EVELINE COSMETICS SOS Lash Booster Multi-Purpose Eyelash Serum 5 in 1
Eveline is a new brand in my local DM and I must admit I would 100% miss it because of their obnoxious, obviously overblown claims that annoy me more than I can say, but ingredients-wise they are actually quite interesting and that’s the reason I got most of the stuff in this post. This one looks like a nice nourishing serum with some proteins, so it should help my lashes become and that stay stronger. I have my reservations about it making my lashes longer, but we’ll see. Reviews are mostly positive, but not all find it effective. This works as a stand-alone treatment that you can use overnight or during the day if you don’t wear mascara, or as a base under mascara. It’s white, but most of the colour disappears in a few minutes. It’s not a light product and you can feel it on the lashes, so I’m not super happy about going to sleep and waking up with lashes that feel like they have mascara on. I’m not a fan of it as a base for mascara, the thing is that it doesn’t hold my lashes up and it prevents the waterproof mascara from holding a curl, so I use this as an overnight treatment and during the day when I don’t wear mascara (but it consistently makes my glasses dirty). As a base it does add some volume, but it’s actually not that big of a difference on me. I haven’t seen any results yet, but it’s been 2 weeks. So far I still have some lashes falling out in I rate I normally do, so effect isn’t immediate.
EVELINE COSMETICS Super-dry Top Coat 5 in 1
I’m on a search for something somewhat similar to Seche Vite, since it’s hard to get. I saw this on the stand and decided to give it a go, though honestly expectations were low since there is nothing like SV which spoiled me and probably set my expectations way too high for life. It claims to dry the nail polish in under a minute, so you should apply a nail polish, leave it to dry for 2 minutes, then apply this, wait 1 minute and it should be dry. Except that it’s not and you mess up your nail polish if you hurry with this one. So this needs more time to dry the nail polish, I think it was 3-4 minutes before it was almost set, but some damage could still happen. It’s not amazing, but not terrible and so far the closest replacement I’ve found (competition is truly terrible), though it suddenly occurred to me that before SV I used Essie Good to Go and we should have it in DM.
*ORIFLAME The One Unlimited Ultra Fix Lipstick
Ultra Nude, Ultra Red and Ultra Bordeaux
Oriflame did a great job with these. Formula is ultra-light, you can’t feel these on the lips at all, especially when they dry they just feel like a part of your lips. Despite the matte finish and completely dry-to-the-touch non-transfer formula, they glide like a creamy lipstick on the lips at application and are completely different that that Wibo lipstick I’ll mention below. They don’t come off on mask or glass and they last well on the lips, several hours, but eating will fade them, so they are not quite like some liquid matte formulas. They aren’t drying, but like I said these feel like there is nothing on the lips, so if your lips tend to get dry a lot, you’ll feel the need for a lip balm, which unfortunately will make these disappear from the lips faster. At the end of the day my lips weren’t all flaky or rugged, but that’s just my lips that I extensively nourish overnight and then don’t need to use lip balms over the day. One thing I’m not a fan of is the shape of the lipstick because it’s hard to be precise with this one. I got three shades: Ultra Nude, a neutral nude that even looks good on me, despite looking suspiciously brown in the tube, Ultra Red, a warm red and Ultra Bordeaux, a cold deep red shade that is least pigmented in this trio, so not a true vampy colour, despite how it looks in the tube, so it’s actually less bright than Ultra Red.
Oriflame, regular price 13.90 €, currently 9.99 €
I was also sent this lipstick case that you can add on the keychain or bag. It’s in the current catalogue for 7.49 €. I don’t know if in all countries.
