I’m finally back with another empties post!
These are all of the products I’ve finished since the end of last summer, and I’ll give a little review and let you know if I’ve replaced them as well. Obviously, seeing as I’ve finished the products, they are all on the spectrum of being good and reliable, enough for me to finish them!
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Garnier micellar water:
I’ll start off my list with the first item of my daily skincare routine. I’ve been using this micellar water from Garnier for years and years, and have stuck with the pink ‘for sensitive skin’ version throughout. It’s exactly what I need to wipe off my makeup at the end of the night or to freshen up and cool down my skin after waking up. I can’t remember how many bottles of this I’ve gone through, but I’m currently using a massive 700 ml bottle! I’m hoping this will last me, but the bargain on this product is no joke! It’s so gentle on my skin and leaves it soft even on its own. However, it still manages to get off stubborn mascara and eyeliner. This is a must-have in my skincare cabinet!
Get it here on amazon for £5.00 (700 ml)
L’Oreal micellar water:
Another micellar water, this is the only other one I’ve tried other than the Garnier one. Again, I went for the ‘sensitive’ version. This one actually took me almost a year to finish, and I just kept going back to the Garnier one. For some reason, it just wasn’t as hydrating as the Garnier water, and I didn’t like it as much for removing makeup. So although I wanted to try both and bought this at the same time as one of the Garnier bottles, this one lasted me a lot longer because I just didn’t find myself reaching for it. It doesn’t glide as smoothly, and I just prefer the one from Garnier! It’s not to say that I found this bad in any way, it still did the job and removed my makeup at the end of the day, but personally, I just preferred Garnier!
Get it here on amazon for £3.99
Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser:
I actually really enjoyed using this as an alternative to a foam cleanser for days when I was feeling extra lethargic or if it was one of those days where I needed a liquid cleanser instead of a foam (weird oily combination, any spots, etc.). It was a good midweek cleanser, especially after using micellar water to remove makeup. But I was disappointed with the packaging! It was damaged somehow and kept leaking all over the place which was very disappointing. I know that packaging isn’t everything, but if you’re paying this amount of money for a product, I think the packaging should reflect that and be robust enough to use and hold in the product. I lost about half of the cleanser because of this! Although the formula was good, I have a lot of cleansers which I prefer over this. So for now, I will not be repurchasing this.
Waitrose face cleanser:
This was quite an unusual buy for me, as I’d never bought a supermarket’s own line of skincare before. But I shop at Waitrose almost every day, and if I trust and love their foods, why not their skincare line?! This is a cleanser from their range of skincare “Pure”, and I had read some good things, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised, and although it wasn’t the “clean” feeling I was used to, it was very gentle. It was more of a gel-liquid formula and didn’t give me that deep clean, squeaky feeling, but instead was kind of just a gentle face massage. I ended up using a foam wash after this in the PM, but in the AM this was enough after micellar water cleanse. I don’t think I’ll be buying it again for now, but if I ever urgently need a cleanser and there’s only a supermarket around, I know I’m in safe hands.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser:
I took this with me traveling around Portugal, and I really like it…EXCEPT that it smells so strong, and it’s not particularly pleasant! I liked the fact that it didn’t have any perfume in it and they allowed it to smell as it was, but honestly, the smell is the only thing not making me buy it again, in full size. As far as liquid cleansers go, it was great for use in the hot weather and cleansed everything without stripping my face entirely. It was really gentle and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all, even though I was cleansing my face multiple times a day, as well as traveling.
Tatcha Deep Cleanse:
I’ve been going on and on about Tatcha for months now, after getting the travel size duo of the cleanser and the water cream during my trip to New York last summer. I’ve recently got the full-sized version of this, and I use it after traveling, or when I feel like I need a deeper, exfoliating clean in the evening instead of my usual foam cleanse. I do really like this, and obviously, I have re-bought it, but for me, my daily routine (for now) has always got to be a double cleanse, micellar water, and a foam cleanser. As far as liquid/non-foam cleansers go, this is definitely up there as one of my all-time favorites.
Sana Isoflavone cleanser:
I think I’ve used up over 10 bottles of this cleanser, and I just cannot get enough of it. This super affordable drugstore skincare range is based on the goodies that are in soy. The products are SO gentle on your skin, but using it alongside the foaming net (read more about this technique here), the tiny tiny foam bubbles cleanse out your pores until your skin is flawless and looking pore-less! Every time I go back home to Japan, I come back with as many bottles as my airline luggage allowance will let me, but you can also get it online!
Get it here on amazon for £9.90
Rosette Kaidei Smooth:
Another Japanese drugstore product, this foam cleanser is made from a special “mud” and is aimed for oilier days, or when you are looking for a really deep clean. This is also best used with the foaming net and the dense bubbles that it forms really get into your pores and cleans them out. I love using this in the summer, and when my face is sweaty and horrible! It makes me feel so clean, and the skin is perfect and prepped for toner. Again, I think I’ve gone through at least over five or six bottles of this, and I’ve got more in stock!
