Post Acne Morning Skincare Routine for Combination to Oily Skin

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It passed a year since I posted a skincare routine blog post. Though not a lot changed, somethings changed and this time around I decided to talk mare about my skincare in a video. I call it my post acne routine because my skin cleared out and now I focusing on keeping it clear and radiant. My evening routine is pretty much the same, so in the video below I talk only about the morning bits that I use.


I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review, Demo and Giveaway

Monday, January 26, 2015

If by this time you didn't hear about Makeup Revolution, you probably live under a rock. Makeup Revolution took the beauty world by surprise when it launched in spring 2014. First, there has been their regular line, with prices in the same range and MUA (Makeup Academy) and later in the year, the  I ♥ Makeup range appeared. In my opinion, the items in the latter one have better quality, but by no means this means that the regular Makeup Revolution range bad. Whatever I tried from the brand so far, it didn't disappoint.

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo


I the future, I will probably review more Makeup Revolution/ I ♥ Makeup products, but I wanted to start with my favorite one so far: the I Heart Chocolate palette. I still can't get over the fact that I paid £7.99 for it and the quality is so amazing. Usually, in budget palettes, the matte shades can feel somehow dry and powdery and they don't blend really well, but it's not the case here. All 16 shadows in the I Heart Chocolate Palette are buttery and soft, with great pigmentation and they are easy to blend, without becoming muddy.  From those 16 shades, 6 are matte and 10 have a shimmery or metallic finish.

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo

The shadows last really well on my eyelids with a primer ( I never wear eye shadow without a primer) and there is no creasing even after a long day. Now let's move to the swatches, shall we?

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo

Note: You Need Love is a creamy white matte shades, very close to my skin tone, bur it makes a beautiful brow bone highlight.

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo

Note: Meet Chocolate is a light matte pink, which doesn't show up on the swatches, but when applied on the lid, it just brightens up the lid. If you have hooded eyes or deep set eyes, this shade is a great lid shade for you; it will just attract the light and make your eyelid space look bigger.

I ♥ Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette - Review and Demo

Good news for all of you who like to follow the color of the year trend: Love torn and What A Way to Go are two shades who fit right in, for the Marsala trend. Some may consider them dark, but in my opinion, they are great translation of Marsala when it comes to eye shadow. If you want a Marsala tutorial using this palette, let me know and I will see what I can do, but for today's demo I have an everyday kind of look using some of my favorite shades: Thank Friday, You Need Love, Meet Chocolate, More! , Endorphins Ready, Pleasure Girl, What a Way to Go.



Overall, I love thid palette and I think I finally found a palette that I bring along when travelling, Usually I bring at least two palette, because there are not enough matte shades in one or the shade range is not to my liking, but the I Heart Chocolate Palette is absolutely perfect for me and I can't recommend it enough. You can buy it on the Makeup Revolution website or Superdrug or you can win one by entering the giveaway below!

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What is your favorite palette this days?

xoxo
Cristina

The Body Shop HoneyMania Lip Balm

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Body Shop Honey Mania Lip Balm Review

I consider lip balms to be one of my addictions lately because I find myself using them often through the day since I moved. I don't know what got into me when I bought The Body Shop HoneyMania Lip Balm, but I am glad I did,

Honestly, I didn't read any review before buying it, so when I didn't even wait to get home to open it. As I was going out from the shop, I was opening and applying it. A little impatient there? My first thought was "Mmm this smells nice" (read: Nice smell, not overpowering and after application you can't pickany scent.) and the second one "I hate the packaging"( read: If you have long nails and you are trying to apply this with your fingers, some lip balm will definitely get under the nail. )

Now onto serious things! The Body Shop HoneyMania Lip Balm moisturizes the lips nicely without feeling greasy. I use it mostly at night time or during the day, I am at home and not planning to put any lipstick one. Though it doesn't feel greasy, I don't find it suitable to wear under lipstick just because of the long absorption time.

Overall, The Body Shop HoneyMania Lip Balm is really nice to use at night time or when your lips need something more. For £4.00 it also last for awhile - I have it for two months, used it like a mad woman and I still have approximately 35% left. You can buy it in The Body Shop stores or online.