I tried oil pulling!

  Lately there have been a lot of articles floating around the "Internets" about oil pulling. I became very interested in the subject when my dad told me that he knows about this practice and he'd heard a lot of people talking about its benefits in the past.
  If you have never heard about oil pulling, the technique sounds pretty much like this: choose an oil you want (they say coconut or sesame are the best, but olive oil or sunflower oil work just the same) and you have to swish around in your mouth a tablespoon of it for about 10-15 minutes when you wake up in the morning, before eating or drinking water or anything. It has been said that it reduces tartar build up, cavities, bad breath, bleeding gums, throat dryness and a lot of other conditions that aren't even related to your mouth because it removes all the toxins accumulated over night :P 
  When I first tried it I couldn't swish it around for more than 5 minutes, but with each day that passed it was getting easier and easier to reach 10 minutes. I watch stuff on YouTube, check my e-mail or read a blog to make the time go by faster. I've only been doing this for about a week and a half and I'm slowly getting to 15 minutes. I, personally, think that 15 minutes is too much and I would only do it for 10 minutes because if you do it for too long, the bacteria could be absorbed again from the oil and you surely don't want that. No matter what you do, don't swallow or inhale the oil or the toxins will go back into your body. The taste of the oil isn't bad at all, i mean, you can't feel it, it's not gross or anything. I currently alternate between olive and sunflower oil and I would like to try the sesame oil next.
  If you read more articles about this you will see that there were some studies made and there really can be some improvements in your oral health, but all in all, even if I feel my teeth cleaner and maybe a bit whiter, I honestly don't know if I could do this everyday for the rest of my life and I don't know if it's worth it. At the moment I still have braces on so I can't do a lot of stuff to whiten and clean my teeth thoroughly so this was ok to try for now, but when my braces will be taken off I will probably use other products and techniques :P 
  What are your opinions about oil pulling? Did you try it or would you be willing to do it? I would love to hear your comments about this, as it's something new for me and I haven't had the chance to discuss it with many people. 
  [Sorry for the long rambly post, the next one will be full of pictures, as I'm going on holiday in a couple of days and I'll be driving through 5 countries ^^]


A spring haul - Part 3: Fashion

Hi! I have finally got to the last part of my haul and I can't wait to show you these things. These are all stuff that you can probably still find in stores, if you see something you like  here and want to get it for yourself :P It's not a big haul but I love all the things I got, some are kind of essential items, you'll see, black shoes, black let's dive in!

New Look - £10 (on sale from £20)                                     H&M £13
The first shoes are these stiletto type black suede ones from New Look. They have pretty high heels but I love that, they're comfortable to me, I am used to wearing heels ever since I was 13 (when I went to modelling school), no problems there. I got them in the size 5 (38) which is my usual size and they fit very well. I am saying this because the next shoes, from H&M, are a size 4 (37) and they fit perfectly, so something happened there...I have a lot of shoes from H&M and they are all in the size 5 so I don't know what's up with that. Buuut anyway, I was lucky because they were the only pair in that store so of course I grabbed them and ran for the hills (or tills, same thing :P). I can't wait to wear them..all summer long..with everything.. ^^ 

Moving on, I got this beautiful (if I may say so) black leather look skirt from Asos and I really hoped it would fit so I don't have to return it, because I was obsessed with it from the moment I've discovered it on the website...I was so happy when it arrived and it was perfect, like it was made for me. They also had it in white, and I loved the look of that one as well, but I don't think that they had my size (which is 8). The next thing was this t-shirt from New Look with kind of an etnic orange and blue pattern on it. It was on sale for £6 and I couldn't leave it there, it fits really nice and I think I would wear it at a festival with some denim shorts. I like it a lot!

The other item from New Look is this black strappy jumpsuit which was £23. I would wear this on a night out with heels, a statement necklace and a clutch in a bold colour (like the orange one in the picture below :P).

