Thursday, August 18, 2016

Travel Beauty {Skincare}

Travel Beauty - Skincare
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel
Acne Treatments: Bioderma Intensive Purifying Care & Neo Medrol
Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer and Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream
Garnier Pure Self-Heating Sauna Mask & Montagne Jeunesse Anti-Stress Cucumber Peel-off Mask

I'm currently on vacation enjoying some rainy days in Latvia and some much needed family time. I haven't visited in 2 years and over the course of time a lot has changed. When I was putting together my luggage, I thought about what skincare to take and what I can do without. With all the problems I've been having with my skin lately, I didn't want to neglect my skin during vacation so here's what I put together.

For taking off my makeup, I've been using the Garnier Express 2 in 1 Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. It is a duo phase makeup remover which takes off even the most stubborn mascaras and I really like that it is lightweight. To cleanse my skin, I'll be using the Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel which is formulated for combination to oily skin. It helps control sebum production and blemishes, which makes it great for acne prone skin.

I never go anywhere without my acne treatments, and I recently started using the Bioderma Intensive Purifying Care which is supposed to eliminate spots and blackheads. In addition to that, I've taken my ever trusty Neo Medrol for those really pesky cysts. It gets rid of the inflammation and redness in about 3 days, but it is a prescribed treatment so unfortunately not everyone can get their hands on it.

Because no skincare kit is complete without some moisturizer, I've taken the Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer (review here) and the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream*. Both of these are amazing, and even though I only recently started using the Jurlique Eye Cream, I am already in love with it. Lastly, because I like to do a facemask at least once a week, I decided to take the Garnier Pure Self-Heating Sauna Mask to deeply purify your skin for up to 7 days, and the Montagne Jeunesse Anti-Stress Cucumber Peel-off Mask to get rid of impurities and dead skin. I haven't tried either of these masks before but I've used others from both brands and they have worked really well for my skin.

What skincare products do you take on holiday?
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Protective Sun Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Sunscreen Review

One of my favourite things to do in the Summer is spend some quiet time on the beach. I love tanning and swimming in the sea, and in order to protect my skin I always use sunscreen. Earlier this summer I was running low on sunscreen, so I needed to get a new one. After trying out the Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect+ SPF 50, I had sorted out my new purchase for my body. But being acne prone and having oily skin means you cannot use just any product for your face. So I began searching for a facial sunscreen. After a very long time in the Sunscreen aile, I settled on the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Protective Sun Lotion.

The product comes in a bottle with a pump, and I love the way it is swirly on the inside. This facial sunscreen applies smoothly on the skin and absorbs very quickly. It is oil-free and lightweight, which makes it perfect for oily skin. It has an SPF of 30 which I think gives enough protection from UVA and UVB rays. The packaging says it is water resistant, but I always tend to reapply after a swim. I've been using it every weekend I go to the beach and I love it. Although I would have preferred if it gave a bit of a matte finish so my skin doesn't look as oily, but it's a great product either way. It didn't cause me to breakout or have any other skin reaction so I would say it is great for acne prone skin or sensitive skin.

If you are acne prone like me and have any recommendations on what sunscreen you use for your face, please let me know as I'd love to try out some new ones. I've heard the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer and the Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen are quite good but I'd love to know your thoughts if you've tried them. And if you know of any that give a matte finish, that would be the best. 

Price - approx. €7.
Likes - absorbs quickly, isn't greasy.
Dislikes - doesn't have a matte finish.
Available - Superdrugfeelunique.

What sunscreen do you use for your face?
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Rimmel Super Gel Nail System

Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish
Rimmel Super Gel Nail System Review
Rimmel Super Gel Review and Swatches

Doing my manicure during the week doesn't usually work out for me. I can plan it all I want but then something comes up and my plan changes, so I have been on the search for the best Non-UV Gel effect nail polish. This way I can paint my nails over the weekend and have them last all week. There are lots of brands which claim 7 days or 14 days chip free manicure, but do they actually live up to that claim? I've tried the Catrice Ultra Stay & Gel Shine System and was disappointed with the results. The next one I chose was the Rimmel Super Gel.

The Rimmel Super Gel is a two-step gel colour system which includes the nail polish and a top coat to achieve salon-like nails without the use of a UV lamp. The brush of the product is large, making it easy to apply smooth coats of the nail polish. The colour I chose was Angel Wing 022 which is a lovely soft pink that looks good on most skin tones. The nail polish is pigmented but still requires 2 coats in order to look good which I think is pretty standard. I really like that it dries quickly and doesn't require any UV lamp but still has the gloss and shine of a gel manicure.

