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!!!

 

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 😉

 

 

 

♡ 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.

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(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.

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

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!

 

 

♡ Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins ♡

Ever heard of sugarbearhair?

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(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?

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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.

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