Introduced by G.F.Smith's grandson Allen in the 1960s, Strawberry Lip Balm is our number two seller, this product is formulated to aid in protecting and moisturizing the lips, cuticles, and elbows from the drying effects of the weather. The aroma of Strawberry Shortcake attracts Hollywood Celebrities, Skiers, and Sun Worshipers alike.I love how these tins look, so retro and adorable. They open easily and contain 22g of product. The balm itself is pink and smells like strawberries but at the same time artificial, which is not to my likings. This could be because of the tin but I can't tell for sure. It applies easily and leaves your lips with a transparant film that feels a bit greasy at first. Key is not to use too much. The texture of the balm varies a lot depending on the room's temperature, this balm benefits from a warmer room for an easier application. It is also supposed to be moisturizing but it didn't feel so to me, if my lips are sensitive or dry - this doesn't do any good. I mainly use it for a quick touch-up or when I want to have 'something' on.
Personally, I wouldn't recommend this balm, if you want to try it - go with the original version, which is much better. You can buy it online for 4-5euros, it's also available in stores but at the price of 10euros. This isn't much in comparison to the amount of product you receive, the tin is sure to last you a long time!
Which is your favourite Rosebud?
I bought 2 holiday collection polishes: Golden Twilight (black with gold shimmer) and Golden Wine (a deep red with gold shimmer). These aren't my 'normal colours' but I wanted to give them a go. I like Avon's polishes, they have a variable colour range and are easy in usage.
And then I also bought some eyeliners, called Glimmerstick Diamonds because there is a bit of shimmer in it, this is one of their top selling products. I bought 4 colours: black, brown, grey and purple. But as you can see there are 5 sticks in the picture. I accidentally ordered the purple one two times, if anyone is interested I'm reselling it for 4euros and it can be shipped in an envelope....
Enjoy the rest of the sunday!
I love the box with the gold and grey, the packaging is just screaming: "keep me". And so I did, I'm such a sucker for nice packaging, not that I ever do anything with it or look at it particular long. I just can't bring myself to throw it away when I begin using a product... I'm weak, I know.
The toner has a lot of golden parts in it, they are visible inside the bottle but also when you put them on a cotton pad. However, in application they don't become noticeable so it didn't disturb me at all. This is probably Estées idea of luxurious. There's no smell to it, when looking at the ingredient list fragrance is also on the lowest part, this makes sense - I prefer no smell to heavy fragrance any day. Apart from the gold (it's really on the list, go see!) and the tiny bit of fragrance there are no irritating ingredients in this toner. The texture is liquid (surprise...) but thicker than other toners I've used in the past.
I use this toner after cleansing my face: I pour a bit of it on top of a cotton pad and pat/rub it gently on my face (you can also use it around your eye area). I immediately noticed the moisturizing ability of this toner: for once my skin didn't feel particular dry after finishing with the pad. Apart from that, it also feels refreshing as most toners do. After having used it for quite some time my skin definitely looked and felt better, it made my skin more glowy and that's always a good thing. However, with the winter and the cold my sensitive skin sometimes becomes even more sensitive and on those days this toner is irritating and stings a bit on my cheeks and mouth area. I only experienced this on the days when my skin really felt sensitive, which was about 15% of the time since I began using it. This is quite the turnoff for me, because on all other levels, I really like this product.
The bads: expensive price, can be irritating
Overall, I still like this product and would recommend it to those who don't have sensitive skin. I also read that if you're sensitive to jewelry, you should be carefull with this. If you want to try it, get a sample to be safe... The biggest obstacle on this product definitely is its price - it's Estée Lauder you know. Let's face it: it's expensive BUT it is so far the best toner I've ever used. Personally I wouldn't buy it again because my skin sometimes reacts to it and I don't like that feeling. I will continue my search and hopefully I'll come across something even better...
Toner recommendation - do tell!!
