RIMMEL Lasting Finish Colour Blush
010 Santa Rose
Slovenes finally got Rimmel back after about 15 years or so and I have to say that the stands are a let-down (I particularly resent that they took away those couple very pale shades of foundations by Manhattan only to replace them with way too dark Rimmel’s. Where’s my 010 Light Porcelain?!). Regardless I found one product from my wishlist – this blush that I’ve been eager to try for years because so many people love it for being a simple, goes-with-everything colour. Actually, based on pictures online, I expected it to be more rosy-pink, so more like Catrice’s Rose Royce or Nuts About you, but I was surprised to see it’s a pale muted peach shade. The texture is very soft and though it’s pigmented, the shade is quite light, so it gives a soft flush to the cheeks.
MAKEUP FACTORY Mat Lip Fluid
61 Velvet Rosewood
I’ve been keeping this on my wishlist for a long time. I’ve tested them once in Műller and immediately loved how matte they looked, then I saw a review from Sanja, who adores it and I trust her, so I knew I needed it, though another enabler was Petra, who kept posting all those gorgeous looks on Instagram. I was concerned a bit that it’ll look too brown on me because it’s darker than Nude-ist, but I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day since I got it or if I started with another colour I changed it to this one midday. It’s a darker nude-rosy shade that does have some brown tones to it, but they’re not overpowering on my complexion. The formula is to me similar to Sleek’s, though it is thicker and the applicator is so much better. It dries to a lovely matte finish, but as far as staying power goes, it’s good, though it doesn’t survive eating that well. The only thing that bothers me at it is that it has a “Rimmel Apocalips scent”, which is pretty weird, but otherwise it’s pure love.
Müller, 14.49 €
ESSIE Nail Lacquer
I saw this at Polona and I have to admit I had no idea this shade was on our stands, but if I knew, it’d be mine a long time ago. I wholeheartedly adore it! It was already in my monthly favourites because it’s the shade I’ve been looking for a while. These type of muted powdery pink-kinda mauve shades tend to look very different on me than on others, but this one is perfect. The formula is fantastic as well, very smooth and easy to apply.
DM, 9.99 €
ESSENCE The Gel Nail Polish
56 You and Me
I wanted this shade for a while and I expected/really wanted it to look like this – a dusty pink-mauve. . Well my skin tone betrayed me once again and it looks a lot more violet on me (it’s on my nails in the Misslyn review). At least I don’t have any pastel violets, so it’s not a total miss. The formula is on the thick side, but nice and smooth.
Müller, 1.69 €
BALEA Reinigungs Öl
So many people have been raving about this oil and there are many good reviews about it, but still Balea decided to discontinue it and promised no replacement. I hurried to get my bottle before they disappear from the shelves (there are still some in my local DM).
I can already feel the ugly stares, but I’m not blown away bit it. Those who love it please don’t hurt me, but it’s just soo thin and it doesn’t really emulsify that well, so I have to use a ton of it and it’s still not the same as L’Occitane’s. It does the job ok, but there’s some waterproof mascara left nd I just feel it can’t get it off that well because it’s so thin. Regardless it’s still a very decent product and considering it’s one of the rare budget cleansing oils available in Slovenia, it’s a good buy. However, to fair, even if it wasn’t discontinued, I’m not sure I’d repurchase it. There are so many people who love it, so if you still find it, don’t even listen to me and get it if you want it.
DM, 2.79 €
PALMOLIVE Chocolate Passion Body Butter Wash
I made a little mental squeal when I first saw this, I mean just look at this chocolate covered packaging – how can a sweet tooth like me resist? When I smelled it in the shop, I loved it so much because it was such a rich, proper chocolate scent, but when I actually tried it in the shower, I was a bit disappointed as it’s a lot more artificial and occasionally sour, but still ok. The formula is nicely creamy, though a but light, it’s light brown-taupe tinted and it foams fine, but it’s not at all nourishing. There is also a vanilla and strawberry dessert version in this line.
