Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

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I wanted to do a beauty favourites post about three products I liked last month but I gradually notice some things on two of them that took away the favourite status and the only beauty product that I started using in November and still enjoy is Organic Surge Hot Cloth Cleanser. There were quite a few empties from the brand and this was a part of the package I bought so I had been hoarding it for some time. I can honestly say that I loved everything I tried from the brand so far but this is my favourite product.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Citral.

As you can see (and it is also the case of all Organic Surge products), it is based on essential oils. It is rather thick and you are supposed to massage it into dry face and neck. Rinse it with with hand hot water soaked cloth and voilà – all make up melted and removed. What I liked about it is that it is not only safe for the skin around the eyes but also it melts eye make up including mascara like magic and that’s something that not many hot cloth cleansers manage very well.

I have a special edition 75 ml squeezy tube but standard packaging is 150 ml pump.

The only disadvantages I can mention are that because it is rather thick, it goes quickly and also when you use the pump you sometimes need to pump a few times before it comes out. For the price £ 13.95 for 150 ml on Organic Surge site or Lookfantastic, of course you can find cheaper hot cloth cleanser but to find something that is certified natural and organic, not tested on animals, suitable for vegans and sensitive skin tested for that price, I dare you to find better value. As for me, I can go as far as saying that it is the best hot cloth I’ve tried.

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November 2017 Empties

Another month passed moving closer to Christmas.  I am trying to ignore Black Friday week because a) I am broke and used promotions on buying Christmas presents for my girls; b) I know it is not a popular Instagram post for most companies but even though not most exclusive and luxurious, I do have enough make up and skincare for almost a year ahead (make up even longer). So yeah, I am playing like there is no Black Friday or Christmas and I am pretty sure you have enough shopping guides on many other blog.

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As last month was heavier on skincare empties, this month was heavier on hair products which is also a reason I am doing this post before November even finished as bulky packaging meant I couldn’t fit any more products in my typical empties bag.

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Skincare

Foodaholic Pomegranate, Bamboo, Orange, Cucumber and Potato Natural Essence Mask. It is something people with oily skin might like but as I am in my midthirties, I need more. On the other hand, these were dirt cheap costing around 70p per mask.

Cloud 9 Skin-Up Plumping Mask (2x) is well hydrating but flimsy and slippery and fit around my eyes is so rubbish that the mesh is actually poking corners of my eyes. Otherwise, I think it could be a good morning mask, if you have a spare 25 minutes in the morning (5 to cut out bigger holes and wait for the essence to sink) because  it leaves skin smooth and slightly tacky, perfect for applying make up on. After finishing up the set, no intention to repurchase because of the inconvenience of having to cut out bigger eyeholes on mask that is slimy and slippery.

Guerisson 9-Complex Horse Oil Hydrogel Gold Mask is a gold stained (as it contains gold) 2-piece gel mask and it provides good hydration thanks to beta glucan and acts as an astrigent thanks to witch hazel.

Dermal Snail Collagen Essence Mask   and Pearl Collagen Essence Mask are not bad cheap masks and I value them more than Foodaholic as they feel more moisturising than just watery essence of Foodaholic but still light enough for oilier skin to like.

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask has got watery essence but is really hydrating. It is one of those mask that are basically a circle with cutouts for face. As usual, the fit is a bit tight for outer corners of my eyes. I liked it but it looks like it is difficult to buy, as at the ordinary search I found it available only at Birchbox (not considering ebay).

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Hyaluronic Acid is my favourite skincare ingredient for plump non-greasy skin and this watery serum is no exception, I recommend it for the summer.

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF50. Was quite nice lotion with high SPF but although it had “mattifying” on the bottle, my skin still felt slightly greasy plus it left some whitecast especially on my neck, so I am not too tempted to repurchase but I saw that the brand has a gel version so I would like to try that one.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads. For some people these don’t have enough punch but that’s exactly what I like – I can have multi step gentle exfoliating routine that keeps my skin smooth and reasonably bump free without irritation that some other products can give. Plus it is way cheaper than other similar products with regular price £5.99 for 60 pads but there hardly isn’t any promotion Superdrug’s own branded skincare like half price or 2 for 1.

