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February 23, 2015

2-Minute Makeup Tutorial - for those crazy busy mornings

This is a a makeup look that I would do, if I am running really, really late and literally have less than five minutes to do my makeup. You can even do this look in a public transport, its so easy to apply and you only need five products. 


Smashbox Camara Ready BB Cream - Medium
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - Powder Pink
Million Dollar Eyebrow Gel
Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon - Amber Haze
Catrice Lash Extension Volume Mascara - Black 

Hope you like the tutorial!

xxx Marina 

February 19, 2015

NIVEA® Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls - Review

Have you heard already of the Nivea's new serum... drum roll please... the NIVEA® Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls!

I am a big fan of the Nivea products (if you have missed my post where I rave about my beloved Nivea cream... check it out here) and as expected the Q10 plus Serum Pearls didn't disappoint. It brightens, it hydrates, it plumes up the skin, it sings and dances... ok it doesn't sing and dance really, but does everything else mentioned.

 NIVEA Q10 plus Anti-Wrinkle serum contains highest dosage of skin's own coenzyme Q10 and Creatine which are naturally found in young skin. With age, their levels decrease, leaving the skin with less energy to regenerate. The serums powerful formula enriched with Hyaluronic Acid proves its pure anti-wrinkle power by not only helping to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles but also helping to prevent the formation of new ones.

 The serum provided a soft silky application, which left my complexion looking fresher, brighter and feeling like velvet so soft to touch, I hardly could keep my fingers of my face. It easily absorbed into my skin and left it hydrated with a very light feel without an oily residue.

 The serum comes out the pump container with lumpy pearls and when you dispense it looks like a thick yellow mousse which then liquifies into a serum when it comes in to the contact with the skin. One pump is enough to cover the face, little goes a long way so it will last for a long time. And on top of that, at price of €17.99 its so reasonable priced, especially given all the benefits it provides which some serums three time the price promise but don't deliver!

I am not mad about the scent though, its quite strong and masculine almost like a cologne, but still not unpleasant, its just that I prefer the classic, soft, powdery Nivea scent. Sigh!

Yes, my friends this is how I really look like without makeup ...  the reality... warts and all! My age - 35 years - just in case you were wondering!
After 10 days of using the serum, I can honestly say that my skin looked less tired and the emerging fine lines seemed to be more refined and less visible. I have used the serum together with the Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Daycream and Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Nightcream, and they seem to work so well together. 

Amazing product that will be my new "must have"! Highly recommended!

Available at Boots.

 Have you tried the Q10 plus Serum Pearls yet? Whatcha think?

 xxx Marina

February 09, 2015

Bronze Smokey Eye and Red Lips Tutorial

Its almost Valentines Day...again! I know! It always comes around so quickly, don't you think so? On this day you shall be loved and cherished and if you are single you shall be made completely uncomfortable and out of place. I am not a lover of a Valentines Day, it just feels so gimmicky and I think there is nothing worst than sitting in a restaurant with all the "happy couples" declaring their undying love to each other... just because its "Valentines Day". I think the love and appreciation for your partner should be expressed on a daily basis... its the little things that count and not the stuff that you can buy in the shops! Although, I wouldn't say no to a little present now and then! What? I am just a girl after all!

Nonetheless, I recorded a video thats perfect for any special occasion, no matter if you are all loved up or still looking :) This is a soft bronzy smokey eye paired with a matte red lips!


 Laura Mercier Primer Radinace 
 Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect - 03 Shell 
Charlotte Tilbury - The Retoucher - No 2 
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel 
MAC Lustre Drops MAC Paintpot - Indianwood 
Bobbi Brown Metalic Eyeshadow in Cognac 
MAC Eyeshadow - Woodwinked
 Charlotte Tilbury Rock n'roll eyepencil in brown 
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara 
Catrice - Brow Pencil 
Revlon Matte Lipbalm - Striking

Hope you like the look!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! 

xxx Marina 

February 04, 2015

Ren Keep Young and Beautiful™ Firming and Smoothing Serum - Review

 Ren Cosmetics is celebrating 15 years in the beauty industry and they are launching their innovative anti-ageing product -  the Keep Young and Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum aka Beauty Shot.

The Beauty Shot is a rose scented, quite thick, gel-serum containing hyaloronic acid which firms and plums the skin instantly by binding the water to the skin.  It can be applied under your moisturiser in the morning and evenings and it can be also worn over your foundation during the day for an instant pick me up, just make sure to pat it on gently. The beauty shot absorbs very quickly into the skin and you only need a drop or two of the product, so its very economical.

I had chance to put this beauty through a proper test ride: I was on a flight from Dublin to Manchester where I had to attend a seminar. The journey started at 3.30 am to 12.30 am next day- so after a 22 hours journey which included a bumpy flight and a snow storm -  it's needless to say that I was dehydrated, exhausted and jet-legged and I looked every bit if it.  If that wasn't enough, I had to go back to work at 9 am the very same day. ( I know poor me!)  As I had received the serum the previous day, it was sitting there on my night drawer, begging me to use it that night.  So I applied a generous layer and immediately I could feel my skin tightening only few minutes after the application.
The shocker was the next morning though;  I woke up with a glowing skin and my skin felt so smooth and plump and I had a more relaxed and rested appearance. And, it doesn't stop here, my fine lines were literally invisible. No kidding! And this after all I've been through the previous day!

Now to the science bit: the beauty shot contains hyaluronan 1 from Yeast Biofermentation to instantly firm and smooth lines and wrinkles, hyaluronan 2 from Yeast Biofermentation which firms and remodels over time and phycocolloids from Microalga that plump from within giving the skin lasting hydration and comfort. It provides both short and long term optimal hydration.

So far I like to use it  best under my rose hip oil to deeply hydra quench and nourish my skin. I have a combination skin and this serum is suitable for all skin types including the sensitive skin.

I started using the serum last week every morning and the evening and I can't even put into words  how impressed I am with the serum, totally hooked to the effects it gives me - can't wait to see how the serum will benefit my skin in the long term. I really, really love it and would be prepared to pay double the price! Did I mentioned I was hooked ?!? ;)

What do you think of Ren's Beauty Shot? Have you tried it? Did you like it? Let me know!

xxx Marina 

February 03, 2015

How to make an gel eyeliner and cream eyeshadow creamy again

Are you sick and tired of your gel eyeliners and cream shadows drying out after only few months use? 

Here is a solution and its called Inglot Duraline! 

All you need is few drops of the magic potion and a spatula and you gel liner or cream shadow will be like new again.  Watch this video t see how!

What are your tips and trick to revive the gel eyeliners and cream eyeshadows!

Please let me know!

xxx Marina 

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