Thursday, June 27, 2013

Haul - Portable Perfume

Hi Guys,

Since I travel a lot and like to take my perfumes with me, I always use my Travelo. It is tiny, easy to use and you will spare your shoulders and back from lodging glass bottles around with you.

My mini haul consists out of Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy nr. 2 and the perfume 'Manifesto'. These lip balms are divine! I just love the scent and the luxurious packaging. They are very sheer and moisturizing for the lips.

I got to know 'Manifesto' when I was in Australia and I associate this with our first tour there. However, I didn't buy it back then. I waited a while and always sniffed it when I got the chance. Some perfume shops offer that if you buy a Travelo, you can fill it with a perfume of your choice. This is how I first bought 'Manifesto'. After using the perfume in the Travelo, I finally got a 30ml bottle.

Happy Sniffels!
P.S. Tim Burton Look will be featured in July.

Three Travelos. Manifesto is in the red one. 
Take off the spritz cap and pump the perfume in the Travelo. Easy peasy!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Movie Star Make Up #3 - Cleopatra -

Hi Guys,

This Movie Star Make Up is my remake of the beautiful Dame Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. I love Egypt, it's rich culture, it's history and the pharaoh's. Cleopatra is an iconic beauty that needed to be in my MSMU Edition.

For this look I used a lot of black and blue eyeliner. It took a lot of time to get off. A lot of cotton pads have voluntarily sacrificed themselves for Cleopatra. I used KRYOLAN's Body Foundation in Ivory and eyelashes Stargirl S5. On the lips I am wearing MAC summerfruit lip liner and Freckletone lipstick.

The last MSMU will be a Tim Burton look, still not sure about which look. Please let me know in the comments which one you would like me to do. Thanks!

How do you like the Zara necklace on top of my head? Haha! Hope you like it!

Cleo Simons


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beauty Bin #1

Hi Sweets,

After saving up lots of used up packaging I am ready to present my first 'Beauty Bin', also known as 'Empties'. I will give a little review per item going clockwise.

Let me know if you have any experiences with these products and which ones you keep on repurchasing like me. Hope you enjoy!

Have a lovely evening!
Nivea Creme Peeling
Does it's job. Scent is not overly powerful which is good. I always use a shower gel after. This peeling doesn't interfere with the scent of other shower gels which is good. Every skin needs a good peeling once a week, depending on your skin type. I like to peel once a week or more whenever my skin feels like some polishing. Too much is not good because it can irritate your skin.

Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo
The scent of this product is just to die for! Even though I don't have real curly hair, mine is half wavy half straight, I still enjoy this product. It cleans the hair in a gentle way and leaves it bouncy and feeling super fresh. It feels light and make your hair lie on the top of your head like your hair ways 10 kg. I have heavy hair and it tends to get a bit flat. The coconut oil gives the hair a beautiful shine. This shampoo is concentrated. A little goes a long way.

Sensodyne Pro Smelz Tooth paste 
I brush my teeth every time after I've eaten something. This is just great tooth paste that is not aggressive and good for my sensitive teeth. Many other tooth pastes make the corners of my mouth dry and crack. The flavor is slightly minty but also kind of salty. It doesn't leave little mint bombs in your mouth that blows people away, but leaves it fresh and clean.

Balea Waterproof Make Up Remover
This is probably the 9th bottle that I've bought in the past. It contains half out of water, half oil. Shake it up before you use it so that the water and oil mix. It is great for my super skin around my eyes. I guess it says enough that I keep on buying it. The quality and price are amazing. Need to get a new one soon.

Bebe Quick and Clean Wash gel- Eye Make Up Remover for Normal/Mixed Skin
First I need to say that I have an extremely sensitive mixed skin, which doesn't make it easy for many products to work on my skin. This I used up, but wasn't such a big fan of it. It left my face way too clean, making cartoony like squeaky sounds. A bit too aggressive for sensitive/ mixed skin. Still, it does take of the make up, but I could not wait to put on my face cream right after using this.

Dove Go Fresh Shower Gel 'Grapefruit Lemongrass'
A super fresh scented shower gel with micro pearls that gently exfoliate the skin. I am a huge fan from all the Dove shower gels. I've tried almost all their shower gels. I am not the biggest fan of lemon scented beauty products, but this one works well with my nose. I even have the body spray which I like to use for my bunk in the tour bus to make it nice and good smelly.

Balea Young Mango Vanilla Shower Gel
Great scent that is not too sweet and leaves my skin super soft. Only downside is the bottle. I had to perform aqua earobics to squeeze something out of this bottle. You need muscles to get something out.

Rival de Loop Clean & Care Waterproof Make Up Remover
When I used this the first times it felt a bit uncomfortable around the eyes. Because of the travel size I decided to give it another go and take it with me on tour. By the second time around, my eyes got used to it and it does it's job ok. It is not as oily as the Balea waterproof make up remover, which I prefer.

