FaceInc by NailsInc London : Gilt Tripper Exfoliating Sheet Mask

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This is a new offer at my local H&M, I was not super impressed by the last one I tried but I decided to give in and purchase this one.

Here’s my review of that one: Face Inc by Nails Inc London: Cat Nap brightening sheet mask

This is an exfoliating sheet mask with a “gold barrier” which is supposed to help the formula and remove dead skin cells.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, cactus flower extract and honey extract. To mention a few.

But does it work?

 

Instructions

Apply to clean and dried skin. Be careful when taking out of the packaging and when applying it, make sure that it is in even contact with the skin. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and massage excessive serum into the skin. Wash off after use.

 

How did this work?

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This feels much sturdier than the regular sheet mask and I feel wonderfully silly in it.

The first thing I notice is just how warm it feels after just a couple of seconds, I do not think it is because it is aggravating my skin, it is just being warmed up by my body heat.

One thing of notice is that this mask does not have any particular scent, which is greatly welcomed by me as it means that I’m going to be more comfortable using this.

I really do like this but at the last minutes of using this I could feel it becoming  a little bit uncomfortable, this is due to my skin taking in all the skin loving ingredients which all in all is not a bad thing, so it was nice taking it off after 15 minutes.

I massaged the remains and washed my face as per instructions.

I have to say that I am impressed by this.

My skin is left feeling soft, glowing and I feel refreshed.

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Have you tried any of these sheet masks?

What do you think about them?

URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum

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This cute eau de parfum is a new offering from URBAN DOLLKISS formerly known as Baviphat.

The line contains ten different fragrances and the brand writes that these are meant to be used layered together in order for the user to create their own personal fragrance, which is also why the line has been divided into four categories: citrus, floral, fruity and musk.

I currently own NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage, I might buy some of the others and test out different layering techniques.

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Packaging

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The bottle is made of glass and it is shaped as an apple, with the closure being made of some kind of metallic plastic. The closure is the only thing I don’t like about this perfume bottle since it is quite fragile and I have to be careful while opening or closing.

This bottle features a roll-on application which I love since it assures a mess free and controlled application.

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The bottle contains 8 ml of product, which might sound like a tiny amount but remember that this is not an eau de toilette but an eau de parfum, so a little goes a long way and it also lasts longer on skin.

In the end the bottle is cute and reminds me of those small vintage perfume bottles that used to be easy to find at markets.

 

The Scent

I chose NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage since I am fond of fresh herbal scents and they are quite uncommon on the market.

 

The notes are as follows:

Top: Grapefruit, Lemon  and Lime.

Heart: Jasmine, Basil and Sage.

Base: Patchouli.

 

When I looked at the full list of notes the first, in the ad there was no list only a description, I became a little bit worried since this perfume has both patchouli and jasmine. Both of those notes have a tendency to give me a headache but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this scent.

For me this smells like a crisp summer morning.

Personally speaking I’m very tired of the typical summer scents that get’s released every year, they all smell too similar to each other!

So I am pleased to have found something that still is very summery but does not fall into the stereotypical rendition of a summer fragrance.

The scent starts off a little bit sharp but as time progresses and the citrus top notes starts to mellow down a little, the heart notes really does come out to play and the herbal notes mesh perfectly with the jasmine.

Jasmine is in my opinion one of the more masculine florals, combine that with herbal notes and you get a heart accord with a unisex feeling to it. That makes it sound heavy but it is kept fresh thanks to the top notes.

The patchouli is the only base note in this fragrance but I think it was a good idea from the one concocting this. The patchouli gives this fragrance a nice earthy quality that keeps this fragrance from becoming too airy or fleeting.

After wearing this for a couple of hours the patchouli starts to give off a more smoky quality, which is very beautiful in my opinion.

 

Verdict

This scent is on its way to become a new favourite.

The way it progresses when I wear it is so beautiful and complex.

The price point is also very good but I do see that the price varies depending on where you buy it. I paid five dollars for this and I’m happy to have found a perfume that I love that is budget friendly.

 

I feel that perfumes are something that is extremely personal and as such it is difficult to give recommendations, but I hope that my description of this scent was useful and that you liked this post. The photos in this post came out very blurry but I believe they still captures how the product still looks.

Thank you for reading!

The Body Shop: Fresh Nude Foundation

According to The Body Shop this foundation is enriched with English rose-water and organic aloe vera. It is supposed to be a hydrating formula with a light to medium coverage and a semi matte finish, it has an spf of 15 and leaves the skin hydrated for 24 hr with comfort and without the mask feeling. It also comes in 16 shades inspired by nature. It is a foundation that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive according to The Body Shop.

But do these claims hold up?

Let’s take a look!

