Review | Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel collection spring 2014

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Last spring I declared my love to the scented nail polish from the Revlon Scented Treats collection, and this year I fell in love all over again with the new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel nail lacquers. The new collection has been in stores since mid-March and consists of eight colors and scents of which I have five.

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As usual with Revlon, the quality of the Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel nail lacquers is great. The nail polish is easy to apply, two and often even just one coat is enough for a smooth, even and opaque result, and the colors easily last a few days without chipping.

The eight new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel nail lacquers come in adorable bottles that look like miniature perfume bottles. How cute is that? The only thing that bothers me – or at least the OCD side of me – is that the labels look a bit wonky on some of the bottles. But apart from that the packaging really looks super cute.

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African Tea Rose

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Lime Basil

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Ginger Melon

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Autumn Spice

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China Flower

Like I said the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel collection consists of eight colors – and thus eight scents – of which I have five. African Tea Rose is a rose-scented purple pink. Lime Basil is a creamy green that smells like fresh lime with a hint of basil. Ginger Melon is a gorgeous watermelon pink and smells like melon with a touch of ginger. Autumn Spice is a glittery brownish copper with a warm cinnamon and caramel aroma. And China Flower finally is a pure warm red with a lovely floral smell.

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As soon as the nail polish dries the smell is released, and after that the scent really lingers for days. These scented nail lacquers sure give the phrase ‘smell my finger’ a whole different meaning! My personal favorites? Color-wise definitely Ginger Melon – is anyone even surprised by that? – and as far as smell goes I really like the fresh citrusy smell of Lime Basil.

The Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel nail lacquers have been in stores since mid-March and cost 14.90 CHF each.

Have you ever tried scented nail polish? Which of these five colors/scents do you like best?


Beauty and the geek | A shadowy rogue look in black and red

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It’s time for another Beauty and the geek article, woop woop! This month Sylirael and I picked a rogue theme. For those of you who aren’t in touch with their inner nerd, rogues are a bit like assassins or ninjas. They’re sneaky, stealthy and they’re the masters of hide and seek. They hide in the shadows and patiently wait for the right time to sneak up on their prey and finish it with a silent, deadly attack. A talented rogue has his poison-soaked dagger against his victim’s throat long before they’ve even realized they aren’t alone. *SLASH* And before their body hits the ground the rogue will have vanished again, back into the shadows…

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My rogue look

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I based my look on my favorite rogue armor set from World of Warcraft, the Bloodfang set. Bloodfang armor puts rogues from head to toe in black, with a few blood red accents here and there. Using those two colors I created a smokey eye look. No bold lips or colorful details this time – rogues are all about subtlety – but just deep black eyeshadow with a smokey red gradient effect. Discreet yet piercing, just like a rogue’s blade, this eye look is perfect for quietly sneaking up on a target and giving them one last cold-blooded look before putting a dagger through their heart.

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Sylirael’s rogue look

Sylirael is treating you to two looks again this month! The first one is a wearable modern rogue look, and the second one is a bit more extreme and is based on the characters from Thief 4, a game where you play a stealthy master thief. What are you waiting for, grab your cloak and dash over to The Painted Rogue blog to check out Syl’s looks!

What do you think of this month’s theme? Would you make a good rogue?

Update: Sylirael turned out to do just one look in the end, but it sure looks awesome!

Review | Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité, Masque Densité & Densimorphose mousse

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The grass is always greener on the other side – or in my case the hair is always thicker on the other side – and we always want what we don’t have. I have thin fine hair, but I’d give anything to have a thick head of voluminous hair. So every time a new densifying hair line is launched I’m all ears, and of course I was really excited when Kérastase launched its new Densifique line. Today I’m reviewing the shampoo, the mask and the styling mousse from the line. Have a look!

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And it’s thicker, too! (copyright Rudy & Moody)

Kérastase Densifique: the technology

The shampoo and the mask from the Kérastase Densifique line contain a special molecule called Stemoxydine that promotes new hair growth and can grow up to 1700 new hairs in three months. All products from the line, the mousse included, also contain glycopeptide – a mix of three amino acids – that improves the structure and quality of the hair and adds vitality and body. And hyaluronic acid helps the hair to hold on to moisture better which keeps it healthy and bouncy. I don’t know about you, but when I hear all this my heart skips a beat. Several beats even!

Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité

The Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité is a thickening shampoo that claims to give the hair more body without weighing it down. The shampoo is semi-transparent and a bit gel-like, it lathers well, and the smell is amazing. If you like that typical luxurious salon smell and want to have a professional salon experience at home you’ll definitely like the Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité.

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After I wash my hair with the Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité it feels really soft, supple and light. This is the fifth week that I’m using this shampoo, but so far I don’t see any new hair growth yet. What I do see though is that my hair looks better and – I’m almost afraid to say it out loud out of fear of jinxing it – even a bit fuller. So that’s definitely a good start. I can’t wait to see the result after three whole months. I’m counting on those 1700 new hairs, Kérastase!

Kérastase Densifique Masque Densité

The Kérastase Masque Densité is a regenerating hair mask that claims to give the hair more body, volume and resilience. The mask comes in a cute jar and has a lovely soft orange color. Pretty! The texture of the mask is lighter and less creamy than that of most masks, and it looks and feels a bit gel-like. And the smell is just as amazing as that of the shampoo. If there’s such a thing as hair heaven then I bet it smells like the Kérastase Densifique products.

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I use the Kérastase Masque Densité on my ends and lengths, and thanks to the lightweight formula it doesn’t weigh down my hair. What it does do is keep my hair healthy and shiny. Whether the mask also makes my hair thicker I don’t know. To be honest, I don’t think that it does. I think it’s mostly the shampoo that does that. So for me the Kérastase Masque Densité is more like an additional nourishing treatment.

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Kérastase Densifique Densimorphose

The Kérastase Densimorphose is a densifying styling mousse that promises to give the hair more substance, body and resilience.

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I actually almost never use styling products like gels and mousses because I get the impression that they only weigh down my hair and make it look even more limp than it already is. But with the Kérastase Densimorphose that is not the case. On the contrary even, the mousse doesn’t weigh down my hair at all and it doesn’t make it greasy either. I use the Kérastase Densimorphose whenever I blow dry my hair, and when I do I notice that my hair looks a lot fuller than when I blow or air dry it au naturel. Apart from the Kérastase Densimorphose I only own two other styling mousses, but out of the three mousses that I have the Kérastase Densimorphose is definitely my favorite one.

The Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité, Masque Densité and Densimorphose mousse are available at official Kérastase salons for approximately 31 CHF, 59 CHF and 39 CHF.

Do you use thickening hair care products? What are your thoughts on the new Kérastase Densifique products?

 

 

Review | Veet Cold Wax Strips with Easy Grip & Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini and Underarms

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If there’s one beauty chore that I really hate it’s shaving. That I need to tweeze my eyebrows every morning, okay, fine, but shaving my legs and bikini line every couple of days? Ugh… Every time I try to find an excuse to get out of it. ‘Do I haaaaaave to?’ No, I don’t have to do anything, but for myself, my boyfriend and everyone else who gets to see my legs it’s nicer if they’re smooth and soft. Normally I just shave my legs, underarms and bikini line, but when I left for Japan at the beginning of this month I wanted to try something more permanent. Enter the Veet Kaltwachsstreifen mit Easy Grip (in English the Veet Cold Wax Strips with Easy Grip) and the Veet Bikini & Achseln Haarentfernungscreme (in English the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Underarms). I let the hair on my legs and in my bikini area grow freely for two weeks – not exactly the two most sexy weeks of my life – and the day before we took off I used the cold wax strips and the hair removal cream. That was three weeks ago. Now let’s find out how long the two products kept my bikini area and legs nice and smooth!

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Veet Cold Wax Strips with Easy Grip

One box of Veet Cold Wax Strips contains ten individual packets that each hold two wax strips, and four perfect finish wipes. To make the whole waxing experience a bit more pleasant Veet enriched the wax strips with moisturizing shea butter and they also added a lovely sweet berry smell. The Veet Cold Wax Strips can be used on hairs as short as 1.5 mm and can be used on the legs as well as on the rest of the body, except for the face and sensitive areas.

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The directions are simple: rub a packet of wax strips between your hands to warm it up, peel the two strips apart using the Easy Grip system, press them on your legs, aaaaaaaaand pull! There’s no room for hesitation though, because the harder and quicker you pull, the more hair you’ll remove. And you just repeat this process until you’ve completely waxed both legs. Or at least that’s the idea. And then when you’re done you use a perfect finish wipe to remove any remaining bits of wax and to soften your skin a bit.

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So that’s what the Veet Cold Wax Strips are like on paper. But what was my actual experience with them? One thing is for sure: the whole process didn’t hurt nearly as much as I thought it would, so don’t be afraid of the pain. That said, shaving is a lot faster than waxing. It took me half an hour and all twenty (!) strips to remove the hair on both my legs. So this is not a quick or cheap hair removal solution. Then again, normally I have to shave every three days or so to keep my legs smooth, so if the Veet Cold Wax Strips keep my legs hair-free for a few weeks they could be worth the time, the effort and the money. But do they? The Veet Cold Wax Strips kept my legs smooth for about a week, but then I started feeling stubble again. Hair-free legs for a whole week is not bad and so I wasn’t completely disappointed, but I wasn’t exactly blown away by the results either. In the end I think I’ll just go back to shaving.

Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Underarms

The Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits contains aloe vera and vitamin E and was developed for the sensitive skin under the arms and in the bikini area. I decided to use the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits on my bikini line. Shaving that area always results in irritated skin and unsightly bumps – real sexy, a vajayjay that’s as red as a tomato and feels like braille paper – so I hoped that with the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits I could avoid that. The cream claims to keep the skin smooth double as long as a razor, which in my case would mean a day or five.

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The Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits comes in a squeeze tube with a smooth round applicator head that is very precise and easy to use. You just apply a thin layer of cream straight onto the area that you want to remove the hair from and then let the product work its magic. After approximately five minutes (ten max) you remove the cream – hair included – using the spatula that comes with the product and you thoroughly rinse the area with water.

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Sounds easy enough, right? It is. The hair removal process is really easy peasy. It’s quick, painless, and very efficient. All the hair gets removed and the result is nice and smooth. But the question is of course how long it all stays smooth like that. Well, I have good news, because when I use the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits the hair really stays away a lot longer than when I shave. Everything down there stayed nice and smooth for about a week until I had to use the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits again. And since the bikini line is such a small and easy-to-treat area I think that doing maintenance once a week is very reasonable. With the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits my skin also feels a lot smoother and softer than when I shave, and there’s no more skin irritation or itchiness whatsoever. Yep, the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits is definitely a keeper!

The Veet Cold Wax Strips with Easy Grip and the Veet Hair Removal Cream for Bikini & Armpits are available at the supermarket or drugstore for 10.90 CHF and 9.90 CHF.

How do you remove the hair on your legs and bikini line? Do you use Veet products?

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Review | Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub

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Remember that amazing 3-in-1 Vichy cleanser that helped me get my breakouts under control? Well, a few weeks ago I cut it open, scraped out the very last bit of product, and threw away its mangled remains. Completely empty. So it was time for a replacement, and since it’s kind of my duty as a beauty blogger to try something new every time I went with the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub, or ‘Reinigendes Peeling’ in German and ‘Gommage Nettoyant Rafraîchissant’ in French. Just like my beloved Vichy cleanser the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub does more than just cleanse the skin and it also acts as an exfoliant. Now let’s find out if it has managed to win me over and has made me forget my former love!

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The Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub is a gentle exfoliating cleanser that claims to help keep acne-prone skin clear. It contains a mix of raspberry and cranberry extract – both powerful antioxidants –, skin-loving vitamin B, and salicylic acid that has a proven efficiency against acne and impurities. I don’t understand why this last ingredient isn’t clearly mentioned on the tube – I had to search for it in the ingredient list – because salicylic acid is one of the most powerful acne-fighting agents out there. Now I’m no marketing expert, but wouldn’t you want to advertise that on the packaging?

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The Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub comes in a cute fresh pink squeeze tube and the color of the packaging really reflects the superfood theme of the product. Seeing all that pretty pink immediately makes me feel all excited to start using the cleanser.

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And not only the packaging is pink. The Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub itself is also pale pink. It has a very creamy texture and despite the fact that it’s a scrub cleanser it actually feels very soft on the skin. The pink scrub particles are really tiny and there aren’t that many of them, so the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub is an absolute pleasure to use. First I wet my face, and then I put a royal amount of the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub on my skin and massage it around. It’s just such a pleasant experience. The product feels deliciously creamy, but at the same time it’s also gritty enough to gently scrub my face. And the smell, oh mah lordy! The Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub smells exactly like the ingredients that are in it, so like raspberry and cranberry. It’s a lovely fruity sweet smell, and the smell alone makes me look forward to using the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub every day.

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And the results? Well, I get the impression that the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub cleanses my skin just fine. After cleansing my skin feels soft and clean, and there’s no irritation or redness whatsoever. So it’s definitely gentle on the skin. And so far it also manages to keep my acne under control. I’ve been using the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub for a little over a month now – I took it to Japan with me – and though I haven’t forgotten about my beloved Vichy cleanser yet the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub is definitely a worthy successor.

You can buy the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub at the drugstore or supermarket for 11.90 CHF.

Could the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub be something for you? What cleanser do you currently use?


 

Personal | Back from Japan!

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A year ago the countdown started. Two weeks ago my boyfriend and I finally left for Japan. And now it’s over. It was an unforgettable experience and I can’t truly explain what it was like with just words and pictures, but I’m still going to try to give you a little taste of Japan by showing you some of my favorite snaps from the trip. Have a look!

"PersonalOn our first day in Japan Saori and her parents invited us for a lovely Japanese lunch

"PersonalThe beautiful Sakura cherry blossoms were blossoming everywhere

Personal (Back from Japan) (3)Lieven and Saori’s traditional Japanese wedding ceremony

Personal (Back from Japan) (4)The ceremony was followed by a beautiful more western-style wedding reception

Personal (Back from Japan) (5)After party at the karaoke bar!

Personal (Back from Japan) (6)Nagoya Castle, Nagoya

Personal (Back from Japan) (7)View at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

Personal (Back from Japan) (8)Japanese garden, Kyoto

Personal (Back from Japan) (9)Higashiyama, Kyoto

Personal (Back from Japan) (10)Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

Personal (Back from Japan) (11)Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion, Kyoto

Personal (Back from Japan) (12)Tom and his posse in the Ginkakuji garden;-)

Personal (Back from Japan) (13)Exploring the beautiful Ginkakuji garden

Personal (Back from Japan) (14)Todai-ji Temple, Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (15)Todai-ji Temple, Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (16)Todai-ji Temple, Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (17)Tame deer at Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (18)Tame deer at Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (19)Exploring Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (20)Exploring Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (21)Exploring Nara

Personal (Back from Japan) (22)The Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima. A remainder and reminder of the Hiroshima atomic bombing

Personal (Back from Japan) (23)Miyajima Island, Hiroshima. Mount Misen.

Personal (Back from Japan) (24)Miyajima Island, Hiroshima. Mount Misen.

Personal (Back from Japan) (25)Marunouchi District. The view from our Tokyo hotel room

Personal (Back from Japan) (26)Harajuku girls at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

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Shibuya Scramble Square, Tokyo. When the pedestrian lights on all sides of the crossing turn green at the same time a mind-blowing mass crossing starts. Talk about organized chaos!

Personal (Back from Japan) (28)Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo

Personal (Back from Japan) (29)View from the Tokyo Tower

Personal (Back from Japan) (30)The Nijubashi Bridge at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

These are just 30 of the 244 pictures that we took and there is so much more to show and tell, but this is what it comes down to: Japan was amazing! It also feels good to be back in Switzerland, though. There are just some things from home that you always miss, and of course blogging is one of those things. I’ve missed you guys!

Japan in a nutshell? A cultural and culinary adventure, especially for a Belgian and semi-Swiss girl like me. Here are 5 things that I’ve learned about Japan:

1. The Japanese are incredibly friendly, kind and welcoming people. They always greet you with a warm genuine smile, and their kind attitude is really infectious!

2. Think the Japanese are so thin because of their healthy diet of rice, fish and vegetables? Nuh uh. Japanese portions are just ridiculously small! Never in my life have I been so hungry on vacation. After pretty much every dinner I either stopped by the supermarket or desperately raided the minibar for a snack.

3. Japanese girls and women are absolutely stunning, they have great fashion sense and they have an amazing and unique sense of style. Super high heels? Check. Perfectly styled locks? Check. Outfits and looks that show an amazing eye for detail? Check. I really love – and admire – how Japanese women look!

