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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lush Cosmetics - Scrubee, body balm and scrub with (melting and delicious) fairtrade cocoa butter, review

Bzz bzz can you hear it? Scrubee has arrived with a bunch of other spring launches by Lush Cosmetics: a hydrating body scrub.
This brand new kawaii friend is a limited edition product for Mother’s Day/Spring 2017 and it’s one of
Lush Cosmetics’ fairtrade cocoa butter-based products

When I recently visited Lush shop in Naples, the team pampered me with Scrubee and I saw my skin shining, my face lightened up... I fell almost in love. 

Lush Cosmetics - Scrubee, body balm and scrub Spring 2017 limited edition. Review by Valentina Chirico

Lush Cosmetics says: “This happy little bee looks innocent enough, but it means bzzness when it comes to buffing your skin smooth.”
But what makes Scrubee different from a traditional body scrub? Think about “in-shower” body care product...

Lush Cosmetics - Scrubee, body balm with fair-trade cocoa butter and honey Spring 2017 limited edition. Review by Valentina Chirico

THE PRODUCT: packaging
Scrubee is a solid body scrub, a 2-in-1 product: body scrub and moisturising body balm in one.
It’s a naked product, meaning it has no packaging, and it’s a 100-gram pat shaped like a bee. (Ahem... same stamp of Ladybug/Ladybird. Are they twin?) 

Formula and texture:
Scrubee’s formula is rich in moisturising butter and essential oils: fairtrade cocoa butter and shea butter, honey and coconut oil, bergamot and Brazilian orange oils.
This hydrating base is balanced by its exfoliating counterpart, the marbled strips of the bee: coconut shell and almonds, both finely chopped.
The texture is creamy and grainy at the same time, in fact, Scrubee melts between your hands and its natural granules exfoliate the skin effectively but gently.

How to use:
Scrubee stays in the palm of your hand and it’s quick to use: it must be rubbed over damp skin, but I warmly recommend to place it inside a dry box immediately after and to continue directly with your hands
Scrubee leaves a real trail of grains on the skin... massage it with rotating movements and rinse everything with lukewarm water.

Lush Cosmetics - Scrubee, body balm and scrub, Spring 2017 limited edition. Review by Valentina Chirico

Scrubee has a sweet scent that creates dependence and comfort; it has hints of cocoa butter, or white chocolate, and honey.
In this melting and "comforting air”, I can’t catch citrusy notes. The scent is very long-lasting and remains on the skin for hours like Scrubee’s moisturising effect.
Scrubee gently removes the drier layer of the skin and leaves the body incredibly smooth, soft and elastic.
My skin is extremely dry and flaky and Scrubee has overcome any of the scrubs I've used so far, including Rub Rub Rub shower scrub!
Lush Cosmetics’ "honey bee" exfoliates, hydrates and gives a pleasant radiant effect, all while improving skin texture.

Lush Cosmetics - Scrubee, cocoa butter and honey body balm and scrub.

I was in love with Scrubee but its price was stopping me, indeed the Italian price is exaggerated
: each Scrubee is 10.95€ and it’s a very delicate product to use with extreme caution
Indeed this body scrub/body balm melts with body warmth and heat, water ruins it, thus it has to be kept in a dry and cool container.
Now Scrubee is with me and I every time I use it, I don’t want to consume it too quickly. What to do it when it's over? Let's recap ...


PROS:
multi-purpose product,
effective (exfoliate, hydrates and illuminates)
delicate formula,
cruelty-free
agreable scent,
long-lasting effect

CONS:
limited edition,
expensive (in Italy and other countries),
delicate to handle

Naturally glowing skin? Valentina Chirico recommend Lush Cosmetics' Scrubee

Look at how glowing and radiant my skin and face are! Follow me on Instagram to discover how in the couple snaps...
I’ve got an Hamletic doubt: to recommend or not to recommend?
I look at my healthy-looking skin with its pearly light and I must recommend it and forget about its price. You can find Scrubee online and at your local Lush Cosmetics shop, its price varies depending on your country: for example, it costs 6.95£ in the UK and 7.95$ in the US.
I must buy another one to stock it up before it’s buzzing gone.




Valentina Chirico aka Valens




Saturday, 6 May 2017

Touch in Sol - One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, review, swatches and Asian bicolour lip trends

Adding a splash of healthy colour to my pout is easy in the morning with Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayons. Crayons for lips, exactly!
Are these Korean lip colours good enough for dry lips and busy gals? 
Let my review show you...

Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, review, swatches

One Second Vivid Lip Crayons by Touch in Sol are hydrating and bright lip colours
and the ones I’ve put my lips on are #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink.

Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayons - Korean beauty lip colours at Glamourflare

THE PRODUCT: packaging

Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayons come in black sleek pencils featuring a “cushion” tip and contain 1.8 grammes of product each. 
They need no sharpener thanks to the twistable end, where the swirled design is, which allows you to pull out more product as you use it.
The cushion tip is a real surprise: uncap the coloured end to find a very soft cushion tip

The tip makes blending or mixing these “Lip Crayons” easily.

Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie PinkTouch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon - packaging, cushion tip
Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, review and swatches by Valentina Chirico

Formula and texture:
Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon contains candelilla wax and a mix of natural ingredients such as macadamia seed and rosa canina seed extracts, avocado oil and Kyounin Yu (prunus seed fixed oil), making these lip colours at the same time moisturising and creamy.
The texture is overall soft so that these lip colours glide nicely and smoothly onto the lips, the scent is hard to describe but it’s light and disappears quickly.

Shades and finish:
Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayons are available in 6 colours. The colour selection might sound short, but it's bright and fun with two shades are totally crazy (bird yellow and marine blue).
The finish is halfway glossy and tends to become satiny within some hours. Pigmentation is good and colours are buildable but the result varies on the chosen shade.

Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, indirect, outdoor sunlight swatches by Valentina Chirico
Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, sunlight swatches by Valentina Chirico

Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink is a peachy pink with a touch of orange which warms it up. Brighter than a bittersweet orange, it reminds me of Touch In Sol Technicolor Lip & Cheeks Tint in #4 Mystic Coral but it’s warmer and more long-lasting.

Touch In Sol
One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #3 Barbie Pink is a dusty lilac or a pale pink with a grey undertone. Technically, it’s paler and colder than a super pink.
It’s a cold shade and, despite it has the same creamy, hydrating finish and texture as #4 Tulip Pink, it’s an unforgiving colour: it emphasises every and each invisible lip line and skin flake.
Even if you’re sure your lips have been well scrubbed off and hydrated, chances are your lips can look drier with Barbie Pink.

Last note: Barbie Pink is less pigmented than Tulip Pink and it has a shorter lasting power.
#4 Tulip Pink lasts for 4 hours and leaves a lovely satin stain, while #3 Barbie Pink fades quickly, after one hour, especially on the centre of the lips. 

Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink and #3 Barbie Pink, swatches by Valentina Chirico


My go-to shade is #4 Tulip Pink but I’ve found both lip crayons fun to use, indeed I like mixing these two shades together for natural pink lips and when I'm in a good mood… I embrace the Asian two-toned lip trend. Two lips, two colours isn’t wrong!

Hit or miss
? In my opinion, Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon is a very interesting lip colour, despite the results aren’t uniform. Despite Barbie Pink weak payoff, I can still make use of it, so it isn’t a total miss.

The smooth consistency and the functional packaging are two qualities I like the most; these key points make Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon a smart product for touch ups and quick make-ups, something that comes in handy while travelling. I recommend #4 Tulip Pink for the fool-proof shade and lasting power. Let's recap...

