If you, just like me, loved Klairs Soft airy uv essence spf50 and were very disappointed when it turned out its declared spf was not even close to the real one, this information might be interesting for you.
Klairs published the results of their testing and it seems that Soft airy essence had the spf between 12 and 15!! Unbelievable, right?? The testing results for their 2 other products were also published (Mid Day blue UV shield and Illuminating Supple blemish cream). As a result of this terrible results, Klairs decided to refund everybody who purchased their spf products through their authorized distributors.
Here is the link where you can ask for refund depending where you purchased your sunscreen. Last year, I bought 2 tubes through their authorised Ebay seller kr.factory and I have just filled the forms.
This is going to be a short one! Yesterday my blog turned 3 and on Saturday I turned 45 🙂 So it seems that 3 years ago I made a gift to myself by creating my own blog. Unlike a lot of you, I do not have huge number of followers and honestly to this date, I still found pretty amazing and humbling that someone is even willing to read what I write!! I really like to thank to every single one of you who dedicates the time to my writings. Than you all from the bottom of my heart!
I started my 2020 skincare stash decrease project in February last year. At that time, it was really a must, since my skincare stash was growing bigger and bigger and it was making me kind of nervous (by the way, it still does). If you read my blog, you might have followed my progress throughout past year. At the very beginning I had more success, but then as the year was passing, I started to have minor relapses and a major one by the end of year. This major one was the result or, more precisely, the consequence of Black Friday and Christmas’ shopping sprees (and above all, consequence of my weak character when it comes to skincare). If I take a look at the product categories I divided my stash into, I managed to decrease some of them a lot, but then again, there are some categories like essences or acids/treatments where I almost didn’t move for an inch. What is worse, I even managed to increase the quantity of both (shame on me). However, in my defence, I can say that I noticed few mistakes made during last inventory, so it is not that bad as it may seem.
So, without further ado, this is my current skincare stash (with a photo of last year’s stash for comparison).
This is how it looked like last year.
And this is how it looks now.
Allies of Skin Molecular silk amino hydrating cleanser, Cosrx Low ph centella cleansing powder, Deviant skincare Cleansing Concentrate, Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial cleansing foam, Mamonde Petal spa oil to foam cleanser, Tonymoly No-wash Cleansing water (100ml), Tosowoong enzyme powder
Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm, Fresh Soy cleanser, First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face cleanser, Indie Lee brightening cleanser (30ml), Make P:rem Low-irritant and mild acid foam (20ml), Niod Sanskrit Saponins, Olival Professional Mikroeksfolijant, Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub peeling gel, The Vegan Glow Mild foam cleanser, Wishfull Yo-glow enzyme scrub
Total: 17 cleansers
In 2020, I started with 21 cleanser.
TONERS AND MISTS
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
Earth’s Recipe Energy boosting, Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (30ml), Primera Organience water (15ml), Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating treatment lotion 15ml, Secret Key aloe, Secret Key Milk brightening
A313 Vitamine A pommade, Alpha-H liquid gold, Bioderma Matricium, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra strength daily peel (5-pcs packaging), Klairs Midnight blue activating drop, Oskia Super C-Smart Nutrient capsules, Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic acid booster, Pixi Glow tonic, Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B serum, The Inkey List Vitamin C, The Ordinary EUK134, Zelens Power A oil
Derma-E Firming DMAE serum Alpha lipoic acid and C-ester, Good Molecules Discoloration serum, Good Molecules niacinamide serum x2, Good Molecules Niacinamide toner, Indeed Labs Bakuchiol reface pads, Medi-Peel Bor-tox, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Probio ampoule (10ml), Mizon AHA/BHA toner, NIOD C.A.I.S., Retincare, Summer Fridays Soft reset AHA exfoliating solution, Sweet Chef Vitamin A shot, The Inkey List Bakuchiol, The Inkey List Q10, The Ordinary Copper+peptide, Tiam Vita B3 source
Total: 29 acids/ actives
I started 2020 with 20 acids/actives.
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron skin essence, I’m From Mugwort Essence
Benton Snail Bee High Content essence (15ml), Caudalie Vinoperfect Essence concentree eclat, Celimax The Real Sedum Aqua boosting essence, Cosrx Snail 96 mucin essence, Cosrx Snail radiance dual essence, Dr Jart Vital hydra solution essence 50ml, Guerisson Claires 9 complex essence 65ml, Huxley Secrets of Sahara Oil Essence, Huxley Set of 4 mini essences, Neogen Real Ferment micro essence (2 bottles), Neogen Real Ferment micro essence mini, Missha Time Revolution The first treatment essence RX 30ml, Primera Essence Miracle seed, Tonymoly Prestige jeju snail essence
Total: 20 essences
I started 2020 with 14 essences.
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
Clinique Moisture surge hydrating supercharged concentrate, Thank you Farmer True Water Deep serum
Blithe Tundra chaga mini (30ml), Bring Green Artemisia Calming Intensive serum, Hylamide SubQ serum, Neogen Serum in oil drop White truffle, It’s Skin Power 10 formula LI effector, The Inkey List Hyaluronic acid, Tosowoong Propolis sparkle ampoule
Total:9 serums / ampoules
I started 2020 with 18 serums / ampoules.
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks like now.
Primera Organience emulsion, Missha Time Revolution The first treatment serum emulsion
Anessa Perfect UV sunscreen spf50 PA++++ 60ml, Atopalm MLE cream (8ml), Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey cream 7ml (2 pcs), By Wishtrend Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63 cream, Caudalie Vinoperfect creme eclat anti-taches 15ml, Dr Jart Cicapair Derma green solution cream (5 ml), Eyenlip Hyaluronic acid water drop, Eyenlip Salmon oil nutrition cream 15ml, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (28g), Glow Recipe Banana souffle moisture cream, Illiyoon ato ceramide concentrate cream, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule cream 7ml, The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Sweet Chef Superfoods Vitamins moisture boost (10ml)
Total 21 moisturizers and sunscreens
I started 2020 with 26 moisturizers and sunscreens.
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
Some By Me Yuja Niacin brightening sleeping mask
Isntree Clear skin PHA sleeping mask (25ml), Isntree Hyaluronic acid water sleeping mask (25ml), Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming night jelly
Total 4 sleeping packs
I started 2020 with 9 sleeping packs.
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
The Ordinary 100% plant derived squalane
Farsali Rose gold elixir, Indie Lee squalane, Herbivore Emerald, Herbivore Lapis (2x), Herbivore Phoenix, Herbivore Prism, The Ordinary 100% Marula cold-pressed virgin oil
Total: 9 facial oils
I started 2020 with 11 facials oils.
