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Thursday, 1 April 2021

March Empties 2021

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Space NK UK

Another month has flown by! Here's what products I've finished.

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask (bought myself, I can't remember where from or for how much!) - This wasn't what I expected at all! I thought it would be a lightweight gel whereas it's actually quite a rich cream. It's lovely but I just didn't find myself reaching for it so I'm passing it on to a friend.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? No.


Skingredients Skin Shield SPF 50 (PR, available HERE for £38) - This is a lovely, lightweight mineral sunscreen. It's very fluid and runny. It has a slight pink hue which slightly evens out skin tone. It doesn't leave a white cast on me. I'd have to say it's the best mineral SPF that I've come across. However I still prefer chemical SPF's (my fave is Evy Technology is mentioned later), so I've not really found myself reaching for this. I always think that mineral SPF's feel suffocating, regardless of how lightweight and elegant the formula is. That's just my personal preference though.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? No.


Summer Fridays R + R mask (passed on to be by a friend, available from Cult Beauty & Space NK for £46) - I've not finished this but it's been open for well over a year so it's going in the bin. It's a really unique mask! It's an oil based gel that's absolutely gorgeous - it feels super hydrating and nourishing. It also contains ground rose powder to physically exfoliate skin. Now I'd expect this to be incredibly finely ground with it being described as a powder but it's not at all! It's actually quite big pieces that just feel a bit too harsh for my liking. I'm not against physical exfoliants but they have to be gentle. Such a shame as the rest of the mask is beautiful.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes if you don't mind a physical exfoliant.
Would I repurchase? No.




Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial mask (bought myself, available HERE for £42) - My skin didn't like this at all! I only used it a couple of times and each time my face ended up bright red. So I'm passing it on to a friend to try instead.
Marks out of 10: 0/10 (Purely personal! Others love this mask)
Do I recommend it? No.
Would I repurchase? No.



La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Tinted (PR, available from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique & Boots for £17.50) - Unfortunately the tint of this SPF is way too dark for me so I've not been able to test it out. If you're pale like me, definitely give this one a miss.
Marks out of 10: N/A
Do I recommend it? Not if you're pale!
Would I repurchase? No.



BYBI Mega Mist (from Boots Review Panel, available from Boots for £26) - This is a lovely rose scented mist. It's quite a substantial, thicker mist that's really hydrating. 
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? No



Rahua Classis Shampoo & Conditioner (GWP, available from Cult Beauty for £32 for full size) - These were nice enough but definitely didn't wow me. They left my hair soft but too lightweight. My hair felt really flyaway after using (if that makes sense!).
Marks out of 10: 4/10
Do I recommend them? No 
Would I repurchase? No



Dermalogica Precleanse (PR, available full size from Look Fantastic for £39.50, Feel Unique & Face The Future for £39, Skin City for £36, All Beauty for £33.15) - This is a beautiful cleansing oil. It has a gorgeous spa-like scent and it destroys SPF and makeup easily.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? I've got a bottle ready to open.



Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (PR, available from Look Fantastic for £51, Feel Unique for £55, Face The Future for £55, Skin City for £49.50 & All Beauty for £46.55) - This is a cult classic for good reason! A perfect mix of physical and chemical exfoliation. It's a powder that you mix with a bit of water or a cleanser to create a creamy paste. It leaves skin super smooth. I find it pretty strong and have to be very careful not to bring it up round my eye area.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? No, I prefer a serum exfoliant. 



Medik8 R-Retinoate Rejuvenating Eye System (PR, available HERE for £20) - This is the first time I've used microdart patches on my eye area. I've tried the ones for spots and love them. I think there was a bit of user error on my part as I found these really uncomfortable and had to take them off after about 30 mins. I think I put them too high up under my eyes. So I can't really comment on how well they worked as they should have been left on for at least two hours.
Marks out of 10: N/A
Do I recommend them? N/A
Would I repurchase? I've got another pair to try - hopefully I'll have better luck with them!



Skincity Mellow Moisture Mask (PR, available HERE for £18) - This is a gorgeous, hydrating mask. It's a cream texture that you can leave on ages. It just soaks into skin leaving it nourished and hydrated. Really lovely!
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



Votary Rose, Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil (bought myself, available full size from Space NK & Cult Beauty for £45) - This is a beautiful, rich cleansing oil that is such a treat to use! It removes makeup and SPF easily and leaves skin soft and clean.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



Murad Prebiotic 3 in 1 Multi mist (bought myself, available from Look Fantastic for £30 & All Beauty for £19.95) - A lovely, hydrating mist that smells nice too! I can't say I saw any obvious effects from the prebiotics. 
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (PR, available from Feel Unique for £35, Face the Future for £35, Skin City for £32, All Beauty for £29.75) - Another absolute classic from Dermalogica. This gel cleanser is super gentle, lathers well and leaves skin soft not stripped. 
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25 (PR, available from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, Face The Future and Boots for £13) - Unfortunately I was only able to use use once - it made my eye water and sting terribly! I have this issue with some SPF's. Such a shame as it's a great value moisturiser with fab ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide. I wouldn't use this as my sole SPF either - minimum for me is 30. 
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? It's definitely with a try!
Would I repurchase? No but I'm temped to try the version that doesn't contain SPF.



