November Skin Care Empties πŸ¦ƒ

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence SPF 50

I didn’t have any empties last month (October). Here are my skin care empties for the month of November! If you missed out on my empties for August and September πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask:

I’ve been trying to finish my last jar of SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. I tried using it on my face and body. My experience using it on my face was not that good. The sleeping mask feels very drying on the skin. I could see the skin along my chin cracking. It’s not a good product if you have dry skin. I don’t. I have oily skin, and this sleeping mask dried my skin out like crazy. It helped to temporarily brighten my skin, but the brightening effect faded within a week. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like niacinamide in this product? I just know that it’s very drying and made my skin feel awful. With the rest of the product, I used it on my body and won’t repurchase ever again.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

This sunscreen is lightweight, blends into the skin easily, absorbs quick, has SPF 50+ PA++++, comes in a 110 mL bottle instead of something tiny like 40-50 mL (yes!!!), sweat-resistant, water-proof. Ah, how this sunscreen could’ve been perfect because I can overapply and my skin wouldn’t feel sticky or greasy. But, this sunscreen lists ‘ethanol’ as the second ingredient on the list. It smells like alcohol and dried my skin out and irritated it. I couldn’t believe how my skin looked so aged after using it at least once. Sun protection is important, but this product is not for me if it makes my skin look all wrinkly because of how drying and irritating it is. I won’t purchase again. By the way, I also tried it on my body and hands. It made my skin super itchy. I ended up with a bad rash and blisters.

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop:

This vitamin c serum feels gentle on the skin. It contains 5% ascorbic acid. The serum didn’t irritate or burn my face. But I wasn’t a fan of the texture of the product. It’s on the oily side. As for fading acne marks, I didn’t see much results using this serum. It didn’t help to brighten my complexion either. Maybe the 5% concentration is just too low for my skin? All I know is that I didn’t see any results while using it. So I wasn’t able to use the whole bottle, the serum turned really orange. It oxidized. Hmmm, note to self, never purchase a vitamin c serum that claims to be formulated with stabilized vitamin c that comes in a clear, see-through bottle. It’s clearly not stabilized. It turned really orange, and I kept it in a dark, safe place. I had to toss the serum out. Not recommended.

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This is a moisturizer with sunscreen. It feels like a moisturizer. It’s thick, rich, and feels heavy on the skin. I have oily skin, so it felt very rich and heavy on my skin. It left my skin looking more shiny and greasy on the surface, but it helped to moisturize and soothed my skin. I don’t think this is a bad product. It’s just that, it’s only SPF 30, and I’m using another product that contains similar ingredients to the Vanicream that works better for me. This product works to moisturize and protect. It’s not something I need in my life right now. It was nice to try it out.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint:

One of the products I finished this month that I really like! It contains ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide. The sunscreen moisturizes my skin and helps to brighten my skin up. I haven’t noticed any breakouts using it. I’m still keeping my eye out for any clogged pores just in case! Some things I would love to change about this product is to boost the SPF 30 to 50, make it water/sweat-resistant, and add more shades. The shade isn’t a perfect match for my skin. It does blend into the skin, but I wish it wasn’t too orangey. I wish it was a more natural-looking skin color. As for reapplication, it’s really easy to reapply sunscreen with this product. There’s no white cast. This sunscreen comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It would be nice if it was larger, especially for the price. It’s 13.99 where I am. It’s not super affordable compared to other sunscreens I have tried.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

I figured out that I still had a bottle of the SPF 50. I found it in my bag, lol. And it’s still usable and hasn’t expired yet. I didn’t use it on my face. It’s not the type of product for my facial skin. So I used it on my hands instead. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin very well and quickly. The fragrance was awful. I didn’t like it at all. Since I didn’t use it on my face, I didn’t have to worry about the alcohol content in this product. I used this sunscreen up and threw it out. I won’t repurchase. I hope this is the last Neutrogena Hydro Boost sunscreen that I have, haha!

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End of Summer Thoughts on My Sunscreens 🌞

Summer Sunscreens 2021

It’s the end of summer. August must’ve been the hottest month of the summer. Here are my thoughts on sunscreens I finished and am almost done with!

Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30:

I have about 1/4 left of this sunscreen. I haven’t been using it on my face. It burns my eyes, makes my face appear more oily, and irritates the crap out of my facial skin. Yes, my face is very sensitive right now. So I’ve been using it mainly on my hands. It works amazingly for the hands. I wash my hands so much in a day. After I dry off my hands, I use the Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30 to protect my skin from UV damage. It works for that! But I’m not repurchasing when I’m done with it. This is what I do when I’m trying to finish up a product that I don’t like. At least it works for something. Just not my face.

Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:

This sunscreen is awful. I’m using it on my body when I’m working out outdoors. Maybe my nose is just sensitive, but Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 has an terrible smell. It smells like plastic. Yuck! It also leaves a subtle white cast behind. Thank goodness my legs are super white anyways, so this sunscreen works on my legs, lol. Here’s to another sunscreen that I can’t wait to finish up and toss it out! I won’t repurchase this one again either.

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+:

I finished a bottle of Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ this summer! I’m so happy! I used it mainly on my hands when I’m outdoors. It’s moisturizing, water-resistant, and has a high SPF of 70+! Too bad I can’t use this sunscreen on my face. It contains beeswax, so it clogs my pores. Yes, I have tried it on my face. It indeed clogged my pores pretty fast. Another sunscreen that doesn’t work on my face. I have one bottle left to finish, but I think it’ll be easy to finish. The texture of the sunscreen isn’t too bad, and I love water-resistant sunscreens. They stick to my skin and works to protect my skin! Love! But that’s all I really love about this sunscreen besides the high SPF, haha!

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+:

I went overboard and purchased a bunch of Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+. I knocked out a couple of sunscreen sticks already, but I still have a lot left to go. This sunscreen stick is soft, moisturizing, and feels very smooth, so it leaves the skin feel extremely moisturized and protected. But it is too heavy on my facial skin. I’ve been using it around my eyes, ears, neck, hands, feet. I think those are the best places to use this product. I haven’t had any skin irritations using it. It’s pretty good for sensitive skin (as it states it is). Too bad it didn’t work on my facial skin. It’s extremely heavy and pore-clogging. That’s not the only reason why I’m not going to purchase this sunscreen again. It also leaves an awful white cast behind. It contains 20% zinc oxide. I’m not a huge fan of the texture and consistency of the product either. It feels terrible on the skin. I just didn’t like it.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

I always stash this sunscreen in my bag (my last Kose sunscreen!). It’s lightweight, absorbs quick, great for touch-ups (not the face). I use it mainly on my hands. This sunscreen is also water-proof and sticks to the skin well. I wished it worked on my face. It feels clean when applied to the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing any sunscreen at all. But I experienced skin irritation while using it. It made my skin itchy, red, and dry. It’s most likely have to do with the alcohol content. Well, it sure smells like it.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (White):

I’ve been trying to use up Canmake in White for the past month, lol. This sunscreen doesn’t cause any skin issues like breakouts, redness, or other skin irritations, but the white cast is truly awful. It’s also super drying on the skin too. If you’re trying to choose which Canmake sunscreen you should buy, get the Clear. I’m so close to being done with Canmake White! ha!

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:

I love how convenient this sunscreen is. It’s easy to use and goes on the skin smoothly. It’s moisturizing. But, it feels sticky and unpleasant on the skin. I’m having trouble finishing this sunscreen. I don’t use it too often due to the stickiness. I’m trying to, but it’s been difficult. I just don’t like the texture of this sunscreen. It feels gross on the skin.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30:

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 used to be my HG sunscreen. I couldn’t find anything better during that time. I just stuck with it because I needed a sunscreen for daily use to protect my skin. So I tried this sunscreen again. It felt lightweight and moisturizing on the skin. It contains SPF 30, but honestly, I don’t think this sunscreen is that amazing. I remember using it and still burned while using it. I also developed a ton of freckles. I think it works better as a moisturizer than a sunscreen. I don’t think this product is available anymore. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. Oh well. I stopped using it a while ago. I’m just trying to finish up what I have left. I can’t believe I still have it. lol.

I’m hoping to finish these sunscreens by the end of the year. I wish I could use them on my face, but they are failed sunscreens for a reason. I hope my reviews were helpful! Have a good one. 😊

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Trying Out Sunscreens Again! 😎

Summer Sunscreens 2021

I have a bunch of sunscreens that I wanted to try again. Most of them broke me out in the past, but ya know, let’s give them a go! Let’s start off with the first one I tried! πŸ™‚

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+:

I wanted to try Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ once again. It has a high SPF (70+), broad spectrum, water resistant (80 minutes), and is very affordable, especially for daily wear. The sunscreen feels a little thick. At the same time, it absorbs and blends into the skin well. It doesn’t leave any white cast behind. This sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen. After a few days of using this sunscreen on my face, I had to stop using it. It didn’t break me out in that short period of time, but it gave me bad headaches. This sunscreen smells like a bunch of chemicals. Kind of like plastic too. I couldn’t tolerate the sunscreen any longer. I stopped using it on my face.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30:

This sunscreen was once my HG sunscreen. I haven’t been using it much once I switched to another sunscreen (Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++). I still have a tube or two left. It’s more moisturizing than what I’m using now, but I’m really liking the higher SPF much more. Also, Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 tends to ball up too sometimes. I do miss the brightening effect it had on my freckled skin. It didn’t help fade my freckles but made my overall skin look brighter. Maybe I’ll just use the rest as a moisturizer in the morning. I’m not too big on sunscreens that are SPF 30 since I’ve found other sunscreens that work on my skin that contains a higher SPF.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+:

I tried using this sunscreen stick on my face. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower oil, sunflower seed wax, and other oils and waxes. It’s thick and greasy. It felt very moisturizing on the skin. A little difficult to blend into the skin. Once the product melted, it gets much easier but not by much. I love that it contains 20% Zinc Oxide and doesn’t irritate my eyes, skin, lips, and face. It smells like coconut. Mmmmmmm! But since it’s a mineral sunscreen, it accentuated dry skin all over my face and made them look more apparent. This sunscreen made my overall skin texture look softer and smoother though! It’s just that, I can’t deal with a product that makes my dry skin more obvious. Also, it made my face whiter too. I really wanted this sunscreen to work, but the application was too difficult and the results were poor visually on the skin. I guess I can use this sunscreen stick on other parts of my body.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

I really liked the texture of this sunscreen. It’s lightweight, gel-like, smoothing, and glides on the skin oh-so-nicely. It feels cooling on the skin too. Also, it’s SPF 50+ PA++++!! That’s pretty awesome! Unfortunately, this sunscreen contains alcohol (possibly the cooling effect it has on the skin), and it also broke me out. I used the rest of the sunscreen on my body with great results! It’s non-sticky and non-greasy too. It’ll be amazing if this sunscreen worked on my facial skin. Too bad it doesn’t! I most likely won’t purchase again due to it being high priced and comes in a small tube. I have plenty of other options for a body sunscreen that doesn’t cost that much!

If you missed out on my thoughts on Canmake, here it is:

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Review: Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

I finally finished my last bottle of Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil! πŸ‘ˆπŸ» Don’t forget to check out my review on it! Just click the link! πŸ™‚ So now I’m using Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. I actually purchased this one first, but I eventually fell in love with the Deep Cleansing Oil. It just felt more moisturizing on my skin, and I really liked it! Since I haven’t purchased a new bottle of the Deep Cleansing Oil, I’ll just use the Speedy Cleansing Oil in the meantime. The purpose of the Speedy Cleansing Oil is very similar to the Deep Cleansing Oil. It helps to dissolve makeup. Gently and quickly lifts away makeup and pore-clogging impurities. Rinses away without leaving any residue behind. Sounds good. Just like other cleansing oil…but read on to learn more about my experience and this product! 😊

The Speedy Cleansing Oil is the same size as the Deep Cleansing Oil. They’re both 230 mL pump bottles. It’s very easy to use. I use about 2-3 pumps depending on how much I think my skin needs. Also, I make sure that the oil glides across my face without tugging at my skin. I use enough oil but not too much (waste of product, lol). Fortunately, this cleansing oil is super affordable compared to the other cleansing oils I have tried. You can purchase refillable pouches of this oil too instead of buying the plastic bottle again. On to the product itself…

The cleansing oil is soft in texture. A little bit runny. It moves across the skin nicely. Feels like an oil (like it should be, it is oil, haha). It’s great at removing face makeup. But, darn! I can’t seem to find a cleansing oil that removes my eye makeup well. This one had trouble breaking down my eyeliner and mascara. I tried letting the oil sit on my skin for just a little bit, and it didn’t work. Sometimes I add a little bit of organic hemp oil to help with makeup removal. I don’t want to pull at the skin around my eyes, which are very delicate! Be careful around that area. It’s very sensitive and thin!

Besides doing a poor job at removing my eye makeup, I didn’t think it was too bad for a cleansing oil. It rinses off much better, since the oil feels thinner (compared to the Deep Cleansing Oil). It feels more lightweight on the skin too. If you have acne-prone skin, remember to follow-up with your favorite facial cleanser. I wouldn’t use this cleansing oil as a face wash. In my opinion, cleansing oils shouldn’t be used alone as a face wash. It leaves a thin layer of oil on the skin, which could lead to breakouts.

βœ… Pros

❌ Cons

This is a simple cleansing oil. I like it. Looking at the ingredients, it does contain mineral oil as the first ingredient, but I don’t think it’s that bad. It does what it should do (except not remove my eye makeup properly, but what cleansing oil does??? *sigh*). It’s lightweight, gentle on the skin, inexpensive, and works for what it is. I think it’s called SPEEDY because the cleansing oil doesn’t feel thick on the skin and rinses off well. It’s a good cleansing oil, but I prefer the Deep Cleansing Oil a little more. It feels more moisturizing on my skin. Both are good. I think it’s just preference.

Review: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

I’ve been using Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Purito From Green Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup (if I have any on, I don’t wear makeup every day anymore) and sunscreen. But I wanted something more moisturizing. Organic hemp oil works great, but I remembered that I had another cleansing oil that was even more moisturizing. It was Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil. I noticed that I still had it tucked away somewhere and started to use it again. This cleansing oil states that it cleanses the skin and deep cleanses the pores. It leaves the skin refreshed, purified, and clean. Removes makeup and is for all skin types. From what I remember of the product, I had a good experience with it. I thought I would switch over or use a combination of the oils that I have. Sometimes I would mix them together and whatnot, lol. I’ve been using Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil for a couple of weeks now. The bottle is almost empty! Now here are my thoughts on it.

I can’t remember why I stopped using this cleansing oil. Maybe I was using too many products? lol. But I’m using it again when I wanted a cleansing oil that’s super moisturizing. I recall this cleansing oil feeling soft and gentle on my skin while leaving my skin feeling moisturized. So I dispense about 1-2 pumps of product into my palm, rub the oil between my hands, and smooth the oil all over my facial skin. The oil feels exactly how I remember it. It was soft, gentle, and felt so moisturizing on my dry and sometimes flaky skin. It felt so soothing and calmed my skin down. This cleansing oil feels super rich and has a sweet, citrusy smell to it. I actually like the smell of the oil. I wasn’t bothered by it. Mmm.

The cleansing oil contains mineral oil as the first ingredient. Mineral oil isn’t something I like too much in my skin care products, but it does have that moisturizing effect on my skin. And it’s not like I’m leaving the cleansing oil on my face. I follow up with another facial cleanser that removes any excess oil and dirt from my skin. I make sure my skin is 100% clean afterwards. So it doesn’t clog my pores. Other ingredients in this product includes rice bran oil, olive fruit oil, orange oil, sesame oil, safflower seed oil, shea butter, vitamin e, jojoba seed oil, and so much more. It also contains surfactants to aid in oil removal. Once again, I don’t use this cleansing oil alone. I just use it to remove my makeup and/or sunscreen. And it’s perfect for that purpose!

Out of all of the cleansing oils I’ve used so far (besides organic hemp seed oil), this one does a better job at removing my eye makeup. I use waterproof eye makeup, so it needs a good oil that’s able to remove the toughest eyeliners, eyeshadows, mascara without causing harm to the skin around my eyes. This cleansing oil doesn’t remove all of the eye makeup, but it at least does some of the work. As for foundation, primer, blush, and other makeup that’s on the face, this oil breaks it down pretty well. I can usually go without a pre-made cleansing oil, but my experience with this cleansing oil has been good. It’s much better than the ones I’ve used so far. Any oil that requires very little effort is simply amazing. Maybe it’s the mineral oil that’s good at removing stubborn makeup, lol.

βœ… Pros

❌ Cons

I’ve been hooked on my organic hemp seed oil because it does a better job at removing my tough eye makeup and the size of the bottle is good for the price. It also seems to last much longer. Pre-made cleansing oils tend to come in tiny little bottles with a higher price tag. I’ve always used oils like organic hemp seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, and organic coconut oil to remove my makeup, and it works without having to pay more. And yes, I can use organic coconut oil on my facial skin as a makeup remover. I just can’t use it as a moisturizer or a leave-on product.

But after using Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil again, this cleansing oil isn’t too bad. It does help to remove some of my eye makeup without having to tug at my skin. And the reason why I like this deep cleansing oil is because it feels so moisturizing on the skin. The temporary moisture feels really nice when dealing with dry skin that needs something very gentle. This cleansing oil is great for that! After this experience, I’m impressed with this cleansing oil. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for one to try out. This is a good choice! ☺

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