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  1. Review: Benefit Cosmetics "Brow Zings"

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    There are times that even if I am too bored or too tired to apply full make-up, there is one thing that I will still do, whether it's just lipstick, mascara or just filling in my brows. When time is of essence, like trying to make it on time to save Commissioner Gordon from falling into the hands of El Sombrero, getting to do one thing is all you can do.
    So, I may not be all ready and fabulous, but I get to do one thing each time.

    So, a product that I love using even when I am not prepared but with SPF, to face the world outside is Benefit Cosmetics "Brow Zings". I wasn't really big in filling in my brows with any products because my brows are already a bit thick (thanks to years of not plucking them) and I thought that this was a luxury that wasn't for me. But after a brow waxing session at the local Benefit beauty counter, in order to get arched 40's-50's eyebrows that I fell in love with after watching too many noir films, I was given a try at "Brow Zings" and was left awestruck. My newly shaped eyebrows resembled the strong eyebrows that vintage starlets sported and the filling in really accentuated the arch; I immediately decided to buy the brow kit and take care of my eyebrows. "Brow Zings" is a brow kit that comes in three shades to match your skin and hair tone, and contains a pigmented wax for shaping, a natural-shaded powder for setting, a hard angle brush, a blending brush and a small tweezers to take care of those stray eyebrow hair while on the run. To start to fill in the eyebrows, you begin with dipping the hard angle brush in the wax and with small strokes, start to define and shape your brows; when you are done with that, you take the blending brush and apply the setting powder, to fill in any areas that are sparse and make the brows look fuller and more even.
    What I personally like in this brow kit is that both the wax and setting powder are pigmented enough so it takes little to quantity of product to get the full, strong eyebrow look you want. I got the "medium" shade and it matches good my hair colour and complexion without making my eyebrows seem too unnatural; for a more "natural" look, I like to take a small round brush like a mascara wand, to brush my eyebrows and dispense the extra colour and give the illusion of naturally thick brows. The tweezers included in this kit are not good for me, being too small and me being not comfortable with the grip of it, and I would suggest an improvement in it or not including at all. 
    Also, a major problem that might keep me from buying "Brow Zings" again, even though I love it, is the fact that among the ingredients of it are parabens; in the past, I didn't bother looking into products ingredients but lately I am trying to be on the lookout for products with parabens and it hurt me when I saw that "Brow Zings" have them too. Here's to hoping that this product gets released in the future without the addition of parabens!



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    Whether you are experiencing the "Cara Delevigne" effect of full and strong brows or you are looking to achieve the perfect arched brow, a big change in the eyebrow game is filling them in! "Brown Zings" by Benefit Cosmetics is an amazing brow kit that contains pigmented wax and setting powder to help you define, shape, fill in sparse areas and lock brows in place, and small tweezers to take remove any stray hair; you can use the wax or powder on their own or combined to achieve best results or more "natural" looking. It's all up to you!


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  2. I always feel like autumn's period for a new start and there are many things to get excited and looking forward to. With Alfred's flawless cooking and care of pretty much everything, I have all the time to relax and share some links with you!

    Beer Brownies : Every time is chocolate time but who knew that chocolate could work so well with beer? Here's a recipe combining the mighty power of chocolate brownies with that of dark beer! Chocolate sensation granted!

    MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show : MAC Cosmetics never stops pleasing us beauty lovers with its limited edition collaborations. This time, MAC will release an ultra cool and superb collection inspired by the cult favourite film of all "Rocky Horror Picture Show". The lipsticks, nail polishes, blushes and all look amazing and make us shiver with "antici...pation!" vibes.

    Collectif Clothing Autumn Clothing Range : Collectif Clothing is an independent 1940's and 1950's inspired vintage reproduction brand with a wide variety of clothing that will charm every vintage lover. Their autumn polka dot dresses and skirts are a personal favourite right now.

    Lobster Johnson Volume 4: Get The Lobster TPB : Lobster Johnson, another exceptional character from the Mignolaverse, is a masked vigilante fighting against spies, gangsters and other enemies that fall under the big category of "bizarre and powerful foes". In the latest volume of Lobster Johnson's adventures "Get The Lobster", we learn more about his secret history and origin while he becomes public enemy number one. How will he set the record straight and fight two crazed and invincible wrestlers?



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  3. Happy Monday to y'all! It has been a week since the last post and I have to say that my mind is finding difficult to getting down and writing my reviews and all. I could blame Bruce for taking me away from the internet but my procrastinating self is the one to blame for. But here's the verdict of the last three "Sampling Monday" posts.
    Oh procrastination, why thou have not evolved into something more creative?


    Vichy "Purete Thermale 3-In-1 One Step Cleanser" : I love products that are multifunctional and I fell head over heels with how good this cleanser is. This cleansing milk is gentle but do not mistake it for a cleanser that does get the job done; with a little amount in a cotton pad, you can take off your face and eye make-up and your skin will feel soft and not dry. I think that depending your skin, this cleanser might not require you to apply your regular moisturiser at once and not giving that "tight skin" feeling that other cleanser give.

