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EOTD | Revealed

Time for another EOTD! For today’s eye look I paired two shades from my Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette with the flashiest eye pencil from my collection: Bourjois Pink About You . Take a look!

Review Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion swatches

First I used my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion to tightline my upper waterline.

Review TheBalm Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer

Review Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette swatches

Then, after applying a bit of my TheBalm Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer, I created a dramatic smokey eye with a pale shimmery pink (top row, 4th shade) and a dark eggplant purple (bottom row, 9th shade) from my Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, blending the darkest shade into the crease and against the lash line for added drama.

Review Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Pencil Pink About You swatch

Review Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara

Next I used my Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Pencil in Pink About You on the lower waterline before finishing the look with a few licks of my Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara.

EOTD (Revealed)

What do you think of the look? What are you wearing on your eyes today?

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Review | MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara

Just when you think you’ve seen it all MAC goes ahead and comes up with a mascara that has a flexible wand that can be bent in all directions, up to a complete 90-degree angle. I know, right, whuuuuuut?! Take a look!

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In terms of formula the new MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara really isn’t all that unique. The clump-free formula is good but basic and adds decent thickness and a nice bit of length to my lashes.

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But that’s not what makes this new mascara so revolutionary. This is:

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So bendy! So what is the point of this contortionist-style wand, you ask? Well, according to MAC it allows you to easily reach and coat every single eyelash – top, bottom, inner, outer, all of ‘em! – without obstructing your view. And they’re right! I always struggle with my left eye when I’m applying mascara and I can never seem to get to those annoying little inner and outer lashes, but with the new MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara it becomes a whole lot easier.

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So does that mean that the MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara is a new must-have for every make-up lover? Nah. The bendable-wand concept is really fun and cool of course, I’ll give ’em that, but with a little arm bending and hand twisting you can definitely get similar results. That said, it is of course a lot more pleasant to bend a mascara wand than to have to go all Cirque Du Soleil in front of your make-up mirror first thing in the morning, so if you’re a MAC fan and are excited about giving this unique mascara a try I say go for it!

The new MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara is available now for 31 CHF in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store.

Have you tried the new MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara yet? What do you think: useful or gimmicky?

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Review | Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment (+ international giveaway x5)

My skin doesn’t handle change very well. Airconditioning, heat, wind, sea water, altitude changes, climate changes,… even the slightest alteration or aggression is enough for my schizophrenic skin to develop a new nasty personality. So it came as no surprise that the moment I set foot on Swiss soil again last month my skin went from looking happy and healthy to being a confused oily yet dehydrated mess. Good thing I was prepared, because as soon as I got home I had the Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment waiting for me. Time to find out how my skin is doing a month later!

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The Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment – bonus points for the witty water pun – is a revitalizing and rehydrating treatment that contains niacinamide, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, trehalose, vegetable protein and organic rose water as its main ingredients to instantly quench and refresh thirsty skin and provide long-term hydration.

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And on top of that the formula is completely free from nasties, just the way I like it!

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The Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment comes in a 30 ml squeeze tube, is colorless and has a thin watery gel texture that feels very light and absorbs nicely without leaving any heaviness or stickiness behind.

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The idea is to apply a pea-sized amount of product on cleansed skin before following up with moisturizer.

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Qlabo advises to use the Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment together with the Collagenerous Advanced Youth Rejuvenator that I first tried last summer and recently added back into my daily routine.

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”Back in the routine!” (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog)

I started my new routine a little over a month ago, replacing the Paula’s Choice serum that I normally use with the Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment and substituting the Japanese moisturizer that I was using with a new bottle of the Qlabo Collagenerous Advanced Youth Rejuvenator. In less than a week the discomfort and tightness that I experienced in the first few days after my return to Switzerland disappeared completely and in the days and weeks after that I could feel my skin’s moisture levels slowly normalizing again. And luckily our trip to Belgium from two weeks back didn’t undo any of my progress. Sure, Belgium isn’t as different from Switzerland as Japan is, but I was still worried that the plane ride and the weather changes would provoke another skin identity crisis.

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Bottom line? Dealing with fussy skin can be a challenge, but with the right products it’s possible to prevent – or in this case tackle – any skin catastrophe. I’m just glad that I was able to act fast and had the Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment ready for me when I needed it!

Win, win, win x5!

I get to give away a Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment and Collagenerous Advanced Youth Rejuvenator set to five lucky readers, courtesy of Qlabo! To enter the raffle all you have to do is fill in the entry form below with your full name, address and email and share the giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook (each share = one entry).

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends at midnight (GMT +2) on May 10. Good luck!

Do you have difficult skin? What are your thoughts on the Qlabo Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment?

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Review | e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush

I don’t take selfies very often. At least not for a beauty blogger (or a person of the female sex living in 2016). But when I do decide to open my phone’s front-facing camera I of course try to look my best. And yes, that means tilting my head in seven different angles, doing a 360 to find the right lighting and spending five minutes figuring out what filter to use.

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Car selfie with the BFF (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog)

And now I get to take my selfie game even further with my new e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush.

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According to e.l.f. the Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush has a ‘densely packed brush shape’ that ‘distributes powder evenly and buffs it into the skin for a selfie ready effect’. It can be used with pressed and loose powders, blushes and bronzers and even with cream and liquid formulas. In other words: use it for all teh things!

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That said, I personally don’t think it’s the best brush to apply blush or bronzer with. It’s just too small and the bristles are too dense for soft and well-blended results. However for buffing in foundation and powder the e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush is very convenient. I find that because of its smaller size it’s perfect for working the area around my nose – or Poreville as I like to call it – and to buff in foundation and powder to optically blur and soften my skin. And because the bristles of the brush are so soft I can press, buff and swirl like there’s not tomorrow without upsetting my skin.

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Bottom line? While I wouldn’t call the e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush a true must-have I’m happy that I got it since it makes a nice and unique addition to my brush collection. Now if you’ll excuse, I think I’ll go take another selfie.

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Mother & daughter selfie (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog)

The e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush is available in the e.l.f. online store** where it is sold for 8 euro.

Do you take a lot of selfies? How do you ensure you look picture perfect?

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Review | Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste

Usually my motto is ‘brute force, if it’s not working you’re not using enough of it’. But when it comes to dental care I always try to be as gentle as possible, because unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with strong resistant teeth like that lucky husband of mine. I swear, that guy could chew on rocks and not brush for days and still have gorgeous gnashers. Me though? If I just as much as look at a cup of tea my teeth get stained and if I’m feeling brave enough to bite an apple without cutting it first there’s a good chance I’ll end up with a chipped tooth. I guess some people are sharks when it comes to teeth. Me? I’m a llama.

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My husband.

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Me.

Enter the Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste!

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It has a very low RDA value (relative dentin abrasivity) of 20 and is therefore gentle on the enamel and perfect for sensitive and porous teeth like mine that are prone to erosion.

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But that doesn’t mean that the toothpaste isn’t effective at keeping them pearly whites clean and pristine. The one carat diamond particles in the formula – faaaaaancy! – gently polish the teeth and lift stains and plaque in the process.

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The only downside? The Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste only contains 980 ppm F, meaning that it contains less fluoride than most toothpastes (for example my Colgate and Candida toothpaste both contain 1450 ppm F) and is therefore less effective at preventing tooth decay. That said, looking at the other toothpastes in the Kiss & Make-up household it seems that with a higher fluoride content also comes a higher RDA value which isn’t always ideal either.

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In conclusion? Not only the formula of the Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste is very safe and gentle, but the taste is also quite mild and pleasant. I just wish the fluoride content was a bit higher. For that reason I like to alternate the Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste with a toothpaste that contains more fluoride by using it only in the morning and switching to Candida or Colgate before bed.

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In Switzerland the Swiss Smile Diamond Glow Toothpaste retails for 49 CHF.

Do you have sensitive or porous teeth? What toothpaste do you use?

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