#ProductReview: ORIFLAME Giordani Gold Pure Uforia Foundation #Porcelain
I’m a huge fan of Oriflame foundations, but unfortunately, I only have one shade that matches my skin tone (MasterCreation). The other two shades I received, Age Defying and Illuskin, were too dark for me. However, when I used them on others, Oriflame’s foundations looked amazing. I’ve been wanting to find matching shades for myself for a while now, but I haven’t been able to try the formulas I’ve previously used. Instead, I decided to give the Giordani Gold foundation a try. According to Oriflame, it’s a medium coverage foundation that gives a luminous glow and has a hydrating formula. It also has SPF 35+. This foundation is very lightweight, with a fluid consistency and provides a light to medium coverage. The finish is glowy and dewy, which suits my dry skin well. The shade I have, Porcelain, is a perfect match for me. It has a similar depth to Revlon’s 110 Ivory and has a cool undertone.
#Notino: SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm SPF50+ PA+++
I received a sample size of this product. I initially thought the shade would match me, but it turned out to be a shade or two too dark (I believe the green version is the lightest). This variant is a brightening version and contains high amounts of arbutin, along with small amounts of adenosine, vitamin C, ceramides, retinol, centella asiatica, squalane, Q10, a peptide, and various extracts. The formula is thick, similar to the It Cosmetics CC cream. It offers medium coverage and has a slightly more matte finish on my dry skin. It blends nicely into my skin and looks pretty, but I’m disappointed about the shade.
#Notino: MISSHA Magic Cushion Cover Lasting n.21
I purchased this product for 5€ on Stylevania, but it seems to be out of stock everywhere now, possibly being discontinued. I initially wanted a different Missha cushion, but it was either out of stock or would take at least a month to arrive, so I settled for this one. I thought the shade #21 would be lighter with a grey undertone, but it turned out to be too dark for me and has an orange undertone. A small amount of product covers a lot. It offers at least medium coverage, but I apply a thin layer. It melts into the skin and looks natural when applied, but when I build it up, it starts to sink into my pores, emphasize texture, and even revealed a new wrinkle (so I guess my retinol products aren’t working). The finish is satin, but since my skin is currently dry and lacking moisture, it may appear different on other skin types.
#Stylevania: ETUDE HOUSE Tear Eye Liner 01 White
This is a liquid glittery eyeliner that’s quite popular on Asian cosmetics sites. According to reviews, once it sets, it doesn’t budge. There are three shades available, and I chose 01 White. The shimmer in this liner is of medium density. On my swatch, I built it up slightly, but it doesn’t require multiple layers when applied to the eyes. The color appears holographic, with shimmer that reflects different colors, though the base color is silver. The applicator is a thin brush that provides precision. I’ve had this liner last all day, but it does tend to disappear after a few hours (I might be accidentally removing it myself). Overall, I’m glad I purchased it as it adds an extra touch to my makeup looks.
#Stylevania: PHYSICIANS FORMULA Matte Monoi Butter Blush Mauvy Matter
I saw this blush swatched online, and it appeared to be a color I would wear. However, when I tried it for the first time, I discovered that I didn’t like it on myself. It was quite disappointing. It’s not that it’s a bad blush – far from it. It’s just not to my taste, and it looks completely different on me compared to the swatch I saw. The shade itself is interesting because you can create or adapt the color by swirling your brush. It consists of five shades: a deep burgundy brown, a peach shade, a peachy-bronze shade, a light pink shade, and a mauve shade. The first three shades ruin the blush for me. If it were just the last two shades, I would love it. It’s challenging to pick up only those two without touching any of the other three warmer colors. The pigmentation is very intense, mostly due to the deepest color. I have to be extremely careful when applying this blush, even with a fluffy brush and a light touch, as it can easily become too much. The cheeks need to be dry to the touch for this blush to blend well. Applying it on fresh foundation, like I do with other blushes, is not recommended, as it applies very patchy in that case. It has a strong fragrance, reminiscent of a beachy scent with coconuts and tiare flower, similar to BBW At the Beach fragrance or other suntan lotion scents. Like all Physicians Formula blushes, it comes with a mirror and a brush in the bottom compartment.