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Now before I go into this review I want to state that I have used this foundation since April 2016, which makes this review long overdue but at least you can say that this is one product that has been fully tested out 😉

 

Packaging

This foundation comes housed in a glass bottle with a pump, something I do prefer since it is more hygienic. It also feels heavy in my hand when I hold it up but I’d really wish that the cap was made from something else than black thin plastic as it does feel flimsy compared to the rest.

It contains 30 ml of product which I feel is a very average amount for foundation.

I feel this bottle has an understated elegance about it which is usually the look I like in makeup packaging.

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Formula

Compared to a lot of liquid foundations I’ve tried through the years, this has a very runny consistency and the pigments in this is very finely milled which is something I prefer in a foundation since it does give a very natural result and is very easy to work with.

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Here you can clearly see the consistency of this foundation.

The closest foundation this reminds me of is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin, not that says a lot really since they are quite different in texture and finish but it is the closest foundation I can compare it to.

I enjoy the floral scent it has, it is mild and non- abrasive but fresh.

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When it comes to the claim about 24hr of hydration, I just have an important question: who wears a foundation that long?

But it does in fact feel great on my combo/oily skin, it does not break me out or feel heavy as most hydrating base products does. On the rare occasion I’m having any red or dry areas on my skin, this foundation does help calm those areas down and conceal them while on my oily areas it helps controlling the oil.

One of the claims The Body Shop has with this foundation is also that it’s supposed to give your skin a nice healthy glow, a claim that it upholds as I’ve never received so many comments on how healthy and glowy my skin look as I have when wearing this.

I feel that this foundation is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to use as it does tick all the boxes for what I look for in a foundation.

It also works over sun screen without getting greasy or starting to separate, something which is important for me as I use sunscreen everyday.

Another thing to mention is that i find this foundation suitable in all kinds of seasons. During winter times it protects my skin while in summer time it helps cooling down my skin.

But it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

This has a medium to light coverage and it is not buildable. Personally this is the coverage I prefer but I know others might want a heavier coverage or at least the possibility to build up the coverage on strategic areas.

When it comes to the claim about it being suitable to all skin types, I just feel the need to state that no matter what sort of beauty product your trying out, please do a sensitivity check first and remember that just because something claims that it is suitable for a certain skin type, it is not always true.

I’ve had experiences with products aimed at oily/combination skin that actually either made me greasy or even dried up my skin so bad that I had to use weeks to get my skin back to health.

 

Conclusion

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I can highly recommend this to people who want a natural looking finish and coverage.

It’s a bonus that this foundation comes in a wide range of skin tones. I wear the lightest shade and it is the first time I can say that my foundation shade suits me seamlessly since I am very pale with a cool undertone.

The deepest shade is darker than what I’ve seen in most other ranges, I’m not the right person to give advice on foundations for people with deeper skin tones but this might be a perfect match for someone who has trouble to find a foundation deep enough for them. Hence I’m mentioning it.

The Body Shop also sells shade adjusting drops in two variants, one for lightening and one for darkening foundations. I haven’t tried these as I feel the foundation works well with my skin tone, but it might be interesting for someone else.

 

Is it as good as I remember? Depend Nail Polishes

 

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This is an old classic for me.

I remember my mom buying Depend nail polishes all the way back in the 90s and she would sometimes paint my nails, these small polishes are very likely the first beauty product I ever tried out in my life.

When I got older and started to earn my own money as a teenager, these were some of my favourite items to stock up on since they come in a great selection of colours and finishes, combine that with them being cheap and often on a buy 3 for the price of 2 sale and you have a product that is extremely affordable.

Although I never saw them as the perfect nail polishes I really did enjoy them since they were cheap, small and had an amazing selection of shades.

But the important question is what do I feel about them now?

 

Packaging

The packaging of these have changed over the years but currently they come housed in a tall but small glass bottle. They contain 5 ml of product.

One thing to note is that on the label at the front has a symbol that signifies whether the coverage is sheer or opaque.

Whenever I bought any of these I always make sure I write down the number of the shade, since the back label have a tendency to fade easily.

 

Shades

In this post I have done my best to try to showcase the variation of their line.

None of the shades in this line has any proper name just a number.

 

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This is a lovely dark purple with both purple and small amounts of blue shimmers in it.

This shade needs to be shaken, which is just simply to turn the bottle down and up, in order for the pigments to blend before applying. The first time I used this it came out sheer on the first coat and in the second coat the polish became really thick and the end result was a little bit textured.

Second time I used this it was a little bit more even but it still requires two coats to be opaque. Something weird happened in my swatch photos here, they come off as a bit sheer but in irl these are opaque.

One thing I really like about this polish is that It can last for 4-6 days without chipping, which is very good.

