Hello fabulous people!
I have a sample review for you today! Now I don’t usually do sample reviews because I don’t believe that you can get a good look at a product if you only use it once, but seriously, I don’t have to use this one ever again!
Today was the second day of my Body Supreme Routine, and so I was looking through my collection of samples to see if there was anything interesting there to try. I found the Mixa Body Milk that I actually wanted to just straight up buy without previously testing it because so many people have said great things about it (thank heavens for this sample), so I thought I might as well use this sample before heading off to the drugstore tomorrow to get it.
Well… I was certainly not prepared for the first impression…
So this is the sample that I got from one of the fashion magazines, and it has been sitting in my Testers Box for about tow months now I think.
And this is what it looks like in the original bottle.
Like most body milks/lotions, this one also claims to effectively hydrate your skin for 24 hrs, is suitable for sensitive skin, helps with redness, etc. etc. As I’ve already mentioned, I have read sooo many reviews saying how this is an amazing product, and since it’s from France, I figured it had to be fabulous by default! What? No.
The sample had 7ml of product inside it, which was about two walnut size amounts. Surprisingly, this was enough to cover my body neck to toe (I use different products for my face). I was very impressed with this, because I’m used to samples only being enough to cover like one elbow! So hats off to Mixa for at least getting that part right and being generous.
I applied the product all over and at first it looked good. The milk is very white and a bit on the thick side, but it is very easy to spread, and it also absorbed into my skin very quickly, which is also good. I didn’t take any pictures of the product because the sample turned into a mess, but there was nothing particularly special about it anyway. So my skin was all cool and hydrated – at first. It was soft, moisturized and didn’t have any negative reactions to the product – for about 30 minutes. Literally 30 minutes after applying it my skin started drying up like crazy!
I didn’t get any rashes or allergic reactions to the product, but my skin just completely dried up! I had to go back and use a very generous amount of my Petit Bijou Moisturizer to feel good again! I don’t understand what happened, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Either the consistency of the product is so poor that your skin can’t possibly get the amount of moisture it needs from it, or it’s made out of very basic ingredients that don’t do much. Definitely the weirdest body milk I’ve ever tried!
I see no point in ever actually purchasing this product since the sample was not a very good experience at all. I don’t even have dry skin!
I’m pretty sure that I’ll be skipping the entire Mixa collection at the drugstore from now on. I don’t mean to bash the company or anything (maybe someone else will love them!), but I just know of better brands that actually do moisturize my skin.
- No allergic reaction
- Absorbs quickly
- Doesn’t have a smell
- Doesn’t actually do anything to moisturize skin
- Dries up!
- Not worth the price
I’ve been on a one month spending ban!
Why is everything in life so expensiiiiveugh!?!? And by ‘everything’ I mean things that I don’t want to spend money on but I have to: like bills, bills and bills.
So in order to try and get my financial life back in order I went on a one month spending ban where I literally couldn’t buy anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary! I am happy to say that I have successfully completed this task, however, I did not blog about it because it was too painful to speak of…
But now that that’s done and payday is coming up in less than a week…. it’s time for a wishlist!
I will probably have to go on another spending ban after this.
No other cosmetic brands make me as happy as Korean ones. Everything is sooooo adorable and cute! I understand that I shouldn’t buy things just because they look cute (I always do), but they make my day so much better! If I am having a crappy time at work and I pull out a hand cream that has a cute little animal on top of it = instant happiness!
I made a lovely cup of tea this morning and sat down to pick products for my upcoming wishlist! I may or may not actually buy everything on this list, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll buy 90% of things here. I need to sleep on it once or twice just so I don’t buy too many things at one time and then have to eat instant noodles for the rest of the month!
I wouldn’t care I actually love instant noodles.
So without further ado, here is my wishlist!
I have included links to each product so that you guys can read about them in more detail and see how much they cost. You will notice that they all lead to cosmetic-love.com because they are my favourite online shop for Korean beauty products. However, I must stress that I have no affiliation with the website, and I will not earn any money or points if you guys click on the links! I just added the links to make it easier for you so that you don’t have to Google the products and waste time.
1. 3W CLINIC Fresh Mask Sheet 10 Pieces Set
2. NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Moisture Hand Lotion
3. ETUDE HOUSE Silk Scarf Damage x2
4. ETUDE HOUSE MiniME Perfumed Stick
5. MISSHA Super Aqua Pore Correcting Blackhead Melting Oil Gel
6. ETUDE HOUSE Like 20 Booster Essence
7. BANILA CO My First Base
8. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Pocket Perfume
9. THE FACE SHOP Lovely ME:EX Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream
10. TONY MOLY Floria Nutra Energy Emulsion
11. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Eye Contour Roll-On
12. SKIN FOOD Water-Drop Facial Ice Vita Cream
13. ETUDE HOUSE Real Art Cleansing Oil Light
14. ETUDE HOUSE Sweet Recipe Cupcake Eyes
15. HOLIKA HOLIKA Pure Mellow Skin Tuning Starter
16. SKIN FOOD Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder
Woot people! (I have no idea what ‘woot’ means)
Today I bring you a review of the absolutely gorgeous Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash!
I am so excited about this one, because I have been loving this product recently and I really think that many of you guys would find it enjoyable as well!
So I was looking for a new cleanser, and since I like to try out new things all the time, I decided to go with Neutrogena! I was very disappointed with my previous cleanser from Garnier (a not-so-enthusiastic review of that will be coming up in the near future), so I thought that I should switch brands and try something completely different. I know that there are many awesome (but expensive) cleansers out there! Unfortunately, I don’t have money to spend on expensive products at the moment (student life is killing me), so instead I head off to my local drugstore and see what I can find there.
Ok, so I admit that I picked up this product because it was a cute pink colour! Is this the right way to spend money? NnnnnnnnnnYES!
Well, it turns out that my pink instinct was right all along because this product is fabulous!
I have normal to dry skin, depending on the season, so I need to be careful with the products I buy for it. I am also prone to acne occasionally (which is great =.=) so I like to make sure that all the products I buy are somehow designed to clean your pores and yet not irritate your skin by doing so. This particular product claims to eliminate spots and blackheads and give your face a fresh, clean feel. As you can see from the picture, I’ve been using this product for a while now (about two weeks) so I think it’s time I told you guys what I thought of it.
To start off, I bought this at my local DM drugstore for about $7.
I use it in the morning as soon as I wake up as part of my morning cleansing routine, and I also use it at night before bedtime and before I apply any other creams to my face. It takes one whole pump to cover my entire face with the product, which will give you about a walnut size of the product. It is very pink, and as soon as you pump it out you can smell the lovely, fresh smell of grapefruit! This is such a great smell to wake up to in the morning and it instantly makes me feel happy!
I apply the product in circular motions on my damp face, and I massage it into my skin for about two minutes. This is not the type of facial wash that foams! In fact, you can’t really tell visually that you have applied anything to your face because it has a see-through, gel-like consistency. I know that some people like foamy products, but I personally think that this is better since it helps provide you with a much greater concentration of product and doesn’t waste most of it in the foam and then down your arms as you massage it. Or is it just down my arms that it slides?
When you rinse it off you are left with a really clean face that smells like a lovely grapefruit!
Now, I should tell you that you will notice parts of your face go a bit red right after you rinse it off. This is nothing to worry about as the redness will go away in about a minute. I’m not sure why this happens as this is not something that I noticed with other cleansers before, but I think it’s the citrus part of the grapefruit that’s causing it.
Since my skin is more on the normal side, I didn’t feel like this product dried out my skin at all! For me, it gave me the perfect clean face and I could even continue my day without applying any moisturizer after it and my face would never feel dry. However, I have read some other reviews about this product, and I remember seeing people with dry skin saying that the product was great, but that they had to apply moisturizer straight after to prevent their face from drying out. So do be careful if you have dry skin and want to try this out, and make sure that you have a moisturizer close by if you start to feel your face go tight!
Now on to the effect on acne and blackheads!
This product is definitely great at cleaning your pores! I had a few pimples before I started using this product and I definitely noticed that they went away much quicker! I didn’t even touch them, and they just kind of disappeared after about two or three days. I haven’t had a single breakout since I started using this cleanser, which is something that really doesn’t happen often for me! Another major improvement is on the blackheads on my nose! I don’t have blackheads on my face (none that I can see anyway), but they do appear on my nose and I have definitely noticed them becoming smaller as I continue to use this product!
I never really tried many Neutrogena products before (because I’m in a very stressed out relationship with Garnier and thought they would be the same thing), but this cleanser is now definitely one of my favourite cleansers ever! The only thing I’m curious about is whether or not my skin will eventually become used to it and not react as well. I think that this is something that could happen with pretty much every product of course, but I wouldn’t like it to happen any time soon because I am absolutely in love with this cleanser!
- Super cleansing!
- Good price
- You only need one pump for you whole face
- Great smell and very refreshing!
- Actually does clean out my pores and prevents acne and blackheads forming!
- Would probably make dry skin even drier
- Causes redness after application (although it does go away quickly)
Have you guys tried this product before?
Hello lovely people!
So I went shopping with a friend yesterday and we ended up buying quite a lot of things!
I haven’t gone shopping in ages, so this was a great way to start the weekend! There will be plenty of makeup reviews coming up in the near future, but the first will definitely have to be the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the colour Tokyo! I am completely smitten by this product!
I have a few eye shadows and some other stuff by NYX, and although I really like them, they haven’t exactly blown me away. But this Lip Cream is my new must-have of the year!
I was wondering which colour to get, and after reading through some other blogger reviews and swatches, I decided to pick Tokyo (also because of the name :3 ).
OMG this is such an amazing lip cream!
The first thing I noticed as soon as I opened it was the smell. It literally smells like cake! When you apply the product on your lips the smell does go away pretty quickly, so it’s not something that you should be worried about if you don’t like scented products.
It is very pigmented and goes on smoothly without any bumps or cracks. It lasts for ages! I was wearing it during a big meal yesterday and today I wore it again for a birthday that also included a lot of food and the colour didn’t fade at all! I can’t believe how long it lasts on the lips! Another great bonus is that it doesn’t become cakey after a long time of wear, because it looks exactly the same as when you first apply it. Absolutely amazing product and something that I think you should definitely have in your makeup bag if you like lipsticks!
The only thing that I need to mention is that you need to take care of your lips if you want to use this product to its full potential. This just means that your lips need to be soft and hydrated before you apply the NYX Lip Cream. I think that it would go on a bit patchy if your lips were dry, but I could be wrong since I didn’t try applying it on dry lips. Other than that I seriously have nothing bad to say about this product! I absolutely love it!
- Cheap price (around $5)
- Very long lasting
- Extremely pigmented
- Smooth application
- Fantastic smell
- Needs to be applied to hydrated lips otherwise it could go patchy
My hair doesn’t listen to me. Period.
When I want it to be voluminous, it goes dry and flat. When I want it to be smooth and sleek, it goes frizzy and turns into a lion’s mane.
I must have said something to offend it when we were children and it still hasn’t forgiven me.
Either way, trying to create fabulous hair is not an easy task for me, and it seriously requires some fighting and muscle work with my hair, especially when it comes to volume! I prefer big curls to straight hair on my head, so when I do decide that it’s time to get the curling iron out, my hair needs to be prepared to take it and to look big and fabulous, instead of letting the curls look heavy on its ends.
Now I don’t mind spending a bit more money on volumizing products if they are actually going to do their job, but I often find that they don’t. Some of the more expensive high-end products are worth it, but I don’t always have the budget to support such purchases, so I headed out to find something cheaper. And I did! (these sheep look so evil)
I bought the Balea Volume Effect Forming Water & Hairspray!
The Forming Water can be used on both dry and wet hair. It takes about 8-10 sprays to cover most of my long hair. After that I brush it through, and then dry it with a blow dryer. It really does give your hair a lot of volume, and if you brush it through before drying your hair, it won’t leave any hard strings of hair.
After applying the Forming Water, I curl my hair (or make a blow-out), and then finish it off with the Hairspray, which gives it even more volume! The hairspray is not too hard, and both products last for about 6 hours effectively (even though it says they last for 24h).
This is a great, cheap alternative to some of the more expensive volume boosters, and the bottles are small enough to be carried around in your bag if you need them. I don’t use either one of these two products on a daily basis, but I do use the Forming Water about three times a week when I wash my hair!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Eye care is a very important part of your skin routine in my opinion. Not only because your eyes are by nature more sensitive than the rest of your face, but also because the very thin skin that surrounds them can get damaged very easily. If you wear makeup, you pull on your eyes more than you should every day, both when you are applying your makeup and when you are removing it, and no matter how gentle you try to be, you are still touching them more than your eyes wish. So, eye creams should be a daily addition to your skincare!
I am not easily impressed by eye creams, at all! Many of them (or at least many of the ones that I have tried) have an almost identical set of ingredients as your regular face cream. By this analogy, you could technically use your day cream for your eyes as well, and you would get the same result. So yeah, not really impressed. However, I’ve noticed a pattern in the eye creams that I actually love – beeswax!
Beeswax is a nutrient-rich substance created by bees, and it is completely nontoxic! Bees apply it as the top layer of their honey comb cells in order to protect the honey that is underneath it. This means that beeswax has been naturally created with the ability to prevent dirt, wind and other unwanted substances going through and contaminating the honey. This same purpose has been adapted to protect your eyes! It is non allergenic, sustains sunscreen action because it has water repellent properties, can be easily combined with other ingredients, contains elasticity and protects all skin surfaces!
When used for cosmetic purposes, it locks in moisture, softens your skin and creates a very long-lasting, protective coating. This is one of the first things that you will notice when you use eye care products with beeswax in them; when you wake up in the morning, most of the product is still there! But don’t worry, you will be able to easily remove excess amounts of the product in the morning with some warm water. But even so, your skin will still have a protective layer over it in the areas where the beeswax has been applied.
Now, of course beeswax needs to be processed before it can be added to skincare products. However, even then, it does not lose its natural biological properties. It still contains Vitamin A, which is necessary for cell development, it also has anti-bacterial properties, and it doesn’t clog pores!
Eye care products that incorporate beeswax are, in my opinion, the absolute best way to care for your eyes, and also the best way to prevent and treat wrinkles. I apply a generous amount of my beeswax based eye cream to my eye area before bed time, and then I remove any excess with some warm water in the morning.
~ The mysterious puff ~
Here is the case of the “Mysterious Puff”!
I have a habit of applying whatever eye cream I use at night to my lips as well. Wrinkles around your lips can appear very quickly, and once they do they are probably the hardest of all wrinkles to get rid of! Now I am no medical student, but I have noticed that my lips react really well to eye care products! Much better in fact than they do to standard lip balms.
After a few days of using the beeswax on my lips, I noticed that they looked a lot healthier and puffier! I did a little research and it turns out that beeswax is so good for your lips that they just absorb all of its moisture! When your lips like a product they look plump and they shine. When they don’t like some of the ingredients in a product, they shrink and look smaller. So not only does beeswax help your eyes, it helps your lips as well!
The only thing you need to know is that you should only apply beeswax to your eyes at bedtime. Wax does not like any makeup over it, so you should definitely not use beeswax in the mornings as part of your eye care routine. You will probably not need to use anything in the morning at all, but if you wish to, use a standard eye cream that is not greasy so that your makeup will hold better.
I am currently using the Hemel Anti-Wrinkle Beeswax Eye Cream. This thing lasts for ages (almost a year), and yet it is so far the best eye care product that I have ever used. It’s pretty cheap as well!
You can, of course, choose the one that suits you best! But I honestly recommend that you try eye care that is based on beeswax, and I guarantee that you will be surprised by the results!
Hello lovely people! Today’s post is going to be my Body Supreme Routine!
You probably haven’t heard of this term before since this is what I call my total body spa that I do once a week, but that takes two days to complete! Don’t be scared by the ‘two day’ thing, because I have simply divided a full body spa in half so that my skin can relax between home treatments and not be overwhelmed in a single day.
I have a very busy schedule Mon – Fri, which means that I have very little time during the week to take full care of my body (let alone indulge in a spa…). So, in an effort to organize my time as best as I can, I have taken Friday and Saturday as the two days when I will focus on my skin and the rest of my body, so that it will be ready to withstand the following week without too much stress. Now, you may not be as overwhelmed as I am during the work days, but I thought that it would be interesting to tell you how home spa treatments should be applied (in my opinion), and when the best time to do so is.
So if you have some time, grab a cup of tea and some cookies, and let me introduce you to my Body Supreme Routine!
So let’s imagine that it’s Friday, I have just finished with work and am heading home without any plans for going out tonight. By the time I get home it is around 9pm, and it is also time for my home spa to begin!
Food & Drinks
Since it’s so late, it would be quite ill advised for me eat a heavy dinner at 9pm. I know that it will take my stomach ages to digest it, and it will also mean that I will probably not have a good night’s sleep because of it. Because Saturday and Sunday are the only days of the week when I can actually get some sleep, I always eat a very very light dinner, which usually includes Greek yoghurt and a salad.
After that, I make myself a big cup of herbal tea (usually Green tea) and I prepare a full bottle of water. The tea will help me relax and slowly get ready for bed, and water will help kick-start the removal of toxins that have built up from a long day at work.
Ahhhhh there’s nothing better than picking my hair up in a big bun right at the top of my head! But before I do that, it is time to apply nourishing oils to it.
I use the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, and I apply a very generous amount all over my hair, including my roots. I then put my hair is a loose, twisted bun, and it will stay this way until the next day. This will give it more than 12 hours to fully absorb the oil before I wash it on Saturday. This step is obviously not something that I can do during the week, because it makes my hair kinda greasy and difficult to work with. I do, however, apply small amounts of this product to the ends of my hair every day. It is one of the best treatments that I’ve tried so far.
I remove all of my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, and then I also wash my face with the Tony Moly Floria Foam Cleanser.
Because my skin is sensitive at this point and worn out from an all day’s work, this is not the time to apply any drastic products to my face. If I applied a facial scrub at this point it would do a lot more damage than good. When skin is tired it needs moisture and a soft touch, so a facial scrub should be left for the next day when the skin is rested. So, the only thing left to do is to apply the Nature Republic Tea Tree Powder Toner and Emulsion (I wrote a review for them here), and to let the skin breathe for the rest of the night. I do not apply any heavy creams after the emulsion because I feel that this is the right time for my skin to relax and regenerate without too much help from me.
Now that the face is done, it is time to move on to the rest of my body. By the time I finish all of this it is past 10pm, so there is no way that I would make a bubble bath at this hour. I am too tired, too cold, and probably in danger of falling asleep in the tub. So I end the night with a quick coldish shower, and I use the Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion. Although I often use this lotion throughout the week, on Friday nights I use it because I do not wish to apply another cream or lotion to my body before I go to sleep. Just like I am letting the skin on my face rest and recover with a good night’s sleep, I allow the same pleasure to the rest of my body.
I put on my comfy PJs, and now it’s time to do one part of my nail routine.
I only have enough time to do my nails once a week. So because I am so short on time, I need to make sure that I do such a good job with my weekend manicure that my nails will last for the entire following week! Through some trial and error, I have finally managed to accomplish this!
So the first thing I do is remove all of my nail polish. I then follow with my usual nail-care routine of trimming my nails if needed, shaping them, fixing the cuticles, and whatever else needs to be done with the actual nail. I then proceed to apply two different products to my nails.
The first is the NYX Calcium Treatment, and the second is the NYX Ridge Filler Base Coat.
Because my nails have a total of four coats on them throughout the week I have separated them into two coats on Friday and then two coats on Saturday. This way I can be sure that the first two coats will be super dry before I apply anything else over them. If I applied all four coats in the same evening they would take a very long time to dry, which means that I would most likely end up ruining them (which is what always happened to me before I discovered this method).
The calcium protects my nails, strengthens them, and it also dries very quickly. The base coat is the preparation for the actual nail colour that I will apply the next day.
Now that all of this is done, I am ready relax and go to bed. Day 1 of The Body Supreme Routine, DONE!
Time for a lovely bubble bath! I love bubble baths!
Depending on the state my skin is in, I may either choose to make a homemade bubble bath, or I will use a bath bomb or another similar product.
If my skin is feeling very sensitive, dry, or has redness, then I will make an oatmeal bath. To do this, you simply fill your bathtub with warm water, add two handfuls of oatmeal to it, wait for about 10 minutes for the oats to start releasing their milkyness, and the soak your body in it for 15-20 minutes. This is a very cheap, very easy to make bath spa, and it is super effective for nourishing your skin. Whenever I use it, my skin looks and feels great! The only downside is that you then have to clean the bathtub from all of the remaining oats, but trust me, it is worth it!
If, however, my skin is feeling ok and I want to be a bit more fabulous, I use one of the many amazing Lush bombs! As you know already, Lush has an amazing collection of bath bombs for all skin types and purposes! My favourite one at the moment is the Sakura Floral Dip! I spend about 15-20 minute soaking in this lovely bath water, and it not only does amazing things to my skin, it also helps me relax and feel fabulous.
Now don’t get me wrong, I could spend over an hour in a bathtub if I wanted to, but I reduce it to up to 20 minutes simply because I know that it is not good for my skin to overdo it.
Once I am out of the tub, I apply the Petit Bijou Cotton Snow Body Lotion (you can read my review for it here). This lotion makes my skin feel really soft and it smells amazing! I let it absorb into my skin for about 10 minutes before getting dressed, and I’m done!
Remember I said that I don’t use a facial scrub on Friday because my skin is too tired and sensitive late at night? Well, now I can!
After a good night’s sleep, I can now allow myself to use a full spa treatment for my face. I start by using the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and I massage my face with it for about two minutes, very gently! This is an amazing scrub because it is very gentle on my skin, and it also moisturizes it, so I am not left with dry skin when I wash it off!
After using the scrub, I apply a face mask that will stay on for about 15-20 minutes. I don’t apply the same mask every week because I am obsessed with them and I really like to try new ones out! But since I used the Nature Republic Snail Therapy Mask Sheet yesterday, let’s include that one in this post. You can read my thoughts on this absolutely amazing mask here!
After the mask, I let my skin breathe for about 2 hours before I once again apply the Nature Republic Toner and Emulsion that I used on Friday night as well.
Now it’s time to wash my hair! This is not the only time I wash my hair in the week of course! I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, but this is the only time when I can apply hair masks on it.
So now that my hair has absorbed all the Macadamia oil from the night before, it is time to add a hair mask to it. Like with face masks, I am also kinda obsessed with hair masks as well, and I love to experiment and try new ones out all the time! So, yesterday I used the Hask Argan Oil Hair Mask, which is amazing!
When I’ve kept the mask on my hair for long enough, I wash it out, shampoo my hair and apply conditioner, and then blow dry it. My absolute favourite Blow Out hairstyle is the one I discovered over at the wonderful blog called The Londoner! I use this hair style all the time because it is very easy to do, looks professional, can be done on any length of hair, and lasts for ages!
Now it’s time to finish off the nails! The two coats that I applied yesterday are now completely dry, and my nails are ready for the last two coats.
I first apply whichever colour I feel like having on my nails for the rest of the week, and I then I apply my favourite China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.
When both of these coats dry completely (which takes an hour), my nails are ready and strong for the entire week! They don’t chip and the colour doesn’t get ruined by next Friday, so I don’t have to worry about my nails for the next seven days! Woohoo!
And that’s it! That is my long, tiring, but fabulous Body Supreme Routine!
I usually follow this with a lovely night out with my friends for a nice dinner and some drinks.
I hope that this post will help you guys organize your own super-home-spa-routine and that it will help those of you who live very busy lives as well!
Spring is, sort of, going to come really quickly! Once the winter holidays and celebrations are over, time just flies by for me, and before you know it, I’m looking for lighter clothes to wear again!
So today I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite online shops for clothes! It’s called Sheinside and they have FREE Shipping Worldwide! I usually (and by usually I mean 99% of the time) only buy stuff online if I can get free shipping with it. So when I find a place that always has free shipping regardless of your order, I am there!
