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Review | Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara (+ giveaway!)

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For the spring of 2013 Covergirl is launching a new mascara with the awesomely cool name Lashblast Clump Crusher. The Clump Crusher… I immediately pictured some mean evil super villain in my head. But that’s not what the Clump Crusher is. On the contrary even, if we are to believe Covergirl, then the Clump Crusher is a true super hero. It promises to give 200% more volume, and this without clumping. The secret is in the brush. The curvy shape of it allows you to grab and separate each and every eye lash. I got to try out the new Clump Crusher mascara, and today I am showing you the result. Mighty Melissa versus The Clump Crusher, who will prevail?!

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The Clump Crusher?

I am usually not too crazy about these weird ‘’innovative’’ mascara brushes, but I have to admit that I like the brush of the Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara. The curved brush really makes it easy to get to all your lashes at once and it easily reaches the outer lashes and even those tiny lashes on the inside. Goodie!

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Mascara has to be intensely black for me, and that is what this Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara is. The color is deep black and stays like that all day long. Perfect.

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Click to enlarge | top: one coat | bottom: three coats

I like the result. My lashes are nicely separated and seem to have more volume. But they still look natural. And also very important: no clumps. Now I have to be honest and say that my mascara never really clumps to begin with. Unless I apply multiple layers of it, and I never do that. With multiple layers I mean applying mascara, letting it dry, applying another coat, and so on. I hate that. If I am on the train sitting across a girl that applied her mascara like that, I always feel like asking her why on earth she does that and why she wants to walk around with clumpy mascara like that. Come on, girl, how is that ever a good look? But anyway, in order to really test the Clump Crushing effect of the new Covergirl mascara, I used the technique that I hate so much and I applied several coats of mascara. And lo and behold, no clumps! The Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara really does what it promises to do. I am impressed! The Clump Crusher has won and definitely deserves its superhero status.

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Click to enlarge | three coats

The Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara comes in two versions: a normal version and a waterproof version. Both are black and will be available around mid May at Migros for respectively 12,90 CHF and 13,50 CHF.

Do you like the result of this Clump Crusher mascara? How do you apply your mascara?

I am handing out three of these Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascaras to my Swiss readers! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me you would like to enter the giveaway. For extra chances of winning you can follow Kiss & Make-up on Bloglovin, WordPress or Facebook. The giveaway ends at midnight on May 15. The three winners will be contacted as soon as possible. Good luck!

Review: Dr. Hauschka Body Wash | Dr. Hauschka Duschbalsam | Dr. Hauschka Crème Douche

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In May Dr. Hauschka is launching four new body washes and I had the pleasure of trying them all. Yay times four! All four shower gels have different scents and characteristics, so there is definitely one for everyone. Or you can be indecisive like me and love all four of them :-) Let’s have a look and a sniff.

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From left to right: Dr. Hauschka Duschbalsam Mandel / Crème Douche Amande – Lavendel Sandelholz / Lavande Bois de Santal – Rosen / Rose – Zitronen Lemongrass / Citron Citronelle

Dr. Hauschka Zitronen Lemongrass Duschbalsam | Dr. Hauschka Crème Douche Citron Citronelle

With its lemon, lemon grass and ginger this body wash stimulates and revitalizes the skin. It reenergizes both body and mind and is perfect to use after physical activity. I am not a big gym bunny, but I do find the citron scent and the refreshing sensation of this body wash very pleasant. I think it’s the perfect shower gel for an early-morning wake-up shower.

Retail price: 17 CHF (about 14 euros)

Dr. Hauschka Lavendel Sandelholz Duschbalsam | Dr. Hauschka Crème Douche Lavande Bois de Santal

The combination of lavender and sandalwood in this shower gel nourishes and softens the skin and helps to create a wonderful moment of relaxation. Like I said, I’m not really a gym bunny, but I am a big stress bunny. As a matter of fact, I am the Flemish Giant* of stress bunnies. The warm floral scent of this Dr. Hauschka shower gel is very pleasant and helps me to relax and unwind a bit.

Retail price: 18 CHF (about 15 euros)

* No clue what that means? Google Flemish Giant Rabbit! :-)

Dr. Hauschka Rosen Duschbalsam | Dr. Hauschka Crème Douche Rose

The Dr. Hauschka Rosen Duschbalsam (or in French the Crème Douche Rose) smells like roses, orange blossoms and carnations and nourishes and pampers the skin. The formula is great for dry and sensitive skin and although my skin is neither of those I absolutely love using this shower gel. I used to say (or think) that I didn’t like roses or the smell of roses all that much, but a few months ago I suddenly changed my mind and now I can’t get enough of rose-scented beauty products like this body wash. And the added hint of vanilla and sandalwood makes me love this shower gel even more.

Retail price: 19 CHF (about 15,50 euros)

Dr. Hauschka Mandel Duschbalsam | Dr. Hauschka Crème Douche Amande

The almond oil in this body wash softens the skin and protects it from drying out. Every day I eat my handful of almonds, so I like almonds both in the kitchen and under the shower. And there is more, because this fourth Dr. Hauschka Body Wash also contains bergamot, ylang ylang, rose, tonka and vanilla. Together these ingredients create an amazing cocktail of scents. I think that of all four shower gels the Mandel or Amande version might just be my favorite!

