Empties | Skincare Edition #1

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Okay so let’s get right down to it: here are my opinions of some skincare I’ve been using; what I liked and what I didn’t, etc. etc. All products were purchased by me and I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned (or any brands, really). I have no reason to be dishonest and I hope you find my experience with these products helpful in some way. Of course, everyone’s skin is different and what works for me may not work for you, so I’ve tried to keep my reviews as simple as possible and talk only about my experiences.

 
  1. Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser £33

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  • Did I like it?: Yes

  • Why?: It surprised me. It was soothing and moisturising without leaving my skin oily. It takes makeup off well and leaves my skin looking brighter.

  • Consistency: Gel to oil/balm

  • Smell: Rose scented

  • How I used it: On dry skin, as a first cleanse PM and the occasional AM cleanse. Removed with a flannel.

  • Would I repurchase?: Yes - it lived up to the hype

 

2. Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream £29

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  • Did I like it?: Yes

  • Why?: It simply… worked for my skin. It calmed my breakouts and left my skin feeling clean without leaving it dry or tight.

  • Consistency: Cream

  • Smell: Think Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. This almost completely put me off as I found the fragrance to be really synthetic and I was convinced it would break me out. But it didn’t. So, yay!

  • How I used it: On dry skin as a second cleanse PM and a daily AM cleanse. Removed with a flannel in the PM but just rinsed of in the shower on lazy mornings!

  • Would I repurchase?: Yes

 

3. Environ AVST Moisturising Toner £35

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  • Did I like it?: Meh

  • Why?: It’s a lovely toner with a mild amount of exfoliation acids. No wow factor, though.

  • Consistency: Watery liquid

  • Smell: Pleasant, subtle botanical smell.

  • How I used it: On a cotton pad, swiped all over my face after cleansing. AM and/or PM.

  • Would I repurchase?: Probably not. There’s nothing wrong with it but, for the price point, I’d much rather spend my money on something with a bit more bang for my buck.

 

4. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W £61

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  • Did I like it?: Meh

  • Why?: It didn’t live up to the hype for me. As you can see, I made myself go through two bottles just to make double sure that I wasn’t missing something. For the price, I was expecting miracles. It’s a pretty good exfoliant, I guess but, again, not the 60 quids worth of amazing glow I was expecting. This is the gentlest of the P50 formulas so perhaps all of the hype is around the other versions.

  • Consistency: Watery liquid

  • Smell: Distinctive. Vinegary. You get used to it.

  • How I used it: On a cotton pad, swiped all over my face after cleansing. AM and/or PM

  • Would I repurchase?: Not this version. One of the original formulas, maybe.

 

5. Dr Dennis Gross Alpha/Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel £87 (30 Treatments)

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  • Did I Like It?: Yes

  • Why?: They work, beautifully! My current absolute favourite acid toner/treatment. This 2-step dose of exfoliating acids and retinol gives visible results in days. I’m not joking. They calmed my breakouts, faded my pigmentation and smoothed out fine lines.

  • Consistency: Pre-soaked pad, like a mini face-wipe.

  • Smell: Medical

  • How I used it: Swiped all over my face after cleansing, PM. As often as I can afford. Daily, preferably.

  • Would I Repurchase?: Absolutely.

 

6. Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator £35

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  • Did I Like It?: Yes

  • Why?: It’s a lovely, refreshing mist that leaves the skin feeling hydrated. Can’t say it changed my life and I can’t say I’m completely sold on mists in general other than to neutralise skin when using strong acids.

  • Consistency: Watery Liquid

  • Smell: Delicate. Lightly floral/botanical but not perfumey.

  • How I used it: Spritzed all over face after high-strength acid treatments or before moisturiser on dry days.

  • Would I repurchase?: Probably but I’d like to venture deeper into the world of mists and spritzes to see if there is anything cheaper that will do the trick

 

7. Indeed Labs Retinol Reface £20

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  • Did I Like It?: Yes

  • Why?: It gave me visible results and zero irritation. Helped to calm my breakouts. A great retinol product for beginners

  • Consistency: A thick cream

  • Smell: Barely any. It smells like retinol, if you know what I mean..?

  • How I used it: As the last step in my PM routine, in place of moisturiser.

  • Would I repurchase?: In a pinch. After getting through 2 tubes of this, I’ve moved on to a stronger retinol product. It’s probably something I’d return to if I needed a cheaper option to the one I’ve currently got.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this helpful. If you did, and even if you didn’t, show me some love in the comments :) Let me know if you want to know more on my experiences with any of the products mentioned here and if there are any other products you’d like me to review.

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