Tuesday, 8 April 2014

HAIR: Tangle Teezer

Yes, here it is. The one, the only, Tangle Teezer! Every beauty lover and their mother and their dog owns a Tangle Teezer. I have to say, I was quite late in jumping on the tangle-free train. But now I'm here, I never want to go back. 

Let me start by explaining to you what kind of hair I have. My hair is véry thin and véry fine. Someone up there just decided to have a little laugh and create this pathetic excuse for hair on top my head. I'd always been so damn careful with my hair. But lately, I'd been noticing a lot of hair loss whenever I brushed through it in the shower, even though my conditioner had soaked in properly.

I hated all that hair loss and decided finally try out the classic Tangle Teezer. As you can see below, the brush has short and long plastic bristles, and there is a lot of space between them. It has a nice shape, so it fits very ergonomically in your hand. I barely use any other hair brushes, this to me is perfect. Only for blowing out my hair, I tend to use round brushes.

Price: €12.40 on Beautybay. You can also buy a Tangle Teezer at hairdressers around Belgium, I've noticed, but they're usually double the price. I find this price very affordable for a product that makes such a big difference for me.

Conclusion: If you also suffer from hair loss or very tangly hair, this could be your lifesaver. It makes such a huge difference in my hair care routine. I visibly noticed such a big difference in hair loss!

Have you ever tried the Tangle Teezer?

xX Anine

Friday, 4 April 2014

SKINCARE: My 'interesting' experience with Eucerin

Today we're talking skincare. Back in October I started a whole new skincare routine for my combination skin, and it worked nicely. Only the scrub didn't quite meet my expectations and when it was empty in January, as many recommended, I tried out the Eucerin Dermo Purifyer scrub.

Now this is where it gets interesting. I used it about three times (over two weeks) and it stinged my skin quite heavily. A few days after I used it for the third time, I broke out horrendously, like I hadn't even experienced in puberty. 

WARNING: Some gross descriptions will be following now: My face was covered in thick bumps that hurt and were extremely visible *yay*. I couldn't cover them up with make-up anymore, and it got so far that even my mother-in-law was giving me skincare advice... 

Now, about two months later, I've seen a dermatologist and she says it was not only the scrub that did it, she said hormones (No, I'm not preggers) and stress had a lot to do with it. But this product did start it all, and only looking at this product already gives me chills!

Claims: Cleans clogged pores, improves the skin texture and reduces black spots and pimples. This formula will work where impurities erupt without drying out the skin. Pore-cleaning micro beads will gently remove dead skin without damaging. The skin is smoother, softer and visibly cleaner. 
Clinical studies prove: Excellent skin tolerance (I respectfully disagree!) and effectiveness on greasy problem skin.

Use: Softly massage into the skin and gently rinse. Avoid eye-contact. That's exactly what I did.

The scrub has a gel-like texture, with some small blue beads in it. It felt nice at first, but after a few second, it started stinging like nobodies business. I tried to use it on my hand, to see if it was an allergic reaction, but I only experienced the stinging on my face.

Price: Quite affordable for skincare: €10,35

Conclusion: I am never ever again trying out a scrub for combination skin. Sensitive skin is what I'll go for from now on! I'm hoping a new skincare routine more focused on sensitive skin will clear up the acne! Definitely to be continued...

xX Anine

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

REVIEW: Real Techniques Duo Fiber brushes

One of the most addictive thing to buy in the beauty industry probably are brushes. Why? Because it's so easy to justify to yourself. "Oh, but I nééd this weird shaped brush, it'll totally change my make-up application."

Nevertheless, I really did need some duo fiber brushes, to apply my very pigmented cheek and face products. Since I saw a lot of bloggers rave about the Real Techniques Duo Fiber brushes, I picked them up in London a few months ago. Keep on reading for my detailed review!

The idea of duo fiber brushes is that they aren't densely packed at all, so they are very light and pick up a very small amount of product. This is perfect for applying very pigmented blushes, to give yourself a light bronzed look without contouring too much or just to blend all the face products.

Claims: "Create buildable color and add texture to look pixel perfect for any occasion and in any light with this first and only duo-fiber set. A true multitasker - duo-fiber bristles work with cream, liquid or powder for an unbelievably air-brushed finish. The ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free."

The Duo Fiber set consists of three 'limited edition' brushes:
- The face brush
- The contour brush
- The eye brush

Use: I use the face brush for applying my pigmented blushes. It works so well, it makes my stand-out blushes apply beautifully without looking like a clown. For highlighter, I tend to use the contour brush. This one's perfect for applying those very shimmery highlighters right on the cheekbones. And lastly, with the eye brush I like applying a light wash of color in the crease.

Packaging: I usually like the Real Techniques packaging, but these white handles tend to get to easily dirty. A black packaging would avoid this.

Price: £20, a very reasonable price for three brushes, in my opinion.

Conclusion: I really couldn't live without the face brush anymore, which I use on a daily basis for my pigmented blush. The contour brush comes in very handy, but I believe the eye brush isn't a must-have item. It's easily replaceable and doesn't make thàt much of a difference. The bristles are soft, easily washable and they do not shed at all. Lovely. 

Let me know if you have any brush recommendations for me!

xX Anine