Review: Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

*This is not a sponsored post.

Hi guys!

Today I’ll be telling you all about my all-time favorite (and affordable) foundation: the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation! Before we dive into the review, let me start by telling you two things about this foundation.

1. This foundation comes in several types.

This is the range for dry to normal skin:

  • Luminous + Smooth
  • Hydrate + Smooth
  • Dewy + Smooth

Maybelline New York didn’t really create a range for normal to oily skin. For this skintype they only created the following foundation:

  • Matte + Poreless

As I have a combination skin (dry areas and oily areas), I only tried out the MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation, which means that I cannot guarantee that my review and personal experiences will also apply to the other foundation types.

2. The MNY Fit Me foundations are available in a bottle (right) and tube (left) format.

I have tried both and genuinely couldn’t find any difference. The quantity of the bottle and tube are both 30ml. The bottle looks more luxurious but for someone with limited space or frequent travelers, you might want to go for the tube packaging. In my experience, the product quality is entirely the same.

Now, let’s start with the review!

What does the internet say?

The Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is priced around 10 EUR and available in most drugstores worldwide.

Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. Mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish.

Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.

Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator and blend.

Maybelline New York

The foundation is available in over 40 shades, but the available shades in drugstores may vary.

Based on reviews on the Maybelline New York website and independent review site, the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation scores an average of 4 out of 5 stars.

What are my first impressions?

I know I might be a bit too biased as this foundation is one of my personal favorites, so I’m trying my best to stay objective and look at both the pros and cons of this foundation. The shade that matches my skin tone the best is 250 (sun beige).

First off, I think that Maybelline New York has increased the coverage of this foundation over the years. I first tried out the Matte + Poreless foundation as it came out in 2016, and I definitely do not remember the coverage being this great back then. I still had a very clear and even skin back then, and felt like the foundation was more of a BB-cream to me. That’s why it wasn’t love at first sight, and I kept looking for that ‘perfect’ foundation. A year ago I decided to give this foundation a try again. My skin changed a lot over the years, I have discolorations around my mouth and eyes and I have quite some acne spots. So you can image, I was pretty skeptic about using this foundation again. However, this time, the MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless managed to cover it all up. Whatever MNY did to the formula, I’m thankful!

The foundation has a smooth texture, not too liquid but not too dry. Just a small amount can go a long way, which is why most of my MNY foundation tubes last me months or even up to a year (daily use).

The MNY Matte + Poreless foundation is one of the reasons I stopped buying high-end foundations about a year ago. It’s way more affordable, the quality is the same (if not better) and it’s just way easier to carry around for traveling. Of course I still have one high-end foundation, which is the Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation, but I haven’t touched it in nearly a year (also partly because of lockdown).

The foundation has a medium to high coverage (with layering) and stays on all day. However, if you have oily skin, the occasional powder touch-up might be necessary; this also depends on the intensity of your day.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I’m a big big fan of the MNY Matte + Poreless foundation. I’m convinced that, when you have a dry to normal skin, the other MNY Fit Me foundation types might be better for you and you will be just as satisfied! Even if you aren’t entirely convinced yet, the foundation is available in most drugstores and incredibly affordable, so it might just be worth the try.

And of course, for any skincare or make-up routine goes: don’t forget to wear your SPF! Spring has arrived, sunnier days are coming so it’s even more important to really apply your SPF and keep re-applying (consider SPF-powders). But more on (the different kinds of) SPF in another post!

#6 Labels to Look For on Your Next Skincare Products

*This post is not sponsored.

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well.

Today I want to talk to you about a major (and for some even essential) skincare topic that you might want to consider. As most of you might know, I am obsessed with trying out new skincare products, from high-end moisturizers to Korean cleansers and “underdog” serums. However, do we really know what we’re putting on our face? Since I’ve had some more time on my hands these past few months, I’ve been doing some research into skincare ingredients (e.g., what they mean, what they do for your skin, what can and cannot be combined, etc.) and I realized that a lot of our favorite products are filled with ingredients that can either harm our skin (if not now, then in the long run) or are simply not doing anything good or effective and therefore, unnecessary.