WASH- OFF MASKS
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
23years old Aqua bab modeling mask (4pcs set), Algenist Alive prebiotic balancing mask 10ml, A’pieu Good morning sorbet mask, Drunk Elephant F-balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, Filorga Meso-mask, I’m from Rice, I’m From Mugwort, Make P:rem Wonderful me in-shower face pack, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzymatic 14ml, Starskin VIP 7-second luxury all-day mask, Versed Doctor’s visit instant resurfacing mask
Blithe Patting Splash mask Rejuvenating purple berry, I’m from Ginseng, I’m from Honey mini (30g), Isntree Real Mugwort clay mask (25ml), Isntree Real Rose calming mask (25ml), Isoi Intensive lifting mask pack, Mediheal Masking Layering Ampoule Exceltoning shot (set of 3), Peter Thomas Roth 24k gold mask 14ml, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud purifying black mask 14ml, Skin Chemist Rose Illuminating glow peel off mask, Sukin Pink clay facial mask – Sensitive, SVR Hydracid C50 foam
I started 2020 with 22 masks.
EYE CREAMS AND EYE MASKS
This is how it looked like last year.
This is how it looks now.
Berrisom The Prestige Balancing eye serum, Bobbi Brown Extra repair cream, Versed The Fix emergency eye mask
Versed The Fix emergency eye mask
Total 4 eye creams and eye masks
I started 2020 with 6 eye creams and eye masks.
Here is the summary of my cosmetic stash:
17 toners and mists
29 acid & active treatments
9 serums / ampoules
21 moisturizers and sunscreens
4 sleeping packs
9 facial oils
23 wash-off masks
4 eye creams and eye masks
81 sheet mask
And for the end, here is my small pile of products that I managed to empty between my 2 posts, the one about my winter empties and this one. Few of those were decluttered due to the fact that they were opened for far too long or the expiry date has passed. So sadly, I have first “victims” of my skincare hoarding. And I hate to throw away the products.
Morningstar Minerals Derma boost rejuvenating spray mist, Nacific Phyto Niacin whitening essence, Skin & Lab Barrierderm ampoule, Huxley Secrets of Sahara Anti-gravity cream (7ml), Good Molecules Instant cleansing balm (23ml), Goodal Waterest emulsion, Petitfee B-Glucan deep firming eye mask, Lively Super calming blue oil, Manyo Vitamin Tree brightening pack
I’ll be writing a bit about those in my next empties / skincare stash project update at the end of April.
While I’m preparing my 2021 inventory post for skincare stash decrease project, like the one I posted in February last year, I would like to share with you my winter empties.
If you follow my blog, you might have noticed that I didn’t write about emptied products since November 2020. So, this is my first seasonal empties overview (I did something similar for August and September).
This will be a long one, so I thank you in advance for your patience and attention. This is my winter full of empties 🙂
DHC Deep cleansing oil – Although this oil is thicker than the cleansing oils I normally use, I still like it. It glides nicely on the skin while breaking down efficiently the spf, makeup, dirt. It emulsifies nicely and rinses off completely without leaving a greasy residue. The only issue I have with this cleansing oil is the fact that it blurs my sight when used for removing the eye makeup. I still think this is great cleansing oil and I will probably repurchase it.
Pixi Double cleanse x Caroline Hirons – This is really quite an impressive cleanser. It is very practical since both components needed for double cleansing are in the same packaging, which makes it very travel-friendly (not that I travelled a lot lately LOL). The first cleansing phase is the balm which is excellent, melts perfectly on the skin, is extremely effective in removing makeup, dirt, spf and washes of easily and neatly without blurring the sight. The second phase of cleansing is the cream that has such a pleasant texture, doesn’t foam too much and feels nice on the skin. Once it is removed, the skin feels so soft and smooth. The only downside of this cleanser is the price / quantity ratio. Although it is travel friendly being in the same packaging, you get less product that you would normally get if you would buy the cleansers separately. And honestly it is not that affordable since it costs 24 GBP. I used this cleanser along with my other ones, otherwise I would have probably emptied this long time ago. I’m really glad I tried this, but I do not think I will repurchase.
Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel – I got this gel cleanser in one on my Advent calendars. It is nice cleansing gel that doesn’t foam too much or dry the skin and it is still effective as a second cleanser or as the morning cleanser. It has a nice, jelly texture that is a bit on thicker side. It spreads nicely, feels really pleasant on the skin. It has that distinctive Oskia scent to it (just like Oskia Renaissance mask). I like it this cleanser and I will probably repurchase it once my stash is decreased.
Drunk Elephant Beste No 9 jelly cleanser – Unlike Oskia’s cleanser, I wasn’t quite impressed with this cleanser (which goes for almost all Drunk Elephant products). Once this cleanser is washed off, my skin would feel really tight and it felt like it was drying me out, which does not happen to me too often. On the bright side, I only had a small tube and went through it rather quickly. I would not purchase a full size product.
Neogen Dermalogy Green Tea Real fresh cleansing stick – I finally emptied this cleansing stick which lasted for a really, but really long time. I didn’t use it every single day, since I like to switch between the cleansers and so to say stir my cleansing routine every now and then. This is a decent second cleanser that feels comfortable on the skin, it is not drying even if its ph-factor is rather high (if I remember well). It doesn’t foam to much, it is effective in removing the traces of first cleanser and everything else that might remain after the first cleansing step. It is very travel-friendly since there is no possibility of product leakage. I did experience slight eye burning, but not always. The thing that bothered me is actually its soapy smell that had a certain psychological effect on me in the sense that it made me think that it could dry my skin, although in reality it is not drying at all (I know, I’m a bit crazy). I used it as a second cleanser, but also as my morning cleanser if I exaggerated with my routine the previous night. All in all, this is a decent cleanser, but I don’t think I would repurchase.
Versed Just breathe clarifying serum – This niacianamide serum was the first Versed product I tried. It is watery and thus it has a perfect texture for my routines. I’m aware that I repeated this sentence for too many times, but I really appreciate the watery texture when speaking of niacinamide serums, since I use them as first step of my night routine. Actually it is so watery, you could think it is a toner. Besides the texture I really liked, I also like the serum itself since it is not sticky and it doesn’t have any side effects (redness, stinging). It is absorbed nicely and I could continue quickly with the rest of my routine. I have purchased now some Kbeauty serums, as well as niacinamide from Good Molecules, but I will definitely repurchase this one.
Medik8 C-tetra serum – This is an excellent vitamin C serum with texture I’m actually not used to have with this kind of serums. It has a wonderful texture of a dry oil which makes the skin velvety. It is absorbed rapidly. It is very comfortable to use and causes no reactions like redness, tightening feeling, stinging, and at the same time, it gives freshness, natural shine and brightens the skin. Since it is nicely absorbed, it works well with the rest of my routine. It is packed in a dark brown bottle which prevents the penetration of light and thus protects the product. I emptied this bottle within 3 months and it didn’t go bad, it kept the same texture, colour and the scent. I will definitely repurchase and I would like to try other Medik8 vitamin C serums.
Garden of Wisdom C Deep vitamin C serum – This is good serum containing vitamin C. Just like my previous serum mentioned above (Medik8 C-tetra), it is also an oil based serum, but this one from GoW takes quite a while to sink in the skin. Because of that, it wasn’t convenient for my morning skin routines when I was in a hurry. I had no reactions what so ever to it, no redness, no itching, no stinging, anything. Taking into account that it really took a while to absorb, it made me simplify my morning routine, so I ended up using only this serum and sunscreen and actually this wasn’t a bad combo at all. The skin looks fresh and brightened. Just like other GoW serums I tried (niacinamide one), it really has a lousy packaging which “spits” the content. The only good thing with this packaging is that it is almost opaque and thus prevents the sun / light to degrade the serum. I don’t think I will repurchase.
