This is a series of posts where I reflect on beauty, skincare, makeup, etc products that I used up in 2019. You can read my previous entries here – Empty Thoughts Part I, Empty Thoughts Part II, Empty Thoughts Part III, Empty Thoughts Part IV, Empty Thoughts Part V and Empty Thoughts Part VI.
Also, if you’ve read my previous posts you may have noticed I am not changing the intro of these. The explanation stays the same and I don’t think I’ll be able to describe what I’m doing here any better now than I did when I wrote the first post in this series.
”My sister and I have a thing where whenever we finish a perfume or a beauty or skincare or hair care product or anything like that, we send each other a picture of it and say if we liked it or not. For some reason (probably because I wanted to write about it to be honest), I’ve saved most of the empties I’ve finished over the past year and a bit. And I think if I keep collecting them for any longer it could be considered a problem. In my head. For keeping empty packages for years on end. For no other reason than to maybe write about them in my diary one day. Yeah, that would be weird. Ahem.
Sooooo let’s just nip this in the bud and get my thoughts out there. (By the way, I tried to sort them into categories as much as I could but… Well, let’s see how it goes.)”
Omorovicza, Ultramoor Mud Mask (5ml, £7.20)
I remember liking this very much. Nearly everything about it, in fact. The scent, formula, packaging, results.
The only thing stopping me from repurchasing it is the price. A full 50ml tub is £72 and I am in no place to even think about spending that much on a mud mask. As much as I loved it, there are other cheaper ones that do the same thing without breaking the bank.
ESPA, Overnight Hydration Therapy (15ml, £10)
Another winner. Beautiful fresh herbal scent and silky formula that absorbs well into the skin without leaving it too sticky to use as an overnight mask (that’s my biggest pet peeve with overnight masks – I hate it when my face sticks to the pillow!). And the results! Skin so smooth it’s like… Magic.
It is slightly on the pricey side for my budget with 55ml costing £37, but if I was to splurge on a mask, I’d definitely consider buying a full size tub of this one.
Filorga, Smoothing Radiance Meso-Mask (15ml)
I’ve actually got another tub of this on the go at the moment so I whacked it on my face a couple of minutes ago to refresh my memory. It feels nice and smooth to apply, doesn’t smell of much so if you’re sensitive to strong scents it shouldn’t bother you much, if at all. I can’t remember it doing anything groundbreaking for my skin though, and the reviews on it seem to be quite mixed with some people loving it whilst others claim it made their skin worse. It didn’t break me out or anything but I also don’t recall being in love with it.
A 50ml pot of this will set you back £44, so I would recommend trying a sample first if you’re unsure about what results to expect for your skin.
Beauty Pro, Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask with Collagen & Green Tea (1 pair, £1.65*)
I’m not going to lie to you, I can’t remember what I thought of these eye patches. I vaguely recall them being nice and cooling, but that’s about it. I am in fact considering buying a full pack to try them out again as I do tend to like cooling stuff for my under eyes. So if I do, I’ll report back with my findings!
*Usually comes in packs of 3 pairs for £4.95
Superdrug, Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask (10ml, £0.99)
This one I remember, because I absolutely loved it. The pure smell of honey really does it for me apparently. Plus I really love peel-off masks in general. And this one left my skin feeling amazing. Love it! Will definitely buy again. (It looks like they’ve changed the packaging of it, but everything else about it seems to have remained the same.)
Superdrug, Tropical Cocktail Peel-Off Mask (10ml, £0.99)
A tropical version of my much-loved honey mask just above. The only difference to me being that I prefer the honey scent over this one. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the tropical cocktail one, but I simply can’t get over the honey
Boots, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask (10ml, £0.70*)
Another one where I can’t actually remember what I thought about it. This makes me a bit sad as I’ve no idea what to write here. I like that it’s peel off.
I guess it’s rather inexpensive so I may give it another go, see if it makes more of an impression.
If anyone’s tried it recently, let me know what you thought of it.
*50ml is £3.50 at Boots
Vitamasques, Black Gold Dust Sheet Mask (22ml, £5.99)
This was very easy to use, I loved the mask material, it stayed on my face without sliding all over the place and it felt nice too! As with most (if not all) sheet masks, it didn’t have any long lasting benefits (that I could see), but it was perfect for a little pamper session to make me feel good.
Oh K!, Chok Chok Illuminating Holographic Sheet Mask (30g, £10)
Firstly, yes, I do believe the mask is actually holographic – you can see tons of little rainbows as the light hits it.
Secondly, it was VERY wet. I mean, I used it over a year ago and there’s still loads of serum left in that pouch (that has been opened for over 12 months!). And at the time it didn’t absorb too well into my skin either.
Overall a bit messier sheet mask experience that what I’d usually prefer, but it didn’t have any negative reactions with my skin and if another one of these found its way into my life I’d still use it.
That’s it for face masks! I’ve still got a few categories to go so I’m going to do my best to cram them all in before next year.
I’m also currently doing an inventory of all my beauty, skincare, body and hair products. Mostly to see what I’ve got and what I’ve forgotten I had but also to stop myself from buying any more stuff that I don’t need at the moment.
It’s way too easy to get sucked into all the sales and low prices, so I want to be very aware of what I’ve already got too much of or what I could actually do with adding to my collection.
Anyway, that was a mini reflection on what I’m keeping busy with at the moment.
And how I’m trying to save money.
And how I’m trying to do my part to not make the lives of our poor delivery drivers any more hectic than it already is at this time of the year. Thank you for all the hard work you’re doing to make people’s holidays as good as they can be this year!
I’ll see myself out now. Bye!