Foundation battle: Bourjois Health Mix Foundation vs Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today is time for a foundation battle: Bourjois Healthy Mix vs Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. The 4th topic of the #2014BloggerChallenge is high end/ drugstore vs high street and what a better post than comparing two foundations from sister companies ?

Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, Bourjois owns Chanel and not the other way around!

General information and prices:
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation comes in 8 shades, so not a big variety and they all tend to have a yellow undertone. Unfortunately, they don't cater for super pale or darker skin tones.It retails for about 12-15 euros.
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua comes in 10 shades: 5 with warm/yellow undertone (B10, B20, B30, B40, B50) and 5 with cool/pink undertone(BR10, BR20, BR30, BR40, BR50). It retails for about 35-40 euros. 
Both foundations come in 30ml plastic bottles, with the difference that the Bourjois one has a pump while the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is a "squeeze bottle". I don't find the lack of pump disturbing, because the spout allows you to control the quantity you want to dispense.

My Acne Journey and How I Cleared Up my Skin (Steps to Clear Skin- Part 3}

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I started this series (Steps to Clear Skin) on my blog almost 1 year ago and I think it is time to sum it up as my skin it's pretty much clear now and I focus more on maintaining and treating the acne scars I have left. Today I will share my acne journey with you and I will tell you about my acne treatment, what home remedies for acne I used as well as what face masks available on the market I used and had results with. In the end I will tell you a little bit what I do now to prevent acne and how I treat acne scars.

I will first show you how my skin transformed during the last year! Please keep in mind that I didn't really plan this post and these pictures are what I could find in my computer, so I don't have my best pose in them/ I can look pretty odd.

Background information:

During my high school years I didn't have particularly acne prone skin - I was getting one or two odd pimples around my period, but that was all. After high school I moved to Finland for university and I can't say my skin suddenly became prone to acne, but it definitely became more sensitive and reactive. Almost to the end of 2012 I decided to try a "high end" foundation and that totally ruined my skin. I started to get all sorts of "foreign objects" - comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), nodules (large papules), pimples - on my face and you can imagine my shock. I didn't think for 1 second that my new "fancy" foundation was causing the change so I continued using it. Luckily for me, in the middle of December I went for holidays in Romania and the first thing I did was to see a dermatologist. After analyzing the situation of my skin, she considered that just some topical treatment (4% benzoyl peroxide) will do the job and she also suggested to stop using any new skincare product or makeup which I started to use around the time my skin changed. For some reason, that foundation again didn't cross my mind and I kept using it. After a week or two, I was talking with my mom about my skin and what the dermatologist said and she remembered me that I started to use that foundation around the time my skin problems started. So I stopped using it and here is where my steps to clear skin started.

Now that I got that story said, let me show you my skin over the past wear as well as how I treated my acne. Please click on the pictures so you will see my skin in all its glory!

Valentine's Day NOTD: Hearts and Dots

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finally a blog post which doesn't include a tutorial!!! Yesterday I painted my nails with something that hopefully will last for tomorrow as well: hearts and dots. I already showed you how to do hearts on your nails using things that you have at home, so today I will just show you what will be on my nails for Valentine's Day  :)

Valentine's Day Nails Hearts and Dots

2 Ways to Contour and Highlight (Cream Products)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I know during the past week or so, my blog posts were only about my videos, but I've been really busy recently. I am trying to organize my time better to get some real posts up, so lets hope for the best.

Today's tutorial is how to contour and highlight using cream products and I will show you 2 ways to do it.

How to contour and highlight using cream products

Valentine's Day Tutorial: Day to Night Makeup Look

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day is approaching so fast, but guess what? It is on Friday, so those who are working or going to school won't have enough time to get ready for their night out. Don't worry! I will show you how you can take the makeup you already have on and transform it into an evening makeup, just perfect for a night out!

For this look I used my Sleek Oh So Special Platte (review here), but first let's see with what I started:

Day to Night Makeup Look

Sleek Contour Kit - Light - Review & Swatches

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Let me just tell you what a bad beauty blogger I am: I have the Sleek Contour Kit for a little over a year now and I even took pictures for this post, but I never ended up writing it! Why? I don't even know.... You know what they say, better later than never, right? So today is my time to review the Sleek Contour Kit in Light.

Sleek Contour Kit Light Review Swatches

Valentine's Day Nails + Tutorial

Friday, February 7, 2014

As Valentine's Day is approaching is time to put the hearts on our nails...or at least that's what I do! If you don't know, I love everything heart shaped (just look at my blog), so this period of the year is my favorite one. Like in my other nail tutorial(s), I didn't use any fancy nail tools; I used just things every girl has at home. Here is a picture of what you will need, but keep reading to see the final result, as well as the tutorial.

How to draw a heart on your nail

January Favorites - Beauty and Random! +Video

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Oh, it's that time of the month again....Can you believe January has passed already? Soon it will be December again and we'll be wondering where this year passed. Back to the topic: January favorites- mostly new, but an old one is coming back!

#2014BloggerChallenge - The Da Vinci Code

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ok, different post part of #2014bbloggerchallenge today I will talk about a book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This is a very special book to me because it was the book which made me enjoy reading! I remember how much I didn’t like reading during secondary school; I just couldn’t read anything from the reading lists from school, I just didn’t enjoy it. When I was in 8th grade, all my class mates were talking about The Da Vinci code, but me being me I thought it is just another boring book. 8th grade finished and I found myself stuck visiting my aunt, getting so bored that I started to look through bookshelves and found this book. Because my level of boredom was rising fast, I decided to give it a try and that was one of the best decisions I made!

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial / theBalm Nude'tude Palette

Saturday, February 1, 2014

This should have been up yesterday, but unfortunately my editing software decided not to cooperate...(it still doesn't cooperate, you will notice slightly problems with the audio-video synchronization)

For this tutorial I decided to use theBalm Nude'tude palette because I didn't give it enough love lately and I think the results are pretty good, but I will let u decide that.