Skicare stash decrease project – update 6

Hello everybody!

I’m here with the latest update of my skincare stash decrease project I started in February. Honestly, I thought I would be more efficient in emptying my stash than last month, but I wasn’t and only have few empties this time.

So, without further ado, here are my latest empties:

Botanic Farm Grain Ferment cleansing sherbet – Although I liked this balm cleanser at the very beginning, the more I used it, the less I liked it. It has a nice texture that melts easily and is very pleasant to use, but it is not as effective as I hoped it would be. It wasn’t removing my makeup completely as other cleansing balms did.  I will not repurchase.

Tatcha The Deep cleanse – When I opened this cleanser, I had in mind to apply it each day as a 2nd cleanser in my night routine, However, when I started to use it, I ditched that idea due to the fact that this cleanser contains some beads that reminded me of a scrub. Although this is really mild cleanser and it didn’t cause any dryness or irritation, I didn’t want to use it every single day just because of those beads. The cleanser is otherwise great, very effective, pleasant to use, it is easily washed off, doesn’t sting the eyes, a little goes a long way. It is not foaming a lot, it turns into a nice emulsion that gently cleanses the skin. I really loved this cleanser so I will probably repurchase it.

Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Premium lotion – this hyaluronic acid lotion (Japanese word for toner) is one of my favourite products in general. I think this is my 3rd bottle and basically it was and is my companion throughout my Asian beauty journey (almost since the beginning). The first one was Kohaku hada lotion. Hada Labo is perfect hyaluronic lotion. It is not watery, it is more like a lightweight gel that sinks in the skin fast and leaves no residue what so ever while perfectly hydrating the skin, making it plump and healthy. I paired this lotion with Keep cool and soothe bamboo toner and sandwich it under Scinic Matrix snail skin. It was a perfect combo!! I don’t have to mention that is really an affordable product since you need only few drops for one application and the bottle lasts forever, around a year or even longer. I will definitely repurchase.

Blithe Crystal Iceplant pressed serum – Unlike his more powerful “brother” Tundra Chaga pressed serum, this serum cannot replace two products in my routine. However, I still love this serum. It provides delightful, lightweight, hydrating care for my skin and it is a perfect summer serum due to its gel like texture. Depending on the needs of my skin, sometimes I applied a thinner and sometimes a thicker layer so I managed to empty this jar in 2 months. It sinks in fast and flawlessly without leaving a sticky or tacky residue. I was applying this serum in my morning routine before a sunscreen. It didn’t pill of my face or didn’t cause the pilling of my spf. I will repurchase for sure.

Benton Fermentation eye cream – I got this eye cream in Iherb Kbeauty discovery bag. Although it has nice fluffy, light texture, it wasn’t so easy to handle it / massage it. I really had to do some effort to rub it in. It was really a bit weird feeling. Otherwise, it is pleasant, hydrating. I cannot tell if it works for wrinkles or lines, since I didn’t have it for a long time. I do not think I will repurchase it.

CNP Green propolis ampoule – I must say that I didn’t like at all the texture of this propolis ampoule which is really thick. When you combine this thick texture and the pipette that comes with the product, you obtain the terrible combo. It is almost impossible to dose this ampoule with it. This ampoule nourishes nicely the skin, but leaves a sticky, tacky residue on the skin, which doesn’t disappear for quite a while. I wouldn’t repurchase a full size product.

Klairs Soft airy uv essence spf50– This is one of my favourite sunscreens. It is great spf cream with chemical filters. It is not greasy, it sinks in completely and flawlessly so I use it both as a last step of my routine on my no makeup days, but also under my makeup. It works great with my Missha Perfect cover bb cream. I have already repurchased a backup.

In July I emptied: 2 cleansers / 1 toner / 2 serums / 1 sunscreen / 1 eye cream

I used only 4 sheet masks, so the stash didn’t change a lot.

July total:  7 empties + 4 sheet masks

Yearly total: 52 empties + 32 sheet masks

I purchased again some things, mostly sunscreens: The Inkey List Retinol eye cream, Klairs Soft airy uv essence spf 50, Shiseido Anessa Perfect sunscreen milk spf50 (20ml) and Supergoop Unseen sunscreen spf30 (15ml).

So, at the end of July 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash:

  • 13 cleansers
  • 17 toners and mists
  • 22 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 10 serums / ampoules
  • 3 emulsions
  • 24 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 5 sleeping packs
  • 10 facial oils
  • 18 masks
  • 4 eye creams and eye masks
  • 91 sheet masks

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

Skincare stash decrease project – update 3

Hello everybody!

Here is the third update of my skincare stash decrease project. I’m happy to see that my stash is getting smaller, but there is still a very long road ahead.

When I got the idea about this no-buy regime for 2020, I have already predicted in advance that I would probably “cheat” in April, since my birthday is in April. Also, I usually travel to USA in March or April for a business purposes and this travel usually gives me the opportunity to buy some things I cannot get my hands on easily in Europe. April is finished and I celebrated my birthday in a kind of a lockdown, my business travel to USA was cancelled due to the spread of the Covid-19. However, I did treat myself with few things, mostly makeup and body care and only few skincare items (everything is listed down below).

And here are my April empties.

Eve Lom cleansing balm – this small jar was dragging around my bathroom for quite a while. It is nice balm if used exactly as described on a packaging (cleansing cloth, hot water, cold water), basically it is a cleansing ritual and it is effective. However, if you do not have time and you use it like a regular cleansing balm (massaging, emulsifying with water and washing off), it isn’t that nice. It is thick, greasy and it smells terribly. It leaves a greasy residue and I feel like, despite that greasiness, it dries my skin. I will not repurchase it.

Heimish All clean balm – this small jar will find its spot in 2 of my posts: in the one about what I opened in April, but also in my Empties /update about Skincare stash decrease project. This jar was sufficient for only a week, but it was enough for me to conclude that it wasn’t as bad as I thought back then when I tried it for the first time at the very beginning of my Kbeauty adventure. It is a nice cleansing balm which melts nicely and removes well all the dirt from your face and your spf and makeup. It emulsifies well when you add the water and is easily washed off. I could think of purchasing it from time to time as a replacement for my favorite cleansing balm (Farmacy Green clean).

Oneoseven Low ph chaga cleanser – I really love this 2nd cleanser. It is a gel cleanser, very gentle and yet very effective in removing the remaining dirt or grime or traces of the first cleanser. When you add the water to it, it gives a nice emulsion and it doesn’t foam much. The only thing I didn’t like about this cleanser is a weird smell that probably comes from chaga mushroom (I guess), but it is not clingy and it disappears very quickly. Together with Krave Beauty Matcha hemp cleanser, this is by far my favourite second cleanser when talking about Kbeauty cleansers. I have a stash of second cleansers that I need to empty, but I will repurchase this one for sure.

I’m from Honey mask – After reading so many raving reviews, I had really high hopes for this mask. However, I am not that into it after emptying this jar. I cannot claim however that it is a bad product, but it is not a splendid one either. I struggle in the beginning to find a perfect way to wash it off without rubbing my face too harshly and I found that the best way it washes off is if you add small amount of water to emulsify it and then wash it off. It is a nourishing mask, its consistency and the fact that is made mostly of honey, insures that you can keep it for quite a while on your face. However I didn’t see so much difference or additional benefits if I keep it longer on my face. For me, besides a certain feeling of nourishment which is not a long-term one, I didn’t notice any additional glow or suppleness. Many people enjoy masking with this honey mask, but I’m not one of them.