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I believe this is an effect nail polish. It contains opaque white glitters with some larger silver glitters in a clear base.

I love this polish best alone since I found it weird as a top coat.

Alone this is stunning because it does look like you have snow on your nails, you need to shake it and put on two coats for this to reveal it’s beauty. It is a nail polish that manages to stand out but still be “neutral” enough that you can wear it on any occasion.

It is beautiful and extremely long-lasting. I don’t know how long this can be worn without cracking. I wore this for almost two full weeks before removing it, it almost looked like it did when I first applied it only that the clear base had started to get a little bit”yellowish” as clear nail polishes can become after a while.

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Verdict

I can’t argue against the price, it is ridiculously low even for the amount you get.

The quality is not the best but it is far from bad, I would call it an average formula and to be fair I have bought more expensive nail polishes which still cracked after two days.

These tend to be a bit more stubborn in my experience and they can be difficult to remove.

I believe I will buy more of these in the future.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Sugarpill: Kim Chi Liquid Lip Color

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This is the liquid lipstick released in collaberation with Kim Chi, participant on Rupaul’s drag race in season eight.

I have to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Chi, I absolutely adored her on the show and I admire her creativity.

 

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Official swatch from Sugarpill.

Official description:

Matte lavender mauve with a subtle, unique blend of transparent aqua and violet sparkles that twinkle brighter as the formula sets! Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips. Donut scented!

Created by Kim Chi, Chicago-based drag queen and live-action anime character! http://www.kimchithedragqueen.com

Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz.

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Ingredients list.

My opinion:

I have been looking for something like this for a while, a lip product with a gorgeous lavender colour that still features something extra.

One thing I have to say about Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks is that I see that the brand creates them within a formula based finish. This one does have a similar finish as Trinket, only difference is that the glitter in Kim Chi is a lot more subtle.

The doughnut scent is not horrible but I don’t love it either as I am sensitive to sweet scents. It is a lot more comfortable than the creamsicle scent that Trinket has though.

The shade is really lovely and far from the usual muted lavenders out on the market, don’t misunderstand me this is still a somewhat “soft” shade but it’s not as “watered” down as lavender coloured lip products usually are.

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I also get comments from people that my lips look fuller when I’m wearing this. I’m not sure if I agree but I do love how this looks on me.

But I have to say that compared to the other liquid lipsticks I own from Sugarpill, I found this one to be a lot more drying and it even sometimes crumble when I’m wearing it occasionally. It makes me not reach for Kim Chi as often as I’d want to even though it is a gorgeous shade.

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The packaging is the same as the others with the doe-foot applicator as well.

I love the packaging Sugarpill have for their liquid lipsticks and their formulas.

If you haven’t read me reviewing my other products from Sugarpill, here’s the link Sugarpill collection.

 

Have you tried this?

What do you think about Sugarpill as a brand?

 

June 2017 Anti-Haul

This is my very first anti-haul and I hope you will like this post.

I’ve been fond of anti-hauls for quite some time now and I thought it was about time I made one too.

Let’s start!

 

Urban Decay: Naked Heat Palette

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I love Urban Decay even though I have not tried many of their products. I like their ideas and I especially love their eyeshadow primer potion, that product changed my makeup game to a 100%.

I was never interested in any of the naked palettes, I never understood why those palettes became looked upon as revolutionary since the shades were all dupable and easy to find elsewhere+many were similar to each other.

So when I heard Urban Decay were going to release a new naked palette but that it was going to revolve around oranges, copper and amber shades. Which to me at the time sounded interesting and perhaps something I wanted to include in my makeup collection, I did think to myself that maybe this was something I would want to spend money on.

I like the packaging they choose for this palette, it is gorgeous and really compliments the name.

The shades in this palette are also lovely in their own right, there are a couple of them I’d love to own and use to create a lovely eye look. Especially shades like dirty talk, ashes and lumbre.

But after looking at it more and looking over my makeup collection, I found myself less excited and I’ve decided not to buy it.

I own similar shades but most importantly this palette follows the same “recipe” as the other naked palettes, which means there are few looks I can get out of this palette and most of them will be similar aswell.

In other words this palette, although beautiful, is not something I want to spend money on.

 

Too Faced: Melted Latex

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Initially I thought of buying one of these as the concept sounded interesting but also very different from a lot of the lipsticks on the market. But after looking at the promotion video I was less than impressed.

In the video these looked very sticky and streaky.

In order for me to even think about buying any of these, I will have to see swatches other than from Too Faced’s site.

At the moment these just seems to be tacky and bad looking, like some lip gloss from the 80s that wanted to get a comback. I can be wrong though so I won’t buy this as long as there are no swatches available from customers.

