November & December Empties

Happy New Year everyone! Got some nice skincare empties here in the last months of 2015. I still haven’t gotten round to posting my skincare regime and it’s constantly changing. Must get this to the top of the to-do list in 2016. Anyway first up the empties in November:


Bouclier Bio Concentré Détox de jour (50ml) – Made in France
This is a random face cream I picked up at Citypharma. I have never heard of this brand before but the ingredients are no-frills and straight forward, just a little more than 10 ingredients. Housed in a glass jar, it’s paraben-free and is targeted for sensitive and/or couperose skin. My skin has become a little on the drier side and I’ve really enjoyed using it. The texture is quite thick (a ‘real’ cream) but it’s really moisturizing and nourishing. Literally saved my skin when it got extremely dry suddenly from the frequent long-haul flights I did in early 2015.

Here are the ingredients:

aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, simmondsia chinensis seed oil (jojoba seed oil)*, glycerin, coco-caprylate/caprate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, cera alba (beeswax), tocopherol, xanthan gum, parfum (fragrance), sodium hydroxide, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, linalool, citronellol

It’s marketed as a day cream but I also use it at night. Because of its texture I’d say it’s more suitable for drier skin types and a cooler climate. Normal skin will like it in winter. It may look and feel a bit heavy for some but I do think LRP’s Toleriane left me looking more greasy afterwards. My skin just seems to love this stuff. There’s fragrance listed but honestly I didn’t detect any scent. Probably just for masking or neutralizing?
Repurchase? Yes! I bought a pack of 2 (bigger savings) and am using the second one already. Am curious about other creams from this brand now.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum (30ml) – Made in France
Here’s the blurb pulled from the US website:

This water-light serum delivers a revolutionary infusion of hydration: 24 hours of continuous moisturizing benefits, leaving skin deeply replenished, smooth and glowing with youth.

Patented micro-droplet technology delivers the purest form of Camellia Oil Extract, exclusive* new Camellia Alba OFA**, to infuse skin with exceptional hydrating and plumping power.

This remarkably pure HYDRA BEAUTY ingredient, created by Chanel scientists, stimulates skin’s natural ability to restore and retain moisture for a smooth, radiant appearance.

To protect the benefits of Camellia Alba PFA, Chanel revealed one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants, Blue Ginger PFA. This exceptional ingredient acts as an environmental shield, blocking and neutralizing free radicals to help reinforce the complexion.

*International patent application.
**OFA: Oleofractioned Active.
***PFA: Polyfractioned Active. An ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient created through exclusive patented Chanel technology.

On the French website it’s also suggested that these micro-droplets house the extract and keeps them in a ‘pure’ state until they are released upon application. Anyway this serum doesn’t get a very favourable review on Paula’s Beautipedia (overpriced, contains alcohol, not that special etc). But I really enjoyed using this and my skin felt ‘plumper’ after use. Not sure about the 24 hours/glowing with youth claims but it didn’t irritate my skin at all and my skin seemed to have liked it to the last drop.
The texture is like a gel, definitely not runny. 1.5 pumps is ideal but I struggle to get half a pump so it’s either one or two depending on how generous I feel on that day. It is fragranced so sensitive noses/skin types beware. I love these kind of packaging – see-through airtight bottle with the piston going up as the product is used. The biggest con is the price: at 81 euros it’s something to buy at Dutyfree or when the promo codes are just right.
Repurchase? It’s on the wishlist

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Butter (200ml/192g) – Made in the UK
I’m not a regular user/fan of the body butters from TBS, I think the only one I really liked was the olive one. It seems to me the texture varies with scent, like the fruitier ones are lighter. Don’t quote me on that though. Generally I prefer thicker ones for the body.
I can’t remember why I bought this (and TWO of them to boot) since I’m not a crazy rose lover either. But the texture is nice, thick enough but not balmy and easy to spread. The scent is sometimes quite sharp to my nose but otherwise this is one of the better roses in the mass market out there for sure. Apparently this used to be hard to find – oh that explains why I bought two! – but it’s been repackaged as part of a new line-up of TBS fragrances and looks to be here to stay. Can’t vouch for the EdT but if you are a rose lover looking for a body cream, definitely check this out.

Repurchase? I still got the backup.

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil (40ml, deluxe sample) – Made in Japan
This is a good cleansing oil, up there with the best Japanese cleansing oils I’ve tried. I like this more than shu uemura (but I had bad experience with them in the past). It’s efficient, emulsifies easily and rinses off completely without leaving a film nor stripping the skin. It’s lightly scented, like the fragrance from The Skincare range. This never gave me any problems, no irritation/breakouts.
I can’t remember where this came from, probably a GWP somewhere, but the nice thing is the pump unscrews and thus I can reuse this and transfer my other cleansing oil inside for when I’m traveling.
Repurchase? Definitely worth considering in the future after I go though my Fancl and softymo. I’ll buy this within a heartbeat if I have nowhere to get the Fancl.

