Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How to Pick a Face Sunscreen | + Mini Review


Hello my bunnies,

I'm back ! I'm not quite done with my essays but I have a little more free time again =)

Today I want to talk to you about choosing a face sunscreen. How I picked it, what my criterions where and what I did when I was faced with 5 different tubes of sunscreen.

As the beautiful sunny days are back (at least they are here) we spend more time outside, by the lakeside or up the mountain and I find that the spf in foundation or day cream isn't quite enough when it's that sunny and we spend that much time outside.

Also, I don't want my acne scars to get any darker so I'm being extra-careful.

Better late than never right ? Some of you might still need to go and pick one up...

When it comes to sunscreen, my criterions are as follows:

  • non-comedogenic
  • spf 50
  • light
  • mattifying (I have very oily skin)
  • from a brand I trust

That's why I decided to start my research in a pharmacy and with brands such as Avène, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Caudalie, Nuxe, etc.

Firstly I selected the tubes that had a factor 50 and that were non-comedogenic.


Some brands do have a mattifying or light version but some only have one and/or don't state it on the packaging.

I therefore picked up the testers from all the creams that fitted my criterions the best and started applying them on the back of my hands to try out the consistency and the mattifying power (you may have to wait a couple of minutes for it to dry.)

As you may have guessed already, the winner was the Anthelios XL - Anti-shine from La Roche-Posay. I chose this one because I was actually astonished by how matte it made my hand look.

The consistency is a bit thick, which is surprising at first, but it doesn't feel too rich, heavy or sticky on the skin.

I have been using it for a week and I haven't had any breakout or sunburn and I'm glad to report that makeup sits very nicely on top of it.


Shoutout to the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV defence that I tried a sample of and that seems really amazing too.

The others brands I tried at the pharmacy were just not quite mattifying enough compared to this one.

I hope this helped some of you !

What's your go to face sunscreen ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Lush Diary #2 | Shark Infested Custard


Hello my Bunnies and welcome to the second installment of the “Lush Diary” !

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me redirect you to the first episode of the “Lush Diary” where I explained everything. You can find it here.

Today we're talking about one of the newest launches from Lush (only available in their Oxfordstreet store at the moment, if I'm not mistaken) that you may have seen in my latest lush haul (here): It is a new category of bath props that are called bath oils and this one is called Shark Infested Custard.

Can I stress once more how much I like this name ?!


As the name would suggest, the bath oils are made out of oils that will melt in your bath (and between your fingers if you try to take pictures for 15 minutes.)

This particular one contains –amongst other things – coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil and has quite a vanillary scent but not so sweet that it's sickening. It's vanilla with a twist.

I'd say it isn't the most esthetically pleasing bath product from Lush as it gets quite messy very easily (black dots on the yellow parts and yellow streaks on the fin) and having your bath water turn yellow isn't the nicest thing either (if you know what I mean …)

BUT this bath oil is fantastic nonetheless ! It makes your bath water very rich and will give the smoothest, most hydrated and nourished skin. When I got out of the bath I didn't feel the need to moisturise at all and there was no greasy film or stickiness in sight.


Retrospectively, I'm quite sad I didn't buy more of the bath oils when I was in London because they really are amazing ! One of them is enough to make your bath extremely nourishing for your skin and it will also make the whole bathroom smell great.

I have it from good authority that some of the new products from the Oxfordstreet store are going to make their way to us. What's unsure is when and which ones. I really hope that some of the bath oils make it !

Are you amongst the lucky few who tried them ? Would you like to ?

x
Macha

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Removing Makeup With Water, Yay or Nay ? | Glov Review


A small article today as I’m still working on my essays and sadly don’t have a lot of time for the blog =(

I was lucky enough to be sent the Glov makeup removing system by CoolBrandz. Thank you once again for letting me try something new !

So, Glov’s are makeup removing gloves with no chemicals whatsoever. Their secret is in their fibers that are 100x time thinner than human hair and that attract makeup like magnets.