Hylamide SubQ Skin – This is great cocktail serum. I call it cocktail, because, besides copper peptides, it contains 5 sorts of hyaluronic acid and some other nice and beneficial ingredients. It is lightweight serum which is nicely absorbed and not sticky. I was using it in both of my routines, in the morning and in the evening. It smooths the skin, it plumps it, gives it a certain volume and makes it softer. I can highly recommend this serum to all of those who didn’t get along well with The Ordinary Buffet or Buffet with copper peptides, since the formulation of this serum is much more elegant and the feeling it provides is more comfortable from what you get from those 2 serums. Hylamide is definitely one step up from The Ordinary. I have already bought a backup bottle.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid + B5 – I introduced this HA serum in my routine at the same time I introduced Nuface mini device and I used it exclusively in that part of the routine. This serum is jelly like, I was applying it on the watery toners and on top of it, I was putting the combo of aloe gel (Holika Holika) and Nuface primer. When I emptied this bottle, I noticed that it was actually this serum that was causing the goopines and stickiness and it was not aloe gel or Nuface primer. Aside the stickiness, otherwise it is nice product containing hyaluronic acid to which my skin usually reacts nicely. The skin feels fuller, plumper and very hydrated. I think that I will not repurchase this hyaluronic acid serum because of the stickiness.
The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% – This is the usual The Ordinary formulation that relies mostly on 1 skincare ingredient. This serum has a dark red color which is not the result of some artificial colorant since it comes from the ingredient itself. It does stain my skin a bit, but once it is absorbed this stain disappears. This product is oily, but it sinks in really fast. At the beginning, I was using it sporadically, but once I started to apply it often, I went through this 15ml bottle very fast although little goes a long way and it only takes 2-3 drops to treat whole face. Besides the fact this is an antioxidant, I was attracted to this product by the claims that it revives the vitamin C that oxidized. I cannot confirm or dispute this claim since I didn’t test it for those purposes. At the beginning, I was using it on the days when I was not applying my vitamin C serum, and then, towards the bottom of the bottle, I started to use simultaneously with it. Unlike other TO anti-oxidants (like EUK134), this one is really a “no-brainer” since it has no conflicts with other ingredients and it is really easy to incorporate it in the routine. Once absorbed, it really worked well under my bb cream or foundation. As far as the results go, I consider this more like an inner skin support rather than something that would demonstrate some results that can be noticed visually. I will now open EUK134, but I will definitely repurchase Pycnogenol.
Purito Centella Green level unscented spf50 – I think this is one of the most unpopular and most mentioned sunscreens during past months. I managed to empty this tube on the exact same day the drama about the results of its spf emerged. Although I liked to use this sunscreen during the winter since it is nicely absorbed and cosmetically really elegant, I will not repurchase it due to the fact that its spf might be 19 instead of 50 declared. I did not use it during the summer, but my sister had an issue with it while we were on the beach. Although she reapplied it often and in sufficient quantity, her forehead suffered a sun burn. I felt guilty since she had used my sunscreen. At the same time, I used Anessa’s milk with spf50 and I had no issues what so ever.
Klairs Soft Airy uv essence – Until the drama mentioned above, this Klairs spf was my favourite sunscreen. I like how it is absorbed and how it feels on the skin, I like the finish, the fact that it has no cast and leave no greasy residue. However, ever since I read that the same laboratory that formulated Purito, also created this sunscreen, I have lots of doubts and I’m constantly wondering if my skin is well protected, if I will get burned (although I didn’t experience any of these issues). I still have one tube in my stash, but I will leave it for next autumn/winter and will use other sunscreens like Anessa, Supergoop, etc.
Klavuu White pearlsation ideal backstage cream spf30 – This was a small tube with really long name and it looks like the most complicated product name I have ever come across. This is thick, tinted sunscreen. It has a pinkish hue to it and it looks more like the lightest Asian bb cream, than like a sunscreen. It is spread nicely, but it leaves a white cast that doesn’t disappear very quickly. It does have a tone-up effect that evens a skin, but also gives it a nice dewy look. It feels comfortable on the skin. However, because of the white cast, I didn’t like it at the beginning, but once I got used to this cast, I became fond of it and loved the polished and evened look that this pinkish cream left.
Easydew DW-EGF premium cream – Although this is a small 15ml tube, it lasted for quite a while, because I used it on and off. I wasn’t using it during summer since it is was a bit heavy for my taste although it is not as greasy as other moisturizers you could have in mind when speaking of heavy moisturizers. It has a thick texture, but still not too thick, it doesn’t feel moisturizing at all, so I suppose this is why I didn’t use it during the summer. It is nourishing and it sinks nicely in the skin. I was using it in my night routine and in the morning my skin felt really nourished, looked and felt elastic and it had a nice, healthy shine. As its name says, it contains EGF (Epidermal growth factor) which apparently has some benefits like reducing visible signs of aging, speeding up of healing processes in the skin, stimulating the cell turnover, etc. Since I used it on and off, I couldn’t confirm those claims and that’s why I would buy a bigger size and use it during the longer period to investigate some of those claims.
Haruharu Wonder honey green aqua – I’m so happy I finally got rid of this terrible moisturizer. It is one of the worst Kbeauty items I have tried so far and trust me, I have tried plenty. It is gel like moisturizer which sinks nicely into the skin. When I bought it, I thought this would probably be a perfect summer time moisturizer. It is not moisturizing enough, not even during the summer. When I used it as last step of my night skincare routine, I had to get up during the night to put an additional layer of something on it, since my skin felt terribly dry and tight. It is heavily scented and smells like whole bottle of citrusy oils was poured into the tube. Since I do not like to throw the skincare away, I used it as a hand cream, but it is not good enough even for the hands. I will definitely not buy it ever again.
Atrue Spring green tea watery calming cream – If only I had access to this moisturizer now, I would buy it immediately despite the big stash of moisturizers I currently have. This is a great moisturizer!! It sinks in nicely and fast and has lightweight texture. Despite this light and fluffy texture which provides such deep hydration, it is also so surprisingly nourishing. I was using it throughout the summer, but since in its case, a little really goes a longway, I elongated the use throughout autumn and winter and I found it equally good and effective as it was in the summer. The skin was plump, hydrated, replenished. I love it and I’m so sad that I cannot buy it for the moment.
The Inkey List Retinol eye cream – This eye cream was one of my big discoveries for 2020. And I forgot to include it in the post about my skincare in 2020. Although the packaging says that it targets the age 25+ (and I’ve obviously passed that number a long, long time ago), it still works on my 40+ eye area. Before I purchased it, I read some bad reviews which said that they had issues with texture and that the oil was separating from emulsion, but I had none of this issues. This eye cream is lightweight, sinks in nicely. I didn’t feel any tingling or burning or anything that may be caused by use of retinol. A little goes a long way and this small tube lasted for 5 months with regular application each night. My eye area is polished and smooth, without any wrinkles. And on top of all, it is cheap. For the moment, I’m using other eye cream, but I will definitely go back to this little jewel.
