It’s that time again – empties time! As usual, I’ve collected all of the beauty products that I’ve finished during the month and will be reviewing them all. I finished (or decided to throw out) 7 products and this time they were all skincare. My empties are from Weleda, Fuss Free Naturals, Neutrogena, Dr Bronner’s, Clinique, Innisfree and Tony Moly – keep reading for my reviews.
Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash*
I suffer from eczema and easily irritated skin, so when I was sent this body wash from Weleda I was delighted. There is a whole Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin range which I have also been using products from, I love the hand cream. This body wash does smell of the sweet almond oil it uses which reminds me of working at Movenpick ice cream and making waffle cones, but the scent isn’t over powering. It cleanses gently as it doesn’t contain any of the typical surfectant ingredients found in body wash like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which can be drying to the skin. To create foam I use a japanese bath towel or a synthetic loofah and it leaves me smelling great.
Repurchase? Yes, I love how gentle it is
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen
Sunscreens are something which can be hard when you have sensitive skin, some ingredients really irritate my skin. When I was in a particularly bad patch with my skin I bought this Neutrogena Sensitive Skin sunscreen because it uses physical sunscreens (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) which are less irritating. However, there is a big problem with these – they are SO WHITE. I found it so hard to rub them in sufficiently, and they caused bad flash back in photography (for more about this, read ‘Avoiding flashback fails‘.
Repurchase? No, I’ll stick to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen
Fuss Free Naturals Facial Cleansing Wipes – cleanse + exfoliate
Makeup removal wipes aren’t something I use very regularly, mainly if I’ve come home from a late night out or am staying over somewhere (e.g. a boy’s house hahaha). I had used the cleanse + refresh Fuss Free Naturals Facial Cleansing Wipes previously and liked them, I said I would repurchase them in my April 2015 Empties post The cleanse + exfoliate variety is just not as nice. They includes citrus and pineapple enzymes and I didn’t like how they made my eyes feel. I finished this pack by using them to remove swatches on my arms from blog photo shoots.
Repurchase? No, I’ll go back to the cleanse + refresh variety.
Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap – Lavender
Dr Bronner’s liquid castille soap is touted all over the internet as being able to be used for just about anything, but what I used it for was to clean my makeup brushes. It generally did a good job and this small bottle lasted me a very long time. However, it wasn’t amazing at getting foundation out of sponges or brushes so I have been preferring my Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel lately.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream
Pep-Start eye cream is newly out in New Zealand and I got this sample from a Clinique counter at the mall. The advertising describes it as “An instant brightening and hydrating eye cream that features a blend of peptides to help combat the visible effects of your busy life”. I do have a busy life, and never get enough sleep at the moment between blogging, packing to move, and going out late, so I was keen to try this. Unfortunately, I noticed very little difference from the pep-start eye cream. It was moisturising, but so is literally every other eye cream or moisturiser on earth. It’s $49 in NZ ($26USD at Sephora USA) so not worth the money to me, considering I have other eye creams that I like better.
Innisfree Skin Solution Mask Trouble Care
A wee while ago my friend Louisa from Intrepid Forays and Adventures blog gave me a bunch of different Asian sheet masks, and I’ve been trying to use them lately. My skin certainly is troublesome, so I wanted to give this a try. Sheet masks are always hydrating, and they’re a fun experience too as long as you don’t mind scaring anyone you live with. The key ingredient in the Innisfree Skin Solution mask is Propolis which bees collect from trees and plants too use in their hives! A bit unusual but interesting. I liked how my skin felt after using it, but it hasn’t made a radical difference, perhaps it would if I used them regularly.
Repurchase? If I could find it in NZ. They’re sold on Amazon but don’t ship here
Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch
While I was going through my mask collection I found this lip mask! So of course I had to try it. Similar to a facial sheet mask, this lip mask, or lovely lip patch, aims to moisturise your skin. Water and Glycerin are the first two ingredients, and glycerin works by preventing water from evaporating from your skin, thereby repairing your skin’s natural moisture barrier. I regularly have to apply lip balm, and in the last few days since using this lip mask I think I’ve only applied it once which is unusual for me. You keep the patch on for 15-20 minutes and the big tip from me would be to lie down while using it, other wise it will fall off your face.
Repurchase? I’ll consider it! I found I can buy them on Amazon
So there you have it – my February empties! I’m publishing this a little bit before the end of the month because I’m moving house this upcoming week and probably won’t have time to do any blog posts. What did you think of the products I finished – did you agree or disagree with any of my reviews? I’d love to hear your comments below.
*Provided for review. Affiliate links have been used for products in this post.