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Beauty Swap, anyone?

Hello lovelies.

Recently, I ve heard lots of bloggers who swap products with other bloggers, located in other countries.

I think that I’d love to do the same.

Many products I want to buy are either not available here, or relatively expensive (even to buy online).  Except from this, I would love to try some goodies from other countries anyway, chosen the ”swapper” (does this word even exists?)

On the other hand, there are Greek brands (or European) that are very nice (seventeen, erre due, etc) or they are cheaper here (korres) that – I guess – would like a girl to try, right?
Is anyone interested?

 

Tag : How much my make-up costs?

Hello!
(Greek version here)
This is a tag I saw recently, about how much your (daily) make up costs.
The prices are the ones that I bought each product, and I am not including any brushes in the tag:
So…

Garnier BB Cream (light) – 10 €
Revlon Colorstay 110 ~ 12 € 
(I m mixing those two to much my color better)
Radiant illuminator  (ροζ) ~ 14 €  (Radiant -> Greek brand)
Seventeen concealer (07) ~ 8 €  (seventeen -> Greek brand)
Mineral Booster ELF  – 6£ ~ 7.5€

Elf eyelid primer (sheer) – 1.5£ ->1.8 €
Sleek oh-so-special pallete ~ 10€
Diorshow Iconic Mascara ~ 29€
elf eyebrow kit (dark)- 3.75£ -> 4.6€
elf eyelash curler – 1.5£ ->1.8€
silky eye pencil errer due (black and white) ~ 5,5€ each -> 11€ (erre due ->Greek brand)
All over color stick – spot light  (Elf) 1.5£ – 1.8€
Elf lip stain Crimson crush – 2.50£ -> 3.1€
Korres lip balm stick – 3.5 €
Sleek sunrise blush – 5.5€

Blush and Bronzer kit (Elf) 3.75£ -> 4,6€

Total : 128,2€ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its socking! Just for my daily make up I use so much money! I didn’t even include brushes, or my fave Naked 2 palette, just simple, cheap, products 🙂
What about you?
Lots of love

V.

 

My top #10 list

Hello all!

I had some problems taking good pictures for the next swatches, so I decided to make my top #10 list until I solve the problem. The following pictures are a bit crappy (BB Bold’s 2Mpx camera is not that good, especially indoors, so..), so I am sorry.

I made a list with my favorite make-up related products. They are not exactly in the right order, but anyway….

1 # Ceralip by La Roche Posey

This is my lil’ miracle. Here in Greece we don’t have Carmex or Burt Bees ( I m gonna order them online soon though) , so I can’t really tell you if its better or worst. What I know is that I have dry (lips, skin and hair), and this little tube is amazing. Its doesn’t have the most convinient tube to apply, neither does have so great ”feeling”. Yeap, kinda vazeline-ish, but….

Even if my lips are dry as hell, chapped and bleed. Just put some and leave for the night, and…tada! Great results already. I always have a tube in my bag, and I have already give some to my friends who tried it and love it .

Price =  5 euros.

2 # Lash Stiletto® Ultimate Length Washable Mascara by Maybelline

This is my favorite Mascara. I have tried tones of Mascaras from the cheaper to many high-end ones with amazing reviews. None can ”help” with my problem.

I don’t have short eyelashes, neither I have problem with how rich they are. My problem is that no matter what, they are straight. My hair is wavy, and even my eyebrow hair tend to curl in the edges, but my eyelashes are so-damn-straight.

Curling / curling / curling, I used so many and did nothing. With regular curler machine or just curler, still, nothing . Only this one let ’em stay curly.

After one apply of that, if I want, I can apply any other mascara (for long or rich lashes), if not, its useless.

Price = I think its 14 euros.

3 # Vitamin C Skin Boost Serum by The Body Shop

 

This is magic. I m using it for more than 2 years, and have emptied enough bottles of it already.

Before posting my top list, I made a search to see reviews, and I was suprised that it wasn’t like by many, like it did nothing, or that caused pimples.

It makes my skin glowing, it gives a very very smooth touch, smells amazing (I love the smell of orange anyway) and gives me perfect skin (I have dry skin) . Also, it moisturizes.

Price = 18 euros

4# Anticernes concealer by Seventeen cosmetics (Greek brand).

 

I use this concealer for more than 6 or 7 years. Its just the best I have ever used. Moisturizing, blends well with the skin, great for my skin tone, good even for highlighting (the lighter shade) or to hide pimples (the rest of shades).

Unfortunately this brand, which has a great line of nail polishes ( I reviewed one here on my first post) , is only available to Greece. Its dissapointing because it has some very good products, with good prices, that you’d gonna love. I will give nail polishes in my first giveaway and probably another product, too.

Price = about 8 euros

5# Lip liner in natural color (#11) by Radiant.

Radiant is the proffesional line of seventeen. Its a bit cheaper than seventeen, but it has even higher quality products (though the concealer of radiant is not good).

The lip liner is not something special, its a very good lip liner with very good staying power.  you can find lots of that. But its EXACTLY my lips color (naturally, coz sometimes with bad weather my lips are very deadly-white).

Since I have not well-defined lip lines, I find this very very have-to and everyday usage product.

Price = about 7 euros

6# Vatika Coconut oil.

I recently had some hair loss, as I have each year, so I went through lot of research to help it. Bought therapies, special shampoos, eat better, still….

Until I read about this thing. I put some in my hair roots/scalp and… 1) Leaves a great smell 2 ) makes my hair softer 3) I actually saw difference of the hair loss, after a few uses….

Price = about 6 euros (?)

7 # Olive oil.

I had magic in my country, hometown, home and never used it !

I know what Olive oil was capable of , but never tried it ! It will sound strange, but I am not a fan of olive oil, or oils in general. I don’t like greasy feel in my mouth. So the only use of it , was to exfoliate my lips, together with some sugar.

So, since I also have dry hair, I thought I should give it a try! OMG ! I would have saved the fortunes I spent on conditioner, masks and all that stuff I bought to make em shiny. My hair look healthier, shinier, and I make usage of those bottles that my family gives me (Greek parents…whatever!)

Price = none 🙂 Family production. Extra virgin olive oil of excellent quality

8 # Nyx Mega Shine lip Glosses by Nyx

I m more the lipstick kind of girl to be honest. Maybe this is because I was never happy with a lipgloss. Too watery, too sparkly, too sticky (especially that), too non-natural look until…. Mega Shine Lip Glosses by Nyx. Love the smell, the texture, the colors, the non-stickiness. I would be fair to say that Korres’ cherry lipgloss is also non-sticky, and have all that kind of feautures, and even better staying power, but the cheaper price and the color range, wins for me. Still, love em both.

Price = Around 3-3.5 euros (E-bay)

9 #  Mineralize foundation by MAC

I wanted a foundation EXACTLY for my skin tone, not too yellowish, not too white, not sticky and thick and not making my skin dry.

This is it. My NC20 baby.

Price = 34 euros

10 # Illuminator by Radiant

I don’t have it available atm, in order to post a photo, I can add it later if you want it . Its a great illuminator in a soft pinky nude, the best one to hide dark circles and highlight your eyes

Price = 14 euros

1 euro = 1.2937 US dollars (04 Jan 2012 exchange price).

……………..

Phew…. This is it ! Comments are always welcomed ♥

Have a wonderful day

Love.

V.

Korres swatches : Quince , Nude and Rose..

I asked you guys which items from  a recent haul you wanted me to swatch , so after the suggestion of makeupobsessions , here I am ….

They are 3 Korres Lip Products.  Korres Lip Butter in Quince, Korres cherry lip gloss in Nude and Korress Mandarin Lip Butter stick in Rose

I am verry happy to do this swatch. Its the only Greek brand of cosmetics that is popular outside Greece, and is actually is very good (and popular). So, I m taking my proud look and swatch them for you 🙂

They are  also cheaper here (compared to some US prices I saw), the Lip butter is around 6€ the cherry lipgloss is around 10-11€ and the lipstick is about 4.5 €

My bare lips (they are very pale, and NOT pigmented)

Korres Lip Butter:

First, I bought the one in Pomegrande. I have also bought another lip balm in pomegrande,too.  I realised that something caused my an allergy (actually, it might be visible in some of my photos here, cause I have the same reaction with other ingridients,too) and after tests its the pomegrande. I don’t have problem eating it, just in cosmetics….Bizzare…

Anyway, I had to buy another color so I chose quince :

 

And here is Quince on my lips…

I love this Lip butter. It has very nice smell that isn’t strong, it gives a very very very natural color to the lips, and moisturizes. Its not that is the best moisturizing lip balm out there, or your savior  once your lips get chapped, but does the work if you want them not to dry, and look nice. Its decent for dry lips and for every day moisturizing.

The only thing, as most of us don’t like is that is in a jar. Its unhygenic, and kinda gross to put your finger in there.

Korres Cherry Lip Gloss:

I forgot to get a picture of the tube, so I ll use a random from google search. I only took a picture of the aplicator.

 

And  here is Cherry Lip gloss in Nude on my lips:

 

I am so-so-so-sooooooo Loving it ! First of all IT DOESN’T STICK! I love it when Lip-glosses doesn’t stick. Also, it smells great. The cherry smell isn’t the fake plastic one, but smell like real cherry. And also, it looks great. It’s not as ”brown” as it seems in the tube, at least not to my lips. Its a bit sheer, but gives me a more rosy shade. Has a decent stay power too, something that I don’t really care anyway :p

And Korress Mandarin Lip Butter stick :

I ll post how the typical stick looks like, and the rest are from the one I have, which is special edition…

And this is how it looks on my lips:

 

I will be honest. I love the color. I also love how natural and nicely red it makes my lips. For an every-day light lipstick is okay. That’s all. It’s not something that good for lipbalm. I mean, its not bad, but just doesn’t really do anything to my lips. It give the ”shine” of the lip balm, but its not that soft when applied. Just not what is made for, I guess.

Bottom line,  I love all three. First and second, I love them of what they are made for, plus they give a great color. The last, I love as a lipstick but not as a lip balm..

I am thinking of all swatching them in the arm, if you ask… I can just edit my post…

I hope you liked my swatch. Feel free to comment, ask or tell your opinion:)

Enjoy your holidays….

Ho-Ho-Ho

V.

Seventeen nail polish No.504

Well… Some small notes before my swatch:

– I really-really DON’T paint my nails with dark colors when they are long. This is something I do NOT like…

But… This is the first time in my life that my nails are so strong and they don’t break.. I have them long for a long time now.. But….

Its winter, Christmas is coming, and I can’t really have them french manicured all the time, or pinky summer colors…

If you don’t like long nails with strong colors, yeah , we are on the same boat, so… just an exception for this time…

– The brand is called Seventeen. I always thought that it was an international brand, but only recently I realised that I haven’t seen them anywhere else except Greece. And its bad cause its a good brand, have a big variety of colors (especially in nail polishes) and have some of my favorite products (eg. the concealer stick)

So……

Seventeen nail polish no 504 :

seventeen 504 nail polish

seventeen 504 nail polish

I ll be honest here. I just wanted to buy a black nail polish and I was in hurry. The blacks were not in stock (didn’t notice) so I grabbed what it looked like black in my eyes ….

When I got home, I realised that its not black. Well it is, but also has shimmery red in it.!

So, I tried it ! I loved it in instance, and I think that is a very suitable color , especially for that period of time….

Its a black color, with red shimmery. What is amazing, is that in the sun, it gives the gold effect, that I love..!!!

With no direct light and semi-direct light

seventeen 504 nail polish

seventeen 504 nail polish

Direct light (the gold effect) :

seventeen 504 nail polish

A small Greek note:

Εαν θέλετε , μπορώ να κάνω τα swatches και στα Ελληνικά!