 

Just two products this time but I hope this was enjoyable.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

H&M: Nail polish

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Cinnamon Spark, Imaginarium, Space Race and Toprock.

A couple of months ago I started to want to paint my nails again.

It was two years since the last time I painted my nails regularly and threw out my last polishes. I’m not sure why but I just could not be bothered anymore and besides that I always hated the smell of both the nail polish and remover.

I started to find my old favourites again and I have reviewed some of them.

But some time ago I went to my local H&M and I found myself mesmerised by their selection of nail polishes and the price tag.

They were also hailed by a well-known norwegian beauty magazine, who is usually very biased in favour of luxury brands, which in itself is such a rarity that I wanted to try them out just based on that alone.

I also like the new packaging, it’s not extremely high fashion but in my opinion it does not matter when it feels sturdy and the shade name is on the bottle itself. It is elegantly simple.

The polishes contains 8 ml of product which is not bad at all and I do find myself liking the brush which makes it easy to coat the nail in one swipe.

But how do these stand up?

Disclaimer: My swatch pictures are not perfect, I have done my best using two different cameras and taking pictures at different times of the day. I am not entirely happy but I really do hope they showcase the shades with a certain accuracy.

 

Space Race

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It was very difficult to capture the holographic effect correctly.

Do you remember the holographic craze some years ago? Everything from nails, lips, eyes and various clothing featured this effect and it was everywhere before it died out (at least from the mainstream)

It has lately re-emerged but in a very different light and “texture” than earlier. This nail polish however reminds me of the earlier incarnation of this trend, it does look eerily similar to a nail polish I owned around 2012-2013.

It is a silvery holographic nail polish that goes on fairly opaque with the first layer, it also dries down quite fast and the surface of the coat is a little bit texturised compared to other nail polishes. I like the fact that this one dries down so quick compared to most other polishes on the market.

I like this one quite a lot but a huge minus is the fact that this polish does start to chip already the next day, even with two coats it is not long-lasting at all. It is gorgeous but I have never experienced a polish that already starts to crack the next day.

With one coat however it starts to fade already after five hours, which is a strange effect to say the least since it looks like it is the pigments only that goes away, not the polish itself.

But I do actually like this one despite that huge flaw and I will perhaps even buy it another time.

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Imaginarium

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This is one of the most unique nail polishes I’ve ever seen or used, the shade is a colour shift between green and purple with an added metallic brilliance. On the nails it can in some lighting conditions look like it is a tarnished silver shade.

One thing is important to note with this one and that is that it does require two coats in order for it to be a bit more opaque, with only one coat this polish falls short and frankly looks more like a child’s nail polish and, as is the case with Space Race, it will start to fade after a few hours.

But it is a little bit on the sheer side no matter what and that is very visible in the pictures I’ve taken here. But I personally don’t mind it that much.

With two coats on the other hand this one is brilliant but also long-lasting aswell as non-chipping.

 

 

Cinnamon Spark

This one has a similar finish to Imaginarium but it features more of an iridescence and not the metallic finish that Imaginarium has.

Cinnamon Spark is a gorgeous shade with a teal iridescence on a red-brown background.

Compared to the other two in this post, this is a much more transparent shade and is also one that takes a long time to dry completely down. It requires two to three coats to become somewhat opaque and combined with the long dry down time, it leaves a little bit left to be desired for me but I enjoy this shade.

I find it beautiful and it is also the most long-lasting of all four.

It is really unique but not perfect.

 

Toprock

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This is a pale turquoise with a slight lilac iridescence. It is a very “glowing” shade  which I’m not sure looks good on me. In the bottle it looks great but on my nails I think it looks extremely cheap on me and that lilac iridescence is almost gone. It might have looked better if I were a little bit more tan.

The wear time is among the better ones of the H&M nail polishes but by god the dry time was long. It took forever for each coat to completely dry and as with the rest of this line this nail polish start to chip quite quickly and does not last long enough in order to excuse the long dry down time.

This might sound quite contradictory when compared to my review of the other nail polishes in this post, but where I can tolerate some of the other polishes in this line because of their shade but this one does not look good on me+long dry time and not being long-lasting at all.

 

Summary

Overall I’m not sure if I can give these a super high-grade.

I feel quite disappointed with the inconsistencies of the formula, of course it is normal for variations in different shades but I think that when I buy five different shades and they vary this much just in formula? That’s more than just disappointing and makes for a less than stellar experience.

I love the shades and the variety that H&M has to offer but such a lackluster formula makes me wary of buying more of these. I can buy from other brands and while they also can differentiate a bit between shades, I have never experienced something like this before with any nail polish line.

 

Have you tried any of these?

What do you think?