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Soft skin during the winter

13. 1. 2019


We all know the recipe for soft skin in winter time – I dedicate some time to this issue practically every year. I feel it’s important to use gentle scrubs and rich creams on a regular basis, but we also mustn’t forget drinking enough water! If you’re looking for a new body cream or a scrub, you should definitely check out the Reviving Body Cream Scrub and Rich Siberian White Body Butter by Natura Siberica. I was sent this beautiful set back in December from Lepa z naravo and I’ve been testing both products ever since.

It’s been a while since I stopped using scrubs for my face because they are way to rough. However, I still enjoy using them for the dry skin on my body once a week. There are so many products without microbeads available now (which are really bad for the environment, if we leave all the plastic packaging aside), that at least we don’t have that on our conscience.

Reviving Body Cream Scrub

This is a very pleasant exfoliator that effectively removes dry skin. It contains several wild harvested siberian herbs – Siberian Ginseng revives skin and improves skin’s elasticity, while raspberry stimulates circulation and gives it a sweet scent. I love using body scrubs in general, but I really like this one because of its rougher texture that effectively removes dead skin cells.

Rich Siberian White Body Butter

This cream can be described as a cruelty free Nivea cream. It has a somehow similar scent (still a more neutral one), which I love because I’ve always been a huge fan of the cream in that blue tin case! The cream is also quite thick, but is very light in consistency and surprisingly quickly sinks into the skin.

I really hope this or any similar set will be available through the year as well, it’s a great gift for all beauty lovers out there!

 

Beauty

Lookfantastic Beauty Box – December 2018

16. 12. 2018


Holidays are approaching and the December Look Fantastic Beauty Box is supposed to be all about feeling glamorous on the longest night of the year. Let’s assume that everybody is subscribed because this particular box contains very little of what could be used for the New Year’s eve! :D This is the fourth Special Edition Beauty Box and I have to admit that the content nevertheless seems very exciting. There are several full-size products inside and although I already found some favorites, there are also some items that I’m not particularly fond of. Let’s go through!

WHAT DID I LIKE?

Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum is the first thing that caught my eye. And for a good reason, the box is super cute! This serum is actually a blend of oils, such as Raspberry Seed, Sweet Almond, Olive, Meadowfoam (rich in antioxidants), Abyssinica Seed, and Sunflower Oil. Although I’m not particularly fond of oils, I know I should apply them more often as the final step of my evening skincare routine. Nevertheless, this thick oil nicely nourishes the skin around the eyes and makes it really soft throughout the night.

There are more than enough brow products in my collection and I was sure the Brow Pencil by Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo would be just another thing I would try once and set aside. But I must say, I’m really impressed by how well it fills the brows, very similar to my Bobby Brown brow pencil but at half the price.

Although I don’t like testing products on my scalp, the Scalp Detox Grow Gorgeous performed nicely. This is an exfoliating pre-wash treatment with small particles that are supposed to clean your scalp of products and make hair fresh and bouncy. I din’t feel any cooling effect the description promises, but it was fun to try it out. However, because I really have a lot of hair, I had to use a fair amount of product – at least I’ll use it up soon!

Next is the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I love pillow sprays or anything that smells of lavender that I can use to relax in the evening. My exact same small travel-sized bottle is almost empty, so this couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  :)

WHAT DO I HAVE YET TO TEST PROPERLY?

Another skincare product was Hydra Veil Primer by Illamasqua. I was really excited when I opened it up because Illamasqua has so many high-quality makeup products (their matt lipstics are incredible!), but I must say that I’m not that impressed after one use. The ingredients are nothing spectacular and my skin actually became quite oily throughout the day. I’ll have to give it another try before I decide whether I truly dislike it or not.

This Beauty Box also came with a Beauty Sponge. I usually apply foundations with a brush, and even if I feel using a sponge, my first choice will be a sponge softer to the touch. But it will come in handy at some point, that’s for sure!

