In December last year I posted part one of this series and even though it’s taken me a while, I’m ready to share more with you. As I’m too lazy and just want to get to the stuff, I’ll copy my intro from the first post –
My sister and I have a thing where whenever we finish a perfume or a beauty or skincare or hair care product or anything like that, we send each other a picture of it and say if we liked it or not. For some reason (probably because I wanted to write about it to be honest), I’ve saved most of the empties I’ve finished over the past year and a bit. And I think if I keep collecting them for any longer it could be considered a problem. In my head. For keeping empty packages for years on end. For no other reason than to maybe write about them in my diary one day. Yeah, that would be weird. Ahem.
Sooooo let’s just nip this in the bud and get my thoughts out there. (By the way, I tried to sort them into categories as much as I could but… Well, let’s see how it goes.)
Face creams (Day + Night)
Garnier, Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist (75ml)
Pros: It was very refreshing on my face and easy to use. It was also convenient to throw in my bag for those super hot summer days when I thought I was going to die from a heat stroke.
Cons: I’m not sure how much it actually did for my skin as for moisturising it. I mean… Does it count if it just felt like water? Water is hydrating…
Erno Laszlo (5ml)
I honestly don’t even know what it was. It felt like a toner (or water…) but I’m sure it had ‘lotion’ in it’s name. Weird. In any case I did put it on my face but I don’t remember noticing any difference in, well, anything.
Elizabeth Arden, Great 8 Daily Defense Moisturizer (5ml)
Pros: Smells amazing, lightweight, fast absorbing, leaves skin super nice.
Cons: The sample size was too small!
Superdrug, Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (100ml)
I remember actually buying this (I get most of my skincare from beauty box subscriptions so it’s not toooooo often that I buy more stuff myself) as I had run out of my previous night cream and I’m an absolute sucker for nighttime skincare stuff.
Pros: It was quite rich in texture so I felt it really moisturised my skin overnight. Very affordable and a generous size.
Cons: The scent can be a bit overwhelming.
ThisWorks, In Transit Camera Close-Up Mask, Moisturiser and Primer in One (20ml)
Wow, that’s a mouthful!
Pros: Pleasant ‘sleepy’ scent. Feels quite thick but a little goes a long way as it spreads and absorbs really well and doesn’t leave your skin greasy.
Cons: Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t wrap my head around how it’s supposed to be a mask, moisturiser and primer in one… How does that work?!
MonuSkin, Line Smoothing Night Renewal Complex (30ml)
Another little beauty box treat.
Pros: Light fragrance, nothing too overwhelming. Leaves skin visibly moisturised which I love in a night cream – it gave me a face as soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom by the next morning.
Cons: I had completely forgotten about it.. I just had to squeeeeeeeeze the last tiniest bit of it out the tube and massage it into my skin to remember what it was like. (As a side note – now that I have refreshed my memory I would totally buy it if it wasn’t so darn expensive!)
Figs & Rouge, Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Day Cream (20ml)
I just noticed I took this photo of the back of the tube… Whoops!
Pros: Does what it says on the label. With vitamins A, C and E plus hyaluronic acid it does give your skin some extra oomph and glow as well as some serious hydration. It worked really well on my normal but slightly ageing skin. (I can see the lines forming up on my forehead even if no-one else does so I’m sticking to my assessment!)
Dr Botanicals, Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum (15ml)
Pros: A little goes a long way (I’m still not sure how I actually used it up) and it works wonders. It’s intensely hydrating and actually made my eye area look brighter which is no easy task.
Cons: Can be a bit oily so may not suit everyone for daytime use, especially if you’re going to be putting on any makeup as the oils will most likely react with it and break it apart.
Simple, Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (15ml)
Pros: No added scent or colour to irritate the delicate eye area. Thick enough formula so that I felt like it was doing something but not so thick that it wouldn’t absorb. Oh, and it’s very affordable. I would buy this again.
Cons: None, really…
There you go – my thoughts on the face and eye creams I used up last year.
Expect the next parts of this series soon as I need the box where I’m currently storing all the 2019 empties for my this year’s stuff! I refuse to let it get to the level where it piles up and I have to actually call myself the crazy lady who won’t get rid of her rubbish.
I shall now go and thank these empties for what they’ve done for me and let them go.