Una Brenan Cleansing Oil

I’m back. Finally ! And first things first, Merry Christmas everybody !

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been sick, wrapping presents, writing christmas cards and also working on papers that are due at the end of december (bummer !)

In my latest London Beauty Haul (here) I mentioned this cleansing oil and I’m back for a slightly more in depth review.

At first I really liked the citrussy scent but actually when you get to using it, it smells like cleaning products which isn’t the nicest thing.

The first time I used it I was kind of surprised by how oily it felt on the skin but I got used to it and it all comes off if you use a damp muslin or flannel cloth to take it off.

Now for the seriously good part, it really dissolves all of your makeup. There won’t be anything left ! You massage it onto your skin (eyes included) and watch your makeup melt and when you wipe your face with a face cloth you’ll be amazed how clean your face looks. What’s more is that it doesn’t sting the eyes. At all !

So, all in all, I’m not the biggest fan of the scent and you have to get used to the oiliness of it at first (but it’s not a problem even for seriously oily skin gals like me, it doesn’t leave a residue at all) but it’s powerfulness at getting rid of any makeup is incredible !

Have you tried it ? What do you think ?

Hope you’re having nice holidays !


Alpha H Liquid Gold | A Miracle Worker ?

Alpha H Liquid Gold used to be quite the hyped up product. That’s why I bought it the first time and I mentioned it in my last empties post (here) but I’ve bought it again and I think that haven’t done it justice in that post.

This is truly a miracle worker !

I haven’t really looked into what it is supposed to do but I am going to tell you what it does for me and how I use it.

Since I hadn’t used it in a while I started to use it every other night (and I still do though it may change if I feel like I need it less) and how I use it is I just pat it on clean dry skin (for some reason it is really a lot less effective if you apply it on even slightly damp skin) and I don’t apply anything else on top of it for it to be as effective as possible (apart from eye cream).

When I wake up the next day, my skin is feeling incredibly soft. But what’s more is that since using it again I’ve noticed that my blackheads are a lot less visible and when I have a pimple, instead of it staying for weeks it only takes a few days before it disappears and the scar goes away a lot quicker too.

So it is kind of expensive but considering that my last bottle lasted me for over a year (using it almost constantly every other day) it really ends up being quite good value for money and I haven’t found anything else that has that kind of results.

You can find Liquid Gold on Beautybay for instance (with free shipping !)

Have you tried it ? What are your thoughts ?


A London Jewellery Haul

This is the final haul post following my trip to London. I wasn’t in the mood to try on clothes when I was there but I definitely wanted to pick up a few jewellery pieces (as I mentioned in this post).

I found that & Other Stories had some brilliant pieces and it was very hard to pick just a few. I ended up leaving with the two bracelets and I went back the next day to buy the ring.
I like their jewellery because it looks and feels a bit nicer (it’s also more original) than what you usually find but the price is still very reasonable. 

The earrings I bought in Accessorize which is a common place to buy jewellery and they often have nice things. The good thing is that they really have something for everybody.

So that’s it for the newest additions to my jewellery box.

Where do you usually buy your accessories ?


My Little Box | A 3 Months Review

My Little Box is the cutest of the subscription boxes and I’ve been wanting it ever since I discovered it existed.
When it was launched in the UK this september I asked my friend in London whether I could have them sent to her house and pick them up during my next visit. (because obviously, it isn’t available in Switzerland)

I did just that and collected all 3 boxes when I was in London 2 weeks ago.

My Little Parisienne Box, My Little Box by Diane von Fürstenberg and My Little Cosy Box.

So what do I think of the whole concept ?

I really really like it ! It is very impressive from start to finish. I like that the beauty items come in a super cute pouch and that it’s a mix of their own brand and other things. I like that it’s not just about beauty and that it always includes a lifestyle item (or several) (scarf, mug, laptop sleeve, bouillotte, notebook, …). I like how beautiful it all looks and the attention to details (everything from the ribbon to the little notes are made by my little box) that makes it all work together very well.
I’m really happy with my 3 boxes and I would recommend it to anyone.
I think that the company is really putting a lot of effort into their boxes and it really shows. The quality of what you get for what you pay is amazing !

The only thing I’d say is important is to not subscribe for too long a time. I think that if you’re constantly getting it, it’ll lose some of its interest.
I believe that you could really get bored of it and then start being disappointed.
These subscription boxes should be seen as a treat in order to keep the excitement intact.

Do you know My Little Box ? What do you think of it ?


A London Beauty Haul

Here’s the second one of my London hauls !

I didn’t go all out like I used to in the aisles of Boots and other beauty departments because 1. I’ve had my crazy must-buy-them-all period and 2. I bought almost all my christmas presents while in London so didn’t feel like spending too much on myself.
That being said I still did spend quite a bit on myself.

Kevyn Aucoin The sculpting Powder
When I walked into Space NK I was contemplating buying the Nars limited edition cheek palette but realized that I already had too many blushers. I then spotted this little one and as I was swatching it the lady asked whether I wanted to try it. I always get a bit suspicious when people want to apply makeup on my face but I was feeling adventurous so I agreed. She actually did such a good job and made my cheekbones look so amazing that I caved. I don’t know if I’ll be able to recreate what she did but I’ll try !

L’Oréal Collection Exclusive Blake’s Pure Red
I wanted Blake’s red mainly because it isn’t available in Switzerland and when I tried it the colour was perfect for my skin tone ! The formula is a bit drying but I found that if you apply it on bare lips, let it dry and then apply a thin layer of lip balm it lasts really well and feels very comfortable !

Soap & Glory Archery’s and Supercat Liner
I’ve mentioned how much I like the original Archery before (here) and when I discovered that they had one with a spoolie I knew I had to have it. I ended up buying both because the original is a firm favourite of mine. Then there was an offer on where if you spent 12£ on S&G you got a free liner and I must say I really like this liner ! It lasts well and is really good for making very thin lines.

Una Brennan Skin Renew Cleansing Oil
I saw Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup mention it and as I’m really getting into oil cleansers I wanted to give this one a go. I haven’t tried it yet but it has a very pleasant citrusy scent.

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
I really like the idea of moisturizing in the shower and I’ve been wanting to try this for a really long time but it is ridiculously expensive here in Switzerland so I picked it up in London. It smells amazing and I’ve heard great things about it but I haven’t tried it myself. I’ll keep you updated.

So that’s it for my beauty haul.

What has been on your wishlist/radar lately ?