Empties #11

Another skin care only Empties post, the day I finish a lipstick will be a day to remember!

I prefer not having to use a separate make up remover and when I use a balm, oil or my Delbôve ritual I really don’t. But a sample or miniature always begs to be tested and so I did finish Giorgio Armani Perfection Eye Make Up Remover.
It reminds me of my favourite eye and lip make up remover, Clinique Take The Day Off for Lids, Lashes and Lips, but at a less interesting price. It’s a lightweight bi-phase formula that is perfect for the delicate eye area.

Would I recommend this? Definitely. Is it a must? No.

The next empty product was, is and probably will remain a mystery to me. Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Instant Beauty Radiance Booster is part of the blue Hydra Sparkling range and is to be used daily before or after your regular moisturiser. A facial massage turns it into a radiance booster, it contains a “micropeeling agent” and gives make up more lasting power.

Is it a serum? A peeling? A primer? I honestly don’t know what to make of it. The texture is very light and for me didn’t do anything extraordinary in terms of radiance or hydration.

The Hydra Sparkling range has a serum, it has a micropeeling (powder, it was too harsh for my sensitive skin), it has masks, etc… I simply don’t see a place for this product in the range or my routine.

Before being called a Negative Nancy, let’s quickly turn to a product I did really like: REN Radiance Perfection Serum. If you’re familiar with REN’s colour coded ranges, it’s orange which means it’s all about radiance. Not only orange in colour but also in scent, the citrus smell is strong and you know I love that for AM products. The ingredients list looks like a recipe for a summer fruit salad (bergamot, lemon, pineapple, grape,…) but of course the hyaluronic acid tells you otherwise.

It’s super light and it is beneficial for those of us with sun damaged skin, acne scars, dull complexions. Another AM routine-bonus: it’s instantly absorbed and before you know it you’re out the door ready to start your day. I only used this in the morning but it’s also suitable for PM use, I personally prefer something richer like an oil in the evening.

And at the risk of sounding like a broken record: REN is great quality at great prices with products for anyone, any skin type, any issue: well worth looking into!

From AM to PM: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial. Without a doubt the best known Sarah Chapman product, so of course I had to try it to see what the fuss is about. This serum-oil is just what I like to use in my PM routine, the texture is gorgeous: not too sticky, not too oily but too runny either. It applies like a dream. It works on several issues: anti-ageing, calming, smoothing, brightening,… The result should be that of a facial: plump rejuvenated skin with that unmistakable post-treatment glow.

When I read reviews about it that’s exactly what people were raving about: an overnight miraculous result! You can already tell where this is going… Not for me… I really enjoyed it as a serum, it’s not cheap but serums are worth investing in, but it wasn’t the instant skin saviour many bloggers had proclaimed it to be.

All in all: worth a try, but be realistic about the results.

Finally, a cult classic from La Pharmacie: La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This mattifying mist is aimed at oily and blemish-prone skin. This toner is to be sprayed after cleansing, after leaving it for a short time to absorb you pat off the excess. I prefer using it in a more targeted way by using a cotton pad and only applying it to my blemish hotspots (did anyone say chin?) when they popped up. I do have combination skin, the instructed method probably works much better for oily skins. The product itself is not holy grail material for me, but taking the price in consideration (€10,90 on Farmaline.be or £8,50 over at Boots) changes the story quite a bit. For those of you with oily skin it’s one of those products you should keep around, I’ll probably do the same when my stash of products has drastically diminished (working on it!) and I need to repurchase with some budget restrictions in mind.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have used any of these, let me know what your thoughts on them are in the comments!