The current Autumn loves and picks

10/25/2014




I'll skip the part where I excuse myself for not posting more because of school. Let's say that I'll probably post something Once a week and that's it? Until my Christmas Break and it's what I can do. I love blogging but school comes first.
So, you guys know that I love to do posts about what I choose for this time of the year. I don't know, Autumn brings good memories and feelings. I like the cold weather, but I hate when it's super freezing so, Autumn is perfect.
And it's interesting because a week after taking these photos - because I had the time and light for that - we got this super strange and hot week which I hated. Mostly because I couldn't sleep properly.

So now, here are some of my choices. I tried to choose both high end and drugstore items...with the exception of eyeshadows. But you guys forgive me that, don't you?



I know, mentioned these two last year. Anyway, the Urban Deacay Theodora palette is something that I tend to pick up during Autumn. I know that some of you might get bothered because this was a limited edition and you can't get it but... I believe that some of these shades were released into their singular shadow collection and I really want to use what I have, no matter if it's a limited edition or not. Also, these have the best UD formula in my opinion!
Next, MAC Cranberry usually get a bit more usage during the time as well. I've been thinking about getting more singular shadows from other brands like etude house or innisfree - some of their mineral shadows look really good - and depot everything into my Wild Peach cosmetics palette that Shayne gave me (thank you!). I love to either do a smokey eye with cranberry allover the eyelid and Bewitch & West around my crease and lower lash-line. On a simple day, there's nothing like Broken all over my eyelid and Beware on my crease to define it.




I came to realize that I have more Autumn/winter shades than Spring/Summer shades.
Anyway, from Drugstore I couldn't resist to mention sleek. Their trio in sugar has the perfect shades - 2 matte and 1 shimmery - for any Autumn look of your choice, with gorgeous pigmentation. Alongside with that, the all time famous Face Form had to be mentioned as well - the blush can easily be worn at any occasion, the bronzer makes me look defined without being too orange or muddy and the highlighter is super pretty and isn't too shimmery.
From the High End department, my choice went for these 3 gorgeous products from NARS. Seduction is a quite intimidation shade, but believe me, it looks really nice for this time of the year and it can be blended. Laguna and Orgasm don't really need too much introduction : laguna is an amazing bronzer just like sleek's and Orgasm goes with any look or season.


(from left to right : MAC viva glam Rihanna; Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Pencil in Theodora ; NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Never say Never )

Yes, I master the art of not doing my swatches like I should. Shame on me I guess.
Anyway, here are the lipies that make me look super classic and polished during autumn. The MAC viva glam Rihanna is perfect for when I want something red but "not that red". When I got it during my SWAP with Shayne I knew it would be perfect for this time. The same applies to Theodora, which can be a little intimidating but can be worn without problems - it lasts a lot on my lips too. The only problem is to sharpen it...apparently I'll have to get a compatible sharpener for him and the NARS matte velvet lip pencil - which is the most comfortable matte lip pencil/lipstick I ever found. Doesn't dry my lips and stays for a while in my lips without problems and it's really easy to reapply. 

 



(from left to right : Kate by Rimmel London in 05; Rimmel London 038 in Vogue; Rimmel London Amethyst Shimmer ; Rimmel London 166 Temptation; Kiko Makeup 87 ; Essence 03 Dare to Wear )
To compensate the fact that I only have high end palettes, here's a huge selection of drugstore lispticks. Starting with one of my all time favourites - Kate by Rimmel London in 05 , although I love to wear it during the Spring and Summer, I think he goes better with the cold season. In Vogue and Amethyst are really pretty shades that I'll be working with during this season as well - they look intimidating at first, but look seriously gorgeous. Temptation is the probably the hardest colour to wear (mainly because I need a lip pencil...) but has everything to shine during the cold. 
87 from Kiko looks more reddish on the bullet than what it is - in a season were people are loving purples and burgundy shades, this one is a budget friendly choice. And the Dare to Wear from Essence is also a friendly red guy that it's easy to find, although a bit dry for my taste (nothing that a good lip balm won't help)

Here are my choices! I promise I'll try to post actual looks with them soon on my blog later during November.
What will you rock during Autumn?

Take care everyone! Have a nice day!

With Love,
Diana.

The Birthday Haul

10/18/2014







So here I am finally to wrote this. Be prepared to a huge post of stuff and Spoiler alert : it's not the end! Because my dad has yet to gave me his present (and by the way I'm not complaining about it or anything, but he makes sure to tell me "I didn't forget about it" and I'm like "okay, sure"). I'm thinking about getting more skin care (like another serum), I want a BB cushion (I'm thinking about getting either the new Innisfree cushion or an Etude House one? Does anyone know if they are going to release their Holiday collection soon? They always launch pretty case and BB cushion versions for that). Oh and Etude House lippies! Many, lippies are in my wishlist...I really shouldn't crave I Know...but it's Etude House!

