Monday, 20 January 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Baume Levres Review

nuxe reve de miel balm

nuxe reve de miel balm

It's wintertime - my least fovourite time of the year. A partial reason for that (except for the cold weather) are chapped lips. Chapped lips became a problem for me quite recently, so I hadn't really used many high-quality lipbalms before. 

Enter: Reve de Miel Baume Levres (or as I would translate it with my bad French - Dreams of Honey). It is an all-natural lipbalm from a French brand called NUXE. This seems to be the holy grail product for every beauty blogger and their dog, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. Ladies and gentlemen, it IS as good as thay say. Let's get crackin with the review!

Price & Packaging: Aaah. This pretty much speaks for the packaging. It's gorgeous frosted glass pot with a white cap and looks so luxurious I can't even  it (but you can obviously see for yourselves, duh). It's £9.50, which I must admit, for a lipbalm is a bit crazy, but I simply couldn't resist. The plus side is that you get a 15ml pot, and your average lipbalm is about 6 to 10 ml. 

Quality & Scent: Firts, I have to say this smells good enough to eat, but it's far too expensive for me to eat it which is a pity, really. It smells like oranges and lemon peels and it is bloody fantastic. It's a matte, thick, moisturising balm, sits really naturally on the lips and doesn't add any color whatsoever. I used it as a night treatment and in the morning it was still there, doing its magic. Honestly, I've never tried anything better.

Overall verdict: I want more of this. It works wonders for damaged lips, and as a lipbalm in general, even if you don't suffer from the horrid chapped lip. It's so luxurious, that for me, it seems to be a great value for money. CONFESSION: I spent £9.50 on a lipbalm and I am not even sorry! I would definitely suggest you do the same and become a member of the crazy balm-o-holic club.

Have you tried it? Do you think it's worth the money?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Review

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

   I was in the market for a new mascara, not that I need one, but that's how life works. I decided to try something pretty affordable, yet good. As I love natural fibre brushes, and not plastic ones, I decided to pick up the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It's a great bargain, the packaging is really cute, and the biggest perk of all - the fibre brsuh.

Price & packaging: It comes for about 6.35$, which is quite reasonable for a drugstore mascara. The packaging is quite appealing, at least for me as I love the pink-green combo. It may seem tacky to some people, but I must say no to that. I absolutely love it. 
Clumping & how long it lasts: Maybelline describes it as "Lots of volume. No clumps, no mess", which is pretty much true. It lasts a reasonable ammount of time, without you having to reapply it, and the handy applicator prevents any clumps. It seems to grab all the teeny-tiny lashes, and gives lots of volume for that glamorous, built up look. 
Overall verdict: A great drugstore mascara, everything you're looking for in a product like that. Reasonably priced, lasts a lifetime and it's a lifesaver if you're on a budget and can't really splurge on a high-end mascara. I would definitely recommend the Great Lash to anyone who is looking for the perfect bargain, as that's what it is.

Have you tried Maybelline mascaras. How about this one? What do you think?

Monday, 13 January 2014

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - The Dark Circle Terminator

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer
rimmel wake me up concealer

In the beauty world, products get hyped up. In this case, that's for a reason! Ladies and gentlemen, presenting  Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer in the shade Ivory - a product I would repurchase again and again.

I've inherited dark undereye circles (thanks, mom and dad) and whenever I'm feeling exhausted, these circles get sooo annoying and I look like I've been beaten up. So, Rimmel Wake Me Up to the rescue!

Price & packaging: Amazingly affordable, at £5.49 (and usually on an offer at Boots or any other drugstore). Now that's what I call a bargain! The packaging is extremely appealing to me, maybe because I like orange, maybe because I like silvery shimmer, or for some other unknown reason. It caught my eye right away,
Coverage & how long it lasts: I can say it's the perfect amount of coverage for my undereye area - not too thick or caky, it's the perfect consistency, and also has tiny specs of shimmer, so it brightens up the area immensely. If you have horrid dark circles like me, this will definitely do the job, as it brightens, conceals and really gives you that "I'm so fresh and awake" look. It lasts reasonably long, but you can easily reapply it if you're not happy with how it looks at the end of the day.

 A not-too-heavy swatch on theleft                                                     Lightly blended on the right

Overall verdict: Yes, yes aaaand yes. It's got it all covered (literally and figuratively) - it's good for blemishes, under the eyes, brightens up and that whole shebang. And the price is the cherry on top. The perfect concealer, in my view. Can't wait to finish up this bottle so that I can get another one, just for the rush.

Have you tried it? Are you totally in love with it?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Favourite Products of 2013 - Skin

It is time for part two of my 2013 favourites. The first post I did was favourite lipproducts, you can check it out if you haven't. And today, we're moving on to skin. Yes, it's a really vast category, and I've had other faves aide from these ones such as the Bioderma and L'Óreal Micallar waters, for example. But these are the products that I have used literally all year long and that have served me best. My babbling aside, let's rock and roll.

So, Holy Grail alert!! It is the Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ. It hydreates, gets rid of imperfections, makes your skin look glowy and fresh - pretty much the whole shebang. I love the whole Normaderm range, and I've used it in combination with other Vichy products, but I find that it works great on its own. It's the only thing that helps wehnever my skin is really angry. I put it on in the evening, wake up and the imperfections have dissapeared, if not completely. I'd recommend this any time.

Next, it is a product that has been a bit hyped up. BB creams are a big thing, high-end brands have put out BB creams, but my heart lies with the Garnier BB cream Miracle Skin Perfector. I've been crazy about this all sumer, it has an SPF of 15, is super lightweight, doesn't clog your pores, evens out redness, and for me, is the perfect amount of coverage. What's more, it feels extremely hydrating on the skin. But what really converted me were the "Wow, your skin looks so fresh and glowy" compliments I got.

And last, but definitely not least it's the Bourjois Flower Perfection powder. If you've tried the Java Rice Powder, you're gonna love this. It's extremely similar to it in terms that it smells A-mazing, is really finely milled and the packaging on the inside is basically the exact same. If you're looking for an alternative to the Java rice poweder that doesn't have highlighting properties (in other words - doesn't sparke) then this is it! It sits beautifully on your skinn, sets all your make up in place and doesn't work powdery at all.

So these have been my trustworthy companions throughtout 2013. Have you tried any of them? What are your skin faves of 2013?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Catrice nailpolishes - worth a try

Since Catrice and Essence were recently introduced to the UK (and they've been in Eastern European drugstores for ages), I decided to treat you guys to e little post featuring my favourite Catrice nailplish colors.

The first one is a gorgeous mint color called I Sea You. I love creative, cheeky names, so this one caught my eye. The colour is gorgeous, it has a bit of a greenish hue to it, so it's more greeny than minty. It stays put for about 5 days, which is quite a lot for a drugstore nailpolish. I'd say it's a great value for money, and at 2.50$, I can wish for nothing more.

The second one is by far my favourite red nailpolsh. It is called Robert's Red Ford which just cranks me up every time. It's a gorgeous deep blue-based red. It also stays put for ages whithout chipping, which is great since chipped red polish looks just hideous. The only problem I have with it is that it stains my nails a little bit if I don't use a base coat. But that's not that big of a deal, as I almost always do.

Overall I'm SO satisfied with the quality of Catrice products, their nailpolishes in particular are such a great bargain, as they are affordable, yet pigmented and long-lasting.

Have you tried Catrice nailpolishes? What do you think? How about other Catrice products?

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Favourite Products of 2013 - Lips

It is finally time for *drumroll please* 2013 beauty favourites! It will be a 3-post series, including Lips, Face and Eyes, so keep your eyes open for the next ones. I've included some underrated ones, as well as some really hyped up products. So let's get cracking.

First under the spotlight is an amazing lip product, and a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains. Hint - it's the L'Óreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain (quite a mouthful). It's basically a liquid lipstick, combining the "power of a lip stain with lip-gloss luster." as it says in the description. And it really does. It's quite shiny, quite glossy, but still very pigmented. It's not sticky at all and is very buildable, so you can get that fully opaque red colour out of it. But more on that later in my full review of it.

Moving on to another hyped up product. As I said in my review, everyone and their brother has been talking about this, and it's the Bourjois Color Boost. Mine is in the color Plum Russian, a gorgeous plummy, berry-ish color, that can be biult up for a dramatic look. I won't get into that much, as I've recently reviewed it - check it out!

Everybody loves an underdog. The Avon ColorTrend in the color Bliss is quite the underdog. I've never heard anyone rave about it, and they should. It's a great, affordable lipstick with reasonable pigmentation, really cool packaging and is quite similar in color to the L'Óreal color caresse. It lasts a lifetime, and the formula is really good. The one thing I would change about it is that it dries out my lips a tiny bit, but I always apply lip balm under it, so that's no problem for me.

And speaking fo lip balm. The only thing that saves my chapped lips in wintertime is the Eucerin Lip Repair lip balm. Oh. My. God. It is divine. It's rich, sort of siky, and the texture is great. It's packed full of goodies suck as Vitamine A+E, Dexpanthenol and the whole shebang. Truly an amazing product if you have extremely chapped and dry lips. I put it on at night sometimes (in extreme cases) and in the morning it has worked its magic and I can even still feel it on my lips. Lovely, lovely thing.

Hope you liked this tiny little faves of 2013 post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have you treid any of these products and what are your 2013 faves? Link me up with some posts!


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