#Ličila.si: REVOLUTION X Game of Thrones Forever Flawless Shadow Palette Winter is Coming
I watched a YouTube video featuring this palette, and there was a blue shimmer shade that looked absolutely stunning. It’s not my everyday style, but I realized that I don’t have any good colorful palettes in my collection, and I love the color blue. In the past, I’ve struggled to find high-quality blue shades, as they tend to be disappointing. I previously owned one of Revolution’s Forever Flawless palettes, and it didn’t impress me. However, I heard that this one was better. It is inspired by the icy north of Westeros and was released as a Halloween edition. There’s also a red version called Mother of Dragons. The permanent Forever Flawless range includes a similar palette called Ice, but it looks more blue-green and has fewer neutral shades. Winter is Coming is a typical Revolution palette. While I heard it’s better than other Forever Flawless palettes, it’s just okay. Some shades, like Winterfell (dark blue), Wall of Ice (silver), and Wolf’s Blood (medium blue), have great pigmentation. However, shades like The North (light blue), White Raven (shimmery white), and Courage (warm taupe) require a lot of building up. The gorgeous blue shimmer shade, Motto, was initially disappointing. It has that densely pressed texture that Revolution and Catrice often use for shimmers, and the color payoff was not as expected. However, the more I used it, the better it performed. It still needs to be built up with a finger, and the color payoff is never fully opaque (it works better as a topper shade). Despite preferring to use my fingers for all the colors in this palette to achieve an intense look, I still can’t achieve the same effect as the one in the video, regardless of the eyeshadow base I use.
#Ličila.si: MAKEUP OBSESSION Tiffany Illumin_arty Kaleidoscopic Dreams Palette
This palette is not my usual style, but I wanted something colorful. After watching a couple of videos, I chose this one from the “color on a budget” selection. And let me tell you, this is a high-quality palette! I’m not familiar with the brand Illumin_arty, and I only briefly glanced at their Instagram, but this collaboration with Revolution (Makeup Obsession is one of their many sub-brands) really elevated the quality of their eyeshadows. The palette contains 35 eyeshadows, featuring both bright and neutral shades. The pigmentation is mind-blowing. I have been searching for a navy blue eyeshadow that actually looks navy blue on the eyes since I was a teenager. I even tried one from MAC, but it never met my expectations. Now, however, I finally found it in this palette. Just a touch with a brush or finger instantly gives a fully opaque color payoff on the skin. Most of the shades are like that – super pigmented. They also blend nicely for such intense shades. However, the four large shimmer shades have a tightly pressed texture that can’t be picked up easily with a brush, though they work well as toppers. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with this palette, especially for carnival or Halloween looks.
ORIFLAME Giordani Gold Pure Uforia Foundation
I really like Oriflame foundations, though unfortunately I only have one shade that fits me (MasterCreation
) and the other two I got sent, were too dark (Age Defying
). So I used them on others when doing makeup and on everyone Oriflame’s foundations looked great. I’ve been planning on getting matching shades for myself for ages, but I didn’t end up getting one of the formulas I’ve already tried (it’s still the plan), instead I was curious about this Giordani Gold foundation that was released last year. Oriflame says it’s a medium coverage foundation with a luminous glow and a hydrating formula. It has an SPF 35+. It’s a very light, fluid liquid foundation with a light to medium coverage and finish is glowy-dewy. It’s a formula that suits my currently dry skin and the shade I have, Porcelain, fits me too. It’s about the same depth as Revlon’s 110 Ivory and undertone is cool.
SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm SPF50+ PA+++
This is a sample size. I thought the shade will fit me, but it’s about a shade or two too dark (I think green version is lightest) This one is a brightening version and it has arbutin high on the list, but there are also small amounts of adenosine, vitamin C, ceramides, retinol, centella asiatica, squalane, Q10, a peptide and a lot of extracts. Formula is thick, similar to It Cosmetics CC
. Coverage is about a medium (it’s similar to the It Cosmetics CC) and finish is more towards matte one me (dry skin). It blends nice into my skin and looks pretty, it’s just a shame about the shade.
