Review – Avene Triacneal Expert

Another post, another review, what can I say, I’ve been testing a lot of products and today’s post is about a cream for blemish skin, Avene Triacneal Expert.

Lately, my skin is not looking good at all, pimples, red spots, oily T-zone and dryness, yes, a big mess, so my doctor recommended me for my blemishes Avene, I was excited to try it because I’ve tested a long time ago Avene Cleanance Expert and I liked it.

First is first, let me describe you what are my blemishes, I don’t have acne, but I have blackheads on my nose, large pores on my cheeks, at list one red pimple in a week, and a very oily T-zone.

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“TriAcnéal EXPERT is an evening moisturiser that comprehensively targets blemishes, marks and the first signs of ageing, so that those looking for clearer skin and anti-ageing care no longer have to compromise. The three main concerns of adults with blemish-prone skin are tackled by three advanced actives.

An anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect to help eliminate and prevent blemishes

A gentle but efficient exfoliating enzyme to help reduce the appearance of stubborn marks left behind by blemishes

A Vitamin A derivative, has a rejuvenating effect which helps to unblock pores, reduce residual marks and gives added anti-ageing benefits.”

– it absorbs quick
– a small amount is enough
– good as a makeup base
– helped me with red pimples
– reduce the size of pores
– very easy to use packaging

– none

Price: 14€ (30ml) from Farmacia Tei

I like it, it’s not a miracle cream, but it’s a good ally for oily/combo skin. Really helped me with the pimples, at night I apply little dot on the pimple, massage it until absorbing and in the morning the pimple is almost gone. Made my large pores and blackheads look smaller, and I’ve discovered that it’s also a good primer for my T-zone.

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Review – Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation

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It has been so long since I reviewed a foundation, I think that my last one was about L’Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation, I still use it but I have a love-hate relationship with it. Since then my skin has changed a bit, I still have a very oily T-zone, but, now it’s sensitive with dry spots and some red bumps around my mouth. So, because of those red bumps and my blackheads, I was looking for a full-coverage foundation to hide those away and for so long I was so curious to try the famous Dermacol.

“It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. Dermacol make-up cover provides perfect coverage even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post-surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for colour correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modelling and for festive occasions.”

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I’ve got mine in shade 218, it’s a yellow undertone, a good match for a MAC NC30.

– semi full coverage
– a tiny dot it’s enough for the entire face
– dewy finish

– after 3-4 hours my face is oily
– looks cakey
– it’s sticky
– it doesn’t last me more than 6-7 hours
– packaging (hard to squeeze)

Price: 7€ (30 g) from

Horrible, if you have oily/combination skin type don’t buy this foundation it won’t last and the finish it’s not natural at all, it felt heavy and sticky on the skin. Also, I’m so disappointed because it supposed to cover up anything, but oh well my red bumps are not included. I just don’t like anything about this foundation, looks cakey, doesn’t last and looks like a mask. Maybe on a normal to dry skin, it will look different.

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Review – ACM Novophane Shampoo for Oily Hair

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It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s time to get back on track, so my first post of the year is about a shampoo for oily hair. I have a huge problem with my hair, it’s getting oily after just one day, so you can imagine that I’m trying so hard to find a solution for my special hair.

I’ve never heard before about ACM Novophane Shampoos, but I was searching on Farmacia Tei for my regular purchasing and I saw it on sale, after some reading about it I’ve decided that I want to give it a try.

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My hair is greasy, frizzy, fine and without volume

“The perfect ally for oily hair, delays re-oiling by gently regulating sebum production.

Finally, a gentle and effective solution for restoring healthy hair by reducing sebum production without any aggression. It cleanses gently, restoring the volume, suppleness and lightness of oily hair thanks to a powerful sebum-regulating complex.

Contrary to other care shampoos for oily hair, it can be used daily with no risk for the scalp.

Proven efficacy on sebum production regulation
Restores volume and lightness
Antistatic effect, ease of styling”

– cleans well

– it didn’t regulate the sebum production
– it didn’t help me with the volume
– tangled my hair

Price: 4.5€ (200ml)

You can imagine that it was such a disappointment and I don’t know why, but I had high hopes. My first wash with this shampoo was a huge success, I mean my hair was clean for 4 days, I thought that I found my holy grail, but the rest of the washes were awful, I had my hair clean just for 1 day, I didn’t have any volume and was so hard to style.

Well, I will keep searching for the perfect shampoo for my special hair, recently I’ve purchased a new shampoo from Bioderma, so soon I’ll have a new post.

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Review – Rimmel Fix & Perfect 002 Primer

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Since I’ve tried my first primer, that was from The Ordinary, you can read the review here, I wanted to test more, so after a few hours searching online I’ve decided that Rimmel Fix & Perfect would be my next purchase.

I have quite a problematic skin, oily with big pores, redness and so on, but I want at least to keep in control my sebum so my face could look decent the whole day. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on makeup because I prefer to invest in taking care of skin in the first place, so it was important to me to find a good primer at a very good price.

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“Unique advanced formula. Foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer. Or wear alone for an all-day fresh and even complexion.
Smoothes to minimize pores
Resurfaces for an even complexion
Brightens skin all day
Mattifies and eliminates shine
Protects skin from environmental aggressors”

– fast-absorbing
– a small amount is enough
– keeps the skin matte for about 5 hours

– it didn’t minimize pores
– didn’t help me with an even complexion

Price: 3€ (40ml)

Well, I was not impressed and to be honest, I was more pleased by the The Ordinary High-Advance Primer. It’s not a bad product, but in my opinion is more suitable for a normal to combination skin. The foundation looks good for about 4-5 hours, but after it starts to look cakey and the pores are showing more and more.

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Review – La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

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Years ago I’ve realised that when it comes to the skin is more important to invest in very good creams/serums/treatments than makeup, taking care of my skin has become a major thing for me. So, since then I am choosing just dermatological products specially made for my skin type from brands like Avene, La Roche-Posay or Vichy and today I have another review about La Roche-Posay a brand that I really like.

I’m trying my best to have a clear beautiful skin, but you know what it’s hard, especially with an oily skin type and as if that wasn’t enough I have problems with red skin, blackheads and flaky skin. The good part is that I think I’m on the right path following a routine that made my skin looking better and better, and if you want to know more about it read the blog post here.

I mentioned in my autumn skincare routine about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, I’ve read and heard so many good things and I was too curious not to try it. I found it on Farmacia Tei online at a very great price, 10€. It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of imperfections, control shine, help reduce marks, and hydrate the skin.

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“Specifically formulated for oily, blemish and acne-prone skin in adults and teenagers. A dual action daily gel moisturiser that reduces the appearance of spots and blackheads, controls shine and helps protect the skin from the causes of red and brown coloured marks that are often left by spots. Hydrates skin for 24 hours. Suitable for even sensitive skin.
– Anti-blemish moisturiser that corrects and hydrates oily, blemish and acne-prone skin
– Visibly reduces spots, controls shine and helps to reduce the appearance of marks
– For clearer skin in 4 weeks”

– fast-absorbing
– a small amount is enough
– mattifying
– good as a makeup base
– made my pores smaller
– prevents spots, not treating it

– doesn’t treat spots
– it did work for marks

Price: 10€ (40ml) from

I really like it, I recommended for combo/oily skin that needs help with large pores, excessive sebum and hydration. I was impressed by how good was for my large pores, I have those on my nose and cheeks and was so hard to cover, but now are much smaller. I like that is very fast-absorbing, I don’t have the patience to rube creams into my skin,  and keeps my skin mattified for a couple of hours, another plus.
In my case, the downside of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is that it doesn’t treat spots just prevents. Since I started using this cream I no longer have problems with spots, but if one appears it just heals by itself.
Overall is a good cream that improves combo/oily skin, but in my opinion is not the perfect choice if you have acne and want to treat spots or other serious skin problems, otherwise, give it a try.

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Review – Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I’m the owner of a very greasy hair and since I’ve discovered dry shampoo I can live without it. I’ve tried different dry shampoos but my favourite remains Batiste, today I’m reviewing other 6 products that I’ve tried in the last months and if you are curious check my previous blog post about Batiste here.

I’m from Romania and I purchase my dry shampoos from because almost all the time I find them at a very great price.

“Batiste refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. No water required! With a range of products to choose from, Batiste makes every day a fabulous hair day.”