4. Japan is very densely populated and virtually every square meter has either a tiny house or a huge skyscraper on it. And yet amidst all these people and buildings you find the most beautiful castles, shrines and temples and traditional Japanese gardens and parks.

5. Attending a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony is absolutely amazing, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you Lieven and Saori for inviting us, it was an honor to be there. Congratulations again, you two make a fantastic couple and it was a beautiful wedding.

XoXo
Melissa

P.S.: Ellen, Jess and Hilde, you are the winners of my Japan giveaway! You will receive an email shortly and the packages will be sent out next week!

International giveaway | Win an Etude House beauty bag x3!

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Here it is, the super secret Japan giveaway that I announced earlier this month! While you’re reading this I’m probably somewhere in Kyoto and maybe I’ve already put together the three surprise beauty bags that I’m giving away. Or maybe not. Either way, I can’t tell you yet what the exact content of the beauty bags will be, but I’ve got my eyes set on some Etude House products and I’m aiming at a total value of around 25 euros per beauty bag.

Giveway (Win an Etude House beauty bag x3)

What do you have to do to win one of the three Etude House beauty bags?

Just send the answer to the following question, together with your name and address, to kissandmakeupsbeautyblog@gmail.com:

‘’Which big city is the last stop in my Japan trip?’’ (hint: you can find the answer here)

Be quick, because only the first three people that send me the correct answer win a beauty bag! The giveaway is open internationally, and as soon as I get back from Japan the prizes will be sent out to the three winners. Good luck!

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The maneki-neko cat, a Japanese good luck charm

XoXo
Melissa


Personal | Off to Japan! + international giveaway

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Those of you who read yesterday’s blog post already know that tomorrow morning my boyfriend and I are going to Japan. I’ve been struggling to focus all week, but today my excitement is really off the charts! I mean… JAPAN! I’m sooooooooo excited, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I look forward to this trip!

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Me & the bride-to-be whose wedding we’re going to Japan for

Things will get a little quiet here on the blog while I’m gone, but as soon as I get back I’ll tell you all about our trip. And to make up for going away for so long I’ve decided to organize a special giveaway during my absence. When the giveaway is coming online is a secret and I can’t tell you what the prize is either (hint: Asian make-up & beauty) but in the next few days or weeks I will publish a blog post with a question. You have to send the answer to that question together with your name and address to kissandmakeupsbeautyblog@gmail.com, and if you’re one of the first three people to send me the correct answer you win one of the three beauty bags that I’m giving away. So you’ll have to be quick, and it’s probably a good idea to follow Kiss & Make-up on Bloglovin, Facebook or via email subscription to make sure you don’t miss the giveaway. The giveaway is open internationally, and as soon as I get back from Japan at the end of this month I’ll announce the winners. Good luck!

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For now these Swiss cherry blossoms will have to do, but after tomorrow I’ll get to see the real deal!

Alright, time to go. I’m going to miss you guys! Be good while I’m gone, and I’ll see you in three weeks. Sayonara!

XoXo
Melissa

Personal | Three Kindle books that I’m taking with me to Japan

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To Japan?! Yep, that’s right. Only two more days and I’m going to Japan! Woop woop! Two of our best friends are getting married in Japan (she’s Japanese) and my boyfriend and I are using that opportunity to do a big roundtrip through Japan after the wedding. We’re starting off in Nagoya, and after the wedding we’re going to Kyoto, Hiroshima and finally Tokyo, with a bunch of smaller stops along the way. Eeeeeeeeeeeep, I am so excited, I can barely keep it together!

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What I’m not excited about is the plane trip though… First we’re flying from Geneva to Helsinki, and then from Helsinki to Nagoya. Our first flight leaves at 10AM on Wednesday, and we’re arriving in Japan the next day at 8:30AM. So yeah, do the math… Ugh. Thank god for books and movies. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (a total must-read by the way) got me through my last long trip, so for our Japan trip I downloaded some more Kindle books and put them on the iPad. Have a look.

The Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith**

Description: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger…

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Why I chose this book: J.K. Rowling’s first crime novel, need I say more? I want to find out how she handles this genre.

Pretty Little Liars – Sarah Shepard**

Description: Aria, Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Alison have been best friends since the third grade. They go everywhere together, thinking no-one can come between them. If anyone is the ringleader of the group it is Alison, and the other girls cannot help but confide all their secrets to her. Three years later and Aria is having an affair with her teacher; Emily is questioning her sexuality; Hanna is a thief; and Spencer is flirting with her sister’s fiance. They all think their secrets are safe, until they starting receiving messages from the mysterious A – who knows exactly what they are all up to, and is threatening to spill the beans…

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Why this book: I love Pretty Little Liars – can’t wait for season 4 to start! – and I really want to read the book that the whole series is based on.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins**

Description: First in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

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Why this book: To be honest, I just want to know what all the fuss is about. I’m totally behind on the whole The Hunger Games hype but I want to change that now, so I’m starting at the beginning with the first book. Who knows, maybe by the time I get back in three weeks I’ll be hungry (pun intended) for more.

Have you read any of these three books? Which of the three should I read first?

P.S.: Tomorrow I’m posting one last blog post (+ giveaway!) and then it’s finito for three weeks, so don’t forget to come wave goodbye!

Beauty spotlight | My top five favorite face brushes

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Recently I shared my top five favorite eyeshadow brushes with you, and when I told you that I was thinking about writing a similar post about my most beloved face brushes many of you really seemed to like that idea. So guess what, today I’m presenting my top five favorite face brushes!

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1. Beauty Blender

Okay, so technically this isn’t a ‘brush’, but I’m so crazy about the Beauty Blender that it just had to be on the list. I’ve already expressed my love for the Beauty Blender more than once here on the blog, but I’m nowhere near done yet. No other foundation sponge or foundation brush allows me to apply my foundation so beautifully as the Beauty Blender does. With this adorable egg-shaped sponge the finish of my foundation is light, natural-looking and perfectly blended, and with buildable coverage. It’s just perfect!

The Original Pro Black Beauty Blender review

Price: 20 dollar in the Cherry Culture online store**

2. Glominerals Dual Foundation / Camouflage Brush

To apply my concealer I use the Glominerals Dual Foundation / Camouflage Brush, a dual-ended foundation and concealer brush. The bristles of this brush are suuuuuuuuuper soft and yet they’re also really firm. The Glominerals Dual Foundation / Camouflage Brush allows me to apply my concealer very precisely and it does a great job building coverage and blending everything to perfection. I use the big end of the brush for my under eye concealer and the precision brush to conceal smaller areas.

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Price: 45 CHF at beautymall.ch

3. e.l.f. Stipple Brush

I wear both powder blush and cream blush, but whenever I wear cream blush I use the e.l.f. Stipple Brush to apply it. The e.l.f. Stipple Brush was actually my very first stipple brush and I know that there are hundreds of other (often more expensive) stipple brushes out there, but this budget-proof brush does so well that I’ve never felt the need to replace it. Why move on to something new when you’re perfectly happy with your first love, right?

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Price: 4 euro in the e.l.f. online store**

4. Smashbox Face & Cheek Brush

When I wear powder blush I use the Smashbox Face & Cheek Brush to apply it. Normally Smashbox brushes are red and black, but my Face & Cheek Brush is from the 2013 limited-edition winter collection, so that’s why it’s silver. The Smashbox Face & Cheek Brush is fluffy, flexible and light. I like to keep my blush application subtle, so I use the Smashbox Face & Cheek Brush to lightly sweep color across my cheeks for a soft natural-looking effect.

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Price: 48 dollar in the Smashbox online store

5. Zoeva 106 Powder

When I’m done applying my face make-up I use translucent powder to set it, and I use the Zoeva 106 Powder brush to do that. I’ve had this brush for two years now I think, and it still does the job just fine. The Zoeva 106 Powder brush is big, rounded and it has a loooooooooot of soft bristles that are very dense. So it’s a pretty firm brush, and I think it’s actually meant to apply powder foundation with, but I personally use it to apply a thin layer of setting powder. I carefully dip the brush in my translucent powder and then lightly swirl it across my face.

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Price: 10.50 in the Zoeva online store

Et voilà, those are my top five face brushes! As you can see it’s a mix of different things again, just like with my eyeshadow brushes, but all five all absolute favorites.

What brushes or tools do you use to apply your face make-up?