Get it here on amazon for £7.90
Rosette Hakudei Lift:
From the same brand as the mud cleanser, this is for brightening the skin. When my skin has a phase of looking dull and tired, this always perks my skin up and gives it extra hydration. These foam cleansers leave skin squeaky clean but super soft and bouncy. I love them so much because of how they enhance your skin and leaves it in the perfect condition for the remainder of my skincare routine. Just to be clear though, brightening is NOT whitening! (Which I do not support!)
Get it here on amazon for £4.90
Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic:
You can probably tell how much I love this product by the fact that I have two bottles of empties! This is definitely one of my all-time top toners. I especially love it and use it almost exclusively during summer, when it gets hot and sweaty, and my face keeps getting warm. The spritzer feature on this is so great and helps me cool down during hot summer days. My sister in law also told me to stick it in the fridge, and spritzing your face after you come in from somewhere hot is so satisfying! I haven’t bought another bottle yet, but when it starts getting warmer again here in London, I’ll definitely be grabbing a bottle (or two!) for the warmer months.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion:
I had never used a La Roche Posay toner before and tried it because I swear by their sun screen range. It was actually surprisingly good, especially considering that I’m not a big fan of clarifying lotions. Again, this was a product that was suited to my summer skin, and felt super soothing and cooling after a day at work in the heat (in the UK we don’t really have air con!). I did enjoy using this, and it is very affordable for what it is. I think that I may be thinking of repurchasing this again this year, but because of how much I love the Liz Earle tonic spritzer, I’m not really sure yet!
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0:
Although I finished this toner, it took me several months to do so. For me, daily use, especially AM and PM, was too much. The clarifying toner left my skin too sensitive and tingly if used too often. I preferred to use it once or twice a week during the summer, or in the winter instead of having exfoliating days. I haven’t repurchased this product, and there are so many toners out there that I love more!
Sana Isoflavone facial lotion:
From the makers of the soy foam cleanser I mentioned above, their full range also consists of the facial lotion. I’m not kidding when I say I’m maybe on my 14th or 15th bottle of this, and I’ve been using it since I was a teenager. They range in consistency from light watery toners to full cream like lotions, depending on what level of hydration you need. I’ve loved the watery toners, although I’ve used the richer ones too, especially if I’m skipping out a few creams. The product is just absorbed straight into the skin and immediately hydrates the face. It feels so much better once I’ve used this, and I can almost feel the hydration sinking in! Even if it sounds ridiculous, this is the perfect pre-serum and cream step for me, and my skin is never softer than after I pat this on.
Get it here on amazon for £10.44
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense:
I’ve mentioned this before, in a previous empties post. I haven’t actually re-bought it since I finished this one, simply because of some other creams (listed below) which I’ve fallen in love with since, and fit my skin needs better. My skin is always changing, but this was the first moisturizer I truly loved and depended on. It’s gel like (which I love) and non-greasy and keeps my skin hydrated. I loved it, and I think maybe I’ll try it again in the future!
Related: Skincare and beauty summer haul
Tatcha Water Cream:
I recently brought the full-sized version of this, and have been using it almost every single day, morning and evening, since the start of the year. For me, I find the texture more of a gel than a cream, and it is working really well right now. It’s exactly the right amount of moisture I need, without it getting greasy or leaving behind this film of residue which I absolutely hate. I love how this product is absorbed by my skin so easily, and after applying it makes my skin smooth and not sticky. Unfortunately, Tatcha isn’t sold in the UK, but anytime my friends go to either the US, Hong Kong, or Japan, I make sure to ask them to get me a tub!
Kiehl’s ultra facial cream:
I enjoyed this, and actually used it all the way till empty! Moisturiser is always a tricky one for me. I hate anything that leaves any residue, and anything greasy is a big no-no from me. But this Kiehl’s one was light enough to not bother me, easily absorbed, and didn’t leave behind anything. I used it mostly through the autumn/winter months, and I think it was perfect for me then! I’ve moved on since to the Tatcha water cream, which is a bit more gel-like and I prefer it when the weather gets a bit warmer. For me, this formula was a bit too heavy for AM use in the summer. I’m not repurchasing the Kiehl’s cream now, but I think I will be when the end of summer is nearing!
Another Japanese skincare product, Curel is a really famous brand that can be bought in drugstores. I love this moisturizer, as you can probably tell by the fact that I have two, and also featured multiples in my previous empties post! I’ve probably gone through about six or seven of these tubs, and they are the perfect cream for me. It’s the least greasy moisturizer I’ve used, and seals in all of the other products really well. My skin loves this and is never greasy when I’m using this. It’s intense enough to use in the colder months when my skin gets really dry. But I also love it in the summer, where it makes my skin really soft and smooth, despite the extra sweat and oils, as well as sunscreen. I’ll be getting several more tubs of this when I next go back to Japan, but they can also be bought online!
Get it here on amazon for £27.99
Phew! That was quite a long list! I really hope you enjoyed and found something new! Please do let me know if you’ve been using any of the products I’ve mentioned, I’d love to know what you thought of them. Please also let me know what you’re loving, I’m always looking for new products and I’d love to know what you all use 🙂
Thank you so much for reading!
I’ll see you in the next one,