29 May 2015

May empties

Dear readers,

Here we are again, at the end of the month, reviewing the products that I've used up.

May empties

I still had this Snowman shower jelly by Lush from last Christmas. Loved it, the only downside is that it's only sold during Christmas. If you want to read a more in depth review I talked about it in this post.

LUSH Snowman shower jelly

My favourite high end mascara is the Tarte lights, camera, Lashes. It doesn't clump up my lashes and it doesn't smudge, those are my only two concerns. My eye area is very oily and my eyes are so watery that I've trouble finding make up products that will last on me.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara

This Marine Collagen Cream by Simply Supplements proved to be fantastic. I was so pleasantly surprised by the results that I've ordered a few back ups plus the collagen capsules. Check out my full review on the numerous benefits of Marine Collagen.

Marine Collagen Cream by Simply Supplements

Emina reducing & firming gel. This was actually a freebie for subscribing to ELLE magazine. I'm not impressed with the packaging, not that it needs to be fancy but I hate it when the label starts to peel off. As for the results of the product inside, it felt like it was working because it left a warm sensation on my skin after applying it.

Emina gel reductor reafirmante

Clarins Toning Lotion for combination or oily skin. Even after continued use I still don't get the use of toners. I got this from my mom and I used it all up as I really hate wasting products but I wouldn't repurchase it. It didn't help me get less oily so what's the point?

Clarins toning lotion for combination or oily skin

Rimmel Stay Matte long lasting pressed powder. Not exactly an empty as you can see but I HAVE to get rid of this. I've really tried to make it work as everyone else raves about how good this powder is. I've simply given up. It doesn't help control any oil and gives me a very unnatural made up look. I'm sticking to my One Heck of a Blot by Soap & Glory, thank you very much.

Rimmel Stay Matte long lasting pressed powder

A tiny sample of the Capture Totale concentrated serum by Dior. I personally prefer skin care products that have a thicker consistency so I really enjoyed using this. Not sure if I would purchase the full size product as it's quite expensive.

Dior Capture Totale concentrated serum

My holy grail hand cream: the Hand Food by Soap & Glory. I always stock up when I go to the UK. I only have one left now but it lasts me for ages and you can see that I'm very intent on getting every tiny bit of cream out of the tube. More on this technique here.

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Summer is quickly approaching and I've been to the beach a few times already. I used up my favourite sunscreen lotion, the Garnier Delial Golden Protect SPF 30. It's a light brown lotion with some tiny golden shimmery specks that will make your skin glow like a goddess but without leaving it sticky or greasy.

Garnier Delial Golden Protect SPF 30

In my search for the perfect daily SPF for under my foundation I came across this lightweight fluid by Vichy. Not a fan so I gave it to the hubby. Although being very watery it didn't sink into my skin and made it feel oilier that it already is. I think they may have reformulated this as I can't seem to find it online, well, it figures, I've had it for quite a while...

Vichy Capital Soleil protective micro fluid face SPF 50+

And that's the end of it. What products have you been enjoying this month?

27 May 2015

The best order in which to apply make up

Dear readers,

Being as I am, an only child I've never had anyone teach me the different ways of applying make up products. I couldn't even ask my mom as the only make up she owns is lipstick.

From the moment I started feeling curious about the world of make up and thanks to YouTube and all the great beauty gurus or whatever you want to call them, I've been recompiling information about the tips and tricks for the perfect way to apply your make up.

image taken from We Heart It

This is a list that I came across at the Spanish Birchbox's website:
  1. Primer
  2. Any type of foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Highlight and contour
  5. Setting powder and/or bronzer
  6. Eyeshadow from light to dark
  7. Eyeliner
  8. Curl lashes
  9. Mascara
  10. Falsies
  11. Brows
  12. Lips
  13. Blush
Personally, I don't agree with this. 

First of all, I think that rules are meant to be broken and that many make up artists have reached their status by changing the game and introducing new techniques or ways to use a certain product for a totally different purpose.

Only we can know what we feel comfortable with and what technique or product works best for us. 

When I attended make up classes I was told that the trend of applying eyeshadow before foundation was for lazy or careless make up artists as you weren't supposed to let any fallout hit the cheeks of your customer. Never agreed with that one but I could see where it was coming from.

Why do we keep thinking that the good old days were better? Are we so afraid of change?

Here in Spain we hate wine bottles with screw caps instead of cork ones and when someone orders a 15-year-old whiskey with coke we all go like *SHOW OFF*

We're supposed to have learnt some tolerance and to keep an open mind, to respect other people's points of view and the things they like without judging them, but I don't think we're quite there yet.

