Products I opened lately

And again, if you are following my posts, you might have noticed that I didn’t post anything about the products I opened and introduced to my routine lately. So, here is an overview of what I have opened in August, September and October. Some of those products were already mentioned in my 2-months overview post for August and September about my skincare stash decrease project for 2020.

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 Choice Resist 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.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

Products I opened in July 2020

August is coming slowly to its end and I haven’t still posted my newly opened products for the month of July. So it’s about time I do it!

Although my stash was hiding some nice products and I opened several really interesting skincare items during past months, I must admit that among the products I opened in July, I found 3 magnificient additions to my routine, which can easily become my yearly favourites. Please continue reading to find out which are those 3 products. Click here if you’re interested in what I opened in April, May and June.

Here are the products I opened during July:

Drunk Elephant F-balm mask – this is first newly opened product that blew my mind completely, but also first Drunk Elephant product I quite liked. Basically this is an overnight mask or if you want a moisturiser. When I pumped it out of packaging for the first time, I got a little bit worried as its texture seemed to be thick and greasy. But the moment it touched the skin, it turned into something thin, easy to spread, fast absorbing. After the application, I thought it wouldn’t do so much for my skin, but in the morning, I really felt a difference in how my skin felt (nourished, firm, happy, shiny, but not greasy). I love it!!

Allies of the skin Molecular amino acid cleanser – this is easily one of the best second cleansers I have ever tried (and trust me, I tried a bunch!!). Obviously this is second newly opened item I adored during July. It is such a glorious cleanser. It has a creamy texture, it is spread easily and the second it touches the skin you feel it is a real treat. It is efficiant, gentle. I loved it so much that I started to use it in the morning and I do not use cleansers in the morning. This tells you how much I love it!! I wish it was a little bit cheaper.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron – Last few years, the only hyaluronic acid product in my routine was Hada Labo premium lotion which I really love. During last year, I collected few other hyaluronic acid products (essences, serums) which now replace my beloved Hada Labo. This Hydraluron serum was bought because I heard Caroline Hirons raving about it. It has a jelly texture which is thicker than my Hada Labo, so I use it after my toners. I was using Hada Labo between 2 toners. Although it is on thicker side, it glides easily and is absorbed nicely and it is not sticky or tacky. After first few applications, I felt like my skin was tight and I was affraid that it would end up drying my face. To prevent this, I introduced an additional small step which is a spritz of Caudalie grape water which locks the moisture in the skin and makes it plump. I like it so far now.

Purito Centella Green level unscented spf50 – After I heard and read so many raving reviews of this sunscreen, I simply had to try it. It is light, easily spread, it is not greasy, it sinks in nicely, the finish is a bit dewy but not too shiny. It works well under my bb cream. However, I would only recommend it for short stay at sun. This is by no means heavy duty sunscreen. I didn’t have any issues with it since I didn’t use it on beach, but my sister tried it on the beach and even though she reapplied it few times, she got her forehead burnt.

Mamonde Petal spa oil to foam – Rose – Although I really enjoy in double cleansing and see the benefits it brings to my skin, I have to admit that I’m not always in mood for it or I’m a bit lazy and feel tired, but still do not want to skip cleansing. And for nights like these, I’m always looking for a nice cleanser that can replace both steps while still being effective. This Mamonde oil to foam cleanser is definitely excellent choice and as its name says it turns from oil to foam during cleansing. It is gentle, effective, removes dirt, spf, makeup. Although I always have a separate product for eye makeup removal, I test every cleanser on my eyes at least once. This one burnt my eyes and I wouldn’t recommend it for that. The only thing I do not like about this cleanser is that it is really overfragranced. It obviously smells like roses, but it is really overwhelming and this can be issue since lot of people do not like rose scent. The scent of this cleanser is nice, but simply it is too much.

Fantastic Three

Paula’s Choice Azelaic acid booster – Since I sometimes experience some mild redness and skin sensitivity, I bought this azelaic acid booster since azelaic acid is, among other things, good for calming the skin redness. I use this booster in my night routine, but as a last step and in place of a moisturizer, since its texture is really a texture of a moisturizer. I do not see myself applying anything else on top of this. It glides nicely, is well absorbed, but still it leaves a film on the skin, as a protective layer. It feels confortable on the skin, nourishes it and calms nicely. I like it so far!

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – you could have already seen this moisturizer in my Empties post. It is my go-to product for the times of crises when my skin is sensitised by retinoids, red, etc.

Anessa Perfect uv sunscreen skincare milk spf50 – as you can see from the picture above, the third product that blew my mind during July is this fantastic Japanese sunscreen. I’m on hunt now for a full size product since this is small 20ml bottle. This sunscreen has a beautiful, milky texture that glides perfectly on the skin. It is also completely and perfectly absorbed and it has a beautiful satin finish; the skin feels like velvet!! It has a bit of white cast, but it disappers in a minute. It is not greasy, and it is not drying during the day. I wore it as a last step, but also under my bb cream and it works great with it. I have also tested it during a beach day and it turned out great (unlike Purito one). I love the texture, the effect, the protection it provides. This is probably the best sunscreen I have ever tried!

Herbivore oils: Bakuchiol and Lapis – I have these oils for a long time and so it was about time that I try these. I remembered also that some girls complained that oils went bad really quickly and I do not want this to happen to mine. I prefer Bakuchiol oil to Lapis since it is lighter, absorbed faster and feels better on a skin. Lapis reminds me of an oil I have already in my stash and it is Aromatica blue lively oil which is much cheaper and still equaly good.

Real Barrier Essence mist – this is nice mist that is on a thicker side, so it is not practical as a first step. It smells nice, hydrates and nourishes at the same time. It leaves a bit of a film on the skin, but it is not sticky. I use it as to seal the moisture from Hydraluron.

The Inkey List Retinol eye cream – Although this eye cream aims the demographics so much younger than mine (it says on the packaging it is for 25+, and I’m 25+15 + few more 🙂 ), I still had to try because of the retinol in it. Actually I do not feel that it contains retinol since it is not aggressive in any way. It is very lightweight and feels like that on the skin, sinks in nicely and leaves the skin hydrated. We’ll see for the long-term effects since it is really to early to talk about it.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

Products I opened in June 2020

I’m here again with another post about all the products I introduced to my skincare routine during past month.

If you’re curious about the products I have introduced recently (last few months), you can click here for April and May.

 

Algenist Alive Prebiotic balancing mask – I got this mask in my SpaceNK birthday gift. It is fun to use as its colour changes from pale baby blue to pale pink once you start massaging it in the skin. Some people say it is gimmicky, I say it’s fun.  As far as the effect of this mask goes, it feels on my skin as every other clay mask. My skin feels and looks purified, brightened and healthy. Although the packaging I got is really small, I will have it for at least 5-6 applications since a little goes a long way.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% – Besides the vitamin C, I’m always searching for some other anti-oxidant, so this serum was a logical choice. I use it in my morning routine, but I do not skip the vitamin C when using the pycnogenol. Although there is no oil in it, this serum is kind of oily, but is absorbed very quickly in the skin and makes a perfect canvas for the application of sunscreen (I currently rotate Klairs Soft airy uv essence and Ducray Melascreen). It has a dark, red colour, but does not stain the skin. It has a little funky smell that reminds me of vinegar.

Ducray Melascreen spf50 light – I always like to have 2 or more sunscreens in my routine. I tend to use this sunscreen on my no makeup days. It is heavier than my Klairs Soft airy uv essence, but still it feels nice on the skin and is well absorbed. It leaves a little bit of white cast at first, but this disappears quickly. I have also used it few times under my bb cream, and it didn’t cause my makeup to glide off my face. I like it so far.

I’m from Fig cleansing balm – this was the first item I ordered from South Korea after long hiatus (long time in my shopping terms is 3 months). As mentioned in my Stash decrease project post, I’m on a nobuy, but also due to the pandemics I do not have access to any Kbeauty sellers since they do not deliver the packages to my country for the moment. I was happy like a child who got his long yearned toy when I received this cleansing balm. I like it so far. It looks a bit heavier and greasy, but once I rub it in my palms and heat it, it melts nicely. It is efficient, removes well the makeup and spf. It does blur my eyes a bit, but this disappears quickly.

Atrue Green tea watery calming cream – This moisturizer is the first product I have tried from the brand Atrue. It is really nice, light cream and perfect choice for summer moisturizer. The texture is not thick and it sinks nicely in the skin. It provides nice moisture. I use it mostly in my night routine as a last step.

Paula’s Choice 10% niacinamide booster – The niacinamide is one of the most important parts of my skincare routine. I use it every day in my night routine as a first step after cleansing. I usually buy Kbeauty niacinamide serums, but since I cannot order anything from S Korea for the moment, I’m currently testing western ones. After I tried Garden of Wisdom niacinamide (I talked about it in my last Empties), I finally opened Paula’s Choice one. Its watery consistency is perfect for my skincare routine. It is not drying or irritating. It sinks fast and perfectly in the skin. I love it so far.

CNP Green propolis ampoule – I love good propolis serum and always have one in my stash and in my routine. This CNP is on a thicker and little bit stickier side. Because of its consistency, it is really difficult to handle it / dose it with the pipette it comes with. I will go through it fast since this is a 5ml sample.

Sioris Time is running out mist – This was the love at first spritz! I just love, love, love this mist. It it biphasic mist that contains oils for nourishing, but it feels so light and refreshing on the skin. And the smell is divine! It doesn’t smell of essential oils as some mists do. This scent is really unique and beautiful, but since I’m really bad in describing the scents and perfumes, I will let you discover it yourself. I use this mist in my morning routine, under my hyaluronic acid toner and they play great together.

Lixirskin Vitamin C paste – I had this paste for quite a while in my stash so I was a bit worried that it would go bad which can happen often with products containing vitamin C, but to my great pleasure this was not the case this time. I expected something much thicker, since it is called a paste, but don’t let the name fool you. It is nice gel mask which really easily spread. The thing I really like about this product that it doesn’t require a lot of time to work. I leave it for maybe 2-3 minutes and wash it off. And the first application really blew my mind away, because the shine it gave to my skin was so insane. This shine was reduced a bit with the further application, but I still shine bright with this mask (I’m listening an old Rihanna’s hit as I’m writing this). And I didn’t experience any reaction (tingling, burning, redness). The only thing I don’t like is the scent (I have to admit that it stinks), but this funky scent disappears quickly. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a pleasant masking experience at all. Anyhow, I like this mask.

What did you introduce to your routine lately?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

Products I opened in March 2020

Hello everybody!

I hope you’re all well and healthy. Stay safe and listen to your health care professionals and epidemiologists in these unfortunate moments. And stay  home (if possible)!

Whoever read my 2 previous posts knows that I’m on a no-buy. So obviously I will not be posting any time soon my new-in posts or shopping sprees as I did in the past.

However, I will start a new post series of what I opened during the month and these will also include some first impressions.

So without further ado, here are the products I opened during March.

Scinic Snail Matrix skin – since I emptied my HG snail product, Cosrx 96 snail essence, I had to introduce something that contains snail mucus. This toner has a jelly texture which is of course thicker than other toners. Of course, it has some slip to it and is nicely spread. It is hydrating and calming. Before opening this toner, I have already used a decanted bottle of around 10ml which I liked and that’s why I bought a full size product.

The Inkey List Vitamin C serum – I bought Timeless Vitamin C E + ferulic recently and thought of introducing it immediately to my routine, as I do not think that the texture of this TIL serum is suitable for the quick morning routines. However, due to the unfortunate conditions around the COVID-19, I started to work from home on March 16th, so I changed my mind and opened The Inkey List serum. I have already written about it in one of my Empties posts. I must admit that it is not for everyone. The percentage of ascorbic acid is pretty high (30%), so for someone who is not used to vitamin C, this could be too much and could cause some redness and burning effect. And, to my big astonishment, this is exactly what happened to me with the first application of this serum!! I had such a nice experience when using the first tube so this came out of blue for me. I thought that this was initial reaction to reintroducing the potent vitamin C serum. Unfortunately I was wrong, because I experienced the same reaction next 2 times I applied it. It sensitised my skin in such a way that my face was red like tomato and a part of my forehead was sensitive to a touch and it hurt. Obviously, this serum is no longer working for me (at least in a way I used to apply it). I should probably try to buffer it with some cream. However, it does work as a spot treatment because it healed in 2 days the pimple I had on my chin.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. serum – this is one of only 2 western serums that I always come back to and will continue to do so. It is a lightweight milky serum which is deeply hydrating and soothing. The skin feels so smooth and refreshed. I use it in both of my routines. The only thing I do not like is the fact that I go really fast through it due to its thin texture.

Some by mi Truecica mineral 100 calming suncream – although I’m not all the way through my current sunscreen, Klairs Airy uv essence, which I really like, I opened this and lend it to my father who was supposed to do some gardening. Before that, I made a demonstration of how to apply it, so I tried it too. Although it is a mineral sunscreen, it does not leave a white cast, it is not difficult to massage it into the skin, it didn’t leave any greasy residue. I did notice some scent to it (I think it is a tea-tree oil or something similar) but it disappeared quickly.  I like it so far, but I will see how it works under my bb cream.

Skin&Lab Barrierderm Repair ampoule – I bought this almost a year ago and honestly forgot about it. This was one of my impulsive shopping, without reading ingredients or reviews. I was probably attracted by the barrier repair part from its name and some promo price on Jolse. When you open it, you can feel the light scent of alcohol, nothing too strong, but still present. It has a watery texture and light pink hue to it, it is non-sticky. It sinked in fast. My first impression is that I have no great expectations now. I think it will be a mediocre ampoule.

Make P:rem Wonderful me mask in-shower face pack – although I bought this for the upcoming summer season, I still opened it to try how it works. I have to see if I applied it in proper way since I put it on while my face was wet from shower and in a thicker layer (the packaging says that it should be put in a thin layer). I washed it off in shower and I didn’t put any skincare product for more than hour and still my skin didn’t feel tight or dry, so I guess it works well.

Alpha-H Daily moisturizer spf50 – Although I have 2 sunscreens in use (Klairs and Some by mi), I opened the 3rd one because I’m a bit concerned about the future shipments from Korea with this unfortunate pandemic of Covid-19 (almost all Ebay sellers and online stores from South Korea and Japan do not ship to my country for the moment). The first use was a pleasant one, no white cast, it sinked in fast without greasiness left. However, one ingredient caught my attention and I need to research a bit, as it seems to me that it might be a very bad one.

Sidmool Dr Troub niaten serum – this is my second bottle. I like its watery, thin texture since I use the niacinamide as a first step of my evening routine so it fits perfectly. It brightens the skin, evens and smoothes skin texture. I didn’t experience any side effect. In the future, I will rotate this serum with Tiam B3 Vita source.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

My first skincare routine in 2019

Happy New year everyone!! Plenty of love and happiness!

This will be a short New year’s post, since I would just like to share with you my first morning routine in 2019.

 

I just wanted to look fresh and hydrate the skin. That’s why I have 3 toners for my own version of 7-skin method (Olivarrier Dual moist, Pyunkang yul mist toner and Isntree aloe).  And of course, since this is new year, I wanted to introduce something new and the choice I made was I’m from Magnolia wake essence. Of course, it is way too early to share my thoughts on this.

All I can say that the consistency is more of a serum than an essence, it is of nice pinkish magnolia colour, spreads nicely and hydrates well.

So this was my first 2019 routine.

I wish you all the best in New year without any skin concern and a bunch of nice products that do miracles for your skin.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

Everybody has summer favourites. So do I!

Hello everybody!

Ever since I started to use the Kbeauty products in 2014, I was always struggling to find a perfect summer routine, because the combinations I used to put, tended to be either too heavy, or too weak. It can be pretty challenging to find a perfect combination of products to keep the skin well hydrated, but also able to keep put the makeup (bb cream) during the hot summer days.

Last summer I found the perfect combination in Son & Park beauty water, Muji Mujirushi high moisture toner (few layers of it), Mizon black snail cream for the morning routine. For the night routine, it was pretty same with the addition of Kohaku hada HA lotion (orange version) and lots of sheet masks. It worked wonders for me.

However, since I hoarded lots of products during this winter / spring and since I emptied all the products mentionned above (the exception is Muji Mujirushi toner which I repurchased), I was looking again for the new perfect combination. So here are the products I reach for every day this summer:

Tosowoong Time shift first essence – I will soon finish this wonder bottle. I can say that this one of my favourite summer products but also one of my favourite Kbeauty products ever. This picture below prouves how much I like this FTE. The bottle is empty! And the new one is on the way.

 

Hadalabo Gokujyun premium HA lotion

This is perfect HA lotion for my needs. It makes my skin plump, soft and well hydrated. I need only 1-2 drops for my whole face. To prevent that the skin dries (which can happen with HA), I reach for my two next summer favourites.

 

Muji Mujirushi Light toning water – High moisture – just like last summer, I put a layer or two of this toner every morning and evening. It’s a perfect hydrating toner which is more viscous than water. It can be sticky for a few second upon I apply it, but it sinks in very fast and in such a nice way. This is one of my favourite hydrating toners.

 

Next product I reach for is Farm stay Snail Visible difference moisture toner.

It’s gel-like hydrating toner which I always layer on some other hydrating toner. Although it is a snail toner, it’s not sticky or slimy at all. It sinks in perfectly and it is really refreshing. It’s a perfect summer toner and perfect choice for the people who like snail mucin in their routine.

 

Enature Birch juice hydro sleeping pack

This product replaces a moisturizer in my routine. It’s light, hydrating sleeping pack which locks nicely all the layers previously put, leaving the skin soft and hydrated. In the morning I find myself with glowy skin, but not greasy in any way. This birch juice sleeping mask is really juicy. I had 2 travel size containers and I will surely buy a full size.

 

And my last summer buddy is Huxley Secrets of Sahara oil essence.

I had this bottle in my stash for a while now, so I almost forgot about it. And the decision to open it now, is showing to be wise. This gel like essence like oil is not oily at all (despite what the name says), it’s a nice gel which sinks in fast, smells perfectly (to me), refreshes and hydrates the skin and leaves it in a perfect balance without making it oily. And it works great under my Missha bb cream.

How do you pamper your skin during the summer?

Till next post, stay healthy and beautiful!