Empties, empties, empties and a pleasing roundup of what's been slapped on my face/hair over the past few months. On the one hand there is nothing more satisfying than scraping the last dregs out of your favourite products. On the other hand I now need to replace a whole load of skincare 😱😱😱. Biggest empty this month is going to be my wallet 👎
So, I'll begin with the 'can't live without/already repurchased camp'. First up, and no surprise is Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm. Love this stuff, works brilliantly, can be left on as a mask, reasonably priced. What's not to love? Top tip, their limited edition (& highly portable) 50ml pots are currently available in M&S, so snap em up before they are gone.
Next up is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. Nothing screams 'new skin by morning' like this bad boy. I've slightly neglected it in recent weeks, second to my new retinol treatment, but this stuff is reasonably priced and I have yet to meet someone who doesn't look better for using it.
My other must haves du jour are Sunday Riley's Good Genes serum (bloody brilliant) and the classic Eve Lom cleanser. Not everyone gets on with this one, but it gives me an unparalleled cleanse with just the right amount of exfoliation if you are looking for a deep scrub.
In the 'will repurchase' once I have checked that the mortgage has been paid is the Odacite Green Tea & Lemongrass, Radiance Effect Serum Concentrate. Originally a sample from Cult Beauty I hadn't expected to love this as much as I do. Completely gorgeous when mixed in with a 'treatment' serum for the day or moisturiser. It gave me a gorgeous glow and smelled great.
Another Cult Beauty sample was the Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm. This makes a lovely resurfacing mask if you leave it on and I was really impressed by the results. Top notch brand and available in SpaceNK.
A surprise winner was the 'Forever' Aloe Lips 💋 & Jojoba Lip Balm which I was sent as a tester. I seem to have perpetually dry lips and have tried a lot of (very expensive) lip balms. This stuff is bloody brilliant, hygienic and smells great. A definite repurchase from me.
Finally, I was slightly disgruntled by my ByTerry Bronze Generation eyeliner. It is the best waterproof eye pencil I have ever used (to be fair I haven't tried that many). But after sharpening it a few times, it just stopped giving out any colour and kept snapping. Really irritating as it was bloody expensive so I will be contacting them to see if I can get a replacement.
In the 'lovely', but have similar products to test camp, so not going to repurchase now is Olaplex. It's hard with slow burn products like this to see the effects and to know if they are worth the price. I have a few other hair masks to use so will defer getting this again, although I would recommend it to others.
I loved Sunday Riley's Juno but am keen to try another oil, so think I might go with Flora or the Kat Burki night oil instead this time.
I got through two bottles of Pixi Glow Tonic and thought it was a really lovely, good value product. However, I've got the Zelens PHA resurfacing pads which do an equivalent job, so no need for a repurchase.
Finally the Oskia Renaissance Anti-Ageing & Brightening Supreme Cream was yet another sample. It's difficult to quantify the efficacy of a serum in such a short space of time, so I can't give any overwhelming conclusions. It seemed nice and sat well under my makeup, but I wasn't bowled over by it. So probably not a long term option for me.
So there we go. That blog post was the equivalent of going through my rubbish bin and writing out a shopping list. Scintillating stuff!
If anyone has any recommendations for cleansers/serums etc please do let me know before I place my next order. I'm always keen to try new stuff and am almost *justified in a few new purchases! xxx
*who am I kidding