Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Oriflame OnColour Big Lash Mascara - did it pass the hot weather test?

The OnColour line by Oriflame wouldn't be complete without something to accentuate the eyes, add depth and settle everything. Took this little thing on vacation with me and I was a bit reluctant to test a new mascara being away from my comfort zone. But what's a vacation without emotions and stress?

As you can see it has a more cheerful look that combines perfectly with the durable package. The applicator is nice, not something I have never seen before. You can use it easily without a problem. It doesn't make your lashes get together for a summer reunion, basically you won't have a problem with the formula.
You can find the product here.

Like I said before, I tested it on my holiday and I was nervous, I didn't want to have any surprises while I was visiting different museums and places (I'll tell you more about our travel experience in a future post). I would apply it in the morning and remove it at night, after hours of walking and being kissed by the sun. At some point I would check up on it, but no surprises found, it stayed on my lashes beautifully, without leaving any shadows underneath. 

That is the most important thing for me, that I didn't have to worry about it and it stayed put an entire day. Now let's speak about what magic it has on the lashes. It made my lashes thicker but didn't have an impressive effect on making them longer. It didn't pass my lenses test - if my lashes leave dark lines on my lenses it means the mascara made them longer, right? 

It wasn't like it didn't have any effect, like I said, the lashes were beautiful and from what I read they also said it contains vitamin B5 which is meant for nourishing your lashes. To know that something is being cared of while it has a relatively heavy product on it, it's both refreshing and nice. Now that I think about it, my lashes didn't seem so affected even though I used it almost daily (4 days in a row). Black is the only shade available.

Removing it takes time, but it also shows how much product a few layers have. On the other hand, being away from home meant I didn't have a proper eye make-up removal, so don't panic, it will probably go away with your mascara remover.

All in all, I had a really good experience with this mascara. It is comfortable to wear and for me that's a big deal. If you want a more dramatic mascara, it didn't make my lashes insanely longer, it was decent. 

Don't forget to enjoy your summer and your make-up.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

OnColour Oriflame Perfect Duo Eye Pencil - approaching old things in new ways

Never been a fan of pencils, I always thought they were difficult to use, you need to sharpen them continuously, otherwise the little edges might hurt you. Not to mention that every time I used them they would have a mirror effect, if I wanted to draw a plain eye line, it would always reflect on the waterline. Basically, I had to do many check ups and I don't want to be nervous about my make-up.

For many years I had avoided eye pencils and who thought the chaotic 2019 would bring some light into ... well, my eyes. The first time I tested it I wanted to check up how is the formula, I didn't pay much attention to the colors. The formula is soft and easy to blend, except for an end of the Blue & Sapphire, but it gave in ultimately. The application was done and now I was eager to find out if it would last or I would get smokey eyes unintentional and horrible looking.

As I was looking in the mirror waiting for a small mistake to appear, I realized the colors are not that bad. The Green & Turquoise compliment my brown eyes really good. I remembered I commented on one of my partner's article that I wanted to see her with the blue eyeliner she was talking about, thinking it was an interesting idea. With these pencils I got to see with my own eyes, or I'd better say on my own eyes.

The colors are beautiful, they are dark but noticeable and the shimmer on some shades is made for me. I'm kidding. What I'm trying to say is that they put effort to make these colors special and look at the best part, with only a pencil you get two colors which may seem alike, but each has its magic. I could stare a lot at the blue shades, the shimmer is captivating and makes me think of a starry sky but in daylight if that makes sense.

Anyway, speaking of imagination, the ways to use these pencils are versatile. You can use them as an eyeliner by drawing a simple, fine line to cheer up you look without looking dramatic or play with both colors, you can also use one and make it look like eye shadow and use the other one to highlight the underline.

You can find the product here.

They do transfer on the inferior lid, but you have to be careful if you retouch your make-up throughout the day; with one small move you can disturb it. That is the only thing I didn't like, but even this one is easy to take care of. No other words needed, you just have to relax, enjoy a colorful summer and don't forget your sharpener.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

OnColour Perfecting Concealer Stick – a stick to solve your summer issues

It has been a while since I started using concealer sticks, they are convenient to carry around and fix things whenever you got a problem. We are not getting into the debate if we should use concealer prior or after the foundation, will just going to appreciate and debate if the OnColour Perfecting Concealer Stick is worth using.

First of all, concealer can be used in so many different ways. From lighting up certain areas of your face, to diminish the dark circles that sleep and water can’t, a concealer stick is something to look after. You can see here other ways to use concealer.

