domingo, 29 de septiembre de 2013

Turning 36

Yeap! Today's my B-Day and I'm turning 36! And I love cute things more and more everyday, I keep obsessing over K-pop and I still wear shorts (not really short shorts because I've never been a fan of those) and tank tops without a bra.

Though everyone says I look younger (everyone thinks I look under 27 and in the USA no one thinks I'm older than 21), I have noticed some changes in me during this last year that kind of worry me because they mean I'm getting older!

The first of those changes are the white hairs. I already had some but this last year, the white hairs have kind of invaded my head. I have lots now and I cannot stand them. I cannot colour my hair every four weeks, I need to wait to at least for 6 weeks or my scalp will get really irritated so when I start noticing some white highlights in the roots on the fourth week after I colured my hair, I try to comb my hair in a way that those white hairs are not noticeable while waiting for two more weeks to go by, till I can color my hair again.

The second change I noticed while looking at some pictures from last year was that I get some wrinkles arround my eyes when I smile. I never used any eye cream, in fact, I never believed in them: they have the same ingredients as some face creams and they cost double for a miserable quantity. But I come to thinking that I might need to use some type of cream for my eye area other than my moisturizer. I have also been investigating on the net and I think I might try face yoga: it's free (there are lots of videos with exercices in Youtube) and, who knows, it might work...

And the third change is my arms. I've never been very sporty myself but this last year I have started doing a bit of exercise but only directed to the zone bellow my belly, and now I regret I didn't pay more attention to my arms, for they feel kind of jell-o, if you know what I mean. So, I will have to include some exercises to tone my arms this year.

Why does it take quite an effort to mantain yourself when you get older?

Anyways, here's the sentence that was on the label of my tea this morning: "Experience you cannot learn".
And I have a lot of things to try and experience ;>


♥Take care and see you soon!♥

PS: I will be posting pictures from my trip to Venice in my next post so, stay tunned!

sábado, 14 de septiembre de 2013

Beauty favourites of July and August 2013

¡Hi, there!

Better late than never, that's what they say. And here I am- back with some beauty favourites from July and August.



In no particular order:

1. UniqOne - All In One Hair Treatment. 150ml


It detangles my mane, tames the frizz, leaves my hair soft and it does not weigh my hair down. I don't know how much it costs because it was a gift from a friend, but I think it's about 14 or 15€.

2. Detangling & Shampoo Brush
I got it because of its cute heart shape. It only costed 1,50€ at Primark. And I love it! It detangles without pulling the hair and my hair lasts clean for longer if I massage my scalp with this brush when shampooing.

3. L'Orèal Paris - Skin perfection. 3 in 1Purifying Micellar Solution 200ml


It takes away even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup and lip tint without tugging. Just wet a cotton pad with the solution, place it on the eyelids and lashes or the lips for 5 seconds and gently slide the pad away. To take the rest of your makeup off, simply swipe the cotton pad in soft circular motions across your face. It does not irritate my eyes, it's not sticky and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight. In fact, my skin feels clean and refreshed after using this product to take my makeup off.
It costed 6 € at the drugstore and it lasted me for nearly three months.
If there's one thing they need to improve, it would be the packaging: I hate my cotton pad touching the surface of the bottle. I just don't think that's the most hygienic thing in the world. And then, after you pour the sollution into the pad, the whole surface of the bottle is wet so, there goes a bit of product, unused, everytime.


4. Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter


A 3 in 1 lip product. I don't dare using this on my cheeks, like I do with most of my lip products, because it's too creamy and shiny, but I just love it on my lips. It hydrates my lips and gives them a touch of color with a glossy finnish. I carry it on my bag ever since I bought it and I have been using it almost everyday. Besides, I find that the shade I got (008 Hug Me) compliments my natural lip color and goes basically with everything. Click here if you want to see my review on the hour on this product.

And, that would be all for now from my side. What about you? Have you tried any of those products? What did you think of them? What products made it to your August favourites?