BEBE Pflege Gloss Shaker
Müller, 4,59 €
ALVERDE Lippen Maske mit Bio-Honig
DM, 2,79 €
BEE NATURAL BeesWax Lip Balm
After I shared my plight with the missing Palmer’s lip balm in the post and my search for a replacement I can get right away in our drugstores, this was one of the recommendations and the cheapest one. I liked it straight away. It’s not overly waxy, it glides well on the lips, it nourishes instantly and stays on for a long time. It reminds me a lot of Palmer’s Swivel Stick, so instant two thumbs up. They had four scents in Müller (more exist) Coconut Vanilla, Acai, Pomegranate and Mango. Mango is a bit of a strange scent, I tend to love such tropical fragrances, but this one is like they tried to overpower the natural/herbal/somewhat pepperminty scent with mango and it’s not really working. It’s not bad, it’s just not mango. I’ll get a different version next time if I happen to repurchase it (I likely will).
Müller, 3,49 €
PALMER’S Cocoa Butter Formula Original Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm
While I was waiting 2 months for my Swivel Stick, I got this on Notino, hoping it’s similar. It is, though Swivel Stick is still better or maybe I’m just more used to the jumbo design and there was an occasion when this stung a bit. It’s another non-waxy, soft yet still firm lip balm formula that feels instantly soothing and nourishing on dry lips. It’s shaped very odd, an oval shape of the tube and the balm, which doesn’t bring anything new to the table as far as application goes. It has a weak SPF 15, they could have added a higher one in this day and age.
Notino, 2,90 €
PALMER’S Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick
Feel Unique, 3,35 £ (while it did take two months to get here, FU is very unproblematic when it comes to replacements and refunds, so they are still ok in my books, I’m just going to stick to Notino for a while to calm my nerves).
PIXI Retinol Tonic
Look Fantastic, £9.00 (also lost for 2 months, but just like FU, LF is very unproblematic and fast at solving these types of issues)
EVELINE COSMETICS Expert C Youth Activator 12% Active Vitamin C Intense Night Treatment
This finally came to DM (v NM ni Tuš Drogerije. Eveline je tam že nekaj časa) and I got this because it has Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, a version of vitamin C that I find fits me well, but it also has rosehip extract on the second place and overall ingredients are nice if you aren’t sensitive to any extracts. It’s a thick, golden serum that I need a small amount to apply all over the face. I kind of underestimated this one because it has a mild version of vitamin C, but I was carelessly applying it all over the face (because I don’t take time to apply skin care nicely, I just slap things on) and my lips got rough, I mean they felt strange, but looked ok. Still I’ll be a bit more carefully when applying this. So far I don’t see much, but I haven’t been using it that long. It’s a richer serum formula, but still can be layered over. It has an orange/citrus scent.
DM, 5.99 € (18 ml)
BALEA Beauty Collagen Folien Tuchmaske
This has several types of hyaluronic acid and a peptide. It was a strange one. It was my first foil sheet mask, so it has a metal coat over a regular sheet. This means it felt thicker and more rigid on the face. There’s plenty of essence and the latter is thicker than an most sheet mask, almost like a lotion and once I took the mask off there was so much essence on my face. Like always I just left it on and once it dried my face became super sticky and it felt like I had a suffocating coat of product on. Still I just left it, hoping it will absorb during the night, but in the morning that coat was still there, very uncomfortable, my face felt dirty, I was stuck to the pillow all night and it took a lot of rinsing off in the morning to get it off. Effects were ok, my skin looked nice, moisturised, plumped and had a healthy look to it, but this was quite an uncomfortable formula to use.
BEBE Pfirsichfrish Fructige Cremedusche
This smells great from the bottle, a nice juicy scent, but in the shower it’s weak and also gets a strange note at the end that reminds me of super cheap 1l shower gels/shampoos you get at supermarkets. Formula is thin and nothing special. Overall it’s ok, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase, I like Nivea’s Apricot more for a similar scent.
Müller, 1.29 €
AFRODITA Lavender Relaxing Moments Oil Shower Gel
I’ve had a craving for lavender scents and this was one of the few shower gels with it that I was able to find. The scent is so nice, really relaxing, a proper lavender scent with a tiny bit of citrus that keeps it from smelling too herbal. Sadly the scent doesn’t last long, not even under a shower, but that burst of fragrance is so nicely relaxing and pleasant that I will for sure repurchase this (I’ve already used it up). Formula is a simple gel, not the thinnest and far from being thick, but there is no nourishing oiliness as I expected from an “oil shower gel”.
