Hello reader, thank you for coming to read me and I sincerely apologise for my sporadic presence here. I started a full time job a month ago, so I am still trying to find the best way to juggle work, children and ever growing list of chores and errands. I could consider abandoning the blog but I found myself unable just to throw out a product so I am bringing you empties again😉
Cou you believe I finished only two products in the first 10 days of November and one of them was a sheet mask? After that though, it started getting better but it is nothing like those days when I had like 30 empties a month. Sometimes it felt like a chase to use up as many products as possible but I am not in that kind of mentality anymore. I noticed that my acne was getting worse over the last year while a few years ago in November I could say I had almost normal skin. There are things that help but I suspect all those products shifting and adding to my skincare play a role in it and although I wouldn’t say I want to cut it back to basics, I want to mostly use products that feel good.
Masker Aide Detox Diva Detox Diva. I enjoyed this mask as it hydrated my skin without feeling heavy or leaving greasy residue and some congested areas that had bumps came up to the surface the next morning without being inflamed and painful so I can say I wouldn’t mind getting this mask again.
Masker Aide Restore mask had a rich milky essence so it was nice to see their masks are different. I wanted to use the mask because I had some dry patches after treating breakouts I had on jawline and it delivered. As I mentioned, the liquid was rich so I didn’t feel my oily skin needs more skincare after this step.
Masker Aide Pre Party Prep promised to brighten, prime and energise. Although not the best of fit, I liked these mask and it really delivered on nicely smooth skin, ready for makeup.
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Rade & Repair gel with propolis. I would say that it was a slightly more effective than other spot gels I used but I am getting rid of it even if it should have lasted for 24 months after opening because there was something like mould on the lid and the gel got darker colour than it used to be.
Oriflame Alfalfa Peptide Q10 night cream was a cheap moisturiser that wasn’t bad, didn’t feel greasy or too heavy but just like with the day cream I had to make sure I applied with a light hand otherwise I broke out. To be honest I used the last 5 uses for neck and hands as I was getting tired of it.
The Body Shop Skin Defence multi-protection essence SPF50 PA+++ was a lovely sunscreen for face. It had light milky texture. Some could say it feels like nothing, me with oily skin and certain layer of of skincare can feel I have something but in comparison with most of sunscreens I tried, it is very light.
Snail Bee High Content Essence was a nice addition to my skincare, it was a gel that changed into water the moment it touched the skin, sinked in seconds and I also used it around eye area without a problem. I didn’t notice hydrating effect immediately like with COSRX 96 Snail Mucin but after around a week. I liked it but not sure I would repurchase (maybe in the summer) because I know there are things that work better, especially as I saw it being sold for twice as much as I bought it last year. So in conclusion, I would recommend it to oily skin that needs some light additional hydration but it might not be enough for other skin types.
Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment is so far my favourite retinol from those I tried. Besides retinol, it also contains vitamin C and peptides and gives me a lovely morning skin as an overnight treatment. It is richer, so I often skip moisturiser with this one.
Dr. Organic Organic Snail Gel Facial serum was more like light moisturiser and what hit me was strong scent like a ginger shot but as it doesn’t have aby ginger on INCI, my guess is the lemongrass oil that gives it such aa stron scent. And I can’t say I liked how strong it was, I actually really started thinking I am beginning to hate essential oils in skincare. Also my preference for serum is to be lighter. Although I found a way it worked for me, I didn’t enjoy it and don’t intend to repurchase.
Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia andhand cream were more my kind of scent than some of the others. It keeps my hands soft with regular use and it is a nice hand cream but I am not sure whether it is special special to look for it with an intention of repurchase although I wouldn’t mind getting it again as a gift.
Soap&Glory Clean On Me shower cream is a good old classic with its vintage fragrance (at least to me) has been copied by some brands. It is non drying and very pleasant to use. Loved it and although I don’t shop for S&G that often I am pretty sure I’ll get some gift set at some point again.
Yves Rocher Refreshing Deodorant in Green Tea from China. When I first bought this aluminum salt free roll-on in pomegranate, I was enthusiastic and bought two more for my daughters for their PE bags. However, when I bought other deodorants, they gave me these back and I am not surprised – it feels wet, doesn’t last and if you do just a small physical task, you can smell your own BO more than this. I used it on day I spent at home.
Yves Rocher Orange Blossom eau de toilette. This was to me like D&G Light Blue but instead of lemon with orange in it. Loved it and loved D&G but I have so much fragrance, I don’t plan stocking on till the next Black Friday.
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde energising shower gel in Pomegranate from Spain. JdM are my favourite YR shower gels and for somebody who loves fruity bodycare, this was again very enjoyable. I love the shape of the bottle as well. The only things is that we finished it under two weeks. Also, I think it was discontinued and they’re selling out the stock, if you’re able to find it.
Pantene Pro-V Intensive Repair mask. Man, I love this mask. I know is a silicone based mask but the way my hair felt and looked… I can’t even remember the last time my hair felt like that. I have no illusions, I know that there is silicone but this with Moroccanoil Treatment made my hair like a silk. Repurchased already.
Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Taming Cream was thick and very heavy for my hair, but it worked well for my children’s hair so I would repurchase for them.
Moroccanoil Treatment is one of my favourite hair products. Little goes a long way on my hair and 25 ml bottle lasted me a few months. If I use it on my children’s thick curls, it is around a month or two.
Eveline 8in1 Total Action concentrated lash serum. Purchase of this was based on good reviews online and my friends and also because it was cheap. It is supposed to nourish my lashes, make them thick and healthy and it works great as a primer before mascara but unfortunately, it contains something that makes my eyes teary so I can’t really use it.
Yves Rocher 360° Length mascara is black version of one I used to love and I still love it but not as much as the first time. I also used it with the above mentioned lash treatment so it started stinging me as well as it got mixed with it.