So we’re half-way through Autumn and the change in weather has meant I’ve gone through my regular hydration products incredibly quickly. Here’s a quick roundup of my October skincare empties.

October skincare empties

Waterbalm by Sonia Roselli $49

Oh.My. This is my holy grail moisturiser but has limited distribution in the UK. It’s from Sonia Roselli Beauty, a Chicago-based independent makeup and skincare line from an industry insider with nearly 20 years’ experience as a makeup artist in the bridal, celebrity and fashion markets. She knows what works in skincare and more importantly what doesn’t. She hadn’t found her holy grail skincare products so created her own.

After all the rave reviews from US-based makeup artists, I finally took the plunge and sucked up the overseas P&P last year and stocked up with a bulk order on Black Friday weekend. I am down to my last tub now, as I finished my second just last week. It is like a little bit of heaven for your skin. It is pricey, but is a real example of you get what you pay for. I bought some for myself and some for my kit, in a bulk order last year. I’ve used it on every model, bride, bridesmaid, mother of bride, grandmother of the bride I’ve had this year, and it has worked beautifully with all different skin types.

You can try the products here at the Sonia Roselli online store (disclosure – this is an affiliate link and I earn store credits that I put towards my purchases, that shows just how much I love the range!)

Turmeric & Olive Face & Body Cream by Ayumi Naturals £5.95

I bought this from Beauty Base in Westfield last Easter on a London stay where I’d forgotten my body moisturiser and was away for a week. I trust the brand, as I’ve used the Turmeric and Bergamot facial wash before from a beauty box and it got the job done. The Turmeric & Olive Face & Body Cream wasn’t expensive, at £5.95 for 200ml I thought I’d give it a go. It is a bit thick for my facial skin in summer and so I’ve used it mostly as a body moisturiser.

In the summer, my elbows, knees and heels get so dry and I need a protective moisturiser that I can slather on overnight, to keep restore my skin after dry days. It’s a bit heavy for me as a facial moisturiser, but would work on those with very dry skin, as it is a lotion consistency so is quicker to absorb than the thicker paste type creams. As a body moisturiser, I like it and will be repurchasing next week when I’m back in London. You can buy online, but I always like having a nose around Beauty Base for hidden gems at bargain prices to try out, so prefer buying in-person.

Drops of Light Day Cream by The Body Shop £22

This is one of the moisturisers I use in rotation. This is my go-to for days when my skin is extra dry and needs more intense moisture. The Drops of Light Day Cream is packed full of skincare gems like aloe barbadensis (anti-inflammatory, hydrating), salicyclic acid (reduces inflammation & redness, eases acne flare-ups), and Rosa Centifolia (full of antioxidants, astringent tightens pores and capillaries, reducing redness).

Over time, say 4-6 weeks, I saw visibly clearer skin, but it is very much my winter moisturiser or my go-to for heavier moisture on the odd summer days where I need a bigger boost. It stings like a mofo if it gets in your eyes, so do heed their warning and keep away from eye area. I like this as it’s a nice, creamy texture that is for heavier moisture days but is still light in texture, more of a lotion consistency rather than thick cream. #lovingit

Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil by Dr Botanicals £39 (15ml)

This packed full of lots of superfood-type ingredients… first off, I don’t like the term ‘superfood’. It’s just marketing guff. So let me rephrase that… it’s full of good skincare ingredients, like vitamins A, C and E, Almond Oil, and Aloe Barbadensis. I used it through the whole of last winter, then I put it aside for Summer and brought it back out to help alleviate skin dryness from the change in seasons. I have got more use out of it last winter when it really did a fantastic job at boosting the vitamins in my skin, particularly over the crazy snowstorms we had in March, after which my skin was so chapped, it needed major help. This did the job and fixed me in time for the better weather and family weddings that came just around the corner in April.

On good skin days, I use a drop of it mixed with my regular foundation (Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer) to give some ‘slip’ for flawless blending and a dewy finish. On bad skin days, I need 2-3 drops, which is actually what they recommend. Once I apply 2-3 drops and massage well into my skin, it takes time to absorb, and so I can’t wear makeup straight afterwards. It needs a good hour or so on my skin (may be less for others) before I can apply makeup, or else risk the foundation separating on my skin. I used it most on makeup-free day, which for me is pretty much 5-6 days a week so it actually works with my skincare and makeup regime.

The only downside is the price. It might be worth it, but sometimes I wonder as it is always on discount sites. I didn’t pay the full £39 for this myself, I received it in the 2017 Look Fantastic beauty calendar. Price-wise the 30ml version is £55 compared to £50 for cult product Farsali. if you’re going to compete against the viral marketing of Farsali, a consumer would need a lower price to tempt them away from Farsali. It is often circulating on designer discount sites like Brand Alley and Secret Sales for around 20 quid, so if you’d like to try it, definitely shop around.

So that’s my roundup of my empties and actually, for once, all items I will be repurchasing. Let me know if you’ve tried any of them and what you thought.

Twitter: @tasnimmua
Instagram: @tas_eyespybeauty