I’m from Magnolia sleeping pack – The wake essence from I’m from Magnolia line was such a hit from me, so I expected the same from sleeping pack and I was very excited when I managed to get it on Ebay. It is a nice lightweight sleeping pack with jelly texture, which is easily spread and absorbed. It provides a nice hydration and a whim of moisture, it is soothing and in the morning, the skin feels so plump, fresh and hydrated. I didn’t try to cool it in the fridge, but I think it could work wonders if used like that during summer. However, I’m really sad that this product is discontinued (this is the 2nd sleeping pack which I really loved that was discontinued. The first one was my HG from Manyo Factory). I would repurchase it if it was available.

Blithe Tundra Chaga pressed serum – This product is the pure example of why I love Kbeauty. The textures, the products, the ideas they come up with, cannot be found anywhere else in beauty industry. Pressed serum!! I started to use this serum/moisturizer some time last year and I really loved its weird pudding texture that glides nicely and melts into the skin. However, at that time, I had a really elaborate and long routine, so this product and its benefits couldn’t stand out and I put it aside and used it from time to time. When I reintroduced it to my routine end of February, I used in my 4 steps routine which I have now and this multi-tasker blew my mind completely. I used it as last step of my night routine. It plumps the skin, nourishes it, makes it bouncy and the skin looks and feels firmer definitely. I love this and will repurchase for sure!!

Alpha-H daily moisturizer spf50 – this was dragging in my drawers for quite a long time. I decided to put it on trial now during quarantine. It is not thick, glides nicely on the skin, doesn’t have any white cast but it leaves a thin film on the skin and gives it a bit of glow. On the days I put a richer routine under it, it tend to pill a bit. Honestly, I do not think that it could work well with my BB cream or makeup. I will not repurchase this sunscreen.

Dr.Jart+ Every Sun Mild Sun – This one went quickly from Products I opened to Empties since it is a 5ml tube and it lasted only for 4 days. The first impression wasn’t satisfying because of white cast and the fact it made my skin feel dry. However, after I started adding a thin layer of moisturizer, the experience with this physical sunscreen got better and I’m even thinking of buying the full size product.

Laneige Cica sleeping mask – If you maybe read my Empties posts, you could have already seen this sleeping mask. Almost all sleeping masks I tried so far had a jelly texture. This one is more like a moisturizer and I often used it in place of the moisturizer and as the only occlusive in my routine. It is really calming, nourishing and it locks nicely my night routine. I liked it and I will for sure buy the full size product.

Thanks to my 7-days sheet mask challenge, I emptied 9 sheet masks. It is still not as much as I planned.

In April, I emptied: 3 cleansers /  1 serum / 2 moisturizers / 1 wash off mask / 2 sleeping masks

April total: 8 empties + 9 sheet masks

Yearly total : 28 empties + 17 sheet masks

As mentioned above, besides emptying the skincare products, I purchased some items, but also got few as my birthday gift.

I got: Allies of the Skin Molecular silk amino hydrating cleanser, Dr Jart Vital hydra solution essence 50ml, Garden of Wisdom niacinamide serum (5%), Ducray Melascreen creme legere spf50, Cerave moisturizing lotion, Purito Centella green level unscented spf50, Caudalie Vinoperfect crème éclat anti-tâches 15 ml, Algenist Alive prebiotic balancing mask 10 ml

I gifted 2 moisturizers (Eyenlip 24k gold & peptides cream and Jiggot whitening cream) and 1 sunscreen (Some by Mi Truecica mineral sunscreen).

So, at the end of April 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash:

  • 15 cleansers
  • 20 toners and mists
  • 20 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 14 serums / ampoules
  • 4 emulsions
  • 22 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 5 sleeping packs
  • 11 facial oils
  • 20 masks
  • 5 eye creams and eye masks
  • 102 sheet masks

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

Skincare stash decrease project – update 2

Hello everybody!

Here is the second update of my skincare stash decrease project. So, these are my empties from March.

Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm – I have already written about this cleansing balm in my Empties post. This is my favorite cleansing balm. I will not bother you again with my enthusiastic review about this buttery cleansing goodness. I can say that I haven’t changed my mind a bit. I love it and will continue buying it. I will be without it for some time until I decrease my stash. I wish I’d bought one for back up before my no-buy.

Bobbi Brown cleansing oil (15ml) – I got this oil as a gift with my HG eye cream Bobbi Brown. It is a lightweight oil that feels like satin when you start to cleanse your face. It is not oily at all, it emulsifies nicely and removes well the makeup, spf, everything.. I really like it and will definitely think about purchasing a full size product.

Glow Recipe Blueberry bounce cleanser – My opinion about this cleanser and Glow Recipe as brand in general is really an unpopular opinion. This is second product I tried from their range and I equally disliked it like their watermelon sleeping pack. I have been literally forcing myself to empty this 30ml bottle for almost a year!! I didn’t even go through it all, I just had to throw it away. So, you can guess what kind of opinion I have  about this cleanser. Each time I applied it, my skin was feeling tight, like it was “getting smaller” with each second after I washed it off. On top of that, it burnt my eyes really badly while I was washing it off. And I didn’t even try to remove my eye makeup with this. Honestly, I cannot imagine that I would ever try to remove my eye makeup with product that contains AHA!! I think my exploration of Glow Recipe products ends right here (I have already written about Glow Recipe watermelon mask in my previous post).

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 20ml – Pyunkang Yul Mist toner is one of my HG toners, so I thought I could also like Essence Toner. And I wasn’t wrong. Of course by its consistence this is more an essence than a toner. It is hydrating, but more than that, it is calming and healing. It provides instant relief to the skin, is absorbed nicely without any sticky residue. Unlike the Mist Toner, this is basically perfect essence. I will for sure buy a full size bottle.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 mucin power essence – this is my HG of Kbeauty skincare. I do not count how many bottles of this essence I have emptied so far. I am always wondering how something so slimy and sticky can be so hydrating. This is also my go to skincare product, my skin saviour when I have some issues like skin redness, failed routines that cause some sensitivity, etc. It is gentle, hydrating, calming, soothing. I love it and will always keep buying it.

Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C dark spot serum – Although my skin loves a good vitamin C serum, I wasn’t quite happy with this one. I have been using the vitamin C serums for more than a decade and I have tried my share of these. My skin enjoyed in almost all these serums, but I honestly cannot explain what is wrong with this one. It has a jelly texture which is easily spread, it does leave some sticky residue which disappears with the application of the next layer. The form of vitamin C used in this serum is ascorbyl glucoside which is stable against light and that why it is packed in a transparent bottle and not in a dark bottle as most vitamin C serums are. This form is non-irritating at all. And still I didn’t like it.  Maybe it is because its main targets are the dark spots which I do not have. What disappointed me also is that I didn’t even notice the immediate brightening effect and healthy glow which I got from almost all vitamin C serums. I also bought the pads from same line which I use also in my morning routine (one day I used the serum and next the pads). I will not repurchase the serum.

