare. It smells amazing just like an expensive spa. It melts into the skin and goes from a soft balm to a rich oil which makes it super easy to massage into the skin. It is the perfect hydrating pick me up for dull, dehydrated skin. It contains essential oils of:

  • Basil: purifying and healing withdrawing properties
  • Neroli: softening and hydrates
  • Camomile: preventive role in relation to the appearance of dark spots
  • Tonka Bean: act on the microcirculation and soften

I’m gutted it has run out and scraped every last drop out of the pot. I will for sure be treating myself to another pot ASAP.

June Product Empties 2018

Vichy Idealia Radiance Boosting Antioxidant Serum

This lasted me so long, I have been using it since January and I loved its lightweight hydrating formula as part of my morning skincare routine. I found it hydrated my skin and helped lock in moisture all day. It also gives the skin a protective layer to protect it against environmental aggressors.

  • Radiance is restored and dullness reduced
  • Skin texture appears smoother
  • Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water strengthens the skin against aggressors
  • Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control
  • Hypoallergenic

It is such an easy product to slot into your routine and it gives great results. My skin looked healthy and felt super smooth.

B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz

I am a face mist/toner addict. I love how refreshing, hydrating and easy they are to use. I spritz them on to clean skin, on top of makeup to refresh my face and just sat at my desk to revive my skin throughout the day. This B. is for beautiful one from Superdrug was very affordable and I loved it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which has become such an important ingredient in our skincare, especially if you have dry, dull skin. It helps lock in much-needed moisture.

  • Hyaluronic Acid – to moisturise deep down.
  • Boost skin’s radiance – Promotes a more healthy glow with regular use.
  • Soothes and relaxes – Perfect pick me up for tired, fatigued skin.

I’ve already repurchased this & I noticed they also do a vitamin version which is great for energising lacklustre skin, so I will be trying that one next. This B. is for beautiful, range is vegan and cruelty-free.

MERUMAYA Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF20

This sample size lasted me so much longer than I thought, I took it on so many trips/weekend breaks. I don’t have many moisturisers with SPF which is a pain but this MERUMAYA one has SPF20 and that is perfect for a city break. This cream has such a rich nourishing formula without having a heavy, greasy texture. It hydrates and wears so well under makeup. It is another fab product from my favourite British Skincare brand.

Formulated with powerful, active ingredients in combination with SPF filters, that protects the skin from UV damage and dry-out. Enveloped in a luscious, beautifully textured emulsion which leaves behind a plumped, velvety softness.

• 3 molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate into deeper layers of the skin, while also preventing breakouts.
• 3 anti-oxidants – Mangosteen Extract, Baobab and Vitamin E – to provide all-day cellular protection.
• 3 sun filters, to provide SPF 20 daily sun-protection against the skin ageing effects of UVA/UVB.

If you haven’t tried MERUMAYA they make luxurious but affordable skincare that actually works. No gimmicks or fancy packaging, they are committed to delivering results. I highly recommend checking them out. Let me know if you do!

Skincare Empties June 2018

DECLÉOR Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate

This is a great product if you suffer from pigmentation, uneven skin tone or dark spots and over time with continuous use, you really see a viable reduction. This has a tacky but fluid consistency, it’s gentle formula is so soothing and hydrating on the skin. I used it as part of my evening skincare routine and loved how luxurious and refreshing it felt. It is quite a pricey product but it targets very specific skin concerns and it actually works!

It is formulated with Sweet Orange Oil, Pea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. to restore, hydrate and give your skin a fresh, healthy glow. It is great for reducing dark spots left over from stubborn blemishes and the soothing Chamomile and Rose Floral Waterworks to balance,  and refresh your complexion.

Decleor Serum

Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray

This is a nice lightweight body oil which dries down very quickly on the skin. I used it mostly on my thighs as an extra boost of hydration. It smooths the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft. It contains a blend of moisturising jojoba, conditioning sweet almond and anti-oxidant Vitamin E. Sanctuary products have that recognisable scent which I love. I wouldn’t rush out to repurchase but I did enjoy using it.

