My skin doesn’t like anything rough. As in, literally rough, like muslin cloth. It’s generally tolerable with all the cotton pads, but I still want to reduce friction as much as possible.
The one I see in every lists everywhere is Shiseido Facial Cotton, which is also the one I can’t seem to get here in Finland. Next in line is this Muji one, so I got it.
For the good part, it’s really soft. There are quite many pads, too – 180 pieces.
For the bad part:
. I feel that it’s too thick. Consequently, I had to use products more generously on it so it could be properly soaked for me to use.
. It leaves lints on my face.
I tried to get it in January. Muji Europe back then didn’t have it. In combination with shipping and customs, it was crazy expensive on Rakuten. So I got it from Amazon.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist
I don’t really know how to define the smell of this one. It may sound weird, but I could only think of it as “not quite smooth”.
When I first got it, the spray didn’t work well at all. Imagine someone spitting on your face, that’s how it was. So even though it was in my hand from December last year (from Cult Beauty + Caroline Hiron’s Box of Dream), I only started using it after January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist and May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden were totally gone. I thought of changing the bottle.
Then I got lazy and tried again with its original bottle. Much to my delight, it worked just fine.
The spray gave out really fine mist, like drizzle. It was nice, but I think because of that, I tend to use it more than needed in order to get my face fully covered.
It softened my skin on good days. On days when my skin wasn’t in its best condition, sometimes I was a bit hesitate of using it.
I used up the bottle quite fast, roughly 1.5 months. I liked the spray but not the smell, and I don’t think it’s the most gentle mist for my skin either. Not going to repurchase.
It took me quite long to go through this bottle, I don’t even remember when I bought it.
I got to know about OGX initially from Caroline Hirons (no surprise here). I can’t seem to find the video anymore, but in that she talked about the Kukui Oil one (black bottle) and how it made her hair feel like wind flowing through (I rephrase here). Sold. I have a lot of hair and it’s quite thick, so anything that makes it feel lighter is absolutely welcome. So yes, I really like that OGX Kukui Oil and it did feel really lightweight as Caroline described in her blogpost.
I came to this Biotin & Collagen one (purple bottle) because although I have a lot of hair, I felt like I was losing a lot of it too, and my hair didn’t look as healthy as I wanted it to. One of my friends mentioned it could be because of the water here in Finland, but while I don’t rule that option out totally, I think I should take other things into consideration too, like my health and what I use for my hair.
Do I like this OGX Biotin & Collagen? Not as much as the Kukui Oil. I prefer the smell of the Kukui Oil, and that one makes a difference on my hair. This one, not so much. I may still repurchase though, because I don’t want to put too much thought into this. Plus, SLS-free products that work well and don’t break bank are hard to come by. At the same time, I keep my eyes open for new options.
I usually buy OGX hair care products from K-Citymarket.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Its package is cute and unique, but it’s quite hard to get the stuff out when it reaches toward the end. I put it upside down when it happens, but it’s still hard because I run the risk of getting too much product out. Not fun.
Even before I got it confirmed, I had noticed that May Lindstrom doesn’t do sales. Offers and giveaways yes, sales no. Naturally, when Green Soul Cosmetics had a sale going on for May Lindstrom products before they stopped carrying the range completely, I jumped at the chance. I got The Jasmine Garden at 48€ (I don’t remember its price before the price increase, maybe 70-ish? It’s currently 81€ on Naturelle – should be the same price across the board in Finland).
Ever since I got it since September last year, I’ve used it every single day in the morning. One of the reasons I bought it was because I love jasmine and expected it to smell like jasmine as its name suggests. It doesn’t. I thought I was spraying perfume on my face, I was totally caught off guard. It has a very strong smell; if I could describe it in three words, that would be: cocoa, watery, floral (unspecified). I grew to like the smell over time, but it wasn’t jasmine to my nose at any point. And I never liked it when I happened to spray a bit too much, it’s too strong.
On paper, I would be head over heels with this Jasmine Garden. Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, what else could I have asked? But in reality, I was more impressed for the wrong reason.
One thing I could give it the credit for is its design. Miron glass is the best protection for the product, and the spray gives out the best mist I’ve known – not too fine, not too drippy. Just need to be a bit careful of the cap, since it’s quite loose and you could break the bottle if you grab it mindlessly.
tophcam said that people who don’t like May Lindstrom products most likely are people who don’t get it. I would have to politely disagree. I’m one who sees skincare as self-care, I treat skin gently with love, and I’m willing to spend money on it for the joy of it. At the same time, it has to work for me. I’ve tried two May Lindstrom products so far, and neither of them lived up to my expectation. They are okay, but I want them to give me some “wow” and “oomph”, especially considering the price. They don’t really work for my skin, they could be there and not be there and I barely see a difference.
I remember reading some May Lindstrom interviews and instagram posts, and I think she would agree that if her products don’t work for some people then it’s okay too. I wanted to like it but if it didn’t happen then it simply didn’t happen. Skin is so personal and you have to listen to what your body tells you.
With that being said, I think May Lindstrom is a wonderful person and I’m glad her products could help so many people out there. The Blue Cocoon is still in my wishlist, I will just not repurchasing this spray.
