DIY COCONUT OIL – COFFEE GROUNDS – BROWN SUGAR FACE MASK:

Hello everyone! Today we are talking about a DIY skincare product; a lovely face mask with only 3 ingredients in it that are super cheap and easy to find.
 

So, get ready to pamper yourself  with this super easy DIY mask;  it is perfect to achieve a beautiful glowing skin without spending time and money at your local spa.

You will only need 3 natural ingredients that are really easy to find in your favorite grocery store or farmer market: coconut oil, brown sugar and coffee grounds.

 Here is the recipe:

1– Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil by putting it in a mug and then, for no less than 30 seconds, in the microwave;

2– Retrieve a teaspoon of coffee grounds from your coffee pot;

3Mix the coconut oil and the coffee grounds together in a small glass bowl;

4– Add a teaspoon of brown sugar;

5Mix everything together happily;

6Apply to the face and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes;

7– Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Et voilà, you will have an amazing moisturizing/exfoliating face mask suitable for all skin types. In fact, the coconut oil is a lovely nourishing natural product; sugar is a brilliant natural exfoliant because it tends not to tear at the skin (like other stronger products); coffee grounds are awesome to bright your skin and wake up a dull-ish complexion.

Some words of advice:

 A) I prefer washing masks off with a warm and wet washcloth, instead of a plain and simple splash of water. I run a washcloth under lukewarm water, squeeze out the excess water and then gently wash off the mask in a circular motion. Washcloths are also brilliant for exfoliating.

B) If you don’t particularly like the slightly “greasy” sensation that coconut oil naturally leaves on your face, you can use a gentle cleanser to remove it after, of course, you have rinse off all the mixture of the mask. 

C) I would recommend staying right on your bathroom sink while you put this mask on, because otherwise the coffee grains will spread everywhere, even on your cloths, so be careful.

 I love to apply this mask before an event or a night out as it gets my skin glowing.

 Plus the smell of coffee and coconut oil blended together? OMG, heavenly!

Have you already tried this DIY mask or are you tempted to frantically search for the ingredients throughout your kitchen cabinets right now and try it ASAP? I really like it, so I would love to know your thoughts about it!

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Review of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation:

Hello everyone! Today it’s a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about a great new foundation: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation.
 

Who is it for?

This foundation is perfect for every skin type, although it is best for normal to combination skin. If your skin is very oily you will need to prep your face very well with a mattifying primer before applying this foundation. Same if you have dry skin, I would recommend using a good unifying and moisturizing primer to make sure that your face is adequately hydrated. 

What’s good about it?

I have been using NYX Total Control Drop Foundation for weeks now and in various weather conditions (warm sunny days with high humidity; cold windy evenings; cold and rainy days) and it worked perfectly every time.

I love that this fragrance free foundation is very lightweight, but also highly pigmented… and that means a little product goes a long way, plus a full coverage will never results in a cakey appearance. In fact the fluid texture of this foundation is really easy to blend, resulting in an attractive satin-matte finish that doesn’t highlight imperfections, and wears well throughout your normal work day, without fading or creasing.

Moreover, this liquid foundation comes in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser, which is a brilliant way to distribute it, as you can easily adjust how much product you want/need, drop by drop, from a lovely sheer to a great full coverage and everything in between.

The extent of the shade selection of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is very impressive; the perfect shade for my skin tone is the 05 Light, but there are several options from fair to deep skin tones. With so many options it can be hard to find which bottle to buy, you will really need to choose carefully which one of the two dozen shades is going to be perfect for your skin tone. So, I would recommend a visit to your nearest store to try in person this foundation; with a single drop on your neck or hand you will quickly find out the perfect shade for your skin tone.

A word of advice: the consistency of this foundation is, at first, a little bit on the watery side, so I would recommend putting the number of drops you want to use directly on your skin, with your fingers or the dispenser, and only after you can blend it on your face with a flat kabuki foundation brush. Otherwise, putting 4 or more drops right away on the brush will result in the unpleasant event that the tool will absorb the product entirely, leaving nothing on your skin.

The glass bottle contains ml.13 of product, but is really enough since you will need only 3/4 drops of it to achieve a lovely medium coverage. So, like I said, I little bit goes a long way. 

