Empties | Origins, Lancôme & More

The garbage can has never been more satiated! I've done empties posts almost every month since the beginning of the year, detailing which of the products I've finished up will be making a comeback. It's no different this time around, with several new high-end skincare items to discuss.

Clearasil Daily Clear Pore Cleansing Pads – These inexpensive pads are pre-soaked with a 2% salicylic acid solution that beneficially exfoliates nearly every skin type (click here to learn more about BHAs). The pads are textured to give a light manual exfoliation, too. I find these a lot less drying than something like the Clearasil Deep Cleaning astringent and worth trying out if you have acne, congested pores, or flaky skin.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – This sample size was large enough to thoroughly test out this night cream, which I really appreciate. I liked the lightweight formula because it easily absorbed into the skin, but my dry skin craves something a little richer and I found myself doubling up on serums to make up for it. This does contain salicylic acid but I didn't notice any exfoliating results – you're better off using a concentrated treatment like the Clearasil pads.

Mitchum Advanced Women Shower Fresh 48HR Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant – While I have been experimenting with more natural deodorants (the NUXE aluminum-free offering is a favourite), I still rely on brands like Mitchum for workouts. I liked the gel formula because it doesn't leave any white marks, but I did notice that if I put too much on, it would dry and flake. Not cute. This did prevent odours right up until I showered, but I didn't test the 48 hour claim.

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum – You may remember that I didn't fall in love with the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum that everyone raves about. I feel the same sort of indifference towards this serum, of which I just tried a sample (it gave about 3 uses). Unlike the watery Aqualia serum this one has a thicker consistency. I didn't notice any difference, aside from a soft glow due to the mica, a mineral pigment commonly used in makeup. 

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream Night – This night cream is fantastic at soothing redness and providing a seal of moisture. It contains 5% urea, a humectant that helps absorb water and keep it close to the skin, plus other benefits. Fragrance-free formulas are always a bonus and ideal for sensitive skin types. I could definitely only use this at night because it leaves the face slightly sticky and shiny. I would repurchase this if I ever found myself dealing with inflammation, redness or allergic reactions – thankfully I don't have to regularly so there's no hurry to buy it again.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum – This was a pretty good serum and I did feel it plump my skin. However I wish that I had spent the extra few dollars and bought the milky Vinoperfect Radiance Serum instead, which I've tried before and truly love. This oil-free serum has some great ingredients to tackle dehydrated skin, like polyphenol antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.

NUXE Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals – I adored this micellar water. On a weekend trip this dutifully took off eye makeup with no problems and left my skin feeling soft and clean. The light rose scent was so pleasant and I would even consider buying this over Bioderma next time! I'll have to compare prices first, since this is a pretty penny at $22 for 200mL.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover – This has a cult following for a reason. I don't wear waterproof makeup on a daily basis but I was glad to have this small size whenever I wore smoky eyes or lip stains. If you find that your current makeup remover doesn't take everything off and you wake up in the morning with raccoon eyes, try this.

What have you finished lately? What's your favourite serum?