#ProductReviewExpert #MakeupReviewer #BeautyProducts #PaletteReview #AlverdeSwirlyRouge #DeborahMilanoPowderedHiTech #RevlonMicroEyeliner #NUXEHuileProdigieuse #SubrinaColourRefreshMask
I absolutely love the Stone Cold Fox and Bare Necessities palettes, but lately, I’ve found myself reaching for a different palette more often. In the past, I was critical of the shimmer shades in this palette, as they weren’t as good as the ones in the SCF palette. However, over time, I’ve grown to appreciate them more. The SCF palette lacks shades like these, especially the “lid colors” that I enjoy. While Constrictor is my favorite shade because I adore old gold shades, I find myself wearing the other three lighter shades more frequently. With use, they have improved and become more pigmented, smooth, and long-lasting, just like the matte shades in the SCF palette.
I never usually buy anything from Alverde, and I wouldn’t have known about the Swirly Rouge blush if I hadn’t seen it on DM’s website. It’s not stocked everywhere, so I had to go to a different DM to pick it up. Let me tell you, this blush is a hidden gem! It’s incredibly pigmented, and it even stays put on the skin without foundation, which is rare for most powder blushes. The color is a vibrant pink that stands out from the usual peachy shades found in drugstores. The light pink stripes in the blush add a lovely glow to the cheeks. You can see how it looks in my video on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok.
The DEBORAH MILANO Powdered Hi-Tech blushes have been on the market for a while, and I believe I might have owned one in the past or at least came across them when I first started using makeup. These blushes are highly underrated, and no one seems to talk about them. However, the formula is just as good as the more expensive Milani Baked blushes (which cost around $11 in the USA, but €17 in Slovenia). It’s a baked blush in a warm pink shade with subtle shimmer. The blush applies smoothly on the cheeks, has excellent pigmentation, and leaves a subtle glow.
In April, my go-to lip color has been a lighter shade compared to what I usually wear. This shade is one of the best nude shades I’ve found for my skin tone. It doesn’t turn overly orange or pink, and it doesn’t wash me out. The formula is nothing extraordinary, but it is a classic moisturizing and creamy formula. It doesn’t last as long as matte shades, but it’s good enough for everyday wear.
One of my all-time favorite shades and formulas is a nude powdery pink nail polish. It’s very close to my skin tone in terms of depth, just in a slightly more pink version. This makes it a versatile neutral shade that I can wear for any occasion. The application is smooth, and I usually need two coats for an opaque look.
While I was doing my makeup on the go, I almost lost this concealer. While searching for it, I realized how much I would miss it if it were gone. It’s a really nice concealer, and unfortunately, it’s becoming harder to find in Slovenia. It has been replaced with a similar formula called Skin Awaken, which is also great, but I prefer the ingredients list and packaging of this one. The concealer provides adequate coverage and doesn’t dry out my under-eye area once it sets. It’s the lightest shade, which isn’t the best match for me, but once blended, it looks okay. The concealer contains niacinamide, vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), aloe vera, green tea extract, and caffeine.
I’ve been trying out Revlon’s newest micro eyeliner, which is nice and can be removed easily with warm water instead of makeup remover. However, I recently went back to using this eyeliner, and it’s still my favorite. Not only is it more affordable, but it also lasts longer. The eyeliner is intensely black, matte, long-lasting, and has a great applicator. I’ve gone through numerous tubes of this eyeliner, and I always keep a backup in stock.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse has been one of my favorites for a long time. Recently, I’ve been slacking on my skincare routine and skipping the last step, which has always been applying Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. The only downside is that sometimes the oil gets on my lashes, making my glasses dirty. Because of this, I prefer to apply the oil right before going to bed when I won’t need my glasses. However, I’ve started using this oil again, and my skin has quickly improved. It just loves this formula. My skin feels better and looks more radiant when I use this oil. I’ve been using the Florale version, which has a lovely spring floral scent. Prior to that, I used the original version, which also had a great scent. I’ve become so accustomed to the smell that I don’t even notice it anymore. I primarily use this oil on my face, but it can be used on the body as well.
I recently tried out the Subrina Colour Refresh Mask in the Cold Brown shade. Since I last colored my hair in January, I’ve had significant root growth, but I wanted to give my hair a break from constant bleaching and toning. However, I didn’t want to apply a permanent color over my blonde hair, and I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of money on a shadow root or reverse balayage at a salon. So, I decided to test out the Cold Brown shade to see how it would work on my blonde hair. Subrina informed me that it may leave a green cast on blonde hair, but fortunately, that wasn’t the case for me. In fact, I think these masks can even cover grey hair, despite what Subrina claims. Before applying it all over my hair, I tested both the Warm Brown and Cold Brown shades on hidden strands. Warm Brown turned out much redder, which tempted me to use it all over, but it wouldn’t have matched my dark brown roots. However, the Cold Brown shade turned out better than expected. I missed some areas because I should have applied it with a brush, but it successfully made my natural, almost black hair color less noticeable at the roots. This is a tinted hair mask that washes out over time, so I plan on using it regularly until I’m ready to bleach my hair again. Using this mask allows me to avoid further damage that a permanent hair color would cause, especially since my hair is already color-treated. I’ve tried all the shades from this line, and they always wash out completely on me. The color also washed out from the hidden strands I tested, so I’m pretty confident that my blonde color will return once I start washing it off. However, it will take some time, and I hope the color washes out evenly. In my experience, the color usually sticks to the top part of the hair more than the ends. Going brunette isn’t my preferred look, but it’s definitely better than having noticeable roots and an uneven blonde color.
