Essence Latex Matt Effect Nail Polish Review

Essence Latex Matt Effect Nail Polish Review

For the past few years, there has been an explosion of different nail polish finishes. Companies keep coming out with new, innovative twist be it sand, matte, leather, magnetic, gel... we have it all. Believe it or not, I haven't tried a whole lot of them. Of course, I couldn't avoid the matte craze when it was the cool new thing on the market a few years ago, but being disappointed with the result, the numerous releases to follow just didn't particularly excite me. Apart from the cracking nail polish. Oh, those were the days! 

When I first saw this Latex Matt number from Essence, I thought it was just another matte nail polish with a fancy new name, but I might have been wrong. It does seem matte when you first start applying it, but once it dries, it definitely doesn't look like a regular matte nail polish. I wouldn't necessarily say it looks like latex, but it sure looks like my shiny black faux leather jacket from Primark. And guess what? I like it. It doesn't accentuate my nail ridges and looks kinda chic. I just wish it wouldn't start chipping after a day. 

How are you feeling about the effect nail polishes? Which ones have you tried and loved? Or hated for that matter. I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Empties: Products I've Used Up Recently

It's time to talk some trash. Literally. I haven't filmed an empties video in over a year, because I always forget to save empty packaging, but I've been trying really hard not to throw things away during the past few months, so today I'm finally able to review some of my recently used up products. By the way, this video could easily be titled 'My Holy Grails'. I'm mentioning tons of them! 

Music Crush: Skinny Living

I decided it's time for The Puzzle of Sandra's Life to start going through some changes. Don't worry, I don't have anything drastic in store. I'll still be blogging mainly about beauty and vlogging my life away, but I'm now ready to make space for other topics as well. Music, fashion, recipes, reastaurant reviews, travel suggestions, you name it! I got tired of the same old topics, and I think you did too, so I hope this will be a nice change for us all.

Today I wanted to introduce you to the band I've been obsessing over ever since they appeared in one of JacksGap's Shed Sessions videos a few weeks ago. They go by the name of Skinny Living and their music is perfection. My favourite song of theirs is definitely The Journey. The lyrics are exactly what I needed to hear after going through some tough times and almost giving up on my dreams... Make sure you listen to the little playlist I compiled below and check out their other songs as well.

The Week When Everything Changed

My emotions were all over the place these past two weeks. I nearly hit the rock bottom and was ready to return back home, but then things started falling into place and I'm now really excited for the future. Unfortunatelly, I still haven't found a job, but there will be some moving going on (again) and I have a feeling that this new chapter in my life will be way better than the previous two. Keep your fingers crossed! 

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

I don't like spending money on mascaras. I think drugstore ones are perfectly fine if not better than their high end sisters, and after finding my soul mate in Jordana's Best Lash Extreme, I'm actually perfectly fine with not buying any other mascara until the rest of my life. Having said that, I'm still a beauty blogger and us beauty bloggers love trying out anything and everything that falls under the beauty category, especially if the product is hyped up. Oh, the joys of clever subconscious marketing. 

Benefit's They're Real Mascara was never on my to-buy list due to its hefty price tag (€27), but when I saw the deluxe mini version being sold at Boots for the price of a normal, drugstore mascara, I decided to give it a go. Just to see if it's really worth the hype, you know.
Benefit They're Real Mascara Review Brush

So, is it? Worth the hype? I say no. In theory, it has the potential of being the perfect mascara, but I have one major problem with it. Spider lashes! The more I apply, the less eyelashes I seem to have. The 'after' photo you see below is the result of a 15-minute-long separation process. It's such a shame it clumps so badly on me! Otherwise, it's a perfectly good mascara. It gives you length, holds the curl, and doesn't smudge throughout the day. 

The only thing that bothers me as well is the brush, which has really scratchy bristles. My eyes start getting ready for the war as soon as they see the brush approaching, and the result is never pretty. I always have to have cotton tips soaked in Bioderma ready in the other hand. I don't know what it is. It's not the size, because I'm used to huge brushes. Maybe it's the material or something? Who knows. 
Benefit They're Real Mascara Review Before After

As you might have guessed, I will not be purchasing the full size and would suggest you to give it a miss too in case you're one of us very late bandwagoners. I really don't think it's as fabulous as some are making it sound. There are drugstore mascaras out there that work just as good/much better and won't cost you a kidney either. What are your thoughts? Have you tried it yourself or at least thought about giving it a go? 

How to Cover DARK Under Eye Circles

Pro makeup tips on how to cover dark under eye circles.

The battle with my dark under eye circles has been a long one. I remember having them ever since I was little, and they got even worse with age due to many sleepless nights. It wasn't until I went to make-up school that I discovered a thick concealer is not the way to go, and finally learned how to tackle them. Today I'm sharing the pro tricks with you! You're welcome.

The Week When I Visited Brighton

Brighton has been on my places-to-visit list ever since I started watching youtube. If you're not into youtube yourself, I should probably explain to you that a lot of British youtubers who vlog about their daily lives live there, and the places shown in their vlogs always looked super cute to me. I'm happy to report I finally made it there on Saturday. The weather was unfortunetelly not the best. It was cold, cloudy and rain decided to make a few appearances as well, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed the trip to the seaside. The ocean has a very calming effect on me, and after a nerve-racking week, it was exactly what I needed.

Lucia, Smay and her boyfriend Nick joined me on the adventure, which included us developing a gambling addiction at Brighton Pier, rollercoasters - I have to admit, I was just watching unless you count a very hilarious haunted house 'ride' - a  quick stop at the Royal Pavillion, a stroll through The Lanes, and a long walk to the Hove, where we rewarded ourselves with some ice-cream. The Health app on my iPhone says that I took 22000 steps and walked over 15 km that day (in very uncomfortable shoes, may I add), so you can only imagine how I spent my Sunday. Thank god I have one more day left to recover. 

P.S. I have a new, SHORT weekly vlog for you below! It features my baking shenanigans and the trip to Brighton, which I'm definitely planning to visit again in the summer. Unless I decide to return home before the summer even arrives...

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