H&M: Spearmint and Echinacea peel-off mask.

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Yet again I find myself winding down after a long day with a face mask from H&M.

Just like the last one this is a peel-off mask, the difference lies in that this one is targeted towards blemish-prone skin. I thought this one would be good since I have been stressed lately and can see that it has given me some reddish bumps on my skin.

I feel I need to break down the ingredients list a little bit on this one. There are three ingredients on the front but little is said about them with the exeption of spearmint, which in a way does annoy me a little bit since it would make sense to explain why something is being included in a face mask.

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Spearmint is meant to refresh and rejuvenate skin while also be slightly anti bacterial.

Echinacea is commonly used on skin to help with swelling but also as an anti bacterial, especially helpful against acne.

Gentian root is anti septic and for skin it helps with bringing in glow but also to treat small inflammations.

Of course there are more ingredients than just these three, but you can say that these are the ones who advertise this face mask to a possible user and therefore needed a little bit of a breakdown.

My opinion after reading myself up a little bit, I am left with a feeling that this face mask not only helps with blemishes but also helps to keep them away. Especially considering that Echinacea is not uncommon in products that are supposed to help fight acne and that it also helps keep acne away since it fights the bacteria causing this.

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Opening this I am immediately hit by a lovely mint scent. It is not too sharp in my opinion and putting this on is a joy since it gives a nice cooling effect.

One thing I was a little bit worried about was if the spear mint in this might become a little bit too much and instead cause further aggravation. This is due to experiences with another product that contained spear mint that actually caused my skin to become red.

But this face mask was actually a very soothing experience and after 15 minutes it was time to remove this and I was very surprised at how soft and supple this left my skin. The areas that had started to get red had calmed down and even minutes after I could still feel the ingredients working on my skin.

I feel safe saying that this one is going to be re-purchased. sometime in the future.

H&M: Manuka Honey Peel-off Cleansing Mask

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According to H&M this peel-off mask is going to help remove dead skin cells and leave skin soft and smooth. It is advertised towards combination skin and it’s ingredients list features manuka honey, jasmine blossom and chamomile extract.

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Opening the packaging I am hit by a a heavy albeit nice honey fragrance and the colour is  a deepened yellow. I’m enjoying it already before putting it on.

I do like the new packaging that H&M uses for their new line of masks, since it makes it really easy to use a spatula to apply it.

The packaging says to leave this one on for 15-20 minutes which is a very common time table for peel-off masks. After applying this I can instantly feel the mask starting to work with my skin. It gives a very soothing and cooling feeling but after ten minutes I feel that the scent is a little bit too much.

It is so heavy that I feel a headache starting to develop.

But when removing this I am left with extremely soft skin and I can still feel the ingredients of this mask working with my skin. But I feel that this might not be as effective as it could have been, it is advertised towards combination skin and that it removes dead skin cells but I feel that while this does leave the skin soft it still for me ends up as an average face mask. Nothing to rave about but also nothing to really dislike about it except the scent that after awhile becomes a tad too unbearable.

Which leaves me with this: I won’t buy this one again and it is just because of the scent, I can find a face mask who will give me the same or better results but without this scent that I initially liked but proved too much for me in the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aritaum: Color lasting tint

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The packaging is pretty unassuming and made with cheap black plastic, it is a nice touch that the lettering and band beneath the cap is of the same colour as the product itself. It does make it simpler if you have more than one.

Yes I find the packaging cheap but that does not negate the fact that the applicator of this product is probably the best one I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. It is incredible soft and the sort of doe foot applicator that has a “well” in the middle which deposits a nice amount of the product.

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The formula of this one is really good. It is not what I would associate with a tint, the formula is much thicker and opaque with a heavy gloss. The thing with this product is that it is meant to be a longlasting product.

When you first apply this it is very glossy and that last for 1-2 hours, after that the intense gloss is gone but you are having a nice vivid stain left. The longer the stain is left on your lips the more stained and vivid your lips will be. The taste and smell of this is non-invasive and fresh.

The shade I picked is called Gotham red.

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This shade is just a beautiful vampy vivid red and the formula looks good on my lips and does not feel as drying as some lip tint can do.

I will really recommend this if you are looking for something long wearing which treats your lips nicely but still has that tint effect. Especially since it also fades nicely.

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How it looks after five hours + dinner.

 

Nyx:Liquid Suede in Stone fox

800897840211_liquidsuedecreamlipstick_stonefox_mainI was initially looking for a new black lipstick since I had used up my black stargazer lipstick, spesifically I was looking for a more matte and long wearing formula.

So I ended up at the local H&M and found this in the Nyx counter. I am not a huge fan of liquid to matte lipsticks since I do feel that they don’t look that good on my lips but this formula sounded much more forgiving.

What I did not expect however was that this one turned out to be a dark charcoal grey instead of black.

I love it!

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It is such a flattering colour and I do feel that since it is not a pure black, which can be intimidating to some, then maybe this will be easier for some to try out and feel comfortable with.

I also love the formula. This is not kiss proof but it does last a meal that is not too oily, it has both olive and avocado oil among it’s ingredients so it is nice to your lips but don’t expect a lot of moisture since it does settle down to a matte. But this formula won’t wreck your lips however. It does give a very nice looking suede effect on the lips.

It is also easy to work with partly because of the applicator which is a spatula shaped doe foot applicator. The formula also does not dry down immediately which means you can easily remove mistakes and also avoid it from clumping up, something I feel that liquid to mattes have a tendency to do.

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Aromaleigh: Fatalis nourishing color creams.

Not part of the Aromaleigh Vault series.

I have a confession to make.

I am very fond of indie makeup but rarely does that extend to the lip products some of these companies offer. Often I feel that they have separation issues, aren’t as “solid”as I feel they should be and often are too slick for my liking.

But these on the other hand I find myself loving to apply and use as an everyday lip colour.

These are moisturizing and I feel that the best description of these would be a hybrid between lipstick and lip balm. These do contain plenty of good oils such as almond, olive and jojoba + others, but it also contains beeswax and I’m aware that not everyone is fond of that ingredient.

These comes shrink wrapped and with custom label art, which by the way has a tendency to fade which is annoying, in a clear balm tube containing .15 oz of product.

These do have a very comfortable cocoa smell to them which I like since it is not too sweet or overpowering.

The price on the website for each one of these is 7 USD.

These belong to the Fatalis collection which is inspired by poisonous plants and animals.

 

Varanus Komodoensis

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Official photo from Aromaleigh.

Official description:

Varanus komodoensis, inspired by scales of the Komodo Dragon. If you loved the “Dragon’s Kiss” lipgloss from last year’s Red Dragon box, this utilizes the same pigment blend, but in color creme form!

The genus name, Varanus is the latinization of the Arabic word “waran” which stands for monitor (Egyptians believed these lizards served as monitors, alerting people to the presence of crocodiles), while komodoensis refers to the island of Komodo, one of the areas where it is found. Varanus komodoensis, or the Komodo monitor lizard, is the largest lizard on earth, found only on certain islands in Indonesia.

 

This is one of the most flattering shades I’ve gotten my hands on.

This is a nice chocolate brown with hints of red and it has a metallic sheen to it. It is a shade that I can confidently say will look flattering on quite a lot of people no matter what skintone or undertone they have. It has a nice slip and the pigmentation is superb.

On me it creates a contrast to my skintone and makes my lips look quite “Noir”.

Shortly put I feel this one is my favourite of all the shades in this collection and I find myself using this quite often.

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Dicentra Formosa

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Official photo from Aromaleigh.

Official description:

Dicentra is a Greek term meaning “double spurred,” referring to the way the tips of the petals flare out. Formosa is from the Latin word formosus, meaning “beautiful.”. Dicentra formosa, or Pacific Bleeding Heart is a perennial plant with cascades of heart-shaped flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing toxic alkaloids.

A lush fuchsia. This shade may slightly stain the lips

Inspired by the same flower that I’ve named my blog after 🙂

I would describe this one as an old fashioned pink, a sort of muted down fuchsia.

Old fashioned in this case is not a negative, in fact this shade is similar to what my grandmother wore, what I mean by that is that dicentra formosa is a classic shade and sophisticated to the boot.