So, starting with what I got first, a friend used to sell Lime Crime and one day I visited her and mentioned that I was looking for a new primer that would survive my extremely oily eyelids and she ended up mentioning that she still had this Lime Crime primer to sell. I also asked her if she had any lippies and...she had Centrifuchsia, which was on my wishlist for years. I bought those as a birthday present. I'm really happy with them and I want more lip colours...but lime crime is quite overpriced now and the shipping is insane. Why Doe? Why!
Next, my mother asked if I wanted anything from the UK - she is working there - and I was like "Soap&Glory! Soap&Glory!" ( not literally okay?) and she got me these two amazing and gorgeou blushes. They are extremely pigmented...I dare to say, even more than sleek.
And Lastly but not least I got the Skin Food concealer and that Missha essence sample from an ebay seller - I don't really remember the seller's name! And apparently ebay will no longer work with paypal? (at least my friends were raging about that the other day...). The concealer is a great dupe for the Erase Paste from Benefit, Doing wonders to cover my under eye circles! 


 

Next, from another ebay seller - again, not mentioning it because of the "won't working with paypal in the future thing ". I decided to get the Clio Kill Black eyeliner which has a brush tip...I'll probably get the one with the pen tip in the future to compare them and see which one works best. I'm still trying to figure out how it works. Because my eyebrow pencil is almost dead I enjoyed a promotion and decided to get two Etude House Drawing eyes Brow Pencils in 01 and 03 - which I love. Next step is getting brow mascara from them as well. And because my Bourjois primer is empty now, I had to get a new primer so I decided to give a try to the Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Base - WHICH SMELLS SO GOOD! - and works really nicely. I dare to say that works better than my all time favourite Primed and Poreless from Too Faced. I also got a bunch of Samples and I'm really curious to try the Tony Moly Tea Tree lotion - another future Skin Care purchase maybe? 
 

Lastly but not least at all, from Jolse.com I got - alongside with a friend  - the Etude House real Art Cleansing oil which is really light and smells like oranges. Didn't break me out or anything, which is a good thing! alongside with a very interesting Mizon Hyaluronic Acid Serum - forget Hyraluron, get this. It's amazing and costs a fraction of the price. I wish I had found this sooner! And to finish the Aritaum Full Cover concealer - which covers everything and looks like a good duper for the Make Up For Ever Full cover concealer...with 25ml of product. Oh the amount of samples? AMAZING!
From all of the three packages this was the one that was more carefully packed and had more samples. I'll be getting more products from their store for sure. I guess you'll have to wait for November to see what I'll get.

So, what do you thing? Yes, there weren't any palettes which is a good thing - It's what I get the most...
I'll try to post my Autumn picks and favourites during next week. And yes, there will be reviews of the products mentioned!

Take care everyone, have a nice day!
With Love,
Diana.

The Zoeva 6 piece eye brush Set

10/15/2014







Brushes are an important tool for me. I'll admit that I'm a bit picky with the brushes I like to use - I usually don't like natural bristles and I like brushes that are soft. Oh and I don't like to spend too much money for them (but I guess we all don't like that either).
Last year, I found out that Zoeva had this kit for 16 euros and I felt curious. I only had one or two eye brushes at the time and I wanted something that would allow me to experience a bit more with eyeshadow. Later I asked a German friend if she could buy it for me - after I sent her the money of course - because this set was only available via Zoeva's Online shop and it was all in German...
The Kit contains 6 eye brushes which are what I can consider travel-sized one since they are a bit shot. Shorter than the Karma brush from the Naked Palette or the detail brush from Real Techniques. Not to mention that they also way shorter than the Argent Makeup 201. They came in a small pouch which I'm currently using in my hand bag for my eyes, powder and travel face brush. So far, the only Brush I haven't use was the eyeliner one because I have yet to explore the world of gel eyeliner But I think that the shame of this one is actually nice and better than the regular ones. I'll probably do an update about this brush later.

The Eyeshadow Brush has a nice size an shape and the bristles aren't too harsh. It's not as soft as I would love, but It's something that I can work with and it's a huge update from the Karma brush from Urban Decay - which almost rips my eye off whenever I try to apply eyeshadow. I wish the bristles were softer.
The same goes for the blending brush - not as precise as the AM202 but it's still nice and fluffy to work with, but sometimes it can be a little too harsh for my taste. I like my blending to me smooth and not scratch all over my lid.
The pencil brush doesn't look like a pencil at all...which makes me a little sad because I had really high hopes hopes for this one. It's not really precise, probably because of the fact that the top is cut an it's a bit stiff. Not too much, but enough to make to be extra careful with it.
The smudge brush is a true beauty. It does what it should without being too harsh so there isn't too much I can point. It smudges eyeshadow, just that.
The detail brush is also good - not as good as the one for Real Techniques - but works. It's nice for concealer, to place bright eyeshadow in my inner corner  and other detail work. I wouldn't recommend it for eyeliner, it's too big for that.


Overall, it's a nice set, Bare in mind that I got this a while ago an they may have changed their quality a bit. Still, I really want to get more eye brushes, specially for when I have these drying for their cleaning - yes, I clean my brushes every time I use them...I'm that obsessed.I'll probably get their Rose Gold set during this Christmas or Black Friday event. I might not love this with full force but, if you are new to the makeup world and need something to start, this is for you, although sadly this isn't available anymore. But you can still buy them piece by piece or their other sets. 

Take Care everyone. Have a nice day!

With Love,
Diana.

The Current Night time routine | Skin Care

10/11/2014


  


Let's highlight the current here. Next month I'll probably have another one because of some thing I'll be testing. Plus there's also other things I want to get so and add into my routine - like the new La Roche-Posay toner that hasn't been released here yet. I've been scouting almost every single pharmacy and drug store to see if it's here already and nothing. Still, I want to use the minutes I could spare right now to post this. I'll try to get some new photos and post ideas for next week posts this Sunday. And I'm only waiting for the last package to arrive from Korea and I'll post my haul! (like...finally!)

Anyway, here we go!

So, cleansing is something really important for me. It's pretty much essential. 
When I arrive at home I tend to do a pre-cleanse with my Garnier Micelar water and the Garnier Eye Makeup Remover because I always feel that it's too much. Specially when I all I want is to put my comfortable clothes and do my assignments. 
But this doesn't mean that I won't do proper cleanse later. I'll always use my The Body Shop Cleansing oil...actually, some times I go straight to this instead of using the other two. Because it removes everything from skin, without being over striping. 






Twice a week I like to exfoliate my skin with my Avène Cleanance Mask, which contains both BHA and AHA in it. It removes the dead skin without being too harsh.
But everyday I use toner. Specially my The Body Shop Aloe Toner which doesn't have any trace of alcohol. It's really gentle and prepares my skin to the next step.
Which is serum/special care. It's when I use my La Roche-Posay Effaclar duo+ so that my acne marks and scars can go away. I can't wait to get the Mizon serum to add it to my routine as well.
And lastly, I need to moisturise both my face and eye area. For the eye area I go for a good amount of my Bioderma Sensibio Eye Gel and leave it like a mask and let it soak. For my face, I like my La Roche Posay Hydreane Riche, which is thicker but not oily. I always wake up with a super plump and healthy skin after this.

So here you have it. My night time skin care routine.
I know, it could be better...I promsse it will be better next time.

Take care everyone! Have a nice day!
With Love,
Diana.

September Essentials and Favourites

10/05/2014

 




September was an interesting and super busy month. Specially busy.
School has been chaotic and hard working but overall I'm really happy. Yet, I have little time for blogging and I apologize for that. I really love this little corner but it's a bit hard when I get home tired and craving for a good night of sleep. But, I'll use my spare time to work on the blog and other fun projects. But for the current time...I ask for your understanding.
With that in mind, my makeup during this month wasn't nothing that special - a good base, concealer, blush and sometimes lipstick and mascara. I mean, I'm leaving for classes, not for a fashion show. Still, here's what I've been wearing and loving.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar duo+
With the anxiety and that kinda of stuff I broke out due to stress on the right side of my face. It was bad, it hurted a lot...but I'm recovering. And what really helped was this boy. Instead of using it once a day I doubled the dosage and the break outs healed a lot faster. An it's helping with scars as well.

Too Faced Primed and Pureless Primer

I love this stuff. It makes my skin look amazing. I tend to spare this for special occasion but...I need to give it more use! I don't want to have it ruined without using it...so it's the primer of choice. Doesn't mess my bb cream and helps with the oily skin issue.

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream
My current choice for BB cream. Mostly because it's comfortable and keeps the shine away for a long long time compared to the Bourjois BB cream for example. It has nice coverage, but nothing spectacular. But it can be build - which is what I do.A good choice.

Catrice Waterproof Powder
Do I even have to explain? It's my favourite powder! Leaves my skin with a velvety feeling and keep the shine out. Perfect! I can't say much about it.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
This month's bronzer was the chocolate bronzer. I only nee a really small quantity to have a more sculpt face. A must even on lazy days. 

Soap&Glory Love at Fist Blush and Peach Party
Spoiler here! I got these bad boys as part of my birthday gift (thanks to my mom!) and I love it! I want to get the bronzer one and the check stick blushes too. These in particular give a really healthy glow to the skin and they are SUPER pigmented. Don't worry, I'll review them later!

So, here are my favourites! I'll try to post my night time skin care routine during this week and I'm just waiting for the Korean products to arrive so I can do my birthday present post!
Thank you for the support! Take care!

With Love,
Diana.


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