Skincare stash decrease project – update 4

Hello everybody!

This is the 4th update of my 2020 skincare stash decrease project.

For the reference, I’m 44 years old, with normal skin, which is acting little bit weird lately and tends to be somewhat sensitive (I suppose that comes with the number 44). I do not have wrinkles, besides the horizontal ones on my forehead and these are my companions ever since I was 12 years old. For those who watched the cartoon Smurfs, I was always like the Grouchy smurf when I was teenager and that’s where my forehead wrinkles come from. I started to use the retinoids few months ago, not a Retin A, but some milder and weaker form, A313, Vitamin A pommade. I have been struggling with Sebhorreic dermatitis for years, but it hasn’t appeared on my face for years now.

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm – this cleansing balm is thick balm, it melts well, it is effective in removing the makeup, dirt, spf. It doesn’t leave the greasy residue on the skin, it is washed off nicely, but my overall impression is that I still prefer my Farmacy Green clean to this Clinique’s balm. I will probably buy it from time to time.

Darphin Lumiere essentielle – micellar cleanser – this is a gel-type second cleanser, it is really pleasant to use, non-aggressive or drying. It does its job pretty decently (it does everything what a good second cleanser is supposed to do), washes off nicely without any residue.  I honestly do not have any remarks, but on the other hand, I’m not eager to repurchase a full size.

Klavuu White Pearlsation Revitalising Pearl treatment toner – such a star name with all that pearls in it and then again such a boring toner. I’m a little bit disappointed with it, because I honestly did not see any benefit for my skin. It is very viscous and slippery and because of that is very easy to spread, it glides on the skin nicely. This milky lotion is well absorbed and leaves no residue. The ingredient for which this toner could stand out, besides niacinamide, is pearl extract which is beneficial for the skin, but other than some amount of hydration, I didn’t see any additional benefits (brightening, suppleness). What bothered me also is the scent, which is not unpleasant or strong, it is just too artificial. I will not repurchase.

Benton Green tea lotion – Honestly, I bought this emulsion by mistake. Actually I wanted to buy the toner from the same line, but I did my shopping in a very hasty way without paying attention to what I was buying and got this instead of toner. This is really light emulsion, thinner than the average emulsion I tried. When I think of it, I didn’t try too many emulsions. This is not a bad product, it is hydrating, very refreshing, but to tell you the truth, I do not see any special benefit for my skin if I use the emulsion (not only this one, but emulsion in general). When I empty the ones I have, I will not be buying again.

Sidmool Dr Troub niaten – I have already emptied a bottle of this niacinamide serum and have written about it in my Empties post. I really like its watery texture and the way it absorbs into the skin. It calms the redness, brightens the skin, it is not harsh in any way, doesn’t sting or cause irritation. It is perfect choice due its watery textures since I use it as a 1st step in my evening routine. I will repurchase.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. calming serum – this is one of only few western serums that I really enjoy reintroducing over and over again to my routine. It provides the deep and lasting hydration, it is gentle, well absorbed and in general, very pleasant to use. The only thing I do not like about this serum is that I go through it very quickly (if I use it morning and evening, it lasts less than a month). I will repurchase it for sure.

Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + superfood oil – This is such a great, luxury oil blend!  I love it!! It contains 9 high-quality cold-pressed oils (blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, grape seed oil, black cumin and some other oils). This oil delivers moisture and nourishment at the same time and it makes my skin healthy and juicy giving it such a nice glow. I enjoyed in every single drop of this luxury treat. I will repurchase it for sure!

Isntree Bifida TW-real eye cream – Since I opened this eye cream right after I emptied my HG eye cream, Bobbi Brown Extra Repair eye cream, this one had really huge shoes to fill. So I basically didn’t expect much, but I got pleasantly surprised. This eye cream has a gel texture, is nicely spread and absorbs quickly and completely. Due to the silicones in the INCI list, it is occlusive, but is also moisturizing. My eye area didn’t worsen in the sense that some wrinkles reappeared while I was using this eye cream, and it really maintained well the soft look and feel of my eye area. I was mostly applying it in my night routine, but I have also put it few times in my morning routine and it worked well under my Missha BB cream.  I will repurchase it again.