To sum it up, the December Lookfantastic Beauty Box offers a bunch of interesting products that any skincare lover would enjoy. Having said that, I think this would make a perfect Christmas gift!

Beauty

Welcome 30’s with Vichy

10. 11. 2018

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A few weeks ago Vichy hosted a lovely event for their Slow Âge skincare line. The entire Slow Âge line is inspired by slow ageing in a hectic life of modern day. All the products are targeting the first signs of ageing, which makes it perfect as I’m slowly approaching the milestone of 30 years! The two creams differ in texture and consistency, but they both have quite strong scents that might be irritating to some people. This doesn’t present any problems to me as they disappear soon after the creams are applied. I tested them both thoroughly, so let’s start!

The daily Slow Âge is a rich moisturizer aimed at dry and sensitive skin enriched with antioxidant Biacalin, probiotic-derived Bifidus and mineralising thermal water. SPF 30 will also protect your face against the damaging UV rays – don’t forget to apply it on your neck as well. I actually got the exact one last year, but gave it away because I was certain it would not suit my normal to mixed complexion. This time, however, I decided to give it a try, because how often do you get two same Vichy face creams in one year?! ;) Honestly, I’m surprised by how nicely this cream performs, it doesn’t irritate my skin or make it oily, plus it works just fine underneath my makeup.

On the other hand, I already knew that the overnight treatment, i.e. the Slow Âge Nuit, would be perfect for my skin! This mask in gel form contains Resveratrol, Niacinamide, Caffeine and antioxidant Baïcalin Root Extract. I actually received a generous sample in the spring and slowly used it throughout the summer. It was actually on my wish list, that’s how much I liked it! In contrast to a somehow sweet scent of the daily mosturizer, the night mask has a slightly minty touch. You can use it two ways, as a regular night cream or as an intense mask that you apply in a thin layer and remove 10 minutes later. It works well over my moisturizing evening skincare and if it happens I’m too lazy to use anything else, this mask is the only product I go for. Its ingredient list is also less extensive than the daily cream, that one is a mouthful!

All in all, the Vichy Slow Âge line performs well on my skin, but I would rather recommend it to those with dry one, at least as far as the daily moisturizer goes. As a lover of serums and fluid textures, I have to purchase the Daily correcting care at one point and give it a try.

Below is a snippet of the Welcome 30’s Party, me and my sister had such a lovely time! It was so nice to take the evening off and just enjoy spending some time together. Thank you so much for having us! :)

kolaz

Beauty

Lookfantastic Beauty Box – October 2018

4. 11. 2018

img_3610img_3617img_3654img_3672img_3709Things just got serious, my November Beauty Box is on its way so I have to hurry and go through the October’s edition! :) Does anyone have similar problems, months just slip by and despite my best efforts some things just never get done. Anyway, let’s discuss the Lookfantastic October Beauty Box, which is by far one of the best boxes I received since my first subscription in April.

Let’s start with the product I’ve constantly been using for the past month: Fresh Face Blush by Pixi in shade Beach Rose. This is actually a warm matt brown that I use as a bronzer, it beautifully applies on the skin and contours the face. Strangely enough, I cannot find this particular shade anywhere, it seems like it’s been discontinued. But if all Pixi Beauty bronzers and blushes perform as well as this one (the reviews are excellent), there’s no reason not to try the other shades!

Ahava Mineral Body Lotion is also among my favorites, it has such an extraordinary scent! It contains Dead Sea minerals, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel. I love how quickly it sinks in and how wonderful the skin feels afterwards.

This Beauty Box also included the Dr. Lipp Balm for dry skin and lips. It’s actually a very nourishing balm that really prevents the lips from drying, which is very important now that the heating season has started. It can be used for the hands and any other dry part as well, but I’ll keep using it on the lips!

