Sunday, 30 March 2014

My 18th birthday and how it was not a spectactular day at all.


Life seems to get less exciting the older you get. As I am typing this, I'm sitting here, munching one of the last pieces of my delicious birthday cake, while spending one of the nicest days of the week inside, in front of my laptop. I do feel a little guilty that I'm only posting this now, considering that my birthday was on the 26th of March, which is 4 whole days ago, but I wanted to share some little things with you anyway.  :)

What I wore:


Cardigan: American Apparel, Sweater: Oasap.com, Leggings: Black Milk Clothing

I decided to be super-daring and wear my Black Milk Mermaid Leggings for the first time, which earned me loads of weird lucks from passerbys! I got them from my dad as a birthday present and I love them SO much. :) 



As my birthday was a wednesday this year, I had to go to school on this and the following day, so there was not much celebrating that I do. However, my dad took me and my boyfriend out for dinner at my favourite Japanese restaurant. I hadn't had any asian food in so long at this point that I couldn't wait to attack the all-you-can-eat buffet. 



So yummy! *_* I got some lychees too, which I absolutely love as dessert. 

But damn, I really hate taking pictures of my food before eating it! People give you the weirdest stares.. anyway, I really wanted to show you these delicious treats that I got. <3



The cake
Probably the most important part about my birthday. The cake.  My aunt was super-nice and made a typically Austrian Sacher cake for me, which is my favourite chocolate cake ever!




The best thing about it: there is still some left! *_* Can you believe that I haven't eaten it all yet? OTL 


I would love to show you all the presents I got, but sadly, some have not arrived yet, so I can only tell you! :( However, I will do some outfit posts with them in the near future, so you'll get a look at them soon! (Besides, if you follow my instagram, you probably know most of these pictures anyway. ;) )

Let me tell you, I got so much from Black Milk Clothing, it's insane! My father got me the Mermaid Leggings you can see above and the Cherry Blossom Reversible Skater Dress, which I absolutely love. 


From my mother, I got a BM voucher, which I promptly used to get myself a pair of Middle Earth Map leggings, and let me tell you, they are truly amazing! Sadly, I don't have a picture of them to show you yet. :( 
The day before my birthday, my boyfriend revealed that he would gift me another Black Milk dress after seeing how much I loved the first one I got! Luckily, I managed to snag a Clouds Skater Dress in the Museum sale on the 27th, which he offered to pay for me. :) 

Besides that, I also got a bunch of beauty products from my sponsors to review for you! I can't wait to get them!

So now, I'm sitting here waiting for my parcels to arrive...

See you next time!

Elina

Friday, 21 March 2014

Review: Essie All in One Base - Top Coat - Strengthener


Hi everyone! Today's review is something I haven't done at all before. :)
The story behind this is the following: I started doing sports again and it completely kills my nails so I made a trip to my local drugstore and splurged on something that would strengthen them a little and keep them from peeling off.

I honestly seldomly spend a lot of money on nail varnish, so this Essie nail varnish has been a bigger expense for me than usual. Let me tell you what I think about this particular product.

This is what the product looks on the international Essie store:

The Essie All in One base is an everyday nail varnish that you can either use as base, as top coat or on it's own.
It strengthens your nails and leaves them with a highly glossy finish.
The products claims to give you
> Stronger looking and feeling nails
> Instantly smoother nails
> A shiny glossy top coat that lasts for days

You can use it with or without a base colour, but Essie claims that you can achieve the best results when you apply 2 coats of Essie Colour before applying the All in One top coat

The product contains 13,5ml.

( Picture: Source )

Packaging





The nail varnish comes in a really neat plastic box that seems really sturdy, so you don't have to be afraid about it breaking. The bottle is the usual trademark Essie nail varnish bottle, which has a description on the side indicating what nail varnish it contains. 

Swatches



In these shots, I applied two coats of the nail varnish without any colour underneath as you can see. It gives off a really glossy finish and makes the nails feel really smooth and slick

Lasting Power
To be honest, I actually expected a little more of this nail varnish. It lasts about 2 1/2 days until I need to reapply it because it does tend to chip when I do sports or type a lot. 

Effectiveness
I'm quite happy about this aspect of the Essie All in One base as it does strengthen my nails and prevents them from breaking nicely. 

Worth the money? If you are looking for a solid base or top coat and you don't mind reapplying your nail varnish every once in a while, go for it! Besides, you need to consider that 13,5ml is a lot of product you get for the price! 

Where to buy? Essie.com for 10$

 4.5 / 5

What do you think about Essie nail varnishes? Do you consider them worth the money? What's your favourite shade?

Elina

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Review: ColourB4 Haircolour Remover (Extra) ~ Back To The Roots!


Hi everyone! :D So, some of your might remember one of my earlier posts in October of last year, when I decided to dye my gold blonde hair dark brown. (-> here <-) Well, after half a year of embracing the dark shade, I decided that it was time for yet another change. My friends know that I usually don't keep a haircolour for longer than a couple of months. :) This time, I think it will be different, though.

So, I really wanted to go back to my natural haircolour without using an extensive amount of bleach in order to avoid a heavy orange or yellow outcome. Despite my hairdresser's tries to achieve the look I wanted using highlights, I decided to go for something that promises an even look.

