Review | Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush

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I like fluffy things. Fluffy animals, fluffy sweaters, fluffy pillows, fluffy cupcakes, absolutely flufftastic. But what I don’t like is facial fluff. Or at least not on me. The hairs above my upper lip and on my jaw have bothered me for years, but scary hair removal stories always kept me from doing something about it. Until now that is, because recently Braun gave me the opportunity to test the brand new Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush, the world’s first facial epilator and cleansing brush in one. Let’s find out how that went!

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The Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush has two uses, with one being the removal of female facial hair – annoying and embarrassing remnants from prehistoric times – like upper lip hair, unibrow hair and cheek hair. Unfortunately for me I won the cavewoman lottery, because I have fluff in all those places. Grah woo haa*. The second way to use the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush is as a cleansing brush. With several hundreds of rotations per minute it claims to cleanse the skin six times more effectively than a manual cleanse and to deeply clean the pores. Like a Clarisonic, basically.
* that’s cavewoman speak for goddammit

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The epilator head and the brush head of the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush are easily removable and you simply attach one of the two heads depending on what you want to do: remove hair or cleanse. Like I said, as a cleansing brush the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush is a lot like the Clarisonic and the idea is pretty much the same: you just wet your face, put on a little bit of cleanser and move the brush slowly over your face while letting the rotations do their job. A piece of (fluffy) cake. Also good to know: you can use the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush in the shower.

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Hair removal with the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush is just as easy as cleansing. With its 200 movements per second – die, hair, die! – and the adjustable rotation direction; the epilator easily removes all the hair above my lip and on my jaw. But beware, because easy doesn’t mean that it’s pain-free. I can really feel the device ripping out the hairs by the roots. And that doesn’t exactly feel like puppies licking your skin. But at least the hairs are gone, and they stay gone for a week or two. That’s something I’ll gladly endure some pain for.

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In conclusion? It’s the fluff-removing powers of the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush that really won me over. As a cleanser I find the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush just okay because it simply can’t compete with the Clarisonic for me. Then again, the Clarisonic does cost more than double of what the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush costs, so Braun definitely gets points for affordability. Still, it’s the hair removal function of the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush that I like the most. Yes, despite the pain. If a little pain means getting rid of that nasty facial fluff, well, then I say bring it on!

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The Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush will be in stores mid-September for approximately 85 CHF. A set of two replacement brush heads will set you back approximately 18 CHF.

Could the Braun Face Mini Epilator + Cleansing Brush be something for you? Do you use a facial epilator and/or a cleansing brush?

Review | Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

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When people ask me for make-up advice I always tell them to not be afraid to experiment. Only by experimenting with different products, tools, styles and techniques you will discover what works for you and learn. Today I’m following my own advice by experimenting for the first time with a foundation stick. I’ve always considered myself a liquid foundation girl. Powders, compacts, soufflés, mousses and god knows what else, I never felt the need to try them. Not even when two weeks ago the brand new Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick fell into my mail box. But with my own good advice in mind I started experimenting and today I’m ready to pass my verdict. Have a look!

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In 1992 Bobbi Brown introduced the iconic Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and now, 22 years later, the brand is launching an updated version of it: the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. The new creamy skin-like formula has a unique transparent base and contains color-correcting pigments for a natural-looking nude skin finish, while the light-reflecting particles and oil-controlling minerals in the formula have a skin-perfecting soft focus effect. The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is suitable for all skin types.

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The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick looks like a concealer stick and contains 9.17 ml of product. After trying out different techniques – I told you experimenting pays off – I discovered that the best way for me to apply the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is by dotting it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and then blending out the dots with my foundation brush. My color match, Beige, is a light warm shade with yellow undertones. It’s perfect for my yellow-toned skin.

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Swatched the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick looks a bit thick and heavy, but the texture is actually deliciously soft creamy and it blends like a dream. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before. Forget ‘like second skin’, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick really becomes one with my skin! I am truly impressed by the beautiful finish of this foundation.

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And the amazingly natural finish of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick doesn’t compromise the coverage and longevity at all. The coverage can be built from feathery light and sheer to heavy duty full coverage, and the foundation lasts a solid 10 to 12 hours on me without fading or becoming blotchy.

