BOURJOIS Rouge Edition Velvet
A repurchase. This is one of my favourite ever shades for so many years and old my tube was by now too old to use, so I got another. It’s one of the first liquid matte lipsticks I’ve tried and it’s not really the “real deal” like most are today, as it’s has a mousse type of formula that takes 5-10, sometimes even 15 minutes to set to a matte finish and it doesn’t apply evenly fully opaque in the first coat, but it ends ups a lot more natural looking than opaque liquid formulas that instantly dry to a uniform layer on the lips. It looks more like the lips were stained that way, but it also doesn’t last as long as some formulas. However, formulas differ a lot between the shades, Olé Flamingo dries matte fastest and it lasts longest, while Grand Cru is essentially useless. Nude-ist is the best performing shades out of the ones I tried and remained useful longest. Nude-ist is a great every day colour, it’s a medium muted warm pink, kind of difficult to describe, but I’ve loved it since day one.
RIMMEL Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner
063 Eastend Snob
Notino, 3,06 €
REVLON Colorstay Full Cover Foundation
experience the floating head effect I get.
REVLON Colorstay Looks Book
REVOLUTION SKINCARE Multi Acid Peeling Solution
This wasn’t my first choice, but TO’s and The Inkey’s List Lactic Acid have been out of stock for so long that I settled for this, since I had nothing apart from a few scraps of already expired stuff. I know it’s considered a poor performing dupe for TO 30% AHA, which does nothing on me, so I might seem odd why I chose this, but I decided to try it because it has lactic acid as the main ingredient unlike TO’s which has more glycolic, as I find the latter has no effect on my skin and I had a bit more success with Ecooking mask that has mostly lactic acid. It’s truly a poor man’s TO 30%. Formula is much lighter with a sheer tint compare to wine red TO. I feel zero tingling and I got no results from this, so no smooth or brighter skin. The BHA part might come in handy when I have breakouts, just like TO kinda helped a bit too.
Ličila.si, 11,19 €
REVOLUTION SKINCARE 1% Bakuchiol Serum
I’m sure you’ve heard of bakuchiol by now, if not haven’t google it. Retinol so far has done nothing on my skin, TO’s is particularly annoying to me, while the rest feel like I’ve been using nothing, so honestly I don’t expect much from this, but it’s worth a try. The Inkey List has a cheap one, but since their Niacinamide serum doesn’t suit my skin that well, I opted for this other still affordable version, though I’m not a particular fan of Revolution. This is a lotion type of texture with a lavender tint and it’s ok for layering over, but sometimes it can peel on the edges of the face when I apply oil over it. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and I see nothing, not that I thought I will so fast, but it’s nice simple product to include in the routine and it’s not breaking me out.
Ličila.si, 10,39 €
BALEA Q10 Anti-Falter Energy 24-Pflege
DM, 3.49 €
BALEA Vitamin C Konzentrat
Another products with Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate. Like most of these concentrates it has silicones as the first ingredients, regardless it’s a nice formula for a face massage and it doesn’t peel. I have one capsule for one use, though some might use less and get an extra or two uses out, but I apply it on my neck too and for a massage I need a bit extra. As expected it’s not a greasy formula, more like a dry oil instead and it feel nourishing on the skin for my dry skin. I’ve been combining it with the Q10 cream and this combination is working for ok me. It’s not an amazing, life-changing combination, but for the price these two are more than decent.
DM, 1.69 €
BALEA Vitamin C 2-Phasen Tuch Maske
This has a different version of vitamin C than the other two, here it’s Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, plus it has hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and its overall decent in terms of ingredients. It’s in two parts, the serum is in a separate compartment than the mask, which is also soaked in essence, which has different ingredients that the serum. The latter is a classic serum, not super light, neither thick and there’s more than enough for the face + neck. I’m glad to report Balea’s mask material choice has vastly improved since their shaky beginnings. This one is a classic sheet you get at Asian masks, not the super thin one, but that regular thickness that is still very comfortable. It’s completely soaked in essence, so just like Asian masks I had enough when I took it off to apply the rests on the entire body + there was enough a lot of extra essence still in the bag. Scent is nothing special and not strong. It’s not the most moisturizing mask though, I definitely needed extra care when it all absorbed and my skin became a bit tight, but that was from the serum forming a layer on my skin. I didn’t notice an instant glowy skin effect at this one, though the skin looked nice after use. It’s a really nice pampering mask due to material and amount of essence, but at Schaebens pink Cell one I feel results are nicer.
