Essence "Winter Dreamin" - PREVIEW

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Let's head to the mountains! From mid December 2017 to January 2018, the new trend edition "winter dreamin" is sure to put you in the mood for a day in the snow - with crisp, clean air and the sun's rays gently warming your face. And we're bringing along lots of pampering beauty products in pastel shades with cute snowflake designs and Norwegian style patterns.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Eyeshadow Palette

Twelve highly pigmented nude tones with matt, metallic and shimmering effects in a top-quality packaging.  The included eyeshadow brush makes it easy to apply and blend creamy textures.

Available in 01 Warm Blankets & Hot Chocolate.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Inner Eye Rim Pencil


The longlasting eye pencil is applied along the waterline for an instant wake-up effect.

Available in 01 Snowflake Kisses, 02 Sleigh Rides & Snowball Fights.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Sheer Lipstick



The lipsticks in a wintery packaging come in soft colours and offer a light shine.

Available in 01 Hot Cocoa & Fuzzy Socks, 02 Girlstalk At The Fireplace.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Nail Sticker


Norwegian-style patterns, hot chocolate and sleighs are here to adorn the nails - thanks to the cute nail stickers.

Available in 01 Sprinkle Me With Snowflakes.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Snow Ball Topcoat


Applied on top of nail polish, the top coat conjures-up a cute snowflake look on the nails. A donation will be made to the charity Off Road Kids for every instagram post of a wintery snowflake designs with #mynails4charity.

Available in 01 Ready, Set, Snow.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Nail Polish


The wintery nail polish colours in pine green, dark purple, ice blue and rosewood are fast-drying and create a longlasting manicure with a high coverage.

Available in 01 Cozy Mountain Mornings, 02 Hot Cocoa & Fuzzy Socks, 03 Sleigh Rides & Snowball Fights, 04 Girlstalk At The Fireplace.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - 2 in 1 Highlighter And Blush Powder

This highlighter and blush comes in an innovative duo packaging and creates a fresh complexion like you've just taken a walk in the cool morning air.

Available in 01 A December To Remember.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Fluffy Snow Touch Hand Cream


The innovative hand cream texture feels as light as fresh powder snow and makes the hands feel soft and supple.

Available in 01 Ready, Set, Snow.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Heat Pack

The reusable mini heat pack provides warmth for 60 minutes after activation to keep hands nice and warm in the wintertime.

Available in 01 Cold Days, Warm Hearts.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Colour Correcting Powder


This correcting powder made up of three colours optimizes the complexion, reduces redness and conjures-up fresh accents for a flawless look - even at sub zero temperatures.

Available in 01 Footprints In The Snow.


Essence "Winter Dreamin" - Lip Butter


Dry lips are a thing of the past thanks to the rich, pampering lip butter.

Available in 01 Snowflake Kisses.

The top 3 ways that LED light therapy can help you

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Hey guys, a little bit different topic today, but very interesting indeed!

With the advancement of technology, numerous solutions to beauty and skin related problems are on the rise. The use of LED light therapy, which was previously used for speeding up the healing of wounds and muscle regeneration by NASA and Navy Seals is currently used in beauty therapy and has become quite common among celebrities and many women. Light Emitting Diode is a light treatment used to rejuvenate skin. The LED releases infrared light which come in different colors is directed to the skin benefiting your skin in the following ways.

1. Reduces acne

LED light therapy offers an affordable and painless method of getting rid of acne and scars. The blue light spectrum destroys the bacteria located deep under the skin which causes acne. The light activates porphyrins, which destroy acne producing bacteria (P. acnes) preventing acne. Both blue and red light are used in acne treatment. Red light penetrates deeper into the skin reaching the sebaceous glands, shrinking them, which reduces the amount of sebum that is released. Acne is a stubborn skin condition, but with repeated sessions and exposure to LED light, P.acnes is destroyed.
LED light therapy is different from laser treatment and since no chemicals are involved, it is one of the ideal ways to prevent and reduce acne breakouts.

