Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hand Scrubs | What, Why & For Whom ?


Hello :)

Today I want to talk to you about a beauty ritual that is almost absent from the whole beauty scene (at least very few talk about it.)

If I start talking about hand scrub I feel like there are going to be two kinds of reaction : the skeptical ones who don’t see the point and the enthusiasts who are already convinced or wondering where they can go and buy it.

I feel like it’s a product that few of us own or use, about which we don’t really talk and that is quite rare on the market.

I do have one (what a gorgeous packaging by the way) that I got as a gift and I tried several at beauty counters (for instance in the aisles of manor.)

So, the difference with your average body scrub is that a hand scrub is more abrasive, the grains tend to be bigger and more efficient as the skin on our hands is not as delicate.

Mine has a really "greasy" texture and quite big grains that once rinsed leaves a nourishing film on the hands (like hand cream but more intense.)



I got it about two year ago and have used it 2-3 times since, because I didn’t think about it but also because I didn’t really feel the need to use a product like that.

But ! Everything changer a few months ago when I started to go climbing more often and with the magnesia (the white powder that athletes use to keep their hands moisture free - very drying) combined with the really aggressive surfaces of the climbing walls left my hands very damaged. #crocodileskin

I was therefore left with very dry hands and even flaky skin on my finger tips and I found that this candy scented scrub from Akyado was amazing at making my lizard hands look human again.

The scrubby bits help me get rid off flaky skin and the greasy base is brilliant for nourishing the skin at the same time. After the whole process I’m left once again with very soft hand which is very comfortable.

So I’d say that a hand scrub is by far not a must in your bathroom cabinet. For usual hand care a body scrub is enough. However, if you do something in your everyday life that leaves your hand with a serious need of TLC then hand scrubs are the way to go.

What are your thoughts on hand scrubs ?

x
Macha

Sunday, 17 May 2015

My Week in Lipsticks #2


Hello Everybody =)

Today I'm back for another week in lipsticks. You can fin the first one here, and for those of you who don't know what it's about, I've decided to switch lipstick more often to use them all and every now and again I'll try and change everyday. When this happens I then walk you through my lipsticks of the week. So here's what I wore this week :

Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick - Candy
Monday : Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy
This one was lost at the bottom of my drawer and I'm pretty sure I got it as a gift from my aunt. Sadly I know why it was lost at the bottom, the shade doesn't really suit me. It looks beautiful in the bullet, swatched and even on the pictures but it has a slight frosty finish that really doesn't suit me. The formula is quite creamy, very comfortable to wear and it smells like lipstick - that vintage scent that you could smell in your grandma's cabinet, what I'd imagine a lipstick to smell like.
So it is a good lipstick overall, it just doesn't suit me.

YSL Tint in oil - cherry my chérie
Tuesday : Yves Saint Laurent Tint in Oil in 5 Cherry my Chérie
I've been talking about this one in every other article (review here and praises in question 9 here) so I won't bore you with it anymore. What you should know about it : gorgeous colour, delicious scent, great longevity, very comfortable to wear !

YSL Volupté Sheer Candy - Succulent pomegranate
Wednesday : Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy in 4 Succulent Pomegranate
Fun fact: 2 years ago, I started my first beauty blog (well I stopped after 6 articles) and my first ever review was about this lipstick. 2 and a half years later, I haven't changed my mind. It has the same delicious scent as the tint in oil, it's slightly moisturising, has a sheer touch of colour and a hint of shine. It feels like a balm but makes it look like you've made an effort.

L'oréal universal lip glow
Thursday : L'Oréal Universal Lip Glow
On Thursday I went climbing and had a BBQ in the forest so I wasn't wearing an awful lot of makeup but I still wanted to wear lipstick for the sake of "my week in lipsticks" (serious blogger right there :P) so I went for lip glow about which you could say : You can't see that I'm wearing it but if I weren't you could tell. Meaning that it's a lipstick that will make the best natural-looking version of yourself. It just gives the lips a little something-something.
Here, I compare it to the Dior Lip Glow and the Clarins Lip Balm Crayon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Motherpucker - Bashful
Friday : Soap&Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick in Bashful
This is probably my favourite of the week. It is very creamy, smells like vanilla and caramel, it's also beautiful shade, is extremely comfortable to wear and just glossy enough, perfect ! The one little thing is that it doesn't really stay shut very well so it can become a bit of a nightmare to take it around in your bag. Apart from that, I have only praises for it.

Estée Lauder - YSL TIO - YSL VSC - L'oréal - Soap&Glory
Like last time, I didn't wear the craziest colours this week but it just isn't really my style.
However, I do put all the lipstick that I've talked about in one of my "week in lipsticks" post in a special pouch so we will end up reaching for the more unusual colours. Eventually.

What about you ? What have you been wearing this week ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 14 May 2015

TAG | Beauty Products and Me


Welcome to the first ever TAG on Feathers and Brushes. I was tagged by Gwen from Et à propos … and since the questions were really nice I decided to give it a go =)

Let's get to it. I'll tell you all the truth and nothing but the truth !

1. How many times do you wash/cleanse your face ?
Assuming it is how many times a day, 2. I very rarely skip cleansing as I really want to get rid off my spots.
In the morning I use the Reficis purifying cleansing gel (full length review here) because it feels amazing on the skin.
In the evening, I start with a micellar water to take my makeup off. At the moment I use the La Roche Posay one but I'll use any that hangs around as long as it doesn't sting my eyes. Then I use the Effaclar purifying foaming gel.
In the shower I also have the dermo-soothing deep cleansing foam for days when my skin is feeling particularly sensitive as it is very gentle yet very efficient and the deep cleansing foaming cream for days when I want a super cleanse (though this one can be a bit stripping.) both from La Roche Posay again.

2. Do you use eye cream ?
I used to. But I don't feel like it does a lot and I don't really need it. I usually take my moisturiser over my eyes as well.

3. What do you think about fake lashes ?
I've only ever worn false lashes once and apart from the fact that it took me 10 minutes to apply them I had quite a good experience. But it isn't really something that I'm drawn to. However, not long ago I wanted to try individual lashes but I can't wear those because my lashes are much shorter and it makes them very obvious.


4. What's your favourite mascara ?
I find this to be a really hard question. At the moment I'd probably say the Benefit They're Real because it is just as good when you first open and when you last use it just before it's too dry. Unlike the Clinique high impact or the YSL shocking that you have to let dry before they reach their full potential or the Covergirl clump crusher which dries a bit too fast in my opinion. I also really like the Maybelline sensational and the Lancôme Hypnôse star and doll eyes.

5. Do you always use an eye primer ?
I use an eye primer when I remember that I should (= rarely). However, when I know that I'm going to take some time to do my eyeshadow or have a special event I definitely do. Amongst my favourite are the Urban Decay primer potion and the Mac paint pots (here, groundwork but I also really like let's skate). The Maybelline colour tattoo are also great though less discrete (but last a REALLY long time and can also be used on their own.)


6. Felt tip or pencil eyeliner ?
I don't wear a lot of eyeliner but when I do it's definitely felt-tip. I find them much easier to use and at the moment I really like the Soap&Glory supercat which allows you to draw a very thin, very black line.

7. Are you clumsy when doing your makeup ?
Not really. I think that the shape of my eyes makes it hard for me not to put mascara on my lids when applying it but if I'm being careful it's fine. However, if I'm attempting a flick, I'll definitely need Q-tips.

8. If you had to leave the house with just one makeup product, what would it be ?
Depends if I can have only one product on my face or only one product for touch-ups. If I can only have one product on my face, I pick mascara as it really helps me look more awake and if I can have only one product in my bag for touch-ups then I choose powder. I particularly love the Soap&Glory one heck of a blot which is just perfect.

9. What's your favourite gloss ?
I don't wear a lot of gloss so I'll cheat a little bit by saying YSL tint in oil in cherry my chérie (full-length review here) because it really looks like a gloss but isn't sticky and is also a stain. I also really like the NYX megashine lip gloss in the colour beige (which isn't beige at all !) but I seem to have lost it =(

10. What would you like to own very soon ?
It's really hard just to pick a few but I really want to try some things from Too Faced like the chocolate bar and the better than sex mascara. I also really want to try the Zoeva brushes and to buy my first  MAC lipstick.

So that's it for this TAG, I hope you liked it.
Now it's my turn and I tag Cheryl from Swiss Beauty Talk, Roberta from Réglisse et Myrtilles, Laura from Laura-Ka as well as Charlotte from Mon Petit Quelque Chose, (only swiss girls because it makes me happy :P) if you're interested, I'd be really happy to read your answers !

x
Macha

Sunday, 10 May 2015

TMI | The Menstrual Cup is The Bomb.com

screenshot from madmoizelle's video (see below)

Today I want to talk to you about another one of these subjects that are less often addressed.
Last time I talked to you about deodorants (here), today I want to talk about periods.

It's another one of these subjects that aren't talked about because it's a bit embarrassing but like I said last time, it's also a subject on which it's important to have information and some of us don't have mothers or sisters they can talk to.

Some of you may have heard of the menstrual cup some of you may not.

As you can see on the picture above it's a soft plastic "contraption" that goes inside of you and collects the period blood.

It is a bit scary at first I'll admit but it's the best thing that happened to women during that time of the month since chocolate !!!

It's so good that for the first few months I was almost impatient to have my periods (and I know I'm not the only one ;))

So what is it ? How does it work ? Does it hurt ?

Like I said, it's a little plastic cup (usually made out of silicon but there are also some silicon-free version for those allergic to silicon) that you fold on itself and place inside your vagina. It can stay there for 12 hours and it will collect the blood. You can forget all about it, all day long, you don't feel it and it doesn't require any attention whatsoever ! After 12 hours you take it out, empty it, rinse it and put it back in.

At the end of your periods, you boil it in water for a while to clean it properly and that's it.

I've been using mine since december and I wouldn't even dream of going back to tampons.

Sure, at first it can be a little tricky to insert and take out, but I found that you get used to it very quickly (also you can practice when you're not on your periods.)

It does also mean that you have to be very comfortable with your own body as you have to insert it yourself and you might get blood on your hands every now and again.

But that's all the disadvantages I can think of and quite frankly if it means that I can go about my day and not worry about having to change my tampon then I can definitely live with it.

Apart from being a lot more convenient and comfortable than tampons it's also good economically and ecologically.

You only have to buy one (it's a bit of an investment at first) and you can keep it for about 3-5 years. Which means that you only spend money once and it also mean a lot less waste.

You guessed it, I'm completely sold.

I bought mine in an organic shop, the first I walked in.

Have you heard of it ? Already using it ? Convinced or repulsed ? ;)

x
Macha

Here's a couple of videos, one in english that compare tampons and cups (though she prefers tampons)
and this one which sadly is in french but it's hilarious and it tells you everything about the cup. There also are plenty of videos on the subject on youtube.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil | Review


Hello Everybody,

Today I want to talk to you about one of the latest YSL lip launches, the Volupté Tint In Oil.

It was a complete impulse buy, fortunately, YSL is quite reliable, especially when it comes to lip products.

The Tint in Oil are an entirely new formula for me, they remind me a bit of the Clarins Comfort lip oil (though I only briefly swatched it in store). It feels very liquidy, not sticky at all, quite comfortable to wear. I guess that if you were to put olive oil on your lips it would feel the same.

I was expecting the oil to be a bit more nourishing (I have very dry lips at the moment) but is is only lightly so. So if you're looking for something very nourishing, this isn't for you.

However, if you're looking for something that gives a little bit of TLC you can keep reading.

As my lips need a bit more TLC I actually apply the Nuxe rêve de miel before applying the tint in oil and I was surprised to see that the two work very well together !

They have the same delicious scent as the Volupté Sheer Candy, so it's a pleasure to wear it. The applicator is slightly bended and hugs the lips perfectly.


What is really great with this lip oil is that after application the colour starts to develop and becomes darker and brighter and turns into a stain.

Indeed, if the glossy effect lasts only for a few hours, the stain will stay all day and fade very nicely.

What's more is that you can really build up the colour by applying more coats.

The packaging is of course brilliant, as always with YSL. I like the coloured ring that indicates the shade.

I picked up shade n°5 Cherry my Chérie which is probably the brightest of the bunch. When you first apply it it looks quite sheer but it really develops into a beautiful fuchsia pink.


All in all, I'm really happy with this tinted oil. I was expecting it to be a tad more nourishing on my lips but it is still very comfortable to wear, the colour is truly gorgeous and so long-lasting that in the end I really don't mind that little disappointment.

Have you tried these ? What do you think ?

x
Macha
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