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MAC Bold & Bad Lash

You win some, you lose some… When I got my sun allergy/bad reaction to a face cream a couple of months ago, I was suggested to try using less makeup and skincare products. Unfortunately, dermatologists haven’t found out how to bring my skin back to its normal condition yet. That’s why my foundations, powders, bronzers are still away from my eyes if it’s not really necessary for me to use them. As a beauty lover, this isn’t something I enjoy but on the other hand, I got the chance to try a lot of eye products. Suddenly, the girl that almost never wore eyeshadows became the one that loves playing around with different shades.

I’ve discovered amazing mascaras, as well and today I’m sharing with you one of them. I had really high hopes for the new MAC Bold & Bad Lash* when I received it because I’ve been using several MAC mascaras lately and I love them but also, just take a look at it. First of all, the packaging is eye-catching, it’s a silver tube with red and black caps. The letters are in graffiti style and feel velvety soft, it’s quite unusual and I really like it. The most significant feature is the dual-chamber container because you basically get a two-in-one product. Two mascara wands, two different formulas in one tube.
Of course, this isn’t the first dual MAC mascara but it is the first from them to have both, different brushes and formulas.

The larger brush is designed to volumise and lengthen the upper lashes while the smaller brush for the lower lashes makes the application precise, thanks to the tiny bristles and the smudge-proof formula.
I don’t usually wear mascara on my bottom lashes because I look like I’ve been crying and it somehow makes my dark circles even more visible. But I have to say, with this tiny wand everything looks different and my lashes get the right amount of volume and separation.  Both formulas are clump-free and long-wearing, I’d had the mascara on for over 10 hours on a hot day and I was pleasantly surprised to see that at the end of the day, it still looked perfect. It holds the curl really well and sometimes, I don’t even use my eyelash curlers. You can make the lashes appear quite natural or create a bold look with this mascara, it’s really versatile.
I have sensitive eyes and I’m a contact lens wearer but I haven’t faced any irritations or other bad reactions.

As a person who struggles with lower lashes, I think MAC Bold & Bad Lash* is groundbreaking because you don’t need two separate mascara tubes to make sure the application will be precise and there will be no smudging. I get doll eyes in just a few strokes, I don’t look like I’ve been crying or like my dark circles are even more prominent and I don’t have to worry about flaking even after 10 hours of wear. I know every person likes different mascara types and it is individual when it comes to finding the right one but I’m really impressed by MAC Bold & Bad Lash* and can’t say enough good words about it.

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The Bigger the Better | Lancôme Monsieur Big Collection


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have been treating us to amazing launches and just when I thought there couldn’t be anything else to be surprised with, they proved me wrong!
You may have noticed that I like to wait for the hype to pass, so that I can try out and talk about something just because it can be a bit too overwhelming. The products that I’m showing you today are still new but the time that has passed gave us a chance to really appreciate what they are.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Collection consists of mascara (probably the most popular item out of all), liquid eyeliner in the form of a marker, brow pencil and brow highlighter. I’m really happy that I had the chance to test them all out and to share with you my experience with the products.

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I struggle with bristle mascara brushes although I’ve found brilliant mascaras with bristle brushes in the past couple of years. When I saw the brush of Monsieur Big Mascara*, I understood where the name of the collection came from. It’s pretty thick and big which made me think it would be quite difficult to apply without being left with mascara all over the face. But I was so amazed by the effect of this mascara and how easy it was to work with it that my initial fear instantly vanished. The mascara made my lashes super voluminous but separated at the same time. The formula is not too wet which is brilliant because I often find it hard to work with new mascaras. What surprised me the most was that it wasn’t clumpy at all and that’s what worries when it comes to bristle brushes. I love volumised lashes but bristle brushes tend to create clumps on me and I want my lashes to be well-separated without looking spidery. This brush has such soft bristles that it almost feels like they hug every single hair. I usually don’t apply mascara on my bottom lashes because I always look as if I’ve been crying but for the purposes of this review I did try it and it was a bit difficult for me, so I’d use a smaller brush.
What’s important to say is that Monsieur Big Mascara* didn’t smudge on me even after 12+ hours of wearing it in the heat, not even a bit. And it is not a waterproof mascara. I also haven’t faced any irritations, considering I’m a contact lens wearer with sensitive eyes. For me, it’s definitely worth the hype and I’m adding Monsieur Big Mascara* to the list of mascaras with bristle brushes that are actually amazing.

Monsieur Big Marker* was the one product I didn’t think I could work with. I adore a cat eye but I’m terrible at applying liquid liner. I always go for a delicate look and I end up with this bold eyeliner that just doesn’t quite suit me. You can see the tip of the liner looks like a proper marker and indeed, it’s great if you’re brave and want to create a daring cat flick. But here comes the surprise, the very tip of the marker is ideal for drawing a really thin line while the pigmented formula makes the application incredibly easy. It’s made of smooth foam material and the tip is soft but doesn’t move too much. I was stunned! The first time I tried it, I needed only 4 minutes to achieve a cat eye and I can honestly say that this is impossible for me normally. I can’t believe I’ve been using it almost every day in the past few weeks. Monsieur Big Marker* is the biggest surprise for me from the entire collection and I can finally say I’m not so scared of cat flicks anymore. In addition to that, I have to say the liner is pretty long-wearing, it does smudge a bit at the end of the day but I’m really impressed by the staying power.

Brow crayons are definitely new to me and the shade I’ve got from the Monsieur Big Brow is 02 Chestnut* which looked a bit too light in the pen but turned out to be a good match for my brows. The texture is quite soft and creamy and you may think it would be too intense once it’s applied but it can look quite natural if you use a light hand. At first, it may seem a bit tricky but now I use it when I don’t have time to do my makeup and just need a bit of an oomph to my brows. It blends really well and looks like powder but the soft texture turns this crayon into the perfect tool for achieving bold brows. It’s great for those of you who like big sculpted brows.
This pencil is double-ended and on one side we’ve got the crayon while there’s a blending brush on the other. The brush gives me the possibility to achieve more of a soft finish, as I like my brows natural-looking. The crayon glides on smoothly and it’s quite pigmented, so I can fill in my brows really quickly. The formula contains film forming polymers, waxes and powder pigments. Monsieur Big Brow comes in 4 shades and a Highlighter*. It’s meant to be used as a brow bone highlighter but as I’m usually going for a natural and simple look, I found another way of using it. It’s actually my favourite handbag highlighter now because I tend to reach for it when I look more tired in the afternoon. I’ll just pop a bit in the inner corners of my eyes and even in my waterline. Fresh look in just a few seconds!

These are my thoughts on the Lancôme Monsieur Big Collection, the two must-haves for me are definitely the mascara and the eyeliner. I think they’ve done a great job with these products and I can’t wait to see what the brand has in mind for the following months. 

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April Favourites

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The only skincare item I’m featuring today is the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*. I’ve been using this eye cream for two months and with each day, I like it more and more. It’s just really hydrating and refreshing, it feels light on the skin and it’s also a great base for my concealer. I’ve done a full review on this product here, in case you’d like to know more about it.

Another Clinique product that I’ve been absolutely in love with is their Cheek Pop in the shade 03 Berry Pop* from their Pop Artistry Spring 2016 Collection (at least that’s when they arrived in Norway). This blush is so beautiful and juicy-looking on the cheeks, it’s a powder but feels creamy and light, it’s long-lasting and very pigmented. You can read more about the collection here.

The second make-up product in this month’s favourites is the mini YSL Effet Faux Cills Mascara. I took it away with me to London and I remembered how gorgeous this mascara is. It gives me fluttery lashes, it’s super black, it doesn’t clump or flake and I might need a full size of it although I have so many mascaras in my drawer at the moment.

I already shared with you here how much I like the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant which is my current purifying shampoo. I use it once a week to just get this really clean and voluminous hair that we all love. I love that it’s not stripping and it doesn’t dry out my scalp, it’s very gentle but still purifying.

With spring days slowly coming to Norway, I started wearing a bit lighter fragrances. My most-worn one for April has been Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink. If you are fan of fragrances like Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Versace Bright Crystal and Crystal Noir, you’re going to like this one, too. It has notes of Tangerine, Pear Blossom and Yuzu Whipped Cream, base of Bamboo, Musk and Black Saffron and heart notes of Pink Lotus and White Camellia. The scent is fresh, feminine and a bit sweet. A really nice fragrance for the spring days.

What have you been loving in the month of April?

