January Skin Care Empties!
Here are my January 2023 skin care empties! 🎉
Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream:
I finished Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream! This cream did nothing for my skin. I’m glad I’m done with it. This cream contains ingredients, such as (to name a few) cocoa extract, sodium hyaluronate, copper tripeptide-1 (20 ppm), centella asiatica extract, beta-glucan, cranberry fruit extract. The ingredients are nice, but I didn’t see any changes in my skin. It’s just another moisturizer. I didn’t think it kept my skin that moisturized either. It’s a very lightweight cream. I used almost all of it on my neck and chest area. As mentioned in my previous review, the product irritated my eyes. I couldn’t continue to use it on my face. It contains lavender oil, which I thought was very irritating. I really don’t like products that contain lavender oil. It gives me mad migraines. This is possibly one of the worse products I have encountered and tried. I won’t ever purchase it again. Once again, it’s a waste of money. No results.
Purito Centella Green Level Eye Cream:
I finished my last tube of Purito Centella Green Level Eye Cream. I’m so happy that I’m done with it. I have no intentions in purchasing it again. I didn’t see any results while using it. I’ve gone through so many tubes of this eye cream too. The ingredients looked soooo good! It contains centella asiatica extract, shea butter, peptides, madecassic acid, and so much more! But, it didn’t do anything for fine lines and wrinkles. It didn’t feel moisturizing either. I prefer eye creams that are thick, rich, and moisturizing. The skin around my eyes become dehydrated quick. This eye cream didn’t do it for me.
Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap):
I’m finally on my last bottle of Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap). I finished a bottle this month. Yay! I’m not a fan of this moisturizer. It feels lightweight and lightly moisturizes the skin. It doesn’t do much for my skin. I didn’t see improvements in the texture or moisture in my skin. It smells very nice though. It smells citrus-y and contains tea tree oil in it. I’m just not impressed with this moisturizer to use it daily on my face. The bottle/packaging of this product is very annoying. Product gets stuck inside the bottle and there’s no way to get it out. Seems like a waste of product. I can’t wait to finish my last bottle. Another product that I won’t be purchasing again. I’ve been using it as a body moisturizer. It’s not doing a great job moisturizing the skin on my body either. At least it’s not breaking me out or causing any other skin issues.
Benton Fermentation Essence:
I’ve been waiting to finish Benton Fermentation Essence for ages. This essence contains beneficial skin care ingredients like galactomyces ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate, ceramide np, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, and so many more. The product is lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly. It leaves the skin feeling soft and silky after application. I didn’t see results using it though. I’ve gone through bottles of this essence with little results. It feels like I’m applying water to my skin. When I was using it, I noticed that it had shimmering sparkles in it. Just an observation. I won’t purchase this essence again. It was nice to try it out for a while. It’s officially done. Moving on..
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:
I still have a bunch of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG left. Another bottle of this caffeine eye solution down (more like a gel eye care product). So I didn’t use this product for the eye area. I used the rest of it on my body. I find that this eye product dries out my eye area and didn’t do anything for the skin around my eyes. I didn’t see any changes in dark circles or fine lines/wrinkles. It just didn’t do anything that I stopped using it. Also, it was very drying even with moisturizer and pilled with other skin care products. I didn’t think it was worth it. I’m still using what I have left on my body. What else to use it for? I can’t wait to finish this product. Let’s see how long it takes, lol.
iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum:
I finished my last bottle of iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Mositure Serum! Yessssssss!!! This serum never worked on my skin. It dried my skin out rather than moisturize it. I’m glad I’m done with it. Being a product that contains very few ingredients, it contains only 6 ingredients in it (Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Beta-Glucan, Sodium PCA), I thought it wouldn’t do my skin any harm. Nope, it made my skin feel soooo dry! I would wake up the next morning with red, dry, irritated skin. Ugh! I thought it was doing my skin some good at first. No, not at all. I’m not going to purchase it again. There’s nothing really special about this product. It didn’t work for me.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream:
I finished one of my bottles of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Creams. It took me about almost 2 months to finish it. I didn’t hold back using this cream. I made sure I used it every night and whenever my skin was dry. After finishing my first bottle, my thoughts on this product is the same as before. It’s a creamy, thick, moisturizing cream, but I can’t use it on my facial skin. I used all of it on my body after realizing that it clogs my pores and gives me blackheads. It worked great on my legs. Left my skin feeling moisturized and protected. It absorbs fast too and doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind. It worked great on my body. It’s just not meant for my face. Would I purchase it again? It’s still a no, but I have one more tube of this cream left to try. Let’s see if it changes my mind!
Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++:
I’m so close to finishing the rest of my Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ sunscreens! I have 3 left (including the new one I recently just opened!). I’m not currently using this sunscreen on my face right now. I was trying it out again on my face, but that didn’t work out. My skin dried out once again. Even when I used a mositurizer underneath, my skin didn’t like it at all. I love how it’s lightweight, absorbs quick, and doesn’t leave the skin feeling sticky and tacky. It feels like I don’t even have sunscreen on compared to the other sunscreens I use. But, from my experience using it so far, it doesn’t agree with my skin. It’s so drying and makes my skin feel terrible. It doesn’t provide good protection either. My skin tanned while using it. I reapplied consistently throughout the day too. That didn’t help with the dryness either, LOL. My skin looked so flaky and chapped. I’ll finish what I have. Most likely as a body sunscreen.
For more skin care empties…
August Skin Care Empties!
September Skin Care Empties
November Skin Care Empties
December Skin Care Empties
More December Skin Care Empties!
My Skin Care Routine 🙂
Here’s my skin care routine! 🙂 Let’s start…
Face Wash: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel with Hyaluronic Acid Fragrance Free
The face wash I’m using is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel (the fragrance free one). I’ve tried other cleansers in the past weeks, and I didn’t like them as much as this face wash. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel feels soft, soothing, and gentle on the skin. It slightly foams up, cleanses the skin, doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, and refreshes my skin. It doesn’t contain any acne fighting ingredients. I prefer facial cleansers without them. I’ve tried cleansers that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide before in the past, and they didn’t do anything for my acne. I didn’t see the point in using them anymore. I’ll just stick to a plain, boring face wash that cleanses without stripping the skin. This one has been working for me.
Acne Treatments: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
It took me a while to settle on products for my acne. I think this is it for now. I’m only using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution to help unclog my pores and to help prevent future breakouts (if it works that way, lol). I love how this product is a liquid. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling very clean. It doesn’t feel sticky or tacky on my skin. Let’s see if this works or not. I’ve only been using it for 2 weeks. Check out my experience/results below (first week).
My Experience After 1 Week Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + Other Skin Care Updates
Moisturizer: La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin
It took me forever to find a moisturizer that works on my skin. In other words, moisturizes and doesn’t cause breakouts. This moisturizer isn’t the most moisturizing. It’s also not the best at absorbing excess sebum (like it claims to do). I still have excess sebum seeping through the moisturizer afterwards. But, it’s good enough for now. It somewhat moisturizes, and I haven’t noticed any breakouts. It also contains niacinamide, but I haven’t noticed a brightening effect or any other improvements with this ingredient. I’ll stick to this moisturizer until I find another moisturizer that’s better for my skin (if there’s one). My skin doesn’t seem to like moisturizers too much. I’ve gone through life not bothering with moisturizers due them clogging my pores.
Sunscreen: CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint
I have a few more sunscreens, but the one sunscreen that I’ve been using the most is the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. It’s a mineral and tinted. Contains SPF 30. The tint in this sunscreen product makes it easy to reapply throughout the day. The tint is a tad dark on my skin. At first, it didn’t bother me. But now, it makes my skin appear a little dull. The shade isn’t a perfect match for my skin. It blends into the skin, but I can still see that my face is darker than the rest of my body when using this product. Oh well, haha. I’ll use it for the time being. I haven’t experienced breakouts from it after going through 3 bottles. I’m on my 4th! So with the tint, there’s no white cast, obviously. It’s moisturizing and simply just very easy to use. It’s currently winter with less sun. I’m mostly indoors, so that’s why I’ve been using this SPF more often over the other sunscreens I have. This will change when spring and summer arrives. I will need a higher SPF.
In the morning, I use a lip balm with SPF too. You can check out my lip care routine right here!
So what else should I add? I’m only using 4 products (face). 😂
Review: La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin
I talked about having a new moisturizer, but I haven’t talked about it yet. My new moisturizer is the La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin. This moisturizer is supposed to help with all day hydration without shine, helps to repair the skin barrier after 1 hour, minimizes the size of visible pores, improves skin texture, and reduces fine lines. It’s oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (won’t cause breakouts), allergy-tested, and paraben-free. Did it work? I’ve been using it for 2 weeks. It’s not a large amount of time, but here are my current thoughts on this product!
