essence longlasting lipliner – What the heart wants

The heart wants, what it wants.

How often have you heard this saying? I have heard it a lot throughout the years, and increasingly more often to justify an obsession with luxury brands.

And while I agree that you sometimes really have to follow your heart…

 

essence longlasting lip liner
essence longlasting lip liner

 

Wait. This somehow sounds like a Valentines Day post. I swear, this is not intentional, I don’t even DO Valentines Day! I guess the abundance of pink hearts must have fogged my brain.

Back on track: There are occasions where following your heart is the only option. But I firmly believe in using my brain, especially when money is involved.

Which is why I get much more excited about drugstore discoveries these days. The latest one I have been meaning to share? essence longlasting lipliner, available in a multitude of colors.

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New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi skincare and makeup

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I know I go on and on about how I am not into hearts and glitter and unicorns. I don´t even really like the color pink.

But sometimes something comes along that you technically shouldn´t enjoy based on experience, but still you do.

 

New In Beauty January 2018 - pixi makeup and skincare
New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi makeup and skincare

 

That happened to me when this gorgeous pixi box arrived at my door step. And no, I didn´t just enjoy it because I got send it for free! Not going to lie, that surely helps, but despite the pink and the pastel and the roses… It is so pretty!

Maybe it is the tiny (fully functional!) lock with the even tinier key, maybe it is the words written inside about skincare and inner beauty, I don´t know.

But I just can´t seem to throw it out. Enough about the box though, you are certainly here to hear about what was inside?

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Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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I swear I am not obsessed with pores!

But do you remember that one Episode of Sex and the City, shortly before Charlotte separates from her first husband? The one where she sits in front of the magnifying mirror and inspects her pores?

 

Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate
Foundation Review Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate

 

Because that is exactly what I felt like when I wore the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate.

Why, you ask? Oh, I am going to tell you!

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essence The False Lashes mascara extreme – That extra mile

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A few weeks ago I watched a You Tube tutorial.

Shocking news, I know, but do hear me out!

The tutorial itself was nothing extraordinary, one of these you have playing in the background while doing boring chores like folding laundry. But she said something that actually made me pause, rewind and repeat.

 

essence The False Lashes Mascara
essence The False Lashes Mascara

 

She said, quote: „… going to just use mascara, as I was surprised to find out how many of you don’t wear false lashes on a daily basis.“

Now each to their own, but I´d be surprised to find out that many women would actually wear false lashes on a regular. A quick look around revealed… None.

We do rely on mascara that promises lashes looking as if they were fake. Like essence The False Lashes mascara extreme

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Best of Beauty 2017 – My makeup and skincare favorites

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I am not one to dwell in the past.

Yes, the things that happen to us do shape and affect us, no denying that. But I do believe that it is my choice what defines me.

On some occasions though, I immerse myself in times (long) gone, relive sensual experiences in my mind, remember scents, textures, pleasure…

 

Best of beauty 2017 - makeup and skincare
Best of beauty 2017 – makeup and skincare

 

Wait, that sounds like I am referring to a kinky paperback with a castle and someone in a ripped dress on the front. I am not!

I am actually talking about the Best of Beauty 2017! I am here to share with you what I loved the most, be it makeup or skincare in the past year.

Questionable reading choices might be discussed elsewhere…

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pixi Pat Away Concealer Base – To tattoo or not to tattoo

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I have to admit, I am a fickle person. And that is what has kept me from getting a tattoo so far.

See, I grew up in a time when having a tattoo was proof of time either served as marine or in jail, but things changed when I reached adolescence and suddenly they were everywhere.

Now most of my friends are tattooed, even Mr. Loca is, and I think it is a beautiful way of self-expression and an art.

Review: pixi Pat Away Concealer Base
pixi Pat Away Concealer Base

 

I decided long ago that I would get a tattoo as well. I was sure of the motif, the placement, everything. But I didn´t have the money and decided to save up for it. While in the process of saving, I changed my mind. First on the placement, then on the motif, then on the placement again.

 

And that got me thinking. Can I really truly commit to one thing permanently etched into my skin?

Jury is still out on that, but it might be the reason why I judge every concealers coverage on its ability to potentially cover a tattoo. Could the pixi Pat Away Concealing base * do that? Let´s find out.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara – Audience in mind

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Of course I have watched Sex and the City. I’ve watched all episodes, I’ve watched the first movie. I even went back and watched the second movie, even though the first one was pretty disappointing.

So I get what Lancôme is doing here, both with naming and with description. Monsieur Big. „You’ll know he’s the one at first stroke“. They obviously want us to think of Carrie Bradshaw and her somewhat questionable choice of men.

 

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

 

But I cannot help it, with the name, the appearance, heck, even the description I instinctively think of something else. Now I don’t know if any kids (probably mine?) will ever stumble upon this blog post, so I will not go into more detail here. Question is: Is your mind as filthy as mine?

To get back on safe territory, let’s concentrate on the fact if the Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara delivers.

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pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter – Any excuse

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I don´t need more lipsticks. I DON´T need more lipsticks. I don´t need MORE lipsticks. I don´t need… Oh shut up.

Ladies and gentlemen (are there any here?) let me present you with the latest six (ha!) additions to my lipstick stash!

To be fair, I didn´t purchase them myself. They were sent to me, carefully wrapped, in the lovely pixi-green box that brightens my day whenever it appears on my doorstep. Is this an excuse?

No.

 

pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter
pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter

 

I could have given them away, untouched, to a loyal reader.

I could have donated them to a charitable organization.

But, as I said to myself, I have an obligation. An obligation to present you, fellow lipstick lovers, with first hand experience and swatches.

Can you see I am an expert at finding excuses?

So let´s see how the pixi MatteLustre lipsticks * and the pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms * perform!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – 100 years too late

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Out of all the more cultural parts of our life, the only one where I feel truly at home at is literature. Ever since I can remember I was reading, lots and lots, and even though it isn´t nearly as much as it used to be, I consider myself a well-read person.

The others, like music and art, are things I enjoy, but don´t really know much about. So when I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette in a giveaway, it got me thinking.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

 

The renaissance as epoch that celebrated the rediscovery of ancient wisdom, the artists Boticelli, Da Vinci and Dürer, that was what immediately came to my mind. But how did that translate to color scheme and naming of the shadows? Google needed to help.

I am still not one hundred percent sure, but one thing needs addressing: From all the artists and philosophers they could have picked to name the shades, Vermeer was the wrong one. He is, albeit famous, one of the leading painters of the epoch Barock, almost 100 years after the epoch of Renaissance…

Any other flaws I found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? Let´s see.

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Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation – Time will tell

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Last time I visited my DM, I was gushing over the new display of LOV makeup they had put up. New eyeshadows, new blushes, new foundations.

The excitement was real! But as always in life, if something new comes in, something old has to go. And sadly, LOV had replaced Max Factor. My current favorite drugstore brand.

 

MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation
MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation

 

Only time will tell if LOV. can excite me as much as Max Factor did (which I can still get, just not in MY DM), but at least it brought to my attention that I had filmed a foundation review on the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation earlier this year, but never got around to upload it.

So if you hear me talk about hot summer days, don´t be fooled, I have not suddenly moved to another country. I just still wanted to share how the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation worked for me.

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