This month’s empties are more about samples as two weeks before the end of the month, I took my children and went to spend my birthday and Christmas with my parents and grandmother. I won’t have many pictures as I snapped the empties I had before I travelled and then it was more samples really. I also had a big mole on my jawline removed that had larger roots than expected, so I didn’t use any sheet mask for a week after that.
Foodaholic Snail, Aloe, Blueberry Natural Essence Mask. These masks were in my empties many times. Nothing new to say just that the set should be finished now unless I have hidden some very well. Yoohoo!
Cloud 9 Skin-Up Plumping Mask W+ was another last one from a set of hydrogel masks and it was high time because their expiry date was in November. Although application was less flimsy than with first application when I didn’t know what to expect, had to keep pouting as it was sliding down my lips and if I didn’t cut out eye holes bigger, it kept poking me in the outer corners of the eye.
Dermal Aqua, Syn-Ake, Gold and Pomegranate Collagen Essence Mask, Q10 Collagen Essence Mask was also in my empties many times and for the price of less than £1 it is a very good mask that I would recommend to oily dehydrated skin.
Rainbow Beauty Teatree-Relax Intensive Care Mask is a three step mask with a foaming cleanser, sheet mask and anti-ageing night cream. Once you wash it off, face feels squeaky clean, so I am not sure it is for dry skin but then you hit it with the sheet mask that is dripping wet, sheet is relatively thin and flexible and it lefty face slightly tacky. I liked the cream the best – it first felt like a light cream but once it hit my skin and I massaged it in, it felt like pure water hydration. I would definitely love a cream like that (white therapy waterdrop night cream).
Superdrug 5 Minute Facial Purifying Facial Sheet Mask. I wanted to write a separate review for this but I couldn’t find it on Superdrug’s website anymore so chances are it had been discontinued. It was cheap enough for 99p and I even bought it on 3 for 2 offer but in all honesty it felt like I smothered my face in mint toothpaste. Might have been better choice in the summer if you can get over minty itching of your eyes even though the eye holes are big enough.
Superdrug 5-minute Fabric Facial Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask is a collagen based sheet mask that is targeted to normal/dry skin but essence is watery. It fine with my skin but I really don’t think it is nourishing or rich enough for dry skin. Good point is that it didn’t contain paraben though.
Dr Morita Whitening Essence Facial Mask is a Taiwanese mask containing Alpha Arbutin. It is thin and very set but they don’t recommend to have it on for longer than 10 minutes and it seems like a lot of essence wasted but I basically use leftover for neck and arms and wiped still very wet sheet all over body. It is difficult to judge a whitening mask after just one use, especially as this seems to be part of a set that should be used daily till it finish. The only thing I can say is that although it didn’t leave greasy or sticky residue, the watery essence took a good while to sink in.
Dr Morita Rich Source of Youthful Renewal was again very wet but very well fitting mask, it adhered well to the shape of my face without any folded tissue. One if the best masks I bought for under £1.
Dr Morita Whitening Essence was a mask similar to previous one, just in red sachet, I am not entirely sure about the difference between the two besides the colour of the packaging but I as ingredients are also in English, I noticed mandelic acid besides alpha arbutin.
Dr Morita Collagen Essence Mask unlike the other masks had a plastic backing and was a smaller fit around eyes. Overall, nice mask for the price again.
Bioderma White Objective Lightening Serum is a Vitamin C night serum that consists of vitamin C Powder and a liquid in a pump suspension. Once you mix the two, you are supposed to finish it within two months. I am not sure whether I would recommend it to sensitive skin as it feels rather full of alcohol but I noticed that since I started using it, my occasional breakouts are smaller in size and heal quicker but that also might be because of colder weather when my skin is between normal and oily. While I didn’t feel any tingling or stinging, I noticed my skin was slightly pink after the application. It didn’t erase my brown marks but it did lighten them and worked well with retinol.
Oriflame Love Nature Gel Cream was reasonably moisturising, didn’t break me out and although I cannot remember how much it cost me but I am sure it was “cheap as chips” cathegory.
Lavera Anti-ageing Moisturising Cream is a sample I got sa an extra in my LiB subscription. It was only for two uses so I cannot really say how effective it is but it was light enough although it took a while to sink in. The fragrance it had reminded me of chocolate jellies.
DHC Beauty Lift essence is a milky gel essence, non-greasy but richer than my beloved Snail Mucin. Can’t say much else as it was just one use sample. I would say maybe repurchase cathegory.
DHC Ceramide Cream is a richer cream than I would usually go for but it did sink in. Maybe could be used as a night cream a few times a week but not that tempted to buy full size.
