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Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution Review
It's perfect timing I found this new micellar water cleanser from Vichy as I'd recently run out of my favourite Garnier. If you've had any experience with the original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, you'd find it was pretty good at removing non waterproof makeup, leaving your skin dirt-free without stripping out oils and moisture.

Vichy's take on the micellar water is very similar. A clean finish but I find leaves the skin more hydrated than Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Although fragranced, it has not irritated my sensitive skin unlike the Vichy Idealia Range (link to review HERE). It smells of aloe vera/cucumber (not quite sure) which cools the skin and adds to that winding down effect we do as we are just getting into bed.

I keep this by my bedside for emergency use if I am unable to have time/energy to cleanse my face with water - which seems to be a regular occurence these days. 

I have to say that I love Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution. I recommend it if you have sensitive skin. Despite its massive difference in price with my old favourite Garnier (£11 vs £3.29), Vichy's more moisturising and soothing properties make it a winner and I will perhaps repurchase this when it runs out.

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Livia
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Vichy's Take on the Micellar Water Cleansing Solution

Saturday, August 29, 2015 • 0 comments
Hot pink has always been my favorite color. I grew up in the non-technological world of Barbie and Kelly, 
the latter now known as Chelsea *gasp*, which influenced my love and fascination for all things pink. It is no secret that Shocking/Hot Pinks and Magentas are hard to pull off. No matter how attractive they are, there are a lot of issues I encounter when trying on pink lipstick. Some make my teeth look yellow, some are too shocking they could pop an eye out, and some just do not compliment my NC35-40 skin tone at all. So here's a list of Hot Pinks that I have acquired over time and my thoughts on them:

(L-R)
Long-wear and extremely creamy. Color is cool-toned and more on the purple side than pink. It did not suit my skin tone at all and it was the kind that made my teeth look yellow. It also left stains on my lips and fingers.

Not a huge lip gloss user, but this color is definitely wearable either on top of lipstick or on it's own.

Beauty bloggers all over the internet have been raving about this one, and I completely agree with them. Candy Yum Yum is very versatile as it looks good on almost all skin tones. It is highly pigmented and dries on matte. If you were to own one barbie pink lipstick, I would recommend this one. 

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Part of the limited edition DressCamp Collection (2008). It has a Lustre finish - very sheer when applied but can be built up to a nice, flattering baby pink. Looks good on almost all skin tones.

If you do not wish to spend on Candy Yum Yum, Addis Ababa is another lippie that I highly recommend. It is probably one of the colors I have used the most in my beloved matte lip cream collection. Though the product can look intimidating at first, it is actually very wearable, even for us sun-kissed ladies. It dries on matte and leaves you with dolly pink lips.

NYX Addis Ababa

Huge fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip stains. This did not disappoint in texture as it applied smoothly. Very sheer, you have to put layers upon layers to actually get to a solid color. Yet the color did not go well with my skin, and also left my teeth looking yellow.

I got this out of a whim, really. I wanted to try some lip art that required a shocking baby pink color and did not want to spend a lot. Naturally, I would go to the Wet n Wild section because their products are really inexpensive, but they are not at all tacky. The formula of this lipstick was too matte/dry for me. It would leave my lips flaky. I suggest you exfoliate and hydrate your lips before applying this one.

Sleek Makeup Amped Lipstick - 4/5 
I love Sleek's True Color Lipstick collection. Amped was my IT Pink Lipstick before having Candy Yum Yum, and can very well be a dupe for the latter. I found that it does not apply smoothly, but you sure end up with a beautiful pop of color on your lips. Though, you have to be daring enough to wear such an electric pink. Dries on matte.

Sleek Makeup Mauve Over Pout Paint - 2.5/5
The pout paints are just about the funnest lip products in my collection. You can pretty much make your own shades by mixing different colors together. This is one I would not wear by itself. It's a cool-toned color, similar to MAC Magenta, so my issues with it are the same. It also has a tendency to give you teeth stains. Liquid, Highly pigmented, Very thick lather.

Sleek Makeup Monte Carlo Pout Polish - 3/5
Sleek's pout polishes are nourishing and conditioning. I love how they feel on my lips. This color is very sheer, but I would not advise building it up. It will give you a nice subtle pink and leave your lips looking juicy!

What's your favorite pink lipstick?

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Shannon
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Our Picks: Hot Pink - Magenta Lip Products

Thursday, August 27, 2015 • 0 comments

I am slowly gaining insight into my developing love for Essie nail polishes. 

Despite their inconsistent hit-and-miss formulas, there's something about those square bottles with the cute white tops that draws me in. They look so clean and tidy all lined up and the square shapes just looks great in storage.

Six more shades have found their way to my collection, mainly cream finishes with subdued hues as apart from reds, I don't usually wear brights.

Absolutely Shore is a pale greyish green in a cream finish. The formula firstly applies streaky but three coats make it look even.

Splash of Grenadine is a bright magenta with a cream finish although it looks more jelly and squishable than Absolutely Shore.

Borrowed & Blue is a pale cornflower blue with a cream finish. It's perfect to wear on gloomy rainy days.

Topless & Barefoot is a pale nude shade with a hint of rose. I was hoping to like this but feel it might be too pale for my skintone. Perhaps a more yellow-toned or a shade darker nude would suit me better. Any recommendations?

Eternal Optimist is an old rose with a cream finish. It applies a little gloopy. Try using thinner coats at a time to get this right.

Penny Talk is a lot less rose gold than I expected. Its a bronze metallic shade with a tiny smidge of pink. I fancy these on my twinkle toes.

The price difference of Essie polishes between the UK and the USA is quite surprisingly different (USA $8.00, UK £7.99) so I picked these up from an eBay seller in the USA, check out their store here. International shipping took about 1 week from payment which is actually pretty good.

For my next purchases, I am on the look out for a good Essie grey/taupe colour. Are there any shades you recommend?

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog

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No One Said It Would Be Essie

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 • 0 comments


Vichy has recently released its eye catching and beautifully packaged Idealia range that definitely stands out in drugstores. This range is meant to restore and regenerate overstressed and overexposed skin. The pink and silver reflective packaging really draws attention. They look so beautiful that I felt I had to try them out.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum is meant to brighten and restore radiance to your complexion. It comes in a fantastic pump dispenser that gives you just the right amount for a whole face. When swatched it is mostly white with a subtle reflective pink-gold duochrome sheen, similar to MAC Rebel Lustre Drops. On the skin I find it hardly moisturises however and that my rough patches are no different (may be even worse). It is quite highly fragranced so I would not recommend this on sensitive skin. Overall I have not seen any improvement in the quality of my skin using this so I will sadly not repurchase.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm is a night treatment meant to repair and regenerate dull skin overnight by improving microcirculation and barrier function of the skin. It comes in a pot (unhygienic!) although with a delightful mirror at the top of the lid (genius!). I find in the mornings that my skin does look brighter but I'm not sure whether that's because I've had some rest or because of this product. I tend to sleep like a log and I do try to get a good 8 hours' sleep when possible. Again like the life serum above, it is fragranced and does not really help with my skin's texture and perhaps I would not repurchase.


I really wanted to love these but unfortunately as they don't seem to do much for me I cannot recommend them.


Have you tried this Vichy Idealia Range?

Livia
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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep and Serum Review

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 • 0 comments
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