Luxurious pamper – L’Occitane Ultra rich body cream

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Hey guys, I hope you’re all doing well! Spring has finally reached us and it’s the time when most people switch to lighter lotions, body sorbets or skip body moisturizing whatsoever. However, if your skin like mine needs rich moisturizers all year long or you just like to pamper yourself with a luxurious product once in a while then this body cream might be for you!

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L’Occitane Ultra rich body cream is formulated with 25% (!) shea butter as well as linseed, sweet almond and honey extracts and apricot oil. That is A LOT of goodness in one pot, may I just say. The cream has rich but soft consistency and it’s not oily – for me personally it’s very important as I can’t stand a greasy film on my skin. Instead, it sinks in quickly and leaves the skin super soft and moisturized. On top of that the smell is just beautiful – L’Occitane is famous for that and I love all their ranges but the shea butter one is my favourite. It has the classic, high-end natural moisturizer scent that is super clean and fresh but at the same time soft and warm, like fresh sheets.

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I love that the cream is very rich and restoring but at the same time not too heavy and it doesn’t clog pores, unlike some body butters do. If you add the cashmere-soft consistency and gorgeous smell that make the application pure pleasure I think it’s one of the best body products on the market currently and I was not surprised to find out that it won Elle Beauty Awards this year!

As always I have to mention the price – 155PLN (44$ in Sephora US) is a lot to for a body product, especially if you, like me, slather yourself in those generously. However, if you can afford it and want to treat yourself for a bit of luxurious pampering, I highly recommend it!

Have you tried this body cream? What are your favourite L’Occitane products?

AESOP – brand overview and favourites

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A couple of days ago I proudly announced on my Instagram (if you’re waiting for a sign to follow me on Instagram – @aniaskor – this is it) that I’m working on a lot of new content including a post about my favourite skincare brand. If I had to choose only one brand to use products from, no doubt it would be AESOP and I wouldn’t even be mad about it. Here’s a little guide to AESOP  and some of my holy grail finds!

AESOP is an Australian nature-focused, high-end brand available in their own or multibrand stores across the world (in Poland you can find it at Galilu ). AESOP products are created with attention to detail, after thorough research, using the highest quality, mainly natural ingredients. Due to possible differences in harvests, plant-based ingredients can differ from year to year, and therefore the products can also have slight changes. Apart from high quality and natural formulas,  AESOP is also well known for their unique apothecary-style, minimalist design that’s unisex, just like the products themselves. As a high end or even luxury brand, AESOP cosmetics are expensive, although the prices vary, depending on the formula of the product – you can find a moisturizer for 30 as well as 100 dollars. From the brand, there is skincare, bodycare and haircare available, however I wasn’t a fan of the haircare personally.

Below you can find some of my favourites that had a total WOW effect on me.

SKINCARE


Sage and zinc facial hydrating cream – SPF15

It’s my favourite for combination skin. Let me tell you, my skin is difficult. Acne- and irritation-prone, dry because of tretinoin treatment and normal to oily in the T-zone, which means it’s really hard to find a moisturizer that can deal with all that, however this one more than does the job. It doesn’t break me out, it’s very hydrating and nourishing but at the same time non-greasy nor heavy AND it has an SPF. I seriously couldn’t ask for more. As my skin can be irritated with visible redness because of harsh Polish winter and my anti-acne treatment, I try to find a moisturizer with a calming, protective effect and this one has it. It also works well under makeup and has a gorgeous smell.  The only two “buts” I can find is the jar packaging for the bigger size (40ml comes in a tube) and that the SPF could be higher.

Fabulous Face Oil

Exactly as the name not-so-subtly suggests, it is fabulous. This dry oil is light in consistency but ultra nourishing, perfect to use on it’s own as evening moisturizing. If you have combination, dull and congested skin, this product is for you. I personally noticed a difference from the first use, as I woke up with my skin feeling tight (but good tight, not dry-tight), looking healthy and brighter, with redness, dryness and irritation gone. Not to mention that the application is a wonderfully relaxing ritual, as the oil has an absolutely beautiful, herbal-woody scent, reminiscing a forest in summer. After a week of use I could also notice my dark spots fading which was really impressive for a skincare, non-medical product (even though it doesn’t claim fading dark spots so that was a nice surprise). I couldn’t also not mention a powerful but rarely found ingredient that is also present in a few other AESOP products – evening primrose oil. It is known for helping reducing skin inflammation, relieving symptoms of eczema and acne as well as improving skin’s elasticity, firmness and moisture. I noticed that products containing evening primrose oil work really well on my skin.