Lixirskin Vitamin C paste – I love this quick-shot face mask. When I used it for the first time, I was completely mesmerized by its effect on my skin. My skin looked shinny, radiant, evened and extremely brightened and it felt so smooth. The application is easy since the mask spreads even and nicely and you need only 2-3 minutes before you washed it off. This first impression, the shine and radiance, diminished a bit with further masking, but it is still an excellent face mask. The only negative thing with this mask is its funky scent which is a bit strange and unpleasant, but eventually I got used to it. I have bought now another vitamin C mask, but I will definitely repurchase this Lixirskin mask.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell bio repair mask – I honestly do not know is it me or those PTR masks, but I see no benefit what so ever from these rather expensive masks. The result I got from this one is similar to what I would get if I put the ordinary aloe gel. It hydrates and that’s about it.
Cosrx Low ph BHA overnight mask – This is a very good sleeping mask, it is rather thick and nourishing, but it is still easily spread. It locks nicely the routine, I feel like it pushes in the layers I have previously put and thus helps their absorption. I must say that, from all sleeping masks I have tried so far, this one left my skin the smoothest and softest in the morning. I guess this softness is the result of the BHA which can be found in small percentage in its inci list (I think it has 0,2% of BHA in it). This is small percentage for its “regular” tasks and claims (and of course this sleeping mask is not marketed as an acid), but it probably still contains enough to make my skin so soft. I think I will not repurchase again since it seems to me that it was discontinued meanwhile.
Stay tuned since next week I will do the stash inventory post for my 2021 stash decrease project.
Although we are getting close to the end of February and everybody probably forgot about last year or is at least trying to forget it for very obvious reasons, I still want to share this post about my skincare in 2020. I have already written the same post for 2018 and 2019, so it would be nice to continue in the same tone for past year which was anything but usual.
During 2020, I was trying to decrease my skincare stash, and most of my posts were related to this topic. So, since end of February 2020, when I started to document my progress, till end of October , I managed to empty 77 different skincare products and 43 sheet masks and I emptied total of 186 products (skincare, body and hair care, makeup). Meanwhile, I managed to empty several products, but I didn’t write a post about empties for a while now. In 2019, I emptied a total of 117 different items.
Although I was trying to maintain my nobuy during the year, I still managed to make 194 online orders (!!) during 2020. However, taking into account that we spent most of the year in different lockdowns, isolation, etc., this is rather normal (in 2019, I made 213 orders).
Throughout 2020, I opened 111 skincare products and a total of 245 items which includes everything for face, body and hair, makeup and some supplements (in 2019, I opened 115 different cosmetic items). For the moment, I have 65 opened tubes, jars and other skincare containers. I decided to elongate a nobuy further on 2021, since I must continue working on decreasing my skincare stash which is still rather huge.
And here is my cosmetic 2020 in some letters:
A as Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser
This is one of the best second cleansers I have ever tried. It’s simply pure pleasure to clean the face with this cleanser. It is lush and luxurious and I love it!! It has a jelly-like texture that glides so smoothly on the skin, it is gentle and is washed off easily. Actually I’m kind of saving this as a skin treat, since I will not be repurchasing it immediately due to my skincare stash decrease targets, but I definitely will buy it again!
A as Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen skin care milk spf50
Although I only had a mini 20ml tube of this sunscreen, I immediately knew I found a jewel among sunscreens. Texture, absorption, the way it feels on the skin and works under the makeup, protection, everything about this sunscreen is just perfect. I have already bought a full size back up and I will keep on buying this perfect sunscreen.
N as Nobuy – I have dedicated this year to my skincare stash decrease project and it obviously had to include refraining from shopping or popularly called a nobuy. I managed to respect it with some minor relapses through the year and major one in November and December (I dedicated a post to it), but I will definitely continue with a nobuy in 2021.
N as Nuface
Since I’m in my mid 40’s, it is inevitable that some signs of skin aging and aging in general are visible on my face and body. The skin is not so tight as it used to be, my neck and décolleté look a bit older than before. I’m not interested in botox, fillers or plastic surgery, so I found a perfect match for my skin needs in the treatments with micro-current devices. I started to use Nuface mini beginning of October and I must say that I’m really satisfied. I do not expect miracles, but my skin definitely looks fresher, somewhat tighter, healthier. I followed the instructions and used 5 times a week at the beginning. Now I keep the rhythm of 3 treatments per week.
R as Retinoids
This is basically related to the previous point/letter. I started to use retinoids during spring 2020 while we were in first lockdown. The product I introduced is A313 Vitamine A pommade which is heavy and very greasy ointment. The type of retinoids used in A313 is retinyl palmitate which is supposed to be the weakest type of retionoids (retinoid esters), but suprisingly it feels pretty strong on the skin. The other product that contains retinoids that I introduced to my skincare routine is Zelens Power A High Potency Vitamin A treatment drops which contains three types of retinoids: encapsulated retinol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate and Retinyl Palmitate. The product is in an oily base, sinks in nicely in the skin. I didn’t experience any side effects with neither one of these 2 products.
V as Versed
This is the brand I discovered during 2020 and I quite like it. I have tried several items from their skincare range and there is not a single one that disappointed me. The first product I tried was their niacinamide serum, Just breathe clarifying serum which was nice watery serum. I also tried their Doctor’s visit instant resurfacing mask. It only takes 2-3 minutes to apply it and it works wonders in smoothing and resurfacing the skin with the cocktail of AHA, BHA and enzymatic exfoliation. And the last, but definitely not the least, is their eye mask The Fix Emergency eye mask which quickly became a staple product in my eyecare routine (I used it every single morning to refresh and smooth eye area). I do not want to be without this cream.
So, this was my skincare in 2020 in some numbers and letters!
It’s more than obvious that somebody like me, who is apparently on a no-buy and is trying to reduce the beauty stash, shouldn’t be writing the posts about the beauty hauls. Ok, I admit, I relapsed and did it in a big way! If you’re interested to see what I bought, please continue reading.
Every skincare enthusiast already knows that Deciem is giving 23% off during whole November, instead of doing Black Friday sales. Instead of feeding Black Friday’s hysteria and spirit of consumerism, they do quite the opposite: they close their stores, including online shop on that date. They had the similar campaign last year. This year I made 2 orders. I used this promotion to buy some Christmas gifts, but also treated myself with some products that were on my wish list for quite a while.
I finally bought Niod’s Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 or C.A.I.S, a peptide serum that has great reviews. I also bought Hylamide SubQ Skin serums which I have already used and I will write about it in my next skincare stash decrease post. Niod Sanskrit Saponins also joined my skincare stash. I have bought some body and hand treatments (The Chemistry Brand Retinol body oil and HA3 Hand Hydrator and Niod Neck Elasticity Catalyst).
Just like Deciem, Deviant Skincare didn’t have any specific BF promotions, but still had a discount during November. Their Cleansing Concentrate is definitely one of my biggest shopping finds during this time and I’m so happy I had purchased it. I usually do not open the items immediately when I buy them unless I have emptied something, but I simply couldn’t resist to this temptation and I tried it once. I’m mesmerized by the texture, the feeling, the effect, I love everything about this cleanser. I have put it in my stash for the time being, but it will get its turn in my routine very soon.
