Graymelin Natural 100%Facial Oil

If you roam around on reddit or have talked to me in private, you might have heard me say that facial oils are THE thing one needs with dry skin. I also feel like anyone else can benefit from facial oils since they are wonderful creatures put on earth to make our skin feel lovely and comfortable.
Since I have very dry skin, oils are essential to me since I seem to produce close to zero natural sebum myself. Since most creams are created for people with at least a little bit of their own natural oils, using them expecting to fix my zero sebum skin is like wishful thinking.
So in comes facial oils that I can then use depending on the state of my skin.
The only issue is that I hate how oils feel on my face. Since I was little I had to use several oils and I hated every one of them. Olive, almond and coconut oil were the most common ones I had to use and if you ever put any of these on your face you might know they are not the most elegant and fast absorbing ingredients to ever be on your skin.
Thankfully facial oils are now very common and come mixed to target different skin types. Since there is such a large variety you can really get some that are thick and sit on your face forever and ever and some that sink in so fast you barely have time to register that it is an oil.

When I saw Graymelin for the first time I was so enchanted with the packaging. I am a sucker for vintage and as you can tell by the name that is exactly what they are going for.  While I was trying to find an adequate Graymelin product to get, I saw that they have a facial oil.
Bingo for me!
I am always on the look out for a new facial oil and this one just looked very promising. After a quick look at the ingredients, which indeed consist of 100% oils, I was sold.

First thing I noticed was the beautiful packaging.
Luckily it is also convenient packaging since I can not really do much with beautiful products that are a pain to use every day.

The oil is clear and smells like nothing. If you have a good sense of smell and really put your nose into it, you get a slight whiff of generic oil scent. It is indeed thin in consistency and relatively liquid.
The thin consistency lets it penetrate very fast. It kind of absorbs while spreading it onto your face. The good thing about this oil is that you can't feel it at all yet it is clearly there. If I touch my face I can feel it but not as an oil film just the way my skin feels when I add oil and it has already absorbed. It also doesn't give me a shiny face but a healthy glow. Even though it sinks in so fast with its thin consistency, it does all I want from a facial oil. It might not act like most oils but my skin can certainly tell that it does some good stuff to it. I can put it on my face by itself since it is so non oily or mix it into my moisturiser.  I have been using this stuff everyday for a month and a half and I have used less than a quarter bottle.

On the right the oil is freshly applied with absorption time before the photo was taken

I really like this stuff and really have no complaints.
It is now in my top two best oils I have used, and likely not to be kicked of the spot any time soon. The success with this product has made me super curious about other Graymelin products as well and I hope I get the chance to try some out since they look super promising.

Fast absorbing yet nourishing facial oils suitable for any skin type
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Ingredients: Here

Available at W2Beauty

Do you use facial oils? Which one is your favourite?

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Nots UV Protection Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++ review

Nots UV Protection Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++ review

It is absolutely possible that I might just be one of the least season appropriate people around.
It used to be the same when I had my jewellery shop back when. I know most people actually follow seasonal themes, change certain things depending on the weather and actually celebrate holidays.
I don’t, which makes it so hard for me to do the same.
I mean I celebrate some holidays (Halloween!!!!!) but when it comes to season and weather I pretty much do my own thing barely noticing what date it is. Same with Johnny, who wears exactly the same clothes no matter what season (with the exception of adding a coat for three months) all year around.
The reason I am mentioning this is because I prepared a bunch of sunscreen reviews including two epic comparison posts for spring and summer. Of course a million things happened and I uploaded exactly one of the reviews written.

Oh well who am I kidding, I will likely never keep up with the seasons but I guess that is ok.
Especially since sunscreen is something one should wear all year long. Specifically most the kind I review here on the blog since they are generally face sunscreens only that are to be used in casual, non water, minimum sweat settings.
Do you already use sunscreen everyday no matter the season?
Well you certainly should.
At least if you care enough about your skin to be reading skincare blogs, I reckon.

Of course there is a few people who have explained all the reasons much better than I and I think those posts should be given a read. I also regularly post these kind of links on 35th of Mays Facebook when I read them. If there is a specific post that you like on the subject I would love if you would share it with me.