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak

LOVE these Superdrug own brand shower gels, I have spoken about them a couple of times on my blog. They’re Vegan, Cruelty-Free and always on offer in Superdrug so I stock up whenever I am in store. They come in some the most delicious flavours, this one was sweet & fruity and left my bathroom smelling so good. I also love the Salted Caramel scent. If you have used these, let me know in the comments which is your favourite scent!

June 2018 Product Skincare-Empties

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Retinoids are a great ingredient to look out for in skin care especially if you want to delay the signs of ageing, address hyperpigmentation and improve texture. If you have very sensitive skin or you have irritation then you might want to apply a very small amount at first to see how you get on, also always remember to use SPF after using this! So if you have lost elasticity or have fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone you might want to add this to your routine.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% is a skin treatment serum for cell turnover and elastin production. Advanced Retinoid 2% is a stable emulsion of next-generation forms of Retinoid for anti-ageing and acne-prone skin by Deciem.

Hydroxypinacolone reinoate and pure retinol, are proven to be more effective than standard retinol formulations.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, milky-textured serum that works hard to target visible signs of ageing while remaining gentle enough to avoid the irritation caused by some retinoid products.

Botanico Vida Omega Oil

This was a mini bottle which I take with me on trips, I did have the full size but used that up earlier this year. So I think it is fair to say I am a dedicated user of this body oil and have seen some great results. I love that it comes in a spray bottle, it is super convenient and means you can spray it directly on to the area you need and massage it in. It has a very lightweight texture and is very fluid which makes massaging it into your skin easy.

After using it for a few months I saw a real difference in my skin tone, texture and the softness of my skin.  My stretch marks are not as dark or prominent, which is amazing! It contains a lovely blend of Omega, Vitamin and Anti Oxidant rich nutrients including,

  • Bioactive Sacha Inchi with 90% Omega Fatty Acids
  • Argan & Rosehip Oil
  • Avocado & Oilve Fruit Oil
  • Sunflower Seed & Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E & Calendula
  • Mandarin & Grapefruit

If you suffer from scarring or stretch marks this body oil is fabulous at reducing both and I’d highly recommend trying this, I will 100% be purchasing another bottle (or two).

*This post includes PR samples

Product Empties May 2018

Beauty and Skincare Product Empties May 2018

Beauty and Skincare Product Empties May 2018

Even Better Clinical Clinique Dark Spot Corrector

I only used this on the areas where I have the most visible uneven skin. I have a couple of sunspots and dark patches from old blemishes so thought it was best to use this more as a target treatment on those specific areas. I wasn’t blown away with the results, I know there is only so much a serum can do but I would say this worked better on my blemish marks than on my sun spots. Maybe if I’d used this in addition to other treatments I might have seen more improvements. I did like the serum and it was great at hydrating and giving my skin a radiance but I wouldn’t rely on this to fade dark spots. Let me know if you have had success with this product, I’d love to know.

Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream

I’m so sad that I’ve used the last of this Three Point Harmony Cream (the three-point refers to Renewal, Repair and Radiance)  although it felt like it lasted me for the longest time. It has quite a thick consistency which meant I only had to use a small amount each time. I made a few notes whilst using this cream because I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget just how instantly hydrating and smooth my skin felt, it was amazing. My skin felt so nourished and velvety smooth each time I applied it, I preferred to use it as part of my morning skincare routine because my makeup would apply so evenly and effortlessly on top. It leaves the skin feeling supple and instantly radiant. Post application you do notice an instant smoothness and the scent is beautifully sweet & up-lifting. It is jam packed with skin loving ingredients which help fight the signs of ageing whilst boosting radiance and evening out skin-tone. I loved using this and highly recommend if you’re 30+ and looking for a heavy but nourishing moisturiser

‘This intensely rich cream with Tazetta Lily Bulbs, White Myrtle and Japanese Knot Weed helps produce youthful supplies of natural collagen to help visibly repair skin’s structure. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened. With deeply nourishing plant butters plus Vitamin E, this luscious cream renews skin’s hydration levels. With Scutellaria, it helps reveal radiance, refine tone and brighten skin to impart a healthy, vibrant glow.’

