Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30, or how to reapply sunscreen on top of makeup!

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How to reapply sunscreen on top of makeup?

If you're a makeup lover and also a diligent sunscreen user, you've probably had the same problem I've been desperate to solve for years: how the hell are we supposed to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, as we should when spending the day outside, ON TOP OF MAKEUP? 

Until now, we had 2 options: wearing no makeup to pool parties and fun BBQs, and that made us sad, or layering the sunscreen in the morning and wearing a hat, hoping that would be enough to avoid sunburns and skin aging... Because seriously, removing makeup, applying sunscreen, and reapplying makeup every 2 hours is just not going to happen. 

Rejoice, fellow makeup addict, because this inextricable problem has been solved! Enter my new summer life-saver, Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30. The lovely Alana from Skincare by Alana sent it to me for review, and I already don't know how I lived without it for all those years! 

How to reapply sunscreen on top of makeup: Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 review

Monday, July 27, 2015

The best of Kiko: my favorite products by the Italian makeup brand

The best of Kiko Milano: my favorite products by the Italian makeup and beauty brand

Ladies and gentlemen, let the Kiko hysteria begin. I've sharpened my stilettos and painted my nails red, I'm ready to go crazy. Why? Because Kiko Milano, the Italian makeup brand, has launched a US online store (48 contiguous states at this time). Did you just hear me scream in contentment? 

If you're reading European blogs, you must have seen Kiko before, as the brand is very popular everywhere it's sold. It arrived in France while I lived in Turkey, and as soon as I moved back to the homeland, I joined the Kiko craze. It's affordable, most products are excellent quality, and they launch really cool, trendy seasonal collections with great packaging very regularly. I still have a TON of Kiko in my makeup stash, and it's the band I've missed the most since I moved to the States. 

How can I express my love for Kiko? Let me say a few things: I wore some Kiko on my wedding day; Kiko makes my HG lipstick; when I looked at French blogger friends' reviews of limited edition collections, I got watery eyes from not having access to them here in the US; the launch of this US e-store is the best thing that has happened to me since the dawn of time (OK that one may be a little excessive, but not that much). 

Anyways, today I want to show you some of my favorite products by the brand. Is everything they do awesome? Probably not, there must be some duds like everywhere else. But these products here are of the awesome kind! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

#FrenchFriday: YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water in Eau de Corail #203

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YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water in Eau de Corail #203 photos, review, swatches

For this week's #FrenchFriday post, I want to show you the only new product that made it into my top 10 high-end lipcolors for summer. I only bought it a few weeks ago, but it rapidly became the one lippie I use the most - in fact, I wore it almost every day for the past 2 weeks! This little wonder is the new Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain Pop Water edition, launched by Yves Saint Laurent for summer 2015. I bought it in Eau de Corail (means coral water), shade #203. YSL describes this new version of the iconic Glossy Stain as sheer, intensely hydrating and promises 10 hours of wear (no I'm not kidding). 

YSL Glossy Stain Pop Water in Eau de Corail #203 photos, review, swatches

First, a word to tell you that I'm not part of the classic Glossy Stains huge following. While I love the intense, shiny colors, I find them uncomfortable on my dry, sensitive lips. They can dry me out pretty badly, so the stain they leave behind becomes uneven due to flaking and chapping. And for some reason, they sometimes burn my lips... Luckily this Pop Water version feels completely different

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Bonfire & Sunset: the perfect summer shades

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Last week I showed you my 10 favorite high-end lip colors for summer, and today I want to focus on 2 amazing lipglosses by Clinique, Bonfire and Sunset, with a full review, photos and lip swatches. 

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Bonfire & Sunset on the beach

Clinique's Long Last Glosswear formula has been around since I got into makeup (maybe long before that!) so it's not a new product at all, but the brand recently added a bunch of new shades, which tells me that it's here to stay. Of course, as a 10+ year-old formula, the Long Last Glosswear doesn't have the improved texture a lot of newer glosses benefit from. It's tacky, sticky as hell (if you thought MAC Lipglasses were sticky, you haven't seen anything!), and being unscented it smells and tastes waxy. I know, what I'm telling you so far doesn't sound so good, so why the obsession with this gloss? 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Discovering traditional Moroccan beauty: Zakia's Black Soap with Argan Oil (20% discount !)

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Zakia's Moroccan Black Soap with Argan Oil and Kessa Exfoliating Glove
Zakia's Morocco Moroccan Black Soap with Argan Oil and Kessa Glove

The first time you see Morroccan black soap, you might scratch your head and wonder what on earth that thing is. I know I did. I first discovered black soap in France when I went to a hammam, the traditional spa-like Turkish bath that spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa during Ottoman times. 

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