Empty products make for a very happy beauty enthusiast because it’s an excuse to try new things or re-purchase ones that truly impressed. It also makes for a sweet and welcome dilemma, in that it opens the door for ongoing exploration. After all, new products are launched every day but there’s nothing like that moment in my bathroom when I scrape out or squeeze out the last bit of a product. That said, here are the five items, empty and finally on the way out:
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 is one that I’ve referred to as one of the best formulated and effective milk cleansers in its category. I also used this as a mask as well because it has exfoliating properties. Fast absorbing and with a light texture, this cleanser effectively cuts through makeup and sunscreen and leaves skin looking brighter. It’s easy to think of a milk cleanser as not being effective enough to thoroughly clean your face and remove makeup. But Lait VIP 02 is definitely the grime-fighter you need if you also want a cleanser with anti-pollution properties. Still need more convincing? I’ve shared my full thoughts here.
De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm
This balm cleanser from De Mamiel is at the top of its class and has a solid reputation. Formulated with high concentrations of oils and herbs that remove ‘the day’, including makeup, perspiration and anything else you want to banish from your face, this cleanser takes a very long time to get to being empty because a small amount is needed for each use. Using it becomes more than just the act of cleansing your face, it becomes a ritual, especially because of the scent and the calming atmosphere it creates. You may read about my experience using De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm here.
I bought Urang Whitening Blue Oil Serum because I’m always hunting for products to correct, brighten and refine my skin. I’ve written about it here and included information about its texture, scent and where to find it. It’s also fairly priced and comes in two sizes, so if you’ve found serums to be overly pricey or too harsh, this may be a better option. The Urang Whitening Blue Oil Serum has a short list of ingredients that includes Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Alpha-bisabolol and Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil. It’s a straightforward serum that offered some correction and textural refinement. Urang also provides a good level of hydration and while you won’t see results overnight, it’s worth it to use it up to get your skin on the right track. By the time you read this, it will definitely be empty but I must confess that it’s unlikely I’d repurchase it.
Medik 8 Retinol Eye TR Advanced Eye Night Serum
I haven’t written about this serum in the past but I’ll offer a quick breakdown of how it worked for me now that it’s finally empty. Retinol, specifically for the eye area, still does not appear to receive as much attention as retinol for the face. So I was quite pleased this was offered alongside another product I purchased. In general, Medik 8 retinols have been widely appreciated and found to be effective. I used this religiously until it was finished so that my feelings about it were fair and fully formed. It took a while before I began seeing some changes to my eye-contour. Once I began seeing results, it appeared there was a bit more definition to the area and it looked somewhat brighter. I also used it on the skin below my eyes and it seemed to have lightened the area somewhat. I don’t have very dark circles or intense darkening there, but anything to keep the area looking even is appreciated.
Where I struggled with this product is with the texture. Similar to that of a light oil, it took me a few uses before I worked out the sufficient amount needed to cover the area. Once I did, I never quite became a fan of how it felt but I soldiered on. The serum is without a scent, includes 0.1% retinol along with safflower oil. It’s also paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always advisable to check with your physician before using retinol products.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask With Rare Prickly Seed Oil
Maybe you can relate if you’ve ever spent months or years lusting after a brand, as that’s what I’d done with Christophe Robin. A hairstylist to the stars with a chic atelier in Paris, his brand has evolved beautifully. This prickly-pear mask was the help my dry, coloured, parched, over-processed hair needed. Densely creamy, a dream to work into the hair and with the most glorious scent, this absolutely delivers hydration and softens hair. Plus it protects your colour job and increases manageability.
In addition to prickly-pear, the mask also includes inula flower extract that keeps hair pigments luscious whether those pigments are naturally occurring or from colour. It is the most nourishing mask I’ve used thus far and now I find myself in a position where I have no choice really but to get my hands on it again. There’s another mask from Christophe Robin that I’m close to using up, The Nutritive Mask with Temporary Hair Colouring. It also delivers a much-needed dose of hydration plus it enhances your colour job. Robin is a master with hair and I shared more here about his story when I reviewed the Nutritive Mask.
That’s all to report on these five empty items. With every product, there’s always the potential for misery or bliss and overall, these items have been a pleasure to use in their own way, some more so than others.