2020 best skincare & makeup products

Saturday 2 January 2021

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin

2020 wasn't an easy year - let's be honest, I thought 2019 was bad. If you order skincare & makeup from abroad probably many of your packages are still stuck somewhere, but the situation is getting better. Bemused Korea did a skincare challenge on their Facebook group, and I thought I'll use this event to show you my favourite products of 2020, but also show you few brands and trends I look for in 2020. 

First cleanser (oil cleanser): Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin 

Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Tocopherol, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Parfum 

I never thought that in 2020 Nivea will release a cleansing oil, but they did, they even released 3 different oils. Usually, every market has only two of them. This series was released in Eastern Europe in the first half of 2020 (Poland, Croatia, Czech Republic, etc). 

The full name of this product is Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin. It's an oil-to-milk formula aka formula we all love. Normally, if you check European oil cleanser, they work better for the OCM method, and they leave hard to remove the oily film. The packaging is quite simple and the pump works perfectly. I leave the pump on "on" mode since it's hard to open and close all the time. The scent reminds me of oil, but it's more natural. If you're scared that this formula might be too heavy for you - it removes makeup well then you use 2nd cleanser (water-based cleanser) to remove the oily film, still, the oily film after this formula is better than in brands I tried like Resibo or even Purito. The other oil in this formula is grapefruit oil which for me is a good option because the other one has macadamia oil, and my skin is not a fan of it. 

Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser

Second cleanser (water cleanser): Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser 

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Butylene Glycol, Brassica Oleracea(Kale) Leaf Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Natural Fragrance, Lecithin, HydroxypropylMethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophyll. 

At first, I wasn't even interested in YTTP, I try to go away from popular brands or brands recommended by huge Western influencers on TikTok/youtube - in general, I like to check some skincare bloggers or dermatologists from South Korea since people in Europe or the US usually go for different treatments or product than people in Asian countries and I want to get the most from my education (I swear, my study group was so surprised when they saw me in a V-neck patch on MS Teams during the lecture, and then asked me if I can send them a link to the store). I got a sample from local Sephora, and the reason why I've decided to buy full-size version was not the only price on a sale, but the pH of the product, which is around 5,5. My skin hates when the pH of the cleanser is wrong that's why I think all brands should inform us of the pH of their cleansers. It has lots of natural extracts, but for me, it wasn't a problem, especially when I saw green tea leaf extract which is one of my favourite extracts. It doesn't dry my skin, but it's a good product to remove the oily film left by oil cleansers. 

Aqulabo Kombucha First Breath-Like Toner

Toner or toner pad: Aqulabo Kombucha First Breath-Like Toner 

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(88.33%), Water, Glycerin, Betaine, Trehalose, Urea, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Uuron-Cha Ekisu, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hinokitiol, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Arginine, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract 

I always try to be professional as I can and focus on good formulations, but Aqulabo got me interested because of the minimalistic design & kombucha. It's quite a young K-beauty brand, and possibly it's a vegan K-beauty brand, but I'm aware that people always argue on K-beauty brands being vegan. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink, which probably came from China or Russia. The fermentation process in skincare has a good meaning - some molecules in our skincare products are bigger than other molecules, but our skin won't let bigger molecules in like collagen or Hyaluronic Acid (big molecules, there's a difference between different HA molecules, but the majority of companies won't claim on the product if their HA has big or ultra-low molecules). During the fermentation process, we can make the product easier to absorb. The huge surprise for me was the use of Urea in toner and Uuron-Cha Ekisu which is nothing else than Oolong Tea Extract. It's a thick formula but feels so lightweight on my skin. What I love to do with this toner is to get thin pads from Klairs, Huxley, Pyunkang Yul or COSRX (they are different than regular cotton pads, search for thin rayon pads) and soak them in this toner then put it on my face for 5 minutes and you got a toner mask It's a mild product which even sensitive skin should like. 

