NEW IN #2

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First, my Space NK order arrived. And it’s a good one. It contained the new Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley and the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about these two.

I’ve heard lots of good things about Sunday Riley and after reading/watching reviews by a lot of people who had been impressed with Luna, I decided to buy it. I thought a lot about it because it is a very expensive product, but I’m not one of those girls who spend their rent money on designer handbags anyway, I’d rather do it on skincare. So I took the plunge and as I’m typing this post, I have it on my face and I hope that tomorrow I’ll wake up with gorgeous skin!

I also got another Bumble and Bumble product. If you read my Surf shampoo review, you’ll know that I haven’t had a good introduction to this brand. Although, I decided I want to step up my hair game: I have very fine straight hair that look flat most of the time. I just quickly blow-dry them upside down after I wash them and that’s it. But it’s not enough. In addition to committing to spend more time blowdrying them completely with a round brush and using more styling products, I also bought the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum to apply every night before going to bed. All I can say for now is that it smells good but I wish it came in a bottle with a sealed cap (or in a box) because you can’t tell if it’s already been used.

In the package they also included a sample of the Oskia Restoration Oil which I’m really excited about. By now, you probably already know I’m a skincare freak and I hear Oskia’s products are good.

Then, during my lunch break I stopped by Sephora. I knew I wanted to get a couple of things since I had a discount code. The first being Sephora’s own micellaire water, the Triple Action Cleansing Water. I love my cleansing balms and oils to remove makeup but, sometimes I just feel like taking it off with the good ol’ cotton pad and micellaire water. This one smells really good and has such a cool bottle. You don’t need to turn it upside down to moisten the cotton pad, just place it on top of the opened bottle and push down. The water will come out onto your pad.

The last item I bought is Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum. I’m a huge fan of the cream-gel moisturizer of this line – I’m on my 3rd jar already – and since I’m going to need a new serum soon, even though I still love the Caudalie one that I’ve been using, I wanted to try something new. Really excited about this one as well.

Will report back my thoughts on them once I have truly tested them.

Have you tried any of them?

What do you spend the most money on? Skincare, haircare, makeup…?

Bumble and bumble. Surf Shampoo – The Review

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Bumble and bumble is a well-known hair care brand. A lot of beauty bloggers and vloggers rave about their products so, as always happens, I was excited and curious to try them.

The first time I approached one of their stands I was inside Liberty, in London. I already had an idea about all the ranges of the brand and so on. I was interested in the thickening line as I have very fine hair, but when I looked at the prices I was a little taken aback. I was not expecting that price for that little product. Even my mother – who was with me and is a consistent Kérastase buyer – said it was a bit too much (and it was in pounds!). So I left, a bit annoyed, without buying anything.

Last summer, though, since I had a LookFantastic discount code, I decided to purchase their famous Surf shampoo – as you can see in one of my first blog posts.

The Surf shampoo is part, of course, of the Surf range that started with the even more famous Surf spray. Bloggers and vloggers went crazy for this line, but here is what I think.

1. Let’s start with the packaging. It comes in a thin plastic bottle that you are supposed to squeeze to let the product come out from the cap. As you are reading this, you are probably thinking “what’s new?”. Well, you really need to squeeze hard after you have already used it a few times: the plastic is too thin and it doesn’t come back to its original shape. Do not let the bottle sit upside down because the shampoo will leak through the cap. In general, low quality packaging.

2. Bad packaging doesn’t necessarily make a bad product, right? The shampoo itself smells good, not heavenly, but it does smell like clean (it’s the best way I can describe it, you know what I mean!). It has a gel-like consistency, it’s not watery at all, so you’d suppose you would need less. Actually, it’s the opposite. As I was massaging it into my hair I felt like I needed more and more because it wasn’t cleaning well my hair.

3. The result. I was expecting wonders from this shampoo, but mostly clean, textured hair, which is what it claims to do. Unfortunately I couldn’t see anything extraordinary. My hair was clean, yes, but not squeaky clean. I couldn’t see any texture whatsoever. And, honestly, my hair didn’t even have the typical good shampoo smell that freshly washed hair have.

In conclusion, I won’t repurchase it, of course. It was a pain in the bum for me to finish this product up. There are far better shampoos out there for a quarter or less of the price. But if you want some advice on high-end hair care, I advice you to try brands like Kérastase or Redken. A bottle of one of their 1L shampoo doesn’t cost much more than a small 250ml Bumble and bumble shampoo.

Have you tried any Bumble and bumble products? Are you loving them? Please, let me know what you think!

NEW IN #1

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Yesterday I went to Sephora. Yes, I did, and before getting out of the house I already knew what I wanted.

Lately I haven’t been shopping much but my wish list got so long. There are a lot of things that I’m so curious to try.

The first thing that I bought is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It’s a repurchase, actually. I had bought this foundation when it first came out (almost four years ago, I believe) and I liked it, but at the time I preferred more of a full coverage look, so I used to load up on it and didn’t end up loving it completely. These days, on the contrary, I’d rather wear something lighter in the daytime. I’ve been using the Dior BB Cream this winter, which I love but I find it has too little coverage for me, so I decided to try the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation again.

FYI I bought it in the shade B20 and I can’t wait to put it on my face. I will report back.

I was also looking for a waterproof mascara. I’ve been pretty unhappy with the last few I’ve had: they were clumpy, they wouldn’t hold the curl, they weren’t lengthening or they would melt down with a little tear.

I figured I needed a waterproof lengthening mascara. My first choice (after a little online research) settled on the Lancôme Definicils waterproof, but, once in Sephora, I figured out it’s not available in my country. Dammit!

I ended up buying the Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara, which I hadn’t read any particular review on, but… I don’t know… it was calling me. We’ll see how it works.

Christmas is in the Air

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The only thing I like about winter is Christmas and in particular the festive spirit that I feel during the month that comes before the actual day. I love to see the decorations everywhere and to decorate my home myself. Little things like using a Christmas mug, chilling by the fireplace and wearing a festive outfit just make me really happy.

So here’s a little board of things to make your house feel Christmassy and loved. A couple of candles with wintery scents to light up. A Christmas wreath, a sign and some sparkly bells to add. A furry throw for the chillier nights. You can swap your usual mug for a festive one, as well as your pillows, and the atmosphere instantly changes.