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November 6, 2019

#Empties Lately: Haircare, Body Care, Makeup and Skincare

Body Care

It’s that time again, where I gather up the empties and lay them all out, duds and all, to let you know what’s worth your time and money. There’s hair care, body care, a bit of makeup and skincare products. So there’s no need for much preamble except to say that I’ve managed to use up en entire eyebrow pencil, two to be exact and an eyeliner. Otherwise, the only order is in the way the products would be used in real-time, at least for the most part.

Haircare

I honestly don’t recall how I came by the Moroccanoil Treatment but I’ve managed to use it up and honestly found it to be unremarkable. I wanted to see if my experience would match all the kudos I’ve read and heard about over the years. My hair is on the drier side so it made it feel hydrated but I feel that it coated my hair more than actually offering it any long-term benefits. So it’s unlikely I’ll be chasing this down in future.

Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 was a core product in my hair care routine which I shared [in this post]. I love it for the hydration it provides and for the level of manageability it offers my natural-textured hair. While I’m still torn about whether or not I’ll repurchase it as I didn’t see any dramatic changes in the state of my hair by the time it was empty, I’d say it’s worth it if you want to jump on the Olaplex bandwagon to see what all the fuss is about.

Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray is the crème de la crème of hair sprays. This isn’t your granny’s Elnett, not that anything is wrong with that. But this is hairspray that gives flexible hold, keeps wrapped hair in place overnight, lengthens the life of a blowout and offers the right amount of luminosity. Plus it smells absolutely divine and has UV protection.

Bodycare

Ameliorate Transforming Body Cream had me quite excited at the outset. After reading so many good things about the formula and it’s supposed ability to transform dehydrated skin, or to dial back chicken skin and other such concerns and sharing it [here], I honestly expected a total transformation in the dry patches at the sides of my calves. But it wasn’t meant to be. This still provided great overall hydration but I doubt I’ll go in for round two.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Hydrating Emulsion is the epitome of a luxe, indulgent body product. It can certainly stand in as your fragrance because the scent remains on the skin for hours. Plus it’s hydrating despite having a light texture. Ultimately, it’s a totally optional treat.

Makeup

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in the shade Revelation was the perfect taupe brown. It was long-lasting and so perfect in the application, texture and finish. Fingers crossed that Chanel will bring this back one day soon. Then there’s Chanel’s Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in the shades Brun Profond and Brun Clair.

Brun Profond is darker, while Brun Clair is a more natural-looking shade. On deeper skin tones, it’s surprising that Brun Clair looks as natural as it does.

Skincare

Natura Bisse Diamond White Rich Luxury Cleanse was a gel-oil-emulsion formula ideal for breaking down grime and for makeup removal. Be forewarned that the scent is similar to men’s cologne, but it can be the right cleanser to slot into an anti-ageing routine when used alongside complementary products and the best part is that it comes in two sizes.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum is a solid, no hesitation must repurchase product. The full review is [here]. This serum works for just about any skin type, provides true, lasting hydration, makes the skin look so much more vibrant and can even stand in as a makeup primer.

Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser was my most used cleanser during the warmer weather though it’s suitable to use year-round. The full details are here and although it’s unlikely I’d repurchase this, I enjoyed it as a mask and adored how bright it made my skin look.

La Mer The Treatment Lotion was a major skin saviour when I had a breakout episode. Non-irritating and with great ingredients such as yeast extract, seaweed extract, vitamin B3, eucalyptus, sesame seed and alfalfa oils, I rate this very highly. It feels like water but is quite potent in its ability to prep skin for other products and to gradually fade imperfections.

Chanel Le Blanc Essence Lotion is my baby, my love and my skin’s best friend. The hydration this provides, the bounciness it brings to my skin and its subtle corrective attributes, all make it one of my best skincare finds in a very long time. I detailed it [here] and the post also includes tips on how to use it as a mask.

If you’ve spotted any favourites, do share or if you were curious about any of these products, hopefully, this helps to shed more light while bringing you closer to a decision. At the moment I’m putting together a list of this year’s best finds while still using old faithfuls such as the radiance-giving pressed powders profiled [here]….say that three times. Sharing these round-up posts are always a pleasure and as always, I hope it helps.

 

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