Skincare stash decrease project – update 7

I’m here again with another update about my 2020 skincare stash decrease project. You might have noticed that in August I haven’t posted anything, so this is going to be an overview of 2-months empties for August and September. Unlike June and July, I really have a lot empties to talk about. So without further ado, let’s see my cosmetic trash.

Sioris Time is running out mist – this was love at first spritz!! It is great double phased mist that has a watery and oily phase. When shaken up, it creates a perfect, fine mist that refreshes skin and envelops it in a nice hydrating cloud. I used it in my morning routine before hyaluronic acid products, but also during a day to provide a hydrating boost to the skin. And I cannot forget the scent. It smells divine!! I loved it and will repurchase for sure!!

Scinic Snail matrix skin – Together with Cosrx 96 snail essence, this is my favorite product with snail mucin. It is wonderful, hydrating toner whose texture is on a thicker side, but it glides beautifully on the skin, it is absorbed perfectly and completely and provides a nice refreshment to the skin. I have used it for “sandwiching” my Hada Labo premium lotion, and I have been using it lately as a layer under Indeed Labs Hydraluron. This toner complemented nicely both of these products. I will really miss it in my routine. I will repurchase for sure.

Keep Cool & Soothe Bamboo toner – this is my new favorite hydrating toner. I even like it better than Pyunkang Yul mist toner which was my favorite watery toner for a very long time. This toner contains 85% of bamboo water which is great for hydrating and soothing the sensitive skin. It is nicely absorbed while providing to the skin such a nice burst of hydration. I really feel like this toner penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and thus keeps my skin happy, hydrated and plump. I will repurchase again!!

Mizon AHA/BHA toner – I have already emptied few of these. I use it before my acids, including my serums with vitamin C. I feel like it gives such a nice boost to those products without being harsh to my skin. I have already purchased a backup bottle.

Timeless C + E ferulic – I really enjoyed using this serum. This bottle lasted around 4 months and I kept it in the fridge for whole time. It has very watery texture, it is by far the runniest vitamin C serum I have ever tried. This watery texture makes it very difficult to handle, so I was literally applying it drop by drop. I like the glow and shine it gives to my skin and the healthy feeling I get after apply it. It does not tingle, burn or irritate the skin in any way. I was using it in my morning routine. I will repurchase it.

Dr Jart Peptidin blue – This is nice peptide serum. It has a light, jelly texture, like a light emulsion. It has a hint of blue hue, it is not scented. Although it contains lavander oil, I didn’t detect that scent (which, by the way I hate). The serum is nicely absorbed without being sticky or tacky. It gives certain firmness to the skin if applied on a regular basis. I like it and will probably repurchase it.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron – I bought this serum after reading many raving reviews, but I bought it also because Caroline Hirons recommended it, so I was really curious about it. And they were all right: it is great hyaluronic serum! It has gel-like texture, you need only a small drop to cover face and neck. It is not sticky, tacky, it absorbs quickly and perfectly. The skin is left glowy, plump, hydrated. It makes perfect pair with Caudalie’s Eau de raisin, with some toner or even with a simple thermal water. The only con is that I emptied rather quickly this tube, maybe within a month, since I use hyaluronic acid every single morning. I’m used to Japanese hyaluronic lotions who last for year. Nevertheless, I will repurchase this great hyaluronic serum for sure!

Garden of Wisdom niacinamide – I was so happy when I finished this niacinamide serum. Although by its content, it belongs to “weaker” niacinamide serums (it contains 5% of niacinamide), it didn’t feel like it. It was quite the opposite, it felt very strong and I was affraid it would dry my skin completely. It is recommended to wait for 1 minute after the application before you apply your next step. However, after only 15-20 seconds my face would feel so tight and dry that applying next step would be such a relief. Other than that, I must also say that the packaging is awfull. The plastic pump literally spits the product out. I will obviously not repurchase it again.

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide booster – I really liked this niacinamide serum / booster. I was using it as 1st step in my evening routine, as I always do with niacinamide serums. Thus, its watery texture is perfect for my routine. It is absorbed in quickly and completely, leaves no residue. I didn’t experience any redness or tingling or burning which sometimes happens with this kind of serums. After the bad experience I had with Garden of Wisdom niacinamide, this serum felt like a real treat to my skin and gave it such a relief. I emptied this 20ml bottle rather quickly since I was using it every night. Taking into account that it costs around 50 EUR for 20ml, I must admit that this is not a very affordable choice. Otherwise, I love it!

Celimax Nooni ampoule – This is a good, hydrating little serum. I use the word little since I think it is alright, but nothing more or less. It does no harm to my skin, but apart an instant refreshment, I do not honestly see any additional benefit of using this serum.  I like its scent, it is herbal and kind of relaxing and therapeutical. This serum isn’t something that is indispensable for my routine or something that I will miss.  I will not repurchase it.

