Dior Forever foundation – would I repurchase?

I have been pretty much loyal to the same foundation for almost 10 years. Because I have very oily skin, I have difficulties finding a foundation that will cover my imperfections, but will be lasting through my sebum-prone skin. And when that sebum comes out, is the foundation flexible enough for me to blot and re-powder? As I was saying, for almost 10 years, any foundation I tried, I kept on going back for my trusty Clinique oil-free one. Is the Dior Forever Undercover going to replace it?

I can’t decide about replacing the Clinique foundation in my personal top, but this one is definitely the runner-up. I have never tried a Dior foundation before but one day I felt like pampering myself and I took the plunge, went to Boots, had myself colour matched and I bought it.

I had no idea which of the Dior foundation would be suitable for my skin type. I don’t mind full coverage, but even if it’s medium coverage, I can make it work. Also, I needed something oil free that will not look terribly dry on my skin. The last foundation that I tried and looked dry, in two hours was shiny like a disco ball so I try to stay away from this type. To be perfectly honest, I was so curious about the new Backstage foundation that I asked about it first. Problem was – that is not for oily skin from what the sales assistant was telling me.

In the end, one full of swatches hand, a few dirty tissues and a colour match later, I went for the Dior Forever Undercover foundation. This one claims to be everything-proof for 24 hours and has a natural matte finish while hiding those naughty pores that we all have.

I will start with the packaging. This is the most travel friendly out of all. It’s not a glass bottle so it’s not heavy at all, it’s 40 ml (1.3 FL.OZ) and has the thinnest “mouth” so I know for sure that no bacteria will be able to go into my foundation. The finishing, even after powdering is the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Clinique foundation looks beautiful on the skin also, but this one makes my skin look so flawless. First time I tried it, I had to wake Paul up to show him.

The finish really is a natural matte. Even after powder, a slight luminosity was peeking through which made the foundation even more beautiful. I personally need to set every foundation with powder, but apparently, this foundation will do wonders even without. I must tell you, not on a very oily skin – maybe on a slightly oily one.

When it comes to coverage, this one is apparently the most high-coverage of all Dior Foundations. It is definitely more high-coverage than the Clinique one. As they say, a little really goes a long way so no need to paint it on. It’s still full coverage even if you apply it with a sponge so that says a lot.

After three hours on my face, just like any single other foundation that I tried, my sebum starts peeking through which I honestly expected. For me however, this is the true test. If I can blot and powder without the foundation becoming cakey, I am one happy woman. And I am when I wear this foundation! I was able to blot a few times during the day and the foundation did not move at all on my forehead and chin, but it did move a little on the sides of my nose and chicks. Even so, it’s the best performing foundation I ever tried.

Did you try any of the Dior foundations? Would you buy a luxury brand’s foundation or do you think you can get the same quality at the drugstore? I was honestly surprised at how good the Dior foundation was performing and the only reason why the Clinique one is still my favourite is because it lasts an hour longer- so I can go 4 hours without a problem. However, the Dior one’s finish is much more natural and flawless…so I guess they are neck in neck. Oups 😀

Kisses!

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Foundation – Dior

 

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Insights into blogging | Bilou review

I still consider myself a small blog even though I’ve been posting twice a week for almost the past year. Have you ever wondered how I decide what to write about? How do connections with brands happen? Let me tell you more about the behind the scenes of blogging. I will give you Bilou as an example both for their approach while reaching out to bloggers and for the fact that their Instagram account inspired us to do probably the most colourful content so far.

Before I start depicting the do’s and don’ts of blogging, I will need to write a disclaimer. I am in no way an authority in the field, even though I don’t mind uniforms…the nice ones, but I have offered the subject most brain space for the past year and I gained a bit of experience that I do want to share with you.

