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.

My 7 Essential MakeUp Brushes and How To Use Them:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about my most used and loved makeup brushes and tools! 🙂

First things first, I have a lovely brush roll case from The Vintage Cosmetic Company, to keep all of my make up brushes neat and tidy at home or away. It’s really a cute case with a Spring-ish pattern of flowers printed all over it . It has 12 separate sections to hold each brush in place (but I manage to fit more than 12 in it). 🙂

•You can find the The Vintage Cosmetic Company Brush Roll here.

These are my must-have, favourite brushes at the moment:

P.S: I have collected them from various shops just to see what brand I love the most, what I hate and what I like, so this is a good handful of favourites…

1- Real Technique Setting Brush: The medium size and the rounded shape of this brush are ideal for setting powders and easy blending. This particular brush has a luxuriously soft feel and perfectly balanced density that makes blending effortless and smooth.

The well-crafted brushes of Real Technique are famous and award winning tools; there isn’t a bad brush in this brand, they are all aces when it comes to shape, feel, and, most importantly, performance. Plus they are cruelty free because they are made of synthetic bristles.

How To Use It:

– Apply Powder

– Apply and Blend Blush, Bronzer or Highligther

– Contouring

P.S: I love this brand and I highly recommend it, even if a few days ago my amazing Grooming Brush broke in two parts (I don’t even know way), and I had to throw it away, so sad! 😦

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2 – Kiko Eyes Brush n.207: This small brush has a dome shape with a slightly pointed end. It is perfect for the precise application of eyeshadows along the line of the eyelashes, in the outer corner and in the crease of the eye. Moreover, it has densely packed and soft hairs that do a great job of picking up and applying powder eyeshadow.

How To Use It:

– Apply Eyeshadows Into Tight Spaces

– Apply Highlighter To Eyes

– Blend or Smudge Eyeshadows Or Eye Pencils

7 – Kiko Precision Foundation Sponges: A classic triangular sponge for makeup application. It easily spreads liquid, cream, and gel foundations, or similar products across the face for a quick and smooth coverage. The pointed tips also works extremely well for applying creamy/gel products in smaller areas like the corners of the eyes or on the sides of the nose. As far as the texture goes, this is a firm, but also soft and flexible sponge, made with hypoallergenic material and latex-free. They are sold in blocks of 4 detachable sponges.

How To Use It:

– Wet or Dry to Apply Creamy, Liquid or Gel Foundation/Products

– The Flat Part To Apply Products Evenly Over The Entire Surface of The Face

– The Angled Part To Apply Products To the More Hard-to-reach corners of The Face

Both the Eye Brush and the Sponges are great quality tools. They are also easy to clean and they maintain their shape through washing and drying. Plus, they are really affordable, hence a beauty bargain!

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3 – Sephora Pro Bent Liner Brush n. 23:
I have already did a mini review of this brush here. Anyway, it has an elbow-shaped ferrule to easily draw on gel or liquid liner.

How To Use It:

– Apply a Precise and Firm Line of Your Favourite Gel or Liquid Eye Liner

I really love how it works, it is great to create an easy, precise, firm and flawless line of your favourite gel or liquid liner. Moreover, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with its performance and longevity.

Plus, it is cruelty free because it is made of synthetic Taklon fibers.
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4 – H&M Eye Shadow Brush (or Flat Shader Eyeshadow Brush):

This brush has densely packed bristles with a flat, slightly rounded end. Also, this sturdy, firm yet soft brush is cut to be workable as a good tool to apply eyeshadow along the lashline, and/or to pack it onto the lid in a patting motion.

How To Use It:

– Apply A Single Eyeshadow To A Small Area

– Blend Eyeshadows Together

– Apply Creamy Eyeshadows or Concealer

Though H&M brushes don’t quite match the quality of the Real Technique brushes, they are well made, affordable and you won’t be disappointed with their performance. They are a really beauty bargain! 

5 – The Body Shop Lipstick & Concealer Brush: This brush has extremely dense and ultra-soft bristles that feel exceptionally luxurious on the skin. Moreover, its cruelty-free synthetic bristles won’t retain moisture from liquid or creamy product, so you get a smooth and more even application.

How To Use It:

– Apply Lipstick

– Apply Concealer or Creamy Eyeshadows To A Small Area

– Blend or Smudge Lip Pencils To Fill the Lips

I adore Body Shop Brushes, they are really high quality tools! They work extremely well, they are affordable, considering the great quality, and maintained properly, this brushes will last you for years. I highly recommend them.

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6- Essence Eye Blender Brush: This is a small, fluffy brush with a rounded end. Its soft, long yet dense bristles are ideal for blending and/or applying eyeshadow.

How To Use It:

– Apply Eyeshadow

– Blend Eyeshadow Colors Together

– Blend Eyeshadow To Create Soft Lines

Though it doesn’t quite match the quality of the Real Technique brushes, this is a very good, affordable drugstore brand to start your I-do-my-makeup-like-a-pro journey. 😉

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Review of the Wet Brush:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Super-hot, humid Summer is back… not cool!-.-‘ Today it’s a haircare day review, so, before I melt away like snow under the sun, I’m going to talk about the Classic Wet Brush! 🙂

Little premise as always: I have thick hair that tangles very easily. Therefore, I always have to brush my locks before I wash it, otherwise I will not be able to untangled it after washing my hair.

Who is it for?

I would recommend this product to anyone who needs a gentle hair brush that removes knots quickly and painlessly, especially from wet hair. It is also great for reinvigorating/massaging your scalp.

What’s good about it?

This ordinary looking hair brush has changed my life! I have thick and uncooperative hair, so detangling my locks was my most hated activity, but this brush slides smoothly through my tangles (like a hot knife through butter) without causing split ends or watery eyes. Plus, the amount of hair breaking off and falling out as I brush my locks is now little to none, which is a first, at least for me. 

Now I love brushing my hair, because after using this amazing tool, my locks are smooth and tangle-free. In the past, I’ve bought expensive brushes per recommendation of my hair stylist that didn’t even come close to how good this brush works. 

I love the Classic Wet Brush so much that I have already purchased the smaller version; it’s always in my bag! 

Moreover, it is ergonomically designed with a rubber coated, non-slip handle, and it comes in several great colors.

P.S: I don’t have frizzy and unruly hair any more thanks to my beloved Paul Mitchell conditioner [I did my review here], used in combo with this amazing brush!

You can buy it here and get a FREE Mini Wet Brush with every The Wet Brush purchase or here 

What’s not so good about it?

The only thing that bothers me is how to clean it. You have to be a little careful, because the bristles are so long that I have a hard time cleaning the base without bending them. Or you can use a specific cleaner that can easily and effectively remove the hair that gets stuck in your brush.

Final thoughts!

The Classic Wet Brush effortlessly detangles your wet or dry locks in no time at all without stretching or breaking your delicate strands, and it’s an amazing tool for everyone; long hair, curly, straight, short, children etc. I’ve gone through two of these brushes already (the classic one and the mini version), so far over the course of a year and I truly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a new amazing and affordable hair brush. For me, it’s a must have for this summer!

What’s in it?

Ingredients:

None, it’s a brush! 😉 But how it works? I’m not quite sure what makes this brush perform better than the others, but according to the company this works, and I quote: “… with the revolutionary ‘IntelliFlex’ technology (…). The thin, strong yet super flexible bristles have “brains”, yielding or unbending as required, to glide through tangles with next-to-no tugging, tearing or tress distress. Also, the ball-tip bristles are perfect for gently stimulating circulation near the scalp, to better feed your follicles and encourage near growth”.

Final Vote:

  

5on 5 stars

The classic brush:

   

 

This is the mini size and I bought it on Amazon UK 

  

  

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Ciao a tutti! 🙂 E’ finalmente ritornata l’estate caldissima e super umida… che gioia! -.-‘ Accendiamo il tasto “non mi piace”, grazie! 😀 Oggi recensione dedicata ai prodotti per capelli, quindi, prima di sciogliermi come neve al sole, vi parlerò di un’ottima spazzola, la Classic Wet Brush! 🙂

 

Piccola premessa come sempre: i miei capelli sono grossi e folti e tendono ad aggrovigliarsi molto facilmente. Devo sempre spazzolarli prima di lavarli altrimenti, dopo lo shampoo, non riuscirei più a districarli.

Per chi è?

Consiglierei questo prodotto a chi ha bisogno di una spazzola che rimuova i nodi gentilmente e velocemente, specialmente dai capelli umidi. Le sue setole sono ottime anche per massaggiare e rinvigorire il cuoio capelluto.

Cosa ha di buono?

Questa normalissima, all’apparenza, spazzola per capelli mi ha cambiato la vita!

