Saturday, June 22, 2019

My morning routine and what products I love using



First of all..shame, shame..shame for me because I haven’t wrote a blog post since..ages. I will not try to find excuses, I just haven’t  wrote anything in the last period of time. But, as summer has come I got inspired by ‘minimal’ in every area that I can think of: clothing, makeup, skin care, hair care, nails,body.
And I have decided to write about my minimal lifestyle journey here, in a few blog post.
To start with, I will tell you about my morning routine and some products that I like to use. 

Firstly, I take a shower in the evening, just because I am not a morning person and also I got use to it in the evenings, otherwise I can’t sleep. So, not much for my body care in the morning, just the necessary hygiene things. Then, for my face, I just refresh it with cold water and rinse the excess with a towel. Some days, when I feel my skin is a little greasy I clean it with the Vichy Normaderm cleansing gel, which really deserves a full blog post, because it is amazing! Then I usually brush my teeth and that is mainly it.
Moving on, I start applying make-up. And, as I have told you earlier, in the summer I tend to opt for a minimal, fresh make up. I discovered the MAC strobe cream, which is a really nice base for my makeup and it gives my skin a natural pinkish glow. Then, depends of the state of my skin I apply a BB cream, CC cream or a foundation. My current favorites are: Bourjois bb cream and Maybeline Affinitone Foundation. Then I fill in my eyebrows with that nice gel from Essence.
Sometimes, when I am it a mood , or I wear neutral colored clothes, I like to apply a messy line of blue or green eyeliner. I love that green one from Essence , but also the blue from Oriflame.
I stopped using mascara in the last few weeks , and honestly just because , at the end of the day I am to bored to remove it J)
I usually do not use a powder, but I should start using one, because my skin starts to get really oily during the hot days. So, any recommendations, I am happy to try J
I like to apply a little bronzer on the high parts of my skin, where the sun would kiss it.
Finally, I apply some lipstick. Usually I am on a rush, and also , during the day, I just have to much work , so I don’t have time not even to think that I have lipstick on my lips, so I prefer applying in the morning some kind of lipbalm, or a little mate lipstick that give me some color.
And, that’s it. I do nothing with my hair in the morning, not ever brush it. Maybe I just go with my hand through it to bring back the volume.
When I feel like..I wanna attract today, I apply a little bit of my favorite summer perfume, Naturelle by Yves Rocher.

Et voila… I am good to go!

Alexandra, what is your morning routine?

Coming up next, my night time routine. Stay tuned.

M. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sleek Matte Me Ultra smooth matte lip cream






Got this as a present from my make-up gorgeous partner and friend and I’m reviewing it just now because I’ve been using it more lately. Cute packaging, nice formula and beautiful color, what more can you ask? Sounds perfect, right? Now, let’s find out what secrets is this little thing hiding.

The shade I have is Petal and I saw on their site that they have 20 shades available, a pretty vast range of choice.

The 6 ml package is, from the visual point of view, classy and even though it has the black cap, it makes every shade look elegant. Besides that, it is resistant, the edges were untouched after surviving in my purse, the writing was also intact, nothing to complain about. The applicator is firm; it takes a little practice to get the fine lines, but it is more than acceptable.



They promise a long lasting color throughout the day, but that only happens if you don’t eat, drink water, kiss, etc. You got the idea, if you stay like a doll all day then any lipstick would last. This one lasts more, but it’s not any lipstick, I mean Sleek has stepped up their game and we expect nothing less.

The formula is airy and has a nice feeling without excessively drying the lips. What they said was true; you don’t really need a second coat. The first contact with the lip cream will be surprising because it has a brighter color and you’ll think “What have I done?”. But as it dries you’ll get the wanted color, don’t worry. I like to apply a layer than even it with a brush or simply with my fingers. You have to do it quick, before it dries. Of course, you could touch it up after the first coat, but it implies the second coat and it could get messy. The chances for it to cake and flake rise, so it’s better to keep it minimal. It also depends on your style.

When I first saw the color I thought it was a perfect shade to wear in the winter, when my skin is paler. Didn’t think it would fit my caramelized skin that I get as soon as the sun is more powerful. But guess what? It does suit me and that’s great. You don’t have to be limited if you have a certain skin color. Make-up should be limitless.

Would I buy it again? I would, but I’d like to try a different color. Don’t get me wrong, this color is beautiful, but they have so many choices and girls just wanna have fun.

Embrace color and have a beautiful day.
A.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Essence Plumping Nudes Lipgloss




You know the feeling when you see a really really cute product and you think "Nah, I already have enough lipsticks."? But you end up buying it anyway because you can't resist it. That was the case for me and this lip gloss.

Usually they are not my favorite, they just fade away so easily and fast and are never in the shade they are portrayed. Like never. And that's a pity because you have certain expectations when you buy something.

The picture isn't something you'd usually see on this blog, it was just a random pic to celebrate Friday and I had no idea it would be so handy one day. Two weeks ago I purchased this lip gloss and a big part of my decision, besides the price, was the aspect. They are simply beautiful and classy. Little did I know the reason why I bought this would vanish so quickly.

The lip gloss itself is nice, they had a wide range of nudes, all with sassy names like: 01 xxl charm, 02 big softie, 03 she's so extra, 04 that's big, 05 bold love, 06 big bang and 07 so heavy!. Who wouldn't fall for something so playful?

It lasts to some extend, better than any lip-gloss I've had so far. If you use a bit of foundation prior to application then you get the shade approximately. Does it make your lips look plumper? I would say yes, but then again any lip gloss does that. In my opinion it has something to do with light reflection and because they seem to transcend the lip boundaries.

The shades are natural and provide the means for that kind of look. However, the coolest thing about this lip gloss is the cooling effect. It's a joyful sensation and it lasts a while, just enough to enjoy it and not become annoying. At least you'll have the feeling of plump lips.

Now, let's get to the dirty business. Everything was fine, I was getting used to the transition from matte to glossy, from lipstick to lip gloss and then the disaster happened. Even though I bought it two weeks ago, I didn't use it so often and tried to conserve it at its best for when I'll do the proper review. And one happy day I decided to write about it and got it off my bag and the shock came. Nearly all the inscription on it, even the label were practically vanished. There is only a bit of the golden design left as you can see in the picture below.




Can't express my condolences for the pretty glamorous design. I started to panic because I knew I can't post a picture with a product looking like that. Luckily, I remembered I had that picture to show to you how that lip gloss looked in its original state. Don't imagine my bag has rocks in it, but I guess it's just like any other normal lady's bag. Maybe Essence should have considered making a special case for them, how cute would that be? Like mini-coffins for lip glosses or let me use the term tiny boxes not to spook you. Just a subtle suggestion, Essence.

How should I wrap this up? The product was great, it just had a big disappointment attached. Would I buy it again? Can't really say that and it's not just because of what happened with the package. Lip glosses tend to last longer as a product, but we have to comply that everything has good and bad parts.

Happy weekend, dears!
A.