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!

 

 

I’m on a no-buy? It’s more a go-buy!

Hello everybody!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What did you buy lately?

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

Empties 5 – Mostly Kbeauty – Massive overview

Hello everybody!

After a really long absence from my blog, it’s time again for another Empties post. As I have already mentioned few times, I’m trying to decrease my stash and trying to empty as much products as I can, without troubling my skin. However, this is becoming extremely difficult since every now and then I have some shopping blackouts which result in some smaller or bigger hauls (again).  As, I said it’s been a while since I posted something, but I did empty quite a lot products.

So, if you want to read my post, take some snack or even a sandwich, since this might take a while 😀

Farmacy Green clean cleansing balm – as you can see, I have 2 jars and the 3rd one is already in use, so you can guess that I love it. It is gentle, but very effective. It removes all make up, dirt, grime. It looks like vax, but it is like the finest butter once you start massaging the face. You need only small amount to cleanse the entire face. The price point could be an issue, since it does cost around 30 GBP for 90 ml, but I will keep buying it.

Acwell 5.5 micro cleanser – I was using this as a 2nd cleanser or sometimes as a morning cleanser. It is a creamy cleanser which doesn’t foam a lot (it almost doesn’t foam at all). It is gentle and effective and leaves the skin clean and soft. I didn’t feel any dryness or tightening.  Little goes a long way and this tube lasted for 8 months!! I would probably buy again if I wasn’t so curious when it comes to the cleansers.

Tonymoly Pro clean smoky eye and lip make up remover – this is my favorite eye makeup remover which I alternate with the other one from the photo, Klorane Lotion florale démaquillant. I have already written about those 2 products. Both very effective in removing eye makeup and both packed in big bottles. Will repurchase!!

Mandom barrier repair essence lotion – this is wonderful lotion made with rice milk. It hydrates and nourishes the skin at the same time, it softness it, calms down any redness. I would probably buy again if I hadn’t tried I’m from rice toner.

Neogen Real ferment micro essence – I’m in love with this beauty! I was watching it for so long, that I was really afraid that it would be a disappointment once I tried and oh boy, I was wrong. It is the best essence I tried; it tops every single one of them. I just wish I could have a bath in it. It leaves the skin so hydrated, soft, shinny and still does what other first essences do and that is preparing the skin for next steps and providing better absorption of the next layers. My skin purrs when in contact with this essence.  Will continue buying (I already have 2 bottles in my stash).

May Coop Raw Sauce – my HG product. It refreshes, hydrates, nourishes. It can be used with other toners, but can also easily replace few steps of your routine. It is such a great product! Will repurchase for sure.

Mario Badescu Facial spray with aloe, cucumber and green tea – I wasn’t using this as a mist, but as a toner, since the sprayer is to strong for my face. I used to refresh the skin and for those purposes is ok. I find this to be a basic hydration and that’s about it. I wasn’t impressed by this spray. I won’t repurchase.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist –  I got this in one of Lookfantastic beauty boxes (or maybe in Advent calendar). Unlike Mario Badescu, I give big thumbs up for the sprayer which produces the finest mist. I also think that the glass bottle is really classy. However, I hate the scent (I would say it’s fit for older ladies). It gives an instant refreshment, but honestly I do not see why it is so expensive. I won’t repurchase!

Indie Lee CoQ10 toner – this is the only western toner that can stand aside with the Asian toners. It provides a perfect ratio of hydration and moisture. It nourishes the skin and makes it glowy. The only downside of this toner is its price. However, I have already repurchased a travel size to have it for a treat for my skin.

Pyunkang Yul mist toner – I’m sure you ha0ve already seen this toner in my posts. This is one of my favorite hydrating toners. Of course, I have already a back up bottle in my stash.

Mizon AHA/BHA toner – you have already seen this toner in my Empties. I’m using it under all acid treatments and it gives them such a nice boost.

Missha artemisia first essence – I used this essence rather quickly due to its size. However, I must say I’m not that crazy about it. It is good, it does what it is supposed to do and that’s preparing the skin for next steps. But what I didn’t like is that I felt some stickiness from time to time, when I applied more than 1 layer. Otherwise, it’s good. I don’t think I will repurchase.