Melvita Bourbon Geranium floral water has big promises of being skin-perfecting by refining pores and if I am honest I am not sure whether it really delivers that on its own, however I liked that it was refreshing and working well after my acid pads or toner. Also, the ingredient list is short – just steam destilled geranium water, citric acid and sodium benzoate.

Avon Planet Spa Herbal Steam Bath with cedar and eucalyptus is a deep cleansing clay mask. It is runnier in consistency with pastel green colour that dries to almost white powder and I find it easier to remove than most clay masks. I am not saying that it is the clay mask miracle but it does help with sebum and also the eucalyptus feels nice on my skin.

Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub is pretty much useless as a facial scrub because peach seed powder is rather coarse and not very concentrated so straight after the first use it went to the bodycare section and even there I cannot say it was the most efficient exfoliant.

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil was a lovely lightweight oil that felt comfortable on my skin, didn’t cause me breakouts and regulated my sebum well while being moisturising and giving me glow so that I could face myself in the morning. Organic Surge is one of my favourite brands that I used this year as it is organic Scottish brand that doesn’t put extortionate profit margin on their lovely products.

Alpha-H Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant was something I started using in the summer as it is light and contains cooling menthol. Glycolic Acid is stated as the second ingredient after water and this 30 ml tube lasted me 4 months used every other morning. I am not sure I would recommend this for daily use or to sensitive skin though. It would be maybe repurchase cathegory.

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Body care

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine. I bought the whole range of these some time ago. Because my stash is an overflowing mess, I already used up EdT and body lotion and found shower gel and body mist later. I am now sure I don’t like musky fragrance and after I forced myself to use up over half of body mist, I just couldn’t bare it anymore and decided to bin it unfinished. It just doesn’t bring me any joy using it. Not even as a toilet air freshner.

Avon Infinite Seduction body lotion. Not bad although I didn’t have matching EdT. Still, no intend to repurchase.

Nivea Nourishing Care hand cream sounded to me first as one of those hand cream that I apply at bedtime because they také hours to apply but it actually sinks in in a minute and leaves hands soft. So I would say my ideal hand cream except I don’t like the packaging – to get out everything, you need to cut it.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier replenishing body lotion had obviously heavenly fragrance and is not heavy but still moisturising.

Nip + Fab Bust Fix Night was a good bust moisturiser, kept the skin parkiet and didn’t cause me breakouts. I bought it for half price of £8 and would be willing to repurchase for that price again. Nevertheless, Palmer’s is still my favourite.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion is rich without feeling overly heavy, plus it doesn’t have a fragrance so I could say ideal winter body moisturiser. I might buy full size, maybe I could also use it on my younger daughter with her dermatitis as a change to our Oilatum Junior Cream that we use since she was born (but still has flare ups in the summer when I have to look for something more heavy duty).

Skimono Intensive Nourishing +  hand mask consists of two gloves filled with serum enriched with shea butter, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. The serum wasn’t greasy and it did make my hands softer and nail a bit shinier but I am not sure, I would be willing to pay close to £10 for it as I have never bought a handcream that would cost me over £5 (but up to £2 is more reasonable to me).

Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Almond from California. I am so glad that after many many months of mostly TBS shower gels I got back to this my favourite. You wouldn’t guess by my empties since I started the blog but over the last ten years or so, these are my most purchased shower gels (ok, not only almond one but the whole Jardins du Monde range). These are my favourite shower gels ever. I usually buy them in the bundle or on an offer when the price for one comes to around £2.

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Haircare

OGX Niacin & Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner were the first products together with scalp spray that I tried from the brand. Spray, for me, was the flop and as for shampoo and conditioner although I cannot say I loved them because it felt like shampoo is not cleansing enough and conditioner is not conditioning enough but I liked slightly cooling sensation I felt when I started using them and I also noticed that I didn’t feel the need to use scalp scrub every week after a few weeks of use, also because of the thickness and shape of the bottle, it was the real pain to scrape out the last od the conditioner. Still not enough to be tempted to repurchase but might try other kinds like coconut or argan oil.

Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. These worked well together to keep my hair silky soft and smooth. Shampoo cleans well without overstripped and conditioner provides enough for my hair.

Colab Active Sheer + Invisible dry shampoo was a really good dry shampoo as far as I can judge (I use only 1-2 dry shampoos a year). Main thing was that it didn’t leave white cast on my hair and it refreshed hair well. If it was on offer when I run out of dry shampoo, I would repurchase without objections.

Salon Science Hydrasorb Intensive Masque was in my October favourites and for a good reason to everyone with itchy scalp as it is cooling and soothing. I also used it on my younger daughter with dermatitis and she had dry brown coloured patch (something like baby cap) on her scalp since summer and as I started using it on her, it began breaking and we brushed everything out within two week. It didn’t do much with my dandruff but I liked the relief for my itchy scalp it gave me. I already repurchased as it was half price in Boots.

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Light Serum Spray smells like drunk coconut and gives my hair some shine and hydration but works well only when used after washing once, otherwise made my hair heavy and greasy. Also didn’t the alcoholic scent although it is nothing unusual with this kind of hair treatments in spray.

Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo was a 20 ml sample that was enough for one use on my hair. I loved that it smelled like a traditional soap just like when I grew up in the 80s. It was mild bit cleansed hair well without overdrying.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner was another sample with the same clean old fashioned scent but I am not sure whether this light conditioner is enough for my dry ends.

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Make Up

Makeup Revolution Pro Hygiene Anti Bacterial Brush Shampoo served me well, cleansed my brushes and make up sponge and I liked the fact that it was anti bacterial. I might repurchase some day but now I want to use up some shampoos I am not that keen on and then want to try a solid cleanser.

L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes mascara is good old L’Oréal. There was time, when I used L’Oréal mascaras only until I got a different mascara as a GWP that I liked as well. This one was good at defining each lash as well as creating volume but when I wore it in the summer in 30°C + more than 6 hours, it melted and I ended up with panda eyes before I even had the time to take my make up off.

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Spray was good in my book – not expensive, not giving me oily finish and spray was fine. I liked using it to dampen my makeup sponge and as a final spritz. Only in the end it was more just spitting than spraying. I already got another from a friend of mine.

Nails Inc NailKale Superfood base coat didn’t do much for my nails, just ordinary base coat that you can peel off.

 

Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask

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There are quite a few “bubble” sheet masks around but it wasn’t until now that I finally tried one.

I got this Sanctuary Spa mask in LiB Red box and it promises to help drawing out skin clogging dirt, grime and pollution thanks to absorbent charcoal and purifying oxygen.

The sachet is divided into two parts – one for upper part of the face and other for the lower part. I liked the sparkly fragrance, kind of grapefruity.

Water(Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance(Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

Because of the two parts, it was easy to make it fit my face well and despite the bubbling action it didn’t slide off and I can say that I felt the bubbles the moment it sat on my face… It was interesting, rather pleasant feeling.

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2 minutes after applying

The mask should be applied onto clean, dry skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. After that, you remove the mask, massage skin with remain bubles which is now like a lotion and wash off with warm water to continue with you routine. I gotta be honest, I didn’t see much change in my pores after the use although my skin felt very clean but also soft at the same time. On the other hand, when I checked my nose the next morning, my blackheads seem less black. But considering the mask costs £5, it is still more like an expensive second cleanse. Fun to try but I don’t think I’ll purchase again or if, once in a while for the fun factor and when on offer😉

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After 12 minutes

Lookfantastic November 2017 Box

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This month’s Lookfantastic subscription box theme is called Ready, Set, Glam – a box that is supposed to get you ready for glamourous nights in the coming party season and the design of the box looks promising.

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First teaser that everybody knew about was Pixi Beauty Glow Booster in White Pearl (12 ml) is super blending and lights up the skin nicely.

