SUMMER MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE 2016

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Hello everyone,

In the summer I tend to be very lazy with my skincare and use very minimum products. This summer, I only use three products on my daily routine and they really work.

  • La Roche Posay EFFACLAR Purifying Foaming Gel: (Around the 20€ mark, but I always buy it discounted): It is a great everyday cleanser. It clarifies the skin really well without drying it out. It is very gentle, but very effective. It doesn’t irritate the parts of my skin that is more acne prone. Even a friend of mines with severe acne uses this one after her dermatologist’s recommendation. When you first pump it has a gel formula that foams up as you massage it on the face. I like using it in the morning to get rid of any makeup residue from the previous night or at night if I’m wearing no or minimum makeup. I wouldn’t really recommend it to people with dry skin, because it can be a little bit too intense unless you are using a very thick moisturizer. I always get the 400ml bottle, which is massive and since you only need the tiniest amount, it lasts for absolutely ages. It also has a pump which is a lot easier to use than the squeezy tube.
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (14€): I actually got this one because it was very affordable and at the time I was pretty broke because of my vacation shopping. It isn’t the best moisturizer, if you are asking much from your face cream. It doesn’t help with my acne or brightens up my face, but it doesn’t claim any of these things anyways. The one thing that it is supposed to do is hydrate the skin and it does that amazingly. I have dehydrated combination oily skin and I find that this one gives the perfect amount of moisture to the different parts of my face. My dry patches look a lot better and my T-zone doesn’t get any greasier. I would highly recommend it to people that don’t have significant problems with their skin, but they do need a good hydrating face cream, especially younger people that are just starting with skincare.
  • La Roche Posay ANTHELIOS XL ultra-light 50+ (around 19€): As you can probable understand I am a big fan of this brand and French skincare in general. Before I go to Santorini I got a new Vichy sunscreen, which I lost right when I came back. Yeah!!! So now I am using my sister’s one. It has a very runny consistency and I thought it would be a bit greasy, but it’s not. It is absorbed very quickly and it feels very lightweight, as well. I always wear SPF 50, because my skin has a lot of melanin and I end up tanning unevenly. It does a really good job protecting my skin from burning and I haven’t noticed any discoloration while using it, although I spend a lot of hours in the sun. Last but not least, it works great underneath makeup.

All in all, I don’t think that it is necessarily about the amount of products that you are using, but mostly about finding the ones that work for you.

xo, kathryn

new lipsticks

 

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Hello everyone,

As you may or may not know, my biggest obsession is lipsticks and especially bright ones. It has become my signature and whenever I am not wearing one, my friends think that something is wrong. I thought that my lipstick collection needed a little bit of an upgrade for the summertime, so today I am going to be talking about some new ones I got.

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  • Sephora cream lip stain in 10 Mandarin Muse: I have already done a review on this liquid lipstick and as you can see in that blog post I bloody love it. So, I picked up another shade. This one is a really neon true orange shade which I think is so much fun for summer and it looks really pretty with a tan. I do find this color, though, to be a little bit patchy, because it is a lot brighter, but paired with a lip liner underneath, it is beautiful. Perfect if you want to make a statement.

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  • MAC Lipstick in Costa Chic: I love the color of this one, not so much the formulation. It is a frost which means that it is very creamy and pigmented and it has some shimmer. I came to the conclusion that the creamy formulas from MAC are not for me. I prefer the mattes a lot more. I find this one to be a bit patchy and it sits on the lines of my lips, which is not very flattering. The color is the brightest coral I ever come across with a little bit of shimmer, which is not what I usually go for, but it is very fine and catches the light beautifully. I like to apply it with dabbing motions and then pat it with my finger and this way it sits a lot nicer on my lips. I think it is the perfect summer lipstick if you have a tan, but I don’t think this one would look so great in very pale people because it may wash you out.

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  • Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in 50 Nude Thrill: Another liquid lipstick, but very different from the first one. First of all, the formula is very different from your standard liquid lipstick on the sense that it sets into a matte finish but it still is creamy as a usual lipstick. It isn’t completely full proof like the Sephora one. It does smear after eating, drinking or kissing and after a few hours of wear it will fade, but it stays put for a while. Now about the color, it is very different for me. I very first tried it from my sister, Elena, that had it and I absolutely fell in love. I can wear any crazy color on my lips, but for some reason when it comes to nude I am very self-conscious. This one, though, is great. It is the perfect balance between brown and pink, with a peachy undertone. It is a color that suits so many skin tones, from very pale, like my sister, to a lot darker like me. Depending on the skin tone, though, it is going to look different.

Those are the lipsticks I bought for summer, so far. Have you tried any of them? Is there any lipsticks you would like me to try?

xo, kathryn

products i’ve been loving

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Hello everyone,

Throughout spring, I wasn’t really blogging which means that there were some products that I was really loving and I didn’t get the chance to talk about. In spring, I liked a very natural fresh glowing look and these products were on my face for a good three months and some of them I still use nonstop every day.

  • Bourjoir Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanilla: Probably the best powder I’ve ever used. It is very smooth and finely mild. This one sets my makeup without taking away the glow from the base and it makes a great touch up powder because I never gets cakey.
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in 18 Soft Cardinal: I was always a powder blush person, but I wanted to try this one. As the name suggests it is very creamy and pigmented, as well. You only need a touch, because a little bit goes a long way with this one. It blends very easily and it is so quick for an everyday makeup look. It gives a nice glow to the cheeks but I do like to set it with a powder just so it lasts all day. The color is a beautiful bright warm pink that gives the most beautiful flush on the cheeks and it looked gorgeous when I was paler or now that I am getting more of a tan. I also like to lightly pat it on the lips on top of my lip balm on days that I’m wearing no lipstick.
  • The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance: It is definitely a cool toned highlight with a strong pink undertone and silver shimmer and it looks really pretty on paler skin but now that my skin is getting more and more bronzed I want to switch up to a more golden toned one. The formulation thought is quite nice. Again you only need a small amount. It is a twist up pen so with just one twist you are pretty much done. It blend very easily, as well. My only issue is that if I’m wearing it all the day, by the end of it, it kind of loses its glow and it is more shimmer settled on my pores and lines.
  • L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings Waterproof Mascara: It is more of a dry formula which I personally really enjoy. It has a very interesting brush that I thought it was more of a gimmick at the beginning, but it actually works. You have to coat the lashes with product with the rounded part and then I like to comp them this the butterfly curve. This way I feel like it gives a lot of volume but it doesn’t get clumpy. I always go waterproof mascara, because I find that the regular ones do nothing for my lashes and I have very watery eyes, and this one is the most waterproof one I’ve used. This means that it hold the curl amazingly, but it is very hard to take it off (to do that I am using “The Body Shop Camomile Cleanser”).

These are some of the products I thought were worth mentioning in this post, but you can expect more in future. Are there any products that I should try?

xo,kathryn

inspiration board: july

Hello everyone,

One of my favorite bloggers resently is Arielle from the blog withallmyaffection and the posts that I enjoy the most is her guilty plesures .It is basically a post with picture found in social media and inspires her. I love looking through beautiful pictures especially  on we heart it (you can find my profil here). Since my exams only finished about 15 days ago the only thing I am really  thinking about is coctails, blue waters and white clothes!! I hope you enjoy this new series and don’t forget to go over to Arielle’s blog to see her guilty plesures!

What are you up to this month?

xo, kathryn

korres nail polish

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Hello everyone,

One day, when I went in a pharmacy to get some medicine for my best friend, I spotted two sets of KORRES nail polishes on sale so I thought I need to try them. Each nail polish costs 6€ and I ended up buying three of them for almost the same price. (although on the KORRES site it is 8€). Bargain!!! Now that I have them for quite some time and I’ve tried all of them, here I am reporting my final thoughts for each and every one.

29 Ultra Violet: I do find their formula to be a little bit inconsistent and this one is my favorite. It is a beautiful dark purple with very intense red shimmer. It goes on very smoothly and you can even get away with just one layer because it is super pigmented. Because of the shimmer, it gives an almost iridescence look on the nails and it is shiny enough to skip top coat. The main reason that I love this one is that it lasts for a long time. It lasted 5 days on me which practically never happens.

81 Ciel Glacial: It is a gorgeous milky baby blue with very fine shimmer. You can’t quite spot it on the nails but it looks iridescent on the sun. With one coat it is almost translucent which looks beautiful anyways, but you definitely need two or three coats to create the color of the bottle. Because of the fact that it is very light it can look a bit patchy, but it is so beautiful, so I don’t mind working a little bit more.

46 Tangerine: It is exactly what the name suggests, a true tangerine orange shade. I especially like this one on the toes, but honestly it is not my favorite one, because it cheeps very easily.  It doesn’t have any shimmer at all and it has an almost plastic look to it(if that makes any sense). Beautiful color, not the best formula.

40 Classy Beige: Another one of my favorites. It is a brown nude with a lot of grey, silver shimmer. It gives a very sophisticated look and I feel like it looks gorgeous all year round. It goes very smoothly and always looks even.

12 Bright Pink: A color that looked completely deferent on the store. It is the perfect Barbie pink which is not exactly my cup of tea. The formulation is very similar to the orange one, so again not my favorite.

77 Delicate Violet: I would love this shade if there wasn’t any of the silver shimmer. It is a beautiful mauve shade, but because of the shimmer I feel like it looks a little bit granny-ish. I am sure though I will get a lot of use out of it in the colder months. It is not very pigmented and you definitely need two coats to make it more opaque, but it wears beautifully.

All in all, although they differ within the lasting power, the all dry pretty quickly which is great for clumsy people like me. I would really recommend them especially for the price.

Have you ever tried them? Is there anything else from the brand that you would like me to try?

xo, kathryn

P.S. Depending on the site that I found the different colour the prices may differ. On the KORRES site they cost 8€,but on the pharmacy that I went they were 6€.