The Ordinary Skincare Review

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG

Oh hell yes – I loved this product. LOVED LOVED LOVED. I reluctantly introduced it into my routine after having it for so long. I don’t know what took me so long to try it, maybe I just didn’t know where it would fit into my routine but I’m so glad I took a chance on it.

You apply it to around your orbital bone (around your eye area) and it helps reduce puffiness, reduce dark circles and it has actually reduced a patch of pigmentation I had to the edge of my eye.

  • Caffeine – Constricts blood vessels to reduce discolouration and swelling.
  • EGCG – Sourced from green tea, EGCG has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and is also proven to reactivate dying skin cells.

It is without a doubt one of my favourite products from The Ordinary, this solution has visibly reduced uneven skin-tone and my eyes have never looked as healthy. It is like liquid sleep. I can’t sing it’s praises enough but if you did need any more convincing to try it yourself the price tag might just sway you – this 30ml is only £5.80! Now all I ask is that you don’t buy it in bulk, leave me a bottle or two.

Duck & Dry Instant TLC Leave in Conditioner

I don’t use many hair products, I am very much low maintenance when it comes to styling my hair but this Duck & Dry Leave in Conditioner was pretty damn good. It smells like a super fancy spa and it left my hair glossy, detangled and looking very healthy indeed. A little goes a long way & you can easily apply too much & risk your hair being greasy but apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed using this

Honey, Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil join forces to ensure maximum moisture levels and help prevent breakage, while Vitamin B works to repair the look of split ends and promote enhanced elasticity.

bodycare empties

BalanceMe Super Moisturising Body Oil

I have become that person who smothers their entire body in oil (makes me feel very fancy indeed). I want my skin to remain supple, silky smooth and nourished from tip to toe for as long as possible, especially as I am 40 this year. I used to think body lotion was all I needed but I discovered just how amazing body oil left my skin feeling. This balanceme one isn’t too runny and my skin just soaks this stuff up. I like to use it after shaving my legs as it keeps them smooth and locks in moisture.

So this beautiful 100% natural, nut-free oil features a bespoke, revitalising blend of Neroli, Starflower and Rosehip oils and is designed to firm, nourish and deeply hydrate. It smells luxurious and I am now 100% converted to using body oil on a daily basis. I find it more convenient to use in the evening as I have more time & I’m not trying to get dressed whilst the oil is settling in. Let me know what your favourite body oils are.

Jurlique Rose Body Care Lotion

I always use body lotions in the morning after my shower and this Jurlique one comes in a handy pump bottle which makes applying it so much less faff. This has such a beautiful subtle rose scent that lingers on the skin which is really nice. The lotion is lightweight and easy to massage into the skin, it’s quickly absorbed which makes it a great morning body lotion so you can get dressed straight away. This bottle lasted me ages and I used it religiously every morning for a couple of months.

Its caring blend of Avocado and Macadamia Oils soften and rejuvenate without greasy residue.

Aldi Lacura Caviar Face Wipes

Lacura Caviar Facial Cleansing Wipes 

These are very affordable and I love the Caviar range from Aldi, I have tried quite a few products over the years and never been disappointed. These face wipes are handy to have & great to pack in your travel makeup bag. They’re nicely moist and remove makeup without tugging at the skin. Great if you’re in a pinch for time & need to remove makeup in a rush.

Deciem Skincare Favourites

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

This isn’t unlike The Ordinary Caffeine Solution but it is more specifically targeted for reducing hyper-pigmentation around the delicate eye area, targeting dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. It is like liquid sleep & the results are quite remarkable. I will be repurchasing this ASAP because I have missed having it in my routine.

