Why is it always the same, you run out of all your skincare and makeup products at the same time?! Even if you bought each item at a different time, they still seem to run out all at once! And every girl knows, you just can’t be running on empty for these kinds of things, petrol for the car – I drive on the red light almost all the time, but moisturiser, foundation and mascara, hell no!
Right now, my bathroom shelf is working against me on all fronts, I am running out of everything, but I’m going to start with moisturiser and foundation today, because I literally have nothing left of either! I have no idea what shade of foundation I’m wearing on my face today, because I had to mix what little drops were left out of all three of my foundations, yes – that’s right, I haven’t run out of just one, I’ve ran out of three!
First up I hit Space NK on Grafton Street to restock on some moisturiser. Last time I was in there, I walked away with OSKIA’s Nutri-Active Day Cream. This stuff has won various beauty awards and comes with pretty great reviews, boasting OSKIA’s USP, MSM™ – I get that was a lot of capital letters right there, basically all of OSKIA’s skincare range features this super-duper ingredient which aids collagen production and helps keep the skin strong and supple. It’s also got a load of other great ingredients in it like peptides, vitamin c and a, omega’s 3, 6 and 9 and rosehip seed oil to name a few – all of which are great for anti-ageing.
Now that I’ve ran out, here’s what I liked about it: the smell, the texture, the hydration and moisturisation it gave to my skin, it’s not greasy or heavy – I prefer a light-weight moisturiser and finally, makeup application was fine after using this moisturiser. Did I repurchase it? No, and here’s why; the glass bottle – I hate it, I don’t care how cheap plastic may look or feel or the perception of glass as a luxury item is, I just can’t handle a glass bottle in my bathroom; if that thing falls on the floor, it is smashed and then my expensive moisturiser is all over the floor. But of course that’s not the only reason I didn’t repurchase, the second reason was a combination of price and value for money. It’s €64, for just 30ml – I just wasn’t happy with how quickly I ran out of this product. And finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back was, can you see how much cream is still in the bottom of that bottle?! And I can’t get it out! There’s about 3 days worth of moisturiser in there. So frustrating!
So what did I purchase I hear you ask? Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser by Rodial. Last time I was in Space NK, when I purchased the OSKIA moisturiser, I had a tonne of samples rubbed into various parts of my hands and this one felt the softest, smoothest and smelled great! I don’t know why I didn’t just buy it then, but I had it in my head that I wanted OSKIA at the time. I’ve known pretty much since then, that I was going to go back and get this Rodial moisturiser. Why did I purchase it? It’s got a SPF of 15 in it, although I doubt any rays are going to break through the Irish cloudy, wet and windy winters, it smells fab, it’s not a glass bottle; it claims to brighten and even skin tone thanks to Rodial’s Chromabright™ and vitamin b3 – which I really need at the moment; it’s suitable for sensitive skin, which I have a problem with sometimes, but the biggest reason I bought it was because it’s got more hyaluronic acid packed into it than OSKIA and others. Lot’s of skincare products claim to use this hydrating, skin plumping wonder, but always check how far down the ingredients list it is, as the lower down, the less of it is actually used. If you want a little more info on hyaluronic acid, you can read my recent post all about it here. The Dragon’s Blood, which is also in the name of this moisturiser, also aids hydration of the skin, and coming into the winter months – I know this is something my skin is going to need lots of. Added bonuses were that this bottle is 50ml, that’s 20ml more than OSKIA for €10 less, and this picture does no justice to the fun, bright, vibrant pop of colour this bottle is going to add to my bathroom shelf!
If you’ve been keeping up with my top foundations series, you will know that these foundations made up my top three, and it was a total toss up between all of them which one was my no. 1. So I guess the real test is, which one did I repurchase. I still didn’t really know which one I was going to buy even as I walked through the doors of Brown Thomas. I’d already ruled out Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD foundation because it was chucking it down with rain and I didn’t want to get any wetter than I already was; and after that, budget was the overall decider between Giorgio Armani and Charlotte Tilbury for me today, simply because I’d already bought my moisturiser and I know I’ve got upcoming skincare purchases over the next few weeks; so in the end I walked away with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation for €40. I did discuss with one of the girls at the counter, the finish of this foundation and how since switching to the Real Techniques Sponge, I’ve had to apply it with the MAC 130 duo fibre brush, before blending it out with the RT sponge, because it’s drinking my foundation and I feel like I’m putting it on my face, only to take half of it off again. I have wondered if this foundation requires the dedicated brush, but this particular foundation really does apply better with a natural haired brush, rather than a synthetic one, due to the hyaluronic acid, vitamin c and other ingredients that are packed into this foundation. Of course, I then did a quick loop around the makeup counters, but there aren’t any natural haired brushes suitable for foundation application apart from the new Magic Complexion Brush at €58 – so I’ll be saving up for that one, or maybe Santa will be really good to me this year.
A quick heads up on the online shopping situ for the products discussed, Space NK don’t have an Irish website but do ship worldwide from their UK site, although I find with the postage, time and currency exchange, you’re better off just driving into Dublin. I can’t seem to find the Magic Complexion Foundation Brush on Charlotte Tilbury’s website, but it is available on the Brown Thomas website. Finally, Make Up For Ever’s Irish website doesn’t have the Ultra HD Foundation up just yet, but you can call the store and they’ll give you a shade comparison and send you a bottle out in the post, but again; if you’re new to this range, I recommend you take the trip to Dublin and call into the store.
I hope you enjoyed this post, comment below if you want to see more Empties & Repurchases posts. I know I’m already scraping the bottom of the jar on my Emma Hardie Moringa Facial Cleansing Balm and I’m all out of my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.
P.S. Corr blimey! I only meant to sit down and do a quick blog post….now publishing at over 1,200 words!!