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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.

November 3, 2014

October Beauty Favorites

October Beauty Favorites
New month has just begun which means it's time for my monthly favorites. October was an ok month and nothing special happened, hopefully November will be a more exciting month. I've chosen 7 beauty products to show you which I was using a lot either on daily bases or when I was going out for a night out. So let's start with the only skin care product.

L'Oreal Ideal Fresh Foaming Water is an old love of mine. I've used up 2 bottles during spring and early summer then had a break from it -for no particular reason- and now I purchased it again, as a matter of fact I already almost finished one bottle. I use this daily after I remove my makeup to remove any kind of makeup residue and my skin feels super clean. Also I think that because it contains salicylic acid  it kind helps with breakouts that I get from time to time.

e.l.f High Definition Powder in translucent. I've had it for long time now but only started using it very often -actually everyday- quite recently. You may ask why? It's not because I don't or didn't like it but because for setting my foundation I prefer the Rimmel Stay Matte. So after purchasing the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I found myself in need to use some kind of powder to prevent it from setting in fine lines so before I went out to buy new powder I decided to give the e.l.f. HD one a go and guess what? I LOVED the combo of those two. I need a tiny amount to set the concealer and it will not only not set in fine lines but it also stays on for incredibly long time.

Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 20. I already featured this baby on my blog in the past but it's been my go to concealer for 6 months or so. While it doesn't have the greatest coverage -it's more of a medium coverage- I do like the way it looks on the under eye area and if you don't have very dark circles this will work just fine. The finish is quite illuminating but because I use the powder I mentioned before it becomes semi matte which is a bummer but with powder it stays on for really long. There is only one deal breaker with this concealer and it's the packaging. When it's near to the end I have to cut it open and transfer remaining concealer to another pot because if I throw it away I will be wasting a lot of product and it's a shame.
October Beauty Favorites ft L'Oreal, Essence, Catrice
Essence lipstick in Barely There. Because I'm really not a lipstick girl I tend to reach for more wearable shades and I kinda stick to some in specific like NYX Ceto, which if you've been following my blog for some time now have seen it being mentioned more than 10 times, lol. Barely There is one of those lipsticks because it's quite wearable and can easily be a day to night shade.  It's more of a brownish nude so some might like and some might not, I personally love it. You can read a more detailed review here.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur. It's one of those products which wasn't love at first sight. I had to use it quite few times to actually like it. It's a face primer which makes your pores look smaller for a more flawless foundation application. Also it seems to help with oil control because when I use it the T zone looks less oily/ shiny after a period of time. I've tried several ways to apply it but I found that if you first warm it up between your fingers it applies much easier and smoother. While you do need a small amount and it's not a primer I would use all over my face -only where I have large pores- the 15ml of product that this packaging contains is rather small amount for face primer.

Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me. A great liquid eyeliner and a very recent love of mine. When I purchased it I wasn't expecting to like it so much but here I am featuring this in my monthly favorites and totally recommend if you are on a hunt for good drugstore eyeliner. You can read a more detailed review here.

Make up Sponge from eBay. While back I was doing some eBay shopping and this sponge happened to pop up so I bought it because it wasn't extremely expensive, no more than $2. Buying it I didn't expect something good or something that I would even end up using. Before this I bought the makeup sponge from H&M which I honestly hated and only used it like twice. When I received it I was  pleasantly surprised and long story short I ended up using more often than makeup brushes. I'll have a more detailed review up on my blog in next couple days.

Phew, that's it! I think that my monthly favorites always come out very long and I'm not sure if that's boring or not, hopefully you all enjoy a more detailed post. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products as well as your monthly beauty favorites. Till next time, love Anna!