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.
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.
Less than two years ago, Asos launched its own makeup line. That’s why you cannot find many reviews on the Internet, so I decided to order a couple of things and test them. I found a blush and two matte lipsticks on a sale and ordered them. My package came in three days and I give them great praise for fast delivery.
-ASOS DESIGN Makeup Blush-
I was looking for a pink blush for a while and I was delighted when I saw this one on the site. This blush has a matte finish, but does not look too powdery and gives a healthy finish. Pigmentation is very good and it’s easy to blend, it blends so nice and evenly. If you gradually build up the color and add more color with every stroke, it turns out very nice.
It is most important to mention, the color does not fade after a few hours, it remains the same as it was when it was first applied. The packaging is very compact and firm, with a blush you get a mirror that will come handy if you are on the road. You get a quantity of 9 grams and you will not use up that so fast. I used the blush several times and it literally still looks unused, as if I did not touch the surface.
Less than two months ago I decided to order several The Ordinary products from the Beauty Bay site. It was before Christmas time and my package arrived in two weeks. I ordered four products, and have used them everyday since their arrival. I’ve been tracking the results and I’ll write about those products today. How to use the products and how to get the best results – learn more below.
-AHA 30% + BHA 2% PEELING SOLUTION 30ml, 7€-
While using this product I noticed that the appearance of blackheads diminished. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) removes dead skin cells while BHA (beta hydroxy acids) cleans the clogged pores. All together, it results in a more beautiful and balanced skin and also results in reducing acne. The product had red and thick texture, it is best to use it twice a week or only once a week if your skin is extremely sensitive. Apply two or three drops to dry and previously cleansed skin and hold up to ten minutes as a mask. I used the timer on my cell phone every time, so that the peeling would not be held too long on my face.
I will point out once again that the peeling should be applied to dry skin, otherwise you might feel it burns your skin. Remove the peeling with lukewarm water and make sure that the area around your eyes is avoided. After use, the skin is soft and the pores are really well cleansed. After the first or second use, the surface of the skin on my face began to noticeably peel off. After all the dead cells disappeared from the skin, makeup and cosmetics seem to look better on the skin.
-NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1% 30ml, 5.5€-
By using this product I noticed that my skin does not become oily as fast as before. It regulates secretion of sebum and helps with clogged pores, thus leading to reduced appearance of pimples and deficiencies. I used it most once a day because I noticed that I was over-drying the skin if I use it in the morning and in the evening. Another positive thing about this serum – it reduces new breakouts and removes them in a day or two.
Liquid matt lipsticks are increasingly popular every day and almost every brand has their own version. Eveline Oh My Lips Matt Lip Kit consists of a lipstick and a pencil, and the shade I’m writing about today is 06 Cashmere Rose. All the features of this set can be read here and see if it is worth buying and what is most important – whether the products are good or not.
–WHAT DOES EVELINE SAY ABOUT THE PRODUCT?-
“Its rich formula provides an optimum level of hydration, long-lasting and durable matte effect. The formula is rich in vitamin E and a precise applicator allows even application of the product. Soft and creamy formula gives a perfectly matte look in just a few seconds. ”
The lipstick and the pen are not exactly the same shades, the pencil is lighter than the lipstick, but the difference is unnoticeable when applied. The pencil is soft and slides well on the lips. It can easily be sharpened. The lipstick has excellent pigmentation and a single layer is enough to fill the entire lips. The applicator is a really precise, evenly applies product and in combination with the pen looks very good.
Himalaya Herbals Face Cleansing Gel is designed for normal to oily skin, it removes dirt and fights against acne. Besides neem extract, the gel contains curcuma. It removes excess oil without additionally drying out the skin.
-WHAT ARE NEEM AND TURMERIC?-
Neem is an Indian tree with antibacterial and inflammatory properties, and residents of India have been using it for thousands of years to treat various illnesses and diseases. It is believed to cure everything – from acne to sinusitis and skin diseases. On the other hand, it is not recommended to use in pregnancy due to unknown repercussions that could have on the child.
Turmeric is a gingerbread plant and is extremely medicinal. It can remove redness from the face, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and psoriasis symptoms.
-WHAT DO I THINK OF THIS PRODUCT?-
I discovered this wash gel in Tester Box and I really liked it. I’m already finishing up my third packaging. I used it in the morning and in the evening or once a day. I mostly combined it with some other products. A very small amount of gel for the whole face is needed, about a grain of peas. With such use, one gel lasts for me, five months for sure.
Hello everyone. We’ll finish the year with a BeautyBox which can be ordered here. The price of it is 99 kunas and the shipping is free for Croatia. Is you continue reading, you’ll see what I got in my box.
I have to say that the packaging is great, the box itself is designed as a small drawer so you can stack them if you have an old BeautyBox. The box is pretty firm, it’s not for heavy stuff, but it’s perfect for makeup and documents.
Besides the products, there’s a card in the box on which is written in details which products were in the box and what’s their purpose. A nice holiday message was on the card too: „Merry everything and a happy always.“
I ordered the žena.hr beauty box at the beginning of the month, the price of it is 75 kunas. Everyone who’s keeping an eye on these type of beauty boxes (or has a friend who’s mad about those :D) knows that this box is sold out as soon as it comes out. The reason behind that is the low price of 75 kunas and usually you can get a much higher value of products than you paid for. That’s how most beauty boxes work and that’s the point of it. Although, I read that some customers complain about not receiving a ton of high-end products in their boxes. I personally love these boxes and every time I have some spare money, I buy myself a beauty box because I like to try out new products. I much prefer when I try out some sample and then I know does the product work for me or not. I don’t like when I buy a full size product and get disappointed. Enough rambling, let’s get to the box and what’s in there.
The box was packed into another box with protection which I really like, nothing can break in transport. I already ordered this beauty box once and the packaging was the same. This red-gold combo reminds me a lot of Christmas! When I opened the whole thing I noticed a gold rapping paper with a little chocolate inside it, I loved that! I have a sweet tooth so that chocolate didn’t survive further photographing haha.
There were 7 products in the žena.hr box for December of 2016, and three of them were full sized. First I saw the Nivea Black&White Clear Deodorant, 35 ml. I used this deodorant before, as I remember, it left no traces on the clothes. That’s definitely a major problem when a deodorant does that. I didn’t try the 48h duration and generally I don’t believe in those kind of things. The full size is 150 ml and it costs 23 kunas.