Isntree Rose calming mask –  This is wonderful moisturising and calming wash-off mask. It has a gel-type texture and is infused with rose petals. I applied this mask sometimes once a week and sometimes twice. The instructions say that you are suppose to leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes, but I left it sometimes for even 30 minutes and it never dried out completely. The consistency of the mask is not watery, so it does not drip off the face. To make the rinsing easier, I usually put some water on the face and emulsify it before I start to wash it off properly. After the mask is rinsed off, the skin is soft, nourished, any irritation or redness is gone. The scent of rose is not overwhelming or clingy, I find it very pleasant and this makes the whole masking experience even more lovely. Of course, people who don’t like the rose scent will not like this one either. I have already small tube in my back up (I have bought a set of 4 different Isntree masks).

Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger grass color correcting treatment – or as I love to call it “green cream”. This is second jar I emptied so far. This jar usually lasts around 1 year. I apply it when I don’t feel like using my BB cream. I must admit that lately all I have been using is this cream. Applying this cream requires little bit of practising since you could end up looking like Casper, the friendly ghost, if you go with heavier hand.  For me, the good way to apply it is in dots, massaging and building it up. This is definitely not a first choice if I’m in a hurry. The coverage is light, but still enough for the current look of my skin. It neutralizes redness and evens the skin tone, it feels very nice on the skin. The finish is matte. Taking into account its light coverage, it does start to disappear within few hours, but still in a nice way without any ugly streaks. Now there are small jars available in all shops which sell Dr Jart, which wasn’t the case before, so I will definitely repurchase a smaller jar.

I have managed again to use up some sheet masks. I used 6 of them so I’m really happy to conclude that the stash of my sheet masks finally fell under 100 pcs. As you can see, my sheet masks empties for May are all green. First 2 or 3 were a pure coincidence, but then when I noticed it, I was purposely choosing the sheet masks with green packaging till the end of May.

In May, I emptied: 2 cleansers / 1 toner / 1 active treatment / 1 serum / 1 emulsion / 1 moisturizer / 1 facial oil / 1 wash off mask / 1 eye cream

May total: 10 empties + 6 sheet masks

Yearly total : 38 empties + 23 sheet masks

I must admit that I’ve cheated again and bought few things: I’m from Fig cleansing balm, Zelens Power A oil drop, Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide booster, Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Restoring moisturiser SPF50 trial size.

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

  • 14 cleansers
  • 19 toners and mists
  • 21 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 13 serums / ampoules
  • 3 emulsions
  • 22 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 5 sleeping packs
  • 10 facial oils
  • 19 masks
  • 4 eye creams and eye masks
  • 96 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!

Products I opened in April 2020

Hello everybody!

Since I’m on a no-buy, I do not have any haul to share with you and that’s why I started to write in March about the products I opened during the month.  So, here are my newly opened skincare products from April.

Heimish All clean balm – I got this mini jar in Kbeauty bag from Iherb. This is not my first encounter with this cleansing balm. I have already tried it at the very beginning of my Kbeauty adventure and I must admit that I didn’t like it then for some reason I cannot remember now (I didn’t like Banila either). Since my favorite cleansing balm (Farmacy Green clean) is rather expensive, I thought I could give this balm a try again. The jar is sufficient for maybe a week or so,  so I will be able to test it properly. So far I like it, although it doesn’t feel as buttery as my Farmacy balm once you start massaging it.

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm – I have never tried before this famous Clinique’s cleansing balm. Although I really love my Farmacy Green clean, I always try to test other cleansing balms. At first, Clinique is more solid and greasier than Farmacy, it doesn’t melt as nicely as Farmacy and it leaves a film on the skin after rinsing. I do not like it after the first application.

A’pieu Good morning sorbet mask – Although I am pretty persistent in maintaining my skincare routine, I do wake up from time to time feeling lazy to do my normal skincare routine. On one of those mornings, I opened this mask. It is supposed to be the last step of the morning routine and it is not supposed to be wash off (this is kind of sleeping pack for morning 😁). I only did a water splash and then I put on this mask. After minute or two, I felt really strong cooling feeling. The mask left a tiny sticky film on the skin, but it’s bearable. I followed the mask with only Dr Jart Re-cover cream and didn’t experience any issues during the day.

