All used up

I’ve been dutifully using up samples, and so I have some more empties to review! There are products from Palmer’s, Aveeno, Neutrogena REN and Taylor Swift, so time to get into it. You’ll see there was a Dermalogica sample in the picture but I decided to review it with the rest of the Dermalogica samples, after I’d thrown the packets away so I couldn’t retake the photo.

Aveeno Dermalogica Neutrogena Palmer's Ren Taylor Swift Lena

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I’m reviewing these together because neither of them were very remarkable.. The Aveeno moisturiser is slightly lighter than the Palmer’s one, but both were acceptable, albeit unexciting moisturisers to use on my body. I would probably buy which ever one is cheaper, as they’re affordable supermarket products. You can also buy the Aveeno one on Mighty Ape.

Repurchase? Yes

Neutrogena hand cream
I absolutely love this hand cream, and have bought so many tubes of it in my life. It says ‘so concentrated that only a small amount leaves dry, cracked hands noticeably softer and smoother after just one application’ and I think that’s true. I get eczema and dryness on my hands, and this is just so good for it. The high glycerin content makes it a bit sticky, so I don’t apply it on my palms, just on the backs of my hands and around my cuticles and rub it in well. It’s very cheap, and available on Mighty Ape

Repurchase: Already have.

Neutrogena Norweigan Formula original hand cream Lena
A classic, and for good reason!


Ren Clean Skincare Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk

I have to say, I rolled my eyes a lot at the name of this product. ‘Clean skincare? I should hope so, I wouldn’t want it to be dirty. Hydra-calm? What does that even mean? Cleansing milk? Can’t they just say cleanser?’. I still feel pretty much the same about the name, but it was a pretty decent cleanser, didn’t make my skin feel dry or tight at all after I used it. I looked up the ingredients list, and while they are free of a lot of things, there are a lot of potentially irritating natural ingredients, including some which are undoubtedly used just for fragrance. I wouldn’t purchase it because of the price – it’s 16 GBP, or $30 NZ for 150ml, whereas my Cetaphil cleanser is between $20-30, depending on specials, for 500ml, and I just don’t think this is worth the money.

Repurchase: No.

REN clean skincare evercalm hydra-calm cleansing milk lena

Taylor by Taylor Swift
I got this as a sample at a department store, and have had it in my bag for those moments when I think I could do with some fragrance. I am hopeless at identifying notes of scents, so I’ll take this from Farmers’ website: “The fragrance begins with a burst of fresh fruits and flowers, blending luscious lychee and sparkling tangerine with a whisper of magnolia petals. Evoking a sense of femininity, the middle is a blushing bouquet of some of Taylor’s favourite flowers – peonies, hydrangeas and vanilla orchids. Anchoring the base is creamy sandalwood, warmed by an inviting mixture of apricot nectar, cashmere musk and a blend of woods”. I will say that it is a lovely fragrance, and I got compliments when I wore it. The Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml is $107 and the Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml is $146. I’ve never actually bought perfume for myself so I’m not sure if that’s a good price. The bottle is gorgeous, it’s almost worth buying just for it!

Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume

Have you tried any of these products – what do you think of them?
Are empties posts interesting?

Lena x




  • I’ve used a kit set size version of the gel version (phew) of the Ren cleanser — have a review of the kit on my blog somewhere. You’re right, it’s totally overpriced, but I really liked it! I think I would buy it if I wanted to feel fancy and it was on sale or something. I liked the mask that came with the set too, and the oil.

    • Yeah I liked it but it wasn’t worth the price. I keep my skincare cheap mostly and like fancier makeup.

  • I haven’t tried any of these products. great post!