Make-up

Maybelline Lash Sensational

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Hello beauties,

As summer is approaching, my schedule becomes busier and busier and my makeup morning routine is reduced gradually to a minimum. One product I cannot give up is the mascara and whenever I’m clueless about what to try next I always choose Maybelline due to the fact that most of their mascaras are just wonderful. So, I’ve decided to try their new Lash Sensational, they say a lash multiplying mascara.

Pros:
– it does not flake or smudge
– it does add a little volume and a curl twist to your lashes ( to point out something I’ve seen a lot lately, if you expect wonders use fake lashes instead of a mascara)
– it lasts a long while (for me a full day at the office is a landmark)

Cons:
– it does come off harder than any other non-waterproof mascara I’ve encountered

I’ve been using this mascara daily and it has not let me down. Overall, I like this product and I would recommend it further. If nothing new to try on the market comes, I will probably repurchase it.

MAC PRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT PAINTERLY

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Hello beauties,

I’m not much of a consumer of pricier makeup but I always feel that some products are worth the investment. About MAC everybody nowadays knows something, at least that they are generally good products.

I’ve been targeting MAC Paint Pot for a while, not being sure if to invest or not in another creamy eyeshadow. I even tried to find dupes for it (see the review for Maybelline Color Tattoo here). Eventually, I went for the real deal and because of the whole natural look craze I went for Painterly.

Pros:

  • economical – yes, it is because you only need a thin layer of the product on your eyelids
  • it gets picked up real easy from the jar either with fingers or with a stiffer brush (like the ones used for concealer)
  • you can use it as an eyeshadow or as a base for eyeshadows even as a primer if your skin permits
  • it can cover different irregularities on your eyelids (redness, veins, etc)

Cons:

  • if you used too much product it creases; if you use it without primer, it creases (at least for me)
  • you have to work quickly as it dries fast

Overall, it’s a nice product with many functionalities but it’s not something you would really miss from your makeup bag, basically, a splurge. But for those of you that are considering it, I recommend it with open heart.

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

April empties

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Hello beauties,

Against my good habits this post comes later as the weekend with 1st of May put me in the laziest mood ever. Generally speaking, your habits tell a lot about your person and under normal circumstances I would have pushed for an active schedule but lately I’m more on letting life happen and me enjoying thins as they appear. I hope your weekend was fulfilling as well.

Body:

  • Eucerin Aquaporin Active body lotion – because I use body lotions almost on a daily basis I finish them before I get to review them. Generally I like Eucerin products because of their sensitive skin friendly approach and at a point I was looking for a body lotion that could help my skin survive the winter. This lotion was mildly moisturizing (so for the dry skin areas had little effect) and a little too watery for my taste but with the all dermatological benefits (without alcohol or fragrance that might cause an irritation). I would not point this product as something I would recommend for winter time but I’m prepared to give Eucerin another try.
  • Avene cold cream – my hands are always in need of cream and during colder periods the need becomes an urge. This product was recommended by my pharmacist. I haven’t used it no my face but exclusively on my hands. After application the cream didn’t get absorbed quickly and my skin was feeling quite sticky and full of plastic smell. As for hydration, I wasn’t impressed as I didn’t feel the product is better than any other (although the price is double).

Face:

  • Nivea 3 in 1 Micelar Cleaning Water – this is my second or third bottle of micelar water from Nivea(I have also mentioned this product here) and my opinion remains as a recommendable product.
  • Nivea Cleansing Milk – this product is for me in the same category as cotton balls – something that’s primarily so useful and so good that needs no other introduction. Whenever I’m not feeling the excitement of trying something new I always chose Nivea Cleansing Milk as it does what’s supposed to do. Period.
  • Bioderma Hidrabio Riche – first I was excited about this cream but my excitement gradually decreased as the effects were less than visible so for people with my type of skin I would not favor this product (read full review here).

Makeup:

  • MaxFactor CC cream – I’m so sad that this CC cream is emptied because I got along so well with it and will probably be a repurchase (read the full review here)
  • E.L.F. Essentials Eyelid Primer – this primer was never a purchase for me but always came as a bonus whenever I placed an order on the E.L.F. site ( I have mentioned this primer also here). Unfortunately this product has done nothing for me except for a major crease and oily lids.
  • E.L.F.Face Setting Spray – this is product that I haven’t reviewed but on the other hand I haven’t bought until now any other similar product that I can compare this one to. When working with multiple layers of foundation and setting powder a real help in making the final result looking less cakey is the setting spray and this one really helps a lot considering that I’m a fan of multi-layering. I’m not sure what to say about making the products stay longer on your face because I didn’t notice any real difference. Anyhow, I’ve already purchased a second bottle but I’m opened to try different brands.

As you can see, April was a lot about care routine and natural look and I would love to read some comments about how was your April.

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:-)

Maybelline Color Tattoo

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Hello beauties,

I may be the last of the bunch to talk about Maybelline Color Tattoo but recently it has been my favorite choice for eyeshadows.

When the hype started I went to the local drugstore and reached for one jar of Color Tattoo, Taupe shade – just because I was feeling lazy and taupe is something that goes pretty much with everything else.

At first, I’ve tried it as a single color and it was a mistake because on my fair skin I did not like the result (a little bit too dark for a business look). But recently I started to combine it with different powder eyeshadows and it has won me over and now I can say that I can integrate this product in a makeup look more natural and office appropriate (yes, for those of us living under corporate glass, it is an important aspect).

Pros:
– the color is a nice matte taupe
– texture: creamy
– it is a versatile product: it can be used as a single eyeshadow, as shadowbase ( yes, it’s consistency is close to MAC Paint Pot, although a little drier ), eyeliner (with a small angled brush) or for the brows (an excellent dupe after Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow)

Cons:
– because it comes in a jar, it will dry more quickly

Overall, I like this creamy eyeshadow, I would recommend this product as being very good.

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

NYX Soft Matte Istanbul Lip Cream

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Hello beauties,

As April is my favorite month of the year (for the obvious reasons involving sun and nature reborn) I wanted to treat myself with something in accordance with all the happiness and easy going nature all around me. And buying a new lipstick is always a good idea (it’s the same like buying new shoes but cheaper) so I made a haul with NYX (guess you’ll see a lot of those reviewed soon). Among those bought, one alone became preferred: Soft Mate Lip Cream in shade Istanbul, a neutral soft pink matte lipstick.

Pros:
– the color – is perfect for light skinned girls, perfect for spring and summer, perfect for any natural makeup look or versatile enough for any other composition
– the texture – it’s creamy enough (but if you ask me I’m not awed)
– the price – I’m starting to think that NYX is a honest company most of the time in terms of pricing strategy as the products are affordable enough

Cons:
– as most of matte lipstick it dries the lips so make sure you apply a balm before
– don’t be fooled that it’s long lasting (for some reason I always think they should be) – it lasts a little bit longer on the lips than a creamy lipstick but not too long

I’m pretty sure that NYX has not rocked my world, but overall it’s an ok product and if you have not tried NYX products yet it might be a good place to start.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way! 🙂

March empties

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Hello beauties,

Another month comes close to an end and it’s time for another empties list. What I like about this kind of post, apart from a nice retrospective on some reviews (because I don’t come up with the time to review all products that I’m using), is the highlight it gives on my preferences and their evolution.
For instance this month I’ve discovered I use a lot of hand cream (basically each time after I wash my hands) and I’m in constant search for a better product even if that means a more expensive one.
Without further due, here goes the empties list:

Body:
Nivea Cream Care shower cream – as I always say, when in doubt use Nivea. Their recent addition to the shower gels&creams collection is a nice creamy product that comes with the vlassic Nivea scent and it does not dry your skin after using it, so it cannot go wrong. The trouble with Nivea is that it can get a little bit borring sometimes and then we migrate in along the aisles of the supermarket in search of another adventurous product.
Bottega Verde Argan del Marocco hand cream – this product is something I usually would not buy from a drugstore as it’s price is almost double than a regular one. But I was impressed that the quality was decent and the fragrance was surprisingly pleasant (as you know, I’m not a fan of scented products). Overall I would give this product another try soon and made me curious for Bottega Verde products.
Garnier Intensive Repair hand cream – another hand cream finishrd this month (maybe because it was so cold for a long time) but this one was not impressive at all, maybe only in size as it’s bigger than most of handcreams found in a drugstore. Apart from that, I didn’t feel my hands very hydrated despite their used of word “intense” and the perfume (a little bit cheap for my taste but in a lower quantity would have been ok without me being called a snob) contradicts the “dermatologically tested” claim. I have nothing against Garnier products in general but this one did not do it for me.
Sephora nail polish base – it is a multi-action base for strengthening and smoothing the nails; the product has been in my drawer for quite some time and it was the moment for us to part but when it comes to Sephora nail products I always am pleased with the result

Hair:
Clear Anti-Dandruff Intense Hydratation shampoo – this shampoo is a recent discovery for me; for a while I have used an organic shampoo that did nothing good for my hair but it made it dry and my scalp itchy. It took me a while to realize that it was the shampoo to blame and in the rush of the momen I’ve bought this one from Clear. It proved to be a decent shampoo and a bit effective as my scalp stopped itching so it’s something I’m going to buy again in the future.
Syoss Shine Boost conditioner –  I have been using this condioner for a while ( yeah, it’s a big bottle) first on a regular basis at home but after a while I have used it only when washing my hair after gym class. That being said, you can guess it was a miss as I haven’t noticed any extra shine or increased moisturizing so this will not be a repurchase.

Face:
Apidermin face cream – as it is not the first jar of this cream consumed I will not linger on, just point out that during winter this cream can at times be a miracle but as the summer aproaches the high amount of vaseline can be a minus.
Uriage Roseliane – I have previously talked about this face cream (click here for the full review), as for me it didn’t work. It’s silicone texture and lack of moisturizing made me decide I will not buy this face cream in the future. Probably for a normal skin type and less problems than mine this would work wonders.

Makeup:
E.L.F. Brow Kit – this product was reviewed a while back (click here for the story) and I have not changed my mind since. It’s a nice kit for your eyebrows, it’s not expensive and I would recommend it for everybody as a starting point
Benefit They’re Real mascara – With Benefit products I have tried so hard to grow into liking them but I had sucess only in such a few cases. I am sorry that this mascara also did not work for me despite it’s good reviews found on numerous blogs but a spiky wand did not make my eyelashes long or/and full of volume and I really don’t see the point in wasting money when you can get the same effect for less. I would give them credit that the named wand it gave my eyelashes enough separation but I did not feel it build and I was always afraid of poking my eye with it. Probably it’s a personal experience but mine was not comfortable.

I look forward for April to begin as I have new and pretty products to review for you.

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

MAC Rebel lipstick

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Hello beauties,

One recent hype in the beauty world has been the dark lipstick. And because not many of us are blessed with the perfect complexion that will accept an extreme grunge look I’ve been trying to find a compromise. Especially that I’m a fan of hot and soft pink lipsticks. And MAC Rebel proved to meet my wishes.

Pros:
– the color (a rick dark berry) will suit most of fair and medium skins;
– the opaque finish makes it suitable for any cosy day and can be part of a transitional makeup look;
– the product is not advertised as longwearing but it stays successfully on the lips 5 hours or more;
– when you apply it, the texture feels soft and creamy.

Cons:
– the price is steep, but if you buy MAC you already knew that;
– because of the longwear properties at some point it feels dry on the lips.

I love this lipstick and although I’ve bought it in January, I’m almost halfway through so it’s a hit for me. The best thing to be mentioned: this shade is part of their permanent collection so if you run out of it, there’s more where that came from.

What are yor thoughts on MAC lipsticks? Have you tried this shade?

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

Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo

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Hello beauties,

A month ago I went to London for a weekend and one of my must-visit places was of course Boots, a landmark for many beauty blogers.
I have been targeting this shampoo for a while as lately I have been into organics shampoos and they have not been doing much good to my blonde colored hair as I have been feeling it a little dry. I was drawn by this shampoo because it’s been it is said it contains Australian Ginseng extract and Pearl powder, that helps to revitalize tired, dull hair. And when it comes to haircare I’m your gal.

Pros:
– it does a very nice cleaning job without too much foam
– does not dry the scalp
– it does not entagle the hair as many other shampoos do
– the scent is very pleasant
– an affordable product
– very nice package

Cons:
– I was really hoping to see some shine but without any conditioner or masks my hair is pretty dull
– the ingredients list contains sulfates and some irritants.

Overall, it’s a nice drugstore shampoo that I would recommed you to buy if looking for a quick pick-me product.

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

L’Oreal Super Liner Extra Black Gloss

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Hello beauties,

As the sunny spring atmosphere is unravelling our makeup looks should be easy and on the natural side. This doesn’t mean that we should let go of everything we love, but addapt it. Like the cat-eye look. Creating the perfect eyeliner flick has been a subject of debate for so long now and everyone of us has joined the discussion regarding the product that will achieve that.

I somehow was bored with the three black eyeliners I already had so I’ve decided to try is the one from L’Oreal, Super Liner Extra Black Gloss.The product is a liquid eyeliner pen with a soft sponge tip with a semi-glossy finish.

Pros:
– does not smudge or flake after 8 hours of wearing it
– due to the soft sponge tip, the application it’s super easy
– it is removed well at the end of the day

Cons:
– the black color is not that intense, somehow watery
– I mentioned that the finish is semi-glossy compared with other eyeliners (Inglot, for example)
– the tip is a littl large for a fine pointed flick if you intend a sofisticated cat-eye makeup
– for every time you use it the applicator goes dry so quickly that it’s annoying the whole in and out of the tube motion for moisturizing the tip of the eyeliner.

Overall, the product is not mind-blowing but it’s ok: reasonably priced and adequate for a quick make-up look.

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