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November Pick: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipstick

December 1, 2015

I have decided that at the end of each month, I will talk about a highlight of the month or something that I have been very excited about so this is it: my first pick for the month for November.
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Now, if you read any beauty blogs at all or watch ‘beauty gurus’ on youtube, you must have heard them mention Charlotte Tilbury at least once in the last few months and rave about her range. So, as I am super easily influenceable when it comes to luxurious golden package and matte lipsticks, I went ahead and got the ‘Matte Revolution luminous modern-matte long-lasting lipstick’. Quite a mouthful, huh?

Anyway, let’s get to it. The lipstick comes in a classic gold, heavy metallic case, very much similar to the feeling of YSL. From the moment when you have it in your hand, it gives you a luxurious feeling. In this range, they have 10 colors, each of them coordinated with matching eye products to create looks such as ‘The Dolce Vita, The Vintage Vamp or The Rebel. First of all, I love the fact that she came up with something a bit different and also this helps women who are starting up in makeup and don’t know what kind of eye shadows to wear with a dark lipstick and so on. Or in my case, it simply is more appealing to the eye when you are in store to identify yourself as ‘The Bombshell’ or ‘The Sophisticate’- I believe it appeals to the idea that makeup makes us feel like a different character and you can transform into anything you want. Anywaaaay, rambling over.

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Going back to the lipstick, I went to Selfridges and had one of the makeup assistants try two colors on me. I was looking for an everyday dark nude, so I tried on Bond Girl (I almost bought this one because I loved the name) and Walk of shame. In the end, I chose the latter, as Bond Girl was a bit too close to my natural lip color. ‘Walk of Shame’ is described as ‘a beautiful, berry tinted rose for antique chic, perfect for Christina Hendricks and Margot Robbie.’ I am not sure if she was inspired by these celebrities when creating the colors or what, but I’ll be Margot Robbie any day.

Now, to the actual wearing experience: The first I tried it on, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed. I am used to quite heavy pigmented, bright colors and this one was not really it. I have to give them credit for the fact that it is very moisturizing for a matte lipstick, but it is not buildable and basically what you get in the first coat is all that you get. The second time when I tried it though, knowing what to expect+, it was a different story. Overall, it is a beautiful nude lipstick, a muted, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It applies very smoothly and stays on for maybe five hour or so without reapplying. Also it does transfer when eating/drinking so you have to be careful with that.

 

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Overall, I am quite happy with my purchase. I would not say this is my holy grail lipstick, but at the same time, I could see myself wearing this very often, so for me it’s a nice splurge that I had on my mind for a while and now I am just happy to have it as part of my collection of nudes, which I am still building up.

The last thing that I also wanted to mention is the shape of the bullet. As you can see below, it has an almost square bullet which is very much helps application even with the most stubborn or weirdly shaped cupid bows- I really like that detail and this is another reason why drugstore and high end products will always have their own categories in my heart.

 

CHarlotte Tilbury Walk of shame matte Liipstick

 

The lipstick retails for £23 and they are available in Selfridges in store, as well as online on the CT website Also, as of last Friday, the first standalone Charlotte Tilbury shop has opened in Covent Garden- make sure to go check it out!

 

Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury products before and if so, what are your favorites or what would you love to try?

 

Love,

C.

Beauty

Drugstore Eyeshadow Primers: Milani VS ELF

November 27, 2015

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If you ever wondered why your eye shadow is not as pigmented few hours after you applied it or simply disappears, fear not- eye shadow primer is your answer. Today I thought I’d talk about my two favorite drugstore options and also put them to test and see which one performs best. I have not had the chance to try a high end primer yet so unfortunately I cannot talk about those options, however I will look into that for the future.

To start with, we have the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. I got this one from Amazon, as at that time I was not aware that Milani had an EU store and anyway, it’s sometimes just easier and the product got to me very quickly. This one costs just under £5 and has 9 ml /0.3 fl oz.

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It comes in a squeezy bottle and it has a very nice easy application, as you can put it on your finger and apply it precisely, or if you prefer, you can apply it directly on your lids. This one comes in the color ‘nude’ and when you get it out of the tube, it has sort of a skin color tint, yet it’s colorless once you start blending it in. The consistency is a lot thicker than most drugstore eye primers and when blending it feels a bit tacky, which allows the eye shadow to literally stick to it.

On me, it makes any eye shadow last a minimum of 10-12 hours with minimal effects, which is amazing for such an affordable product.

 

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The other one that I wanted to talk about is Elf Eyeshadow Lock Primer, which costs £3 on the UK ELF website, but remember that you have to have to put in a minimum order in order to get it delivered to the UK (it comes straight from the USA). I have bought this one mostly because every single youtuber and person generally speaking about ELF recommends this as one of their best products.

This one comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator and has 3.1 ml/ 0.11 fl. oz. You can instantly see that this one literally has 3 times less product that the Milani one, which, in my opinion, is a huge disadvantage, especially if you use it on a daily basis and it’s not as easy to get a hold of it. First thing that I want to say is that I am really struggling with getting product of the tube. What I am trying to say is that that I dip the applicator and nothing’s on it! When I try to apply it- I have to dip it in quite a lot, and to be honest, I am afraid that I will finish it in no time. In terms of consistency, I feel that it’s incredibly thin and moussey. Just like the Milani one, this does not have a color, even though it looks slightly pinkish before you blend it out.

Below you can see how the both look when applied to the hand:

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Milani Eyeshadow Primer on the left and ELF on the right

As you can see, you do not need a large of amount for any of them and as mentioned previously, they have very different consistencies.

Below, you can see how they look when blended. Also disclaimer: I had to change the contrast of the photo below so you can actually see any kind of difference, otherwise it would have literally been impossible to notice the difference- which I guess is not such a bad thing for something that is supposed to be invisible, right?

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You can see that both of them look pretty similar, even though the Milani one seems to have more of a sheen to it, however they both blended beautifully.

 

Overall, I would say that the winner in my eyes is the Milani one, as it has more product and I enjoy the consistency a bit more, however Elf is still a great option and would suit people on a lower budget who are just dipping their toes into primers for the first time.

 

Hope you enjoyed this and let me know what your favorite primers are.

 

Love,

C.

Beauty

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette Review and Swatches

November 25, 2015

Finally, I got it- you can get it here also!!

I have heard so much about the Zoeva brushes- in particular I remember at some point last year, girls were going crazy over the rose gold edition. They are all AMAZING and a lot more affordable than the likes of Mac or other comparable brushes. Anyway, the point that I was trying to get to is that until recently I had no idea that Zoeva also had its own makeup. I read a lot of reviews about several things and this palette kept popping up! At the same time it seemed to be sold out everywhere but finally Beauty Bay brought it back so here I am – it was probably one of my most exciting buys this year.

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Price and packaging: The price for the palette is £15.50 and you can get free 2 days delivery if you spend over £20. I ordered in on a Thursday and I expected it to come on Monday, but I was suprised when it actually got there 2 days before, on Saturday. It comes in a cardboard case with the same kind of art deco inspired print, and inside, the shadows are protected with a plastic film. First impression when opening it: wow!  The package is really beautiful, even though it doesn’t have a mirror- real bummer, right? On the back you can read the ingredients and also one of the best parts about these is that they are paraben, mineral oils, fragrance and phthalates free- quite a mouthful there!

First impressions: I had read and watched so many reviews for this, so usually at this point, when I actually get it in my hand, I am kind of like… hmm.. not too excited. Not with this one though! The colours look just as vibrant as you would imagine them! Also because it doesn’t have a mirror or space to put a brush in, the palette is very lightweight so perfect for your travel kit!

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Cocoa Blend Palette Zoeva

 

Colors: You get 10 1.5gr shadows with different finishes. You get a pure matte, which is a beigy white, as well as two other almost matte shadow- what I mean when I say that it’s that on the eyelid it will mostly look matte but when looking at it might have some shimmer through it. The rest of the colors have a beautiful either satin or metallic finish- the type of colors that you can usually wear on a day to day basis at work, as well as updating your look for an evening look.

My favorite colors of the bunch will have to be Warm Note, a metallic cranberry pink, Subtitute for love, which is a great blending color nd Freshly Toasted, a muted reddish brown which is my obsession these days in terms of my outer corner and crease. I would not say that these are necessarily incredibly unique colors- you can find most of these as individuals from different palettes or single compacts but in my opinion it’s just nice to get a palette that is not only either super neutral or super crazy rainbow and this is perfect for the season.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette swatches

Pigmentation and application: As you expected by now, the colors are super pigmented-my swatches are only one swipe by the way. As I mentioned previously, I had a bit of fallout from one or two colours (the ore metallic ones), however the application has been flawless and the wear time is of 10h, which I think is pretty decent for a £15 palette.

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Overall conclusion: Cocoa Blend is a great palette at a very good price, which I strongly recommend to anyone with a preference for warm toned, reddish browns-this would look great in particular on brown eyes! I am most definitely planning to purchase more Zoeva makeup items- who knows, maybe another palette?

 

Have you tried any Zoeva makeup before and if so, what would you recommend?

 

Love,
C.

Beauty

Kiko Infinity Eyeshadows review and swatches

November 23, 2015

The other day, I went to central London to meet a friend and could not help myself but walk into Kiko. I own two things only from Kiko, a lipstick and a single eye shadow, and even though I’ve been happy with both of them, I still haven’t managed to get my hands on more. As soon as I walked into the shop I saw 100+ single Infinity eyeshadow pans which were all reduced from £5.90 to £2.80. Bargain, right?

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They are part of the Clics Palette system, where you create your own palette, however  they don’t sell the palettes anymore, which is kind of sad. They are coming out with new packaging (square instead of round it seems). So I felt like all those babies needed a home, even if they were only individual pans.

There were sooooo many colours, and it was incredibly hard to choose. I was at first attracted by beautiful bronzes, golds and brown, but decided to go a different, a very different direction instead- I already own too many neutral colors. I picked up what could be some of the brightest eye shadows that I have ever seen. And they are beautiful! When swatching, I was shocked by how pigmented they were and how they actually stained the skin- in a good way, in the way in which it LASTS. I got  231- Sparkling Amaranth, 250- Mat Grapes, 274- Mat Light Blue Sea and 275-Electric Blue.

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They each come in thin individual pans, yet they give you 2- 2.5gr of products, which is very close to a full size eye shadow. You can see from the photos above that in terms of the colors that they pick up, they are AMAZING! However if I were to compare them, I would say that the blues have the best consistency with no fallout whatsoever, while the pink was the most difficult to work with- compared to the blue obviously- it’s still a great shadow. The purple was really good also, but somehow it just didn’t show that well in the photos, so you’ll have to take my word for it :)

Kiko Clics System Eyeshadows

I have not worn these outside yet, so it would be hard for me to tell you how long wearing they are , but after trying them, I would say that as long as you use a good primer, you should get a minimum of 8h use. In terms of how I am planning to use these crazy super pigmented colors, I am not sure if I would use them as my main color or all over the lid, but I will definitely use all of them for my lower lash line, as all of these colors are very suitable for my brown eyes. Also you can use them in different types of smokey eyes- both day and evening looks. For example, I would use the pink with my Zoeva  Cocoa Blend palette to create a more vivid crease, or you could use the blue with a bit of brown also for a super dark vampy look. Maybe I’ll actually do these looks and post them here, we’ll see.

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Also, last but not least, you might be wondering: ‘How are you planning to store them if the palettes are out of stock?’ Well, the plan is to go back and buy 5 more of these babies, and put them all in a small Z Palette- my first one actually! I have already ordered mine from the States, the Hot Pink one, so I’ll be able to have a nice little Kiko Palette or who knows, maybe I’ll mix it up and use some other shadows instead. I will definitely post it up as soon as I get it- probably around Christmas Time.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and I look forward to wearing some neon!

 

Have you tried any of these eye shadows or any other products from Kiko? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Love,

C.

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On my reading list- library edition

November 20, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, I realized that I have really not read much, besides the bestsellers such as Gone Girl on Girl on the Train. So I have set myself a goal to finish two book within the next… month and a half really.

After finding out where the closest Superdrug/Boots is, one of the first things that I’ve done was getting a library card. I have always loved library and the idea of being able to get almost an unlimited number of books and then return them for them to be loved time after time- such a romantic idea, right? At least for me it is.

Reading List November 2015

So I went there and browsed through the fiction section and came up with four options. So if you’re looking for some nice books to read, you might get some inspiration down here:

Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple

I have to admit in saying that first of all I loved the cover of this book! It’s bright, bold and simply appealing. Then, when reading a bit about the book, I could see that it’s a satire and it’s basically the story of a mother- an emotional story but told in a funny way, which is exactly what I need. Also I love strong lead female characters and it seems like Bernadette will be exactly that :) Another thing to mention is that it was shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction for 2013 so another point there.  Can’t wait to get started on this one!

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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

I am not even sure what to add to this one that hasn’t already been said. This is one of those classic books that most English (and American) people had to read at school, however, in Romania, we’re more about the Latin, French writers etc so yeah, did not read this. I have this thing where I kind of feel embarrassed for not reading it yet, so I really need to get on to that ASAP. Will let you know how it goes- might write a review after.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Again, this is a book that is now 14 years old, which is crazy! I feel like I’ve read quite a lot about Zadie Smith in the last sort of 5 years or so, so I am not sure if she simply became famous only fairly recently or what. Anyway this is described as a ‘funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.’ So yaaay for what seems to be a great book!

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsione

This is part one out of a two part series which just seems super cute and an easy read that you can curl up with, with a nice cup of tea. In the description it says ‘an international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.’ I am already like awwww. I actually also got the second part of this series, however I am not sure so sure if I’ll have time to read both. But I know for a fact that I am super enthusiastic about getting started with it!

So these are the books that I am currently planning to read. What books have you been reading lately what you would recommend or have you read any of the above? Let me know in the comments :)

Love,

C.

Beauty

Nude Palettes Review

November 18, 2015

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I cannot be the only girl who has more than one nude palette and whenever a new one comes out, you’re like ‘I neeeeeed thaaat’ like you’ve never seen a brown or champagne eye shadow before.

I thought I would talk about the palettes that I currently own and tell you how I feel about them.

 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£38)

Of course that I HAD to have one of these. I’ve had it for about a year now and to be completely honest, I reach out for it the most out of all my palettes. As you can see in one of the photos below, the first three colors have been my favorite ones and my most used- I use half baked (holy grail gold!) and Foxy  all over the lid and Booty call for under my brow and in the inner corner. This, with a liquid eyeliner, has been my go to look for years. In terms of the shadows’ quality, they have very little to no fallout and don’t crease for at least 8-10 h if you use a primer ( I personally use the Milani eyshadow primer which I ADORE). This overall is a good warm toned nude palette, which is a staple in many bloggers’ and MUA’s cases.

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L’oreal La Palette Nude Palette Rose (£14.99)

First of all, this has such a long name! L’Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose- try saying that quickly! This has been my first dibble into matte eye shadows, as I one day found this on an offer for £10 and I was like ‘why not?’. The palette has 10 eye shadows, with 6 shimmery ones and 4 matte ones., which are a creamy beige which can be used all over the lid, a warm darker beige, a taupe and a mauvy sort of dark brown. The other colors come in a range from champagne to dark purple. The pigmentation of these will not wow you, but if you use it over a white base (such as Nyx’s Milk Jumbo Pencil or their white base) you can create a bolder look. Overall this is an okay palette which I would recommend to someone who is on a budget and wants a bit of a variation from the usual nudes, as it has more purply shades in.

Sephora Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette ($25 aka £16.50)

This is Sephora’s own Palette in the color Sunrise to Sunset Bronze. I picked this one up in an emergency situation- when I went home to Romania in summer, I did not have any palettes with me and had an event to attend, so I wanted to create a bronzey smokey eye. I ran to Sephora (wish I could do that here in the UK also) and this caught my eye as a good contender and for a pretty good price- I cannot remember how much but I am sure that I did not pay over £10 for it. This palette has four shimmery shadows and a dark matte brown. The payoff is pretty good in terms of pigmentation but again, it looks a lot better with a white base. One thing that I do love about this palette though is the matte color which can also double as an eyeliner or can be used to fill in your eyebrows (if you’re a brunette of course). Also I find myself using the middle color- the gold (they do not have individual names unfortunately) quite a bit even when I am using other palettes.

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Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette (£3.99)

Yes, you read that right. £3.99! This is one of the many great releases that Collection (previously known as Collection 2000)  brought us this fall. The packaging is pretty flimsy, as it’s made of cardboard however at the same time that makes it very easy to carry  as it’s incredible lightweight. It comes with 5 shimmery colors, again ranging from a light champagne to more cool toned light browns and a matte color, the dark brown, so pretty similar to the Sephone one- besides it being 4 times cheaper! One of the things that I do appreciate is the fact that on the back of the case they give you the the names for the shadows, which are : White Chocolate, Buttercream, Biscuit, Chocolate Milk, Brown Sugar and Espresso. They sound delicious, don’t they? I very strongly recommend this palette as it’s great value as well as a versatile nude palette, with a mix of warm and cool tones, which is very difficult to find in a small palette: they usually go one way or the other. Also they have this in Nude Bronze and Nude Grey, which, as the names suggest, have a warm and a cool tone respectively.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my current nude palettes and let me know what is the nude palette staple in your beauty drawer!

Love,

C.

Beauty Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide- for her

November 16, 2015

This year, more than ever, I have caught the Christmas bug waaaaay too early. Here I am mid November already worrying that all the products that I want for CHRISTMAS (which is more than a month away) will soon be out of stock. This is why I thought I would share what I think are the best gifts out there so far (and I am going slightly mad here, so there might actually be a part two to this post later on in December). So let’s get straight into it!

Nars ‘Magnificent Obsession’ Lip Set and  Nars ‘A Woman’s Face’ Nude Lip Set (£29 each)

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Starting with probably on the best value sets here, you can find a nude option and a red option of these beautiful lip products. In the set, you get a full sized lipstick (both are more on the creamy side rather than matte) as well as a mini lip liner to match it and a mini lip pencil- they’re supposed to be amazing, so what better time to try these out?

 

 Charlotte Tilbury’s The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit (£39)

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Charlotte Tilbury is by far one of my favorite brands that I am absolutely DYING to try! From the moment when you lay eyes on her products, the packaging is so beautiful, I love all the names of her products (Bitch Perfect Anyone?) and obviously, everyone is raving about them. Besides the obvious choice (hello matte lipsticks and beautiful eye pencils!) there is the skincare. I was looking up her magic cream and I would love to buy it, but it’s £70! And the same for the rest of her line. With this kit, you can try three of her most famoust products for nearly half the price of a single one. They each come in 15ml versions, so it gives you a good use before you can then decide if you are ready to make the investment and buy any of these at full retail price.

P.S. There is also a £59 version, which has three extra products, so six in total, all depending on your budget.

Stila Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Trio (£18)

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You probably can see that I am loving all the sample size/travel size options this year. Stila is one of those companies which sometimes can be a hit or miss (love the eyeliner, dislike the palettes) so with this little trio, you can try three great shades before paying £16 for a full size one. Also, in my opinion, one rarely finishes a lipstick, so you can use three colours instead of one. sign me up!

Benefit Tan about Town (£9.95)

I am not necessarily the biggest fan of Benefit, however some of their products are really OUT THERE. One of them is the Hoola Bronzer, so I would recommend this to people who want to try the bronze-y look at a really good price. You also get a Bad gal mascara, as well as ‘Some kind-a of gorgeous’ which is described as the  no.1 selling Liquid Compact product in the UK. I haven’t tried that one yet, but I think could be a good product for traveling, when you only want to take a small makeup bag with you.

Soap and Glory Belle of the Ball (£12)

Soap and Glory Belle of the Ball

How cute is this ?! For me it wouldn’t be a real Christmas without some Soap and Glory beautiful gifts. They have a lot of great options this year, as usual, however this one stands out because of the packaging as well as getting four products plus a little sponge: a body butter, hand cream, bubble bath and a ‘breakfast scrub’. Yum!

Origins ‘Let us Glow’ Gift Set (£27)

Origins Giftset

This is definitely one of the most exciting skincare gifts (for me at least) out there! The likes of Fleur de Force are big fans of Origins and this set is really good value. You get a full size face cream, as well as a travel eye cream, serum and a scrub cleanser. And all this comes in a simple, nice bag. Perfection!

Nuxe Christmas Cracker (£10)

 

NUXE_Christmas_CrackerThis is the kind of cracker that I would not mind on my Christmas table any day. For only £10, you get to try some great products from Nuxe, an amazing French brand with lots of natural products, very suitable for people with dry skin. An absolute bargain! :)

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonder Gift Set (£18, now only £14.40 at Debenhams)

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This is another great skincare set, which allows you to try four different products and decide how you feel about these Scandinavian wonders. The reviews on them are great so I would love to try these out. I had a tiny sample of the serum previously and I remember loving it, so for under £15,  I might pick this one up and give it a try :)

Japonesque Touch Up Tube Set (£17)

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For something a bit  different, you might like this Japonesque tube which comes with 5 brushes, a multitask powder brush (which seems pretty small though) as well as four eye brushes, so all in all very handy as they are super lightweight and you can carry them either in your bag for… well, a touch up or as a travel set so you don’t carry (or God forbid lose) your nice expensive brushes. Also they come in this fun leopard print as well as a black, more sleek version. Personally, I prefer the more colorful version, as it helps me differentiate all of them from the others :)

Yanke Candle Simple Home in Cherry Vanilla (£13)

Yankee Candle Simply Home

Not much can really be said about this besides the fact that it is another fall/Christmas staple in any house. This Simply Home range is slightly more affordable at only £13 for a large jar but still delivers about 70h on beautiful, non sickening smell :)

 

I hope you enjoyed my list and let me know what are the Christmas gifts that you’re looking forward to!

 

Cheers,

C.

Beauty

Skincare Routine

November 13, 2015

Skincare has been a very important part of my life as soon as I started wearing makeup. It is impossible for me to understand how some people can sleep with makeup on, or generally not look after their skin. My motto: ‘you got only one face!’ so you don’t want to be looking back 20 years from now wondering you would have used that serum or used more sunscreen. Prevention is key!

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Make up removers: The first products that I want to talk about are actually the only ones that I do not have a photos of, as I’ve just finished mine and need to order new ones. The first one is Bioderma Hydrabio Micellaire Solution in the blue version, which is a bit more hydrating than the original one (absolute holy grail!).  I literally swear by it, as it removes everything, it’s gentle to the skin and you can literally put it in your eyes and it doesn’t sting at all (I can’t be the only one that does that). So run to your nearest pharmacy or go on Amazon and get this one- it’s the absolute BEST. If you do not have access to this, my second favorite is Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – which is a double phase remover so you have to shake it before use- it has an oily consistency and removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

Next- on to cleansing. My skin is mostly dry however lately has been acting a bit strange and is more combination, which is why I switched up products to something a bit… rougher, the kind that  make your face feel squeaky clean.

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After using a makeup remover, I use an oil based cleanser as the first part of my double cleansing routine (Thank you Korea for that!). My personal favorite is Super Facialist Renew Cleansing Oil (which  by the way is now on sale at Boots for only £5.49- absolute steal!) I rub this all over my dry face and I love feeling how it breaks up the rest of remaining makeup- such a satisfying feeling!

Next I go in with my Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 cleanser which acts as an exfoliator, cleanser and mask at the same time. Also it claims that you can actually apply it as a mask for 5-10 minutes, but I haven’t done that yet and I somehow feel like it would be a massive waste of product, as it already does a great job for my face.

Twice a week I also use a gentle exfoliator, also from Super Facialist, their Rose Hydrator Facial Scrub which has very gentle particles, so it will still strip a layer of your skin, but it will not feel as if your face is being violated if that makes sense.

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Toner! I LOVE La Roche Posay Clarifying Lotion and have been using it for almost 2 years and I see no reason why I will change it anytime soon (but again never say never- might try the Pixi Glow Toner!). I use it with a cotton pad mostly on my t-zone (even when my skin is more dry than combination) and I can almost FEEL my pores disappearing and my skin feels smooth and at its cleanest. I would recommend this to anyone who does not have an incredible sensitive skin, as this is not necessarily the most gentle lotion out there. For sensitive skin, I recommend Lancome Tonique Confort which is my emergency toner if my skin feels sad and dehydrated. It’s very gentle and it’s probably the only toner that I have ever used which almost makes me feel as if I’ve put moisturizer on.

Hydration!

I always used to use moisturizer on its own, however for the last few months, I have been converted to using a serum beforehand and it has made all the difference. I thought I would mention two products as they are both very good and I strongly recommend them. The first one is Super Facialist Vitamin C Serum which is a brightening serum. It absorbs very quickly in the skin and allows the moisturizer to get in all the right places :)

The next serum that I wanted to mention, which is the one that I currently am using, as I have a sample from a magazine (check out my post to see where you can get it) and so far I am quite impressed. When putting it on, you are necessarily going to be blown away, as it feels like most serums: not too hydrating, not drying, more like… just there. But let me tell you: my skin has been AMAZING since I started using this and I have had no breakouts or any other kind of trouble, so I am officially converted to what must be one of the most popular cult beauty products ever!

Eye cream- I used to use Kiehl’s before – both their avocado one as well as their midnight recovery one. They are both okay, but I just haven’t felt that they were good enough for me to repurchase either of them. Currently I am using Emu Oil Moisturizing Cream which I randomly found on Feel Unique and had great reviews so I was like: why not?  So far it’s been.. okay but not really my holy grail yet. Still searching for something that can make a difference to my dark circles, even though I am starting to give up.

Face Cream- Again, I am using a sample which I got from L’Occitane, which is their Perfecting Cream. I have been using it for the last few weeks and I LOVE IT. Again, I think this is part of the reason why my face has been acting so well and I plan on purchasing the full size as soon as this one is done. Also I am very tempted to buy the matching serum, as I tried it in the shop and it felt quite thick and luminous. I will let you know if I do!

My emergency cream for when my face is super dry is Lancome Neurocalm– such a good cream which I strongly recommend to anyone with dry and/or sensitive skin. I got their travel kit from the airport which included this cream, the toner that I talked about before and a makeup remover. And all three for only £20 so definitely worth it!

