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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:-)

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

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Hello beauties,

Yes, it’s time for another primer review. If I would be stranded on a dessert island with only 5 makeup products in my bag, a primer would definitely make place in the list as the ultimate instrument that keeps your makeup in place and makes it look better . In regards to Stay Don’t Stray, I’m sure that some of you have seen this product in the stores and if not you are acquainted with Benefit primers.

Pros:

  • creamy, easily absorbed but with a slight crease
  • comes in a neutral shade, flesh toned with a slight matte finish
  • cute packaging – as most of Benefit’s products – if it’s a full product, it comes in a bottle with a pomp, if it’s a mini-product that comes in a package (like Primping with the Stars, the one I’ve bought) it’s like a mini-gloss with a pencil

Cons:

  • for super oily lids it won’t work for a long time – and this is the biggest disappointment of the product
  • considering the above, it’s a pricey product

I have used this creamy base only on my lids, but the overall effect wasn’t impressing but under-performing considering all of the above, but I personally would not recommend this primer for person with oily skin like mine.  What about you – have you tried this primer, and if so, what was your opinion?

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

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October empties

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Hello beauties,

So, another month has passed and the time has come to see the empties of that month with good and the bad and a lot of products apparently, most of them previously reviewed. Let’s get started:

Body

  • Elmiplant Senses Touch shower gel – this shower gel got a lot of attention at launch this summer but I’m not sure it deserved it as I’ve been using this for a couple of months and didn’t get the feeling it was doing more than any other shower gel. So no great deal about it, I didn’t feel it deserved a separate post; average drugstore product, but you can try it in lack of inspiration.
  • Herbamedicus hand creme – this was reviewed here; bottom line: it was nice to try but I will never buy this hand cream anyway
  • Vaseline body lotion – I’ve been having this body lotion during my holiday and using it as hand cream on a general basis. Although the product is mostly a sample that was meant for maximum two uses, I’ve managed to stretch it for almost two months and I declare it to be an interesting product, interesting enough to buy it again
  • Nivea powder touch antiperspirant

Hair

  • Plantur 39 shampoo – it is not the first time I mention this kind of shampoo with caffeine (read about it here) but I’m going to let it not be re-purchased as I haven’t seen any increasing effect on my hair. But that doesn’t make it a bad shampoo, just to expensive for a non-reachable purpose.
  • Batiste dry shampoo for light & blonde hair– for the classic Batiste dry shampoo you can read the full review here. As you can see, I’ve been trying their different products for a while and I can say that this one is my favorite so far – it has the perks of the Batiste dry shampoos, the fragrance is ok, but the main advantage is the fact that the powder has a nice blonde coloration so your hair will look and feel fuller. Trust me, it’s a deal.

Face

  • Nivea Soothing cleaning mousse – I got along just fine with this cleaning product and if I will fail to have inspiration for something new, I will probably buy this again; You can read the full review here.
  • Apivita natural serum with resveratrol and vitamin E – Considering their price I expected it to be some kind of wonder serum but apart from a nice hydration of the areas where I’ve applied it (forehead, neck, cleavage) I didn’t notice any anti-aging effect. So, bottom line, it will not be a repurchase; for the full review, click here.

Nails&Makeup

  • Yves Rocher -Correction base – Not much to say but another try and fail from Yves Rocher. Somehow these products keep on failing to convince me they are worth the investment as you can find on the market cheaper products that deliver better results.
  • Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous – Here goes my first experience with creme foundations, and it was not a bad one either; you can read the full review here.
  • Maybelline Falsies Volum Express – I’m a big, big fan of Maybelline mascaras, and I’m so please to try their products every time; you can read about this one here.
  • NYX Photo Loving Primer – finally it’s empty and you can read it’s full review here.

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

Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous

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Hello beauties!

A word of warning: I’m a very picky person when it comes to foundation and I consider summertime to be the ultimate test for these products. As I’ve started my preparations for my holiday I’ve been going through my stash for the one that will be exclusively used for three weeks in a row. This is how I was reminded about this cream foundation from Benefit and decided to share my thoughts with you.

Pro’s:
– nice light coverage build able to a medium one
– easy to apply and blend
– doesn’t feel heavy on the skin
-very cute packaging

Con’s:
– texture somehow oily
– somehow cakey finish
– it doesn’t last long, even with setting powder
– shade range is quite limited

I generally love Benefit products, but if my skin wasn’t so picky or I would have been in my early 20’s probably this product would have been lovely to have and use but this cream foundation is not suitable for me.

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

Benefit Porefessional

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This primer was recommended to me by a friend of mine recently struggling to enter the beauty industry as a makeup artist. I know it slowly begins to become a cult product because there are many of us out there that dread the fact that their makeup starts running wild at lunchtime but nevertheless I put it to the test.

Pro’s:

  • beautiful package, as most products from Benefit have
  • it’s a silicone based primer so it’s ideal for mixed or oily faces
  • having so much silicone, it does reduce the appearance of the large pores
  • very silky finish
  • gives the makeup an endurance for all 8 hours working day or for the whole night at the club

Con’s:

  • a little expensive for my taste, but you can always ask for the travel size when buying it
  • having so much silicone under a constant use it can definitely lead to clogged pores so I would not recommend it for a daily use
  • as for fine lines, I haven’t seen any progress there

My rating: 7.5/10. It’s a good primer, it generally does what it says but I’m not really convinced by that too much silicone. Maybe it’s just me and you need to try it on yourselves.

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

Benefit – Girl Meets Pearl

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When you pass 30 years old, in terms of make-up, you start thinking mainly as neat, smooth, highlighted, illuminated, contoured. I started forming a habit of using highlighters everyday and nobody can tell just in one glance if I’m tired or if my wrinkles have started to show.

This star Benefit product became part of my collection recently but I’ve already used it a couple of times as I swatch a lot between highlighters.

Pro’s:

  • nice golden rose glow
  • when mixed with a light liquid foundation it gives a nice result
  • very natural result

Con’s:

  • as it is a creamy based highlighter if you intend to use it on a medium to full foundation it’s not going to work; it’s going to ruin your half an hour work. Stick to the application over CC &BB cream

 

My rating: 6.5/10. As I am a person with sensitive skin it’s difficult for me to wear light foundation so I will stick to the powder highlighters.

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

Makeup wishlist for the summer

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Summer is around the corner and I’ve got a few things on my wishlist that will make my days more fun:
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Lip Balm – looks very yummy and I’m always short of lip balms
  • Clinique All About Shadow Nude Eye Shadow Palette – because we always are in search for the perfect neutral eye makeup. And because it got me intrigued.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Compact Foundation – it’s elegant, provides ten hours wear and perfect for touch-ups
  • Benefit Lollitint Lip&Cheek Stain – because I liked Benetint (review: here) and this new lip&cheek stain looks perfect for that summer nights and bronzed skin
  • Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer – just because I’ve decided that the area under my eyes needs to become a priority for me and priorities need the best and has many good reviews as it does not dry your skin.
Just let me know in a few words what is in your summer wishlist?
Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

One of the greatest fake-its: Benefit Benetint

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I must say that I have had my doubts against Benetint. I mean, cheek and lip stain? What are we, 15th century? Well, it is a much loved, talked and reviewed product and I decided that a little vintage drama would be nice to try.

The packaging is similar to the ones from nail polishes and somehow impractical. The product’s consistency is watery but very pigmented and needs a quick and vigorous blending as it dries very quickly.

The final color is a gorgeous pink. If it is on your lips or on your cheeks, the intensity can be controlled by you, depending on how much product you apply.

On my cheeks, a little dab looks very natural and it lasts nicely all day long; the plus: it gives discreet blushing and very subtle contouring like a Photoshop effect. On my lips I have to back the Benetint color with an colorless gloss or lipstick .

Benetint did not replace any of my current products but it has a practical advantage of multi-purpose for us busy working gorgeous gals.

My rating: 8/10.

Let me know your Benetint experience..

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