Mercator, 2.29 €
I bought another one of these, you might already recognise it, since I talk a lot about it on the blog. I really miss the tinted version because it’s lighter, but they don’t sell it anymore. It’s a very decent SPF for the face, at least for the amount I’m prepared to pay for and it just works. I thought about maybe checking Lavazon’s version instead, but I couldn’t get to Müller at the time. I checked Eveline’s version, which looked very promising, but it has mineral oil in it, which I’m fairly certain breaks me out and I didn’t want to risk it.
DM, 2.99 €
SCHWARZKOPF Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control Anti-Frizz Lotion
Since I can’t find Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum anywhere, I obviously started saving mine like crazy because it’s one of my absolute favourite hair care products ever, so I wanted to find a replacement. I know that Dove has a anti frizz serum creme in another line, though the ingredients are different than in Quench, I was hoping it’s similar, but we can’t get it here, so I found this one from Schwarzkopf which looked similar enough. Unfortunately, it’s not that similar. It’ stickier for one, so it doesn’t create such a fab smooth result on dry hair. On damp hair before blow drying it does tame the hair well and it’s pretty sleek, however, it still feels dry and it doesn’t give as much shine as Dove’s, so it’s not that good of a replacement. It does what it promises though, it just doesn’t go that step further.
Müller, 5.99 €
*MAYBELLINE The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
I admit that I don’t hold back when it comes to reviewing mascaras, but you won’t hear me completely diss a product like I will this one. This is a classic example how deceiving appearance can be. It has a plastic wand with rather sparse bristles, which they describe as cup-shaped, so based on my experience I would say this would be a classic defining and lengthening mascara. Wrong! It’s horrible. It’s thick and heavy, it sticks the lashes together and just makes them look awful, pilled with a ton of product, so of course it also makes the lashes drop like crazy (my pet hate). I know I will sound presumptuous when I say that a great majority of mascaras look ok on my lashes, but this is the worst mascara I tried. I’ve had it for a couple of months now and I give it a try every week or so, to see if it’s improved like most mascaras do, but it hasn’t. It’s still bad. Buy their Sensational mascara, or any really instead. Maybelline does great mascaras, Sensational WP is in my top three, but this is a fail.
A proper winner, am I right?
*GARNIER Biophase Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil
I really, really wanted to try this because I read a great review about it, so I was overjoyed when I got it. So far I’m impressed and I like it more than their regular micellar water. I read in that review that despite being a type of a dual-phase remover, it’s not greasy – it really isn’t. In the ingredients there is a lot of argan oil (love that they don’t brag about it on the bottle), but also a lot of silicones and the latter leave the skin super smooth and soft after use, which I love. In terms of effectiveness it removes makeup really well, though I had to struggle with my heavy coats of waterproof mascara and it’s just not as effective as proper duo-phase waterproof remover, however, it’s still a lot more effective than their regular micellar water. So far it hasn’t broken me out (the silicone coat on the skin could be a problem), but we’ll see in time and it’s not at all drying. It has an absolutely gorgeous scent that reminds me of L’Occitane’s Peony line, it’s just a bit more citrusy. I have to say I’m impressed and I find it superior to other drugstore micellar waters.
*BATISTE Dry Shampoo
I just got this send by Ličila.si, but I already have the mini version that I reviewed a couple of months ago. The packaging is slightly different and instead of cherries there are lips on stems. I like Batiste, but you may know that my hair is actually very dry, so dry shampoos are to me like a fragrance/refresher/volumiser instead of a proper degreaser, since my hair is almost never greasy. This is so far my favourite scent of Batiste (I’ve tried Tropical and Wild) and though I expected it to smell like cherry sweets, it’s actually a proper floral scent – very fresh and feminine. It is one of those shampoos that feels most powdery, hence why I assume it’s probably the best choice for sorting out oily hair. It’s not too white on my dark hair and whatever is there, I simply brush it out.
S kodo BATISTE15 dobiš na vse izdelke Batiste, ki še niso znižani 15% popusta do konca Avgusta 2016.