What's do you think?

25 May 2015

Air-drying heroes

Dear readers,

During the warmer months I like to give my hair a rest from blow drying and let it dry naturally.

For me this is an essential step as I have very sparse and fine hair. I've always felt self-conscious regarding my hair and I started caring for it at an early age.

Hair styling products

My first step after washing my hair is taking any kind of oil product and run it through my ends. I've really been loving the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment that I've been using for the past two years.

Then I carefully brush through my hair with the Wet Brush that I got recently and that I like much, much more than my Tangle Teezer.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

A recent discovery of mine has been this volumizing spray gel by Fekkai. I only got it as I'd heard nothing but good things about this brand and it was on sale.

I spray it on my roots for volume and it doesn't leave any kind of residue. I've never been a believer in volumizing products but, after a while using this, on a day that I was running late I skipped it and noticed that my hair was looking totally blah.

Fekkai Coiff Buffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel

On days I want to style my hair using hot tools I spray on this Daily Damage Defence by Philip Kingsley for protection.

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence conditioning spray

And the final step for a bit of shine: Brilliant Glossing cream with olive oil by Fekkai. I won't lie to you, I almost always forget this step, mostly because I run out the door while my hair's still humid. 

It adds amazing shine to the hair and it doesn't weight it down in any way or leave a greasy or sticky feeling so I'll have to make a mental note to start using this more often.

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

What's your hair styling routine? Please, comment below.

22 May 2015

Save the date: Eurovision 2015

Dear readers,

The one event that brings us Europeans together is the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision 50th Anniversary

This Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 21:00 CET I will be in front of the telly (computer, that is) and watch this show with the hubby.

I don't have a favourite yet as I haven't listened to all the participating countries but I'm sure Spain will be last or second to last, as always. Not that they deserve to win, they never do.

If you're watching this tomorrow night, let me know in the comments below which country you're rooting for.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the music,

20 May 2015

Best concealer for watery eyes

Dear readers,

One of my biggest issues are my eyes. They just won't accept anything other than eye cream, any eye cream, as I haven't yet found one that would give me some kind of allergy.

My eyelids are extremely oily so I need to use an eye primer, not a regular one as I've tried several of them, even the prep & prime by MAC. They just don't work out for me. I envy those of you who can prime their eyelids with a bit of concealer and setting powder.
But this post isn't about priming my eyelids, it's about making my under eye concealer stay in place.
MAC paint pot
I suffer from the most watery eyes known to man. When I start applying eye shadow, tears will come up my tear duct, not down, no, up! Yes, you read that right. I can never apply any shadow on the inner part of my upper eyelid as it won't stick. Even if I dry the area it will get wet after a few minutes and ruin everything I put there.
MAC paint pot
The same happens to my under eye area nearest the tear duct. When I apply my concealer and set it with powder it will stay put for half and hour maybe, after that it will just fade away. Not entirely, but there's a spot on my left eye just near the tear duct that has a mind of its own. I'll find myself looking in the mirror during the day and see a dark spot peak through were there should be concealer and it will drive me insane #ocdproblems.
MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre
Instead of using the Urban Decay Primer Potion lately I've been reaching for MAC's paint pot in Soft Ochre to prime my eyelids. It works as a primer even though it's not advertised as such. One day it occurred to me to use it as an under eye primer before putting on concealer and magic was born. As I don't have dark under eye circles I sometimes just skip concealer altogether, especially when I'm in a rush.
Swatch MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre
Soft Ochre is the perfect shade for me, it's a light beige with a yellow undertone that also works well as an under eye brightener. It sets pretty quickly so I just dab my ring finger in the pot and work it on one eye at a time. It helps keep the concealer from creasing or moving around and it doesn't cake up, at least it doesn't on me. This is the best trick I've stumbled upon, so far.

What are your favourite beauty tricks? Please share,

18 May 2015

H&M rocks!!!

Dear readers,

As you may know we're in the middle of a stressful bathroom remodeling and, on top of that, I just found out that I have less than a month to prepare for my exams, yikes!

So, I hope you'll forgive me if I'm a bit on the quiet side for the next month or so. I'll try to maintain my blogging schedule of posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as best as I can.

Meanwhile I'm leaving you with some great news: #HMBalmaination.

Balmain for H&M
images taken from H&M.com

What do you think? Are you a Balmain fan or a Kendall Jenner fan? Or both?

