The Empties Edit #5

You wouldn’t guess from the amount of haul posts I’ve published recently, but I swear I was trying to be good and finish up a load of products first. And I did. I’m really bad with collecting empties, as I try to keep my bathroom as un-cluttered as possible, so I always tend to either 1) accidentally throw them away, or 2) stash them and then have a large pile to cover. As you can see, today is the latter. I’ll promise to keep it [as] short and simple [as I can].

When it comes to toners, I’m not much of an adventurous person. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir has been a skincare/handbag/desk staple for over 4 years now and I doubt it’ll ever leave my side. Antonia Burrell’s Forest Dew is one of a kind and I’d say it’s more of an essence than a toner. Very hydrating and soothing due to the Lavender and Cucumber. If you’re into floral toners, you must give Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist a go. Not only does it smell better than a bouquet of roses, it’s also perfect for those with sensitive skin and calms my skin down so well. Another rose infused favourite is Aromatherapy Associate’s Rose Face Mask. It’s been my go-to instant moist-and-plump-skin-within-5-minutes face mask and it’s one I must repurchase soon. Another AA fave is their Relax Body Wash, which is actually my post-work out staple. Not only does it smell relaxing and calming, I think the infused oils help soothe my muscles too.

Indie Lee’s Squalene Oil has been a firm staple in my routine and to be honest, I’ve never come across an oil like this. It packs a punch of nourishment without being heavy or greasy on the skin. Earlier mentioned here and here. If not with Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentré, I’ve mixed 2-3 drops of Odacité’s Papaya and Geranium Booster to the oil, which has worked like a gem. Don’t be fooled by its size, as you need very little because it’s very potent. A more detailed review will be up soon. Another oil I’ve used up is Antipodes’ Divine Face Oil, which contains Avocado and Rosehip Oil. It’s slightly heavier and nourishing than Squalene, but perfect when your skin has gotten to that awkward flakey and super dry stage in winter.

One thing that won’t be lacking in my skincare routine – regardless of the season – will be acne treatments. I’ve declared my love for Aesop’s Control Gel before and this is my fourth tube right now. Same goes for Payot’s Spéciale 5 – my love letter here, where I’m on my third bottle already. S5 is a brand I like a lot and their Purity Serum doesn’t disappoint. I did notice my skin to be a bit less inflamed when using it, but sadly I finished it within 3 weeks, so I can’t say whether it’s a miracle worker or not. Lastly is Dr. Alkaitis’s Soothing Gel. I usually don’t feature any samples on the blog, as I won’t be able to test it over a longer period of time, but this managed to wow me in just a few days. I just used this after my toner, as a treatment and moisturiser. It calmed my skin and breakout significantly after the first use, and whilst I only got around 3-4 uses out of this, I’m convinced that I need this in my life. Pronto.