After doing a bit of reasearch, I stumbled upon Colour B4, a british product which claims to be able to remove any kind of hair dye. :)



"With a single application of the advanced formula, you can rinse away unwanted dye, and go back to your old colour before dyeing again for a brand new look. It’s that easy!
Although the formula is safe and gentle - with no nasty chemicals like ammonia or bleach – it easily tackles permanent and semi-permanent hair colour. It also effortlessly removes colour build-up and darkened tones.
After using ColourB4, hair is in perfect condition for re-colouring. You can use it to completely remove unwanted dye before any colour treatment or salon visit.
And because the gentle formula won’t react with chemicals in other hair products, you don’t have to worry about unexpected shades or weird colour combinations." (Source

So, that is what the manufacturer claims their product does on their website. There are two different versions of this product (Regular and Extra). Since my hair was really dark, I went for the Extra version. 
Packaging


These were my utensils! I purchased two packages of light blonde hair dye just in case the product would not yield the results I was hoping for :)
Since I bought this product in an Austrian drugstore, the instructions on the box are in German, but you can find loads on informations on this product on the Colour B4 website.



Process
The box contains three small bottles, a pair of gloves and a long list of instructions that you should read before applying it (including how long you have to leave it in your hair, etc..). If you read the instructions, there is nothing you can do wrong, so I will not write everything you need to do down as I find the explanation delivered with it really useful! They also deliver a certain conditioner (Bottle C) so your hair does not get too damaged by the whole process.



As this was the Extra version, I had to leave it in my hair for 60 minutes, which would not have been too bad, but it STUNK! Really, this was the worst smell I ever encountered in 5 years of dying my hair.

So, besides that, my hair survived. It did not even feel too bad after this whole procedure, but I would advise you to use a highly moisturizing shampoo after using this whole mixture.



Results!
Please bear in mind that my hair has been bleached way before I actually applied the brown hair dye half a year ago, which meant that I was never going to be able to actually achieve my natural haircolour in the first place! 


(yay for no make-up :D the procedure washed it away)


 Well, you see the results were not very overwhelming and not what I hoped for at all. I thought that I would be able to go back to a caramel blonde, but it did not really work out. The product brightened up my hair about 3 shades and all in all, the result was very even.

Price: 16€ at DM, can be purchased online

This concludes my review of the Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover Extra. 
However, I did not give up!


After that, I went for gently bleaching my hair with thinned bleach. My irritated scalp could not handle it for longer than 5 minutes though, so I just ended up with what my hairdresser (aka my mother) called: "open hair", which basically means that the hair is able to absorb new pigments again.
This is where the hairdye I bought earlier comes into place. I went for an ash-blonde tone and left it in for another hour. 
Here are my final results!
 

You see, it did not turn out perfectly, but it is the closest to my natural haircolour I think I could have ever gotten! I am SO happy with how this whole journey ended, especially because my hair survived rather well. I do have to use a lot of conditioner now, though. :)

Now, I am trying to tackle the slightly reddish undertone that was left around the area where my bands stop, down my shoulders. For this I'm using a purple shampoo, and so far, it has worked wonders for me. 

I would love to know what you think and if you would give Colour B4 a shot yourself! 


- Elina

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Review: Tonymoly G9 Moisture CC Cream (Sponsored)


Hi everyone! So, what do you do when you have two different blogposts planned for one week? Correct, you write about something completely different. You must know that I am a really indecisive person that likes to push up decisions until they are inevitable... thus, I tend to post on sundays a lot! Haha.

Anyway, today's review is a little different. Why, you may ask? Well, the product I'm reviewing is actually for MEN! How come? Well, it is part of the products I received from Beautynetkorea a while ago. I was not going to write a review about it at first because I was a little reluctant to actually put a product designed for men on my delicate skin. However, I did not want it to go to waste, so eventually, I decided to give it a go. Frankly, I was surprised by the results!

As I already said, this product was sponsored by Beautynetkorea. :)

Beautynetkorea is an online retail store that specializes on Korean cosmetics and beauty products. Their service is great and they always have really good offers. It would mean a lot to me if you could check them out! <3


 (Source

I'm still amused by the fact that they sent me a product designed for men. :D Anyway, let's jump right into the review, shall we? 



Packaging






Dark blue and silver, rather simple, not cute at all - this is product definitely looks much more mature than other products by Tonymoly. It's really suitable for men, in my opinion, but it does take my fancy as well. :)
The product comes in a tube, just as the Cat Chu Tony BB Cream that I reviewed a while ago. I like this way of dispensing it as you can control the amount you desire really well. 



Swatches



Before

(my skin has cleared up again! yay. :D) 

After



I was pleasantly surprised by this CC cream! It does have a very soapy scent to it, which fades after 1 minute of wearing it. Unlike other Korean foundation substitutes I tried, this CC cream does not have a dewy finish, but it does look rather matte.
What I really like about it is the fact that it doesn't feel sticky at all but it still moisturizes the skin rather well.
The coverage is rather sheer, however. At best, I would rate it as medium-coverage, but usually, you would not use CC cream if you needed high coverage anyway.

The downside: It was designed for men. I would speculate that this could be a reason to cause breakouts. I only wore it once so far, so I can't really draw any conclusions yet, but I'd be rather careful.

Repurchase? I am not sure. ;) I'd rather try out a CC cream for women

Where to buy? Beautynetkorea for 12,60 USD



Would you ever consider trying out a product that was designed for the opposite gender? I used to use male deodorants for some time because their packaging was more handy! 

- Elina 

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