US Sephora Haul

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A friend of mine just came back from the US and was able to bring me a couple of things from Sephora. I’m super excited cause some of them are impossible to find in the UK and Europe in general.

The first thing I asked her to buy was Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N120. It’s my holy grail foundation and this is the second bottle I purchased. I will do a full review of this product soon.

Speaking of Make Up For Ever, I’ve always heard great things about their Aqua Creams. I got into cream eyeshadows lately as I’ve been working really long hours and I just love how easy they are to apply. I’ve tried Benefit, MAC, Bobbi Brown and am very interested to see how MUFE compares. I got shade no 15.

Last but certainly not least, I always wanted to try the famous Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes. I’ve read so much about them and seen them in so many youtube videos. I’m so happy I finally got my hands on them. I got two shades: Blissful, which is a peach colour and Exposed, which is a nude blush and a best-selling shade.

So there you go – my little Sephora haul. I’m actually glad that I didn’t go to Sephora myself cause I’m sure the ‘damage’ would have been much greater.

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Perricone MD Anti-Ageing Protective Trio review: Hypoallergenic Peptide Complex, Face Finishing Moisturiser, High Potency Eye Lift

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I got Perricon MD Anti- Ageing Protective Trio in April. Since I’ve used it up, I thought I’d do an updated review.

Here is what the trio includes:

Hypoallergenic Peptide Complex (30 ml – full size): it’s an anti-aging serum for sensitive skin. It’s ‘improves resilience, tone, and texture while minimizing wrinkles’.

Face Finishing Moisturiser (30 ml – full size 60ml): moisturising anti-aging cream. It reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improves radiance.

High Potency Eye Lift (5 ml – full size 15ml): and eye cream that lifts, brightens, tones and tightens the eye area.

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So does it work?

No.

I’m really disappointed with Perricone MD. I’ve used up all three products and didn’t really notice an improvements. Even though I’m 32, I don’t have wrinkles and use anti-ageing for prevention more than correction. So it’s always difficult to assess the long-term effects of anti-ageing products. However, I can see how it makes my skin look after a couple of weeks.

Some serums, such as my favourite Filogra, make your skin feel smooth and plumped. And they make a good base for your moisturiser and make up. Perricone MD isn’t one of them. The Peptide Complex made my skin feel rough in comparison to other anti-ageing serums. It felt rough and bumpy, tired and my pores appeared larger than before. I didn’t like using this product and for the first time couldn’t wait to finish the bottle so I can get back to Filorga.

The High Potency Eye Lift cream was even worse. It’s the strangest thing: this cream made the area around my eye darker. And I don’t mean the under eye area but the lids as well. I looked like a raccoon! I’ve never seen a cream do that before.

The Face Finishing Moisturiser was quite ok. Nothing to write home about, but it was a good product. The Alpha Lipoic Acid, one of the main ingredients, gives a tingling and ‘stinging’ sensation when you first apply to cream. But at least I had an impression it’s doing something. It’s a nice anti-aging moisturiser.

Overall, I was desperately trying to finish the three products so I could get back to my beloved Filorga. It’s not a good sensation to have when using three products that cost about £100 each. I’m so disappointed with Perricone and don’t think I will be trying their more expensive products anytime soon. It just goes to show, the expensive brands are not always the best.

 

First Nail Stamping Attempt

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 Yesterday I tried nail stamping for the first time. Clearly, it didn’t go that well but as this was my first time I hope I will get better with practice. It’s great fun to do. What do you think?

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer VS Charles Worthington Intense Rescue Melting Balm

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Are you one of these people who can wash their hair, blow dry it in 5 min and go? I’m not. I need to plan washing my hair in advance as it takes at least 30 min to style. It’s as difficult as it gets: it’s really frizzy, thick, dry, damaged by heat straightening and wavy in all the wrong places.

I have been trying out a number of hair products recently as part of my never-ending pursuit of perfect, smooth hair. Here is a review of two of them: Elasticizer and Intense Rescue Melting Balm.

They are both pre-shampoo hair moisturising and softening treatments. You apply them to dry hair 30 min before getting into the shower and then wash and style your hair as normal.

The result: your hair is more manageable, softer and shinier. They are both really nice products and they really work. I wanted to do a comparative review as I know trying to find the right hair care product can be confusing. There are so many conditioners, oils, treatments, and masks available it’s hard to know which ones work and which ones don’t.

