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2018 Beauty Favourites


It’s that time of the year again… Looking back at what has happened, what we’ve done, how we can be better and then hoping for a happy and healthy new year. I always have these mixed feelings, sadness and excitement, remorse and hope…
But today I’m thinking about the fun part and doing a recap of the beauty bits that have impressed me the most throughout 2018. I have to admit, it’s probably the shortest list of annual favourites I’ve ever had. I don’t think I’ve fallen out of love with skincare and makeup, actually I’d like to believe that I’m much more conscious about what  I purchase and use nowadays.
I’ve divided the bits into three categories:

Skincare Products
I’ve mentioned quite a few times that cleansing is my favourite part of my skincare routine. Although I don’t usually  wear that much makeup, the feeling of taking it all off  and being left with clean skin, ready for the next steps, is just so satisfying.
I couldn’t choose between my two favourite cleansers for the year, so I’m including both of them here. I like a good simple cleanser in the best possible meaning of the word. It’s important for me to have soap- and fragrance-free cleansers, so that they don’t further dry out my skin (I use prescription retinoid that can be a bit drying sometimes) and don’t irritate it. I found my dream cleansers in the form of Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
I’ve been following Dr. Sam’s advice for a long time and I know I can always trust her because  I always see good results when I follow her tips. Her cleanser is everything you would want  a cleanser to be. It comes in a pump bottle that is really simple and easy to use, the product itself has a jelly texture, feels great on the skin and it’s even soothing. It removes impurities, makeup and sunscreen, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a residue. I like that it’s a non-foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin and even sensitive and blemish-prone skins can use it. The formula is really elegant and gentle, yet effective and I need to repurchase another bottle of Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser isn’t that good at taking off mascara and sunscreen but I use both of the mentioned  products after using a dedicated makeup remover because I like to actually cleanse my skin with them and not use them to take my makeup off. Just like Dr. Sam’s Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is gentle  but cleanses thoroughly  while having an absolutely different texture. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening.
Two mild cleansers that are actually really powerful at removing impurities.

Niacinamide is a fantastic ingredient that not only has anti-blemish and anti-pigmentation benefits but it also helps boosting skin’s natural ceramide supply. So, it’s great for acne-prone skin and it’s even hydrating which makes it perfect for the colder months. I, personally, use products with niacinamide throughout the whole year, it’s one of my favourite ingredients and I just can’t be without it.  My skin is combination with shiny T-zone and visible pores. I also struggle with hyperpigmentation issues after blemishes heal, so I’ve been using The Ordinary  Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for the past 10 months. It reduces the appearance of spots,  balances the sebum production and brightens the skin. The texture of the serum is a bit gloopy but spreads easily and leaves a slightly sticky residue. I always follow with another product, so this isn’t a concern for me, it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my routine. I’ve been definitely getting less spots (it also soothes active ones) since I started using it and my hyperpigmentation seems to be fading much quicker than usual.  Niacinamide helps my skin a lot, I’ve tried it in moisturisers, cleansers, serums and this one is a great budget option.

And while we’re on the  breakouts topic, I must mention the second ingredient that’s been  helping me a lot when an unexpected guest appears. Here’s the time when I should mention that  the most severe case of clogged pores for me happened about a year and a half ago. In case you don’t know, I was using a new for me sunscreen and had bad reaction that resulted in really badly clogged pores on a very unusual area (under my jaw but over my neck), it was really bad, people kept asking me if I’d burned myself, it looked like a terrible and huge rash. Otherwise, I’d get an occasional breakout, it’s quite often but it’s not too serious, luckily. However, I still want to get rid of blemishes and  sulfur has been a great little helper. My favourite product containing sulfur has to be the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask. It’s also an amazing spot treatment, I’m in love with this face mask because it keeps my face clear and smooth. I use it twice a week even if I don’t have blemishes because it also prevents from getting new ones. It doesn’t dry out my skin but I always apply moistursing products after washing the mask off. Peter Thomas Roth face masks are really popular at the moment but I don’t see many people talking about this one which is a shame, as it’s a very very good one.