No cons!

Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

I believe it’s the strongest and harshest face scrub I’ve used so I would recommend reaching for it once in a while, definitely not more than once a week. Despite that it feels harsh, I didn’t find it irritating, it just scrubbed EVERYTHING off, getting rid of any bumps, congestion and impurities. My skin felt and looked like new afterwards. I wouldn’t use it if you have active acne or skin irritation as instead of helping it could just aggravate the problem.

Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream

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Ultra moisturizing, super nourishing and restorative, I would call it my rescue cream for when my skin is heavily dehydrated, red and needs a boost. It’s very rich in consistency but dries quickly to a completely matte finish, however I did notice my skin getting a bit oily during the day. It’s a low price to pay though considering how well this cream combats dryness and redness. My quick fix for an oily T-zone would be Essence blotting papers or simply a porous paper towel gently patted on the skin. The ingredients list is quite impressive, you can find Vitamins C and E, frankincense (ah, the scent!), Aloe Vera, Shea butter, jojoba and rose fruit oil so I’d say it’s packed with good-for-your-skin and non-comedogenic ingredients.  Unfortunately such a formula comes with a hefty price tag of around 120$ for 60ml. I wish that with such a price the moisturizer came with SPF which should really be a standard these days.

BODYCARE

Redemption Body Scrub

Another potent exfoliant from AESOP, this time for the body. It contains finely milled pumice and bamboo stem that get rid of any dead skin cells or little bumps, leaving the skin super smooth and super clean. It’s exfoliating properties as well as pine needle scent make a perfect part of a weekly beauty ritual. I wouldn’t use it if you have very sensitive skin as pumice can be pretty harsh.

Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm

Oh my. If you’ve had a rough day and want to relax in the evening…. this could definitely help. Undoubtedly the best body balm I’ve used – very smooth, silky texture, neither too runny nor too heavy, covering the skin with relieving, hydrating, but non-greasy layer. Altogether with it’s gorgeous, warm scent of tangerine rind, sandalwood and vanilla it just makes the perfect end of the day and a little bit of pamper time. I only wish it was more efficient and more affordable!

I hope you liked my little brand overview here, would you like to see more brand-focused posts in the future? Have you used any AESOP products? What are your skincare faves?

To the next one,

Ania

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Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer – worth the price?

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Personally, I always get annoyed when people explain themselves so I will save you my ramblings and get straight to the point! I have missed blogging so much and I’m really glad to be back!

Some time ago (April, that is), encouraged by numerous positive reviews and a discount in Douglas, I’d decided to purchase the famous Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF20. To be honest with you, for a long time I couldn’t make up my mind about whether I like it or not. At first I loved it, then I hated it and now… keep on reading to find out what are my final thoughts!

I’d been loyal to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer until I finally decided to splurge on the Laura Mercier that originally retails for 250PLN (44USD), however I managed to get it with a 20% discount. Still damn expensive, if you ask me but I was pretty convinced it will be an upgrade from my previous one and it comes in a 50ml bottle which is obviously more than the standard 30ml packaging.

I first sampled the shade Natural, which turned out too dark for me and then oxidized so that I started resembling a carrot, therefore I ended up picking up a shade lighter – Bisque. I always get a sample before buying a foundation and in this case I would go for one shade lighter than seems right in artificial in-store light. And yes, I count this product as a foundation. The Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer has skincare properties and has visibly improved my skin’s condition over the months. Unfortunately, Laura Mercier’s attempt doesn’t work as a skincare-to-makeup item for me. It didn’t improve my skin and I couldn’t get away with skipping an actual moisturizer before makeup. I would say it’s a light coverage foundation for normal skin.