MISSHA Magic Cushion Cover Lasting
This was 5 € on Stylevania and I see it’s out of stock everywhere, so it’s maybe in the process of being discontinued. I wanted a different Missha cushion because this doesn’t come in a lighter shade (at Missha’s BB’s their shade #13
suit me well), but it was out of stock or it would take at least a month to even send it, so got this instead. I thought their shade #21 is lighter and has a grey undertone, but this is too dark for me and leans to orange. A small amount covers a lot. It has at least medium coverage, but I apply a thin coat of product. It melts into the skin and looks natural when I apply it in my way, BUT build up it starts to sink into pores, emphasize texture and made me discover a new wrinkle (so I guess all those retinol products aren’t really working). Finish is satin, however my skin is currently dry and just sucks up moisture, so it may be different on other skin types.
Stylevania (ni bilo carine, čeprav pošiljajo iz Hongkonga. Trajalo je približno mesec).
ETUDE HOUSE Tear Eye Liner
This is a liquid glittery eyeliner that’s quite popular on Asian cosmetics sites. Reviews say that once it sets, it doesn’t move. There are three shades of these and I got 01 White. Shimmer in this is about medium density, on my swatch I build it up a bit, though I don’t have to go over the line when I apply it on the eyes. Colour is kind of holographic with shimmer that reflects different colours, though base colour is silver. The applicator is a thin brush that’s precise. I’ve had it last all day and disappear after some hours – I might be accidentality removing it myself. I’m glad I got it because it gives something extra to the look.
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Matte Monoi Butter Blush
I saw this it swatched here
and it looked like the type of colour I’d wear, but it turns out I don’t like it on me. It was a disappointment to try this for the first time. Not that’s it’s bad, far from it, it’s just not for my taste and it looks completely different on me than on that swatch. It’s an interesting shade though, as you can create/adapt the shade depending on how you swirl you brush. It’s made out of five shades: a deep burgundy brown, a peach, a peachy-bronze, a light pink and a mauve. The first three shades ruins this for me and if it were just the last two, I’d love it. It’s hard to pick up just those two without touching any of the other three warmer colours. Pigmentation is very intense, mostly due to that deepest colour. I need to be very careful applying this one, as even with my fluffiest brush and a very light touch on the surface, it can be too much. The cheeks need to be dry to the touch for this to blend well, so applying it on fresh foundation like I do with other blushes, is out of the question as this applies very patchy then (I avoid powdering my cheeks because my skin is dry that’s why I apply blush straight on foundation). It has a strong fragrance, that typical beachy scent with coconuts and tiare flower (like BBW At the Beach and similar fragrances that are described as a suntan lotion scent). Like all PH blushes it has a mirror and an added brush in the bottom compartment.
REVOLUTION X Game of Thrones Forever Flawless Shadow Palette
Winter is Coming
I watched a Youtube video
with this and there’s a blue shimmer in it that just looked amazing. It’s not my daily style at all, but I also realised I have no (good) colourful palettes in my collection and I love blue – in the past I tried to find great quality blue shades, but they tend to be a disappointment. I had one of these Forever Flawless
palettes and it didn’t impress me, but I heard this was one better. It’s inspired by the icy north of Westeros and it’s Revolution’s Halloween release. There’s also a red version called Mother of Dragon. There’s a similar palette in the permanent Forever Flawless range called Ice, but that one looks more blue-green and has less neutral shades. Winter is Coming is a typical Revolution palette, so despite hearing it’s better than other FF palettes, it’s just ok. Some shades have great pigmentation like Winterfell (dark blue), Wall of Ice (silver) and Wolf’s Blood (medium blue), while The North (light blue), White Raven (shimmery white) and Courage (warm taupe) need a lot of building up. That gorgeous blue shimmer Motto was a disaster when I tried it – that typical densely pressed shimmer that Revolution and Catrice use for shimmers and colour payoff was abysmal. However, the more I used it, the better it got and it still needs to be built up with a finger and colour payoff it never fully opaque (it’s a topper shade), but I get the icy cool shimmer look I was looking for. I prefer using fingers for all the colours in this palette for a decent intense look, but I never get looking as good as was on that video, regardless of the base I’m using.
