*Vichy Idealia face cream

Hello my darlings! As promised I continue this week in pink-themed product reviews. Today I'm going to talk to you about a lovely Vichy face cream I received a couple of weeks ago for review purposes. :)

| I know that if a cream looks nice I will be more inclined to use it, simple as that. |

As the rest of the Idealia line, this cream also comes in a stunning, pale pink packaging. The jar is made from glass, feels heavy and luxurious and also has a lovely mirror on top of the lid (I feel like it's there more for esthetic purposes, but you can actually see yourself in it pretty nicely and you could definitely use it for applying the cream or any other touch-ups needed, if you wouldn't have a larger mirror at your disposal). :)

Not only is the packaging pink and beautiful, the cream itself is also pink. Now that might not matter to many women, but I know that if a cream looks nice I will be more inclined to use it, simple as that. :)

| The cream is enriched with Kombucha, AHAs, vitamins, probiotics and polyphenols (powerful antioxidant properties).  |

The consistency of the cream is very light (I have the normal to combination version). I would almost describe it as a mixture between a gel and a cream. It glides on the skin with ease and sinks into it very fast. After it sets your skin becomes noticeably smoother and appears brighter, healthier (now isn't that what we all want?). The smoothness is due to (I'm guessing) silicons, but the brightening effect is due to the tiny shimmering particles in it. That's why I also love the eye cream from this line - both creams just illuminate the skin so beautifully. :) The scent is also very pleasing - not exactly natural, but nothing too strong, just a gentle, almost floral scent.

| The cream is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, paraben free and enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa water.  |

I think this cream would work best for people with normal skin but a dull appearance to it because this cream really does work great at brightening up the skin. I have combination skin, but I find that this cream would probably suit me only in summer or when my skin feels great and sufficiently hydrated, because it's really doesn't have the most nourishing formula (maybe the one for dry skin is a different story). It does however work great as a makeup base since it creates a lovely, smooth surface to work on.

If you're looking for a pick-me up face cream for your skin and don't need too much moisturization, than this is the product for you. You can get it at your local pharmacy for around 28 €.

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector

Hello my lovelies! I am back and better than ever (hopefully...). :) This weekend and all through next week I'm going to have a theme running on my blog - PINK! It's October and it's National Breast Cancer Awareness month so in light of that, I'll be reviewing pink-colored products or incorporate pink in my post in some other way. The product that will 'start off' the theme/post series, will be Clarins' Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.

| It became one of my favorite lip products in no time..  |

It took me a really long time to buy this beauty and when I finally did I had one of those 'where have you been all my life' moments. :) It became one of my favorite lip products in no time (if not 'the' favorite). I'm not really a lip gloss or a lipstick fan - I love both equally. Though, I do own much more lipsticks than I do lip glosses - that's probably because I'm never really super attracted to lip glosses when I'm shopping. I just don't feel the need to own a bunch of different shades of lip gloss - I either go for a nude shade or a bolder one (with a bit more pigmentation to it). This lip gloss hasn't changed my mind and I'm not running to the store to get more shades of it, but that's due to another reason...

| I don't want to and I wouldn't pay 15 € for a clear gloss... |

I would absolutely get more shades, because I'm so in love with the formula and the packaging, but out of the 6 shades that are available, only one other besides the one I have (05) has the same amount of pigmentation to it, others seem to be a different color, but end up looking the same on the lips, because they're practically clear, with just a hint of color to them. And for that aspect I can totally understand how there are plenty of women out there that aren't really impressed with these lip glosses and don't believe the product can justify it's price. And I totally agree with them - I don't want to and I wouldn't pay 15 € for a clear gloss, but the shade I have gives the perfect amount of pigmentation to my lips and creates a gorgeous, nude, glossy look which I really love. It also looks amazing on top of nude/natural shades of lipstick (I always pair it with Urban Decay's lipstick in Naked - the perfect combo). :)

In short - I absolutely adore this lip gloss! It has the most amazing, creamy, non-sticky formula that seems to moisturize and really perfect your lips. I've applied it over chapped lips plenty of times and it just kind of 'covers up' the small dry flakes and instantly makes my lips look better. It has a pleasant scent to it and it's also sweet, so if you end up getting it into your mouth it won't leave a bad, bitter taste behind (which is always good). :) 

| It has the most amazing, creamy, non-sticky formula that seems to moisturize and perfect your lips. |

In case you haven't figure it out by now, I really love this lip gloss and I know I'll keep on using it day after day. As I've said, I only like one other shade in the collection (it's a nice brown shade, I don't remember the number of it), but I think I'll get it next summer - it will be great for a bronze look. :)

What are your thoughts on this product, have you tried it or would you like to? What's your current favorite lip product?

