Empties Skincare

Empties and Mini Reviews: Skincare Edition

christophe robin cleansing volumizing paste

With the end of this most surreal year fast approaching, it’s the ideal moment to share empties and mini-reviews that have been piling up and waiting to be shared. Featuring a mix of skincare, body care and even a candle, here are all the things I’ve recently finished up.

good molecules niacinamide brightening toner

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner

My original thoughts about *Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner can be seen in this post. Now that it’s in the rearview mirror, I can say that it’s a useful post-cleansing product that will remove leftover residue and provide temporary brightening. While I couldn’t say that any changes in my skin were permanent, I’d probably recommend this if you’re just beginning to dip your toes into toners with brightening properties.

galenic pur 2 in 1 milky lotion

Galenic 2-in-1 Milky Lotion is the best, low-cost creamy cleanser to have held pride of place in my skincare routine. This is the second tube I’ve finished and I would highly recommend seeking it out. It’s ace at makeup removal and even stands in nicely as a mask. What also makes it valuable is that it will only set you back around 10USD and it lasts quite a long time. This cleanser has a very unique formulation with similar properties to a micellar water. The difference though is that this cleanser contains Melilotus floral water which acts as an anti-irritant and helps to clean the skin. My best suggestion for buying this cleanser is online at cocooncentre.co.uk. They ship internationally and you can select your currency.

cicabiafine creme corporelle

CicaBiafine Redensifying Body Cream (Cicabiafine Crème Corporelle Redensifiante) has shown up in my past French Pharmacy hauls and reviews, here and here if you fancy having a read of a throwback. There’s nothing better than a hydrating body cream that really offers the comfort and relief your skin craves. I consider this cream as one of the many stars of the French Pharmacy because it’s inexpensive yet delivers stellar results.

dr barbara sturrm anti aging body cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream was included in a declutter post that can be seen here. At the time, I was hardly enthusiastic about the cream and now that I’ve finally used it all up, my feelings haven’t changed. In contrast to the CiciaBiafine Redensifying Body Cream above, this cream proved to be a massively expensive disappointment.

herb essntls cannabis infused candle

Herb Essntls Cannabis Infused Candle was sent to me along with a matching body cream that left me quite intrigued by the ingredients and subsequently, the results. Maybe it’s odd to include the candle in this post but I really enjoyed it and appreciated the opportunity to experience it. The candle and the body cream are fully reviewed in this post.

christophe robin cleansing volumizing paste

Christophe Robin Cleansing and Volumizing Paste is a superstar and unique hair cleanser. With a texture that is paste-like, this transforms into a foam that does an excellent job cleaning the scalp and hair. I liked using this at least once a month for the deepest clean I could pull off and then using a different shampoo the rest of the time. The smell is divine, similar to roses and it rinses out easily.

I also noticed that it had a rejuvenating effect on my hair colour and left my hair and my scalp feeling cleaner for a much longer period. It also increased the manageability of my hair so I’d recommend this even if you have naturally textured, curly or coarse hair. In lieu of fully committing to the full size, this cleansing paste comes in two sizes and the smaller size can last for a very long time because you truly don’t need much for each wash session. I included this in a hair care routine post and you may check out all the details here .

mbr two in one cleanser

MBR (Medical Beauty Research) Two In One Cleanser turned out to be quite the sneakily good performer, see my original review in this post.

Via MBR’s website, the ingredients are:

Allantoin, aprilose, Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam seed oil), abyssinian oil, sea mayweed, mild cleansing substances. 

From the scent, to the texture, to its effectiveness at removing makeup and simply cleaning my skin on no makeup days, I fell in love slowly with this one but it’s now stuck in my head as a re-purchase. It also took me about a year to finally finish this cleanser, maybe because it’s a generous 6.8 ozs size. Broken down by cost per use, do consider this if you enjoy creamy cleansers that can double as a mask. The last thing to note about this German-made gem is that you’ll have to look for it online, I like Rescue Spa for their service.

sk ii facial treatment lotion

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion comes from the Japanese skincare brand SK-II.

Ingredients via SK-II website

Water, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-20 Sorbitan Cocoate, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-150, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Target skin type: All

Size: 5.4 ozs

Packaging: Frosted glass bottle, spout top.

When to Use: 2x per day

How To Use: After cleansing, apply to cotton pad then go over your face and neck.

Texture: Watery

PAO (Period after opening): 12 months

Made in: Japan

I bought SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion for my summer skincare routine because this is the time of year when my skin becomes a tad less dry and rogue spots show up. And when they showed up, like clockwork, I’d make sure to go over the spots with this lotion to keep them clean and nudge them to deflation sooner.

Officially, this toner is meant to help prepare your skin for the rest of your skincare routine, increase brightness, deliver hydration and remove impurities.

It took me most of the summer to finish this bottle and I’d like to repurchase it because it really helped to refine my skin and brighten it.

I also liked applying it with clean hands especially in the morning and just pressing it into my skin after cleansing. In my nighttime routine, I used it as the first product with cotton to remove any residues.

The presence of malic acid and salicylic acid didn’t sensitize my skin nor did it irritate it and of course, it made all my other products apply better.

Also, there are no off-putting scents and the watery texture makes it really easy to work with.

chanel gentle biphase eye makeup remover

Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover features cornflower extract and rose extract to gently wick away all types of eye makeup. This is easily one of the best eye makeup removers around and is well-loved by so many people.

It’s the best travel companion, is non-irritating and makes the removal process a complete breeze plus there aren’t any strong scents.

Apart from the regular size which is 3.4 ozs, this size is 1oz and was part of a three-piece travel set that included the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and the Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème.

Empties and mini-reviews posts are always cathartic in a way and I can finally add them to the recycling bin. The standouts for me are the MBR Two in One Cleanser, the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, Galenic 2-in-1 Milky Lotion and of course, Chanel Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover; but not necessarily in that order 🙂

So, until the next post, continue to be well and I hope this helps.

herb essntls cannibis infused candle

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(2) Comments

  1. backstorybeauty says:

    You’re quite welcome, thanks for having a read. If you do get round to going in for the Christophe Robin scalp scrub, enjoy!

  2. I’ve tried a couple of things from Barbara Sturm and was unimpressed, so I’m not inclined to try anything else from her – glad you were similarly underwhelmed. And while I haven’t tried the Christophe Robin paste I have a sample of the scalp scrub and I love it. Helps get rid of residue and oil and smells divine, so I may have to invest in a full size. Thanks for the helpful reviews, as always!

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