Müller, 2.29 €
PRIMARK Prep + Perfect Daily Smoothing Tonic
Cheap AHA toners in our drugstores basically don’t exist. There was one in DM from a brand Мой by Stefanie Giesinger with lots of alcohol, which I didn’t want and that was it from the cheap stuff (apart from L’Oreal ampoules with 10 % glycolic, 7 vials for 14 €), but we have REN, which is so expensive here. And then I stumbled on to this in Primark. Ingredients are simple, basically just water, glycolic acid, aloe vera and preservatives. AHA content is a very mild with only 3.5 % glycolic, so completely non irritating, also with slow results – possibly none on my skin that gets nothing with 30% AHA. For a total AHA beginner this is fine. I later finally found The Ordinary Glycolic toner and Lactic acid 10 % serum in stock, but I’m using this while I wait for those two.
Primark, 4 €
PRIMARK Sleep Relaxing Body Wash
Lavender & Vetiver
A shower gel with a very soapy lavender scent, this one really feels so bland compared to Afrodita, it just lacks freshness and it reminds me of bitter lavender scents in men’s products . But the packaging is super pretty, I love the starry sky theme. They have a whole line of products with this scent in this packaging.
Primark, 3.5 €
EVELINE COSMETICS Luxury Expert Black & White Vanilla Deeply Moisturising Body Lotion
DM, 5,49 €
EVELINE COSMETICS Extra Soft BioArgan Manuka Oil Face and Body Cream
This one I like a lot more than the Luxury Expert and ingredients are more interesting, as it has argan oil, honey, oats, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, cholesterol and that’s before preservatives and fragrance that are allowed at only 1% concentration, though the main ingredient is mineral oil. It also smells nice, very similar to the super expensive L’Occitane Almond body cream, so this is more luxurious smelling than the Luxury version. Texture is a classic light-medium cream that is easier to buff in than Luxury and feels similarly nourishing.
DM, 3,19 €
PALMER’S Cocoa Butter Formula Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion
This caught my eye because it has AHA’s, lactic acid to be precise and I’ve never seen a drugstore body lotion like it, at least here. I had their original version a long time ago, which was a nice thick cream that smells like chocolate cake batter, but this is very different. Formula is a more liquid lotion that has a an odd scent that I had to get used to. You can smell the acid part of the formula overwhelming the cocoa butter. It’s not bad though, just unusual. I’ve been using it every day for the first two weeks and I didn’t notice anything, but my skin in general is so annoying when it comes to acids (almost no effect), so I didn’t notice my skin becoming softer or smoother, still I find it’s a good idea to insist precisely because my skin is not soft nor smooth. And if you’re wondering what do I do with so many new lotions – I layer. This one first, then Eveline Extra Soft because it has ceramides and all the nice stuff. Packaging is terrible, this needs a pump. Since the lotion is so liquid and the bottle quite hard, I always get too much out and when it’s going to be emptier, it’ll likely be even more annoying.
Feel Unique, 3,35 £
PALMER’S Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter for Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Notino didn’t have the original Cocoa Butter version in the pot, so I bought this one instead. It doesn’t matter what it’s marketed for, I wanted it for the texture and ingredients (this one has better ones anyway because of collagen). I’ve tried to tackle my very dry skin with this and a deep scratch I’m trying to heal. Texture is solid, but becomes more oily and easy to apply with heat, still for a massage you need a lot of it and I think for most their oil version will be nicer, but they also have a lotion. On very dry skin I kind of feel like it’s just sitting on the skin, forming a protective layer and it doesn’t take that long to absorb. On my scratch it started slow, but then the improvement started to show and it will heal faster than usual for me. This is one of the most popular Palmer’s products.
