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Archive for the month “February, 2016”

Lancôme La Base Pro Primer

I’ve been preparing for the baby during the past week, hence the laziness here… 😉

Skin primers made their appearance a few years ago, claiming to do all sorts of wonders – smoothing, resurfacing, blurring fine lines…I’ve tried a few skin primers so far, yet to be convinced I really need this in my already too lengthy morning beauty routine (just ask my husband)!

Lancôme La Base Pro Primer claims to be inspired by make-up artist techniques, Lancôme reveals the secret for a perfect complexion! An ultra-soft, translucent make-up base to smooth skin surface and boost make-up staying power.

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However, it certainly does make skin a lot smoother, so this might help if your skin is not as smooth as you’d like it to be or if there’s some acne scarring. Moreover, make-up glides on more easily but, as it’s silicone-based, oil tends to show through in 2-3 hours…So, I’m afraid I couldn’t really justify the hefty price tag for a little bit of extra smoothness! That being said, if your skin is rather damaged or you live in a very cold area this might become your HG product!

Would I repurchase? No. 😦

Next:  Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique

Any better experiences with primers? 😉

 

 

 

 

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Syoss Color Refresher (for cool blonds)

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea why I even bought this when I already knew that this brand just doesn’t agree with my hair and scalp. I’ve tried a couple of their products in the past and have always ended up with scalp irritations and limp, greasy hair. Anyhow, I picked Syoss Color refresher (for cool blonds) up in vain hope of trying to remove brassiness from my dyed blond hair.

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Unfortunately, the official page is in German (and German only!). On the box it says that it should be applied to wet hair in the shower and left on for 3 minutes. It has a non-dripping mousse formula which is supposed to make hair shinier and refresh the colour. So basically it’s a DIY touch-up between salon visits. Does it do what it should?

I’m afraid there is no change in hair colour, nor did it neutralize the brassy tones

my hair was soft and manageable, but also very greasy the next day…

quite cheap (around 4€ / 4$ / 3£)

+ on the other hand, it did make my hair shinier and is really easy to use

I threw it away after 2 or 3 applications as I found no real use for a color refresher that doesn’t refresh the color at all :D. There is enough product for up to 6 applications depending on hair thickness and length, though.

Would I repurchase? Not really.

Overall: 2/5

Do you have any recommendations for a decent color refresher?

Tomorrow: Lancôme La Base Pro Primer

 

 

 

February wishlist

This is what I’m lusting after this month:

1.) Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Highlighter

The picture speaks for itself :in love:

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2.) Chanel Coco Shine in ,,Boy”

It seems I’m into Chanel this month 😉

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3.) Tatcha Camelia Cleansing Oil

Very luxurious brand inspired by Japan. As every true beauty junkie knows, cleansing oils have stayed the hype in the beauty world for the past few years…and with a reason! Nothing else melts waterproof makeup in a second! Since I tried the Cleansing Oil by Shu Uemura I’m a true convert. I’ll always be grateful to the lady in Covent Garden SU for generously providing me with samples!

Tatcha Camelia CO looks so sleek and luxurious…The best thing is I might find it in the post in a few days as Tatcha has contacted me for reviewing certain products on the blog – I’m so excited as it will be my first pro review! 🙂

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4.) MAC Blot Powder Pressed

Some other MAC pressed powders have been a disappointment in the past but would like to try this one nevertheless. Have you tried it? If so, leave a comment and help a fellow beauty junkie :D.

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5.) Aveda Blue Malva Color Conditioner

Supposedly neutralizes those nasty brassy tones in blonde hair – just what I need!

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Drop me a line below if you have experience with any of these products or just want me to visit your blog 😉

Tomorrow: Syoss Color Refresher

 

CND Shellac Nail Polish review

I’m one of those women who loves high-end cosmetics. I get satisfaction from nice, quality packaging, shiny tubes…that I almost always find lacking in high-street cosmetics. I’d rather have one decent lip gloss than 10 dupes…I believe I’ve adopted a similar attitude towards my men over the years as well. 🙂

I guess that’s why I gave much raved CND Shellac Nail Polish a go. It’s supposed to last for two weeks or more, basically it should stay put until one decides to take it off. Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on!

What the company says:

The original system that delivers 14+ days of flawless wear, superior color and mirror shine with zero dry-time and no nail damage.

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My experience:

In a nutshell – if you like getting your nails professionally done, don’t crave the change every few days and don’t mind some degree of nail damage, this is for you.

  • it does last for 14+ days without chipping
  • really shiny and flawless
  • gets done in no time (30 minutes tops, along with prep and buffing)
  • not too expensive

But:

  • my normally very healthy nails are left quite damaged after just one application 😦

So, I decided it’s not for me after all… I meant to take some photos of my nails with bright new Shellac on, but forgot somehow! :/

What’s your experience with Shellac?

Tomorrow: February Wishlist

 

 

 

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