Sneak Peek: Worshipping at the Altar of L’Oréal Hydra Active 3

Picked up the new Hydra Active 3 toner (more or less accidentally, meant to get the micellaire water but it was sold out and then something went wrong in my brain and BAM here I am boring you with an irrelevant background story). It smells lovely, kind of fruity , the consistency is a little thicker than water. It looks almost gloopy in the bottle.
I also picked up the Hydra Active 3 Glow which is basically a mixture of a sheer tinted moisturizer and a glow primer. My skin has been so drab and greyish lately that I can’t wait to slather this on. I am SO over winter gloomyness, I am just yearning for the sun to come out and warm my face. I hope the HA3 Glow will fake some sun without being too orange, we’ll see…

The two pics of the back of my hand show a semi blended blob of the Glow, and the the Glow completely blended in. It feels super moisturizing and it leaves a soft sheen to my skin without looking greasy. The tint doesn’t really show up on my skin, which is good because this means it is not too dark. The Glow has an SPF of 15.

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Picture Post: Make Up Mess Vol. II (+Mini Reviews)

 Time to unclutter my make up bag again. Usually only products that I’m either using on a regular basis or that I want to use more regularly end up in my bag, and every now and again it is time to throw out stuff that I’m not using, so here we go: (As per usual click on the pics to make them larger!)

 Bases and Primer:
I am using Max Factor Soft Resistant Make Up in 1 Light again and I’m loving it: It gives me more coverage than my beloved MAC Matchmaster which I need every now and then. It is light enough and long lasting AND it works as a great eyeshadow base, too: win-win-win situation!.
My concealer is still the Rimmel Match Perfection in 010 Ivory. Not much to say other than, that it is again light enough, it lasts all day without creasing or getting blotchy and has enough coverage for me.
The essence I heart stage base and my beloved NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk will leave my bag for now, simply because my foundation does what these two do just as well. But since I really like them I’m sure they’re gonna make a glorious comeback.

 Blushes and Bronzers:
I’m loving my essence Miami Roller Girl Blush which is my super-bright option at the moment. If I want something more subtle I’m going for Catrice Defining Duo Blush 020 Peach Sorbet which comes out more orangey- peachy on my cheeks. This one has been discontinued but Catrice brought out a very similar color in the new standard range. Catrice’s blush formular is flawless; highly pigmented, silky soft and it lasts a good 7 hours on me. The little round pot is from an alverde limited edition. It comes out more pinky- peachy on my cheeks but it is considerably less pigmented is therefore booted from my bag.
My favorite bronzer is also from Catrice (Sun Glow in 010 Light Bronze). It is completely matte, not too orange and buildable. I usually use this as a blush- stand in or as a contour powder. It stays.

Lips:
essence Cherry Blossom lipstick pencil in 01 Cherry Cherry Girl. This should be still available even though it is limited edition. It is a coral- orange- red lipstick with a matte finish. It is fairly opaque in one go and despite being matte it is not drying at all (at least for me). I love how easily this applies since I usually mess up when I wear bright lips but this is great. 
The only slight downside is the strong sweet scent but since it is not noticeable once the lipstick is applied it is not too bad. This one stays!

 Lashes:
 My two mascara options of the moment are the Rimmel Extra Super Lash waterproof and the new essence multi action blackest black. One is a great love the other is massive let down.
Let’s go over the let down first: I hate the essence mascara 😦 It may be black but it is not holding the curl at all. The second I apply it my freshly curled lashes droop and fall back into their usual super-straight state. Every other multi action I tried was great (and is not in the standard range any more) but this is really awful. I can’t even tell if it is lengthening or volumizing, because my lashes become pretty much invisible with this.
The Extra Super Lash waterproof on the other hand is BRILLIANT! It holds the curl all day, it defines, lengthens and volumizes my lashes in one go and I never want to be without it anymore. This one stays, the other one goes, maybe directly to the trash can, I haven’t made up my mind yet…

 Eyeshadows:
essence Marble Mania 02 Let’s get twisted. Lovely shimmery dark taupe. This one goes for now.
L’Oréal ColorAppeal Trio Pro 350 Pure Silver. Lovely, glittery silver trio. This one also goes for now.
essence pigments 20 black sparrow. This is apperantly a dupe for MAC Bluebrown pigment. Haven’t tried it yet. It stays. (Can’t wait to play with it!!)
MAC Club. This one needs no further comment. I use this on a daily basis at the moment, it SO stays. 😀
MAC Vapour. My base color of the moment. Velvet finish, light peach with a slight blue shimmer and clear glitter. The glitter doesn’t really show up on the eye but the duochrome didn’t need it in the first place in my opinion. It is super brightening on my eyes and also super lovely as an inner corner highlight. If you couldn’t tell this also stays 😀
Rival de Loop 04 hot chocolate. This one keeps reappearing in my bag and it has a considerable dent in it. For now it is leaving me, but it will be back I know. It is a subtly shimmery taupe, not too dark to be nsfw, I use this either alone when I just want a wash of color or with a darker shade in the crease to smoke it out. I love how it is just red enough to bring out the green in my eyes.

Brows:
Catrice Eyebrow Set. This one is an every day- staple, it stays. Not much to say about this, it is not too red, it doesn’t make my brows look too fake and drawn-on, all around love it and expect to hit pan on this every day now.

 Pencils:
I love pencils in all shapes and sizes and I finally found my perfect eye pencils in the Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencils. I own them in Black Fire and Brown Blaze. The formula is amazing: It is very soft, almost gel-like and it glides on effortlessly. After a few seconds it sets and from that moment on it won’t budge until I take it off in the evening. I’ve been looking for pencils that I can use on my upper lash line that won’t drag on the skin and these are perfect! What I also love is that the brown is not too red. I have a brown eyeliner pencil that makes my eyes look positively blood-shot.
Also in this picture is another Max Factor pencil a Kohl Kajal in 090 Natural Glaze. It is a skin-like color that I use if I don’t want to use a black or just to brighten my eyes.
Another one of my all-time faves is my MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil. Invincible on the waterline and extremely black, I’m so glad this is in the standard range now!
And another brow product smuggled itself on this picture: The Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in 030 Brow-n-eyed Peas. I just started to use this again. It is a subtler than my eyebrow powder, I quite like it.
All of these are staying!

Tools:
These are the brushes and things that I use on a daily basis. This is pretty self-explanatory, right? All of these are staying except for the large powder brush, because I switched back from dusting my bronzer on to pack it on with the brush on the far left.

This concludes my ridiculously long Make Up Mess post, but I felt like I owe you guys after not having posted in what feels like forever… so yeah!
Have a great week, everyone!

Hair Masterpost and First Attempt with a Conic Wand

 I talked about writing this post for months but I always thought I wasn’t ready, something was missing another thing not perfect yet. Then again, I’ve been using the same stuff for months now and even re-purchased a shampoo, which usually doesn’t happen, since I never found one that seemed worth it. So I decided to ignore everything that was not perfect yet and dive right in, I mean, I can always post updates, right?

 Hairstory:
I was blessed with rather thick and sturdy hair in a nice reddish brown color. My hair was so thick and sturdy in fact, that an old hairdresser of mine complained she couldn’t handle it. Needless to say I switched the hairdresser after that. I mean she is the expert, if she can’t handle my hair she can’t be really good, eh?
Over the past I went through phases of coloring my hair and leaving it be until about five years ago, I decided to dye it much darker. For about a year I dyed it every  5 weeks with the result that my hair was in such a horrible state that I had to cut it off to my earlobes and let the rest grow out. Mental note: If you dye your hair let a professional do it and don’t dry it out further by using a volumizing shampoo!!
Generally speaking my hair is rather dry but I suffer from a greasy scalp, due to this the past 4 years were dedicated to finding shampoos and conditioners that would not weigh my hair further down but still keep it intensely moisturized. And yes, it took me until now to find a combo that I am content with. 
One important step on my way, was to change around my way of washing my hair, by only applying conditioner from my earlobes down and the shampoo only on my scalp, ever since then my hair has been doing a lot better. 
After an odyssee of trying out everything from high end brands to the lowest end drugstore, this is what remained: 

