Skincare stash decrease project – update 8

Here is my latest update about my skincare stash decrease project for 2020. Unlike my last post that gave an overview for 2 months, this post will not contain lots of products.

I’m From Rice Toner – At the beginning, I loved this toner since it was really soothing and brightening at the same time. It was also making my skin very supple. However, the closer I was getting to the bottom of the bottle, more my enthusiasm was diminishing. I still think this is nice toner, but I do not think it is great. I do not have any important complaints since it delivers nicely, it is not irritating, it absorbs well, it doesn’t leave any residue. It is just that I’m not that much into this toner anymore. Maybe I will purchase it in the future.

Pyunkang Yul Mist toner – this is one of my 2 favourite watery toners. It is very hydrating, it provides nice refreshment to the skin. It is very runny and therefore it slips easily between the fingers so you need to be very careful if you do not want to spill the product. It is absorbed perfectly and nicely and leaves no residue, but only a happy skin. I really like it and sometimes I put few layers of it. I cannot remember how many bottles I emptied so far. I will repurchase it.

Alpha-H Vitamin B with copper peptides – I bought this serum mostly because it contains vitamin B in its inci list. I must admit that I bought it on a whim and it was only later that I realised that it also contaied copper peptides. Due to that, it was rather challenging to incorporate it into my routine, since copper-peptides do not work well together with some ingredients I usually put in my night routine (acids, retinoids). Because of that, I was alternating it with other niacinamide serum. When I started to use this serum, I turned it into my prime suspect for the breakouts I had on my cheeks in August, so I put it aside for some time. I never break out, I didn’t even have skin troubles during puberty. However, I realised that it was just an unfortunate coincidence with my PMS which makes me break out maybe once in 6 or 7 months. This serum has a jelly texture and is more on a thicker side. This texture was something that I didn’t like since I prefer watery niacinamide serums. On top of that, this serum is really sticky and it takes a while before it is absorbed in the skin. Like all copper-peptides serum, it has a distinctive blue colour and metallic scent that is not unpleasant; I simply do not like it. I will not repurchase this serum.

Tonymoly Bio-ex Cell peptide serum – I only had this serum in pouches and not in regular packaging, so it was dragging around my stash for quite a while and I frankly forgot about it. I really enjoy in this ampoule every time I used it, since it makes my skin velvety and firm (at least it feels firmer upon application). It has a gel texture and it is not too thick, glides nicely on the skin, sinks in elegantly and doesn’t leave any sticky or tacky residue. I quite like it. However, I will probably not repurchase in this form of pouches. I would think about full size product.

Herbivore bakuchiol – When making my skincare stash inventory in February, I “classified” this product as an oil, since all products in Herbivore set I had were oils. Actually this is serum and it is very nice one. This is not the first bakuchiol product I have tried so far. I tested also The Inkey List bakuchiol which is a lotion/moisturizer type of product. You probably know that bakuchiol is marketed as a botanical retinol, an extract that mimics the effects of retinol. I’m not sure I would go so far when it comes to claims, but my skin was really smooth and toned after using this serum. It is not irritating, it is not sticky, it is really nice serum. I wish only I had bigger bottle . I would repurchase for sure, but I think it is discontinued.

Herbivore Lapis – this is another oil from Herbivore set I purchased a long time ago. I read some reviews that Herbivore’s products tend to go bad rather quickly due to the fact that do not contain preservatives. I didn’t have this issues with my Herbivore oils. It is thicker than Herbivore’s bakuchiol, but still very pleasant to use since it is absorbed nicely and it doesn’t leave any oily or greasy residue. It layers nicely overtop of any serums that I use. Although it is an oil, it is pretty hydrating, which can be quite surprising feature for an oil. Just like any other oil, I use it in my night routine and I wake up in the morning with a glowy and healthy looking skin. However, it is always a question whether this oil is worth a price since this glow and healthy look can also be achieved with oils that are far less expensive than this one.

Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Restoring moisturiser SPF50 trial – When I first applied this sunscreen, it crossed my mind that I might have found my HG western sunscreen. As it is often the case, the first impressions can be deceiving. I must say that I liked almost everything about this sunscreen. It has a texture of a lotion, glides nicely on the skin, is blended easily and has almost no cast. Once absorbed it leaves the skin smooth with a velvety finish. And than we come to one thing, actually the only thing that I didn’t like and it is the fact that it pills of the skin. I tried to apply it on different routines, I played with the quantity of sunscreen I applied and to my big disappointment, the result was always the same: it pilled off in small white bits. I will not repurchase it!

Anessa Perfect UV sunscreen spf50 PA++++ 20ml – This sunscreen is one of my biggest discoveries of 2020. It is the best sunscreen I have tried so far. It has chemical filters and this is 2020 edition that I purchased. It has beautiful texture, glides nicely on the skin, it is not drying or greasy, it is just perfect! The skin is velvety once it is absorbed. It has a minimal cast that disappears quickly. I tried it on the beach and it provides sufficient protection. And of course, it works excellent with my makeup (I have tried it under Missha Perfect cover bb cream. Nars Pure radiant tinted moisturizer and Estee Lauder Futurist hydro)- I will definitely repurchase.

