Why is it that when you want something to finish, time seems to drag slower than a drowsy snail? But, we got there in the end and I can finally chuck out all these empty bottles and stop feeling like the Hoarder Next Door.
Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel, £6
Great everyday shower gel, which lasted literally 3 months between two people (one being extremely generous with the pumping). Much more foamy and thick than Sugar Crush because of the built-in moisturising lotion. To be honest, you still need to moisturise after but this has been a joy to use.
Clarins Multi Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream, £42
This was a gift and has taken me almost a year to get through. It’s pleasant to use and I think it was one of the many things I’ve been using which has helped banish my big forehead wrinkle. It smells how I imagine a rich, middle-aged woman smells, it’s rich but fast drying and leaves the skin really soft and velvety. I find that makeup lasts really well on top of it too. My only complaint is the glass jar, when I was nearing the end, I had to scrape it out and half of it would end up under my nails.
Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water, £3.33
You’re probably as sick as I am of Micellar waters but this is a good one. This jumbo bottle has lasted me a couple of months with daily use so its value for money is quite spiffing. Does what it says on the tin, and I can see this being a forever repurchased product.
Repurchase? Already have
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover £2.33
This is a bi-phase eye makeup remover which apparently takes off even waterproof mascara. I don’t wear waterproof mascara but this seemed to struggle a little and some rubbing was required. A bit of a laborious task and nowhere near as good as the Dior one but if you’re after something purse-friendly, I’d say the L’Oreal one does a better job. But this does get a thumbs up for having a low oily factor.
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Daily Facial Wash £3.49
I’ve been trying to finish this for ages but it just doesn’t excite me. The little beads seems really pointless and didn’t exfoliate like I expected. This stings my eyes too and the last inch is impossible to get out of the bottle. As a face wash it’s not terrible but there are too many great ones out there to bother with this one.
L’Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Re-Plumper Night Cream, £8.66
Another glass jar which causes the dreaded under-nail cream entrapment. It does indeed make my skin feel quite ‘plumpy’ and when I stop using this I feel like my big wrinkle starts to rear its ugly head again. It’s thick and luxurious and feels more expensive than it is.
Boots Smooth Care Facial Wax Strips, £4.42
I’ve been using these strips ever since an old passport photo revealed the horrific extent of my ‘tache, and they do the job to a satisfactory standard. A few hairs seem to linger but the bulk of my moustache is sufficiently ripped off. It does hurt but show me a waxing strip that doesn’t. These don’t make my skin red, blotchy or bumpy like other strips do, and the finishing wipes do a good job of cleaning up any sticky residue.
Lush Let The Good Times Roll Face & Body Cleanser, £6.40
My usual attitude to skincare is ‘more is more’ so I was a bit sceptical about this polenta-based cleanser. It smells like cookie dough (and looks like it too), and you can smell it on your face all day which is nice. It’s a bit messy to use but it gently and effectively exfoliates. I used this on my face a few times a week and my skin looked genuinely clean and glowing, something I wasn’t expecting.
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash, £2.99
Although this did leave me face feeling quite clean, it stung my eyes like a MOTHERLOVER. I also found the smell a bit too chemical-y. I’ve literally been counting down the days for this to finish and even though it’s not terrible, I did release a small yelp of glee when I turfed it in the trash.