I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! We just got back from our trip (which I will recap of course) so I wanted to keep it simple with a another product empties post. Not a lot of things give me as much satisfaction as using up a beauty product. I know it’s ridiculous; but I get a huge sense of accomplishment. And of course there is the anticipation of buying something new.
Since I am self declared product junkie, I don’t often go through products (I currently have 5-6 open foundations). And I definitely don’t tend to repurchase because I always want to try the next thing. So, when there is something I repurchase, it means I really like it.
Although I have a huge bucket of empties waiting to be written about, I wanted to do a more positive empties post and talk exclusively about product empties I’ve repurchased, or (just one!) that I am about to repurchase.
Just as a warning, these all happen to be pretty expensive products. I’m sorry! It really wasn’t intentional. I’ll try to do a more drugstore focused empties in the future.
Given my warning above I figured I should just kick off with one of the most expensive products. At $90 for 1 oz this is the most expensive skin care product I had ever bought. It’s a 12% glycolic acid serum that “refines and resurfaces skin by gently dissolving dead skin cells and supporting natural collagen”. It claims to help with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, excess oiliness, acne and the appearance of pores.
This comes in a plastic, opaque bottle with a pump. The serum is clear and spreads easily. A little goes a really long way. I only need a drop for my whole face.
I usually apply it at night after cleansing and toning. If I have waxed or plucked my eye brows, those areas sting a tiny bit for a few seconds. But, other than that it absorbs quickly and has a very mild smell (not the greatest but vanishes quickly).
Although I don’t agree with every single one of the claims above, this is a pretty incredible product. Because glycolic acid acts as an exfoliator, this helps with congested skin (breakouts) and brightens the complexion. I use it every other day (since I am using a retinol the other night) and its been a major contributor in getting my break outs under control.
I don’t know that a 12% glycolic would really be enough to minimize already existing lines and wrinkles, but by increasing cell turnover you would definitely be preventing more lines and wrinkles with it.
A bottle lasted me around 8 months so although the price is high, it will last you a good amount of time.
Without a doubt! The day I ran out I ran to Sephora to buy another one.
Another amazing product from the Drunk Elephant line. This gel is a “antiaging vitamin B5 gel that replenishes, brightens, and improves the appearance of skin texture and tone while delivering intense moisture”. It’s formulated with vitamin B5 and ceramides to maintain hydration all day.
Similar to the Glycolic acid gel above, this comes in an opaque bottle with a pump. The consistency is between an gel and a serum that you can apply directly to your face or mix in with your regular moisturizer for extra hydration.
After having such a good experience with the brand I decided to purchase this in hopes it would help with the dryness that comes with using a retinol. And it did not disappoint. This gel is heaven for irritated dry skin. I started by mixing it with my moisturizer morning and night.
But the reason I love it so much is because of how versatile it is. I have now mixed this in with moisturizers, my retinol cream, my foundation and even with sunscreen. Any time I need a little more hydration I just add this in and it doesn’t change the effect or performance of whatever I mix it in with. Also, if you struggle with how dense certain sunscreens can be, just add a little drop of this in there and it will make it so much easier to apply!
As a plus, the Drunk Elephant brand as a whole is clean, additive free, non-toxic and uses natural ingredients. None of the products have parabens, sulfates, phalates, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, etc. They are also cruelty free.
Already did 🙂
So you know how above I said the glycolic acid serum was the most expensive skin care item I had ever bought?
“Had” being the key word there… Well, just a few short months later I bought something even more expensive (I really hope my husband doesn’t ready this post).
I first bought a bottle of the Good Genes Treatment when I bought this value set at Sephora that has the smaller version.
The Good Genes Treatment is a an all-in-one lactic acid treatment “formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin”. Anyone sense a trend here with the exfoliating products? According to the claims this will reduce hyperpigmentation and visible signs of aging.
This comes in a glass bottle with a pump and it’s a white cream-ish consistency. I usually apply this in the mornings with a few drops of the Drunk Elephant Hydration Gel above. Although I don’t love the smell, I do love the way my skin looks after I apply this. It always looks brighter and healthier which makes for a great base under makeup. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like using a luminous primer under your foundation, but with other added skin care benefits. My most visible fine line (on my forehead) is greatly diminished after I apply this due to the skin plumping effect.
I already did! The full size cost $105 which hurt a little, but it was worth it. Any time I purchase a very expensive skin care item I tell myself I’m saving money in the long run 😉 Face lifts are very expensive…
I was about to write “pheeew, finally a product not in the hundreds” but then I realized this is a cleanser, and $30 for a cleanser is still pretty expensive haha.
I wrote a whole post about this cleansing oil in one of my weekly favorite posts (read that here) so I’ll keep this really short.
This oil is gentle, hydrating and takes off ALL my makeup. It does not leave a greasy or oily residue (which is insane because this is an oil), does not cause any breakouts and comes with a pump.
Of course, I already bought a baby one to travel with for now.
Last but certainly not least is this lovely fragrance by Tocca.
I don’t really write about fragrances on this blog because scents are such a personal preference thing. You can try to describe or recommend as much as you want, but ultimately choosing one is an extremely personal thing. But since I ran out of my mini version of the Giulietta scent I wanted to take a moment and talk about this range as a whole.
When I purchased this at Anthropology I was looking for a perfume that didn’t smell too perfume-y. Yes, how ridiculous to go out to buy a perfume and try to find one that isn’t the exact thing you are looking for haha. But after going through several bottles of more intense fragrances I wanted something more subtle. A scent that would smell good but that people wouldn’t immediately think I bathed in perfume.
That is exactly what the Giulietta perfume is. The scent is floral, but the musk, cedarwood and sandalwood keep it from being too sweet or strong. It smells like a distant field of fresh flowers in the countryside. I say distant because the scent is much more subtle than most perfumes. Anyways, all the scents in Tocca’s range are similar in that they are a lot more subtle than traditional perfumes.
Yes, definitely. The only reason I haven’t yet is because I was recently gifted two other perfumes and I didn’t want to start building a giant perfume collection again. Once I get through one of those bottles I will go back to this.
Hope you have a great rest of the (short!!!) week 🙂