Multi-masking: new trend or a gimmick?

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Multi-masking is a “thing”. But is there something behind this trend that makes it note-worthy, or is it just a goofy way of follow the groove?

To me, it’s one of the few trends that actually make sense. Using different skincare products on different parts of your face simply works towards an amazing skincare routine, and this method always performed best for me. But if using three-four different face moisturisers, oils or serums might seem a little too extensive (even though I am convinced we are slowly but surely moving that direction), when applied to face masks, this “rule” suddenly makes much more sense. Especially considering that the process of mask application itself is an “activity” you perform on a weekly – not daily – basis, which always takes a bit of time off your other activities, but you dedicate it purposefully.

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The principle is simple: since the majority of population (disregarding different skin types) has pretty diverse skincare needs on different parts of the face, applying various masks at the same time is a trick how to treat your skin with the maximum respect it deserves. Whereas a t-zone is usually of an oilier nature, cheeks are typically much drier, and an under eye area – extremely sensitive. In this case, you’d need to combat the oilier T-zone with a thicker cleansing mask with unclogging properties, usually based on charcoal, minerals or clay ingredients, occasionally even mud. For the contours of your face you’d like to use a treatment for extreme hydration, and apply an eye mask under your eyes – thankfully, there are more and more of those available. A cherry on top might be a lip mask or an overnight mask, which – in my honest opinion – play a role of an extra pampering, special something you treat yourself with from time to time.

My modest selection for this blog consists of five masks (talk about excessive, right?).

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The most efficient one (and the most significant one for my skin needs) is the Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop. Not coincidentally, it is also my favourite of the bunch, which I am really missing badly every time I skip a week without it. My T-zone definitely needs some deep cleanse, and clay is an excellent ingredient when it comes to extracting clogged pores and purifying the skin. What’s more, as is clear from its name, this mask has warming properties – perfect for long winter evenings… 🙂 Jokes aside, the warming effect expands your pores and basically provides you with a “sauna” or “hot shower” effect – a.k.a. deeper and more thorough cleanse. What’s more, I like to sense that a mask is doing something – be it stinging or warming feeling on my skin. That is how I feel that the magic is “happening”. I am also a huge believer in kaolin clay, and being the main ingredient of this mask, it will set your pores free. The Body Shop offers a high variety of excellent and affordable products that really work, so look no further!

Next one is a one-use mask from Alverde. Products from this German brand of organic cosmetics are usually hit or miss for me. Their masks, however, have been consistently surprising me positively. Hydration mask with shea butter and rose extracts is targeting sensitive skin. Just like in case of clay for cleansing, shea butter is a no-brainer ingredient for combating dryness. Should I even start on the rose scent? I apply this mask on the contours of my face and cheek area, and with a clay The Body Shop mask applied on my forehead, nose and chin I truly feel like as if I’m in a Hammam. The only thing missing is relaxing music and an eye mask.

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For this, Sephora may serve you well, since they recently expanded the sheet masks range with masks for eye lids and lips. I tried a couple of their eye masks, and cannot recommend them enough: quality-price wise it’s a win-win situation. This time, however, I went further and tried an eye mask from the Teaology brand. Well, you know how I feel about teas – and when I saw a line that promotes itself as “tea infusion skincare”, I couldn’t really avoid investing into it. This skincare brand is not the cheapest, but the White Tea Miracle Eye Mask is rather affordable, and I cannot deny the word “miracle” in its name played a significant role in my final decision. Perfect hydration for under eye area, also works for tired eyelids – or for those moments when you simply feel like closing your eyes and leaving all the worries behind…

Sephora has, however, made it into my collection with its Shea Butter lip mask (you see the pattern here, don’t you?). This mask is a true savioru for those of us with chapped and dry lips – it offers an extra portion of hydration, protects, repairs and smells incredibly! 🙂

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Now, after spending good fifteen minutes with our eyes and lips shut, it’s time to remove the sheet masks and gently wash off face masks – I like doing it with a muslin cloth, but water might suffice. If I feel extra dry (especially after long flights or when my water regime was not ideal) I would go for a “heavy duty” player – an overnight mask. Clinique offers a great one in its Moisture Surge range, but lately I’ve been using the overnight Emergency Hydration Oligo-Thermal Treatment from Biotherm. Somehow the word “emergency” in the name made me feel safe and secure, like I am leaving my skin in good “hands”. Indeed, the mask is perfect for this extra boost of hydration: just apply a thin layer in the evening and you’ll wake up with skin more radiant and plump than when you went to bed. If this doesn’t sound like a dream, what does?