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Murad Essential-C Day Moisturiser SPF30 (10 ml) should help improve radiance and after a while get your skin firmer and younger looking. I have never tried Murad before so it is nice to finally “test the water”.

Bellapierrre Kiss Proof Lip Crème (full size) in assorted colours, I got one in Incognito which is a nice nude shade. I could say that I got a few liquid lipsticks in similar shade this year but I am glad to receive a shade I can wear every day. Plus it is pleasantly fragranced and wears comfortably so first impressions are good.

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Filorga Time-Filler Eye Cream (7 ml) promises to give serious lift to the eye area and lashes! I never used eye cream at the roots of my lashes so this is interesting to me.

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Teez Cosmetics Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow (full size) in assorted colours. I saw some box openings before I received my box and while it looked pigmented, I know as a fact that unless I do a 70s or 80s look, turquoise doesn’t look good on me. Fortunately, I got mine in kind of prismatic petroleum and I like how it changes colour by the light. Plus the packaging is a golden spere😉

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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5 ml). I got a full size last month but this mini comes handy for travels.

I am not gonna lie, at first look I did feel a bit underwhelmed as the box felt a bit empty considering the size of the content but after trying, I did like the make up items and I am sure Happy to try the skincare. Although I cannot say they are unique for me,  I know I will get plenty use from them.

October 2017 Empties

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Another month passed I don’t even know how because it seems to me like a new school year started just yesterday. Just a week ago my empties bag looked rather empty but then I started finishing full sized products so it began looking better. I was a little lazier at sheet masking so I didn’t use as many as the previous month but I think still good accomplishment.

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Skincare

Mizon Enjoy Vital-up Time Calming Mask is another great mask that I got in multipack. Propolis is one of my favourite ingredients and this is definitely working nice even though propolis is second from the end of ingredients. There is no alcohol or paraben which I consider to be a plus. It should work well for most skin types. For me, it calmed down some pimples I had popped on my jawline.

Foodaholic Green Gram, Coenzyme Q10 Natural Essence Mask for nutrition and elasticity, Tomato Natural Essence Mask for moisture and clear skin. 3D shape mask with watery essence. Not that much moisturising, especially as alcohol is the third ingredient. The shape of the mask didn’t allowed it to sit and adhere properly around my lips and chin. There isn’t much difference between the masks to me – mostly just in fragrance. The essence is watery and it does provide some light temporary moisture.

Blossom Jeju Red Camellia Sombi Nourishing Essence Petal Mask is a 2-phase sheet mask I got as a GWP from Skinsider. Phase 1 contains 100% pure camellia oil that I was supposed to apply to my face before spreading the sheet. The oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6, vitamin E and polyphenols to provide protection from free radicals. The amount in the little pouch was enough for my big face as well as my neck. The sheet was very thin and very soaked with essence, it adhered to my face beautifully, eyes were not tight and there was no wrinkling of the mask. It felt very comfortable and basically all the cutouts were the right size at the right places, the mask looked almost like a second skin. Besides sodium hyaluronate and allantoin, it has impressive list of different plant, herbs, ftuits and vegetable extracts and if I looked well, no alcohol, parabens or PEG. Despite using the oil, I didn’t feel greasy OTP p slimy after a while although I didn’t use anything else for my nighttime routine except for a vitamin C treatment I use nightly. In the morning, I woke up with hydrated and smooth skin, without any unnecessary greasiness.

Blossom Jeju Pink Camelia Soombi 2 Step Marine Collagen+ Lifting Essence Petal Mask. Another beautiful 2 Step mask. While I don’t suffer with sagging skin yet (knock on wood), I am in my mid thirties so I see that my face is not that fresh and plump looking as 10 years ago and I know that natural production of collagen is lower every year, so anything (not so heavy to cause me breakouts) with collagen is welcome and the same as with the previous mask, my skin looked and felt lovely the next day.