In this post I will be talking about a number of labels and terms on skincare products that you might want to pay attention to. If you have an easy, non-sensitive and non-problematic skin, I can imagine you don’t see a reason to switch up your skincare routine. And, as long as you’re still aware of what you’re putting on your face, that’s okay! But if you find yourself struggling with acne, blackheads, oily skin, large pores, redness or simply cannot maintain a balanced skin (aside from hormonal issues)- you should consider looking for the following labels and terms on your next skincare products.


Oil-free.

If you’re dealing with oily-skin and nothing seems to work for you, try specifically looking for oil-free products. If the product isn’t meant for sebum regulation or mattifying purposes or if it doesn’t specifically mention “oil-free” on the packaging, chances are that the product contains some ingredients that will lead to an oily skin throughout the day. I personally have always dealt with oily skin. No matter whether it was warm and humid or freezing cold, my skin would always get shiny a few hours after my skincare / makeup routine. I would blot my T-zone several times a day and the oils would still come through. So, when I read about the difference switching to oil-free products could make, I did not hesitate for one second and started looking up suitable products. Now, all my skincare and makeup products are water-based instead of oil-based, and I switched my Teaology Rose Tea Micellar Cleansing Water to the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. I can’t be too optimistic, applying this toner in the AM and PM does not guarantee that your skin won’t get oily throughout the day. But the times I need to blot my T-zone has drastically decreased and that’s something, isn’t it?


Alcohol-free.

Despite popular beliefs that alcohol is good for drying out acne and oily skin, it’s probably for the best if you try to avoid alcohol on your skin. It doesn’t even sound right, does it? Shortly put, alcohol is too harsh, too drying and too damaging to the skin’s protective barrier. This means that the skin won’t be able to lock in moisture and will therefore cause dryness, irritations and even breakouts. But…there are also “good” kinds of alcohol (no, not the mojito you’re planning to have this Saturday night!). These good kinds of alcohol (A.K.A fatty alcohols) are derived from vegetables. Fatty alcohols (often indicated as Cetearyl, Stearyl, Cetyl and Behenyl in an ingredient list) help emulsifying purposes. This means that, for instance, they help keep the product together so that the oil and water don’t separate. Fatty alcohols do not dry or irritate the skin at all and are therefore safe to use. So, don’t shy away from all products that mention ‘alcohol’ in their ingredient list, make sure to check if it’s the good or bad kind first.


Fragrance-free.

Let’s be honest here, most of our favorite skincare products contain fragrances (sometimes also indicated as “perfume” in an ingredient list). Several studies have shown that fragrances in skincare products are the most common cause of sensitizing and other negative skin reactions. This goes for all skin types, not just if you’re dealing with sensitivity, redness- or acne-prone skin. If you’re not noticing any damage to your skin, that doesn’t mean your skin is not hurting. Our skin is very good at hiding when it’s being aggravated, and it will come back to haunt you in the long run. So if you can, opt for fragrance-free skincare products. Click here for an article by Paula’s Choice on why you should be choosing fragrance-free products. This was a hard one for me because I found out that the majority of my go-to skincare products contained fragrances. However, I did manage to switch my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer to the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion (which is even cheaper!).


Non-comedogenic products.

Non-comedogenic is a term used to describe skincare and make-up products that are formulated in a certain way that they are not likely to cause pore blockages and breakouts. When a product is labeled non-comedogenic, it means that the product does not contain any ingredients that are known to clog pores. Especially if you’re struggling with acne, you might want to consider purchasing non-comedogenic skincare products and make-up. Click here for more reasons to be using non-comedogenic products.


Paraben-free.

Parabens are ingredients that should be avoided altogether: in makeup, skincare and even in hair products! But why? Parabens disrupt the hormone functioning by mimicking oestrogen. Still don’t see the harm? Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors. Several studies have linked paraben use to breast cancer and reproductive issues. For more (detailed) information about this, check out this article by ELLE Magazine.


Silicone-free.

The main reason you should be avoiding silicones in your skincare is because it clogs your pores. Silicones trap everything like bacteria, impurities, dirt and sebum in your skin by forming a barrier on the skin (this is why most make-up primers are silicone-based!). Silicones can cause large pores, acne and blackheads so try to avoid it as much as possible! Check out this article by Fitglow Beauty for 9 other reasons to avoid silicone (although this one should have been enough…).


I’m not going to sugarcoat it, finding average-priced skin care products with (most of) the above-mentioned labels is hard. That’s why it’s important to learn how to read ingredient lists, don’t you want to know what kind of acids, soaps, oils, etc., you’re applying to your precious skin every morning and evening? You can also consider to use products that are either developed by dermatologists, meaning that the ingredients are carefully selected and most likely to be non-comedogenic.

If you have problematic skin, I know it’s tempting to switch to another skincare product or routine when you don’t see any results right away. It’s frustrating, because why is the $40 vitamin E-serum that you’ve been using for a month not getting rid of your hyperpigmentation yet? It was expensive, so it must be good, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that (anymore). That’s why it’s important to be patient and learn to stick with one particular product routine that works for you. If it isn’t causing any breakouts or redness, it is definitely worth using the product for a few months and see what it does. Check out this article by Business Insider for 11 clean skincare brands!

What are some things you pay attention to before purchasing a new skincare product? Comment below!

Review: The Ordinary Peeling Solution, Alpha Arbutin & Niacinamide for hyperpigmentation

*This is not a sponsored post.*

For those who have known me for a while probably also know that I’ve struggled with acne for a long time. Now that (most of) my acne is gone, I’m left with quite some scarring (the ‘official’ term is: post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Although I should consider myself lucky that most of my scars are superficial and barely affecting my skin structure (deep scarring), I’m still not comfortable leaving the house with a bare face. I’ve tried so many methods to get rid of the dark spots, from home remedies in my kitchen cabinet to chemical peelings and expensive skincare products (note: I have never done the dermabrasion treatment which is also considered an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation).

So of course, I did what any other desparate girl would have done: I went to the internet. I read tons of articles on how to reduce hyperpigmentation, I read reviews of skincare products I could never afford, and I watched as many “how to get clear skin” tutorials as I could. There was one thing that recurred in every article, review and tutorial: I need to drink more water. Lots of water. Everyone made it sound like drinking water was going to solve all my problems (Spoiler: it doesn’t). But, I did start drinking more water than I did before. Now I’m not saying that this is the holy grail to clear skin but it sure helped my skin stay hydrated and healthy.


Alright- let’s move on to the reason you’re here. Here’s how (I think) my skin has improved drastically over the past year.

About one and a half year ago I asked some friends about their must-have products to clear acne and acne scarring; and based on all the comments, one brand was significantly the most popular: The Ordinary. I had never heard of the brand before and when I looked it up, all the chemical terms and names sounded a bit scary to me. I mean, BHA? AHA? Acids? Ascorbyl Glucoside? Alpha Arbutin? What was I about to do to my face?! The pricing surprised me though, almost everything was priced for less than 10 EUR. I figured it was worth a try.

Note to self (and my readers): Thoroughly research skincare products before you purchase/use them, especially when they contain acids or other chemicals. Do they fit in your skincare routine? What do the listed ingredients mean and (how) do they improve your skin? Is it making your skin (temporarily) more sensitive?

I’ve tried several serums, peelings, acids and creams by The Ordinary; and here’s how I implemented my favorites into my current skincare routine:

  • 2 times a week: TO AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution
  • Rosewater (toner)
  • TO Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
  • TO Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • TO Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (day moisturizer) / Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference moisturize (night moisturizer)
  • Biodermal SPF50 Sun fluid (SPF)

Every morning and evening, I tone my skin with pure rosewater. Then, I apply a few drops of Alpha Arbutin on my entire face. On the weekends, I like to use my jade roller which allows my skin to absorb the product better; but on weekdays I just let it dry. Lastly, I apply Niacinamide and let it dry before I put on my moisturizer.

On the nights when I apply the peeling solution (for me, that’s on Sunday and Wednesday), I don’t use any other skincare products after; except for moisturizer.

Please note: this combination makes your top-surface skin more sensitive and prone to sun burn and damage. Make sure to wear SPF (minimum of SPF 20) the next day(s). But of course, you should already be wearing a daily SPF anyways :)

I’ve been using the combination of The Ordinary’s peeling solution, Alpha Arbutin and Niacinamide for more than 6 months now, and my skin has never looked better. See below for the descriptions and directions of these 3 products.


The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

This peeling solution (mask) exfoliates the skin for a brighter and more even appearance.

Directions

Apply on dry, clean face + do not forget to use an SPF the next day. It is recommended to apply this mask in the evening as it may leave some redness on the skin. The peeling comes with a number of important don’ts:

Don’t leave the peeling on for longer than 10 minutes.

Don’t apply on wet skin

Don’t use this peeling if you’re not an experienced users of acid exfoliation.

Don’t use on sensitive, damaged skin.

Don’t use more than twice a week.

pH-value

The pH-value of this peeling solution lays between 3.5 and 3.7, which is why it is recommended not to combine this solution with products that have a higher pH, as this could make the formula (even more) irritating


Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

The Ordinary’s Alpha Arbutin is a highly-concentrated serum and also includes hyaluronic acid (HA). The serum is supposed to reduce spots and hyperpigmentation. The Alpha Arbutin in this serum is proven to be much stronger than Arbutin or Beta Arbutin.

Directions

A few drops should be applied on dry, clean skin in the AM and PM, don’t forget to wear an SPF in the morning!

pH-value

Alpha Arbutin has a pH value between 4.85 and 4.90. It should be noted that the serum is extremely sensitive to degradation in the presence of water if the pH of the formulation is not ideal. The pH value of this serum is shown to be the most suitable to minimize the degradation of Alpha Arbutin. If you’re not sure what all this means: that’s okay! I do recommend researching the meaning of pH values if you’re planning to use skin care acids more often.


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is supposed to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. The added Zinc (1%) balances visible aspects of sebum activity, which reduces large pores and makes the skin less oily. However, niacinamide is not an acne treatment (salicylic acid).

Directions

Niacinamide can be applied in the AM and PM, before heavier creams such as moisturizers or oils.

According to The Ordinary, independent studies have also shown that niacinamide is an effective ingredient for brightening skin tone.

pH-value

Niacinamide has a pH between 5.50 and 6.50 which technically means it is not suitable to use in combination with the Alpha Arbutin serum. However, this combination has been working out great for me. If you’ve been using this combination and you’re not noticing any improvements, you could consider applying Niacinamide in the AM (recommended if you have oily skin) and Alpha Arbutin in the PM. The other way around should be fine as well. If you’ve got some more time on your hands in the AM and PM, you could consider waiting 30 minutes after applying Alpha Arbutin before you move on to Niacinamide.

P.S. If you have any questions regarding The Ordinary products, or any other product(s) in my skincare routine, shoot me a message!

P.P.S. Coming up: A post with detailed explanation of the (chemical) skincare terms frequently used by The Ordinary and other skincare brands, such as retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, pH-levels, etc.

#8 Amazing Skincare Benefits Of Aloe Vera

What’s the one natural beauty product all beauty bloggers swear by? That’d be Aloe Vera. This tropical plant is known for its multiple uses and health benefits. In fact, it’s the gel that does the trick. Fortunately, you don’t need an actual Aloe Vera plant to enjoy its benefits. You can buy the gel at a lot of drugstores and health and food shops, and it’s entirely affordable!

In this post, I’ve summed up the most popular skincare uses for Aloe Vera which will make you ask yourself: why do I not own this amazing product yet?!

1. Treating skin conditions

Aloe Vera gel is a combination of vitamins, minerals, acids which makes it a great remedy for skin conditions (this is also the most common use of Aloe Vera gel).

For centuries people have been using Aloe Vera gel for treating minor cuts, soothing rashes, treating minor (sun)burns, accelerate wound healing, reducing infections and many other skin conditions. The gel is cooling and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for treating sunburns and soothing the skin. This sounds like the kind of product your grandma would pull out of her kitchen cabinet for any little problem, right…? It’s a must-have home remedy!

(If this is your first time using Aloe Vera: always do a patch-test on your hand before applying the gel on your face. Just to make sure you’re not allergic!) 

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2. Hair growth 

Aloe Vera contains proteolytic enzymes which repair the dead cells on your scalp and maintains its pH balance. This is why many people claim that applying the gel on their scalp (or using it as a conditioner) makes their hair grow faster. It has not been proven by any researches yet, but we’d like to believe it, don’t we? Also, what’s the harm?

