• The Ordinary Niacinamida y Alpha Arbutin
    Facial skincare

    The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin & Niacinamide. Also, days of sound and fury in Deciem

    I had this half-written post lying around for a while, until last week’s events in the beautysphere gave me the push to get it finished… in a nutshell, Brandon Truaxe’s been on full-on poo-flinging monkey mode for months, and to make a long, angsty story short, it looks like Truaxe got the axe (sorry, I just had to… ) and is no longer at the helm of Deciem. (Or, according to unsubstantiated rumors floating on the b-sphere, Truaxe, Deciem’s board and minority stakeholder Estée Lauder had already agreed upon the latter’s acquisition of Deciem for a while now, and the CEO’s circus is staged… hmm…) In any case, given that…

  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner
    Makeup

    W7 “Delicious” palette, Black Lash mascara & NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady in possesion of a great hoard of powders and paints, must be in want of collecting more… these I’m posting today have been with me for a few months, and it was time to trot them out in this blog. W7 “Delicious” Eyeshadow Palette This must probably be review #21816984 of this palette, but I just had to know what all the noise in the MU social media was about; in my case, I chose this palette “Delicious” from Brit brand W7, the low-priced, aspirational dupe of the coveted, pricey palette Modern Renaissance from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Are they in any…

  • Bioré UV Aqua Rich Essence & ISDIN SPF 40 lip sunscreen
    Facial skincare

    Bioré UV Aqua Rich Essence SPF 50 / PA++++ & ISDIN SPF 40 Lip Balm

    ISDIN SPF 40 Lip Balm It’s been a bit uphill for me to write this review, because, while I don’t find any serious cons about this product, I don’t really have much to say about it, either. And I generally like the suncare options from this Spanish brand. Anyway, the ISDIN SPF 40 lip balm is a fine product that does what it’s supposed to do, with no added frills or fun. It’s a firm balm, not particularly hidrating, and leaves a white cast; not like the horrid supermarket product I still have around, because I can’t seem to finish it, but enough to be noticeable, and bring attention to…

  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
    Facial skincare

    Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA

    Isn’t everybody just sick of seeing The Ordinary all over SM and beyond? There simply isn’t a nook or cranny in the beauty blogosphere where this brand hasn’t gotten to; their products are like glitter, or like cockroaches (and their tune), or like Madonna, and her tunes… nevertheless, I haven’t escaped either: I’ve been using their Lactic Acid 10% and their Salicylic Acid 2% for months now. I’ve no problem admitting that I’m a fangirl of acids, so it strikes me as more than a bit odd that DECIEM includes all the warnings it does about using them. In fact, I can recall a few instances in which founder Brandon…

  • I Love... Lemon Sorbet Body Butter
    Bath and body care

    I Love… Lemon Sorbet Body Butter, Shower Gel and Whipped Sugar Scrub

    I’d seen this brand often in my frequent trips to cosmetics shop, but its products never caught my eye: even so, one fine day I decided to give the I Love… Lemon Sorbet shower gel a sniff, and it was just as the brand name said: ooh, come to me, yummy, caloric-smelling lemon meringue pie. Yes, pie, even though it’s called Lemon Sorbet, but who cares; it smells like lemon pie and it’s delicious. It’s a sweet scent, as one can expect, but the citric touch combined with the baked crust tinge save it from being one of those cloying, dull drugstore products. It’s not that I’m a committed hater…

  • Dizao Organics Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Lipbalm
    Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Lip color and care: Essence lipstick & Dizao Organics lipbalm

    As a rule, I’m all about gloriously tacky colors and piling up on the eye makeup, while being very conservative and dull with lip products. For a self-confessed lover of makeup, I actually don’t have many lip color products (four at last count, if you’re curious), and half of those are soft nudey pinks. But one fine evening in a beauty shop, I ran into this pretty plum lipstick by Essence that decided to just jump into my basket. I think the last time I wore a color this dark was when I was a 20-year-old with goth leanings (the goth leanings stayed, the twenties left a good long while…

  • Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel
    Makeup

    Angel and demon: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel

    It’s been a while now since my brows have lost the density of youth, and until not long ago, my solution to keep from looking like the Mona Lisa was to fill them with a little eyeshadow or eyeliner. However, one day an acquaintance who is a MUA gently let me know my brows looked too black, and she was right; she also suggested I look for a product specific for brows, preferably in a brown tone. So I decided to try these two inexpensive ones. The angel: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil This pencil is available in three shades of brown, and mine is nº 3, a nice…

  • Pantalla solar Sun Med y stick labial Piz Buin
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Sun protection for pre-summer: Sun Med lotion and Piz Buin sun lipstick

    And I’m back again! I like warm weather, I do, that’s one of the reasons why I live where I live, but between the summer preview we’re experiencing, and other circumstances I’ve needed to conserve my energy… anyhow, I’m here again, and my back-to-blogging review is all about SPF, of course. In case you find yourself sunscreen-less in the middle of your Spanish holiday and need to locate a bottle ASAP, the sun lotion in the pic can be found in supermarket chain Mercadona, and is as good an inexpensive option as you can find. I’d never seen this brand before, which is offered in the chain’s newest suncare line,…

  • máscaras de pestañas baratas
    Makeup

    Two budget mascaras: Bell Cosmetics & KIKO Milano to the test.

      Right now I have two mascaras on rotation on my makeup stash, which is something I normally avoid; I don’t like having too many cosmetics open, especially mascara, which is particularly susceptible to contamination and gumming, so I prefer to finish a product before moving on to the next. Nevertheless, since I had these two budget mascaras, and one of them already has me kind of annoyed, I decided I might as well put them to the test side by side, in the name of lash-batting science. Secretale Xtreme Lashes Mascara by Bell Cosmetics This one cost about 5€, and given that I generally liked the few things I’ve…

  • Ziaja BB cream for oily/combination skin
    Makeup

    Ziaja BB cream for oily and combination skin – yet another review

    I think I must be the last beauty aficionada in my area to try Ziaja, the Polish brand that stormed beauty blogs and social media some years ago. Long story short, I bit and took home this Ziaja BB cream for oily and combination skin. The shop I went to didn’t have testers available for this product, and given the price of 4.99€, I decided to just take both the “light” and “natural” tones (there’s a darker tone, making three in total in this line), concluding that in all likelihood, the right match for me was the lighter tone, and if that wasn’t the case, I had the second to…

  • Beauty Friends II sheet masks
    Facial skincare

    Review: Beauty Friends II sheet masks

    Some weeks ago I had the genius idea of walking into a K-beauty shop in my town, and of course I wound up biting… I had to take home these Beauty Friends II sheet masks from Vanedo. My next purchase ought to be a pair of horse blinkers… I’m not even that into sheetmasks, in fact I‘ve actually been viewing masks from K-beauty brands with suspicion since the last scandal, so until recently I had a sort of moratorium on Korean sheetmasks. Or on sheetmask from anywhere, really, but my skin’s seasonal thirst and the inexpensive price of these masks got the better of me. I bought these for 2€……