Recently purchased Missha BB as a replacement for my favorite RX version. #MisshaBB #ProductReview
The coverage of Perfect Blanc is less compared to RX and it doesn’t look as natural in some areas. #PerfectBlanc #Coverage
Surprisingly, shade #19 Rosy in Missha BB is lighter than RX’s #17. #ShadeComparison
However, I find that #19 Rosy is a bit too light for me, which rarely happens. #TooLight #NotMyShade
To achieve the perfect match, I mix the super pale pink toned #19 with It Cosmetics CC in Fair Ivory, which is a shade too dark for me and more yellow toned. #MixAndMatch #PerfectMatch
CC also has higher coverage and improves Missha’s performance. The finish of the two together is nicely dewy and both have SPF 50. #ItCosmeticsCC #ImprovesPerformance
NAJ OLEARI Lovely Cheek Blush 02 Petal Pink doesn’t stand out initially, but it offers good pigmentation and lasts well on the skin. #BlushReview #PetalPink
The packaging of the blush is gorgeous and comes with a velvet pouch and a brush. #GorgeousPackaging #HighEndLook
EVELINE Velvet Matt Lipstick 510 is a dupe for Mac’s Please Me. It has a pale warm pink shade and a creamy formula. #EvelineLipstick #DupeAlert
The lipstick has a nicely matte finish and a light formula that moves with the lips. However, the applicator shape could be improved. #MatteLipstick #NiceFinish
Though not my favorite mascara, it keeps my lashes curled all day. It has a dry formula, making it more natural-looking. #CurlingMascara #NaturalFormula
PANTENE PRO-V Conditioners and Masks Superfood and Repair are reliable haircare products. They leave my hair smooth and silky. #PanteneProV #HaircareProducts
UPDATES: My favorite sunscreens at the moment. #FavoriteSunscreens #SunProtection
NIVEA SUN Dark Spot Control Luminous 630 SPF 50 is my favorite sunscreen as it’s not greasy and has a healthy glow finish. It also fades pigmentation. #NiveaSunscreen #DarkSpotControl
SHISEIDO Urban Environment Age Defense SPF 30 is a lovely sunscreen that has a skin-like finish and makes my skin look smoother. #ShiseidoSunscreen #SkinLikeFinish
AFRODITA COSMETICS Skin Specialist Protective Serum SPF 30 is a light and elegant sunscreen that sinks into the skin quickly and leaves no greasy feeling. #AproditaSunscreen #LightFormula
BALEA Niacinamide Day Cream SPF 30 combines niacinamide with high SPF, providing hydration and protection. It’s great under makeup and doesn’t irritate my eyes. #BaleaNiacinamide #DayCream
SUBRINA Colour Refresh Warm Brown is my current choice for refreshing my colored brown hair. It’s easy to remove when I decide to bleach again. #SubrinaColorRefresh #HairColor
Update: Next, I will try using Warm Brown on its own. #HairCareUpdate #WarmBrown
NAJ OLEARI Lovely Cheek Blush
02 Petal Pink
EVELINE Velvet Matt Lipstick
This is such a beautiful red shade and I like the finish of it – it’s nicely matte and formula is light, so it moves with the lips and there’s no fear it will peel off on some parts. I don’t find it drying nor tight, which goes for most matte liquid lipsticks at me anyway, but this one feels lighter than most. I have two complaints: I’d like to see a better shape of the applicator, so the edges wouldn’t have to be fixed with a lip liner, but it’s not that big of a deal and the staying power isn’t as great as at other similar formulas.
It’s not my favourite mascara, but every time I find something that can keep my lashes curled, it has to go to the favourites post. It’s a very dry formula, which I like, but because of that it’s more of a natural mascara as you can’t apply a ton of heavy coats. It’s truly waterproof, I tested it several times in the shower, but that also means it needs a good waterproof remover. It keeps my lashes curled all day.