MAKEUP OBSESSION Tiffany Illumin_arty Kaleidoscopic Dreams Palette
Another palette that’s so not my typical style, but I wanted something colourful, so I watched a couple of videos and picked this one from the “colour on a budget” bunch. Now this is a good quality palette! I don’t know who Illumin_arty is, I just quickly glanced her IG, but this collaboration with Revolution (Makeup Obsession is one of their many spinoffs) really made them step up their game and do eyeshadows properly for once (or all their eyeshadows under this MO brand are like this, I don’t know). It contains 35 eyeshadows, not just brights, but also some neutrals. Pigmentation is insane. I’ve been searching for a navy blue that actually looks navy blue on the eyes since I was a teenager, I even got one from MAC (Contrast) and now I finally have this. I only need to touch it with a brush or finger and instantly the colour payoff on the skin is fully opaque. Mostly of she shades are like that, super pigmented and they also blend ok for such intense shades, but those four big shimmers are that tightly pressed texture that can’t be picked up with a brush, though they work as toppers. I’m very pleased with this palette. For carnival/Halloween looks it’s excellent and it was only about 10€. Some shades stain, mostly the red ones, which is the only minus I see so far.
RELOVE BY REVOLUTION Dip Eyeliner
A white liquid eyeliner that’s opaque with one swipe. The applicator is stiff, though a good shape for making lines with a wing, but because it’s so hard, it’s easier to dab the line on the eyes rather than drag it. This quickly dries and then it’s completely smudgeproof and waterproof. Removers also can’t get it off, instead it’s easiest to peel it off in a way or “scratch it away” as crazy as this sounds, but it becomes almost like a sticker.
LOVELY Mr. Sparkle Holo Eyeshadow Pencil
A creamy sparkly eyeshadow. The base is white, but the shimmer reflects silver-blue-green. It’s nicely creamy and glides easily on the skin. It needs some building up, though not that much. It blends ok, but it not super long lasting, which considering the price I paid, I’m not surprised (I think it was 2 € on Ličila.si/Pink Panda).
RELOVE BY REVOLUTION Baby Lip & Cheek Tint
This had a big discount, so I got one of the shades that was still in stock. It’s meant for cheeks and lips. When I opened it I saw that magenta tint on the applicator under the product, which means it’s one of those that stains. I only need a tiny dab on my cheek, otherwise it’s already too much. This needs to be blended right away otherwise it leaves the skin where it was “dabbed on” stained bright pink and it needs some creaminess under it to blend more evenly, as on a matte base it can quickly feel too dry to blend out easily. I haven’t tried that trick where you mix the creamy blush with the concealer or foundation before applying it. Colour on me is a peachy-pink, it leans more towards peach. It doesn’t last that long on my cheeks. On the lips a more pink shade, almost fully opaque when freshly applied, but it quickly dries to an almost matte finish and then it looks only semi-opaque.
S-HE STYLEZONE Color & Style Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve been deliberately avoiding this brand after a string of poor quality products I’ve tried back when it first launched (nail polishes excluded, since they are ok), but I had quite a few of their products because for a while it was by far the cheapest brand we had here (before Essence) and I was trying makeup for the first time. I see sadly that after all these years the quality of their eyeshadows has not changed much. While the texture doesn’t feel powdery or chalky, the pigmentation leaves something to be desired. I’ve tried it with Urban Decay primer and a concealer under it, but for one it’s hard to build up the intensity in the first place and then when I manage to get some colour going, it fades quickly, leaving only a faint grey hue on the eyes. The colours are not as vibrant as in the packaging (not that they are the most intense blues in the first place), but I’d expect them to look less bland. The only shade I like is the white one, which works as an ok highlighter. It was one of very few blue palettes I could even find in the drugstores and it just did not impress me at all.
TREND IT UP n.1 Eyeshadow
This claims to have an integrated primer. It’s a white eyeshadow, so I didn’t expect much in terms of extra intensity on the eyes and indeed it’s not fully white even when build up. It needs a white eyeliner or a cream eyeshadow under it for that effect. Compared to Colourpop’s white eyeshadow I have in Stone Cold Fox palette
, it’s not as intense and the colour payoff on the eyelids is not as quick, but it works as a matte base shade. Texture is soft and creamy, easy to pick up with a brush. It fades quickly from the eyelids, without a primer and also with a primer. Honestly, if you want a good, still affordable eyeshadow, I realised Colourpop is the way to go. If only there were no shipping and custom charges.