Dr Jart+ Cicapair Calming Mist

Mist: Dr Jart+ Cicapair Calming Mist

Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Eryngium Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ilex Aquifolium (Holly) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Erythritol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, C12-14 Pareth-12, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract/Extrait de canne à sucre, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Adenosine, Glycerin, DNA, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Carbomer, Triethylhexanoin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Madecassoside, Asiatic Acid, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Calcium Chloride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Magnesium Sulfate

I guess we all know Dr.Jart+ and Cicapair series. I hope that one day I'll be able to visit the flagship store. Did you know that Dr.Jart+ belongs to Estee Lauder? This year Ceramidin Cream in the US was sold in pink ribbon edition (to support research on breast cancer). Dr.Jart+ uses few complexes typical for this series like Jartbiome - a combination of Dr.Jart+ and Microbiome. This solution should make your skin stronger. Cicabond - a soothing and repairing composition made out of Arabinogalactan (derived from Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract), Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Sulfate. Centella RX - one of the solutions used by Dr.Jart+, the blend of Centella Asiatica, Houttuynia Cordata, Achillea Millefolium Oil and Ilex Aquifolium should soothe your skin. This mist is recommended to all skin types, especially oily skin should enjoy it, because it's a fine mist that smells just like entire Cicapair series (typical herbal scent). I like to use it during the summer and the size is ideal for trips or even casual day. It won't destroy your makeup, but you have to keep your hands from the distance. 

Innisfree Derma Formula Peeling Cream

Scrub, peel, or other exfoliants (chemical or physical): Innisfree Derma Formula Peeling Cream 

Water/​Aqua/​Eau, Sodium Lactate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Niacinamide, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​VP Copolymer, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Lactobionic Acid (10%), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 60, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyquaternium-10, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Max (Soybean) Polypeptide 

Can you believe it's a peel? It's an AHA peeling with peptides! It's quite mild, according to Innisfree it's a combination of soybean peptides & aha salt (?) - which is more like a marketing trick since 10% Lactobionic acid is a PHA acid - a weaker version of AHA, a good choice for sensitive skin. It's a weak exfoliant, usually, acids in a concentration lower than 10% are not doing much than moisturize the skin, but for some skin types, this peel will be enough. I feel like this derma formula series from Innisfree is unknown and that's sad because that one of my 2 favourite Innisfree skincare lines. 

Belif The True Tincture Essence Chamomile

1st essence or booster: Belif The True Tincture Essence Chamomile 

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (86%), 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycereth-26, Centella Asiatica Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Alcohol, Water, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Polydatin, Niacinamide, Trisodium EDTA, PEG-8, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alanyl Glutamine, PEG-150, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance+, Citral, Cintronnellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool 

Chamomile is one of the ingredients I think of when I see sensitive skin, but med school taught me that chamomile can be highly sensitizing. Somehow Chamomile series (yes, there's a chamomile mask and I bought it thanks to Fishmeatdie on Instagram) is my favourite from Belif, and it's available at Sephora so in 2020 it saves my skin since many K-beauty brands are overpriced here or you get popular products from many years ago being hyped. It's not a super hydrating essence, but it's one of few essences I can use during Aklief (retinoid) therapy. It has a herbal scent and it can be relaxing. Still, as you can see it has fragrance, but according to information on Sephora's website - it's a natural fragrance. It's like water, so it's not a thick toner, but it's more like a true essence. The bottle reminds me of old medicine and I guess once I'm done with this essence, the bottle stays with me. 

AHC Time Rewind Real Eye Cream For Face (Season 8)

Eye care (serum, cream, mask, patch etc): AHC Time Rewind Real Eye Cream For Face (Season 8) 

Rice Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Rice Extract, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylpropanediol, Shea Butter, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Collagen Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract, Salvia Miltiorrhiza Root Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato)Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Seed Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Soluble Collagen, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Seed Oil, SH-Polypeptide-19, Olive Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Polyacrylate-13, Beta-Glucan, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Deinococcus Ferment Extract Filtrate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Raffinose, Adenosine, Cholesterol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-51, Lecithin, Dextrin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Tromethamine, Sodium Laurate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sucrose, Folic Acid, Lauric Acid, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, Soluble Elastin, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Milk Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xylitylglucoside, Glycolipids, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Anhydroxylitol, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xylitol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein Extract, Heptasodium Hexacarboxymethyl Dipeptide-12, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Peptide, Sorbitan Laurate, Saccharomyces Polypeptides, Glucose, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lactobacillus Ferment, Maltodextrin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Squalane, Acrylates Copolymer, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Oleanolic Acid, Collagen, Collagen Amino Acids, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Lactic Acid, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Rutin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Gluconolactone, Nonapeptide-1, Dipeptide-1, Dipeptide-2, Dipeptide-4, Dipotassium Phosphate, VP/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-1, Alanine/Histidine/Lysine Polypeptide Copper HCl, Oligopeptide-6, Copper Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-2, Tripeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Phenethyl Alcohol, Pentapeptide-3, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Hexapeptide-2, Hexapeptide-9, Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide, Glyceryl Laurate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Peptide, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Phosphate, Atelocollagen, SH-Oligopeptide-1, SH-Oligopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-11, SH-Polypeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-9, Calcium Gluconate, Glycine Max (Soybean) Polypeptide, Thiamine HCL, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Potassium Hyaluronate, Pyridoxine, Hydrolyzed Royal Jelly Protein, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Hydrolyzed Sesame Protein PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Trifluoropropyl Dimethicone, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polysorbate 20, Phytosterols, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate 

It's an eye cream, but you can use it on fine lines or even entire face. The ingredient list is huge for this one, but you won't be disappointed. This cream has lots of peptides and still, it has a delicate formula, it's well concentrated and it's one of a few products in my skincare after retinol treatment which I can use without any pain. I know that some people will say that it has lots of chemicals, so many ingredients can it even work? Yes, it can. It has lots of natural extracts, but also ingredients like dimethicone which is a light occlusive ingredient and believe me, we need occlusives to prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Typical for AHC eye creams are rice protein - I'm a fan of rice in every form. Even my mom keeps stealing this cream from me, and it's a great deal - I bought another tube in September and I just opened the new tube a few days ago in December. AHC just released two new versions with I'll try to test for you. 

Neogen Real Vita C Serum

Serum: Neogen Real Vita C Serum 

Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (22%), 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Metabisulfite, Ethylhexylglicerin, Coptis Japonica Extract, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Ascorbic Acid (0.1PPM), Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Disodium EDTA 

You know that my love for Neogen is huge! They have a new series which I hope I'll be able to order soon since new year = old problems with shipping. This serum is probably the most effective vitamin C serum I've ever tried and the secret is in 22% SAP version of Vitamin C and Niacinamide - two powerful ingredients. I can't use them on the entire face so I use them on pigmentation. 

Vichy Liftactiv Specialist Glyco-C Ampoules

Ampoule: Vichy Liftactiv Specialist Glyco-C Ampoules 

Aqua/​Water, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside 

I'm not a fan of French Pharmacy, but lately, they started to step up their skincare game. My favourite ampoules are from Bioderma, but this year I went for Vichy instead - I even repurchased them and if it wouldn't go for retinol treatment then these ampoules would be my choice! In some countries, Vichy sells only Peptide + Vitamin C version, but Glycolic Acid + Vitamin C is better for acne-prone skin. One ampoule is enough for two uses (but you have 48 hours to use them). The effects are nice but subtle. It won't dry your skin, but at first, you can see some purging. Thanks to Vitamin C skin looked healthier and brighter. 

Hanyul Yuja Oil

Face oil: Hanyul Yuja Oil 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Citrus Junos Peel Oil (3,000ppm), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Beta-Carotene 

The reason why I like Hanyul so much is the scent - because of this oil I ended up buying Jo Malone Yuja Perfumes - sadly, they are not pure Yuja scent and I'm bit disappointed, but this taught me one thing - next to Ginseng, Yuja and Matcha are my favourite ingredients ever - in skincare & food. I recommend you checking Hanyul's commercial for this line & Artemisia line - Artemisia one can teach you a bit about culture like myths/legends. 

Make P:Rem CicaPro Refresh Light Cream

Cream: Make P:Rem CicaPro Refresh Light Cream 

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Poly(c6-14 Olefin), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, 1,2-hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Ether, Lactobacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Tauratecopolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Betaine, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Cholesterol, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Fructooligosaccharides, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Ceramide, Beta-glucan, Disodium Edta, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Madecassoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Raffinose, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Folic Acid, Dextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tromethamine, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 

Make P:Rem is one of the few brands which I wanted to try badly, because of the aesthetic, ingredients and marketing. What makes Make P:Rem unique is the space where you can put the information when you opened this product first and check PAO. It's a light moisturizer with almost no scent - a delicate scent of herbs. The version I used was light, but Make P:Rem has another version which seems to be ideal for winter. The formula might not be my favourite if it comes to essential oils, but I can't complain. It was an amazing moisturizer, which works ideal for summer and autumn. 

Sesderma Repaskin Fluido Invisible SPF50+

UV protection: Sesderma Repaskin Fluido Invisible SPF50+ 

Aqua, * Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Coco-Caprylate/​Caprate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), * Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ergothioneine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrochloric Acid, Lecithin, Micrococcus Lysate, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Plankton Extract, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Resveratrol Dimethyl Ether, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cholate, Sodium Hydroxide, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Tocopherol 

Sesderma is a Spanish skincare brand created by dermatologist Dr Gabriel Serrano in 1989. It has a sister company called Mediderma - this one is for professional use, but both brands are amazing, and maybe they are not the cheapest, but when you can buy two sunscreens at a price of a one then you know it's worth it. Sesderma uses one technology which I love - liposomes. What are they? Liposomes are like bubbles which we fill with active ingredients to transport them easier to deeper layers of the skin where liposomes are going to pop and work in deeper layers of the skin - we use this technology in pharmacy and cosmetology. The formula is light, but bit oily (they have another sunscreen which seems to be even better for oily skin), the texture on your finger will look like white milk/lotion, but it doesn't leave white cast - at least on my skin it doesn't leave a white cast, but I've heard that people with darker skin tones or warmer tones mentioned that this sunscreen makes them look pale. The scent is quite neutral, it works with makeup, and in general, it's probably the best European sunscreen I've ever tried. It doesn't irritate my eyes and that's important to me - yes, we should apply sunscreen on our eyelids and lips too, but there are special formulas for lips, while for eyelids - Shiseido has sunscreen for eyelids, but normally it's a game which sunscreen will work on eyelids. I paid about $23 for 2 sunscreens, it's my third bottle and I might buy another one). 

Belif The True Tincture Mask Chamomile Mask

Wash-off mask: Belif The True Tincture Mask Chamomile Mask 

Water, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract(10.7%)(1), Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol(1), Dimethicone, Panthenol, Nepeta Cataria Extract(2), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract(2), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract(2), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract(2), Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract(2), Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract(2), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower(0.5%), Tocopherol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil+, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil+, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil+, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil+, Limonene 

I bought this mask thanks to Fishmeatdie (again) and lately, I started to use it and I love it. Just look at how rich this texture is. By the way, when I was at med school our lecturers told us to not use chamomile in professional treatments since lots of people have allergic reactions to chamomile. 

Hanyul Yuja Sleeping Mask

Overnight/ sleep mask: Hanyul Yuja Sleeping Mask 

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Trehalose, Niacinamide, Alcohol, PCA Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Junos Peel Oil, Cnidium Officinale Root Water, Angelica Acutiloba Root Water, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Adenosine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Junos Peel Extract 

We got here Niacinamide (quite high), Hanyul based this product on two "technologies": Yuja Vita C Complex and Yuja Essential Beads. The texture has tiny beads which will melt on your skin. Have you ever saw Hanyul's commercial? The Yuja one has a cat in it. Funny enough, last year I wrote that I can't see this mask as a number 1 mask, because it doesn't do a lot, but there's a reason why I choose it even over Laneige Cica Mask that saves my skin ever time it lacks some moisture - it makes me relaxed. The scent is delicate, the texture works well with my skin type, my skin looks brighter - don't use it with an expectation that it'll help with pigmentation since on average we need about 6 months to work with pigmentation - it also depends on type and background of the pigmentation. Still, it's a good mask which you can use even instead of a moisturizer doing evening routine. 

Kerasys Elegance&Sensual Shampoo

Hair product: Kerasys Elegance&Sensual Shampoo 

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Dimethicone, Laureth-23, Laureth-3, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Trihydroxystearin, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium chloride Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-10, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Chloride, Citric Acid 

I wrote about this shampoo a review, and you probably know that I couldn't use it since my scalp is sensitive. Plot twist - change of hairdresser and haircare ended up with successful transfer to Kerasys Elegance&Sensual Shampoo which entire my family loves! Conditioner is a mistake, but shampoo is amazing, I got used to the scent (since I use purple shampoo and a mask after it), but it works quite well with my hair, even if I still have to mix it with scrub. 

TIA'M Anti-Blemish Body Lotion

Body product: TIA'M Anti-Blemish Body Lotion 

Water, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Calamine, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Stearate, Allantoin, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Zinc Pca, (-)-Alpha-Bisabolol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Methylpropanediol, Laurylpyridinium Chloride, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil 

Tia'm put quite a lot of active ingredients, but believe me - they do their job. The lotion is lightweight and has a nice pinkish shade which reminds me of Calamine treatments, I'm not a fan of zinc in skincare, but somehow in this solution, it works! This lotion is amazing if you have problems with razor bumps after shaving. One thing - it has strong tea tree oil scent, but for me, it's not a problem. 

Celefit The Bella Collection Eyeshadow palettes

Makeup: Celefit The Bella Collection Eyeshadow palettes 

Talc, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexyl Laurate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, CI 77491, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77492, CI 77499, Ultramarines 

Lots of people say to me that K-beauty makeup products are less pigmented. Honestly, the majority of my makeup bag are Korean and Japanese brands for one simple reason - my undertone doesn't fit local trends. When your skin has cold undertone and you're pale it's hard to find ideal palette since the majority of popular brands will make you look sick. I found the entire series of perfect palettes, but one of them I love the most. Celefit The Bella Collection was made in collaboration with beauty creator called 벨라 Bella. I spotted this brand at JTBC4 program called 뷰티룸 (beauty room) - you can find fragments on Youtube, but if I'm not wrong - there's no translation, so that's a good way to train some language if you're interested in learning Korean. Celefit The Bella Collection #01 was my first palette which I like the most, it has coral shades, most of them fits neutral and cold skin, and glitter shades are 11/10. 

Jo Malone Yuja Cologne

Perfume: Jo Malone Yuja Cologne 

I'm not a fan of perfumes, since the majority of brands are too heavy for me. Jo Malone is a brand which everyone who can't wear other brands like Lancome, YSL, etc you can easily. Top note is Yuja, the Heart note is Clary Sage, and Base is Fir Balsam. It's a nice combination of Yuja and herbs, it's not a juicy scent like from Hanyul mask, but I can't say anything bad about it. 

Nars Inappropriate Red

Lip product: Nars Inappropriate Red 

Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/​Cera Microcristallina/​Cire Microcrystalline, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/​Candelilla Cera/​Cire De Candelilla, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyapatite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Carbonate, Simethicone, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850)·Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) 

Nars Inappropriate Red is a matte poppy red shade that fits cold skin well. It's not making your teeth yellow since it has a bit of blue inside. I was searching for a lipstick that will fit my skin for a long time and Nars is the perfect red shade. It doesn't look vulgar, but it makes me feel empowered. 

Vely Vely Calming Ampoule

Brands which I look forward to in 2021 


Even the name tells us that this brand was inspired by colour beige - quite popular on Instagram. It's a South Korean brand that gives me a different vibe - some Parisian vibe. I saw this brand on Tonic15, but it'll take me some time before I'll try it. 

Vely Vely 

Created in 2015 brand Vely Vely was made as a response to customer's need, the theme here is "find your glow", and what made me interested in this brand is packaging, but also formula. 


I guess everyone already tried this brand, but it's a sustainable brand with vegan-friendly formulas. I think we should look more forward to brands like Sioris in 2021. 

Black Rouge 

Black Rouge is a K-beauty makeup brand which I found on Yesstyle, I got two tints from this brand, and I see lots of potentials, that's why in 2021 I need to catch up. 

What is your favourite 2020 product? Are there any brands you want to try in 2021?



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