 

 

And what about you? Have you already tried this “multi-masking” trend? If so, which masks are your favourite to use and combine? If not, what masks do you usually go for – are you seeking hydration, cleansing properties or energizing effect? Would love to hear your feedback and tips!

x

 

Best Spring Blushes: Corals, Pinks and Magic

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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed these almost 2 weeks of meteorological spring (I know, I know, the weather outside says otherwise). To put myself in a perfectly springy mood, I always raid through my drawers, in search of inspiration. Pastels, bright pinks and corals, maybe a bit of shimmer – this is the direction I’m heading as soon as my soul starts longing for spring.

The best (and easiest, I believe) way to open your heart to spring is to incorporate some of the bright and radiant colours into your make-up routine. And is there an easier way to do it than by using a blusher? Not only does it immediately bring life to a pale wintery face, but it also acts as perhaps the fastest and the simplest way to experiment without any extra fuss.

In the following paragraphs I will present you my all-time favourite spring blushers that I withdrew from the drawers for this season while shopping my stash.

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Too Faced, the love of my life. In my last beauty post I was all about the newest edition to their range – the Love Flush blushes. Now, I’m coming back to basics and selecting a star of spring/summer 2014. I am typically not the biggest fan of shimmer, but this blush makes me love it. So subtle and finely melt, the Too Faced Sweethearts blush is the only one out of my selection I present here that could also be used as a highlighter. Swipe over all three shades, or apply one of the stripes – this blush is a recipe for a perfectly fresh glowy look in peachy nuances. And the name of the shade is pretty darn appropriate – Peach Beach.

My second “suspect” is the trio from Sephora. Technically, it’s not a blush, but a palette that combines bronzer, highlighter and a blush. But it definitely comes in handy, doesn’t it? I like using the blusher for its gorgeous flashy effect and warm-toned coral shade (whereas bronzer is a bit too dark for me, and highlighter is a tad too pink). MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio is, indeed, extremely smooth and easy too apply. What’s more, it’s very affordable, compact and versatile. I went for the shade 02 Medium.

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Cha Cha Tint from Benefit is my favourite from the Tints range. Benefit describes it as “mango-tinted” (thank you, otherwise I would’ve gone with an obligatory “peachy”, but mango sounds just so much better… and juicier). I know it’s not up of everyone’s alley – first of all, due to the application. It’s not the easiest on Earth, and you definitely need to be as speedy as it gets with it. Secondly, the shade: orange (even mango orange) is simply not everyone’s cup of tea. But for me this product is a miracle! When blended into the skin, it stays put for hours. It also provides you with this beautiful dewiness and glow no powder blush is capable of. And an added benefit: you can also smear it over your lips!

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Next beauty is the only limited edition I present you here. I have many gorgeous shades from spring collections of various brands, but I believe it’s a little unfair to include them into the selection. This, however, I cannot omit. The concept itself is quite ground-breaking. Released in last year’s limited edition Fancy Beauty Tales, this blush from the German brand P2 is one of a kind (if not, please widen my horizons!). Cream blush that comes out completely white (strange!) and turns into subtle rose colour as you blend it into your skin (magic!). I’ve always had this strange weakness for all kinds of gimmicks, but this one seems to work. The blusher applies quite well, and in comparison with some other products that come invisible and adapt to your skin tone with time, this one would not surprise you neither with an intense flush of colour, nor with streaky application. Shoutout for the team of developers who decided to name it “Unexpected magic blush“! Mine is in the shade 02 Catch the Glow.

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Alongside this unpredictable beauty, the very predictable, and I even dare to say, expected blusher is coming to the light. It’s a classic. NYX’s High Definition Blush. I believe everyone and their dog know about this range – they are affordable, compact, great value for the price and… decorated with a cute bow 🙂 The shade I selected – Baby Doll – looks like the most “typical” spring tone. Bright pink with iridescent shimmer works like magic (not as magical as its predecessor though :-P)! So flattering, yet so seasonal. I would never wear this shade in winter, but it was certainly made for spring.

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Last, but not least is Rimmel’s Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint in 002 Touch of Berry. It is quite similar to the P2 blusher mentioned above, but good news is that it’s widely available all over the world. Bad news is that it’s not magical 🙂 It’s a great one though – it comes as a lightweight gel-cream and applies quite evenly. It wears off beautifully, however I didn’t find it too long-wearing, Cha Cha Tint from Benefit is a definite winner, longevity-wise. Other than that, I cannot complain: it’s cheap as chips and comes in a handy little packaging that is so easy to use on the go.

