Coty Airspun Loose Powder review

February 12, 2016

coty airspun powder review

Today I really want to talk to you about one of my latest discoveries in the drugstore world: The Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, in Translucent Extra Coverage.

I have picked this one up from before Christmas while I was doing a lot of my Christmas shopping and I had previously heard people compare it to the cult status Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, so I thought why not? Now, I don’t own that one, so I would not be able to say how this compares to it unfortunately.

coty airspun powder reviewCoty is a brand created by François Coty in 1904, which started with perfumes and then expanded to all things beauty- his idea was simple: rich yet affordable cosmetics. I think the history is part of why this product also appealed to me, the idea that women have been using this powder since 1935 and it’s still a viable option for us women today.

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. It comes in a clear plastic container with an orange top, and while it does have quite a light feeling, I don’t think it necessarily feels cheap. The top is decorated in a very vintage way with what seem to be little clouds of cotton or little powder puffs, giving it a very vintage feel. Inside you can find the powder, the whole of 65 grams of it, which is A LOT compared to most brands, with a sifter as well as a very soft powder puff, which, to be completely honest, I am not really using, as I prefer a powder brush or a sponge.

coty airspun powder reviewThe powder itself is  “an exclusive Microspun formula where loose powder particles are spun and swirled until they reach cloudlike softness.” And it is indeed very soft and finely milled, a lot better compared to my Nyx translucent powder. The colour is a soft beige instead of the usual white however it shows clear on the skin. Also, there is no flashback, which is always a nice extra if you know you will be photographed with flash.

coty airspun powder reviewAlso, before I got this, I was never really able to ‘bake’ my under eye as it somehow ended up looking like a cakey mess, however since I got this I am more and more tempted to do it almost every single time I do my makeup. If you don’t know what baking is, it’s applying an excessive amount of powder under your eyes and leaving it on for few minutes to warm up on your skin and then remove the excess. This really sets in the concealer and gives a flawless finished look.

coty airspun powder review

Overall, this is probably the best loose powder that I have used so far and I strongly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!You can find it here.

Have you tried this or what other loose powders do you generally like and recommend, either drugstore or high end?


Please let me know your thoughts below in the comments section :)


Lots of love,

Claudia x


January 2016 Beauty Favourites

February 3, 2016

DSC_0010Here we are – my first favourites post of 2016. This month I haven’t played with makeup as much as I would have loved but however there were few contenders that took over my makeup bag. Let’s get into it!


Benefit Hoola bronzer

I have had this bronzer for such a long time, however on my medium olive skintone this is still my favourite bronzer of all times. I really like the fact that it’s so cool toned that I can use it both as a contour as well as an all oveer bronzer without looking too ashy. I would really recommend this to anyone!

Lancome Photogenic Lumessence

I got this foundation back at a L’oreal event for a really good price and I have been surprised by how much I’ve liked it. For reference, I am in the shade 3 and it’s probably slightly lighter than what I would normally go for, but it’s perfect for winter. I like the fact that this foundation is foolproof, as I’ve never had a day of wearing it and feeling like it’s slippery or getting into my dry patches or any of those awful thing. A great foundation for normal to dry skin who like a medium coverage.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I think it’s safe to say that this concealer has become my absolute favorite formula of all times! I love the applicator, the creaminess of it as well as the fact that it lasts for such a long time. Also I happened to be getting this at the same time as my Nars Radiant Concealer and will soon be writing a review comparing them but this one definitely has me going wow!

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I finally bit the bullet on this one after hearing so much about it and I have to say that now I get it. While I don’t necessarily use this one on its own, but more like a blush topper, I love the luminosity that it gives to my cheeks and it works so well with any looks!

Becca’s Champagne Pop

Need I say more? I had Opal before this one and I thought that nothing could really top that one, but Champagne Pop is probably the most beautiful, incredibly gold yet very light and universally flattering (joke- only if you have light to medium skintone) highlight that the world could have created. Also I am really happy to see that the colour is now permanent so I do not need to be sweating and worrying about backups. Phew.

janaury 2016 favorites kat von d shade and light eye palette colourpop supershock eyeshadow etiquette

Kat von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette (full review here)

I got this palette in December and have not been able to put it down. I use it for my everyday neutral looks as it has only matte shadows, as well as for colourful one or smokey looks as it provides so many great options for my crease and transitions shades. It has simply become a staple in my bag these days.

