It’s officially half way through 2020, the year with the most surprises, twists and turns! What will the series finale be like?
Anyway, I’ve been keeping all my empties so far and here they are! 6 months worth of empties. I’ve divided them into different categories and I will also link my reviews and where to buy. I will also be doing some mini-reviews and mentioning my fav items!
I finished a few cleansers so far! My favourite ones were First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Olay Foaming Cleansing Jelly and Farmacy Clean Bee. My reviews here and here.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing gel will also have a special place in my heart. Omorovicza Cleansing Foam was also great- I have actually repurchased this already. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Cleanser is also a repurchase. I also have to give a shout out to Caudalie Purifying Gel Cleanser
Definitely the most disappointing cleanser in this category was the Nivea MicellAIR.
Ok so lots of toners I loved this year Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Mist, Dermalogica Multi Active Toner, Barry M serum mists and Indie Lee Q10.
A huge surprise was the Superdrug Energising Mist– this is formulated with Vitamin C so helps to brighten the skin. The spritzer is great too and I really loved using it twice a day to hydrated and soften my skin. I would repurchase.
The biggest disappointment was the Inkey List PHA toner. Review here
Serums & oils-18
My favourite type of skincare product! Serums! Shout out to Peter Thomas Roth Potent C, Dermatica and Beauty Pie Vitamin C capsules. I also love the Inkey List’s Vitamin C and Q10– lost count of the amount of repurchases.
Superdrug’s Simply Pure Hydrating serum is cheap and very effective and Dermalogica C12 Pure Bright serum was very nice.
What I didn’t like? Surprisingly the Murad Rapid Age Spot serum and the First Aid beauty hydrating serum didn’t make a difference.
My second favourite category of skincare! I’ve tried a few SPFs so far this year. my favourites are Nivea Moisture Lock SPF 50, Murad Essential C SPF30 and the La Roche Posay Fresh Mist( full review coming soon). I do like the Estee Lauder Aqua UV Gel and Nivea Shine Control SPF50 as well. My full reviews for all these SPFs and more are under Dark Skin Sunscreens.
I LOVED Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Moisturiser, Dermalogica Pure Light and Dermalogica Active Moist.
I was most disappointed by CosRX Aloe SPF50. I heard so much of this but when I finally tried it I didn’t like it. Full review under Dark skin SPFs!
I’m surprised I didn’t finish a lot of masks! The most impressive one is the Clinique Overnight Surge. This mask saved my skin earlier this year, so much so that I purchased the full size! It’s soothing, calming and hydrating. I use it as the last step just before sleeping and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It doesn’t pill when layered onto the other products I use as well. I love the whole Moisture Surge collection and this product in addition to the mist are my favs.
Beauty Pie fruitzyme mask is a great one for exfoliation. Check out my full review here. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask was great at balancing oily skin without stripping the skin. its also hydrating. I got this mask in their mini mask set and is one of my fav ones.
The Oh K 3 step mask was great
Again not much in this category but I finished some really old items. ORS Curls Unleashed Leave in and Garnier Maple Healer has been in my collection for a while. The latter is an amazing conditioner, the former is not so great as a leave in
Palmers Mallows Root Spray leave in is my current favourite conditioner, I have 4 backups.
Mielle Organics cowash was disappointing to use
Its so difficult to finish a makeup product so when I do I get really excited!
I really like the Mac Studio Fix Powder foundation, I have 2 backups of this. my full review is here. The Emani Perfect 10 serum primer is also great.
GlamGlow Nude Moisturiser– technically a moisturiser but it’s so heavily scented and slightly silvery so I used it as an illuminator
The least fav item here is the Tarte Mascara, it dried out so quickly and it didn’t make a huge difference.
This year I’ve been focusing on trying active on my body. I started with Nivea Q10 plus Vitamin C. this lotion has a Vitamin C derivative and helps to firm and brighten the skin. I have the version for dry skin. It’s a light lotion and it leaves the skin hydrated without any oily residue. I have noticed my complexion looks healthier and more even. It hasn’t completely gotten rid of dark spots but the appearance of them is improving. I really like this lotion, I’m currently on my 3rd bottle of this and I plan to repurchase soon. As for firmer skin in 10 days, my skin looks better but I don’t have ‘loose’ skin so I don’t know lol. My skin appears better.
Soap & Glory Flakeaway and righteous butter are repurchases! Nivea Mousse was definitely interesting to use but I feel they should change the packaging.
Disappointing product? Clarins Lip oil– it started so well and in the end it was all pretty but no substance.
Finally some random but essential items, hand gels, hand wipes etc
I wanted to do 150 empties but I missed my mark! unto the next 6 months
Are you picking up anything new based on my empties, let me know!
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