So, this post is way overdue, being that its now June and all! During the months of February, March and April I seemed to polish off a record amount of skin and hair care. Lets have a little snoop through my recycling bin shall we?
First, a recap…
Empties: The Concept
When you have so many beauty products that its almost impossible to completely finish something. So, when you do, its both an achievement and a sign that you’ve hit upon a winner.
Every quarter I divulge the products I use up. It serves as a prompt for me to share the things that I have found to work, and also keeps me honest. I will only ever review and recommend the products I truly use and love. This is also the reason you see me holding the (sometines half used) featured products in my skin and hair care review posts.
And it also means you get multiple reviews in one post! With that said, lets crack on.
Products Emptied: February → April:
There are a few products this quarter I wasn’t in love with/felt indifferent about. I feel strongly about only recommending the products I’ve enjoyed and would repurchase, so while you’ll find my notes on those products below, I won’t be linking their availability.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil x2
Ahh, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: My Life-Partner and One True Love in the world of Cleansers. Mr CC started ‘borrowing’ this over the past few months instead of his regular REN Clay Cleanser (see below). Only fair really seeing as I sometimes pinch his. His verdict is it really helps remove sunscreen to keep the ‘pore situation’ from getting out of control, but for him its a bit of a faff so he’s still sticking by REN. This is my most loved cleanser for removing make-up. I will convert anyone I can. Full Review + Availability Here.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.
The solid version of an oil cleanser. No scent. No Colour. Gets the job done. Full Review + Availability Here.
COLAB Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo – Rio (tropical fragrance)
Dry shampoo without ‘gunking up’ your hair. Previously seen in my empties, this one has a tropical scent. Full Review + Availability Here.
Clarins Double Serum
It’s called Double Serum because it has two chambers that keep the ingredients separate until they combine and react together whilst on your skin. Think of it as the skincare version of Araldite®.
I liked this, but… It contains mineral oil. Which basically renders all the active ingredients useless as they can’t penetrate through the barrier the oil creates on your skin. What it does give you is glow when your skin is looking a bit blah. Again, thats probably the mineral oil. Which begs the question: Is it worth it paying good money for?
Full disclosure, Clarins gave me this one. I love Clarins and use quite a few of their products regularly, but I probably wouldn’t go and buy another of these.
Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash
Never ever for my face. NEVER. And I don’t recommend anyone else use it on their face either, its way to harsh for that. What it is excellent for is pre-fake tanning skin prep. It has a high concentration of salicylic acid which gets rid of the dry flakey parts and old patchy tan in an instant when used with exfoliating gloves. It is also very handy for sorting out post waxing bumps and ingrown hairs or sweaty workout induced breakouts on the body. Just give it at least 24 hours post waxing before you use it. Its strong stuff. Moisturise the crap out of your skin afterwards. The surfactants are pretty brutal. Available AU | US | UK
Palmers Coco Butter Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion (linked further below) would be an ideal partner to this for managing congested/flakey skin on the body.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
This was a gift from Jurlique during my Department Store Cosmetics Manager days. More than 2 years ago! I didn’t actually finish it. It reached its used by date. You can see where this is going…
The Rosewater Balancing Mist is one of Jurlique’s ‘hero products’ but to be brutally honest I’m not sure why. Jurlique make a great Balancing Facial Oil and I love their Rose Hand Cream, but the Balancing Mist is meh. At $49 for 100ml I want it to do more than ‘restore the skin.’ What does that even mean?
It does have a really fine mist, comes in a glass bottle and is made from organic naturally based ingredients. But really, you could put spring water in a Muji atomiser and it would do the same thing. It smells nice. It feels refreshing. But thats it.
Sorry Jurlique, I tried to like it.
Lush Ultra Bland Facial Cleanser
If ‘Ultra Bland’ is what you’re actually looking for in a cleanser, I’d point you in the direction of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (above). I would call this more ‘Ultra-Thick-Fairly-Basic-And-Archaic’ rather than Ultra Bland as its not very sophisticated and contains essential oils and nut oils that anyone allergic to these ingredients would find rather Un-bland. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though does it?
Ultra Bland is in actual fact a good old fashioned cold cream. And when I say old fashioned, I mean millennia’s old and pretty much to the exact original Galen’s recipe from around 200AD ( Hence ‘Archaic’. Incidentally you can find recipes for Galen’s Cold Cream all over the interwebs and make your own if you’re so inclined) Ultra Bland is a mix of oils, beeswax and floral waters like all cold creams are. It removes makeup and doesn’t strip skin. You absolutely need to use this with a face washer and water at a fairly warm temperature or it will stay on your skin along with your makeup in a greasy mess.
All that being said, if back to basics is what you are after and like most of us you’re too lazy to make it yourself, then this is perfect. Beware if you are anti-parabens, while Lush are for the most part naturally based and promote ‘fresh’ cosmetics’ a lost of their products, including this, contain parabens as a preservative. Available AU | US | UK
OGX Shampoo + Conditioner
- Moisture + Vitamin B5 Shampoo
- Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo
- Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner
The attraction to OGX Shampoos is they are SLS/SLES free. SLS is a surfactant that can cause serious skin troubles for some people – myself included. It will also make coloured hair fade extremely fast. I get the matching conditioners because I like to match – something about cocktailing haircare brands rattles my OCD nerve. Only when it comes to shampoo and conditioner though – not styling products. Weird right? Anyway, I haven’t had my hair cut in at least 6 months (!!) mainly because I’m lazy. Its not in too shabby a condition. That could be coincidence, or that could be the OGX.
The shampoos aren’t particularly different from one another, except for the scent. They’re all quite thick and in a super annoying bottle that you can’t turn upside-down when you’ve used half. But they clean my hair and don’t make my skin crazy. They’re also regularly 40-50% off and available from the supermarket.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
My morning cleanser of choice. While Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel does remove makeup, it feels and smells so delicious I don’t want to waste it on my mascara. Besides, its full of pumpkin enzymes to help lift away the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. I don’t want its smoothing action to be disrupted by having to fight its way through my makeup. This is the perfect cleanser after using an overnight exfoliating product to finish of the job. Use with a face washer for best effect. Available worldwide from Cult Beauty
REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
Polished off by Mr CC, although I do borrow it from time to time for a morning cleanse when my skin is being temperamental and on the oily side of combination.
This Works – Deep Sleep Dream Cream
A weird and wonderful product. Weird, because its a hand cream that makes you easily drift off to sleep. Wonderful, because just like the brand name says, this works! Deep Sleep Dream Cream is one of my favourite gifts to give fellow retail workers at Christmas time. The sleep of a sales assistant on Christmas Eve after setting up for Boxing Day sale and dealing with all the disorganised last minute gift-shoppers only to come home and deal with impending arrival of family is a sleep like no other: fitful and frustrated. You’re over-tired but unable to unwind. This hand cream unwinds me and knocks me out cold with its aromatic-herbally-lavendar-but-not-your-Granny’s-lavendar scent. Its like the Sandman attended beauty school and instead of sprinkling sand in your eyes gave you a day-spa-worthy sleep-inducing hand massage instead. Apply to hands while in bed. Tuck them under your pillow and off you drift. Stellar product. Available worldwide from BeautyBay.
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