Favorite Five: Style Lab, Ren, Mac, Avon and Morrocan Oil

Avon Luxe Lipstick Designer Red swatches.

Avon Luxe Lipstick Designer Red swatches.

I generally struggle as a beauty blogger when it comes to monthly favorites, my routine doesn’t change as much and it seems i take absolute ages to finish off a product. Cue my excitement this month, when i’ve realized i finally have some NEW beauty products to talk about!

The Morrocan Oil Light was recommended by my hair stylist when i got my hair cut in Style Club, to help tame frizz, add softness and radiance to my processed mop. It is absolutely fantastic, truly life changing! Ive used my fair share of hair oils before: i liked the Kerastase Oleo Relax, found the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue outstanding, yet pricey and disliked the Ojon Rare Blend Oil (thankfully i only got a small bottle), it was way to heavy and no matter how little i would use it would transform my hair in a grease ball.

The texture is great for my fine hair, it moisturises my ends, smells amazing and leaves my hair soft, yet bouncy. Next time im going for the big bottle.

Style Lab is a new to me brand, i was gifted the Style Extender Spray as part of a goodie bag received at the opening of Space NK in June (post here). Formulated for fine hair, this spray will give texture and hold to your style, whilst repelling dirt and oil. I love it! It helps to add bounce to my layered style and i seem to get an extra day from my blow out. Its a great alternative to a hairspray for somebody who wants an ultra light, flexible hold.

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Day two hair, sprayed with the Style Extender at the roots for texture and a touch of Moroccan Light Oil at the ends. Im wearing Mac Studio Fix foundation in NC25.

Because i suddenly became aware of my sun damage and pigmentation spots (see my MyChelle skin analysis here), i have become very diligent with my skincare – in particular resurfacing acids. Every night i am using the Ren AHA Concentrate to refine my skin texture, add radiance and even out skin tone. The clarity and radiance you get from using glycolic or AHA acids is unbelievable: day after day, my face has become smoother and more even, even fine lines seems to be less noticeable.

The combination of using acids at night, with my morning time routine – Clinique Smart Serum + Even Better SPF 20 Moisturising lotion seem to be working well, i might pop a quick skincare routine video when i get confident enough. Would you be interested?

I’ve rediscovered my Mac Studio Fix foundation in NC25 when i was shopping my stash, looking for a foundation to match my in between face color. Im not as tanned as i was when i came back from my holiday, yet i am not winter pale either, so i was struggling to match my skin. The NC25 is absolutely perfect, just melts into my skin looking flawless. I love the finish, staying power and looks airbrushed in photos. The only minus is the smell – melted crayons, but i think i can live with that.

Lastly, the Avon Luxe lipstick in Designer Red was sent by my sister (read her blog here) as a little pick me up. Apparently i was sent this by Avon, when i got my invitation for the Digital Divas Awards from Bucharest for my blog nomination, which for obvious reasons i couldn’t attend.

This lipstick reminds me of the 80’s glossy beauty magazine covers – strong blushers, mad hair and an ultra glossy rich red lipstick. The pigmentation is sensational, the texture is creamy and leaves a glossy shine to the lips. I am using it with Mac Red lip liner to avoid bleeding, when i want impressive statement lips. Because of the sheen, the lips seem more voluminous and juicy – yes, terrible word association but this is what comes to mind when i apply it. I need more shades!

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10 Comments

  1. August 27, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    That lippy shade is gorgeous Andreea and your skin is looking fab, all that diligence has really paid off!

  2. Andreea
    Author
    August 27, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Thank you Emma! x

  3. August 27, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Would love to see a skincare video from you! I agree your skin is looking amazing lately!!

  4. Elena
    August 27, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Heeei! Ce ma bucur ca te-am descoperit! Sunt la cateva zile distanta din a face dintr un orasel simpatic din UK (cred eu, inca nu l am vazut decat in poze) my new home! Citindu-ti blogul, deja mare parte din “my girl issues” :)) si-au gasit rezolvare! Mult succes pe mai departe! I am a fan, si daca uleiul ala marocan va imblanzi podoaba mea capilara uber frizzy, te voi proclama my beauty guru! :))

  5. Andreea
    Author
    August 27, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    Haha merci Elena, bafta cu mutarea! O sa descoperi o gramada de beauty bunatati in Uk :).

  6. August 27, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Love your hair!!! It’s great to have a foundation that matches when we’re in the middle 😉 The Ren product looks great! xx

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  7. August 27, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    You look stunning in that photo! Love the red lippy and am really interested in trying the light moroccan oil, my hair gets so weighed down by the regular oils so that sounds like it’d be perfect for me!

  8. August 28, 2014 / 6:42 am

    ahhh, rosul ala m-a sagetat direct in inima

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