Friday, 31 August 2012

Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer SPF 40++

My first make up kit ( including foundation, powder, blush and lipstick ) was from Paul & Joe. I still remember when my mom bought me a beauty pouch full of Paul&Joe make up products when I was 16 and I was so happy because they looked really pretty.
My lovely relationship with Paul&Joe continues until now. Unfortunately, they're not available in Germany ( no surprise T.T ) , even though I still can get them online through ASOS or Beautybay.

As I visited Harrods - London on holiday, I was so excited to spot Paul&Joe make up counter. The sales assistant was so helpful and friendly and well informed about the products. I really like it, when sales assistants are really well trained, and friendly, they make me want to buy more. lol.
As much as I wanted to buy almost everything ( mostly because of their beautiful packaging. :p ), I ended up buying only 2 products. One is a foundation primer which I'm going to review in this post, and a highlighter powder which I'm going to review in separated post. 

Okay, now to the product. It comes in a beautiful mini tube which contains 26,9ml of product. It's not a generous amount, as most face products contain at least 30ml. But the packaging is nice and made from good quality material, and so Paul&Joe with the beatiful flower print .




The product itself is a foundation primer, or for me it feels like tinted moisturizer. It has a realy sheer coverage but it provides a nice base before applying our daily foundation routine. What I love about it, is that it has SPF  40++ and UV protection so I don't have to wear sun screen underneath my foundation which I hate because sun screen makes my face even more greasy and oily.
This primer also claims to have good oil control , and it really does what it claims. I feel my foundation stays on longer over this primer and less greasy. I also feel that my skin is well hydrated . The coverage is a bit too sheer to be worn by itself,  but it's great as a base because after I apply foundation over it, it doesn't feel like I'm wearing a mask or too much make up.
The primer is lightly scented, smells like typical Paul&Joe products ( if you're familiar with it ) . I would say, it's a bit floral and I personally like the scent.

Overall, I love this primer and recommend this to all of you who have combination to oily skin. It retails for ( approx. ) 20 GBP.

Have you ever tried any Paul&Joe make up ?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Catrice Changing Color Lip Glow

I've been wearing only this color changing lipstick / lip glow since I got it around a month ago. This is part of Catrice new permanent range product for Fall/Winter .

The packaging is really nice, sleek in silver. The bullet is sturdy and pretty enough to be carried everywhere inside our bag.

The lipglow is a transparant bright orange and jelly like . It's supposed to adjust the color according to our skin  and / or lips natural color. So the color appears differently on people.

The lip glow appears bright coral pink on my lips. Eventhough it appears as bright color on me, it still looks natural. The finish is similar to lip tint, and def not matte. It moisturizes my lips well and has great staying power. It feels really comfortable, just like you don't wear any lipstick. The price ; 4,99€ is a bit on higher level for drugstore product, but I think it's worth the money.


Monday, 27 August 2012

MeMeMe Shimmer Stack - Pink Zest

I heard a lot that Mememe does a good dupe for Bobby Brown's Shimmer Bricks, only the one from Mememe is more suitable for oily skin because it's less shimmery and doesn't enhance big pores.
Mememe is only available online in Germany but I want to swatch it before deciding to buy it, so when I was in London (Mememe is a british brand ), I swatched the shimmer stack in pink zest and fell in love.

The packaging is a bit on the bulky side, but still looks sleek and simple. I like that it's quite big so it's easy to brush your blush brush over the product and it has a big sized mirror placed inside the case. It is made of matte plastic but is quite sturdy.

The consistency of this shimmer stack is soft but not on the velvety side. The powder is finely milled and pressed so it doesn't cause a lot of fall out. With 8,99 GBP, you get 12gr of product which is a great amount. I think this is going to last for a long time because a little swirl goes a long way.

The shimmer stack is actually meant to be highlighter, but for me, it is way too pigmented and has too much color for a highlighter. I would say it's more a pinky peach shimmery blush than a highlighter. It could be a good highlighter if you only apply the #1 shade from this stack. 

On my cheeks, it gives a nice sheen and glow. The pigmentation is great, so I have to be careful on application. It stays on my cheeks for a good 5-6 hours before requiring a touch up.

Overall, I love this shimmer stack and I think it's worth the price. I would recommend it for you who like to have a nice pinky peach sheen on your cheeks.


Thursday, 23 August 2012

London Trip Photos and Haul!

