Friday, 26 September 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

If you're looking for a good lip stain but can't afford those super expensive YSL ones this might be the cheaper solution for you.

I while ago I've received from Revlon the Colorstay Lip Stain in 7 shades and I was so excited about them. Especially because it is actually very difficult to find a good but not too expensive lip stain.

The color range is interesting but, in my opinion, not complete. I would have added a couple of colors more. For example some nudes.

The lip stains are very easy to apply thanks to a soft "heart shaped" applicator, that allows you to be very precise. 

Enriched with Vitamine E and Aloe the Colorstay Lip Stains hydrate you lips and give them a wet-look that will last hours. Still, the sensation on your lips is comfortable, unlike other lip stains that feels kind of sticky.

My favorite shades are Parisian Passion and Rio Rush (the one I'm wearing in the picture).

Now available in Swiss stores. Price CHF 23,90

OPI Nordic Collection Autumn/Winter 2014

Inspired by the northern lights of Finland, this 12-pieces collection is all about this season's trend: contrasts:

“When creating colors for a new seasonal collection, I always draw inspiration from the food, music, art, landscape and street style of a particular destination,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP.

“While conceptualizing the shades of the Nordic Collection, I ate cinnamon buns and drank glogg, snapped photographs of brightly painted houses, and gazed in wonder at the region’s topography – from the northern lights and midnight sun to lava flats and deep fjords. All of these diverse elements came together to inspire an equally varied array of colours that capture the aesthetic of the Nordic region.

“Contrasts were also seen on fall runways, where sheer fabrics were paired with fleece and woolen plaids were embellished with colorful beadwork and intricate lace,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “

This new collection features 1 glitters, 2 shimmers and 9 cremes.

I've received "My Voice is a Little Norse" and "Viking in a Vinter Vonderland"

And here are the swatches of the 2 shades and the combination of them

The collection is already available in stores.

50 years with Estée Lauder

This year Estée Lauder celebrates its 50th anniversary in Switzerland and many interesting new products will be launched during the next months. Skincare and make up news that particularly caught my attention:

Enlighten Skintone Correcting

Preventing and repairing daytime skin damages is a 24/24h job. This amazing collection provides you with a 24-hour care system:

Enlighten Dark Spot Correction Serum (30ml CHF 95.- / 50 ml CHF 142.-*) - It reduces the appearance of dark spots, discolorations, blotchiness and redness while refining skin's texture.

Enlighten Even Skintone Correcting Creme (50 ml CHF 95.-*)- By night, it infuses skin with intense moisture, soothes and calms irritation. Refines skin's texture and brightens its overall appearance. By day, it maintains skin's ideal moisture balance to help defend against the irritation that can cause future spots.

Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30 (30 ml CHF 52.-*)- Delivers high-level SPF 30 protection and powerful anti-oxidants to help prevent sun damage and defend against other environmental assaults that lead to uneven skin tone.

Available in Swiss stores from the 22th October 2014

Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II

The previous formula of this super famous serum has been improved by adding ChronoluxCB for a more precise and effective nighttime care. 

It reduces wrinkles, sooth, hydrate and strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes.

(15 ml, CHF 80.- / serum 15 ml, CHF 84.-*)

Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25

This is not just a foundation, but a makeup and a treatment at the same time. This revolutionary foundation combines the anti-age effect of the Perfectionist (CP+R) Wrinkle Lifting/Firming serum, with the new pigment technology called Intuitone, that gives your skin a flawless and radiant look. Hyaluronic acid provides 24-hour hydration.

Available in 9 shades from mid october 2014 (30 ml, CHF 68.-*)

And now some more pictures of the other Estée Lauder new products...

Pure Color Envy Sculpting 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette, available in 6 combinations (CHF 74.-*)

Shade "Currant Desire"

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, available in 4 shades (CHF 44.-*)

Shade "Discreet"

Pure Color Nail Lacquer, available in 5 shades (7 ml, CHF 34.-*)
Shade "Negligee"
Modern Muse Chic, (EDP 30 ml, CHF 68.- / 50 ml, 98.- / 100 ml, 138.-*)

*suggested retail price

Friday, 12 September 2014

Yankee Candle: Indian Summer - Autumn 2014 Collection

We've had such a bad summer this year, that I can't wait for autumn to come...

I really like this time of year for its colors, lights and smells. But especially because like a rodent before hibernation, I start making my nest warmer and cozier to prepare for the cold winter :)

Uncontested protagonist of these "seasonal home changes" are candles, especially Yankee Candle.

Today I want to give you a small preview into this season's collections which is called "Indian Summer"

Wild Fig (Fruit): A luxurious indulgence... the lusciously rich, fruity aroma of wild figs carefully picked at the peak of perfection. 
For fruit fragrances lovers, this Wild Fig candle is simply amazing and quite strong. It reminds me of the retired (argh!) Christmas candle "Mistletoe & Fig". Luxurious is the right word to describe it. 

Amber Moon (Fresh): The enchanting allure of warm golden amber in the evening breeze with the added intrigue of patchouli and sandalwood.
This is the most feminine fragrance. Very delicate and relaxing. A girlfriend ideal gift.

Ginger Dusk (Fresh): The brisk of twilight air comes to life with the energy of sharp, bracing spice and a hint of sweet citrus.
Citrusy and fresh at first sniff, becomes spicy and warmer just a while after. Delicate but not too feminine, your husband will probably like as well ;) 

Honey Glow (Fresh): The soft, captivating radiance of this sweet perfume creates an invitingly warm, paceful mood.
Despite the name I find this fragrance pretty masculine but delicate at the same time. Very warm and relaxing this is probably my favorite one.

Can't wait to read what's your favorite one!

Now available on

Protect your coloured hair with Wella SP and Microlight 3D Complex

To celebrate its 40th anniversary Wella has improved ultra famous SP Color Save range by adding the revolutionary Microlight 3D Complex to the already existing SP Color Save Shampoo and creating the SP Color Save Bi-Phase Conditioner

Borrowed from Illumina Color the Microlight 3D Complex contains 4 ingredients that:

1. protect your hair from UV damages
2. prevent free radical damage 
3. preserve the colour from fading
4. protect the keratin

The SP Color Save Shampoo (250 ml, CHF 22.-*) enriched with Mircolight 3D Complex is a colour protecting cleanser. It protects your hair against colour fading and color shifting, providing long lasting colour brilliance.

The SP Color Save Bi-Phase Conditioner (185 ml, CHF 33*) with Microlight 3D Complex ensures long lasting brilliance, protects the hair against color fading and shifting. As it's a Bi-Phase product you have to shake well before use. Spray over damp hair and don't rinse. This great conditioner will make your hair feel smooth and silky.

I have short but coloured hair, and have noticed that these products work very well on me. My highlights look brilliant and smooth, not dry at all. The leave-in conditioner is a real spa treatment for your hair, and it smells gorgeous, too.

The SP Color Save with Mircolight 3D Complex range is already available at your Wella Salon.

* suggested retail price

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Low Cost IPL, get rid of unwanted hair with Babyliss Homelight 930

When thinking about trying IPL you might be frightened because of the price. In fact having this treatment done at a beauty salon isn't cheap at all, especially if you think that several session will be required.

Buying an at-home IPL device might be the best solution for you.

In my experience I've noticed that these at-home IPL work very well and thanks to them I've obtained  professional results!

Today I want to tell you about Babyliss Homelight 930, which is an IPL home device among the cheapest but most efficient on the market.

It costs about CHF 300.- and given that an IPL session at the beauty studio costs at least CHF 60.-, you can easily understand that the device is not expensive at all.

For this price you're getting 130'000 flashes, meaning that you will be able to regularly treat your body, and have maintenance sessions, too. Hence enough to get rid of your unwanted hair once for all.

Let's take a closer look at Babyliss Homelight 930.

The device isn't cordless and comes with its accu, a light filter for the face and a pair of sunglasses that will protect your eyes especially when using the device on your face.

The "pistol" is very easy to use, and features just a few buttons. As it usually happens with these devices, you will have to set the right light intensity based on your skin type.

If you're still unsure regarding which light intensity you should use, Babyliss helps you with a little chart based on the device. The chart features all skin types and you can easily compare it directly to your skin.

Like other manufacturers, also Babyliss suggests to shave the area before starting with the treatment in order to obtain better results.