Missha Time Revolution first essence (not in the photo) – I tried this at the beginning of my Kbeauty adventure (when I had no clue about anything) and I didn’t like it. I gave it a second chance now and I didn’t regret at all since this is really such a nice first essence. It is hydrating, soothing and really effective in making my skin soft and facilitating the absorption of the next steps.  I will repurchase!

Primer Miracle Seed essence – I read so many raving reviews about this essence that I had to try it. However, I only used it 3-4 times before I managed to spill more that half of this small bottle. I can say that  it could have some potential, so I bought another one to try it again.

Laneige cream skin refiner – lovely milky lotion that nourishes nicely the skin. It sinks it fast without any tackiness. Just like May Coop raw sauce, it can replace few watery steps of your routine (I prefer May Coop for summer, and Laneige for colder days). Already repurchased.

2sol niacinamide – this was the first niacinamide I tried and I loved it. It contains 10% niacinamide and 1% panthenol. I used it in a serum step and now when I think of it, I could have obtained even better result if I had been using it as a 1st step (like I do now with all my niacinamide serums). This serum is really watery and basically it is perfect choice for the 1st step. It doesn’t cause any redness (what I experienced with some other similar products), it sinks in fast and brightens, clears and evens the skin. I will repurchase!

Manyo Galactomy Niacin serum – I have been trying to use the niacinamide regularly in my morning routine, so I have emptied few different ones lately. At first, I wasn’t so happy with this serum, because I felt like it was leaving a greasy, sticky residue. However, after few uses, this stickiness disappeared. The skin is smooth, brightened, clear. It doesn’t sting or provoke any redness. I will buy again, but not right away.

Medi-Peel Bortox – this is one of my favorite peptide serums. It is white and milky ampoule which sinks in fast and dries completely. It nourishes the skin, it has a tightening and plumping effect on my skin and it made my forehead wrinkle less deep, so I would say it does work. I do not expect any serum to erase my wrinkles, but this is close. I will repurchase.

2sol Bifida power ampoule – Before I started to explore the peptides and niacinamide serums, bifida was the ingredient of the choice for skin brightening and anti-age. It brightens and plumps the skin. It has watery texture and sinks fast. I cannot tell much more about some other effects since I wasn’t using it regularly.

Isntree C-niacin toning ampoule – this is a great choice for those who like to use the niacinamide and C vitamin in one single product. It is a nice brightening ampoule. Since I use this type of product as a first step in my morning routine, its jelly texture might not be a perfect choice for my routine (I prefer the watery textures from 2sol or Sidmool niaten that I currently use). However, it is still a nice product.

The Inkey List vitamin C – this was the first product I tried from The Inkey List range and I loved it. Although it is a serum, it has a texture of a moisturizer. When it comes to the ingredients, its inkey list is rather simple: 3 types of silicones and high percentage of vitamin C. Since I like to use the vitamin C serums as a first step, I was applying it as a first step despite its silicone texture (I have to make a longer pause before the next step). When applied, I felt stinging, but it wasn’t very unpleasant and it lasted few seconds. I have mentioned few times that my skin adores the vitamin C serums and once again, this one wasn’t any exception. My skin was brightened, evened. This serum also helped a pimple scar to heal faster. I have already repurchased.

Scinic peptide ampoule 95 – at first, I wasn’t happy with this ampoule since it tends to leave a sticky residue and I didn’t feel that this provided any benefit for my skin. However, as I was coming close to the bottom of the bottle, I felt like it was tightening and plumping nicely my skin. Maybe I would have felt its full potential if I had gone through another bottle. I will think of repurchasing.

It’s Skin Power 10 formula LI effector – this is one of my HG serums which I always have in my stash. It is my go-to serum together with Cosrx snail mucin ampoule for the skin accidents (if my skin reacts to some ingredients or if I overdo with some treatments, etc). I have already repurchased.

Iunik Beta-glucan Power Moisture serum – I wanted to try this as I had read that it was a good replacement for the hyaluronic acid serums.  It does provide the nice hydration, but it is sticky and I do not like that. Actually it reminds me of a snail muccin and it felt like I applied something that contains snail mucin (which I like in a skincare).

