22/08/2014

Soap & Glory Hand Dream Super Cream review

Soap & Glory Hand Dream Super Cream review

For the past month I have been using this Soap & Glory Hand Dream Super Cream religiously and I am amazed how good it is - even better than Hand Food (review)! Containing AHAs and botanicals to stimulate cell renewal and ultra-nourishing oils with a clinically proven moisture complex help to seriously soften skin, it made my dry hands feel nourished and pampered. I am a huge fan of Soap & Glory scent, so this cream definitely has an added bonus for me. Well, I'm not gonna lie - 24 hour moisturising effect is not necessarily true and I tend to apply it as often as any other hand cream, but it still does more that other counterparts. It is really fast absorbent although may feel heavy for a few moments on the skin. Also, I had an unfortunate incident when I applied too much and it rolled up to tiny little bumps, so I had to use hand wash and some scrub to salvage the situation, but when applied in moderation it is great. I am already finishing it, but next in line is another famous Soap & Glory hand cream - Endless Glove and I am very curious how will it compare to Hand Dream.

Are you a fan of Soap & Glory hand creams?

21/08/2014

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive review

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive review, swatches, beauty, lipstick, make up, review, Revlon, UK blog, beauty blogger
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive review, swatches, beauty, lipstick, make up, review, Revlon, UK blog, beauty blogger
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive review, swatches, beauty, lipstick, make up, review, Revlon, UK blog, beauty blogger

I absolutely love my Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms (review), but all of the shades were very bold and were more for a statement lipstick look. So I decided to expand my collection a little and recently got shade Elusive to achieve a perfect matte nude pout. Just like other shades from the range, Elusive has a very matte effect without drying the lips (although I make sure to use a thin layer of lip balm beforehand) and the staying power is excellent. It gave me almost full coverage, which is quite hard, because my lips are very naturally pigmented and over the past few weeks it hasn't left my make up bag - that's certainly a true testament how much I like it.

20/08/2014

Bioderma Hydrabio range - my favourites

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I am a huge fan of Bioderma skincare and virtually every product I've tried and tested was simply perfect. After buying fair share amount of pink micellar water bottles designed for sensitive skin, I decided to try out something from the blue range for dehydrated and sensitive skin. 

Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum - Moisturising Concentrate
I've picked it up last time I was in Poland (they have Bioderma in every single pharmacy!) and really like it so far. I've been using it as a part of my evening skincare routine (although you can use it in the morning as well), sometimes followed up by my NIVEA Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream For Dry & Sensitive Skin (review) when I feel my skin is particularly dry. It gives my skin an immediate hydration boost and has a gel like texture with a fresh smell and is absorbed quickly - a true pleasure to use. After doing a little bit of research, it is quite often compared to Clarins Double Serum, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair or Caudalíe Vinosource S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum, but for a fraction of a price.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O - Micelle Solution
I could not live without this stuff! It removes every last trace of make-up, including waterproof mascara and is gentle and hydrating at the same time. True, it is a little bit more hydrating than other make up removers I have used, but I didn't see much of the difference between blue or pink bottles to be honest. Also, if you have a very sensitive skin, I would recommend Sensibio (pink bottle), because it doesn't have fragrance, unlike Hydrabio one.

Bioderma Hydrabio Gentle Exfoliating Cream*
The newest addition to my Bioderma family. It is a gentle moisturising scrub which I use once or twice a week. It works wonderfully on a dry and sensitive skin with no irritation. It comes out thick and rich and only when you start rubbing it on the skin you feel the exfoliating effect. I will definitely use it during the winter, when my skin get very dehydrated and I am planning to follow it up with Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask, which I am yet to try.

Have you tried anything from the Hydrabio range?

19/08/2014

What's currently in my shower

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I think the biggest rotation of my beauty products is in my shower, but strangely I never wrote about them before. I often mix up my shower routine and love to discover new product as well as come back to old favourites. Currently, with the transition from summer to autumn I am shying away with strong floral and sweet scents and pick up something more season appropriate. Here comes amazing & Other Stories Body Wash in Moroccan Tea - it has the best scent for this time of the year! It has a hint of spearmint and lemon with some orange flower, cedarwood and is topped with a pinch of brown sugar - like a true tea - not too sweet and not too zesty. It doesn't beat my favourite Lemon Daydream, but is a great contender. Next is Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life - I am finishing it up soon and already have few alternatives, but I know I will repurchase it soon. It has this classic Soap & Glory scent and does a great job scrubbing my skin, but at the same time it's not too harsh. For my face I am currently using Good Things Manuka Honey Refining Scrub and it does a decent job without drying my skin. My current shampoo and conditioner is from Aussie Miracle Shine range. I tend to always buy 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment nowadays, instead of the usual conditioner bottle, because I find it more potent, and any conditioner usually stays on my hair for around 3 minutes anyway. I really like this range and like all Aussie products it smells really nice. Last, but not least, I also keep Dr Bronner's Magic Soap in my shower. It has a very soothing and relaxing fragrance and is full of organic oils, including coconut, hemp and olive - a lot of goodness for my skin.

What's in your shower?

17/08/2014

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Cherry Nectar review

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Cherry review, Sephora, lipstick, statement lips, make up, review,
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Cherry review, Sephora, lipstick, statement lips, make up, review,
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Cherry review, Sephora, lipstick, statement lips, make up, review,

There has been one lipstick which I have been wearing almost on a daily basis for almost a month. I absolutely love it and got a lot of compliments when wearing it, so it must mean a true love. I've picked it up in Poland in my local Sephora - it is Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Cherry Nectar. The best way to describe it is that it's a a lipgloss-lip stain hybrid. Upon application you get a glossy even shade, very pigmented and intense, but with no sticky residue. Over time, it sets matte and doesn't budge one little bit! I can honestly wear it for hours with having coffee and some nibbles and my lips are still intact. I am so impressed, I cannot wait to tell my mum to get me more of these - there are 13 more shades to choose from! The only issue I have is a very plain packaging which reminds me of the test tubes from Chemistry class, but I can easily overlook it for the gorgeous, weightless formula that leaves lips stained, soft and hydrated.

16/08/2014

NAILS: Essie sand tropez

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NAILS: Essie sand tropez, nail polish, nails, NOTD, Essie, review, swatches, UK blog, beauty blogger

Essie Sand Tropez is one of these amazing shades that will suit everyone, everywhere and for every occasion. Its shade is a soft beige, with a little grey-tan hue - definitely not a typical 'nude'. I think it goes with the name perfectly and even though it may be boring for some, when wearing it, I am instantly reminded of beautiful beaches and seaside. I am wearing two coats here, but you can also paint three, to get a full opaque effect. I also think Sand Tropez can be a very lovely glitter base and I am planning to jazz it up next time with some gold glitter on the tips. 

15/08/2014

Anna Sui Lip Color Palette review

Anna Sui Lip Color Palette review, lipstick, make up, review,
Anna Sui Lip Color Palette review, lipstick, make up, review,
Anna Sui Lip Color Palette review, lipstick, make up, review,

Just look how amazing is this Anna Sui Lip Color Palette*?! I've always admired Anna Sui products and just can't get over the face how cute this one also is with baroque styling, finished in rich purple with golden accents, roses and gilded butterflies. The sturdy cardboard with a magnetic clasp hides ten signature lip shades, perfect for an everyday wear or night out at the town. All of them are incredibly glossy and pigmented and you can certainly get so many looks out of them with deep red and berries, pretty pinks, subtle nudes and a pretty pearlescent whit, so you can mix it with other shades and get a completely unique colour. My only wish is that the shades were given names. You can currently get it on Escentual for £14, which is 50% off!