L’OREAL Total Repair 5 Express Conditioner Double Elixir
A spray conditioner with proteins and aminoacids. It’s a light leave-in formula that visually doesn’t do much on me. I was hoping a bit for some frizz taming due to lactic acid high on the list, but it can’t manage on my hair. Still ingredients-wise it’s nice enough and it has that pretty Total Repair scent. Mist is very fine.
DM, 3,59 €
SHEA MOISTURE Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque Sachet
Feel Unique, 3,49 £
AFRODITA Nourish Gold Nurturing Oil
I got this while I was waiting for Palmer’s oil which was a part of the package that got lost. I picked this one because it’s so far the only oil I could find in our drugstores that has shea butter, which my hair tends to like. It’s meant as a massage oil, but I use oils for everything, mostly hair. It’s an ok one, not super rich as I hoped, but it has sunflower oil as the first ingredient, so I should have expected a thinner consistency (it makes it better for a massage obviously). It’s actually quite nice for dry ends because it doesn’t look terribly greasy, but as a pre-wash treatment it’s a bit on the light side. It has a scent I’m not a big fan of, it’s not bad, it just reminds me of something I don’t like. It’s a vanilla scent with something extra, something that makes it slightly musty-oriental.
Leclerc, 3.79 €
PALMER’S Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Hair Oil
I was recommended this is a great classic oil for very dry hair when I was looking for a replacement for La Petite Marseillais, which is a thick oil with argan and shea butter that I can’t find anymore. It’s a silicone-free oil, so one I use either as a pre-wash treatment or when my hair is excessively dry. It’s much lighter than I hoped, more like a dry oil and on the skin it sink it very fast, while on the hair it’s also not super rich, but ok for nourishing dry ends when I don’t want something too heavy, but as a pre-wash treatment, it’s kind of too light. It smells fantastic like chocolate and mint, so After Eight and the scent lasts for a while. It’s not what I was looking for, but I actually ended up really liking it because my hair still look decent on the second day and I don’t need to wash off the oil. Spray is ok and makes a fine enough mist.
Feel Unique, 3,70 £
JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease 3Day Straight
A promise of 3 day straight hair isn’t that impressive to me, but at least they are not exaggerating which is refreshing for a beauty product. Reviews for this are overwhelmingly great, though not every single person found this impressive. I bought it online, as though we have this brand in drugstores, they don’t stock this spray. It’s a light, clear, liquid product that sprays a fine mist and is easy to apply. My hair is very, very frizzy, like Hagrid frizzy if I let my hair air dry and I don’t use a ton of hair products + heat, so I did not expect a completely sleek result from this and I also didn’t get that glossy, waterfall of smooth hair, but it was a significant improvement compared to without and more importantly with this my hair still looks straighter by the next morning and in the next days (mind you I only blow-dryed my hair and they recommend to also straighten it), so it’s pretty good, but there are things you need to do for the best result: 1. this needs to be the last product you apply before you start blow drying, which is something I need to be cautious about since I’m very, very liberal with the amount of products I use after washing. 2. it’s best to start drying the hair while it’s still wet/damp. I tend to wait for my hair to dry naturally, so I can reduce the amount of heat, as my hair takes ages to dry with a dryer, but here if I leave it to dry, this can’t deal with the frizz that already popped up while naturally drying.
Notino, 11,40 €
JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum
JF has a few different serums, this one is for thick, coarse hair and it’s very thick, thickest I’ve tried. They say you should apply it on damp hair before blow-drying, but I didn’t get a super smooth result with it, however, I prefer it on dry hair as a finishing product that holds down frizz, adds shine and makes the hair more polished. So it’s a classic hair serum, just a very thick one only for very rebellious hair that doesn’t get weighted down fast.
*LOVELY Curling Pump Up Mascara
This is a best seller on ličila.si, but I don’t know this brand which is like Wibo and Eveline, Polish. It’s a classic mascara with a plastic brush, so not super volumising, but this one also didn’t catch every lash, but combed a few together, so it’s only kind of defining. It doesn’t hold the lashes up, so I’m not very interested in giving this mascara more chances to see if it becomes better when it dries a bit.
