I’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!
We’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!
Is anyone else excited by the fact that autumn is truly here? We’ve entered October, which only means that the new releases and limited editions by Catrice are now available to purchase! This time I chose three products to test out, all of which are quite delicate in their own way.
The Goodbye Pores is their new primer with a blur effect. It’s supposed to even out the complexion and provide a good base for the foundation. Only a small amount is needed for the entire face, otherwise it starts forming tiny clumps. While I do like its effect on the skin, it doesn’t seem to prolong the wear-time of my makeup. I honestly never see any difference, even when I use a sample of the Urban Decay primer. I’m quite indifferent, so I cannot say that this primer will change how the makeup wears throughout the day, but it probably cannot hurt if you feel that your makeup usually fades over time :)
I also went for The Little Black One waterproof volume mascara and I’m glad I did because it’s incredible! It beautifully lengthens and curls my lashes and gives them gorgeous volume. I’ve been using it religiously ever since I got it, although I have several new mascaras that were supposed to be more intriguing. Some bloggers don’t like it that much, but I honestly couldn’t ask for more. Retailing at less than € 5, this cutie will not only stay put until the evening, it also won’t smudge underneath my eyes! I couldn’t help myself and purchased the regular version as well, but I have to say that the waterproof formula is much better. And it’s easily removed with a micellar water, no need for special waterproof cleansers!
Lastly, I chose the Glow highlighter because it seemed very interesting with its swirly texture. Unfortunately, I’m not that fond of its violet/blue sheen. It’s quite intense and has a white base, so I cannot build it like I usually would. I feel this one will suit those with fairer skin tone more than me.
All in all, it may seem that I’m not that impressed with these items. But please bear in mind that these products are an amazing value for money and can be compared with many way more expensive items. And it’s not all that bad, I adore The Little Black One mascara and rest assured that it will be repurchased as soon as this one is used up. Thank you so much for letting me try your new products, Catrice Slovenia! It’s always a pleasure :)