I will start with a question, where do you go shopping in Thailand? I am currently staying in the south of Thailand, Phuket, and I am struggling to find good destinations to look for makeup and skincare. Even with this struggle I did manage to snap up some Korean sheet masks that I found in a random pharmacy shop but if anyone knows where to go please hook me up!
I love Korean sheet masks and I found these to be much cheaper here in Thailand than you can get them in UK so it was a total no-brainer to buy them. What do I look for in a sheet masks? They need to moisturising, soothing, preferably without whitening claims if possible and just to be able to help with general skin appearance.
There is not much to say about them apart from that I have been enjoying them. And because they are much more affordable I can actually use them more often which is what one should be doing. I would like to get hold of some more sheet masks and find some makeup which I am yet to discover. Seriously, where do you go? Help!
If you are planning on going to any holidays where the sun actually exists and shines on you then make The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel part of the skin care items that you pack with yourself.
I have been traveling now nearly for two months in sunny countries (lucky me!) and this has been such a nice product to have in my arsenal. If your skin gets too sensitive then Aloe gel really helps to calm it down and make sure you have a happy moisturised skin without any redness, after sun caused issues or feeling hot. The bottle comes with a pump so the gel is hygienic to use, therefore really great to travel with. Not to mention that it can be applied onto any part of your body not just your face.
Also, this is great for oily skinned people. I have quite a combination skin and I like to swap my moisturisers on super oily days from creams to gel based products in order to help my skin to calm down. This gel is one of the better ones as it does make your skin feel moisturised without feeling heavy whatsoever. If you have never tried a gel moisturiser then I do recommend to try this, you can mix it in with other moisturisers as well to create your perfect combination.
The Body Shop has so many good gems and I am finding more and more of their products that I use daily. Check out Aloe Soothing Gel next time you are in The Body Shop as I have fallen in love with this more and more.
I like my face washes to be formulated for sensitive skin. I like anything that does not feel heavy and does not strip out your skin. Sometimes it is hard to fit that all in into a budget friendly product. I must say that Avene does deliver something that ticks all the boxes, their Cleanance cleansing gel is a great product.
You can use Avene cleansing gel to wash your face morning and evening. I use it as my second cleanse in the evenings after I have taken off all my makeup. You get a good amount of product, it has no scent which I like because you really know this is not going to irritate your skin in any way. Also, if you have oily skin this would also be really good for your as there is no soap or any kind of oils to clog your skin.
Cleanance gel is a great little thing to have in your bathroom. If you have tried any Avene products before then you know you will be getting an effective product without any nasty side effects.
My love for Korean products must be known by now. They are well into their skincare and I am more than keen to try their products. A new brand that I have found is called TooCoolForSchool. Even if they would not be a Korean brand I would have bought something from them just because of their name. I mean common! TooCoolForSchool!!! Yes!
I use this mask at nights and apply a pea sized amount all over my face. The pumpkin mask comes out white and has more of a gel like texture than a cream texture. You don’t need a massive amount to spread it over your face so you know you are saving quite a bit of money as you will not use it up that quickly. The sleeping mask has a very slight scent but it’s just about there and goes away in less than a minute. It applies on smoothly and I think that it sinks in into the skin much faster than the Origins Drink Up mask and also it is less sticky than the Origins one.
The mask contains hyaluronic acid to moisturise your skin & pumpkin enzyme to remove any dead skin cells and make your skin glow as new.
I have found myself using this more and more often. I think I have started applying it instead of a night time moisturiser every other night. I cannot get enough of it! I think it is worth getting this mask. If you are an oily/combination or dry skin person I think this would work for you.
It has been a while since my little Superdrug haul so I feel I can now comfortably write a review of NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme as I had some time to be properly using them.
These glycolic pads are meant for exfoliating your skin. As someone who has sensitive skin the word “extreme” was quite off putting for me and I was quite afraid that the toner which the pads are soaked in will be too harsh on my skin. I can now tell you that this is not the case and I have not had any sensitivity issues whatsoever. The pads have a slight grapefruit scent which I actually really like and every time I use them I always think how nice the smell is. I feel like these NIP+FAB pads work quite well in exfoliating the skin, they are easy to use as they are already pre-soaked and they do not dry out in the tub. I use them two or three times a week to keep any dead skin away and it works like a treat.
If you are looking for an exfoliating toner and you love easy to use things then get the Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme. I don’t think you can go wrong and the price range is quite good. (Look out when they are on a discount!)
In my last Superdrug haul I have mentioned that I have picked up a Korean inspired product – an Essence Lotion from the brand B.
Now that I have used it for quite a few weeks I can give you my impression upon it. The product looks like I have not used it at all though I have been applying it nearly every day. Because you only need 3 to 4 drops on your palms you end up using very little of it. If you are on a budget that’s a good thing because the product will last you for a long while. As I said, you put the drops into your palms rather than a cotton pad and then tap it onto your face & neck area. I must say that I still don’t know what the benefit of it is. Ok, let me correct myself, I do know what it is supposed to do because I can use search engines, other blogs & read but I don’t feel like it’s doing anything which would make me question myself how I did my skincare without it. B. Essence Lotion option is very well priced so I don’t feel like I have waisted my money at all, I still think that if anyone would like to try an essence then this is the one to go for because it is really affordable.
Honestly, I was well up trying an essence because I know that Korean skincare inspired products are one of the best out there but I really not sure if this is really needed. Maybe I need to use it for even longer time than I have to have any benefit. Or maybe this is the best example of a product that you do not need and it is made purely by companies to profit from you.
What do you guys think? Have you tried an essence? Where do you stand in all of it?
May has ended very quickly but I do not regret it. It has been a busy month and the end of May means I am closer to going on a holiday (first one this year). The end of month also means the end of some products and a dedicated post to them. Here is what have ended up in my ‘Empty Affair’:
Super Facialist By Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Mask – I have loved using this clay mask. I think this is the best affordable mask that does help with oil control and making skin look clean and taken care off. Once I finish a clay mask that I have currently I will be repurchasing this one for sure. It’s as good as ant high end offering.
Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Daily Wash – I have enjoying using this face wash every day. I do have a review for this product that you can find here.
Muji Cream Cleanser – this is a basic no nonsense face cleanser. If I have found it when I was a bit younger I would have used it a lot. I don’t think I will buying this again just because these days I am looking for something more extra. Though, if you are on a budget and have very sensitive skin then I do think that this a good product to try.
OGX Coconut Water Conditioner – if you have read my last weeks post then you can see a little coconut theme repeating here. I liked this conditioner, I think you get a lot of product for your money and it works ok.
Vichy Purete Thermale Purifying Toner – it’s nice, non irritating toner. I have kind of got off toners for a bit but if one day I will be going back on to them then this one is a definite contender.
Bioderma – the best micellaire water! That’s all I need to say about it.
What have you guys used up in May? Do you have anything to recommend me to try next?
My favourite pastime is to pop around to shops that sell makeup/skincare and just browse. I always say that I don’t need anything, I’m just having a look but I somehow always manage most of the times to leave with something in my hands. Do you do that too?
I saw that NIP + FAB had been reduced in pricing so I picked up Glycolic Fix Night Pad Extreme as I saw Caroline Hirons mentioning them a few times. If she uses them then it must be good. I quite prefer to use soaked pads as they are just easier to grab and use.
I have a keen interest with Korean skincare and I thought that it would be interesting to try an essence. I saw that B. brand had one called B. Refreshed Essence Lotion which was very affordable so I picked that up.
I have also picked up a B. Moisture Gel because gel moisturisers in an affordable price are still a bit rare. I actually ran out of my previous gel moisturiser so when I saw this I thought that it would be a nice new product to try.
3 new skincare products that I have hauled from Superdrug on one of my “I’ll just going to have a look” days.
I am more than half way through my current face wash and I have realised that I have not yet written about it in the blog. I have been using Una Brennans Super Facialist range and the face wash of choice is the Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash ( what the name! Phew!)
I have used Una Brennans products before, mainly masks, so when I was looking for an inexpensive face wash I thought that it will not hurt if I try her face wash this time.
