lauantai 14. heinäkuuta 2018

Avon Nailpolish REVIEW

Avon Nailpolish REVIEW
Years and years ago my mom started reselling Avon-products and ever since I have used their nailpolishes. They look so tempting in the catalogues - so many colors you can't decide between so you almost want to order them all! Should you then?
I don't think so. There are many different formulas to choose from and the result is always nice. At first. Easy to apply, nice and even look etc. Everything seems perfect at first glance. The problem is that these won't stay on! And I am not the only one who has noticed it. Gel effect, glitter, normal... Thicker or runnier, doesn't matter, it will start flaking and/ or peeling off without having to do anything extreme with your hands.
I also feel that these are very drying if you get the product on your cuticles. Some shades can even color the actual nail permanently. Not with the actual color of the polish but with YELLOW. Not a nice finish to have on your natural nail, especially if they are a bit longer. The tinting can be a result from many other things, I know, but it is easy to blame the nailpolish your drawers are full of.
I would say the finish is prettier and more 'espensive' looking than in most nailpolishes under 10 euros. The beauty starts to crumble so easily so I would either go for something cheaper with better durance and almost the same finishing (Essence for example) or invest a few more extra euros for Essie or OPI since these Avon ones are affordable but not from the cheapest end of the scale.

Avon Nailpolish REVIEW

On fingernails: Avon True Colour Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Plum Dazzle, on toenails Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Starburst

// Vuosien Avon-kynsilakkakokemuksen syvällä rintaäänellä joudun valitettavasti toteamaan etteivät nämä houkuttelevan hintaiset ja näköiset lakat kannata. Aluksi ne saattavat vaikuttaa täydellisiltä: helppo levittää, kaunis lopputulos. Ensimmäisen vuorokauden aikana lakka alkaa kuitenkin rapistua ja sitä voi jopa pystyä vetämään liuskoina kynneltä. Eikä tarvitse edes tehdä mitään missä kädet joutuvat koetukselle.
Nämä myös tuntuvat kuivattavan keskivertolakkaa enemmän kynsinauhoja niihin osuessaan. Olen myös huomannut näiden joskus jopa värjäävän luonnonkynnen kellertäväksi. Värjäymät voivat toki johtua monesta muustakin tekijästä mutta helposti alkaa syyttää kynsilakkaa jota löytyy eniten kaapista.
Pullot ja lopputulos (heti lakkauksen jälkeen) ovat kuitenkin vähän 'kalliimman' näköisiä. Keskivertoa alle 10€ kustantavaa lakkaa huonommin pysyvänä ostaisin mielummin joko parin euron Essencen lakkoja, joilla saa melkein yhtä kiiltävän lopputuloksen ja vieläpä pysyvämmän semmoisen. Toinen vaihtoehto olisi sijoittaa vähän ekstraeuroja esimerkiksi OPI:n tai Essien lakkoihin tai kytätä muita merkkilakkoja aleista.

Normal price 9€ for 10ml, often on sale. From Avon.

torstai 12. heinäkuuta 2018

XHC Xpel Hair Care REVIEW

Just a basic afternoon stroll at Primor and I found myself three excellent products richer - less than six euros poorer. Let me introduce you to a great brand that is yet to be discovered for way too many people.
I absolutely forgot to take a group photo of these three together so I had to borrow pics from Amazon.

Shimmer of Silver Conditioner

This actually works, even in brunette hair with blonde highlights. And even when I had brunette hair with golden undertones this definitely gave them a cooler shade.
Doesn't give too much shine. The moisturization is ok.
Definitely recommend this to blondes for regular/ everyday use. If it works for a brunette then I definitely think this would help a blonde also. Maybe this wouldn't make yellow hair silvery after one use but would help this maintain the ashy look.

Cleansing Charcoal Conditioner

An amazing product to say the least. The first thing that comes to my mind about beauty products that have a special cleaning effect is that the leave the surface they are used on feeling dry and squeky-clean.
This actually managed to clean and replace dullness with shine and then moisture it leaving the hair silky smooth and healthy looking. At first I was a little sceptical about the small pieces of something black that seem to be crushed peel of some seed that can't be found from the inci (and now I am even more sceptical) but you wouldn't notice them at all in action.
Absolutely recommend this. Gives my dry & dull hair the 'WOW'-effect. Shiny smooth hair.