Tiam Vita B3 source – I use the niacianamide each day. Since I started to use religiously spf cream, I introduced some changes to my routine and switched the niacinamide and vitamin C serum. So now I put the niacinamide as first step in my evening routine. I really like the texture of this serum which feels a little bit greasy between the fingers (probably due to the arbutine), but once you start massaging it, it disappears instantly. It is gentle, not drying like some niacinamide serums tend to be (especially the ones with zinc). It clears the complexion, it brightens it, improves the skin texture. I will repurchase this for sure.

Bioderma Matricium – I use those on days that follow the application of A313 Vitamine A pommade. It is a thick, but still liquid, it is tacky, but really calms down any redness you might have. This flacon is for 2 uses. I still have more than 20 pcs in the stash.

Drunk Elephant Hydra-B serum – I bought this together with DE C-firma serum. Neither one of those serums didn’t wow me, although I must say that Hydra-B is little bit better than C- Firma. It is a jelly serum that penetrates the skin fast, is not sticky, but the level of hydration it provides to skin is nothing extraordinary that would justify the price tag is has. I will not repurchase.

The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide serum – I had this on my wish list for a long time and I was really excited when I got my hands on this shinny bottle. I really must command the fancy golden packaging and the pressure dropper which makes the dosage easier. The serum itself is of a milky texture with some slip to it. The application is really easy and comfortable, the serum is absorbed fast and almost perfectly, it doesn’t leave any tacky residue. We all know that the ceramides are important for strengthening the skin barrier. Mine is not damaged but I like to use some form of ceramides ever since I introduced the A313 (form of Vitamin A). This serum calms and nourishes the skin, makes it smooth and glowy. I don’t like the bottle size (20ml) through which I went really very quickly. However, I will repurchase at a certain point.

A’pieu Glacier water hydrating ampoule – I liked this simple hydrating ampoule that combines the glacier water and sodium hyaluronate. It sooths and calms skin while cooling and moisturizing it at the same time. The texture is of a watery gel, easy to apply and well absorbed. Although I used it during the winter, this could be a perfect summer cooling/hydrating ampoule. I will repurchase.

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating mask – this is an average wash-off mask. It provides some cooling effect, sinks in the skin and gives certain amount of hydration, but not the intense hydration as the product name says. Each time I put this on my face, I started to feel the tightening effect as if I didn’t provide my skin with sufficient care. Just like the PTR cucumber mask version, it is absorbed completely, but the result is far from expected.  I will not repurchase.

Oskia Renaissance mask – I got this luxury sample in one of Lookfantastic’s Beauty boxes and I enjoyed in every single masking. Although I wasn’t using it on a regular basis, it impressed me each time I applied it. At the beginning, I was afraid of some negative reactions like burning, so I left it only for 5-6 minutes and then I washed it off. I didn’t feel any burning, only slight tingling and only for first 2 times. I usually kept the mask on not more than 10 minutes. Once it is washed off, you can really see the difference. The skin is visibly brightened, very smooth and soft and it stays like this for days. Basically this mask does the chemical peeling (it contains lactic acid) but in a gentle way. Although the full size is rather pricey, I will buy it for sure.

Huxley Secrets of Sahara Good night sleep mask – Since I really like Huxley’s Secrets of Sahara oil essence, I thought I would enjoy this sleeping mask which is also made with prickly pear cactus extract. However, I didn’t. It is not a bad product, it is hydrating and soothing, feels comfortable on the skin, it is non-sticky and sinks in fast, but each time I put this, I have a feeling that my skin craves for one more layer of something, like my routine was unfinished. And this is not how your skin should feel after applying a sleeping pack which is supposed to seal everything in as a last step of the routine. I don’t think I will repurchase.

I thought I would be using more sheet masks since I’m constantly at home. However, this month I only used 6 sheet masks. Among them, I absolutely have to mention Secret Key Starting Treatment Essential mask. It completely blew my mind!! It made my skin so hydrated, calm, bouncy. I kept looking at the mirror and admiring the effect. I even took a selfie and I almost never do that!! And what’s funny it’s that I didn’t even choose purposely this sheet, it came in a sheet mask set from Jolse. The reason why I would have never chosen this sheet mask before is because of my experience with Secret Key fte that I tried at the very beginning of my Kbeauty journey which did absolutely nothing to my skin. And this sheet mask could easily become one of my favorite mask.

And here is one of my rare selfies (and first posted on my blog) taken after the use of Secret Key sheet mask.  Please be kind and remember I’m 44 years old 🙂

I must admit I broke the no-buy this month and bought some things. I emptied Goodal c vitamin, so I ordered Timeless C+ E ferulic acid although I did have The Inkey List vitamin C in my stash. However, I changed a bit my routine and switched vitamin C and niacinamide serum so I put vitamin C in the morning and niacinamide in the evening. Although I like The Inkey List, its silicony texture which requires some waiting before next step is not suitable for the quick routines before going to work. Then again, due to Covid-19, I changed my mind again as I described in my previous post about the products I opened in March and opened The Inkey List Vitamin C serum.

The other thing I couldn’t resist to was the possibility of bidding for By Wishtrend Polyphenols in propolis 15% which I wanted to try for a long, long time. And the price I paid for it was great (15€) instead of maybe 27-28$ which is the usual Ebay rate. However this serums is still travelling from South Korea and I’m not sure if it will ever be delivered.

In March, I emptied:

3 cleansers / 1 toner / 1 essence / 2 acid – active treatments / 3 serums / 2 wash-off masks / 1 sleeping pack

March total: 13 empties + 6 sheet masks

Yearly total : 20 empties + 8 sheet masks

So, at the end of March 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash:

  • 17 cleansers
  • 20 toners and mists
  • 19 acid & active treatments
  • 13 essences
  • 15 serums / ampoules
  • 4 emulsions
  • 23 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 7 sleeping packs
  • 11 facial oils
  • 20 masks
  • 5 eye creams and eye masks
  • 111 sheet masks

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

 

Skincare stash decrease project – update 1

Hello everybody!

This is the first update of my skincare stash decrease project. Basically these are my latest empties and I do not have a lot of them since it’s been only a little bit more than a week since I posted the stash inventory.

Krave Beauty Matcha hemp hydrating cleanser – this is such a nice cleanser and one of best Kbeauty cleansers I tried in a while. It has a jelly texture, little goes a long way. It is very gentle and yet very effective second cleanser. It doesn’t foam a lot which I really like. It leaves the skin very smooth. It does need little bit more water splashes to wash it off, but it washes off completely and without any residue. I will repurchase.

Acwell licorice ph balancing and cleansing toner – this was my HG toner for quite a long time. However, due to the fact that it was difficult to find it online, I didn’t use for more than a year. I was very happy I noticed these small 30ml bottles available at Ebay. I must admit I’m not so crazy about this toner anymore. I always use at the very beginning of my routines. I do not feel that boost of hydration I used to have from it and I do not feel that my skin is supple. I tested it both applying it with fingers and with cotton pads. I must say I currently prefer the application with cotton pads. I’m not sure if I will repurchase.

Tatcha The watery cream – I really like this moisturizer. When applied to the skin, you can instantly feel the burst of hydration. I feel like when it touches the skin, it turns into water and drenches the skin. It sinks in completely and perfectly leaving the skin very hydrated and soft. However, I must admit I’m not sure if I would spend 68$ for a moisturizer no matter how perfect it is. And it really is a perfect moisturizer.

Glow Recipe Watermelon sleeping mask – this is such a huge disappointment for me. Since everybody is raving and hyping this, I thought I would love it. However, I do not like it at all. Although its texture is rather thin and watery, it leaves a sticky feeling on the skin. No matter what routine I put under it, it is always pilling so in the morning I always have on my face a small bits of something that look like I forgot to remove the peel-off mask. The only thing I like about it is the scent. But since this is not a perfume, that’s obviously not important. I will never buy it again.

Labiotte UV moisture veil spf50 (30ml) – I love this sunscreen. It’s a gel with such a nice lightweight texture, it is easily spread and absorbed flawlessly. It contains some micro-granules that melt once they touch the skin surface. There is no white cast, the finish is not matte, but it leaves some fancy glow (not a greasy one). I used this on my no makeup days since its spf filters are different from my Missha bb cream ones, and they do not work well together. I will repurchase again.

Ohui Miracle moisture skin softener – this is milky toner that does exactly what its name says: it softens the skin for the application of next steps. I use it as first step of my routine when I do not use the first treatment essence. It makes the skin soft, supple and gives a dab of hydration. However, I prefer the fte, because they provide more hydration. I don’t think I will repurchase this.

Prreti berry white eye serum – I used this in my morning routine. It provides such a nice hydration and relief to the eye area and brightens it. It works well under my bb cream, it does not pill. And the price I paid for this is ridiculous: 1,34 $ at Beautynetkorea! I will repurchase.

Last week I only used 2 sheet masks: Blithe Blue Zone Marine Intensive Mask Sea Cucumber and Isntree Ceramide Deep moisture cream mask. Neither one was anything extraordinary. Blithe’s Sea Cucumber could be great sheet mask with real brightening effect and moisture it provides if only it weren’t of that terrible scent.

I emptied:

1 cleanser / 1 toner / 1 moisturizer + 1 sunscreen / 1 eye cream / 1 sleeping mask.

Besides the empties I had, I gave as a gift 1 moisturizer (Tonymoly The Green Tea chok-chok).

February total: 7 empties + 2 sheet masks

So, at the end of February 2020, this is current status of my skincare stash:

  • 20 cleansers
  • 21 toner and mist
  • 20 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 18 serums / ampoules
  • 4 emulsions
  • 23 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 8 sleeping packs
  • 11 facial oils
  • 22 masks
  • 5 eye creams and eye masks
  • 117 sheet masks

I hope I will have more empties next time!

Till then, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

My 2020 skincare stash (decrease) project

It has been clear to me for a while now that my hectic shopping sprees have to stop,  so I decided to stop buying skincare and makeup in 2020 (with some exceptions like cotton pads, makeup removers and similar items that cannot be found in my stash and that I need). 2019 was the year during which I spent significant amount of money on skincare, mostly Kbeauty, which is now everywhere in my house and you cannot put the needle in my skincare stash box. And trust me, it is not a small box, actually it is not a box, there are few boxes.

While in 2019, I was buying like crazy and I was exploring products, ingredients, in 2020, I will be emptying products and decreasing my humangous stash.

I’m a skincare addict, but most of all, I’m Kbeauty addict. Once you discover this fantastic world, there is no coming back. In this Kbeauty wonderland, you can find the variety of brands, products, textures, ingredients, packaging, colors like nowhere else and it keeps on growing every day and inviting you to keep exploring it. This no-buy will be a huge challenge for me, but if I succeeded to stop smoking, why would it be difficult for me to stop shopping. Right?

In order for you to understand how big this challenge is and why I have to stop hoarding skincare products, I will take you through my complete skincare stash. At the same time, this will be my inventory post. And, as you will see, I have quite a lot of both opened and unopened products.

I will post once a month Empties post and will do the inventory of skincare products to keep the record of the progress.

So, without further ado, meet my Precious 🤩

CLEANSING

Open

Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm (maxi size), Glow Recipe Blueberry bounce gentle cleanser, Bobbi Brown cleansing oil (sample size), Eve Lom cleansing balm, Neogen Green tea cleansing stick, Krave Beauty Matcha hemp hydrating cleanser, Darphin Lumiere essentiel micellar cleanser (30 ml), Oneoseven Low ph chaga cleanser, Tosowoong enzyme powder, Cosrx low ph centella cleansing powder

Unopened

Indie Lee brightening cleanser (30ml), Oskia renaissance cleansing gel (35ml) , First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face cleanser, Tatcha The Deep cleanse (50ml), Clinique Take the day off mini size (30ml), Drunk Elephant Beste No9 Jelly cleanser, Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial cleansing foam, Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam, Heimish All clean balm, Tonymoly No-wash Cleansing water (100ml), Botanic Farm Grain Ferment cleansing sherbet

Total: 21 cleanser

TONERS AND MISTS

Open

Ohui Miracle moisture skin softener (20ml), Klavuu White pearlsation Revitalizing Pearl treatment toner, Earth’s Recipe Energy boosting, Acwell 5.5 licorice (30ml), Ausome Rehydrating double mist, Secret Key Milk brightening, Primera Water Organience (15ml), Hadalabo Gokujyun premium lotion

Unopened

Pyunkang Yul mist toner, Keep Cool & Soothe Bamboo toner, Round Lab 1025 Dokdo, Indie Lee CoQ10 (30 ml), Scinic Snail Matrix skin, Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion 15ml x 2pcs, Sioris Time is running out mist, Real Barrier essence mist (30 ml), I’m From Rice toner, Tonymoly Ceramide Mocchi toner, Laneige cream skin refiner 30ml x 2pcs, Pyunkang yul Essence toner (20ml)

Total: 22 toners and mists 

ACIDS/ACTIVES (except hyaluronic acid)

Open

Pixi Glow tonic, Mizon AHA/BHA toner, Alpha-H Liquid gold, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra strength daily peel (5-pcs packaging), Nooni Re-pair turnover peel pads, Tiam Vita B3 source (niacinamide + arbutin), Dr Jart Blue Peptidin, Tonymoly Bio ex Cell Peptide ampoule, A313 Vitamine A pommade, Goodal Green Tangerine Vita c dark spot serum, Bioderma Matricium

Unopened:

Sidmool Dr Troub niaten, Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop, The Inkey List Vitamin C, Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic acid booster, The Inkey List Bakuchiol, The Inkey List Q10, The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%, Indeed Labs Bakuchiol reface pads, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Probio ampoule (10ml)

Total: 20 acid / actives 

ESSENCES

Open:

Cosrx Advanced snail 96 mucin power essence

Unopened:

Neogen Real Ferment micro essence (2 bottles), Hanskin Real complexion Hyaluron skin essence, Caudalie Vinoperfect Essence concentree eclat, Tonymoly Prestige jeju snail essence, Huxley Secrets of Sahara Oil Essence, I’m From Mugwort, Celimax The Real Sedum Aqua boosting essence, Guerisson essence, Primera Essence Miracle seed, Missha Time Revolution The first treatment essence RX 30ml, Benton Snail Bee High Content essence (15ml), Huxley Set of 4 mini essences

Total: 14 essences

SERUMS/AMPOULES

Open

A’pieu Glacier water hydrating ampoule, Dr Ceuracle Royal Vita Propolis ampoule, The Plant Base Quesera ceramide, Clinique Moisture surge hydrating supercharged concentrate, Blithe Tundra Chaga pressed serum, Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration serum (8ml)

Unopened:

Bring Green Artemisia Calming Intensive serum, Neogen Serum in oil drop White truffle,  Skin & Lab Barrierderm Repair ampoule, Thank You Farmer True Water Deep serum, Caudalie Vinosource serum S.O.S. desalterant, Blithe Crystal Iceplant pressed serum, It’s Skin Power 10 formula LI effector, The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5, Celimax Noni ampule, Indeed Labs Hydraluron, Tosowoong propolis sparkle ampoule, Hylamide SubQ skin advanced serum, CNP Green propolis anti-oxidant ampule 5ml

Total:  18 serums/ampoules

UPDATE FROM February 28th: I misplaced one moisturizer and an ampule, so I did not include them in my stash inventory. It is CNP Green propolis anti-oxidant ampule 5ml. So the new total is 18 serums/ampoules.

