Empties #002 Beijing

Packing basically all of my skincare when I left for Beijing, meant, that I ended up with a ton of empties. The golden rule for longer trips to China is always to pack twice the skincare you need. With a crazy changing climate and European brands being wicked expensive, I went through product like crazy.

Face-wise I used up several cleansers. I’d bought the REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel last year through Caroline Hiron’s Black Friday deals. Moisturising and smelling lovely, it reminded me a lot of the Glossier Jelly Cleanser. The tube of this extra-large version was horrible though. Because the lid was so hard to open, I ended up decanting it into a pump bottle I found at Miniso. I’ll definitely repurchase the normal version since that has an airless pump. Another upside is, that compared to Glossier, REN does deliver to Europe. With the REN cleanser in the shower for my second evening cleanse, I used the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Face Foam for my morning cleanse. This was my second bottle and I would have repurchased if I wasn’t heading to the US to stock up on Glossier et all. Don’t worry about it being a foam, as the foam action comes from the pump and the cleanser leaves the skin feeling super moisturised. And for my second cleanse I again used up the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (fab stuff).

From my Kiehl’s advent calendar I still had some masks. One of them, the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask, promised to fight 2.5pm pollution particles which are abundant in Beijing. It smelled nice and had a cooling and soothing effect on my skin. Not sure on the pollution-fighting qualities though. Another sample was Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, which I’d been wanting to try for months. I really enjoyed the texture and it was wonderfully hydrating both when it was colder and as it got hotter and more humid. As there is also an SFP version available, and I’m shit with SPF in winter, I think I will give it another go towards winter.

I also finished the Weleda Iris (night) and Almond (day) face creams. Weleda is a great brand for sensitive skin in my opinion. Nothing I’ve tried from them so far has been aggressive or too much at once for my skin. Both creams are my go-tos when I’m not sure what I need. Almond is a little heavier though, so I think I might try the Iris day cream next spring as well. After having tried the premium version, I finally finished the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist. It’s a great hyaluronic acid, but much runnier compared to the premium version. I found it enough for the humidity in Beijing, but have switched back to the premium version now that I am back in drier climates. Apparently, you can also use it as a mist by decanting it. Given that it’s dirt cheap, I might try that next summer.

The Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve has been an all-time fave for some time. It’s a great smelling hand cream for when you are one step away from wrapping your hands in vaseline. The only thing I hate (but that applies to a lot of Kiehl’s products) is the packaging. Once the tube is at a certain level of emptiness, it becomes an act trying to squeeze out the last bit of juice. Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse was another repurchase. You can see, that the bottle was only 2/3 empty. I threw out the rest because the bottle had become quite leaky and I worried that it would spill on the flight home. Not sure if I will repurchase though, as I am currently trying and loving a Clarins oil.

Besides my beloved Weleda Everon lip balms (I finished two and have one on the way out), I also tried the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. It smells fantastic and does really help moisturize lips, but I would wake up each morning with a weird film on my lips and it was super sticky. I ended up binning it before I got anywhere near finishing it. I’ll stick to lip balms from now on.

A great find from YesStyle was the Iceland Micro Hydrating Eye Stick. Not only was the packaging super cute, but I also found it to be a great way to depuff my eye area in the morning. Besides the eye stick, I also used Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Treatment a lot. Also from my advent calendar, I was super surprised that the heavy and thick looking cream melted into my skin once I started massaging it in. the only thing I don’t like is the packaging. Sticking your finger into the pot is on one side super unhygienic, especially if it is a big, long-lasting one. oN the other side, I kept getting too little or too much product. Given the price and the hassle, a pump would be much better for getting the optimal amount of product each time.

I also finally finished the Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-in Concentrate. My mom got me on to this, she swears by it for her blowouts and gave me a half-full bottle when I moved to Germany. It’s taken me over 9 months to finish it. Definitely will repurchase it in the US, where it is a little cheaper than in Germany. And finally, I chucked out my mini MAC Fix+, which I’ve had since London and never really used. I guess I just don’t get the hype.

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