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ face wash comes in the same tube style as her masks. I like the design as you can squeeze out as much product as you need and you have all of the control. I even like the orange colour of the bottle as it nicely stands out on my shelves. The actual wash is also yellow and quite bright which I love. Imagine coming home after a long day at work when it’s still cold outside and pouring some sunshine into your hands. Vitamin C+ face wash does have a slight citrusy smell but it’s not too strong and the longer you use it the less of the fragrance you will get (that’s good in my books as I don’t tend to like any scents in my face skincare). I use this Unna Brennans wash as my second cleanse in the evenings and have been quite enjoying it as it’s such an easy product to use. It does have very tiny micro granules which are meant for exfoliating skin and I must say that in my books the face wash would be improved by not having them there. The granules are not super abrasive but as someone who has sensitive skin I just know that they are pretty much unnecessary and unwanted. I cannot comment how much brightness does it provide with the vitamin c inclusion as the product stays in your skin for such a short period of time before washing off. But it is a wash that does not strip your skin dry and never leaves your skin dirty or quenching for hydration.
Overall Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Daily Micro Polish Wash is a very good cleanser and I would no doubt by it again, especially if they get rid of the granules from the wash.
Have you tried any Unna Brennans products? If yes, what have you tried and what do you think of the products?
Ok, ok I put my hands up and admit that whenever I pop into the shop to look one thing up I always check what’s new in the whole shop. What if there is something new that I did not know about it and I need it? What if I don’t need it but it’s new and I might want it? Yes, I am one of those people who most likely will walk out of the shop with a few extra things than originally anticipated. My last trip into one of the high-street pharmacy shops led me to this mini haul that I would like to share with you.
I originally went into Boots looking for a toner. I’ve heard that they have the new Vichy Purete Thermale range in stock and I wanted to check it out. I ran out of toner so I though that it would be great to try the toner from that range. My understanding that Vichy Purete Thermale products have been made for sensitive skin with ‘city life’ in mind and I do prefer this type of sensitive skin products. I was very excited to see the Perfecting Toner on the shelves (Boots did not have it on their website when I checked) so I picked it up. It’s a very simple toner made from a few products which is exactly what I like. I use it after cleansing to make sure that all makeup is definitely removed as well as to take off any cleansers if there’s any residue left on the skin. So far I like this toner and see no issues with it.
After I picked the toner up, of course, I ‘had to’ browse makeup isles and check what’s new there. I spotted a few new nail polish colours in the Maybelline stall. They have released a Summer Bliss collection. I love their Super Stay 7 Day polish formula so it was no brainer that I should pop some of them into my basket. I chose Sun Kissed as it’s a perfect polish for the summer. Sun Kissed is a muted pastel-y orange and if you like Models Own Beach Bag then the Maybelline counterpart is a much more wearable colour with better application and formula. It goes on totally non streaky and stays on nails without chipping definitely more than 3 days. It is just perfect for this time when we are getting a bit of the tan. The other colour that I gravitated is Nude Rose. I thought it was also a new colour as I have never seen it before but it looks like it was released a while ago. I love muted pink nail polishes as they make my hands look really nice, they just suit my skin tone and my hands. I just could not not get it because it is such a me colour and I truly love it. I think Nude Rose can be warn throughout the whole year and I will get a lot of use out of it.
At the end of the shop I have decided to pick up my first Soap & Glory shower product. Why? Because I haven’t tried any of them. Sure, I have some of the Soap & Glory makeup and I have tried the hand cream but I never have used any of their soaps. I went for Whipped Clean Shower Butter as I wanted a nice moisturising product that I could use for shaving my legs. Yes, you read that right, shaving my legs! It is summer and I want to have my legs out to catch as much sun as possible so a girl needs to make sure that there is no hair involved in that. I have used it once already and it’s pretty great. It is is like a butter and very moisturising on the skin. It allows to get a great clean shave and also smells really nice. Definitely recommend trying it out if you haven’t. I’m hoping that the bottle will last for a while as it’s not super cheap in my opinion.
I’m happy I managed to leave Boots with only 4 products and not more. Have you done a haul recently? Have you tried any of the above products or have any good alternatives to them? Let me know.