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December 19, 2018

Year End Empties: 7 Items To See 2018 Out


year end empties

Are you breathing a sigh of relief as this year winds to a close? In our home, it’s been a year that we’ll be happy to see the back of as we build hope for the new year ahead. So in the spirit of closing things out, I’m sharing the last skincare bits that I’ve managed to work through. There’s even a scented candle in the mix and a hair care item, so here they are:

year end empties

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene was my first foray into the brand’s stable of accessibly priced skincare. From experience, prescription retinol brings skin peeling and dryness but that didn’t happen with The Ordinary’s Retinoid, making it a good starting point for newbies or those who no longer enjoy the drama associated with the prescription stuff.

I doubt I’ll be re-purchasing The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid as I was hoping for a bit more intensity and better results. Besides, I’ve begun using Differin Gel and I’ll be sharing my experience with it once I have fully formed thoughts and results to report. My original review of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene can be read here.

year end empties

Atzen Body Lift Lotion* was a pleasant surprise because it is a hero for dehydrated, cracked, sunburned skin and maintains hydration for hours. Paraben-free and formulated with lush, natural and organic ingredients, it saw me through the hot weather, becoming a salve for my sun-parched skin. I’d rate Atzen’s Body-Lift Lotion highly and would not hesitate to purchase it in the future. The original Atzen review is here.

year end empties

Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux is really the most luxurious eye cream I’ve ever used. Formulated with premium ingredients including Vanilla Planifolia which helps to refine skin’s texture, I enjoyed using every single bit of this. While it didn’t magically reverse the clock and make my eye contour look as smooth as a soldier’s dress uniform, it kept my skin hydrated and brightened. If you’re in your twenties and thirties, you can bypass this, but if you’re in your forties and beyond, go ahead and treat yourself. The original review is available here.

year end empties

Sesderma Azelac RU impressed me once I got the hang of using it. Yes, sometimes it takes a bit of time to get acquainted with a product, to understand how much to use, where to focus it etc. while your skin adjusts to it. Sesderma is packed with many innovative ingredients such as niacinamide, retinol and azelaic acid that all work to improve skin’s tone, texture, target dark spots, dullness and fine lines. Also a solid re-purchase candidate, I’d recommend it for mid to late thirties skin and beyond. For more guidance on this product, see the full post here.

year end empties

De Mamiel Dewy Facial Mist arrived as part of the contents of my Mint’d Box subscription. I loved this mist instantly and increasingly relied on it, especially during the warmer months. With its calming herbal aroma as a result of the long list of herbs and essential oils, this is one of the most pleasant and more importantly, effective facial mists I’ve encountered thus far. This mist can also stand in as a very effective serum, which I especially enjoyed right after cleansing or using a mask. While many facial mists border on being completely useless, my skin loved this more and more with each use. De Mamiel’s mist is a solid re-purchase candidate and it’s also a great way to ‘enter’ this brand.

year end empties

Biologique Recherche Masque Biologique Capillaire is the hydrating masque that truly helped my hair this year. A central part of my healthy strands routine, using it is a bit labour intensive because it can’t be applied to the roots and must be left on for almost half an hour, while worn under a hot towel or cling film. But the benefits imparted to my hair made the effort worth it, so it’s also a re-purchase candidate. I recently shared my full hair-care routine which includes this mask, here.

year end empties

Lastly, Tom Ford’s Candle Bougie in Tobacco Vanille is a candle of dualities. Veering both feminine and masculine, with aromas featuring warm, musky, leathery notes along with creamy vanilla and spices, I was a bit disappointed by the time I had burned through this candle. With its clean lines and defiant design simplicity, Tobacco Vanille lives in a heavy glass jar that begs to be kept and re-used. But despite the gorgeous sounding ingredients and posh design, this candle failed to push scent beyond the room I had it in. Similarly to my expectation of fragrances above a certain price, I expect luxury candles to deliver on sillage (scent longevity) or simply, presence. Tom Ford has a sizeable roster of candles and maybe someday, I’ll try a different scent but for now, I’m not in a hurry.

And there it is, seven products that have been a joy to test and experience while developing thoughts to share with you. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or if any have been on your radar.

*Atzen Body Lift Lotion is a PR sample

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