Friday, 9 October 2015

First Impression: ElishaCoy Always Triple BB Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the ElishaCoy Always Triple BB Cream! This BB Cream has been recommended to me by so many people because it's supposed to be quite pale, so I was really excited to try it out ^.^
What Does It Do?
"The ElishaCoy Always Triple BB SPF30/PA++ is a BB cream that will help you achieve a beautiful complexion through multiple superior skin care functions. It has a harmonious blend of caviar and royal jelly cream that whitens, improves wrinkles, and provides protection from harmful UV rays of the sun. Made from natural ingredients such as Royal Jelly Extract, Caviar Extract, Rose Hip Extract, Acerola Extract, Mulberry Extract, Portulaca Extract and Vitamin E supplements for more glowing and younger looking skin. 50 ml.

How to Use:
After daily skincare routine, apply a portion of the BB cream. Apply BB cream in an outward motion along the facial textures and gently pat to enhance absorption."(1)
This BB Cream is definitely more neutral toned than it is pink or yellow and starts out looking quite grey too. This grey tone does blend out, but it doesn't help to match my super yellow complexion.
I was quite surprised at how much coverage this BB Cream gave me! It is quite thick in texture and was a little hard to blend out with my fingers. Using a sponge gave me an easier application but also less coverage. My skin doesn't produce any oil at the moment, so I will update this oil control section once I have stopped taking acne medication. ^.^

It's not quite the right colour for my skin, but it's a really pale shade which is fantastic!
 Two gripes that I had with this BB Cream is that it doesn't sit nicely on any flakey skin. This isn't to say that dry skinned Princesses cannot use this, just that if you have dry flakes on your skin it will emphasise that. It also creates a tarnish stain from my flute (silver) which you can see in the above photo. Not cute!

Would I Purchase This Product?
No. It's moderately expensive, but it's not really the right colour for my skin (it's really obvious when not in bright lighting), it doesn't sit well on flakey skin and it creates a gross tarnish stain when I play the flute, a daily activity for me. Honestly there are only a couple of things worse than finishing a performance and having this massive stain under your lip that you're not aware of for like, hours afterwards because nobody really wants to say anything about it, much like having lipstick on your teeth.

I would definitely recommend this BB Cream for Princesses that are quite fair, but more neutral toned rather than yellow toned that have quite smooth skin! ^.^

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Review: Skinfood Peach Sake Pore BB Cream; 01 Light Beige

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the Skinfood Peach Sake Pore BB Cream in the shade 01 Light Beige! I've had this BB Cream for quite a while and never used it too much for two reasons, in Winter it's not a great colour for me, but in Summer it's not a great formula for me. What? Find out what I mean below!  
"Peach Sake Pore BB cream is a pore-refining cream that regulates sebum secretion while creating a flawless and matte complexion minus the greasy feeling. Add to that a 20 SPF sun protection factor, and you have one of Skin Food's most popular products on the market. The peach sake pore BB cream #1 is light beige in colour. while the #2 is more of a natural beige."(1)

The packaging comes with a pump as well as cover cap, which is fantastic for travel and hygiene! The BB Cream is quite thick and creamy which makes it feel really lovely on my dry Winter skin, but not so great only oily Summer skin.
This BB Cream comes in a massive 8 shades and I'm reviewing the lightest. From what I gather by reading reviews of the other colours, they are almost all very yellow toned. This colour is almost perfect for my Summer skin, but about one shade too dark for my Winter skin. There are ways to make this colour work for me in Winter, such as adding a white liquid mixer (thins out the coverage ugh) or a white powder (makes my face look too dry ugh) but it's not as good as using just the BB Cream by itself, because the formula is lovely, smooth and hydrating without being greasy.
I quite like the medium coverage this BB Cream provides, it doesn't cover all of my scarring but it does a really decent job! Because my skin doesn't product any oil at the moment (due to acne medication) this BB Cream stays looking exactly the same throughout the day. When I'm not on medication, during Winter it stays well, though my T-Zone will product a little oil, but during Summer my skin produces much more oil and my T-Zone is actually floating in oil which is gross!

What I Love
- Hydrating without feeling greasy
- Good oil control for semi-oily skin
- Really decent scar and pore coverage
- Easy to apply with fingers, sponge or brushes

What I Don't Love
- Too dark for my Winter skin
- Melts off my face in Summer
- Darker 6 shades are hard to find (discontinued)
Final Thoughts
This BB Cream just reminds me of all of my first world problems. It has the perfect formula for my dry winter skin (hydrating without being greasy, smooth coverage) but it's too dark. The colour is good for my darker summer skin, but it slides around my face too much due to the excess  oil. It is quite a bit of work to make this BB Cream look good on my skin which isn't ideal, but it has a really lovely formula, so if it's the right colour for your skin and you don't have super duper oily skin, I would definitely recommend it! ^.^

Monday, 5 October 2015

Store Review: Roseroseshop

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Roseroseshop! I've been shopping with RRS for absolutely ages and I always end up making massive orders with them because they are almost a wholesale store. Recently RRS redid their store, so I thought it would be appropriate to make another order for the good of the blog (or that's how I justified it!).

Website Practicality
I'm really enjoying the new look of the website! It's really aesthetically pleasing, the categories are well thought out and easy to navigate, it's easy to log in, track orders and checkout. There are still a fair few weird translations and missing descriptions, but it's a gigantic step up from what they had before.
Price Comparison
Generally when I shop with Roseroseshop, I buy bulk products. I tend to shop  for limited edition products elsewhere and with different companies for one off orders. It's cheaper to shop with RRS when you're buying bulk because you can justify the higher shipping price. It's still nothing in comparison to the extortion of KollectionK though, I may as well buy three from Cosmetic Love! ><

Tear Liner $4.57 + Shipping $4.46 = $9.03

Cosmetic Love
Tear Liner $5.90 + Shipping $0.00 = $5.90

Tear Liner $7.38 + Shipping $6.99 = $14.37

Shipping and Packaging
I placed my order on the 6th of July and it was shipped on the 7th. My package arrived at my house on the 16th of July and the entire shipping fee was  $8.86. 
I'm so impressed on how much faster the shipping is now, 7 business day's is fantastic in comparison to the 20 odd days it used to take. Everything was really well bubble wrapped and nothing was damaged at all. I also got samples in the form of a neon orange comb from Tony Moly and two wee Holika Holika skincare bottles. This is much less than I'm used to from Roseroseshop, but free things are free and I'm not going to complain about not getting enough free things!

For this order I concentrated on completing collections of products that I already own. I'm a massive completionist, but I'm also a student who can't afford to purchase full sets of products until they're on sale. Sometimes it takes me years to complete collections, but I feel it's justified since I'm not pushing myself into debt in order to complete collections and do reviews.

This was the last shadow I needed to complete my Missha shadow palette! The Peach shades were not my first choice, but these seem to be mostly discontinued so I can't actually find any of the brown toned ones that I wanted! Oh well, the Peach duo is actually perfect for cheeks which makes this palette great for travel!

The Etude House Tear Eye Liner in the shade White is really lovely and surprisingly has gold glitter flakes throughout! I'm so excited to use this tear liner!

 No.10 Peach Parfait, No.11 Peach Chou Wafer
These are the last two blushes I needed from this range, and I was really pleasantly surprised with the colours as I thought that I wouldn't like these at all!

No.02 Sunny Flower, No.05 Baby Peony, No.06 English Garden
I've finally completed my collection of the Etude House Rosy Tint Lips! I adore the formula of these tints, but my goodness it's hard to push the product out! ><

I have one more of these blushes on the way, but my goodness they are absolutely useless. No colour payoff, and the rose scent is so overwhelming.
I'm so intrigued by this sun spray! I always struggle with reapplying sunscreen on my face every couple of hours when I have makeup on, how is that possible?! Hopefully this is the answer!

What I Love
- Website is aesthetically pleasing
-Easy to navigate, add to cart and check out
- Wholesale prices and insane sales
- Free shipping on selected brands (Mizon currently)
- Quick shipping

What I Don't Love
- Expensive shipping
- Odd samples?

Final Thoughts
I absolutely loved my shopping experience with Roseroseshop! I've always loved shopping with them, and now that their shipping is faster and the website works better I'll definitely be shopping with them more often! I think that as long as you keep your shopping cart light and you're buying more than one thing, Roseroseshop is the best place to shop!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Review: Aveniro Glass Nail Files

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about some nail files from Aveniro! Aveniro reached out to me and offered to send me some files, and I was extremely excited to try some new files out! 

Aveniro Ltd. is a manufacturer and wholesale and retail export oriented supplier of glass nail files. The company is located in the North of Czech Republic in the traditional glassmaking region nearby Novy Bor town. From its foundation Aveniro is possessed entirely by private Czech capital, continually grows, increases its turnover, number of employees and enlarges its portfolio of products and services.

At present both our production operations and office are situated in our own facilities, in a manufacturing premises in an industrial estate at the edge of Novy Bor town. Our premises had been acquired in a baddish technical state; and it is being reconstructed step by step as our financial situation allows.

From its establishment our company deals with processing and refining of glass. Our management and our employees have rich experience in this field; many of them have been working in the glass industry for their whole life. As time went on, because of substantial interest of the customers, glass nail files have become our main product.

We endeavour after development of our business, we invest into modern technologies, which we try to employ for both enrichment of our present assortment and introduction of new products and services. An example is a purchase and implementation of laser technology, which enabled both to broaden our portfolio with wooden products and at the same time to variegate our offer of glass nail file with laser decorations. (1)

One of the most popular decoration techniques is the decoration with crystal stones. Crystal stones are fixed on the glass nail file with glue. Every single nail file is hand processed. This decoration requires accuracy and diligence, crystal stones are therefore applied only by particularly trained workers. Crystal stones look very beautiful especially in combination with colour. This combination of techniques will transform a glass nail file into a highly elegant cosmetic accessory.

Glass nail file Swarovski is decorated with original Swarovski stones. We also offer all designs in a cheaper variant – with crystal stones produced by Czech jewellery manufacturers having long tradition. Beside standard designs we produce customized designs according to customer’s wish too.
This file comes in a gorgeous little velveteen pouch with cute little butterflies glued to the top! It's absolutely adorable, and works really well to file down nails quickly and gently.

Manicure files are suitable not only for the treatment of fingernails but also toenails. The most common types of glass nail files are available in stock, thus we are able to supply them in very short terms. A large variability of possible shapes and decorations offers opportunities to create unique products. Upon demand it is possible to produce glass nail files of virtually arbitrary dimensions, there are only limitations resulting from technical aspects. The sizes of 115 mm and 155 mm are the often requested bespoke production. We have also introduced a novelty - a multifunctional glass manicure stick you will achieve a perfect manicure with.

Our standard glass nail files are produced in the double-sided version (i.e. the grinding surfaces are present on both sides of the file). The advantage of this design is that during manicure it is possible to turn the file in hand and use both sided of the glass nail file. The other option which is produced upon-demand are single-sided files (i.e. the grinding surface is only on one side of the file and the other side is smooth). Single-sided files are popular with professionals who use them for whole day work because due to the one smooth side they are more considerate to their hands. Single-sided files are used also for special prints (full-area photo-printing and printing of long logos).

Some kinds of fingernail files are also produced in the DUO variant (i.e. with two different roughness’s’ on the file).

I was sent a full size file as well as a mini file! The mini file is the perfect size to pop into my handbag in case I break a nail while out and about (it happens more often than it should!) while the full size is great for every day use.
Again, these files work really well to file down nails gently, I have never torn any of my nails while using these files! They are such a big step up from emery boards!

Glass manicure sticks have two working areas that will facilitate care of your nails. On the first end there is a grinding tip with a mini rounding that easily gets under the nail, yet minimizes the risk of injury. This way you will perfectly remove hardened dirt under nails. From the other side the end is bevelled. The bevel has abrasive surface on its circumference for shaping and smoothing your nails. The flat end is intentionally smooth so that you can push back and remove the cuticle around the fingernail without scratching the nail.
This manicure stick is really pretty and I was surprised that both ends were made of glass! As you can see they do break easily, the flat end already had a chip taken out by the time it was sent to me.
Because mine has a chip out of the tip I did get some scratches on my nail and I found it a little bit rough for my thinner fingernails. However, it works wonders on my toenails!

For treatment of toenails you can use types of nail files mentioned in the part Manicure nail files. We have also developed new glass foot files (foot scrapers) for removing calloused skin on heels and other parts of the sole. The foot file is gentle and safe. In comparison with other pedicure tools you take no risks of injuries while using our foot files. Skin does not tear after its usage but becomes soft and tempting to touch. Moreover our glass rasp is produced in DUO variant, i.e. with two different roughnesses on one file. The coarser side removes fast and effectively calloused skin and the smoother side serves to neatening of skin.

Our foot files are produced with double roughness. The coarser side is meant to remove calloused skin and the other smoother side serves to gentle neatening and final smoothening.

Foot file is made from 6 mm thick glass that ensures excellent resistance of the file. Grinding surface of pedicure files has thanks to our production technology virtually unlimited lifespan as well as our other types of glass nail files.

Easy maintenance
Glass foot scrapers can be washed under a water stream, with a brush and a detergent, eventually in a dish washer.

Wide range of decorations and pouches
Foot scrapers can be either clear or decorated upon customer’s request. We can offer plastic or velvet pouches as casings.

I had no idea what this was when I picked it up from the box and had a fair few giggles because it's massive! It's really quite gentle on the feet and it made my feet super smooth! I didn't take a before and after of my feet because feet are a bit ick for most people!

Final Thoughts
I really enjoy using these manicure tools! I think they are great quality and I would definitely recommend them for anyone wanting beautiful glass files. You can purchase Aveniro's Glass Nail Files through the website ClassyNailFiles.

Thank you so much to Aveniro for sending these for review! ^.^
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