A Clarins one step cleanser: Clarins is one of those brand that I often come across but haven't used a lot - yet. I've heard that their cleansers are supposed te be very gentle and such, so I'm curious! Next to it a brush cleanser from bareMinerals, my brush cleanser from Shu Uemura is starting to run out and this spray looked very promising. I only use this type of brush cleansers when I don't have a lot of time or when I need another colour on the same brush. It's just convenient to have available.
Hope you like my new things, I know I do!!
Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production. This Vitamin C Serum contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to reduce discoloration and brighten skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin's natural moisture and Collagen to enhance skin's firmness and elasticity. How to Use: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin avoiding eye area every other night. May be used under a moisturizer or alone.
The bottle contains 29ml and can be purchased from various webshops, I paid around 40euros for it, so I consider it to be a more pricy serum but not too outrageous as other luxurious brands. It's a green glass bottle with a droppersystem. It's not seethrough which is important to me to maintain the ingredients in it. I only preferred it had a pumpsystem to a dropper.
The ingredients list as seen below looks very promising in the beginning with a good base -glycol- and vitamin c. The only downside is the last ingredient on the list, lavender extract, as this can be irritating and damaging to the skin. Because it's the last ingredient and in a very tiny amount present I was still keen on trying it.
My boyfriend also used this serum for a few days as he had some discolorations as well, but it resulted in lots of breakouts. He stopped using it and tried it again after a week, the breakouts came back, so it was definitely the serum causing it.
The goods: results are soon visible, only a tiny amount needed to cover entire face
The bads: high price, weird smell, ingredients are not long preserved, lavender works irritating and can cause breakouts
Overall I was amazed at first by this serum but afterwards I was more dissapointed than amazed. It's too expensive for the time it delivers on its promises. It can also be irritating for the skin, which is always a negative to me - even if my skin doesn't react to it. I wouldn't repurchase this or recommend it to anyone. If Mario Badescu decided to change the ingredients a tiny bit and change it into a pumpsystem, this would be an amazing serum! If you have a favourite serum, feel free to share...
It's a chocolate box from Godiva Chocolatier, supposed to be a quite famous and one of the more expensive brands of chocolate. As you can see the box is quite big and the fabric is velvet, I love it so much!! It looks so luxurious...
Once emptied, this box will become my new jewelry box, it's perfect for earrings and rings and such. It's actually quite hard to find a decent jewelry box with seperate boxes in it. If you have a Godiva chocolatier near you, check out this box, it's gorgeous and worth a little bit of money but I have no idea how much it would be...
I bought a new cellphone, yessss! It was about time 'cause my old one was starting to look like it belonged in the stone age! It was also getting diseases such as low battery and not working for days in a row to spontaneously recover afterwards. As you all know there's no cure whatsoever, it's just a matter of time...
If you feel passionate about your cellphone, feel free to share...
It's a plastic assymetric bottle with a green top. The top opens easily and distributes the creme like it should. The creme has a velvet green colour and thick texture. But more important is the scent and yes, it is exactly what I pictured it to be. It has a sweet and yet tropical scent, it's hard to describe but this is one of the best scents I've ever used in bath in my life!!
Negatives are the ingredients: SLS is second on the list - hence the foaming up, and alcohol denatol is halfway the ingredients list causing it to be drying for your skin. This is really dissapointing, because I'm very fond of the scent. I'm still contemplating whether I'll repurchase it or not...
*original oil: supposedly one of their best products, especially for dry skin which will revive and nurture your skin - even your hair if the claims are true, we'll see about that
*bain de rose: which I've already talked about and love (I'm almost out of my old one)
*foot scrub: I bought one last year and it's one of the best scrubs I've ever used, I use it once a week - it makes my feet so soft, I still have a bit left in my old one - will be putting up a review of thise one soon (such a shame it's in a jar)
*not on the picture but I also bought this: a pillow mist with a herbal scent for a dreamy good night
Have you purchased/used anything from Mylène in the meantime?
This is where Paula Begoun comes in: years ago she decided to put down reviews of products and see whether their claims hit ground because we, consumers, are often in the dark. Over the years she has grown more and more, releasing her reviews and knowledge in books such as the one above. It contains a massive amount of information going from ingredients to skin types to brands and lots of reviews... I also have a copy of this book (took the pic from a dutch blog) and can honestly state I've learned a lot from it. Her reviews are mostly based on the ingredients of a product.
She also has a website called beautypedia where you can read these reviews online, normally it's only available for members who pay a fee but now it's FREE untill the end of february. Be sure to check upon your favorite products and see whether she finds them worthy too!
On a sidenote: don't trust her advice blindly (she also has her own skincare line, which she promotes). It's nice and interesting to check upon her opinions but everyone still has different skin which reacts differently. If you feel truly good about a product, don't hold back by what you might read.
A shirt in veil, which is surely more appropriate for spring but it was on 50% discount in Esprit so I felt like I needed it badly. It's gorgeous in real life with shades of blue, purple, green and pink in it. I don't owe a shirt in veil yet, but it feels very light and easy to wear.
What have you bought this month on discount?
I bought this Avon Supershock (gel) eyeliner in bronze 2 months ago when I saw it being promoted in a catalogue for 5 or 6euros, it's a gorgeous golden brown. I did some research online and learned that it was often recommended, which was enough for me to order.
I've already had to sharpen the pencil a few times and this is the downside to it: because it is creamy it's difficult to get a sharp "pencil" end to it and this dissapears after 2 days of usage. Then you get an end like in the picture above, which is quite thick and trickier to apply. I prefer a thin line and that's not easy with such a big end.
The goods: beautifull colour, creamy, pigmented, price is ok
The bads: hard to keep in proper shape for a thin line, tricky to apply
Apart from the tiny downside I'm a fan of this eyeliner, I love the colour a lot. I'll surely be looking for a dupe when this one will start to run out. This eyeliner is also available in black and silver, which I recently bought (but haven't used just yet!). If you use a similar colour to this eyeliner, do let me know...
1) I'm a cold person and I mean this literally: I'm always cold, only exceptions are when the temperature goes up to 30degrees, then I can wear a t-shirt and feel comfortable. Over the years I've grown used to it, though my boyfriend finds it really funny. When I go to bed early I put on my electric blanket -an hour in advance- and afterwards when he crawls next to me he says I'm still icy, he often doubts whether I have blood streaming through my veins or not.
2) I love computer games, especially playstation games. This may seem odd for a girl but I've always had an interest in computers and games, my father encouraged this off course. I mostly play role playing games such as final fantasy or fighters where you have to kick butt. Oddly enough my boyfriend isn't that interested in computer games.
3) I wear contacts, as some may already know, but actually I'm quite blind. My contacts are around -7 and -8 which is a lot and without glasses I only see shades. Both my parents wear glasses and I had to when I was 6years old, it wasn't something I enjoyed at all. Over the years, because of my growth and hormons, my vision has gotten worse. The last few years it has been quite stable, so I wanted them lasered but that's not possible because my vision is too bad, there are other options however but I have to go on check-up first before they can discuss it.
4) I love -highschool- chick movies that are very lame and stupid such as high school musical, legally blonde and all that fits into that category, but they make me smile so much... I need my weekly dosis of easy humor!
5) I don't have a lot of hobbies but one that occupies me a lot is my dog, who I play agility with. Agility is an outdoor sport where you have a course with obstacles on which you have to guide your dog through. I play it quite intense: from may onwards till september we (almost always) have 2 competitions each weekend, meaning I leave home at 7am and return at 7-8pm. During the week we have one training. I play in the 3rd group, which is the highest group you can get into and we have already won quite a lot with Belgian Champion being our best. I'm very proud of her and we have such an intense bond together.
6) I don't want children. I've been feeling this way since, well ever and only few people understand that, luckily one of those few is my boyfriend. Lately a lot of babies have been born in our surrounding, family and friends and I often get pointed to as to "when can we expect one of yours", "never" doesn't always fit in their books and I get a weird look. Everyone claims this will change in the future, they said the same thing 5years ago and so far nothing has changed. But off course, you never know, I just don't see or feel it.
7)I'm a book wurm, for as long as I can remember I've enjoyed reading and got a lot of books as presents during birthdays and so on, I had whole shelves full. When reading I'm completely in my own world and hardly aware of anything around me. I'm always visualising what I'm reading and get soaked up in it. It's hard to stop reading in a book, mostly I just want to go on and finish it. I mostly read fantasy and novels, in Dutch and English. If I really really like a book or a series I often reread it multiple times.
However, the product isn't all glorious: it isn't the best product to remove make-up even though it claims it will do so. If you wear make-up you will need to use a seperate make-up remover before using this cleanser. On a side-note: this cleanser is intented for people with normal to dry skin, they also offer another one for oily skin but I don't know if it's available in Europe. The price is also nice enough: around 10euros for 200ml and around 500ml for 20euros.
The goods: great for sensitive skin, cleanses, good price, ingredients (no perfume - alcohol)
The bads: doesn't do well on make-up removal
I really really like this product, this is the first cleanser that never irritates my skin or makes it turn red. I mostly use it in the morning or combined with a make-up remover, and then this is pure love. I've heard mixed feelings about this cleanser, either you like it or you don't - however if you have normal to dry and/or sensitive skin, do try this, it's totally worth a shot! I'm almost out of my 200ml bottle and will surely buy the bigger version...
I've been using it for the last couple of weeks and it gets the job done: it cleanses your body but apart from that it doesn't do anything else such as add moisture or whatever claim you choose. Just a basic gel like I expected. As I mentioned above, I got this one as a freebie - if you want to buy it in the store it costs about 2-3euros for 200ml. But they do offer it often as a freebie with purchase if you're interested.
The goods: price, ingredients, does what a shower gel must do
I would buy this gel again, but in a different scent then. This orange one was ok but it didn't wow me over. If you like budget items and shower gels,you should check out this line - I'm sure you'll find something to your likings!
Now, honestly, I did not get everything in the picture :). I got the pro hy shampoo, the pro hy reconstructor, the gel mousse and the funky paste - all full sized bottles. MischaRocks divides her hair care into 4 steps or fases, I'm really curious to try these products... If you know them and have tested them, let me know your thoughts!!
This brush is intented to be used with liquid/cream products so this problem shouldn't occur but -unfortunately- it did. Maybe I got a wrong batch, I don't know - hey sigma, if you read this send me a new one will you - as there is no way I'm paying for one.
Nevertheless I wouldn't recommend this brush to anyone ever! Myself, I've ordered a MAC stippling brush, as I'm quite sure that one won't have this problem!!
First up: my order from Coastal Scents came in with on the above picture the pink palette, it was -pink- love at first sight...
- 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.
- Review Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm
- Avon haul & a little sale
- Review Estée Lauder Intense softening lotion
- Feelunique haul
- Review Sigma -short- eye shading brush E55
- Review Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum
- Godiva, hello multiple usage!
- A different kind of hauling!
- Review Avon senses Enchanted shower crème
- Mylène haul
- Beautypedia - free!
- Loving a discount haul
- Review Avon Supershock eyeliner - bronze
- Award, who, me?
- Review Cetaphil cleanser
- Budget Review Yves Rocher shower gel - florida ora...
- I won, I won, I won - did I mention I won?
- Never again: Sigma small stippling brush SS188 or ...
- The first haul of the new year :)
- Budget Review Sanex Dermo sensitive roll-on
- Happy new year!
- ▼ January (21)