Not anyone’s fault, this is another one that looks good on paper (lavender, chamomile, and rose geranium – oh dear) but didn’t really work for my skin. I used it most nights, and I could hardly tell what it did. Many people swear by it though, so it might be just me.
I have many oils I’m interested in trying, so most likely this one will not be repurchased, at least in near future.
This month’s empties are mostly okay but not very positive, but I’m still glad I tried them out. I’m also glad they ran out so I could move on to other hopefully better things.
This post comes before the end of the month because I think I won’t be able to do it next week, and I’ve looked around and don’t see any more things that could be used up by then.
I have a couple new things that I might want to talk next time. Nothing is certain yet though because blogging is not my priority. Sometimes I feel that bloggers are not given enough credits and taken seriously while they work hard for their content. I’m not talking about myself, I don’t even consider myself a blogger. Real bloggers though, they have my respect.
This is my most beloved toner (salicylic acid). It’s strong enough to keep acne at bay, it’s gentle enough to not irritate my skin. It leaves my skin soft after using. My heart was broken to pieces when it was discontinued. I refused to use the new one (one, because I’m petty like that. two, because it’s not worth it.) and went on a craze to find new replacement. I ended up with Paula’s Choice Resist 2% BHA Daily Pore-Refining Treatment.
I wish I paid more attention at the “similar products” section on Caroline’s blog post, it could have saved me so much money and heartaches. I still have Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Pads (the conclusion here is that my skin doesn’t like glycolic acid), so if you live in Helsinki and want to have it, let me know and I will give it to you. If you don’t live in Helsinki and want to have it, let me know anyway and I can send it to you for free, you just need to pay for shipping fee (I will send via Posti, I’m not sure but the cost might be high though – because, Finland!). I gave First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads to Oanh and last time we talked it wasn’t suitable for her skin either, so you can ask for it too.
Oh yeah, I finished this Clinique mild lotion only now because I was afraid of using it up before I managed to find a replacement. I simply didn’t feel safe without it. Now that my skin seems to get along well with Paula’s Choice toner, I could finally bid Mild goodbye.
January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist
After finishing up Clinique moisture surge face spray, I bought this mist at the end of May last year. I used it every single day in the morning. When I first used it, I still remember how surprised I was for how smooth my skin felt. I will consider buying it again. Not right now though, because there are other mists I want to try and use up first.
I have combination skin and this oil is the only oil serum I use in the morning daily. It’s light, not greasy, and works well with my day moisturizer (The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream). Caroline said it smells similar to a light citrus, to me it smells like omega 3 oil.
I use it every single day. I bought this one from Green Soul Cosmetics, and the current one I’m using from feelunique (I go with whichever has the best offer in combination with other products I want to buy at the time).
The Body Shop seaweed clarifying night treatment
This is an old one because I literally just used one drop per night on my nose. I don’t remember how I came to use two different moisturizers on my face… Anyway, at night, I used to use this one for my nose and other moisturizers for the rest of the face. Recently, in the morning, I use the seaweed day gel for nose and this night gel for the rest of the face. That’s how I was able to finish it.
It sounds complicated but it works for me. If I feel my skin is on drier side then I will use this gel for the rest of the face (except my nose) in the morning. Otherwise, I will use it only for my nose at night.
It’s a simple moisturizer and suitable for my skin. I don’t have to think when I use it. If my skin happens to have some reactions somehow, I know it won’t be from this.
I buy this from The Body Shop stores in Finland.
another thing I tried which wasn’t skincare-related but beauty-related was Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner.
I got them as samples which went along with an order from Content Beauty. the shampoo, in particular, made my hair feel stripped and stung my eyes. in combination they were not too bad, but considering their price, I think I will stick to my OGX.
Most of the products I use are from Caroline Hirons‘ recommendations. I got to know her about two years ago (from a post titled The best things about being in your 40s), and it changed the way I approached skincare dramatically. I went from reading her blog occasionally to becoming an avid reader and following all of her channels – Instagram, YouTube, and twitter. In a way, I was even happy when my old phone died, because then it meant with a new phone I could watch her Insta stories too. And the more I read/watch other bloggers, the more I appreciate her.
This blog of mine is simply a way for me to write about my personal skincare journey, how I feel about certain products/brands/companies, and I hope at times I will be able to give you some tips on how I navigate purchasing skincare products in Finland (which sometimes poses to be a challenge for me and what I learned from it). I used to write on facebook, but I’m drifting away from it these days. If you want a delightful and informative read with broader range of everything skincare, please do hop over to Caroline’s blog. I strongly recommend.
i’ve been quite into skincare, and recently i’ve been pondering on the thought of having a blog for this hobby. for myself first and foremost. then i mean who knows, i might be able to connect with people and we can help each other out. at least to me, it hasn’t always been easy to get hold of the skincare products that i’d like to try. most of the time i have to order online from UK, and the issue with authenticity could sometimes be a problem.
i wasn’t sure i would want to do this at first. until some days ago, i listened to a Quiet Revolution podcast and there came this affirmation that i have nothing to lose anyway. go for it. and here i am.