The AGELESS Throat & Decolletage cream by Prai is a very pleasant anti-ageing cream, a nice reminder that we should also focus on the area below our face! I’m really good at applying all the active ingredients on my throat and decolletage and this AGELESS cream will definitely come in handy. Mulberry, Saxifrage and Grapeseed Extracts fight age spots and discolorations while Sepilift DPHP™ restores elasticity and stimulates contraction of collagen. There’s no difference on my skin yet, but I still have to test it out properly!

This leaves us with two face products. First is the Talika Bubble Mask Bio Detox; one bubble mask was also part of the May edition and it was so creepy to use it! It just foamed uncontrollably for a few minutes, but it left a nice feeling on the skin. I feel this one will be quite similar, but I don’t like these foaming masks so much that I would buy them, I rather invest into moisturizing masks or overnight treatments.

The second one is the MONU Night Renewal Complex, a cream with Marine Collagen and Polysaccharides that smoothes fine lines, improves elasticity, nourishes and hydrates the skin. I applied it a couple of times at the end of my evening skincare routine and it works nicely. It leaves the skin very soft and has a fresh scent that slightly resembles the sea, so nice!

That’s all that I have to say about the October Lookfantastic Beauty Box, this one was great and I truly hope that the November’s edition will be just as exciting! :)

Beauty

Exotic Açai

3. 11. 2018

Sally Hansen Exotic AçaiIf any of you have been wondering what shade of nail polish to wear in the autumn, you cannot go wrong with deep burgundy, brown or purple nails. Actually any color that resembles falling leaves, if you ask me :) I was sent this Sally Hansen nail polish in shade Exotic Açai in the summer, but I knew that this would be my shade to go as the months go by. This nail polish is very glossy and opaque, but I always apply two coats so that its deep violet with brown undertones comes through. As for longevity, it performs well on my brittle nails – at least two days without any touch ups and a chipped-off part here and there, nothing unusual for my brittle nails. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how high-quality the brand, they all perform quite similarly. Now I just have to find out where Sally Hansen nail polishes are sold, I would love to go through their other shades and spot my other favorites! :)

Beauty

Current beauty favorites

26. 10. 2018

img_3751img_3762img_3779bourjois-dermablend-25I’ve accumulated so many beauty favorites over the past 6 months that I don’t even know to start! This time I closed my eyes and decided to discuss the best skincare and beauty products that come to my mind, so here’s that. Let’s hope I’ll become more organised in that respect and keep you posted about my favorites more often because I have a lot to talk about! :)

The first item I should’ve discussed way sooner is this pricey Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel, the best overnight treatment I’ve ever tried. Retinol (0.5), glycolic acid and Vitamin A are just some of its amazing ingredients that exfoliate your skin overnight, waking up to a perfect complexion. I follow my normal evening routine and apply some serums before I finish with Beauty Sleep once or twice a week. But please don’t forget to use a good 30–50 SPF in the morning so that you won’t create more damage than you tried to fix! It has a hefty price tag of €63, but have in mind that this Alpha-H overnight mask is sometimes offered in 1 + 1 discounts (me and my sis got ours here) so you can team up with a friend or get two for yourself (who wouldn’t want that!).

