Today I wanted to talk about some Sampar skincare products as I've been using and testing them out for a while now and can finally share my thoughts on them. I will be talking about the Lavish Dream Cream, the Ultra Hydrating Fluid and the Vivid Radiance Serum.

Now I know that all the products I've picked out are aimed at more mature skin and claim to tackle wrinkles, but honestly when picking them out I was looking for hydrating products that wouldn't irritate my skin. The Vivid Radiance Serum claims to restore the firmness of your skin and to keep you youthful. Now I can't say whether this really restores firmness because my skin is quite firm anyway but after using it, my skin was really even and felt smooth to the touch, sometimes the texture of my skin can be a little bit uneven and this got rid of that. When I apply this in the early morning when my skin looks physically tired, I can truly say that it makes my skin look uplifted and not as tired. The serum itself is quite nice and light, its more on the watery side, which I enjoy because I'm not a fan of really heavy serums. It spreads on the skin really nicely and absorbs really well into the skin, there is no sticky residue that you get with some serums. The serum is fragranced which I was sceptical about because my skin prefers really simple creams and serums as its easily irritated but, it has not caused me any irritation so far. Overall, I think this is a winner for me and I will repurchase this product at some point in the future.

Next up is the Ultra Hydrating Fluid, as I mentioned before I was looking for hydrating products because my skin is on the dryer side. This cream claims to quench thirsty skin and protect it all day long. This is a great day cream for someone who doesn't like heavy creams but likes their skin to feel like its deeply moisturised. Its a nice nourishing cream without the heavy feeling which I really enjoy during the day. Again, it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky and is a good cream to use before your makeup application. The cream absorbs into the skin fully and doesn't make your makeup slip and slide. This is another great cream for me and I will carry on using it until I decide I need something heavier for the colder months. 

Lastly I want to talk about the Lavish Dream Cream. First off, I want to start off with the packaging because I love it! It comes with a kind of pump, you press the whole top of the product and product comes out through the middle.Usually, with thicker creams you'd just get a jar with a lid and personally I'm not a big fan of sticking my fingers in jars because of hygiene reasons, so I think this packaging is well thought through and amazing. Now, lets get onto the cream itself, its quite thick in consistency so I use it at night or when my skin is feeling particularly dry. The cream is mega nourishing and leaves my skin feeling restored when I wake up in the morning, what I mean is that my skin doesn't feel dry or tight, it just feels really balanced. Not only this cream, but the Sampar products I mentioned are on the pricier side so if you're looking for an alternative I'd suggest the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre which is my all time fave!

Let me know if you've tried anything from Sampar before and what your experience with their products was? And what skincare are you currently using? I would love to know because I'm always on a look out for new skincare. 

Dom xx
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I love the change of makeup from summer to autumn, although I do enjoy the summery glow I do also like matte skin with a bold lip. Today I wanted to share some of my top lipstick pics for the colder months.

I tried to keep this quite concise, so here are my five top picks for this autumn and winter. First up is the Kiko unlimited stylo lipstick in the shade no.12. I have already spoken about this lipstick in my Kiko Brand Overview post and you already know that I love this formula of lipstick! Its very long wearing and gives a semi-matte finish, but isn't overly drying on the lips like other matte lipstick can be. The shade I recommend for these colder months is a true burgundy colour. Its not an extremely deep burgundy and is on the lighter side, none the less a must have shade this autumn! 

Next up, with a complete matte finish is the Inglot lipstick in the shade 412. This shade is absolutely amazing! The formula of this lipstick is a little bit disappointing, when you swatch it on the back of the hand it seems like it would glide on quite nicely, but on the lips it's drying and bunches up a bit. It does last a long time and if you can get over the dryness of it the colour is stunning. I know that I've just mentioned all the negatives but personally I can put up with it if I want a killer shade! 

Sticking with the red tones is the Revlon Ultra Matte Lipcolor in the shade Passion. I have a few of these lipsticks and really enjoy the formula of them. They are very smooth and pigmented and very comfortable on the lips. I do however have to disagree with the claim that they are fully matte. Once you apply them they don't really dry down to a matte finish, in fact they don't actually fully dry down. This isn't a complete negative, yes you don't get a complete matte finish but the lipstick stays creamy and hydrating on the lips, which I think is a positive with the colder weather. If you do however want a fully matte finish and a lipstick thats fully dried down, just blot off with some tissue and voila!

One of the last lipsticks which is not so much of a red is a MAC lipstick in the shade craving. I think this is perfect for people who are just getting into the statement lips or don't want the commitment of a full dark lip. The lipstick is not a light shade but lighter than the previous lipsticks that I have mentioned. The formula of this lipstick is great, its an amplified finish and is creamy and smooth on the lips. The shade is more on the purple/mauve side but is not dramatic, I think it would be great as a darker every day colour for the colder months. 

Last but not least, I wanted to mention the Kiko Ultra Glossy lipstick in the shade 802. Yep, a great nude. I know most people love that dark statement lip durning this season (and so do I) but sometimes you just have to keep it simple. This is a great glossy nude lip colour that doesn't require a lot of commitment, you don't have to worry about it smudging and smearing and looking like a clown. I think during autumn and winter we also tend to go a little bit heavier on the eye makeup (at least I do) and I think that nude lips just help to tone down the intensity and bring the look together. Sometimes when you pair a dark copper smokey eye with a dark burgundy lip it can look a little bit overdone and too much. 

And this concludes my top five lipstick picks for autumn and winter this year! Let me know what your favourite lipsticks and colours are for this season and what you're eyeing up to buy, I know I'll definitely be picking up the NYX matte lipcream in the shade copenhagen (i think that's the one I want anyway). 

**swatches from right to left: kiko ultra glossy lipstick, MAC craving, Revlon Ultra Matte, Kiko Unlimited Stylo and Inglot Lipstick.

Dom xx 
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So its been getting a little bit colder recently and its safe to say that autumn is now here. And yes, pumpkin spice lattes are back but so are my chapped lips. This year I think I found something that will keep them under control. I've had the Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oil for a while now but kind of forgot about it since I didn't really need it. I don't know why but last week my lips were so incredibly chapped, so I rummaged through my collection to see if I had anything to fix them and I came across this little gem. 

The Clarins Lip Oil is quite weird in consistency, its a cross between an oil and a lip gloss. It doesn't slide around your lips like straight up oil but is also not as sticky as a lipgloss. Clarins claims that its a combination of skincare and makeup, packed with a cocktail of plant oils and no sticky feel which I have to agree with. It's actually really comfortable on the lips and feels super nourishing and moisturising. I usually use it whenever I feel that my lips are in need of some serious moisture. You can wear it alone or over your lipstick, but in all honesty when my lips are chapped the last thing on my mind is lipstick. The oil comes in three different shades I believe, I went for the most neutral one which is 01 Honey, applied alone it masks your dry lips and just makes them uber shiny. I'd imagine that the other two shades which have more colour give you a tiny bit of a tint on the lips, so there's something for everyone. The applicator is not your standard doe foot, its actually a pretty large applicator but I don't see that as a negative. It allows the product to glide on your lips evenly with one swipe and its also super soft. 

The Clarins Lip oil is going to be a must have for me during the colder months, along with other super nourishing lip products. What are you going to be using this autumn/winter to keep your lips moisturised and have you tried this lip oil? Let me know in the comments as I would love to know some more alternatives since I do get really chapped lips. 

Dominika xx
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