Monday, 20 November 2017

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Facewash Review!!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

My top 10 favourite lipsticks

The last time I made one of these posts I was just starting blogging and I was still deep in the late 00's corpsy nude trend, though even then I had some nice pink favourites and a red. I've since jumped more on the modern 90's revival, I rarely wear anything very nude because with my colouring I feel I need something to define the lips, so it makes me look more alive as well as pulled together. I've attempted to do this post several times, versions of pictures have been taken four times in the last two years, but every time I had other things to review, so my choices became outdated because I'm constantly finding new favourites. Last year especially I found so many great new shades, so I narrowed it down to 10 and swatched everything again since I have a proper camera now. Just about every shade here is matte because that's my favourite finish - shine and especially metallics are not my thing at all. This is also my 1000. post on the blog, so enjoy.

I'll do it in a sort of an order from lightest to darkest because I like being organised, but if you're wondering what order of my favourites would be, it would start with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist, theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes and Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Pioneer.

As I said in the intro nudes are no longer my thing, but this one is so pretty and wearable, so it's one of my rare exceptions. It's similar to both Mac's Patisserie and Peach Blossom except that it has a satin matte finish that never looks dry. It's a is a beautiful neutral nude with an equal amount of pink and peachy tones, it's just the best of all worlds and a nude that doesn't wash me out. As cheap and useless as the packaging of Jordana's lipsticks looks, these are seriously so good, pigmented, non-drying and all wear nicely - for a few euros you really get a great lipstick.

Those who read my posts regularly might already know that Meet Matt(e)s are my favourite liquid lipsticks and Committed is my favourite shade. It's the one I wear most often along with Nude-ist, Cannes and Cami, so it's a part of my "just grab it and don't think about it selection of shades". Committed is a difficult colour to describe, theBalm says it's a pinky nude, but it's so much more than that on me, as it definitely has a bit of peachiness to it, so it's a bit like throwing pink and peach plus a bit of mauve in a blender, but keeping the shades very muted. The formula is very pigmented, dries in a few minutes to a perfect matte finish, but it's not uncomfortable, it's long-lasting, doesn't transfer or smudge and fades nicely.

I've called this my favourite shade ever for the past two years and though Committed is a tough contender, I still think I like this one more. It's obvious from my bottle it gets a lot of wear as it's the only one you can see how empty it's getting. It looks quite different on me than on most, I've seen it look very bright on some, but on me it's a muted warm rosy shade that has enough pinky tones to lift the complexion, but still looks natural enough on the lips. The formula is a mousse that isn't as pigmented as theBalm's, but this is still the best of Velvets and it takes some time for it to set to a matte finish.

This became my most worn shade in the last few month, but before, I admit, I neglected it because it's not the best liquid matte lipstick formula when it comes to staying power. But this is my perfect my-lips-but-better shade and great for every day wear. My tube is now over a year old and as these age, the thinner the formula gets, so now with one coat I get something that's more similar to a stain, but because it's a lip cream, it's more even than those actual stain products which tend to stick to the central dry parts of the lips and look terrible. This one has this semi-translucent texture that looks like you natural lips are tinted with this shade. My natural lips are quite pale, so this just gives them some life. It's a comfortable formula to me, I never noticed any dryness, it takes longer than at others for it to set to a matte finish and the staying power isn't the best, but since it's such a natural colour, it's not that obvious, the central part has wiped off. 

I knew the moment I tried this one that it's my new all-time favourite classic lipstick formula. It's so light on the lips, but intensely pigmented and the finish is just out of this world gorgeous for a lipstick and closest to a liquid lipstick I found, apart from the newest Bourjois lipstick Rouge Velvet. The colour became an instant favourite of mine as well. It's similar to theBalm's Charming, but lighter because it doesn't oxidise on the lips and it's less warm, so more neutral rosy. 

Sollow became an unexpected favourite of mine. I ordered so many Colourpop shades and I risked it with this one because I thought it might look orange on me, but this one truly stands out because it's the peachy pink that's almost impossible to find for pale skin tones. It looks completely different in the tube, it even applies peachy, but in minutes it starts to oxidise to a light muted peachy pink shade. Formula definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea because it's very matte and can be very drying, but it lasts great on the lips.

