Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick

Pictures Courtesy of Pinterest

Born and raised in the U.S.A. I have known the typical Mary Kay Cosmetics lady ever since I was a little girl. Mary Kay was and still is sold “door to door”. Therefore I had my preconceptions about the line. Remember I did say “when I was a little girl”. Times have changed and now the Mary Kay Lady I know is incredibly dynamic and very passionate about the products she demonstrates. Find Lina here on Instagram Swiss Diamonds Mary Kay Beauty  She even travels with her own makeup artist for events and demonstrations named Bruno Rodrigues. If in Europe, especially Switzerland, please contact Lina for special beauty attention.

I recently was offered a goodie bag filled with skincare and makeup to try at an event. I was thrilled to rediscover the products in 2019. I have so far tried the two lip products and I am bluffed.

Here I am reviewing my most favorite, the Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick. The word gel today in any cosmetic product signifies that the texture will be light, airy, shiny an long-lasting. This is so! I tried the color Rosewood. As you may see above there are several shades to please every beauty buff.

The particular color was soft to enhance my lips a shade darker without being too obvious. The texture is cushiony, hydrating. I would say it has the coverage of a gloss without being sticky and the texture of a lipstick without being cakey. The lisptick is highly pigmented and stay true to the original shade.

I have other reviews on the rest of the products in the goodie bag coming up! So please stay tuned.

I thank you for reading.

 

 

Wink Wink 

Hello my friends!

Every summer for the past few years I would have lash extensions done. This is due to the fact that I dislike too much makeup and heavy duty mascara in the beautiful summer lighting. Not to mention that I love to be more carefree on summer vacation and could use all the help to look good. Every year I had them done I was just satisfied with the results….. I have never had an experience with lash extensions as I had them this time around with Winkwinkable. Not only is Marie-Jo from Winkwinkable a certified lash-artist, she is the most meticulous passionate boss-lady that I have ever encountered!

This is how our meeting went:

Even before we initially met, Marie-Jo confessed to me that she had taken a screenshot of one of my Instagram face shots and worked on my eye to draw the ideal lines for lashes in the aim to correct or highlight any of my strong or weaker points of my eyes. This is a first! Just to take the time to figure out what is most flattering for the client is astounding!

I then laid down on a very comfortable heated bed to be worked on for……Yes! 3 hours always being asked how I am doing and if I am comfortable. The result? It’s how you see it in the above pictures. On the bottom left you see the before picture which when I do use mascara I have a full set of thick lashes. On the right you see the result when finished. If I, as a makeup artist, analyse well Marie-Jo’s decision to give me a weightless curved Russian volume, I think that she is trying to give me an eye lift without surgery , )

Marie-Jo is very enthusiastic and satisfied with the results as well. This is the seal of approval. As an artist myself, we have a tendency to be the most critical towards ourselves.

I am told they will last 3 weeks and that I may have a refill which I am considering. I have to admit I am getting used to always having the wide-eyed doll look.

Please contact Marie-Jo by mail: info@winkwinkable.com or by Instagram . Use the code WINKME for 20% off your full set of beautiful lashes and enjoy!

My lashes were graciously offered to me. All opinions expressed here are honestly my own.

I thank you for reading!

 

A Pampering Sunday With Zhandumaya

Hello my friends!

We today are more and more conscious of what beauty products we use on our faces and body. Being the beauty addict that I am, how can I not be curious about cosmetics that not only are less harmful to you and your skin but also kinder to nature. I was lucky to receive a whole care package from Zhandumaya 100% natural cosmetics.

Using the products was a sensory voyage. The light textures for the Face Cleanser, Day Serum and Night Serum, although nourishing, penetrated immediately and their scent was so peaceful. Each product with it’s 100% natural ingredients like oatmeal, sweet almond milk, vitamin E,  bio vegetable oils,  hazelnut and papaya glazed over my skin to nourish, calm and pamper it.

The cosmetic line and its green accessories proved to me that it is possible to be well-groomed and pretty without harming our bodies and the planet (which is the question the founders of Zhandumaya asked themselves). The founders, by the way, are a mother and daughter team who have built their eco-conscious brand with love and their hands- on know how for mixing the products in the most minimalist and minimal waste packaging.  When meeting them you feel a kindness and passion for the green cosmetics they make.

Here in Switzerland, as in many countries, plastic straws are being banned from use. To my son’s delight I also received bamboo reusable straws in an earthy pouch and a narrow brush to clean them. The bamboo toothbrush and its case are not only chic in design but practical for travel.

In the care package as pictured below:

Solid Hair Shampoo, Bamboo Straws, Nail-polish in color Hewi and its Top Coat, Face Cleanser and Cleansing Pads, Day Serum, Night Serum, Bamboo Toothbrush.

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All opinions expressed are honestly my own.

I thank you for reading.

 

Rouge D’Armani

There are many matte lipsticks out the market today. I have never felt a lightness in the texture as I have with Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick #400-Four Hundred. A deep crimson red that doesn’t leave any doubt that one may be shy! 

The lipstick is long-lasting (up to 8 hours) non-drying, comfortable, intensely pigmented color (50% more pigment that in other matte lipsticks). All this with a one stroke application. Available in 15 shades. Have a great time choosing 😉

Our Fairy : Garancia

Who would like a little magic?

I know I wouldn’t mind a little extra help when trying to achieve perfect skin. Fée (found in the title of some of their products) in French means fairy (as if to say someone is looking over us-helping us to achieve better skin). Here is a review of the French body product line from Garancia. As I mentioned in the video below I tested them after a tough workout therefore it was a wonderful texture and sensory voyage. These products all come with catchy names that are a play of words in French for example; Fée-Moi Fondre (Make Me Melt for the anti-cellulite mousse) or Pschitt Magique Corps (Body Magic Spritz for the body exfoliator).

Here are the products in the order I used them:

First I used Pschitt Magique (Body Magic Spritz). It is a body scrub that works without the grains.  I applied it in the shower on dry skin. The fluffy mousse was applied onto my skin starting at the legs and working my way up next the thighs and then the arms etc. After 30 seconds I was able to rinse of the first parts of the body that it was applied on. The result on my skin? It was smoother, luminous and revived. I would say that this is the product that I liked the least when it came to its scent.

Then I nourished and hydrated my arms and shoulders with Formule Ensorcelante Anti-Peau De Croco Crème Corps 3en1 (Bewitching Anti-Crocodile Skin Body Cream 3in1). This cream also has a gentle exfoliator to reveal better skin while also firming. It has a powdery light scent that won’t interfere with my perfume which is what I look for in a body cream.

Then I targeted specific areas (thighs, stomach) with Fée-Moi Fondre (Make Me Melt) Thats cellulite that is! This product is in a very generous bottle that is to be used upside down to distribute its foamy mousse. Spread the velvety fresh texture onto those specific problem areas and feel your skin soft and refreshed. Of course we would like to think that this is a magical product but it should be in addition to watching what we eat and a good fitness routine. This can only help.

Finally to extend the tan on my legs I spread on Fée-Moi Dorer (Make Me Golden). A  hydrating self-tanner that also comes in the form of a foamy mousse. The result was soft skin with a natural, even tan.

This is a sponsored post and although the products are generously offered to me, all opinions are honestly my own.

I thank you for reading.

 

La Vallée STX-CELLS Eye Mask

I had the opportunity to try the STX Stem Cells Eye Mask from La Vallée Switzerland. It is a complete anti-aging product that addresses all the needs of the tired skin around the eye area. The mask has an immediate decongesting effect. Dark circles, puffiness and fine lines are immediately diminished.

My first reaction in opening the small pouch that keeps the thin fabric mask fresh is how generous the amount of product is offered in each mask. I smoothed it on over my cleansed eye area and relaxed for 10 minutes. La Vallée advises to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes. This for me is a luxury and the fact that the mask is practically dripping with  moisturising and anti-ageing active ingredients, I was confident that 10 minutes were enough. After this time I removed the mask and let the surplus be absorbed by a tissue. I then finished my eye treatment with La Vallée STX-CELLs Rejuvenating Eye Cream. My eye area was brighter, relaxed and more refreshed after use.

I am thrilled that there are a total of 5 individual masks in the box. Therefore I know that when I have had a late night I have a rescue secret at hand. La Vallée STX-CELLS Eye Mask.

Visit their online shop to see their full product range.

This is a sponsored post and although the products are generously offered to me, all opinions are honestly my own.

I thank you for reading.

Home Spa With Pupa

Create your own home spa with Pupa and finish the Winter season in beauty.

