We're always switching up what in our skincare routines, so I decided to share what new skincare is in rotation for me (basically a whole skincare routine)!

Even though this was my first foray into the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, I’m really happy with how constrained I was when it came to spending! The continuing deals definitely make me want more, but I know that I don’t really need it, so I’ve been trying to keep my lurking off Instagram, where I find the majority of what sales are happening right now.

In the meantime, before Black Friday hit, I did a little bit of a turnaround with my skincare routine and added a few things which are working out pretty well for me, so I thought I’d do a bit of a review.

Simple Water Boost Micellar Water

My first micellar water was the Garnier, and while I liked it (sort of) at the time, after buying Simple’s Water Boost, I think I’ve found my new staple micellar water purchase. This one truly feels like water on the skin, which wasn’t the case for me while using Garnier’s. The Garnier one felt like it left a film of my foundation still on, and didn’t feel as hydrating. My sister has it too and doesn’t like it much either, which is funny because we have different skin types. Although everyone else in the blogger world seems to love it!

However, I’ve found I much prefer Simple’s. The Water Boost line is specifically meant for dry / dehydrated skin types, so it’s perfect. My skin never feels dry afterwards, and it takes off my makeup, sans waterproof mascara. To get it completely off, I have to go in with another cleanser. This isn’t too bad, as I tend to double cleanse anyway.

Plus, $9 for 13.5 oz is a pretty nice deal.

Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

I have the sample size (20 ml) from a belif bestsellers on-the-go kit, and this has lasted me so long! I tried this first when I stayed in Seattle for a weekend, with cotton pads I had taken with me. Let me tell you, I was not impressed. I didn’t like it at all, I thought it did nothing for me, and it was difficult to get product out of the packaging.

However, after trying it once again, it was mostly the delivery that I found it didn’t like it. The texture isn’t as water-y as you’d expect a toner to be, it’s a little more gel / bouncy-like so once I started using my hands to apply, it’s been a game-changer. It’s meant to balance normal to combination skin, but I found it perfectly nice to use on my slightly drier skin, as it wasn’t drying at all.

Would I buy the full size? Perhaps sometime in the future, but not now. I have a few other toners to sort through, not to mention ones I want to try (yeah, my whole “I’m trying to phase toners out of my skincare routine” ain’t working). But I had absolutely no qualms against using this one, and I can see the full 6.76 oz you get in the full size lasting a very long time.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence

I almost put this Hungarian Water Essence in my post of products that I’m on the fence about, but ultimately decided that I like this more than I don’t. The texture is more watery that you’d expect for an essence (if you switched the textures between this and the toner I mentioned above it would be normal) but what that translates to me is that it’s incredibly lightweight, while still moisturizing your face.

Also, I can’t get over the packaging! I love pumps! They’re so fun to use! And I love that it’s even on the mini size! I’ve seen online the full size also has an easy to use pump.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s worth the $42 for the 2 oz full size. It’s lovely to use, and it does a decent job of adding hydration to my face at night but I don’t think it’s necessarily “powerfully effective” as it claims. I would rather try May Coop’s Raw Sauce instead. Has anyone tried this? I haven’t seen many reviews on it.

Pistaché Hydrating Moisturizer

I ended up trying this after using their Body Butter (which smells delicious, by the way) and was almost a little bit surprised when the face cream smelt like… nothing. It’s nice that it’s unscented though; I know a lot don’t like fragrance in their skincare products, and I tend to go along the same lines.

As for how it feels, I really enjoy it. It’s rich, yet at the same time lightweight where it doesn’t lay heavy or greasy on top of the skin. It sinks in nicely, and still leaves my skin feeling very moisturized. Basically, it’s a great, no frills moisturizer that does the job. It’s pricey at $38 for your typical 1.7 oz, so while I would consider repurchasing, I think I could find something else that does a similar job for a smaller price tag. But if for some reason I couldn’t, I’d happily go back to this one.

As you can see, I live on samples. Which ones have you tried that made you want to immediately go out and buy the full size?