ALL ABOUT CONCEALERS

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Hello everyone,

Long time no blog, but today I am here with a big one. A really long time ago somebody asked me in the comments to do a post about concealers, but at the time I really couldn’t because for the last a lot of year there was only one concealer that I was really using, which was “Maybelline Fit Me”. But this Christmas when I went to repurchase it, I couldn’t find it anywhere… And then I found out that Maybelline discontinued it, at least in Greece. I’m not going to lie, I almost cried (the employee was pretty freaked out #dramaqueen). So, in desperate need of concealer, I tried quite a few and here I am with my final thoughts.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: It was my favorite for a reason and although it is discontinued here in Greece I know for sure it is not everywhere. To be honest, I had almost forgotten how amazing it was until my sister bought a tube, while she was in Germany before Easter, and after all this time I used it again. First of all, it has great medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage. It is worth mentioning that all these days I was using it I had exceptionally good makeup days, when I had pretty bad skin days. The formula is incredible, it is very creamy and it blends like a dream. It is very moisturizing so it doesn’t cling in dry areas. On me products tent to slip off, but when I powder it a little bit it lasts pretty much all day. In addition, the color is one of my favorite assets and what makes it for me irreplaceable so far. It has a very neutral yellow tone which cancels out any redness or blemish, yet it still covers and brightens up the under eye area without making it look grey. Plus, I have a perfect match for me (number 20) which means that I can use it on its own without a foundation and not look blotchy. It has a doe-foot applicator, which is a love hate thing, cause it does make it so easy to apply but is not very sanitary. Having to say goodbye to it was very hard and I almost miss it more than I miss my parents.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin: The girl on Sephora told me that she is using this one as a replacement for the “Fit Me” but honestly this one doesn’t have my heart. Firstly, it is creamy but it is definitely a lot more runny that the first one, which makes it a lot lighter not just in texture but also in coverage. The main problem that I have with this one though is the color. It has a very strong pink undertone which makes it perfect to cover my horrendous dark circles, but an absolute nightmare when it comes to cover up pimples. The good thing is that it is quite moisturizing, so it feels really comfortable throughout the day and it doesn’t accentuate any dry patches on my skin. Now as far as lasting power goes, it’s not bad but it’s not great either. I mean at the end of the day it does crease underneath the eyes and it fades from my face. The tube is quite nice and sanitary but I am quite crap at using it so I end up squeezing too much and waste a tone of products.

Bourjoir Healthy Mix: First of all, I have to mention that my sister bought this one and she is fairer than me, so in the beginning it looked really off on my face. Now that all of my summer tan is gone for good I absolutely loved it. It is for sure an under eye concealer as it is very brightening. At the beginning, it looks way too bright but then it oxidizes a little bit and it looks great. It sets completely so it doesn’t need powdering at all and lasts all day long especially for people like my sister with dry skin that hate powder. On the rest of the face I don’t really like it because I it just accentuate dry areas of the skin.

Bourjoir 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream: Again a nice under eye concealer. It brings a lot of light on the area. The formula is very light and moisturizing, but it creases a lot on me so definitely need to powder it. It also settles in the lines underneath my eyes so I need to work it a little bit more, but other than that it blends so easily. Because of its formula I also love using it to highlight the rest of my face and occasionally I like to cover any redness on my face. It has quite an odd packaging, which I’m not sure I really love. It is a twist up pen and the product come out through a very thin vein up to a plastic nib. The problem is that it can get quite messy if you twist it too much and the fact that it broke and the rest of the product is now wasted is quite frustrating.  You also might want to be careful with the shade choice, if it’s to light it can look a bit grey when the dark circles are a bit prominent.

All in all, although I still cannot get over my “fit me” concealer, I have found some nice ones for underneath the eyes. Do you have any suggestions for good face concealers?

xo, kathryn

Mac Flat OUT FABULOUS LIPSTICK

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Hello everyone,

This Christmas my sister had absolutely no idea what to buy me as a gift so she decided we go to a mac counter in order to choose a lipstick myself!! Now I won’t lie, this took me absolutely ages but I decided to go for the color Flat Out Fabulous.

It is a beautiful red fuchsia with a very strong purple undertone. I have olive skin and it is very flattering but I think that it would suit a lot of other skin tones, as well. Surprisingly, it doesn’t make my teeth too yellow which is always good. Although it is a very bright color, because it is darker, due to the red and purple hues, it is quite a sophisticated almost fuchsia that is total wearable in a daily basis on work or uni. At least I wear it!! It is a retro matte, which scared at the beginning but I am really digging now. It is so matte that it looks almost powdery in a really good way. It is super pigmented and it goes on the lips very smoothly and evenly in a really thin layer. Although it is so matte, it is not uncomfortable at all at the beginning, but throughout the day it does absorb all of the moister from your lips so you might want to apply some kind of lip balm on top. It lasts all day and what I have noticed is that when eating it doesn’t smear all over my face but it fades very evenly and doesn’t look awkward because it leaves a stain behind so there’s still color on the lips.

All in all, I am so glad that I picked it up because although I wasn’t expecting to get a lot of use out of it, I wear it all the time and the fact that I get complements from my male friends every time I wear it, makes me love it even more.

What do you think about the color? Do you have any other recommendations?

xo, kathryn