Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Base Additions & Reviews

I added a few things to my base collection recently...

I thought I'd tell you my thoughts about these products today. I've been trying quite a few things, and I hope my opinion on these helps someone! Added swatches too, I hope they're clear enough :) Let's get started.

Bourjois City Radiance 01 Rose Ivory

My newest addition! I've been meaning to try this baby since I saw it on my friend Nina's Instagram. Fortunately, I was sent both the foundation and the concealer by the PR company - thank you so much! I'm really enjoying this foundation. It's like Air Mat's fresher cousin, and in my opinion, a lovely drugstore foundation for spring. I think the price is around 14€ in the drugstore, and it's just a great buy... Medium, buildable coverage, good color selection, great finish which looks stunning without powder. A winner in my book.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h 005

Recently, I've been on the hunt for a really light foundation. Somehow I've turned into Snow White and my skin is the palest it's ever been, so I thought this shade might just be perfect. I think this shade is almost perfect for me (still a smidge too dark, but let's pretend it's good enough). I've never had a Lancôme foundation, but this is absolutely stunning. My favorite thing is the smell, light, floral, delicate and pretty! Makes me feel so luxurious when I'm applying it. It gives a fresh velvet finish and it lasts absolute ages on my skin. Just love this! I paid around 38€ on FeelUnique.

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection 12 Rose Clair

Remember when I bought this and was really angry? The sales associate kind of tricked me, I actually wanted to get a Chanel foundation. Oh well, this is still pretty good, though the shade is way too dark for me (damn those lights in department stores). I like it though, it's nice and velvety, feels luxurious, and has great packaging. However, when I pay that much for a foundation, my expectations are a bit higher... I'm not disappointed, I just wanted more for 44€! Available here.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Lightening Drops

Listen, I was sold on these as soon as I saw them on Instagram. They remind me of the Cover FX drops. I got them as soon as I could, love them (despite the lame packaging) and used them religiously... Until I realized they made me look like a ghost in pictures. Legit, white-as-a-sheet. Several unfortunate photoshoots later, I've pushed these to the back of my makeup drawer. Great idea, but not a great execution. If you want to lighten your foundation, I'd recommend trying Cover FX instead. These cost around 14€ in TBS.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal 01 Ivory

I'm kind of new to the world of concealers (yes, I used to just embrace my dark circles). But even I can tell this is SUCH  a great product. Creamy but with a somehow gel consistency, velvety, beautiful, fresh, amazing! And such a bargain - I think it costs around 10€. I'm so thrilled with this concealer and I think I'll repurchase if I run out. However, if you want a high end alternative, you can try...

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer Fair Neutral

Bourjois' big brother. Similar in every way, except for the price which is around 22€ on FeelUnique. I was totally sold on the hype, but it's not 'all that' for me. I honestly prefer Bourjois, though the UD concealer is a great buy as well. Great shade selection, too.

Whew, that was long! Hopefully my reviews helped you out in choosing your next base product... Have to say the Bourjois new additions are just lovely, and I'm sold on the Lancôme foundation as well.
What has been your recent foundation favorite?

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Beauty Favorites

Every post of mine starts off with long time no see...

But seriously, how've you been? I've been horribly sick for a while, but now I'm finally on the mend. I didn't wear much makeup in January, but what I did wear, I used religiously. So here we go, let's see some of my favorites from the past month.

MAC Twig

This lipstick needs more hype! It's probably my favorite of all time, just a stunning brown-rose nude. I just adore it so much, it makes my lips look bigger, it's not drying and has a beautiful satin finish. If you haven't swatched this yet, head to your MAC counter. I believe I paid 18€ in Graz.

Armani Si Eau de Toilette

I've already mentioned this is my favorite of the Si line by Armani, but I have to sing it some praise again. It's just a beautiful, sweet and floral fragrance. I wear it almost every day (sometimes I switch it up with Juicy Couture Couture La La). I got my set in Sephora, you can expect to pay about 40€ for 30 ml.

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection

Remember when I got this and was super angry the sales associate sold me into it? I'm kind of over it. It's a stunning foundation, and even though the shade isn't perfect for me, it's just gorgeous on the skin (I mix it with a lighter foundation or my moisturizer). Just gorgeous satin finish, not dewy and not matte. Looks beautiful with a Guerlain powder on top. I believe I paid around 50€ for this one (kill me).

Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless

Time for a bargain! Seriously, you need this. Best palette I own. You can create tons of looks and it made me start wearing shadow, which I really don't use often. Beautiful shades, beautiful pigmentation. A little powdery and they have some fallout, but nothing I can't handle. Get it on for only 13€.

& Other Stories Haystack Peony Cheek & Lip Tint

Even though I think this product is nothing special, I seem to have been using it all month. Lovely shade, gives a fresh and natural glow to my cheeks. Would not use on lips, it's too thick and greasy. Best part? I got it for 3€ in the sale!

Anastasia Brow Wiz

Guys. The hype is real. Best eyebrow product in the world. I decided I needed to do something about them brows when my boyfriend's niece kindly asked me why one of my eyebrows is different than the other. After my bogus excuse (possibly shouted) about 'eyebrows are sisters not twins!', I went home and ordered Brow Wiz and cried a little. But this product is worth the hefty price tag of 18€. It's AMAZING. Looks natural yet perfect. Makes tweezing not needed. Just perfect. You can get it on Beauty Bay.

These favorites were quite high end! Hopefully I'll add more drugstore bits next month, but these products really are stunning. I hope you enjoyed.
What was your favorite product of last month?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Milani Luminoso Blush - Worth The Hype Or Not?

Is Milani Luminoso worth the hype?

 A question I've been asking myself ever since I saw it pop up in every Youtube video and uncountable blog posts. I don't know if you've tried it, but I don't think Luminoso is all that lovable.

First of all, the color is a straight-up orange, which I really dislike. It doesn't look good on me and I don't think orange is a natural or flatering color on any skin tone. It's also very shimmery - not sheeny, shimmery - and doesn't feel pleasant on my skin. It's not pigmented enough and the packaging is kind of cheap, with a brush I would never use.

Personally, I just don't understand the hype with Luminoso. I don't like it, and I'm giving it away after I finish this post. It doesn't work for me, and isn't worth the 9-10€ I paid for it.
Have you tried Luminoso?