Cultbeauty had nice discounts depending of the amount of your purchase, but I didn’t want to spend a lot (since I’m, khm khm, on a no-buy). I only got 2 things: one that is for backup and that I have already used multiple times – Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm and the other thing that was on my wish list for a long time and was put in and out of my shopping basket numerous times – Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. This time I didn’t succumb to the temptation of opening it although it did cross my mind few times.
I got also 2 products from Notino: one is shower gel and the other one SVR C mask Anti-ox. This is replacement for one of my empties, Lixirskin Vitamin C paste about which I will also talk in my next skincare stash decrease project post.
As if it wasn’t enough, I made a second order from Cultbeauty (using the discount code I got for taking their quiz). This time I only got 1 skincare product, Versed The Fix emergency eye mask and some makeup and hair product. I made this order before Cultbeauty informed that they will absorb any taxes and duties imposed to orders from their shop after Brexit. I love Versed eye mask which is part of my skincare routine from November and I wanted to have one backup.
KBEAUTY AND JBEAUTY
During pandemics, I was not able to order Kbeauty and Jbeauty products from Ebay or online shops since most of them stopped shipping to my country or they shipped, but with extremely high shipping cost. However, last 2 or 3 months, I noticed a slight decrease in shipping costs in some shops, mostly Ebay, so I ordered some products. Also, lots of Japanese Ebay sellers even ship free of charge and that’s why you see mostly Japanese skincare products in my haul. I’m really happy that we have again access to our favourite Asian skincare items. I bought Anessa perfect UV sunscreen skincare milk spf50 which is definitely high on my list of 2020 skincare discoveries. I also bought recently reformulated Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium hyaluronic acid lotion. The “old” version is my favourite hyaluronic acid toner / serum. I finally got my hands on Sukohaka Suhada urea moisture lotion I had so long on my wish list. The temptation I couldn’t resist to were the discount coupons Ebay kept sending me through November and I used each one of them and that’s how I bought Hada Labo, Anessa spf, Sukohaka Suhada lotion. I also bought one of my favourite peptide serums, Medi-Peel Bor-tox for my stash. I also bought Neogen Probiotics Youth Repair Mist from their new line with probiotics. I haven’t tried any of skincare products that contain this ingredient so I’m a bit curious. Several brands have the product lines containing probiotics, but I picked up Neogen since I like the brand in general and their essence is one of my favourite Kbeauty products ever!!
Speaking of Kbeauty favourites, I always talked about Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 mucin power essence, so when I saw Cosrx launched new essence, Advanced Snail Radiance Dual essence, of course I had to buy it. I got it on Yesstyle together with couple of sheet masks.
I also used BF promotions to make my first order on Beautylish and it contained mostly the products from their in-house brand, Good Molecules. I got myself a stash of their Niacinamide serum and I couldn’t resist to pair it with Niacinamide toner. I have already tried both of these through small bottles I got from a friend. I also bought Discoloration correcting serum and travel size of their cleansing balm. I also picked a travel size of IT Cosmetics CC+ cream (the shade I chose is medium). I really like the range and brands available at Beautylish, but I do not shop there too often since I live in EU country (Croatia) and I have to add 25% of VAT on top of their prices.
And for the end, here are some of my non-skincare purchases I made during these last months. I must admit that during 2020, I bought too many makeup items, actually I bought more during last year than I bought in my whole life (I guess makeup replaced skincare in my shopping addiction).
Since this is my first post in 2021, I would like to wish you all Happy New Year! I wish you lots of health and happiness and hope that your home and your office will again be two separated locations very soon 🙂
My previous post about the products I opened was in fact a 3-months overview, so normally there were a bunch of products I wrote about. I thought of writing about newly opened products in November, but when I saw I only had 4 products, I decided to go again with 2-months overview for November and December.
So these are the products I recently introduced to my skincare routine.
Opened during November 2020
Klavuu White pearlsation ideal backstage cream spf30 – This is the most complicated product name I have ever come across. And it is kind of funny also. I do not feel like an actress while using it, that’s for sure. This is thick, tinted sunscreen. It has a pinkish hue that looks more like the lightest Asian bb creams, than like a sunscreen. It is spread nicely, but it leaves a white cast that doesn’t disappear very quickly. It does have a tone-up effect that evens a skin, but also gives it a nice dewy look. It feels comfortable on the skin. However, because of the white cast, I do not think that I will buy a full size product. I will empty quickly this small 15ml tube.
Nacific Phyto niacin whitening essence – After a long line of western niacinamide I used this year, I have finally got my hands on this Korean niacinamide serum from brand Nacific. It has watery texture and that’s the texture I prefer for my routines since I put niacinamide serums as a first step in my night routine. It is absorbed perfectly and quickly into the skin. It is not sticky or tacky, it doesn’t sting or cause irritation or redness. It has a brightening effect and skin looks very healthy. I like it so far.
Laneige Cream skin refiner – I have already written about this toner / lotion in my empties post and my haul posts. It is a nice milky lotion that sinks nicely in the skin. It is a multitasker that can easily replace few products in your routine. It hydrates and nourishes at the same time, calms the redness and brings a relief to the irritated skin. As soon as heating season started this year, I felt its impact on my skin which was a bit irritated, with flares of redness and felt very tight and dry. All these skin troubles disappeared immediately after I introduced this lotion into my routine. It is a real skin saviour. I have another 30ml bottle in my stash.
Versed The fix emergency eye mask – I have eyed this eye mask for very long time before I managed to get it on Cultbeauty. It was sold out all the time. When I finally got it, I had to try it immediately. A little goes a long way and this tube will last for ages. It has a cooling effect and calms the eye area. Also it blurs and evens it and makes the perfect base for makeup. You can wipe it off or leave it till it’s fully absorbed. I always leave it and do not rinse or wipe it off.
Opened during December 2020
Versed Doctor’s visit instant resurfacing mask – And again, here is the product with funny name (at least, it is funny to me). This is the last Versed product I have tried so far, and I must say that overall I’m really satisfied with this brand and their products. This particular mask is, as its name says, a resurfacing mask which treats your skin with help of cocktail of active ingredients like AHA, BHA and enzyme exfoliation. Since this mask is loaded with active ingredients, I was a bit afraid that my skin might react. I put a really thin layer of mask and removed it exactly after 3 minutes (the instructions say that you should keep for 3-5 minutes). I didn’t have any reaction what so ever: no itching, tingling, burning, no redness, sensitivity zilch! And what I got after 3 minutes is extremely soft, smooth and glowing skin! I love it!!
Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream – I have already used this eye cream and I loved it since it is very effective in nourishing eye area while making my small lines disappear. However it has a hefty price tag and I do not think I will buy it after I empty this jar. It usually lasts for almost a year and it doesn’t go bad even though it should be used within 6 months from the date you open it.
