Saturday, 28 August 2010

I want, I want...a Shiseido InteGrate autumn 2010 eyeshadow palette...

Yippy, the cosmetic fall collections are slowly being released in some of the webshops.

I have not been lusting over too many things, but I am very enchanted by the Shiseido Integrate Fall 2010 palette with that cute, little heart.

(from Shiseido InteGrate website)

The colour I like right now is BR701, but I also like the smokey version that you can create with GY905.

What do you like from the collections that are (going to be) released from the 2010 Autumn collections?

Sunday, 22 August 2010

candy tripping

Hi all,

Sorry about this absence in the summer.

I have been tripping a bit too much...

city tripping, that is...

When most people like city trips for the sake of looking at art and culture, I often get a bit carried away by all of food that is around.

Ohhh, cupcakes and other cookies...


This is in front of a tempting shop window in Barcelona. I felt like a kid in front of a sweet's store.

(oh, I was, only as an adult!)


More cookies, caramels and other lovely sweets I found at La Cure Gourmande, also in Barcelona.


They also are in other countries, and seem to have an online shop (here).

Honestly, the shop people of La Cure were not too helpful to me, so I only bought 3 cookies or so. I was planning to buy a lot as presents.

Worst was, they offered free samples of cookies to all of the other customers and ignored me. Blah, I hate when that happens and I have no idea why they do that. And normally I will take my plans of buying a lot to another store, but I had to try one cookie at least.

Ha, and now I found out they have online shopping, so the shop in Barcelona can stick it to itself....

Sooo, do you have any idea what these people are waiting for, or looking so curiously at?

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(last open space)

Ok, they were looking at this...

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Ha ha, I told you about Tripping in my title!

Come on, it is candy, folks...(still, my favourite choice for getting a sweet high)

The 'pils' are quite innocent, only for the ADD people and other people who get a bit hyper after sugar they might have an effect....
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Inside of that 'Happy Pills' shop
And, if you think I am obsessed by anything about sweet candy-like food, then you are wrong.

(Silence, pouts at the idea you could actually think that)

I am obsessed about other food as well!

In that same Barcelona I went to Poble Sec in this street...

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and had a predictable, but healthy salad.

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I am not the salad fan that most girls and women are. I do not like diets and the excuse that salads are healthy is not always true. I mean, when they only have green salad leaves and not that many healthy vegetables it is only a bit of empty filling for the stomach. And those dressings can be even worse to the people who do like to keep an eye on their weigth.

But this is quite a balanced salad with healthy tuna (sooo fantastic, so much better than the Dutch canned version), Carrots for that bit of vitamine A, Tomatoes for the Lycopene and vitamine C, Red pepper for the Vitamine C, and olives and olive oil for the Omega oils and other skin-beautifying and internal beneficial properties.

And the corn must have a good function as well (tell me in the comments, and no, not that Chinese dude or girl who is spamming the comment box)
Haaa, I am not all healthy in Barcelona and keeping it to a salad...These croquettes were too good not too pass...

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Uhum, fried food...but they were delicious and I had to compare then to our Dutch delicacy (or weird food habit) of the Dutch croquettes. These were filled with a potato mash...nice.

I saved the best for last....these were so tongue-tickling good that I was in culinary heaven when I took a bite...

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These squids were flavoured in a mixture of garlic and other beautiful spices....

I am not really sure if the person that sat next to me in the airplane that next morning would have been too delighted with my choice of the squid...but it was too good to pass up...

So, if you read this and like to answer I would like to know if you experiment with food while travelling, are obsessed with trying on a certain type of food or if you take it the safe way and go to the McDonalds or other food franchises?

Or, perhaps a bit like me, you do both...(it just depends on where you are and if you are willing to sit through a wonderful but lenghty meal on the one hand, or just hop in that Mc Donalds for something you know when you are more in a hurry)?

Do you like any food at all? (most of the bloggers do, as they aaaalways tempt me with pictures of the fantastic things they ate...)

Or, are you more of a liquid person and go for the local beverages or other or other alcohol-type of drinks, for example...go for the wines in France/Italy and the Sangria in Spain (of fill in, I am not an alcoholic-afficionado so I have not that much of a clue)?

