So some of the products featured here I have finished prior to July, however, I kept them in a bag just for this post! Without further ado, let’s get to the products.
These are products I have already repurchased and firmly enjoy using! As much as I love trying out new things (and boy I do!) there are certain products that are either perfect for my needs or are such a pleasure to use that I am faithful to them! Another reason for repurchasing a product is due to comfort. Being aware of an old products effects helps when testing new things. That way I can better determine what effects(or lack of) are attributed to the new product.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Lotion Moist: This was my first luxury skincare item and first Chanel beauty item too, so naturally I cherished it. Prior to Kbeauty finding a hydrating toner without alcohol was certainly a challenge but this one fit the bill! It smells amazing, leaves no residue, hydrates and preps my skin for my following routine. Is this a must have product? Likely not. Yet to me, it has a special place in my heart and will continue to enjoy using it! ingredients
Chanel Le Weekend Editon Douce (gel version): This is a trusty yet pricey glycolic acid that is perfect for any day, not just the weekend. I was told by an SA that it has 6% glycolic acid, however, I can not find any record this online so I would have to contact Chanel to confirm the concentration. This never irritated my skin but was definitely effective at keeping spots at bay. I got a sample of the cream version and fell in love. However, when I went to purchase the full size I was mistakingly given the edition douce version which is for oily skins; thus not as hydrating and has poor spreadability, unlike the original cream form. While it was just as effective I do not like the gel texture of it at all. ! I will do a post comparing the textures in the future. As of now, I have repurchased the (superior) cream textured version. Oh and and on more non important side note; does anyone else hate when the writing fade on their products? Happens to me all the time and it breaks my heart cause at Chanel prices I want the bottle to look PRISTINE, oh well. Ingredients
Iope Bio Essence: This is a quote on quote HG (holy grail) status item for me. The beauty community loves to throw around the term HG but this Iope essence seriously was a game changer for me. It was the first Kbeauty product I ever tried(just this past year!) and was the first product to give me the coveted FTE(first treatment essence) glow! Already repurchased and highly recommend! Ingredients (warning this item seems to be constantly reformulated so the ingredients are prone to change.)
These products are ones I’ve used up and while I ran into no major issues with them I’ve just replaced them with something similar as they did not wow me. Perhaps If I had Product loyalty I would return to one of these If I found nothing better which is rarely the case with me and my never ending hunt for new products!
Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense SPF50+: I discovered this product through my search to find a physical sunscreen due to having a really bad reaction to some chemical filters(octocrylene and oxybenzone maybe more..) which jarred me from chemical sunscreens for a good year. This left no white cast since is tinted but leaves no pigment on the skin. Oddly it is often forgotten in the world of mineral sunscreen lists. This is unfortunate as it really is quite nice and was one of the first mass brands to release an aesthetically appealing, alcohol-free mineral sunscreen. My only cons were that it had a strong chemical scent and towards the end of its life got thicker and harder to spread which was expected. All in all, this surprisingly lasted me a good year (only used on days I went out not staying at home) Active ingredient is 15% Titanium dioxide full list > Ingrediants
Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Cleansing OIl: First Shu cleansing oil! I choose this one due it’s promised anti dark spots effect since I’m all about prevention! I initially did not like this as the scent was really strong and smelt like shampoo. I grew to get used(still not a fan though) to scent however this was no different from any other cleansing oil. It does emulsify particularly well (maybe due to mineral oil over other oils) however I think Shu Uemura makes nicer cleansing oils than this one. Ingredients
La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo cleanser: Finally finished this beast a few months ago. This is a true no frills sensitive skin cleanser. It has a pleasant milky texture and was a great morning cleanse. I think I went through 2 bottles of this stuff! Back when I wanted all my skincare to be fragrance free( my ideology has changed since then as now I’m much less restrictive and actually prefer mildly fragranced products but that’s a post in its self). Would recommend for those that dislike fragrance, have sensitive skin or are looking for a new cleansing milk. Ingredients (click ingredients on the page)
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel: This has been sitting rotting in my bathroom cupboard waiting for this very day! I remember thinking how much this stinks (it smells odd imo) however I do like its gel like texture, that it is non foaming and pH appropriate for protecting the skins moisture barrier. The scent is really a major deterrent and it never melts into an oil. Sadly, because this does not turn into an oil this cannot be used as a first cleanse. While it is easy to find(hello Sephora!) I have now discovered other gel to oil cleansers which I would rather try. Ingredients
Bioderma Atoderm Levres Lip Balm: Not bad, but not good either. Smells like raspberries but I prefer my lip balms to be unscented. It also left my lips really oily so I could only use it during the night. Ingredients (just scroll down on the page to see)
Avene TriXera Nutri-Fluid Balm: Bought this a few months ago, but I go through body moisturizers fast. For my body, I like fragrance free products so this one fits the bill. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it hydrating enough for dry skin. It’s currently summer for me so this definitely would not help hydrate my body in harsh Canadian winters. Ingredients (under composition)
These are products I will not repurchase. Possible reasons could be that there are superior options available or because they were not ideal for my skin type and concerns. Please remember that while items featured here didn’t work for me it’s 100% ok if you love them because with skincare your mileage may vary YMMV.
Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum: This product has also sat empty for a long time. I do not like this product for three major reasons. Firstly, this uses lactobionic acid as its main source of exfoliation which I did not find as effective acid for my skin, at least in this formula. There are a multitude of exfoliants out there such as lactic acid, mandelic, azelaic HEPES, glycolic, salicylic, ect. It’s all a matter of preference and needs based on your skin type. I think gentler alternatives are always good; however since I have found non-irritating glycolic acids that actually give me results, this product was pretty much a useless alternative. While it was non-irritating I concurrently can also attest to it being useless in the exfoliation department, for my skin. The second reason is that this formula is incredibly silicone-y which I found made layering difficult. It seemed to leave a film on my skin, which meant I had to use it towards the end of my routine. Finally, I found the pump annoying as you can’t control the amount pumped. I like to be able to do ¼ pumps, ½ pumps and more and with this, it was one full pump or nothing. Overall, I have seen many people rave about this so I know it’s just my skin and tolerance threshold. If you are well accustomed to using acids like me then I would skip this product. Ingredients
Nivea Sensitive Cleansing Wipes: I picked these up because they were on sale and I wanted something to clean my powder brush between uses. This did absolutely nothing for cleaning brushes, so then I tried using on my face… to no success. These wipes are bone dry, leave my skin with a film and have REALLY poor makeup removing ability and I don’t even wear waterproof make up! All I wear is just sunscreen and foundation/cushion so you can imagine how these would pull at someone’s poor eyes! I can guarantee there are better alternatives it’s just a shame so many makeup removing wipes have fragrance. Ingredients (oddly on UK site but not on the Canadian version)
That wraps up all my current empties! Phew! That was long but I think big empties are more enjoyable than little empties posts. Anyway, are there any products here that you have used before? If so, were your experiences similar or not? Let me know in the comments below!