Check your e-mails

I can’t repeat this enough. Most of the relationships and the networking is happening in your e-mails, DM’s and Messenger. We, bloggers who only started recently,  are lucky that those before us already walked the miles to make blogging a proper job, but that does not mean that everybody sees it like this. What I am saying is that it doesn’t hurt to be professional in your correspondence and face to face. Answer that e-mail as quickly as possible and avoid postponing it to a week after. What for? The competition between bloggers is huge. If it’s not one of us who will get the job, it will be another. I have been wearing lazy pants before, if you know what I mean, but they don’t suit me anymore, I outgrew them.

Update your social media regularly

Did you already start thinking of your social media as your portfolio? Most of the times, that is what brands/clients will see first of you. That is their first impression. When you start your blog and Instagram account and Facebook page and Pinterest and Twitter maybe, think about what kind of content do you want to put out. I am not referring to your style because that will change and evolve, but to the tone of what you put out there. Are you motivational, are you one of the girls/boys who everybody feels like they know you through your socials or are you the one using your social media to complain?

Besides the tone, how often do you post? Instagram seems to be rewarding those who post a bigger quantity of content. Although, what if we start thinking about it out of context, at the end of the day, the more you post – the more opportunities for somebody to see your content and like it. That if the quality is not thrown away somewhere in a cage and forgotten about. I get it, lack of time, deadlines and so on, but quality should be the first invited to dinner.

How do you start working with brands?

In a few words: either they reach out or you do. When it’s the case of them reaching out, it will mostly be through e-mail. With all the social media different apps, this is still accepted as the most professional way to do it. The bigger the brand, the more universal/ less personal the message will seem but you should not confuse this with spam. Most of the time, the brand will hire an agency to reach out to bloggers and they might have a template for the e-mail sent. The message might have been sent to a bigger number of people, but it is just as serious as if a brand owner sent it to you.

This being said, small businesses will also approach you and the messages might seem more personal but regardless of the case, we should be respectful towards people’s time and give them an answer as quickly as possible.

When you are the one reaching out, let’s say for example on Instagram, look for accounts that have a similar number of followers to yours or less. I am not saying don’t shoot for the stars,  but that they are the most likely to answer back. I once sent a DM on Instagram to a jewellery brand that inspired me so much that I wanted to take pictures for them. They were very respectful towards what I managed to do so far, but when they refused, they pointed out the discrepancy in followers. I had much, much less than they did. Lesson learned – start with your league.

What service do you offer?

I am the kind of blogger who feels weird asking for freebies. I am renting a flat in London and anybody who lives here can tell you that they were forced to develop very good space management skills – that’s how small flats are. So when I am reaching out to a brand, I much prefer offering something in return. I offer to create content for them or to model their product which is in essence part of why I love blogging.

Because my following is not huge (@miss__casual), I don’t rely on offering shout outs because they might not be very effective. Also, for the product to be on my Instagram, Blog or Facebook page, I need to try it out and like it – but more about this later.

It takes much more time than you expected it to

Blogging is such a time consuming job/hobby. It’s really not just about taking a cute picture and posting it on Instagram and than wait for the likes to flow in. Most of us are also the stylist, location scout, creative director, writer, editor and so on. All these things, regardless of how well organized you are, do take a lot of time. So if you are debating whether you shout start blogging or not – start doing it, but make sure that you like it because you’ll be doing it a lot.

Somebody asked me – how long will it take until I make a living out of it?

This is a question nobody can answer – for some it took years, for others it took months, some gave up along the way. For now, there is no recipe on “how to make it” in the blogging world. And then – what does making it mean to you? No raining on anyone’s parades but be prepared for your patience to be challenged.

Working with brands – saying yes/saying no

I am quite fussy when it comes to this and I don’t want my blog to be a shop full of everything. If there is something that I tried and honestly liked, I will write about it. However, when the exchange of emails happens with the brand, and they are offering a product to feature I have something that I always explain. For me the blog is an escape from all the hustle and bustle that happens in the world so I want to keep it a positivity only zone.

This means that I will not give a bad review. If my review turns out to be not in favour of the brand, I’d rather not do it. So when I do receive the email from the brand I always tell them that I am opened to trying new products, but I want the freedom to not write about it in case I turn out not liking it. If I tried it and I liked it, you can probably read about it on the blog.

About MyBilou

A recent brand that reached out to me is Bilou. You might already know how much I like supporting Youtubers, bloggers and so on which is one of the reasons I am telling you about this brand also. Bilou is a German brand developed by a Youtuber. Because she has been testing so many beauty products, she felt she could put the experience that she accumulated, into her own brand. And she made it vegan, dermatologically tested, gave it a fun and youthful concept and mouth-watering, but not edible fragrances. She has got me at Chocolate Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Orange Lemonade or Tasty Donut. What about you?

The reason the brand has got my attention at first though, is the way they approached the situation. When they reached out to me, they did not for a second imply that in exchange of me receiving a few of the products to test, I need to do a review. Not for a moment! Which makes me feel free to just try the products, see if I like them and share them with you – if I choose to. Hats down to the Bilou team!

Also, I went on their Instagram to check out their account and as I was mentioning in the beginning of the post, I was so inspired by their aesthetic that we did our most colourful shooting so far.

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

I have only tried three of the Bilou products so I feel like I can’t do a full review, but I do want to mention those that I did try. The Cotton Candy creamy shower foam is as the name says – creamy. The foam is slightly thicker than the others that I tried with similar concept which I personally love. You might be wondering about the fragrance. Sounds good, but does it smell as good? Most definitely! I was glad that it does not smell as sweet as it sounds and especially when you use it in the shower, it has a light scent, not an overpowering one.

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A product that is different from anything else that I tried is the Fizzy Berry gentle cream foam. This is in essence a moisturizer, but it comes out of the tube like a foam. It does not feel too creamy, but it moisturizes nicely and my legs were very thankful. After I moisturize, especially in the hot months, I hate how the left over cream on the hand will make my palms sweaty. Not with this one. Gladly!

bilou | miss casual

The third product is a Coco Cocktail “2 in 1” body spray. First of all the scent takes me back to Punta Cana – the most inexpensive plane ticket. Second, I had to read the instructions for this one. It is both a deodorant and a moisturizing body spray. I have not tried it as a deodorant however, it was way too hot to risk it. As a body spray, it is just so so yummi and it does have the slightest moisturizing effect.

bilou | miss casual

 

This was a post about blogging that was long coming. It spent so many days in my mind that it just had to make it’s way up on the blog. This is what I’ve learned so far about blogging and because I wished there was somebody to guide me for the past year, it’s just one more reason to write it. I really hope what I wrote is helpful to you and who knows, after I gain a bit more experience, I might write another one 🙂

Kisses!

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How dairy affects my skin | Origins

Can you tell that I am on a skin care high? While last year I bought quite a lot of makeup products, this year I bought skin care. The fact that my skin was finally improving after so many years of torture, motivated me even more to take care of it.

Last Sunday I was on a photo shooting and I was told something that never ever in my life have I heard before. They told me that my skin looked amazing. They were really nice girls and I was in fact wearing foundation, but still, they complimented my skin! If you had no problem with your skin and trying out a ton of skin care products that were not working for you, you might not understand the importance of this compliment, but for me, it really made my day!

My skins main problem is dairy. It is much easier to control what we eat here in the UK which I am so grateful about, but small accidents still happen. When we go to a restaurant, I am always nervous because I have not checked the products myself to see if they might contain dairy or not. It sounds a bit excessive, but I am so intolerant to it, that even if it says that it might contain dairy, I still break out. And you would be surprised the amount of products that do in fact contain dairy.

Because this is not yet an intolerance that is in trend and people have not heard about it, most often they do not understand it. We might be going out and when it’s dessert time, I am salivating over everything anyone else ordered, but I know I can’t have any. Usually people are nice trying to minimize the issue, telling me that I should eat even just a bit because it is not life threatening intolerance, which they are right, it is not, but it does make me break out with the most painful under the skin spots and we all know what that means to our self confidence.

Which is why I invested in skin care a lot this year. You might have seen my previous posts about my Dior serum or the eye cream that I still use, but most recently I changed my moisturizer also. The one that I use now is the Origins Zero-Oil Moisture Lotion with Saw Palmetto and Mint. These three together have kept my skin at bay for the past weeks or so and I could not be happier. My skin just loves the salicylic acid in all of these products and started minimizing my pores and I get less blemishes. If I eat oily I do get a spot here and there, but they are far less frequent than they were before.

Have you tried anything from the Origins range? I was pleasantly surprised with their moisturizer so in the future I might try to add something else to my skin care routine, but for now I am almost scared to change anything because I feel like I’ve found quite a nice balance.

Kisses!

skin care | miss casual

skin care | miss casual

skin care | miss casual

skin care | miss casual

 

Would I repurchase?

I sometimes write longer posts but most often they are medium size length. This one though, I want to keep the written part short and precise and let the pictures do the talking. It’s a post about the products that I used up in the previous months and the question that always comes up : “Would I repurchase it?”

1. Makeup

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Let’s start with a positive. This concealer has medium coverage and it’s not drying at all. Also, it does not hurt that it’s affordable and you can find it in most drugstores. Definite YES!

would I repurchase | miss casual

It made my lashes incredibly long, but in my opinion, a similar mascara can be found at the drugstore at a friendlier price. For me it was not exciting enough to reconsider buying it. Sorry, no!

would I repurchase | miss casual

This is my work staple. I don’t know if it would work for any skin tone because it’s one of the wearable purples. The formula though is not drying at all, but you would need a lip pencil to keep the lipstick between the lines. The shade is Vintage Rose. YES please, give me more!

would I repurchase | miss casual

This one is great if you need extreme coverage, but if your skin is as oily as mine, keep in mind that in two hours you might resemble a disco ball. I want to try it again when my skin stops being this oily though.

would I repurchase | miss casual

Another mascara that I won’t repurchase. I tried this one at the recommendation of a friend who was completely in love with it. I am however too lazy for this kind of a tubular formula because I found it hard to take off and leaving mascara on my lashes during the night just made them scarce.

would I repurchase | miss casualFrom all the Rouge Edition Velvet Lip products from Bourjois this is the colour that I wore the most – 07 Nude-ist. However, it started smelling funny after just 2 months of use so this one is like cheating. It’s not an empty, but it’s not a product that I dare to use anymore either.

2. Skin care

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I have a whole post about this moisturizer that you can read here. Light, non-oily but still hydrates my skin. I am trying something else in the meantime, but I am sure I will repurchase this one at some point.

would I repurchase | miss casual

Despite it’s friendly price, it removes makeup just as good as the Bioderma one does and doesn’t leave any residue on the skin. Already repurchased it!:D

would I repurchase | miss casual

If you prefer taking off your makeup in the shower, this one is so gentle but effective. I love the smell also. This was a sample but the moment I run out of the cleanser that I use now, this is my next repurchase.

would I repurchase | miss casual

As I mentioned a what feels like a million times before, my skin is very oily and this moisturizer just makes it oilier in two hours from application.  Another thing that I noticed with it and I would be really curious to find out if it only happened to me. After using it for several days, I get those tiny white fat spots…weird.

would I repurchase | miss casual

Yes yes yes! Smells amazing, fresh and hydrates my very dry legs:D

 

3. Hair

would I repurchase | miss casual

Someone who’s hair is as flat as mine, might already know that this is one of the few products that gives us volume. I already repurchased this at least 10 times and will continue to do that.

would I repurchase | miss casual

This was a travel size that I recently tried. Not much different from the Batiste one, it just feels more wet when you first apply it, but after that you get the same effect.

 

4. Shower

would I repurchase | miss casual

My favourite shower gel that I tried lately. Yummi orange!

would I repurchase | miss casual

While I do prefer the Orange one more, this one is not bad at all. This if you like the coconut scent.

would I repurchase | miss casual

This shower gel does not live any greasy residue on the skin, but because of the banana scent that for some reason I don’t like in this combination, I won’t repurchase it.

would I repurchase | miss casual

Much fresher than the other one, but then I am so in love with Lime that I would try anything with this scent.

 

Do let me know if you like this kind of very to the point post and if I should do it again after I gather enough empties for another “would I repurchase” post.

Kisses!

 

 

The Vitamin C serum you need | Skinkissed

Can you tell that I am on a skin care high? My skin has been improving over the past few months so I feel motivated to take care of it even more. The new step that I added to my routine is the vitamin C serum from Skinkissed. I’ve heard so many things about Vitamin C serums before, especially from people with acne prone skin but for some reason I didn’t take the plunge…until now.

As I might have mentioned before, my skin has been acting weird ever since I moved to London. The air is considerably more polluted, then the every day travel by tube and AC at work can not do any good to it. I complained before, here on the blog, about my skin being extremely oily and that it actually felt dehydrated so I was looking for something to moisturize it without clogging my pores or putting too much moisture back into my skin.

I mentioned my skin care routine before. It’s not the most complex one but it does have the basics: an usual oil-free moisturizer, an eye cream and a lactic acid based serum in the morning. When I started trying out the Skinkissed serum I was surprised at how good it fit in my existing routine. They recommend you use it twice a day, but I only use it at night. That is the real test for me.

At first, when you put it on the skin, it seems very oily even though it’s oil-free, but it’s quickly absorbed by your skin. My surprise came when I looked in the mirror and my skin did indeed have a very healthy glow but when I tried to see if it feels oily, it was completely non-slippery. Another bonus for me is that I don’t wake up oily after I use the Skinkissed serum. I am always surprised how come I wake up with so much oil on my face when my functions are supposed to be reduced and my skin is regenerating? Still, this is the first product that allows me to wake up matte.

I went on the Skinkissed site to check out the list of ingredients and after I saw them, everything made much more sense. I am dairy intolerant which does not necessarily gives me a tummy ache, but it creates really painful cystic spots. For some weird reason, even though I control everything I eat, I did have dairy a few days ago- I suspect Starbucks for it:D so the little monsters started to make themselves noticed and erupted on my chin. It would usually take me around 2 weeks for the spot to 100% be invisible and for the skin to be smooth. This time though, with the serum, it regenerated so fast!

I was telling you about the ingredients: it seems my skin reacts really well to Rose water, which is one of the ingredients, together with Vitamin C, Glycerine (which makes it a good makeup base), Hyaluronic Acid, and Marine Collagen. This cocktail seems to be working wonders on my skin because my pores are considerably smaller especially on the extremities of my face where I don’t usually get spots.

All in all, I am finally really happy with my skin care routine and how calm my skin looks lately (except that dairy eruption) so here I am to confirm something that has lately been a myth in skin care: Vitamin C is really good for the appearance of our skin, and it’s even better when it’s in a concoction as we find it in the Skinkissed serum.

Keep in mind that different skin types will react differently to skin care products, but if you’re looking for a serum that is hydrating and reduces blemishes, look no further 😀

 

This post is sponsored by Skinkissed, however, all opinions are my own and the truth is, my skin really looks better. If you don’t believe me, ask Paul:P

 

Kisses!

skinkissed | miss casual

skinkissed | miss casual

skinkissed | miss casual

skinkissed | miss casual

Highlighter – how it changed my makeup game

I can’t even remember my makeup game before highlighter – do you ever feel like that? As mentioned before, because of my disco ball oily skin, I only started using highlighter two years ago. (did I live under a rock?)

It’s quite funny because I was literally salivating in front of every makeup tutorial when they got to the part where they are applying highlighter. I still don’t know if I would have purchased it myself, but let’s just say that somebody else aligned the stars for me.

I was still living in Romania and Paul in the UK when he came to visit holding a MAC bag. You can not imagine how my eyes sparkled! Where I used to live, the closest MAC store is at two hours away and it was only opened around 3 years ago so seeing a MAC bag is not the most common thing. As you might have guessed, the present in the bag was a highlighter, but not any highlighter, the staple – Soft and Gentle! I still use this one to the day, I’m actually wearing it now while I’m writing this blog post.