Empties in December:


Nature Republic Snail Solution 70 face cream – Made in Korea
I think this is 50ml but can’t be sure. I’ve been wanting to review this (along with the lotions and serum and booster of the same rang) but you know me. First things first, the packaging is way too clunky. Here’s a better view of the photo:

The only reason I managed to take this picture is because the jar was dropped and it fell apart. The packaging is unnecessarily heavy and cumbersome. The actual product is in the small plastic container just under the lid. I understand that they want to make the range looks more high-end and luxurious, especially since it’s one of the pricier items of the brand but it just takes up too much space.

Now AFAIK the Snail Solution 70 has been upgraded or at least is called something else by now. I was introduced to a gold-leaf version of the snail cream which of course cost a little more but is supposed to have more benefits to the skin. I call that gimmick and bull crap – avoid any skincare/lip care whatever with gold leaf in it, because well I don’t know if they use the same kind of gold leaf but when I was using them on a daily basis in the pastry kitchen I never saw my finger tips getting softer you know. Anyway.

Like most Asian skincare products this is scented. This is the first time I tried snail anything and the texture is quite interesting. It is a little more … gooey than regular cream. Like if you dip your finger in the jar and pull it out the ‘tail’ can get quite long. It’s hard for me to explain. Other than that I think it performs like any other cream. Perhaps it’s adapted to be used in the more humid Asian climate, I didn’t find it especially nourishing. When my skin got painfully dry I thought this might ‘heal’ it but it just wasn’t moisturizing enough (see Bouclier Bio review above). I don’t have the ingredients list but I suspect there’s a high level of silicone and alcohol.

All in all I think this is quite middle of the road. I’m probably not the target demographic for this brand, perhaps this would be more suitable for someone in their 20s. Can’t remember how much I spent but it was quite reasonable and Nature Republic (like TBS) always have some kind of sale/promotion going on.
Repurchase? No, it’s just a bit average for me.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener – Enriched (75ml) – Made in USA
Another deluxe sample. Did you notice it’s made in the USA? Benefiance is one of the anti-aging ranges from Shiseido. Softeners are supposed to be used after cleansing to aid the performance of the skincare you apply afterwards. The texture is viscous, not at all runny. It felt moisturizing and leaves a little sticky residue on the skin immediately after use. This shouldn’t pose a problem because you’ll be slapping on your serum or moisturizer afterwards anyway.


I couldn’t find the list anywhere so here’s a crappy picture I took. Common in Japanese lotions/softeners, alcohol is high on the list. I’ve read a reason behind this somewhere but unfortunately didn’t bookmark it. The general idea is they are also loaded with moisturizing agents, and/or that the alcohol used is slightly different. I can vouch that none of the lotions ever made my skin feel dry afterwards. So I don’t know *shrug* I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself.

I think this is a decent softener/lotion if you use this kind of product. Forget about the wrinkle resist in the name and think of it as a moisturizing toner. It’s worth a try if you’re ok with the price and the ingredients.
Repurchase? I prefer Sekkisei as my lotion, but they are different animals.

POD Liquid Detox (150ml) – Made in Australia
The last one! My journey started sometime in 2014 (probably). Last mentioned here. The five bottles I bought lasted me almost 2 years.
Repurchase? Don’t get me wrong, I like this. But probably not in the near future.

Yves Rocher Apple Delight Silky Cream (50ml) – Made in Ireland
Finally used this small pot up. This was from 2013 (!) as part of a duo body scrub + cream set. Yves Rocher actually released this same scent for Christmas 2015 and yes, I picked that up. It’s good for 2 years so this little pot was fine. This smells like apple pie. From what I can see the formula is still the same. It’s lighter than the body butters from TBS.

Curious about the ingredients because it’s not listed anywhere on the packaging:

aqua/water/eau,dimethicone,methylpropanediol,isononyl isononanoate,caprylic/capric triglyceride,prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil,glycerin,coco-caprylate/caprate,aloe barbadensis leaf juice,persea gratissima (avocado) oil,parfum/fragrance,butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer,phenoxyethanol,stearyl alcohol,stearic acid,cetyl alcohol,isohexadecane,glyceryl stearate,peg-100 stearate,polysorbate 80,sorbic acid,pyrus malus (apple) fruit water,allantoin,sorbitan oleate,bht,limonene,citric acid

Repurchase? I guess you can say I already have.

Yes! Nurse Hand cream (50ml) – Made in the UK
Reviewed here. Found this in a local pharmacy, still as good as I remember it to be. The logo is slightly different than before, I guess the brand’s evolved.
Repurchase? Yes.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare (40ml) – Made in France
I’ve had this for years and finally managed to use it up. You just use so little. This is a savior for dry, chapped, flaky skin. In fact it’s mentioned on the tube ‘Flaking, chapped skin’ and ‘Post cosmetic peels’. No paraben nor fragrance as usual with LRP. I’ve used this in conjunction with Bouclier Bio this year, and every time I get a cold when the tip of my nose start to get flaky from all the wiping and tissuing. I have also applied it on my lips when even the heaviest balms didn’t do anything. Also good for tattoo healing.
Repurchase? Indispensable for me.


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