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Mavala Pastels (+Swatches)

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Last week I saw an advertisement about the Mavala Delicious Colours although the collection is 2 years old. It’s spring and I decided to check them out but unfortunately I couldn’t find all of them. The one that I actually wanted to try most was Frozen Berry but it wasn’t available. In fact, I got only one shade from this collection and it’s Blue Mint. So, I picked two more from the same brand to try them and make Mavala mini pastels collection. The other two that I chose are Touch of Provence and Vanilla.

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1. Touch of Provence seemed closest to the desired by me Frozen Berry. It is a lavender purple colour that has a little frosty finish, the application goes very smooth and I used two coats just to make sure that everything is covered. It has the highest coverage of the three.

2. The shade that I was struggling with was Vanilla. It was too liquid and with lightest coverage, kind of milky, so I needed three coats. But at the end it’s a very pretty nude.

3. Blue Mint is a sky blue pastel with just a bit of shimmer and I really love this shade! Again three coats before the final result.

These nail polishes are affordable and super easy to carry with you since they’re in a 5 ml packaging. Smoothly applied and they also come off easily with the nail polish remover (don’t you just hate it when you have to rub 5 minutes for the last stains left?)

According to the brand’s website “All Mavala’s colours are free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal” and “The formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breathe, ensuring your natural nails are cared for”.

I can say that I love the formula of these nail polishes and I will be definitely getting more from Mavala.

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KIehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

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I don’t have huge experience with clay cleansers but I’ve tried some in my life and honestly I wasn’t impressed. Usually it’s great to use clay cleansers when you have combination to oily skin but somehow it didn’t work for me.

Until I tried Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. It’s a thick and creamy cleanser, it has tiny exfoliating particles that dissolve when you use the product on your damp face, it’s not a harsh one, it’s exfoliating your skin very gently. It’s not very foamy but it cleanses your skin deeply, leaving it soft and smooth. It won’t dry you out and it kind of mattifies your skin.

I’ve been using it for a month or so and I can tell that my pores are reduced a little bit and I don’t feel my skin tight after washing the product off. I tried to use it every night and it was ok but then I saw some dry patches appearing after some weeks so I decided to use it just a couple of times a week and everything was back to normal. I still use it at night because I feel better when I cleanse my skin deeper after a long day and use a milder cleanser in the morning (it may not be aggressive but it’s still an exfoliator).

If you’re looking for a cleanser that is mild but also exfoliates your skin and reduces your pores, try this one.

Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals

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I don’t change my skincare routine often because I tend to get breakouts even if I include/exclude only one product. Also, I’m not quite sure how my face feels about foam cleansers because most of them leave my skin oilier than usual. However, I saw this one about a month ago in one of the pharmacies here and it was presented as a new product. Probably it’s just new for the market here cause I’ve seen it before.

It’s my favourite foam cleanser so far. It’s very gentle, soap-free, soothes and softens the skin. It’s suitable for normal to combination sensitive skin. I did get breakouts after the first couple of times using it but soon after that everything was back to normal. Has light rose scent and it’s not as thick as other foam cleansers.

One pump is enough to clean your face day and/or night, I use it only in the morning.

This is the first Nuxe product that I’m trying and I like it very much. Can’t wait to check some other products from them, especially their super famous lip balm.