ESSENCE Longlasting Eye Pencil
A bright blue eyeliner with shimmer. I have a shimmery brown in this formula (35 Sparkling Brown
) and both are really good for the price. Full colour payoff isn’t instant, but it can be build up to full opacity and it lasts really well even without a primer. After it sets, it doesn’t rub off the skin. There’s only poor transfer in the waterline and most of the colour ends up between the lower lashes. For a bit over a euro this is a good coloured liner if you plan
to use it on the top lash line or under the lower lashes.
ESSENCE Kajal Pencil
I don’t know where my Max Factor’s white eyeliner ended up, so I got this as a replacement. I tried it as a white base on the eyelids and it’s not the best, though still decent, however, it fades quickly and not pretty. It transfers into the waterline ok, but not fully opaque. It tends to disappears from there fast. Too bad Essence doesn’t have this white in the Longlasting range.
S-HE STYLEZONE Color & Style Khol Kajal
A light blue that’s more “true blue” than Essence’s. It’s the poorest quality eyeliner of the three above. Formula is least creamy, but it glides on the skin ok and has a decent colour payoff. Sadly it doesn’t last terribly well on the skin. There’s zero transfer in the waterline.
I got this bag for free with purchase and Ličila.si/Pink Panda made a random selection of products, so you don’t know what you’re getting – honestly, I wish I picked one of their other options of gift with purchase.
MAKEUP REVOLUTION Pastel Lights Shadow Palette
An average quality palette. Some shades are great, like those mint greens and orange, but the purples need more building up, especially the light one. I wore a purple look one day and the eyeshadows were mostly still on at the end of the day.
NAM Wet Lips Lipstick
03 Dark Nude
This smells like old (expired) lipsticks. I don’t know if that’s its original smell or mine is off. It’s a basic creamy lipstick, not very glossy despite the name. Formula is smooth and fully opaque. Colour is a medium brown with some peach-rosy tones.
PINK PANDA Nail Polish
I didn’t know Pink Panda has its own brand. I like this light warm pink shade. Formula is smooth and unproblematic to apply. This is two coats on the nails. Everything lasts well on me, as does this formula.
PLANET REVOLUTION The Everything Balm
A multi-use balm for face, body and hair that was in that shiny Ličila.si surprise bag. I haven’t opened it yet. Reviews praise it on Revolution’s website, but everything is praised on their website. It has a security seal, but based on the pictures online, this looks about the same texture as the Palmer’s Tummy Butter.
OPI Nail Polish
The Pearl of Your Dreams
I saw this on one of the few blogs
that still posts reviews and it immediately went on my wishlist even though I stick to cheap brands. It looks like the perfect winter-icy shade. I found it in Müller, which I did not expect, since it’s a LE. One coat is fairly sparse, but three costs get you full opacity. Removal is difficult as with all glitter nail polishes, though this is one of those glitters that feels quite smooth on the nails, so removal is not as lengthy as with some others.
EVELINE COSMETICS Gel Lacquer
I said I’ll never buy an Eveline Gel Lacque formula again after the disaster the first shade
I tried was (it forms bubbles), but I saw this gold and I got it because such shades are rare, especially here. It’s much better quality than the creamy shade I had before. It’s semi-sheer with one coat and looks like a very nice topper, while for the intensity in the picture I applied 3 layers. It didn’t form bubbles or was in any other way problematic. The shade is more of a yellow gold than I’d like, but it’s so far the gold shade with the smallest glitter particles I’ve found that I can get without ordering online.
CEZANNE Deep Moisture Skin Conditioner
A repurchase, though this packaging is different than my old one. I use every day morning and nights. It’s a hydrating liquid that’s easy to layer and contains all the good stuff – ceramides, different versions of hyaluronic acid, extracts, aminoacids, cholesterol,…. I have to order it from Asia, but at least one bottle lasts a very long time.
COSRX Full Fit Toner Propolis Synergy
This is just a mini because I didn’t want to commit to a full size, but 50 ml should last me a while. It’s a toner that contains 72.6% of Black bee Propolis extract and 10% Honey extract. The texture is nice – thicker than toner, but not as thick as a serum. It reminds me of an Etude House Collagen toner I used to have. I haven’t been using it that long, but so far my skin is behaving well. I like it a lot more than the renewed It’s Skin Propolis serum, so when it runs out, I’ll likely get a full size.
