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May Favourites, updates and wishlist


I went through the majority of my eye shadow stash, attempting to see which are the very best, considering that my high-end stash is so old and I primarily have pharmacy ones. These are among the more brand-new ones I purchased and they are the very best quality eye shadows I have. They are significantly more smooth and simple to mix, the majority of are likewise well colored. Colourpop’s are excellent too, however I discover the shimmery ones from the Coconut combination can crease by the end of the day and one because’s Taupe are so-so (mattes are seriously excellent though and I really simply purchased Stone Cold Fox and Bare Requirements, considering that they were 30% off). Artdeco has a system where you make your own combination, so this collection was extremely pricey, however I got to select eye shadows that fit my taste most. I’m still missing out on some kinds of colour (I utilize Colourpop So Taupe as the natural matte addition), however these are the tones I like to use the majority of. 

 I discussed It Cosmetics CC in my last favourites, however this is my preferred foundation/BB. It has whatever I desire – a medium, natural looking protection, it fits my normal-dry skin, however it’s not too glowy, it has a dazzling list of active ingredients (even much better than It Cosmetics in my viewpoint) and shade #17 is a best match for me. It’s frequently out of stock, so I keep it more for unique celebrations fearing it will go out and use the rather mismatched It Cosmetics rather since of the SPF (which is likewise excellent and has even greater protection), however if I needed to select one “life structure”, today I’d select this (though you’ll still need to pry Healthy Mix and Fit Me Matte + Poreless out of my dead hands). It resembles Bourjois Healthy Mix structure with an SPF.  

I like utilizing this dry for using structure. I have actually never ever been a fan of these kinds of sponges which you need to damp and I do not like the surface they leave on my skin, however this one is soft enough even when dry and it mixes structure effortlessly. The flat bottom part is excellent for the task and I utilize the rounded side of the top for under the eyes. I periodically utilize the felt pointer for using powder, though it’s more time consuming than a brush since of the smaller sized size. It obviously works excellent damp too and it’s an actually great sponge for the rate. 


It’s been a while considering that I used this, however it is among my preferred tones. It’s a stunning pastel, more of an off-white light blue, considering that it’s so light and the formula is well smooth. I have no concept if this shade still exists, however formula is great. 


NIVEA SUN Dark Area Control Luminescent 630 SPF 50

Anti-Pigmentflecken Sonnenschutz Luminous 630 LFS 50

I had this on my wishlist, however the rate is a bit high for pharmacy, so I just got it since I had sufficient points in DM to get it free of charge. It ended up an excellent buy, as I truly like this sun block. It’s not oily, it has a “Korean sun block level” of shine that looks more like healthy radiance (I have normal-dry skin with extremely little natural oil coming through over the day), it seems like a routine moisturiser and not a sun block. It does not even have the Nivea Sun aroma, which I miss out on, however this one is okay too (I believe it’s the exact same or a minimum of comparable aroma that remains in Nivea’s Q10 pearl serum). It may be strong to some, however it does not trouble me at all. Up until now it hasn’t inflamed my eyes, which is a huge plus and it secured well in strong sun. It’s been a number of years considering that I have Nivea’s mattifying sun block, however I believe this is extremely comparable. This consists of Isobutylamido Thiazolyl Resorcinol (Thiamidol), which fades coloring (I have an Eucerin hand cream with it too). Makeup discusses it ok.

MIXA Oil-in-Stick

A great lip balm and I’m type of picky about those, considering that I like just soft, velvety solutions. I got this since of the name, as I believed it may be something various or a minimum of less waxy than a typical lip balm. It undoubtedly feels less like simply a thick vaseline coat on the lips and it nurtures well. So now I discovered 3 lip balms I like – Palmer’s Swivel stick, Bee Natural lip balms and this. Mixa’s is the just one without a fragrance.  


SVR Blur Sun Secure Mousse Cream SPF 50

(I just have samples, however complete size remains in a tube) This things is so excellent! It’s like Benefit Porefessional with SPF. Texture is like a silicone primer, so quite thick and balmy, but it smooths the skin and fills in the pores. I was quite amazed how well it works and even without foundation, the skin looks just better. It’s brilliant under makeup, my foundation applied so smooth and looked much nicer with this on. Among my collection of primers this is one of the best ones. It protected well, but due to texture you can’t apply a lot of this. Finish is more on the matte side, but it still has some glow. 

SHISEIDO Urban Environment Age Defense SPF 30

Another sunscreen I liked immediately when I tried it. It’s light and watery, very similar to Garnier Ambre Solaire Fluid, but somehow feels silkier on the skin, so it’s even nicer. It has a slight tint to it, but in pale shade and it doesn’t have coverage. It looks and feels great on the skin, with a skin-like finish and just a touch of glow (not that typical sunscreen glow). Skin looks smoother with this and pores look somewhat diminished too. It’s dry to the touch quickly and it didn’t irritate my eyes. Great stuff.  