Blossom Jeju White Camelia Soombi 2-Step Vitamín+ Brightening Essence Petal Mask is another wonderful sheet mask and after trying these I have reason to believe that other Blossom Jeju products are also worth trying as far as I know you can buy these masks on Skinsider website for £5 and after trying quite a few sheet masks by now, this is one of the best not even that price bracket (I also value the whole experience, English directions and describtion and lot of leftover essence that I could use not only on my neck and chest but Also my whole arms AND the most amazing fit for my face). Plus, as it contains oil, I don’t need to use any more of my other nighttime routine.

Dermal Royal Jelly Collagen Essence Mask (2x), Hyaluronate has got watery essence but it is not alcoholy like Foodaholic and it contains 1% of jelly extract and 0,2% hydrolyzed collagen so it gives more visible result than Foodaholic. It contains metylparaben though, so I also don’t want to use it often.

Cloud 9 Skin-Up Plumping Hydrogel Mask L+ is one of the 6-pack and this one should be whitening. If I’m honest, fiddly is the first thing that comes to my mind. It is one of those mask that have 2 parts – part for eyes and part for jaw and around lips. Both parts had stiff plastic hacking and with a lot of essence it was difficult to spread it and even though I managed in the end, it didn’t feel comfortable and tight around my eyes and was slippery around my lips – I had to keep pouting like a fish so that it wouldn’t keep sliding down. However, I really like how soft and plumped my skin was when I woke up the next morning and when I tried D+ Deep Pore, it was definitely better, both with application and I didn’t have to pout, so perhaps I had too much essence on the mask first time.

Oskia Renaissance Mask is another sample size I had in my stash and if I am honest, the more I use this mask, the more I like it. Love how smoothly it applies when I massage it into face, how it brightens and nourish my skin at the same time. As I am reluctant to dish out £50 for a face mask, I will have to look for another sample somewhere🤣

Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Black Head 3-step kit is your good old extraction strip with added care. I also wrote a little review about it. I think in comparison with other branded strips, the cost is comparable but with the benefit of extra care.

Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips were probably my favourite nose strips so far.

Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask is something I have a post about prepared for the next week, so I am not gonna tell you much about.

Oriflame Love Nature Purifying Tea Tree face toner is admitedly alcohol toner but it didn’t make my face feeling tight so I got on very well with it. The 150 ml bottle lasted me almost 2 and 1/2 months with using each morning.

REN Clarimatte Clarifying toner was a very gentle acidic toner containing willow bark extract, glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid and mayblossom extract. I used it as a night toner and it felt lovely refreshing and I do think I had less breakouts than I usually have in the summer.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentration Brightening Essence felt nice and I think it worked well with Clarimatte toner. This little 50 ml bottle lasted me 2 and a half months of once daily use when applied with my hands without cotton pad.

Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream All Bright is an AHA lotion cleanser (I know that it’s called cream but it was in fact lotion). I don’t find lotions to be very efficient first cleansers, especially used with cotton pads and neither was this but as I double cleanse I didn’t mind it that much although I wouldn’t risk using it on my eyes so if you want your cleanser to take to remove makeup from whole face, it is  not for you. This is from last year, now this lotion is in new packaging with peachy/salmon sticker.

Organic Surge Refreshing Face Wash. Yayyy, I finally finished it. This little fella is just 95 ml, but it took me ages to finish it. The pump has got a small opening, so you cannot waste it. I stopped using it in the summer when I felt like I need something stronger but in the spring and autumn I loved it as it is gentle but gives me that feeling of clean face I need. Lookfantastic sell 200 ml for £5.10 and I can only recommend it, especially for that bargain price.

Simply Pure Gentle Eye Make-up Remover is Superdrug’s own brand that is fragrance free and hypoallergenic but unfortunately also as much useful to remove eye make up as plain water. I always had some make up left in the morning and struggled with mascara even though I don’t use waterproof one. The only good point was that it didn’t sting. This is one product I will not repurchase.

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser is an organic creamy cleanser. I got this 30 ml sample in a box. It is not greasy at all and melts make up away well but it is very pricy😐.

REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream is really good night cream and I cannot believe, how long this 15 ml sample lasted. I had been using it for the last three months 3x a week. It felt a bit heavy in the summer but once the temperature were closer to 20°C, it was great.

