It’s been three months since I wrote about my current favorites, and this time I want to introduce you to the products I’m using this summer. I always try to make products easily accessible and affordable, and these products are for sure in that category.
I will start with SPF products and one of them is Nivea Sun Shine Control Sunscreen with SPF 30. An excellent and light cream that absorbs very quickly and leaves no trace on the skin. The price of this Nivea cream is 45,90 kn on Notino, and you get an amount of 50 ml. I recently wrote about it and a detailed review can be read here.
I always have to keep my lips moisturised, and this time the choice fell on Labello Sun Protect with an SPF 30. The formula is very moisturizing, leaves no white cast on the lips and has no particular scent. This lip balm came in with a balm that you apply after sunbathing, but I did not use it because I passed it on. When buying I thought it was two ordinary lip balms, I did not even notice it was a set for sunbathing ha-ha. The price for both is 34 kn in Muller, and each comes in a packaging of 4.8g.
Eyebrow mascara is a product I have been using for years and it is one of the beauty products that I can’t live without. Over the years, it was often a problem finding a perfect shade that would match my natural eyebrow color, there was a lot of warmer shades that were leaning towards orange/red undertone and did not look good on my dark eyebrows.
In order to finally tame my eyebrows, I got help by the Catrice Brow Colorist Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Mascara. The mascara comes in five shades that you can find on Notino, and I believe every person could find their ideal shade. Today I will talk about the shade of 030 Dark and it is ideal for dark eyebrows.
It fills in the eyebrows and emphasizes them, gives them the volume and shape you want. Before putting on a mascara, I always put some pomade or eyebrow pencil on my eyebrows because I had sparse parts on my eyebrows and mascara wouldn’t be enough. To be sure that my eyebrows will be perfect for the rest of the day, I put the mascara as the final step.
Nowadays almost every brand has its own line of liquid matte lipsticks and this time I have decided to try one liquid lipstick from Clinique. I’m more and more obsessed with nude tones, so it’s no wonder you’re reading a review of another shade like that. This is my first Clinique product and I can hardly wait to find out if it will meet my expectations.
The lipstick you can see in the pictures is Clinique Pop Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Cake Pop. This lipstick is presented as a liquid lipstick that gives mat effect, but is not a classic matte lipstick and does not dry up to the end. It does not contain any shiny particles, but it is not matte.
I would say that it is a creamy lipstick, it gives the lips some shine because it does not dry up to the end and so the lips are getting more volume. This is a nude pink shade that is applied easily and evenly to the lips and does not dry out the lips. I often do a lip scrub and put on my lip balm so I do not have any dry cracks on my lips that it could get into.
With the applicator I have not had any problems, it is precise and you do not need an additional brush for the application. As far as durability is concerned, you will need to reapply it after meals and drinks. It leaves a trace on the glass, and the lipstick begins to disappear after eating.
Do you know that feeling when you put an SPF cream on your face and your face gets oily right away, and the makeup does not really stick to such a surface? That’s why we often avoid putting any SPF cream on the face, which is not good at all. More recently, mattifying SPF creams started being in the focus of attention in the beauty industry – a relief for all those who have oily/combination skin.
I know, summer is at the door, we all want to be tanned and for that we spend so much time in the sun. In order to protect against harmful UV rays and possible sun burns, before any direct exposure to sunlight, an SPF cream must be applied. Although UV rays may not be visible with the naked eye, they penetrate deep into the skin and can cause great damage. You can also get tanned skin if you use a protective factor cream while protecting yourself from negative consequences.
In one of the previous articles I have announced product reviews from Notino and now I’m bringing you four new products. One foundation, a nail polish, a highlighter and a lip balm. I’ve tested these products for the last couple of weeks and now my final impressions are here.
Although I’ve got the products in a collab with Notino, these are my honest impressions about them. The package came in a few days from ordering, and the products were well protected with bubbly wrap. Everything was fine, and every product came in extraordinary condition. My product impressions – learn more below.
-L’Oréal ParisColor Riche nail polish, shade 114 Nude Demoiselle-
If I paint my nails, I paint them with a lighter shade because I’m clumsy and darker shades do not look good on my nails. This milky pink shade had me at first glance and I did not make any mistakes when choosing. You need two layers for full coverage and it lasted for five days without any chipping.
I have to say that this is the first nail polish that smells nice after painting. I do not know if I made it up, but I really feel a nice powdered scent ha-ha. I noticed that my nails are not dried out after removing the nail polish and my nails do not break easily. The current price for this item on Notino is 33,39 kn and you get an amount of 13,5 ml.
It’s been two months since you’ve last seen The Ordinary products here, and today you can continue to read The Ordinary story. I have three products I’ve tested for the past two months, and whether they are so good or not – learn more below.
I still use the products I reviewed last time and my skin is in excellent shape due to them. The products I will review today include classic and minimalist packaging as well as all The Ordinary products. All three products are dosed with a pipette that can be impractical sometimes, but that’s a matter of habit. Let’s go to the product review.
