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!

fix+.jpg

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 😉

 

 

 

♡ Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins ♡ Recap

In December I told you, that I’m trying out this cute electric blue hair vitamins everyone and their mother was raving about.

16465016_637417693108059_8954181302265839616_n

(Picture taken from their official Instagram page Sugarbearhair Instagram)

And now it’s time to recap everything and ask myself – Is it worth purchasing it?

Disclaimer: this is just my opinion on it and the experience I’ve made with this product. Wheter it’s worked for me or not (you’ll find out, if you keep on reading) – that was just my personal thing. You may have gotten other results and thankfully we are all different and unique in our own ways and our bodies work different. So what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa. So no harsh feelings here 😉

 

What did I notice after taking Sugarbearhair Vitamins?

Well, I did notice a difference and I noticed it after I guess two weeks. My hair did look shinier and the most noticeable difference was, that I had so much less hair loss. I normally am loosing so much hair, that it’s a wonder I still have some on my head. But after two weeks of taking these vitamins I noticed that I’m losing less hair and they tend to break less – which made me very happy. Before I took the vitamins I cut my hair a bit to get rid off the dead ends. And my hair – normally taking forever to grow even the slightest bit – grew out to the exact same length I had before cutting the ends, which was about 5 cm (about 1.96 inches). For me that was a huge deal, because my hair really takes forever to grow, due to all the damage I’ve done to it. I’ve noticed it as well on my hairline and I had to dye my hair more often, since I’m not a natural brunette 😀

 

Is it worth puchasing?

So I have to say, I liked that it worked. You can’t expect wonders, that’s for sure. The human body takes time to get to a certain level of vitamins to work – it has to be build up and this takes at least two weeks, until you can notice it. Therefore you can’t expect it to work after two days – it takes some patience to notice a difference. But there is one and so I can’t tell you that these cute bears aren’t working, because they do. And if you like a fun twist to your haircare and do not want the somehow uninviting taste of other hair vitamins this may be a good choice for you. But you have to be aware that you need at least two months worth of sugarbearhair vitamins – and they are about 30 $ (28€) – depends on where you’re living + the shipping. So for me in Germany, I’m paying for one month worth of these gummies 39 € (41 $)… That’s pretty heavy. So it’s worth considering.

 

Would I purchase them again?

Let me put it this way… They worked – yes! They are cute – yes! They taste good – yes! But they are expensive AF and there are other hair vitamins for half the amount of money which work just as good as these cuties. So I love the concept and I like what it has done to my hair, but for me, it’s a pass – just because of the price. I’d rather take the ugly tasting vitamins out there, which work as good as these. But no hate to them – they are cute and they work. It’s just a personal preference. I recommend them, if you’re willing to spend that amount of money on vitamins, but I wouldn’t purchase them again. At least not for this price point.

resting-b-face

(Excuse my resting b* face… It’s just my face 😀 )

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.


abh.jpg

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.

This small pencil has two sites each one protected with a cap. 16114273_1190678861015893_7336934608553740391_n.jpg 16003221_1190678887682557_8568212566966773792_n.jpg

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.

16194902_1190678894349223_1116185186785210876_nSo opening this little pot you can see a pomade – mine’s looking a little nasty to be honest, because I’ve used it for around 5 months I guess. And still it’s only used up half – so you see, you don’t need a ton of product . The pomade stays on pretty well after applying – you can rub it off, but it’s not like you come across it by accident and you have a huge dark swipe across your face – which happened to me with other products. You have to apply the pomade with an angled brush – I do recommend the one by Anastasia herself, but you can use others as well.

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

before

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

a5d3aa6feb8cf8d41044ae9fd3757016

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

15826774_1180521955364917_8023620317119591388_n

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

♡ Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins ♡

Ever heard of sugarbearhair?

15535489_103674400135618_1958918168340594688_n

(Picture taken from their official instagram page Sugarbearhair Instagram)

If you’re strolling around the social media and are following some beauty and makeup influencers, I’m pretty sure you have. Even celebrities as Emily Ratajkowski, Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner are promoting these sweet baby blue hair vitamins, claiming that it makes your hair shinier, stronger, grow faster and all the magical things every girl dreams about.