Cleansing Charcoal Face & Body Scrub
Okay so XHC definitely has some magical clay they use on their products. After using this my skin looks not only moistured but like it has re-born.
First I scrub my face and neck thoroughly and leave this on while I do my other shower routine steps. After rinse I welcome a smooth, fresh and moisturized face that feels brand new I could easily say this is in top-3 in 2in1 scrub + mask products that I have ever used. I have become a little lazy when it comes to regular scrubbing but I can only imagine how good my skin would look if I used this twice a week.
Excellent for sensitive skin too because while being super effective this is also super gentle.

Normal price was nowhere to be found. The price range in Primor was 1,5€-2 or 2,5€ for 300-400ml.

Kiko Prime & Fix Refreshing Mist REVIEW

Kiko Prime & Fix Refreshing Mist REVIEW

I have to say I have never unlocked the love for these setting sprays. I mean they don't do anything for me. And I didn't find this one doing anything either. Just a few drops here and there and then it dried. All my friends and the whole internet are hyping these but I feel like they are just a plot from big companies trying to get the money.
I feel like this didn't distribute evenly though, if I have to say something that differs from all the other stuff on the market (to me they have all been the same, so far).

//En ole vieläkään päässyt jyvälle siitä, mikä näissä setting sprayssa viehättää ihmisiä. En päässyt tämänkään avulla. Ne eivät vain yksinkertaisesti tee mitään. Tuntuu vain rahastukselta.
Jos jotain muista vastaavista eriävää olisi sanottava, tämä ei suihkua tasaisesti. Seasta tulee semmoisia isompia pisaroita.

Kiko Prime & Fix Refreshing Mist REVIEW
A few minutes after spraying.

9,95€/ 70ml, Kiko

keskiviikko 20. kesäkuuta 2018

MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit + Vivid Baked Blush - REVIEW

Classy packacking, up to date products. That's what comes to my mind when I see a Makeup Revolution stand. Then I get shook because the prices are so low you would expect a lot cheaper packaging. I mean 1,99€-9,99€ for almost everything; lipsticks, blushes, contour and eyeshadow palettes, highlighters... the list goes on. Huge variety of makeup products - but how is the quality?

I have tried two of their products, both for cheeks.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit + Vivid Baked Blush - REVIEW

MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit + Vivid Baked Blush - REVIEW

Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit - Ultra Light / Medium C04 Blends well. Ok pigment but isn't very buildable. My oily skin sucks all the pigments very fast but that is not the product's fault, my skin is to be blamed. Even my makeup school teacher said the contour shade is perfectly cold. For bronzing there is a metallic bronze color which works well and is hard to make look tacky (it is actually called blush but never have I ever met someone who uses a blush this color as a blush). Vice versa it makes you look dewy and summery. I love using the highlighter on my nose but I find that it is not too visible on the cheeks. So not the most 'popping' product for cheek highlight but great for a subtle everyday look. For five euros it is a great product but I wouldn't say it is for professional use because it is not buildable and atleast for me it doesn't stay on well. That is why I usually carry this with me so I can touch up through the day.

Vivid Baked Blush - Make Love Instead Reading what the cosmetic shops online say about this blush is that it is high-pigment and easy to build up. I agree somewhat. It depends on the brush you are using, with some bigger brushes it feels like it is impossible to get the color out. The look is dewy so it is not like a 'clown blush' which is what comes first to my mind when thinking about highly pigmented blushes. The amount of pigment is great for beginners but I prefer more pigmented blushes. It also doesn't look 'coherent' unless you use it with the contour palette. Stays on ok.
It was a bit hard to photograph with my IPhone and the picture's don't flatter the blush but I hope you see the dewiness... If I had to say one minus it would be that this is not the easiest to blend, definitely on the edges. And it requires a lot ov layering before it is visible on the cheek. But that is what the higlighter is for ;)

MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit + Vivid Baked Blush - REVIEW

Overall ok products for everyday use. They are also very 'hard' which might be the reason they don't seem so pigmented and require more work to get the color out. The hardness makes the products last very long, I have had the trio palette since last summer and used it almost every day and it is still going strong :) 
 I would recommend these for those who want to have a more natural look or to young girls' first products. I propably wouldn't repurchase though because there are zillions of other lovely products to try! Would try other products from this brand though since the quality was all OK.