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Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer oil-free in the shade Bisque; top – blended swatch, bottom – swatch, no edit

It applies smoothly, even if you use fingers to blend it, which is a great time-saver. Despite being an oil-free product, immediately after application I can definitely notice my skin looking oily (and it’s not the pretty healthy glow), therefore I always blot my face with a tissue before I proceed with concealer and powder. If you have oily skin I wouldn’t choose this one. I think it’s more suitable for those with normal or even slightly dry skin as it didn’t cling to my dry patches and smoothed them nicely instead. The skin looks smooth and healthy after application, you can tell it’s not a drugstore product. It has light coverage so it won’t hide pigmentation or blemishes but it’s enough to even out the skin tone. Below you can see how it looks after around three hours of wear, topped with a powder:


The foundation has been a part of my everyday makeup routine and I have to say it stays put really well throughout the day. I usually need to blot after a few hours but that would be it. The product doesn’t separate, wipe off or melt. It just stays as it was after application  until I decide to remove makeup, what I appreciate.

As for my sensitive skin, this product unfortunately has disappointed me. It does break me out a little bit and I am experiencing redness in the area around my nose and mouth what normally rarely happens after using high-end products.

Would I say it’s worth the hefty price tag? I don’t think so. There are many good tinted moisturizers at a lower price point, like my favourite Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is good, especially for someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin and wants their makeup to stay all day but for me it’s a pass. I expected it to have skincare properties and improve my skin’s condition just like the Bare Minerals did (or more, actually) but it turned out to be a pretty average light coverage foundation. Despite it staying put all day and looking overall nice and smooth I’m not convinced that it’s worth the splurge.

Have you used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer? What do you think of it? What are your favourite products of this kind?

A hit and a miss – Sephora sleeping masks

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend! To be honest, I wasn’t always a face mask aficionado who wished she could try a different mask every day – I used to totally neglect this part of skincare routine and that clearly was a mistake. Fortunately, I realized how much my skin can benefit from masking and now I simply cannot imagine skipping this step of my weekly routine. Among all, sleeping masks are my favourite – I can just sleep peacefully while they work their magic. Or not, like one of the masks reviewed below. Keep on reading to see which one became my holy grail and which one did absolutely nothing for my skin!

Sephora Rose sleeping mask – Ultra moisturizing and brightening


A not-so- hidden gem revealed – this mask is MAGIC. When I was first using it I didn’t expect much, I was actually worried it might irritate my skin because this usually happens when I try products with natural extracts. Not in this case. It did tingle a little bit right after application but I didn’t experience any redness or irritation afterwards. I woke up with my skin looking renewedglowy but not oily, hydrated, fresh, plump and smooth. I tend to get dehydration lines on my forhead and around my mouth and they were completely gone, my skin felt firm and even lifted. This effect lasts every time for about two to three days and now I use the mask once a week. It’s a great product to reach for if you have a special event the next day and you want your skin to look gorgeous and be perfectly prepared for makeup application. Another great thing about the mask is that the one small pot lasts for about four applications if only you protect it from drying out. Pretty amazing, considering that it costs 4$ (in Poland 15zł). It has become a must-have in my makeup bag and I’m excited to try more products with rose extract now!

Sephora Ginseng sleeping mask – Toning and firming

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So if the other one was a hit I guess you already know that this one just didn’t do it for me. It doesn’t have a nice cream-gel consistency like the rose version – it’s a very lightweight gel that’s supposed that have a toning and firming effect on the skin. Unfortunately, I did not notice the slightest difference in my skin after using it so I won’t be repurchasing this one.

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Have you used the Sephora sleeping masks? What do you think of them? What are your favourite sleeping masks?

To the next one,

A.

 

Best hand creams to relieve dry skin

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Hello my beauties, I hope you had a great start of the week! Winter weather has been mercilessly harsh lately and as a person who constantly loses her gloves and washes her hands way too often (any other hygiene freaks here?) I really need to take good care of my hands to prevent them from being incredibly dry and chapped this time of the year (or, ever). Here are my favourite picks for keeping my hands moisturized and smooth, even in temperatures dropping far below zero!

