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.
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.
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😊
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.
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.