Elasticizer

This product has won a number of awards, for example InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2013: Best Deep Conditioning Mask. It’s a balm, similar in consistency to a conditioner. It costs £12.75 for 75ml and you get it at M&S beauty section or online (eg. Feelunique). It has castor oil, olive oil, and glycerine. All here ingredients help to lock in moisture and add shine. It also has silicones. Which obviously make your hair look better but are not the best ingredient for your hair in the long run.

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Melting Balm

This product is quite famous in the UK. It’s a solid balm that transforms into oil when you rub it between your hands. It costs £16.99 for 100ml and you can buy it in Boots in the UK. It does have a blend of 7 oils and butters.

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Comparison

Both products are designed for damaged and over-styled hair. Both are supposed to make your hair more manageable and lock in moisture. And both do. They are both really nice products. However, out of the two the Elasticizer is a much better product. Here is why:

The Elasticizer made my hair softer. It was smoother and nicer to touch. It was also less frizzy and easier to style. I could notice the difference particularly when it came to my dry and damaged ends. The hair felt healthier and less dry.

Here are some photos of my hair after using the two products: I let them dry naturally and didn’t straighten or apply any after wash products to give you a better idea of how the pre-shampoo products work.

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Overall, I think these products are really good if frizziness is your main/only problem. For my it’s the fact that my hair is just blah… not wavy, not curly, just blah. As a result, although I find that both of these products work and do what it says on the package, it’s not enough for me. My hair still requires heat styling to look good. But if your hair is frizzy and you just want to calm them down without changing the shape of your hair I would strongly recommend these products.

DHC Mascara Review and Comparison. You have to try it!

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They say you find love when you’re not looking for it. It may be true. I certainly wasn’t looking for the perfect mascara two weeks ago at Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Bazaar. I was just browsing and enjoying one of my favourite beauty stores… I started chatting with one of the ladies there and we discovered we both love DHC, a great Japanese brand. She recommended their mascara which I have never tired before. She said it’s ‘the one’. She was right. It’s the one I’ve been looking for. It’s called Perfect Pro Double Protection. It’s a lengthening and defining mascara but you can use it in a number of ways.

Super Long-wear Formula, Doesn’t Flake, Doesn’t Smudge!

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The amazing DHC mascara and Clinique High Impact: the one I used to love. DHC is better, hands down

The DHC website says that the formula “encapsulates lashes in polymer tubes that wear all day and night long”. This is actually true: this mascara wears like a dream. It doesn’t smudge even after 13h day (I’ve been having a lot of those lately). The lashes look great but at the same time they are flexible and not stiff like with many other types of mascara. The product lengthens your lashes and defines them giving you a very natural full lash effect. If you want a super false lash effect for a big night out, I would recommend using a volumising mascara and then using this one on top. The DHC mascara will cover your lashes with a protective layer that will prevent and flaking. Personally, I wear it on its own every single day.

So easy to apply compared with other mascaras, even my favourite Clinique High Impact.

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I recently bought a new tube of Clinique High Impact mascara. I used to love it but I do find it difficult to apply. With the Clinique mascara there is so much product on the wand when I take it out of the tube! I end up wasting most of the product as I always need to clean the brush to remove excess product. The super big brush makes the Clinique mascara really difficult to apply. I usually end up messing up my eye makeup. The DHC mascara tube dispenses just the right amount of product. It’s also so easy to apply thanks to the amazing wand I describe below. It’s just perfect in the morning when you’re in a hurry and don’t have much time to do your make up. All I can say is: try it and feel the difference!

The best wand ever! Use it on your top and bottom lashes.

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Smaller is better. DHC on top, Clinique High Impact on the bottom

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So much excess product on the Clinique wand on the left – none on the DHC wand on the right

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My favourite thing about this mascara is the wand. It’s so small and precise. As a result it’s easy to get all your lashes with it, even the ones in the corner of your eye that are so difficult to apply mascara to. You can also use this brush for both top and bottom lashes. It’s the only mascara I ever used that can do that.

I know a lot of people like Clinique bottom lash mascara. I tried it and think it clumps. Imagine you could have a mascara that not only works perfectly on your bottom lashes but you can also use it to make your top lashes look super long and defined… and all this for just a couple of pounds more than the Clinique mascara. Clinique Bottom Lash mascara costs £11 for 0.07 oz. DHC Perfect Pro Mascara costs £14.50 for 0.17 oz!

I can’t recommend this enough. It really is an amazing product and probably one of the most amazing mascaras I’ve ever used. You will be surprised to find out just how many lashes you have and how few of them your normal mascara covers!

If you don’t live in London you can always order it online here. Also I would strongly recommend DHC Cleansing Oil and their Eyelash Serum.

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