Beauty Haul – December, 2016

I kind of went on a shopping spree, with the excuse that I am leaving for Australia in three days and I need to have everything prepared. Lame excuse, but at least I do not feel as guilty. Let’s get started :

1. BaByliss 32mm Hair Curler

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I had my eyes on this hair curler for months and I finally decided to get it, since it is exactly what I need : something to create loose curls and waves with, to always look put together. I got it at an electronics store and it was € 34,99. I already put it to test, but my hair was very dirty, so the curls were not exceptional, but they did last for a couple of days. Here are two links on amazon : one and two.

 

2. Schwarzkopf Heat Protecting Spray

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Of course I had to also stock up on heat protectant, since I need to keep my hair in check on vacation. I have used this in the past and I just repurchased it. It protects up until 220°C and I love it.

 

3. Maybelline Super Stay Primer

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I finally decided to buy a primer and I must say, it actually works. Of course, it does not keep makeup on for 24 hours, but it does indeed lengthen its duration. Makeup on my nose is the first one to go, but with this it tends to stay on longer, and that is all the proof I need. It has a slight peachy colour as soon as you pump it out, but it blends into the skin as if it were transparent.

 

4. L’Oréal Lumi Fondation

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I repurchased this foundation after a couple of years of using other ones. I was looking at my old pictures, trying to figure out why my skin was glowing and dewy and I understood that this was the reason why. Although it is not the most long lasting foundation and has to be powdered during the day, it turns out beautiful in pictures. My shade is N3 Pure Linen, which was the lightest I could find, and luckily it matches me. You can find it here or here.

 

5. WYCON Liquid Lipstick – shade 04

I decided to buy another liquid lipstick and I chose this mauve shade. It does not have 100% full coverage, but two layers will do. It cost € 6,90. The staying power is pretty strong, but of course it feels dry, as all liquid lipsticks do.

 

6. KIKO Precision Face Brush 08

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I desperately needed a new face brush and I got this one from KIKO. It is perfect for underneath the eyes, despite not picking up too much product, which may be a good thing, so to not cake up my face. It has a good weight and it feels and looks very professional. I already tried it, reason why the bristles are beige, and it is very soft. It cost € 16,95.

 

7. KIKO Sculpting Touch Contour Stick – shade 201

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I finally got a creamy contour product. I am so excited to try this out and see if I am any good at contouring. This is very creamy, but might be a little too easy to blend. I got the darkest shade, since it was the cool toned one.

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8. KIKO Definition Eyeliner

My old liquid eyeliner is not as smooth as it once was and it is also almost empty, so I needed another one. I got this one and I tried it once : I am not exactly impressed; it was not as intense with only one swipe and it slightly smudged on my outer eye. We will see how it will work out next time. It also takes some time to dry, so I have to wait before applying anything else. It cost € 6,90.

 

9. KIKO Blending Brush 200

This is my second time buying this, since my old one is basically dead. I love it and it is very good at its job. On the site they do not carry it anymore, since they brought out a new line and the brush replacing this particular shape should be this one.

 

10. Essence BB Lipgloss – 01 keep it real

I have been pretty interested into glosses lately, so I decided to get this one, mainly for the shade. Unfortunately, the colour does not show up on my lips at all. It is nice and it has the classic lipgloss feeling, but I wanted something more intense.

 

11. Essence Volume On! Plumping Lipgloss – 02 c’est bon, c’est bonbon

Again, I got this lipgloss to try and I actually like this one. It has a pretty icy pink shade and it does a little plumping, though not too much. The tingling feeling is not too intense and all in all, I like it.

 

That was all! Thank you for reading!

xx

Makeup of the day – August 1, 2016

I must admit that I did not go anywhere wearing this makeup, since I only applied it to take pictures. Shame me all you want, I felt like doing another makeup of the day post and so I did.

I recently came to the conclusion that I do not experiment enough with makeup and colour, since all of my looks are very neutral and basic. I also noticed that I have not used a lot of my colours from my makeup palettes that are actually very pretty, only because they are slightly more colourful.

So this is my first step out of my comfort zone, which is not really a comfort zone : I have no problem wearing this look out, I just do not tend to create it when I go out. I also attempted a little nose contour, which did not succeed as well as I wanted it too, but it is barely noticeable, so we are fine.

Product list below :

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Face :

Foundation : L’Oréal True Match in shade N2

Concealer : Maybelline Fit Me in shade 15 Fair

Powder : Wycon Compact Powder in shade 01

Bronzer/Contour : Wycon Bronzing Powder in shade 04

Blush : Malibu Glitz in Coral

Highlighter : KIKO not available anymore

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Eyes :

Brow Powder : Kleancolor Brow Kit in Dark Brown

Eyeshadow Primer : Kleancolor Primer in Matte

Eyeshadow : I used the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend palette and, specifically, the shades Bitter Start as a base, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, and Subtle Blend in the crease and Warm Tones on my lower lash line.

Eyeliner : L.A. Colors Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Mascara : L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips : 

Liquid Lipstick : Wycon Liquid Lipstick in shade 06

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I posted this look on tumblr and it has gotten a nice feedback. I also will be posting a picture on Instagram too, so stay posted.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Beauty haul and reviews from Sicily

As you may or may not know, I went on a trip to Sicily, which was amazing. I loved the art, the nature and all the places we visited. Of course I had to document my trip and you can find it detailed in the following linked posts, as part 1 and part 2.

And as always, I had to buy a couple of beauty items, otherwise it would have been a very sad trip for me (kidding). So let’s jump right into it :

1. Energy Mask from KIKO Cosmetics

I spent months looking for this mask since it was sold out everywhere. It is a detoxifying black mask which you have put on and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes; you then have to rinse it off, since it does not peel off. I tend to use it about twice a week and I love how soft it makes my skin feel afterwards. I do put it everywhere on my face, on the problematic areas, like my nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and on my temples; everywhere I get spots or blackheads. Apparently it is not available anymore on the Italian website, but I was able to find it on the US website, right here.

Score : 9,5/10

2. Compact Powder from Wycon Cosmetics

I bought this powder because the one I had from Rimmel stopped working, as in I used a wet brush on it once and I could not pick anymore product. I got the lightest shade I could find, 01, and I did not have high expectations for this powder; keep in mind that this brand is very similar to KIKO, so it has nice quality products for quite a low price. So I got it and tried it and I was impressed with it. It goes on quite smoothly and it keep my skin matte for the whole day. That might be because I use it in combination with the foundation listed below, which is supposed to be 24H-Mat, but it is great nonetheless. One thing I noticed is that it keeps my under-eye area matte, which is incredible, since that is the area that gets oily the quickest. The packaging is also nice, all black and not too heavy, with a mirror inside.

Score : 9,5/10

3. Brush 210 from Wycon Cosmetics 

I bought this brush since I would apply all my face powders (as in powder, blush, bronzer and highlighter) with the same brush and I decided it was time for a change. This burst is extremely soft, it did not shed any hairs yet and I love the design, all black again. The one thing I do not like about it is that the hairs are too long, so it is not east to control. This brush would be great for loose powders, but for the application of compact powders underneath the eye, for example, I do not recommend it, since it does not pick up a great deal of product. I only use it for the parts of my face that I do not want completely matte, like my cheeks. It is a shame, because the quality is great.

Score : 7/10

4. Infaillible 24H-Mat from L’Oréal 

I am in love with this foundation. I was using the Lumi Magique before this and it was okay for a light to medium coverage foundation, but this one is amazing. I am going to make a more in depth review of this, but all you have to know is that it dries almost completely matte and the coverage is medium to full. Amazing. You can see how smooth it looks in the picture below.

Score : 10/10

5. Honeylove lipstick by MAC 

For last, le pièce de résistance, the most amazing nude lipstick by MAC. I have to admit, this is my first ever purchase from MAC and it was a splurge, since their products are not inexpensive. What I decided, in life as in makeup, is to pick quality over quantity, so I want to have only one nude lipstick at the time, but of good quality (of course there are various hues of nude, so I will one lipstick for every hue). The application is so smooth and the quality is amazing, as well as the packaging. The finish is matte and I am in love.

Score : 10/10

As you can see, it was a great (shopping) trip.

Thank you for reading.

xx