What is old? What is new?: November edition

After last mont’s success I’ve decided to proceed with the “What is old? What is new?” themed reviews where I will be
A) giving a short sum-up on the products that I’ve finished and
B) showing you some sneak-previews of newly attained products that will be reviewed in coming months.

* You can always message me about the products listed in the post for a fast-track review.

Empties

So, as usually, today’s first half of the post is the “Empties” category with a  short sum-up of what I thought of the product after finishing it. The “Newcomers” products are listed more towards the end of this post and more thorough reviews that are going to gradually appear on my blog sometime soon.

Empties:

Same as last time, I won’t be reviewing every sheet mask that I’ve use in the past month because the regular sheet mask reviews are appearing here on the blog as a normal content. For all of the Empties  I will be using the 5 point scoring system in order to rate each product based on whether I repurchase it or not:

❇❇❇❇❇– Holy Grail, will probably purchase it up until I retire
❇❇❇❇– Excellent product, will consider repurchasing it (unless I stumble across a better alternative)
❇❇❇– Good one for overal use but there is definitely a better known alternative for it
❇❇– Not impressive or not performing well on my skin
❇– Waste of money (try before you buy)

Skin care

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Active Toner 150 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Absolute must have if you have oily dehydrated skin. This product is my HG. It has a pleasant smell and viscous texture. You can decant it and use it as a mist and it will last you a long time. Also perfect for the 7-skin method or for layering with other toners. I am a big fan of the entire range and nearly all products have the HG status in my book.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Control Emulsion 130 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Many people don’t know that this entire line contains the extracts and oils and extracts from desert plants that are holding onto moisture in the most harsh environments. This moisturizer is the proof that sometimes you can use one product and see the results no matter what. Rich, hydrating, nourishing, doesn’t clog my pores and perfectly nutritious for my skin.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Tone Up Toner 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Not my favorite but not bad either. It hydrates the skin well but for some reason I do feel it sitting on top of my skin. I don’t like that feeling and that’s why I won’t repurchase it again. In terms of whitening the entire line does help with hyper-pigmentation issues.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Tone Up Lotion 120 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Very nice moisturizer that sinks in fast into the skin. The brightening effect is cumulative and is best achieved with using the entire line of White Cure. Will not repurchase it as it is on more pricier side and I do prefer Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin essence over it.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Science Blanc Tone Up Cream

Rating: ❇

My least favorite product From the entire White Cure line. It was too liquid in consistency and drooping. After a month it started to separaate in the jar and I had to mix it every time before I wanted to apply it. I’d advise you to skip it and turn your heads towards LIOELE whitening skin care or RE:P products.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ice Tear Emulsion 5 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very light essence that is perfect for summer. Very neutral and suitable for all skin types, especially for younger teenager skin. Perfect as a basic hydration product for AM and PM care for oily and combined skin types.

MISSHA For Men Extreme Renew Lotion 5 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

I didn’t realize at first that this sample was from men care line. Anyhow, pleasant scent and texture. Gave it to my husband and he said it was stinging his chin a bit after he applied it on freshly shaved face. Has a pleasant scent but contains a lot of alcohol in formula. Will not purchase a full size.

MISSHA Flower Sleeping Mask [Rose] 100 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

One of the lighter texture sleeping masks that has no sticky leftover feel on my face. Very pleasant scent and texture and it keeps my skin hydrated all night long. Loving how simple yet effective this one is. Will not repurchase it yet because I want to finish off some other sleeping masks in my possession but will definitely consider rebuying it for the coming summer.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser

Rating: ❇❇❇

Very nice and great smelling product. You can use it as a cleanser or a purifying mask. It does tend to dry out my face which I don’t like. It is very effective as a cleanser but felt like it is too much for my skin in terms of pulling out more moisture that I expected. Will not repurchase it again because there are many more cleansers that perform as good as this one without stripping my skin dry.

SPF care

Biotherm Wet or Dry Skin – Melting Sun Fluid Face & Body SPF 30 200ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

My HG product for vacations and going swimming. It is so great on the skin and can be applied on both dry and wet skin surface. The only down side is that it leaves a bit of an oily finish on the skin. The absorbance is superb plus it doesn’t turn white on the skin when it comes in contact with water. Absolute love of mine.

Biotherm Crème Solaire Anti Age – Melting Face Cream SPF30 50ml

Rating: ❇❇

Fail product from BIOTHERM. IT leaves a thick white cast on the face when applied and tends to roll up if you try to use it under your make-up. It does leave your skin super matte for a long time but the white cast is very obvious and not something I want to have on my face.

Dior Capture Totale Solaire Global Anti Aging Suncare SPF 20 UVA 50 ml

Rating: ❇

Huge fail from DIOR. SPF20 is not enough to protect your skin through-ought the day. Sun is not so active where I leave yet I managed to burn my face several times with this product on my face. It is also very greasy and oily and stings when gets into the eyes. I ended up using it as an SPF hand cream. Do not buy, total waste of a looot of money.

Hair care

Rating: ❇

Keratin product containing SLS and other sulfates is not a proper way to treat keratin treated hair. False advertising from the brand and a total fail on the hair. Strips it dry. Smells like coconut oil which is nice. Not worth the money.

One ‘n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin Smoothing Conditioner 250ml

Rating: ❇

Same as with the shampoo it is based on false advertising. Absolutely not suitable for har that had undergone a keratin treatment.  Save your money for better alternatives. Hydrates hair somewhat but brings more damage than good to my hair.

Missha Procure Active Protecting Treatment 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very nourishing treatment for my hair. Contains very little fragrance which is very nice for sensitive noses out there. Has a very silicony slip to it when first applied on the hair.  I love that it contains UV filters for protecting my hair. Best suited for more normal, colour treated hair.

Missha Procure Intensive Repairing Treatment 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very effective at nourishing super dry and fizzy hair. For now too much on my hair.  Same as with the Active Protecting version, it contains very little fragrance which is quite lovely for a change. Has a very thick consistency that is somewhat oily (not much). Contains UV filters.

Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo 1000ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Good but not great. Reformulated version is very soapy and strips my hair to the bone in comparison to the original. Will not repurchase it any time soon since I’ve found a much better alternative for it from WHAMISA.

Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Pre-Styler Spray 100ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

The entire line of Macadamia hair products in the classic packaging has been my HG hair care for years. This spray is not an exception. It is great at detangling my hair. It makes me sad because is so hard to come buy nowadays. the new packaging has new formula that is not as great as the old original presented to you on the image above.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Hair Treatment 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

I had hoped too much from this product. I was expecting an amazing scent like the deep rich toner from the brand and that’s when it failed me the most. Despite the too high expectations, this ask is very good for thin, brittle hair. Leaves my hair nourished and shiny after one use.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Shampoo for Dry Scalp 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Turning to be my HG product. Mild yet fresh, great cleansing power, doesn’t strip my hair, an absolute WOW for me. Will definitely purchase it in full size for the summer. Sample size was enough for 2 double rinse uses on my hair.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Hair Essence 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Good but not great. Smell is divine yet formula is too much for my hair. This particular essence is one of those “Try before you buy items”.  On more thicker and coarse hair will probably perform beautifully. Unfortunately my bleached thin hair didn’t take it so well.

Fanola Nutri Care Restructuring Hair Mask 1500ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Superb hair conditioning mask if you have keratin treatment on your hair. Huge size tub lasts you forever and is very affordable investment into better looking hair. My 2nd favorite hair treatment of all times. If you like to tone your hair, this one has a perfect consistency for mixing in a colored toner product.

Body care

Bomb Cosmetics Cleansing Shower Butter Raspberry 320g

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

One of my bath HG products. Very creamy and soapy on my skin. I usually apply it on my body letting it melt entirely (takes about 5 minutes to do so). after that take your favorite loofah and do some scrubbing. My skin is always bright and smooth and super-soft after using this shower butter. The raspberry scent is my favorite from the entire line.

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Limited Edition Body Scrub 200ml (sold out)

Rating: ❇❇❇

Cranberry seeds in this scrub are very good at exfoliating my skin. I like how it works on my skin but I am not the fan of the scent. It tends to go sour when comes in contact wit my skin. Will not repurchase it again.

The Body Shop Blueberry Limited Edition Body Scrub 200ml

Rating: ❇❇

Not scrubby enough. This scrub has stained my bathroom and I had to use bleach to remove stains from the tub. Poor performance on the skin. Too much jelly in the formula and too few scrubbing particles. The scent is blueberry-jam and very lingering on the skin.

The Body Shop Special Edition Virgin Mojito Shower Gel 250ml (sold out)

Rating: ❇❇❇

Lovely fresh scent, affordable price. Big downside for me is that it strips my skin too dry and I’ve had to switch over to something more skin friendly. Smell is superb and refreshing. Gives you a lot of energy.

Lancôme Sensuelle Summer Body Moisturizer 400ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Super gentle yet effective self-tanning product. Do not expect the Black-mamba results in one time use. The gradual daily use will give you beautiful glow that has a very natural shade to it. Doesn’t smell like grilled chicken on my skin and contains little shimmer in the formula. Perfection in my books!

Newcomers:

As for the newest items in my stash I’ve focused on getting a little bit of everything that is related to the winter care. Oh, I also got 2 most beautiful perfumes ideal for the cold months. As you may see, I’m vigorously testing out the HUXLEY line. Now that I’m done testing the miniature gift set from this brand, I finally got the next batch of HUXLEY to try out.  This time oils and essences. I also bought some sheet masks to see what is the fuss about. The review on these will follow shortly after this post. From my HG products I’ve repurchased my TYF sun cream and went again for a box of intensive ampoule treatments by COLLISTAR.

Since it is nearly winter rime I am more and more interested in the oil type of products because I’ve started using some heavy duty AHA products and need to be careful with balance my skin’s oil levels as well. Believe me, oil matters as much as moisture when it comes to the skin resurfacing using AHA/BHA acids. Hence, I will be testing the oil balm kit by NEOGEN containing 2 products enriched with white truffle oil. I’ve also gotten some bits and bobs for my hair, couple of ampoules from MANYO FACTORY, two most amazing perfumes for the fall/winter and a new packet of the daily PONG DANG Water masks by MISSHA. I’ve also splurged on two amazing scents from Dior and Elie Saab.

I will do my best trying to review each item individually but can’t promise that this will happen any time soon. I’m starting 2 courses that will continue till middle of December and, unfortunately, I am left with very little time for reviews. I will try to submit as much info as possible when possible but won’t mention any time frames this time.  For now, please, stay tuned for the new reviews.

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

What is old? What is new?: Empties and new skin care products

Today is the day that I’ve decided to sum up the bunch of stuff that was swirling in my brain and to finally put it on paper. I’ve decided to shortly mention my favorite products that I have used up in last month or so and to finally introduce some new brands into my skin care. So today’s review is all about the Empties and new skin care products that are going to gradually appear on my blog.

Empties:

Nearly everything is gone till the last drop

I won’t be reviewing every sheet mask that I’ve use in the past month here, it is too much work for both me and you so the regular sheet mask reviews will appear as normal content. For al of the products mentioned in today’s post I will rate each product that I’ve used up according to the following score chart:

❇❇❇❇❇– Holy Grail, will probably purchase it up until I retire
❇❇❇❇– Excellent product, will consider repurchasing it (unless I stumble across a better alternative)
❇❇❇– Good one for overal use but there is definitely a better known alternative for it
❇❇– Not impressive or not performing well on my skin
❇– Waste of money (try before you buy)

Skin care

It’s all about the hydration

MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist 150 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Amazing quality! One bottle of this magic juice and lasts me approximately for 3 months. In order to stretch it out for that period of time I am decanting it into a spray travel bottle so that I can use my favorite whenever and wherever. Tip: perfect base for first couple of layers if you enjoy doing the 7-skin method.

MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule 50 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Great addition to the MISSHA First Treatment Essence. It smoothes and calms my skin like no other. I only use it in my evening skin care. (I used to apply it in the mornings too but I now have a lighter alternative for my skin needs). If you never tried it, go and buy it and your skin will love you eternally.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Cream
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Holy-moly-grail cream for me. The texture is light and silky, resembling a thick gel. Loving everything about it starting from the fresh cactus-like scent of it and ending up with the way it seals all the moisture on my skin. Who knew that my oily skin will love this so much!!!

MISA Geum Sul Emulsion
Rating: ❇❇❇

Love the smell and the packaging of it. Ingredients are very extensive and definitely benefit the aging skin. After going through the entire bottle I do notice the reduction in pigmentation and fine lines. Unfortunately at some days it felt like too much for my skin. If you have a dry skin, definitely give this one a go.

Lange Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Best used as a sleeping mask and not like it is advertised. Amazing skin tightening and hydrating results and zero breakouts. Loving it and had already purchased a replacement jar!!!

Cleansers

Cleansers

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel 400 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇

Quite reasonable cleanser for oily and combination skin. I enjoy it’s light texture and used it every time in my morning cleansing. For now there are plenty of better low pH alternatives out there so I won’t be repurchasing this tube any time soon. It is very economic in use, the 400 ml bottle lasted me for half a year.

MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm 100 ml
Rating: ❇❇

This particular balmy cleanser did nothing to my skin except leaving it greasy after washing it off. It does take the make off and doesn’t irritate the eyes but the finish of it that remained on the skin is unacceptable for me. Better get a good oil cleanser or the Clean it Zero balm for the same price.

 

Cellio It’s True Premium Real Honey Deep Cleansing Foam
Rating: ❇❇❇❇

I love this cleanser and currently it is my top favorite out there but I have a bunch of other brands lined up in my stash that I want to test first and see if this goodness will remain the ultimate winner. It cleanses my skin gently, leaving it hydrated yet free of all the dirt and grime. Impressive and smells nice.

