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).

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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.

Skincare

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.

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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.

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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.

Bodycare

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 ☺️).

Haircare

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.

 

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February Weekly Update and Empties #4

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

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Skincare

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.

 

Bodycare

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.

Haircare

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

Skincare

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.

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Skincare

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.

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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).

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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.

Haircare

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.

February Weekly Update

Just as I wrote in my previous post, I am now for the next month or so gonna be posting weekly empties and decluttered items as I do need to sort my stuff out without keeping rubbish for a month.

I have some make up decluttered as I got something that never happened to me – pimples on my lashline and waterline. When the first one appeared on my left eye waterline, I gave myself make up free time the it healed but once I used make up again, a new one appeared on right eye lashline. Now after using makeup after healing again, I got another bugger almost at the same place in the lashline but my eyelid also swell up. I basicall don’t touch it and after double cleanse used cotton wool soaked in chamomile. I don’t know whether it was just stupid eye rub in the morning or that I pulled an old eye palette from the archive (most probably but I used even older eyeshadow and it never happened). Anyway, I decided I am not taking any more risk and as those were the products I used on my eyes for the last two weeks they might all been contaminated by now. Hope it finally helps.

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Skincare

Ariul Bamboo Water 7 Day Mask is made of thicker Tencel sheet that some people might not like but I love it because it takes in a lot of essence without dripping down my lips and neck like a waterfall. The essence is watery but moisturising.

Ariul Lemon 7 Day Mask Brightening & Smoothing did help with mentioned effect a bit and smelled like a lemon candies.

Ariul Green Tea 7 Day Mask Sebum Control & Peeling. The essence is milky white in colour with very light tea fragrance. I think it is good for normal to oily skin mostly but I can imagine it provide some relief to dry skin as well.

Ariul 7 Days Mask Pomegranate – Firming & Radiating. By this point it seems to me that these masks are pretty similar, just have different fragrance as they are all same kind of essence.

Rainbow Beauty Collagen-Lifting Intensive Care Mask is a nice 3-step mask with a foaming cleanser that doesn’t dry but leaves skin squeaky clean, thin dripping wet sheet and a night cream that changes into a watery essence once you start massaging it in (my favourite). If I could buy the cream on its own, I would like to.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-shine Invisible Fresh Mist SPF50. I bought it to top up on SPF throughout the day without disturbing my make up but I don’t like it much as it feels more like I sprayed dust into my face and I am not sure how much protection I really give to my face and if I spray a lot, it makes me cough. I still have one that I am keeping for summer.

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Make Up

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume mascara is very painful for me to declutter, I loved the volume it gave my lashes but my eyes are more precious to me😥

Soap& Glory Thick&Fast mascara was not such a tragedy to declutter as I wasn’t that impressed by it although it got better when the formula dried a bit and I found a better way to apply it with its brush.

Freedom Pro Eye Primer is also not such a big loss as it didn’t give any longer wear tíme, just better colour payoff, especially for cheap eyeshadows.

MUA Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette was cheap and after decluttering the small Bourjois palette also my oldest palette (5 years) plus all the shadows were shimmers,  so again, not the biggest loss. Also, I consider it the most probable culprit in the problem with my eyes.

Avon Glimmerstick in Majestic Plum and Blackest Black didn’t give the best colour payoff I had from eye pencil but it did last quite well and I didn’t melted panda eyes at the end of the day. Majestic Plum was also getting a bit dry so the colour payoff was worse.

GOSH lip oil wasn’t as moisturising when I used it in its own but because of silver sparkles I liked using it as a lip topper. It finished just 12 months after being opened, so I am very happy with that.

January 2018 Empties and Decluttered Items

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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.

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Skincare

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😉.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.