Powder, Perfume and Face Wash – oh my!

I finished 4 products in the last 2 weeks. Amazing I know. So not me.

IMG_1433And guess what: I haven’t bought replacements yet! 

*pats self on back*

I also haven’t received any replacements from the office! Can you believe it? I actually have enough products at home to survive without acquiring more. No surprise there though, huh? I am pretty sure you could all imagine that I gather and hoard too many products at home – but I must have shocked all of you by actually, finally getting round to using them 😉

What will become of me?!

On to some very dear to me products I will definitely be missing in my quest to be more economical:

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Farewell, old trusted friend. My morning routine will not be the same without you…

I have yet to find an appropriate successor/replacement that really meets Clarins’ Energizing Cleansing Gel’s standards. Sure, it might just be the placebo effect, but I do find it has “wake-up” qualities… all of the other products I own are just plain old cleansers. siiiigh. I guess I will have to make do with just their Energizing Lotion, but I cannot guarantee not caving and buying enough to last me a lifetime when that one runs out. Oh the things I do to keep me sane 😉

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Now this I am never worried about running out of. I always have at least 4 bottles of the Body Shop’s Brazil Nut Body Mist (it is my (inexpensive) signature scent after all). I keep one at the office, one in my room in Munich, one in my purse and one in Zürich. Oh actually I have (after finishing this bottle “had”) 6: I have backups stored away at home too.

Moving on..

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I have finally finished a compact powder! Those things never seem to end. And if I am brutally honest I doubt I would’ve ever finished it if I hadn’t been super clumsy (as always) and dropped the whole entire thing on to marble floors… leaving a crumbly, powdery mess and a few salvaged pieces of the (partially used) pressed powder. Maybe it’s time to invest in loose powder? Maybe then an (unavoidable) drop would mean fewer “casualties”?

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I actually bought this powder to use underneath my eyes to help seal concealer, but when I moved to Munich, I started using it over my BB Cream on my face as well for a little extra coverage, you know, multi-purposing and all that jazz, so that I could travel “light” and avoid bringing a foundation (which I ended up doing anyways) and my precious Météorites Powder (got one from the office…). I guess that was the advantage of them not having a small size available… you see I originally started using powder over concealer when I bought Bobbi Brown‘s Creamy Conealer Kit. Being the conceal-a-holic that I am, I frequently mixed and matched the various concealers from my collection in an act to try to use them up, but always finished off the look with a pat of powder from this kit. I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Zürich to buy a replacement powder, but that small size only existed as part of the kit, ergo I bought the larger size…

The colour really matched my skin perfectly, but I will wait to buy another one. I still have a few unopened compact powders to use up and have also started to drift away from the use of powder for a more natural, less cakey look anyways… let’s see what make-up path this one finished product will lead me on .

And finally:

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Another oldie but goodie… Clarins Gel Contour des Yeux. This is my second or third bottle that I have finished since my best friend took me to get my skin evaluated at the Clarins counter 3 years ago and if I didn’t already have a few other eye creams to use up at home, I would go ahead and buy another!

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Do you have favourite products you can’t live without and thus stock up on them? Or do you switch up the products frequently?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Friday – I’m in Love

…ehhhr well not exactly. But I am in LUUURV with this Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-up Remover.

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So much so that I already stocked up on a few more bottles!

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I read about The Body Shop’s Camomile line a while back and about the benefits of using cleansing oil in your beauty routine, so when I went to pick up their Camomile Cleansing Oil (as promised here, review coming when emptied!), a bottle of this make-up remover “happened” to find its way to the till too… funny how that happens 😉

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I have tested quite a few waterproof removers, and all have had similar results: Most of my (liberally-applied, extreme-volume) mascara still stays put, and I tend to keep on dabbing at my eyes until they become all red and irritated. This may or may not be the reason I “forget” to remove my mascara at night when I want to look flawless the next day – with dry and crumbly day old “extra-oomph” eyelashes. #Iwokeuplikethis

And yes *gasp* I will form premature wrinkles by not removing my makeup. Don’t lecture me. I have already traumatized myself enough and check my skin obsessively. I barely ever wear mascara and the whole not-removing process is thankfully not too frequent….

But again, I digress. Why do I talk/type so much?!

Anyhoo I’m not going to lie and say this makeup remover is better than all others – it’s not. But I do feel that it is slightly more gentle. It is part of the camomile line after all.  Also, I learned a valuable trick all those years ago when I went to Clarins for my first products: It is a good idea to soak a cotton pad in remover before pressing it gently on to the eye for a few minutes. This ensures that most of your eye-makeup gets soaked up and you can avoid the “irritated red skin” that I know all too well. Patience is key my friends.. something I have yet to learn.. cue still frequent occurences of red, blotchy skin. #Iwillneverlearn

I paired this trick with The Body Shop’s Make-up Remover and used the cleansing oil for my face and any leftover eye make-up. I found the combo to work quite well and it is slowly becoming my new – post dance-party – routine 🙂 As mentioned earlier, I have already stocked up on more, so I think the Camomile Waterproof Make-up Remover will be sticking around for a little… it has stolen my heart, not just on Fridays 😉

Complete the removal process with a serum and some eye cream and you are good to go (to bed). Again, an update on my evening routine is in the making, so stay tuned!

Do you have a favourite eye make-up remover? 

TGIF guys 😀 I’m going home for the weekend and cannot wait to be back in my “hood”.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Makeup Forever Aqua Liner

My legs are KILLING me from yesterday’s Les Mills workout session! I wasn’t feeling particularly fit and energetic, but I am so head over heels in love with Step that I pushed through. What’s more, the trainer included some salsa-ey steps and told us to work it like Beyoncé – FIERCE! Made my day 😀

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Although my legs were burning after, I stayed and pumped my way through BodyPump, and guess what: I increased the weights and barely took any breaks! Weighted lunges are still a tad bit too painful, but my arms are finally getting stronger! Woop Woop 😀

Now doing two classes back to back – each telling you beforehand that you should be prepared to REALLY sweat – could lead to blotchy makeup and streaked eyeliner. My Makeup Forever Aqua Liner didn’t let me down though!

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This was at the office, before heading out to the class…

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And this was 2 h and 25 minutes later!

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The colour was still there, albeit not as winged… I remained streak and smudge free throughout the sweat sesh! 🙂

Verdict: This eyeliner definitely did not let me down! And after doing a little research, I learned that Makeup Forever is also Cirque du Soleil’s brand of choice! So if it’s good enough for all those amazing gymnasts and performers then it is definitely good enough for a (in comparison) “short” gym visit!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Eye Cream Empty

So you know how I swore off purchasing new products until I finished the ones that I have.. yada yada yada…? Funny how the evening after I wrote that post I actually used up my last swipe of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream.

Life is weird like that sometimes. I think it was a sign… maybe I am making a big mistake by not giving in to my endless wants..

Well universe you’re just gonna have to cope with my reluctance abstinence this time… I am planning on staying true to my vow (for longer than 1 night).

IMG_1747I mean, I saw it coming. The pot was emptying and I had yet to find a proper replacement. Endless hours on websites and trekking up and down the aisles of Douglas, I still hadn’t found an adequate product to take its place. It wasn’t due to lack of choice – there are sooo many eye creams out there. Also, it wasn’t like I didn’t have any replacements at home… they just weren’t what I was looking for. You see, the majority of the products on the market have a gel-like, cooling texture which I prefer to use in the mornings to wake my eyes up (which are the ones I still have plenty of at home). In the evenings however I prefer something creamier, which is why when my first jar of Hydrating Eye Cream was empty, I immediately purchased a second without thinking about another option. Convenience my friends, is the devil…

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Now that this one is finally empty though, I think it is time to move on…