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Body

7th Heaven Soften Clove Masque with Ultra Moisturising Rose Flower & Shea Butter and Soften Sock Masques Ultra Moisturising Sock Masques with Almond Oil and Refreshing Peppermint had a pleasant rose scent so I quite enjoyed putting them on. Instead of 20 minutes, I put them on before going to bed and went to sleep. Somewhere in the middle (I never sleep full night without waking up at least once for some reason), I woke up and pulled the off. Both my hand and feet were softer but not in a dramatic, life changing way. It was the second time I used these and I would still be willing to use once in a while.

Yves Rocher Spicy Vanilla hand cream is a handbag mini with warm vanilla scent that I like. I actually had vanilla overload as with colder weather I started using warmer scents and I coordinated for vanilla and YR vanilla is so far the only one I really like so I had a shower gel, body scrub and lotion and perfume Vanille Noire, all from YR.

Yves Rocher Spicy Vanilla Shower Gel is matching the above mentioned hand cream and I think that especially my older daughter really loved it because its level went down considerably every time she had a shower by herself (she is 9) and what would usually last me a month, finished after just two weeks😢 Although my husband helped too.

Yves Rocher Organic Vanilla Body Exfoliant was in my last month’s favourite and nothing’s changed since. I could add that this is a scrub for people who like their scrub a bit gentler but concentrated enough to be effective for your body.

Nivea Invisible anti-perspirant in fresh is good old invisible and reliable Nivea. I might use something gentle or natural during winter but in the summer or when I know I’ll break serious sweat, this is my insurance.

Weleda Skin Food is not something I couldn’t live without but it is nice to have around. Although I don’t suffer from dry skin, I liked using it for my feet and hands when going to bed and when I showed it to my husband, he always asked for it after shower, especially for his hands.

Avon Skin So Soft Firming & Restoring body lotion with babassu oil had a Non greasy consistency that I would usually like but in effect didn’t seem neither firming or restoring, just slightly moisturising.

AA Skincare Tea Tree Gel is an antifungal and antiviral clear gel containing tea tree oil, borage oil, calendula extract, bay oil and honey extract and is paraben free. I tried and tested it this summer and worked fine. AA is a skincare I would like to try more of sa their prices are very reasonable.

Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Salt Scrub is a classic Salt scrub where salt grains are soaked in a mix of oils. It was very scruby, I think that if you have sensitive or broken skin, I would probably avoid it but it worked fine for me. Because of oil I didn’t have to continue with body lotion afterwards.

7th Heaven Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques is a repurchase for me but somehow, it didn’t work as good as before. I wanted to condition my nails after I removed nail polish the night before so my nails might have been driver as they didn’t have the same shine as when I used it the first time. I will just probably keep on applying nail cuticle treatment nightly and use hand mask rather than just nail mask.

Yves Rocher Organic Vanilla Silky Lotion had my favourite fragrance. This is the first YR Les Plaisirs Nature after a few years and I think the formula is better (but it also can be only this one, I will see, when I try more) as it used to be more like old fashioned, slightly greasy (in my opinion) now it doesn’t have that greasiness but still provides nice hydration for body – simply silky😊

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Haircare

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff Regulating Shampoo for normal hair had a surprisingly pleasant scent (I find most of L’Oréal’s haircare rather perfumy) and it did clear my hair of dandruff and my scalp felt comfortable. I have one more sample from a magazine, but I might purchase full size in the future.

Salon Science Cellutensive Masque is an intensive cellular treatment for restoring youth to hair. It did give my hair strength and healthy bounce I needed the first day, plus I loved the fragrance. On the down side it seemed to me that my hair started feeling heavy on day 2 and I had to use dry shampoo to last till day 3.

Garnier Nutrisse Crème nourishing conditioner featured in my empties number of times as it comes with hair dye I use. I dye my hair around every 8 weeks and this small bottle is enough for three uses for me. I like the smell and how nourishing it is, I don’t like the container as it is difficult to squeezed the thick cream out,  I would prefer squeeze tube but maybe it keeps the cost down for the producer or they do it to give each part a different visual so that people wouldn’t mix products in the dying set so they can be forgiven.

