This is a series of posts where I reflect on beauty, skincare, makeup, etc products that I used up in 2019. You can read my previous entries here – Empty Thoughts Part I, Empty Thoughts Part II, Empty Thoughts Part III, Empty Thoughts Part IV, Empty Thoughts Part V, Empty Thoughts Part VI, Empty Thoughts Part VII and Empty Thoughts Part VIII.
Also, if you’ve read my previous posts you may have noticed I am not changing the intro of these. The explanation stays the same and I don’t think I’ll be able to describe what I’m doing here any better now than I did when I wrote the first post in this series.
”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 Cleansers + Makeup Removers
Simple, Micellar Cleansing Water (400ml, £3)
Right, this is nothing against Simple, but I have never been able to tell the difference between micellar waters. Am I alone in this? I don’t think I am, but if you’re one of the people who in fact can see the benefits of one micellar water over another, please enlighten me.
Other than that I think it’s a nice affordable option if you need one.
Balance Me, Flash Cleanse Micellar Water (30ml, £6)
I’m about to contradict myself – after having just said I can’t tell the difference between micellar waters, this one is actually different. It has quite a strong scent which makes it stand out. Whether it’s for the good or bad depends on if you like scented products. It has that typical herbal scent that I find is quite common for this brand which I personally quite enjoy, but I don’t think everyone will.
So if you get a chance, I’d definitely try a sample size – like my one – first before going for a full sized bottle.
Suki, Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (7.5ml)
I looooooved this little guy. It was only a tiny sample pot but it went quite a long way. It had this gorgeous lemony scent and a really interesting texture. It felt like face scrub at first that really quickly turned into foamy cleanser when rubbed onto face.
I’d definitely buy this in full size if I could find it anywhere for a reasonable price. Lookfantastic used to sell it for £25, but now the cheapest I can find it anywhere is nearly £40. Typical…
Superdrug, Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator (50ml, £2)
This had a bit of a ‘soapy’ smell to it, characteristic to Superdrug’s Vitamin E range in general from my experience.
It was as gentle as a ‘bitty’ scrub can be, I think. Mostly creamy in texture with little exfoliating oat bits in it.
A decent affordable option in my opinion.
Bliss, Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser (45ml)
This was in fact fabulous and I’m absolutely gutted that I can’t find it anywhere anymore.
I’d even go as far to say that it may be one of the best makeup removers I have ever tried.
So easy to use and super effective. I miss having it in my life. Ugh, I’m having a bit of a moment here now… Bye little guy! Thanks for being a part of my makeup removal routine for a while. I’ll miss you.
Amie, Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash (10ml sample)
Facial washes are another category where it takes a lot to stand out for me. This little guy didn’t, really. Don’t get me wrong, there was absolutely nothing bad about it and it was brilliant for travel, but I didn’t notice anything magical happening with my skin whilst using it either.
I would use it again if another one of these found its way to my life but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one.
Elemis, Superfood Facial Wash (30ml, £5.80)
This one was a bit more memorable. But I guess Elemis are good at making products that stick with you. My skin always felt really good after using this face wash – it was gentle but really did the job well.
I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t buy this again because I totally would. If I ever run out of face washes. Which at the moment seems to be never. Oh well…
Balance Me, Pure Skin Face Wash (50ml, £6.40)
Remember that herbal scent I mentioned earlier with another Balance Me product? This one has it as well.
It was another nice face wash but I don’t know what else to write – as I said earlier, it’s hard to stand out with most of these guys doing the same job and doing it well.
Would I buy it again? I absolutely would.
First Aid Beauty, Pure Skin Face Cleanser (28.3g, £4.50)
Not going to lie, I can’t actually remember anything about this one. But I used it up so it couldn’t have broken me out in hives or literally melted my face off. I’m going to take that as a good thing and be happy for it.
Korres, White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser (16ml sample)
This I liked. So far I’ve loved everything by Korres and this was no exception. If it wasn’t out of stock everywhere and I wasn’t terrified that they’ve actually stopped making it I’d buy it in full size now. (Well, that and if I didn’t already have plenty of cleansers to see me through the foreseeable future.)
That’s it for my face cleansers! I have 2 more categories to go and very little time to get them written up and posted within this year. I feel like I’ve been here before… Baking cookies just before midnight on New Year’s Eve to complete a challenge, driving myself up the walls attempting to finish a jigsaw before midnight strikes for New Year. Would be quite fitting if I was writing my final post of the year a few minutes before 2021, wouldn’t it? I hope I won’t be though!
Actually, I’ll say it here – if you don’t see my final 2 empty thoughts posts before next year, that’s OK. It’s only me in my own head that’s created this deadline for myself. I’m allowed to go over it, if I need to.
How’s that for being kind to myself, eh?