These are my faves for the upcoming season, and as you can see, I “served” them with some Peeps I got from the United States. Peeps are definitely a sign of spring for me! Especially considering it’s so hard to get a hold of them where I live.

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What are your favourite spring blushers? What colours and shades do you gravitate towards as it gets warmer? What is you preferred texture: cream or powder? Let me know!

x

Leap Day Beauty Round-up

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Leap year, leap day – although it’s Monday, it just gives you (or at least me) this sparkling feeling of blessing, boost of energy and not the least extra 24 hours that we so eagerly wish for. For this year’s last day of February, I’ve decided to sum up my recent beauty discoveries from this month.

First things first, my love for Benefit has been proven throughout the years, and it looks like at this point nothing and no one can question it. Regardless, it took me all these years to finally grab their iconic product – the Hello Flawless powder that has been on my list since its launch. Very finely blend pressed powder comes in a hefty square packaging, which is a downside. The first and last for me. On the positive note: it includes mirror and the second “compartment” that hides not one but two types of applicators – an obligatory sponge (that I am going to avoid) and a more solid brush (that I am going to use on rare occasions). I know that the majority of us would not care about these “extra benefits” too much, nonetheless they could be quite handy when on the go. And by the way, my shade is Me, vain? Champaigne, and it looks like a pretty much perfect match.

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Second product from Benefit is a rather new Puff Off! Remember when it was launched back in 2014, and many were shocked by the iron-shaped applicator? 🙂 In fact the cooling metal tip reminiscent of an iron is a great method to de-puff your under-eye area and smoothen fine lines. I don’t tend to suffer from puffiness, but from time to time it comes uninvited, and as you know – it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The only concern I have with this product described as “instant eye gel to help smooth the look of puffies“, is the prominent metal tip. Being allergic to the vast majority of metals other than noble, I am not so sure about using this applicator on a – sensitive by definition – under-eye area. Have any of you who’ve tried this product had any issues with it?

Next goodie is a Sephora Duochrome Eyeshadow from the Duo Reflects line. A little (a lot) more shimmery than I expected, so definitely not a pick for an everyday use. The colour itself is a gorgeous aubergine, but it gets lost in the flood of glitter. I love the name (Siren’s Charm, N 111) and its pretty scale pattern. I can imagine it very well for a night out or a ball, but the longevity of wear still remains to be seen. It claims to be long-lasting, however due to the amount of shimmer I wouldn’t recommend you to ever wear it without an eyeshadow primer underneath.

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray was a pretty much blind pick. After trying a bunch of setting sprays from very affordable (NYX or Revolution ones) to very pricey (Urban Decay, which is still a winner for me), I’ve been on a hunt for alternatives. I haven’t heard much about MUFE fixing spray. To be entirely honest, I haven’t ever heard anything about it, but considering the handy 30ml size and a bold claim “moisturising”, I was convinced. After all, in comparison with drugstore setting sprays alcohol is not straight at the beginning of ingredients list here. MUFE setting spray has a light scent to it, but it’s not the scent of alcohol. If fixing sprays in general do not benefit your skin at the slightest, this one at least doesn’t seem to be able to damage it completely.

The only pick from drugstore was the latest Max Factor‘s launch – Lipfinity lipstick, that I have to admit, was love at first sight. Unfortunately, in my country the complete line consists of only 6 shades, but all of them are so appealing and wearable, that I considered it to be for our (and our bank account’s) best 🙂 After a long decision-making process I stopped on the shade number 50 Just Alluring. First of all, of course I was attracted by the name (yes, I am THIS type of person). Secondly, the colour is a perfect wearable lilac, that seemed to be great for transitioning into the warmer season, but also had enough intensity for the colder months. And finally, the beautiful texture of this lipstick that glides like silk and stays put for hours, staining your lips and providing them with the plumped look. This Lipfinity line is one of the best Max Factor‘s launches in the recent years, I dare to say.

