It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these empties product review posts and let me tell you, I’ve accumulated quite the stash of products to talk about. Lucky (or possibly unluckily) for you, today, I was struck with the desire to ramble on about them.
Paula’s Choice RESIST Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50 ($10 US/ 15 mLs)
Before trying this product, I would have told you that I was someone who’s skin quite simply could not tolerate non-mineral sunscreen on the face. Let me tell you, I was shocked to learn that unless I’ve majorly pissed my skin off, I can actually tolerate this one. I love the creamy moisturizing texture and I suspect that I love the plentiful antioxidants and anti-irritants in the formula that allow me to use it without any stinging or irritation. I was not expecting to love this SPF moisturizer so I went with the trial size but I plan on purchasing the full-sized version after I use up a SPF in my rotation currently.
Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner ($24 US/ 118 mLs)
I had been kind of gung ho about toners, calling them needlessly irritating and kind of pointless. That was until I tried one of Paula’s Choice milky toners. This one is lovely and I’ve gone through multiple bottles of it. It’s essentially a soothing barrier-restoring serum in milky liquid form, loaded with fatty acids to help rebuild the acid mantle. It soothes the skin with the antioxidants and anti-irritants it contains. It’s amazing for calming and soothing dehydrated pissed off skin. I’ll be buying another.
Olay Miracle Boost Concentrate ($35 CDN/ 30 mLs)
Even though the marketing on this product was more than a little gimmicky, I did enjoy using this silicone-based brightening serum and found that it worked without irritating the skin. It left a subtle pearl on the skin, which was cosmetically brightening but it also contained a hefty dose of niacinamide and a vitamin c derivative (ascorbyl glucoside) which are proven brightening ingredients. It has enough niacinamide to provide barrier repair and to brighten discolouration and a cosmetically elegant milky texture. However, I think I will try out other serums of this type before I repurchased or whatnot.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($15-18 CDN/ 355 mLs)
This is an amazing gentle and fragrance-free cleanser for drier and sensitive skin types. I always repurchase because it’s soothing on my skin, even in the mists of an eczema flare-up and provides enough cleansing (for me) and has ceramides and hyaluronic acid to offset the barrier disruption of putting water on the skin.
Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser ($36-40 CDN/ 125 mLs)
Despite not being very much into that whole green beauty movement, I was tempted enough to try this vegan and natural cleanser. I had heard that it was calming and soothing with one of these new generation gelly textures and I did actually enjoy using it because it was refreshing on the skin, without being drying or irritating. It contains a potassium and coconut based cleaning agent that is slightly sudsy but remains quite gentle and the oils in the formula offset any kind of stripping activity. My gripe about this is that it contains quite a bit of fragrance and that it’s kind of spendy. Somehow I found myself buying their other offering though… Make of that what you will.
Dr Jart Water Replenishment Sheet Mask ($9 CDN/ 25g)
There’s no way around it; sheet masks such as this one are very expensive for what they are. However, this one might be the best I’ve tried for parched sensitized skin. It’s like a drink that my skin sucks up that remedies sick skin or a post-alcohol complexion. It contains soothing chamomile, along with water-binding glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and collagen. I’d repurchase again for a special occasion. I wish they’d leave out the witchhazel, however.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix + ($30 CDN / 100 mL)
I love using this cult-favourite (for good reason) refreshing glycerin based mist either as a hydrating mist to add a little something extra or sprayed generously over makeup to get rid of the heavy look that face products take over my skin, especially over the dry patches. It doesn’t have any alcohol in it and has soothing chamomile and a few other plant extracts that are soothing and hydrating. I have already repurchased and would tell anyone looking for a multipurpose mist product.
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner and Serum ($15 CDN/ 0.02 ounces)
This is probably my favourite liquid eyeliner that I’ve ever tried and I’ve purchased it several times. I love the easy to use brush tip that creates thin precise lines with ease and it does not smudge or anything unless I heavily nap on one side of the face, whilst still removing with ease at the end of the night. I can use it to quickly create a little flick in seconds. I think the whole serum marketing is a gimmick, however.
Have you used up anything lately?