When you have cut back on purchasing new beauty products it is quite remarkable how quickly you find yourself going through things. Over the last few months I have managed to get rid of quite a few beauty products, even make up and that rarely happens. There is a bit of a mixed bag in today’s post, in which I can honestly say that I miss certain products already.
This will be the last product empties for 2018, therefore without further ado, I will get on with it and share with you my final thoughts on the products featured here today.
The Clarins Instant Concealer was a product that I picked up a little while ago now having read a number of things about it online. I wasn’t too sure what to expect having never used a concealer from Clarins before. I have to say that this is probably my favourite concealer to date, so much so that I should have re=purchased it already however I haven’t quite got around to it due to wanting to use up a few others that I have lying around at home first. This concealer lasted me a really long time, therefore I think it is good value for money in the long term. It is really pigmented and only a small amount is needed, I also found it to be really brightening and not drying under the eye area. It gets a thumbs up from me.
Moving onto skincare, I have finally finished the Super Facialist Neroli Firming Daily Brightening Cleanser* which was just ok. I personally didn’t really notice much in terms of ‘firming’, it was just a nice gel cleanser for in the shower. I wasn’t wowed by this product and I didn’t love it which is a shame as on a whole I absolutely love Super Facialist. Therefore, despite not loving this product I thought it would be nice to recommend some of those which I do like, I can hand on heart recommend the Rose Hydrate Cleanser and the Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil which are both fantastic products!
The next product that I reached the end of was the L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel* which you can read a full review about here. Overall, I have to say that I liked this quite a bit, although in hindsight I do wish that I had opted to try the cream version instead. The gel texture was enjoyable; however I do wonder if the cream version would have just given my skin that extra boost of hydration, maybe my skin is starting to become thirstier as I get older. The one thing that I did notice was that towards the end of the pot that the gel had turned a milky colour, I put this down to cross contamination on my part when using different skincare products such as my serum and eye cream and then using this.
One of my favourite budget skincare ranges comes from the Naturally Radiant range from Superdrug. This year I had the opportunity to try the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner* which I found over time was a nice little dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic in the fact that it contains glycolic acid, however please note that I am not too sure how similar they are in terms of ingredients and percentages etc. The offering from Superdrug is only £6 full price so it a nice little start to using acids if you are new to them. I find the Naturally Radiant range to be refreshing and yet calming at the same time. This isn’t an overnight instant results type of product, in fact I only noticed results with this when I was using it 3-4 times a week although I can say the same for the Pixi Glow Tonic also. Would I recommend this? Yes, if you are new to acids and are looking for a budget friendly alternative on the market to the more well-known brands.
I also used up a mini sample size of the Elizabeth Arden Anti-Ageing Eye Serum which I enjoyed, however I wasn’t able to really gauge how well this worked for me due to not being able to use it for very long. It is also quite expensive; therefore it is unlikely I would consider this product in the future.
The last two products I have made my way through are fragrances and I loved both of them. The Givenchy Live Irresistible was the perfect summer scent for me, although I used it all year round. This had floral and fruity tones which worked really well together, examples of such notes it contains are Rose, Orange Blossom along with Tonka Bean. The second fragrance is the product I miss the most, in fact I really do intend on picking this up in the Boxing Day sale again this year if I come across it as it is such a lovely scent. The Georgio Armani Diamonds was my go to scent throughout this year, I wore it almost every single day and even took it out with me in my bag. I find it hard to describe this scent as I personally don’t think it is a floral fragrance and it definitely isn’t fruity. This contains notes of vanilla, Freesia, Vetiver and Patchouli.
Out of curiosity, what has been your favourite fragrance this year?
*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer.