What's in my Skin Care Cabinet

nedelja, februar 12, 2017

I haven't done a skin care post in years and the reason it that I'm never really happy with my skin care, so I'm always trying new stuff and I never find my current routines worthy of a proper post. I'm of course still sticking to Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, my staple in routine for a good six years now, but as far as the rest is concerned, I keep trying to find things that like Nuxe I could consider a holy grail. I have favourites in every category, but they are either too expensive to repurchase on a regular basis or they're good, just not "I can't live without it" amazing. 

I'm doing this post just as I'm about to make changes again, I'll be exploring Korean skin care to see if I find anything that will convince me, but right now I have so many skin care items that I'd just love to get rid off and have a clean slate with just my basic faves. By the way, I should mention that I do have a fall back routine, so when my skin is misbehaving I have a combo that helps get it back to a more normal state - it's a Balance Me Cleansing Balm and Nuxe oil, plus Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair when I allow myself to buy it. Another cleanser my skin loves is Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser, but I only used up one tube, while I've used up several of the before mentioned. 


BIOBAZA Beauty Micellar Water Mix with Chamomile and Cucumber - I just got this recently, it was sent to me, but not for this blog. Just about every review I read was negative, which honestly made me kind of scared to be the one positive review because I feel no one will believe me, but I really think it's fine. A normal micellar water that isn't the strongest, but it works and it doesnt irritate my skin. It's almost completely natural and feels like water just as regular micellars. The smells is a bit funny, but I love the packaging.

GARNIER Biophase Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil - my favourite micellar water, though this one is more like a mix between a regular one and a duo-phase remover, so it's actually stronger, but it's not as light as other micellar's. I love the scent of it, it doesn't leave a strange filter, instead it makes my skin feel soft. I prefer it to the their regular one.

GREEN LINE Clear Active Micellar Cleansing Water - my favourite "traditional" micellar water. I find it's the strongest drugstore one, though it's not that big of a difference and I'm not going to say it's as good as Bioderma, still it's really good. I disliked the old packaging, but the new one is great. By the way, unlike most micellars, it's quite scented.

AFRODITA Clean Phase Eye-Makeup Remover and GREEN LINE Clear Active Eye Make-up Remover - Both of these are nothing special, but they work. They are simple duo-phase eye makeup removers, neither are the strongest and neither make my vision too foggy. I don't use Green Line's much because I have it for pictures (on their Facebook), but it's in a better packaging. When I use up Afrodita's, I'm not repurchasing it. So far I liked Maybelline's out of the cheap ones most. 

L'OCCITANE Shea Cleansing Oil - Rare cleansing oils work for my skin and this one is likeable, but from L'Occitane I prefer Immortelle because it makes my skin nicer. It removes makeup and cleans the skin without drying it out. I was going to repurchase the Immortelle version until I found a new favourite mentioned bellow.

BALEA Reinigungs Öl - I already had this in my disappointments posts. Compared to L'Occitane's is thinner and I need to use way too much. I just want to get rid of it.

TRILOGY Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm - the current balm I'm using and it works for me, but it's not amazing and I won't repurchase it when I use up the last bits. My favourite so far is from Balance Me, however every tube I owned had a different texture, so I didn't repurchase it.

Favourite: BIOBAZA Face Cleansing Micellar Oil - my favourite oil so far. I only have a sample, but I will buy full size. It emulsifies into a thick foam and it doesn't mess up my skin, not to mention it's a lot cheaper than L'Occitane. I just hope I find it in drugstores.

INELL Mousse Nettoyante Hydratante - On no makeup days I use this foam. I avoid using gel cleansers and foams too often because they cause dry patches on me, but this one is so gentle. It's like whipped cream, so super fun too. I'm not sure it's sold anymore, I stocked up, but it cost under 2 €.

SOAP & GLORY The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser - I'm not a fan of this one and want to get rid of it as fast as a I can. However, I can't use it often because it doesn't cooperate with my skin well, the biggest problem is that it's drying. It's a cream cleanser that you remove with a cloth, but it doesn't remove makeup well.


L'OCCITANE Pivoine Sublime 2 in 1 Perfecting Scrub - I didn't know where to put this because it's a kind-of a gel, an oil and a scrub. It can remove makeup and it's not the harshest scrub, so it's a nice mix. I don't consider it an essential, but I like it.

FIRST AID BEAUTY Exfoliating Pads - I got these from Nadja, who loves them (she has great skin care recommendations if you need them), but I find the pads too weak. They are chemical exfoliators and nice to use, also probably good for sensitive skin, but apparently my thick, farmer-girl skin needs something stronger.

SOAP & GLORY Greatest Scrub Of All - a manual exfoliator that I got based on rave reviews, but to me it's more or less a "meh" product. It's got a ton of small polishing particles and it smells like a laundry detergent, but my problem with it is that I just don't notice a difference when I use it. My skin isn't smooth with it.

REVIVA LABS 5% Glycolic Acid Cream - I got this as a cheaper replacement of REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, except that this should be much stronger. I don't get any tingling sensation when I use it (only once when I forgot I used a manual scrub before the clay mask), so I'm starting to think there is something very wrong with me and I should start applying battery acid for any effect. I don't notice my skin being smoother, brighter or any happier, but it did fade my old blemish marks faster. It's a slightly sticky face cream that doesn't sink in.

Surprisingly I did feel tingling when I used Andalou Naturals Instant Brightening, Pumpkin & Honey Face Mask which is weaker, but I felt it left my skin nicer, so I might buy a pot of that one instead, though it still wasn't as good as I hoped.


GREEN LINE Clear Active Refreshing Toner and Clarifying Tonic - I don't really use toners, though I try to convince myself every now and then that they make a difference, but I mostly don't want to waste an additional cotton pad. I have two, both from Green Line which I like, they are very nice basic toners that are good for any skin type, even the Clarifying Toner that mattifies a bit. I should maybe move them to a spray bottle, so I'll use them more.


BALEA Beauty Effect Eye & Lip Serum - I bought this the moment I noticed my smile lines appearing (I don't deserve them, I rarely smile) and I hoped they are just dehydration lines, but this didn't help at all despite the hyaluronic acid. I know I'm a bit naive, but at least I felt like I was doing something. Now I'm just trying to use this up and be done with it. It's a light gel that leaves a sticky coat.

Favourite: ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair serum - like Nuxe, this is a product that helps to keep my skin in check, but there is one problem. Because it's so expensive, I save it too much and therefore I don't really see that much effect since everything else is messing it up. I might get Missha's Time Revolution "cheaper" replacement and see if I can use that one without seeing euros disappearing in front of my eyes.


PHYSICIANS FORMULA Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil - I don't use this one often because I love Nuxe so much, but I need to use it up soon because it might already be too old. I used it when my skin was very dry since it's thicker than Nuxe, but it also takes much longer to sink in. 

Favourite: NUXE Huile Prodigieuse - Should I even say any more about it? I always say the same things. I've been using this basically daily since May 2011, the only time I don't use it is when I'm testing other things or I'm trying to use something up, but this is my staple. It takes a lot less time than other oils to absorb and it leaves my skin moisturised as well as healthy looking. I've gone through many bottles and this one is a special black one that was a LE a while ago (I had it in stock). I use two pumps a day, so it lasts me ages. 


BALEA Multitalent Creme-Gel & Maske - I bought this because it smells like peach, but it somehow became my primary moisturiser when I actually use it. It's very light and it doesn't work as a mask, so I use it as a moisturiser under foundation, but it's sometimes not the best. I'll use it up and that's it.

MONU Firming Moisturiser - I only have a sample of this that has been in my stash for over a year, but it's my only thick cream and it's saving me when my skin is very dry. Full size is about 30 €, which to me is expensive, so I won't buy it, but it's likeable, except for the Pritt stick smell.

GREEN LINE HydroMineral Light Moisturising Cream for mixed and oily skin - another product I have for pictures, so I try not to use it, though I really like it. It's a good basic moisturiser that I actually think would work for most skin types (it works for any stage of mine) and it's neither too greasy and neither too light (though they have two more versions). Another similar basic moisturiser I liked was Creatures De Monoi Face Cream, but now I want something more, either with hyaluronic acid or vitamin C.


GREEN LINE Natural Clear Cleansing Cream + Scrub + Mask + Antibacterial Effect - I like this much more as a scrub, but it's a decent clay mask too. It's a harsh scrub, so the way I like it, but that might not make it the best for sensitive skin. As a mask it's one of those that doesn't dry, so it's more comfortable than traditional clay masks, but you don't get the same type of clearing out the pores effect. It contains zinc, so it's good for skin with blemishes and redness.

L'OREAL Pure Clay Purify Mask, Exfo Mask and Glow Mask - I got all three of these and I think they all work the same as clay masks. Exfo Mask contains scrub bits, making it like Green Line's and I use it most often. The other two are classic clay masks that dry to that tight feeling. All are fine, but none make my skin absolutely amazing as I feel the next day my skin doesn't look that much better, though immediate "bright, clear skin" results are visible.

The one mask that I liked recently is one of those bag ones by Afrodita, the Why Mask SOS Calming. My skin doesn't need calming, but I like how it leaves my skin, very fresh.


BALEA Beauty Effect Power Maske -  My weapon against dryness. It's a light masks, but it really packs a punch and injects some serious moisture back to the skin. When I have very dry, rough and flaky skin, this always helps. My tube is old and  the product changed colour, so I'm trying to use it up fast, but I will probably buy it again, though I bought one of those Korean sleeping packs and a few sheet masks that may replace it (for a while).


SUN DANCE Mattierendes Sonnenfluid SPF 30 - I repurchased this one last summer, but it's like they changed the formula because this made my eyes water like crazy and it's so much shinier now. I'll use it up on my neck and arms.

FARMONA Sun Face Cream SPF 50 - I got this last year after an intense search for a very cheap sun screen and this one was under 2 €. I guess it's ok. It's a typical thick sunscreen, also one with not much silicones, so you need to work fast and it also is prone to leaving white marks. It sets on the skin better than Sundance's, almost to the point of being dry, but it is still slightly shiny. I want something else, something I'll want to use every day, not be annoyed by it.


AFRODITA Young & Pure Remove Spots Spot-Drying Gel - I got this when I had nothing else in my stash and I had no idea what's actually good in our drugstores. It doesn't do much, so I don't care for it. 

BALEA Clear-up Strips - The first time I used these I got no effect, but the second time they worked pretty well. They are fickly, but not the worst. 


LIP SMACKER Frozen Ice Cube Lip Balm Olaf - I bought this recently and I reach for it a lot. It's not as good as Palmer's, but it's still moisturising and it sticks well on the lips. The scent sadly isn't peachy, but I love the packaging and the shape of the balm.

PALMER'S swivel stick - Like Nuxe this is my staple. It's my main lip balm and the one I use most, though it's not exactly a lip balm, it's one of those balms for all dry spots, so when I have for example a cold and tissues wreck my nose, I use this to heal it. It's not as waxy as most lip balms, so it feels more nourishing to me and not just like a layer on the lips. 

PALMER'S Flip Balm Ripe Mango - Since I'm a swivel stick fan, I was bound to like this too. It's a bit lighter and my version smells like chocolate coated bananas or fruity pralines. I love the packaging of this one because it's so easy to open. 

I'm also quickly mentioning the cotton pads I'm using. I've been using Ebelin's for a decade and I still do. However, I recently picked up Inell's coton duo which are the larger disk ones and I'm just loving the a lot more. I've tried Ebelin's similar ones, but I found them too stiff, but these Inell's are so soft. Inell is a brand sold in Leclerc.

Things that are staying (+ all Green Line)
• BIOBAZA Face Cleansing Micellar Oil 
• GARNIER Biophase Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil 
• INELL Mousse Nettoyante Hydratante 
• L'OCCITANE Pivoine Sublime 2 in 1 Perfecting Scrub 
• REVIVA LABS 5% Glycolic Acid Cream 
• ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair serum
• NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
• L'OREAL Pure Clay Purify Mask, Exfo Mask and Glow Mask
• All lip balms

The rest I want gone as soon as possible and I already made orders for some Korean Skin Care bits: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, TonyMoly Panda Sleeping Pack, Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell Pore Clean Up Mask, Etude House Laugh Lines Care Patch, TonyMoly and Secret Key Sheet Masks. 

And what are you using? Any recommendations? Have a great day!

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  1. Imam tudi sama v načrtu napisat podobno objavo, ker imam veliko skin care izdelkov pa nočem za vsakega posebej pisat ocene.

    Mi je Green Line linija zdaj veliko bolj všeč, ker so spremenili embalažo. Izgledajo malo bolj posodobljeno.

    Vsekakor imam Biobaza olje v mislih, ko mi zmanjka Baleje.

    First Aid padse si želim že nekaj časa, ampak me cena odbija. Enako Estee Laude, ampak bi zagotovo prej preizkusila Missha verzijo. Zaenkrat še ni prioriteta, čeprav se sliši super :).

    Nuxe olje in Palmer's balzam sta pa tudi pri meni v redni uporabi. Palmer's mi je vonj izredno všeč in ker je vedno blizu računalnika, si ga večkrat nanesem čez dan.

    Se že veselim ocen novih korejskih izdelkov. :) Tony Moly panda sleeping pack sploh. Jaz sem imela to panda white cream tester in mi je bila zelo všeč. Sploh ker imam rumene predele okrog ust.

    1. Tvojo verzijo bi pa res rada videla, ker vidim v New in-ih približno kaj imaš, ampak bi bilo super, če bi bilo še nekje vse na kupu :)

      Že od decembra mi ni uspelo priti v drogerije za več kot 2 minute, da bi šla pogledat če sploh imamo to olje, ali ga bom mogla kupit na netu.

      First Aid sem videla, da imajo tudi po 28 blazinic, kar je potem cenejše za probat. Jaz jih režem na polovico, da trajajo dlje. Itak so dovolj napojene. Missha pa me strašno mika, samo kar je večinoma ravno nad 22 € in bi bilo treba davek plačat.

      Upam, da mi bodo nove stvari všeč :) Nočem spet končat s kupom brezveznih izdelkov katere sem bom matrala porabit.

    2. Imamo to olje :) Sem ga videla v mullerju :)) In je super, sem si ga zadnjič vzela in me je res navdušilo :)

    3. Ok, super :) Imam upanje, da če je v vašem koncu, je tudi pri nas. Če ne bom šla pa v LJ ali v Krško pogledat :)

  2. Omg I love your beauty pantry. Lots of goodies.

  3. Meni je tudi Nuxe olje dobro, ampak bi lahko živela brez. Ampak ker lepo diši, najbrž ne bom.
    Tista Reviva labs krema je bila tudi meni kar nekaj. Za mojo kožo ni naredila nič, pa še smrdela je po terpentinu. Drugo polovico sem porabila za mazanje podplatov.
    Glede obrazne kozmetike sem jaz minimalist, en gel za umivanje obraza in Nuxe olje, če je kriza, pa spodaj serum od Balee. Ko porabim vse to, bom sprobala ali serum od Dvorca Trebnik ali pa The Ordinary. Najljubšo kremo s faktorjem še iščem. Lani se mi je na začetku zdela obetavna od Andalou Naturals, ampak se mi je po njej začela hitro svetit koža, pa še pekla je kot hudič, če mi je zašla v oči, ker ni bila vodoodporna.

    1. Meni Nuxe olje res zelo paše, ampak vonja pa sploh več ne opazim, ker ga že toliko časa redno uporabljam :)

      Toliko dobrih stvari sem slišala o Reviva Labs, ampak na meni sploh ni nekega občutnega učinka. Mislim, da se moram kar nehat zanašat na Makeup Alley, prevečkrat sem že padla na foro da če je večini všeč, bo tudi meni.

      Tudi jaz sem večinoma minimalist, torej en čistilec + Nuxe olje. Delam to tako pozno ponoči, da se mi kaj več tudi ne da, ampak se trudim vsaj občasno bolj skrbet za kožo. Ko je pa suha, potem grem pa all in, ker meni se lica strašno izsušijo.

      Zdaj se oziram po korejskih sončnih kremah. Naše so vse tako težke in zoprne, da se jih vedno izogibam nanašat. Sem dobila priporočilo za Biore.

  4. My skincare routine is pretty straightforward, I have combo sensitive skin that can get dehydrated in the winter.

    1. Cleanse with La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet
    2. Moisturise with CeraVe Baby Lotion (got it on iHerb)

    1. Cleanse with Banila Co. Clean It Zero.
    2. Cleanse with La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet
    3. Moisturise with either CeraVe Baby Lotion or Paula's Choice Resist Body Lotion 2% BHA (I alternate every other night).

    Still haven't found an affordable yet great sunscreen I could use every day. I did try one from Paula's Choice and it was amazing, but the price is horrid - if I could afford it every other month I'd buy it, but since it's so steep I don't.

    1. Lipikar Sydnet washes off completely? I mean you don't need to use a towel to remove any creamy filter? I hear good things about Banila, but this pink version has mineral oil which always messes my skin, so I'm more interested in the Purity version.

      Good sunscreens are so hard to find. Almost everything I've tried felt greasy and the only affordable one I like from Sun Dance was discontinued. I'm currently looking at both Biore and Skinfood sunscreens.

    2. Yes, Lipikar Syndet is mildly acidic (as a good cleanser should be) feels very creamy and lathers up nicely and washes off completely. I had an eyelid infection about a year ago and instead of washing my eye (yes, actual eyeball and eyelashes and all) an ophthalmologist recommended LRP Lipikar Syndet to use and both my boyfriend and I fell in love with it and use it every single day - it doesn't dry out skin at all and leaves no film behind!

      Try it out, we buy the big 400 ml size, but there is a smaller 200 ml size. Although, there's a new one called something like Lipikar Syndet +, I haven't tried that one nor do I intend to, the ingredients don't seem as skin friendly, so be careful which one you purchase :)

    3. I meant to say instead of washing my eye with baby shampoo I was recommended LRP Lipikar Syndet :) I type fast :)

    4. Sounds promising :) I normally stay away from gels or creamy gels because my skin starts feeling tight almost immediately and I then get dry patches, but using oils and balms every day is time consuming. I might give it a try :) I still have Inell's foam, but I haven't seen it in shops for a while.

    5. I agree, using balms and oils is time consuming but on the other hand if they help it's worth it :) If you'd like I can transfer some Lipikar Syndet in a small clean bottle and send it to you to try it out in case your skin doesn't like it, then you don't have to spend the money on it? This is the second time I'm offering to send you something, I promise I am not a weirdo!!! :D I just really enjoy your blog so if I, as a reader, can help, I'd be happy to :)

      Also, I saw that you were thinking of getting a scrub and a toner, and I really think you should visit Reddit's SkincareAddiction subredit and AsianBeauty subreddit, it's worth it to at least read the side bars, there's fantastic info on skincare, the skin as an organ and recommendations.

    6. Hahaha, I don't think you're a weirdo :) But, anyway, you really don't have to. I'm currently going though samples and I'm trying to use thing up.

      I've checked both subredits, thanks :) I'm most interested in Skinfood at the moment. I just like the look of the brand :)

  5. Can you please do a post on your recent korean orders, I am new to this 'korean products trend' and I tried some products and so far I liked everything I tried. I would love to see your recommendations and where you purchase the products from! x


    1. Yes, of course there'll be a post :) I'm actually planning to put all the Korean beauty purchases in one New in post. Nothing arrived yet (it should by my estimate. I don't know why the delay), but once I get them and use them a bit, I'll post about them. And on Instagram before that.

      I'm still looking into sunscreens, a scrub and maybe a toner or an emulsion. From sunscreens I'm most interested in Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solution Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++ and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF50+. I'm also interested in Skinfood Black Sugar scrub and their Gold Kaviar line. I put all I'm interested in on my Pinterest wishlist if you're looking for new products: https://www.pinterest.com/koby21/wishlist/ . I order from eBay, but Jolse is popular too.

    2. Thank you so much! I look forward to read your post and get some ideas on what to try next. So far I ordered lots of sheet masks that are amazing to my skin, a sunscreen from Missha that I read great reviews about and I want to try serums next.

    3. Missha's Time Revolution is still at the top of my list for a serum, but I heard some good things about Skinfood Gold Caviar Serum too :)

  6. Super objava. Za nekaj izdelkov se strinjam da so super (L'Occitanovo čistilno olje in Nuxe olje - imam oba na seznamu za ponovni nakup), me pa zdaj zanima še Biobaza čistilo olje. Ti pa res priporočam Biore SPF kreme. Watery Gel uporabljam še skoraj eno leto (v pakiranju je 90 ml tako da res traja) sem pa ravno prejela še Watery Essence (isto 50+ faktor), ki naj bi imel še lažjo teksturo, če se prav spomnim, ampak še nisem imela prilike preiskusiti.
    Za korejske izdelke me pa vedno zanimajo različna mnenja, da potem vidim na kaj se splača čakati 3+ tedne :) COSRX imajo nekaj podobnega First Aid Beauty blazinicam, za precej nižjo ceno.

    1. Hvala :) Biore me res zelo mika, edino malo me skrbi to da ima dosti alkohola, ker moja koža se hitro izsuši, vsaj pozimi. Thanks za info da je essence lažja. Nisem bila zihr pri teh različnih verzijah.

      Tiste rdeče blazinice, vem katere :) Za zdaj sem si BHA Blackehead serum vzela, pa da vidim kako mi bo :)

  7. How lovely to see. That L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil is my aaaaaaaaaabsolute favorite. I've been using it ever since it was first released.

    1. It's great and I actually love the texture more than that of Immortelle, but the latter fits my skin a bit better :)