*MILANI Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer
01 Creamy Vanilla
I heard this has an overwhelming positive feedback on social media and blogs, however, when I checked reviews on Makeup Alley, the overall rating is average. I was sent this and there were strong concerns the shade will be wrong for me. Well, it really could not be more wrong. And yet, this is one of the best looking foundation on the skin, I’ve ever found. It’s very thick, so you need to work fast, but it’s medium-high coverage and it looks so good on the skin. I actually got compliments despite the wrong colour (which is very wrong for me). It’s high coverage, yet it doesn’t look like a mask, it doesn’t sink or emphasise pores, it doesn’t even emphasise my two annoying smile lines by my lips, which aren’t visible without foundation, but almost every foundation so far makes them visible from space. It wear soo well, seriously, at the end of the day there is zero patchiness, clumpiness or anything, so it’s far superior in that respect to Revlon’s Colorstay or even Nars Sheer Glow. I feel sad that there isn’t a match in this line as even the lightest shade is dark and very, very yellow/orange (not even mixing really works). Such a shame. If you have a medium skin tone and have normal-combination-oily skin, this one is worth a try.
Milani make more very fair shades soon!
Click2Chic, 12.49 €
*MOOYA Bio Organic Treatment Mask + Serum
Sheet masks are all the rage and I got a chance to try some new ones that I’ve never heard about before, but I checked the ingredient and they looked really good. When I got them, the seriously made me laugh so hard because they take sheet masks to another level and you end up like a mummy. It’s a mask that also has a part that goes on you neck and it can tuck it behind the ear. It’s very saturated with product and it has a gentle clean scent, but when it’s on the face it’s not noticeable at all. It’s a nice, comfortable mask to wear one the face, similar to Missha’s, the only thing that I might complain is the size of holes for eyes, but it’s not that terrible and you can just cut them. Included is also a serum that they advise you use at most 10 minutes after the treatment with a sheet mask, but there is a lot of serum, so you can use it on later days as well. The serum is a thicker gel and it is a bit sticky on the skin. Serums are the same in both masks.
Antioxidant Green Tea
I tried this one first. It’s meant for every skin type, but especially for mature, oily and combination skin. It has antioxidant properties, is antibacterial, protects against dryness, helps with acne and irritation, reduces wrinkled and keeps oiliness in check. Ingredients confirm most of these (maybe just not reduces wrinkles, maybe just prevents them as it contains hyaluronic acid), it’s definitely good for acne prone skin due to high content of witch hazel.
Exfoliator Aha Fruit Acids
I really wanted to try thing one because good AHA treatments are rare. It’s the same thing as in the Antioxidant packet, it even feels the same on the skin, there’s no stinging or tingling, but my skin isn’t sensitive at all, so that’s why I didn’t feel anything, but it could also mean it’s a good AHA for sensitive skin as well. My skin looked brighter after use and considerably softer.
Click2Chic, 6.50 €
*INTELLIGENT SKIN THERAPY Oxygen
This is already a more classic sheet mask, but it’s a lot thinner than others I’ve tried, so much in fact, it’s actually almost completely see-though on the face. The fabric is actually made out of banana fibres and this mask is meant for skin with blackheads and eczema, plus it’s also an anti-inflammatory. I feel that after using this one, my current chin breakout reduced in size as well as started fading faster, but it happened a few days later and as far as immediate result go, I only noticed that my skin felt more moisturised.
Click2Chic, 3.99 €
*YUMMY Blueberry & Vanilla Shower Gel
Another new Yummy. This one smells like sweet, basically like you’d mix Kiki sweets with vanilla pudding. If you’re a sweet tooth, you’ll love this. The formula is creamy and foams well, but it’s not nourishing.
Click2Chic, 4.95 €
*CABANA SUN Monoi Tahiti Oil Spray SPF 15
Well, Slovene’s have Afrodita’s Marmelada and others have similar products as well, like this one, except this one at least contains some sun protection. It contains tyrosine, which supposedly helps you tan faster. Now, you know I’m a shade girl and I don’t’ tan, so I won’t be giving this a go (SPF 30 + or more), but I can tell you at least what it’s like. It’s an oil that is slightly tinted red and this actually gives my skin the tiniest hint of colour. It’s an oil that doesn’t sink in fast, so you’re quite greasy, but if you’re lying on the beach, maybe that’s not such an issue to some. It of course give that glow /sheen to the skin. The scent is interesting as it’s a summer scent, but not like other sunscreen I’ve tried. It’s less sweet, less coconut, but undeniably tropical.
