September Empties: Skincare & Makeup

Wednesday, October 03, 2012
This post will include all of the skincare and makeup products I have used up in September with mini reviews of all the products featured.I have managed to use up quite a few skincare products during the month of September, a couple of which I am definitely going to repurchase.
Firstly, one of my favourite products - the Boots Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum (£5.33-£7.99, 30ml). I showed this product in a haul when I bought it in July (link to the haul post here). I have been using this facial serum twice a day since I bought it and I just adore this serum. I find that it makes my skin smoother, softer and it doesn't clog my pores or cause any irritation/spots/redness. I also found that this serum did reduce my skins sensitivity but it is not a major change. I definitely recommend this serum and I am going to purchase another tube after I have finished a couple of serum samples I have.

Another product I have used up that I have already repurchased is the Simple Rich Replenishing Moisturiser (£3.89, 125ml). I love this moisturiser, I have repurchased about six or more bottles because it doesn't irritate my skin and it moisturises well - very highly recommended and it is really cheap too (always a good thing!).

Another couple of skincare products that I used up were from a set that I received in a Glossy Box - Dermalogica. I have been wanting to try some skincare products from Dermalogica for a while but they are expensive and I have sensitive skin so I was unsure whether they would irritate my skin. Although these two Dermalogica products that I have used up did not irritate my skin but I would only repurchase one of them. Firstly, the Dermalogica Clean Start Wash Off Foaming Cleanser (£12-£14, 180ml). I was surprised by how much I actually liked this cleanser as due to the scent I thought that it may irritate my skin but it doesn't and it lathers up like no other facial cleanser I have tried before. When I use this cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia it produces so much lather and this cleanser makes my skin feel really clean and clear. It also reduces the number of spots I get during a certain time of the month (cough, cough). Overall, a fantastic cleanser but I need to work my way through the mountain of cleansers I have to be able to purchase the full size version of this cleanser - recommended, especially if you have a clarisonic.

Secondly from dermalogica, the Clean Start All Over Clear Purifying Toner (£12-10, Ebay). I did get along with this toner fairly well although the main negative point about this product for me is the scent; this product smells like cleaning fluid! The scent is horrible, in my opinion, and it is also really strong; so much so that it makes my eyes water slightly. This toner worked well but I did find it slightly drying and because of the negative points concerning the scent I would not buy this product nor do I recommend it.

Now another favourite product of mine, the Caudalie Lip Conditioner (£4.95, 4g). This lip balm is quite simply the best lip balm I have ever used and I have tried a lot of lip balms! This lip balm makes my lips feel so smooth and hydrated - very highly recommended. 

Finally a couple of make up items I have used up! Firstly, the Diorshow waterproof mascara in the shade black/noir (£23). I love this mascara, it was the very first high end makeup product I bought for myself! I have had this mascara for a criminally long time, about two years! This mascara has a massive brush which gives my volumised, black thick lashes - love it!
The second make up item is a foundation, the Bourjois Brush Foundation in the shade 'beige clair' (£6-12, online, ebay). I bought this foundation for about £4 from a discount store in Manchester arndale which I think has closed down now. This foundation is really nice, it applies well although the brush applicator is not very hygienic so I dispense the foundation onto the back of my hand then apply with a clean Real techniques Expert Face Brush. This foundation gives a nice radiant (not dewy) finish but it can look a bit patchy throughout the day and I would not recommend this for people with flaky skin or oily/combination skin. 

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