After these easy steps you can proceed with the flashes. A green light informs you when the device is correctly positioned. Then you can decide to flash by pushing the button, or to performing a continuous flash, which is a good option when treating bigger areas such as your legs.

As for all IPL treatments, you will feel a little pain, unless you've selected the wrong light intensity. If you feel it hurts too much you can always ice the skin before you proceed with the treatment.

I've been testing the Homelight 930 on my armpits first. Generally speaking about IPL this is probably the area where you can see the best results first. And so it is. After 2-3 sessions you will notice a great improvement. Some more sessions will be required when it comes to other areas.

Most important thing is that you follow attentively the instructions given regarding the timing which is based on hair growth cycle. This is why you will need more sessions in order to flash all active hair.

If you're on a budget and can't afford a more expensive and powerful IPL home device, this is the best choice for you. You will need a couple more sessions but will be satisfied of the final result.

For more info you can also visit

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

How to clean pores with Clarisonic - A Deep Pore Kit Review

The greatest invention after the wheel is Clarisonic, no doubt about it! :D

I've been using the Mia 2 since January, and I've immediately become addicted. Can't live without it anymore, it is part of my daily routine ever since.

It is not just a trend, it actually WORKS, it's a great product that has literally improved the skin of million of women from all over the world. It can't be just a trend! 

So if you still haven't tried it, stand up, take your wallet, run to Marionnaud and grab one! If 189.- CHF is a price you actually don't want to pay.... than start writing your Christmas whish list and add it as first thing ;)

I'm not going to write the 12'344'555'443 Clarisonic review, but will tell you about my experience with the Deep Pore Decongesting Solution range. The skin target of this range is enlarged pores/oily skin.

I've been testing the replenishment set which features: 1 Deep Pore brush head, 1 Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and 1 Decongesting Clay Mask. 

Deep Pore Brush Head: Unlike the brush I'm regularly using (the Sensitive Head Brush) this head has a particular gradation of bristle firmness, which is much firmer at the core.  The dual action movement makes it easier to reach difficult areas such as the skin around the nose. This is why it is perfect for largo pores and oily skin. This head is still gentle and safe, and can be used twice a day. I like it and have noticed an improvement especially with pores. I have combination skin, therefore I still prefer to use this head to treat the nose and the areas around it. Then I switch to the Sensitive head to complete the treatment. This way I have never had any problems. If you have oily skin you can certainly use it as your only head brush

The Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is formulated with SebuCon2, a pore refining sebum controlling complex that contains salicylic acid and zinc gluconate to fight bacteria and control sebum production. It also features exfoliating fruit acids, such as apple and lemon extracts, and peppermint that purify pores.
I'm usually not a fan of foaming cleansers, but I've found this one not to aggressive on my skin. Despite that I wouldn't recommend it to people with sensitive/normal skin, as the salicylic acid could irritate your skin. 
What I also like about the Deep Pore Cleanser ver much is that it is completely parabens- sulfates- phthalates- free. Perfect!

The Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask should be used 2x week. Clay masks are usually quite aggressive and most times your skin will break out right after.... This is not the case, as the Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask, with its creamy texture, is absolutely gentle, therefore can be used by anyone, even if you have dry skin.
Rich in natural mineral and botanical ingredients, the mask absorbes sebum, exfoliate dead skin cells and declass pores. The mask works very well, and your face will look radiant just after the first use. Your skin will feel soothed and soft thanks to soothing ingredients such as aloe and chamomile.
As I just said I would recommend this Clay Mask to anyone. If you have very dry skin I would recommend just 1 application per week.

The Deep Pore Replenishment Kit is available in Marionnaud shops and costs CHF 84,90 and can be purchased HERE  

Philips IPL Lumea Precision Plus Hair removal system

The first IPL device I want to tell you about is the Lumea Precision Plus by Philips. It is not cheap, it costs about 700 CHF but you can also find some interesting deals from time to time. The price says it all, we are in front of a highly professional product.

Philips claims:

"Philips Lumea uses an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons. Philips has adapted this technology for safe end effective use in the comfort of your own home."

But let's see what it is all about...