Take some time to pamper yourself with the Regenerating Anti-Stress Body Massage Cream. This rich in oil luscious cream is perfect for gliding massage strokes over the whole body. The formula enriched with Shea Butter leaves the skin feeling comfortable and silky. The pearl extract leaves the skin glowing and youthful. The scent is powdery and relaxing. A real multi-sensory ritual for the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Shop the Pupa Spa Wellness line here to complete your home spa experience.

This is a sponsored post. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

Darphin: Elixir Aux Huiles Essentielles

The French secret to beautiful skin.

In the middle of winter we may need some help to keep our skin fresh and rested. I tried Darphin Paris Masque Huile Détox Anti-Stress (in English that’s Essential Oil Elixir Mask)

The cold weather and dryness in the air may diminish the skin’s ability to protect itself. This mask rescued and calmed my stressed winter skin. It detoxifies and improved my skin’s glow. This mask is for all skin types. Apply it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you may add water to transform it into a milky texture and then fully rinse it with water. To be used 2-3 times a week.

Shop it here on the French website.  Stay-tuned for the American and Swiss shop-online websites.

This is a sponsored post. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

PUPA Material Luxury Collection 

The Spring 2018 collection by Pupa is inspired by contemporary interior design Nordic style. A palette of soft and extremely feminine tones. The shades of pink and cyclamen are combined with  modern tones of dusty grey, all finished with a metallic glow. The Highlighting Baked Maxi Blush gives a generous shimmery pink effect to the skin. The 2 ended lipsticks have a variable texture and coverage depending on the lipliner that is used at it’s other end. Let’s welcome Spring early this 1st day of February with this collection that puts us in the mood for brighter days.

Shop the new makeup collection here.

This is a sponsored post. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

PUPA VAMP! Extreme Mascara

Pupa Milano Vamp! Extreme Mascara

A volume building mascara in an intense black for an immediate dramatic effect. It evenly coats the lashes with its lightweight formula leaving them clump free and thicker. Reminder: Do change your mascara maximum every three months or less. This not only for hygienic reasons but for its performance. Paraben free. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lense wearers and sensitive eyes. Made in Italy. Shop it here.

This is a sponsored post. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

La Vallée of Switzerland

La Vallée of Switzerland STX-Cells Skincare line addresses all the needs of skin to slow down the ageing process.  I had the opportunity to try the Precious Lift & Repair Serum and the Precious Luminescence Cream. The products were pleasant to use with a velvety consistency that instantly refines skins texture but also a light fresh scent of white flowers like jasmin and waterlily to make it also an olfactory voyage. In the heart of this skincare line is a stem cell technology to maintain the vitality and ability of the skin cells as long as possible. The result: I noticed my skin is well nourished, instantly firmer and a luminous complexion. What I loved even more is that the serum and the cream may be worn 24 hours, day and night. This is a plus for my busy lifestyle in order to simplify my beauty routine. Swiss quality.

Shop La Vallée at their their store locations in Switzerland here. 

This is a sponsored post. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

Mi-Rê Cosmetics BB Crème Nova and Brow Perfection

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All-in-one, Bibi Nova replaces the BB Cream, foundation, concealer (Yes! Use it all around your eyes!), powder and a makeup base. Amazing!

In its revolutionary refillable compact with cushion technology, the product comes with a sponge so that you may alter the coverage from light, moderate to full as you desire. It is anti-oxidant, has an SPF of 50PA +++ to protect the skin from harmful rays. In one slight of the sponge it starts to create a plumped, perfect, even, glowing, velvety and fresh skin-tone. The light-weight formula corrects, perfects and is long-lasting. I have never seen my skin look so good with any other product. I am bluffed and hooked!

I also tried the Mi-Ré Brow Plume Perfection Waterproof. It’s 2 products in one. Color and care that helps the growth and preserves the health of brows and a defined natural eyebrow that is thicker and fuller thanks to the Browscara end. This brow marker is unique because of the application that is advised: The night before wearing the brow marker it is advised to apply it by light strokes and fill in the missing spaces in your eyebrows. After 6 hours of application, you may wipe off the residue. It slightly tattoos the skin for long-lasting humidity proof wear.

