Thursday, January 27

Skincare

Drogerie Markt Visiomax Contacts & Eye Products
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Drogerie Markt Visiomax Contacts & Eye Products

A bit of a different post today...

Ever since I head that Drogerie Markt was coming out with contact lenses, I was super excited. When I finally saw them in store, I had to get a few products. I know this isn't my usual post, but maybe it will be useful to some of you who have been wondering about Visiomax - is it worth the hype? Let's see...

Visiomax Lens Case

There's really not much to say about this one! It's a standard lens case, but I do love the option of purchasing these separately as the ones that come with a lens solution tend to get grubby over time. I think they were around 2-3€, so not too bad.

Visiomax Eye Drops

I really like Bepanthol eye drops, but unfortunately, they're only good for six months after you open them. I don't use them too often, so I really love this brand's offering which lasts up to 2018. The drops are great, but then again, I'm not very demanding. They just have to moisten my eyes and I'm good. Not irritating, pleasant & they contain hyaluron. A winner in my book, and a good price, I think about 4-5€.

Visiomax Contact Lenses

This is what you all want to know about, right? Well... I have mixed opinions on these contacts. My eyes are semi-sensitive, more normal than anything else. So for wearing during the day, the lenses are ok - as long as you take them out and wear glasses maybe 2 days out of the 7 of the week. I made the mistake of sleeping with them (I really wanted to try them out, because I'm totally ok if I fall asleep with my regular Acuvue contacts), and it made my eyes SUPER irritated, red and uncomfortable. They're kind of... itchy isn't the right word, just uncomfortable. It feels like they're really dry and have edges that cut into my eye, which isn't exactly pleasant. But the main reason I wanted them is the price - they're like 3€, which I thought was great... Until I found out you get only one lens per pack. They're monthly, so that adds up to 6€ per month. My Acuvue contacts come in a pack of 6 for 18€, I need 2 packs for a month ( though I've worn them for way longer), so the price is the same per month. I just so prefer my old contacts. I won't be repurchasing these, but it is nice to know I can get them in the drugstore if I ever run out. But not a great purchase for me.

Overall thoughts

So, there's definitely some split opinions on these. I've heard some mixed reviews on them and I have to agree - while they're not completely love it or hate it for me (there's good and bad sides), I won't be repurchasing. I'm sticking with my Oasis Acuvue lenses for now.
Again, my apologies for a slightly off topic post, but I do hope it was helpful. And I'd be really curious to know how many of my readers wear contacts! So tell me...
Are you a glasses or contacts wearer?
ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN LUXURY SET VOL. 2 REVIEW
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ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN LUXURY SET VOL. 2 REVIEW

Introducing... the most beautiful brush set of all time!

It's been a few months since I purchased this stunning brush set from Zoeva, and I thought it was about time I wrote a review for you. I hope this is useful for you and I tried to go in detail with every brush along with general opinions about the set. Let's see what we have...

The whole set

In general, I can't say enough good things about this lovely set. The brushes are great quality. I adore their color, a light powder pink with rose gold accents. I'm so pleased I got the set as it comes with this lovely makeup bag, which I keep getting compliments on. The price is 65€, which is steep, but worth it. You can purchase the set here. For me, it's just the perfect combination of brushes and a really essential set. There's not one brush here that is useless or annoying, they're all amazing. If I had one wish it would be for Zoeva to include a powder brush with this, or maybe a concealer brush. But I'm probably biased because I don't really wear eyeshadow... Let's go more in detail about the brushes now.

104 Buffer

I've been using this brush for my foundation religiously. It's very soft and not too dense, but thick enough. It's easy to wash and keeps its shape as well as function despite me washing it frequently. It applies liquid foundation beautifully, there are no streaks when you buff it in and just looks so natural. I've used this brush with all kinds of coverage and different products and it has always excelled. You can purchase it separately here for 14,80€.

109 Luxe Face Paint

I love this brush so much I actually have two of them. Before purchasing the set, I'd already bought the brush by itself and it's my only double Zoeva brush - I just love it so much. It's amazing for contouring with both cream and powder products. I personally suck at contouring, but this brush makes it so so easy, I also use it for blusher at times and it's just wonderful! It's not that dense, but it has a great shape. It can get a little scratchy if you don't wash it enough and it loses its shape, but I still love it. You can purchase it separately here from 12,80€.

126 Luxe Cheek Finish

This is probably the most boring brush in the collection. Can be used for powder, bronzer, blush, highlighter... Personally I use it for blusher. It's a great brush, but nothing extraordinary. I'm not very picky when it comes to blush brushes, I just think the 126 isn't great for powder as it's too long and not dense enough (unless you're doing a light dusting). Not a must-have, but good to find in the set. You can buy it separately here from 12,80€.

226 Smudger

A nice eye brush. It works for smudging, but I mostly use it to pack color on the lid. Dense and short, it's great when you want to add a lot of product. I haven't used it for smudging yet as I don't really wear smokey eyes, but it would be good for the bottom lashline, judging by the shape. Purchase is separately here from 7,80€.

228 Luxe Crease

This crease brush is absolutely lovely. Very very soft and long and bendy enough to use on hooded lids, too. My old favorite was a Sigma blending brush which is still great, but a bit too short for my liking, so this is perfect. You could also use it for highlighter. Available here from 7,80€.

234 Luxe Smoky Shader

I kind of disagree with the name of this brush. It's supposed to be a smoking brush, I just prefer to use it for packing on color. In my opinion, possibly a little unnecessary in this kit as you already have a great brush for that - 226. However, I still find uses for it, so it's not wasted... Just wish they'd substitute either the 226 or 228 with a powder brush. Purchase it here from 7,80€.

317 Wing Liner

Whether you use gel liner or khol, this is pretty much a must-have brush in your makeup collection. Personally, I use liquid liner, but I still found a great use for the 317 - I like to use it for concealer to really sharpen the edges of my liner and brows, and it works great. I love that this brush is in here, and it's really become a part of my routine. Available here from 6,80€.

322 Brow Line

This brush is a total must-have for me. I prefer it to RT's eyebrow brush, it's softer and more defined. The Real Techniques brush is too dense for me. The 322 is perfectly angled and works with both cream, wax and powder products. Would recommend, this is such a staple in my collection. Purchase it here from 6,80€.

Makeup bag

Shh, this was kind of the reason why I got the whole set. I have to say, the makeup bag really is stunning and such nice quality, too. I don't think it's real leather, it must be faux, but it's so very soft and pleasant to the touch. The color is a stunning rose gold and it's just so beautiful! I'd even wear it as a clutch... Just great part of this set, unfortunately you cannot buy it separately. All in all, this set comes with my thumbs up. I really love it and am so glad I have it - been using most of these things every day. If you're looking for a great face & eyes kit, look no further. All I'd add is a concealer and powder brush, otherwise you're all set!
What is your favorite brand of makeup brushes?
Artistry Hydra-V Cleanser & Gel Review
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Artistry Hydra-V Cleanser & Gel Review

 

Are you ready for some light winter hydration?

Having combination to oily skin, I find it quite hard to find a winter moisturizer that isn't too heavy. It seems like every product meant for winter is heavy and just too overwhelming for my skin type. So I was really excited to try the Artistry Hydra-V range, which is specifically meant for oily to combination skin (but they also have a line for dry to normal skin).

Hydra-V Fresh Foaming Cleanser

I love cleansing my face with a product like this one. It doesn't foam up too much, it's very gentle and what I love most, it doesn't irritate my eyes. Instead, it's really fresh, leaves my skin feeling soft and subtle, and feels gentle on my skin. I was also pleasantly surprised by the price, as Artistry is quite an expensive brand, but this cleanser is priced reasonably at about 23€ on the Artistry website.

Hydra-V Refreshing Gel

I love skincare targeted to oily/combination skin, but they often include a mattifying effect, which I'm not a huge fan of. I much prefer something like this light hydrating gel. Again, very gentle, non-irritating, fresh and soothing, a product that would work, in my opinion, for problematic skin as well. I really enjoy using it both in the morning as well as nighttime, and I've noticed my skin is less oily throughout the day and when I wake up. This really helps keep my oily skin at bay and doesn't make my skin feel tight or uncomfortable. It's a bit more expensive at about 41€ - maybe something to wish for under your Christmas tree? Available here. If you're looking for a nice moisturizer that will work any time of the year, I'd definitely recommend the gel, and the cleanser is lovely (even for use on my eyes, and I wear contacts). Thumbs up from me.
As a side note, I'm thinking about doing Blogmas. Would you like to see a new post every day in December?