Now, I need to point out that this is not a sponsored post! I have no affiliation with this website, nor will I get any type of discount if you click on the links at the bottom. I just wanted to show you guys a website where you can get really cool stuff without worrying about additional shipping costs!
So here is what I want to buy for Spring!
1. Grey Long Sleeve FASHION KILLA Stars Print T-Shirt $26.56 ~ 2. Black Long Sleeve Hearts Print Ruffle Dress $31.67 ~ 3. Red Plaid Contrast Lace KEWL Print Dress $32.50 ~ 4. Grey Contrast Collar Long Sleeve Lace Vintage Blouse $31.97 ~ 5. Green Sleeveless Contrast Mesh Yoke Ruffle Dress $38.33 ~ 6. Purple Half Sleeve Tiger Embroidered Dress $37.05 ~ 7. Grey Collar Tribal Pattern Draped Front Cardigan $34.75 ~ 8. White Contrast Blue Sleeveless Vintage Floral Dress $34.10 ~ 9. Black Ruffle Sleeve Vintage Floral Loose Dress $17.67
Do you like their stuff?
This week’s product review is for the lovely Essence Dark Romance Cream Highlighter!
I picked up this product at my local drug store last week, and although this post was not scheduled to be written until next week, I think that a lot of people could find it useful. So what’s the point of waiting until next week?
ruins blogging schedule again
I paid less than 3 euros for this product, which is ridiculously cheap for a highlighter! However, despite it’s price, it is indeed a very good highlighter if you have never used one before and want to try it out, or if you are running a bit low with money and want a cheaper alternative.
It comes in a very simple plastic packaging, which may not be fabulous to those of you who are used to better looking products, but it is completely understandable given the cheap price.
So as you can see from the second picture, it contains 0.14oz/4g of product, and I have also included the list of ingredients. Not a very natural selection of ingredients of course, but there shouldn’t really be anything there that could break you out. After all, highlighters aren’t really meant to be used all over your face, so you won’t be applying a lot of product when you use it anyway. Unless you want to look like a shiny disco ball.
Using the product
As you can see from the picture, the product is indeed very creamy! However, I would describe it as a ‘mousse cream’, because the texture, in my opinion, is almost completely identical to that of a mousse. You swirl your finger through it a little bit, and you will notice that quite a lot of product comes off. You could use swiping motions to collect the product with your fingers of course, but I find that soft, circular motions warm up the product, and it helps it transfer better on the skin.
I personally use my fingers to apply it to the top of my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, above my top lip, and a tiny little bit on my forehead. You can use a brush to do this, but because it is more of a mousse, I find that fingers work better than brushes in this situation.
I apply it after I have applied my foundation, but before I apply any concealer. I then set the product with a finishing powder, which keeps everything in place and makes the highlighter really blend well with your skin.
My big mistake!
Ok, so since I’m explaining how I use this product on my skin, I must also tell you about the really big mistake I made when I tried to use this highlighter in a different way. I recently saw a YouTube video (by a very famous makeup artist) explaining that the correct way to use a highlighter is to apply it before your foundation, and then apply foundation over it. So I thought, “yeah, ok great”. I mean it’s a tip from a pro, what could go wrong? Oh… my… cupcakes…
I applied the product on the areas where I wanted a bit more shine, and then decided to apply foundation over it. When the foundation and the cream merged together they made sooooo many little custard-y lumps on my face! For a split second I thought that my skin was peeling off and freaked out! This product is definitely not meant to be applied underneath foundation, and you are definitely not supposed to rub it into your skin. Instead, use gentle dabbing motions to apply it over your foundation. This way, it merges beautifully with your skin and gives it a lovely glow!
I also took a few pictures of it on my hand for you guys to see what it looks like. There is no foundation on my hand, I just applied it on my bare skin.
Hand tilted away from light.
Hand tilted towards the light.
There is quite a difference when the highlighter is placed underneath a bright light. However, it does not make your skin look oily at all! Remember that you still need to apply some sort of powder over it, so the brightness is cut down quite a bit and you are left with a very natural glow.
This is a cheap highlighter, so there is only one set of shimmer colours inside it, and in this case they are pink. High end, more expensive highlighters have a range of shimmer colours, and usually include pink, yellow, green and blue. Although this may sound weird, a mix of shimmers looks very natural on skin because your skin is made up of many different colours, even though it may not seem that way.
So yes, more expensive highlighters are better and of higher quality, but I really think that this would be an excellent highlighter for those who are just starting to use them and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a highlighter if they aren’t even sure that they will like them.
As far as I know, this is the only shade that this particular highlighter comes in. I think that it could be adjusted to suit all skin tones, especially when it is mixed with your foundation.
- Very cheap.
- Blends well with skin if you use dabbing motions.
- Doesn’t shine too much, and can be blended in to look very natural.
- Great option for those who have never used a highlighter before.
- It’s more of a mousse than a cream, which makes it a little harder to use.
- You cannot apply it underneath your foundation because it causes weird bumps.
- A shame that it is only one shade of shimmer.
Yey! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Of Life and Lists (a fellow #2014BloggerChallenge participant) nominated me for a Leibster Award a little while ago!
The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers on Bloglovin. You must give 11 random facts about yourself, answer the questions given by your nominator, while creating 11 questions for your own nominees. So let’s get started!
11 random facts about myself:
- I have a ridiculous crush on Benedict Cumberbatch!
- I read at least three different books at the same time. A few chapters of each every day.
- I have about 400 pairs of earrings.
- My favorite color is red.
- I speak Japanese.
- I am
a unicorn obsessed with unicorns.
- I find it very hard to fall asleep if there isn’t any music playing in the background.
- I LOVE food! And I love to cook as well! ^_^
- I am a PhD student of English Literature.
- I love taking pictures soooo much! But I can’t afford a good camera at the moment…
- I prefers instrumental music and soundtracks rather than music with words… ^_^”
My nominator’s questions:
1. What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?
* I love making at homemade spa for myself when I need to relax, especially after a stressful day. It usually involves face masks, hair masks, lots of candles, music and/or some of my favorite TV shows.
2. If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be?
* Pastel purple. Unfortunately, I can’t do that because I work now and have to look ‘professional’. -_-
3. Do you have a favorite Etsy seller?
* No, I don’t I’m afraid. :/ I like to browse through Etsy shops, but I’ve never bought anything from them before, YET!
4. What is your favorite type of jewelry?
5. Would you stay at a haunted hotel?
* I definitely would, but not on my own!
6. Favorite music to listen to when you’re happy?
* It’s the same kind of music that I like to listen to when I’m relaxed (instrumental). But if I’m feeling reaaaally happy, then some alternative rock will do. ^_^
7. What’s your favorite way to travel?
* I love airplanes! I know that a lot of people don’t like them because they are kinda cramped and you have nowhere to go, but I absolutely love them!
8. 4-door or 2-door car?
* 4-door all the way!
9. What’s your favorite fairytale?
* The original version of The Little Mermaid. (It’s also my favorite Disney movie)
10. Do you collect anything?
* Perfume bottles.
11. Favorite time of the day?
* After 11pm, because that’s when I finish with all of the work that I have to do during the day and I can finally relax!
My own questions for my nominees:
- What’s your favorite book?
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What’s your dream job?
- Favorite food?
- Have you ever written anything like a poem or any other type of fiction or non-fiction work? If not, would you like to?
- Favorite holiday of the year and why?
- Who is you favorite blogger?
- Show me a picture of your ideal wedding dress!
- Are you scared of any animals?
- Would you prefer to live in a house or in a flat?
- How long have you been a blogging?
And I nominate:
- Erika at www.theredbookmark.blogspot.com
- Liz at www.lizchewy.com
- Emma at www.emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie
- Jenna at lovingdot.blogspot.fi
- Arya at thecertifiedlatebloomer.blogspot.se
- Becca at littleporcelainprincess.blogspot.co.nz
- Catherine at catconfesses.blogspot.com
- Meg at daydreamt.org
- Jen at sparklegirljen.blogspot.com
- Alissa at www.thewallflowersecrets.com
- Dany at itssuteki.blogspot.com