January 2018 Empties and Decluttered Items


So first month of 2018 passed, post Christmas blue is nothing but a memory (although that doesn’t make getting out of warm bed any easier) and my first empties post of the year is here. I am moving next month so I keep resisting temptation of taking advantage of January sales because I definitely don’t need to hoard more (not to mention I am financially bled out). I wanted to say I haven’t bought anything beauty related since 25 December when I made a small haul from Birchbox sale and Yves Rocher sales (should I count it if I knew I was running out of micellar water and hair masks for my daughters?😉) but then I got a message that my TBS vouchers are gonna expire and who am I to lose a freebie. But let’s go back to the empties. Again, mainly because of sheet masks and some travel sizes, I had an empty a day plus some decluttered items that didn’t work for me the way I wanted and I couldn’t find an alternative use for. It is going to be a long one as I have 51 items if I also count a single use sample. As I don’t want to store trash for the whole month in February, I will be doing it in weekly chunks from next week, till we move out and settle.



Skin Guardian Wrinkle, Collagen and Vita-Whitening 3 Step Total Facial Mask consists of these steps – bubble cleanser, booster ampoule and cellulose sheet mask. I am sometimes worried how I get on with all three steps but I actually liked all three. The bubble cleanser (second cleanse) is a water based wash that creates a creamy lather that didn’t feel drying, ampoule was like a milky gel lotion and sheet mask was a rather good fit with medium thickness and dripping with thick clear gel essence that was non-greasy although tacky. It did tingle a bit at the beginning but just for a minute or two. After the Collagen mask however, my skin felt a bit greasy and was shiny. In the morning though, I woke up with a beautiful smooth skin and no greasiness whatsoever. And no, I didn’t break out later.

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water was really effective for everything I needed it for (mostly removing eye make up). Can’t really imagine I would pay more than £7 for aby micellar water when these drugstore ones work so well. However, I think this one was discontinued as I found it only at some e-shops. So will try the new blue version next.

L’Oréal Paris Visible Results Contour Perfector Eyes is one of the few skincare I am throwing out unfinished. I used it for around two months and it just doesn’t give me any joy using it. It is one of those eye cream that contains dark circles correcting micro-pigments but to me it is just white film and if you’re not careful to blend it properly or don’t wear make up, you can see it. Which I wouldn’t mind  if it really visibly reduced wrinkles and moisturised my eyes well. I tried to use it up as a night eye cream but I noticed my eye area just got older 😐.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream was surprisingly light enough to be nourishing but not heavy and fragrance was light, not overbearing like with the flash balm. Still, over my budget and just like not love.

Masque Bar Anti-Blemish Mud Mask is 1-use mask in a sachet. It is a white kaolin based mask (with addition of tea tree and vitamin A) with thick and creamy consistency that I used after my jawline got in horrible state after all Christmas binging and I really liked it as it gave me a real relief from my big red bumps, although it felt a bit tingly. My skin felt purified afterwards and I wouldn’t mind getting it again even though it smelled like one industrial grade cleaning product I had once.

Cloud 9 Blanc de White serum is  niacinamide based with thicker almost cream consistency so I decided to use it up in winter. It wasn’t bad but if brightening serum is pearlescent like this one, it seem to me like a bit of cheating help, although I know many of them are like that. It wasn’t greasy but I do prefer my serums to be lighter as I still need to layer a moisturiser and a sunscreen on my oily skin.

Organic Surge Reviving Eye Gel was a clear moisturising gel, quickly absorbed, with clarifying green tea and eyebright extract. I opened it in the summer and it was brilliant although now in the winter I felt I needed something thicker, more nourishing.

Rainbow Beauty Aqua-Ringer, Horse Oil-Cimplex, AC-Dressing Intensive Care 3-step Mask is another love from this brand as I loved all three steps – cleanser had a creamy lather, mask was thin and soaked in essence, very hydrating, the moisturiser was light and lovely and had a light clean fragrance.

Ariul 7 Days Aloe Calming & Soothing sheet mask. I liked this mask, even though the fit wasn’t the best. The Tencel sheet was on the thicker side but it felt more comfortable and adhered well to the face without the essence dripping down my face. Fragrance also wasn’t offensive, just light clean one. It really delivered on the promise of being calming and soothing. Thumbs up from me.

Ariul 7 Days Mask Avocado – Nutrient & Protection again delivered on the promise, great sheet mask material and non-ofensive light fragrance. I think I am beginning to love Ariul😉.


L’Affair Animal Whitening Panda Sheet Mask was a thinner, dripping mask full of richer essence that did leave my face brighter but also slightly greasy.

L’Affair Animal Aqua Blue Sheep sheet mask. I am not sure whether somebody would recognise me as a sheep in this mask but always like a mask with hyaluronic acid and beta glucan is not bad either.

