Happy end of February! March is always a good month for me because it's my birthday month, but with two business trips to Cairo, my parents here for 10 days and an exam on the 7th April it's going to be a very hectic one!
Above all are my February empties. I always seem to have tons and my posts were getting so long that last month I trialled a new way of doing 'empties' posts where I just pick out that stand-outs for the month. I got good feedback so I'll do the same this month.
I chose 4 standouts-all for being great products!
First up is the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. I have been using this as my first, make up removing cleanse in the evening. You massage the non sticky gel into your skin where it turns into an oil on contact. I then emulsify it with water and finally remove any excess with a wet flannel. It smells like peaches and does a great job at removing make up. I loved it so much I immediately bought another one. It feels like a really luxurious treat at the end of the day and feels lighter on the skin than the cleansing balms I have been using over the past year.
Next up is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. I was so impressed with this concealer for disguising under eye dark circles. The texture was just right-not too thick that it creases throughout the day but not too thin that it doesn't conceal well. For the price point I actually think it is better than the much hyped Nars cream concealer.
Next a hair product-the Bumble and Bumble Blondish Hair Powder. This powder is fabulous for giving some oomph to my flat and fine hair. It gives hair that matte and almost gritty texture that means styles stay all day and it keeps grease at bay too. It's not cheap sadly, retailing at £28 a bottle but when I ran out and went back to Batiste I really missed this spray and am about to place an order for a couple more to get my mum and dad to bring over when they come in a couple of weeks. After blow-drying I simply spray through my hair, let dry for a few seconds and then brush through.
Finally is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. I have read lots of reports on this but it is a holy grail product for me and I can say with 100% confidence the right way to use it. It's NOT a toner-I saw Caroline Hirons rant about this recently. It's a glycolic acid treatment for your skin that helps not only with improving cell renewal and anti aging but, more importantly for me cystic acne.
It's not to be used daily, every other day in the evening is the maximum amount of times you should use it. You should thoroughly cleanse your face as normal and then swipe this over your skin using a cotton pad. You do not use your normal toner before or after and you do not use any other skincare on top of it, you just let it dry (as you would toner) and then leave it on your skin to work overnight. It will tingle until your skin gets used to it. It's the AHA's getting to work. Obviously if you have super sensitive skin you should patch test but don't think a tingle is 'wrong'. This product really turned my skin around this time last year and I don't think I will ever be without it. Now I don't use it every other night, I just use it as needed if my skin is playing up. My review of the product and (awful) before and after pictures can be found here.
You can find out more information about Serozinc, Caudalie Vinosource, Perricone MD Cold Plasma and MD Formulations Facial Cleanser empties in my post about my skincare routine here.
You can read a review of the Givenchy mascara here (it's not very complimetary!)
Do you use and love (or hate) any of these products?