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Empties #43 – Mateja’s Appeal Blog site


ESSENCE I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara Water Resistant 

My all-time preferred mascara. It holds my lashes curled, has a great increasing impact, extends and includes volume. I’m not a huge fan of the huge brush, however I got utilized to it. 

Repurchase: Done 

CATRICE Liquid eye liner Matte

My normal eye liner and the very best I have actually discovered up until now. It’s extremely black, matte, lasting and has a great applicator.

Repurchase: Done.


MIXA Infant & Grownup Relaxing Cleansing Oil for Body & Hair Atopiance

Though I was at first extremely dissatisfied it’s not an oil, as it’s simply a routine cleaning gel, I like this as a 2nd cleanser or specific cleanser when I’m makeup totally free. I utilized this both for cleaning my face and as a hand soap, however it’s a head-to-toe kind of item. I enjoy the practical pump product packaging, it’s mild, does not aggravate the eyes, cleans up well and has no odd aroma. 

Repurchase: Yes.

NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Eye Cosmetics Eliminator 

I didn’t worth this adequate. It’s just after it was gone that I understood what treasure I had in my drawer. It’s perhaps the most efficient dual-phase eliminator I had, though it’s been a while given that I had Maybelline, L’Oreal and Clarins, which were terrific too. This can get rid of the most persistent water resistant mascara understood to humanity – Catrice Glam & Doll Volume, which my existing cleaners (ineffective Hoffer’s Ombia and Nivea) can’t do much versus. I do not understand why in the beginning I fought with it eliminating water resistant solutions, however it’s actually efficient. 

Repurchase: Yes, however it’s not offered here (mine was from Canada). Reading my old evaluation, it’s possible L’Oreal’s is much better, given that it was the formula I had prior to this one.   



My very first bakuchiol item. The latter is hailed as a mild sort of variation of vitamin A. It’s a cream kind of texture with a lavender tint and it’s okay for layering over, however in some cases it exfoliated the skin when I used oil over it. It didn’t break me out, however it simply made my skin odd. When I was utilizing this it lost its softness and it simply didn’t feel right. I stopped utilizing it for a very long time, however it ended up my bottle just had a number of usages left, so I consumed the majority of it because very first duration of usage. In in between that time I purchased a Catrice’s bakuchiol item, which didn’t make my skin odd, so I blame the filler components in this serum.  

Repurchase: No. 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Florale

My routine face oil for about a years now, though I utilized the initial variation prior to. Florale simply has a various aroma. It works well with my skin and it an item I can constantly depend on doing its task and never ever triggering me any issues. It’s rather light for an oil and given that it’s dry it does not feel oily permanently on the skin. 

Repurchase: Done.


THE ORDINARY 1% Retinol in Squalane 

Truly not a fan of this. While I had the ability to recover my skin relatively rapidly after the preliminary response (delicate & incredibly, incredibly dry, flaky skin that was soaking up thick coats of Mixa Cica Cream in an hour), this turned my when gorgeous, healthy skin into a mess. There wasn’t anything particular apart from some flaking, however all makeup looked so horrible on my skin. Which went on for 6 months without ever seeing any favorable results. Then I stopped utilizing it and utilized only my fundamental relied on skin care and I lastly got my healthy-looking skin back.  

Repurchase: No.  

THE ORDINARY Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% 

While the texture isn’t as dreadful as I anticipated based evaluations, it’s far from a great comfy item like the rest of vitamin C things I have actually attempted. It’s a medium thick sort of oily cream with some powder particles (I was just recently informed those liquify if you include some water). I just utilized it in my night regimen since it’s not an item that can be used throughout the day, so not something I might integrate with a sun block. The surface it leaves is extremely glossy and it rests on the skin for a very long time. There was some response for the very first couple of days, however my skin rapidly changed. Nevertheless, regardless of utilizing this frequently for months, there was no noticeable outcome and I discover it a bothersome item to utilize. I put in back in my drawer and began evaluating other vitamin C items, now I’m formally chucking it out. 

Repurchase: No.


FILORGA UV-Bronze Face Anti-ageing Sun Fluid 

I actually liked this and in 2015 it was my most utilized SPF, rather of the Garnier Fluid one. The factor was a better components list, given that it hasn’t got alcohol, plus Garnier is lighter, so the latter was my “unique events SPF” (like it’s “that” pricey to purchase a brand-new one, however I had a stash of things to consume). It’s a light lotion-cream texture that doesn’t feel greasy on my skin (it’s most similar to A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream SPF45+). It applies easily with no white cast or streaks and it has this wonderful honey-floral scent (also why I loved using this). Makeup goes over it with no problems, there no extra shine, though it’s not matte it’s just not much “sunscreen shiny” and it does not irritate my eyes. This one has niacinamide and squalane.

Repurchase: Yes.

GARNIER Ambre Solaire Super UV Fluid SPF 50+

One of my favourite sunscreens. It’s so light on the skin, not oily, there no excessive sunscreen glow, it doesn’t burn when it gets in my eyes and it doesn’t pill. Texture is very liquid, so it’s easy to apply and even layer if you want, plus there’s no white cast. The only minus is the amount of alcohol.

Repurchase: Done.