DHC Eye Bright is a clear, runny gel moisturiser for eyes and works great for oily skin. This 0.03 oz sample lasted me 3 days morning and evening use. I would be willing to purchase it as a summer eye moisturiser.
Dr. G Actifirm Real Lifting Cell Essence was more like a lotion/moisturiser than essence. It wasn’t greasy but I do prefer my essence to be lighter.
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum was love. Clear runny gel, very moisturising but light and 3 ml lasted me again 3 days of day and night use. I can definitely see its value and it is my wishlist item.
COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence was just one use sample so it is difficult to say what it is doing.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is my favourite and I was really glad I had these samples I coud use, however these samples felt a bit different and I also noticed my face felt a bit greasy afterwards which doesn’t happen when I use it out of full package but I think the problem was that the sample was a bit too much for one use and when I use what I use usually (around half od the sample), my face felt similar to when I apply from the bottle again.
COSRX Blackheads Power Liquid is supposed regulate sebum but similarly to the previous samples, it is difficult to say what it does from one use. I have a full size in my stash already, so I will find out soon.
Lee Jiham Dr’s Care Vita-Propolis ampoule was used in serum stage and it was like an essence mixed with an oil but it sank in relatively quickly. My skin felt nice, nourished and smooth but I don’t think I liked it enough to purchase full size, especially as it is over my budget.
Huxley Secret of Sahara Sleep Mask was a beautiful bouncy gel cream that didn’t make me greasy but nicely moisturised. Another wishlist sample.
Imedeen Advanced Beauty Shot is not really skincare but a liquid food supplement with vitamin C and collagen that I had in Lookfantastic Back for Black box (which I was a bit disappointed about as it seemed to me that it was just stuff from those monthly boxes that didn’t sell out).
Superdrug Ultra-Purifying Nose Strip with charcoal and volcanic ash looked promising and I liked the strip wasn’t stiff but flexible to nicely adhere to the shape of my nose but unfortunately, I didn’t see almost any blackheads been pulled out when I checked it.
Paula’s Choice Pore Normalising Cleanser is a really good facial wash that I used as a morning and the second cleanse. It removes all leftover dirt without leaving skin tight or dry even though it contains SLS. Not sure whether I would purchase a full size as there are other facial washes giving similar results without SLS and lower price.
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner is a good purifying toner but I wouldn’t recommend it to other than oily skin as in my opinion might be a bit drying. I already have a full size.
Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with ríše petals. I am not sure how well it removes make up as I used it as the first cleanse after I my mole was removed so I used it only for bare face and mascara but it worked well for that. I also love scent of Nuxe products as it reminds me of home remedies my mum used make in the 90s from different flowers and plants after reading a book by Maria Treben and old fashioned pharmacy products.
Urban Veda Turmeric + Botanics Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish was a sample from LiB and I liked that the small particles were abrasive just the right way. One thing I didn’t like about it was that it smelled like a perfume – I can get over it but it is not my preference.
Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque Super Greens was a beautiful clay mask that regulates sebum but doesn’t leave your face tight and dry. I had a review about it and recommend it. Definitely want to try more from Sukin (I have two more masks from them atm).
DHC Coenzyme Q10 Neck Cream is a sample that was enough for three uses. It is lighter than I expected but nourishing.
Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm despite its name that made me worried it would be heavy was light and sank in well providing brighter complexion without feeling or looking greasy but again, I didn’t like the strong scent that reminded me of tablets my grandmother used in her closed to repell moths.
Yves Rocher Vanille Noire was in my October favourites and I used it since the last week of September practically every day and I am going to miss it but at the moment I have enough fragrance to last me around 2 years (depending on how many I will also gift), so I will revise in a year but there are also other fragrances that are on my wishlist for long, so I will see.
Bean Body Coffee Bean Scrub in Coconut was a delicious body scrub Sample that I enjoyed using even though it was rather messy and I don’t even want to imagine what it would look like if I used it in a white bathtub instead of my shower cubicle. It was like spreading chocolate mixed with ground coffee.😋
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Grapefruit from Florida shower gel. Another from my favourite shower gels, paraben free, 98% natural ingredients, grapefruit essential oil in the fragrance + Aloe Vera gel, biodegradable formula, recyclable packaging and no animal ingredients. Just love it.
Avon Ultra Sexy body soufflé. It was okay but I didn’t feel much moisturised. No repurchase.
The Body Shop Brazilian Nut dry oil. It took me around a year to finally use up this 100 ml so it is a big achievement for me. I used it in Aztec Secret Clay mask and for hair ends for my daughters and sometimes for me and it seemed like it would never end but it finally did which was just in time sa it has 12 months after opening.
