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Monday, March 30, 2015

MONTHLY FAVORITES: MARCH 2015

April is right around the corner, which means that it's time for me to share this months beauty favorites with you all. So without any further ado, here they are! :-) 
 ♥ SmashBox Full Exposure Mascara, (HERE).

 ♥ SmashBox Full Exposure Mascara, (HERE). 

I started using the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara back in February and I have been enjoying it quite a lot actually. I received it in the Smashbox favorites set, which was a 500 point perk a while ago at Sephora's website. The Full Exposure mascara has a dryer formula, which doesn't smudge or flake under my eyes. It gives my lashes a nice length and some much needed volume. It doesn't apply clumpy or look spidery on the lashes either, so if you're into that look you might want to give this mascara a go.

Although it's not one of my all-time favorite mascara's, I would definitely re-purchase it again since I have been liking it a lot! :-) 
 ♥ theBalm Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama, (HERE). 

 ♥ theBalm Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama, (HERE).

Hot Mama by theBalm has quickly become a ''must'' have and one of my favorite blushes in my entire makeup collection. Hot Mama is a beautiful pinky-peach with golden shimmer. It looks very fresh and pretty on the cheeks, while giving you that beautiful glow. I gravitate towards blushes that have a lot of shimmer in them, because I'm all about that glow. Hot Mama is definitely a winner in my book and a must have in every girls makeup collection! :-)
 ♥ bareMinerals Mineral Veil, (HERE).

♥ bareMinerals Mineral Veil, (HERE). 

I have been using the Mineral Veil by bareMinerals for a while now and so far I really like it. Mineral Veil is a finishing powder for the face, which gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores without the buildup of pressed or loose powders.

I mostly just use it to set my under eye concealer and it works perfectly for that. There is a list of 10 different ways that you can use this product on Sephora's website, so I'm definitely going to give them a try and see what I think! :-) 
♥ LUSH Cosmetics Lip Scrub in Mint Julips, (HERE).
 ♥ LUSH Cosmetics Lip Scrub in Mint Julips, (HERE). 

The LUSH Cosmetics Lip Scrub in Mint Julips has been a huge favorite of mine and a must have though the entire fall and winter season. It's packed full of fresh peppermint and sweet castor sugar, which feels amazing on the lips. It's been really cold and dry outside for the past couple of months, which has resulted in very dry and flaky lips. I have been scrubbing my lips and applying a lip balm every night before bed for a while now and my lips are starting to look and feel better.

The Bubblegum Lip Scrub from LUSH Cosmetics used to be my all-time favorite lip scrub, but that quickly changed after I started using this one. I'm in love with the scent/taste, it smells and taste exactly like the After Eight chocolate that I'm obsessed with. Every time I exfoliate my lips with Mint Julips, I end up craving that chocolate. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, haha! :-) 

♥ Crown Brush Make-up Brush Cleaner, (HERE). 

The Make-up Brush Cleaner by Crown Brush is designed to enhance the performance and prolong the life of your makeup brushes. It dissolves the build-up of grime, makeup and oil, which is perfect for cleaning natural and synthetic brushes when you don't have any time to wash them.

I have been a fan of this brush cleaner for a while now and I think that it does a great job spot cleaning my makeup brushes. It's perfect for those days that you're in a hurry and need to have a clean brush ASAP, but you should definitely deep clean your makeup brushes at least once a month just to keep them nice, fresh and bacterial free! :-)

Disclaimer: 
The LUSH Cosmetics Mint Julips Lip Scrub, Crown Brush Make-up Brush Cleaner and theBalm Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama was sent to me by the company for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item(s). All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

So there you have it, my favorite beauty products this month! What products have you been enjoying lately? Any recommendations? :-) 

Lots of love,
Christine ♥
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

WEEKLY MACRO VOL.62: FORMULA X FOR SEPHORA EFFECTS NAIL COLOR IN OPPOSITES ATTRACT

 ♥ Formula X for Sephora Effects Nail Color in Opposites Attract, (HERE). 
♥ Formula X for Sephora Effects Nail Color in Opposites Attract, (HERE). 

What do you think about this week's macro photo? Have you tried out any of the Effect Nail Colors from Formula X for Sephora? What's your favorite shade? :-) 

- Love, Christine ♥
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Friday, March 27, 2015

THRIFT SHOPPING VOL.1: VERO MODA, LINDEX, NOISY MAY & GINA TRICOT

My mom and I recently visited our local thrift shop called Fretex and I ended up going home with a couple of goodies! I personally love thrift shops, I think that they are really fun but it's not often that I come across items that I really like and want to buy. I found a couple of cute items on this trip to Fretex and I thought that it would be fun to do a post about them and make this into a new series here on Makeup, Beauty & Fashion.

Let's take a closer look at what I ended up taking home with me. Be sure to let me know in the comments down below how you would style these pieces! :-)

 ♥ Top from Vero Moda. 

