Urban Decay

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:-)

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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:-)

Urban Decay Naked 3

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Hello beauties,

At the beginning of September this palette entered my makeup collection (for a quick review you can read the post here) and ever since I’ve been observing how these eye-shadows perform.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard about this palette and if you didn’t acquire it yet, this post might help you decide.

Pro’s:

  • super pigmented
  • it has a very nice mix of shimmer and matte eye-shadows and it can be used in any color combination for day or night makeup
  • the palette comes with a synthetic dual ended brush, that can be used for a lot of things, from simple applying, blending and eye contouring
  • a bonus: it comes with a primer sample – I haven’t tried it yet (sorry for the disappointment)
  •  because it’s a collection of pink tones mostly, light skin and warm toned skin girls will be favored

Con’s:

  • the shadows have a lot of fallout
  • for a long wear (8h or over), if you have oily skin, use a good quality primer; for me it’s a minus, as the price created the expectancy of a higher resistance of the product

Bottom line, it’s a fun palette, versatile and easy to work with even if you don’t have any makeup skills. Probably, for a repurchase I will consider the original Naked palette for a more dramatic approach but I consider Naked 3 to be a very good investment for a natural and transitional look.

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

Soon under the spotlight

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Hello beauties!

I hope your summer has been great. I am sorry for my absence and scarce reviews but I’ve been away for thre weeks in Northen America. But, no worries, I came bearing gifts (this photo is a small preview) and I’ll soon come back with interesting articles.

Until then, please do wear red lipstick and sunshine in your hearts!