Avon Planet Spa Thai Lotus Flower with Coconut Milk & Lotus Flower extract silky body soufflé has lotus flower fragrance and I actually liked it more than I expected as it was better at hydrating than Ultra Sexy with similar mousse like texture.
Superdrug Foot Nourishing sock pack od supposed to be left on feet for 20 minutes but I fell asleep with it so it had good chance to make my feet softer. For 99p I would be willing to repurchase and I still have one with different ingredients in my stash.
Burt’s Bees lip balm with coconut and pear is one of the few lip balms that made it into my empties as I usually loose them or forget to use them.
Superdrug Conditioning Cuticle Cream with Vitamin E worked ok if I remembered using it regularly.
Avon Nail Experts Diamond Strengthening Complex gives some results if I use it regularly but it is zeroed after I use nail polish. I think it was discontinued but I would look for something else anyway.
Kneipp Balancing Lavender Mineral Bath Salt was so easily soluble that when got into bath, I didn’t feel any of the big crystals I had poured in the water before. The scent of lavender was strong and lasted for over an hour in winter bathroom.
Oriflame Masquerade body lotion is partnered with a EdT I love. I actually loved all fragrances I tried from Oriflame last few years. The texture of this body lotion was also pleasant and sank in well, so I liked using it in the morning to layer the scent.
7th Heaven Pulped Papaya Rescue Mask. If I’m honest I am not sure that this really did something for my hair but I would be willing to repurchase because of the smell alone – I am a sucker for fruity.
The White Company Jasmine, Rose & Neroli Shampoo is a 50 ml hotel mini. I like The White Company homeware but don’t think much of their cosmetic range and I used this for cleaning my make up brushes. As it is thick, has a big hole and because I clean my foundation sponge every two days, it finished after a few weeks.
TIGI Bed Head Motor Mouth was a great leave-in treatment for my hair – kept my hair moisturised without weighing down. As I used only two pumps after washing, it lasted me ages – I think it was in my April favourites. This will definitely find its way to my basket again although I would like to try non-glossy version next time.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray was to me just like a hair spray – it gives my hair a certain shape but leaves it dry and crunchy which I don’t like. Plus, it is not an alternative to dry shampoo like they write on it if you really need an extra day between washing your hair.
Charles Worthington Moisture Seal leave-in conditioner was a 30 ml sample. I really liked how my hair looked although I didn’t find my hair softer than with other leave-in conditioners/treatments I like using. With price of £5.99 I will certainly buy a full size soon.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable SPF20 was a sample from a magazine that was for 2 uses but I really liked the natural, semi matte finish it gave me. It has light to medium coverage which I don’t mind but I don’t think it is really as lasting as it claims but I still liked it because it really is breathable, I had a few foundations from Rimmel and while they lasted long and were good colour match, they did feel like my skin couldn’t breath underneath and this one is definitely different. If I didn’t have too many foundations in my stash already, I would have bought it on Black Friday offers where I saw it for £4. It also seems to me that Rimmel changed their color range as with all the older foundations soft beige was one of the best colour match in foundation I had that I could actually use throughout the year but with this one soft beige is rather orange so Ivory is probably more suitable with. For now, it is on my wishlist.
Rimmel Stay Matte powder is old trusty powder and a cheap goodie. I repurchased a few times, now I want to try some other powders I already have. Unfortunately, the packaging is not very sturdy and it is so beaten up that it was holding together only because of duct tape.
Barry M Nail Paint in Red Glitter was the perfect Christmas nail colour, unfortunately the longevity on my nails was absolutely rubbish with three nail peeling off completely after just half a day and I didn’t even do any washing up. There is around 1/3 left inside but what’s really the point of keeping it if it doesn’t last?
Clinique Chubby Lash. I liked this mascara for light or no make up days as it gives natural look, applies well on lower as well as upper lashes but that been said, I think name Chubby Lash is misleading for this mascara and who buys it thinking it would give them great volume, will be disappointed.
Bourjois Quintet Eyeshadows in 64 Révélation. Around 8 years ago, after having my older daughter, I had a black/grey clothes stage in my life (I am not saying I got much more colourful) and this was my go-to palette. I used up the lightest shade easily but the darker ones just don’t want to go. I tried to pan it this year but I got tired of trying to sculpt my eyes with 4 shades of grey – it’s not who I am anymore and 8 years is more than enough to finally say goodbye to this little palette (yes, saying good bye is a problem for me).