This is a complete underdog - in my sea of matte lip colours finally something shiny. Well, sort of. Don't let the name fool you, it's not really matte, actually not even kind of matte at application, instead it behaves more like a lacquer. It's so comfortable and it smells amazing, but you also get fantastic pigmentation and staying power is surprisingly good for something with a creamy-glossy finish. Devotion is a medium warm muted pink, but it's still too pink that'd call it a natural shade for me, but when I'm at home, I always just reach for it because I love applying it. I wish they had something like Nude-ist or Committed in their range

My latest favourite and this post contained my previous favourite red in all version I made, which was L'Oreal Blake that got discontinued, so I embarked on a mission to find either a dupe or something similar/even prettier because what's the point of showing something that you can't get anymore. Well Pioneer is an even more beautiful red. I have a neutral undertone so I can pull of both warm and cool reds, but the latter are at least in my eyes more sophisticated and I've always liked them more. Pioneer is a stunning cool toned red with a cherry base that looks so so elegant and sophisticated - it's just perfect in my eyes. The formula, however, is not my favourite despite the outstanding staying power. Truly these will last you through anything and you'll be scrapping them off at the end of the day with a waterproof remover. But these are thick and sticky, so they don't feel as comfortable as other lipsticks, at least for the first hour. 

I have a considerable collection of deep burgundy shades and this one is my favourite (Laetitia is a bit lighter, more berry and my first love, but it's not sold anymore). Adoring is a rich burgundy shade that leans more to cool tones, but it's more neutral. Finding a liquid lipstick formula of a vampy shade is a challenge since most leave sheer patches, but this one is perfect - opaque in one coat and it applies evenly. It takes longer for it to turn matte than the other two shades I own, but otherwise the formula is the same and it smells like After Eight which is always a plus.

This is a shade that just makes me gasp at the sight of its beauty. It's my perfect deep shade, a rich deep berry shade, an excellent mix of burgundy with purple. Mac's D for Danger which is also one of my favourites is more red compared to this. The formula is like at Sollow Ultra Matte, but I feel it's less drying, still if you have dry lips, you won't like it, but for me the colour makes it all worth it.

Notable mentions and shades that were in my previous never posted three versions:
BOURJOIS Rouge Edition Velvet 02 Frambourjoise
BOURJOIS Rouge Edition Velvet 14 Plum Plum Girl
COLOURPOP Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick Alyssa
MAKEUP FACTORY Mat Lip Fluid 61 Velvet Rosewood
SEPHORA Cream Lip Stain 03 Strawberry Kissed and 13 Marvelous Mauve
SLEEK Matte Me Lip Gloss Birthday Suit
GOLDEN ROSE Velvet Matte Lipstick 12
MAC Lipstick D for Danger
MILANI Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick Darling
REVLON Ultra HD Lipstick Rose
L'ORÉAL L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick 101 Rose Melody

What are your favourites? Have a great day!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Mishibox Unboxing & Review

Hey everyone, what’s up? How are you all doing? I’m doing fine and touchwood everything’s just going great except for the fact I’ve been sick for a few days now. Well, what are we talking about today? We are here to talk about a very interesting K-beauty subscription box which sends Korean Products every month. The box I’m talking about is known as Mishibox. So, without further ado let’s just jump right into the review.

Mishibox Says : MISHIBOX is a small, family-owned startup company based in Virginia in the United States. Our company was founded in February 2015 with the simple idea of helping others explore the world of Korean beauty and discover their favorite products in a convenient, effortless, and affordable way. We want to make Korean beauty products easily accessible to everyone regardless of where you live or what language you speak. We are K-beauty fans ourselves and we want to share our passion for these products.

Price: 20$ for one month (approx).

Packaging: The box was nicely and safely packed and arrived in time.

Product: The Mishibox is a pink cardboard box and with the logo on it which is so cute. I’m not even kidding you guys the packaging is simple yet cute. On opening the box we get to see the products wrapped up beautifully in a paper. Then we have a card with all the details. This is their 2 year’s anniversary special box. So, let’s see what we have in the cute box of goodies.

1. Half-Moon Eyes' Pink Fruity Wash-off Mask: This mask contains dragon fruit extract in the form of capsules to gently exfoliate, remove dirt and sebum, and reduce the appearance of pores. This smells amazing. It’s a full sized product and retails for $3.50 .

2. A.C Cure Spot Solution from Proud Mary: This contains various botanical extracts to help soothe irritated skin and decrease the size of pimples. It also creates a thin barrier to protect your skin from external stresses. This is the best spot solution ever. It does what it claims. The retail price of this baby is $16.

3. Chamos Apple Intensive Nutry Cream: This contains naturally occurring Vitamins and Amino Acids to smooth skin and provide long-lasting hydration. Ok, I am totally in love with this cream. Hands down this is the best thing I’ve given to my skin ever. If you see my skin before I started using this and now you’ll be able to see a lot of differences. No, it does not does magic or banishes my dark-circles, but it made my skin glow from within by providing it with a proper hydration. It made my skin looks healthy. I’m all prepared for the winter dryness with this cream. This is expensive and retails for $30.

