Skincare Empties from Botanics // Superdrug // The Body Shop // Time Delay // No.7 // Olay // L'oreal // Trevarno // Daily Revive //
Starting the week off with beauty on the blog with a post dedicated to the things I've been loving (particularly skincare) and have consequentially used up! Empties posts are always so cathartic because It means I can chuck away all the bottles, pots and squashed up tubes I've been hanging on to for the last month or so in order that I can photograph and review them!
This month there is a particular skincare lean to the empties, I don't really use a great deal of cosmetic makeup, really, preferring to splash out on skincare buys instead. There have definitely been some repurchaseable items used up over the last few weeks, and I'm definitely going to reinvest in some of them.
One such item is this L'oreal Revitalift Face, Neck and Contour cream. I think I mentioned previously about how difficult I found it to buy a high street brand that supplied a neck-specific cream. Sure, I could invest £110 in one from Chantacaille (seriously!? Who does that?!) but outside of Space NK I found my options to be limited. Believe it or not, this one remains the only neck-specific cream that I can find at an entry price point, so please do share if you know of any others! At £14.99 it's more affordable, lasts ages and feels lightweight on the skin; often a heavy face cream is too much for the delicate neck area so this is much more appropriate.
Speaking of face creams, I've rattled through a few recently including this sample sized Olay total effects (ok, but wouldn't invest in the full size) Daily Revive from Organic beauty (really lovely, reviewed in full here) and No.7 Protect and Perfect Day Cream (not as delightful as the night cream, I felt it had the greasy, nonabsorbent qualities of suntan lotion). I have, however, finished the second purchase of this Superdrug naturally radiant serum moisturiser (will re-buy when I've run out of my current one!) and I've adored the Trevano Organic Overnight Replenishing Cream (reviewed here).
Another product that I had been raving about was a toning spritz. I seemed to recently discover the wonderful combination of a hot cloth cleanser followed by a toning spray, and it's a routine I've really embraced. I am currently using the hot cloth cleanser from this Botanics range, and I would definitely re-buy the rosewater toner; it feels so gentle and not at all astringent as some toners can do. The Botanics range is such a winner for me, I've used probably most of the collection over the time that I've been blogging and there are several go-to's for me amongst it. Not only that, they are also so well priced, with most of the range either just over or under £5.
I've got a dedicated foundation post coming up soon, but I've recently switched over to the heavier coverage from this Time Delay BB cream, and I'm actually not sure it's as hard working. This would last all day with no fade, it didn't crease or collect on my face and it was a dream to apply. I had about three tubes to get through and this was the last one, so I didn't rebuy as I wanted to try something different, but I think I would pick this up again after I'm done with my foundations.
Finally, a product that is always in my handbag: the Hemp hand cream from The Body Shop. I've posted about this before, here and here, and I still can't fault it; I've started using a couple of different ones just for variation but this is one that I will always go back to, I'm even beginning to change my mind about the scent, which I used to really hate!