I'm one of those people that love checking out products people actually use until they're gone. I think it gives a good indication of what you actually use, your final thoughts, and whether you'd purchase it again. So without further ado, here's my most recent "finishers"...
I'll start with my stand out product, pictured centre (pretty obviously marked!).
Croquis Dual Concealer
Received in Memebox Special #23 Girls Night Out. My first impressions of this product were pretty positive, and thankfully I can attest to this being one of the better concealers I have recently tried. The thicker and darker formulation is intended to help camouflage wrinkles, and although I didn't use it for that purpose, I found it amazing for covering up blemishes. The lighter and thinner formulation, intended for minimizing the appearance of dark circles under eyes did an OK job of that, but again I found it still very useful for touching up darker spots and around my nose mouth to reduce redness. One of my absolute favorite things about this product is that with a bit of mad application skills and blending in with a beauty blender you could achieve a flawless look without foundation, I'd just set with powder.
Would I buy again? Most definitely.. if only I could find a stockist!
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001
This was recommended to me by someone at work, and to be honest I expected big things as her makeup always looks flawless. I swatched this on my hand in the store and loved the way it seemed to perfect my skin tone. To be honest, even though I used the whole jar (except for the small amount in the bottom that I can't get to - weird packaging gripe), I didn't really find this product too startling results wise. It's an OK primer, nothing special. It goes on smoothly, but seems to flake/ball when I apply my BB or base afterward.
Would I buy again? Nah. But you can get it here at Priceline.
Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz
While it doesn't "set my makeup for all day wear", it certainly helps it last a bit longer than going without. What I liked the most about this was the rose water - it smelt divine! Minimizes the kind of cakey look I can sometimes get when setting with powder. As far as a setting spray is concerned it does an OK job but nothing to get all freaky over. I still prefer NYX's matte one more at this stage.
Would I buy it again? Maybe if I was low on options? Available at most Australis stockists, including Priceline (where I got mine).
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Introducing micellar technology. *AWE GASP* What is that? "Micelles are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing", according to Garnier. This 'cleanser' reminds me of a Bioderma one I tried out years ago. While I wouldn't class this as an All in One cleanser per se, I used it for removing my makeup prior to my actual face cleansing. This works so well and I find absolutely no irritation using it to remove eye makeup. It lasts ages too, unless like me, you discover how awesome it is for helping to cleanse your makeup brushes. Then you're gonna crank through a bottle easily!
Would I buy it again? Yes! And you can get it too pretty much anywhere that stocks Garnier.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment
Thanks Korea for massively long product names! You rule. Received in Memebox Princess Edition #3 Rapunzel. Packed with collagen, bean protein extracts, ceramide, so much other stuff... this product apparently "literally coats over dry damaged ends". Basically its a conditioning treatment for after shampooing, you leave it in for 5-20 minutes and rinse off. I didn't find it spectacular or anything, nothing above most domestic conditioning treatments.
Would I buy it again? No. This product can be found for sale on eBay.
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Oil
Received in Memebox #67 Holika Holika ... I've talked about this before on my recent Holy God I have adult acne post. This low stimulating cleansing oil helps to deep clean and remove makeup and sebum build up from your pores. I have been using it as the first step of my daily double cleansing regime. This is actually a really nice oil cleanser to start off with, however I feel that the formulation is targeted mainly at young adults. It's quite a runny oil, think the consistency of melted coconut oil, and if you gently massage this on your face you can really feel the little bits of gunk coming out of your pores. Gross, I know, but fascinating... The scent of this is quite pleasing, and if you've ever had Japanese ramune soda that's pretty much it.
Would I buy it again? No, but only because I'll be trying something more suited to my skin type. You can buy this online at most Korean cosmetic stockists.
Boutique Bebe Hair Salon Vita-Clinic Mist
Also received in Memebox Princess Edition #3 Rapunzel. A whole lot of extracts including, but not limited to, lavendar, peppermint, chamomile, royal jelly, and some protein for good measure. There's not much to say about this product other than it's meant to prevent hair damage. It certainly felt like it was helping, and it smelled very salon-y. My only complaints is this was apparently a full sized product, and it was only 60ml. Just sad.
Would I buy it again? No.
And that rounds off March! x