Happy 2019 everyone and welcom to my last empties of the year of 2018. I want to continue my empties series although I got more relaxed about emptying products or maybe it is because I found out I still have plenty skincare I bought during Black Friday two years ago and want to try to use them up before most of them expire by June 2019. It also shows me that although I did quite well with low buy this year and my stash did reduce, I need a no buy for the first 6 months of 2019 by which I mean, I’ll have to really use up all the products in one category before I am allowed to buy another.
I still enjoy my skincare but this year showed me big stash is a big burden to me and I would like to get to the point when I don’t own more than two products in one category, plus I also need to save some money so use up what I have without having to buy what I don’t need. So that’s also probably my resolution – don’t shop what I already have and don’t go crazy if I find out I ran out of something.
I actually noticed that no buys and low buys are kind of “in” so I might be getting some inšpiratívnych around when I feel tempted although I found out the best way to avoid new purchases is basically to check my stash – not only I might see I have something similar, I also see the actual physicality of my stash and really consider whether the purchase is really necessary at that time or it could wait until I use up what I have and I might even change my mind by then. My favourite videos to watch on YouTube are empties because you can see all those influencers recommending different products that are not even for their skintypes but you don’t really know how much they use them, especially if they talk about at least 10 new skincare products in similar category every month or two. And let’s not talk about the hype about some products. I think I can count only on fingers of one hand products that hype made me buy them but once I spent money and tried them, I didn’t feel deflated and disappointed.
I could go on but maybe I could make another post about that later. As for my empties, I had two lots – one from after Christmas and one from after New Year as I spent a week visiting family.
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream was a good 70 ml size (not full size). It did remove make up and sunscreen well and if I used warm water, I didn’t have to use a cloth. I liked using it as quick cleansing mask when I spread it and massaged it into my face for a minute, left it on for another minute or two and then washed it off. It left my skin clean and soft but overall, I wouldn’t pay full price for that (although it was discontinued, I think), as I don’t see that much difference between the budget and expensive cream cleansers although it left my skin softer and conditioner without leaving residue than more budget friendly options.
Aurelia Cell Revitalise Day and Night Moisturiser. I had Aurelia’s sample set last winter when I was at my parents’ and although both moisturisers are richer, they didn’t break me out and I got along with them but this year my skin couldn’t stand them, they felt heavy, so I used them both for neck and decolletage. Another thing I didn’t like was that they smelled like mothballs my grandma used when I was a child.
Superdrug Ultra-Purifying Nose Pore Strips with charcoal and volcanic ash were not the best nose pore strips I used. I wouldn’t repurchase and I think Superdrug doesn’t even sell these anymore.
Avon Planet Spa Luxuriously Refining Peeling Off face mask with caviar extract. There is still around 1/4 left but I just don’t care about peel off masks and it is about to expire. I used to like this kind of mask 15 years ago but I think they give skin as much as plaster – the only reason it makes skin soft because it blocks hydration loss. As it was a gift, I tried to use it and my girls loved peeling it off and that was the only reasons I used it but otherwise when I see a peel off mask, I skip.
COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol. Many people wrote positive reviews about this treatment for acne but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. I used it mostly as an evening toner and you can feel by the smell, the alcohol content is high although it doesn’t feel drying however, when I used it twice a day, although my skin didn’t feel right, I felt kind of heat under my skin and at the end I used it mostly as a wash off treatment before morning cleansing. As I didn’t find it effective for my acne, I have no intention to repurchase.
Oriflame Love Nature Anti-ageing Alfalfa + Peptide Q10 eye cream was cheap so can’t expect much but it wasn’t worse than many more expensive eye cream, probably the main reason I keep buying eye cream is that many creams make my eyes teary so with eye creams it happened only a couple of times that it burned.
Rodial Super Acids Sleep serum was just a one- use sample of range that was replaced by vitamin C range but it smelled like delicious chocolate jelly, it seemed to be gentle creamy consistency, if I can judge it by one use and I now regret I didn’t get one when they brought the whole range back for one time only a month ago.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask. I loved this mask – it moped my natural oils without making me feel like Sahara, it tingled slightly upon application and 5 minutes were enough for it to leave my skin perfectly cleansed and smooth. If I didn’t have overload of masks I want to use up, I would repurchase.