It is without the metallic sheen but not quite matte or shimmery either. Of all the shades this one is the most pigmented one and the stiffest.

It’s extremely wearable and looks  good combined with a pinkish blush and neutral eyeshadow.

I consider this as an easy to wear everyday colour that does not require a lot of maintenance.

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Latrodectus Mactans

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Official photo from Aromaleigh.

Official description:

Latrodectus mactans, inspired by the red hourglass markings on the belly of the female black widow spider.

Latrodectus is Greek for “biting in secret”, while mactans is Latin for “sacrifice, slaughter, destroy”. Latrodectus mactans, or Southern black widow or simply black widow, is a highly venomous species of spider in the genus Latrodectus. They are well known for the distinctive black and red coloring of the female of the species that will occasionally eat her mate after reproduction. (Source: Wikipedia)

A perfect neutral red tint, similar to the cult classic Aromaleigh shade “Lollypop”. This shade may slightly stain the lips.

 

Is inspired by the black widow spider.

This is a red with metallic sheen and a pinker undertone than a typical true red. It is deep but does not end up as a burgundy or a stereotypical wine red. It is lovely and yet another shade I feel will look beautiful on a wide range of people. It is very similar to Varanus komodoensis in terms of formula with it’s metallic sheen. It has a nice slip and pigmentation.

Combined with a golden eye look and black eyeliner this one is a killer.

My man really love this one.

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Acanthaster Brevispinus

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Official photo from Aromaleigh.

Official description:

Acanthaster brevispinus, inspired by the beautiful purple shade of the short-spined crown of thorns starfish. Brevispinus means “short spines” in Latin, while Acanth means “thorn” and aster means”star”

Leaves a soft warm purple tint on the lips, similar to the cult classic Aromaleigh shade “Melancholia”- but not as reddish. This shade may slightly stain the lips.

 

This is a nice plummy muted purple with a warm undertone.

It is my least favourite among the nourishing color creams, the reason for this is that this one’s formula is sheerer, slicker and it has a tendency to migrate to the outer parts of your lips. Leaving you with the dreaded lipliner look from the 90s if you smack your lips too much.

It is a nice shade but I don’t like having to look in the mirror that often to keep it from becoming a mess. Which often leaves this one as a shade that I wear rarely despite me loving the colour and it being the most moisturizing of them all. Too bad that it is too slick.

 

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Conclusion

These are great as everyday lip colours and I do believe that these will look good on a wide range of people.

However I feel that it’s worth mentioning the cons to these, albeit small and perhaps even insignificant depending who you ask.

The tube itself is a typical lip balm container and may make it difficult to apply these in a way that is even on your lips outher edges, this is solved easily with a lip brush.

They are also not the most longlasting lip products out there, they’re not the worst in class but if you are after something that will last for more than three hours without any fading then you should keep looking for something else. They are not what I would wear if i were to go out at the club or to a occasion were it would be near impossible to attain a mirror.

Also as you probably can see on the swatch photo’s I’ve taken, they can be a little bit uneven, probably worsened in the photo’s thank to my very textured lips and the light source.

But I would still say that these hold great value and that I’m really fond of these both because of the shades but also the formula.

I can say that if you are curious about these then definitely do try them out.

Aromaleigh Vault: X-Files box

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was a limited edition box available around late 2015 to early 2016 which contained a fragrance, mini highlighter, nourishing color cream, mini rogue and three mini eyeshadows.

I did not order this box as I did not have the money for it but when the box extras were made available, I did buy one item: namely the nourishing colour cream.

 

Mellifera nourishing color cream

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Described as a warm coppery rose with a honey confectionary scent by Aromaleigh.

It is a nice everyday colour that is immensely beautiful but I do believe that this was not a winner among people with pigmented lips as it is very sheer. The official descrption is very spot on with this shade but it forgets to mention how sheer it actually is.

It has a sweet honey fragrance that I dislike. Different from my other lip products from Aromaleigh the smell is very sweet and I can smell it while wearing it which makes me not capable of wearing it for more than 10 minutes, most often even less than a minute.

Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this in my collection and unfortunately it is only because of the scent, which saddens me since the shade is so gorgeous+that it is very moisturizing.

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