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.

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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?

Three online make-up & beauty favorites | Beauty Blender, Revlon ColorStay Foundation & Milk of Magnesia

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I buy most of my make-up and beauty favorites in the store, but some of my beloved beauty essentials are not available or not easily available in Switzerland, so for those I have to go online. Aaaaah the internet, what would we do without it*? My favorite foundation, my favorite foundation primer and my favorite foundation tool are all online purchases, and today I want to put them in the spotlight together. Have a look!
* we’d go batshit insane, that’s what we’d do

1. Beauty Blender

In the spring of 2012 I placed my very first order in the Cherry Culture online store. One of the products that I bought was the legendary Beauty Blender, and it was love at first sight. Two years have passed now and I’m still using the Beauty Blender to apply my foundation, so it’s safe to say that my crush has turned into a serious long-term relationship. Every now and then I try other foundation sponges or foundation brushes, but in the end I always go back to my favorite pink (or at the moment black) egg, because no other tool gives my foundation the same flawless finish. I think that’s what they call true love.

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Price: 19.95 dollar in the Cherry Culture online store**

2. Revlon ColorStay Foundation (combination / oily skin)

After a successful roaccutane treatment I got to experience what it’s like to have normal skin (the answer: mega freakin’ awesome) but after about a year my skin slowly started getting oilier and acne-prone again. I’m telling you, it’s really hard to accept going back to having bad skin, but we have to work with what we have so I started looking for a foundation that wouldn’t slide off my oily skin. Enter the Revlon ColorStay Foundation for combination and oily skin. The Revlon ColorStay Foundation claims to stay put around the clock even in the most foundation-unfriendly conditions, and I can confirm that that is indeed the case. Extra oily days – thanks hormones -, sweating, humidity, rain,… the Revlon ColorStay Foundation withstands it all. I buy the Revlon ColorStay Foundation online because my color match (Medium Beige) isn’t available here in Switzerland. I recently ordered my second bottle, and I already know that it won’t be my last.

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Price: 11 euro on Amazon**

3. Milk of Magnesia

A medicine against constipation and stomach problems, what is that doing on my online beauty favorites list? Well, don’t ask me why, but Milk of Magnesia is the perfect primer for extremely oily skin. In the US a lot beauty bloggers rave about the oil-combatting awesomeness of Milk of Magnesia, and earlier this year I decided to see for myself if the product deserves all the praise it gets. It’s really hard to find Milk of Magnesia in Europe, but after a long search I finally found a retailer in Germany. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown something in a virtual shopping basket so fast and whipped out my credit card with such amazing speed. I swipe a cotton pad drenched in Milk of Magnesia over my face in the morning after applying moisturizer and before putting on my foundation, and this really helps to keep my skin’s oil production under control. I don’t know why it helps – maybe I don’t even want to know – but it just does, and that’s all I need to know to put Milk of Magnesia on my favorites list.

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Price: 25.99 euro on Amazon**

Do you often shop for make-up and beauty products online? Have you tried any of my three favorites?

Beauty debate | Should you let your job or employer dictate the way you look?

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I’m in a difficult situation at work. Last month a lot of big changes happened and a bunch of new rules concerning the employees’ appearance were implemented. I already had to wear a uniform, put my hair up in a ponytail and wasn’t allowed to wear nail polish at work, but now a ton of new rules were added, all regarding how employees ‘have to look’. According to the new rules I can only wear sheer lipstick, brown or black eye pencil, and brown or black mascara anymore. My hair cannot be longer than shoulder length. And all visible piercings have to be removed. Now that’s a problem, because this is how I look:

Pink spring make-up look tutorial

Kiss & Make-up beauty blog dark smokey eyes neutral lips

pink blue spring make-up look tutorial

Boyfriend chooses make-up look Kiss & Make-up

Heavy make-up, three piercings in my ear, and hair that’s way longer than shoulder length… For those of you who are wondering, I work for Ladurée, so an immaculate presentation and a perfect first impression are everything. I understand that as a Ladurée representative I have to look polished. A uniform, a tight ponytail, no nail polish? I could and still can live with those things. But giving up my make-up, removing my piercings every day – putting them back in is a total pain in the ass by the way – and cutting my hair? That I have a problem with.

I need to be able to be myself, not only in my free time but also in my job, and if they take away my freedom to make my own choices when it comes to make-up and to my appearance I can’t do that anymore. ‘But you’re free to do whatever you want after working hours’ was one of the things my boss said to me. Okay, that’s true, but we spend the biggest part of our day at work, so ‘after working hours’ is just a couple of hours. And no, I’m not going to redo my make-up and restyle my hair every time I get home from work. So every day I wear the same boring make-up and every day I wear the same dull hairstyle… My dark and colorful make-up products have been left untouched for weeks, and I’ve been wearing my hair up in a frumpy chignon pretty much every day this month. But that’s not me. I miss my make-up. I miss mixing things up and being creative. I miss me…

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Bobbi Brown knows where it’s at!

Is it superficial of me to think like that? Maybe. But the way I do my make-up and the way I look are part of who I am. Make-up is my passion, and being creative with make-up and expressing myself through the way I look are very important to me. When the freedom to do those things is taken from me I’m not Melissa anymore, or at least not completely. So the question is, do I want to work in an environment that forces me to change myself up to a point where I don’t feel comfortable with it anymore? I won’t lie, I’ve thought about quitting. My boss doesn’t understand why I have such a problem with the new rules, and maybe some of you don’t either. But I think that my fellow beauty lovers will understand. So I’m wondering now, what is more important? Having a job, even if it’s one that doesn’t allow you to be yourself and that in a way makes you unhappy, or staying true to yourself and finding a job that lets you be you? How much say should an employer have in the way you look? Should you let your job dictate the way you look?

What is your point of view? What would you do in my situation?

Review | e.l.f. Nail Polish in Meadow Mist, Raspberry Sorbet, High Tide & Mambo Mauve

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It’s not a secret that I like e.l.f. make-up, but e.l.f. nail polish was something that I hadn’t tried yet. I say hadn’t, because earlier this month that changed, and today I’m telling you all about it!

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I tried the e.l.f. Nail Polish in four new colors: Meadow Mist (taupe gray), Raspberry Sorbet (dark raspberry pink), High Tide (petroleum blue) and Mambo Mauve (plummy mauve). e.l.f. recently changed the formula of the e.l.f. Nail Polish and improved it so that the color now lasts even longer, and the formula doesn’t contain any tuolene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate and is enriched with vitamin E. So that means that the new and improved e.l.f. Nail Polish ensures long-lasting color and healthy nails, woop woop!

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Meadow Mist

The e.l.f. Nail Polish comes in a lovely sleek glass bottle that I really dig. The brush is very practical and the hairs are quite flexible which helps with the application. The only problem I have is with the cap. On two of the four bottles I need to twist the cap a lot further than it is supposed to go to make sure the bottle is sealed, and as a result of that the bottle and the cap aren’t nicely aligned anymore. For someone like me who’s slightly obsessed with order and symmetry that’s definitely a bit of an eye sore.

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Raspberry Sorbet

The coverage of the nail polish is really great and two coats are more than enough for a perfectly opaque result. And the longevity of the nail polish is okay as well, or at least for as far as I can tell. I’m not allowed to wear nail polish at work (major boo) but the e.l.f. Nail Polish easily makes it through the weekend without any chipping and with just very slight tip wear.

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High Tide

And the colors? They’re pretty cute. Elegant yet trendy. Not flashy but definitely not boring either. All four colors have a nice glossy finish, but I think Meadow Mist and High Tide also look great with a matte top coat. What do you think?

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Mambo Mauve

The e.l.f. Nail Polish in Meadow Mist, Raspberry Sorbet, High Tide and Mambo Mauve are available in the e.l.f. online store for 2.50 euro each.

Do you have any e.l.f. Nail Polish? Which of these four colors do you like best?



Beauty spotlight | My top five favorite eye make-up brushes

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People often tell me that they really like the way I do my eye make-up – why thank you! – and often they also say that ‘there’s no way they could do that’, but I refuse to believe that last part. I believe that anyone can create a nice eye look as long as they’re not afraid to experiment a bit and as long as they use the right products and tools. I truly believe that using the right make-up brushes can make all the difference. Everyone has their own preferences and favorites of course, but for today’s blog post I put together a personal top five of my favorite eye make-up brushes. Let’s have a closer look!

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1. Sigma E55 – Eye Shading

The Sigma E55 Eye Shading brush has been my absolute go-to eyeshadow brush for almost two years now. It’s a relatively big brush, the bristles are soft and flexible, and it really picks up powder very well. The Sigma E55 is the perfect brush to sweep color across the whole eyelid and I like to use this brush to apply my base color, which is always the most prominent eyeshadow color in my look of the day.

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Price: 12 dollar in the Sigma online store**

2. MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush

The MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush is another brush that I use for every single eye look and that simply I cannot live without. Trust me, this brush is on pretty much every beauty addict’s favorites list for a reason. The MAC 239 is smaller – and therefore also more precise – than the Sigma E55, and the bristles are a bit rougher and firmer. This makes it the perfect brush for precise eyeshadow application, and I use the MAC 239 to apply accent colors and for more detailed eyeshadow application.

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Price: 40 CHF in the MAC online store

3. MAC 217 Blending Brush

Another MAC brush that I cannot live without is the MAC 217 Blending Brush. As far as I’m concerned this is the blending brush of all blending brushes. It has the perfect size and shape, and its soft flexible bristles will blend any eyeshadow to perfection. I’m not kidding, without the MAC 217 my smokey looks wouldn’t look half as good as they do now!

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Price: 34 CHF in the MAC online store

4. Sigma E45 – Small Tapered Blending

Back to Sigma, this time to the E45 Tapered Blending brush. This brush looks a bit like a black version of the MAC 217, but with longer bristles and a pointier tapered tip. The Sigma E45 is labeled as a blending brush, but I mainly use it to define my crease. The bristles of the E45 are soft and flexible enough to create a nicely blended effect, but at the same time the tip is also tapered enough for a very precise application of color.

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Price: 12 dollar in the Sigma online store**

5. e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush

And last but not least a nice little budget brush from e.l.f., the e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush. Good make-up brushes don’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, and the brushes from the e.l.f. Studio line offer great value for money. The e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush is a tiny multi-purpose precision brush with smooth firm bristles, and I mainly use it to apply eyeshadow along my upper and lower lash line. I don’t like hard clean eyeliner lines, so I use this brush to carefully apply dark eyeshadow along and between my lashes for a softer, more blended eyeliner effect.

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

So there you have it, my five best brush buddies. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. Call me crazy, but I actually have a back-up in stock for every one of these brushes, just in case… That is how much I love them.

What are your favorite brushes for eye make-up?

P.S.: I was thinking about maybe doing a similar post about the face brushes that I use. What do you think, yay or nay?