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Review | Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm, Sweet Cheeks Blushing Creme and Reviving Oil Lip Tint

When I first saw the new Estée Lauder Genuine Glow collection I wasn’t sure if the products would be my cup of tea. As you probably know my skin is oilier than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chest on competition day, so my face has plenty of natural glow as it is and the thought of adding even more glow sends shivers down my spine. Hence why I decided not to try the Priming Moisture Balm and the Eyelighting Creme For Face And Eyes. But the three other products from the Genuine Glow range? Those I could do! Take a look!

Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm

The Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm is described as a ‘lightweight balm’ that ‘hydrates, perfects and primes the eye area’ and that is (almost) exactly what it is and does.

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The balm comes in an iridescent pink 15 ml squeeze tube, looks pale pink and has a smooth primer-like consistency that feels velvety soft on the skin and has a soft focus finish that instantly makes my eye area look smoother and more awake. I wouldn’t say the formula necessarily hydrates my eye area though, but it definitely adds much-appreciated smoothness and brightness.

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Availability: 48 CHF, exclusively at the Estée Lauder counter in Manor and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Sweet Cheeks Blushing Creme For Lips And Cheeks

The Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Sweet Cheeks Blushing Creme For Lips And Cheeks is a 2-in-1 cream blush and lip color that adds a sheer hint of color to both lips and cheeks.

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Sweet Cheeks is a pretty reddened pink with a subtle hint of shimmer and is perfect for girls like me who like their cheek and lip colors subtle and natural. The formula is a tad too stiff for my liking to be used on the lips though – when it comes to lips my motto is the creamier the better – so I prefer to use the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Sweet Cheeks Blushing Creme For Lips And Cheeks just as a blush. I simply dot the color straight onto my cheeks and then blend it with a stippling brush.

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Availability: 34 CHF, exclusively at the Estée Lauder counter in Manor and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint

The Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint is a color-adjusting lip oil slash lip balm that adds a custom-made pink glow and plenty of shine to the lips.

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The product has a twist-up applicator, comes out sheer pink and has a texture that reminds me a bit of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors: smooth, a bit gooey, but never greasy. I don’t care much for the initial tingling sensation, but apart from that I love everything about the new Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint.

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Availability: 27 CHF, exclusively at the Estée Lauder counter in Manor and in the Estée Lauder online store.

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✿ lips: Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint ✿
✿ cheeks: Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Sweet Cheeks Blushing Creme ✿
✿ eyes: Coastal Scents Vibrant Lime Green + Root Beer + Pomegranate Red ✿

Did you pick up anything from the new Estée Lauder Genuine Glow collection? Which of these three products do you most like the look of?

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Review | L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder + Morphe Banana Powder

Last week I did a little make-up shopping at Cosmetics Obsession and now that I’ve had some time to test all the products I thought I’d throw a quick review online of the two setting powders that I bought. Take a look!

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✿ In the shopping basket: Milani Prime Shield Face Primer, L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder & Morphe Banana Powder (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

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✿ left to right: Milani Prime Shield Face Primer, L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder & Morphe Banana Powder ✿

L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder

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The L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder is a translucent loose setting powder that promises to provide a natural, matte and flawless finish, set makeup for a long time, prep and prime the skin and even out the complexion.

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The powder contains 100% mineral silica powder, which makes it a perfect (and more affordable!) dupe for my beloved NYX HD Finishing Powder. It gives me the same smooth soft focus finish and does an equally good job taking away shine and mattifying my skin. I’ve been a loyal NYX fan for years now, but I think my long-time favorite has finally met its match. Two thumbs up for L.A. Girl!

Availability: 13 CHF at Cosmetics Obsession.

Morphe Banana Powder

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The Morphe Banana Powder is a yellow-tinted loose setting powder that – again – is silica-based and thus perfect for oily skinned gals like me who are constantly battling shine. Non-silica-based powders or powders that contain a mix of ingredients just never seem as effective at combatting shine and keeping my skin matte.

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Basically the only difference between the L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder and the Morphe Banana Powder is that, in addition to silica, the Morphe powder also contains some red and yellow zinc oxide for color. But that’s it. Apart from that they’re very similar and equally awesome.

Availability: 15 CHF at Cosmetics Obsession.

P.S.: Cosmetics Obsession offered me a 10% discount code for orders of 30 CHF and more, so make sure to use promo code KISS&MAKEUP if you decide to do some beauty shopping!

Have you tried either of these setting powders? Do you prefer translucent or tinted powders?

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Video | How do I fix my cracked uneven toe nails?

I kind of (and by kind of I mean totally) forgot about it, but the day before my trip to Ascona I filmed a video in which I attempted to fix my cracked uneven toe nails. And under the motto “better late than never” I now finally got around to editing and uploading the whole thing, so today we’re talking toes. Toe nails, to be exact, because like I said I tried to fix the nails on my big toes in an attempt to get them to look smooth and even again. I can’t say the attempt was 100% successful though. Sure, the results were alright and there was definitely an improvement, but it wasn’t exactly a perfect fix either. And that’s why I’m not calling this a tutorial, simply because – pun incoming – I didn’t quite nail it. So what is this then? Well, let’s call it an “if-you-got-fugly-toe-nails-you’re-not-alone” video. A “let’s-start-a-discussion-and-get-some-tips-from-each-other” 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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✿ #footgoals? ✿

Do you have pretty toe nails? Do you have any advice on how to fix cracked uneven toe nails?

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Review | Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

I’ve been waiting nearly four months to introduce the latest addition to the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair range to you, sooooo without further ado: meet the brand new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules!

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✿ A first look at the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ✿

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✿ A first look at the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ✿

I first heard about the upcoming launch in early June at an Estée Lauder event in Zürich. How intrigued I was by these little magical capsules! I didn’t actually get to try them until early this month though. But boy were they worth the wait!

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The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules are packaged per lot of 60 in a (heavy!) glass jar and are intended for daily night-time use. You simple twist the capsule open, dispense the oil into the palm of your hand and massage it into your skin after your serum and before your moisturizer.

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The formula contains an impressive range of synthetic emollients, plant-derived antioxidants and skin-repairing actives and does a fantastic job soothing and softening my easily dehydrated skin and balancing my skin’s moisture levels.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalene, Aleurites Molucanna (Fukui) Nut Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Bisabolol, Gardenia Mangostana Peel Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Magnolia Officials Bark Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sativa Seed Oil, Vacinnium Myrtillus Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, BHT.

Yes, the texture is quite heavy/oily for someone with my skin type, but since the results are noticeable and so instant I don’t mind it. In my opinion it’s is a small price to pay for happy comfortable skin.  The 164 CHF price tag however…

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The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules are sold at all Estée Lauder counters and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Have you tried the new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules yet? Are you an Advanced Night Repair fan?

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Video | On the path to relaxation with the Ritual of Dao

Today marks the beginning of fall which means that it’s officially okay to bust out the comfy home wear, wrap yourself in fleece blankets and chill the evenings away. Earlier this month I was sent the free (!) Rituals Dao Relaxing set for testing, including a step-by-step relaxation plan, and because I’m an all-in kind of girl I decided to go all the way and get on the path to ultimate relaxation with the Ritual of Dao. Take a look!

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

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✿ Ohmmmmmmm… ✿

In Switzerland you can get your own free Rituals Dao Relaxing set (including a relaxing eye pillow and a miniature The Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist)  with any purchase of 60 CHF at Rituals. The Ritual of Dao Relaxing Serum and the Ziva Bomber Jacket are sold at Rituals for 17.50 CHF and 74 CHF. And the Sony h.ear on wireless headset will set you back around 349 CHF.

What do you do to relax? Are you a Rituals fan?

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