Tula Kefir Replenishing Cleansing Oil (bought myself, no longer available in the UK) - This is my second bottle of this and it's such a shame that it's not on sale in the UK anymore! It's a thick oil that is so gentle and nourishing. It's great to give your face a good massage. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



Curaprox Be You Daydreamer toothpaste (PR, available HERE for £13.95 which includes a toothbrush too) - This is the first time I've not had a minty toothpaste since being a kid! This flavour is Blackberry & Liquorice which sounds like it would be awful but it's actually really pleasant! It's is still somehow refreshing like mint. Both my husband and I really love it! It's an enzymatic toothpaste so it still helps stop your teeth from getting stained. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes. I've got a couple of other flavours to try yet.



Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum (PR, available from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, Face The Future for £63, Skincity for £61, All Beauty for £53.55) - You can read my full review of this HERE but to recap - This is a fantastic eye serum. Super lightweight and hydrating, it's packed with brightening ingredients like Vitamin C. This has lasted me ages too as you only need a small amount. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.


The Konjac Sponge Company Charcoal and Body Sponges (PR, available from Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic, Feel Unique from £8.99) - I absolutely love these! They're hard when you first get them. They go soft and squishy when wet. They're a really gentle way to exfoliate skin leaving it super soft. They're eco-friendly too.
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend them? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes. 



Obagi Daily Hydro Drops (PR, available HERE for £74.76) - This is a gorgeous hydrating serum with oil filled balls that burst upon application. It's packed with great ingredients like niacinamide and glycerin. I couldn't get that last bit out - it's just the balls stuck without any serum to carry them! It feels really nourishing and hydrating. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? No, as nice as it is, it's expensive for a hydrating serum.


Evy Technology Daily UV Face Mousse SPF 30 (PR, available HERE for £25 but you can save 15% if you use my affiliate code TORIA15) - I'm sure you've heard me go on about this SPF before but let me recap if not! It's my all time favourite, holy grail SPF. It ticks all the boxes for me - there's no SPF scent, it doesn't sting my eyes, it's incredibly lightweight as it's a mousse, there's no white cast at all, it's not greasy, it's hydrating and it never, ever pills / rolls meaning it's perfect under makeup. Plus it gives an incredible level of protection. Have a watch of this video from Lab Muffin Beauty Science HERE - she takes a good look into the technology behind Evy - it's astounding! 
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Always! This will always be in my stash. 



REN Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash (bought myself, available from REN, Space NK, Cult Beauty for £22, Feel Unique for £21.90, All Beauty for £13.95) - This is a lovely rose scented body wash. It lathers nicely and leaves skin soft. It's not an old fashioned rose scent. 
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes.



Kate Somerville Delikate Recovery serum *this is the old name / packaging (bought myself, available from Kate Somerville, Space NK, Cult Beauty & Look Fantastic for £74) - This is a gorgeous, comforting serum that's packed with ceramides and omega's to soothe skin and help restore your skin barrier. I definitely found it instantly soothing and nourishing. A lovely serum!
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes, although it doesn't beat my favourite Algenist AA Barrier serum (read my review HERE). 


Sachi Skin Triphala Pigmentation Corrector (bought myself, available HERE for £68) - You can read mu full review of this HERE - there's before and after pictures that speak for themselves! An incredible serum that's such a pleasure to use!
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Definitely! 



Sachi Skin Ursolic Acid & Retinal Overnight Reform serum (PR, available HERE for £72) - Another wonderful serum from Sachi Skin. This is on par with my favourite Vitamin A product. Highly effective but super gentle to skin. You can read my full review HERE
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Of course!



Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 (bought myself, available from Space NK & Cult Beauty for £79, Skincity & Face The Future for £73) - You can read my original (old! 2018) review of Crystal Retinal 6 HERE. This is the next strength up from 6. I love this just as much! This is my favourite Vitamin A product (well now joint place with Sachi). It's a fantastic serum that my skin loves. It's brilliant to tackle both my acne and signs of ageing. Retinal is actually antibacterial so is a great option for spots. I've got two more tubes of this to use, then I'm going up to 20!
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Already have! 

Bioglan Beauty Collagen gummies (bought myself, available HERE for £18.99) - My go to collagen supplements that I have on subscription. Tastes great and helps keep my nails strrong. 
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes. 


And that's it for this month! Thanks for reading. 

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