Empties February 2022

Skincare

The Inkey List Collagen Booster is a very lightweight serum containing Matrixyl 3000 which is one of my favourites slow-aging peptides and I would recommend it as day serum for ageing oily skin. I used it in winter because I have it for a year but because it is almost like water, I think it would be better suited for summer. I would put it in maybe repurchase category because I have peptide serums I like more than this one.

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid is a nice HA that doesn’t cause pilling or feel very slimy if you feel like you want to use additional HA in your routine. I would repurchase but don’t have to because I have one more in my stash.

Purito Centella Unscented Serum contains centella extract, niacinamide, ceramide, peptides and madecassic acid and is of light gel texture so I would consider the repurchase as one of my morning serums even though many people cancelled it as a brand.

L’Oréal Midnight Serum. I wanted a specifically night serum in between Copper Peptide serums that wouldn’t be as expensive as Estée Lauder or Lancôme. It wasn’t bad but I just didn’t feel that oomph I want so will look for something different.

Ski + Me tretinoin, niacinamide and azelaic acid treatment. Will continue with this subscription.

Botanics 80% organic hydrating eye cream with rosehip. Quite a standard eye cream. Nothing special but I like using a dedicated eye cream from a tube or pump and if I was strapped for cash I would repurchase this one.

Pure super hydrate day cream SPF15. This was in Marks and Spencer’s summer box and is described as a lightweight, non-greasy moisturiser and maybe it is for normal and mixed skin but for me could do only for winter as I felt it was thicker and as I had to add more sunscreen, also heavy. To be honest, I used most of it for my neck and days when I didn’t plan to go out.

Ark Skin Essential Advanced Action Plumping Lip cream. Concept of using a cream for my lips is a bit strange to me and because having a slightly white moisturiser on lips doesn’t look flattering, I used it before bed and it lasted very long.

Body

Soap & Glory Clean on Me hydrating body wash. Classic that I will definitely repurchase at some point again.

Michael Kors Twilight Shimmer. I had a love hate relationship with this scent. Although patchouli is not listed, I could smell very dirty patchouli that reminded me of men’s used trainers and it was prominent when I sniffed it on my skin. However, when I sprayed in air and on clothes, I could smell that enticing spicy plum, somewhere on the edge of prune and I loved that so I was able to use up this 30 ml I bought. I think all these block shaped bottled fragrances from MK are worth trying as they usually last well and don’t smell generic. Not sure whether it’s not discontinued as it is now more difficult to find. Because of the patchouli, I wouldn’t repurchase but I know the quality was great and would like to try more from Twilight range fragrances. I think people who like patchouli in TM Angel or TF Black Orchid, would definitely like this especially as it is a cheaper but still long lasting alternative.

No Mo-Stache waxing strips. These were really good, they had a good grip and the wax stayed on the strip, no bits left on my skin.

Sakaré Indulging hand & body lotion Patchouli. This had patchouli that I quite like although it was a bit more masculine however, it is in my opinion overpriced for what it is and I don’t plan to repurchase.

So..? Sunset Blush fragrance mist was my daughter’s as she doesn’t want to use antiperspirant and it is rather difficult to find something for body that is not antiperspirant and not a lavender in drugstore.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed oil. This was good and I liked mixing it with my body lotion but I just couldn’t get over the smell of raw meat this had.

Hair

Alberto Balsam wet look styling gel. This had more natural hold which I prefer but my daughters prefer something stronger. I still might repurchase.

Pantene Gold Series moisture boost shampoo. I bought it because it looked like it could be good for curly hair, despite SLS but I just found it as drying as any other average drugstore shampoo.

What I Finished in January 2022 – Empties

Welcome and thank you for stopping by and reading my little blog. Hope your first month of 2022 went well.

I felt a bit blue this month, I am not sure whether it was that post Christmas/New Year nostalgia or I just couldn’t regain my mojo. Maybe that’s why my empties, although still quite big by someone’s standards, seem a bit smaller for mine and looking at them, they seem as lackluster as my feelings about January. On the other, I should be glad that even though as my daughters grow older and use more skincare and body care, it doesn’t seem like we together produce more rubbish than when I was kind of beauty w#*®e.

Skincare

Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Essence Water was lovely and I liked using it but it does not feel like something I cannot replace.

L’Oréal Pure Clay Soothing Mask. I am not such a big mask user as I used to be, especially since I use tretinoin but as my skin is still oily and on budget, this one was gentle and nice enough to do what I needed it to once a week or two. And I liked the colour.

Geek & Gorgeous B-bomb 10% Niacinamide. I have enough niacinamide in my products so I gave this one to my teenage daughter and she really liked it, so when I make my once a year G&G order, I will repurchase for her.

Garnier Sensitive Advanced Face Invisible UV protection mist SPF50. Good budget option for topping up SPF over make up. The only thing is that sprays in white dots so I have to carefully tap it in.

Simple Micellar Facial Gel Wash. Great morning and first wash. Very gentle and together with G&G Jelly Joker my favourite cleanser I tried last year.

Skin + Me tretinoin treatment. Still on it and will continue.

Real Beauty Miracle Patch. Again, for around £11 got 96 pimple patches that my daughter used for her breakouts but I also used a couple for my younger one when she had a cold sore round her lip.

Ultrasun Face SPF50+. I would believe that it is a good sunscreen but my user experience wasn’t really what made me want to have it again. It left some white cast that faded as it sank so it would be okay in but as I was spreading it around my face it felt like a slight face scrub, plus it slightly balled up under the mask or wherever something touched my face.

Gratiae Ultrox Expression Marks age defying cream. This was light but felt nice and hydrating although the 1.5 ml sample wasn’t much to assess how much it works for its promise.

Carmex Naturally Intensely Hydrating lip balm. It was my daughter’s who is a lip balm addict and she said she didn’t want it back in her life.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules. This was actually lovely, especially mixed with a moisturiser as my final step in my night routine. In the morning my skin felt like it had a drink and food it needed.

Body

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream. My holy grail for ages. Will repurchase as long as I am able.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. I love the original signature rose & bergamot scent and the butter is creamy enough to moisturise but not that heavy that would be unbearable or too cloying to use over the whole body or cause me breakouts.

Hair

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana and Shea. This is one of those cheap and cheerful products. Like also that I can use it in multiple ways, especially on my daughters’ hair (although my older one now takes care of her hair hersel, just asks me when she needs something we don’t have at home).

