Hair Removal Vol.4: Facial Hair

  1. Waxing: Nice, smooth, long lasting results. Damages the skin if done too often. Can aggravate acne! Best used only for eyebrows and upper lip. Not a good choice for beginners, you can burn yourself or rip off your eyebrows.
  2. Epilating: Same as above, but won’t damage skin. I would not let this anywhere near my eyebrows!
  3. Tweezing: A good choice for keeping up with the shape of your eyebrows. If doing your own shaping, be careful not to over-tweeze! Wouldn’t recommend it for any other kind of facial hair.
  4. Bleaching: Very good method for fine hair on the cheeks, chin, etc.  Use on your upper lip ONLY if you have extremely fine hair, otherwise you will still have a mustache, just a blond one.  Yikes!  Also, also do the allergy test beforehand!
  5. Shaving: Either with creams, small shapers, or electrical trimmers, it’s a fast choice.  Fast, but be careful not to shave off an eyebrow or something. If you have very dark hair, this will leave a grayish shadow under the skin. Hair grows back quickly, but easy to remove again!
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Hair Removal Vol.3: Shaving

Pros

–          Fast.

–          Easy.

–          Cheap.

–          Causes the least amount of ingrown hair (excluding laser hair removal).

 

Cons

–          You can cut yourself if you’re not careful.  No problem with the right razor though.

–          Razor burns, again fixed with the right razor.

–          Needs to be repeated every 2-3 days maximum if you want smooth legs.

 

 

 

Tips

–          Remember that shaving also includes methods other than razors, such as epilating creams, mousses, sprays etc.  These also cut the hairs at their base, not removing it.  They tend to have an awful smell, and be a bit pricey, but they won’t give you any cuts etc! Please do an allergy test first.

–          The BEST razors are razors for MEN.  Trust me.  They are sturdy and last long so are a good value for money.   They are fast, really comfortable and rarely cause cuts of the skin or razor burns.  Ditch your pink girlie ones and go for the men section ladies.  You won’t be disappointed!

–          If you run out of shaving cream, the next best thing is your hair conditioner!!!  It softens the hair, conditions the skin, and makes the razor glide on smoothly.

Hair Removal Vol.2: Epilating

Pros

–          Same smooth results as waxing.

–          Equally long lasting.

–          Inexpensive (I’ve had my epilator for over six years now, it has saved me a ton of money! It’s a one from Braun, my mother has a Remington one but I prefer mine.)

–          Not messy.

–          Doesn’t touch the skin, so won’t strip off your tan.

 

Cons

–          The mere sound of it scares the heck out of people.

–          Painful, but I got used to it with time.

–          If you have a problem with ingrown hair, this will definitely aggravate it.

–          Time consuming if you want to get every little hair, and most of us do.

 

 

 

Tips

 

–          If ingrown hair are a problem for you, then regular exfoliating and moisturizing of the skin will reduce them.

–         Some epilators come with little massage heads or ice packs attached to them to reduce the pain.

–         Others can be used in the shower but I wouldn’t recommend them, as being in the shower doesn’t let you be thorough and remove every little hair.

Blixz Nail Foils

Warning:  If you are one of those people that hates looking at toes, then look away now.  Because I’m about to show you my tootsies.

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So, Blixz are these sticker foil thingies that you stick on your nails, then you file off the rest of the foil at the edge of the nail, and voila!  Pretty nails!

The application is quite easy once you get the hang of it.  The instructions are clear on the package & easy to follow, but if you’re having difficulties there are plenty of YouTube vids you can watch to help you.

They turned out very pretty, if a bit bold for my taste.  I wouldn’t wear this specific black & gold leopard pattern unless I was on vacation, and not on my finger nails, but I would definitely try something more toned town.  I think it’s a great idea over all.

Mine were a gift, but you can find them on amazon and ebay.  I’m not sure if you can get them on their website but check it out www.blixz.com

Pics below, last chance to look away if you’re squeamish about toes!!!

BLIXZ - black & gold leopard

my piggies all blixzed

Have you ever tried these?  What do you think?

UPDATE:  A week later, these are as perfect as the first day I put them on!  And I been walking in the sand, jogging, swimming, etc.  Definitely recommend them for a pedicure while on holidays!

UPDATE No.2:  I removed these 12 days later and they were still looking perfect.  One or two had started to lift just a tiny bit at the edges, but that made them even easier to remove.  Soak them in a bit of aceton before you do so.  Good luck blixzing! xxx

Korres Eyeliner Pencil

I like Korres.  I really do.  Are you on to me yet?