Keep Cool & Soothe Bamboo toner – Since all the toners I currently use are more on a thicker side (Scinic, Klavuu, Earth Recipe), I wanted to reintroduce some watery toner to my routine. I struggled a bit between my all time favorite watery toner Pyunkang Yul mist toner and this one, but finally I decided to open Keep Cool and Smoothe. This time I left aside something old and blue (Pyunkang Yul) and took something new (Keep Cool & Soothe). 😁

It is really watery, light, completely odourless and absorbed fast. I have a feeling that the hydration it provides really penetrates deeply into the skin. I did 3-skin method with this toner and I was amazed how plump and healthy my skin looked. It is composed mostly of bamboo water, but also contains sodium hyaluronate, glycerine, etc. It has a nice ingredients list. I like it so far.

Nooni Re-pair turnover peel pads (7-days regimen) – although it is a 1-week treatment, I do not use the pads every single day. In general, I do not use anything on a daily basis that is supposed to do the peeling or has some acids in the ingredients list. These pads are gentle, I didn’t experience any stinging or had any bad skin reaction what so ever.  Concerning the exfoliating part, since this is gentle I do not see some big effect. The skin is softer, but there is no big difference before and after I apply these pads.

Timeless C + E ferulic serum – I finally got my hands on this highly raved serum. Although I’m used to the vitamin C serums, my small disaster with The Inkey List’s serum made me take a pause from vitamin C, but finally I did open it. My first impression is that I like it. It is really watery, so I only need few drops to cover my face. It is absorbed completely and doesn’t leave any sticky residue. And what is the most important, it doesn’t sting, burn or anything similar. I store it in my refrigerator in order to keep it fresh.

Dr.Jart+ Every Sun Day Mild sun spf43 PA+++ – All I have to say is that at first I was so happy that I only had a small tube of 5ml. This is a mineral sunscreen, it is thick and just like lot of other mineral sunscreens it leaves a significant white cast, so I look like a ghost for a while when I apply it. It absorbs and dries out completely with a matte finish. What I didn’t like also is that once it is absorbed I had the feeling that my skin is very dry. However, when I added 1 additional layer of moisture under this sunscreen, I really had a nice experience and love how my face looks with this sunscreen and without bb cream.

Some by Mi Yuja niacin brightening sleeping mask – this is a lightweight gel type sleeping mask that is absorbed fast and completely into the skin and seals nicely your evening routine. It is refreshing, hydrating and really brightening. It has a nice citrusy scent, but it is not overwhelming or annoying. The skin feels soft to touch in the morning, plump and refreshed. I think it will be a perfect sleeping mask for the summer. I quite like it.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

7-days sheet mask challenge

Hello everybody!

Last week I tried just for fun 7-days sheet mask challenge. I usually do not do this kind of stuff, but when I came across this challenge with sheet masks, I thought it could be beneficial for my skin, but also for my stash decrease project.

I didn’t choose in advance which masks I would be using. I decided that I would choose them along the way according to the needs of my skin. I only decided that I would not use the same sheet mask throughout whole challenge.

DAY 1 – THANK YOU FARMER True water deep cotton mask

On the first day of challenge, I used Thank You Farmer True water Deep cotton mask. This was the second time I used it (I bought the box of 5 pcs). The mask is well soaked, hence it is a bit complicated to unfold it. There is not a lot of remaining essence in the packaging once you remove the mask. The essence itself is more on a jelly, than on a watery side. A light floral scent is present, however it is not overwhelming.

The mask is made of cotton, the cut fits just fine my face although the eye openings seemed small.

According to the manufacturer, this mask is supposed to hydrate, soothe and brighten. 

I kept the mask on for 30 minutes, it started to dry a bit on the forehead and on the cheeks. When I removed the mask, I felt like my skin got a nice dose of moisture with a bit of nourishment. I notice a certain brightening effect, but nothing dramatic. This is really a basic, but still very nice sheet mask.

DAY 2 – TOSOWOONG Dr Troubex sparkling mask

I have already used this sheet mask 2 or 3 times and it amazes me each time I use it. This one goes into my wow group (I keep on repeating wow when I remove these masks 😁).