BiBi Nova (available in 6 colors) and The Brow Plume Perfection Waterproof (available in 3 colors) are both nomade,  they simplify  a makeup routine and are enjoyable. Made in Korea. Shop it at Pharmacie Populaire Gros Claude in Rive, Geneva or Pharmacie Principale in Balexert, Geneva or buy the BB Cream Nova here  or Brow Plume Perfection here.

This is a sponsored. Although I was graciously offered the products to try, all opinions expressed are honestly my own. I thank you for reading.

Glowing Holiday Skin With Garancia

Garancia Bewitching Oil With Superpowers (Garancia Huile Ensorcelant Aux Super Pouvoirs) Shop Here and Garancia The Thistle And The Marabou BB Cream in Gold (Garancia Le Chardon et le Marabout BB Cream Doré)  Shop Here Also available in Nude.

Always on a quest to stay up to date on the latest innovations in cosmetics I had the opportunity to try the Garancia Bewitching Oil With Superpowers (a dry oil for the face with 13 active ingredients) that I mixed with my day cream to create a base for my makeup. The dry oil has a nourishing pulping effect that made my skin glow even without makeup. Then I applied Garancia BB Cream in Gold and to my delight I saw a light reflecting golden shimmer on application. Not only the Garancia B.B. Cream is age-repairing with its multi-action ingredients, it gives a mat finish, it evens out the skin tone and makes the skin dewy and healthy looking all while leaving it transparent. This is a lovely discovery just in time for the holidays and the cold winter months when one’s skin needs a “pick me up”.

I generously received the products mentioned above to test. Although this is a sponsored post, all views are truly my own. I thank you for reading.

Winter Red

MAC Mat Lipstick in Intoxica

Rich creamy lipstick that’s guaranteed to deliver a shot of color with a mat finish. Love it!

Clinique Pop Lipstick

Clinique Pop Listick with primer. Rich hydrating color that stays true. Here in Graffiti Pop!

Too Faced Melted Matt Lips

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Photo by Aless

Loving this lipcolor. A liquid matt  that glides over the mouth like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matt opaque finish. This is a matt soft pinky brown named SELL OUT. Comfortable and kissable lipcolor made to last.

Shop here.  Unsponsored post.

Anny N.Y, Graffiti Nailsimage

Photo by Aless

This nailpolish is a top coat that is usually used over a color. I used it on its own to create a graffiti-like effect on my nails. It’s #699 Style Explosion. It stands alone. I love it over a transparent natural nail. I did use the Anny Gel Top Coat to give it a shiny finish. Workout in style!

Essie Gel Couture

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Beat the blues by wearing this faved colour this autumn from Essie’s gel-like finish nail colour. Pictured: Surrounded by Studs from the After Party Collection

Kérastase Kératine Thermique

Kératine Thermique protects unruly hair from the aggressions of blow-dry and makes hair easier to style. It instantly smooths hair fiber for a double anti-frizz/anti-humidity action  while hair fiber is deeply tamed for a perfect fluid and light movement. To be used on damp hair before any heated styling appliances. Your hair will have a perfect shiny glazed finish.

Wine Lips And Nails

Get in the mood of Autumn by adapting  your makeup also to the tones of the season. Delicious wine colors for lips and nails. Here I chose MAC lip palette Fall 2016- Aubergenious and on nails MAC 5 Pin nail laquer😋.< h1>Braided Bunimage How to make a top bun less conventional? By adding pretty braids around it adding depth and contrast to the look. Succeeded! Thanks to Beba Blue salon in New York City.< h1>OPI Nailpolish<<<<<<
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Rocking that much colour? Keep the rest neutral. Try OPI Tiramisu for Two😋 .Clinique  Pop Lip Colour

Fantastic colours! Luxurious weightless texture all merged with a smoothing primer. Applies effortlessly and leaves a velvety finish. Colour stays true and moisturizes lips for up to 8 hours. Try my favorite Poppy Pop!

Erborian CC Cream HD

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The secret of Korean skin perfection. This creamy hydrating formula transforms your skin to give it a velvety ultra-soft spotless finish. It self adjusts to your natural luminous beauty to enhance your skins vitality and freshness. I apply it alone before all of my photo shoots.

Clarins 3 Dot Liner

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Clarins’ 3 Dot eyeliner pen gives you precision control for a flawless effect. The applicator fills in the space between each lash, dot by dot, to accentuate and add volume to the lashes. Bring it out straight at the outer lashes to create a line that lifts the eyes.

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