They’re very simple to use. You just have to wet them with cold, warm or hot water and they remain antibacterial from 3 months. After 3 months, you’re supposed to change them.

So, these definitely sound great on paper but what are they like in the bathroom ?


I must say that I was impressed the first time I tried them ! I had a full face of makeup, including some Lancôme mascara, a rouge velvet from Bourjois as well as the usual suspects (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, etc.) I simply wet my Glov with warm water and hold it against my face for a few second to start to soften everything.

And swoosh, I swiped it across and everything was gone. Mascara, lipstick, everything ! I didn't have to rub at all or to use any product that could sting my eyes or irritate my skin.

What's more is that this Glov, though very very soft, will help improve micro-circulation as well as exfoliating the skin ever so gently.


As I was so impressed, I decided to take it up a notch the next day and applied my Benefit They're Real mascara which is known to be harder to remove. Well  I have to say that it didn't go as smoothly, sadly.

It is possible to take it all off but it will take a significant amount of rubbing and that's when it stops being pleasant. I felt like I was ripping off my eyelashes and irritating the skin around my eyes. I can't imagine what it'd be like with real waterproof mascara.

Also, what do I do with my Glov once it's all covered in black, red and brown ?

Well, once again I was pleasantly surprised. You take a bit of soap and water, rub a little and boom ! It's white again ! So yes, it takes a minute and 30 seconds … but I don't think that's so bad.


All in all, it is great to remove makeup, even mascara as long as it isn't waterproof.

*and there's this little voice in my head that keeps saying : it's normal though, isn't it ?! It is waterproof mascara after all, and we're using nothing but water to take it off... I'd say that if your waterproof mascara comes off with this glove, it's not a very good waterproof mascara.

Ecologically, it's a great makeup remover as you don't throw away cotton pads everyday like you would when using micellar water or standard makeup remover.

For sensitive skin, it is great because you don't take the risk to upset it with products and you even gently massage it with soft soft soft fibers (am I taking this too far :P)

So it isn't a great tool for waterproof mascara wearers and for some of us the minute and a half it takes to clean it may be too much but that's personal.


As for me, I will be happy to use it for the next three months at which point I will rethink the whole experience and decide if I'll buy it again.

Glov is available in three different sizes. A big one that allows you to do the whole face easily, a smaller one that has the size of a hand which is good for traveling and that I love using to remove face masks and a small one, the size of a finger which I'm not sure how to use yet.


You can find them on their website and in Switzerland you can buy them at Marionnaud.

What are your thoughts on these ?

x
Macha

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Real Neat Blog Award | Trust Me, I'm Swiss


Hello my Bunnies :)

I have been tagged by Roberta from Réglisse & Myrtille to do the Real Neat Blog Award Tag (you can read hers here) and I quite liked the questions so I decided to give it a go.Thank you Roberta for tagging me, I hope you (and all of you too) enjoy what you see :)


Who knows that you have a blog ? Family, friends, coworkers ? What do they think about it ?

Most of my close friends and family members know that I have a blog. 
At first I didn’t like talking about it but now I got used to it and I accept sharing this part of my life.

As to what they think about it, ... I don’t like talking in their name but I think that most of them aren’t really interested in beauty products (at least not as much as I am). 
However, a lot of them think that it’ll help me for my future one way or another as I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life. Even if in the end, it might have nothing to do with the blogosphere.


Sweets or chocolate ?

Chocolate. All day, everyday. I’m swiss after all. What did you expect ?


What are your favourite websites to order makeup ?

I used to order absolutely everything from Feelunique because they have almost everything I could possibly want and free delivery worlwide. I also like Beautybay for the same reasons (however be careful not to spend over 62CHF because of the import taxes.)
But I recently discovered Cosmetics Obsession, House of Makeup, eBeauty and Care and Charme Up that are all swiss based, have very quick service and competitive prices.


Do you have any tatoos ? Tell us more !

I don’t have any tatto and I’m not planning on getting one. This isn’t really something I like.


Do you collect anything ?

