Another month, another Empties post! I hadn’t expected to be writing another of these so soon but, as it turns out, I’ve recently run out of a bunch of skincare and beauty essentials, so I thought I’d put a few of them together for May’s Empties post. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’ll be talking about!
First up is Superdrug’s Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Body Butter. To think I used to shell out for the Body Shop’s body butter when this one is just as good in my opinion, and an absolute steal at £1.95! Its normal price is a bit higher, but it’s often on offer and is still cheaper in comparison to some similar products. I can’t say this is the most amazing moisturiser on the market, and the illegible ingredients list does alarm me ever so slightly, but it gets the job done. I’ve already repurchased this to avoid running out unexpectedly.
Another Superdrug find I’ve just run out of is the Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Face Mask. It seems this is no longer sold in tube format – at least it’s not on their website – but they do appear to have a sachet available (which is inexplicably not marked as suitable for vegans, like the tube is). I quite liked this cheapie face mask. It goes on very cool and dries quickly. That being said, it does leave the face rather red and can be difficult to remove. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive skin because it is quite harsh. I’ll probably stick to my home-made masks for now, or may invest in a premium face mask to use occasionally.
Next is my little bottle of distilled witch hazel from Sainsbury’s, which I’ve been using in the morning before moisturising and in the evening after removing my makeup to tone my skin. I am not at all sure if it’s beneficial or even advisable to routinely tone your face using witch hazel, but I have found that it calms my skin and is sensitive around my eyes and on my problem areas (which often consist of opened spots and scabs because I’m a gross human being). Next time I’m in the Sainsbury’s where I found this (they don’t seem to stock it in the smaller stores), I will pick up a bottle. I’d also be interested to try adding a few drops of essential oils in for added benefits.
Lastly, I have replaced my holy grail vegan-friendly foundation, Skin Base by Illamasqua. I had wanted to try a more natural alternative but hadn’t found one I was fully happy with yet, so I ended up repurchasing Skin Base. It is not a cheap foundation, but my previous tube lasted around a year, being used pretty much every day, which I think is bloody fantastic to be honest. Skin Base can be a little flakey and cakey sometimes so I do recommend applying it to a clean, exfoliated and primed base. Also – get colour matched. Don’t order this online. Go visit their beauty counter (they’re lovely) or at the very least watch plenty of YouTube videos to get an idea of which shade would best suit your skin tone.
That’s it for this month’s Empties! As I said, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, or if you have any recommendations for alternatives.