I’m not currently using Vichy  Minéral 89 but it deserves a mention because I spent many months loving it and I’ll go back to it once the rest of my Hyaluronic Acid products are over. Some call it a moisturiser, others say it’s a serum but the brand describes it as a booster which you use after your toner and before the serum.   The important thing for me is to always use a face cream after applying the booster. The lightweight gel comes in a beautiful glass bottle that feels very luxurious. The product  itself feels cooling and soothing on the skin and absorbs fast. Essentialy, Vichy   Minéral 89  is the brand’s mineralising water rich in mineral elements with added Hyaluronic Acid. My skin feels much softer and plumper when I use this booster, I love the cooling feeling and how it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. What’s important  to know is to always seal it with a heavier moisturiser on top, otherwise Hyaluronic Acid can draw  the moisture out of your skin.

If I have to pick only one favourite beauty item of the year, it would probably be the  following one. When I got introduced to  Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach, I began using it only as a lip mask at night although I knew it was a multi-purpose moisturiser. Later I found out how good it works on extremely dry and painful patches when nothing else could provide even a mild relief and hydration, on papercuts and on any flaky area on the face or body. My preference to use it at night is  simply because it’s a thick, waxy balm that pretty much can’t be washed off. The one that I have is enriched with Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E and comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the tip. This is a fantastic skin healer, nothing else saves my painful dry skin when I’m sick, I apply it on every flaky patch on my face and it’s healed overnight. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I really need to try more of their products. If you don’t have a lanolin-related allergy, you should give it a try, especially in the winter months.

Makeup Products
I haven’t been using that much makeup in the past 12 months or I’ve been relying on old favourites but there are a few items that really made a difference for me and I’d like to share them with you.

I wasn’t sure if I should include  Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50  in  Light in the skincare or makeup category as it’s tinted but what’s more important is that it’s a brilliant product. Foundation is rarely a part of my makeup menu nowadays but healthy and even complexion are still things I’m trying to achieve most of the days. I’ve always been struggling to find sunscreens that suit my skin type but a tinted sunscreen was something I didn’t even dare to dream of discovering. After a few absolutely terrible experiences, I’d given up on the idea. When I got the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50,  I didn’t expect it to be  a  good colour match and I thought it might be a bit too thick for my combination skin. Luckily, I was wrong and I wish I had gotten more tubes from it. First of all, the texture is so lightweight that I would never think it’s SPF 50! Second of all, it doesn’t feel greasy but keeps the skin hydrated. It has a slightly dewy finish but it isn’t too shiny and there’s a delicate melon scent that’s not overpowering. It’s easy to apply and provides good coverage that gives a healthy look. Heliocare‘s range consists of sunscreens that combine high technology mineral and non-mineral filters with photobiological protectants, featuring Fernblock which is a natural fern extract. Fern has adapted and evolved to protect itself from the harmful UVA and UVB radiation. The extract provides anti-oxidant effects and UV protection. The formula is also enriched with Panthenol and Vitamin E to moisturise and soothe the skin.
Unfortunately, it comes in just two shades, Light and Brown.
For me, this is a very elegant tinted sunscreen, I haven’t found anything like it, it doesn’t break me out and doesn’t make me look too shiny.

I’ve said a  few times that I’m not really an eyeshadow girl, I’m not talented in mixing and blending 6 shades and it doesn’t really suit me. But a sophisticated wash of colour makes me look a bit more awake and put together.  There are two products I’ve been reaching for almost every day and I’m still doing it because I love them.  Surratt‘s Smoky Eye Baton in the shade Etincelle is  a double-sided pencil with a creamy liner on one side and an eyeshadow on the other. The brand describes the shade as copper but on me it is more of a smoky bronze and makes the eyes look quite sultry. I love the pencil side, it’s creamy, easy to use and smudge and you get a gorgeous eye look in just a minute, that’s the side I’m using on a daily basis. The eyeshadow side has a tapered sponge and the shade is quite pigmented and really pretty. Sometimes I’d apply it only on my top lid or I’d use it to smudge the pencil even more. I don’t use the shadow side that often, as it’s sadly, not the most long-wearing one and creases even if I wear a primer but the colours are absolutely gorgeoous and perfect for every day or for a night out, it’s really versatile.

The second eyeshadow stick that I like to use for a more defined eye look comes from Laura Mercier and it’s the Caviar Stick in Amethyst. The shade is something between a soft mauve and warm taupe and has kind of a bronze metallic finish, it’s simply stunning and I feel like it would look great on everyone. The formula is creamy and glides on easily, blends like a dream and it’s extremely long-lasting. Usually, I  always have to use a primer because everything creases on my lids but this one doesn’t, it was such a big surprise, it  looks perfect all the time. The colour is very pigmented but flattering and not screaming, it just makes the eyes pop. I use this as an eyeshadow or as a liner, I like smudging it over my bottom lash line, it’s also fantastic for a smokey eye.

A blush that doesn’t get enough attention is definitely  Lumene Nordic Chic Natural Glow Blush in the shade Tulip Blossoms. At first, it looks really bright in the pan but on the face, it just gives the most natural healthy and radiant pop of colour that you barely notice. It simply looks like you have it naturally and it’s incredibly easy to apply and blend it over the apples of the cheeks. It’s a powder blush but the texture is silky soft and it makes it feel almost like a cream blush. I’m in love with it, brilliant colour and texture. For such a natural-looking blush, it’s really long-lasting and at the end of the day, it still looks pretty. I’m happy to see more people talking about this Nordic brand but they still have lovely products that are incredibly underrated.

I don’t know if  you can include a product you’ve been using for just 3 weeks in an annual favourites post but I had to mention the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y because it has probably the best lip gloss formula out there. If you normally don’t like lip glosses, you might actually love this one. It gives a slight pink tint that looks really pretty, goes on smoothly without being sticky or gloopy and feels very comfortable on the lips while leaving them nourished, thanks to the Shea Butter added to the formula. So happy that my curiosity prevailed when I saw this gloss and I decided to get it, it’s a fantastic lip product.

Fragrance
I wanted to mention a couple of fragrances that absolutely rock my world but I was a bit unsure about the first one. I mean, I was a bit unsure if I should mention it because I really want to keep it just for myself.
Everyone talks about Santal 33 from Le Labo but the star for me is Thé Noir 29. I don’t think I can describe with words how beautiful this perfume is. It’s addictive, it’s deep but fresh, it’s leafy and dry. We all know that fragrances feel different on different skin, on me, Thé Noir 29 is like a cup of black tea with fig and bay leaves present, it’s a bit smokey and woody, rich and bitter. It’s not difficult for me to fall in love with this fragrance, considering how much I adore fig scents but the fig here is different. It’s dry and dark, rather than juicy and fruity. I can feel  Thé Noir 29 even at the end of the day, after I take a shower, it’s still there in my hair even after it’s washed, on my pillow, at night and the morning after, it’s beautiful…

My second scent favourite is actually more  winter-appropriate, as well. Jo Malone  English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne presents contrast between fruity and woody notes which makes it divine. It feels warmer and earthy, then the heart notes of rose make it really feminine and elegant but the rose isn’t that detectable. It’s also more woody than fruity. For me, it is a very cosy autumn/winter scent, it’s like dew over the autumn leaves at dawn, like damp branches of our big walnut tree at home… I heard many people say it’s too heavy for them but for me, it’s just perfect… on its own or paired with other Jo Malone colognes but I prefer to wear it on its own and feel the whole composition.

Well, that’s it from me this year. A bit of everything. Let’s hope that 2019 will be a good one, a happy and healthy one. Have fun and be safe!

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December Favourites


Hope you’re having a magical time and you’re enjoying yourself! I find that the holiday period is perfect for grabbing a read or taking a look at a blog post, so I decided to share with you my favourite beauty products for December. This time it’s a mix of skincare, haircare and makeup.

Loose powders are a great way to lightly fix my undereye concealer and to keep the T-zone shine at bay without looking too powdery and unnatural. Hourglass powders are some of the best ones out there and their Veil Translucent Setting Powder always seemed interesting to me. However, what made me unsure about whether I should get it or not were all the reviews screaming ‘Don’t use it if you have oily or combination skin!’.
They actually wanted to say that you wouldn’t achieve a matte look with this powder. And they were right. But that doesn’t necessarily mean combination skins shouldn’t use it although, I don’t think I’d reach for it in the summer months.
But it’s a brilliant winter powder for me. The texture is really lightweight, it’s incredibly finely-milled, leaves a healthy glow on the skin and doesn’t look like an actual powder. It gives a blurred and soft finish, sets makeup (although I wear only tinted sunscreen and not foundation) and lasts a decent amount of time on me, I do have to reapply but maybe just once more in the day. I have the travel size, the regular one is way too big I think and I feel like this mini is going to last me through the whole winter. It gives a radiant look indeed and yes, it’s much more suitable for dry skin and you might not like it if yours is combination but in the freezing winter days, I simply love using it.

In the past 5-6 months my hair has been looking quite flat and lifeless. I stopped colouring and heat styling it but there was still no change. On a tough day I went online shopping (as you do) and one of the “You  might also like” products was the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo. I’ve heard a lot about the brand but I’d never tried anything from them until then. I ordered the shampoo and washed my hair right after it arrived. The result was super clean, shiny and healthy-looking hair after one wash. I honestly couldn’t believe it and I thought it was just random. But my hair kept looking revitilised and more manageable whenever I used Viviscal, the shampoo feels clarifying but gentle at the same time and gives this incredible shine. I’m not sure if my hair growth has changed but I can really notice that it looks more voluminous and a bit fuller. I also think the price isn’t too high, I will keep using it and I might try more products from the range.

Just when I though I’d never go back to physical exfoliants, I got a mini of Kate Somerville‘s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Well, this product is not your typical facial scrub, it actually combines physical and chemical exfoliation in one but the grains are really really tiny and not harsh, at all. The treatment looks like a green paste and has a slight fruity scent to it. It’s suggested to be used on wet skin and just 2 minutes are enough before washing it off. The formula contains fruit enzymes (Papaya, Pineapple and Pumpkin), Lactic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate and Aloe Vera. After using the mask, my skin feels so much smoother and softer, it looks radiant and makeup goes on top so much better, the dry patches are gone and it’s been really helpful for me in the colder weeks. I also love taking it away with me when I travel, it does such a good job at brightening dull skin.

And speaking of cold, I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, so I went back to an old favourite. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is my emergency moisturiser for the times when my skin needs soothing, calming and hydration. Even my Cerave Lotion has been slightly stinging on the drier areas around my nose and mouth and only the FAB cream has been giving me instant relief. It’s really moisturising without leaving a greasy feel, my skin feels much more comfortable afterwards, thanks to the formula enriched with Shea Butter, Ceramide 3 and Colloidal Oatmeal that also shows great results on eczema-prone skin. I don’t see myself being without a tube of this cream in my bathroom cabinet, truly one for everyone in the family, especially in the winter.

A couple of weeks ago I got the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Luminizer in Fu$$y and I haven’t stopped wearing  it since that moment. I actually got the last one available and I opened it right after we left Sephora. If you’re new to the blog, I have to say, I’m not a lip gloss lover, I rarely like glosses but I fell in love with this one. It’s like no other lip gloss I’ve ever tried, the texture is so smooth and lightweight and milky, it’s not sticky at all and it also  conditions my lips, thanks to the Shea Butter in the formula. Usually, lip glosses dry out my lips and they feel sticky, this one is exactly the opposite. It has a slight tint of colour, this particular shade looks really romantic and pretty and has a lovely scent to it. I don’t know if my lips look fuller when I’m wearing it but the formula makes it an absolute favourite of mine. You can wear it over lipstick or lip pencil, I like wearing it on its own for a quick pick-me-up in the cold days. The applicator is quite chunky which surprisingly, makes the application process super easy and it picks up the exact amount of product you need. My better half was actually shocked that I wanted to get it and after that, as well, when he saw me applying it all the time, as he knows that I dislike most lip glosses.

These are the products that are saving my skin at the moment and those that I’m slightly obsessed with, I honestly haven’t been that excited about beauty in months and I hope I can revive the passion.
See you in a few days with my favourite beauty bits for 2018!

What I Found in Poland | Sephora, Pharmacy, Drugstore


We spent a few days in Gdansk last week and I really enjoyed the chilled atmosphere there. It was such a breath of fresh air to see so many friendly and kind people in one place, I actually can’t wait to go back one day.
They also had a fantastic variety of pharmacy, drugstore and high-end skincare and makeup products but I tried my best to go minimal this time. I’ve accumulated so many items that I feel like a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to use them all up, so I basically got only what I’ve been curious about for a long time.

One of these things was prescription strength Azelaic Acid. I’ve been a fan of the acid for years, it has anti-inflammatory properties, it shows great results in cases of rosacea, melasma and acne and brightens the skin complexion. I see some results with my products with 10% Azelaic Acid content but I’ve never tried the prescription strength ones that are typically of 15% – 20% concentration. It turned out that such concentration can be found in products sold over the counter in Poland.   They didn’t have the 15% ones but I got the Polish Acne-Derm Cream and  probably the most popular Azelaic Acid treatment, Skinoren Cream (they also had a gel version and one for rosacea). They both have 20% Azelaic Acid concentration and I can’t wait to incorporate them into my skincare routine.

And speaking of acids, I found many Asian brands at the drugstore, so I picked up the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. It suggests that it has anti-acne purpose but I believe that the low 0.50% Salicylic Acid content can have just a bit of a pore-refining effect and not really help with acne, Salicylic Acid is great for my skin, so I’m looking forward to see if this toner  would show some improvement on my combination skin.
They also had several Hada Labo products which looked quite unusual to me, as I’m used to seeing them in different bottles and in Europe they have  another look. Although, I wanted to grab several from the shelf, I limited myself to the Anti-Ageing Lotion Super Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen & Retinol which  is described as a very lightweight facial moisturiser. I tried it a couple of times and it feels really nice and indeed light on the skin but I think I’d prefer using it as a serum and then seal it with a moisturiser on top. To be fair, I can’t remember if I’ve seen this product before in its original packaging.

A Polish pharmacy brand caight my attention with a product, apparently very popular in the country, labelled a bestseller. The brand is called Iwostin and it looked like the whole Purritin range was rather famous among the people there but I got only the Active Cream because it contains a rather interesting blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Retinly Palmitate, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried it yet, as I’m currently testing out other products and I don’t want to overdo it with the acids but as soon as I have a more detailed view on it, I’ll share my experience.

I was surprised to see an incredibly big range of Neutrogena products, don’t think I’ve seen so many items from the brand in one place ever. It was hard for me to pick just one but I promised myself to not go overboard like always and chose the Hydro Boost Quenching Body Gel Cream with Hyaluronic Acid. To be honest, I didn’t expect it to have such a strong scent but the texture is really light and abosrbs quickly, so it would probably be a great body moisturiser in the warmer months, as well.

As a person who’s always on the hunt for the best concealer, seeing the popular Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer, got me excited. Finding a shade  was the tricky part, as the lighting in the store was pretty bad and the testers were basically all of the same three shades while the range was much wider. I still don’t know if I made the right choice but will  find out soon.

It was rainy and snowy in Poland and my lips got pretty chapped, so I was looking for something to hydrate them but to also give me a bit of a natural tint. I knew that Fenty Beauty had just released their latest Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the shade FU$$Y that looked very nice and I noticed that there was only one left at Sephora (later I went to different Sephora stores and it was sold out everywhere), so I grabbed it and to be fair, I haven’t stopped wearing it since then. I’m not a big lip gloss fan but this has to be one of the most comfortable glosses to wear. It also feels quite nourishing, thanks to the Shea Butter in it. It makes the lips look smoother, it’s not too glittery, it’s semi-sheer, leaves a slight tint, feels lightweight and it’s not sticky at all.
Then I went to the section with the minis which is my favourite part at Sephora and noticed this The #1 Essential Lip Tints Trio from Lanolips. I love the brand, their ointment is saving me in the winter but I’ve never tried their tinted lip balms that also have SPF30. All 3 shades look beautiful and I already gave one to my mum.
The last mini set I got from Sephora is the Givenchy My Mini Magic Lip Duo. This is my first time trying lip products from Givenchy, they’re very popular and the miniatures don’t look as luxe as the original size but I’m actually curious about the product in the bullet rather than the packaging itself. One of them is the 3-in-1 Lip Balm, Moisturiser, Plumper, Colour Enhancer and the other one is the Black Lipstick that reacts to the lips pH for a custom look. It sounds like a bit of a gimmick but as a lip balm lover, I think they would be a nice addition to my handbag in the winter.

And last but certainly not least, L’Occitane have brought back their rose-scented lip balm! I already showed you part of their collaboration with Castelbajac on my Instagram and what I was missing was exactly the Wonderful Rose Lip Balm. I had a rose-scented lip balm from them more than 5 years ago and I loved it but it was part of another limited edition collection. I’m so happy they brough it back, unfortunately, they didn’t have it available as an individual product, so I had to get the set that also includes the Wonderful Rose Hand Cream which I alread had but you can never have too many hand creams, especially when they’re from L’Occitane.

I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve been slowing down the beauty shopping lately, I still have a lot to work on because I simply love trying new products and it’s hard to resist when every brand releases new items all the time. However, I’d like to focus on what I really like and share more in-depth reviews on the products and simply to enjoy using them.

Sephora Haul | November 2017

I’ve just got back from Milan and it was lovely although it didn’t stop raining even for a day. It was good to visit again the city that made me fall in love with Italy for the first time many years ago.

Of course, there was no Sephora in Milan back then, so it was only natural for me to visit a few of their stores this time. Part of the products I’m showing you today are from my trip to Milan but there are also a few that were ordered by my boyfriend from the US Sephora. I’ve been curious about some items that are not so widely available in Europe, so it was a great surprise when he showed me the box that came in the mail. I also decided to throw in a couple of purchases from Germany because they happened to be available only there at that moment.

I picked up a few skincare sets, they’re great for travelling but I actually wanted to get to know the brands. The only thing I’ve tried from Herborist was an overnight face mask that I really liked and I even used it as a day cream for a deeper hydration. This Discovery Kit contains T’ai Chi Masks (a black and a white mask that you’re supposed to use one after another), SILKY All-day Moisturising Facial Fluid and SILKY All-day Moisturising Eye Gel. I’m incredibly excited to try the Laneige Hydrating Trial Kit because I’ve heard only positive reviews on the brand’s products. The set contains a Moisturising Foam Cleanser, Essential Power Skin Toner, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream and probably their most popular product, the Water Sleeping Mask.
I’ve never tried anything from KORA Organics and I’m a bit unsure how I feel about the essential oils that some of their products contain but this little Daily Ritual set for oily/combination skin sounds interesting, so I’ll report back once I’ve tried the items. Inside the box you find a Foaming Cleanser (not sure why so many cleansers are supposed to be “foaming”), Energising Citrus Mist and Purifying Moisturiser.
Another brand that I’m really curious about is Drunk Elephant. I’m hearing so many people raving about their products that seeing this cute The Littles set made me scream a bit. It’s quite a generous gift from my boyfriend because he knows about the struggles I’ve been having after the bad reaction to a sunscreen and apparently, these products work well on many people. Hopefully, they’re going to help me, as well. The set contains Pekee Bar and Juju Bar which are their solid cleansers, C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydration Gel, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.
The Dr. Jart+ K-Beauty A BB C’s sets are actually a repurchase because I really liked the trio the first time I tried it, it’s great for travelling, some of my friends wanted to try it, as well and sadly, it’s not so easy to get hold of it at the moment.

Blackhead Steam Balm from TONYMOLY has been on my wishlist for such a long time but no matter where I tried to get it from, it was always sold out and the only thing that remained on the shelves was the tester. I hope it’s as good as they say.

I decided not to go crazy with the sheet masks, so I purchased just a few. I haven’t tried Sephora‘s lip and foot masks yet, so I picked up their Rose Lip Mask and Almond and Lavender Foot Masks. The TONYMOLY I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet Radiance was supposed to be tested during our trip but I ended up forgetting about it. When I was picking up the masks, I turned around and saw this Dr. Jart+ Bright Lover Rubber Mask in my shopping basket. My boyfriend put it there simply because he has a lot of fun when he sees me with strange masks on.
Clay masks in pots dry out so quickly and that was the only reason why I didn’t want to get the Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying one when I first heard about it. Luckily, now they have miniature size of it (or maybe they always had it but I never saw it) and I can’t wait to try it.

I’m a huge lip balm lover, I also adore peach-scented products, so when I saw the Lanolips Peach 101 Ointment Multi-Balm, I had to have it. Plus, multi-purpose moisturisers are great to have in your handbag, especially in the winter.

Hype isn’t something I often buy into but all the different opinions on the Sol de Janeiro‘s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream made me want to try this body moisturiser so bad. But now I’m scared to open the mini jar and to actually use the product. Yes, I realise how ridiculous it sounds.

The only tool I picked up was the pink Beautyblender just because I  need a new one.

As you can see my haul mostly consists of skincare items and I guess that’s because of my skin issues. And although the makeup products are not many this time, they’re absolutely amazing. This Marc Jacobs The Nude(ist) set is so beautiful! I love everything about it and I can’t wait to add it to my handbag.
Some of you may know how much I wanted the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer but I never had luck with finding it. They didn’t have all the shades in Milan and most of them looked either too pale or too pink/orange for me. So, I picked up the shade Creme Brulee and I hope I didn’t make the wrong decision.
Last but not least, something that I wasn’t that curious about but now that I have it, I really like it. It’s the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. I don’t usually go for peachy shades but these ones are quite sheer, soft and blendable.

These are all my recent Sephora purchases and I’m looking forward to finding out more about each of the products. I have big hopes for the skincare sets and I’d be happy if you share your experience in case you’ve already tried some of them.