Real Barrier Essence mist – This is nice mist that is on a thicker side. It didn’t suit me as a 1st step, but it was a perfect choice for “sandwich” with hyaluronic acid product. This mist locks in the hyaluron and its moisture nicely. Since I only had a 30ml bottle, I emptied it rather quickly. I do not think I will give it another try.

I’m from Fig cleansing balm – This is nice cleansing balm. It looks like it is on a heavier, thicker side, but once you start massaging it between the fingers, it melts easily. It is not greasy, it disolves and removes the makeup and dirt easily. It is easily washed off. Although I always use the separate eye makeup remover, I test each cleansing balm on my eyes. It is effective in removing eye makeup, but it does blur the sight a bit. I still like this balm and will probably repurchase it.

Nooni Re-cover pads – The packaging contained 7 exfoliating discs since it is intended for a week of use. However, I used them during longer period, since I do not use any exfoliating product on a daily basis. These are very mild exfoliating pads that refresh the complexion and are not irritating or tingling, but honestly when it comes to exfoliation I didn’t notice a big effect. I will not repurchase.

Glamglow Supermud cleansing treatment – I got this tube in some beauty box or in an Advent calendar. Since I used it only once in 2 weeks and only on my T-zone, this 15 ml tube lasted for ages. At first, I struggled to find an appropriate quantity of mask. If I put a thin layer, it would dry down in a second and my whole face felt very tight. On the other hand, if I put a thicker layer, it would take ages to dry down and it was very difficult to wash it off. Once I found the appropriate quantity, I really liked this mask since it removed few blackheads I have and it made my skin very clean and clear. If I could find another small tube, I would purchase again.

I emptied 2 sunscreens: Ducray Melascreen Creme legere and Supergoop Unseen sunscreen. I was satisfied with Ducray Melascreen at first. However, after I emptied maybe 2/3 of tube, it started to burn my skin upon application. It was really unpleasant feeling so I didn’t even go through the whole tube. On the other hand, Supergoop’s Unseen sunscreen is great. It is a yellow transparent gel which leaves no white cast at all, just like the name says, it is unseen. It is spread nicely, it is absorbed quickly and acts like a perfect primer for my bb cream and foundation. I have already repurchased a new small tube.

During last 2 months I emptied only 9 sheet masks. At the same time, I bought few ones, so my stash increased and decreased at the same time.

I also gifted 1 moisturizer (Elemis Pro-collagen marine cream).

August/September total:  16 empties + 9 sheet masks

Yearly total: 68 empties + 41 sheet masks

Just like past months, I did cheat a bit and I purchased some things: Klairs Daily skin hydrating water 500ml, I’m From Mugwort mask, Derma-E Firming DMAE serum Alpha lipoic acid and C-ester, Versed Just Breathe clarifying serum, Olival Micro-exfoliant with vitamin H and salicilic acid (local Croatian product), Alpha-H Vitamin B serum and another Supergoop Unseen sunscreen spf30 (15ml).

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

  • 12 cleansers
  • 14 toners and mists
  • 20 acid & active treatments
  • 14 essences
  • 8 serums / ampoules
  • 3 emulsions
  • 22 moisturizers and sunscreens
  • 5 sleeping packs
  • 10 facial oils
  • 18 masks
  • 4 eye creams and eye masks
  • 87 sheet masks

Till next time stay healthy and beautiful!

Products I opened in June 2020

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What did you introduce to your routine lately?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

 

Products I opened in May 2020

This is my 3rd post in the series of posts about newly opened products. If you’re interested in the products I opened last months, click for March and April.

As mentioned before, I’m on a nobuy, so I do not have any hauls to share.

I have a nice share of opened products since I was really diligent in emptying skincare in May. I try not to open too much before emptying some similar skincare items.

So, without further ado, these products found their way to my skincare routine during May:

I’m From Rice toner – I have already used this toner last year. It is packed with 77,78% of rice extract and promises the brightening and moisturizing effect on your skin. It is lightweight, sinks in quickly and feels very nice on the skin.

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse – I opened this gel cleanser having in mind that I would use it on a daily basis as a second cleanser. However after the first test, I decided to use it only few times a week because of the fact that it contains some exfoliating beads. These are not harsh in any way, but I do not use anything on a daily basis that resembles to exfoliating products. Otherwise, this is a nice gel cleanser, a little goes a long way, it is effective, not drying, rinses off nicely.