A’PIEU Honey & Milk Lip Oil
I’ve had Clarin’s Lip Oil on my wishlist since forever. This looked similar based on reviews and it’s only 4 €. It’s soo nice. A super thick lip glos that isn’t sticky and it just lasts on the lips for ages. It’s nicely glossy, though like all glosses the shine eventually fades, but there’s plenty of product left to care for the lips. It has no scent though, I wish it smelled like honey. The applicator is I think very similar to the Clarins one, a big doe foot.
ROHTO MENTHOLATUM Melty Cream Lip SPF25/PA+++
Someone recommended me this a long time ago when I was asking for a nice lip balm (I found Bee Natural
through those recommendations too). Reviews praise this highly and it has a SPF, which is said doesn’t leave a bad taste. I picked Milky Vanilla because it was cheapest, but there are also honey, matcha and no scent versions. It’s actually the same texture as Bee Natural, Palmer’s Swivel Stick
and Lip Smacker (that Panda and Unicorn
I have), so yes an excellent lip balm, but also nothing I haven’t tried before. However, it has an SPF and no bad taste because of it.
Repurchase. My favourite sheet mask. Sheet is thin, there’s plenty of honey smelling essence and it really makes my skin more even and brighter. It has tons honey extract and propolis.
Repurchase. Another favourite sheet mask. It has a comfortable, nourishing formula and a thin sheet. This one helps tone down any redness or irritation.
SCHAEBENS Milch & Honig Tuch Maske
I finally found this in Müller. It’s a sheet mask with propolis, which my skin loves. Ingredients looks like this should suit my dry skin, as it has macadamia oil, almond oil and honey, but also niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Instructions recommend you put this in warm water before you open it, so I used this with Foreo UFO
, as it heats the masks to 45°C. Formula is rich for a sheet mask – it’s a milky lotion. There is a lot of essence is the pack and even though I went over the mask with the UFO three times (that device helps a lot of essence absorb so much quicker), there was enough of it left for my entire body. As for effect: I didn’t notice anything special. My skin was nourished and that was it. Unusually propolis masks leave my skin with a bit of a glow, but this one is a standard nourishing mask. The mask not as thin as some Korean ones, but it was comfortable enough and size was appropriate. Would I buy it again? Honestly I don’t know. If we had Korean masks for cheap here, I’d say no, but this has nice ingredients and it’s available in Müller, so maybe I’ll buy it again. I don’t love it as much as their pink hydrogel mask
(which looks like it’s discontinued).
CERAVE Reparative Hand Cream
A simple formulation with added ceramides, cholesterol and hyaluronic acid. I loved this straight away. It’s thick and rich, yet it absorbs fast, so there’s quickly no greasy residue on the skin. It reminds me of L’Occitane Shea 20% cream, which is also thick and fast absorbing. This has no fragrance. It replaced Balea Urea as my favourite affordable hand cream.
MOROCCANOIL Smoothing Lotion
This was on my wishlist for ages, especially since I’m a huge fan of the mask
and recently the Smoothing conditioner
. But mostly you can get only the 300 ml version and given that I wasn’t a big fan of the Hydrating Styling Cream, I wanted to get a small size. My cousin bought me this mini. It’s amazing. It makes my hair feel so silky and so much better. Together with the Smoothing conditioner my hair dries frizzy free, softer and feeling silky. It’s doesn’t weight down the like hair (like Hydrating Cream does if I don’t use it alone) and it doesn’t leave it sticky. Moroccanoil continues to impress me.
LA RIVE Solare
This is a supposed “dupe” for Nivea Sun fragrance, which we still don’t have here. It smells just like European sunscreens (Nivea and a bit like Sun Dance). It’s summer in a bottle for me. It loses much of its strength quickly, but some of the fragrance still lingers hours later.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA Definition eau de parfum
I got this as a gift. I remember it so differently, much more powdery. I loved it when I first tried it, put it on my wishlist straight away – but this isn’t it. Did it go through a reformulation? Or is my memory off? It’s very floral, I don’t get any fruity notes in this. Base smells strange to me, I can’t describe I, but the dry down is somewhat soapy. Maybe I’ll change my mind about it when I give it another go in some time or when the weather is warmer.
Top notes: Red apple, italian mandarin and sicilian bergamot
Middle notes: Vanilla orchid and diamond orchid
Base notes: heliotrope, musk, hinoki wood and ambergris
ORIFLAME Love Potion Sensual Ruby
New flanker of Oriflame’s Love Potion fragrance. It’s classified as floral gourmand scent with notes of ruby chocolate.