L’Affair Animal Wrinkle Tiger sheet mask made me a very wet tigress. So wet in fact, the essence was dripping down everywhere, my neck felt like I came out of a swimming pool without wiping my face and neck dry.

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask is targeted to sensitive, blemish prone skin. Wet and creamy kaolin based mask also contains a lot of essential oils like lavender, rosemary and thyme, all good to fight blemishes and germs spreading them. I used this mask when I had breakouts on my face after Christmas and I really like the relief it gave my painful chin. Possible repurchase.

Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Black Head 3-step kit. I wrote a review about it but in short it a nose strips to remove blackheads with extra step before to soften skin and another step after the removal to soothe and condition skin on nose. Price is reasonable so I think it is worth a try. I still have one in my stash.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. One of the best drugstore micellar waters. Always on some promotion so also cheap. No reason not to repurchase.

Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes with white tea extract. I don’t really use face wipes and if I get some in a beauty box and buying one bag a year from the shop is usually enough for my use in a handbag for when I travel or when I am out and about. All I can say about these is that I liked the white tea fragrance and didn’t seem harsh.

Elemis Hydra-Balance day cream was targeted to combination skin so it was still light enough for me. Fortunately, it didn’t have the strong, sickening flash balm fragrance, it was similar but much more muted, so I really have no objections against this cream, just the price that is around £30 for full size but the 20 ml I had in the travel size tube lasted me over a month.

Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water wasn’t bad but why pay more when you can have better for less?

Mediheal H.D.P Pore-Stamping charcoal-mineral mask was one of those black sheet masks but was a good fit and material of the sheet made it very comfortable to wear on face while being well soaked without dripping. While I wouldn’t say my pores shrank, they were definitely less visible.

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is my precious retinol treatment with peptides and vitamin C. When I got this in LiB Red box, I understood all the hype around PC skincare despite higher price tag and bought another box because of it  and because it was cheaper than the treatment alone😉 This retinol will make your skin extra smooth without drying it out or causing breakouts. Little goes a long way and I started using mine twice a week, then every other night to every night for the last month and it lasted me for around 7 months.

Ben&Sera ATO-K Atopic Project serum for sensitive skin was a single use sample. It didn’t have any scent and had a consistency of easily spread fluid. Although it didn’t feel very greasy or heavy, it left some layer that made me not to apply moisturiser afterwards so I would say it is more for normal to dry skin.


Body Care

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream with pure sweet orange and cedarwood essential oils is another lovely product from Organic Surge. Love fruity woody fragrance that isn’t sickly sweet and it is also more than a decent body moisturiser.

Avon Planet Spa Thai Lotus Flower bath elixir with coconut Milk and lotus flower extract. I don’t have a bath so used it in shower and I was surprised how much I liked it as it cleansed well without leaving my body feeling stripped.

Nivea Express Care hand cream with sea minerals was really a lovely hand cream that nourished my hands well but sank in seconds and like with the one I had in my empties before, the packaging sucks and I still got around 9-10 uses after I had cut it.

Yves Rocher Redberries Exfoliating Shower Gel is not exactly what you could call a scrub as kiwi seeds inside don’t give that rough exfoliation but I think you could use it even everyday. I used it every other day and found out that my 9-year old loved the fragrance, too as it started going down rather quickly so I put up non-exfoliant version as soon as the lotus flower bath elixir finished.

Yves Rocher Redberries Shower Gel has a paraben-free formula. Another from their Christmas limited edition from last year with sparkly berry fragrance. As usually, I liked my YR shower gel.

Garnier Ultimate Blends nourishing body lotion was a good body lotion, greatly moisturising and quick drying formula which is even paraben-free. What I was disappointed with though was fragrance – I expected lovely olive fragrance that olive body care usually have but this was just highly artificial and reason why I wouldn’t repurchase this particular but as I mention formula was great and I have 2 other fragranced kinds in my stash.

The Body Shop Orange Flavoured lip moisturiser is perhaps better for summer as it disappears from lips quickly and lips are still left chapped. I used only a quarter in almost 2 years it’s been open so it is really the time for it to go.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy eau de toilette is a declutter as it just wasn’t to my taste. It was a musky fragrance that I simply hate and consider it more of an old man’s after shave fragrance (I am sorry but I just had some older teachers that smelled just like that growing up). I allowed children to use it as an air freshner or for their ‘experiments’ but I am guessing they didn’t like it either as it just sits on the shelf gathering dust. Off it goes half-full.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Lotion is another thing I am throwing out with around 1 week use still inside as I am not bothered. I had been using it on my feet for the past few months as I hate the fragrance for the body and nobody else in our house wanted to use it. Now I just wanted to get rid of it.

Avon Planet Spa Amazonian Treasures Creamy Body Scrub with Brazilian açai & berries is a beautiful creamy purple berry fragranced body scrub. Another Planet Spa love. If you want a body scrub that doesn’t feel rough but does its job well, this is it.