Click2Chic, 8.99 €
*VISETT Nail+ Diamond Repair
This is a nail hardener that’s apparently popular in the C2C office, so I got send one as well. I often say, my nails are very hard, they never break, so unfortunately I won’t be able to test it, but I’ll give to someone else to try and report back to me. I used it once as a base and it’s a simple clear nail polish. I hear it’s good, so if you have weak nails, it’s one to consider looking into.
Click2Chic, 9.89 €
*BEAUTY & CHIC Clean Brush Cleanser
The only brush cleaner I had before was from Essence, which was ok, but not the most impressive thing. However, this one is already a lot better. It actually cleans the brushes well, something I didn’t expect, I mean the white ones are still a bit darker than if you properly washed them, but they’re in a pretty good condition. It even tackles foundation brushes really well. It dries much faster than Essences as well, a few minutes maybe and you can use it again. It has a strong scent of chamomile, I naturally love it and I love my brushes smelling nice, but those sensitive to fragrance, don’t say didn’t warn you about it. It think it’s pretty damn good and I can already see it supporting my laziness, since I know I’ll properly wash my brushes even less now. And the bottle is 100 ml instead of Essence’s 50 ml.
Click2Chic, 3.99 €
*MISSLYN Summer Pop Art LE
I already reviewed this eye-catching collection here and it’s already available in Müller, so hurry if you want a piece or two. I got all the Pop it Up Gel Eyeliner & Eyeshadows (01 (Black), 15 (blue) and 22 (green)), which are fantastic quality, the Barbie pink blush 08 You Make me Blush, a very pigmented Pop it Up Bronzing & Contouring Powder in Hi From Hawaii (should be nice for medium skin tones) and Pop it Up lipstick in Pow! Wow!, which is an orange red. Everything is swatched in the review.
4.99 – 5.99€ in Müller.
ESSENCE Blogger’s Beauty Secrets LE
I dawdled whether I should even include these because they aren’t meant for review and the post is long enough as it is, but sod it. Ever wondered how testers arrive to shops? Well here there are – rather plain, right? I was gifted this because they had one to many, so I basically got almost the whole collection. I can’t say I paid much attention to it before, but it’s a collection made in collaboration with four bloggers and each got to design her own palette plus a nail polish. I haven’t tried these much yet, I swatched everything and wore one look with it, but it’s typical Essence quality – some things are good and some not that much. I don’t know if I feel like doing a proper review about these, but they will be a part of the permanent selection soon.
the glow must go on bronzing and highlighting palette by Serena
The bronzer is quite shimmery/glowy and quite pigmented, but a bit too dark-odd tone for me. The eyeshadows are quite pigmented, that highlighter is a bit too white and with a gold tone.
shape & shadows eye contouring palette by Mary
Nice selection of colours for bothe eyes and eyebrows, but the pigmentation is not that good.
A combination of two blushes, which are a bit powdery, but nicely pigmented, three eyeshadows with not the best pigmentation and a clear gloss, which I wonder why it’s even here.
vintage rose eye palette by Palmira
A very mixed quality of eyeshadows, white is chalky, the violets are more on the sheer side, but bottom row is considerably better and that highlighter has a “Mac vanilla” like almost duo chrome pink-gold tone. I haven’t tried the gel eyeliner.
touch up to go! one-for-all palette by Diana zur Löwen
CATRICE LE Sound of Silence
Pen Stroke Eyeshadow C01 Calm Down’ n’ MAUVE On & Lipstick C01 Golden Spirit
Again a collection I didn’t pay attention to, but Petra adores the bronze highlighter drops in this collection. She did a review of a different shade of the cream eyeshadow and of the same lipstick, so go check it out if you’re interested. The eyeshadow is lovely, better than their Stylos because it’s not shimmery, but it’s again nicely creamy, blends and lasts well. The shade though is a lipstick shade and not that good for the eyelids. The lipstick is just whatever – sheer with gold shimmer. Why even bother.
YANKEE CANDLE Garden Sweet Pea
I got this as a gift, but it actually is one of the rare scents I really like from Yankee and I did plan to try it at least once. The scent is surprisingly sweet and fruity, cute and girly.
Müller, 2 €