I didn't prepare myself for this post as I'm not very keen on keeping my empty beauty products (aka trash) around. But, at the end of January, I noticed many products in my skincare stash diminishing at the same time. It's time for a classic beauty blog post: empties. Find out what are my final thoughts and would I repurchase!
Verso Super Facial Serum
I've done a full review on this anti-aging retinol face serum (review here) and my love hasn't faded. I'm very actually very bummed I ran out of Verso Super Facial Serum. In my desperation I performed an operation to the packaging, only to find it completely empty. A good retinol product is hard to come by, and Verso felt potent yet gentle. No flaking, redness or dryness - the serum felt almost moisturising on the skin. It lasted me a good 4 months in daily use, which is pretty good. However, I do wish there was more product simply because the eye serum is the same size (30ml/1oz). I've used the eye serum longer and it's still going strong as only tiny bit is needed. If you're wanting to try Verso but afraid to splurge I recommend trying the eye serum first: it's also very potent but a better value. As I love both, I will be purchasing Super Facial Serum as soon as possible.
Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++
My HG (Holy Ggrail) sunscreen. This was probably my 6th or 7th tube. I think this sunscreen may be a "Marmite product" as you'll love it or hate it. I'm the former, my dry skin simply loves the thick texture of this sunscreen. It's very creamy and has a visible white cast if you don't blend it out. The reason I like this is my skin feels properly protected, moisturised and there isn't the awful sunscreen smell. Make up applies beautifully on the top without pilling, which is very important to me. I always have 1-2 backups and I've already opened a new one. To my knowledge Innisfree did repackage and reformulate their sunscreens, I'm excited to try the new ones in the future!
GOODAL Mild Protect Essence Sun SPF50+ PA+++
Goodal is also a 'physical' sunscreen but a total opposite to the Innisfree: this sunscreen is fluid, light and absorbs immediately without a white cast. Someone in the comments asked a sunscreen recommendation for oily skin and I think this or the Biore Aqua Rich are excellent choices. It hasn't reached the HG status for me as I've noticed my make up pilling from time to time. It's still a very good option for the days I don't wear make up or want a lighter base, I've already repurchased a tube for my boy friend who hates thick sunscreens.
Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++
Another excellent sunscreen, the bulk of this particular tube was used by my boyfriend. I've repurchased this sunscreen about 4-5 times, I'm happy it's inexpensive as I tend to use sunscreen a lot. The formula is light and quickly absorbing, perfect for people who hate the feel of sunscreen (or skincare in general). I personally prefer physical sunscreen filters, so this one hasn't been in my heavy rotation lately. Will repurchase in the future.
NIOD Fractionated eye contour concentrate
I aimed to do a full blog post about this eye serum, but during the months I used it I couldn't make my mind about it. It wasn't very moisturising, but good for layering under thicker eye creams. I think it provided some treatment to the eye area, but in the end didn't help with any skin concerns. Didn't particularly dislike it, so I used it up. Wouldn't recommend or repurchase.
Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum
Another product that didn't leave a lasting impression on me. I like Clinique and purchased the Turnaround Revitalizing Serum after reading a decent review on Beautypedia. I think people new to skincare might enjoy a mild serum like this, but for the price I'm not sure it's worth it. I had hopes it would brighten my duller Winter skin, but I didn't notice any difference from this product. Didn't dislike it, but won't repurchase.
NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm
My favorite lip balm, one of the very few that makes a lasting difference in your lips. The balmy texture doesn't deeply hydrate, but soothes, nourishes and protects dry, chapped lips. I use it quite sparingly, I think this was my 2nd or 3rd jar. Already bought a backup. Rave!
I first encountered this hyped and loved micellar water a few years ago in Japan, but I found the price tag too high for a plain make up remover. I've now purchased the bottle several times and it lasts me ages as I usually skip make up removers go straight to my cleansing oils. Gentle, but effective. I would repurchase again, but I'm now testing the Rouge Bunny Rouge Gentle Cleansing Water, which I find just as gentle and effective.
I have a weird sensation of accomplishment and panic as I'm scraping the last bits out of various containers. I pat myself in the back for using things up, but anxious to purchase many things at once. There was no cleanser empties, wow! What the latest product you've used up?
The Verso and NIOD serums in this post were generously provided for consideration. Regardless, my opinions are my own honest and unbiased views. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.