Product empties: The beauty buys I actually finished using this year
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Bioderma’s micellar waters are my favourite one-step way to remove my makeup at the end of the day or, when I’m in the mood to be thorough, as a pre-cleanse step to get the first layer of grime off my face before I use a cleanser. I love it because it’s both gentle and effective – since I finished the Sensibio version, I’ve been loving the Hydrabio one even more because it’s more suited to my dehydrated skin.
Technically speaking, these don’t “finish”, but they do need to be replaced every few months for hygiene purposes. They also don’t blend as well once they’re too worn out. That said, this is a rather pricey makeup sponge, which makes the fact that I’m willing to replace it a testament to how much I like its performance. Tip: Try sticking to the pink or nude versions, as I find the black one to be slightly less soft and bouncy.
I recently wrote about this in a roundup of hydrating face mists for the office, and it’s truly emerged as a new favourite since it launched just a few months ago. It smells wonderful with its calming and herby scent, and yields a really fine mist – it sprays lightly and evenly, and disperses widely enough to cover half your face with each spritz. I love using it as a “booster” before I apply my serums so they do a better job at keeping my skin hydrated. And if I’ve applied too much setting powder, this helps to get rid of the excess layer of powder on my skin without taking off my makeup.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
I like that this cleanser is quite gentle on the skin while still being effective at removing the day’s dirt and debris. It works well with cleansing brushes also and doesn’t dry out my skin! There’s a nice cooling feel to it, and it washes off without leaving any residue behind so my face actually feels good and clean after. I think it’s a great cleanser if you have oily or combination skin. Oh, and it smells amazing, too.
Dove Volume & Nourishment shampoo and conditioner
This product launched last year, and while I’ve already done a sort of “first impressions” take on it, this is a follow-up to say that I truly enjoyed using it on the regular. It does make my hair feel more lightweight and voluminous, without any of the dryness that typically comes with extra volume. It also smells good, which is becoming something of a theme in this roundup.
I try to use this in moderation because it’s quite a pricey product. At $44 a bottle, it’s by far the most expensive blow-dry spray I’ve ever used. That said, it does an amazing job and I am so very tempted to repurchase this. I mentioned it previously in a review of hair care ranges for damaged hair, and I like that I can use this on its own or with any other shampoo and conditioner, and my hair will still look and feel good. It also helps with detangling and makes blow-drying a little quicker.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue EDT
I have quite a number of perfumes in my collection, and while I’m typically drawn to stronger and more spicy or unique scents, Light Blue was love at first sniff for me. I will admit that some of the initial appeal was influenced by my meeting with the stunning David Gandy, but in my opinion it’s a truly unique scent that’s wonderfully light and refreshing. It’s crisp, a little citrusy and woody, and smells like a summer escape. This became my go-to scent for everyday wear the moment I got it, and I recently used it all up. Will definitely be getting myself another bottle.