Monday, 11 May 2015

Brow-sing Naturally with Ecobrow defining wax in Marilyn


Brow are you?  Good? Then let's talk Ecological Brows or Ecobrow Defining Wax:


Eh,  a bit of a trite pun on words but how about the idea that first impressions count and people always are about that 'eyes are the mirror of the soul'. In that case, eyebrows are the framing of the mirror and they can be really important to characterize the face. The quintessential example would be Cara, but how about the 1920s moviestars who defined their fragile femininity with a thin & droopy brow:

source: Here & more brow-xamples
  I personally do not think "one brow fits all". Even if everyone seems to be into the Cara-brow, you got to consider her facial structure is delicate enough to pull off a masculine brow without loosing her femininity. I personally go for some more space between my eyes and a bit of a curve for a slightly more feminine shape on my squarer features. I still aim for a natural looking brow, ofcourse!

But let's take a look of how I liked Ecobrow as a brow-definer.
  • Natural
  • Lighweight
  • beautiful Brow effects
  • Smudge Proof
  • Naturally Derived
Ok, last claim is "Naturally Derived": will that be true?

sorry for the smudgies
In the first place I find some of them sounding chemical, like Neopentyl glycol. Wiki says it is an organic chemical compound which sounds to me like a oxymoron...Organic and Chemical? Mmm... 

But I believe in their ecological sustainability just for the fact that I bought it from Sephora. You gotta trust the Americans for totally forking out all claims and promises like truth...or else...lawsuit!

In that case, let's check the "beautiful brow effect" it will bring me! Hurray!

Colour:

I picked Marilyn because it is the lightest colour around. I'm not a natural light blonde but my eyebrows have always been naturally light. I've been trying the darker ones, but they make my face look too stern. I simply want my existing colour to look thicker and shape some femininity in them.

The colour inside is a taupe with a slight hint of green:


The green won't show in the pot, but in the comparing swatches you will see it.

Comparing swatches:

I picked up my other blonde cream formulas to compare with Ecobrow Marilyn. They are:
  • EB = Ecobrow Marilyn
  • ABH= Anastasia Beverly hills Dipbrow in Blonde
  • LM= Laura Mercier Brow Definer in Fair
My tools of the trade is my latest, supersharp Wayne Goss No. 8:

Swatches:

EB: Ecobrow Marilyn is the lightest of the bunch. I am so thrilled of this lightness because it totally fills my brow without altering the colour. Moreover, it is neutral enough without leaning either cool or gold.

ABH: I never noticed how greenly tinged Anastasia Beverly Hills in Blonde was before this swatch. I don't mind because it makes the drawn-in hairs appear more real. The colour is slightly on the cooler side and a bit too dark for a total brow-fill. It is pigmented enough to draw good hairs so I can alternate this with a lighter colour.

LM: Laura Mercier in Fair is a wonderful lighter colour with more warmth than Ecobrow. I do think it fades more quickly and it does not draw the hairs as vivid as Ecobrow.

Revisiting Promises:
  • Natural: Mostly
  • Lightweight: Very
  • beautiful Brow effects: YES!
  • Smudge Proof: Up to 8 hours with a natural fade
  • Naturally Derived: I'm not specialised enough to prove it is but it has not been proven otherwise yes so I guess...
General review:

I have really fallen in love with Ecobrow Marilyn. It gives my brows a natural but sculpted look I love without looking fake. It last for a long time and I do not have to worry putting unnecessary chemicals on my face.

 Verdict = LOVE it.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Lipgloss Cleanse

Hiya all!

Long time no blog...It often happens to me in April that I feel like doing something de/reconstructing something, like changing a piece of garden. Or, in this case I had a food-change by going glutenfree. Long story, but it involved lots of delicous cooking so the blog was slightly on the sideline.

So we know our detoxes and cleanses with food etc, and it was about time to cleanse some of my lipgloss-stash from many moons ago.


