This is the second part of my July haul, most of the stuff I got are from drugstore brands, and even though I have them for only 1 or 2 weeks, I've been using them quite a lot and I've been really liking them, I changed a lot in my skincare and face make up routine.
Frezyderm Moisturizing 24h Cream (20+)
I was in a hunt for a moisturizer, since my Seaweed Day cream from The Body Shop finished a while ago and I was only using the Garnier Hydra Match for normal skins. My skin has been acting a little crazy for the whole summer, sometimes is very dehydrated and others is combination and oily, so the Seaweed Day Cream was too light and did nothing for moisturizing my skin and the Garnier one was too heavy for the morning time. I really have to send a special thanks to Mata from the blog bymatahari, who reminded me this moisturizer from Frezyderm, which I was using 5 years ago and I had totally forgotten about. Back then it was a little too heavy for my liking but now is just perfect! It really moisturizes my skin without being heavy and it absorbs quickly into my skin, plus it leaves my cheeks very refreshed. I've been using it for 2 weeks straight and my dehydrated cheeks and the dry patches around my mouth completely disappeared, and it hasn't broke me out.
Frezyderm Sun Screen Face Foundation SPF 30
I've been quite lazy with my face make up lately and I was needing a face product that would act both as a sunscreen and as a foundation at the same time, wearing a seperate suscreen and on top of it a regular liquid foundation was too heavy for my face, the weather has been super hot and humid and as a result my face make up is starting to melt after 2 hours. I remembered that last summer I watched a video from the lovely Youtuber Pasxalia from pasxi1983, and she mentioned that she enjoyed using the whole summer this Sunscreen Face Foundation with SPF30 from Frezyderm, Frezyderm is a greek pharmacy brand. She mentioned that it is a medium to full coverage foundation and a sunscreen at the same time, and not a typical tinted sunscreen, so I went to my nearest Hondos store and I tested it out on my hand, and I was blown away, it is indeed a foundation with amazing coverage ,like Mac's Pro Longwear. It comes only in one shade, which is very similar to my skintone, it's beige with slightly pink undertones, very close to a Mac NC25 but with no yellow in. Actually now that I'm thinking about it the shade it's very similar to Clinique's Even Better foundation in 03 Ivory. It really surprised me that it stays on for hours without transfering, I mean this stuff doesn't move at all, even with 40 Celcius!
One thing that I had to get used to is the texture, it's very thick not at all like a tranditional liquid foundation, and also very pigmented, you only need a small amount for you whole face, and you have to blend it really well on your hand before you apply it. I still haven't attempt to apply it with a brush because it's too thick and I don't think it will work, I've been applying it only with my fingers and a sponge. I took a few extra pictures to show you the shade and the texture of the foundation and how exactly it blends into the skin:
The amount of product in the first picture was way too much so I had to wipe out quite a bit of it for the other 2 pictures in order to apply it and not cover my entire hand! I'm sorry if this turned into a first impression almost review, but I'm really impressed with this product and I really wanted to share with you my opinion about it. I've been using it every single day for a week to test it out and see if it's causing any break outs, it still hasn't broke me out which is very good, because the majority of sunscreens tend to break me out, but we will see, I just hope it won't because I really like it!
Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW20I'm a sucker when it comes to concealers, especially the Mac ones, I want to try all of them and the Mineralize one was in my wishlist for over a year. I prefer liquid concealers in the summer for under the eyes, they're easier to use and look more natural. I've been hearing that the Mineralize concealer doesn't provide much coverage but I find it to cover really well, not as good as the Studio Finish but it covers better than the Seventeen Ideal Cover which I really love, and I think it's really close to the Mac Pro Longwear. I find that the Pro Longwear is really good for covering pimples scars etc, but I actually hate it for under the eyes, it doesn't cover well and it looks way too cakey and dry, the Mineralize one is what I wanted the Pro Longwear to be and I'm really happy with it. The NW20 shade is really close to my skintone, but still it looks a little light. The girls at Mac always confuse me when it comes to choose the right shade of concealer, some say I'm a NW20 and others say I'm a NW25, I believe that I'm something in between, but now that is summer I think the NW25 would look better but that's OK, the NW20 still looks good. In the future I'll definitely try the NW25 too.
Seventeen Natural Matte Blusher in 03 Cafe Au Lait
I really want to thank the lovely Youtuber Lucy from loukiaki89, for introducing me to this amazing blush! Lucy is using these matte blushes from Seventeen for quite some time now and she mentioned that she uses the Cafe Au Lait to contour her cheekbones, and since I wanted to try a new bronzer I thought to myself why not getting a brown blush instead of a bronzer this year, and it was propably one of the best make up desicions I've ever made! I see a huge difference on my face when I use this blush, my cheeks look more defined and the brown shade makes me look like I have a very natural tan.I don't know why but this blush doesn't give me the same look as a bronzer does, I like it way more and I think that I'll invest more in brown blushes in the future. Here's a swatch picture:
I'm really impressed with the texture of this blush, it's very pigmented and really soft without being powdery and chalky. I already have one more of these blushes in a pink shade from last winter, but I think I need to try more shades in the future, especially peachy ones.
Apivita Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser with Olive & Lavender
I wanted to try this cleanser for over a year, it's very popular here in Greece especially in the beauty blogging and Youtube community. I was searching for a long time the mini size to try it out and I finally found it. I've only tried it a couple of times and I think it will be amazing for when the times gets colder or whenever my skin is more dehydrated, because it leaves my skin really soft and not tight at all, and as much as I love my Avene Cleanance cleanser for many years that is a problem I have with it, it leaves me face tight afterwards and I can't stand that when my skin is dehydrated. I'm still waiting for the right moment to try this cleanser from Apivita and share my opinion about it with you.
When my skin was dehydrated I got a few moisturizing masks but because my skin became normal again I didn't have the chance to use them yet, but I've tried the Korres Yoghurt Moisturizing Mask in the past and I loved it, it's the best mask to use after a long day out in the sun or the beach, it's very refreshing. I also got a moisturizing paper mask, the Essense Deeply Moisturizing Paper Mask because I haven't used a paper mask before, I can't wait to try it!
A few more things that I got from Essence are the Studio Nails Better than Gel Nails Fast Dry Top Sealer, wow that is a long name to say, and a nail polish in the shade 109 Off To Miami, God I love this name, and the beautiful coral shade! I was in search for the Better then Gel Nails Fast Dry Top Coat for so long but I couldn't find it anywhere because it was always sold out, and now I understand why, it's amazing! It's so similar to the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat that sometimes I can't even tell the difference. And I'm very happy about it because the Sally Hansen one is very difficult to find here and it's also very expensive, while the Essence one costs only 3 euros!
So that's everything I hauled the past month, I know that it's a lot but I'm very happy about them and I also changed a lot in my make up and skincare routine and that makes me happy, changes are good! And I'm sorry if this post was way to long, but I wanted to share with you my opinions on most of them. I want you to tell me if you've try any of these products, and if you like them or not!