Holiday Essentials

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Hello from sunny Croatia. I am currently having a great time off in holidays full of sun, sea water and watermelon. Today, I would like to share with you some beauty essentials I am eternally grateful I brought with me (perhaps a small tip for you what you should pack on your summer trip). 





SPF 50


I use SPF50 on my face religiously regardless of the location and the weather but here in 30 degrees celcius Croatia I truly understand the importance of such a powerful sunscreen. I always burn my nose. Always. However, this time, I burnt everything but my face lol. I use the previusly mentioned Daily Go-to Sunscreen from Purito, however, I have couple of SPFs from Garnier with me as a back up too (Garnier is great and affordable).





Waterproof mascara


Although I don’t use any makeup when going to the sea for swim, waterproof mascara is a must have for summer holidays mainly because of the sweat. It’s warm here and standard mascara will smudge. I love the Sky High from Maybelline so I picked its waterproof sister. The waterproof version is moreless the same as the standard version so I am happy enough. 



Moroccanoil Treatment


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed the disaster or my hairdresser appointment. Ever since my hair is not great - the colour is horrible and the quality went significantly lower from the bleach damage. However, the sun and sea water are making some improvements with the only downside being my hair getting overly dry. I am using a Moroccanoil hair oil to reverse this and it seems to work pretty well. 





Juicy Bomb Lip Gloss


Recently, I have been enjoying lip glosses more than lipsticks (I would never think I will ever say that lol). Silly me, I did not bring any with me so I had to stop in a local shop and pick something up. I grabbed the cheapest option out there not thinking much of it but it turns out it is one of the best lip glosses ever. It’s from Essence and it is available at Notino in the UK. It makes the lips pop, it tastes great and it is super affordable!




 

Gucci: Guilty Pour Homme

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After the years of trying out and reviewing different perfumes, I found myself a bit bored and therefore I started looking into a unisex and men section of the scents. Last year I came across this fantastic fragrance called Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette and from that moment I knew one day I will have to go over myself and commit to a scent traditionally dedicated to men. The day is finally here. 



The fragrance comes in 50ml, 90ml and 150ml glass bottle. You already know what I am going to say but the bottle is perfect - simple and classy. And more importantly, practical. It fits well into my handbag because it is reasonably flat. 


Top Note: Lemon, Lavender

Middle Notes: Orange Tree Blossom

Base Notes: Virgina Cedar, Vanilla, Patchouli



As much as it is a men’s fragrance and you can clearly smell the manliness (I really don’t know how else to express this, but you all know what I mean - the specific smell all the “for him” fragrances have), the scent is very light and refreshing and despite being EDT, it lasts for a while. I think this is an advantage of fragrances for men. They just last much longer. I think Gucci especially is so much better at coming up with fragrances for men - women's perfumes from Gucci are unfortunately not my cup of tea. However, everything Gucci came up with in the men's section, I loved so far.  



I personally cannot get enough of this scent and if you are a bit more adventurous girl, I would recommend giving it a go. If not, it will definitely make a nice father’s day gift


Purito: Daily Go-To Sunscreen

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If you are even remotely interested in skincare, there is a chance you have heard about the huge SPF scandal that took a place year or two ago. A lab manufacturing SPFs was not completely honest when it came to the sun protection factor value and loads of popular SPF creams just disappeared from the market until this issue was fixed. Luckily, there is no longer such an issue but there was a brand particularly hit by this irregularity - Purito. Several of their popular SPFs were completely discontinued. However, Purito delivered a replacement product called Daily Go-To sunscreen with SPF50 and since everyone used to rave about Purito’s sunscreens, I decided to try the new one out too.


The SPF comes in 60ml squeeze tube and as already mentioned, it offers SPF50. It is a blend of chemical and mineral filters which results in a formula adjustable for every skin type.



The sunscreen is thick enough but it blends easily without leaving a white cast all over the face. It does not really provide any extra moisture which is something I actually like - I am not a huge fan of SPF creams that try to replace the day to day moisturiser because it rarely suits me. I would rather use my own moisturiser that I know works on me and then sunscreen on top of it. 



I know the damage to the reputation has been done but I can only recommend this sunscreen. It works perfectly fine, does not leave my skin greasy nor causes breakouts and it does not have any strong sunscreen scent. I unfortunately cannot compare this sunscreen to the old ones from Purito as I have never tried the old one but, as I already said, I am happy with the new arrival and will be coming back to it. 




Estee Lauder: Futurist Hydra Rescue

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I have been calling myself a beauty blogger for a very long time. During that time I had a chance to review many different products and as much as I enjoy testing anything makeup or skincare related, foundations are my favourite product to test. I think I have been most consistent with foundations since the day I started using makeup - I stick to liquid foundations almost exclusively and I have tried different coverages and finishes so I feel like I have good understanding of the kind of product I review.


Today, I am reviewing another foundation from a very close brand to my heart. Double Wear from Estee Lauder was my first high-end foundation and it was my go-to foundation for years for its full coverage and longevity. Nowadays I am looking for a glow finish and lighter coverage so I decided to try the Futurist Hydra Rescue foundation also from Estee Lauder




The foundation promises a medium coverage, natural glowy-finish and long-lasting look which is exactly what the foundation provides. It’s pretty runny and it blends well into the skin leaving it smooth and evened out. My face looks fresh even after a whole day of work and a workout. I have normal/dry-ish skin and it adjusts perfectly. 



This foundation is everything I was hoping Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin foundation would be (and unfortunately isn’t). I cannot help but compare these two. CT’s foundation got so much hype while it does not perform too well and it does not last anywhere near as long as the Futurist Hydra Rescue foundation that gives skin that beautiful fresh and radiant look. I tried both of these foundations and can 1000% recommend the one from Estee Lauder.



The Futurist Hydra Rescue foundation with SPF 45 comes in a 35ml tube with a pump and you can pick from 28 shades (and they should match the Double Wear shades - at least my DW match fits well for this foundation as well).

Bobbi Brown: Pink Glow Liquid Higlighter

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No need to mention I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown. I love her makeup, skincare, and brushes… there is not a product I have tried that I do not like. 

A while ago, Bobbi Brown released a new collection called Glowing Pink. It features an eyeshadow palette, highlighting powder, face liquid highlighter and a lip tint. All products come in lovely purple-pink packaging. For today’s review, I picked the face liquid highlighter. 



The packaging is gorgeous! The purple and gold colours aside, the bottle is made of tint rather than plastic. This gives the product a more expensive feel. This is not surprising, Bobbi Brown’s products tend to come in good quality packaging in general. 



The formula of this highlighter is very light and blendable. It works as a base or as a highlighter on top of the makeup. I have to admit I was expecting more prominent glow considering how shiny the powder higlighters from Bobbi Brown are but this one is the way more subtle. It creates very natural glow, it’s actually perfect on a skin without any foundation or on top of tinted moisturiser. 



It sits well on a skin compared to some other liquid highlighters I own so I have been using this religiously in the past two weeks. However, I am a fan of shine so I top up the shine on my cheeks using the Glowing Pink powder highlighter also from Bobbi Brown. 





INTRODUCING MY FAVOURITE BB CREAM

It seems like we have completely moved away from full coverage matte foundations. In the past year, everyone has been more and more focused on the natural side of makeup and therefore there is a big influx of tinted creams, BB creams and serum foundations that offer just a light coverage. 

I have tried several of these products. I quite liked the L’oreal’s True Match Serum Foundation although I think the bottle won’t last long considering the amount of product that needs to be used for single use. I also tried the same type of product from Max Factor, the Miracle Foundation which did not work for me. It did not stick well to my skin creating a weird sheer mask. It may work on the others but not on me unfortunately. However, last year I have discovered a product, that achieved whatever these new tinted serums tried to achieve even before it was popular. Yes, I am talking about the Sport BB Cream SPF50 from Shiseido



The BB cream comes in a grey 50mL bottle with neon writing on it. The cream is very runny, unlike most BB creams I have tried. It’s closer to a tinted serum or toner than it is to cream to be honest. It gets instantly absorbed by the skin leaving it evened out a lightly tinted (needless to say I decided to get a darker shade for fake tan days). It creates the illusion of perfect no-makeup skin. Thanks to the non-sticky formula, the makeup look looks fresh even after a busy and sweaty day (hence the Sport in the name). 



Moreover, it offers SPF 50. I would still recommend using a separate SPF as a part of your routine because you would need to use a huge amount of the BB cream to achieve SPF50 but it is good to have the foundation providing an extra layer of protection. 



It comes in 5 shades which is not many but since the cream offers very light coverage and adjusts to a skin tone, it is perfectly fine and I am confident you will find your match. 



I love how it looks on my face. My skin absorbs this BB cream with such ease creating the illusion that this is my skin without any makeup on. If you are looking for something lighter in line with the current clean look trends, I would 100 per cent recommend Shiseido's Sun Care Sports BB cream



Lancome: L'Absolu Mademoiselle Shine - Review

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Spring has finally arrived… hopefully (well it’s raining in Edinburgh at all times this week but at least the days are longer). Not only it is getting warmer which means the dress season is upon us, but my Paris trip also is literally just behind the corner and to celebrate this occasion, I will review a stunning lipstick from Lancome, a luxury brand originating in France. 



The L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine in a shade 368 Mademoiselle Smiles is the newest member of my lipstick collection family. The shade is gorgeous. The dark pink catches everyone’s eye but it is less aggressive than red shades. 




The lipstick offer cream and a glossy finish. It has a consistency of a lip balm but the pigment is as rich as in lipstick. The lipstick is nourishing and hydrating and it sits nicely on the lips. For a creamy lipstick, it lasts for a long time but it needs to be topped up after a drink or a bite. 



This lipstick collection is around for a while now, since 2019 if I am not mistaken, however, I think due to the popularity of the matte makeup, it was not given the recognition this lipstick definitely deserves. However, I believe the time of glory for L’absolu Mademoiselle Shine is just behind the corner. I think this lipstick aligns well with the glowy trends of this season


This lipstick is available in 23 shades ranging from nude to pink. I love the shade I picked as I usually wear a pink lipstick of a similar shade around this time of the year and I will consider buying myself a nude shade as well. I am yet to fully appreciate the charm of glosses so this balmy lipstick seems like a perfect compromise to me. However, keep in mind, that this lipstick is nothing for ultra-matte long-lasting formula lovers.