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March 25, 2020

1st Quarter Empties And The Products I Wouldn’t Repurchase

Skincare

Now is as good a time as any to quickly share with you some products I’ve recently used up and to also be candid about the products I wouldn’t repurchase.

1st quarter empties

Hair and Body

Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster: I really loved using this repair booster and would repurchase it without hesitation. This hair serum strengthens, smoothes and fortifies hair. My biggest complaint, however, is the price for the small size especially since I think it would take more than one bottle to really see a dramatic difference and fully experience the benefits of this product. But Oribe Power Drops contains powerful ingredients such as biotin, sea kelp and linoleic acid. I included this product in a post detailing the products that helped to maintain my hair health and would recommend it for all hair types. Repurchase? Yes, without hesitation.

Chanel Chance Body Cleanse: While this is a nice smelling shower gel and it’s lovely layered with Chanel’s Chance Fragrance, I’d hardly say it’s a must buy. My prompts for using this shower gel usually came when I wanted to lift my mood or just smell extra nice for the day. And while I’d never underestimate the value of good scents and the positive impact it can have on one’s mood, I’d categorise this as optional. Repurchase? Unlikely unless I found it deeply discounted and the chances of that are close to nil.

Necessaire The Body Lotion: I never stopped scratching my head while using this body lotion despite the fact that Nécessaire has made such a big splash on social media and in the body care category. This award-winning lotion is high in skin-loving vitamins, omegas, hydrating oils and extracts such as apple, lemon, sugar cane and orange, plus it’s unscented.

I realise that unscented products are better for many people so I didn’t allow this to bother me. I bought this body lotion to try to tackle dry patches on the sides of my calves. Unfortunately, this didn’t help to banish the dryness and honestly, I missed having a bit of scent. Also, the level of hydration this gave me is no different from other lotions and creams I’ve used. Repurchase? While Necessaire’s body lotion has numerous positive reviews, for me it simply didn’t deliver in the way I hoped.

1st quarter empties

Face Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Galénic Pur 2-in1 Milky Lotion: This makeup remover comes from the French Pharmacy category and is less than 10 US dollars. It annihilates eye makeup, mascara, foundation, powder, skincare, grime and all of their friends. Whenever I’ve spoken about this cleanser, I usually compare it to its pricier counterpart and my all-time favourite cleanser, Biologique Recherche Lait VIP 02 . And while Galénic’s ingredients are very different from Biologique Recherche Lait VIP 02, the textures are quite similar. Repurchase? I truly rate Galénic’s cleanser so highly that I have another tube waiting in the wings. 

Eau Thermale Avène Intense Eye Makeup Remover: This bi-phase formula is highly effective at removing eye makeup plus it’s safe to use if you have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses. It’s non-irritating as well and does an excellent job in removing all traces of eye makeup. Repurchase? I’ve gone through a few bottles already.

Skincare

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes: I find eye creams tricky to rate and review because genetics, lifestyle and individual factors wield so much power over the eye area. But what I can say about this one is that I enjoyed the texture and the smoothing effects it delivered. While those effects weren’t long-lasting, it also kept my eye contour hydrated and it worked well under makeup. Repurchase? Unlikely.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: I finished this little mini size with gratitude for how well it performed. This serum has been around for a number of years now and remains a must-buy for so many people despite the fact that we are spoiled for choice in the serum category. I especially appreciated this because I was able to get it in a mini-size and would recommend this as the way to go if you’ve always wanted to try it. It was the saviour I needed to tackle a heat/sun rash and the corrector I needed to help with the texture of my skin. Repurchase? Yes, either in mini-size or regular size.

Inca Rose Pure Solutions Stem Cells: This clear yet powerful serum comes in at under 20 USD and is really effective in making skin look so much better. It brightens, smoothes and offers a tightening effect. With fruit stem cells in the formula, this can hold its own against more expensive products. I shared more thoughts about Inca Rose in a Serum Roundup. Repurchase? Yes, especially because of the price and efficacy.

Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Mask: One of the best masks I’ve ever used and I have no hesitation in saying that. This brightens, smoothes the skin and I’ve also found that it brings down any new spots that are forming. With green tea, pineapple extract, vitamins A and C and allantoin plus Boswellia Serrata Extract to ‘soothe and relax’ the skin, I would be quite comfortable saying that if I had to choose one mask to use for an extended period, this would be it. It’s the ideal self-care candidate. Repurchase? Yes, without hesitation.

estee lauder artist's lip pencil

Estee Lauder Artist’s Lip Pencil: My ride or die, OG lip pencil for so many years now, it’s down to the very end. It appears that Estée Lauder has discontinued this but because the formula was so exceptional, I’d hope their existing lip pencils work just as well. Repurchase? It seems to be discontinued. 

1st quarter empties

1st quarter empties

As always, it’s good to use things up even if they don’t quite hit the mark and as long as they don’t cause outright irritation. So, here’s to using things up and I hope this helps.

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  1. backstorybeauty says:

    Happy to share the good and the less so my dear, thanks for stopping by and enjoy finishing up your products 🙂

  2. MM Curator says:

    Good job finishing up all those and thanks for the honest reviews. I should probably do this too with my empties so I can remember what I did or didn’t like…I just have so many samples and I can’t keep them straight!

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