L’Oréal Invisi’hold. Seems like my daughter’s favourite budget gel so will have to repurchase when we finish the one we have at home now.

Make Up

ELF Lengthening & Volumising mascara. Bought it a long ago and it dried so I couldn’t even try it.

What I used up in December 2021

Welcome to my last empties post of 2021 where I basically catalogue what I used up every month and how I liked it. I am not gonna be saying how quickly the year passed as to be honest, although we finally got to some kind of normality, I always have hope the next one will be better and I wish the same to all of you who still read blogs x

Skincare

Dr Botanicals Hemp Infused Natural Nutrition Moisturiser. This was actually quite nice moisturiser I used at night as the final step. Wasn’t heavy or greasy and it sank in very well making my skin lovely and smooth in the morning.

London Botanical Laboratories Bright Me Up serum. This should have pineapple extract, vitamin C in form of ascorbic acid and hyaluronic acid. To me, it felt like the first hyaluronic acid dedicated serums from some years ago that were slimy and caused pilling if not applied with light hand, plus it was in a basic plastic tube so it really surprised me when I saw it costs £55 on their website.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist deluxe edition. This looks very boujee and luxurious and to me it’s also very expensive for what it is. I used it to mist my face before HA but I think my daughter loved it much more than me. Yes, very nice bottle but for that price I’d rather buy a nice, good quality Korean hydrating mist or toner.

Skin + Me tretinoin treatment. My monthly regular.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream SPF30. Liked it while I had it but didn’t feel like I couldn’t find another cream like that that wouldn’t be as expensive as this one in full size.

Geek & Gorgeous HA5 Light. Serum with 5 forms of HA. I always like a good HA serum that has a good price point. Will repurchase when I make an order with G&G again.

Tropic Super Greens nutrient boost oil. This smelled and felt like freshly made green juice. The oil wasn’t heavy and I usually mixed a bit of it with my night cream.

Nivea MicellAir Skinbreathe micellar water. I would say one the good micellar waters. Make might repurchase.

Jurlique Supreme Restorative Rich Cream. I used it as a night moisturiser. It did sink in and my skin felt lovely in the morning but I used it just every other night as I wanted to avoid potential breakouts.

Body

This Works Soft Care shave gel. This just wasn’t good. The pump didn’t work well, product was thin and didn’t make nice rich lather for shaving. I bought for a £1 in Savers but next time I want to save on shave gel, I’ll rather buy one from men’s section.

Nivea Love Sunshine shower gel. I thought it would smell like a sunscreen but I could only smell yellow flowers only instead which is not to my liking.

The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Pro Repair skincare for hands. It was an okay hand cream but for the price I can have better.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost body gel cream. I liked the consistency of this body cream and it hydrated well plus price point was great. Might repurchase.

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin whipped body butter. Limited autumn edition which I hope they’ll bring back next year. Love the texture that really felt like body butter was whipped with pumpkin flesh, even the colour looked like it.

Hair

L’Oréal Paris Elseve Extraordinary Oil 3in1 Low Shampoo. Still my favourite hair cleansing cream which L’Oréal regrettably discontinued. If I am still able to find it for normal price somewhere, I will repurchase.

Pantene Pro-V Coconut infused oil. Moisturised hair without weighing down. Might repurchase.

VO5 Frizz Free Air-dry cream. I loved this for my hair, gave me nice slip to detangle my hair, kept them frizz free and soft. Will have to repurchase when I see it in the shop again.

Make Up

Laura Geller StyleLash. When I opened it, I was a bit underwhelmed as it looked like a classic mascara that usually just clumps my eyelashes into three long sticky bits but it got better as it dried so I wouldn’t mind if this found a way back to me, although I am not sure if it is not discontinued.

Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof. This was good as far as waterproof mascaras go but of course in comparison with the OG, it was a bit drier so not as full effect as when you use non waterproof. However, as a topcoat of waterproof mascaras in this mask wearing era is needed for me so that I wouldn’t end up with panda eyes by the time I get to work in the morning, plus I have to go swimming twice a week at work, waterproof mascara is a must for me now and I will most likely repurchase this one.

What I Used Up in November 2021

Skincare

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil. Nice, light cleansing oil that emulsified well and removed make up and sunscreen but you’d still need to use a dedicated make up remover for waterproof make up.

The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%.  I actually really liked using it in the morning especially since the autumn is fully her, even if it is in a light oil. It hydrates well and keeps my skin glowing.  And I have another one already.

The Lab by Blanc Doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Ampoule. I won the whole range in a competition from Credithink and have to say that all the products were brilliant. They made my skin hydrated and plumped. Recommend.

Polåar Fluide Solaire SPF50 sunscreen lotion. Great light lotion that gave me no visible whitecast. Recommend and will repurchase at some point.

Skin + Me tretinoin treatment with azelaic acid and niacinamide. Still subscribed and don’t plan on leaving at this point.

COSRX Shield Fit SPF50 PA++++. Light but does leave some white cast even if it says it doesn’t. It’s a sample that my daughter tried (she is mixed raced olive skin tone) so didn’t have the chance to try under make up either.

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate serum 2:1. This was even better than Buffet with Copper Peptides, it was light and watery so great for layering. My skin looked smooth and very healthy looking. It’s one of those products that you see difference even if you think your routine is giving you the best possible results. And the 15 ml lasted surprisingly long (almost 2 months). It is pricey but worth it.

Beauty of Joseon Repair serum with ginseng and snail mucin. Now sold as Revive serum. Light, moisturising and snail mucin definitely works for me to repair skin. Price point is also great really cannot complain.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA. Slightly thicker but non-greasy, live this especially for layering in winter. Matrixyl is one of my favourite peptide cocktail as it works well for slow aging in my case. And with The Ordinary’s price point nothing but repurchase.

La Roche-Posay Cica Plast B5 Purifying soothing foaming gel. Great non-stripping, fragrance-free foaming wash with panthenol and antibacterial agents. Great second cleanse. Would repurchase.

Dr Botanicals Watermelon Superfood 2-in-1 cleanser and make up remover. Technically, this is not an empty but because it was in a 60 ml tub and had liquid consistency, I put it in a pump container. I really liked it, I wouldn’t use it to remove my eye make up but it lathers with water and it is a nice and gentle wash off cleanser. Even if it has watermelon in its name, it has a scent of a real pink grapefruit, bitter and zesty without artificial sweetness, I love it. Might repurchase if on good sale price.

Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel. Cult melting cleansing gel that spreads over face like a oily balm and washes off easily. If I remember well, it contains pumpkin enzyme and you shouldn’t use it on eyes. I am glad I tried it and I was tempted to fork out on this cleanser but now it is not worth the money for me and I’d rather buy Beauty Pie Jeju cleansing milk or Japanfusion cleanser. Not because it’s not good but I don’t see a point of spending over £15 on a cleanser when there are comparable for less.

Body

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin shower cream, hand cream and body butter. Great scent for all vanilla lovers. If it is available again next year, I will repurchase.

The Solution Vitamin V Brightening Body lotion. Not sure whether it really brightened my skin but was lightweight and a good everyday body lotion. Would repurchase.

Weleda Citrus body lotion in travel size, typical Weleda scented light hydrating lotion. Wouldn’t mind getting as a gift or another travel size  but not really tempted to purchase myself.

Dove Crushed Macadamia and rice milk exfoliating body scrub. Good old favourite scrubby one. Will repurchase.

Hair

Palmer’s this is actually quite a good shampoo for product buildup without sulfates. It has basic scent that reminds me of 80s cleanser before everything started being super fragranced and I love it because it smells like my childhood. Might repurchase.

Davines Nounou conditioner. This was a really thick, almost buttery conditioner and I used it as a mask while doing body scrub and shave on my shampoo wash day. Davines is really a great brand. It is rather expensive for my budget and I had only small sized items from them but so far loved them all. Would repurchase.

Empties October 2021

Skincare

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate. I am 40, so I am only hoping my eye area looks younger than it is and this might have helped keeping it that way but I am not sure it is something I cannot live without. Watery serum jam packed with peptides, niacinamide and other ingredients to moisturiser, protect and brighten eye area. Lovely and does last quite long but unfortunately not for my budget to be a regular purchase.

Olay Retinol24 night eye cream. Not thick, nor rich but not completely light cream. Didn’t notice anything dramatic. An okay moisturiser.

Skin+Me tretinoin 0.021%, niacinamide 4%, azelaic acid 4%. My monthly treatment to which I’ve been subscribed to since July 2020 and will continue as I still think it is the best skincare purchase in 2020.

StriVectin Multi-action Super C Retinol and vitamin C serum. This was felt very lovely but to be honest not sure about it being in a pipette packaging. Still, wouldn’t mind having again.

By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 maximizing cream. Very pleasant light  cream that I hope will get to purchase one day when I manage to properly reduce my stash (but I am getting much better than a couple of years ago).

Facetheory Azeclear A15 serum contains 15% solubilised azelaic acid with coloidal oat, aloe Vera and green tea. It had milky texture and I think it was wise to add colloidal oat because it makes it better feeling on the skin. If you tried The Ordinary’s azelaic acid, you know what I mean. I found it good although didn’t use it much as I have azelaic acid in my tretinoin treatment but gave it to my daughter who is mix raced and as many 13-year old suffers from acne and I think this helped to keep post inflammation hyperpigmentation at minimum.

The Body Shop Vitamin C glow sheet mask. This what my 10-year old wanted me to buy for her when we went to TBS shop. They recommend to use this mask twice a week for 4 weeks to see improvement. Can’t really say anything from one use  but don’t even plan to find out, rather prefer other vitamin C treatments.

Geek & Gorgeous Jelly Joker. Brilliant everybody’s favourite non-foaming gel cleanser. I used it as my morning cleanser and noticed my daughters used it as their preferred cleanser. Will definitely put in basket when I order from them again.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore cleansing mask with Amazonian white clay. I could say this is your typical clay mask and would feel very tight on dehydrated and dry skin but it undeniably left my skin feeling super clean and smooth so I have to say it was a really good clay mask for people with oily skin prone to congestion.

REN Clean Screen mineral SPF50 mattifying face sunscreen. This was really good feeling, especially for mineral only sunscreen. I didn’t feel like my skin can’t breathe but oh boy this had a heavy white cast. I felt like geisha and that’s why I used it only at weekend for going out when I had time to make up some colour back on my face. Luckily, it didn’t pill at all neither.

Body

The Chemistry Brand Inhibitif intimate care. As with other products from this line, I didn’t find it working for its purpose, e. g. slowing the regrowth but it did help a bit the appearance of skin in the area. I don’t intend to repurchase.

Natura Ekos Maracuja triple phase shower oil. This smelled amazing and the scent stayed with me for a while. However, unlike other shower oils that I used that emulsified perfectly, this one just kept a slight oil layer on my skin so I didn’t feel like I properly cleaned myself. Plus, I once made a mistake and used it on my freshly shaved underarms and it burnt like hell so it won’t be something for sensitive skin. Really shame cause I LOOVED the scent.

DKNY Be Tempted eau so blush. I liked the initial sprayed of it, like the redcurrants in it and I thought it would be a good everyday scent for late summe/early autumn. However, despite it being EdP, it underperformed like EdT and that redcurrant note turned sour in the drydown on me. Luckily, my younger daughter also liked it so it was easy to use up and get out of house.

Organik Botanik Manuka Honey body scrub. This was like jelly with gritty bits which I found too fine for a body scrub so I used it only for body parts with thinner skin like my chest and arms.

Salt Shack Mint Magic baths salts with mint & lime. Loved the scent of it and it was cheap so wouldn’t mind to repurchase.

Natura Ekos Castanha hand cream. Nice rich but still easily absorbed cream and I loved the nutty scent. Again, this company know how to make body care smell good but unlike the shower oil, I loved the feeling of this hand cream.

The Essence Vault 111 is a fragrance inspired by Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. I’ll be honest, at first that combination of neroli and lavender made me feel like it’s a bug spray and I was thinking about giving it to my children but even they didn’t want (I since realised my older daughter doesn’t like citrus fragrances) but I warmed up to it when I tried it in winter as a fragrance before sleep. I then also used it up for when I stay at home because this has basically no staying power. I always oversprayed heavily on my clothes and I couldn’t smell anything after just a few hours. No repurchase.

The Essence Vault 12 inspired by Olympea. I didn’t even have to check when I got the package last year, I knew this is Olympea when I sniffed it. Great to use every day instead of the original and it lasted whole day. Would repurchase.

Sure MotionSense Invisible Aqua. It was okay for every day. Nothing exciting. Will probably repurchase at some point.

Radox muscle soak with sea minerals and sage. I am probably not the best person to judge bath products as I am more a shower person and lived in a flat with shower only for over 6 years but I quite liked the herbal and fresh scent of this on one occasion I used it (the rest was used by my daughters).

Laura Biagiotti Laura. Another perfume that got finished in our household. If I wrote about Burberry weekend being a peach that I got bored with, this was a peach done well – sweet, ripe and juicy, slightly spicy with a hint of flowers. As most fragrance from the 90s this is more complex with multiple layers and components. My daughter loved it too and I was told to repurchase it which is probable because it doesn’t cost a fortune as it’s been around for a bit.

Cetraben natural oatmeal cream. Really gentle nourishing body cream without being overly heavy. Worth a repurchase.

Hair

Umberto Giannini Flowerology Coco + Rose hair mask. Mask was alright for the price, just wasn’t very taken with the scent of it.

Colab Love  original fragrance dry shampoo. Liked the scent and that it didn’t leave white residue. It worked well for my forth day hair but if your hair is really oily, I don’t think it would be better than Batiste (plus it costs more tbh).

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Invisi’hold 24h natural clear gel extra strength. Looks natural, doesn’t leave flakes in hair and my daughter liked it. So will repurchase.

Mitchum Triple Odor Defence shower fresh antiperspirant and deodorant. Old standard body deodorant. Nothing else to say. Probably repurchase at some point.

For Your Curls conditioner and leave-in conditioner. Nice thick but not greasy hair product. Good and keeping some of the frizz at bay. Maybe repurchase.

Make up

Empties September 2021

Hello lovely people, welcome whether you’re new here or an old acquaintance. My only posts here are now empties which I always loved, whether reading or watching on YouTube. Although I am a busy working single mother that doesn’t have as much time for extra steps in skincare as I used to once, writing my monthly empties is an opportunity for me to reflect whether I liked a product, miss it in my routine and want it back or just want to move on from it. Now that I have a teenage daughter and my other one is also getting semi-interested in taking care of her skin, I might have more empties (especially cleansers) that were not used by me but I will mention that. Hope you have a lovely read and the rest of your day x

Skincare

The Lab by Blanc Doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid is a very small molecular HA toner which should penetrate deeper into skin. I don’t know about that but I did like as my hydrating toner and I was happy with it.

Isn’tree TW Real Bifida Ampoule. Some call it a dupe for Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum or Lancôme Genefique serum because it contains bifida ferment lysate for a fraction of the price. It was pleasant but to be completely honest, I am not sure whether it really did something special as I don’t feel like I really miss it in my routine.

Bioderma Sensibio soothing micellar cleansing foaming gel. Maybe it’s because of oily skin but I found out this was foaming very little but cleansed very gently and effectively. Really liked it as my second cleanse in the evening and would be happy to have it back. As there is three of us now using cleanser, it finished in one month 😔

Dr Botanicals Co Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask. Creamy mask that I liked using once a week for my face and decollete. It washed of relatively easily and didn’t cause me breakouts. It was good but I don’t feel like it is something I cannot live without or couldn’t find somewhere else.

Nivea Glow Shake it eye make up remover. I think this is the latest version of my favourite eye make-up remover and I wouldn’t mind having any back although I think the black version is probably my favourite.

Purito Snail Repair Advance serum. I liked it. I think I am one of those who like snail products because they work well for me. It was light and slightly slimy so a little spread over a lot of skin and lasted well. I think I should have unscented version as well which I am planning to use soon.

Skin + Me tretinoin 0.021%, niacinamide 4%, azelaic acid 4%. My monthly prescription that I am staying loyal to.

The Body Shop Skin Defence multi-protection lotion SPF50+. This gave some white cast and it pilled under mask or whenever I touched my skin but what it’s worse it also ruined my white T shirt that I liked wearing with denim because it staine neck and decollete area in the wash into unwashable shade of pink. (For that reason I also don’t buy Nivea children’s sunscreens because they stained my white beach towel, it took be a while to realise what caused those rusty stains that I was unable to clean. No repurchase and also a disappointment as I loved their sun essence I had before.

Eucerin Oil Control sun gel-cream SPF50 with L-carnitine. I loved it, it was like didn’t make me shiny but didn’t matt me either. I will have to buy a full size of this.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. As much as I would like not liking it because it’s not really for my budget, I really liked the texture and how it felt on my skin. Can’t judge much what effects I saw with it as was just 7 ml but I will be now eyeing those value sets with full size of this serum.

Salcura Antiac Activ gel serum. This was used by my daughter but I did use it in the past and she had a similar impression of it as me. It felt very calming and slightly cooling on spots and she would like having it again.

Oh K! Illuminating serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3. This was actually quite lovely, especially for the price. It did deliver what it said, just like standard HA should and it played well with other skincare I used. It was a bit thicker though so used twice a day it got finished in a little bit over a month.

Pixi Glow Tonic. Although there is now a good choice of acid toners, I do understand the hype this had as it didn’t feel drying and was quite pleasant. Wouldn’t mind having again.

Laidbare Spot the Difference. It is supposed to be a problem skin treatment cream but I used it up as my night cream as it left a slight film and in the morning, I felt it washing off when cleansing.

Body

Harry’s Stone shower gel. In my mind this is mostly men oriented body care but I really liked this mineral and citrus shower gel. Didn’t smell like a detergent but also not too spicy to be just manly. I am intrigued to find out how their other shower gels smell.

L’Occitane Verveine shower gel. L’Occitane’s classic verbena scented gel. Fine as a sample but if I wanted to buy a full size, would choose something different.

The Essence Vault 461 is a dupe for Baccarat Rouge. I can’t compare it to the original because it’s out of my budget but this is love that grew on me. At the first moment when I sprayed it, I felt like the scent is kind of medicinal and incomplete that would need layering but as it dried, it developed some sweetness and I understood why people like it. My daughter liked it so much that she used up probably 2/3 of the 100 ml bottle herself. And when it was at its end, she took the bottle for herself so this isn’t in the picture of my empties. I have to also say that these inspired fragrances from The Essence Vault last really long so I will try to repurchase at some point.

Chilly fresh formula intimate hygiene gel. This was like “fresh air” and I really liked it although it contains menthol. I used it just for shaving so not daily and this 50 ml lasted me forever. I might repurchase either from Notino or when finally (haven’t been for 2 years now) back in Slovakia.

Dove exfoliating body scrub with pomegranate seeds and shea butter scent. Good old, non greasy and scrubby, polishing well before shaving and is cheap. Already have the kiwi one in stash.

The Chemistry Brand Inhibitif deodorant. I will start with the positive and that is I like the scent and how cooling it felt when applied. However, it stained my clothes yellow which was I found out when I wore a white blouse to work and it look like very yellow sweat stains that it was even difficult to get rid off, just horrible. Plus, it didn’t work to slow down the hair regrowth. I used it up at night time. No repurchase.

Maui Pineapple Papaya in-shower lotion. This was supposed to be used straight after the shower on wet skin. This didn’t work for me as it thinned out mixed with water into almost nothing and it worked for me better after shower and towel dry, just as a normal body lotion. It smelled nice and worked well if I wanted to apply a self-tanner as it was light but I am not sure if I repurchase.

Haircare

Grow Gorgeous Curl defining cleansing conditioner. This might be my new favourite cleansing conditioner that I can buy in Boots. A bit more expensive than my old Elvive but works great for my hair as midweek refresh and to me it smells like Coco Mademoiselle. Will repurchase.

Pantene Argan infused oil for hair. This was again used by my daughter, I used it maybe once, she’d used it on her long mixed curls almost daily and I think her hair looks well and healthy and now has the coconut one.

Make Up

Maybelline Tattoo Brow easy peel off. When newly applied, the shade is perfect cool toned dark brown but the next day, it changes in ugly orangey tone and I have to cover it with my usual brow products so doesn’t really work for more than one day. No repurchase.

August 2021 Empties

Welcome to my empties blog, all you lovely people who are still reading them. Hope you enjoyed your summer which was very English for me weatherwise. I moved houses this month so had two lots of empties as I didn’t want to carry with me anything I could get rid of. So, here’s what I have to say about the products I emptied in August.

Skincare

Dr. Botanicals Charcoal Superfood Mattifying Face Mask.  I quite liked this mask. It was like a cucumber gel mixed with charcoal powder which also acted not only to “detox” as usual but also fine scrub which I don’t use on my face anymore but didn’t mind in this instance.

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia treatment essence in mist. When I started using it, I loved when misted it over my face and I could smell the herbs. It reminded me of of my childhood when I spent a lot of time outdoors in meadows, my grandparents’ barn with hay or camomile tea my mum used to always make when I had cold or flu. Then it fell and it survived but the pipe from the mister fell off and as I couldn’t unscrew the top, I was able to get it out by spraying upside down but around 1/5 was left that I couldn’t get out. I did feel it somehow helped keeping my skin clear and moisturised but I still cannot justify the price for what it is so I enjoyed it while I had it but will not repurchase.

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30. An antioxidant moisturiser with SPF is always good in my book, it didn’t break me out or cause congestion. It pilled however. I didn’t mind as much as I don’t  really use foundation since covid and masks started but I do prefer something that doesn’t do that.

Hylamide Glow radiance booster was like almost watery drops that I used every day at the end of my skincare routine but before my sunscreen. That way, it wasn’t as strong as a regular self-tanner but gave me the natural shade of sunkissed look. I will probably repurchase next summer.

Skin + Me tretinoin, niacinamide and azelaic acid treatment. My monthly prescription. Recommend and will continue.

Beauty Pie Japanfusion cleanser. Loved it, it emulsified well, dissolves sunscreen and foundation but I would use something else for eye makeup, especially if you used waterproof mascara. I have to admit though that I prefer Jeju cleansing milk a bit more because it spreads and melts into skin even better than this. This is the second time I had it and if I had an active Beauty Pie membership, I would repurchase. At the moment though, I really want to work on what I already have.

Simple hydrating light moisturiser. Nice simple refreshing lotion like moisturiser, especially favourite with my daughters. Will repurchase.

The Inkey List Q10. Lovely moisturising serum with consistency of a lotion. Would repurchase.

Simple eye make-up remover. Cheap and effective, perhaps not as much for waterproof mascara but if I only top it up at the end to make my mascara last, it works well. Will repurchase.

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid cleanser. Really good cleanser, especially in summer. Might repurchase for next summer.

Body

Eveline Cosmetics Slim Extreme 4D Scalpel turbo cellulite reductor. This has a very dramatic name but of course, it won’t eliminate cellulite however, when used daily, skin on my thighs and bum definitely felt firmer and more elastic. It felt thicker on the skit but wasn’t greasy and didn’t cause body acne either, however what I didn’t like was that it had something like shimmer in it and that’s something I don’t really like in my skincare.

The Abbey Perfumery Oriental Rose. I heard someone compare it to Coco Mademoiselle. It is nice but not exactly my style of fragrance. However, at price £25 for 50 ml, I would more willing to buy this than Chanel (maybe if I earned at least three times more, I wouldn’t mind buying but for fragrances that are not 100% my style, I find them overpriced for what they are).

Maui Pineapple Papaya body jelly. The scent of it reminded me of children’s toothpaste which I kind of liked (I think I probably like everything that reminds me of my childhood). Not sure about this jelly. I would say it is good for oily, combination skin as it claims as it isn’t greasy at all but if feels a bit sticky and takes some minute to sink in. I liked using it before self-tanner as it didn’t feel like I overload my body skin. I might repurchase for summer.

Soap & Glory Call of Fruity hand food. Great everyday indulgent hand cream with delicious fruity fragrance I adore. However, I had collection of these products twice in a year I think, so I fee like I need something different. But will repurchase at some point in future unless S&G decide to get rid of it.

Bioderma Atoderm ultra-gentle shower gel. This was like a babywash for the whole family (which it was) and I also used it as an occasional face wash when I had shower after exercise.

Superdrug Foot Nourishing sock pack. I bought them when just to try and to be honest, to me they are not worth much to me. I moisturise my feet almost every night at bedtime (doesn’t have to be a foot cream, a hand cream or a body butter will do) so I didn’t see much of a difference when I used this mask but it might work well for someone who doesn’t do that.

Original Source tingly mint & tea tree shower gel. Nice refreshing and cooling summer shower gel. Might get again next summer (if there is any here in the UK, considering there was barely ever a day above 23°C since the school holidays started.

Mitchum Invisible clear fresh antiperspirant & deodorant. To me nothing special but it kept BO at bay and no white marks which are the two things I expect the most from my deodorant, especially in summer (although what summer? this year).

The Inkey List Retinol. I know this isn’t a body product but I use it a couple of times a week on some parts of it. I’ll be honest, in my experience retinol can’t really compare with tretinoin but I am not rich enough to be able to use it all over and I noticed a slight difference where I apply it on my body so intend to continue. This one was lovely hydrating thanks to squalane as well.

The Epsom Salts Company Epsom Salts with eucalyptus. As I have a bathtub now and weather is getting colder, I will be having a bath instead of shower once a week and Epsom salt will be occurring regularly, I think. I was happy with this one.

Soraya Push It Up bust cream. It was okay as break in between my favourite Palmer’s but can’t compare with it.

The Chemistry Brand Inhibitif Body Serum. This was supposed to keep me hair-free for longer. Lasted me over two months spraying daily on my legs but didn’t see much of a difference.

Organik Botanik Manuka Honey body butter. Lovely nourishing enough to use for my hands and feet at bedtime. Got it as a present in gift set but it could be a purchase at some point as it was really good for my hands.

The Solution Hyaluronic Acid hydrating body lotion. This was a brilliant body lotion, my skin felt hydrated and smooth after it, I could really feel the difference when I used it and my teenage daughter loved it too. It is a higher drugstore price for 200 ml but I would repurchase again.

Hair

Boots Essentials curl creme. Nice creamy curl cream but need to be careful how much to apply or dilute it with water as it tends to flake a bit once dried. Otherwise great value for £2 and I would repurchase.

Tresemmé Pro Collection thickening balm. I used this to give my curls some definition while still keeping volume of my thin fine hair. I liked using this after washing, while my hair was still wet, I applied a coin (£1) size from mid length and brushed through with a plastic detangling brush or Denmann styling brush. I will repurchase when I see it again but first want to use up some other hair products I have.

Anovia Head on 3 in 1 conditioning spray. It was rather watery but served it purpose and allegedly repells head lice which is a bonus when having school children and working in school myself.

Make Up

To be honest, I did declutter some when I was moving but didn’t bother to take pictures or make a list of them.

July 2021 Empties

Welcome back to my monthly empties. This month I have a big one. Or at least that’s how it looks like when I look at my empties bag. Enjoy.

Skincare

L’Oréal Revitalift Filler 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid serum. I haven’t got anything from L’Oréal skincare in ages mainly because of it being heavily fragranced. This also has a fragrance although it is not like a heavy perfume but I really loved it and filler in the name really is how this made me feel when I used it twice daily. It was a bit sticky but played well with my other skincare and sunk in well. Great hyaluronic serum for very dehydrated skin. I would repurchase, if I saw it on an offer.

La Roche Posay Anthelios anti-shine invisible fresh mist SPF50. This is my SPF face refresh. I don’t like that it feels like I sprayed myself with a dust and also not sure how much of it actually ended on my face as even a small breeze makes go all around.

Dr Botanicals Turmeric Superfood Restoring Treatment Mask. Antioxidant moisturising mask, felt like a day moisturiser when applied. Liked it although when I used it once after I’d spent a day at the beach, it stung even though my skin didn’t look or feel burnt.

Avène Cleanance mattifying sunscreen SPF50. This balled up horribly, especially the first week of use. When I put on mask and then took it off, my face had a lot of white bits all around the area where the mask touched my skin. I had to use it up on my hands and legs. The only positive is that if I used around eyes on no make up days, it didn’t sting.

The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics is a lightweight watery hydrating serum, great for oily skin in summer. Will repurchase.

REN Ready Steady Glow daily AHA tonic. Lovely gentle acid toner. Liked having it but not sure I would run immediately to purchase a full size. To some degree I am rather over overusing acids.

Dr. Botanicals Grapefruit & Watermelon refreshing cleanser. It smelled lovely, refreshing and wasn’t stripping. I am guessing though that this 60 ml tub was like a tester packaging because having a runny facial wash cleanser in a tub is definitely not ideal and I did transfer it into a pump bottle from Cerave SA cleanser.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast soothing repairing balm. Really the best thing I had at home when I suffered sensitivity on my neck from wearing woolly jumpers in winter or when my arms got a bit sunburnt after I spent the whole day outside this summer (I had no peeling skin or rash that usually happen when I spend too much time in the sun). Already repurchased.

Acnecide Daily Moisturiser SPF30 for sensitive spot prone skin. I bought it for my teenage daughter but she gave it back to me saying she doesn’t like the feeling of it on her skin.  I didn’t find a problem with it as it is more like a lotion but I know it is individual although I did feel that it doesn’t sink in fully and I think that’s what she meant. It was good for every day for me but I did find the cons. I had it on a day when I went swimming at work. Admittedly, most of the chemical sunscreens sting when they leak into your eyes but this was on another level. All my coworkers were commenting how red my eyes are and I was beginning to think I would have to go home from work. I had to wash my eyes with cold water 4-5 times, till the burning and tearing of my eyes stopped. So I definitely don’t recommend this when you go swimming or will be doing exercise so could risk sweat mixed with this moisturiser leak into your eyes.

Skin + Me tretinoin 0.021%, azelaic acid 4%, niacinamide 4%. My monthly tretinoin treatment, happy with it, will continue.

Simple micellar cleansing water. Good old standard, works well for standard make up removal, doesn’t budge the waterproof.

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser. I loved this. Not sure whether this was really smoothing, I actually found it a lovely gentle facial wash. Would repurchase but have quite a stash at home at the moment that I want to use up and I have other cleansers to try as well.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. This is good for big cystic, inflamed acne as an overnight treatment to dry out. When I started using it, I would say a definite repurchase, especially as I have a teenager now. But now, I haven’t used it probably for a year and my daughter not as much, it laid forgotten on my shelf. There is still some of it left but it’s been for very long now, definitely longer than two years it says it can be used after opening.

Body

Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba EdT. Omnia range has gorgeous bottles and usually also gorgeous fruity smell by Alberto Morillas who  is probably my favourite perfumer . Paraiba is a discontinued passion fruit and bitter orange fragrance. It is not my favourite from the range but it is still beautiful summer scent if you like fruity. As an EdT, it doesn’t last long but this 40 ml plastic bottle doesn’t weigh much and you can easily pop it into a medium sized handbag to top up throughout the day.