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Skeen + Perfect Eyes Powder: novelty skincare eyecare

Sometimes I stumble on something cosmetic-related that I had not heard from before, but is actually quite brilliantly thought out.

In this line of finding something new, I stumbled upon French Skincare company Skeen+. Skeen+ has a varied line of skincare products with powder based products, that turn into creams when rubbing it out on the skin. In one of these lines is their Perfect Eyes Powder, or Poudre Perfect Yeux. A powder-turns-cream with caffeine and vitamine C for the eyes.


Skeen+ is a French skincare line that is actually targetted for men. Something I was not totally aware of when receiving the information from a flawlessly matte saleswoman from this brand. Mind you, I received the information in french, and although my french is sufficient enough to understand something, especially about beauty related things, I must have missed the part that is is targetted for men. Looking at her supermatte (but still natural skin) it seemed that she used one of their top-products as well, the Poudre Matte Refiner.

At least, she told me she used that, but you know how some salespeople are...they are already beautiful and flawless and claim to have used everything from the brand they sell in order to get you spend your cash. So, not aways reliable.

Well, I might have seen on the colour of the box and the other products from Skeen+ that it is a line for men. On the other hand, I think Kiehl's has a certain kind of packaging that is neutral enough for both men/women to buy. For example, their Abysine serum is in a blue bottle, a bit darker but somewhat similar to this packaging.

Anyhow, it seems that I do not want to use something because it is targetted for a male public (I often don't, btw). I might reconsider, because this seems quite efficient and absolutely travel friendly! And, the ingredients will probably be similar as for the female market. Often, it is just a case of marketing something similar in a different jacket.

The box offers a varied instruction for some of the main Western Languages available.
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What I often find a bit iffy about packaging is that it seems that you get a lot of product, when actually....it is not so much. I wonder why these companies do that...it is not quite environmental-friendly.

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The instructions:

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The bottle is a stronger-plastic version. It has that fresh blue/silver appearance that is on the box as well. It contains 15 ml or 0.5 fl. oz.

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The novelty thing I explained is that it actually is dispensed as a powder. It also stays powdery on the skin, until you smooth it in with your finger.

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See, it becomes a soft, dewy cream after the movement of the application (you can still see the parts I did not rub in, below, which still has some powder consistency)

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I absolutely love the idea of a powder-turns-cream. Somewhat, I believe that it keeps the vitamine C ingredients fresher. And think about taking this with you when flying: it is not a liquid, so you can carry it around without placing it in those plastic bags being scrutinised by security on airports. Plus, you can take another liquid within that tiny 100 ml range instead, which leaves more room for you to stay somewhat pretty and representable during and after a long flight.

I cannot do a full review yet, because it needs some road-testing first. However, I like the idea of powder-to-cream, and I even think of considering buying that Poudre Matte Refiner the saleswoman recommended, because I tested it on my t-zone and it made me unbelievably matte.

I am still a bit iffy that it is a line targetted for men, because I like a bit of girliness in my products.

However, if you like to think of buying some skincare for the men or boys in your life, who do not like girly colours and things, but still like to groom themselves, I believe this powder thing can be fun for them too.

And honestly, most men do not wear makeup and are not able to fake a good-night sleep as us girls can, so they probably need their undereye creams more than we do ;P

The products are available online (here), and they ship all around the world (and the site has an English and Spanish language option).

Monday, 2 August 2010

Summerisms

Welcome in mid-summer...

Summer is season that either appeals to you, or not. And even if you totally adore summer season, as I do, there are some things that are to be considered in order to enjoy it fully (and keep the negative sides of summer away from you).

First, the bugs, and I am not talking about pesky men, can be quite irritating when enjoying your summer drink. Browsing etsy I found this natural-based spray with the cutest themes from the lovingly named heartbroken mosquito shop. I skipped the ubercute sounding 'unicorn safe mosquito detergent' and went straight for the 'repel guys who are players' mosquito spray...


Ha ha, it is supposed to work in both ways: repelling both the pesky player guys and the mosquitos!

Honestly, I am not the most delicious food source for either mosquitos and players. But there have been some irritating bugs bugging me in my life.

I do not want to generalise either players nor mosquitos, although the mosquitos are a bit easier to pin down. Biting mosquitos are females, and players can be both male and female.

Only women get different names: when the female player has a kind of mystery surrounding her (or nobody knows anything about her) she is often branded femme fatale. The less kind word for the woman with a large capacity of man-magnetism (and the ability to act in a similar way the male players do) is branded 'sl*t' or something similarly unflattering sounding and meaning.

The male players...mmm, it depends on the level of game they like to stick...Some can indeed be pesky when they suspect you might not be into them...but some will go for a different target...just like mosquitos.

The side has the next description liste:
*Ladies are you sick of going to a BBQ, outdoor concert, camping etc. & getting hit on by guys, who are players & nagging mosquitoes just won't leave you alone either. Then this is the vegan, all natural repellent for you!! It's time to take charge!! It really works amazingly well (see ingredients below)!!!

This repellent has an extra essential oil in it for an extra kick booty, supergirl power move...Ahh, the power of 'Wintergreen Essential Oil.' So with the power of over 10 essential oils, all known to repel mosquitoes naturally...we must break their hearts & tell them to move on (in a very kind, earth friendly way of course).


To the ingredients:

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Does it work? Ha ha ha, I cannot really point out about the players when I was wearing this, because some come in sneaky disguises of sweet-or-standard-looking-boys/men-who-are- supposingly-genuinely-interested in you (they come in different forms)...I did find the DJ looking at me at some point at a summer Fête, and DJ are often quite player-like. But he could not smell me because it was at some distance so I cannot really tell ;P

Mosquitos often go for other people too, but if I am alone in a mosquito crowded area they sometimes settle with me. With this spray, they even went away and searched for someone else.

The scent is still quite lemon-like, like those drugstore anti-mosquito repellants. It has an earthy note added to it. It would not be a scent I would like to sport for going out, or such, but it has that earthy vibe around it.

And when you have been sucessfully fighting the mosquitos and players, you still have to take care of not making yourself look like a lobster, or harming your preciously build skincells with those damaging UV sunrays.

I went for Japanese skincare to tone down those rays. That is somewhat random and somewhat decisively picked out by me. Sunblocks have improved tremendously over the last years, so the often hyped about French La Roche Posay has been having some fierce competition of other brands from other countries.

What I love about the Japanese sunblocks I have tried is that they feel really light on the skin, and do not make you look like a greased up person with sunblock --> they often are targeted for people with combination to oily skin, and often tone down the oilies.

I like to multitarget, and I like browsing Sasa and filling up my cart until I have reached the amount to receive free shipping. With these considerations I bought a sunscreen suited for both face and body: Mentholatum Sunplay Water & Sports SPF 130 PA++

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It has gotten superb reviews on SASA, and I really wanted to know if it was worth the hype. Plus, I really like to be active when going to the beach, and the formula targeted for active people going into the water and doing sports was something right up my alley (instead of lying pretty on a towel, which is also something that is good, but personally I prefer to be more active).

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I have tried it a few times, and it is really lightweight and effective against tanning. The formula is realy thin and liquidy, so watch out that you do not squeeze out too much when applying.
The colour is white, which is not too bad, because the whiteness will dissapear after application (around half a minute).

I also like the cute litte tiger on the bottle:

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After a day with sunscreen on your skin, I suggest removing the sunblock from your skin, in order to let the pores breathe again. Well, pores can still breathe with the sunblock, but just like makeup, it is always better to remove it from your face and/or body.

For my face I use one of my favourite cleansing oils, for example Kanebo Naive Olive Oil.

For my body I use the least favourite cleansing oil in my collection. That is right, the least favourite (sorry Etude House Cleansing Dream, but you just stay too oily on my skin and I need to rewash my skin after applying this).

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I am still too frugal to throw away this cleansing oil, and it works to get the sunblock of my body. I do not mind the slightly oily feeling that lingers on my body afterwards, but with my face I would mind, so it still has a function for me.

Keep it cool this summer (or warm if you like the warmth), keep an eye on those mosquitos and/or players, and be protective to your skincells!