Products I opened in November and December 2020

Since this is my first post in 2021, I would like to wish you all Happy New Year! I wish you lots of health and happiness and hope that your home and your office will again be two separated locations very soon 🙂

My previous post about the products I opened was in fact a 3-months overview, so normally there were a bunch of products I wrote about. I thought of writing about newly opened products in November, but when I saw I only had 4 products, I decided to go again with 2-months overview for November and December.

So these are the products I recently introduced to my skincare routine.

Opened during November 2020

Klavuu White pearlsation ideal backstage cream spf30 – This is the most complicated product name I have ever come across. And it is kind of funny also. I do not feel like an actress while using it, that’s for sure. This is thick, tinted sunscreen. It has a pinkish hue that looks more like the lightest Asian bb creams, than like a sunscreen. It is spread nicely, but it leaves a white cast that doesn’t disappear very quickly. It does have a tone-up effect that evens a skin, but also gives it a nice dewy look. It feels comfortable on the skin. However, because of the white cast, I do not think that I will buy a full size product. I will empty quickly this small 15ml tube.

Nacific Phyto niacin whitening essence – After a long line of western niacinamide I used this year, I have finally got my hands on this Korean niacinamide serum from brand Nacific. It has watery texture and that’s the texture I prefer for my routines since I put niacinamide serums as a first step in my night routine. It is absorbed perfectly and quickly into the skin. It is not sticky or tacky, it doesn’t sting or cause irritation or redness. It has a brightening effect and skin looks very healthy. I like it so far.

Laneige Cream skin refiner – I have already written about this toner / lotion in my empties post and my haul posts. It is a nice milky lotion that sinks nicely in the skin. It is a multitasker that can easily replace few products in your routine. It hydrates and nourishes at the same time, calms the redness and brings a relief to the irritated skin. As soon as heating season started this year, I felt its impact on my skin which was a bit irritated, with flares of redness and felt very tight and dry. All these skin troubles disappeared immediately after I introduced this lotion into my routine. It is a real skin saviour. I have another 30ml bottle in my stash.

Versed The fix emergency eye mask – I have eyed this eye mask for very long time before I managed to get it on Cultbeauty. It was sold out all the time. When I finally got it, I had to try it immediately. A little goes a long way and this tube will last for ages. It has a cooling effect and calms the eye area. Also it blurs and evens it and makes the perfect base for makeup. You can wipe it off or leave it till it’s fully absorbed. I always leave it and do not rinse or wipe it off.

Opened during December 2020

Versed Doctor’s visit instant resurfacing mask – And again, here is the product with funny name (at least, it is funny to me). This is the last Versed product I have tried so far, and I must say that overall I’m really satisfied with this brand and their products. This particular mask is, as its name says, a resurfacing mask which treats your skin with help of cocktail of active ingredients like AHA, BHA and enzyme exfoliation. Since this mask is loaded with active ingredients, I was a bit afraid that my skin might react. I put a really thin layer of mask and removed it exactly after 3 minutes (the instructions say that you should keep for 3-5 minutes). I didn’t have any reaction what so ever: no itching, tingling, burning, no redness, sensitivity zilch! And what I got after 3 minutes is extremely soft, smooth and glowing skin! I love it!!

Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream – I have already used this eye cream and I loved it since it is very effective in nourishing eye area while making my small lines disappear. However it has a hefty price tag and I do not think I will buy it after I empty this jar. It usually lasts for almost a year and it doesn’t go bad even though it should be used within 6 months from the date you open it.

Dear Klairs Soft airy uv essence spf50 – I conveniently finished my Purito unscented spf on the same day the drama about its spf outbroke so I had to open a new sunscreen. I have already used this sunscreen before. However, it seems that this Klairs’ sunscreen is formulated in the same lab as Purito’s one, so maybe one of my favourite sunscreens and its spf will be also put to the test.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell bio repair mask – This is another mask from the 5-pieces set of PTR masks I bought long time ago. It is nice jelly mask that moisturizes nicely the skin. I have only used once so far, so I cannot comment on any other claim, but I must say that PTR mask simply doesn’t not do any wonders for my skin.

Garden of Wisdom C vitamin serum – I must admit I really do not have luck with Garden of Wisdom products. This is second product I tried from their range and the second one I do not like. This is vitamin C serum with oily texture. I adored the previous one that was also oily, Medik8 C-tetra, but those two cannot be compared. While Medik8’s serum has a texture of dry oil that is absorbed fast, this Garden of Wisdom’s serum is really oily and it takes forever to absorb in the skin and still it is never fully absorbed. It leaves a greasy film on the skin and is very complicated to incorporate it in skincare routine. I had to cut my morning routine to 2 products: this serum and spf. And just like with their niacinamide serum, I hate the packaging, or more precisely its pump which makes dosing of this serum very difficult. The only positive thing about its packaging is the fact that the bottle is made of opaque dark plastics which is very good for preventing the serum of going bad due to exposure to the sun.