Dear Klairs Soft airy uv essence spf50 – I conveniently finished my Purito unscented spf on the same day the drama about its spf outbroke so I had to open a new sunscreen. I have already used this sunscreen before. However, it seems that this Klairs’ sunscreen is formulated in the same lab as Purito’s one, so maybe one of my favourite sunscreens and its spf will be also put to the test.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell bio repair mask – This is another mask from the 5-pieces set of PTR masks I bought long time ago. It is nice jelly mask that moisturizes nicely the skin. I have only used once so far, so I cannot comment on any other claim, but I must say that PTR mask simply doesn’t not do any wonders for my skin.
Garden of Wisdom C vitamin serum – I must admit I really do not have luck with Garden of Wisdom products. This is second product I tried from their range and the second one I do not like. This is vitamin C serum with oily texture. I adored the previous one that was also oily, Medik8 C-tetra, but those two cannot be compared. While Medik8’s serum has a texture of dry oil that is absorbed fast, this Garden of Wisdom’s serum is really oily and it takes forever to absorb in the skin and still it is never fully absorbed. It leaves a greasy film on the skin and is very complicated to incorporate it in skincare routine. I had to cut my morning routine to 2 products: this serum and spf. And just like with their niacinamide serum, I hate the packaging, or more precisely its pump which makes dosing of this serum very difficult. The only positive thing about its packaging is the fact that the bottle is made of opaque dark plastics which is very good for preventing the serum of going bad due to exposure to the sun.
I’m From Rice Toner – At the beginning, I loved this toner since it was really soothing and brightening at the same time. It was also making my skin very supple. However, the closer I was getting to the bottom of the bottle, more my enthusiasm was diminishing. I still think this is nice toner, but I do not think it is great. I do not have any important complaints since it delivers nicely, it is not irritating, it absorbs well, it doesn’t leave any residue. It is just that I’m not that much into this toner anymore. Maybe I will purchase it in the future.
Pyunkang Yul Mist toner – this is one of my 2 favourite watery toners. It is very hydrating, it provides nice refreshment to the skin. It is very runny and therefore it slips easily between the fingers so you need to be very careful if you do not want to spill the product. It is absorbed perfectly and nicely and leaves no residue, but only a happy skin. I really like it and sometimes I put few layers of it. I cannot remember how many bottles I emptied so far. I will repurchase it.
Alpha-H Vitamin B with copper peptides – I bought this serum mostly because it contains vitamin B in its inci list. I must admit that I bought it on a whim and it was only later that I realised that it also contaied copper peptides. Due to that, it was rather challenging to incorporate it into my routine, since copper-peptides do not work well together with some ingredients I usually put in my night routine (acids, retinoids). Because of that, I was alternating it with other niacinamide serum. When I started to use this serum, I turned it into my prime suspect for the breakouts I had on my cheeks in August, so I put it aside for some time. I never break out, I didn’t even have skin troubles during puberty. However, I realised that it was just an unfortunate coincidence with my PMS which makes me break out maybe once in 6 or 7 months. This serum has a jelly texture and is more on a thicker side. This texture was something that I didn’t like since I prefer watery niacinamide serums. On top of that, this serum is really sticky and it takes a while before it is absorbed in the skin. Like all copper-peptides serum, it has a distinctive blue colour and metallic scent that is not unpleasant; I simply do not like it. I will not repurchase this serum.
Tonymoly Bio-ex Cell peptide serum – I only had this serum in pouches and not in regular packaging, so it was dragging around my stash for quite a while and I frankly forgot about it. I really enjoy in this ampoule every time I used it, since it makes my skin velvety and firm (at least it feels firmer upon application). It has a gel texture and it is not too thick, glides nicely on the skin, sinks in elegantly and doesn’t leave any sticky or tacky residue. I quite like it. However, I will probably not repurchase in this form of pouches. I would think about full size product.
Herbivore bakuchiol – When making my skincare stash inventory in February, I “classified” this product as an oil, since all products in Herbivore set I had were oils. Actually this is serum and it is very nice one. This is not the first bakuchiol product I have tried so far. I tested also The Inkey List bakuchiol which is a lotion/moisturizer type of product. You probably know that bakuchiol is marketed as a botanical retinol, an extract that mimics the effects of retinol. I’m not sure I would go so far when it comes to claims, but my skin was really smooth and toned after using this serum. It is not irritating, it is not sticky, it is really nice serum. I wish only I had bigger bottle . I would repurchase for sure, but I think it is discontinued.
Herbivore Lapis – this is another oil from Herbivore set I purchased a long time ago. I read some reviews that Herbivore’s products tend to go bad rather quickly due to the fact that do not contain preservatives. I didn’t have this issues with my Herbivore oils. It is thicker than Herbivore’s bakuchiol, but still very pleasant to use since it is absorbed nicely and it doesn’t leave any oily or greasy residue. It layers nicely overtop of any serums that I use. Although it is an oil, it is pretty hydrating, which can be quite surprising feature for an oil. Just like any other oil, I use it in my night routine and I wake up in the morning with a glowy and healthy looking skin. However, it is always a question whether this oil is worth a price since this glow and healthy look can also be achieved with oils that are far less expensive than this one.
Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Restoring moisturiser SPF50 trial – When I first applied this sunscreen, it crossed my mind that I might have found my HG western sunscreen. As it is often the case, the first impressions can be deceiving. I must say that I liked almost everything about this sunscreen. It has a texture of a lotion, glides nicely on the skin, is blended easily and has almost no cast. Once absorbed it leaves the skin smooth with a velvety finish. And than we come to one thing, actually the only thing that I didn’t like and it is the fact that it pills of the skin. I tried to apply it on different routines, I played with the quantity of sunscreen I applied and to my big disappointment, the result was always the same: it pilled off in small white bits. I will not repurchase it!
Anessa Perfect UV sunscreen spf50 PA++++ 20ml – This sunscreen is one of my biggest discoveries of 2020. It is the best sunscreen I have tried so far. It has chemical filters and this is 2020 edition that I purchased. It has beautiful texture, glides nicely on the skin, it is not drying or greasy, it is just perfect! The skin is velvety once it is absorbed. It has a minimal cast that disappears quickly. I tried it on the beach and it provides sufficient protection. And of course, it works excellent with my makeup (I have tried it under Missha Perfect cover bb cream. Nars Pure radiant tinted moisturizer and Estee Lauder Futurist hydro)- I will definitely repurchase.
Innisfree Capsule recipe pack – This was one-shot mask that hydrates and refreshes the skin. The effect is pretty much the same as what I get from regular aloe gel. I buy those masks from time to time on Iherb as shipping saver, otherwise I do not honestly think that I would repurchase.
So in October, I emptied: 2 toners / 2 acid & active treatments / 2 sunscreens / 2 oils / 1 mask.