Balea Shaving Foam with Aloe Vero for sensitive skin
This is also my 3th or 4th bottle. It comes out directly as a foam and not a gel that develops into a foam. Balea is one of my favorite drugstore brands which can be found at the german 'DM' shops. It is perfect for my legs, which tend to get a bit dry. The scent is not too strong. Definitely will be repurchasing this one again. It is affordable and last a long time.

Elkos Nail Polish Remover (EDEKA brand)
There was a time where I always forgot to bring nail polish remover on tour with me. This one I bought at a german supermarket. It doesn't contain acetone and takes the nail polish off like any other. It stinks just much as all the other nail polish removers. Some add a scent, but the core scent is nasty.

Kryolan Day Cream
Also my second container, given to me by KRYOLAN. For my sensitive mixed skin it hydrates really well. I used this as a day and night cream. The jar is very heavy because it is made out of metal, but the good things is that the light can't break down the formula and therefore the cream won't lose it's effect. Downside is that it is too heavy for traveling. Luckily you can buy little plastic containers for traveling. I am currently testing their eye cream and I am really loving it. So far no allergic reaction, which is very good.

Kerastase Elixir K Ultime Oleo Complex Hair Mask 
The Elixir Ultime oil is known in the blogger sphere and quite loved. When I saw the hair care line from this oil, I knew I had to try it. The scent got to me and I just had to test it. After finishing this bottle I came to the conclusion that I won't buy it again. It is not the best hair mask (I used it with a shampoo from the same line), and the shine in the hair is created by little gold sparkles in the mask. After a while the scent also became a bit too overpowering, but that might just be me being pregnant.  I am currently using the 'Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Repairing Hair Mask' which does wonders for my hair. That one will be featured in 'Beauty Bin #2' since I am almost running out.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Movie Star Make Up #2 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -

Hi Guys,

The next Movie Star Look is from Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the remake of the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I thought Rooney was beautiful without the eyebrows and crazy hair.

This is how I look like with almost no eyebrows and black hair. It completely changes the face when you leave the eyebrows out. For this look you only need a super pale foundation, some black liner, mascara and lots of concealer to hide those eyebrows. You can completely erase your eyebrows with a glue stick, but I didn't have any handy when I did this shoot with HEILEMANIA a while back. If you are interested in how to hide your eyebrows, you can find many tutorials on YouTube.

The top, which I am wearing backwards, is from Rouge et Noir. Picture by Stefan Heileman from HEILEMANIA.

Simone Salander
Lisbeth Simons


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Movie Star Make Up #1 - Moulin Rouge -

Hi Sweets,

Thanks for your input regarding the movie star looks! The first one will be the beautiful Satine from 'Moulin Rouge'. Nicole Kidman is so incredibly beautiful in this movie. In my opinion, the auburn hair looks best on her.

The key products for this look are black eyeshadow, white/light beige eyeshadow, a pale foundation, a hint of red rouge and a red lip. The key is to blend the black eyeshadow on top of the beige eyeshadow. The hard edges and can be blended by the beige eyeshadow. Apply the beige eyeshadow at the inner corner of the eye again in the end and apply false eyelashes if you like.

Eyelashes TV6 and red lipstick LF 102 are from KRYOLAN.

Satine Simons


Monday, June 3, 2013

KRYOLAN Lip N' Cheek

Hi Sweets,

KRYOLAN came out with a product which can be used for the lips and cheeks! I personally love multi-purpose products because it saves a lot of space in your make up bag and for travelers like me, also some weight as well. I've swatched two colors for you. To fit my personal taste, I've mixed both colors together to get the perfect shade of lip and cheeks.

These lip and cheek creams are water resistant and have a sheer finish which can be buildable. When applied it looks dewy, but sets to a matte finish.

On you can find all the shades and stores where to buy the Lip N' Cheek creams.

Poppy, Lilly and both of them mixed.
The eyeliner that I am wearing is KRYOLAN Eggplant eyeshadow.

Face of May #6 'Bad to the Bronze'

Hi Sweets,

Here is the last 'Face of May'. This look is not a typical spring summer look for me, but I wanted to wear a smokey eye that was suitable for the day time. As usual you can find the products that were used to create this look below.

  • Diorskin Forever foundation mix between 010 and 020
  • MAC studio finish concealer NW 20 and NC 20
  • Catrice eyebrow pencil 010
  • Maybelline Bad to the Bronze color tattoo
  • Urban Decay Naked and Buck in the crease
  • Kryolan ebony cream liner
  • Kryolan coral creme blush
  • Maybelline the Rocket mascara
  • Revlon mauve it over matte lipstick
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream on top of the lips

For June I will create a couple of looks which are inspired by movies. You can let me know which looks you would be interested in. One thing I can tell you already, I will definitely do a 'Tim Burton' look.

Looking forward to read your suggestions!