Have you ever wondered exactly how many products you actually use in a year? I have and decided that this year I’m going to keep track to find out! It will be interesting to know and also I expect it to have an impact on my future buying habits. Waste not want not and all as per one of my 2017 green beauty trend predictions.
January and February 2017 Empties
Here’s everything I finished using in the first two months of the year. Some of these products I started using in 2016 obviously but I think at the end of the year it will even out as products I don’t finish before then will not be counted.
Read on to see which I would snog, marry or
avoid peck on the cheek (spot the former BBC3 viewer):
As per usual, the skincare is all natural and/or organic ingredients, made without petrochemicals, phalates, parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrance, colourings etc. In terms of skin type which affects my experience with products, during the winter my skin is often Sahara-dry and prone to sensitivity and dehydration.
SNOG (good products that I thoroughly enjoyed using but am not quite ready to make a long term commitment)
- Buddy Scrub Raw Cacao Body Scrub: coffee scrubs are soooooo last season, cacao is now where it’s at dontcha know. This was a simple but effective mix of brown sugar, cacao and coconut oil which left skin feeling soft, smooth and silky.
- Mun Argan Oil: this was a great quality argan oil – not all argan oils are created equal. Stored in miron glass to preserve, it sank in to the skin quickly, made my skin glow and had a pleasing, slightly green nutty scent – I’m always suspicious of argan oil that smells of nothing, it usually means the oil has been over processed which means most of the goodness is lost. Argan oil is a staple on my bathroom shelfie. I received this in a swap with Abigael over at Green Reverie and if I lived in the USA it would be on my marry list but there are companies closer to home I can buy from.
- Balm Balm Rose Floral Water: a delightfully garden rose-y smelling hydrosol, made from real rose, that was perfect on my tropical travels. It was suitably soothing and refreshing to spritz on in the heat and no alcohol meant no irritation. I really loved using this but I’ve only just started to use toners after a lifetime of avoiding, so I’ve got to play the field.
- Mallow + White Revitalise Cleansing Oil: a blend of deeply nourishing oils that removed makeup and cleansed without any stripping. I loved that’s this was fragrance-free with no essential oils so great for us sensitive types. The ‘Revitalise’ range and this particular oil is designed for mature skin and I found it was a teeny bit too rich for my skin. There are two other cleansing oils aimed at normal or sensitive skin which I think might be just right for my skin.
- REN Wild Yam Firming Smoothing Body Cream: I bought this because of the word ‘yam’ which made me think of my granny who grows them. We don’t always buy for logical reasons do we? It turns out that the plant steroids in wild yam help boost collagen production so are skin repairing as well as offering protection against sun damage. This cream promised to nourish and firm dry and mature skin. It certainly nourished mine but it’s been discontinued so that’s that.
MARRY (products that I loved using and want to have a long term relationship with).
Quite a few of these made my 2016 Best Skincare list
- Terre Verdi GoodOils cleansing oil: silky textured cleansing oil that was a pleasure to use. From the blend of oils which included white tea which is one of my faves, the way it glided over the skin, the way it cleansed, I really couldn’t fault this.
- 3107 London Heart & Soul Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover: a multitasking balm cleanser that I preferred using for a good skin pamper as a mask. During the winter when my skin was feeling rather ravaged, the delightful lemongrass and geranium scent raised my spirits and the nourishing botanical ingredients hydrated and soothed any potential crocodile skin away.
- Henne Organics Luxury Lip Balm: whipped butter texture, scrumptious Bounty-like smell, lip softening – what’s not to love about this lip balm which is one of the best I’ve ever used. Read my review of it here.
- Supernatural Beauty Miracle Balm: originally created to treat the founders’ son eczema, I initially used this to soothe a patch of dermatitis on my hand. Then I discovered it was a lovely all purpose balm great for nail cuticles, chapped lips, and any other spots in need of balm action. It was a yummy blend of skin food including baobab, avocado, pomegranate oils and antibacterial neem. The bright golden yellow colour thanks to healing Calendula was cheering each time I took off the lid.