// Kokeilin ylläolevia Makeup Revolutionin poskisävyjä ja olin niihin ihan ok-tyytyväinen. Eivät todellakaan olleet mitään pigmenttisimpiä tuotteita maailmassa, väriä täytyi kerrostaa paljon saadakseen sen näkyviin. Siksi suosittelisinkin näitä ensikertalaisille tai luonnollisempaa lopputulosta hakeville. Lopputulos on heleä. Pysyvät jokseenkin hyvin, mutta väri haalenee huomattavasti päivä aikana ja siksi kannankin korostuspalettia yleensä mukanani etten ala näyttää haamunnähneeltä kesken päivän. Highlighter/hohdepuuteri ei ollut mikään kaikista näkyvin mutta nenää sillä sai ihanasti heleytettyä pienen tiiviin sudin avulla.
En ostaisi näitä kyseisiä tuotteita enää uudelleen mutta voisin kokeilla merkin muita tuotteita :)

MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit + Vivid Baked Blush - REVIEW highlighter

Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit 4,99€/ 11g & Vivid Baked Blush 3,99€/ 6g, both from Primor

perjantai 15. kesäkuuta 2018

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation: Soft Ivory - REVIEW

 Everyone was going crazy over this Wet n Wild foundation at one point. Shaaanxo said it is a dupe to YSL Fusion Ink Foundation and when I saw this on my (ex-)friend's face I was convinced. I had to get my hands on this.
Her face was naturally very even and smooth, mine is very oily and acne-prone so I knew the foundation would look different on me. Secretly I hoped to achieve as matte yet luminous, high-coverage look that she had.
Her skin was also more tan than mine. I thinkt all foundations look better on a more tanned skintone, especially if the skin has no imperfections. So maybe that's why I was surprised of how medium-coverage this actually is. I have a lot to cover!

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation: Soft Ivory - REVIEW

 The finish is actually like created for photos! The camera seemed to automatically blur my face when I had this on. Without the camera it didn't look so blurred on my face but on my friend's it did. So I would recommend this for anyone with little to no cover on their skin.
One big plus is that all the contouring products and blush were a lot easier to apply. They stuck easier on the canvas and were also easy to blend without ruining the base.
Isn't really too longwear to be honest. T-zone starts greasing fast and at the end of the day is full of big gatherings of the foundation mixed with powder and the skin's oil. On the edges of the face = where the skin doesn't get oily this stays on well, though.

// Antaa todellakin lupaamansa "photo focus"-lookin! Livenä ei toiminut niin kauniisti minulla kuin entisellä kaverillani, jonka iholla tämä näytti siltä kuin hän olisi blurrannut naamansa jollain kuvanmuokkausohjelmalla.
Suosittelisinkin tätä Wet n Wild meikkivoidetta sellaisille, joilla on jo luonnostaan tasainen iho. Rasvaiselle iholle en, sillä tämä ei ole rasvaisilla alueilla mikään pitkäkestoisin vaan alkaa laatoittumaan puuteroin ja ihon öljyjen kanssa.
Iso plussa on, että tämän päälle oli helppo laittaa korostus- ja varjostustuotteet; ne levittyivät hyvin eikä tarvinnut laittaa kerros kerroksne jälkeen että jotain saisi tarttumaan. Meikkivoide ei myöskään lähtenyt liikkeelle noiden kohtien alta.

6,99€/ 30ml, Primor.

keskiviikko 13. kesäkuuta 2018

Oriflame No Time for Shine Foundation: Snow Touch - 31901 REVIEW

Oriflame No Time for Shine Foundation: Snow Touch - 31901 REVIEW

This comes in two shades, Snow Touch and Natural Beige. Mine is in Snow Touch and oh what a perfect shade it is for me and my fellow palefaces! Usually cheap foundations have that ugly strongly orange and/or pink undertone that gets even worse throughout the day. But this doesn't. Neutral undertone and very, very light.

