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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Shopping online experiences: Opinion about BeautyBigBang beauty e-shop and makeup tool review

Knock, knock... who/what is? It's a new beauty e-store ahead: BeautyBigBang, let me present it with a review about my shopping experience and some products from its catalogue. What a nice, probably quirky name for a beauty shop!

The Beauty Big Bang products featured here are some of the newest beauty goodness you come across the net: two particular foundation tools, the toothbrush brush and the clear silicone sponge, and a mermaid-inspired metallic lipstick...

BeautyBigBang beauty e-shop and makeup tool review and shopping experience

I’ve found it while browsing on Instagram and bang... I landed there!
Beauty Big Bang is a young cosmetic e-commerce that sells mainly nail colours and manicure supplies, face makeup and cosmetic tools. The site is well organised with clear sections and it’s easy to explore.
At the moment, the selection is rather small but there are new arrivals constantly joining the list and their prices are really convenient with a lot of sales and discounts.

Everyone has seen these two beauty tools at least once: the toothbrush makeup brush and the silicone sponge. Small and handy, I’ve put them to the test and compared their results...

BeautyBigBang Oval Toothbrush Makeup Brush and Clear Silicone Sponge review

The toothbrush makeup brush: overview (packaging and how to use) 
The Oval toothbrush shaped Makeup brush is exactly what you think: a makeup brush reassembling a tooth or a cushion hair brush that can be used to apply liquid and cream foundations as well as any kind of fluid makeup.
With a body made out of plastic, it’s approximately 6 cm long and has a sleek handle ending with an oval brush.
The brush has super compact and fine synthetic bristles that are surprisingly soft to the touch but sturdy, indeed it has loosened no hair so far after using and washing it. The only possible weak point could be that portion of the handle closest to the brush that is extremely thin and flexible.

In order to use it, apply a couple drops of your foundation on the back of your hand and dip the brush; sweep it starting from the centre of your face with delicate downward motions reaching the contours. Repeat till you achieve the coverage you need...

BeautyBigBang Oval Toothbrush Makeup Brush

The Clear Silicone Sponge: overview (packaging and how to use)

The Clear Silicone Sponge is a transparent “squoval” sponge made of silicone. It’s compact and stays in the palm of my hand. I suggest to clean it with a soft tissue after every usage, in order to avoid mess and dirt.

It works like a latex sponge but, since it doesn’t absorb the makeup, this silicone sponge has to be used little by little by dabbing it into your foundation and then gently onto your face with downward motions, from the centre to the side of you face.

BeautyBigBang Clear Silicone Sponge

Toothbrush Makeup Brush Versus Clear Silicone Sponge 

Both products do their job and are quite small, thus fitting even the tinier makeup pouch.
The oval toothbrush brush is the lighter tool here and, in my opinion, the one offering the best and quickest results.
In spite of its shape, a brush is always a familiar tool and, once I started practising with it, I appreciated how it allowed me to control how much and where to apply my foundation, making it easy to build it up. The final result is a flawless and natural complexion!

I was extremely sceptical about the clear silicone sponge but I give it a try: it isn’t like a traditional makeup sponge because it isn’t porous, thus it doesn’t absorb my makeup.
This represents a con because the sponge tends to take too much product at once. It needs some extra work to spread my foundation and I had to blend several times to even it. At the first times, the silicone sponge is hard to control and requires some tests.
What I get is a fuller coverage with a wet finish and a tad heavy sensation that might need to be even out and fixed well. I'm sure, the silicone sponge isn't the kind of tool I would use in the morning when I'm in a rush!
Who wins? No doubts, the recommended tool is the toothbrush brush! Everyone can use it, even a newbie!

BeautyBigBang Oval Toothbrush Makeup Brush and Clear Silicone Sponge review
Left: oval toothbrush makeup brush (flawless) Right: clear silicone sponge (wet looking) in action
Lips: RealHear Women Rule The World Moisturizing lipstick + Hang Feng Metallic Mermaid Lipstick (centre)

The Metallic Mermaid Lipstick: overview (packaging, formula & texture, shade & finish, how to use)
Gold! The Metallic Mermaid Lipstick by Hang Feng (unknown brand) is a multi use lip colour, a 3-in-1 makeup product, that comes in a traditional black and gold squared case.
The formula is light onto the skin and has an agreeable scent: fruity and yummy (it reminds of an Italian strawberry and milk ice cream).
The texture is lightweight and melts with my body heat, this lipstick glides effortlessly onto the lips and has an overall creamy and light texture, despite I could feel some fine glitters while swiping it.The shade is pure gold: a bright 24k gold with a multicoloured iridescence and a metallic finish. The result is totally buildable.

