Friday, 22 June 2018

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 - review

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 has been a purchase drawn simply by an impulse while wandering in Birmingham’s Bullring. 
Let’s admit it: with names like luscious flowers and far islands, I couldn’t stop swatching these matte lip colours and dream of impossible travels...

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid is a range of 17 highly pigmented and cruelty-free lip coloursspecially formulated to glide on effortlessly like a gloss and set with the rich creamy colour and velvety touch of matte lipstick”.
By the given description, these lip colours seem a good compromise but matte lip products are also known to be tricky to use if not disappointing, what about these ones?

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid: product & packaging 

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus is a lip colour contained in an 8-ml tube with a sponge applicator that’s slim and thin enough to allow a nice application.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

Formula & texture:
It’s stated that this liquid lip colour by The Body Shop is creamy and velvety, to be more precise Tahiti Hibiscus has a mousse texture that is very light on the skin and applies effortlessly. It doesn’t smudge nor crackle while wearing it.
The formula is really gentle and no-drying with a pleasant and deliciously fruity scent, it’s enriched with fair-trade beeswax and marula oil.
Indeed, this lip colour doesn’t create dry patches nor set into fine lines, but it takes up to 5 minutes to dry completely to the desired finish.
Its formula holds on quite well if you simply drink and it can last 4 or 5 hours with the same comfortable sensation, however it easily fades if you eat as well as transfers.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

Shade & finish:

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 has a vivid raspberry red shade despite the tube is quite misleading: it’s maroon and one would expect a colour like that. 
I disagree with bloggers defining Tahiti Hibiscus a dark or an intense red because it has a strong blue/cold undertone and in certain light conditions or camera settings you can see it as a magenta.
Compare the two pictures below, no filters have been applied. 
The finish is matte but bright, never flat!

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

airy texture
easy application
no-drying formula
fair-trade ingredients
high impact colours
vibrant finish

long drying time
transfers and fades with ease

The Tahiti Hibiscus Matte Lip Liquid by The ody Shop Bhas several positive points but the slow drying time can be both a pro and a con: waiting is bothering and, in the meantime, one is tempted to adjust the colour by messing around at the end. 
If only it could last longer while eating The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid would be the perfect matte liquid lipstick on the market! I would buy a new one...

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 costs 7£ and it’s also completely vegetarian and gluten-free, it’s available online and in store.
All in all, it’s worth to be tried on offer for its high impact colour palette, its hydrating effect, comfortable wear and the green consciousness that’s one of The Body Shop’s trademarks.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Finding the best liquid foundation for dry skin

Foundation is a cosmetic that improves the look of our skin, this is why it's so important as well as so tricky to choose!
Liquid foundation is the most well-known type because it's easy to use and can create an impeccable look by minimizing skin issues like imperfections, scars and even minor breakouts. 
It's available in water and oil-based formulas for light, medium and full coverage.
It doesn't just cover but it additionally evens your skin tone to give you the flawless look you want

Tips the best foundation for dry skin

There are also the so-called “liquid to powder” foundations that endeavour to catch the benefits of both liquid and powder products. But back to liquid foundations...
An important role of liquid foundations is giving hydration or giving and locking it in, perfect for those of us with dry skin. This extra hydration also helps our makeup to set and last longer.
It’s also easier to find a better match to your skin tone with a liquid foundation rather than with a powder one!
In fact, you can always adjust your colour by mixing different shades of your favourite foundation.

Liquid foundation: the benefits

There are two kinds of liquid foundation: water-based and oil-based. So which one is a good choice when purchasing a new foundation? 
The solution relies upon your skin type: in case your skin is normal or dry, you will more likely need an oil-based foundation
These top liquid foundations for dry skin – all reviewed in-depth - have a natural-looking coverage and are less demanding compared to compact foundations. 
If your skin is oily, you should pick a water-based foundation because this type doesn’t feel heavy nor clog your pores (it isn't comedogenic)
The finish of a liquid foundation varies from sheer to full, all depends on your necessities
With highly pigmented formulas, you don’t have to stress about visible dyschromia or imperfections!

The pros of using a liquid foundation

Hopefully, every makeup brand has its foundation line available in different formulas, so it’s technically easy to find the one that works best for you and a shade that’s close to your natural skin colour.
But liquid foundations aren’t solely great for dry skin and its typical lack of moisture, they can fill in fine lines, pores and wrinkles and making them less visible with - as a result - a smoother and younger face.
Another positive note is that liquid foundations are easy to apply: with a foundation brush, a sponge or simply by using your (clean) fingers.
If you have a long-time experience with make-up, you know for sure how important is choosing the correct foundation for your skin. 
With dryness conditions, a liquid foundation will help to have and keep skin moisture all year around.
There are so many brands and so many product options on the market that it’s hard to find just a privileged liquid foundation!
May I help you? I’ve tested some new foundations and they will be reviewed here sooner or later. It’s worth to keep an eye over "Valens.... per voi"…

Saturday, 9 June 2018

D.Obsessed - Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Retinol face serums (review)

If you are “obsessed” with skincare, then you don’t easily stop at toner and face cream, but add something more specific. And so I’m doing with D.Obsessed face serums, a collection of cruelty-free treatments with botanical hyaluronic acid.
I’ve introduced D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid, the Vitamin C and the Retinol serums to my daily routine and seen the results...

D.Obsessed - Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Retinol cruelty-free face serums

D.Obsessed: the brand
D.Obsessed is an UK cruelty-free cosmetic company that delivers focused skincare products and its cutting-edge items are its trio of serums: the Hyaluronic Acid serum, the Vitamin C serum and the Retinol serum.
The claim is that they are effective but gentle, can they be strong and kind enough and at the same time?

D.Obsessed serums: the product

D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum, Vitamin C serum and Retinol serum are face treatments rich in naturally-sourced ingredients and nutrients like the hyaluronic acid featured in all these three serums. Each serum covers one or more skin concerns: hydration, ageing, dull complexion, skin imperfection...

The product: the packaging
D.Obsessed face serums come in 30ml Perspex bottles with a dropper dispenser making the product application hygienic and its dosing better.

How to use:
D.Obsessed serums have to be applied after your usual toner and before your face cream or any other treatment.
Their usage has no specific restriction or precaution but the general tip is to gently tap them onto clean skin until their complete absorption.
The D.Obsessed Retinol serum has to be used – as recommended by the company– after exfoliation and can be used daily; D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum can be followed by the Vitamin C serum and applied both on wet or dry skin.

D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum: the product

D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum is an “advanced moisturizing formula derived botanically, a hydrating and anti-age treatment that’s aimed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the skin soft, elastic and moisturized.
Its formulation contains key ingredients like natural hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and E, green tea and jojoba oil. It’s a combination of antioxidant and brightening elements. 

Formula, texture & scent
D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum is a slightly thick but not glue-y, pearly white serum with a fresh and floral scent; it dries without leaving sticky residues.

How to use:
I’m using it combined with the Vitamin C serum both day and night: I pat it onto dry skin and I let it dry for one minute because of its consistency but it feels light afterwards.

I’m appreciating day after day how the D.Obsessed Hyaluronic Acid serum makes my skin feeling to the touch and looking smoother, I’ve also noticed that - after one week of usage – in combination with the Vitamin C serum, it gives me an even supple and elastic skin. 

D.Obsessed Vitamin C serum: the product

D.Obsessed Vitamin C serum is an “advanced anti-ageing formula for a brighter and youthful complexion” and its purposes are treating spots caused by sun exposure, evening skin colour, hydrating and fighting signs of ageing.

Formula, texture & scent
This serum contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, natural hyaluronic acid, herbal infusions, jojoba oil and aloe vera. It feels less thick than the other serums and has a runny consistency, it’s yellowish in colour and has a light zesty note. It can be used daily and has a faster absorption, despite it can still result slightly tacky afterwards. Combined with the hyaluronic serum, it leaves my skin supple and elastic, smoothes out its texture and makes it brighter.

D.Obsessed Retinol serum: the product

D.Obsessed Retinol serum is a product targeted to skin ageing and it has been formulated to improve skin texture and colour, stabilize hydration level, minimize fine line and large pores. Indeed, the effect of retinol on skin is kicking up the cell rejuvenation process.
Formula, texture & scent
D.Obsessed says that this serum has a “unique formula combines 2.5% Retinol with synergetic blend of botanical extracts and oils”, indeed it contains retinol or Vitamin A, natural-sourced hyaluronic acid, green tea, jojoba oil, propolis and aloe vera.
D.Obsessed Retinol serum has the denser consistency in this trio and looks like an off-white gel.
It has no particular odour. It may feel tacky and takes longer to be absorbed but, once done, it refreshes the skin.

How to use:
It’s recommended to be used daily after cleansing and exfoliating your skin. However, it has been so far the hardest serum to fit into my routine because I can’t exfoliate every day, so I use it rarely.

So far and for the little, I’ve been able to use it, it has been leaving my skin smoother and brighter, thus I would recommend it in the case you’re looking for a 360° treatment, a moisturizing and anti-age product in one.
I recommend to use it before going to sleep, in order to improve the regeneration of tissues that happens overnight.

D.Obsessed - Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Retinol face serums

Let’s recap all the pros and cons I've spotted in this skincare line.

gentle to the skin (all)
light scent or odourless (Retinol)
effective in a short span o time (all)
highly hydrating (all, averagely)
smooth skin texture and improve skin tone (especially Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C)
decently absorbed onto the skin (Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C)
good price for quantity/application

sticky sensation after application (Vitamin C)
long absorption time (Retinol)

D.Obsessed - Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Retinol face serums

The great pro of these serums is the customizability: indeed you can adapt their usage depending on what are you looking for.
I highly recommend the Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C combination daily, day and night, because it’s really effective if not positively terrific.
My only concern regards the amount of Hyaluronic Acid I’m applying onto my skin as all three products contain it, but so far I’ve experienced no sensitivity to products or sunlight.
Practical question: where to find them and how much are they?
The D.Obsessed serums are available on or your Amazon local platform (here for Italy) and cost 10.99£, except for the Hyaluronic Acid serum which is 11.49£.

No make-up, no fancy filters: this is me, naturally.
Dress by GAP - Nail polish: LaCura (Fierce Fuchsia)

My question(s) to you: how "obsessed" would you rate yourself? (And are you enough for these serums?)

Valentina Chirico aka Valens