September 2023 Favorites

Haruharu Wonder Black Rice Moisture 5.5 Soft Cleansing Gel

This is gel type of wash gel. It has lightly acidic pH and it's unscented. I like it. It's fairly basic though so I wouldn't say it's worth the price. For some reason it reminds me of Balea Med the unscented wash gel gel version, expect that one is cheaper. It's nice, don't get me wrong, I just expect more from my wash gels, if I pay a higher price. So it's in my favorites, because it cleans well, it's gentle and it definitely doesn't irritate me. But I could do without it or just use a cheaper alternative.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 

My skin has become dehydrated as soon as the weather turned into fall. So I have been using a bit more thicker creams on my skin in the evening routine. This one from First Aid Beauty is a fairy basic moisturizing cream with a bit thicker consistency. It still feels lightweight, but is just a bit more nourishing then my gel formulas and it stays on the skin a bit more through the night. It's one of those basic moisturizers that can be used for anything and I have been layering it up as my last step on top of serums and it moisturized my skin well enough. 

Skinfairytale Atopicbalm

I will admit I had testers of Skinfairytale creams and I had Atopiccream in the past, but I didn't like it. It just wasn't moisturizing enough for me. I have eczema and my hands and recently my flare ups have been considerably worse than before, so I invested a lot into taking care of my eczema with additional food supplements as well as trying new skin care. I have to say Atopicbalm turned out to be great for my dishydrotic stage of eczema when I was trying to calm down my red skin and dry up water bubbles. Cream contains calamine which is known for its soothing capabilities. It helped with itching as well. Consider this cream, if you have similar issues as I have.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil - Nude Beige

This is definitely my favorite cool toned light greyish brown shade for my lip color to sort of use as a contour with other lipsticks. As you can see I am down to my last bit, but I have repurchased it several times already. It has the perfect cool greyish undertone and it's light enough that it can be used on lighter skin tones. I don't like my lip pencil contour to be too dark. I love NYX Slim Lip Pencil formula, because it's that classic lip pencil formula that is just creamy enough, but doesn't slide all over and you can diffuse and blend it, if you would like to. 

Maybelline Superstay Vinyl Ink - 15 Peachy

I was on the fence about buying this products and at first I wasn't a fan, but since I started using it differently, I love it now. It's a liquid lipstick that has opaque pigmentation and gives you good color payoff as soon as you apply it. The fun thing about it that it has all the properties of a matte liquid lip - very pigmented, very long lasting and hard to budge, but it gives you satin finish with natural shine on the lips that doesn't make your lips look crusty like the desert. I will say apply it lightly with a brush, because if you apply a thicker coat you will get that nasty inner corner crusty look on the lips. It's so long lasting and the shade peachy is the perfect neutral muted peachy brown. 

Merzy The First Gel Eyeliner - G13 Amber Brown

Merzy is Korean brand that makes amkeup products. It's hard to find brown gel pencils in drugstore that aren't just dark brown or dark brown with some shimmer. So I decided to try Amber Brown from Merzy and it's so nice. The formula is very creamy like a proper gel pencil and it has built in sharpener in the bottom of the pen. It glides on the lid and you can blend it out and use as an eyeshadow, but once it sets it stays put and doesn't move. Amber Brown is matte medium amber brown that can look darker, if you go over the line a few times. I love those kind of warmer brown shades.

Rephr 35 Brush

Brush 35 from Rephr is said to be small face brush for contour, highlight and blush, but I personally love to use it for my concealer. It's just big enough that it sits good under the eyes, but at the same time it blends larger area, so you are done quicker. I love Rephr brushes in general, because they have very soft natural bristles and the quality is great. They are soft, but still dense enough that they blend and apply makeup effortlessly. 

Angled Liner Brush and Portable Lip Brush

These two are my random purchases from Shein and I have to say I am very satisfied with the quality. I always need more liner and lip brushes in my professional makeup kit and the quality with these doesn't have to be top notch as with many face brushes. Angled liner brush is one of the few with synthetic brushes that is narrow and small enough that it's easy to apply a precise thin eyeliner around the lash line. I find most such brushes from other brands are usually too big and bulky, but this one is perfect. Lip brush can be taken apart in half and you can close the brush into another half, so it's great to carry on as well. It has rounded edges which is great shape for apply lipstick. It's flat and synthetic hair doesn't soak up too much products, so I find it nice. The only problem being once you assemble both halves together it feels a little flimsy. 

Refan Perfume inspired by Givenchy L'Interdint Eau de Parfum Rouge

This is another perfume that I got a small bottle of, because I loved the description on Fragrantica and apparently it was winner for reader's choice of 2022. It's described as warm spicy, white floral and woody. Top nots are ginger and blood orange, middle notes are tuberose, jasmine and pimento leaf and base notes are sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver. In my opinion this is the perfect perfume for autumn. It's very strong in silage and I get a bit of sweet fruitiness mixed with soft floral in the beginning. Later however as it develops into those base notes it becomes quite woody. However, it has that sweetness to it, which must be due to the floral mixing with base notes. So I would say this is sweet woody and kind of spicy fragrance. 

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