DM, 1.99 €
BALEA Vital+ Intensiv Serum
DM, 4,99 €
BALEA Glowing Moments Straffende Hydrogel Augen Maske
DM, 1,49 €
BABYLOVE Ultra Sensitive Kopf bis Fuß Waschbalsam
DM, 3,29 €
MIXA Baby & Adult Soothing Cleansing Oil for Body & Hair Atopiance
This is not an oil! Why is it in the name when it’s just a run-of-the-mill gel? It’s my fault, I should have checked the ingredients list, but I read it at home on DM’s website and I was apparently looking at another product. I’m not mad though because this is a pleasant formula. Just like Babylove I’ve been using it to wash my hands since I do it so many times a day and this is noticeably less drying than my random soap from Müller. I’ve also started using it for my face, in fact it completely replaced my Balea gel and foam and I think it will stay that way. My skin doesn’t get tight as fast as with Balea gel and this doesn’t irritate my eyes, plus it has nice ingredients with even some niacinamide. I like this, I’ll likely repurchase. It’s not scented.
DM, 3,19 €
DOVE Crème Dusch-Peeling
Macadamia & Reismilch
Oh, this is good! I mean it’s not an amazing scrub like Soap & Glory’s one, but I love the formula of this. It’s so delightfully creamy with a ton of small beads that almost feel like if I were using a baking soda (they are a bit larger) and it scrubs well enough, yet doesn’t feel at all abrasive. The scent is as usual for Dove another great creamy goodness, so I’m really enjoying this one. It has an extra plastic lid inside the pot so the product doesn’t dry out. Love this, it feels such a luxury to use it.
Müller, 3,99 €
DOVE Deeply Nourishing Shower Gel
I’ve been buying the super cheap stuff most of last year (Balea, what else) so buying one of this one again feels so good. Dove is makes the best ever shower gels, they are so creamy and lovely for dry skin. I’m also a huge fan of the classic Dove cream scent.
DM, 2,49 €
DOVE Care & Protect Hand Cream
This caught my eye because it claims to have an anti-bacterial effect (not alcohol based, but with Benzethonium Chloride). I loved the idea of a hand cream and anti-bacterial product in one, especially since most gels can be so drying with frequent use. I don’t rely solely on this and still use my 48 spray often, but it’s a nice, inexpensive hand cream with the extra benefit. Formula is on the light side and absorbs quickly with no residue when applied in a thin coat, but any more there is a bit of stickiness left for a while before it dries. It smells freshly floral, it’s not really a Dove scent I recognize, but it’s a simple, likeable one.
DM, 1.99 €
DOVE Hand Cream Vital
Müller, 1,95 €
BALEA Hornhaut Reduzier Crème
I got this because of reviews, as some say it truly helps with thick, rough skin on the soles and corns (I don’t have the latter, just thick skin). I was apprehensive about believing that because of the ingredients. Since it say has fruit acids on the packaging, I’d expect them high on the list in a larger concentration, but that’s not the case and it’s mostly a nourishing formula. I like the texture, it feels nicely rich just the way I like them. I’ve been using this for a while daily and this hasn’t made a positive difference, but to be fair nor do those peeling socks on me, I just have the weirdest skin when it comes to acids. It has a nice fruity smell.
DM, 1,99 €
DOVE Nourishing Secrets Coconut & Jasmine 48h anti-perspirant
Standard repurchase. I’ve been using this for quite a while now. It’s works and that’s all that matters. I don’t notice the scent anymore, but it’s coconuty.
DM, 3,29 €
NEUTROGENA Hand Cream SPF 20
I kind of have this already, well the SPF25 version that’s sold in DM, while this version is in Müller’s. I got the small one to keep in my pockets. I like the formula of this one, it’s rich, yet it absorbs fast plus it has an SPF, which isn’t the norm here when it comes to hand creams.
Over the Cloud
DM, 0,79 €
Let’s Be Magical
I had the shower gel with this scent and it wasn’t’ anything special, but this one is a nicer floral scent, less citrusy. These are Balea’s classic cream like Nivea or Solea, though they are lighter and absorb faster. They had a ton of limited editions so far and I used to buy the regularly, but I’ve stopped because these get bad way before their expiration date (change texture and become glassy). They work as hand creams well.
DM, 0.99 €
*SEBAMED Anti-Polution Day Care SPF20
This caught my eye because of ingredients as it has fermented lactic acid bacteria high on the list, as well as some niacinamide and Q10 + most importantly some SPF, though it’s a bit low, but for winter good enough. This is a thick and rich moisturiser, which makes it well suited for my dry skin. If I planned to wear this as a sunscreen, I can only get 1/3-2/3 of what it considered the “sufficient amount”, I apply it in a normal amount and it can sit on the skin for a while, but it depends on how dry is my skin. On normal-combination, if not applied in a small amount, this may feel too heavy. Serum exists, which might be lighter and ingredients are very similar. It’s scented with a nice gentle scent and makeup goes over it fine. I like this for this season.