So to be clear, these are gummy bears, filled with the good stuff to make your hair the best it’s ever been, including zinc, iron, vitamin A, B, C, D and E and biotin? And all you have to do is taking 2 of these sweet gummy bears each day to get wonderful hair? Hardly to believe, since my hair suffered long enough from all my tortures, including dying it back and forth between blonde, red, black and brown and heating it up almost every day to the maximum. But it’s so worth the try!

 

Where do I get them?

You can order them from their original website (Click here 🙂) or from certain retailers, depending where you live. Since I’m living in Germany I ordered it from a website which provides haircare products, makeup etc. (Hagel Shop). Ordering is easy, as always online. The gummy bear treatment for 30 days retails for 29,99 $. Since I ordered it from the other website I paid 39 € for it, but when ordering it from the original website you still have to pay shipping with comes at least with 10 – 15 $. And you have to wait at least one week till you get it. The german site didn’t charge any shipping fees. And the order arrived within 2 working days.  I recommend providing it from the german retailer if you’re living in Germany or Austria, because it’s less stressful, faster and easier. Paying is as easy as almost every where with paypal and credit card.

 

What’s in it?

sugarbearhair-inhalt

Each bottle contains 60 gummy bears, which are supposed to last 30 days, since you have to take 2 a day. As you can see it contains all the good stuff for your hair, as mentioned before. But what concerns me is, that they contain so much glucose syrup and sugar. I know it’s supposed to be gummy bears, therefore there has to be sugar, but still it’s so much. And they taste as sweet as the list of ingredients makes you assume, somehow berry like. It’s not a bad taste, actually quiet tasty, but so so sweet, for my taste a little too much. I’ve tried some hair vitamins before and the pills tasted so freaking disgusting, so I do not mind taking these sugar bombs infused with vitamins.

 

So what’s with the magic? How does it work?

So you’ve seen the label, you’ve read what’s in it, but how does it work?

Did you notice that the hair vitamins in here contain mostly Biotin (5,000 mcg)? You have to know that without enough hydration and nutrients the growth is slowed down. And Biotin is mostly used to stimulate growth because it helps produce glucose and break down proteins into amino acids and your hair itself contains keratin, which is a form of protein. So after taking these your hair is supposed to grow much healthier and faster.

Iron works the same way. Lacking it your hair becomes dull and dry and thins out.

Vitamin A and E helps with your blood circulation and therefore your hair follicles grow faster.

Vitamin C helps your body creating collagene which helps tons with the strength of your hair.

Vitamin B-6 forms cells and brings oxygen to your scalp.

Vitamin B12 helps with your red blood cells which again provide oxygen to your hair follicles.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) helps delivering keratin to your hair follicles. It also helps to repair hair strands that have been the victim of breakage or shedding.

Folic Acid stimulates cell division which helps with all the growing processes in your body and your hair. (Especially when you’re trying to get pregnant this is a very important one ;))

Iodine makes the hormones, necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones

Choline supports the construction of durable cell membranes, and is an essential component in healthy new body tissues—like hair, skin, and nails!

Inositol helps the cell communication.

And then there is Coconut Oil. This oil is used to hydrate the scalp and unlike other oils it’s not making your hair look greasy

All this vitamins and ingredients can be found in all the food we’re almost consuming every day (well at least we should try consuming them). But since we’re not always capable of consuming them or our body lacks some of them the combination they’re coming in should help you getting long, pretty hair.

 

Does it work?

