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Milan Haul: Spoiling myself

If you follow me on Facebook on Twitter, you might already know that last week I’ve stayed in Milan (for the first time). No need to mention that I flew there (mainly) for shopping.
There were some items on my list I absolutely wanted to buy, but aren’t available here in Austria and some I shopped by accident. Let’s go into details with my (big) haul.




Revlon Lip Butter in “Provocative


Revlon Lip Butter in “Cotton Candy


Revlon is one of those brands which aren’t disposable in my country and since I’ve heard good things about their Lip Butter, I went for two of them. One in “Cotton Candy” and the other one in “Provocative”. The first one leaves your lips with a touch of pink and the second gives you a slightly lavender shimmer. Both nourished my lips for four hours or even more. Great stuff!


Wenko Cosmetic Organiser Femme



For me it is ok if I spend 30 bucks or more for a good foundation but for a cosmetic organiser? No way. So I was very lucky when I found one on sale in the home depot. My lip products are now all stored there (as you can see in the picture below).



Rimmel London Lipstick in “#107



Last year I bought this lip stick in Rome and I used the heck out of it because it is the perfect deep red in my opinion. It is a matte one and lasts for hours without fading away.


Maybelline FIT me Concealer in “#20 Sand

Same here as with the cosmetic organiser: More than 15 bucks for a concealer? No, thanks. Call it Chanel, YSL, MAC or something else, I won’t buy it, ‘cause I am already satisfied with one from the drugstore. This one from Maybelline covers great - not only red spots but even my blemishes when I had acne – without looking cakey. Normally I use the shade #15, but this time I wanted to try a darker tone, #20.


Giorgio Armani Mascara “Eyes to kill


Even if I own enough mascaras at the moment I wanted to purchase this one because Tiffany is a big fan of it and she seems to be as picky as I am with mascaras, so that’s why I wanted to give it a try.


MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in “Shock Value


If you can remember this post where I showed you my new lipstick from MAC in “Candy Yum-Yum” … I thought that I own a lip liner similar to this color but unfortunately I did not, so I purchased for this longwearing one.


Smashbox CC Cream in “#05 Light/Medium

I am not a huge fan of BB and CC creams, but the ones from Smashbox are really great, especially the CC. Back in the days when I suffered from Acne (due to lactose intolerance) it gave me good coverage, like normally only a foundation does.
In winter I sometimes mix it with my foundation, in summer I just wear it on its own. If you have pale skin the shade “fair” or “light” will suit you.

MAC Prep + Prime Lip
The shop assistant told me that this product will make your lipstick last longer and it is also great if you wear a matte one because sometimes, if you use a lip balm underneath the stick, it looks shiny. I will let you know if the product is worth a buy!
Too Faced Mascara “Better than Sex
This mascara with its catchy name is smudge-proof and should thicken and volumize your curls with only one coat. – I will proof that! ;-)
NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner “Via Veneto
Even if I am very satisfied with my 24/7 liner from Urban Decay in “Perversion”, I am always on the hunt for new (and maybe better) products. So I’ve decided to try the eyeliner from Nars, which is more expensive than the UD one.
The package insert says that is smudge-proof, long-wearing and has a built-in sharpener, so let’s just try it out.
Lancôme “Teint Miracle” in “#03 Beige Diaphane
Déjà-vu at the Duty-Free: Hand cream and a foundation from Lancôme, but this time in a darker tone because #010 fits my skin color but I always go for a shade darker. I will just mix both to create the color that I want. It is a light, oil-free foundation with SPF 15 and suitable for normal skin.

I love it big: Lush Haul

It is safe to say that no Lush shop on earth is safe from me. When I was in Milan last week I shopped till I dropped (more to come) and therefore I visited the Lush store there and found myself new (and unfortunately limited) stuff and also some old favorites of mine.
Sparkly Pumpkin – € 5,95 / piece

I have to admit that I bought this bath bomb only because it is shimmery, but nevertheless, I am also a fan of its fresh scent. It contains lime and grapefruit oil and juniperberry. Unfortunately it is a limited edition and only available around Halloween.

Wizard – € 5,95 / piece

This little companion is also a limited edition but his scent kinda reminds me of “Phoenix Rising” which I absolutely adore. He looks really cute and I like the featured Silver Glimmer Lustre. This bubble bar contains fennel essential oils, juniperberry and tangerine.

