Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo & Conditionner

I've had the chance to review these two hair products from Liz Earle. I was really excited as I'm a big fan of their brand as you may have noticed if you read my blog. I love that Liz Earle goes from skin care, to hair care and now a makeup range.  I have tried the Botanical Shine Shampoo which is good for all hair types and I went for the Botanical Shine Condtioner for oily hair as I wash my hair every day and they tend to grease after one day (yikes, I know) but I can't help it I love the fresh washed feeling on my scalp. 

The hair products come in bottles of 200ml, as a little goes a very long way, they last forever!
You don't need that much product (depends of the length of your hair obviously) as it foams very well.

 I'm obsessed with the ingredients of shampoos. I always read the back of the bottle of shampoo I'm using when I'm in the shower. I am amazed (yet not surprised) with the dreamy list of naturally active ingredients that Liz Earle is using.  It smells really good, with that usual botanical smell.

The shampoo cleans your hair really easily, I was impressed with the feeling afterwards. I could feel my hair were really soft... yet the conditionner was still to apply.

The conditionner is also filled with tons of amazing ingredients.  It is a very good conditionner that nourrishes without leaving that heavy feeling in your hair. I've avoided applying in too close from my roots of course. 

My hair are SO soft after my Botanical Shampoo & Conditionner, easy to comb and really shiny.
I love that they're effective AND filled with tons of naturally active ingredients.

Have you tried the Liz Earle hair products range? 
You can buy Liz Earle here :)

Ps: Yes, I've changed my colour and went for the colour "Caramel" who turned into even more gingerness. YOM OR VOM? 


Monday, February 27, 2012

Oops I did it again

Girl can't help it. An other british beauty haul. It was supposed to be very innocent at first, just two or three items I've been wanting for a very long time then the list just kept growing and growing, until this. The lovely Rachel (at http://www.ohwhoisshe.com/ ) who helped me through this beauty extravangaza did add some unexpected lovely things like the nail polishes and the snow fairy (I might have scream when I saw it in the box as I have never had the chance to try this oh so famous shower gel) Thank you Rachel!!!!

Expect some reviews and swatches soon :) 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jessica - Phenomen Oil

Cuticles. Those horrible little dead skins that rotten your nail life. I've never paid much attention to my cuticles because I never felt it was necessary and I didn't see the point. I do feel self conscious at times when I swatch nail polish because you can see them from time to time and it's not an attractive feature.
I have a terrible confession to make, I even went to the point where I have had cut them with a tiny cutter. Eeeee, shame on me, I KNOW. Do NOT cut your cuticles, it's so baaad.  The way to go is to moisturize them and nourish them. I've decided to stop mistreating my cuticles and accept that they are now a part of my nail routine. After looking for a great product and reading the pixiwoo JESSICA post, I have bought the Jessica Phenomen Oil on feelunique.com 

What it says : "Phenomen Oil is a unique blend of essential oils that softens cuticles and promotes the growth and flexibility of the nail. Restores, protects and maintains healthy cuticles and nails. Natural jojoba heals dry, spilt and craked cuticles. Almond and rice oils for conditionning. Increases circulation and promotes nail growth when massaged in. "

It comes in a nice little bottle of 14,8 ml (which is a lot) and smells like marzipan (thanks to the almond in it) It is extremely moisturizing and the fact that it has a little pump is very handy to apply the product on the cuticles. It's not greasy at all, which I LOVE yet it really nourrish your nails and cuticles. The other thing I adore about this product is the multi use you can have with it. You can use it basically on any dry part of your body. Face, knee, elbow, and even hair (I've tested it, it's faaaaabulous)

 I can NOT believe I've waited sooo long before taking the plunge and taking care of my cuticles.
A great manicure is nothing without healthy cuticles! That's my new nail motto.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What I wore #8 Last friday OOTD

Last friday the weather wasn't THAT cold anymore. So I did venture outside for a night out with the boyf with an outfit very not appropriate for the season. But blame it on the two weeks of intense cold, I was soooo over wearing snow boots/rain boots/unfashionable boots.  So I did get massively sick afterwards, and still am a little bit now :( I'm so waiting for spring to arrive, you have NO idea. I'm sick and tired with my winter wardrobe and wearing socks!  The pose is so awkward but I was posing, for blog's sake, on the side of the sideway (hooker much?) so I've avoided to pout and strike a pose. 

Clutch :  vintage Delvaux // Blazer : FCUK // Shoes : New Look // Scarf : Primark


Friday, February 17, 2012


Doing a lot of back and forth with the train so music and something to read is NEEDED.

