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NYX Butter Gloss

Being the huge lip product junkie that I am, I am always on the hunt for my next lip product. I like trying newly released lipsticks and experiment with different textures and colors. The NYX Butter Gloss is one of those products that took me time to finally purchase but that made me wonder "what was I waiting for?" when trying it for the first time. 

When it comes to lips, I have a neat preference for lipsticks, the matter the better. So when I find a lipgloss that I like, I have to talk about it. What I love about these lipglosses is that they really wear their name well : they are the most buttery glosses I have ever tried. The application is smooth and easy, the doe-foot applicator glides on the lips and applies the perfect amount of product. The smell is quite sweet. I usually don't like very sweet scents, but this is a scent I can cope with so it's not too bad. There are 34 shades to choose from and until now I only got to try nude ones but I will definitely pick up a few darker shades in the near future.

Right : Crème Brûlée - Left : Meringue
The two shades I have in my possession are Creme brulee, a pinky "my lips but better" kind of shade, and Meringue, a light Barbie pink. Out of the two, crème brûlée is definitely my favorite. These are very comfortable to wear, not drying and they fade out without leaving any weird trace. I cannot wait to try some more shades since these are definitely my favorites lipglosses along with my Nars lipgloss.

NYX Butter Gloss - $4,99 at Target

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

If there's a makeup item I have been using religiously lately, it must be the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadows. I've tried quite a few cream eyeshadows in the past and as much as I've enjoyed the concept and the convenience of these types of shadows, I have to admit I was never 100% sold. They were either not pigmented enough, too dry or creased too easily...It was just not quite right for me. Then one day, I tried the Bobbi Brown version of the cream eyeshadow and the opinion I had then completely changed.

Bobbi Brown was spot on when formulating these shadows : they are so smooth and creamy (exactly what you would expect of a cream shadow, right ?), they apply like a charm, blend almost on their own and never ever crease. I could not quite believe it when I first tried my first pot : I kept checking all day long to try to spot the slightest crease, but nothing, even without applying a base underneath. They are extremely pigmented and offer a wide range of shades. I own two different shades : Stone and Beach Bronze.

left : Stone - right : Beach Bronze
Stone is a nudy taupe colour, perfect to wear as a base for a sophisticated eye look or on its own for a very natural, "barely there" look. Beach Bronze is a shimmery bronze shadow that I like to wear on its own for a warm smokey eye. What makes me love these even more, is how easy they are to wear on their own. I apply them with a blending brush, smudge them in my crease and in 2 seconds, I am ready to go. I definitely need to get some more shades, these cream eyeshadow are simply amazing !

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow - $28 at Sephora

Essie Gel Setter 3D Pop Tint

When it comes to nail polish, I am quite hard to please. I have tried so many brands, so many different formulas and finishes that I now know what I like and what I want. But if there is something I am very picky about, it must be top coats. During the past few years, I've navigated in a sea of top coats, all promising amazing shiny results, but never delivering the said result in the end. 

That was until I found the Essie Gel setter 3D Pop Tint top coat. I picked it up from Walgreens two weeks ago and I love it. This is the first top coat I try that I'm fully convinced about. First off, the formula is amazing. It is neither too thick or too thin which makes it super easy to apply. The finish is everything you want from a top coat. It promises a gel-like finish and it is definitely what you get : a super shiny finish without having to go to the salon.

What I like the most about this top coat is how quickly it dries. I am the kind of girl who cannot stand to be stuck on the couch, waiting for her polish to dry, incapable of doing anything or going anywhere. As a result, I always ended up with streaks all over my nails because I just cannot stand still. This top coat dries so fast that I don't encounter this problem anymore. In about 5 minutes it's dry and I can go on with my day. The only thing that leaves me wondering is the "tint" factor : this top coat is supposed to make you nail polishes more vibrant (for light and nude colors at least), but I didn't notice any difference than with a regular top coat. I didn't buy this top coat for that anyways, I was more interested in the gel-like finish, so it's not a big deal for me, but it is something that you should know if you consider getting it.

All in all, I am very happy with this purchase, this top coat is definitely a good product that I would recommend to anyone who wants shiny, glossy fingertips !


A Summer in France

It's been a while since my last post. The reason is simple : I've been taking care of my youtube channel, my job has gotten in the way and I have to say, since I am talking about beauty on my channel all the time, it seamed a bit redundant to do it here as well. So I've come to the conclusion that I need to diversify my topics on this blog. Instead of talking only about beauty, I want to talk about me, my life, what I like at the moment weather it's beauty related or not...I hope this change will bring more people on this blog, but more than anything, I hope it will be the occasion for my readers to know me a bit better, because I want to build a relationship with all of you that feels a bit more personal. 

So I am starting this new journey with a post about my summer in France. I spend a year and a half away from my country and this summer was a very special summer : I got remarried to my already husband, in France, with all our loved ones around us (blog post to come). Since I wanted to be involved in all aspects of our wedding, I decided to go and spend a month there. It was the occasion to plan the wedding, but also to spend time with my family and friends and explore the places I love and don't get the chance to see anymore. during that time, I have recharged my batteries, and documented everything with my beloved camera. Here are a few photos, all taken in the region around Paris. Enjoy !


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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

For Christmas this year, I was very lucky to be given by my husband the Gwen Stefani Palette by Urban Decay. Of course, as a true makeup junkie, the fist thing I did after taking my shower on Christmas day was playing with this little beauty. And I have to say, this is a very well made palette with an amazing assortment of colors that are all very pigmented. Plus, the packaging is pretty amazing, one of the best of all Urban Decay palettes in my opinion.

The Packaging : The palette itself is made of plastic. You might think that it sounds a bit cheap, but the palette actually feels very sturdy in hand. The gold finish is a nice touch and the plate where the name of the palette is ties everything together. The closing and opening of the palette is made possible thanks to a very handy magnet system that makes this particular palette very easy to handle (how nice is it to be able to open your palette without ruining your nail polish ?). There is also a big mirror inside which is pretty common to all Urban Decay palettes.

The Shadows : There is 15 eyeshadows in the palette. As I have said earlier in the review, the way the colors have been chosen and put together is absolutely brilliant because very versatile. From very neutral to very bright shades, this palette will please everyone. All these eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented and easy to blend.
"Blonde" is a light shimmery shade with pink undertones and is a perfect highlighting shade. "Bathwater" is a champagne with a beautiful frosty finish. "Skimp" is a neutral very light shade with a very slight shimmer to it, perfect for the brow bone. "Steady" is a light copper shimmery shade. "Punk" is a very deep bordeaux colors that I've been loving applying on the lower lash line. "Baby" is a light pinky shimmery shade. "Anaheim" is a very nice light neutral brown, perfect to blend in the crease. "Stark" is a matte flesh toned shadow, perfect to prepare the lid before a smokey eye. "Zone" is a slightly warmer and darker brown than Anaheim, but also perfect for the crease. "Serious" is a matte dark grey, perfect to intensify the outer corners or to create a smokey eye. "Pop" is a glittery pink eyeshadow. Used with a fixing spray, it would make a beautiful party eyeshadow. "Harajuku" can seam to be the brightest shadow in the palette, but once applied it is actually not that intense. It is a shimmery/glittery baby pink that can be applied very lightly for a very subtle wash of pink or that can be layered for a brighter look. "Danger" is an amazing beautiful deep shimmery blue that I can totally picture in a smokey eye. "1987" is a yellowy gold, perfect for this time of the year. To finish off, "Blackout" is a matte black shadow, very pigmented and very very matte.

So this palette is the perfect palette to achieve any look you want, from the more natural to the more out-there. It is quickly becoming my go to palette, since I can use it whatever mood I am in. If you haven't checked it out, I would really recommend to go to Sephora and see for yourself. This palette is definitely a little gem.

Why Solid Shampoo is A No Go

I remember, the first time I heard of solid shampoos, it was because of my sister. "It's amazing, I can't believe how much it has changed my hair ! You have to try it ", she told me on a skype call a few months back. In October she came to visite and brought with her the holy grail shampoo. I started using it right away. My hair felt actually pretty good the first few times I used it. But I slowly started noticing that my scalp was becoming a bit dry. After a month and a half, the shampoo was finished so I needed a new one. Solid or not solid, that is the question... I decided to try again and chose another solid shampoo, since the one my sister brought me is only available in France. I chose the Beauty & The Bees Rosemary and Mint shampoo bar which had tones of rave reviews on amazon and on different natural beauty blogs. I was pleased to discover that it was very easy to use, lathering nicely under the shower. But after a month of using it, I can say that it's a big no go for me. First of, I end up after each shampoo with built ups in my hair, like it's not really clean, which is definitely something I don't want to happen. The first thing I am expecting from a shampoo is for it to make my hair clean. Ever since I started using this shampoo I noticed that my hair is very very dry, and my hair has never been that dry. My scalp is not happy either : It is so dry that it's itchy and uncomfortable and I have dandruff, and not just a little. I feel very self conscious in public which is definitely not what I was looking for when switching to solid shampoo. I know that all those effects are normal side effects when you first start using solid shampoo but I do not have the patience to wait for them to go away. It's been two months and it's getting worse and  worse. I now truly think that everyone reacts very differently to different products, and for me,  solid shampoo is not a good idea. I am going back to my good old liquid formula. I know solid shampoos, and even more the one I used, are really clean and natural products, but it is not worth in my opinion. My poor scalpe just doesn't like it. 

Have you ever tried solid shampoo ? What did you think of it ?

Orange/Chocolate Cookies

One of my fondest Christmas memory is eating this amazing orange chocolate sticks that we found in France. I don't know if it's a thing in other countries, but it is basically a little stick that's got orange on the inside and a crispy chocolate glaze on the outside. This combination is my favorite for Christmas and that's why I decided to create this recipe. These cookies are to die for, I would eat them non stop if I could !

Ingredients :

For the cookies :

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter softened
The juice of an orange
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 egg

For the glaze :

1/2 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of chopped chocolate of your choice

1. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda and the salt.
3. With an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and the butter. Once it looks fluffy and light, add the egg, the orange juice and the flour. You can also add a little bit of orange zest.
4. On a baking tray, place a piece of parchemin paper. With a spoon create little dots of dough.
5. Place in the oven for 9 minutes, utile the edges are lightly brown.
6. Place on a cooling rack.
7. Start preparing the glaze. In a saucepan, pour the water the sugar and the chocolate and turn the heat to high util it reaches a boil.
8. When it starts boiling, lower the heat to medium and let it thicken for 5 minutes.
9. Take the saucing pan off of the stove and let the glaze cool for 10 minutes.
10. Dip half of your cookies in the glaze and place them on a rack for 2 hours or until the glaze is cold and hard.