Do you believe that dreams do come true? I do. And one of my biggest dream ever has just come true last week. 
I am a huge fan of Manchester United FC, and also England in general. I love The Royal , I love british accent, I love british football, I love their high tea tradition, I love the fashion scene, I love almost everything about England. Since I was a little girl, I dreamt that one day I would visit London and Manchester.
Last week, my dream came true. I finally managed to treat myself a vacation to London and Manchester. As I always know, I LOVE London so much!! ( Manchester as a city was not as vibrant as London, but the football stadium was amazing )

Let me show you some pictures ;)

Let me start with my hideous photo with Mr. Beckham . lol 

 According to some Harry Potter's Fansites, this sweetshop is the inspiration for Honeydukes. The store is in Leicester Square, and it is really a nice shop. The shop assistants are all so friendly and helpful. Recommended.

Now, lets go to the haul part! :-D

I know I know, please don't judge. We only live once, don't we? ;p

I am now working on some indepth reviews on each product I bought, but of course it takes time for me to try on and build my opinion on each product. So, please be patient :))

Overall, I really enjoyed my trip and I am planning to come back there to London maybe in October or November ;)

Have you ever visited London?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Updated What's in My Travel Make Up Bag

Hey guys I'm back from holiday!!
London was so much fun and I really had a great time there. I fell in love with the city and I am now already planning to come back , maybe in October or November ;)

Now, let me show you what make up I brought with me during my trip :

I tried my best not to bring too many make up since I knew I'm going to buy a lot more in London. lol. But in the end , I managed not to bring too many ( or are they already too many in your opinion? ;p ). 

I'll keep you updated with some photos from my holiday soon :-D


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Catrice Defining Blush #060 - Rosewood Forest

Catrice has launced some new additions to its permanent range this month and I failed not to buy some of their new additions. -____-"
As hard as I tried not to buy more blushes, Catrice has launched a whole new range of blushes. As usual, I couldn't say no. Fortunately only 1 shade that caught my attention.

Catrice didn't change the packaging. It still comes in a sturdy plastic packaging which is sleek, thin and doesn't require a lot of place in my vanity. I like the efficiency of the packaging so much.

Rosewood Forest is a trully rosewood shade which is really versatile. It is matte and oil free, and has satin finish. The texture is so smooth and finely milled. The pigmentation is amazing but I don't have to worry about applying too much because it is easy to blend.

As usual, Catrice blushes don't let me down. This one is no exception. It is retailed for 3,75€ and you get 5gr of product which is a good amount. I believe this blush will suit every complexion amazingly.

PS : I'm posting from London,and I must say I'm in love with the city. Enjoy your summer holiday!


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Hoola Bronzer - Bella Bamba & Coralista

I've been wanting to try the famous Benefit blushes for a long time, but their heavy pricetags and the fact that I honestly don't need any other blushes until - at least - 2 years ahead, made me stay away from them. But I found an ebay seller that sells a lot of Benefit sample size products, so without hesitation I ordered these 2 blushes and 1 bronzer samples.

( Disclaimer : there are a lot of discussion going on about these Benefit sample size products. A lot of people are questioning whether they're fake. I honestly don't know and don't have any idea about it. You can do our own research, but since they're only sampe size, and I don't get any suspicious side effect or allergy, I think even if they're fake, they're safe- at least- for me ).

I ordered Bella Bamba, Coralista and Hoola bronzer, all of them come in 3gr sample size packaging. The original size has 6gr of product and cost 32€ here in Germany. This sample size products cost only 3 US$.

Hoola Bronzer is a matte ashy brown shade. It's really nice for contouring, only the pigmentation isn't that amazing. But I'm fine with it, because then I don't need to be extra careful on application. The texture is smooth but a little dusty. It has subtle floral scent.

Coralista is a pretty coral blush which contains golden shimmer particles. The texture is smooth and more dusty than Hoola bronzer. The shimmer looks pretty on cheeks so you don't need highlighter. It has a subtle floral scent.

Bella Bamba is another coral shade similar to Coralista, only it has no shimmer a.k.a matte. Bella Bamba looks really nice on cheeks. It gives a nice pinkish glow. The texture is smooth and a bit dusty, similar to Hoola bronzer. It also has a subtle floral scent.

Overall ( based on trying the samples ), I think Benefit blushes are good products with nice quality. But I don't think they are worth 32€ for 6gr of products. The staying power isn't really impressive too. But for half the original price, I would probably consider to buy :p