There are sources that swear by this electric blue hair vitamins. And the company itself makes a huge fuss about them. They are so easy to merchandise, since they are cute, have a popping color and are tasty. The idea behind it is of course amazing and there are celebrities and social media influencers that are supporting them. But there are also the voices which calling sugarbearhair out to be a scam and not working. To be honest,  I do not expect wonders, while taking these. I believe they contain the stuff they claim to contain, but the sugar level is throwing me off. I believe you pay extra for the cute look and the cute color and the taste and there are hair vitamins out there, doing the same, which tend to be less pricey. But to be fair, I’m going to wait till the 30 days are over to decide if I’m noticing any difference in my hair and do decide if I’m going to provide them again, so I keep you updated.

Morphe Brushes Order

It’s finally here and I am so in love!!! Today I’m presenting you my Morphe Brushes order:

morphe-haul

Can you just look at this beauty and enjoy it for a little while? I am completely in love!

This haul includes the the following items:

How could I not stumble across Morphe Brushes? I mean, it’s everywhere on youtube, I believe every makeup and beauty guru ones at least one of their brushes. And I wanted to try them out for a while now, so I went to their website (morphebrushes.com) and I literally spent an entire evening, looking up their products and deciding what to get. First of all, I have to say, that they do have a amazingly insane range of eyeshadow palettes, which are so affordable! Their product range includes brushes, palettes, single eyeshadows, lashes, gel liner, powder, concealers, lip products, different storage items for your brushes and makeup. What they also do, is offering a space for some brands to sell their stuff there, including Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Koren Zander, Blinking Beaute, Eye Kandy Glitter and a couple more. So you get, why I spent an entire evening there.  First I wanted to order one of their PRO Makeup Palettes – there are some with blushes, highliger, highlight and contouring and eyeshadows, again, each one of them is very affordable, but I wanted to pick up some eyeshadows I personally would love the most, So I customized one myself.

You can choose empty magnetic palettes in sizes from 4 to 28 places for eyeshadows. As you can see I went with 12. The palette I ordered has a nice feel to it. It’s all black, except for the logo on the lid. And it contains a humongous mirror in it. The price point on this one is 6,99 $ (6,63 €).

empty-morphe-palettemorphe-case-closed

I picked up 12 shades, to fill this palette, which honestly was the hardest part of the whole process. Each eyeshadow comes in a little envelope with a window, where morphe-eyeshadowsyou can see the color of your eyeshadow. On the back you can see the ingredients, the name of the eyeshadow, and some informations about the amount of product it contains. Each eyeshadow is 1,5g/0.05 US OZ and retails for 2,29 $ (2,17 €). In the little eyeshadow-envelopes you can flip open a piece of carton, with a sunk in circle in wich the eyeshadow sits. After picking it up, you can simply put it in the eyeshadow palette, where it will sit due to physic… magnetism duh…

 

I put the eyeshadow in somewhat order like this:

morphe-palette

Yeah, my yellow one broke, but that was my fault not Morphe’s. I am just clumsy… The shades names and each link to them will start from the first row, from left to right. Then the second row, and then the third. You know the drill. Behind the links I’m telling you if it’s a matt or a shimmery shade.

I personally think, that some of the colors on the website tend to look slightly different than the original eyeshadow, but I do not mind. I swatched them already and they are pigmented as far I can tell.

To make my order complete I wanted to try out some of their brushes everyone and their mama is talking about. First I thought about getting single brushes, but than I decided to get a whole set. Again, they come in very affordable, much more affordable than my Zoeva Brushes and I have to admit, they seem to be a better quality than the ones from Zoeva. I picked an 18 piece brush set which includes the following items:

1.Pointed Liner Brush                   Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 ¼”
2.Lip Brush                                    Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 3/8”
3.Smudger Brush                          Bristles 1/8”          Full Length 6 ¼”
4.Angle Liner Brush                       Bristles ¼”           Full Length 6 1/8”
5 Flat Liner Brush                          Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 3/8”
6.Mini Concealer                           Bristles 1/4″          Full Length 6 3/8”
7.Small Shadow Brush                  Bristles 3/8”          Full Length 6 5/8”
8.Concealer Brush                        Bristles ½”            Full Length 6 3/8”
9.Deluxe Blending Crease            Bristles 5/8”          Full Length 7”
10.Oval Shadow Brush                 Bristles 3/8”           Full Length 6 ¾”
11.Deluxe shadow Brush              Bristles ½”            Full Length 7”
12.Angled Blender Brush               Bristles 5/8”          Full Length 7”
13.Pointed Foundation Brush        Bristles 1 1/8”        Full Length 7 1/8”
14.Contour Brush                           Bristles 1”             Full Length 7”
15.Bronzer Brush                           Bristles 1 ½”         Full Length 7 ½”
16.Angle Blush Brush                    Bristles 1 5/8”        Full Length 7 ½”
17.Powder Brush                           Bristles 1 ½”          Full Length 7 ½”
18.Deluxe Fan Brush                     Bristles 2 1/8”        Full Length 7 ½”

morphe-casemorphe-brushes

The set comes in a handy dandy black case, which looks like a cute clutch.  I’m not using this case to store my brushes, because I like to display them in a brush cup – but it’s a cute way to pack up your brushes while traveling. The bristles of the brushes feel so luxurious and soft, none of the bristles is pointing in a weird direction. The handle is all black, except of the Morphe logo and they are thick, lying good in my hand, which seems to make it easier working with them.

Keep in mind, if you’re living anywhere outside from the U.S. you have to pay some extra shipping and I had to pay customs duty on my purchase as well. The order took about 13 days to arrive, but then again, there were weekends in between, and I had to pick up my order at the customs house.

Would I do it again? Most definitely yes. And I can’t wait to try my products out. I’ll keep you updated on their performance 😉

UD Naked Skin Concealer – Kiss or Miss?

Oh boy do I hate it, when this happens…

You went out and bought some pricey makeup you were absolutely sure you would love. Why wouldn’t you? It’s from a high end makeup brand, with good reviews which you’re loving – so this hella expensive thing has to be amazing.

And then you’re trying it out and it feels kinda… naaaah…. not right – but it you spent so much money on it, that you’re falling into a state of denial. There has to be something wrong with the way you applied it. It’s your fault, not the products! It just has to be…

So you’re trying it again, trying to make it work this time, changing the way you’re applying it, redoing your makeup… trying to change the lighting, trying to change the circumstances, but still the product does not work as it’s supposed to and you get mad. Mad at yourself for spending money on it. Mad at the product for just not performing as it has to.

This lately happened to me. I wanted to try out the Urban Decay Naked Skin weightless complete coverage concealer in shade fair neutral I expected to love it – on their website the customers raved so hard about it, that I thought it can’t be anything but perfect, but I was so, so, so wrong…

15267653_1154729354610844_1001145902104214673_n

So it comes in this bottle of 5 ml/0.16 fl oz and retails for about 23 €/28$, which is pricy yes. But UD is a high end brand, so that’s something you have to expect. It has a flat doe-foot applicator, which I don’t mind, I find it quiet easy to apply my products with this applicator. But the smell…. Oh my god, why the hell does this thing have to smell so freakin chemical? I hate it, really! It just makes me cringe every time I open it up.

As I mentioned, I tried my hardest to make this thing work and tried to love it. I applied this concealer, everyone raved so hard about, on different occasions, with different foundations as a base, with sponges, with brushes, even with my fingers, tried a setting spray, priming and I could go on and on but I am so sorry it simply sucked for me, big time!

I have super dry skin and I peel my face on a weekly basis 2-3 times, keep it hydrated, clean it every night and apply primer before doing my makeup just to make sure, my skin won’t make such a trouble when using makeup-products. But this concealer just makes my skin look so freakishly dry, as if I never tried hydrating it in my whole life. It really accentuates any dry patches you have on your skin and I do not like the finish at all. It just looks so wrong end weird. It does not work on my under eyes, nor on the bridge of my nose or any other part of my face. It’s hard to spread, does not melt with your skin, it looks patchy and is so wrong on so many levels… And did I mention this weird smell? Yeah, it bothers me, that’s why I had to mention it again…

I really do wonder why? I swatched it on my hand, before purchasing it, and just the swatch looked like such a high coverage concealer, but after spreading it… no, thank you.

I don’t get, why it’s so high rated, really not even the slightest bit. But then again, I do have very dry skin, so maybe it works on different skin types better.

I love UD, but this is definitely a miss for me. Never will I ever purchase this.

Make-up Factory’s Mat Lip Fluid

Hello, you beautiful people out there.

Today I’m reviewing some liquid lipsticks for you. I love liquid lipsticks and I love it, when they’re drying down to a matte finish. And these beauties right here, from Make-up factory are my newest addition to my little lipstick family.

15192541_1146683952082051_7513054546679264943_n

Here we have three special cuties. Soft Raspberry, Ultra Pink and Violet Mauve are their names. I stumbled across makeup factory in my local drugstore, actually a year ago, but totally forgot I purchased a lipstick from them. So I stood there, looking for some new makeup and was drawn to these intense pink (Believe me, the picture doesn’t do it’s justice) and purchased the Ultra Pink Mat Lip Fluid for 12,95 €.

I was impressed with the color – it’s pretty intense, kinda blue toned in some lighting. I wore it to some different occasions with different looks and I liked the outcome. So I went and purchased a couple weeks later (after 30-40 minutes of swatching and driving my boyfriend insane with tons of questions) Soft Raspberry and Violet Mauve.

To be honest, they are kinda hard to apply, I think the formula could be a little smoother. They seem to be pretty sheer, so to get a full coverage you have to layer it 2-4 times, but the good thing about them is, that you actually can layer them, without them getting chunky our drying out extremely crusty.

15319314_1146683948748718_4576984466504973131_n.jpg

In the swatch comparison you can see, that the colors look like they appear in the bottles. And while layering them over my ink, you can see how pigmented they are. I think the pink one looks even nicer in real life. They dry down matte, but they do not feel drying which I love, because my lips are dry on their own and need special care in this department.

Make-up factory claims, that this lip fluid is longlasting and it really is. I only need some minor touchups throughout the day and they stay pretty much in place while eating or kissing – you’ll not be left with some ugly stains around your mouth. But they tend to stain your lips a little, so keep that in mind, if that’s something that’s bothering you. I remove them with my regular makeup wipes, but especially the pink one is hard to get rid off. Decide yourself, whether you like it or not. I actually don’t mind. Oh and the pink one smells kinda like watermelons! I love that!

They are not very outrageous with the color range you can pick from, Ultra Pink seems to be the exotic one in this line. Along with these three I purchased they have 7 more to choose from. I wished the colors would be a little more daring and wider in range. But I think I’m going to purchase a couple more, because they are lovely for everyday looks. So go ahead and try them out! 😉

Is it really worth it? – NYX Slide on eye liner

This time I’m going to review the NYX eye liners. But not just any liner. Let me quickly type down the name, which is so freakin‘ long… Okay are you ready? Are you? Here it is:

„NYX slide on, glide on, stay on & definitely a turn on waterproof, extreme shine eye liner (This eye liner is so good, the name had to be this long)“

This was an exact quote of the name, written on each of these liners. Pretty bold to pull of such a statement NYX. The question is, is this eye liner really that good or is it just a scam? I’ve purchased them, I’ve tried them in a couple of looks and here you are, you beautiful people – a review served by me.

nyx

I myself purchased these four shades, mentioned from top to bottom:

SL 18 Glitzy Gold

SL 12 Azure 

SL 03 Pretty Violet 

SL 09 Tropical Green

I believe there are 16 shades in total, each one of them retails for 5,99 € / 8,00 $ – depending on where from you are purchasing it. NYX itself is very affordable, cruelty-free and in my opinion a pretty darn good brand.

The liner itself is very creamy and buttery, the appliance is easy and quick – but (!!!) if you want to do precise work with them the liner has to be sharpen first. The tip wears down pretty quick, so you have to sharpen it more often than other liners. The four shades I got are all mixed with glitter, so if you’re not into this, I wouldn’t recommend buying it. But then again, the liner itself is entitled as ‚extreme shine‘, so you gotta have to expect it anyway – so don’t act surprise!

nyx-swatch

As you can see in the swatch picture, the gold and the green are so pigmented, it’s insane. This is just one layer, so you can see, he pigmentation is there. The blue one is a little sheer and the violet one is patchy. You can layer them as often as you like, so there’s no problem it that but keep in mind, that you can’t really blend them out. I use them often in my makeup looks and they do stay on really long. For instance, I cleaned after I did the swatches my bathroom and had water and cleanser all over my hand and they were still on there. Not as intense as it was before, obviously, but still it’s there. And as I’m sitting here, writing this entry (I believe five hours after swatching them) they are still in place. I even tried smearing them but all my effort did, was spreading the glitter over my hand, which I don’t mind at all, since you can bath me in glitter and I would be the happiest girl on earth.

So would I recommend buying these liners? I do, I really do! They are affordable, look good and stay on – I guess the long kick ass name does pay off. I’m going to purchase at least 3 more shades.

Grunge me up

grunge-2

If asked, what comes to your mind when hearing the words „grunge“, a lot of people are going to drop things like: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, dirty, angry, frustrated, acting like you don’t care (though you probably do), cynical outlooks, resisting the urge to follow every trend there is and you could lead this list on and on.

But Grunge isn’t just a view on life, music or attitude – it became a fashion statement. Everyone, simply everyone out there knows the oversized flannel shirts, band tee’s, ripped jeans, boots, beanie looks. We’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we probably do it ourself. I am for sure, though I’m not adjusting my whole wardrobe to grunge. My grunge commitment is rather placed in the makeup department. I love me some grungy makeup.

Wait?… Grungy makeup? What does that mean? Well hello there, I got you! I’m going to tell you a few things about my favorite way to paint on my face. Just to be clear, it may not be the things everyone consider as grunge and some may have different opinions on that subject, which I do appreciate and respect, so please do respect my. And here you go with my little grungy twist.

First of all! Try to avoid looking super tan. It helps looking a little fairy – and believe me, I got this covered in a very special way. 😀

Grungy makeup tend to be in darker colors around the eyes, but in a dirty way – forget your classic smokey eyes – smudge the dark reds, maroons, browns or some blacks around your eyes. Dare yourself to drag it down. It has to look like you didn’t sleep the whole night. Don’t forget the black eyeliner – pack it on! But try to avoid a heavy wing. It’s not about glitter, not about shine. Try to keep the eyes matt.

The thing with the eyebrows… You can keep your brows unplucked, natural and undone but I do not like this option to be honest. Back in the 90s everyone had this thin brows, plugged to death – I got them myself for a long time. But in times with all these Cara Delevingne brows and the Instagram brows filling our screens day by day no one seems to like them anymore. And I do not like them myself. What were we thinking back then? Why did we do this to our faces? I don’t know anymore. Well bak to the brows. I like to fill in my brows, for I have very light, small brows which look ridiculous with any makeup look.

For lips pick up some of the darkest shades you have. If you do not wish to take such a huge risk, try your darkest nude color. I prefer dark, deep reds or browns. Some pick up a black lipstick, but since I’m wearing the grungy makeup on a daily basis almost, I pick something more suitable for work and life. But you do your thing, go ahead. Dirty red shades work perfectly fine as well. Nothing too shiny, nothing to pretty and clean please

Some say the grunge makeup may look a little sickening and the people look like they’re on crack or haven’t slept in days. This may be true, if you’re not careful in applying. I guess the things you see these days in grunge makeup and what I myself prefer is called the ‚modern grunge‘. It has these grungy vibes, but looks cleaner, without looking too clean – if you know what I mean 😉

This may not work for everyone out there, which I do get. But dare yourself and try it out. I’d love to hear your opinion about grungy makeup, so feel free to leave a comment down below.

 

 

Bloggen auf WordPress.com.

Nach oben ↑