October total: 9 empties + 2 sheet masks
Yearly total: 77 empties + 43 sheet masks
And once again, I bought some new products and broke my nobuy, but this time is quite a big increase. Here is what I purchased / received during October: Oskia Super C-Smart Nutrient capsules, Garden of Wisdom C-Deep Vitamin C, Garden of Wisdom Alpha arbutin 2% and Kojic acid 1%, Secret Key Aloe toner, Melano CC serum, Blithe Tundra chaga mini 10ml, Versed Doctor’s Instant resurfacing mask, Versed The Fix emergency eye mask, Phyto Niacin whitening essence, Morningstar Minerals Derma boost rejuvenating spray mist
So, at the end of October 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash:
Pixi & Caroline Hirons double cleanse – This is love at first use, especially for the balm part of the cleanser. It is really effective, removes makeup without lot of fuss, but the way it is washed off is simply amazing. It goes so easily without leaving any trace. I’m amazed!
Tonymoly Green tea chok chok no wash cleansing water – I do not use micellar waters or similar products, so basically I didn’t buy this product. I got it in a Tonymoly kit from Jolse. I use it very rarely, in my morning routine if I feel that my skin need some cleansing. It is nice product, not drying. Even though it is no wash cleansing water, I still wash it off anyway.
DHC Deep cleansing oil – I got this oil as an gift, although I’m pretty sure I would buy it myself also. It is on a thicker side for a cleansing oils, but it doesn’t feel thick or heavy on my skin. It turns into nice emulsion when I add the water, it breaks down the spf, makeup and is easily washed off. It does blur my sight for a few seconds when I take off my eye makeup, but this goes away rather quickly.
Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel – I couldn’t watch this gel sitting in my stash anymore so I opened it even though I have few cleansers opened at the moment. I use it as my second cleanse or as the only cleanse in my morning routine. It is gentle, but very effective in removing the traces of first cleanser, it is very nice finish of a cleansing routine. It doesn’t foam much which I like and it has that distinctive Oskia smell which I also found in their fabulous Renaissance mask.
Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner – This was my favourite watery toner until I discovered Keep Cool & Soothe bamboo toner. I do not know how many bottles I have opened and emptied so far. It is very runny so you can spill it if you’re not careful. It is very hydrating and soothing.
Secret Key Aloe toner – I must admit that I really like this toner so far. It is watery, sinks in nicely, refreshes and hydrates the skin and works well in my morning routines before Nuface.
Rovectin Skin essentials activating treatment lotion 15ml – I bought two small bottles of this lotion / toner since I wanted to try out something from brand Rovectin. I have only used it maybe 2 or 3 times, I do not like the sticky feeling it leaves on my skin. It feels like a hyaluronic acid lotion, it is hydrating.
I’m From Mugwort essence – I fell in love with this essence immediately after one use and this doesn’t happen so often. This is such calming and soothing essence which feels like a real skin treat and skin medicine at the same time. I enjoy its herbal scent that also contributes to this overall feeling of goodness in a product. I’m in love!!
Medik8 Tetra-C – I have tried lots of vitamin C serums, but I think this is the first one with oily texture. And I like it so far. It is really gentle to the skin, doesn’t sting, burn, itch. Although it is oily, it is absorbed fast and gives really nice and healthy glow.
Alpha-H Vitamin B with copper-peptides – This niacinamide serum was my prime suspect for the breakouts I had on my cheeks in August, so I put it aside for some time. I never break out, I didn’t even have skin trouble during puberty. However, I realised that it was just an unfortunate coincidence with my PMS which makes me break out maybe once in 6 or 7 months.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5 – Although my favourite hyaluronic acid product is Hada Labo’s premium lotion, I try from time to time something else. I got this serum in last year’s Asos advent calendar, so it sat quite a while in my stash. I have used it only few times. I do not like how it feels between my fingers and immediately after application, since I have a feeling that it foams, which is really strange for a serum. Otherwise, it is thicker hyaluronic acid serum that sinks in rather quickly. It leaves a bit of stickiness once you apply next layer.
Versed Just breathe clarifying serum – I had this niacinamide serum for quite a while on my wish list, but it was often out of stock. So when it became available on Cultbeauty, I bought it immediately and I didn’t regret it. It is watery, just how I like my niacinamide serums. I alternate it with Alpha-H niacinamide and I like it better than Alpha-H so far.
Zelens Power A oil 10ml – I have been using A313, Vitamin A pommade on and off, as my only retinoid. I bought this oil few moths ago with a promotional code since it is not very affordable product, but I didn’t want to use it during summer. It doesn’t state the percentage of retinol. I used it only twice till today. It feels nice on the skin, it is absorbed rather quickly and I didn’t feel any burning, stinging or tinkling sensation after the application.
Hylamide SubQ skin – This is such a nice coctail serum with 5 types of hyaluronic acids, peptides. This is really a step up from TO Buffet serum when it comes to texture, the way it applies, feels on the skin. I love it so far.
Thank You Farmer True water deep serum – this is nice hydrating serum with a lightweight texture which sinks in the skin fast. It refreshes the skin, provides nice hydration and make it plump. I like it so far.
Olival Microexfoliant Vitamin H + salicylic acid – This is local Croatian product which I really like. It is basically micro-exfoliant like a Dermatologica one, but it costs a fraction of Dermatologica’s powder and is still very effective and gentle to my skin at the same time. I love it so far.
Paula’s ChoiceResist Skin Restoring moisturiser SPF50 trial – I really like the texture of this sunscreen and the way it applies and feels on the skin. However, what I do not like is the fact that it pills off my face no matter which kind of routine I put under it. I have tried with lighter and heavier routines, with different products, but it simply pills of my face every time I touch it.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel Extra strength – Don’t let the part of Extra strength fool you, those pads are not harsh in any way (at least to my skin). These are excellent 2-step peel pads that leave my skin so soft, smooth and work great without causing any redness, irritation. You may feel just a slight tingling at the very beginning.
I’m from Mugwort mask – This is definitely my favourite I’m from mask I have tried so far. I also tried Honey and Rice. This is real treat for the skin: it is cooling, hydrating, soothing. It has an interesting herbal scent that is not overwhelming. First time I tried it, I had some issues with removal, but I found perfect way to wash it off. I can already say that I will keep on buying this mask.
Manyo Factory Vitamin tree brightening pack – I bought this to verify if it is even close to my favourite Manyo sleeping mask (Overnight miracle mask) which was unfortunately discontinued. And my first impression says it is the same product based on feeling, performance, texture. I cannot understand why they replaced the tube by jar.
Supergoop Unseen sunscreen spf30 – It is clear yellow gel that glides nicely, leaves satin finish, works well under makeup. And it is already in my empties 🙂
Filorga Meso-mask – This is one of the most famous products of Filorga’s range. However, I do not like it so far. The skin is really soft and smooth after I remove it with cotton pad. It’s the aftermath that is problematic. I have used it 2 or 3 times till now and each time my skin started to feel irritated after few hours despite the hydrating skincare routine I put after masking.
I will probably open less products during November. I need to empty something too.
I’m here again with another update about my 2020 skincare stash decrease project. You might have noticed that in August I haven’t posted anything, so this is going to be an overview of 2-months empties for August and September. Unlike June and July, I really have a lot empties to talk about. So without further ado, let’s see my cosmetic trash.
Sioris Time is running out mist – this was love at first spritz!! It is great double phased mist that has a watery and oily phase. When shaken up, it creates a perfect, fine mist that refreshes skin and envelops it in a nice hydrating cloud. I used it in my morning routine before hyaluronic acid products, but also during a day to provide a hydrating boost to the skin. And I cannot forget the scent. It smells divine!! I loved it and will repurchase for sure!!
