Soap&Glory

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful CC Cream Superfluid

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Hello beauties,

Warm weather is here and our makeup should gradually evolve accordingly. One of the best tricks in our sleeves in terms of makeup is the CC cream. I’m a devoted fan of this product as I use it at least half of the week in any coverage it comes and in any makeup combination. Recently visiting London, I coudn’t help myself with a little pampering and I’ve bought from Boots this Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful CC Cream Superfluid SPF15 and I have been using it on and off for a month now.

Pros:
– light texture – indeed superfluid as it feels more like a serum than a CC cream or a foundation
– light coverage – it is light enough to look like a second skin
– color correct – it does cover and correct most skin aberations (irritation, discoloration
– color addapt – the product seems darker than it actually looks on the skin
– package – the CC cream comes in a metalic -like opaque tube with a pump, decorated in Soap&Glory’s funny style

Cons:
– duration – it lasts about 4 hours on my face
– sun protection – the product states that it has SPF 15 (which is low enought) but I would not count solely on that protection.
– application – the bottle splurts too much out with only one pump so most of the time you waste a lot of product
– the product comes in only two shades

Soap and Glory is probably one of favourite beauty brands and most of their products left we with a feeling of well-defined. So on the overall, this CC cream it’s a nice product that I would recommend for others to try. What is yor opinion about it?

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

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2014 favorites – another shortlist

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Hello beauties,

As I read that planet Mercury is retrograde until February, I believe it is a good time to revive, refresh, review, etc. So I realized that a year has passed and I did not share with you my shortlist of favorite products from 2014. So, without further notice, here are my four products that I favored in 2014 and if the case, I would take with me on a deserted island or (if the adventure is not that Robinson Crusoe style) in an normal baggage:

  • Urban Decay Naked 3 makeup palette – in general,Urban Decay has nice products but some of them has succeeded into making cult products. Naked palettes have been around for a while, during which every women has decreeded her favorite. There are three words that sum up my review for my Naked 3: I love it! For the full review click here.
  • Bioderma Sensibio AR face cream – I have used this face cream on and off over a year and it has been a faithful friend in need in times of stress and face redness (click here for the full review)
  • Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip-gloss – I haven’t actually reviewed this lipstick but I have mentioned it passing by (see here a sample) although it deserves a full review – it ads a really sexy gloss, it has very nice natural colors, and (the major plus ) it hydrates the lips incredibly well (so well that I renounced my lip moisturizer)
  • Morrocanoil treatment for fine hair – an interesting product, which literally saved my hair when I started my blonde journey. I would recommend it for anyone that colours her hair or just has a dry hair

What are your favorites from 2014?

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

December empties and New Year’s Eve thoughts

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Hello beauties,

It has been a long year and for me especially challenging. When I started this blog I just needed another project to invest my energy into and because beauty takes a lot of my energy, time and money, I just pinpointed to a beauty blog. But also my everyday life got complicated throughout the year and at times I found myself cringing in need for an extra hour so one of the important lessons I’ve started to learn through this blog was planning and time management. Also, another thing it came at my attention through this project was my natural tendency to do too much, too quickly, achieving fast results, a point taken on my 2015 objective list of “to improve”. Overall, it has been a year when I’ve learned a lot and I’m sharing a part of my lessons here, with all of you.

Now, that the introductions are done, let’s go through the December empties list and see if we have some new discoveries or not, what has failed or what has been a repurchase.

Face:

  • Bioderma Sensibio Anti-Redness – this face cream currently it’s on the top of my favorite face cream and I’ve been buying it throughout this year. You can read details about it here (full review) and here.
  • Soap&Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Face Serum – I am so sorry that this product is empty so quickly; it was used night and day with abundance, I have liked the results and I will definitely repurchase it when the occasion arises; you can read the full review here.
  • Cosmetic Plant Tonic Lotion with sea-buckthorn oil and olive oil – this tonic lotion was purchased with the thought of a gentle care for my sensitive skin due to numerous positive reviews from Romanian bloggers. Well, it wasn’t so gentle for my skin as expected and overall it had to much alcohol in composition that it had a drying effect so at one point I stopped using it and now I just want to throw it away. Bottom line, it will not be a repurchase for me and my advice for you is: don’t believe everything you read, be smart and choose wisely informed.

Nails:

  • Farmec Quick Dry nail spray –  this is a repurchase, you can read about it also here.
  • CARE Nail polish remover – this is a low cost own brand from Mega Image  superstores chain. Nothing special about it, but efficient.

Body:

  • Nivea cream – this is the classic Nivea cream and because it’s a classic- everybody must have used it at least once in our lifetime. Thus I did not consider it was the place for a review. I’ve used it every day for hand cream, instead of body cream or even face cream (when desperate times call for desperate measures) and it’s a winner. It is always by my side on and off and if you don’t have the same approach I recommend you to reconsider it.
  • Apidermin cream – Baby, it’s cold outside, and my skin doesn’t want to suffer. This thick cream with honey is very good for moisturizing (although it’s not for all types of skin) and always a good alternative for your usual face and body cream; you can also read about it here.

Hair:

  • Batiste dry shampoo – this is the Floral&Flirty Blush dry-shampoo from Batiste. It was a little bit too floral scented for my taste but nevertheless and I’ve noticed that it was a little drying if used for the second day hair, but overall it has achieved it’s purpose like any other Batiste dry shampoo. For the classic Batiste dry shampoo, you can read the full review here. Nevertheless, I will not buy again this version of Batiste due to the fragrance, but this scent may appeal to you as a pleasant one.
  • Wella Professionals Brilliance Treatment – it’s the third or forth time I’m emptying this Wella treatment, and as you have noticed, this is the kind of product that makes your money’s worth; you can read the full review here.

Makeup:

  • MaxFactor Miracle Touch – this creamy foundation I absolutely loved it and I’ve tried to buy it again but I haven’t been able to see it in stock at Sephora. Nevertheless I recommend it and I would buy it again without any second thought; you can read the full review here.

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

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful

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Hello beauties,

If you are like me you will understand my statement that for nothing in this world would I pass my morning and evening rituals of cleaning and hydrating my face. I am quite a freak when it comes to serums and anti-age face creams.

Soap& Glory products are not new for me but I haven’t tried yet their face care products. After two months of constant using this serum, I’ve come to the conclusion that’s a decent time frame for a proper review.

Pros:
– it has delicious bubble gum smell
– the skin does seems more hydrated and somehow rejuventated so it has an effect for the dull skin
– easily absorbed by the skin with a light cream consistency
– can be used morning and evening
– the lovely package (Soap &Glory are one of the coolest brands right now in terms of sassy packaging) and product dispensing system (opaque bottle with pump)

Cons:
– of course, it does not perform miracles for wrinkles that already exist on your face
– some ingredients may cause irritation for sensitive skin or breakouts although I haven’t noticed anything of the sort on my face
– availability -I haven’t found Soap &Glory products in Romania for a while but you can order them online.

My face seems to really like this serum against all odds and I would give it a high rating and recommend it for further use. Anyone tried it already?

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

 
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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:-)