Friday, 9 May 2014

Cheeky Friday

I didn' t get around to doing an April Favourites but I still want to share with you two products I have been absolutely loving this month. One is a rather resent purchase and the other one I bought way back when I lived in Colorado.

The first product is part of the make up family, like I said, for quite a few months now and it is the Lancome Blush Subtile Palette in Rose Flush
It's a palette consisting of a contour powder, a blush and a highlighter. I have always loved this palette, since the powder is so fine, it feels like silk on your skin. But I have only ever really used the contour shade, which is perfect for paler skin by the way, and never payed much attention to the two other products. 

Well let me just tell you, I don't know how I have lived without this very blush. On ma face. All day, every day. It is the perfect shade of pink, leaving you looking healthy and fresh. 
It is a shimmery blush but the shimmer is so fine, your cheeks don't look glittery, they almost look wet. Dewy... This word. Put it on any product and I will most likely purchase it. Who doesn't wanna look dewy?! Yeah, that's what I thought. 

For a matte option I have been loving the Clarins Colour Accent Face & Blush Powder, which I believe was from a limited edition, but I was able to get my hands on very recently. It is a bronzer and blush duo and I especially like to use it to give my chubby face some shape. I don't exactly contour with it, instead I use a big fluffy brush and trace the rim of my face with it. 

This product is perfect in my book because of two things. It is a light bronzer for the paler people out there AND in combination with the blush it has a slightly reddish undertone, which is also a plus when you are pale.  

And some swatches: The first picture was taken in the middle of my room and the second picture near the window in daylight.  
Swatches: (rtl) Clarins all colours swirled together, Clarins blush colour, Clarins bronze shade in the very middle of the palette, Clarins darkest bronze colour and Lancome blush
Swatches in daylight: (rtl) Clarins all colours swirled together, Clarins blush colour, Clarins bronze shade in the very middle of the palette, Clarins darkest bronze colour and Lancome blush

What blushes have you been liking for the spring? I heard the Estée Lauder Gelée Blushes (LE) are supposed to be super nice but maybe, just maybe, the Lancome blush could be a dupe? Tell me what you think.

- Julia xxx

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Product Empties #1

¡Hola! What's up? Over the last few weeks I have been collecting garbage. Well...kinda. Basically products that I have used up and wanted to share with you. 

Quick overview of all the products. Very exciting.

Lavera Handcreme (Organic with Almond- and Sheabutter) - This is the best handcreme I have ever tried. Therefore it is already my second tube. It is really nourishing but sinks in within seconds. 

L'Oreal Elvital Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner - This is a conditioner I just tried because it was on offer and I must say that I do like it. Compared to the Lush one I am currently using it is not my favourite, but it does the job and leaves your hair feeling really soft. But full of silicone probably.

Alverde Repair Shampoo Grape and Avocado - This smells vile, like some cough medicine I had to take when I was a child. And it also left my hair feeling coarse. In the end I just used it to wash my brushes with. 

Lush Aqua Marina x2 - This is a face cleanser and apparently I must really like this because I had two of those in my Empties- Bag and I totally forgot about them. I would this cleanser is great for oilier and/ or acne prone skin. And it did make a noticeable difference in my skin. Smells a bit fishy though, but I was able to get past that because it's just a great product.

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask - This is a face mask for acne prone skin with Garlic! What is it with me and bad smelling things?! This smell made me gag a bit, not gonna lie and it didn't work THAT well either. I am not gonna repurchase this one, for sure.

And another picture of the open Lush containers, just so you can see that I am not a liar. 

Dr. Hauschka Face Mask - Really moisturising and soothing and it is natural, so you can't go wrong with this one. You can even apply it underneath your eyes and leave it on for as long as you want. Big thumbs up for this one.

Dr. Hauschka Ice Plant Body Lotion - This is just a life essential. Always. I have incredibly dry skin on my arms and this is the only thing that can soothe the dry-, itchy- and redness. 

Luvos Face Moisturizer with Healing Earth - This is great for all skin types, except if you have really dry skin. Like really really dry skin. Otherwise this is perfect. Not to heavy, but still moisturizing enough and it helps keep blemishes at bay. Also perfect as a primer underneath make up if you have slightly drier skin. Unfortunately for me, since I am on Roaccutane at the moment, this is not enough for my skin, but I can see myself repurchase this after the 6 month course.

Dermalogica Precleanse - This was just a sample, but I thought I'd still mention it. To be honest I don't really get the concept of a "precleanser", doesn't double cleansing with your regular cleanser do the trick? I mean, it was nice and everything but I think it's just a money maker. 

Lavera Cleaner for Dry Skin - It says "foam" on the bottle and that was what kept me away from it for the longest time. But my bought it and I tried it and fell in love. It is not drying at all and really light. I'm already on my second bottle.

Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm - This was my very first cleansing balm ever, after I read about cleansing balms on Caroline Hirons blog. And once you use a cleansing balm, there is no going back. But really. Cleansing balms are the best. Especially this one from Clinique since it is so gentle and doesn't contain a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. BUT ever since I ran out of this, I use plain old coconut oil and it works just as well.

Lush Breath Of Fresh Air Toner - Didn't do anything for me. I initially bought it because I read so many good reviews about it. Since it contains tea tree oil and what not and it's supposed to help with breakouts. But the effect was just like I was spraying water on my face. And the spray- thingy squirted out way too much product and made your whole face wet (that's what she said- I don't know about you, but I am cringing over here haha).

MAC Eyebrow Pencil Fling - Nice colour. Way too much money for an eyebrow pencil and way too little product, though. I ran out of this after 3 weeks of using it. Not cool.

Manhattan Tasty Lips Peach - A shimmery, peachy browny lipgloss that isn't sticky and smells of peaches. Excuse me? Does it get better than this? I don't think so. Already repurchased.

I am going to "Back to Lush" the three empty containers and you're allowed to choose one face mask for it. Do you have any recommendations for their face masks? Thanks ;)

- Julia xxx

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