I’m finally back with part 2 of my mega empties and today’s post includes all the skincare items that I managed to finish up in ‘the great 3 month empties roll over’ over 2017/18. I’m impressed with how many items I managed to finish up and there were definitely a few hits and misses!
I finished up two cleansers and weirdly both were from Clinique. I say weirdly as I don’t really buy many products from Clinique but I seemed to have accumulated a fair bundle and they all seem to have appeared in this post! First up was the Take The Day Off Balm Cleanser which I have tried before and I love using. The tub lasts absolutely ages and a small amount just destroys all makeup with very little effort. I also like that it has little to no scent to it and that it doesn’t leave a film on my skin, nor does it leave it dry. I would say though that the Body Shop Chamomile cleanser is just as good and about half the price if you’re on a budget! The other cleanser was the 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser which I had been using in a morning if I jumped in the shower and wanted to give my face a quick clean. I hadn’t used it for a couple of weeks and picked it up to find it had completely gone off. I’ve never smelt anything like it and there was absolutely no way I was putting it on my face again! I hate it when products go off so quickly so I will not be buying the full size of this product as it just feels like such a waste of money!
I’ve finished off the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + in the deluxe travel size and the Glam Glow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser in a mini size. The Dramatically Different lotion is a cult favourite and when I briefly worked on the Clinique counter over summer, it was a real best seller. Personally, I’ve always put it on the back of my hand and been completely underwhelmed, I found it never sunk into the skin and just kind of sat there. So when I got this tube I was determined to give it a good try to see if I could change my mind. Although I did start to like this moisturiser more, I definitely didn’t love it and found that it didn’t provide my skin with enough moisture! Ironically, this particular variant is targeted towards very dry and dry combination skin and I would NEVER describe my skin as ‘very’ dry so if you do have very dry skin, this would barely do anything for you!
The moisturiser that did completely win me over however was the Glam Glow Volcasmic Moisturiser. Boy is this stuff good! It’s a hydrating cream, that’s a little more solid than other creams I’ve tried, and smells deliciously of chocolate orange without being overpowering. I don’t know how it does it but my skin has a satin finish whilst still looking radiant and glowing in a ‘lit from within’ kind of way and that tiny pot has left me wanting to buy the full size for *gulp* £40.
First up in the miscellaneous pile is the LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water which seems to have lasted me about 6 months! I absolutely love facial spritzes but I couldn’t tell you whether this one did anything at all. I enjoyed using and the smell was lovely and refreshing, but I didn’t notice any improvement in my skin and I think it’s very overpriced for some water and a few drops of tea tree oil. You could definitely make it yourself for a lot cheaper than £4.95 for a small bottle.
Up next is the Rodial Rose Gold Serum which I absolutely loved using! After 2-3 days I had decided I was going to treat myself to the full size as I loved it so much…. until I saw the price. One hundred and ninety bloody pounds this thing costs… for 30ml! Trust me to like the most ridiculously priced item ever to grace my skincare collection. No more needs to be said on this one, it is 100% not worth that amount of money and no-one can convince me otherwise.
Omorovicza is a brand I have wanted to try for a long time, in particular, their Deep Cleansing Mask. This little pot lasted me about two full applications and I’m sad to report, I noticed absolutely no difference at all, in fact, I felt like it dried my skin out completely! I was so disappointed, but at the same time, it retails for £62 so if you want a more luxury mask I’d save £20 and try one from Glam Glow if I were you!
I’d seen a lot of people rave on about the First Aid Beauty Blemish Control Pads so when I saw them on sale for £10 I jumped at the chance to try them. You get 60 pads in a tub which is a really good amount actually and they stay reasonably saturated in the solution for quite a while after opening the tub. However, I found this these did literally nothing for my skin at all. I noticed no difference in my blemishes, skin texture or even just the general condition of my skin. I wouldn’t bother with these again as they’re normally about £20 and I do not think they’re worth that in the slightest!
Sachets and Sheet Masks
My favourite thing that I finished was the Glam Glow Bubble Sheet Mask but I’ve written a whole review about it (here) so i’ll save you the ramble again if you’ve already read that post! On the subject of Glam Glow (again – sorry not sorry) I finished up a sample of the Thirsty Mud Mask which is one of my absolute favourites, the Galacticleanse Jelly Cleanser and the Glow Starter Moisturiser in Nude Glow. I’ve got full reviews in the pipelines for the thirsty mud and galacticleanse so I’m going to keep quiet on those, but I’ve got to be honest and say I didn’t like the Glow Starter Moisturiser at all! It didn’t feel very moisturising and the ‘glow’ element was full on shimmer so in my opinion, definitely save your money there and opt for an alternative!
Included in my birthday gift from Space Nk was two of the Nu Face Prep-N-Glow wipes. These are individually packaged wipes that are exfoliating on one side and smooth on the other. I really really enjoyed using these and the exfoliating side was effective without being too abrasive! Sadly, they were in the same set as the Rodial Serum and again are crazily priced! They are £9 for 5 wipes! Yes you heard me, 5 wipes! I just cannot part with that much money for face wipes so sadly these are another fail for me! Finally I tried another sample from Omorovicza in the form of their Gold Flash Firming Serum, which I did enjoy using but I didn’t find it did anything that would make me rush out to buy it. The word ‘gold’ in the name makes me think that this might also be another astronomically priced product. (Just checked out of curiosity and yep, I was right… a cool £140. Jesus Christ!).
So there we have it, on reflection it seems like a lot of product price bashing this time but there are definitely some good’uns in there too! Have you tried any of these products? Would you pay some of these crazy prices if you really liked a product? There’s still one more part to this seemingly never ending empties collection which I plan to post this week if I can!