Luxury Lush Pud – € 5,50 / piece

I did not intend to purchase this bath bomb, I received it as a sample from the sweet shop assistant, but I have to say that I really like it! The scent is similar to “Twilight”,so if you are a Lavender junkie, just go for it!

Snow Angel – € 6,45 / piece

This cuttie is half bath bomb and half luxury bath melt and contains cocoa butter, which softens your skin, and also golden luster. The scent is bloomy with a hint of marzipan.

Snow Fairy Shower gel - € 24,95 / 500 g

I am sure that I must not introduce you to this baby! The scent of bubble gum, cotton candy and vanilla speaks for itself! If they would sell it in canister I would go for one just because I love this product so much!

BIG Shampoo – € 21,95 / 330 g

Lately I’ve had big hair issues. I wash them every third day, but the last month they felt greasy at the second day, had no volume and did not look healthy. Didn’t matter which product I’ve used, even if I reduced the amount … they looked the same UNTIL I found this shampoo! I instantly used in on my trip and my hair felt great again (and still do), so I am gonna stick with this product.
It is made with sea salt, coconut oil and avocado oil, sure, the scent is something that needs to get used to, but this shampoo really helps.

African Paradise – € 34,95 / 240 g

To be honest, I only use the body conditioner by Lush if I want to spoil myself, because Ro’s Argan one or this are a little bit pricey if you use it every or every second day, even if I really love them. Your skin feels moisturized the whole day and it smells amazing.
You massage it on your damp skin, then rinse it out and benefit from velvety skin! It contains shea butter and mango juice.

BIG Solid Conditioner – € 16,95 / 100 g

This conditioner is suitable for all types of hair, but especially if you have fine hair (like me) because it will volumize the hair and delivers instant shine … I am really curious to try it!
Dorothy – € 4,95 / piece

I just love this bubble bar (that’s why I keep repurchasing it) because of its extraordinary smell, also do I feel refreshed after using it. It contains figs and orange oil.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron – € 6,95 / piece

This bath melt is perfect for cold (and lonely) Winter nights to sooth your dry and irritated skin. It contains Lavender, cocoa butter and walnut oil and is packed in a muslin bag so it can also be used as a gently scrub.

Sea Spray – € 18,95 / 100 g

All good things come in threes, that’s why I bought the styling spray too! It should texture and hold your style. You can use it before or after drying your hair (if you want to create a beach look).

From dusk til dawn – € 9,95 / piece

No wonder that Lush decided to keep this massage bar in the sortiment all year round – at first, it was only available around Valentine’s Day. My skin feels so soft after using it and the scent is amazing, at least if you are into citrusfruits or tangarine.

I’m the soap, you’re the glory

Most of you may be familiar with "Soap and Glory", but for those who ain't, I am going to introduce you to some products of the british brand.


Flake Away” – € 2,93 / 50 ml


The body scrub contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt, sugar and it is also scented with their “Pink fragrance”. The body polish gently removes dead skin and leaves you with a slightly moisturized feeling. I like the mini version that I own because I found it hard to get a scrub at a travel size.


The Righteous Butter” – € 2,93 / 50 ml

This baby is also scented with their Pink fragrance, so if you don’t like the sweet smell, this body butter may not be your cup of tea. Even if it’s a body butter the formula is not heavy as you may be used from other brands (like The Body Shop, etc.).


Clean on me” – € 2,93 / 75 ml

The shower gel contains natural mandarin peel extract and makes your skin feel super soft. Also the scent isn’t flashy.


Hand Food” – € 12,95 / 500 ml

My favorite hand cream by far!! Unfortunately I ran out of the original size which stands on my bedside table. Hand food contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. It smells soo sweet and softens my dry hands, even after washing them it a few times.


The Righteous Butter Body Lotion” – € 11,70 / 500 ml

This is the lightweight version of the body butter, it sinks in very quickly and leaves you with a soft feeling on your skin. I like both versions of the Righteous Butter.


Clean, Girls” – € 12,99 / 500 ml
This baby does the same thing as “Clean on me”, it has just a different scent (“Mist You Madly”) and contains natural vanilla fruit and orchid extracts, but I do not like the smell of it, since I cannot stand vanilla.
Girligo” – € 11,95 / 200 ml
Even if this body spray contains Mineral Oil it is a favorite of mine, especially in Summer because of the light texture and the fruity scent which is a mix of peach, strawberry, yasmin, moschus and mandarin. It is suitable for normal, oily and very dry skin.

