Favourite Cosmetic Products, Jan 2013

Another month gone by, another bunch of cosmetics tried and tested! Unfortunately I removed the labels of the products to get that nice streamlined look in the bathroom, and realised that i still had to photograph them!

Here I present some to you:

Facelle Sensitive Intimate Cleanser -- used as shampoo

   Using an intimate washing product as a shampoo is a trick I have seen on many Polish hair-care blogs. Facelle is a very gentle SLS-free cleanser with the ideal pH level for hair (thanks to Lactic Acid), and works really well as a very gentle shampoo. It cleanses quite thoroughly and even washes out oils (Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine are the cleansing ingredients). The scalp feels really good -- it is not dry or irritated. The product  does not contain any oils that could weight down the hair; but it does have moisturisers (Urea, Glycerin and Propylene Glycol). This is perfect for me as I wanted a shampoo that only cleanses gently and doesn't do anything else (and so doesn't clash with other products I use).
     The only negative side is that it tangles the hair slightly if you don't use conditioner afterwards.
   I have also read about women using this as a body and face cleanser.

Ingredients: Aqua, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitol, Urea, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Parfum, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Bisabolol, Potassium Sorbate.

Alverde Camouflage Concealer 

    I bought this concealer because it was on the top 5 list of almost everyone on a German cosmetic forum. I was not disappointed: the Alverde camouflage gives nice coverage and gives a really nice look. The consistency reminds me of theater-makeup: very thick, which makes it go on well and blends easily. It comes in two shades -- I chose the lighter one and it is a perfect match for my undereye area. It covers light to medium undereye circles with ease. The only negative thing is that it collects in the lines around the eyes, but I found that setting it with a finishing powder prevents this. Cruelty-free and organic.

Alverde Eyebrow Gel

     The Alverde eyebrow gel is more like an eyebrow mascara. It comes in two shades, I chose the darker one meant for brunettes. You apply the gel with the wand (which looks like a mascara wand) and brush it with the little brush. The effect is nicely subtle, much more natural than eyebrow pencils and eyebrow shadows (and also extremely easy to apply). You can see the effect on my right eyebrow in the image above. I used only one coat, and am very pleased with the light definition (obviously you can apply more coats if you'd like more definition). I highly recommend this if you want to lightly define your brows. Cruelty-free and organic.

Alverde Body Oil with Wild Rose and Sea Buckthorn  

    I wanted to re-buy the Patchouli-Cassis oil but the store had run out, so I picked this out instead. It is very similar to the Patchouli-Cassis oil -- sinks in very quickly, leaving the skin very silky. I have been using this as a body oil as well as for oil-cleansing the face. I love the smell -- it's very low-key with a touch of the exotic. Cruelty-free and organic.

Lavera Basis Sensitiv Moisturiser

    I am having issues with things blocking my pores, so I wanted to minimize my skin care. This light, simple moisturiser did its job well, keeping my skin moisturised and not clogging anything. It absorbs pretty quickly and doesn't leave the skin greasy, so it works under my makeup. I have already finished up the small tester tube and have bought another one. Cruelty-free and organic.

Lavera Faces Toner

  I'm kind of on the fence about this one. It's a gentle, lightly moisturising toner which is great for lightly cleansing my face in the mornings. However, I am worried that the alcohol is not the best thing for my fragile capillaries, so will switch back to plain rose water when this runs out. Cruelty-free and organic.

P2 Color Victim Nail polish

   These were sent to me by P2 before Christmas, yay! The red one is not really my colour but I love the golden one -- it's a subtle, beige-toned gold that looks lovely. The nail colour has a nice consistency (a bit on the runnier side) which made it easy to apply, and the colour was concentrated enough so that just one coat looked good. The durability was also good -- three days without chipping, and I wasn't even using a top-coat. I'll definitely buy more P2 nail colours in the future! Cruelty-free.

    Which products did you fall in love recently? Do share!

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