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!

My first skincare routine in 2019

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

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

 

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

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

So this was my first 2019 routine.

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

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

How do I cleanse my face?

Hello everybody!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you cleanse your skin?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful.

Do not follow my steps: guide for a Kbeauty beginner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

 

 

 

Empties 2

Hello everybody!

Although I promissed myself that I would be much more present on my blog, it’s been again a month now since I posted something.

I have already said that my favourite posts are the ones about the emptied products, so it was so logical that my first post ever was about my empties.

Since this first Empties post, I was pilling my beauty trash during few months and my cosmetic garbage bin is now full to the top and even over the top, so it’s time for my new empties post. I think I even have enough material for two posts. I will decide this during the process of writing, but I’m sure that this post could be marked as longreads if I write about every single product I emptied during past months.

As you will see, I do not have a lot of make up in my beauty trash, since I do not use a lot (bb cream, eye liner, mascara, lipstick and sometimes eye shadow). Also, I do not have lots of hair products since I go twice a week at the hairdresser who takes care of my hair (I obviously have some special discount as a frequent service user).

SKINCARE

SU:M37 Miracle rose cleansing stick – This is an excellent 2nd cleanser, gentle and not drying at all, very effective in removing the residues of 1st cleanser and everything else. It lasts long, it is very travel friendly due to the packaging form. And unfortunately lately it’s almost impossible to find it on Ebay and online shops. I sincerely hope it is not discontinued!!

Hanyul Pure Artemisia cleansing oil – Excellent cleansing oil, mild, yet effective in removing dirt and make up. You only need a small amount to wash your face. It is not thick as some oils, it turns into a nice emulsion quickly.  It doesn’t leave a sticky residue, it is easily washed off and it smells nice. Although it is on the pricey side, I will definetely buy again since it lasts for a long time.

Labiotte Code derm Capsule cleansing water Adoucir – Nice cleansing water. It does what it is supposed to do and that’s removing make up and dirt. It is mild, effective, it doesn’t dry the skin. What I liked about this cleansing water is its nice rose packaging and the way it dispenses the product: you put the cotton pad on the bottle and you pump the product out. I’m not a big fan of cleansing / micellar waters, but I always have one in my bathroom for quick removal of make up when I’m lasy for double cleansing. I cannot say if I will repurchase this or not.

Farm Stay Visible difference snail toner – this is a very nice toner. It has a gel-like texture which is absorbed quickly. Although it contains a snail mucin, it’s not sticky or slimy  at all. It is really refreshing and moisturizing. I use it usually as a 3rd toner in my routine. I will repurchase for sure.

Meishoku fragrance free astringent 170ml sensitive skin ceramide – I have a real love & hate relationship with this toner. This is my second bottle and it usually lasts a year. Before I finished this bottle, I started to feel like my skin will hate it again. It means that it is becoming more and more difficult for my skin to absorb it. And when this happens, it stops the nice absorption of everything I put on top of it. I interprete this as if my skin got enough ceramides for a certain period of time. However, when we are in love phase, it is a perfect 1st step in my routine which really strenghtens my skin, nourishes it and keeps my skin barrier well and protected. I will repurchase for sure in spite of bad phases.

Whamisa deep rich toner – At first, I couldn’t pass by the strong herbal scent which was bothering me and was preventing me to see how great this toner is!! Closer I was to the bottom of the bottle, more I liked it. So moisturizing and nourishing at the same time, it’s a real treat for the skin. I will definitely buy again.

Pyunkang Yul mist toner – I’m pretty sure that you will see this toner in lots of my posts since this is one of my 2 favourite hydrating toners. Perfect hydration, always excellent choise for use after HA toners, mild, absorbed fast and without any sticky residu. I will always have a backup bottle (for the moment I have 2).

