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Avene Hydrance Optimale

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Hello beauties,

Because sunny days are now predominant and the makeup challenges become different now (more spf, more matte finish) today I wanted to talk about Avene Hydrance Optimal Riche face cream, a hydrating cream for dry to very dry sensitive skin. I came upon this product as the days became more sunny and warm and I needed a light day cream that is also hydrating my skin and has sun protection factor.

Pros:
– it has a decent sun protection factor (SPF 20) which is basically the minimum you’ll need
– it has a nice moisturizing effect
– it is easily absorbed by the skin
– it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedegenic and I didn’t have any bad reaction from using it
– it has a hygienic and practical package (it comes in a plastic tube perfect for both home and travelling)

Cons:
– for mature women it has no anti-aging effect or ingredients so it needs to be combined with other treatments

Overall this face cream is a product that I love and I would recommend for further trials; for me it will be a repurchase as summer is so close.
Tell us your thoughts about this product in a few lines in the comment section.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

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Hello beauties,

I didn’t want to finish this month without a post about a recent find that has changed my makeup in a positive way: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation.
In the last couple of years, my skin as I knew it changed. From mixed skin moistly oily it has become mostly dry, sensitive and prone to rosaceea. For those of you that don’t know what it means that, I’m going just to point out the main manifestations: skin is red most of the days (depending on so many factors), the dry patches become flacky and pores are quite visible. So many of the average and common products become a challenge for me.
Because I did encounter some problems in finding the right shade I’m going to say that now for my fair skin I’m using shade 2C3 Fresco which is a little bit pinkish but blends nicely with my skin colors.

Pros:
– it covers nicely without using too much product but it’s also buildable
– it stays flawlessly on your face 24h or maybe more – not once I’ve put it on my face in the early morning and got home in the morning of the next day and the foundation looked flawless. I’ve tried it with or without primer, it has the same longlasting effect but I would recommend using it with primers that go easy on the silicone (best drugstore combo is with Max Factor Facefinity Primer)
– it has a matte finish
– for a regular use I have applied it well with foundation brush or even fingers and for a more sheer finish I have been using successfully the beauty blender but I would not go further than those three.

Cons:
– the foundation comes packed in a glass bottle without any pump so you have to use it carefully not to spill too much product
– it has some sun protection (SPF10) but better use a face cream with a higher protection factor
– as any long wear foundation it can feel at times dry on your skin (a solution might be spritzing some the thermal spray water on your face during the day)

Overall, this is the best foundation I have tried until now. And although it’s a little bit pricey (the only thing that it has kept me from buying it sooner), I believe it’s worth the splurge.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER

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Hello beauties,

It’s been a while since I’ve talked in a separate post about micellar waters, mostly because only a handfull of products revealed their high value until now.
Although it has been on the market for a while, I have started using the micellar water from Garnier only recently.

Pros:
– no fragrance
– using it resulted in no irritation of the skin; pay attention that any medium and hard rubbing of any product may cause at least a mild irritation but due to ingredients the irritation might last longer than a couple of minutes
– efficient cleaner – I have used it to remove all kinds of products including waterproof and it has worked just the same
– after using it my skin does not feel dry

Cons:
– package – is not travel friendly and sometime I squirt too much without intention so 400 ml might seem much but the bottle might empty the same as a smaller one

Bottom line, although it’s nothing special, I believe this product it’s comparable with over-hyped Bioderma micellar water but it’s more cost effective so it comes as a good alternative for whatever micellar water you are trying right now. For me it will be a repurchase.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way;-)

Bioderma Hidrabio Riche

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Hello beauties,

During winter or any other cold periods our skin needs a different care and attention to protect, hydrate and maintain a good condition. Apart from exercise, drinking water and eating healthy, a good face cream can work wonders (but pay attention that all elements are both equal in importance and one cannot be excluded from this list).

Lately I’ve been trying my luck with Bioderma Hidrabio Riche.

Pros:

  • packaging – the 40 ml product comes in a tube with a pump dispenser
  • fragrance free
  • creamy texture, the skin feels soft and moisturized after using it – it is true that when I started using this product my dry skin patches were flakey and dull (I call it “snake skin effect”) that disappeared completely after two days with Bioderma

Cons:

  • no sunscreen protection
  • apparently it contains some alcohol which makes me think the formula is not as genius as they claim it to be

I have been using this face cream for about two weeks now but mostly in combination with a retinol and I’m not sure about the counter effects so apparently it seems that it works but for me it will not be a repurchase as much as I would have loved to.

Have you used this face cream? Leave a short comment below with your experience.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream

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Hello beauties,

One of the things I’ve learned over the years (as most of the people will never believe I’m 33 years old but in my late 20’s, which for me it’s a reason for being grateful and proud in the same time) is that no matter how much money you make, it’s a wise thing to always have a beauty routine, the eye cream being part of it. And when you can splurge, invest as much as you can, as skin tells stories like no other business card you have – how many nights you’ve lost, how long have you cried, how do you frown or laugh, if you are in love or just pure negligent. Hence, my observations about Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream.

Pros:

  • Broad spectrum sun protection – the product has SPF 20
  • packaging – the product comes in an opaque tube from which you squeeze the amount of product you’ll be using. I’m not crazy about this one, but it’s better that a jar (in which other Clinique eye creams are sold)
  • product is suited for sensitive skin(they also say normal to dry skin) – indeed the skin seems more hydrated and firm after using this eye cream twice a day and I have not seen any negative effects in the area (like irritation, increased dryness, etc.)
  • fragrance free

Cons:

  • it does nothing for existing wrinkles, so don’t get your hopes high.
  • also I have not noticed any brightening effect but on the other hand I’m using makeup most days of the week and my opinion might not be relevant on this subject.

They say the best cream is the one you are using it, but this eye cream might be a little bit more than that as I believe it to be a balanced product that integrates well in a coherent beauty routine and this is why my confidence vote is cast in this direction until any contrary evidence comes along.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream

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I know that some of you are interested in the sensitive skin with redness tendency or rosaceea subjects, myself having this condition, so today we are talking about a product that tackles exactly this. Recently I started using Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream for sensitive skin prone to redness due to the fact that winter is always a problem for people with my condition – the dry skin starts looking flaky, red and feels itchy. This product is supposed to help calm and soothe rosacea and red skin and has a lot of positive reviews, including my dermatologist recommended it to me.

Pros:

  • easily absorbed by the skin
  • due to low hydration effect it’s the perfect face cream to apply before makeup
  • I have not seen any negative reaction

Cons:

  • the cream has a bubble-gum pink color and the texture is strange and almost plastic like
  • hydrates poorly (if you have dry skin or patches of dry skin) – I would recommend an alternative for the evening
  • until now (after a month of constant use) I’m not sure it works – my redness has not been tempered but hasn’t worsened either.

I cannot make any recommendation about Roseliane as I’m still puzzled by this product and I don’t know if I should continue using it or go back to Bioderma Sensibio (as it is my product of choice for this problem). What about you, have you used this face cream, and if so, how was your experience?

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Corporate favorites – minimal look for a day at the office

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Hello beauties,

2015 has started quickly. Against all trends, I refuse to make the new year’s objectives list as it is far from me the discipline of following such directions. Priorities change as our lives change with a faster pace than we have ever seen, and what we consider mundane is swifted accordingly.

These being said, my first week started in a high speed. And for a corporate girl like me some mornings only need a quick fix so I’m sharing my products of choice list with you for a 10 minute makeup look with a minimal effort.

After moisturizing my face and applying a primer, I reach either for the CC cream either for a foundation that doesn’t need much of blending – this would be MaxFactor Facefinity All Day Flawless foundation (you can read the full review here). For the eyelids I would use a nude matte shadow in a neutral color like the mono from NYX (Blame It On Midnight). Instead of eyeliner, I would use a bronze or brown pencil (like this chocolate brown from Bourjois) and if I want a more dramatic effect (like for a day to night transition look) I will use a black pencil along the (upper) waterline like the waterproof black kohl from Flormar.

For highlighting I would use the lovely mosaic powder from Melkior (for a full review, click here) but also for a discreet and matte effect I use a white pencil (this one is from Avon, Color Trend collection – which I might recommend for you as it has a fair ratio of price – quality). To add a little colour in the cheeks I always go for NARS Orgasm, my all times favorite blush – I really love the pink golden effect this product has.

The final stroke will come with a touch of mascara – I am currently using this one from Rimmel Scandaleyes (you can read the full review here) but as this is not the best money can buy, any mascara for volume that you have will do and with this I am ready for another day at the office.

What about you, what products do you choose when you are in a hurry? Leave a small comment with your 10 minutes makeup of choice.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

MaxFactor Miracle Touch

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Hello beauties!

Since I’ve been back from my August holiday the first thing I did was a shopping session in search for a foundation one tone darker that my usual one. So this is how I found MaxFactor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation (in Blushing Beige 55 shade). And how ironic is that my previous foundation was also from MaxFactor (you can see it here). Apparently I’ve become hooked on their products. The main difference with this Miracle Touch is that is closer to a creamy foundation and it comes in a pot with an application sponge (which is not bad, by the way, if you are in a hurry and don’t want to mess your hands and there’s no brush handy).

Pro’s:

  • texture: in between cream and liquid foundation
  • dewy &silky finish
  • medium coverage
  • buildable
  • quite resistant – no cracks, no melting down, it can resist successfully during an 8 hours working day
  • no oxidation signs noticed or any breakouts caused by the product

Con’s:

  • I expected a lot more product in such a large pot; apparently 11,5g is not that much
  • very low color diversity at the stand
  • no SPF
  • the package does not have the ingredients written on it

Overall, I’m impressed by this foundation and the quality that MaxFactor has started to deliver in it’s products. And since it’s Autumn it would be a nice alternative for your daily foundation.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Nivea Soothing Cleaning Mousse

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Hello beauties!

I’ve been using Nivea cleaning mousse for a while as part of my daily cleaning routine and I must say that I’m impressed.

It comes in a foam form, very gentle and easy to apply. Overall product impression, as follows:

  • non drying – although i have a mixed skin, my dry patches sometimes feel extremely dry, but it was not the case using this product
  • non irritating although it’s slightly perfumed
  • does a very good job removing make up and cleaning the skin
  • the dosage is about right – I’ve been using it twice a day for two months now and the bottle is just half empty.

My rating: 7.5/10. I am recommending this product for you to try if you haven’t done it yet as for a gentle cleanser that does it’s job right and the price is a fair one.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Apivita Natural Serum

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Hello beauties!

Lately I’ve been starting to experiment with different anti-age products. As part of the serums routine I’ve started trying this one from Apivita, Natural Serum Line Reducer with resveratrol and vitamin E.

I was excited to see that the ingredients list included also:  grape extract, olive, propolis, hyaluronic acid, neroli, patchouli, geranium&clary sage essential oils and green tea infusion. All this is supposed to be used between 35 and 45 years old but I see no harm in starting early.

After almost a month of using this serum I can clearly state that:
-it does slightly reduce the appearance of the wrinkles but there’s no wow overall effect
– the skin appears smoother and with an even color
– no acne breakouts were caused by using this product
-no decrease in the number of wrinkles ( I mean, how can a product can claim that?)
– slightly perfumed which on some skins can lead to irritation, although I did not experiment one.
– funky package – mostly a marketing hoax, to increase the perception of a scientifically balanced product

Overall, the product does not perform wonders but it has been a decent one in terms of face care but I don’t feel the need to buy again this product.

Have you ever tried this serum?

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)