Hourglass Foundation Stick — Up Close and Poresonal

I finally got my hands on it, so here comes the in-depth review!

If you’re in the U.S. and Canada (or in a country that is enabled to shop from those online stores), Sephora carries this foundation.
If you’re in the E.U., it depends if there’s an Hourglass counter on your local beauty store. I’ve found that you can order online through SpaceNK.

SPF Mists: Bioderma vs La Roche-Posay

magic in a bottle, a can that mists you with an invisible shield that protects you from the harmful rays of sun, that can be easily reapplied throughout the day without disturbing your makeup. but which one to go for?
I’ve tried them both. here are my thoughts.

UPDATE: My sister has atopic skin and had an allergic reaction to the La Roche Posay mist. So if you’re very sensitive, I would stay away from this one, sadly. 

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising anti-UV mist, SPF 30

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50 

affordable makeup haul & first impressions

buckle up because this is a long one!
I’ve been collecting a few bits and pieces of affordable makeup brands (supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, high street), and I decided to do a video where I try several of those products on my face and get to see how they behave throughout the day.

you can find most of the products at your local drugstore/pharmacy, but Feelunique, Look Fantastic and Boots International are always great international references for these kinds of brands (except Essence, Kiko, H&M and Makeup Revolution).

Kiko Smart Dry Nail Laquer

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Look FantasticFeelunique)

L’Oréal True Match Foundation (not many shades at Feelunique, but you can find it at your local drugstore)

Essence 2 in 1 Highlight and Contouring stick

Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadow 14 – Purple Clouds

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow in Purple Heaven — I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an online store that looked reliable, so check your local drugstore or pharmacy to see if they carry the brand.

Essence Eye and Face Palette 01

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

L’Oréal True Match Pressed Powder, again, through Feelunique or Lookfantastic

Essence My Must Haves Highlighter Powder

Essence Strobing Highlighter in let it glow!

Essence My Must Haves Lip Base

Essence My Must Haves Lip Powder

Essence Glossy Stick Lip Colour 02 – clear nude

also mentioned but not worn:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
H&M Sensorium Eye Color in Cuveè Rose

L’Oréal Low-Shampoo

on my last visit to the supermarket, I was flabbergasted: they have discontinued the only sulfate-free shampoo line that was not meant for extremely damaged and colour-treated hair and that was readily available (as in, in the supermarket). this oily haired gal that prides herself on keeping her locks on a delicate balance that only need washing up to 3 times a week but gets dandruff whenever she uses a regular sulfate shampoo was outraged.
then my eyes hit that new thingamajig L’Oréal came up with. I’m no stranger to the no-poo trend but had never tried it — and this is just LOW-poo, but still… it probably will be too heavy, I thought.
then I reminded myself of my 3 readers/subscribers and decided “what the heck! it’s for science!”

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my favourite Lush products

although I have a great time with Lush’s bath bombs, bath mets and overall fun stuff, to me Lush is an overall really solid green-oriented brand with great products in all ranges. Lush is hardcore cruelty-free, many of their products are vegan, and they claim all of the chemicals they still use on their products (fragrance, sulfates, preservatives) to not be harmful for the skin, especially in the concentrations they use.
I had to had to do a video on my everyday Lush favourites.

nose disclaimer: I love soft, creamy, nutty scents, vanilla absolute, and then soft roses, coconut and coffee sort of aromas. not too much into the strongly fruity, tropical, sickening sweet or floral end of the smell spectrum. but all of this has to do with preferences, right? nothing like giving it a whiff in store ;)

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box Unboxing April

Here comes the unboxing for this month’s beauty box.

Quite a nice selection of stuff, although I thought the mineral foundation was a bit of a miss because there is now way for the company to know their subscribers’ complexions and so many of them are losing the opportunity to try the product.

I also am missing a bit more of makeup products, these days… ;)

Don’t miss the review of the products form last month’s box on the end of the video.

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Clinique Take The Day Off vs. The Body Shop Chamomile — the cleanser breakdown

The Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is a highly rated cleansing balm and it is frequently mentioned by Caroline Hirons (my skincare guru) as a great first cleanser.

I had to give it a good go and compare it to my all-time favourite makeup removing cleansers from The Body Shop Chamomile range.

Here are my thoughts on all of these terrific products.

Where to buy?

Clinique is available in beauty stores and departments worldwide, and you can also find it through some online retailers like Feelunique, and U.S. Sephora.

The Body Shop is widely available in almost every country, so you can look for their shops and website on your location (many have an online shop). Here are the U.K. website links for the butter and the oil.