Benefit porefessional primer dupe| KIKO skin trainer CC blur

Since I had a little shopping “problem” ( to say the least), I payed a visit to our local KIKO store only to walk out with some make up in my bag and a guilty feeling conscience a few minutes later. But yolo right .. lol.

The primer I bought convinced me immediately because my pores basically disappeared when I swatched it on the back of my hand.

I have used it a couple of times and I am loving it so far. I always thought primers wouldn’t make that much of a difference in how your makeup looks and lasts, but it does make a difference!

It does half of foundation’s job by evening out texture and color correcting- that’s of course if you use a good primer.

Kiko’s skin trainer CC blur is one of those good primers you should invest in. Benefit porefessional is hyped for a reason but the price tag makes me hesitate (it’s about 35 bucks for 22 ml).

The skin trainer costs about 24 $. It is not drugstore pricing but I guess a primer is where you want to invest.
Especially when you’re struggeling with caky makeup, redness or blemishes like I do. It really  does help! And it doesn’t irritate my slightly visible perioral dermatitis, so that’s always a plus. You don’t need to use a lot of foundation and therefore your makeup looks more natural, more skin-like.

I tried to capture it’s effects in a swatch but the photography doesn’t show it as well. If you take a close look you can see that the left side is a  bit more blured out.


But you can go to your local kiko store and grab a tester and see for yourself. Do you guys have primer secrets? I would love to know.

xx Love Mel



Butter lipcolors for whiter teeth| astor

I am a little bit of a lip make up horder. And I don’t even use that much make up on a daily basis. I am obsessed with nude colors and if I have to be honest they are propably all the same shade.
soft_sensation_lipcolor_butter_ultra_vibrant_020_340x343One day I picked up the Astor Lipcolor Butter in the shade ‘Flirt neutral’ and I fell in lovewith it. It is a orangy coral color with a tint of wine. It is hard to describe. If I am just going for a my-lips-but-better-look, I will take a little bit of lipcolor on my finger and dab it on- works great. Overall the Lipcolors appear more glossy than matte but I always perfered nurishing lipcolors over matte lips anyways.
But when they launched the matte lipcolor butters Isoft_sensation_lipcolor_butter_matte_027_340x343 bought another one in the shade  ‘elegant nude’ A wine-ish, mauve-iah, burgundy-ish red with a tint of blue. The matte colors look as matte as a butter lipcolors can look- not that much. But again, I do not mind that. It is buildable and even if it is a perfect autumnal shade, it looks just as good on tanned summer skin.

Both colors are kind of seasonless. And I don’t know how that is but I’m telling you, they are great. Also sold pretty quickly.  I’m not quite sure about the other shades though.

Did you ever noticed that your teeth look a little bit more yellowish when you wear bright summer colors like coral and orange, especially when you’re not having a tan? The yellow tint  is apparently responsible for this .
These are two shades in the Astor lipcolor line that I absolutely adore. They both have a subtle blue tint and complement winter as well as summer skin.  I noticed that my teeth were looking whiter everytime I use them. I can’t put my finger on what’s the deal with these two lipcolors but they are priceless. Speaking of: Astor is a drugstore brand therefore the price ranges from 4 to 6 £. Sold pretty expensive on amazon. If you plan on visiting europe, you should defenitly give these a go. It is hard to get the color right on pictures but I tried.

Elegant Nude


Flirt Neutral


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Love Mel

Under eye creasing| make your concealer work

Time to talk about concealers. If our skin is having a bad day or shows any form of blemishes, we feel the need to cover up. 

This is when I began to truly appreciate a good concealer. I tried drugstores camouflages and creams but everything that is thick in consistency also puts unnecessary layers on your skin, leaving it looking older (not the look to go for). Continue reading “Under eye creasing| make your concealer work”

How my hair grew more than 20cm in one year | haircare

It just so happened that I was thinking about hair. I know- the vanity is real guys. Here’s the thing: I always had long, thick hair and I never knew what a blessing that was until my body started to act a bit weird and thought it was a good idea to throw out some hair. I basically lost a lot of hair than normal for over 2 month.

And the other thing is, I cut it short one year ago because (long hair people will understand this-),because I was always wondering what it would look like. Continue reading “How my hair grew more than 20cm in one year | haircare”

How to get rid of Blackheads and enlarged pores| Skincare

If you are like me and you have a little obsession with skincare, I’m sure you’ve heard about korean skincare and their double cleanses, oil cleanses, sheet masks etc. And if you are into natural skincare you might avoid remedies like chemical peelings because you think they’re bad. And if you have dehydrated dry skin with blackheads you may find nothing helpful on the internet.

I think dry, dull, dehydrated skin pared with blackheads and acne is quite rare. I am not talking about combination skin. I never understood how this is even possible.  So that is how I deal with blackheads and my semi-dry skin. Continue reading “How to get rid of Blackheads and enlarged pores| Skincare”

Best drugstore foundation for olive toned skin

I was never the full-face-of-foundation kind of person but since I’m fighting with some blemishes I need some coverage.

I am trying out  L’oreal’s True Match for about a year now and I have to say that I’m loving it at the moment. Especially because it doesn’t look caky at all. That’s always a plus for someone who has dry skin. It covers so well and you need so little. Many people love this foundation for a reason and I am thankful that there is a yellow-based-foundation out there that is on the cheaper side. Continue reading “Best drugstore foundation for olive toned skin”