My March empties – Philosophy, Perricone MD, Soap & Glory, Bobbi Brown, L’Occitane, Caudalie and Mary Kay

This month's empties from l-r clockwise - Philosophy, Perricone MD, Soap & Glory, Bobbi Brown, L'Occitane, Caudalie and Mary Kay

This month’s empties from l-r clockwise – Philosophy, Perricone MD, Soap & Glory, Bobbi Brown, L’Occitane, Caudalie and Mary Kay

I’ve been working my way through some samples (free with purchases from L’Occitane, feelunique and Space NK) whilst on holiday – so much easier than taking my regular, full sized products with me or decanting them into smaller pots. It’s a great way to trial new things!

So, from l-r, clockwise:

Philosophy’s the microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel pre-saturated chemical peel pads – this is the second 12-week course I have finished, although I haven’t been religious about using them every week. They definitely clear up a complexion, but don’t actually deep clean skin, so a face mask is also needed to accompany this. I’ll be using this once or twice a year, as a full course, when the seasons change.

Perricone MD’s face finishing moisturiser – this was a sample given to me on my birthday by Space NK (for N-dulge members) and a complete disappointment. My skin looked grey after using this – dull and lacking in any radiance. Perricone MD is a science-brand, and I think I am more suited to the botanics / naturally derived brands.

Soap & Glory’s the righteous butter – I love all the bath products from these guys – they all smell delicious and this body moisturiser didn’t disappoint. It is thick and creamy, leaving no residue. Skin feels supple and soft afterwards. I always have a pot of something from them, whether it be a shower cream or hand cream.

Bobbi Brown’s BB cream – I don’t know why I bought a second tube of this after I was left disappointed by the first one. I guess I wanted something to use on my no make-up days…I still do actually, and will continue to explore BB creams to find the perfect one with enough coverage, skin care benefits and SPF so I don’t need to do much more to look presentable. My main problem with BB creams is that they don’t have enough colour options – fair, medium and dark being the options to cover all of the different skin tones that exist!

L’Occitane immortelle precious mist – I’ve used this as a toner, and is part of a set to accompany the precious cleansing foam (which is terrible at taking off any make-up, so I’ve split them up). It’s OK as a toner and doesn’t seem to do anything amazing to my skin. I prefer my own little concoction and won’t bother buying a separate toner again.

Caudalie’s overnight detox oil – although this is only a sample with enough for 2 or 3 night’s use, I love it already. I am a fan of facial oils and this one from Caudalie is worth investing in – it’s reasonably priced at £29 for 30ml (one of the cheaper ones on the market) and contains goodies such as rosehip, lavender, neroli, carrot and of course grape seed (the bedrock of all Caudalie products).

Mary Kay’s fragrance free satin hands hand cream – a lightweight and easily absorbed hand cream that I always have a tube of lying around. It’s one I never run out of 🙂