The device is pretty heavy but cordless which makes it very easy to use. It features 3 attachments: one for the whole body and 2 smaller for bikini area and face. The Lumea Precision Plus has 140 flashes what means that you don't have to replace any bulbs in the future, and at the same time that you'll be able to treat your whole body completely.

* As I've been testing 2 different IPL devices at the same time I've been using in on half of my body :) *

I've started using it on my armpits, were in fact I have darker and stronger hair. First thing I had to do was to shave my hair.
After having shaved my hair and fully charged the device I was ready to start!

Crucial step is the setting of light energy according to the skin type. It is very simple (follow instructions in the manual enclosed) and you can chose between 5 different levels. The device is ready to flash only once it is correctly positioned on your skin. This could be difficult especially on small and boney areas. You know when you're well positioned when the "ready" light turns green.

To find your light energy level follow these easy instructions.

I've been using the regular attachment to do my armpits and it actually takes 1 minute to do it. The feeling is slightly painful, but surely less painful than waxing... I think it really depends on your pain threshold... Anyway, if you find it too painful, you can alway ice the area before starting the treatment. Or, mostly important, you might have selected the wrong light energy level. Be sure to follow the instruction in the chart above before using the IPL device.

The treatment has to be repeated after 2 weeks and so on, until you are satisfied with the result.
I have to say that after 1 session the results were already remarkable. I would say that more than 50% of my hair had disappeared. After having done 3 treatments I have no hair left on my armpits! Can you imagine that?? This is surely a great result!

Of course I've started treating also other areas, such as legs, bikini and upper lip.

Bikini and lower leg area are other places where I've noticed great results rapidly, too. To treat the whole leg could sound boring, but it lasts no more than 10 minutes per leg. On bigger areas such as legs you can set the "slide and flash" option, meaning that it flashes automatically while you slide on the skin. A great time saver!

When it comes to the upper lip things change a little. First I didn't want to shave the hair in that didn't sound good to me at all.... Second the hair in that area are usually very light and thin, therefore it takes longer to the pulsed light to be more effective. But apart from that I've already noticed great improvements on the upper lip, too.

My general opinion regarding the IPL technology and Lumea Precision Plus is that it is a great and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair in a reasonable amount of time. What I also like about it, is  that, with the proper setting, it doesn't irritate the skin unlike all other hair removal methods.

The IPL Lumea Precision Plus comes with a charger and a soft case, too.

For more info please visit

Monday, 8 September 2014

IPL Intense Pulsed Light: do you believe in miracles??

Here I am! Back from holidays and back to my routine. And today I want to start with a very interesting topic regarding unwanted hair

I've been fighting against unwanted hair my whole life. I have tried most hair removal methods and I'm still not 100% satisfied with the result. 
Shaving is very fast and effective, but unfortunately not very long-lasting in terms of results.
Waxing is not bad, especially for sensitive array, but it takes a lot of time and money to be done. Plus it is not suitable for people with capillary fragility (as I clearly am). 
Lately I've been regularly using my Silk épil 6 by Braun and I'm very happy with it. I took it on holiday with me for last minute retouches and I'm very happy with it. The only thing is that I'm not keen on using it on sensitive areas (such as bikini or armpits).

I've heard a lot about IPL (Instense Pulsed Light) especially because during the last couple of years a lot of beauty salons have started offering this treatment. 

The IPL is a technology used by estheticians and doctors for many purposes, one of this is hair removal (not to be confused with laser hair removal). It claims to reduce hair growth if used regularly and correctly. It doesn't work on dark skins or light/white hair. The more the skin is fair and the hair are dark, the more the IPL works successfully.

As I just said, you can't expect 100% hair removal after just one session, and you have to strictly plan your sessions. And now I explain you why.

The broad spectrum light flashed by the IPL device reach the bulb of the hair. This light, converted to hear energy, literally burns the bulb. According to hair growth cycle, not all hair follicles are active at any one time, and only active ones can be hit and destroyed by the IPL treatment. This is why it is always suggested to repeat the treatment after 2 weeks, so that the inactive follicles have became active. Several treatments are required in order to significantly reduce most hair.

My curiosity towards IPL technology became bigger and bigger when the first home devices were launched. Today there are several IPL and the prices are also very different. 

During the last months I've been testing 2 of these devices and in my next posts I want to give you my feedback.


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