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Top 5 Most Used – Feb & Mar 2013

Hi everyone!

The “Top 5 Most Used” category, is something I started over a year ago, here on my blog. Every month, I try to see what I have used the most, and it is always fun to look back.

This video is for both February and March 2013:

The list of products shown is:

Top 5 Most Used February 2013:

  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer
  • MAC Paint Pot – soft ochre
  • Shu Uemura – cream shadow – taupe
  • Tarte lip surgence

Special mention: Milani eayshadow pencils

Top 5 Most Used March 2013:

  • Wet n Wild Comfort zone palette
  • MAC Extra Dimension – Modern pewpter
  • NARS Orgasm blush
  • Milani Luminoso blush
  • Max Factor lipstick – Rosewood

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what products did you use a lot lately?


Mail from Judi & Space NK haul

This is just a very quick post about a package I got in the mail from my friend Judi. She sent me some wonderful things that I will be using a lot.

If you are not subscribed to her channel already, it’s definitely worth checking out. She is the sweetest person on Youtube and my “make up dealer” from across the pond. Also, she has a great blog where she talks a lot about nail polish!

In my video, I’m also showing my Space NK Boxing Day haul. I went a little crazy with the spending, but I got some great bargains. You can still check their sale here, there are a few things left.

Enjoy watching and let me know how your week has been! Have you bought anything interesting lately?

List of products shown:
Estee Lauder nail polish: Enchanted garnet, Berry hot
Sephora + Pantone Universe nail polish: Evergreen
Bare Minerals: The Afterparty quad
Chanel no 31 Tulip lip pencil
Chanel no 85 Coquette lipstick
Shu Uemura enriched high performance balancing cleansing oil
Shu Uemura cream eyeshadows in taupe and beige
Chantecaille Bengali palette

My 2012 Top 10 Best Buys

Happy New Year 2013!

I didn’t post on the blog for a while, but I keep posting videos on Youtube so make sure you are subscribed to my channel!

These are my 2012 best buys. The ranking is very subjective and personal. Out of everything I bought in 2012 I think these are the best. The ranking is based on the quality of the product and how much I actually used the product.

10 – Lancome L’Absolu Nu lipstick number 102 this lipstick was my first red lipstick. It’s a sheer texture very easy to wear and to build intensity, if you want to. For a first red lipstick, I couldn’t have chosen any better.

9 – MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow this eyeshadow is a beautiful every day color. It is more than a neutral, but very work friendly.

8 – MAC Extra Dimension Modern Pewter I love everything about this eyeshadow. The color, the formula, the packaging, and again it is a very work friendly everyday color.

7 – L’Oreal Infailible eyeshadows in Magnetic Coral Naughty Strawberry everyone knows these are dupes for Aramani Eyes to Kill. I don’t own the Armani version, but I don’t need to. The formula is beautiful, long lasting, and these two colors were all I wore last summer.

6 – Guerlain Pucci collection brush need I say more than Guerlain Pucci collection? The brush comes in a beautiful Pucci bag that is worth all the money. It’s not the best bronzing brush in the world, but beautiful anyway!

5 – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in 001 Honey this quickly became one of my favorite lip products. I carry it in my handbag and reapply without even looking in the mirror. Who needs more?

4 – L’Oreal Caresse lipsticks I think these are the best lipsticks that came out in 2012. They are moisturizing, sheer but buildable, just ideal for spring – summer. The color selection is beautiful as well.

3 – Guerlain Terracota 4 Seasons bronzer in 01 Blondes this is my “holy grail” bronzer. I don’t need to try any other bronzer again.

2 – Shu Uemura UV underbase never leave the house without SPF on! This mousse formula is very easy to apply, non sticky and has SPF 30.

1 – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation so far, this is the best foundation I ever owned. It’s long lasting, beautiful finish, medium coverage. The only downside is that it has a bit of fragrance and alcohol so be careful if your skin is sensitive. My skin didn’t react, although it is very sensitive.

This is it! My top 10 best buys of 2012? What are yours?

My first FOTW video

Hi everyone!

This is my first FOTW video, I hope you will enjoy it:

Last week I tried to keep it simple, but also discovered and eyeshadow combination that I really like.

The full list of products is:

Brushes used:

Boots Clearance / Weekend Trip

This weekend I went to Italy for a short break (three days) with my boyfriend.
We left London at 6:30 AM, on Saturday morning and we got back at 11:30 PM on Monday night.

We had only hand luggage with us, so this time I had to really bring down the number of make up and skin care items. (See here what I packed last time for 4 days).

I already had in my mind a virtual list of what to take, including my Naked Palette and some skin care samples.
But on Friday, in my lunch break at Boots I see these on clearance:

Boots on clearance items

I bought all of these for 6£:

  • No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm (30 ml)
  • No7 Time Resisting Day cream (15ml)
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum (5ml)
  • No7 (for men) Protect & Perfect Moisturising Eye cream (3ml)
  • No7 extreme length mascara (4.5 ml)
  • No7 Smoky Rose Quad
  • No7 High Shine lip gloss in Smile (8ml)
  • No7 40 Khaki Stay Perfect shadow (1.5 g)

Additionally I brought with me:

Additional make up

Additional make up

It might seem a lot but I fitted all the brushes and make up compacts into the pouch neatly. The skin care items and foundation went to a standard airport clear bag. The final result was something like this:

That’s all!

And that was it!

For three days it was exactly what I needed, plus at the airport I got free samples of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum.

Finally, some images from Italy (sorry for the quality of some):

The shoes!

The chocolate

Street market

The buildings…

PS: I’ve been good and I didn’t shop too much!
How was your weekend?

Top 5 Most Used – April 2012

Top 5 Most Used Products in April

Top 5 Most Used Products in April

I already posted a video for this on Youtube, sorry that I’m so late on the blog!
It’s just that I wanted to take some decent photos for you!

This month I started using more eyeshadow, however no eyeshadows made the list.
Here are the products:

What did you like the most in April?

More photos and swatches here:

Brushes of the week (4)

Brushes of the week - click on image to enlarge

This week it’s back to full make up!

The brushes I used are:

  • Shu Uemura foundation brush: still my favorite foundation brush.
  • E.l.f. studio stippling brush
  • Laura Mercier blush brush: I’m getting use to it now, maybe I won’t be looking for another blush brush after all.
  • Space.NK contour brush: I’m still not convinced by this brush
  • Superdrug face brush
  • MAC 217
  • Urban Decay shadow brush
  • E.l.f blending eye brush
  • Laura Mercier duo brush: I like the blending end of the brush, less the other end.
  • Eco tools eyeliner brush

Have a nice Sunday everyone!

Brushes of the week (3)

This week I only used three brushes.
First of all, my eyes were too irritated to use any make up, so I skipped the step completely.
The second reason is that I didn’t have much time.

The three magic brushes for this week are:

  • Shu Uemura foundation brush
  • e.l.f. studio stippling brush
  • Laura Mercier blush brush: I think week after week I like this brush more!

All make up I used this week was: primer, foundation, concealer.
As a last step, I curled my lashes every day.

All about lips day 6: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited

Name and shade:
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited – shade 369 vivid hot pink

Price and availability:
£20 at the Shu Uemura online store

Colour description:
It’s exactly what it says on the “tin”! A very vivid pink.

It is very pigmented, although it’s creamy in the same time.

Long lasting?
No, but it does last for a few hours.

What I like about it?
Ok, so this is not the colour I ordered. I actually ordered the 359, and they sent me the 369 by mistake. But when I got in my mail, I just couldn’t part with it.
It’s a very nice creamy texture, and the colour, well, it is just beautiful.

What I don’t like about it?
No complaints with this one!


All about Lips day 4: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine

Name and shade:
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in BR 775 S

Price and availability:
9£ on sale at Space NK

Colour description:
Brown with golden shimmer.

Very sheer.

Long lasting?

What I like about it?
The colour looks scary but when applied is very sheer and looks pretty nice. It is nice for day wear.
What I don’t like about it?
I bought this lipstick only because it was on sale. Not sure if I would pay full price for it.


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