 

 Essentials:
In the picture above you can see the stuff I use every time I wash my hair.
(left to right)

L’Oréal Elvital Glatt- Intense with Argan Oil and Thermo- Protect Shampoo and Conditioner 

(The equivalent for this in the UK and the US seems to be the L’Oréal ELVIVE Smooth-Intense range)
This shampoo leaves my hair shiny, clean and deeply moisturized (yes, the shampoo alone!). It worked miracles for my hair. The scent is very light and fresh and not at all your typical heavy oil smell.
As mentioned before I apply the conditioner from the earlobes down. It is a thick yellowy paste of the same scent as the shampoo and is as well deeply moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Kérastase Specifique K Bain Gommage Intervention Antipelliculaire
I might switch this shampoo out once it is empty, in fact I will have to, since it has been discontinued. This shampoo stands for the fact that I always pair my argan oil shampoo with a shampoo for greasy hair, I know this sounds as if they would cancel each other out but in my case they really don’t. On the other hand the Kérastase shampoo does not work as spectecularly as I would like and I won’t miss it much when I run out. My next candidate to try out is actually the Redken shampoo for greasy hair.

Nivea Styling Mousse Volume Sensation
Again a ‘I can’t live without this and will repurchase’-product. This mousse gives my hair longlasting volume and for some reason it holds my grease at bay, when I use this product I get a lot later greasy than if I don’t. I just massage it into my roots before blow- drying my hair (again I only blow-dry the scalp and at a very low heat-setting).

L’Oréal Elvital Öl Magique
(L’Oréal ELVIVE Extraordinary Oil)
This is my latest addition and it caused an absolute addiction. I use this oil every day and sometimes twice. For one I put 4 pumps of this through my hair before I wash it, before blow-drying I put two pumps through the still wet ends, and every day after brushing out my hair I put a pump of this again through my ends.
Nothing has ever left my ends so soft and healthy-feeling than this product. My hair absorbs the oil fully and does not become weighed down at all no matter how many times I use it or how much I pack on.
Using hot tools on my hair used to be a complete nightmare because my ends would need days and days to recover from it, this oil erases the dryness caused by the heat from my hair and leaves it soft and smooth without ruining the curls, I couldn’t rave about this enough. Another plus is that it comes at a significantly lower price point than Moroccan Oil.   

 

 Semi-Essentials

Syoss Anti- Breakage Milk
I use this whenever I wash my hair but mainly to use it up. This doesn’t seem to do anything for my hair but it doesn’t hurt it either.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Oil Nutritive and Ultimate Repair Express Repair Leave- In Conditioning Spray
I used to wear these every day but the argan oil conditioner and the hair oil have made them pretty much redundant and I only use them when my hair seems to need an extra kick. I still love these though I think they are great products and definitely worth checking out!  

  

 Styling Products


L’Oréal Elnett Absolute & Shine Hairspray
Smells like dead grandma but this is certainly one of the best hairprays I ever had and worth every penny, it gives me all the hold I need but leaves my hair feeling soft and natural, in other words it does exactly what it says it would.

Balea Shine Gel Wax
I don’t think this is available outside of continental Europe but than again it is not too unique either. This comes as a clear jelly, smells nice, gives my hair a nice shine and gets the job done. I mainly use this to calm down fly-aways when I put my hair up in a ponytail or a bun.

Schwarzkopf got2b guardian angel Heat Protectant up to 220°C
My go- to heat protectant. I love the smell and it makes my hair very glossy. I use this whenever I use hot tools. I might switch this out for something that protects my hair more from drying out but for now  this bottle is still quite full and I will use this up.

      
A little Bonus for your patience:
Today a little dream came true: I received the conic wand I bought from a fellow blogger and of course I had to try it out right away and this is the result of the first attempt. It will take some more practice but I am really very happy with it. (I am planning a seperate post on my hot tools, this one is too long already 😉  )

Katze in Training oder die Top 10 Produkte der letzten Woche (KW06)

Ich hatte mal wieder Lust einen Favoriten- Entry zu schreiben. Leider sind Monatsfavoriten aber irgendwie nichts für mich, da mir die Abstände zwischen den Einträgen zu lang ist und ich immer wieder vergesse, welche Produkte ich in den Blog aufnehmen könnte, also habe ich beschlossen diese Woche mal versuchsweise zu beobachten welche Produkte ich regelmäßig benutzt habe und zufällgerweise haben es genau 10 auf die Liste geschafft.

Mit dazu beigetragen, dass ich immer wieder dieselben Sachen benutzt habe, hat auch ein Projekt, das ich im Moment verstärkt angehe: der geflickte Eyeliner, das perfekte Cateye. Eyeliner an sich? Kein Problem! Aber der Flick und ich wir mögen uns einfach nicht. Aber ich habe mir in den Kopf gesetzt ihn zu bezwingen. Und teilweise hat es auch schon ganz gut geklappt. Fotos dazu werde ich noch gesondert online stellen, zunächst einmal die Produklte, die mich bei meinem Experiment unterstützend begleitet haben:

Eine der Mascaras, die ich über die Zeit sehr in mein Herz geschlossen habe und sicher nachkaufen werde ist die essence black Mania carbon black volume mascara. Sie ist tiefschwarz, hält den Schwung und passt perfekt zu meinem schwarzen Liner. Ich habe sie diese Woche beinahe jeden Tag benutzt.


Die zweite Masacara, die mein Herz gestohlen hat und sehr oft in Gebrauch ist, ist die essence multi action false lashes mascara. Nicht ganz so schwarz und ich benutze sie daher wenn ich keinen Liner verwende und ein etwas natürlicheres Finish, aber trotzdem meine Wimpern betont und im Griff haben will.


Mein absoluter Lieblingsliner: Der L’Oréal Super Liner in schwarz. Er ist der erste Liner den ich perfekt handhaben kann und der genau das macht was ich will und nicht umgekehrt. Er hat keine Pinsel- oder Filzstiftspitze, die ausfransen könnte, sondern eine Art Textilspitze, die in der ganzen Zeit die ich den Liner besitze noch kein einziges Mal in irgendeiner Form Schwierigkeiten gemacht hätte. Ohne diesen Liner wäre mein ganzes Katzen-Projekt nicht möglich gewesen.


Bereits vor einigen Monaten habe ich den catrice Colour Show Lipgloss in der Farbe 100 Sunkissed auf einem Blog gesehen und war fasziniert. Als jetzt endlich for einigen Wochen catrice auch in einem Müller in meinem Wohnort einzog, habe ich mir dann einen gesichert. Die Kamera hat die Farbe allerdings ziemlich verfälscht 😦 In Wirklichkeit ist der Gloss ein coralliges Bronze mit Goldschimmer. Er deckt sehr gut und ich empfinde ihn sehr angenehm auf meinen Lippen, nicht zu klebrig und auch nicht austrocknend.


Das nächste Produkt war eine ziemliche Überraschung für mich: Das natural mat make- up von Manhattan Clearface in der Farbe 70 Vanilla besitze ich schon eine ganze Weile. Zuerst dachte ich es wäre zu dunkel für mich, dann hatte ich das Gefühl es würde nach einiger Zeit tragen fleckig und streifig und eigentlich habe ich sie nur wieder benutzt um sie aufzubrauchen, aber diese Woche habe ich es endlich geschafft, das diese Foundation das für mich tut was sie soll und das hat vor allem mit dem nächsten Produkt zu tun:

Seit einer ganzen Weile teste ich mich durch das alverde Sortiment. Mit zunehmenden Vergnügen, mittlerweile sind dabei auch ein paar Grale bei rumgekommen. Letzte Woche haben wir endlich die neue alverde Theke bekommen und diese Aktion nahm ich zum Anlass um mir die Anti- Glanz Make-Up Basis zu kaufen, und was soll ich sagen, sie wirkt viel besser als ich erwartet habe: Mein Haut ist länger matt und sie versorgt meine Haut mit Feuchtigkeit. Zusätzlich zeigt sich in Kombination mit ihr die Manhattan Clearface Foundation von ihrer besten Seite und hält und sieht toll aus. Ausführliche Review, auch zu den Gralen, folgt noch.