Besides hair growth, Aloe Vera is believed to do many more wonders to your hair: it relieves an itchy scalp and significantly reduces dandruff. After using the gel as a conditioner, it will leave your hair smooth and silky. I say it’s worth the try, isn’t it?

3. Make-up Remover

It might be a little weird to think about: using a gel as a make-up remover. Honestly, it’s not something I would try out myself but there are people who did, and they’re loving it! The gel is very gentle and not harmful at all for the delicate skin around your eyes, the cooling ingredients also reduce the redness on your skin (e.g. acne scars, spots, rosea).

Just apply some gel on a cotton ball/ pad and use it like you’d use any make-up remover.

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This is the gel I own: Organic Aloe Vera Gel by Aloe Pura

4.  Exfoliator

Aloe Vera gel works great as an exfoliator (homemade scrub) and it’s so easy! Just mix the gel with brown sugar (brown sugar is rough and works better as a scrub than normal sugar). Be careful not to exfoliate too much though, 2 times a week is all your face needs.

5. Skin brightener

Aloe Vera gel is often used as a skin brightener in the South-Asian countries. It might not be as effective as lemon juice but it’s way less damaging, which is exactly what you need if you want to brighten scars or blemishes on your face.  All you have to do is apply the gel to your flaws every night (or morning too, if you’re not going to wear make-up) and stay consistent for a few weeks to see a significant change.

6. Anti-Aging

If you’ve ever applied Aloe Vera on your face or body, you’ll know that it tightens after a few minutes. But how does that fight aging? Aloe Vera helps to rebuild collagen (more of it and faster) which controls the aging process of your skin. Aloe Vera also contains vitamin E which will keep your skin looking youthful and prevent premature signs of aging. Some even claim that Aloe Vera works better than anti-aging products…

Aloe Vera moisturizer

7. Overnight Mask

Because of its soothing and moisturizing ingredients, Aloe Vera gel works great as an overnight mask. The gel will significantly reduce redness and scars and you’ll wake up with a healthy, glowing skin. Isn’t that what we all want? 

8. Moisturizer

Many models swear by Aloe Vera as their go-to moisturizer. The gel increases the water content in your skin and leaves it hydrated and non-greasy. This is perfect for people with an oily or acne-prone skin.



And that was it! I hope this post convinced you that Aloe Vera should be a part of your skincare routine, because you’re missing out on some great benefits! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried Aloe Vera on your face and how you experienced it.

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Note:

  • Using Aloe Vera on your skin is safe, but do not take it internally!
  • If you’re considering to buy Aloe Vera gel, make sure you buy it in an actual certificated drugstore/ health store instead of on some strange online webshop (for your own health!) 
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Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

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Hi all!

Today I will be reviewing the Estée Lauder Double Wear (Stay-In-Place) foundation, which is often used by professionals for its incredibly full coverage. I bought this foundation a year ago at Sephora in New York (it’s a shame Europe still does not have a Sephora!), but most major beauty / department stores sell the iconic Estée Lauder foundation as well. If you’re new to this foundation I’d definitely recommend you to visit a physical store rather than buying it online, not only because that’s the only way to find out the shade you need but you also cannot be scammed! High-end foundations often sell for way cheaper price on the web and more often than not, they’re not real! So if you find something that seems too cheap to be true, it most likely is.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation comes in a heavy, frosted glass bottle without a pump, so I used the pump of an old Smashbox foundation and placed it on my new foundation. However, Estée Lauder does sell its own pumps separately. 

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I would usually not impulse-buy a €44 high-end foundation which I don’t even need, but you know, I did it anyways and I’m happy I did. I’ve been in love with this foundation ever since I’ve worn it for the first time. I  have some dark spots on my face which I usually cover up with concealer but with the Double Wear foundation, I don’t even need extra cover-up. This foundation has a great full coverage, it stays on all day (or longer), and one pump will suffice for the full coverage!

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is available in 38 (!) shades, so make sure you get the shade that really matches your skin. The shade I own is 4W1 (Honey Bronze). 

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With a retail price at €44, this foundation is definitely not considered affordable. And I’m going to be honest, if you don’t wear makeup as often or if you don’t need a full coverage, you might want to opt for another foundation (or maybe even a BB cream). If you do wear makeup often or if you are looking for that full coverage, this would be a great investment.