Day creams

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1. Evree Handcare Instant Help.

The only cream from this post available only in Poland so my readers from other countries can skip this one. It’s my favourite when it comes to drugstore hand creams to use during the day – it is moisturizing and nourishing thanks to allantoin, glycerin and mango butter but at the same time it absorbs very well, is non-sticky and non-greasy. For me it’s a great, affordable option for all year round.

2. Sephora Moisturizing Hand Cream Cotton flower.

It was a part of Sephora’s Christmas collection last year, however I’m pretty sure they will release something very similar very soon. Even though the ingredients list isn’t very impressive it moisturizes very well, to the point I don’t need to use it each time I wash my hands, which is great. It also smells beautifully, a bit like fresh laundry, only more sophisticated. I think it’s worth a bit of a higher price tag, especially when in a gift set.

3. L’Occitane hand creams (various).

The brand has an amazing choice of hand creams – many different scents, formulas and sizes. They have become cult products and I must say I totally understand why. These are the only creams I could use day and night and not suffer from dry hands (otherwise I need to use special creams for the night which you can read about below) and in addition to that they smell just gorgeous, all of them. Despite all the moisturizing and nourishing properties as well as the rich formula, they aren’t sticky nor they leave any greasy residue. The only downside here is the high price.

4. Eos Hand Lotion.

Despite my love for L’Occitane, this one has to be the winner. I think EOS has reached the perfect balance between rich formula and lightness – the product just sinks into the skin instantly, leaving it smooth, pampered and also refreshed. I also love the truly ingenious packaging – it’s kind of a sleek, squeezy egg with a pop-up cap instead of a traditional one. This solution is both hygienic and practical – you won’t lose the cap when on the go and it’s easier to keep everything clean (I just hate it when the dust gets stuck inside of the cap, gross). It’s also designed in a way that you just need to squeeze it gently to get the product out, no matter how much of it is actually left. It is a bit expensive I must say but I believe that the quality-price ratio is excellent. EDIT: I was checking the scents of these and I saw that in the US they are very affordable. In Poland, however, they are about triple the price!

Night Creams

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1. Kaufmann’s Haut-und-Kinder-Creme.

Okay, I’m cheating a bit here because technically it’s not a hand cream. This amazing but available only in Germany cream is suitable for sensitive skin to soothe any kind of dryness or irritation on any part of the body. If my hands have particularly dry patches I apply it there only and let it do it’s magic overnight. It’s also perfect for dry, red skin on your nose when you have a cold – I used it like this recently and it totally saved my nose from being red and sore!

2. L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream with 20% Shea butter.

I already mentioned L’Occitane creams, however this one is much thicker and more nourishing than the rest so it deserves a separate paragraph. Because it’s so moisturizing I prefer to use it at night and wake up woth baby-smooth hands. And it smells just D-I-V-I-N-E!

3. Neutrogena Concentrated Hand Cream.

This product is simply a WOW one. It’s more of a hand mask than a cream. For me it’s waaaay to thick for when I actually need to use my hands so I apply it generously right before sleeping and my skin is completely renewed in the morning. I honestly couldn’t live without it and that’s why it made it to my 5 beauty products I couldn’t live without post a while ago.

I hope you enjoyed reading! Do you like any of these hand creams? What are your favourite ones? Let me know!

 

2016 BEAUTY FAVOURITES

Hello everyone, I hope you had amazing holidays! I know it’s a cliché thing to say but the past year has passed literally SO fast, I can’t even believe it. I gotta say it wasn’t the best year for me (as you can probably tell by my absence on the blog) so I’m really excited to enter 2017 – I hope it will be amazing! Without further ramble, let’s get started with the favourites!

MAKEUP

1. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation in Y235.

