March Weekly Update #3

Last few weeks have been feeling up and down but that’s life – there are times when things go well and times when they don’t. As I am now focused more on using up products, I do feel my blog is a bit boring but when I thought about quitting, I found myself unable to just throw away what I used, so I decided I will continue in strictly amateur way😂


One of the highlights of the last week was that after over a year of entering different giveaways without any luck, I won one with a relatively new British brand Janna Skin.🎉

My no buy also goes well, I still managed to discourage myself from shopping. Although I did put a few things in virtual basket considering that maybe total value would be easy to part with but then I go through my stash and think about how I want to simplify my life and try all I can without wasting it.



Skin79 Watermelon Girl is another from the Skin79. Delivered what you would expect from your average sheet mask.

Rainbow Beauty SOC 3D EGF moisturising and conditioning serum sheet mask. Not sure whether this mask went bad (it still had 4 months before expiry) as instead of being soaked in watery serum, it looked like it curdled into bits of jelly.

Rainbow Beauty SOC 3D Snail sheet mask. Again, good average sheet mask, leaving a bit of residue but I could continue with my routine easily.

Janna Neck Renewal Targeted Care Mask and  Eye Renewal Targeted Care Mask were my prize from Janna Skin Mother’s Day giveaway. Janna is a British brand making sheetmasks with a lovely sachet designs (even London). The sheet was very thin and dripping wet so it adhered well to face and looked almost invisible. The serum didn’t leave sticky or oily residue. I liked both and would really like to try sheetmasks from them, although I have to admit higher price point.

Mizon Enjoy Vital-up Time Calming Mask was in my empties before. I like it although it feels a bit heavy when I use it in the summer. In winter though, it is nourishing just right. I also noticed that it calms my painful breakouts if I have any at the time of use.

Origins VitaZing SPF15 energy boosting moisturiser with mangosteen didn’t feel heavy although it did leave me a bit shiny. I liked the sheer tint release as it didn’t give me mask like effect but the colour it turned into looked rather orange on me but I was able to fix both shine and colour with colour correcting powder. Might be better to use in the summer.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch are a great ripe pimple treatment, suck the puss from buggers while also keeping it from more contaminats while sleeping.


Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Bust Cream is honestly one of few things I would call repurchase forever. Really love it, result and price including.


L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinairy Clay Shampoo is not bad for Elvive, I find it cleanses well without stripping and I like fragrance as well is it not agressive overpowering. Might repurchase.

Yves Rocher Redensifying hair mask is a silicone free, colorant free and paraben free mask for a good price with lighter formula and I liked using it on my girls’ hair but also myself. Might repurchase.

John Frieda Luxurious 7 Day Volume is an in-shower treatment with protein and keratin that you apply after shampoo and conditioner. What I liked about it is that unlike some volume haircare that just make my hair frizzy, this one feels conditioning and I don’t have so many flyaway hair.

Moroccanoil treatment conditioned hair after washing for both me and my daughters and this 25 ml bottle served all three heads weekly for a month. Love it and will definitely repurchase.




March Weekly Update #2








This update will be shorter than last week’s (less empties). I think that I do prefer doing weekly empties more than holding onto empty bottles and packaging for the whole month in some cases.

I am very proud of myself as I haven’t bought anything beauty related for almost two months and I intend to purchase only if I don’t have any alternative in the stash with me (I moved almost half of my stash to my parents’). I am not saying I am not tempted and there were occasions when I already wanted to pull out my credit card but I gave myself a time to think it through, considered I am almost broke, very single mother, plus considering it typically takes around a year from purchase to actually starting to use stuff I buy, I might as well save on credit card interest.


Rainbow Beauty SOC 3D Lipidure was a nice, light hydrating sheet mask. I think people with oily to normal skin would like it more than people with dry skin.