Ein weiteres Produkt, das mich durch diese Woche begleitet hat ist das essence shimmer powder in 01 prettylicious. Als ich es vor einiger Zeit kaufte, war ich nicht glücklich damit: was sich im Laden toll swatchte, kam auf der Haut nicht wirklich zum Vorschein, zumindest nicht wenn man es mit einem Pinsel auftrug. Mittlerweile trage ich es mit den Fingern auf und es gibt einen hübschen Schimmer auf den Wangen- und Brauenknochen.


Noch ein essence-Produkt das mich begleitet hat war der silky touch blush in 30 secret it-girl. Ich liebe dieses beinahe matte Terracotta- Orange, das mal etwas anderes ist, als meine üblichen Pink- und Rottöne.


Der nächste Blush ist das Mineral Soft Powder Rouge von catrice in der Farbe 140 Terra Brown. Ich habe die Farbe zum Konturieren gekauft, da sie aber auf der Haut doch sehr rötlich rauskommt hat sich das vermutlich erledigt, aber ich werde noch ein bisschen probieren.

Und zu guter Letzt noch eines dieser Produkte die ich eigentlich nur aufbrauchen wollte: Der essence fairytale eye pencil in 01 enchanted forrest. Angeblich ein Tiefschwarz. Das ist es nicht unbedingt, außerdem ist die Mine relativ hart, was es schwierig macht ihn am oberen Wimpernkranz zu benutzen. Ich habe ihn dann auf der Wasserlinie benutzt und war erstaunt davon wie gut er sich hält. Natürlich nimmt er es nicht mit MAC Feline auf, aber für einen Drugstore Eyeliner macht er sich ausgezeichnet. Ich werde ihn gerne verwenden, ihm zugegebenermaßen, aber auch keine Träne nachweinen.


So viel zu meinen Products of the Week. Die Fotos zu meinen Projektfortschritten folgen.

My Face but better….Everyday Make Up- Step by Step

Dieses MU ist inspieriert (mal wieder 🙂 ) von Reni (fragdiegurus.de) und von Mara (vorstadtcinderella.de/ makeup-locator.de) und es hat sich als schnelles Alltags-Make Up bewährt. Ich trage es zur Uni, wenn ich nicht viel Zeit habe und keine Lust mich an einem riesen AMU aufzuhalten (auch wenn ich die immernoch liebe, wenn ich die nötige Zeit habe und mich austoben kann). Und natürlich sehen meine Wangen wieder aus, als wäre eine Schimmerbombe explodiert, aber das liebe ich im Moment und bin damit nicht alleine, ich böser Mitläufer =)
Ich mag Step by Steps und Vorher-Nachhers, weil ich den Unterschied zwischen dem ersten und dem letzten Bild immer so spannend finde und dachte ich probiere es mal hier für den Blog aus aus. Konstruktive Kritik wie immer herzlich erbeten, entweder hier per Kommi oder ihr findet mich auf Twitter (@LaurielVM). Bis bald und einen schönen Tag, ihr Lieben!

Produktliste:
Astor Mattitude 16H Make Up 001 Ivory
alverde Camouflage 100 Sand
essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (dunkle Farbe)
L’Oréal Perfect Match Puder C1/K1 Rose Ivory
Catrice Lash Plus Mascara (schwarz)
MNY Pressed Powder Blush 301
Manhattan Highlighting Powder Diamond Edition
p2 Eye Soufflé 060 Dream Cream
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss 150 Peach Petal
Pure Canvas: ‘Nacktes’ Gesicht, frisch gereinigt und mit Feuchtigkeitscreme

Foundation, Camouflage, aufgefüllte Augenbrauen
Puder und Mascara

Fertiges MU mit Blush+Highlighter, p2 Eye Soufflé als Highlight unter der Augenbraue und Lipgloss