Last year I was switching between many foundations but whenever I wanted a flawlessly looking skin, both in pictures and in reality, I kept reaching for this one. I’m not gonna lie – for my oily/combination skin it needs a seriously mattifying base (that would most likely break me out later on…) but it’s worth the sacrifice – the effect is just Photoshop-like. The foundation blends into the skin perfectly, giving the kind of airbrushed effect, a bit dewy and very smooth that makes it photograph beautifully. It doesn’t look like you have a ton of makeup on, no matter how much you’re actually wearing, it just gives the appearance of perfect, healthy-looking skin. The only thing I could complain about is medium coverage – I need to take some time to hide everything that peaks through with a concealer. I also love that the foundation is sensitive-skin friendly – it doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin.  The shade Y235 is a perfect match for me.

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer with SPF 10 in 1W Light.

Undoubtedly my favourite concealer to hide blemishes and acne scars, it has dethroned my previous favourite – Rimmel Lasting Finish. Very high coverage with impressive longevity make a perfect combination. If that wasn’t enough, it has SPF that protects my spots from getting darker in the sun. The concealer is quite thick and heavy so I use it to hide imperfections, not under my eyes.

3. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel eyeliner in Blacquer.

It’s my reach-for product when I need a quick eye makeup that will make a significant difference. I have small eyes and of course I’d like them to appear bigger so my trick is to line them on about 7/8 of the lashline, as close to the lashes as possible (both on the upper and lower lashline), do a small flick in the outer corner and then smudge the line a bit with little smudger brush. This helps my eyes appear bigger and more, hmm, intense. This eyeliner is just perfect for that as it’s creamy when applying and smudging but it dries after a while and stays in place all day.

4. NARS Audacious mascara.

You know that moment when you finally find your perfect mascara after years of searching? I didn’t know until I tried this one. I got this one as a sample from Sephora and I had to get used to the spiky wand (yes, I poked myself in the eyes like 10 times) but as soon as I did, wow. This mascara is just awesome – it gives length and curl, makes the lashes look thicker and lasts for hours. It usually transfers a little bit from my lower lashes but compared to other mascaras it’s still amazing. I also love that it’s easy to remove. As for my sensitive eyes, this one doesn’t irritate them at all.

5. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Brown.

I was always loyal to Benefit’s Gimme Brow but when a bit tight on a budget I decided to try the Maybelline Brow Drama, without high expectations. Man, was I wrong. I actually like this much more than the Benefit one and the fact that it’s just a fraction of the Gimme Brow’s price makes it even better. The shade Dark Brown is a perfect match for my hair and brows, the wand makes it extremely easy and quick to apply and it stays stays put until you remove it while still looking very natural. But what I love the most is that it thickens the brows like nothing else – I have a really sparse right brow (and a perfect left one, ironically) and I don’t need to fill it in with anything – this brow gel is enough. Such a time saver!

6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

I discovered these quite late but better late than never. The first shade I bought was Cannes – a beautiful, muted pink, the nude-type. I loved everything from the creamy formula, through beautiful scent to longevity – it might not survive a meal but it leaves an even stain afterwards, not an awkward lip-liner kind of thing. I definitely wanted to get more shades (all named after cities and countries btw which i think is pretty awesome) so I didn’t hesitate when I saw the advent calendar with 12 beautiful shades! Some of my favourite ones are Cannes, Stockholm (perfect nude), Monte Carlo (gorgeous red) and Morocco (stunning orange-red), all in the picture. Stay tuned for a lip swatches post!

SKINCARE

1. Cetaphil EM Micellar emulsion.

Really shortly about this one because I already mentioned it in my 2015 Beauty Favourites but I just have to talk about it again. It’s a non-foamy cleanser which means it’s very gentle for the skin and doesn’t dry it out. After using it my skin feels clean but not tight and dry and it doesn’t break me out. It used to be nighttime cleanser but now I use it twice a day. I also read somewhere that VS models recommend it and if there’s anything that can make me look more like Sara Sampaio, I’ll buy it.

2. Clinique 7-day Scrub Cream.

I first got a sample and loved it so much that I simply had to buy the full size, there was no other option. I don’t use it every day as I don’t think it’s a good idea, but whenever my skin gets a bit flaky from dryness or I need a perfect, smooth base for full makeup I exofliate with this. It’s very gentle but at the same time gets rid of dry skin and some of the impurities. Perfect for those with more sensitive skin.

3. Obey Your Body Peeling Gel.

I wrote a full review of this product that you can see here so I’m not going to elaborate much further here. It is expensive and hard to get but as I guess anyone with acne, I’m willing to do anything to make it go away ( yep, I didn’t take care of myself and my acne is back ). This product makes a tremendous difference, if only I remember to use it once a week. It just clarifies the skin, as simple as that. I don’t know how this happens because there’s nothing revolutionary in the ingredients list but it just makes wonders if used regularly.

4. La Roche-Posay Toleriane moisturizer.

I can’t use products with essential oils, too much silicones or paraffin. What can I use then? Not many things, Toleriane among them. This is a savior for my acne-prone, sensitive skin treated with anti-acne medicines. It’s moisturizing, not too heavy, not too greasy and doesn’t break me out. Unless I need something to mattify my skin, I reach for this one.

5. Avene Cleanance Mat moisturizer.

It’s a moisturizer so here it goes, in the skincare category, but I use it as a face primer. It’s packed with silicones so it looks and feels more like a primer. I have oily skin (that’s at the same time dry from anti-acne meds) so if I choose a lighter, not-so-mattifying foundation I use this one as a base (instead of my Toleriane cream) . No matter how hot it is, or how dewy my foundation looks, this keeps my skin from getting all oily. The only problem is that it breaks me out a little bit so I use it on more special occasions. Like, taking Instagram pictures for example.

6. Tołpa Botanic Black Rose Lip Balm.

Apologies to my international readers as this product is available only in Poland! However, if you happen see it somewhere, it’s a very affordable lip balm with excellent quality. I apply quite a thick layer before I go to sleep and wake up with perfectly hydrated and nourished lips, all pouty and ready for applying lipstick 😉

So that’s it for my yearly favourites! Have you used any of these products? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments, links to favourites blog posts very welcome!

 

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Kosmetyczni ulubieńcy roku 2016!

Mam nadzieję, że mieliście cudowne Święta i początek nowego roku! Wiem, że wszyscy to mówią, ale zeszły rok minął tak szybko, aż nie mogę w to uwierzyć! Dla mnie osobiście nie był on najlepszy (stąd moja nieobecność na blogu), więc jestem szczęśliwa, ze już się skończył i mam nadzieję, że ten rok będzie wspaniały! Bez dalszego gadania zapraszam na ulubieńców! 

MAKEUP

1. Podkład Make Up For Ever Ultra HD w kolorze Y235.

W ubiegłym roku sięgałam po wiele różnych podkładów, ale gdy tylko chciałam, żeby moja skóra wyglądała nieskazitelnie zarówno na zdjęciach jak i w rzeczywistości, wybierałam właśnie ten. Oczywiście, mając tłustą cerę, muszę używać pod niego porządnie matującej bazy (od której potem wychodzą mi niespodzianki…), ale jest wart poświęcenia – efekt jest jak po Photoshopie. Podkład doskonale stapia się z cerą dając wrażenie “airbrush”, delikatnie ja rozświetla i idealnie wygładza, dzięki czemu pięknie się fotografuje. Niezależnie od tego ile podkładu nałożymy, nie widać na skórze jego ilości, wygląda ona po prostu zdrowo i naturalnie. Jedyna rzecz, na którą mogłabym ponarzekać jest trochę zbyt małe krycie – wszystkie ślady po trądziku prześwitujące spod podkładu muszę dodatkowo ukrywać pod korektorem. Podoba mi się to, że podkład jest odpowiedni dla mojej delikatnej cery – nie podrażnia jej i nie powoduje wyprysków. Kolor Y235 jest dla mnie idealny.

2. Korektor Estee Lauder Double Wear z SPF 10 w kolorze 1W Light.

Bez wątpienia mój ulubiony korektor do ukrywania wyprysków i przebarwień, zdetronizował mojego poprzedniego ulubieńca – Lasting Finish z Rimmel’a. Bardzo wysoki poziom krycia i trwałość sprawiają, że jest to wyjątkowy produkt. Ponadto zawiera SPF 10, który pomaga chronić przebarwienia przed przyciemnianiem pod wpływem promieni słonecznych. Korektor ten jest dość gęsty i ciężki, więc używam go tylko na niedoskonałości, nigdy pod oczy.

