Hello, everybody reading about my empties. I was wondering how many empties I am gonna have this month because except for some samples I started using before the end of August, I had only a few products that I started using before September and I don’t use most of them on daily basis. Also, I used some sheet masks that were quite rich, so except for the double cleanse and toner, I didn’t use anything else those nights. On the other hand, that might also mean that I will have loads of finished items next month so I also decided to wait a few days so that I could add a few things that were on their last day or two of use at the end of September. I also had a tiny declutter in make up so added some make up that’s gone off or I simply sae no use for/lost my patience with. I wanted to cull more products but as I didn’t use many of them much, I decided to give them one last chance.
Ceremoniie was my first sheet mask this month and I wrote a review about it here.
Foodaholic Tomato Natural Essence Mask for moisture supply and clear is one from my Skin18 haul. It is a 3D shape natural pulp mask which practically means that it is like face shape cutout. To be honest, if it was just a little shorter, the whole fit would be off. I was also worried that it would be falling off but fortunately, it was not the case. What I didn’t like however was that mask didn’t adhere much to middle section of my face (lips, nose). The essence was watery light, nothing greasy and there was almost nothing left in the sachet for the neck. The ingredients list was much shorter than most other sheet masks however it contained metylparaben. It was nice and refreshing for my oily skin but I am pretty sure it would feel like plain water to dry skin maybe even worse as it contains alcohol.
Foodaholic Grains Natural Essence Mask is, same as the Tomato mask, 3D shape natural pulp sheet. The grain extract is supposed to supply nutrition to your skin and to prevent roughness and dryness on the skin to make it glow but in reality it is the same watery essence. As they all contain metylparaben and alcohol is the third ingredient, I would not like to use it more than once a week. I could say that it is a good mask for people with oily skin but I don’t really think they do much for the skin. At least they were cheap.
Foodaholic Olive Natural Essence Mask for elasticity and moisturising. Again 3D shaped mask with watery essence and quite pleasant discreet fragrance. Okay for oily skin but not very good for dry or sensitive skin for its high alcohol content and fragrance.
Lomi Lomi7 Skin Scheduler is a set of 7 masks that I got from Skin18. I wrote a more detailed review about them and I think not everybody with oily skin would like them (and if you’re under 30 and don’t have dry skin might not need them), I also wouldn’t enjoy it if I tried it in the hot summer but as a several day intensive treatment I definitely recommend. I always loved how my skin looked the next day and still a few days later.
Skin79 Whitening Care for Dark Panda is a niacinamide sheet mask with a picture of panda chewing a bamboo twig. Besides niacinamide as the forth ingredient, it also contains grapefruit seed extract, jojoba seed extract, allantoin. I didn’t see alcohol or paraben. It has a light clean scent that slightly reminds me of baby care. Fit was actually perfect, it didn’t have any folds of excess tissue, wasn’t tight around eyes and also reached tip of my nose – basically made for me😁 It was well soaked without being dripping wet and there was good amount left to pat on my neck. Unfortunately, it was also sliding down my face. I didn’t expect much of a result from a one use mask but my skin did seem a bit brighter. And I could continue with my usual skincare.
Dermal Red Ginseng Collagen Essence Mask was a standard water essence mask that was for firming and refining. It definitely smelled of ginseng. The fit was, as usual, tight around eyes and kind of earthy (a bit like beetroot) smell made me kind of count time left (which I usually don’t do with sheet mask).
Mizon Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule Mask is a brilliant moisturising mask that I also wrote about. Briliant hydrating mask for all skin types. I bought a multipack so there will be more in empties.
L’Affair Animal Soothing monkey said to be moisturising and supplying nutrition. Although I found phenoxyethanol at the end of the ingredients list, the mask smelled strongly of alcohol to me and my face also felt a bit burning after a while which didn’t help much with the narrow fit around outer corners of my eyes. Despite it fitting well when I applied it on my face, it was dripping wet (really dripping) and was sliding down, so it didn’t get many marks from me for comfort. On the other hand, burning sensation didn’t last and when I removed the mask, my skin wasn’t feeling slimy or greasy and it did feel smooth and hydrated.
Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches are for puffy eyes and dark circles. Although I don’t suffer by neither unless I have no sleep, I just wanted to try them as there seem to be a patch or mask for everything nowadays. It looks like pieces of mesh covered in clear Hydrogel that contains sea algae and gardenia extract. As I said, I can’t comment on puffiness and dark circles but my undereyes were a bit smoother and looked more awake.
COSRX Acne Pimple Patches are one of the best acne treatment but they work best for ‘ripe’ pimples that are ready to pop or were just popped otherwise you can see much of an effect.
L’Oréal Eye&Lip Express Make-up Remover is in my eyes a very good (although still like Garnier the best) 2 phase make-up remover. Basically what I buy always depends what’s on offer but I am sure this will be back at some point.
Sand & Sky Purifying Pink Clay Mask was a sample I received in Birchbox and I was impressed. Although I don’t have budget to buy at the moment, I do intend to buy full size next year.
Bioderma Sensitive H2O make-up removing micelle solution for sensitive skin in travel 100 ml size is a great micellar water but I bought more because I wanted to try it as I think Garnier one is as good for my needs for much less.
Aztec Secret Clay Mask (not pictured) was a very big (2 lb) tub that I didn’t manage to use up. I took it with me when I went to visit my family and didn’t have any space left in my suitcase when coming back and as this had only a month left to expiry date, I said my good bye. I loved it and liked customise my mask by my mood. It regulated sebum well and cleared my skin so much that it sometimes looked like polished. I liked adding a few drops of oil because it was rather drying and I also wouldn’t recommend going out or have visitors straight afterwards as it left me with red face for 30-60 minutes after use.
Avon Planet Spa Volcanic Iceland Warming Face Mask was actually finely milled pumice scrub mask that really heated when I put it on wet face and also when I washed it off et voilà, my face was perfectly cleansed and smooth. I also loved volcanic spa fragrance.
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom hand cream is good old classic and probably one of my favourite fragrance of all time. I used to buy the set (EDT, shower gel, body lotion and handcream). At the moment I don’t have budget for all of that so handcream do and I think as handcreams go, it is better for hands that the standard TBS, although also more expensive.
Avon Far Away shower gel, body cream, body spray and eau de parfum. I used to think that I like this Avon classic until I bought the whole body range as layering is usually my thing but with this I think the whole time how heavy the fragrance is – I don’t enjoy my shower because because the fragrance is nauseating and as for body cream I first used it every other night but then just decided to slap it on my feet before I lay down in bed. I also suspect that the fragrance in that stuff made my skin itchy as I hardly ever suffer from itching and I wasn’t in the sun all day (because English weather is rubbish).
Avon Ultra Sexy body nectar shower gel didn’t have such overbearing fragrance as Far Away but I decided to use as a handwash (adding some oils) as I want to use shower gels that I do enjoy in the shower.
Roger & Gallet Rose Hand & Nails cream is another amazing R&G product with lovely scent in a handbag format.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. As many people before me, I thoroughly enjoyed this travel size beauty, especially after that overperfumed shower gel from Avon.
OGX Niacin& Caffeine Root Tonic spray was supposed to encourage a balanced scalp environment and prevent hair fallout but all I got was an itchy scalp (to the point I even checked for headlice) and when I used it the recommended twice a day, it made my hair also greasy at the roots. There is still around a 1/4 left but I have no will to put it on my scalp again.
Philip Kingsley Swimcap is a brilliant summer hair protection from chlorinated and salt water and it also contains sunscreen so it extends haircolour. If you suffer from hay-like hair in the summer, I can only recommend. The only nag is that you have to wash it out so if your not a fan of everyday washing (philosophy of PK is actually everyday washing with gentle products), use only on days you know you want to wash your hair (I did).
Maybelline Big Eyes Volume Express was is a mascara with two wands on each end – small wand for lower lashes and bigger wand for upper lashes. I liked it for everyday look and the idea of small wand for lower lashes was good while the formula was still wet but as it was drying, the small bristles did not work.
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid foundation. If you follow me for longer, you might know that I basically hate this foundation and it is not worth the money. It is pigmented and matte but you have to do a very good prep before application to make it look good otherwise it accentuates your pores and dry patches you didn’t even know you had. I was trying with it for a year and I finally told myself why I should be struggling with this foundation when I have others that work great and are just sitting unused on the shelf. It is going with a little less than half left.
Nip+Fab CC Cream SPF30 in light was still dark for me at the beginning of summer and when I wanted to use it now, it was orange and curdled, smelling like a piece of plastic.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB was the same as previous item dark in June but plain orange and just off consistency now. No point of holding into it.
Benefit They’re Real! mascara travel size was something I was not impressed when I used it first time. I liked the wand and how it grabbed especially lover lashes that are in my case rather difficult but thin formula didn’t do anything to my lashes. On the other hand it didn’t smudge or crumble, lasted well throughout the day (which also means that you need a good eye make up remover) so I liked using it as a kind of top coat mascara. Just as I started to like using the formula on its own, it was almost done. I would repurchase only this size as it took long for it to dry enough to use on its own.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Cover Concealer is another make up item I declutter but I am very sad about this one. When I apply it, it looks like everything I want from my concealer – right shade, right consistency and perfect coverage. Checking 20 minutes later, I found that I have oxydised stains everywhere I used concealer and it is way darker even post summer (and I have shade Light Neutral). Now I tried it over several foundations even their Naked foundation, and that one doesn’t oxydise with same effect, I decided to wave good bye to it.
MUA mascara shade 2, 6 and 7 are colourful mascaras in blue, green and light purple that I bought in some artistic try in my make up. Unfortunately, the pigment didn’t show that much on my eyelashes, so I used it more on my daughters when we player make up I made colourful eyebrows or streaky in their hair.
MUA Pro-Base Priming Concealer in yellow colour is going because I have IT for almost three years and used it only a few times. It wasn’t bad but as almost all under eye concealers I’ve tried so far, it was creating on me.
MUA Extreme Metallics eyeshadow trio in Smokin. This was amazing grey to black metallic eye trio that unfortunately got shattered and pigment falling out if it everywhere even with the closed case.
Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for nails with vitamin E promises drying nails in 60 seconds but that never happened to me and if you actually didn’t wait a few minutes before you sprayed, your nailpolish thinned started dripping like a wet watercolour. No use if it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to.
Primark PS makeup blender is that sponge that everybody hates:) I didn’t have a problem probably because I didn’t use it much for foundation, just to blend undereye concealer and maybe cream contour if I ever do one. It started crumbling, so it is the time for new one.