The Empties Edit #3

Ever since I started this series, I’ve really been motivated to finish up the products I still had lingering around. I see it as a kind of spring cleaning, but then all year round. Does that make sense? Probably not. This time a selection of face, body and hair care. Yep, spring cleaning, you see.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Does this product even need an introduction? I actually finished 2 bottles of this in a month I think, as I still had 2 already opened bottles lingering around – one for the bathroom and one in my room. When using this again, I recalled why I (and the entire world) loves this stuff and it’s truly worth every penny. The best when you need a quick make up remover, as it’s so gentle and thorough at the same time. It doesn’t sting my eyes, nor does it cause any skin irritations. By far the best miscellar water I’ve tried so far. I like using this as my first cleanse (when I’m too lazy for an Oil Cleanser that is) and then follow up with a Cleansing Balm.

Korres Showergel Jasmin
I got hooked on Korres body products when I first started working in Beauty PR in London and since that day I’m a changed girl/woman/person/whatever. All their scents are to die for and the showergels don’t make my skin feel dry and itchy. Jasmin smells like jasmin (shocker) and contains Vitamin C & E, Aloe Vera, Zinc and Antioxidant Enzymes, which enhance the skin’s immune system. All Korres body products smell really nice, but aren’t too overpowering in scent unlike other brands, which made me unable to sleep *cough* The Body Shop *cough*. It’s free from articificial fragrances, ingredients and mineral oils. The only bad thing I have to say about this is that it does contain SLS.

PHYTO Phytoneutre
This used to be one of these PHYTO products that everyone was raving about, say 2-3 years ago. I haven’t spotted a review on this one for a while now, but I thought I might as well add my two cents to the table. Phytoneutre is a clarifying and detoxing shampoo, with Eucalyptus as its main ingredient – which you definitely can smell (personally I love the scent). It lathers nicely and after a wash my hair feels very nice and clean. The next day however, it starts to get a bit oily and at the end of the day my roots are… yuck. I’ve got oily roots, dry ends and a sensitive scalp and all clarifying shampoos I’ve tried made my hair ridiculous oily the next day. It’s due to excessive shampoo switching that made my scalp so sensitive. It’s not you, it’s me and my darn hair.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Having suffered from acne very early in my life, I’ve tested pretty much all the spot treatments on the market. Now I’m not really one to brag (really), but this is the product I use when I feel a (huge) spot coming up or when it’s one of those really big and painful undertheskin, without head, spots that just don’t seem to leave, ever. Grab a cotton bud, swirl it in the pink gunk and dab it on the spot – I like to be quite generous and put a nice and thick layer on it. The next morning the product will more or less have sunken into the skin and the spot is noticeably smaller, gone or has drawn a head. Hooray. Needless to say I already restocked a while back. Be aware that you might look like a maniac when having the product on your face, so refrain from talking to your male roommates who know nothing about beauty. Just to not embarrass yourself. I’m speaking with experience here.

PS. BeautyBay often has a promotion on Mario Badescu products, so it might be worth checking out their page from time to time to get a good deal.

AHAVA Moisture Gel Cream
I’ve written a review of this cream here already, but to sum it up quickly: it’s amazeballs. Jokes aside, this literally helped my skin recover from severe dehydration. When I started taking antibiotics for my acne, my skin was so dry and flaky, it was awful. The Moisture Gel Cream has the texture of a gel and the ‘power’ of a cream. Instead of letting the moisture out, it leaves a very thin (and barely noticeable) layer on the skin, which keeps the moisture in the skin. After only a week of using this I saw my skin improve so much and I’ve already opened my second tub. Did I say it smells good too? ‘Cause it does… *Swoon*