I did not write “monthly favourites” features recently, so I will try to combine my winter favourites in one post. But since I could go on, and on I will be very strict with myself and will only allow 10 things. Wish me luck!
Oh, and happy 1st of March! How is it Spring already?
In winter I really enjoyed trying new fragrances, reading about them, and listening to podcasts about perfumery. I especially loved these episodes about Jo Malone and Frederic Malle. I’ve acquired a few sample sets which let me try new scents. I had to move a few times in Autumn, and, unfortunately, lost my Turin/Sanchez perfume book (Amazon/Amazon UK) in the process, so will have to get a new, 2018 addition. I also really want these little samples of Frederic Malle and Margiela magical creations. And a bottle of Le Labo Rose 31 (as seen here).
2. My Reds.
Would this even be a favourites feature from me without mentioning red nail varnishes? My two loves this winter were CND Creative Play Nail Lacquer in Red-Y To Roll, a true long-lasting red, a gorgeous classic, and Givenchy Le Vernis in 06 Carmi Escaprin, a punchy fiery orange based red.
3. Skincare Routine ( on Insta).
I am cheating here a bit, and just mentioning a lot of products but they all are phenomenal. I really have to write detailed reviews on each. But, so far, I can say that I’ve used them all for months and can see incredible results. Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser, Darphin Ideal Resource Light Re-Birth Overnight Cream, Anne Semonin Precious Serum, Lierac Mesolift Fatigue Correction Ultra Vitamin Enriched Refreshing Serum. I swear by each product!
4. Good Mascaras.
While I am still in the process of writing about my 2018 beauty favourites (better late than never?), I thought I’d share about my recent discoveries for the very dry skin in the winter time. These both are literally life/skin saviours for me!
Long time readers know that I have extremely dry skin but somehow I’ve never shared about the actual name of my condition. I have a genetic skin disorder – ichthyosis. And often winter makes it unbearable.
But here are the products my dermatologist recommended that make a huge difference:
The Soap. She warned me that it has a slightly unpleasant scent to some but I did not have any issues, and it’s totally fine for me. I really love the
I remember when I have just launched Makeup4all [almost] 8 years ago now, I would check the analytics every day, sometimes even more than once. As Metallica’s song goes “Sad But True”. But lately I check the analytics maybe once a month just to see what features you loved the most to make some conclusions for the upcoming posts.
And here are actually 16 most viewed posts of 2016, and I have included only the features about the products that are still available. I was actually surprised to see the most popular review of 2016 was of a Rouge Bunny Rouge eye pencil. They have recently launched a new shade, so I better write up about it soon.
I was also a bit surprised to see that Max Factor reviews got a ridiculous amount of views, and I really did not expect that. But, to be honest, I am happy, as I have a very special love for Max Factor, not only it was the brand I used to buy as a teenager with my first earned money but also, it was the first brand I have ever worked with for Makeup4all, not to mention the history of the brand, so I am happy that the reviews of their products get so many views, I genuinely love so many of them.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyes Wide Open Brightening Liner Duo (review and swatches)
Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes Review and Swatches (review and swatches)
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush (review and swatches)
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 725 Simply Nude (review and swatches)
Daniel Sandler Bronze And Glow Watercolour Blushers (review and swatches)
There are a lot of discussions whether or not eye cream is a necessity. I personally believe in eye creams and use them regularly since my early twenties. I have very dry skin and a good eye cream is a must have for me, otherwise, the delicate skin in that area feels dry and looks wrinkly.
My latest eye cream love was this Lierac Diopticreme and in July I’ve picked up Clarins Special Eye Contour Balm Dry Skin (£27/$35 for 20 ml).
This is a rich cream that is formulated especially for dry skin, but it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t take forever to soak in . I personally find that it moisturizes, nourishes and optically makes the skin look smoother and, younger (since it visually improves the appearance).
I don’t exactly have
This is why I’ve picked products from the brands that I really love – Clarins and SachaJuan.
So here is what I’ve got:
Clarins “Special” Eye Contour Balm, £29 (Softens fine lines, for