30 July 2014

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

Make Up For Ever is fast becoming my favourite brand, everything I have tried to date has been such good quality and generally makes my make up routine pleasurable. I love the packaging, I love the products- The only thing missing is colour names! It does't take long, or even much imagination to come up with with something clever, cute or quirky. I recently bought the Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Waterproof Eye Shadow in 60. 60! Even calling it tree trunk would have been preferable. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

At €20, it is not a bargain eyeshadow but this is the first waterproof eyeshadow I have come across and was dying to give it a go. I chose this colour because my fail safe look is a brown smokey eye. I figured it would pair well with the eyeshadows I already own and complements the Naked Palette nicely. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

I persistently oversleep in the mornings, which leaves me less than 5 minutes to do my make up for the day. Eyeliner requires a steady hand and can be a pain to clean up if you make a mistake, I've been using the Aqua Matic instead, just a quick swipe across my lash line and i'm good to go. It's not as dramatic as a cat flick, but it certainly beats wonky kohl. 

I found it slightly harder to get to grips with using it as an eyeshadow. It dries very quickly, and once it's dry it won't budge unless you use make up remover. No amount of furious scrubbing with a blending brush it going to shift it, which is great if you're happy with the look but not so good if you are slowly building a multi-shadow smokey eye. I found that if i worked quickly enough I was able to create a satisfactory base colour to then build on. I'd be very interested in trying some of the other colours that are available but I'm never sure where my eyeshadow is supposed to end, if that makes sense? I'm sure i'd end up with a half moon shape on one eye and look like i'd been punched in the other. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

It's a twist up pencil, which is great and comes with a built-in sharpener in the base which is idea for sharpening the pencil to a point for creating precision lines. It applies very smoothly, and didn't need to be smeared on the way some stick eyeshadows do. It's available from Sephora for €20

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27 July 2014

Bioderma Créaline Lait

Bioderma Créaline Lait

I am a die-hard fan of Bioderma Créaline Micellaire Water and have used it devoutly for coming up to three years. I spotted this treasure a few months back and made a mental note to pick it up next time I popped into a pharmacy. Prices can vary to a crazy degree here in Paris and I didn't want to overpay. This meant that it was a while before I found a bottle for a 'normal' price as the areas where I live & work, and therefore frequent the most, are very popular with tourists- sadly the prices tend to reflect that. I managed to find this at a pharmacy down a back street near Saint-Paul, it was €11.90 for a 250ml bottle. 

Bioderma Créaline Lait

The Bioderma Créaline Lait is a no-rinse eye, and face make up remover and cleanser. My first impressions were a little odd as I wasn't expecting such a thick consistency. It works in much the same way as the original Micellar water and dissolves make up very quickly. I have very sensitive eyes which felt a little 'cloudy' after using this. I don't know if that's just me and my loyal-to-the-water-version eyes or if perhaps this formula isn't as gentle. 

It was very effective at removing my make up and would be very well suited to someone who prefers something creamier to cleanse with. I like it, but i'll be staying faithful to my one true make up removing love. 
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23 July 2014

Body Shop Body Mist

Body Shop Body Mist

There are few things I love more than a good bargain, especially when it's a cosmetic or toiletry deal! In The Body Shop here, all body mists were 50% off, making them only €5.50 each which is cheaper than the UK where they are currently available for £7.50 each . I was just going to treat myself to one but my husband decided that I needed the Satsuma scent as well as the Brazil nut, and I wasn't going to argue! 

Body Shop Body Mist

The Brazil Nut Body Mist is very sweet, but not overwhelmingly so and it is quite deep & feminine. I was a bit worried about the Satsuma Body Mist because I had an allergic reaction as a child to the satsuma shower gel but I have had no ill effects this time! It really reminds me of the Marc Jacobs Kumquat perfume I have, but it feels much lighter. Body mists are a nice alternative to perfume if you fancy changing things up a little bit and they are also handy for going on holiday if you don't want to be wasting pricy Chanel perfume if you are in and out of the pool every hour.
 
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