To protect yourself from cancer and photoaging (which is said to be the biggest culprit of the extrinsic aging process) you need to use sunscreen every day no matter how cloudy or cold it is outside.
UVA rays might not give you a sunburn but they sneakily penetrate the clouds (80% of them actually), glass, even cloth and start damaging your skin unless you protect yourself from them.

So for me personally, after reading a lot of articles, even though I used to be anti sunscreen for most of my youth, I have decided that sunscreen is an absolute must have for my health and of course to maintaining my vampiric aspirations of eternal youth and immortality.
Eternal youth aside, there is really no more excuses I can come up with for not using sunscreen any more, since there is some really amazing formulations around now which make sunscreen application almost the same as applying regular moisturizers.

The answer is always yes!

What I look for in sunscreens is that they are efficient in their protection, a mix of chemical and physical is best for my taste, easy to apply, no or little white cast, pleasant to use and doesn't leave any strange feeling on my skin after absorption.

Nots sunscreen is interesting to me since at first impression I thought it was quite a traditional sunscreen but ended up being quite decent to use.
If you wonder what I mean by traditional, the smell and texture comes to mind.
The smell is hard to describe, not too strong and it doesn't linger much but it reminds me of sunscreen when I smell it.
The texture is milky but not very liquid. It is not very thick either but kind of like medium cream texture.
It is refreshing and slightly watery which makes it easy to apply to the face.
There is a slight white cast due to the Zinc and Titanium oxide in the formula.
The white cast is barely visible on my NC30 skin, if you are lighter you might not even notice it. The only thing about it is that if the cream gets stuck in Johnny's facial hair it is visible and a little hard to rub in (especially since one is not supposed to rub in sunscreen vigorously).

Nots UV Protection Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++ swatch

The finish is satin. Quite natural to be honest. Neither matte nor shiny.
When I first applied it I thought I could feel it sitting on my face forever but that actually passed after about five to ten minutes. Once it sunk in I could not feel the sunscreen any more leaving me with a tiny bit more moisturised skin.
The issue I have with this formula though is that it sometimes accentuates some dry skin flakes.
It is only the large ones so far and keep in mind my face is a desert.
When my face is decently exfoliated (aka no dino flakes around) there is also no accentuation (not like foundation does for me).

Nots UV Protection Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++ review
About ten minutes after application

All in all I think it is a decent sunscreen to use. It is not the best or funnest I have had the pleasure to try so far, but also not one that I would shun out of my house. I guess it is really hard to write about a product that delivers what you need without being terrible or really lovely.

Ingredients: Coming soon

If you aren’t darker than NC30 and aren't fond of super liquid sunscreens then Nots sunscreen might just be the product for you.
 Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Available on Q-Depot

Relevant articles for the day
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Fact-check: Why you should protect yourself from UVA by Lab Muffin

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Batman socks review aka Confessions of a sock afficionado

Something you might not know about me is that I love socks. I am like some kind of a sock connoisseur or collector. I have always been into non conformist socks (aka white or black) since I can remember. I have had sock offs (comparing weirdest socks with other people and crowning a winner) been called sock girl and gone on sock only shopping sprees many times.
Usually I am not happy about trends but one trend I am super happy with, is the weird sock trend that has been going on for the past few years. Back in the day the only kind of different type socks I found were either for children or plain colorful ones. For some reason finding vintage socks in Europe is very difficult so I wasn't able to dig into that treasure trove of awesomeness until I moved to the US.
Nowadays there is socks of all types available. From historical accurate patterns to your favorite pop culture heroes.

I have even made sock buddies!

A few weeks back a new shop contacted me to see if we could work together. I was of course curious to see if this store would be interesting as a new sponsor for this blog. And yes, Kosmeshop is indeed now one of my new sponsors since their shop stands out in one interesting way.
They sell socks!
And really cool socks that is.
I really love the fact that now I can get my newest Korean skincare needs while throwing an awesome and cheap pair of socks in my cart at the same time.
It was hard but I chose one sock to try and of course it had to be Batman.

How they came packaged
I love Batman quite a bit and have a lot of Batman clothing and home gear laying around. For the price of 1.99 I was not sure what kind of quality to expect but as someone who wears Primark socks ( I know they break after 4 washes but the prints can be quite cool), I didn’t have too high expectations.
I was actually really surprised how nice the print looked when they arrived.
It looked very crisp and you could tell it wasn't just printed on there but the colors were woven into the pattern.
Also they have ears!
How cute is that!
I have heard it is common to have ears and such on Korean socks but that is not something you see in Europe at all.

Love the grumpy face!
I finally put the sock on my feet and they felt so wonderfully soft. The quality is great and I am super impressed by the price/quality ratio here. I have worn them for about two weeks now with washes in between and they still look very fresh. There is a little bit of piling on the toes, heels and sides, the areas that get the most stress in shoes, but it is super decent compared to cheap socks that pile if you just look at them. Washing hasn’t changed the print or the softness of the cloth at all which is also nice.
All in all the prints available are really cool and the quality is great for the price. I am very happy with my socks and will definitely get more in the future.
Thanks a bunch Kosmeshop for offering socks and uniting my two loves into one store!

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

 Available at Kosmeshop

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Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1 review

Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1

I honestly cant remember how I found Blackbird cosmetics. I must have been searching the internet in hopes of finding some decently priced eye shadow in rosey and red shades that can be strangely difficult to find. Either way I am very happy that I found them and that I indeed took the plunge and ordered their sample set.
I am not huge on eye shadow but I do occasionally enjoy doing some looks with it. I own a decent variety of shades but I actually only use one palette (my precious Dior Massai palette). As much as I love my precious Dior palette there are still a few shades that I don't have and thought that with them I would indeed decorate my lids more often.
Since I have never used Indie shadows before, I did quite a bit of research and it almost looked like Indie shadows were a science to themselves and one had to learn how to use them since they are so different to other eye shadows. I was a little worried that I might not be able to use these without special brushes or even primer (which I don't own) so I prepared for the worst.
I have to say I was not prepared to like these shadows this much. The colors looked absolutely stunning in person! The shadows are creamy and smooth and apply like a velvety dream.

Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1 swatch

They are very pigmented so primer was not necessary at all and only a little is needed which makes the samples last quite a bit. I tried different application techniques and even though they were all slightly different in terms of the outcome they all made for nice results.
These shadows are also really long lasting. The swatches on my arms survived 2 showers (granted I did not rub the arm but it did get wet a plenty) and 3 sleeps. When I applied the shadows to my hand rubbing would not make them budge either. On my lids they lasted all day without a primer and did not fade at all.

Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1 swatch

One quirk I noticed was that some colors apply a little lighter but when you blend them in, they get darker. I assume it is because of some kind of chemistry magic which makes the swatches more realistic than the powders alone.
I guess what I liked the most about these was that they were all cool toned and powdery. In a vintage kind of way, not the dry skin ashy type that is unflattering. Wearing these made me feel like an Edwardian maiden left in the sun to fade for 100 years yet miraculously remaining fresh faced that whole time. I know it sounds weird but when makeup makes you feel like a fresh Edwardian maiden then it is good stuff!

Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1 look
Trying an Edwardian maiden impression
I loved that with the colors given in this set I could do very natural and neutral looks, fresh innocent looks and also dark vampier looks. They are so versatile that I used them as blush, contour and lip color as well, which together with their tiny size makes them fantastic to travel with.
In fact I took these together with a bunch of makeup on my last trip but only used my favorite shades for everything out of this collection.
I was very happy when I received two contouring shades as well since I am looking for the perfect color that makes for an invisible contour on my skin tone.  Something I have not been able to achieve in a long time. Since Thirteen is practically my perfect crease shade, I thought that I had high chances that I would find a great contour shade here too. And yes I did. Diminish is wonderfully grey but not too grey and not too warm. Even though it is very pigmented it matches my skin eerily so, it is almost invisible. Now I really hope that Blackbird Cosmetics comes out with Blushes!

