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.

Summer Favourites: A Great Eye Cream For Dark Circles – Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30:

 Hello everyone! 🙂 Today is a skincare day review, so we are going to talk about a great eye cream to bright under-eye dark circles: Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. 

Who is it for?

Everyone who wants an effective, but lightweight morning cream to bright and correct under-eye darkness. Also, everyone who wants a good dedicated product to protect the delicate eye area from UV damage. 

What’s good about it? 

Usually, I’m not a fan of specific eye products, I prefer to use my foundation or BB cream around my eyes as well. But I have just tried the Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and I am really pleased with it so far.

Its lovely, lightweight and fragrance-free formula can instantly bright my under-eye area, and sometimes (not always, tough) I don’t even need to put my favorite concealer above it. Although, especially if you have very dark circles, you will always have to apply a good concealer above it.

Another amazing quality of this product, and the one I personally love the most, is that this eye cream contains a broad spectrum sun protection (SPF30), provided by pure titanium dioxide. This mineral ingredient can protect the delicate eye area from UV damage, and also it can double as a cosmetic pigment to help hide and light the appearance of dark circles, even if temporarily.

According to Kiehl’s, this eye cream contains a good amount of vitamin C, which is an amazing ingredient that can help to improve and correct dark circles caused by sun damage. Moreover, it’s formula is also packed with Caffeine and Licorice Root Extracts; both are excellent ingredients to improve skin discoloration, puffiness and aging damages.

The consistency of this eye cream is not greasy, and its silky texture sets, a couple of seconds after you have applied it, to a powdery matte finish that has just a touch of luminosity. It also sits very well beneath makeup, but I would recommend to apply only a small drop of product, otherwise, if you will put too much on, it would only make your dark circles worse. So, be careful and apply only a small amount of product.

Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is paraben-free, fragrance-free and ophthalmologist tested, so it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

What’s not so good about it?

To be honest, this product is a little too dry, at least for me. So, if the skin around your eyes is dry, you will absolutely need to apply your favorite eye cream or moisturizer underneath it. But this is not a deal breaker, because, even with its minimal moisturizing properties, Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is really a great product to try.

Also, it is pricey, but you will only need a small amount and the product is really worth of your money.

Final thoughts! 

It’s hard to find a good eye cream with sunscreen that doesn’t irritate your eyes, improves the appearance of your under-eye area, and contains beneficial ingredients to improve and protect your delicate eye area from UV and aging damages. So, for this 3 very good reasons, I would really recommend Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Moreover, it is a must have product to use the morning after a wild summer late night, or also when you are out and about on vacation, or relaxing at the beach or hiking in the mountains… overall every situation that involves staying outside under the hot summer sun.

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Final Vote:


4on 5 stars

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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 Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover by Body Shop:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a skincare day review, and after my eyeliner post last week, I thought now would be the perfect time to swipe things away nicely and talk about a great makeup remover! 😉 I’m going to talk about the Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover by Body Shop! 🙂 

Little premise as always: my eyes are very sensitive, so they gets easily dry and irritated.

Who is it for?
I would recommend this makeup remover to anyone who needs an all-in-one product that gently removes waterproof mascara and heavy lipsticks.

What’s good about it?
It’s common knowledge that camomile has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it makes the perfect ingredient to add to makeup removers and cleansers.

The Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover works gently to remove all traces of make-up, even heavy lipsticks, eyeliners and waterproof mascaras.

It’s a bi-phase formula, so, before you can properly use it, you have to shake the bottle to mix the product and activate the solution. Then, just hold the soaked up cotton pad for a few seconds over your eyes or lips, and use a gently wipe away motion to efficiently remove all traces of make-up.

The solution will put a thin oily layer onto your skin that will melt away your waterproof makeup without leaving behind a sticky residue.

Moreover, the Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover smells really nice and leaves the skin around the eyes soft and smooth.

It’s also color and alcohol-free, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers !

You can buy it on their official online shop here [for UK Costumers]or here[for US Costumers]or here[for Italian Costumers]

What’s not so good about it?

The Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip open cap. I don’t like the opening at the top at all because of the amount of solution that comes out of the bottle; it’s too much for what you really need, hence a waste of product, in my opinion! I hope they will change the dispenser really soon.

Final thoughts!

I have purchased it after a friend’s advice and after reading several great reviews from fellow beauty bloggers that I follow on social networks. I honestly can say that this is the best waterproof mascara remover that I have ever tried, because it works very well and doesn’t left you with panda eyes! Bonus point: it’s very affordable!

What’s in it?

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Isododecane (Solvent), Isopropyl Palmitate (Emollient), Potassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent), Decyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Arginine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Taurine (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract (Natural Additive).

Final Vote:

 

4 on 5 stars 

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The consistance:

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Ciao a tutte! 🙂 Oggi recensione dedicata alla cura della pelle. Dopo il post della settimana scorsa sull’eyeliner ho pensato che fosse il momento perfetto per “strisciare via”… ma sempre con gentilezza… 😉 il makeup e parlare di un ottimo struccante! Vi parlerò dello Struccante Occhi e Labbra Alla Camomilla della Body Shop! 🙂

Piccola premessa come sempre: i miei occhi sono molto sensibili e si irritano e disidratano facilmente.

Per chi è?
Lo consiglio a chi ha bisogno di un prodotto all-in-one che rimuova con decisione, ma allo stesso tempo con gentilezza, ogni traccia di makeup, anche il mascara waterproof e i rossetti più pesanti.

Cosa ha di buono?
E’ risaputo che la camomilla abbia proprietà disinfiammatorie e calmanti, cosa che la rende un ingrediente perfetto e naturale da aggiungere agli struccanti e ai detergenti.

Lo Struccante Occhi e Labbra Alla Camomillaagisce con gentilezza per rimuovere ogni traccia di makeup,perfino i rossetti più pesanti, gli eyeliners e i mascara waterproof.

La formula è bi-fasica, quindi, per utilizzarla nel migliore dei modi, dovrete agitare bene la bottiglietta per far sì che il prodotto si amalgami al meglio e la soluzione venga attivata.

Ora imbibite un dischetto di cotone e appoggiatelo sulle palpebre o sulle labbra; dopo qualche secondo passate ad un delicato movimento rotatorio sulla zona da struccare in modo da togliere ogni traccia di makeup.

La soluzione trasmetterà alla pelle un sottile strato oleoso (senza però lasciare un fastidioso residuo appiccicoso) che servirà a sciogliere il makeup.

Inoltre, vi accorgerete che lo Struccante Occhi e Labbra Alla Camomilla profuma leggermente e lascia la pelle intorno agli occhi morbida e liscia.

E’ anche libero da coloranti e alcohol-free; è adatto alle pelli sensibili e ai portatori di lenti a contatto!

Potete acquistarlo qui o in qualsiasi negozio “The Body Shop”.

Cosa non mi piace?

Lo Struccante Occhi e Labbra Alla Camomilla viene vendutoin una bottiglietta di plastica trasparente con apertura a scatto.

Non mi piace affatto l’apertura nel tappo da dove esce il prodotto a causa della quantità di soluzione erogata; in poche parole, esce troppo prodotto rispetto alla quantità necessaria, quindi uno spreco secondo la mia opinione! Spero che presto cambieranno l’erogatore della bottiglietta perché il prodotto invece è fantastico!

Considerazioni finali!

Ho acquistato questo prodotto su consiglio di un’amica e dopo aver letto parecchie ottime recensioni di altri “beauty bloggers” che seguo sui social network. Posso dire sinceramente che si tratta di uno dei migliori struccanti per mascara waterproof che io abbia mai provato, perché fa ottimamente il suo lavoro e non vi lascerà gli “occhi da panda”. Punto in più: il prezzo è accessibile!

Come è fatto?

Ingredienti:

Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Isododecane (Solvent), Isopropyl Palmitate (Emollient), Potassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent), Decyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Arginine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Taurine (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract (Natural Additive).

 

Voto Finale:  

 

4 on 5 stars