3. Marc Jacobs Highliner eyeliner żelowy w kolorze Blacquer.

Sięgam po niego kiedy mam niewiele czasu, a chciałabym, żeby mój makijaż oczu się wyróżniał. Mam dość małe oczy i oczywiście chciałabym, żeby były większe, więc obrysowuję je tak blisko linii rzęs jak tylko się da, do ok. 7/8 długości (nie do samego wewnętrznego kącika), zarówno na dolnej jak i górnej linii rzęs, wykańczam małą kreską po zewnętrznej stronie oka i delikatnie rozmazuję całą kreskę pędzelkiem. Dzięki temu moje oczy wydają się większe, a spojrzenie bardziej intensywne. Ten eyeliner idealnie się do tego nadaje – jest kremowy przy aplikacji i rozmazywaniu, po czym zastyga i zostaje na miejscu cały dzień.

4. Maskara NARS Audacious.

Znacie ten moment, kiedy po latach szukania wreszcie znajdujecie swoją idealną maskarę? Ja nie znałam, aż odkryłam tę. Dostałam ją jako prezent do zakupów w Sephorze i gdy tylko przyzwyczaiłam się do “kolczastej” szczoteczki (po dźgnięciu się w oczy jakieś dziesięć razy), byłam pod dużym wrażeniem. Jest to po prostu świetna maskara – wydłuża i podkręca rzęsy, pogrubia je, a efekt utrzymuje się przez wiele godzin. Przeważnie trochę odbija się z moich długich dolnych rzęs na policzek, ale i tak minimalnie w porównaniu z innymi, których używałam. Jest też łatwa do zmycia i nie podrażnia moich wrażliwych oczu.

5. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara w kolorze Dark Brown.

W przypadku żeli do brwi, od lat byłam wierna Gimme Brow z Benefit’u, ale gdy nie chciałam wydawać tak dużej kwoty na ten kosmetyk, postanowiłam wypróbować Maybelline Brow Drama, bez większych oczekiwań. Jak się zdziwiłam! Okazało się, że wolę produkt Maybelline, a to, że kosztuje jedynie ułamek ceny żelu z Benefit’u sprawia, że jeszcze bardziej go lubię. Odcień Dark Brown jest dla mnie idealny, dzięki wygodnej szczoteczce zakończonej kulką aplikacja jest szybka, a ponadto żel utrzymuje się na brwiach cały dzień, wyglądając naturalnie. Tym, co wyróżnia go spośród innych jest doskonałe pogrubianie i zagęszczanie brwi – moja lewa brew jest idealna, za to prawa pozostawia wiele to życzenia i używając żelu Maybelline nie muszę jej dodatkowo wypełniać – jeden kosmetyk wystarczy. Uwielbiam taką oszczędność czasu!

6. Pomadki NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

Odkryłam je dosyć niedawno, ale lepiej późno niż wcale. Pierwszym odcieniem, na który się zdecydowałam był Cannes – śliczny, przytłumiony róż, w stylu nude. Byłam zachwycona kremową formułą, ślicznym zapachem i trwałością pomadki – może nie przetrwa posiłku, ale nawet wtedy zostawia równomierne zabarwienie, a nie nieestetyczną obwódkę wokół ust. Chciałam kupić więcej odcieni (nazywanych od miast i krajów, co bardzo mi się spodobało), więc oczywiście nie mogłam się oprzeć kalendarzowi adwentowemu NYX z 12 pomadkami! Moje ulubione kolory to Cannes, Stockholm (brązowy nude), Monte Carlo (piękna czerwień) i Morocco (prześliczna pomarańczowa czerwień), wszystkie na zdjęciu. Na blogu niedługo pojawi się post ze swatchami wszystkich kolorów na ustach!

