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.

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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.

Summer Favourites: A great and affordable BB Cream: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup/skincare day review and we are going to talk about a product that I really loved last Summer: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a good, non greasy and affordable BB cream for unifying and mattifying oily and acne prone skin.

What’s good about it?

I have been using this BB cream since I have finished my acne treatment, so all these past hot and humid Summer months, and I really loved it. I don’t like to put a full coverage foundation on my skin through the Summer, because here in Italy the heat and humidity can be pretty brutal, so your pricey foundation will melt on your skin in a blink of an eye and you will resemble a dreadful kabuki mask. That said, during Spring and Summer months, I usually replace my foundation with a BB Cream; this year I have tried the new SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Its thick, creamy, but lightweight texture is perfect to slightly conceal your imperfections and evens out your complexion in a natural-looking way. This is also a great oil-absorbing product that helps to keep your nose, chin and forehead shine-free throughout the day (but if you need an extra shine control power, you can always use a good pressed powder like the amazing Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, my review here).

Another amazing quality of this paraben and fragrance free product is that it contains a broad spectrum sun protection (SPF20), which protects your skin from UV damage and prevents marks caused by the sun.

Moreover, SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 contains a very effective skin-restoring ingredient: Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. Niacinamide improves your skin texture and increases the skin’s barrier functions so that the skin can look and feel more healthy; it also can protect your skin against bacterial infections that can cause acne and blemishes.

Of the two colors offered, I can only speak for the Light shade since it’s the one that suits just about fine my complexion; it blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections and offering also a temporary shine control perfect for people with oily skin. 

You can find it here.

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing really, this BB cream is an amazing product especially for people with oily or blemishes prone skin, plus it is really affordable! My only complaint is that it only comes in two shades

Final thoughts!  

In the end, there’s a lot to love about SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 from its texture that feels great and blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections, to its ability to temporarily mattifying your oily skin. Bonus point, it is really affordable. So, I really recommend it!

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Final Vote:


4on 5 stars

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Review of the Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation by Dolce & Gabbana in the shade 80 Creamy:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review and we are going to talk about the Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation by Dolce & Gabbana, my all time favorite foundation for the winter season! 
 

Who it is for?

Everyone who wants a foundation with a light-to-medium coverage that also lets the skin show through for a more natural but polished look. Moreover, its silky fluid texture dress your skin with a subtle golden reflection and a flawless, dewy finish. 

What’s good about it?

This is a gorgeous foundation especially for everyone who wants a good coverage, but hates the feeling of heavy makeup, because it’s liquid fragrance-free texture blends seamlessly on your skin.

I’ve been using this for quite a while now and even if I have acne scars and/or some blemishes the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation provides a good coverage for my combination/oily skin. In fact, this foundation is suitable for breakout-prone skin.

Moreover, it’s lightly hydrating formula wears beautifully for those with normal, dry, or combination skin and it holds up well throughout the day (unless you have very oily skin or live in a hot/humid climate, in that case I would recommend using a primer and a matte powder – like this one by Clinique  because then it would last you longer).

It’s fluid but lightly moisturizing texture will help your skin to look fresh and not cakey for more than 8 hours. I usually have oily skin, but during the winter season I tend to have dry patches on my cheeks and forehead or around my nose; this products has never accentuated them so, at least for me, it’s the perfect compromise between a BB cream and an heavy-coverage foundation! 

About the shades: the range is pretty extensive, with options for fair to deep skin tones, but I suggest that you choose among the neutral-hued options instead the pinkish undertones, as those are the colors that look more like natural skin.

It comes in a luxurious glass bottle packaging with a golden cap and pump. The easy-to-use pump applicator is awesome; it disperses just the right amount of product you’ll need.

You can buy it here [US] or here [UK]

What’s not so good about it? 

Only one thing… it’s pricey, but it’s also a stellar product! Plus, it’s worth every cent because a little bit of it goes a long way; you only need a small amount for a good coverage on your whole face. 

Final thoughts!

I highly recommend the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation to everyone who wants a light-to-medium coverage, a dewy finish with just about the perfect amount of radiance and a natural, yet polished look! 🙂

What’s inside?

Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Mica, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alumina, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Silica Silylate, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Mannitol, Glucose, PCA Dimethicone, Fructose, Sorbitol, Urea, Sodium PCA, Sucrose, Dextrin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Trehalose, BHT, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Polyquaternium-51, Glutamic Acid, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Triacetin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

 
 
  
  

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Final vote:

  

5on 5 stars


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Ciao a tutti! 🙂 Oggi parliamo di makeup più precisamente del ” Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation” di Dolce & Gabbana, il mio fondotinta preferito per la stagione invernale!

Per chi è?

Tutte le ragazze che vogliono un fondotinta a leggera/media coprenza che lascia intravedere la pelle per un effetto molto naturale e levigato. È un fondo con una texture setosa, che vestirà la vostra pelle con un riflesso dorato e un finish impeccabile e luminoso.

 Cosa c’è di buono?

Questo è un fondotinta splendido specialmente per chi vuole una buona copertura, ma odia sentire la pesantezza del proprio makeup, proprio perchè è senza profumo e si sfumerà perfettamente e in modo uniforme sulla vostra pelle.

Lo uso ormai da un bel po’ e nonostante io abbia alcune cicatrici a causa dell’acne o alcuni brufoletti il Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation di Dolce & Gabbana li copre perfettamente, anche se la mia pelle è mista/oleosa.

Questo prodotto è stato studiato appositamente per chi,come me, ha la pelle tendente all’acne nonchè all’oleosità.

È comunque una formula idratante e si sposa perfettamente anche con le pelli secche o normali, inoltre dura tutto il giorno (a meno che non abbiate la pelle molto oleosa o viviate in un luogo umido o assai caldo, in quel caso consiglierei di usare un primer prima e una cipria mattificante poi – come questa che ho recensito tempo fa qui ).

La fluidità combinata all’idratazione vi aiuterà a migliorare il vostro incarnato donando luminosità ed evitando l’effetto mascherone per più di 8 ore.

Di solito,come ho già detto, ho una pelle oleosa, ma durante l’inverno tendo ad avere delle parti del viso particolarmente secche come la fronte o l’estremità degli zigomi o, ancora, attorno al naso; questo prodotto non ha mai accentuato questi piccoli “difetti”, quindi, per me, è un perfetto compromesso tra una BB Cream e un fondotinta ad alta copertura! 

Per quanto riguarda i colori: il range è molto vasto, con opzioni per un incarnato molto chiaro fino ai molto scuri, tuttavia suggerisco di prendere in considerazione i toni più neutrali anzichè quelli più rosati per restare sempre su qualcosa di più naturale.

Ovviamente la confezione è molto lussuriosa con il vetro e un cappuccio d’oro che nasconde un erogatore dello stesso colore; quest’ultimo vi darà la giusta quantità da distribuire sul viso (io di solito uso due pump).

Cosa non mi convince?

Solamente una cosa… È costoso, ma resta comunque un buonissimo prodotto! In più, varrà sicuramente ogni centesimo del suo prezzo; poichè vi servirà solo una piccola quantità di prodotto per una buona copertura su tutto il viso! 

Considerazioni finali!

Consiglio vivamente questo fondotinta a chi vuole una copertura leggero/media, un finish luminoso con quel giusto colorito naturale!



Voto finale:

  

5 stelle su 5

L’INCI lo trovate poco prima delle foto del prodotto. 🙂

Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder review: 

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today I think we can go back to the usual makeup/skincare review. Now it’s nearly September and I love the fizzy autumn air because you can get from point A to point B without having your makeup sweat into oblivion! 😉

Hence today I’m going to talk about my lovely setting “powder of the moment”, so to speak!

Who is it for?

Everyone who wants a pressed powder that can be used alone or to set your makeup (concealer, BB cream or foundation). It’s especially great for combination, oily and/or acne prone skin. Also, if you like a sheer, natural coverage this is the product for you.

What’s good about it?

The Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is a great every day talc-based powder with a slightly dry and sheer finish. It comes in various shades and there are some good options for almost every skin tones. Its formula, according to the Clinique website, is shine-absorbing and oil-free; the powder will also give you an ultra-sheer texture and the skin will be perfected with a matte appearance. You can apply the product with a powder brush or with the included sponge applicator.

I have oily/acne prone skin and this is the only product that keeps my makeup nice all day, even after frequent touch-ups. Its weightless setting texture seems to literally freeze time: last year, over the course of a long day at school, my makeup stayed exactly the same as it had been when I left my house in the early morning. I must say that I was very impressed, being that the first time I used it. Prior to this product, I tried several powders from other brands, but I think that this from Clinique might just be the perfect one for me in terms of longevity (I have just bought my second box in the past 6 months).

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing really, but the sponge applicator that you can find inside the box is not so great. I would suggest to wash it every evening with some soap and water and leave it dry completely out of the box for the whole night, then the next morning you can use it again! 

Final thoughts!

I would recommend the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder to every girl with combination/oily skin. Moreover, this amazing product will give you a great medium, but also natural coverage, so the person sitting next to you won’t be able to tell that you have your “heavy” foundation on! I have to say that this is a “must have”, at least for me.

You can buy it here [US Costumers] or here [UK Costumers].

What’s inside?

Ingredients:

Talc, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Calcium Silicate, Silica, Hydroxyapatite, Isostearol Neopentanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Iron Oxides.

Final vote:

5on 5 stars

 

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Ciao a tutti! 🙂 Oggi possiamo tornare alla consueta recensione di makeup/skincare. Siamo quasi a settembre e io adoro la frizzante aria autunnale, soprattutto perché si può finalmente andare in giro senza che il trucco ti si sciolga in faccia! 😉

Quindi questo sabato vi parlerò della mia cipria preferita del momento, per così dire!

Per chi è?

Per chiunque voglia una cipria che può essere sia usata da sola sia per fissare il makeup (concealer, BB cream o fondontinta che sia). E’ perfetta soprattutto per le pelli miste, oleose o/e a tendenza acneica. Inoltre, se preferite avere sempre un look naturale, questo è il prodotto che fa per voi.

Cosa ha di buono?

La Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder è un’ ottima cipria da usare ogni giorno; la sua formulazione a base di talco conferisce un aspetto naturale e non-oleoso alla vostra pelle. E’ disponibile in diverse tonalità, perfette per ogni tono di pelle. La sua composizione, secondo il sito della Clinique, è in grado di assorbire l’oleosità della pelle e impedire l’aspetto lucido; la cipria dona inoltre una texture liscia e naturale al vostro viso, perfezionandolo con una finitura opaca. Il prodotto può essere applicato sia con un pennello adatto sia con la spugnetta che si trova inclusa nella confezione.

La mia pelle è oleosa e a tendenza acneica e questo è l’unico prodotto in grado di fissare il mio makeup per quasi tutto il giorno, anche dopo frequenti ritocchi. La sua texture leggera, ma allo stesso tempo fissante, sembra letteralmente fermare il tempo: l’anno scorso, durante una lunga giornata di lezioni, il mio makeup, grazie a questa cipria, è rimasto perfetto per tutto il tempo, quasi identico a com’era la mattina appena uscita di casa. Devo dire che ne sono rimasta positivamente impressionata, dato che quella era la prima volta che la usavo. Prima di scoprire questa cipria usavo altri prodotti di altre marche, ma penso che questa della Clinique sia quella che userò più a lungo e che è diventata la mia preferita! (ho appena comprato la seconda confezione, dopo aver esaurito la prima, nel giro di 6 mesi).

Cosa non mi piace?

In realtà niente, come ho già detto è un ottimo prodotto, l’unica cosa che non mi piace è la spugnetta inclusa nella confezione. Potete usare un pennello al suo posto, ma se invece decidete di utilizzarla vi consiglio di lavarla ogni sera con un po’ di acqua e sapone neutro e lasciarla asciugare fuori dalla confezione per tutta la notte, così la mattina dopo la potete usare senza problemi!

Considerazioni finali!

Raccomanderei la Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder a tutte le ragazze con la pelle mista/oleosa. Questo prodotto dona un’ottima copertura di medio livello ma con un aspetto allo stesso tempo naturale, tanto che chi vi siede vicino non è in grado di notare che avete applicato un fondotinta “pesante” per coprire le imperfezioni. Devo dire che questo è diventato un prodotto “must have”, almeno per me!

Come è fatta?

Talc, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Calcium Silicate, Silica, Hydroxyapatite, Isostearol Neopentanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Iron Oxides.

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5stelle su 5