The comeback of the side braid. Always handy when you're having a bad hair day..

Interning at OPI with the super cute decoration near my desk :) 

Oops, I might have bought some new nail polishes! Blame it on the internship :) 

My favourite earrings at the mo' (yeah I'm so cool)

So random, this was my lunch today. Super yummy tuna bread with pickles and cressonette.


Primark eyelash curler

Let me introduce you to my favourite eyelash curler EVER.
Curling my lashes, in a really important step in my makeup routine. Without it, I feel like my lashes are dull and my mascara does not apply as well. Last year when I spent a month in London, I was looking for a cheap eyelash curler as I had forgot mine at home and I got the one at Primark. It is a very cute white and pink one, and it was 1£! BARGAIN. I was not expecting this curler to be the best but to my great surprise, IT IS. 

After a full year of using it, it became old and I didn't work as well. I was desperate to get a new one but the Primark in Belgium didn't have the makeup range. Well It didn't, but IT DOES NOW. I went to Primark last week and I was excited to see that they makeup range and beauty accessories is now available in Belgium too! I bought 2 lash curlers, just in case :) It was 1,50€, still very affordable. 

This eyelash curler has a very firm pressure and does an amazing job to the lashes. I use it every single day even when I don't wear mascara, it really disciplines my lashes and brighten my eyes!

 Lash curled without mascara. You can see that it is very efficient! 

And with mascara :)

For a very long time, I was thinking of splurging a good amount of money to buy myself a good eyelash curler (like the Shu Uemura one) but after being really satisfied with my Primark one, I think it would be so mad to spend so much on an eyelash curler! 

What is your favourite eyelash curler? (if you use one...and if you don't... OMG DO IT)


Thursday, February 16, 2012

On my nails today : Size Matters

Nothing like a good old red nail polish to add sophistication to any outfit. My latest red crush has been the varnish Size Matters by Essie. I've bought this because I found that the undertones of this colour were really special. It's not your typical red, it has some fuschia/wine undertones. It's a very unique mix! 

 I've been a bit disappointed with the new Essie brush to be quite honest, it's just too wide and makes the application a bit messy.

This was 3 coats! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wishlist #2

This is my current beauty wishlist :) I'm dying to get my hands on these gems. Especially the Clarisonic MIA and the Real Techniques brushes (too bad they're not all pink). The perfume Flower Bomb is on my wishlist but is no new to my daily life. It has been my favourite perfume for about two years now, such a lovely girly yet spicy smell!   I have some goodies coming soon from the UK thanks to the lovely blogger RAY. I have been a bit MIA lately, I've had very busy weeks and weekend but I'm plotting some great posts to come. I like being busy but I really miss having the time to blog like I love to do. When I blog it seems like all my worries or thoughts disappear and I'm just in a beauty talk mood (which I love)

OPI - Midnight in Moscow / Viktor & Rolf - Flowerbomb/ Physicians formula - Happy Booster/ Clarisonic Mia 

Sleek Contouring Kit / Mac -Russian Red / Real techniques brushes - Core 


Monday, February 13, 2012

The best thing that has ever happened to music

My love for Adele just keeps growing and growing. 
She is the real deal, I mean, let's be honest, all these little celebrities beyonce & co have nothing on her.YOU GO GIRL. The cover issue of march from Vogue is just exquisit!

Her makeup last night at The Grammy's. GORGEOUS.
On that note, have a great monday. 
On repeat : Adele - One and Only 

XO, Marilou

Tangle Teezer brush

OOPSIE. I haven't blog in a week. I have been really busy with my internship :)  I finally got my hands on the Tangle Teezer profesionnal detangling brush. This brush is the weirdest brush I have ever own. The shape is very uncommon and looks like a pony brush.

 It is in plastic and has the perfect shape to fit your hands and gently detangling your hair. I'm not a massive tangle girl but I do have some issues when I brush my hair as the regular brushes make me lose even more hair than usual and I do feel that it's not gentle enough. The Tangle Teezer is said to be gentle and help detangling the most tangled hair. I love that the packaging is pink, random but definitely something that will be decisive in my buy.
 My thought on this brush : a really good brush that makes the brushing a very gentle and pleasant moment. I take it everywhere with me as I hate the messy hair feeling and it really is super gentle as I have noticed that I now lose less hair when brushing them with my Tangle Teezer. I like that it's an affordable brush ( I got it on Asos for 10£)

I really wanted to do more OOTD this week but with this über cold weather my OOTD were so lame with ridiculous amount of layers, gloves, scarves etc. I'll try to take some pictures this week as the temperature is back to reasonnable! 


Monday, February 6, 2012

On my nails today : Black Cherry Chutney + Sparkle-icious

 It has been very difficul to wake up in the morning this past week with the cold wave. I don't want to wait for the delayed train, bus, or whatever... in the cold. Isn't that the worst thing? I feel like dying every time it happens. Forget all about fashion, I just want to be warm and cozy. The only thing I still pay attention to are my nails and to cheer my mood up I had to wear some glitters. Tataaa, and this is what I'm currently wearing on my nails. My new ultimate favourite OPI combo. The oh-so famous Sparkle-icious from the Burlesque collection (last year) paired with my new baby Black Cherry Chutney. I can't help it but fall over in love all over again with OPI, they do have the best colours and quality out there, let's be real :)

Sparkle-icious & Black Cherry Chutney

I do love a good old blingy ring finger manicure :)
Totally in love with my combo. I'll definitely be rocking that look lots!

 As you can see below, Sparkle-icious (right) is the most gorgeous glittery nail polish EVER. I'm SO happy I could finally got my hands on this precious gem (thank you so much Christel) Black Cherry Chutney (left) is such a gorgeous deep shimmery purple, I have nothing similar and It's pleasant to go for something shimmery for a change.

I adore my new OPI varnishes :) Nail polish really makes me happy!
What do we think over this combo ladies? 

BELGIQUE :Vernis OPI 13,90€ chez Planet Parfum/Cosmeticary ou autres revendeurs voir site http://www.opi-belgium.be/


Friday, February 3, 2012

Avène Cold Cream

This post may interest some of you that have skin with some serious dry tendancy all year long and with even drier skin during winter. If you don't, skip this post. If you do, let me introduce you to my very dry flaky skin life saver. The Avène Cold Cream. I've bought the 100ml two days ago as the weather went from "mmh it's okay" to "SWEET JESUS ITS A FREEZING HELL". As we speak it's -11° outside and let me tell you that my skin has already been suffering from this radical change of temperature. I always had and always will have a dry skin, so I'm used to use highly moisturizing product. Even during summer my skin needs that extra moist. I can't even think going out of the shower and skipping the moisturizing step. With this weather, things just got worse and worse. My nose is all flaky and feels soo dry (mmmh so glam) and wearing foundation is making the dryness even worse. I feel so self-conscious all day long. When this happen, I know it's time to draw the serious moisturizing skin care. I have already used Cold Cream before, so this is no new to me. I know it works so well for my skin in those dry crisis period.
 Cold cream is an extreeeemely "greasy" moisturizer. I apply this thickly at night so my skin feels brand new in the morning, and because wheather is going crazy cold at the moment, I even apply this in the morning in a less thicker coat so my skin doesn't suffer from dryness all day long.
 I love the comfort moist feeling on the skin. Cold cream is such a life saver! 

 The consistency is very thick and you need time for the cream to really penetrates into your skin. The smell is the usual Avène smell, with no any chemical perfumes added. That's one thing I adore about Avène, the whole dermatological fragrance free and bla and bla. It's so safe for your skin and I do believe it is one of the best skin care brand out there (with Liz Earle)

I definitely recommand you this cold cream if you have been suffering from flaking and extreme dryness.
14€ en pharmacie

Have a great freezing day :) 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On my nails today : Milani Jewel FX GOLD

My new baby! After month and month lusting after the Milani Jewel FX nail polishes, I took the plunge and asked a blogger in the US to help me getting my hands on these gems. I received them yesterday, after a horrendous cold-delayed-trains way back home, I was so tired and super hungry, I let you imaginating my joy when I saw the package at the step of my door :) I picked the Gold and Silver. 

Today i wore the Gold shade, which is basically a ton of gold round massive glitters gathered in a bottle. It's so blingy and over the top, exactly what I love. 

 After three coats this was the result. When pictures you see there are some wholes but in real life you can't hardly seem them because you went blind just looking at your nails :)  I will definitely wear that little gem a lot, it's über gorgeous and has entered my top 3 fav glitter varnishes.
You must think, this was such a pain in the arse to remove? Well, it would have been probably if I had used nail polish remover, but I didn't! No, I just peeled them off like I was peeling an orange :)

What do we think ladies ? 

XO, Marilou