One would think that as much as I’ve been into make up these last few years I would have also really gotten into skincare. Afterall, one needs a good canvas to build on, don’t we?
Well, the fact is that that logical and obvious truth didn’t really get into my head until recently, and I have just begun trying different ingredients that I had not tried before. Some of those ingredients are cosmetic acids.
Many might be familiar with acronyms like AHA and BHA but to me it all looked gibberish for a long time. Finally, I pulled up my sleeves, did some online research and jumped into the pool.
The first product that I tried was the limited edition Kiko Intense Peel (currently on sale at aprox 10€). This product is presented as individual wipes wraped in foil. Each packet contains one exfoliating wipe soaked in glycolic, mandelic, citric, malic, lactic and salycilic acids while the second wipe is soaked in some kind of solution that is suposed to “stop the action of the AHAs and BHAs” and “calm” the skin.
If you love brushes, how to store them is the natural question that follows to the excitement that the arrival of a new brush induces.
Many a solution can be found around the net, many of them very pretty displays that showcase them.
I did try the whole jar filled with rice, but the truth is that the rice attracted insects and that the brushes would quickly acumulate dust. I also kept my most valuable brushes in a brush roll, only to discover that some of them had had their shapes slightly deformed.
So while I waited for the ideal solution, I kept mine in the plastic containers that sugar sackets came in as a cheap, unbreakable and lightweight option.
I would surf the net and find wonderful storing options like displays and lined drawers in this forum, but I would moan my lack of storing space. Then I found this post and I found solutions that would work for me: keep the brushes dust free, not take up much space and do not risk flat sides by keeping them upright.
I have just been back from a short trip in which I took advantage of many stores to which I usually do not have access.
As you may guess from the picture above, I visited the MAC Pro store, Sephora, Muji and the airport duty free store.
From MAC Pro store I got some products that I had been eyeing for a while: some eyeshadows, a couple blushes cannisters, sculpt powder, a brush, face and body in white and the fantastic brush canisters.
At Sephora I got my first NARS products, my first setting spray, some Make Up For Ever products and got two samples of the loved/hated Glamglow masks.
At Muji I got the stackable jars that I love to keep pigments in and at the duty free store I got the Essie polishes.
I must say that the Zoeva 142/Concealer Bufferbrush (8.80€) had picked my curiosity for a long time. I had seen it in various blogs and I thought that the size and shape could be something interesting to play with.
It is a small round shaped and tapered brush made of synthetic bristles. It is quite dense, and so you can really buff products in. However, it is also very soft, so no fear of irritating your skin.
The Clarins Ombre Matte are a new product to me and I am really liking this range of wearable cream eyeshadows.
I am no stranger to cream eyeshadows, but it is true that these are something special, not only for the matte finish that is not very frequent, but for their formula as well that is less creamy and more powdery than other offerings.
Let me introduce you to the unconventional beauties that are the Kiko Luscious Cream lipsticks in 523 (black) and 524 (taupe).
If you browse beauty blogs, you will frequently find plenty of looks that showcase more unconventional colours than you are used to seeing in glossy magazines. This search for original looks and rainbow colours has originated the creation of some brands that thrive in that niche sector.
However, reluctant as I am to buy colour products without being able to test them first, I contented myself with ooohing and aaahin over such looks.
Luckily for me, Kiko Cosmetics has in its permanent range some colours that are very interesting and that expand its range into the less mainstream options.