It is really well soaked in the essence. Besides the beneficial ingredients like centella asiatica, some antioxidants (Bifida Ferment Filtrate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate) and EGF, this mask is infused with the sparkling water (carbonated). Thus, with the remaining essence you can treat your elbows, hands or use it as an essence few days after the application. The material is very thick, not elegant, but still feels very nice. The fit is very wide, but still ok.

I kept the mask for maybe 20 minutes, but then I had to remove it since it was drying fast. The skin is hydrated, soft, plumped, soothed, very brightened and exactly what the name of the mask pretends: really sparkling. And what is also great, it is still sparkling even the next day. I love it!! And I’m so happy I still have a stash of this mask.

DAY 3 – MAY COOP Raw sheet

May Coop Raw Sauce is one of my favorite Kbeauty products and a great multi-tasker, so I had to try these sheet masks. This mask is very thin and has plastic support for easier handling. It is well soaked in the essence and there’s a lot of it in the packaging. I put the compressed sheet mask in the remaining essence. 

The mask is made of thin unbleached cotton which adheres perfectly to the skin and is almost invisible on the face. 

I kept it on for 30 minutes and I could have left it for a bit longer. The mask delivers nice hydration, cools the skin and makes it soft. It is perfect choice for masking during the summer.

DAY 4 – SHINGMULNARA Natural delight mask Honey

This was the first time I tried this mask. It is well soaked, but there is almost no remaining essence in the packaging. The mask is very thin and adheres nicely to the skin. It is almost invisible when you put it on. The fit is nice, the only thing I didn’t like were the eye openings, but this can be fixed by cutting into the mask. And one thing that mesmerized me is the scent. It is absolutely divine and makes this masking experience even better. It is the same scent that you can find with Papa Recipe honey mask (yellow one).

I removed the mask after 30 minutes. The skin was nourished, soft and supple, glowy, healthy and what is very important, there was no sticky residue which is common for lot of products containing honey. This is yet another one which can be put in the wow group. A big thumb up from me!! And I will certainly repurchase.

DAY 5 – KLAIRS Midnight blue calming sheet mask

This is one of my favorite sheet masks. It is a 2-piece sheet mask and is a bit complicated to handle it.  The difference between this mask and the other is that it is completely black and this is due to the fact that is made from bamboo charcoal which should draw out impurities from pores. There is lot of remaining essence in the packaging. This is soft rayon mask and feels nice on the skin.

It is well soaked and I kept it for around 30 minutes. It is really  soothing, hydrating and it calms any redness that you might have. 

DAY 6 – A by BOM 2step Ultra leaf sheet mask

This was the first time I tried this mask and I really loved it. It is a 2 pieces set composed of regular sheet mask and 4 leaf shaped smaller sheets. First you put the leafs on the spots that need some additional hydration and then you put the sheet mask on. The material is very nice and feels great on the skin. The set has such a nice fresh leafy scent that kind of envigorates the senses. It is really a plausible scent.

I kept the mask for 30 minutes and it didn’t dry out completely. It really delivered a great hydration boost to the skin and the skin looked really plumped and bouncy. I loved the overall masking experience and will repurchase for sure this mask!!

DAY 7 – TOAS Miracle laser mask

This was the first time I tried this mask and also loved it. The mask is well soaked, but it is not a problem at all to unfold it. However there is almost no essence left in the mask packaging. The material is little bit thicker, but still feels very nice on the skin. The mouth and eye openings fit me well. I kept the mask for around 30 minutes. I really liked this one since I felt my face was really nourished and moisturised (I would say that is more on a nourishing side, than on a hydrating one). The skin feels really bouncy and plump. 

OVERALL CONLUSION

After 7 days of sheet masking, I can say that overall experience is nice. The skin is well hydrated, bouncy and has a really nice, healthy glow. However, I cannot tell that my skin got more benefits from this weekly treatment, than what it would have gotten from occasional use of sheet masks that I normally practise. Also, besides sheet masks which I used in the night routine, I also used some wash-off masks on a few occasions in my morning routine, so this also attributed to the overall feeling.

However, I’m sure that lots of you (if anyone is reading what I’m writing) is also concerned for the quantity of waste the use of sheet masks produces. And trust me, so am I. I decided that once this stash decrease project is over, I will definitely buy much less sheet mask that I used to do before.

Do you use the sheet masks and if yes, how often?

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!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

Empties 6

Hello everybody!

And once again I have my share of empties, but not a huge quantity as in my Empties 5 post. That was really a massive overview.

You’re probably wondering how I manage to empty so many products. Basically I do not skip my routines ever, I do the double cleansing each night, I apply the niacinamide every morning, I put my vitamin C every other day. I use 2 toners or first essence and a toner in both of my routines, I use 2 serums each night. I do not apply the same products each day, I use the products according to my skin needs. On top of that, I tend to be generous when applying products (not all of course).  And that’s how I get to empty so many products.

So this is what I have emptied lately.

Tonymoly Pro-clean smoky lip & eye remover – this is not the first time that this makeup removers appears in my post. It’s my favourite makeup remover, very effective, but at the same time gentle to my eyes. You got a big bottle of 250ml for affordable price which is not the case for western makeup removers. I have already repurchased the new bottle.

Elra Story Alpine remedy Light-up toner – it took me a while to empty this bottle. Since it contains some essential oils, I was quite hesitant about using it during summer although I do use a spf cream. Once the summer was over, I restarted using it in my morning routine after the niacinamide. It is really a refreshing toner. It is watery, but still has some body to it and is absorbed fast. I must admit I had used some better toners, but it is still good. I’m not sure if I will be repurchasing it again.

Guerisson 9-complex essence – this is also one of my HG products especially in my winter routines. It is a nice essence which calms and nourishes the skin, it is not tacky, it is absorbed quickly and what is the most important, it really makes a difference in my routine when the heating season begins (when a “wrong” routine can make my skin feeling a bit tight). I have already bought a new bottle and will keep on buying.

Klairs Supple preparation toner – I tried this toner in the beginning of my Kbeauty journey and I think I liked at the time, but I didn’t repurchase. I had to try it again. I used it as a first step of my routine instead of first treatment essence. At first I was applying it with cotton pad, but I didn’t like the overall feeling, so I switched to applying it with my fingers (the usual chok-chok method). It is refreshing and soothing, it softens the skin and makes it supple. I do like it, but honestly I do not know if I’m going to repurchase it, since I like better Acwell licorice toner when applied in the same way.

Hanyul Artemisia miracle relief essence – I used this essence as a first treatment essence. Unlike Missha’s artemisia fte, I really liked this mugwort essence. It was not sticky, not even if I put few layers of it. My skin feels like it is really deeply hydrated and calmed and prepared for next layers. I went through this 50ml bottle fast because I really enjoyed using this. I will repurchase for sure.

Coreana Ample:n peptide ampoule – When I bought this, I was hoping that I had found a cheap, but effective peptide ampoule. However, this is the first peptide serum that did actually nothing for my skin, except delivering some nutrition. I’m so happy to see the bottle in the trash. I will not repurchase.

Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis enrich essence – Although it is declared as an essence, for me it is a serum and I was always using it as such. It is really a nice propolis serum that nourishes deeply the skin and gives a nice and healthy glow. It sinks in nicely and doesn’t leave a sticky residue as lot of propolis serums do. I will repurchase.

Elensilia CPP French propolis ampoule – Unlike Skinfood propolis, this one was a big miss. Although this is such a small bottle, I must admit I was really happy when I emptied it. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a terrible product, but the stickiness it leaves, kills every benefit it has. I really do not have an issue when I have to think how to incorporate certain more “complicated” products like acids or retinols in my routine, but I honestly do not want to spend so much time thinking about what to do with a propolis serum/ampoule. And with this one, this was exactly what I was forced to do (when to apply, what to put before or after, should I mix it with something, with what to mix it, etc). You guess I will not purchase it again.

Mad Hippie C vitamin serum – before I started my Asian skincare journey, this was my favourite C vitamin serum and I still like it and buy it from time to time. It gives my skin a healthy glow and brightens it. If I have a breakout (which I rarely do), it helps the pimples to disappear / heal faster and helps the scars to fade away. I will repurchase again.

Sidmool Dr Troub niaten serum – this is yet another one of niacinamide serums that I really like. It calms the redness, brightens the skin, it is not harsh in any way, doesn’t sting or cause irritation and has a perfect watery texture. I prefer watery niacinamide serums since I use it as a 1st step in my morning routine. I have already repurchased.

