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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:-)

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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:-)

January empties

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Hello beauties,

You may have noticed that against all odds this January has been a busy month and for me it was at some point some extraordinary stress to accompany that. I believe this to be a warning signal for us to adapt to life’s new rhythm and take it easy especially when it seems impossible to do so.

Within this first month of 2015 there was a suspect number of products that came close to being part of this post so probably in February we’ll have a lot to talk about. But in this post I’e decided to include some products that were included as samples when purchased with other products from the same brand.

Nails:

  • Farmec Top Coat – not the first time to say it, but I like to say it anyway: this brand holds one or Romanian’s best products sold at a fair price. Their nail polishes found in stores and supermarkets are in a limited color gamma and their online store is only a bit better, nevertheless, with a few exceptions, I’m a mindless buyer when it comes to their products

Hair:

  • MorrocanOil Repair Conditioner – at the beginning of last year I started coloring my hair and, because I’m a natural blonde, going blonde all the way it seemed the right move for me to do. With blonde hair comes responsibility of constant caring for your locks, so this is how I started my love affair with Morrocanoil,  a brand that right now I would recommend without a flick. Conditioner it is a must in the beauty ritual and if you want to find out more, click here for the full review of this product.

Face:

  • KIKO Hydrating Mask – for the moment I’ve ended all KIKO masks that I had and until a new order from their online store or a visit to a country where their stores are like Starbucks I’m going to make a short break from their skincare products. The masks are very nice and have really sassy fragrances but currently my skin deserves more attention on the sensitive side. To make them justice click here for the full review.
  • Nivea Pure & Natural face cream – generally, I like Nivea’s products but this face cream was a total disappointment. In my defense, I was not the one to buy it, but my boyfriend bought it for me as an emergency measure for crashing at his place without any baggage. Lesson was learned, next time I will be more specific but I would not recommend this product further considering two major points: the fragrance was too much my skin could handle and the moisturizing effect was close to non-existent for the dry parts of my skin.
  • Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus -I spoke briefly about this serum here, but in the meantime I’ve started actually using it (for a couple of weeks, only in the evening) and really liked it as it felt an efficient addition to moisturizing process and I would want to try this product in full size.

Makeup:

  • Urban Decay Anti-aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion – this sample was part of my Naked 3 palette (see here the experience). I’ve used all this sample for the New Year’s Eve party makeup and if it wasn’t for such experience this sample would have been sufficient for two makeup looks. It didn’t make all the  wrinkles disappear but it lasted better than any of my other primers. Bottom line, when I came home in the morning my makeup was flawless and this product made it on my wishlist.
  • ELF Daily Brush Cleaner – another brand that I like, because you can find very good products at decent price. This product is a decent brush cleaner that will not ruin your wallet and is a good alternative for a quick sanitation of these utensils that we love so much. Click here for the full review.

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

My makeup brushes collection

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Hello beauties,

I do not consider myself to be a makeup expert but just a make-up aficionado and an average consumer and this experience I’m talking about in the blog. And because for 10 months now I’ve been writing about makeup at least half of the time, I considered to be a logic post a small talk about brushes, because I want this post to be a milestone for me in this evolution as I’m trying to stir my direction to a smart shopper aka buy only quality and essentials.

Like most of you I’ve learned a lot from YouTube and Pinterest as main sources of makeup education. I have never attended a specialty course although it would have been nice, it was never a priority for me. But after a year of dissipate learning, I consider my brushes collection to be almost sufficient for every day use and I will go through every brand and type of brush below:

  • Real Techniques – considering these brand’s brushes are make the top 10 must-haves due to Internet hype, I’ve decided to be a norm core and buy a sample ( wink:)).One of my friends (the makeup artist that I told you about) told me that at their makeup school they recommend these brushes for a starter’s kit. Overall, I have not been disappointed and the brushes live up to the expectation as they are very easy to use, do not lose bristles, you can achieve fine results with them. So, my brushes include:
    • Core Collection, meaning a detail brush, a foundation brush, a buffing brush and a contour brush; all of them are lovely but the foundation brush I’ve been using for applying powder on the under-eye area as for me it seemed too small for other tasks and the detail brush it’s mostly used for filling brows, if you are looking for a more diffused result.
    • Starter Collection which contains a base shadow brush, a crease brush, accent brush, pixel point eyeliner brush and brow brush; out of these, special mentions for: the shadow brush, which can be successfully used for blending and the angled brow brush, which unfortunately I’m not a fan (too large or long for that matter, and the bristles not so stiff for brows or for other purposes, like soft eyelining)
    • Stippling brush – this is an absolute love this one, with just the right size and soft bristles; after I’ve bought it, all I could do was stipple all the way and I could not get enough of it. I would have loved if they could make a smaller version of it for other cream products.
    • Lash Brow groomer brush – nothing special about this brush, it comes on the functional side.
  • Melkior – when I saw their brushes in the store I fell in love, but now after some time of using them I’m not that smitten up anymore – don’t get me wrong, they are not bad brushes but I could probably used the money for other purpose. I have from Melkior:
    • medium contoured angled brush – I’ve been using this brush for contouring or powder blush application; it is a nice brush but over the months it’s shape has started to blur
    • corrector brush – with it’s long bristles you can achieve miracles in covering all of those spots or dark circles but if you are not handy, you cannot achieve only using this brush that soft blended effect. Due to shape one can probably use it for foundation also.
  • No.7 – this is my first brush set (apart from some failures from Avon, that I don’t want to mention or the classic sponge applicators that we all first used for shadows) and I’ve been using it for over 5 years continuously;  it is one of those cheap synthetic sets that it is still there part of your memories (a first it’s always a first in terms of makeup) and because it’s still functional. The brushes are:
    • powder brush – currently using it for powder pearls for a diffused result
    • eyeshadow brush – it is one of the brushes most frequently used by me
    • brow groomer brush – this brush will soon depart my collection, as it has started losing it’s bristles
    • lip brush – I’ve used it a couple of times but it’s not a precision brush
  • E.L.F. – as one of the cheap brands that deliver result, ELF had to be present with makeup brushes and after using (some of them) for almost two years, I consider them (some) to be a good starting point or a decent acquisition if you don’t want to invest that much in makeup brushes:
    • Essential foundation brush – a synthetic brush for liquid or cream foundation; I have used it with all kind of brands and it is a decent brush. You can even use it for primers and concealers
    • eyeliner brush -can be used for a fine flick but also for obtaining a classic cat eye look; as I sayd, not bad for starting point.
    • Essential blending eye brush – it’s a fluffy synthetic brush that you can use for an easy blending of the colors; I would not use this brush for a pretentious composition or for very pigmented colors as it does not have stiffness for a professional result, but for a simple makeup it would do.
    • Essential defining eye brush – an angled brush that I’ve used it for eye crease but mainly for highlighting the area under the brow; I’ve noticed that over the time it started losing it’s shape
    • Essential Smudge brush – the producer says it can be used for smokey eyes shadow application but the bristles are a little too soft for smudging and can result in lose color on the under eye area so better to use it with simple eye shadows
    • eye contour brush – a little bit large for details but it can be used for blending soft lines
  • Eco Tools – I started buying these brushes after reading a lot of positive reviews and until now I am pleased with my acquisitions and am considering into buying more of their collection. Until now I have:
    • powder brush – a soft brush that mimics natural hair bristles, easy to use and like any other Eco Tools brush is easy to wash and does not lose it’s shape. I’ve had mine for more than 6 months and it looks like new
    • Face&Body contour brush – this is a controversial brush with soft bristles that helps you easily an effortless  contour; although I have used it only with bronzers, I understand it is also perfect for self tanning lotions
  • Kiko – a compact travel set brush that I totally love. I have used them both for weekend getaways and for longer holidays, they are easy to wash, compact for a minimum luggage, adaptable for any kind of usual makeup (day or evening). The set contains 5 brushes, 1 mono and 4 duo, as follows:
    • Face 500 – face brush for blush or bronzer
    • Face 501 duo – for concealers and other cream products
    • Eyes&Lips duo 502 – one tip for eyeliner and crayon blending and the other, a lip brush; the eyeliner tip is one of my favorite brushes so far
    • Eyes duo 503 – two eye brushed for powder shadow application and blending
    • Eyes duo 504 – a brush with synthetic-bristle tip and the other tip with a sponge, both for applying and blending loose, compact or cream eye-shadows
  • Sephora Collection – these brushes are veterans in my makeup set but they look almost new and considering our long history together were worth every penny. Currently I still have:
    • retractable powder brush – I’ve been having this brush for almost 10 years (true story!) and has been a faithful makeup partner: apart from losing some of it’s softness, it has lost almost none of it’s synthetic bristles and it’s in a very shape. Since I’ve increased my collection over the years, this brush is in my purse or in the travel set
    • concealer brush –  looks like new after all these years but apart from cream&liquid concealer I’ve used this brush also for eye shadow application (and it has been a better destination for it)
    • Duo ended brush – has a tip for eye shadow application and a tip with a smudge brush; the first one is a decent brush that has successfully seen all kinds of colors and application techniques and the smudge brush is not a revelation, it’s a little bit harsh on the skin and does not buff very well but I generally used it with strong colors and made the most of it.
  • Barbara Hofmann – I only found this brand in Douglas stores, it was an impulsive buy, but I never regretted it as I discovered (again) that the Germans do it better (cheaper and a good quality)
    • blending brush – it does not look like a classic blending brush but more like an angled crease brush; the handle is made of wood and the bristles are very soft and does a good job at blending shimmering colors; it’s easy to was and has not lost it’s shape (for almost a year now)
  • MAC – it is my cherry on top of the cake but this is the direction I intend to extend my collection
    • 239 Eye Shading Brush – as most of you know, this is among the top 5 or top 10 MAC brushes must have as it can be used every day for eye-shadow application and color building up; it has the perfect size for the lid, due to white bristles you can see how much product you picked up but this is the same reason it can be more pretentious at cleaning (you never pay to much attention at a brush with black bristles, right?).

This must be the longest post I’ve ever done but I hope it turned pleasant for you. Let me know if you liked this kind of discussion or if you have any suggestions for me with a small comment below.

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

E.L.F. Tone Correcting Powder

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Hello beauties!

Today we are going to talk about another product from E.L.F., that is the Tone Correcting Powder, basically a pressed powder with color correcting properties. It’s made up of a mix of four powders, one green, one yellow, one blue and another one pink, all tackling different skin problems. My first dilemma was – do I use them together or use the separately and if I do why in the world the case display the colors interconnecting? Actually it goes both ways, although the producer recommends you to blend the product.

Pro’s:

  • nice for setting the foundation
  • it does have a matte finish so it’s perfect for any are of the face
  • it leaves the skin feeling smooth

Con’s:

  • the coverage is sheer, so it is more like a translucent powder
  • if you blend all the colors the result is a powdery grey-ish that does not flatter all skin complexions
  • used separately the result is not amazing, as the color correction is quite minimal

This product I’ve read that it’s supposed to be a dupe for Nars Light Reflecting Powder, but I very much doubt that. If you want color correction my advice to you is invest in cream corrector and if you want a finishing powder, well, the market is full of them. As for this powder from ELF, it will not be a repurchase on my side.

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

E.L.F. – Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

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Dear E.L.F., just let me tell you when you do it right we forget all about MAC, Bare Minerals and other fancy brands.

After this quick mushy moment, let me introduce you into the subject of E.L.F. – Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder. If you haven’t heard about this product, this is a light diffusing powder that camouflages fine lines, dark circles and other small imperfections that comes in the usual slick black ELF packaging

Pro’s:

  • as always for ELF products, being cheap is a big plus
  • helps setting the concealer
  • the white version of this product has a illuminating effect for your undereye area and the overall effect is very polished
  • it is quite long lasting if one contemplates a full day at the office

Con’s:

  • is a tiny tiny box of powder that comes with a tiny, tiny brush that you’ll never use. I’m usually applying this powder with the pointed foundation brush from RealTechniques;
  • it has some sparkling particles so pay attention when you are using this product, not to overdo it.

My rating: 7/10. Would I buy this again? Of course, what kind of question is that, my dear?

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

Eyebrows make-up – the ugly, the good, the bad

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Hello, ladies!

I know this is not a new subject for some of you but I’ve noticed that this step in any kind of makeup is usually forgot or left behind although eyebrows can dramatically change the way you look. If you have naturally light or sparse eyebrows or you did too much tweezing,this would be a solution for a better eyebrow appearance.

First, I would recommend shaping your eyebrows. If you are not sure at what you are doing with the tweezers, better call for professional help.

Then, as far as the filling and drawing goes, there are many ways, but I will underline only the easiest and the ones that you can apply at home:

  • eyebrows powders – use shades close to your brow color and apply them using a brush (angled brush or you can even use a detailer brush). If you are a beginner you can use the Eyebrow Kit from ELF, which is a duo combination of eyebrow gel and powder.  The pigmented gel can be used to define the eyebrow and the powder will be used to set the color and fill the gaps.
  • eyebrows pencils – if the gel and the powder seems too complicated, or you are running out of time, you can always use the pencils. Look for pencils with smooth and soft texture and bear in mind that the pencils’ colors are always more powerful than the ones from eyebrow powders. As a starter, I’m currently using this pencil from Flormar as it does a decent job.
  • eyebrow gels – for a more nude / natural look you can apply this gels, that look like mascara. They  come in different shades and also can be clear. My favorite is this gel mascara from KIKO Cosmetics.

Tell me if you liked this kind of post by leaving your comment bellow.

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

April empties

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Hello, beauties!

April has been a busy month for me with a lot of products that I’m gonna say good bye to. Some of them I’m going to repurchase some of them were a total waste of my money. So out with the old:

Face &Body

Yves Rocher Beaute des Mains. Hand care is very important to me, although hands are most of the times left out from beauty routines (in terms of moisturizing or applying sun screen). After I wash my hands, every time, with no exception, I will use a hand cream. This is why I have a hand cream everywhere: in my purse, in my bathroom, in every other drawer, in the car, in my boyfriend’s car:) and so on. This hand cream from Yves Rocher has helped me through the office winter and the best thing I can say about it, oh, that perfume. Well, that’s an irritant, I know. You know what else? Alcohol and sodium hydroxide. Overall it was an ok hand cream, but not very gentle with the skin.

After this month I’m going to skip the Effaclar Micellar Water (review). it has been a very nice thermal water for my oily sensitive skin, I’ve almost forgot I have problems, but out of all the micellar waters that I’ve tried, I believe this one from La Roche Posay does the weakest job in the cleaning department. This is why I’ve always used it with Nivea  Eye make-up remover (review).

Floritene Serum Face Lift – I’ve found this product recently in my search for effective anti-age products as it contains hyaluronic acid and AHA. All I can say is that I saw the results immediately,  but, although I did not feel any side effect, I’ve noticed that this serum contained a lot of irritating agents.

As long as we are talking about Nivea, it’s their antiperspirant that is emptied this month, the Invisible for Black&White. Not much to say, other than it delivers. Also I’m a big fan of their lip butters – the last one being Pure&Natural Olive&Lemon Lip Care. Funky fresh smell, extra green color but it helped my lips stay soft and moisturized on a daily basis.

Makeup

Another product from Yves Rocher that I’m going to renounce to is Peau Parfaite BB Cream. All I can say about it is good riddance, you’ve wasted my money and my skin.It is not actually empty but I could not use it no more. First, it was the smell – like old’s people medicine cabinet. Then, the coverage, close to non-existent which on my skin is a VIP ticket to disaster and the SPF (what? who? I don’t understand). Overall I felt with a paint application on my face, but the paint wasn’t blended that well.

E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer  – I was sad when this ran out, because I can say this is the most re-purchased product from E.L.F. because I use primers as part of my everyday makeup due to my oily sensitive skin. It has been a fiend in need, decent product, does not perform miracles but I think it stands the endurance test for a lot of events. It is not the same thing I can say about E.L.F. Eyelid Primer that generally speaking hasn’t help me much, eye shadows creasing and caking at their own free will.

Given the fact that I use lipstick every day, if I would have to choose my top 3 lip glosses this Sexy Motherpucker Lip Plumping Gloss from Soap &Glory would be in it as one of my va va voom secrets. The gloss here is What a Melon, it was a soft glittery pink with a nice tingling sensation on my lips and a non-sticky formula (as non-sticky it can be for a lip gloss). And yes, your lips get bigger; and if not, they are prettier.

I’ve bought this NYX HD Photogenic Concealer  because it was recommended to me by people that sell this product here as a primer. It is not a primer, it’s a concealer, helloo! I’ve bought it in green for my redness problem, but nevertheless it did’t cover very well. I found out it didn’t blend very well either and it was quite drying.

Maybelline One by One Volume Express – this mascara I really, really loved (review). I am sorry to be parted and I truly hope that until I will buy this product again, they will keep it in their list.

Essence Bronzing Star I’ve had it for a while now but now we must part, as I dropped it on the floor and it is in an irrecoverable mess. It had a nice color and pigmentation, it was very easily blended, doesn’t have any shimmer but it didn’t last that long on your face.

That’s all for April empties.

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

March empties

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Hey, lovely laddies!

Last week, I had an awful cold that kept me in bed quite a long time. Now, I’m back, full of energy for the lovely spring unfolding outside.

 

Empty products in March:

  • Body Shop Noix de Cocoa Beurre Corporel – I love these moisturizers: they are rich, full of delicious scents, leaving your skin of so happy, smooth, silky and glowing. Besides, what’s not to love about a body butter that has no sulfates, phthalates,  GMOs, or triclosan. The packaging is not so great, as I would have loved to have this product in a bottle with a pump, but given the consistency of the product and how great it is absorbed into the skin, I say it’s a minor one.
  • E.L.F. Mineral Foundation – this was not a favorite product: it did not have coverage, it was kindda cakey looking, the pot was quite small for the price paid for it. I generally used it as setting powder, but the product did not last very long on my face. The good side: it had SPF 15.  At the end, the product was sticking on the walls of the pot and it was annoying for me to use it until the last drop.
  • Essence I Love Extreme Mascara – I’ve bought this mascara as I’ve read numerous good reviews about it on Internet. Remember the saying: don’t believe everything you hear, right? It was one of the worst products ever: the wand had too much product, it clumped my lashes, and until the end of the day it was faking. After a couple of months since it was bought, the product came with a funny smell, so I’ve decided it was the end of it.
  • Farmec nail polish – as you all know by now, I love this brand. For beauty on budget, this is heaven. This nail polish is shade 351, a deep and rich red. It looks very good on nails, is ultra-resistant, and it’s easy to apply& remove.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment Hand Cream – unfortunately I forgot to keep this one product for the monthly photo. But, I can say that this is one of the best drugstore hand creams that I’ve tried. Very discreet scent, leaves skin moisturize and has good price, of course. What more do you want from this kind of product?
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Signiorina EDP – I loved this perfume for the times I wanted to feel very lady-like, with notes of pepper, jasmine, pink peony, rose, musk, patchouli and pannacotta. It was sweet but in the same time, pleasing and not an overwhelming scent. I would definitely buy this again.

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

ELF Daily Brush Cleaner

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Hello, ladies!

I believe I’m not the first one to do a review of this product. Nevertheless, I am of strong opinion that every gal should be cleaning her make-up brushes regularly. With no exception. First, because it’s a hygienic thing to do. Second, it’s a sign of self respect. Third, because I don’t want to mix products between themselves and come up with a muddy colour and texture.

They say:

An anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Cleaning brushes after each use with the Daily Brush Cleaner helps to keep your brushes last longer for extended use. New and improved leak-proof design for easy travel when you’re on-the-go!

I say:

On a weekly basis I wash the brushes with shampoo (there are shampoos for brush cleaning but actually you can use any kind of shampoo you have in the house, it works just fine; it always depends on how expensive you want the whole process to be). On a daily basis you can use this kind of spray. If you are a beauty on a budget, or simply don’t want to invest so much, the product from E.L.F. it’s for you. The quantity you are receiving in this pump it will last you long enough to be bored with this product. And the package is quite nice, a thing that I’ve always appreciated at ELF.

Pro’s:

  • it cleans the brushes – good for quickie operations (like, between two eye shadows)
  • good ratio of quantity versus price
  • easy to use

Con’s:

  • does not dry quickly
  • for foundation brushes you have to waste a lot of time using this product.

 

Will I repurchase this again? Probably not.

 

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