Monthly Us&Downs: JULY 2012

July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello!!!

I can happily announce I’m officially on summer break! YAY!
I’m done with school until September, so stay tuned for new entries! 😉

Here are my July 2012 Ups and Downs!

Ups-Ups-Ups:
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil (in CIA). Amazing coverage for little pimples scars and red spots. I use it, of course, also as a under-eye concealer and it really does his work! The only “not-so-great” thing about it is the colour matching: my skin has a pink undertone and this concealer is a little bit too yellow-y for me and a little bit too dark too (yeah, you should know I am one of the palest people ever on this world, I guess). Anyway, it does bled so good it still works great on my skin! 😉 It’s a bit pricey, but there’s also a lot of product. One thing I would change is the fact that you need to sharpen it and, as a result, there’s a waste of product. I’ll definitely re-purchase it because it’s the only (I think) concealer that actually suits me the best!
NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder (in 702A, Naturally Beige). When the drugstore near my place start selling this brand I was the happiest girl on the planet. First off, it’s perfect for my colour skin. Well, maybe it’s a tad too dark, but since it’s a powder it doesn’t show off too dark! I use it to set the concealer or to conceal my under-eye zone and especially to even out my lids! Plus, it really is “smooth” as the name says! Cheap, nice colour, great package (who doesn’t like a mirror next to a powder?), it’s definitely a favourite!
Essence Kajal Pencil (in 04 White). I’ve been looking for a white kajal for a long time. I’ve been using The Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX in Milk, but I always found it too white and not easy to work with it in the waterline beacuse of the big pencil. So, I’ve picked up this one by Essence and I didn’t regret it! What I really like about it is that it’s very buildable and so I can just pass it lightly on the waterline and have a whit-y-pink-ish colour that brights up the eyes or build it up for a really white waterline. It doesn’t stay as long as the Jumbo Pencil, if I’m correct, but I’ll definitely buy it again. Plus, you can use it in the teardoct or as a highlighter on your brow bone. It works amazingly.
Cherry Culture Lip Balm (in Bubble Gum). I bought some stuff from their awesome website about a year ago and they added this lip balm as a gift. I haven’t run out of it yet because I’m really careful not wasting it! XD It’s an awesome lipstick base (you don’t need to apply too much of it though!) and the lips are really soft after it’s gone away. I can also say it lasts more than any other lip balm I ever tried. And..the smell. I could sniff it forever!
Lush Lip Balm (Lip Service). I think it was the very first item I bought at Lush. It’s a good home-usage lip balm. I generally apply it when I have really chapped lips or before going to bed and it deeply softens them. The bad thing about it is that after it’s almost gone there are some little pieces where it has dried, not good. That’s why I use it only at home or during sleep!
L’Oréal Paris Caresse Lipstick (in 06, Aphrodite Scarlet). My dear God, I’m in love with this lipstick. Its formula, the colour, the payoff, how much (more than 5 hours without eating/drinking) it lasts on. There are lots of cute colours, you definitely need to check it out if you like sheer lipsticks that still leave a nice colour on the lips.
Kiko Super Colour Lipgloss – Active Colours Limited Edition (in 03, Coral Hibiscus). I found myself using this balm just when I’m on a rush but I still want to have a little bit of colour on my lips. It has a glossy finishing and I’m in love with the colour. It doesn’t last more than 2/3 hours, though.
e.l.f. Palette Limited Edition Blush (in ???). I received this palette as a free gift after online-shopping at the e.l.f. website, but I can’t find it anywhere online so I guess it’s discontinued. 😦 I haven’t used the whole palette except for the coral/peachy blush. It works perfectly on my skin tone and I love that it’s very pigmented and totally buildable. If you get to know how it’s called, let me know because I’m gonna buy that blush again!
Lush Vegetal Vaseline (here in Italy it’s called Shpalman). It’s kind of a body butter to use on your dried parts: elbows, heels, knees and it works amazing. I’ve used it as a lip balm too and it’s better than the actual Lush Lip Balm. Really. Plus, I use it on my nose too when it’s a little bit dry/red and it helps a lot. Just a tip: use it before going to sleep because it’s extremely oily! 😉
Water. I never thought water could improve my skin and health like that. It’s been more than a month that I try to drink 1/2 liters of water everyday. It makes you feel better. Down side? I have to go to the bathroom one time every hour. XD
Summer fruit. I can’t express how much I love summer fruit. Peaches, cherries, plums, watermelon, coconut. I wouldn’t eat anything else during the hot season! (except for ice-creams :P)

Downs-Downs-Downs:
♥ Exams 😛
♥ Heat. Like really, when is Fall coming???
(I really can’t think of anything else beauty-related! I guess staying at home didn’t let me discover bad products! :P)

& that’s a wrap.

Stay beautiful.

 

L

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