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Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night

April 2nd, 2018|

The Roman Night is the third fragrance in Bvlgari’s Goldea line (the other two being Goldea and Rose Goldea) which is inspired by the natural brilliance of gold. This perfume was launched in September 2017 and the face of the campaign is Bella Hadid.

The legendary perfumer, Alberto Morillas, is behind this fragrance (he has also created some of the iconic scents such as Armani Acqua di Gio, Cartier La Panthere and Calvin Klein CK One). Morillas has created the fragrance that pays tribute to the Eternal City of Rome at a festive and starry night which evokes the exuberant energy and sensually romantic mood at the same time. This magic potion is dedicated to a woman who is the new goddess of the night, a spontaneous and instinctive woman who stands by her choices.

The black and gold bottle is classically styled, featuring the “Serpenti” (the spirit animal of the Goldea Collection) which winds its way around the top of the bottle. The cap is transparent and encircled by a black line. This design is simple, refined and appealing.

The Roman Night is a modern, elegant, chypre floral musk fragrance. Top notes include mulberry and black peony. Night blooming jasmine and tuberose absolute (also nocturnal flower) are at the heart of this perfume while black musk, patchouli and Haitian vetiver make the base and add a touch of masculinity.

I love this combination of fruity and floral notes with sensual and powerful woody notes. This is a charismatic contemporary fragrance which is also sensual, mysterios and seductive. The longevity is average and therefore, you will have to spritz it a few times during the day. It is not too heavy, but I prefer to wear it during night time..

The fragrance comes in a bottle of 30m; 50ml and 75ml. I bought a gift set which includes Goldea The Roman Night Eau de Parfum 50ml and the purse spray 15ml. It is available at Beauty Line Cyprus for the price of 92,00EUR.

Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation

March 19th, 2018|

Dior has recently launched their Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation. This is a 24 hour, full coverage water-based foundation with a matte finish, suitable for all skin types. It contains the highest level of pigments out of all of Dior’s foundations and the water-based formula creates a weightless finish.

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up, describes the new foundation: “Incorporated in a very fluid texture, the high concentration of pigments ensures perfect blemish correction. What’s very new for such a high-coverage product is that you don’t feel or see it. The finish is fresh, and matte enough so that you don’t need powder.”

This foundation comes in a range of 24 shades, from the lightest to the darkest. I bought the one in shade 025 – Soft Beige – Light and I also tried the one in shade 020 Light Beige – Light. 020 was too light and 025 has a bit of yellowish undertone on me. I think the most suitable shade for me would be something between these two, but here, in Beauty Line Cyprus, they do not have the full range of shades. I would also say that this foundation is medium coverage, easily buildable to the full coverage with a second layer. I wore it for about 10 hours the longest. It gives me a matte look which is not cakey. It does not settle into lines and pores and it is transfer proof.  I only have to touch up my nose with the powder after a few hours into wearing as it becomes shiny (I have combination skin).

The bottle is plastic with a nozzle. I like it as it is not heavy and fragile and it is very convenient for on the go. The foundation is a bit pricey (it costs 45,00EUR), but you get what you paid for and you also get 40ml, an extra 10ml as foundations are normally 30ml.

I am impressed with this foundation as it gives me a flawless, medium to full coverage matte look that feels very lightweight on the face and it is long lasting.

Bean Body Coffee Bean Scrub

March 5th, 2018|

Bean Body is an Australian company founded by a group of young talented cosmetic enthusiasts who believe that everyone deserves affordable all-natural and high-quality cosmetic products which actually work.

Bean Body craft a range of coffee bean scrubs in various scents such as coconut, vanilla, coco berry, mandarin, manuca honey and peppermint. All the scrubs are vegan friendly, cruelty free, and without parabens.

Some of the ingredients and their benefits are the following:

Caffeine (it stimulates the blood flow and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots and varicose veins).

Demerara sugar and himalayan salt (these exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells).

Coconut oil (it hydrates and moisturises the skin).

Cocoa and vitamin E (they are high in antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin, promoting cell repair and rejuvenation).

The scrubs are suitable for use all over the face and body and they come in re-seable pouches of 220g.

I have received a sample of Bean Body Coconut Coffee Scrub in one of my Lookfantastic Beauty Boxes. The scrub is a little bit coarse and looks like used coffee beans. To use, you simply rub a handful of scrub onto dump skin in circular massage motions focusing on problem areas such as areas with stretchmarks, age spots or where you have breakouts and then leave it to dry for five minutes before rinsing it off. The dead skin cells are gently buffed away leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother while the oils add moisture and nourish your skin. The coconut scent is quite subtle and the coffee one is prevailing, so not only your skin, but the whole bathroom smells rather nice of invigorating coffee.

