Δευτέρα, 1 Μαΐου 2017

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation


Hello everyone! I finally got my hands on this after it was sold out at my local Galerie de beaute! I had ordered it and ran over to get it once it arrived!

After having tried the Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Cushion Foundation and finding that it doesn't have enough coverage, I went and tried this on. It is FABULOUS!! I prefer the cushion version because it made my skin luminous compared to the bottle version. It is incredibly convenient to carry around as well.

It conceals imperfections, unifies skin tone and refreshes the complexion. It has UVA and UVB SPF 35 protection and a poreless effect while improving skin texture. It DOES everything it claims! I think this is worth all the hype! If you're looking for a cushion foundation, try this on before making a purchase. The beauty consultants at Dior are always so helpful.

I got it in the shade 010 Ivory. It comes with a puff but can also be applied with a brush. There is no refill in the packaging. Refills are sold separately.

I got it during the 25% off sale period at 39 euros

dior.com
galeriedebeaute.gr

Δευτέρα, 17 Απριλίου 2017

Dior Pore Reducing Pro-Youth Moisturizer



Hello everyone! Today I have a product that I have been using for a couple of months now and can say I really love. I had to share info on this as I know that invisible pores is something most of us need and desire. 
This product is amazing. I had been using another serum for minimizing pores (Idealist-Estee Lauder) but it was sold out at my local beauty store and was recommended this.
It claims that: 

''A luxurious moisturizer to reduce the appearance of pores, deeply hydrate, and provide a matte radiance. Hydra Life Close-Up reduces the appearance of pores both instantly and over time. Dior identified three different causes of visible pores dry pores, linked to accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin's surface; oily pores, from excess sebum production; and slackened pores, caused by loss of collagen. To the trio of Hydra Life active ingredients, black rose, jisten, and centella, Dior added an innovative ingredient: flax flower, to act on all underlying causes of visible pores. Additionally, optical powders provide a matte radiance to the skin. Pores appear invisible, even close-up. Upon application, the skin is rebalanced and hydrated, the pores are tightened, and skin's texture is smooth and even. Research results: In an instrumental test on 10 women, hydration after 2 hours; effect on pores immediately after application: - Hydration +40% - Visible pores -40%''



Ι must admit that I had been using it for about a month before really noticing the benefits. There were no visible results at first. Now I can say that it does help my skin. I am in my early forties with normal skin and a bit of redness. I need to use something in the morning as a base for my make up. This moisturizes, reduces the appearance of pores and works great under my foundation. It has a pinkish beige gel/cream consistency and feels amazing. However, the results do take time.


It does have a steep price tag but I believe it is worth it. It comes in a pump so a little goes a long way. Once you try this, there’s no stopping it.

www.dior.com

Τετάρτη, 5 Απριλίου 2017

Tzimas cosmetics


Hello lovelies! Today I have a new brand to talk about. It is another fabulous Greek brand from Thessaloniki! I love shopping in that city as the downtown shopping district is amazing. I went into the Tzimas cosmetics shop on Tsimiski street after hearing rave reviews from friends.
I have bought fragrance oils from them before but had never tried any skin care products.
My serum ran out so I decided to buy one from Tzimas as their products are all made in Greece and are affordable.




Bioactive Serum

The product claims to have an effective formula against sagging and provides a facial contour lifting effect. I have been using it for a little over 2 weeks so I can't really say I have noticed a lifting effect yet, however, the texture of my skin has improved and my make up glides on flawlessly. I use it every morning after my moisturizer. It has a thick gel consistency.
The only thing I mind a little is the fragrance. It is a little strange but thankfully doesn't stay on for too long.
I have to mention that the customer service there is exceptional. The sales associate was kind enough to take time and explain the various products available and supply me with samples. She even took time to explain how the samples should be used. Really incredible!
I have tried the Tinted Sun Protective Cream and I love it. I will be purchasing that very soon for the summertime.
Bottle is 30ml and retails for 14 euros.

http://www.tzimas-cosmetics.gr/



Κυριακή, 12 Μαρτίου 2017

KLORANE Floral water make-up remover

Hello everyone! Klorane is a brand which is loved and available worldwide. I have got a drugstore find that some of you might have tried in the past. I recently purchased it after seeing the low price for the huge bottle. The Klorane Floral water make-up remover is definitely an affordable solution to removing make up even if it's waterproof! You get 400 ml for 9.90 euros

It contains soothing cornflower and is a 2 in 1 cleanser and toner. It smells really fresh and is safe for contact lens wearers. All you need to do is use some on a cotton disc and rub your eyes and face gently. It is really effective at getting everything off. It IS that simple. No need to use anything else before or after. I have tried many toners in the past and I have to say this product is something I highly recommend. It is effective and affordable.

  • Hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested
  • Fragrance, paraben, alcohol and colorant free

Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Dior Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Foundation


Hello Everyone! Cushion foundations are all the buzz online with it becoming available in Europe and North America as this trend was launched in Asia and has been widely successful. When I saw it at my local beauty  store, I knew I had to try it.

I bought it in the shade 010. It has an SPF 50 and it's packed with ingredients to benefit your skin regardless of your age. It boasts that it can reduce the appearance of redness, shine and pores.Your skin feels fresh, matte and luminous. It also claims to have all the anti-aging properties of Dreamskin Serum that combat lines, dark spots, redness and lack of glow.
Does it really do all that?

I have been using it for a month now and I have to say that I really like how it's super easy to carry around during the day without really needing a brush to apply it with. It comes with a puff which is handy on the go. However, with a brush I find it blends better and offers more coverage. The puff is a bit annoying to use as it doesn't really get enough product on it to use easily. There is a great mirror on the compact and it comes with a refill in the box.



It feels amazing. My skin feels soft and it does offer a matte finish. I find that the coverage isn't enough to cover redness, which it claims to do. I have to use a concealer with it and maybe a bit of powder on my T zone for the shine. I haven't really noticed a difference in the texture of my skin as my redness is still evident.
I think it would be interesting to try out their other cushion foundation which offers more coverage and compare the two.
Price 78.50 euros
Bought it for 50 euros on sale at Galerie de Beaute (Greece)


Τετάρτη, 11 Ιανουαρίου 2017

Charlotte Tilbury

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fabulous time over the holidays. I am so excited to finally get products by Charlotte Tilbury. This is what I got darlings!



Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder: 1 Fair

This face powder does have a big name! I got this after seeing Charlotte Tilbury's tutorial videos on Youtube. She has fabulous tips on applying make up giving you tons of ideas on how to achieve certain looks. This powder has little coverage and is used over a foundation to give a matte finish on your T-zone or over the entire face. It does exactly that. If you want a face powder just for that, it's perfect. I have normal to dry skin and am in my early forties so this is perfect. After your forties, powder is your enemy as it usually shows and settles into fine lines. This powder doesn't do that so I highly recommend it! It comes as is without a brush or sponge.




Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil: Dark Pearl

This I had to try. After seeing countless videos on this product I had to see if it was that good. Well it is! If you're on the go and don't have much time or technique, this is great to use every day or night as it can be applied and blended with your finger. I LOVE this and surely buy more shades. This has a taupe/silver finish without having too much shimmer. The more you apply, the darker it gets. It's just that easy!
 

Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

This only comes in glossy black. There are 2 mascaras in Charlotte Tilbury's make upline. This promises curl-separation-length-volume-drama...! Does it do all that? Yes! It's fantastic and doesn't smudge either. I read mixed reviews about this but I still decided to buy it. I really like it and will be replacing my current mascara with this. If only it came in brown too!





KISSING Lipstick: Stoned Rose

The packaging is so retro chic and the quality is amazing. The shade is a beautiful honey/pink and can be darker if you use a darker lipliner. What I love is that it has an anti oxidant which naturally protects lips from UV damage and  external pollution.

   
               




The great thing about ordering on the Charlotte Tilbury website is that you can choose any two samples you want! I got the Magic Cream and loved it! It is thick and very moisturizing, perfect for my skin in winter. I used it under make up and it worked really well. I want to get that too! 
The other sample I got was the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation. This is a light coverage foundation perfect to use every day. It is light and natural, ideal to use with the Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder. I want this too!
In my purchase they also included a sample of her Scent of a Dream perfume which I have been using since. At first I wasn't sure whether I liked it. It is really potent on me at first but an hour later it is nicer. However, it doesn't sit well on my skin.

I LOVED all the products I bought and have nothing negative to say about them. There are skin care and make up kits on the website too. If you love make up like me, give it a try! I've got a wishlist waiting on the website for the future!





Τρίτη, 27 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

Nudestix Lip Products and Swatches

Hello everyone! I hope that Santa was good to everyone this year. I got some good gifts this year that were things I really needed. I did buy myself something for the holidays beforehand in the fall from Cult Beauty- One of my favourite websites for niche beauty brands.
I always have a wishlist with them and they have really good offers. There was an offer by Nudestix, buy 2 lip pencils and get a third free. I was running out of Mystic, which was the giveaway lip pencil, so I ordered to try out more products.


These are by far the BEST lip pencils for a natural look. They are easy to use and come in this cool black tin with a mirror and sharpener. They are not drying and feel almost like a lipstick. I like referring to them as a moisturizing lip pencil.
I bought Sin and Blush

I also wanted to try out their new Intense Matte Lip + Cheek pencil. This one is even better. Since matte lipsticks are trending, I highly recommend trying these. They are fabulous! They aren't drying nor flakey and last hours! I bought Kiss. i really want to get Purity too but there is a waitlist so I guess I have to be patient.









Κυριακή, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2016

PHYTO


Hello everyone! The temperature is dropping so it's time to hydrate our hair and renew our hair products.
Phyto is a company I recently discovered after reading coutless articles about it. Here are my thoughts on these two products I bought to try out.

Phytolisse Straightening Shampoo

This shampoo is recommended for unruly, frizzy hair and is quite effective. I love the scent and it foams up so nicely leaving your hair silky smooth. It does soften hair and help tame unruly hair. It contains Hibiscus and calendula flower extract with hydrating properties. I really do like this shampoo and plan to keep using it.

Phytodefrisant Botanical Straightening Balm

I recently bought this and have just started using it. It is a gel you apply onto damp hair before blow drying it to help straighten it. I have to admit I used it on dry hair first to see if it works and it did! I only used a small amount. As for using it on damp hair, I do recommend it. It helps make hair more manageable when blow drying it and the process is faster. If you're like me and hate the time it takes to blow dry hair, then this is for you.

Check out their products on their official site www.phyto.com

Δευτέρα, 22 Αυγούστου 2016

Sephora haul


Hello everyone! I know it's been a while but my summer has been super busy. I did, however, find time to order some of my favourite products online through Sephora.com on the Canada site or buy them at their boutiques in Greece.
Sephora is one of my favourite stores/websites because of the variety of beauty brands available. Here is what I got this time.

LAURA MERCIER

I first tried out this brand last summer when I needed to buy a face powder. While walking around Sephora (In Carrefour Laval, Quebec) I saw a fabulous display of their products. It caught my eye and so I bought a face powder. I have been interested in this brand ever since.

Smooth Finish Foundation Powder 01

Using a face powder at the age of 40 is something to be careful with. If the product isn't efficient, you'll look a lot older. This product is worth every penny!!!! It is lightweight with a matte finish. It does cover up red spots and imperfections very well because of the yellow undertones giving you an even-tone complexion. It can be used wet or dry. I like using it with a brush for light coverage or over a foundation for the matte finish when I want more coverage. I love it because it reduces the appearance of lines and pores. I highly recommend it!! $56 CDN

Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour (Orchid Pink)

I bought this lip gloss at a store in Greece while on vacation. The rich colour and fabulous applicator are what attracted me to it. I don't usually buy lip glosses because I rarely use them. They are usually too sticky.
This product has a fantastic vivid colour to stand out with a rich pigmentation. I love that about it. I recommend using it alone if you like a rich glossy look or mixing it for a more sheer transparent look. It goes on with a shine and dries to a velvet colour finish. It has a lovely stain and lasts for about 4 hours. $34 CDN

Radiant Creamy Concealer (vanilla)- NARS

This is the second time I bought this concealer. I had bought it for the first time last year at Sephora with the Laura Mercier powder. It was the first time I had ever tried anything from NARS and was really looking forward to it after hearing rave review online. I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE this concealer!
It is FABULOUS!!!
It has medium to full coverage on any blemish or redness. It does everything: contours, highlights and corrects. I use it all over my face to highlight, cover up any dark under eye circles and redness. I use just my LM face powder on top and I'm ready!
No wonder it has received awards and is loved by so many! $36 CDN

YVES SAINT LAURENT 

Luxurious Mascara 4 purple

I love dark purple mascara! It's so hard to find so I decided to try the one by YSL a while back. This is the second time I buy it. The colour is dark enough to use alone or can provide a more dramatic look when applying more than one coat. It is quite popular and rightfully so. I recommend it because of the beautiful lashes it gives you, the rich colour and fabulous packaging! The only downside to it is that I have to finish it well under 6 months because it starts drying out afterwards. $37 CDN

Glossy Stain Lip Gloss 204 Onde Rose

I bought this at Sephora in Greece. I had seen this in every fashion magazine and beauty website getting rave reviews so I had to try it. I wanted a coral red lip gloss anyway and the packaging is divine. I have to say that this is the BEST lip gloss I have EVER bought. I highly recommend it because: it is NOT sticky at all, it is unscented and has a beautiful glossy natural look to it. It can be used alone for a sheer lip shine or over a lip pencil for a more formal look. I LOVE it! I highly recommend it. $40 CDN




Τρίτη, 3 Μαΐου 2016

Sunday shopping at NYX Thessaloniki

      


Hello everyone. I know it's been a while but I have been so busy. I am getting married and preparing everything has really been fun but time-consuming. I have had no time to go shopping for anything other than wedding stuff...and yes, I found THE dress.
Last time I was in Thessaloniki, I finally had time to go to NYX. I have wanted to go there for ages. Here is what I thought about it.

The Store

It was hard to find without the address to be honest. I had it with me thankfully. The selection is HUGE! There is something for every skin tone. I have to admit it felt like the products were too close together and I couldn't fully absorb it all. I took my time to look at everything as there was so much to look at. It was a bit hard as all the products are small. The prices are clearly marked and really affordable. That is a strong selling point.

The Service

I must admit the sales clerks were fantastic. There were lots of girls to help you out and serve you with a smile. They were knowledgeable and really willing to help you try out anything on your skin. The service was truly impeccable.

The Products

As I said there are tons of things. I wanted to buy a lipstick. I wanted a nice pink-mauve shade to wear for spring. Here's what I got:

Round Lipstick- LSS615A Minimalism


I am now a loyal customer and will definitely visit whenever I'm in town. The products are affordable which is a huge plus for make up addicts!
If there's a NYX store near you, drop by. Make sure you have time to browse and don't be shy to ask for advice.

NYX Thessaloniki
Ermou 65

http://the-nyxstore.gr

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/





Παρασκευή, 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Top 2 products for dull skin




Hello! I know it's been a while but I'm back. Today I will talk about 2 of my favourite skin care products out there which I picked up in Munich. Let me get started.

Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner - Aveda

Although they are more famous for their hair care products, Aveda has fantastic skin care products too. I have been using this product for about 4 years now and I had to write about it because no matter which exfoliant I buy to try, I always come back to this product. It is an amazing product if you live in a place with harsh winters and your skin has become dull. Well, look no further than this product. It is a creamy, white clay-based scrub with bamboo extract and tourmaline. You use it on damp skin, massage it vigorously and then rinse. Use a cleanser afterwards. Aveda has a tourmaline base skin care line you could use. The Tourmaline Radiance Mask is incredible too. I highly recommend this product and this brand. I can't wait to try more from them.
100 ml $54 CA
aveda.com

 


Antioxidant moisturizer with White Tea - Origins

I already have a favourite face cream but I have always wanted to try this brand. While at Ludwig Beck, I came across the Origins products. I always read about brands online and the reviews so this was something I had to try. I tried a bit of this cream on my hand from the tester to see the texture and the smell. The White Tea was something  I knew to be soothing for sensitive skin and so I bought it.  The creamy,non-greasy texture and very subtle citrus scent make for a fantastic face cream which is now one of my favourite face creams. It also has antioxidant properties and hydrates the skin for hours. Suitable to use under foundation.
50 ml $53 CA
origins.com

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation

Hello everyone! I finally got my hands on this after it was sold out at my local Galerie de beaute! I had ordered it and ran over to get...