14 August 2017

Empties Post #10: Skincare

I've apparently used up a lot of serums these past few months so I thought I'd show you what I used and tell you if I'd repurchase any of it.


I love French skincare and Vichy is one of my favourite brands. The Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum comes in a classy and sleek blue pump bottle. It's quite expensive for a drugstore serum so not something I would necessarily purchase monthly. I can't remember the price and I can't seem to find it on Clicks' website, but I believe it to be around R400. does give the skin a nice boost of hydration and everything you put on afterwards just looks and sits better. I'd maybe repurchase this as part of a 3-for-2 promotion.

Ahhh, The Body Shop's Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum. I have probably gone through about four of these and I still like it. The plastic pump bottle is light and compact, making it perfect for travelling. It doesn't exactly revolutionise my skin, but for the price point (R180) it's definitely worth buying. The Body Shop also regularly have sales and special offers, so this is a good item to put in your basket next time you're there.

Lately I've been loving Neutrogena's products. The Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Anti-wrinkle Serum comes in a sturdy bottle with a pump. At R180 at Clicks (although Dischem is usually cheaper) this is also a very good deal if you think about the fact that this actually contains Retinol (although I can't find out the amount) and multivitamins. I have repurchased this and will continue doing so in future.

Another French pharmacy goodie is the Avène Hydrance serum. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump and the serum itself is quite milky. It doesn't smell like anything and is a fuss-free hydrating serum. At R299 it's quite expensive for the drugstore, but Avène is a great brand and they also regularly have 3-for-2 specials at Clicks.

All four these serums are 30 ml each (with the exception of the Neutrogena which is 29 ml, odd), so it's easy to compare the prices. The Vichy serum is by far the most expensive, with Avène coming in second. The Body Shop and the Neutrogena offerings are the cheapest. I won't only go on price when comparing these products, but if you're on a budget, it's nice to know what's out there.

Eye care

The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm offers dynamic hydration and is paraben-free. It comes in a small pump bottle and although my eye area felt nice and hydrated, I can't say that it did anything more. I probably won't be repurchasing this.

The Body Shop's Drops of Youth Youth Eye Concentrate is a pretty nifty product. It comes in a thick pen-sized bottle with a weird tip with a metallic roller ball. When you press the "button" on the side the product is dispensed around the roller ball. You then use the roller ball to massage the product onto the skin. It hydrates my under eye area nicely and there's been no flaking or peeling or redness. I'm also busy with my second bottle of this, so you can tell that I like it. It's not the best eye cream I've ever used, but I like the hydration and the cooling sensation, plus, at R195 it's not a bad deal.

Which of these products have you used? Would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!



  1. I adore the vichy serum but it's so expensive and goes really quickly. I have been battling to find a new bottle so I fear it may be getting discontinued :(

    1. So true! It doesn't last as long as my other serums. I'm also afraid that it's been discontinued as I couldn't even find it online to get the latest price... Thanks for commenting! x

  2. I've tried all of the serums, bar the TBS one, and as much as I enjoyed them, I don't know if I'd repurchase - the Neutrogena one made no visible difference in my skin, the Vichy one is so pricey that I'd rather spend that money on a higher end serum (it's over R500 in Clicks now), and the Avene one while good, doesn't even last me a month, as I need 2-3 pumps of it for it to offer my dehydrated skin enough hydration... I'd probably buy the Avene one on a 3 for 2 offer though...

    1. I agree. With most of these drugstore serums I don't see any change in my skin. I apply it and hope for the best, I guess? My Avene also goes quickly, I wish they would bring out a bigger bottle (but keep the price balanced). Thanks for commenting!