EMULSIONS

Open

Goodal Waterest emulsion, Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion

Unopened

Primera Organience emulsion, Missha Time Revolution The first treatment serum emulsion

Total 4 emulsions

MOISTURIZERS AND SPF

Open

Tatcha The water cream 10ml, Haruharu Wonder Honey Green Aqua cream, Dr Jart Cicapair Derma Green solution Re-Cover, Easydew  DW-EGF cream, La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, Labiotte UV Veil Moisture sun essence spf50 20ml

Unopened

Atrue Spring Green Tea watery calming, Elemis Pro-collagen marine cream, Eyenlip Hyaluronic acid water drop, Eyenlip 24k gold & peptide ampoule cream, Jigott whitening activated cream, Huxley Secrets of Sahara Anti-gravity cream (7ml), Tonymoly chok-chok The green tea watery cream, The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, By Wishtrend Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63 cream, Some By Me True Cica Mineral 100 calming sunscreen, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide cream 15ml, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule cream 7ml, Eyenlip Salmon oil nutrition cream 15ml, Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey cream 7ml x 3 pcs, Dr Jart Cicapair Derma green solution cream, Alpha-H Daily Essential moisturizer spf50+, Klavuu White pearlsation Ideal Actress Backstage Cream spf30 10ml, Dr Jart Every Sun Day Mild sun spf43 5ml, Illiyoon ato ceramide concentrate cream.

Total 26 moisturizers and spf creams

UPDATE FROM February 28th: I misplaced one moisturizer and an ampule, so I did not include them in my stash inventory. It is Illiyoon ato ceramide concentrate cream. So the new total is 26 moisturizers and spf creams

SLEEPING PACKS

Open

I’m from Magnolia, Glow Recipe watermelon glow, Cosrx low ph BHA overnight mask, Huxley Secret of Sahara sleep mask, Laneige Cica sleeping mask 10ml, Tiam Snail & Azulene sleeping mask in pouches

Unopened

Some By Me Yuja Niacin brightening sleeping mask, Manyo Vitamin Tree brightening pack, Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming night jelly

Total 9 sleeping packs

FACIAL OILS

Open

Sunday Riley Juno

Unopened

Farsali Rose gold elixir, The Ordinary 100% plant derived squalane, The Ordinary 100% Marula cold-pressed virgin oil, Indie Lee squalane,  Lively Super calming blue oil, Herbivore set of 5 oils

Total: 11 facial oils

WASH- OFF MASKS

Open

Isntree Real Rose calming, I’m from Honey, I’m from Rice, Oskia Renaissance, Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense hydrating 14ml, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzymatic 14ml, Glamglow Supermud clearing tretment 15g, 23years old Aqua bab modeling mask (4pcs set), Starskin VIP 7-second luxury all-day mask

Unopened

Mediheal Masking Layering Ampoule Exceltoning shot (set of 3), Make P:rem Wonderful me in-shower face pack, Blithe Patting Splash mask Rejuvenating purple berry, Lixirskin Vitamin C paste, Skin Chemist Rose Illuminating glow peel off mask, Filorga Meso-mask, Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, A’pieu Good morning sorbet mask, Isoi Intensive lifting mask pack, Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell Bio-repair 14ml, Peter Thomas Roth 24k gold mask 14ml, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud purifying black mask 14ml, Innisfree Capsule recipe pack

Total 22 masks

EYE CREAMS AND EYE MASKS

Open

Isntree TW-Real eye cream, Prreti berry white eye serum, Petitfee B-Glucan deep firming eye mask

Unopened

Bobbi Brown Extra repair cream, Benton Fermentation eye cream, Berrisom The Prestige Balancing eye serum

Total 6 eye creams and eye masks

SHEET MASKS

Total 119 sheet masks

Here is the summary of my cosmetic stash:

  • 21 cleanser
  • 22 toners and mists
  • 20 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 18 serums / ampoules
  • 4 emulsions
  • 26 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 9 sleeping packs
  • 11 facial oils
  • 22 masks
  • 6 eye creams and eye masks
  • 119 sheet masks

So, I basically made the inventory of complete stash, from small items of 5ml to full size products.

As you can see I have a huge job in front of time. And when I see the stash, I think that no-buy regime will continue in 2021.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

My skincare in 2019 in some numbers and letters

Hello everybody!

I can’t believe it’s already February and I haven’t still posted a single thing in 2020. They say it’s never late for good wishes so I wish you all the best, lot of happiness, love and health!

While everybody is already speaking about their favourites for January 2020, I still want to share with you some thoughts about my skincare journey in 2019. I found the inspiration for this first post in my second post in 2019.  So, I will give you an overview of my cosmetic experiences in past year through some numbers and letters.

During 2019, for a several times, I tried to maintain a no-buy regime, but it usually ended very badly for my wallet. I had some shopping sprees like I have never had before. That’s why I decided to keep away from shopping skicare products in 2020, since my stash grew to giant proportions. I will be writing about my skincare stash reducing project soon.

In 2019, I made 213 online orders. Some of them were for clothes and books, but most of them contained skincare product, but also some makeup and body care.

As I have already mentioned, I’m keeping track of my purchases, use and stash of cosmetic products in a xls file, so I’m able to give you some numbers.

For the moment, I have 115 opened items (skincare, haircare, makeup) which is quite a lot. In total, in 2019 I opened 129 products and I have emptied 117 items. I emptied fewer products than I used to do in previous years (134 in 2017 and 163 in 2018). My stash is currently composed of 100 products (a part of those was delivered during January). Also, I didn’t include in this last number all the products I obtained in Asos advent calendar (I used few of them as a Christmas gift for my family and friends). Wow, when I see these numbers, I start to feel a headache!!

And here is my 2019 in some letters:

F as Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm – this is the first cleansing balm I actually love (I tried the Kbeauty classics when speaking about cleansing balms:  rose Banila and  Heimish, but also Eve Lom and Emma Hardy). I think that these were good, but not so extraordinary. However, I think that Farmacy’s balm is just great as I mentioned in my last Empties post. I emptied two jars and I’m currently using the 3rd one, but this time in maxi size of 200ml. This cleansing balm turns into finest butter once you start massing it over your face. It is gentle, effective, not oily or greasy. I love it and will continue buying it despite its hefty price tag.

