I'm partial to a good face oil. I don't think they're the magic bullet that solves all my greasy, acne-prone skin's problems, but I've found a place for an array of them in my routine.
First it was jojoba, because I'd read that it was similar in composition to human sebum and is supposed to stop oily skin from overproducing oil. Then there was rosehip, darling of natural skincare regimes. More recently still I've noticed more and more products containing camellia oil, and I'm liking what I see.Read More
I'm a bit of a product hussy, and always like to try new things. Sometimes I like these things, but not enough to garner a repurchase. Here are a few.
YSL Top Secrets Integral Cleansing Oil-In-Gel
Why I liked it: This is a fantastic makeup remover and cleanser. It starts off as a gel formulation, turning into an oily consistency after you've mushed it around your face for a while, removing any makeup or sunscreen in the process. I usually used a hot facecloth to remove it, but it also easily emulsifies with water and rinses clean.
Why I won't repurchase it: It's way too expensive! I paid something like $70 for it because I was retail therapy-ing one day and if you bought two YSL products you got a gift with purchase. I was a depressed idiot. It's $59 on Strawberrynet, if you really have a hankering for it.
Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste (previously)
Why I liked it: It tastes awesome, kind of like a minty melon. The "aquatic" part of the name confuses me. It's a toothpaste and I'm not sure that a toothpaste is ever going to rock my world, but it's nice.
Why I won't repurchase it: It's a $14.50 toothpaste.
Olay Total Effects Day Cream for Normal Skin SPF15
Why I liked it: This had a good texture -- decent hydration and absorbed well. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), a cell-communicating ingredient which helps maintain the skin barrier function and may help with acne and pigmentation. There aren't many drug-store products with niacinamide in it.
Why I won't repurchase it: It was just slightly too heavy in texture for me. I'm also trying to use skincare with fewer silicones and lower alcohol content. I do have another Olay day cream with SPF waiting in the wings, so will be trying that next.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin
Why I liked it: Along the same lines as the Olay moisturiser, this was good for hydration. It also contains a decent list of antioxidants.
Why I won't repurchase it: Again, I bought the wrong formulation! I actually meant to get the one for oily/combination skin, which I believe is a lotion and comes in a pump bottle, a much better way of packaging something that contains antioxidants. Rather than use it on my face, I ended up using it as a hand cream, which worked well as it wasn't too greasy.
Clarins High Definition Body Lift (gift with purchase, not full size)
Why I liked it: I really enjoyed using this after exercise, post-shower -- it had a cooling sensation which is great for the summer, because I tend to overheat. It has a really beautiful light gel texture. I believe this has now been reformulated, or at least renamed to Body Lift Cellulite Control.
Why I won't repurchase it: This was a gift with purchase. I don't pay attention to my cellulite, so I can't speak as to its effects in those terms. Sure, I'm overweight, but I try not to think about that too much because it just causes a shame spiral and I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. Eat a healthy diet and exercise, don't count on expensive creams (and this stuff is expensive in its full size incarnation) to fix something that probably doesn't need fixing.