ADVENTURE AWAITS

img_0072img_0069img_0085img_0125img_0144Essence has been spoiling us with fantastic summer limited editions for years. The packaging of their new collection Adventure Awaits is so trendy and chic, lots of pink, pastels and golden details (a very Coachella-inspired theme!). This time I got the opportunity to test out the Collect moments, not things! bronzing eyeshadow palette full of of earth-toned shades. I’m not a huge fan of their eye shadows, but I decided to give them a try as I haven’t tried them out for several years. There are two light shades for applying into the inner corner of the eyes, two transition shades and two deeper eye shadows that are perfect for creating some definition in the outer part of the eyelid. I love earth-toned eye shadows and this palette will be a nice addition to my makeup collection!

The first three shades (and the first three swatches) have quite a chunky glitter, so you can expect some fallout. The first one is also very bright and almost white, a bit too much for me and I also feel this type of glitter would irritate my eyes. However, I love how easily all the other shades blend together and obviously, you don’t need to use all of them at once (have to admit, I adore applying just one eye shadow from time to time)!

The entire limited edition is already available in stores, I look forward to browsing though their new makeup items. The bronzer looks very intriguing and so do the golden tattoos, shiny body lotion and higlighting blotting paper. Is there anything you’d like to try from the new Essencce LE? :)

RASPBERRIES AND MINT

raspberry-mint-infused-waterThis easy summer drink is something every fruit lover should try out. I’ve been drinking this raspberry & lemon mint infused water for the entire week, it’s that good! And as I already said in my Instagram post, it’s so easy that I don’t even call this a recipe. Just put frozen or fresh raspberries and lemon mint in a glass jar and pour over some sparkling water. After five or ten minutes, you can enjoy in the most refreshing drink you can make at home!

And I finally have the opportunity to start using my new glass straws that I ordered on ebay a few months ago (the link is here if you are thinking of getting them yourself). Plastic straws are really bad for the environment and we all throw away way too much plastic every single day. For this reason, I simply decided to buy reusable glass straws – and they look so much cooler as well! I ordered three packs of four straws as I really didn’t believe all of them would make their way to my kitchen, but not a single one of them broke during shipping. I look forward to organizing a spring/summer cocktail party, these straws are surely gonna be a huge hit!

MY FIRST LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX

img_9721img_9826img_9747img_9774img_9798img_9820I cannot believe it took me almost ten years of my adult life to finally order my first skincare beauty box! I am so excited that I finally chose a three-month subscription to the Lookfantastic Beauty Box. I was intrigued by their March edition, which was really top-notch. It was worth whopping € 140 and had such amazing items that I really wanted to see what the April box will bring. Now I’m pretty sure that the next three editions will be bleh compared to the previous one, but I am nevertheless excited to try out some new products that would otherwise never find their way to my skincare routine. I actually recorded a Youtube video discussing everything in detail, but I don’t think I’m ready for the camera yet, and the editing seems way too complicated for my skill level at the moment. :D Let’s dive in!

The April Beauty Box is mainly dedicated to revitalising our skin with six different products. I love how carefully everything is wrapped, all the details give a very special touch to the whole experience. The first two things you see when you open the box are a copy of ELLE magazine and a small brochure where you can find all the info about the products and some tips, but also a sneak peek into the following Beauty Box.

The first product is a very nicely scented Dr. Botanicals Vegan Bergamot & Poppy Seed Exfoliating Body Bar. I haven’t tried it yet as I have a bunch of shower gels and scrubs to go through, but I think it will be a nice summer item. It is thought to exfoliate the skin and offer protection against free radicals while hydrating with Macadamia oil and Shea butter. Next is the GLAMGLOW Supermud Cleansing Treatment, an activated charcoal mask designed to clear the skin and reduce pores. It creates a pleasant tingly feeling on my face, probably because a blend of glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and tartaric acid starts working the second you apply it to your skin. Although the mask seems to be pretty effective, the tube is really small and I almost already used it up. Having said that, I cannot claim it does any wonders to the skin, but I sure hope so because a 50 g jar costs around € 50!

The April Beauty Box also includes the NUXE Creme Fraiche, an 48-hour moisturizing cream for normal skin. It has a very gentle scent, but it is slightly too thick for my taste (I prefer liquidy serums), so I gave it to one of my friends. Now, the most rich item of them all is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, I’ve heard so many amazing things about this product! This luxurious cleanser is enriched with Moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and Vitamin E and according to some Youtubers, it is supposed to remove all of your makeup. However, I’m not a big fan of makeup cleansers that need to be massaged onto wet skin, this is just too messy for my taste. But I do like to use it as part of my second cleansing in the evening, especially if I only use light skincare afterwards. But I still need to try it as an overnight treatment and I’m pretty sure Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose essential oils would help me sleep as well – it has a divine scent! I nevertheless have a feeling that this little gem will stay put until the autumn and winter, I’m much more into gel textures at the moment.

s for makeup, this month’s box only comes with the PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara, probably my least favorite product in this edition. This mascara doesn’t provide my lashes with the volume I usually go for. Don’t get me wrong, it beautifully lengthens the lashes and they look natural even after two or three coats, but I want them to have more volume. And it also isn’t that smudge-proof either, one eye drop was enough to create a huge mess under my eyes today. But yet again, some girls might have a completely different experience.

Last but not least, the sixth item is a set of ten Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads. This is genius, instead of pouring glycolic acid toner onto a cotton pad, you simply get yourself infused cleansing pads that you just throw away after use! I already have a normal-sized container at home and this will be a cute little item to throw into my makeup bag when I’m travelling. I love Nip & Fab products, they offer such a wide range of affordable acids and I will probably do a separate post on that soon as I already have four or five of their items.

So, if you’re not familiar with how the subscription works here’s the deal: you have 4 possibilities, a) you simply buy a 1 month subscription for €20, b) a 3-month subscription for € 18 per month, c) a 6-month subscription for € 17 per month, or d) a 12-month subscription for € 15.50 per month. I went for a 3-month subscription so I’ll receive the Beauty Boxes that will come out in May and June, and then I’ll decide whether the subscription is something I would like to continue or not. I probably don’t need to emphasize that I’m really into testing new products at the moment, but am also sure that once you have a drawer full of samples you kinda don’t want to accumulate more. We will see about that, but I will most certainly keep you posted :) Take care, my loves!

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