L as Laneige Cream skin refiner – if you want to replace few steps of your routine, this milky toner will be a perfect choice for you. It looks like it is a milky, watery lotion but once you apply it on the skin, it almost feels like you applied a nice moisturizer. It is soothing, nourishing. It is a perfect multitasker and replacement for toner/essence/emulsion or even a moisturizer (depending on your skin type, of course). This my winter multitasker, while May Coop Raw Sauce is my summer multitasking product.

N as Neogen Real ferment micro essence – this is by far my favourite product of 2019 and my holy grail. I mentioned it few times this year in my posts and I will just say that my skin is extremely happy when I use this essence (as I said it purrs like kitten when I splash it over my face). I will continue using it (I have 2 bottles in my stash thanks to Jolse’s excellent promotions like hidden sales, brand discounts, etc).

N as niacinamide (vitamin B3) – Until this year, I was always thinking that the niacinamide is an ingredient that targets mostly the acne prone skin and I never bothered to incorporate it in my routine. However, after reading about its overall benefits (improves enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fights hyperpigmentations and dullness, fights against the environmental impact, etc.),  I started to use it in my morning routine, immediately after washing my face (simple water splash).

I used a bunch of niacinamide serums this year (2sol which contains panthenol, Cos de Baha which flushed my skin, The Ordinary niacinamide with zinc which was a bit too “strong” for my skin, Sidmool Dr Troub niaten, Isntree C-niacin toning ampoule). I’m currently using The Inkey List niacinamide which is starting also to flush my skin. I can confirm that the constant use of niacinamide did improve my skin tone which is more even and brighter now. As for texture, since I’m using it as a first step, I prefer watery texture and that’s why I will probably be rotating 2sol and Sidmool. I also have a bottle of Tiam B3 serum containing arbutin which waits in my stash. I would also like to try Paula’s Choice version of niacinamide serum.

I tried a lot of skincare products this year, I bought even more, so this year will be for me a year without shopping for sure. I can already tell you that in January 2020, I only bought 1 skincare product.

2019 was a really interesting year for me from the cosmetic point of view. I hope that 2020 will be even more interesting.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautifull!

 

 

I’m on a no-buy? It’s more a go-buy!

Hello everybody!

I didn’t post for quite a long time till my last Empties 5 post. During this absence, I was really active in emptying products as you could have seen, but unfortunately for my wallet, I was also more than active in buying skincare despite of being on a no-buy regime (obviously the decision to stop shopping the skincare wasn’t firm enough).

I bought again a significant number of products, some of them were already mentioned in last Empties post, some of them are in use and some of them waiting their turn to be opened. While I wasn’t active here last few months, I was participating quite often on a message board about Kbeauty where I was posting my purchases. I saved the photos I had taken, so you will be able to see how far away I am from a no-buy!

Labiotte UV veil  and Blithe Crystal Iceplant pressed serum are still not opened.

Isntree C-niacin toning ampoule is nice choice for those who like to combine the vitamin C and niacinamide.

As a big fan of sheet masks, I’m always buying and trying the new ones. However, there are few types which I keep buying and one of these is Klairs Midnight blue calming sheet mask.

Manyo Factory Galactomy niacin serum and Hanyul Artemisia miracle relief essence are already emptied.

Klavuu White Pearlsation Revitalising Pearl treatment toner and I’m from Honey mask are already in use. I had high hopes from both of those 2 products, but I’m not so impressed, especially with Klavuu toner. Blith Patting splash mask – Rejuvenating berry and Neogen White truffle serum in oil drop are still not yet opened (I’ve tried a Blithe berry mask, since I received the small decant)

I was so happy when I bought Earth Recipe Energy Boosting toner which was on my wish list for quite a while. I haven’t tried it yet. On the other hand, I did open Goodal Green Tangerine vita c serum and it is nice, but not much more than that.

I always have a bottle of Mizon AHA/BHA daily clean toner. Hanskin Hyaluron skin essence and Acwell licorice 5.5 ph balancing toner are repurchased items. I’m from Magnolia sleeping mask was so long and so high on my wish list. It seems that it is discontinued. Some by me Yuja Niacin sleeping mask was an impulsive buy and it is still not in use. Dr Jart Blue peptidin was bought after I had tried a mini size serum.

Nature Republic and The Saem hair packs are repurchased items. All the others (Krave beauty Matcha-hemp hydrating cleanser, Isntree tw real eye cream and I‘m From rice mask) were bought for the first time and are already in use. I really like Krave Beauty cleanser.

It’s skin Power 10 formula LI effector is my HG calming serum/ampoule (combined with Cosrx Snail 96 mucin essence). A’pieu Glacier water hydrating ampoule and Wellage masks were bought for the first time. I have already opened A’pieu serum and it delivers very nice hydration. Dr Jart Ceramidin body butter is the first Kbeauty body care product I have purchased.

Neogen Real ferment micro essence is my HG essence. I have another bottle coming. Oneoseven Low ph chaga cleanser is the first time purchase.

Although I did try some items from Iherb Kbeauty bag, I still didn’t want to miss this bargain. Petitfee Beta-glucan deep firming eye mask and 23years old Aqua bab modelling mask were bought for the first time.

All these items were bought for the first time (Klavuu white pearlsation ideal actress backstage cream spf30, A’pieu luster lighting bb cream, A’pieu Madecassoside hand cream and Rovectin skin essentials activating treatment lotion). I’m really looking forward to try Rovectin lotion. By the way, don’t you think that the name of Klavuu cream is just hilarious?

The sample set is Cosrx Oil-free ultra moisturizing lotion with birch sap which I wanted to try for a long time so when I saw these samples, I clicked buy button immediately.

This is my wonder box 😁. The fact that I purchased some of these, like The Plant Base Quesera ceramide serum and Atrue Spring green tea watery calming cream, really made me satisfied and happy, because I finally got my hands on them. I’m really keen to see how I’m From mugwort essence works. Tonymoly Pro-clean smoky eye and lips makeup remover is my favourite makeup remover and obviously repurchased item. On the other hand, Etude House makeup remover was purchased for the first time. Laneige cream skin refiner and Huxley Secret of Sahara oil-essence are repurchased items. Thank you farmer true water deep serum and sheet masks were bought for the first time.

Most of these were bought with some discount codes on Ebay or during some promotions on Jolse.

And I still have to share with you my Black Friday haul.

I guess no one will ever believe me again when I say I’m on a no-buy!!

What did you buy lately?

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

Empties 4

Although I wasn’t present a lot at my blog lately, I have been really active when it comes to emptying beauty products and I hope I will continue with this pace since my big goal is to decrease my stash. I’m trying to use/finish as much products as possible, without, of course, troubling my skin or overloading my routines.

So, without further ado, here are my empties (and once again, due to a really long absence from my blog, I have again a big pile of empties to write about).

SKINCARE

Harumada Triple balance one-step cleansing pads – Excellent cleansing pads, very travel friendly. These pads do a great job in removing the makeup, dirt, grimes without having to do a double cleansing. I use these for my so called lazy cleansing routine. Would repurchase for sure if I could find anywhere!!

Kose softymo cleansing oil – nice, effective cleansing oil which turns into nice emulsion when mixed with water. It is affordable and lasts really long time. I will repurchase again, but not immediately since I really like to try new cleansers.

CNP Laboratory Perfect barrier cera cleanser – this complimented really well my 1st cleanser. It is gentle, not drying at all, effective, you only need a small quantity to wash your face (a pea size). But my problem with cleansers is that I do not stick to one, not even when I find an excellent cleanser and this one was excellent for me.

