A continuation of the Purge Pile series (check out previous instalments here) aka ongoing attempts to declutter my bloated beauty collection. Today we have a buttload of skincare that didn’t work for me and will go to better homes :)
Oskia – Renaissance Mask
I really wanted to love this mask because it smells absolutely heavenly, like authentic turkish delight. Somewhere between a balm and a jelly in texture, the Renaissance Mask promises to increase cell turnover and exfoliate with Lactic Acid and Papaya Enzymes.
Upon rinsing, I notice… nothing? My skin looks and feels exactly as it did 30 minutes earlier. I suspect my tolerance to chemical exfoliants/enzymes has far exceeded the potency of this mask and I can’t justify keeping it for the smell (omg nom nom nom). However, I do think this would be a brilliant entry-level mask for chemical exfoliant beginners – one lucky friend is going to adore it, I’m sure! Can be purchased here.
Oskia – Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Same line as the mask, same delicious aroma OMYGAH but enough about that. I see a lot of British Youtubers describe the Renaissance Cleansing Gel as a one step solution to makeup removal and facial cleansing. It reminds me of a cleansing oil – the pump dispenses a jelly which turns into an oil when massaged into the skin, add some water and the product becomes milky and rinses ‘clean’.
I say ‘clean’ because I do notice an oily residue unless removed with a cloth. No big deal except my skin won’t tolerate muslin or washcloths anymore (oh hey broken capillaries). If you enjoy balm cleansers and are looking for a lightweight alternative, Renaissance Cleansing Gel will likely float your boat. Can be purchased here.
Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm
Eek! Don’t hurt me, I know some people are die hard for this cleanser. As mentioned, I can’t do cloths nowadays so that pretty much eliminates all balm cleansers. Delicate skin aside, the Moringa Cleansing Balm smells very herbal (lovely) thanks to an abundance of essential oils that gave me a sandpaper rash (not so lovely). I dunno, some love it! Can be purchased here.
Paula’s Choice – C15 Super Booster*
Stable vitamin C treatments are often considered to be the holy grail of skincare for fading pigmentation and brightening the complexion. I’ve tried many different formulations, including the C15 Super Booster Serum, and have never noticed a discernible improvement. That being said, I’m 25 and don’t struggle with pigmentation so I guess I’m not the target market. Seemingly useless review, soz. Can be purchased here.
Pixi – Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner*
When skincare guru Caroline Hirons raved about Glow Tonic, it quickly became a cult product. Essentially it’s a glycolic toner designed to exfoliate (among the gentler chemical exfoliants in my collection) but WHY hasn’t anyone mentioned the smell?! It’s like mashing a bouquet of white flowers up the nostrils. I love white floral scents but damn, it’s just overwhelming. Can be purchased here.
Arcona – Magic Dry Ice Hydrator*
Marketed as a hydrating gel/serum for dry skin types but DOOD, I’m proper dry and this felt like fancy water on the skin. Then I broke out in a weird rash, which is a very personal response and not an inherent fault of the product but that aside, no hydration. I’ve included the Gentle Solution in the picture above (another glycolic product that was too gentle for my skin) to indicate that I’ve purged all my Arcona skincare. Magic Dry Ice can be purchased here.
Ole Henrikson – Featherweight Moisturiser*
An ultra lightweight gel moisturiser (as the name would suggest) and a wonderful option for oily skin types. I adored it as a base for makeup but for the health of my skin, imma need something richer. Can be purchased here.
Shiseido – White Lucent Luminizing Infuser*
I attended the PR event for this skincare line and I gather this product is among the Asian-inspired essences; a very thin fluid that is designed to soften the surface of the skin so that additional skincare can be better absorbed. I don’t know whether that science is solid but for me, it was an additional step that didn’t reap any rewards and y’all know I like to keep my routine asap (as simple as possible?). Can be purchased here.
PS: Let’s ignore the little black tube that made its way into the above shot, cheeky little thing wasn’t meant to be there.
FYI & bla bla disclaimer
I don’t believe in ‘bad’ makeup, just products that don’t fit preference or skintype. I don’t throw cosmetics away, unless it’s mascara. I collect my purge pile until it’s sizeable and my friends and family make a feast of it ;)
Have you tried any of these products? What products have you purged recently?
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews, clearly! Some of the links above are affiliate links.