This was on my wishlist from the moment I saw news of it and I patiently waited for it to arrive in the shops. I fell in love with this scent after trying the nail polishes with the pink scent and I hoped Pupa will make a fragrance – I think these are limited edition, though. It’s a powdery, floral, soft and comfy scent. At times it reminds me of Yankee Candle Soft Blanket, but it’s so much richer. I get tonka bean, iris, benzoin and vanilla the most. It’s a very comforting scent and lasts decently on the skin, even more on clothes and I initially thought it’s not that strong, but it was pointed out to me (by a person that hates it with passion) that one spray is very noticeable for several hours.
Top notes: orange blossom, jasmine
Heart: tonka bean, silk blossom
Base: iris, benzoin, sandalwood, vanilla
CATRICE Glow Lovely Oil-Infused Highlighter
010 Glowing Peony
I got the entire line and while I’m having problems with pilling at most of the products, this one I enjoy using and I think my skin does indeed look brighter after a few weeks of use (based on a subjective self-assessment, I don’t know if it’s true). This contains Neoglucosamine or Acetyl Glucosamine, the new potentially “it” ingredient that is a super hydrator, supposedly has an anti-ageing effect and fades hyperpigmentation, especially when in combination with niacinamide. The serums has the highest concentration of it as well as tiny shimmer that acts as an instant illuminator or a type of glowy primer. It’s the lightest product in this line, so I can layer it more easily and I haven’t experienced pilling like at the moisturisers, but I still keep this as a part of my night routine.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
My old trusted favourite. I’ve been using this for many years, possibly already a decade as the last step in my night routine. At the moment I use it with Gua Sha and while I’m not sure the latter does much, I know this oil makes my skin softer and more healthy-looking. I also use it on my eyelashes to nourish them.
MOROCCANOIL Color Depositing Mask
REMINGTON HydraLuxe Volumising Air Styler
I’m really happy with this so far. While it’s similar to my old one, the heat settings are better, it has the hydraluxe option that allows smooth styling with lower heat, it’s more powerful and it dries my hair even faster. Using this is very close to using a hair straightener, except there’s more volume left.
Why do all the good things run out at once? First three products are empties that I enjoyed using and now I need to find a replacement because two of these are quite pricy.
Vitamin C serum with 10% ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate from Japan. It’s a serum that has some oily feel to it and looks shiny on the skin, but I used it every morning, also under makeup. It’s the one vitamin C at with I’ve noticed fading of pigmentation, though once it reached a certain stage it stopped. I enjoyed using this one and if it were half cheaper (or I were richer) I’d repurchase it, but I think I’ll try the drugstore version of Afrodita’s vitamin C serum and hope it works the same. I just got Essence vitamin C serum Daily Drops, which I’ll start using first.
A lotion with retinal, the “big brother” of retinol. I never got any reaction from this and it was very gentle from the start, even though they say to pace yourself when you start using it, but I quickly got to every day use. It’s a light, bright yellow lotion that absorbs quickly enough. I don’t know if I’ve seen any results. I checked my many pictures of “before foundation” where I can see the condition of my skin through time and I’m not sure there’s anything to see. But maybe my skin is at least aging slower. I just ordered the stronger version A-Game 10.
With horror I discovered most of my sunscreens are empty and in the season when there’s nothing in stock or not yet in the drugstores. I just used this up, my favourite from last year – I wore it most often. It’s light, not greasy, doesn’t burn my eyes, which is a big deal for me, it doesn’t pill, it’s alcohol-free, it’s a great base for makeup and it always protected me well. It’s another high-end product I’d love to have again, but it’s not cheap. Ingredients are nice too, though it’s heavily fragranced – I actually really like it and it was a great way to start the day, but nowadays I feel it’s almost criminal to say you enjoy some fragrance in skin care, since everyone is so sensitive.
Stupid Slovene DM stopped selling these. It really ticked me off because this is one of the staples in my routine, since my skin loves propolis and this was the only such product I could go and pick up at the drugstores. I could have stocked up if I’ knew, but I haven’t been a frequent visitor of the drugstores in the last two years. Now I either need to find a place online that sells this and hope I get a good price with custom costs or find something else. It’s a light serum that absorbs quickly and smells great. I find that propolis products help my skin look more healthy-glowy.
Another sunscreen that I just used up and another big favourite of mine because it’s so light on the skin, it doesn’t burn my eyes and it doesn’t pill. It’s currently out of stock almost everywhere (I found it in Müller), but in the summer it’s widely sold at about 10 €, so it’s affordable enough. The only thing I can fault it is the amount of alcohol, though I’ve never experienced any problems because of it, it just makes it lighter.
*ORIFLAME Possess Absolute
Top: Bergamot Essence, Pomegranate Accord, Apple
Heart: Orange Flower, Osmanthus Absolute, Jasmine
Base: Cotton Musk, Amber Woods Accord, Praline
BALEA Niacinamide Tages Creme SPF 30 – Balea combined two things I like to see in a day cream – 10% of niacinamide and SPF. I’d prefer to see SPF 50, but 30 is ok too. There’s only a few reviews, but most are good.
BALEA Beauty Expert Nacht Creme mit Retinol und Bakuchiol – the cheap anti-ageing serum we need in drugstores here. I want it more because of bakuchiol because I’m still looking for a product with it that I’d love.
AFRODITA COSMETICS Skin Specialist Vitamin C Anti-age serum – I already mentioned this above. It’s pricy for drugstore, but it’s at the top of my list to replace the Afrodita Professional one. The difference is in the lower concentration of ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, but I don’t have the numbers.
VICHY Liftactiv Fresh Shot Serum – the other vitamin C product I’m interested in, primarily because of a great feedback, but it’s even more expensive than Afrodita. This one has ascorbic acid, so it should be more potent or fast acting.
HADA LABO TOKYO Vitamin C Sheet Masks – I like the ingredients list of this – niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. You get 5 in the pack for 10 € in DM here.
NARS Light Reflecting Foundation in Oslo – apparently this is the “it” foundation at the moment. Nars claims it combines skincare with makeup and that improves skin condition in time. It’s really expensive, but Beauty Bay had -20% so I was tempted to get it, sadly though, shade Oslo is not in stock in many places.
EVELINE COSMETICS Magical Colour Correction CC Cream & Satin Matt Mattifying & Covering Foundation 4 in 1 – We have a stand in one of DM’s where I live, but I rarely get to see it. Products are affordable, so I’m tempted to try some of their products. These two foundations caught my attention because the shades looked ok, though I’m going to have to check that again, since DM’s lights are so yellow.