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The only con? The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick’s lovely creamy texture comes from ingredients that my T-zone doesn’t always get along with: shea butter and olive extract. Because of that I have to reapply powder and mattify my skin at least once throughout the day to prevent my face from getting too shiny. But that’s the only drawback there is.

Bottom line? At the beginning of my experiment I felt a bit like a fish out of water, but along the way I fell head over heels in love with my test subject. My beloved liquid foundations don’t have to worry about being ditched just yet, but they will have to accept my new love affair and share my love with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick from now on.

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick will available on September 4 in 24 shades and will retail at 61 CHF.

Have you ever used a foundation stick? What is your first impression of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick?

Two-toned glitter nail art with the new Zoya Bubbly Summer 2014 Collection & Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Summer 2014 Collection

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Today I’m bringing out my inner Mariah Carey and I’m going for glitter, glitter, glitter and more glitter! With six new textured glitter nail lacquers from the Zoya Bubbly Summer 2014 Collection and three new Zoya Magical Pixie Dust summer nail lacquers I created three two-toned glitter manicures. Have a look!

Zoya Bubbly Summer 2014 Collection

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  • Stassi: fresh leafy green
  • Muse: bright ocean blue
  • Harper: bright pink
  • Binx: pinkish purple
  • Jesy: golden orange
  • Alma: golden yellow

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Summer 2014 Collection

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  • Arlo: violet purple
  • Ginni: muted pink
  • Bar: champagne colored

On four of the five nails on each hand I used two Zoya Bubbly nail colors that I tried to blend together as seamlessly as I could with a sponge for a nice two-tone effect. And on the one remaining nail on each hand I created an accent with one of the Zoya Magical Pixie Dust nail lacquers. And tah daah:

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Harper +  Jesy, with Ginni on the accent nail

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Alma + Binx, with Bar on the accent nail

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Stassi + Muse, with Arlo on the accent nail

All nail lacquers from the Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection and the Zoya Magical Pixie Dust nail polish collection are available in the Zoya online store for 21 CHF each. Using the code KISSMAKEUP_FAN will give you a 20% discount at www.zoyacolorfashion.ch until the end of 2014! And there’s more, because until mid-September all spring and summer collections are 30% off! Zoya nail polish is completely ‘Big5Free’ which means that it’s free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, tuolene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.

What do you think of my two-toned glitter manicures? Which of these new Zoya summer colors do you like best?

Superdry infographic: Switzerland’s top three best-selling make-up products

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If you’re an avid beauty blog reader you’re probably familiar with Superdry’s top three best-selling make-up products infographic. In Switzerland the top three spots go to nail polish, mascara and lipstick. Superdry asked me a few questions about mascara – my favorite product of the three – and this is what I told them:

‘Just a quick little touch of mascara can make a world of difference. It only takes a few seconds, but applying a bit of mascara really opens up your eyes and makes you look so much better and more awake. That’s why I wear mascara every day. I really could not live without it. An eye look just isn’t complete without mascara.’

Check out the Superdry infographic below to find out what other Swiss beauty bloggers have to say about Switzerland’s top three best-selling make-up products and to learn a bit more about the history of nail polish, mascara and lipstick!

Superdry infographic (Switzerland’s top three best-selling make-up products)

Does Switzerland’s top three of best-selling make-up products surprise you? How important are nail polish, mascara and lipstick to you?

P.S.: My Twitter info wasn’t added to the infographic, so for those of you who would like to follow me:

Review | Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation

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The two most important criteria for me when choosing a new foundation are 1) that it looks natural and 2) that it lasts the whole day. That’s why foundations like the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation and the MAC Pro Longwear Compact Foundation are amongst my favorite foundations. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for another favorite in my foundation stash. Girls, meet the brand new Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation!

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The Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation is Sisley’s newest foundation and will be in stores in September. It claims to provide flawless 12-hour wear while also nourishing and protecting the skin with its special skincare formula.

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The Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation comes in a very chic rectangular frosted glass pump bottle. My color, 1 Ivory, is the second lightest color from the range and has a yellow and therefore warm undertone. The texture of the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation is very light, smooth and very easy to apply and blend.

