Saturday, June 6, 2015

Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in "Luster" Swatches & First Impressions

I'm part of a small facebook group and last week a girl asked if anyone was interested in her Shimmer Brick from Glo Minerals because she didn't feel like it suited her and of course I was, I'm currently on a hunt for EVERYTHING makeup related, but it of course has to be cruelty free and I try to do vegan as much as I can and it's difficult to find stuff within my price range that actually works.



The above pictures are swatched in the shadow in daylight outside, not heavily swatched but I'm guessing what could be compared to two layers if you build it up with a brush on your face. The bottom pic shows how they look smudged together and it's quite darn pretty!


I've been testing it out a few times and so far I love it! It gives exactly the kind of glow you want, it makes me feel like a Disney princess to be honest, I haven't observed the lasting power of it yet but I'll be sure to test it out.

Overall this is a great product that I would have never tried if I hadn't gotten this opportunity, it's quite pricey so it's probably not something everyone would want to pay for a highlighter. However this is far better than say the classic Benefit High Beam Illuminator, that does absolutely nothing for my face, it won't blend very well and barely shows up at all. I would absolutely recommend this!
Leave a comment if you have any questions or requests about this or any other product :)

E.E.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lavera Naturkosmetik Volumizing Shampoo With Organic Oranges and Green Tea Review

I picked this up at Galeria at Alexanderplatz in Berlin last summer because their selection of natural beauty care was quite impressive and really cheap. This is marked Vegan and is without silicones which is nice and I don't really have anything bad to say about it, except for the "volumizing" part. It does not. It actually leaves my hair flatter than ever, clinging on to the shape of my head making me look like an idiot if I don't dry it properly.

I also got a conditioner from the same brand in a moisturizing series with roses but had to throw it away after a few uses because it was so horrible that even passing it on to a friend would probably ruin that relationship...

This shampoo is kinda neat, it smells exactly like fresh oranges, lathers well and the smell doesn't stay after you get out of the shower which I really like (what if it doesn't work with my body lotion? Or perfume?). It's a tiny bit drying but so is most of the shampoos I've tried and as long as I use a conditioner that's not really a problem for me.

I'd give this a 3.5/5, if I bump into it again I might buy it, but it's not worth going out of your way to get.

E.E.

Friday, May 15, 2015

100% Pure Organic Flax Seed Cleansing Oil Review


100% Pure is known for their great natural products, and having a lot of organic and natural ingredients quite clearly ups the price tag a bit. I paid a good amount of money for this oil of only 118 milliliters, and unfortunately, it did not live up to its price.

The ingredient list says a lot promising things, such as oregano and thyme oil - which I've heard is good for anti-ageing - in the flax seed base.
Directions says to saturate a cotton pad and remove makeup with, continuing with new cotton pads until face is entirely clean and can be left like that, though I prefer double cleansing in the evening so I always follow up with my Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Gel.
Okay, first of all - you need at least three cotton pads to remove makeup even if you're not wearing much at all and the pump dispenses so little that you need about ten pumps to kind of saturate the cotton pad. For a full face of makeup, five or six is needed. I used this almost every night and at the end the pump didn't reach all the way down so I had to screw it open and pour it out - making a huge slippery mess. The bottle lasted me a little bit over a month, so I am not ready to pay that amount of money again to only have a product last me that long. It doesn't really do a lot for your skin if you're looking for any benefits, so from here on I'll just use any vegetable oil I have at home.

The packaging though feels very luxurious, a heavy, sturdy white glass (or porcelain?) bottle with a clear cap makes is easy to recycle or use again if you maybe have a moisturizer that needs to be transferred to another container. I'll just recycle mine and never buy it again.

Got mine from here.

E.E.

Not dead yet.

Hey guys, it's time to take this blog back. I'm too big a coward to sit in front of a camera, so the written word will be my means for now. Since my last post, in December 2013, I've moved twice, probably quadrupled my makeup collection (it's now "buying acrylic storage" big) and have currently decided that it's time, for real this time, to go creulty free, vegan, and in some cases as natural as possible. It's no point lusting over stuff that animals had to suffer for, it's just make up for fucks sake. I'll be uploading reviews faster than you have time to blink.

xoxo

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams

I recently ran out of my L'Occitane hand cream that I keep in my bag and realized I didn't have a single backup! Since it's Christmas time and all I found this gorgeous travel seized kit from Crabtree & Evelyn with six different ones. I kept three and gave three to mom so we both can keep soft this winter!

E.E.

Getting rid of

I've realized that having all my lip balms collected wasn't just a great idea for keeping track of them, since they all seem to get lost, it was also a great way to use them all up! I've had some of these for years, but I still can't just throw them away. So besides the two I have in my bag all the time I'm now always keeping y lips soft at home. I promised myself not to buy any new ones until these were gone. 

E.E.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Love&Toast Happiness Head To Toe Starter Kit

I've only tried two Love&Toast products before, as mentioned here, and even though that body lotion is deep in some drawer at the moment I still like it. And think about, I just never get around to actually use it (but maybe that's a bad sign?).

When I saw this adorable little "starter kit" with mini products with different scents I knew I wanted it. Of course, Love&Toast is known for having unusual smells in their stuff, with more or less success. These products are of a few different smells but I find all of them appealing.


This set contains following (with mini rewievs):

Daily Shampoo in the scent White Tea & Mint - Smells amazing, like After Eight, and the scent lingers for the rest of the day. Keeps hair clean for a good three days actually!

Daily Conditioner with Soy Protein and Almond Milk - After using the shampoo it's hard to define the scent of this, but it's probably not that strong anyways. I have no opinion about this, since I get tired of squeezing the shit of that square plastic packaging before I get enough product out of it to actually make a difference.

Shower Creme in Clementine Crush - Not too fond of this, the smell seems a bit too cosmetic for me. In other news, nothing special about it

Body Lotion in Clementine Crush - Haven't tried this yet, but I guess the formula is the same as the one I already got, which means your arms get a workout smearing this over yourself. Not that I mind. I like it.

Sugar Scrub in Clementine Crush - Haven't tried this either but as with the shower creme, I'm not a big fan of the clementine smellyness. Not ma thing really.

Lip Scrub in Green Tea & Mint - Smells lovely, also tastes lovely for being non-edible. Didn't wow me though, it was my first time using a lip scrub but I don't think this did such a great job.

Lip Butter in Strawberry Fields - This didn't wow me either, but it's hard for a lip butter to wow someone, their all pretty similar. The smell did also seem quite chemical to me in this, but it wasn't something that annoyed me. Maybe just that it's a bit too strongly scented.

The tiny sample of their Sugar Grapefruit perfume was the best thing I've ever had on my body the first time I used it, and the weirdest thing the second time. I'm going to wait at least three more wears of it to make a decision whether I like it or not. If I like it though, I'll buy a full-size.


All in all: It was nice to try out some more products from Love&Toast, but the only ones that I would recommend are the shampoo and body lotions, but it's hard to do that as well since their packaging totally sucks balls. Square bottles? Really? Impossible to fucking squeeze. I hate how much I'm going to hate it when I buy a full-size shampoo.

E.E.