Tag Archives: #cosmetics

May Favourites

Hey beauties,

it is officially June.. I know, I can’t believe this either! Where did the first half of the year go? Anyway, since I have been on the way and crazy busy last month, I didn’t have the chance to blog more but I did get my hands on a couple of good stuff, so I decided to share with you.

Here are my favourites for May:

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle

Golden Tears from Mastic SPA – here; Argan Crystal Oil Bio Pharma – here; Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream – here; Schwarzkopf Got2B Straightening Hair Spray – here; Sleek Make Up – Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream – here; Jonhson`s Face Care Wipes – here; Book Sometimes I Lie – here.

Grazia Bulgaria & Golden Tears from Mastic SPA

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle2

When I was back at home I got the new Grazia Bulgaria which came with a little Eye Cream – Golden Tears from Mastic SPA. I have read a lot of different reviews saying that this one isn’t the original product. Anyway I use it for the last two – three weeks, and I am pretty happy with it, so it is one of my favourites for May.

Hair Crystal Oil – Bio Pharma

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle3

The new – old favourite Argan Oil. I have used this product before and I really like it. I put it on my hair after shower and it makes it easy to comb and to manage, and of course last but not least it smells amazing.

Sleek Make Up Matte Me

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle4

This is my super extra favourite product for the last month. I have seen this all over Instagram and I was curious to try it out. I got Sleek Make Up Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Cream during my stay in Malta. The shade I chose is Bitter Sweet but I would love to try all of them as well as the eyeshadow palettes.

Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle5

Liz Earle is a British cosmetics brand, they have a huge range of body, hair and make up products. Good quality and the packaging is nice. This body lotion hydrates and soothes the skin, it also smells very good.

Schwarzkopf Got2B Straightening Spray 

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle6

I got this hair spray by Schwarzkopf a long time ago but I started using it a little bit more often lately. It is for heat protection and it helps you to keep your hair straight for a little bit longer. I really like it because it makes my hair thicker and it looks stronger.

Book Sometimes I lie – Alice Feeney

may_favourites_xoxogabrielle7

I got this book Sometimes I Lie from the airport in Malta. I really like it so far and I am still reading it. It tells the story of a woman who is in a coma. To be honest it got me because of the cover and the tittle 🙂 Well.. I guess we all lie sometimes…

P.S:  Have you tried some of those products? Share with me your current favourites, I would love to try them out!

xoxo,

Gabrielle

L`Oreal Detox & Brighten Pure Clay Mask Review

One of the best drugstore brands you can get your hands on is L`Oreal. The quality of their products is amazing, the packaging is always very pretty and they are very affordable. So in this post I will share my latest love – L`Oreal Detox Pure Clay Mask.

 L`Oreals Pure Clay Masks are three:

loreal_xoxogabrielle

One is detox & brighten mask, one is exfoliating & refining and the other one is purify & mattify mask.

My favourite face mask lately  is L`Oreal Detox & Brighten Pure Clay Mask (the black mask).  I haven’t try the other two but I will definitely give them a try.

lorealclaymask_xoxogabrielle

First, lets talk about the packaging.. The mask comes in a glass jar with very pretty white-green top. It looks very luxurious and expensive. Here in Italy you can find it in every drugstore and it costs between 10-12 euro. You can find it also here : L`Oreal Online. The price is good, considering it is 50ml and it is very good quality.

lorealclaymask2_xoxogabrielle

Ingredients

All three masks contain 3 pure clays: Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul. They are suitable for all skin types.

  • Kaolin is a highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum;
  • Montmorillonite – rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections;
  • Ghassoul is a pure clay, highly concentrated in minerals,  renowned to help clarify complexion. Instant and lasting, visible results . Immediately after the use the skin is purer and clearer. After one week: the skin feels fresher, and more luminous, skin can breathe and is visibly transformed.

lorealclaymask3_xoxogabrielle

Application

You need to apply an even layer on clean and dry skin. I have been loving the smell, it is amazing – very fresh and clean. But for some people it can be too strong. The mask is very thick, the consistency is heavy and creamy but the application is easy and it absorbs very quick into the skin.

After applying leave for 10-15 minutes, the mask dries quite fast but even if you leave it for a little bit longer it still washes off easily. L`Oreal recommend to use it 3 times a week, I use it 1-2 times a week.

lorealclaymask4_xoxogabrielle

I think this mask is very good for people with oily skin, struggling with blackheads and acne. My skin is oily and I really like it. It makes it clearer, brighter and softer, doesn’t dry out and doesn’t leave “the stretched” feeling. I would love to try the other two as well.

P.S: Have you tried any of L`Oreal Pure Clay Masks? Do you have another favourite face masks? 

xoxo,

Gabrielle

 

10 Beauty Products Under 10 euro

We all love beauty products who are good quality but still don’t break the bank. So here are some of my affordable beauty buys:

10 products under 10 euro

  1. Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover
  2. Loreal Pure Clay Face Mask
  3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes
  4. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation
  5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer
  6. Loreal True Match Powder
  7. Maybelline The Nudes Palette
  8. Maybelline Volume Express the Colossal Mascara
  9. Ardell Lashes
  10. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream / NYX Butter Gloss

 

P.S: If you have other affordable products worth the try, share in the comments down below, I would love to try them out!

xoxo,

Gabrielle

KIKO Prom Queen Eyeshadow Palette Review

One of my total steals from this sale season was the KIKO Prom Queen Eyeshadow Palette. I tested other products from KIKO Milano before and I really like  the brand. The quality is really good, the packaging is nice and the products are very affordable.  I still have some of the single eyeshadows. The colours are nice and they are very pigmented.

