Empties #8: April 2014 – Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my empties post for April – I’ve used up so many items this month that it’s pretty shocking! Following the 16 items that I’ve mentioned in Part 1, here are another 13 more!

17. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53
I love the staying power, smooth texture and medium coverage of this foundation; I also really like the sweet fruity scent. I would definitely pick another up, although in a much lighter shade as I have lost my tan.

18. Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub
Reviewed here. Not a fan; way too rough for my liking.

19. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in 150 Tender Rose
Got this a few years ago in the US; I really liked how natural it looks and how lightweight it is, although the staying power is rather weak for a stain. I’ve never seen this sold since then so I won’t be replacing it.

20. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
A small facial wash that I bring along to the gym; my bf is very loyal to this face wash, but I’m just pretty neutral about it mainly because I really dislike the scent of tea tree; I will use it, but won’t go out of my way to buy it.

21. Renew Rose Hip Oil
Reviewed here. I love this oil and it works wonders for my dry skin.

22. IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist Cream
Mentioned here. This cream is so thick that it’s practically solid; if not for the heavy fragrance, I think this works well as a a really hydrating night cream for really dry skin but feels way too heavy for oily skin.

23. Stella by Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum
24. Paul Smith Optimistic Eau de Toilette
25. Lancome Tresor in Love Eau de Parfum

A few sample perfume vials that I keep in my purse in case of ’emergencies’. I really like the Lancome one – very feminine and floral. I like to spray perfume on my legs so that the scent doesn’t overwhelm me.

26. MAC Cream Nail Lacquer in Hanging Loose
Used about half the bottle but it’s dried out. I loved this when I first got it because the formula was nice – 2 coats for opaque color and was not streaky for a cream color, and looked so dainty and ladylike on the nails.

27. IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist Eye Cream
Mentioned here as well. I like the texture – creamy but sinks in easily.

28. Belif Hydra Sebum Control Essence
Something that I just throw on after showering at the gym. From the name I don’t think this is targeted at my skin type but it doesn’t feel too dry for me.

29. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
I don’t see any difference from using this product but I also don’t have a lot of dark spots and this is a really small bottle. I love how it feels – just like nothing. Because of how light it is, I tend to mix this with other serums, especially the stickier or thicker ones to make them easier to apply – I feel like I am “powering up” my other serums by using them this way.

And this rounds up all the empties for this month! A grand total of 29 items! I love writing empties posts – it really encourages me to use up my products and because of that, I am also taking much better care of my skin as I am more consistent about using the skin care products daily.

Have you used up any items this month?

Review: Renew Rose Hip Oil

I first wrote about the Renew 100% Organic Rose Hip Oil here – I had only used it for a couple of months then, and it was my first attempts at using facial oils, so I didn’t really know what to think of them. Now, after using this for a few months, I’m back with a full review! In fact, I’ve actually nearly used up the entire bottle – I have only about 1-2 more uses left as I write this!

In terms of packaging, it’s in a nice dark glass bottle with a pipette – I liked the packaging initially, as it’s easy to control how much product is dispensed. However, the rubber at the top of the pipette started to melt in the last couple of months, making it sticky and quite gross.

The oil itself has a rather heavy texture – it is an oil after all, and it feels like one. It’s not very fluid, with a thickness to it, and I have to rub it between my palms so that the heat makes it easier to spread. It takes a few minutes for the oil to fully sink in, quite a lot slower than cream; even after having it on for awhile, there’s still some shine on my face. I don’t use this in the daytime because being in a hot country, this will definitely roll off my face.

I honestly love this oil. Although it’s rather heavy, my very dry skin drinks this up and when I wake up the next morning, my face feels plump and comfortable, even if I had spent the night in an air-conditioned room. I thought it would smell like roses, but it doesnt – it’s quite a strange scent, so if you’re sensitive to scents, I would suggest giving it a whiff first.

I’ve read that it helps with healing scars, but I don’t find it true for me – my old pimple scars took just as long to heal while using this. But I have to say that it really helps relieving the dryness in my skin, making it look a lot more supple and soft, and a lot younger! When I have dry patches, this really worked like a miracle – it’s all gone in just a day or two!

If you suffer from very dry skin and can stand the oiliness and the weird smell, I would say, do give this a go. I found mine for less than S$25 for a full 25ml bottle, which is really great value for what it did for my skin.

Rating: 4/5

Facial Oils; The Beginning, The Testing and The Search

I’ve been trying out a few facial oils lately as I have been sleeping in an air-conditioned room for the past few months and my normally very dry skin was screaming in protest from dehydration.

The first oil that I tried was the Renew 100% Organic Rose Hip Oil; I picked this up as it was reasonably priced for a good size bottle – the 25ml is still going strong after a few months of usage. It comes in a tinted glass bottle with a dropper; the oil is yellow in colour, like cooking oil, and has a pretty strong scent which I cannot place. In terms of texture, it is quite heavy and viscous; I tend to rub it between my palms so that the heat makes it more fluid before tapping onto my face. For my very dry skin, I find that it works well in combating dry patches and has not broken me out yet.

The second oil that I’ve been testing is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is made up from a blend of botanical and essential oils; I received a small sample of it from a beauty box subscription. I love this oil; the texture is very light and quite fluid so it spreads out easily on the face, and the scent is lighter and more pleasant. This sinks into my skin very easily, given its light texture, and I find myself waking up to really soft and supple skin in the morning and has not broken me out yet. However, this is a lot more expensive than the Renew Rose Hip Oil.

I don’t know why I didn’t start on facial oils earlier, which is kind of like a no-brainer given my naturally very dry skin, but now that I have, I am obsessed with trying out even more! What other oils have you tried and would recommend?