Empties #9

More empties, quelle surprise!

First up, some travel sizes and minis that I used up while we were in Toronto in October.

I left these empties in Canada, but I bought some other stuff there… Anyone interested in a haul?

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The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner didn’t blow me away. Nothing bad at all, but nothing life-changing either. I am inclined to give the brand another chance and try some more. These came in a set that my husband brought me from Sephora while on a business trip in the USA.

I think I got the travel size Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer in Sephora’s Aisle of Doom and was happy I did. Again, it wasn’t bad but not the best primer I have ever used so I was happy to have tried the travel size without having to invest in the full size, which is quite expensive in my opinion.

Another “meh” empty… Cowshed Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturizer was part of a set and to be honest, none of the products included have impressed me. I don’t like the smells, the textures,… The products are harmless, I didn’t experience any breakouts or anything like that but I do expect a tad more from my skin care routine.

Okay, time for some products that I did like! REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil is a great serum for those who are new to oils. I know oils are intimidating to some people, especially those with oily skins, but this is so lightweight! The packaging is perfect for travel and REN is just a great, affordable brand all round.

Ah, samples, perfect for travel! Chanel Micro Gel Yeux  is a great product if dehydration is your main concern around the eyes. The eye area is fragile and sensitive so if like me, you tend to get extra dehydrated there you need to be careful when you want to pull out the big guns. This, however is a a very gentle product, the gel texture is perfect for the area and purpose. Of course, this being Chanel, the price is less perfect, but worth considering if a dehydrated eye area is driving you mad!

Back home I devoured more samples, this time fragrance samples.

I can be quite short about Carven L’Eau de Toilette: lovely but oh so light and not long lasting.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is a big hit in perfume land, I understand why: it’s very sultry, but for me it’s too sweet.

Another commercial success that didn’t work for me is Dior Addict Eau Fraîche Eau de Toilette, another one for the category “too light”. I don’t need scents that dominate everything but I do want them to be present…

Also citrus and floral but in a less predictable way: Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li Eau de Toilette did hit the right notes. I don’t think if I would purchase it anytime soon because I simply have plenty of fragrances at the moment. Fortunately Hermès fragrances are nowhere near their leather goods prices, so if someday I find myself looking for a great Summer scent, this might be it.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum and Elie Saab Rose Couture Eau de Toilette both worked well for me, I actually have some full sizes of them waiting to be sprayed and I can’t wait to use them for a longer time, I will keep you posted!

See you next time!