Monday, 29 July 2013

Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Cream

I 'm definitely becoming a Dior admirer.

That is because I find products that agree with my skin and help me achieve the desired look: polished, youthful, looking done but not quite "done"!

Also, these products do give me a little glimpse on "luxury" and I feel like I'm treating myself with something extra special.

At the same time, with the 35% or more sales that are so often nowdays, I don't have to "brake the bank" in order to get a high end product, especially in comparison to mainstream drugstore products that are quite expensive in Greece.

So, this time I treated myself to the much talked of Dior BB concealer!

Now, Dior is presenting this product more as an eye treatment than an actual makeup item. According to the brand, it's supposed to eliminate dark circles and puffiness, while illuminating the skin and offering SPF protection. It says a lot more on the Dior website but I 'm plain lazy and I 'll let you find out for yourselves, lol!

I solely purchased it for concealing the moderate under eye darkness but with something more emollient so it won't find and emphasize any little under eye line and imperfection I have. 

Now, in store at first I was not pleasantly surprised because the lightest shade 01 Lumious Beige is not that much light at all but it has a strong salmon/peach tint. I was ready to walk away when I had an enlightment and did something that I never do: I used a tiny bit on the lower part of the under eye area, as far from the actual eyeball as possible, I was on my way home anyways so it wouldn't stay that long on my face.

Before I tell you what my first impression was let me just say that my face is notorious of letting makeup slide off, especially concealer, more so after 10 hours out and about. So, it was an evening that I looked a bit like a road kill, but it didn't hinder me from going into a beauty store and stand the looks of a couple SAs that didn't approve (between us I don't give a %#$).

So, I put it on and I actually liked it very much. I was not struck by a lighting, I did not feel like Columbus when he discovered America. It was more like a toned down, introvert, Archimedean Eureka!

In one swipe it managed to erase the under eye fatigue and grayness without adding substance on the area, without looking like I had pilled some more stuff on. It looked like skin but better, more hydrated, plump and rested.

As for the color it really was a perfect match, you couldn't tell that I had something on.

It's been almost over a month now and it has become indispensable to me. 

Is there any flaw? Well, it doesn't last more than 5 hours on me but it's so easy to touch up that I don't mind carrying it around in my makeup purse.

It comes with a doe foot applicator and the cap locks in place with a click so it's very quick to use and there 's no danger of unintentional opening in my purse and messing things up.

Also, no matter what I already have put on the area, when I apply this over it never looks cakey or too much, it just looks perfect.

It also comes with a 20SPF that is a great plus.

Here 's a little comparison swatch to the MUFE Full Coverage Concealer shade #4 (on the left)

And here's the box

In a few words, I totally recommend it if you're looking for a concealer that pampers the delicate under eye area, looks fresh and one with your skin and gives a rested, pretty look.
It's not for you if you need a high coverage concealer with a punch that will erase everything.

As for the price, with the 35% off I think it was about the 30€ price point.

That's all for now, I hope you 're all well an thriving!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Current everyday makeup products & organization!

Until a few months back I used to store my everyday makeup in a cute pink caddy but, alas, it fell apart. In particular, the internal trays became loose and it was not safe to use it as is any more.

I was about to throw it in the garbage when I had an idea (divine intervention? I had some time to kill? Who knows!): I removed the trays because they were quite handy for my nightstand top drawer and the caddy, without the trays was perfect for storing my nailpolishes. So, that's what killing two birds with one stone is!

So, here's my current everyday makeup products tucked away in a convenient fashion in my drawer.

On top is the back of the drawer and here I keep the items that I don't use every single day, in particular a Mac eye shadow pen, the UD 24/7 travel eye pencils and a MUFE aqua gel.

Here I keep the Dior Diorskin Nude powder foundation and the Guerlain Meteorites.

Here is my eye pencils and mascaras tray (this one was purchased separately at Jumbo) mostly Mac but as well as The Body Shop, UD, Erre Due and Bourjois. You can also see my UD Basics palette.

Here you can see my currently most used Mac eyeshadows (Ricepaper, Romp, Steamy and Moleskin), a Skindinavia mini face mist and the Mac Blonde MSF that I use as blush or highlighter.

Here are a mini bottle with Mac Fix+, my MUFE concealer, a Mac highlighter and a Mac retractable lip brush.

Eyelash curler, Mac Added Goodness fluidline, Clinique Black Honey gel eyeliner, Mac Hot 'n Saucy tendertone and a sample of something (OCC foundation I think).

Miscellaneous and a Pixi highlighter I'm trying to finish as well as a Mac clear (well, not so clear anymore, lol!)  brow gel.

Face products: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, TBS Vitamin C Skin Booster (life savior, I mix it with my foundation)

Clarins Instant Smooth primer, Stay don't Stray mini by Benefit as well as Girl Meets Pearl mini highlighter.

Sonia Kashuc cream bronzer (still on the fence abou this), Mac Pro Longwear bronzer

Clinique eyeshadow duo that I wear when I don't know what eyeshadow to wear (that was nicely put!)

And coming full circle, my Dior Nude BB cream and the Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover foundation (probably a review of this is coming up next).

So these are the products that I use most often nowdays, and this setup is really handy and fuss free.
That's all for now, I hope you 're all well and thriving!

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