Maybelline One by One Volum' Express Mascara | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For a while now everyone has been raving about Maybelline mascaras and I just never got around to trying one, even though I knew I should! And then I stumbled across a sale and this beauty was half the price so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try one for myself, and well, let me tell you, it was worth every penny! Even though it's not their newest release I hope that not everyone has tried this by now and some of you may enjoy reading!

To Read List #1

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today I wanted to introduce you to a new series of posts I decided to do which is To Read List! These posts will contain books I recently picked up and am planning to read in the near future. Not only will they may become handy to you if you are looking for some new reads but also it will give me motivation to read some more. It's something I love but I just didn't find the time to do. Hopefully this works out! Also, after I finish them I'll post a seperate review post with my thoughts on it. So this can be a little book club I assume! haha Well, hopefully someone will like it, and if not, I have plenty of posts coming up on other topics :) 

Recent Purchases | September/October

Friday, October 31, 2014

Since I've been working this summer I shopped quite a lot. I've been running out of a lot of necessities and also there's still some makeup I've never had before and needed it in my collection. And that lead me to this post right here, where I will share what I've bought with all of you :)
I've already used and tried out some of this stuff so I'm able to give you tiny reviews but if there's anything that interest you, feel free to leave a comment and I will do a review on it :)

Catrice Prime and Fine Illuminating Base | Review & Swatches

Sunday, October 26, 2014

As the weather is getting chilly, at least here in Lithuania, my skin has been getting more and more dry. The wind is seriously hurting my face nowadays, which leads to it needing more nourishing with both skincare and makeup. Dry skin also means that face is not as glowy and healthy as it should be. That's where this Catrice beauty steps in! I've bought it a long long time ago and have used it for a few times before but haven't really noticed a difference until recently when I applied it on my friend while doing her makeup.

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash | Review

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash | €6.63
For the long while I've not been blogging I have attempted a lot of things, one of it is gathering everything for a semi-normal skincare routine, not only to better my skin condition but also to get into the habit of taking care of my skin while it's not too late. And this is where this little beauty steps in. I present to you - Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash.
If you've never heard of the brand, here's a little background info. It is based in India and specialises in skincare items with herbs, not using SLS, parabens and other harsh chemicals. All of their products are really affordable but of a great quality!
Neem Facial Wash is aimed towards normal/oily skinned people. Although I have dry skin, it is acting very unusual for the past few months and I don't remember the last time I had dry patches or something! And even then, it never made my skin feel thight or uncomfortable - feelings I was left with after using anything else! This facial wash is of a gel consistency and feels great when massaged into the skin. It is very gentle and removes all of the dirt without being harsh. When washed off you are left with shiny, silky soft skin. And who doesn't love it?! 
I've been using it for over 3 months now and all I can say is wow! My skin is not as dry as it was before I started and feels much more healthy and hydrated, even if I forget to put on moisturizer after (it definitely happens sometimes, not gonna lie!).
What do you think? What's your go-to facial wash?

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Book Review | Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hello! Today I'm back with my very first book review -  a post I've been planning on for quite a while. I love to read (my latest addiction is actually listening to audio books) and I just wanted to post about it on here to find new reads and talk to fellow readers too! Today I'm reviewing Delirium by Lauren Oliver {you can read more about in on goodreads here}. It is a young-adult dystopian novel.

The action is based in the future, like all dystopian books are. The world is completely different - love is considered a disease - amor deliria nervosa - and is treated when you turn 18. Until then, it is forbidden to talk to opposite sex except your family members. The main character, Lena, is a girl like every other. She has a best friend, Hanna, and both of them are very excited about turning 18 and finally getting the cure - without it, no one feels safe. Love is dangerous for many reasons, the symptoms make you weak, your decisions not reliable and your senses stronger. Also, it leads to heart diseases. The society is so strict about it, that people are convinced that they are better off without love. Both girls trust the society until everything changes when Lena meets Alex and start to feel what love is all about.

The book sucked me in immediately. I've now read the whole trilogy and I can safely say it was one of the best series I've ever read. I just couldn't put it down! I love young adult dystopian books, they are my favorite genre and even though they might not be for everyone, it was definitely the one for me. The biggest reason why I loved this book so much was that it just seem so real, the symptoms, the cure, the disease, everything feels like love might actually be dangerous! I think that's why in the book everyone believed it - because without actually experiencing real love you can't be sure if it's good or not. "The deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it and when you don't."  Another reason was the action. The book was full of it - one thing leading to another, it's a real page turner and I finished it in one day, switching positions on my bed for quite a few hours. The ending left me wanting for more. I'm also really keen on love stories in books so this was definitely the book for me - in all aspects it fulfilled my need for something new, exciting and loveable. That's why I love dystopian novels - they all portray different worlds and I just love to let my imagination free!

If you are looking for the next YA book to read - give this one a go! And if you already read it - feel free to talk to me about it! I love discussing books :)

What's your favorite genre of literature? Do you like to read?

Essence Lipstick in All You Need is Red | Review & Swatches

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello, lovely ladies! Today I'm back with a review for you all :) This is the first Essence lipstick I bought (and I'm definitely coming back for more!) and the first and only red lipstick I own. Not that it's my favorite or that it suits me the best but I just haven't gotten around to purchasing another one!

So back in November I needed a red lipstick for Halloween because I was a bloody corpse or something like that and I thought that the best way to draw some blood on my face would be with a red lipstick. This also served as a general red lipstick need because I knew I would get my use out of it even after Halloween for normal application on my lips haha I looked for something that would be moisturizing and wouldn't dry out my lips but also would be pigmented enough to show a real color. I quickly snagged this one up and didn't look back.

The packaging of Essence's "All You Need is Red" is a sleek black plastick with a red stripe. The color of the stripe showcases the color of the lipstick so it's not all the same. One thing I dislike about this packaging is that it's too minimalistic. I would love to get a name written on it or something, because to me it just looks plain. But, for such inexpensive lipstick, the packaging doesn't look childish or cheap at all! I also love the signature e at the top and on the bullet itself, the packaging for these new formula lipsticks are way better than their old one, which looked like cheap childish lippie you would get in a kids magazine. Way to step up your game, Essence!

"All You Need is Red" is a orange-toned red. The lipstick itself doesn't have any glitter or shimmer but due to being soft and moisturizing has a slight shine to it. I would say it is definitely a bright red and it looks gorgeous on the lips. Staying power is not it's strongest, lasting around 2-3 hours before wanishing completely off my lips. I like to put some lipbalm underneath so it may shorten the wear time a little. The pigmentation of this beauty is pretty good, the swatch has 3 generous coats applied but without a lipbalm underneath it's definitely very buildable and can show color after one application. For me personally, this is not the most flattering red. I think with my skintone it looks a little off (or maybe I'm just not used to bright lipsticks just yet) and it makes my teeth look way yellow, which is my only dissapointment. I would love to get another cool toned red, because I think it would suit me better.

Overall, this is a great lipstick for the price. It lasts a while and is very budget friendly. Packaging wise it's not ridiculously cheap looking and would look great in your lipstick stand. The color selection in this range is not the best but it definitely has something for everyone, so I would highly suggest you checking it out!
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