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L`oreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel Review

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After I have been using L`oreal Pure Clay Detox Face Mask, I was very excited to try out some of the face washes from the same line. Again they are three:

  • L`oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub (the red one) – 3 pure clays + red argae – cleanses, brightens and exfoliates;
  • L`oreal Pure Clay Purity Wash (the green one) – 3 pure clays + eucalyptus – cleanses, purifies and mattifies;
  • L`oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash (the black one) – 3 pure clays + charcoal – cleanses, removes impurities and gives glow.

I decided to try the black one L`oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash because I really liked the face mask.

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“Missing your skin’s glow? Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel from L’Oreal Paris makes skin feel fresher, brighter and shinier. The cleansing gel is enriched with a combination of three specially selected types of clay and coal for deep cleansing. Dirt, impurities and makeup are removed so skin can experience radiant glow.”

                                                    L`oreal Paris

Packaging 

I really like the packaging, it is easy to use and to store. It is 150 ml which makes it too big for a hand luggage but you can always use the small travel-sized cosmetic containers if needed. The colour is also nice, it looks like a good quality product.

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 Texture 

The colour of the gel is black, the texture is very light but a little bit goes for all of my face. I put a small dot of the gel on my Face Brush and it makes a lot of foam. I think this cleansing gel will last a long time. I really enjoy the smell, it is the same like the smell of the face mask.

Ingredients:

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 3 pure clays + charcoal

  • Kaolin – A highly effective clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum;
  • Montmorillonite – Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections;
  • Ghassoul – A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals, renowned to help clarify complexion;
  • Charcoal – Acts like a magnet to “draw out” impurities.

My opinion 

I definitely love this face wash, I had tried  a lot of different ones and my number one is La Roche Effaclar Cleansing Gel. I can say that L`oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash can compare with it. It is a very good quality product and it is very affordable.   I enjoy the smell and the result afterwards – my skin is clean, soft and smooth, the feeling is great!

P.S: Have you tried some of the L`oreal Pure Clay Face Wash Gels? 

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review

Finally we got Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in Bulgaria! Hooray! First time I have tried it was when I was in the USA and I really loved it because it was light texture, good coverage and affordable price. So when I saw it here in Bulgaria and after reading tones of good reviews, I decided to give a try again.

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This  Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is  perfect  for oily skin with imperfections, it mattifies the face and reduces the appearance of larger skin pores.

Maybelline:

Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. Mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.

Packaging

In Bulgaria the foundation comes into a tube with black and blue details. It is easy to use and definitely preferable rather than the glass container without a pump. The second one looks of course much better but it is more difficult to use and to carry around.

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Texture

The texture of Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is very light, creamy and it applies and blends really easy. It is creamier than the first time when I tried it, I guess because it is designed for oily skin. There is a little amount of fragrance but it doesn’t bother me, I think it is almost difficult to sense it.

Shades 

As I saw on the official website of Maybelline, Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation come in 24 different shades, from very light skin tones to dark skin tones, as well with different undertones – more pinkish and more yellowish. In Bulgaria the range is a little bit less. I picked up 110 “Porcelain” because I am very pale right now.  I think it matches my skin tone just perfect.

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Coverage & my opinion 

It applies easy, sits good on the skin and it is not too heavy. The coverage is light to medium, so I still use concealer to cover darker spots, especially under my eyes. It covers red spots and some little imperfections. The thing I don’t like is how it  shows the dry spots on my face. For a matte foundation is quite good, after a couple of hours my T-zone gets a little bit shinny so it needs a touch up but overall it stays on my face for a long time. I think it will be perfect for summer hot days when my skin usually gets more oily and shinny.

I recommend trying it because it is a good quality, one of the best foundations I have ever tried. The texture is nice and the coverage is not bad.  Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is a great choice for oily skin. And of course last but not least it is very affordable.

P.S: Have you tried Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation? Which is your favourite drug store foundation?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control Moisturiser Review

In the begging of March, I bought new face day cream – Bioderma Sebium Mat Control. I have tried Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner before and I loved it but this time I found this one in a set with Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant so I decided to try them both.

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The packaging

Like a set it came in nice box. The face cream is in a white flat tube with some green detail, typical for Bioderma. It is nice because those type of sets are very nice for presents. As it comes to the price, it was quite a good deal since it was in a set.

More about the face cream

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control is a daily moisturiser for oily and combination skin. It offers a multi-actions care, moisturizing, matifying and smoothing. Its effectiveness is instantly and prolonged during 8 hours, it moisturizes, matifies and smoothes the irregularities thanks to its new generation corrective texture. The shines are biologically regulated and refines the skin texture in order to tightens the pores and limits the appearance of imperfections.

