Winter Spring 2016 Not So Beauty Finds

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. I’m sure most of you think I like every beauty product I try it’s ‘l love this’, ‘this is fantastic’ ‘this is a little miracle worker’…. That’s not always the case!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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January Beauty Finds

I can’t believe it’s February! January flew by and dragged out. Does anyone else have months like that?

My latest ‘obsession’ is Korean cosmetics and for good reason. Since I’ve discovered Miin and Missha here, Sephora hasn’t had much of a look in. Korean skincare is years ahead of Western skincare and the packaging is much cuter!

I have 3 requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skincare. Number 1, no animal testing! Number 2 no animal ingredients that I’m aware of apart from honey and beeswax. I’m a vegan, but I eat honey. Number 3, no nasty ingredients like parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc. I prefer more natural products, thought with make up this can be tricky, so I go with what I can get. My skin’s a combination, oily and dry.

Etude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner, BlackEtude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner

What I love about this eyeliner is it’s application. I’m not the best at applying eyeliner. One eye goes fine, the other I have to even out the two eyes. I can never seem to get eyeliner on the water line and make it stay there (or even get it on the water line!). This pen I can work with to get it as close and fine to the waterline just above the eyelashes. I like the liner a little thicker on the outer eye and this can get the thickness. The application’s smooth, if I make boo boo, it doesn’t try immediately so I have a few seconds to do my best to sort it out without much smudging. It also doesn’t as I’ve noticed with eyeliners (maybe this is how I apply it. I slant the pen) affect mascara. I’ve noticed the lashes are coated in eyeliner with the mascara clumping even with an eyelash comb. This doesn’t do this! If I want it longer lasting, I apply black eyeshadow as a liner over the top. It also lasts through workouts! Etude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner

Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact #2Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact

I featured this in Weekend Friday Favourites a few weeks ago, but I found out I was using it incorrectly. I’d been using the a kabuki brush which was okay. 2 weeks ago, while I was waiting for it to dry, I used the puff that came with it that I’d left in as a shock absorber in case I dropped it. The difference between using a brush and a puff was immediate. Smoother application and longer lasting between touch ups. I mentioned this to the girl in Miin who said, doh, you use the puff not a brush! My excuse, I’ve always read apply powder with a brush! When I have used powder and puff previously, it’s clogged as I’ve tried to soak up the shine. But then this from Korea and they know a thing or about oily skin and powders. I should mention that this is a translucent powder!Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact

Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin DropDear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

I used this as a morning serum. It felt at first a little drying, but since I’ve been using an essence underneath, it feels better. Pre essence I did notice a difference with lines and general texture. Post essence my skin loves it! It’s a little expensive, but is lasts about 2-3 months so the price isn’t so bad spread out. I love that helps protect my skin from pollution and UV damage, helps with skin tone and texture while simulating collagen!

Missha LoveSecret Hand CreamMissha LoveSecret Hand Cream

Aside from the cute packaging that may have incited me, what I love about this is that they’re perfect handbag size! They’re quick absorbing, non greasy and have been helping me fight my chapped hands!

Sephora Kiss Me, Pink Bubble Gum balm/glossSephora Kiss Me, Pink Bubble Gum

This gives that just barely there colour more than a lip balm, smells like bubble gum and best bit, isn’t sticky.

Missha Sheet MasksMissha Sheet Masks

Firstly I can’t believe the price of these compared to Sephora’s own and they do a better job (because they’re Korean!). Sephora’s own sheet masks are €3.95 each. These are €1.99! The sheet mask itself is a lot thicker than other masks I’ve tried and after working my way through those without parabens, my skin loves the rice, lotus and mango. You apply them after cleansing, toning and serum and before cream. Basically the sheet stops ingredients from evaporating before they can do their job. They are best done alone but they’re worth the 20 minutes of looking like an horror movie extra. At the moment with cold air outside and warm air indoors, they’ve been helping adding extra hydration for brighter skin. I can’t wait for the summer to pop one in the fridge before applying and feel my face cool down!

The Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte ChoThe Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte Cho

If you get excited walking into Sephora, Boots, CVS, John Lewis Beauty hall or any beauty hall for that matter, you’ll get excited reading this! Admittedly I’m only 1/2 way through after finding it in Urban Outfitters last week. Something said go in and I’m glad I did. Charlotte Cho an American Korean who grew up anti beauty products moved to Korea for a few years, only to return to the US to get her esthetician licence. I think that says it all about Korean skincare. Western skincare or cosmetics is about contouring, covering up blemishes, removing shine then applying highlighters, matte skin, heavy make up. Korean skincare is the opposite. It’s about having such radiaten skin, you don’t need much make up. Which explains why in Miin, they have more skin care products than make up. 1/2 way through reading and everything clicked. Why wasn’t this book around 20 years ago? I needed it back then! I have been doing for years what she preaches the most, wearing SPF. That I have been doing right!The Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte Cho

2 days after only getting 1/4 way through and okay, sneakily reading ahead, I was in Miin looking at essence, night masks, different cleansers and in the supermarket looking for an Italian exfoliating cloth (I went with a sisal exfoliating glove). It’s only been a week and I’m already noticing a huge difference. My skin feels hydrated, looks healthier from following the advice. The best bit, a glow during the day instead of oil shine. My existing cleanser, toner, night cream and SPF I’m still be using and appear to be working happily with the new editions. Emphasis is the right products, not who endorses it, whether it’s expensive. Expensive doesn’t always mean it works better than a cheaper product. I wish I could phrase the review more eloquently. Basically if you’re a beauty junkie, I can’t recommend it enough! She also has her own online store, Soko Glam selling products in the US. In Europe, there’s Miin!

Have your tried any Korean Skin care products? What’s your latest cosmetics obsession?!

Weekend Friday Favourites

I’m meant to be wrapping Christmas presents so they make the last self imposed post day in 2 days, rewriting Christmas cards address so the post office can actually read them or until I run out of envelopes or my hand cramps up after 5.

The more I have to write, the worst my handwriting get. I seriously can’t believe how I used to handwrite all my essays at high school. Yes, I can. I had to. Instead I’ve been watching Youtube, tackling the pile of KonMari Method papers that no matter how many folders I’ve sorted already the pile never appears to go down. And last minute christmas shopping before the last self imposed post day. I keep avoiding the wrapping and writing. I always do it at the last minute with the last self imposed post day extended by a few days and send luck they get there in time.

Anyways, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have been making me smile with week or have caught my eye.

Seal Yawning, Barcelona ZooSeal yawn, Barcelona Zoo

Most of the animals are in their night enclosures by the time I make the gates just before they close. With 30 minutes before the grounds close, these guys are one of the few still up.

HM Reindeer Cat JumperHM Christmas reindeer cat jumper

I received a penguin jumper one year that I lived in (I was about 8/9) but I don’t think I’ve ever had a Christmas jumper. My mum used to knit Christmas inspired jumpers for my Dad, Brother and ex brother in law as she probably didn’t know what to get them. This year I have my very first Christmas jumper! Please excuse the bad lighting, long face, hair that gets cut next week changing room selfie. Cat with reindeer antlers, I couldn’t pass up!

Sephora Color Wishes Gift SetSephora Color Wishes

I’m sure I’m not the only one who buys themselves a gift set! The palettes have just enough shadow to experiment with, without spending a small fortune and having a full sized pot you don’t like or use. I love that they come with shadow combination guide for each palette. I’ve only used Be A Role Model so far and love it’s subtle shimmer (If you have oily skin like me an eyeshadow primer will make it last longer. Oily skin eats eyeshadow!)! They make a great gift to any makeup junkie.

Sephora Color Wishes

Tiger Stores Reindeer Napkins

Tiger Stores Reindeer Napkins

No tree, but I have Christmas napkins! I have a thing for reindeer decorations and at €1 these were leaving the shop with me!

Missha Barcelona

Missha Barcelona

Exploring a side street just off the posh end of Passeig de Gracia, I found another Korean Cosmetic shop! I got a little excited and couldn’t believe the prices. Cheaper than Sephora own brand, which makes you think of how much mark up there is. Though some Missha products have parabens in, they don’t test on animals, so I’ll be back. I’ve kinda placed an self imposed ban on buying any more skincare, make up and clothes until after the sales. But that might not include their eye fibre masks when they’re back in stock. Just saying.

Wednesday’s Run View

Run View BCN

Sunset Friday Barcelona Zoo

Sunset Barcelona Zoo

Internet Finds

The Late Late Show with James Corbin, Crying lessons with Anna Faris and Joshua Jackson

Donkey rescued from UK floods

Star Wars The Force Awakens BB-8 smashed on set (my Christmas movie! Cinemas are open here Christmas day and I’m hoping there’s still tickets available!)

Ducks rescued from a hoarder first encounter ever with water

Hotel California. Cabanos Acapella Whoa!

What’s been making you smile this week! Have a great week!