Source: Google.com

2. Anti Aging effects

Many women are looking for effective ways to maintain a healthy and young skin to improve their appearance. Collagen production reduces with age and elastin fibers which hold the skin together diminish affecting the skin’s elasticity, causing the skin to sag. With the use of the red light therapy, which boosts blood circulation in the skin, allows nutrients into your skin, improving your overall skin health, you can improve your overall skin appearance.
Aside from that, the red light repairs cells that cause discoloration resulting in an even skin tone, reduce photodamage from harsh sun rays. It also increases the production of elastin and collagen smoothing wrinkles and frown lines resulting in a flawless youthful look. The green light inhibits the production of excess melanin smoothing out your skin.

3. Boosts the healing process

Scars, bruises, and marks from other treatments make many people uncomfortable. LED light therapy is one of the treatments that can boost your body’s healing process and reduce the redness and bruises left after undergoing other treatments such as laser therapy. Red light therapy offers the best wavelength for the healing process.
Pure Smile offers you skin rejuvenation treatments and an opportunity to attain flawless skin with led light therapy. LED light therapy is one of the easiest and quickest treatments for the skin and is a great choice. The different wavelengths that are used in light therapy can improve your body and skin in various ways depending on which skin problem you would want to be treated.
Blue, green and red lights have different functions and effects, but they both activate processes in the skin that helps in detoxification. Detoxification improves blood circulation, allowing nutrients to be transported into cells, giving the skin a glowing and healthy look.


Source:google.com

Hope you enjoyed and learned something different today :)

Best,
Katja

New In - October

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Hey guys :)

Finally a post about what I bought in the month of October :))


Balea Mizellen Augen Makeup Entferner Pads
Balea Mizellen Reinigungs Tucher


Balea Tuchmaske Cool Melon
Balea Tuchmaske Fancy Pomegranate
Balea Tuchmaske "Born To Be Lazy" LE
Balea Tuchmaske mit Aktivkohle


Kiko CC Cream Cushion System 
Kiko Eyebrow Fiber


Balea Extra Dry Deodorant
Balea Sensitive Deodorant


Parodontax Classic Toothpaste


Subrina Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
Balea Sweet Berry Rasiergel


Balea Chai Tea Vanilla Maske
Balea Anti-pickel Warme Maske
Balea Anti-pickel Pell Off maske


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink


Balea Milde Seife
Balea After Sun Dusche

And that's all guys, really just some everyday things I needed to pick up and some new products that hit our stores ;)

Have a lovely day <3
Katja

REVIEW: Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

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Hey everyone!

Today's review is about the product that I got in my LookFantastic beauty box.  It's about the Illamasqua gel sculpt in shade Silhouette. It's not a full size.


You get 8g of product with a full size and it costs 32,50€, which is expensive, I know. 


The first ingredient is water, second one is a moisturizing ingredient and many others. Palmitic acid can be acne causing ingredient as well as stearic acid. It also contains yellow, red and blue pigments. All in all there are actually good ingredients in this product.


Take off the cap and you’ll find a cylinder of solid gel (it reminds me of roll-on deodorant) with a fresh floral smell. I sometimes apply it directly on my face and sometimes I take a brush, both work just as fine. In the tube, Silhouette looks a terrifying black colour but this actually translates to a soft grey/brown when on the skin.


The only thing is that it's very sheer, so I don't think it would show up on darker skintones, although Illamasqua claims it's universally flattering It's amazing for everyday, natural contour and it's easy to build it up.

It's also very light, almost creamy in texture. It is a one shade only product but I've seen it being used on all sorts of skin tones and somehow it just seems to work on everyone. I have no idea what magic powers they've put inside Silhouette but I'm loving whatever it is! 


Because of the gel formula, this seems to sink into the skin making it look really natural, like you're not wearing any makeup at all. It's  also great if you have dry skin as it doesn't leave a powdery residue, but also lasts well on oillier skins due to the water resistent formula.



CONS:
- only one shade, darker tones may not find it suitable
- expensive


PROS:
- blends easily
- you can build it up
- looks very natural
- lasts well (water resistant)

To conclude, I never found a product for contouring that looks as natural as this gel sculpt from Illamasqua. It's perfect and I would totally buy it when I finish this one that I got in my LF box. Thank you LF for introducing me to one amazing product again!

Have you tried this, what do you think about it?

Happy Monday <3
Katja

Essence "Counting Stars" TE - PREVIEW

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Reach for the stars! The sky shines in a purple blue, the stars sparkle and the sound of last night’s party still echoes softly in the distance. The new trend edition “counting stars” by essence whisks you away to the big city and its dreamy atmosphere at dawn. The sparkling beauty pieces with shimmer effects and star prints are inspired by that special moment when night turns into day.



Essence "Counting Stars" - Highlighter & Eyeshadow Trio

A trio palette consisting of eyeshadow and highlighter with a soft texture for radiant eye make-up styles.

Available in 01 Make Your Own Magic, 02 A Sky Full Of Stars.


Essence "Counting Stars" - Star Shot Lip Topper


Iridescent pigments reflect the light, sparkle like the stars and create full, voluminous lips. Applied as a topper or on its own, it makes the lips look ready to party without feeling sticky.

Available in 01 Live, Love, Sparkle.


Essence "Counting Stars" - Star Lipstick


The lipstick with a high coverage and a soft formula creates a glamorous look in red or purple – also a visual highlight thanks to the cool star-shape of the lipstick.

Available in 01 Bring The Glam On, 02 Shine Bright.


Essence "Counting Stars" - Glitter Nail File


The glitter nail file is ideal for shaping and shortening the nails – and it adds a touch of glamour to any cosmetics bag!

Available in 01 Glitter Is My Favourite Colour.


Essence "Counting Stars" - Water Based Top Coat



    Transparent top coat; absolutely essential for fixing the magic mirror effect nail pigments in place to create a long-lasting look.
    Available in 01 Dance Till Dawn.

    Essence "Counting Stars" - Magic Mirror Effect Nail Pigment



    The ultra-fine, metallic pigments create trendy duo-chrome styles or iridescent effects on the nails – as magical as a starlit night. Fix in place with the water-based top coat.

    Available in 01 A Sky Full Of Stars, 02 Shine Bright, 03 Holo, It's me.


    Essence "Counting Stars" - Jelly Highlighter


    The highlighter with a special memory jelly texture practically melts with the skin to create a shimmering glow.

    Available in 01 Stars In A Jar.


    Essence "Counting Stars" - Silicone Makeup Sponge


    Innovative silicon sponge in a star-look for the smooth application of liquid or creamy make-up textures. Washable and reusable.

    Available in 01 Reach For The Stars.


    Essence "Counting Stars" - Star Hair Swirls


    The pretty golden stars can be twisted into the hair with ease to create a look with star appeal. Easy to remove again

    Available in 01 Rising Stars.

    REVIEW: Avon Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer

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    Hey everyone :)

    Avon recently launched their first liquid lipsticks in both, matte and shine versions. I decided to buy one of the matte shades since I wanted to try them out. I got mine in shade Dare To Be Bare.


    In each range, shine and matte there are 10 shades to chose from. The packaging is transparent plastic with a black matte top. Reminds me of nail polish packaging. You get 7 ml of product for the regular price of 9,50€, but they're on sale for 4,90€.


    The applicator has a petal shape and I do like it. It has quite thick formula and you need just one swipe for full opacity.


    The finish is definitely true matte and it also doesn't feel sticky at all. I like the fact that it feels very lightweight and you really forget you have it on. It's not drying like many other liquid lipsticks are.

    I like the shade range since you can get some beautiful reds, violets, pinks or nudes. It also has slightly fruity scent.


    Shade Dare To Be Bare is a darker nude and it's perfect for everyday wear. The only thing I really hate about it and I can't get over it, is the fact that it's not longlasting at all. It stays on my lips for about an hour but that's the longest I've gotten with it. It's not kiss proof either. For the price, I expected more since you can get some Essence lipsticks that are better.


