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January 30, 2015

Epilating Tips and Tricks

I guess all women will agree with me that hair removal is a procedure that we all wish we wouldn't have to do. Shaving is one of the easiest and less painful methods of hair removal, in fact it's not painful at all unless you are careless and you accidentally cut yourself. The big downside of it though is that you have to do it pretty much daily is you want silky soft results. Unfortunately I'm not one of those lucky ladies who barely have few hairs on the legs, like my mom - ugh stupid genes-, and because of that I had to shave daily and the whole routine became really annoying because I wasn't 100% happy with the result. So one day I decided to buy an epilator hoping I would manage to get used to it. To be honest I feel that I kinda skipped one step/stage in hair removal, the waxing but here I'm talking to you about my experience with epilating. 

- If  you are like me and you have never used an epilator before I have a couple tips that might help you. First is important to find a good epilator. I was lucky enough and the one that I first bought worked and still works wonderfully. Mine is the one in the picture below, it's the Braun Silk epil 7 xpressive. It's a wet and dry epilator, meaning you can use it under water, and it comes with 3 different heads, one for trimming/shaving, one for epilating small areas ( it's the one you see in the picture) and one  for epilating large areas which I use to epilate my legs. You definitely don't need an epilator like mine but to be honest I use all of the 3 heads and I barely even reach for my razor now. I also wouldn't opt for one of the cheap ones,it's not that they are not that good but that's just my personal opinion.

- Like I mentioned before I went straight from shaving to epilating but to make the transition easier I did a small trick. I first waxed my legs and then as the hair started coming back I started using epilator. You see, the hair has different growth cycle and not all come back at the same time. So when you will epilate, having less hair will result in less pain and that way you can build your pain tolerance and it won't hurt as much.

I've been using the epilator for nearly a year now and if you ask me if it will ever be a painless procedure I will say no, but the pain will become more bearable over time. Now while it still hurts when I'm epilating, the pain doesn't bother me that much anymore. Though a great factor when it comes to pain is your pain tolerance, obviously the greater your tolerance is the less painful it will be. 

- I can't stress enough how important is to exfoliate especially if you get ingrown hair even with shaving. Personally I don't think that you need to exfoliate only before you actually epilate; what I do and what I would suggest is to use loofah when you shower and maybe 2 or 3 times a week use a good body scrub. 

- While when you are waxing you want the hair to kinda long when epilating you want exactly the opposite. Not only it will be less painful but you also minimize the chance of having to go over the same area multiple times because the epilator couldn't remove the hair and instead cut it. 

- When you will start epilating I would suggest you doing it at least the night before you want to flaunt your legs or whichever area you epilate. Epilating will most likely cause some redness, specially the first few times, so by doing it a night before your skin will have time to calm down. As for me, now I can epilate whenever I want, even right before I go out because the redness is pretty much minimal and barely noticeable. Actually I find that waxing causes more redness that epilating, which I guess makes sense since you are pulling skin too not only hair. 

- Two last tips. I find it important to hold my skin taunt when epilating because not only it hurts less but also I think that doing this kinda lifts the hair so it's easier for the epilator to catch them. Lastly, don't forget to moisturize after you are done with epilating. If you have sensitive skin I would opt for a fragrance free moisturize to avoid any further irritation.  

So those are the tips I could think of and believe that are useful for someone who is looking into starting epilating. I believe that epilating is more effective because you don't need to wait that long before you can epilate again and also cheaper because you will pay once and it will last you for at least a year. Let me know in the comments below if you epilate and which epilator you use. Till next time, love Anna.

January 4, 2015

Top 14 Beauty Products of 2014

Top 14 of 2014

Hello 2015! This is my first post for this year and I'm really excited to get back to more regular blogging because I kinda neglected it since Fall. 2014 was a pretty good year for me and I managed to fulfill few of my goals, including my fitness goal. So for first post I chose to show you 14 beauty products that I've used a lot in 2014. So without further ado let's start!
Top 14 of 2014 face products
I'll start with face products. I guess I should've included one skincare product which I used a lot and it's the L'Oreal Ideal Fresh foaming cleansing water which I've been using pretty much since I got my hands on it in like May and gone through like 2 or 3 bottles. For foundation I chose the Revlon Colorstay; it's a great medium to full coverage, long-lasting foundation. Even though I have combination skin I prefer the normal/dry formula and the only downside is that it contains spf 15 and that can cause a small flashback in flash photography.

If you have been following me for sometime the concealer I chose should not come as surprise, the Maybelline fit me in #20. The tube you see is probably my third if not fourth, it's has medium coverage and when set with powder it will stay in place for a good amount of time. It's not a heavy duty concealer but on me it does great job at concealing my light dark circles and it can even cover pimple redness.

Smashbox Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte it's probably one of the best bronzers I've tried so far. The color is great because it's not too yellowish nor too greyish, it's the perfect contour shade for my fairly light complexion... Review here.
Top 14 of 2014 eye products
Let's move on to eye products. Before I got my hands on the Urban Decay Primer Potion I never thought I could love and depend on a product so much. As a matter of fact I thought that it was over hyped before I get it but I was completely wrong. It's definitely one of the best, if not the best, eyeshadow primer. It indeed makes huge difference in how vivid the eyeshadow looks and for how long it stays on. The one you see in picture is the travel size and I almost out of it so I will soon buy the full size which I think will last me for a really long time so it's definitely worth the money you spend.

Another base I'm using a lot is the NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk. Do you ever wish that those light, highlighting eyeshadows would pop more? Well then you need this pencil in your life! I don't use it only under highlighting shades but under any eyeshadow I want to make it pop, to stand out.

I was on a hunt for a good liquid eyeliner and I think I finally found it, the Catrice waterproof liquid liner. Although it's a recent discovery I just had to include it because I've been using it non stop since I bought it and I started doing winged liner pretty much on daily bases. It's stays on for all day and it applies like a dream... Review here.

For mascara I was between two but I decided to go with Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Volume. If you are looking for a drugstore mascara that will add both volume and length then you should totally give this one a go. This is my second tube and I will keep repurchasing it... Review here.
Top 14 of 2014 lip products
I never considered myself as lipstick girl but in the past couple months I think that changed. I became more into lipstick and started buying more and wearing more often. The 2 lipsticks that stood out to me in 2014 are Essence long-lasting lipstick in Barely There (review here) which is the perfect brownish nude shade and Maybelline Super Stay in Infinitely Fuchsia which is in a completely opposite color scheme and as the name suggests bright fuchsia shade. Both have good color payoff and longevity but the Maybelline one is definitely really long-lasting!
Top 14 of 2014 random
Now let's talk about some random beauty products. For hair I only decided to include one and that is the L'Oreal Elvive Smooth and Polish [MK] Perfection conditioner. I leave it on for about a minute or two and my hair feels incredibly soft plus the scent is lovely.

Ever since I first tried the Dove Go Fresh deodorant I haven't purchased another, except for one time that I wanted to try something that is aluminum free and it didn't work. The Dove deodorant works great, it keeps nice smelling for long period of time and the only downside is that it contains aluminum because it is labeled as antiperspirant.

While I only got the Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose in December I wanted to include it because it's a fragrance I wanted to buy since summer but somehow never came around to do so until December. I just love the smell, I felt in love with it from the first sniff -not sure if there is such expression but you know what I mean right? The smell is sweet but musky at the same time and next time you are at Body Shop give this one a sniff and you might love it.
Top 14 of 2014 beauty tool
The next item is not a product it's a beauty tool. I was kinda skeptical at first whether I should or shouldn't include it but since it's something I've been literally using non stop since around March of 2014  I thought I would mention it. It's the Braun Silk epil xpression epilator( the head you see in picture is for small areas). When it comes to hair removal I kinda skipped one stage, which is waxing, and went directly from shaving to epilating.  While yes it is painful I'll never go back to shaving. I'm thinking of writing post about epilating with tips and ticks and generally talk about my experience so keep an eye for that post if you are interesting in such topic.

Phew that's one Long post but hey I had to mention and talk a bit about 14 products, the post couldn't be shorter. Hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments below your favorites for the past year. Till next time, love Anna!

December 19, 2014

Beauty Blender For Less?

Beauty Blender dupe

I'm pretty sure that by now you all are familiar with the famous Beauty Blender, the "magical" sponge that gives foundation an air-brushed finish. Many makeup lovers swear by it but I still haven't tried it and the reason for that is simple, I can't justify paying $20 for a simple sponge no matter how good it might work. I don't know maybe in the future when I will have some money that I will want to "waste", I'll buy it.  

I didn't have a good experience with sponges in the past. I never actually liked using makeup wedges and when I once bought a similar sponge from H&M I hated it; it was very stiff and I didn't like the way my foundation was applying. 

Beauty Blender For Less?
Couple months ago I was browsing eBay and stumbled across this makeup sponge. It's was super cheap, like $2 including shipping, so I thought I would give it a go. To be honest I did not expect it to be even something I would wanna try moreover something I would actually use and write blog post about. I thought it would be a hard, spongy thing that would smell like plastic or rubber and boy I was wrong.

On eBay you have couple color options to choose from but I was kinda drawn to pink so I bought it. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised and just to let you know the one in the pictures is my second and I already bought a backup.  Unlike of what I expected it's a very soft, squishy sponge which didn't smell like plastic.

If I'm not mistaken Beauty Blender becomes almost double the size when dumped which is not the case with this one. As you can see in the second picture, the sponge on the left is dry and the one on the right is dumped, there is a small size increment but nothing too obvious. For me this is not a problem because the size is big enough for my face and I can easily reach all of the areas of my face including under eye area thanks for it's point side. 

Now as far as it's 'performance" I have to say that I more than pleased with it and I actually stopped reaching for my trusty Sigma F80 brush as much as I used too. It does great job with foundation application and if I overdo a bit with foundation  my face doesn't look so cakey. I also like using it to apply my concealer and sometimes after I powdered my face to make that powdery effect less noticeable. 

Even though I really like this makeup sponge as I said, I have two complains. The first is that sometimes I have the impression that it absorbs a bit more of the product that I would like.  The second one, which I think happens with Beauty Blender too, it's kinda hard to clean specially after using long lasting products such as Revlon Color Stay. I found that using a olive soap bar for cleaning gets the job done.

So is this a Beauty Blender dupe? I can't say for sure since I don't own it to compare but it's definitely a good, extremely cheap alternative. If you haven't tried the Beauty Blender and have couple spare dollars I would suggest you to try because you never know, you might actually like as I do. Have you tried this sponge? Do you own thBeauty Blender? Let me know in the comment below! Till next time, love Anna.