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MAX cosmetics at Action

Today was my first day shopping at Action, it’s sort of like a Dutch Target.
Aka you don’t leave with nothing.
 
Of course I got warm socks. And gloves. I’m a dork like that..
But obviously the cosmetics ALSO caught my eye. :D
 
I’ve read great things about these drugstore goodies..
 
animal testing
 
SO much choice really!
Apparently they really make an effort to follow cosmetic trends as well, like with the nail art polishes and lip glosses with light.
 
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Make-up wipes, a waste of money

Wasn’t quite sure whether I should share this or not, it’s not that interesting I think!
However it has been a life saver (well, skin saver) for me this past weekend.

I hadn’t seen my Dutch family for ages and ages, and wanted to spend every minute with them.
As you can imagine, when it came around to bedtime I was too tired for a thorough cleanse.

Anyway the point is I didn’t feel like spending too much time in the bathroom.
My favorite way to get all of the dirt off of my face anyway then?

Wet wipes!
 
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I’ll tell you what that scrub is missing!

As I might’ve mentioned.. oh once or twice before.. I HAVE OILY SKIN.
To maintain that, and not get blackheads we oily skinned people need a good cleanse and a nice scrub.

I’ve browsed scrubs, high- and low end, and always come back to the same one.
Why?
It doesn’t suck.

Way too often brands label a product as a “scrub”, even when there’s only a couple of actual scrub grains in there!
You know the feeling?
Having high hopes, applying the scrub, working it in, and then noticing the fact that there’s only one little scrub particle being rolled around over your face?

How’s that supposed to get rid of any dead skin?

Which is why I keep coming back to the Hema  scrub cream:

scrub cream

Scrub

Don’t even mind the little red particles, look at all the see-through ones!

A bunch right?

I’m actually not the only one around here that grabs for this low-cost drugstore cruelty free scrub again and again.
Tons of people vow to it!

Ingredients

Scrub creme

Packaging

A nice hygienic tube!

Smell

Very fresh and light, like my granny’s night cream actually.
In a good way.

Texture

Creamy, it doesn’t run, with a ton of scrub particles in it.
But they aren’t scratchy though, they just do the trick of removing the top dead skincells.

I have a friend over at Brown eyed blondie with sensitive skin and she loves this stuff as well, so it’s gentle enough.

The only other scrub that was heavy duty enough for me, was a Clinique one.
However this one is cruelty free and costs a million times less, so I know which one i’ll go for!

This one can be found at Hema, €2.25 for 100 ml.
(Their website is fun by the way, just sit back and wait for the magic to happen.)

A homemade scrub works great as well, you can put as much sugar in it as you desire to get that great consistency, and then it’s natural even!

Manic Panic Enchanted Forest

Well I ended up not going trick or treating.. we just watched a scary movie on the couch.
Next year i’ll muster up the courage!
No one really does Halloween where I live at the moment, the most they would do (and then they’d have to be really courageous, mind you) is put on a silly hat to go party.

I applied for a job at a local carnival store last week, and ended up chatting with one of the owners about this city for a while.
She and her mom weren’t even sure whether it was going to be a good move coming out here or not.. and she still isn’t even.

The reason they went for it is because they offer custom tailoring, so they do have a specific clientel they can count on.
But besides that, oh lawdy.

I’ll bet anything there’s always a spider sitting on on the corner of a brave non commercial shop here, just waiting to move in again once they pack up.

BUT enough ranting, here’s my first REAL green hair review that has been long due already!
Let’s get into it!

Here’s the pics of this color:

after midnight

 

enchanted forest

enchanted forest

That’s how it looked the first.. 2 washes.
Soon enough, it lost all dark green and went back to bright turquoise.

Check out all of my hair colors up until now right here!

☺ pros

  • First of all! Not tested on animals, and vegan. ^_^
  • Vegetable based.
  • Lots of product in one tub, 118 ml opposed to 70 ml in a stargazer tube for example. So it’s more expensive, but you do get your money’s worth.
  • 118 ml is enough to cover my long hair, it comes down to my bust.
  • The smell isn’t bad. It’s generic.
  • You can leave it on for weeks if you like, it will only make your hair more healthy because it’s depositing nutrients and pigment in your hair.
  • Pretty nourishing, as they’re vegetable dyes which are essentially moisturizers.
    Not as much as the Special Effects dyes though,
    my hair needed some feeding, and this didn’t cut it, I went in with a mask.
  • This color became more vibrant, the longer you left it on.
    I’ve had issues with this before with manic panic dyes.
    The color became less vibrant and just darker, the longer I left it on, however with this color I got a really pretty, intense forest green.
    It could have something to do with the hue, a forest green is meant to be deep.
    The other Manic Panic color I tried was After Midnight, which is a very dark blue, so it leaned more toward black the longer I left it on.
  • It has a good amount of pigment. Not as much as the Special Effects, or Stargazer ones however. I find that those have so much pigment, that even when you leave the dye on for 4 hours, you still wash out an entire tub of colored water.
    This washed out nice and clear pretty fast, which saves you a LOT of fuss.
  • Doesn’t really stain your skin, proably because it doesn’t have that much pigment in it in the first place.
    However, like I said before:
    If you do have problems with staining, just take a cotton bud and go over the stained areas with some rubbing alcohol.
    It’ll get the pigment right off.
    My toner did this for me.

☹ cons

  • It STAINS like crazy, not my skin when I dye it, but my sheets! And white shirts! Ugh!
    Not even when it rains, no just.. every day all day.
    Which is why I will not be using this dye anymore..Sad to say, because I really.. REALLY enjoyed the color!Proof:
enchanted forest

That might not be a big deal to some, but I love white sheets!
It does wash right out, thankfully.
As the hairdye does on my hair..

  • It washes out pretty fast, just like After Midnight.
    After 7 washes you will probably need to dye again to keep the color decent.
    It might stay in a bit longer if you cowash it every once in a while (like this).

The verdict:

I had such high hopes for this dye!!
But Manic Panic just doesn’t cut it for me.

Even though the color is amazing, who wants green sheets. And shirts.
I don’t want to have to think about my hair 24/7 to make sure it doesn’t transfer, heck no!

This dye retails around 11 euros, and can be bought here.

Trial: Wet n Wild Mega Last

Coming to you liiive from Kortrijk!
I tried out the Wet n Wild Mega Last lippie and Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara that I got from Angie this week, here’s what I thought!

To start off with, the Wet n Wild lippie in Mauve Outta Here:

Ingredients

Ozokerite, Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Propytheptyl Caprylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mineral Oil, Myristyl Lactate, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, VP/Elcosene Copolymer, Myristate, Dimethicone Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Neopentyl Glycol, Diethylhexanoate, Polysilicone 6, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, BHT, Propylparaben, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Silica, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Retinyl Palmitate, Squalane, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides ( CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Yellow 6 (CL 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 11680)

Smell

Pretty synthetic smell

Packaging

mauve outta here

Mauve Outta Here

At first the packaging looked good, I like how you can see the color through the cap as well as on the sticker itself.
Very clear!

But after using it 4 times the lipstick got all over the cap:

mauve outta here

Colors & pigmentation

mauve outta here

Again the order is bare lips – thin coat – full on color:

mauve outta here

Lovely!
I really like it, it’s a very cool-toned though wearable fuchsia shade.

The color on the second picture is very hard to obtain though, these lippies seem to apply pretty full on straight away.
I had to really work it into the lips to get a subtle color.

Texture

When applying them onto the lips, they don’t feel creamy actually, they’re quite dry compared to the Catrice lippies for example.
However that then translates into the staying power being a million times better.

They do stick behind little flakes on the lips when applying the first coat, the second one glides on better and covers them.
However smooth lips just make things a million times easier.

One thing I noticed straight away as well is they don’t feather at all, very steady stuff.

I love the feeling once it’s on!
A matte lippie feels so luxurious on the lips I think..
Anyone else share this thought? ^_^

Staying power & quality

I did not expect this!
These stay on so well for a lipstick!

After having eaten it still looks decent, however i’d reapply for full impact.
When not eating, it will stay on for a good 5 hours.
Crazy right?

The verdict

Seriously?
That kind of quality and pigmentation, and cruelty free, and available in the drugstore, for that price ($1.99)??

I wish we had that over here,
tastes like more to me!!

If you do have dry lips, make sure to moisturize first though!

Thick eyeliner in my eye

Cruise all day, drink all night
Got four kids with three guys
Lean like a chola!

My energy is back!
I’ve been in and out of bed the past couple of days kinda, being a sickly deer. Buuut now I feel like I had a battery plugged into my backside so i’m fiine!
And I have 2 posts lined up in my head, so let’s gooooo!

I wanted to mention the only CF eyeliner in the world that i’ve managed to get a straight line with, up ’till now. It’s the Essence liquid eyeliner.
This product didn’t even intrest me at first, or at least it didn’t catch my eye in the store! The reason I bought this is I had no liquid liner when I was in Holland and had to be somewhere!

Some background info: my mom isn’t into foundation and all that jazz, however she always said to me “Just try using some liquid liner and wing it out a tiny bit at the end! Practice makes perfect! It makes your eyes stand out so much more!”
This is why I do value liquid liner, I was brought up with it haha! That and dark purple lipstick.

So that weekend in Holland, I specifically set out looking for a cruelty free one (any black liquid liner) in the drugstore closest to me at that time.

And ta-daaa…!
I’ve had bad luck with that before as well though, got a stick once. A plastic stick. A POINTY plastic stick. To poke your eye with as you apply eyeliner?

Aanywho, as I was saying: it didn’t catch my eye, because the packaging doesn’t look like much. Literally:

Packaging

Liquid liner

Look at how small that is! This does make it ideal for traveling though.
It’s not fancy, but it is handy!

There’s 4 ml product in there.

Applicator

Liquid liner

Ooph.. I really need to invest in a better camera. Couldn’t get it sharper than that.
Santa? You here yet?

Not only is this a felt-tip eyeliner, which makes things a million times easier. But see how short and stubby it is as well?
Applying liner is a breeze with this!

They could’ve made the very tip a bit thinner though, but this works as well when I flick it.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

Smell

Chemical would describe it! As with most liners.

Colors & pigmentation

It only comes in black, but you do have a waterproof version of it as well.

The pigmentation is awesome! Pitch black!

Texture

Pretty thick, and dries relatively fast, aprox 30 seconds for thick liner.

Staying power & quality

I put it to the test! This was my makeup in the morning:

uv turquoise

Kitty thinking “what the bleep did you do to your hair!”

And this in the evening, right before I took it off:

liquid eyeliner

Liner after a day’s wear

As you can see my fancy pants eyeshadow decided to take off, however the liner is still pretty much intact.

Only to the left side, where I have a wrinkle when I open my eyes, it dissapeared a tiny bit.

The verdict

The only reason I mentioned this is because it’s my favorite eyeliner to date.
I used to get the L’Oréal one however since going cruelty free, this one has replaced it and i’m not one bit sad about that!

Are you ready for the pricetag?

$2.99 at Ulta !!
Or for the Dutchies out there, about every drugstore carries them.

I’m always willing to try out new liners though, so if you know of any nice cruelty free ones, i’d love to hear!!

NYX jumbo eyepencil dupe?

Hurray! If you’ve ever used the NYX jumbo eyepencils you’ll know what i’m talking about when I say holy grail! I used them under a lot of my eyeshadows to make them a ton brighter.

A great replacement for me so far has been the Kryolan aqua color palette:

aquacolor

 

But let’s be honest, if you have a vanity, who likes getting up to get some water in the bathroom. Completely breaks the spur of things, you know! The color flow will be gone! GONE!

No but anyway.. I just watched this video by Georgette, a beautiful cruelty free guru:

She’s so honest in her reviews, she swatches everything on camera and makes sure to mention it when it’s not an exact dupe. She talks about The All Natural Face Divastix here, i’d never heard of them before!

Diva stix in milk

These run for $3.88 and can be found right here

Now when she first mentioned cruelty free cream eyeshadows I figured… This is going to be $10 at least for one stick.
Don’t get me wrong, I love natural cosmetics! But more often than not the things I come across are so incredibly expensive for what they are!
It can be a real pain in the..

However these have a good price point, and they seem to really be dupes for the NYX jumbo pencils. We’re not just talking browns and whites here, they really worked at it to come up with good alternatives, there are greens available, a pink, a purple, etc. And all nicely pigmented, when you pat them in.

Do you have any experience with these? I’m definitely going to try them out myself next month!

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