Regarding the formula, I personally wish it was more nourishing for my hair. It didn’t provide enough hydration, and since it’s silicone-free, it was difficult to comb my hair after rinsing it off. Typically, I mix it with Pantene to achieve a more pastel or lighter color, but in this case, I couldn’t do that. My hair is thick and extremely dry, so I have specific needs when it comes to how nourishing a formula should be. However, it’s worth noting that Subrina’s conditioners, in general, receive praise, so my experience might not be representative of everyone’s. I’m also not a fan of the metal tube packaging, especially when it’s nearly empty and my hands are covered in product. The tube needs to be larger and made of softer plastic. In comparison to the Moroccanoil Color Deposit masks, the Subrina masks are more pigmented and wash out more effectively. While Moroccanoil offers a Cocoa shade, I’m hesitant to try it because the Lilac shade I own didn’t wash out completely even after two months (there were still traces on the hidden strands). However, the Moroccanoil formula is superior. The Subrina Colour Refresh masks are only available in Slovenia, Croatia (online from Slovenia on clic2chic.si), and Montenegro (Mil-Pop).
#HairUpdate #RootCoverage #BlondeHairMaintenance #HairMaskReview #SubrinaHairMask #NuxeHairOil #HairCareRoutine #MakeupRoutine #BeautyFavorites
ALVERDE Swirly Rouge
15 Candy Pink
DEBORAH MILANO Powdered Hi-Tech
My lip colour of choice for this April. It’s lighter than the shades I usually wear, but it’s one of the best nude shades I’ve found for my skin tone. It doesn’t turn too orange-peachy on me, nor is it pink and it doesn’t make me look dead. Formula is nothing special, but a classic moisturising, creamy formula that doesn’t as last long as matte shades, but it’s good enough.
One of my favourite shades and formulas. Colour is a nude powdery pink, very close to my skin tone in depth, just in a more pink version of it, so a good neutral I can wear for any occasion. Application is smooth and needs two coats for an opaque look.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
A very old favourite. I’ve become a bit lazy with my skin care and have been skipping the last step for a while now, which has for many years been Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. Actually the thing is that even if I avoid applying this around the eyes, inevitably oil ends up on the lashes and that makes my glasses dirty and so I need to apply this just before going to bed and naturally I forget because I’m too tired. But I started picking this up again and almost immediately my skin became nicer – it just likes this formula. It’s feels better and looks a bit nicer too, just like it always does when I use this oil that’s why I’ve loved it for over a decade. I’ve been using the Florale version since it launched, which has a spring floral type of scent, but before I was using the original, which also smells great, I just got so used to the scent I didn’t notice it anymore. I use this oil just for the face, but it can be for everything.
SUBRINA Colour Refresh Mask
Warm Brown is on the right and like I said, it ends up quite red. These two shades are actually meant to cool down or warm up and refresh washed out brown colours. I only left it on for 10 minutes here, so Cold Brown looks lighter. I left it for over 15 minutes when I applied it all over.
SCHAEBENS Niacinamid Tuch Mask
Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carnosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sucrose, Tartaric Acid, Trehalose, Urea, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides Polyglycerin-10 Esters, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum, Propanediol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lactate
MELEM Lips & Cheeks 2 in 1 Tinted Lip Balm & Blush – this looks interesting. I’m definitely getting one or both of the two shades I saw on DM’s website. Hopefully they are nice and not too sheer.
CV Rose Reinigunsöl – a new affordable cleansing oil I saw on Müller’s website. It’s almond oil based. I hope we have it here or that we get it in the future.
SCHWARZKOPF TAFT Overnight Wave Me Wonder – another interesting thing. I often do overnight curls, but they lasts about an hour and I do it more to reduce the frizz. This might make them last longer. Hopefully it doesn’t make the hair too stiff or sticky.
BALEA Beauty Expert Azelain Booster – Nice to see Balea is expanding their Beauty Expert range, which is very reminiscent of The Ordinary, which were trailblazers when it comes to such skincare, but I like brands jumped on this bandwagon. I have TO’s Azeliac acid, which I’m not a fan off because of the texture. This Balea Booster is best suited for those with redness, hyperpigmentation and spots.