Welcome back to another beauty empties post! I was cleaning up my beauty room and suddenly found a whole bag of empties I had totally forgotten about (bad blogger!) and since I have a few things to say about these products, here we are. As usual there’s more skincare than makeup. Do any of you finish more makeup than skincare? I’m curious.
Let’s start with the HEMA Brush Cleanser. I cried when this finished because I can’t get it in the US and it is a great inexpensive brush cleanser. I gave it so much love for many years, you can read more here. Any good recommendations for brush cleansers?
I didn’t mention it anywhere, but I think it’s time to make public my quest for a good eye makeup remover in this country. My favorite is the Garnier Waterproof Makeup Remover but they don’t sell it here?!?!?!?! Garnier, wtf?! I am so animate about this because any other eye makeup remover is expensive and totally useless to get my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (not waterproof) off. I am at a point of changing mascara because I can’t get it off. But I think I’ll write a post about my quest because it’s still ongoing. All this intro to say that the L’Oreal Clean Artiste waterproof eye makeup remover is terrible and does nothing for my mascara. Fail.
The rest of my skincare empties are the sample sizes that I brought with me from Europe to survive the few weeks until I started my Fall Skincare Routine with Paula’s Choice regimen. Starting with the cleansers, an oldie but goodie is the La Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser (read more here), purifying foaming gel which I used some years ago to clear up my skin. It does it’s job but contains SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) that makes it foam, but isn’t really that good for your skin. It worked well when my skin was breaking out badly, but I wouldn’t use it on a normal skin now. The Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is another cleanser for oily skins, but this was definitely too harsh for my skin, but I think it would be great for a more oily and less sensitive skin. It is a cleanser and scrub in one and definitely too strong of a scrub to use everyday. Same situation with the Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser+Scrub+Mask, which is even more aggressive than the Kiehl’s one and I can’t recommend to anyone, no, skip this one. Last cleanser in the bunch is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is definitely a nice and gentle cleanser that I would recommend to everyone as a starting point. It doesn’t target specific skin concerns but works great at cleansing and foaming without soaps stripping your skin.
Moving on to toners, I enjoyed using the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner both morning and evening. It contains aloe vera gel, grapefruit extract and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin without drying it out. I really liked the way it felt but I didn’t use it long enough to see long term benefits. I want to start acid toning again in my next skincare cycle and this is a good option.
I also tried the Vichy Idealia Life Serum as a morning serum, and it felt nourishing and good on the skin but too heavy for my combination/oily skin underneath a moisturizer. I am not going to repurchase it, but it might be an option to try for those with normal to dry skin.
In the evening I always use an oil to nourish my skin (and I don’t mind being oily then) and I fell hard in love with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It is such a light weight wonderful oil that doesn’t leave you oily and in the morning your skin feels like a baby’s bottom (a clean one). I say it all the time, but i will eventually buy the full size cause it’s just too good! You need it in your life. The other oil I finally finished is the Ole Hendriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. Nothing special I feel, a good facial oil that smells like orange oil. I wouldn’t purchase it full size but it’s not bad at all.
Last skincare bit is the La Roche Posay Redermic R eye cream sample that stole my heart. I have bought and am using the full size of this retinol-based eye cream. It is the first eye cream I got really excited about in a long time. It is not too thick, not a gel, just a classic cream but absorbs fast and leaves the skin hydrated while (probably, I hope) fighting ageing and fine lines. I can’t speak for long term effects, but I am loving it and I feel i will keep repurchasing it for a long time.
We finally made it to my makeup empties and I have only two bits. The ever-present Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, my last european tube, dried up and I have This is my favorite mascara and I hate removing it (see top of this post), but it’s just too good. So now I wear it by itself but when I have false lashes on, I use any other mascara that is easy to remove. The other makeup products is the Garnier Anti Dark Circle Roll On Concealer, which I’ve had for so long. I think I got a shade too dark for me so I’ve used it only in summer and it is extremely light weight with light-medium coverage and I reallly couldn’t feel it on my skin. I am not going to repurchase it, but it was a nice light weight concealer for no makeup day.
Congratulations for those of you who read through my rambles all the way to the end (I think I’m pms-ing, sorry). Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or if you PLEASE have a suggestion for a really good waterproof makeup remover. I’m begging you here!