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really! This is a good and not so pricey foundation that I will certainly recommend to give it a chance. But like I said before, you need to try it in store to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. Also, the best way to apply it is to put a couple of drops first directly on your skin, then blend it with your favorite foundation blush. 

Final thoughts!

What I love most about NYX Total Control Drop is that it’s considered a drugstore product, but at the end of the day it has the performance of some famous brand foundation. In fact it’s remarkably buildable, blends smoothly across the skin and leaves your face with a lovely satin matte finish.

So, if you have the chance to have a shop nearby, go and give it a chance, I think you will not be disappointed! 

Or, if you already knew your shade, you can shop it here.

I would love to know what you think of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation? Have you already tried it and loved it, or not? As always, if you want, let me know in the comment below.

 The packaging:


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Review of Avène Cleanance Gel Cleanser:

Hello everyone! Today it’s a skincare day review, because we are going to talk about a great and affordable cleanser: Avène Cleanance Gel Cleanser.

Who is it for?

This soapless cleansing gel is perfect for those who have oily or acne prone skin and need an everyday cleanser that gently but effectively helps to purify your skin, while respecting its physiological pH. However, since this extremely gentle cleanser doesn’t contain harsh active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, it works really well even on normal or dry skin, especially after a humid hot summer day. 

What’s good about it?

I have been using the Avène Cleanance Gel Cleanser almost every day since I have bought it, nearly a month ago now. I especially love using this cleanser at the end of the day, as a second cleanser, after removing all my make up with a specific product like the amazing Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (my review here) and the Camomile Cleansing Butter. However, this is also awesome as a first cleanser for your morning skincare routine.

The light consistency of this aquamarine gel becomes soft and soapy once you have massage it on your damp face. Then you can rinse it away with warm water. It’s really easy to use!

Avène Cleanance Gel can cleanse gently and effectively your face, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and balanced, but not dry or tight. It can even help calm sensitive skin!

This hypoallergenic and paraben-free gel is also fragrance-free. Plus, it contains Avène Thermal Spring Water, a great soothing ingredient; Cucurbita Pepo, a vegetal origin extract, which contributes to reduce the excess of sebum, and zinc gluconate, an amazing anti-inflammatory ingredient.

The packaging is also great and easy to use; the small opening on the top of the bottle can assure you that there will be no waste of product (in fact you will only need a small amount of gel to clean your entire face, so a little bit of it goes a long way). 

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really. This is a very good and effective cleanser. Plus, the huge bottle of 300 ml. is, beyond doubt, a beauty bargain.

You can buy it in every store near you that sell Avène products or online here.

Final thoughts!

I really love skincare products, especially after my acne treatment that dried out my skin so badly that I needed to change my entirely skincare routine! So I really recommend this cleanser gel, to everyone actually, not only to those who have oily/acne-prone skin. It is a really great everyday cleanser, affordable and very effective.

Ingredients:

Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Zinc Coceth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Coco-Amphoacetate, Ceteareth-60 Myristyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Glyceryl Laurate, Green 5 (CI 61570), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Zinc Gluconate.

Active Ingredients : Eau thermale Avène 56%, Base lavante douce, Extrait concentré de Cucurbita pepo, Gluconate de zinc, CTAB.

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H&M Beauty Haul:

Hello everyone! Today we are going to talk about H&M beauty line, and obviously there will be some reviews, lots of them actually: 😉
The whole H&M beauty line has everything you will possibly need to satisfy your make up obsession, from brushes to lipsticks, bags to blushers.

If you are on a budget you have to check out this amazing and affordable beauty line, but even if you’re not I would recommend trying some of H&M beauty products because they are extremely good. So, next time you’re passing by, I highly recommend to go to an H&M shop that stocks their beauty products, and in case you need some shopping list inspiration, here are my top picks

– H&M All-Day Liquid Foundation.

This is a great foundation with a gorgeous flawless finish.

I bought it a couple of months ago, October if I remember correctly, and I have been using it since then; I really love it.

The packaging is also good, because the pump applicator works very well and dispenses the right amount of product you want. Moreover, the color range is great because you can chose from 11 different shades.