The Inkey List Niacinamide – as mentioned in my last post about 2019 skincare journey, the niacinamide was the ingredient that marked my 2019 from cosmetic point of view. This serum was one of the niacinamide serums I tried. The price

Swanicoco Herb & Snail emulsion – this emulsion was purchased by mistake since I actually wanted to buy Swanicoco Snail ferment emulsion. This purchase turned out to be fine. Honestly I didn’t explore so much this category of products, so I do not have a lot to compare. This emulsion is excellent choice for spring / summer as a replacement for a moisturizer. I like the light texture it has and the way it refreshes/hydrates/moisturize the skin without the overload of any kind. Although I do not think that the emulsions are indispensable in my routine, I would repurchase this one.

The Inkey List bakuchiol – nice moisturizer at a really affordable price. It contains a very interesting ingredient, bakuchiol, marketed as a botanical replacement for retinol, but without any reactions that are usually linked to the use of retinol. As I said, it is nice moisturizer that has a texture of an emulsion, it is easily spread and absorbed. It worked well under my bb cream. It nourishes the skin, gives it a nice glow and suppleness, but also some firmness. I cannot speak about its impact on wrinkles, since it is really short time and basically I do not have wrinkles, except the mimic ones on my forehead. As you can see I went through 2 tubes and I’m thinking of buying 2 more.

Drunk Elephant C-firma day serum – I’m so happy I only had this small bottle and not a really expensive full size product.  It went bad even before I could use it all. On top of it, my skin didn’t like it at all since it made it red and burned it. I will not repurchase.

Laneige Cica sleeping mask – I had so many different thoughts on this sleeping mask whilst using it and yet it is only 10ml jar. At first I didn’t see any benefit for my skin. Maybe I wasn’t used to its texture since it is on a thicker side, basically it has a texture of a moisturizer. But once I started using it as a moisturizer/ only occlusive in my routine, I really started to like it. It is nourishing and really calming. I especially liked this to be finish of my routine on the nights after I introduced A313, a French pommade containing vitamin A. I must say that I’m no fan of Laneige and besides Laneige cream skin refiner, this sleeping mask is the only product I liked so far. I have one more sample size and I will for sure buy a full size.

Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Intense cream – this is a nice moisturizer. It provides a great balance of moisture and nutrition and it is perfect for my skin. It has a nice texture and it is spread easily, it is not greasy in any way, it is absorbed fast. Beside Primera Alpine berry cream, this is the best moisturizer I tried lately. I will repurchase again.

Manyo Factory Miracle overnight pack – this was my big discovery of 2018 and my HG. Unfortunately, it is discontinued or at least it cannot be bought under this name and in this packaging (tube). I’m still trying to find it out. This was perfect sleeping mask and perfect finish of my routines to lock all the goodness I put on my face. I would repurchase again if I could!

MAKEUP

Lancôme Liquid matte rouge L’absolu velours – I do not remember the name of this colour and the letters on the packaging disappeared. Fuchsia is one of my favourite lip colors (and red of course). This formula feels comfortable on lips and not drying at all. The applicator shape is really nice and it makes the application smooth, easy and precise. However, the color doesn’t last long and the reapplication is a must.

Benefit They’re real mascara – I wasn’t happy with this mascara. Maybe it is good one, but it is not a good choice for my lashes. I didn’t like the brush and its short and sharp bristles. Basically, apart from nice color, this mascara didn’t do much for my lashes. Also it smudges a bit. I still have a mini size of this mascara, that I got as a gift with this purchase, but I will not repurchase it.

Kiko Skin trainer cc blur – it has a nice, fluffy texture and is easily spread. It smoothes, matifies and evens the skin. It can be used as a primer, but I used it instead of a bb cream. If you look for a full coverage, you should skip this. The coverage is not very important for me and my skin needs. I will repurchase again (when I stumble upon a Kiko store somewhere).

Milani eye primer in nude – this is an excellent eye primer at very affordable price. It keeps put my eye-shadow and eye-liner throughout the whole day. It is not dry, neither greasy (just like my eyelids). I have already repurchased.

And as always, I finished some hair and body care items.

 

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!