November 24, 2015

Review: Catrice Lumination Eyeshadow in Radiant Rose

Catrice Lumination Limited Edition Eyeshadow
Catrice Limited Edition Eyeshadow
Catrice Lumination Eyeshadow in Radiant Rose
Catrice Lumination Eyeshadow in Radiant Rose Swatch

The sparkly season is now upon us, and even though I am a matte girl at heart when it comes to everyday eyeshadow, I like a bit of glitter on the weekends or evenings out. A while ago I reviewed the Catrice Lumination Edition Lipstick in Radiant Rose. While picking that up, I also picked up the matching eyeshadow because well why not when the colour is so pretty.

The Catrice Lumination Limited Edition Eyeshadow in Radiant Rose is a soft pearl colour with lots of fine glitter. The eyeshadow is very smooth, well pigmented and doesn't have a lot of fall out as is usually the case with glitter eyeshadows. It caught my eye because I thought this shade would look beautiful on me and I was right. It is such a pretty colour for a smokey eye look or just on the inner corners of your eyes. I've also tried using it as a highlighter and it works wonders. I tested it when doing my friend's contour and I think it looks even better on lighter skin tones.

I usually use this in combination with the Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base and it looks great for about 6 hours after which it becomes a bit more dull. When used on its own, the sparkle begins to fade after 3 hours or so. So this may not be your best choice for a party night but a great option for dinner or a few drinks. It reminds me of the MAC Pressed Pigment in Flicker but without the large glitter.

Overall Summary
Price -  approx. €4
Likes - well pigmented, gorgeous shade.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - recommended.
Available - drugstores.

Have you tried the Catrice Eyeshadow in Radiant Rose? Do you have a similar shade in another brand?
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November 21, 2015

New in: Beauty and Skincare from Iherb

Iherb skincare and beauty haul
Dikinson's Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Recently, I placed another iherb order. I just can't stay away for a long time because they have so many amazing products. The first thing I put in my cart was the Natrol Omega 3-6-9 which I had been taking for a while and was running out. Because I don't eat enough fish, I find taking supplements helps me get the daily dose I need. Next was the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup Sponge because mine was getting to the end of its lifeline and I needed a replacement. This is my favourite beauty tool for applying foundation as it gives me a good natural finish. You can read my full review here.

After getting the essentials, I went for skincare. I've heard everyone talking about Dikinson's Witch Hazel for problem skin and since I was experiencing a bad phase with my skin I decided to finally give it a go. It doesn't smell very well but it's worth it if it helps clear up my skin. Tea tree oil is another product everyone recommends if you have acne, so I popped the Cococare 100% Tea Tree Oil in my cart. While living in Nigeria, I was using the Dudu Osun Black Soap for my skin sometimes and when I saw the Nubian African Black Soap, I wanted to try it out right away. 

I have been using natural oils for my hair for years now and Jojoba oil is great for your hair and skin. It is said to be the only oil which closely resembles human sebum, and can therefore be used to trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil. It is a non-comedogenic oil so is great for oily acne prone skin. I saw a video a while back where it was implied that using cold pressed jojoba oil as a moisturizer can help regulate the production of sebum and make your skin less oily in the long run. The Hobe Naturals Jojoba Oil fit the criteria and I've been using it as a moisturizer for a few days now. I am unsure how I feel about it for now but after testing it out properly, I'll be sure to let you know what I think.

Have you gotten anything from iherb lately? What are your fave skincare products?
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November 17, 2015

Review: Maple Holistics Dead Sea Mineral Youth Face Mask

Maple Holistics Dead Sea Mineral Youth
Maple Holistics Dead Sea Mud Mask
Dead Sea Mud Mask
Dead Sea Mud Mask for Acne, Wrinkles etc

Face masks are important whether you have problem skin or not. They help with unclogging pores, moisturizing and providing the skin with nutrients and vitamins that it needs. What's even better is an all natural face mask. Because we can't all afford to go to the spa every weekend, you can use the face masks for an at home pamper session. I've been given the opportunity to try out some Maple Holistics products and the first one I decided to test is the Dead Sea Mineral Youth* face mask.

The Dead Sea Mud Mask comes in a jar and is a thick consistency which is dark grey in colour. When I received it, it came with a spoon which I was extremely happy about as dipping your fingers constantly into the jar means you could be transferring dirt and bacteria. The Dead Sea Mud Mask contains all natural ingredients including Pure Dead Sea Mud, German Chamomile, Lavendar, Green Myrtle, Clary Sage and Biodeyness EMPP which in combination cleanse and detoxify the skin, as well as reduce inflammation, balance oily skin and help with wrinkles. The product is hypoallergenic, paraben free and vegan friendly.

I have been using this face mask once a week for a while now. I usually apply the mask and leave it on until it is completely dry before washing it off. When the mask is freshly applied, I can sometimes feel the tingling. I think this is mostly when I have some active breakouts. Once I've washed it off, my skin feels very smooth, clean and soft. Even though it doesn't feel dry, I usually end the night with a moisturizer. Over the time I've been using this mud mask, I've noticed that my acne isn't as red and has reduced. This makes me very happy because my skin was acting horribly. I would definitely recommend giving this a go to see how it works for you. And for an all natural product I think the price is amazing. 

Overall Summary
Price -  approx. €13
Likes - reduces inflamation and helps with acne.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - recommended.
Available - Maple Holistics, Amazon.

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November 14, 2015

Travel: French Riviera Roadtrip (Montpellier, Cote d'Azur and Monaco)

Port de toulon, France
Nice, France
National Theatre, Nice
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice, France
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Cannes, France
French Riviera Roadtrip with my dog

Some of you may know that at the end of October we took a roadtrip to the French Riviera. It was our very first roadtrip and we were very excited. Our plan was to go visit my friend in Montpellier, stop by a few places in Cote d'Azur and maybe Monaco. We hadn't decided 100% on all the destinations in Cote d'Azur but had a good idea. We rented a car for the trip and as always took my little girl Candy with us so I booked pet friendly hotels.

The journey from Barcelona to Montpellier was quick. It is about a 3 hour ride but we made a stop to get some fuel and walk the dog. I didn't do much exploring in Montpellier as I was mostly interested in hanging out with my friend. She took us to some amazing bars: the first one had a self service tap where you pay with a special card, the other one had a drink lottery, and lastly the one with the chocolate beers. We stayed in Montpellier overnight and drove out the next morning. Day 2 was mostly spent on the road since we drove by Aubagne, Marseille and Toulon before getting to our hotel in Frejus. The drive to Frejus was longer and more tiring, but we still went for a walk once we arrived.

For Day 3, we had planned Nice and Monaco. Some of the places in Nice we wanted to visit were Musée Marc Chagall and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, but both of these were closed. And after a bit of confusion with the GPS, we found the Jardin Alber 1er and Le Miroir d'eau. We spent a lot of time in Nice and really liked the city but it was time to move on to Monaco where we stopped by Monte Carlo.

We weren't sure where we wanted to go for Day 4 but finally decided on Cannes and Antibes. The beach in Cannes was amazing. So calm and clear which is perfect for snorkelling. But since we didn't have wet suits we decided against getting into the water as it is really cold. We walked down the Boulevard de la Croisette, stopped by the Festival de Cannes and then headed off to Exflora park in Antibes.

We spent day 5 driving home, with a quick stop for lunch in Montpellier to see my friend again. The drive back was more difficult as we made less stops in order to get home faster. Our trip wasn't without a few hiccups but in general everything went smoothly and was amazing. The next one will be around Spain.

I tried to put together a short vlog about our trip. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe to my channel.


Have you done any Europe Roadtrips? Where else should we visit?
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November 10, 2015

Flexi Rod Tips & Tricks

Flexi Rod Tips and Tricks

After constantly watching videos on youtube, I finally gave the flexi rods a try. I started off on dry hair and used a leave-in conditioner, hair oil and the Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling Pudding. You can read my post or watch the video for more details. Thinking back on how I did the curls, the products I used and what results I achieved. I've come up with a list of some of the lessons I learned and what I would do differently the next time I try this protective style again.

Do not overdo it with product

I wasn't sure how much curl pudding I needed for each section so I just applied enough to saturate it. Doing the back of my hair was a bit more complicated when it came to this, and I ended up using more product than needed. So the curl pudding just sat on the hair at the back of my head in white chunks which I didn't notice at first.

For soft curls, use a lightweight product

Curl puddings give hairstyles a nice hold, but some give too much hold and make it very crunchy. I would suggesting using a setting or wrapping lotion if you want to achieve soft curls. These will probably hold for a lower number of days, but I tend to co-wash twice a week so using a lighter products is fine for me.

Start off on dry hair to save on air drying time

This hairstyle takes longer to dry than braid outs or twist outs. So if you do not plan on staying under a hooded dryer, then you have to start off on dry hair or be prepared to wait endlessly for it to dry. I started off on dry hair and it took mine about 5 hours to dry. Imagine if I did this on wet hair and decided to air dry?!

Make sure the hair is 100% dry before you take out the rods

Styles like this always require the hair to be fully dry in order to get the best results. If you take out the rods while your hair is still damp, the curls with be stretched and will have frizz. So make sure to check the middle of your hair, and if that is dry then go ahead and take out the rods.

Do you have any tips on how to get the perfect flexi rods?
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November 3, 2015

Review: Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base

Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base
Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base Review
Catrice Eyeshadow Base Review
Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base Swatch

After a bit of time off while I was travelling France and Monaco, I'm back with another post. I'll tell you all about my trip in a future post, but for now let's talk Beauty. Ever since the first time I tried an eyeshadow base, I've hardly done my eyeshadows without it. I've tried the Artdeco Eyeshadow Base and the Essence Eyeshadow Base. Both of these were good but I'm on the hunt for the perfect one so I'm going to keep trying. Recently I picked up the Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base which comes in a tube just like lipgloss. I was excited to try this because I expected the formula to be good and easy to use.

The Catrice Eyeshadow Base comes in a matte packaging which has a pleasant rubbery feel to it. The tube packaging makes it easy to apply and it will not dry up. The consistency is creamy and just the right thickness so it doesn't make your skin feel sticky when applied. I've noticed that this is the type of formula that works best for me. It dries quickly and leaves a smooth base for applying your eyeshadow. For my everyday eyeshadow, I usually lean towards my Makeup Revolution, ELF or MUA palettes. Most have enough pigmentation and last a few hours before they begin to crease. With the Catrice Eyeshadow Base, I am able to wear these eyeshadows without any creasing for up to 9 hours. I was very impressed when I noticed this because I was expecting it to start creasing around the 6 hour mark.

Honestly I have nothing negative to say about the product because I am in love with the formula and stay, and the packaging is very comfortable for application and travel. I think this is a great affordable eyeshadow base and would recommend you give it a go to see how it works for you.

Overall Summary
Price -  approx. €4
Likes - helps eyeshadow stay on for up to 9 hours.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - recommended.
Available - drugstores.

Have you tried the Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base? Which is your fave drugstore eyeshadow base?
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