Back to the subject, Oriflame promised us a concealer that hides blemishes and evens out the skin for a fresh look. Due to its hydrating formula it leaves the skin smooth and nice. They are very clear when giving instructions, the concealer is to be used after foundation around the eyes and then on every imperfection you have.

The thing I’m not certain about is that they say you can use it as a highlighter on the cheekbones, chin, forehead and under the eyebrows. When I’m thinking of highlighter I’m imagining something really shinny that you have to be careful about because if you put too much your face is going to look like a chandelier. After trying to use it as a highlighter I realized what they were insinuating; that you face doesn’t have to look like a light bulb to inspire elegance. Looking back, Oriflame is about loving and taking care of you with elegance.

Furthermore, it makes more sense that using the concealer as a highlighter has a more subtle result looking at the OnColour line in general. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful, you don’t need something shinny to distract the eye from the pleasure of looking at something so joyful.

There are two shades available: Natural Beige which I have and Light Ivory. You may think it is limited in terms of shades, but it’s concealer after all. My skin is getting darker every day, especially because I am now in a more close relationship with the sun and don’t spend all my time in the office (the advantages of vacay) and I don’t see any difference when using it. The point is even if it’s not your shade, you can even it out with some foundation, case in which you have to use it prior to the foundation and we’re back at that subject again.

You can find the product here.

The formula is easy to blend and has a medium level of coverage. If the skin is dried it will show so make sure to drink water and stay hydrated. If I use it under my eyes it will always gather in the fine lines underneath but it something that has happened with all the concealers I had before.

You never know when an emergency occurs so it is very handy that you posses something like this. Don’t forget it is summer and anything could happen.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hydro Effect by Cien Serum Review - can it compete with more expensive serums?

As I mentioned before in one of my Instagram posts, hydration is what matters to me the most lately. Maybe because is summer and I’m over-stressed (not because it is summer), but I want to prevent any damage to my skin. This serum has duo-hyaluronic acid and is dedicated for those who have very dry skin, or the hydration seekers like me.

It says it is absorbed fast due to its texture that is very water alike. Wouldn’t jump to confirm that, it does not have a high rate of absorption, but I don’t mind it. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like a snail and because it is a serum it is understandable.

You have to apply it in the mornings and evenings. I jump the night application because I like to let my skin breathe, I will explain more about my skincare routine in a post dedicated to it. Back to the subject, this serum has a nice, bubbly, colorless substance and just a pump is enough for me. Made the mistake to take three pumps at the first trying and I ended up with far more serum than I needed. I think it smells like the face cream I tested long ago from Cien, it is subtle and not disturbing.

The formula is easy to apply; in fact I would describe it as slippery. It is very easy to spread it across your face and that’s a plus because time is so precious in the morning, right? However, it remains a little sticky on the face; it reminded me of the face masks from Aliexpress.

The package is alluring and while the whole line is easy on the eyes, these products represent something more than aesthetic and good quality. It’s about the fact that they are good beyond their price. I have tried more expensive products, I even have one more serum I want to tell you about in the future, but it has came to my realization that skincare is affordable. Do not expect the best quality out there, but realize it is a step.
There is one problem I have is with the way it works technically.

The cap is not in front of the product, where the name is, but in the back. It has a cool open-close system, but it just diminishes its value. It wouldn’t be a big thing, but for someone who has an eagle eye like me and pays attention to details, it is important.

Would I buy it again? I hope Cien improves the formula and if they release something similar I would definitely buy.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Oriflame OnColour Cream Lipsticks – brighten the summer up!

It passed so long since I used a creamy, not matte lipstick. The world needs to remember there are other types of lipsticks too. And the OnColour line by Oriflame has so many shades to choose from. Summer is the moment to show your bubbly personality and test new things. And, of course, be more colorful.

That is the purpose of the OnColour line, to express yourself freely and enjoy color. Sure, nudes are gorgeous, but we have been wearing them for so long. And they cannot stand near the red lipstick legend.

Back to our subject, the three shades I possess are Deep Red, Clover Lilac and Bright Pink. They are very different and suit a wide range of both age and skin type. The whole line has 20 shades and I think you have plenty summer boosters to cheer up your summer.

When I first saw them I was a bit reluctant due to the package. Flashbacks of the Miss Sporty lipstick came and I was scared I would often lose the cap or worse, it would break. The past is the past and these cream lipsticks from Oriflame are nothing like that. Even though the plastic may seem cheap, it is resistant and the cap holds on the rest of it perfectly. I even have a small grin of satisfaction every time I close it and I hear the click. Another thing I respect about the package; a thing you I have complained about in the past on other products is the writing on them. It’s such a turn off when it fades away. But good news, with these lipsticks I didn’t have to worry because even after my bag’s test, they lasted completely.

When it comes to the formula, it is pigmented and the colors are strong, what you see is what you get. It is very easy to apply them, you have to be careful about the edges, but it goes smoothly altogether. My lips are very dried recently so I can’t tell very well if they are bad from this point of view. The thing that is sure is that it didn’t make my lips worse.
Speaking of resistance, they do last longer than a few creamy lipsticks I had before, but it’s a cream lipstick after all. You shouldn’t expect it to last all day. That’s why it’s important that applying it is easy.

Deep Red
Bright Pink
Clover Lilac

Would I use it again? There is a kind of shade I had been looking to try, they call it Apricot Coral and because I have tested these three shades, I have now an idea of how it should be and look on my lips. They are fun to use and the price is super affordable so I can’t see any reason why you should not brighten this summer up.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Oriflame OnColour Nail Polish - why haven't we talked about nail polish before?

An important topic we are beginning to talk just now is nail polish. We thought we should share the nail polish we use the most. I haven’t used gel before; in fact next week I’m doing my nails for the first time. With nail polish, however, I have experience so I’m going to share with you what are the products I’m using right now and what’s hot on the market.

Oriflame has launched a new, colorful line, which fits perfectly the summer with 15 shades and 5 shimmery delights. They vary so much, it will be impossible not to find something to suit you. The shades I have are Vivid raspberry and Cherry Burgundy, the last one being part of the shimmery sub-unit.

The package is simple and clean and with 5 ml it will last you enough not to get bored. Honestly, I don’t know why some nail polish has more than that, it makes me bored to know I have it for so long and it won’t finish already. Also, we all know time is not only aging us, but products too and after a while the products doesn’t work the same. The brush is thick enough to make applying very easy.

I’m not a fan of double layers except if the nail polish is really pretty. Usually, I put a good amount and work with it and if I’ll be careful enough to let it dry properly then everything goes according to plan. I got really lucky because these colorful little miracles match my laziness. I applied only a thick layer and they were good to go. In the pictures you’ll see them and even without a top coat they look good. However, I would advise to use a top coat, it makes them last longer and protects the color.

Vivid Raspberry
Cherry Burgundy

Another thing to appreciate about the formula is that it evens out and gives the nail a smooth, clean look. They dry out pretty fast so you don’t have to be worried you’ll ruin it. Excuse my cuticles; I am now using a nail treatment that is drying out any skin around the nails.

Would I use it again? Yes. Nails are important and having a nice manicure gives us confidence so it’s important to balance quality with playfulness. This line has so any shades to choose from and another two have my attention; these are Juicy Peach and the mysterious Shimmery Mulberry. Like I said before, it’s nice to have options, and when you  have good options, you can have them all.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

L’Oreal Paris Hydra Specialist

Bought this in the spring if I recall correctly and it has been integrated in my routine ever since. It’s dedicated for mixt and normal complexion. Vitamins E and B5 are meant to protect the skin from external influences and maintain a high level of hydration. More important than this is that it contains UV protection.

It is more expensive than other face creams, but it’s not over the top. I like it and I’m normally very picky picky. The package is nice, white and heavy. It looks and is little and it only has 50 ml, but when you hold it in your hand is heavy. Maybe I should practice more. A sport, not shopping. Anyway, I have nothing to complain about the design; I actually like it very much.

When it comes to the results of applying it, I usually use it in the morning. The smell is also one of those I tolerate. I’d rather not use something if I don’t like the way it smells. However, describing smells is difficult. The cream smells like mint and honey, but that’s just my opinion.

It can be applied very easily and it’s absorbed the same way. Haven’t had any problems with it. It smooths the skin and leaves it plump and hydrated. The effect lasts until the evening. The thing I appreciate about it is that now it is summer and even if my face gets a little sweaty for the heat or running after the bus, it doesn’t become shinny or uncomfortable. And that’s a major plus.

My skin tends to be a little oily at times and it’s like anything I put then doesn’t help it. This cream hydrates it and doesn’t make me hate it. Maybe because the level of hydration is above minimum, it makes your skin hydrated in the inside, that I don’t mind it. And if it’s so comfortable on my skin, I can’t imagine how nice would it fit someone with normal skin.

Would I buy it again? To be honest, I would buy it again. There were others from the same line so I would definitely like to try those. However, because I had such a comfortable and relaxing time with this one, I don’t see problem in using it again. It fitted and solved all the problems I had recently with my skin, including not be hydrated enough, stress and city pollution. Well, it didn’t solved pollution, but it helped me face it better. Did you notice it, to “face better”? #mylamepuns

Take care of yourselves and have fun, it’s summer after all.