A bunch of first impressions, part one

Hello everyone!

About two weeks ago I recieved a bunch of skin care products. And as you might already know, every product normally gets a first impression post dedicated to it, followed by a full review post a couple of weeks later. However, today’s post will be slightly different! Perhaps you’ve noticed that the promised first impressions haven’t been posted? Yep, I’m afraid so. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but fear not! Today’s post (part 1) will revolve around half of the products. I will shortly touch on what I initially thought as I tried them for the first time. Also, I’ll let you know how the products are doing so far. Keep in mind that I won’t go into too much detail, just my thoughts so far. After all, the full reviews will include everything! Enjoy!

So let’s start off with the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream from Etude House   ↓

I wanted to talk about this product first is because I’ve owned it the longest. Yes, you heard me. I actually recieved it about a month ago, but I chose to include it in this post since I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet. In fact I probably could have written a full review on it, but I’ll wait until it’s empty (which is very soon)!

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The first time I tried the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream I really liked it. It smelled soooo good. I would describe the scent as clean and fresh. I also noticed how little effort it took to apply- and spread it, thanks to the light consistency. Oh, and it acts nice and cooling on the skin. And while all of this is still true, my view on the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream has changed quite a bit. Not only is this moisturizer less suited to my skin, it’s completely wrong for it. It just isn’t moisturizing enough for my dehydrated combo skin. And I really should have realised this before I bought it, and um well, not have bought it at all. Why? Because it’s just another gel cream. And I am yet to find a gel cream that will give me what I need. In other words; there won’t be any more gel based moisturizers for this girl! However, I think someone with oily skin might really enjoy this product.

Moving on to the Green Tea Fresh Toner from Isntree   ↓

I had high hopes for this product. In fact, my expectations were sky high. Not only did the ingredient list impress me with its promising components, but it was SHORT. We’re talking under twenty ingredients, and in my book that is a very good thing! The main ingredient is green tea, which is full of antioxidants and known for its nourishing abilities. So the Green Tea Fresh Toner is a very clean, pure and natural skin care product. It’s also vegan, yay!

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This toner could be great for normal skin types or anyone who’s looking for a nourishing product, or wants to start introducing products with anti-aging benefits into their routine. However, for me personally, it’s not nearly hydrating enough. But keep in mind that my skin is dehydrated AF! Having said that, I really like the idea of a clean, natural and nourishing product, so I’m going to continue using it for its great benefits, just not on it’s own. For me, the Green Tea Fresh Toner will work better as a thinner layer under a more hydrating toner. So if you’re looking for candidates for a 3 – or 7 skin method, this toner could be a good choice! In other words; this product could be great for people who don’t have dry or/and dehydrated skin. So if your skin type is normal or oily, the Green Tea Fresh Toner may be good for you!

And last but not least, the Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG from The Ordinary  ↓

I suppose you could refer to this product as an eye serum? At least that’s what I’ll call it for now. When it comes to my eye area, I’m not really struggling with fine lines, wrinkles, bags or puffiness. However, I decided a while back that I still wanted to treat the skin around my eyes to some extra pampering. After all, prevention is key! Also, I still haven’t found the perfect eye cream, so why not add an eye serum meanwhile, right?

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So far I’m really liking The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG! I’m not sure how to explain it best, but It’s like I can feel it working, or at least doing something. And I think that “something” is a good something. Of course it’s still early days, so I’ll have to wait and see, but I can already tell that my eye area is liking it! It just drinks it all up (and I apply quite a bit) and leaves it soft and way less dry! But only time will tell if there’s any long-term effects in this little bottle   🙂

Disclaimer:
“Remember that we all have different skin types and concerns, and that you might react differently to these products compared to what I did. Maybe your experience will be better than mine, maybe it will be worse. It’s all about trying to find the skin care products best suited to your skin type, concerns and issues. Reading reviews can also be very helpful when you’re choosing which products to buy. And finally, it’s always a good idea to look up a product at CosDna before purchasing. Sometimes a product can turn out to be a little (or very) different to what you expected, and there’s little you can do about it after you’ve opened it. But you CAN check which ingredients are in the product, what they are, what they do, and if they’re listed as an irritant or acne trigger. Good luck!”

So that’s it for today! I hope you learned something new or at least enjoyed this post a teeny weeny bit. Happy skin care hunting (if that’s what you’re doing)! And if you’re just chilling, I hope you have a great day. PS: If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share with me, feel free to do so! Oh, and stay tuned for part two.
– Vicky ❤

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Mini haul: Three oldies and one newcomer!

Hey guys! 😀

I just bought a few things that I want to share with you, and the reason why I bought each and one of them! As you probably already know from the title of this post; three of these are repurchased products. I’m talking about the Etude House Curl Fix Long Lash Mascara, the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum and the Mamonde Happy & Smart Cleansing Tissues. I love all of these for different reasons and I’ll tell you why I repurchased them in minute. First I’d like to introduce the newcomer. It’s the Skinfood Aloe Watery Sun Water Gel!

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Let’s start with the oldies   ↓

The Etude House Curl Fix Long Lash Mascara:
I love this mascara for many different reasons. First off, it’s very affordable and it lasts a long time. The applicator is on the small side so it’s easy to get the product all over your lashes and inbetween, without getting it in your eyes. It’s waterproof like you wouldn’t believe! I’m talking; it’s still on my lashes 100 % after taking a shower or even after swimming. You definetely need an oil cleanser to get this bad boy off! And the best part? It looks great on! It contains small fibers that stick to the end of your lashes to make them look even longer. LOVE.

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum:
For this particular product I love it, but I also have some mixed feelings about it, if that makes sense? Allthough I’ve used this serum for over a year and this is the third time I’ve bought it, I’m still not quite sure how much of a difference it makes on my skin, but I love the consistency and I love the scent! I guess it’s soothing and it hydrates my skin a bit, but it’s like I can feel it’s not quite enough? I think I can do better but for now it’s a good serum to have in my skin care regimen and I love it for not breaking me out and for being very long lasting.

The Mamonde Happy & Smart Cleansing Tissues:
If you read my post about my morning skin care routine from yesterday, you already know how much I adore these cleansing tissues. They’re just amazingly convenient, sooo easy to use, do a great job of cleaning my face in the morning and they smell ridiculously good! This is the third time I’ve bought them and this time I got the refill packet because I’ve already got the box.

And now, the newcomer   ↓

The Skinfood Aloe Watery Sun Water Gel:
I’m going to be completely honest with you; I only had one sample of this product and only tried it once before throwing it in my shopping cart. I just couldn’t help myself. I never expected to find a sun block that could replace my beloved Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk, but this mofo made my head spin. The Skinfood Aloe Watery Sun Water Gel is thinner than my Missha, something I really appreciate when it comes to sun block. It felt better on my skin, looked great on my skin and OH MY GOD it smells sooooo good! Instant buy. Of course it’ll take some time finding out if it doesn’t break me out, but I doubt it will. According to CosDna it’s even a little bit kinder than my Missha, so it should be okay!

So there you have it! My report on today’s mini haul. Hope you enjoyed!

– Vicky  ❤