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Make up

Collection 2000 Dazzle Me! loose pigment in Spellbound. I bought it before my older daughter was born and she is 9 – need I say more? Also, I hardly ever used it.

LipSlick gloss in Fruit Punch was part of Look Beauty products. Also in my stash for a few years (maybe 4-5). I wanted to make that colour work on me in summer but I feel orange lips just don’t look good on me. Plus it’s old.

PS…Love Your Nails Nail Polish Remover Pot was a simple and easy nail polish remover I owned for almost a year and sponge started being a bit dried out so it is not that efficient in removing nail polish.

MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal is colour correcting cream palette. I don’t think it is only this colour correcting palette, I am just not into colour correcting and cream correctors look a bit cakey and basically I just don’t appreciate finished look with it as without it. I’ve had it for three years and didn’t use it much, although I managed to hit the pan on the green one (correcting spots).

Erborian CC Cream SPF25 was the best CC (or BB cream for that matter) cream I’ve used. It is not greasy, looks natural and has good coverage although this shade is a tad dark for me and worked only in the summer, these days I had to use very light powder to make it wearable on me. At the moment I have too many foundations I need to finish but I would like to repurchase light version of this cream in the future.

 

October 2017 Favourite Four

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Hello, I hope you had a nice spooky Halloween, if you celebrate it. It was a nice way to transition into the new month of November.

Looks like I am beginning to have more favourites posts lately but probably because there are more products for me these days that I want to share with you before they get into my empties pile.

Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essence Vanille Noire Eau de Parfum. As I fell in love with YR Organic Vanilla Body Exfoliant, I rummaged through my stash to find what vanilla body products I have and I also found this. I love YR fragrances and this is another winner and it has three kinds of vanilla to make most sensual vanilla perfume so appropriate for this dropping temperatures and darker sky. Bourbon, Tahitian and Ugandan Absolute Vanilla give it a real depth and woody note and I am sure if you try it, you’ll get a lot of compliments. Really, I wasn’t much of vanilla fan (except for in cooking) but YR changed my opinion☺️

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I didn’t want to like snail cosmetics but the results I got with Bio-Essence snail mask haunted me and when I saw how many people have this in their skincare routine, I had to try it. I used it first time in my nighttime routine and the next morning I felt immediately a change in how softer and hydrated my skin was. I was really happy to start using it now when colder wheather started. I am not gonna like – it feels like you spreading runny snail slime around your face but it is non-greasy and sinks in very quickly for you to layer more skincare.

Elemis  Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash. When skincare feels good the moment you put it on your face, especially if it is a facial wash, you know you are up to something good. Elemis’ Tri-Enzyme technology provided by larch tree and babassu oil stimulate skin’s natural cell renewal cycle with their non-abrasive exfoliation. Anti-oxidant moringa protects from environmental damage whilst white truffle and poria cocos sooth skin. It is a feel good facial wash for me ideal for winter season. I know it is pricy but if you know me, I buy skincare when I don’t pay full price (half price is an ideal promotion for me) or in a bundle so the price for units comes down. Now comes the season of sales and bundles, so ideal to stock up on expensive skincare.

Salon Science Hydrasorb Intensive Mask. I know this mask might not be for everyone as it contains menthol but I personally love how cooling it is on my scalp. It is light enough to be used on scalp and I don’t get dandruff so quickly.

The One with the 500 Followers Giveaway

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Never ever did I think I would gain 500 followers on my blog! I am humbled by all your support and I want to thank you so much! This blog all started because I wanted to be able to write. It’s a creative outlet for me and I started with unboxing my subscription boxes and it has expanded from there.

To show my appreciation, I am hosting a big giveaway! While I have done giveaways in the past, this one is definitely the biggest yet and I really hope you enjoy the assortment of items I have picked out for you.

As is the case with any giveaway, there are rules to follow. I know this part isn’t any fun but let’s get it out of the way now! Please follow these rules if you want your entries to qualify. Unfortunately, any entries that do not follow the rules will…

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