Shade: 4W1 Honey Bronze
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full
Price: US $42 / EU €44
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My #5 fave lipsticks + why

Good morning pretty ones!

Do you also love buying new lipsticks, even though you have an entire stack of old lipsticks at home? If you’re as addicted to lipsticks, lipglosses and lip balms as I am, definitely keep reading! Today I’ll be showing you my top #5 favorite lipsticks + a short review.

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#1 Clinique + Jonathan Adler Pop Lip Colour 

I always thought that Clinique lipsticks were way overpriced for its quality but turns out, I was so wrong. Past November, I bought the Clinique miniature skincare set for €16. The set included:

– Smart Custom-Repair Moisturizer SPF15- day cream 7 ml
– Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer – night cream 7 ml
– Smart Custom-Repair Serum 7 ml
– Take The Day Off Makeup Remover 30 ml
– Liquid Facial Soap Mild 15 ml
– Pop Lip Colour & Primer Lipstick ( 14 Plum Pop )
– High Impact Mascara ( 01 Black ) 3,5 ml

If you’d like a review of another product in the set below, let me know! 

Clinique + Jonathan Adler

And I immediately fell in love with the Pop Lip Colour lipstick, in shade 14 Plum Pop. It does not dry out or turn darker after a few hours, in fact, the lipstick is really moisturizing. Unfortunately, the Pop Lip Colour doesn’t seem long-lasting to me. I’ve worn the lipstick for an entire day at school (09:00 – 18:00)  and had to keep re-applying after I drank or ate something. I drink a lot of water throughout the day so it was really inconvenient. But besides that, I love the colour and feeling this lipstick brings along

Shade: Plum Pop
Finish: Satin
Coverage: Full
Price: US $18.50 / EU € 23,00
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Clinique + Jonathan Adler online

#2 DIOR Couture Colour Lipstick Comfort & Wear 

I actually bought this lipstick a few days ago, because I still had a gift card to use. If I didn’t have the gift card, I probably wouldn’t even look at these kinds of high-end lipsticks. Let’s be honest, would you be willing to pay €38 for a lipstick? I know I wouldn’t.

Anyways, I do love it. The lipstick I bought is in the shade 964 Ambitious Matte. It’s long-lasting and the name already says it: it’s pretty comforting to wear. The lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips but it doesn’t feel heavy or too much either. Besides, it’s highly pigmented which I really like since my lips are naturally a little dark.

If you’re able to spend a little more on make-up than most of us, I’d definitely recommend this lipstick. But I’m convinced that there are much cheaper, similar lipsticks out there with the same quality (e.g. a classic Chanel lipstick costs €33 ). 

Shade: 964 Ambitious Matte
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full
Price: US $37 / EU €38
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#3 KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 

I am so in love with KIKO Milano. In a short time, KIKO grew to be one of the most popular budget/quality make-up brand. KIKO Milano has a big assortment, from skincare to nail polish…One of the products I love most is the KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick. I keep buying this lipstick over and over again because it’s simply amazing.
 
The Smart Fusion lipsticks are rich and nourishing for your lips and leaves a creamy finish (all – day – long)!
 
The lipstick I own is in the shade 434, which appears to be light brownish. If you’re looking for a high-quality budget lipstick, give this one a try!
 
Shade: 434
Finish: Bright 
Coverage: Medium
Price: US $6 / EU €3,95 / UK £3,90
 
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 #4 MAC Spirit Lipstick 

Of course, MAC couldn’t stay behind on my list of favorite lipsticks. To be honest, I only own 4 MAC lipsticks. But the MAC Spirit is one of my faves. This highly-pigmented lipstick has a satin finish and comes with a caramel kinda colour, which is a tiny bit darker than my natural lip colour. The lipstick seems matte but feels hydrating and soft on the lips.  It’s definitely worth checking out!
 
Shade:Spirit A86
Finish:Satin
Coverage:Medium- full 
Price: EU €19,50 / UK £16,50
 
 
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#5 Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte lip color 

This lipstick might not be as popular as the other lipsticks I mentioned, that’s because Lakmé is an Indian brand and it’s not available in all countries. However, I still want to give a short review because I adore this lipstick too much.
 
