Spring 2016 Beauty Haul

MAD HIPPIE VITAMIN C SERUM

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I was looking for an effective but gentle brightening and smoothing serum with Vitamin C, and I have found it. I’ve been using this product for the past few weeks and I can already see a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. I just love how it brighten my dull complexion, smooth my skin, minimizes my discoloration spots, tighten my pores and just makes my skin flawless without irritating it.

KYPRIS BEAUTY EXILIXIR I 1000 ROSES

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This beauty oil’s price is truly eye-watering (90$ for small size, 225$ for full size) but it is so effective I no longer sob about it. I received a sample version of it when I ordered the Antioxidant Dew Serum and I just ordered the full size. This facial oil is just perfect in every single way : beautiful packaging, cruelty-free, very effective, nice ingredients, wonderful but not overwhelming rose scent. It brings back moisture to dry skin, heals damaged/irritated skin, minimizes redness, strengthen skin’s barrier, firm and plump the skin, reduces skin’s sensitivity. The fine lines under my eyes aren’t as visible as before and my skin looks firmer and more supple. It provides amazing results on its own, but it’s even better when mixed with another serum of the brand, like the Antioxidant Dew (gosh I love this one as well), or mixed with another facial oil like the Green Keratin Supercharged Triple Rosehip Oil for an intense SPA-like facial massage. My face often looks puffy and bloated, especially in warm weather, but I noticed a huge improvement by massaging my face with 3 drops of this oil + 3 drops of the Green Keratin oil for 10 minutes every two nights for a week. I’m usually not too keen on spending so much money on a skincare product (expect if it’s one from Hera, maybe) but I will repurchase this gem without a single doubt.

THAYERS ALCOHOL-FREE ROSE WITCH HAZEL TONER

Thayers’s toners are famous worldwide, and once you try them it’s not hard to understand why. They’re cheap, effective, gentle and non-irritating or at least for most people. This gentle rose toner soothes and heals irritated skin with rose water and aloe vera, moisturizes the skin with vegetable glycerin, minimizes sebum production and clogged pores with witch hazel and grapefruit seed extracts. My skin flushes easily because of warm weather, and to prevent it I keep a spray bottle I got at Sephora with some of the toner in it in my fridge to refresh my skin throughout the day. It doesn’t disturb my makeup at all, but instead enhance the lasting power of my foundation and tighten my pores. I also love to use it as a lotion mask every two days to brighten my skin. Available in Europe here.

TOO FACED HANGOVER PRIMER

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I wanted to give my makeup routine a bit of an update so I decided to pick up the Too Faced Hangover Primer at Sephora. It quickly became one of my all-time favorite moisturizing primer and I’ve been using it almost every single day for the past two weeks. It’s silicone-free and leaves the skin incredibly smooth and moisturized. I love to use it underneath a thin layer of the Hera CC Cream or Urban Decay Naked Weightless Foundation to achieve a beautiful no-makeup and fashion bridesmaid dresses spring look. Available at Macy’s and Sephora.

 

LANEIGE CC CREAM

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For days when I only want to wear very minimal makeup I always reach out to this base. It is barely pigmented but does an excellent job at brightening dull complexion, moisturizing and smoothing the skin. I also use it as a primer underneath a heavier CC/BB cream or foundation and it works a treat at adding radiance. I purchased the two shades available, Peach Pink and Pure Beige, and while Pure Beige fits perfectly those with neutral to yellow undertones Peach Pink is great for eliminating yellow tones in Asian skin.

 

URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW HIGHLIGHTER

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Everyone has been talking about UD’s 2016 Spring Collection lately and now I totally understand why. My boyfriend got me the shade Aura at Sephora, a gorgeous light icy pink with cool lilac undertones in it, and I instantly fell in love with it. Unlike most highlighters this one doesn’t turn me into a disco ball if I apply too much and is easily buildable & blendable. I really love how it gives instant luminous glow without shimmers or glitters fallout. Fireball is next on my purchase list! Available at Macy’s and Sephora.

 

URBAN DECAY ONE & DONE HYBRID COMPLEXION PERFECTOR

I never thought I would purchase another tinted moisturizer than the Hera CC Cream (because you know, Hera is ♥) but Serein Wu’s fantastic review made me run to the nearest Sephora store to purchase it. Most of my foundations tend to smudge, crease and accentuate my fine lines by the end of the day in hot weather but this one doesn’t. The coverage is very sheer but it does even out skintone and brighten my dull complexion beautifully.