Top notes: red berries, peony and orange
Heart: ruby chocolate accord, white floral bouquet and rose
Base: cedarwood, caramelised nuts and musk
I haven’t tried the original Love Potion, I only remember the pink Secret version, which based on scented pages in the catalogue is less deep and smells like white chocolate with strawberries. Sensual Ruby is a deep, yet juicy fruity fragrance. I get plenty of red berries, some fresh orange from the start with a sweet, sensual deep base. If you like scents like Good Girl and Paco Rabanne Black XS, you’ll like it. It smells very familiar to me, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s mostly fruity from the start, then becomes more floral with a subdued rose note and a base that’s sweet spicy-powdery. It’s a strong fragrance that leaves a trace in the room and lingers on the skin for quite a while.
WOMEN’ SECRET Gold Seduction Eau de parfum
Top notes: Raspberry, Bergamot, Lemon and Mandarin Orange
Middle notes: Jasmine, Peach and White Flowers
Base notes: Vanilla, Cashmeran, Musk, Cedar and Patchouli
First burst is straight up bubble gum – a fruity-sugary scent. The dry down is completely different, as it becomes a lot deeper, richer scent. People say this is a dupe for Black Opium – I agree it’s similar and if you walked past someone wearing it, they might say “it’s Black Opium you’re wearing, right?” because it has similar “DNA” and smells more expensive than it is. However, it’s missing the coffee note, so that bitterness Black Opium has and it’s more fruity when I put my nose to the skin (berries). For 19 € (100 ml) you can’t miss if you like such scents, as it also lasts quite well, but it’s not very unique and there are many fragrances with this fruity-floral-vanilla-patchouli mix. This has gold shimmer in it, which looks beautiful in the bottle and though with one spray there’s only some glitter particles on the skin.
WOMEN’ SECRET Rose Seduction Eau de parfum
Top notes: Tangerine, Orange Blossom and Apple
Middle notes: Sweet Notes and Jasmine
Base notes: Vanilla and Musk.
This is a purse size, but the bottle is the same as the Gold version. The liquid is pink and the bow is silver, but it again has shimmer inside. First blast is very reminiscent of La Vie Est Belle, so fruity-sugary sweet with vanilla. Later it becomes more powdery floral on me, almost soapy in an elegant feminine way. It lacks the praline-patchouli combination to be like LVEB, but the rest is similar, so it’s like a softer sister. Both fragrances are strong and last well, though this one is weaker of the two.
BETTY BARCLAY Wild Flower eau de toilette
Top notes: Lemon, Pink Pepper, Raspberry
Heart: Jasmine, Rose, Peony
Base: Cedarwood, Tonka Bean Vanilla
A basic fruity floral, nothing I haven’t smelled before, but it’s a simple fragrance to wear. It’s fresh, sweet, floral and clean – it has that shampoo scent vibe. I actually carry their Dream Away
always in my purse because it’s a scent that’s just nice and neutral, so I can spray it anytime. Wild Flower is a similar scent. I don’t get tonka bean or vanilla in this, the base is mostly woody, so it comes off as an airier, lighter scent than the notes might indicate. I mostly get pink pepper and raspberry from the start, then it turns floral-woody with notes of peony and cedarwood. Staying power and strength of scent is not the best.
A repurchase. This is one of the best drugstore hair masks I’ve found so far. It leaves my hair feeling silky, detangled and it’s nourishing enough for my very dry hair.
BOROTALCO Deo Stick Original
My first repurchase. This replaced Dove’s coconut version I’ve been using for many years, as I think it’s discontinued and I don’t like the original stick version. This is so far working well for me.
AFRODITA COSMETICS The Magical Story of Christmas Gift Set
I got this so long ago, so it’s mostly gone (vidim, da je še nekaj škatel na Mimovrste) Set contains a shower gel and body milk that smell like sweet almond, orange and warm vanilla – set for 2021 had the same products in a different packaging.
AFRODITA COSMETICS Happy Holidays Hand Cream
A scented hand cream with a fragrance with notes of nuts, warm vanilla and cookies. It’s light, absorbs fast and the scent lingers.