Pore and pimple care

COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch
Rating: ❇❇❇

Pimple patches are my friends. This particular edition is OK but not the best one I’ve tried. I will stick to the classic COSRX acne pimple master patch or the Lioele patches.

Lange Matifying Mask
Rating: ❇❇❇

It was ok but not as high quality in terms of delivering immediate results as other products from this brand. Overall a bit disappointed with it. Still a good product for those who doesn’t want their skin to shrink like a prune during the application.

Body care

MISSHA Fresh Mint Cooling Body Sorbet 
Rating: ❇❇❇

When it comes to the light fresh fragrance of it and feel on my skin after application, this is a clear winner for me. Unfortunately the hydration abilities of it are not spectacular. It is good for the summer or humid environment but not enough for my skin during the colder months.

MISSHA Near Skin Self Control Sticky Massage 200ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

OMG!!!! My holy grail for….. wait for it…. body!!!!! Whaat? Yep, you heard me! It perorms well on my face but concidering that the jar is 200ml I was never able to use it up within the 12 months since the opening. So here comes the boom- wiht the realization that container is humongous, I’ve started using it on my body and… It completely got rid of my Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. A one skin condition that was never influenced by anything in my life. I swear by this thing and am solely using the next jar on my body as the difference of my skin on my upper arms is tremendous.

P.S> It is not sticky as advertised in the name 🙂

New skin care products:

As for the new skin care, I’ve decided to expand my interests towards organic skin care and hunted down some fun stuff from the Japanese market. Sorry, no Hada Labo product reviews coming…. Yet 😉

Hello from Japan 🙂

Splurge alert !!!

For my birthday I’ve ended up investing into an entire set of Whamisa products. I have sampled each and every product before I bought them  and was quite happy after 1-2x uses. Sorry, my dear wallet, it just had to happen that I wanted them in full-size. Below you can find the list of items that I am already testing or will start testing out on coming Monday. There will be individual reviews of each product that will go live in November because that’s when I’m planning to do it.

I have high hopes for you, guys

❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich 300 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Lotion Original 120 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers & Fruits Feminine Cleanser 150 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Natural Fermented Creamy Foam Cleanser 200 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil 150 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt Sebum Care 25 pads
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Apple Sebum Treatment  120 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Hydrogel Mask

Anti-aging products

Since I am going into the winter mode and I just turned 30, I’ve decided to invest into the Geum Sul line by MISSHA and got 3 unique products that stood out of the bunch with their ingredients and their potential use. I also got another version of the Near Skin Self Control Peeling massage thing-of-a-bobs to see if it is going to improve my Keratosis Pilaris any further.

MISSHA Geum Sul investigation continues

❇ MISA Geum Sul Lifting Special Cream 50 ml (the actual jar is on the photo with Whamisa products)
❇ MISA Geum Sul Vitalizing Finisher 60 ml
❇ MISA Geum Sul First Essence Booster 100 ml
❇ MISSHA Near Skin Self Control peeling massage 200 ml

More masks !!!

What mask-addict blog wouldn’t include the new masks. Ha-ha, definitely not mine. Over past 4 weeks I’ve collected a whole bunch of amazing looking masks from MISSHA and Hello Skin brands and will be doing the test-drives of these in coming weeks. So definitely stay tuned.

New revies are coming out soon

❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Whoa Whoa Soothing Mask
❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Chewy Elasticity Mask
❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Rich Nourishment Mask
❇ MISA Cho Gong Jin Silky Mask
❇ MISSHA Skin Essential Charcoal & Horse Oil Sheet Mask
❇ MISSHA Glowing Oil-Soak Mask
❇ MISSHA 3-step Nutrition Mask

New brand in town

And of course  last but not least, after the Huxley skin care release I was extremely eager to try out their products and see myself what all the fuss is about. Considering that trying out everything full-size would put an enormous dent into my wallet I’ve opted for the set of miniatures that I am planning to take on my coming vacation in January. I also purchased the miniature set of their oils (which is currently flying across the ocean on one of the shipping courier planes). Soon I will be adding review about them too so don’t hesitate to check out my blog around January for the reviews on this brand.

The box
Contents of it

 

The Huxley Deluxe Collection Extraordinary Gift Set containing
❇ Full-size Hand Cream 35ml
❇ Travel-size Healing Scrub 30g
❇ Travel-size Healing Mask 30g
❇ Travel-size Sleep Mask 30g
❇ Travel-size Cleansing Water 30ml
❇ Travel-size Cleansing Gel 30ml
❇ Travel-size Toner 30ml
❇ Huxley Travel Pouch

Pheew, what a lot of writing! I truly hope you enjoy reading my blog. Definitely let me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned today and waht your experience wit them was. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to testing new goodies out and reporting back to you with my thoughts and experiences.

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