L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE Review: Is it a good dupe of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara?

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

This week I wanted to make a review of my newest makeup purchase.

I was on a trip to Amsterdam and I realised I need a new mascara. At the airport I thought I’ll use the occasion of being in a duty free zone and get myself some good quality mascara, just to try. I was going through more expensive makeup brands, from Chanel to YSL, but couldn’t decide on any of them. Finally I remembered that since I got my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara I always wanted to try its dupe everyone is talking about, the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara!

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With a quite a big difference in price (Better Than Sex is $23, Lash Paradise $10) the two of them seem to look very similar. Pink packaging and the wand, maybe Too Faced version has a little bit more of that hourglass shape to it (on a picture above it’s obvious, in real life they look more alike).

How did it work?

I have to say for the first 2-3 days I was amazed! I thought I’m not gonna buy anything else from now on but only this L’Oreal mascara. I thought it was even better than Too Faced mascara. It separated my lashes so beautifully with a perfect amount of product. They looked very long and thick as I love them to. I hate to have clumpy lushes and this mascara was just magic! I didn’t have to comb through them even once.

The “Paradise” didn’t last long, because after few days of using it I’ve been seeing many black crumbs of the product under my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening! It looked like you’re using very old mascara that is just too dry and during the day falls down from your eyelashes leaving ugly trace of black spots in under eye area.

Maybe I picked an old one (but it was still covered in paper – plastic packaging) or maybe it’s not as good as people say. This is of course, very subjective opinion about this product. I just know from my experience I won’t give it a second try.

Now I have a new favorite, I’ll be talking about in next posts. :*

What are your thoughts about this mascara? Did it work for you? Please, let me know!

xx, Olita


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BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer – REVIEW

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

This week I wanted to make a review of my newest purchase. I love to try new products and few weeks ago I was looking for a good concealer that will work as well on my dark circles as on other areas where I might have a blemish or which I want to brighten up a little. I definitely wanted it to be moisturising and with natural finish. I’ve heard so much about NARS’ famous concealer I almost bought it, if not the fact in this particular Sephora where I was shopping they didn’t have my shade. Automatically I wondered to BECCA stand and decided to give their Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer a try.

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I got the lightest shade and unfortunately I have to say, for a such super pale lady as me, it’s still too dark. But fear not! It still works if I pair it with the wright makeup products. Definitely gonna be my number 1 when the sun will start to hit! Beside that fact I love this concealer and I have to say it does exactly everything the brand promises it to do.

It’s so easy to blend and is very light in consistency. It’s moisturising and you cannot feel you’re wearing it. The coverage from the other hand is light to medium, but definitely buildable. I’m sure all Becca fans and people who love natural, dewy finish with light to medium coverage will be very pleased with this product just as me!

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Have you tried this concealer or want to? Share with me your thought about Becca’s concealer in the comments!

xx, Olita


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BECCA Après Ski Glow Collection: Eye Lights Palette – review

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Recently I had to go to Sephora to pick a few things up (face masks etc). Since for 2 whole months I was so busy finding a perfect gift for everyone for my and my boyfriend’s families I decided to treat myself and get the classic Champagne Pop BECCA Highlighter I was dreaming of for quite a while now. Also I had 20% off any purchase, so… it’s clearly a bargain, right?

I had it in my hand when a girl who works in Sephora asked if I saw the new BECCA Après Ski Glow Collection: Eye Lights Palette at the entrance. Well, I did but actually didn’t look inside. She opened the packaging and said it’s an eyeshadow palette and I can easily use any of the shadows as a highlighter.

The choice between Champagne Pop and that palette for me was very easy. I get 7 different colours of eyeshadows/highlighters for a tiny bit more than one Champagne Pop (which I can always get later, 😉 ).

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I didn’t own any of BECCA’s products before and I think I made a great choice, because after reading reviews I’ve found out that people who weren’t new to the brand said the eyeshadows are too sheer for their liking and they work better as a eyeshadow toppers or highlighters. I’m sure this palette will be perfect for anyone who’s new to BECCA as a brand and doesn’t own a lot of highlighters, as myself, or is just looking for a gorgeous metallic/satin and a little sheer eyeshadows. 

Here are the swatches of every shade from the pallete. Please not I’m definitley on a pale side if it comes to a skintone. The photo was made in natural light.

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From top to bottom: Pealr, Moonstone, Opal, Topaz, Toasted Marshmallow, Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz

 

What are your favorite highlighter? Let me know!

xx, Olita


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Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette – Review

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Today I would like to talk about my newest beauty purchase I made.

Few years ago I got my hands on Urban Decay Naked 2 palette which I was super faithful to for years. That time I wasn’t much into makeup as I’m now. I used to have just a few, very classic, popular and “safe” products and didn’t really experiment with new releases.

Gradually I’ve started to purchase more makeup products out of curiosity or simply to find the one (from every category of course :P). But since I had my Naked 2 I felt like I didn’t need any other. I usually like muted tones for my eye look. When I go crazy I usually turn to black or dark brown.

Few weeks ago when I stopped wearing glasses (laser eye surgery) I started to experiment with my eye looks more. I felt the need of all matte palette. I went to Sephora and somehow I ended up straight in front Too Faced stand. And I saw it! This Natural Matte palette was everything! But I didn’t take it right away. I made this decision sink in more and just sleep on it. I was debating in my head if I should take Naked Ultimate Basics since I love Urban Decay eyeshadow formula.

Last week I decided to pick up my baby. Without doubt I decided on Too Faced. Eyeshadows seamed so velvety and the packaging is goals. I also wanted to try something new! So here it (for a better colors’ reference please click here)!

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I have to say guys that I’m not disappointed at all! Shades blend beautifully! Each one matches each one and I just love that! They feel so effortless, but classy. You can’t really go wrong with choosing any shades and mix them together.

I highly recommend to anyone who’s just starting with makeup (inside there’s a booklet with 3 looks you can create) or just needs a good all matte shadow palette as I did! Good job Too Faced! I’m definitely coming back for more soon! 😉

What is your favorite eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments!

xx, Olita


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July Favorites!

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

This month I loved the most those 4 items I’m gonna share with you! Three of them are makeup products perfect for the hot summer weather and for getting that bronzed no makeup look!

Let’s start with the bronzer!

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This Estee Lauder Bronzer is the only bronzer I ever had purchased and used. But let me tell you. Oh boi! It’s a winner! It’s so natural and since now I’m more tanned than usual (read: tanned at all) it gives me that amazing summer bronzy glow and warmth. I love to use it everyday. You can get it in 4 different shades, I went for medium. Nowadays my morning routine consists only of Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, some Sephora concealer for my purple undereyes, this bronzer and Benefit Ka-Brow! to give my brows more definition and I’m good to go! So minimal, but I feel great! I never felt so good while using so little makeup! This gorgeous bronzer really makes you feel like a bronze Goddess! And come on, the packaging is just goals! ❤

(I love this one a lot, but still need to try the classic of the classics Benefit Hoola! Have you tried it yourself?)

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Second fave that I already mentioned is Ka-Brow! by Benefit. I was looking for something that could define my brows a little bit more than brow mascara I use everyday from NYX. This product gives me everything I always was looking for. I don’t like brow pencils anymore because I get through them way to fast. With this, I feel like it’s gonna last me a decent amount of time and it has a super-duper cute tiny brush to go with it. What more a girl can wish for from a brow product?

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With this NYX Setting Spray I can really see the difference with how my makeup stays on the whole day. I use it on days that I know I’ll be spending out or for a special events. Before I was using it everyday instead of powder, but I’ve learnt it can make my skin a little dry, so I just prefer to go with a translucent powder and touch up my makeup if necessary. The price is very good for the quality. Definitely gonna go for a second bottle when this one finishes.

Do you have your favorite setting spray? Please, tell me in the comments! I’d love to try something new!

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Last favorite of this month are my new Steve Madden stilettos! I got them as a gift from my boyfriend and I love them so so much! I’m not used to such a high heel (12 cm/4.7 inches) and I couldn’t save my live by walking in them, but I’m trying! I put them on almost everyday and just practise while cleaning the house or cooking. I can already catch my balance so… haha! Those shoes are very comfortable considering their hight and shape but are definitely not shoes made for walking. Or at least a lot of walking. Who is super brave and strong (and my role model) and walks in these kind of shoes without problem?? I want to salute you!

 

What are your monthly favourites? Share in the comments! I’d love to hear some reccomendations!

xx, Olita


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June Favorites! Fashion, Jewellery & Makeup Items

Hello Loves! Hope you have a great Monday!

This month favourites include one fashion item, two makeup and one skincare product and one new everyday use jewellery piece!

Let’s start with makeup, shall we?

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Guys, how gorgeous is this colour??? I think I don’t need to explain why iconic Twig Mac Lipstick is in my favourites! I never owned a Mac lipstick before I got this one last month. I know! So embarrassing! Shame on me! Well, all I can say is that now I perfectly understand why this colour and formula of Mac lipsticks in general is favourite of so many beauty addicts! You should definitely try it yourself someday! They have a shade for everyone. It’s affordable ($17) and you get a really high quality product. Two thumbs up for this one!

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All about this wonderful Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream you can read here, in my recent review. So let’s go straight to iconic skincare product – Bio-Oil. I could write a very long review about how great it is, but I’ll keep it short and sweet this time. It really helped my skin to be moisturized for the whole day more than any other cream moisturizer did. My skin usually starts to get really dry at the middle of the day. And that time of the day while using cream moisturiser my makeup was looking worse. You could notice my super dry undereyes and creasing concealer. Since I started to use Bio-Oil my makeup looks very natural for the whole day! That means a win for me! All the products I put on my face blend so damb well I honestly couldnt believe it! I also feel like it evened out my skin a bit. I have less hyper pigmentation for sure!

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This super cute top I got on Zara’s last sale. (Sorry Loves but I couldn’t find it online. I believe it sold out) It’s a dark blue, crochet top with a corset like detail on front. I love this top and have been wearing it a lot this past month!

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Last but not least is that AMAZING ring my wonderful boyfriend got me! How gorgeous it is???? I just can’t! I know it looks a LOT like engagement ring (we’re not engaged!) but I don’t care! I wear it on my right hand’s 4th finger. It’s funny, because I was never a big fan of silver, but this ring I loved from the first moment I saw it. I guess, I like silver since it sparkles like unicorn tears, right? haha! It’s from Pandora if you want to get it yourself! For all my everyday jewellery collection click here. 

 

What are your monthly favourites? Share in the comments!

xx, Olita


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Sephora Face Masks review

Hi Loves and happy Monday!

For today’s post I prepared a review of two Sephora Masks. One is a full face rose mask and second one is just a charcoal nose strip.

On Saturday I decided to pumper myself and use the full face rose mask ($6). It is supposed to brighten and moisturize your skin. I kept it on, as it said on the packaging, for 15 mins and have to say the whole process was really relaxing and felt very luxurious (I’m not used to do masks often as you can tell). After those 15 minutes I took it off and instantly felt refreshed. I massaged any leftovers of the mask into my skin. Honestly, I could feel that mask helped me with moisturizing my face more than I could see it. So visually I didn’t see much difference. Although my skin felt great! Did it brighten my complexion? I don’t think so. If so, then very slightly.

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The nose strip I used on my boyfriend because he was asking me if I have this super famous black peel off mask, which I didn’t. I offered him this Sephora one and he was quite pleased with the result. Before using it don’t forget to read the instructions! I didn’t pay attention that nose, beside being clean, should also be damp. But after all, with a little help of wet towel, it got stuck to my love’s nose and worked as promised. Results were ok, without revelation. I think you could find something better for that price ($3).

Will I use this again? The nose strip – I don’t think that I’ll bother with it. The rose face mask – Maybe yes, before important event or just to pamper and spoil myself a little bit!

Did you use some of Sephora masks? Which ones? Did you like them or not? Share below! I’d love to hear about your masks experiences!

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled on the next post! It will be my June favourites!

xx, Olita


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