The lightweight, creamy liquid texture meshes well with skin for easy, smooth blending. Also the formula is comfortable with a light to medium coverage (but if you want more coverage you can certainly build it up).

Because of its liquid/cream-ish texture I would recommend using a foundation brush to blend it better, instead of a beauty blender sponge. Last, but surely not least, this is a fragrance free product and provides a broad-spectrum sun protection thanks to its SPF 15; amazing thing since SPF is really important and a lot of people prefer to apply it with their usual make up (e.g. foundation, BB creams etc.). Moreover, when it comes to wear time, this does last several hours without fading too much. What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a very good and affordable foundation. It is, beyond doubt, a beauty bargain.




– H&M Global Fusion Eye Pot in Paw Paw Blossom (Limited Edition).

This is a great creamy eye shadow in a bold burgundy-metallic color with a warm undertone. This shade should be able to make your eyes truly pop, if you will blend it correctly. Moreover, it is the ideal choice for those seeking a versatile product that works great on its own as well as applied before or after a powder eye shadows for different effects (or to give the creamy eye shadow greater staying power). What’s particularly impressive about this H&M creamy eye shadow is its easy to apply, richly pigmented and smooth formula. Because it’s a creamy eyeshadow you need to be careful with your brushes, in fact I prefer to use my fingers to apply directly from the tub onto my eyelids and then blend the color perfectly with the help of the natural hands heat. Unfortunately this shade is no longer available, but you can still try the other eye cream colors.

What’s not so good about it:

If you don’t quickly apply the right amount of this product as needed to cover your entire eye area, you will quickly run into problems because the formula dries very fast. In other words, you have little time to blend, so you need to work fast and use it cautiously and with patience.



– H&M Jumbo Lip Pencil Lip color-to-go in Zinfandel.

I really enjoyed the shade of this Lip Pencil when I was wearing it, and I also was very impressed with the formula when I was reviewing it. The formula is in fact comfortable to wear, creamy, high pigmented and it offers hours of color-rich wear, even after your morning coffee break. The texture of this lip pencil is a perfect combo between a matte lip pencil and a creamy lipstick; the finish is lovely and it won’t dry out your lips, plus this shade is a must have for the winter season. Moreover, this product is very similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but way more affordable.

What’s not so good about it: The shade range is very limited, at least here in Italy.




– H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil in Come In Third.

This is a gorgeous bronze kinda shade eye pencil with some shimmer in it. You really need to try this eye pencil, because it last for hours even in warm and humid weather conditions. The texture is really creamy and smooth, which makes it perfect to use on your lash line, like an eyeliner. But you can also blend this highlighting color on the center of your lids to give some 3D effect to your makeup.

What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is beyond doubt a beauty bargain.




– H&M Straight Defining Brush.

I was looking for a good straight brush; not round, oval or angled, but perfectly straight. So I decided to include this one in my last H&M beauty haul. So far, so good… I love it. It is a really good brush that has nothing to envy to the high end (and pricey) brushes on the market.

This brush has densely packed bristles with a flat, straight and horizontal end. This firm yet soft brush is cut to create a defined eyeshadow line close to your upper and lower lash line, or to blend and smooth out your eyebrow pencil.

What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a well made and affordable brush; I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with its performance. Another great beauty bargain from H&M! 


– H&M Brush Cleanser Spray.

Generally I prefer to clean my make-up brushes and tools with a lot of water, neutral soap and the Start Maker Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg (my review here ), but some days I’m simply too tired or too lazy to even think about it, so enter the H&M Brush Cleanser Spray. This is a great and affordable spray that cleans, easily and fast, your make-up brushes. How to use: Spray directly onto the brush head and clean off with a paper tissue. What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a great and, more important, affordable brush cleanser. Plus, its scent is really lovely.

Have you already tried something from the H&M beauty line? If so, let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend.

Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum by Estee Lauder:

Hello everyone! Today it’s the first skincare review of the year, yaaaay! 🙂 We are going to talk about the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum by Estee Lauder.
 

Who is it for? 

Everyone who needs a good serum to repair dry skin. It is also an amazing product to fight dull and uneven skin texture. Moreover, you can use this serum to attack first signs of aging and to achieve a smoother, more luminous, younger complexion.

