Monday, 7 January 2019

Product Empties!

Is it just me, or when I love products they just run out quicker? I have a a few empties that I wanted to share my thoughts on because I either haven't mentioned them or I have loved them so much that they deserve another shout-out!

The first product I want to talk about is the first thing I put on my face when it's freshly cleansed which is The Ordinary 'Buffet' Serum (£12.70/30ml). I have been using this product for the last 6 months, and I'm currently halfway into my second bottle and have a third in waiting. I am obsessed.  It's just a miracle worker, and the fact it's so affordable reinforces that you don't have to spend a lot of money for quality products. Anyone who has congested skin that is prone to breaking out would benefit from using this product as this just manages to stop spots from surfacing in the first place. Generally since using this product, the condition and texture of my skin has improved. I have used it religiously twice a day as the first step in my skincare, and follow up with a moisturiser. If my skin sounds similar to yours, then I urge you to try this product. 

I've finished two moisturisers too, both of which are more on the affordable end of high-end. The first is the travel sized Clinique Pep Start  Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser (£15.00/30ml). I like Clinique as a brand, their products generally agree with me and this Pep Start Range was no different. This moisturiser is fuss free and will appeal to most people but there is nothing particularly special about this product. I don't think I will buy it again, because there was nothing that stood out. I did use it all, and my skin didn't react badly to using it. I think when you start to spend more on skincare, you don't want it to be just something you don't mind using, the product should make you excited enough to continue to use it. The packing is cute as it's a colourful range but the material doesn't scream luxury either. I would say this is a product for the minimalist, who is happy with a product just doing it's job - nothing more and nothing less. 

The next moisturiser I finished was the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 (£24.50/30ml). This product is the complete opposite, I absolutely loved this product, because I feel like it hydrates your skin on the inside and the outside. A lot of moisturisers are geared more for hydration and being lightweight, and although your skin does drink it up, I find that the surface of my skin hasn't really noticed a different. This moisturiser will leave your skin feeling like it's been moisturised, which some people will like and others might not. I have oily skin and this didn't break me out despite being perhaps a bit heavier than the Clinique Pep Start. This has SPF 30 which is brilliant as it fully protects your skin, and has a slight peppermint scent, which makes it more of morning moisturiser too. I love this product, I would buy it again for sure, and I have already purchased a travel-sized  of the original Ultra Facial Moisturiser from Sephora whilst I was in Boston. I would recommend this to anyone who wants their moisturiser to perform on both a hydration and moisturising level. 

In terms of makeup, I've used up all of my Sephora Collection Smoothing Primer (€12.00/15ml). This primer is that kind of slippy silicone primer, that's similar to L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer (£8.99/35ml), but just less of a greasy feel. Although I enjoyed using this product, I haven't actually seen it anywhere other than in France, so I'm not sure it's sold anymore. I've kind of turned away from using this type of primer anyway. I think I prefer more hydrating primers, that tend to make foundations last longer than primers that smooth over pores. I think I'm just less concerned with having 'flawless' skin and more about enhancing my skin instead. So if you do see this around, it's a cute product that's super functional and hygienic and I would recommend it to anyone who does like the L'Oreal Paris Infallible, but I wouldn't say it's a product you need to run out and purchase. 

The last product is one that I don't think I have mentioned much on my blog. It's the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£29.00/29g). This product really nice - it's a finely milled powder that feels like nothing on the skin, and also doesn't make the skin look cakeyeither. I would love to purchase this product again, I'm aware that Laura Mercier has brought out a 'glow' version of this powder which I am super interested in. This is actually a product that I would recommend to anyone who needs a new powder, it lasts for ages and I've actually never heard a bad word about it either which is unusual! 

So that's about it for my empties, If you have tried any of these products I would be interested to hear your thoughts on them! So be sure to leave a comment! 



  1. I really want to try the Laura Mercier powder, it sounds like such a must-have!

    Anika |

    1. It's honestly one of the best powders around. It does the job without being too noticeable on the skin! :)


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