Product Review: Dior Diorshow Maximizer

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Name: Diorshow Maximizer
Brand: Dior
Price: $28.50

From Sephora’s website:
Dior’s first lash primer that creates a smooth, even mascara base and promotes long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.

What I liked:
– adds volume and some length to lashes
– transparent, doesn’t alter the colour of the mascara
– helps mascaras last longer
– doesn’t weigh lashes down
– the wand easily reaches every lash
– can be used as an overnight conditioning treatment as well

What I didn’t like:
– you need to be very quick when you apply it
– the price

Eyeshadow primer is one of the best inventions ever. Without it, most eyeshadows just don’t work that well on us oily-lidded ladies. They fade, crease, and make us look like a mess. But use a base underneath, and they’ll stay put, intact and pretty, for hours on end.

So, it’s kind of odd that, while I have no problem buying a so-so eyeshadow knowing a primer will fix all its shortcomings, I always disliked the idea of using a lash base, thinking that mascaras should do it all – curl, lengthen, volumize, separate, and last long – on their own.

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It was only when a sample of Dior Diorshow Maximizer landed on my desk, courtesy of a friend, that I finally changed my mind about lash primers. They can make a great difference and help underperforming mascaras deliver amazing results.

Dior Diorshow Maximizer is white in colour. Although it applies white, it soon becomes transparent and so doesn’t alter the colour of the mascara you’ll apply next at all. But you have to apply the mascara quickly, before the base completely dries or it won’t work nearly as well.

Little is more too. One coat of base and one of mascara is more than enough. Otherwise, it may clump. But when used in moderation, the effect is very pretty. Dior Diorshow Maximizer adds quite a bit of volume, and some length as well. Oh, and did I mention that it helps mascaras last longer too?

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L: mascara with lash primer R: one coat of mascara

Its lightweight texture, which is neither wet nor gloopy, doesn’t weight lashes down either. It is easy to apply thanks to its rubbery wand. It’s just the right size – not too big but not too thin either – and has a pointed tip, making it easy to reach every lash, even the tiniest one.

Dior says the primer doubles up as deep conditioning treatment for lashes at night, but I haven’t tried it that way yet. This stuff is very expensive, and I want to make it last as long as possible. Besides, my lashes are already fine as they are, and don’t need the extra conditioning. But a lot of mascaras do need help to work their best!

Available at: Nordstrom and Sephora

Dior Diorshow Maximixer has a lightweight texture that adds both volume and length to lashes without weighing them down. It also helps mascaras last longer and can be used as an overnight conditioning treatment.

Rating: 4/5

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New Holiday 2014 Collections: Catrice Viennart & Kiko Bad Girl?

Hello gorgeous!

Today I want to show you two gorgeous and cheap collections from two of my favourite drugstore brands. Enjoy!

Catrice Viennart

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Beauty Vernissage. The fascinating glamour of Art Nouveaux is celebrating an impressive comeback. Floral elements and elegant lace applications attract the attention of the front rows at the international fashion shows. Designers are placing great emphasis on a modern interpretation of slim silhouettes and ornamental prints. The Limited Edition “VIENNART” by CATRICE unites this trend in an artistic and extremely feminine beauty collection. Fascinating Art Nouveau – by CATRICE.

Available in a choice of lavender, gold and mauve, the eyeshadows have a feminine lace embossment. The shades are called C01 Pearly Plastering, C02 Stunning Stucco, and C03 Lovely Lace.

Available at C01 Floral OrnARTment.

The transparent, floral-scented powder sets beautiful highlights on your face and neckline thanks to its subtle shimmer. The decorative, round glass bottle with a balloon pump atomizer has a nostalgic charm and distributes a thin layer of powder on your skin.

Available in C01 Nude Nouveau, C02 Klimt’s Gentle Kiss, and C03 Klimt’s Ardent Kiss.

Available in C01 Pearlescent Purpose, C02 Vienna Rose Woods, C03 LilART Lily, and C04 ARTful Red.

A folding pocket mirror with a silver packaging . The symmetrical floral-ornamental pattern pays homeage to the Art Noveaux era. Ideal for a quick beauty-check when you’re out and about.

The collection is already available in shops.

Kiko Bad Girl?

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Who says that bad girls never get anything for Christmas? Certainly not Kiko. The brand’s second holiday collection after Haute Punk is called Bad Girl? and features multitasking products perfect for women who are always out and about.

A creamy eyeshadow duo in pencil format promises longlasting staying power. It is available in:
01 Gold and Rose: pink and cream
02 Amethyst and Rose: black and antique pink
03 Sapphire and Aquamarine: electric blue and icy light blue
04 Anthracite and Teal: dark blue and sea blue
05 Brown and Titanium: dark brown and platinum
06 Ebony and Taupe: purplish brown and soft taupe

02 Brown: dark brown
03 Green: forest green
04 Blue: denim blue
05 Teal: electric blue

This mascara promises to lengthen, separate, and add volume to lashes.

This powder features five shades – two blushes, two bronzers, and a highligther – that can be used alone or together to illuminate skin.

This blush and highlighter duo in stick format is available in 01 Rose Coral and Quartz and 02 Mauve and Copper.

This lipstick features two shades: one adds colour to lips, the other illuminates them. Available in:
01 Keen Rosewood: antique pink and coral
02 Glare Poppy Red: fiery red and orange
03 Hearty Magenta: plum and strawberry red
04 Vigorous Fuchsia: neon fuchsia and lavender

A slim magnifying mirror perfect for touch ups on the go.

A soft and resistant pochette to store your makeup and bring it with you wherever you need.

The collection is already available in shops and at

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Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.163

Happy Sunday gorgeous!

Are you ready for this week’s Sunday Random Ramblings? Here we go:

Christmas Songs

Some of the most beautiful Christmas songs in Italian. How many can you recognize?

What I’m Reading Now

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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones
Dan Jones is one of my favourite historians for his ability to make history entertaining and accessible for everyone. His latest book deals with one of the most complex periods of English history, the Wars of the Roses, which saw the destruction of the Plantagent dynasty and the rise of the Tudors. It was a period of political instability, ruthless struggles for the crown, when alliances changed faster than the London weather, brother fought against brother in bloody battles that decimated entire families, and different claimants sat alternatively on the English throne before being violently overthrown. It’s a fascinating, tragic, and gripping tale and Jones beautifully and skilfully captured it in this fast paced book that reads like a novel. If you’re interested in this time period, I highly recommend it. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Bloggers and their books – Zoe London

An introduction to DIY skincare – Skincare Addiction

An useful concealer trick to hide dark circles – The Beauty Department

Best beauty gadgets - 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

A dupe for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Beautyholics Anonymous

Christmas Tag

Today’s Sunday Survey is another tag. I found this one about Christmas at Beauty Junkie London and, with the holiday approaching, I thought it’d be really fun to do it:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mary Poppins, and any version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! I tried opening them on Christmas Eve once, but I didn’t like it much. I just love going to bed knowing there’s something waiting for me under the Christmas tree the next morning. Not that I get much sleep. I’m just too excited and, as soon as I wake up, I rush to open them.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Mmm I don’t think I have a favourite memory. But I remember fondly when me and my sister would wake up really early and then go wake up our parents so that we could open the presents. We were so excited, and they just wanted to sleep some more. lol.

4. Favourite festive food?

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
A Barbie house. Me and my sister had asked for one for years so we were really excited when we finally got one. It was really cool. It even had a lift!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
The beautiful pine aroma of Christmas trees.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really. I celebrate on Christmas day and don’t really do anything exciting the eve before.

8. What tops your tree?
A star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A mini car.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with loved ones, eating good food, and having a relaxing and enjoyable time together.

