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.
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.
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.
Repurchase? Sure. I’m actually curious about the rest of their sheet masks range, so that’s a good sign.
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).
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.
Repurchase? I’ll probably try another Lush mask next time.
Hair Elixir by 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
Repurchase? Yup, but first I’m trying their Leave it, Yeah leave-in conditioner
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.
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