Empties posts are somewhat of a thing of the past these days. Back in the early days of blogging, I used to love reading these and to be honest with you, I still do. I often find myself clicking on them straight away if they crop up on my Bloglovin feed. I do find it quite challenging to make old and empty products, some which often look a little bit worse for wear, suitable for a blog photograph and corresponding blog post as so often the photographs produced by so many look perfect. I won’t lie, I did clean up a few of these before they made it into the photograph!
As you can see, I have collected a number of products over the last few months in order to share with you my final thoughts. It is a long one I’m afraid! Therefore, I will get straight on to it.
Starting off with skincare, the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm* was a product which I enjoyed using however ultimately it did not leave me feeling particularly wowed by the product. Don’t get me wrong, it was really nice, and it worked very well on my skin, leaving it clean and soft without stripping it of its moisture. However, my issue is the price. At £52 for 50ml it is one of the more expensive cleansing balms on the market, in which I personally do think that it is rather expensive for a product which did not wow me. It is hard to criticise this in truth because the product itself has no flaws that I had noticed, it is just the price which does not sit very well with me, although I am aware that Omorovicza is one of the more luxurious brands out there. Sticking with Omorovicza, I was a bit critical of the Queen of Hungary Mist*, however it wasn’t because it was a bad product, it is just I didn’t really find it to be doing anything for me at the time. Now I’m not going to say that I have completely made a u-turn on this, however, this year I really did begin to appreciate facial mists a lot more and I found myself using them quite regularly. It was really cooling on my skin and it did help to add that extra bit of moisture to my skin, particularly during the heatwave we had this year. The La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water was a good alternative this summer, although I have to say that the spray motion was much gentle on the Omorovicza facial mist which unfortunately is a lot more expensive.
The next item I have used up is the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I will refrain from harping on about this anymore than necessary as I have mentioned it a fair few times in the last few years. If a long-term reader of this blog you will know just how much I like it, if not, you only need to search for it in the search bar.
Cleansing balms are some of my favourite skincare products, therefore when I find a good one I just have to share it with you. The RMK Rose Cleansing Balm* just happened to be another discovery which I really liked. It is a lovely, light weight balm which of course is rose scented, although it isn’t too over powering. The only issue I personally had is that it is quite expensive in comparison to other balms which have in the past worked just as well for me as this one. That being said, if you’re not on a budget and fancy giving it a whirl, I would highly recommend trying it out.
I would also recommend trying out the Clinique Pep Start Hydrorush Moisturiser. This contains SPF 20 and it was ideal for the summer months in which I was using it. It is light weight and hydrating and although the texture was thicker than I expected, it did not take very long to sink into my skin at all. In fact, having tried very little skincare from Clinique in the past, I am now quite keen to try a bit more having had a pleasant experience with this. At the moment I am leaning towards trying something from the Moisture Surge line, especially as we are now in autumn and my skin needs all the moisture it can get. As I mentioned, I haven’t tried that much from Clinique and I have tried even less from Elizabeth Arden. Earlier on this year, I picked up the Elizabeth Arden X Lydia Elise Millen collaboration which contained a number of products from the Prevage range. So far, I have used up the sample sizes of the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster and the Prevage Anti-aging and Intensive Repair Daily Serum which out of the two I noticed a visible difference to my skin. It was brighter, smoother and instantly boosted however the full-sized price of this was enough to send me a little bit nauseous, therefore I won’t be returning back to that any time soon.
The final skincare product is the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask which I have to say I really liked, my only gripe with this is that it dried out in the tub and went really rather thick making it quite difficult to apply after a few months being open. I would also advise that the purifying mask from the same range has done the same. That being said, they are great masks, particularly when they are on offer for £5, you can’t really go wrong. My favourite is the clay mask which I think makes a visible difference to my pores once I have used it, it is a great quick fix mask which I recommend to everybody.
Moving on to makeup, I have found myself getting through quite a few things of late which is most welcome as I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed once again with my makeup collection. The first base product I said goodbye to was the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (don’t worry, I took that pump off), which in all honestly was much older than it should have been by the time it came to the end of the bottle. This has must been one of my all-time favourite bases, it has a beautiful finish that does not look dry or flat on the skin. As the name would suggest, it does have a glowy finish to it, but it is not greasy or shiny on the skin in the slightest. I know people that have been excited to try this and have been disappointed, however I can honestly say that for my very first high-end foundation purchase that I will always look back on this fondly; it will definitely be a re-purchase in the future.
Another base which I also loved was the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. This was a super popular foundation back in the good old days of blogging, and then for some reason the formula changed, and it just was never the same again. Whilst the new formula is OK, it is not as good as its predecessor in my opinion. The old formula was thicker but creamier and it applied so much better and it looked better too. The new formula (please bear in mind I have only trued the oil free version) is runnier which isn’t the worst thing in the word, however it was a noticeable difference. I would also say that after a little while, despite looking great at first that this would cake up like crazy underneath my glasses. I wouldn’t say that the new formula is bad, it just is not as good and there lies my issue; why change something that wasn’t broken?
Something else that I wanted to love but found myself on the fence about was the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara*. This was a product which I had read a lot about before I had the chance to try it for myself. What I loved about this was how big it made my lashes, it gives lots of volume and definition, however it really did flake on me badly so much so that by the middle of the day I would have specks of mascara underneath my eyes. It is a shame because other than that one issue, it is a great mascara. I shall remain with Too Faced for one more moment in which again I have to share my somewhat disappointment in a product which I have read so much about. The Too Faced Hangover Primer has fantastic reviews online, however I personally failed to see what the fuss was about. It didn’t make much difference to the longevity of my makeup, nor did it really improve the finish of it. The only positive thing I do have to say is that it smelt really nice.
On the topic of concealers, I have to say that the BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener* was one of the best products I have used for brightening up the under eye area. It is salmon toned in colour, so it works perfectly against the blue tones of dark circles. I made the most of this product by using it on top of my eye cream of choice to take out the initial harshness of my dark circles, I would then select to use a different concealer on top such as the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer which is one of the best that I have tried from the high street; I would highly recommend this. I would also recommend the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen which is a great option for adding that extra bit of radiance to the skin with coverage; I have purchased this on numerous occasions and will do so for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, I have had trouble finding a link to this which shows it in stock, I hope this isn’t a sign that it is slowly being phased out.
The last two products I have to share are body products which in truth I rarely bother to share that much. I get through countless shower gels etc and they’re always recycled without really being featured over on the blog, I mean a shower gel is a shower gel, right? I would however give a little mention to one of my favourite bodycare brands, that being Soap and Glory as their body butters and shower gels are some of my favourites. They’re super sweet, girly and fun and to this day I still love them. Speaking of love, there is one body moisturiser which I have being using very, very frugally in a bid to make it last as long as possible. The Clarins Renew Body Plus Serum* has to be the best I have tried in a long time. It is so soothing on the skin and so incredibly hydrating, I find that I still notice the effects of this cream hours and hours after use and that it also visibly improves the look of my skin too, even though it is marketed as an anti-wrinkle body cream (I really don’t need this at the moment) I can’t help but want to lather it on . I also love the smell and can’t wait to treat myself to a tube of this in the future. Unfortunately, it is really quite expensive and I can’t justify it at this moment in time, not when I can pick up a tube of my trusty Garnier Body Repair for less than £5.
So there we have it. If you made it to the bottom of this essay, then I do take my hat off to you.
Have you tried any of the products I have featured today? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts on them.
*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer.