Everyday Favourite Part IV – Concealer

Let’s be honest. We all have those nights, that are way too short to catch some good hours of sleep. Wether we partied too much, worked too much, it’s been to hot or to cold, the mailman woke you or whatever kept you from your much needed beauty sleep. Well, it’s noticeable, especially in your under eye area. And that’s something we do not want, so we need some magical things to make them disappear, as quickly as possible.

And I have a special little treat, to look more awake and fresh. And the best thing about it, it’s absolutely affordable.

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May I present to you the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Rewind?! I am so in love with this cutie. But why?

Well, first of all, it’s a drug store product and therefore it just costs around 9 €/ 8$. Of course, the price depends on where you’re getting it from. But the good thing is, you can get it almost everywhere – you’ll never run out of it… except they’ll stop producing it, but let’s hope that’s never gonna happen.

I mentioned, it’s a drug store product, so keep that in mind, while rating this product.

I myself love the consistency of this concealer. It’s a medium coverage concealer, with a creamy, but not too creamy texture. You can blend it easily and it feels pretty light on the skin. It does not dry out my skin, which is a highly sensitive point for me, as you may remember from previous posts 😉 I myself do not set it, and it works just great. It tends to sink in the fine lines under my eyes, but just if I don’t blend it properly. I use the shade 01 Fair.

But the thing with the shades is a pretty tricky one. In most drugstores you can choose between 01 Fair and 02 Light. But originally there are 6 Shades to choose from – I’ve never seen more than three, to be honest. I tried to order from the Maybelline site (the German one, since I live in Germany), but there you can pick only from the two shades mentioned before.

01 Fair, 02 Light, 03 Medium, 04 Honey, 05 Neutralizer, 06 Brightener
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In the little plastic tubes with the little puff on top to apply the concealer, all the shades look pretty dark, somehow yellowish, except for the Brightener, but this one I’ve never seen live. Once applied to your skin, the shades will surprise. They aren’t as dark as they appear in the packaging. You can use the puff to apply the concealer and to blend it, you can remove the puff and apply the concealer only with a brush (this will waste less product) or you can apply the concealer with the puff and blend it with a beautyblender – which is my favorite way to apply it… the beautyblender is my holy grail, but that’s a different thing 😀

Another thing I love about this concealer is, that it has no weird smell to it, like other concealers – the UD Naked Skin for example, had one of the worst smells ever. This one smells pretty neutral. And I like that the concealer does not cake and does not need a touchup throughout the day. So that’s a clear recommendation from me! Try it out, fall in love!

For a drugstore product it’s absolutely amazing!!!

 

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Everyday Favourite Part III – Finishin Spray

First of all, my lovely ones out there. I am so sorry for being absent for such a long time. I really had so much struggles in my personal life lately, which I first had to figure out, before I could continue with the things I love – beauty and makeup. But now I am back on track and I promise you, there won’t be such a long period where I’m keeping quiet again. 🙂

So for todays article I want to continue with me Favourite series and I believe we’ve reached part 3 – and I want to dedicate it to one of the most important things, if you’re trying to wear a full face of makeup throughout a whole day: A good finishing! I’ve tested quiet a few, from cheeper ones to high end ones and there are quiet a few good ones and some, I wouldn’t recommend, because I don’t feel like they’re doing anything at all for your skin or your makeup. But there is one, I’m coming back to every time and which works for me so pretty good and that is the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – Finishing Mist!

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What’s so good about the Fix+?

There are many reasons I like the Fix+ as a finishing spray. First of all it’s so versatile. I use it sometimes to spray my face even before applying makeup, if I feel it’s too dry. I wet my beautyblender sometimes with it, so it makes applying makeup easier (btw, you should always wet your beautyblender…nobody’s using them dry :D). I also wet my brushed sometimes before applying some eyeshadows, if I want my shadow to be more covering and have a more intense look. I love doing this especially, when it’s a foiled shadow. And then I use it for what it’s designed to be used – as a finishing spray. Sometimes I spray my face throughout the day a couple of times with this little wonder, just to refresh my face. And if you’re using this for all these reasons, it’s a truly amazing finishing spray and you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re using it as a setting spray, you will hate on it and for a reason.. Because it is NOT a setting spray so therefore it’s designed to disappoint you – if you’re using the product out of purpose… Let me tell you about the difference…

 

Setting Spray of Finishing Spray?

A fixing/setting spray is designed to lock in your makeup so it won’t move, kinda like a hairspray for your makeup. But be careful… I’ve seen people use actual hairspray to fix their makeup and this may work, yes, but please… your skin deserve way more. So spend some money on real setting sprays if you want to achieve the lock-down of your makeup. It comes in a mist or spray form, is transparent and does not change the color of your makeup. You just spray your face with the cooling mist, and let it naturally dry. Some good Settings sprays are for example the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

A Finishing Spray is a little different. It’s supposed to take away the cake of your face. You know what I mean right? When you put on layer after layer after layer of makeup and powder and concealers and all this stuff on your face and it leaves you kinda cakey – meaning you can spot from a mile away that you are actually wearing all these layers. But that’s not what you want! You want your skin to look smooth and soft and fresh. And that’s what a setting spray is for.

So as a recap: setting sprays lock in your makeup and finishing sprays are supposed to make you look fresher and softer and take away the cake!

 

Some facts:

  • contains 100 ml/3,4 US fl OZ
  • Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, caffeine, panthenol, arginine, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PPG-26-buteth-26, fragerance, disodium edta, phenoxyethaol
  • price point: about 22 €/24$
  • where to get: online on the official MAC-Website or sites that sell makeup (Douglas, Sephora etc.), in your local Sephora, Douglas or where ever they retail MAC products

 

So if you’re looking for a good finishing spray, this is the one I’m recommending you and I literally use it every day! But keep in mind – finishing spray, not fixing spray 😉

 

 

 

Everyday Favourite Part II – Brow Products

It’s weird, how brows became the next big thing in the makeup world, when just a couple of years ago it was enough taming them a bit or tweeze some of your unwanted hairs. But nowadays brows are on fleek – which simply just means they are flawless or on point. The next big thing, mostly thanks to Cara Delevigne, are bold, thick brows.

And there are tons of things to achieve them nowadays – starting with a harmless things like makeup and ending with such things with microblading (a semi-permanent makeup for your eyebrows). I myself prefer the non-hurtful way and keep on filling in my eyebrows and bringing them in shape everyday. Quiet time-consuming – I spent at least 15 minutes a day for my brows, but it’s worth it – for I myself don’t have big, bold brows. And today I’m gonna bring to you my favourite products to do so.


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There’s no surprise here – my favourite brow products are by Anastasia Beverly Hills! She really changed the brow game and I – like many others fell quickly in love with her products. So here you can see what I’m using everyday to get the brows I wasn’t born with: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Dark Brown (around 30 €), the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush Duo Synthetic #12 ( around 24 €) and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony (around 29 €).

First of all, you have to make your brows a shape you can work with, so I’m tweezing unwanted little hairs out every now and then. But when that parts done and not necessary I start of with the brow wiz.

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The spoolie on this pencil is quiete small, but for my brows ideal, since they are tiny and barely existing. I’m brushing my eyebrow hairs a little up with this one. Then I’m preparing my brows with small strokes upwards from the other end of the brow wiz. The color pay off is not as intense as you think it would be, so you can dare to press down a little, without risking to look like you’ve drawn your eyebrows with a sharpie. The important part is, that you use small strokes and don’t just use it like a pen and drag it left and right across your face.

After that I’m taking my #12 pencil and I’m using the best thing that’s been ever invented – The Dip Brow! Seriously I love this stuff. To be honest, you have to be careful while using it. It can be quiet tricky, because you have to be careful to use just a little bit and don’t go overboard and you have to take care that you’re not applying it patchy. But once you’ve mastered it, it’ll become your best friend.

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And just so you know I’m not lying about my brows, here’s a before and after pic 😀

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Everyday Favourite Part 1 – Perfume

So I thought about bringing you my favourite everyday products in beauty and makeup. And when I say everyday, I really mean everyday. I’m going to introduce to you the products I use on a daily basis – some of them for years and which I love and probably will love for a long time.

I’m starting off this series by the product in my beauty and makeup routine I’ve been using for the longest I believe – I guess it’s in my collection for about 4 years now. I stumbled across this perfume in December 2012 as I was doing my christmas shopping and wanted to use a new perfume. I never spent much money on perfume, and purchased the ones from the drugstore like Bruno Banani and Christina Aguilera. Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty good for drugstore brands, but that’s what they are and you’ll know the difference once you’re using more expensive perfumes. They just stay on longer and are intense and more thoughtful with their scents. Anyhow, so I tested a few ones and somehow reached for the „D&G 3 L’IMPÉRATRICE“ and got hooked on it. Throughout the years I got asked a couple of times what perfume I am using and everyone liked the way it smelled. I used some other perfumes from time to time but I always got back to this one and this is by far my all time favourite! That’s why I’m starting my series with this one.

 

A little backstory

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from left to right: 1 LE BATELEUR – 6 L’AMOUREUX – 11 LA FORCE –  18 LA LUNE – 10 LA ROUE DE LA FORTUNE – 3 L’IMÉRATRICE

The perfume is part of the D&G Anthology which was a 2009 released collection of limited edition fragrances. The inspiration behind these fragrances were tarot card, therefore although every fragrance has the simple identical glass bottle, all scents come in different colors. Maybe you stumbled across the add campaign back then – where the models (female and male) stripped down their white bath robes to George Michaels „Freedom“. It featured Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer for the female scents and Noah Mills, Fernando Fernandes and Tyson Ballou for the male scents. Later on the company released two more fragrances named 14 LA TEMPERANCE and 21 LE FOU. The be honest I barely see any of the other scents in stores and never tried them. The only one I keep seeing everywhere is my beloved No° 3 and there’s a reason behind it.

 

The scent

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L’Impératrice means „The Empress“ (dt. Kaiserin) and therefore the official description to this perfume released by D&G itself suits this delicious scent pretty well:

 

Flamboyant and energetic, for L’Impératrice life is a movie and she is its heroine. All heads turn when she enters a room. Vibrant, magnetic she exudes charisma and force of character.

The top notes of this perfume are fruity and somehow unusual as they include rhubarb, red currant, and kiwi. The rhubarb part is what got me addicted to this perfume – it was the first thing I noticed about it and the scent of if stuck so long with me,I fell in love with it.

Then the heart notes strikes you with fresh watermelon and pink cyclamen.

To round it up the base notes are some musky notes, sandalwood and grapefruit wood.

The combination makes it so fresh, light and clean. It smells kinda sexy and feminine yet sweet and innocent. A little goes a long way with this one. I find it very pleasing and it stays on very nicely.

 

Where can I get it?

Of course online or in every store that sells perfume (not only the drugstore perfume of course). You can grab 3.3 oz/ 100 ml for 78 € or you get a grip of the 1,6 oz/ 50 ml bottle for 55 €. Depends on where you’re purchasing it from, you can get it a bit cheaper, but be careful when purchasing it for a super cheap price – this might be a scam and not the original perfume!

 

I highly recommend to try it out and fall in love with it – like I did!

 

 

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