Monday, 15 September 2014

Products I Always Come Back To

As you may know, I recently went on holiday and this time I didn’t pack light. My makeup bag literally took good two thirds of my suitcase and there were four foundations, multiple nail polishes, five eye shadow palettes and at least twenty lipsticks thrown in the mix. Excessive much? Sure, but my new motto is: When in doubt – get everything haha. Apart from my oh-so—hard-to-lift luggage, jetting off with all those makeup bits was a brilliant decision. I had the best makeup play around, I dolled up myself every night and I fell in love with some HG products all over again. No matter how smitten I am with my newer makeup purchases, there are three products that I always come back to and I have my bizarre packing habits to thank for reminding me how awesome the following trio actually is.

Welcome to my everyday makeup bag, Chanel Vitamumiere Aqua (here). Make yourself feel at home because this time you are not going anywhere! I am actually on my way to go and repurchase this gem as we speak and I cannot bloomin’ wait to have a brand new bottle of this godsend foundation. The reason I love it so much? Well, we have the amazing dewy finish that creates the illusion of perfectly healthy and luminous skin. We have the fantastic all-day-wear longevity. We have the incredible lightweight feel on the skin and last but not least we have the coverage. It is the very thing that got Vitalumiere Aqua a one-way ticket into my everyday makeup drawer but this time I have lil’ secret! I used to apply the foundation mainly with my fingers but I when I was away I decided to dip my beloved Sigma F80 Brush (here) in the foundation and the magic happened! I got the most stunning full coverage finish, which not only hides all imperfections but also makes my skin look airbrushed and really natural. It’s my new favorite duo and if you are after ‘flawless skin’ kinda finish – look this way!

‘Your lashes look fab, do you have falsies on?’. Yup, that’s the question I get asked pretty much all the time when I’ve coated my eyelashes with the brilliant Too Faced LashGASM mascara (here). And no wonder why – this stuff works wonders! It is definitely my all time favorite mascara and if I have to tell you how many times I’ve repurchased it you’d think I’m insane! I always come back to LashGASM as it gives the perfect amount of lash drama – I get the big and volumised lashes I adore but the look is still pretty wearable and ideal for everyday wear at the office/uni/school. The mascara offers a great deal of separation and there are no clumps or flakes in sight. LashGASM applies like a breeze and coats the lashes with beautiful jet-black color that makes the look deeper and more dramatic. This beauty holds curl perfectly and stays on for hours and hours. And if all this hasn’t converted you yet, maybe if I tell you that LashGASM is the easiest to remove mascara I’ve tried you will be willing to give it a whirl. You can see the lovely results here.

No matter how much I adore my MAC Rebel lipstick (here), I am afraid that it has been bumped off the top spot and the new star of the show is the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (here). It’s been a year since we bonded and my first tube is slowly but surely coming to an end. Lollipop has been twisted up and swiped on on a regular basis since I came back and I’ve rekindled my love for it and the reason for that is as follows. Firstly - the formula. It is creamier than butter and just hugs every curl of the lips, making them feel hydrated and comfortable. Secondly, the color pay off is spot on and you can get full-blown color in one swift swipe and no mirror is required. But it’s the color that sets Lollipop apart from the rest. I am all about this unique cool-toned fuchsia pink shade that compliments my skin tone beautifully and makes my green eyes pop. It is the ultimate confidence booster and the glossy finish just makes everything more polished and flattering. It’s love. Review and swatches here.

Have you tried any of these beauty products before? Which is the one makeup item that you always come back to?

Lots of love,

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mini Fall Haul + First Impressions

Autumn Fall Makeup Haul

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 80 Suspense

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara and Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks & Lips pen

Fall nail polishes

Sweater weather is right around the corner and I know I say it every year but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for the colder months! The fashion, the food, the holidays, the cozy nights and the makeup. Oh the makeup! I’m so done with wearing brights and the berry shades have already taken the front row in my makeup collection. My excitement went on another level and I made a cheeky little trip to the shops and got some new autumn-appropriate beauty bits. And it was a good trip, let’s put it that way.

I’m sorry in advance if this product makes you want to head out the door and hit the nearest Chanel counter but I just had to share it! Meet the most gorgeous fuchsia berry pink I have ever swept across my lips – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 80 Suspense (here). It is the perfect transition shade as it is all the right amounts of bright, but at the same time it does have that deeper berry tint to it, which already makes it a Fall 2014 staple. If I had to describe it in one word it would have to be sophisticated. Suspense just screams classy and elegance and the way it brightens my complexion is absolutely stunning. The formula is spot on as well but if you fancy hearing the whole tale keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review.

I have a soft spot for chubby sticks but when they could be used both on your lips and cheeks, an obsession is about to be born. I just like to play it a bit matchy matchy, what can I do. Needless to say that when this gorgeous Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks & Lips Pencil in Pleasant Plum landed on my desk all the way from the US I was instantly in love! Dab and blend this hybrid beauty on your cheeks for a light veil of berry coverage or sweep it across the lips for the perfect juicy plumy pout, either way - it’s love!

I am always late to the party, we all know that but this time I couldn’t be happier that I jumped on the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (here) bandwagon. After just one application all I can say is that I am smitten. You’ll have to wait a bit for my final verdict on this gem but so far I am well impressed. Volume? Check! Perfect separation? Check! Length? Check! No clumps? Double check! New favorite highstreet mascara? Possibly.

We’ve got to take care for those cuticles, so I picked up my third pot of the heavenly Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (review here). The tiniest amount of the zesty cream, rubbed on my cuticles or any dry areas of my body is all I need to have uber soft and smooth skin. It’s a little miracle worker and I cannot be without it – it makes the biggest difference and keeps my skin happy and beautifully moisturized. 

Now that my cuticles are finally back to being nourished and soft as baby’s bottom, buying tons on new nail polishes we all know I don’t need is in order. I kicked off the season by getting three new varnishes that I have the feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of in upcoming post. My favorite of the bunch has is the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 640 Plum Luck (here). I adore everything about its unique plum-y purple shade and I can gush about the formula for hours. It’s not Andrea’s haul if there isn’t at least one Essie polish, so I decided to throw two for good measure haha. The first one I got mainly because of the name, I mean – Cashmere Bathrobe (here) – I couldn’t resist. Luckily, I also ended up absolutely loving the deep gray shade and the gorgeous silver shimmer particles running though it – so cozy and the perfect accessory to any Autumn outfit. Another gray, but this time lighter and with finer shimmer and what’s currently gracing my tips is Essie Parka Perfect (here). I adore this dusty blue lacquer of perfection and it really adds to the ‘colder weather vibe’. Both Essie shades have brilliant color pay off and you can easily get away with just one thicker coat. Score.

Hope you enjoyed this little haul and let me know if you got any exciting Fall makeup bits recently, I am not done yet haha.

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

L’Oreal Haircare Staples

L'oreal haircare products, L'Oreal Elnett Heat Spray, Loreal Silver Shampoo, L'Oreal Ever Riche Conditioner

L'oreal haircare products, L'Oreal Elnett Heat Spray, L'Oreal Ever Riche Conditioner
L'Oreal Silver Shampoo

Even though I rarely talk hair here on RosyChicc, I actually take my haircare routine very seriously and I am rather picky with my products. In order for them to get a HG status they need to meet certain criteria and the list is a wordy one, let me tell ya. Having said that, for the past year, three L’Oreal bits have passed the test and now work their magic on my locks on a daily basis. If you fancy hearing more about each one, keep reading!

Calling all fellow blonde gals out there – I’ve found the perfect solution to maintaining our strands happy and brassy-free. Say hello to the best toning shampoo I’ve ever laid my hands on – the L’Oreal Expert Silver Shampoo (here). This scary-looking purple potion definitely has that ‘I just came back from the salon’ vibe to it and it works a fab job at keeping the beautiful ashy tones in tact. You can use the Silver Shampoo as often as you’d like but I tend to treat my locks to it once a week and just let it sit in my hair for about five minutes. Now this at-home-treatment could be slightly drying, which leads me to my next L’Oreal cult product. Review of the shampoo (here).

With the risk of sounding like a complete haircare snob, I’ll admit that I never thought that a drugstore conditioner actually could do the job and make my hair soft, silky and easy to brush through. Well, the moral of the story is that obviously L’Oreal know what they’re doing and their Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Conditioner (here) is the living proof that fab highstreet conditioners do exist. I am on my third bottle of this gem and I have the one for Very Dry Rebellious Hair and in one word – it rocks. This baby makes my locks feel so hydrated and nourished, without weighting them down and just leaves them feel extra soft and glossy. I need the tiniest bit of this Sulphates-free detangler and my hair is instantly a breeze to comb through, which trust me, is a rare occasion. I usually leave the lovely botanical oils to do their wonders for about five minutes and then rinse. The result? Soft, silky and beautifully rejuvenated hair that’s beautifully hydrated and extra bouncy. Bye bye straw-like hair – you’ve been banished!

I wish I was one of those ladies that never need to put any heat on their hair to look fab, but sadly I am not of them the lucky ones. I do need to blow dry and strengthen my hair to make it look decent and this means that the use of good heat spray is in order. Well, six (and probably more) bottles down the line and I could say that I found my Holy Grail heat protectant and it’s in the form of the L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Styling Spray (here). The one for Straight hair floats my boat the most and I love that as well as up to 230° heat defense this gem helps also keeps your hair styled and frizz-free. Brilliant. The mist is really lightweight and fine and absorbs fast into the locks, which means you can use it both on wet and dry hair. I love that the spray almost has like build-in oil of some sort that makes my hair extra soft and sleek. Double winner.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your number one hair product?

Lots of love,