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No Light DIY Gel Mani: Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel Couture - Hold The Position Review I'm a little late to the party, but hey.. I'm here now! I finally tried out Essie's Gel Couture nail polish that launched last Summer. My nails don't hold polish very well, so any formula that promises longer wear deserves a chance in my book. I tried acryl nails a long long time ago, which was probably the only time ever I could sport the same nail look for multiple weeks in a row. Granted this Gel Couture formula won't keep going on your nails for weeks, but it will at least perform better than most regular nail polishes.

The Mascara Files: Dior Diorshow Pump 'n Volume

Dior Pump N Volume Mascara Review
Ahhh, the quest for the perfect mascara. I've reviewed a few mascaras in my blogging times - read up on all those reviews here - and still have a few waiting to be tried and tested. When this new one by Dior came up though, it went straight to the first spot in line. The Diorshow Pump 'n Volume mascara comes with a soft tube that can be squeezed at the bottom, to "warm up" the mascara for use. In a beauty market where new mascaras are released almost weekly by a plethora of brands, it's no wonder new kinds of unique selling points need to be thought of to ensure a new mascara gets enough attention. But does this really work?

"Les P'tits Bonheurs" of Le Petit Marseillais


A little everyday pampering goes a long way. I don't often go to the spa (I have commitment problems when it comes to splurging on a one-time treatment), but I do love to indulge in products that add just that little extra touch to my routine. For me, those little luxuries are often small things: like a lipstick that I proudly carry with me in my purse or a fragrant shower gel that turns my shower cabin into a spa-like experience. For some reason I always end up taking shower gels with me from holidays for example (exhibit here) - it takes me back to those holidays during my morning shower and I just can't resist exploring new scents. Le Petit Marseillais knows what's up and just launched their Les P'tit Bonheurs - translated: little moments of joy - range featuring four fragrant and nourishing shower gels to bring the sunshine into your bathroom.

#BrushCrush: My New Bisyodo Traditional Japanese Makeup Brushes

Bisyodo Japanese Brush Review
With a special place in my heart for Japan and a soft spot for makeup brushes, it is no wonder that I have developed a serious love for traditional Japanese handmade makeup brushes over the past few years. Japanese brushes have been becoming more readily available the past few years, so it doesn't take a trip to Japan to get introduced to them anymore.  I got a few new Bisyodo brushes a month or two ago, and I've been extensively using these brushes when getting ready in the morning. It's been a bit of a love story with some of these, especially their quality range has been a real joy to use. Insert pink hearts emoji here!

The Look: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette Review and Look
I have been meaning to publish this post about Maybelline's budget friendly The Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette since forever, but I never got around to actually typing it all out. Here it (finally) goes though! I have been leaning more and more towards budget friendly makeup items lately. I still combine them with a few luxury favourites of course, but I can't help but feel a little strange about buying luxury items when I know there is a cheaper alternative out there that does pretty much the same job. This is definitely trial and error as there are cheaper alternatives that are just that (cheap) and are horrendous in quality. Luckily though, there are other competitors out there too. I do like Maybelline's Nudes palettes for example, I reviewed the original one here and liked it despite its mixed reviews. Rewind to two years ago when I was in the US, I spotted the The Blushed Nudes palette at an Ulta in New Jersey and hesitated to take it with me. Last year the palette finally also made its way here, so now there's all the more reason to check whether it lives up to the original.