‘It combines 28 clinical technologies to target many signs of under-eye and above-eye ageing in one treatment—borrowing from advanced biotechnology, polyphenol technology, next-generation cyclic peptide technologies, marine science and modern drone delivery mechanics. This single treatment is able to target visible ageing (both upper eyelids and lower eyelids) including the looks of dynamic lines, static lines, fine superficial under-eye lines, loss of elasticity (especially upper-eyelids), dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness with positive visible results starting within 3 days and improving into 8 weeks with continued use.’ 

This is without a doubt the most effective eye treatment I have used and would recommend it in a heartbeat. It feels silky smooth on the skin, it’s lightweight but very hydrating. I simply love it. DECIEM have a lot of information & the science behind the 28 clinical technologies used in this product so I urge you to pop over & read all about them.

 

 

 

Skincare Empties March 2018

Skincare Empties March 2018

Skincare Empties 2018 March

You know some months you seem to run out of all your favourite products at once? Well, that’s what happened to me in March. Almost every product I use in my daily skincare routine came to the end of its life and it made me so sad. I will be repurchasing every single one of these products and I don’t think I have ever said that in an empties post before, there is usually at least one product that was a somewhat underwhelming but not this time, I have a lot of love for all 5 of these and I need them back in my routine ASAP.

Tropic Vitamin Toner Pore Refining Mist

If you’re looking for a toner that feels instantly refreshing and energising on your skin then this is 100% for you. It not only helps keep skin hydrated, feeling fresh and drenched in vitamins but it’s also infused with vitamins and amino acids that help to balance pH and reduce pore size. This is so easy to spritz on cleansed skin in the morning to kick off your skincare routine or I’ve even sprayed it on top of makeup throughout the day to refresh my skin. It is bursting with so many skin loving ingredients such as organic rose water, aloe vera and cucumber juices which are nourishing, soothing and deliver a boost of hydration. I used this religiously both morning and night,

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I have used this cleansing oil for years and nothing removes my makeup quite as effectively. It melts away even stubborn mascara and removes lip-stains with ease. With it being an oil it is easy to use when giving your skin a mini facial, I like to spend time really massaging it into my skin which wakes my skin up and helps it glow. It is a good cleanser for protecting skin against environmental aggressors, is extremely gentle and leaves no greasy residue behind (which a lot of oil based cleansers do).

  • Olive oil – Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight damage caused by free radicals without clogging pores
  • Rosemary leaf oil – Extracted from the leaves of the plant, it contains invigorating properties and imparts a refreshing scent.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

This has to be one of my most repurchased skincare products EVER, I mean are you even a skincare addict if you don’t have one of these in your stash? Even if I don’t use it daily, or try other products and overlook it for a spell, I always find my way back to the Liz Earle C&P. It just never lets me down.

It removes makeup with ease without leaving skin feeling dry and the hot cloth helps dislodge dead skin to keep it looking radiant. Its a ritual I look forward too in the evening and the distinctive botanical scent is also calming. This cream cleanser contains so many skin-loving ingredients which include, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract and Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract so it is very gentle, soothing and antioxidant-rich.

Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum

I received this for Christmas as part of a gift set and fell in love with it after a couple of uses. It is a serum which is perfect for my skin type and my age, turning 40 this year I’ve been more focused on using products that are nourishing, firming and target those early signs of ageing and this serum is ideal for that. Enriched with some of nature’s most powerful naturally active ingredients, including Persian silk tree to even skin tone, pomegranate flower to lift and firm, and rhubarb to plump and smooth. This deluxe sample size lasted me a surprisingly long time but I am looking forward to getting the full 30ml size.

Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum

I have spoken about this green miracle worker so often on my blog over the past 6 months but it is just that good. I used the last of this serum a little over 2 weeks ago & I have missed it so much in my evening routine. This is what I use when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, or if I haven’t been eating as well as I should, because it just helps your skin look refreshed, glowing and plump in the morning like you’ve had 10 hours sleep and have drunk a green juice. The visual results and incredible.

The key ingredients are Super Greens (which you might be more familiar seeing on your plate rather than in your skincare) such as Kale, chlorophyll and maca root extracts which help rejuvenate dull skin and organic tamanu oil helps to repair inflammation and heal blemishes. Green coffee extract not only stimulates skin cell renewal, it protects against pollution which is a major factor in premature ageing and dull skin.

If I had to recommend only one of these products for you to add to your skincare regime it would be this Super Greens Serum, I think everyone would benefit from the wonderful ingredients and see visual results in the skin.

Product Empties Oct / Nov 2016

November Product Empties 2016

November Product Empties 2016

Skin Chemist Advanced Snail Eye Serum*

I recently reviewed this Snail range from Skin Chemists and I really liked the eye serum. Its so hydrating and I loved how smoothing it was. Who would have thought we’d be putting snail serum on our faces?! Its a lightweight texture, very cooling on the skin and quite refreshing too. Its nice to use either morning or night but I quite often use it in the evening because it helps my eyes look refreshed by morning and keeps the puffyness to an absolute minimum.

If you use the code BLOGSNAILS to get each product for £24.99 each instead of £72 – that is almost halfprice. Code valid until the end of 2016 **

COLab Dry Shampoo Sheer & Invisible in Rio

My holy Grail dry shampoo – this was a mini bottle I took with me to Amsterdam. I am so pleased I took it with me and it meant that I only had to wash my hair twice during the week we were there. This really absorbs the oils and doesn’t irritate my scalp or make my hair look dull. I like all the scents but I think Rio is my favourite. I need to stock up on a few ful sized bottles.

Lacura Thermal Spa Eye Cream*

This is a very, very good eye cream and the fact it is only £ is even better. Aldi skincare is amongst some of my favourite budget options and I particulary enjoyed the Thermal Spa range. It was lightweight, hydrating and had a lovely fresh scent. I highly recommend checking it out next time you are in there doing your shopping. This tube lasted me ages and I mostly used it as part of my morning skincare routine because it worked well to hydrate around my eyes which meant my makeup applied easier and didn’t sink into my fine lines.

Eloquence Skincare Purifying Facial Cleanser

I have tried a few products from this brand and I really enjoyed them as a whole. This was a nice gentle cleanser and again I took it with me to Amsterdam to use as my morning cleanse. It has a creamy formula and it left my skin feeling soft and clean. It’s enriched with Sacha Inchi Oil, Cucumber and Coconut Extracts. Sacha Oil is a common ingredient within this range and is a superfood which comes from Peru and is found in seed form. Its known for its high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids and its oil has a unique blend of

  • Omega 3 which helps to restore the skins elasticity
  • Omega 6 helps to combat skin dehydration
  • Omega 9 helps against premature ageing by intensely nourishing and protecting the skin from environmental stress.

So my skin was in good hands and I thought it would be a reliable, gentle cleanser to take away with me, knowing that my skin wouldn’t react to it and cause any breakouts.

Aussie Dry Shampoo

Possibly the worst dry shampoo I have ever used. Its overly powdery, leaves a white cast in your hair & makes your hair feel worse than it did before you applied it. One to avoid for sure.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 

I love the classic Cleanse & Polish from Liz Earle but their limited edition scents are something very special. This Grapefruit and Patchouli scent has been one of my favourites to date, its zesty, fresh and quite Summery. As with the original C&P it’s suitable for all skin types and is great at gently removing makeup and leaving skin feels soft and clean. I try a lot of skincare but I know I can always rely on Liz Earle when my skin has reacted badly to a product and I always have a C&P in my stash. If you have tried any of the limited edition scents, let me know what your favourites are.

  • PR Sample