Full face drugstore makeup

IMG_6698I’ve been kind of a makeup snob for the longest time, meaning that I literally refused to try any drugstore makeup whatsoever. Then years ago I discovered YouTube and Tati, aka GlamLifeGuru  and slowly started to change my mind. In her videos she’s been raving about so many drugstore products that I just had to try some of them out. Sadly though not many of them are available in Slovenia (thank you God for online shopping, although twice the price :-). Not all the products worked for me but here are some which I really like.

Starting with foundation I’ve been mixing together the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (Light Beige) and the Loreal Infallible 24h-matte foundation (Radiant Beige).

IMG_6699The CC cream has been a staple of mine for a really long time now. I keep repurchasing it because this particular shade really suits my complexion, it’s very easy to blend and the coverage is not bad either. However, I do have to mix it with the Infallible matte because I have very oily skin that gets shiny very quickly and this foundation kind of prevents that from happening. I don’t really like the Infallible matte on its own as a matter of fact. It clings to dry patches too much and exaggerates the fine lines. Nobody wants that, right?

For concealing the undereye area I really like Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. I have two shades; 03 fair and 06 neutralizer.

The shade fair doesn’t really work for me, because it’s too dark and does not brighten the undereye area enough. I occasionally use it as a corrector to cover any problem areas on the face. However the neutralizer is really nice. It blends nicely, does not set into the fine lines and the coverage is decent, not full by no means but ok for everyday use. I’ve recently discovered on feelunique that there’s a shade called brightener so of course I now want to try this one too.

For setting the foundation and the concealer I’ve been using two powders recently. One is a long time favourite Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanille. It’s silky, applies very evenly and keeps the shine at bay. The other one is a recent discovery of mine and comes in the Revolution Ultra Contour Palette.

You can see that I do like the setting powder since I’ve already hit pan on it. It’s not as silky as the Bourjois one but equally effective at keeping the shine away. I set my undereye area with the yellow toned powder from the same palette and it’s nice as well, quite brightening too. The bronzing shades from the palette are ok, but not my favourite. I’m still to find a good drugstore bronzer. I do use them from time to time, but I do think they are quite patchy and don’t blend very well. There are three baked highlighters in the palettes. The two warm-toned are very similar but nice not-in-your face highlighters, however the icy one is quite intense.

For the cheeks I still like an oldie but goodie Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. It’s basically a 2 in 1 product, a blush and a highlighter. The colour is warm and flattering for every skin type. Mine is sadly over and done as you can see but I’ve already ordered a new one since I really miss it if I don’t have it at hand.

Let’s move to the eyes, shall we? You know when you wake up late in the morning and don’t really have time to blend twenty different eyeshadows, the eyeshadow sticks are a real lifesaver. And a really good budged friendly option are KIKO long lasting sticks and Milani Shadow Eyez.

The Kiko sticks are creamy and easy to blend just with your fingers. They do work better if you apply them over some sort of a transition shade in your crease but they work just as well on their own. They last quite well on the eyes and they don’t crease. I use the darker shade all over the lid and the lighter one for the browbone highlight mainly (swipe over the picture for the shade names). For the inner corner highlight I like the Milani one in Champagne Toast. It’s creamy and blends really well. The lasting power of this one is even better than of the Kiko ones.

As for mascara I’ve been loving the L’oreal Paradise Extatic (Lash Paradise in the US). It’s all in all a great mascara since it ticks all the boxes; lengthens, gives volume and holds the curl well enough. There’s a drawback, of course. It dries out very quickly. I couldn’t stretch it for more than a month. If you think about that it’s not budget friendly at all. But as far as the quality is concerned it goes hand in hand with my favourite HE mascaras, such as Dior Iconic Overcurl and Le Volume De Chanel.

Last but not least, the lips. There’s a lipliner that I’ve discovered recently in one of our drugstores, DM. The brand is called Trend it up and I think it’s their in-house brand. The liners are called Contour & Glide Lipliner and a have them in two shades (swipe over the picture).

Over the either of the two lipliners I put the Catrice Infinite Shine Lip Gloss, which unfortunately is no longer available so I won’t rave about how great and budget friendly it is.

Well, that’s it. If you made it till the end of this lengthy post, congrats and thank you. Until next time.

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Disappointing products

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Being a makeup lover I’ve unfortunately come across quite a lot of dud products so far. When I buy new makeup my expectations are usually pretty high, especially if there’s a lot of hype around a certain product. And so it happens that products don’t work. I do understand that makeup is very personal and if the product doesn’t work for me it can work just fine for somebody else. So let me tell you about a few products that I find really disappointing.

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

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I had actually bought two bottles of this foundation before I realized that it definitely didn’t work for me. There was so much hype around it that I just had to have it and I kind of wanted it to work. Well, it doesn’t. I have combo skin and my T-zone gets oily during the day. And this foundation makes my oily areas so much worse. It’s a very thick formula and when you first apply it, it goes on very smoothly and the coverage is fine. It’s best to apply it with a beauty blender if you want to try it. However, for me it doesn’t wear well enough. I always set my foundation with loose powder but with this one it doesn’t help it to last longer. Three hours is maximum wear time for this one before my face turns into an oily mess. I’d say it is a nice foundation for an evening out makeup but if you know you’ll be wearing your makeup whole day long I wouldn’t recommend it. At least not for those with combo or oily skin.

The foundation is around 12 euros.

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Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick is a creamy contour stick. The colour is quite nice for my skin, not too cool in not too warm. The problem that I have with this product is that it basically blends into nothing. I applied it over the foundation and blended it with a beauty blender and the countour literally disappeared.  I tried to apply more of it, but the texture doesn’t allow layering the product since it’s very oily, almost sticky. If you have very fair skin the countour may show but there’s still the issue of its staying power which is really bad.

I basically have the same problem with the Radiant Touch Creamy Stick. When you swatch the product it seems really nice but when you apply it to your face it doesn’t show and I want my highlighter to show, obviously. I’ve compared it with the Benefit Watt’s Up creamy highlighter and you can see it in the picture how both products perform when blended. While Watt’s up shows really beautifully on the skin as a subtle highlight, Kiko is basically not there when you blend it.

The Kiko sticks are 10 euros each and although they aren’t expensive they are not worth the money.

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Pencil (Legend) and Chanel Le Crayon Khol (Clair/69)

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I’ve been on a neverending quest for a perfect black waterline liner since forever. I’ve tried a few and still haven’t found the one that would be pigmented enough and wouldn’t smudge. So far the L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Le Khôl has performed best for me. The worst, however has been the Urban Decay one. It’s supposed to be a special waterline liner, so one would think that it stays there. Well, it doesn’t. And not only that, its pigmentation is really bad. The colour doesn’t even come off as black and it smudges like crazy. It’s very expensive, around 19 euros. So save yourself some money and go for the cheaper and better Loreal one.

Another liner that disappointed me is the Chanel liner in the shade Clair, number 69. Such shades of liners are great for brightening the lower waterline. So when I ran out of my Rimmel Skandaleyes in Nude a shop assistant advised me to buy this one. She said it’s supposed to be great. Well, I don’t think so. For its price (22 euros) it’s a really bad product. Its texture is so hard that it is literally painful to apply it. The colour payoff is really bad as well. Comparing it to the Rimmel one, I’d say Rimmel wins big time. So again, save your money.

Here you have it, a few of my fail purchases. There are still a few of them left in my bad bin and I’m going to warn you against them in one of my next posts.

 

 

 

High and low: favourite moisturizers

Let me get one thing straight, first. I’m by no means an expert as far as skin care goes. I like make up more, skin care is more of a necessity for me. I don’t even use many skin care products. I like to keep my routine as simple as possible and I put very few products on my skin. Since I’m going on forty I’d say that I must have been doing something right over the years, because my skin doesn’t show many signs of aging really. I’d say I have normal skin with occasional dry patches here and there so I always make sure that I use a good moisturising cream. These two have been my favourite lately.

Clarins Hydra – Essentiel Silky Cream

I’ve been a fan of Clarins skin care for many years now. Their products just agree with my skin very well. I’ve seen quite a lot of raving reviews of this cream so I decided to give it a try. I’m not regretting it at all. It’s a very light textured moisturizer that sinks into the skin very quickly and also serves as a well enough base for makeup so much so that you don’t really need a primer if your skin is not too oily. It’s intended for normal to dry skin. The smell is really nice and fresh and not too overwhelming. I’m not an expert on ingredients, but according to the Clarins website the secret of this cream is an organic kalanchoe extract, a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. It does leave your skin fresh, plump and radiant. It’s an overall excellent product. You can get it in most drugstores and department stores where they stock Clarins skin care and it’s around 43 euros.

Garnier Skinactive Soothing 3in1 Moisturizer

My other favourite cream is much more budget friendly. It’s only around 8 euros, but it’s a really good one. As the name suggests it’s a 3in1 product, meaning that you can use it as a day or night-time moisturizer and also as a mask. I use mine in the evening almost as a night time mask. What I mean by that is, I apply a really thick layer of the product on my face and let it sink in during the night. In the morning you are left with a really nice, nourished skin that is not greasy what so ever. And since it’s really affordable you don’t feel guilty of applying a ton of product on your face.

 

There you have it. These have been my go to moisturizer for a couple of weeks now. So far I’m happy with my skin care routine, but as soon as I find another gem I’ll let you know.

Panonska vas – a perfect weekend getaway

First of all I don’t do much travelling lately. However, when I do travel it is usually somewhere close to our home and for shorter periods of time. Last time that we got away was to a place called Pannonian village or Panonska vas in Slovene. And what a place it was.

The resort is located in Prekmurje, a Slovenian region that I don’t visit that often or is it fair to say almost never. I can’t even remember the last time I was there. So when I was browsing the internet for a place to take my children on a short break I came across this resort. It’s very close to a  thermal spa resort called Terme 3000 so it’s perfect if you have children who like water parks.

Pannonian village is a very peaceful and beautiful place where you can really relax and recharge your batteries away from the hustle of big cities. I didn’t even come across a single shop the whole time we were there. The resort offers 11 apartments and 4 villas to accommodate different numbers of people. We stayed in a villa for 7-8 people so we had the whole house for ourselves. All the houses are built in an authentic way significant for this region and the roofs are covered with straw and the walls are made of clay. All the furniture, however, is handmade. In it you have all the comfort you need for a perfect stay. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms with a washing machine, two bedrooms and a large sunny terrace. But if you don’t feel like cooking there’s a really nice restaurant where you can enjoy local food that is delicious.

We spent two nights there but I could easily stay a couple of days longer. We explored the nearby places which you can read about on the website, ate delicious food, swam in the thermal water and above all enjoyed the hospitality of the Pannonian village stuff that was A+. It really was a perfect weekend getaway. Comes highly recommended by me.

My top 3 bronzers

 

Bronzers are definitely one of my favourite makeup items. They can make such a stunning difference to the complexion. I cannot really imagine my face without one. And since I’m quite a make up junkie I use two for an everyday make up look. These are my current favourites.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow

This one is technically not a bronzer but a face powder that comes in a variety of different shades, from the lightest to the darkest. However, I use mine as a bronzer. I have it in a shade 50. My complexion is kind of light during the winter months, but not snowy pale, so this shade is perfect for me to use it as a bronzing powder. The colour is somewhere in the middle, not to warm and not to cool. I think it is universally flattering. I use it mainly for light contouring over the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow. Its staying power is also very good. It is kind of up there in price but it will last you quite some time. I have mine for nearly a year now and I think I’m sadly almost done with it as you can see on the picture. You can buy it in any shop that sells high-end makeup or you can order it on feelunique  and it is around 50 euros, depending on a shop.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I know this is a very hyped-up product but I think it deserves the hype. This is another one that I use for contouring rather than for an overall bronzing. It is more cool-toned than the Chanel one but equally good in quality. Its blending power is great as well as the staying power. Precisely the staying power and the blendability of the product are the two qualities that I look in a product and am willing to spend more money on. This one is around 30 euros. I bought mine in Sephora, but you can also get it on feelunique. You can see in the picture that I’ve dented this one as well and it’s probably time for a new one.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Firs of all, can we just take a moment and appreciate this gorgeous packaging. The content of it is nevertheless equally top-notch. This one is definitely the lightest of the three so I use it for an all-over glow on places where the sun would naturally hit my face. It comes in two shades; fair/medium and medium/dark. I have the lightest one and its perfect for all over your face. It comes in a little palette together with the highlighter which as you can see I don’t use quite often. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad product, far from it. It’s buttery soft and blends really nicely but it’s very subtle and I like my highlighters to be a bit more intense. As for the bronzer I love it. There’s some subtle gold glitter in it that really makes you glow. It’s 65 euros on feelunique. I do love it so I think I’ll get another one.

These are the swatches of the three:

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Chanel. CT, Benefit

I hope this post helps you decide on a really good bronzer since I know that the choice of everything that is out there can really be overwhelming.

Current Beauty Favourites (Part 2)

Here we go, current beauty favourites, second edition. There are obviously a lot of beauty products that I have on rotation but these three stood out for me lately and I’ve been using them on a daily basis.

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Becca Shimmering Skin PerfectorBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Opal)

 

These two obviously aren’t full size products, but that is what I really like about Sephora. You can purchase quite a lot of products in a travel size and test them out without seriously breaking your bank account. I’ve been wanting to try the pressed highlighter for quite some time and when I saw this kit in Sephora I had to have it. And I surely am not disappointed. The pressed highlighter is beautiful, the colour Opal is described as golden, peach-toned that would suit most skin types. It applies very smoothly and evenly. I use it mainly on the cheekbones and browbones. What impressed me the most with this product however, is its staying power. When in the evening pretty much all the make up had faded away the highlight is still visible. I love it. It has definitely replaced my all time favourite so far; Mac’s Soft and Gentle. Once I run out of this one I will surely buy the full size version.

The shimmering Skin Perfector in a tube is nice but in my opinion not a product to spend so much money on. I occasionally use it for highlighting the browbone, cupid’s bow and inner corners of the eyes. It could also be used as an illuminator all over your face under the foundation but I haven’t tried to use it that way since I have oily skin and can not deal with any additional shine on my face. This one I’m going to pass.

I got the kit in Sephora for around 30 euros, but you can also purchase the full size products on cultbeauty.

And swipe over the swatch pictures to see which is which.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I know I’m a little late to jump on this bandwagon. But anyway, I’ve been loving this mascara lately. I’ve had it in my drawer for quite some time and never got round to using it. However, when most of my other mascaras dies out during the summer I found this one and decided to give it a try. And a was immediately impressed. ‘It separates, lifts and curls’, says the description. I’d say that it really separates the lashes nicely, as far as lifting and curling is concerned, well you still need to curl the lashes before applying it. However, the lashes stay lifted and curled for a long time and this is a huge bonus for me. I do apply at least two coats and so add some additional volume as well. The staying power is great and it also doesn’t smudge. An A+ product for me. You can get it in Sephora or on feelunique. 

NARS Soft Matte Concealer

This concealer is surely not one to be used on a daily basis since is quite heavy-duty but by no means heavy. And that’s why I like it. The coverage is excellent, it doesn’t crease, but you do need to set it with a bit of powder. It brightens the undereye area really well and it stays put. What else could you wish for in a concealer, right? I got mine in a shade Vanilla, which is very light, a bit too light even. I’m considering getting another one in a shade Custard, which I think would be perfect. There however is one downside to this product and that is the packaging. I really don’t like pot concealers. It is so annoying getting the product out, especially with longer nails. I now use the Beauty Blender for taking out the product and applying it and it works ok.

Speaking of concealers, when you don’t need such high coverage under the eyes, my all time favourite is Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, which you can get in most drugstores and it’s excellent and affordable.

Current Beauty Favourites (Part 1)

FullSizeRender_4I’ve been using beauty products for solid twenty years now and if something makes it to my favourites list this means that it has to be good, period. I’m not willing to spend my hard own money on average beauty products, so these are currently my favourite.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips / Benefit Galifornia

I’ve almost used up my CT lipstick so the colour is unfortunately not visible anymore, but it’s in the shade Kim K W. It’s a beautiful pinky nude, the texture is creamy and light-weight and it doesn’t dry out the lips. It comes in 12 shades to complement every skin tone. I’m a pinky nude kind of girl so this one is definitely my favourite everyday colour.

What goes rather well with the lipstick is the Galifornia blush from Benefit. I’ve got mine in a mini version in Sephora. However, it sure impressed me quite a lot so I’m definitely getting the larger version. The blush is a beautiful pinky peach colour, it applies evenly and its staying power is quite impressive. In the evening I’m still able to see some traces of it on my cheeks. When usually blush is the first thing that disappears from my face during the day, this one stays. Besides that it has a really nice smell.

GLAMGLOW Glowsetter / Gorgio Armani Power Fabric

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I was a die hard fan of Mac’s Fix+ for many years. However, when I saw the Glamglow one in Sephora the other day I decided to give it a try. I’ve been a fan of Glamglow masks for quite some time so I thought this must be good. And it is nice. It doesn’t seal the makeup as the UD All Nighter does, but it gives a really nice glow to the skin and takes away the powdery look. So basically, it does the job pretty well. And the smell is really pleasant.

GA Power Fabric foundation claims to be full-coverage, long-wear and lightweight. I’d say it is not completely full-coverage but it is rather long-wearing and definitely light weight. I have a really oily T-zone that gets shiny very quickly, but this foundation kind of works for oily skin. I apply it with a beauty blender and it also layers quite well on problem areas. It’s light so one doesn’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup and this is a huge bonus for me. I’ve got the shade 3.5 and it’s doesn’t match me that well since it’s got a slight pinky undertone. I can make it work with a little bit of bronzer. I guess that’s a drawback of ordering foundation online. It comes in 15 shades and I got mine on feelunique.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

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This is my favourite scent at the moment. I love YSL scents in general. My all time favourite being Black Opium, but Mon Paris is not bad either. The scent is described as being floral and I don’t know if I agree or not since I’m not very good at describing scents. I just buy what I like, I guess. Its staying power is average. In my opinion it goes away after a few hours. And the bottle, well the picture says it all. Beautiful.