16 May 2015

Bathroom Remodeling Fase II

Dear readers,

As I told you in a previous post we wanted to remodel our one tiny little bathroom. We've been living here for almost 10 years now and I wasn't very pleased with this bathroom from the beginning but as we used up all our savings to buy the place we couldn't afford to do any major changes.

Our place is a complete mess right now and I haven't been able to work on my blog so you'll have to forgive me, again, for not posting any beauty related posts. I'm hoping they'll finish work next Wednesday or Thursday at the latest, but if you've ever gone through a remodeling you'll probably know that you can't ever expect them to finish on time. By the way, they completely messed up and broke a water pipe so they had to turn off the main shutoff valve. Living without running water = not funny :(

I'm leaving you some pics on the progress they're making and I'll be showing you the finished look once it's completely done.


Day 1:


Day 2:

Day 3:

Messy hallway 1:

Messy hallway 2:

Have a great weekend y'all,

13 May 2015

Splurge buy: Rebecca Minkoff handbag

Dear readers,

One of the many dangers of being a blogger is lusting over a wide range of items that other bloggers/Youtubers are raving about. TV-commercials don't appeal to me anymore, a Youtuber on the other hand will be able to sell me almost anything. The home made vids and the familiar approach makes me feel like a friend is recommending me a tested and tried product that has offered a positive result.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

This is the story behind my Rebecca Minkoff Satchel Tote:

And that was that: I saw it, I ordered it, it was delivered. Thanks Tati, my wallet is ready for summer now as it has lost a load of weight from this purchase.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

I like to keep my iPhone and car keys in the inside pockets or whatever you call them, they both fit perfectly.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

On the other side there's a zip pocket that I don't see myself using and another slide pocket.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

The color to me, if I had to describe it, is a soft lavender-grey. I've had nothing like this and I was just in the market for a light coloured handbag as my white Loewe bag is looking very worn out. I'm seeing myself pairing this handbag with a lot of my summer outfits, I think it goes well with almost any color and style.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

The handles are wide enough to be able to wear the bag all the way up to your shoulder but it also features a detachable, very convenient shoulder strap. I hate it when you need to have both hands free and you're messing around with your bag but it just doesn't work out and you end up being cranky for the rest of the day. Yep, guilty!

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

What I love most about this bag are the gold tone hardware detailing. The zipper on top and the one on the front have a tassel attached to them to make it easier to zip it open or shut.

Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel

What's your favourite item to splurge on? 

11 May 2015

Best setting powder for oily skin

Dear readers,

Sorry I didn't upload my Friday post last week. In my defense it's the first one I've missed since deciding to upload three times a week instead of my usual two.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot vs MAC Studio Fix

Today I want to talk about my newest find: One Heck of a Blot by Soap & Glory:

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot vs MAC Studio Fix

I've been using MAC's Studio Fix for as long as I started wearing make up on a regular basis. My pores are the biggest pores known to mankind, they resemble lunar craters and they are extremely difficult to hide but the Studio Fix seems up to the task and helps reduce them in size.

As we never seem to be entirely satisfied, I wanted to try to find a drugstore alternative. I first went for the Rimmel Stay Matte as Tanya Burr raves about it in all her vids, but it just didn't work out for me. For some reason it looks very visible on me, it makes me look cakey as soon as I put it on, even with the slightest touch.

Some other Youtuber, I can't remember which one was talking about the Soap & Glory powder and I thought I'd give it a go since I love the brand and was planning a trip to London with my mom last December (they don't sell Soap & Glory in Spain, not even at Boots International).

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot vs MAC Studio Fix

So I went and got the powder in the Boots at Gatwick airport and forgot all about it until a few weeks ago. Before that I was trying to use up the Make Up Forever HD powder but I just couldn't make it work. It doesn't keep my oiliness at bay, it even seems to help increase oil production and makes me feel like a BP oil rig.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot vs MAC Studio Fix

Going back to my trusty old MAC Studio Fix I noticed it wasn't working as well as it used to. It may have something to do with my new SPF. I've used up all my Japanese SPF that I got on my trip to Tokyo and I'm trying out a new one by Eve Lom. As soon as I put it on I look like a disco ball. I try to remove the excess oil with a blotting sheet before putting on foundation but it only helps for an hour or so. After that my skin starts looking very oily all over and I need to blot so often that my boss thinks I'm having a very bad case of diarrhea.

The day I picked up the Soap & Glory powder by mistake when doing my make up I was pleasantly surprised on how well it performs. It doesn't add any color to your complexion, it's totally invisible, it doesn't cake up when you start layering it up and it almost completely hides my pores.

This powder stays true to its name: One Heck of a Blot!

6 May 2015

Squeaky-clean hair brushes

Dear readers,

We can find many posts on how to clean your make up brushes, but what about hair brushes? I think we tend to forget about giving them some TLC once in a while.

Although I'm not prone to breakouts or suffer from any skin issues, except for my annoying oily skin, I like keeping my make up brushes clean. I tend to do this every Sunday so I can start off the week with squeaky-clean brushes.

As for hair brushes, I only clean them at the beginning of each month so I won't forget. I've been following this schedule since January 1st and I'm quite proud of myself for having kept this New Year's resolution so far.

This is the way I go from yucky to squeaky-clean brushes:

I fill a medium sized bucket with lukewarm water and add some random shampoo. I've become very picky lately when it comes to shampoos so I always keep the ones I haven't liked and use them for this purpose.

I put my brushes and combs in the water and let them soak for 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes more if I forget about them...

After the soaking I comb through the bristles to get all the tangled hair out. This task becomes easier now that the shampoo has softened them up quite a bit.

Then I take a spare toothbrush that I keep for this purpose and brush in between the bristles to remove any left over dirt and hair.

Next, I rinse them under the faucet until there's no shampoo residue left. I shake them up a bit to get rid of the excess water and lay them on a towel to dry overnight with the bristles facing down so as to make it easier for the water to drip down.

The following day your squeaky-clean and nice-smelling brushes will be ready to use.

How often do you clean your hair brushes?

4 May 2015

1 May 2015

April empties

Dear readers,

Here we go again, another month has flown by and, as usual, I like to share my empty beauty products with y'all.

The picture below perfectly depicts my need to scoop out every ounce of left over product. If you're interested in the method I've perfected over the years you can read all about it here.

Astalift Jelly Aquarista Rejuvenating Concentrate serum 60g for 84£ (and I got two 15ml day- and night cream for free with this purchase).

The texture of this product was very interesting, it has a jelly consistency but directly melts like water when applying it to the skin. As it left a sticky residue on my skin I only used it at nighttime. I got it at Feel Unique a while ago but I think they are no longer carrying this brand. Either way I don't think I'll be repurchasing this again, I don't like my skin feeling sticky on top of it being so oily.

Serum7 Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream 15ml.

This full size tube came in a 10€ Birchbox I ordered some time last year. I tend to prefer richer formulas for the eye area so I didn't enjoy its watery consistency. 

Deborah Milano whitening base coat 10.49€ although they were having a 3 for 2 offer.

It seems like a good base coat at first but it quickly becomes all gooey and even though I added some nail polish thinner it just wouldn't work for me.

Nelly moisturizing nail polish remover, I can't remember what I paid for this but I wouldn't think it was more than 2€.

Not the best one out there, so no repurchasing this.

Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume 4.75€.

My least favourite from their range, it feels very uncomfortable as it adds a gritty texture to your hair that I'm not particularly fond of. About it being volumizing... I don't think so.

Nioxin Cleanser shampoo for noticeably thinning and chemically treated hair 9.84£

It contains sulfates so I stopped using this as I became more aware of its damaging properties. My hair is very thin and sparse as it is.

Shiseido Aqualabel Milky Mousse Foam cleanser 130g *sorry don't recall the price.

I got a few cleansers during my trip to Tokyo. I'm not particularly picky when it comes to face cleansers, I just want them to foam up which this one did. It didn't totally removed my mascara but that's fine by me as I always like using a targeted eye make up remover for that purpose.

Yves Rocher Protectyl Végétal After Sun lotion 150ml 4.75€.

I have already purchased a replacement bottle as I like its nutty scent that isn't too overpowering. I usually don't like sweet smells but I really enjoyed this one. I like using an after sun lotion in the summer time in order to prolong my tan.

Yves Rocher Comme une Evidence shower gel 5.50€ and body lotion 8.25€ 200ml each.

I already wrote about this scent in a previous post but now that I've repurchased both products I can say that they must have reformulated them in some way as they don't smell the same by far *sad face.

The Body Shop Mandarin & Tangelo Body, Room & Linen Spritz 100ml 7€.

I love using this in my walk-in closet and to spritz on my pillow at night before going to sleep. It relaxes me and helps me sleep like a baby. Whenever I use this I wake up feeling more rested.

And that was it for this month's empties.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy Mother's Day for those celebrating it this Sunday,