Berrisom The Prestige Balancing eye serum – when buying this serum, I had an idea to use it only in my morning routine, in place of an eye cream. This is lightweight eye serum, it has a jelly texture that is spread so nicely, sinks in beautifully and completely. It hydrates the eye area, works well under the spf and bb cream, it doesn’t pill. I like it so far.

Benton Fermentation eye cream – Although I have read lots of raving reviews for this eye cream, I have never thought of purchasing it until I got it in my Iherb Kbeauty bag few months ago. It has a light texture, I would say airy, but the application is little bit complicated. I do not get to massage it easily, sometimes I feel like I have only spread it around my eyes. I really have to work it in before it begins to absorb. Although it is light, I do not feel that it is hydrating enough. I use it in my evening routine.

Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey cream – I have to admit that I’m kind of emotional about this moisturizer since it brings me back to my Kbeauty beginnings. When I started to explore Kbeauty back in 2014/2015, this moisturizer was one of the highly raved Kbeauty products and I wanted to try it so bad. However, the price of full size was pretty high and there were no samples available. Meanwhile, I forgot about this moisturizer, but when I saw the set of 3 mini-size jars, I simply couldn’t resist to buying it. I have only used for few times, but I like it so far. The texture of this moisturizer is kind of waxy but it melts nicely when you massage it in the skin and is absorbed nicely without any sticky or greasy residue. It is moisturizing and calming. What I also like about this moisturizer is the scent. It smells like one of my favorite sheet mask Papa Recipe honey. I was so afraid that this product would disappoint me after so many years, but it didn’t.

Cerave Moisturizing lotion 200ml – I must admit I’m a little bit sceptical when a product is being advertised as face and body product and that’s why I was hesitant for quite a long time to buying this lotion. However, when a friend of mine sent me a small jar to try it, I was really pleasantly surprised by its performance. This is really a basic product, but it provides such a nice and deep hydration and some moisture, but also calms the skin. It has 3 types of ceramides and as thus, besides moisturising, it should be beneficial also for your skin barrier. I apply it in both my morning and evening routine whenever I want to add some moisture.

Botanic Farm Grain Ferment cleansing sherbet – This is nice cleansing balm. Its texture is very soft and breaks down in oil very quickly. When I introduced it in my routine, I thought that it broke me out, but it seems that it was only due to my PMS. However, I have some doubts about its efficacy when it comes to removing the makeup, but I do not wear it often lately and will have to test it again.

Blithe Crystal Iceplant pressed serum – Since I really enjoyed using Blithe Tundra chaga pressed serum which I emptied lately, I was very curious about this one and hoped that it would be the same skincare treat. My first impressions do not feel like this is going to happen. This pressed serum has a texture of gel moisturiser and promises to hydrate and soothe the skin. It is lightweight serum, not similar in any way to Tundra chaga pressed serum. It sinks in quickly and completely and hydrates the skin. It is pleasant to use, soothes and cools the skin, but other than that for the moment, I do not see any additional benefit (I have been using for maybe 10 days in my morning routine). Obviously due to the texture, it is perfect choice for the upcoming summer season.

Celimax The Real Noni energy ampoule – this is really nice lightweight ampoule. It is very hydrating and moisturizing, but also very refreshing. It has a very interesting scent, I would dare to say almost therapeutic and thus, it makes the use of this serum very pleasant and healing. Noni as plant / ingredient is anti-oxidant, so the benefits of using this ampoule should be even more important. The one thing I do not like about this ampoule is that I will finish it very quickly if I continue using it every day.

The Ordinary squalane oil – this oil is part of my stash for a long time, so it was really about time to introduce it into my routine. I didn’t want to open any oil, until I emptied the Sunday Riley Juno. This oil is very light. It is not oily at all (if it makes sense of saying it like that). It is calming, nourishing, I use it also on my hair although it is not primarily its purpose.

Garden of Wisdom niacinamide – this serum reminds me of The Inkey List niacinamide by its texture and application. You only need 1-2 pumps of serum for whole face. It is light emulsion and it feels like a jelly, it is absorbed fast in the skin. My skin itches for few seconds after the application. Although by the content of niacinamide (5%), it is not as potent as other niacianamide serums I usually use (10%), it does feel kind of strong on the skin and I honestly think that it will be drying if used  long-term.

Aromatica Lively blue calming oil – I bought this oil long time ago, so honestly I forgot about it, until I rediscover it when making my stash inventory. This oil owes its blue hue, but also its calming features to azulene. It is one of the lightest oil I have tried so far and it is very watery. It feels like oil only for few seconds when you apply it on the skin. It is absorbed flawlessly and nicely without any greasy residue and it makes skin very soft, smooth and calmed. I use it also to prevent the dryness or redness after I use A313 pommade (vitamin A). I really like it so far.

What have you been choosing lately from your skincare stash?

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!