Sometimes I feel as though my skincare shelf needs an air traffic controller to keep track of the incoming and outgoing products. I go through a lot of different products and some impress me so much that they stay till the bitter end – the day I’m forced to cut the top off the tube or unscrew the pump to get at the dregs – and some find their way to new homes – mostly my mom’s.
Here is a roundup of products I’ve recently finished and which I used up to the last drop. Some of them I will definitely repurchase ASAP, while others I might take a break from and try something new, even though we were BFFs for the duration of their stay on my shelf.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is one of my all-time favourite foundations. My skin goes through very dry times and occasional oilier times, but this has seen me through it all. It’s a slightly dewier and more hydrating foundation than others I own and is really best suited to normal/dry skin. The coverage is good while still being light on the skin and basically imperceptible. This is my second or third bottle now, and I will always have some on hand. I really want to try the new Les Beiges foundation from Chanel first before I repurchase this, but a repurchase is inevitable! I use shade B20.
This Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 1.0 is a ‘where have you been all my life’ kind of product. I have been using 1% retinol for a few years and this is my favourite serum so far. The 30ml bottle lasted me a good few months, and while it is pricey (it was R800 before this year’s price increase) it is really worth it. I see it as an investment in my future skin and it comes in slightly more affordable than the Paula’s Choice 1% retinol serum I was using previously. This is an ASAP repurchase for me. Dermaceutic is gold.
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is one of my favorite makeup removers for its bargain price of R130. It really does work to remove even waterproof eye makeup, and it’s so gentle on the eyes. I want to try Clarins’ biphase Instant Eye Makeup Remover after this (R295) because I’ve heard good things. But if they’re much of a muchness I will return to this Body Shop one when that is finished. So yes, this is on the future repurchase list.
This is my third bottle of Clinque Smart Custom Repair Serum. It’s a good size bottle but even 50ml seems to get used up quite quickly. I have repurchased it in the past because it makes my skin feel great, even if I didn’t see a huge visible improvement. It’s got such a luxurious texture and is a pleasure to use. However after the third time around I won’t be repurchasing this as it is R950 for 50ml and I personally think Dermaceutic’s serums are giving me medical-grade results and are therefore a better investment.
Last but not least is this gem of a cleanser from Esse. The cream cleanser has a beautiful natural scent and using it becomes a sensory experience. It is also moisturizing and comforting and doesn’t strip skin or leave it feeling tight or over-cleansed. It is everything I want in a cleanser and will definitely be repurchasing this. It is for normal to combination skin and costs R220 on Faithful to Nature. It is also easily available at Wellness Warehouse. I love cleansers and always like to have a variety on hand, as well as continually try new ones. So while I will repurchase this in the near future it isn’t an ASAP repurchase.