Just warning you: this post may look like a mile long, so get a cup of coffee or tea and get comfy. I love to babble about products, but today I'm trying to keep things brief. There is a quite a good selection of skincare, somewhat dominated by clean/eco brands. PR samples have a * next to them. If you have further questions about any product, don't hesitate to reach me in the comments section! Enjoy!
Nuori Vital Face Cream*
I'm a fan of Nuori's concept and products, not to forget their beautiful graphic design. This cream was very nice, but perhaps a bit too light for the driest skin types during Winter. I wish they had a heavier version of this as my skin sometimes was left a bit tight. I will probably purchase this again some point during the warmer months.
January Labs Revitalizing Day Cream
My favorite facial cream of all time. Very liquid-y, but hydrating, nourishing and great packaging; you'll get every single drop out of this pump bottle. I have been gifted this, repurchased myself multiple times, lost a track how many I've used up. While I liked Nuori's cream, January Labs is hard to beat.
Innisfree Eco Safety Sunscreen 50+ PA+++
Another holy grail favorite of mine, but Innisfree recently reformulated this sunscreen. It used to disappear effortlessly into my skin with no major white cast, I've used this for years and over 10 tubes. The reformulation I'm using atm is heavier, a bit tinted, but not tinted enough to cancel the white cast if you won't blend it in very carefully. Will keep using it for now, but might switch to Goodal.
Goodal Mild Protect Natural Filter Essence Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++
Another excellent sunscreen, but this is a light lotion that literally sinks into your skin with no white cast. A little scented, but doesn't irritate my skin. My partner dislikes putting creams on his face, but I've converted him using Goodal. Great for people who hate applying sunscreen, but recently I had hard time finding the essence version.
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
I liked this product, but I wish I had loved it more. It was a good hyaluronic acid serum, definitely recommending for normal to oilier skin types, but if your skin is super thirsty like mine you go through this in an instant. Lovely, but I just wish it packed a little more punch. Good price, will consider repurchasing.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence
My favorite essence to date, has beaten the cult FTE by SK-II in my book. My second or third bottle, will pick up a new one as soon as possible (unfortunately not sold in my country). It doesn't do magic, but the texture is perfect for me and the hydration it gives feels long-lasting.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
One of my favorite cleansing balms and I've used and loved many. To be honest, I'm not into all the Hungarian thermal water related marketing talk Omorovicza is famous for. In this balm the Hungarian Moor Mud is the 5th ingredient and I wonder how much the minerals have benefit for your skin as you rinse this off right away. However, this balm feels luxurious and pleasant to use, I really loved to massage and remove it with a hot cloth. Will repurchase at some point, I already have a mini size at hand.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
While Clinique's balm isn't as oil and luxurious as the Omorovicza, this balm is a great and easy-to-access workhorse. If you are drawn to the brand, I'm sure you'd enjoy it. This is the type of balm I like to use for 1st cleanse as it removes makeup in an instant and can be rinsed off with water. Good one to check out.
Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm
My favorite recent cleansing balm. This balm is a bit more "gritty" and sometimes you can see some of the oil separating a bit, which I personally liked. It wonderfully melts between your fingers, taking off all makeup - even my persistent Japanese waterproof mascara. Great for both 1st and 2nd cleanse, never left my skin feeling tight afterwards. A generous tub, good ingredients (if you're not sensitive to some of the fragrance such as geraniol) and the price isn't bad. Will repurchase!
Rituals Yogi Delight Shower Oil
Rituals makes my favorite shower products, difficult to get in Finland, but worth of picking up during trips. Their shower oil is my favorite for washing and shaving, leaves my skin smooth vs dry and itchy. I know L'occitane has popular shower oil, but the prices scare me. The scent of Yogi Delight was OK, might pick up a different 'flavour' next time.
Avene Thermal Water Spray
It's a water spray. Water. Will not repurchase.
Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum
I think I will mourn running out of this oil forever. Or, until I get through a couple of other oils and I can allow myself to repurchase this. Despite loving skincare, I rarely actively crave for a specific product. But this oil serum I literally miss and crave, even when I don't have any I wish I did. It gave an instant glow to my skin and I enjoyed it tremendously, plus the scent stole my heart. Read full review here.
Max and Me I Am The Light *
Here's one of 1st world beauty problems: which Max and Me facial oil do I prefer? I Am The Light or Enchanted (review here)? Well, um, I refuse to decide and use both. Not very helpful, I know, sorry. If you're pondering between the two: let your heart decide, they're both lovely. This small bottle was a PR gift from the lovely Max and Me team, but I already have a full-size I Am the Light in my cabinet. I'm completely smitten with this brand, I can't bear the thought of being without their oils any more.
Max and Me Purity and Grace
Oddly, Purity and Grace is the Max and Me product I'm not crazy in love with. And by crazy in love I mean I enjoyed it a lot, but I'm not ready to tie the knot and get buried with it. While the oil is nourishing, calming, pampering and perfect for relaxing and mini-facials with a massage, there's something woody about the scent that doesn't spark the same way their other oils do. Don't get me wrong, this is just a personal preference. If you are drawn to more earthy scents, this oil is pure luxe. I will probably repurchase at some point, but right now I'm testing something else.
Aurelia Night Repair Oil
I wrote a positive review of this oil earlier, Aurelia was my "gateway drug" to beautiful, luxurious eco facial oils. You do get a lot of oil for the (hefty) price, which is nice, but I've started to prefer smaller bottles with eco oils. I grew tired of the scent of the Aurelia Night Repair Oil, but if you love lavender you might love this. I personally don't care for lavender so I ended up using this is a body oil. Full updated review here.
Heroine Make Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara
As much as I love Heroine Make mascaras, I think I won't purchase the waterproof one. I did like how waterproof it was and I got it easily off with my cleansing oil, but the cone shaped wan wasn't for my liking and I poked my lids with the mascara all the time. Will keep repurchasing the film-type version of Volume and Curl. Otherwise, a very nice mascara (although it doesn't give a ton of volume, despite what the name suggests).
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
I have a love-and-hate relationship with this foundation. The color match, wear-time, finish and everything was perfect. The light beige compact is super elegant and I loved every aspect of using this foundie - except it lasted me for only a couple of months, which I does not enrage me as much as they don't sell refills here where I live. And it's over €70/$~86 usd. Too much for too little product. I've heard they do sell refills at least in Singapore, I wonder if somewhere else as well? If I'd ever come across a refill I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Essie Good To Go
My favorite top coat! I wear mostly Essie polishes and this one dries quick and extends the wear of my nail polish. What else you need? Lasted pretty long before starting to turn goopy. Already repurchased.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This product used to be my Holy Grail of eye primers as the NARS one was more expensive and hard to get, but I've "grown out" or simply got tired of Too Faced and their branding. I haven't used this one in a long while, so I'm purging it.
Phew! Next time I'll try to do my empties earlier. After typing this post I just finished couple ofter products, but they will be seen next time. What's the latest product you finished? Do you agree/disagree with my list here?