Holika Holika Good Cera Lip Oil Stick

Hello folks! A while back I had posted about a K beauty Haul from the website Cosmetic Love (POSTED HERE). I had picked up some fun stuff to try along with a lip balm from Holika Holika. This is my first time trying a K beauty lip balm and unfortunately I wasn’t that impressed.

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Holika Holika Good Cera Lip oil Stick

After all, Korean skincare is all about hydration and I expected this to give me nice hydrated juicy lips. I have dry lips almost all year round. This is mostly due to the dry weather conditions where I live ( my lips are happy when I visit my parents in tropical paradise). I no longer have the outer box of the lip balm but from the description given on the Holika Holika European site, this lip balm does not contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, mineral oil, triethanolamine, talc, petrolatum and benzophenone. It does contain, as you probably guessed, Ceramides! Ceramides are a fantastic skincare ingredient.. I have done a whole blog post on it (HERE). This was the reason why I picked this lip balm out of a bazillion ones I saw on the Cosmetic Love website. So I was a bit bummed when it turned out to be like any other regular lip balm. Maybe I put too much pressure on the poor lip balm what with fancy ceramide plastered on his ingredient list! Here is a full ingredient list below:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ceresin, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Jojoba Esters, Polyethylene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot)fruit Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ceramide NP, Monascus Extract, Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceramide NP, Bacillus Ferment, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP

I tried this as an overnight lip mask and also wore it around the house during the day. As an overnight lip treatment it was meh..it just sat on top of my lips and didn’t do much. Using it as a regular lip balm kept my lips protected from the dry weather but it did not do much in terms of actually hydrating them or making my lips soft. It works well under lipstick so I will mostly be using it for that purpose.

I actually like the design of the tube..it is sleek and the shape of the lip balm bullet is also ergonomic.

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Nice packaging!

The texture and faint smell of this lip balm reminds me of Nivea lip balm. Nivea lip balm = childhood memories for me! I had tons of them growing up..I had the pink tinted one, some sparkly ones, the plain no nonsense blue one., the yellow one..I had every type of lip balm they released back in the day!! This one reminds me strongly of the Nivea Blue one..the unscented no nonsense one 😀

Overall, this is not a bad lip balm..just don’t have very high expectations like I did 😀

Until next time, ciao!!!

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Pink Lipstick loves : Summer 2018 edit

Hello folks! I have been obsessed with colorful eye looks for the past month or so. This called for more toned down lipstick shades which were either close to my lip color or slightly muted in tone. I have been constantly reaching for four lipsticks from my collection a bit more than the others lately!

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Pink Lipstick central!

The Maybelline mattes have an awesome formula for a drug store lipstick! They are really comfortable on the lips and glide on real smooth. I use 2 shades from the line; Touch of Spice and Lust for Blush. Touch of Spice is my favorite of the 2. I can put this on with any eye look, or for any occasion. It is my favorite my lips but better shade! Lust for Blush can look a bit weird on my skin tone especially with a tan. But I like to use this in conjunction with more brown based lipsticks or brown based glosses. The balance of white, pink and brown pigments then get balanced 🙂

Similar to Lust for Blush is the Urban Decay Comfort matte in Backtalk. The color is a bit more mauve and has more of a white base compared to Lust for Blush. I feel they are very close dupes though! I like to use this mixed with other lipsticks..it always gives surprising results!!

Last but not the least, I love my Milani lipstick in Plumrose. This is an old love of mine that remained hidden for a while and I am so glad to have this back on my daily makeup stand. The shade is beautiful..it is a true deep rosey pink that will suit a wide range of skintones. The only thing I don’t like about this guy is the watermelon scent.

What are your favorite lipsticks this summer?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick

Hello folks! I always like to pick up local makeup products when I travel and Golden Rose was a brand that caught my eye when I went on a trip to Turkey a while back. Golden Rose is an affordable Turkish brand and I found their products in most drugstores. I picked up this Velvet matte lipstick from their stand alone store which had an impressive array of products.

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Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick

According to the salesperson who helped me, their lipsticks are very good dupes of MAC lipsticks. Now, I can’t vouch for that since I own one MAC lipstick and am not a MAC lip junkie. I picked up the shade number 19 (no name on the tube unfortunately) which is a beautiful Strawberry red or maybe a watermelon red…depending on the lighting 😀

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Golden Rose Velvet Matte in number 19

The lipstick bullet is shaped in a nice fashion. It hugs the lips as you glide it over and gives a nice even coat of color in a single swipe. The formula is also really impressive! It is a very comfortable matte and it does not tug at the lips nor does it dry the lips. The pigmentation is intense and the color is still quite visible at the end of a long working day. Formula wise, this is very similar to the Maybelline matte lipsticks.

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Golden Rose Velvet matte in number 19 swatched

Looking at the swatch above I am sure you would agree with me on the fact that this is perfect for summer!

I have seen Golden Rose products in Dubai and maybe Spain too..where have you spotted their goodies? I am looking forward to trying more of their stuff 🙂

Until next time, ciao!!

Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Hello everyone! Every once in a while I do tend to forget packing certain cosmetic items while travelling. I am usually quite organized but every now and then I forget basics like deodorant, lip balm and body lotion. The last time I traveled to Europe I forgot to take my body lotion along and my skin was mad at me! I popped into a drugstore in Spain called Primor and picked up the Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa butter body lotion for 2 Euros!

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Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa butter body lotion

For the price tag I wasn’t expecting much but I was in for a surprise! The lotion is extremely light weight and non greasy making it ideal for summer time. In fact it was perfect for Spanish weather 🙂

The lotion is tinted but it doesn’t translate to any color on the skin. It has a pleasant smell that isn’t too over powering. The biggest plus for this lotion is that it is non greasy like I mentioned before..it sinks right in to the skin. However I doubt this would be moisturizing enough for dry winters.

Cyclax is a UK brand and the body lotion is made in the UK. I pulled up the ingredients from the Amazon UK website :

As you can see the ingredients are pretty similar to a lot of standard drugstore body lotions with Glycerin, Triglycerides and Cetearyl Alcohol in the top of the ingredient list. Cocoa butter does make an appearance as the 8th ingredient listed so the lotion is very much true to its name ( I have seen lotions where the ‘main’ ingredient is listed at the bottom so this is impressive).

Overall, this is a great body lotion for the 2 Euro price tag. Have you tried anything from the Cyclax brand?

Until next time, ciao!!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama

Hello everyone! I have been wanting to review the NARS Velvet lip pencil for ages. I got this as a gift well over a year ago and it was love at first swipe! The formula is amazing!

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NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Bahama

Usually I shy away from matte lip products since I have dry lips and don’t feel like torturing them any further. This one however feels like nothing on the lips and when you press your lips together there is no dry feeling either. I do still use a lip balm before applying this since that is the way I roll with any lip product 🙂

The wear time is pretty decent. I don’t find it as long lasting as many of the other matte lip products but I guess that is the price you have to pay for comfort! The plus side is that it fades away evenly and can survive some light snacking and drinking.

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Well used Lip Pencil 🙂

The picture above is the how my lip pencil looks like right now 😉 When it was brand new it had a pointed tip like an actual pencil. Now the main gripe I have with this product is that it needs to be sharpened and when I am in a hurry (which is most days) I have no time to hunt down my sharper and sharpen the pencil. For the price of this lip pencil I feel I should have gotten a twist up with a sharpener attached to the other end of the pencil to maintain the tip! Mine looks so busted right now 😀

The shade Bahama is a Brown nude and pulls a bit darker than my actual lip color. It would be a perfect nude for anyone above an NC30 skintone. Take a look at the swatch below:

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NARS Velvet matte lip pencil in Bahama swatched

I am not a huge fan of the packaging of this product. The lid which has that rubberized feel to touch, does not stay put securely unless you carefully place it. Just a pointer to keep in mind if you plan to carry this around in your purse!

Overall I really like the formula and will try out some more shades. Do you have any shade recommendations in this line?

Until next time, ciao!!