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!

 

 

 

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!

 

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 shopping spree before my low/no-buy decision

First of all, this is a post which is really, but really a long overdue one. I started editing it few months ago. Some of the items below are already in use, but I will still share it with you.

Since I’m keeping track of my purchases, my  stash and use of all types of products, I came to a conclusion few months ago, that it was of an utmost necessity that I stopped buying skincare items for a certain period of time.  And that’s how I took a decision to keep myself on a buying diet at least till my birthday which was in April or even longer.  But before that, I still wanted to enjoy a bit in shopping and as a result, you will see below what I bought. And then, when I saw what I had bought (hoarded!!) during this time,  when I remembered what I had already opened and what I had,  I decided that I would need to be on a no buy regime till the end of 2019!!! You have to remember that my whole beauty stash is bought by my own money!!

So, below you can see the results of my last madness/spree (all this was delivered to me a while ago, but I haven’t written anything here for quite a while now).

SKINCARE

Skinfood Royal honey propolis enrich essence – I like very much honey and propolis in the skincare and always have at least one product that contains those ingredients. I also tried this essence when a friend decanted a small bottle and I liked how nourishing it was and how healthy my skin looked, so I really had to buy it.

From Nature Age treatment ampoule – one of the bloggers I follow, wrote a really interesting review of this product, so I bought it on a whim. Actually, this is a second bottle I bought, since I gave the first one to my sister as one of the Christmas gifts.

Medi-Peel Bortox – as I already mentioned in my post about 2018, I tried quite a lot of peptide serums last year and I really liked most of them. I tried this serum also afer receiving a decanted bottle and I liked it, so I had to buy a full size product.

Easydew DW-EGF cream – this one was also a result of an impulsive shopping due to the fact that I watched some youtube video mentioning EGF as an ingredient (I think it was Sokoglam’s serie about their curations). Actually, the product they curated costs more than 80 USD, so obviously I treated myself with something similar that costs 19 USD.

Manyo Factory Miracle Overnight sleeping pack – this is repurchased item. I wrote about it in my 2018 overview post since it is my HG sleeping pack and I will keep on buying it. I love how it is nicely absorbed. It gives my skin a nice moisture and perfect healthy glow. It has an interesting scent and nice texture. Will repurchase for sure as I have already said!

Cosrx low ph BHA sleeping mask – since I fell in love in Manyo Factory’s miracle sleeping mask, I look more often towards this kind of products. This mask was a a new Cosrx product for me and the ingredients combination is really interesting.

The Ordinary Marula oil and Plant-derived squalane – I didn’t use oils in my skincare since quite a while. I feel like my skin could benefit a lot from oils during the winter/spring, so I bought these two oils since they are really affordable and have excellent reviews. Also, I didn’t try a lot of product from Deciem/The Ordinary, but whatever I tried, I liked it (Buffet, Granactive retinoid 1% in squalane).

Sunday Riley Juno – I bought it since I really wanted to try something from Sunday Riley range. I adore this packaging which looks really luxurious. We will see if the results match the look.

Farsali Rose gold – this was bought on a whim together with the Sunday Riley Juno. Honestly I do not know a lot about this oil or about the brand, but I look forward to try it.

Benton Deep Green tea lotion – this is a relatively new product without too many reviews. This was a really impulsive shopping, since I basically wanted to buy a toner from the same line, but I didn’t pay much attention to what I was buying. If this proves to be a nice product, I will probably buy a toner too.

Neogen Green tea cleansing stick – Since my favourite cleansing stick is probably discontinued (SU:M37 Miracle rose cleansing stick), I wanted to try something similar. This Neogen stick will have a lot to live up to, since Miracle Rose stick was not only my favourite cleansing stick, but my favourite 2nd cleanser.

Laneige Cream skin refiner – also an impulsive buy after I saw one review. Till now I didn’t try a lot of Laneige products (I tried the famous sleeping mask in the blue jar, but honestly didn’t like it at all).

Missha Time revolution The first treatment essence (travel size) – I tried this FTE at the very beginning of my Kbeauty experience and I didn’t notice lots of benefits from it. Since I really like how the first treatment essences work on my skin, I thought I could give a second chance to the famous Missha essence.

Ausome Organic rehydrating double mist 50ml – I like to use the mists especially in the morning and when I’m travelling to prevent a dehydration. This looks like an excellent mist and we will see if I’m right.

Primera skincare kit – I haven’t tried anything from Primera brand up till now. I’m mostly curious about the toner and the essence and I really look forward to try it. I think I really have to start buying more often the travel size and sample products like I did in the beginning of my Kbeauty experience.

Neogen Real fermentation essence – I was watching this essence for so long, that I really thought I would never buy it! First, I wasn’t able to find it anywhere except on some USA online stores which have extremely high shopping costs to my country. And then when I finally found it on Ebay at some Korean sellers, it cost a small fortune: more than 50 USD!! So, when my saved search showed it at 35 USD, I just had to buy it! I’m so thrilled to have it finally in my stash! Yeah! I do not have to mention that I have extremelly high hopes for this essence!!

SHEET MASKS

Tosowoong Dr Troubex sparkling sheet masks – this was bought also based on a nice review from a Kbeauty blogger.

CNP Laboratories ampoule mask 3x – this is a set of 3 different ampoule sheet masks (green propolis, mugener, vita whitening). I was using their cleanser as a second cleansing step (CNP Laboratories Cera perfect barrier) and I loved  it. I have their propolis serum on my wish list, so a sheet mask is a cheaper way to test if some other products (other than a cleanser) work.

Blithe Intensive Mask Bluezone Marine Cucumber – I’m very intrigued lately by Blithe products, but since they are on a pricey side, I’m trying to find some promo prices to test them. I bought this mask as a complement to my order from Beautybay.

Benton Goodbye redness centella – although I rearly suffer from a skin redness, I always like to have something in my stash that can fight the redness, sensitivity or similar. Although I haven’t tried these masks, this sounds like it could answer to such challenge. I would also try to test the gel cream from the same line.

Leegeegam Deep & quick mask – Tone-up care – this was also an impulsive buy as result of reading a message board about Kbeauty.

Naruko sheet masks (different types) – only Naruko sheet mask I tried up till now was the one with snail mucin and it was horrible. On the other side, I read so many great reviews about their Narcissus sheet mask that I had to try it.

HAIR CARE

Nature Republic Argan essence deep care steam mask and Missha Damaged hair therapy steam mask – these are the first  products I purchased for my hair. I have high hopes from these masks.

MAKEUP

BH Cosmetics Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in shade Passionate – I usually buy the lipstick and lip glosses in red (mostly cool tones), neutrals and fuchsia. This kind of brave purple shades always intrigued me, but I have never bought one. The discounted prices of only 3 EUR for BH lipsticks was an invitation for me to try the purple lipstick.

Urban Decay On the run palette – another impulsive buy. Honestly my eye makeup routine is quite basic: eye primer, eye liner and mascara, sometimes eye shadow, so my stash of palettes will last till 2039.

What did you buy lately?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

The newest additions to my little stash: what did I buy lately?

While everybody is still enjoying in Christmas gifts, I would like to share with you what I treated myself with lately. As mentioned before in some other posts, I’m really trying to keep myself on a no-buy regime, but weak as I am, I relapse from time to time, so here are the newest editions to my beauty stash:

Lookfantastic x Molton Brown limited edition box – I discovered Molton Brown shower gels in LF advent calendar and I fell in love immediately! Such special and unusual scents!! My favourite is Pink Pepperpod! This box was really a great bargain. I just love the packaging of this box.

Lookfantastic x MAC limited edition box – Since I do not have anything from Mac, I thought that this box was a good choice to check out all: lipstick, mascara, lip gloss, their famous fixing spray. For the moment, I only tried the lipstick (Twig 824) and it’s perfect creamy nude shade (it looks a little bit darker on the photo).

Acwell N5.5. balancing micro cleansing foam – for me the cleansers are probably the only product category where I cannot comitt to one special product.  I’m always searching,  trying, testing, looking for a new one although I found some really nice cleansers. I chose this cleanser mostly because I like the brand (Acwell licorice toner is one of my favourite toners) and the fact it advertises low ph.

Liz K first C serum 13% – As I probably mentioned already, my skin adores the serums containing vitamin C and I constantly have at least one C vitamin serum in my routine. I will empty soon my Melano CC serum, so I wanted to try something new. Can’t wait to try this.

Klavuu nourishing lip sleeping pack – I only tried 2 kind of lip sleeping packs (Laneige, Carenel) and neither one was good for me. I hope this one will be better.

Macadamia hair treatment – My hairdresser is using this for my hair, so I thought that I should have it also at home.

Blithe Tundra chaga pressed serum – I think I saw this product for the first time on Gothamista’s youtube channel a while ago and I liked the idea of the pressed serum. However, the price is a bit steap and no samples are available, so I couldn’t make myself buy this. That’s why we have Black Friday discounts to buy the things like this. This was a catch from  Beautybay.

Tonymoly Pro Clean Smoky eyes & lips makeup remover – this is repurchased item. It is my HG when it comes to makeup removers.

Knowing how I like the sheet masks, I do not think that my new-in post is possible without at least one sheet mask. This time I bought Klairs Midnight blue calming, two kinds of A by bom and Dr. Jart Ceramidin.

Scinic peptide ampoule – lately I’m into the peptide products a lot!! I tried Klairs midnight blue drops and for the moment, I use The Ordinary Buffet. I see that overall appearance of my skin improved, so I will keep using the peptides serums. This one is highly recommended by the girls on a forum thread I follow. And I got a sheet mask as a gift.

The Body Shop body yoghurt – since TBS doesn’t have any store in my country, whenever I travel and come across The Body Shop store, I always buy myself something  (body butter, shower gel, etc) and always buy some presents for my family. This body yoghurt was bought in Budapest.

Different makeup items – I bought few lipsticks (liquid ones: Milani and Sleek  and Nyx lipstick).

Did you treat yourself with some skincare or makeup product lately?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

How do I cleanse my face?

Hello everybody!

We all know how much cleansing is important for achieving and/or maintaining the healthy and beautiful skin. This is something I keep repeating to myself everytime I’m feeling lasy at night before going to bed and when I’m thinking about going to sleep without removing the make up. Although it is a big NO for skincareenthousiac like me, I have to admit that it does happen from time to time (I know, I know what you are thinking right now). And exactly because of this, beside my morning and my evening cleansing routines, I introduced the 3rd cleansing routine: a lasy one.

As you can imagine, my lasy cleansing routine doesn’t have many steps: it consists of removing the eye make up with the eye & lip make up remover, cleansing with the micellar water, water splash and then I go straight to bed. I’m not a big fan of micellar waters, but I always have one bottle in my beauty stash or at least one travel size bottle in my travel beauty bag. I emptied lately Labiotte Micellar water and I wrote about it in my last Empties post.

My newest addition to a lasy cleansing routine are Harumada Triple balance one step cleansing foam pads. I bought a 10-pcs pack and I have already used few of them. These are quite nice cleansing pads which remove well the make up. However, I cannot use it on my eyes since it got to my eyes and it burnt terribly. The pads are packed like the sheet mask and inside you can find the product that has the same shape  as Neogen peeling pads, but a bit bigger than Neogen. One side is embossed and used first to spread the cleanser and the other one is smooth and when you apply it, the cleanser foams, but not much. It removes the make up completely and when I wash it off, it leaves the face clean and smooth. It can replace both of cleansing steps. These pads are also very travel friendly and besides my lasy routine, I will use them for travels.

Besides my lasy cleansing routine which is simple, my morning cleansing routine also  tends to be equally simple. Either I do just a water splash and dry my face or I have 1-step cleansing routine. This depends on 2 things: how my skin looks in the morning and how many layers I put the night before. Although my skin is not greasy, sometimes I wake up with greasy and shiny traces, but not shiny in a good and healthy way. And this happens usually around my nose area (not my complete T zone, it’s rather I zone 😁). In this case, I  follow 1-step cleansing routine and for that purposes,  I use my 2nd cleanser from the night routine.  For the moment, I rotate two of them: Tosowoong enzyme powder wash and CNP Laboratories Perfect barrier cera cleanser. I really like both of them. However, since they both have some grains inside, I’m a little bit worried that I do not overexfoliate my skin, even though both cleansers are very mild. That’s why I’m actually thinking about introducing a new cleanser: my 3rd 2nd cleanser. It sounds funny!

Few words about each of my 2nd cleansers. CNP Laboratories Perfect barrier cera cleanser is my latest discovery. I really like it. It is mild, effective, little goes a long way, I only need a pea size of it to clean thouroughly the face. It foams nicely, but not too much, cleans very well the skin without stripping it. As I said, it has some small grains inside, which worried me at first, but I see now after almost 2 months of using it, that it’s quite fine. The other cleanser / peeling I use is Tosowoong enzyme powder. Again the little goes a long way, but it might take you a while to find a perfect quantity to use. You can melt it completely or leave the grains partially, it’s up to you. I usually melt it completely and use it as a cleanser. Even when I leave some grains, it is not a harsh peeling. It foams nicely and cleans nicely. I use it once or twice a week.

And we come now to my evening cleansing routine. As a first cleanser, I’m currently using Kose Softymo oil.

It is such a nice cleansing oil. I need only 1 pump to clean well the face. When I add the water, the oil emulsifies nicely,  it is washed off easily and it doesn’t leave any oily residu. And it smells nice. And the bottle will last forever and the price is really friendly.  Combined with the 2nd cleansers I already mentioned above, it gives me a perfectly cleansed, balanced skin.

Before Kose oil, I had Hanyul Pure Artemisia cleansing oil. I wrote about it in my last empties post.  It is a great oil, that I highly recommend also.

In the beginning of my Asian beauty path, I tried also some cleansing balms, but for some reasons it’s not my cup of tea. I tried of course Banila Co and Heimish. They both clean well and thouroughly, but I prefer Banila due to the nice scent.

For the moment, I have few travel size cleansing balms of high end brands (Eve Lom, Emma Hardie) and I will try them and write few words for sure.

How do you cleanse your skin?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful.

Do not follow my steps: guide for a Kbeauty beginner

Ever since I started to use both Kbeauty and Jbeauty products, I feel like I have a multiple personality disorder. On one hand, I am vibrant person extremely happy with how my skin looks and feels (like it has never looked), and on the other hand,  I am constantly mad at myself for buying so many products, for having 7 toners, 4 emulsions, 5 serums, 40 sheet masks, for opening 20 jars, tubes and bottles and still wanting to open 10 new ones,  for thinking that I must have everything (like Pokemons that children were collecting a decade ago).

As you can see this is not a “normal” guide for Kbeauty beginners you were maybe expecting and which you can find everywhere (what’s a Kbeauty routine, what’s an essence, a toner, how to build up a routine, etc). These are my guidelines how to get the best for your skin from a great Asian beauty world and how to keep your wallet safe and your head clear at the same time.

Before I start sharing my wisdom or even better, before I try preventing you from making my own mistakes, let me tell you where I’m standing at the moment when it comes to Kbeauty. I have a huge stash (all purchased with my own money) which I want to purge now a bit. I’m trying to keep myself on a no-buy regime, however I keep having cosmetic relapses caused by different things. So as you can see, I know what I’m talking about when I say that I’m trying to prevent you from making my own mistakes. Personaly, I have no intent of becoming a famous beauty blogger and earning my life from it. I have a nice and well paid job which I like and this blog is something that is making me happy and relaxed and my thought was  why not sharing my cosmetic experience. If only 1 or 2 persons read this and it helps them, my mission is completed.

When I started to explore the faboulous world of Kbeauty, I felt like I had to try everything and like I needed everything. I didn’t pay attention to what type of skin the product was made for or what skin concern it targeted. If somebody said it was a wonderful product, it was enough for me to wish for it and most of times to buy it!! Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed!! Trust me, this world of innovative products, strange ingredients, interesting packagings and shapes and sometimes funny translated names, can be pretty overwhelming.

Try to stay reasonable and wise! Choose your products carefully, investigate a little bit before you hit the buy button. Google the product, take advantage of the fact that everything can be found online, read more than 1 product review and choose the ones that were written by somebody similar to you (in age, skin type, skin concerns, …).

Do not buy a product each time there is a hype going on message boards, Instagram or elsewhere. You do not need an anti-wrinkle serum if you’re in your 20’s (unless you look like a picture of Dorian Gray 😁). There is no product that can satisfy everybody. And, I have to say that sometimes I feel like some people try to hype the product only for keep hypeing alive (if you understand what I want to say). Also I keep noticing that more and more people are creating hype around the products that they have being using for only couple of days. You should know that this should be called  first impressions.

I can bet that on every message board, Reddit topic about Kbeauty or similar, there is at least one person who thinks that she knows (everything) the best, not only for her, but for everybody else. If she doesn’t like a product, nobody will, if her skin reacts to a certain ingredient, it is useless, if she doesn’t like or respect the brand, neither have to the others, if the product is working for her, so it will for everybody else. Of course, you can hear what those people have to say, but keep in mind that your experience might be quitte the opposite (going both ways).

Take the adventage which Kbeauty has and western beauty usually doesn’t and it is called the samples. Whenever you can buy the samples, do it. Do not buy the full size product if you can try the samples first. Sometimes sample prices are bit higher, but buying the samples can save you a lot of money that could be waisted on a full size products, that don’t work well for you. Also, sample size products give you the opportunity to try high end products that you cannot maybe afford.

If you find a perfect product, you should stick to it. I know that the huge choice of products which you find once you open the door to Kbeauty, can be very intriguing, overwhelming, challenging and it can make you want to try all, but if you find that perfect product, just keep on using it. Finding another perfect product will probably cost you some time, nerves and money. Trust me: grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

What did I buy lately?

Hello everybody!

It’s been a while now since I posted something on my little blog. I work a lot during summer, and I do not have much time for anything else. But now, when the winter is approching I will have time for fun, including my blog.

I was trying to keep myself on a cosmetic shopping diet since I really hoarded quite a lot lately and my beauty stash is really huge. However, from time to time, I treated myself with something I had on my wishlist for a longtime, sometimes  after a hard day at work, I bought something just to reward myself and sometimes I simply could not resist to a discount code or a special price.

So below you can see some results of the actions I undertook lately 😁

Peter Thomas Roth set of 6 different mask – this is a great set to try these rather expensive masks which have a HG status for many women.

May Coop Raw sauce – when I saw that it was on a promotion at Jolse.com, I couldn’t resist to buy since I had it for such a longtime on my WL.

Manyo Overnight miracle sleeping pack – if the reviews are true, this will be a miracle product. Sleeping packs are probably the only category of Kbeauty products that I didn’t explore enough. I’m really looking forward to try this.

Pyunkang yul mist toner – one of my favourite hydrating toners. I always buy it on Iherb when they offer a discount on Kbeauty items. This time I bought two bottles.

Blithe Patting water pack Energy yellow citrus & honey – usually the splash masks from Blithe are quite expensive. I bought this one for only 12 USD since it was discounted due to the expiry date in March 2019. I will have to open it and use it quickly, so I will see soon if it is really worth that retail price it usually has.

Saem aloe vera gel 99% – during the summer, I always like to have an aloe vera gel in case of sunburns, insect bites or stings, etc. I purchase this Saem aloe when  Iherb had a discount on all aloe range.

Melano CC serum – my skin adores the serums with C vitamin and I have been reading only excellent reviews about this Japanese serum. The one from Klairs that I have been using this summer, really made a difference for my skin, so I really have some high hopes from this one.

Kose Softymo cleansing oil – This is replacement for my Hanyul Pure Artemisia cleansing oil which was excellent.

Olivarrier dual moist toning lotion – This was also a part of my WL for a long time. Since it advertises 5.5 ph, this should be a replacement for my Acwell licorice toner that I simply adore, but that is rather difficult or almost impossible to find lately.

A by bom Ultra water leef sheet mask – basically I bought this since I thought that it had an interesting shape as “sister” from same brand that I had longtime on my WL and which I mentioned when I wrote about my Ebay wish list. I think I made a little mistake about the shape. However, maybe I will like the mask itself.

Morphe 35F Fall into frost palette and Morphe brushes – Beautybay will no longer sell Morphe, so they had 50% on everything in order to sell out the stocks. I couldn’t resist and bought this palette and some brushes. I read that Morphe eye shadows are great, so I look forward to try them.

Milani eye primer – I bought this only because of price. I do not put a lot of eye make up, so I do not have high expectations. I would only like that my eye liner survives throughout the working day without making me look like a panda.

Eyenlip gold snail eye patches – since I will run out of my Shangpree Marine eye patches soon, I had to buy new ones. Up till now I think I didn’t repurchase any of the patches I tried so far, although I really liked some of them (Berrisom placenta, Petitfee gold snail). My advice to you is that you don’t have to pay a lot of money for this kind of product.

I used a promo price on Beautynetkorea to buy another eye patches from Eyenlip: Salmon oil nutrition eye patches (with salmon oil and 8 kinds of peptides). The packaging really looks like it is a luxury product. We will see if the effect will match the look.

Mad Hippie C vitamin serum – this is 2nd vitamin C serum that I bought lately. Up till last year, this was a regular part of my routine and I just loved it. Although it was my HG serum, I replaced it with Kbeauty serums. Big discount on Iherb was an opportunity to remind myself how I loved this serum.

And last, some essential oils from Oshadi: tea tree and eucalyptus. I akways have a bottle of tea tree oil in case some pimple appears or to prevent the toenail fungus or just for adding in the water while cleaning my bathroom.

So, did you treat yourselves with something lately? What did you buy?

I hope that I will not be absent from my blog again for 2 months like this time.

Till then, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Only 10 items on my Ebay WL!! How is it possible?

Hello everybody! I hope you’re doing fine.

Today I was thinking about sharing my Ebay wish list which became rather short lately. I’m estonished how it is possible!! I remember the beginnings of my Kbeauty trip when I had the pages and pages of products on my WL. I was reading a lot of reviews, following lot of bloggers and youtube channels, I was exploring hundreds of products and as a result of all this, I wanted and needed everything. This was back in 2015 and 2016. But how time was passing, the picture became a bit clearer, as well as my cosmetic wishes. Since then, I tried lot of products, I made lot of orders, mostly on Ebay and I spent a lot of money on skincare products. I could tell you exactly how much money I am talking about since, about the same time as my Kbeauty trip began, I started to use xls spreadsheets for my orders, stocks and dates when I opened the products. However,  I will not write about the money I spent, but I will write about where I would like to spend some more money.

So, what do I have on my WL? Which are these 10 products?

And before I start, let me just reassure you that the links I posted are not the referral links  and I do not gain anything if you buy by clicking on those. How could I? 😂😂😂 (I’m only a “blogger” with 4 posts and 4 follwers).

So let’s go to my WL finally!

–  Cosmetic pots (plastic) – I’m always decanting my products, especially when I travel, so I’m always in need of small jars and bottles.

Toners

As I said in my post about toners, I always have at least 2 on my WL and for the moment, these 2 are my possible next purchases:

1) Cosmetex Roland Hyaluronic acid Astaxanthin CoQ10 anti-aging –  I like the combination of the ingredients and the fact that it is rather affordable (cca 10 USD)

2) Olivarrier Dual Moist toning lotion – I always listen what Rene a.k.a. Gothamista recommends and she mentionned Olivarrier, as one of brands she is exploring lately.

Essences and emulsions

Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence – I like propolis and I like essences, so I need to try this one

Sooreyahan Ginseng Secret Skin Care True Rejuvenating Emulsion – this is on my WL for a while now that I honestly do not remember why I put it there.

Creams and bb creams

Missha Near Skin Total Ceramide cream – I always have something with ceramides on my WL for my sisters who suffer from a mild rosacea

Lioele Super gold snail bb cream – although Missha Perfect cover bb cream in shade #27 is my perfect choice, I’m always looking for something that could replace it since this shade is sometimes hard to find, unlike lighter shades. Up till now, I didn’t find anything even close to my perfect Missha.

Masks

A by Bom Super Power Baby Ultra Cool Leaf mask – I’m a huge fan of sheet masks and accordingly, I have a huge stash of these. One of my next post will be about sheet masks for sure. This particular sheet mask drew my attention  because of the interestong shape (you put the leaves on the face).

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing mask – I’m always looking for a good clay mask and this one has the excellent reviews.

And last item on my WL are the Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica pads – this is rather new product, but I read some fine reviews. I like the products containing cica or tiger grass or centella asiatica, so this is very interesting product for me.

If you tried some of products from my WL, please do share with me your opinion.

Till next time, stay beautiful and healthy!