Collistar Milano Fall-Winter Collection 2012

Currently I’m lusting after this:

Collistar Milano LE Light Creator
Collistar Milano LE Light Creator

Has anyone tried  it? Or something similar, perhaps?  (Such as Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks…) I realised I desperately needed a highlighter after witnessing  what contouring can do to an otherwise ordinary face at my MUA lessons…amazing!

So, any opinion on Collistar Light Creator or any other pressed powder highlighter is much appreciated…pretty please! 😉

p.s. I’ve been a bit lazy this month, I know… To make it up to you, I’ve got some gorgeous Chanel staples coming soon…

No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum

I haven’t blogged for a while…life got in the way. Anyhow, here I am with one more product review.
Having hit 30 I decided it’s about time I tried a serum.  I admit it was a painful decision, kinda torn between oh-my-skin-looks-so-good and is-this-a-wrinkle-or-do-I-just-smile-too-much? So I started with a very light serum…

  • it’s packed with silicones which stay on top layers of the skin, making it smooth and soft
  • a great base for make-up
  • contains Retinyl Palmitate, but is it high enough on the ingredients list to actually make a difference I truly can’t say
  • fragrance free
  • after using it for a month very fine lines seem somewhat reduced

Would I repurchase? To be honest, I’m really not sure.

Any recommendations for a good serum are more than welcome!!! 🙂

Dior Lip Maximizer review

If you’re into one-offs  (including one night stands), skip this one. It’s just too good for that.

What Dior says:

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer: Collagen active lip-gloss

Dior presents a revolutionary lip care system that boosts volume instantly and restructures in the long term, thanks to a unique blend of hyaluronic and marine-based fillers that smooth, moisturize and leave lips irresistibly plump. Apply under regular lipstick or gloss for volume and shine, or morning and night as a 15-day intensive cure. Its fresh mint-vanilla scent makes it even more addictive.

What I say:

I could sum it up in just one word: orgasmic.  It’s just that good. Why? Let’s see:

  • it’s Dior – do you seriously need more proof? ok…
  • very shiny but not over the top (doesn’t make you look like you’ve just eaten half of McDonalds)
  • visibly plumps up your lips
  • cooling effect is very comfy during summer, perhaps not so much when it’s cold outside though
  • such a cute packaging 🙂
  • one tube lasts me at least half a year, which is not so bad for around 25 €
  • it comes in a clear shade (apparently there is one more – ”Apricot”, which I haven’t come across yet)


Would I repurchase? Most definitely!






OPI A grape fit: Swatch

Favourite colour?  Purple.  Favourite nail varnish? OPI.

Combine the two together and this is what we get:

opi a grape fit
opi a grape fit

* 2 coats + top coat

Got it for around 10 € at Berlin airport. When it comes to nail polishes OPI is a true pro, lasts for ages.

TIP: to prolong any nail varnish clean your nails with an alcohol swab before painting them. It will remove any traces of grease that prevents nail polish from sticking properly to your nails. Alcohol might dry your nails out though, so skip this step if your nails are brittle or prone to chipping and cracking.

xxx, your snm

Gliss kur Wonder Serum

Apparently there are 4 different versions of this little miracle.  Not a big fan of Gliss Kur range, but  I can’t praise this enough – especially the one with Shea & Cashmere.

So, here they are:

Gliss kur wonder serum

So far I’ve tried Oil Nutritive, Total Repair and Shea Cashmere. My favourite? Defo Shea Casmere. Why? Great scent, lightweight but still softening and conditioning, making my slightly wavy hair almost curly. ..  A real bargain for under a fiver!

Oil nutritive felt too heavy on my fine, fairly damaged hair.  Plus, the smell was a tad too much…

Total repair made my hair a bit dry and unmanageable. ..  I’m sticking with Shea Cashmere!

WOULD I REPURCHASE? Yes – but only Shea Cashmere.

p.s. Please bear in mind that I have no other means of trying this hair products (amongst all the other) anywhere but on my own hair  – which is FINE, POROUS, ANNOYINGLY WAVY, MID-LENGTH & STRAWBERRY BLONDE, so take it into consideration when deciding if it might work for your hair type 😉


xxx, your sexnmakeup



A cellulite cream that really works

It doesn’t erase it. No cream does. But it does work wonders to the extent any topically applied thing can. So, what’s so special about this one?
Well, for starters, it’s not one but two:

For official info click here:,83,1,29998,272568.htm

For my opinion, read on…

I don’t know about resculpting but would agree on the firming part.  Smells fresh, feels fresh… been using it for 5 weeks –  once a day after showering. Great for massaging with L’Occitane‘s Firming Massager!