Rimmel claims that once your manicure is done, you can get up to 14 days of gel colour & shine. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get that much wear out of it. My manicure lasted for 5 days, after which I had to take it off as it had started to chip. Actually, the thumbs already started to chip slightly on the third day, but nothing too visible until the fifth day. Considering other nail polishes last a maximum of 3 days, I am pretty impressed. It isn't the 14 days as claimed, but it's good enough for me. I'm going to look for another brand to rival this polish, but until I find one this is my current winner.

Price - approx. €7.
Likes - Gel finish
Dislikes - staying power isn't very good
Available - Superdrug, feelunique.

Have you tried the Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polishes? What is your favourite Non-UV Gel System?
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Affordable Fitness Clothing for Under €15

Earlier this year, I set a goal for myself to be able to go to the gym 3 times a week. This was difficult during the time when I had Spanish classes twice a week, but I'm free for the Summer now so I have been working hard on getting my body toned. I have finally achieved my goal, and I'm maintaining this pace. Sometimes, I get demotivated to go to the gym. Honestly, getting there is the hardest part because once I am there, I power through every workout. I've noticed that when I fall off the fitness wagon, something that really helps me get back into it is new gymwear.

Considering that gymwear isn't always cheap, I thought I'd put together a list of stores which stock affordable fitness clothing. As a challenge, I have put a 15 limit on the items and quite a few stores made the cut.

1. Decathlon

Decathlon is an amazing brand if you are looking for any sports or fitness related products. They also have their own range of gymwear which is very affordable, and with the discounts they usually have you can get a sports bra for as low as 3. I already own a couple of these and the quality is really good.

2. Lefties

Lefties which is the sister brand of Zara is known for affordable clothing and footwear, and they also have a fitness range. The collection includes sports bras, leggings, footwear and more. There aren't a lot of designs to choose from, but the prices are great. I really hope they expand this range because the clothing fits well and is comfortable which is exactly what you need at the gym.

3. Primark

Obviously this post will not be complete without including Primark. Their fitness range is cute and affordable, meaning you can build your fitness wardrobe guilt free. I am always lusting after the gym wear in Primark, but somehow it is never available in my size when I go.

Sports Direct is great for ordering fitness clothing online. The prices are low and the discounts are even better. There are so many different items of different styles, you'll be sure to find something you like. The only difficulty you will face is being able to try them on. But they sizes are pretty standard so that should make picking out clothing that will fit you easy, plus they have got a clear return address and policy valid 14 days after the receipt of the order.

5. Newlook

Another store that is great for gym clothing is Newlook. I think I was living under a rock and just never paid attention to their sportswear range, but after looking at it I honestly want all of it. The prices are below 15 as is, and if you check their sale section, they have some amazing pieces for as low as 5. Honestly, I think I am off to place an order once I hit publish on this post.

Now if you prefer to pick a more popular sports brand, but do not want to spend around € 30 on a gym vest, then I would recommend checking out Get The Label. The prices for fitness clothing from Adidas, Nike or Puma start at about 10, but you can also find some for lower. 

What other stores have a fitness range with items under 15?
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell

HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette Review
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell Review
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

On weekdays, I usually keep my makeup pretty simple. Foundation, a bit of bronzer and mascara, but when I have a few extra minutes, I like to wear some eyeshadow. I love a good eyeshadow palette. Even more, I love an eyeshadow palette with neutral colours which is great for everyday use. So when I received the HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell*, I was really excited to give it a go. I had already heard lots of good reviews about HD Brows and their brow products, so I was expecting the eyeshadow palette to be just as good.

The HD Brows Eyeshadow Palettes are available in Bombshell which includes beige and ash shades, Foxy which is more honey and bronze, and finally Vamp which contains colours like berry and aubergine. The palette I received is in the shade Bombshell, which is designed for fairer skintones and lighter hair. Now although I don't fit ideally into the target audience, the colours are still beautiful on my skin. The palette contains 5 different shades ranging from light to dark letting you do a complete makeup look with just this palette. The colours are: Naked, Ash, Burnished, Graphite and Midnight. 

As you can see from my swatches, the powders are highly pigmented and have a satin or matte finish. I use the colour 'Naked' which is a glittery beige, on the inner corners of my eyes, and apply a mixture of 'Burnished' and 'Granite' to my crease. The powders blend easily and once done, the final result is gorgeous. Without an eyeshadow primer, the eyeshadows last about 6 hours. But if you prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow base prior to applying the eyeshadow, it stays put for about 10 hours without creasing or coming off. I am very impressed it stayed so well, considering the current weather in Barcelona, which makes me believe it would last even longer in the winter months. I'd really recommend this as a travel eyeshadow kit because it's easy to carry around and the quality is amazing.

Price - approx. €36,5.
Likes - staying power
Dislikes - a bit pricey.
Available - lookfantastic, amazon.

Have you tried the HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette? What is your fave palette?
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