Things Finished I

In a bid to condense my ever-growing beauty stash, I've decided to take up a practice of documenting the most glamorous side of my trash bin (along with some other noteworthy things that have sadly ended). So, after collecting a bag worth of empties, I'm ready to share my thoughts and discuss their prowess with you. As per usual, expect this post to be more skin care-centric and less makeup-y in nature. Let's get started!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water If you've been reading TLL for a while, you're probably aware of my love for double cleansing. While I still firmly believe in the magic of a proper cleanse, there's no denying the appeal of a good ol' bottle of micellar water at the end of a long, long day. This one by Garnier has proven to be effective yet gentle, therefore it's the only micellar water I use to remove the bulk of product from my face. 

NIPS + FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads When my skin started playing up and I was faced with a few more flare-ups, I decided to give this impulse buy a shot. While I'm rarely overly enamored with a facial toner, this time it seems that I've struck pure gold. Boasting an impressive mix of glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and witch hazel, these pads offer just the right balance of exfoliation and moisture to calm down any spots without drying out the skin. The pads do provide a slight brightening effect, however it's the slightly tacky, moisture-binding formula that has completely won me over. 

Davines Solu Shampoo It has taken me a year to work through the bottle and I still haven't made up my mind about it. On one hand, this shampoo does provide a good, deep clean, completely removing any product buildup; on the other hand, I feel like my hair is trying to overcompensate for all the lost oils, thus leaving me with a head full of limp strands. At this point, any good clarifying shampoo recommendations are very welcome!

ORLY Nail Lacquer Thinner This product is designed to breathe some life into the bottles of gloopy nail polish, and, while it does exactly what it says on the tin, I can't help but feel that it's just a glorified nail polish remover. From the distinctive scent to its furniture staining abilities, the only thing setting this product apart is the nifty dropper. 

Pien- Dairy SPA Light Face Wash* Gentle, light and somewhat moisturizing, this cleanser had been my go-to pick for mornings (I have a full review up, in case you're interested). The scent definitely takes some getting used to, but other than that this is a stellar au naturel product that I see myself repurchasing come summer. 

Vichy Acqualia Thermal Serum The one product that I was truly gutted to use up was the famous Vichy Acqualia serum. It's a brilliant, ultra light moisturizer to use in the heat of summer and an even better product to sandwich between a few layers of winter skincare for an added boost of hydration. Potent, lightweight and non-irritating, this is a pretty fuss-free serum to keep in your stash all year round.

In lieu of writing a whole post dedicated to my recent reads, I've decided to turn the spotlight on to a particularly good book (or two) in my "Things Finished" post. So, this time round I've been enjoying "How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use" -  an entirely different self-help book, which outlines the common toxic behaviors we follow on the day-to-day basis. Instead of poking the reader in the right direction towards happiness, this book offers wonderfully sarcastic advice on how to prolong and deepen the state of misery, thus avoiding anything remotely joyful. While this book won't offer you any life-altering advice, it's a good starting point to identifying destructive thoughts and behavior patterns.

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