Sep 27, 2014

Review: Benefit Fake Up Concealer

If you have already found your HG concealer then... congrats! I'm still in the hunt for that amazing undereye concealer which will brighten my eyes, but it will not make me look like Selena in this picture :



So my most recent purchace is this lovely product




As i was just browsing through Sephora i saw that Benefit had a 25% Off Sale. So i ended up with a new concealer! (YAY!). 

This is one of the latest releases from Benefit. I used to love the Erase Paste as an undereye concealer, as it was really moisturising and went on forever. But it was a bit too thick for my liking lately. 

The whole idea behind this concealer is MOISTURE. When do we need a moisturising concealer? When we wake up with dry raccoon eyes (or panda eyes) and when you get that gross looking pimple that hurts and is flaky around the edges. 

So let's get more specific...

Packaging 


The packaging is pretty unique. It looks like a tube lipstick. But when you remove the lid...you see the concealer obviously. The core is the concealer and all around it there is the moisturizing agent. Or whatever it is. It is supposed to hydrate while conceal. For me this is a win. The lipstick style packaging makes it easy to throw in your travel makeup bag or just your purse for touch ups throughout the day. 

If you plan to use it straight from the bullet, it might not be really hygenic, even though i guess it was designed to use it this way. Just swipe, blend and done! If you are really weird about these things, you can definitely rub some of it on your finger and apply under the eyes.




Shades and Tone


I got the lightest shade 01 Light (from the three available shades, seriously? Only three shades?). Unlike Erase Paste, this light colour (which is not really a light, it should be a fair or very fair) is quite balanced in tones. The Erase Paste had this massive pink/salmon undertone, but this one is actually pretty yellowish but not too yellow (if that makes sense).


Consistency and Texture


Now is the love or hate moment. If you love those thick, full cover concealers, then just skip reading this review and visit my Erase Paste review. Fake up is on the lighter side. I would say it is a light to mayyybe medium coverage concealer. If you suffer from mild dark circles and dry under eye skin, usually due to allergies, then this is a great concealer because it brightens enough to actually make you look less tired, but not so much as to look like you obviously have a concealer 3 shades lighter on. Personally, i like it because i think it is the absolute "no makeup" makeup product. It is super moisturizing, to the point it leaves a light sheen after blended. Of course i set it with powder and of course it creases a bit after a few hours, but not so much as Erase Paste. There is no creaseless concealer ladies, even when the marketing team behind the product is amazing.

If you have combination, normal or dry skin you could use it everywhere. Sometimes I use it around the nose or on any discoloration on the cheeks. It is a bit oily but if i powder it, it works just fine. I do that only when i don't have my trusty Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer with me. If you have oily to super oily skin, then i should strongly advise not to use it on your face. I'm pretty sure you will think it is really greasy. 

See pictures below, on the left unblended and on the righ blended without powder.


  


Value/Cost


The crucial part. Is it worth the 24$/25euro price tag for 3.5g of product? Personally i would repurchase it, just because i'm happy with the results under the eyes. I got it for almost 19 euro on the sale, so if you ever come across a sale like that or more, then you should definitely give it a try. Also, you don't really need much, just two swipes under each eye. I've been using it for a few weeks and i haven't even made a dent yet.

You can get it at Sephora or Department store that carry Benefit. 






Sep 26, 2014

Giveaway from Pharm16!



The online shop Pharm16 is currently hosting an amazing giveaway! One lucky girl will win a complete set with a year's worth beauty necessities!

  • 6 Korres Shower gels
  • 6 Korres Shampoos
  • 2 Eye Creams Aloe Plus
  • 3 Korres Face Creams 
  • 6 Korres Nail Polishes
  • 2 Korres Eye Liner Pencils
  • 2 Korres Mascara's
  • 2 Aloe Plus Body Lotions 


How to enter?

All you have to do is go to Pharm16 page and enter your details here.
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Sep 2, 2014

21 Foot Care Tricks To Treat Your Feet

Recently I came across this amazing article from BuzzFeed and I had to share it! 21 amazing tricks and product suggestions for dry, ichy, tired and sore feet! 