    (Malin + Goetz) "Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer" : Moisturisers are a big part of my routine and I liked this one, without going completely gaga over it. The bergamot scent is what strikes my fancy the most and the quick absorption is great when you are out of the shower and ready to go out. I didn't witness any dramatic soothing results on me but to be honest, I didn't really have a problem with my skin.

    Kiehl's "Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream" : As you might have already noticed from my posts, I always talk about my big pores problem. And with this sample being not only a wrinkle reducing cream but also a pores treating cream I expected to see some change; my wrinkles are not so bad at the moment, so there was no effect there, and my pores didn't see any benefit too. Overall I liked the texture of the cream, not too heavy, but I didn't see any change.



    P.S. I think things will go back to normal as of this week and new posts will be uploaded soon! Hope you are not mad about the lack of update. xx

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  4. Sorry for another belated "Sampling Monday" post! Autumn has officially arrived but the laziness that accompanied summer is not completely gone. Long naps in the afternoon and even longer night sessions of "hide and seek" in the alleys of Gotham pursuing Clayface, are among the activities that keep my personal routine nice and joyous.
    A routine can be a good thing if you are feeling lazy enough to stick with it.

    This "Sampling Monday" features Kiehl's "Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream", a cream that is designed to significantly reduce wrinkles, smooth skin texture and minimize pores. I was given this sample, even though my wrinkles are minimum, as a way to reduce the possibility of wrinkles appearing soon. The powerful combination of micronutrients, Copper PCA and Calcium PCA in this cream, have shown an improvement in the skin's elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles; other skin problems, like big pores, are also treated from this formula. Since I am a person with a big pores problem, this sample might do the trick; and let's not hush the fact of some precaution against wrinkles. Will this do the trick?





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  5. Happy Labor Day!

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    It's gonna be September and here it is! Let's see autumn goes and let's relax for today is Labor day! "Sampling Monday" will be back tomorrow and till then, have have and stay fabulous!


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  6. Review: Clinique "Anti-Blemish Solutions"

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    There are some things that go away for some time and then re-appear for good or worse. Blemishes, dryness, long nails, clean skin. Or like a memory of an old flame of Bruce, Jezebel Jet, coming back to remind to the Wayne and Batman family what it was, what traps it fell for and what it became in the future.
    For good or bad, we learn from our mistakes.

    So, a personal problem that disappears and appears again is blemishes; my face has not entirely got rid of blemishes and every once in a while I get a breakout that is a bummer. I decided to try a new cleanser and purchased the Clinique "Anti-Blemish Solutions", a cleansing foam targeted for acne. This cleanser works immediately to help clear and prevent acne; the foam formula of this cleanser is gentle for the complexion but at the same time removes the dirt and excess oil. The usual culprit behind acne is excess oil but it is hard to spot a cleanser that does the job and does not leave the skin dry and dull; this gentle cleansing foam cleans off the extra oil the complexion has and unclogs pores making more and more blackheads disappear with each application.
    I wanted to buy a cleanser that would not be too harsh on my skin and I was suggested a foam formula cleanser due to their benefit of not drying the skin and the easy application; after some time of using the "Anti- Blemish Solutions", my skin has witnessed a big reduction in blemishes and I love how fresh I feel after application. The scent of the cleanser reminds me a little bit of tea tree oil but overall I love how it brings to my mind the "clean" sense. The "Anti-Blemish Solutions" cleansing foam was a big change compared to the usual cleansers I used and I am happy to say that it did something for my problematic blemish situation.


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    Acne is a trouble that everyone has faced once or a couple of times in their lives but a really good cleanser is a big help in dealing with this problem. Clinique's "Anti-Blemish Solutions" is a foam cleanser, which is a great solution for gently cleaning the skin, removing dirt and excess oil and unclogging the pores; its foam formula does not leave the skin dry but fresh, clean and ready for the moisturiser!
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  7. This is the summer's last Sampling Monday; summer flew by pretty quickly for me and to be honest, I am ready for autumn to come. You might have realised from past posts that cooler weather is better for me and I can't wait for temperatures to drop. There is something more comforting in leaves and rain falling, like some kind of a new cleansing start; it's like everyone in Gotham is getting ready to start anew and take control.
    Too bad Batman is prepared for that.

    This week's "Sampling Monday" pick is the (Malin + Goetz) "Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer". (Malin + Goetz) is a family-owned and operated apothecary in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood known for its natural based treatments, which incorporate gentle technologies for ultimate performance. The "Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer" is an intensive and nourishing cream that is both oil-free and residue-free; the treatment synthesizes natural vitamin b5 and soothing bergamot extract with absorbent fatty acids for instant performance and results. This moisturiser is ideal for all skin types, naturally hydrates without feeling greasy and its natural fragrance is quite good. Let's see how it works!


    P.S. What do you think about autumn arriving? Are you feeling excited or nostalgic about the summer good times?
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