February favourites and wishlist

sreda, februar 28, 2024

Fair Porcelain
Finally an It Cosmetics CC that has a pale shade. It's not as high coverage as the original, but it has a hydrating formula that suits my dry skin. It's lightweight, has a light-medium coverage and a glowy finish. I appreciate the fact that so far it hasn't slipped into my smile lines.

NYX PROFESSIONAL Makeup Bare With Me Concealer Serum
A great natural-looking concealer for dry skin. It layers nicely, doesn't look cakey and doesn't become too dry after a while, since a lot of formulas become matte on my skin. Coverage is about a medium and it covers my under eye circles and redness around the nose ok, but it doesn't quite manage to fully conceal a red blemish. I appreciate that the pump is very precise, so there's no wasted product.

COLOURPOP Going Coconuts Eyeshadow Palette
I recently splurged on the hyped up Natasha Denona palette and I realised that on my non-oily eyelids, Colourpop eyeshadows do the same job. This palette is one of the most popular ones I believe and the only shade in here that isn't that great is the white Palm Reader, but the rest are excellent quality. Mattes are very pigmented, smooth and blend easily. Shimmers are great too, they have a good color payoff and have a nice level of shine. I wore ND and Colourpop one on each eye and they performed the same - neither creased and looked fresh at the end of the day. But shimmer falls down at both.

MAX FACTOR 2000 Calorie Lip Glaze Plumping Lip Gloss
Max Factor has always had great glosses, most recently their Honey Lacquers were my favourite and these are very similar, maybe just a bit richer. Formula feels very balmy and comfortable, they are great for dry lips. Though (intense) glossy shine doesn't last as long as at Catrice's Glossin' Glow lip oils, they hang on the lips for hours. My favourite shade is 085 Floral Cream.

CATRICE Heart Affair LE Highlighter
Aside from the cute packaging of this LE highlighter, this is another really nice formula by Catrice. Shimmer is fine and looks like a nice glow, plus the shade is a neutral champagne.

MELEM Lip & Cheeks
Dreamy Rose
I've recently tried the famous Rare Beauty liquid blush and I just find it hard to work with on my pale skin. So I grabbed this one is my drawer instead and it's so easy. You just swipe it on and blend with fingers. And it's a nicely moisturising lip balm too. This shade is the lighter of the two and is kind of a classic peachy pink that perks up the skin.

WET N WILD Mega Last High-Shine Lip Color
Mad for Mauve
One of my favourite shades because it's close to my natural lip colour and it just defines the lip without looking very makeup-ey. I tend to pick this one when I'm in a hurry because it goes with everything, looks very natural and make you look more put together. Formula is moisturising, so it doesn't have an amazing staying power, but I forgive it at this shade because you can't see it fading.

Eau de parfum
This was love at first smell years ago and now I finally have it. It smells like popcorn, just a lovely salty note that makes it so unique. There's some sweetness from the peach and floral notes include orange blossom and ylang-ylang. After that it becomes a soft vanilla scent, while the rest of the notes include coconut, white musk, ambrette, sandalwood and amberwood.


COLOURPOP Deja Brew Palette - a beautiful wearable collection of neutrals. I already have Stone Cold Fox and Bare Necessities, so I really should be wanting anything else, but this looks pretty.

COLOURPOP Not a Box of Chocolates - very reminiscent of the discontinued Too Faced Chocolate palette. This collection of shades just appeals to me.

COLOURPOP Sweetheart Valentine blush - I've been seeing the Dior pink blush everywhere, but when I went to test it in the shop, I felt disappointed because I could barely pick up any colour. This looks like a similar shade, is cheaper and hopefully more pigmented.

NAJ OLEARI Morning Booster Concealer 01 Chantility - I tested this in Müller and surprisingly for Naj Oleari they have a pale shade. I took an instant liking to it.

BALEA Beauty Expert Cleansing Balm - I had this in my hands when I was in DM and was very tempted to take it, but so far Beauty Expert line hasn't wowed me, so I'm not sure I want to risk it. It's a cleansing balm with 3% squalane and reviews are fairly mixed.

SOME BY MI Retinol Intense Reactivating serum - this caught my eye because it has retinol, retinal and bakuchiol in one product. It also has niacinamide, panthenol, centella asiatica, ginger extract, adenosine, beta glucan, ceramides, madecassoside, resverartrol and a peptide. Everything is likely in small amounts and this probably more for beginners, but I'm interested in it.

BEAUTY OF JOSEON Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal - My usual retinal serum Geek & Gorgeous A Game 10 has been out of stock for ages and I've used up mine a while ago, so I'm trying to find a replacement. This is sold in DM's here and it has 2% Retinal Liposome, as well as niacinamide, ginseng, adenosine, cholesterol, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and a peptide. It's got 30 ml of a product which isn't that little for an eye cream, so I could use this all over.

SOL DE JANEIRO Delicia Drench Body Butter and Cheirosa 59 Perfume Mist - a new scent by SdJ. I saw on Fragrantica it's being compared to BBW Twilight Woods and Body Fantasies Signature Twilight Mist, which are some of my favourite scents. Definitely worth a try.

SATURDAY SKIN Yuzu Vitamin C Sleep Mask - a jelly overnight mask that has some ascorbic acid and retinol, but also niacinamide, cholesterol, ceramides and peptides. It also has citrus extracts, but my skin can handle that.

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  1. I was looking at exactly the same eye creams with retinol. Please, share your experience with them, if you'll try any. Thank you.