The ingredients

AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CYCLOHEXASIOXANE , DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, HDI/ TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC GLUCONATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SALICYLIC ACID, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM YDROXIDE, DODECYL GALLATE, PYRIDOXINE HCL, FOMES OFFICINALIS (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). [BI 724]

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Use & Application

Apply one or two times a day, after using micellar water or washing gel to clean the skin. It is a good makeup base.  The texture of the moisturiser is very light, not oily or sticky. It applies very easy on the face. It absorbs quick and it immediately matifies  the skin. The smell is very light and fresh, I like it.

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My opinion

I have been using Bioderma Sebium Mat Control for last 2-3 weeks. I apply it once a day, in the morning after I wash my face. My skin is oily and it gets very shiny during the day, so I always struggle to find the suitable skincare products.

I can say Bioderma Sebium Mat Control is good. It definitely matifies the skin and it immediately looks more mat. When I apply my makeup it goes on  very easy and smoothly, so it is also a good base.

However my skin still gets a little bit oily during the day, so I use bloating paper at least once a day on my T-zone. Comparing to Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner, I think they are quit the same but I like the Pore Refiner a little bit better.

P.S: Have you tried some of the Bioderma products? Do you have favourites in skincare?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Manhattan Supreme Lash & L`Oreal Mega Volume Collagene Mascara Review

Lately I have been using very small amount of make up but the thing I can’t skip is the mascara. In every drugstore you can find a huge range of different mascaras. I think you can find the perfect one considering your preferences. The first mascara I have ever bought was by Maybelline, and I have tried a lot of their mascaras and I really like them. But  today I have two favourite ones –  Manhattan Supreme Lash  and the other one is L`Oreal Mega Volume.

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So I have been using Manhattan Supreme Lash since I bought it for a first time which was a little bit more than one year ago. The packaging is very pretty, interesting asymmetric design in pop-up bronze colour. It retails for approximately 6 euros.

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I really like Manhattan Supreme Lash because it makes my lashes very full and a little bit longer. The colour is black but not super extreme black so it doesn’t look very fake. It is easy to build up and  to get more intense look. It stays all day without any problems. Also it is not difficult to remove I guess thanks to the Argan oil in it.

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L`Oreal Mega Volume Mascara with Collagene is the newest item in my makeup collection. It is in nice black tube with a white detail, looking very elegant and classy. The brush compared to the Manhattan one is bigger. But can`t say it is more comfortable for me to use. You can get it for about 14 euros.

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As it comes to applications it gives very intense look from the first application so it doesn’t need to be build up. I like it because it makes my lashes longer, the thing  I don’t like is that it does make them cleave a little bit. And comparing to Manhattan one the colour is darker. I remove it also very easy but I don’t build it up too much.

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From this photo you can see the results are pretty much the same, there is very little difference. If I have to choose one of them I will definitely go for Manhattan Supreme Lash Mascara. Because it gives more of a natural look. It also is half of the price of L`Oreal Mega Volume.

P.S: Do you have a favourite mascara?

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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Here are the swatches:

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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

Herborist Discovery Kit Review

One of my most recent beauty buys was Herborist Discovery Kit from Sephora. I bought it three weeks ago, since I have been using it.

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My skin is oily and I have some difficulties in finding nice suitable products, so while I was in Sephora I asked for some recommendation, so I got the answer that Herborist may be the perfect range for my skin. And of course I was very curious to try it.

Herborist is the only Chinese brand which you can buy in Sephora, their products are oriented around the idea of using natural ingredients and Chinese methodology.

“Herborist is the first modern skin care brand based on traditional Chinese medicine.”

First, let me say that the packaging was very nice and pretty. I like the idea of the set.

Herborist Discovery kit contains the following products:

  • T’ai Chi Mask (30 g x 2)
  • Revitalizing & Firming Eye Cream (5 g)
  • Revitalizing & Firming Day Cream (15 g)

You can find it here: Herborist Official Site or in Sephora: Sephora Online

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Tai Chi Black Mask

The black mask is Yin. Formulated with a host of active herbal ingredients such as Red Peony, Bamboo Charcoal and Ginkgo Biloba, it rids the skin of impurities—dead cells, makeup residue, excess sebum. A mask without grains, it gently purifies without irritating, leaving you with perfectly cleansed skin.*

You have to use the black mask first. It contains Red Peony, Bamboo Charcoal and Ginkgo Biloba, it is a deep cleanser and removes the impurities from inside of the pores and gently purify the skin.  I can’t really say that is better than other face masks. It implies easily and the smell is good. It leaves the skin fresher. After 5-6 minutes when you wash your face, it is time to apply the second mask.

Tai Chi White Mask

The white mask is Yang. It nourishes and soothes your skin like a caress. Boasting at least ten active herbal ingredients including White Peony, it leaves your skin soft and restores its radiance.*

The white mask soothers and softens the skin, and it helps the shrinking of the pores. After applying it has to stay around 10 minutes, and be rinsed with warm water. I personally use a small towel with warm water to remove my face masks. After using both of the masks, I felt my skin softer and cleaner.

Revitalizing and Firming Day Cream

A creamy daytime moisturizer that delivers elasticity and softness to skin as it protects from the damaging effects of daily exposure to sun and pollution.Revitalizing & Firming Day Cream delivers total antiaging skin care that firms the skin and smooths the appearance of wrinkles. With a nourishing, quick-absorbing texture and a fresh scent, it boasts active, herbal ingredients for rejuvenated, radiant skin.*

The face cream, I have been using everyday and I love it. That is the part of the set I am most excited about.. It is moisturising and it absorbs very good and fast in my skin. It doesn’t leave any extra oil or shine. When I apply my make up, my face stays mat for the rest of the day, which is a miracle in my case. Usually I get shiny and oily after couple of hours, especially on my forehead and my nose, but with Herborist face cream I don’t have this kind of problems.

Eye Cream

3-in-1 skincare that targets wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, while being gentle on the fragile skin around the eye. Comprehensive skincare that targets the 3 main concerns of the eye area: wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Its gentle, creamy texture boasts a potent trio of herbs that deliver anti-aging action: Rhodiola Sacra, Ganoderma Lucidum and Fragrant Solomon’s Seal. Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed, puffiness and signs of fatigue are diminished, restoring all the vibrancy to your eyes!*

My second favourite item in this set! It is very light and it absorbs very good. I really like it, my skin feels much better and moisturised after it.

In conclusion, I really like the set. It is nice and very affordable. The quality is excellent and it definitely worth the try. I would like to buy in real size the Revitalizing and Firming Day Cream and to try some other products of Herborist.

P.S: If you have been using it, please let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below. Also I would love to try out your favourites!

*Information from Herborist website and Sephora website.

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Aussie Miracle Review

Each one of us is facing different issues with her hair. Either you have a thin hair with no-volume, or your hair is damaged and coloured, I am sure you have tried a thousands of products and you are still trying to find the best one for you. Out there are so many different brands and types of hair products. During my hair journey I tried quite a lot of them too – some were good, others weren’t. Today I decided to review 2 hair products  of the super famous Australian brand Aussie. Both of them I find pretty amazing! And they are currently part of my hair routine.

There is more life than hair but it is a good place to start

The Aussie Philosophy

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So here they are:

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment

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First of course I use a shampoo and then it is turn to Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment like a conditioner – 3 minute repairing therapy. I leave it on my hair for a couple of minutes, and then of course rinse it. And let me be honest, at first I was very sceptical about it and my first impression wasn’t so good. But after the second time I use it I really liked it and now I can say  it is actually very good. The texture is nice, not heavy and the colour and the smell are like a bubble gum (pink and sweet).

It contains Australian Jojoba Seed Oil and Aloe Vera which will smooth and control frizz, as in the same time will replenish moisture and will leave your hair luscious and shiny.

Ingredients:

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment makes my hair more textured and I feel like it is in better conditions,  much stronger than before. I choose the Frizz Remedy because my hair is very soft, thin and it is very frizzy. Definitely super happy with it! I want to try as well some of the others 3 Minute Miracle Treatments especially the damaged hair treatment!

Aussie 3 Miracle Oil

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After I get out of the shower and my hair is still wet before I try to maintain it I use Aussie 3 Miracle Oil. And let me tell you it is a REAL MIRACLE! You can also use it before shampooing kinda like a mask, or on dry hair just to make it shinier.

The texture is not greasy and it doesn’t make your hair heavy and oily. It contains Australian Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba-seed Oil and Avocado Oil. Smells like a candy.

Ingredients:

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It leaves my hair smoother and shiner. Either you style your hair or you let it air dry ( Aussie believes in the air-dry-hair) it will have the smooth and silky finish.

Aussie  products are all very affordable but not so easy to get your hands on…at least in Europe. I found mine during my trip to Czech Republic, but for instance in Bulgaria, Aussie  products are difficult to find.

But you can always find them onlinehttp://aussiehair.com/en-gb . If you are trying to find your hair`s  best match, you can take a look at the website and you can choose by a huge range of products. Aussie have different collections which are suitable for different hair types. Aussie website will help you find the closest store to you or as well order the products online.

P.S: Let me know which one is your favorite Aussie product!

xoxo,

Gabrielle