4. Thank You Farmer’s Back to Iceland Cleaning Water: This is your one-step cleansing solution! It effectively removes make-up, sebum and impurities from skin, eliminating the need for double cleansing. It contains Iceland miss extract which helps protect and nourish your skin and witch hazel which helps refine pores. I keep this in my makeup bag and carry it with me everytime. This retails for $6.

5. Esfolio’s Egg Essence Sheet Masks: Sounds a bit weird, right? Well, fear not. This helps in improving your skin elasticity and hydration. This retails for $2 each.

So, these are all that we have in our cute little Mishibox. They also have a subscription box especially for sheet masks and it is called MishiMask. Do check them out and grab their products from their website. I’m absolutely in love with their box and give them a rating of a whopping 10/10. Don’t forget to share your comments and like this post. Bye, love you.

By Airene

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

L.O.V. EXTRAordinary Perfecting Fluid Foundation

EXTRAordinary perfecting fluid is a new foundation this fall by L.O.V. Cosmetics and they made very bold claims about it not just being makeup, but also having some anti-ageing effects. It promises to reduce fines in two weeks and they made a study with 30 women to support this claim. It also promises improve the moisture supply and the elasticity of the skin, plus they say it's non-comedogenic and it has a SPF 20. But if we first focus on the obvious - the packaging. They advertise it as an on-the-go foundation, so something you can carry in your bag, since you have everything included - an application puff and a handy mirror, plus it's not a messy foundation or one you'd be scared will accidentally open and spill in your bag, since everything is packed in a neat compact. It comes in only four shades, all more or less for medium skin tones, so I could only test this with the help of TBS Adjusting Drops

Texture: this is a creamy foundation, meaning it's relatively thick for a "modern" foundation which tend to be predominantly very liquid. Catrice Nude Illusion (discontinued), Beyu Nutri Foundation and Milani Conceal + Perfect have this type of formula, so when I say thick that's the formula I'm thinking and not the paste type of texture. It blends ok and I never ended up with any strange unblended patches. I tried applying it with fingers and with the added sponge, so I can say it works both ways. I need to mention I only used this is combination with Adjusting Drops, which don't mess with the texture of foundations, but I always mix the foundation and drops on my hand, dot it with fingers on my face and blend with tapping motion using the puff.

Mixed with Adjusting Drops that's why the shade looks ok. On the lips it's Bourjois Cotton Candy lipliner as always. It's just foundation on the skin, so no extra concealer or powder, picture was taken a half an hour after application. By the way, my skin is combination/normal, NC/W10.

Coverage & Finish: This is one of the better covering foundations in the drugstore. I'll say it has medium coverage, even though it might actually be more, but I was applying it in a thin coat compared to probably most people because I dislike the feeling of heaviness on my face (with any foundation. I'm not one of those who essentially drowns her face in foundation like you might see in some YouTube tutorials). I did try to layer it once and I got a good almost full-coverage, so I didn't need any extra concealer under the eyes and on my nose, but my dark freckles were visible. It looks ok over the pores and lines, but it doesn't hide them. It's got a satin finish that's similar to all three foundations I mentioned above, it can look more dewy from the start, but it later settles. It's a noticeable foundation which makes sense considering the coverage and it's on the heavy side for my taste, it also can transfer. 

Staying power: Considering it's a high coverage foundation with a satin finish you can expect more from it and that's what you get. It definitely lasts a work day and longer. It fades evenly without becoming flaky or patchy which to me a sign of good quality.

Shades: I got two out of four shades - the lightest 010 and third in the line-up 040, both are for medium skin tones and much too dark for me. 010 Ivory Elegance is about NC 25 with quite a neutral undertone, but it leans to warm and 040 Honey-moon is maybe NC 35, again the undertone isn't strong, rather more neutral, though warm. Unfortunately both of these are two of the darkest foundations in my cupboard, so I can't do proper comparisons. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage in 010 is 1-2 shades lighter than L.O.V. 010, while Milani's Conceal + Perfect 01 is somewhere between the two with an intense, yellow tone. L.O.V DUAL concealer, which is also new and I talked about it in my latest New in,  is also somewhere between the two, but closer to 040. I added Maybelline Fit Me  Luminous + Smooth 110 Porcelain so that those with fair skin tone see that this is very, very far from being a foundation for us.

Packaging: The stand out feature is the packaging which is an upgraded cushion/tension pack and the foundation is dispensed from the hole in the middle by pressing a button at the edge. One pump doesn't push out a lot of foundation, so you definitely need a few pumps, though I stick to only two. Added is a puff for application which is the same as at cushion foundations, so you're blending the foundation with the velvety side. These are some of my favourite for applying foundation because they blend the product so seamlessly, but this puff is bit hard compared to my Tony Moly and Missha one. If you buy this foundation, it might be wise to invest in more puffs, so you always have a clean one. You can get them on eBay and AliExpress.

Nails: L.O.V. LOVtreat Color & Care Nail Lacquer 640 Soft Sensuality

Scent: This has almost no scent. I can only detect it if I put my nose right to the swatch and I smell a gentle floral scent.

Price and availability: L.O.V is sold in Müller here, foundation costs 14.99 € for 12 ml of product.

Overall it's a nice foundation, actually better than nice and it looks good on the skin without emphasising imperfections, also the coverage is impressive as is the staying power. It's got some bold anti-ageing claims for makeup and as far as those go whether they are an exaggeration or a gimmick - I wore this for almost two weeks and I can't say I noticed anything in regards to my smile lines, but it is a foundation that doesn't make them look like canyons as some do. But I need to comment about the shade range, which is embarrassing and illogical for a company that hails from Central Europe. Shades are only appropriate for medium skin tones like everyone in central Europe has Mediterranean skin tones - great job L.O.V., I'm sure you'll sell a ton of these. 

Have a great day!

*PR product

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Fenty Beauty Foundation- Time to hear my thoughts!

Hello Lovelies,

This is the one post I think people have been dying to hear about. I purchased my shade 240 in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum a good few weeks back at this stage. I have worn the foundation about 6 times now so I wanted to write how I feel about this foundation currently.

Firstly as always on mastering Your Makeup let's take a look at what the brand themselves say. This is all taken from the Fenty Beauty Website which you can get HERE

A soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage, in a boundary-breaking range of 40 shades.

Finally — the ultimate photo filter in foundation form.  Born in 40 boundary-breaking shades, Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that's resistant to sweat and humidity, and won't clog pores so that wherever you are, it's going to work on your skin. Best of all, this longwearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin — so you always look like you. 

How’d we do it?
Obsessive research to create the perfect range of shades for all Exclusive insights from the world’s top makeup artists Extensively tested for real life, on real women
We figured out that it takes the right balance of tone and texture to make foundation work on every skin type. We obsessed over custom pigment levels to capture your truest tones with a soft matte finish that’s just right—not too matte and not too shiny. The result? A comfortable longwear formula that lets skin look like skin. Made for all women to love.

Shade-Finding Tips:
Always shake before use to activate. Pro Filt’r’s rich pigments need a moment to dry down to their truest color, so when you're testing shades, remember to let the formula dry completely to find your perfect match. Deciding between two shades? Try the lighter shade.

Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free.

Ok so onto my own thoughts on this latest cult product... The price point is good, It's €33 for a 32ml bottle so it's average size and pricing, to be fair, the extra 2ml if it'll come out of the glass bottle is a little bonus! The texture is runny (but I like that) you dab it onto your face, get working with your brush and it applies so well. The coverage again I like, four pumps is well enough to give you full coverage around your whole face, clearly less if you've a smaller face than mine so please judge that for yourself.

Now the powder bit... the girls in Harvey Nichs were telling me this foundation was designed for oily people in mind and that way you don't need to use powder over it. I have road tested this foundation using powder and not using powder and I can 100% confirm that with my oily complexion, you have got to powder it! 

The day I decided to really test this was the Sunday of the Beauty Show working on the Blank Canvas Cosmetics stand in the RDS. The heat was unreal and after a couple of hours I was wrecked looking, like actually glowing it was terrible! I am not sweat resistant at all as the brand claims the foundation will adapt, it was really bad. I was really embarrassed so had to run to the bathroom to lash on the powder, thank goodness I brought it with me. I then wore the foundation with powder to a family party and it last much much better. We partied into the small hours of the morning and it was much better, I really liked it that night so if I'm ever wearing this foundation, I will always powder it.

Here I am partying away with the family and not overly shiny, the foundation was on about 4 hours at this stage and the room was very warm.

I think a brand claiming something of course doesn't guarantee that it will work the same way for you, our complexions are completely unique so just bear that in mind. I wouldn't write off the foundation just because it has to be powdered, I am so used to powdering my skin all the time that this is nothing new to me at all. The fact that the 240 shade is so nice on my skin is what keeps me coming back to it time and time again when I am going out on the weekends and want to wear my nice foundation. I'm not sure if I would actually go and buy it again but it will certainly get used until the last drop is gone!

I'd love to know other girls views on this who are oily like me to see if they find they need to powder it so if you've used it let me know. I found the girls on the Fenty Beauty counter in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum really helpful and I wasn't waiting too long to be skin matched either so swing by if you have the chance and at least then you can be sure the shade is right for you!

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