PS. Part 2 on my skincare wishlist is coming next week! Keep an eye for some natural skincare product recommendations!
The advantage to using local webshops is that there will be no custom tax surprise at the door, with charges up to 40% of your order added. And those surprises make your heart skip, I tell you from experience. Furthermore, shipping is cheaper and faster and ultimately you have access to a lot of products that cannot be shipped overseas to individuals for custom restrictions.
My @boozyshop order arrived in less that 24h! I am impressed! Great service and they sell some amazing products that you can’t find in shops here in the netherlands..can’t wait to get that glow on with @thebalmeu Mary Lou and some gorgeous lips with the @wetnwildcosmetic megalast lipsticks and @lagirlcosmetics matte liquid lipstick 😍 #bbloggers #makeup #haul #makeuphaul #beautyaddict
My latest purchases include these Morphe Brushes single eyeshadows, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, L.A. Girl Matte Lip stain and Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks from Boozyshop and Barry M nail polishes and my now holy grail Zoeva Opulence eyeliner from The Makeup Spot. I have been incredibly impressed by the fast dispatching and the incredibly kind Customer Service. I had a bad experience with my postman delivering the package in a different street and the girls at The Makeup Spot interfaced with the post office very fast and it was a fuss-free affair for me.
I have a discount code for you guys to shop at The Makeup Spot with 15% discount of your whole order with the code sint2015.
Have you tried these shops of have found your own beauty webshop?
*this post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase from these links I will receive a small commission that will not cost you anything but help support the blog. In any case all opinions are my own and the products in this post have been purchased by me.
Anastasia Beverly Hills (USA)
Black Friday: Two new Liquid Lipsticks (Catnip, soft plum, and Soft Lilac, pinky mauve). 25% off all brow products.
Cyber Monday: All individual lipglosses for $9.99 (regularly $16), 30/11 only. Free #23 brush with purchase of Illuminator, 30/11 only. 25% off all brow products.
Warm up deals with 60% off winter clothing leading up to Black Friday
30% off Maybelline and Babyliss products
PS. MakeupGeek products will be restocked only next week unfortunately
Free shipping in NL, minimum purchase of 15€
Cloud 10 Beauty (IRL)
20% off the entire site
Coastal Scents (USA)
55% off the whole site while stock lasts, 25/11 to 30/11
$5 off $40, $10 off $60, $15 off $80, $20 off $100 from 25/11 to 29/11
Best of Beauty 2015 goodie bag worth over 180£ when you spend over 125£
Dose of Colors (USA)
Black Friday: 20% off your entire order, excludes Dare to dazzle trio
Cyber Monday: Free US shipping and $5.50 off international shipping
10% off the whole site plus special deals on selected brands
20% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY20 and special deals available in limited quantities, find them here
Gerard Cosmetics (USA)
48% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY, valid until 30/11
NL: until 5/12 10% discount + free gift with code SINTLOT
Jeffree Star Cosmetics (USA)
Black Friday: Free shipping and 30% off selected shades
Cyber Monday: 30% off selected shades
LA Splash (USA)
all lipsticks and lashes 10$ from 25/11 to 30/11
Love Makeup (UK)
spend £30 get 10% off with code treat10
spend £70 get 15% off with code treat15
spend £125 get 20% of with code treat20
Makeup Revolution (UK)
From 24/11 through 1/12 a free gift worth 30£ when you spend 30£. Gift includes a blush palette, 2 eyeshadow palettes, 2 lip products and more. Save 1/3 on selected gift sets.
Maquillalia (IT, ES)
3×2 combinable among the following brands: Ardell, Balmi, Batiste, Bell, Beter, Carmex, Catrice, Essence, Hean, Joanna, Jordana, L.A. Girl, Makeup Revolution, Milani, Montagne Jeunesse, Mya, Nabla, Naturcos, Pierre Rene, Sleek, The Balm, Tiki Tahiti, Treets, Vanity Tools, Wet n Wild, Ziaja.
35% off the following brands: Essie, Garnier, Loreal Paris, Maybelline, NYX, The Brush Tools, Audrey, China Glaze, Kativa, MQBeauty Nexa, Wingman, 3M, Girlz Only
25% off the following brands: Baviphat, Babyliss Paris, Babyliss PRO, Aromya, Batman, Baylis & Harding, Betty Boop, CMD Naturkosmetik, ColourB4, ColourBomb, CrazyColor, Daen, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princess, Disney Violetta, Marvel comics, Marvel heroes, Superman, Umbro, Zpalette, UBU
Melt Cosmetics (USA)
30% off everything starting at 12 PST (8PM in Central Europe), no code needed
Thanksgiving sale 40% off everything with the code TGMT40
Morphe Brushes (USA)
20% off all products with code 20BLACKFRIDAY plus selected products on sale
Mulac Cosmetics (IT)
% off the entire site on Black Friday only
Neve Cosmetics (IT)
15% off your order, free shopper, free limited edition pochette and 1€ express shipping to Italy, 5€ to Europe. Valid until 22/12.
30% off site wide with code BFWKD30 valid through 30/11
Ofra Cosmetics (USA)
50% off the whole site with code OFRA50 from 27/11 to 30/11
Ole Hendriksen (USA)
Free $100 Surprise Gift Bag with $50 purchase with code 100GIFT, 24/11 through 30/11.
15% off everything + free shipping + free copy of Paula’s Latest book with any $65 purchase. code BOOK15
NL: 10% off the most loved products until 30/11, no code needed.
Sedona Lace (USA)
Black Friday: 50% off everything
26/11 – 27/11 free shipping sitewide. 30/11, get 20% off with code CYBER2015
Tarte Cosmetics (USA)
25% off your order with code FRIDAY from 25/11 to 27/11
20% off all hair products until 28/11 with code HAIR20
Violet Voss (USA)
40% off everything with code blackfriday40 from 24/11 to 30/11.
Wycon Cosmetics (IT)
Free shipping on all orders through 27/11
Independently of how you wash your brushes, it is extremely important to keep moisture and liquids away from the attachment of the bristles to avoid shedding. This is also true while the brushes are drying, and for this the best method I found is using a Brush Tree. I have recently purchased mine from Aliexpress and loved it so much that I am now waiting for my second one to come in the mail. They are small, easy to store and fit brushes of all shapes and sizes, including the thick handle Real Techniques ones. You just set the brushes to dry upside down and the shafts will be safe, the bristles will keep their shape and they will dry faster than when they’re lying on a towel. You can find them for any price from 5 to 20 euros depending on the seller. I highly recommend these.
So here are my tips and essentials to clean and bacteria free makeup brushes.
Do you have your own secret to taking care of your brushes? If so, leave a comment down below, I’d love to learn more!
Sulfates are soaps commonly used in shampoos and have been in a negative spotlight for a few years now, appointed as responsible for many problems such as hair dryness and damage, itchy and flaky scalps and especially fading in color treated hair. From what I read every signal told me to stay away from them as much as possible with my dry sun and color damaged hair.
The first product I gravitated towards was my trusted coconut oil, of which I praised the qualities here already, so I won’t go to much in detail about it. I leave it on overnight or while I sport and when I wash it out my hair feels so lush and healthy. This is honestly the best and at the same time cheapest hair mask I’ve tried, if you haven’t you definitely should!
I decided to take a step further and try to substitute my drugstore shampoo and conditioner for natural and sulfate free products. I had tried to do this before trying the EverPure line from L’Oréal but didn’t feel like it wasn’t cleaning my hair properly so I abandoned the idea for a while. This time I was lucky enough to be contacted by Maple Holistics to try a few of their products and I was blown away! I was sent the Argan Shampoo and the Silk 18 Conditioner and after the first time I tried them, I loved them and never went back. The final result was clean, shiny, silky hair as I hadn’t had in a while and I honestly couldn’t stop touching it all day. But let’s take a closer look at them.
The Argan shampoo is a “special formula shampoo” which is based on a gentle foaming base to which nourishing and therapeutic ingredients are added to give you and your hair the best shampooing experience. And it really is the case in my opinion. It contains argan, jojoba, almond, camelia seed and avocado oil to provide the hair of nutrients, vitamin E and moisture that give it shine and a healthy look, together with botanical keratin and natural vanilla and honey fragrance. The directions for use suggest you to shampoo twice, leaving the product to rest in your hair for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate the hair before rinsing. Now I was a bit skeptical about this at first and followed the directions exactly, but have later found that the shampoo works perfectly even when washing (and letting rest) only once, which makes it much easier when I’m at the gym and don’t have much time. Just be warned that in the shower you will have the feeling that your hair is still greasy, but that is just a feeling and this shampoo does a great job at cleaning the scalp.
Immediately afterwards I apply the Silk18 Conditioner on all my hair, not only the lengths. This is advised by Maple Holistics to make sure all your hair, including the roots take advantage of the eighteen silk amino acids present in the formula together with the botanical keratin. In this product we see again the presence of argan and jojoba oils together with other conditioning ingredients and the final result is incredibly soft and silky hair that is not weighed down and smells amazingly of vanilla. I adore it!
I am therefore enthusiastic that Maple Holistics, in collaboration with Edumuch, is putting forward one of each shampoo and conditioner to give away to one of you lovely readers as part of their #summerofgiveaways campaign, All you have to do is enter the giveaway via the widget below and follow this blog and the brand on social media.
|Left: after the first time, right: after 2 weeks of using the Maple Holistics Argan shampoo and Silk18 conditioner|
I genuinely recommend going sulfate-free and natural with your haircare if you have trouble keeping your hair healthy and shiny, these three marvelous products did wonders for my hair!
What are your tricks to keep your hair healthy?