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Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

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In the past few months, I’ve been trying many new mascaras and although I’m still in love with the way the duo Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara and Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara makes my lashes look, I was really curious about Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara. Mainly because of the brush which reminds me a bit of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara that I adore and just in general, I prefer plastic brushes.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black* is the first make-up product that I own from the brand. I have body- and skincare products that I really like but I’ve never had experience with their make-up.

I’ve been using this mascara for about 2-3 weeks now and I liked it from the first application but I think I’m going to enjoy it even more when it dries a bit. I notice that it gets better with the time but it doesn’t dry out so quickly which is good considering it’s not a drugstore mascara and the price is higher.

From the brand are promising triple-action performance by the new mascara: volume, length and curl without smudging, clumping or flaking. The formula contains vitamins to condition, treat and protect the lashes.
The brush is curved and has three rows of different shaped bristles and a quite interesting tip that lifts and curls the lashes for a false-lash effect.

When I first used the mascara, I applied it like any other mascara and the result was amazing but then, I noticed that Elizabeth Arden suggest a 3-step brush application: 1) Cradle to volumise by using the curved side of the brush ”cradling” lashes. Start at the base and swipe in an upward motion 3 times to create volume. 2) Flip to lift by rotating the brush and apply mascara to lashes in 3-5 strokes to create lift. 3) Push up to lengthen by using the straight side of the brush to apply mascara in 3 to 4 strokes to separate and lengthen. Use the brush tip to push up and define lashes.
For the lower lashes, it’s recommended to use the straight side of the brush at the base of the lashes.
I have to say that it’s much more simple than it may sound and it really works! I always struggle to make a good photo when it comes to mascara, so you have to know that my lashes look much better in real life than in the picture above.

I like that my lashes remain soft and that the mascara doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, as I’m a contact lens wearer. The bristles are slightly flexible, so they don’t feel scratchy at all. They separate the lashes really well and give lots of length. It volumises, as well but I wouldn’t say it’s the most volumising one. The mascara holds the curl for hours and doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day. Unlike the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, this one is pretty easy to remove with micellar water or cleansing oil.

I really like this mascara, in fact, I love it and I will keep using it. Another great thing about it is the bold and bright packaging while it still has an elegant look, it’s really easy to notice it among the others in my mascara drawer.

Have you tried the new Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara?

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January Favourites

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So, the first month of 2016 has come to an end! Hard to believe, I know… But the thought of time flying really quickly, makes me feel quite down, so I’d better start sharing with you my January favourites.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying two shower gels. My morning one has been the Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap which smells like freshly pressed orange juice and I love it! This body wash contains Orange Butter derived from orange peel and it actually feels pretty moisturising on the skin, it’s refreshing and awakening. If you have the Polish brand’s products near you, be sure to check this one out.
My favourite evening shower gel has been Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel which is vegan and has Organic Pomegranate in it. For me, it doesn’t smell like pomegranate, I find it warm and sweet-smelling like panettone which makes me feel quite Christmassy. It’s very gentle on the skin, it’s free from silicones, synthetic colourants and preservatives. I love even the design of the tube and I can’t wait to try more of this brand’s products once I’m back to Germany.

I’ve included the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in the shade 01 Jumbo Jetin my November 2015 favourites and my annual favourites but I’d like to mention it one more time because together with the Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara, they make the perfect pair. They are both separating and volumising but together, they do something that just doesn’t happen when I’m using only one of them. First, I go with a coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara and then I finish off with a layer of the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. The result is long, fluttery, voluminous and gorgeous lashes!

I haven’t used many different nail polishes in the past few weeks, simply because WYCON Nail Lacquer in N. 222 has been on my nails for about three weeks in a row. I couldn’t stop re-applying this beautiful dusty lavender shade and you can read more about it here.

I’ve been keeping the Crabtree & Evelyn‘s Gardeners Hand Therapy by the bathroom sink because I find it very soothing. January has been incredibly cold here in Norway, we have a lot of snow and my hands tend to bleed in such weather. This hand cream is infused with Macadamia Nut OilShea Butter andVitamin E. It smells amazing, warm and not too overpowering, so my boyfriend loves it, as well. It’s not greasy and you can dispense the right amount of product thanks to the pump. It’s not cheap but it lasts a really long time, we also got it in a set and it can be used by both, men and women. Definitely, one of the best hand creams I’ve ever tried.

There are a few more products that I wanted to include in this post but as I’ve been using them for only a couple of weeks, I’ll wait until February because I’m sure I’ll keep loving them.
What are your January favourites?

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