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And finally, the definite star of the month of February is a gorgeous lipstick from the long-awaited Gwen Stefani collection for Urban Decay. Traumatised by missing the beautiful palette after its November launch, I couldn’t afford myself another failure, and was one of the first ones in line 🙂 Decisions, decisions… which one to choose, when all shades look so glorious?! And their names!!!! In the end, I went for the Rocksteady – I still felt like rocking intense burgundy shades before the winter is gone for good. Needless to say, the lipstick itself is extremely comfortable on the lips – it is not matte, but it gives both incredible intensity of colour and stain that survives meals, drinks and talking. I had to blot it with a tissue a couple of times after applying, just because I didn’t feel too comfortable with wearing this intense of a shade in the daylight (and this comes from a passionate Mac Rebel wearer, so you can imagine…). It’s a whole different story for the nighttime and I would recommend it to anyone who dares wearing a bolder lip colour.

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As always, I have a tea recommendation for you. As we are approaching spring and getting our beauty routine adapted accordingly, there could not be a more appropriate choice than the Spring Tea (Früng) from Alnatura. A perfect refreshing herbal infusion for wellbeing – a review will follow.

Are you ready for spring to arrive? Have you tried any of the mentioned products? If so, please do share your thoughts… What were your favourite picks or discoveries of February? Let me know, I’m always on a hunt!

x.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Nails: 4 (+1) Nailpolishes You Absolutely Need

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Yet again, it feels like last February was only a week ago, but a calendar doesn’t lie: Valentine’s day is around the corner!!! I’m sure your outfit, make-up and hair have been properly thought-through for some weeks already (be it for a date or for an “under a blanket, watching TV shows” kind of day :)). But what about your manicure? Have you made a choice of a nail polish that would have the honour to decorate your nails?

In the upcoming paragraphs, I am going to present you my choice for Valentine’s Day 2016: from red to magenta, from festive glitter to refreshing pastels. Let’s dive into it!

  1. Classic Red. It had to be Sally Hansen‘s Heart to Heart (350). A deep tomato-red nailpolish is a must not only in your collection, but for a special event, be it Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve or your cat’s birthday. You can never go wrong with the classy red – it is bright, yet inoffensive. It’s a definite eye catcher without being “too much”. Go for it if you’re a fan of good ole’ classics and want to play it safe. After all, could there be a better choice for Valentine’s Day than the colour that has been representing the quintessence of love for centuries?DSC_0210.JPG
  2. If you are of an experimenter’s nature, bright magenta would be your polish of choice. I went for the Sephora polish in the shade Dinner for 2 (alternatively, Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 09 Lucky could work as well, even though the Sephora‘s formula proves to be longer-wearing). Bright flashy pink will not leave your nails unnoticed. In my opinion, this shade is as universal as the classic red: it suits all skin tones and does not turn you into the “Legally Blonde” by definition. 🙂DSC_0221
  3. For those who cannot wait for spring to arrive, there is Essie‘s Tart Deco. One of my all-time favourites, this polish is fresh and girly, but at the same time very elegant on your nails. The shade is something between apricot pink, rose and pastel orange, depending on the number of layers and lighting. To me, this is a perfect nail polish if you feel like something different: very easy to wear, but also so unusual.DSC_0212
  4. Of course, glitter is a must. If you feel a bit more festive than simple coloured manicure, you could top it off with a glitter polish. My recommendation is L’Oréal Color Riche top coat in the shade 910 Gold Carat. Golden glitter goes with everything, but it looks especially beautiful paired with Sally Hanssen’s Heart to Heart. You can accentuate only one nail, or if you’re an “everything or nothing” type of person, there’s no reason to hesitate – just go for all ten!

Feel especially playful? Why not mix and match all these polishes, creating a unique pattern of colours? Or even try something out of your comfort zone and perfect your artistic skills by attempting an ombre effect manicure: just apply the polishes one by one from darkest to lightest shade on a sponge and dab this colourful pattern over your nails!

Curious what shade was a winner for my Valentine’s day celebration? Check out my instagram and find out!

I love considering painting nails as my little pampering routine, me-time, zen session – that’s why I usually like to relax with a cup of tea. I would recommend light green tea with vanilla by a brand King’s Crown – tender flavour to comfort your senses. I recently wrote a review post on it, since it has been my tea of choice during these colder months. And of course – chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate that would activate your endorphins and evoke the “in-love” state of mind, even if you are happily single.

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What are you plans for Valentine’s day? Are you going out or staying at home? Since this year’s Valentine’s day is on Sunday, do you plan to start with “festivities” on a Valentine’s day eve? What is your nailpolish of choice for this special occasion?

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and savour it wherever you are, whatever you’re up to! Even if your only plan for this day is painting your nails – enjoy it to the fullest! 🙂

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