Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New in

Well, some things are new but some are 'old, just never seen on my blog'. :) Anyway, I decided to show you my latest 'makeup and nails' purchases.

1. Catrice - Absolute Bright eyeshadow palette

I actually wanted the nude one, but then I saw this one and thought 'it's just so perfect for spring/summer' and I already have a nude palette from Beauty UK at home (+ I want one from Sleek) it went home with me. It's great as a highlighter or for a simple daytime look. 

2. Makeup Revolution - Good life eyeshadow

It's a beautiful taupe shimmer eyeshadow that is great for highlighting. I got it as a gift with my order on and I'm so glad because it's so pretty and useful.

3. Makeup Revolution - Iconic 3 eyeshadow palette

I won't say much about this one as I think it was mentioned on almost every beauty blog in the last two months. I couldn't decide between Iconic 1 and Iconic 3 but I'm happy I went with this one - the colors are just amazing.

4. Essie - chinchilly & fiji

My first two Essies! Can't say much about them because I haven't tested them properly yet - my nails are in a terrible shape and with all the studying I just can't seem to find the time.

4. Catrice Crushed Crystals - 06 call me princess

5. Deborah - 40 poppy reddish

6. Essence Beach Cruisers - 01 life is a beach wet & dry eyeshadow

7. Essence Viva Brasil - 01 everybody salsa eye & hair mascara

It was just one of those days when I go to DM to buy some water... I was feeling very summery (apparently) and I ended up with a yellow eyeshadow and a green mascara. That's very out of the box for me so I don't know when I'll wear them. But the eyeshadow is very pretty (gold-yellow mix) and the mascara is... well, green (and creepy when used on hair), but it works when you use it over a regular black one.

8. Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix - eye primer original

This is my first eye primer and I'm very satisfied with it. You don't need a lot of it to cover your eyelid because is very liquidy and the eyeshadows stay in place the whole day. It's also very cheap (4 euros on

9. MUA - eyeshadow brush E1

It's nothing special, I bought it because I didn't have enough items in my basket to make an order and this one was only 1.50 euros. It's nowhere near as good as my favorite Eco Tools eyeshadow brush but you can never have enough brushes, right?

10. Essence - 05 soft berry lip liner

I like it, but it's darker than I thought it would be. It will be perfect for fall.

11. Essence - 05 soft blonde eyebrow designer

This is one of my favorites, because it's light enough for my brows.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Empties #2

The second empties post featuring some more basic products I used up.

1. Balea Professional - Glossy Blond Shampoo

I've tried a lot of different shampoos, but I always seem to go back to this one. I just can't find a better one, especially for the price (less than 2 euros). It has blonde color pigments and UV-filter and it keeps my blonde hair shiny and pretty. I also like the conditioner and mask from the same line.

2. Balea Med - Duschgel mit Allantoin

I bought it because my skin often gets irritated by shampoos, shower gels,... and this one is supposed to be very soothing, moisturizing and anti-irritant (because of the allantoin). It was ok, didn't irritate my skin, but it was boring - plain smell, packaging and the 300ml goes a long way! I get sick of the smell very quickly, so that's my problem with all of Balea shower gels.

3. Essence Pure Skin - Anti-shine Pore Refining Serum

It is anti-shine, but it isn't pore refining - at least not with my huge pores. :) A very average product, but I like the mattifying effect and the fact that it sinks in fast. I combine it with my moisturizer, because it dries out my skin a bit when I use it on it's own. I would love to try a really effective pore refining serum/face primer kinda product - I just don't know which one? Any suggestions?

4. Lee Stafford - Poker Straight Shampoo & Conditioner

I wanted to try something different and a bit more expensive than Balea for my hair, so I decided to buy this travel size bottles from Lee Stafford. I must say I wasn't impressed - both products are very average. Way cheaper and just as good if not better is the Glossy Blond shampoo and conditioner from Balea mentioned before. I'm not saying it's a bad product, it just isn't anything special. I do have to admit it did make my hair a bit more straight.

5. L'Angelica - 100% Natural Purifying Fresh Breath Toothpaste

This one is a staple in my bathroom, I've been using it for around 2 years now. I like it very much, it's very fresh and minty. Currently I'm using Sante Mint toothpaste (it's good), but I like this one better, because it has a stronger and fresher taste.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shower scrubs: Body&Soul, Alverde and Balea

Currently I'm using 3 different shower scrubs and actually, I like them all! I noticed that I seem to gravitate towards fresh, summery scents and yellow/green packaging. :)

1. Body&Soul - Aloe Vera Duschpeeling (with 60% aloe vera, green tea and apricot pits)

It's a great scrub, I already used up one a few years ago and the best thing are the ingredients (it has aloe vera as the first ingredient!) so it's very good for the skin. Very soothing. It also smells nice, it has a very gentle smell (the best out of the three scrubs). You can buy it in Muller for around 4 euros for 200ml. I recommend.

2. Alverde - Cellulite Dusch-Peeling (lemon rosemary)

This one is also very well tested by me, I used up 2 already. It's supposed to help with cellulite - it does have caffeine very high on the ingredients list and also a whole bunch of essential oils, but I won't say if it helps because I'm a firm believer that any scrubbing, exfoliating or massaging is good against cellulite. :) The smell is kinda strong (not my favorite) and I really don't know why they added perfume, limonene and linalool to all those essential oils. You can buy it in DM for around 4 euros for 150ml.

3. Balea - Dusch Peeling (buttermilk & lemon)

The last but not least, this one is from Balea and it's probably the most basic out of the three. It's from a limited edition, so I don't know if you can still buy it, but if you can it's from DM and costs around 2 euros for 200ml. The smell is nice and not too strong, the texture is also good. All three of them have similar texture (you can see it on the photo below) - Alverde is the most gentle and Balea is the roughest (there's a better word, I know, but I can't remember it).

And just to finish in style (with another citrusy smell and yellow packaging) I would also reccomend this shower gel from Alverde because it just smells sooo good, so at least you gotta give it a sniff at the drugstore. :)