May Favourites, updates and wishlist15 min read
I went through most of my eyeshadow stash, trying to see which are the best, since my high end stash is so old and I mostly have drugstore ones. These are one of the more new ones I bought and they are the best quality eyeshadows I have. They are noticeably more smooth and easy to blend, most are also nicely pigmented. Colourpop’s are great too, but I find the shimmery ones from the Coconut palette can crease by the end of the day and one in That’s Taupe are so-so (mattes are seriously good though and I actually just ordered Stone Cold Fox and Bare Necessities, since they were 30% off). Artdeco has a system where you make your own palette, so this collection was very expensive, but I got to pick eyeshadows that suit my taste most. I’m still missing some types of colour (I use Colourpop So Taupe as the natural matte addition), but these are the shades I like to wear most.
I love using this dry for applying foundation. I’ve never been a fan of these types of sponges which you have to wet and I don’t like the finish they leave on my skin, but this one is soft enough even when dry and it blends foundation seamlessly. The flat bottom part is great for the job and I use the rounded side of the top for under the eyes. I occasionally use the felt tip for applying powder, though it’s more time consuming than a brush because of the smaller size. It of course works great wet as well and it’s a really nice sponge for the price.
It’s been a while since I wore this, but it’s one of my favourite shades. It’s a gorgeous pastel, more of an off-white light blue, since it’s so light and the formula is nicely smooth. I have no idea if this shade still exists, but formula is nice.
NIVEA SUN Dark Spot Control Luminous 630 SPF 50
Anti-Pigmentflecken Sonnenschutz Luminous 630 LFS 50
SVR Blur Sun Secure Mousse Cream SPF 50
SHISEIDO Urban Environment Age Defense SPF 30
Favourite sunscreens so far:
SVR Blur Sun Secure Mousse Cream SPF 50
NIVEA SUN Dark Spot Control Luminous 630 SPF 50
SHISEIDO Urban Environment Age Defense SPF 30 (second lightest)
I want to mention BIORE Aqua Rich Essence, but they change their formulation frequently and I have no idea what it’s like now. Most matte sunscreen I’ve tried is ETUDE HOUSE Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50+ PA+++ , but it was a while ago and I don’t know if formula is the same. It was too dry for my skin.
AFRODITA PROFESSIONAL Summer Affair Perfect Tan Prep Premium Body Scrub 5 in 1
NIVEA Body Souffle
Cherry Blossom & Jojoba Oil
L’OREAL Elnett Hair Spray
This will be a weird one, but I recently cut my fringe again, which I was fully aware will go haywire 80’s big hair style. I use this to tame my fringe. It’s a balm, so quite thick and oily, but I like it more than a hair wax, because the latter make the hair sticky and kind of dirty feeling fast, while this just nourishes very dry, thick hair and tames it, without building up on my hair. This means I need to do the whole thing all over again ever morning, but it’s the best thing I’ve found do far. I, of course, use it on the body as well, and it’s the richest thing I have in my drawers. It turns into an oil, but it’s still quite thick. I use it on very dry skin and it works well. I don’t know if it helps with stretch marks, but ingredients are really nice.
SVR [B3] Ampoule Hydra – a product with 5% of niacinamide and 3 kinds of hyaluronic acid for sensitive, dehydrated skin. It’s a light serum that absorbs quickly and is nice for layering. It doesn’t really stand out that much among myriad of niacinamide serums, but it’s nice.
SVR [C] Ampoule Anti-Ox – a product with 20% stabilised vitamin C (3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid), Evodia fruit extract, aminoacid serine, hyaluronic acid and urea, but it also has alcohol high on the list, which I can’t smell. It’s light, but slightly oily on the skin and easy to layer.
SEBAMED PRO! Hydro Serum – with the active ingredient Meiritage ™, inspired by the medicinal herbal effects of traditional Chinese medicine. It contains niacinamide and a probiotic Lactococcus Ferment Lysate. It’s a light, hydrating serum-lotion.
FILORGA Neocica Moisturising Repairing Care – a repairing cream. This has a ton of nice ingredients and is suitable also for use after treatments (laser, peels, injections). I picked it because I wanted something to use as the last step in my night routine after all the sun exposure. Texture is not as thick as I imagined, it’s not a balm, but a typical cream and it’s not greasy.
SVR Cicavit+ Crème – a repairing cream with Erasyal and antibacterial Teflose. It promises to help the skin heal 7-times faster (compared to not using anything). It’s a similar consistency to Bepanthen, so thick, yet kind of refreshing.
SVR [A] Ampoule Lift – a kind of all-in-one anti-ageing product. It contains 0,3% retinol (0,1 pure retinol and 0,2% encapsulated), squalane, vitamin C (3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid), a few peptides, vitamin E, grape seed oil, shea butter and soybean oil. It’s very gentle on my skin, though I felt it for a few minutes. Formula is a light lotion-serum.