    PROS:
    - nice range of colours
    - matte and shine
    - lightweight
    - doesn't dry your lips


    CONS:
    - not longlasting at all
    - not kiss proof

    All in all, it depends on you. If you don't mind the fact that you will have to take it everywhere with you since it disappears off your lips very soon after applying, than go for it, it's perfect for you then! It's unfortunately not for me and I won't be buying more.

    Have you tried this already? Let me know :)
    Katja

    Empties #35

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    Hello <3

    Today I have another empties post for you. I didn't find time to write it in October so I've been accumulating these for two months now. I gathered a lot to be honest, but I'm happy because I'm working on using things up and not buying many.


    Balea Fruity Dream Rasiergel - a limited edition shaving cream from Balea. I always buy these since they're affordable, smell nice and working great.

    Repurchase: Not this scent, but another.

    Balea Mizellen ReinigungsTucher - cleansing wipes, but this ones are with micellar water. These are amazing, quite pricey though about 2€. But I do buy them from time to time, since they are a time saver.

    Repurchase: I did already.


    Olea Orchid & Cashmere Shower Gel - it smelled nice but otherwise I didn't like it as much as I like Balea shower gels which are around the same price. 

    Repurchase: No.

    Balea After Sun Duschgel - my forever repurchased shower gel. Smells like coconut and I can never get enough of it :D 

    Repurchase: Forever.


    Avon Senses Andalusioan Bliss Shower Creme - an average shower gel, nothing special about it.

    Repurchase: Nop.

    Balea Bahamas Dream Duschgel - another summery shower gel that I did really enjoy. Would totally recommend you trying the Balea shower gels if you haven't already!

    Repurchase: I think this was limited edition.


    Avon Sun - a sunscreen with  SPF 50. I'm not decided on this one, it was more "meh". Smelled like alcohol and I'm not sure it did much for me, since the sun burned me pretty bad. I was in Egypt this summer though so I'm not sure :P

    Repurchase: Maybe, not sure.

    MojDan Tropic Liquid Soap - wasn't a big fan of the scent and the soap was average. Did the job.

    Repurchase: No.


    Subrina Recept Anti Dandruff Shampoo - I did like this shampoo. I have to tell you first I have a problem with dandruff plus I have oily hair. This didn't remove my dandruff completely, but it did help me a bit plus it really cleaned my hair since I didn't have to wash them every 2 days.

    Repurchase: I might.

    Kerastase Shampoo - unfortunately I did not like this one. I got it in one of my LookFantastic beauty boxes. I think it would be more suitable for dry/normal hair not for oily hair with dandruff problem. It just made my hair oily faster.

    Repurchase: No.


    Mojdan Cleansing Wipes - I buy these regularly since they're affordable and do the job ;)

    Repurchase: I did already.

    Balea Sweet Mango Tuchmaske - recently Balea came out with three Tuchmaske. One of them is this sweet mango that I already tried. I did like it, especially for the price which is 0,99€. My skin felt nice, soft and moisturized.

    Repurchase: Maybe in the future.


    Balea Q10 Anti-Falten & Energy Maske - I did like this mask, my skin felt soft and really nice after using it.

    Repurchase: Maybe, but I do like to try different ones.

    Muller Face Mask - I'm sorry I don't know the proper name of this one. It smelled nice and felt nice as well. Average mask.

    Repurchase: No.



    BalanceMe Balancing Face Moisturiser - got it in LookFantastic beauty box. I liked the fact that it had good ingredients, 99% of them were natural as well. Otherwise it was a nice moisturiser, but nothing special.

    Repurchase: No.

    SkinChemists 24hour Aqua Repair Facial Serum - again got it in LF box. Thought it was nice, but didn't do miracles to my skin.

    Repurchase: No.

    Decleor Hydra Floral Hydrating Gel Cream - was also in my LF box. This one felt better on my skin than the two previous ones. I enjoyed the floral scent and I might consider buying the full size. It's quite pricey though.

    Repurchase: Maybe.



    Essence Anti - Spot Moisturizer - bought it because it was on sale. And it was ok for the price point :)

    Repurchase: No.

    Mercator Cleansing Milk - you won't believe me when I tell you but.. this cleansing milk actually helped me when I had terrible acne in high school. It was the only thing with tea tree line of products from Oriflame that worked for me. I was so thankful because I really tried everything to that point, even some highly expensive products.

    Repurchase: Not at the moment, even though this is an excellent product.


    Balea Pink Pomelo Deospray - always buying the Balea deodorants because they're awesome for the price.

    Repurchase: Another scent.

    Avon MagiX Prime And Set Spray - I really love this spray. I didn't notice it prolonging my makeup but I spray it all over my face when I finish getting ready and it makes the foundation look wonderful, even though it sometimes looks cakey before. Would totally recommend!

    Repurchase: I did.



    Avon Face Perfector - some people really swear on this one so I decided to buy it. To me, it wasn't worth it. I have enormous pores to be honest, but this didn't help me. All it did was it did a bit mattified my skin but that's all.

    Repurchase: No.

    MonuSkin Rosewood Reviving Mist - I love face mists like this one. Had a pleasant scent and I could smell it for a few hours.

    Repurchase: Maybe.


    Elf Flawless Finish Foundation - Sand - this was too dark for me until this summer when I got a lot tanner than usual. Then this was the only foundation that actually matched me. I loved it, the finish, the coverage, everything was really nice about it.

    Repurchase: I will in a lighter shade.

    Maybelline Affinitone Concealer - loved this one as well. Really nice coverage and it stayed in place the whole day.

    Repurchase: Maybe.


    Oriflame Tea Tree Concealer - this had two sides to it, one green and one normal colour. Unfortunately I did not like it, this is the only thing from Tea tree range that I didn't like.

    Repurchase: No.

    Nivea Original Creme - thick cream that is perfect for dry skin. My boyfriend loves it and he has very dry skin. It's really nice, plus the scent of Nivea products is amazing :)

    Repurchase: Yes in the future.


    Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner - black - love this glimmersticks eyeliners, they're easy to use and don't smudge on me. I always use them for tightlining my lashes.

    Repurchase: I will yes.

    Catrice Glam & Doll Sparkling Lashes Mascara - loved this mascara so much. It was a sparkling version of glam & doll mascara, but didn't have many sparkles. I love it for the volume it gives to my lashes and it separates them nicely.

    Repurchase: I did, but the regular glam & doll version.


    Avon Colortrend Lipstick - not sure of the name, but it was a dark vampy violet shade. Loved the shade for autumn, but unfortunately it broke. Plus I had it for quite a while so it was time for it to go.

    Repurchase: Not available anymore.

    Essence Lipstick - also don't know the name, sorry. It was a pinky shade and I don't really enjoy pink shades on my lips, I think they don't flatter me at all. I had it for a long time, so it was time to throw it in the trash.

    Repurchase: No.

    Aloa Lipbalm - don't know the brand, I think I got it as a gift with purchase. I didn't like it, it was very hard and basically did nothing to my lips.

    Repurchase: No.


    Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste - this toothpaste was actually really nice. I liked it, however I have problems with bleeding gums and that's why I always use Parodontax toothpaste.

    Repurchase: No.

    Playboy Perfume - my boyfriend bought me this one and I did enjoy the scent. I also think the design of the bottle is really cute :)

    Repurchase: No, I like to try different perfumes.


    Oriflame Powershine Lip Crayon - Glazed Strawberry - for the life of me I couldn't sharpen this crayon. I think it was suppose to be an automatic one, but it doesn't work on mine.. Not sure what happened there :D I did like the shade though.

    Repurchase: No.

    Avon Lipstick Sample - Warm Honey - loved this brown shade.

    Purchase: Maybe.

    Uniq Perfume Sample - 25 - I didn't enjoy this one, too strong for me.

    Purchase: Nop.


    Oriflame Eyelash Curler - I like this curler, does the job.

    Repurchase: I did yes.


    And that's all guys, we finally came to the end :D I did use up a lot, and I'm really happy about that :)

    Have a lovely day <3
    Katja