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100% Natural Lipsticks from Burt’s Bees


I’m really enjoying the spring weather right now and I actually don’t feel like spending a lot of time to get ready in the morning. The easy and quick makeup look is what I’ve been going for lately, I just want to look fresh and healthy without using too many products. There are two lipsticks I’ve been loving and wearing a lot in the past few weeks and they come from one of my favourite brands – Burt’s Bees.

I’ve confessed my love for Burt’s Bees lip balms (and not only) multiple times, so when they released their 100% natural lipsticks, I couldn’t wait to try them out.

Many people said the packaging looks cheap, I personally don’t mind it considering how affordable these lipsticks are for what they do and are, plus, it’s made from 60% recycled materials which is good for our nature. I guess the issue for them is that the plastic is quite lightweight but I think the honeycomb print matching the shade of each lipstick is a very nice touch.

The first surprise arrives with the shade range, there are 14 lipstick colours in total which is definitely a lot to choose from. The shades I have are 501 Blush Basin* (a pinky-peachy nude) and 530 Lily Lake* (mauve pink with purple undertones, for me it’s something between MAC Plumful and MAC Syrup). I didn’t expect the colours to be so opaque, they feel balmy but they are quite pigmented.
The texture is creamy and hydrating but doesn’t feel heavy, it’s very comfortable to wear. The lipsticks are formulated with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. I wouldn’t say they’re as moisturising as the lip balms but they definitely feel more hydrating than many of my lipsticks.
The lasting power is about 2 hours on me but the colour fades evenly and leaves a subtle stain that looks really pretty. The finish isn’t glossy but it isn’t matte either, it’s more of a satin one.

These two lipsticks are some of my most-worn ones in the past few weeks, they’re easy to apply and easy to wear. Also, they’re reasonably priced and the shades are really flattering. The colours are quite rich, so if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with more pigmentation than a tinted balm, I’d recommend checking the Burt’s Bees lipsticks out.

*PR Samples

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Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion

It is no secret that my favourite foundation for the past year or so has been Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Skin-Perfecting Foundation SPF 35 (review here). It’s lightweight, long-wearing, has matte but radiant finish at the same time, looks natural but also has great coverage. It’s just the perfect base for me, so when the brand launched their new Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35, I had really high hopes for it. Actually, I’ve never really liked a cushion foundation on my combination skin, they just always stay too dewy and as if they never completely set.

The new foundation comes in a traditional cushion compact, it’s refillable which is amazing because you can get it at a lower price but it’s also better for our environment.
The texture of the cushion foundation is lighter than the liquid foundation one but feels a bit creamier than other cushion foundations I’ve tried. The formula is quite smooth and easy to work with, it’s not too thin and messy as some of you may expect it to be.

I’ve always appreciated the skincare benefits of the liquid Forever Foundation and I was pleased to see that Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 makes my skin feel really soft and smooth, too and the more I wear it the better my skin looks. This foundation isn’t supposed to be hydrating but it feels really comfortable even on more dry areas.

I’ve tried using the Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 with different types of brushes, a makeup sponge and the cushion puff that comes with the compact. The tool of choice for me would be the beauty sponge but on days when I want a more matte finish, I know I can achieve it best with the puff even if it may sound a bit strange. The coverage is buildable, it’s a bit lighter than the liquid foundation but I always need concealer for my dark circles and imperfections, anyway. It evens out the skin tone, minimises the look of the pores and gives a soft matte but radiant finish without being flat or powdery-looking.

On me, the cushion foundation remains fresh for 9-10 hours, I still need to blot a couple of times during the day but that’s completely normal for my skin type.
If I have to point out any downside, it must be the high price but I don’t think anyone would expect it to be really affordable and also, the shade range which consists of only 6 colours is a bit disappointing.

For me, both of these foundations are fantastic and I’m really happy to have found the perfect ones for my skin. Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 is also great to travel with, the compact keeps the product fresh, so far and I hope it will remain the same in a few weeks time, as well. The foundation is comfortable to wear, gives a fresh look and if you want a flawless, matte luminous finish, I’d recommend checking it out.

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Berry & Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub | Dior Colour Gradation Spring 2017 Collection

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Dior spring collections excite me to a level that is not even measurable. The products and the shades are always cool and fresh but still remain elegant and sophisticated.

I had to wait a bit longer this year to see the new collection but last week I picked up the new Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry, the Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub which is sold out almost everywhere and one of the new nail polish shades Dior Vernis in 873 Sudden as you may have already seen on my Instagram. I’m only featuring the first two products here but I’d like to mention that Sudden is a vibrant peony pink shade with fine silver shimmer running through. The formula is flawless which is no surprise when we talk about Dior nail polishes, it’s glossy, opaque, long-wearing and dries pretty fast.