  • huh, as a diehard fan of the garnier micellar water you just convinced me to try out simple next! LMAO i thought toners were stupid when i first got into skincare, and probably didn’t consistently use one until maybe 3 or 4 months ago? the majority of the ones i’ve tried did literally nothing for my skin, but i was sent a hydrating toner from nudu and i LOVED it and was thinking of purchasing it on my own but man…. their website looks so shady LOL it’s one of those that are like, we have stupidly expensive skincare but here, take 50% off your first set!!! (*end run on sentence* lol) and yeah, i just noped out of that.

    you seem really good at using up samples! i wanted to do a blog post with flash reviews about the sample packets i’ve been using and so far i’ve only used like… 6 out of the 40ish i have .___.

    becky @ star violet

    • Sam

      Saaame, I did all of the googling trying to figure out what toners were, and the differences between toners and essences and serums, hah. LOL I totally know what you mean though about the shady website! I haven’t seen nudu’s, but if I’m so picky buying online. yeah, with samples I’ve only gotten a lot better recently. I would save samples for y e a r s before using them up!

  • Laura

    I haven’t tried any of these products. The Simple Micella water sounds good. I need a new one , so I might give it a go x


  • I wish I could say the same about Black Friday and Cyber Monday but I think I broke my wallet….

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Sam

      Haha, oh no! I have to say, I am excited to see those purchases though, if they ever make their way onto your blog 😉

  • these products sound great
    Wonder Cottage

  • barbiegirl06

    Great post and products! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Sam

      thanks for reading!

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    I’ve never done Black Friday shopping, but this looks like you got some awesome products! Micellar water is something I’ve heard plenty of good things about, and Simple seems like they would do a good version of this, I always adore their stuff. The Belif Bergamont toner also looks pretty good, I need to get myself a new toner so this would probably be great for me.

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    • Sam

      yeah, this is my first time trying something from simple, so I’m looking forward to trying their other products! Do you have a favorite from them?

  • I’ve never tried any products from Belif but have always been a bit interested in their products. I didn’t know they were that pricey though?! but maybe i’ll give the toner a go because I am still on the hunt for a good toner.
    I really want to give the Simple micellar water a go, It seems like such a nice alternative to the Bioderma and a lot cheaper so I’ll continue looking if they have it here!

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

    • Sam

      Same girl, same! I was looking up the full prices for these and was so surprised! Although, I probably shouldn’t have been considering they’re on sephora… but yes, definitely try the simple water, I was surprised how much I ended up liking it!

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I didn’t know simple did micellar water – I will have to give that a go. My mother swears by this stuff as toner. Though I have never used it before. I don’t actually use toner. Does it smell very much?
    Set to Glow

    • Sam

      I think it had a light scent when I first started using it, but it was really subtle and I don’t even notice it now!

  • I tried the Belif Moisture Bomb sample before which was great, but their creamy cleansing foam was a total dud for me 🙁 I like the sound of the herbal extract toner’s texture, it sounds like it’d be perfect for my combo-dry skin!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      I’ve tried the cleansing foam as well, and although I didn’t hate it, it’s not one I’d repurchase. I have heard the moisture bomb is really great though (that and the moisturizing eye bomb)! I really want to try the moisturizer next though.

  • Oh maybe I should give the simple micellar water a go! I had exactly the same thoughts about the Garnier one, I hated the film on my face when it was used as part of a makeup trial I had – thought I was weird as like you said everyone raves about it!

    Hope you are having a great start to the week and all your Christmas preparation is going well! I’m hoping to wrap some more presents today!

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    • Sam

      Glad I’m not the only one when it comes to garnier’s micellar water! Thanks Mica, christmas prep is going so far so good for me, hope everything is for you too! 🙂

  • Yiotou_La

    I read great reviews about the Simple micellar water, I need to add it to my skincare routine. I am currently using the Garnier one which is great but I would love to try this one as well!!


    • Sam

      Please do, I found I liked it much better than garnier’s!

  • Mariann Yip

    I love Simple, it’s so affordable but so good! Their micellar wipes are my absolute favorite.

    • Sam

      yess, I really want to try those next!

  • Caitlin

    I can relate , i love my samples x
    Caitlin ||

  • I just adore Simple! They do the best skincare products!
    Victoria-Maria xx || Vidcaria

  • They have such great products for the skin. And I love how they are not so harsh 🙂 Happy New Year 2018 <3