Hada labo gokujyun hyaluronic acid lotion – this is definetely my HG product which makes a big difference for my skin. It is absored fastly without a sticky residue, it has a beautiful plumping effect, it feeds my skin with enough moisture leaving it soft and with healthy glow. Out of precaution, I always put a moisturizing toner after it. Just out of curiosity, I will try now a serum with betaglucan (from Iunik). Apparently it has better moisturizing effect than HA. I will let you know.

It’s skin Power 10 formula Q10 serum – another one of the cheap, yet great serums from Power 10 ampoule series. It plumps the skin, nourishes it nicely and I think that, in conjunction with another great serum from this line, Syn-ake version, it helped tone down a bit a big wrinkle on my forehead which is there since I was 12.

Klairs Freshly juiced vitamin C drops – I love this vitamin C serum!! I used it during summer in my morning routine and it really made a big difference to my skin. It brightened visibly my complexion and made it very even and smooth. It helped for some acne on my chin to heal faster. I used it in the serum step, before my bb cream. I’m in love with this serum and will repurchase it!!

Klairs Midnight blue youth activating drop – this is nice peptide serum. The name itself is rather attractive: Youth activating drop and it makes you wanna buy it immediately. We all know that the fountain of youth doesn’t exist, but this little bottle helps you keep it at least for a little longer. This is the most runny/watery serum I have ever tried which makes it very difficult to handle. I put all serums with the dropper directly to the face and then massage it, but the texture of this serum makes it almost impossible to put directly on the skin unless you want to spill it. I wasted few ml of the 20ml in the bottle before I decided to poor it in my palm and then to massage it. When applied, it is almost immediately completely absorbed. My face feels and looks firmer and brighter. It evens the skin and make it supple. Although it is serum, it is recommended to use it as a first step of the routine, so the peptides inside come immediately on the skin. Although with its 20ml only, it comes on a pricey side, I will repurchase it for sure, since I really like this serum.

Tosowoong Timeshift  First Essence AP Therapy – this is one of my two favourite first essences (the other one is From Nature FTE). It makes my skin a perfect canvas for absorption of other products; my skin is soft, smooth amd hydrated. I just love it!! For a moment, I do not have either one of those two. However, when I reduce my current stash, I will repurchase for sure.

Huxley Secrets of Sahara oil essence – this product was my big discovery and big hit of this summer. At first, I used it in my morning and my night routine: in the morning before my bb cream and in the night as a last step or followed by light sleeping pack. Then I replaced it in my morning routine with Klairs vitamin c drops. Although it is declared as an essence, it is a perfect serum which gives the skin a perfect moisture, glow and healthy shine and at the same time, it keeps it under control during the summer in a way that prevents the skin of becoming oily. I was waking up every morning with perfect shinny skin and with no trace of oil at all (which sometimes happens to me during summer). It has a beautifull scent which doesn’t linger for a longtime. Will repurchase!!

Kao Biore spf50 spray – I was carrying it around since I walk a lot outside during the summer due to the nature of my job. It is excellent for renewing the sun protection and it can be used on top of make up. However, I ran out of it rather quickly, so I’m still not sure if I will repurchase or not since it is a bit on a pricey side.

Shangpree Marine energy eye patches – I had this for a longtime on my WL because of great reviews it had and I simply had to try it. This is not a bad product, au contraire… these are nice eye patches that brighten and refresh the eye area. However, you can get same results with cheaper eye patches (for exemple I found equally good or even better, but much cheaper eye patches like Berissom placenta, Petitfee gold snail). I have already bought 2 new types of eye patches. I like to try different products so I won’t probably repurchase again.

Berrisom placenta eye patches – As I mentioned above, I got really nice results with these eye patches who brightened and refreshed my undereye area. Of course, the results are always temporary and I do not expect that the eye patches will improve drastically the situation. However, I always have a box or two of eye patches and I love to use them few times per week.

Mizon Black snail All in one cream – This is one of the legendary K-beauty products. I love it and I repurchased it few times. I really love how it sinks nicely in the skin leaving it soft and silky and at the same time, it keeps the sebum balanced and under control. I used this jar at the beggining of the summer and didn’t repurchase since, but I will for sure. The only downside of this product is his packaging (jar) as I do not like to dip my fingers into the product. However, I found the solution for this and bought some spatulas which I use for products that do not come with one.

