Happy Monday my dears.
Today we are going to talk about empties. I don’t use skincare items up that often – I’m not sure why, maybe because I flit between products or maybe it’s because I am lazy with it. I am trying to be more consistent, I swear. Any how here are a few products I’ve managed to use up this last week (I’ve had some for AGES) and here are my verdicts…
1. Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (£24) – buy here.
If you are in to skincare then you’ve probably heard of guru Caroline Hirons, who writes a fun and informative blog here (she gives great booby hugs too), and she worked with Pixi to create a two step cleansing product. One side is a solid oil (like a cleansing balm – similar texture to the Korean type sherbet balms that are quite soft) and the other is a cream cleanser (50ml each). The idea is that you use the Step 1 cleanser to remove make up and grime, then the Step 2 (after rinsing off step 1) to clean the skin.
The cleansing oil contains vitamin E, camellia oil (my favourite!!).
I like this cleanser for a number of reasons; it suits my skin because it is sensitive and easily irritated. I find this cleanser is very gentle, doesn’t irritate or dry my skin at all. The oilseed is my favourite as it removes layers of make up easily (not mascara for me but I wear bulletproof Japanese mascara) and because the products are side by side I make the effort to cleanse again otherwise I would usually skip that step (remember; lazy).
Are there other cleansers out there like this but sold separately? Yes of course. I actually just finished a Etude House cleanser which is similar to the oil side but I found that a tad drying whereas this isn’t. This is the product I would give to a teenager because it is so gentle. So, I have to say this is perfect for my type of skin and lifestyle: Dry, Sensitive skin and a busy life.
2. Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid (£22 from Cult Beauty, it’s about £14 from eBay)
I hated this product when I first got it about 18 MONTHS ago (it lasts a very long time) because I wanted an instant solution to my blackheads and this wasn’t it. Nothing seemed to happen. But I stuck with it because there aren’t that many well known affordable BHA type serums and I am glad I did. I have a real problem with black heads and blocked pores on my nose – when I use this is seems to bring them to the surface to extract (ew – I know). It smells acidic, it stings a tiny bit but isn’t too unbearable (whereas their AHA serum hurts too much for me to use).
This serum is clear and has a slippy type feeling. One pump is enough as it spreads well.
Used with a good cleansing routine this definitely keeps my pores clearer for longer. I will keep buying it as it’s not too expensive but is effective unless something much better comes along to replace my affections.
Repurchase? Already have
3. Mii Cleanse & Condition Brush Balm (£12)
This isn’t skincare and I know a few brands have these now but I love this stuff. It makes cleaning brushes so easy. No looking around for baby shampoo or using alcohol to clean – I just run the brush around in the soap and rinse, and repeat until the make up is all out. SO EASY. No more super wrinkly hands. The reason I like the Mii one is because I have had it for ages and it lasted well whereas some other ones, the soap is so soft that they only lasted a few washes.
You need this if you have any make up brushes!
4. Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Sleeping Pack ($13)
I am a fan of sleeping packs – they make my skin feel hydrated and lovely the next day so I thought I’d try this one with AHA as it’s supposed to leave the skin texture soft and brighten the skin.
I like the light jelly like texture and it did a good job at making skin feel soft HOWEVER – there’s this unbearable strong floral fragrance I just couldn’t stand it. It was like someone misted my face at the Boots perfume counter. HATED IT. I ended up using the last third of this on my body an I couldn’t stand it on my face which is shame.
If you can sand strong fragrances in skincare then you may like this.
5. Etude House Lip & Eye Remover ($5)
I tend to go for Asian branded eye make up remover because I wear such waterproof make up. However! This was disappointing. It definitely removed all my eyeshadows – glittery bits but my mascara was too tough for it. It’s not worth the effort of buying a make up remover from Asia if it can’t get rid of all my make up, no?
It will remove regular eye make up and mascara with no issue, just not super waterproof stuff.
6. Lanolips Lan Everywhere Cream (£10.99) – buy here.
I have this since the beginning of time – but it’s lasted so long. I primarily used it on the kids faces (when we are out and about – it lived in my handbag). The cream is quite thick and emollient, it sits on the surface for a while which I don’t think is a bad thing if you have dry skin that needs some protection. It’s somewhere between a cream and a balm I guess. It is unscented which I prefer.and doesn’t irritate at all (unless you are allergic to lanolin!). Overall though I think the kids faces needed something a tad more hydrating (or long lasting) but it didn’t do bad job topping up the moisture.
One thing I dislike is the lid which is a screw on. It’s impractical because like in my case, I lost the lid, then I had to leave it out on a dressing table because I could no longer transport it in my bag. It takes two hands to unscrew too – I’d much prefer a flip up lid.
So there you go – out with the old and there’s always something new to try!
What products have you finished up this month?