Monday, 23 March 2015

Recent empties


I've not done an 'empties' post before - and, being honest, I rarely drain product bottles dry of their contents before moving on to the next one. But, in the interests of my bank balance, I've decided to make sure I use things up properly (unless, obviously, they make my face fall off first). So, here's my first round up of products I've used ever last ounce of  - and whether I'd repurchase or not.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel - a soap free, foaming gel cleanser. I haven't used a huge number of Dermalogica products, but the ones I have used I've been impressed with. This leaves the skin clean, without drying it out. It's gentle but effective. It doesn't replace my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (or Eve Lom, when I'm feeling flush) but it does the job.
Repurchase? Probably in the future. But not right now. 

Chanel Ultra Correction Lift - an anti-wrinkle eye and lip product. As you can tell from the picture, it was a sample. Any good? Of course it was. It's Chanel. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it  for sale anywhere online, so that's the end of that. Probably for the best - for my wallet at least.
Repurchase? I would if I could. But I can't. 

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream - another sample (obviously. I can't be spending £161 on eye cream. Well, not just now anyway). I absolutely love this range. Before you get ahead of yourselves, I was given some of these products (sample size only) by a good friend who's a regular user of this brand. Lucky her. This eye cream is brilliant - not quite as good as the dry oil - but a close second. 
Repurchase? Absolutely - when I get a pay rise, or win the lottery. Whichever comes first.

Nivea Micellar Water - an absolute bargain at the moment (on offer for just £2 at Boots). Does what it says on the tin - removes make-up basically. You'll need a separate eye make-up remover though - it's not good enough for that. But, at £2, who can complain? Personally, I prefer the Garnier version, which I think is a bit better at tackling the eye make-up and that's usually on offer too. It's around £3. So not much preference really.
Repurchase? Yes, if on offer and the Garnier one isn't.

Boots Essential Cucumber Toner - claims to be refreshing and toning. For me, not so much. Cheap as chips (£1.50) but I'd say it's worth a little bit extra to get something with a bit more bang for your buck. I was sorely tempted to bin this before I got to the end. Be impressed with my self-restraint.
Repurchase? No.

Clarins Super Restorative Serum - I love this stuff. LOVE it. It just works. And I'm afraid you can tell the difference compared to cheaper versions. Plus, if you needed any further convincing, Caroline Hirons (a true genius) says that if you invest money in any part of your skin care routine, it should be your serum. That's all I need to know....
Repurchase? A thousand times yes. 

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light - bought in France whilst on a 'pharmacie' splurge, just to check the French still had it. (They do, by the way.) I used this up, even though it was a bit light for the thick of winter - my skin has been ridiculously dry. This stuff is really light and hydrating - maybe not enough for winter, but I think it would be fantastic in the summer. It doesn't have SPF though, so you need to add that in to your routine. 
Repurchase? Yes, in the summer.  

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil - as per the above. This oil is amazing. It is the stuff of miracles. My skin has never looked so good. It's an oil, but it's not oily. It smells divine. Okay, it definitely should (it costs £213) but still. Every time I used it was absolute bliss. My skin has been suffering serious withdrawal symptoms. Which it will have to overcome for now. Another one to add to the list after that lottery win. 
Repurchase? Yes. If inspiration on numbers for the lottery strikes, do tell. 

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avacado - one of Kiehl's best sellers, and rightly so. This saved my eyes through winter. It's pretty heavy, so I used it as a night eye cream, but it did wonders - my under eye area is very dry, so I need something supercharged to sort that out. 
Repurchase? I'm thinking I'll be making space for this in October. 



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