Beauty Bin #8

by 4.11.14

There have been quite some empty bottles accumulating in my BB drawer and I just had to empty it and create a blog post for the Beauty Bin Section. 

Let's go!

Nivea Creme Care shower creme
The reason why I mainly love this is the scent. It smells just like the blue tin creme that they have since the beginning of Nivea. Oliver uses that creme, so you get my point. ;) A good shower gel that smells lovely!

Dove Pistachio shower creme
Dove is my favorite shower brand. Whenever a new scent comes out, it will end up with me in the shower. This smells so luxurious and really hydrates my skin. A great plus is that they are inexpensive, at least here in Germany.

Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo
They don't make these anymore. I hate it when they do that! Redken carries a new line that is called Curvaceous and my hairdresser told me that their customers liked the old version better. That sucks for me, because that was my favorite shampoo. 

Redken Smooth Down shampoo
On to my second favorite shampoo from Redken. I have half wavy, straight and slightly frizzy hair so this is perfect for me. I do need a little silicone in my hair to keep in under control and this shampoo does that beautifully.

Babylove 'Gute Nacht' Lotion
The scent is divine! It smells like lavender, but not like granny style. I included it in my BB because I also used it. Don't tell Vincent.

Balea Soft Oil Balm
My favorite body lotion, still is and will probably be for a long time. And they lived happily ever after :)

MAC Brush Cleanser
I was hoping to find a cheaper dupe for this, but failed. I am currently trying the brush cleanser from Hema, but it is not the same. MAC really cleans the brushes, doesn't have a strong perfume and doesn't feel oily. Will have to get a new one soon.

Nivea 3 in 1 cleaning fluid for sensitive skin
I was curious when I saw it and had to test it out. My favorite was the Bioderma and after trying the one from L'Oreal, I have to say that Bioderma does work the best for me. Ordered two new big Bioderma Sensibios. 

Nivea Soft and Intensive Hand Lotion
Already am using my second one. I love using this at night to really give my hands a treat after all that washing and cleaning. It has a nice texture and really hydrates my dry hands. It also feels comfortable on the hands and doesn't leave a sticky layer. It smells great too! 

Manhattan Endless Stay make up 62 Porcelain
One of my favorite drugstore foundations. It has medium to full coverage and lasts all day. They don't come in a big range of colors, but 62 Porcelain is a good mix for me (I am NC20 in MAC). However, it is a bit on the grey side, so I mix it with a warmer foundation. At the moment I am testing out another foundation from Manhattan. It is the Powder Mat Make Up in 80 Sand. A really lovely foundation, but full of silicone unfortunately. It has great coverage and also lasts really well. You will have to decide for yourself if you want to have silicone in your foundation. I find that it feels quite comfortable on the skin though.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
A great primer for combo skin. It mattifies the skin, and makes the pore appear smaller. It doesn't make the disappear. No product does that, let's be honest. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Another great product that has been taken of the market. I love this for brightening the under eye area and to highlight the face. It is not a full coverage concealer, so don't expect those grey bags to magically vanish. For highlighting it is great!

Rituals Qi Gong deo stick
After hearing so many people raving about this deodorant, I had to get it myself. I normally don't spend almost €10 for a deo, simply because I find that too expensive. Rituals do always seem to convince me with their divine smelling products. The Tao Collection is my favorite scent and I already own the deo spray from this line. The deo stick was ok, not a miracle working and unfortunately also leaving stripes in my clothes. Will not buy this again.

Balea Volume Shampoo
A super inexpensive shampoo that works ok. When you have long and heavy hair, it is hard to create volume in it. It is free of silicone so that must be a plus to many of you. Another plus is that it still made my hair shine, even though the silicone is mostly the reason for that. The scent was very delicate and doesn't last long on the hair, but that is ok. Will buy this one again soon.

So, my question to you: Would you like me to continue with the Beauty Bins?


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  1. Sam Stein4.11.14

    I love the beauty bins. I love foundation reccomendations because i too am so pale. I think though, here in NY, i still see the Maybelline Age Rewind stuff. If i see it, i can pick up a bunch and mall it to a P.O. Box if youd like!