The only downside of using this scrub is that it is a bit messy (this goes for all coffee scrubs) and every time you use it, you will have to clean your shower or bath tub afterwards.

Bean Body Coffee Scrubs are available from Bean Body Australia, Bean Body Global and Lookfantastic.com and they sell for about 18,00EUR.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs

February 19th, 2018|

Decadence by Marc Jacobs was launched in 2015 in collaboration with the perfumers Annie Buzantian and Ann Gottllieb.

This is a sensual, sophisticated, luxurious, warm woody scent which seduces with the top notes of Italian plum, golden saffron and iris flower, Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac and orris at the heart of the perfume and warm amber, vetiver and papyrus wood at the base. The rich and elegant composition is addictive and leaves a strong and unforgettable impression.

The emerald-green bottle with python pattern cap and gold chain is inspired by one of the iconic classic Marc Jacobs’ handbags. A black tassel hangs from the chain on the caps of the 50ml and 100ml bottles. The bottle can be carried by the chain as the magnet keeps the cap and the bottle tightly together.

The longevity of Decadence is very impressive. Although the fruity notes disappear around an hour into wear, the warm amber lingers for hours after that. This perfume can be worn all year around as a night time scent and as a day time scent during cooler temperatures. It is perfect for every occasion.

Decadence is distinctive, seductive, memorable and it is the ultimate statement maker.

The face of the campaign is Adriana Lima.

The fragrance is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml Eau de Parfum. The price for a 50ml bottle is 97,00EUR at Beauty Line Cyprus.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder

February 5th, 2018|

I was on the hunt for a good matte lip product and the concept of Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder seemed very interesting and quite different from anything that I have seen and tried so far. It is inspired by backstage make-up artists who press powder over the lipstick to soak up any shine and give a truly matte finish. It has a unique cream-powder formula and it delivers highly pigmented lip colour.

First you should activate the colour by unscrewing the clear cap from the wand and the white lid from the coloured cylindrical cap. Then you should dip the anti-bacterial treated sponge applicator inside the cap to pick up the pigment.

It is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free like any other Clinique product.

I bought the one in the shade of Brown Sugar Pop. Prior to applying it, I had prepped my lips well as suggested by the brand. You can apply the product lightly with the sponge applicator, but you can build up layers for more intensity as well. You should do this quickly as it stains and dries fast. The creamy texture turns into the powder with the matte finish. The applicator is hard to work with as it is rather squishy and this makes the application a little challenging. In order not to spread the powder over the edge of your lips, I would recommend the use of a lip pencil first. The pigmentation is great and the texture feels nice on the lips, but the product can go on unevenly and patchy. It has a decent staying power, but it is not transfer-proof and it comes off with food and drinks. While wearing it, my lips felt quite drying and each and every line was accentuated even though I had a coat of lip balm underneath. In my opinion, this product requires too much effort both for putting it on and maintaining it.

I have not tried any colours other than this one, so I cannot tell if they all behave in the same way. The Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder comes in the range of eight shades. I paid for it 23,50EUR at the Beauty Line, but you can find it cheaper online for the price of about 20,00EUR.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Huile Lavante Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil

January 29th, 2018|

La Roche Posay Laboratories created Lipikar range of products about 25 years ago for dry, sensitive and atopy prone skin. This range has proved effective in a number of clinical trials and therefore many dermatologists recommend it. It is suitable for babies, children and adults.

Although it is an oil product, it is not runny at all and it has a gel-like consistency. The cleansing agents in the oil are selected for optimal tolerance. Its formula is enriched with niacinamide which helps to restore the cutaneous barrier of the skin and soothe the tightness and shea butter for intense lipid replenishment. It has neutral pH, it is soap-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free and paraben-free. It is also enriched with thermal spring water and it is 100% hypoallergenic.

You can use it both in the shower or bath. For use in the shower, apply it directly to the moistened skin and gently massage. Alternatively, pour 2-4 cupfuls into the bath water. Gently rinse and pat dry without rubbing.

I received this shower/bath oil as a gift when I purchased some other products online. My skin is normal, but during winter time it becomes dry and I always need to apply a good moisturizer after the shower. With this product, this is not necessary. It leaves my skin soft, nourished and comfortable enough to skip the moisturizer. It does not leave any greasy film. The only downside of this exquisite product is the scent. It smells like edible sunflower oil to me and I can hardly stand it in the shower or bath.

It comes in a 200ml, 400ml and 750ml bottle and it is available in various pharmacies and online. The price may vary and a 200ml bottle costs about 12,00EUR.

Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara

January 22nd, 2018|

I got the travel size of Ciate Wanderwand mascara in the Lookfantastic beauty box and I will definitely order the full size product once I run out of the sample.

This mascara is pure perfection. Its ultra-black, highly blendable formula creates great volume, length and curl. It lifts and separates your lashes. Even one coat with the hourglass shaped wand makes a huge difference. This applicator makes it easy to apply the product on both the inner and outer corner of your lashes at the same time.  Your eyelashes will instantly look longer and fuller.  You can easily add more coats for greater results. It does not clump and it is smudge-free and flake free. It has great staying power as well. It stays put all day while your lashes maintain that freshly applied look.

It is paraben-free, sulfates and phthalates free.

Removing this mascara is easy and effortless (you will not have panda eyes on the next morning).

This is currently my number one mascara.

It is available at lookfantastic.com for the price of about 23,00EUR.

 

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

January 15th, 2018|

NARS Cosmetics radiant creamy concealer is a favourite of both professional make-up artists and make-up enthusiasts. I was looking for a good concealer for ages and I tried many of them, but I was always dissatisfied with something. They were too opaque or too sheen, too dry, cakey or having inadequate undertone. Then a few years ago I came across NARS creamy concealer with the perfect formula.

This concealer is very pigmented and it provides medium to full buildable coverage which is longwearing and it has a luminous lightweight finish. I apply it with a wet beautyblender or my fingers. It blends effortlessly onto the skin minimizing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, hiding dark circles and signs of fatigue.

I set it with a little amount of compact or loose powder and it does not crease at all during the day. Infused with a multi-active botanical blend (including grape seed and magnolia bark extract), it also helps hydrating and firming your skin. Light-diffusing technology evens out the complexion so it looks softer, smoother and radiant.

It is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and it is also paraben-free and sulfate-free.

This concealer comes in a versatile range of 22 shades. You can also use it as a highlighter if you select the one that is two shades lighter than your concealer shade or you can contour your face by using the one two shades deeper.

This is by far the best concealer I have ever tried and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

It is available at Sephora and various online retailers for the price of about 30,00EUR.

TonyMoly

January 8th, 2018|

Korean beauty brands have become extremely popular in recent years and TonyMoly is one of the favourites amongst them.

It is a South Korean beauty company founded in 2006 and it offers a wide range of products including skin, body and hair care products as well as make-up. It is known not only for its adorable packaging (the name of the brand roughly translated means “putting style into packaging”), but for its premium quality products as well.

TonyMoly uses innovative natural and organic ingredients (such as green tree, primrose, honey, coffee, pomegranate etc.) and cutting-edge technologies. They received multiple awards for their formulas. The brand is committed to perfecting skincare through continuous research and ethical practices (they do not test on animals). Its philosophy is to provide beauty products that match modern urban style with the true beauty of women. All products come in colourful cute packages and the manufacturer enhances this appeal by using some of the packages that look like real fruits good enough to eat.

TonyMoly is present across Asia, Europe, Canada, the USA and South America and they are constantly expanding. Their products are available at Sephora (including Sephora Greece and you can make online orders – they ship to Cyprus).

These are the products that I am currently using: Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack, Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm, Egg Pore Tightening Cooling Pack, Appletox Peeling Cream, Magic Food Banana Hand Milk and Cherry Lip Balm (the stalk of the cherry is missing in the photo as it has fallen off).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

December 30th, 2017|

At this festive time of the year, there are many events and parties to attend and if you are looking for a foundation and powder that will keep your make-up flawless for long hours, then Estee Lauder’s Double Wear line is the solution.

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundaton has a long lasting power. It has a lightweight, buildable formula (medium to full coverage) which will not change colour or smudge through heat, humidity and non-stop activity. It has a natural matte finish and SPF 10 sunscreen to protect your skin. It is fragrance free, oil free, non-acnegenic and it has been dermatologist tested.

There is also Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup Compact which can be used both as foundation and setting powder. It is as well fragrance free, oil free and it won’t clog your pores. It has a medium coverage and matte finish. The powder comes with the sponge, but I prefer to use it with a brush because this gives a nicer, more even finish. It is silky smooth and it feels comfortable without drying your skin.

I use this as finishing powder over the liquid foundation with great results for my combination skin as my make-up looks as fresh as when I first applied it without any touch-ups all day.

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