Hello again with the second part of my empties. Still a lot of samples, travel size and some that I left behind when I visited my parents last Christmas. I thought it would be shorter but I finished some stuff I didn’t expect to, so here we go.
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads were one time rather hyped and I would say they are a great gun to fight congested skin without overdrying this type of products causes. The ingredients list is good as always with COSRX and there isn’t really nothing bad I could say about it because even if it doesn’t stop me from having my hormonal breakouts, it helps their healing. I am a cosmetic slut so I want to try what many other brands offer but I wouldn’t mind coming back to these at some point.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinol 2% was the old version of their Granactive Retinoid. Although I think that Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment gives better results, it is also 7x more expensive so you can’t beat that price.
Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser was one of the items I forgot to take and I regretted it as it is a great hot cloth cleanser, in fact, for me, it is the best I’ve tried so far. You can rely on it to remove the whole face make up.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Super-Recharging Antioxidant Gel-Cream Night was love I developed graduated. I love the feeling at the initial application when it touched my skin and it felt like I splashed my face with water. What I didn’t like in the summer heat much though was that later I could feek there silicone in it as it felt a bit like when you apply dilluted silicone primer but using a fan did help and now I can actually say I really love it. I would say you get a lot of music for little money, because it really hydrated well, especially on my neck and decolletage was a big difference after using it so yes, it is a great budget option.
Avon Anew Clinical Infinite Lift Dual Eye System is not something, I can recommend. I didn’t notice much difference on my aging hooded eyelids and the “cream part” didn’t work well as I saw my lines getting deeper, if I used this only. If I used other cream on top, the results were good. So this one is more like serum than something that would save your eyes from wrinkles so might be suitable for late 20s and early 30s with oily skin.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser gelee milk. I can imagine some people would like it as a morning cleanser as it isn’t supposed to be washed off but I used it as the first cleanser when I wanted to remove suncsreen or face make up after getting home but didn’t want to continue with the full skincare routine yet as it plumped up the skin. It wasn’t good to remove eye make up as it wasn’t very effective and it stung my eyes.
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream contained SPF50 broad spectrum and although thicker consistency, it didn’t feel heavy gave relatively matt finish on my face. I usually just left out moisturiser when using this. Over all a very good sunscreen and I wouldn’t mind buying it again.
Nivea Double Effect Eye Make Up Remover is together with Garnier 2in1 Express Eye Make Up Remover my favourite. Quick, effecient without rubbing eyes too much even on waterproof make up. As it is more widely available than Garnier one and often only for £1.50, it is winning at the moment for me.
Vichy Minéral 89 was a great hyaluronic acid booster before serum. The 50 ml lasted 2 months of everyday morning and evening use. Although some people reviewed it as sticky, I did experience no such a thing with this clear gel and I am one of those who love it for sure. I like that it is in glass bottle as it is easily recyclable and they now sell more travel friendly 30 ml bottle.
Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask was a pink, lightly scented AHA gel mixed with volcanic rock which was basically like powder so the physical exfoliation was very gentle. I left it on only for 5 minutes and my skin got baby soft.
Origins Clear Improvement was a 15 ml sample that lasted 2 1/2 uses. Black charcoal mask left my skin soft and clean. It did dry out but my skin didn’t feel dry when I removed it. I can imagine the new version of this mask with honey works like a treat.
Urban Veda Daily Purifying Facial Wash was almost as refreshing for summer, loved the eucalyptus and wild mint in it. I had a full size toner from the purifying range before and I loved it.
COSRX Low pH Good Morning gel cleanser was a lovely gentle non drying gel, I can smell a bit of tea tree but otherwise nothing else.
Pyunkang Yul mist toner, moisture serum, ampoule and cream. The single use sample set contained lightweight products giving dewy, moisturised complexion, great for that Korean glass skin effect although I would prefer something with more matt finish for daytime.
DHC face wash powder was one of those love at first use. I thought it would be slightly abrasive but in combination with water it created the creamest facewash that felt amazing.
Klairs Gentle Black Cleansing Oil was lovely to use, I had only sunscreen to remove the day I used it so cannot really comment on make up removing qualified.
Superdrug Foot Nourishing Sock Pack tea tree and peppermint were worth the 99p I spent on it. I left it on much longer than recommended 20 minutes (in fact, I put it on my feet when I went to bed and pulled it off when I woke up some time in the night) and it softened my soles nicely.
Superdrug Deep Action Spot Clearing Body Spritz is one thing I would list as no 1 necessity for summer. It contains high level of salicylic acid to blitz body acne, it cost around £2 and it works. I already have another bottle.
Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, honey and coriander was fairly reasonable mini. It wasn’t a cream that would sink immediately but still not something you couldn’t apply during the day. I like the scent. I have a set of many 25g tubes with different fragrance so won’t need to repurchase any hand cream for a bit but I am not sure whether I would look specifically for this brand, maybe if it was on offer.
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet was a light body moisturiser with a nice strawberry fragrance. Its curdly texture might not be everybody’s cup of tea plus I am not sure it is much moisturising.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula bust cream is one (if not only) of my forever repurchase as long as I can. Love it for 10 years and continue.
Garnier Fructis Anti-dandruff 2in1 shampoo was good when I fancied something with SLS. And it was cheap. But I still think Nizoral and Neutrogena T Gel were my all time anti-dandruff shampoos although I didn’t have them for ages.
L’ORÉAL Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo is a cleansing cream I bought for my daughters but I also used it a few times as a refresh for my hair as my hair gets very dry in the summer and it worked well even for my fine hair, although I made sure I didn’t rub it into my scalp. Of course, just like all L’Oréal product it’s very perfumy but I don’t mind that as much in hair products.
Salon Science Hydrasoothe Cooling Spray is something I can recommend for summer as it gives a light cooling sensation to scalp and also provides some hydration to hair if sprayed All over.
Bumble and Bumble BB Hairdesser’s Invisible oil Heat/UV Protective Primer was a lovely travel size that was great to use if you wash your hair in the morning. I don’t use much heat on my or my girls’ hair but I loved this as a UV shield. It contains grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, coconut, argan and safflower oil as well as tiare (or gardenia) extract. I wouldn’t mind buying full size.
Revlon Uniq One Lotus Flower hair treatment should have 10 real benefits but I am still unsure after using this 9 ml size which lasted me 2 uses.
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing shampoo was a clear, gentle shampoo that was a bit runny and as PK make shampoos for daily use, hair will get oily more quickly.
Collection Bronze Glow mosaic got used only a couple of times in I don’t how many years I have it because it makes me orange whether I used it as a bronzer or tried as a blush.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil was a hydrating gel and also made non-greasy, slightly tacky surface, trasy for the application. I liked it a lot.
Yves Rocher exfoliation shower gel in organic raspberry. Love shower gels from YR. I like the idea of real fruit seeds although it doesn’t give a thorough body exfoliation, at least it can ca used more often.
Paula’s Choice Ultra-light Daily Hydrating Fluid with SPF30 was a light runny lotion. Great for oily skin but I did notice some pilling, especially on my neck but not more than with any other face SPF.