The Saem Healing tea garden White tea lip & eye remover – I struggled with this one, since I used much more cotton pads to remove my eye makeup than I usually need with my regular Tonymoly remover.

Pyunkang yul mist toner – this is one of my favourite toners. For the moment, I have 1 opened and 1 bottle waiting in my stash. I use it often and usually in both my morning and my evening routines.  It provides a perfect hydration to my skin, while refreshing it at the same time.  It is a nice watery toner which is absorbed easily and it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. Since it is watery, it can also be used in 7-skin method. It is colourless and scentless which I really appreciate. My skin loves it and I will be repurchasing this toner again and again.

Isntree aloe soothing toner – this toner was one of my big discoveries of 2018. It is a colourless, odourless liquid, more viscous than water. It provides nice hydration, soothes the skin and gives it a nice glow. It isn’t sticky at all which can sometimes happen with aloe containing products.  I was usually using it as a 2nd toner, sometimes as the only toner. I can say that my face was feeling really happy when I applied this toner. I will repurchase!!

Mizon AHA/BHA toner – great preparation toner which functions great with all acid treatments and vitamin C serums. It is not irritating at all and it gives every treatment such a nice boost. Already repurchased!

Olivarrier dual moist toner lotion 5.5. – I bought this toner to try it as a replacement for Acwell licorice 5.5 which became rather difficult to find online. It seems that this one is pretty same when talking about difficulty to purchase. It is a nice toner which I used usually as a first toner in my routine. It is thicker than water, yellowish, unscented and is absorbed quickly. Due to the squalane and alantoin this toner contains, it is also nourishing. Actually, it is more nourishing than hydrating. If you’re looking for a hydrating toner, this shouldn’t be your first choice. I liked this toner, but wasn’t crazy about it. Maybe I will repurchase it in the future.

I’m from Magnolia wake essence – I opened it on New Year’s day and mentioned it in my post about first morning routine in 2019. I was putting it almost every morning under my bb cream. I didn’t treat it as an essence since it has a jelly consistence and is thick and not watery. It is absorbed nicely providing a decent hydration and glow. However, I did have to apply more than my usual 3 drops of serum (1 on each cheek and 1 on forehead) and I ran out of it quite quickly. I tried to find it again on ebay, but without too much success, so I guess it is discontinued. Sadly I don’t think I will repurchase.

Melano CC serum – I have already mentioned few times in my  posts that my skin adores serums containing vitamin C and this serum wasn’t any exception to that rule. It brightens the skin, it evens the texture and helps the scars and the pimples heal faster. The packaging is great and prevents the serum from oxydizing. This is an excellent serum which I will repurchase!

Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron skin essence – I really liked this essence and how it pushes in the watery layers previously put and how it makes the skin plump and hydrated. I felt like it wipped out completely the surface of the skin in few seconds without actually drying it. I will definitely repurchase when I decrease my stash!

Missha first treatment essence Intensive moist – I used this essence at the very beginning of my Kbeauty adventure and I honestly didn’t see many benefits from using it. I’m not even sure if I used it in a correct manner. However few FTEs and few years later, I decided to give it a second chance and I really liked it. It is really effective and, at the same time, really hydrating first step which nicely prepares the skin for next steps.

Manyo Factory Miracle overnight pack – this is my biggest discovery of 2018 and my HG when it comes to sleeping masks. It has a gel consistency, it sinks in the skin perfectly while sealing in all the goodness previously put, is refreshing, hydrating and in the morning I wake up with glowy glass skin. Already repurchased and will continue to!

Dr Botanicals Facial oil – I got this in one of my Lookfantastic beauty boxes. This was the most watery and runny facial oil I have ever seen. Actually it’s not oily in any way! I felt like I was using a toner or lotion, not an oil. I was using it as a last step of my night routine, after my moisturizer and for me, this was a perfect combo. My skin was just perfect in the morning: silky, shinny, not oily at all. Before I opened this oil, I haven’t been using the oils for years. And this reminded me of how my skin loves nice facial oil. Although this was really nice oil, for the moment I will not repurchase it, since I bought few new ones (The Ordinary, Sunday Riley Juno, Farsali).

MAKEUP 

Peripera Airy ink velvet in shade Sold out red – I have few different Peripera’s liquid tints and I love them all. This is perfect red, cool toned tint which suits well my complexion. It is well pigmented and creamy, it is not drying at all, but still it is not tacky. And it is really crazy how long it stays on lips even with eating, drinking, talking. I was really impressed with this lip tint. Will repurchase!!

Missha Perfect cover bb cream in shade 27 – my favourite bb cream and you will probably see it often in my posts. This shade can be hard to find and that’s why I always try to have at least one back-up tube.

SHEET MASKS AND SAMPLE SIZE PRODUCTS

I made an inventory of my sheet masks collection and sorted out some masks that are coming close to the expiry date. Some of the masks below were used before the sorting action took place.

Oolu dr Ohkims Ginseng gold – I mentioned this sheet mask in my Favourite sheet mask post. Unfortunately, this was the last Oolu mask I had in my stash. I cannot find it anywhere and I’m so sad. My skin looks great after it, it is glowy, soft and even.

Tosowoong Pure deep sea water mask – it provides a fine hydration to the skin, softens it and evens the complexion. I also like the scent which is powdery and not overwhelming at all.

Tosowoong Dr Troubex sparkling mask – it is extremely calming, it makes the skin soft and velvety, it gives it such a nice glow. It is really sparkling as its name says

Klairs Midnight blue calming – If one day I would have to decide to stop buying the sheet masks and to pick only 5 sheet masks to keep buying forever, this mask would be one of these 5 masks. It does everything what it claims: calms, sooths, hydrates. It is really a big relief for a skin. Already repurchased and will continue buying.

Benton Goodbye redness centella mask pack – I wasn’t so thrilled with this sheet mask as I thought I would be. It’s an average sheet mask. It doesn’t provide lot of hydration and it’s not that soothing as I expected it to be. Will use the remaining sheet, but will not purchase again.

Aprilskin Honey & Reed ginseng – this was for quite a long time one of my favourite sheet mask. Unfortunately it is discontinued. This was the last one in my stash.

Papa Recipe Bombee Green Honey – the reason why I enjoy so much in Papa Recipe’s sheet mask is the divine scent that spreads once you open the packaging. I thought I would start to cry of happiness when I opened this one. Just divine! As for mask, it is excellent, hydrating, soothing, but still I like a little bit more my Papa Recipe Bombee honey (in yellow packaging). But will repurchase this green one.

Dr Jart Ceramidin – I didn’t try any other product from Ceramidin line, but I heard lots of great reviews for the liquid, the cream, so I expected that this sheet mask will do the wonders. Obviously it didn’t. It is a nice sheet mask that nourishes and soothes the skin, but I didn’t like the strong scent which didn’t not vanish throughout my whole masking time.

Tosowoong Deep&Quick mask – tone-up care – nice sheet mask, as all Tosowoong’s masks I tried.

Sulwhasoo First care activating serum EX – Although it is called a serum, basically it is a first treatment essence with a gel consistency. It has that particular scent that all Sulwhasoo products have, but it disappears fast. It is absorbed nicely and it really gives a great boost to all other layers. I love it!