The lipstick I own is in the shade called “Hazel Rush”, which looks a lot like dark-brown. It comes with a matte finish and lasts around 12 hours. I really love the highly-pigmented colour and smooth application. If you ever see this brand, it’s worth checking out!
 
Shade: Hazel Rush
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full 
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Price: EU €6,15 / UK £5,50 / IND ₹480.00 / $7,50

Lakmé online 


And these were my 5 favorite lipsticks, I hope you liked the post! What’s your favorite lipstick? Comment below! 

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Review: Dior’s Hydralife BB cream

What product am I going to review?

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Today I’ll be reviewing the Hydralife BB Cream by Dior. I got this BB Cream as a gift and it was actually one of my first makeup products ever. However, the shade I got didn’t entirely match my skintone which was a bummer because I really loved the qualities this BB cream brought along. As soon as I noticed that the BB cream was a bit too orange for my skin, I starting mixing it with a lighter foundation which eventually gave me the perfect look. My shade is called ‘Sunny Amber’ and it has SPF 30, which is what we should all be looking for in BB cream or foundation.

Coverage

Dior’s Hydralife Beauty Balm is focused on protecting and hydrating the skin. If you’re looking for medium or full coverage, this might not be your best choice. This BB cream is suited for all skin types and available in many shades, so make sure you’ve got the right one (very important!).

Dior’s Hydralife BB cream comes in a grey/blue-ish tube (50 ml) . The shade is indicated on the front of the tube. The tube is quite small and tall, which makes it perfect for traveling. The BB cream itself does feel a little heavy on my face, I can definitely feel that I’m wearing something which isn’t really what one would expect from a BB cream.

What did it cost me? + Where can you buy it?

I didn’t buy this BB cream myself, I got it as a gift. You can buy it online on Sephora, Dior and Amazon. The average pricing would be around $56 (€54), which in my opinion is a bit too expensive. This is why I never bothered to buy the BB cream myself in another shade, it’s just not worth it in my opinion.

Conclusion:

Personally, not a fan. But then again, this might also be because I never used the shade I needed…Bear in mind that this is a BB cream and it will not give you much coverage; instead, it will help even out and smoothen your skin tone. In my experience the BB cream felt heavier than I expected which is also one of the reasons I’m not a fan . However, the Dior BB cream does have SPF 30, which is a huge plus. Maybe you should see it as a tinted moisturizer with SPF? Eitherway, I’m not sure it would be a great investment. Looking for a more affordable BB cream? Check out my review on the Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB Cream!

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Review: Sephora’s brightening & hydrating foundation

What product am I going to review?

I am going to review the brightening & hydrating foundation by Sephora. This is my very first foundation and I still use it because it just works great for my skin.

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Coverage

The foundation has a great coverage. Make sure you’ve got the right shade for your skin for optimal coverage.  I don’t have many spots on my face but sometimes I got these weird, light spots and the foundation just makes everything look equal and smooth. I also like the fact that this foundation stays all day long and hydrates. + It’s oil free!

Package + feeling

The brightening & hydrating foundation by Sephora comes in a small circular tube/bottle. It might seem like the capacity isn’t that big (20 ml) but I can go months with this foundation, only using a little amount. The foundation in general doesn’t feel heavy at all on my face and my skin doesn’t get oily. But always apply some pressed, mattifying powder on top. I can tell, it won’t look cakey at all. The foundation is available in 9 shades.

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What did it cost me?

I actually got this foundation as a birthday present the first time and the second time my cousin gave it to me because she didn’t use it.  I actually planned on buying one myself but it turned out that there were no more Sephora shops in the Netherlands. I tried to look up this foundation on Sephora’s website but uhmm, I couldn’t find it there either?? I continued searching for it because I did see some other reviews and I ended up on the Brazilian Sephora site. It costs R$93, which is, I think, quite expensive.

Update: I found this foundation in the Sephora shop in Thailand, it was $48!

 

Conclusion:

This is a great foundation and I’m sure I’ll be using this for the next few years. I love the coverage and the feeling. It doesn’t look shiny at all and that was quite a ‘must’ for me. I’d definitely recommend this foundation!

Comment below for any questions or if you’d like me to review a product..!

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