I thought I would continue in weekly updates but as it happened, I didn’t seem to use up that many products and I also kept forgetting using masks by my previous masking schedule so I went back to monthly mini reviews for now. First two weeks I got just three products empty, but my empty bag started filling after all and I (we) actually finished all the haircare.
Mizon Enjoy Vital-up Time Calming Soothing Care Mask was in my empties many times already and will be because I want to use it up before summer as I find it a bit richer in hot weather (although no warm weather so far). Still, I feel like my breakouts calm a bit after this mask, especially the last week.
Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten & Tighten Vitamin C Plus mask. After the purple mask I didn’t have high hopes for this one. Again, bad fit and mask was somewhere between tingling and burning, especially around eyes because of bad cutouts. On positive side it smelled like orange juice (like most vitamin C products) and did brighten and tighten but using it wasn’t pleasant (although I managed having it on for almost 15 minutes) so wouldn’t repurchase a sheet mask from them.
Nature Republic Shea Butter mask sheet. Oftentimes when I see shea butter in facial care unlike in bodycare where I love it, I steer away but I decided to go on with this mask after using Liquid Gold by mistake two days in a row (although I didn’t suffer anything horrible, I definitely felt more sting than usual). First impressive were good – good fitting tencel sheet that even covered the tip of my nose. The liquid was milky white but didn’t feel heavy and when I applied it, it did feel soothing for the bit of burn. It did contain PEG and dimethicone from ingredients I am not overly happy with but it didn’t list paraben. It did leave me feeling greasy but not moisturised so I used only light serum afterwards.
Nature Republic Royal Jelly mask sheet. Again great fit and shape mask, moisturising, leaving a bit greasy residue.
Garnier Skin Naturals Start Afresh refreshing toner. Again, this is a type of toner I used to like a few years back but now just feel how it sucks the moisture out (alcohol is second on the list of ingredients). I am pretty sure this was discontinued and there is now new version that I haven’t checked yet.
Dr G Wrinkle Snail Mask is great, lightweight but hydrating and smoothing mask. Definitely recommend.
Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask boasts having 20 essential minerálna, free from parabens, synthetic colours, phtalates, petrolatum, isothiazolionones, SLS, mineral oil, silicone, DEA and BHT. I am kind on the fence with this mask – when I started using it, I felt like it doesn’t do anything that other mud masks wouldn’t do but now I quite like it. It also promises skin regeneration thanks to bio-plasma. It tingles when I apply it so maybe that’s the plankton extract working on regenerating my skin but it also might be spearmint oil inside. Anyway, it doesn’t feel drying as some mud masks and it is actually still wet after recommended 10 minutes and that might be thanks to aloe vera being the first on the ingredients list. Actually, when I applied Liquid Gold before I spread the mask over my face, my pores got lovely clean and just after I removed the mask, it felt like I just moisturised with a light moisturiser.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF30 had a lovely soft texture, didn’t feel heavy like most suncreams, more like a light moisturiser and didn’t give any white cast. I would probably liked it more, if it had matt finish.
Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Micellar Cleansing Water was good and effective make up remover. Although I prefer micellar water that is like water and without a scent, it was great at removing make up and I would buy it again for the price I got it.
Alpha – H Liquid Gold with glycolic acid is that acid treatment that does what you want it to do – brightens, smoothes out the skin and makes skincare that follows, work better. I really recommend using it just before you apply a clay or a mud mask and sometimes use it to swipe over rough body parts like my feet and elbows. I have another bottle in my stash.
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping serum was a 20 ml (30 ml is a full size) sample of this light non-greasy gel serum that sank in in seconds and really delivered on the plumping promise. I think it is great for oily skin but as alcohol denat is the second ingredient, I don’t think it is something for sensitive or dry skin. Maybe repurchase full size.
Katherine Daniels Sensitive Skin cream was a day and night moisturiser with a light scent to it which is a bit surprising for me for a cream that’s aimed at sensitive skin. It doesn’t feel heavy although is not completely oil free so it is good for my skin at the beginning of English spring (we wear winter coats in May here sometimes). What is also a bit ironic is that cream that has “Beautifully British concept” written on the front, was made in France. I don’t really have complains about this cream otherwise and I would consider buying a full size in the future.
Superdrug Clearly Youthful hydrating day serum was something from the discontinued line that I liked for a change. It also had quite strong chemical scent but it had consistency of a light, silky quickly absorbing lotion. It contained salicylic acid, lactic acid, phytoprotein, cimifuga, polyglycan and hyaluronic acid. My blemishes really reduced and my skin is clearer and smoother. That would be the product I would buy again if I could.
Along Came Betty Clean Around the Clock creamy shower wash in Very Berry was pleasant to use on body but it was a bit difficult to get out of and I had to press hard in the end so I think some different packaging would be better.
Yves Rocher Candied Orange & Cinnamon shower gel was from their 2016 Christmas limited edition and as usual, great scent combination. Still, I don’t know if I’ll be able to forgive YR for discontinuing my favourite Jardins du Monde shower gels😭.
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia monoï body balm was of thicker consistency and at first doesn’t seem to smell of anything but once it meets the heat of hands and body, you can smell monoï giving the feeling of exotic paradise. On the other hand I am glad I finished it because with warmer weather I prefer something lighter.
Avon Sensuelle eau de parfum was a creamy fragrance that might not be one of my favourite but was a good everyday scent for the end of winter. No repurchase.
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life was a brilliant body scrub – it exfoliated very effeciently and spread easily. I would purchase again.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore shampoo, conditioner and treatment were 8 ml samples I got through. The samples were barely enough for my long hair but what I could use felt good, especially the conditioner was intriguing because it was like a clear gel, not a creamy liquid.
Natural World Moisture Rich hair mask was a great budget mask free from parabens, phosphates, phtalates, dyes and gluten. I am not saying it is the best hair mask I have ever tried but for the price is one of the best and I bought two other and will happily buy again.
Matrix Total Results Curl Shampoo and conditioner are good standard duo. Shampoo cleanse well without making hair stripped and crispy and the conditioner works for detangling although I am not sure whether I feel it is special enough to repurchase.
Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler. I had heard good things about this detangler and I am not saying it was bad at detangling, but once I sprayed my children’s hair, they ran to the other side of the room to breathe. So it is pretty clear this will be a no repurchase.