*CATRICE Kaviar Gauche 2020 Pressed Pigment Palette
C01 Crystal Collection
*CATRICE Kaviar Gauche 2020 Highlighter
C01 Glow Couture
*CATRICE Kaviar Gauche 2020 Multipurpose Brush
A great, soft flat kabuki brush. I use this a lot mostly for powder, but I’d use this brush for foundation as well. These short kabuki brushes are so handy for us with poor eyesight because you don’t hit the mirror with them.
*BOURJOIS Always Fabulous Long Lasting Stick Foundcelar
410 Beige Dore
*BOURJOIS Rouge Velvet Ink
*BOURJOIS Rouge Fabuleux
05 Peanut Better
BALEA Milder Reinigungs Schaum
A repurchase. A gentle cleansing foam that I use as a second cleanser after oil cleansing or alone when I don’t wear makeup & SPF. They’ve changed the packaging a bit since my last one, but only the label. I haven’t opened it yet to see if the formula is now any different, but I don’t think it is.
DM, 1.99 €
SCHAEBENS Vitamin C Hydrogel Maske
Müller, 2.95 €
CEZANNE Skin Conditioner High Moist
One of my favourite skin care products that I use this every day. It’s a light toner-like product that’s feels hydrating and is great for layering. It contains ceramides, 3 types of hyaluronic acid, collagen, amino acids and more. Bottle has a very generous 500 ml which lasts a long time. It’s fragrance free.
THE INKEY LIST Niacinamide
I finally managed to get one of these, since it tend to be out of stock a lot of the times. It contains 10% of niacinamide, some squalane, radish root ferment filtrate and hyaluronic acid, so when it comes to ingredients I like it most among similar products. I knew this is only available in the 30 ml size, but man it the bottle small. I hope it will last for a while nonetheless. It’s a light gel type of product that’s easy to spread, but it forms a filter, so it can peel at times when I apply something on top, particularly when I want to do a face massage with an oil. I haven’t had it for a long time, so I can’t say much about the results yet.
Feel Unique, 6.33 €
The INKEY List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment
I got this as a gift for someone after I read some positive reviews about it. Some praise it that it truly helps the hair grow. It contains 1% caffeine powder, 1% Redensyl and 1% betaine. Packaging doesn’t look practical and it’s small with only 50 ml. It’s metal and it doesn’t have a nozzle, so I hope will won’t turn out to be too troublesome to apply. Don’t expect a report about this.
Feel Unique, 13.62 €
BALEA Cremedusche White Gloss
This is hands down the best coconut scent DM ever made. Their coconut scents tend to be fresh and not sweet-creamy, so they end up kind of plastic-smelling, but this one has just the right combination of notes that complement the coconut which is most noticeable in this scent. It’s warm, creamy and a tiny bit powdery due to the iris, so this is truly a fantastic scent. Too bad it’s just a LE.
DM, 0.99 €
DRESDNER ESSENZ Wärme und Festlichkeit Duche
This isn’t what expected given that it has a gingerbread on the packaging, which lead me to believe this will smell like cinnamon/Christmas spices cookies, instead the strongest note is orange. I’ve never been a fan of orange spicy scents, they are so overdone in Christmas season where I live along with cinnamon apple. BBW does the best Christmas scents and I should really focus on those instead of feeling perpetually disappointed by the local offering.
Müller, 3.49 €
MOROCCANOIL Dry Body Oil
Moroccanoil has body products too. I picked this based on the ingredients because it looked like something I could use for hair too and I was right. It’s similar to Nuxe’s oil, though perhaps even a bit lighter and faster absorbing, though it’s been a while since I applied Nuxe on my body (I use it almost exclusively for my face). It’s not terribly oily feeling and it leaves a nice sheen on the skin, plus it’s of course nicely nourishing as you’d expect from any oil. This comes with a spray, so it’s even easier to apply a light mist of the product on the skin, though you can just keep the regular cap on it that’s what you prefer (it comes with both). I’ve tried it on the hair first and it’s that great in-between product where it’s not too heavy like for example coconut oil and it’s a lot more nourishing that regular silicone oils (including their Treatment), so I’ll use this a lot of days when my hair is feeling dry. It’s very strongly scented with the typical Moroccanoil scent, which is difficult to describe, an oriental-ish salon scent. The scent lingers for hours, so this acts like a fragrance. It’s such a splurge, but the quality is there.
Müller, 1.99 €
LA CROA Argan Macadamia Oil Cream for Curly & Wavy Hair
Müller, 6.49 €
L’OREAL Elseve Full Resist Brush Proof Cream Leave-in
DM, 4.39 €
GARNIER Botanic Therapy Mask 3-in-1 Multi Usage Coco Cream and Macadamia
DM, 4.69 €
NATURE BOX Repair Mask with Avocado Oil
I was afraid this is going to me a miss because I noticed only at home that it’s from Schwarzkopf and none of the Gliss masks I’ve tried suit me. But this one is luckily ok. I got it because it has shea butter high on the list any my hair tends to like such products. It’s similar to the Garnier one, so nicely nourishing, my hair feels sleek when I’m rinsing it off despite being silicone free, but again frizzy when I dry it. Ok for very dry hair, but I need leave-ins for the added styling factor.
Müller, 5.99 €
49 Dior Addict – This smells so expensive and it kind of reminds me of Christmas/Advent. It’s a really well done vanilla, but it’s not modern and that’s what I like about it because I tired of the same praline or coffee-patchouli-vanilla concoctions that are the most popular fragrances right now (La Vie est Belle, Si, Good Girl, Black Opium, … – my skin just dislikes anything with patchouli so I avoid it.). It starts as a spicy vanilla, but that lasts only a few minutes and that sharpness fades away to make space for a more powdery fruity (orange) vanilla. It’s warm, opulent and elegant, but also quite strong, so one spray is enough and it lasts excellently on the skin.
