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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Makeup :: Essence, Smokey Eyes Brush - nothing twice...

Some time ago I bought the Essence Smokey Eyes Brush. It turned out to be so good that last week I bought another one. And guess what! It's different!

My previous one is the one on the left. It's more dense and much stiffer. It has a different shape as well. The new one is good for blending. The older one though is also good for applying eyeshadow to the socket or lower lashline because its tip is quite precise.

These brushes aren't handmade so they should be exactly the same. So be aware that if you buy Essence Smokey Brush you might end up with something different than you've seen in someone else's pictures...


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Makeup :: Eyelashes in colour


I like neutrals in my eye makeup but sometimes I want to add some colour to my lower lashline - with an eyeshadow, eye pencil in my waterline. Recently I started using colour mascaras. I don't really like to put them on my top lashes but on the lower ones it loos great.

I love my Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Green Envy which I won in Urban Warrior's micro giveaway.




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Makeup :: Inglot, AMC Lip Paint

Today I want to show you one of my favourite products by Inglot: AMC Lip Paints. I have three shades from 20 available and definitely would like some more.

Inglot Lip Paints are soft, very creamy. They give more coverage than a lipgloss but are a bit more sheer than a classic lipstick. They go on smooth but you need a lip brush. Lighter colours may be applied with a finger to get a natural effect but if you're using a darker or brighter shade lip brush is a must. AMC Lip Paints are not a good choice if you want to carry it in your purse for touch ups - a classic lipstick is much easier to use on the go. These are not longlasting and if you choose a darker shade it's good to outline lips with a lip pencil beforehand to prevent lip paint from bleeding. The effect on the lips is worth all the fuss - lip paint soaks into the skin and gives a beautiful sheen. Inglot Lip Paints moisturize lips and make them look fuller. You can build up the colour by rubbing a layer of lip paint and applying another layer. Taste and scent is quite strong but pleasant.

One thing that really annoys me about the packaging is that it's exactly the same like Inglot pigments and it's really difficult to find it in a makeup bag if you have both lip paints and pigments. I wish there was an instription on the lid or it was in a different colour.

Price: 12 $ (4.5 g/0.16 US OZ).

+
  • 20 shades to choose from
  • great formula
  • may be applied with a finger for a natural look
  • buildable colour
  • moisturizing
  • pleasant scent and taste
  • a little goes a long way
  • gives a beautiful effect

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  • not hygenic if you're not using a lip brush
  • packaging exactly the same as the Inglot pigment one, so it's difficult to find it in a makeup bag
  • not longlasting
  • lip brush necessary for darker/brighter colours




Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nails :: Rimmel, Lycra PRO, 500 Peppermint [NOTD]

I was disappointed with 540 Am I Green or Blue? from Catrice but I wanted something similar in colour. When I saw Rimmel 500 Peppermint I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't have any Rimmel nail polish before and not having read any reviews I didn't know what to expect. 

It's a great product. It has a lovely consistency - neither watery nor thick. It gives a great coverage. I expected poor coverage as it's quite a light colour but two coats are enough. It has a wide and flat brush which is easy to work with. It stayed on in for three days without any chipping. I like the colour - it's not too blue (many blueish nail polishes make me look like a corpse).




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Skincare :: The Body Shop, Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash


I really like The Body Shop products. Yes, they're pricey but usually of very good quality. I love scents, formulas and packagings. Recently I bought organic Nutriganics Foaming Facial Cleanser but I'm not pleased with it.

It contains organic Babassu oil from Brazil which softens, smooths and revitalises the skin, oranic sugar from Paraguay and mallow flower from Switzerland which moisturises and softens the skin. Nutriganics line has ECOCERT. 99% of total ingredients of Nutriganics Foam Cleanser is from natural origin and 12% from organic farming. It's supposed to wash gently and effectively remove impurities and traces of make-up leaving skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and soft to the touch.

Pros
Nutriganics Foam Cleanser  has a very pleasant botanical scent. It's not girly, rather unisex. It has a nice bottle with a hygienic pomp that dispenses the exact amount of product you need. Foam is dense an thick, easy to apply. It's a bit pricey but a little goes a long way. Natural ingredients and ECCOCERT are also a pro.