As you can see, I got a bit wild with the bags this spring ^^ I've never had colourful bags before, I usually buy black or brown bags to go with everything, so I thought I would give these a try. I am so in love with the purple-ish pink cross body bag from Asos (actually they call it "cerise"), I would wear it everyday. It's kind of small but it fits all the essentials in, I don't need a bigger bag to carry all the useless junk with me everyday :P I love that it has the pocket in the front, where I can keep my phone, for easier access. My second favourite is the coral/orange clutch from Dorothy Perkins. I only paid £6 for this one and it looks awesome. I wish the colour would show better in the picture, it's beautiful. I like how it closes with the magnet. The blue bag has the same system as well (obviously), but you can fit a bit more stuff in it and it has a long strap. This one was £7 and I actually got it for my mom, she has a pair of blue suede court shoes to match, but I will probably end up using the bag more than her :P

Hope you enjoyed my 3-part spring haul! Tell me if you would like to see more haul posts in the future, because I sure love doing them ^^


A spring haul - Part 2: Accesories

    This is the second part of my spring haul, and today I'm going to show you the latest jewelry pieces that I got. It's been a long time since I've found something I liked in a shop, and I was determined to go out and find some things, especially that I had to accessorize a wedding outfit for June. I can't say that I am entirely happy now, I still feel I have to go and search for more pieces, but at least I got these ones which I can wear with pretty much anything. 
     The black and gold bracelet, dangling necklace and set of 9 pairs of earrings I got from Primark and my boyfriend says that they're not my style, but I really like them and I think I can make them work. Those were all the nice pieces I could find in Primark. I feel I must say that I don't like necklaces with sparkly stones and weird colours and chunky chains so that's why I'm having a hard time finding things I like in stores these days... 
    I got the red earrings and ring just because I needed something red to match to an outfit and other jewelry I have, but I'm loving the earrings more everyday :P
     My favourite necklace is the black, red and gold one from New Look. It was love at first sight and I think it works equally for casual outfits and more dressed up looks. I can't remember how much this was, but I think it was something like 6£.
     The last thing I bought was the gold bar necklace from Peacocks. I didn't expect to find something to like in Peacocks but my mom showed this to me and I liked it. I wanted something like this for some time now, but I couldn't find one anywhere. It's simple, you can wear this with pretty much anything so what's not to like!? :P (oh, man, how many times did I just say "like"? sorry 'bout that ^^)
     I hope you've found some things you like here and I've inspired your next purchases :P See you on the last part of my spring haul trilogy, where you're going to see some fashion bits :)


A spring haul - Part 1: Beauty

   As you may see from the title this is the first part of a series of 3 posts, showing you my latest buys for this spring. Today I'm going to talk about all the beauty bits, the next post is about accessories and the last one will cover fashion (&shoes, bags).
   I recently went to H&M in Norwich to look for a dress because I have a wedding to go to next month in Romania and I'd seen some nice stuff on their website. Unfortunately I couldn't find any clothes I liked (I only got some shoes you'll see in another post :P) and I checked the beauty section to see if there's anything interesting. I already have an eyeshadow palette from H&M which I really like so when I saw this I thought I'd give it a go because I loved the colours. I am impressed with the pigmentation and they feel very nice, almost buttery, I'm very happy with my first purchase :) 
   The Essie nail polishes you can see in the picture are "Off the shoulder" and "Capri". I got them from a blog sale and I love them. I didn't have this kind of colours in my collection so I had to get them (!), and they were a total bargain. I love the thick brush, they're so easy to apply and they don't chip for a good few days. Awesome! ^^ 
   The Benefit POREfessional primer sample came as a freebie with ELLE magazine and I just had to mention it because it's a real cult product, a favourite in the beauty bloggers' world. I was curious about it but I don't think I would've payed the full price for it not knowing if I'm going to get along with it. I will tell you my opinion on it later on.
   After a visit to Superdrug I came out with a few stuff from MUA. I really wanted to try their Lip Lacquers and I chose the shade Atomic because I was in need of an orange lip product ^^ I just love it! After you apply the lacquer, it becomes dry and matte and it stays on your lips until you decide to remove it :P I drank water and it didn't's very nice. I might go back for the other shades, too! To take advantage of the 3 for 2 offer I picked up another MUA blusher in the shade Bubble Gum (I have two other shades and I like them). They are pretty pigmented and blend well on the skin. The third item was another nail polish, a pretty pastel pink - Natural Days, suitable for spring/summer.
   Finally I saw this 2 for 1 offer in Claire's for any false eyelashes so I picked up 2 Eylure sets, one with individual lashes and one with some pretty natural looking strip lashes. I've never tried Eylure lashes before so I can't tell you yet if I like them ^^
   So these are all my latest beauty buys, I'm always excited to try new stuff so I'll have a few fun days playing around with these things :P Have you ever used any of these products before? What do you think about them? 

Lip swatch for MUA Lip Lacquer in Atomic


nspa replenishing moisture mask review

I spotted this Nspa Replenishing Moisture Mask in Asda when it was on offer for only 1£ so I couldn't just leave it there! I've seen some good reviews of Nspa products before so I was curious about them. I've had it for a few weeks now and I get on really well with it. It's the 3rd step in my evening routine once or twice a week (after cleansing and exfoliating the skin). It's a thick pink cream which you have to apply evenly on your face and neck and I think it smells very nice...but I can't really describe smells, I'm sorry :)) After relaxing for 15-20 min I use cotton pads soaked in water to remove the excess and then I apply my moisturizer. I have found that I don't have dry patches on my face like I used to have before and it is just great, it doesn't break me out, it doesn't upset my skin in any way. For only 1 pound this is a great mask and it's the proof that you don't have to spend hundreds of pounds on your skincare products..there actually are cheap ones that do the job! I am impressed and I'm probably going to check out the other Nspa stuff when I'm in Asda next time to see if they are just as nice and easy to work with. What do you recommend? :)    

10 Favourite Items In My Wardrobe - Monochrome Spring Edit

Hello everyone! You can see from the title of this post what's it gonna be about so I won't repeat myself :P These are the 10 items I tend to reach to the most during spring. I didn't even realise that I own so many black and white clothes before I started writing this post ^^ Luckily they're "in" at the moment. But these are really my most worn items and they can be paired with other colourful and patterned pieces to create the perfect spring outfit. (I'm sorry some of the clothes are so creased...)

1. This is a blouse I got from H&M in Paris ages ago but I still love it and I think it's perfect for this spring, with the floral pattern and the shape of's very comfortable..and I also like the material, silky smooth ^^
2. This is a casual, off-white top, (also from H&M) that I usually wear with jeans. It has 3/4 sleeves and it's kind of short in the front but not too short (I don't think I look good in crop tops :P), the soft material is lovely and perfect for the weather we're having.

3. This is another blouse I love, I bought it a few months ago from New Look and I got a lot of wear out of it. I love the collar and the little sleeves, it's very flattering :) 
4. Another thing I got from New Look, a black dress with white bows.. as if I didn't have enough black dresses yet ^^ I wore it on my last birthday and it was very comfortable, I felt really good in it.

5. A basic piece from H&M, my black knee-length skirt which I wear every time I'm not sure what to wear :)) I wear it with everything,'s so versatile. Everyone should have a black pencil skirt..
6. This is also from H&M and I throw it over everything when I'm a bit cold. I love its shape and the fact that it doesn't have any buttons or anything. The only thing I don't like is that the material creases like crazy. I iron it and I can't wear it for 5 minutes before it's ruined again. Oh, well...

7. This jacket is one of my latest acquisitions from Primark. Perfect for spring, I wear it with a white top, black pants and high heels like in the post here or a pink top, jeans and flat sandals to dress down...there are a lot of possibilities :) 
8. These trousers are from Zara and I stalked them for some time until I caved when I saw them in Paris and brought them home. I cheated a bit because they're not exactly monochrome but eh, whatcha gonna do? :P I love the faux leather bit at the waist. There's one thing I don't understand...when I wear them everybody says that they're tights. Why? They don't look like tights to me, they're very much trousers, made from trouser material, with pockets and zips and everything :))

9. I had to choose some denim items, because I wear denim all the time, I couldn't leave them out. These are my Ralph Lauren jeans which I love so much, they're like 3/4 in length and they are such a good fit...easily my favourite pair of jeans ever.
10. Sort of a new addition to my wardrobe, this Stradivarius shirt I got in Paris.. I've always wanted a denim shirt and I found the perfect one. I might do a post to show you how I style it.  
I like to be warm so you might notice that I don't wear very revealing clothes yet...the perfect temperature for me would be about 25°C (or above) so until that weather comes I will leave the short skirts, shorts, camis and stuff like that in storage. I haven't yet experienced a summer in the UK, but I hope it's not too cold...but I guess I won't be missing the 40°C+ in Romania either :P 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you didn't...well I promise the summer edit will be much more colourful than this one! :P


How I Curl My Hair

I love to curl my hair from time to time, to get out of the rut. Usually I do it when there's a special occasion because I wear my hair straight every day so that's the way most people see me and I like to appear with something new or different. I used to curl it using hot curlers - kind of like the ones in the picture here (which reminds me, I should do a review on those ones, too, they are pretty good), but this Christmas I got the Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Hair Tong from Boots and it made my life so much easier. I literally curled my hair in 5 minutes before leaving out the door for the New Year's Eve party. It has an on/off button and +/- buttons to set the temperature (I use it at 190 degrees almost every time, it's my personal preference, but it goes up to 210) and I like the fact that it heats very very fast. It also came with the pouch you see in the picture below and I can easily transport it when I travel.

I currently wash my hair with the Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo (because I've dyed it recently) and after that I like to dry it with this rotating brush from Rowenta pictured above. Before I use heat on my hair I like to prep it with the TRESemmé Heat Defence styling spray which does a good job with that. After I curl all of my hair I spray a little bit of the VO5 give me texture throught it to give it that lived-in look. I finish everything off with the Schwarzkopf got2b 2 sexy big volume push up volumizing hairspray (oh yeah, I wanted to write all that names down, woohoo! :)) ). This is an ok hairspray, it doesn't leave my hair crispy or wet looking, but I can't say it's too volumizing..

 Here are the before and after pictures, I'm sorry the lighting in my house isn't very good :P these are the only shots I got to take before the sun hid behind the clouds - living in UK, what can you do... As you can see, my hair is kinda messy curled because I only took about 10 minutes to do it but I like it this way. Usually my curls last a day or two - max - because I have such long, fine hair.

I hope you enjoyed today's post, I don't think I talked about my hair on the blog before, I know I enjoyed doing it ^^

NOTD - Sinful Colors Envy

I've first seen the Sinful Colors nail polishes in Paris and I was impressed with the number of pretty shades that they have. After I did a bit of research on the brand I found out that it's also available in the UK, right at Boots, and the price is also a bit smaller than in France. The first shade I picked up was Envy (960) because I've always wanted a beautiful true green and I think it's suitable for spring/summer. The two coats I applied were enough to perfectly cover my nail but I must admit that I struggled a little bit to make them even. It's just a bit weird when you apply the second coat, maybe this polish is thicker than other ones. Other than that, they last pretty good on the nails and don't chip easily even if you cook / wash the dishes / clean the house, stuff like that :P I think I'm going to buy other colours, too, because they are just so pretty and cheap, it would be a shame not to... ^^



No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

A couple of weeks ago I had a voucher for 5£ off any NO7 skincare product at Boots so I wanted to take advantage of it and try something new. I came back home with the Hot Cloth Cleanser and I'm very pleased with my choice. This is now the first step in my evening skincare routine and it makes everything better :P It has a foamy/balmy consistency, you apply it on your dry face and then you take it off with the muslin cloth soaked in hot water. It's not drying but it doesn't leave any kind of greasy film on the face either. It just leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth. It takes off easily my mascara / any make-up without having to rub it in more than a few seconds. After I use this cleanser I use my Bioderma Sebium micellar water to remove any last bits of make-up which may have remained. I like the fact that it's a clear bottle and I can see how much I have left, but anyway I think this cleanser will last a long time, because I only use two pumps a day and it doesn't seem to get empty fast. I would recommend this cleanser to anyone because it's very effective and easy to use (and a good value for money, especially if you find it on offer like I did). If you know any products similar to this one let me know, because I love to try new (good) stuff ^^


Spring (Asos) Fashion Wishlist

I was browsing the ASOS website the other day and I found myself saving a lot of items to check back later. I've found a lot of beautiful clothes for warmer weather which I'd like to get so I thought I might share it with you and give you some ideas for colourful, fun outfits. There are links for every item on my list and surprisingly they are all ASOS' own brand.

 The first thing I chose is this beautiful floral mini dress which looks very flattering and I thought it would be great for a summer wedding (I have one coming up).

 Another piece that I think is essential for spring / summer is a playsuit. I love the kimono sleeves because this way you're a bit covered up (I don't like to have my legs, arms, chest, etc bare at the same time :P ).

 This is the kind of trouser I usually wear in the spring time, I have them in a lot of colours, but not this one. Yet! You can play them up or down, wear them with heels, flats or trainers and can look good any time.  

 I've seen a lot of such midi skirts practically everywhere, they are really trending now and I love a nice pastel piece.

 Shorts. Because it's warm(er) and you can. I don't normally wear shorts, but just look at how gorgeous these are! It was love at first sight ^^

 A casual quirky t-shirt is always nice (at least for me). I have a weird fashion taste, don't I? :)) 

 Last but not least, a little heel ^^ I don't know why it has gotten into my head that I am very tall and I can't wear high heels (I'm 1,73m or 5'8"ish). I'm probably not that tall but anyway, when I saw these shoes I thought they might work for me and they would look good with a lot of clothes, being nude and simple. 

