Thursday, March 29, 2012

Haul - Skin care, hair and nails. Lumene, Goldwell, OPI, Mavala.

I had to go for a long drive today, because last night my car battery was charged cause it had died. I wanted to go for a long drive to ensure that the car battery was fully charged, and it would cooperate with my car. At first it didn't, I couldn't start my car, but eventually it did so then I randomly drove for 40 minutes and eventually ended up at Prisma, a hypermarket with groceries, clothes, makeup and skin care items, electronics etc. Did a few impulse buys, and got some products that I actually needed.

I did not have a good toner. My current one always felt tingly on my skin, and I don't think a toner should be doing that. I did love the same brand's cleanser though.

I bought Lumene Finland's Hydrating Touch Moisture Replenishing Toner. This is step two of a two-step face cleansing process. I have a facial cleanser step 1 by Lumene too but it is from the sensitive touch -line (I still use it even thought I reviewed it long ago and didn't give it too much credit). I have dry combination skin, but lately the skin on my cheeks has been very dry. Every time I'd smile I'd notice these great dry areas, and I haven't had them before. We'll see how this works out. This is the anti-dryness silky-soft care for normal/dry skin. Over 90% of the ingredients are natural ingredients.

200 ml / 6.8 fl. oz. costs 7.95 €

Then I bought a product from Lumene Finland that I have never tried before. It is a serum from the Vitamin C+ line - Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail With Arctic Cloudberry. Cloudberries are delicious, very rare, and if you manage to find them from the nature and then decide to sell them they are very valuable. This product has cranberry seed oil which helps to nourish the skin when used in combination with the cloudberries. In the picture you can see the serum bottle, and it's two phases. 

30 ml / 1.0 fl. oz  costs 16.35 €
This was even more of an impulse buy than the two Lumene products. Goldwell's Fruits 4 You Honey Melon hair and body shampoo. These bottles were on the same shelf with these Let me be shampoos. Those previously were 13 €, but now there were only 8€, which makes me think they are being discontinued, or like Prisma is not going to carry them anymore. And if these were on the same shelf I am assuming Prisma is discontinuing these too. So I gotta go stock up the Let me be products. And these if I like them... :D They had 4 different flavors, Papaya, Raspberry (maybe?) and possibly black currant...

250 ml / 8.45 fl. oz costs 7.50 €
 This Honey melon shampoo really smells like honey melon fruit! With a hint of pineapple. Smells delicious!

I really needed some nail polish remover so I bought Mavala's blue nail polish remover. This one is the best for removing glitter polishes of the ones I've tried. Whenever I run out of a product I type it in a blogpost draft that I have of finished products. I have this polish there already, so if I publish that post soon, don't wonder that I used up 100ml of nail polish remover in like two days or something. ;)

100 ml / 3.3 fl. oz costs 4.65 €

This one is a buy from few days ago. I went to Stockmann (department store), and I saw that OPI polishes were on sale with the Stockmann card. I pick up this one, go to the cashier, show my card, and find out I had misunderstood. Nicki Minaj-polishes for OPI were not on sale. I got the glittery polish Save Me from that collection. Paid a hell of a lot of money - 16.90 € (22.54$). Yeah. OPI costs that much here. 

It is super pretty though!





What did you buy last time?



-Serafia


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review - Artdeco Biotin Nail Cream

I bought this Artdeco biotin nail cream in August 2010 at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport just before I was about to fly home from my three week interrail with my friend.


I knew Artdeco had makeup products in their selection, but I guess I didn't really realize they had skin care products as well. I knew they had polishes, but somehow I was surprised they had nail treatments and stuff like that. Hand creams etc. My friend's hands were dry so she tried their hand cream at the airport. I guess she liked it, did you? Do you remember what you thought about it? You know who you are. :D I can't remember what hand cream it was though... :/

Aaanyways. I bought the nail cream. I am horrible with using nail or cuticle creams. I just can't get into the habit of applying cuticle cream every night before bed, or even like once a week. I never remember. That's why it took me this long to finish this 17 ml nail cream. ;)

I threw away the box ages ago. Probably right after I came home from the airport. I have no idea of the ingredients. The product can't be found on Artdeco's website anymore, so it probably is discontinued. If you can find this I'd say it's worth a shot. It did not cost too much. Like 10-15 € I think.

When I did remember to use this rather regularly, I noticed my nails were not as brittle as they were before. I feel I managed to grow my nails longer than ever before. I have used this once/twice a month maybe, and I have managed to keep my nails strong and longer.


The cream smells like fruit candy, and it's a lovely pink color. ;) A little goes a long way. I used to dip each finger in to the package, and get some product on the tips of my nails, and then I worked that in my cuticles and nails. Usually I moisturized my fingers as well. And then rubbed the rest off of the back of my fingers in my pj's. ;)

I did like the appearance of the product, I liked it's scent, and what it did for me.

Too bad if it is discontinued. 




Have you tried Artdeco products, makeup or skin care?


-Serafia








Thursday, March 22, 2012

Haul - Maybelline Fit me

Like many other beauty bloggers, I was invited by L'Oreal's PR person to an event a while back. Unfortunately I could not attend, because it was on a weekday and in a different city. The bloggers got  matched for Maybelline's new Fit me makeup line. I wanted the stuff as well so I went to the stores yesterday and bought some stuff.

I bought the foundation, blush and concealer. I left the powder to the store, because I hardly ever use powder, and when I do I use translucent powder which I already own. 

Based on the other bloggers' shades and comments I decided to get the foundation in 115. 110 is the lightest shade and it looked very light. 120 looked lighter than 115, but it was too yellow for me.


I decided I was definitely going to get the foundation, and possibly the concealer, and I ended up getting it and the blush as well. My concealer is in the shade 15, which I believe is for those who wear the foundation shades 1xx. The foundations are 1xx, 2xx and 3xx, and I believe the ones that end in a 5 are pink-based, and the ones ending in 0 are yellow-based. Don't quote me though! 3xx are the darkest shades, and 2xx somewhere in between 1xx and 3xx naturally.

The whole idea of this range is that once you have figured out your foundation shade, all you need to do is look at a chart and get the corresponding concealers, blushes and powders. I don't remember what the blush was that was for my foundation shade. I did a little quiz on Maybelline's site and got all the info about the shades. I highly doubt I got the blush for my foundation shade. I bought deep rose, which was near the 3xx foundations, and nowhere near the 1xx's. 


I tested the blushes in the store, and I hardly got any product on my finger, and the little product I did get did not transfer on my arm when I swatched them. The only one that did swatch well was deep rose. Once I saw that the lighter blushes did not interest me because I did not get much product on my finger from the testers I stopped trying and just got the one I liked and that swatched well. With that said, I have no idea if the lighter blushes are pigmented or not. I honestly did not test them much.

One reason why I wasn't interested in this line earlier was that I saw these products in the store and they looked so freaken cheap that I didn't think they could be any good. Now that I saw pictures by other bloggers I decided it was just the powder compact that I saw first that looked cheap. And the blush.

The foundation package is very luxurious on second thought. It has a pump, and when I read Makeupalley reviews there were some who were complaining the foundation did not have a pump. The reviews were written in March 2012, so who knows. Maybe there are pumpless foundations in North America?? Also I just read that this has oxidized on some people so we'll see how this wears out.

The concealer doesn't look cheap. It doesn't look luxurious either though. It is like a lipgloss tube with a similar applicator. I've never had a concealer with a more liquid formula so it will be interesting so see how that will work out.

The blush... oh dear. So cheap. It comes with a brush which I am not even going to give a chance to. I wasn't going to in the first place, but then I accidentally threw it around when I opened the package so I had a look. I touched the bristles quickly and it shed. And the bristles feel very coarse, and the shape of the brush is just odd for a blush. The package is made of plastic. (Foundation bottle is glass, concealer is plastic.) This packaging looks even cheaper than the powder package I feel.




How do you feel about Fit me?


-Serafia 


PS. There are two polls on the right, it would really make my day if you'd go vote if you haven't already! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Looks - Dramatic colorful

I joined Makeupbee a while ago, and now took part in a competition. If you like my look, please join if you haven't already, and vote for my look! My name is Serafia S.  :D





I used the Manly 120 palette, MAC's Blacktrack fluidline, IsaDora's Big Bold mascara and fake eyelashes, and GOSH's black pencil liner on the water line. I used Sleek's Flamingo blush which can be seen a little in the pictures where I show both of my eyes.







Hope you liked my look!


-Serafia

Saturday, March 10, 2012

MUS #366 vs. MAC brush cleanser

I have had this brush for over two years. I have washed it so so many times. Never had a problem with it until now. I just used MAC's brush cleanser on it, and this is what I got. Good bye brush. You served me, and my blushes well.


This brush is #366 by Make Up Store. I have used baby shampoo, Marseille-soap and Kicks' own brush cleanser and nothing has happened to this brush. Now I used MAC's brush cleanser and this happened. After two years of washes it gave out color! 

I can't recommend this brush. 

I hated it with liquid foundation. It was too flimsy, but with pigmented blushes this was wonderful! And now it is in the trash. 



-Serafia


PS. I got the influenza virus few weeks ago. Horrible fever, 39,4 Celsius was the highest. The last one or two posts of mine were scheduled the week before I got sick. So when I was sick I couldn't come up with posts. I'm now finally a 100%, cough and a runny nose did not leave me until now. And I believe I am now capable of resuming my post schedule.