I'm glad I bought it, I use it quite often and can no longer go without it. It's perfect for making the most of your lips and lipstick. Available in Lush stores and online for 5-6euros in three different scents.
Packaging is nice and quite chic with the black and gold, L'Oreal surely wants to look luxurious with this mascara. The brush itself is very basic, nothing special about it.
The goods: luxuriouslike packaging, price, result is ok
The bads: clumps, cloggs, fallout, application is difficult
Summing it up: I wouldn't buy this mascara again and wouldn't recommend it to anyone because of the application. I know a lot of people love this mascara and I've tried it for several weeks but I'm not feeling it at all... There are better mascaras out there for the same amount of money.
Application went smooth like all Catrice polishes and dries quite fast. I used 2 layers here. The only downside I experience with Catrice is its lasting time, as I mentioned before. After 2-3 days the tips wear off, which is not the case with OPI for instance. I just file my nails a bit to solve this problem fast. It is a budget brand, so I don't expect it to last me as long as a Chanel polish.
Then, the lotion itself. It's white and very fluid, like a lotion should be. When spreading it -which goes easy-, the shimmers become visible but they aren't too present, you won't look like a christmas ball. The scent reminds me of roses but a bad kind of roses, it kinda reminds me of the "old people roses scent" if you know what I mean. It's not my cup of tea at all, I've never experienced a roses scent I disliked before - weird! The lotion spreads easily and sinks in fast.
Overall I wouldn't repurchase because of the scent even though the product itself is okay. But they also offer this lotion in their regular range with another smell, I might try that one later on!
OPI Chip Skip, OPI Base Coat, OPI Top Coat, Catrice I scream Peach, Essence Forever mine, Essence Striper Silver surfer
I'm quite happy with how it turned out, especially my middle finger, thought it would be far worse. One thing that was/is annoying is the tiny bubbles on certain nails that I got. Any tips on how to get rid of them or not have them?? I used these 3 OPI colours underneath: Makes Men Blush, Pink of Hearts 2, Rumple's Wiggin'. One thing I noticed is that it dries very fast on your nails. Afterwards I applied a top coat as usual.
Before I began my mission, I browsed youtube and ran into this girl who has a lot of tutorials and tips on watermarbling, worth checking out as she is really good at it.I also used her method of taping of your fingers, this way you don't need to do a major cleanup of polish remover on your fingers and it worked like a charm. I will certainly try marbling again but next time with a coloured basecoat...
Face products used:
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Nude
NYX Creme Blush Boho Chic
NYX Powder Blush Angel
Anastasia Brow Powder
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Sleek/NYX/Avon on eyes
Laura Mercier Setting Powder
Reviews of the NYX products are coming soon. I will also post a tutorial of the eyelook (it's really easy), along with the exact products I used for it. Hope you like it!!
I wore them today for the first time and love them even more, they are so comfortable and look adorable... I love shoe shopping and finding your perfect pair...
This cream was recommended to me by my mother and she swears by it. At that point my lips were really hurting and sometimes even bleeding, it was that bad and no other lip balm had been able to do anything. I had been trying several from cheap to expensive, all bagger. When I applied this in the evening, the next morning I already had visible results and after 2more nights - and during the day - my lips were cured, this is a lifesaver. But not everything shines about this product: when applying it, it tingles a bit to me and with some people (my boyfriend for instance) it hurts. I haven't had any troubles with it, but it can be a sideeffect. Apart from the tingling, it hasn't got a good taste nor smell and after applying, it leaves a slightly white cast on your lips behind. This is understandable as it is a white cream, that's why it's better to use this before going to bed - although it has an SPF, usefull is it, not? And lastly the ingredients aren't all great: it contains perfume and alcohol denatol but the last one is in a very small amount, luckily otherwise it would have gone straight to the bin :)
The bads: tingles, taste & scent, white cast, ingredients
Overall I recommend this product as I've had wonderfull experiences with it, but it's not the same for everyone. If you suffer from chapped lips, especially now in the winter period, give this a try for a few euros and maybe it will work its same wonder on you!
Ideal for getting a beautifully shaped brow line to stay put all day… or for taming “disobedient” unruly brows. The superior clear-gel formula smoothly styles and shapes without the flakes or gumminess of lesser quality brands. A favorite of top models and make-up artists for its precision, evenness and long-lasting wear.
