My Highlighter Collection

Highlighter is one of my favorite makeup products. I don't even remember when this highlighter craze began, because when I was growing up this wasn't one of the essential makeup products. Now it seems like makeup lovers are competing who will have brighter shine on their cheeks. I personally love the effect that highlighters can give to the skin. In my opinion shine on certain parts of the face makes you look fresh and younger. For a heavier application, it can look very glamorous and because I love everything sparkly, I obviously love the effect of it. If you only apply foundation, concealer and a good creamy highlighter, your skin can look amazing and you don't really need much more. Maybe some mascara and lip gloss.

That is why I decided to share my collection of highlighters. I'm sure I have more than some and that I have less than some. I can't even use all of these up and it's not that I need them, I just enjoy collecting them. A lot of these are Limited Editions and then there are some classics that you can still get.

This is perfect shade for very fair skin tones. It's white based with very light golden sheen to it. It's very creamy product, but once it gets on the skin it turns into a powder. It has tiny shimmer in ti which is visible, but gives your skin beautiful glow that still looks somewhat natural. I use this more in the winter time and when I use very little skin products. It looks perfect paired with a BB cream and nothing else.

This is one of the rare liquid highlighters in my collection. It's also great for fair skin tone, because it has light champagne shade with strong sheen. It has small champagne shimmer as well as some bigger gold shimmer. It's a bit chunkier, but on the skin it looks natural because of the liquid texture. Once it dries on the skin it doesn't move.

It's my most used cream highlighter. Whenever I want quick makeup look that looks natural, I always go for this one. It's so easy to apply and looks natural. It's another fair skin option with light champagne shade. It almost looks like a mix of light gold and pink, so it's fairly neutral. This one has dense shimmer which is very small and gives the skin that beautiful natural sheen. It's a cream product that stays creamy on the skin. 

It's my least favorite highlighter, because it's not enough shimmery for my taste. It's suitable for fair skin tones, because it has white pinkish toned base to it. It actually looks like a regular powder with some added tiny shimmer. It also has fairly strong white base, so it's not sheer. For me personally this doesn't do much, so I rarely use it. It would be perfect for those that don't really like highlighters, but want to add the slightest sheen to the skin. It's very hard powder texture, so you have to build it up to get the color payoff.

Yes, it says bronzing pearls on it, but it's actually more a highlighter to me. It has a coral base to it that looks more like a very light blush, but on top of it, it also has white shimmer which gives it that pinkish white sheen. I use this more as a highlighter in the summer, when I'm a bit more tanned. That white sheen looks so much like highlighter that I wouldn't use it as a bronzer. You can also use it as a very light blush with a sheen. It's essentially powder in small pearl shapes. Powder is slightly wet, so it gives a nice color payoff. 

It has slightly wet powder consistency. The shade is like a champagne mixed with a bit of pink. It's basically like a darker and pinkier version of Kiko's 100 Gold. It's again one of those that I tend to wear when I have a bit more color on my face. It has tiny shimmer that gives it subtle golden shine, but is very pigmented in general. 

When I want something more pinkish, I always use this. It's my favorite pinkish highlighter. It has very light white pinkish base with tiny gold and pink shimmer. This is also great for fair skin tones, because the shade is very light. It also has that lovely sheen that looks gold on one side and pink on the other. It's so finely milled and has bright sheen. Powder has a bit more wet texture to it.

It's the most fun looking texture, because it's a gel that feels kind of jelly like. Once it dries on the skin it doesn't move. It has pinkish champagne base to it, but tiny shimmer in it gives it very golden glow. It has super fine shimmer and looks very natural and sheer on the skin. The sheen is quite strong and because it's very gold, it looks best on warm skin tones. 

It's perfect for warm fair skin tones. It has very light base, but it's just slightly golden. The base is still very white, so it's perfect for my skin tone. The shimmer in it is so fine that it gives the skin lovely sheen. It's one of those starting to have a nice glow, but is still subdued highlighters.

Hands down the best highlighter by Essence and definitely one of my all time favorites in general. It looks so similar to theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer's texture, but it's a lot lighter in the shade. It has very light golden sheen that can be build up to almost metallic sheen. It's perfect for light skin tones, because it has such a fair gold shade. Powder has again that wetness to it and it's really pigmented. Shimmer in it is really small, but the sheen is very obvious. It's like a more obvious and more metallic version of the Merry Berry version.

It's my favorite highlighter from my whole collection. This is again perfect for light and fair skin tones with warm undertone. It has very light yellow toned sheen to it, but the base looks more champagne. It's very similar to Essence Metal Glam. Metal Glam has more champagne tone to it and Moonstone has more yellow tone to it. Metal Glam is also just slightly more metallic. Moonstone still has quite bright sheen, but looks just a bit more natural. Shimmer in it is super fine. It's that perfect highlighter for everyday use, when you want it to give it glow, but not be too blinding. Powder also has wet feel to it.

Again one of my favorites. but it's just slightly darker than Moonstone, so it's now more reserved for when I have some color in my face (so more spring and summer). It also has that powder texture that feels wet to the touch. Shade is darker than Moonstone, because it's a bit more peachy golden. I would say that this could also be used on medium skin tones. It has tiny shimmer and gives quite metallic sheen to the skin. 

Cream highlighter that is a bit darker than my usual choices. It has pink champagne shade, but has a very cool sheen on the skin. It's very pigmented and blends into skin lovely. It doesn't dry down to a powder finish. It's a bit too pink for my personal preference. It sort of looks natural because of the cream texture, but gives quite strong sheen to the skin.

Powder texture is very dry and almost feels like baked powders. It has strong payoff. The shade is light lavender purple, but the sheen is very cool white. It has tiny shimmer and gives intense sheen to the skin. This is perfect if you want to get rid of dullness on light skin tones. 

If you have fair skin tone and want intense glow, than this one is for you. It has wet powder texture that is really pigmented. It's very light white based shade with slight yellow tint to it, but the sheen is very white. Shimmer is super fine. It's definitely gives the most intense glow in my highlighters collection.

It has that same dry baked texture as Hemisphere. Base is peach, but has that same white obvious sheen. Because of the peach base, I usually wear it when I am a bit tanned. It still gives the shin very cool sheen. Shimmer in it is also tiny. 

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter - Golden Lights

It's fairly light shade, but it has very intense yellow golden sheen to it. It's almost a bit too yellow for my taste, because it doesn't look natural on my fair skin tone. I do love to pair it with more bronzed looks and I especially like to use it as an eyeshadow. Shimmer in it is really small and it has intense sheen. Pigmentation is great. Texture is more dry.

If I think Makeup Revolution is a bit too yellow for my taste than this one is almost unwearable to me. It's even more golden and more yellow tinted. This would probably look amazing on medium skin tones, but for me it's too yellow. I do love it as an eyeshadow or for more creative makeup looks. It has very similar texture to Makeup Revolution. The shimmer is also very tiny and has good pigmentation. 

I've been seeing this one a lot on Pinterest. Apparently it has become quite popular. It's in fact lovely highlighter. It looks almost like a bronzer in the pan and if you swatch it on the hand, it looks too dark. Once you apply it with a brush, it looks a lot lighter. It gives the skin subtle wearable sheen that has tiny shimmer and it looks like a pinkish champagne shade. It's really interesting shade that would probably work for light as well as medium skin tones. It's more suited for warm skin tones. It's just slightly too dark for me in the winter, but once I am not as pale and dead looking, it works. Powder has slight wetness to it. 

This is my favorite darker highlighter for summer time. It has marbled design, so shades depend on which one you take. If it has more white in it, it will be lighter. Mine has more gold in it, so it's darker. If you want something more peachy golden than Essence Pure Nude, than go for this one. It also swatches darker than it looks like on the skin. It's a more peachier base, but with a true gold sheen. This looks stunning on tanned skin. It has enough sheen and glow, but it's not too obvious.

It could almost be shimmery bronzer for me in the winter. I use it only when I'm tanned. It's liquid and has very fine shimmer in it. It blends into the skin lovely and it can be sheered out. It has bronzy base to it, but has very golden sheen to it. I usually mix it with my foundation or just apply it as a subtle sheen on tops of cheeks. It's really pigmented and can be build up to a metallic sheen. 

My personal favorites are Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Moonstone, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Essence Le Metal Glam Highlighter Powder - 01 Gold Digger. For my tanned complexion I adore Terra Naturi Shimmer Powder Body & Face - 01 Golden Highlight. My favorite cream highlighter for a more natural look is Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter - 100 Gold.

I love everything shiny and that's probably why I fell in love with highlighters. Even though I'll probably never go through all of these, I still have some that I would love to own in my collection. I might still get some, but some are just out of my budget for now. Especially, because I can't justify buying yet another one seeing how many I already own.

Highlighter Wishlist

  1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 
  2. MAC Vanilla Pigment
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow 
  4. MeMeMe Beat The Blues Skin Illuminator - Oyster Gold
  5. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid - Moonstone
  6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Opal
  7. Benefit Whatt's Up! Highlighter
  8. Jouer Powder Highlighter - Citrine

I would love to know what are some of your favorite highlighters? Have you tried any on my wishlist and would your recommend them?

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New in #53

THE BODY SHOP Shade Adjusting Drops
Thanks to my lovely reader and fellow blogger Oana from Not Just Makeup I finally got my hands on these. I first got the Catrice drops which I actually did end up using every day this month out of necessity, but they aren't enough as they are basically a very light tinted moisturiser. Now these are already much better. They lighten significantly more, I can even make Milani's foundation work (better at least). The trick of these is that they aren't actually white, but a pale pastel pink which neutralises yellow and that is exactly what I need, not just lightening, but also neutralising. The texture of these is similar to Catrice's once blended, meaning they are not as light as for example Catrice's HD foundation even though these are still drops, but they also have a greasier feeling once blended. I've only had them for three days, so I can't tell you much about how or if they change the foundation - so far they seem fine and they don't affect the staying power. The packaging is remarkably stupid. The dropper doesn't really work and it doesn't suck up the product, so you just need to find a different way to make it work. I was recommended to shake the bottle a lot. 
The Body Shop, 14 €

*CATRICE Prime & Fine Make Up Transformer Drops
Hopes were high for this, probably not just mine, as it's one of the very rare such products in our drugstores. It's about the same shade as Nars' concealer in Chantilly and it's tinted yellow, so it's only a shade or two too light for me, but since it's sheer, I could even wear it on its own. The texture appears very light when squeezed from the tube, but once you start rubbing it in, it's more greasy feeling. I've tried it with all my dark foundations and the only combination I like is with L'Oreal Infallible Matte. That one is pink, so the yellowness of the drops neutralises it, while the rest of my foundations are too yellow, so this isn't the best product for them. My darkest shades which are Milani Conceal + Perfect 01 and BeYu Nutri Foundation 15 are still way too dark with this. This can make it a shade lighter, two at most, but you need to use a lot (1:1 mix) and it also messes with the foundation's texture as well as staying power. 
3.49 €

CATRICE Liquid Camouflage Concealer
I got this for my birthday from Petra who just nailed the timing because I just used up my other concealers a couple of days before. I heard tons of positive reviews about this and I'm spoiled by both Collection's and Nars' concealer, so I hoped this was similar enough. The colour I got is 005, which was added later and I'm so glad it was. It's a yellow version of Collection's 1 Fair, so it's fits my NC10 skin tone once blended, though at times it looks a bit too yellow. In terms of coverage, it doesn't cover as much my two favourites, but still has a good medium-full coverage. However, it looks better under the eyes because it's less matte and it feels lighter. For spots I need two layers, but two layers of this concealer look heavy for my taste and I still couldn't cover stronger redness from spots.

*CATRICE Lip Dresser Shine Stylo 
060 Surf and Turf in Grapetown
I will sheepishly admit I didn't know this was one of the new products until I got it. I checked what's new, but these just didn't caught my eye, probably because it's got shine in the name. I'm not loving the packaging because it has a clicker button which pushes the product out, but that also means you can't push it back. I find traditional winding mechanisms more useful. My shade is a deep red colour with semi-opaque pigmentation and a creamy finish that in time sets into a stain, so staying power is actually nice.
4.99 €

*L'OREAL False Lash Superstar X-Fibre
 I've had the original Superstar before and the difference between the two is that this one has both sides black and the fibres look very obvious on the wand. I'm not a fan of fibres, they always fall in my eye and it's so painful (happened with this one too). It's a mascara that's more for volume, though you get a nice amount of length too, but the original was better. The first coat or side is a nice mascara in itself, so I skip the fibre side on me, but if you add fibres you get more volume, though you're sacrificing some definition. It's a mascara that makes the lashes hard, so it manages to hold the curl ok, also in part because this is actually quite a dry formula even when freshly opened.
15.49 € (I can't believe mascara costs more than a set of 5 blushes)

*L'OREAL Infallible Blush Paint
Pinks and Ambers
A collection of five powder blushes which range in finishes from matte to very glowy. In Pinks version you get two matte pastel pinks, a glowy light peach, a matte fuchsia and a shimmery peachy pink. In general the matte formulas feel drier, but the shimmery ones are amazing.
Ambers has all shimmery shades, so it's actually a better quality in total and I highly recommend this one, though both are a great buy. In Ambers you get a light peach, a light peachy pink, a medium peachy pink with gold shimmer, a warm muted pinky mauve kind of shade and an amber. The last two shades are so creamy and pigmented, seriously some of the best quality I've seen in the drugstore. The middle one swatches weak, but looks good on the cheeks and the other two are nice quality.
What most impressed me is the staying power because these last so well on my cheeks, while most drugstore blushes don't. I'm impressed.
13.49 €

*L'OREAL Lip Paint Matte
201 Hollywood beige, 204 Red actually and 207 Wuthering purple
These have a mousse type of texture that's even fluffier than Bourjois's Velvets and all are semi-opaque with one coat and can be build up. They set to a semi-matte finish, similar to Beyu's Cashmere, however it takes a long time to set, so you don't get that tight, matte layer feeling, but you also don't get a no-transfer long-lasting formula. Hollywood beige is a nude pinkish peachy beige shade, Red actually is a pinkish bright red which similarly to Jordana's Cherry Cobbler looks pink with one coat and red when you build it up. Wuthering Purple is a cool-toned violet shade. 
7.99 €

*L'OREAL Lip Paint Lacquer
101 Gone with the nude, 102 Darling pink and 107 Dark river
Surprisingly I like these more than mattes. They remind me of Revlon's Ultra HD Mattes because they are very pigmented, apply evenly and have a similar, comfortable glossy-creamy finish. Gone with the nude is a beige brown shade, darling pink is a dirty pink-rose, my favourite, and Dark river is a super dark purple, almost black. 
7.99 €

*ESSENCE Instant Matt foundation
10 Matt Ivory
A foundation that promises to be long-lasting, waterproof and full coverage. I only got it yesterday and I wore it on one side of the face (I had Beyu Nutri on the other because I was testing TBS drops), but as far as I can tell, the promises are pretty close, however, at a cost. I got the lightest shade, as usual for Essence, only appropriate for Oompa Loompas (swatch below), so I had to use TBS drops, but it behaved the same on the back of my hand, so I'll count it as a proper first impression. It's a very thick, almost paste like foundation that I had difficulties blending around the edges. It's got medium-full coverage, so I didn't use concealer on that side of the face. It a very obvious foundation, for my taste too cakey, but you do get coverage and it lasts at least 10 hours one the skin (there was a ton of foundation on the cotton pad very latte at night). It doesn't stay matte for more than a few hours and I'm not a fan of how it looks on the skin. When I swatched it on my hand, a makeup wipe could not remove it well and I had to scrub a lot, so it is waterproof.
4.39 €

*ESSENCE Blush Play Sculpting Blush Palette 
10 Play it Peach
A collection of three different shades in various finishes, which you can use together for a sculpted look or individually, since all work well as blushes. The first "highlight" shade is a pale pinkish peach shade with a glowy finish. The second "sculpt" shade is a somewhat muted medium peachy pink with a matte-satin finish. The last "define" shade is a bright peachy pink with a glowy-satin finish and a super creamy formula. All are nicely pigmented and apply with no problems. Surprisingly good for Essence.
4.39 €

*ESSENCE Prismatic Rainbow Glow Highlighter
10 Be a Unicorn
I really don't like the trend of rainbow highlighters, I'm not even sorry. Not only was (as far as I know the idea) stolen from an indie brand, but also why would I wear that on my face. My personal opinions aside, as scary as this looks, mixed together you get a very normal looking highlighter. Swatched individually you get a scary bright blue, a good looking gold, a completely normal peach and a terrifying red. As you can see on my swatches, they really are almost like eyeshadows, with a damp brush they are eyeshadows, but mixed together you get an off-white champagne highlighter with an nice glow, but maybe the shimmer could be just a little bit more fine. For a proper rainbow effect I find that the strips and the packaging are too big, but also you'd get a strong blue and red, while the middle two colours would look too similarly boring.

3.79 €

*ESSENCE Shine Shine Shine Lip Gloss 
12 Runway, your Way
This is a shade I associate with my fellow blogger Goga, she loves these types of colours, I, on the other hand, am not as big of a fan of purples on me and this is a proper purple with a glossy finish. It's semi-opaque, not sticky and it quickly settles down to a more sheer version of the shade. It's just a gloss.
2.19 €

*ESSENCE Fade your Shade Lipstick 
02 ombré parfait
As soon as I read the name I thought: "Oh, gawd what is Essence trying to achieve now". As strange as the name is, this shade is actually just a very deep plum burgundy shade, well almost black and that's it. The trick is that you probably need to get the other shade 01 too, which I assume is white and you then create an ombre effect. But this is pretty on its own, just not unique. It's a very pigmented formula with a matte finish and if you're looking for a very dark vampy shade, this is a good affordable option.
2.99 €

*ESSENCE Little Beauty Angels TE Colour Correcting Anti-Redness Primer Stick 
02 on my anti-redness mission 
A very simple green concealer/balm product that neutralises redness. It's creamy, but like most such products it looks heavy for my taste, especially if you plan to apply a concealer over it. A liquid version would be more impressive, though this is fine in a pinch too. I'm not sold on the colour correcting thing yet, but those with redness in their skin might like it. This is a part of a large colour correcting collection which will include cream and powder product in various shades.
2.79 €

*CATRICE Marina Hoermanseder LE 
Highlighting Pearls 
These are again a part of a special collection that's one of Catrice's more luxurious looking ones. The pearls are a mix of pale gold and pearly pink which on the skin have a strong white glow with a pink reflect, so it's more appropriate for cool skin tones. The shimmer is similar than in Essence Rainbow highlighter, so it could be more fine.
4.29 €

Highlighter Brush
I already have a brush like this from Beauty & Chic. This one is a bit more plastic feeling, but it's another very soft brush. It picks up the colour well and applies it is a line, so this is a blush also for contouring and for blush when you want a sculpting effect.
4.69 €

AVON Gel Shine 
Another product I got from Petra. She swatched it as a part of her marathon Avon nail polish post if you're interested in how it looks on her nails because on me it looks different. It's a dark muted mauve-violet shade and I get less of that rosy-pinky warmth than Petra. The formula doesn't behave like a gel. Like regular nail polishes, the first coat is semi sheer, so two are needed for an opaque finish. 
Regular price 5.9 €, often much cheaper

EBELIN Puder Pinsel
I could not track this down anywhere, so again Petra came to the rescue. It looks very fluffy and it is, it's just also somewhat plastic feeling. You know that classic, cheaper quality that for example Essence has. Nonetheless, it's a usefully brush, I like it for blush (for more pigmented ones because it's very soft and picks up less than Ecotools blush brush) and for applying powder.
DM, 4.95 €

L'OCCITANE Fleur D'Or & Acacia
Eau de toilette
This is one of those fragrances that was love at first sniff, but I waited over a year to get it. Actually it was in the process of being discontinued when my mother took pity on me and got it for my birthday. It's a new fragrance that shows how much my taste has changed in last years and it gives me somewhat Mediterranean, but vintage vibes. It's a bright fragrance, but sweet without vanilla or amber. It's got sweet flowery notes, like you're just walking under a blossoming bush basking in the sun, which is tempered with a bit of freshness from citruses and the base is formed by a nice woodsy note. It's typically L'Occitane - rich, non-generic and Mediterranean. Unfortunately it's sold out in Slovenia already.
39.90 €

L'OCCITANE Hand Creams
Vanilla, Peony and Roses de Reignes
I guess people know how much I love L'Occitane, since for my birthday I ended up with three more hand creams. I already have the peony in a small 10 ml format and it's one L'Occitane lighter creams with a fresh, bright floral scent (like real roses). The Roses de Reignes is another one of the light ones and it has the old L'Occitane scent of roses, which admittedly isn't my favourite, I prefer Peony. The Vanilla one is surprising my new favourite. It features my beloved old L'Occitane vanilla scent from a fragrance that has been discontinued years ago. It's not that basic, synthetic vanilla, but more floral and much more grown up. The texture is that of the original shea cream, so thick and fantastic for dry skin. I love it.
8.1€ each

AVON Mesmerize
I already spoke about this in three posts already, but I only had samples. I got my bottle in a swap with my fellow beauty blogger Nina from bunnyechoes, who saw I had it on my wishlist. It's such a wonderful scent and I just feel in love with it. It's basically pure sandalwood, so a warm and cosy fragrance, but without the overused vanilla or amber.
Full price 26 €, often a lot cheaper in Avon catalogue. Salma, 8.9 €

MATRIX Biolage Anti-Dandruf  Scalp Synch Shampoo
I got this as a gift from my cousins and I already have a scalp scrub from this line, which amazing. The shampoo is not as effective on its own and not like Neutrogena's T/Gel Total. It's a nice shampoo to use, it foams well and isn't too drying.
Salma, 8.7 €

FARMONA Tutti Fruity Mango Peach Scrub
I got this as a gift for my birthday and I quite like it. It's more of less just mineral oil and sugar with a mango bubble gum scent, but I like that it's a rough scrub and it completely washes off without leaving a filter behind. It's one of the better ones I've tried so far.
Salma, 6.9 €

LEE STAFFORD Treatment for Hair that Never Grows Past a Certain Length
One of my fellow bloggers and reader Andrea from Beauty by Aiden told me in the comments she likes this as much as L'Oreal's Professionnel hair mask and though it's about the same price as those, I just got it. I don't like the stupid name, it makes it sound like a miracle cure that's going to make your hair grow faster and it's just a lie (you don't apply such masks on the scalp anyway). At a majority of people the hair grows at the same rate and the reason you feel it's not growing is because your ends are too damaged and the snap, therefore making it appear your hair length stays the same. All you need is proteins and keratin and this has plenty of both. Usually protein heavy masks don't make your hair soft, rather the opposite and that's not what I need (my hair is so thick and coarse). It's a got a pudding-like consistency and is easy to apply, I leave it on for the usual 20 minutes. When I rinse it off, I don't get as much of that silky feeling that L'Oreal leaves, as I said not surprising given it's a protein treatment, but my hair felt nice when dry. Even as I was drying it, it felt good. I like it, though it's about the same price as L'Oreal Professionnel in online shop. It smells like Angel perfume, strong of chocolate-vanilla-patchouli-honey, it's just a bomb of heavy notes.
Müller, 9.5 €

BALEA Vital Sheet Mask
Vital Tuchmaske
I actually had this since early December, but I only now found the time to use it and I have to admit I quite like it. It's saturated with a milky white serum/essence and it sticks well on the face. I left it on for about twenty minutes or more, then I felt it started to get dry, so I got the most out of it. There was a slightly sticky layer on the skin left which was still there in the morning, at least some of it, in the morning, so this really nourishes and hydrates the skin, but in terms of any other effects that would make my skin looking amazing, this didn't do anything. It's a bit big for my face and I felt the fit was especially off by the lips, also around the nose I thought it was too much space. The eyes aren't completely cut, so if you're brave you can cover them as well. Nice buy for about a euro if you have dehydrated and dry skin.
DM, about 1 €

*BIOBAZA Beauty Micellar Water Mix
Chamomile and cucumber
I have read a ton of really bad reviews about this and I have to say I don't really get them. Though a majority of complaints was about it being harsh and that it burns, however, my skin isn't sensitive at all, so maybe that's saving me, but it's really not a bad product to me. I love the pump on this, it's so handy. In terms of texture, it's a regular micellar water that feels like normal water, so there is no residue, but it's not the strongest and I use two pads for removing makeup. I prefer Green Line's in terms of effectiveness, but this really isn't as bad as the reviews make it out to be. The scent is not my favourite, it's just strange floral-cucumber-ish, but still bearable.
Click2Chic, 6.47 €

*BIOBAZA Men Face & Shave Charcoal Soap for Face and Shave
Something completely new to me, though I had a black soap before. It's meant for unclear skin and it's very creamy with water, but it doesn't really form the same type of foam as shaving gels. It works ok, but you end up looking like a chimney sweeper, though I have a feeling it'll last much longer than gels, plus there is less packaging. I gave this to men to try and it wasn't the most liked product, however, I heard some positive things online. The scent is so strong, I can smell it from a meter away as it's packed in its box. It's a strange scent to describe, somewhat charcoal-like.
Click2Chic, 2.57 €

*BIOBAZA Natural Deo 
Green Spirit (Rosemary & Verbena)
Considering that so little deodorants actually work on me, this is surprisingly good. It's a standard roll-on deodorant, but free of aluminium salts and alcohol (still so rare among more natural brands). I'm digging the scent because it reminds me of my teenage years. It smells exactly like Scheller cleansing gel with lemon balm (been discontinued for years), so it's a fresh citrusy rosemary scent that even I like despite disliking herbal scents. I heard a lot of positive feedback about these.
Click2Chic, 3.10 €

*BIOBAZA Bee Balm 
Shea Butter & Avocado
Just a regular waxier lip balm. It stick really well on the lips and doesn't came off straight away when drinking. This one has a gentle vanilla scent and it reminds me of Scheller lip balm with marigold that every one used about 10 years ago.
Click2Chic, 1.93 €

*BIOBAZA Dental CinaFresh 
Mint and Cinnamon
I'm a firm traditionalist when it comes to toothpaste and I've been buying the same one for ten years, so these different, natural ones are hard for me to adjust. This one tastes like I'm washing my teeth with an apple strudel. It's pure cinnamon from the start and it's very strange if you're used to only minty flavours, but it cleans like a normal toothpaste and I hear cinnamon works mildly antibacterial.
Click2Chic, 3.88 €

AVON Anew Clinical Hydra Recovery Overnight Mask - This was interesting to me the moment I opened the pot. It has these white beads in it and those burst when you rub it in. The base is a hydrating gel, while the beads appear to contain shea butter. I liked it and it fits my dry skin at the moment. Petra has the full size pot and the texture of the product pictured here. Full price, 23 €

JOICO K-Pack Liquid Reconstructor - One of Petra's all-time favourites, this is a protein treatment that helps the hair get stronger and therefore less prone to breaking. I've used it a few times and I like it. It works well with my hair, though I use Dove all the time and I don't know if this makes such big of a difference as Soy Three Wheat Leave-in, but it doesn't make my hair into a mess. Protein products results show in a longer time period, but this is basically something like Redken's Anti-Snap. Full price, €15.95
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Review: Catrice Lip Cushion – 020 Better Make A Mauve

Lately I've been trying out new Catrice and Essence products and most of what I got impressed me. In their new range, Catrice also added lip cushions. An interesting concept that must have gotten adopted from Korean trends. It actually really reminds me of their Beautifying Lip Smoothers, which now come only in three shades. I have some of their previous shades that are not available anymore. 

Lip cushion has plastic pen like packaging. It's black with the details of the shade inside. In it is 3.5 ml of product and it costs 5.29€

You can choose from 6 different shades. I got the 020 Better Make A Mauve, which is actually the most neutral shade in the range. Others are a bit more colorful.

It has a fluffy sponge applicator. You have to roll the bottom of a pan to get product pushed through it. It makes a clicking sound, which lets you control the amount, so that you don't overdo it. Soaked sponge is not the most hygienic application, but if you only use it on yourself, it shouldn't be a problem.  

020 Better Make A Mauve is a warm mix of pink, brown and even some peach. It's one of those shades that will probably suit everyone and what I call my-lips-but-better shade. On my warm skin tone it turns out a lot warmer and more peach based. I assume it would look more mauve on cooler skin tones. It also has tiny shimmer particles in it, but they are so small that I can't tell what color they are.

I compared it to some of my other lip shades and didn't find any shade that would be a dupe. Avon True Supreme Nourishing in Revitalising Raspberry seemed similar, but is a bit more pink toned. It's probably the most similar color to Catrice. MAC Patisserie is again one of those shades that has a bit of everything, but compared to Catrice, it's a lot lighter and slightly more cooler pink without that obvious warm peach undertone. Avon 3D Plumping lipstick in Stolen Kisses is the most pink toned out of all of these and the most vibrant one. Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours lipstick in shade 33 also seemed similar, but it's the darkest shade of these and again more pink toned. 

Catrice describes this as a creamy lip gloss and I would agree. It also contains avocado oil which also makes it a nourishing product and I would almost categorize it under a lip care with color. Texture of it is like a thicker sticky cream. It has shiny finish.

It has really nice pigmentation for a lip gloss. You can apply it sheer or build it up, which also makes the color slightly darker.

It applies super smooth and feels very nourishing and comfortable to wear. It's slightly sticky which makes it stick to the lips well and makes it fairly long lasting for a lip gloss, but doesn't give you that old school sticky lip gloss feel at all.

This also nourishes my lips and my lips are never dry when I wear it, which is a huge plus for me. It's one of those effortless products to apply when you want something colorful, but still nourishing. Everyone with dry lips will adore it.

It's a perfect mix of nourishing lip product and color. It applies smooth on the lips, with just slight stickiness to it and it feels very comforting. Pigmentation is good for a lip gloss and staying power just as well. Shade 020 Better Make A Mauve is a warm toned mix of pink and brown with some peach undertone and tiny shimmer in it. It's a very wearable shade and product for when you want something colorful, but soothing on the lips. 

*Product was sent to me.

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Asos Transitional Picks

After a huge wardrobe clear out I took to Asos for a little browse, to find picks for the upcoming months and to look for new staples to add to my collection...

I've picked pieces for the transition into spring, warm knits and cute sunnies too! I'm planning on investing on staples that I can mix and match together and that will hopefully last me a while - a striped tee, a cosy jacket and a floral dress to name a few! It wouldn't be an Asos wishlist without a pair of pyjamas or two too, I may have already snapped up this gorgeous satin set!

Here's my winter to spring, transitional picks!

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Asos Transitional Picks

After a huge wardrobe clear out I took to Asos for a little browse, to find picks for the upcoming months and to look for new staples to add to my collection...

I've picked pieces for the transition into spring, warm knits and cute sunnies too! I'm planning on investing on staples that I can mix and match together and that will hopefully last me a while - a striped tee, a cosy jacket and a floral dress to name a few! It wouldn't be an Asos wishlist without a pair of pyjamas or two too, I may have already snapped up this gorgeous satin set!

Here's my winter to spring, transitional picks!

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