What’s good about it?

 I really love the consistency and texture of this serum. Its light gel/liquid formula absorbs nicely and fast, leaving your skin more luminous and more hydrated than before. It also dries quickly, when applied, without leaving behind a sticky feeling on your face.

I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum for the past three weeks, every other day through my night skincare routine; I use 4/5 drops and I gently smooth them on clean skin under my usual night moisturizing cream (you can also use it alone, but I prefer putting a good moisturizer under it to maximize the effect especially during winter months, when my skin tends to become very dry because of the cold weather).

When I wake up my skin feels smoother, hydrated and refreshed than before; it also looks radiant, even-toned and healthier.

On the box it says that this serum is recommended specifically for its anti aging properties, but I found out that Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum is an amazing product even for people who have oily or acne-prone skin, because it will help your acne scars and spots healing better, and it will keep your sensitive but problematic skin from drying out and becoming even more irritated. 

What’s not so good about it?

Honestly nothing, this is a brilliant product to have in your kickass skincare arsenal, but it also is a luxury one, so it’s pricey. Because of the price, at first I tried a travel size bottle of this serum and when it was gone I noticed that it had became an important step of my skincare routine, so I knew I had to have the full size! I waited for several months and then, lucky me, I found it at a really good discount in a beauty shop in my city, so now I finally I have it! Yeahhh!!! On the bright side, I’ve found out that a little goes a long way, so a full size bottle will last you for several months and the product is so amazing that it is absolutely worth of your money!

Final thoughts!

What can I say? I love everything about this serum. Its fragrance free formula is suitable for all skin types, it also contains several good ingredients that can be beneficial to correct and repair many different skin problems (dryness, dullness, first sign of aging, uneven texture ecc.) The bottle is huge, and really easy to use thanks to a dropper applicator that is really helpful to prevent wasting too much product and to facilitate counting how many drops you will need to use every time. Moreover, like I said before, a little goes a long way, so a full size bottle will last you for several months!

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My 5 favorites make up products of 2016:

Hello everyone! 2016 is finally over and we can now decide what makeup we used/liked the most.
My most used and loved makeup products of 2016 are five. I have already talked about some of them in my precedent posts, others are new discovery so there are going to be 2 new mini-review in this post. If you want to know which are my last makeup favorites products of 2016 keep reading.

The last makeup product that I bought in 2016 was the H&M Jumbo Lip Pencil “Lip color-to-go” in the shade “Zinfandel”.
I really enjoyed the shade of this Lip Pencil when I was wearing it, and I also was very impressed with the formula when I was reviewing it. The formula is in fact comfortable to wear, creamy, high pigmented and it offers hours of color-rich wear, even after your morning coffee break. The texture of this lip pencil is a perfect combo between a matte lip pencil and a creamy lipstick; the finish is lovely and it won’t dry out your lips, plus this shade is a must have for the winter season. Moreover, this product is very similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but way more affordable.
What’s not so good about it: The shade range is very limited.


You can buy it here.
This is one of favorite eye shadow palette, and probably my no.1 makeup product of the year; the Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P).
I especially love the wide selection of neutral and autumnal plum colors, amazing shades to achieve a broad spectrum of makeup effects. Moreover, I was honestly blown away by the great buttery texture of these eye shadows, and by the fact that the shades are as bright on the eyelids as you can see in the palette.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is beyond doubt a beauty bargain.


You can read my more in-depth review here (with swatches, of course).
Next I have to mention my beloved make up brushes.
I use multiple brands and I always test them in every weather condition, with different products, etc. I’ve also found out that if you wet them with a little spritz of fixing mist, before applying your makeup product, the result will be perfect and long lasting. All of my most used makeup brushes are lovely to use, cruelty free and have a great quality.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. But remember to properly and frequently wash your makeup brushes after using them.




I did a full review here , if you are interested.