The second item I should’ve discussed months ago is the Vichy Dermablend foundation in shade 25. I’ve used it throughout the entire summer with the Australian Gold SPF 50 (have to write about that, too…) and my skin is so beautiful in all the photos! Dermablend has middle coverage, but builds very well and has a dewy/slightly velvet finish. At the moment I actually use the Dermablend 3D version in the same shade (although they’re different) because I purchased the wrong one in rush! But I looove it, more mattifying than the original and just the BEST eye shadow base in the world. Any eye shadow stays put until I take it off despite my hooded eyes, so if you’re trying to find an effective eye primer, you should definitely check out Dermablend 3D.
A few months ago I received this Bourjois Silk Edition compact powder in shade 52 and I’m impressed that it performs just as well as my beloved Artdeco powder. It has a very nice mirror and a sponge inside (that I don’t use, but can be handy on the go). Gives a nice finish and the shade is perfect too, I wonder how they knew which one to send me!
 I use many active ingredients and my skin is generally doing great (except from my hormonal breakouts that drive me crazy for a week every month!). The changes are subtle but clearly visible after more than a year since I started introducing them. My skin has become much drier, which I like compared to what it looked like before, but this means I have to focus more on moisturizing. For this reason I purchased the La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Fluid for sensitive skin. It’s very gentle and sinks into the skin quickly, which makes it perfect for under the foundation. It only contains 8 ingredients, two of which are Neurosensine and squalene, but once again this is quite a pricey product (€16). The amount is not that huge and I have to apply two to three pumps for my whole face and neck, so my bottle is pretty empty already. There are many great cheaper moisturizers out there, bit if you suffer from sensitive skin, Toleraine Ultra Fluid might be the right for you.
 And now we’ve come to a more nicely scented part of this post. As the months become colder, my preference for scents changes quite a lot, all of a sudden I prefer strong, sweet fragrances, something I could’ve never put up with in the summer. My current favorite from last year is therefore Sikkim Girls by Lush, a powerful oriental fragrance with intense jasmin undertones that surely doesn’t suit a lot of people. But it gives me the kind of warmth I crave on a frosty morning. This reminds me, I have to stop by at Lush and check out some other scents too!
 The last item I have to discuss is the Moringa Shower Gel by the Body Shop. Because their Moringa body butter has the best scent ever, I was really excited to try this shower gel my bestie got me for my birthday. As any other The Body Shop gel, this one is just as thick in consistency, I love it!
Beauty

Lookfantastic Beauty Box – September 2018

8. 10. 2018

img_3113img_3121img_3135img_3141img_3145untitled-design-1We’re one week into October and I still have to go through the September Lookfantastic Beauty Box! I’m waiting for the new one to arrive the next week, as far as I sneak-peeked it on the Instagram, it’s really nice! The September edition celebrated the 4th birthday of the LF beauty box with 6 beauty treats. Let’s go through!

My most anticipated item was the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil. I’ve only heard amazing things about these shower oils, but they are really pricey and retail at whopping €50. And now I understand why so many people are willing to invest that much into a shower oil, this thing is incredible! Packed with neroli, grapefruit, juniper berry and rosemary essential oils, it creates an intense aromatherapy session straight in the morning. I already love it, almost used it up and am pretty sure I’ll buy a full version at one point. Another product that sounded interesting is the Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask. My hopes for this mask were high too, but there was so little product inside that I really can’t say anything in particular. There was enough for two uses, but I would gladly trade this cute glass pot for a less luxurious one and more mask. It did dry up nicely (way prettier than any other mud masks I’ve tried so far), but that’s it.

The Mane’n Tail Original Hoof Maker Hand & Nail Cream is a fast-absorbing cream that also nourishes and strengthens nails. Although I hate its packaging, it does absorb quickly leaving a nice feeling on the skin. I also like the Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil in a pretty champagne shade. Years have passed since I had a highlighting pencil and I forgot how handy they are! I love applying it in the inner corner of my eyes and under the eyebrows.

Then there are two products that I haven’t tested yet, the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and the Eve Lom cleanser. The Elasticizer is supposed to make hair more soft, stretchy and strong. The cleanser, however, exfoliates, decongests, softens and removes makeup (even waterproof one!). I’m interested to see how both of these perform, but they will have to wait because it’s impossible to use that many items at the same time. :)

I have to admit that I was really pleasantly surprised with this beauty box, there are several incredible products that really caught my attention months ago and I finally got the opportunity to try them out. Lookfantastic already started selling their Advent Calendar and as far as I saw, the products cycle between beauty boxes and advent calendars. So if your don’t want to commit to a subscription, this calendar would be a smart choice!