Nothing feels better than sharing everything I’ve used up lately, although I’m a bit sad to have finished some of these items. Some things took longer than others to work through, with one item taking more than a year to finish. On the other hand, I finished some items just because I didn’t want to be wasteful but more than anything, the great thing about ’empties’ is that you become very clear about what works, what’s meh and what you can absolutely go through life without.
Oskia Renaissance Mask
What a dreamy, gel-like creamy mask that I initially [reviewed here]. Chock full of papaya, pineapple, grape and lemon extracts, this mask also acts as a peel and transforms from pinkish in colour to white and then when rinsed off, skin is left feeling refreshed, looks brighter and feels smoother. I received it in one of the better [beauty subscription boxes] I’ve tried and while I do find the mask to be a good product, I’ve since found an alternative that has me even more impressed.
Tom Daxon Vachetta Shower Gel stood out as one of the most unique shower products I’ve ever tried and [reviewed here]. Blended with warm, woodsy ingredients including notes of my favourite tea, Lapsang Souchong, I enjoyed every single drop of this and would recommend it highly for yourself or as a gift.
Atzen Hydrating Toner was exactly as the name implied. Formulated to completely torpedo one’s expectations of toner as drying, this delivers a welcome dose of hydration after cleansing and preps the skin for the next steps in your skincare routine. Containing a blend of organic flower and fruit extracts along with herbs such as turmeric and basil, its blue hue comes from the floral ingredients. [*PR sample]
Jurlique Sweet Violet and Grapefruit Hydrating Mist was as expected. Fragrant and refreshing, I loved using this after cleansing and during the day as a pick me up. I kept it on the edge of my sink and spritzed frequently, plus I must admit the colour of the bottle added to the joy of using it. My initial [review is here] plus I really love the brand’s story.
Cera di Cupra Cleansing and Toning Milk is the most amazing cream cleanser for under ten dollars I’ve used. Properly creamy, silky and so good at breaking down makeup, I’ll continue to keep this in my arsenal. I reviewed it in a post detailing effective products under $20.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm just never lets my dry lips down, ever. There’s honey, botanical oils and propolis in the formula and as I said in my Franch Pharmacy haul post [here], it also provides an excellent base for lipsticks or lip glosses. If my calculations are correct, I’ve been using this lip balm for at least six years now and I don’t see that changing.
Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water always lives in my stash. This is an all-around skin soother, makeup setter and skin refresher in a canister. It comes in three sizes, with the smallest being a perfect travel companion for road trips, flights or overnights. Avène is an extraordinary French brand and if you’ve never explored it, do have a nose around to see what they’re about.
I burned through Boulangerie Scented Candle in Vanilla and Fig over the course of some months. While I loved the scent and the price, the scent never lingered as long nor travelled as far as I would have liked but it does make a sweet, inexpensive gift and I included it in a post detailing beauty buys under $30.
Chanel La Base Protective and Smoothing is as the name implies. It’s a protective and smoothing base coat that I absolutely swear by and it will always get my vote in helping nail lacquer to go on better and last longer. Justifying a manicure without using base coat wouldn’t be cool because of the difference it makes in how well nail polish goes on. But to me, La Base creates the best possible ‘canvas’. Not only that, with continued use it fortifies your nails and improves their overall appearance and strength. I go through a handful of bottles each year and you can see why [here].
Chanel Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême will definitely be going to the top of my wishlist as I thoroughly enjoyed how well my skin responded to it. Add in the hydrating, brightening and corrective benefits it gave my dry, sometimes blemished skin and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to have this in my routine. My first Sublimage review is[here]. Then after some uncharacteristic breakouts, I felt compelled to share an updated review [here] once I realised it was helping to fade dark spots left over from the breakouts. If you’re in your twenties and thirties, you’re welcome to play around with this but it’s hardly a must. But if you’re in your forties and beyond and need a cream that truly delivers a wealth of benefits for your evolving skin, definitely give it a try.