Unfortunately this almond beauty isn’t enough… For a serious attack on that ugly orange peel syndrome you’ll need one more pricey beauty:

What L’Occitane says:

Almond beautiful shape

Opinion of my unbiased bum and thighs:

This really works, especially used in combo with the aforementioned Shaping Delight and the Firming Massager.The key is to vigorously massage cellulite-prone areas twice a day for few minutes.

It might be used as an intensive treatment over a period of 4-6 weeks alternating between the 2 products, one in the morning and the other in the evening.  Yes, a rather pricey solution but at least it does what it claims.  Finally!

Worth repurchasing? HELL YEAH!

A question for ladies who stumble upon my blog:

What is your favourite anti-cellulite product? 


Clarins Beauty Flash Balm review

What Clarins says:,en_US,pd.html&cgid=Topsellers_Face&start=1

What I say:  Very mixed feelings… given it’s one of the most popular beauty products ever! Why? Let’s see:

  • it does tighten the skin a bit (especially when used as a mask left overnight)
  • it might even brighten it a bit too, but…
  • the application is awful – no matter how little you use, it still peels off  like crazy 
  • peeling off makes it useless during the day – if you use it under makeup it messes it up completely (everything peels off the moment you touch your face!)

Would I repurchase? Definitely not. 

Girls and boys, does anyone have a similar experience with this product or is it just my skin? 🙂


John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew review

This stuff doesn’t work for me. At all.

What Mr. Frieda says:

  • The formula, containing Colour-Correcting Technology, neutralises brassy and yellow tones.
  • The formula, containing Optical Brightening Technology, absorbs UV light and emits white-blue light, making colour-treated hair appear brighter and salon-fresh.
  • Results are noticeable after just 3 uses.
  • For all shades of colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair

         What I say:

I’ve been using it for months now, twice a week, and the only thing I notice is that it actually makes my hair duller and brassier…  Have to say I dislike the flowery smell, too. The colour of my hair is what hairdressers describe as ”strawberry blonde”. I’d describe it as a longer Ron Weasley. It’s natural up to a certain degree, the one I reach every 6 weeks when strawberry hue overpowers the blonde. Then I reach for this stuff hoping it would remove the brassiness… Never does.  Do I learn from my mistakes?  Nope. What does the trick? L’oreal Casting Creme Gloss in 1010, which I shall be reviewing some other time.  😉

       Would I repurchase? No. But it might work if you have very, very light blonde hair.

Shu Uemura cleansing oil review

I fell in love with Shu Uemura while living in Japan years ago. Unconditional love. Eyelash curler? The best ever. Cleansing oils? My absolute HG. Before discovering this little miracle removing makeup had been an unavoidable hassle: makeup remover, face wash, toner. This is all 3 in 1 – just spread it gently over dry face, massage gently around eye area (removes even waterproof makeup!), add a few drops of water to emulsify (this is important to remove very waterproof makeup), oil will turn milky white. Finally rinse it off with warm water. Voila! Clean, firm, nourished skin!
There are 6 different versions, I’ve tried this 2 so far:


  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. barely-there, clean smell
  3. no need for face wash and toner
  4. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump


  1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz) but oh-so-worth-it!



  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. no need for face wash and a toner
  3. anti-aging properties
  4. packed with anti-oxidants
  5. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump


    1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz)
    2. smells like olive oil, which I personally dislike


TIP: the instructions say to use 3-4 pumps, however I find 1 pump enough for the whole face including eyes… Massive saving!

Would I repurchase:  Absolutely.

Dove pro age body lotion review

This has been such a huge disappointment that I had to write a review… A first of that sort from Dove, have to say, as Nivea & Dove seem to deliver their promises alright.  Well, not this one! Sticky, takes ages to absorb, odd smell, not moisturizing enough, tends to peel off the skin… The only good side is the price, so my wallet hasn’t been as disappointed as my skin.

Would I recommend it? Most certainly not.