SU:M37 Losec summa softener – a great toner with a gel-like consistency. It smells nicely and refreshes the skin while softening it at the same time. I use it as a 2nd toner.

Ohui Miracle softener – it is a milky toner and it does what it claims: softens the skin to facilitate the absorption of the next steps. I find it ok, but nothing special. From time to time, depending what I put on top of it, I felt an unpleasant tingling. I have one more bottle in my stash, but I won’t repurchase.

BODY CARE

Lierac huile seche 3 fleurs blanches – I don’t tend to write about the body care products since I think that this category is too much dependant on a personal taste, since the scent is pretty important for this type of products. However, I really must mention this dry oil since this is my favourite body oil. No other oil is close to this one for me with the care and scent it provides.

I have already started to work actively on my next Empties post. I’m keeping my beauty garbage bin busy.

So, till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

My first Sephora and Bath & Body works haul ever

Although I was on a low/no-buy regime during certain time, I knew that in April I would be travelling to USA for a business trip and that I would treat myself with few things that I cannot come across easily (neither in the drugstores back home, nor on different webshops that ship the orders to my country).

Of course, this haul was not only for me, I also bought some presents for my family. Like everything else lately, this post has been written for a long time and of course is long ovedue one (again).

Visiting Sephora was a perfect opportunity to buy some Drunk Elephant items which are intriguing me for quite a while now. I bought a Rise & Glow set that contains 2 mini serums C-Firma and B-Hydra and I picked as a gift two other items (Jelly cleanser and Protini polypeptide cream).

Some Tatcha skincare products also found their way to my shopping basket (again not in a full size). The only full size product I bought is Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm. I opened it already and I just love it!! It is the BEST cleansing balm I’ve tried so far!! It is so great that I’m even thinking about repurchasing it inspite of its hefty price tag (for a cleansing balm).

As a big admirer and user of Kbeauty products, I couldn’t pass by Glow Recipe range, so I bought 2 items, also in travel size: Blueberry bounce cleanser and their famous Watermelon sleeping pack. I have already tried both products, but I have to say that my first impressions are not so enthousiastic as I was before shopping. I’ll let you know about my further impressions.

Besides Drunk Elephant gift, I also got few other complimentary items: Dr Dennis Gross pads, Deva Curl Supercream and Amorepacific enzyme peeling mask.

I bought quite a few makeup items: some of them were gifted and some of them are for me. As you can see, there are some items from Sephora collection, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kat von D, Fenty Beauty,..

And last, but definetely not the least: Natasha Denona Mini Star palette. Taking into account the price of Natasha Denona’s full size palettes (mostly 100USD and more), I must say that I would never spend this amount of money for an eyeshadow palette. However, 25 USD for 5 eyeshadows of nice quality sounded like a good bargain.

And for the end, here are some products bought at Bath & Body works. This was my first encounter with this brand and their shop. Most of these were given as gift.

I really look forward to my next visit to both shops.

What do you usually buy at Sephora? Do you like Bath & Body works?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

My skincare in 2018 in some numbers and letters

Although 2018 came to an end almost a month ago, I think there are still few of us who are trying to make a resume of the past year (financial, emotional, experiential, etc).

I will try to make a resume of my cosmetic experience throughout this past year.

I buy my skincare, body care and makeup mostly online. I keep track of everything in the excel spreadsheets, so I can give you some numbers just for fun.

In 2018, I made 143 orders online and this means that the postman often rang at my door and that the delivery vans often stopped  in front of my house.  In average, I received at least 1 package in 3 days. There were some days when 3, 4, 5 packages waited for me to come from work. I’m still the target of my household members’ jokes when it comes to the number of packages I receive. My father finds hilarious the fact that I order my skincare from South Korea / Japan. Maybe I should buy him something? I’m still waiting for some packages to arrive. Lately I decided that I should try to be on a shopping diet till my birthday which is in April and that’s why I went a little bit crazy with some orders between Christmas and New year, just to enjoy a bit more in shopping.

So during past year I opened 154 different beauty products (skincare, makeup, body and hair care) and I emptied 163 products. My beauty stash is not that big as it used to be before, although I have a lot opened products. To be exact, for the moment, I have 96 different beauty products I’m currently using (some of them more frequently, and some of them rarely, but still in use).

So, let me take you through my 2018 also with few letters.

A as Acwell – or more precisely as Acwell licorice. I adore this toner which I used as first step of my routine. It replaced the first treatment essence, making my skin a perfect canvas for absorption of the next steps. However, after I emptied it, I had lot of problems to find it online and finally when I found it, the seller which was offering it, increased its price for 5-6 USD, which made me really angry (I say angry to stay polite).

C as C vitamin serums – 2 serums containing C vitamin blew my mind completely this year: Melano CC serum and Klairs Freshly juiced vitamin drop. Both of them really made a difference in brightening my skin tone and helping fade out some dark spots. My skin has always been in love with vitamin C serums and these two made even stronger this love.

H as Hanyul Pure Artemisia cleansing oil – perfect cleansing oil and perfect 1st cleanser. It foams nicely and removes perfectly the make up and cleans the face without leaving any oily residue. I love the scent. This oil made me buy the sheet masks from the same line (Pure Artemisia) and I love them also.

I as Isntree aloe soothing toner – the toners I’m using are the ones that I repurchase constantly (Pyunkang Yul mist toner, Muji Mujirushi High Moisture, Hadalabo Gokuyjun hyaluronic acid lotion), but still I managed to discover this aloe toner from Isntree and I love it. I usually use it in my routine after Pyunkang yul mist toner and I usually layer it (2-3 applications). It is absorbed nicely without sticky residue (which can happen with aloe products), it refreshes, soothes and moisturizes the skin in a such a great way, that I always enjoy in this feeling and wait at least for 15-20 minutes before putting anything else on top of it (of course, when I have time for this ritual).

M as Manyo Factory Miracle overnight mask – this is my HG sleeping pack and the biggest discovery of 2018. Before this, I only tried 2 sleeping packs. One of them was Enature’s Birch juice hydro sleeping mask which is really great and I talked about it in my summer favourites post. And then I fell in love desperately with this sleeping pack. It has a jelly consistency, sinks in fast and perfectly in the skin even if I exaggerate with the quantity and in the morning, my skin is smooth, radiant with that beautiful glass skin effect. I already have a backup tube in my stash.

P as peptides – one of my biggest discoveries of 2018 in terms of ingredients. I tried some wonderful peptide serums which made my skin smoother and firmer. I started with amazing Klairs Midnight blue youth activating drops (I wrote about it in my Empties 2 post), continued with The Ordinary Buffet, then tried Scinic Peptide Ampoule and Medi-Peel Bor-tox and finally Tonymoly Bio ex cell peptide ampoule. I will never be without a peptide serum ever!!

S as sheet masks – as a huge fan,  I cannot have  an overview without mentioning the sheet masks.  The ones that I discovered during 2018 and that I really liked are: My Beauty Diary Oligopeptide, Klairs Midnight blue calming mask, Hanyul Pure artemisia fresh calming mask.

So, these numbers and letters marked my cosmetic 2018. I really enjoyed and of course I will keep on discovering this wonderful beauty world (even with my no-buy till further notice decision for the beginning of the year, to which I will come back in one of my futur posts). I still have to share with you my empties for November and December 2018 and then I will say a forever farewell to my cosmetic 2018.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!