Zara Indigo Mohair EdP. I bought it in an online Zara sale for half price which was £7.99 for 100 ml so a great bargain. This is an aquatic fragrance with a bit of rose, juicy pear and cedar wood (I like both of the latter notes). The sprayer on Zara is great as well as it doesn’t look cheap and the bottle was a thick teal blue glass although their EdP perform like EdT but I can’t really complain for the price and I could smell it on me for a couple of hours when overapraying. Great for work day as well as casual as it wasn’t an offensive one.

Burberry Weekend for women EdP. I blind bought it in January sales because it was half price. When I initially smelled it, I was disappointed but then I pulled it out in the spring just to try how I’d feel about it again and the mix of the spring bouquet with peach felt like it was made for the season. It’s nothing impressive and in the course of time I even got quite bored with the peach but it is again a nice everyday fragrance, good for work, non offensive fruity floral that makes you smell and feel clean. No repurchase.

Abbey Perfumery Amber Skies. I ordered a sample kit from them when I saw an advert pop up somewhere. When I smelled them, I realised they were actually inspired fragrances but I would say inspired with a class, they’re vegan and cruelty free, packaging doesn’t look that cheap as some other inspired ones and they also smell more refined. Amber skies is to me Alien by Thierry Mugler inspired, just a bit mor ambery. Not exactly my kind of fragrance but I used the sample.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion 24h Hydration SPF50. Finally a drugstore body sunscreen that is easily absorbed, doesn’t feel like my skin is choking thus made easy to reapply (if you remember). Liked it and would repurchase next year.

Soap & Glory Call of Fruity Summer Scrubbing. Beautiful summer fragrance, just the right scrubbiness, not oily or greasy, kind of jammy consistency (still traumatised from the Beauty Pie body scrub). Loved it and at some point will repurchase.

Zara A Book Liaison in Lisbon. I bought 4 fragrances from Zara during the winter lockdown and this was my favourite and I would say most complimented at work too, although I gave the French Pastry in Paris (too scratchy vanilla for my taste) and Mochi Atelier in Tokyo (to sugary for my taste) to my daughters (luckily, they even asked me whether they can have them). I would say together with the French Pastry one, it was also longer lasting than the others. Beautiful mix of plum, fressia and patchouli and the only one from them that I would repurchase.

Haircare

Syoss Air Dry Curl foam spray was a low strength foam which worked well for my thin fine curls. The one negative though is that there was still quite a lot of product left that I couldn’t get out anymore. I might repurchase at some point.

Happy Naturals 2-in-1 heat protection spray. I can’t really say whether it is a good heat protectant as I usually air dry my hair and occasional use of hairdryer is all heat styling I do but it did feel just like a water when I sprayed it in my hair.

Løre Legend treatment was a thick hair mask  used on dry hair for at least 15 minutes and washed of with a shampoo. The sachet wasn’t quite enough for my shoulder length hair so can’t say whether it is as good for scalp as it is for hair.

Garnier Hairfood Papaya & Amla 3-in-1 hair mask. Great universal use, especially for my girls’ hair where I use it as  a leave-in conditioner and detangling. Would repurchase any time and actually already have the banana one in my stash, though want to use up some other one in between.

For Your Curls shampoo. Non stripping shampoo, really good for curly hair. Have nothing to complain about but doesn’t make me singing odes about either. Maybe repurchase.

Make Up

GOSH Volume Serum mascara. At first I thought this mascara would be terrible because it doesn’t have a brush but rather a two sided comb where one side has wider teeth and the other one smaller. Granted, the first two times I applied, together with the freshly open wet formula were not what I’d call a success but it got only better from there and I actually really liked it for my every day looks. I felt like it gave me better control over which direction I wanted eyelashes to go. Maybe repurchase.

L’Oréal Paradise Extatic waterproof mascara. As a waterproof version, this was a bit drier and created less impressive effect than non waterproof version but it worked well as a top coat for my everyday mascara.

June 2021 Empties

Skincare

Beauty Pie Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk with Jeju bamboo grass, pine extract and soothing cherry blossom. I never liked cleansing milk but I loved, loved this one. It spread on very easily, and once in contact with water, emulsified perfectly.

Olay Regenerist Retinol24. I bought different retinol serums before I started tretinoin treatment last year so now used them for my body. Worked really well and I liked it but I think would be bougie to repurchase just to use in body care.

Geek & Gorgeous 15% Vitamin C serum. Nice watery serum at good concentration. Don’t buy if you don’t plan to use it up immediately as it is freshly made and then should be used within 3 months. Once you receive it, you need to keep it in the fridge as it starts oxidising rather quickly, once you start using.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA. I am never quite sure about efficacy of lightening serums since I use tretinoin treatment and never saw much of a result before but like d that it was watery, good for layering and it seemed to work well with everything else I had in my morning routine.

Purito Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence. Maybe it worked and has a list of good ingredients like galactomyces, niacinamide, bifida ferment lysate etc., but I didn’t feel like it is something I really miss or can’t be without.

Greek & Gorgeous Liquid Hydration 5% Panthenol + NMF toner. Lovely soothing and hydrating toner. Loved it and it is worth a repurchase when I order from G&G again.

The Revolution Copper Peptide serum. It was okay for the price of £8 if I remember correctly, but cannot compare with copper peptides from The Ordinary where I clearly could see and feel the results.

Murad Essential-C cleanser. Don’t see much of a point in putting vitamin C in a cleanser but as face washes go, this one felt lovely and not stripping. However, I don’t need to even check the price of it knowing that this one is expensive so probably would buy only when on offer.

Skin + Me tretinoin 0.021%, niacinamide 4%, azelaic acid 4%. Like my tretinoin, will continue.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes. Watery eye serum. Great for layering under eye cream. Plan to repurchase at some point.

Missha Essence Sun SPF45+++. It seemed a bit thicker but is spread and sunked in well.

Dr Botanicals Po Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask. Thicker but when used twice a week, didn’t cause me any breakouts, just made me wake up with lovely well fed skin.

Rabot 1745 Almond Chocolate lip balm. Lovely texture and scent. Plus the wooden packaging. I used it only when at home though as lip balms you have to use your fingers are a no go for on the go for me.