See you in my next post. ♥Take care!♥



sábado, 31 de agosto de 2013

Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter: whole day review (more or less)

¡Hello, there!

I was at the drugstore the other day and saw those 3 in 1 lip products that color your lips with a glossy finnish while moisturizing them. I chose color 008 Hug Me and added it to my shopping cart.


Price: 9,75 €
Quantity: (nowhere to be found)
Shelf life: 30 months after opening
Ingredients: see picture below


So, let's see how long do the shine, color and moisture last.

Diary:

9h45: First application.

Nude lips and lips with lipcolor butter freshly applied.

First impression: Really esay to apply. It glides on wonderfully, it's very moisturizing and it doesn't feel sticky.

10h45: It leaves a residue on the glass, but the color, the moisture and mostly all the shine stay on the lips.


12h45: After a mid morning snack and a couple glasses of water, there's no stain on the glass, the shine is gone, there's just a bit of colour remaining on the lips but they still feel mosturized.



14h15: The lips start to feel in need of some moisture.

15h00: After having lunch and drinking more water, there's a small stain in the paper napking, no color left on the lips and the lips feel no longer moisturized (they don't feel dry either). Time to apply the lipbutter again!

Veredict:  It does what it says. It's a three in one product that adds color to your lips with a glossy finnish while moisturizing them without a sticky feeling. The shine is lost after the second glass of water, the color lasts for quite a while and the moisturizing sensation lasts for almost 5 hours as they say on the packaging.
Will I repurchase this? Most likely, in another color of course, but I still have quite a lot of lip products to finnish before I even consider buying another one of these lipbutters.

What about you? Have you tried those lipbutters? Did you like them? Would you repurchase them?

♥Until next time!♥

domingo, 18 de agosto de 2013

Empties #1: April to July 2013

Hi, there!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while but, being a stand in for three people on their summer holidays, I have been so stressed since July 1st that the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was sitting in front of a computer, even though it meant doing something I like. I hope things will get better from next week on, because those 3 people are gonna gradually come back and that means I'm gonna gradually go back to my usual workload.

Anyways, here's a post I've been meaning to write for about a month, and it's my first empties post. I have decided to jump in the wagon of these posts since I find them to be quite informative.


Now, I have to say that even if I don't like a product, I hate wasting money so, I try to use products up to their last drop. Which means I will include products I liked and products I didn't like much in my empties posts.

Lets see... I think I will start with the serums, which are also the most expensive items in the lot.

Shiseido's Intensive Anti-Spot Serum


I bought this for Christmas, on a crazy shopping spree at Sephora. Even with a 20% discount, this thing was insanely expensive. I applied it day and night only on the areas where I suffer from hyperpigmentation an the 30ml in this bottle lasted me for a good three months. The texture of this serum is quite runny and I didn't find it to be sticky at all. Unfortunately, I don't have the box with me anymore so, I cannot tell you the ingredients on the serum. This product worked well on the new spots, caused by the occasional pimples I get at that time of the month (touch them or not, they tend to leave a pigmentation mark after them) and it made some old pigmentation spots fade away but it didn't get rid of all them.
Conclusion: I've tried other products in the market that are less expensive and work just as well for me so, I will not be repurchasing this serum.

Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair


Same shopping spree at Sephora and also on the pricey side.
Also 30ml that lasted me for a couple of months, applying 2 to 3 drops every night in the palm of my hand, rubbing my hands together and patting the product on my face. This serum is orangey (though it is difficult to appreciate it in the picture because of the flash), the texture is not as runny as the Shisheido's Intensive Anti-Spot Serum, and it is sticky so you need to pat and hold your hands on your face for better absortion.
I did not notice any change in my skin while using this serum. Maybe it takes more than two months to see how it protects your skin from harmful environments and helps your skin renew itself.
Conclusion: I might by this serum again, but I will first try its copycats from Missha or the one Mizon came up with, which also has whitening effects. Of course, the Korean copycats are a fraction of Estee Lauder's price.

Moving on to lip products...

Extravolume Lipgloss by KIKO Makeup Milano


This little guy did what it promissed: it made my lips plumper and soft from the first use, but what's interesting about its formula is that the more you use it, the more moisturized and plumper your lips become. There's still a bit left (and whatever product that got stuck to the walls of the tube) but I can't use it anymore because now I can feel the shimmers on my lips like they were white thin sand: not pleasant. The other downside of the formula was that it was really sticky. By the way, this was color 18 Pearly Pastel Pink and it  costed 6,90€.
Conclusion: I liked the effect this product had on my lips, but I did not like how it felt on my lips. If you wanna try this, I would go for a color without shimmers in it.

Tint it! Colour changing lipgloss by Essence

I bought colour 02 Turn to Lucky. It stayed mostly orange on my lips, though a couple of times it got a dark pinkish hue, and the glossiness disapeared after a cup of tea, but the colour stayed for hours. As you can see in the picture (the last squeeze) it came out orange, but when you applied it to the lips, the color became much clear, almost see through on the edges until the color developed so, if you were not careful, you ended up staining were you didn't want to and you found that out a couple of minutes later, when you were out the door and checked your reflection on the mirror of the elevator. As I mention, the color stays for hours and it's hard to rubb it away.
Conclusion: for less than 3€ it is a very decent product. There are other lip tints that I want to try but I wouldn't mind buying this one again.
Here's the swatch of both lip products mentioned in this post.


Let's talk about paper masks now.

Dead Sea Face Spa by Montagne Jeunesse


I bought this at Claire's for about 2€. I put it on my clean face, left in on for 15 minutes (though the package says to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes), took the paper mask off and patted the remaining essence on my face. Here, the package also says you have to rinse your face ? I think they copy-pasted the instructions from a face mask in a cream/paste form. Anyways, I did not rinse my face, because there was nothing to be rinsed off. My oh my! My skin felt so clean and smooth after using this mask! And more, it left a cool feeling on my skin that lasted for hours, even in the hot humid summer weather in Barcelona.
I couldn't take a reasonably clear picture of the packaging showing the ingredients so, I'm listing them here:  Aqua (water), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Oats, PPG-1- PEG-9- Lauryl Glycol Ether, Glucose Sodium Citrate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Maris Salt (Sea Salt), Menthyl PCA, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Menthol, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Propylene Glycol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Laminaria Digilata Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid.
Conclusion: I loved this mask and there's no doubt I will buy it again.

Favicoco's Everyday Facial Mask Pack (Aloe)

This Korean paper mask left my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I like that it has cuts to better fit the shappe of your face and I love that the eye wholes are not totally wasted because they double up under the eyes.
There's a caution sentence, as you'll see in the picture below, telling you to avoid using this mask on blemishes, pimples and irritated or sunburned skin. Isn't aloe vera supposed to be good for all those things? Must be some other ingredient that might irritate the skin.
There's essence enough for a couple of masks so, what I do after using the mask is that I keep the package (trying to close it as well as possible)and, two days after, I peel a cotton pad into three or four layers, dip the the pieces in the remaining essence and voilà: I have another mask ready to be applied to my face!
Conclusion: These masks are sold in packs of 10 so I still have 9 to go. I like them but there are a lot of other paper masks out there I want to try out. I might buy other Favicoco masks again, but I'd rather try a different ingredient, like collagen or pearl.

There are also three moisturizers that I've finished between early April and the end of July. Let's start by the one I've used up first:

Skin79's Super Defense Moisturizing Gel


50ml that costed me about 10€ on eBay and lasted for a good two months, using it morning and night. Being it a gel-cream consistency, it was not moisturizing enough for my dry skin, even though I used it in winter/spring time. It could also double up as a night pack just by applying a bit more of the product on the face and leaving it overnight, and I used it as such twice a week so, that's why I run out of it so quickly.
If you look at the list of ingredients, you'll see that alcohol denat is in the fourth place so, don't be surprised if you smell of alcohol when you're applying the cream. The smell fades away after a few seconds.
In the mornings, I used to mix this cream with my BB cream. It blended nicely with both of the BB creams I used at that time (Holika Holika's Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream and Peripera's I Love BB Cream). Both have really good coverage and I mixed the moisturizer to achieve that no makeup makeup look.
Here's a picture of the cream whithout being used yet, so you can appreciate the texture of it. (Yes, this gel-cream is baby pink, ain't that cute?)

Conclusion: This moisturizer might work on combination to oily skin, but it was not moisturizing enough for my dry skin.






Mizon's Snail Recovery Gel Cream



I bought it on eBay for about 5€. Being a gel cream, I knew it would not be moisturizng enough for my skin (and it wasn't) so, I used it mainly as a night pack. The texture is a bit runnier than that of a gel so, it glides beautifully on the skin. It takes a while and a lot of patting for this product to be absorbed.
I also applied it on a wound I got from some ill-fitting shoes and the wound healed nicely and fast without leaving a scar.


The tube only carries 45ml of product, 74% of which is snail slime. It is not sticky, by the way.

Conclusion: I have another tube that I bought on offer, which means that i liked it as a night pack.










Mizon's Returning Starfish Cream

I bought it out of curiosity, and it costed only 9€ on eBay. That bling bling pink tin carried 60ml of product that lasted me for three months, applied morning and night.
One of the main claims of these cream is its shape memory: when you take some cream with the spatula, the dent you leave behind disapears in a few seconds. Now, that has nothing to do with the starfish extract: any cream with the same consistency will have the same shape memory.
I found this cream to be very moisturizing and, even so, it also dried out the occasional pimples I get every now and then at that time of the month. The best way I found to apply this cream was to put a small amount in my fingers, rubb my fingers together to break the texture of the cream and then dab the product on my face, tapping it for better absortion.
I loved the spatula that came with the cream, it kind of looks like a starfish arm/leg. This moisturizer does not feel sticky at all and it kind of smells salty, like the sea, which is not surprising taking into account that this cream contains 70% of hydrolized starfish extract.
Conclusion: I was reluctant to buy this cream in the beginning, because of the starfish. They must cut bits of the animal to make a cream like this. Yes, I know starfish can grow their arms and legs back but yet, this cream is not cruelty free and for that reason, though I loved how it felt on my skin, I will not repurchase this product again.

And that was all for this empties post. I hope you liked it and if you feel you're missing any info, leave me a comment below and I'll try my best to give you an answer as soon as possible.

Until next post, take care!


sábado, 13 de julio de 2013

Most used + favourite products from April to June 2013

¡Hi, there!

I haven't been buying a lot of stuff lately cause I was saving for the sales and the holidays so, here's the stuff I have been using the most, and I'm still using, during the last three months.

SKINCARE

Mizon's Snail Recovery Gel Cream
I have been using this mostly as a night pack over my moisturizer, because, being a gel, it is not moisturizing enough for my dry skin.
I get a pimple here and there occasionally at that time of the month, and I can say this does not dry out the pimples. However, it helps reduce the redness. It also helps with the healing of wounds: I tested it on a blister that caused a wound on my ankle when it burst a couple of days ago and I can say the wound is healing faster than usually. 


Mizon's Correct Combo Cream
This is my first CC cream and I love it. It comes in a tube with a pump and the product comes out white, but it matches my skintone almost immediately after being applied to my face. It is moisturizing, very light weight, it has SPF 35 and it evens out my skin tone. The coverage is very sheer (for what I've heard and red, this is common to nearly all CC creams) so, you still need to apply concealer or foundation/BB cream to cover any bemishes you migh have. I'm hopping to be able to write a complete review of this product soon.




MAKEUP

Essence's Gel Tint, color #03 flashy apricot
I bought this product because I wanted an orange color for my lips. Favoring tints over lipsticks or lipglosses like I do, I chose this gel tint and OMG, I love it! I like the applicator, I love the texture, it does not dry out my lips, it stays on for a very long time and it doesn't leave any stain in my tea mug. The only downside to me is the flavor, if you happen to taste it (which is not always the case): it’s a bitter artificial flavor. But I liked it so much that I also got it in color #04 pink exposed, and I’m seriously considering getting the third color (a red tint) once I finish my Benetint.
I apply this gel tint to my lips, my cheeks and, occasionally, I also apply it to my eyelids for an extra pop of color. I don’t use it every day, but I use it pretty often on my lips and cheeks and I haven’t experienced any breakouts on my cheeks.
I'm hopping to be able to write a complete review of this product soon, too.


 
Essence's Eyebrow designer, color #02 brown & #04 blonde
I was using color 02 in the winter, because I dyed my hair expresso brown. But now that I'm progressively getting back my dark/medium blonde hair color, color 02 is too dark for me so, I went ahead and bought color 04 because it is a very affordable brow pencil, and the wax in it keeps the hairs in place. The downside: it needs to be sharpened every now and then. 



Sephora's Jumbo liner 12HR wear, color # 05 beige
I’ve had this for quite a long time. I use it on my lower lash to brighten up the eyes and hide the redness that comes with spring allergies. I have sometimes used it as a highlighter down my eyebrow bone and on my cheek bones, but the color is a tad too pink to work as such on my yellow undertoned skin. This jumbo pencil is waterproof and can also be used as an eyeshadow.



Essence's Long lasting eye pencil, color # 02 hot chocolate (dark brown), 15 bling bling (bronze) & 05 c'est la vie (silver)
These have a great staying power, are pretty cheap and don't need to be sharpened (which is a ++ for me). You can also play with them as eyeshadows if you blend them with your finger right after you apply them. if you wait too long to blend them, they will be already settled and you'll just be rubbing them off.
The ones I've been using the most are 02 and 05.



FOOD

Konimi's Tempura Seaweed
These things are delicious! They don't taste like nori at first, they taste like soft barbacue snacks (they taste exactly like Matutano's Bocabits) at first, then you can taste the nori and then it ends with a spicy taste. I like this better than the garlic seasoned roasted seaweed.



And that's all for now.
♥See you soon!♥



domingo, 23 de junio de 2013

Stockholm- Gävle part 2: Gävle



Hi there!
Here I’m posting a few pics of what I got to see from Gävle in my free time.

It’s a pitty I cannot show you any pictures of the paper mill I actually went to visit. I find it very interesting to see how the paper is made and dried, see the jumbo reels and the slitting and packaging stations but, unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to take any pictures inside the mill. Sorry T_T.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these pictures of the city.


Fem musicerande genier (the five genies of the music) in front of the Konserthus.


Strömvallen. Anyone else thought of Hitchcock's movie "The Birds" when watching the picture on the left?


A view of Gamla Gefle, with the little houses you expect to find in the small towns of the countryside in Sweden.


Ok. I feel I need to explain this collage a bit more.
The first picture to the left is the City Hall with the most famous sculpture in Gävle.
Below that picture there are some blooming tulips near the City Hall. I thought the colors were beautiful so I snaped a picture of the flowers.
The first picture to the right shows sparkling water has some fun flavours in Sweden. I tried to find some of these at the supermarket with no luck so, I could not taste any of them T_T.  The picture below was taken at a supermarket and it was just to show that in Sweden they also sale cereals in bulk (which they don't do in Spain). The last picture shows the variety of bread Swedish hotels usually have in their breakfast buffets. What can I say, Swedish just love smörgas!

And I guess that's all. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and I'll provably see you soon with more product reviews and pictures of the leisure trip I took this month.

♥Enjoy your day!♥