May 2022 Favorites

Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleansing

I placed my first order on Stylevana online store. They have lots of Asian brands and there is no customs fees. Cleansing oil from Hada Labo was on my wishlist for a long time. I usually use Balea cleansing oil, but that one is quite thick and I need several pumps to clean my whole face. This one from Hada Labo is much thinner in consistency and doesn't feel as greasy. One to two pumps is enough to clean off all my makeup from the face and neck. It breaks down even the most longwearing makeup and I can use it over my eyes without it stinging or feeling uncomfortable. It's olive oil based with some jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid, so it doesn't feel drying at all. There is no scent. It's definitely one of the best cleansing oils I have tried so far and this might just be my new favorite.

No Cosmetics 120H Liquid Hydrator

No Cosmetics is German brand and I got it in Austrian DM. It's vegan formula with pH5.5 and it's basically like hydrating essence. It has great ingredients list - panthenol, glycerin, niacinamide, ectoin, beta glucan, aloe vera, arginine just to name a few. All of these ingredients work together to give you soothing, hydrating and repairing formula. It's super lightweight, almost water like formula. There is no scent and it absorbs in seconds. It feel lovely hydrating and soothing, but in a very lightweight thin way. This is perfect to apply right after cleansing, following up with moisturizer and other products. I compare it to Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist, but that one is more milky and has a bit richer feel on the skin. 

Geek & Gorgeous 101 Stress Less 0.5 Beta-Glucan + Madecassoside Serum

Another great affordable skin care brand that can be found on Superskin store and it has lovely products. This serum contains 0.2% of beta-glucan, which is made of oat and 0.3% of madecassoside made of centella asiatica plant. Together you get superpower of soothing, smoothing, wound healing and antioxidant power in one serum. I love anything that has any part of centella asiatica in it. It just works so soothing and repairing on my skin. This is the type of serum that any skin could use, but will be amazing for those that need something to heal their skin and support natural skin barrier. It looks viscose, but massages into nothing and feel very lightweight on the skin. 

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF50+ PA++++ 

Another product that I got from Stylevana. I have had Korean sunscreens in the past, but never tried Japanese. This is my first and boy is it good. It's that typical almost gel/cream formula that massages into the skin so easily and absorbs fast. There is a slight sheen, not even shine, that is left behind. It just looks like your skin, but better. It wears great under makeup, is very lightweight and perfect for anyone who hates sticky, greasy and heavy SPFs. There is no scent to it and it combines physical and chemical filters, but leaves no white cast whatsoever. I love Asian SPF for everyday errands, but I wouldn't wear it to got to pool or on the beach per say, as I trust European filters just a bit more. 

Kiko LE Lost In Amalfi Baked Blush 02 Silky Sand

I believe this was part of limited edition, which Kiko has a lot. I love bakes blush formula (especially by L.O.V), because they are always so pigmented, last forever and have super smooth formulas that blend like a dream. And this one is like that. It's a perfect mix of brown and peach tone mixed into a muted peach color that has just a bit of cooler sheen on top. This is perfect for any nude look to give you that warmth, but not look too pigmented or colorful. I have been loving pairing it with warmer eyeshadows or just some warmer bronzer.

Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter 100 Gold

I've had this highlighter so many years ago and I still remember it being so lovely, so I got a new one. It's one of those effortless formulas that has the perfect neutral champagne tone and small shimmer to give you just a bit of sheen, but nothing too stark or too shimmery. This is perfect for no makeup makeup days as well. It will look so natural, but still give you that glow from within or like you've just applied good skin care. I apply it with my fingers. For some reason I don't use a lot of powder highlighters right now, I prefer creams for a more natural look.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Moonwalk

Nudes are where I live at most of the time when it comes to eyeshadows, so I am trying to introduce more colors into my everyday makeup. Moonwalk is one of those classic shades from Colourpop that gives you a hint of color, but still looks very wearable. It looks a little different from each angle, but it's basically like warmer brownish base with lime greenish sheen on top. The sheen is super fine and looks very classy with just a hint of color. Their formula is always so easy to apply by just tapping it onto a lid with fingers.

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream

This was another product that has been on my wishlist for a while and I got it as a gift. It's urea based body moisturizer with niacinamide, shea butter, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. It's basically nice nourishing and moisturizing moisturizer with AHA and BHA acids. CeraVe is known for their rich, but smooth formulas that contain lots of ceramides to support you skin barrier. With combination of acids, this makes for lovely body moisturizer that will help to exfoliate all those dead cells off your body, while hydrating it and nourishing. I have been using it a few times already and my skin feels super smooth the next day. However, I only use it on my legs, where I don't have sensitive skin, so I can't say if this is irritating to sensitive skin. It's slightly thicker cream consistency, but has super smooth feel on the skin and it soaks in completely, leaving no shine or sheen on the skin, just that layer of nourishment that is almost velvet to the touch. This is great for anyone with bumpy or flaky skin that needs help with exfoliating. 

Joico K-Pak Hydrator Intense Treatment

It's been a while since  I last had this product and since I often color my hair, I needed to invest in almost the whole K-Pak range to hep my hair look better. I forgot how nice this hydrator is. It pairs perfectly with K-Pak Reconstructor mask as that one is more repairing and this one is more hydrating. I love the pair together, but use this one on its own as well, when I feel like my hair just look too dry and lack luster. It's slightly thicker cream with amazing salon hair like scent. It contains lots of different keratins , oils and wheat protein. Hair is always super smooth, hydrated and looks healthier after I use it. 

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