Oriflame No Time for Shine Foundation: Snow Touch - 31901 REVIEW

 1. Natural 2. One coat of NTFS 3. Two coats of NTFS + concealer & powder 4. Full base
Lightweight, has to be layered if you want more coverage. It is okay because this doesn't start looking cakey. One bad thing is that this takes time to blend but the outcome is nice so it doesn't matter unless you are in a hurry.
Stays on nicely. This is definitely a moisturizing light foundation perfect for dry skin but doesn't grease out on a very greasy skin like mine. If I had to pick someone to wear this she/he would either be someone with freckles or someone with a good complexion that only needs to be evened out.
The finish is very dewy and the coverage can be altered. For a 5€ foundation definitely a 9/10.

// Todella kevyt, kosteuttava meikkivoide. Ehdoton plussa on että vaikka tämä on todella halpa, pohjasävy ei ole oranssi eikä pinkki vaan ihanan neutraali. Ja mikä sävy! Kalkkinaamoille on vaikea löytää neutraalisävyistä, edullista ja toimivaa meikkivoidetta. Tämä on todella hyvä myös siltä kannalta  että lopputulosta voi muuntaa vaihtelemalla meikkivoidekerrosten määrää. Aika vaikea levittää, mutta koska lopputulos on niin nätti ja hyvinpysyvä saa NTFS-meikkivoide sen anteeksi. Paitsi silloin kun olen kiireessä...
Suosittelisin tätä joko pisamaiselle naamalle tai jollekin jolla on todella hyvä iho mutta kaipaa sen sävyyn tasoitusta.

4,9€/ 30ml, Oriflame. Discontinued?

torstai 7. kesäkuuta 2018

Eylure Brow Pomade – No. 30 Blonde REVIEW

Eylure Brow Pomade – No. 30 Blonde REVIEW #borwsonfleek

Today I am reviewing a recent purchase of mine, a brow pomade from Eylure in the shade 30 Blonde. I know I am a brunette with dark features but the darker shades in brow products make me look angry and old. Not the look I am going for.

Eylure Brow Pomade – No. 30 Blonde REVIEW #borwsonfleek

"The Brow Pomade is a creamy, long-lasting brow colour that provides colour, sculpting and shading for the brows. Creating a buildable brow with fabulous and natural colour, the pomade is also water and humidity-proof. Available in Dark Brown, Mid Brown and Blonde this is a one-stop product for beautifully full brows."

Totally agree! Waterproof so it doesn't smudge and protects you from looking like a total hobo at the gym. You can use this to create the Instagram-brow or a more natural look. Easy to apply with different kinds of brushes.
One thing that worries me is that this is more on the dry than the creamy side. The powdery look is nice, doesn't look like you have used liquid eyeliner to fill in your brows but the jar is rather big with 6 grams of the product so it is sure to dry before you can use this up. But for 7,5€ it is easy to repurchase if you don't want to use liquid to moisten it up.
I don't think this is the most pigmented one I have encountered and sometimes it is frustrating when it feels like you have to rub in layers and layers of the product. The pomade is surely smudge-free and waterproof but it does come of if you accidentally rub it. You can control the density and sharpness by using either a wider brush or a more dense brush.
 I would rate this 3/5. It is okay but not the best. Maybe I should have gone for a darker shade to get a broader opinion on it. I think this would be 5/5 for someone with a thinner eyebrow texture than mine so that the product would be more 'visible' on the brows. You know what I mean? Like for those with thin eyebrow hair who want to paint them thicker.

Eylure Brow Pomade – No. 30 Blonde REVIEW #borwsonfleek

//Hyvä, kestävä, puuterimaisen lopputuloksen antava kulmavaha. Todella edullinen! Pelottaa vain, että kuivuu ennen aikojaan kun koostumus ei ole yhtä kermainen kuin esim ABH:n vastaavassa mutta siitä selviää kostuttamalla tuotetta uudelleen.
Itselleni ei ehkä toimivin tuote  koska olisi ensinnäkin pitänyt valita paljon tummempi sävy ja toisekseen kulmieni karvat ovat laadultaan niin paksua että tuntuu kuin tätä pitäisi hinkkaamalla hinkata että sen saa tarttumaan ihoon ja täten näkymään joten en oikein voi verrata tätä jonkun hennompikarvaisen näkökulmasta. Pienemmällä sudilla tällä saa paljon peittävämmän ja terävämmän lopputuloksen. Itselleni 3/5 perushyvä tuote mutta jollekkin hennompikulmaiselle uskon että olisi helposti 5/5.