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For a first, uninquired choice it definitely was fine for a 18-year old with little knowledge about eye care. Now, with the information that I have attained through the blog and work, I have come to the conclusion that this product is just not good enough. What’s more, in my co-workers eyes, Bobbi Brown is “just” a Make-Up brand, and should remain as such. Their skin care range could just be a money-making scheme. Food for thought…

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If I really start to scrutinize, I remember this cream burning my skin when I applied it after removing mascara. A cream should not do that…

Otherwise I found the cream to do what it promises: It hydrates and cools, and was great in the evenings before bed. I also liked that it wasn’t anti-age and thus less aggressive a cream (but again, it did burn and tingle). Most creamy eye-products are for ages 35 and over – my young-ish skin can’t handle the extreme properties of anti-age creams just yet. Also, at my age, I was told anti-age creams might even have the opposite effect because they are so aggressive.. scary..

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So now I am in search of a cream to use in the evenings….

Do you have any suggestions?

Have a great day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

 

I finished a Product!

Remember when almost a year ago (oh god time flies…) I shared with you my evening routine (which is in dire need of being updated!) ?

And remember I said I used this product?

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Well let me talk to you a little about it.

This is a Dr. Hauschka toner. I used to use it in the morning and in the evening, but switched to just evening when I started this morning routine (again, grave necessity to update this.. I think I need a secretary..). I was introduced to this toner when my mom gave me the most fabulous birthday present any 14-year-old could wish for: A makeup session. My mom chose a natural makeup line (Couleur Caramel, which I also fell in love with and will talk about eventually.. when will we have 36 h days?) and its makeup artist was also an expert on Dr. Hauschka.

Now my teenage-self was not as beauty-crazy as now. No, actually I was the exact opposite. My father was actually the one who told me, I needed to start washing my face because I was of a certain age where I had to start looking out for myself. I didn’t want wrinkles, right? I think we can all say that was where the manic-addiction might have started.. with that innocent tube of Nivea Face Wash and a fun makeup session. Although my mom claims to be the root of all evil when it comes to my “issues” because she was the one to give me my first Barbie Makeup case when I was a mere toddler.. knowing me, I must’ve smeared lipstick onto my cheeks and eyelids and got nail polish on to everything making my parents pull out their hair (so that could be why my dad is bald?) thinking: what have we done?!

Yup.. makeup and me.. it was always meant to go downhill…

Back to the point: The toner was recommended to me when I claimed I basically did nothing for my skin. The artist mentioned I should start lightly, with natural, organic care and use a cleanser, toner and cream in the morning, and a lotion and the same toner in the evening (Hauschka doesn’t believe in creams at night). (Mental note: I still have most of these products collecting dust in my cabinet and will be sure to write a post about them as soon as I get back home!) My mom ended up purchasing the products to aid my skin care routine and when those ran out, I didn’t think to use different ones and kept on buying them year in and year out.

I then proceeded to use these products for well over three years until my best friend introduced me to Clarins and my cosmetics-addiction reached a whole other peak; I entered the zone of never return: Expensive, luxury products.

Dr. Hauschka then became a minor part of my skin care routine; as mentioned before I still have some from my last purchase a year or so ago, but only use them when I run out of whatever else I am using or want a quick change (did you guys know I tend to change my products weekly, because I hoard way too many and am never patient enough to use them up? Maybe that’s why I never know if a product works for me or not… tragic really..)

The one product that remained part of my life was this toner/ Gesichtswasser in German. I used it every night after removing my makeup and remembered not to use a cream after (although I am currently researching the pros and cons of using night cream..).

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I finally finished my last glass bottle last week, and am now in search of a new toner for the evening. I am using one from Garnier (product review and pictures coming soon), but am simultaneously looking for a new, high quality toner to replace the Hauschka one. I was very pleased with it, but cannot really tell you if it did wonders for my skin or not. My normal to combination skin is relatively unproblematic and took well to this toner, but it is also feeling fine with the Garnier one. I find the spray nicely scented and it hydrates quickly, but requires 2 + squirts to get my whole face (the one my Peter Thomas Roth that I am also using in Zürich is better with getting my whole face with one squirt). I’m not sure if I really will end up replacing it because I kind of like having a natural toner in the evening to really soothe my skin. I think I will definitely wait (for once) until I have finished all of the different toners I now have, and will then try to make a decision… anyone want to bet I will not last that long? 😉

Question of the Day:

Do you have a favourite toner you would like to recommend?

Have a wonderful Saturday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Favourite Products of 2013

2013 is nearly over. It’s been an interesting year, full of new beauty finds, interesting experiences and finding time to understand more about me, myself and I. To end the year, I thought I would highlight some of my favourite and most-used beauty purchases of the year. Let’s see if 2014 can top them (I’m sure I’ll be spending enough time in stores looking for better 😉 )!

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Holding the prestigious number 1 position is the GIVENCHY PHENOMEN EYES mascara.
IMG_1094It’s an amazing product and the only one I’ve found to date that really gives me the “fake lash effect” (I must confess that I use more than just this mascara, but more about that later 😉 )

IMG_1054Spot number 2 goes to the BRAZIL NUT BODY MIST by the Body Shop.

IMG_1097It leaves me smelling like caramel, which leaves me happy with every spritz. Also, it is not very expensive (unlike other delicious perfumes), so you don’t feel guilty when applying it liberally, frequently 🙂

Number 3 this year is this ORIGINS Charcoal MaskIMG_1102This was an impulse buy and I immediately went back to Sephora to purchase a second. The mask works wonders to my skin!

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IMG_1108The Body Shop’s Vanilla Shimmer Body Lotion has been a favourite for many years now, and it has not once disappointed me. It leaves a soft, lightly-lingering vanilla scent, which pairs well with the Brazil Nut Mist mentioned above. More importantly however, my skin is covered in glitter after using it. WIN/WIN 🙂

For number 5 I chose SEPHORA SCENTED NAIL POLISHIMG_1111The colour is a beautiful, barbie, bubblegum pink and stayed scratch free for much longer than most of my other polishes. This could very much have something to do with the fact that it is SCENTED and smells like STRAWBERRIES! 🙂 I also own the shade “Grapefruit”

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and also number 7 actually

IMG_1110I love the GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder for the reasons stated here and many many more. This paired with the oh so soft BRUSH that I bought at the Body Shop leaves me excited to apply, and let alone wear, makeup every day!

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Onwards to the next product!IMG_1100Number 8 is another oldie but goodie. CLARINS Gel Contour des Yeux has been part of my morning routine for a while now, and I’m not planning on betraying it any time soon 🙂 It definitely leaves my eyes feeling “de-puffed” in the morning, lending me the “fresh and awake” look I am constantly striving for.

It works even better when paired with number 9 CLARINS Wake Up Booster

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Number 10 is the newest addition to my makeup repertoire

IMG_1095This SMASHBOX BROWTECH TO GO was a bit of an impulse buy at Sephora in Paris, where I was suckered into believing making my eyebrows darker was easier and less time-consuming than plucking them every few days.. hmm interesting theory. Needless to say, I use the “wax” part of it much more now than the “pencil” part. I learned my “brow-drawing lesson” the hard way (super dark eyebrows.. scary times)… but it’s still a great, all-round product!

With all this mascara I’ve been wearing lately, number 11 has become even more important than usual.

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I decided to try the Body Shop’s CAMOMILE Waterproof Makeup Remover after reading about their more “gentle” line. I’ve always found eye makeup removers to be very irritating (also extremely natural ones, like the one by LUSH!) and wasn’t expecting this one to be any better, but was positively astonished by the results!

Number 12 is what I put on after a long night, or after removing really tricky, waterproof eye makeup.