High-Adherance Silicone Primer 30ml, €4.75
This is a lightweight silicone primer, nicely smooths the skin and fills the pores. Its texture reminds me of TO azelaic acid, only it doesn’t dry into a matte finish and acts as a moisturizing cream. I put it onto my bare skin and it looks nice if you need to smooth your skin in a hurry. I’m not sure I like how it behaves when I have foundation on, it starts to peel off as soon as I start to blend the foundation in.
I’m very excited to say I’m collaborating with Notino and I am very happy to be able to bring you more products than ever before. Notino is a web shop that has over 55,000 products, cosmetics and perfumes in its offer. Only original products are available, and the world famous brands can be found on the site.
Once a month, I will review new products here on my blog, in a collab with Notino, and will introduce you to some brands or products that I have not yet been able to use. As a welcome gift, Notino was kind enough and sent me a welcome package full of surprises.
I did not know what I would get in the package, but I have to say that they have made a great effort in choosing products. The package came in a large box, and in that box was a gift bag covered with lots of bubbles. So there’s no chance of something breaking or spilling.
Small samples and products in full size packaging could also be found in the package. Each of those products will find a place in my routine, and Notino paid special attention to finding the right products for my skin type. So let’s start presenting the products. 🙂
The first thing I saw is the Korika SciBeauty face mask with natural extracts and hyaluronic acid. Interestingly, I did not actually use any sheet masks yet and this will be the first one. Then there is a sample of Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme that I already had and I liked it. There are also three samples of Medi Blanc toothpaste – Whitening, Whitening Aloe Vera and Strong Black. I like these small samples because then I know in advance what to buy or not buy.
More than ten years ago I started to fight with acne. I was about 13-14 years old and had no knowledge of skin care, let alone acne treatment. First, I bought some products at the pharmacist’s recommendation, and then I looked for the help of a dermatologist. So, I’m not medically educated, but I can say that in those 10 years of struggle I have accumulated a lot of experience that I hope will help at least one of you.
-WHERE TO START?-
For starters, I have to emphasize that this is a long lasting process, the skin condition will not improve overnight. Sometimes months are needed to see some results, and maybe even years. From personal experience I know that there were tears and frustration and happiness, but in essence you only need good will and – patience. Sometimes it will seem that a certain product is doing a miracle on your face and that it will solve all the problems, and then in a couple of days there is a reversal of the whole situation and the situation worsens.
Sometimes we simply cannot affect on all the factors that contribute to the appearance of acne, no matter how much thoroughly you rub your face and bath it with expensive creams. Sometimes it’s just pure genetics that we cannot change, and the most common cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance, both in puberty and later. In addition, add a bad diet and you have the perfect recipe for acne.
You must have already seen on my Instagram profile that I adore Lidl and their clothes. The prices are very affordable, and the clothes are of good quality and long lasting. The colors do not fade after a wash, and the clothes still have their original shape. As I started using their hair cosmetics, I wanted to try their makeup.
For a little less than 6 euros I got a nail polish, a blush, a compact powder, an eye shadow and a lip balm. Great deal, right? This was a sale, otherwise I would have paid for these five products somewhat less than 8 euros. This is still not bad if you consider that only one eyeshadow in a drugstore can cost 8 euros. You will be able to read a few words about each product, see photos and swatches to find out whether the products are good.
-Cien Care lip balm-
This lip balm is a repeated purchase, it contains shea butter, vitamin E and babass oil. It is moisturizing enough, not greasy and leaves no greasy trace on the lips. It delicately nourishes the lips and it is the only balm that I am constantly returning to. They have another version Shiny Pearl, but the blue one is better for me. It cost me 0,61 euros at a discount, otherwise it costs a little bit more. I am a person who has to buy a new lip balm every two weeks, and I do not want to spend 10-20 euros every other week only for a lip balm.
I’m currently in the phase of trying out new products and I hope to find some new favorites I could write about. I always use the same concealer all over again so I decided to introduce something new to my routine.
-MY OPINION ABOUT THE CONCEALER-
I ordered Makeup Revolution Conceal And Define Concealer in the shade C3 from beautybay.com. This is a fairly bright color with a cold undertone but the shade itself looks pink on the swatch. The shade suits my skin tone, it’s not too bright for me, just as I like. I applied the concealer on to my whole face and I can say that it has a perfectly solid coverage. This shade is ideal for hiding the bags underneath my eyes, but it’s a little too bright for my face.
The concealer is rather thick, thicker than Catrice’s liquid camouflage. As I started to blend it in, something bad started happening. I used a sponge and a brush, and I could not really blend the concealer without letting it move from place to place. It is a little easier to blend it with a sponge and it is not so dry that way, but it is almost impossible to blend it nicely. It is worse with a brush because the brush streaks remain, but the coverage is slightly higher because the brush does not absorb so many products as a sponge.