best in skin/hair care 2018

So many amazing products on the market, these were the ones I trusted my almost 40 acne-prone combination skin during the year. Of course I experimented around and there are some others out of this list that I truly rate, but I had to cut somewhere or this video would be 10 hours long.

Happy new beginnings, everyone!

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base routine — Hourglass goodies

I come to you with a stuffy nose to show you how I’m enjoying the new products I’ve acquired recently, most of them from Hourglass.

Being such an expensive brand, I wanted to do my routine on camera for you to see how it works on me to help you decide if these are some products you’d like to invest in.

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matte lipsticks in wintery tones

on a daily basis, for winter I love to wear either a simple glossy/balmy lip or a bold matte lipstick. on my quite full days, a liquid lipstick wouldn’t last me looking as neat as I need it for that many hours, and also they tend to dry my lips out quite a lot, so I tend to resort to simple matte lipsticks regularly (and leave the liquid lips for nights out or shorter periods of time).

matte lipsticks (at least the ones I mention) don’t dry my lips out, don’t look parched, feel super comfortable for a lot longer, don’t bleed on my fine lines, and are super easy to reapply. their downside is that they transfer. they can be used as blushers (no more fiddling around with matching powders), and if you don’t like the slight hint of sheen they still have, all you have to do is blot.

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influencer influenced: a full face of new products

it’s been so long I don’t even know if I can still do this…

so, in the little breaks between rehearsals and running around for dubbing appointments, I still got to buy some new makeup, and most of it was influenced by, of course, influencers.

here’s a long video (of course I had to start with a bang) on some of the new products I’m playing with.

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Dior Backstage foundation — Up Close and Poresonal

This one was so raved that, as soon as I test-drived my sample (as I should always do, impulsive buyer me…) I had to make a video on it.

This foundation retails for around 40$, around 40€, or 39£ — for 50ml —, comes in 40 shades with 4 different undertones, it’s not cruelty free and claims highly customisable coverage, a natural finish, and resisting through water and sweat.
It’s widely available in counters worldwide, and I found it online at Selfridges and, of course, Sephora US.

Clinique old favourites (and a new flirt)

Sometimes I like to look at my beauty stash by brand to see what is my curated selection from it. Clinique is a brand I never noticed I had a strong relationship with, until I realised that some of their products are actually re-re-re-re-purchases. In this day and age of trends and companies coming out with new launches that they shove down your throat, this means A LOT (quite more than stuff I buy once and move on to the next new shiny equivalent from any other brand).

Here’s my curated selection of besties from Clinique (and a new fling I’m into at the moment):

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Fresh Pressed System
Beyond Perfecting Foundation
Lash Power Mascara
Beyond Perfecting Concealer