21 Foot Care Tricks To Treat Your Tired And Sore Feet

1. If you’ve got tons of dry, scaly skin on the bottoms of your feet, try a Baby Foot exfoliating mask. (Also Dr Scholl's exfoliating mask is great as well!)

Get it here.

2. Or give this soothing pumpkin foot scrub a try.

Or give this soothing pumpkin foot scrub a try.

Get the full recipe here.

3. Treat your cracked heels with a little vinegar and Listerine (really!).


Treat your cracked heels with a little vinegar and Listerine (really!).

Get the instructions here.

4. Don’t go barefoot — if you can help it.

Don't go barefoot — if you can help it.

Walking around barefoot can leave your toenails susceptible to foot fungus and disease, so keep the flip flops on.

5. Lavender and peppermint foot cream can also calm your cracked and aching feet.

Lavender and peppermint foot cream can also calm your cracked and aching feet.

Get the full directions here.

6. The same rules that apply to your fingernails apply to your toenails.

The same rules that apply to your fingernails apply to your toenails.

7. Make sure you wear shoes that actually fit.

Make sure you wear shoes that actually fit.

You can cause painful ingrown toenails if you wear shoes that are the wrong size. And if you don’t keep your nails trimmed, you could risk infection by irritating your nail beds.

8. To get rid of calluses and corns, make a microplane your friend.

To get rid of calluses and corns, make a microplane your friend.

This slightly terrifying looking tool can slough off dead skin from the bottoms of your callused, beat up feet in a flash. Get it here.

9. Treat your heels to this soothing concoction.

Treat your heels to this soothing concoction.

Get the full instructions here.

10. Or give the Pedi-Rock a go.

Or give the Pedi-Rock a go.
The Pedi-Rock works similarly to the microplane, in that it sloughs off dead skin and calluses, but it also conforms to the shape of your foot, and you can use it when it’s wet or dry. Get it here. And when you’re done, slather on a lactic acid-rich cream like AmLactin to seal in moisture.

11. Try a refreshing peppermint foot scrub.


Try a refreshing peppermint foot scrub.

Get the directions here.

12. Pamper your toes with rosemary and olive oil.

Pamper your toes with rosemary and olive oil.
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Get the full directions here.

13. Switch out your metal emery boards for glass ones.

Switch out your metal emery boards for glass ones.

Glass is a cleaner alternative to metal and emery filters, and still gets the job done.

14. After being crammed into shoes all day, treat your toes to something special.

After being crammed into shoes all day, treat your toes to something special.

The Flex-Tastic exerciser separates, strengthens and helps realign your toes.

15. Give yourself a quick foot massage with a tennis ball.

21 Foot Care Tricks To Treat Your Tired And Sore Feet

Rolling a tennis ball along the bottom of your bare foot can provide a surprisingly relaxing massage.

16. Try a little reflexology.

Try a little reflexology.

The parts of your foot correspond to different parts of your body. Learn more about the benefits of reflexology here.

17. Disinfect your shoes with Lysol to get rid of odors.


21 Foot Care Tricks To Treat Your Tired And Sore Feet

Or if you’d prefer, try rubbing a little cornstarch or antiperspirant directly onto the soles of your feet.

18. DIY a pair of heel-protecting summer socks.

DIY a pair of heel-protecting summer socks.

Keep your heels hydrated by applying lotion and then cutting a pair of old socks into socklets and wearing ‘em to bed.

19. Keep your pedicure tools to yourself.

Keep your pedicure tools to yourself.

Sharing your pedicure tools with friends or family increases your chances of spreading and sharing nasty foot funguses and diseases. Be a friend and be selfish with your nail stuff.

20. Treat your cuticles, too.

Treat your cuticles, too.

Your cuticles can get dry and cracked and gross — especially in dry weather. So don’t forget to feed them with cuticle oil or balm. 

21. Don’t forget the suncreen.

Don't forget the suncreen.

It’s easy to forget to put SPF on your toes and the tops of your feet, but that can leave you susceptible to especially bad burns.