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Skincare Empties

I literally (like actually though) just filmed and wrote a blog post about my empties, and yet here I am again, it's crazy as to how many products one individual can have and yet we can always justify more? I'm trying to decrease the amount that I have because I feel like it's getting a little bit out of hand.. Anyone else? Maybe that'll be my next project, trying not to buy anything beauty/skincare related. Anywho, keep reading for my thoughts about the products that I've used up and my thoughts about them!

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen

Not the biggest fan of the scent (smelt like detergent) however it does what I need it to do and the scent dissipates fairly quickly. Yes I use this on the daily and I don't feel as if it's super greasy, however I feel like it's too small for my liking, so I won't be repurchasing this any time soon. I'll buy buying another sunscreen instead, so recommendations are welcome!

The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Glow Exfoliating Cleansing Face Polish

I picked this one up because it was on sale, whereas the usual love of my life (Vitamin C liquid peel) wasn't (and yes it did break my heart slightly)- although this is a good product, I wouldn't say it's amazing. You need to go gentle with this one as it's quite abrasive, but I like the fact that I can use this while in the shower, whereas the liquid peel can only be used on dry skin. I use this on my bikini line sometimes and I do so an immediate benefit, but again, I'd much rather use a chemical exfoliant over a physical one. If I want a really deep exfoliation, I'll use both the physical and the chemical exfoliant, although be careful if you have really sensitive skin as the combo of the two can be quite rough on your skin, but it'll also make your skin soo soft. So no, I won't be repurchasing this one, but I don't regret buying it.

Vita Liberata Gradual Self Tanning Lotion with Marula Oil

This gave a really good gradual colour that I could see a few hours after applying it to my body. It wasn't streaky (although I've had my fair share of botchy applications…. My fault) and I love how easy it is to apply, with no scent! While writing this I just read the reviews on Sephora and there's actually a fair bit of negative reviews... one of the main things that I see is that people say that it's not a gradual tan as it develops fairly quickly, which I can agree with, but I don't hate it. 

The Ordinary Retinoid 2% (Not Pictured)

This product is my first time dabbling into a retinoid and I really like it! It makes a visible difference in my skin overnight and I don’t have any irritation what so ever, when I go to repurchase this, I'm going to grab the higher retinoid variation (5%).  I use it about once every week or so, and I like the fact that it's housed in squalane because it also adds some moisture into my skin. I love the oil life. 

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension in Silicone

This is the third (or fourth?) vitamin C product that I've used from The Ordinary, and although it's the best one that I've used from them, I still don't think that I'd repurchase this one. I want to try out Ole Henrikson's Vitamin C Truth Serum and see if there's really a difference between the products. I use vitamin C every morning before my moisturizer and sunscreen because it's an antioxidant, and because it's really good in protecting your skin against sun rays (side note, I'm in the process of writing two blog posts about sunscreen, sun care etc etc, so stay tuned for that!) 

The product is housed in silicone so it feels like a primer when you put it on- very slippy on the skin, but it rubs in quickly and easily and has very little smell to it. It's a great starting point if you're thinking about adding in vitamin C into your skincare but don't want to shell out the big bucks for it.

Have you guys used any of these or have any dupes for them? Let me know in the comments below!
Xx Diana
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