- Bodhi & Birch Ylang Ylang Incensa: this is described as a shower and bath therapy. I use it as a shower gel as I don’t do baths. I really wish blogsmellovision existed so you can experience the intoxicating, rather sexy smokiness meets subtle spiciness of the fragrance that lingers long after you’ve left the shower. The warming woodiness was perfect for the autumn and winter, and the non stripping suds kept skin cleansed but not dryed out. I loved using it for evening showers or spa sessions when I had time to savour.
- Sodashi Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Elixir: if i had to do a Holy Grail serum list this would be on it. A heavenly oil serum that was a joy to use, pleasing all my senses from the first sniff to seeing radiant skin in the morning. I’ve had a draft review sitting for ages to publish but I can’t just write I love it I love it I love it can I? This is my oil to end all oils. It is very pricey but oh so worth it.
- Rouge Bunny Rouge Raven Glaze Lacquer Eyeliner: I have a black belt in liquid eyeliners pretty much. I’m no Amy Winehouse though, skinny flicks are my specialist area and I tend to prefer an old school ‘ink pot’ style liquid liner. This was the first felt tip style liner that I’ve loved using. It had a long, fine tip that I could almost write with and a true black, though not flat, pigment that flowed smoothly for the whole length of the line, as soon as the cap was off no shaking required. The pen also stayed fresh without drying out for a good 18 months.
- Ellis Faas Skin Veil foundation, S107: Ellis Faas is one of my favourite makeup brands as I mentioned here. Skin Veil is my favourite ‘getting glammed’ foundation. Full coverage can often be really unflattering on dry skin, so I prefer to keep things sheer and dewy. This was my go-to for when I needed more coverage. The coverage is buildable, skin looks like you’ve put an Instagram filter on #nofilter!, with a naturally radiant but not blingy finish. The only thing I don’t love is the price tag (£55 but the bottle lasted me nearly two years and it’s perfect for me so I suck it up). Oh and get the bottle not the pen which is a total pain to use.
PECK ON THE CHEEK (this month there are no avoids. These products were all perfectly fine they just didn’t rock my world)
- Grown Alchemist Watermelon and Vanilla Lip Balm: mouthwatering watermelon smell but it just didn’t keep my lips moisturised for long so had to be repeatedly applied.
- Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator: an extremely gentle physical exfoliator that would be great for sensitive skin. Ironically I actually found it a little bit too gentle for my skin.
- ILIA Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator: this is a very effective lip scrub made from volcanic stone. The stick form is super convenient. Only problem is that it feels like I’m nibbling on sand, which is not my fave. First ILIA product that hasn’t rocked my world.
- Absolution Antioxidant Serum: a hydrating serum with an intriguing ingredient list including elderberry flower, scutellaria which stimulates endorphins and tepescohuie used by Mayans for skin healing. It did hydrate my winter savaged dry skin just not exceptionally so.
- Supernatural Beauty Glorious Cleansing Balm: This was an “it’s not you it’s me”. I won this balm which is described as best suited for normal/combination and oily/acne prone skin. My skin as I’ve mentioned is more on the dry, sensitive side but as it’s a balm I thought I’d give it a go anyway, especially as it smelt divine. The main difference from other balms I’ve used is that this is an exfoliating balm. It cleansed well but I just didn’t enjoy the slightly gritty texture from the bicarbonate of soda at all. I like my balms smooth like butter! Also as I used a muslin cloth to remove it, the exfoliating action of a muslin cloth alongside was just too much exfoliation for me. It didn’t irritate my skin though so I ended up using it on days when I needed to exfoliate and didn’t have any makeup to remove.
So 18 products finished including some makeup which always feels like an achievement! There were no real duds in there just some that I loved more than others.
Any guesses how many products I’ll have used by the end of the year?