No, not really. I guess you could say that I collect makeup (I’m pretty good at it, if I do say so myself...) And I also have a jar full of 5 cent coins, like most people.



What’s your favourite beauty product ? And the one you don’t have ?

In general, I really like blushers and lipsticks. They’re my favourite to buy, (as well as palettes) look at and use.



The one I couldn’t live without would be mascara. Because of my invisible lashes.



The one that I’m always going to repurchase, Alpha H liquid Gold. It really does wonders for my skin. (you can find my full review here.)

The one thing I don’t have but that many people own is an eyelash curler. I’m lucky enough to have naturally curly lashes but they’re also really short and if I do curl them they end up looking even shorter.


What were your first makeup products ?

I’ve been wearing mascara for a really really long time (I started with a dark blue one from Covergirl) as my lashes are blond, almost invisible. 
When I started to have blemishes in my teenage years I introduced foundation and powder into my routine (the Catrice version of the maybelline mousse foundation I believe.)
Then, there were the inevitable baby blue and pastel purple eyeshadows. (Seriously, who didn’t ?)


Oh … it's the end already…

Did you learn something interesting ? Surprised by my answers ?

Now it’s my turn to ask the questions and to tag people =)

My questions are :

1. Dramatic scenario : your whole makeup collection disappears. What are the 10 product that you’re going to repurchase ?
2. What’s one makeup trick you’d like to master but don’t really yet ?
3. According to you, what would be THE social media platform to promote a blog ?
4. Whose makeup collection makes you jealous ?
5. What’s one of your essential beauty ritual that doesn’t involve a beauty product ?
6. What’s the skincare product that you’d recommend the most ?
7. Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now ?

And I tag:

1. Swiss Beauty Talk
5. Lexie
I hope that you enjoyed this TAG and that my dear tagged will enjoy replying to my questions. I can't wait to read your answers !

x
Macha

Sunday, 14 June 2015

My First Dip into the Korean Beauty Pool | I think I'm hooked


Never judge a book by its cover, they said. 

Well, when one is looking at Korean beauty bit this is awfully hard to do ! Trust me.

I've never tried Korean cosmetics nor any other Asian beauty bits so that's why I caved this week and ordered a few things from Laetitia's website eBeauty and Care.

First off, I have to say that her website looks lovely and that the quality of service is spectacular. I placed my order on Tuesday afternoon and was already enjoying my products on Thursday.

So if you're looking to buy reasonably priced Korean beauty products from Switzerland I highly recommend you go and check out her website !

As the products look so good and I haven't tried them yet this is going to be a very picture-heavy post. Reviews will come later :)


I wasn't quite sure what to pick when I landed on her website so I started by browsing among the Bestsellers where I picked up this Dear Girls oil control pact from Etude House.


As you may know, I'm hooked on the Soap&Glory One heck of a blot powder but I'm still trying to find a new one and I thought this one looked promising.


I must say that the look of the box and of the compact did play a big role in my choosing this product but I also feel like Asian girls know how to take care of oily skin (that's where blotting paper comes from, right ?)


That's a lot of pictures for just one powder but as you can see, it looks amazing down to the smallest details.

So much so that I'm not sure I'm ever gonna be able to use it… :P


The second thing I picked up while browsing the blemish-prone skin section of the website. It is a pineapple peeling gel from Skin Food.


I've been so good with my shopping (until now that is…) that I actually only own one scrub at the moment and it's almost empty.

I can't wait to report back on this one.


This last thing I picked up because I saw Laetitia talk about it on her blog several times and really wanted to give it a go.


It is the Nature Republic By Flower triple volume tint in the shade #02 Daisy. It is a very natural shade, a slightly pinkier version of my lip colour, perfect for everyday wear.


I actually applied this one just for the pictures and not only does it look good it also smells heavenly ! Just like strawberries. And I mean actual strawberries, not fake strawberries.


So that's my haul for this time. But I'm probably going to order again from Laetitia's website as I enjoyed it so much :)

Have you tried any Korean beauty bits ? What would you recommend ?

x
Macha
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