Scroll down for the beauty products used up in September 2016 and my quick impressions of each.
Cleansers:Aesop Fabulous Facial Cleanser sample
I generally like Aesop products and therefore expected this to be a great cleanser. It was quite ordinary and did not do a good job of removing makeup or SPF or even my overnight sleeping pack. There was enough for three uses and I was pleased to get to the end of it, really.
Repurchase? No way.
Secret Kiss Oil-Free Lip & Eye Remover
Despite the TERRIBLE name, this product only removes makeup. Think of it as a mid-point between those bi-phase makeup removers, and micellar water. It was alright - I didn't love it for liquid lipstick or waterproof mascara. It dealt well with lightweight makeup, that is all.
Repurchase? No, Bioderma is better.
Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser sample
If I hadn't already fallen in love with Alpha-H's Clear Skin Face Wash, this would have become my favourite morning cleanser. It is creamy, non-foaming and beyond gentle.
Repurchase? I prefer the Clear Skin Face Wash from the same brand.
Sephora Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
Did a neat job of removing mascara, though I had to swipe a few times. Works well with micellar water, though I prefer one-step oil cleansing.
Repurchase? Not once the box is over.
Facial care:Steblanc Gold Perfection Ampoule
A 28-day intensive skin treatment programme that is meant to stimultate cellular regrowth. I've been loving this. Each ampoule is supposed to last two days - I can get through a week with just the one.
Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream
A whipped essence that you apply before a serum or ampoule. Contains 84% snail mucin. Along with a bunch of other products, has been reducing my scarring.
Repurchase? Oh yes! I have three bottles of this.
OST C20 Vitamin C
My third bottle. Best, EPIC Vitamin C. Destroys post-acne pigmentation so quickly, it makes my head spin. Strong stuff.
Repurchase? Forever and ever.
Holika Holika Black Snail Toner
I find that Korean "skincare specialists" such as CosRx, Benton, and Mizon work better than brands such as Etude House and Holika Holika. This toner couldn't hold a candle to, say, Benton's famous toner.
CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
My acne-prone skin just loves CosRx. They make the best AHA/BHA toners, with low pH.
Repurchase? Already have a full bottle open.
Hair, bath & body:Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
If I had the budget, I would only ever use this while washing my hair. Provides intense, deep conditioning and nourishment in minutes. Fabulous.
Repurchase? I'm hoping I get this in a few Advent Calendars. If not, I'll buy.
Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Creme Conditioner
A rather greasy condish that made me want to shampoo afterwards. Thankfully, I only had the one sachet.
Repurchase? Gosh, no.
Human + Kind Hand, Elbow + Foot Cream
Reviewed here. I LOVE this brand and this product. It is perfect for travel.
Repurchase? I have two more of these left. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available online, or outside of Sephoras in Europe. Let's see.
Jason Normalising Tea Tree Treatment Conditioner
Great when your scalp is flaky. I used this as a CO-wash and it got rid of dandruff in one go.
Repurchase? I have Yes To Carrots' scalp treatment condish to use up next. After that.
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