Sunday, 1 March 2015

Brows Made Easy


I found it ! The brow product that is available in Switzerland, not ridiculously expensive and dead-easy to use !

I remember that not that long ago I wasn't doing anything for my brows. The thing is, when you start, it's hard to stop. So I've been looking for good products to take care of my brows easily.

The L'Oréal Brow Artist Plumper is a tinted gel that contains fibers (I think I can see some looking at the applicator) fills in the gaps, tints the brows and keeps them in place all in one easy step.

I'm completely sold !

I sadly can't compare it to the Benefit, Makeup Revolution or Rimmel versions as I haven't tried any of them.


In my opinion the applicator isn't too big or too small and the long "handle" makes it easy to be precise without smudging product all around your brows.

What may be a problem for some is that there only are two shades available in addition to the clear version. Fortunately the shade light/medium is a good match for me when applied lightly (I usually wipe off the excess on the back of my hand or the inside of the tube).

As for the formula, it makes the brows slightly more stiff (that's what a gel does) but without making them overly crispy or uncomfortable (it can be surprising the first time but that's it).

When it comes to longevity, I'm happy to report that it lasts really well throughout the day.

All in all I'm really happy with this product and I'm lucky enough to have a shade that matches my brows. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy-to-use brow product that will keep them in place, fill them in and tint them slightly.
If you're not looking for anymore colour, the clear version is probably a good option for those looking to keep any rebellious hairs in place.

I'd advise you to go and try it in a store (I guess brow products testers are pretty safe bacteria wise) to go out in the sunlight to check the shade and if it matches, to go for it ! (Take a wipe in case it doesn't :P)

Have you tried it ? What do you think ? Have I tempted you ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Blusher for Pale and/or Blemish-Prone Skin


I’ve been lusting over the hourglass blushers for quite some time now but I can’t quite justify spending that much for a blusher (especially as I already own so many) so when I saw this little number from Max Factor I was thrilled. They're the creme puff blush and they look very much like the Hourglass blushers (though I can’t say anything about the formula as I haven’t tried them). They're not cream blushers despite what the name would suggest but very finely milled powders.

The colour range is quite extensive with 6 shades (all gorgeous) some with a bit of shimmer running through and some seriously pigmented.

I picked the shade lovely pink but I must say that it was really hard to pick just one. 

It is a fairly light shade that isn't extremely pigmented. That's why I think that it is so good for pale skins and/or beginners. You don't risk over applying it and it definitely is buildable.

The other good thing about this shade is that it isn't very red so it doesn't make blemishes stand out. I know that when I have a lot of blemishes I don't feel like wearing blusher because I feel like it makes them stand out but this shade makes me look great (well … ahem) even when I have blemishes (which has been all the time lately.)

It isn't the longest lasting blusher I own but it lasts a decent amount of time and the colour is so pretty that I really don't mind.

I'd love to try a more pigmented shade (gorgeous berries for example looked really intense when I swatched it) but they currently aren't available in Switzlerand. I hope they come soon unlike the miracle touch creamy blusher which still haven't made it all the way to the swiss counters (and what a shame ! they're really great, especially soft pink).

Have you tried these ? What are your thoughts ?

x
Macha

Monday, 23 February 2015

3 Lovely Things


Today I wan't to talk to you about three things that I've been thoroughly enjoying lately and that are not beauty related.
Not just because they're great to use (eat, drink) but also because they're a pleasure to look at and I think that it's important to be surrounded by lovely looking things to be happy. (what … cheesy ? yeah … a tad)

So let's get to it.

The first thing isn't the greatest looking but it's definitely the most delicious tea I've ever had. It's the Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea. It tastes really strongly of spice (you can make up to three cups with just one bag … crazy !) and is quite sweet so you don't need to add sugar.
If you like strong spice combined with sweetness then this will be for you.
This tea is quite hard to come by (especially in Switzerland) but I usually find it in organic shops or in pharmacies and it's definitely worth the hunt. You can also check out the website for more info.

The second thing is also delicious ! I got this as a present from a friend (thank you !!!) They're the “most fluffy marshmallows ever" from Barú also called "chocolate wrapped clouds"(How cute !!!) They're marshmallow covered in very thin chocolate with a pocket of salty caramel hidden between the chocolate and the marshmallow. I really love them and I don't even like marshmallows so that's saying something !
The packaging is one of the loveliest thing I've ever seen so it's proudly standing on my shelf (but not for long as there's only one left … oops)
I'm not sure where you can find them as they come from Belgium. In Switzerland they're sold in Globus (that I know of) and probably some other fancy food shops ;) they also have a website if you want to check it out.


Last but not least is my Q&A a day, 5-year journal that I got from amazon. I really like the way it looks and it's quite tiny (a lot more than I'd imagined) which makes it even cuter.
The idea is that you have to answer a question everyday for five years which means that you can compare your answers and see how you and your life changed.
I really like taking the time each day to reflect about something (serious or not), to gather my thoughts and then two write a few things. I find the whole process very relaxing.
If you like writing but don't necessarily know what to write or just want to see how you change, then I strongly recommend that (and nobody said that you had to start on the 1st of january, mine starts on the 16th of february.)

So that's what I've been loving non-beauty wise lately.

What are a few of your favourite things ? What makes you happy ?

x
Macha

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How to | Getting Rid of Zits


As I mentioned in my last post, my skin has been terrible lately (click here if you want to see what products I use to hide my spots). After trying quite a few things in addition to my routine (tea tree oil, mud masks, ...) I remembered what I did last time I had such a hard time with spots.

It was about 2 years ago and I completely changed my routine to bring it down to 4 products. 
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, La Roche Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream, Alpha H Liquid Gold and Michael Todd Blue Green Algae anti-bacterial Toner. The liquid gold (more detailed post about it here) and the toner were still in my routine but I changed moisturiser and cleansers quite often and I decided to go back to this simpler routine hoping that it would help.

I use the cleansing foaming cream to wash my face morning and evening. It really leaves the skin feeling clean and purified and some of you would probably hate it as the result is almost "squeaky-clean". For something a bit more gentle I'd recommend using the La Roche Posay Purifying Foaming Gel instead which is a lot more gentle on the skin. If I'm wearing a lot of makeup I'll use a micellar water first to get rid of most of it.

I use nothing else than the Effaclar Duo+ to moisturize in the morning and at night. In the morning I apply the anti-bacterial toner and I use the liquid gold on its own every other night to get rid off the blemishes and scars faster. The new version of the Effaclar Duo+ is a bit more moisturising than the original but if you're still looking for a more moisture I'd suggest using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat (it isn't great at mattifying in my opinion but it is a nice moisturiser nonetheless).

I’ve been doing that for about two weeks now and I can already notice huge improvements. The breakouts don't stay as long and for the first time in months I can't feel the next batch coming (you know when you think it's all over because most of them are gone but you can actually already feel the bumps the next ones are making  I know  gross). It has also greatly improved the overall texture of my skin. I notice it when I apply my makeup in the morning as it all goes a lot smoother.

All in all I'm really happy with how it's all going down. Only two weeks in and my skin is a lot happier !

I’ll keep you updated but if you’re having problem with your skin I can’t recommend the La Roche Posay effaclar range enough. I think that they do fab’ products against blemishes. They already saved my skin once and I’m pretty sure that it’s happening again.

What are your skin saviours ? 

x
Macha


*In the UK La Roche Posay has a special kit especially designed for blemish prone skin that includes Effaclar Duo+, a cleansing gel and a toner that is exclusive to the kit. I’m trying to get my hands on it as I’ve heard good things about it and I think that if you’re lucky enough to have it where you live you should give it a go.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

For A Flawless Base


Not really a Valentine's day related post but there are already so many out there ;) However if you need a flawless base for your makeup tonight, this might help.

My skin has been terrible lately but I didn’t feel like caking it up with makeup in fear of making it worse so I’ve been using a rather light foundation and some good concealer.

The Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet is in my opinion a great alternative to the oh-so-famous Chanel Vitalumière Aqua but for oily skins (it really doesn’t work well on dry patches !)

It is extremely light (you can barely feel it) has a light to medium coverage that manages to unify everything while leaving your skin with a mat (but not flat) finish. I really really like it !


However as the coverage isn’t quite enough to cover up my pesky blemishes I need some concealer to cover them up as well as my dark circles.

I’ve been particularly loving the Soap&Glory Kick Ass Concealer as it includes a pinky shade for under eye circles, a usual fleshy tone for blemishes and a mini powder to set it all. I find that it has very good coverage and is really comfortable to wear as it’s quite creamy.

Another option is the Maybelline Age Rewind. Everybody’s been talking about it lately and for good reason. This stuff is amazing at covering dark circles (and blemishes too for that matter) while still feeling incredibly light.

So that’s all my skin has been seeing lately and I’m really happy with my little trio. My blemishes are concealed and I don’t feel like I’m wearing a ton of makeup. Hopefully my skin will calm down soon and I won’t need as much concealer as I do now.

What are your base favourites ? What are you currently using ?

x

Macha
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