PIELĘGNACJA

1. Emulsja micelarna Cetaphil EM.

Nie będę zbyt dużo pisać na jej temat, ponieważ znalazła się już na mojej liście ulubieńców 2015 roku, ale nie mogłabym o niej nie wspomnieć ponownie. Jest to niepieniący się żel do mycia twarzy, bardzo łagodny dla skóry, nieprzesuszający jej. Po użyciu skóra jest czysta, ale nie wysuszona ani “ściśnięta” i nie pojawiają się na niej wypryski wskutek używania kosmetyku. Wcześniej używałam go do wieczornego oczyszczania, ale teraz stosuję go również rano. Przeczytałam też, że polecają go aniołki Victoria’s Secret, a jeśli jest cokolwiek, co w jakiś sposób pomogłoby mi wyglądać trochę bardziej jak Sara Sampaio, kupię to.

2. Peeling Clinique 7-day Scrub Cream.

Po raz pierwszy wypróbowałam go dostając miniaturę do zakupów i po prostu musiałam kupić pełnowymiarowe opakowanie. Nie używam go 7 dni w tygodniu, ale wtedy gdy na mojej twarzy pojawiają się suche skórki, albo gdy planuję zrobić pełny makijaż i potrzebuję pod niego gładkiej cery. Jest bardzo delikatny, a przy tym ściera suche skórki i usuwa część głębszych zanieczyszczeń. Idealny dla osób z wrażliwą cerą.

3. Obey Your Body Peeling Gel.

Napisałam oddzielny post na temat tego produktu, więc nie będę zbytnio się tu rozpisywać. Tak, jest trudno dostępny i drogi, ale tak jak chyba większość osób z trądzikiem (który niestety wrócił i jest to moja wina, ponieważ zaniedbałam skórę) jestem skłonna wydać dużo i zrobić wiele, żeby się go pozbyć. Ten produkt daje niesamowite efekty, jeśli tylko pamiętam o stosowaniu go raz w tygodniu. Doskonale oczyszcza skórę, po prostu. Nie wiem dokładnie w jaki sposób działa, ponieważ lista składników nie zawiera niczego specjalnie innowacyjnego, ale jeśli tylko jest używany regularnie działa cuda, nawet do całkowitego zniknięcia trądziku.

4. Krem La Roche-Posay Toleriane.

Nie mogę używać kremów z olejkami eterycznymi, zbyt dużą ilością silikonów ani z parafiną. Czego zatem mogę używać? Niewielu rzeczy, w tym kremu Toleriane. Jest on ratunkiem dla mojej wrażliwej, skłonnej do wyprysków cery, dodatkowo traktowanej wysuszającymi lekami na trądzik. Bardzo dobrze nawilża, nie jest za ciężki, ani za tłusty i nie wysypuje mnie po nim. Sięgam po niego, jeśli nie potrzebuję silnie matującej bazy pod lżejszy podkład.

5. Krem-emulsja Avene Cleanance Mat.

Jest to teoretycznie krem, więc wpisuję go do kategorii “pielęgnacja”, ale de facto używam go jako bazy pod makijaż. Zawiera dużo silikonów, przez co wygląda i daje efekt jak matująca baza. Mam tłustą cerę (która jest jednocześnie wysuszona lekami na trądzik), więc jeśli używam lżejszego, niematującego podkładu, zastępuje mój krem Toleriane tym. Niezależnie od temperatury ani podkładu, dzięki temu kremowi moja skóra pozostaje matowa. Jedynym problemem i powodem, dla którego nie używam go codziennie, jest to, że zapycha moją skórę, a więc i powoduje zawsze kilka uporczywych niespodzianek, więc używam go tylko na specjalne okazje. Jak, na przykład, robienie zdjęć na Insta.

6. Odżywczy balsam-miód do ust Tołpa Botanic Czarna Róża.

Niedrogi i świetny balsam do ust. Używam go wieczorem, przed snem i budze się z nawilżonymi i odżywionymi ustami, gotowymi do makijażu;) Po dłuższym czasie regularnego stosowania usta wyglądają również na pełniejsze, a to jest to, co mnie interesuje najbardziej.

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