Yes... Yes... I know! It's been 5 months since the last Empties post... But here I am (although only reporting for 4 month's worth of duty)! After a lot of pep talks from me to me, I must admit it took courage to start this... Here we go! I'm going to divide this article in three parts - Skincare & Makeup; Body and Hair.
Well, let's start with the Lierac Prescription Soothing and Balancing Micellar Solution and Moisturizer - the micellar water wasn't the first or the second one I got, because I just love it so much! The moisturizer... That I couldn't even use up half... It just gave up on me and stopped coming out the pump. I even tried opening the bottle up but it turned out to be mission impossible so I let it go. The moisturizer is nothing too special, it's not great, but it's good. I used to mix it up with Caudalie's Sorbet and loved the result, but I think I rarely used it alone...
Let's move on to Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip Cleanser, that I'd actually shelved for a while. It was the first sulfate-free face cleanser I used and I can say it's pretty competent. I've read on a few articles from other beauty bloggers that, in spite of what the brand says, it doesn't foam... But it kind of does with me. Not a lot, but it does lather! So it's kind of like a gel-based cleansing clay meant for normal to oily skin types and it's supposed to make pores less visible. The truth is that my pores really did look tightened for the time I used it... But it still left me with that "tight" feeling in the skin afterwards, which is something that, at the time, I was used to, but, now, with new, better cleansers, I realised is not necessary. So, if your skin is specially dehydrated, there's something better out there... Or you'll really have to make up for it with the moisturizer. But, yeah, it deserves the credit.
REN's ClearCalm 3 Clay Cleanser is a whole other subject... It's still a cleansing clay but, this time, in cream (it doesn't dry out) and cleanses irritated and acne-prone skin. Love iiit! And I'll repurchase, no doubt! Also had two packages (but only one is in the photo) of Uriage's Hyséac SPF 50+, I've spoken about it too many times, not a whole lot to add.
Oh, I don't know if you know these acne patches by Nexcare, they're really popular in Korean blogs so I had to try them out. Meh! It's good for those of you who want to take off the yellow pus from your pimples without squeezing, but I really wanted them for blackheads and whiteheads, since the brand says it works for those too... Turns out it doesn't. And, speaking of those, I also tried the Montagne Jeunesse nose strips. Bah! I mean, they're the best I ever tried, no doubt... But I just don't think these nose/forehead/chin strips are effective in general.
Also by REN, we have two masks: ClearCalm 3 and F10 Smooth and Renew. I love 'em both and have spoken about them too, so I won't repeat myself. I recommend them!
Finally finished Sephora's waterproof eye makeup remover, oh, how I hate it... But a lot of people love it. I've spoken of it already and I'm glad to be rid of it.
On a whole other league, we have Una Brennan's Miracle Makeover Oil. I love it, it's wonderful... However, it lasted me a little longer than a month... It's too expensive for the quantity. I really adore it and recommend it, but, in the meantime, I will not repurchase...
Another product I've mentioned before was Lierac's Dioptidémaq, that I love love love and can't live without. By Lierac Prescription, I ended their adult acne anti-imperfections biphasic solution - already have a second one. Yes!
Another sunscreen I ended was actually one that I hate, but bought two at the time and only had the guts to open the other one this last Summer - La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL oil-free... Oh, my! But I know a lot of people love it too... I must be backwards :)
And, by Bioderma, we have the micellar solution for oily skin types, Sébium H2O. I like it, always, and I love to use it when my skin is not throwing a (sensitivity) hissy fit.
I also tried the following samples:
Hyséac K by Uriage for blackheads... Nah! Just doesn't work. I tried like 5 of them. Normaderm Global Anti-imperfections by Vichy... Oh hell no! Tried 3 and it just rubs off my face. Clear Solution Mask by Sampar... Which also isn't anything special, keep your money, because there's a lot better out there! Clinique's Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer... Okay... It's a tinted moisturizer! Not a whole lot to say about it!
And, finally, we have Kiko's topcoat with a gel-like, glossy effect, which I loved!! But right past the middle I couldn't even apply it decently... Bah!
Mavala's Double Lash eyelash serum, yes yes! I love it and should repurchase soon ;) Stendhal's black eyeliner that I don't even think exists anymore... It has been thrown around from drawer to drawer for a while because it's dry. But I loved it! Shame to let it go... And the mascaras (Mega Effects by Avon, Babydoll by YSL, They're Real by Benefit Cosmetics*, Maxi Lash by Guerlain and High Impact by Clinique) I spoke about in the last post... Again, won't repeat myself, read the post! :)
Sorry for this long post, but I truly believe you will only read what peaks your interest ahah :) Have you tried any of the above? And how did you do with them?