I tag everyone who wants to do this! You can do the tag on your blog (if so, send me the link!) or in the comment section. I’d love to read your answers. Here are the questions again:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

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Are They Dupes?: Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur VS L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution


Micellar cleansers are fast gaining popularity for their ability to gently but effectively remove dirt and makeup from the skin. They sound mysterious, but they work in a very simple way. Basically, they contain surfactants that, once in the water, form little clusters that help remove impurities. How?

Surfactants have one hydrophlic (water-loving) end and a lipophilic (oil-loving) end. The oil-loving ends aren’t very fond of water and so tend to stick together and away from it. So, a micelle, a cluster of surfactants whose water-loving ends are pointing outwards and oil-loving ends inwards, is formed.

The oils on your face and makeup are attracted to the oil-loving ends of the surfactants and are thus caught inside the micelle. That way, they can be easily rinsed away. Any cleanser with surfactants can do this though. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on something with micellar in the name. Unless you truly love and enjoy the product, of course.

Or, if you have fallen in love with an expensive micellar cleanser, you can always look for a dupe. L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution, for instance, is very similar to the more expensive Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Let’s take a look:

Ingredients Analysis

disodium cocoamphodiacetate

Poloxamer 184 & Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate

Poloxamer 184, a synthetic polymer, and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, derived from coconut oil, are the active ingredients in both formulas. Both are cleansing agents that help water mix with oil and dirt, allowing them to be rinsed away easily and quickly. They are both considered gentle too.

glycerin molecular structure


Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients used in skincare. A humectant, it draws water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated, soft and supple after cleansing.

hexylene glycol

Hexylene Glycol

Hexylene Glycol, a clear and colourless liquid, is used to improve the solubility of the makeup in the surfactant. That’s not all it does. It also acts as an humectant, like glycerin.

Further considerations on the formula

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is basically Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur stripped of all the non-essential ingredients. One of this is fragrance. This means that the Lancome cleanser smells better, but, because fragrance is one of the most irritating ingredients used in skincare, I’m not sure that’s a plus.

Having said that, most people can used fragranced products without experiencing any problems at all. They are more of a concern for those with sensitive, allergy-prone skin. For them, the L’Oreal cleanser would be a better option.

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Ingredients

Aqua, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin,Poloxamer 184, Dihydrocholeth-30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Benzyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Extract, Parfum.

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution Ingredients

Aqua, hexylene glycol, glycerin,poloxamer 184, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, polyaminopropyl biguanide.


Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur costs £23.00, while L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution a more reasonable £4.99. They are both available at Boots in a 200ml size.

The Bottom Line

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is a basic, simpler version of Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Although it doesn’t feel as luxurious, it does the job just as well.

Do you like micellar cleansers? Have you ever tried these two?

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Fresh Jasmine Pomade & Other Vintage Recipes


I love old beauty recipes. Sure, few of them worked and some were downright dangeorus, if not deadly (which is why I don’t recommend you try them), but I find it fascinating to discover how our ancestors took care of their skin and hair and perfumed themseleves.

I’ve posted many old recipes in the past few years, but here are three more, taken from Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion:


The following mixture makes a delightful wash for the hair: spirit of rosemary, three drachms; essence of lemon, four drachms; essential oil of almonds, two drachms; rose-water, four ounce*. This may be used for cleansing the hair previous to applying creams or pomades.


Take two ounces of lemon juice, half a drachm of powdered borax, and one drachm of sugar. Mix them together, and let them stand a few days in a glass bottle till the liquor is fit for use; then rub it on the hands and face two or three times a day.


Take a frame formed of four pieces of wood, two inches deep, and one foot square, with a groove arranged to support a piece of glass, which is to form a movable bottom. On this, spread a layer of the following pomade: beef suet, one part, lard, three parts. Into this, stick fresh jasmine flowers, in different parts, every day, or every other day, for one, two or three months, or until the pomade is sufficiently perfumed. This a a simple and excellent pomade. Several boxes cat be prepared at once, piled on each other, to keep in the perfume, and the top one covered.

Do you like discovering old beauty recipes too?

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