Back in November I shared with you some of the most recent products that I had managed to make my way through. I have to say that last year and going into this year that I am happy to report that I am slowly but surely making my way through numerous products and more importantly, I am using them up until there is not a drop left. I find that so often within the blogging community that there is an abundance of beauty products gifted, purchased and hoarded in somewhat an alarming rate; I myself am guilty of some of these.
Whilst I love beauty, the sheer amount of products that I had at one point was over whelming. You only ever have one face and one body, there is only so much you can use at any given time. Last year I took the approach that I would only really head towards buying something new when I had used up the equivalent previously. For instance, if I used up a moisturiser during the week, or was coming to the end of it very soon then I would purchase a new one as a back up (only if I didn’t have something to use already). I found that this worked quite well and that it has really helped me to reduce down the amount of products that I have floating around my bedroom and merging into the bathroom.
Since November I have being saving up a few empties to share with you once again. In fact, I have even more since I took the photos for this post!
The Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm* was pleasant to use and it left my skin feeling soft and looking radiant. It contained little rice bran beads which are gentle on the skin. Upon contact with water it transformed into a milky consistency which I actually really liked. Overall I really quite like Aurelia, however out of the two most recent products that I have I have finished up recently, I preferred the cleanser as opposed to the scrub. To read more about this and a few other products from Aurelia then head on over to my post all about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare.
Onto one of my favourite discoveries of 2017, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum was an instant hit and I immediately purchased a back up not just two weeks into using this for the first time. I completely broke the rules on this one but it is a good product and the offer was too good to ignore at the time. If you have dehydrated skin in particular then I would definitely recommend checking this out if nothing else really seems to be working for you. It is so gentle on the skin and it is incredibly soothing as well, I haven’t really tried anything quite like this before in terms of the texture as it was so smooth. I love it and definitely wish to explore this brand further in 2018.
The Pixi Glow Tonic* was another product which I really quite liked in the end, although admittedly I found it hard to understand the hype at first. This, if you haven’t heard of it before is an exfoliating toner which helps to remove dead skin cells, brightening the skin and giving it a healthy radiant glow. I found that over time this did have a positive impact on my skin, however it is something which I find requires you to use it quite regularly before you notice much of a difference. I was a bit lax with this at times and didn’t use it as often as I perhaps should have done. At the moment I am in two minds as to whether to repurchase it. I really like it, but do have a couple of alternatives on my radar which I would like to try out beforehand.
The Garnier Micellar Water was perhaps my most repurchased product throughout 2017. Whether I picked up the super duper huge bottle or these mini travel sized versions, I simply have never found anything to rival it. I have spoken about this countless times on my blog so I will not harp on about it any further, other than to say if you wear eye make up then you need to give this a try.
The JorgObé Scrub Mask* was something which I finally managed to come to the end of. In truth, I have really moved away from physical exfoliating products and have done now for a while, I perhaps now will use something physical once a week. In hindsight this was quite a gritty product in a rather thick, paste like texture, it was a mask and scrub in one and if I am truly honest I would have preferred just a mask. It was an ok product, however it isn’t something which I would look to introducing back into my routine as I have tried other physical exfoliators which I have preferred much more.
My final product to share with you is the Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm*. This was a product which I actually can’t remember how I came to be in possession of, I definitely didn’t purchase this myself so I will mark it as gifted. Moving on from the mystery of where this has come from, I have to say that I liked this quite a lot, although it wasn’t as hydrating as I would have hoped. The reason that I liked this was because it had a tint to it which acted somewhat of a colour corrector. This really helped to brighten my under eye area and to mask blue tones, this was a life saver when you feel and look as tired as I do however you do still require concealer as it is no miracle worker. The only downside is that it didn’t hydrate as much as I wanted to, therefore I still found myself reaching for an eye cream to wear underneath this. The texture of this is very light and smooth, you also don’t need much at all so my little 4ml sample did last me quite a long time.
What have you used up recently?
*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer.