Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beauty Haul #1

I have been doing a little bit of shopping lately and some products are, as usual, fails and some have quickly become staples in my daily routine. 

Let's start out with the product that I would not recommend: the Alverde Rose Tinted Highlighter. I was looking for a product to glow-up my complexion for spring. Recently I have been using the e.l.f. shimmering facialwhip, which I do enjoy. Unfortunately the Alverde highlighter dries too quickly and therefore doesn't hydrate the skin. Also, it has a lipgloss-type applicator, which doesn't dispense enough product. All in all I'd say, go for the e.l.f. liquid highlight or the Mac Lustre Drops, if you want to splurge.

Another product that didn't meet my expectations was the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blonde. Of course, I don't have the most brow hairs to begin with but I was thinking it might me a nice product to use on those "no makeup" makeup days. The applicator is a little strange because the bristles are so long on the "ball" that they are not saturated enough to apply any product onto the brows.  I can't see that this will work even for someone with amazing eyebrows.

Two products that I have fallen in love with are the Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel and the Korres Wild Rose Foundation in RF3.
The Kiehl’s Peel does wonders for your face. You apply it just as you would a night creme and wake up with baby-soft skin. Then simply wash your face with warm water in the morning. It is a milky serumy-moisturizer, which exfoliates the skin without manually scrubbing it. It also reduces the size of pores after some time and fights the effects of free radicals.

The Korres Wild Rose Foundation was a purchase I made to make my skin look more radiant. It is a water-based foundation, just like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, which I’m dying to try. Additionally, there are many beneficial ingredients in it (vitamin C, amino acids, vitamin E, and UVA and UVB protection) and it's basically free of anything harmful: parabens, mineral oil or propylene glycol.
The consistency is gel-like and not at all runny like the Vitalumiere Aqua seems to have. It leaves a glowy, yet non-sticky finish and has a medium coverage. I don't know why this does not get more hype in the beauty community. Seriously, foundation-lovers! This stuff is great!

The next few products I am not sure about: the Astor Lipstick by Heidi in 004 "Funny" and the True Organic Pharmacy Enzyme Peel Mask. While the Astor Lipstick does have a nice orangey-red color and a satin finish I simply cannot say if I like it or not because I haven't had the chance to wear it long enough yet. Either way, I have high expectations for it.
The same goes for the Enzyme Peel Mask. I got this as a sample but there just was not enough in it to form a well-rounded opinion on it. I do like the idea of an Enzyme Peel Mask, because I have been staying away from manual scrubs. The price tag puts a huge damper on my plans of possibly purchasing the full size, 60€ for 40ml is pretty serious. I might consider it, because of what I have read the ingredients are natural and of high quality.
I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the new L'oreal Skin Perfection 5 in 1 BB Creme. I was using their serum a little while ago and I did like the way it made my skin look. So I'm excited to see if this will really improve the look of my skin overtime. This far I can only say that I like the color and coverage for a light and lazy makeup day.

Finally, I have caved and bought a cleansing balm. Hallelujah! I was pretty confused about how to use them but after reading Fleur de Force's blogpost about her favorite cleansing balms. I decided to go with one of the cheaper versions to see if I like the mechanism. Surprisingly, I found the Balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm at my local drugstore.
The consistency reminds me of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Creme, just at a warmer stage, if that makes sense, which transforms into a thick oil when you rub it in. Also, there are some grainy particles that dissolve during application.
My verdict: It takes everything! I do use my Bioderma beforehand to take off my eye makeup and the first layer of my face makeup. After that my face is clean but not dehydrated; a feeling that is unique to a balm cleanser.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know what your opinions on them are, especially the True Organic Pharmacy Enzyme Peel Mask.

xoxo, Martyna


  1. hey, wirklich cooler post (:
    ich finde ja dass der lippestift iwie super aussieht. (: kannst ja nochmal berichten wie er so ist wenn du ihn mal länger getragen hast (:
    liebsten gruß! (:

    1. Hi Lisa,
      danke dir :)
      Ich habe den Lippenstift die letzten Tage immer mal wieder getragen und bin besonders von Tragekomfort positiv überrascht. Soweit die besten Matt-Lippenstifte aus der Drogerie. Werde die anderen Farben mal testen und dann eventuell einen seperaten Post machen:)
      Vielen Dank für deine Anregung.

      Liebe Grüße

  2. Tolle Produkte, der Lippenstift ist wirklich top! Übrigens, dein Blog und vorallem dein Header gefällt mir richitg gut, mach weiter so!

    Hier geht's zu meinem Blog – Über neue Leser würde ich mich sehr freuen!

    1. Vielen Dank für deine lieben Worte. :)
      Folge deinem Blog gern.
      Liebe Grüße,

  3. First off ӏwant to say wonderful bloɡ! I had a quick question in whic I'd like to ask if yoou don't mind.
    I was curious to find out hοw yyou cesnter youtself and clear yοur mind bеfore writing.

    I've had a tough time clearing my mind in getting mmy thoughts out.
    I do enjoу wrіtijց but it just seems like the first 10
    to 15 minutes are generallly wɑsted sіmply just trying tߋ fiցure out how to beɡin. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thank you!

    Revbiew my web site :: Product Reviews

    1. Hi, first of all, thank you guys so much for your comments. I love that you are so interactive and that there is a community in the making. You really make my day!
      As for some tips and advice: I have been passionate about beauty and make up for such a long time, that I have gathered my thoughts on many products for years. Now that I have decided to create a blog all these opinions just burst out of me. A suggestion I might have is: make notes on the topic, maybe a mindmap. Or try to tell the story out loud. Imagine telling it to a friend. That way you will sound less stiff and it'll be more fun to read :)

      What I struggle with is finding new ideas for blogposts. Since this is not my fulltime job I, unfortunately, cannot go out and purchase all the new and hot beauty bits out there to do reviews on them. So please let me know what you would be interested to read about next. I was thinking a tag? Please let me know. Thank you :)

  4. I've ƅеen exploring for a little bit for any high ԛuality
    articles or weblog posts on thіs κіnd of area . Exploring in Yahօo I finally stumbled upon this wweb site.
    Studying this info So i am sagisfіed to convey that I have
    an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed.
    I most indisputably will make ѕure to do not fail
    to remember this web site and proѵides iit a glance rеցularly.

    Heere is mmy blog post; phytoceramides camera reviews

  5. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content
    seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but
    I thought I'd post to let you know. The design and
    style look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Cheers

    Also visit my web page :: Beach wedding Gallery

  6. Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from.
    Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I will just bookmark this web site.

    Feel free to visit my website :: Solinea