Skimono Advanced Moisturisation+ hydrogel sheet mask is not in my empties for the first time and I still love it. Its gel essence is slimy on application but it sinks in and leaves soothed plump skin. The cost of one mask is rather steep though, so I would repurchase only on good offer.
Dr. G A-Clear Spot Repairing serum was only a small sample I got three spot treatments so cannot fully judge but I liked how it felt when I applied it on my jawline. It was more of a cream than serum and I felt that the part where I was breaking out felt calmer. Unlike most spot treatments that are more suitable for night as they are visible, I liked that this could be used during the day so I am tempted to buy full-size.
Oh K! Avocado sheet mask has light milky essence and I the sheet seems like tencel to me so it adheres well without liquid dripping everywhere but still allowing your face to soak some in. It leaves a bit of film that I didn’t want to wait ages for to dry so I just continued with my other skincare after about 5 minutes and although not fully sunk in, it didn’t make my skin feeling too heavy. I know Fiddysnail didn’t like their masks but I have no problem with them except maybe for what they are you could really find many cheaper alternatives from Korea.
Espa Overnight Hydration Therapy was used sparingly and once a week only on my face because although it didn’t break me out, it did feel heavy and eventually, I started using it as an overnight treatment for my hands and feet and I have to say it was brilliant and I can imagine it to work for dry skin perfectly.
Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Radiance with SPF20. I actually really liked using it in the summer because it was light and it adjusted colour as I applied it although it was a bit lighter than my summer colour.
Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum is the last bottle of long discontinued Superdrug serum. It contained salicylic acid, lactic acid, phytoprotein, cimicifuga, polyglycan, glycolic acid, tetrapeptide and red algea. This was a great one and I loved it.
Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Ultra Plumping serum was a one use sample so cannot judge fully. At first it felt very slippery and rather rich for a serum and I thought that “this definitely isn’t for my oily skin, this isn’t going to sink in” but surprisingly, within a few minutes, it did and my skin felt nice so although I cannot say how it works long term, one winter night use was rather pleasant.
Amie Naturally Kind Morning Clear Purifying Facial Was a travel size of a cream cleanser. I wouldn’t use it to remove make up, more a second or a morning cleanse as it washes off well with water. I used it for a few days in the summer as a morning cleanse and although it seemed as a nice soothing one at the beginning, after three days of continued morning cleanse I felt I needed a good foaming cleanser because my face didn’t feel properly clean. Same happened when I tried to use it now as both morning and second cleanse in the evening. However, it worked really nice as a morning cleanse now in winter. And as you could read, the 10 ml I had, went quite a long way.
Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture+ Comfort super hydrating and soothing tissue mask with extract of chamomile, hyaluronic acid and hydrating serum offered a good bang for my buck and I did like it although it was made in China. Also, unlike the sheet mask I used from them before, I didn’t see parabens on inci now, so I will have to check other masks whether they changed it for all of them. It wasn’t a bad fit and although it left residue on my face, it didn’t feel unpleasant or greasy.
The Face Shop Chia Seed no shine hydrating cream was one use sample of a clear gel. Maybe because I used it after the above mentioned sheet mask, it took a bit to fully sink and I didn’t have the matt finish it has in its name.
Yves Rocher Elixir Jeunesse Night care. Another single use sachet that didn’t make strong enough impression to have an opinion on.
Rodial Bee Venom moisturiser. Another small sample. I was prepared to hate it, as I had read it caused some people’s breakouts plus it mentioned it targets mature skin with meluttin peptide, biomimetic growth factors and vitamin C (which all sound good), but as sample goes, I felt I have a layer of skincare but it didn’t feel heavy or greasy, just smooth firmer skin. I wouldn’t use it in the morning though as it pilled.
Urban Veda Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish smelled heavily of sandalwood so instead of my face, I used it on body. It had finely ground pumice that worked well.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost micellar water is rubbish for removing make up, especially mascara when it was utterly useless. It felt nice and hydrating but it didn’t do what it was supposed to do. No repurchase.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater is a classic and one of the first choises for trying alcohol free rosewater/toner. There is better choice now but it is still a nice choice for the price. Might repurchase.
DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One gel is another sample and a great one. It felt like most creams when applied but it sinks well without feeling heavy and greasy. As it contains astaxanthin, it had light salmon colour and smelled like shellfish. I might repurchase once I get to two day moisturisers.
Cien Natural Minerals 48 Hours Anti-Perspirant I bought while grocery shopping after I had run out of deodorant before my payday. It is not the nicest or best anti-perspirant but it kept my pits odour-free throughout the day so if I was skint again, I would buy again, maybe just a different scent.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source hand cream has aquatic/sea fragrance which I like even though it reminds me of my favourite toilet cleaner😳.
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Velvety shower cream with macadamia nuts from Guatemala was the last one from my favourite now discontinued range of shower gels so I can’t repurchase anymore.
The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily eau de toilette was an okay everyday fragrance although as most TBS ones didn’t last whole day but I didn’t mind as I also felt like I couldn’t overdo it with this one either but it isn’t something I would repurchase especially with the amount in my stash.
Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion has very chemical smell and because of that I was a bit hesitant to use it on my 7-year old when she got KP on her arms and back of her thighs where she usually has bouts of eczema if I don’t slather her in good moisturising body cream. It improved her KP although didn’t fully get rid of it. It is not as moisturising as she would need but good for occasional use and it also helped me with preventing ingrown hair between shaves. Not something I couldn’t live without but still good and useful to have at home.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter was okay, I can see its appeal and nice smell, it is a good body moisturiser but I felt a bit bored with it and as it is a butter, didn’t feel like I wanted to use it every night. It isn’t something I would purchase by itself, more like in gift set.
Avon Romantic Rose bubble bath. This is what I used for my children when we went to visit my parents. It had a light rose scent and created great and lasting bubbles, especially if we used a bath fizzer as well.
Chloé EdP was a small sample from Glamour Beauty Club. I had a bottle of this 5 years ago and felt a bit meh about it but I actually really loved it this time around and I think I might repurchase some day full size again.
CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is a great body moisturiser if you want something fragrance free, deeply moisturising but not heavy. This is a second bottle in 2018 for my family and I am sure there will be more this year.
Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender ultra-moisturising hand therapy was a nice combination of fragrance and not a bad handcream but again, I woul lie if I said I am tempted to repurchase.
Noughty 1 Hit Wonder Co-Wash Cleansing conditioner is not a bad stand alone product, I also used it on my hair and it worked well if I didn’t use it on scalp but the pump is a complete rubbish – it was difficult to get any product out that way so I had to unscrew and tip it out which was quite hard with the thick creamy consistency.
Noughty To The Rescue Moisture Boost shampoo was an SLS free shampoo dealing with frizzy and dry hair but to me it seemed basically like a water diluted shampoo and ingredients like sweet almond and sunflower seed extract they mention at the front are almost at the end of INCI. Not a total fail or that I would hate it, I could find it’s place in my and my children’s hair care but it didn’t make me even excited and I definitely had to wash my hair twice with this one.
Forever Aloe-Jojoba shampoo and conditioning rinse were again one use samples that were not even enough for my hair especially the conditioner, although the shampoo seemed nice and gentle.
Philip Kingsley Maximizer was good for morning ”spray, brush and go” or low maintanance that I am hairwise. It doesn’t get my hair too sticky or crunchy, tamed frizz a bit but still gave a bit of lift to my roots.
Look Good Feel Better Contour blender was a very good make up sponge that I got first time in Powder box and really loved it till I forgot to bring it back from a trip. Then I got it again a few months ago but as I was using a foundation I prefered applying with the fingers, I didn’t use it much over the last month and I noticed speckles of mould on it the other day.
L’Oréal Double Extension was a revisit for my favourite mascara from 10 years ago when I shopped only L’Oréal mascaras. It is not bad although I had better both lash primers and mascara but I didn’t like how it transfered to my lower lid almost without a fail and I don’t want to be checking whether I don’t look like a panda every time I pass by mirror.
MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder did almost nothing to mattify and I used it more to set matt foundation. Most of the pan is revealed and because it had been with me for a few years, I decided it is time to let it go.