IMG_1104It’s another oldie but goodie, but I haven’t researched a possible replacement enough yet to give up the BOBBY BROWN HYDRATING EYE CREAMI must admit, it does sting slightly when applying it after removing tough makeup, but other than that it definitely helps me look fresher the morning after a party night!

When I don’t have much eye makeup to remove, I stick with number 13: FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER

IMG_1107It gets the job done. I’ve only been using this interchangeably with my other products for a short while now, but so far I’m preferring this one to my usual suspects..I also love other products by FRESH and hope to try more some day!

Number 14 is another evening product

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Pantene Pro V Intensive Night Spray Care is great on days where you didn’t have time to deeply condition your hair. Simply spray a bit into your mane before going to bed, and you wake up with a head of soft, luscious hair!

Lancome Teint Miracle holds place 15. I’ve been using this for over 2 years now, and have not found any other colour that really matches my complexion.

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I’m thinking about trying out their Teint Idole Ultra 24 h next, as this bottle is nearly empty and I sometimes want a bit more cover than this gives.

Number 16 absolutely had to be this face mask.

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KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP POR CLEANSING MASQUE won my heart the second I tested it. It cools my skin and clears it perfectly enough, so that I don’t feel a need to pick around at the “barely there pores” on my nose.

And finally, number 17 and 18. Both are used more when I go out to parties and want to highlight aspects of my face, or just feel the need to shine a bit more than usual 😉

IMG_1099The Body Shop’s SPARKLER  is used primarily to glitz up my hair and décolleté, and BENEFIT’S HIGH BEAM is painted onto my cheekbones when I wish to highlight the contours of my face, or don’t feel like using a powder blush.

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And there you have it. My top picks for the year 2013. Some have been in use for more than just this year, others only made the cut a few weeks ago, but all in all, I love each and every one of these products, as they enhance each other perfectly and help me take the utmost care of myself, whether by cleansing my face properly or by making me happy, simply by enjoying the scent.

It’s been a good year. I’ve really learned what works for my skin and where I still need to work a little more on figuring out the know-how. 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

New Favourites

IMG_0399I’ve recently revamped my beauty routine. I still use the Clarins products I spoke about, but they will soon be empty, so I decided to make use of my time here in the States, and find a couple of products that would also suit my skin. I looked for products containing similar ingredients and with similar effects on my skin like my favourites, and stumbled upon this foaming cleanser by Bliss, and this moisturizer by Philosophy.

IMG_0397These face care products are both meant to wake up and energize my skin. Instead of Ginkgo extract like in the Clarins Energizer, these products contain oxygen. Upon application I didn’t feel any different from before. There was no immediate wakeup call like with the Clarins products, but the cleanser is effective if you did not remove all your makeup the night before. After using the cleanser, I applied tonic, and then the cream, which is uncomfortably gel-like and gummy. It left my skin looking slightly greasy as it takes a while to seep in, so I wouldn’t recommend applying makeup afterwards. Once the moisturizer set however, my skin was as soft as a baby’s bum.

Speaking of Tonics, I’ve been continuing the use of my Wake-up boosting tonic, and my Dr Haushka Tonic water, but I’ve also found a new one that I’m very much enjoying:

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I’ve also tested an array of masks.

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I’m obsessed with black heads on my nose. I’ll go to any length to squeeze them out, leaving my skin flaky and dry. To help prevent the need to squeeze them out manually, I’ve been looking for pore-cleansing face care to prevent my unhealthy habit.

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This was the first tried and tested product. It was a sample size, and I was very impressed with the results. It’s great for targeting the porous area!

IMG_0798My next favourite mask is great for the whole face.

IMG_0440IMG_0398IMG_0865I liked it so much that I had to take a picture every single time I used it! The mask is very dark and cooling and takes a while to dry, but it works absolute wonders! My skin was left radiant and visibly more clear than before. I now walk around even more confidently without makeup 😉

IMG_0727This was for my pre-thanksgiving mask evening

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Stay tuned for the rest of my Thanksgiving weekend, more beauty faves and much, much more!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo