Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter Review



I've had this for a long time, having forgotten it in a pocket of my jacket last winter I found it this spring and have been using it sporadically since. Honestly, it isn't the best.
Maybe mine have gotten a bit old, but it's a bit crumbly and clumpy when applying, however those melt quickly but instead it makes my lips feel incredibly oily and slippery and the taste, which isn't that good, is very hard to ignore.
It barely moisturizes my lips, the instant second it's gone from my lips I feel dry again and have to reapply after just an hour. I usually like Body Shops lip butters, I've had strawberry and passion before and those worked wonders, but something seems odd about this formulation. Does anyone have a different experience?

E.E.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil Body Butter

So much luxury in the same title amiright guyz? I looked it up at my local health food store (where, btw, coconut oil costs two and a half times more as on iHerb) and a tiny bottle of Jojoba oil costs a freaking fortune! So I happened to find this body butter on sale containing more or less of these ingredients, and I was in a desperate need for an every-day-body-butter since the fall sucks all the moist right out of me and I need to work hard to regain it.

This body butter smells really good of argan oil and is a bliss to use. I literally have no complaints about this, other than the ingredient list ( H&M = lots of chemicals). But I'm still looking at the other items in this series, a shower gel and body scrub. If it keeps me soft I might have to bend my rules for it. I'm tired of being dried out and am not in a economic state of using almond oil all over every day.

E.E.

Monday, October 21, 2013

MNY by Maybelline blushes - swatches



The MNY by Maybelline blushes are cheap, come in practical and cute packaging and sweet colors. I've had my pink one for quite a long time and just got the other two.

I'm going to be honest, it took me about a month to figure out how to properly use these, since they contain more than enough shimmer for a life time. For instance it's not very usable as a all over blush, but works wonders as a highlighter under your eyebrow, on the very top of your cheekbones and a tiny amount over the bone of your nose, and another tiny amount on top of another blush. Using this as a blush on its own will make you look like Edward Cullen in the sunshine, it's hard to see all the shimmer particles in bathroom light, but they come out much more in the sun.

Colors in order: 201, 401, 601
As you can see, the pink one has been with me for longer time then the other two and since it takes so very little this will probably last me another year, probably longer since I now have two more! They're not very pigmented but add a little more than "a nice touch", the color is at least possible to actually see on your skin.

601, 401, 201

E.E.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Home Spa #1 Face Care (Steam + Scrub)

My favorite thing to do, which I do every monday, is to do a facial steam which I then follow up with a scrub. It makes the skin really smooth and the pores look smaller. Here I made a step-by-step on how to do one yourself at home. Doing it at a salon can set you back quite a lot of money, and I have found that these gives just as good results. I do my steam with dried lavender and rose water or rose essential oil, but you can of course customize to your own liking. I prefer to use lavender like this because it has good purifying qualities for me but I'm sensitive to it (lavender is an irritant! Remember that and use it with care, and preferably not on skin which will be exposed to sun) so this way I'm not putting it directly on to my skin.


What you need
A wide bowl, deep enough to fit a couple of centimeters of water and wide enough to steam your entire face


Dried lavender, about a tablespoon or five drops of lavender essential oil
A spoon if you're using dried lavender, otherwise fuck that spoon

Rose water, as much as you want but no more than half of the liquid in your bowl, or five drops of rose essential oil

A pretty big towel

FIRST clean your face, it's best to just have that step over with.

SECOND get your water cooking! I use a kettle but you can put your bowl with water in the microwave for about three minutes to get it hot. Fill the bowl, and then add a little more. Just to be sure.

THIRD add your ingredients, rose water and lavender or essential oils.

FOURTH put your towel around the bowl, like the picture below. Then sit down, put the towel over your head and try to make sure there's no "openings" Sit there and steam your face for 5-15 minutes, depending on how much you can handle or how impatient you are. I tend to sit for about 7 minutes, maximum ten.

FIFTH take that ground coffee that's in the pot after you've made a cup of coffee and stand over your sink, gently scrubbing all over your face and neck. If you've never done that before I will warn you that it's pretty messy but it's worth it. Rinse off after about a minute and pat your skin dry carefully

SIXTH Now that you're all soft and awesome in your face you can either leave it like that or dab a tiny amount of coconut oil or almond oil on your face to make yourself super soft and nice smelling.

Hope you liked it! I'm planning a couple more of these posts so keep and eye out :)

E.E.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Going out lol

 So I should have resized this pic but I forgot and now I don't have much time. It's at least a picture of the makeup I just did for a rock-themed party I'm going to soon (but I'm still in my jammies lol). Anyways, It's a white/black/purple smoky eye and I think I did pretty good for improvising, all those tutorial watches on youtube never taught me anything other than that I need more brushes.

And of course, where would I ever be without my winged eyeliner? I've worn if for so many years people say I look naked without it. I also feel naked without it. I'm addicted I suppose.

Oh and let's just say I've probably never worn this many products on my face at once, like ever.
Face:
 Max Factor Weightless Foundation SPF 15 in Sugar Cane
IDUN Minerals powder foundation in Sandlilja (as powder)
LA Colors Mineral Blush in CMB864 Very Berry
MNY by Maybelline blush in 201 (as a highlighter on cheekbones and browbone

Eyes:
MaddStyle Cosmetics mineral eyeshadows in Double Rainbow and Adipose
Make Up Store liquid eyeliner in Diamond
Yves Rocher liquid eyeliener in Noir
Max Factor Masterpiece Color Precision Eyeshadow in Night Sky (as a base)
Nouba Mascarone in black
Nouba Cil Prodige las extension
Random purple glitter jumbo eyeliner pen (in outer crease)
Random purple mascara (on my eyebrows)
Claudia black eyeliner pencil
Kicks Kohl pencil in Iceberg
Wet'n'Wild Eyebrow kit in Ash Brown

Lips:
I DON'T KNOW YET!!!! I'm thinking about a purple-ish mini lipstick from Yves Rocher (seen on pic here)

Let me know if you want a review or closer look at a product!

E.E.