Liz K first C serum – after reading so many raving reviews for this, I thought I would just love this serum, especially since my skin enjoys a good vitamin C serum. However, I had an impression that this serum wasn’t doing anything for my skin, not even that immediate brightening effect that I see from every vitamin C serum. Luckily, this serum is packed in a miniature bottle so I went through it rather quickly. I will not repurchase.

The Ordinary Granactive retinoid in squalane – I had to throw this bottle since it was open for too long. I was using at beginning of this year till end of March and then I stopped using it. I cannot tell a lot about this serum since I wasn’t using it regularly and enough to see the results (it does take longer for a retinol to show the results).

Aritaum cotton pads – from time to time, I buy a box of Korean pads, because the difference between the western and Asian ones is huge. Korean pads do not waste a lot of product and yet they spread better the product over the face. However, they are still much more expensive than our regular ones, so I treat myself maybe twice a year.

Petitfee Superseed lip oil – I didn’t finish this small bottle. I liked it maybe for few first applications, but then I started to feel some dryness (which is usually an issue for me). The only thing I liked about this oil is the scent and the taste. I won’t repurchase it obviously.

Missha Perfect cover bb cream – my shade is #27. You can also see this bb cream often in my New-in posts since I have been using this bb cream for years now.

Dr Jart Shake & shot rubber mask (soothing)  – If you want to add some fun to your skincare routine, try the rubber masks!! Mixing the ingredients, shaking them, trying to apply the mask evenly on your face, looking funny with the masks dripping from your face, it is really a fun. I must however admit that this Dr Jart rubber mask was a lot less messy from what I expected. If applied evenly, after it dried, you can remove it in one piece, like a sheet mask. The skin is nourished and glowy, calmed.  However, it’s a bit pricey for a 1-shot product, but I will buy again.

Skinfood Rice mask – nice and gentle wash off mask. It brightens the skin, makes it soft and plump. The grains are big, but not harsh and provide gentle exfoliation. The mask smells nice and looks like a nice rice pudding. I will repurchase once I decrease the number of masks I opened.

Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream – so many swear by this eye cream, so do I. It is my HG eye cream. It delivers definetely! It is very thick, nourishing and it really made my crow feet wrinkles look almost invisible. I have already repurchased!!

Dr Dennis Gross exfoliating pads extra strenght – I got those 2 samples with my purchase in Sephora. I was a bit scared by that extra strenght remark. I thought it could possibly burn my skin. And that is so not true. These pads are actually strong when you see the result: brightened and extremelly soft skin obtained in few swiping movements, but without burning, without itching, without any nasty thing that usually comes along when using acids. I was blown away with these pads at first application. I have already ordered a 5-pcs packaging. O yeah, I forgot to mention that these are very expensive, but really expensive and that’s why I didn’t buy bigger packaging. But they are worth every penny!!

Peter Thomas Roth cucumber mask – I’m so happy I have only luxury sample size of this mask (from a 5-pieces set of PTR masks). I was using this usually after the beach days this summer and didn’t see any benefit of it at all (at least I didn’t see more benefit from what I could have gotten from a simple aloe vera gel). No matter how big quantity I put, my skin “drunk” it up fast leaving the surface still “thursty”. It did calm the skin, but that was all. I will definetely not repurchase it.

Primera Alpine berry watery cream – this one goes to my list for futur full size buy (though this won’t be any time soon, since I have few unopened moisturizers). This cream provides a perfect balance of hydration and moisture, it is not oily and yet it gives a nice glow to the skin. It is spread easily and it sinks in fast. I was using this in the night routine as last step (when I was using this moisturizer, I wasn’t putting the sleeping mask) and in the morning, my skin was soft and velvety.

Eyenlip salmon oil nutrition cream – When shopping on Beautynetkorea, I put often this 15ml cream in my shopping basket. I use it mostly during the colder period of year, since it is a great occlusive and delivers fine nutrition,  but still it is not greasy. I do not use in summer. I will repurchase.

Eyenlip eye patches – Salmon oil nutriton (packed in a fancy rose-gold packaging) and Gold & snail (packed in regular jar). I like to use the eye patches, but none of these will provide a longterm result. However, they do hydrate nicely, make the eye area look rested and fresh. I liked both of these, with the smsll complaint for Gold & snail which are really soaked and move a lot if you do not lay down. I like exploring the eye patches and usually always buy a kind that I haven’t tried before.

