Products I have used up recently – Skincare November 2021.

This post is incredibly cleanser heavy – in the past few months whilst I have been trying to use up all of my half empty products, I realised that cleansers are one of the main culprits for me losing interest and opening something new so this took a lot of willpower. There are a couple of holy grail status items in this round up which I have used multiple times and a couple that I wouldn’t repurchase. 

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Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream

Another all time favourite, this joins the Elemis Cleansing Balm as a product I always have in my cupboard this must be my sixth or seventh pot. My under eyes are quite dry and can be prone to eczema so the rich, balmy texture is not only comforting but also smoothes the surface ready for makeup. 

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

There are a couple of moisturisers that I know that I can rely on, either when my skin is particularly reactive or as a fail safe when introducing a new acitve. One of these is the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream. Surprisingly affordable for a premium brand mosituriser (50ml RRP £28 / 125ml RRP £48), it aids moisture barrier repair and provides 24 hour hydration. I have a full pot of this in reserve for when I have worked my way through a couple of my current pots.

Elemis Cleansing Micellar Water

Following on from the Dior Micellar water is another, pricey option when it comes to water cleansers. Do I think it is really *that* much better than my usual Garnier micellar water? No. Will I repurchase it in the future? Most likely, although more so if it came as part of a bundle as I would rather save up and go for the Elemis Cleansing Balm instead. It didn’t leave my skin feeling dry and it removed all of my makeup, I just think my money is better spent elsewhere.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (Discontinued)

Another favourite that has been sadly discontinued. This cleanser went on as a gel, removed all makeup and then emulsified to a milk. I first discovered it in a GWP and have purchased and had more travel sizes as part of GWPs since. I think that out of all the beauty houses, Clarins GWP offer the best choice and value – I quite often can get minis of my favourites whilst stocking up on my essentials.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 

One of the cheapest hyaluronic acid serums that I have tried, this is definately stickier in texture than more sophisticated formulas. I have used a few bottles and will most likely repurchase in the future as it does tend to work as well as the more pricey ones (Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Dr Sebagh) even if it isn’t as enjoyable to use. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

I think if I could only have one cleanser, this would be it. It removes all of my makeup, doesn’t leave a film on my eyes and smells incredible. I am currently using a huge 200ml of the rose version which although lovely, doesn’t smell quite as nice as this one.  If I didn’t have such a big pot of it at hand I would use it as a second cleanser and go in with a cheaper micellar water, oil or balm cleanser first.

Japanfusion™ Pure Transforming Cleanser

Another gel-oil-milk cleanser, this is the closest replacement I have found to the discontinued Clarins Pure Melt. I would even say it is slightly more hydrating. Like the others it removes makeup effectively with a flannel and causes me no irritation. I highly rate the things I have tried so far from Beauty Pie and really need to have a look at ordering a couple more things as my allowance is stacking up. If you haven’t already signed up to Beauty Pie, click here to use my referral code or mention my name sophie_ramsay at checkout to receive £10 off of your order.

Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

Precise dose of potent srrum to help repenish and restore the ceramides in the skin. A pricey option they arent something I have ever used religously but will dip in and out of when my skin needs a little bit more barrier repair. The texture of the serum is much silkier than typical serums, due to the inclusion of Dimethicone.

Are you a dedicated use til the end of the bottle-r or are you like me and get suckered in to new products? 

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One Comment

  • Timmy

    Elemis Cleansing Balm is a true holy grail product, it does exactly what it says it will and is also great for travel. One of the few cleansers I don’t mind spending money on because it is that good.

    Japanfusion is the main product I want to try from Beauty Pie but with 7 cleansers currently on rotation (and 3 others at Mum’s!) I cannot justify purchasing any more. Definitely at the top of my list once I conquer some of these – very impressive how many you have got through.

    Superdrug do a very good micellar water that is so similar to Garnier and has an even lower price point, this is my go to if I ever use micellar – although I am still working through the Burt’s Bees one from you as I wear makeup so rarely it takes forever to get through them these days. I do really like using micellar to take off my SPF during the day when I am just around the house and not heading out again before going to do my proper cleanse later.

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