Ho sempre odiato pettinarmi dopo lo shampoo perché ho i capelli grossi che tendono ad annodarsi facilmente, ma questa spazzola riesce a districarli, con la stessa facilità di un coltello che taglia il burro, senza spezzarli e senza farmi venire le lacrime agli occhi. Inoltre, la quantità di capelli che mi cadono o che si spezzano mentre li pettino è diminuita notevolmente, cosa che con le altre spazzole non mi era mai successa. Ora adoro pettinarmi i capelli dopo averli lavati perché sono più facili da trattare, lisci e senza nodi.

Prima usavo diversi altri tipi di spazzole raccomandate dal mio parrucchiere, meno economiche rispetto a questa: nessuna di loro ha mai funzionato così bene come la Classic Wet Brush, nonostante costassero una piccola fortuna!

Mi piace così tanto questa spazzola che ho già comprato anche la versione mini; è ottima da portare in giro, infatti la tengo sempre nella borsa.

Il manico è ergonomico, con un’ impugnatura in gomma per far sì che non scivoli facilmente dalle mani, inoltre è disponibile in diversi colori e fantasie… per tutti i gusti! 😉

P.S: Non ho più i capelli crespi e “indomabili” da quando uso il mio amato balsamo di Paul Mitchell [di cui potete leggere la recensione qui], in combinazione con questa utilissima spazzola!

Cosa non mi piace?

L’unica cosa che “mi preoccupa” è la pulizia della Classic Wet Brush. Bisogna fare attenzione perché le setole sono lunghe e per pulire la base bisogna piegarle leggermente. Oppure potete usare un attrezzo specifico per la pulizia delle spazzole per capelli; con quello riuscirete certamente a ripulire meglio la base e ad eliminare tutti i capelli che si incastrano nella spazzola.

Considerazioni finali!

La Classic Wet Brush riesce a districare facilmente i vostri capelli, umidi o asciutti che siano, senza dover tirare troppo e senza causare danni alle vostre ciocche. Va bene per tutti; chi ha i capelli lunghi, corti, ricci, lisci e anche per i bambini.

Ho già avuto modo di usare due di queste spazzole per un anno circa (la versione classica e quella mini) e le raccomando fortemente a chi cerca una nuova spazzola efficiente ma non troppo costosa! Per me è un “must have” dell’estate, soprattutto, ma non solo, al mare o in piscina!

Come è fatta?

Ingredienti:

Ovviamente nessuno, è una spazzola! 😉 Ma come funziona? Non sono proprio sicura di quale sia esattamente la tecnologia dietro questo prodotto o il motivo per cui funziona meglio di altre spazzole all’apparenza molto simili, ma, secondo la casa produttrice, e cito: “… questa spazzola utilizza la rivoluzionaria tecnologia ‘IntelliFlex’. (…) Le setole sono forti, molto flessibili ma allo stesso tempo sottili. Inoltre sono ‘intelligenti’, nel senso che sono in grado di adattarsi ai diversi tipi di capello, flettendosi o irrigidendosi secondo le diverse necessità, e districando le ciocche senza tirare, strappare o causare stress al delicato cuoio capelluto. Inoltre, le palline che ci sono sulla punta di ogni setola stimolano gentilmente la circolazione del cuoio capelluto, permettendo così ai capelli di crescere più sani e forti”.

Voto finale:

  

5 stelle su 5

Review of the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua and the Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23 :

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today is MONDAYagain… how depressing! So, let’s keep calm and pretend it’s not Monday… AGAIN! Let’s talk about magic, magic makeup! 😉I’m going to talk about the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua and the Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23! 🙂

Little premise as always: I have oily eyelids so the need to use a good primer in that area has always been a must for me, otherwise my makeup will melt away during the day.

Who are them for?

I would recommend this eyeliner to anyone who wants a product that, once dry, stays in place for all day long and it is waterproof, too. The brush is also perfect for anyone who wants a tool that makes applying gel or cream eyeliner so much easier!

What’s good about them?

I have tried almost every gel liner known “on the planet Earth” and now I have found the one that’s perfect for me! 🙂

The color of the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua is a beautiful deep black. Moreover, it recreates the fluidity of a liquid liner in the easy way of a gel product.

In fact, this gel is easy to work with and it also creates a smooth and beautiful line from the first application.

It’s a water-resistant formula so you can go wherever you want with this; in fact, it stays put all day and doesn’t smudge off either.

Also, the product remains fresh in the pot even after months of use!

The texture is pretty good and it’s amazing to use with a good fine liner brush.

Speaking of which, I found a brush at Sephora for the Precision Gel Liner that creates the perfect combo! The tip of the Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23 is elbow-shaped, this means that you can tuck the ferrule of the brush under your lashes and allow the tip to trace the cleanest line you ever made. It will allow you to put on your eyeliner in a sec and it’s also easy to clean. I really adore it and I can guarantee that you will fall in love with the brush nr° 23, too! 

P.S: The ferrule is the brass part between the handle and the bristles.

 You can buy the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua on their official website .

You will find the Eyeliner Brush nr° 23 in your Sephora store, but if you want to take a look or buy it online, here it is

What’s not so good about them?

Nothing really, the Gel Liner by Illamasqua and the Sephora Brush are two wonderful products! I just wish the eyeliner came in more colors!

Final thoughts!
I must say that the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua is by far the best gel liner I have come across. Also you get a lot of product in the pot, so it’s worth the price tag! I don’t think I would ever go back to the others now that I found this little black magic gel! Moreover, like I said before, it creates an amazing combo with the Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23.

What’s in the Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua?

Ingredients:

ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, POLYETHYLENE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYSORBATE 20, BARIUM SULFATE, PHENOXYETHANOL [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), BLACK 2 (CI 77266)].

Final Vote:

  
5 on 5 stars

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Ciao a tutti! 🙂 Oggi è LUNEDI’… di nuovo… che depressione! Maaaa… restiamo calmi e facciamo finta che non sia lunedì… DI NUOVO! Parliamo di magia… per la precisione di makeup magico! ;)Oggi vi parlerò del Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua e del Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23! 🙂

Piccola premessa come sempre: ho le palpebre oleose, quindi ho sempre bisogno di usare un’ottima base, altrimenti il makeup mi si scioglierà tutto durante il corso della giornata.

Per chi sono?

Consiglio questo eyeliner a chi vuole un prodotto che, una volta asciutto, rimane perfettamente a posto per tutto il giorno ed è anche waterproof. Il pennello è ottimo per chi vuole uno strumento che renda molto più facile e veloce l’applicazione dell’eyeliner in gel o in crema!

Cosa hanno di buono?

Ho provato quasi tutti i tipi di eyeliner in gel che esistono sulla faccia della Terra, ma solo ora ho trovato quello perfetto per me! 🙂
Il colore del Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua è un bellissimo nero intenso.Ricrea inoltre la fluidità di un eyeliner liquido nella forma più facile da usare di un gel.

Infatti questo gel è facile da modellare e permette di creare una linea perfetta e fluida già dalla prima applicazione.

La formula è water-resistant così può essere usato in tutte le situazioni e con tutti i climi; rimane perfetto tutto il giorno e non si sbava facilmente.

Il prodotto si mantiene ottimamente nel vasetto anche dopo svariati mesi dalla prima apertura.La texture è fantastica ed è ottima per essere usata insieme con un buon pennello per eyeliner dalla punta fine.

A proposito, ho trovato un pennello per eyeliner di Sephora che crea una combinazione perfetta con il Precision Gel Liner! L’estremità del Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23 ha una forma a gomito, ciò consente di posizionare il puntale del pennello direttamente sotto le ciglia permettendo di tracciare una linea dritta e pulita. Riuscirete così a mettervi l’eyeliner in pochi secondi, rispetto ai minuti che perdevate prima! E’ anche molto facile da pulire!Io lo adoro e posso garantirvi che anche voi lo amerete dopo averlo provato la prima volta!

P.S: Per puntale in questo caso si intende la parte di ottone del pennello che si trova tra il manico di legno e le setole.

Potete trovare il Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua sul loro sito ufficiale .

Potete trovare l’ Eyeliner Brush nr° 23 nei negozi Sephora, ma se volete dargli un’occhiata o comprarlo online, ecco qui il link .

Cosa non mi piace?

Niente in realtà, il Gel Liner by Illamasqua e il pennello di Sephora sono due prodotti fantastici! Vorrei solo che ci fossero più colori tra i quali scegliere per l’eyeliner.

Considerazioni finali!

Devo dire che il Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua è assolutamente il miglior eyeliner gel che mi sia mai capitato di provare! Il vasetto contiene parecchio prodotto, quindi vale la spesa. Adesso che ho provato questo gel magico piccolo e nero 😉 non credo che userò mai più eyeliner di altre marche! Inoltre, come ho detto prima, è ancora più spettacolare se usato insieme al Sephora Eyeliner Brush nr° 23.

Cosa c’è nel Precision Gel Liner in Infinity by Illamasqua?

Ingredienti:

ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, POLYETHYLENE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYSORBATE 20, BARIUM SULFATE, PHENOXYETHANOL [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), BLACK 2 (CI 77266)].
Voto finale:

 

5 stelle su 5