Scinic Snail matrix skin – Together with Cosrx 96 snail essence, this is my favorite product with snail mucin. It is wonderful, hydrating toner whose texture is on a thicker side, but it glides beautifully on the skin, it is absorbed perfectly and completely and provides a nice refreshment to the skin. I have used it for “sandwiching” my Hada Labo premium lotion, and I have been using it lately as a layer under Indeed Labs Hydraluron. This toner complemented nicely both of these products. I will really miss it in my routine. I will repurchase for sure.
Keep Cool & Soothe Bamboo toner – this is my new favorite hydrating toner. I even like it better than Pyunkang Yul mist toner which was my favorite watery toner for a very long time. This toner contains 85% of bamboo water which is great for hydrating and soothing the sensitive skin. It is nicely absorbed while providing to the skin such a nice burst of hydration. I really feel like this toner penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and thus keeps my skin happy, hydrated and plump. I will repurchase again!!
Mizon AHA/BHA toner – I have already emptied few of these. I use it before my acids, including my serums with vitamin C. I feel like it gives such a nice boost to those products without being harsh to my skin. I have already purchased a backup bottle.
Timeless C + E ferulic – I really enjoyed using this serum. This bottle lasted around 4 months and I kept it in the fridge for whole time. It has very watery texture, it is by far the runniest vitamin C serum I have ever tried. This watery texture makes it very difficult to handle, so I was literally applying it drop by drop. I like the glow and shine it gives to my skin and the healthy feeling I get after apply it. It does not tingle, burn or irritate the skin in any way. I was using it in my morning routine. I will repurchase it.
Dr Jart Peptidin blue – This is nice peptide serum. It has a light, jelly texture, like a light emulsion. It has a hint of blue hue, it is not scented. Although it contains lavander oil, I didn’t detect that scent (which, by the way I hate). The serum is nicely absorbed without being sticky or tacky. It gives certain firmness to the skin if applied on a regular basis. I like it and will probably repurchase it.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron – I bought this serum after reading many raving reviews, but I bought it also because Caroline Hirons recommended it, so I was really curious about it. And they were all right: it is great hyaluronic serum! It has gel-like texture, you need only a small drop to cover face and neck. It is not sticky, tacky, it absorbs quickly and perfectly. The skin is left glowy, plump, hydrated. It makes perfect pair with Caudalie’s Eau de raisin, with some toner or even with a simple thermal water. The only con is that I emptied rather quickly this tube, maybe within a month, since I use hyaluronic acid every single morning. I’m used to Japanese hyaluronic lotions who last for year. Nevertheless, I will repurchase this great hyaluronic serum for sure!
Garden of Wisdom niacinamide – I was so happy when I finished this niacinamide serum. Although by its content, it belongs to “weaker” niacinamide serums (it contains 5% of niacinamide), it didn’t feel like it. It was quite the opposite, it felt very strong and I was affraid it would dry my skin completely. It is recommended to wait for 1 minute after the application before you apply your next step. However, after only 15-20 seconds my face would feel so tight and dry that applying next step would be such a relief. Other than that, I must also say that the packaging is awfull. The plastic pump literally spits the product out. I will obviously not repurchase it again.
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide booster – I really liked this niacinamide serum / booster. I was using it as 1st step in my evening routine, as I always do with niacinamide serums. Thus, its watery texture is perfect for my routine. It is absorbed in quickly and completely, leaves no residue. I didn’t experience any redness or tingling or burning which sometimes happens with this kind of serums. After the bad experience I had with Garden of Wisdom niacinamide, this serum felt like a real treat to my skin and gave it such a relief. I emptied this 20ml bottle rather quickly since I was using it every night. Taking into account that it costs around 50 EUR for 20ml, I must admit that this is not a very affordable choice. Otherwise, I love it!
Celimax Nooni ampoule – This is a good, hydrating little serum. I use the word little since I think it is alright, but nothing more or less. It does no harm to my skin, but apart an instant refreshment, I do not honestly see any additional benefit of using this serum. I like its scent, it is herbal and kind of relaxing and therapeutical. This serum isn’t something that is indispensable for my routine or something that I will miss. I will not repurchase it.
Real Barrier Essence mist – This is nice mist that is on a thicker side. It didn’t suit me as a 1st step, but it was a perfect choice for “sandwich” with hyaluronic acid product. This mist locks in the hyaluron and its moisture nicely. Since I only had a 30ml bottle, I emptied it rather quickly. I do not think I will give it another try.
I’m from Fig cleansing balm – This is nice cleansing balm. It looks like it is on a heavier, thicker side, but once you start massaging it between the fingers, it melts easily. It is not greasy, it disolves and removes the makeup and dirt easily. It is easily washed off. Although I always use the separate eye makeup remover, I test each cleansing balm on my eyes. It is effective in removing eye makeup, but it does blur the sight a bit. I still like this balm and will probably repurchase it.
Nooni Re-cover pads – The packaging contained 7 exfoliating discs since it is intended for a week of use. However, I used them during longer period, since I do not use any exfoliating product on a daily basis. These are very mild exfoliating pads that refresh the complexion and are not irritating or tingling, but honestly when it comes to exfoliation I didn’t notice a big effect. I will not repurchase.
Glamglow Supermud cleansing treatment – I got this tube in some beauty box or in an Advent calendar. Since I used it only once in 2 weeks and only on my T-zone, this 15 ml tube lasted for ages. At first, I struggled to find an appropriate quantity of mask. If I put a thin layer, it would dry down in a second and my whole face felt very tight. On the other hand, if I put a thicker layer, it would take ages to dry down and it was very difficult to wash it off. Once I found the appropriate quantity, I really liked this mask since it removed few blackheads I have and it made my skin very clean and clear. If I could find another small tube, I would purchase again.
I emptied 2 sunscreens: Ducray Melascreen Creme legere and Supergoop Unseen sunscreen. I was satisfied with Ducray Melascreen at first. However, after I emptied maybe 2/3 of tube, it started to burn my skin upon application. It was really unpleasant feeling so I didn’t even go through the whole tube. On the other hand, Supergoop’s Unseen sunscreen is great. It is a yellow transparent gel which leaves no white cast at all, just like the name says, it is unseen. It is spread nicely, it is absorbed quickly and acts like a perfect primer for my bb cream and foundation. I have already repurchased a new small tube.
During last 2 months I emptied only 9 sheet masks. At the same time, I bought few ones, so my stash increased and decreased at the same time.
I also gifted 1 moisturizer (Elemis Pro-collagen marine cream).
Just like past months, I did cheat a bit and I purchased some things: Klairs Daily skin hydrating water 500ml, I’m From Mugwort mask, Derma-E Firming DMAE serum Alpha lipoic acid and C-ester, Versed Just Breathe clarifying serum, Olival Micro-exfoliant with vitamin H and salicilic acid (local Croatian product), Alpha-H Vitamin B serum and another Supergoop Unseen sunscreen spf30 (15ml).
So, at the end of September 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash: