So I did the most rational thing any beautyloving girl would do: I hopped over to the nearest place that sells these goodies and had a snif on them. The scent I liked most was the strawberries&milkshake. I picked up the scrub and the lip gloss for a couple of euros each. I also liked the shower gel version but I have enough shower gels to last me a year so I'm putting myself on hold. I'll be trying the scrub this weekend, but I'm aleady hooked on the scent, smells like heaven to me...
I've been using this primer for a few months so I can comment on it quite clearly, I've tested it along with different brands from low budget to high end but with the same result. This primer - provided that you don't use TOO much - prevents creasing, at the end of the day my eyeshadow is still perfectly in its place. Eyeshadows don't fade, don't melt. Occasionally my eyeshadow gets a bit blurry but that's because I rub in my eyes from time to time. The primer also makes your eyeshadow easy blendable, which is a big plus for me. I don't like spending too much time blending. One claim it doesn't fulfill is the intensifying level, my eyeshadows don't pop out more than usual, probably because the colour of the primer is beigelike. It doesn't disturb me that much, if I'm after a more dramatic effect I first use a white eyeshadow/base.
The goods: fulfills almost all its claims, price-amount very affordable
The bads: doesn't intensify your eyeshadow (doesn't botter me that much), only available for online purchase in Belgium
This is a very good product that I will continue to use untill I run out of it and will buy again and again. It works for me and that's all I need to know. It's very affordable, given how long you will be able to use it. However, a word of caution, I've read that people with more oily skin don't like this primer as they find it too greasy - it is siliconebased. I have normal to dry skin and I have no problems with it, it sinks in fast. This is something you need to try if you haven't already, I love it and I understand why it gets so much praise!
This present I bought myself because I wanted him to give this to me - and he says: whatever, I don't need to go after it then. It are 2 travello's from Ici Paris XL that can be refilled in silver and pink. They also have it in gold and black available. Tiny and convenient, I like! It costs around 8-9euros but I still had a 10euro coupon so I bought two. The next couple of weeks I will also be talking about a few perfumes of mine^^
Then I also wanted him to buy me a surprise present, presents are always more fun when you don't know what they are... So he went to a chocolatier and bought this vintage wooden box -which is adorable- with lots of njummy goodies in it:
It contains 3 chocosticks in different flavours for hot coco, a tin with special chocolates as a coffee treat and an authentic piece of nougat! It's looking delicious mmm...
What did you get?
It's a black wooven box that I bought in Hema for a couple of euros, not too big and not too small. It's just perfect for my everynights need. Now, honestly I don't use these things every evening, just when I'm in the mood for it. Nevertheless it's convenient to have this box near me. Let's see what's in it:
- Rituals White Lotus body & massage oil
- Avon revitalising glycerine hand cream with citrus & vitamin E
- Avon glycerine hand & nail cream with vitamin E
- Avon brown sugar foot cream
- Avon cherry ice foot lotion
- Blistex lip relief cream
- Nuxe reve de miel lip balm
- paper tissues
- moisturizing socks
What do you have laying around on your bedside table??
The last couple of days have been very busy for me as I was the host for the Christmas dinner this year, hence the lack of posting. But everything went smooth and everybody was satisfied. I've gotten some lovely presents that I can't wait to show you all.
Did you have a nice Christmas evening?
First up a few lipsticks, the round ones as they are quite creamy: Tea Rose (lovely colour), Fire, Vitamin, Circle.
And a skincare order from Paula's choice: a recovery antioxidant serum, moisture boost cream for me - and a gel and lotion for my boyfriend.
Apart from this I've also bought Christmas presents but I'm not going to show them here :) Have you already bought yours?
It has a nice long handle and looks very similar. Again, I like the black and silver letters on it. This is just how a brush should look to me, I'm not a fan of coloured brushes - just plain black will do thank you.
The brush looks very fluffy and while going over your hand it feels soft enough to use around the eye area. But boy, was I wrong to think that. When using this brush to blend my eyeshadow in my crease, as intented by its name, I don't find it soft at all. It stings/pricks quite a lot. On a good note: it does a nice job of blending the eyeshadow but off course at some pain.
I wouldn't recommend this brush to anyone, there are better options out there for the same price. The stinging and shedding combined makes this a no-no.
The total look as seen in this FOTD along with the products I've used.
The products used for the eyes:
- First off, start with a base: I used Shadow Insurance from Too Faced.
- Then take NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk and apply it in the inner corner of your eye, take it towards your moving eyelid, if you want the brown colour that we're going to put there to pop more you can use it all over your lid.
- Take the Sleek Storm Palette and use colour 2 all over your moving eyelid, use colour 3 (I'm loving this colour so much!) in the outer corner and in the crease, use colour 1 as a highlighter under your eyebrows. Blend colour 3 into the other ones.
- Use a browngolden liner below the lashline, I used Avons Supershock liner in browngold.
- Apply mascara on the top lashes, I used Diors Ionic Mascara.
- Finish your brows with a browmousse - I used Tweezerman.
Hope you like it, just a lovely easy look that will suit anyone...
My boyfriends thoughts were "oh it looks different". It's different but I like it, it will definitely look more voluminous once I've washed it myself. It always looks thinner when hairdressers blowdry my hair, weird...
This is 1,5 layers of polish, I know, weird amount. When I'd put it on my first nail I immediately spotted how pigmented the polish was and it was already providing enough coverage. I used another light layer to make sure it would last me long enough - which is a week for me. When using just one layer the polish chips easier and shows earlier tipwear. But if you like to switch a lot during the week from polish to polish, one layer of this is sufficient enough.
The polish applies easily but be carefull for showing streaks, especially when applying a top coat. After a few days the polish shows tipwear, more than I have with OPI but still managable and wearable. The colour is a special pinkred that is once again hard to capture on camera, the first picture represents it best in natural light. Some people commented that this polish looks a lot like OPI Take the Stage from the Burlesque collection and it does resemble it a lot on pictures but I don't know how much alike they are in reallife. Overall this is a great polish for the christmas holiday season, I like it a lot. Polish available from Avon, costed 4-5euros.
Starting with 2 new polishes from their winter holiday collection: Pink Radiance and Splendid Blue - which is more blue than it appears on pics. Also another lipgloss from the Glazewear Shine line, called Iced Pink. I should be putting up a review on Avon lipglosses, I like them!
The packaging is light, simple and still luxurious. I like this clean look on luxurious brands. You have to twist the top to get the pump to open, nice nifty system. The pump gives a good dose as you can see below, I usually use 2 pumps for my entire face. The gel is a mixture between white and clear and has a velvet feeling to it (containing silicones). It spreads out easily and sinks in very fast. There's a light fresh scent to it but it doesn't disturb me. My skin didn't react to this product, I was able to use it 2-3months and used it once or twice daily.
The product isn't cheap, as is no luxurious brand for that matter. The bottle contains 30ml and costed around 50euros. It's available in IciParis, IU and local pharmacies.
Personally I wouldn't buy this again as I want to invest in skincare items that continue to improve my skin. I consider this to be a good, but expensive, make-up base if you want to fill up pores and fine lines. But keep in mind that it won't add anything to your skincare regime as a serum.
So I placed an order and it estimated one week for shipping but after 3 weeks still nothing (and by that time I had run out of my old one)... untill I got an e-mail saying they had received my return and were putting the money back on my account -minus the shipping-. But I hadn't asked for a return at all, hell, I was still waiting for it. So I replied and made my speech, the day afterwards I got a short mail saying the return was a mistake but because the money had already been charged back they couldn't help me any further. If I wanted the items, I had to order them again. I was furious, this is NO customer serivce at all. Why don't they at least offer me a coupon or a xx% off??
Now, I needed the Batiste shampoo so I ordered again, considering they offered free shipping for the christmas period and this time the order came through, after 2 weeks I received the package:
If you know another place where I can buy Batiste, do let me know as I'm not keen on shopping with ASOS again!
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+
SKII Treatment Essence
Nuxe Nirvanesque Eye Cream
Avène Lait Demaquillant
Chanel Beauté Initial Eye
Filorga Meso + Serum
Louis Widmer Eye Cream
Nuxe Creme Fraiche
Avon Brightening Hand Cream
Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Lotion
Avon Foot Works Brown Sugar Cream
Safe to say I've been a very good girl and finished lots of products. The ones still in it are also on their last bits. I haven't bought anything in this period and I'm very proud of myself, my boyfriend included. Tonight I'm going to a Mylene evening and I'll be sure to score some nice products there!!
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- ► 2011 (222)
- I love... a tiny haul!
- Product Praise Too Faced Shadow insurance
- Christmas presents
- Review Avon Foot Works Vanilla Brown Sugar Foot Cr...
- My bedside box
- Merry Christmas!
- Online shopping haulllll
- Review Sigma Tapered Blending Brush E40
- How to working look
- Snow and a dogs tale
- New hairdo!
- NOTD Avon Pink Radiance
- Avon haul
- Review Filorga Meso + Serum
- Coastal Scents discount, yes I like!
- The Christmas Tree
- ASOS order - finally
- Review Sigma Large Powder Brush F30
- Project X Pan update
- Winner polish giveaway!
- Last day of Polish Giveaway
- Quickview Paula's Choice Hydrating Treatment Cream...
- NOTD OPI Princesses Rule!
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