Now I’m going to talk about the wonderful Pastello Pencils and the Manga Brow Pencil from Neve Makeup Cosmetics.
I would really recommend these pencils from this particular “made in Italy” brand because their quality is outstanding, but they are also very affordable. Neve Makeup Cosmetics lips/eyes/brows pencils are perfect for everyone who wants a creamy, matte, long lasting and very pigmented product. Moreover, their formula is natural, cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. I very much LOVE this pencils.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really! The quality and the price tag of these pencils is awesome, they really are a beauty bargain! The only “negative” point is that you have to sharpen them with a lip pencil sharpener after a couple of applications, that means that some product is wasted each time you are going to do that.



Here is my full review.

The last but not least new product that I have bought last year is a mini-size of the notorious Hoola Bronzer from Benefit. I’ve got mine in the travel size version as a free gift from purchasing other Benefit products. I’ve used it since last September and I’ve happily found out that the shade is perfect for my fair skin type. I usually apply it to achieve a believable, light and almost natural tan color on my face, after applying my foundation. I also use it sometimes as a contouring powder to shape and define my cheeks. I love Hoola also because it has a smooth texture, lightly perfect shiny finish, and a lovely shade that is very flattering on fair skin. So, in conclusion, this is an excellent bronzing powder and I will definitely repurchase the full size version!
What’s not so good about it: I would certainly recommend it, but the Hoola Bronzer is a pricey product so try it before buying it.



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My makeup using this products:


Have you already tried any of my favorites make up products of 2016? And what are your favorites makeup products of 2016, any great suggestion? If you want, let me know in the comment. 

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My New Years Eve Makeup Ideas:

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a nice and relaxing Winter break.
Today we are going to talk about my favorite lips and eye makeup combo for these festive nights and, especially, for NYE.

I like that this makeup is shiny but light, and also not too dark or glitter-ish. So, if you fancy an easy look that will shimmer and glimmer under the 1000 lights of your NYE party, I think you will love this idea.

The three products that I would recommend are all from NYX Cosmetics (I really loved using them for a special holiday night out makeup).

• NYX Lingerie Eye Tint in 10 “ Fame & Fortune” and in 07 “Whimsy”.

Whether you’re having a low-key and relaxing dinner with your dearest friends or spending hours dancing, laughing and having fun at the coolest party in town, you surely want to look amazing for this particular night. They say that you have to wear something red on NYE for good luck, so, aside from your lingerie, why not to be bold and use a red-ish metallic eye shadow? NYX Lingerie Eye Tint in n.07Whimsy” is perfect. This metallic and shiny shade will make your eyes truly pop!

You can also add a little hint of sparkle with this other beautiful shade, number 10 “Fame & Fortune”. It’s a cool metallic silver with a delicate pearl finish.

A weightless creamy eye shadow formula, NYX Lingerie Eye Tint provides a wonderful shade to your eyes, also this is a great highly pigmented, long lasting and easy to blend product. The real “must have” for NYX!

You can use them together to build a gorgeous eyes makeup, or you can blend them easily on a traditional powder eye shadow for an additional sparkling touch; your choice!

• You can find them in every NYX Cosmetics store or here.

The NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 02 “ Embellishment”.

So, now that you have done your eyes with bold and shiny colors, you have to be light on your lips. I would recommend using a nude lipstick, such as NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 02Embellishment”. This is a weightless liquid lipstick with a matte finish and a great long lasting formula (it lasts for several hours even if you’ll eat a slice of Panettone or drink a glass of sparkling Prosecco – as we do here in Italy to celebrate New Year at midnight).

This shade has a nude tone with a cool pink undertone, beautiful and easy to wear with every skin tone.

The texture of this product is a little bit drying, so when or if you will have to refresh your makeup throughout the night, I would suggest to use a good lip balm underneath, otherwise this lipstick will dry your lips.

• You can find this liquid lipstick in every NYX Cosmetics store or here.

 

-The liquid lipstick:

-The eye shadows:

-My usual makeup with these products:


That’s all for this year, thank you so much for reading my blog ’til the end of 2016! I hope you will follow me and my posts even during 2017. Have a wonderful, safe and fun NYE everyone.

Start Makers Make Up Brushes – Review

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review, because I’m going to talk about a great and affordable set of brushes that I bought from Amazon a couple of weeks ago!
1. The Fan Brush:

I’ve been on the hunt for this brush all over the beauty shops that I know and always use since last Summer. Sadly, I’ve been repeatedly out of luck because the one I wanted was always out of stock, so I kept searching until I found out it was inside this Start Makers set. This is a very large brush, shaped as a fan, hence the name. Its super-soft synthetic bristles are perfect to pick up and distribute the right amount of your powder products, such as highlighters along your cheekbones and around your nose or blushers along your cheeks. You can also use this brush to sweep away any product fall out. The bristles are 100% synthetic and super soft on your skin! It’s the perfect brush to pick up and distribute your powder product flawlessly in order to achieve an airbrushed finish. I love this tool and I always use it to apply my favorite blusher, highlighters and sometimes even my face powder.

2. The Oval Foundation/Concealer Brush:

This oval brush, that looks like a giant toothbrush, is the last trendy tool from the South Korean beauty universe. Ergonomically designed, this brush is really easy to use, plus its ultra-soft synthetic bristles can blend your liquid/creamy product smoothly and without wasting too much of it. The best way to utilize this brush is by applying a small amount of cream or liquid primer/foundation/concealer to the back of your hand, then dab repeatedly to fill the brush before using broad strokes to blend the makeup over your face and neck. You can also use the edges of the brush to access small areas, like the skin around your nose etc. At first, I was skeptical regarding the effectiveness of this tool, but now that I have tried it I really love how it can blend beautifully and flawless my foundation/concealer. I adore this brush, and since I’ve started using it I noticed that I can do a better job distributing my liquid foundation with this oval brush instead of with the Beauty Blender sponge. Highly recommended!

3. The Makeup Sponge:

I can honestly say that this looks and feels like the well known Beauty Blender sponge, only it’s cheaper. This remarkably soft sponge allows you to easily and quickly blend your liquid or cream foundation. For the best application, I would recommend at first slightly dampening the sponge, then putting the foundation on the back of your hand. Lastly dip the egg-shaped sponge into the product, and apply it to your face, rapidly “bouncing” it. Since the sponge is really soft, the result will be a uniform and natural-looking coverage. Plus, it’s really easy to clean and re-use; if you will take good care of your sponge, you should probably get a good six months out of it, or maybe even longer (wash it with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and let it air dry before using it again it’s the best way to clean it. Also, avoid twisting the sponge as the material can easily tear). This is a great, affordable dupe of the Beauty Blender, so if you’re on a budget I would really recommend trying this one.

4. The Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg:

I love this silicone brush cleaning egg because it’s a super-efficient tool that cleans your make-up brushes really fast, thoroughly but yet in a way that is gentle and respects the brushes texture. Also, it makes the unpleasant and boring task of cleaning your make-up brushes much quicker and easier. It has a couple of multi-textured surfaces to simply spot or deep-clean all your brushes; a really good and effective tool. Also, a must have for any die-hard make-up addicted.

Final thoughts:

I would really recommend this kit if you are a makeup obsessed on a budget but want to try some high quality brushes, and also some new trendy tools. Also, they came in a very nice and handy package, making this set a great and affordable Christmas gift for someone who truly is a makeup addicted. So, this set is extremely good and a really beauty bargain. 

P.S: This brand has other makeup brushes kits; they look amazing and I can’t wait to try some of them ASAP.


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Autumn/Fall Favorites: Beautiful Trendy Lipsticks:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review because we are going to talk about my top lipsticks for this A/W season! 🙂 
For this season the trend is to wear dark shades, but also shine/metallic lipsticks to start a gorgeous and positive week.

So, in this post I will talk about five lipsticks that I’m going to wear the most this A/W season: 

1- Nyx Liquid Suede in Stone Fox:

It seems that for this Fall/Winter season every shade of grey will be the new black. So, very trendy!

Now you can openly summon your inner Goth queen and go for one of the boldest shade around: dark grey. My favorite is Nyx Liquid Suede in Stone Fox, a beautiful dark gray with blue undertones. This is the lipstick that I wore for the opening of the NYX shop at the mall in my city; it is a great, highly pigmented, long lasting and matte finish liquid lipstick, plus it is a true beauty bargain! I have tested it and I can honestly say that it lasts for about 4/5 hours without fading – it remained perfect from my morning university classes to the evening, if you don’t eat or drink. This liquid lipstick has a creamy texture at first, but then the finish is really matte, and so comfortable to wear that once it’s dried down you forget it’s even there.

What’s not good about it: Yes, it has long lasting properties, but when it fades it’s not pretty. The formula settle into lip lines, making them very apparent, and, sadly, the color flakes with pieces of lipstick coming off in chunks, particularly towards the corners of your mouth. So, when the product starts to fade, I would recommend taking it off your lips ASAP and apply a brand new coat .

Moreover, this is a bold, unusual shade, so I would recommend to follow the good old advice; try it before buying it… meaning, try it and see if this unique shade looks great on you and really compliments your skin tone, or not at all!

I really love the color range of this NYX collection, plus they aren’t pricey and have a fantastic velvet-matte finish.

You can find it here 

2- Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Whipped Blush:

I absolutely love this product but, to be honest, I have a love/hate feeling about the color. The shade is a gorgeous bright pink, but too much shimmery for my taste. The texture slicks on easily, leaving a juicy color and a glossy shine finish.

Word of advice; once the creamy-liquid texture sets for good, in less than an hour, the formula starts to feel too dry, so for comfortable wear use a good lip balm underneath it.

The color quality is strong, so it stays on all day without smudging, plus it’s a bargain!

According to the Internet, this A/F season will see the return of the liquid lipstick/gloss with a light shine finish, so I think this is the perfect shade to master this trend. Also, you will be as radiant as the pink clouds kissed by the sun before a beautiful winter sunset 😉


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3- Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout

A quick swipe of a nude, warm lipstick never goes out of style, so it’s the perfect choice for an everyday classy look this Fall season.

I love this lipstick because, at least for me, it’s the perfect shade of nude (a lovely subtle dusty rose), and it has a strong color quality. Also, its satin finish texture feels lightweight throughout is wear time, and its creamy formula is easy to apply.

For this one you don’t need to apply a lip balm underneath, thanks to the good moisturizing ingredients that Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick contains.

If you are on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick to wear this Fall/Winter season, you have to try this; I adore it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed! It is a little pricey, but the color and the quality are amazing, so totally worth your money.


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4- YSL Rouge Volupte Aqua Shine Effect in Violet Incognito:

A dark purple shade is perfect for a season that it is warm but also cool. And I love this bold color!

This lipstick is amazing; it has the highly pigmented color of a lipstick, with the comfortable, lightweight and hydrating feeling of a lip balm.

The formula is packed with moisturizing emollients, such as Pomegranate extracts, Candellila resins and Hyaluronic Acid Spheres, all great ingredients to protect and nourish your lips. If you want the color to really pop-up, I would recommend using a good lip pencil in a similar color of the lipstick. A good lip liner can also help to prevent the movement of the color into the fine lines around your mouth.

The rich color of YSL Rouge Volupte Aqua Shine Effect in Violet Incognito wears well and fades evenly, leaving a bit of a stain behind. But, like I said before, if you want to maintain the bold color through all the night/day you will need to use a lip pencil and reapply the product after 3/4 hours.

The sad part is that this is a luxury product, so it is on the pricey side, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer lip color, I can assure you that this won’t disappoint you or your wallet! 😉 


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5- Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting in Empowered:

I absolutely love this lipstick! Red lips are always a classic great choice, particularly during the Fall/Winter season. And there is nothing like a red lipstick to power up your look! Moreover, this shade of red is gorgeous: it has a medium pigmentation with a beautiful and subtle crystalline shine. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting glides smoothly across your lips due to its creamy texture and fades to an attractive satin finish after about five hours. It also feels comfortable and lightweight during its entire wear time. You don’t need to use a good lip balm underneath it because the formula is really hydrating, but if you want to obtain the perfect all day makeup look you can pair it with a good lip pencil.

I have the travel size of this lipstick because it was a gift; I love that it is small and you can put it literally in every confined spot of your clutch/bag/pocket… etc. I have to be honest, this is a luxury product, so it’s pricey, but I can assure you that this amazing lipstick is worth your money (and if I you will be able to find the travel size, lucky you, go for it without thinking too much).


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