 So these are some of my picks, I hope you I inspired you a little bit, leave me a comment and tell me what you think or if I there are any other essential things I need to add to my wardrobe this spring. See you next time! :P


3 looks with Rimmel Apocalips

Hello! Today I wanted to show you my favourite ways to wear the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers and I have the shades Luna, Celestial and Stellar. I love this product, it's very versatile, it looks great during the day but equally appropriate on a night out. Its consistency is perfect, very smooth and creamy, it doesn't go streaky on the lips or bleed outside the contour, the applicator has like a little hole in the middle which accumulates the perfect quantity of product that covers both of the lips. The only thing I don't like about them is the smell, which no one warned me about. I don't know how to describe it, it just smells pretty scent :P I wouldn't suggest you go out to eat/drink wearing this, because it's not the most long lasting of products, but if you don't mind reapplying it from time to time it's ok. Here are the looks I've created with the 3 shades I have so far, I hope you find this useful :)

I think this look is very fresh and appropriate for spring, I usually don't wear this kind of colour on my lips but I'm starting to like it more this year. I've done a bit of contouring and highlighting to bring life to my "snow white" skin. 

This is what I wear almost on a daily basis, I kept the eyes simple, the rose colour on the lips is not too "in your face". I believe this would be a great first date make-up, too, looks a bit romantic to me :P  

This is the most simple (yet effective :P) look I wear for a night out. You can't go wrong with red lips and winged eyeliner :) 

Other products used: 
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation shade 100 Ivory
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer shade 1
- MUA Matte Perfect Loose Powder
- Fashionista Brow Kit
- Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Nude (look 1)
- MUA Blusher - shade 5 (look 1)
- H&M Blusher - Dazzling Peach (looks 2&3)
- Sleek Face Contour Kit Light (looks 1&3)
- E.L.F. 100 pc eyeshadow palette
- L'Oreal SuperLiner (look 3)
- L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara


MUA Haul / Review

I bought all these products in 2 orders from the MUA website some time ago and I thought I would try them out for a while before I tell you guys about them. I've never used MUA products before I moved to England (because we don't have them in Romania) but I can say I was pleasantly surprised by their quality, especially that they are so affordable. The products I found myself reaching for the most were the Mega Volume Mascara (a great mascara for me), Blusher in shade 5, Extreme Felt Liner, Matte Perfect Loose Powder (which applies nicely with the F4 brush) but also the lipstick in shade 3. These are the most loved ones from the bunch. I haven't had the chance to use the eyeshadows too much but from the swatches I made I found that they are soft and creamy and very pigmented. I will probably get more colors in the future because they seem very nice. I got two eyeliners, in brown and green (swatches below) and I've been using the brown one over my top lashes just a bit smudged and it looks very nice softened like that. They have a good consistency and glide on with ease. I also love the fact that they have a sharpener in the lid, very convenient!

I recently started using the Fashionista eyebrow kit and I love it. I use the darkest shade and I tried the middle shade on my mom and sister and it looks so natural and lovely. It's a great brow kit and I think anyone could use it.

Another product that looks great from the Fashionista range is the Gel Eyeliner. It comes in a lot of colours and I chose two of them - 24/7 Style - a beautiful dark shimmery green and Under the Radar - a golden taupe. I'm in love with 24/7 Style and I would really wear it everyday if I could! :) 

The only product that disappointed me was the Fashionista double ended mascara which didn't work for me at all, the black layer didn't really cover the first white layer and it just looked odd. Also, the Fashionista lipstick in Atomic Tangerine which I got doesn't suit my skin tone and even if the colour worked for me, I found it a bit dry, and it did cling to my dry lips. 

The products which I haven't got round to using yet are the false lashes and the Fashionista Primer, so I can't say anything about those yet :P And by the way, the lipstick trio from the first pictures was won in a competition on their Facebook page which was a nice surprise, because I don't usually win anything ^^ and yeah, I love it, the shades are very nice but the weird thing is the sponge applicator, does anyone really use that?!  

All in all I'm very impressed with most of the MUA products and I can't wait to add new products to my collection :) I really want to try the new Luxe range with the Velvet Lip Lacquers and the Pretty Edgy palette, as well as other eyeshadow palettes because I've heard a lot of good things about them. What are your favourite products from MUA?

Eyeshadow swatches L-R shades: 7, 31, 26 & 13 (without & with flash)


Spring/Summer Nails

   As spring is here I thought I should show you what are my go to nail polishes for this season. I like to match my outfit & manicure with the beautiful weather when I can, so I chose some pastel shades and a few brighter ones which I love. I'm going to let the pictures do the talking :) 

From left to right we have: MUA - Pistachio Ice Cream, Maybelline miniColorama - Urban Turquoise, Maybelline miniColorama- Urban Lemon, Barry M Textured - Kingsland Road, Barry M Gelly - Papaya, MUA - Bright Coral.

They all apply very nice, I use two coats for each of them, and they stay on my nails without chipping for about 3 days - the MUA ones, to 5 days - the others. I can't wait to get other Gelly nail paints from Barry M (I like Prickly Pear, Key Lime & Lychee) because this is now my favourite formula. What are your favourite shades for spring? :)


Spring trip to sunny Bucharest

Hiiii! I'm back from Romania, I had to go there for a few days and I couldn't blog so I tried to make the best of the trip, going out and meeting a lot of friends, especially that the weather was so beautiful! Before resuming to my regular beauty posts I wanted to show you a bit of my home town in case you are curious :P On the day I took these pictures I went with some friends for a walk in three different parks in the centre of Bucharest.

Izvor Park - Palace of Parliament
View of the street from the Military Academy
The old "Radio House" now being demolished
Dambovita river
The park near the Bucharest National Opera

Hopefully I won't be absent anymore from my blog because I really missed it and I will try to get myself into a routine so you guys know exactly when I'll be posting new stuff, but I will probably write once every 2 or 3 days. I am preparing a lot of exciting stuff, so stay tuned! :P 


Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

  You might not know this, but I am not much of a skincare junkie. A few years ago, besides Bioderma to remove my make-up and a moisturizer, I didn't even use anything to take care of my skin because I thought.."if it ain't broke, don't fix it". But for almost a year now my skin has changed from normal to combination (oily T-zone, normal on the rest of the face with some dry patches here and there) and I tried to keep up with its needs so I started using more products. I will write about my whole skincare routine in another post, but now I wanna tell you about my first experience with a peel off mask. 
   I have never used a mask before (I couldn't see the purpose, there, I said it!) and these Montagne Jeunesse ones looked fun so I bought some and last night I tried the Pomegranate & Passion Flower peel off mask (in the picture-first one from the right). The first thing I noticed was that it smelled so sweet and powerful that it made my eyes water while applying it, but fortunately that didn't last for the whole 20 minutes that I kept it on. It felt nice and cooling, and the removing was easy. I was left with a very soft skin and a feeling of cleanliness. I think that if you are a beginner, like me, these masks are great! I can't wait to have another pamper session! I will probably start looking for other masks to try, as well. Hopefully I won't become an addict too soon :P
   If you have more experience than me with masks and have any recommendations for me, please leave a comment below, it will be much appreciated ^^


Collection (2000) Lipsticks Review

Today I'm going to tell you about my relationship with the Collection Lasting Colour Lipsticks. It all started a few months ago when I was looking around Superdrug to repurchase my then favourite lipstick, the Maybelline Color Sensational in the shade 422 - Coral Tonic, but I couldn't find it. So I checked the other brands and there it was, the same beautiful colour under a different name - Collection Lasting Colour's shade 14 - Mango Tango. I didn't know much about this brand, it was cheap so I said..hey, what can go wrong? I have nothing to lose if I don't like it, my Maybelline will forgive me. Oh, but I did like it! And we could always be seen together since then. The Collection lipstick was a bit more glossy than the Maybelline one but that was ok. I can't say that the staying power was the best, but at that price I didn't expect it, and I didn't mind reapplying it from time to time. A few weeks ago I remembered about how I first met this lipstick so I went to see if there are other shades in this range who look that good and I managed to find other two that I like.

    Sweet Tart and Vintage Rose were my choices. They are as pigmented and creamy and nice as my first crush and I love them. I've never had such a pink lipstick like Sweet Tart and it was out of my comfort zone but now I find myself reaching for it quite often. When I picked up the other one, Vintage Rose, I don't know why I thought it was a nude colour because obviously it's much more than that, a muted pinky brown which looks very nice on my lips & with my fair complexion. Here are some more photos & swatches.

   All in all I really like these lipsticks and they prove that you can find decent quality at decent prices :P I recommend these lipsticks if you want to experiment with more colours, to do some fun and creative looks without breaking the bank. What do you think? Have you tried them yet? :)