Body


Soap & Glory Call of Fruity Bubble in Paradise body wash and The Way She Smoothes body lotion. I am a sucker for the fruity and this was amazing scent for me. The body wash was lovely creamy, non drying. The lotion was a bit thicker but it did leave my skin lovely smooth and my 13- year old loved using it too.

Dr Carver’s easy shave butter from Dollar Shave Club. Gave nice smooth shave but I don’t feel like I can’t get any other nor live without it.

Dove Invisible anti-perspirant. I don’t think it prevented me from sweating pits but I didn’t smell my BO with it and really didn’t leave the marks so I would repurchase.

O’Keefe’s foot cream. It did keep my feet moisturised but not sure it would keep it soft, if I wore sandals every day for two weeks, especially with the amount recommended.

The Library of Fragrance Cherry Blossom. It is described as simple, subtle, singular for each day and everywhere and that’s exactly how I would describe it. Just a simple authentic cherry blossom that you can wear for work and won’t bother anyone. The only thing is that I am a heavy sprayer so went through this 30 ml bottle quickly.

Hair

Bouclème curl cleanser. I remember I liked it when I tried it before but this time around not so much.

Sea Magik 3-Seaweed Scalp Mud daily conditioning treatment. I used it only once a week when I washed my hair with a shampoo and it felt lovely and soothing on my scalp so I would agree with its claims.

Biovène Moroccan Goddess oil replacement hair wrap treatment. It did nourish and left my hair soft but find single use hair sheet masks very wasteful.

Empties May 2021

Welcome back reading me, with another month finished, I am bringing you another set of monthly empties. I admittedly don’t spend much time writing blogs anymore but my empties is something I just feel I have to do. Thank you for finding time to read me now that everything is opening up again (hopefully somehow permanently now).

Skincare


The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. This serum is my love. When I use it daily (in my night routine), I can see my skin soften and smooth and I like the slightly liquid gel consistency that is easy to apply and not oily nor sticky, not the mention the beautiful blue colour that doesn’t stain. I have another one in my stash already and will be repurchasing after that.

No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% complex. This has a bit deceiving name as the actual percentage of retinol is 0.3% but should be the optimal amount for efficacy and skin comfort. It also has retinol optimiser that should slow-release retinol throughout the night and Matrixyl 3000 Plus which is a great slow-aging/anti-aging ingredient. As I use tretinoin on my face, just like with all the other actives, I used this  on some targeted areas on my body and I do feel rather happy with it.

Simple moisturising facial wash. The last time I had this, I felt it would be the last time I repurchased but I felt like I liked using it now again so I don’t know whether it as some differences between the batches.

Balance Me balancing face moisturiser. It is described as a gel-cream and I am not sure I would describe it like that but it was lightweight and a nice final layer of my skincare day and night. Not sure I would got out of my way to repurchase but I saw it on promotion when looking for an everyday moisturiser, I might.

Cerave Eye Repair Cream. Agreeable day eye cream, if you feel like you need it. Moisturised enough and wasn’t too sticky or causing congestion around my eyes. Maybe repurchase.

Mum&You Bright Eyes gel. Clear gel with a roller ball applicator. I used it up as I got it in a beauty box but didn’t really see a point of it to be honest. No repurchase.

Urban Veda Soothing Day Cream actually didn’t feel bad nor heavy so I was able to use it as a final layer in my skincare without getting breakouts, the only problem I had with it is that all Urban Veda products are heavy in essential oils so don’t really feel like I need a full size of it.

Skin+Me tretinoin 0.018%, niacinamide 4% and azelaic acid 4%. I am now using this as the only tretinoin treatment for my face as it is summer and this is kind of milder treatment than the one from Dermatica, to which I might got back to after the summer, depending how my pigmentation will show up.

REN Ready Steady Glow daily AHA tonic. Lovely gentle acid toner I used on my body and my body thanked me for it by skin that is soft to touch. I would recommend this to anyone who would want to introduce a gentle acid into their daily routine.

Simple Water Boost hydrating gel cream. This was my daughter’s empty. She said she liked it because it felt refreshing and didn’t feel sticky or heavy.

Body


Boots Live+Be body scrub. I bought it in Boots sale and I was a bit worried as it contains almond oil because I still feel traumatized by the Beautypie very oily body scrub that caused me terrible body acne, but luckily, this wasn’t that oily. It was a sugar based scrub so it gradually melted as I massaged it in. It was nice but I do prefer something more scrubby for my body that doesn’t melt in so quickly.

Nice Rêve de Miel deliciously nourishing body scrub. I haven’t used anything from Nice for a very long time but the scent of this is heaven and once I finish some of my stash I will have to place an order for body products with them.

Harry’s shave gel with aloe. Made a nice thick and creamy lather. Maybe repurchase.

The Body Shop strawberry lip butter. I used this at bedtime because it was thick and looked white on my lips. Especially when I started using it, the product seemed to be too thick and waxy but it subsided as the top layer of the product got used. It was okay but nothing to write home about.

RapidLash. This was a good serum when I started using it but after a while, I didn’t see any difference anymore so this opened tube laid forgotten in my stash for ages. I might revisit some day.

Haircare


Show Riche leave in conditioner. Luxuriously packaged rich conditioner, one pump was enough for my hair but I noticed my daughter who has thick curly mixed race hair, loved it.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macadamia 3-in-1 hair mask. Who doesn’t like these hair masks, especially for the price? Still have some in my stash and a definite repurchase in any of those “flavours”.

Colab Dreamer dry shampoo had a nice cotton and musk fragrance. It looked as a usual white powder when I sprayed it in my hair but it when away easily when massaged and brushed out and my hair didn’t look as matte as with Batiste. That being said though, I don’t feel like I have any particular opinion about it so that is that.

FYC For Your Curls refresh and detangle spray. I did like it as a refresher for my third day curls. I basically sprayed it into my hair at bedtime with a bit of water, brushed my hair through and put it in a high bun to sleep in and in the morning was another good hair day with defined but not weighed down hair. The only thing that discourages me from repurchasing is its limited availability. I would prefer if it was available in a local supermarket or a drugstore.

Philip Kingsley body building weightless shampoo Mayan vanilla & orange blossom. It was an okay shampoo, cleansed my hair well (it has SLS) but I don’t think I would go out of my way to look for it again unless maybe I would buy another TSV set on QVC like this one was part of.

Make Up