My favorite shades are: Immortals, Imogen, Thirteen, Fiction and Gravity.
And here is a look I created using only the colors in the set on the eyes, cheek and lips.
I don't have looks with all the shades but you can follow me on Instagram for more.

Blackbird Cosmetics Mattes, Vol 1 look

Purchased on Etsy but now available here
Ingredients: Here

Wonderful eye shadow I would recommend to any one with an affordable price, great colors and beautiful texture
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review

Somewhen last year I stumbled upon the brand Cosrx. I was intrigued by its many acids but at the time I already had several in my routine or waiting to be tested. A few months later I caved into my curiosity and bought both the AHA BHA toner and a little while later the C20 serum after the repeated recommendations of a friend. It was a momentous day in skincare history for me because that was when I discovered the magic of Cosrx.
Now it has been a little less then a year since starting to use their products but I keep finding little miracles in their lineup.
Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review
I really love their graphics!
After already being a fan of a few of their items you can imagine how happy I was when Cosrx offered to send me a few of them to try.
I chose to branch out a little and ordered things that I would generally not buy but suspected that they might suit my skin.
Today I will talk about the Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream (as you might have deduced by the title), a cream that might look plain and boring but which quickly became one of my favourite creams to date.

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review

I love honey and honey containing products. I have very dry and dehydrated skin and ceramides are supposed to be just the kind of ingredients my skin needs. I also suffer from eczema occasionally and other sensitivities that make my skin prone to barrier issues. I wanted to test if ceramides would be as good as I read they should since I was not happy with my previous ceramide containing cream experience (looking at you Good Cera).

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review
I was about half way through when I took this picture

The cream is quite plain looking. The packaging is pretty bland, yet attractive (if that can even be a thing) in a medical sort of way. It is scentless which I honestly appreciate since I am so scentsitive.
It is on the thicker side but feels smooth and velvety in a luxurious kind of way. It sinks in super fast though without leaving a film or oiliness at all. 
It is not heavy and has a satin finish which leaves my face very healthy looking.

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review swatch
Comparison review here
I can tell that this cream is indeed very gentle since my skin is really calm when using it. It also makes my skin feel soft and on top of that it gives me a glow! I started using this together with the C21.5 so I thought the glow came from the serum but I ran out of it  and my face was still glowy regardless. Sam from Colorcrrush even commented on my glow when we met a few months ago! And believe me getting a skin compliment from a fellow beauty blogger is extra special.
Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review after 1 week
Excuse my unflattering in between color and dorky face. But look at the smooth glow I got after just 1 week of usage!

This cream is suited for any skin type but I do think that it is better for combo to dry types or oily skin during the night. It is neither very hydrating nor is it super occlusive. It seems to be a good in-between sort of cream. It is also not one of those miracle products like the C20/21.5 serum but it is very solid in what it does and that is the reason why I think this will become a staple product for me. If you have dehydrated skin, add some hydrating products into your routine and this cream will give you nourishment and make sure that the hydration won’t evaporate without being a super thick occlusive. If you have dry skin, add a few drops of facial oil to the cream for an extra soothing experience without having an oily film on your face. If you have both dry and dehydrated skin do all of the above as I do. My face hasn’t been this glowy, smooth and clear for a long time and I absolutely blame my mostly Cosrx routine. I have since switched a few products out and even though my skin hasn’t been as wonderful as in the photos it is still pretty up to par. I already reordered the products I ran out of and hope that reintroducing them will give me that perfect complexion again!

Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream review after 1 week
My face is rarely that smooth or even. I usually have redness on my cheeks and the only bit of red here is around the nostril and I was having allergies at the time

I am completely aware I sound like a Cosrx rep but believe me once you find more than one HG product in one brand you will probably be just over the moon as I am! For now I will continue purchasing their stuff to see if I find another one of these gems and if not I will be quite happy using the ones I have so far. If you can’t wait for me to review the rest, here is a little bit of a mini review of some of them.

Ingredients: Here

So if you are looking for a solid moisturiser that gives you no fuss but happy and glowy skin you should definitely try this one out!
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

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