One of the many disadvantages of being a closet hoarder is that when you finally get around to using something, you run the risk of falling in love with a discontinued product.
Take this tiny sample of Revlon’s Age Defining Spa Foundation in 06 Medium for example. I can’t even remember when or where I got it from, but on a whim, I thought I might give it a go. There was enough product in this sachet for 3 days and alas! I have fallen in love with it. Not only is it a perfect match for my darker summer skintone at the moment, it has a lightweight formula that isn’t perfumed, doesn’t streak and with the help of a little powder at midday, lasts all day.
Except it’s no longer available in the market. *sigh* Why do I have to be such a laggard?
Thankfully I don’t need to say the same for some of these empties.
Kiehl‘s samples are amazing – they come in mini sized packages rather than sachets, making them absolutely perfect for travel with plenty of product to try if you prefer to have more than one go to assess a product.
I have loved Kiehl‘s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser and their Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. I brought both with me on my 2-week work trip and used them everyday.
The Kiehl‘s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is supposed to be an “oil-free, quick-lathering” and sulphate, paraben, silicone and fragrance-free cleansing foam. Its formula is meant for oily skin, reducing excess oil without overdrying and can be used for sensitive skin.
While I don’t have sensitive skin, I had a really bad breakout in August and am still dealing with the aftermath. I’ve used the cleanser for a few weeks and it has kept my skin clean, managed the oil without drying it out. At AUD$26 for 150ml, it’s leaning towards being pricey for me, but I would consider buying it after I’m done using my drugstore cleanser.
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
While watching the ghost-like petals dancing in the bottle can be quite meditative, I’ve grown to like this product much more for its gorgeous subtle calendula scent. It reminds me of fresh fields of summer blossoms under a warming afternoon sun – a much greater improvement from my default astringent toner. The Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner is very gentle, lifting dirt and makeup even after I’ve used my Clarisonic Mia, and leaves my skin surprisingly supple, so I never feel like I have to slap on moisturiser immediately afterwards.
This toner comes in 3 sizes – the smallest being 125ml at AUD$28.
Avène’s Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser
I got this Avène Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser from a sample box and while it says it is a ‘soapless gel cleanser’, I am happy to report it lathers up very well. I like how clean my skin feels after using it, I’ve found I have to rinse more than usual, or else any residue will sting my eyes. Funnily enough this product has a ‘not recommended for use while pregnant’ warning. Hmmm…