3INA MAKEUP | BRAND REVIEW

28.10.16




When I was last in Covent Garden and I discovered a new makeup brand, called 3INA (although I do think that you are meant to pronounce it as mina, I'm not quite sure). I popped into their store and decided to pick up some goodies. I was instantly drawn to their lipsticks, so I picked up two with matching lipliners. I also picked up two eyeshadows form their metallic eyeshadow collection, because I thought that they would be good items to start off with as I'm getting to know the brand. 

Let's start with the lipsticks because they're my favourite. I picked up the shade 103 which is a muted dusty pinky colour and 111 which is a great autumnal plum shade, its quite dark and vampy which I love. The formula on these lipsticks is great, they're very nice and smooth and comfortable on the lips. They aren't the most long lasting lipstick that I have ever tried but they do last a long time and with a more creamier lipstick its just bound to disappear a little bit faster than a matte. I think that for  five pounds (at least that't how much I think they were) they're a good lipstick that's very easy to apply. I have used the pinky one on an everyday basis and I think its becoming one of my favourite 'go-to' shades. 

As I mentioned previously I also picked up two matching lipliners, the lipliner for the pinky shade is  the number 435 and the plummy toned one is number 455. The lady in the store told me that they had a batch of wrongly numbered liners and so they don't correspond to the lipsticks, so if you like the liners I'm guessing just go by the lipstick number. The liners are also great in my opinion, they are very nice and smooth and not too hard to apply on the lips, the texture is very nice as they aren't too stiff like some lipliners can be. They come with a Chanel-esque lip brush on the other end of the liner, which isn't half bad. I don't tend to use a brush when applying my lipstick or lip liner but I did try it out and it is quite soft, so if you like a brush just know its there and its not bad at all. One more liner that I picked up from 3INA was the Essential lip pencil in a gorgeous maroon colour. I can't tell you the shade number because it doesn't seem to be written down on the lip pencil itself. Honestly, this product I was a little bit underwhelmed with, considering the other liners are really nice. Compared to the other two this one just seems quite stiff in texture and you have to work a little bit more to get the right colour pay off (but the colour is stunning once you get there). In my opinion I'd just get the other formula.

Lastly, I picked up two of their metallic eyeshadows, one in the shade 501 which is a gorgeous coppery shade and 505 which is a gorgeous blush pink with a blue toned iridescence in it. The shadows are nice and smooth. They're not patchy and blend quite nicely, although I do find that the pinky one has a bit more fallout and is a bit more powdery than the other shadow. Overall though, I don't think that they are bad shadows but I don't reach for them as often as I do for the lipsticks and liners. The last thing I wanted to mention was the packaging. The packaging is really nice and sleek, its plain matte black with the 3INA logo on it. Overall, I do enjoy this brand, especially the lipsticks and I will pick up some more products as I'm really intrigued what their skin products are like, its just a shame that the only store near me is Covent Garden. 

Let me know what you thought of the makeup! And if you have ever tried this brand gimme your thoughts on their products as I'd like to know how they perform. 

Dominika xx
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SAMPAR SKINCARE

21.10.16




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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BEST LIP PRODUCTS FOR AUTUMN AND WINTER

14.10.16






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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