Product Empties: Moisturisers

This is the second post in my Product Empties Series. If you want to know the full details and reasons behind this series check out my initial post here, or check out my last post in the series here; where I reviewed different face-masks. I’ll be reviewing and rating lots of different face moisturisers, lotions and serums, giving my honest opinions on each one, and what effect each had on my skin and rating them out of ♥♥♥♥♥. Here we go…

Clinique Smart SPF 15 Custom-Repair Moisturiser ♥♥♥♥ – This was part of a little gift set Pat gifted me for my birthday the other year. If you saw my winter skincare routine, you’ll know I used this product in the winter months when my usual oily skin was suffering with dry patches. I usually don’t like a cream-based moisturiser, as it often irritates my skin, as I find them very heavy and clog up my skin. However this one didm my skin wonder, and cleared up the dry patches, without causing irritation or causing my skin to produce excess oil. This product is also great as it contains SPF, and if I am completely honest this is something I need to improve on wearing, and neglect wearing SPF except from on holiday. This is a super luxurious product, but I may wouldn’t rave about it considering the price tag that comes with it, so would possibly look for a cheap ‘dupe’ product.

Garnier Essential Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream ♥♥♥ – This was a pass down product from my mum, which is most often the case as she seems to start a new product before finishing the one she is currently using, but hey it gives me the chance to try new products. This product soaked into soaked into the skin quickly, but didn’t give me the level of hydrating my dry-patches of skin needed, however I probably wouldn’t re-purchase this product as it didn’t quite give my skint he full-boost of moisturise it needs.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet ♥♥♥♥♥ – I have previously publish a blog post, which is a full review of The Body Shop Vitamin E range, including the Aqua Boost Sorbet. I had a lot of different feelings and opinions on these products so be sure to go check it out, you can be re-directed to the post by clicking here.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser ♥ – I used to use Simple products as a pre-teen, but as I got to know my skin more, I knew my skin hated this brand of products. I was gifted a little sample bottle of this product last Christmas, so thought I’d give it another chance. I found it was great to use when on holiday when my skin needs moisture and I’m fine with looking a little glowier than I would at home, but otherwise I find it very tacky, clogs my skin and because of this, it makes me itch my skin more, which isn’t ideal especially when I already suffer from bad acne.

Simple Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream ♥♥♥♥♥ – Simple products are known for being gentle and soft on the skin, but after hating their hydrating light moisturiser as you’ve just read, I was a little put off after the trying their other moisturiser. But, picked up this product on a whim when it was on offer in Boots, after seeing lots of reviews on this Simple product range. This product has a silky, soft formula, leaving tight and uncomfortable skin feeling supple and less sore. I absolutely love this. I apply this on an evening before bed, it doesn’t make my skin burn, soaks in quickly, and I wake up the next morning and my skin has cleared, feels less tight and looks so much fresher and dewy. Definitely worth the ♥♥♥♥♥.

Simple Water Boosting Hydrating Gel Cream ♥♥♥♥ – After trying the previous product, I thought I’d pick up a product from the same range, to use on a morning/during the day.  I’d seen this product on many blogs with many people raving that it leaves their skin refreshened, supple and comfortable. This doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, greasy or sticky, so is great before applying makeup. It is also lightweight, and soaks straight into the skin leaving no tacky residue. Along with all Simple products, this product contains no harsh chemicals, artificial colours or perfume, which is great if you have sensitive skin like mine.

Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream ♥♥ – This product has a lovely soft cream-gel texture which flies onto the skin, and softens it but, personally this was too heavy and dense for my skin, and consequently caused my skin to break out even more.

Origins Make a Difference+ Rejuvenating Treatment ♥♥♥♥♥ – This is another product that I have dedicated a full blog post review too, click here to be redirect to the post. I do absolutely love this product though, I just wish the price tag wasn’t so steep.

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream ♥♥♥♥ – I picked up this product in The Body Shop at The Designer Outlet back in November, as my skin was going through a super dry phase, and I needed a product to give it a moisture boost. This product seemed the perfect fit for my skin type, stating it was suitable for those with oily/combination skin. This product is great, as it is hydrating yet lightweight, so doesn’t clog my skin and cause oily breakouts, and leave my skin feeling smooth and matte, so is the perfect make-up base. However, my only niggle with this product is that it seriously burns/stings when I first apply it, but this stops after a few seconds once its absorbed into the skin. This product would get a ♥♥♥♥♥, however some of the other products I’ve written about above are just that little bit better.

Pro-Activ+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator Facial Moisturiser ♥ – As previously mention I’ve suffered from problematic skin since my early teens. My mum purchased the Proactiv+ 3-Step Treatment Plan, which included this product, after hearing good things about it. The whole 3-step process severely irritated my skin, and the feel of this moisturiser was tacky causing me to pick at my skin more. I know this skincare plan has done wonders for some, but unfortunately it was a no from me.


What are your moisturiser favourites and fails?



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  1. February 3, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    You have reviewed so many products and gone into so much detail – thank you for sharing! Will definitely be trying out the simple sleeping lotion. xx

    • nataliehansonblog
      February 9, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      I’m definitely going to be re-purchasing the Simple Sleeping lotion, just want to use up all the other products I’ve got lying around first! xx

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