Innisfree Capsule recipe pack – This was one-shot mask that hydrates and refreshes the skin. The effect is pretty much the same as what I get from regular aloe gel. I buy those masks from time to time on Iherb as shipping saver, otherwise I do not honestly think that I would repurchase.

So in October, I emptied: 2 toners / 2 acid & active treatments / 2 sunscreens / 2 oils / 1 mask.

October total:  9 empties + 2 sheet masks

Yearly total: 77 empties + 43 sheet masks

And once again, I bought some new products and broke my nobuy, but this time is quite a big increase. Here is what I purchased / received during October: Oskia Super C-Smart Nutrient capsules, Garden of Wisdom C-Deep Vitamin C, Garden of Wisdom Alpha arbutin 2% and Kojic acid 1%, Secret Key Aloe toner, Melano CC serum, Blithe Tundra chaga mini 10ml, Versed Doctor’s Instant resurfacing mask, Versed The Fix emergency eye mask, Phyto Niacin whitening essence, Morningstar Minerals Derma boost rejuvenating spray mist

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

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

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!

 

My beauty stash: All my toners vol. 1

Hello everybody! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

Today I thought of writing about my favourite part of routine and favourite kind of products which are Toners. I really enjoy using them and my skin feels the same 😀 I wrote the toners with T, because for me they are the  royals of my skin routine and an enormous game-changing element.

Even before I started to explore Asian beauty range, I was always using the toners (ever since I was a teenager). Last few years I was applying toners like Asian women do, but without knowing it 😂 (dabing in the toners without cotton pads).

It’s definetely time to count my toner stash which is not a small one.

These are currently in use:

Mizon AHA BHA daily clean: I use this ph adjusting toner before the acid  toners and serums to avoid the waiting time after I cleanse my face. I have no reactions at all, it prepares well the skin for the next acid step. It works well with Alpha-H liquid gold, Pixi glow, my vitamin C serum (Klairs freshly juiced vitamin).

Humphrey’s Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Redness Reducing: I bought it on Iherb since it has really good reviews. Beside acid toners, this is the only toner I use with the cotton pad. I use it always the morning. I do not do a double cleansing in the morning. I apply the micellar water, wash it off and then I apply this toner which really calms the skin and works well for the redness. After that, I continue with other toners.

Pixi Glow tonic: I tried the mini size from 2016 Lookfantastic Advent Calendar and I liked it. Honestly I do not see it as proper acid containing toner because it’s really mild. And yet it’s effective and gives the glow to skin. I use this one when I pause from Alpha-H. I use it also once in a fortnight during summer when I know I can avoid a lot of exposure to sun (and off course I put on SPF50).

Rohto Hada labo Premium hyaluronic acid toner: This HA acid toner really makes a difference for me, by making my skin really plump and soft. Before I started to use HA toner, I was frightened by the posts in which people were talking about how the hyaluronic acid can sometimes dry the skin. So to prevent this, I always put the tones of hydrating toners before and after putting this toner. The toner itself is great, sinks in fast, it’s not sticky. You need only a small amount for whole face and neck. I decanted it few times and still it will last a long time.

Meishoku fragrance free adstringent toner: This is a repurchased item. I have a real love-hate relationship with this one. When my skin is in love with it, this toner calms my skin, tones down any redness, evens the complexion. And then, when my skin hates it, it doesn’t sink in well and it prevents everything else which comes on top of it, to penetrate into the skin. I interpret this as the phase when my skin is overloaded with ceramides. On the other hand, I decanted it to my sisters who both suffer of a mild rosacea and they just love it.

Pyunkang Yul mist toner: This is also a repurchased item and I will continue buying it. For me it has a perfect balance of hydration / moisture, sinks in perfectly, makes the skin shinny and supple, works magically with my Hada labo HA toner. I do not sprey it directly to the face, because it will be finished very fast. I sprey it in my hand and then I dab it in the skin.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich toner: This toner is more like a serum, than a toner due to its viscosity. It does hydrate the skin, but it is, at the same time, extremely nourishing. It’s organic, full of a botanical extracts which give it a specific scent. And with this, we come to main issue for me. Although its scent is completely natural coming from organic ingredients, I just cannot stand it! It’s too strong for my taste and I can feel it much longer, than I want. If it wasn’t for the scent, I would be  repurchasing it forever.

Farm Stay Snail Visible Difference Moisture toner: How I love this one!!! Big bottle for not a lot of money and at the same time, excellent product. It’s not watery toner, it is more a gel. It sinks in fast and well, it refreshes the skin, plumps it, it is moisturizing and not sticky at all, although it is a snail product. I use it in the morning and in the evening and I always put at least 2 layers.

 

When I started this post, I thought that I would write about all the toners I have: the ones in use and the ones waiting to be opened. However, this would be a too long post, and maybe too boring, so I will write about the ones to be opened in my next post.

 

Till then, stay beautiful and healthy!!