Get seduced: Massage candle

I love candles. I like a good moisturizing body lotion/cream. & sometimes I'd just like to get a relaxing massage. Now I can have it all in one (ok, for the massage you will need a second person). Let me just introduce you to a Massage candle.


How does it work? You light the candle for 15 minutes (or a little bit longer) and then you blow it out and allow it to cool for 30 seconds. Afterwards you pour the liquid oil into the palm of your hand or directly onto the body.

I've tried one in the lingerie shop and let me just tell you one thing: it is absolutely amazing!! You need the tiniest amount to get the softest feeling and it smells delicious. The scent and the effect last very long - the shop assistant poured it on the back of my hand and I could still smell the product after washing my hands, having a shower, etc.


Maison Close Massage Candle Vintage Rose
Maison Close Massage Candle in “Vintage Rose

I bought mine in “Vintage Rose” for € 24,90 at "La petite coquette" (if you live around Vienna) but you can purchase one from similar brands at the erotic store. The candle burns up to 45 hours.

P.S. I use it as a body oil if I want to indulge myself.


Greek love

When I was in Greece this September I made sure to spoil myself with local cosmetics. Since I was not familiar with any greek brand besides Korres, I was open to everything. So while I went shopping in Thira I did not only discover new brands but also found stuff that I've always wanted to try, but was available at a cheaper price than in Austria.
Apivita Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser
Apivita “Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser” – € 15,30 / 200 ml

This cleansing foam is paraben, mineral oil, silicone, sles & sls free and consists of 92 % natural ingredients. It's suitable for all skin types.
It contains lavender which soothes and olive that moisturizes the skin. They replace water with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action of the products.
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising Cream-Gel
Korres “Pomegranate Moisturising Cream-Gel” – € 25,95 / 40 ml

I've heard such great things about the Korres facial creams so bought it when I had the chance to. Since it is a gel I will use it as a night treatment or in summer (hello autumn!) because of the light texture. Zinc regulates the production of sebum, while Pomegranate improves the appearance of oily skin with large pores.
Suitable for oily to combination skin.
Apivita Lip care with pomegranate
Apivita “Lip care with pomegranate” – € 4,95 / 4,4 g

I feared that the color will stain, but no worries, it just softens your lips and prevents them from cracking and drying out. This moisturized feeling lasts up to five hours (in my case).
It contains olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado oil, castor oil, jojoba esters, geranium essential oil and pomegranate oil.
Korres Wild Rose 24HR-Moisturising Cream
Korres “Wild Rose 24HR-Moisturising Cream” – € 27,90 / 40 ml

The second cream I bought is the 24 hours moisturizing cream, which has also a light textures and absorbs quickly into your skin. and the smell is amazing (if you like the scent of rose). It contains corn powder that absorbs oiliness and reduces "shine", offering a matte finish. This one is also suitable for oily to combination skin.
Lancôme Teint Miracle #010 Beige Porcelaine
Lancôme Teint Miracle “#010 Beige Porcelaine” – € 41,95 / 30 ml

Since I am having a little love/hate relationship with my current (Chanel)foundation I wanted to try something new and discovered the Lancôme foundation at the Duty Free Shop (money saved!). It's suitable for normal skin and has SPF 15. The coverage is - in my opinion - great. I chose a color that is a little bit darker than my skin tone but it still looks natural.
M.A.C. Candy Yum-Yum matte
M.A.C. lipstick “Candy Yum-Yum” – € 19,- / 3 g
M.A.C. Candy Yum-Yum matte Swatches
Much as I love lipsticks with a deep red color, as much I love pink ones, especially when they give you that "bubblegum look". So Candy Yum-Yum was a must for me. It's long wearing and has a matte finish, but if you want that bubblegum effect you should apply concealer on your lips before using this lipstick.
M.A.C Lipliner Magenta
M.A.C Lip liner “Magenta” – € 14,50 / 1,45 g
M.A.C Lipliner Magenta Swatches
It was a little bit hard for me to find a lip pencil similar to the "Heroine" lipstick (major crush!!) but "Magenta" matches perfect and makes your lipstick lasts longer.
M.A.C Lipliner Brick
M.A.C Lip liner “Brick” – € 14,50 / 1,45 g

"Brick" is described as a golden red, but honestly it looks more like a brown-to-red tone. I've not used it yet, but I am sure that it is also as great as the other one I've bought.
M.A.C Lipliner Brick Swatches 

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