 ♥ Sweater from Lindex. 

 ♥ Sweater from Noisy May. 

 ♥ Top from Gina Tricot. 

♥ Earrings. 

I'm really happy with everything that I found at Fretex this time around. I think everything looks super cute and I can't wait to style them and wear them out when it gets a bit warmer outside. I have already created a couple of looks in my mind, which I'm thinking about sharing with you in a ''Outfit Of The Day'' post. Is that something that you be interested in seeing?

What item above is your personal favorite? If I had to choose just one favorite, I think I would have to go with the black lace top from Vero Moda or the white knitted sweater from Lindex. I'm obsessed with both of them and I'm already looking forward to wearing them! :-) 

Next time your in your local thrift shop and can't find anything that you like, just remember to be patient and don't give up. The good stuff is usually hiding amongst the clothes on the racks, so just take your time and keep looking. If you do that, you will most likely find a good bargain! :-)

What do you think about the items that I picked up at Fretex? What's your opinion on thrift shops? How often do you visit them? :-) 

- Love, Christine ♥
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MAKEUP REVOLUTION THE ONE BLUSH STICKS: REVIEW, PHOTOS & SWATCHES

Today's blog post is going to be all about the One Blush Sticks from Makeup Revolution. I have the complete range to show you, so let's get started! :-) 

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Sticks, (HERE).

The One Blush Sticks from Makeup Revolution are available in 8 beautiful shades, 4 bold and shimmery shades and 4 matte shades. They are designed to be used on both cheeks and lips, which is very convenient and great for travel too. You can use them with a heavy hand and rock a bold cheek/lip look, or you can sheer them out and make them look more natural with a pretty flush of color.

They feel quite soft and they are super pigmented too. They feel a bit oily on the cheeks after you first apply them, but once they have had some time to settle down, the oily feeling goes away and they feel very smooth on the cheeks! :-)

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Dream, Pink, Rush & Malibu.

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Dream, (HERE).

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Pink, (HERE)
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 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Rush, (HERE).

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Malibu, (HERE).

♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Dream, Matte Pink, Matte Rush & Matte Malibu.

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Dream, (HERE).

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Pink, (HERE).

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Rush, (HERE).

 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu, (HERE). 

The One Blush Sticks come in a black and sleek packaging. The 4 bold and shimmery shades come in a shiny tube, while the 4 matte shades are packaged in a matte tube. I love that Makeup Revolution decided to do that with the tubes, because it makes it easier to tell which blush is shimmery and which one is matte without having to open them up.

Unfortunately the blushes don't have their names listed on the packaging, only on the box that they came in. So I decided to cut out the names on the boxes and glue them on to the bottom of the tubes, so now they have their names on them. The names aren't that difficult to remember though, so you definitely don't need to do this step, I just prefer having the names on the tube so I can easily tell what shade that I'm using! :-)


 ♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Sticks, (HERE).

As I mentioned above, these can also be used on the lips. If you decide to try them on your lips, be sure to exfoliate and hydrate your lips first before applying them, because they can feel a bit drying. As long as you have a little bit of lip balm on your lips, you won't notice it as much. They actually look quite pretty on the lips, but I do prefer using them on the cheeks though! :-) 

These are supposed to be ''dupes'' or very similar to the The Multiple by NARS, at least that's what I've been told. I haven't had a chance to try them out yet, so I can't really tell you much about them and if they are any similar to Makeup Revolution's One Blush Sticks. If I ever do decide to pick up a shade or two from NARS, I will definitely be sure to do a comparison post and let you know my thoughts on them. Let me know if that is something that you would be interested in seeing! :-)  
♥ Makeup Revolution One Blush Sticks, (HERE).

Overall, I'm quite happy with these blush sticks from Makeup Revolution. I really like that they decided to include both matte and shimmery shades in this range, because not everyone is into shimmery blushes and vice versa. I think stick/liquid blushes are more difficult to work with, just because they aren't as easy to remove if you do a mistake and apply too much at once. I found these to be easiest to blend out with a makeup sponge, the sponge makes them look more natural and not as intense as a brush would. 

It's definitely easy to get carried away with these and end up looking like a crazy circus clown, so be sure to apply them with a light hand or onto the back of your hands first. You can always go back and add more color to your cheeks if you feel like you need it! :-) 

Ingredients:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ceresin, Cera Alba, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Paraffin, Glycol Montanate, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool.

Where to buy?
The One Blush Sticks are available at Makeup Revolution for £5 each, HERE.

Note:
Makeup Revolution is cruelty free.

What are you're thoughts on the One Blush Sticks from Makeup Revolution? Which shade is your favorite? :-) 

- Love, Christine ♥

Disclaimer:
This product(s) was sent to me by Makeup Revolution for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item(s). All opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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