97 Dior Poison Girl – This smells exactly like chocolate box pralines with fruity liquor. It’s uncanny. It stays like that for a while, but then develops into a classic perfume-y vanilla base that is akin to just about any modern fruity-floral vanilla (without patchouli). I can see why it’s popular, but that vanilla is for my taste rather boring and done so many times – that’s just my opinion. Staying power and projection is excellent.
118 Dior Poison – my new love and I’ve been wearing this almost every day since I got it. I’ve read raves upon raves about this fragrance, but I don’t recall seeing this version in my local Müller, only Hypnotic Poison (I could have missed it). It definitely has that pre-2000’s vibe, so this does not have that (to me) boring vanilla base, but it granted for modern tastes smells perhaps somewhat dated. It starts sweet with notes of plum and for a while it has this almost herbal note that I’m not a big fan of, but that base is divine. It’s such a gorgeous powdery + something vanilla. You just don’t get that in modern fragrances anymore. Staying power is outstanding, this lasts all day on the skin and I can smell occasional clouds of this stuff for hours. It’s one of the strongest and most long-lasting scents I’ve tried. My clothes smell of this stuff for days – it’s brilliant.
501 Lancome La Nuit Tresor Nude – I got this for the coconut notes mentioned in reviews. It’s the most neutral and lightest scent of the ones I got, so one for every occasion. Beginning is nicely fruity-creamy with noticeable notes of coconut, though not in a traditional tropical way. It’s weakest of the scents I got and it lasts maybe 4-5 hours on the skin. Silage is moderate. I like it, at lot actually, though it could be stronger, but if spray it several times it lasts ok.
5.50 € for 15 ml.
BATH AND BODY WORKS Fine Fragrance Mist
I was not a fan of this scent the first time I tried it, as It smelled so weirdly musty to me, like a walk in cold, foggy autumn weather, which I just hate, but I tried it again already in summer I completely changed my mind about it. I wasn’t sure whether it was the hot weather that helps it smell nicer or my chemistry changed, but now I can’t get enough of it even in these cold month. It’s such a brilliant apple scent that’s fresh, clean, yet warm. It’s not as sweet as BBW’s Champagne Candle Apple and it’s more unisex, kind of an “atmosphere scent”, by that I mean it doesn’t smell like a perfume, it smells like autumn and winter to me – apples, leaves and something musky. That odd musty note that bothered me in the past is completely gone now. Just a really nice scent and it lasts quite ok for such a mist with no vanilla-amber base, at least on clothes I can smell it for days, but on the skin it’s expectedly not super long-lasting.
BATH AND BODY WORKS Fine Fragrance Mist
This is a difficult scent to describe, but I feel it’s one of those crowd pleasers most will like. At first I smell gentle note of cherry and a tiny bit of coconut, but it’s a well-blended scent where nothing stands out. It’s in the same groups as Twilight Woods and Cashmere Glow, meaning it’s not sweet or fruity, it’s just a warm, cosy scent, but this one leans to a powdery fragrance, like you’d mix the warm, smooth woody-amber base of Twilight Woods and Cashmere Glow with Almond Flower that smells like a fancy baby powder. I like this one a lot, though it’s not quite as special as Twilight Woods.
eBay, 15 €
*CHRISTINA AGUILERA Eau so Beautiful
Top notes: pomelo, wild strawberry and violet leaf;
Heart: magnolia, gardenia, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley;
Base: vanilla, sandalwood and musk.
This is so much like Marc Jacob’s Daisy. They are so alike with a strong floral presence and faint creamy base and no sweetness. I’ve only tried a few of Christina’s fragrances, but this feels quite a departure from her regular scents. It’s much fresher, lighter and very much a spring fragrance for me. I prefer her Definition fragrance, which is such a well done powdery scent. This isn’t particularly strong at least not for long and it stays close to the skin, but it’s more longlasting than Naomi’s fragrance.
*NAOMI CAMPBELL Here to Stay
Top notes: raspberry and black currant
Heart: jasmine and rose
Base notes: vanilla and musk
Mine is missing a cap since it’s meant to be a shop tester, but it’s very similar to the Eau so Beautiful one. This one is a slightly sweeter and a touch sharper scent, which reminds me of lilies-of-the-valley, even though it’s not listed in the notes. It’s a basic fruity floral, kind of like a shampoo with a floral scent, so clean, fresh and compared to Beautiful one more fruity. It’s most similar to Lovestruck by Vera Wang, but it’s not the same.
BALEA Handgel Sense of Magic
DM, 2.49 €
YANKEE CANDLE Votive Candles
Vanilla Cupcake and Black Cherry
Müller, 2.49 €
L’OREAL Excellence Crème Triple Care Color
8.1 Light Ash Blonde
My standard colour for toning, I’ve talked so much about it and used up many boxes. It’s not strong enough on its own to get my dark brown hair to anything more than orange (when used with a 12% developer instead of the added one), so still 3-4 shades too dark, but I use it after bleaching with a 3% developer to remove strong golden-brassy tones.
DM, 6.79 €
GARNIER Color Naturals Crème Nourishing Permanent Hair Color
9.1 Natural Extra Light Ash Blonde & 7.1 Natural Ash Blonde
Two extras also for toning, my just in case colours, especially 7.1 which fixes orange roots. They are much cheaper than L’Oreal and still really good, just small (100 ml vs. 120 ml at L’Oreal) and with only a pitifully small conditioner satchels.
DM & Interspar, 3.79 €