Empties | Hair & Skincare


I can't believe how many things I've gone through in only 3 months! Quite pleased, really, since I'm determined to only bring the very best beauty products when I move in the fall. My last empties post was rather disappointing, with only two products turning out to be true favourites. Will this round be any better?



HAIR PRODUCTS
This is unusual for me! I rarely finish styling products because I'm constantly switching it up. Don't need dry shampoo every day, y'know? The Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo was one of my January favourites, so you already know it's a good one! I like the clean, slightly powdery smell and it absorbs oil very well without leaving a stiff or dry feeling to the hair.
The Klorane Leave-in cream with desert date is from their nutritive and repairing line for dry hair. It smells so good, and my curly hair loves leave-in treatments. They also make a desert date mask that I definitely want to try!
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is quite pricey and I'm not sure that I love it enough to purchase the full size. The scent is sweet and tropical. It's very "slippery" with silicones, which provides heat protection but on my thin hair it was easy to apply too much. Also I didn't find that it nourished my hair as well as other oils. 
I picked up this mini of the Caudalie Divine Oil for my trip to Cuba. It outlasted the holiday and afterwards the warm scent reminded me of the trip. After a day in the sun this oil was perfect for  in my hair and for adding a sheen to my legs in the evenings. The blend of grapeseed, hibiscus, sesame, and argan oils makes this oil really stand out!
Finally, the L'Oréal Nutri-Sleek Precious Oil is a really nice, affordable hair oil that lasted me ages. Like the Bumble and bumble oil it's silicone based, but that's where the similarities seem to end. The oil absorbed well into my hair to tame flyaways. I liked applying a generous amount to my hair before putting it into a ponytail and going about my day — after washing my hair it was super soft. I would definitely repurchase this oil but I'd also like to try the Kérastase Elixir Ultime to compare (L'Oréal is the parent brand).


CLEANSERS
I had to try the original formula of Bioderma Sensibio H2O after Katherine declared it a must-have, never-without-it product. Simply put this is a wonderful micellar water and although I would buy it again I'm currently trialling cheaper options.
I've gone through several bottles of the Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Milk. It's great for beginners or for those of you who want to improve your skincare routine. I love using it first thing in the morning — stay tuned to the blog for my thoughts on a high-end milk cleanser!
Read my full review of The Body Shop Nutriganics Cleansing Gel Oil here. I use this after working out because it imparts moisture to my skin and the fresh citrus scent is very energizing!
Another amazing Body Shop find is their Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm. It's very similar to the Clinique TTDO balm for removing makeup, but this balm has a subtle floral scent. The Body Shop cleansing balm is better value for money so I'll likely repurchase that one.


TONERS
All three of these toners accomplish the same task — to hydrate and soothe the skin after cleansing. The Murad Hydrating Toner is the priciest at $27 but it also comes in a convenient spray bottle unlike the more budget-friendly L'Oréal Age Perfect Anti-Fatigue Toner. A lovely ecofriendly and cruelty-free option is the Heritage Store Rosewater (we love natural skincare!). I would repurchase all three of these toners but I'm especially curious to try the other Heritage Store waters, such as Valencia Orange or Rosewater & Glycerin.



OTHER SKINCARE
I suffered from eczema as a child and so I probably understand the importance of a great body lotion better than most. The Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion is an absolutely must-have moisturizer for me. For years its fragrance-free formula has soothed my skin with oat essence and natural shea butter.
I love the original Eight Hour Cream, yet the Elizabeth Arden Intensive Lip Repair Balm is the perfect spin-off as a nighttime lip balm. It's less fluid than the original (think the consistency of the NUXE balm without any grainy bits) so it lasts longer on the lips. 
One little sample of the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial was not enough! I noticed immediate results after using this just one time — my skin was smoother and brighter. This is definitely not for everyday use because it contains 10% water-activated vitamin C. I highly recommend that everyone tries a sample first to do a patch test as the brand recommends.

All in all I would buy any of these products again! None of the skincare products aggravated my skin so I can happily recommend the lot, but as always consider your own preferences and skin type. Still, who needs so many different oils? I'll have to pick a favourite multipurpose one...

Have you tried any of these products?