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Swatch time: Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 152 Choquant

Dear Roses and Lilies,

My first high end lipstick was Chanel, and I fell in love. It was years and years ago, before the Rouge Coco line was revamped and reformulated. After the line relaunched, I got a few staple shades. I did not own any of the Rouge Allures, but now I have 152 Choquant, which is a gorgeous red shade. Looking at my collection of red lipsticks, there is no shade like Chanel's Choquant. I wanted a special red, that I know I would wear over and over again, and this is the perfect one.


Ebelin brush cleanser review BOAB

Dear Roses and Lilies,

I really like beauty on a budget, especially if I come across something that works for me and gets me past my unending skepticism when it comes to beauty products that are really affordable.
Thanks to my Insta friend and fellow blogger @lraivn, who likes this product, I went into my local DM and picked it up. It is a brush cleanser and it was incredibly affordable.

It comes in a 100ml bottle, with a sprayer. The directions on the outer box are translated, but the labels on the bottle are written in German.

Before I go on with the review, I want to caution you on one of the ingredients, because it can cause an allergic reaction: Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthaline (OTNE), which is a fragrance. I made a patch test on my skin before I proceeded to use this product on my brushes. I did not have an allergic reaction to it, but I suggest you do a patch test too if you decide to try this brush cleanser out.
The Ebelin brush cleanser has a strong, floral fragrance, that lingers on the brush. It is a lovely scent, but you really need to crack a window open when cleansing your brushes.
Performance wise, it does the job well. If my brushes are really stained, I need to double cleanse them. That only happens if I get lazy and don't clean my brushes right after I apply my makeup. It's not that often though, so I do not need to use a lot of product. I've had this bottle for about a month, and I've used less than a quarter of the cleansing liquid.
The Ebelin brush cleanser is not like other similar products, where you can use your brushes right after you cleaned them. With this cleanser, you need to let your brushes dry for up to a couple of hours. My brushes are still soft, like brand new, which is a plus. I do still wash my brushes with shampoo and water twice a week, but this brush cleanser is perfect for in-between washes. I do not use it to clean my sponges. Those always need a good wash.
Have you tried this brush cleanser? What other brush cleansers would you recommend for beauty on a budget lovers?


Soft, every day/first date makeup look ft. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Today I decided I would share one of my every day makeup looks that, I think, is appropriate for the office as well. This is a soft makeup look, that is easy to achieve, and lasts for hours and hours.

Depending on how much makeup you usually use, what comes next will seem either too little or too much. If you are not used to wearing many products, you can certainly skip a few products, and still get what this look is essentially about: simplicity, softness, femininity. If you like to wear lots and lots of product, you can still achieve this look, as long as you blend everything very well, so that the finished product does not look over the top. Here is a roundup of the makeup I used:


NEW Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation review

Dear Roses and Lilies,
It's finally mine! The new Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, the reformulated and revamped version. It launched last month, and I have had it for a few weeks, but I didn't want to put up a post right away. I really wanted to test this foundation, before giving you my thoughts.Right off the bat, you can see that the packaging is different from the previous version of the Healthy Mix foundation: the bottle is squared, with a red cap, and the brand name is also written in red.


MAC Burnt Spice, Topped With Brandy and Young Attitude roundup

Dear Roses and Lilies,
These are the three new shades from the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor range I have: Burnt Spice, Topped With Brandy, and Young Attitude.


MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour for Valentine's Day

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Valentine's Day is upon us and, though I do not agree with celebrating love only on 1 day in the year, I wanted to take a moment and appreciate all the beautiful looks that people do for this particular occasion. But I am not going to do a special look today. Instead, I will be talking about a red lipstick option for you, in case you want to go with the red hearts theme this year. (Of course, whether you are single or not, celebrating Valentine's Day or being anti V Day, you can still wear red lipstick any time you fancy.)

MAC's Fashion Legacy lipstick has been in my collection for quite a while now, and I use it every time I want to wear a red that looks stunning, but also holds up throughout the day, without needing touch ups.


MAC Young Attitude Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour review

Dear Roses and Lilies,
Today, I am going to share with you my honest opinions (as always), about the new MAC liquid lipstick called Young Attitude. This is a new color, that MAC added this year to their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour collection, and is one of the more daring colors. Young Attitude is a dark teal, i.e. the color of my dreams, after red and royal blue.