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I was promised natural-looking and that is exactly what the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation delivers. I don’t feel the foundation sitting on my skin at all and it really looks like second skin. And yet the coverage of the foundation is more than okay. One layer provides light coverage, while a second layer – or application with a foundation brush instead of with my beauty blender – provides solid medium coverage that manages to hide all my redness, discolorations and imperfections. I usually just stick to one layer, but it’s good to know that even on my bad days I can count on the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation. The finish of the foundation is somewhere between matte and dewy and the light-reflecting pigments in the formula create a smooth soft focus effect. Lovely!

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So how about that 12-hour wear claim? Well, if I touch up my face in the early afternoon by reapplying a fresh layer of powder to set my foundation again and to take away shine, the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation definitely lasts for 12 hours.

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Bottom line? The new Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation meets my two most important foundation criteria, and it deserves bonus points for its behind-the-scenes skincare benefits that come from the plant extracts, the ginkgo biloba extract and vitamin E in the formula. Yep, the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation definitely deserves a spot on my foundation favorites list!

The Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation will be in stores in September for 123 CHF.

What is your favorite long-wearing foundation? What are your thoughts on the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Flawless Skincare Foundation?

Another polka dot nail art with the new Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection

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Last month I made my very first polka dot nail art – with a toothpick for crying out loud – and because I received so many great comments about my cute dotted mani I decided to do another one. This time I went for a full-on polka dot manicure – so with dots on every nail – using no less than six different colors, all from the new Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection. Have a look!

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  • Tilda: fresh apple green with a cream finish
  • Ling: bright sky blue with a cream finish
  • Rooney: flashy magenta pink with a cream finish
  • Kitridge: sweet candy pink with a cream finish
  • Wendy: juicy melon pink with a cream finish (I am so crushing on this one! <3)
  • Rocha: fiery reddish orange with a hint of sparkle

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These six new Zoya Tickled nail lacquers are just as amazing in terms of application, coverage, finish and wear as their older siblings from the Awaken Collection and the Natural Collection from earlier this year. They’re quick and easy to apply, provide flawless even coverage often in just one coat and they easily last a couple of days without chipping. And they’re completely ‘Big5Free’ which means that they’re free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, tuolene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor. Using a toothpick – no need for a dotting tool – I dotted tiny polka dots on my nails, et voilà:

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Cute huh, all those happy summery colors together? I get all cheerful just looking at them!

All nail lacquers from the Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection are available for 21 CHF in the Zoya online store. Using the code KISSMAKEUP_FAN will give you a 20% discount at www.zoyacolorfashion.ch until the end of 2014! And there’s more, because until mid-September all spring and summer collections are 30% off!

Do you like dotted nail art? What do you think of the new Zoya Tickled nail polish collection?


Make-up look | Another dark smokey eye with glossy lips

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During my two-week holiday in Greece I kept my make-up fairly subtle. By noon half of it would melt off anyway, and after a long hot day I never really felt like redoing my make-up just for dinner or going out. But after two weeks of make-up detox I am now ready to bust out my colorful and dark eyeshadow again! Today I’m showing you a look that I’ve shown several times before here on the blog, but some combinations just never get old. Get ready for another smokey eye with glossy lips!

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Eyes

- Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx
- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
- MAC eyeshadow in Embark
- Smashbox Wonder Vision Cosmic eyeshadow palette (Smoke)
- MAC eyeshadow in Carbon
- Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara

Huid

- Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
- Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Berry Pop
- Vichy Dermablend Compact Stick

Lippen

- Smashbox O-Gloss lipgloss

Are you a fan of smokey eyes with glossy lips? What is your signature look?

Review | Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex

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If you read my blog post from June 27 you know that I’m not exactly thrilled about being a year older again. Call it a side effect of beauty blogging, perfectionism or just vanity, but the thought of getting older really freaks me out and I’d give my soul to the devil to stop the whole aging process. But alas. Satan isn’t interested in my soul and is keeping the location of the fountain of youth a secret. I’m pretty sure he took Pharrel Williams’ soul though. Seriously, that guy doesn’t seem to age at all.

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Not fair. Either way, I am officially 27 years old now and therefore also officially even more obsessed with keeping wrinkles away and fighting the first signs of aging. The newest recruit in my anti-aging army? The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is a two-in-one anti-wrinkle moisturizer that claims to instantly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also promises to actually treat them in the long term. The formula contains optical micro-fillers (read: silicones) that fill in and blur out lines and wrinkles as well as an impressive cocktail of active skin-loving ingredients like peptides, niacinamide, vitamin E and B, and several hydrating agents.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex comes in a chunky silver pump bottle with a red cap, is milky white and has a smooth soft texture. It really has that typical velvety soft gel-like silicone texture that a lot of face primers have. Not everyone likes that, but I personally really enjoy that super smooth soft feeling.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is labeled by Olaz as a day and night moisturizer, but I only use it in the morning right after I apply my moisturizer and before I do my make-up. So it’s basically an extra step in my skin care routine as well as the first step in my make-up routine. And Olaz was right: the complex really has an instant wrinkle-erasing effect. It makes the lines under my eyes less visible, fills in my large pores and just makes my whole face look softer and smoother. Woop woop! The effect reminds me of the blurring effect of the Nanoblur. The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is noticeably lighter and less sticky than the Nanoblur though, and it actually makes applying my foundation easier, which is not exactly the case with the Nanoblur. So as a smoothing and perfecting face primer the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex really works very well.

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And the long-term results? Well, so far I don’t see any real changes. Then again, I don’t have real wrinkles yet – thank god – and my main goal is to prevent rather than treat skin aging. And since the active ingredients in the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex are very well researched and have a clinically proven efficiency, this little complex should be perfect for that. So fingers crossed for the future!

The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex retails at 42 CHF.

Have you tried the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex yet? What do you do to turn back the clock and to slow down the aging process?

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I finally took the plunge and opened a Twitter account for the Kiss & Make-up beauty blog! I was probably one of the few people left without one and since I’m a modern age girl I figured it was time to change that. So here I am, live and on Twitter, tweeting away my thoughts! I don’t have any followers yet to tweet to though, so if you’re on Twitter and you want to stay posted, feel free to start following!

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Review | Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil

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When a few of weeks ago I had the honor of testing the brand new Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil I actually wasn’t sure if I was the right person for the job. This new anti-aging oil with black rose was developed for women after thirty with dry to very dry skin, women with normal but dehydrated skin, and women with mature skin. Whoop dee doo for all those women, but I’m not one of them. I’m not in my thirties yet – let alone ‘mature’ – and my skin is anything but dry. But because I just couldn’t resist trying such a beautiful product – anti-aging products are my weakness – I decided to give the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil a chance. Time to find out how that went!

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The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a deeply nourishing dry oil that promises to hydrate, nourish and soften the skin and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The formula contains several natural oils and plant extracts that not only help the skin to absorb and retain moisture but also have an intensely nourishing, softening and toning effect. And the delicate blend of black rose, magnolia and geranium is there to soothe and relax the senses.

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The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil comes in a stunningly gorgeous dark violet metallic bottle with a dropper. The oil itself is very runny and feels a bit greasy. Which makes sense. I mean, it’s an oil. But that greasy feeling disappears when you massage the product into your skin and once the oil is absorbed all that’s left is a lovely smooth velvety soft veil. And the smell? Divine.

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According to the instructions you can use 3 to 7 drops of the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil alone or as the first step in your skin care routine, both AM and PM. Like I said in the intro my skin is anything but dry, and when I tried using the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil twice a day on my whole face my skin immediately protested. It was just too much. I do have some dry patches here and there though, and some areas of my skin can really use a moisture boost. Especially the area under and around my eyes and around my mouth looks a bit parched at times and has these annoying flakey bits and fine lines. So I decided to use the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil twice a day on just those areas, and I could immediately tell that that was a good move. My skin instantly looked more supple and fuller and my fine lines were less noticeable. Win!

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Two drops of the oil, naughtily trying to escape from the back of my hand

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The oil right after spreading it out on my skin, before being absorbed

So how about the anti-aging properties of the oil? I hate to say it, but the oil lacks a good dose of antioxidants, lipids and active agents like retinol to qualify as a real anti-aging product. What the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil mainly does is soften and nourish the skin and keep the skin’s moisture levels up, making it look smoother, more toned and healthier in the process and protecting it better against harmful external influences. So can the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil turn back the clock? Probably not. But it can definitely help keep your skin supple, healthy and more youthful-looking. And since the oil works so well on the dehydrated parts of my skin, I think that ladies with dry, mature or very dehydrated skin (and some money to spare) will find a wonderful skin saver in the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil.

The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil will be in stores in September and will cost 210 CHF.

Do you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin? Could the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil be something for you?