My experience with La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin:
Texture & Application
The product feels soft and moisturizing when applied to the skin. It’s lightweight, thin, doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin. It’s easy to smooth it over the face. I wouldn’t try to aggressively rub this moisturizer into the skin. It pills. To successfully apply this moisturizer, smooth it over the skin and pat it into the skin. Do not rub. I’ve actually prevented product pilling by following this method. The moisturizer helps to moisturize the skin, but it’s not the best moisturizer if you have dry skin. On the bottle, it says ‘For Oily, Combination Skin’. It truly is for oily, combination skin. I have oily skin, and this moisturizer wasn’t too bad. But, I couldn’t use it alone when using my acne products or chemical exfoliants. I had to add an essence or serum underneath the moisturizer, which helped to boost moisture in my skin. As for sebum-control, it somewhat helps to minimize oily skin but don’t rely on it to control excess oil. The oil-control when using this product is much better compared to other moisturizers I have tried.
All day hydration without shine?
It’s a lightweight moisturizer. It may not be enough moisture for some people. It actually did leave my skin looking shiny by the end of the day. My skin is always oily anyways, lol.
Repair the skin barrier after 1 hour?
This moisturizer is terrible at repairing the skin barrier. It’s way too lightweight and not moisturizing enough. When healing my skin barrier, I had to use another moisturizer. This one wasn’t moisturizing or rich enough.
Minimizes the size of visible pores?
No. I didn’t notice any minimization of visible pores.
Improves skin texture?
No. I didn’t notice an improvement in skin texture.
Reduces fine lines?
No. I didn’t notice a reduction in fine lines.
It didn’t break me out. It feels lightweight when applied to the skin. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. It contains beneficial skin care ingredients like betaine, niacinamide, ceramide np, and sodium hyaluronate. The oil absorbing powders are silica and perlite. I didn’t have any issues with the ingredients. I just wished that it was more moisturizing, was better at controlling excess sebum, and most of all, doesn’t pill. Overall, my skin tolerated this product pretty well when it comes to acne.
One of the moisturizers that actually worked on my skin! I didn’t have any skin irritations or breakouts from it. It didn’t clog my pores after using it for 2 weeks. I started off using it only at night. Tried using it in the morning. Now I’m using it twice a day, morning and night. I don’t use this moisturizer by itself. The reason why is because it’s not moisturizing enough as I mentioned so many times before. Whenever I use it as a stand alone moisturizer, my skin doesn’t retain that much moisture. So what I do is use an essence (can be a serum too, what worked for me just happened to be an essence) before I use the moisturizer. Each time I have done this, my skin feels nourished and moisturized. I have oily skin, so I don’t need too much moisture. Just enough for my skin to be happy. It’s disappointing that I didn’t experience other benefits that this moisturizer claims to do like repairing the moisturizer barrier after 1 hour, minimizing the size of visible pores, improving skin texture, and reducing fine lines. But, I haven’t found or used a moisturizer that does any of those things. I was just looking for a moisturizer that doesn’t clog my pores and moisturizes my skin. My skin just needed some moisture to not feel or look taut or dry at this time of the year. So this moisturizer works for the time being. The ingredients in this product isn’t too bad either. It contains beneficial skin care ingredients (ceramide np, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate). I’m just really happy that I didn’t get breakouts using it.
This is what the moisturizer looks like. This is how much I usually use. It was a large pea-size, but it’s smoothed out. It seems to look much bigger in the photo, lol. I don’t need to use a lot of product to moisturize my face with this product. I wouldn’t want to anyways. It’ll just increase the chances of product pilling. Keep in mind that this moisturizer comes in a 75 mL (2.5 fl. oz.) bottle. I would also like to mention that the product was not filled all the way to the top of the bottle when it was new.
Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I was searching for a new moisturizer to help with dry, flaky, parched skin. This cream was constantly mentioned. It had good reviews too. I thought I would give it a try even after scanning the ingredients. It contains some comedogenic ingredients that I’ve had issues with before. But, I ignored it all and picked up a few bottles. They were on sale, hehe. The purpose of this product is to provide instant and long-term hydration for dry, distressed skin and eczema. It contains colloidal oatmeal, which is a skin protectant that helps to relieve itching caused by eczema, rashes, and other skin conditions. Shea butter to moisturize and protect the skin barrier with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Allantoin to calm and soothe the skin. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. Since the weather is colder and cooler, and I’ve been dealing with dry skin, this seemed like the type of product that could help with dry, itchy skin. Also, as I mentioned earlier, it had a ton of good reviews. Some even labeled it as their HG. Let’s see if this cream works or not. Here’s my experience with this product.