*NABLA Cutie Palette
Ličila.si, 23.50 €
4 Shy One
This is a thick, very matte and pigmented lipstick formula, so it doesn’t glide on the lips as easily and application can be slower, but it’s not very problematic. The shape is not the best and a lip liner is needed for a sharp lip line, but it’s cute with the lip relief, which has almost disappeared by now on my lipstick. Once it’s on the lips this last really well, it’s one of the most long lasting classic formulas I know, but it’s also a lipstick that at least for a while you are aware it’s on the lips because it’s quite a heavy, rich formula, kind of old school like old matte lipsticks were. The packaging is wonderful and heavy. It’s magnetized, so the cap holds firm and the whole tube feels well made.
*REVOLUTION SKIN CARE Feed Your Face
This is basically just glycerine with kiwi seeds, as the third ingredient is already fragrance, which means everything after it is in very small amounts and they are actually mostly just preservatives and colours (water is listed after fragrance, which is odd) and not that many. I haven’t opened it yet, but most reviewers like it for dry, dehydrated skin.
*REVOLUTION SKIN CARE Bouncy Bunny Ears Headband
Ličila.si ima do konca marca kodo za 20% popust na neznižane izdelke. Koda je GIRLS20.
DM, 9.99 €
*Midnight for her
Top: blackcurrant, raspberry
A very similar scent to Paco Rabanne Black XS, which used to be my favourite. Berries with lots of patchouli that gives it that earthiness and spiciness. If you like Black Xs, Good Girl, La Vie Est Belle and other sugary-vanilla-patchouli fragrances, this is a similar scent for a lot less money.
Top: red fruit
Middle: Damascus rose
A sparkling fresh and sweet fruity floral scent. An uncomplicated, girly everyday fragrance that is nothing special and I know I’ve had such a scent before, I just can’t remember which it was. I think that just like Midnight for her is (kind of a) a dupe for Black XS, this is a dupe for something.
*S.Oliver for Her
eau de toilette
Top: bergamot, lychee, pink pepper
Middle: turkish rose, peony, magnolia
Base: Iris, musk, amber
DM, 30 ml 11.99 €. Eau de parfum 30 ml is 27 €.
*AFRODITA 100 % SPA CBD Therapy line
A new line of products in their 100% SPA line. Afrodita is just one of the brands that jumped on the CBD bandwagon, though I don’t quite get the fad, I won’t deny that CBD oil has its own benefits. In skin care it’s research has been made about CBD helping with acne, it’s anti-oxidant and soothing properties. Products are enriched with hemp oil, encapsulated CBD and swiss pine extract, and are their greenest products yet. When I opened my parcel I was concerned about the smell because I can’t stand TBS’s Hemp scent, even though products are great, and I’m glad to report this one has nice, fresh scent that is not too herbal.
100% Natural Oil
Just that Gold Nourish oil above, this has sunflower oil as the first ingredient, regardless this is richer and thicker. Both are nice as a massage oil and for everything else. Oil are so versatile since you can use them for so many things.
4.49 € in DM
100% Natural Salt Scrub
A creamy, yet light scrub with a moderate amount of salt particles. It’s not as intensely scrubbing as their Sugar Scrub, which may have been discontinued or the just renamed it Gold Nourish, but still does the job, though it’s better on skin that isn’t too wet. It’s suited for those who don’t like very abrasive scrubs and unlike sugar scrub I had, this has no oily residue and washes off completely, but still leaves the skin nourished, since it has shea butter high on the list.
4.69 € in DM
*99% Natural Body Butter
Maslo za telo
A thick, very rich body butter, just the way I like them and wonderful for very dry skin. Despite thickness it’s easy to spread and though it takes a while to sink it, it’s not too greasy.
4.69 € in DM