Wednesday, 25 July 2012

My Favourite Beauty Products

I wanted to share my favourites with you! Sometimes it takes a lot of time to find products that suit your skin and hair, so I hope this post helps someone find new products they like :)

The whole bunch.
I use other products, too, but these are the ones I'm very happy with and will definitely buy more when they run out. I don't have favourite companies, all the stuff is from different places. I like to try out new stuff but always do my research first.

Tigi Superstar Blowdry Lotion and a Lush shampoo bar.
I have been washing my hair with Lush solid shampoo for over a year. I've tried Seanik, but the shampoo I have now is something with lavender in it, works just as well. I feel like the solid shampoo washes hair really clean and makes conditioners penetrate it better. I think I'll be getting another Seanik once this bar runs out. Note! The shampoo tins are totally useless, you can't open them if your hands are wet. I use one without the lid.

Tigi Bedhead Superstar Blowdry Lotion helps hair get that poofy look when you blowdry it. I think the lotion helps the "poof" last better than blowdrying without any product on or with just mousse on. I put the lotion on top of a thermal protection spray. The only con is the bottle, there's no easy way to get the lotion out and into your hair without having it all over your hands. It's quite runny.

Black Magic Soap, DermaE Vitamin A Gel and Louis Widmer
Eye Contour Cream.
Black Magic Soap by One Hand Washes The Other has been a part of my skin care routine for half a year. I used to have Lush Fresh Farmacy and Coalface, but Coalface contained particles I felt were too large, and Fresh Farmacy just wasn't for my skin. Black Magic in a tube works nicely, it washes off my makeup (both eye makeup and the whole face) and leaves the skin soft and ready for lotion.

I got the DermaE Vitamin A Wrinkle Treatment Moisturizing Gel after seeing it on the Fashioned in Finland blog. There were a few things I wanted from iHerb and I just wanted to try a moisturiser, since it was spring and my winter moisturiser was too heavy. I use heavier lotions in the winter to cope with the freezing temperatures drying my skin, but in the summer I need a super light lotion lest my skin look greasy all the time. The DermaE gel is absorbed super fast and keeps my skin soft without adding shine.

Louis Widmer Eye Contour Cream is one of my long time favourites, I've been using it for a few years. It was one of the most popular eye creams when I did research online to find out what kind of an eye cream I should get. It's light, sinks into the skin fast and keeps the eye area looking fresh.

Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream in no. 13
I recently got a bigger bottle of the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream I reviewed earlier, because I have been very happy with it. It covers lightly but can be built to medium coverage, and is rated SPF 42, so my  face is safe from the sun. It also goes on easily, and even though I don't use a primer every day, it still stays put with a light dusting of loose powder.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Sensai 38 °C Mascara and a pile of lipstains.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is my Holy Grail of eyeshadow primers! I've tried around five different primers and most just don't work on my oily lids. Pixie Epoxy by Fyrinnae works and is excellent for glittery eyeshadows, but I use UDPP in my everyday makeup to hold the eyeshadow in place. The new tube is nice, but keeps the product more moist than the old wand type packaging. I've found out that to get the right consistency you only need to work the product a bit more; I apply it with my fingertips and first swirl it around on the tips before applying it on to the lid. This seems to get rid of the extra moisture. I think you could also leave the bottle open for a while and hope it dries to the right consistency.

Since my lids are oily, waterproof mascaras tend to smudge and water soluble ones don't hold up well in the Finnish weather. So Sensai 38 °C Mascara was my saviour! It's heat reactive and only comes off with water that's 38 ° Celsius ("warm", slightly higher than normal body temperature), and even then only in tiny strips with no smudging. It works well with the Black Magic Soap, I can just wash my whole face with the soap and warm water and the mascara comes off with the rest of the makeup.

I added lipstains in general, since they are so handy and instantly give your face a sophisticated look. I usually wear a lipstain that I put on in the morning around eight or nine, and it lasts all through the day and even through lunch ;P If I'm going out in the evening, I'll touch it up, but usually on my lips the stains last over eight hours. I have stains by Rimmel, Lumene, Max Factor and Gosh, and every one performs well.

MavaDry by Mavala.
I usually wear UV-gel nails that I make myself, but I use regular polish on them so the look is easy to change. I don't have that many polishes, but the one product I always return to is the MavaDry nail polish fast dry top coat. I'm impatient and don't want to wait for fifteen minutes for the polish to set, so I just apply a thick coat of MavaDry and it's all done in a few minutes. I think this is the third bottle I've gone through in a few years. It gives a shiny finish and dries the polish, so you can skip the usual top coat. It has a slight purple tinge to enhance the polish colour, but I don't think you can really see it on the finished nails.

That's all! I also have eyeshadows I use regularly and a blush that I tend to put on 80% of the time, but I wanted this list to be a more general list on beauty products. I might do another one on my makeup products later on.


  1. I might have to try that type of dermaE lotion. I used their Very Clear line, and I wasn't all that impressed with it-- it didn't seem to moisturize well enough for me, but I love how their products smell so I don't really want to give up on them.

    1. If you need a really light moisturizer, it might work very well for you :) I like the smell, too, and the packaging is nice, kind of minimalistic and works as intended.


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