 

ARITAUM SHINE FIX EYES EYESHADOWS

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These super long lasting glittery creamy/powdery eyeshadows are so beautiful I had a really hard time choosing between all the shades available. While I’m not a fan of glitters, especially when it comes to eyeshadows, I love how easy it is to create a sultry look with these eyeshadows without looking like a teenager in crisis. The colour selection is truly stunning, the formula is between cream and powder and doesn’t smudge/budge/crease at all even on oily eyelids. Most shades aren’t very pigmented and provides just a hint of color with a beautiful glossy finish, but are even better as eyeshadow toppers. I purchased shade 21 Flower Sands, a beautiful white beige with gold & white shimmers, and shade 24 Misty Pink, a gorgeous dusty pink with iridescent glitters. I love to use Misty Pink on top of Benefit Dandelion (which I use as an eyeshadow) or Hera Creamy Stick Shadow in Sugared Pink, and Flower Sands on the inner corners to really open up and brighten my eyes. I already ordered six more shades, because these eyeshadows are truly perfect. Available here and here.

 

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GIOVANNI 2CHIC ULTRA-SLEEK SHAMPOO

Giovanni has been my favorite hair care brand for my human hair lace wigs from veryhair for years (if you never tried their Smooth As Silk Shampoo you need to get your hands on it asap!) and I pretty much love everything from them. I recently made the huge mistake of purchasing a drugstore shampoo, Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo, and I deeply regret it as it made my hair extremely dry, dull and brittle. Yuck! First thing I did after this catastrophe was to purchase a new Giovanni Shampoo, and instead of the Smooth As Silk I picked up this one. It moisturizes and smooths my very rebellious thick dry hair, enhances shine, reduces frizz and is totally safe for color treated hair. I often dye my hair jet black (my natural color is dark brown with copper undertones) and this shampoo is pretty much the only one that makes my hair color last longer. It doesn’t make my hair tangle-free nor extremely soft, but I love what it does to damaged hair and how it cleans without stripping hair of moisture. Available in Europe here.

GIOVANNI SMOOTH AS SILK DEEPER MOISTURE CONDITIONER

I just love, love LOVE how gorgeous my hair looks like after I use this conditioner. It makes hair extremely manageable, tangle-free, shiny, healthy, extremely soft and smooth. Available in Europe here.

GIOVANNI DIRECT LEAVE-IN WEIGHTLESS MOISTURE CONDITIONER

Just in case you are wondering this post is not sponsored by Giovanni, I just happen to adore all of their hair products. I wasn’t too fond of thick leave-in conditioners as I only use oils or serums, but this product totally made me change my mind. It doesn’t weigh hair down or greasy but instead nourishes, hydrates and leaves hair shiny, 100% tangle-free and just beautiful. A must for dry, damaged hair. Available in Europe here.

TANGLE TEEZER

I still wonder why it took me so long to buy this wonderful brush. As someone with long, thick hair very prone to tangling (and not just minor tangles, within minutes after brushing my hair I can’t even run my fingers through it) this detangling brush is truly a savior as it effortlessly detangles hair without pain. This is hands down the most effective and painless tool I have ever used against tangles.

MACADAMIA DEEP REPAIR MASQUE

After hearing so many good things about this hair mask I decided to finally purchase it and while I’m not disappointed in it I find it a little overpriced. It does pretty much what every hair masks do, meaning leaving hair silky smooth, more manageable and shiny. While the overall appearance of my hair has improved, Lush H’Suan Wen Hua and Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease gave me the same kind of results or better.

GREEN KERATIN JASMIN BODY OIL

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My dry skin always needs a boost of moisture all year long, and this body oil keeps my skin supple, soft, shiny and very smooth. Have I mentioned the incredibly sexy jasmine scent that lasts all day long? I never forget to use it whenever I decide to wear a skirt or a short as it leaves my legs very shiny and beautiful. It is formulated without mineral oil and absorbs into the skin in a matter of minutes. It contains Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Rose Geranium Leaf Oil, Organic Blood Orange Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Jojoba Oil.

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