Tips & Tricks: using the mascara-like wand, brush upward through brows to lift and shape. Formulated of the highest quality hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free ingredients, the feather-light application gently conditions as it shapes for a beautiful lasting look.
The bads: none
The Browmousse is available in several stores (IciParis, Department stores) as well as online. I bought mine through feelunique who offer free shipping for 11-12euros. The price isn't an obstacle for me, it's medium range, I'm willing to spend this on a good product!
The INM topcoat has already got quite some fame in blogland and has often been talked about. I bought this one over Seche Vite because of the horror thickening stories you read about it. It costed me 3-4euros online (ebay) for 15ml which is a very good price, I've been using it for 4months now and there's still 2/3 left in the bottle. The bottle itself is simple, but ok. Same goes for the brush, but I wished it were a bit larger. I'm used to OPI brushes and this one is so tiny in comparison...
Now onto the major part, the fastdrying topcoat!! This topcoat is meant to be dry in a few minutes, well that just depends on how many layers and how much polish you apply. Myself, I usually apply one base coat, 2 layers of polish and the topcoat. From my experience this topcoat dries from 10minutes to 45minutes, and by dry I mean very very dry! Usually I watch a bit of tv or youtube for half an hour and the job is done... I noticed that light shimmer polishes like OPI Give me the moon 2 layers dries in just 5-10minutes, kind of glitter polishes like OPI Sand in my Suit 2 layers take about 15minutes and then creme polishes like OPI Kiss on the Chic take the longest from 30minutes onwards... This has helped me in being selective chosing a polish depending on how much time I have to apply.
The topcoat itself is very good and lasts me at least a week without any chipping, but then again my polish rarely chips. After a few days the tips become slightly visible but you can easily take care of that with a file.
Overall I think this is a very good top coat for its price that I would recommend and will repurchase myself. But I might try the Seche Vite after all to see if it goes faster... This product doesn't get a Product Praise because my favourite polishes are creme polishes and I don't always have half an hour to spare.
I'm starting with an Avon hand cream as they have a wide range at a very good price. When in promotion these creams cost about 2-3euros for 125ml, bargain and totally budget price! The cream comes in a tube packaging, which looks simple and nice. I like the purple to it.
Quickly absorbed, non-sticky hand cream with cucumber and lemon extracts help moisturise and tone skin, leaving it soft and supple and looking brighter. 125ml.
The cream itself is white and quite runny, it's more a lotion than it actually is a cream. It spreads easily but it doesn't sink in fast, it takes a few minutes (or more). That's why I only use this cream at night and don't carry it around with me - I always have a hand cream with me just to use when I'm waiting somewhere or having a drink -. Because this is a lotion, it isn't very moisturizing. I have dry hands and when I put this on they feel a bit moisturized but not as intense as I would like. Lastly, the scent, which is my favourite part of this cream. It smells so good, most present is the cucumber and it gives it such a fresh touch.
The goods: great scent, budget price
The bads: doesn't sink in fast, not moisturizing enough, alcohol denatol is at the lower part of ingredients list
Overall this is an ok hand cream, especially considering the price and is worth trying. Sadly enough it doesn't suit my hands skin type, they need a cream that provides more moisture. I wouldn't buy it again because of this and because it contains alcohol denatol. If this doesn't bother you, go ahead and try it.
I used 2 layers, this provides enough coverage. It's OPI so it applies easily and dries fast with a topcoat. I've already worn this colour a few times and really like it. It's a light muddy colour that I think everyone would like.
- La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+
- SKII Treatment Essence
- Nuxe Nirvanesque Eye Cream
- Avène Milk Cleanser
- Chanel Beauté Initial Eye
- Nuxe Crème Fraiche Riche
- Avon Brightening Lemon & Cucumber Hand Cream
- Murnauers Roses Bath
- Filorga Meso + Serum
- Louis Widmer Eye Cream
- Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Lotion
- Avon Foot Works Vanilla Brown Sugar Cream
- Dermalogica Precleanse
Quite a lot to start with, but I'm really anxious to make this work, wish me luck!!!
The packaging is really basic like expected, the shampoo itself is clear and doesn't have a scent. You only have to use this shampoo on your head - it doesn't foam up, leave it on for 15 minutes (important, let the ingredients work), rinse and continue as you would normally. Afterwards I just use my regular shampoo and conditioner/mask. The shampoo may only be used once a week but I've noticed using it once every two weeks also does the job. The product didn't sting or irritate me whatsoever.
I've used this product two times so far and it lives up to its claims: my head is dandruff-free... But there are a few downsides to this product:
- is best subscribed by a doctor (you can buy it at your pharmacy but at 4times the cost)
- on the bottle it says that you shouldn't use it 4 weeks after opening
On the last one can be given a turn. I have the 125ml which is the big bottle but there are smaller bottles as well. So it's best to let your doctor subscribe the small bottle on seperate doctors notes. That's what I plan on doing in the future.
If you suffer from dandruff and haven't been able to make it dissapear with other shampoos, ask about this when you visit your doctor. It's worth a shot, I'm glad I tried it and I will continue to use this every now and then when I need to - thanks to my dermatologist for the great tip!
A new Avon polish called Luxe Lavender, from their limited summer line, I'm fan of pastels. Above a supershock liner in browngold. And 3 lipglosses, they were finally on sale (normally they cost about 10euros which has been holding me off from ordering them): 1 from the intense line with more pigment and 2 from the shine line.
When I was in highschool I used to use my mothers tweezers (just a random no brand thing) but it was quite difficult to use and I occasionaly had a little wound from trying to tweeze too hard - not grabbing the hair but my skin. Later on I bought somewhat the same tweezer for myself and went on with the hard tweezing until 2 years ago... I had been reading a lot on blogs and decided I wanted to invest in a Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, normal version, but at that time they weren't available in my country so I had to buy them online. I quickly found them and chose a colour, sky. A week later, the Tweezer was mine and I was so impressed with it, tweezing became so much easier. It grabs almost every hair, doesn't leave wounds and works so precise - just love it!
It isn't cheap, its only downside, I paid 20$ and ordered from Strawberrynet, buying them in a store in Europe is more expensive though (Belgium - IciParis, around 20euros). They also offer a wide range of similar products, depending on your brows needs. On a side note, they also offer a special service: free sharpening. If you feel your tweezers ends are in for a treat you can fill in a form, post it along with your tweezer and they sharpen it for free and sent it back to you. Something really special, I'm certainly going to try it, but for now my Tweezer still looks like new!
I've had mine for 2 years now and it's still in good condition, it's worth investing in it. The price may frighten you, I felt the same way, but I'm glad a took the risk. I cannot live without mine anymore...
Only too bad that the Eye Bright Kit from Pixi doesn't suit my skin tone, so I'll be sure to include it in a giveaway soon. The other product is a sealer that turns eyeshadow into eyeliner when used on a brush, really curious to this one! In the end I only had to pay the postage for the lipstick, an envelope which cost me 1 or 2 euros. Good customer service from ACW, don't be afraid to contact them if something is wrong with your order.
A radiance booster par excellence, this fondant mask restores freshness and radiance to tired, dry and devitalized skin. Bursting with premium botanical extracts, its hydra-calming formula replenishes, smoothes and infuses the epidermis with softness and serenity. Its rich and creamy texture has a relaxing effect and plunges the face into a revitalizing comforting bath with an instant smoothing effect. Supple, silky and hydrated, the skin appears plumped up and illuminated with a rosy glow. The features are relaxed and the complexion perfectly even with restored clarity.
A lovely pink tube packaging with engraved letters on it, hello luxurious feeling - for 55euro/100ml. The cream itself is quite thick and also has a light pink colour. When squeezing it out of the tube, the scent hits your nose and it's perfect! The best roses scent ever, I could sniff on it all day... Apart from having a great scent, let's have a closer look at it.
Make sure you don't hit my cheek!! I apply a thick layer of this cream (picture above shows when a lot has sunk in already) and leave it on for as long as I have time, usually about half an hour. It doesn't come with a specific time so just adjust to your likings. When applying the cream I'm definitely aware of its freshness, it's creamy and the scent works relaxing. After half an hour I remove what's left with a few cotton pads. My skin feels hydrated and very soft/supple. The remains of the cream leave your skin glowing, but this is only temporary. If you wash it off, your glow is gone...
The goods: heavenly scent, rich (I have dry skin), relaxes, 100ml tube
The bads: price, glow is temporary, contains perfume
Overall this is a good masque, I just wish it wasn't so expensive, which doesn't make it recommendable for regular use. I would only use this on special occasions before your make-up, so you can benefit from the glow if you're willing to spend some. It does contain perfume, but my sensitive skin didn't get irritated.
I haven't come across an equally good masque with a scent I like, so I might repurchase this one to use once in a while. You do get 100ml *trying to justify me buying it*!
First up I did a NYX order containing 2 cream blushes (rose petal, boho chic) and 2 powder blushes (angel, peach), I'm a huge fan of blushes and just had to try these. These are my first NYX products by the way, just hadn't come around to ordering them in the past.
I already did a review on their Polish Remover -love- which has helped with the dryness of my nails and I swear by it. Let's see if my thoughts are similar on their other products... with a guest star on the pictures.
- Cuticle Remover: overgrown cuticles inhibit nail growth. Trind Cuticle Remover softens the cuticles and enables you to easily remove overgrown cuticles with the Trind (splinter free) Manicure Sticks. Your nails will grow visibly better.
- Cuticle Balsem: do you have dry cuticles? Or do you suffer from hangnails (painful pieces of horned skin around the cuticles that are very painful and in worst case van even cause infections) on a regular basis? Trind brings the solution!
- Nail Balsem: do you suffer from nails that won’t grow or do you suffer from brittle and dry nails? Trind Nail Balsam is the perfect moisturizer for example when your nails break or split.
- Trind Nail Repair is an effective nail strengthener which makes your nails strong and keeps them supple at the same time.
The cuticle balsem has a lovely pink colour and smells delicious, I just love using it because of its scent... Again, apply on cuticles, let it soak in and afterwards massage the rest of it into your cuticles. My cuticles aren't particular dry, just normal I guess, so I don't use this product daily as Trind recommends. I use it once a week when I file my nails and again it gets the job done. It moisturizes your cuticles, leaves them soft and a lovely scent lingers afterwards. Depending on how much you use it, this will last me quite long as well.
Then onto the nail balsem, one of my beloved nail products! This one also smells good but can't beat the cuticle smell :). It moisturizes your nails and therefore leaves them less dry/brittle, hence the dissapearing of split ends. And it's true, it fulfills its promises. I always apply this after I've taken a bath which leaves my nails dry with a white cast. I then apply this product, let it soak in for a few minutes and massage the rest into my nails. Afterwards my nails look perfectly healthy with a lovely scent to them. I use it at least once a week but you don't need that much of it, depending on how long your nails are.
Lastly, the Nail Repair. As you can see I'm almost out of it, but I already have another bottle in my closset waiting to be opened. So yes, I like this product. Now, don't panic because this bottle is almost empty. Trind recommends that for 2 weeks in a row you have to take it off and apply it daily - along with the Nail Balsem. Which I did for for 4 weeks, because I wanted optimal benefit from it. So that's 28uses from those weeks only. Afterwards I went to once a week, as recommended. This product has made my nails stronger and it is also a very good base for polish. If I use a dark polish I use 2 coats of this base. My nails are less orange/yellow and I'm not afraid to appear with a clear base in public anymore. It applies easily and dries within a few minutes. Only downside I'm having now is that it's getting impossible to apply it. The remains, about 1/4, have become very thick and it's not easy to get product on the brush and apply it. I might use it a few more times before it goes into the bin. Defintely something Trind has to work on, as I don't like to waste product.
Overall my star products are the Nail Balsem and the Nail Repair, as they have fulfilled my needs. I don't have split ends anymore and my bare nails don't look dry. The cuticle products are also good but less necessary for me. If you are on the lookout for a cure for dry nails that chip, look into this line! I'm already sold...
Trind can be purchased in several drugstores or online. They also give information on their website about shops. All products are priced around 10euros/each.
- Belgian twenty-something year old blogger who adores all things beautywise and loves to share her knowledge... This blog reflects my thoughts on products I've personally used and random things that cross my mind. If you have a request for a review or want to ask me something etc..., you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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