Let's see...what a bunch! I'm gonna list some names:
  • Essence Sunclub 02 Beautiful Bronz
  • Natio Gloss Pot in Paradise & Goddess -such a fun Aussie brand
  • Essence Volume Up Lip Maximizer
  • NYX lipstick in B52 & Tea Rose
  • the Macaron shaped lipgloss is from Korea but I've been away from gmarket so I have no idea what brand it is...
  • L'Oreal lipstick in Aishwarya Rai -I really liked this shade when I was a brunette.
  •  L'Oreal lipstick in Laetitia Casta
  • Benefit Her Glossiness in Who Are You Wearing? & Didn't Hear it from Me
  • Clinique Black Honey lipsheer 
  • MAC lipglass Lovechild
  • Kiehl's Lipgloss Earth Day & Berry 1851
  •  Zoya Hot lips in Sweet Tart
  • Stila IT Gloss in Gorgeous
  • Avon Lipstick Teak Rose
  • Avon Lipgloss Darling Pink
  • NYX lipgloss Vixen & Baby Rose, RLG 23, Smokey Look & Salsa
  • Lavshuca Liquid Lips BE4
  • Etude House 02 from the Falling in Love line
  • L'Oreal Glam Shine Juice in 209 Juice Love
  • Smashbox ?
  • Senna Cosmetic Lush - their lipglosses are so stunning, I need to restock
  • Silk Naturals Lavish Lip Cream in Classic
  • Mac Lipglass Chercher La Femme
  • Mac Lipglass Entice & Sharp Beige
  • Biotherm Gloss Shine 70
  • Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lipgloss in Passion Flower
  • H&M Rich Lipgloss in Peach Parfait
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 21 Pink Crystals & Cherries in the Glow
  • Avon Glazewear in Darling Pink
  • Dior Rouge in 296 Beige for Office
  • Contem My Gloss in peach- It's the lipgloss I bought in Rio de Janeiro!!
  • Clarins Gloss Appeal in 03 Paradise
  • Laura Mercier Iced Melon - Bring this shade back!
  • L'oreal Glam Shine 6 hr Mauve
  • Lumiere Mineral Cosmetics Lumi-lips in Crushed Velvet
  • MUFE Super Lip Gloss N 14
  • Clinique Longlast Lipstick in Bamboo Pink & Pink Peach
  • Boots 17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss in Fuzzy Yellow Petal Flutter
  • Calvin Klein Lip Color 10 Peach
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Sheer in 6
  • L'Oreal Caresse Impulsive Fuschia
  • Lavshuca Moisture Melting Rouge in PK-6
  • Majolica Majorca Honey Plump Gloss in PK 384
  • Besame Cosmetics 204 Carmine
  • Almay Lip Shine 04 Violet
  • Bourjois Mini in 11
  • Rimmel Color Show off Lipstick in 130 Love Me & Coral Queen
  • Stila Pink Ribbon edition in Anni
  • The Body Shop 07
  • Bobbi Brown ColorOptions Creamycolor in Grapeberry
  • NARS lipgloss in Triplex
  • Lavshuca liquid lips in PK 7
  • Etude House LUCIDdarling lipstick  in 9  Romantic Rose- I wore this one to the Rihanna Concert!
  • Babypink lipgloss 3

So I basically compiled this list for my readers who had trouble falling asleep ; ). 

But seriously, I still like to discuss a couple of these that I found difficult to let go of.  

 The one from Brazil:

What to do in Rio de Janeiro? I think most people would sit on the beach with their Caipirinha checking out Brazillian bodies in their element. The beauty addicts among us would still like to shop, especially checking out the national brand. The Makeupartists at Contem were such dolls and they picked this gorgeous lipgloss for me. Boohoo, I don't wanna part from this one.

The one for THAT concert:

2010: I was all about Rihanna and her 'Rated R' album (also 'Good Girl Gone Bad'). She came to Holland for a concert and I had to wear my brightest, longlasting colour in Romantic Rose. I picked up my Korean Etude House LUCIDdarling lipstick in Romantic Rose (original review here).

And the fan-club lippies:
 
These have been from Kanebo Lavshuca line: cute, pretty girly cases and a good quality for its price.

More about the pretty case:

 My Besame lipstick! It had been quite difficult for me to get at the time being so I treasured it, but actually seldom wore it...

I think lots of women out there buy more than a pretty colour: we buy an emotion as well, or it symbolises a kind of feeling we had that day, a particular occasion, or that precious Limited Edition that was so hard to get our hands on. Or, in my case I did some swaps with people from other countries to get a specific gloss.
Also, I used to sample all colours that were either rosy pinks or MLBB (my lips but better). These days I have more variety: not just lipglosses and subtle lipsheers but full on colours like NARS Audacious and other fun hues. 

Discovering my older stash again makes me appreciate the beauty of a subtle accent again! I already bought a couple of new lipsticks from Coffret d'Or & Shiseido Maquillage, because they excel in beautifullly balmy lipsticks with the right amount of easy colour.

So do you agree that 'parting is such a sweet sorrow' for your lipglosses as well?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bucket-list filled: Josh Rosebrook, Olivine Salt & Love + Rose & Love

Who doesn't have a bucketlist? 

Well, I have a bucket, I had a small wishlist, and now my bucket is filled!

I needed some love in my life, and roses often are connected to love:

♥ ♥ ♥
Ok, I actually picked this Rose-based facial mist on its delightfully potent ingredient list:

did you see its 1st ingredient? Unconditional Love!

With summer in my mind, I already started a fantasy trip with beachmist Love & Salt... Wouldn't we all not mind some summer lovin'?


The ingredients are quite simple. But for recreating a true beach look: why add stuff the beach would never do in real life?


Both the Oviline Salt & Love as the Rose & Love come in real glass bottles. 

Then there is 'happily married' pair Josh Rosewood Deep Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner


 They work well apart, but they complete each other together.

I'm still in the long-term testing phase, but I already love Love & Roses: it feels pure and smells like the real deal.
The Salt & Love is quite nice, but I feel it could be replicated easily with some himalayan salt and coconut oil: there's a-plenty DIY-es on pinterest around. I like that you can reuse the glass bottle again for other liquids.

The Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing shampoo is rather sudsy when you've gotten used to the often less sudsy organic variety. I actually do not feel a strong need to condition afterwards so I'd say it's quite nourishing. It really reminds me of Living Proof smoothing shampoo in therms of feel & scent. It smells like Rooibos tea with some fruits.
The Deep Nourishing conditoner is the perfect follow-up for the areas that still needs a bit of extra softness. Thin, but an effective mid-level moisturizer.

All of these are travel sizes that I bought on abeautifulworld.com.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Burberry wet & dry silk in Nude and Shell, It's like 'the Litte Mermaid' ta(i)le

I have been feeling like a topsy-turvy 'My little Mermaid' since playing with my new Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows


So yeh, this is not going to be a full-on review, you probably seen a couple of those, but something about playing with water & eyeshadows. 

In the first place,  what's in a name? Well, an eyeshadow that's not afraid to get wet. The makeup aficionados already know that most eyeshadows can perform well with a bit of moisture, preferably a suitable liquid like Mac Mixing Media, or it's dupes.

But just like the Little mermaid who went dry, there will be consequences? Or not?

The aesthetics:


Ok, so I've been applying a moist brush directly on the pan on this colour: Nude.

Again:

DO.NOT.DO if you like your pan pretty and with the Bur-checks for a while.

Hence, I left Shell untarnished for a while:

 Sibling comparing:



Because I decided I added the water after I got the powder out of the pan (onto the brush).

Tut Tut, after this aesthetics talk, what is the result between the dry vs the wet application:

 In general, both change colour. Nude gets more intense and slightly more golden green, even a hint of red in specific light. Shell actually waters down a bit, pun intended.

This pic has a better focus on Nude:

What a surprise! I actually prefer Nude in the wet/foiled version, so I do not regret denting it. As for my 'unwatered' pan of Shell, I actually prefer that one dry.
Perhaps because Shell functions as a highlighter and for daytime I steer away from an overly metallic glow on the browbone: that's so disco 70s!

 Overall, I really like both colours a lot! They stay on full-spectrum for a good 6 hours without primer [I haven't worn with primer yet]. I really like the versatility of applying them either wet or dry. Also the fact they change by water.

That means this is the Disney version of 'The little Mermaid' with the happy forever after...

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring-y

Happy Spring! Nice to see the sweet colours popping up for it again:
Ohhh, look at these pressed textures! 

Well, I have been a lazy blogger but somehow I have not stopped buying cute thingies. 

Zeee connoisseurs will recognize Clé de Peau's very expensive label. Hence my only justification has been that I've been a cheapskate on the front of not buying the box:


I still have a case from another quad. That justified buying this Spring 2015 selection of colours. Also, a recent sale from bonboncosmetics.

I'm not the greatest fan of pale blue eyeshadows, but the one on the left really works well in this composition.

As for the other colours: how to resist a good warm purple, a perfect warm creme brulee and that gorgeous buttery cream with a touch of peach?

Yes, still lazy so I have no real review [yet]. But spring has sprung and my eyes are flaunting it.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Last Month's Empties

Did you even notice that the word 'February' seems quite weird after typing it in different fonts? 


Anyway, here's my selection of the products I've used up during that month with 28 days (mostly):

1. Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion: I have a rule when it comes to skincare: if it does not work on the face, try it on the body. This Vitamin A was slightly too potent on my face, but how effective it has been on my hands & cleavage. 
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2. Taaj Himalaya Micellar water: a lovely piece from my fave French webshop. It removes light makeup, but heavy makeup needs something extra.
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3. Aphogee 2 Step Protein system: One tag: #hairdressersmessup. Answer: Aphogee is one of the most potent reconstructors out there, but it needs some work and a strong (or weak) nose.
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4. Lush Marilyn: A fresh pre-shampoo mask that perks up a moody blonde hue: a regular in my stash.
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5. Phyto Phytodensium anti-ageing tonic for hair. It smelled like berries on speed and I did not think it helped that much.
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Much better is their:
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6. Phyto Phytocyane against hairloss: Oh, how vintage are these glass vials you have to break the top off, perhaps slightly dangerous. But they are scentless and I think my scalp really digs them. 
1. Kanebo Kate Lash Maximizer in Black: another staple...like a friendly superglue for lashes.
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2. Life Extension Skin Restoring Phytoceramides
I think it really helped to calm my flare-ups.
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3. De Tuinen St. Johnsworth Oil:
I liked this one as a body-moisturizer. 
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4. YSL Gloss Volupte Lipgloss in 204 Corail Trapeze
A sweet peachy pink with a fab gloss & luxe factor. I wish they did not smell like tween lipgloss.
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5. Darphin Accents d'Aromes
I wondered why it smelled unisex but it's actually a fresh men's perfum

1. Omorovzica Illuminating Moisturizer: Quite gentle when skin is acting up. As for the illuminating properties: subtle enough for some radiance without becoming a glitterball.
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2. Arcona Chamomile Balm: LIFESAVER! I absolutely adored this one when my skin was worst. So soothing by the perfect hybrid between balm & fluid. I found it better than May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon.
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3. Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum:
A gentle and effective serum, even/especially with flare ups.
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4. La Mer Foundation in no 2:
The saleslady matched me up too dark, but I used it as a (fake) tan foundation. It has high coverage but smells so chemical IMO. I will not repurchase.
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5. Murad Oil Free Sunblock SPF 15 Sheer tint:
I had this one a while: you can notice that because nobody would call a SPF 15 a sunblock these days. I have used it sporadically and thought it was quite ok when I started it.
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6. Tatcha Indigo Soothing Reneval Treatment:
I was severely in love first because it cleared up my lightly dry spots. When my skin really gotten bizarre I found it soothing, but not supercuring anymore. I'd still repurchase.

Random act of Sampling:


Clockwise:
The Rodial STEMCELL Superfood Glam Lipbalm has quite the impressive name and was actually really good.
Hourglass Illusion Foundation in Ivory was a shade too light, but the texture is quite nice.
Tata Harper Regenerative Moisturizer is one of those freebies I always request at Naturisimo. It works like a dream on citytrips.
I kind of like the Absolution samples from Naturisimo as well. The Serum Anti-Soif really packs the skin with a good dose of friendy moisture.
I tried the Clarins BB but I have strayed too far from the chemical high-end brands to like it anymore. Too-Much-Fragance.
On the organic front, I did not like Gressa Foundation Serum either. The shade was too light, but even in a darker colour (4 comes in a weird orangy hue) it is way too watery.
Weleda Calendula Baby shampoo & body wash is that nice neutral multitasker. 
I tried both the Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum as the Regenerative Anti-ageing Moisturizer. It's like, but not love.
I like a lot of Davines Haircare products. The Love line comes in both straight hair as curly and I tried the curl version (having pokerstraight hair). It's still very moisturizing and I did not get instant curls ;)
The John Masters Organics Scalp Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo is so fresh indeed. However, it is quite pricy and I think Giovanni Triple Treat shampoo does something similar for a better price.
The Earthen Insta-peel is the most funny experience. The subtance becomes an eraser! As the one on the end of a pencil!! The gummy effect does give a good peel when removing it off the skin.
Hair like Jennifer Aniston? Not sure but Living Proof Prime Style Extender does feel gentle on hair. Still, I'm not a fan of overlayering hairproducts: how much does one need, right?

Pjew, I'm out of words right now...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hair-mail

I feel kinda 'America's Next Top Model' by announcing in that skinny-perky way: "Tyra Mail". A slight alteration on this theme is that it's "hair-mail".


"Hello Hair" is a handy, portable treatment based on coconut-oils. The difference is in the fact it is creamy instead of solid and a slightly lighter consistency. 


I feel it rinses out easier: pure coconut oil needs several sessions to really be clean whereas this one is clean in one wash. I still think it penetrates as effectively as pure coconut oil. Moreover, it smells nice (either neutral or a scent of your choice) instead of cooking. I cook a lot in coconut oil so I often feel like a hot dish when going for the pure version treatment.


I also love the portable size. This is the perfect treatment to carry around during beachy holidays. I can see myself carrying around on the beach to protect my hair before swimming. Or in the evening as a potent treatment.

The only con will be a higher price compared to pure coconut oil, but the Aussie $ is favorable right now. Or perhaps the wait, but actually I just love the idea of old-fashion mail from Down Under country. Especially in perky turquoise envelopes. 

I bought it from HelloHair.com.au and it has a lot more than just coconut oil with added Almond, Argan, Castor oils and more. And sometimes a lot of effective oils is what a dry mop of hair needs.