Monday

MUA Haul / Review



I bought all these products in 2 orders from the MUA website some time ago and I thought I would try them out for a while before I tell you guys about them. I've never used MUA products before I moved to England (because we don't have them in Romania) but I can say I was pleasantly surprised by their quality, especially that they are so affordable. The products I found myself reaching for the most were the Mega Volume Mascara (a great mascara for me), Blusher in shade 5, Extreme Felt Liner, Matte Perfect Loose Powder (which applies nicely with the F4 brush) but also the lipstick in shade 3. These are the most loved ones from the bunch. I haven't had the chance to use the eyeshadows too much but from the swatches I made I found that they are soft and creamy and very pigmented. I will probably get more colors in the future because they seem very nice. I got two eyeliners, in brown and green (swatches below) and I've been using the brown one over my top lashes just a bit smudged and it looks very nice softened like that. They have a good consistency and glide on with ease. I also love the fact that they have a sharpener in the lid, very convenient!


I recently started using the Fashionista eyebrow kit and I love it. I use the darkest shade and I tried the middle shade on my mom and sister and it looks so natural and lovely. It's a great brow kit and I think anyone could use it.
  

Another product that looks great from the Fashionista range is the Gel Eyeliner. It comes in a lot of colours and I chose two of them - 24/7 Style - a beautiful dark shimmery green and Under the Radar - a golden taupe. I'm in love with 24/7 Style and I would really wear it everyday if I could! :) 


The only product that disappointed me was the Fashionista double ended mascara which didn't work for me at all, the black layer didn't really cover the first white layer and it just looked odd. Also, the Fashionista lipstick in Atomic Tangerine which I got doesn't suit my skin tone and even if the colour worked for me, I found it a bit dry, and it did cling to my dry lips. 

The products which I haven't got round to using yet are the false lashes and the Fashionista Primer, so I can't say anything about those yet :P And by the way, the lipstick trio from the first pictures was won in a competition on their Facebook page which was a nice surprise, because I don't usually win anything ^^ and yeah, I love it, the shades are very nice but the weird thing is the sponge applicator, does anyone really use that?!  

All in all I'm very impressed with most of the MUA products and I can't wait to add new products to my collection :) I really want to try the new Luxe range with the Velvet Lip Lacquers and the Pretty Edgy palette, as well as other eyeshadow palettes because I've heard a lot of good things about them. What are your favourite products from MUA?

Eyeshadow swatches L-R shades: 7, 31, 26 & 13 (without & with flash)

Wednesday

Spring/Summer Nails

   As spring is here I thought I should show you what are my go to nail polishes for this season. I like to match my outfit & manicure with the beautiful weather when I can, so I chose some pastel shades and a few brighter ones which I love. I'm going to let the pictures do the talking :) 




From left to right we have: MUA - Pistachio Ice Cream, Maybelline miniColorama - Urban Turquoise, Maybelline miniColorama- Urban Lemon, Barry M Textured - Kingsland Road, Barry M Gelly - Papaya, MUA - Bright Coral.

They all apply very nice, I use two coats for each of them, and they stay on my nails without chipping for about 3 days - the MUA ones, to 5 days - the others. I can't wait to get other Gelly nail paints from Barry M (I like Prickly Pear, Key Lime & Lychee) because this is now my favourite formula. What are your favourite shades for spring? :)

Monday

Spring trip to sunny Bucharest

Hiiii! I'm back from Romania, I had to go there for a few days and I couldn't blog so I tried to make the best of the trip, going out and meeting a lot of friends, especially that the weather was so beautiful! Before resuming to my regular beauty posts I wanted to show you a bit of my home town in case you are curious :P On the day I took these pictures I went with some friends for a walk in three different parks in the centre of Bucharest.


Izvor Park - Palace of Parliament
View of the street from the Military Academy
The old "Radio House" now being demolished
Dambovita river
The park near the Bucharest National Opera

Hopefully I won't be absent anymore from my blog because I really missed it and I will try to get myself into a routine so you guys know exactly when I'll be posting new stuff, but I will probably write once every 2 or 3 days. I am preparing a lot of exciting stuff, so stay tuned! :P 

Sunday

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks


  You might not know this, but I am not much of a skincare junkie. A few years ago, besides Bioderma to remove my make-up and a moisturizer, I didn't even use anything to take care of my skin because I thought.."if it ain't broke, don't fix it". But for almost a year now my skin has changed from normal to combination (oily T-zone, normal on the rest of the face with some dry patches here and there) and I tried to keep up with its needs so I started using more products. I will write about my whole skincare routine in another post, but now I wanna tell you about my first experience with a peel off mask. 
   I have never used a mask before (I couldn't see the purpose, there, I said it!) and these Montagne Jeunesse ones looked fun so I bought some and last night I tried the Pomegranate & Passion Flower peel off mask (in the picture-first one from the right). The first thing I noticed was that it smelled so sweet and powerful that it made my eyes water while applying it, but fortunately that didn't last for the whole 20 minutes that I kept it on. It felt nice and cooling, and the removing was easy. I was left with a very soft skin and a feeling of cleanliness. I think that if you are a beginner, like me, these masks are great! I can't wait to have another pamper session! I will probably start looking for other masks to try, as well. Hopefully I won't become an addict too soon :P
   If you have more experience than me with masks and have any recommendations for me, please leave a comment below, it will be much appreciated ^^

Monday

Collection (2000) Lipsticks Review

Today I'm going to tell you about my relationship with the Collection Lasting Colour Lipsticks. It all started a few months ago when I was looking around Superdrug to repurchase my then favourite lipstick, the Maybelline Color Sensational in the shade 422 - Coral Tonic, but I couldn't find it. So I checked the other brands and there it was, the same beautiful colour under a different name - Collection Lasting Colour's shade 14 - Mango Tango. I didn't know much about this brand, it was cheap so I said..hey, what can go wrong? I have nothing to lose if I don't like it, my Maybelline will forgive me. Oh, but I did like it! And we could always be seen together since then. The Collection lipstick was a bit more glossy than the Maybelline one but that was ok. I can't say that the staying power was the best, but at that price I didn't expect it, and I didn't mind reapplying it from time to time. A few weeks ago I remembered about how I first met this lipstick so I went to see if there are other shades in this range who look that good and I managed to find other two that I like.




    
    Sweet Tart and Vintage Rose were my choices. They are as pigmented and creamy and nice as my first crush and I love them. I've never had such a pink lipstick like Sweet Tart and it was out of my comfort zone but now I find myself reaching for it quite often. When I picked up the other one, Vintage Rose, I don't know why I thought it was a nude colour because obviously it's much more than that, a muted pinky brown which looks very nice on my lips & with my fair complexion. Here are some more photos & swatches.





   All in all I really like these lipsticks and they prove that you can find decent quality at decent prices :P I recommend these lipsticks if you want to experiment with more colours, to do some fun and creative looks without breaking the bank. What do you think? Have you tried them yet? :)