I was quite busy at the end of last year. Preparations for Christmas and my trip to Vietnam totally ate up my time. That was rather unexpected, I felt as if it hit me in the face. Then I went to Vietnam, then after that trip I had another trip to the North of Finland to ski and see the Northern Lights. When I finally got back and felt settled again, I didn’t feel like writing much about skincare anymore. In fact, I left most of my skincare stash in Vietnam, and gave away a bunch when I got back to Finland. I still use skincare products of course, but the craze is pretty much over I guess. What a relief. I know I will still spend a lot of money on skincare, but it feels better to be in control rather than letting desire take the reins.
Although it’s already half-way through April, I feel like I want to write about this batch of empties from March.
- Votary Clarifying Facial Oil – Clary Sage and Peach 30ml
Votary is a brand I have good impression about. They gives off a feeling of luxury and graceful but approachable, they have quality products, and they pay attention to details. They will treat you with care and respect.
I wanted to like their products. Sadly, they are not for me.
This particular oil is for compromised, oily, blemish-prone skin. My skin is not particularly acne-prone, there was a long period of time when my skin was clear. Then I started using contraceptive pills, and when I got off it, hormonal acne went rampant. I chose this oil to bring back with me to Vietnam, when the weather was humid and just as expected, my skin became totally oily instead of combination like when I’m in Finland.
To be honest, my skin when I was in Vietnam was a total mess. It was so oily and acne kept popping up. Nothing worked. The humidity was crazy.
My problem with this oil is that, despite it being lightweight, it wasn’t fast-absorb on me. Even when I used mists to help with absorption, it didn’t make much of a difference. I assume that if you use their Toning Serum – Lemon & Neroli, or use an acid toner before applying this oil, that would make a good combo. I did try applying their toning serum first then apply oil, and did like it. I only had a sample of the toning serum though. It was expensive and by the time I finished the oil, I didn’t feel compelled enough to purchase the combo. At the moment, I gravitate more toward traditional serums and moisturizing creams.
- Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème 15ml
I was in quite a fever with Tata Harper products last year. In a way, I’m glad I’m not anymore. Because even when they don’t exclude themselves of retailers’ sales events, their products are still expensive after discount.
This eye cream lasted me so long. I needed very little each time. In the end, I used it as my hand cream. It sounds wasteful, but it’s not. Anyone using green beauty products know that you should them up as soon as possible. I had to try to use it up before it went bad.
The product itself was lovely. It had beautiful texture which absorbed quickly. It didn’t sting my eyes, which was important because I have watery eyes. It erased fine lines, which was nice even for a short while before you smile again.
I don’t repurchase because it’s expensive and I’m toning down on essential oils (especially for eye area). Plus it took too long for me to finish. Nowadays I only want to purchase products which I know I will use consistently and will be able to finish them.
Back then I bought this eye cream from Content Beauty with 20% from their summer sale in June.
- Josh Rosebrook Accelerating Hydrator 120ml
A cult product for many people and I could understand why. It produced beautiful mist. It felt refreshing, soothing, softening, hydrating on skin. Its scent was interesting, hard to describe. The more I used it, the more I liked it.
I didn’t repurchase because I wanted to try other mists/toners, but if there’s one that I feel like repurchase the most, this is it.
I got this one from Content Beauty with 15% off.
- The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost 500ml
This was a repurchase but I kept forgetting to drink it. At some point I felt like it went bad, so I didn’t finish the bottle.
Not going to purchase again. I’m with the people who say that if you have the budget for it, go for it. But remember it’s a supplement, it doesn’t replace anything – you still need to eat well, drink well.
- Clinique Take The Day Off sample
I got a sample from Emotion by Sokos and loved it as sunscreen remover. So effective and easy to use. I bought the full size.
- Oskia Renaissance 360 sample 2ml
This moisturizer is for anti-aging and brightening. I don’t know if it was because it has SPF8, I found it hard to blend to skin. Additionally, I like moisturizer and sun protection to be separate, and this one has only SPF8 (despite zinc oxide at 4th in ingredient list, weird), I didn’t feel like I would spend so much on its full size.
I got this sample from an order from Cult Beauty.
- Oskia Nutri-Active Day Cream sample 2ml
I loved this one. It was hard to find a light but moisturizing enough moisturizer for combination skin (or sometimes oily but dehydrated), and I’m so glad I found this one. My skin felt supple, soft, properly moisturized and protected when I used this. No hesitation, I purchased its full size.
Don’t know where I got this sample. Probably from an order from Niche-Beauty.
- Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Moisturizer sample 3ml
This is a very nice moisturizer, too. I went with Oskia instead mostly because I liked that one’s texture better, it was exactly the kind of texture that I looked for. This one’s texture was not heavy, just ever slightly heavier than Oskia’s. And I was quite into Oskia’s products in general, my skin seemed to love MSM, so I went with that one instead of this.
This one has Green Tea Leaf Extract that I like, but I’m not a fan of Lemon Peel Oil and Lavender Flower Oil. Oskia’s Nutri-Active Day Cream has Parfum and Shea Butter, but I’m okay with it as long as I feel the formula is good. I mean, for such a lightweight cream, I wouldn’t have expected it to have shea butter high in the list (6th) at all.
This sample must be from my purchase of Hyaluronic Serum directly from Pestle & Mortar.
- Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood 40ml
This one is like an under-the-radar, under-rated emulsifying cleanser. I really liked it that it could emulsify, and emulsify well. Its scent was gentle and reassuring.
I didn’t repurchase because I’m trying to figure out the best way to cleanse my skin without stripping it – I’ve started using sunscreen more regularly and finding it hard to get the balance. This one cleansed well but I’m not sure if it’s the best one to remove sunscreen, and for the second cleanse I feel I might like cream or milk cleansers better. It might find its way to me again at some point as a morning cleanse, who knows.
I got this one from lookfantastic when they had a 1/3 off price on Darphin products.