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  1. Here in Gotham, it is already Tuesday and the "Sampling Monday" post is not up yet; somewhere in this vast, wide world and the universes that compose it must still be Monday, right?
    Multiversity is an excuse to put off things, and get to them later. Long live the multiverse!

    This week's "Sampling Monday" features Estee Lauder's "Sumptuous Extreme" mascara in extreme black. I am always excited when I get cosmetics samples, and this mascara is no exception. The "Sumptuous Extreme" mascara creates outrageous volume, lifts and curves to give an audacious, false-lash effect to make eyes look wider, brighter and more seductive. The unique formula of this mascara acts almost like lash extensions, multiplying and growing the look of lashes while at the same time conditioning them. The mascara brush (that bears a slight resemblance to a cone to get to your lashes in the inner part of the eye) has two types of bristles, flexible fibers to carry maximum formula and solid fibers to comb and separate for clump-free definition, to fully vamp your lashes. I can't wait to see how extreme this mascara is!


  2. There are some things a person seems to avoid as best as he/she can. For example, I try to stay away from any kind of heat for my hairstyles; I am not a big fan of blow-outs, I do not see any point in getting a straightener or a curling iron and I have not mastered any form of achieving a great hair with a little help of heat rollers. I have a big love for 50's hairstyles and a big fear that I will destroy my hair with a little heat so, I tend to stick to air drying my hair and doing top knots or other crazy stuff to achieve something of a look. There was a time when I showed up at a secret meeting with Batman and Commissioner Gordon with a turban to securely hide my bizarre pin-curl set.
    Turbans are a hair saviour during the most trying times.  

    So, with that off my chest, I want to introduce you a product that has become essential for me and my hair. Bumble and Bumble "Grooming Creme" is a styling moisturiser for achieving a casual, effortless hair looks without giving you any extra effort to achieve it. This styling cream can be used on damp or dry hair, and no matter if your hair is dry, oily or normal type, you can build the product according to your needs; it is also good for thick, coarse, afro textures and dry hair. "Grooming Creme" can also be combined with other hair products to add texture and shine.
    Personally, this styling cream has become an essential part of my hair styling routine. Every time I wash my hair, I put a small amount of "Grooming Creme" on my damp hair ends and then style my hair on a top knot (with the help of a hair doughnut) to get a very loose curl in my usual straight hair. I have also tried to do a pin-curl setting with this cream but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone because for this type of hair styles, this cream does not give deliver a strong curl result. But with the unfortunate pin-curl set incident put aside, I have to say that I really like the lightweight of the formula, the smell of the product, which is not too heavy to annoy you and people around you, and how smooth and long-lasting the result is. My hair is less frizzy, more shiny and as the days go by, the loose curl result stays the same, with the curls becoming looser but staying fabulous.

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    Whether you are a hair enthusiast, straightening your hair with a blow-dryer, air drying your hair with various techniques or trying to create an effortless, soft and cool hair look with, "Grooming Creme" by Bumble and Bumble is the product that will bring out your dream hair. This is a product ideal for every hair type and for most different styling/hair need you may have; its lightweight formula, allows you to build up the product as you like, without weighing down your hair or making your hair appear greasier and less shiny. Whether you are lazy like me or not, "Grooming Creme" is a styling product that can find a way in your and your hair's heart.

    P.S. I thought I would kick off this week a little different but don't forget to check later for the "Sampling Monday" post!

  3. Mondays seem to arrive faster that we anticipate them too; but maybe the new week will bring some pleasant surprises with it. Splitting time between staying in the Batcave, working on some upgrade on my suit courtesy of Mr Bats, and training with Damian to improve his kicks, my beauty time was reduced almost to zero.
    But all good things come around!

    It feels good to have "Sampling Monday" back and I hope you are too. This Monday's sample is Clinique's "Custom-Repaid Serum", which is a smart serum that understands the particular needs of your skin, providing custom repair for the damage you see and the damage you don't. Depending on our age and other factors, our complexion exhibits different needs and this products targets multiple concerns like diminishing lines and wrinkles, firming and lifting skin,reducing dark spots and evening skin tone and improving radiance and texture. No matter what your skin needs, this clever little serum promises to give you want you need whenever you need it! Let's see if the serum delivers what I need but don't know yet.

    P.S. I wish you all a great week and stay tuned for more posts coming soon!

  4. Things are about to get back to normal

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    This space of the internet might have been quiet for some time but I hope you have not given up on me. With Fall coming, things in the Wayne Manor and the Batcave have been a bit hectic, preparing for colder weather and all; and let's not forget to mention Damian's new school year kicked off and me and Bruce are a little busier if something like that could happen.

    So, this Monday I hope we will be running back to normal, talking about beauty and all things cosmetics and all! There are a few products I am dying to talk to you about and I think you are going to like them. But tell me, how have you been doing all this time? How is the transition to autumn working for you?


  5. 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!


  6. 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?


  7. 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