Anti-haul 1st edition

Hi everyone.

Welcome to my first ever anti-haul! If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s basically an anti-consumerism haul, where you share products that you won’t be buying. Figured it would help me stop my inner makeup hoarder from getting stuff that I don’t need.
Over the years this has become more gimmicky, especially on YT, but what inspired this trend is really anti-consumerism, since we’re being flooded with makeup products that we simply don’t need.

First item on the list, is the MUR Pro HD amplified palettes. The reason why I won’t be getting those is because I already have pretty much all that color scheme in my eyeshadow collection.
Had these been available when I first got into makeup I would have considered getting one, but rather than just a warm or cool palette I would have preferred one with an actual rainbow of colors.

Next is again from MUR their liquid highlighters which are a more affordable “dupe” to the Cover FX drops. In general I think I’m a bit over highlighters, and lately I’ve been leaving my skin pretty matte, and without foundation too. Rather than a liquid highlighter I would prefer something very sheer, easy to apply if not outright an illuminating primer.To just give a slight sheen to the skin. I feel like it would look more natural on my bare skin which as it stands is still textured.
Also I question whether I’d use them at all, or if they’re too gimmicky and would just be sitting in my drawers. I certainly feel like I’m over highlighters a bit, and I’m starting to appreciate more blushers with a sheen. I’m even using regular shimmery shadows as highlighters, from Essence and Catrice and they work better than my real highlighters…and they cost around 2-3 bucks too.Yep don’t need more highlighters.

Third item on the list is the Superstay Matte inks, and basically any kind of liquid lipstick. Why you ask? I don’t find them to be particularily flattering on the lips, some of them are really drying, and the ones that I own end up drying down pretty dark.And while the Maybelline ones don’t emphasize the lines, they have this tendency to make the lips stick together, which is something I abhor. Plus the matte liquid lip trend is slowly but surely getting less attention, and glosses are making their comeback,yay.

And finally what inspired this post in the first place, is the ABH soft glam palette. But you’re going to ask , don’t you buy primarly drugstore makeup? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that if something was really worth it, and I could afford it, I wouldn’t buy a high end product. In fact I have a pretty long wish list of high end makeup that I’d like to get eventually. But I often ask myself, is it worth it, when so many drugstore products can work for me on an everyday basis? I think I can more easily justify a high price tag if it had some clear benefits for my skin, like skin care infused products.Or if it was something unique, sadly the ABH palette isn’t that, far from it.
The fact is that the color selection is really nothing special. It’s soft glam, so of course it’s supposed to be soft neutrals, that are wearable, but I feel like there is TONS of palettes that offer the same colors, and with similar quality too from high end brands . On the drugstore side, I can easily see the 3 MUR palettes that I own offer those colors, and some more.The shadows might not be as soft or pigmented as ABH, but then again I rarely wear makeup past the 5 hour mark. So really there isn’t a reason for me to get it now or later. I guess it’s more handy to have all those colors in one palette, rather than 3, but again I don’t wear those shades a whole lot and if anything I’m less about the beige life, and appreciate colors more.Like give me a palette with blues, violets, greens heck even yellows, and I’d snatch it in an instant.
And overall, if you’re a makeup hoarder like me, then you prolly already have similar shades in your collection.

So there you go. This might become a series, I certainly do need some incentive to buy less makeup…


Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 palette review

Hey guys.

This is the belated review of the Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 palette. I teased it way back when I just got the palette, but I wanted to try it for a while before I reviewed it.

This is the third palette from MUR that I review (feel free to check the previous ones) and generally I find that they are very good quality for the price. So far I haven’t been disappointed.

I got this palette because I guess I also wanted to try the warm pink neutral look. Since I don’t have any of those tones in my collection, it seemed like a no brainer that I should get this particular palette.


This palette has the best packaging out of all the ones that I own. It has a rose gold finish, that also happens to be holographic. Even the outer box has that holographic effect that is the rage right now, sadly it doesn’t show on camera.Either way it feels rather luxurious. Once again the palette is rather compact, and has a big mirror that makes it a perfect travelling companion imo.

In terms of color selection this palette can be categorized as a sunrise/sunset palette, since it features all kinds of pinks, violet and oranges that you can usually witness in a sunrise/sunset, particularily the latter.It has some gorgeous reds and pinks, some deeper purples, which are all you need to do a pink makeup look. As well as a bunch of oranges and warm orange toned browns.

MUR are reknown for duping famous palettes from high end brands like ABH or Urban Decay, but for this one I can’t really say it’s an exact dupe for Modern Renaissance. That would prolly be the Flawless 3 palette. Rather this gives me some Huda Beauty vibes, and if you ignore the pinks/violets,and just look at the right side of the palette with the orange browns, then it can also be seen as a Naked Heat dupe. Although I don’t own any of those, so I can’t really say it’s an exact dupe for either of them.The only thing this palette lacks imo is a yellow and a deep purple/wine color. I feel like that could have made this palette more complete.

Now unto the shadows themselves. As per usual you get 32 shades that come in small pans, but I think it works out really well since some shades are rather similar and you really don’t need to apply much to get the shadows to show. I love how the shadows have been arranged here, you have all your shimmers and all your mattes in a row, which imo makes it easier to navigate through them, but also you don’t get flex of shimmer in your mattes. The big winners for me in this palette are the mattes, they’re extremely creamy and pigmented. So pigmented in fact that I feel like you really need to be careful when applying them, or your lid will look really intense, which can be a look too. The first time I used them I went ham on the shadows, and let’s just say it looked a bit crazy. The shimmers are also pretty good, although by comparing them to the ones in Fortune Favours the Brave, they can be a bit lacking. Dunno they seem less intense, less foiled.The golds and coppers in FFTB can look almost foiled, and I’m just talking of the regular ones, and not the baked ones. But it’s nothing that can deter you from using them wet, and thus getting a more intense application.

Here’s a few looks I did with the palette.

A more intense take on that sunset look

A look using the orange browns:

Excuse the poor quality of these pictures.But it’s better than nothing I suppose. I tried to do a sunset look with pinks/purple and oranges. My skills in makeup are really sub par. But I feel like this shouldn’t stop you from playing with makeup lol.

So overall quite satisfied with this palette. Took me a while to figure out how to incorporate it in my routine, but I think that if you’re looking for a sunset palette, and don’t feel like paying for something like the Huda Beauty one, then you can prolly give this one a go, and you won’t regret it.

And overall I think that MUR have some of the best eyeshadow formulas from the drugstore.All of the palettes I’ve tried from them were a hit.But I really should give other brands a chance.


Makeup haul 3 (featuring hair care)


Hello loves.

It’s that time again.After resisting the temptation for 3 months I’m back with a new haul, and this time it’s not just makeup.

First item on the list, is Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la defining curl custard. I have curly hair, that also happens to be fine and dry, so let’s just say it can be a bit difficult to take care of. It took me a while for me to embrace my curls, in fact up till a few years ago I always had my hair up in a ponytail or a bun, and let’s just say I just feel more free now that I let my curls out. They still need to be defined, because right now they don’t look like much, but this definitely helps in that department and moisturizes my hair, which is what allows it to curl. In before I tried the Shea moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style milk and it had similar effect and even smell to the Curl la la. Just maybe the Curl la la has a stronger, sweeter smell.The product looks pink which is a bit scary, but the color doesn’t linger, and I find this doesn’t make my hair crunchy, which I feel the Shea moisture milk did. But there’s an immediate change between when I put this on, and when I didn’t put any kind of styling cream. Plus it’s much cheaper than the Shea moisture one (which is sold at around 20 bucks around here, yikes), so it’s definitely a plus.

Next is the Golden Rose highlighter stick, in the shade 01 Bright Gold. This is the first Golden Rose product that I have ever owned. Golden Rose is a Turkish brand in case you didn’t know, and based on this product I’m tempted to try more of their stuff. I also eyed Pastel at the drugstore, and I think I should give them a try too. Anyway, this is a very sheer highlighter stick, which is exactly what I wanted. Since I decided not to wear any foundation anymore, now that my skin isn’t breaking out terribly anymore, I figured I could use having a bit of dew, but nothing that will be too blinding. Up close you can definitely see some sparkles, but they’re very fine. And from a far it doesn’t show up, and it just look like a bit of dew on your skin, which is perfect for me right now.It does emphasize my texture a bit,but all highlighters do that to me unfortunately. So it’s definitely a hit in my book.

Then we have the Yves Rocher Rouge Vertige Baume Liquide, in the shade 05.It’s a lip gloss, even though it is called Baume (balm). Just like with foundation, I’m moving away from the liquid lipstick trend, and even just a matte lip in general. And I’m fully embracing the lip gloss trend. I feel like you can never go wrong with a gloss, since it can be very sheer, so even if you use a deep shade, it will look less strong than a fully opaque lip product. I needed a few more shades, like browns or berries in my collection so I got this one.The shade I got is a rather brownish nude shade, and out of all the shades I swatched it’s the one that I liked the most. I saw a dark plum too but I feel like this one would be better for spring. The gloss isn’t too sticky, it feels very moisturizing and it smells like a typical gloss would, a bit sweet maybe on the fruity side. Not fan of the applicator, it’s flat , and I prefer a doe foot with a little resevoir in the middle. You get more product with those I feel. The effect is very subtle, not only is the shade pretty close to my lips, but the gloss itself is very sheer and not too pigmented. But overall I do like how it looks, it just gives a bit of color and for the price it’s not too bad (5 bucks).Out of all the products I got this one is a bit of a dud.

And last but not least, I got yet another eyeshadow palette….Yeah I know I need professional help, but what can I do, I’m a makeup addict. This time it’s from W7, and the palette is called On the rocks, which they describe as “Neutrals on ice”….But we all know what this is folks. This is a straight up dupe for the Subculture from ABH.
I was very torn about getting this one, since as it stands I don’t like straight up dupes that copy the shade range, and even the arrangement of the shadows. It feels very lazy, and W7 were shading ABH after the Subculture failed pretty hard and they came up with the dupe.
But here’s my reasoning, I’m barely a beginner at makeup. If people who are more experienced than me in makeup were having some trouble with the Subculture due to the shadows being pressed pigments, then I will likely struggle with it, which would ultimately mean that I won’t get to use it as often, if not at all. And I’m not even sure if the color scheme is something that I can wear on an everyday basis, so I figured why not test this one out, and see if it works?And if I like this color scheme, I might make my own palette out of Inglot eyeshadows in the future, rather than getting the Subculture.Even though that would be more expensive and less practical than getting the Subculture.
I tried it today, and I think I’ll leave my impressions till the review goes up later.

And that’s about it. Hope you’re having a wonderful week :3.


Bourjois volume glamour mascara review

Hey all, how’s it going?

Today I’ll be reviewing a recent purchase of mine, the Volume glamour mascara from Bourjois.
With mascara it can get a bit daunting to find the right formula, plus you need to change the tube every 3 months, since it’s not very sanitary to keep it for longer. And I have been guilty of that in the past…

But I’m determined to find the right affordable mascara, at least for me. Hence I was tempted to try a Bourjois mascara, since they’re usually regarded as very good and affordable . My history with Bourjois goes way back, back when my mom used to buy their blushes which are absolutely fantastic, and had the most nostalgic makeup scent from my childhood. And naturally when I got into makeup I had to buy them.

Before I bought this one, I was using the Lash Princess from Essence (orange one), which wasn’t too bad. The wand was bit too funky for my taste, and while it gave me a lot of volume, it really was quite noticeable and just didn’t look very natural.

Because yes I do prefer to wear natural looking mascaras, or no mascara at all. I don’t like the spidery lashes effect, or anything that is too noticeable, and while I could use to have some more volume, in terms of length and curl my lashes don’t do too bad on their own. I was also contemplating buying natural organic mascaras, but they’re hard to find, and not at all affordable.

So how does the Bourjois mascara hold up to my expectations? I would say it does pretty damn well. I have the shade Noir d’ébène (Ebony) which isn’t too black, compared to the Essence one, which is definitely a good thing. I think it gives a more natural effect . In terms of volume it gives plenty of it, and it really separates my lashes. It doesn’t clump or flake, which is something we can all appreciate in a mascara.

The downside is that it’s not waterproof, so if your eyes get watery for some reason it might smudge. In fact this mascara is rather easy to remove, but either way I only apply one coat since I wear glasses, and I wouldn’t want my lashes to hit against them… Also it smells like poison. I don’t think I’ve ever had a mascara that had a distinct scent, which in this case is a rather sweet chemical one. Not a fan. But other than that, It’s prolly one of the best mascaras I’ve tried.

So this will definitely be one that I will repurchase.


Beauty rediscoveries: Sleek i-Divine Au Naturel palette

sleek naturel

Hello everyone.

Lately I’ve been really about buying less makeup and even decluttering my makeup collection. So while I was browsing through my collection and trying to figure out which palettes I should get rid of, and which ones I would keep, I started wondering if I should make a new series that would pretty much review older products and if I deemed them a good purchase.

Some of these products I’ve owned for years now, and are prolly discontinued or have been reformulated (coughWetnWildcough). They’re mostly eyeshadow palettes,and while a few of them are well loved and I almost hit pan on certain shades, others are still in pristine state. Hence why I think it’s necessary to make up my mind about the usefulness of holding on to them.

The first on the list is the Sleek I-Divine Au Naturel palette. This is prolly the 3rd or fourth palette that I purchased. And while it is called Au Naturel, meaning Natural in French, don’t let the name fool you since it does have a few interesting shades that don’t feel too natural to me at the very least.

First things first, just as I picked up this palette to review it, it slipped through my hands and broke (sniff).It wasn’t too damaged, at least the shadows aren’t. The packaging while sleek is definitely NOT very sturdy. So you might watch out for that. It does come with a mirror, but overall packaging wise I find that it’s quite useful, it really doesn’t take much space.

The eyeshadow selection ranges from some more neutral shades, ideal for a natural makeup, to some more interesting shades like a khaki shade (Moss) which is pretty unique in my collection, but also some copper shades and an actual matte black. Which imo makes this palette ideal for going from a more natural daytime look to a more dramatic, smokey look at night, or whichever you like. It is definitely quite versatile.

The eyshadows themselves swatch beautifully, but I find that they’re not as pigmented on the lids. I tend to use an eyeprimer anyway, so that usually helps, but I definitely find that too much blending doesn’t work too well, especially on the lighter shades. The matte black is actually quite pigmented . The texture of the shadows feels quite creamy, and the wear is nice granted with eyeprimer applied.

Verdict: Do I think it was worth getting ? I think so. I think this is quite an interesting palette if you’re just starting at makeup, and feel like having a versatile palette that you can use to create cohesive looks without being too overwhelmed at the sheer amount of eyeshadows that bigger palettes have. Or if like me you just want to create a look on the go, and that is why it makes this palette a good companion for your bag for example.And of course if you like the natural makeup look, but with a twist.


Chat with me, 2nd edition


It’s 2018 . I thought I would start the year with a good old chatty blog post, since I feel those allow me to talk in a more general manner about makeup, and myself while we’re at it.
Usually people come up with resolutions for the new year, and while I’m pretty bad at keeping said resolutions, I wondered if this couldn’t be applied to makeup as well.For 2018 I feel like I’m moving towards a quality vs quantity kind of approach to makeup. What I mean about that is that I’m kinda feeling exhausted from amassing a shit ton of makeup, makeup that I rarely use too. Instead of having X amount of nude lipsticks, I’d rather have one perfect nude shade of lipstick that would work for me on an everyday basis, even if it’s more expensive. And oh boy that is no easy task, to find the perfect nude lip shade, and in my preferred formula which is usually creamy, up to semi matte.

Skin wise, I’m still looking for the products that can work for me. While I’m at it, I wanna do a quick skincare update, from my last skincare haul. While I think the facial cleanser has helped my skin by making the pores look smaller, I’m not quite sold on the daily moisturizer. I find that it doesn’t do a good job on the dry patches I have on my chin and nose. Now of course those look way worse in winter, but compared to the previous cream I used it just doesn’t do that good of a job. The Freeman mask doesn’t do something tremendous I would say, at first I thought it helped with my pores but I haven’t been using it lately, and I don’t see a lot of difference honestly.
So overall I’m still looking for a good moisturizing cream.Which is driving me a bit crazy, since I’ve tried so many and still haven’t found THE ONE.Maybe I need to dive into the face oils, like Argan oil, or Marula oil. Maybe they can add that extra boost that my skin needs right now. And overall I think I’d rather have it looked at a professional, to get a full review of skin if you will.

Makeup can be a rather personal thing. What you may like might not be what others like, or even be in accordance with the current trends. So while I was watching yet another makeup tutorial, I started reflecting about how I do my makeup, compared to what is the major trend right now.And whether I should try to change the way I do it a bit.

Now I’m in no way a professional, in fact I quite suck at applying makeup, but I think there’s a few things that I want to achieve with makeup.

Foundation wise, I’m switching between a no foundation look, and a more heavy duty look, especially when I want to do a full face of makeup. The mineral powder has been helping tremendously, since it just evens out my skin a bit, while I still use my trusty Maybelline concealer to cover any potential blemishes or scars.
However I do think that my Catrice HD liquid coverage foundation is breaking me out a little, so I’m still thinking about getting a high coverage foundation, maybe Rimmel’s longlasting foundation since it’s so good.

In terms of eyeshadows, I like to experiment, as you prolly realized by now considering how many eyeshadow palettes I own. But I find that not all looks look good on me. I think there’s a huge difference between what you see beauty gurus wearing, and what it looks like in real life. Add to that that some looks that can be heavy on the eyes are definitely not wearable in day time.
While I think I’m pretty much set in terms of color selections, I’m still interested in trying new colors. Lately I’ve been gravitating towards cool toned eyeshadows. Blues, greens, violets, and speaking of that, Ultra violet is Pantone’s color of the Year. I LOVE purples, especially as a lipstick color, so I’m definitely gonna have fun using purple/violet makeup this year.
While it’s very likely I will still buy more palettes in the future, even though I believe I’m set for a while, I’m also interested in reviewing some of the older palettes that I own, and decide whether they were worth getting at all. I feel like it is better to get rid of things that you don’t use anymore, and maybe even refrain from buying new stuff, as part of the Konmari method. I’ve been interested in that recently, and I feel that you definitely don’t need tons of makeup that just sits there gathering dust.

I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner, if not at all, but this year I’m trying to foce myself to use it. Especially liquid eyeliner.I wear glasses too, so I could use having more definition on my eyes.

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t ever contour or bronze for that matter. I use bronzer more like a blush actually,and I skip on blush basically. And I rarely do use it. So I’m interested in trying that out more actually, to use bronzer or even a contour shade just to see if it can add something to my makeup routine. I definitely am not on the contouring hype train as it stands. And I think it’s fine.
As I said before, makeup is very personal, so it’s perfectly alright not to follow every trend or every rule out there. You just have to figure out what works best for you, and what you think you’re most comfortable with.

Those are the things that I think I could change a bit in 2018.
Hope you liked this, and that you had a good start for the new year. Let me know some of your makeup resolutions for 2018.


Drugstore Makeup haul 2


Hello there!
Hope you had a great weekend and a happy holiday!

Today I want to share with you some of the items I hauled, and this time it’s makeup.

First item on the list is the Benecos mineral powder. I’m new to mineral powders, and to this brand too which I believe is natural makeup. I got it since lately I haven’t been feeling like wearing foundation, it just feels too heavy. So I was on the hunt for a good foundation powder that just adds a bit of coverage, to even my skintone basically. And I have to say that this one does the job. It adds just a bit of coverage, and it’s exactly what I was looking for, plus it’s made of natural ingredients.It is rather messy since the powder gets everywhere, but given the quality and the price it’s totally worth it.
It makes my face look pretty matte at first, but I find that as I wear it it does get a bit more shiny, since my oils come through or something. And I actually been liking that lately. Sure I don’t like looking like a grease ball, but since I don’t wear makeup all day, I find that having a bit of shine after 3-4 hours is perfectly fine.

From the same brand I also got to try their khol pencil in the shade black. It’s a pencil that can be sharpened unfortunately, but so far this doesn’t like it will would break too much which is something I have experienced before with other brands…The color is really black which I like, and the staying power is good. Overall pretty decent product, I’m impressed.

As I explained in my previous post, I also got an eyeshadow palette. I admit I have a bit of a problem at this point, I can’t go a month or two without getting a new eyeshadow palette, and once again it’s from MUR. It’s their Flawless 4 palette, which is a rather warm eyeshadow palette. The full review will come some time in 2018.

Last but not least, I got a new lipstick, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since I’m a real lipstick addict. This time it’s the Grand Rouge from Yves Rocher. The Yves Rocher lipsticks are some of my favorites, they have some pretty interesting shades that can be quite unique and subtle, which I appreciate a lot and their formula is quite moisturizing.The shade I got is 119 in their Grand Rouge line, which I would describe as the perfect red lipstick shade, not too warm not too cold.It’s more of a classic red lipstick shade. What I like about it is that it’s a bit subdued, since I do find that reds aren’t wearable on me. They look way too flashy on me, or I’m just not daring enough. I’m simply in love with this lipstick shade,and I think I’m fully ready to embrace red lipstick, granted when I find a shade that looks good on me.

So that’s about it. And with this this is the final blog post of 2017. See you in 2018 with hopefully more products to review!

Happy New Year!


Makeup Revolution :Fortune favours the Brave by British Beauty blogger review

Hello makeup junkies!

Today I’ll be reviewing another palette from Makeup Revolution. By now it should be obvious that I’m in love with this brand, now that it’s finally available where I live (YAAAS).

I was eyeing this beauty even before I got my hands on the Flawless matte 2 palette, which I like quite a lot .But at the time it wasn’t available, but even so I would have definitely gotten the Flawless palette, simply because I love mattes. The Fortune favours the Brave is simply a gorgeous palette, with beautiful shimmers and mattes, and some baked shadows too. The color selection is simply to die for, and as a result I find that this is quite a versatile palette that you can use to create different looks, both daytime and night time appropriate.

As you prolly know by now, my preferrence goes for matte eyeshadows, but an all matte look can get boring pretty fast.So I was looking for a shimmery palette that I could use to add some pops of shimmer.

This palette comes in a gold packaging, which is very fitting since this whole palette revolves around gold/coppery shades, which fits the whole fortune theme. I do find that it can look a bit cheap with the matte plastic, unlike the other palettes that still use plastic, but have that shiny look to them and rose gold lettering that just make it look a bit more luxurious. Same as the other palette this comes with a big mirror, and overall this is a great size for travelling. It’s not too bulky or anything.

Unlike last time, I was fully prepared for the pans to be tiny, and indeed they are, but you get some 30 shades with different finishes. Shade wise you get a big variety of shades that range from natural everyday shades to some beautiful golds, bronzes and coppers which appealed to me the most. But you also get some khaki eyeshadows, which are definitely something unique and I simply love green eyeshadows. You get also some blue eyeshadows, a real black, some plummy burgundy shades, violets and in a variety of finishes that is sure to suit most of your needs.

Because of that I feel like you can come up with a lot of color combinations and looks ranging from a natural look, to a more golden one, or even some fall looks using the khaki or violets/ plums, depending on your needs or mood.
I think this palette would particularily work for the holiday period, since it has pretty much all the trendy colors used in holiday looks like golds and coppers.

My only gripe about it is that maybe some shades look a bit too similar, especially the shimmery golds. This palette has 3 and they are pretty close in terms of tone, but not so much in terms of intensity. And I would have liked for example to have a more yellow gold that I think can look more subtle than an orange gold.

However the quality of the shadows themselves is up there. They’re very creamy in texture and translate well on the lids, but also they blend rather well. Same for the mattes, although it feels like some shades like the peach or the champagne aren’t that pigmented, or simply too dry. But you can build them up. So imo it’s all around a good formula, especially for the shimmers. This is my first time playing with baked eyeshadows, which from what I understand you can use wet or dry. I feel like you get more pigmentation when you use them wet, and I’m not entirely sold on the baked eyeshadows yet.

I did experience fallout with some shimmers, so it’s prolly better to start with the eyes first when using the shimmery/baked shades, and then wipe off the glittery fallout.

So I think this is a great palette, a very versatile one if you’re looking to play with makeup and try some new shades that are out of your comfort zone, but you can definitely create wearable looks with them. The quality is up there, and it even feels at times that the mattes here are better than in the Flawless 2 palette (Latte is such a good matte) . But mostly I think this is a good bang for your buck palette, especially if you’re a beginner or on a budget. I wish I had this palette when I first got into makeup.

…But will the quest for getting all the makeup ever end? The answer is no, and I already have another palette to review, so stay tunned for that.

Happy Holidays.


Skincare products haul part 1


Hey guys.

I thought I’d share my thoughts about some of the stuff I hauled the other day.This isn’t make up per say, but it’s just as important, if not more.

Skincare is very important, I think we can all agree about that. While I still haven’t figured out what works best for my skin, I think it’s important to try new products every now and then.

Sadly I didn’t always take good care of my skin. And for most of my life I had been blessed with good skin, that is of course before I got hormonal acne. And because I wear make up now, there is even more of an urge for me to take care of my skin.

My skin is pretty difficult to take care of, it’s combo and we’ve already established that I have acne. I also think it’s sensitive, since I had a bunch of allergic reactions to certain products. So with that in mind it is kinda hard to find a product that takes care of all that.

The first product that I hauled a month ago or so is the Garnier micellar water for sensitive skin. I had the one for combo skin and it worked fine. This one I feel is pretty similar, and in fact doesn’t burn as much on the eyes, because yes I have sensitive eyes as well.

Next is the Freeman Sweet tea and lemon peel away mask. I got this one because I wanted something to clean my pores.While I can’t say it does much to clean my pores, my skin feels much smoother afterwards.

I also was on the hunt for a good face cleanser, and I was rather surprised by the SVR physiopure gelée moussante .Its has some pretty good claims, it is for sensitive skin, but it’s also paraben free, alcohol free, soap free, colorant free. It really feels cooling on the skin, and makes the skin feel really smooth and it doesn’t tug at all afterwards.It is rather mild, which might not be the best for everyone, but you can always do a double cleanse and you really need a tiny amount of product. I think of all the products that I got this is the one I like the most, and it comes in a big tube too.

And finally I needed a good moisturizing cream. That on itself is a nightmare, since for a while now I have some pretty dry patches on the chin, and the nose. And the last cream I had from Ducray was a bit too greasy.So I went for the Bioderma Atoderm ultra nourishing cream for sensitive skin. I don’t think it does soething outstanding for my skin, or maybe I need to try it for a bit longer. It is a good cream, and more importantly it doesn’t feel greasy. Ultimately I think that for my needs I should prolly look more for a night cream that can be quite heavy. I have my eyes set of the Nuxe crème Prodigieuse. But I’ll have to wait a bit till I get that one, since I think I just reached my budget for skincare.

Dunno if it counts as skincare, but I finally got to try the Carmex lip balm. My lips can get pretty dry during the cold, so naturally I had to look for a good lip balm. I find that this does moisturize my lips, and gets rid of all the dead skin. Even though I was freaked out at first by the tingling sensation, since as it turns out this does contain menthol. I thought I was having an allergic reaction :/. Overall I would say it’s a good product, but I think I still prefer the Nuxe lip balm that also comes in a jar. It is thicker, and it feels more like a sleeping mask . Also the La Roche posay cicaplast lip balm is a great lip balm that you can reapply during the day, and I just think it’s more practical for a similar result.

That’s it for now.Also I apologize if these products aren’t easily available everywhere, but those are the ones available to me since our market consists mostly of French or European imported brands. And it goes without saying that I don’t have access to a lot of American brands.But I still thought it was worth sharing this info since those products might work for you, and you might be able to find them online or something. 🙂


Catrice HD liquid coverage foundation review

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It’s finally here. The much awaited (is it?) review of the Catrice HD liquid coverage foundation.

I wanted to take my time with this one, and try it a number of times before giving my final thoughts since
A- I feel it is necessary to do that with foundations since they can perform differently depending on how you applied it.
and B- As it turns out I don’t wear a whole lot of foundation, or makeup for that matter on a daily basis.

I guess I’m a bit more of a casual when it comes to makeup. So without further ado here are my thoughts.

This foundation got a lot of attention since it is arguably one of the most liked foundations at the drugstore, but also because of it being a dupe to the new Fenty foundation. If you watch Stephanie Nicole’s review of the Fenty one, they both have a similar formula.
I personally got it after watching Thataylaa’s review of it during 15 days of foundation, since I was on the hunt for a good high coverage foundation at the drugstore.

I got the shade Sand Beige, which is the second lightest shade , which usually works out for me.But not this time. It is a tad too dark for me. It is the right undertone though, since it has a yellow undertone, while the lightest shade, Light beige is definitely more pink.
The thing is when I swatched both in store, on my hand and my face, Sand beige was a perfect match. But by the time I made it back home, it had darkened quite significantly.
This is prolly the same as with the Fenty foundation, it darkens as it dries down, which is definitely bad news since unlike that one, the Catrice foundation only has 4 shades. So quite a few people are excluded from their range.
Even I cannot wear it without bringing it down all over my neck.
That is the biggest flaw with this foundation imo.

Other than that, this foundation is as it turns out quite matte, which is one of its main selling points, at least for me. I have combo skin with acne, and I find that most foundations get oily on me throughout the day, hence why I picked up this one. But the biggest selling point imo is the fact that it’s full coverage, which is such a good thing.

Had I had this foundation when my skin was badly breaking out it would have been a life saver. I find that the claim is mostly true, it is high coverage, and you can definitely build it up without it caking.

However you do have to find a good way to apply it. When I just got it I used it with the Real Techniques buffing brush, and I found it emphasized my texture on my cheeks which never happens with other foundations. I used it with and without a primer (the ELF mineral one+ the Catrice smooth and refine) and it didn’t seem to make a difference. Finally I used it with a sponge….and I think I’m in love.
The sponge just makes it look more airbrushed, and doesn’t emphasize texture.Since this is a matte foundation, I see no point in setting it with powder, and it doesn’t transfer. Nor do I want to use a setting spray either, since it just makes it look more dewy, which imo takes away from the blurring effect that the foundation has on its own.

So I find myself using it on its own, without a primer, and I even took on Wayne Goss’ advice and used it without a moisturizer underneath, and I feel it applies better and didn’t move around and doesn’t get oily.

I also didn’t find that the foundation broke me out, which is a huge concern for me with drugstore foundations and with Catrice in particular. Their BB cream did break me out, but so far so good.

So would I recommand this foundation? Sure if you can fit in its pathetic range of shades. I hope they add new shades since this is such a good drugstore foundation, one that might even be better than high end ones, and for such a reasonable price too.

I think I will try to mix it with other foundations I own, like the Coverall foundation from WnW, and a P2 foundation that is more glowy, to add some dew on days I don’t want to look too matte. But I overall really do like this foundation.

More reviews coming your way.