Batiste Cherry
My all-time favourite, I mention in my previous review that the scent is long lasting, well until now remains in the first place.

Batiste Floral
I’m not a fan of floral scents, but this one I like, when it comes to longevity, it’s a bit better than the rest mentioned below.

Batiste Marrakech
It’s an interesting smell, sweet with a bit of spice in it, that, unfortunately, is not lasting.

Batiste Naughty
I really liked the scent, reminds me of a spicy perfume, but I was so disappointed that the smell was gone in 10 minutes.

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Batiste Party
Has a sweet scent that I was not so into it.

Batiste Nice
A really sweet scent that is suitable for those of you how like Batiste Sweetie.

– absorbs the sebum
– gives volume
– nice scents

– Batiste Nice, Party and Naughty let me with white powder residue

Price: 4€ (200ml) from

I think I’ve tried 80% of Batiste dry shampoos and I really recommend it the original ones. They all do the same thing, absorbs the sebum, but I’ve noticed that the special edition dry shampoos have a more stubborn white powder and have kind of the same sweet scent.

At the end, I would like to share with some tips and how to use a dry shampoo, because I’ve seen a lot of people that didn’t know how to use it, and blaming the products that are not good because the results weren’t so great.

Dry shampoos are sprays that absorb the excess oil, offer volume, and adds texture to your hair (some of them). You have to spray it evenly from a 25cm distance, let it sit for 1 minute and then brush it.

If you have dark hair like me don’t be afraid, respect the steps above and you will not have problems, at least with a good dry shampoo like Batiste. Of course, there are specially dry shampoos made for dark hair that has a darker powder, but there are not so popular and sometimes can be hard to find.

TIP! Use it just on the roots and if you spray it too much use the hair dryer to get rid of any white powder.

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Review – Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1

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The last few months I’ve talked a lot about my hair and I’ve reviewed every product that I’ve tried, Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo, Syoss Purify and Care Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo and Batiste Texturizing Spray, so it’s no surprise that today I have another shampoo review.

My hair story is quite long I’ve talked about it in my last posts, but long story short my hair is very greasy, fine, without volume and until now I couldn’t find a proper shampoo and to be honest I’ve tried a lot of shampoos.

A few months ago I placed a new order from Farmacia Tei, it’s an online pharmacy that has very affordable prices. I wanted to buy a Klorane shampoo, but while I was scrolling I saw the Alpecin shampoo, and I remembered years ago a lot of people talked about how good it is. After one month I think I’ve created my opinion.

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Alpecin is a German brand that is focusing on hair loss and other scalp problems and develops hair products for men, but that doesn’t mean women can use it.

Despite the fact that I have an oily scalp and I should have chosen the Alpecin Active Shampoo A2 especially made for my problem, I purchased the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 for hair loss, because the review for the last one wore very good.

“Now you can transport the unique active ingredient of Caffeine to the hair roots during washing. Alpecin Caffeine penetrates the scalp even when the shampoo has been rinsed out. In just 120 seconds the active ingredient travels along the hair shaft directly to your hair follicles.
Based on the intentional omission of softeners (e.g. silicone), the hair structure improves after just a few hair washes with enhanced hair grip. Fine and weakened hair becomes stronger and can be styled better.”

The first impression: has a masculine scent that luckily for women it doesn’t last.

– cleans very well
– helped me with my scalp sebum
– after washing the hair looks thicker

– tangles my hair

Price: 5€ (250ml)

I have a very oily scalp, I had to wash my hair at every 2 days, but now I can wash it after 3 days and if I’m using dry shampoo I can delay the washing for 4 days, so I’m pretty pleased about that.
Now let’s talk about the hair loss, the main problem that this shampoo is targeting. I don’t have problems with hair loss, but I’ve noticed that the amount of hair lost while washing was a bit smaller, so a little bonus for me.
The bad part is that tangles the hair, but to be honest, almost all the shampoos that I’ve tried do that and I’m starting to think that my medium length fine hair is the problem.
I recommend this shampoo if you have greasy hair and you’re looking for a solution, but keep in mind that it might tangle your hair. If you have some problems with hair loss I think it might work if you use it exactly how it says on the label (use daily and keep it on the scalp for 2 minutes) for more than one month.

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