From my first experience, I kind of got a taste for highlighter so I ventured into the highly reflective Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, the more subtle but buildable Laura Geller one, a powdery Sleek one that’s perfect for an understated highlighter to the crazy duo-chrome Diamond Light one from Too faced.

My most used highlighter is the champagne toned one from MAC and then the pink-toned  Peach Glow one from Laura Geller. The MAC one will emphasize any texture that I have because of it’s consistency – even though highly reflective, it is a bit chunky. Even so, from all the highlighters that I’ve tried, this one has my most favourite undertone.

With such hyped products as highlighters, you would expect the trend to cool down soon, but honestly speaking, I don’t believe they are going anywhere. Except my makeup bag, of course!

Kisses

highlighter | miss casual

highlighter | miss casual

highlighter | miss casual
MAC – Soft and Gentle
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Laura Geller
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Sleek – Medium 885
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Too Faced – Diamond Light

 

Dior Capture Youth – changing up my skincare

Is it too soon at 25 (almost 26) to start introducing age-delaying products to my skin care? I’ve read all kind of opinions, but I can’t really make up my mind. However, the age-delaying properties are not what I had in mind when I purchased the Matte Maximizer from the Dior Capture Youth collection.

I’ve been watching Youtube makeup tutorials regularly for almost three years now and I’m always drawn and mesmerized by the amount of skincare products the girls use. As much as I would like to introduce the Farsali Oil or the Guerlain L’Or primer serum to my routine, I have to keep in mind that I have oily skin and these products might not work.

This time, not on Youtube, but on the blogs of my favourite influencers, I started reading about the new Dior Capture Youth collection. As much as the price tag was scaring me off, I kept on thinking about the collection. I felt like this time, there really is something for my skin too.

One of the Dior Capture Youth serums is a Matte Maximizer. Anyone who gets as shiny as a disco ball (like me) after just a few hours from applying makeup, will surely relate.

The Matte Maximizer is a treatment serum – so don’t expect instant results. Even so, you will feel a slight tingle immediately after application which I’ve found quite unusual because it is refreshing also. The instructions suggest to put on the serum first and then your moisturizer, SPF and makeup. You’ll find it unusually tacky but this just makes me think that anything I put on top, will cling to it.

If you like knowing about the ingredients, I have to tell you that a combination of lactic acid derived from sugar cane, pink clay, iris extract and zinc gluconate are the ones to keep your sebum at bay and give the appearance of softer pores. I can hands down vouch for the pores part. It is not as miraculous as a silicone primer that hides the pores almost completely, but is it nonetheless giving them a softer look.

I will keep you posted regarding its shine reducing effects, but for now it just gives my skin the most beautiful natural healthy matte look – that’s a mouthful! Also, minimized pores and the slight tingling sensation that I mentioned before.

Have you tried anything from the Dior Capture Youth collection? I feel like finally this is a collection that targets almost all skin little issues – from redness to fine lines, dehydrated skin to the excessively shiny one.

Check out the comments in a few weeks for feedback on the shine-reducing properties! 😀

Kisses

dior capture youth | miss casual

dior capture youth | miss casual

dior capture youth | miss casual

dior capture youth | miss casual

dior capture youth | miss casual

Hair routine

My hair has been through numerous changes for the past 5 years. You might have in mind colour changes from black to blonde and so on, but the truth is it’s only been through 50 shades of blonde. From balayage to platinum blonde, my hair has always needed special attention aka a special hair routine.

Even thought it was coloured, when I still lived in Romania, my hair was decently healthy…considering what it’s been through. I had a favourite salon that I went to time and time again and the guys were taking care of my hair with Olaplex and L’oreal hair dyes which were doing the trick. As a hair routine, I would put a mask from time to time and I would leave coconut oil in it overnight and that was enough to maintain it healthy.

1. Moroccanoil Treatment

When I moved to London though, I had to change every step of my hair routine. The water here is different and it dries out my hair like nothing else. So I thought it’s a good moment to try out the very popular Moroccanoil Treatment that I heard so much about. The day I put the oil in my hair, it feels like before I coloured it, it’s that good! My friends used to tell me that I have baby hair, it was that soft and silky, but not after colouring unfortunately and especially blondes will nod in agreement that this colour just sucks up all the moisture that we have in our hair.