Elemis Pro-collagen marine cream – again a really great moisturizer which delivers a nice balance of moisture and nutrition. The skin texture  is so soft and even. I cannot speak about the anti-aging effect, since this was a luxury sample (15ml) obtained in one of Lookfantastic beauty boxes and I haven’use it enough to verify the claims. However, I got a full size product in Asos advent calendar, so I will be able to test more properly.

And of course, I emptied my share of body care, hair care and hand care products.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

Empties 4

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

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

SKINCARE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAKEUP 

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

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

SHEET MASKS AND SAMPLE SIZE PRODUCTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BODY CARE

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

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

So, till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

My first Sephora and Bath & Body works haul ever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

My 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!

Empties 3 – last memories of 2018

My last Empties post almost turned into longreads, so I decided that I would try to have a monthly empties post, even if I have only few products. I failed immediately first 2 months (November and December 2018). And now, since I’ve been really active lately in emptying the products, I have again lot of material to comment and I have to divide my post in two.  So, without further ado, here are my new empties, mostly remaining from last year. Once again, a post that is a long overdue one!

SKINCARE

Acwell Licorice ph balancing cleansing toner – this is really a great toner: mild and hydrating, it softens the skin and gives it a healthy glow. If it wasn’t so difficult to purchase it, I would always have a backup. However, I think I will not repurchase it, especially since the only ebay seller who is selling this toner, increased its price for 6 USD since my last purchase.

Lierac Mesolift serum – This was one of my favourite serums before I started to use Asian beauty products. That’s why I bought it this time just to check out if it was still working. Unfortunately it isn’t. It is stinging, tingling and I feel it on my face all the time when applied, but not in a good way. I didn’t finish the bottle, I threw it away.

Ren Evercalm antiredness serum – this is one of only few non-Kbeauty products that I stick to. It has such a nice texture, is very hydrating and extremely calming. It does calm the redness and fulfils what its name claims. Will repurchase!

Tosowoong propolis sparkle ampoule – This is my 3rd bottle. Enough said! It provides the perfect hydration and glow, it sinks in fast and it isn’t sticky as some products containing propolis, tend to. Will repurchase for sure!!

The Ordinary Buffet – this was the first Deciem / The Ordinary product I tried. I really like this serum. It is a white gel-like serum. I was using it both as a first step after cleansing and sometimes in a serum step of my routine. Used as a serum step,  I felt from time to time a bit of stickiness after I applied it and sometimes it was absorbed nicely in the skin. The skin is left soft and smooth. I honestly have a feeling that it filled some fine lines and that it downtoned a bit two wrinkles on my forehead that have been my companion since I was 12. For the moment, I’m trying some Kbeauty peptide serums, but Buffet is definitely on my To repurchase list.

Neogen Dermalogy Bio peel Gauze wine – this product is just a proof of how innovative Kbeauty brands are and how they can turn the exfoliating into fun. And of course, the ingredients they use are just crazy. I would have never thought that I would exfoliate my face with a product based on wine. Otherwise, these are really nice pads, which leave the skin soft, smooth and they are not aggressive. This product also thought me a lesson: to read the instructions. I had a small accident after the first use: I didn’t wash it off and it reacted badly with the rest of my routine turning my face into a red tomato. It took me few days to solve the problem. So, no worries if you rinse it off. I would like to try the Green tea pads also.

Holika Holika aloe gel – At first, I bought this aloe gel mostly for handling summertime accidents: sunburns, insect bites, etc. However, some time ago, inspired by some girls from a Kbeauty message board that I attend a lot, I tried it as a step before BB cream in the morning and a step before sleeping pack in the evening. Ever since, I didn’t stop using it as a part of my routine. It is calming, moisturizing, it is not tacky at all (like some European aloe gels I tried). I only need a small quantity to refresh my whole face. I will try now the Saem version with 99% of aloe, but will repurchase this gel from Holika Holika for sure.

Enature birch juice hydro sleeping mask – I have already written about this sleeping pack in my previous empties post and in the post about my summertime favourites. I will just add that it is great and it works even better if it is put immediately on the previous step (without a pause between the steps). It locks in everything perfectly, is absorbed immediately and the skin is perfect next morning.

