Beauty Products I Finish: Part Three


In my line of work, the name of the beauty-game is “experimentation”. It’s not only encouraged, but required. I need to know what’s new to the industry, ascertain whether it’s worth sharing with you, and then get that information out before moving onto the next *new* moisturiser, mask, foundation or highlighter.

So it’s pretty satisfying – and extremely telling – when I find myself obsessively squeezing, scooping and forcing out the remains of a product. It’s even more telling when I then immediately go out to repurchase it. Here are a few things I’ve recently devoured:

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

I didn’t know anything about squalane when I received this Indie Lee oil in a PR send-out, and to be fair I still don’t know a lot, but what I can tell you is that this product contains 100% pure, olive-derived squalane oil and feels incredible. It’s non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores and break you out) and is completely fragrance-free so it’s perfect for anyone sensitive to fragrance (either natural or synthetic). This face oil doesn’t get nearly enough praise – it’s like one of those secret beauty hacks everybody wants to keep to themselves.

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Body Oil

Herbivore Botanicals uses food-grade cold-pressed oils, meaning that this is identical in scent to the coconut oil you use in the kitchen (unlike other coconut products that tend to smell artificial and overpowering). This body oil is simple, does the job, and as with all Herbivore products it’s free from synthetic fillers, parabens and phthalates. I like to put it all over my arms, legs and chest when I’m partially dry after stepping out of the shower.

Arcona Triad Pads

I hadn’t heard of this brand until it arrived in a Sephora press kit earlier in the year, and the packaging was so underwhelming that I almost forgot about it entirely. But once you get past all of that, what you’re left with is a jar of pale pink, cranberry-scented cotton pads designed to tone your skin, remove dirt or oil and add a healthy dose of Vitamin E. I’ve become obsessed with using these first thing in the morning, after the gym or after cleansing at night time to make sure I haven’t missed any traces of makeup. And don’t worry, the pale pink colour isn’t from synthetic dye – it’s from the cranberries (!). We love to see it.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid

I’ve spoken about my love for this product before but it’s just really impressive! And not a lot of acids grab my attention these days since it’s such a crowded space in beauty. If you have problems with uneven skin texture, this lactic acid is a great option because it works like a scrub…without the scrubbing. It removes dead skin, leaves your skin insanely smooth and is gentle enough to use a few times a week. The liquorice extract takes it from good to addictively good.

La Mer Lip Volumizer

Listen, it’s volumizing capabilities are questionable but it’s comfort, minty-ness, hydration and shine are not. I’m currently scraping the bottom of this tube and gearing up to buy a replacement. Someone needs to buy this for themselves for Christmas.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

The name of this mascara is deceiving because you couldn’t pay me to do a “smokey eye”, however this is my new favourite mascara that almost trumps my love for MAC’s Extended Play Lash. I know, big call. It’s a super dark black and rarely clumpy.

Header collage by The Twenties Club