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Review | MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

After finishing my beloved NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base I decided to expand my primer horizons a bit and try the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base. Since Christine over at Temptalia mentioned it as her current go-to eyeshadow primer I had pretty high hopes for the formula and was expecting nothing short of perfection. Take a look!

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The MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base comes in a pearly black 12 ml squeeze tube, looks pale fleshy pink and has a thick silicone-y texture. And by thick I mean rrreally thick. It’s waaaaay thicker than the NARS primer and thicker than the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and the Urban Decay Primer Potion too. So yeah… THICK!

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But despite that it actually applies and spreads out really well. I simply dab some onto my eyelids as the first step in my make-up routine, let it dry for a minute while I do my eyebrows and then apply my eyeshadow as usual.

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The formula doesn’t necessarily make my eyeshadow look more intense, but what it does do – and very well for that matter – is prolong its wear and prevent it from fading or creasing throughout the day. I have very oily eyelids, so if I go primerless even the best eyeshadows end up creasing on me. But with the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base I’m good from AM to PM. And possibly even beyond!

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Bottom line? This won’t be my last tube of the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base, it’s seriously good stuff!

In Switzerland the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base is sold for 28 CHF at all MAC counters and in the MAC online store.

What is your favorite eyeshadow primer? Have you tried the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base yet?

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Best of June | ColourPop, Starbucks, Dr. Hauschka & More

Just a few more hours and June is officially over, can you believe it? We’re almost halfway through 2016, you guys! How did that happen?! Time for a little recap of some of my June faves.

Wearing: ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow

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I recently got to add another ColourPop Super Shock Shadow (5 USD) to my collection and boy oh boy it’s a pretty one! Isn’t Vanity Fair just the most beautiful pearly brown? It’s been one of my favorite eyeshadow shades this month.

Drinking: Starbucks Chilled Classics
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If you saw Monday’s blog post you know that the hubby and I love our frappuccinos, but at home we’ve been mostly enjoying the revamped Starbucks Chilled Classics (2.10 CHF). Isn’t the new packaging pretty? My man is crazy about the Caramel Macchiato and the Cappuccino. Me? I’m a Latte girl.

Food: Ice cream

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I’m gonna share a little secret with you: until a few months ago I didn’t like – and thus didn’t eat – ice cream. A nice big bowl of ice cream on a hot sunny day? Nope, not for me. The sound of the ice cream truck passing by? Totally immune to it. But then something changed and out of nowhere I developed these major ice cream cravings. And now I go through tubs of ice cream like no one’s business. My favorite? Chocolate of course.

Reading: Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

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This is not a children’s book! I repeat, this is not a children’s book! At least not just a children’s book. There’s a lot of hidden meaning and depth in the ten original Winnie-the-Pooh short stories (6.99 USD). Don’t believe me? Just give it a chance. I loved it and I bet so will you.

Doing: Breaking Bad, Mortal Kombat & Star Wars

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With the weather acting so un-summery this month I’ve been spending a lot of time cocooning watching Breaking Bad (finally jumped on the bandwagon), replaying Mortal Kombat (team Kitana yo) and playing Star Wars with the hubby. No better way to spend a rainy day!

(Re)discovering: Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Cream Mask + Cleansing Cream

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When I was at the Dr. Hauschka press event earlier this month I immediately fell in love with the brand’s new Hydrating Cream Mask (53 CHF) that will be in stores this September. What a treat! And at the same time I also rediscovered my love for the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream (20 CHF). I used it for a while three years ago, but then I just kind of lost track of it. On, off, on, off, you know how it goes when you’re a beauty lover. But it’s definitely on again now!

What have you been up to this month? Have you been loving anything new lately?

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Unboxing | Boxmopolitan Ahoi box June 2016

Six months after my last subscription box unboxing it’s time for a brand new reveal! On the unboxing table today? The marine-themed Boxmopolitan Ahoi box for June 2016. Take a look!

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An Ahoi Marie notebook (7.50 CHF) with an anchor on the front cover and a nautical map on the back as well as on the back of each page. Very pretty!

Food & Drink

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A bottle of zero-calorie Lola Cola Null (2.40 CHF) cola and a can of La Belle Iloise ‘Marie-Galante’ tuna (3.40 CHF). I took the cola, hubby took the tuna.

 

Beauty & Skincare

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Skinnies SPF 30 Sungel (22 CHF), a New Zealand-made sunscreen gel that apparently distinguishes itself from other SPF products by not diluting its formula with water and just using sunscreen actives in a lightweight gel base. Welcome to Switzerland, Skinnies!

Fashion & Accessories

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A nautical-style anchor and helm scarf (12 CHF) and Meereskind anchor and crystal necklace (29.90 CHF). Looks like I’ll get to go full-on sailor chick this summer!

Beach & Holiday

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Dock & Bay Travel & Sports Microfibre Towel (28 CHF), a light, fast-drying and suuuuuper soft 100% microfiber towel in retro cabana style.

The overall assessment? Though I do get the appeal of using a simple recyclable and environmentally friendly cardboard box I still kind of wish that Boxmopolitan used a sturdier, cuter box that you can keep and put on display afterwards. What can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty boxes. That said, the contents of the Boxmopolitan box are quite nice. They really went all out with the whole nautical theme and even though I probably wouldn’t have bought any of the products myself I had fun discovering them. My favorites? The notebook, the sunscreen and the cola!

You can order a single Boxmopolitan box for 65 CHF or get a returning subscription for 59 CHF a month at www.boxmopolitan.com.

Are you subscribed to any subscription boxes at the moment? What are your thoughts on this month’s Boxmopolitan box?

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Video | Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner tutorial

Earlier this month I asked if any of you were interested in seeing a tutorial on the Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner – yep, that weird-looking thing that you stick your finger in – and since many of you said yes I decided to make a little how-to video. Take a look!

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD

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In Switzerland the Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner retails for 8.90 CHF at the Sephora counter at Manor Geneva and in the Manor online store.

Are you good at applying liquid eyeliner? What is your favorite eyeliner?

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Starbucks Mini Frappuccinos

My man and I are both big Starbucks fans – iced coffees ‘n chocolate chip cookies all day errr’day! – so when we were invited to come and try some of the new Starbucks Mini Frappuccinos with barista champion Julien Tetard we obviously didn’t have to think long about our answer. Take a look!

First things first: coffee!

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Julien showed us that pairing certain Starbucks brews with certain foods really brings out the flavor in both. The Kenya brew – a delicate fruity blend – for example goes beautifully with lemon cake and even fruit. Who knew peach and coffee would go together so well!

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And the rich caramelly aftertaste of the Espresso Roast goes wonderfully with all things sugary and chocolatey.

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Moving on to the new Mini Frappuccinos! We picked S’Mores Chocolate Marshmallow, Matcha Green Tea Cream, Strawberries and Cream, Caramel Coffee and Chai Green Tea Cream. Our favorite? Matcha. I’m guessing Japan has something to do with that.

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That whipped cream, you guys… And underneath is 296 ml of pure deliciousness. Yum!

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Time for a quick snap with the frappucinno master himself.

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From both the hubby and I (and our taste buds): thank you, Starbucks!

Are you a Starbucks fan? Have you tried the new Mini Frappuccinos yet?

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