Colourpop Supershock Eyeshadows

If you’ve never tried any of the Colourpop eyeshadows, I really recommend you to. They have a unique consistency of cream to powder and

they are incredibly pigmented and soft, however not as easy to work with, as they dry quite quickly so you need to be fast. I own quite few, however I love the strong colours such as Etiquette or Leopard where you can use them as an all over the lid colour and then smoke them out with some dark browns or any other combos that you are interested in. Definitely one to think about!


Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie

Last but not least, one of my favorite lip products of all time. This colour is what I call the ‘undupeable’ as I have never been able to find a colour like this one. It’s sort of a rosy terracota dark nude, which is my perfect MLBB (my lips but better for people who don’t know that). Also it has a matte finish which is what I always go for and the pencil form makes it really nice to carry it around as well as apply it precisely. Also, if you know any dupes for it, please, please, please let me know as I have been unable to find anything similar. Below you can see a swatch so you can see what I’m talking about :)


So this is it guys! These are my favourites for the month. Let me know what you guys have loved and I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Makeup Revolution Redemption Day to Night Palette- Review and Swatches

February 1, 2016

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review
This week, as part of our Twitter collaboration us girls (go check out Christina here)  decided to talk about Makeup Revolution. I chose to try one of their eye palettes as I’ve never had a chance to experience before. They have quite a large range, however I wanted to stay on the basic one line, so I can see if they’re actually worth the praise around the internet. Therefore, I went to a local Superdrug and picked up the ‘Redemption Essentials Day to Night’ palette.

This palette is described as a “Day to Night Redemption Palette Essential’, which will help you make your eyes look dramatic and even more beautiful. Non-greasy and long-lasting, this eye shadow palette will become your instant favourite.”

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review

The packaging is a black plastic, thin container, which in all fairness, looks and feels pretty cheap. On the display I tried very hard to find one that was not scratched and find only one that hard sort of only a minor scratch, so for all the packaging fanatics out there, this might not be a good option for you. The palette closes with a clicking sound, which makes it feel secure and comes with 14 grams of products in total. Also it comes with a double ended sponge applicator which to be honest, is pretty useless most of the times, however I find it good in terms of swatching on my arm as well as packing colour on the lid in the moments when I don’t have any other tools available.

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review

In terms of ingredients, this contains talc as its second ingredient as well as parabens so for those with sensitive skin, it could cause a breakout – I personally found them absolutely fine but it’s good to put it out there.

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review ingredients

Inside the palette, the shadows are split between two different sort of themes, day and night. For the day side we have:

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review  swatches

White: Can be used as a base colour or brow highlighter.
Cream: Has little amount of shimmer. More like pearl finish.
Peach: A neutral matte shade.
Shimmery Peach: Shimmer shade for those casual fridays!
Gold: A perfect shade for a nice pop of colour on the center of the lid
Metallic Light Brown: Pearl finish shade.

On the night side we have:

makeup revolution redemption palette day to night review  swatches

Metallic Dark Brown: Pearl finish Shade.
Violet: Matte shade.
Black: Shimmery shade.
Grey: Shimmery shade.
Dark Blue: Shimmery shade- also very disappointing in comparison with the way it looks in the pan
Sky Blue: Aqua shimmery shade

All the swatches are applied without a primer underneath and have been worked up with maybe two or even three layers. The metallic shadows had the most adherence to the skin however they were also incredibly powdery and even tended to crumble on my finer. The sort of satin finish light colours also needed a lot of building up and I think some skintones might struggle in terms of actually showing up on the skin as they are not incredibly pigmented.


The best colour in the palette has to be the last one, the aqua which, even if powdery, had great colour pay off and was easy to work it. Funny enough, the worst one in my eyes ( no pun intended ha!)  was the oe next to it, which int he pan seems to be a midnight dark blue with shimmers that runs through it, but instead comes off a lot lighter than expected and stains the skin very badly, so I would stay away from that one unless you want permanently blue lids.


Overall, I think this is an okay palette. I don’t think that I will be reaching out for it too often, as I have other options that it’s a lot easier to work with in terms of pigmentation but I think it’s a good option for a beginner, as it comes at a great price of £4.


You can find it in Superdrug in store, or online here or here.


Let me know if you’ve tried any othe Makeup Revolution palettes and what your thoughts are or which one would you recommend- I would love to hear your thoughts below. I am thinking of trying the Chocolate Bar dupe next!

