Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NYX haul!

First things first, I'm sorry about the quality of the following pictures. We don't get much daylight in this corner of the world right now so it is impossible to take photos with natural light.

This is what I ordered last month from Cherry Culture. I got 20% of everyhting, nice deal.

I got two Powder Blushes in Taupe, these were the reason I placed my order in the first place anyway. Taupe is my favourite contouring blush, highly pigmented and just awsome. Lovelovelove.

Then I got a Single Eyeshadow in Highlight, it turned out to be a lot more yellow than I expected. Let's see how it works on my skin.

I also picked out Round Gloss in Pinky Natural. This gloss is one of my favourites from NYX, just the perfect color for my lips. I've used 2 or 3 of these already.

Then a random pick, NYX Lipliner Pencil in Sand Pink. It turned out to look great on my lips! It has a purple tone and it's really wearable. Pics coming soon in a post about favourite lip combos!

And finally my other random pick, Mega Shine Lip Gloss in La-La. I wanted something fun and that's what La-La really is. Bright pink indeed! Looking forward wearing it with evening looks. Bright pink is what makes an evening look seem plain nice and overdone, just how I like it...

I really need to start focusing on my blog again, I've been busy! I've been working that mineral post fow ages now...

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: Benefit Thrrrob

It's been a while since I've reviewed a blush!

I've had Thrrrob from Benefit for some time now and I really don't know if I like this or not!

The packaging is just plain lovely! So pretty and kinda sexy with the ribbons and the coloring. Like all the boxed powders from Benefit this one also comes with a brush. I don't find it to be usefull at all. Maybe some people use it with success but I really don't like it. Benefit poxed powders are expensive but you get a good amount of product!

Thrrrob is a sheer light pink blush with white or silver shimmers. It is so sheer it doesn't really show up on my face but I like the glow it gives me. And remember, I'm the pale girl. You have to apply this quite amount to give you some color. At least I feel this way. Ok, I wear my blushes heavily and overdone but Benefit Thrrrob doesn't allow me to do that with one or two brush strokes. That doesn't mean this is a bad blush...! The color is light enough to wear as an all over face powder or as a highlighter and it works very well used like that.

The texture is quite silky and it allows smooth application.

Because of the light color and the lack of pigmentation I usually reach for other blushes in my collection. I give Thrrrob a chance now and then but after that I feel like I need to add some color with another blush. I think this is just my problem, not so many people want to leave the house looking so...bright.

Here's the swatch applied heavily:

All and all I like the Benefit Thrrrob as a highlighter and because of its pretty packaging. As a blush it doesn't work the way I would like it to work. Benefit Thrrrob is a nice blush if you are looking for a sheer and subtle pink color. The name Thrrrob doesn't really suit very well here, the blush needs some more color and vibrancy to live up to its name. Didn't find the winner here, so I'll keep on looking!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: Lumene Translucent Mineral Loose Powder

Morning there!

So I've been looking for THE loose powder for some time now and therefore ended up getting a...bunch of them. Lumene (a Finnish brand) used to have this great loose powder and then they discontinued it. I was so sad, it used to be my and many other's favourite setting powder. But not so long ago Lumene returned with a mineral loose powder! Well it's not all mineral, it has other ingredients too, but like many other drugstore brands, Lumene also markets their products as mineral makeup. Not commenting this subject in this post though.

Of course I had to test this one out!

The packaging is very classic and simple with the blue lid and frosty jar. Blue is Lumene's distinctive color.

The product itself it very finely milled and soft. I have applied this powder with a large soft powder brush and I must say that the texture is maybe a bit too fine. Powder gets everywhere and makes a mess! I find this to be a problem, you really can't inhale while applying this!

All this beside, the powder really does its job setting my makeup very well! I usually apply it over my entire face after my mineral or liquid foundation. It's light and not cakey at all. Very nice finish indeed! It has a matt finish, so no shimmers here! Because I myself am having a little thing for shimmery pearly finishes this could be a teeny tiny problem...but I won't let it bother me!

The only available color is translucent and that's what it is, it doesn't change the color of your foundation. For my pale complexion the powder seems too dark in the jar but works just fine because of the translucent quality.

Lumene Translucent Mineral Loose Powder retails for about 17€. I really can't say where you can find this besides Finland and Sweden, I'm sorry about that.

An applicator comes with the powder and if you like to set your makeup padding the product on with a sponge, this one works just fine. It is quite small though but soft. If you have oily skin, padding the powder onto your skin is recommended so your makeup stays on longer. I know that and yet I tend to ignore this information for some reason. I just must love my powder brushes too much!

Here's the INCI for those interested:

As you can see, 97 % of the ingredients come from a natural sources. Nice improvement Lumene! This includes talc, which I'm not that happy about but my skin can take it so why not.

If you are looking for a fine setting powder with a matt finish I would recommend Lumene's Loose Powder. It is not expensive and still very good quality. I'm pleased that Lumene has a loose powder in their collection again!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler, I love you.

Oh my. This is love. I'm so happy that I've found you. You complete me. The Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler, I mean.

My lashes in their natural state are just straight straight straight but quite long. Without waterproof mascara and with cheap lash curler they stay curled about 30 minutes.

But with my Tweezerman my lashes curl so pretty! And it lasts all day long. The finish is natural, no hard angles, just perfect curl.

I'm also loving the Maybelline NY mascara Define-A-Lash Volume in waterproof. It keeps my curl all day and is easy to remove. I don't really know about the volume but it does its job holding the curl so I'm happy!

People have been asking if I have lash extensions. I mean this is just love. Did I say that already?


Monday, November 1, 2010

Review: The Body Shop Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

I wanted to review this skin care product that I've been using for the past few months.

It's the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask by The Body Shop.

I got it on sale, I paid 10€ for it but it usually retails for about 18€. So I think it was a pretty good deal! The mask comes in a jar of 100ml / 3.3 oz.

I got this thinking it would replace my all time favourite, the Herbina's Moisturizing Mask.

On with the review!

First, the packaging. The jar is not hygienic at all! You have to dip your fingers in it and even with disinfected hands you can have bacteria in the jar and it cuts down the time the product inside is safe to use. The colors of the packaging are very neutral and just...plain. You can't be mistaken, this is a product for sensitive skin for sure! A bit boring, I'll say.

This mask claims to strengthen skin's natural barriers with prebiotics ingredients. I had to look up what these prebiotics actually mean. Sounds so fancy! But wait. PRObiotics are supposed to strengthen your immunity system with a mix of good bacteria. Aloe vera is a PRObiotic ingredient. But it's not a PREbiotic ingredient. Prebiotic means a slightly different thing. I think a bit of a mistake has been made here! But anyways, Aloe IS supposed to strengthen your skin's natural barriers.

Because this mask is for sensitive skin it doesn't have any perfumes or parabens. It does seem to have silicones though. It has a medicine type of smell, it is quite neutral I would say.

The mask is quite thick and it takes a while to absorb into the skin. The salesperson suggested I leave it on for a 15 minutes, but I've had it on for up to 1 hour. Still after that I've had quite a lot of product on the surface of my skin left. My skin felt calmed and moisturized after using it. The next morning my skin looked radiant, but not as radiant as after using my Herbina mask. After that my old acne scars have faded a little but I haven't noticed that with Aloe Protective Restoring Mask.

About the skin's natural barriers, I really couldn't find any visible evidence of that. Yes, my skin felt moisturized and calmed but I don't really know about my...barriers.

One thing that made me go back to Herbina it that this mask breaks me out. I mean big time. My acne has been under control for some time now, thanks to Clinique's 3-step system and good moisturizers but every time I use this I break out like no tomorrow! That's too bad because this seemed like a really good product!

Here's the INCI for those who are interested:

As you can see, aloe, which is known for its healing qualities, is the first one on the list. Glycerin and pentylene glycol (both moisturizing ingredients) are also in the top the list, so I thought this would be a great moisturising mask. There is just something that breaks me out! I think it's the oils or the silicones. My skin usually can take the silicones pretty well. Too bad, according to the INCI list this looks like a very efficient mask!

Anyway, this may work on most of the skin types (I think we just excluded oily skin), so I would anyway recommend this even though it broke me out. If you have sensitive or dry skin, I think this could work very well as a moisturizing mask! Let's just forget the natural barriers. I have acne prone oily skin, so maybe the oils were just too much for me. It can't be the aloe, can it...?