sábado, 23 de febrero de 2013

essence Breaking Dawn collection: mini haul & reviews


While walking through a department store, I ended up at the essence stand and found out there was a new collection called "Breaking Dawn", inspired by the twilight saga. After checking out the products, I decided to take the following three home with me:

1. Nail polish 03 A Piece Of Forever. 0, 33 fl.oz/10ml. 2, 49 €: A beautiful golden nail polish. The packaging claims it's long-lasting, but it does not last untouched for more than 5 days. One coat is enough though.

2. Shimmer powder 01 Bella's Secret. 0, 38oz/11g. 3, 49 €. Bests 24 months after opening: A very subtle golden highlighter that lasts all day long. The packaging is kind of cheap though, and I fear that the lid might fall apart anytime.

Here's a picture for you to see how the nail polish looks on the nails and also a swatch of the powder.

3. Lipgloss 01 alice had a vision-again. 0, 13fl.oz/4ml. 2, 49 €. Bests 12 months after opening: It tastes like blackberries and it is quite long lasting for a gloss (it even survives my morning cup of tea at the office!). It feels moisturizing and it's not sticky. When you apply it on top of a lipstick, it instantly darkens the color of the lipstick and gives your lips that glossy look.
Here's a pic of my nude lips (up) and another one of my lips with the gloss on (down).

I hope this post has been useful, or at least entertaining, to you.
♥See you soon!♥

sábado, 9 de febrero de 2013

Dried mangoes


I just came back from a little trip to my nearest Chinese grocery store. I wanted some healthy snacks so I got some dried fruit snacks.

The dried sweet potatoes are not bad but the dried mangoes... OMG! They're so delicious!


Mini beauty haul from ebay


Yesterday I got the two products I bought on ebay about two weeks ago.

I bought a cleansing brush for my nose (#2) and peripera's I love BB light BB cream (#3) and I also got a lot of samples in the parcel too.

1. Missha's Near skin visible deep wrinkle filler.
The deepest wrinkles I have are the expression lines in my forehead so, I will try this product in those and let you know how it performs.

2. Missha's Nose pore clear brush.
I used it last night for the first time. The bristles are really fine and the brush is very thick and soft. It also makes a lot of foam. I will post a review on this tool once I've used it for a few times.

3. Peripera's I love BB light BB cream.
I bought it cause it was on sale, but I don't intend to use it till I finish the Aqua petite jelly BB cream I'm using and loving nowadays. I don't know for how long I will resist the temptation to try peripera's BB cream  though, because I wanted to try it so bad!

4. Oil control paper by Beauty for you.
Brown blotting papers that don't seem to have any powder on them. There are 10 sheets. I don't think I'll be using them till the weather gets hotter.

5. Tonymoly's Egg pore nose pack. (Pore strip)
I'm not very fond of pore strips so, I'm not sure that I'll be using this. I find that masks    work better for me.

6. Missha's Signature real complete B.B cream.
The only Missha's BB cream I have ever used was the Perfect Cover and, though I did not dislike it, I didn't love it either and I couldn't use it everyday because it made me break out. But, since I have the samples, I will try the Signature real complete and let you guys know what I think about it.

See you on my next post!

sábado, 2 de febrero de 2013

January 2013 favourites


Here I'm sharing with you my January favourites:

1. Miss Dior, eau de parfum: it's a note sweeter than the eau the toilette and the scent lingers on your skin or clothes till the next day.

2. 4 in 1 cleansing cream,  by essence: it cleanses without drying my skin and it can be used as a mask for a deeper cleansing experience.

3. Holika Holika aqua petit jelly bb cream: it is very lightweight and the coverage is medium and buildable. It also has SPF 20.

4. Vitamin C energising mist: it is very refreshing and it smells like when you're peeling an orange.

5. Moisturizing cream-gel: I love its lightweight formula and my skin feels moisturized and fresh all day long. Oh! And it's oil free!

The 6th article is not in the picture, but it's the device I'm writing this blog from: a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1! I was given it for Christmas (I must have been a very good girl♡) and I' loving it!

See you soon on my next review!


Essence haul and review


I made some beauty goodies shopping by the end of December last year and the time has come to write the reviews!

Soft cleansing gel
150 ml. 2, 99 €
With lime and cucumber extracts, this soap free cleansing gel is suitable for all skin types. It deeply cleanses the skin without drying it out. It barely produces any foam, but you can lather it up with a wet stipling or powder brush and you can get some foam to clean your face with. The only downside to it could be the scent: it reminds me of those cheap lemon air freshners you can get at any dollar store.

4 in 1 cleansing cream
150ml, 3, 49 €
A soap free cleansing cream with bamboo and pomegranate extracts that promises to deeply cleanse and refine the pores, mattify and moisturize the skin. It can be used as a cleanser, if rubbed on your wet face, or as a mask, if you apply it on your face, leave it on for 3 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. It has a mild sweet scent, a bit on the artifial side, but it does not bother me as much as the soft cleansing gel scent. I like to use it both ways and, having dry skin, I find this product to be not drying at all.
When I use it as a mask, I sometimes feel a little burning sensation that is not mentioned on the packaging. The first time, I thought it might be some kind of allergy, but when I rinsed the mask off after 3 minutes, my skin was clean and soft and had no signs of any allergic reaction.

Moisturizing cream-gel
50 ml. 2, 99 €
A 24h moisturizer in a cream-gel texture with lime and cucumber extracts, for all skin types.
I love the lightweight texture and how moisturized and fresh my skin feels after applying this. And the feeling lasts for the whole day!
The only downside is the scent, as it happens with the soft cleansing gel but, luckily, it does not linger on and you only smell it while you're applying it.

Deeply Moisturizing paper mask
1 sheet mask. 1, 49 €
Just a moisturizing sheet mask. It left my skin fresh and moisturized. I loved the double pad for the undereye area. The scent was not citrusy but quite chemically, although it was not overwhelming and I could stand it through the 15 minutes you need to have the mask on. The problem with this mask is that it does not stick to your face, even though it's dampened (not drenched) with product. I guess the mask might be too thick and weights too much for it to stay in place.

Cooling eye roll-on
15 ml. 3, 79 €
A cooling and moisturizing eye cream with a roll-on applicator.
It is not moisturizing enough for me, but it is really cooling and it helps diminish the bags under the eyes.

Anti-spot compact powder (01 beige)
10 gr. 3, 79 €
A compact powder with Clearderm complex that helps fighting spots and blackheads.
I don't have spots, just some blackheads on the nose and this product did not help me to get rid of them. It just made my skin drier, which makes me think that it might help dry out pimples and it might actually be more appropiate for combination and oily skin.

Mattifying compact powder (07 translucent)
12 gr. 3, 49 €
 My skin is dry and this works well for me. It leaves my skin velvety soft and mat for hours, but I don't know if this will perform well on combination or oily skin. This translucent powder is a tad white so, you need to be careful not to apply too much.

Multi action waterproof mascara
9 ml. 3, 29 €
A black waterproof mascara that gives volume, lengthens and curls the lashes.
With one coat, you can see your lashes are longer and have more volume. You need to apply more than one coat to see and hold the curl. Rub the brush well against the tube to get rid of any excess mascara in order to avoid clumps, and apply it from the roots in zig zag motions for the best results. I like that this mascara holds on pretty well when I rub my eyes and does not leave any black flakes all over my eye area, unlike other more expensive mascaras.

And that was all for this haul. I hope you guys liked the reviews and that they were useful for you. If you have any questions, you know where to find me! ♡