Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Balm Voyage Vol. II | Review + 2 looks

Hello my Bunnies,

I'm writing to you from Scotland where said-animals are a-plenty. Today I want to talk to you about the Le Balm Voyage Vol. II palette from  The Balm cosmetics that I won in a Cosmetic Obsession giveaway (thank you Laura !!!)

As I was leaving for my holiday not long after the giveaway I decided to take the palette with me along with my S&G archery, S&G One Heck of a Blot powder, a revlon mascara and two RT brushes (the blush brush and the base shadow brush)

At first, I found this palette a bit scary as it doesn't include a lot of very neutral shades like the ones I usually go for. However I quickly found out that I just had to get used to it and I already created two looks that I really like (see below)

The first thing I tested was the bronzer and I gasped a little when I realised that I had just drawn a massive brown line on my cheek.

1st discovery : The cheek powders are very pigmented !

I then took my brush and tried to blend everything.

2nd discovery : The cheek powders are extremely easy to blend !

That was even before I left for my holiday.

You should know that I'm spending my holiday in the scottish country side where I spend most of my time in the forest. I therefore wear very little makeup.

However, for the sake of this review I did take some time before my morning walk to slap on some makeup and that's when I made some more discoveries.

3rd discovery : The eye shadows are very easy to use !

There are quite a few to choose from in terms of colours and finishes (2 mat, 5 shimmery, 2 glittery) even if I find that there might be a neutral brown missing (to use in the crease, as a transition shade) but, once more, it was good, it made me become more creative.

4th disovery : The eye shadows last very well, even without a primer !

I tried with and without the UD primer and on my lids, it lasted all day in both cases. It wears off a little throughout the day but it doesn't crease. It fades very evenly.

5th discovery : The cream blushers look amazing on the cheeks but horrible on my lips !

My dry lips are at it again. I find these to be too dry and too thick and on my lips it looks really bad.

However, it looks great on the cheeks. They have a very natural finish and can easily be applied with the fingers.

As for the two looks created, here they come. I didn't take photos for every step as they are very easy.

1st look :

Welcome all over the lid
Bienvenue in the centre of the lid
Välkommen in the crease and outer corner

The pinky, purply shade and gold glitter and shimmer work particularly well with green eyes !

2nd look :

Welcome all over the lid
Tervetuloa in the crease and outer corner
Benvenuto in the middle of the lid, close to the lash line
Fàilte very little in the outer corner to give the look more depth

I'm also wearing the highlighter on my cheekbones, browbone and innder corner, as well as the cream blush Bem-Vindo and the bronzer. But you can't really see it on the picture.

I look a bit weird but I'm on holiday, I don't have all of my material and I'll just assume that's the reason why.

All in all, I absolutely love this palette and I find it perfect to take on holiday. It makes for a very light makeup bag.

Thanks again Laura for the great discovery !!!

You can find this palette on Cosmetics Obsession's webiste, here, for 46CHF. Amongst many other The Balm products.

Have you tried it ? Do you wear makeup in the summer ?


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Topshop Beauty | Top & Flop

Hello my Bunnies,

Today I want to talk to you about the first two products I ever tried from the Topshop beauty range.

I bought these two products when I last was in London in June. There were so many different things, I really didn't know where to start.

However, as Topshop beauty was celebrating its 5th birthday, they were selling the bestsellers in a different packaging (rose gold and white instead of black and white) and I decided to take my pick amongst these ones.

I picked up the Glow Highlighter and the Nirvana Lipstick.

I'll start with the highlighter as I absolutely love it !

It's my first time using a cream highlighter and I was a bit scared at first but I use my fingers to apply this one on my brow bone, cheekbones, cupid's bow and/or inner corner of my eyes and it looks incredible !

You can easily build it up or tone it down as it blends very easily. It feels very creamy and extremely light on the skin and is therefore a pleasure to look at and to use !

However, I'm sadly not as convinced with my second purchase. It may be partly my fault but that's not all there is to it. It is the Topshop lipstick in the shade Nirvana.

I picked up this lipstick because I don't really own any nude shades and I found this one particularly lovely. I even tried it in the shop and loved how it looked on me.

However, I haven't been able to wear it since. I now find that this shade doesn't really suit me but what's more is that this shade/texture/formula highlights any dryness, flakiness, little lines and as you can see on the picture, doesn't apply very uniformly.

I haven't given up yet because I really want it to work but right now I feel like it ain't gonna work between him and me.

However I highly highly highly (!) recommend the brilliant little Glow pot !!!

Have you tried Topshop beauty ?


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Empties Worth Mentioning #3 (+ Makeup)

Hello my Bunnies,

Today I have another batch of empties for you. You can find my previous empties posts here and here.

I want to thank Quand-Fanny for the sticker idea. It's brilliant ! That way you can see quickly whether I'd repurchase a product or not.

What you should know is that unless the product really is extraordinary I always prefer to try something new rather than to repurchase something I already know even if it's really good.

I rarely ever finish makeup but today I have four makeup items to talk about ! O_o

Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect
You've heard me talk about this many times. This is my third bottle and the fourth has already been used quite a bit. It has good coverage, is brilliant for oily skin and last a decent amount of time. What's more is it doesn't break me out.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
This is also a brilliant foundation though maybe a tad to blowy for my oily skin. I liked its gel consistency and its coverage that is slightly lighter than that of the 1,2,3 Perfect. I'll keep it in mind to recommend it to other people or for a day when my skin is slightly less oily.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
The concealer that every british youtuber and blogger raves about and for good reason. It has a great coverage ! I like to use it before foundation and pat my foundation over the top with a sponge for incredible coverage. There's already a new one hanging around in my collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and on bronze
This one isn't actually quite empty. But it's 3 year old and it dried. I already bought another one because the staying power on this sucker is out of this world it resists everything (shower, swimming, tears, sweat, all of the above at the same time,…) and lasts all day. This is also my favourite shade.

L'occitane Vanilla Hand Cream
It was a very handy little hand cream to throw in my handbag. It was a good one but like everybody else I still have about 14'000 other hand creams to finish before I can justify another purchase. But it was a really good one.

Now for the skincare bits :

La Roche-Posay Serozinc
This is amazing at calming my skin. It contains zinc (good for breakouts) and sodium (antibacterial). I like to spray it all over my face before or after my routine or even after makeup sometimes and I feel like it really soothes my skin. I already bought a new one on feelunique as we can't find it in Switzerland.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Solution
It was a very good micellar solution to remove makeup as well as eye makeup. I would repurchase it but it's amongst the pricier ones and I already have about 3 others to finish so I don't know yet.

Bioderma Sébium H2O Micellar Solution
I didn't really like this one as it can't be used on the eyes (it stings) and I can't be bothered to use two products to take my makeup off. It doesn't feel particularly nice on the skin either. I much prefer the original bioderma with the pink cap that everybody raves about.

Eucerin 3 in 1 Micellar Solution
To me this one is very similar to the La Roche-Posay one. Efficient but on the pricier side. I'm not going to repurchase it right now but I might some times.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Extreme Fluid
This was a really good face sunscreen. I bought almost the same one to replace it except in the mattifying version (which I talked about here). It's light and comfortable to wear and sits nicely under makeup.

Clinique Even Better Eyes
I don't feel like this did very much for my skin but I think that about pretty much any eye cream to be honest. It felt very nice, left my skin quite soft and the tip feels cooling under the eye. However it was a pain to finish it as you can't really squeeze the tube towards the end. In my opinion it wasn't quite good enough to justify the price tag.

Lancôme Bi-Facil
It was a good makeup remover but it isn't better than the maybelline version for instance which is much cheaper.

I have quite a few body products too:

Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Body Milk
It was a very pleasant body milk to use. Efficient and not sticky at all. However I find it a shame that the scent didn't last for more than 5 minutes. It's the only reason why I'm not repurchasing it.

Soap&Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream
This is my favourite scent from the S&G range and this buttercream is a mix between butter and whipped cream which makes it incredibly comfortable and light at the same time. I loved it ! I'm definitely going to repurchase it at some point but last time I bought the body lotion in the same scent to try something different.

Reficis Soie Douce Body Cream*
I have a full review of this product that you can find here. I did really like it but I couldn't afford to spend that much on body lotion.

Bourjois Deodorant Minéral +soin/+beauté
I also talked about these deodorants here. They're efficient and aluminum-free which is all I'm looking for. I find the pink one to be slightly better but that's mostly because of the scent.

Babaria Aceite Seco 20
This is a dry solar oil that I bought in Spain last summer and it is incredible. It's moisturising and smells heavenly (like coconut). If you go to a spanish supermarket, buy it ! And bring one back for me please !

And finally, hair:

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Medium & Brunette
I've already talked about this one. It's amazing and leaves no residue. That's it. Go get it ! It's bloody brilliant ! I already have a new one.

Klorane Dry Shampoo
This is really good too however it might leave white dust if you're not careful enough. I think that it is slightly more expensive. I liked using it but I'm probably not going to repurchase it as I like Batiste and Colab better.

Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hair Spray
I like this hairspray purely because of the scent. I'm not a huge fan of the hairspray scent and this one smells great and isn't overpowering. It's also better at fighting little frizzy hairs than other hairspray I found. I already picked up a new bottle when I last went to London.

Sebastian Re-Shaper Hair Spray
I didn't find that this did anything particular for my hair. It was an average hairspray. Considering the price tag, I'm not going to repurchase it.

Toni&Guy Conditioner for Damaged Hair
This is the conditioner that I liked to use after my clarifying shampoo from the same brand (I talked about it here) as it left my hair feeling extra soft. However I have a lot of conditioner to finish at the moment so I'm not going to repurchase it right away. I might later on when I need a new one as it was one of the best that I've tried.

That's it for this session. Next time there'll be loads of shampoo and conditioner !


Thursday, 16 July 2015

L'Oréal Infallible Mega Gloss | From Amazing to Disappointing ?

Hello my Bunnies =)

Today I want to talk to you about one of the latest launch from L'Oréal: The Infallible Mega gloss. They're available in four finishes: mat, cream, neon and Xtreme (if I'm not mistaken…)

So I'm going to give you a quick overview of all four finishes even though I only own two glosses (I'm a bit of a magician sometimes #iwanttoliveinHogwartssobad)

For having swatched them, I'd say that the neon ones aren't very pigmented and that's why I decided not to purchase any.

I didn't pick any of the Xtremes either because they're full of glitter and I don't really like that.

I also left the mat ones behind because my lips are always too dry for mat formulas, but they looked very promising, quite opaque and not sticky.

What I did pick up is the shade I Got the Power from the cream finishes after seeing it in action in one of Fleur de Force's video.

I also got sent the shade Mafia Gloss from Eileen at Coolbrandz (thank you sooo much !) which is also a cream finish.

And I have to say that these two shades totally convinced me that these glosses were amazing enough for me to tell you to go and buy them (now ! … no … read my post first ;))

Above you can see the shade I Got the Power which is a great MLBB shade. The finish is very natural while still making me look a lot (!) more pull together.

And here is Mafia Gloss which initially really scared me. Fortunately it isn't too opaque and perfect for everyday wear too.

As you can see, it is slightly harder to get a totally even finish (though not impossible I should just try harder) but the shade is a great summery shade nonetheless.

What you should know is that I'm not a huge fan of glosses because I hate (hate !) anything that is sticky, I'm not a fan of very glossy lips and I don't like to get my hair stuck in my lips every time there is a bit of wind…

But I do really love these ones ! Because they have just the right amount of colour, because they're not sticky at all, because they're just glossy enough, because they work on slightly dry lips too, because once applied you don't feel them anymore, because you can reapply without a mirror, because the applicator has a brilliant shape, because they're affordable, because they don't smell too strong or bad, because they're readily available, and because their packaging is simple and elegant.

It is still a gloss formula so they aren't going to last 12 hours but like I said, you can reapply very easily without a mirror.

