I will admit, I find it really hard to make it to skincare empties as I do change up my routine quite often. There is however much satisfaction when I do make it to the end of a product though and for me it means that I can use or open up something new in my routine. These days I have learnt to not be so light handed with products and to not be afraid to use some things a little bit more generously/heavy handedly as if I went on the rate that I was at previously, I don't think I would have ever finished anything! In saying that however, this is my empties for this month, its not many but at least they are empty!
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS)
I purchased this product back in May/June after reading so many reviews on how amazing this is and how it changes the skin completely. The lovely Arly from detailorientatedbeauty was probably one of the biggest advocates for this particular purchase and I am so glad that I did trust her with her reviews (see this detailed one here) and bit the bullet and purchased this.
I will admit I was really skeptical with using this at first but for the love of skincare and from the rave reviews, I decided to go ahead and continuously use this and I am so glad that I did. It did take me some time to see some noticeable results with this - most people found results within a week. My experience with this was more 3-4 weeks (everyone is different) using it both day and night and applying it everyday. I noticed that those small bumps that you get on your skin (especially around the cheek and forehead area had gone down almost completely and when I inspected my skin close up in the mirror, the texture of my skin was smooth and even. For me that was a huge difference as normally I am bit scared looking at my skin that closely in mirror...if you get what I mean hahaha. My skin overall does look brighter and healthier but I am not sure if that is the work of CAIS alone or the combination of a few other products that I have been using in my routines. I can perhaps say that CAIS may have contributed to this as it is supposed to help your skin absorb other products more readily to get the best from your skincare but I am not 100% sure and also am not 100% game in going cold turkey with this either!
The ingredients for NIOD CAIS are the following:
qua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Decapeptide-22, Ogliopeptide78, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
Overall, I think NIOD CAIS has been a fantastic addition to my skincare routine and I am often never without it. I repurchased this and will continue to do so as I am amazed how much better my skin looks in terms of texture (yay those bumps be gone!).
Darphin Hydraskin Light
I think that Darphin is one of those skincare brands that is quite underrated in the skincare world. I have used a few of their products in the past and they really do deliver, the Hydraskin Light Moisturiser is no exception to this at all. It really is a solid moisturiser and it does it quite well too. It is lightweight, non greasy and an extremely hydrating formula that gives the skin a beautiful fresh and hydrated look and feel. It has a lightweight whipped almost 'gel' like texture and it dries to a satin finish on the skin. I think it is great for most skin types due to its finish and lightweight feel. I also find that this also sits incredibly well underneath make-up and works quite well with other skincare products and serums. I don't really need to "think" about what I am using with it as it generally works quite well with other products right across the board.
Despite the fact that this does work incredibly well and that I do enjoy using it, I do not think I will be repurchasing it again any time soon due to the fact that there are other moisturisers that I do want to try. Darphin Hydraskin Light is a great moisturiser and it is a really solid one at that, however that is all that it really does. It provides the skin with moisture and hydration and if you are looking for anything else in a moisturiser (ie. brightening, exfoliating etc) then this isn't the product for you. If you are however happy with your current skincare and are just after a solid and decent moisturiser that will just simply moisturise and hydrate the skin, then I do highly recommend Darphin Hydraskin Light as it does this really well.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
I have written about these pads in these posts here and the smaller containers of this is definitely a favourite of mine due to the fact they are great for travelling and also easy to use up. As mentioned in my posts, these AHA pads are great for those with sensitive skin or those who are a beginner to chemical exfoliation as the formulation of these are incredibly gentle but also quite hydrating as well. They are great introduction to chemical exfoliants and can then be used every other day with another chemical exfoliator or to even to be used every day once you have built a tolerance to AHAs.
The ingredients for these Radiance Pads are the following:
Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20
I would absolutely buy these again (and I have and will continue to do so) due to their portability, convenience and the fact that they do work and work quite well for my sensitive skin. I find that out of all the chemical exfoliators I have used, these never irritate my skin and are something that I could easily use on a day to day basis.
The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads come in two sizes - 60 pads and 28 pads. For 60 pads - it is USD$30 from First Aid Beauty or Sephora, GBP£22.00 from Selfridges and AUD$52 fromSephora Australia
Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask
I received the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask earlier this year as a birthday gift from Sephora's VIB program with the Soy Face Cleanser. I have used the Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser on and off for the past few years as I do like it and I do find it is quite a nice cleanser. I was curious to see what the Rose Face Mask was like as I haven't really played with the Fresh Beauty skincare line too much (it is not available in Australia). I found this face mask to be quite cooling on the skin and it was perfect for those hot humid days in Shanghai as it really did soothe and calm the the skin down if it was especially hot. Due to the fact that you didn't really need to leave this on for too long either, it actually made a great morning mask as well and it did help the skin to feel quite refreshed.
The ingredients for this is the following:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol.
I personally didn't really feel that this face mask really hydrated the skin or gave the skin an extra boost of hydration that I thought it would. It did leave my skin feeling much cooler, calmer, refreshed and somewhat toned but I did expect more from this face mask in terms of hydration, especially the price you would normally pay for this. I have mixed feelings about this mask as I do enjoy the effects it has on application and I do like the fact it is quite enjoyable to use in the morning and it can also be used on a daily basis if need be. However, for the price paid for the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask, I do expect it to do a little more AFTER washing it off in terms of perhaps hydration, keeping the skin looking healthy and radiant - anything. I don't think I will purchase this mask again for that reason as I felt it just didn't do enough for me and I can get the same effects using other products.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron
Again, this a favourite of mine and if you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen my back ups of these wonderful tubes of hyaluronic acid. I have tried a few different hyaluronic acid based serums but this is hands down my favourite and my skin absolutely loves this and just drinks this up. I know that many people don't quite like the feel of this on the skin, but for me, my skin feels quite soothed and calm once I apply this on my face as the gel texture of this is quite cooling. It does leave a slight tackiness to it but that soon goes away once I apply another product. For me Hydraluron has changed my skin, ever since I started using it, my eczema in no way was as bad as it used to get (it used to be awful!) and my skin generally is much more balanced in terms of hydration.
The ingredients for this is the following:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.
I have been finding that I recently haven't been using this daily as I have been exploring more with face oils but I think I will go back to incorporating Hydraluron back into my routine as I do feel my skin does need a little bit of a hyaluronic acid boost. I know that this product might not work for everyone but it has hands down worked for me. I love this pink and white tube and will probably continue to buy it unless I find something better. For now, I just wish it came in a bigger size than the 30ml tube!
Have you used any of the above products? What were your thoughts on them? Have you got any empties this month you would like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you.