Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MAC Strobe Cream!

A quick post coming your way! I wanted to talk about a product that I've heard so many nice things about but thought I would never be interested in. It's a luminising cream from MAC, their famous Strobe Cream. I have it in this mini travel size and I must say that it has taken me by surprise!

Strobe Cream is a skin brightner, MAC markets it as a face moisturiser with skin benefiting ingredients. However, to me it's more like a highlighter. It seems to have such a visible glow, I just don't see it working on my oily skin applied all over.

As mentioned many times before, my skin is very oily and that is why I usually stay away from liquid highlighters. I also find that they don't work that well with powder foundations and most of the time that is my foundation of choice. But this fall and winter I've been wearing liquid foundation more and that is when I've been using Strobe Cream. And it does work with my skin too! I've been wearing it under my True Match foundation on the top of my cheek bones and on the brige of my nose, so basically everywhere I would normally highlight with a powdery product. I must say, every time I wear liquid and Strobe Cream together, it really makes a difference! It gives my face a really nice glow that looks very natural at the same time.

If my skin wasn't so oily, I would mix Strobe Cream together with my foundation. It would look just lovely! If you have dry skin, you can use it as a primer applied all over your face or as a moisturiser like it is intended. I've been using it only to highlight right after my moisturiser and then let it set for a while before my foundation.

Some swatches. Now, this was way too much product...! I had to wipe some off so I could blend it nicely. Here it is blended in the pictures below. As you can see, it's very glowy! But it's subtle at the same time, it's not shimmery at all. I must say that only a tiniest amount goes a long way! The normal size Strobe Cream would be too much for me, even this smaller 30 ml / 1 fl oz. seems like a lot because I really don't need that much.

As you can see, the glow is just amazing! Subtle but definitely glowy. I love it! Don't you just love it when you fall in love with a product you never thought you would! 

Stockmann has started selling MAC online here in Finland! I live far away from the nearest MAC counter and it's been really hard to get my hands on MAC products so I'm really happy about this! Strobe Cream (normal size 50ml / 1.7 fl oz.). retails 33€ at their website.

I also have the famous Fix + in a travel size. I must say that I've really been enjoying it! I feel like it works better now in the winter time, it feels moisturising and gives a nice finishing touch for my makeup. Works very well with powder foundations! I was thinking about getting a full size but then decided against it. I feel like, as much as I like it, it doesn't hold my makeup in place during the day as well as my De-slick Setting Spray from Urban Decay.

That's all this time :) I'm hoping to take pictures of the Stila palette today, let's hope for clear weather..!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays! :)

Christmas is nearly here..! I must say, I've been good this year. That is why Santa delivered an early Christmas present to my door today..! In fact, I found some pretty good Black Friday deals and they arrived just in time for Christmas. Here's just a sneak peek what I got, unfortunately today is the darkest day of the year so it's impossible to even try taking better pictures. I will do a proper haul post later!

I'm so happy I decided to go for the Stila palette instead of Urban Decay Naked Basics 2. I was already checking out with Naked Basics 2 but then decided to change my order. In The Light looks absolutely amazing! Neutral, very wearable colors for daytime and some darker ones for smokey eye looks. Can't wait to try is!

Happy Holidays my dear readers! I want to thank you for reading my blog and sticking with me eventhough I don't have the time to post regularly. Now, let's all enjoy the Holiday season! :)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Haul Time! :) Lumene, Bourjois, Rimmel, Isadora..

I've been doing some shopping lately at different places so I thought a collective haul would be in order. There was some necessities that I needed, like the concealers and mascaras, but also here's some things that I really didn't need but more like wanted. That's not so bad if I got them at a fair price, right? Right.
I must apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, we don't get much daylight at this time of the year. In fact, the sun goes up only a few hours in a day at the moment...so it's pretty much grey or pitch black outside. On to the haul...!

First, let's start with Lumene. I actually needed a new CC Powder (read my review here) because I was completely out of it. Now, the lipstick and the mascara, those I really didn't need but I got a really nice deal. Normally I only use waterproof mascara but it can be a bit difficult and time consuming to remove. For those days that I don't need to look perfect but I still want to look put together I thought a regular mascara would be useful. The lipstick color was something I didn't have in my collection. To me it doesn't look like a berry color though...more like a basic red!

Lumene CC Color Correcting Powder, Lumene Rasberry Miracle Mascara & Lumene Rasberry Miracle Lipstick in 06 Marjametsä / So Berry

I placed an order at www.feelunique.com mainly because I needed a new waterproof mascara and a concealer of some kind. I ended up getting two concealers, a Bourjois mascara and my favourite brow color from Maybelline (read my review here). You can't get these concealers in Finland and I wanted to try something new, at the same time it seemed that these shades could be light enough for my complexion.

Maybelline Browdrama Sculpting Brow Mascara, Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (010 Ivory) & Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer (51 Light Radiance)
A recent grocery shopping trip turned into a successful makeup haul when these items from Isadora's Coffee & Poetry Fall Collection had just gone on sale. I've been loving the Twist-up Gloss Stick in Red Wine so much that I decided to get a back up. Also the brown eye pencil was intriguing, so I went for it. All of these were only 2€ each so I don't think we need a justification for these babies..! Now that's what I would call a bargain.

Isadora Twist-up Gloss Stick 28 Wine Red, Isadora Twist-up Eye Gloss 15 Vintage Brown & Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil 007 Rose Quartz 

The Rimmel pencil is a true my lips but better - shade for me. I've been really liking it so far!
Hope you liked my haul! I got all this stuff but it didn't break my bank and that makes me even happier.

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