A Sneak Peak into My Makeup Bag


As I mentioned last week, I’m in London at the moment (overly excited !) and I thought I’d share with you what’s in the makeup bag I brought with me.

Obviously the amount of makeup is ridiculous but … I need my options !

I took two foundations because I want to have both a very wearable everyday coverage (Chanel Vitalumière Aqua) and a more full-on option (Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect) though it’s still very reasonable (coverage-wise) and I complete it with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

For my cheeks, I took the Body Shop Honey Bronzer and my blush from Tarte in the shade Natural Beauty (the day I read it described as Snow-White’s blush I decided it was going to be mine).

For lips, I kept it reasonnable with a nude option that is Lip Glow from Dior and a more dramatic one with Rimmel 107 (the perfect colour for the season !)

I brought my Chanel quad in Poésie (sorry it was this autumn limited edition) and one of the Illusion d’ombre in the shade Vision. I also brought a waterproof black pencil from Chanel as well and a liquid eyeliner from Lancôme. The mascara is one of my absolute favourite and it’s Lancôme Doll Eyes.

I also packed my eyebrow duo from Mac with Vanilla (to highlight the brow bone) and Omega (to fill in the gaps)

Last but not least, I took my two favourite primers (The professional and Primer Potion) and the tools to apply it all (Real Techniques Blush Brush & Expert Face Brush, Mac 217, 239 & 266). And that’s it !

What’s in your travel makeup bag ?

x
Macha

Daily Lip Saviours


I get seriously chapped lips whenever the weather gets colder and that’s why I’m constantly trying new lip balms, lip butters and other lip treatments.


Lately though, I’ve come to the realisation that no matter how many lip treatments I try, nothing ever comes close to the little trio that I’ve come up with.


The first step is to get rid of the flaky skin. For that I use the Lush Lip Scrubs. If you get chapped lips they’re a great way to prep your lips before applying your lip treatment (or favourite lipstick.) Popcorn and Bubble Gum are my favourite scents but they have a few others.
A sugar lip scrub can also easily be made using sugar (duh) and the oil of your choice (like coconut oil for instance).


My favourite lip balm is Nuxe Rêve de Miel. There’s just something magical about that little pot that instantly repairs my lips and makes them feel a lot smoother.
It also smells heavenly. Like that lemony christmas cookie dough my mum used to bake.
The only inconvenient with this products is the not really hygienic, must-put-your-fingers-into-it packaging and that’s why I keep it at home.


I’ve tried the stick version of the Nuxe Rêve de Miel but it doesn’t work half as well as this little miracle in a pot.


I found one lip balm that can compete with the Nuxe Rêve de Miel and that is more travel friendly. It’s called Peru-Stick (picture here) and I have no idea how widely available it is. I know that you can get it in most pharmacies in Switzerland but you have to order it. But trust me it is worth it ! It has a slight thermoactive feel to it (sort of warms your lips) and seriously helps hydrating them until you can get back to your Rêve de Miel. (I couldn’t take a picture of mine as it’s way too grubby.)


So that’s it for my lip saviours.


What are yours ? What do you do when you’re desperate to get your lips feeling soft again ?


x

Macha

Kneipp Bath Sets


It’s sunday ! What better day to talk about bath ?!

Christmas means that gift sets are coming out. Gift sets make for nice gifts but they’re also great as discovery sets.

I picked up two of these a couple of weeks ago. One is a set of 10 different bath oils and the other one is a set of 4 different bath crystals both from Kneipp.

Bath Oil Collection (here)
I know the Kneipp bath oils pretty well as my parents have been using them for years and I’ve been stealing them for just about as long but this set of oils is brilliant because it allows you to test 10 different oils (some of which I never even saw in the full size version) and decide which one you like best.
They’re really good at making your bath (and the whole bathroom) smell amazing and they feel really nice on the skin.
The only thing that I’m not a huge fan of is when they turn the bath water yellow. It’s just not that … glamourous. But I can get over it.
The set costs 15.90 CHF at La Migros and 15.80 CHF online (about 10£ or 12€) which – considering you get 20 baths worth of oil (1 bottle = 2 baths) – is a pretty good deal (-.80/ bath)

The Serenity Set Bath Crystals (here)
The bath crystals I had never tried before and I like them too. They dissolve completely (no gritty bits at the bottom of the bath), smell just as good and make the water just as comfortable but they’re not as good value for money.
The set costs 6.50 CHF online and in stores (4£ or 5€) but it’ll only be enough for 4 baths (1.62/bath) thus making it twice as expensive. It’s still very reasonable compared to lush bath bombs but it is more expensive than the bath oils and I don’t really see any difference.

All in all I’m really happy with these two sets. I can’t wait to take more baths to try them all.
But if you were to chose only one of the two sets I’d really recommend the bath oils one as it is a much better value for money.
I’m not sure how widely available Kneipp is but I know that a lot of other brands also do bath sets around christmas that are just as good value for money and great ways to discover new things.

What set did you pick up ? Do you have Kneipp where you live ?

x
Macha

Daily Hair Saviours



My hair care changes quite often but this little quartet has become more of a staple recently. I know that I will or do repurchase these when they run out.

Morocanoil Hair Treatment
This is the most expensive hair oil that I ever purchased … But I will repurchase it a soon as it runs out.
The smell is out of this world but mostly I’m convinced that this really helps my dry ends. I use it on damp hair (it really helps to detangle) or on dry hair (careful ! only a tiny bit !) to help smooth my ends and make them look silkier.
This can be found in a lot of hair salons and on feelunique for instance (in Switzerland it’s available at Manor as well).

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer
I’ve hesitated a long time before buying these because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the smell but the good thing is that it doesn’t smell once your hair is dry. I haven’t used it for a very long time but I can tell you already that I’ve never used a shampoo and conditioner that made my hair feel so soft. It’s amazing !
I’m not sure where these are available (bad blogger) but I’m sure you’ll find that out. 😉

Charles Worthington Intense Rescue Melting Balm
This is hands down the best hair mask I’ve used so far. I’m on my second pot and I’m already planning on repurchasing it when it runs out. It’s a balm texture that melts into your hands and that you apply on dry hair at least 20 minutes before washing it (I apply it before I go to bed and wash my hair the next morning). It makes my hair look incredibly shiny and healthier. I use it about once a week.
I don’t think that it is available if you don’t live in the UK but if you’re going there or a friend is, definitely pick it up. It’s that good !

What are your hair care essentials ?

x
Macha

My Splurge Wishlist for London

A London Splurge Wishlist

What better way to start the week than with a wishlist ?

I’m going to London in 10 days so I’ve come up with a little list of things that I’d really like to buy.
These items are more on the pricey side so I’ll have to make a choice and see them in person before I decide whether I really want them or not.


The Bed of Nails – Acupressure Mat
I want that for the Man as well as for myself. This one I’ll probably buy even if just for him because he has seriously stressful exam sessions that give him terrible back pain and I’m hoping this could help (I’ll still buy it in pink though).


Nars – Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
I only own a blusher from Nars and this palette really looks amazing. I’d love to try some more colours and the Laguna bronzer. However I’ll wait to swatch this one before buying it because I’ve heard a lot of people say that the Laguna bronzer was too dark for fair skins and I want to swatch all the colours.


Alpha H – Liquid Gold
This I’ll be sure to pick up again because since I’ve stopped using it my skin hasn’t been half as good as it was before. I’m completely convinced that this does wonders for my skin.


Kevyn Aucoin – The Sculpting Powder
So many people rave about this one saying that it’s really good for fair skins and that it makes contouring easy. I’ll wait to swatch it but I’ve been wanting it for so long that I probably won’t resist.


Dipytique – Holiday Candle Set
I’ve never owned a diptyque candle and these ones sound really promising. I put them in this wishlist knowing damn well that I won’t be spending that much for candles. But I wish I could justify it.


What’s on your wishlist ? What did I forget ? Do you have any recommendation ?


x
Macha