PANTENE PRO-V Conditioners and Masks Superfood and Repair
Conditioners and masks I can rely on. Usually I use Repair, but I found a tube of Superfood conditioner in my cupboard and it’s just as amazing. Formula is very nourishing, it leaves my hair smooth and feeling silky. Currently I’m using these in combination with Subrina Colour Refresh masks. After CR has been on my hair for about 5 minutes, I apply this over it, as CR on its own isn’t nourishing enough and it’s silicone free, so my hair is so difficult to comb. This works fast and makes sure my hair is hydrated and detangled.
My selection of favourite sunscreens at the moment.
SUBRINA Colour Refresh
1 tube of Warm Brown with 1/4 tube of Violet
1 tube of Warm Brown with 1/4 tube of Orange.
WISHLIST AND WHAT’S NEW AT THE DRUGSTORE
MAYBELLINE Super Stay 24h Skin Tint – I saw this on German DM’s website and I haven’t found it here yet. Given that Maybelline usually has good pale shades and I often like their formulas, I’d love to try this.
BOURJOIS Velvet The Pencil – I don’t know if this is new or a repromote. Maybe they just changed the packaging a bit. I found them in DM and I like all five shades we have.
TOO FACED Born This Way Ethereal Light Illuminating Smoothing Concealer – There are two BTW concealers and the other is matte, which I assume my skin won’t like. I saw this one recently and it looks like a better choice for me, plus it has illuminating in the name.
BALEA Festes Duschpeeling Pfirsich & Amaranth (solid shower peeling) – Lush has had something like this for ages and it’s nice to see something like it in a drugstore. I didn’t see it DM today and I was looking for it.
BALEA Teint Perfection Pflegender Concealer – this is very new and I’ve only seen it as an ad on IG and on German DM site. I doubt the shade would fit me, but anyway, I’m disappointed with the ingredients list, as it has nothing of note, yet they call it a caring concealer. This is a LE.
BALEA MED Ultra Sensitive Bodycrème Cica – I hope this has a thick texture and not one of those watery ones Balea usually has. It basically just has Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract from the more interesting ingredients and I think it’s a missed opportunity they didn’t add stuff like ceramides, panthenol, cholesterol, urea and niacinamide
GARNIER Vitamin C Glow Booster Night Serum and Eye Care – finally something that looks decent from Garnier. Their other vitamin C serum is full of alcohol and with only 3,5% of 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid. This one has 10% of ascorbic acid and is alcohol free, plus it has adenosine, the compulsory hyaluronic acid and a hint of salicylic acid. The eye cream is less impressive vitamin C-wise (it has ascorbly glucoside), but it has niacinamide, caffeine, adenosine and a bunch of extracts.
BALEA Kopfhaut-Balance Pflege Serum 5% Panthenol – This caught my eye a while ago on IG and it certainly sounds like something I need. However I read the texture is heavy and it’s better as a pre-wash scalp treatment.
BALEA PROFESSIONAL Plex Care 2 in 1 Hair Mask – As much as the fact they are clearly trying to give an impression this is an Olaplex equivalent (dupe) pisses me off (it’s definitely not, as it doesn’t have bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, the bond building ingredient), ingredients-wise this isn’t bad. But it is just a basic keratin + aminoacid repairing treatment, something that has been on the market for decades in various forms. For non-difficult/mildly dry & damaged hair, it should be nice, but I have poor experience with Balea’s hair care, so I’ll likely skip it.
BALEA Silber Glanz All-in-one Sprűhpflege – they really tried to make this a super versatile product. It’s a hydrating leave-in with proteins plus hair protection and if I understand this correctly, purple tones to neutralise yellow on blonde hair. My experience with purple leave-ins has not been the best (shampoos, masks and conditioners are the best way to distribute the product evenly), but maybe this one is better.
BALEA Haar Parfűm Honolulu Vibes – A summery hair perfume. It just says tropical scent, so I wonder if by that they mean the classic coconut with tiare or something else.