Dr. G Wrinkle Snail Mask was a great mask – the essence is light and sinks in within a minute from removing mask while leaving skin hydrated and kind of stretched so although temporarily, it does deliver on its anti-ageing promise. Mask sheet was also a great and smooth fit, not very thick. It was perfect for my oily thirtysomething face.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing facial wash was a great morning and second wash that I fell in love with since the first time I started using it. It feels gentle (although make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes) but helps keeping your skin smooth and radiant. I had been using it since October once or twice a day except for three weeks when I went for Christmas to my parents’ and tested Paula’s Choice Clear Skin mini set. So taking that into account, £28-30 you spend buying is actually money well spent.


Yves Rocher Apple Star Anise shower gel. It was a very nice shower but because I want to avoid buying and want to use up as much as I can, plus it had the right consistency, I used most of it as a handwash, even though it was a limited edition.

Avon Sensuelle body is one matching an EDTA I also have. I used to like layering fragrance but after a bit very nice reaction to ani overperfumed body cream from Avon, I am just trying to use up what’s in my stash, no intention to repurchase.

Along Came Betty is a version of Soap Glory range sold in Tesco (like Dirty Works is in Sainsbury’s). Clean Around the Clock is a creamy wash with pleasant mandarin scent. I wouldn’t mind using it again, but I also don’t feel like I’m gonna run to Tesco for a backup immediately.


Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence was a 60 ml sample that lasted only a few days in our house but I loved it. It conditioner our hair nicely, helped detangling when brushing in the morning and had a heavenly fragrance that lasted. If I see if for a good price after I run out of my hair spray detanglers and mists, I will have to buy.


March Weekly Update #1

Welcome back to my blog with yet another weekly update. I wasn’t sure whether to call it February or March update but decided for March at the end as we now fully entered March with winter weather (but all is back to grey rainy norm by now).


While most people complain about dry itchy skin, my skin is usually at its best in winter and I enjoyed over a month without a breakouts until I saw some congested bumps on my chin and now have to angry buggers there as a thanks for touching.

As for the empties there is definitely more empties this week, especially as I finished products in bigger packaging, also I included empties for Monday, as I forgot to make a picture that day so I could publish this post.


Rainbow Beauty SOC 3D Placenta Moisturising and Conditioning Serum sheet mask. As I didn’t have breakouts lately (unlike for many people, winter weather gives me usually the best skin of the year), I am mostly about hydration and nourishing and although I don’t much like 3D shape, I liked this mask for my oily skin.


Skin79 Strawberry Girl contains a lot of different fruit extracts, especially strawberry as you would expect. My skin looked glowing afterwards and despite the novelty factor I would mask again.

Skin79 Animal Mask Dry Monkey is a hyaluronic acid sheet mask, really not bad but left that kind of residue like Ordinary HA and when I applied oil to lock in moisture after my night cream, it was balling.

Skin79 Animal Mask Calming & Soothing Care for Angry Cat with aloe and tea tree. It is one of those masks that left my face a bit greasy but funnily enough, when it was less greasy after I applied my serum.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser is another one from the discontinued line and I couldn’t use it as a daily first cleanse AS it contained a lot of alcohol besides the acid so although I used wet cloth to remove it instead of just wiping it with cotton wool pad, it stang my face quite a lot. I am glad to finally finish it.

Mizon Enjoy Vital-up Time Calm Your Skin Down sheet mask was in my empties a few time already, as I bought a pack of 10. Lovely mask but better in winter as the essence is slightly richer than watery essence.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil was great make up remover but I still prefer to use micellar water or eye make up remover for eyes. And even now in winter, I prefer using cleansing oil alternating with cleansing cream or milk.

COSRX One Step Moisture Up pads were moisturising pads containing propolis and betaine salicylate. I also wrote a little review about them. Might repurchase next winter.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Sérum is a hyaluronic acid based serum that many bloggers raved about and I understand why. It is light, spreads easily and leaves my skin silky smooth. I admit, I liked it more than the Ordinary HA although it is more expensive but I prefer how it feels on my skin and although I have some other serums to use up at the moment, this will definitely finds its way back to me.


Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque was a creamy mask that I wrote a review not so long ago and I would rate it as might repurchase.

Skinfood Fresh Apple Pore Pack. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a thing called “pore pack” but it turns out to be a thick gel like a peel off mask with sparkly apple scent, although by the instructions, I should wash it off and it was right because it didn’t dry out to peelable film but to something that looked like a dry, chapped, peeling skin. Nice sample and I might be interested to explore this kind of products.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Restoring Body Lotion Honey Treasures. This is again a brilliant body moisturiser, even though it says it is for very dry skin, it is not greasy or sticky but leaves lovely smooth skin on your body. And it is paraben free. Again though, the fragrance is not unpleasant but reminds me more of toffee pear than honey.

Yves Rocher Strawberry Exfoliating Shower Gel was more abrasive than the apple one from a few weeks ago. It went so quickly because my daughter squirted out half of it first time I put it in the shower (and then never used it again ☺️).


Botanicals Fresh Care Safflower Rich Infusion Shampoo were samples I got and I really liked it as the shampoo seemed gentle (I am yet to see if my hair doesn’t get greasy and itchy on my scalp quickly, if not, I would like to buy a full size). I also liked the herbal fragrance it has.

Botanicals Fresh Care Safflower Rich Infusion Softening ointment. Although ointment for hair is a strange concept for me, I liked this sample as it was a great leave-in treatment for mine and my children’s dry ends, it also helped to control frizz and define my curls and when mixed with Moroccan Oil treatment on my children’s hair, gave great slip for our detangling day and again – I loved the herbal fragrance. Definitely want to buy a full size.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist. I bought it from Lookfantastic when it was on offer with 35% off after I liked children’s hair mist much. As we go through a lot of hair mists and detangling sprays, I went for this 500 ml bottle which lasted over a month with daily use on three long haired heads. It is really just a mist so it was okay and I really like the awapuhi fragrance but the children’s detangling spray is better. Might be good to use as body mist in the summer though.

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinairy Clay Re-Balancing Conditioner was a good one and I also liked the fragrance. Not sure though whether it is so outstanding that I would repurchase (especially as this was 400 ml, so it lasted me quite a while) but if I had to choose from only Elvive, I would choose this one again.


February Weekly Update and Empties #4

I didn’t have the best week but at least I managed to use up more products.



Skin79 Pomegranate Girl sheet mask is one of those novelty face masks but these do seem work (I had aa brightening panda some time ago). This particular one was for elastic and glowing skin, the fit was good, loads of essence, leaving skin with a bit of residue but it seemed to get better after I applied serum and night cream.

Rainbow Beauty SOC 3D Syn-Ake and Rice Wine. I don’t like 3D shape although it wasn’t a bad fit and my face looked brighter and smoother. The essence was pleasant and didn’t leave greasy or sticky residue. Overall, I rate it positively and I would mask again.

Mizon Enjoy Vital-up Time Calming Mask with propolis is again very good mask but this time from a thicker textile sheet and fit is not bad. This mask felt a bit heavy in the summer but it’s great now.

SexyLook Moisture Black Mask was a nice mask under £1, consisting of thicker but quite well fitting sheet and watery, easily absorbed essence. Skin was smoother and I think this would be good mostly for oily skin.

Blaq mask is one of those black masks that are supposed pull all gunk out of your face (maybe even your face). Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the experience and that’s not for pulling my face off. The texture was runnier than ordinary peel off mask so even five minutes in you could still feel how mask is dripping down – down the tip of your nose (so better not to wear other than black short or better just be naked cause I doubt you would ever wash it off), down your neck or even worse, mouth corners. Even the result was not that impressive – it pulled out more facial hair I didn’t know about (but those I did were left behind) than the blackheads from my T-zone.

Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. I used mini of this during Christmas holiday and it was great for oily skin. Feels calming as well but I am not sure I would recommend to dry skin as it doesn’t feel that hydrating.

COSRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is my beloved essence I had been using since October. Once I used it, I noticed how much more hydrated my skin feels. I already have a backup but want to use up some other essences I have.

Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask is basically lovely night cream that I used twice a week at bedtime and wake up with nicely plumped up skin. And the smell of green tea it has is one of my favourite in skincare (or anything for that matter). The 50 ml tube lasted me ages (since April). I have another 30 ml version in my stash.

Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Micellar Cleansing Water was a purchase inspired by Stashy who holds it as a HG that was discontinued in Canada. I have to be honest, at first I felt a bit meh because I prefere my micellar coloured and without any particular fragrance, plus it contains methylparaben which is not a complete dealbreaker but I try to limit parabens considering the load of products I use, however it is really a great and effective make up remover. I have another one as I bought them in sale and for that price I would purchase again.



Elsa’s Natural deodorant was the first serious natural deodorant I’ve tried and I can say that it is probably even the best deodorant I’ve tried. It lasted me a little over two months applied each morning without a fail. Not only it lasted all day, it also kept my underarms feeling dry.


Yves Rocher Nutri-Repair conditioner for very dry or damaged hair seemed like it is too light to do something but my hair felt softer although I am not sure how it would work for thicker hair.

Make Up

Max Factor Eye Luminizer Brightener in light/medium. This is a dream product – covers under eye area without creasing, light almost gel like feeling and blends in like a second skin but it is too orange even in the summer even if I apply lighter corrector over (but then what’s the point?). I should have another one somewhere in my stash because it was described as light but when I received it, it was the same. Please Max Factor, make this in really light colour, and I will run to buy it😉😘

Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque

Sukin masks featured on my blog before and this time I want to write about their hydrating mask.


Sukin promise is no SLS, mineral oil, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrances, animal derivates, harsh detergents, triethanolamine, artificial colours, propylene glycol or EDTA or as their motto days “Skincare that doesn’t cost the Earth”. And for cosmetics with such claims also purse friendly.

What it says on the packaging:

“Rich mango seed butter, avocado oil and olive fruit extract provide intense hydration and protect skin barrier, while enzymes offered in papaya and pineapple nourish the complexion and impart important vitamins and fruit acids for smooth and healthy glow.

Packaging is their mask typical recyclable plastic tub with 100 ml of mask. Inside, it looks like a thick white cream that you spread around wet face and as it dries it is a bit like a matt face balm.


It is recommended to leave it on for 15 minutes and wash with warm water and wash cloth but I left it much longer on a few occasions (I like having it on while having a shower) and I can tell you that nourishing moisture it gave me, especially this winter, felt amazing and no, it didn’t break me out.

To me, it is something I can recommend everyone after a clay mask or just like that, especially now in the winter.


February Weekly Update and Empties #3

Welcome back to my blog, if you’re not tired of my blabbering. This week was Valentine’s week, however I didn’t celebrate as my marriage is basically finished but I had a great week with my little Valentines (children) as they had midterm holiday.


As for my no buy, it went well because with children at home, I had to spend on other things and didn’t have time to check all the spam😆 What got me tempted though was Escentuals 25% off sitewide, as they sell Ordinary which isn’t included in any sales usually, I put some items that I would like to try in the basket, Buffet being the most wished for but told myself to sleep on it. When I checked on Sunday, Buffet was sold out so I took it as a sign not to procede with my purchase but otherwise I could recommend it to you, the sale lasts till midnight today (Monday).



As for my empties, it is as I had predicted, don’t have many and this time I finished less than I expected 😐


Ariul 7 Days Mask Tea Tree Trouble & Pore Care worked well and it did smell slightly of tea tree but not too strong. It did soothe my hormonal chin acne a bit but not as much so it wouldn’t still be there after 2 days.

Mizon Bio Placenta Ampoule Mask More Whitening Powerful Skin Care is another great gel mask from Mizon. It relies on niacinamide for whitening power. The fit is amazing, the backing is flexible and soft so again, application is easy and the mask adhered well without slipping down plus there was still a lot leftover essence.

Mizon Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule Mask was in my last week’s empties and it is one of my favourite sheet gel gel masks providing great non-heavy hydration.💞

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser, Mask & Scrub. This was discontinued Superdrug range but it was combination of chemical and mechanical peel, so my skin was visibly smoother and softer straight after use. I liked it and used it once to twice a week.

DHC Olive Virgin Oil was surprisingly light and I even used in the morning when I wasn’t in the rush with my skincare and it didn’t break me out and soaked in in around 30-60 minutes. The 7 ml sample lasted me almost two weeks. It is not pictured because I lost it after I put it in the bag with empties.

Body Care

Yves Rocher Les Plaisirs Nature Malaysian Coconut shower gel. I am not sure why I bought this as coconut is not the most desired shower gel fragrance in shower gel and as I needed to reduce my stash, I used it as a handwash and it worked great for that as it was soft and hand runny consistency that worked well with a pump.

February Weekly Update #2

While I wouldn’t have almost any empties last week if not for the make up declutter and some sheet mask, this week I finished up some body care. I am trying to use up already opened full sizes as much as I can (hair shampoo also to clean my make up brushes, shower gels to shave) and if I need to open something, I am looking for travel and sample sizes that I could use up by the end of the month if I can. As I finished some products I thought I would finish next week already, I have a suspicion that next week will be poor fit empties.

My no buy goes well although I am very tempted by Nip and Fab sale on their own eshop. I just keep telling myself I have enough acid to last me this year but they have also some good prices on body care that also contain acids so if you are not limiting your hoarding, like the brand and the same sale is still running when I publish this, I would recommend you to check it.



Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating paper Mask. I so want to love Yes To brand but I don’t like their sheet masks. What I like about them are the cute illustrations on their packaging and on paper it sounds amazing. This is the third mask from them I’ve tried and it just didn’t get better. It also stings like the cucumber one, especially around my lips, the fit is far from good and the cutouts for eyes are just horrible.


Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Black Head 3-step kit is the third and the last in my stash but I might repurchase as I am for an extra soothing treatment.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 I liked and it was mattifying, plus didn’t feel heavy but as most SPFs, it pilled.  I would repurchase, especially the version with higher SPF.

Filorga Time-Filler absolute wrinkles correction cream had a thicker consistency which I think helped to do its job at filling wrinkles but it didn’t give me greasy feeling. Fortunately I don’t have that many wrinkles yet (touch wood) so cannot really talk about wrinkle correction plus it was a 7 ml sample that lasted me for 5 uses but it absorbed well kept my skin smooth, with a light pleasant fragrance. If I had enough disposable income and smaller stash, I would be willing to buy full size (price between £36 – £55 for a 50 ml pot).


Mizon Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule Mask is one of my favourite. I was saving last two of these but I noticed now that they have expiry date in March, so need to use them. Just love how smooth my face is without any greasiness at all.

Rainbow Beauty Vita-Brightening Intensive Care Mask. Great three-step mask with foaming creamy wash, sheet mask and night cream that I absolutely love. I think this is the last I own. I am not repurchasing for now, but if I make an order from Skin18, this will be on my list.

Body Care

Avon Naturals Apple Blossom shower gel and body lotion. I bought them because of green apple on the packaging but the fragrance wasn’t as I’d imagined it.

Yves Rocher Redberries hand cream is matching the shower gels I used up in January and I loved the fragrance plus it moisturises unlike most lovely smelling hand creams from TBS.

Yves Rocher Refreshing Exfoliating Shower Gel with apple and star anise. I liked the subtle fragrance of sour apple with anise. Not much of an exfoliation though, I used it every other day just like the redberries one.


Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque. I loved this mask, it moisturised my hair well, did help my colour last longer and I loved its sweet fragrance.

Morrocanoil Hydrating Styling Cream wasn’t bad and I might repurchase but there are some cheaper I liked better.