The Adicted to Blush TAG

6/30/2015

Finally, something that it's not a review....I mean, don't get me wrong but after some time I kinda feel that I need to post something that it's me talking about the details of product. Something more fun and light is always a good idea I think to switch things a little bit. Which kinda makes me think that I should prepare more makeup looks posts...
But today's post is a TAG. I was Tagged by Sleep and Water ( I'm so sorry for only posting this now...Thank you for tagging me!!) and I felt I had to make this one ( no Shayne, I didn't forgot about you tag either! ). I really like blush...It's one of those things that I like to play with. And collect. Although I make sure to only keep things that I like and I know I'll be sure to wear. It's not the first time I pass on something because I'm sure I won't be using it as much as I thought I would.  So prepare yourselves for a post full of blush photos.

1. What blush colour suits you the most?
I believe that peach corals and dusty rose blushes are something that will always make me look good no matter the situation or makeup I have on. It's the type of Blush I tend to gravitate more. Examples of that are Benefit's Coralista, Nars Orgasm and Benefit's Rockateur.


2. Pressed, Cream or Loose Blush?
For sure pressed. Cream is okay too but I'm too messy and with the luck I have half of the blush would fly away or spill on my makeup table. Even today I manage to spill a quarter of my Essie Base/Toap Coat on my desk table. Pressed blush is a safe choice.
3. Favourite Shimmery Blush ?
This one is quite hard...mostly because of of the blushes I own are shimmery. I personally like to have a certain glow on my cheeks. If I want something more natural I go for Benefit's Coralista but I want something more vivid I go for Soap&Glory's Peach Party - which seems like a nice dupe to extremely expensive Bobby Brown Shimmer Bricks.

 


4. Favourite Matte blush?
I don't really use too many Matte blushes...unless I'm using highlighter to add the extra glow. Or if it's Winter - Matte and Winter go nicely together. For this reason I tend to grab either Nars Seduction ( my favourite winter blush) or Turbinado from Sleek.


5.Favourite Cream Blush?
This one is easy since I only Own Bourjois Cream Blush in 03. I really want to get more Shades from this collection and more Stick blushes but I always tend to grab more powder blushes. Not really sure why since it's quite easy to apply this with my bare fingers....

 

6. Favourite Drugstore Blush ?
For sure Sleek trio in Sugar and Soap & Glory's Peach Party along side with The Body Shop's Blush (it's not really drugstore but it's quite affordable). Most Drugstore blushes here tend to not be that pigmented or don't have shades that I really like...which is quite sad. 



7. Favourite High-End Blush?
Because I have more High-end blushes than Drugstore this was quite hard to pick...But Benefit's Coralista, Rockateur and Sugarbomb had to be on this list since they are the ones I end up using more on a daily basics. I also really like Nars Outlaw.

 


8. Favourite Bright Blush?
I don't really own many Bright blushes...The ones I really wanted aren't available here...So my picks go to Aritaum Sugarball Velvet Blush in Nº4 and The Body Shop's blush in 06. I specially have a soft spot to Aritaumn's because it really makes a difference on my pale skin.
 

9. Your biggest blush disappointment?
For sure a Catrice Blush I owned back in the day. That things wasn't pigmented...having it or not on my face would look with same.
10. Blush with the Best Packaging?
Packaging is something I really appreciate. Although I think they are quite bolky and big, Benefit's blushes are really pretty. My favourite is for sure Coralista's packaging. I also really like Skin Food's packaging...I mean who can resist to something like this?
But in terms of size The Body Shop has it right. Their Blushes don't take too much space on my makeup bad whenever I need to travel.


11. Blush Wishlist?
Oh...I shouldn't answer this...But I really want to get my hands on Nars Deep Throat and on Benefit's Hervana. Oh and Too Faced's new blushes!!! They all look so nice and pretty. And on the side of "I wan't but can't get", Tarte's blush in True Love, Fearless, Achiote, Blissful and Natural Beauty.

12. Your Holy Grail Blush?
Right now? Probably Benefit's Coralista.

Lastly but not least I'll tag Shayne , Andreia and Maria Inês to do this tag.
Thank you all for reading! Take care

With Love,
Diana.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansin Oil | Review

6/27/2015



The tittle for this post could also be " The best cleansing oil I've tried so far" but, it was way to big. 
I've been doing what I said I would and I've been preparing posts...and watching way to many shows. Before I start talking about this cleansing oil please allow me to recommend you Sense8 ( it's a Netflix show). If you like series with good character development, fight scenes and touch of philosophical bit here and there it's the show you need to watch. A friend recommended it to me and I couldn't stop watching it. 

Now, back to cleansing oil world. Everyone knows how much I love cleansing oils to remove my makeup and cleanse my face. It's no secret that I said no-no to foam cleansers. But finding a good cleansing oil isn't as easy as it seams. Most cleansing oils either have things like Mineral oil ( which can be for me as bad as SLS) or more active oils that can cause breakouts or inflammations on more sensitive skins. The previous cleansing oil I was using had Lavender oil and somehow my skin wasn't really happy about it.  Also, I tend to like cleansing oils that are a bit more rich, since them seem to cleanse my skin more easily and I tend to not need to use as much product. 
So, I ended up finding myself needing a new cleansing oil and having the hard task of finding something good that wouldn't break me out. Western oils were a no at the time because the ones we usually find at the Korean market are cheaper and better. It turns out that it's kinda the same...until I found this bad boy. I ran every name of cleansing oils at cosdna.com in order to check their ingredient list and if they had bad ingredients. 
It turns out that the Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil is by far the safest cleansing oil I could ever get, since the only bad ingredient is fragrance. 






So, what does this cleansing oil has it that others don't?
First, the packaging is quite efficient because I can pour oil onto my hand without having it flying around the bathroom. I can't possible explain how mad I get whenever I get my mirror stained with oil because of bad packaging. I usually keep the seal because I do have my cat playing around my room sometimes and I don't want it to ruin and break my bottles.
Another personal perk of this cleansing oil it's amazing smell of green apple. I stated before that fragrance can be bummer to some people but personally, I didn't had any reaction with the fragrance existing in this cleanser. The smell is really fresh and makes me want to massage this on face, like if I was at a spa. 
It has a richer texture, not too thick but not light either. It's perfect to massage and break all the makeup, specially eye makeup. This takes care of waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner without any problem. 
As you can see here the ingredients aren't anything complicated or that could make you break out ( unless you are allergic to apples or to fragrance). Overall, I do believe this is by far one of safest cleansing oils I even had the change to try out.  I do want to try the Unna Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C cleansing oil and the DHC cleansin oil everyone loves ( the last one is quite expensive so I probably won't try it in a near future) but I'll for sure repurchase this cleansing oil.  So far I'm quite impressed. 

I got this cleansing oil at Jolse .
Which kinda reminds me that for the first time in my life I got a package stopped for customs. I'm not sure how much I'll pay but...I really hope it's not that much. I really shouldn't have ordered again so soon...But I needed a backup of my daily moisturiser... I'll be sure to share that tale whenever that packaging finally arrives. 
Thank you all for reading. Take care and have a nice day!

With Love,
Diana

A Small Disapointment

6/25/2015




Guess who is officially free from the faculty and can finally enjoy the summer time?  I can finally work on the blog just Like I wanted to. I'll be preparing posts but I'll be sincere, don't expect too many posts since I actually want to do other things during summer - like sleep, hanging out with friends and being able to finally read the books I want because I want to - but I'll try to post at least twice a week because I really like to provide content to this happy corner. 

Today I'll talk about something that is often neglected here. I tend to focus myself too much around skin care and makeup and I usually neglect something important as haircare - which I really shouldn't since I've been working on fixing my hair since a disastrous choice of shampoo and conditioner almost wrecked my hair beyond repair. I had to purchase a rather expensive mask and quit using those products to finally have my hair smooth and healthy again. 

But something I usually struggle is greasy hair. Pretty much like my face, my hair had the tendency of being quite greasy - particularly around the roots of my hair. I wash my hair every two days and I've quit SLS shampoo's but there are days where there is no time to wash it in the morning and I need something to help me survive the day. 
For that, I like Dry shampoo's. They are usually easy to wear and nice to these situations but not all dry shampoo's are nice. I used one from Syoss which was a huge miss - although cheap. 

I later decided that maybe I should try one of the cult products everyone and their mother loves. I mean, I saw tones of people raving about it, even on MakeupAlley but I have to say, so far I'm not that impressed. Bumble&Bumble Prêt-à-Powder is by far the most expensive dry shampoo I ever considered getting. I liked the idea that it wasn't a hair-can system and that it would be more environmental friendly. 




Bumble&Bumble claims this has equal parts of Volume extender and dry shampoo...personally I don't find this making that major difference. I've tried to use this in different ways - more concentrated in the middle root, around all top roots  and still...I don't find this doing that much except having my roots looking more white than what it should. It also gives a weird texture to my hair. I always end up making a pony tail or a braid...
The product packaging isn't friendly either. I mean...you either don't take at all or you need to force the hole and end up taking way to much. There's nothing in between. 
Overall, the only really good thing this has is it's smell but...it smells like baby-powder which I can get at any supermarket from 10% of what I paid for this bottle.  Also, Dry Shampoos are meant to leave a fresh feel on the hair and this does not do that by any means. 
I don't know...maybe I'm not using it properly? I just can't like it like other people do. I just can't. I'll try to keep using it, specially because there's still tone of it left but so far I've already ordered a set of the cool-aid dry shampoos ( which are way more cheaper than this one). 

If I eventually find a way of loving this I'll be sure to do an update but so far, I don't really recommend this. For it's price ( around 30€ at sephora here) it's just a waste.
Have you tried this particular dry shampoo? Any Recommendations?

Thank you all for reading! Have a nice day and take care!

With Love,
Diana. 

Etude House Soft Clay Pack | Review

6/19/2015





Korean brands are known for providing their costumers a really huge quantity of samples that would put any western brand in a corner sobbing of shame. Last year I got a sample of this mask and I feel in love while using that sample. Because of that, I felt compelled to get a full-size when the clay mask I owned finished.
I really like to do a clay mask once in a while. Although I've switched to more caring products, I do like the sensation of a deep cleansing that it is not over stripping. It always helps to de-clog my pores and to take care of any small spot or scar that I might be dealing at the moment - because you know, stress and hormones don't like to help. But, most clay masks are quite dry and can become uncomfortable to have on the skin, which is why know I'm quite careful with the masks I use.



This mas has a creamy texture that it's not common to clay masks - which usually have a more dryer texture to begin with - which makes it super comfortable to have on the face. And when it finally dries it's this layer of cream yet powdery texture that it's easily removed with water. 
After using this I noticed that my pores started to look less unclogged and my skin felt more clean and soft. The only thing is that the more sensitive skins might not like this mask contains fragrance and the Eucalyptus can break out on some people since it's not the most "skin-friendly" ingredient and it can cause more harm than good. 

Again, I only got the full-size of this because I was able to try out a sample, otherwise I wouldn't get a full-size. It is not the fist time I try one of the samples I get and I realise that said product isn't a good option for my skin - like Lioele's CC cream or Etude House's Brightening Essence - so if you are curious about this but afraid that might break you out, try to get a sample first.
Also, I really like packaging. Not only is cute and fun to watch but the material of the tube is quite "flexible" which makes super easy to remove products and no need to cut the tube in the end to remove the rest of it. Extra points to Etude House for thinking about it!

Personally I got this from Jolse.com and I paid around 12,5$ but you can also find this at EtudeHouse.com or any other store. This tube had 150 ml and I still have mask for the rest of the summer. I'll probably try out the Brightening version and the Spot Treatment version as well. 

Have you tried this mask? Do you have any recommendation? 
Thank you for reading, take care and have a nice day! 

With Love, 
Diana.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette | Review + Swatches

6/17/2015




I think by now almost everyone knows Zoeva. Although they've gained more hype and publicity over the years because of their Rose Gold brush collection, they've been around Europe - Specially in Germany - for awhile. None the less, it's quite nice to see an European brand being able to take the crown to a brand like Sigma for example.

Korean Beauty Haul

6/11/2015


Yes, yes, yes. I'm finally back! For good if everything goes according to plan. School/Faculty is pretty much ending I only have to finish one group assignment and I'll have another test at the end of the Month ( but because it's like a second chance test and it's something that I'll do because I just want a better grande on that particular class, I'm okay with that. I also know what I need to study more so I'm quite relaxed....which is quite abnormal but good).  And I'm already preparing tones and tones of posts and reviews to share here.
I've also changed the layout of the blog, although I still need to fix something like the title of the posts. I went for something more simple than the usual because I really want to give focus on the photos and content of the blog. The previous blog look was some how quite harsh to the eyes and was taking focus of the photos - I mean, I work quite hard on those...it's a shame if I work on them and than they don't get the attention they deserved because of the bright pink I had.
Now today's post. I have to say that I've been ordering more stuff than what I probably need. Although I have to say that most of the things end up being backups for things that use on a daily basics such as hydrating serum or cleansing oil. Also, I've been particularly interested in Korean Beauty because they are usually cheaper than the western brand and not only that but they also have better packaging and most of the times better quality and ingredients. For example, I get to find more products with Hyaluronic Acid  with a nice price in Korean Beauty store tan at pharmacies or other places here. And even If I find them, they are always more expensive when compared to their Korean counterpart.
This particular Haul was made around May and it had two things in mind : the first was to get backups for skin care items that I was finishing  or that I really wanted to try and the second one was to get makeup items because I was going to attend an event at the faculty - I actually didn't go there but they where still things that I really wanted to try. Also, I had reward points to spend at Jolse.com and they were having this 15% sale at most of their items.
The only bad thing? I've made more orders since that...mostly because other products ended up finishing as well, Etude House had a free shipping event and I felt carried away while buying some Zoeva goodies. No more shopping until September, that's for sure. ( Are you guys interested on those hauls or not really?)
But now, let's talk about these products!





So stating with the skin care items. I've been taking care of my skin for a while and I'm finally getting into that point where I am happy and confident about it. I still have some marks and issues to take care but overall, I'm happy. 
One of the things I always need to have with me is a cleansing oil. I like and tend to remove my makeup like this and so far it's the more effective way of doing so. When my old cleansing oil was dying, I decided that I should find something new to try...and that when the battle began. I wanted the best cleansing oil possible without spending too much money. I didn't wanted anything with mineral oil or with angry ingredients ( yes ingredients get angry and start the hunger games on my face. not really but...I tried to make a Joke, I really did).Most of the ones I was finding, even from brands like Skin Food The FaceShop had mineral oil or in cases like Etude House they had specific oils ( like lavender oil) that kinda irritate my skin when used with time. After a long research for products and ingridients on CosDNA.com , I found out that the Innsifree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil is probably the safest cleansing oil I've ever found. It has a really nice texture - it's not that rich or that light, cleanses everything without making my skin itchy and there isn't any problem so far in terms of using this to remove eye makeup. Actually, it's amazing to remove waterproof makeup, specially mascara and eyeliner. It has the lovely smell of Green Apple. The only downside of this is that it had fragrance and that might be bad for some people. But so far, I'm really happy. I'll do a proper review during July for sure. 
Also, there is a new craze around sleeping masks in Europe. The body shop and other brands have been lauching them but...they are too expensive to my taste. After using a sample of the Lioele Water drop Sleeping mask, I fest in love. It has this really fresh texture and it doesn't take too much time to settle. When I wake up in the morning after using this, my skill is always looking fresh, hydrated and good looking. I don't regret getting this. 
As a backup, I also got the Mizon Hyaluronic Acid serum, which is now a stapple in my routine. I won't be swiching him in the future, specially when it costs half the price of a Hydraluron tube.
Lastely but not least, I tried a sample of a Innisfree Green Tea Sheet Mask and I felt in love. I had to order more and so far I only have one left. I'm going to try a few from Etude House but so far I'm a fan. My skin has liking sheet masks and now I understand why Koreans love them so much! 





Lastly but not least, I didn't went that crazy on the makeup side this time ( yes, this time...). I didn't have any item similar to what I got here so...it kinda makes it okay right?
So, Etude House is known for their super cute a princess style packaging and recently they teamed up with a illustrator and launched a collection called " dreaming swan" and that collection is all around ballerinas and ballet-style packaging. And yes, I have a soft spot for that kind of thing...
One of the things they have is the limited edition cushion cases. They had in the past one for Cinderella and another one for Minnie....but none of them made me want to get them...Until the Dreaming Swan Cushion Case was released. They have 3 different version but the purple one just owned my heart. It's made of sturdy plastic and the top is better than what I thought - it's not a sticker or anything like that. 
Because you cannot do anything just a cushion case ( you could but...it's a waste..) I got a refill of the Etude House Precious Mineral Moist Any Cushion in the shade Natural Beige w13 - which is a perfect match so far...with beach days it will get too light but I'll rock this during the school time because IT'S AMAZING. It's super light weight, comfortable and makes my skin look amazing. If you are looking for something with tone of coverage this isn't for you but if you want something that makes your skin look like your skin but better this is the deal. I almost ordered another case and another shade but...I already have foundation shades with my summer shade and I need to use them instead. 
Also from the Dreaming Swan collection I got the Etude House Shine Volumer , which is basicaly an highlighter that you can use both on your eyes and on your cheecks. I really like for the inner part of my eyes, although it bugs me that I need to use an extra brush for that. But I really like, specially because once it sets it doesn't budge and leaver sparkles of glitter around my face. 
And lastly but not least, I finally got a proper gel eyeliner. I went for the Holika Holika Jewel Liner because it had nice reviews and so far I'm happy. It's creamy and doesn't smudge or fade during the day. It was also fairly affordable. 

So, what do you think? 
I hope that you enjoyed the post and I wish you all a good day. Take care everyone!

With love, 
Diana. 

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