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Last but not least, MASKS!!

I love a good mask. I could wear one all the time and I love trying new ones.

The one that I am currently on to is the Barefaced Mud Mask, which is sooo good. It dries out on the skin and after having it on for only 10 minutes, my skin feels brand new. I like to use this before bed and I recommend it a million times to everyone!

Now this last product is a bit of a special one. These are clay powder pouches which my mom sends to me regularly from Romania. My favorite type of masks are the deep, cleansing, getting into your pores types, so this one, mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, leaves my the skin again, brand new. You can only find them here (in Romania only unfortunately) however I feel that a good replacement would be the Aztec Healing Clay which is only £8.95 ad will last you forever.

So here you have: my current skincare routine. Let me know what you are currently using and if you have any holy grail products that you would recommend!

Cheers,

C.

Beauty

Drugstore haul

November 11, 2015


Hey guys! Today I thought I would talk you about my latest haul, which involved mostly Boots and Superdrug. These are mostly new products (for me) with one or two repurchases.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation £9.99

This is one that has been on my list for a while and always seems to appear on everyone’s list in terms of the best drugstore foundations. So far it seems to a light to medium coverage and has a slightly dewy, sort of natural glow finish, which is quite strange for me, as I have always been a big fan of matte finishes. In terms of it lasting 16h, I would say more like 8-10h, which is still really good- who wears a foundation for 16h?

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Orange £3.90

This one has been a buy from Ebay, which I very often use for my love of American beauty products currently unavailable in the UK. Postage was quite quick, I think aroun 8-10 days and the products is FANTASTIC. The coverage is really full and definitely cancels the blue tones of my dark circles. I use this under my foundation and makes a hell of a difference and makes me look as if I slept few extra hours. Definitely recommend it for anyone with dark circles who needs a bit of extra coverage power!

Maybelline Fit me Concealer £5.99

In terms of drugstore concealers, I have tried few, however most of them either have a very thick, cakey effect and settles into all the little lines, or quite the opposite, does not really do much. This concealer, which has been highly recommended by Emily Fox, one of my favorite youtubers, is none of the above and has a great texture and consistency. It’s quite opaque and has a nice matte finish, however does not dry the skin around the eye. That’s a keeper for sure.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

This is a repurchase and my absolute holy grail concealer. In summer, I use the colour 4 (Dark), which now obviously is very dark so I went and got colour 3, Warm Medium, which is my perfect autumn colour. The concealer has a creamy, almost liquid like texture and is very thick, which is why people who like light coverage might not enjoy the way this feels. However, again, like the Fit Me, for someone who has quite dark circles, this works a miracle!

Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner £5.99

Until recently, Maybelline has not been a brand that I necessarily trusted, however since their matte lipsticks came out, I have been experimenting more and more and so far have not had any major disappointments. Master Precise is an actual winner, living up to brands that cost more than double in terms of lasting power. My favourite part about this eye liner though is the fact that it comes out matte black and does not give you that weird shiny look.

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Make up Revolution Iconic Lipstick £2.49

I do not own anything from Make Up Revolution, as I always sort of pass them thinking that might not be that good compared to other products that are just slighly more expensive, however Superdrug has this new collection with very sleek packaging, black and rose gold, very much reminding me of Mac. I spotted the lipsticks first (obviously) and they were all intact, besides this shade, which is called Looking Ahead- there was only this one left so I had a FOMO sort of moment (for people who have lived under an internet rock for a while, that is fear of missing out). so grabbed and ran with it. Unfortunately the product goes quite sheer, but it is a beautiful sheer nude pinkish colour, which does not do much for me. I will probably give this to my mom or some of my colour-shy girlfriends.

Nyx Studio Finishing Powder £8.00

Now we start the Nyx madness! Finally I got my hands on some of their products. I previously had some other lipsticks and own few products from Germany (they sell them in store in the Douglas- sort of like Boots, which you can find EVERYWHERE literally). Anywaaaaay, going back to the powder, a real winner, just as I remembered it. It’s very good especially for setting under eye concealer with a small buffing brush, as well as a large powder brush for a veil of mate-ness (pretty sure this is not a word but it should be!).

Nyx Slide on Eye Pencil £5.00

I love, love, love this pencil! This is pretty much all I have to say. For a very long time, I have only used liquid eyeliner on my upper lash, as it is the only thing that does not smudge and make me look like an absolute mess after only an hour. All this until Nyx came alonge and swept me off my feet with this beautiful, creamy and BLACK eyeliner which I can use both on my upper and lower lashes. Unfortunately somehow this doesn’t do much for my waterline, but that really doesn’t bother me, as it’s not a look that I normally would go for. Have I also mentioned that it is a pefect dupe for Urban Decay’s  Glide on Pencils? I will definitely try and get my hands on as many colours as many as possible, as these might be my favorite eye liners ever!

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream £5.50

Last but definitely not least, I finally got a hold of two of the long coveted, much talked and written about Lip Creams! I got mine and in Cannes, which is a beautiful mauvy nude and Amsterdam, which is neutral toned red. Opinions so far? They both have a moussey sort of feeling when applying them, which makes them glide over the lips. Just to give you an idea, they come with a pointed brush applicator and you do not need to dip it in a second time in order to apply it everywhere so these will last quite a while! They last well on the lips, as long as you do not eat, so I would say maybe 3-4 hours at most, maybe something that you would wear for a shoot or just an event with no food. Personally for me Cannes seems a bit more transferable, as, midway through my Starbucks, I realised that most of it was gone. However, even though they don’t have the best longevity, they are soft and creamy and have a semi-matte finish, so I will definitely reach out for these very often and replenish with as many shades as I can get my paws on!

What are your newest products and what drugstore brands or products would you recommend this season?

Cheers,

C.

Beauty

5 Matte Lipsticks for Fall

November 5, 2015

In the last weeks, I have realized that I started reaching out for different make up products that I would, say, in August. And of course, that is no surprise to anyone- as seasons change, so do our desire of becoming either lighter, dewier and more natural (summer) or more vampy and darker (winter).

So I wanted to share with you the lipstick shades that I have been reaching out for mostly lately.

 

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As you can see, most of these are not necessarily new products to have just been released but more like what I consider a beauty addict’s staple for the cold season.

 

First of all, the nudes, or should I say the Jenner lipsticks?

The first one is the Nyx Matte Lip Cream in shade Cannes, which you can now find on the Boots website- I am not sure if it will actually be in stores- that would probably be too good to be true. This is a pinky brown, simply my lips but better, easily wearable every day. The texture is matte, but super creamy, even with a bit of shine I would say, but definitely not the bad kind.

Next is Wet N Wild Spiked with Rum which is part of their MegaLast Matte collection, which I LOVE! This is my second shade and so far my favourite. It’s darker than the Nyx one, and should I say, a bit fussier in terms of applying. It wears truly matte and it has a really good staying power (up to 4h without having to reapply). It did not really stick to any dry bits on my lips, which is always great for a matte lipstick, but I still feel like your lips should be in perfect condition for it to appear at its most beautiful. Also can you believe that it costs $2 ?! Well, not for us here in the UK, but if you travel to the States, it’s worth stocking up on their collection.

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I am not even sure what to say about the next one, as so much has been said about it. Mac’s Russian Red is probably one of the most iconic red lipsticks EVER! I have been wearing this for few years now both day and night, summer or winter, it simply suits anyone and everyone! It is a retro matte finish and it simply sits on the lips beautifully. I recommend you use  the Cherry lipliner from Mac or you can use a small brush to create an outline with the lipstick itself, or simply go wild, lipliner free, I promise it will still look great. So if you are looking for a blue toned retro red lipstick, RUN and get this one!

 

The next one is possibly my favorite high street lipstick OF ALL TIMES ( and that is a big statement for me!) and the only lipstick that I am actually about to finish. I mean- who finishes one lipstick when we have so many options?  This Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107- Wine is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s a dark berry (but not too dark like Mac’s DIva) with a slight pink undertone which pulls on matte but surprisingly still very hydrating. Also did I mention that it’s only £5.5o? And that is when it’s full price- considering all the 3 for 2 going on right now, you can basically get it for free.

 

Last, but not least, a more unusual choice, some might say. I am an absolute sucker for any kind of weird, dark, in your face, gothic colours so when I saw this online I simply HAD to have it! This Revlon Matte Balm is just as they call it, a very hydrating balm. The colour is very opaque (in the swatch I swiped it twice, and that is only because the tip is quite narrow) and would look beautiful both on fair as well as deep complexions. It’s not the most long lasting lipstick (maybe 2-3h max without reapplying) but with a product that has the word ‘balm’ in it I did not expect anything more than that. All in all, even though this is not a colour for the faint-hearted, I think it’s a fun option to enhance your make up without having to apply too much.

 

What are your favorite lipsticks for fall? Do you find yourself grabbing different colors than few months? Let me know in your comments!

 

Cheers,

C.