Avon Planet Spa Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist with camomile and lavender. Not really a body care but I decided to put it in this cathegory. It didn’t knock me out but it made my bedtime a better sensory experience.


Hair Care

Salon Science Cellucovery Scalp Tonic Treatment that is supposed to provide body building formula to create voluminious hair from the root. It did last longer than I expected (mostly because I kept forgeting using it every day). I am not sure whether it did something last 3-4 months but it felt comfortable on my scalp and didn’t make my roots greasy.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Mythic Olive shampoo and conditioner promise weightless nourishing but to be honest, it felt still heavy on my hair and it got feeling yucky more quickly. I used the shampoo mostly on my older daughter or when I felt I want gentler hairwash. I also used the last bit on my makeup brushes.

Asda Little Angels Detangling Leave-in Conditioner. I keep forgeting to include spray detanglers, probably because I am buying them mostly with my daughters in mind but I use the as well, as my hair tends to tangle as well. I consider this one to be one of the best under £5 children’s detangler, doesn’t feel or smell of alcohol, quite the opposite, my children’s (and mine as well, I supposed) hair has that lovely baby scent (I think everybody who ever played with a baby without a doodoo in their nappy knows what I am talking about).

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Scrub had a typical LS Hair Growth range fragrance and pink colour. At first I felt like I liked the L’Oréal one more, probably because I started using it in the summer and unlike LS one, the one from L’Oréal contained essential oils that relieved itching of my scalp but I actually noticed last few months my scalp feels healthier and less irritated but that might be because of Salon Science Hydrasorb Intensive Masque, so I am a bit meh about this scalp scrub.

Salon Science Hydrasorb Intensive Masque is a repurchase, great scalp cooling hydrating mask. It is a repurchase and will be again but as we’re moving next month, I want to minimise my stuff as much as I can and not gonna be shopping for anything until after the move until absolutely necessary.

Superdrug Coconut Oil For Hair & Skin is a fragranced coconut oil so I use it only as a pre-shampoo treatment for my daughters and sometimes me. It is very hard and I have to remember to keep it somewhere warm to melt enough at least half an hour before washing hair.

Philip Kingsley Straight Hair is a 20 ml sample of a thick oil gel. It wasn’t that remarkable, if I am honest but I was surprised how many uses I got out of it.

Avon Advanced Techniques Volume & Curl Mousse. I don’t use many styling products but if I want to control frizz while still keeping volume on the third day after washing (especially if I want my hair down), I use mousse and I did like this one as it didn’t dry my hair and kept it in the shape and volume I wanted. I am not sure whether Avon still sell this one though, as they seem to shift or reformulate/repackage their products quite often. If I repurchase, it will be when I’m with my sister, as UK site allows me to purchase only through their AL/AG now.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinairy Clay Masque is a pre-shampoo treatment for oily roots. I also liked it for my scalp as my scalp feels itchy as it gets more dirty. This was for my scalp a bit like a clay mask is for pimples – a bit of relief. Plus I liked the fragrance. It is maybe repurchase.

Yves Rocher Nutri Repair Hair Mask with jojoba oil for very dry and damaged hair is a silicone, colourant and paraben free mask more of a balm consistency but it does nourish hair well. I liked that 5 minutes was enough for this mask to penetrate the hair enough, so good for use on my daughters for whom I bought it. I used it several times too, so the 150 ml tub lasted only a month as my daughters’ mixed long hair sucks the oil like nothing.


Make Up

Makeup Revolution The One contour stick. I got this stick from a friend and I was glad I could try it. Good point is that it is very blendable and easy to use but the orange colour it gives meant that I was not interested in using it after just one use and it was just in my stash unloved and unused for over a year so I see no point of keeping it any longer.

Freedom Pro Conceal & Correct is an okay creamy concealer. I quite liked it at the beginning but lately it always gets patchy when I want to blend it.

ELF felt tip eyeliner was a very good eyeliner if you’re like me clumsy at making one. Admitedly, it doesn’t have the best colour payoff but it is better than other felt tip eyeliners that I’d tried, especially for the price. Felt tip is long, doesn’t scratch and bends when pushed on eyelid. It is also long enough to make a flick for the cat eyes.

Rimmel London Match Perfection SPF15 was a compact cream foundation. It felt like silicone primer so it felt heavy in the summer for my skin but felt OK in winter, although not for everyday use as it broke me up if I used it all the time but limited to 2-3 times a week was fine. I also liked it had SPF15 as an addition to my sunscreen. I didn’t use the sponge included except for the first three times as it seemed to soak too much of the foundation and I wasn’t able to wash out the pigment from it but it applied well with fingers making a smooth poreless face. I think great handbag base for dehydrated skin but not best choice for oily one.