Skincare Empties - July 2016

It always feels great to totally use up a product but it feels even better to take stock of the products I used up and assess if I should buy them again or if that’s the end of their life in my drawers. Here is the rundown on the skincare products I’ve used up recently:

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($33 for 150ml): I’m a fan of a gentle physical scrub once in a while. Oat kernel meal is the exfoliant in this products, a natural ingredient that is also an anti-inflammatory and ant-irritant. The texture is very fine and made my skin feel quite smooth and clean. My skin tends to respond well the cleansers/skincare products with clay and this product is no exception. I could tell that the amazonian white clay in this cleanser really helped to draw out excess oil and in conjunction with the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, my pores definitely looked less visible.

Would I repurchase? I think I would purchase the full size of this in the hotter months, when I tend to be particularly oily and my pores are more visible. It's also great if you have any issues with skin texture.


Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($19 for 10g or $78 for 60g): There has been quite a bit of talk about Tatcha products so I decided to start with the basic Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder as my introduction to the brand. This is a fine powder that turns into a creamy foam when water is added and it's worked into the skin. I  made a thicker solution (less water) to exfoliate and I thinned out a bit (more water) when I used this as a second cleanse (after I take my makeup off). This is probably the most gentle exfoliant that I have ever used and as advertised, I did find that it helped to diminish hyperpigmentation spots and was soothing on active spots. I was actually quite surprised that my skin felt quite clean after using this as a cleanser.

Would I repurchase? Definitely. I really enjoyed using this product – especially when travelling because it’s not a liquid so I can easily take it on the plane and I can you it to exfoliate and/or cleanse.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat ($30): This is a very light, oil-free moisturizer that I have picked up several times in the past for the summer months. It has a thin, gel texture and dries to a completely matte finish to help to prevent shine throughout the day. I'm generally a big fan of the Effaclar range, I find it very effective when I'm particularly oily and spotty.

Would I repurchase? I’ve been using this since I was in high school so if you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend trying this out. One of the better matte moisturizers I've found.


Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream ($44 for 0.5 oz): I was fairly new to Benefit skincare when I got this eyecream but I was excited to give it a try. This is supposed to be a brightening eye cream that helps to fade dark circles, retore firmness and soothe the appearance of fine lines, but I’m not totally convinced that I saw significant changes in any of these areas. This has a lovely creamy texture that didn’t irritate my eyes at all but I can’t say that it made any significant improvements.

Would I repurchase? I still have yet to find an eye crem that I totally love, so I’m still going to be trying new products. That being said, if you're someone who's looking for a pretty basic eye cream to just hydrate the under eye area, this can do the job 


Bioderma Sébuim Pore Refiner ($30): I wrote a full blog post on this earlier in the year and I've now come to the end of the tube. This is a thin, gel-textured product that significantly minimizes the look of pores and extends the longevity of my base makeup. It doesn’t have that severe silicon feeling or a primer, it feels more hydrating but still leaves a matte finish on the skin. I also found that it helped to smooth out any rough or uneven textures on my face, creating a perfectly even canvas for makeup.

Would I repurchase? Absolutely. I feel like I desperately need to pick up another one of these. Now that I haven’t been able to use this pore refiner, I can definitely tell that it was instrumental in creating a flawless base.


Have you tried any of these products, what did you think? What product have you used up recently?