Till next time, stay healthy and beautiful!

Skincare stash decrease project – update 5

So once again, I’m here with another empties post, but this time, it will be the post with the least emptied products ever since I started my skincare stash decrease project in February. I hope that I will be more productive in July when it comes to emptying the products.

Here are my June empties:

Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide serum – Since I use the niacinamide every day in my night-time routine, I went through this bottle rather quickly. Although this serum contains lower percentage of niacinamide (only 5%) compared to some other niacinamide serums I have tried so far, I must say that it feels pretty strong on my skin. Honestly, I thought it would dry me out which doesn’t happen so often. After you apply the serum, it is recommended to wait 30s before continuing with the rest of your routine.  The serum sinks in very fast, but the tightening feeling it causes after 15-20s is pretty strong and uncomfortable.  Besides the feeling that I do not like, I must also say that the packaging is terrible. The pump is very bad and it literally spits the serum. I will not repurchase.

Dr Ceuracle Royal vita propolis ampoule – this propolis ampoule was really a breath of a fresh air in the category of propolis ampoules compared to its predecessor (Elensilia propolis ampoule) which was terribly sticky. This ampoule has really a light texture,  sinks in perfectly into the skin without leaving  sticky or tacky residue. It hydrates and nourishes the skin and gives it a nice glow. I really enjoyed using it. I was mostly using it in my night routine, under a moisturizer or sleeping pack. The only downside is the size of bottle which is 15ml so it makes it a little bit expensive, but I would still repurchase it.

 

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – this is really a skin saviour when I experience some redness, irritations, skin sensitivity. It provides the instant relief to the skin which is sensitised by retinoids. I do not use on a daily basis, as it can be a bit greasy for my skin, especially now in the summer.

Ausome Rehydrating double mist – This is nice, byphase mist that I sometimes used as a toner and sometimes as a mist. It smells nice, it refreshes and hydrates the skin. I prefer the mists that contain a bit of oil than regular thermal waters which tend to leave my skin thirsty once they sink into the skin. I use those mostly on the beach. I must commend the packaging and the sprayer because it makes such lovely mist. I think of leaving the bottle, wash it and use it for some other products. When it comes to mist itself, I’m not sure if I will repurchase it again.

Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey cream– I was really happy when I bought those 3 mini jars, since I wanted to try this moisturizer even since I started to explore Kbeauty world. The texture is very thick, balmy and waxy, but it glides really nicely on the skin. I thought that it would take forever before it sinks in, but it really absorbs very fast. I was using it as a last step of my night routine since there is no need to use anything else on top of it. It is really nourishing, it creates likes a protective film, but it doesn’t feel like I have a mask on my face which happened sometimes with this kind of moisturizer. I still have 2 mini jars, but I will repurchase it for sure.

Innisfree capsule recipe pack (aloe) – I dropped this in my basket as a shipping saver on Iherb. This feels and acts like an aloe gel. It is thin and spreads well, it is not sticky. I used the content of this jar in one shot and it was a really thicker layer. I could have easily used it in two occasions. It provides nice hydration.  I will maybe try some other type of this pack next time.

I also emptied few products that were not counted in my skincare stash inventory and in my empties: Goodal Green Tangerine C vita pads and Klavuu Nourishing lip sleeping mask, which I quite like both and will purchase again. I really liked Goodal Green Tangerine vita C pads unlike the serum from the same line. I alternated the pads with my vitamin C serum in the morning routine and they were quite refreshing.

Besides the emptied products, I gifted 1 toner (Tonymoly Mocchi ceramide toner).

In June, I emptied 2 toners and mists/ 1 acid & active treatment / 1 serum / 1 moisturizer / 1 wash-off mask.

And once again, I used 5 sheet masks, but since I bought 4 of them, the stash didn’t change a lot.

June total:  7 empties + 5 sheet masks

Yearly total : 45 empties + 28 sheet masks

I purchased again some things (shame on me): NIOD Superoxide dismutase sachharide mist, The Ordinary Buffet + copper peptides, La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 and Medik8 C-tetra serum and 4 sheet masks. I got as a gift DHC Deep cleansing oil.

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

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

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!

 

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!