Pharmacies and Müller, about 13 €
*LAZARTIGUE Nourish High Nutrition Mask Shea Butter
Pharmacies, about 40 €
OLAPLEX No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
I have everything Olaplex now apart from the shampoo. I love the results n.0 + n.3 + n.6 create (soft hair) and now I got the conditioner too. I didn’t get it’s turn yet, but I’ll report back if it’s anything special or it contributes even more the the n.0+n3 combo.
Ličila.si, 22,39 €
OGX Bonding Plex Conditioner
OGX Bonding Plex Bonding Cream
A leave-in treatment that’s applied on damp hair after washing. I use this at every wash now. Alone it’s not as effective as in combination with the conditioner, but since it’s a leave-in I can use it with any conditioner I want. It’s a medium thick cream that’s easy enough to apply on the hair. It’s a type of formula that is best on damp hair only. I really appreciate this has a pump.
INEBRYA Ice Cream Keratin Restructuring Mask
I got this due to very impressive looking ingredients, while there are almost no reviews online, so I had no idea what to expect. This is the only mask I’ve found with so much ceramides and it also has proteins high on the list. Formula is very light, like a conditioner that more on the liquid side. I’m more used to rich formulas, so that surprised me because it feels very light. When I was rinsing it off it felt like it has a lot of slip and indeed when I started drying my hair there was no tangled and my brush ran smoothly through the hair. I expected this to make my hair smooth, since ceramides act like a cement of sort and keep the cuticle smooth, but this doesn’t have much frizz control, certainly not like OGX. It’s ok, it was moisturising enough for my hair, though it’s the type where I know effect won’t last long and I’ll have to use considerably more leave-in that at Lazatigue.
DM, 10,99 € (500 ml)
JOHN FRIEDA Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Deep Conditioner Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair
I liked this a lot the first day because it quite successfully for a drugstore mask tames frizz and I had sleeker hair than with most drugstore treatments, but my hair got very dry on the 3rd day (not tangled, though), so this is a mask I have to combine with a lot of leave-ins for my type of hair. I think I’ll explore JF Frizz purple line, it looks like it might be able to handle my super frizzy mane, but I’ll have to combine it with Cantu and La Croa.
DM, 8,79 €
LANGHAARMÄDCHEN Haarmaske Moisture Care
I like the ingredients list of this one because it looks like the perfect hydrating hair mask: glycerine, panthenol, arginine, hyaluronic acid, serin and other amino acids. It has no silicones, which was noticeable on my hair because it wasn’t easy to comb, as this didn’t provide much slip or detangle. Formula is light, though not super liquid and it’s the type that I think won’t weigh down anyone’s hair. For me it was overall way too light, I had an unprecedented level of frizz (it looked like I had twice as much hair. Like Hagrid) and my ends were bone dry on the second day + very tangled. I couldn’t fix it with anything, my hair was just absorbing everything in hours and became so brittle. It has a high feedback online, which I guessing is from people with thin hair that gets weighed down fast, but when I read them some mentioned they have bleached hair and I just don’t get why they like it. Ingredients are great, but this is missing something nourishing for dry hair.
DM, 3,49 €
GUHL Tiefen Aufbau 1 Minute Intenziv Repair Konzentrat
Their mask has been on my list to try for a while, but I picked up these two small versions instead to try first. I could live without trying this. It’s quite a bland formula, like an average conditioner and like most drugstore stuff it kept my ends moisturised for a day and that was it. Formula is thin-medium, easy to apply, but not rich and it has a very strange scent. Not terribly impressive to me, but for thin hair with dry ends it’s going to be just fine.
Müller, 1.95 €
L’OREAL Elvive Dream Lengths Steam Mask
DM, 3,99 €
A repurchase. One of my favourite hair mask precisely because it’s the thickest drugstore formula which my hair needs. Ingredients are fantastic and it’s one of those formulas that manages to make my hair more smooth. I’m still forced to buy these satchels because local Müller still doesn’t have a pot.
Müller, 1.99 €
LA CROA Argan Macadamia Oil Nourishing Mask
I haven’t had this version before. Ingredients are similar than the keratin mask, just with less protein. I’ll report back when I try it.
Müller, 1.99 €
A repurchase. It’s well established I love this. This is my fourth bottle of the best detangler, smoother, shine giver and moisturizer. Awesome stuff, but La Croa needs to make a supersize.
