Empties #4

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Eve Lom Rescue Mask ($50-$85), January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist ($24), COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (~$5), Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey ($82), NIOD Flavanone Mud ($39)

As I continue on into 2018 as the slight skincare junkie that I am, I'm making a promise to myself to try - TRY - not to buy new products in a category if I already have a product there working. It doesn't have to be the best thing ever, but if it's doing an adequate job I'd like to try not to spend more money unnecessarily. Thus I hope that you'll all be seeing this series a little more frequently as I work through my stash.

From looking at the products included here I think you can tell that masks are category that gets a lot of love from me. There's something soothing about plopping on (or painting because on particularly bougie nights I will use a repurposed foundation brush to apply them) and sitting with a book or YouTube video for 20min that's super relaxing. The Eve Lom and Chantecaille masks are both recommended, though the Eve Lom is a bit more astringent. I'm not sure I'll repurchase either, but if you've got acne prone skin then I think either is a good buy considering the number of applications you get. The Flavonone Mud mask on the other hand gets a big ol' "shrug" from me. I just never saw the kind of response from my face that would apply it's doing all that much more than a regular clay mask, and the burning sensation you feel upon removal is just weird. The reviews on this product are pretty solid though, so for $39 you could do worse (but it also expires in just 6 months which annoys me).

Now the COSRX acne pimple patches are fine, but I think I just like the MEDca ones better and you get more for the same amount of money. And finally, despite my damndest, I just don't see a huge difference using the January Labs mist. Caroline Hirons loves it, so I think that if you had dry or dehydrated skin you would consider this a beautiful addition to your day or evening routine, but for me it was just a nice step to use after the NIOD mask but didn't seem to be adding any needed hydration.

Which is all we got! I look forward to sharing more empties with you, and if you come across a great product I just *must* try, make sure to comment below!

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