December 2020 Favorites

It's the end of this year, which if you'd say it was a shitshow, it would be understatement. I'm finishing with my December favorites which were lots of creamy makeup and some new skin care I loved. 

New In (31)

I am very late on my New In posts, so this one features mostly the products I already have full reviews on. There is a few skin care bits that I haven't talked about yet, but I am trying out as well. Expect another new in very soon with some more new products I got.

Catrice Autumn Winter 2020/2021 Products

I have had these products for quite a while now, but I just couldn't come around to write the actual review. Then I realized I accidently deleted my previous notes on these and their comparisons, but I managed to save most of my thought and write them all down. It's all about the new products for autumn and winter 2020/2021 that have been added to Catrice range. Catrice is one of my favorite drugstore brands so I am always looking forward to trying new products. 

Review: Catrice Advent Calendar DIY 2020

Catrice has made Advent Calendar for 2020 that is DIY, so you can do it yourself. They've included 24 product, each for every day leading up to Christmas and you can arrange them into small bags in your preferred order. You can also gift some of these products to others, if you know you won't be using them all. I believe this isn't the first DIY calendar by them, they've had one last year as well.  I'm a little late to posting it, but I hope it helps, if you're still considering getting it.

Wishlist 2020

I rarely do these wishlists posts, probably once a year around holidays. It's just one of the more fun blog posts that I get to do more for myself than anyone else really. This is sort of like my shopping list for when I have the budget to invest and some of these never get to my home and that's ok too. I just love doing these sort of lists so that I make better choices when sales come around and I don't just buy whatever is on sale. 

Review: Essence Hello, Good Stuff - Serum, Primer, Tinted Beauty Cream (20) and 3in1 Face Mist

Essence is slowly introducing a lot of vegan products into their regular range and I had the chance to try out few skin care and makeup products from Hello, Good Stuff collection. From what I've tried, I liked. I think it's a very descent drugstore vegan option for those interested. 

November 2020 Favorites

Very uneventful month is behind us and I only hope December will be a merry one. I've been testing lots of new products this month and I am featuring some of those that I liked the most. I don't apply much makeup these days, because I don't leave the house much anyway. 

Classic to Shimmery Smokey Eye

I rarely do classic black smokey eye, because in general I prefer lighter colors on my eyes. But I thought I'll do tutorial of how I like to do classic smokey eye since I know many love this style of makeup. You can use same application for any other colors like purple, brown or orange smokey eyes. 

Review: Catrice Brow Definer Brush Pen (040 Ash Brown) vs. Essence Tiny Tip Precise Brow Pen (02 medium brown)

I think you might have noticed by now that I love to try out brow products. It's one of those fields that I'm never quite satisfied with when it comes to doing my own makeup. If you have sparse brows like I do, you need all the help you can get. I was so excited when two of my favorite drugstore brands - Essence and Catrice came out with their brow pen versions that I had to try them both. Here's comparison of them. 

Review: Avon Naturals Aloha Monoi Coconut & Tiare Flower - Scrub, Lotion And Scented Spritz

I'm a little late posting about this Avon Naturals collection named Aloha Monoi. It was released in summer and features very summery scent of coconut and tiare flower. The whole collections includes shower creme, bubble bath, body scrub, body lotion and scented spritz. I tried out three of those.

Review: Wet n Wild - Nude Awakening Palette, Balm Stain, Lip Liner and Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

Wet n Wild isn't a new brand in Slovenia. It was here already, but then it sort of disappeared for a while and now it's back. I remember their lipsticks being really popular back in the day, especially Bare It All shade, though I never tried any. I have quite a few of their face products - highlighters and blushes which I really like. 

It's one of the brands that has been cruelty free from the beginning, they came out with first drugstore black nail polish and keeps their prices as low as they were in the beginning, which is one of the reasons I love them. Their products are affordable, but the quality is also good.

October 2020 Favorites

October has been a month of testing several new products that I received and I am featuring some of them in my favorites. Autumn is in its full swing and I've also brought out some of my seasonal favorites that I am falling back in love with. 

Colorful Melting Face

I wasn't going to do Halloween makeup this year, because the situation is just what it is. Let's be honest, most of the world is staying in at home and there aren't any activities. But hey, maybe I'm wrong and there will be Zoom parties going on. Anyway, I got last minute idea to include face mask into my look, as masks have become the new norm in Western world. I didn't know what to call this look. It sort of reminds me of ninja in a way,  but then the face should look like it's melting. 

Review: SVR Laboratoire Dermatologique - Liftiane Creme, Sun Secure Fluide SPF50+ and Xerial 30 Creme

SVR is a french dermocosmetics laboratory which understands sensitive skin and how problems with skin can affect your emotions and well-being. I, as a person with skin problems my whole life, can completely relate to that. Brand was created by Simone and Robert Veret. They believed that dermatology makes you more beautiful. SVR offers products to accompany you every day to help you feel good about yourself. 

Review: Avon Creme Legend Lipstick - Iconic

I am almost always impressed with Avon lipsticks. Every new range that they come out with, is usually a success in my book, especially if I like the general description of formula. Creme Legend is their newest range of lipsticks with creme finish and build in primer. It's your best bet for everyday creamy comfortable lipstick.

Review: Viseart Paris Edit Eyeshadow Palette

After purchasing Warm Edit palette by Viseart, I knew I would want to get more. Luckily, Paris Edit was also on sale and I though this shade selection was perfect to add to my collection. It's a very romantic colored palette with which you can create variety of colorful or more muted looks. 

Review: Bronx Colors - Lip Products

Here is the last part of Bronx Colors reviews and it's about two of their lip products. Matte Lip Tint and The Legendary N°2 Lipstick. One was love at first try and the other one complete opposite. 

Review: Bronx Colors - Eye Products

Continuing my review of Bronx Colors, here are all the eye products I got the chance to try out. There is a bit of everything from brushes to mascara. 

September 2020 Favorites

September flew by like crazy. Days are getting shorter and I am starting to feel cold all the time again. Summer has quickly turned into fall. This months I actually didn't experiment much with makeup. Here are just some products that I reached for over and over again. 

Review: Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++

I bought Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun sunscreen because at the time I couldn't order on Ebay my usual Asian sunscreens, so I over payed for this one. It's one of those popular Asian sunscreens and I was mostly intrigued by centella asiatica extract in it. Although, it turns out it's not my favorite in terms of texture.

Review: Bronx Colors - Face Products

I've been trying out Bronx Colors products which is a new brand that just came to Slovenian stores. I have never heard of the brand before.  Products are inspired by Bronx district from New York. They draw inspiration from textures and colors of that vibrant city. 

I have received so many Bronx products that I have decided to split my review posts into three parts - face, eye and lip products. So expect two more posts. 

New In (30)

I've accumulated quite a few of new products, so prepare for a longer post. I really should do these more often to make them more enjoyable for you.

Review: Avon 2 In One Cushion Cloud Creamy Lip & Cheek Colour - Sugar And Spice

I was usually never a fan of cream products, but now I kind of like them for a more natural makeup look, when I want to look good, but can't be bothered to apply a full on makeup look. Avon added to the creamy trend with their new 2 In One Cushion Cloud Creamy Lip & Cheek Colours

Review: Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Concealer - 00 Ivory

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser is somewhat of a cult drugstore product. It has been around for a really long time and it seems people still like its formula. I am one of those rare ones that has just tried it out right now. 

August 2020 Favorites

August has been busy and my makeup was kept at minimal. I have been testing some new skin care products which have deserved its place in this months favorites. I brought back out some of my old makeup favorites that I particularly love for hot summer days. 

Review: Avon Distillery Shadow Shots Eyeshadows and Lash'd Up Mascara

I have already talked about Avon Distillery skin care range which was first vegan range from Avon. Recently they also added Distillery makeup range with pressed powders, mascara and single eyeshadows. I have tried most of them out. Here are my thoughts on this range.

Review: NYX Slim Lip Pencils - Nude Pink, Natural, Peekaboo Neutral, Ever

I've always loved NYX as a brand, because it's sort of like a drugstore alternative to MAC and they always have great shade selection. Not that I've tried much of their products, because we don't have them in Slovenian drugstore, but I am always so happy when I can get some in person. Their Slim Lip Pencils quickly became one of my favorite, mostly because of the wide selection of nude shades that they offer.

Review: NYX Epic Ink Liner - Black

Since Asian products are harder to get these days, I look for alternatives that I can buy in Europe. While researching for a good brush tip liquid liner, I came upon many great reviews for NYX Epic Ink Liner. I decided to try it out and it turns out, it's as nice as they say.

Review: Viseart Eyeshadow Palette - Warm Edit

Viseart is one of those makeup brands that a lot of makeup artists swear by. It's a Parisian brand known for their eyeshadow palettes mostly, but they do other products as well. I have had my eye on them for a while, but I am always hesitant buying more expensive products before trying it in person. Usually that only happens, if there is a good deal on it and Warm Edit was on sale.

July 2020 Favorites

In July we went on a short trip to the sea and my favorites reflect that. There is a lot of new skin and body care in my routine and much less makeup, because I only used my basics.

Review: Ardell Stroke A Brow Feathering Pen - Medium Brown

I've never really been interested in these brow pens until I saw how natural, yet defined results can look. Glossier Brow Flick is one of the most popular eyebrow pens, but since Glossier is impossible to get in Europe, I heard the next best thing is Ardell Stroke A Brow Feathering Pen. I saw Katie Jane Hughes using both of these and loving, so I decided to try it out once I was placing my order for some other products.

Review: Avon Artistique Parfumiers Iris Fetiche Eau de Parfum

Artistique Parfumiers is a new collection of scents by Avon inspired by their beginnings as a California Perfume Company back in 1886. Perfumers were inspired by personal memories and created three fragrances called Iris Fetiche, Magnolia en Fleurs and Patchouli Indulgence. These scents represent journey into the craftsmanship of perfumery that began in Paris back when Avon was created.

Tropical Paradise Makeup

Tropical eye makeup to cut through this summer heat. Heavy on the eyes and very minimal on everything else. These blues and greens are calling me to tropical paradise. 

New In (29)

It's been so long since I've last talked about my new in products, so I decided to just not include all the ones that I already have review of on. Because otherwise I would have to do three posts of these. I have been repurchasing a lot of products as well as researching out for new one that could complete my skin care and makeup routine.

Review: Avon Planet Spa The Ayurveda Ritual - Soothe & Balance Face Mask and Multi-Use Oil

I think one of my first Avon products was one of their Planet Spa masks. Their Planet Spa range has been around since I remember. Every now and then they come out with new scents, but some have been staple in the collection for years. Their latest collection is called The Ayurveda Ritual and I tested face mask and multi-oil.

June 2020 Favorites

This months has been really boring when it comes to makeup and my skin was acting up so I got back to some of the basics that I know work for me. I feel like these favorites are just going to become increasingly more boring and short, because I don't really have time to experiment as much with my makeup as I used to.

Review: Avon True Euphoric Volume & Length Mascara - Brown Black

Usually, Avon mascaras don't do it for me, because most of them have a drier formula which doesn't build up as much volume as I would like. But their new Euphoric mascara is actually one of the few that I really like and has become my favorite from them. I have been wearing it every day for weeks already.

Review: Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish Liquid Lipstick - 960 Date Night

Revlon is one of those brands that always does great quality lip products. Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish is one of their latest range of liquid lipsticks. As soon as I saw the finish of these, I knew I would love them. Mine is in a wearable mauve nude shade called Date Night.

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette - Carli Bybel

Anastasia Beverly Hills is most know for its brow products, but they also make popular eyeshadow palettes. Carli Bybel is a YouTuber which is quite well known and she collaborated with Anastasia to make her own eyeshadow palette. I personally don't follow Carli Bybel, I just got this palette because it was the only shade selection that appealed to me and the fact that it was on sale. I wanted to try ABH eyeshadow formula for a while, but I couldn't justify the price.

Review: Catrice LE Sungasm Summer Glow Make-Up Setting Mist

Catrice has new limited edition called Sungasm that is already available in stores. I have tried out their Summer Glow Make-Up Setting Mist and it's a great one for getting moisturized and dewy look back to your skin after applying powder makeup or just to refresh your makeup.

May 2020 Favorites

In may I have been testing a lot of new products and to my luck, most of them turned out to be amazing, so I am feature them in my May favorites. I love whenever I find good products that were worth my money and in this post I also have a lot of very affordable drugstore options that have impressed me.

Review: Catrice LE Glow In Bloom Highlighters (All Shades) and Blush (C02 Rose Duet)

Catrice's latest limited edition called Glow In Bloom is all about glowy skin with floral inspiration. It's available in April and May at most Catrice retailers. I have to say their highlighters are just amazing. Blush is also nice.

Review: Nars Blush Orgasm and Powermatte Lip Pigment Starwoman

I got these two products as a gift from a lovely friend Astrid which I got to know through my blog and we have actually met once in person. She was so nice to send me some makeup products and I have to say, she has great taste. I loved everything she picked out for me. Among these I was most excited for iconic Nars Orgasm blush and their red matte lipstick in shade Starwoman.

Review: L.O.V. BLUSHment Blurring Blush - 60 Be The Next She.E.O.

I fell in love with L.O.V. BLUSHment Blurring Blush formulas. First I had one shade and now I bought a third one called 60 Be The Next She.E.O. It's just one of those blushes that has great pigmentation, doesn't need to be build up and lasts all day long. 

Review: Maybelline City Bronzer - 200 Medium Cool

Bronzers and highlighters are probably one of those makeup products I can never have enough of. It's the two products I almost always use whenever I do makeup on myself. Bronzer gives my face dimension and color that makes me look alive. You'll know what I'm talking about, if you're on the pale spectrum as well. I have heard only great things of Maybelline City Bronzer and I finally decided to get a shade to see how it goes.

April 2020 Favorites

April was pretty much quarantine month. If someone said to me before that life as we know it would come to a stop, I wouldn't believe it. I took full advantage of this time at home with gardening, cleaning and spending more time outside. I still did my makeup every now and then and I finally used up some products that I probably wouldn't have otherwise. 

Rimmel: Exaggerate Eye Definer, Wonder'Swipe Liner to Shadow and Scandaleyes Volume On Demand Mascara

I received a package from Rimmel a while ago. It was inspired by a London look which I can see with these color schemes. I already have some of my favorites from Rimmel and I was excited to try new products out. 

Review: Avon Mark Supreme Shadow Playbook Eyeshadow Palette

Avon came out with a pretty big eyeshadow palette for them called Supreme Shadow Playbook. It's in a book format and you get two sides of eyeshadows. Their mattes have always been impressive and those in this palette are just as nice. It's a different color selection than what I am used to these days.

Review: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - NC13

When I researched MAC foundations, Studio Fix Fluid was the most popular one that everyone recommended. It's apparently one of those good coverage foundations that also lasts well on the skin. I am usually not a fan of MAC base products, but I keep trying new products out hoping I will find that perfect one that I can say is worth the price. 

Purple Haze

Spring always inspires me to play more with colors. It's that time of the year that is definitely the most vibrant and colorful. Many makeup artist play with colors so well and I especially like monochromatic eye looks created by using different tones of just one color. That's what I tried to create with this purple look.