Hey Guys! Hope everyone is loving this great, warm weather as much as I am. With spring in the air I am overcome with an urge for a fresh start! I usually take this feeling into investing in new products for my skin to create a renewed complexion for this new season. New products usually mean that I’ve used up some of my old products, and I thought this would be the perfect chance to do an empties post. “Empties Posts” are one of my favourite things to watch on YouTube and read on blogger sites, because it gives me insight into what others are using and if it was worth it! I’ll be discussing 4 luxury products that I’ve recently used up and give you some detailed information whether this would be a great addition for your spring time skin care!
1.Refining & Invigorating Intense Lotion
$61 – A combination of Goji Berry & Lemon Balm, which helps to refine texture and give a healthy-looking glow and renewed bounce.
So, In other words – this is a toner. I went to Sephora on the hunt for a toner that would help to minimize texture on my skin and control the small bumps that I struggle with. When speaking with my Sales Consultant, she told me that this toner is really underrated and more people should try it out because it really refines texture on the face. She was right. I would say that within about 2 weeks but skin texture disappeared. My skin was supple and bouncy and I was truly amazed. Unfortunately, about 5 days after I used this all up I started to see the texture on my skin coming back. This showed me that this product really does work amazingly, but it’s not a long-term fix. It does the job while it’s applied, but doesn’t correct for the long-term. This is unfortunate, but doesn’t necessarily mean I wouldn’t use it again. It’s good for a quick fix when I need it, and I’ll definitely repurchase to have in my collection for that reason, but I am still on the hunt for my texture correcting Holy Grail toner! Any suggestions?
2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
$56 (30ml) – A replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning
Out of the whole empties post, I think this product is my absolute favourite. Since I struggle with dry, alipidic skin, I’m always looking for facial oils to slather all over my face. The oilier the better, I can never seem to get enough. I apply this oil at night and results are seen the next morning. A clear complexion is definitely noticeable as well as an even surface. I will be purchasing this again! The only downside to this is that it is not a product to use during the daytime. It is a little too heavy to wear under makeup, so I do use other products during the day for that reason. Since only a few drops are needed, it does last a pretty long time, so the price is worth it!
3. Caudalie Vinoperfect – Radiance Serum
$85 (30ml) – A milky, lightweight serum designed to even the skin tone for a brighter complexion
If you’ve read my previous post on “Facial Oils vs. Facial Serums” you would know that I have an obsession with the Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum. This is a product that I have purchased over and over again. It gives my skin a beautiful glow and makes it feel plump & hydrated. I’m under the impression that Sephora doesn’t sell it anymore, so when I went to repurchase it (again) I had to settle for the next closest thing. I was told that the Vinoperfect does everything that the Age Defense does, plus it heals the skin from UV ray damage. As much as this serum did hydrate my skin, I think it was a bold statement to say it’s the same as the Age Defense. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but I just didn’t love it. It just didn’t give me the same feeling and glow that I felt the Age Defense did! It didn’t hurt my skin, but it wasn’t something that I would repurchase over and over again like I had been doing. Good for hydration, but I didn’t see the radiance it claimed.
4. The Body Shop – Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Sleeping Cream
$44 (80 ml) – A nighttime cream to deeply nourish, visibly revitalize and intensely firm while you sleep
Back when I was going to school in Toronto, I took a part time job as a makeup artist and sales consultant at The Body Shop. A couple days a week playing with makeup & skin care wasn’t too bad, and did I mention we were given gratis? Every time a new line launched, the employees were given a product from the line to try out. The O.O.L (oils of life) sleeping cream was one of them. This was a luxury line added to The Body Shop that I was super excited to try. I’m very picky about my skin care, but the ingredients list seemed pretty impressive. I tested this product out for a couple weeks and it did not like my skin. I think my face was a little too sensitive for it, and it slightly burned every time I put it on. It took me a little while to figure out this was causing the burning, and I was disappointed when I realized this product was the cause. Me being the crazy person that I am, I wanted to find a way to make this work for me. Since this cream was really heavy & intense I figured that my neck & décolleté could handle it better. It did work much better on this area. I didn’t see a huge difference as I don’t struggle with the aging effects on my neck & décolleté, but it felt good to pamper myself. But, overall I was disappointed with this product. I wish I could have gotten the full-intended use out of it, but I think my skin was just too sensitive.
5. Manly Indulgence – Sea Salt & Ginger Soy Blend Candle
$20 (160z) - Fragrance notes of sea salt, ginger, peppercorn and vetiver
Okay, wait one more. I know this isn’t a skin care product, but my obsession with burning candles is just as intense. If you know me, you know that I always have a candle burning. Whether I’m putting on my makeup, doing morning yoga, or just completing homework, I always have to set the mood with a candle. Okay, maybe that was a little much. Recently, my friends spoiled me with gifts for my birthday, and my bestie, Dilara (who has an amazing food blog on Instagram you need to check out (@sprinkleofdil), gave me the most amazing candle! She knows me well, and knows that everything in my room has to match and it has to be white. Clean & tidy is kind of my thing… if that is a thing. Anyways, the white packaging with wood lid had me sold and the delicious scent was just a bonus.
This candle is more of a mature and musky scent, something way different than the vanilla & cookie candles that I’m usually drawn towards. I absolutely love it. It’s very calming, but invigorating at the same the same time. Not to mention, it’s a wood-wick candle, which means it gives off a subtle flickering noise, which is actually quick relaxing. My boyfriend and I have been trying to get into meditation, and the flickering noise keeps me focused on my practice. Who knew someone could talk so much a candle? But definitely worth the buy!
So, there you have it! My first ever empties post! I hope those reading found this as interesting as I find posts like these! Let me know of any products that you have used up and if I should check them out! Hopefully Empties Post Vol. 2 isn’t too far away!