Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask vs Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

My combination skin has a long love story with clay masks. I use them once or twice a week, I apply them as a spot treatment for half an hour or overnight and after I got severely clogged pores last summer, all the dermatologists I visited had one thing in common, they all suggested me to keep using my beloved clay masks. The type of skin problem I’ve been dealing with is just as unpleasant as all the other skin problems but what makes the experience even more frustrating is the fact that you see redness and feel the bumps but they’re so deep under the skin that you think nothing can reach and heal them. Of course, I’m far from the thought of telling you that masks can do the whole job, I’ve been prescribed Differin which has made a huge difference to my skin but I still need and like to maintain what’s been achieved, so far. Plus, who doesn’t like to pamper themselves with a face mask?

When I started purchasing more products from skincare brands in the US, I noticed that clay masks with added 10% sulfur seemed to be quite popular. The results that people shared sounded almost too good to be true. I’m probably a bit late to the party but it doesn’t look like it’s as popular in Europe as in the US.
I ordered a set from Sunday Riley that contained their Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, I loved it and decided to purchase the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, as well. I’ve been having them for about 3 months and I decided to do a comparison post.
I must say, this is my favourite type of face mask I’ve tried, so far, it helps my skin a lot, it’s not too drying and I get just an occasional breakout since I’ve started using sulfur treatments but nothing too scary.

Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask comes in a 60 ml tube for the price of $55, I have the 20 ml mini and I’m keeping what’s left of it for travelling and serious disasters, it’s amazing but it’s just really pricey. My other issue is that I have to import it from the US and pay extremely high taxes and shipping fees. The product inside the tube is yellow green and the texture is a bit like a mousse. You can kind of see it in this post and that’s the second time I mentioned the mask.
The first few times I used it only as a spot treatment because many people said it was too drying and gave them chemical burn. I noticed a difference on the following days, my spots were less red and angry and a couple of days later they were almost gone. I experienced only slight stinging sensation at the moment of application but nothing too painful or drying after that. Then I decided to try using it on larger areas of my face but still not on the entire face. I’d just apply a thin layer of the mask on my problematic zones and leave it on for 30 minutes. The mask washes off really easily and my skin doesn’t feel too tight afterwards. Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains 10 % sulfur that fights different forms of acne while preventing future breakouts, 4% niacinamide, zinc PCA, bentonite clay, tea tree oil and manuka oil, brilliant ingredients list. I’ve been almost completely blemish-free since I started using the treatment twice a week, I know everyone is different and it might not work well on all but it works for me and I couldn’t be happier. Now, it doesn’t fight blackheads and doesn’t make my pores appear smaller but I wasn’t even hoping for that. All I wanted was clear skin with no bumps, red spots and clogged pores and I got what I needed.

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque is stored in a 142 g jar for the price of $47. Luckily, I can find this one in more countries, I got mine from Norway. This ones has a thick and creamy texture, it’s very different from the Sunday Riley one, they both stink but this is sulfur, so it’s normal. I’m actually used to the smell because when the kitties that we adopt have certain type of skin problems, they get prescribed an ointment containing 20% sulfur but you might need some time to stop thinking about the smell.
The Peter Thomas Roth mask contains 10% sulfur, just like Sunday Riley, bentonite clay, kaolin and soothing aloe vera. I use it twice a week on the entire face or overnight as a spot treatment if I need but I rarely do.  It’s suggested to apply a thick and opaque layer but my personal preference is to use just a a light and thin layer of the mask. It works brilliant and it’s a bit less drying than the Sunday Riley one but a lot more difficult to wash off. It’s suggested to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes but I keep it on for half an hour. My skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped afterwards and as long as I’m applying a moisturiser after washing my face, everything’s fine.

After I started using these masks, I can see that my complexion continues to get better and I hope soon I can forget about the nightmare that began last summer. For me, the Peter Thomas Roth mask would be the one I’d keep repurchasing, it’s more affordable because it contains a lot more product for a similar price. I’m absolutely in love with Sunday Riley Saturn and I might even like a little bit more than the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque but it’s just too expensive for a lot less product.
Sulfur turned out to be a great ingredient for my skin and I’m looking forward to finding new products with it.

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Love It or Hate It… | Byredo Gypsy Water Perfumed Oil Roll-On


At first glance, Gypsy Water is a scent I’d never wear. It’s too warm and soft for my taste, especially, in this perfumed oil form.
And speaking of perfumed oils, I have to say, I’m surprised not many people talk about them. They are usually quite handy and travel-friendly, the longevity is much better than a standard spray perfume and you don’t need to use that much, considering you don’t spritz it all over your body but you just apply it on your wrists and behind the ears.

Honestly, I got Byredo Gypsy Water in an oil form just because the spray EDP was sold out that day. And I’m actually glad I did that. But I still think that maybe I should have gotten Mojave Ghost instead.

And before it starts sounding totally confusing for you, I have to say, I applied Gypsy Water behind my boyfriend’s ears the other day although he was concerned that it was too feminine. A couple of minutes later, man’s chemistry turned this scent into  a woody and smoky beauty. I wish it smelled like that on me but on me, it feels much more powdery and warm. I admit, there are days when I’m not sure if I’d want to wear Gypsy Water, at all, days when I even dislike it on me and then there are days when I absolutely love it. Its warm elements, the glowing amber, the luscious sandalwood, the notes of juniper and incense… It feels cosy like a soft sweater on a freezing day, like warm crackles of the wood in the fireplace while it’s snowing outside…

Maybe it’s because it’s quite a complex scent. Top notes are of lemon, pepper, juniper. Heart notes: incense, pine needles, orris root. Base: amber, vanilla, sandalwood.

All scents feel different depending on the body chemistry but this one, in particular smells so different on everyone that you never know if it would suit you or not. Many say this is a citrusy scent and I’d like to disagree, as I don’t detect that too much and the notes are rather lemon leaves than lemon zest.
Also, the scent changes on me depending on the weather conditions and that’s probably my biggest problem. It’s not so nice on me when it’s too cold or too warm, I love it on fresh, a bit warmer days but not warm like summer, it’s a lot more crisp and the pine notes are more noticeable.

It’s definitely a unisex fragrance but I still think it smells better on men than on women (I’ve smelled it not only on me and my boyfriend but on another people, as well and that’s my personal observation). It’s a discreet and elegant scent, soft and sensual but maybe a bit too creamy for me.
Longevity in the perfumed oil form is much better than the spray, so if you love Gypsy Water, try the roll-on.

For me, this is not an easy to wear scent, it doesn’t suit everyone and I’m still unsure if it suits me, to be honest. Perhaps, Mojave Ghost would have been a better pick but I don’t regret having Gypsy Water in my perfume collection and I’m curious to know if you have it, too and how you feel about it.

March Favourites

Spring is upon us and although it’s still quite cold outside, sunshine finally shows up and puts a smile on my face. March has been filled with good and bad surprises but I’m trying to think of our trip to Lisbon. I felt so calm and relaxed there and I’d be really happy to go back one day.

Speaking of Portugal, I did quite a bit of unplanned beauty shopping but unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try most of the new items yet. In case you haven’t seen the haul post, it’s here.

My favourite beauty products of the month are a mix of some skincare, fragrance and a makeup product. Most of them are minis because they’re really easy to take when you’re travelling, so I’ve been mainly using travel size products.

Starting off with a skincare item that I was very curious about but didn’t have any expectations. I’ve heard so many different opinions on the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner, from people sharing how it had dried out their skin to others saying how the texture of their skin had been transformed into a beautiful and smooth, glowy and poreless canvas, that I didn’t know what to expect. My experience is a little bit different. I don’t have poreless skin and I never will, my skin hasn’t been dried out and luckily, the toner didn’t break me out but indeed, it made the texture of my skin a bit smoother. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner has a scent, similar to rose water but the type of rose water you’d get from a pharmacy, if that makes sense. It feels very gentle on my skin and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. I noticed a difference in my skin after a couple of weeks of using the toner, it’s now more radiant, soft and clear. I’m pretty happy with this toner and I’m now trying to find the mini sizes they’ve just launched.

I’m new to essences, as I’ve tried only two, so far but I have to say, I like them both. Today I’m talking about the one I’ve been using for longer and I’m not usually a fan of piling on dozens of skincare products but this extra step has made a significant change to my skin condition. Belif have several types of essences and I purchased a travel size set from the brand as an introduction to their range. The set contains one of their essences. Belif Hungarian Water Essence is a really lightweight serum that feels hydrating after being instantly absorbed by the skin. I use it after my toner and before my moisturiser, morning and evening. I love the way it feels on the skin, it’s almost like water and I can see that it moisturises my skin without leaving it greasy. This has been my favourite texture since I discovered Water Drop by Dr. Jart + last summer and my skin seems to love it, as well. Belif Hungarian Water Essence contains a blend of apothecary herbs, such as rosemary and lavender, that are both, hydrating and antioxidant. If you’re having oily/combination skin that is prone to breakouts, that’s the type of moisturiser you need to try. I think it would be amazing in the summer on its own. I’m yet to try the brand’s Aqua Bomb cream but this essence has been fantastic on my skin, so far.

I’ve mentioned the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream a few times on my blog already and I had to include it in a favourites post mainly because it surprised me. If you think about the Belif essence and its texture, the Drunk Elephant Cream is exactly the opposite. It’s rich and thick and I felt a bit unsure at the beginning, that’s why I’m mainly using it at night. But it surprised me because it doesn’t feel heavy although it takes a bit longer to absorb and doesn’t clog my pores. My skin feels soft and moisturised, it’s not irritated and I’m starting to love more and more Drunk Elephant. I still think that this cream would be too rich for my skin in the summer but I’ve been loving it in the winter months.

It’s surprising I haven’t talked about Surratt‘s Smoky Eye Baton in the shade Etincelle until now. I got it in the Liberty Advent Calendar and I’ve been wearing it ever since, especially the pencil side. It’s basically a double-sided pencil with a creamy liner on one side and an eyeshadow on the other. The brand describes the shade as copper but on me it is more of a smoky bronze and makes the eyes look quite sultry. I love the pencil side, it’s creamy, easy to use and smudge and you get a gorgeous eye look in just a minute. The eyeshadow side has a tapered sponge and the shade is quite pigmented and really pretty. Sometimes I’d apply it only on my top lid or I’d use it to smudge the pencil even more. I don’t use the shadow side that often, as it’s sadly, not the most long-wearing one and creases even if I wear a primer but the colours are absolutely gorgeoous and perfect for every day or for a night out.

Since we spent some time in Lisbon and the weather there was really nice, I started thinking more of spring/summer scents. On a sunny day like today, I’d use Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia on its own and when it’s a bit colder, I’d mix it with something deeper, like Pomegranate Noir. It’s a beautiful combination, still fresh but a bit deeper. The brand describes English Pear & Freesia as an autumn scent that is floral and fruity but for me, it’s a wonderful spring scent that is not too floral, nor too fruity, it’s juicy but delicate, crispy and fresh, clean, polished and elegant. It’s beautiful!

These are my most loved products for the month of March. Hope you’re having a sunny day!

Empties #18


It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post with used up products. It’s a bit hard to keep the empty bottles when you’re away from home or you’re torn between two countries and ‘home’ is quite tough to define. But let us take a look at some recent empties.


Skincare and Makeup Products

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – This has been my favourite micellar water in the past year, it’s really gentle yet effective. I use it just to take off my makeup in the evening and then continue with a cleanser but it’s still nice that it doesn’t leave a sticky residue and doesn’t sting;
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – A lovely, mild and gentle cleanser that I need to get another tube of. It really helped me calm my skin after my issues appeared and I started using Differin. I love trying different products but I have to say, I miss this cleanser in my routine;
L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Mist – I’ve gone through a few of these which means I love it and I love it because it somehow makes my skin texture better, it feels refreshing and hydrating and I love spritzing it throughout the day;
Alverde Aqua Eye Gel – My budget pick for the area around the eyes, it just feels incredibly lightweight while providing moisture. Probably my third tube and won’t be the last;
Decléor Aurabsolu Dark Circle Corrector – This is magic! It doesn’t erase my dark circles, of course, but it gives such radiance and brightness that I look ten times fresher. I think I might need the full size of it;
Herborist Silky Eye Gel – At first I didn’t like this because it can feel a bit sticky. It’s still not my favourite eye product but I like how cooling it feels;
Clinique Fresh Pressed System – I have a review on the 7-day system here, in case you’d like to read it. I was quite impressed by it mainly because the hyperpigmentation I get, faded much quicker than usual while I was using the system. Too bad it’s quite expensive if you want to get it for a whole month;
Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Liquid Care – And another bottle of this refreshing liquid moisturiser is gone. It makes my skin softer and smoother, it feels soothing and is enriched with powerful antioxidants;
Dr. Jart + Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser – Water creams have been part of my routines since last summer and I can’t wait to try all the different brands. This one was my first experience with water creams and I have a few more as a backup because it’s travel-friendly and I love how light it feels on the skin;
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil – My skin can get pretty dry in the winter because of the prescription retinoid and I liked to use this one in the morning  by mixing a few drops of it with my moisturiser. It doesn’t feel greasy, it’s very nourishing and gives a beautiful glow to the skin;
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ – I struggle a lot with suncreams. It’s the one product that I need to apply every morning and the hardest to find. A suncream clogged my pores so badly that I still fear applying new ones on my skin. This has been the best one I’ve found, so far, just because it doesn’t irritate my skin but it’s still not the formula I wish it had. It’s lightweight indeed but it’s still difficult to work with over water-based products or under makeup. I’d probably purchase the one with SPF 30 next;
Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Lip Balm – That’s a beautiful affordable lip balm. It feels a bit thick at first but it’s not uncomfortable and I love how nourished my lips are afterwards;
Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer – Although I don’t think I need a full size of this one, I have to say, it does work and makes a difference to my lashes;
L’oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture – I loved this mascara when it first came out, it has exactly the type of brush that I like but when I got it a couple of months ago again, it just didn’t do anything for me. It can’t grab my lashes, at all and it just leaves them looking as if I haven’t used mascara;
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara – This, on the other hand, is one of my favourite mascaras in the past 6 months! This is my second tube, the first one was sent to me for a review which you can find here and I already have a third one;

Body and Hair Products

Bilou Cherry Blossom Shower Foam – This looks so pretty and was fun to use although it didn’t feel as luxurious as other shower foams and sadly, it didn’t smell like cherry blossom, at all. I have another scent of it which feels the same, so I don’t think I’d be getting more from them;
Original Source Lime Shower Gel – These always smell very nice and I get them because of the scents, basically;
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel – One of my favourite scents! I love how it smells, I love how it feels like something between a gel and an oil and I always have a couple of minis of the brand’s shower gels. I simply love travelling with them and I somehow connect the way they smell to holidays;
Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel – That was an incredibly big bottle even for me (I go through shower gels really quickly) and at first, I loved the scent because I started using it around Christmas time. Unfortunately, this shower gels dried my skin out quite a bit, so I had to alternate it with other body washes and at some point, I just wanted to finish it up and didn’t even enjoy the scent anymore;
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish – This one has a lovely smell but in terms of exfoliating, it’s not the best as it dissolves a bit too quickly and doesn’t do much;
Garnier Ultimate Blends 1 Minute Hair Treatment – It’s an easy pick for me when I need something nourishing for my ends because it’s affordable and it’s not so hard to find;
L’Occitane Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream – I know I’m talking about L’Occitane hand creams all the time but it’s difficult not to love them. Their scents are so unique, feminine and elegant, the texture is so soft and non-greasy that I always have to have a few of them. This is actually my second tube of this scent but it has a different packaging now;
Essence Shea Butter Hand Cream – I have a mini trio of these and I really like it, they are not the most nourishing ones but they absorb really quickly and they’re perfect daytime hand creams;
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream – This one is very rich and thick but it doesn’t feel heavy. I prefer to use it at night, it’s gorgeous and leaves my hands nourished and soothed;
Rituals Honey Touch Body Cream – That’s another repurchase, the brand has beautiful body products and I rarely find something that I don’t like from them;
Giorgio Armani Sì Perfumed Body Lotion – Although this wasn’t moisturising, at all, I’m in love with the fragrance and I really enjoyed using it;
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream – Light scent, lightweight texture, feels refreshing and hydrating…loved it!

Masks and Samples

Ivy Hot Eyes Steam Eye Mask – I have two more of these and I’m not sure how I feel about them. It’s supposed to be a home spa treatment, to make you feel more relaxed before bed and to soothe tired eyes. The mask itself is quite comfortable and soft but it felt a bit too hot for me. I just didn’t feel well with so much heat over my eyes but like I said, there are two more left in the pack, so I might it them again;
Starskin Nourishing Double-Layer Hand Mask Gloves – A real pleasure to use! I’m definitely going to try more from the brand. I used this mask while I was reading in bed before sleep, my hands were very dry and the mask felt so soothing and cooling. On the next day my hands were much softer;
Sephora Almond Foot Mask – Foot masks, on the other hand, are never comfortable. At least, that’s what I think. But I liked the effect after using this Sephora foot mask;
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation – I’ve heard so many positive reviews on this foundation that I almost purchased it without trying. Luckily, Sephora added a sample to one of my orders and I was really excited to see how it looks. The shade was a bit too light even for my winter complexion but that’s not so important. Yes, this foundation is high coverage and it really doesn’t feel heavy on the skin but I didn’t like how it looked. I have combination skin with more oily T-zone and the product still sat dry and very unnatural-looking. I tried using it with a brush or a sponge, I tried applying less product (the sample was quite generous, so I could try it quite a few times) but it just didn’t work. Unfortunately, it didn’t look well on me.

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

February Favourites


I haven’t posted in a while and it’s more likely to find me on Instagram rather than on the blog lately. I still love beauty and I still try different products but it’s mostly skincare which takes much longer to use and see if it works than a lipstick, for example. I haven’t been using that much makeup in the last few months because of my skin problems. I noticed that whenever I wear foundation, it shows up on my skin the next day, so my makeup has been quite minimal.

But let me share some of my most-loved beauty bits for the month of February.

The first product that I’d like to talk about is one that I really love but sadly isn’t available around me and it’s pretty expensive. Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask is a medicated 10 % sulfur treatment that fights different forms of acne. It also has 4% niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Bentonite ClayTea Tree Oil and Manuka Oil. A month ago, I shared my first impressions on it here, in case you’d like to see it. Back then I used  the product only as a spot treatment, as I have a mini size and I’m a bit scared to find myself without it. However, I started using it twice a week as a  face mask (on my problem areas but not on the whole face) and I’ve been blemish-free since then! I apply a really thin layer and leave it on for 30 minutes. I still can’t believe how much my skin loves this treatment and I have no idea what I’m going to do when I use it up. I’ve been thinking about trying similar products like the Peter Thomas Roth mask or the Dr. Dennis Gross one, I’ve also ordered a mini of the De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment that I’ve been waiting for a month to arrive and it still hasn’t but the first one seems the biggest size, so I might go for that one, considering they’re in the same price range. So, Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask has been pretty much the answer to my hopes, I reach for it in the mornings, I keep using Differin at night and seems like this combo is a winner for me. My skin hasn’t been too dry, I don’t think the mask dries it out, there’s no tight feeling after I wash it off but my blemishes heal a lot quicker and I do believe that it prevents new ones from appearing, as well.

After I started using Differin, I’ve been looking for moisturising and soothing lightweight skincare products. A few weeks ago, I came across the Vichy Minéral 89. Some call it a moisturiser, others say it’s a serum but the brand describes it as a booster which you use after your toner and before the serum. I’ve heard that people mix it with their face cream, as well but honestly, it isn’t how I prefer using it. The gel comes in a beautiful glass bottle and feels very luxurious. I need a pump of it, it applies easily, feels cooling and soothing on the skin and absorbs fast. I use it twice a day and sometimes I apply just Vichy Minéral 89 after toning and then proceed with my SPF without using another moisturiser. In the evenings, I like having a serum afterwards and then I’d add my rosehip oil. When my skin feels really dry, I’d apply Vichy Minéral 89, wait 10-15 minutes and then I’d use Differin (usually, I use Differin right after cleansing and toning, wait 30 minutes and continue with the rest of my skincare). Essentialy, Vichy Minéral 89 is the brand’s mineralising water rich in mineral elements with added Hyaluronic Acid. My skin is much softer and plumper after I started using this booster, I love the cooling feeling and how it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. Is it an extra step? Yes, it is but I feel that I really need this extra step on my winter sensitised skin. I also think that it would be a great summer moisturiser on its own but there’s a slight problem if you use an SPF or a face cream with silicones in it, the products just start rolling and looking like the skin is peeling. So, have that in mind.

Face mists have a permanent spot in my routine and although, I already talked about the Lumene Facial Mist in my winter beauty essentials post, I had to mention it one more time because it soothes my drier skin during the day and makes it look a bit brighter and more radiant. I’ve been using it all the time, it’s also refreshing and smells very nice without being too overpowering.

At night, I’ve been using the Decléor Hydra Floral Ultra-Moisturising & Plumping Mask which made me feel a bit unsure at the beginning just because it contains Neroli essential oil and usually, essential oils break me out. Luckily, this product doesn’t do that and it’s been an occasional night moisturiser in the past few weeks. It’s suggested to use it once or twice a week by applying a thin layer to a cleansed face, then to leave it to work for about 10 minutes and remove the excess product with a toner or a tissue. I like to leave it overnight for intense hydration but I’d gently remove the excess oil with paper and tapping motions after 5-10 minutes. I’m saying oil because this creamy mask turns into a beautiful oil when you start massaging it into the skin. It smells divine and on the next morning, my skin feels more plump and radiant, it’s soft and supple.

My love for L’Occitane hand creams shouldn’t be a secret by now and this cute mini of their Delightful Rose Shea Butter Hand Cream has been in my  handbag for a couple of weeks now. I love their minis because they’re comfortable to take in your bag or pocket, they last petty long and that’s why I’m always trying to have a few of their mini hand cream sets. The texture of the brand’s hand cream is light but really hydrating yet non-greasy. It absorbs quickly and all L’Occitane creams come in beautiful packaging and wonderful scents. This one has a true rose scent that isn’t too overpowering, it’s feminine, sophisticated and fresh at the same time.

There’s not even one makeup product that I’m including this month because I’ve been relying on my old favourites but there’s plenty of skincare that I’m about  to try in the next few weeks. I’m really excited, I can’t wait to keep finding the best products for me in order to have better and healthier skin again.

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