New in: September

Hello my darlings! Long time no... read. :) I've been a bit preoccupied lately and even though I have so many posts to write and so many ideas, I just don't seem to have make the time to write them. I'm really going to try and do better, I promise. Anyhew... let's take a look at what I've been hauling all through September (and no, obviously my spending ban didn't hold up - I'm just a beauty blogger for pete's sake!). :)

September was quite the 'hair month'. I needed to stock up on a few of my holy grail items as well as some new hair products I just wanted to try out. As you can see from the picture bellow, I stocked up pretty good on Batiste. I used up the 200 ml can of the Cherry version and I'm half way through the Oriental version (which I decided to put in the picture as well, even though I haven't purchased it along with the other three - I just wanted to show you the whole collection). :) And to tell you the truth, the Oriental version/scent is my least favorite. It's not oriental at all... I would say it smells florally and I'm really not a huge fan of floral scents. But I'm really happy with the other three scents - the polka dot Hershesons version smells like the original, the ASOS exclusive Monochrome version smells the best (orange blossom & pepper) and the Tropical version is also really nice - very coconuty and well, tropical.

I also got a huge 500 ml can of Orofluido hairspray. It's kind of weird when I think of it - I use hair spray so very rarely, but I just needed the Orofluido one. :) This can will probably last me a life time, but it does smell amazing and I know I'll love using it.

I'm still using my Redken hair products at the moment (All Soft and Cleansing cream - reviews coming soon), but I decided to order some other products before I start running out of the Redken ones. I had my eye on the Healthy Sexy Hair line for quite some time and I can't wait to start using these two products.

And recently I got a mini tester of the Unique One All in one hair treatment at my hair dresser and loved it. I tried the red bottle that has that typical salon scent to it (smells very nice), but I decided I want the coconut version in full size. So far I really like it. :)

The next thing I had to pick up was my holy grail toner - Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid toner. This fella really helps with my blackheads, enlarged pores and those nasty hormonal breakouts I get, so I just can't be without it. :) The two mini bottles were a gift with my purchase and will probably featured in a giveaway soon, so stay tuned for that. :)

I also got a gorgeous face cream from Vichy (for review purposes) - from the Idealia line. I love the eye cream from this line, but wasn't impressed with the serum and BB cream, so I hope this cream will work better for me. The packaging is stunning, if nothing else. :)

My b6 Vitamin-infused spray is running low, so I decided to try another one from UD, this time I went with the famous All Nighter. I haven't used it yet, but I have high hopes. 

Another thing I was sent for review purposes was the new Lily Lolo pressed blush in Burst your bubble - gorgeous shade, great texture and great pigmentation. Will do my best to write a full review as soon as possible. :)

I was running low on my Estee Lauder Sensuous perfume (I have the small 30 ml bottle), so my cousin 'hooked me up' with a girl that sells original perfumes for half the price and I got the 100 ml bottle for 30 €! Such a bargain! I really, really want to get the Nude and Noir versions as well. :)

Aaaand... I finally got my hands on OPI's Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know I've been on a hunt for it. I found it on BeautyBay and I'm so very happy I did. It's a stunning shade (I'm actually wearing it right now). A manicure with it is coming soon...

I also got a beautiful package from a fellow beauty blogger, Sara. She sent me a bunch of beautiful lipsticks and nail polishes. Thank you so much honey! <3

And last but not least, I got a few face brushes from eBay. I really, really want to get some Zoeva brushes (a set or two), but I just don't have the money right now, so I decided to enrich my brush collection with some good quality eBay dupes. :) Now, these aren't amazing brushes, but for a $1 or $2, they are great! I haven't actually used them with makeup yet, so you'll have to wait a bit on my feedback. :)

I got four larger face brushes - for foundation, blush, bronzer (dupes for Sigma and Real Techniques) and also a set of smaller ones that are meant for concealer but I guess could be used on the eyes as well. :)

So, here you have my September 'new-ins'. What are your thoughts on them? What would you like me to review first? What have you been hauling lately? :)