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Lots of love,



Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Swatch and Review

January 27, 2016

colourpop ultra matte lipsticks liquid

Today I wanted to chat about one of the most talked about brands within the beauty community- Colourpop. I  made an order from their website (which is unfortunately the only way to get it here in the UK- even though this might change very soon, as a UK company might start to sell them online- will make an update once I have more info).  I’ve ordered more than just this however today I was really keen on reviewing their most popular products, which are their Ultra Matte Lip colours.

From left to right in indirect sunlight: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper ultra matte lip review

Product overview

If you are even slightly into makeup, you will know that liquid lipsticks are all the trend and each and every company has released their own version. While most range on average around the $15-$20 dollars mark, these come in at a very affordable price tag of $6, which is basically just over £4. The other thing to mention about their range is that it’s all made in the USA, which in my eyes is a very good reason to try them out, as well as being cruelty free. They have a crazy range of colours for all of their products, however the lip colours stood out the most to me, with 43 colours to choose from in their Matte Lip range.

colourpop ultra matte

First of all, let’s talk about packaging. These come in a long and clear plastic tube with a silver cap. The packaging feels quite sturdy which is nice for such a low price, with my only complaint being about the writing on the packaging itself. The silver, sort of holographic looks really pretty, however it rubs off very quickly. As you might be able to spot in one of the photos, I have used Bumble for maybe 5-7 maximum and the writing is almost gone. On the bright side though, the label on the bottom with the name of the shade is a sticker so that should not be a problem.


Application and Removal

The consistency of these liquid lipsticks is very thin compared to a fairly similarly priced competitor, the Nyx Soft Matte Lip cream, which have a very moussey and thick consistency. All the colours are very opaque and you do not need to go over it several times to get a perfect application, quite the contrary. I find that a thinner layer ends up looking most true to colour and also helps it stay on a lot longer.

In terms of the actual application, I recommend using a lip liner (which I think is a must for any liquid lipstick, as they are very unforgiving and can easily look uneven) over which you can put a very thin layer. Personally I remove some of the product off the doe-foot applicator back in the glass so I have a lot more precision with a bit of product if that makes sense. Talking about the applicator, as you can see, it has a standard doe foot, which makes it nice and easy to apply, however it is not the best one on the market.

From left to right in indirect sunlight: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper ultra matte lip review Also another thing which is sort of a must with any liquid lipstick and in particular with this one is having prepped lips. Using a lip balm while doing the rest of your makeup and blotting it before applying the lipstick is a good ideas, as well as exfoliating the night before and applying lip balm or a lip mask before bed makes all the difference.

These last on me around 4-6 hours with very minimal transfer (mostly in the inner part of the lips if I drink something hot or eat something) however that is expected with any lip product in my opinion. They are slightly drying (anyone who tells you otherwise must be lying) but then again all liquid lipsticks are. For a comfortable option, you should look at satin finish lipsticks or bullet form matte lipsticks. Reapplications can be made, however again, like I mentioned before, make sure you do a very thin layer, because if you just take the applicator and rub that all over the lips, instead of drying it will start cracking which, let’s admit, is never attractive, especially when you’re not at home and cannot remove it properly.

I like to remove these by applying a bit of cleansing oil over my lips and rubbing it for few seconds, after which I remove it with a pad (make sure to not make too many swift motions, as it might get all over your face). After I go in with a normal makeup remover, which seems to finish up the job just right.


Colours and swatches 

I have bought 8 colours:

Solow is described as a “pale pastel baby pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones.

Bumble is described as a “dusty warm terracotta.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish.

Tulle is described as a “dusty mauve burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm plum-red with a matte finish.

Bad habit  is described as a “dusty mauve pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky plum with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish (this was the only one that still had a bit of a sheen even when completely dried down)

Creeper is described as a “true classic blue red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a smooth, matte finish.

Avenue is described as a “deep yellow red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark burgundy red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish.

Lax  is described as a “vampy blackened red.” It’s a very, very dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish.

Zipper is described as a “deep blackened purple.” It’s a dark, eggplant purple with slightly warmer, pink tones and a matte finish.

colourpop ultra matte swatch and review From left to right in direct sunlight swatch: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper

From left to right in direct sunlight: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper

As you can probably see, the darker colours are the ones that have a tendency to be slightly patchy and apply uneven. My biggest disappointment was LAX, as it’s a such a beautiful vampy colours, yet it seems to be one of the easiest one to crack and smudge.

The other thing that I wanted to mention about the colours is that they tend to look a bit darker on the lips than on the tube and sometimes even on the hand. I am not sure exactly why that is, but I know for a fact that I am not the only one that noticed that.

From left to right in in ndirect sunlight: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper swatch and review colourpop ultra matte

From left to right in in indirect sunlight: Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Bad Habit, Creeper, Avenue, Lax, Zipper


Overall conclusion

I really like these and I think that for such a low price they’re worth trying out! I have a couple more coming in the post soon hopefully so I will update you with those also when I get them. Also I have to say that out of all of them, my favourite colours must be Bumble, Avenue and Bad Habit :)

Have you tried any of these before and what are your thoughts? If not, which shade would you like to try?

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Nars Fanny Audacious Lipstick Review

January 25, 2016

Nars audacious lipstick fanny review

When it comes to beauty products, as much as I try to love them all equally, lipsticks simply have a special space in my heart. Which is why it seems like I am on a quest of owning at least one lipstick from every brand out there. However today in particular I want to talk about one of my favourite lipstick formulas of all time: the Nars Audacious Line.

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. The lipstick comes in a heavy, black case with magnetic closure. Fortunately, unlike other Nars packaging, the Audacious line has a non-rubbery texture to it which means that it’s fingerprint-friendly and will not look like it’s been kept in your bag for the last three years after a week of use. Also the magnetic closure is very handy and gives it an expensive feeling. Nars audacious lipstick fanny review

Nars describes the Audacious line as a ‘Single-stroke coverage so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious.
Forty shades of unabashed luxury for unstoppable impact’. As you can see it is not described as a long lasting lipstick and it does not claim to be matte, which are some of the complaints that I have seen some people have in the past. If you’re looking for something more long lasting or with a matte effect, I can recommend either their Matte Lip Pencil line or their Pure Matte Lipsticks.Nars audacious lipstick fanny review

In terms of colours, Fanny is described as a ‘rich berry’. I would say that this is very true, however it also tends to have a lot of purple tones in it, therefore I would describe it as a cool toned berry pink. The finish on this one is very opaque-a look could be achieved with one swipe only- with a sheen, similar to the Tom Ford lipsticks, if you’ve had the chance to try them. However, if you wish a more matte effect, blotting will achieve that look instantly. Personally however I think that their natural finish gives lips a fuller, more seductive look and when blotted they lose some of those qualities.

collage nars audacious fanny swatch

On top: Fanny in indirect sunlight. Bottom: Fanny in direct sunlight

The lipstick glides on very easily and creates an opaque look instantly, without needing to go over it 4 or 5 times unlike other brands. In terms of longevity, it lasts on few for a good four to five hours and it leaves behind a beautiful stain.

Overall, the quality of the lipstick is outstanding with a beautiful colour payoff and such a comfortable formula, without it being drying or moisturizing either. This is the first time that I am trying this range and I am definitely looking forward to adding more shades to my collection, in particular as they have 40 (!) different shades and they seem to all be having the same beautiful consistency.

Nars audacious lipstick fanny review

I hope you enjoyed my review and let me know if you’ve tried any of the Nars Audacious lipsticks or if you’d like to try one. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Kat von D Shade and Light Eye palette- worth the hype?

January 22, 2016

kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

This week I decided to start a series on my blog called ‘Cult product- is it worth it?’ in which I will be discussing incredibly popular items that have been hyped up over the internet, in particular by bloggers and vloggers that absolutely swear by them. In the first installment, I wanted to talk about the ever popular Shade and Light Palette by Kat Von D. Unfortunately you cannot get this in the UK per se, however Sephora started shipping internationally which makes it a lot more accessible plus there are loads of rumours about the brand making its way in the UK market this year, as their exclusivity contract with Sephora has come to an end.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

First of all, let’s get into the packaging. The palette comes in a very thick, sturdy black cardboard packing with black and gold writing on it, in a very typical Kat von D style: gothic and inctricate. Also I thought I would mention that this packaging is identical to her face palette with an eponymous name, the only difference being the word ‘eye’ added under the palette name.  It comes with a decent size mirror, which also makes it great for travelling. I personally really lik the estethics behind the palette with my only complaint being that because of the black cardboard and the fact that it feels slightly rubbery, this easily becomes ‘smudge city’ and it’s very difficult to clean, up, similar to the packaging on Nars products.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

On the back on the box as well as the palette itself you can find a preview of what you will find inside. I think it’s really smart to also have the colours on the outer packaging as sometimes if you are in a shop and there are no testers, it’s a lot easier to see what’s inside while for the palette itself, if you’re a blogger for example, it’s very easy to reference the name of each shadow instead of having something like a plastic film on top of palette which, once removed, means you will never know what you’re putting on. Also this saves space inside the palette and allows it to be a good size.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

Also, inside the box, you can find a leaflet, both in French and English with three different inspirations for your looks, or three different ways to ‘contour your eyes’ with effects such as lifting, defining and balancing. I think this is a great little extra that is very helpful for beginners who are only getting into eyeshadow looks and also it offers some inspiration to anyone reaching out for this. Definitely really well thought out on this one!


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

Now let’s get to the best part- what’s inside the palette! The palette comes with 12 different matte shadows, with 3 of them considerable larger, which are defined as the base colours. I think one of the most unique part of this palette and what makes it so popular is that, while being a neutral palette, it does not lean warm or cool, unlike others on the market, but instead it offers three clear quads, a neutral, warm and cool toned one to suit any needs and also create variety within what one could call a boring selection of shadows such as beige, cream and browns.

The shadows are very creamy and incredibly pigmented and most importantly there are no duds: they all perform equally and blend like a dream. Some might complain that these are a bit powdery but as long as you tap the excess off your brush and make sure to keep your motions slightly more toned down, you will not make a mess. Also this is to be expected from a pigmented matte shadow so that almost made me happy, instead of having a chalky pigment with no adherence to the skin, like a lot of other ones on the market.


Now let’s get swatching! I wanted to talk about each quad individually and I wanted to take photos in direct as well as indirect sunlight so you can see the colours as true to life as possible.

kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review neutral tones

From left to right: Laetus, Lucius, Solas, Samael

Laetus is described as a “creamy nude.” It’s a light beige with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light beige with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. Lucius is is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen.  Solas  is described as an “espresso brown.” It’s neutral dark brown with a matte finish. Samael is described as a “dusty fawn.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.



kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review cool tones

From left to right: Lazarus, Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Lazarus is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Liberatus is described as a “pinkish ivory.” It’s a cool-toned white with a hint of beige and a matte finish.  Shax is described as a “jet black.” It’s a darkened black with cool undertones and a matte finish. Saleos is described as a “smoky brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review warm tones

From left to right: Ludwin,Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Ludwin is described as a “peachy bronze.” It’s a muted, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Latinus is described as a “golden bisque.” It’s a yellowed beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Sytry is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. Succubus is described as a “rich rust.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish.


Out of all the shades, I have to admit that there is one slight disappointment, and that would be Shax, which is described as ‘jet black’ yet tends to sheer out and also just doesn’t have as much pigmentation as for example ‘Black Out’ from Urban Decay, which is so far my favorite black ever! On the other hand though, I think this is meant to be more of a black that can be used for a daytime look, where you might want a lighter hand and not a jet black which would make any look overly dramatic.


All in all, I have to say that I am impressed by this palette and I understand why everyone is talking about it- I am a massive fan of matte colours and I think it is a very wearable everyday palette that should be in everyone’s kit. Definitely worth the hype!

You can buy this on Sephora’s website here or at Rose’s Beauty Store here and it costs $46 which is around £34 including tax.


What are your thoughts on this palette? Have you tried it before or is it on your wishlist? I would love to hear your thoughts below :)


Lots of love,


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The best face primer under £5

January 20, 2016

nivea primer men aftershave

In the last few months or so, the beauty world has exploded with the discovery of an unexpected primer: a man’s aftershave balm. Yes, you heard that right! Nikkietutorials, who is a pretty famous beauty vlogger, was once staying over at her boyfriend’s house and as she had ran out of moisturizer to use under her foundation, so she used this instead. She noticed how her makeup looked so much better that day and had to attribute it to this unsung hero. And voila, we got ourselves a new obsession!

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

First of all, let’s talk about what’s in this balm that actually helps it be a great primer. As you can see in the photo above, the main ingredient., after water, is glycerine. The reason why this is such an important part is because it helps moisturize, calm down the skin as well as help other products latch on, in this case foundation and concealer. Therefore, your makeup will last a lot longer than the usual- at least myself as well as a lot of other bloggers found so.


In terms of the actual consistency for the balm, it is very similar to other hydrating primers, it has a smooth gel feeling and it absorbs in the skin pretty quickly, however I would recommend waiting 1 or 2 minutes to apply your base, to make sure that it’s all  sunk in. Below you can see that it’s quite runny and you don’t need that much, maybe one large drop as you don’t want too much- hello shiny disco ball! In terms of the smell, it obviously has a ‘man’ smell which I personally love it however it disappears within minutes, once it’s all dried out.

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

Overall, this primer leaves my normal to dry skin feeling very hydrated and smooth, and it helps my foundation slip so nicely without caking up or getting attached to any of my dry patches. Oh, and did I mention the price? You get 100 ml for under £5. Actually, currrently Wilko has it on offer here for £2.45. which is insanely affordable compared to most primers, in particular mid to high end, which can be anywhere between £12 to £25, usually for a 30 ml bottle.

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

What are your thoughts? Have you tried this before or are you tempted? Also, how does it compare to other primers that you’ve previously used?



Please let me know in the comments below- I’d love to hear your thoughts on this unusual primer!


Lots of love,







Review: Collection Conceal and Light Like a Pro

January 18, 2016

Few weeks back, I wrote a review on the new-ish Blush and Go palette that sells exclusively in Boots- you can read that here for more details. Today I want to talk about my other pick from this collection, which is the ‘Conceal and Light Like a Pro’ palette.

In a similar fashion to the other palettes, it comes in a black lightweight cardboard packaging, which tends to feel quite cheap but at the same times it’s expected considering the very low price of the palette- I got it for sale for £4, and I think full price is around £6.99. The other thing that I noticed with this one: because of the black packaging, it tends to get dirty very quickly and I find myself having to wipe it every time I use it, which can become a bit of a hassle- maybe it’s just me, as I really don’t like grubby makeup and want everything tidy and super clean.


The other thing that I was slightly disappointed with is that it doesn’t have a mirror, which would have been really useful, but oh well. Moving on to the actual product: it comes with 8 different concealing and correcting shades: on the left side you can find the 4 skintone colours, while on the right side, you have a green, lilac, yellow corrector as well as a brightening, shimmery pink. 

When I saw this, I was quite ecstatic, as I only own one or two  orange correctors and I was excited to be expanding my collection into other colour ranges however I was very disappointed with the actual quality of these. They are very poorly pigmented and simply do not show on the skin the way a corrector/concealer should. At this point I am not sure if it’s my skintone or what, but they all sort of look white on me, especially the correcting shades. I tried to use the green on a broken blood vessel that I have on my cheek and it literally did nothing- and it’s not even THAT red, it’s just a slight discoloration which can mostly be covered by a good medium coverage foundation.

Below you can see the swatches for yourself. They all sort of look the same to me and have a white cast, which means that you couldn’t use these under your eyes, especially if you have any kind of dark circles, as it will make them appear grey.


However I read one or two reviews of people who have used this and enjoyed it to cover up blemishes so I could not speak about that, as I haven’t tried it like that yet apart from my failed experiment. However, I have to say that I don’t find them to be creamy enough and I think they would end up emphasizing any dryness and would ‘crack’ if you use any powder on top if that makes sense.

Overall, I will keep trying to use this, however compared to other products such as Collection’s own Lasting Perfection concealer as well as other creamy concealers out there, I think I would give this one a miss.

I hope you enjoyed my review and let me know if you’ve used this or any other similar palettes. I look forward to your thoughts in the comments section below!


Lots of love,



January Empties

January 15, 2016


I have been meaning to write this post for a while as I’ve been holding on to these empties but here it is- my first empties post!


As you can probably see, there is not much make up in there as I don’t go through them as quickly compared to other items- besides mascara, obviously, which, remember, has to be binned after 3 months (!) Anyhow let’s get into it and I’ll also let you know if I’m planning to repurchase them.


La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion- find here

This is probably my third bottle and is definitely one of my favorite toners. Both my husband and I use it and we have very different skin- he has oily, blemish prone skin, while my skin is dry to normal with occasional breakouts. This, I think, shows that this toner is great for every skin type and really makes you feel properly cleansed and ready for your moisturizer. Definitely a repurchase!


L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara- find here

Over time I have tried quite few mascaras from L’Oreal and most of the time I am quite happy with the results, however I have to say that this was just meh. It was okay, it did not smudge on me and the application was easy however I felt like the wand was very spiky and quite few times I actually managed to get in my eye, which is very unusual for me, that never happens! Also I feel as if it dried out very quickly which added to the already mentioned dryness of it. Will not be repurchasing


L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream- find full size here

This is a sample that I got at some point around October and as it was a decently sized pot, I was able to use it quite a lot and test it out properly. The cream claims to make your skin ‘ luminous and rested, with an immediate radiance boost. The skin feels smooth, soft and velvety. Pores, fine lines and imperfections look reduced. Your skin glows with a fresh and natural beauty.’ God, I love descriptions, they make them sound so magical, right? I wouldn’t go as far as saying that my face was glowing, however the cream felt very nicely and I think it helped my skin transition into winter without any crazy dryness or breakout so that is always an extra point from me. Also I tried the serum that comes with it in the shop as well as they seemed to be pairing very well together (at least my hand thought so) so I might be repurchasing a full size of this one together with the serum.


Morrocan Oil Treatment (travel version) – find here

Everyone and their mother talks about how amazing this treatment is for your hair and how shiny and glossy and hydrated it makes them feel. I gave in and bought the small version of this as I like to test things out before splurging £30+ which also lasted me forever, considering I wash my hair every 3-4 days and have used it every single time. I did notice that if helped my hair detangle a lot more and the ends were not as dry, which indeed made blow drying it a lot easier. However, as the same time, I have some Argan Oil from when I went to Morroco which also does a great job, so at the moment I am on the fence on whether I would repurchase it as I think it’s quite a pricey product that could be replaced with a pure oil.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- find here

I know that this one is not a new product and has definitely been spoken about for a million times however: HOW AMAZING IS THIS? For a product that costs under £5, this concealer has probably the best formula for even the most stubborn dark circles. Some people may complain that it’s not as thin of a formula compared to other but at the same time, it might have double or triple the coverage. This has already been repurchased before it was even finished and I have quite few of them lying around and will probably continue to buy them, because I am mad about them.


Soap&Glory Vitamin C Face Wash- find here

Out of all these empties, this one took the absolute longest to finish! I think I’ve had this for over a year or closer to 18 months and by the end of it, I just really wanted to finish it, as it’s such a big bottle! Standard face washes come in 150 ml bottles and they still last quite a long time, while this jumbo one is a 350ml bottle so just imagine! Anyway, this face wash is a really good basic daily face wash which also has some small beads in it, which makes it more of a scrub/wash 2 in 1. When I first started using it, I really loved it and I still think it’s a good face wash for all skin types, however over the last year my taste in skincare has changed quite a bit so I probably will not be repurchasing this one. Also, even if I do, it will definitely be a small one!


Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover- find here

This one is a little travel size that I bought back home in Romania as I finished the one that I had with me. It’s a dual phase remover, which means that you shake it before using it and is has quite an oily consistency which removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and crazy color eye shadows. I will most definitely repurchase this one as soon as I have the chance to!


La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes- find here

Last but not least, another product from La Roche Posay. I am generally a big fan of French pharmacy brands so I am constantly trying new products from LRP, Vichy, Bioderma etc. Also, I am constantly looking for my holy grail eye cream, as I have crazy dark circles and I am still hoping that some cream will make a difference- spoiler alter: nothing has so far. This one is okay, maybe a bit too gel-like for my liking as I prefer more moisturizing thick or serum like cream. I think also that this is more suited as a morning eye cream rather than evening as it’s so light and absorbs very quickly so it won’t intervene with any make up. I probably won’t be repurchasing  this one and as continuing the search!


What are your latest empties and what would you repurchase or recommend in general from the things that you recently emptied?





My Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

January 13, 2016

2015 favorite beauty products

I know I am a bit late to the party with my favorites, but I will be completely honest here: in the beginning of 2015, my makeup game was waaaay different than it is now and I used to own a lot less, so you can say that I have discovered a lot of favorites in the last 3 months so in a way I am sort of cheating. But let’s not get you bored over here, let’s get going.


Face Products:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand

Before this year, I was all about my Collection Lasting Perfection, but since trying this concealer, I am converted. This is such a creamy formula, a little goes a long way and also the colour Sand is absolutely perfect for me, as I use it to highlight my under eye area together with my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Also did I mention that this is only 5.99? And you can usually find it in an offer, such as buy one get 2nd half off or something similar. Definitely a massive winner for me!

Benefit Erase paste in Medium

As an olive skin girl with really dark blue purple greenish I find it difficult to hide my dark circles without a corrector, and I have found that this one to be the best one so far. I personally use a flat concealer brush to apply this all over and then use either my Real Techniques sponge or my fingers in to really blend it in. I find that it cancels out all the unwanted 50 shades of darkness and it really creates a smooth base for a highlighting type of concealer. This is already my second pot and I have to say that it lasts me for at least a year!

Essence Matte Blush in 20 Berry Me Up

This has been an unexpected find. I mean, a £2.50 blush? Yes, and it’s probably one of the most beautiful colours that I have ever tried on my cheeks, a very subtle matte dusty rose that goes with any and all eye looks. Also this is great for your no makeup day if you just want to throw a concealer on and a lip balm, but you don’t want to be too pale and need a bit of a flush. I am definitely planning to try more shades in this range ASAP. If you want to get your hands on this, try your local Wilko, as they have quite a large range. Or, if you’re in the US, you can find Essence at Ulta.

Real Techniques Contour Brush from the Core Collection Kit

This brush has changed my contour game! Unfortunately you cannot buy it individually, however I definitely recommend the entire kit, as they are all great face brushes. The reason why I love this brush is because it works perfectly with my contour skills- aka no skills. I can use it with quite a light hand, as well as apply a bit more product and then blend it. Also when I feel extra lazy, I use this to set my under eye area and other smaller areas. It’s quite tapered, yet still dense and so far my best contour brush yet!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

When the holiday kits came out, I had my eyes on this Opal mini that came with this as well as a liquid version so I had to get it. Best decision ever! I have never been more glowy or luminous from within as with this on! I use it on my upper cheek, tip of my nose, as well as my cupid bow. I want to try Champagne Pop also (they just made it permanent wohoo!), however meanwhile I will still be super happy to continue using this one, as it’s a great product and lasts for a really long time. I have been using it every single day and still it doesn’t have a dent in it.


Eye Products

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I have already written a full review on this, which you can find here, but in case you haven’t seen it, go check it out and then go buy this! This is such amazing quality for less than half the price of an Urban Decay or Too Faced palette and it has the perfect mix of matte and shimmery shades to create warm toned, beautiful looks. Also it’s the kind of palette that can easily take you from daytime to nightime. Also check out Zoeva’s brushes if you’re already there, as they’re amaaaazing!


Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Excessive Black

Like most people, I have tried so many mascaras and so many times I’ve been like meh. However, with the Hypnose Drama, I always see a dramatic improvement (no pun intended ha) in my lashes even after one layer- and most for most of the time, I do one layer only. I use my Shu Uemura curler before hand and I find that this holds the curl as well as lengthen which is quite rare, plus it never smudges on me, which is great. Overall, totally worth the price tag! (oh and you can usually find it in a set with a makeup remover or an eyeliner so you never have to pay retail price!)


Nyx Slide on Pencil in all colours

I am not much of an eyeliner person (besides liquid) unless I am going for a really heavy eye look, which I’m usually not, so my only expectations are : to glide on easily aka not tug at my eye, not to smudge and good pigmentation. Yet most liners that I ever tried failed at at least one of those. However, Nyx seems to have created a perfect combination. Also this is safe to use in your waterline and it lasts pretty well but for it to last all day, I would suggest setting it with a black eyeshadow :) Also have I mentioned that they have 15 different colours?

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Lip Products

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in all colours

I have fallen in love with these ones before I even got my hands on them, as they’ve been released in the US long before they arrived in the UK. Even though in the UK, they have only released six shades out of the 20 or so that they have in the UK, I have managed to get my favorite from the US also, and I have to say that their formula is so opaque and hydrating for a matte lipstick! My favorite colours from the range are Touch of Spice, Rich Ruby and Divine Wine.

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in all colours

The other formula that I was incredible impressed with this year are Too Faced’s Melted lippies. They have a great range of colours and constantly coming out with different finishes and shades so you can never get bored. Also, as they are liquid, they glide on so easily and create a really stunning initially glossy, then slightly more matte finish. I have at the moment 4 minis, as I prefer to try different colours (and I never finish any lipsticks) but I think soon I will buy Melted Chihuahua, as well as two of the new Melted Chocolate range, as they look so appealing.

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Random favorite

Secret Garden Coloring book by Johanna Basford

This year I really got into coloring books so much and this has been the first one that I picked up and my absolute favourite! It has such beautiful intricate designs that you could spend hours on, with little secret animals and plants hidden in each of them. Also I love that the pages are really thick and good quality so even when you use coloured fineliners, the colour won’t bleed on the other side of the page. Overall, a great way to spend your pastime especially while watching a movie or simply when you’re stressed or you need your mind to just chill down. Strongly recommend trying them out yourselves!

So here you go! Here are 10 of my most used and well loved products of last year. What have been your favorite products of 2015 and do you think that they’ll still remain so this year? Let me know below- I’d love to hear from you!


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