April 2022 Favorites

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

This is very good basic BHA toner with salicylic acid, willow bark, niacinamide, arginine and hyaluronic acid. It's basic water like toner with brightening, healing and of course pore cleaning ingredients. BHAs are acids that penetrate deeper into pores and help get rid of sebum and gunk stuck in it. AHAs are more gentle and work on the surface of the skin. Oily skin usually loves BHAs and my T zone is oily almost all year. I've noticed since using this toner every single day in my night time routine that my blackheads on the nose actually appear less visible and less black. My skin surface is smooth and I have less breakouts. I personally think acids are essential for those with excessive sebum paired with wearing makeup and I think I finally found another great one. I loves COSRX BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, but this one is easier available. 

Geek & Gorgeous 101 Stress Less Serum

Another great skin care product that I use daily and love. It's beta glucan and madecassoside based light serum that soaks into the skin quick and feels very soothing. It has a bunch of great ingredients to help repair skin, but it's fairly simple in ingredients list. This is the type of product everyone could use, but especially sensitive and reactive skin will love it. I love these kind of repairing serums, because they helpd with overall skin look, repair any blemish marks and keep skin soothed. This one is also unscented, which I love.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti-Pollution Super UV SPF 50+

I realized there are many versions of this cream and I had to look real close to find this one. I believe it's the same chemical sunscreen formula from last year, but it's always sold out. This is very much comparable to La Roche-Posay Shaka Fluid, which I had, but found it way to heavy in alcohol to the point it felt like it broke me out. This is the same very liquid formula that blend like a dream and leaves sort of a natural finish on the skin. It's not too shiny nor completely matte. It works perfect as makeup base and I use it on a daily now.

L.O.V x Laetitia Lemak Dream Glaze Sculpting Duo

I already wrote a full review of it, but this is lovely sculpting duo. One shade is warmer and works great as a bronzer and the other side is more grey toned, perfect for contouring. It's best sited for warm and medium skin, but I can make it work on me as well. It's very pigmented, so I have to use fluffy brush not to apply to much. I feel like it can look a bit patchy, if apply too much on my light skin tone, but in general it lasts whole day and I like both of the shades.

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

I think I only used this blush this month. It's that perfect mix of pink and peach that gives you pinkish coral cheeks with lovely sheen. I find this shades brightens up my whole basic look and gives me those flushed sun kissed cheeks. This formula is so pigmented, but it almost has this transparent quality to it which makes it look like it's part of the skin. L.O.V blushes are just amazing.

Rephr Brushes 04 and 23

I ordered a bunch of Rephr brushes when they had their concept store event, where they pretty much offer all the brushes and sets at 40% off. Now this is another level of softness. It's goat hair, hand made in Japan and boy does it feel amazing on the skin. Bristles are super soft and they pick up product surprisingly well. They blend like a dream and work great with powder brushes. My two favorite for now are 04 which is the perfect brush for sculpting the cheeks. It hugs the cheek so well and gives you that contoured look with just one swipe. Brush 23 is the smallest pencil brush I have ever seen. It's the perfect brush to blend out the tinniest pencil line, but I use it to apply powder eyeshadow as thin liner. It also gives you the perfect winged look with a sharp end. This is probably my new favorite eye brush now.

Viderage Toning And Firming Intimate Gel

I got this to use as a moisturizer, because Slovenian skin care bloggers hyped it up to be one of the best as far as ingredients wise goes. It apparently also contains growing factors which are especially good at quickly repairing skin. I used this on my body - on those parts that I had severe atopic dermatitis and my neck actually healed up nicely. I can't say if this is all due to this cream, but it probably helped too. It's very light almost gel like formula which absorbs into the skin. On the face it feels like nothing and I feel would be perfect for summer on my combination skin.

Balea Beauty Expert Body Cremegel 5% Niacinamide

I may buy more expensive products for the skin on my face, but when it comes to body, I love a drugstore priced product. Balea has been stepping up its game and coming out with various skin care products that have great ingredients lists at affordable price. Beauty Expert is another one of their lines and this cream gel for the body is the perfect basic hydrating, moisturizing and nourishing body cream. It has glycerin, niacinamide, some oils, panthenol and hyaluronic acid, all amazing ingredients for keeping skin moisturized and healthy. For some reason it has that very gel cream like texture that has a slip and is viscose as snail mucin products usually are. It's very spreadable, but can turn a bit white while you're massaging it in and it absorbs well, so there is no greasy or shiny feel. It's such a lovely basic body moisturizers.

Avon Maxima Mini Perfume

I've mentioned I love those mini perfumes from Avon, because I get to try several scents and these are the best for travelling or carrying with you in the bag. The price is actually a bit expensive, but I try to get them on sale. Maxima is very feminine sweet floral scent. It's not too floral at all. I find it to be just sweet enough and elegant to pass as a daytime scent, but there is a hint of woodiness to it. Apparently tis is dupe for Good Girl by Carolina Herrera. I can't say if this is true, but my friend got it as an alternative to Carolina's perfume and she says it's actually very similar - she has both. I took it with me on a short trip and fell in love with this scent.

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