Retail price: 18 CHF (about 15 euros)

The new Dr. Hauschka Duschbalsam or Crèmes Douche shower gels will be available in Switzerland around mid-May.

Which of these four Dr. Hauschka shower gels would you pick?

Don’t forget to enter my Olaz & Rituals blog birthday giveaway! The giveaway is open until April 17. Good luck!

Sneak preview: Spring 2013 Forecast at MAC

It’s not even Christmas yet, but MAC is already thinking about spring. For the spring of 2013 the brand has created two limited-edition palettes, one for the eyes and one for the lips. And damn, they both look good! So let’s not think about Christmas lights, hot chocolate and snow for now, but have a look at what MAC has in store for us for next spring!

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MAC Spring 2013 Forecast Eye Palette

Six bold and bright spring shades with a new intense colour-rich cream colour shadow finish.

Now Mustard – very light yellow green

Sunshine – bright pale yellow

Must Have Brown – warm yellow brown*

April Mist – light dirty green blue

Top Soil – bright reddish brown

Runway Rose – a neutral pinkish nude

* am I the only one that thinks this looks gray?

MAC Spring 2013 Forecast Lip Palette

Six lipstick shades from nude to bright pink, all with a perfect spring feel.

Forecast Nude – a neutral pinky nude

Talking Tan – a warm midtone neutral shade

Right On Orange – light coral orange

A Look in Lavender – pastel lilac

Strut the Cherry – warm pink

Electric Spring – bright clean pink

At the moment both palettes are only available at where they are 40 dollars each, but hopefully they’ll soon find their way to Belgium as well!

What do you think of MAC’s new spring palettes? Are you looking forward to spring yet?

Sneak preview: Essence’s Twilight Breaking Dawn collection

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On November 14 the final part of the Twilight Saga finally premieres and that is why Essence is launching a limited-edition collection that is inspired by Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2. Essence sinks its teeth into the vampire theme and goes for mysterious colors and gorgeous shimmer pigments, but also for dark dramatic effects and a bit(e) of blood red. Here is what we can expect!

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1. Essence Breaking Dawn loose pigment eyeshadow

Loose eyeshadow pigment in three dark shades and one light golden shade, with great names like Jacob’s protection, Alice had a vision and Edward’s love.

Retail price: € 2,59

2. Essence Breaking Dawn liquid glitter eyeliner

A liquid glitter eyeliner for a mesmerizing vampire gaze, available in blue and purple.

Retail price: € 2,59

3. Essence Breaking Dawn lipstick

A creamy lipstick with gold shimmer (think: Edward’s skin in the sun). For very kissable lips.

Retail price: € 2,59

4. Essence Breaking Dawn lip gloss

A dramatic red and a lilac purple lip gloss with a metallic sheen, for lips like Alice and Rosalie.

Retail price: € 1,99

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5. Essence Breaking Dawn shimmer powder

This face and body powder gives your skin a unique glow. For luminous skin, the vampire way!

Retail price: € 2,99

6. Essence Breaking Dawn blush

This velvety red blush subtly shimmers and goes perfectly with vampire-pale skin.

Retail price:  € 2,89

7. Essence Breaking Dawn nail polish

Four intense and long-lasting shades: mystical night blue, seductive black, dramatic purple and shimmery gold.

Retail price: € 1,99

I love the Twilight books, so I’m definitely going to buy something from this Breaking Dawn collection. The collection will be available at Kruidvat from November.

Are you into vampires? See anything in this collection that you like?

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To stay with the vampire theme, here’s a picture from a vampire-themed photoshoot with urban photographer Dimitri and vampire/model Kelly. And guess who got to play Kelly’s victim… :-)

Celebrate Christmas with Lush

Yesterday I was invited to the press presentation of Lush’s Christmas collection. I’ve been a fan of Lush’s amazing bath and body products for years and since the launch of the Lush Emotional Brilliance line, I’m seriously starting to turn into a real Lush groupie! My expectations for the press presentation were high, but Lush did not disappoint and I’m already looking forward to Christmas. Here’s a little sneak preview of some of the new Christmas products and of course the gift sets.  Have a look!

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How about a bath bomb that turns your bath red and green (very Christmas), but is also packed with red glitter? For a glamorous Christmas.

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These solid massage bars smell heavenly and leave a subtle shimmer on your skin

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Why not celebrate Christmas the Mexican way this year? The Ponche products contain tangerine but also tequila. Feliz Navidad!

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If you want Santa to join you in the tub.

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The super sweet smell of the Snow Fairy products made me think of the smell of cuberdon candy. Yummy!

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Bath melts disguised as a snow man. And they smell of chocolate!

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Popcorn-flavored lip scrub: the perfect salty alternative if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

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And of course the gift sets. You have a small present for 10 euros, but if you really want to score you go for a big box. Gimme, gimme, gimme!

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Lush’s Christmas collection will be available in October.

Are you looking forward to this collection? See something you like?

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