PROS:
compact packaging (travel-friendly),
twistable end (no sharpener needed),
creamy texture,
mixable lip colours,
formula enriched with natural ingredients
bright shades,
natural finish,
light scent

CONS
:

inhomogeneous results (lasting power and pigmentation),
price (when they aren't on offer)

Soft daytime look with Bite Beauty The Multistick in Blondie and Macaron as eyeshadows with Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #4 Tulip Pink - Valentina Chirico
Cold smokey eyes with Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner The Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Mist Me 55 and (Iron)y 45 paired with Touch in Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayon in #3 Barbie Pink by Valentina Chirico

Touch In Sol One Second Vivid Lip Crayons are available online at Glamourflare at the regular price of 8.50£ (10,03€ or 11.03$) but know they are on sale. 
This Korean cosmetic brand is also available on Amazon.com and at Sephora e-shop with a small selection of its products but I've found Glamourflare extremely fast and convenient for me with its shipping process (7 days to Italy).
So what do you think about drawing your lips with bright lip crayons?




Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask (Korean anti-aging sheet mask) review

If you don’t know what sheet masks are, then you seriously need an update!
Using sheet masks is a wide spreading skin care step and everything has started in Asia as in the case of the Korean Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask by Mediheal. I nicknamed it the "racoon mask" for a good, fun but obvious reason.

Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask. Korean sheet mask with marine collagen. Review by Valentina Chirico

The Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask by Mediheal is a one-use sheet mask made of a black fabric-like material and is an anti-wrinkle skin care treatment.
This mask is suitable for people with dark circles and puffy eyes who want to fight early signs of ageing. 
Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask contains anti-aging and soothing active ingredients such as marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, silk peptides and phyto-botanical extracts (sesame, garlic, white mulberry, soy, rice, juniper, blackberry and blueberry extracts, rose and grapefruits oils, etc...). 
This eye mask promises to restore elasticity and softness to the extremely delicate skin around the eyes.
Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask's premise is great and the mask itself looks quite funny: a black mask like those worn by superheroes, Zorro or racoons.

Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask. Korean sheet mask with marine collagen. Review by Valentina Chirico

The fabric is thick but soft and the mask, once applied, adhers well to the face thanks to its serum. The mask is carefully folded in half in its sachet but it isn’t fragile and won’t break while you use it. Its antioxidant serum is a clear, slightly dense fluid with a pleasant floral scent.
The package contains the instruction in Korean but the way of use is intuitive thanks to the illustrations which are always kawaii as happens in all Korean and Asian beauty products.
You can easily find online the instruction in English...

Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask can be used at room temperature, cooled down or heated by immersing the bag in hot water (40C°). Once applied, it can stay for 10 to 20 minutes.
I decided to try it au naturel, at room temperature for 20 minutes then, after about 15 minutes, I flipped it and reapplied it again.  
At the end, I gently massaged the serum left by the mask all over my eye area and eyelids.
20 minutes of pure relaxation, watching the ceiling and listening to the birds singing... the serum doesn’t drip and releases a pleasant freshness sensation. My eyes were quite swollen but Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask helped to relax me and my facial muscles, as well as de-puffing my eyes and leaving the skin hydrated and smooth

Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask. Korean sheet mask, review. Mask texture
Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask. review by Valentina Chirico

The mask surprised me for a detail making it a smart product, besides useful and pleasing: in fact, although it’s a disposable mask, the package contains so much serum, it can be stored in a jar.
I collected all the serum of my Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask, till the last drop, and stored it in the fridge. 
I recycled a sterilised plexiglass cosmetic container for this purpose. In this way, I’ve got six extra days of anti-age treatment I was able to use morning and evening. My skin has remained smooth and elastic throughout the week and my eyes weren’t puffy or looking tired. 

A list of pros and cons would be totally silly, indeed the Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask by Mediheal has loads of pros: is easy to use and relaxing; works while respecting the skin (its formula is very gentle)
Even the main con that is the disposable nature of an eye sheet mask couldn’t help: I used this black anti-age mask not just as a sheet mask but also as a real treatment for six days!

Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask Mediheal is available online in boxes with 3 10-ml pouches each, through k-beauty shops and Amazon, but its price varies. The net is plenty of places, it depends on where you live, mine comes from My Beauty Routine which is very convenient for those living in Italy (6€), I like it because there's no customs tax and the shipping is quick!

Mediheal - Black Eye Anti-wrinkle Mask. A kawaii racoon mask review by Valentina Chirico
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Gotham City can wait... I have to rest after fighting the crime all night long!



Valentina Chirico aka Valens


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