Happy Friday, today I want to talk about a special little space in my cosmetic collection that for very specific reasons doesn’t see a lot of attention. This box is what I’ve coined as my “Box of Benched Products” as the title of the post already alluded to. This is the box where I keep my skincare products that for various reasons are not on the front line-up for my skincare routine, but they’re still ones I want to use in the future. I’m going to clarify now, but the little plastic bag contains I product I decided to just get rid of, and the explanation for it will be included in my monthly Empties post, so keep an eye out for that.
I apologise for the lighting of my photos, I’m still getting used to the darker afternoons and adjusting my routine around it, and I don’t want to keep delaying posts because of my poor management. Without further ado though, let’s jump in.
The first product I want to talk about is a cleanser that you may recognise. This is the Superdrug Calm Skin Soothing Facial Cleanser, which I reviewed in the past, so if you want my views on it, I encourage you to read it. This is a product I expect to pull back into my skincare routine soon, but I’m currently testing out a different one for the time being. I expect this to work great for my skin during the winter, so when the weather truly cools down, I will be swapping this product back in.
Moving to moisturisers, I have two that have been put on the bench. The first is the Holika Holika Aqua Max Sebum Control Moisture Cream, which is the inspiration for one of the beauty tools I talked about in my beauty tool stash post. This is a moisturiser I really love, but I want to save it for the spring and summer time, so right now it’s sitting in my benched box so I can use it when my skin’s ready for it. I have reviewed this product so if you’re curious on my opinions on it, this is another review I encourage you to read.
The second moisturiser is The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I currently have the Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser (which I have also reviewed) on the go right now, and depending on when I finish it, I will either pull out the Holika Holika moisturiser if it’s during the summer time, or this moisturiser instead for the rest of the year, to try it out. This is a mini and part of the clearance of the old packaging for The Body Shop’s products, so if you’re curious what this product looks like in its up-to-date packaging, my guess is the same product with a slightly different name, is this product here from their website.
Moving to face masks, this is a category of skincare items I tend to swap out a lot, so it’s not surprising to me that I have a few of these piling up. The first is a classic and one I’ve had stashed away longer than it should have, which is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. This is a product that to me is a cult classic from the early days of YouTube, and it was around that time that I bought it… I know, it’s been sat in a box way too long. And the major reason it’s been neglected for so long is because it sits in my unassuming looking benched box and I forget to check the box when I finish up my clay masks. So this post is in part to motivate me and remind to not forget about this box. This is a mask I can see myself either pulling out during the summer, or using to spot mask-treat acne.
Another clay mask that is waiting to sit on rotation, is the Super Facialist Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask, which for similar reasons, is just waiting to be pulled out when I finish my current clay mask, which is the Quick Fix Facials Anti-Blemish Mud Mask. I’ve reviewed if you’re curious what my opinion is on that product. I’ve tried a few products from Super Facialist in the past, and they claim to not test on animals to comply with EU law (you can read their statement here if you’re curious) so for now, I don’t feel bad using their products. This is a product I bought before going cruelty-free though, so I want to avoid wasting the product anyway.
Another mask that I’ve benched for the time being is Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, which I’ve used a couple of times, and can see myself using after the Mint Julep Masque I talked about earlier. It was a really fun and strange concept when I first used it, so I’m curious to use this devotedly to form a proper opinion on it.
The last product for this stash, is the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask, and a product I should have pulled out ahead of my current moisturising mask, as it suffered the same issue that my Mint Julep Masque did. I remember it being more on the heavy side in terms of texture, but it’s designed to not be washed off and to let it absorb into the skin instead. To my understanding this was as close to an overnight face mask before the trend arrived in the western world as you could get, and this has sat in my stash for a very long time. I can see myself using this as either a night time moisturiser for when my skin really needs extra moisturising, or as my devoted hydrating mask for before I jump in the shower.
And this concludes the products I have benched right now. I have a similar system for makeup, so if you’re curious which makeup products I have benched, let me know, and I’ll write up a post for it. It’s been really refreshing to talk about the products I have kept aside, and it reinvigorates my excitement to use them again when the time is right. Do you have a system like this for your skincare products? Let me know! I’d love to talk about it.
In the meantime though, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I hope you are happy and healthy, I look forward to speaking to you again soon.