Empties August ’18

Empties are my favourite posts to write, read and my favourite YouTube videos to watch, especially when it comes to skin care. It sometimes takes ages to see any changes when you try out new skin care products and that’s why there’s no review like an empties review. 

Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum

Darphin Intral redness relief

I’ve got to say that I had high hopes for this serum, not only because I’d read so many raving reviews and seen convincing before/after pictures, but also because I paid a hefty price for this bad boy (€54/$63/£49). Thirty millilitres later, my redness hasn’t been relieved nearly as much as my wallet. I took pictures every week for four months and didn’t see any improvement. This was a huge disappointment. Maybe I should have used the serum in conjunction with the rest of the range, but I need my salary for other things.

Rating: 2/5

Repurchase? Nope. 

Dr. Jart’s Wrinkless Solution cellulose gel mask

Dr Jart Wrinkless solution

What a mouthful, eh. I use my fair share of sheet masks, face masks, lip masks, etc., but this is the one that stood out this month. This one cost €5.99 / $9 for one use and I have to say that it is one of the best sheet masks I’ve ever tried. It’s a cellulose sheet mask supposed to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and improve the elasticity of the skin. I’m not sure I have fewer fine lines now, but the mask fitted my face perfectly and the whole experience was just pleasant and made me feel rich. 

Rating? 5/5

Repurchase? Sure. I’m actually curious about the rest of their sheet masks range, so that’s a good sign.

Sephora Honey Lip Scrub

sephora honey lip scrub

This is a cute lip balm (€4.99 / $6). Is the scrub effective? Nah, not really, but it does feel very hydrating on the lips. If you want your lips effectively scrubbed, I recommend the Lush one that I bought a few weeks ago (and it tastes like chocolate).

Rating: 3/5

Repurchase? Unlikely. 

Lush Face Mask – Don’t look at me

lush face mask don't look at me

This is a cream mask that you keep in the fridge. Lush is homemade with fresh products and the expiration dates are pretty close. If you buy it, you have to commit to using it regularly before it expires because 75g is a decent quantity and you’ll get a few uses out of it. This particular mask contains fresh organic lemon juice and that was a blessing during the heatwave we had in August. It feels extremely fresh and cooling. The ingredients also include ground rice so as to give the mask a scrubbing function, but I wasn’t a big fan of rinsing that off. I just tend to prefer chemical exfoliants. Price for 75g: £7.50 / €11.50 / $13.95.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase? I’ll probably try another Lush mask next time. 

Hair Elixir by Bleach London

hair elixir bleach london

I found this avocado oil-based serum in the Unsung Heroes category of Cult Beauty and I’m really glad that I did. It soothes dry ends without leaving a residue or weighing your hair down. It has definitely prevented hair damage and clearly made it longer before I needed a trim. This bottle is 50ml and lasted me a good five months. Amazing value. It’s vegan and cruelty free. Price: £6 / $8

Rating: 5/5

Repurchase? Yup, but first I’m trying their Leave it, Yeah leave-in conditioner

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer

kiehl's skin rescuer

This is a great moisturiser especially in the winter. The formula is quite rich and although it caters to sensitive skins, I’m sure that it works even better on *dry* sensitive skins. As it is extremely hydrating, it is a nice base for makeup. However, I found it difficult to finish (especially this summer) because it is so hydrating that I sweated it all off as soon as I stepped outside the bathroom. Price: $40. It is 75ml (2.5 oz) so it’s going to last you an eternity.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase? Maybe in the winter. Right now, I’m going back to my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge. I’m thinking of giving Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream a try this winter, though. 

This is a cute pin for your boards:

august empties (skin care)

12 Comments

  1. September 3, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I want something hydrating and the only thing that had helped so far is vaseline..

    • Kate
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 11:19 am

      I’ve heard it does wonders!

  2. September 3, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Sephora honey lip scrub seems great… I really have to try it..😊

  3. August 30, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    It’s a shame the honey lip scrub wasn’t much of a scrub, I think the packaging looks really cute, though! And those sheet masks should really interesting, but I LOVE the Lush face masks. They’re just amazing!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  4. August 29, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I love reading and writing empties posts too. There is something so satisfying in knowing you’ve got to the end of the product. I’m really shocked the Intral oil didn’t work for you as I’ve also heard such good things, so thanks for that info as it saves me forking out. I like the sound of the masks so will have a look into them. Have a great week.
    Kate x
    http://www.katesbeautyhome.com

    • Kate
      Author
      August 29, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Yup, masks are always a good way of easing into a pricey skin care brand.

      Thanks for commenting!

  5. August 29, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I love me an empties post! I’ve been curious about the Dr Jart range for a while, because I’ve heard such good things about their ranges, but maybe I’ll ease myself in with one of the sheet masks! Lovely post, I always trust an empties review because the person has (obviously) been using the product for long enough to use it up!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Kate
      Author
      August 29, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Me too! I want to write empties for the rest of my life 😀

      This is the only Dr Jart product I’ve used so far. Def. want to investigate that brand as well, but as I’m sure is the case for you: the drawers are full of products that need to be finished before I indulge.

  6. August 28, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Great post! Always found it difficult to finish the Lush masks before it expires…it feels so bad when I end up throwing the unused product

    • Kate
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Me too, especially at that price :/

  7. August 28, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    My problem is I have 1/2 empty bottles everywhere! Time to go back and see what I can salvage, and what I need to toss out.

    • Kate
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      Yup! Check the expiration dates!!

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