My Experience with First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream:
Texture & Application
The product is a cream. It feels soft, smooth, and creamy. When applied to the face, I didn’t apply it like my other moisturizers. It was a little difficult to spread across the face. What I did was place dots of the cream all over my face then gently pat it into the skin. The cream blends into the skin well. But only if it’s not used with other moisturizers. I tried using it with another moisturizer (underneath). The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream started pilling. When I used it alone without any other moisturizer, it blended into the skin easily, no pilling. Even though the product blends into the skin well, it doesn’t fully absorb. It sits on top of the skin. I feel like there was a layer of product that’s sitting on top of my skin the whole night. It reminded me of CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. They feel very similar on the skin. They both sit on top of the skin.
Helps with dryness and flaky skin.
This cream helps with dry, cracked, flaky skin. Even wounded skin. I noticed that some parts of my face was over-exfoliated. After a day of using this cream, my skin felt a little better. The over-exfoliated parts of my face looked like it healed and peeled off. It wasn’t as dry anymore or reddish in color. It soothed my skin and helped to repair it.
A lightweight rich cream.
This is actually a rich cream even though it feels lightweight when applied and after it (somewhat) absorbs into the skin. My skin doesn’t feel like it has moisturizer on even though it’s sitting on top of my skin. It’s a different feeling. The cream feels and looks matte on my face. It doesn’t leave my skin looking glowy, shiny, or oily. The product feels very thin on the skin and a little goes a long way. I only used a little bit of product for my whole face and neck, chest. That amount of product was able to keep my skin from drying out and soothed it.
Did it clog my pores?
I only used this cream for 1 day and 6 hours on my face (nightly use). It should’ve been only one day. The first day, I noticed some clogged pores all over my oily t-zone. I didn’t think it was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream clogging my pores. I kept using it the next night. But, I eventually washed it off that same night because I noticed tons of blackheads out of nowhere. I developed pimples on my forehead, upper lip, chin, and a bunch of blackheads on my oily t-zone (especially my nose). The amount of blackheads I saw were disturbing. I washed the product off immediately and opted for my original moisturizer. The next morning, my skin looked much better. No new blackheads. I was going to leave First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for the second night but something didn’t feel right. I was clearly breaking out from the cream. I’m glad I pulled the plug right before it got even worse than what I went through. Whew! If you have oily, acne-prone skin, do a patch test first. This product felt very occlusive on my skin (sits on top of the skin type of feeling). It was just bad for my skin.
It contains Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil.
The last ingredient in this product is eucalyptus. *pause* Why??!! On the bottle, it says that this product is safe for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test. I don’t have sensitive skin, but my skin has been sensitized by my acne products. When I applied this cream to my face, I can feel my face tingling and slightly burning. It’s the eucalyptus. The tingling/burning sensation fades away after a while, but why bother with this ingredient. I can’t imagine someone with sensitive skin using this. But everyone is different. I know my skin didn’t like it.
Unfortunately, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream didn’t work for me. I really wanted to like it, since I was searching for a new moisturizer. I picked my bottles up when they were on sale. The retail price is $46 each. Thank goodness I didn’t pay that much for it. Because it was not worth it at all. I mean, it helped with dry, parched skin that’s irritated, but it ended up clogging my pores and giving me tons of blackheads. My nose looked like a strawberry after I used it for a day and 6 hours (lol). It made my acne 10x worse than the actual dryness itself. What’s the point of moisturizing when it causes blemishes? Ugh! And eucalyptus? I should’ve listened to the very few negative reviews I saw. But, in my mind, I just wanted to try it out for myself, haha. Now I’m left with full bottles of this cream that I can’t use on my face. I’ll use the rest of it on my body or as a hand cream instead. My hands are pretty crusty and dry right now due to the dry, cool weather. Anything helps. I won’t repurchase First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream again even if it was on sale. I feel that the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream works the same way without the eucalyptus. I’ve been using my last jar of CeraVe as my body cream.
Let’s talk about the comedogenic ingredients. This is something I ignored (shouldn’t have) thinking that it could work for me. Here are the ingredients that popped out when I was looking at the ingredients list. They are Glyceryl Stearate SE, Shea Butter, and Squalane. I’ve always avoided products with Glyceryl Stearate SE. This particular ingredient has always clogged my pores. Don’t mistake this ingredient with Glyceryl Stearate. Glyceryl Stearate SE can cause acne issues if you’re acne-prone. At least it did on my skin. Shea Butter is another culprit. I know Shea Butter and my skin don’t go well together, especially for the face. I had this issue with another product not so long ago. Squalane is a hit or miss on my skin. I’m currently using a moisturizer (Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin) with squalane, and it seems like it’s working better on my skin than the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I don’t think it’s entirely squalane’s fault in clogging my pores. I think it’s the Glyceryl Stearate SE and Shea Butter in combination with squalane that made my skin break out in acne. On top of that, Eucalyptus just adds into the mix and causes irritation.
I was hoping that the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream was one of those products that could work since it costs more, could possibly have higher quality ingredients. This cream is 46 bucks. It should be good, right? It’s also a highly raved product! Nope, nope, nope, I was wrong. I developed terrible acne from this cream. I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone that is prone to clogged pores. Save your 46 dollars and spend it on something else. There are better moisturizers out there that are less expensive than this cream. I’m not a huge fan of the texture of the product either. It’s odd that I don’t see that many negative reviews on this product. Here is one, lol.
Back of the packaging.
Products came sealed. Left, opened. Right, sealed.
This is what the cream looks like.
Review: Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream
I was searching for a new face cream and stumbled upon Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream. I haven’t used a Mizon product in a while. The last one was their bb cream. I haven’t touched that bb cream in ages since it didn’t work for me. I was a little worried that this skin care product wouldn’t work for me (a little skeptical about the brand, haven’t had a good experience with it), but let’s see what happens! So the face cream contains Copper Tripeptide-1. The main reason why I picked it up. I was thinking about trying out some other products with this ingredient, but this one popped up first. Let’s give this one a go! The purpose of this face cream is to improve skin elasticity, protect the skin against premature aging, and the formation of wrinkles. That sounds nice. I hope it works. Here are my thoughts on this product!
My Thoughts on Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream…
This product is an ampoule face cream. An ampoule is a type of product that contains a high concentration of an ingredient. I feel like ampoules, serums, essences are essentially the same thing with different names. Purely marketing, in my opinion. I haven’t noticed a difference in using any of them at all. They either have an active ingredient or a main ingredient. This one contains Copper Tripeptide-1 (20ppm, says so on the box). 20ppm is 0.002%, so that’s not a lot. That’s very little. I’m not even sure if that’s going to do anything for the skin. 🤔 I’ll give it a try anyways. Let’s get on with the review. 👇🏻
This cream comes in a jar. It’s not sealed. It would be nice if it was. The cream feels very soft, but it’s not silky smooth. The texture and consistency of the product is more in line with Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream (that’s if you’ve used it before). I’m not using the Eucerin face cream anymore. Don’t forget to check out my thoughts on it!! Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream feels more lightweight on the skin, and it’s easier to blend. The cream is very easy to use. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and left my skin feeling moisturized. But not for long. Only upon application and possibly 1 hour later, but that’s about it. I didn’t feel like it was moisturizing enough being a cream. I really thought it would be more moisturizing. One of the other reasons why I purchased it. On the box, it says to reapply throughout the day for a better result. In my opinion, that’s not ideal at all. Who does this? lol. A single application in the morning and at night is more than enough. Any more than that is a waste of product and money. The product is only 1.69 fl. oz. (50 mL) too. That’s not a lot of product.
This is not a fragrance-free product. It smells like lavender (contains lavender oil). If you’re sensitive to lavender or essential oils, this may not be for you. I didn’t like the smell of the product. I’m not a huge fan of essential oils or fragrance in my skin care products. I prefer them to be free of fragrance. The smell of the product bothered me the first day using it. Once I opened the jar and noticed that it smelled like lavender, that was it. The smell was way too strong for my liking. But, I continued to use it anyways for a few days to see if it was effective or not. That didn’t last too long. I stopped using it on my face because the smell of the product made my eyes burn and teary. I had bloodshot eyes every time I used it. It must’ve been the lavender oil. I’m still using this product, but I’m just not using it on my face. I’m using the rest of it on my neck and chest area. It’s been nearly 2 weeks now using this product, and I haven’t noticed any changes. I’m truly not impressed by this cream. The quality isn’t up there. Maybe it’s not for me. hah. Another product that I won’t repurchase. I wouldn’t recommend it either. It’s a waste of money.
This is what the cream looks like. It’s a nice beige/tannish color. I actually liked the coloring of the product. 😊 The product comes in a jar. It’s not sealed. I purchased this cream from a reputable store, so that’s not a problem. The cream didn’t come like this (see photo). I’ve already started using the cream. 🙃
A new update when I finish the whole jar, but these are my thoughts on Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream for now. Hope this was helpful and have an amazing day! 🙂