• Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia's Place Saharan Blush Palette
    Makeup

    Fresh-faced review: Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette

    Juvia’s Place palettes have been winking at me for a while now, and as it happens, there’s a shop in my little godforsaken corner of Spain that carries them, so I don’t even have to go online… what was I to do? I first wanted one of the eyeshadow palettes, but on seeing this one I said: “Mine!” And the reasonable part of my brain said: “Very pretty, but it’s a blush palette, and you know you don’t use blush much. Also, look at those two shiny pans, you’ll use those even less.” Me: “I said: Mine.” Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette vol. II So I’m back to using blush…

  • 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…

  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +
    Facial skincare

    🌻Love You, Love You Not… La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + & Anthelios SPF 50+

    One of these products I like very much, the other… not. In fact, I can’t bring myself to apply the latter now, so I stopped using it, or rather, I don’t use it on my face, which is what is made for. The product in question is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist. I bought this one at the end of summer, when days were still long, so when it was time for me to go home the sun was still shining bright. Desperately seeking protection: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist Those of you who have stopped by my blog before will likely be aware…

  • 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…

  • Narciso eau de parfum
    Musings

    Friday Musings: on fragrance and fluffy red hair

    A product I have to admit, I’m not the best person to write about perfumes: that is an art requiring skills and talents that go way beyond what’s needed to evaluate typical cosmetics… there’s so much I don’t understand about olfactory notes, sillage and other subtleties, much as I’d like to. Even so, I still feel the need to post a mini-review of my beloved Narciso by Narciso Rodríguez, which I’ve been using all winter. I actually began using it mid-spring, stopped for the summer (this would be death by perfume during warm weather), then tried to run back to it by October, but something with this much wood and…

  • Review Paula's Choice AHA & BHA
    Facial skincare

    Trying out: Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA

    In late August I ordered these Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA trial sizes from PC’s Spain site. These little guys have lasted quite a while, though now it’s time to think about a reorder. Would I buy this in full size? We’ll get to that in a moment. I haven’t used many Paula’s Choice products, but I’ve been familiar with this brand through founder Paula Begoun’s Cosmetics Cop site and books, which I first read when I was about 17 (wow, time really flies), and since that time I’ve kept her advice in mind when choosing products, though not always to the letter. Thank goodness, since over time I’ve…