so the Portuguese delivery service provided a bit of a turn of events, so all I could do was an impromptu haul of the little nuggets at Lyon Sephora.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
I’ve never done one of these before… How did I go?
Aside from the spinach and lipstick on my teeth, I mean.
oh, you have to go and watch again because you couldn’t stop staring? ok, I’ll wait…
I’ll just leave you here a list of the products mentioned.
So, here are the claims: “(…) a flawless, full coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base. No compromise. No transfer. No overload”
This sounds perfect for my hyper pigmentation and my blemish and all-over un-evenness.
You can trust me to shove my face on your screen to show you how it all went down, warts and all…
You can find this foundation in your local drugstores, and online at Feelunique. The shade range varies depending on the country/shop you buy it from.
these products have been some of the most recommended in 2016. and rightfully so.
yet one tends to get caught on this “need to buy” tidal wave, and sometimes a little perspective is needed. not only due to the high price tags, but also because there are sometimes small details (many times overlooked) about a product that can make it or break it for your specific needs and wants.
the whole world has done this review and comparison, but I had to see it for myself.
only recently the Real Techniques beauty sponge has been available in store in Portugal, and I’ve been a fan of the Beauty Blender ever since I first used it: these new generation beauty sponges gave us new appreciation for this little rubberised tools – they can blend in foundation or any cream product, apply powder gently or for baking, and even blend away any makeup mishaps. must-haves, in my book.
but, for less than half the price, is the Real Techniques version comparable to the original Beauty Blender?
how much do you want to see a foundation behaving on my skin? you really have to want it a lot, because there are close-close-ups on this video. this gal is rubbing her flaws in your face in the name of subjective-makeup-pseudo-science.
I had briefly heard about this foundation on a video, but it was one of those paid-for advertorial product-placement kind of things, and, ever since, the beauty blogger/youtuber in question never mentioned this product again. that usually makes me weary, but… there was something about the footage that kept me intrigued.
so I went to Sephora and, as a poor never-heard-of-by-PR girl, I asked for a sample of it.
some things are just lame, one of them being, with so many cool things available, that my country didn’t have access to any actually cool and worthwhile subscription services for beauty boxes.
enter Look Fantastic, an online store I’d heard about but had never shopped through, opening a Portuguese version of their website. being drawn by keywords like NARS (eheh), I browsed through a bit until I realised they had a beauty box subscription and that they shipped to my country. happy times.
I decided to take the plunge and subscribe to the box, and, one week after placing the order, it arrived my house.
for those of you who may be wondering, a beauty box subscription is a service in which you pay a monthly fee and they send you a box with curated deluxe sample sizes (and even some full sized products) for you to try. I’ve heard there is a world of subscription-box services available (like seeds, vegan food, gadgets, games, etc.), but this being a beauty box one can expect the obvious: makeup, skincare and haircare products.
it´s a fun and affordable way to discover and try out new products, and it even makes a great gift for a beauty-addicted friend.
this subscription service has several options, and you can also purchase one box individually, if you so desire. of course, the longer the “commitment”, the more you save.
12 months subscription — 15,50€/mo
6 month subscription — 17€/mo
3 month subscription — 18€/mo
current month’s box — 18,95€
past months’ boxes — 20€ each
you can find out what each box contains on the website, and order older boxes if the products really interest you, or if you want to take a little sneak peak of how it goes before committing to the whole subscription, which I find quite interesting.
note that, since their goal is to make you buy the full sized products, it is in the company’s best interest to send you good stuff to try out, so…
despite having samples inside the box, they guarantee it is always worth over 50€, so you are always saving some money while staying in touch with what’s new.
the shipping fee is included in the box. weee!
along with the products, there’s a little magazine/brochure with the description of the products and some cute articles about other products they sell, and (I don’t know if this is a “first time” perk), an Elle magazine — September issue — was included. nice touch, there.
this month’s theme was #bestofbritish, so all of the products were from niche brands from Great Britain.
REN Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist
. 9ml sample, 4,49€ . full size 60ml –29,95€
RENU lip and eye active lift
. 7ml sample, 18,54€ . full size 15ml –33,95£*
BLOOM AND BLOSSOM Rejuvenating Facial Spritz
. 40ml sample, 7€ . full size 100ml – 15£*
PERCY & REED Wonder Balm
. 30ml sample, 8,42€ . full size 75ml – 18£*
BALANCE ME Congested Skin Serum
. 7ml sample, 8,73€ . full size 15ml – 16£*
BEE GOOD Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm
. full size – 5,95€
overall, the value of this month’s box was 53,13€, so I “saved” 37,63€.
*I couldn’t find these products on the Look Fantastic website, so I had to resource to other sellers for price references.
I’m the worst person to ask that… I mean, I’m addicted to all things beauty — I have a precarious job, I don’t have a lot of free time, I have the perfect looks for radio, and I’m old enough to know better, but I still managed to create TWO blogs and a YouTube channel about this shiz, digging deep into it as if I were 18, had rich parents, an agency and connections in the industry!
AND I’m the biggest enabler you can find: you say “a little pamper”, I say “what spa should we book?”
but… if you’re into beauty stuff like I am, you like to try out new things, you’re in the mood to spoil yourself and 15,50€ per month don’t make a crater in your budget… totally go for it!
would you like me to do an unboxing video like this every month? — I’ll be receiving this beauty box monthly for the next 11 months.
is there any specific product you’d like me to update you about?
do you know any subscription service that ships to this Beauty-Gods-forsaken country that I HAVE to try?
I promise it´s the last time I talk about a cushion foundation in a while, but since this is a big launch from a very known brand, I had to tell you what I thought about it.
after a long wait (and a lot of trees killed in the process)this ps with customs, I finally dug deep into my little package from the other side of the world, getting to know a bit more about Korean drugstore beauty and skincare.
I was away in Amsterdam this past weekend, but I took with me the waterproof version of my favourite mascara to give it a proper test run, through sweating, dancing and crying.