THINGS I FINISH #2
After collecting all the empty containers of my beauty products for almost four months, I have finally used up enough to show them to you and discuss their prowess with you. Spoiler alert: Quite a few of the following products will not be repurchased. Let's get started!
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Now, this dry shampoo really does live up to its reputation. Supposedly Karl Lagerfeld go-to product to freshen up his hair, it's relatively affordable, gentle to the scalp and does what it says on the can. I've already repurchased two more and will not stray to any other products/brands anytime soon.
Sachajuan Dry Shampoo
Unfortunately, this dry shampoo by Sachajuan didn't really wow me. I found it too strong, it had too heavy a scent and left my hair with lots of white residue, meaning I had to rub it in for ages - something that I don't like to do, as my scalp is very sensitive and is best kept alone. This came as quite a surprise seeing as though I'm a big fan of Sachajuan and their products usually live up to their reputation.
Ren Hydra-Calm Youth Defence Serum
When my skin started playing up and I was faced with more than a few flare ups, a Ren representative recommended me this calming serum. And let me tell you, that lady knows her stuff! Ultra light in texture and with a soothing scent, it helped my skin stay moisturised all day and is the perfect weapon for cold winter days. Now that it's getting colder again, I have already stocked up on a new bottle. This little serum may not be a miracle worker, but it delivers what it promises and certainly makes all the products you put on top (read: moisturisers) shine!
Ren Radiance Renewal Mask
This face mask by Ren is definitely one of their popular products. It took me a while to get used to it and it does need to be used regularly to really see any effects, but once you've included it in your routine it really does work wonders. 'Eating' away all the dead skin, it makes your skin look more radiant and is great when you're struggling with flaky skin in winter. I try to use it at least once a week, alternating with a clay masks for the days that my skin needs some TLC. Long story short: it's a great product and I've already got a new bottle in my bathroom.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
This light moisturiser is my perfect companion in summer - it isn't too heavy and gets the job done. This is already the second tube I've finished and I will have to stock up for next summer. But let's not worry about that just yet...
Mac Prep + Prime Skin
Now, this primer has been lying in my draw for about two years, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out. I thought I'd include it because I'm genuinely quite unhappy with it and wanted to talk about products that didn't work for me. I don't mind primers at all, I tend to use them when I'm going out or when my skin needs a bit more looking-after (especially on cold days). This Mac one, however, was just way too sparkly. It'll come as no surprise to you that I won't repurchase. I don't want to sound too harsh though - it was a great product when there still weren't many dew-inducing foundations around, and as it was my first ever primer, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads
All hail these pads by Cane & Austin! They were my skin saviours when I went off the contraceptive pill and all hell broke loose. Containing Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel and Glycolic Acid, they gently exfoliate your skin and promote skin healing. I used one pad every other day and am sorely missing them at the moment. Unfortunately at approximately 50€ a pop, they're not really something I can justify spending at the moment, but come next pay-day, I'll be placing an order at Space NK for sure!
Mac Superslick Liquid Eye Liner
I am not a big fan of wearing eyeliner these days, but there were times when I rocked a cat eye every other day. I have finally used up these two Mac ones, one in black and one in dark grey, the other month. To be honest, they weren't the best eyeliners, drying up too quickly and too watery in consistency, so unfortunately I won't be repurchasing them.
Clarins Baume Beauté Eclair
Clarins are one of those brands that are more than happy to give you lots of samples when you're unsure whether or not you want to invest in one of their products. This trial size Beauty Flash Balm was given to me by a helpful sales assistant and has been a trusty helper during my travels for the past six months. I loved taking this with me wherever I went and it was a great multi-purpose item, both as a primer and a moisturiser. As you can probably tell I intend to make a purchase of this Clarins star very soon!
That's it for now. Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? What are your thoughts?