Enature Birch juice hydro sleeping pack – this is one of my summer favourites and I have already written about it. It is really a juicy product as its name says. It is really moisturizing and refreshing and I used it this summer both as a moisturizer and a sleeping pack. I still have one small jar to use and then I will test Manyo Factory sleeping pack. However, this Enature’s sleeping pack is really nice product and I will repurchase a full size product.

Cremorlab Fresh water gel – I was using these tubes while I was away from home since they were in my travel bag. So, I wasn’t using it on a regular basis, but only from time to time. What I can say about it, that is really a nice moisturizer and I would eventually like to buy a full size product.

MAKE UP

Klorane Lotion Florale demaquillante make up remover – for a long time this was my favorite eye make up remover. I used to buy it on Cocooncenter.fr since it was sold in 2-pack and the size of bottle is 200ml (unlike all others make up removers which usually come in small 30 ml bottles). This was really an excellent deal. And an excellent product!! It is gentle, yet effective. I only use 2-3 cotton pads to remove my eye make up, and this without rubbing my eyes. I just put a cotton pad soaked with this liquid on my eyes and keep it for a while. It removes well the mascara, eye liner, eye primer. You should keep in mind that I do not use waterproof mascara or lot of eye shadows. Will repurchase this eventually.

Beautybay lip and eye primer – I had it for such a long time. At first I bought it for my lips and later I was only using it under my eye liner. It was equally good for lips and eyes, although I used it on my lips only few times. It definetely made my red lipstick more vibrant and made it last longer than it usually does. On my eyes, it was also really effective since it kept my eye liner under control: there was no colour fading, no smudging. It is really a decent eye primer, not expensive at all. I tried to buy it again on Beautybay, but I couldn’t find it and I’m afraid that it is discontinued. Otherwise, I would buy it again for sure.

Missha Perfect cover bb cream in shade #27 – this is my HG bb cream that I have been using last few years and I always have a backup tube. My shade 27 is sometimes rather difficult to purchase and that’s why I always buy 2 pcs at a time. This is perfect bb cream for my needs in terms of coverage and finish. It took me a while to find a perfect shade for my skin, but once I found it, I will never be without it! Oh yes, I will repurchase!!

Kiko Fall 2.0 mascara – I loved this mascara which really enhanced my lashes in volume and colour (I have long lashes which need a bit of volume and density). Being LE product, I do not find it amymore online (there are no Kiko stores in my country).

BATH AND BODY CARE

I always say the bath and body care products are really subject to a personal preferences, especially when talking about the scents. For exemple, I am not big fan of floral or fruity scents, but I like powdery, argan, almond oil like scents.  I will not write about each one of the shower gels above. I will just say that one of my favourites shower gels and favourite The Body Shop scents is Wild argan oil. I tried body butter, shower gel, body scrub, hand lotion and I adore it. I’m a bit affraid that it is also LE since it is difficult to find it from time to time.

And just to mention that the first black bottle is Afrodita Cosmetics Cotton flower Cream shower gel. Afrodita Cosmetics is Slovenian brand which has a skincare range and the bodycare range. I love the bodycare range, especially some shower gels that smell just great, but at the same time provide excellent care.

During quite a while, I was only using the roll-on deodorants. However, lately I’m using again some sprey deodorants and still exploring which one is the best.

As you can see, I have one anti-cellulite gel in empties. This is not my first bottle of Elyncyl Slim Design that I used up. I was using it last summer also and repurchased 2 bottles this spring. Obviously it did something for me since it is repurchased item. I know that it does not make a cellulite disappear. However, it smoothes the skin surface making it look firmer.

I used up also some sheet masks, some products in samples pouches or travel size, but I think this is quite enough for this empties post.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

What did I buy lately?

Hello everybody!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then, stay healthy and beautiful!