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 resembles 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

I got this with the accompanying self tanner and shimmer oil, but this impressed me most from the Summer Affair line. It’s a pink scrub with 5 different kinds of abrasives and it instantly became my favourite scrub, beating the long-time favourite Soap & Glory Flake Away (which I still love and am currently using, but it’s got less particles, meaning it’s weaker). I can’t feel the 5 different kinds of abrasives, mostly I think it’s just salt and some larger black ones, but the density of particles is perfect. It’s one of harsher scrubs, so the way I like it, but it doesn’t feel too abrasive, especially considering it’s a dense salt scrub. It also washes off completely, leaving no residue behind (unlike the old Gold version from Afrodita). It’s almost perfect, except for the price and the fact it’s not in drugstores, which I know will make me possibly not repurchase it because I’m just weird that way – but why is the scrub more expensive than the self tanner anyway?  The whole Summer Affair line has the same scent, which is described as cherry blossom and coconut water. It smells so familiar to me, but I can’t place it. It’s a lovely fresh-sweet vanillary, almost kind of bubble-gum scent (I think like those pink one is tape form, but I was kid last time I bought one).

NIVEA Body Souffle 

Cherry Blossom & Jojoba Oil

I’ve tried quite a lot of body moisturisers in my time, but I rarely repurchase them, exceptions being The Body Shop Body Butters, Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea and this. Before I had the coconut tiare version that I bought because I hoped it has a tropical scent, but didn’t impress me, regardless I ended up loving the texture and its nourishing effect. Cherry Blossom doesn’t have my favourite scent either, but the formula makes up for it. It’s a thick cream with jojoba oil beads. It sinks in fast, leaving a silky feeling behind and nourishes dry skin well. It has a nice long-term effect on dry skin and can deal with dry, rough skin. Nivea’s Q10 with vitamin C milk is even better, but this one has a nicer texture. 


One of my all-time favourite hair masks. I have quite a collection of conditioners & treatments and I don’t wash my hair that often, so it takes some time for things to get their turn (not to mention I obsessively save the good stash), but I recently tested this new hair care line that made my hair so frizzy I haven’t seen in a long time and I brought out the “big guns” for the next wash, which among this mask included L’Oreal Professional Liss Unlimited Smoothing Cream and Moroccanoil Smooth Blow-dry Concentrate. This mask is absolutely brilliant. I have no idea how Lazartigue managed to make a silicone-free mask that feels like Kerastase, but this is excellent at everything – hydrating and nourishing very dry, bleached, thick hair and effect lasts. It also tames the hair so well. The conditioner from this line, which I currently testing, is also very good and smoothing and I love the oil, which I use a lot.

L’OREAL Elnett Hair Spray

I’ve been using Nivea’s Curl Forming spray as a hair spray for some time now, but I haven’t had an actually regular hair spray in a while. I switched to Nivea from Lee Stafford’s coconut one because it’s less drying and not a typical hair spray, though I don’t use it as directed. I used to have Elnett, but a different version (dark blue, I think. Extra Strong) and I don’t remember it being so good. This one is so light, not at all sticky or stiff. I really like it. Only thing that’s annoying is the strong scent (I think L’Oreal has a version without it, but I wanted a mini), so Nivea’s is much kinder to my lungs. There’s a version with argan oil that I’ve seen on Müller’s website and I’m interested in trying it.  


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.  


I got a ton of samples and some full size products from Beauty Pharmacy online shop and Shiseido. From Beauty Pharmacy I mostly got SVR samples, but also some Uriage, Filorga and Sebamed. I’ve gone through most of the products just testing the texture (stupid to try so many new things in such a short time frame, I know, but I usually try new stuff all at once, then go back to my routine and gradually test one-by-one more long term). So far, I’m very impressed. On the first day when I used just the new product, I woke up with lovely, soft skin. 

URIAGE Bariéderm-Cica Daily Serum – a product for sensitive and damaged skin with panthenol, hyaluronic acid, dipeptide and centella asiatica. It’s a light serum that instantly feels so soothing. I didn’t even know my skin was tight until I applied this and felt instant relief. Petra from Adjusting Beauty praises it for a reason. 

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 guide 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

I wanted to try how I’d look as a ginger or strawberry blonde, since it’s not easy to bleach my hair well and sometimes I end up with too much orange tones that purple shampoos and masks don’t cover well (except for Moroccanoil Depositing Mask in Lilac), so it’d be easier to just go with the flow and colour my hair more reddish blonde. I was able to create such a colour by mixing three Subrina shades with a lot of conditioner (orange alone is rather yellow and red too bright. Adding Warm Brown made it a more natural looking shade). At first it was too bright for me, however once I washed it once, I got the perfect colour. I don’t know if really suits me, but it was nice to change this up a bit for a while and it’s so easy with these masks. It washed off completely like always and now I’m back to my cool toned medium blonde. 



BENEFIT Wanderful World Blushes Powder Blusher – these are new, or at least I’ve never seen them before. I have an ancient Coralista, which used to be one of my most used blushes and now I might want to buy a replacement, since in my experience their blush formula is great. Minis are available too. 

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 rather 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.

LA CROA Argan Repair Conditioner – I love the mask from this brand and line, but they still haven’t added a full size in Müllers. I might try the conditioner to see if it’s similar. Mask is one of the richest, thickest, almost balm-like textures that’s great for my dry hair. 

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 much better than the regular hold one. 

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