Empties and New Products: Mini Reviews What I've Used Up and Replaced

I love watching and reading empties posts. I know some content creators find “old school” blog posts boring, repetitive, but I’m always fascinated by what people truly use up and would they recommend or repurchase. Using up products – especially makeup takes time, even if your stash is on the smaller size. One of my favorite Canadian Youtubers, ttsandra, came up with the great concept of empties & showing what’s she’s using next after finishing a product. That’s what I’m going to do today, I hope you enjoy the post – even if you’re not a big fan of empties!

*This post contains PR samples marked with an asterisk (*),
all thoughts my own and honest.

Empty products and new products haul | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Empty products and new products haul | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Cleansing Oils

I finished three cleansing oils: Whamisa Organic Flowers*, Kahina Oil Cleanser* and Origins Gentle Energy*. I think I gave Origins a lukewarm review on Instagram, but the more I used it the more I started to enjoy it. Pump is sold separately, which is slightly annoying. Even more annoying is trying to pour out oil without the pump, so I do recommend purchasing the pump. I had similar experience with Kahina (review here) - okay at first and later started to appreciate it more. I love a good medium weight cleansing oil that emulsifies and rinses clean.

Whamisa was a total disappointment, I wish I had used up this bottle quicker just to get rid of it. If 1st cleanser doesn’t remove my makeup properly, it’s not my cup of tea. I think I would repurchase Kahina, but I have a backup of THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil, which is my all-time favorite. I also want to use up some other oils I have going on: Tata Harper*, Senja Cosmetics* (not pictured, review here) and Josh Rosebrook. Tata and Senja I’m enjoying a lot, but would skip repurchasing Josh.

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Eyebrow Pencil

I’m was so over this Dior Brow Styler brow pencil, I’m glad it’s finished and I can move on. There was a moment of first impression love, but I won’t be repurchasing, not this or Anastasia Brow Wiz. I’m currently working my way through It Cosmetics Brow Pencil*, but I don’t think it’s “Universal” color is working for me, I also prefer a thinner pencil. Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Long-lasting Brow Liner (review here) will be my repurchased go-to pencil for travel or lazy mornings. For everyday purpose I’m still reaching for my Viseart Structure brow powder palette.

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Contour Color

Surratt Grisaille, ah how I already miss you. The perfectly smooth powder, buildable pigmentation and perfectly cool but not ashy undertone for my skin tone. There is some product left, but I don’t want to ruin my brushes by scratching those corners. Right now I’m enjoying my Tom Ford Terra Bronzer and Iglot x JLO Freedom System contour shade (I think this is in Cocoa, the lightest shade), but I do plan to pick up Grisaille asap.

Mascaras

I think all of these mascaras were good, but not extraordinary. Korres Drama Volume shade 02* was a very nice and natural plum-brown (featured here), which I would consider repurchasing if I ever got tired of black mascara. It Cosmetics Superhero* is a favorite of many bloggers, but to me it was too wet and I don’t like the shape of the packaging. Clinique Long-lasting Mascara is a good classic, rinses off with warm water and often on sale. Inika Long Lash* I liked (review here), but then I discovered Lily Lolo’s Natural mascara* (white tube, review here) and it won me over in an instant. Currently using up my SUQQU Eyelash Mascara* (review here), which I will most likely repurchase.

Empty products and new products haul | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Empty products and new products haul | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Moisturizers

Kora Organics* one was very nice and light-weight, I would purchase it for Summer time (read more). Henua Recharging moisturizer* and DP Vitamin Rich Repair Cream* (review here) were excellent, now I’m almost done with INARI Artic Water Cream. DP Dermaceuticals and INARI creams have become my Holy Grail moisturizers alongside with January Labs Nutrient Day Cream (sadly no longer sold on Cult Beauty!). I think I’m going to get a new bottle of INARI but first I’m testing something new, most likely Kiehl’s Calendula cream*.

SPF

Another empties.. another Innisfree Eco Safety SPF50 (read more). I’ve already repurchased this (not pictured, it’s at my boyfriend’s) and will do so until the end of time. Alga Maris SPF30* is the perfect sunscreen spray for the body (review here), I’m sharing a new tube with my boyfriend. For the face I’m currently using up Mádara Face and Body SPF30 (review here), which I will certainly repurchase. I’m also giving a go to Kiehl’s SPF50*. I rarely stay away from my physical SPFs, but Kiehl’s seems promising: light and non-irritating.

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Facial Oil

Max and Me I am the Light is one of my favorite oil serums or facial oils to date (one of the products I’d first purchase if I lost all my skincare). Their Enchanted oil is also wonderful (review here), perhaps better suitable for more reactive or sensitized skin. Right now I’m using my second (or third?) bottle of I am the Light.

Eye Cream

Tata Harper’s eye creams are painfully expensive, but this small bottle of Restorative Eye Creme* lasted me a good 6 months or so. I was devastated when I ran out of this press sample and I’m 90% sure I’ll purchase a replacement from the new reformulated line. Right now my under eye area and flakey from retinol, my first aid of choice was Kiehl’s Avocado Eye cream*. This one is a press sample, but I’ve bought and used 2-3 jars in the past. A little goes a long way with this cream and it still feels pleasantly thick and protective under the parched eye area. I sometimes use Kahina’s oil roller-ball* as well, but Tata Harper’s eye cream is certainly the best for anti-ageing.

Do you like Empties Posts? What’s the latest product that you’ve replaced?

Dermaceutical Skincare: DP Vitamin Rich Repair Cream & Antioxidant Cocktail Serum Review

Earlier this Summer wrote about my first Dermapen4 micro needling treatment done by REBEL Helsinki. After I was kindly gifted these *two DP Dermaceuticals (same company as Dermapen4) skincare treatments for test and review. I gave these a good go test go of two (serum) and three months (cream); now I feel like it’s time to share my experiences! I hope you enjoy reading.

*Products kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.

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Choosing Dermaceutical Skincare Products

When reviewing dermaceutical or medical brands I have very high expectations. I don’t want scents, pampering or simply “feeling nice on the skin” from these products, I want to see and feel some real results. Both of these DP Dermaceutical products can be used as a part of your micro needling treatment (before/after), please ask customized product recommendations and routine from your Skin Therapist. At REBEL Helsinki I was chosen three products: SPF (more about that later), Vitamin Rich Repair Cream and Antioxidant Cocktail serum. Both of these product retail €118 for 30ml.

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Using DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM

This cream is designed to nourish, comfort and repair the skin. It also promises to lift and firm skin’s contours and soften the appearance of lines. My own lines are fairly fine, I haven’t noticed any decrease or increase after my Dermapen4 treatment. The results have been excellent and I’ll partly give the credit to DP Dermaceuticals products. The INCI list is very impressive from what I understand; I started using these products without knowing much expect the titles.

The texture of this pink colored cream is very light. It spreads and sinks in quickly with no problem - I somehow imagined dermaceutical brand creams would be either very greasy or dimethicone heavy. The cream doesn’t dry you out despite some alcohol, dimethicone or retinol ingredients. On the contrary, this cream feels light yet nourishing. I sometimes enjoy a creamier texture in the evenings, but in day-time this cream sits beautifully under makeup; doesn’t leave a film or a greasy residue. Overall I’m very happy with the performance and ingredients. If I had to say one con it’s that there is some residue left inside the pump which tends to dry out - you’ll notice it the next time you’ll pump out some product. I feel it wastes the cream, but then again you don’t need a lot in the first place..

INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Acetamide MEA, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol Denat., Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat/Spelt) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (alfalfa) Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA

Every skin enthusiast loves vitamins and antioxidants, and this cream is packed with them. There are Vitamin A Esters (active derivates of Vitamin A) which stimulates collagen and elastin production. If you’re familiar with retinol for example, Vitamin A is used for clearer, brighter, blemish free complexion. There’s also Vitamin E, Neodermyl which is a patented version of copper peptide, resveratrol from red grape skins and triple weighted Hyaluronic Acid complex. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best skin hydrators while resveratrol is a potent antioxidant. I’ve tried only one Copper Peptide product in the past from NIOD so I was happy to see it used somewhere else. It’s not mentioned on the websites, but this cream also has squalene and various botanical extracts.

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Using DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL

The Antioxidant Cocktail seems like a  product where you see the effects during a longer period of use; it’s an anti-ageing environmental shield designed to protect against free radical attacks (pollution, stress, UV rays). It’s designed to hydrate, revive and also re-texture skin with a refreshed appearance. Anti-ageing means usually lifting and tightening the skin, which is also the purpose of this cream. If you want something stronger for texture issues, I’d suggest trying a glycolic acid peel, mask or something similar. The website does suggest the using this serum as a spot treatment, but personally I’ve used it all over my face.  

INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Xanthan Gum, Beta Carotene, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene

First of all, this serum is pretty hydrating on its own. I don’t feel necessary to add a hydrating serum on the top, but sometimes I do add a couple of drops of oil (such as Max and Me) for more moisturised look. The second ingredient is a stable form of Vitamin C (if you didn’t know, Vitamin C is notoriously unstable ingredient in skincare), followed by Aloe Leaf Juice, my favourite Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and highly active Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that may improve collagen production. There’s little “unnecessary” ingredients; fragrance is listed, but I personally haven’t paid attention to any scent from this serum. While I don’t necessary see a significant change in my skin after two months of use I can sayt hat my skin has been behaving exceptionally well. I can read from the simple ingredients list that this serum is designed to boost anti-ageing while giving skin protective, highly antioxidant rich ingredients with no nonsense.

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Final thoughts

I kind of wanted to not love these products.. They are fairly expensive, hard to purchase (not every website sells them, only beauty salons). The packaging is good, who doesn’t like an opaque pump bottle? But then again, it’s not “sexy”, hyped, highly branded.. just effective and simple, does what it says on the tin. A part of me wants to purchase highly hyped products, but then again so many luxe or high end skincare brands are in the same price range so… for once, I think I’ll repurchase both of these.

I’m more excited about the cream as it’s suitable for daytime use but includes Vitamin A Esthers and also its effects are easier to notice in the short therm. But then again, the Antioxidant Cocktail is wonderful, no-nonsense serum packed with great ingredients. I wish they had left out the fragrance and Limonene, but I doubts this serum would irritate sensitive skins. If you have concerns, ask help from your skin therapist. While this review wasn’t typography, packaging, styling or hype heavy, I think these are excellent products for people who want results and upkeep beautiful skin between possible treatments.

Have you tried premium medical skincare? Which one of these two would you pick up? x