It has been a really long time since I’ve talked about finished beauty products/empties on a post! I think these posts are really useful as usually only those products that are loved (or at least liked) end up in blog posts but this is necessarily not the case when it comes to empties. Some of these products have been lying around in my drawer for quite a while now, so I think it was about time I talked about them and shared my thoughts with you.
I’m quite fussy when it comes to skincare and especially cleansers. I have three to mention in this post and the first one is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash*. I’m a bit on the fence when it comes to this product. I do like it but at the same time, I don’t think it works really well at removing makeup on its own and it’s best used as a second makeup remover if you’ve worn heavy makeup and want to do a double cleanse before you move on to cleansing your skin. It also makes my already dry skin feel a bit tight after using it which isn’t something I look for in a product. That being said, I will definitely use the other bottle I have in my stash but it wouldn’t be my first choice when it comes to a cleanser. I would definitely grab the original one rather than this and probably won’t purchase it again.
Another micellar product I’ve used up is the Lumene Lähde (Source) Pure Arctic 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water – the name is definitely a mouthful. I didn’t really like this one either. With the Garnier Micellar Water my makeup comes off fairly easy, the only exception sometimes being my mascara or heavy base which I think is completely understandable. But with the Lumene Micellar Water, I had to go through so many cotton pads (they were the big ones as well…) just to get light everyday makeup off my face. I absolutely love the branding and the general look of the bottle but that doesn’t change the fact that this product doesn’t really do the job it’s supposed to and you can even get the Garnier one for half the price. It’s safe to say that I won’t be purchasing this again.
Everyone has been raving about oil cleanser for a while now but way before the hype even began, I purchased the Dermalogica precleanse deep-cleansing oil. I’m just gonna cut right to the chase here, I did not like this product at all and because of the hefty price point it left me even more disappointed. This product is actually why it took me so long to try any other oil-based cleansers because it didn’t remove my makeup properly but left patches of foundation on my face. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this product.
SCRUBS, TONERS AND MASKS
I love using and trying out different scrubs as they really help me get rid of the dry dead skin. Unfortunately, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant felt like it did absolutely nothing to my skin. I love the concept and the ingredients in it are supposed to be absolutely incredible but there are so many products that give you instant results (even mentioned in this post) whereas I didn’t really see any difference to my skin after using this for a month. Like with their precleanse oil, I’d recommend skipping this one.
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Gentle Exfoliator used to be one of my holy grail skincare products but sadly, it was discontinued over a year ago. Fortunately for me, I’ve found an alternative from Clinique. Their 7 Day Scrub Cream is so gentle on the skin and, as the name suggests, you can use it every single day if you wish. Although it’s a physical, not a chemical scrub, you can barely feel the tiny grain-like beads while using it so it almost feels like you’re applying face cream instead of exfoliating. This is ideal for anyone with dry and/or sensitive skin and a must-have in my own skincare cupboard.
I mentioned the Clinique Clarifying Lotion in a skincare post last Autumn and it’s still pretty much a staple in my skincare routine. It keeps my skin clear from texture and dry patches while brightening my complexion and gives me a smooth and soft canvas to apply the rest of my skincare products on. My makeup goes on much smoother and looks almost flawless as well which is not the case if I skip this step in my routine. If you’re looking for a toner, I’d give this a try.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that there’s one face mask in particular which I seem to not be able to get enough of and it’s the Lumene 60 Second Facial. I’ve already gone through two of these in the past year although I have so many other face masks in my collection. In case you’d like to know why I love this mask so much, I’d recommend that you read my full review but just know, that I will definitely be repurchasing this many times in the future!
SHOWER AND HAIR PRODUCTS
Although there isn’t really much to say about shower gels and creams – because if they do the job I think they’re pretty much worth purchasing – I did want to talk about a few as I absolutely fell in love with the scents!
I don’t usually lean towards floral scents, but the Moringa shower gel from The Body Shop smells absolutely divine! The scent is very delicate, not as strong as rosy scents, and absolutely divine. I love using this at this time of the year!
I actually have no idea what’s in the Zoella Beauty Soak Opera bath soak & shower cream or how Zoe has described the scent but to me, it’s like Summer in a bottle which is probably why this is the only shower cream I used last Summer. I think this does have a bit of a rosy scent to it but there’s definitely more in the mix!
Like my skin, my hair is on the drier side, especially at the ends, making it break easily which then causes split ends. The Garnier Goodbye Damage hair products* are one of the best haircare products that help me with this issue and make my hair look much healthier and stronger. I’ve already purchased the conditioner multiple times – as it seems to be one of the only ones that keep the ends of my hair healthy – and will continue to do so in the future. If you want to know more about the range, feel free to read my full review!
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