PAPA RECIPE Bombee Whitening Honey Mask 

My favourite sheet mask. I had a whole pack of these and saved them obsessively because they are not easy to get, though I see they are now on Jolse. Sheet is thin, there’s plenty of honey smelling essence and it really makes my skin more even and brighter. It has tons honey extract and propolis.

Repurchase: Yes

NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Mask 

I had this unopened for ages because I bought it at the same time as their Hyaluron Cellular Filler 10 Minute version, which was so terrible (such a stiff masks), so I didn’t want to try this one too. It’s actually a lot nicer than Hyaluron. The material is softer, though still thicker than most masks, but it was ok on the face. There was plenty of essence and it was a nice hydrating formula. It didn’t firm up the skin, but my skin felt nice the next day. 

Repurchase: It’s not out of the question. I’m interested in their version with bakuchiol (Expert Lift Cellular). 

HADA LABO TOKYO Express Glow & Anti-Stress Jelly Sheet Mask 

This was expensive for a single-use treatment and I wasn’t terribly excited by the results. It has tranexamic acid as the first ingredient. The latter is this supposed superstar brightening ingredient. There’s also some vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) and hyaluronic acid. Sheet is ok and there’s plenty of nice-feeling essence. In terms of effect – I saw nothing much. No extreme brightening or more even skin tone, just a well hydrated skin.

Repurchase: It’s too expensive. If it were cheaper I might consider giving it another chance. 


SUBRINA Shower Gel 

Delicious Lemon

This is the old packaging and a discontinued aroma, so kind of pointless to include it, but there are some old versions on click2chic.si. This one smelled like lemon squares. 

SUBRINA Shower Gel 

Cherry Blossom

I’ve used up so many bottles of this. Packaging is new, but scent is the same, a floral-powdery one.

Repurchase: Yes. 

LACTACYD Intimate Washing Lotion Sensitive

The only brand I trust and when I strayed it backfired.  

Repurchase: Done, but the new probiotic one. 


THE BODY SHOP Body Butter Warm Vanilla

I always had at least one TBS body butter in my collection. This was my last one, so I need to get a new one. In terms of texture it was a typical TBS body butter, so rich and thick, lovely for dry skin. It doesn’t absorb fast, but I want that from a body moisturiser and I always use them before bed. The scent was bland to me, a basic vanilla. I used to adore Vineyard Peach the discontinued, so now I only really love the most neutral Shea version, though I haven’t tried them all. 

Repurchase: Other scent, but yes.

AVEO Professional Nail Polish Remover 

A good effective remover with a pump packaging. I couldn’t get to a drugstore, so I grabbed a Lidl one and it’s much weaker than this.

Repurchase: Yes. 


LA CROA Argan Keratin Repair Hair Mask

A great rich and thick formula for very dry hair. It’s not easy to get it all over my long hair, but I manage to use simply one bag at a time and my hair feels nicely nourished after use. There’s a pot version, but I haven’t seen it in person yet. I think it may just be online.

Repurchase: Done.

FARMASI Professional Keratin Therapy Repairing Serum

This was so light and the bottle so small, I didn’t have it for that many uses. I used it mostly as a heat protectant, since as a tamer I have to use 5+ pumps and it still might not be enough for my hair for look smooth and more polished. It’s more suited for thin hair.

Repurchase: Probably not. It’s not bad and I liked it as a heat protectant, but the bottle is so small. 

SUBRINA PROFESSIONAL Keratin Mask & Keratin Therapy

I used this with the Keratin mask, as this is just a liquid that enhances the effect of that formula. In theory this should be great on my hair and I’ve seen some brilliant results with this combination, but it leaves my hair stiff. That means that’s the combination isn’t hydrating enough for my hair, so it does not counteract the protein care effect. Basically it’s like I use Joico K-Pack without the Intense Hydrator. I’ve tried it with my most hydrating conditioner (Cantu Shea Butter) and my hair still didn’t feel soft after use. Still if you colour your hair, bleach or use heat styling a lot, it might be worth a try.

Repurchase: I still have 4 more vials. 



I got the oil and mask from this line because I was told it’s amazing for smoothing frizz. On its own those two don’t cut it, so I was disappointed when I first tried it, but when I combined it with my army of usual leave-ins, it smoothed my hair a lot more effectively. So now I like it and it’s nourishing enough for my dry hair despite the lightweight in the name, except it does not keep my hair hydrated as long as other high-end/salon masks. It has a strong kind of incense scent, which I’m not too fond off, but it’s bearable and most reviewer’s praise it. 

JOHN FRIEDA Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Deep Conditioner Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair

Great drugstore mask for taming frizz and making hair more sleek, but its nourishing effect does not last long on my hair, which is typical for drugstore treatments.  I like anything that tames my hair, but I need to combine this with a lot of leave-ins. 

 Repurchase: Maybe. 


MATRIX Total Results The Re-Bond 2 Pre-Conditioner and 3 Conditioner

I always used these two together. It’s meant to be something like Olaplex, though it uses maleic acid (like in Kerastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste), but it’s not the same. Anyway, Matrix sadly discontinued this, but it was actually good.  

Repurchase: It’s stopped. 

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