Hello lovely people, welcome whether you’re new here or an old acquaintance. My only posts here are now empties which I always loved, whether reading or watching on YouTube. Although I am a busy working single mother that doesn’t have as much time for extra steps in skincare as I used to once, writing my monthly empties is an opportunity for me to reflect whether I liked a product, miss it in my routine and want it back or just want to move on from it. Now that I have a teenage daughter and my other one is also getting semi-interested in taking care of her skin, I might have more empties (especially cleansers) that were not used by me but I will mention that. Hope you have a lovely read and the rest of your day x
The Lab by Blanc Doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid is a very small molecular HA toner which should penetrate deeper into skin. I don’t know about that but I did like as my hydrating toner and I was happy with it.
Isn’tree TW Real Bifida Ampoule. Some call it a dupe for Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum or Lancôme Genefique serum because it contains bifida ferment lysate for a fraction of the price. It was pleasant but to be completely honest, I am not sure whether it really did something special as I don’t feel like I really miss it in my routine.
Bioderma Sensibio soothing micellar cleansing foaming gel. Maybe it’s because of oily skin but I found out this was foaming very little but cleansed very gently and effectively. Really liked it as my second cleanse in the evening and would be happy to have it back. As there is three of us now using cleanser, it finished in one month 😔
Dr Botanicals Co Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask. Creamy mask that I liked using once a week for my face and decollete. It washed of relatively easily and didn’t cause me breakouts. It was good but I don’t feel like it is something I cannot live without or couldn’t find somewhere else.
Nivea Glow Shake it eye make up remover. I think this is the latest version of my favourite eye make-up remover and I wouldn’t mind having any back although I think the black version is probably my favourite.
Purito Snail Repair Advance serum. I liked it. I think I am one of those who like snail products because they work well for me. It was light and slightly slimy so a little spread over a lot of skin and lasted well. I think I should have unscented version as well which I am planning to use soon.
Skin + Me tretinoin 0.021%, niacinamide 4%, azelaic acid 4%. My monthly prescription that I am staying loyal to.
The Body Shop Skin Defence multi-protection lotion SPF50+. This gave some white cast and it pilled under mask or whenever I touched my skin but what it’s worse it also ruined my white T shirt that I liked wearing with denim because it staine neck and decollete area in the wash into unwashable shade of pink. (For that reason I also don’t buy Nivea children’s sunscreens because they stained my white beach towel, it took be a while to realise what caused those rusty stains that I was unable to clean. No repurchase and also a disappointment as I loved their sun essence I had before.
Eucerin Oil Control sun gel-cream SPF50 with L-carnitine. I loved it, it was like didn’t make me shiny but didn’t matt me either. I will have to buy a full size of this.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. As much as I would like not liking it because it’s not really for my budget, I really liked the texture and how it felt on my skin. Can’t judge much what effects I saw with it as was just 7 ml but I will be now eyeing those value sets with full size of this serum.
Salcura Antiac Activ gel serum. This was used by my daughter but I did use it in the past and she had a similar impression of it as me. It felt very calming and slightly cooling on spots and she would like having it again.
Oh K! Illuminating serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3. This was actually quite lovely, especially for the price. It did deliver what it said, just like standard HA should and it played well with other skincare I used. It was a bit thicker though so used twice a day it got finished in a little bit over a month.
Pixi Glow Tonic. Although there is now a good choice of acid toners, I do understand the hype this had as it didn’t feel drying and was quite pleasant. Wouldn’t mind having again.
Laidbare Spot the Difference. It is supposed to be a problem skin treatment cream but I used it up as my night cream as it left a slight film and in the morning, I felt it washing off when cleansing.
Harry’s Stone shower gel. In my mind this is mostly men oriented body care but I really liked this mineral and citrus shower gel. Didn’t smell like a detergent but also not too spicy to be just manly. I am intrigued to find out how their other shower gels smell.
L’Occitane Verveine shower gel. L’Occitane’s classic verbena scented gel. Fine as a sample but if I wanted to buy a full size, would choose something different.
The Essence Vault 461 is a dupe for Baccarat Rouge. I can’t compare it to the original because it’s out of my budget but this is love that grew on me. At the first moment when I sprayed it, I felt like the scent is kind of medicinal and incomplete that would need layering but as it dried, it developed some sweetness and I understood why people like it. My daughter liked it so much that she used up probably 2/3 of the 100 ml bottle herself. And when it was at its end, she took the bottle for herself so this isn’t in the picture of my empties. I have to also say that these inspired fragrances from The Essence Vault last really long so I will try to repurchase at some point.
Chilly fresh formula intimate hygiene gel. This was like “fresh air” and I really liked it although it contains menthol. I used it just for shaving so not daily and this 50 ml lasted me forever. I might repurchase either from Notino or when finally (haven’t been for 2 years now) back in Slovakia.
Dove exfoliating body scrub with pomegranate seeds and shea butter scent. Good old, non greasy and scrubby, polishing well before shaving and is cheap. Already have the kiwi one in stash.
The Chemistry Brand Inhibitif deodorant. I will start with the positive and that is I like the scent and how cooling it felt when applied. However, it stained my clothes yellow which was I found out when I wore a white blouse to work and it look like very yellow sweat stains that it was even difficult to get rid off, just horrible. Plus, it didn’t work to slow down the hair regrowth. I used it up at night time. No repurchase.
Maui Pineapple Papaya in-shower lotion. This was supposed to be used straight after the shower on wet skin. This didn’t work for me as it thinned out mixed with water into almost nothing and it worked for me better after shower and towel dry, just as a normal body lotion. It smelled nice and worked well if I wanted to apply a self-tanner as it was light but I am not sure if I repurchase.
Grow Gorgeous Curl defining cleansing conditioner. This might be my new favourite cleansing conditioner that I can buy in Boots. A bit more expensive than my old Elvive but works great for my hair as midweek refresh and to me it smells like Coco Mademoiselle. Will repurchase.
Pantene Argan infused oil for hair. This was again used by my daughter, I used it maybe once, she’d used it on her long mixed curls almost daily and I think her hair looks well and healthy and now has the coconut one.
Maybelline Tattoo Brow easy peel off. When newly applied, the shade is perfect cool toned dark brown but the next day, it changes in ugly orangey tone and I have to cover it with my usual brow products so doesn’t really work for more than one day. No repurchase.