Sunday, 30 November 2014

Update: Finish 6 by Xmas

I am so excited to share with you my update on my "finish 6 by Xmas" challenge.
My Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer is starting the get harder to squeeze out of the tube and I could not be happier about it. Don´t get me wrong the product is not bad but it´s just the wrong color (medium) for me and realized that I prefer foundations over tinted moisturizers.

The Maybelline eraser concealer in "fair" is about to be done. Maybe two more weeks and this should be empty. I still think this is the wrong shade for me (I prefer "light" over "fair") but it is not as bad once applied and blended in, which makes it easier for me to use.

My Urban Decay primer potion is still going but after using this little travel size for the last 6 months (yes you read right, this little travel size lasted me 6 months!) it is about to be empty, I can feel and see it.

I took the stopper out of the Urban Decay sample size lip gloss in "naked" and although it´s still going I reckon it should be gone within no time now. 

I have some concerns whether I will be able to finish my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in "Espresso" by Christmas although I have been useing this liner every single day. I really like Bobbi Brown gel liners and something tells me this won´t be my last.

My Catrice lip liner in "rosewood" will probably last me one more week before it is gone. I not only lined my lips with it but also filled them in with in (see picture below). I have been enjoying using the "naked" gloss on top of the liner, nonetheless I will be happy when I finally finish this product and can move onto something else.

All in all I am very happy with my progress and hope to able to finish everything by Christmas. Are you also trying to finish some of make-up products before the end of the year?


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

NotW: Essence "Gold Old Buffy"

I was going over my nail polish collection the other day and I found these two limited edition nail polishes from "Essence" and felt inspired to create this nail design.

How to recreate this design:

1. Apply two coats of Essence "Gold Old Buffy".

2. Once the nail polish has completely dried take your stamping plate (I got mine from Ebay) and go over it with your metallic nail color. Then scrape the excess and careful stamp the design on your nails.
I chose to stamp the design on all of my nails but if you prefer you can do it on one nail only for a little accent. 

3. Apply one coat of your favorite top coat and while the polish is still wet careful apply your rhinestone in the middle of your flower design.

4. Finally apply another coat of your top coat to secure the rhinestone and make your design last even longer.

 Hope you liked this nail polish design!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

BUY or SKIP? Rimmel "Wake me up" foundation


Price: £9/$17/€12 

Content: 30ml

 Available at: Superdrug, Boots, Asda, Asos

 Shade: 100 Ivory (6 shades to choose from)


The foundation has a slight sheen/shimmer which in my opinion is responsible for the "radiant glow" it claims to have. So if you like a glowy foundation finish you should definitely...BUY! If however you prefer a matt finish you might want to SKIP it!

If you like a light coverage then you might want to SKIP it! On the other hand if you prefer a medium to high coverage...BUY!

My biggest issue with this foundation is the color range. The lightest shade I have found is "100 Ivory" and it is just too dark for me (especially) during winter months (I am a NC25 at MAC in summer so it works fine then). So if you a have a light complexion (MAC NC15, maybe even NC20) you should definitly SKIP it! 

PLUS POINTS: I like that the foundation comes with a pump as it makes it easier to control how much product you are applying. I don´t think having a pump is a deal maker or breaker but definitely a plus when considering which foundation to purchase!

 Hope this helps you on your decision whether to BUY or SKIP this foundation!


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Nail Polish Essentials you should own

This post could also have been called my most repurchased nail polishes, but I feel the products I am about to show you are more so my essentials when it comes to painting my nails. I always have one (most likely two or three of them in stock) because I am constantly using them and cannot imagine my life without them anymore.
Essence "Ultra strong nail hardener"
Last year I was having a tough time with my nails. They were very weak and would break off constantly. Some nails were even peeling/ chipping which is why I was desperate to find something to help me fix it. I tried a ton of different hardening nail polishes and even put off painting my nails for a while but noting seem to do the trick until I found this one hardening polish.

I absolutely love it. I can finally grow my nails without them breaking off as soon as hit something. The peeling stopped and they feel stronger to the touch. Now that they are stronger I don´t use it every time I paint my nails but every other day to keep them strong. For only 2 Euros/Pounds/Dollars this product is not only a true steal but a life saver!

Essence "Better than gel nails top sealer"
It´s pretty safe to say that this is my most repurchased nail polish as I have buying this top coat for the last 3-4 years. It´s an amazing top coat and I highly encourage you to check it out if you haven´t already. It leaves the nails with a beautiful sheen (which is very gel alike) and dries quite fast. It is worth every penny and luckily 3 Euros/Pounds/Dollars are not so many.

Essence "White stampy polish"
I absolutely love stamping on my nails which by now probably is not a big revelation to you. Stamping polishes however be hard to find, in particular white ones as they need to have the right coverage in order for the white to show up on the nails. When Essence launched this stamping polish I was thrilled. I works perfectly for stamping, although I will admit that after about 3/4 being used the polish dries up but honestly how cares for only 1,5 Euros/Pounds/Dollars. I like this product so much that I currently have 4 backups at home because I fear they might discontinue it someday. I know. Silly, right? But on the other hand better safe than sorry. 

The following two products are relatively new in terms of how long I have been using them (probably under a year) but I also have grown to love them and wanted to share them with you as well. 
Essence "Ultra gloss nail shine"
I think my mom originally bought this top coat for me and I must say I am glad she did. It is definitely a fast dry top coat that is very liquid, so it runs fast on your nails. I personally prefer a more gel alike consistency because I love the sheen that it gives to your nails. But if you don´t really care about the finish itself and you are looking for a good top coat, this might be it. It´s definitely worth checking out.

Seche Vite
One of the most hyped up top coats out there and I do understand why. This is the fastest drying top coat I have ever owned. Within seconds I am good to go. By the time you are finish painting your second hand the first one has already dried. As I haven´t tested this nail polish as long I would like and the price is definitely higher than with my two Essence ones I can´t really say it’s a all-time favorite. Nonetheless I am glad to have it, especially for those days that hurray to get out the door.

 Do you  have any nail polish essentials you can´t live without?

Monday, 10 November 2014

NotW: Catrice "Sandhopper"

When "Catrice" launched the "Luxery Lacquers" nail polishes back in march 2014 my heart skipped a beat. I am not even kidding, they all just looked so beautiful and sparkly, I just had to have them. Today I want to share with you one of my favorites out of that collection "Sandhopper".
How to recreate this design:
1. Apply two coats of "Sandhopper" nail polish.

2. Once completly dry take a darker teal nail polish (I used Essence "Choose me") and a apply some drops on a sponge. Then carefully start "stamping" it on to your nails.

3. Take a Q-Tip and clean out the edges of your nails and you are done! 

Tip: Just slightly damp the sponge with nail polish. You can always apply more nail polish on your sponge to reach the desired intensity on your nails.
What do you think about ombre nail designs with sandstyle nailpolishes, yeay or nay?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Monthly Empties: October 2014

Nivea "sunny melon" shower gel // 250ml //~£2
I love melon (and coconut) scented products and this one is great. It’s not a very strong melon fragrance but it smells really nice and does a good job at moisturizing my skin (or at least at not drying it up). The only thing I missed is the foam which is probably missing due to the little oil beads in it. Anyway, it’s a great product which I definitely would repurchase.

Johnsons & Johnsons face wash // 200ml //~£3
There is nothing bad I can say about this face wash. It cleaned my face well and didn´t dry it up which is alwayls a plus. Would I repurchase it? Maybe. Right now I am looking forward to trying out other ones out there, like the hot cloth cleanser from Soap and Glory which so far I have been really enjoying.

Simple soothing eye balm //15ml //
I would say that this eye cream has a very light consistency, almost liquid. I wish it would be a bit more thicker. I really like the packaging because I think it’s more sanitizing to squeeze product out of a little tube rather than to dig your finger into a little jar. Overall not a bad product but nothing I was really impressed with.

Clinique gel moisturizer // 7ml // ?
Again I don´t think this is a bad product but it´s nothing I would repurchase at the moment. I used this mostly over summer, whenn I wanted a light moisturizer, now that winter is around the corner I need something more moisturizing if you know what I mean. 

E45 Moisturizing Lotion // 200ml // ~£3
The lotion claims to "soften and smooth your skin" and I can 100% agree with it. My skin did feel super soft and smooth after applying this lotion yet for some funny reason it didn´t feel like it was moisturizing it. I know it may sound weird, but I felt like that soft smooth feeling was only temporary. Not sure if I would repurchase it. 

Ponds cold cream // 50ml // ~£5
I bought this cream because I saw that Dulce (DulceCandy87) used it in her night time skin routine to take off her make-up and I wanted to try it out. While it does take off my face makeup nicely I had a really hard time removing my eye makeup, especially my mascara (which by the way is not waterproof). I will say that the cream leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized but I need to use an additional eye makeup remover, I wouldn´t repurchase it.

TRESemme split remedy hair masque // 300ml // ~£5
I am constantly trying out different hair masques. This one was ok. It honestly didn´t do anything great but also anything bad (like drying out my hair or so). Would I repurchase it? Probably not.

What have you used up this month?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

TAG: Finish 6 by Xmas

The lovely Amber F (here) started this TAG on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and I really liked the idea of finishing some products by Christmas, which is why I decided to join and try to finish up 6 products. Wish me luck!
1. Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer in "light/medium"
I have been trying to use this up for ages, which is why this is a great candidate for this project. I just hope to actually be able to finish it by Christmas. 

2. Urban Decay primer potion (travel size)
This little travel size came with the UD Smoked palette and as soon as I finish it I will be repurchasing the full size. There is not too much left, so I think this should go rather fast.

3. Maybelline the eye eraser concealer in "fair"
I love the Maybelline eye eraser as a drugstore concealer. "Fair" however is the wrong shade for me as it has a slightly reddish undertone. I prefer a more brightening shade (like "light"), which is why this one has to go.

4. Urban Decay "naked" Lipgloss (sample size) 
I absolutely love that this gloss tastes and smells like fresh mint as it gives me the feeling of fresh brushed teeth. Too bad they discontinued it. 

5. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in "Espresso"
I mentioned in my "hit the pan" post, that this liner was starting to dry up, so what better opportunity to use it up than to include it in my finish 6 by Xmas project. Let´s see how far I get. 

6. Catrice lip liner in "Rosewood"
I never really use lip liner (especially nude/rose ones) which is why I wanted to include this product. It´s just taking up space in my collection, so it needs to go.

Are you also joing the challenge?