Hi guys, and welcome to skincare week. This week I’m going to be posting a new skincare related post every day. There’s a few reasons for this. Those of you who have been here since the beginning will know that when I first started, skincare is all I posted about. And while I always wanted to do food posts and I’m happy with the direction they’re going in, I haven’t stopped to have a good chat about what I’m putting on my face in a really long time. After completing Recipe A Day May and, obviously, not doing any beauty posts for a whole month, I thought I should dedicate some time to them. I’m starting skincare week with ‘I Reviewed it, Do I Still Use it?’ because I realised we often talk about products when they’re new to use but never go into much detail further down the line.
I’d like to make these posts a bit of a series, maybe doing two or three a year and recapping over all of the new products I’ve featured over the previous months to see whether they made it into my daily rotation or got pushed to one side. As this is my first one, I’m going all the way back to day one.
My first ever post was a review of the Fenty Foundation. I concluded in that post that I thought it was a good product but it was awful for dry skin and I thought it would work better for oilier skin types. I even did a follow up a month later after I’d mixed the product with various oils and serums to see if it could work with dry skin at all.
Update: I changed my mind. I don’t really use this product, and I’ve tried really hard to make it work. When summer first started to show its face and my skin got a little oilier, I tried it again. It performed just as badly as it did the first time. When I did my One Month of Fenty post, the only product I had any success with was mixing it with Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich foundation. I thought this was great that I’d cracked it, then one of my friends pointed out that that’s a pretty expensive mixture. When I got the Revolution Pro foundation drops, I tried mixing Fenty with those. Looked good for about an hour then my face started cracking. I now don’t understand how this product has ever looked good on anyone. And it’s a real shame because it’s a great colour and it has a really nice fluid texture.
Speaking of the Revolution Pro Drops
So, it hasn’t been that long since I reviewed these. However, I’ve used them a lot since I picked them up. The only downside for me is that I have to mix the lightest shade with white which has made me use them less if I’ve been in a hurry or I’ve been doing my makeup on the go. If they came out with a lighter shade, I would use them a lot more. If you happen to have dry skin that is a deeper shade than snow, I highly recommend these. They are quite dewy so I wouldn’t recommend them for oily skin types.
Skyn Iceland Winter Rehab Kit
I reviewed this back in October. The set is no longer available but the individual products in it are still available so I’ll run through them one by one instead. For reference, this set contains one full sized oil, three deluxe sample sized products and two pairs of their eye gels and cost as much as the oil does by itself. So essentially, all of the other products were free.
The eye gels were the star of this show for sure. They’re amazing at livening you up and giving you a boost. I haven’t repurchased any yet but I most definitely will at some point.
I still use the oil although it wasn’t my favourite to use as a moisturiser, I really like using this one to add to matte foundations. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll repurchase this or not, but I do enjoy using it.
The Cloud Cream is great. I love it as a winter moisturiser and would definitely buy the full-sized version. I’ve been hanging on to the mini as I already have a lot of heavy duty moisturisers in my collection and can’t really justify adding another one until I’ve used up some of the ones I already have. When I have used up some of the others, this is my first choice for a replacement as of right now.
As for the other two products, I don’t use the eye cream. I like it but it’s nowhere near as good as my Kiehl’s avocado eye cream. This product is very travel friendly though, so I’m keeping it around for those purposes. The cleanser is a foaming cleanser which I don’t use a general rule, so I never had any intention of using this one.
Omorovicza Mud Moor Set
This was a Christmas special that I reviewed towards the end of November. As with the previous set, the set is no longer available so I’ll go through the individual products. The set cost around £50 and contained a full-sized Thermal Cleansing Balm and two deluxe samples. At current pricing, the cleansing balm costs £52 so once again, the mini products were ‘free’.
Thermal Cleansing Balm
I love this product and I hate myself for it. It’s so expensive, and no one needs to spend that much money on a cleanser, but I’m absolutely certain I’m going to buy a backup before I’m even out of the one I’ve got. I love it that much. At first, I was reluctant to try this. I’ve been incredibly loyal to Emma Hardie as my number one cleanser for many years now. While I wouldn’t say this one has replaced my beloved Moringa Cleansing Balm, I’m quite comfortable in saying I now have two favourites rather than one that stands out by a mile.
This product is also ridiculously expensive to buy the full version of and I can’t see myself doing that on the basis I have dry skin and don’t reach for clay masks that often. However, if you have oily skin, this is a lovely product. I haven’t used this more than a handful of times, but that’s only down to my skin type. On the few occasions that I have reached for this product, I have enjoyed using it. For clay, it isn’t too stripping on my dry skin and does leave it feeling clean and fresh. You can also buy a mini for £17 if you don’t want to splash out on the big one but do want to try it.
I don’t use this. But that’s only because I don’t use physical exfoliators on my face. I tried this once for the sake of a first impressions and it wasn’t too rough, but the rest of the tube went to my mum. She liked it…
Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster
I never did an official review or first impressions of this but I did mention it a lot when I first got it so I thought it was worthy of a mention here. I love this. I’ve been waiting my entire sensitive skinned life for this product to launch. It helped my skin so much this winter, I couldn’t imagine not having one now. Everything it claims to do in terms of calming and nourishing, it does. Without a doubt, 100% certain this will be repurchased.
And we’re done! Well done if you made it this far. I believe that is every product I’ve done a full review on now updated. The only exception being the Clinique Moisture Surge line and that’s only because they were full reviews on products I’ve been using for years when I initially did that post, so I didn’t see the point in updating that one.
I hope you found this post useful and maybe it helped you grow or narrow down your shopping list. I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post and like the idea of doing follow ups like this a few times a year. Happy shopping!
Until next time,
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