The 2014 Skin Care Favourites

12/26/2014




So yes, the year is ending and instead of making a monthly favourites - specially because there isn't really anything in particular to love since I was too busy with school to ever think about makeup or anything like that - I decided to do something like Sleep and Water and write my Skin Care favourites of the year instead.
There are some items missing mostly because they are already emptied out - like my The Body Shop Cleansing oil -  so they aren't mentioned here. I also won't be talking about the Etude House Real Art Cleansing  Oil Light because I'll be doing a review after the 2014 favourites posts.
Next year some favourites will probably be the same, new things will be added. After all, New Year is all about change right?

 


The Garnier Micelar Water was a budget-friendly purchase. As you can see, I still have like half a bottle to use. Yes, I'll probably get my beloved Bioderma when this finishes but, I know that I count on this one too without any problems whatsoever. So yes, it deserves a spot here.

Mizon Hyaluronic Acid Serum was a good surprise and I can't be happier with it. I'm actually thinking about getting a backup because I can't live without it anymore. As you all know, I have dehydrated skin so, keeping moisture and water is what I want the most - specially because it helps with my terrible spots, marks and oily T-zone. This bad boy is a great alternative to very known things like the Indeed Labs Hydraluron (which is quite expensive and harder to get). And yes, I still want to try out their AHA serum - which is currently out of stock at Jolse.com ...and apparently there's also a AHA toner but...it costs like 87 euros on ebay? Crazy...

 


As for moisturizers, the La Roche Posay Hydreane Light and the La Roche Posay Hydreane Riche were my all time favourites. They don't contain any funky or stupid ingredients - I'm looking at you mineral oil - and my skin looks so soft and pretty after using them. The light version is used during the day and the riche version is for the night time. I might test and try out other night creams but I know that the rich version is a safe option. And no, I'm not thinking about changing my daily moisturizer.

The La Roche-Posay  Effaclar duo + is another staple in my routine. It's something that I can count on to take care of my skin issues without too much fuzz. Doesn't irritate my skin at all and the new formula is nothing but sweet (not actually sweet, I don't really eat products you know...).

Lierac's DioptiGel has earn it's place. Although I used the Bioderma eye gel, this one has a better formula and takes care of my dry and tired under eyes without problems. Although I want to get fancy things like the Clinique All about Eyes or the Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream, this is my safe option and it's something that I recommend to anyone.

Lastly but not least for sure, it's the Avène Cleanance Mask which is my best friend to exfoliate my skin and to take care of nasty spots and cysts that sometimes I get because of stress and some food problems - I don't have too much time to think about eating healthy when I'm at school. It's sad I know, but hopefully it will be better during the second semester.

So here are my Skin Care favourites. What do you think about this new set up? I have to say that I like it even more than the traditional white board thing I used.
Take Care Everyone! And please tell me, how was your Christmas?
With Love, 
Diana. 

A small chit-chat update, 2014 in perspective

12/24/2014


I know...I know. I haven't post as much. Like I've said before, college has been killing me. I recently got 2 weeks without classes and if everything goes as planed I won't be having too much to do in January besides one test. So I'll try to post and organize as many posts during that time as possible. 

Now, if you follow my instagram you already know that I finally got myself a vanity table. I still need to get a few bits and bobs in terms of organizing the interior of the drawer and I'm still waiting for my drawer set which will be siting next to the vanity. This one was a bit more expensive than the regular vanities from IKEA but...it's so unique and pretty. It also gives me a prettier set for my blog photos!

Next, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I want to thank you all for reading and commenting. You love and support is amazing and I wouldn't keep this place without it. This blog is something really important for me and I'm glad I can share it with all of you. 
Specially because 2014 was a year of changes. I can firmly say that I grew up a lot and I'm ending this year knowing myself better. I used to not think about things like I do nowadays, I used to judge people quite easily - thankfully I've stopped that. It's hard, but I'm working on that. 
I've finished my first year of Chinese and I really want to take a second year for sure. It's a different language but It's something that I really enjoyed and I miss. 

I'm looking forward 2015. It will be a big year. At least I'll try to make it big and better. 
Again, thank you all for the amazing support. I'll try to post a couple more things before the end of the year. And yes, there will be a Christmas Haul, but I might only have it ready after the New Years Eve since I'll be ordering some stuff online. 

Take care everyone, Merry Christmas!
With Love,
Diana. 

Christmas Wishlist - 2014 Edition

12/09/2014


So Christmas is coming. I have to admit that because of college I'm too stressed to actually breath the Christmas Spirit. But I'm trying to get it as much as possible.
Now, this is one of those years where I don't really know what I want besides one thing - a new pair of glasses. Not only because I don't the design of the ones I currently one, but also because I really need new lenses. So, the items I have here are like a compliment. And don't worry, it's obvious that I'm not expecting all of this okay?
In terms of base, I really want to get myself a new foundation and a BB Cushion.So, here are some of the options :

1. Clinique Even Better Foundation - I never tried anything from Clinique...and this looks quite good. I'm always dealing with hormonal breakouts (nothing major, don't worry) and I want something that makes my skin look good but that isn't too much you know? And the fact that this one doesn't have any perfume makes me feel safe.


2. Chanel Vita Lumière Aqua Foundation - I had a sample of this and at the time, I really liked it. Nowadays I'm a bit scared of this. I know it's water-based so it won't be bad to my dehydrated skin but I'm worried that I might get too shiny during the day - which is something I don't want at all. 

3. Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion Winter Foundation - Something that I really want to try is cushion bb creams/foundations. They always intrigued me. So I've been researching for the perfect cushion and according to Meejmuse, this is one of the best - her favourite is from Iope and it's quite expensive. 

4. Etude House Precious Mineral Moist Any Cushion - I mean...it's Etude House. Do I have to to explain it even more? This one follows the same line of the previous cushion. And These cushions are known for being quite good and affordable so...I really don't know what I should get. 

Getting into the brush world, I've been dyeing to get my hands into more Zoeva brushes...specially their Rose Gold collection. And something I'll be sure, even If I don't get them now, I'll be sure to get them during 2015. 

5. Zoeva Highlighter brush - I really need something like this in my collection. I was looking for the Real Techniques brush but...this one looks so classic and pretty! And since I want to expand my highlighter collection - don't judge, I only have 2 powder highlighters...technically 1 actually - this will be a good addition. 

6. Zoeva Rose Gold Eye Set - Top of my priorities. I really need more eye brushes. The set of 6 I have is good but...I kinda need more. And yes, I'm still in love with my Argent Makeup 201, but he need more brothers and sisters. So, for the price, this set is just perfect. I'm really glad that they decided to make it! 

7. Zoeva Cheek Finish - I'll blame Shayne a bit. Ever since she made this post I felt in love with him! and no...I actually don't really need another blush brush but...It's always good to have backups right? 

8. Zoeva Rose Gold Set - So yeah...I really want this set too. It's just...too pretty.  And yes...more foundation and concealer brushes are welcomed. Oh and that pouch too. 

And now...The makeup and Skincare department. Besides what's here, I'll admit that I'm thinking about getting for sure the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Palette (I'm actually going to do a reservation on this one next Friday!) because it's so pretty! The original caught my eye but later I realized that the shades weren't my thing...but I can see myself using this one!  

9. Etude House Flower Moistfull Cream - I tried a sample of this and OMG, it's so good. I used this as my my night cream and in the morning, my skin was so soft. Seriously, soft and looking good, pretty and everything that I want it to look like. So yes, on my wishlist for sure. 

10. Mizon AHA 8% Serum - I'm in love with my Hyaluronic acid Serum from Mizon and I've read really good reviews about this one so...I'm quite curious about it. You guys know how much I love chemical exfoliation so...

11. InnisfreeMineral Single Cream Shadows - The shades are so pretty. I want them all (like the Pokemon's you know? ). I love cream shadows for my "I want to be polished but I'm too lazy/I'm late for school" kinda thing. 

12. Innsifree Mineral Single Eyeshadows (Fall collection) - I've selected these shades. They just look so pretty. But I'll be sincere...I if I end up getting the Too Faced palette...I probably won't be getting these. Although they are, indeed, really pretty. 

So here's my really super big wishlist...It's too much I know. 
Let's see how much of this really ends up moving in ?
Take care Everyone, have a nice day!*

With Love,
Diana.

November Favourites'14

12/02/2014






Oh yes, another month went by. November was the month of changes. Blog included. 
So, if haven't noticed, the blog name and URL has changed. I had an Epiphany moment were I decided to change it...and here it is. School is still crazy. More 3 weeks of classes and I'll a small break for exams and if everything goes like it should I'll be back in classes around February. That would give me a bit of time to work on more posts. I'll also try to post some-kind-of-Christmas-wishlist? 
So, I haven't used too much makeup during this month, mostly because I was sick during past of the month and it was bad. Terrible. Still, the days I wore, I had a few favourites. So I had to share them, obviously. 

The Clio Kill it Black Waterproof Brush Eyeliner was really cool to wear whenever I got time to apply it. It's my first "real" eyeliner - I had one from Catrice which was horrible...- and it's really cool. Although, I need to wear a primer with it, other wise It will go away and I'll look like a panda or something. I might try other liners - I still want to try to dolly wink eyeliner...I mean, the raves! Anyway, I might do a review on this one during this month - If I get the time to do it of course...

Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother in 030 Cake Pop and this is apparently an affordable dupe to the Clarins  Baume Couleur Lèvres, which are kinda expensive. This baby is amazing for the days were I don't know what to wear but I want to look polish and with my lips hydrated and looking good. I might get the other shade a review both of them too (yes I have a pile of stuff to review...)

VMV hypoallergenics Ooh-la-lash Mascara is probably my mascara best-friend. It's - to this day - the only mascara that doesn't make me want to rub my eyes after applying it or during the day. And if my lash curled worked better, I would probably have doll lashes everyday. 

Essie Nail Polish in Not just a Pretty Face and Lovie Dovie are my recent acquisitions. The formula is just perfect - smooth and glossy - doesn't take too much to try and most importantly - doesn't chip like hell.  Not Just a Pretty Face is the perfect peachy nude for any occasion and Lovie Dovie is the prettiest pink. Yes, I want more.  

NARS duo in Orgasm and Laguna. Do I need to say more? The blush is just perfect - stays in place all day and looks natural. And the bronzer...The bronzer is amazing to define my crease. Yes you read it right, to define my crease. Because you know, I have a huge collection of eyeshadows - planing on getting more - but yes...I defined my crease with a bronzer. You guys probably that I went totally bonkers (probably did, all the best people are. At least that what Alice says)

Skin Food Salman Darkcircle concealer Cream in 01 kicks my under eye dark circles without any problem. (okay, the correct term is cover, I know, don't worry) Nop, I won't be replacing this one any time soon. Sorry Erase Paste, but you got competition.

MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC20, is still a favourite to deal with dark spots and marks. Although it needs a bit of work during this time - BECAUSE IT'S FREEZING HERE. ELSA LET IT GO ALREADY, OKAY? -  but nothing that two extra seconds won't resolve. 

So here are my favourites. I'll be back to my studies. 
Take care everyone, have a nice day!

With Love,
Diana. 

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