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Not For Me #5

I haven’t done a blog post with disappointing products since last summer when my skin problems started. I’m happy to see an improvement in my skin condition although it still needs recovery.

I’ve been keeping my skincare routine quite minimal as you might have seen in my previous posts or on Instagram photos. But I’m always curious about different skincare products and I’d gradually incorporate them into my regimen to see if they can help me or not.

Sadly, even if a product is supposed to be good on a certain skin type or against a specific problem, it might not work well on all of us.

I had such high hopes for the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm and I’ve been using it twice a week for the past 2-3 months but it just doesn’t do anything for me. Essentially, this is a self-heating treatment that should remove dirt and impurities from the pores. It contains charcoal powder, sea salt, vitamin E and egg shell powder. It’s supposed to act like a steam to open up pores and refine the complexion. I love the way it looks and the whole concept behind the product, it feels like a rich balm, smells nice and contains biodegradable natural exfoliators. It applies smoothly and it should heat up but I don’t feel any warmth even when I’m massaging it on my face for 3-5 minutes. When I wash it off, the only difference I feel is that my T-zone is smooth but nothing in the appearance is changed. I thought I needed to use it for a month or so to see results but almost 3 months later, there is absolutely no difference. I’m going to use it up but I won’t be repurchasing. However, I’m curious to try similar products from other Korean brands.

Herborist is a Chinese brand that combines the idea of herbal extracts and modern biotechnical achievements. I haven’t heard many people in Europe talk about it but I love minis and I love sets, so I got the brand’s discovery kit from the Italian Sephora and two of the products inside were the T’ai Chi Masks. There’s a black one that you’re supposed to use first to purify the skin and a white one, that would hydrate it after that. Usually, they come together in a big yin-yang tub and the idea seemed quite interesting to me, considering how I love charcoal masks but I always need something more hydrating after washing it off. I follow the instructions because you’re supposed to massage the masks before letting them do the rest of their work although the black one gets dry pretty quickly and it’s hard to complete the massage.
After washing off the black masks, I always see that it leaves black particles in my pores and I almost need to scrub them off, it’s quite hard to take them away and my skin feels pretty tight afterwards. I don’t see any difference in my complexion, it’s not clearer or more radiant.
After using the white mask, my skin feels softer but in no way hydrated or soothed. It also contains mineral oil which is really surprising for me, considering the high price tag. I hope the day and eye creams from the kit are going to be better because sadly, the masks were disappointing.

In the past half a year, I’ve been trying to avoid skincare that contains essential oils. They can irritate my skin, they often break me out but seeing how KORA Organics Purifying Moisturiser promised to be lightweight and to prevent breakouts, I decided to give it a go. I actually have the set for oily/combination skin but I still haven’t tried the other two products and now I’m a bit unsure if I should.
First of all, this moisturiser is anything but lightweight. It looks runny but feels quite heavy and it just doesn’t sink into the skin. It sits on top of it like a wash-off face mask and I can hardly spread it over the face. I’m not sure if there might be a possibility that I got a bad one but I tried using it with different products underneath or only on its own and it just never worked out. Ten minutes after trying to apply it, my face gets pretty oily and there is no chance to use this lotion if I want to wear makeup afterwards. That’s why I was using it only at night until I realised that it broke me out. I got spots even around my chest area and I never get spots there, it’s been so frustrating. Unfortunately, apart from the divine scent I can’t say anything positive about this moisturiser.

These are the latest products that disappointed me or even made my problems worse. Have you tried any of them?


Sephora Haul | November 2017

I’ve just got back from Milan and it was lovely although it didn’t stop raining even for a day. It was good to visit again the city that made me fall in love with Italy for the first time many years ago.

Of course, there was no Sephora in Milan back then, so it was only natural for me to visit a few of their stores this time. Part of the products I’m showing you today are from my trip to Milan but there are also a few that were ordered by my boyfriend from the US Sephora. I’ve been curious about some items that are not so widely available in Europe, so it was a great surprise when he showed me the box that came in the mail. I also decided to throw in a couple of purchases from Germany because they happened to be available only there at that moment.

I picked up a few skincare sets, they’re great for travelling but I actually wanted to get to know the brands. The only thing I’ve tried from Herborist was an overnight face mask that I really liked and I even used it as a day cream for a deeper hydration. This Discovery Kit contains T’ai Chi Masks (a black and a white mask that you’re supposed to use one after another), SILKY All-day Moisturising Facial Fluid and SILKY All-day Moisturising Eye Gel. I’m incredibly excited to try the Laneige Hydrating Trial Kit because I’ve heard only positive reviews on the brand’s products. The set contains a Moisturising Foam Cleanser, Essential Power Skin Toner, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream and probably their most popular product, the Water Sleeping Mask.
I’ve never tried anything from KORA Organics and I’m a bit unsure how I feel about the essential oils that some of their products contain but this little Daily Ritual set for oily/combination skin sounds interesting, so I’ll report back once I’ve tried the items. Inside the box you find a Foaming Cleanser (not sure why so many cleansers are supposed to be “foaming”), Energising Citrus Mist and Purifying Moisturiser.
Another brand that I’m really curious about is Drunk Elephant. I’m hearing so many people raving about their products that seeing this cute The Littles set made me scream a bit. It’s quite a generous gift from my boyfriend because he knows about the struggles I’ve been having after the bad reaction to a sunscreen and apparently, these products work well on many people. Hopefully, they’re going to help me, as well. The set contains Pekee Bar and Juju Bar which are their solid cleansers, C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydration Gel, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.
The Dr. Jart+ K-Beauty A BB C’s sets are actually a repurchase because I really liked the trio the first time I tried it, it’s great for travelling, some of my friends wanted to try it, as well and sadly, it’s not so easy to get hold of it at the moment.

Blackhead Steam Balm from TONYMOLY has been on my wishlist for such a long time but no matter where I tried to get it from, it was always sold out and the only thing that remained on the shelves was the tester. I hope it’s as good as they say.

I decided not to go crazy with the sheet masks, so I purchased just a few. I haven’t tried Sephora‘s lip and foot masks yet, so I picked up their Rose Lip Mask and Almond and Lavender Foot Masks. The TONYMOLY I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet Radiance was supposed to be tested during our trip but I ended up forgetting about it. When I was picking up the masks, I turned around and saw this Dr. Jart+ Bright Lover Rubber Mask in my shopping basket. My boyfriend put it there simply because he has a lot of fun when he sees me with strange masks on.
Clay masks in pots dry out so quickly and that was the only reason why I didn’t want to get the Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying one when I first heard about it. Luckily, now they have miniature size of it (or maybe they always had it but I never saw it) and I can’t wait to try it.

I’m a huge lip balm lover, I also adore peach-scented products, so when I saw the Lanolips Peach 101 Ointment Multi-Balm, I had to have it. Plus, multi-purpose moisturisers are great to have in your handbag, especially in the winter.

Hype isn’t something I often buy into but all the different opinions on the Sol de Janeiro‘s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream made me want to try this body moisturiser so bad. But now I’m scared to open the mini jar and to actually use the product. Yes, I realise how ridiculous it sounds.

The only tool I picked up was the pink Beautyblender just because I  need a new one.

As you can see my haul mostly consists of skincare items and I guess that’s because of my skin issues. And although the makeup products are not many this time, they’re absolutely amazing. This Marc Jacobs The Nude(ist) set is so beautiful! I love everything about it and I can’t wait to add it to my handbag.
Some of you may know how much I wanted the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer but I never had luck with finding it. They didn’t have all the shades in Milan and most of them looked either too pale or too pink/orange for me. So, I picked up the shade Creme Brulee and I hope I didn’t make the wrong decision.
Last but not least, something that I wasn’t that curious about but now that I have it, I really like it. It’s the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. I don’t usually go for peachy shades but these ones are quite sheer, soft and blendable.

These are all my recent Sephora purchases and I’m looking forward to finding out more about each of the products. I have big hopes for the skincare sets and I’d be happy if you share your experience in case you’ve already tried some of them.