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Products I’m Trying Out This Year

My shopping has gotten a bit out of hand in recent months.

Not that I buy heaps in one go but that’s possibly where the problem lies. I buy in bits and before you know it, a collection has been built but nothing has been opened for use yet.

It’s fair to say that I have a few product categories that I no longer need to fill in for this year and what is that you ask? Without further ado, let’s get started!

FYI, most of these products were purchased on Amazon. I’ve recently come back from Hong Kong so any beauty products that I’ve purchased on that trip will be showcased separately.

Featured in this post:

DHC Olive Essential Travel Set
DHC Lip Cream
Pai Skincare Organic Instant Calm Collection Anywhere Essentials Travel Kit
Missha Time Revolution Best Seller Special Gift Set
Shiseido Black Noir Full Lash Volume Mascara
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Mizon Natural Grain Rice Real Cleansing Foam
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Correct Concealer
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer

The first sets of many – trial and travel:

I went a bit ham in buying travel sets but I think it’s such a good way to try out a brand or product that you have been curious about but unsure of committing fully to. I have wanted to try DHC for years but never got round to it. In particular, I have been wanting to try out their cleansing oil so the DHC Olive Essential Travel Set felt like a good purchase to start. I completely devoured the toner in my first week during my HK trip. Not completely sure I’d commit to a full-size bottle though. I still have a wee bit left of the oil and whilst I don’t think I’d commit to a full-size either, I would definitely purchase the duo travel set of this on Amazon for future travels!

I bought this solely for my Hong Kong trip:

Hong Kong is one of those places where you have to be careful about the type of products you use and their expiration dates. Bread for example, is best bought and consumed fresh – in 2 days max as the bread can go off easily especially in the summer. I remember one time, I took a pot of LUSH cleanser with me to Hong Kong one summer and in less than a week, the product had completely gone off and it looked disgusting haha. So lesson learnt there.

I have been using the Nivea Lip Butter but just in case Hong Kong was warm and may melt the product entirely, I purchased the DHC Lip Cream. I thought for hygienic reasons, it was a good way to go too. I really like this! It’s not greasy or tacky feeling at all and whilst I don’t think it’s the most moisturising, I love it enough to replace my lipstick now and again as it adds a nice shine to the lips.

Overall, I like the scents of the products but they failed to make much of an impact on me. I don’t think I will repurchase from the brand simply because I don’t think I am the customer they are designing for.
The Pai Travel Set comes with a soft flannel. I don’t typically use these but they can be useful for travel. The material of this is nice and not abrasive on the skin.

Any reason to try out a skincare brand:

Pai is another brand that I have wanted to try out although not as much as some other brands. I think I first heard about it from YouTuber Estee Lalonde as being great for sensitive skin so when I saw this on Amazon, I thought why not?

Having used the Pai Skincare Organic Instant Calm Collection Anywhere Essentials Travel Kit recently on my Hong Kong trip, my overall thoughts swing around being just okay. The products were not necessarily bad but I believe someone with a drier skin type would benefit more. The cleanser and skin tonic were okay, nothing to really sing home about. The day cream would probably be a hit for drier skin types but for me, it was too rich. I later looked at the ingredients list and realised there were a lot of natural oils in this…oops.

I finally committed – now that’s left is to try it:

We’re finally onto something that I have been really wanting to try out! The Missha Time Revolution line has been on my wishlist for a long, long time but somehow I didn’t commit until I saw this set. The Missha Time Revolution Best Seller Special Gift Set is a reasonable bargain for the price I got it for.

I haven’t opened it yet as I’m still in the midst of using up a vitamin C serum and a hyaluronic acid however once those are up, I’ll be sure to jump right to this! Have any of you tried the Missha Time Revolution range? What are your thoughts?

The mascara primer was a hit so let’s check this mascara out:

I am slowly but surely trying out more and more Shiseido products. Once my skincare queue has lowered (God knows when that will be), I’ll be looking towards their skincare range but for now, I’m just exploring their eye makeup products.

I pretty much swear by Japanese mascaras. Yes, they require a tad bit more effort to remove but they’re so sweat and water resistant that it’s worth the purchase every time. Honestly, I hate a mascara that flakes and looks flat. Again, I haven’t opened the Shiseido Black Noir Full Lash Volume Mascara yet but for when I do, I hope it goes on my good list.

The whole brand is finally here at Boots!:

I must have been singing about wanting to try this one particular product from IT Cosmetics? But probably also crying because it wasn’t available. Well, the whole range is now available in Boots so of course I had to get my hands on the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.

I have yet to have a confirmed opinion about this but from my full-face trial at the counter, I really liked the colour and finish. Plus it has SPF 40 so that’s a bonus already.

Another K-beauty find at TK Maxx:

TK Maxx is getting quite good at deciding what products to nab for its customers. Although, the annoying thing is that everything tends to be at limited stock so it’s unlikely that you can buy the same product again in-store in the future.

I grabbed the Mizon Natural Grain Rice Real Cleansing Foam on one occasion when I was in Homesense with my good friend. I don’t think I’ve tried Mizon before but from memory, they are renowned for their snail products? Correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not too sure when I will end up using this as I have about 5 unopened cleansers in queue!

Let’s have a try at adding some green to my face:

To be honest, I probably still don’t fully understand colour correcting and really, who has time to add 3 different colours to their face anyway? Despite so, I’m happy to try out adding just one colour to my face before foundation just to say I’ve tried it (yes, really) so this is where the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Correct Concealer comes into play.

I’ve always had some redness in my cheeks. It doesn’t annoy me that much but it’s nice to even out my skin tone especially when it’s on the redder side. I’ll be trying this out soon to see if it’s a fad or something worth exploring!

Will this concealer be a hit or a miss?

Concealers are quite hit and miss for me. I either really like them or really don’t. The main thing for me is that they are hydrating because there’s nothing worse than a concealer somehow making you look older than you really are. Cakey concealers are the worst. I’ve heard good things about the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer for a while so I can’t wait to use this once my trusty Maybelline Age Rewind is up!


Well that’s everything for this post!

Is there anything from the list that you have tried before? Or perhaps like me, you’re looking to try them out soon? Please let me know in the comments below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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6 Comments

  1. Great post!!! I love your style of writing, and I cannot wait to give a few of these products a try. I will definitely follow for future posts!

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  2. I love the time revolution line! Really interested in reading how the It! Cosmetics matte cc cream works out for you, It has peaked my interest lately ❤

  3. Oml great minds think alike because I just got the original it Cosmetics CC Cream at Boots too!! I love it and actually prefer the dewier finish as my skin has been temperamental and dehydrated-oily, but if I want matte again I’ll go for the oil-free one. X

    • To be honest, I’m not a matte finish lover either – we both have similar skin types haha! I didn’t even know they had a dewier finish one so I’ll look out for that one next time! Thanks for reading X

  4. Travel sizes really are a great way to test products. It’s annoying when you purchase a full size and feel disappointed. I like T.K Maxx for beauty as well. I need to find out the names but I bought a couple of masks from there and they work really well. My skin is much smoother. I’m curious about the NYX concealer because I’ve been debating whether to buy it. Great post 🙂

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