Somehow it seems like the older I get, the faster I go through products. Do any of you feel like that? A few years ago I felt like a face moisturizer would last half a year. These days I’m out after 4-6 weeks. What the heck? At least there’s plenty of material for another Beauty Product Empties post – this time, it’s a skin care edition. I’m hoping I’ll have a makeup edition soon. Those are a bit harder to get through!
I’m pretty sure there’s been a Drunk Elephant product in almost every single beauty product empties post I’ve done. Obviously I love the brand.
After reading about the benefits of Vitamin C in skin care products (anti-aging, brightening and reducing the appearance of sun damage) I decided to incorporate it into my already high maintenance routine. You all know I love the Drunk Elephants skin care philosophy so of course I went with their 15% vitamin C serum.
I really liked the texture and consistency of this product. It’s very thin and liquidy so I was easily able to apply evenly to my face. It didn’t leave an oily or dry feeling to the skin and worked well under makeup. For the most part I used it in the morning after cleansing, but before applying moisturizer. A very small amount is enough for my face and neck.
In terms of results, it’s really hard to say (and that’s the problem with skin care products). Vitamin C isn’t one of those ingredients that will transform your skin overnight. More than anything, I think it acts as an anti-aging product so it’s effect is likely more long term. However, my skin did look a little brighter and my hyper-pigmentation is slightly reduced.
Will Repurchase? I want to, but considering the price, I’m currently exploring this Vitamin C serum from The Ordinary. I’m not loving it as much since The Ordinary’s 25% version is more of a cream consistency and has a gritty texture, but we’ll see. If The Ordinary’s version doesn’t work out, I’ll got back to Drunk Elephant.
Speaking of The Ordinary, I’ve gone through another of their products. The Natural Moisturizing Factors is basically a fancy name for a moisturizer. It contains amino acids, urea, ceramides, etc for non-greasy hydration.
Not surprisingly, I really love this product. The Ordinary is just killing it with amazing skin care products at unbelievable prices.
This product is very hydrating and moisturizing, but does not break me out. It absorbs quickly, works well under makeup and my skin feels hydrated all day. I also freaking LOVE that it comes in a squeeze tube. You all know how I feel about skin care products coming in jars. My only complaint is that I ran out of it very fast. I’m not sure why since the quantity (1oz) isn’t less than other skin care products. However, considering the price, I can’t really complain. I could buy 5 of these for the price of other moisturizers.
Will Repurchase? Yes, 100%. This is great for day or night (just keep in mind there is no SPF) and the packaging makes it perfect for travel. Sadly it is currently out of stock but I will repurchase as soon as it’s back.
I’m telling you guys, I’ve gone through A LOT of skin care products lately.
I believe this is my second bottle of the Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone moisturizer. It’s one of those solid products I like but often forget about. It’s a day time moisturizer with physical 15 SPF. Although it’s not as moisturizing as The Ordinary’s Moisturizing Factors, this one does have SPF and it also absorbs much quicker. I tend to favor it on hotter days, or when I know I’ll be outside.
My favorite thing about this product is the ingredients. It’s very difficult to find a day time moisturizer that’s paraben free, has physical (not chemical) SPF and doesn’t come in a jar. This one fills all those criteria. My only beef with it is that it can leave a bit of a white cast of you don’t fully massage it into the skin.
Will Repurchase? Yes, definitely. It’s a really nice day time product that I can get at Target.
Yes… another face moisturizer haha.
If you’ve been reading a while, you know that I’m on the acne struggle bus due to my PCOS. Although I’ve experience significant improvement due to lifestyle changes, I still breakout constantly. I’ve decided not to take any medication for it for a lot of reasons, so the only way to deal with it is through self care.
Tea tree is used in a few skin care products for acne prone skin due to it’s antibacterial properties. This particular Tea Tree oil lotion claims to improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin, control oiliness and moisturize.
Although the lotion itself was fine, I didn’t notice any difference to the amount and severity of my breakouts while using this. I also felt like I had to use quite a bit of product so that my skin wouldn’t feel dry.
Will Repurchase? No. This doesn’t really do anything for my breakouts and it’s too expensive to use as just a moisturizer. I much prefer the products discussed above.
I’ve been using various versions of this scrub for years. I’m pretty sure I talked about the Apricot scrub in one of my very first blog entries.
I use the St. Ives products exclusively on my body (not my face), even though they are targeted for your face. I find all of them to be too abrasive for the skin on my face. However, they are perfect for the rest of my body. Also, quite surprisingly, all of their scrubs are paraben and sulfate free which is extremely rare for drugstore products.
When I first saw the Coconut & Coffee scrub at Target I immediately picked it up. The caffeine in coffee is supposed to improve skin circulation (which is why it’s in most anti-cellulite products). At $3.64 I figured it was worth a shot.
I’m happy to report that I really like this version of the St. Ives scrub. It’s a bit… creamier than the Apricot version and slightly less abrasive. However, it smells really nice and works well as an all over body exfoliator. I used it daily on my legs pretty diligently for a few weeks. Although this may have been temporary, I did notice a very slight reduction in the appearance of cellulite. This scrub + the Bum Bum cream are bomb for the skin.
Will Repurchase? YES, I’m actually already on my third bottle of this.
I’m not entirely sure when or why I purchased this lip balm. I don’t recall looking for expensive lip balms haha so it’s a bit of a mystery right now. However, considering how much I love the freaking Bum Bum cream by Sol de Janeiro, I’m not surprised that I ended up with the lip butter.
This lip product has a mix of cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil. It’s made without any nasty products and smells very similar to the Bum Bum cream.
Ultimately it’s just a lip balm so I’m not sure that I have much to say about it. It’s very moisturizing and smells delicious, but my favorite thing is probably how large the tube is. It just makes it very easy to find in my purse or night stand since the tube is more than twice the size of your average lip balm.
Will Repurchase? Probably not… I don’t usually buy such expensive lip balm type products (especially when Burt’s Bee’s is $3). However, if this ever comes in a combo deal during a sale I could see myself purchasing another one.
Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your skin care favorites?
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