Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.
Starting with the products pictured above:
I’ve had this in my stash for a long time, and packed it away when I was doing some traveling and moving. This past month I unpacked my mostly empty bottle and finished up the rest of what was left. This is a nice product to have on hand – it’s too strong for me to use every day, but it’s great for me to reach for maybe 3 or 4 times a week for a boost in exfoliation. It’s 5% glycolic acid, includes ginseng and aloe, and is alcohol-free. I find that it helps my skin to appear brighter and tighter, and seems to reduce the visibility of my pores. Cruelty-free.
Verdict: Would repurchase, wish I didn’t have to buy it online!
This is another one that’s been around for a long time and had just a little bit left to use up this month. This has a nice lightweight but creamy texture that sinks into skin quickly, and I find that it decreases puffiness, lightens redness, and generally just makes my skin look better on a daily basis. It makes a noticeable difference for me.
Verdict: Awesome but expensive.
I’ve had good luck with this one, which I find to be effective and pleasant to use on second-day hair. This one smells nice without having an overpowering fragrance, and is mostly invisible in hair. I’ve already repurchased because it’s available on Amazon Fresh for $4 (I think it’s normally $5 at places like Target) and so I went ahead and grabbed it during my most recent grocery order.
Verdict: Reliable and cheap.
I visited a Nature Republic store when I was in Taiwan and was interested in a serum or ampoule-type product, but there was significant language barrier when it came to asking about which one I should try. I was pointed toward the Energy ampoule based on the simple question of whether I was looking for moisture (I nodded yes). It has tomato and carrot extract, and Korea Depart says that it offers “radiance and vitality to skin”. It’s a milky orange gel, a little thicker than most serums, and if I used a good hydrating toner or lightweight serum beforehand, it would sink in and dry on skin really nicely. If it wasn’t preceded by the right products then it would feel a little sticky on skin, but it never made me greasy or anything like that. Overall, I liked it but didn’t see much in the way of noticeable results. This ampoule isn’t on Nature Republic’s English site, but Korea Depart sells it for $7.61 (surprisingly cheap).
Verdict: Wouldn’t repurchase.
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum … $15.99-19.95
Like most Andalou products, this is a nice formulation for a reasonable price. This is a lightweight eye gel that contains Andalou’s Fruit Stem Cell Complex, vitamin C, and goji glycopeptides to target eye concerns like fine lines, puffiness, and darkness. Honestly, I didn’t see dramatic results from this, but this works really well as a lightweight daytime eye treatment that will help hydrate skin without interfering with eye makeup, since it isn’t a true cream. It’s usually around $20 but Vitacost sells it for $15.99. Cruelty-free.
Verdict: A nice, affordable eye serum.
Andalou Naturals Blemish Vanishing Gel … $10.36-12.95
This is a 2% salicylic acid treatment that I really liked, as it worked pretty well to both treat and prevent acne. It’s a very thin, clear gel with a peppermint scent. I got in the habit of using it not just on pre-existing blemishes but actually just spreading it all over the acne-prone areas of my face to clear out some of the hormonal texture issues and prevent other blemishes from appearing. It’s pretty good stuff, isn’t drying, and has a nice ingredients list (no alcohol, lots of plant extracts). It’s normally priced around $13, but Vitacost sells it for $10.36. Cruelty-free.
Verdict: Would repurchase.
VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Masks … $60 for 6 masks
The last items pictured above are 2 packets from this set of 6 eye masks. These were sent to me for review, and so I’m going to write more about these soon. I’m still in the stage of formulating opinions.
Verdict: To be determined.
Not pictured above:
Once we started traveling and moving around, I had emptied this bottle of body wash out into a smaller travel container and just finished the remainder up at the beginning of the month. I really, really like this. I’m the sort of person that needs really gentle, non-stripping and SLS-free body washes. This one is gentle but not overly rich, froths a little (but not a lot), and contains little argan nut pieces to gently exfoliate and help with cleansing. The scent was very subtle. Cruelty-free.
I also used up the Giovanni shampoo around the same time as the body wash. This is another one I really liked and would definitely try more hair products from the brand in the future. It was one of their more clarifying products and did in fact give good volume, while still being SLS-free. I still have some conditioner lying around which I’m saving for the next times that I use henna in my hair – it’s a perfect lightweight conditioner with which to wash out the henna. Cruelty-free.
Verdict: Really great, would try other shampoos from the brand.
Modern Apothecary LATHER gentle face soap
One of the hotels I stayed at earlier this year carried Modern Apothecary LATHER products in the bathroom, which caught my attention since that was a brand I’d heard of before. One of the things I’ve started to check is whether hotel soaps wash makeup out of brushes and sponges well or not (most don’t, some do). I have a little plastic soap dish that I collect mini soaps in when I can, and this was one I took with me and continued to use for washing brushes. It was good for that, so if you spot it in a hotel I’d suggest giving it a try!
Verdict: A good freebie if you can find it.
Have you tried any of these before? Have you finished up any interesting products lately?