SVR [Cera] Biotic Regenerating Filling Cream – a rich moisturiser that takes quite some time to absorb. It’s meant for dry skin that’s experiencing appearance of lines and loss of firmness. It contains babassu oil, vitamin C in my preferred Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate form, ceramides, a pasteurised probiotic and hyaluronic acid
SVR [C20] Biotic Regenerating Radiance Cream – a rich moisturiser that takes time to absorb (I can still feel it an hour after application). It’s not that thick in terms of texture, but it feels almost balmy on the face. It’s designed for lifeless, dull and uneven skin with wrinkles. It contains 2 kinds of vitamin C, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, together in a 20% concentration. It also has orange beads with vitamin E and there’s added probiotic, shea butter and hyaluronic acid. This has a gentle creamy scent.
SVR [Pepti] Biotic Regenerating Smoothing Matt Gel – a product with squlane, vitamin C in Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate form, amino acid Lauroyl Lysine, almond oil, a probiotic, a peptide and hyaluronic acid. I love this. It remind me of L’Occitane’s matte lotions, but here it’s a less dry formula. It almost feels like a primer because it’s thick and feel silky on the skin, proving a good base.
SVR [Hyalu] Biotic Regenerating Plumping Gel – a light-ish gel cream for dehydrated, tight skin with wrinkles. It contains vitamin C in Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate form, hyaluronic acid and a probiotic. From SVR cream samples, this one is most light an refreshing.
SVR Sensifine Double Cleansing Balm and ORIFLAME Waunt Level Up Butter Cleanser
These two are basically the same to me and both are good. They are creamy balm cleansers that turn to oil and then a milky emulsion when you add water. I tested both with my most long-lasting makeup, including a waterproof mascara on one eye and a resilient regular mascara on the other. Both removed pretty much everything (only a small trace of waterproof mascara remained at SVR and regular mascara at Oriflame). Both wash off completely on me, though I always follow with a mousse cleanser. The main differences are SVR is specifically designed for sensitive skin and fragrance free, while you get 50 ml more product at Oriflame.
SUBRINA Colour Refresh Mask
Warm Brown, Orange and Red
STILA One Step Correct Skin Tone Changing & Brightening serum – I remember this from when I first started exploring makeup brands that weren’t/still aren’t available in Slovenia as a teen, but aside from admiring its unique product look, I never gave it much thought. Considering it’s existed so long, it should be nice. It contains different colour correcting pigments that make the skin tone more even.
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Undetectable Foundation – I guess I missed the beloved original HD foundation, which was always in the back of my mind to try. This new one has as expected a lot of reviews from people who loved that foundation and aren’t happy with the change, but I hear the new one doesn’t emphasize lines, so I’m interested. Though I worry, it may be too dry or matte for my skin.
SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Joia Conditioner – I hear it’s thick and rich. It might be good for my dry hair.
SVR Sun Secure Blur SPF 50 – I praised this above and I still have several samples of this, but when they run out, I’m seriously considering getting a full size.
APIVITA Aqua Beelicious Refreshing Hydrating Booster – I didn’t know about this brand until I saw a post on Müller’s FB and I’m still not sure it’s in my local one because I haven’t been in drugstores in a while, but their stuff looks so interesting, especially since they often include propolis, which is one of ingredients that really agrees with my skin. This has honey & propolis high on the list of ingredients, plus it also has hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, allantoin and several extracts & oils. They have quite a few products with propolis high on the list, but this one appears to perhaps be lightest and it’s cheapest.
APIVITA Bee Sun Safe Dry Touch Invisible Fluid SPF 50 – an SPF with propolis, though in a small amount. It also has panthenol, bisabolol, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Apivita says it has a dry touch powdery finish and ultra light texture.
COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray – this has been on my mind for so long and I keep going back and forth whether to get it because I kind of don’t like it makes the hair waterproof and I worry it might be difficult to get off completely, but there are so many great reviews that it’s hard to resist not falling for the hype. It’s an anti-frizz, taming and smoothing liquid that on some I’ve seen can create that glass hair effect, but I doubt it will work as well on mine. I actually have a good anti-frizz routine, but I can’t help not being curious. I already bought this once, but Look Fantastic informed me it was out of stock and gave me my money back.
COLOR WOW Travel One Minute Transformation – this is an anti-frizz taming leave-in that you apply on dry hair. I’m interested if it really works as in videos and if it does, it may be a replacement for my beloved, discontinued Dove Quench serum.
L’OREAL Paris Elnett Satin Extra-Caring Argan Oil Hairspray – Name says it all. I hope I find it and that it’s as good or better than the normal hold one.