How to use a golden lipstick like the Metallic Mermaid Lipstick, then? It’s that easy to blend that can be used as lipstick, face and eye highlighter and creamy eyeshadow. It doesn’t irritate my skin so that it’s true that it can be applied all over your face.
I used it as a multi-way makeup and mainly as a lip colour, alone and on the top of other lipsticks.
I think it can be over layered with a huge array of lipstick shades and it optically gives the illusion of fuller lips when added at the centre of my lips.

BeautyBigBang Metallic Mermaid Gold Lipstick review
BeautyBigBang Metallic Mermaid Gold Lipstick
BeautyBigBang Metallic Mermaid Gold Lipstick review and swatch

What a surprise: worn alone, this golden lipstick gives a gorgeous brightness that’s perfect with my suntan and it’s far from being unnatural! 
For this quick makeup look, I simply used Avril Le Mascara Bio and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Mist Me? to brighten up my eyes, some rusty matte eyeshadow to fake my hair henna colour, and the Metallic Mermaid Lipstick. A super shiny and instant makeup for tempting mermaids: just add Au (gold)!

BeautyBigBang Metallic Mermaid Gold Lipstick review

These three products look very smart and are also convenient.
Prices are extremely low if compared to the quality: in fact, the metallic mermaid gold lipstick costs 5,09€/5.99$, while the toothbrush makeup brush is 2,03€/2.39$ and the clear silicone sponge at 1,35€/1.59$. You can find them at Beauty Big Bang and they arrive in a month, more or less depending on where you live.

Shipping can be quite slow but I’m definitely going to visit this site again because I’m in love with the oval toothbrush and the golden mermaid lipstick and, so far, I’m sure they are both a great purchase! The silicone sponge simply doesn't convince me.You don’t need to be Ulysses’ mermaid to leave a golden kiss! 
Go for the mermaid lipstick and enjoy a special discount, 10% off with the exclusive code VAC10...

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Friday, 11 August 2017

Beauty News: Les Délices Unicorn shower gels, a sugary exclusive by Douglas perfumeries

For all the incurable dreamers, a shower is a moment of magical relax and, just for them, Douglas perfumeries have set something new off at a gallop: Les Délices Unicorn, shower gels in limited edition for summer 2017.

  Beauty News: Les Délices Unicorn shower gels, a sugary exclusive by Douglas perfumeries

Surprise: multicolour unicorns arrived in our shower cabins with four sugary and tempting shower gels that will make us dream of tropical destinations and yummy pastry shops windows!
These Douglas perfumeries’ exclusives are brand new entries in Les Délices bath and body collection: Les Délices Unicorn. Delicate and dermatologically tested, they leave even the most sensitive skin, smooth and scented for hours and hours.
There’s one for everyone: Toffee Apple, warm caramelised apple; Macaroon Raspberry, crunchy raspberry treat; Cotton Candy, a naive goodness, Coco Vanilla, coconut with a melting heart.

  Les Délices Unicorn shower gels, a sugary exclusive by Douglas perfumeries

Les Délices Unicorn collection is a limited edition sold exclusively at Douglas perfumeries and are already available online and at any Douglas shop at 6.99€ (300ml).
Clop, clop... can you hear them? After pool unicorns, we’ve found a rare specimen, shower unicorns!
In these hot days, welcome a delicious treat for your skin and 
you’ll float on a fluffy and fragrant cloud with Douglas Les Délices Unicorn shower gels.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Black dress, maxi fun with summer 2017 fashion trends (pompoms, coral, clutches...)

As the temperatures raise up, we feel the need for more colours in our summer wardrobe: with our greatest surprise, a black dress proves to be a perfect canvas for this season’s hottest trends. “Black dress maxi fun!” can be our motto but even a midi dress can do the trick...

Leaf any magazine and you’ll be surrounded by vibrant colours, this is why a black dress is that piece everyone can reuse over and over in these torrid nights.

Any shade will pop against a black background and so does the hottest colour for summer 2017: bright coral!

Coral is in great company with the other summer fashion trends: ethnic dresses, like this easy to style off shoulder maxi dress with pompoms; tassels and more pompoms, mainly in “vitamin shades”, added to any possible accessory and gadget (from earrings to sandals, hats and even keyrings).

Another trend worth a try is the “see-tru” effect, whether declined and proposed into a beach robe or a proper dress with sheer panels.
This see-through midi dress is perfectly paired with other seasonals: liquid lipsticks, where orange coral is the must-have tone, mini rigid clutches combined with matching bigger totes, 3D and typographic rings.

Want to be the fancier in this summer? Just do it! Discover some new summer pieces at Zaful with the surprise code ZFEN.

Summer wish list last reminder: the black dress is ready to receive any Caraibic pop of colour or metropolitan detail.
Do not forget that summer means sun kissed skin with strong highlights (Viva La Diva Zanzibar Mud Highlighter) or more delicate peach flushes (Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Lines and Last Night #502). 
Are you ready for the summer maxi fun?

Valentina Chirico aka Valens
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