So while the mat ones scare me a little and the other two aren't really my cup of tea, I find the cream ones absolutely amazing ! If you're looking for an affordable, great, non-sticky gloss, go for it !

Did you try them ? What do you think about the other finishes ?


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Yes, I Do Love Makeup ! So What ?

Hello my bunnies,

Today I have a slightly different kind of post for you all. It is a reaction to Nikkie's video (this one) that has already been viewed more than 19 million times as we speak.

You've probably heard of it already, Nikkie made a video where she only applies makeup to half her face to show the power of makeup but also to denounce the way people judge girls who wear makeup. She reproaches people for thinking that we only apply makeup for three reasons.

1. lack of self-esteem
2. to please boys
3. because we don't like ourselves

I'll admit it, I don't like telling people that I like makeup but to be honest I don't feel connected to any of these reasons. So here's my take on Nikkie's idea.

I don't like telling people that I like makeup (beyond reason) because I feel like they're going to think that I'm shallow and that they're going to reduce me to this (Macha. Who ? You know, the "girl who loves makeup". Oh her, yeah I see)

But makeup isn't who I am. I doesn't define me ! Yes, I do like it but I also like to read, to climb and to cook, I like wearing old jeans and dirty converse sneakers.

The fact that I enjoy makeup doesn't mean that it's all I am. Like everybody else, I'm a human being made up of many different things.

A few months ago, I started reading Sali Hughes' book, Pretty Honest and by the introduction I already knew that this girl was amazing and that she got me !

I'll insert a few quotes from said introduction down below. They're the main reasons why I wanted to take part in this movement that Nikkie started and also why this book hasn't left my nightstand ever since it landed on my doorstep.

"Because when I've got my make-up on, I'm always ready."

"I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow or unintelligent. Even traitors to feminism."

“I believe it's perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature

"To me, deciding to be vampy one day, classic ingénue the next, painted Madonna on a Saturday night and bare-faced Joni Mitchell on a Sunday morning, is exactly what feminism is about: freedom."

"I wear makeup chiefly for myself and apart from making me look better (I don't care who you are, everyone is improved by a little concealer and blush) and giving me confidence, it makes me happy."

"During the best of times, we put on our face like armour, ready for whatever the day throws at us."

"When we've lost a job, are going through a divorce, are grieving a loved one (…) we literally paint on a brave face."

"Beauty rituals can become so much more than simple grooming – they can become a therapy in themselves."

So to the men (and women) who silently judge me when I put my makeup on on the train or who dare talk to me to say "why do you do this ? you look pretty without it too you know ? your acne is gonna go away and everybody knows that," I say : What's it to you if I put makeup on ?! Do I have to stop myself from wearing makeup in the name of freedom ? (sarcasm, sarcasm, …) Did you ever stop to think that I might enjoy it ?

That's what liberty is and that's what feminism is. To be in a position to choose ! I believe that it's just as important to be able not to wear makeup as it is to be able to wear makeup.

In our society where a girl who doesn't wear makeup is slovenly and a girl who wears makeup is shallow, it's hard to do the right thing. What I'm asking is for each girl to be able to do whatever she pleases ! And you can put your stupid judgment right back where it came from.

I put makeup on because I like the slightly made up version of myself better (is that such a crime ?), it boosts my confidence and sometimes I go all out because makeup allows me to express my creativity. I can't draw or paint and I don't play music but give me a palette and brushes and I'll be able to paint my face for hours.

As to my left-half, imperfect as it is, I like it too and if I have to go out bare-faced, I won't make a scene (but don't come crying to me if I scare you ...)

So yes, I do like makeup, because I like myself better with a hint of mascara and a touch of foundation. Because makeup helps me deal with life's challenges and is a part of my ritual to get ready for anything. But also because I have fun when I do it and this, in itself, makes me happy !

And then I'll go back to reading Shakespeare because I'm not just a shallow idiot.

This post turned into a bit of a rant, it wasn't planned. But I hope you liked it anyway !

What about you, how do you see makeup ?

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