The Moroccanoil Treatment does not make my hair soft the next day also though, so I usually pile it up on the ends of my hair daily, which seems to be working just fine, and it makes the worlds difference.

hair routine | miss casual

2. L’oreal Preference Infinia

The first few months after moving to London, I kept on going to a hair salon for touch ups, but I found it so time consuming that I started searching for a hair dye. The one that I use at the moment and that I am truly happy with is the Preference Infinia from L’oreal in shade Stockholm. It is descried as a very light pearl blonde (10.21), but because my natural hair is a light brown, it does not get my hair that light but still give me a shade of blonde that I am happy with.

Another thing that I like about this hair dye is that it comes with a vitamin E enriched conditioner that is big enough to last me for a month and a Colour Extender that acts as a toner. I would love to have the colour that I see on the model, but we all need to be aware of what we’re working with. There is no way my hair can get to that pearly blonde without a salon-strength bleach so I compromised and I am happy with the result.

hair routine | miss casual

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Another step in my hair routine is the Batiste Dry Shampoo. The fragrances that I most prefer are the tropical one that instantly transports me back to a beach in Punta Cana, and the other one that I just love how it smells is the Cherry one. I am not really a floral kind of girl so I stay away from the rest. I know the white-cast that it leaves is a huge issue if you have darker hair and that they are offering choices for different hair colours, but because of my almost pearly blonde, I’m fine with it.

Because my hair is still quite fine and flat, I use the dry shampoo mainly as a styling product for volume. However, the next day I must wash my hair because it makes my scalp a bit too dry and if I don’t, it becomes itchy which we all know is not the nicest look. I am now trying a sample of the Klorane dry shampoo but I’ve only tried it once so I’ll let you know more about it soon.

hair routine | miss casual

hair routine | miss casual

These would be the main products that I use in my hair routine, the only thing that I am still not the happiest about is my shampoo. I am still on the haunt for the perfect one for an oily scalp so if you have any recommendations, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. Have you tried any of the products mentioned in my hair routine? How did you like them?

Kisses!

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Beauty Box mania

I’ve always loved the concept of a beauty box. Skincare, tools and makeup all in one cute box, in travel-friendly sizes. It’s also about the surprise of what you’ll receive each month, that if you’re not sneaky and take a peek on the site.

If you’re into testing products, a beauty box kind of subscription is the perfect way to do so. Did I mention that it’s also affordable? Ok, most of the products inside the box are not full-size, most of them are “tester-size” or travel size, but you do get the odd full size. This always left me wondering how can they do it? Sometimes the value of that single full-size product is what we pay for the entire beauty box.

How do we choose which beauty box to subscribe to? If you go on to their site, you can kind of see the style of the boxes, even get a sneek peak into the previous month’s box and see if you like what they normally choose.

I first chose Lookfantastic, but then – for the end of April, Birchbox had a promotion where they were gifting you a box when you purchased one so I tried it out also. The only thing is, I did not think I needed to cancel the renewal of the subscription since I only ordered one box and not onw of the 3/6 months options. So in the first week of May, another Lookfantastic box has arrived at my door together with the Birchbox one. I am not angry at this though, I quite like what I received in the beauty boxes but I would have wanted to have a choice about the renewal.

This been said, at the moment I will not subscribe to any other beauty box because I have a few other products that I want to try myself, but in the future, I might.

From the two beauty boxes that I tried, I actually prefer Birchbox for their more practical packaging and for me, more exciting products (aka more makeup)

Which beauty box subscription have you tried? Which one you think I should try? Keep in mind that I live in the UK so what I might have access to, you might not and the other way around.

Now, I leave you with a sneek peak into the beauty boxes I received, but this time without product reviews because there was not enough time for that, yet!

 

Kisses!

beauty box | miss casual

beauty box | miss casual

April’s box

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May’s box

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