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. 🙂


Are beauty gurus really trustworthy?

I thought I would do something different for a change.

Just like 90% of people who are into makeup,and watch Youtube, I follow quite a few beauty gurus online. But lately I’ve been wondering if it’s really helpful, and if the opinions expressed by beauty gurus are really genuine, or just helpful.

Because as it stands out, each person has a different skin, and what might work for someone might not work for someone else. And even the products that are often raved about might not work so good on me, because not only do I have combo skin, but it’s also acne prone and sensitive too I feel. So more and more I feel like the recommandations of said beauty gurus don’t really work well for me.

Then there is the issue of them being really trustworthy, which for me is much more important. Basically a beauty guru might be tempted to push forward a certain product not just because they might be sponsored, but maybe also because they received it as PR. And while it’s normally the case that they can still give their honest review on a PR product, there are instances of brands that might drop someone from their PR list after a bad review. Without naming any, I’m sure you can find plenty of examples of that online.

So the question is, are beauty gurus pressured to give good reviews not just because they’re sponsored, but also out of fear of being dropped of the PR lists of certain brands who simply can’t take an honest review, even if it’s bad?

While there isn’t much proof of that, I find myself always wondering if I should trust whatever the beauty gurus say, especially when considering the fact that it might not work for me anyway.

While I think the work of beauty gurus is important, especially when they raise more awareness about indie and lesser known brands, I don’t especially find that their opinion matters too much. I believe that each person should be free to do their makeup the way they want, even if it’s not the commonly accepted “professional” way. And because we’re all different, we all have a different skin and different needs, what may work for them might not work for you. So I’m really less inclined to follow what beauty gurus say, and I’m more about experimenting with different products by myself and figure out what works best for me.


Battle of the drugstore primers

Hello folks, hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Today I’m going to talk about primers. I’m really new to the primer game, and for my first primer I wanted to try something that wasn’t so expensive since I’m on a budget.

So I decided to buy a set from Elf that contains a primer of course, but also an eyeshadow base, the sheer one along with their setting spray.

The primer that I had was the Clear one.

So how do I feel about it? I absolutely hate it.

In terms of making my make up last longer, I don’t see much of a difference. In fact it may make me look more oily.
But even if I wanted to use it I wouldn’t be able to anyway since
A- it smells like white spirit: if you’re a bit familiar with oil paint, white spirit is a substance that is used to dilute the paint. It is one of the worst smells out there.It has a distinct chemically scent to it.
B- It actually breaks me out. And that is the main reason why I don’t use it anymore, after trying it for a few times.

I’m pretty sure it is the primer that breaks me out, and not the setting spray or something else.And I found other reviews that make the same claim.

So yeah stay away from the Clear one if you have acne prone skin.

The second primer that I’m gonna review is the Prime and Fine smoother by Catrice.

I picked this one up because I wanted something to blur my pores, since I do have rather large pores on my cheecks and nose. It does an ok job, nothing that blew my mind. I could still see my pores. I can’t vouch for it being able to make my makeup last longer, which might not even be part of its claim, since obviously I don’t use it on my entire face just on the areas where my pores are very noticeable.
At least it doesn’t break me out, or make me too oily.

So in that regard it works better for me than the first one. I’m still looking for a good primer at the drugstore, in the meantime I’ll be using my the Elf make up mist & set to prime my face, along with the Catrice primer to try and minimize my pores.

Because yes you can use your setting spray before applying makeup, to make it last longer.;)


My favorite products of the moment

Heya, I’m back with a new post about makeup.

So I’ve been going through my makeup collection and I got into thinking about which products I reach for the most, as opposed to products that I really don’t reach for anymore which really need to go.

So I found that there’s quite a few that I use on a regular basis. Let’s start with the face.

The foundation I reach for the most atm is the Coverall Foundation by Wet n Wild. There is a new line the Photofocus one which is pretty good from what I heard, but it still didn’t hit the stores in here.
I have two shades from the coverall line, Light and Fair/Light. I initially bought Light but it was a bit too dark for me, especially during winter, so I also bought Fair/Light, and it is rather a perfect match. Which is so rare for me since I always struggle to find the right shade. I have a fairly light skin, you could say I’m rather pasty. And I have a yellow undertone. So it’s a somewhat of a struggle to find the right shade, since the lighter shades often have a pink undertone.
That aside, I was initially skeptical about this product, because it’s so damn cheap. But also because when I first applied it I was weireded out by the scent, and the actual application.I don’t know maybe I applied too much product at first. It’s a cream foundation so you have to work it out pretty quickly before it dries down, and the coverage is light to medium. So it took me a few tries to get it right, and now I simply find that it’s easily one of the best foundations at the drugstore.
Mind you I’ve tried other foundations before, some from Maybelline and even from P2 (German brand) and even brands that are geared towards acne prone skin, which can be rather expansive and yet still broke me out (despite their claim that it wouldn’t) but I use the Wet n Wild one the most and what’s more important is that it doesn’t break me out.

Speaking of Wet n Wild, my favorite lipstick atm is the Bare it all from the Megalast line. It’s such a perfect neutral nude color. I own 3 lipsticks from that line, and I just love them. And I would totally purchase more, heck all the line if I could find every shade since it’s so damn cheap. One thing though is that if you don’t find it to be as creamy as it is claimed online, then you definitely need to scrape off the top layer, and after that the lippie should be creamy while still giving a nice semi matte finish.

For the eyes, I have 3 palettes that I really like. Two from Catrice and one from Wet n Wild (can you guess which one?).
The ones from Catrice are the All about Matt, and All about Rose. Matt is for matte colors, I’m really into the soft brown matte look atm. And all about Rose is for those rosey nude shades of course. The shadows are soft, decently pigmented and blend well but there is some fallout since they’re so soft.So soft in fact that one of the shadows from the Rose palette broke when I just bought it. But overall it’s a great product for the price. Definitely suggest getting the Matt one if you can find in stores, because we all need an all matte palette, or just matte shades.

Which brings me to my next palette, the Comfort zone by Wet n Wild. This palette is simply gorgeous, it is everything you need if you like brown shades, and if you want to experiment with some green. Well it has almost everything, since the big problem with this palette is that it’s all shimmery shades, there are no matte shade! That is why I mentioned having some matte shades , because you’ll likely need them for the crease. I’m not a huge fan of putting shimmery shades in the crease, and what’s worse is that I have hooded eyes, so yeah that definitely doesn’t work for me.
But that aside it is a great palette, the shadows are some of the best I’ve tried, very creamy and VERY pigmented.

I already talked about this item in a previous review, but I really do like the Essence Sun club all in one bronzer. I just wear it on its own and use the highlighter. It really warms the skin while having the slightest bit of shine to it. It’s just perfect for this season.

Not really a makeup product, but I really like the Foundation brush by Real techniques, the angled one. I don’t use it as much for foundation (which it applies nicely once you get the hang of it), but I think it’s great for applying a peach color corrector under the eyes, it is rather precise.

Well I think that’s about it. What are some of your favourite products as of late?


Hello world!

Heya, I’m a 28 year old girl who is addicted to makeup, as you can prolly tell from the title of this blog. I made this blog to talk about my makeup addiction, and just review products ,mostly drugstore, which you’ll prolly see me do a lot since my makeup addiction is that severe.
I caught the makeup virus around 3 years ago, which I guess is very late for most girls. Before that I never wore makeup, but because I got some hormonal acne I had to cover up those scars and pimples, and makeup effectively helped me to just be more confident in myself. But also thanks to it I now have a much better skin routine, when in before I barely took care of my skin.
So all is not bad when it comes to makeup, it’s just being addicted to it that isXD I’m very much a lipstick fiend, I really don’t like the real color of my lips, and I find that you can’t put on makeup on your whole face and not your lips, I dunno it leaves a somewhat unfinished look.
My approach to makeup is more casual I guess, I’m by no means an expert when it comes to makeup, in fact I rather suck at applying it.But I find that makeup can allow you to be creative, and you don’t have to follow to the letter what beauty gurus tell you. Also I’m learning to use more colors, especially those I’m not comfortable with, so that is definitely something that I want to do more.
So stay tunned if you want to see me review some products, some of which aren’t exactly new, but that might still be worth talking about.
Thanks for reading