Müller, 8.99 €
AUSSIE Scent-sational Conditioning Leave-in Spray Smooth
When these first came out, the ingredients list & price didn’t exactly drag me into a purchase, however, I just randomly remembered them because I wanted a hair fragrance. Ingredients are actually fine, albeit basic. I like this, a lot. I didn’t read reviews before, but I did after I bought this and was surprised to see a very high feedback – and it deserves it because this is a very unique product. I spray this in the morning and every time I touch my hair during the day, it’s like the scent activates and I get a whiff of the pretty Aussie fruity scent. I was afraid the formula won’t work well on dry hair and it will make the hair too wet, but while it’s not siliconey like La Croa, it doesn’t mess with my hair and make it more frizzy when it dries. It’s not an amazing at smoothing, but still good. The scent aspect is the selling point at this one and I’m glad I took got it.
DM, 7.99 €
FARMASI Keratin Spray
This was on my wishlist since my cousin gave it to me to try once and now she got iz for me as a gift. It makes her hair super soft – now she has a completely different texture than me, her hair is naturally sooo much softer than mine since it’s normal-thin, while mine is thick and coarse. It works on me pretty well too. It’s light, I don’t think it would weight down any type of hair, it’s got nice ingredients, mostly water + silicones + hydrolysed proteins, so great combination for damaged hair. It not like La Croa, so not a detangler and I don’t feel as much slip from it than from the serum, but the softening part gets two thumbs up. Farmasi is a catalogue thing, like Avon and Oriflame.
FARMASI Keratin Therapy Repairing Serum
Another Farmasi product with nice ingredients (honestly I checked the rest and not a lot is interesting apart from this line). It again has hydrolised proteins, so good for damaged hair. Formula is thin, still I wanted it, but it’s the type of texture I have to use 5+ pumps and it still might not be enough for my hair for look smooth and more polished. It’s more suited for thin hair and there’s only 30 ml which won’t last too long if I use it often, but I liked the ingredients and I wanted to have a set of spray and serum.
Eau de Parfum and luxury body lotion
What a well done scent by Avon. Every now or then I head to Fragrantica and explore the fragrance and this caught my eye due to great reviews that describe it as Avon’s best fragrance. It’s a creamy floral, so fresh yet warm, clean and feminine, it’s like a very nice body lotion and the first burst is like spring in a bottle. It smells like a warm, sunny spring day and walking by blooming flowers, which then turns into a creamy goodness. There’s no sharp green or floral note that might bother my nose. The body lotion is not as impressive as the fragrance, it’s ironically unexpected less creamy and jut a basic linear floral. Formula is a thin lotion that’s not really best suited for dry skin and it’s heavily scented as expected.
Notino, 3,90 €
AVON Far Away
Eau de Parfum
Another scent I found through reviews on Fragrantica. It’s described as a great 90’s scent and it is, it definitely reminds me of those days, but it’s not amazing all the time. First impression were good. I smelled a rich, creamy vanilla with a tiny bit of coconut note too, so a nice soft, warm, cosy and creamy fragrance. But the longer I have it, the more I smell fakeness. I get this artificial strong peach first burst and sometimes that vanilla smells like basic bland car freshener. I don’t know why such a change, but BBW makes nicer cosy, warm timeless scents with much less artificial fruity notes.
Notino, 7,90 €
ORIFLAME Lost in You
New Valentine’s fragrance by Oriflame. I got both women’s and men’s fragrance and as you can see on the bottom picture the bottles were designed to fit together.
Lost in You eau de Parfum Her
Top notes: pink pepper, ginger, blackcurrant
Heart: pear, tuberose, peony
Base: ambrox, patchouli, tonka, musk
This starts so spectacularly powdery and warm, I just adore that first burst, but sadly it’s quickly over and it then develops into something less unique, though still nice, a clean, powder, warm scent. In an hour or so it gets the typical Oriflame note that’s in Possess the Secret and a couple other scents. Luckily I detect zero patchouli, which is odd since it’s in the notes and my skin always amplifies it tenfold. It’s not a very long lasting fragrance and it’s gone is a couple of hours.
Lost in You eau de Parfum Him
Top note: Ginger, Rhubarb, Apple
Heart note: Star Anis, Geranium, Tonka
Base note: Sandalwood, Cypriol, Vanilla
I don’t like many male fragrances, they all smell so similar, sharp and bland, but this such a nice one. I think it’s the rhubarb-apple-vanilla combo that makes it smell so good that I consider it unisex. It still has that note in the back that makes it smell “manly”, but in a much less obnoxious fashion than most. It’s clean, powdery, fruity and soft. Some man might consider it too girly or that it doesn’t have the traditional men fragrance vibe to it, but I think younger crowds will enjoy it.