If you’ve seen this post, you already know that I’ve been waiting for a purple shade of the Dior Addict Lip Glow since the very first one was released. So, when they added a Lilac nuance last year, I was more than happy. Now that we have even the Lip Glow in Berry, my happiness is complete. This is one of my favourite lip products because of its soft moisturising feel added to the quality of giving the lips beautiful, healthy and natural tint. As you probably know, Dior Lip Glow reacts to the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips to enhance the natural colour. All the Lip Glow shades will look different on everyone depending on the lip chemistry and once applied, it takes 20-30 seconds for the colour to adjust. The new limited edition Berry shade looks very dark in the tube but gives a medium plum tint to the lips. I often wear the Dior Addict Lip Glow on its own because it looks fresh and nourishes my lips with the Wild Mango and Luffa Cylindrica added to the formula but they’re also great as lipstick bases because they’re smoothing and moisturising. I always have a Lip Glow in my handbag and the new shade must be my favourite, so far. Sadly, it’s a limited edition, so hurry up if you don’t want to miss it.

If you find lip scrubs messy and difficult to use, Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub will change your mind. It’s essentially an exfoliating balm with grains of sugar in it and can be used anytime anywhere. Once you apply the scrub, the sugar grains melt immediately and there is no grainy feel left, just a nice balmy and moisturising shine and a healthy rosy pink flush. It has a slight minty scent and tastes a bit sweet. My lips feel incredibly smooth after using the Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub and I was actually quite surprised by the result, considering how gentle and not harsh it feels on the lips. I think this is a brilliant product because we can finally exfoliate our lips anywhere and it will still feel and look like we’re only applying a balm.
I believe Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub is a permanent product but the whole collection will be available at least a couple more months, so be sure to check it out.
There are so many amazing products that it’s hard to choose what to get, I’ll be soon going back for more and I think I might need a backup of the gorgeous Berry Lip Glow.

I’ll be happy to know if you’ve picked up something from Dior Colour Gradation Spring 2017 Collection and what’s the product you’ve been loving.

Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant

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Another skincare review, another French pharmacy product. It’s just what I’ve been trying lately and also, what my skin needed, apparently.

I’ve been using Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant for over a month now and I really wanted to share more about it because I think it’s a great morning cleanser for the winter time. I say morning cleanser just because I prefer something a bit more balmy or creamy for my evening cleanse.

First of all, it’s called ‘foaming gel’ but it doesn’t really foam up which is great, it just kind of emulsifies and feels very gentle on the skin. The product comes in a cute pink bottle with a pump that makes it very easy to dispense.

I have combination skin that tends to get a bit of redness around the cheek area, T-zone is shiny but dehydrated and the rest of the face can be even dry. Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant is specially designed to help sensitive skin prone to rosacea and redness, leaving it clean and fresh but also, hydrated.
You might have seen the post where I shared that I’ve been trying to bring back my skin to its normal condition for months because of all sorts of medicines that I was prescribed and I have to say, this gel has been one of my saviours. It just calms my skin and purifies it but without being aggressive. The formula is soap-, fragrance-, colourant- and paraben-free and is enriched with Coco Glucoside that mimics the skin structure for lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.

After I use the Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant, my skin feels comfortable, clean and soothed. There isn’t that feeling of needing to apply a moisturiser right after cleansing your face because it’s strippied and dry. I’m just left with soft and hydrated skin.

I really want to find a travel size of this gel because it’s so gentle and soothing that it would be perfect to have whenever I travel and my skin starts freaking out thanks to all the changes. If you have sensitive, dry, combination, irritated or blemish-prone skin, I’d suggest you find a mini of Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant and try it. I needed less than two weeks to see results and I’ll keep using it in the winter.

Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream

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I’ve been wrongly prescribed an excessive amount of antibiotics this year which resulted in many internal and external issues. My skin has been suffering a lot and I was told by specialists that I’d probably need about six more months to sort it all out.

In order to bring everything back to normal, I’ve been trying to simplify my skincare routine and to incorporate more pharmacy skincare products into it. Most of them are known for me, I’ve used them before and I trust them but I found the Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream randomly. I needed something to calm my irritated skin, to be purifying but to also feel soothing, have anti-bacterial properties and to be suitable to use on both, face and body. I found out that most of the French pharmacy brands had similar products but one of the points was always missing and Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream promised everything I needed.

It has thick consistency but it’s not hard to apply it and a little goes a long way. Feels a bit greasy at first but soaks in well. I use a small amount twice a day, especially if it’s on the face because the thicker texture can make the make-up sit a bit bad on top of it. This cream contains thermal water to soothe, soften and calm the skin and Copper -Zinc Sulphate Complex that is purifying and anti-bacterial.

My skin tends to scar quite easily, I get this post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can take months to heal but with this cream it starts to fade much quicker (especially if it’s a recent one) while also calming active breakouts. It reduces the redness, as well and stops the itching and burning feeling that sometimes may occur. Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream can also be used on lips, scratches, cracked skin, after hair removal or laser procedures and even on babies with nappy rash.

I use a lot more skincare products than this one, of course but it is an excellent healing cream for me and I can’t recommend it enough. In the past few months, I’ve done many purchases like this as an act of desperation but it’s great that the majority turned out to be successful and hopefully, they would help some of you, as well.