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.
I am a person who likes to try out different products, replace old products with new ones and ultimately – I would not have anything to write here if I don’t do that. In the past year I’ve been trying to be more moderate in buying everything, not just cosmetics and clothing. I do not want to accumulate products that never see the light of day and spend money on products that I do not get use of.
It happened to me a hundred times where I bought cotton pads because I thought I used it all and then I found that I had an unopened package at home. It started irritating me because I did not even get to know what I had in stock and then bought it accordingly. I could not go to the drugstore for one thing and not to come back with four more unnecessary things.
I started asking myself questions “Do I need this” or “when will I use this”. I started thinking rationally and making lists for everything I could buy. Really, who needs four white T-shirts that look the same? Do you really need that red nail polish you look at on the shelf at the store, and last time you wearing a red nail polish was ten years ago? You want to buy a black leather skirt, and you have never worn skirts and it is a great possibility that you will not even wear this one?
When you start thinking logically, you can save a lot of money. I always bought nail polishes before and I never used it. Buying would be justified by “so maybe I will need it one day”. Do not misunderstand me and think that I have a bunch of products packed in closets as some American YouTubers. Not nearly.
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.
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.
In addition to the products I mentioned on my blog and Instagram, I often use some other products that I have not yet been able to write about. Mostly, those are products that are great for me now while it’s cold but I’m not sure how will they act in the spring or summer.
-BALEA MARIGOLD CREAM, 250 ml-
Excellent cream for dry and cracked skin, I usually use it for foot care. It is very greasy and harder to rub in because of it, but it really saved me this winter. Sometimes I put it on my hands if I’m very dry and on other dry areas like elbows and knees. I do not know if I will use this product in the summer because I don’t like using anything greasy when it’s warm, but during the cold days it does the job properly. It has a very intense smell, it initially annoyed me, but now I’m already used to it.
Whoever invented this product is a genius. I’m using the Squalane the whole winter hard and my skin is very soft and nurtured because of it. In the last few days I had a cold and the skin on my nose cracked from too much nose blowing (you already know how it goes). This miraculous product was the only product that did not burn my skin and irritated the already irritated area. I’ve already written about it, you can read it here.
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 once a week or only twice a month 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.