Lately I use only nude lipsticks and eyeshadows, I wanted to buy a new palette. But I was looking for something with basic colours, small so I can travel with it, affordable and still good quality. So when I saw this palette, I was very excited to try it out.

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle

First I think the packaging is really cute and pretty. It kinda makes me wish I had a nice uniform when I was at high school 🙂

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle1

The palette is closing with a magnet and it has a mirror inside,  which makes it very comfortable if you travel with it. Also it comes with an applicator which I personally don’t use, I prefer using make up brushes.

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle2

And on to the coloursKIKO Prom Queen Eyeshadow Palette contains 6 beige nude colours, as it is written on the box “Stylish Taupes”. The first one is light like an ivory colour, next is a champagne colour with a little bit of shimmer, then shimmery beige, and beigy-browns light and dark, and the last one is very dark brown.

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle3

Here are the swatches:

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle4

KIKOPromQueen_xoxogabrielle5

I really like all the colours. Perfect for day-time make up and for smokey eyes. I think I will get a lot of use out of this palette. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, all the colours  apply nice, easy and very smoothly.

You can find KIKO Prom Queen Eyeshadow Palette here: KIKO Milano Online

P.S: Have you tried KIKO Prom Queen Eyeshadow Palette or other products of the brand? Let me know about your favourite eyeshadow palette in the moment.

xoxo,

Gabrielle

October Beauty Haul

 

image

Changing seasons got me needing some new products and of course moving to another place with all of those sales and new things for me was exciting and my curiosity made me buy half of the stuff I am going to show you down below. This month I bought a couple of beauty products, most of them I am trying for a first time 🙂 so here they are:

image

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

I saw a couple of blog posts about it, mainly with positive reviews and I finished my old one, so I decided to give it a try! I use it once a day, it is part of my night routine. It is very gentle to my skin and it doesn’t dry it out. I feel my skin cleaner and fresher after, because it removes extra oils and the make up left. I really recommend it.

image

L`oreal Nude Magique BB Cream

I was looking for some very light foundation or a bb cream. The packaging is just so cute, pink-purple-silverish tones are so beautiful. This one is white like a cream and you can feel pigment capsules – extra small pieces, when you put it on it matches your skin tone. It is light and it has very nice smell. My skin is oily so I need to set it up with powder or it is going to creese.

imageimage

Sheer & Shine Lipstick Essence

I was looking for one store, but I got the wrong way, so incidentally I am in front of a big nice store for cosmetics. Of course I decided to go in.. and I end up buying some Essence products, which happened to be on sale. I picked up this lipstick in shade 02 Cute Nude. The formula is nice, light and hydrating. I really like the feel but I don’t think the shade suits me, because it is very light pink nude. But definitely I will try some a little bit darker ones.

image

Essence Lipliner

Same story… I chose lipliner in shade 06 Satin Mauve. It is little bit purplish and usually I will never try it out. But in the store I couldn’t see the true colour so I was expecting something nude to go with the lipstick.. anyway I love that one. I like the formula and it is long lasting, so I am very happy with it.

image

Shampoo and Conditioner Provost

Franck Provost is something I never heard of.. I was thinking it is some italian brand but below the name is written Paris, so I am confused lol! Anyway I took Expert Nutrition which suppose to be repairing and reliving. I use it about 1 week now, and I can say it is pretty good. Considering also the very affordable price of about 6-7 euros for 750 ml, I can say it is a deal.

image

Neutrogena Nourishing Body Lotion with Nordic Berry

This was my last beauty buy for October. Neutrogena products turn out to be very difficult for me to find here in Italy… This body lotion is my favourite item from this haul. It is super hydrating, my skin is very dry during autumn and winter, but this lotion is definitely my solution! The formula is not greasy and it absorbs very quick. It has very soft light smell. I love it.

P.S: Do you use some of those products? Share with me your October`s best beauty buys!

xoxo,

Gabrielle

15 Rose Water Benefits

rose water

Skin

  1. Use rose water during the day. Spray it over your face it will refresh and hydrate it. You will feel better and your skin will glow.
  2. Rose water will help you to reduce dark circles under your eyes. Just dip two cotton pieces into rose water and let it sit under your eyes for 15 minutes.
  3. It will help you reduce also redness from irritated skin.
  4. You can use it instead of cleanser. Rose water will remove all dirt and will clogged pores, preventing acne and pimples.
  5. Rose water can be used for all skin types. It help balance oily skin, Cools and soothes dry skin, removing redness. Rose water can be used like a cleanser for normal skin.
  6. Can be used like relief in cases of sunburned skin, scars, cuts and wounds.
  7. Rose water can be used also on top of make up to make it “sit”, like a makeup setting spray.
  8. Rose water help repairing ageing skin. You can use it for tightening up wrinkles and hydrating.

Hair

  1. You can use rose water to make your hair glow. After washing off your shampoo and conditioner, while your hair is still wet, you can rinse it with rose water. It will make your hair look shinier and softer.
  2. Rose water can be used as natural conditioner. It has a moisturising effect.
  3. It promotes hair growth.
  4. Also can be used to help reduce inflammation problems.
  5. Rose water can be used in a variety of home-made hair masks.

Body

  1. Rose water can be used like a body spray. The smell is found to be a natural powerful mood enhancer.
  2. Spraying it will make you feel fresh and clean while rose water will moisturise your skin.

P.S: How do you use rose water in your beauty routine?

xoxo,

Gabrielle