There are products by Korres I don’t like, and I might do a review on them, just so you don’t think I’m full of baloney, but for now…  Here is another Korres product I enjoy using almost everyday.

This is the Eyeliner Long-lasting Cedar wood Pencil in Black. It’s my go to product for daytime because it has the perfect amount of black for a daytime smokey eye and it smudges beautifully. Also, it lasts a good 2-3 hours on the waterline, and even more my top lashline, even without primer, which is a record for my super oily lids. Is lasts longer if set with eyeshadow.

It comes in a variety of colors, but I haven’t tried the rest.  There is also a softer version, labeled “soft”, that I suspect to be blacker if you prefer that, but I’m too afraid to try it in the summer, in fear that it will end up all over my cheeks.

Korres Eyeliner Pencil

swatch in daylight

Lightly smudged around the eye, No primer, No mascara, No eyeshadow

Same as above

What’s your favorite pencil eyeliner?

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

As promised, here is the review of the second of the Bobbi Brown concealers that I own.

All in all, these (the creamy concealer and the corrector) both have the same pros and cons.  Amazing quality products, very good pigmentation and cover everything with their luxurious creaminess.  But, quite expensive, very little product, and crease crease crease if not set with powder.

(I set both of them with elf translucent powder, which I absolutely adore, and a fluffy brush.)

The only difference I see between the two is that the creamy concealer is actually a little LESS creamy than the corrector.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  Right now I’m in Cyprus for vacation and the creamy concealer, which is less creamy, performs better in this hot humid weather.

See pics below, click if you want them larger!

 

Up: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Natural, Down: Bobbi Brown Corrector (reviewd a couple of posts ago)

 

 

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AFTER

 

 

BEFORE

AFTER

 

What do you think of this?

What concealer do you use?  Please tell!

xxx

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Another review of a quite amazing product.  This is a celebrity product, we’ve all heard about it.  And there’s a reason for that!

This is amazingly pigmented, extra creamy, and perfectly covers the horrendous dark circles around my eyes.  I’ve tried a lot of concealers, and so far, it’s the best one out there. And, it lasts on my skin for good 7-8 hours, if I set it with powder.  Nothing more to say about it.  If you suffer from bad dark under-eye circles, then this product is a life saver!

Two cons I have to say about it:

1. It is so creamy it creases like crazy.  If I don’t set it with translucent powder it will crease within seconds.  And even with that, a few hours later I do see a little bit of creasing.  I will usually just pat my finger over it and that will take care of the creasing, but still, it’s a flaw.

2. The price compared to how much you get.  I got this at a sale at my local Sephora for 9,5 euros, but it is usually over 20 euros!  And it’s only 1.7 g, so if you use this daily it won’t even last you a long time.

Up: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (Review Coming Up Soon), Down: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach

BEFORE (yikes!)

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

What do you guys think?  Do you have any good concealers to recommend?

xxx

Olay Review

Hello, ladies! How have you been?

Skincare review again here! Read on if you ‘re interested!

I’ve been using these two Olay products for the past two months. You all know Olay don’t you?  Used to be really high-end I think, now it’s really affordable. I think these two products were around 10 euros each!  They still have a pretty good reputation, but let’s see…

The one is a night cream called “Olay complete night – night enriched cream”.  It’s supposed to have all the nice and rich ingredients your skin needs to regenerate itself while you ‘re curled up in bed.  This product has a nice clean smell to it, nothing that bothers me, and I’m pretty particular about smells.  It doesn’t smell “old-lady-ish” even though Olay has that kind of tag following it around.  It has a rich, but not oily texture, which leaves my skin feeling quite sumptuous before bed.

What I don’t like about it is that it’s so rich, it sometimes breaks me out.  Not humongous zits, but small whiteheads that clear up until the next day. Now, my skin is pretty oily, so it’s probably not the product’s fault.  On the other hand, not many products have this effect on me, so I will probably not be getting this again.

The second product is an eye cream – “Olay Age Defying Eye Gel”.  It is a completely clear product, so much so that when I first opened the packaging I thought the jar was empty!  This feels very very refreshing around my eyes.  I do feel a sort of pulling sensation as it starts to dry, but not in a bad way.  As if this was doing a “mini-lift” around my eye area, does that make any sense?  I can’t detect any smell to this.

All in all, it’s not an absolute favorite, but I think it’s a good value for money product.  Especially when I compare it to the “Clinique All About Eyes” eye cream.  I usually get along nicely with Clinique products but this stuff made my eyes so freaking itchy, I wanted to scratch my skin off.  (Eww)  It created more wrinkles than it prevented, me thinks.  (I’m giving you the evil eye, Clinique).

 

 

 

Have you any good eye creams to recommend?  Please do.

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Korres Lipsticks Swatches

As promised in the previous post, here are the swatches on my lips.  All the pics where taken in natural day light.  No lip liner, no lip primer.  Just one or two light swipes.  These can be built up to be stronger, but I prefer it like this.

My lips are relatively pigmented, as you can see, and quite dry.

You can click on the pics to make them larger.  Excuse the scary details of the photos.  Hey, at least I cropped out my zits!  Eek!

Naked Lips, No balm no nothing, just dry ugly bits 😛

 

 

Guava Lipstick - 22 Rose

This, the camera did not pick up very well.  It goes on a pale peachy pink with a goldy sheen to it.  So pretty.  Makes me all happy and warm on the inside.  My mommy got it for me. 🙂

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick, Sheer Color/High Shine - 14 Pink

This is very shiny, almost gives no color to my lips as is, but can be built up to a quite bright coralish pink.

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick - 13 Natural Pink

Such a natural color, goes with absolutely everything.  Love it.

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick - 33 Nude

I don’t think one swipe of this was enough to cover my lips, but still.  It’s one of the few nudes I can wear without feeling too washed out.

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick - 47 Orange Brown

I think I’m in love with this one!!!  I love it against my olive skin tone.  It’s my comfortable version of this season’s orange-ish trend.

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick - 24 Purple

A nice darkish pink, very “appropriate” I would call it.  Could be a bit strong on light skin tones.

 

 

Mango Butter Lipstick - 54 Fuchsia

This is swiped very lightly here, it’s a very bright fuchsia pink, with fine silver microglitter in it.  Don’t know if I can really pull it off!  Very party-party!

 

 

So, what do you think ladies?  I would love to hear your opinions.  Well, if anyone is out there anyway 🙂

Korres Lipsticks

I have a few Korres lipsticks, and it’s one of my favorite brands when it comes to lipsticks.

To cut to the chase, these are very moisturizing (see pics below for what a difference they make on my horrendous dry lips), all of them have SPF10 (always a bonus), and they come in a variety of colors and textures.

These also come in sturdy packaging, that feels nice and heavy in your hands, and snaps tightly in place.

The only thing that might be a con for some people is the fact that more often than not, they are a bit sheer, which means they are also not extremely long lasting.  Me personally, I don’t mind at all, because it means that: 1) they have tons on moisture and are amazingly comfortable on my lips and 2) I can reapply whenever I want without risking looking like a clown if I don’t have a mirror with me (as if).  Even though I prefer my lips a bit natural looking most of the time, the intensity of color is easily buildable with a few extra swipes!

Check out the pics and swatches below, all in natural, day light, with no lip liner or lip primer! I will be posting a separate post with lip swatches, since I don’t want this one to get to long/boring.

Oh, I forgot the most outrageous part!!!  Who ever names the lipsticks at Korres, is absolutely color blind.  Or a straight guy (you know it’s true)!  Almost never have I seen a Korres Lipstick to match the name it has been given.  Sheesh people.  Do us, and yourselves, a favor.  I’m not asking for Bob Ross, but hire someone who knows colors!  This is just ridiculous!

Click on the pictures if you want them larger.

Left to Right: Guava Lipstick in 22 Rose, Mango Butter Sheer Color in 14 Pink, Mango Butter Lipstick in 13 Natural Pink, 33 Nude, 47 Orange Brown, 24 Purple, 54 Fuchsia

Left to Right: Guava Lipstick in 22 Rose, Mango Butter Sheer Color in 14 Pink, Mango Butter Lipstick in 13 Natural Pink, 33 Nude, 47 Orange Brown, 24 Purple, 54 Fuchsia

Left to Right: Guava Lipstick in 22 Rose, Mango Butter Sheer Color in 14 Pink, Mango Butter Lipstick in 13 Natural Pink, 33 Nude, 47 Orange Brown, 24 Purple, 54 Fuchsia

 

Have you tried any of these?  Do you have any good shades to recommend?  Or any other similar products?

xxx

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