  2. Ana Dobrota4.11.14

    I love the beauty bins, please do continue :)

  3. Anita Petra Kiss4.11.14

    Oh pleeease continue! <3

  4. Caroline Vieira4.11.14

    Dove is my favorite bar soap brand because those babies are hydrating like no other and smell great! I also love their hair products.
    Please keep up with the beauty bin series, they are very useful posts!

  5. Yes, Please! I love it!! Thank you for yout time doing this =)

  6. Viktorija Olimpija Rakūnaitė4.11.14

    Yes, do continue! I love these :)

  7. Julia Stopczyk4.11.14

    Yes, we want more! :)

  8. najlae5.11.14

    yes simone and thank you u're the best

  9. Georgia A5.11.14

    Dove is good when you use it with a sponge. Without one, I find that it is not easy to rinse off. Makes my skin itchy,

  10. Please, continue, dear Simone ;)

  11. Nice reviews, Simone! I like this type of posts.
    I am still looking for a cheaper dupe for the Brush Cleanser. I find MAC way too expensive :/ Today, I've trid the Manhattan Make Up, but I thought it was a bit too yellow o_O I'm looking for a foundation with grey / green undertones and it's quite hard to find.

  12. I just discovered your blog ^^ I am listening to "The essence of
    silence" while writing this comment ! I love Epica so much, can't wait
    to see you guys in Toulouse along with Dragonforce ! ;)

  13. Rea Vienna7.11.14

    Oh yes, they are very interesting! :D
    Regarding Deos- The best Deo that I have ever used, is the one by Sante! You can buy it at DM and it is even aluminium free! :D

    It is rather pricey, it costs about 8-9 Euros or so. But it last veeeeeery long!

    I use the roll on, i use it in the morning and apply it with my hands, because it is very fluid. But the effect is soooo amazing, I have never had a deo, even with aluminium, that has worked so well! :D There is also a stick, but I have not tried that yet.

    And there are no stains! :D You definitely have to try it! :D :D

  14. katrenafratric .9.11.14

    Yes!! It's very helful for me personally because I'm always looking for new products to use for my skin and hair! I love making healthy choices with beauty products so your recommendations have not let me down! I still use organix when you last recommended it! As well as different Balea products (love that company!! especially their face masks)! So yes keep it up!!! :D

  15. Claudia Freyja10.11.14

    Yes Simone! Continue with them. They are very helpful for me.
    I don't understand why you make us that question. Personally, I love your blog and I miss you too (here in the blog). So, when you share us yours Beauty Bin´s posts I run to read them and take note from them because they are interesting and you know very well how to describe each product. So...Continue with them please :) <3

  16. Oriana13.11.14

    Thanks for your advice !!
    Yesterday I bought a Redken shampoo and the result is that I really love it!!!
    Your posts are very helpful! Why not like us something about the hair colors?
    I have tried many different things, classic colors, without ammonia, at the moment I'm using a colored shampoo: it has to be made every three weeks, they have a time exposure of about 15 minutes, but do not damage the hair at all, being pure pigment. . although there is not much choice of color :(
    What do you use? Can you give us some advice about it?

  17. Bettina13.11.14

    Yes! More beauty bin posts!

    Also, could you do a post abt hair color? It's quite surprising that I've never seem any color fixation shampoos in you beauty bin posts! And yes, we'd love to know what's your color and brand!

  18. Yes, please! I sometimes get to go to dm in Austria or Germany and I love to read about products I know and like! Plus, I like how you talk about every pros and cons ;)

  19. Aly :)15.11.14

    Yes please, don't stop the beauty bins!
    Here in Italy the Maybelline concealer has showed up again after being sold out for a while! I love that one too, and Maybelline here is sold in almost every shop with a beauty department in it (Coop, Gardenia, Target, Tigotà, Limoni, etc...)so, since you're going to be in Italy soon, maybe you can get another one here :)
    See you in Milan!

  20. Rêve Errance23.11.14

    Hello Simone,
    Yes of course, this idea made me save empty bottles and boxes to do the same :D
    I love the reviews provided with the picture, and you do it very well.

    Love <3

  21. of course... Yes, please!!! >_<