Mateja’s Beauty Blog: January Favorites and Wishlist

#NAJOLEARI #AbsoluteStayEyeshadow #04GoldenBrown
#ProductReview #CreamEyeshadow #OneSwipeCoverage #LongLasting #NoCreasing #IntensifyShades

This cream eyeshadow from NAJ OLEARI is absolutely amazing. With just one swipe, it provides full coverage that blends easily without losing intensity. It also lasts incredibly well on my eyelids. Throughout the day, there is no creasing and only minimal fading. Additionally, it can be used as a base to intensify similar shades. While the color, 04 Golden Brown, is quite basic, it’s a shade that I personally love to wear often.

#CERAVE #MicellarCleansingWater
#SimpleIngredients #EffectiveRemoval #Hydrating

CERAVE’s Micellar Cleansing Water is a game-changer. It has simple yet effective ingredients such as niacinamide, ceramides, cholesterol, and no fragrance. Even with heavy makeup, it does the job perfectly. There is no residue left behind and it provides a nice hydrating feeling. Currently, this is my go-to micellar water and I believe it will remain so for a long time.

#CERAVE #ReparativeHandCream
#TopHandMoisturizer #SimpleIngredients #ThickAndRich #FastAbsorption

I instantly became a fan of CERAVE’s Reparative Hand Cream, replacing my previous favorite, Balea’s Urea. The simple yet nourishing ingredients, including ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid, provide the essential care that my skin needs. The formula is nicely thick and rich, but absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue on the skin.

#THEBODYSHOP #BodyButterArgan
#ThickAndRichFormula #LovelyScent #ComfortingPerfume #CreamyNote

I have always been a fan of THE BODY SHOP’s thick and rich body butter formula. The scent of their Argan body butter is just lovely. It reminds me of a comforting perfume for cold months, with hints of nuts, slight spiciness, bitterness, and a touch of vanilla or amber, all mixed with a delightful creamy note. It has a feminine touch while still providing the clean creaminess I desire in a fragrance.

#MOROCCANOIL #IntenseHydratingHairMask
#FavoriteHairMask #Nourishing #SilkyHair #Long-LastingScent

Among my favorite hair masks, MOROCCANOIL’s Intense Hydrating Hair Mask stands out. The brand consistently delivers great formulas for my thick, dry hair. This particular mask nourishes my hair exceptionally well, leaving it feeling silky. What sets it apart is the long-lasting floral amber scent typical of Moroccanoil products. This unique fragrance lingers for days, making it stand out from other formulas.

#MOROCCANOIL #TreatmentOriginal
#BestHairOil #ShineAndSmooth #DreamProduct

Though I rarely use it due to my large stash of hair oils, MOROCCANOIL’s Treatment Original has proven to be the best in my collection. It falls under the category of silicone oils that provide shine and smoothness to the hair. However, this particular product makes my hair look its absolute best. I have been dreaming of purchasing a full-size bottle for ages, but first, I must use up some of my other oils.

#MOROCCANOIL #MendingInfusion
#HairStrengthener #SmoothingEffect #DryEnds

Recently, I acquired a second bottle of MOROCCANOIL’s Mending Infusion. While it may not provide the same results as the Treatment Original, it boasts impressive ingredients. Packed with proteins and amino acids, this product helps strengthen the hair, particularly the ends. The lightweight lotion is designed to be a finisher for dry hair, but I have also used it on damp hair with excellent results. It effectively smooths down the hair and hides the appearance of dry ends.

#ImpressiveScent #FamiliarFeeling #SilkyRichTexture

At first, SUBRINA’s REPAIR Oil didn’t strike me as particularly special, as most similar products tend to be good anyway. However, the scent has gradually won me over. It transports me back to my childhood, reminiscent of a lip balm called Tutti Fruiti, which had warm vanilla, fruity notes, and a sugary-sweet bubble gum aroma. The oil feels wonderfully rich and nourishing.

#LARIVE #Solare
#BeachVibes #NostalgicScent #AffordableFragrance

LARIVE’s Solare is an amazing fragrance that instantly evokes memories of summery days at the beach. It is said to be a “dupe” for Nivea Sun fragrance, which unfortunately isn’t available where I am. However, Solare captures the essence of European sunscreens, specifically Nivea and Sun Dance. Despite its affordable price of 10€, it does lose some of its strength quickly. Nevertheless, I can still smell a sweeter and fainter version of the scent hours after application.

#TANGLETEZZER #WetDetanglingHairbrush
#FavoriteHairbrush #EffortlessDetangling #SoftBristles

I rarely mention this, but the TANGLE TEZZER Wet Detangling Hairbrush is my everyday hero. I absolutely love this hairbrush as it effortlessly glides through my hair, easily detangling any knots. The bristles feel much softer than those found in cheaper versions of such brushes. I have been using TANGLE TEZZERS for over a decade, and the ones with a handle are the best.

#MISSHA #PerfectBlancBB #SPF50 #RosyShade
#APIEU #HoneyAndMilkLipOil
#AFRODITACOSMETICS #CleanPhaseCollagenSolutionMoisturisingToner
#ESSENCE #PureNudeBakedBlush
#PUPA #WonderMePowderNoPowder
#MAYBELLINE #FitMeFreshTint #SPF50
#MIXA #NiacinamideGlowIlluminatingMoisturizer

These are products currently on my wishlist. I have been eyeing the Missha Perfect Blanc BB in the shade Rosy, as it seems to have a lighter hue. It promises to even out and brighten the skin tone, containing niacinamide, centella asiatica, vitamin C, and various extracts. Another item that caught my attention is A’PIEU’s Honey & Milk Lip Oil. It appears to be similar to Clarin’s Lip Oil, but at a more affordable price of 4€. Additionally, I am interested in AFRODITA COSMETICS’ Clean Phase Collagen Solution Moisturising Toner, as it features ingredients like panthenol, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Then, there’s the Essence Pure Nude Baked Blush collection. While it’s already available in the US, I am eagerly waiting for it to be released in my country. Lastly, I am intrigued by PUPA’s Wonder Me Powder-No-Powder, which claims to instantly perfect and smooth the complexion without leaving any trace on the face while minimizing pores. This may not be a necessary addition to my collection, but my curiosity has been piqued. I’m also keeping an eye out for the release of MAYBELLINE’s Fit Me Fresh Tint with SPF 50, as I generally enjoy their foundations, particularly Fit Me Matte + Poreless. Lastly, MIXA’s Niacinamide Glow Illuminating Moisturizer has caught my attention with its inclusion of squalane, niacinamide, and vitamin C. They also have a micellar water in the range. Recently, I noticed that new Catrice products are already on their website and on Slovene DM website. There are many intriguing items, but I prefer to see them in person before making a decision. Blushes, in particular, have captured my interest.

NAJ OLEARI Absolute Stay Eyeshadow 

04 Golden Brown

Such a great cream eyeshadow. It’s opaque with one swipe, it blends easily and without losing too much intensity, plus it lasts so well on my eyelids. There’s not creasing and little fading through the day, and it also works great as a base to intensify similar shades. This colour is quite basic, a simple bronze shade, but it’s a type of shade I like to wear often. 

CERAVE Micellar Cleansing Water 

A micellar water with simple, nice ingredients (niacinamide, ceramides, cholesterol and no fragrance) that does the job even with heavy makeup. There’s no residue and it feels nicely hydrating. At the moment this is my favourite micellar water and I think it might remain that for a long time. 

CERAVE Reparative Hand Cream

I was an instant fan of this hand cream and it replaced Balea’s Urea as my top drugstore hand moisturizer. It’s got lovely simple ingredients the skin needs – ceramides, cholesterol and hyaluronic acid – while the formula is nicely thick and rich, yet it absorbs fast, so there’s quickly no greasy residue on the skin.

THE BODY SHOP Body Butter Argan

I’ve long been a fan of TBS’ thick and rich body butter formula. This scent is just lovely – it smells like a comforting perfume for cold months with nuts, something slightly spicy & bitter and vanilla or amber but all mixed with this lovely creamy note. It’s more feminine than Shea, but still has that clean creaminess I want in a fragrance.

MOROCCANOIL Intense Hydrating Hair Mask

One of my favourite ever hair mask. Morocccanoil has such great formulas for my thick, dry hair. This nourishes my hair so well and leaves it feeling silky. After I use this, my hair smells like that typical Moroccanoil floral amber scent for days – something that doesn’t happen with any other formula. 

MOROCCANOIL Treatment Original

I have a small bottle of this, so I rarely use it, while I’m trying to use up my big stash. I picked it up recently again and I have to say it’s currently the best in my collection. These types of silicones oils all do the same thing, so give shine and smooth the hair, but at this one my hair looks its best. I’ve been dreaming of getting a full size bottle since forever, but I need to use up at least some of my oils first.   

MOROCCANOIL Mending Infusion

I recently got a second bottle of this. While I don’t find it makes my hair as nice as the Treatment, its ingredients are more impressive. It has lots of proteins and aminoacids, so it’s a product that helps strengthen the hair. It’s a lightweight lotion for the ends that instructions say to use on dry hair as a finisher, but I use it both on damp and dry hair, and it nicely smooths down the hair and hides the look of scruffy, dry ends.


Originally I didn’t find this oil that special, since all such products tend to be good anyway, but while the scent didn’t wow me from the start, I have to admit now that I get why everyone is raving about it. It smells like something from my childhood, a lip balm of an unknown brand, but the scent was called Tutti Fruiti and it’s this great mix of warm vanilla, fruity notes and something sugary-sweet like a bubble gum. They need to make a body mist with this scent and the scent of Repair shampoo & conditioner, which have a better version of Olympea type of scent. This is one of the most “oily-feeling” such silicone oils, meaning it’s quite rich. 

LA RIVE Solare

This is such an amazing fragrance that instantly transports me to summery days at the beach. Apparently it’s a “dupe” for Nivea Sun fragrance, which we still don’t have here – Solate really smells just like European sunscreens (Nivea and a bit like Sun Dance). This is 10 €, so a cheap fragrance that  loses much of its strength quickly, but I can smell the developed sweeter fainter version of the scent hours after application. 

TANGLE TEZZER Wet Detangling Hairbrush 

I never mention this, but this my everyday hero. I love this hair brush – it just glides through the hair, detangles knots where needed and the bristles feel much softer than the cheap versions of such brushes. I’ve been using Tangle Tezzzers for over a decade, but these with a handle are the best. 


MISSHA Perfect Blanc BB SPF50+/PA+++ 19. Rosy – My favourite Missha’s BB is never in stock for some reason, hopefully it’s not being discontinued, but I saw this version around and I’m interested in it, since it looks like it has a light shade. This one promises to even and brighten the skin tone. It contains niacinamide, centella asiatica, a small amount of vitamin C and several extracts, but it’s overall not as impressive as M Perfect Cover BB Cream RX (though it has a higher SPF).

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 €. 

AFRODITA COSMETICS Clean Phase Collagen Solution Moisturising Toner – I just run out of Afrodita Professional Peptide mist that I’ve been using every day for a long time now and this is  similar in terms of ingredients, just that I don’t have to order online and it’s local drugstores. It contains panthenol, hyaluronic acid and peptides. 

ESSENCE Pure Nude Baked Blush – Essence released a whole collection of blushes in their Pure Nude formula (I’m sure you know the popular highlighter they stupidly discontinued, then rereleased in the USA because it was so popular). They’re on the website, but I haven’t seen them here yet. They are already sold in the US, but unusually I don’t see them on German Müller’s website.

PUPA Wonder Me Powder-No-Powder – I’m perfectly happy with Physicians Formula Rose All Day powder, but I can’t help to be curious about this one, as it promises to “instantly perfect and smooth the complexion without leaving any trace on your face.” It also promises to minimize pores. I suspect it’s likely nothing special and I really don’t needed, but I’m interested. 

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Fresh Tint SPF 50 – a new foundation that isn’t here yet, but it’s in some parts of the world. I tend to like Maybelline’s foundations and in particular am a big fan of Fit Me Matte + Poreless. It has a small amount of vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside) and an SPF 50. 

MIXA Niacinamide Glow Illuminating Moisturizer – a new release by Mixa. It contains squalane, niacinamide and vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside). There’s also a micellar water. 

I saw new Catrice products are already on their website and on Slovene DM website. There’s plenty of things I’m interested in, but I want to see them in person before I decide if I’m getting anything. Blushes are most interesting to me. 

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