Carenel lip sleeping mask – this didn’t do a thing for my lips. It was just sitting on top of them, sinking in very slowly and in the morning, I felt like I hadn’t put anything. It is not moisturizing and sometimes I even thought that it was drying my lips. Won’t repurchase!

MAKE UP

Tonymoly Lip & Eye makeup remover – nice, effective makeup remover which does its job great. It is gentle for the eyes what is really important for me, since I wear the contact lenses. Big plus is the bottle size: 250ml, which is quite a lot when compared to other eye makeup removers which are usually smaller. Will repurchase.

Physicians Formula mascara – From the very beginning, I wasn’t very satisfied with this mascara. It has a nice brush and the shape that usually suits my eye lashes, but from the beginning, I had problems with the fallout. That’s a huge issue for me since I wear the contact lenses.

SHEET MASKS AND SAMPLE SIZE PRODUCTS

Ever since the heating season has begun, I reintroduced the sheet masks in my routine (I neglected them for a while now). And lately, as you can see, I use them often, but still not as much as I want to.

A by bom Leaf ultra water mask – While holding the mask, I was so afraid how my skin would look like once I remove it. The reason for that was the strong floral scent which didn’t disappear not even for a second and it made me think that it had some irritating ingredient. However, my skin was nicely refreshed, soothed and hydrated.

A’pieu Madecassoside gauze mask – This is a nice, soothing mask which calmed the redness of the skin. I like it.

Scinic snail matrix sheet mask – Although I really like snail mucin in my skincare products, the sheet mask are the exception to this. I always have some kind of drying feeling when it comes to this kind of sheet mask. I had a similar experience with Naruko snail sheet mask and some others. I didn’t like the cut either, especially around the eyes. Won’t repurchase.

Dearpacker Moisture microfiber mascream sheet mask – Although the scent of the mask worried me at first (some kind of floral scent I cannot explain since the main ingredient is avocado oil), I liked this mask. It is moisturizing, nourishing and calmed down the redness. I must mention that the face wasn’t left so soaked as usual when I remove the sheet mask. It was like I had put some stronger serum.

Illi ginseng firming hydrogel mask – this is one of my favourite sheet masks. I mentioned it in my Favourite sheet masks post. I always have a few in my stash.

Polatam Moisturizing Oak tree sap essence sheet mask – Nice sheet mask, material is very soft, feels gentle and nice on the skin. It is cut nicely around eyes and mouth. It is moisturizing and calming and it evens the skin. Love it!

It’s skin LI sheet mask – Since I really love LI effector, I had high hopes for this one. The material is really dense, it is really soaked, so soaked that I had some problems unfolding it. The cuts around eyes and mouth are ok. And just like LI effector, which is my go to serum when I occasionally have problems with irritated skin, this mask has calming and soothing effect. I also used the remaining essence as a step in my routine the following day. Thumbs up for this sheet mask!

My Beauty Diary Oligopeptide Firming sheet mask – All I have to say about this sheet mask is that it wowed me completely!! It is cheap and yet no other more expensive sheet mask has ever given such a result: skin is firm, plump, lifted, completely even. I kept looking at the mirror and kept repeating:”Wow!!!” I was using the remaining essence from the packaging for 3 days and the result was also great (as if I had used the best peptide serum). Definitely will repurchase!!

Aprilskin Red ginseng honey – this is one of my top 5 sheet masks and it seems that it doesn’t cease to amaze me each time I apply it. The skin is always left well moisturized, soothed and looks perfectly even. It is such a shame that it is extremely difficult to purchase it.

Sulwhasoo capsulized ginseng fortifying serum (in pouches) – this is really nice serum. It has a gel consistency, it absorbs fast in the skin, it makes the skin soft and plump with healthy glow. It has a specific old fashion scent which some people might not like. Although I had 40 pouches, I didn’t use this serum on a regular basis to be able to confirm some big changes when it comes to wrinkles and skin tonus, but I see lot of potential. Will think about repurchasing.

I have already a new pile of empties to write about, so stay tuned!

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

My skincare in 2018 in some numbers and letters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!