This is starting to really feel like a series now, eh? I’ve made it a bit of a habit to look at my old empties which comes in so handy because I actually forget what I’ve used before or what I really liked/disliked. You see…it’s like my personal notebook on digital space. I’m the type of person who reads my own blog post even after I’ve long posted it…does anyone else do this? 😳 (I know it seems a bit narcissistic but I think it’s so important to like your work even if it’s not actually your job!)
This time next week, I’ll have arrived in Hong Kong but since my box was getting so full and I wanted to clean before I go, I thought it was the perfect time to curate another one of these posts before I do the whole throw-out. 🙂
+ Would repurchase
– Will not bother again
+ Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub
+ Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser
– Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist
+ Simple Soothing Toner
+ Witch Cleansing Lotion (can’t find a link, I hope they haven’t discontinued it!!)
+ The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
+ The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
+ Hada Labo Perfect Cream (as part of a set)
+ Nivea Soft Bath Cream x 2
+ LUSH Oaty Creamy Dreamy Shower Cream
+ L’Oreal Extraordinary Oils Shampoo
= Trevor Sorbie Salt Texture Spray
+ Cien Make-Up Pads
+ Konjac Baby Bath Sponge
+ Wilkinson Sword Intuition Ultra Moisture Blades
If you have been following me for some time, then you will have heard me talking about these k-beauty sheet masks here. I won’t talk about them in this post to avoid repetition but let’s just say only one of the five masks I really liked , and one was just an all-round bad experience (and turned out to be expired which I later found out). Oops.
I’m actually running extremely low on sheet masks so any particular recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Essentially, a lot of my current (or not-so-current-anymore) skincare products were coming to an end. I always think about making a skincare routine post but it really changes a lot and is never that concrete although I do have products I always go back to. I guess this is where Instagram comes in handy. When the time is right, I will put my skincare routine on Instagram Stories and highlight it! But for now, this photograph is the closest to my once current skincare routine:
I wanted to try more of this line since I have used the moisturiser before a few years back (and loved it). This line is formulated for dry to normal skin and whilst I have combo/oily, I really love some of the products!
After my first application with the facial scrub, I noticed just how soft my skin was. The granules in this are walnut shells which am sure some skincare gurus will be cursing at; because apparently these irregular shaped granules can pierce your skin’s capillaries, therefore damaging the surface. Irregular shapes mean it doesn’t roll smooth on the skin but honestly, I think that’s quite an exaggeration. My skin has most definitely not been damaged (by this product) and I actually think it’s very gentle for a scrub! If you have trouble finding a scrub that’s not abrasive, I definitely think this is worth a shot.
Now, I bought this particular one because of good reviews and well…I’ve never actually tried a ‘hot cloth cleanser’. It comes with a muslin cloth with an okay quality so if you have very sensitive skin, it’s probably best that you stick to your better quality cloths. Personally, I ditched the cloth after a week or two – they’re just not my thing.
Again, I loved this! It’s very creamy and enjoyable to use. It’s not particularly foaming but because of its creaminess, there is this softening effect as if you’re massaging bounce back into your skin. My skin actually feels soft and moisturised after using this but also bare and clean. It impressed me so much last year that I’d dare say it’s in my top 5 for cleansers. Will definitely repurchase!
Unfortunately a miss! It would really be too good to be true for an entire line to be amazing and this illustrates that.
The whole experience was just not there. It wasn’t awful but I didn’t once, feel a certain way where I thought this was a reasonably good product. If anything, I thought it was mediocre and underwhelming. I didn’t feel that it added anything to my skin or that it felt particularly soothing and as proof, it instead dried out one of my eyelids!: 😮
I tested the mist on and off and each time, within two or three days it’d give me a dry eyelid!
As a result, I didn’t finish the product and decided the bin was the best place for it. Surprisingly, I managed to use half of it.
All-time favourite toner! Will repurchase again and again. It is what is says. 😛
+ Witch Cleansing Lotion:
If teenage me had discovered this, I think I’d have been really happy. Unfortunately, I only discovered the toners that reeked a bit of alcohol and stung my skin but this is a much milder version of that. I felt that this really cleaned up any excess oil I had whilst keeping my blemishes at bay. It’s also quite soothing and didn’t dry out my skin. For those with blemished and oily skin, might I suggest you consider this? (That is, if it’s not discontinued.)
[See: 6 Months After Using More The Ordinary Skincare] I can’t remember if this is my 2nd bottle finished, or 3rd, but point being, it’s a great product that I’d purchase again and again. It’s easy to add into my routine and absorbs in good time for my next step in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is quite a staple for me because I could always do with balance and hydration!
[See: as above] Again, I can’t remember if this is my 2nd or 3rd bottle finished. My skin is at its most clearest and blemish-free when I use this. It’s actually hydrating too which is a bonus since not many blemish-type products feel that way. I’m off The Ordinary wagon for a bit at the moment, but for sure, this is fast becoming a staple and all-time favourite!
Isn’t the packaging cute? It’s actually as part of a Mickey and Minnie special edition set but contents are the same. 🙂
I don’t have any prior information of this product to go by since it doesn’t seem popular or highly stocked. First impressions were how it’s a gel and not a cream which I found quite funny, but as someone who’s combo/oily, I didn’t mind! The label states that this can be used as a sleeping mask and I agree! It’s very hydrating and I just find that this plumps my skin again when it’s feeling dull and dehydrated. I’d consider getting the full version if I can find it!
Bath, Body, Hair & Misc.
+ Nivea Soft Bath Cream x 2
I might have talked about these last Empties? I definitely remember talking about them in a Favourites post. Anyhow, these were very cheap in Home Bargains for the amount you get but it’s a great formula. It’s a softening-type foam and the smell is neutral enough that you smell nice but it’s not invasive or OTT.
I might have said before how I’m not a fancy person when it comes to my shower routine. I mostly use drugstore and it suits me just fine. The SA pointed me to this shower cream when I talked about my eczema/psoriasis troubles and since I love Dream Cream already, this seemed like the perfect accompaniment since it’s oaty too. I didn’t need a lot of this and found that I could cover a large area. I mostly concentrated on my patchy areas but for sure, it’s calming. There’s also a lovely, creamy lather to this too. 🙂
Seeing a pattern yet? This has also been featured in my Favourites before. 😂 I may be very low maintenance with my hair but when I choose my shampoo, I’m very careful and attentive. I love this shampoo! It moisturises my hair really well whilst still cleaning it. Some shampoos really dry my scalp out but I found this formula balanced my scalp and just always made it feel comfortable.
I think I bought this just to be a bit more fancier with my hair but I never really used it that much. I’m chucking it out since it’s just sitting here collecting dust and I know I won’t use it. (It’s probably also expired too.) It’s a reasonably good product actually but I believe, not for my hair type since I don’t have beach-wave hair.
I bought this because for one, I really liked the size and although it’s marketed for babies, I thought it’d be good for delicate skin and I wasn’t wrong. In the photograph, you can’t see it because it’s all dried up but I used it to the point that there was a massive tear in the middle! The sponge was much loved…I found it to be a great accompaniment to my shower creams, doing just a bit more work without going ham on your skin.
Last one! I finally finished these 3 pack razor blades! Funny story, I actually got IDed for these at checkout… They are essentially 5-layer blades entrapped within a soap bar to make the experience less drying and therefore more smooth. The soap really helps with the blade gliding better in advance. I generally prefer waxing however, I like using these when I’m feeling a bit lazy and have time restraints.
…and that is my Empties post finished! Time to throw everything out. 😝
A total of 21 products have been cleaned up! I really feel that I fulfilled my beauty goal from last year, which was to use up what I already have to reduce the queue of products. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a hoarder but I definitely see a lot of free space now which is optimistic. 🙂 The timing couldn’t have been more perfect…when I said “optimistic”, I partly meant that it’s a great time to shop big in Hong Kong, ha!
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