The Skin I Live In: March Empties

Because I’m too dynamic to stick to the same old products…

So over the past month I forged on bravely as I fought the evils of acne and hyperpigmentation. The products I’ll be talking about below have been used long before the month began but they ran out last month and as such are my March Empties.

L-R: Viva Naturals Rosehip Oil, Derma-E Vitamin Concentrated Serum, Nacific Fresh Herb Origin Toner, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray

Before I get into these products, I want you to know that for me it’s never really about the products or the brands themselves, it always starts with the ingredients. So at the time, my main focus was hyperpigmentation and avoiding dryness because it was the winter and oily skin can surprise you when the season changes.

Most of the products I used during this time were designed to provide enough moisture so my face wouldn’t feel tight or start flaking.

That’s nasty.

I really enjoyed using this toner. I like my products to have a bit of a scent (I’m bougie you know) and this one wasn’t overpowering. It was also very nourishing in a way that wouldn’t require a heavy, thick moisturiser, so all in all great for winter. It’s very light (practically water); which is also good for oily skin when you don’t want to overwhelm yourself and come out with a greasy face. It also lasts a really long time. It’s like $16 so definitely a steal and you can get it on Amazon.

This was one of the products I bought in a mad craze last year on Black Friday. It was probably the cheapest vitamin c serum Ulta had that day (which was kind of disappointing) but it’s vitamin c; which is like the major ingredient you need in the fight against hyperpigmentation.

I do have to say however, that I am yet to see the results.

I don’t have anything against this product though. It smells expensive (like Clarins), it has a light texture and dissolves easily into the skin and it contains hyaluronic acid, so it’s not irritating. Great for sensitive skin types.

Added benefits: it’s vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance free (there’s a difference between having a scent and a fragrance, apparently) and sulfate free. Amongst other things.

I’d buy it again if I was buying vitamin c again. It’s probably around $20 and you can get this at Ulta , Target or Amazon.

Please ignore how ghetto this bottle looks, she slipped from my fingers a couple of times.

So I’ve had this bottle of rosehip oil since forever. I decided to start using rosehip oil and facial oils in general based off some advice I got from a friend and Jackie Aina (I mean, me and Jackie are friends too, she may not know that but… we are).

Rosehip oil helps to brighten the skin, it helps with anti-aging, elasticity and boosts collagen production. This all directly translates to it will, at some point in your life, lead you to glowing skin. Hyperpigmentation who?

There’s not much else to say about this product. It’s organic so what you see is what you get. Rosehip oil is generally rich in Vitamin E and A so be careful when using it with products like retinols. You can get this on Amazon for $10.

As you could probably tell, I never really buy the same products more than once right? But this was probably my third or dare I say, my fifth tub of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

I know. It’s that good.

The gel is a light consistency, non-comedogenic moisturiser that is perfect for oily skin. I started to use this last summer and I never stopped. It can be a little too light for winter, when you might want something a little thicker but with the right moisturising routine, it will suffice. I’ve infused this moisturiser with my facial oils (because the rosehip oil from Viva naturals can leave your face a little shiny); which makes it thicker in the winter and gives you that beautiful dewy glow.

You can get it from $17-$25 depending on where you buy it. You can get it on Amazon or at Ulta.

This one technically isn’t (or should I say exclusively isn’t) skincare but it kind of is at the same time.

Too Faced is notorious for their primer, their Born this Way foundations and concealers. I had picked up their travel sized setting spray last summer because it was hot and my big oily head wasn’t having it.

I can’t tell you how many make up looks suffered in that European heat wave.

This setting spray, however, jumped in and saved the day. But so did Jackie Aina’s foundation routine. Anyway, you need a good primer and you need a good setting spray and though I don’t usually mess around with 2-in-1’s, 3-in-1’s (that’s reserved for men with zero home training) this one does both pretty well and also acts as a skin mist to refresh the skin during the day.

That mist also gets EVERYWHERE, but to be fair, I spray it on like a maniac. And I spray it twice (see: Jackie Aina’s foundation routine).

You can pick up this miracle bottle at Sephora or Ulta.

Now that we’ve come to the end of this post, you know what time it is. Time to go buy some new skincare products because a) that’s what an “empties” post signifies and b) what else am I supposed to do in lockdown? Take a walk??



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