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

 

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

Current Craze: Glitter

Tis the season for all things alight, sparkly and glittery!

IMG_0887And I’m not just speaking about the holiday lights and Christmas decorations! “All that glitters is gold”  also goes for makeup! From shimmering eyeshadow to glittery eyeliner, shiny lip gloss and luminous highlighters – it’s time to sparkle and shine and give the beautiful Christmas lights a run for their money 😉

I currently have a few favourites that I use regularly when I go out or need a glittery pick me up (sparkles make me feel all princessy ;)). I’ve also noticed a general increase in my use of glitter during the holiday season…

I mix this product by Becca into my foundation to add a little oomph.

IMG_0901It is a highlighter and gives off a hint of shimmer on my face. I chose to mix it in to my basic foundation, but you can also use it on its own as a skin brightener when you don’t want to wear any makeup, or as a highlighter on your cheekbones to add a shimmering accent instead of blush or bronzer. It gives a nice gleam to a Vitamin D lacking face, making you look awake and fresh whenever light hits it – perfect for the Winter!

Next I have a few products that I have already been using for many, many years. Some are more suited for holidays and others are, like the Becca shimmering skin perfector above, great additions to my daily routine.

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I have always been a fan of the Body Shop. Their Body Butters, lotions and shower gels have always been staples on my bathroom shelf, especially after my 13th birthday when no one knew what to get me and The Body Shop was the easiest and most enjoyable present they could think of. I got so many products, that some are still unopened and on my shelf! Crazy..

Anyhow, the one product I always make sure to stock up on in the winter is the shimmering body lotion. I mix it with regular body butter to add some sparkle to any exposed skin. My favourite scent is Vanilla, which is probably obvious as it’s the only one that is nearly empty (I’ve had these bottles for over a year now..)

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The Body Shop truly understands my passion and craving for sparkly glitter this time of year. Why else would they release a shimmering product for the face, and a glitter spritzer exactly a month or so before Christmas?

IMG_0912These shimmer pearls are beautiful and add a hint of colour and shimmer with each brush stroke. I purchased this after falling in love with my absolute favourite Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder, but not in love with its price tag.

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Whenever I open up the pretty, princess case, I enjoy the light, flowery scent and the beauty of the pearls. The various colours make for an even, lightly blushing shimmer, and the powder never gets stuck on the brush, read: no cake-y look! C’est magnifique! To save this glorious product though, I’ve been dialling back the use and replaced it with the less expensive, more shimmering version by the Body Shop – which is a win/win as more glitter is perfect right now 🙂

IMG_0911Once you have your basic shimmer covered, you sometimes need a bit more glitter. I often like to spray a bit in my hair for a bit of a va-va-voom effect when I go out.

IMG_0913I bought the one on the left a few years ago and use it sparingly. The one on the right was a present. I absolutely adore the vintage-glam feel of the bottle – they’re perfect bathroom decoration! I’ve only ever used them on their own, but wonder what they would look like mixed. Both colours work well with my dark brown hair, and add a bit of extra twinkle when I want to feel extra special 🙂

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Question of the Day: Do you add in more glittery products around the holiday season?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo