Winter Skincare Empties 2020/2021

Today is officially the first day of Spring in the UK. The weather may still feel Wintery, with the lack of direct sunlight, but the 1st of March marks the end of a season and a moment to collate all of my empty skincare products which I finished up over the course of Winter for one last final review of each.

Just a pre-warning, I will not be going into depth about the ingredients of each product as I’ve already reviewed and provided an overview of each individual product at some stage prior to emptying each product. If you care for the ingredients of any of these products featured here today, you’re welcome to contact me via the comments section at the bottom of the page or through Instagram and I’ll happily provide you with any info you require 🙂 I do mention some ingredients here and there, but that is all.

I’m pleased to say I actually managed to get through a decent number of products during Winter, so let’s keep this intro short and begin discussing the first product.

2ndesign First Cream Moisturiser

I found the texture of this cream to be appropriate for Winter, because it’s creamier than the gel-cream moisturisers I would usually go for. It does it’s job, but I found that most of the time it was too greasy for my skin type. I would say it’s best for dry-normal skin types. I ended up giving it to my Mum to finish and even though it suited her skin type more she didn’t think much of it either. I think it would be fair to say this is a simple moisturiser for non-problematic skin. Unfortunately, I have to say that this cream is one of the least interesting and beneficial products I’ve tried from the 2ndesign brand so far.

Final rating: 5/10.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil

I know that this is a classic K-Beauty favourite for many people, and I can totally see why. I think it does a great job of removing makeup and sunscreen and it genuinely does replenish lost moisture. It’s a little bit runny so it does make a mess of your sink, but in my opinion this aspect is excusable. What I can’t excuse is how it made my eyes sting and water every time I used it. Even if I’m didn’t apply it around the eyes, I’d always get some on my eyelashes and then into my eyes… I know this is my own fault through partial carelessness, but I feel like the watery texture doesn’t help with control to avoid sensitive areas such as the eyes.

It’s a shame that it irritates my eyes because it worked well for my skin. It’s a mild formula with low risk of clogging pores so I didn’t experience any breakouts from using it every evening. I’d buy it again, especially because it’s cheap and can even be found on major retail websites including Amazon. Just be aware that I’m not the only one who has had issues with eye sensitivity when using this product.

Final rating: 7/10.

Irén Glow-Getter Renewal Serum

This was the Irén serum I used the most among the three I’ve tried and tested. It helps bring back a healthy and natural looking glow to dull skin types. If you’re still interested in acquiring the ‘glass skin’ look, or the new 2021 trend of ‘mirror skin’, then this serum will help achieve that with its slightly sticky texture. It helps foundation adhere better and smoothly, and yes, your skin will glow through the foundation. I can see how it would be good for dry skin types because it doesn’t soak into skin too quickly.

The only downside that I’ll highlight is that this serum, in fact all Irén serums, have a volume of only 15ml (priced at $35 each). It’s encouraged that you use up to three of their serums to use in tandem by mixing all three (any three) together or by layering one after another. If we consider how much product we get when committing to three serums, it works out that you get the same amount of serum as in one standard sized bottle of serum.

However, let’s suppose you only buy one or use one more than the other/s – in this case 15ml doesn’t go very far for a product that you should be using twice daily. And so, I think for the price point 15ml of this Glow-Getter Renewal Serum is hard to justify regardless of its good performance. When I wrote a final review of this product on Instagram stories I rated it highly (8/10), yet upon reconsideration I will mark it down by a few points because of the factors I just mentioned. I really can’t get over the cost of each tiny bottle of serum.

Final rating: 6.5/10.

Isntree Hylauronic Acid Toner Plus

Do I even need to write a final review of this toner? I feel like I’ve spoken about it a hundred times over because I love it much. It is my all-time favourite toner and the positive experience encouraged me to try more Isntree products – all of which I really find highly beneficial.

If your going to add at least one Hyaluronic Acid product into your skincare routine, I’d say go for this toner or the original version. You won’t regret it. It was this product that got my interested in Hyaluronic Acid and viscous toners.

Final review: 11/10 😃

Barr Super Balance Brightening Ampoule

If you’re looking for simple skincare to help balance combination-oily skin, or for a lightweight serum to get you through the humid months of the year, then this serum is a great staple item to have in your bathroom cabinet. I used this serum everyday for 3 months and noticed how it balanced my moisture-oil levels, and therefore in a sense controlled sebum production. With such a high concentration of green tea, it’s an easy way to get some antioxidants into your routines and it didn’t appear to interfere with the performance of other products or react chemically.

My skin did appear more radiant with consistent use, but it’s not the sort of impactful brightening product for prominent uneven skin tone. I relied on this serum for the balancing aspect as opposed to the product’s initial claims. From this experience I can say Vitamin C rich products are more ideal for skin brightening than this antioxidant serum.

Final review: 7/10.

Dr Ceuracle Pro Balance Pure Cleansing Oil

As mentioned in some of my Instagram posts, this was my most treasured cleansing oil of 2020 and I finally used it up last week. I was introduced to it by Mélusine, the founder of Kōsame Beauty – a K-Beauty retailer based in the UK. I’m so glad she recommended it to me.

As much as I want to give both pros and cons to the products I review, this is one of those products that I truly can’t fault. Just 2 pumps is enough to melt away makeup and other impurities, and it didn’t have any adverse effects on my pores. A huge plus for me, is that it contains PhytoG. Fer-kefir and 5 probiotics. Basically, it doesn’t just cleanse skin but helps improve the health of the skin barrier. It’s a truly an awesome product which I know I’ll be using again in the near future.

Final rating: 10/10.

d’Alba Piedmont White Truffle First Spray Serum

This is that famous “flight attendant” multi-functional facial mist that I talk about non-stop. I finally finished it just before the expiration date. It’s one of the very few mists I actually like. It contains an oil complex of around 30% and the remaining 70% is water based solution. This ratio works really well for balancing skin without congesting pores with too much oil.

If you spray it 5-6 times – twice over a 10 minute period – the moisture retention effects are longer lasting and you’ll be set for the day ahead. Although, if you do have dry skin, you can easily use this to top-up on hydration throughout the day. It can be sprayed before makeup application or over makeup. I’m definitely going to use this again. For now, I’m finishing off the Vital Spray version which is for calming sensitive skin.

Final rating: 10/10.

Dear Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel

What’s there not to love about this eye gel!? It’s freshing, cooling, non-greasy, vegan, cruelty-free and my favourite thing about it is that it contains oriental tea extracts. Can I say this is a good under eye product for lazy and fussy people without offending anyone? Because I think this is a time saving product in the sense that you don’t have to spend much time applying it. It’s lightweight and soaks in with minimal effort. It also helped me to get rid of the dry outer corners of my eyes this Winter.

The only reason I haven’t rated it a 10/10 is because I enjoy butter version more. The gel is best for Spring/Summer and just daytime in general. Whereas the butter type is best for Autumn/Winter or nighttime use.

Final rating: 9/10.

💬 How many products did you empty over Winter?


Disclaimer – The products featured in this post were gifted in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brands or any companies in association.

One response to “Winter Skincare Empties 2020/2021”

  1. Wow – the toner, eye gel, and cleansing oil all sound like incredible products!


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