Cons
There's no information as for what skin type it's for. "First sings of ageing" is not a skin type but a condition which happens to every skin type and I definitely wouldn't recommend this foam for every skin type. I read lots of reviews saying that is great for combo-oily skin. I have a bit oily T-zone and normal skin on my cheeks and Nutriganics is way too drying for me. It makes my skin feel too tight and crazy matt, right away after using it I have to apply toner and face cream otherwise my skin almost hurts. I wouldn't call it "gentle cleansing" at all.

To sum up, I'm not saying it's a bad product but it's just not suitable for me. I guess it would be nice for people with oily skin but if you have normal or dry - stay away from it.






INGREDIENTS
AQUA, SUCROSE, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, COCO-BETAINE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SUCROSE LAURATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, SALICYLIC ACID, PARFUM, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, BUDDLEJA DAVIDII EXTRACT, THYMUS VULGARIS EXTRACT, MALVA SYLVESTRIS FLOWER EXTRACT, ARGININE, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE





Monday, May 16, 2011

Skincare :: Synesis, Moroccan Clay Mask


Synesis is a Polish brand offering comsetics made only of natural ingredients containing minimal necessary amounts of preservatives and colorants. Anna Garbaczewska, the founder of the company calls her products "precious" because, as she says, "they are good for the skin and for the environment". Indeed, when I look at the ingredients listed on the website, for example organic rose oil (Synesis owns a rose plantation in Isparta, Turkey), sandalwood oil or Island moss the word that comes to my mind is "precious". No silicones, mineral oils or other popular and suspicious ingredients. Synesis declares that their products are safe for allergy prone skin.

By courtesy of Synesis I could test two of their products. Today I'm going to show you Synesis Morrocan Clay Mask.

Synesis mineral morrocan clay comes from near Casablanca, Morroco. It contains volcanic ingredients such as sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium cations and silica. It's supposed to have puryfing, smoothing and relaxing effects.


How to use it

You're going to need:
  • morrocan clay
  • water, preferably mineral
  • spray thermal water
  • a little bowl
  • a spoon
Morrocan clay is a powder which you mix with a bit of water to get a paste. If you want to make your mask a more nourishing you can add few drops of an oil. Apply the mask on a cleansed face avoiding eye area and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Every couple of minutes spray a bit of thermal water to your face to keep it from drying. If you feel stinging or tangling it's a sign clay got too dry. 

After 10-15 minutes rinse it off with warm water. It's best to do it during a bath or shower because yoou don't want to have mud all over your bathroom. 



Effects

It takes a bit of effort but it's totally worth it. My skin looks lovely after using Synesis Morrocan Clay. It's smooth, brightened, the pores are smaller and less visible. At first I was going to apply the mask only to my T zone but I didn't want to waste the product so I applied it also to my cheeks (normal skin). I was really surprised to see that the skin on my cheeks also looked so much better. I guess it shows that morrocan clay not only purifies the skin but also nourishes, detoxifies and gives a lifting effect. That's why I think it's great for every skin type or age.


Synesis product are available on-line at synesis.pl (Polish only :/) or in a shop in Warsaw.





Friday, May 13, 2011

Nails :: Sally Hansen, Insta-Dri, 11 Sonic Bloom [NOTD]


I realised I didn't use this spring one of my last year's favourites - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish in 11 Sonic Bloom. It looks a bit darker than in the picture below - it's a deep colour with cool undertones. It really catches the eye. It's both elegant and intriguing and looks great also on toes.

All the nail polishes in this line dry out quite fast (hence the name) but the fact that the brush applies a thick coat of polish makes the drying time longer. It doesn't mean that you can't use it 15 minutes before going out.

One coat gives an incredible coverage. Seriously this is the best coverage I know. Sonic Bloom gives a nice creme finish but if you want to be sure it won't fade or turn matte apply a top coat (that applies to every nail polish in my opinion).

The brush is a bit controversial. It's thick and flat, very similar to Rimmel brush but stiffer though still flexible. Is it good or bad depends on your personal preferences, your manual skills, size of your nailes and consistency of the nail polish. In my case the third try was a success because I have small nails and it was really hard not to paint cuticles.






Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Makeup :: Bourjois Blush Duo Effect Sculpteur


I don't really like Bourjois blushes (those in round pots). They're like a stone and it's really difficult to apply it. In addition they break me out. They smell gorgeous, have cute pots and beautiful colours.

It was a nice surprise to find that there's a new type of Bourjois blush: Sculpting Duo Effect. It seemed to be a great product to carry in your purse - a mat blush and a highlihgter combined in a pretty box. I chose my shade - 01 - using suggestions on the packaging (fair pink skintone). It turned out to be the right shade. There were no testers so I took shop assistant's word that it's not to hard etc.

Let me start with the good things about this product. It has a cute packaging, the colour corresponds with the shade of blush. There aren't any duos like Bourjois one: mat blush plus highlighter. The only duos available are two blushes - one mat and the other one shimmery. It has a pleasant scent.

And now the whole list of cons. The brush is awful, stiff like a broom. The blush is hard in the pan but when you take it on a brush it dusts. Pigmentation is poor and you need to apply a lot of product to make it visible and then it look chalky and unnatural. And the highlighting powder is so bad! It's hard but when you take it in brush or a finger it clumps. It is very shimmery and looks really bad when applied. In the box it looks like a light pearl but on the skin it's piggy pink. Definitely the worst highlighting powder ever!






Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Makeup :: My favourite nude lips colours


I rarely wear bright or dark colours on my lips simply because I prefer to accentuate my eyes. That's why I mostly use nudish colours on my lips. My all time favourites for now are: Essence XXXL Nudes Lipglosses in 01 Pure Beauty and 03 Nude Kiss, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstics in 007 Asia and Miss Sporty Perfect Color Lipstick in 021 Spiced Rum.

I just love Essence XXXL Nudes Lipglosses. 01 Pure Beauty is a subtle golden pink with tiny shimmer in it. 03 Nude Kiss is a light pink that would suit almost everyone. Both colours are not too sticky. They moisturize my lips.



Essence, XXXL Nudes Lipgloss, 01 Pure Beauty
Essence, XXXL Nudes Lipgloss, 03 Nude Kiss


Rimmel lipstick in 077 Asia is almost a twin sister of a discontinued years ago Avon lipstick in shade Coy which was only a tone darker from my natural lip colour and suited me fantastically. I was looking for a similar shade for years and now I have my Asia. Rimmel lipstick is creamy, doesn't dry out my lips. It has quite a good staying power.

Rimmel, Lasting Finish Lipstick, 077 Asia


Miss Sporty lipstick in 021 Spiced Rum is quite new in my collection. It has peral finish but nothing like lipsticks in the '80. It's awarm shade that warms up my face a bit. Tastes like watermelon. Yummy!

Miss Sporty, Perfect Color Lipstick, 021 Spiced Rum


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Skincare :: Yves Rocher, Cure Solutions, Flash Mask


I've been using Yves Rocher Anti-Asphyxiation Flash Mask form CURE SOLUTIONS line for a while (first it was a free sample, then a full size tube). 

Claims: 
"In just minutes, Anti-Asphyxiation Flash Mask, enriched with Moringa Peptids:- Combats suffocation and rids the skin of dust and polluting particles,- Soothes wrinkles.The features are smoothed and relaxed. The skin’s texture is refined. The complexion’s radiance is restored."

When I first saw this orange stuff coming out of the tube I thought it was really weird. It's a thick gel that gives a cooling sensation on the skin. You put it on your face and rinse off with water after 5 minutes. It moisturizes and makes the skin appear firmer. I can't say if it really soothes wrinkles as I don't have any yet. Radiance? I'm not sure but I've noticed it warms up a bit my complexion which is not always a good thing for me. Applied with a thicker layer looks funny, a bit like jaundice. Thinner layer sinks into the skin instantly and once I even forgot to rinse it off because I didn't see it on my face. I don't know if it really " Combats suffocation and rids the skin of dust and polluting particles" because you can't really see it. It has a lovely invigorating scent to it.

Any cons? Unfortunately yes: it's expensive but again it's Yves Rocher and they give lots of discounts.



Ingredients: AQUA, GLYCERIN, ALOEBARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, ALCOHOL, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SESAMUM INDICUM SEED OIL, MANGIFERIN, PARFUM/FREGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CINNAMOSMA FRAGRANS LEAF OIL, CAMELLIA SINESIS LEAF EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED EXTRACT, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, METHYLPARABEN, CI 15985 (YELLOW), CI 16035 (RED 40)


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