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Sunscreen sticks are something pretty unpopular this side of the globe - only a few French pharmacy brands have them but they are aimed at targeted protection of problematic areas such as the ears and the nose. Not to mention they are almost the size of a lip balm and quite expensive... In Japan and South Korea this is the other way round - sunscreen sticks are rather popular, bigger, cheaper and intended for use on the whole face and even the body. I wanted to try one for years and finally made the leap into the unknown with Missha All-around Safe Block SPF50!

It's on the cheaper side at about $8 for 13gr. If this seems tiny - it's not, as the stick is very economical and will last a long time, I believe. The packaging is nice and simple, with a twist-up mechanism. The scent is delicately fruity (oranges and tangerines). What's best about it is that it applies very easily on the skin and doesn't feel heavy at all. It feels silky and you can even skip your daily moisturiser if you're in a hurry! Not to mention it's okay to use it over makeup.

Downsides: packed with chemical filters, will probably sting when it gets in the eyes. It still has to be spread with fingers to ensure you've covered your entire face. And it won't be the most hygienic option if you have acne, as you apply it straight from the stick and there's the possibility of spreading bacteria.

There you have it - my first and certainly not last encounter with sun sticks. It's the perfect on-the-go solution if you ask me! Any recommendations for other Korean sun sticks?
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After many experiments, I decided to keep my feed cosmetics-related only. But today is an exception - today I received my first set of Happy Planner discs and I'm madly in love with them! I created this new thingy from the monthly extension pack, covers I bought ages ago and the blue mini discs from the set. Now I contemplate which ones to put on my classic... The thing with disc-bound planners is thay they are just so easy to use. And pretty. I mean, I've tried all kinds of planners and organizers (rings, stitched, traveler's, spiral, you name it) and I keep going back to discs and the Happy Planner.

Now I feel like I've found planner peace. At least until the next release, that is... 😂 You can find the whole haul in my Stories!

P.S. What type is your favourite planner? .
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Now on the blog! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Catrice did with this collection - the packaging is pure delight. The lip inks are also very nice, take a peek at their staining power via the link in bio 💋
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Are they as yummy as they look? Do they exfoliate well? Are they worth their price tag at all? Find out what I think about the L'Oreal Smooth Sugars scrubs on the blog (link in bio) 🍬
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I really appreciate innovative packaging - it's rare that we see something we haven't seen before in a world where "everything has already been done". This type of "duo" bottle is something I've never come across in my life, and I find it unbelievably cool. It surely saves space when travelling and it just feels so sleek.

As for the products themselves, I still haven't tried them yet, but I can tell you they both smell like I'm in coconut heaven. 😊
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The most relaxing shower gel? I thought it would be something involving lavender or chamomile, but this combo of white tea and magnolia certainly steals the gold medal.

Yves Rocher have managed to create a very subtle, almost dreamy scent which evokes the feeling of cool clean bedsheets.

But it's not only the scent I find beautiful about this shower gel. The formula is also extraordinary. The foam is so fluffy and soft you'd want to cover yourself head to toes in it. 😊
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A few weeks ago I shared a post on my blog about this amazing French organic brand... And I forgot to share a post about it on Instagram!

So, better late than never - you can find it via the link in bio. Gamarde is a really nice addition to your skincare routine for numerous reasons, including the fact that it contains thermal water. 💦
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Have I told you about this amazing lipstick range by Avon? Mark Epic Lip is a gorgeous combination of high pigment, smooth texture, nourishing formula and vibrant colour choices to suit any mood. As you can see, I went from neutral to bold (Street Style, Rosy Outlook, Sangria Shock, Temptress) and all of the shades are a perfect match to my personality. Swipe left for swatches! 
I'm especially happy about Street Style - the greyish nude which seems to dominate trends lately but is so hard to find IRL. The range also includes a dark blue, a first for Avon I think.

In terms of staying power, they could have worked on this a bit. I need to reapply after snacks and drinking. The Mark Plump It range was better in this respect, with a lot of stain remaining even after hours of wear.

Packaging-wise, Avon have chosen to use the same bullet as the Plump It lipstick, simply reversing the colours of the base and the cap. And I love it!

Have you tried Mark Epic Lip? What do you think?
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This will be the summer of body oils. The current count on my vanity is 7... I will be doing extensive reviews on my blog for the other 6, but this one will not find its place there unfortunately. Here's why!

With oils I'm searching for three things: a nourishing blend of real oils (not a base of derivatives and a few drops of oils thrown at the bottom of the ingredients list), a formula which is pleasant to use and doesn't feel heavy on the skin, and a good long-lasting scent.

Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream All-over Miracle Body Oil checks two of the three boxes above. It's a great nourishing oil blend, it feels like silk on the skin, but... I couldn't get used to the scent. I imagined a warm ginger scent but got a rather sharp and almost bitter scent that I can't really describe. It may be due to the camellia oil in the blend, I'm not really sure. It stays on the skin for quite some time and doesn't change at all, so finally,  even though I like the oil itself, I had to admit I don't enjoy using it as much as I'd like to.

It's down to a personal preference here - the scent isn't unpleasant, it's just not my type of scent. I can see my mom falling in love with it, though. 😊 If you've decided to grab Elizabeth Arden's oil, my advice is to go check out the scent at a counter, don't order blindly like I did. Apart frim the scent, I don't think the oil will disappoint you!
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90 bucks for a face scrub?! Well, nope. I got this 30ml tube of the infamous Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher from Latest In Beauty. Now, I don't discard people's desire to attain a certain social standing by buying expensive cosmetics, but guys... This is just a scrub. Yes, a pretty nice one, but the price tag is simply unjustified by results or experience.

It smells like a mix if clay and algae, the particles are tiny but very scratchy (not even sure I like how scratchy they are, but they do a good job of mechanical exfoliation), the texture is a gel which doesn't lather up at all. What's most interesting about this scrub is its appearance - it looks black in the tube, but it's actually dark green which shows once you apply it on the skin.

The results are what I get with every other hardcore scrub - smooth skin, a short-lived glow and that's it. This is just another of those times I tried to convince myself price can be justified (I was veeeery excited to try this!). But it can't. My humble opinion is that above a certain threshold all prices are just prestige in a tube. I won't judge you if bought into it, though.

On the other hand, the Seychelles Hand Cream by The White Company was a real find. It's also rather expensive for my tastes at $20, but it delivers. The formula is thick and creamy but sinks in quickly - perfect for summer (but might be a bit light for winter). The scent.. Oh, the scent! It's a heavy, almost oriental combo of dreamy amber, bergamot, orange, vanilla, coconut and almond. A true scent adventure to take you to the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Love it!

Okay, that was a long one - would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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Guess what?

There's a new blog post on www.maquilab.com 😊 Head over to read what I liked about Gliss' newest haircare range Supreme Length - but also what I didn't like (and why I don't like to cut my hair in general)!
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Let's have a coconut party! Seriously, I'm having a scent crush - everything coconut has to land on my vanity like right now 😁 This little cream smells amazing, it's as if Treacle Moon have concocted the perfect sunscreen/beach scent and added it to a product that can be used year-round. Once the coconut wears off, there's this sweet creamy macadamia oil smell lingering behind for a few hours. I also find the cream very  nourushing - it keeps my hands so soft in the long run. Love it!
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