Sunday, 15 October 2017

Haul: Ilu Sõnum Fall'17

Hi loves! I'm in Estonia, because of it I just haven't had time to post this post on the weekend, like I wanted. I came for Estonian beauty fair and have been busy seeing friends and family.  In this post I wanna share all the new beauty goodies I have picked up :)

I did got one of the Glamlac nail polishes in a beauty box and really loved the formula and their nail polishes don't contain any bad ingredients. I picked up 6 shade: Chick Glitter, Cityscape, Navy Pearl, Divinity, Blind Date and Cold Night. In the fair these where 3 euros, which was great deal (in store bit over 6 euros). They do makeup gel nail polishes and other nail art products. 

I also picked up some Bellápierre goodies and I did won tickets to Ilu Sõnum from them. Thank you so much! I had so much fun <3

I did got 2 of their Shimmer 9-Stack and I got sets Fabulous and Glamour. I love their Mineral Lipsticks, so I got shade Burlesque and got one as a gift, which is in shade Couture.

I discovered a new Estonian natural beauty brand, which is called Blessix and they make luxury hair styling and skincare products. My mom got me their Hair Silk (200ml), which is with gold and vitamins. It protects the hair from could and hot, and at the same time makes my hair soft and gives it shine. It was love from first try <3 It came together with a Face & Hair Serum (9ml) and you need to use it on the ends of your hair. I use only 2 drops and it made my hair look healthier.

The last item I got from them is a skincare item and its their Silk & Shine Eye Gel. It feels super light weight and its shimmery, because it contains gold. It felt very nice, so I got it. I'll update you guys how it works out for me.

The last item is not from the fair. I got Signe Seebid Strawberry-Vanilla Face Mask (50g) from Rimi. Its packed with vitamins and its a powder mask. I like its bit different and it promises to brighten the skin, so it was no brainer I need it :)

This is it for this time! I love getting new natural beauty products from Estonia. I feel there is every time new brands on the market and I love discovering more from the brands I already know and love.

Do you know any of these brands?

You can get -20% off on Estonian mineral makeup brand Ontic with code laura20!

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Review: Bellápierre Shimmer Powders | Insist, Resonance

Hi loves! I have been playing with some bright shades from Bellápierre and its their Shimmer Powders (2.35g, 13EUR/11.20EUR).

These come in a little jars and have a shifter, so the product doesn't come out. These are ideal to use at home, but to take with you when traveling might be messy, because too much product comes out through the shifter.

The shades I picked up are Insist and Resonance. I buy their products usually when I'm in Estonia (Kaubamaja).

These are formulated with 100% pure mica powder and these are also 100% hypoallergenic and are suited for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I have sensitive eyes and these haven't caused any irritation, itchiness or felt uncomfortable on eyes.

Both shades are richly pigmented and you can see the swatches on the left. These are long lasting (I always use eyeshadow primer) and haven't creased on me and I can be sure these stay on me all day without fading.

You can get fall out with these, because it is a loose shadow. I always tap of my brush, that way I don't get any fall out and I don't ruin my base.

  • Insist - is a bright green with shimmer in it. I have been wearing it on the lid, but it also looks beautiful smudged on lower lash line for pop of colour. I love the shimmer is very fine and on the swatch it doesn't come out.
  • Resonance - is a bright pink and its also shimmery shadow. When light hits it, it has a gorgeous purple sheen to it. I have been doing winged out liner with it and the effect is amazing.

Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron oxides. May contain: Carmine.

I'm so happy I picked these up! I love how richly these are pigmented and how easy it is to work with these. It can be messy, but when you are careful its not an issue. I can't wait to add more of their loose shimmer powders in my collection :) If you are in Estonia you can find these beauties here and rest of Europe can find them here.

Do you use loose shadows?

You can get -20% off on Estonian mineral makeup brand Ontic with code laura20!

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Review: Ontic Minerals Mineral Pressed Eyeshadows & Pro Soft Pressed Foundation

Hi loves! Today I'm happy to share with you some new products from Ontic Minerals. They are company, which makes natural mineral makeup. Their products are not tested on animals and the formula is vegan.

I love their mineral loose shadows (review) and also their mineral foundation (review), but now they have also pressed shadows (6.50 EUR) and they came out with Pro Soft Pressed Foundation (8g, 26.95 EUR). I'm in shade PP04 Stories From Ivory Coast.

I love they came out with a magnetic palette as well, where I can put all of their pressed eyeshadows. Its quite big and will fit 18 of their shadows. The palette is 14.95 EUR (link), some reason I was thinking it was 10, but its still cheaper then the Z palette. 

I have six of their shadows and one is their Earth Mix Trio (link, 6g, 18.95 EUR). Its the trio on the second row. I like I can easily remove the shadows from the little palette and put them all together into the magnetic palette. You can see all the other pressed shadows here.

The formula of the shadows feels buttery to the touch and I love how pigmented these are. These are perfect shades to wear everyday. These all have glow to them, which brightens up any I look I do. These apply evenly and is easy to blend out. I have used just these shadows to create looks and also used other powder shadows with these, and they work very well. I haven't has any issues and these don't cause any irritation to my eyes and I do have sensitive eyes. I did experience bit of fall out when using these, but only if I didn't tap off the excess. Down below you can see all the shadows swatched.

These lasted on me so well. I always wear eyeshadow primer with any eye look I do. These didn't crease through out the day or lose the color intensity. I super happy with these shadows <3

I also have been trying out their Pro Soft Pressed Foundation in shade Stories From the Ivory Coast (link) and it has SPF15. This is for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It absorbs oil, hides redness and imperfections. It comes in a sleek cardboard packaging, has mirror and closes magnetically. Its available in 4 different shades. 

I most times go for the liquid foundation or I'll go for the loose mineral foundation from Ontic Minerals. I don't use contact powder as my base. But I do like to have a compact powder with me on the go and I have been carrying around this one. I have oily skin and I do need to do touch up through out the day and this has been my saver. It takes away oiliness, makes matte and gives me bit of extra coverage where I need it. It doesn't make me look powdery and its so convenient to use, plus it feels light weight on skin.

If you want to try out mineral makeup, which is 100% natural, I highly recommend trying out Ontic Minerals (link). You can get -20% off your order with a code laura20 (its not a affiliate code).

Down below you can find a video me using these gorgeous new pressed shadows:

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Review: Signe Seebid Body Scrub | Orange

Hi loves! I'm back with another review and this week I have for you Signe Seebid Body Scrub with Orange (200g, 9.40 EUR). They make 100% natural beauty products and Signe Seebid is from Estonia.

The scrub comes in a glass jar and the product is so natural, that you can use the jar to store jam after the product is over. It doesn't contain any artificial fragrances, preservatives or toners.

This is sugar scrub and its chunky, which is my kind of a scrub. I like how well it cleanses my skin and gets all the dead skin cells and dirt off. Its also very hydrating, if you have dry skin (specially on winter) you will love it. When I use this scrub, I skip the shower gel, because it cleanses the skin so well. 

This is Orange flavor is delicious and wakes me up, when I use it in the mornings. The scrub smells good in the shower, but the scent doesn't linger on my skin too long, which I like, because I can go in with my parfume. 

Ingredients: Sucrose (sugar), Vitis vinifera (grape seed oil), glycerin (vegetable), tocopherol (vitamin E), Citrus sinensis (sweet orange ether oil).

I'm so happy with this scrub and I want to try more of their scrubs and other bath products. This smells amazing and I love the fact I don't need to hydrate my skin after the shower. It has never happened to me before. I have very dry skin on my legs and it surprised me, that my legs felt so comfortable after using it.

Its available on Kaubamaja (link) for Estonia and I did found a Finnish page, which doesn't ship outside of Finland, but when your there you can get your hands on it. Here is the link.

Thanks for reading! xo's

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Review: Joik Shower Oil Raspberry Bon Bon

Hi loves! Today I have something that will keep your skin soft and hydrated all autumn and winter. I have been testing out Joik Shower Oil Raspberry Bon Bon (100ml, 18.90 EUR). 

The shower oil comes in a plastic bottle and is easy to squeeze out. The formula is like oil and is 98.5% natural. Joik doesn't test on animals and the shower oil is vegan and gluten free. It has a sweet scent to it, which best described is sexy raspberry. I can smell the raspberry, but it there is also this smoky scent to it, which I love. The raspberry is combined with peach and orange flower, and veiled with patchouli, vanilla and praline.

Key ingredients:
  • Sweet almond oil - delays signs of aging and provides hydration to skin.
  • Sunflower oil - protects the skin and also retains moisture.
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Caprylate - are 100% natural plant origins, hydration, protection, antibacterial.
The shower oil claims to foam, which it kind of does, but its not going to be like a shower gel. Its bit of foaming, but not really. It does clean my skin and I do like how hydrating it is. I always feel shower gels leaving my skin too dry, specially on the colder months, but this doesn't and I love it.

I'm so happy I got it! Its hands down my favorite body cleansing product. Its hydrating, cleans and leaves my skin smelling so good and sweet. The scent of it does linger on skin and I love it, but its not too storing like a parfum would be. I also like I don't have to moisturize my skin after using it.

If you want to check it out, I'll link it here and they do have other scents, if raspberry is too sweet for you. 

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Review: Peony Shadow Trio Eyeshadow Palette

Hi loves! How are you doing all? This week I have Peony Shadow Trio Eyeshadow Palette (3g, $18) and this is super tiny palette, which is ideal for traveling.

This little palette contains 3 shimmery eyeshadows and a mirror. There is no space waisted and I like how convenient it is to take with me on the go.

The formula of it is 73.5% natural and is formulated with out mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and is also fragrance free. These shadows are long wear (up to 8 hours) and thats because of the coated colour pigments. It also contains pure kaolin clay, which absorbs oil and its also not tested on animals.

Its a little nude palette and you all know how I feel about these :) These all are shimmery shadows. I would have liked the dark brown to be matte. Its just me, I need a matte shadow in the crease. These are all pigmented, some more then others. I feel the lightest shade is the least pigmented, but its not bad. Its just not as intense as the shimmery bronze.

I did create a look yesterday with this trio and I deed need to use one extra shadow in the crease (lighter brown). You can see the look here. I'm really happy how it came out. The shadows blend easily and was so easy to work with. I always use primer under my every look and this was no exception. These shadows stayed on me all day (longer then 8 hours) and there was no creasing or fading.

I overall like this trio (I got it in a beauty box), but I do find it bit over priced for what it is. I add bit more money and I can go and buy something from Urban Decay or I go to drugstore and can get something cheaper with the same quality. I wouldn't feel that way, maybe if all the shadows would be super pigmented, like nothing seen before. That would be something and I would be more okay with the price point. If you are interested in the brand I'll link their page here.

Thanks for reading! xo's

Friday, 1 September 2017

Review: Hoia Lavender, Rosemary & Grapefruit Bodywhip

Hi loves! Today I have something special for you :D I haven't tried anything like this before. Hoia Lavender, Rosemary & Grapefruit Bodywhip (200ml, 15.90 EUR) has the most unique formula of body butter/lotion I have seen before. Hoia is Estonian beauty brand and they make 100% natural products for body, skin and there is even something for babies (to take care of their sensitive skin). All their products are hand made in Saaremaa (its an island in Estonia).

The bodywhip comes in a clear jat (its plastic) and the package is not heavy at all. Its feels like there is only air in it. In a way it would make it travel friendly at least for me, if I go somewhere longer then few days. 

The shelf life of it is only 4 months, which is not long. I don't mind it because I moisturize my body daily and use a jar a month (usually). The formula of it is also vegan and they don't test on animals.

It contains all good ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter and other oils, which provide instant hydration to the skin and better blood circulation and also help with skin texture. Grapeseed oil helps to tone and plump the skin.

I like to use it morning and evening. It does have a wonderful scent to it, which is mix of grapefruit, lavender and rosemary (the scent doesn't linger long, so it wouldn't mix with any fragrance you wanna wear that day). Its so light weight formula and little goes a long way. The bodywhip turns into oil when its in contact with the skin. It does sink into the skin fast and leaves me with hydrating and healthy looking skin. It also makes my elbows so soft and it lasts all day.

Ingredients: Butyrospermun Parkii (sheavõi) seed butter, Cocos nucifera (kookosõli) oil, Theobroma cacao (kakaovõi) seed butter, Carthamus tinctorius (värvohaka) oil, Cannabis Sativa (kanepiseemne) seed oil, Vitis Vinifera (viinamarjaseemne) seed oil, Citrus Paradisi (greibi) oil, Lavandula Angustofolia (lavendli) oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (rosmariini) oil, Tocopherol (E-vitamiin).

I'm so happy I found this brand and its thanks to my best friend. Its wonderful product and I think I like it more then my donkey milk body butter ;) On their page they do ship only in Estonia, but when I messaged to them on Instagram (link) they where okay to ship to me (to Belgium), but the shipping from Estonia is not cheap. I don't know why, but it is like that. Anyway, if you are interested in it I'll link it here.

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Review: Bellápierre Mineral Lipstick | Catwalk

Hi loves! This week on Öku Möku Bellápierre Mineral Lipstick in shade Catwalk ($20, 3.5g). 

The lipstick comes in a black tube and the packaging looks standard black tube. There is the name of the brand on it and it closes securely, so I don't need to worry, that it will open in my bag. All together there is 14 shades available.

Their mineral lipsticks are formulated with natural waxes and pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Its 100% natural and the formula claims to be long lasting. The formula is without parabens, lead, lanolin and other harmful ingredients. 

Its super creamy lipstick and feels hydrating on lips. I wouldn't say its long lasting formula. It has standard staying power for creamy lipstick. It has a sweet vanilla scent, which I adore <3 and the shade Catwalk is perfect everyday lipstick color. Whenever I don't know what to wear I go with this. Down below you can see a swatch of it and it is richly pigmented.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera), Castor Isostearate Succinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phytosterol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Vanillin. May contain +/- [Mica (CI77091), Red 7 (CI45410:2), Red 6 (CI15850), Red 7 (CI15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI77491, 77492, 77499)].

All info is from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (link). (Low hazardmoderate hazardhigh hazard). Its so good to see product with only green ingredients :)

I personally love this lipstick and want to add more shades in my collection. It would be perfect lipstick when the weather get colder as its not drying and there is tons of shades to pick from. If you are interested you can find this lipstick on Look Fantastic (link) and they do ship worldwide.

Do you like creamy lipsticks?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Review: Ontic Minerals Flawless Mineral Foundation | F04 Stories from the Ivory Coast

Hi loves! I have given a chance to a mineral foundation and I didn't think I would ever do that. I'm through and through liquid foundation kind of girl. I have been testing out Ontic Minerals Flawless Mineral Foundation in shade F04 Stories from the Ivory Coast (8g, 26.95 EUR).

The mineral foundation comes in a jar and has sifter in it, which doesn't let the powder come out. The formula is all natural and doesn't contain any bad ingredients like talc. The brand is also cruelty free and you can check the blog for other review on their products.

The shade F04 Stories from the Ivory Coast is perfect for my skin tone. Its light shade with yellow undertones. I have been using it with my Manna Kadar primer (review) and then apply the foundation with kabuki brush. I just buff it into the skin and it feels light weight on skin. I didn't expect to get a full coverage with it, but it did surprise me and gave me a good coverage. I always set it with a light weight loose powder for silky smooth finish.

I'm with oily skin type and I do get oily with this foundation, but only in the T-zone. I usually blot the skin and if there is any cakying I'll just blend it with a kabuki brush and its like new. I like how long lasting the coverage is and its easy to fix when it gets cakey.

I usually don't apply it under the eye area, because it dries it out. I just apply my concealer and then go in with setting powder. After that I apply my mineral foundation. Down below you can see the demo how it applies and looks after application.

Overall I like this foundation and I think it will work better for me when the months get colder. It did grab on to dry patches (like dried up acne) a little bit and it was only noticeable when I looked really closely. 

If you are interested in it and based in Estonia you can check it out here.

Do you like mineral makeup?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Friday, 11 August 2017

Review: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

Hi loves! This weeks post is on Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml, 19 EUR). It has been my morning and evening toner.

The toner comes in a plastic bottle and it opens by twisting the cap. Its floral scented toner which is alcohol free. It refreshens the skin and also shoots and brightens it. It fits all skin types and their products are not tested on animals.

The toner contains active ingredients like aloe vera, which provides hydration. Calendula, chamomile and cucumber sooth and refresh the skin and also is natural source vitamin E. Pure essential oils of rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange help to restore the skin.

I put some of it on the cotton pad and apply it on the skin and it leaves my skin refreshed and it doesn't dry it out. Ever since I started using it and it has been more then a month my skin has cleared up more and looks brighter. I don't think it was all this toner, but it definetly helped. 

Ingredients: AquaAloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oilTocopherol (vitamin E)Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extractAnthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extractCalendula officinalis (calendula) flower extractHumulus lupulus (hops) extractPhenoxyethanolPanthenolAllantoinParfumBenzoic acidTocopheryl acetateDehydroacetic acid, Sodium hydroxideEthylhexylglycerinLinaloolLimoneneCitronellolGeraniolCoumarinCitric acidPotassium sorbate.

I got all the info about the ingredient hazard levels from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (link). (Low hazard, moderate hazard, high hazard). I  just want to say it doesn't say anywhere on their page that their products are natural (I usually review only natural products in this blog), but the brand gave me a feel like they are more natural and skin friendly. Thats also the reason why I took closer look of the ingredients.

The toner does contain ingredients, which are high hazard level, but I didn't experience any irritation or brake outs. I think the toner is not good for sensitive skin because it contains fragrance. My personal experience has only been good with it.

If you are interested in this toner you can find it on their page here. Its also available on Feelunique (link).

Have you tried the brand before?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Review: Mastic Spa Deep Hydra Mask

Hi loves! If you have read my other blog you already know I have been loving Mastic Spa Deep Hydra Mask (link, 50ml, 26.02 EUR).

It comes in a glass jar and I use a brush to take the product out and apply to my face. Otherwise it would be a mess to use. The formula of it is thick and applying it will take some time (to get even application everywhere). It doesn't contain any parabens or mineral oil.

It provides deep hydration and softens the look of fine lines. It contains wine, which is rich with tartaric acid and it provides hydration to the skin and also has anti aging properties. Also contains ingredients like chestnut extract, mastic, chamomile, aloe and other organic extracts, which protect the epidermis and leave the skin firmer and velvety.

How to use:
I apply it on dry cleansed face with a brush. I let it be on the skin till its completely dry (which takes about 15 minutes). After that I remove the mask and it can hurt a little, because its peel off mask.

I have oily skin and this hydrating mask is perfect for my skin type. It leaves my skin hydrated, matte and silky smooth. I also feel my skin is firmer and I always have a great makeup days, because it also took away all my dead skin cells. My skin really does feel velvety ;) Down below you can see before and after picture.

If you are interested in this mask you can find it here and they do deliver in EU and other parts of the world.

I have never tried anything like this before and I'm really happy with the results I get with it. My skin feels like new after I use it and I'm excited to try something else from the brand :)

Have you tried the brand before?

Thanks for reading! xo's