Beauty expression by Luchessa

A Thirty-something metropolis girl with a big passion for makeup, traveling & city hot spots & urge to share reviews, tips & tricks


P2 Sand Style swatches + GIVEAWAY (closed)

Hello my Beauties,

how are you doing? What’s new on your side of the globe? 

Today i want to share some really fun news with you.

Sabrina – the Polish Alcoholic and I have teamed up to make the most of the huge sand nails trend this spring.
You see them everywhere. Big brands like Zoya, KIKO & OPI have their hyped collections out there. The german drugstore brand P2 has it’s own little 6 piece collection on the market and as i’m really liking it, i thought it would be worth mentioning.

As we all probably know, Sabrina has just the best nails to make any nail polish look great, so that’s why it’s her hands you’re seeing on the pictures.
P2 Sand Style GIVEAWAYYou can find four of the six P2 Sand Style swatches in her recent BLOG POST and to make it even more fun for you, i’ve decided to give away 3 sand style polishes of the winners choice + Ultra rich hand serum with grape seed and evening primrose oil & permute extract.

So all you have to do is to swing by Sabrinas blog and enter through the Rafflecopter form, as usual. 
Good luck everyone.

Until next time – stay beautiful!


Tempting Thursday Treats

Hello my Beauties,

how have you been my dear readers? Hope it’s finally spring everywhere. We have been waiting for it way too long this time around, don’t you think? We’re having wonderful sunny day’s and i’m trying to spend more and more time outside.

Life have been busy over the past weeks and so i’m trying to give myself little treats in-between, to make myself feel better and besides, don’t we all deserve some sweet treats from time to time? 😉

Today it was time for something yammy and sweet again. So i decided to share them in a post with you.
And that’s what made my day this thursday:
Tempting thusrday treats yves rocher pomeranate shower gel, Ps nals polish, jelly bellys, revlon cherry tart1) Yves Rocher Energizing Shower Gel – Spanish Pomegranate: smells like a fresh delicious fruit (Its formula contains more than 90% natural ingredients! Easily biodegradable formula / Paraben free, 8.4 fl.oz. / 250 ml) and makes me want to have that shower as soon as possible. This is definitely one of my all time favorites. I guess i love pomegranates in almost every possible product. 

2) P2 Sand Style polish – 040 illegal: Those sand nails have been very popular during the past few month’s all over the world (also known as Liquid Sand by OPI or PixieDust by Zoya) and the hype came into our local german drugstores in form of P2 sand style line. Almost everywhere they were immediately sold out, which shows again, how big the hype is and how good the formula seems to be.
I already had another one from this line, which i swatched in this post and i can’t wait to paint my nails in this beautiful berry-red color. (I’ve seen it on the nails of my friend and it definitely looks like you have little strawberries on your nails.) I mean, how cute is that during spring?!

3) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – 070 Cherry Tart: Like all the other Lip Butters, it has a very smooth, creamy, hydrating formula.
I enjoy wearing the shade Cherry Tart, since it’s very buildable and looks great on my pale skin. I would say, together with Cotton Candy, this one is one of my favorites from the whole Lip Butter line. What’s yours?

4) And of course my feel good treat for tonight is the mix of yammy jelly bellys, that i picked out myself. Lot’s of fun red’s and oranges with the flavors of strawberry & pomegranate…how suiting, don’t you think??
I know my friend Donah the SweetJellyBean is going to especially like this one.

What are your mid-week treats? What makes you feel good, when you are busy with work or school? 

Share your secrets with me and until next time, don’t forget to stay beautiful!


Suprising Spring: A Blushing Affair Giveaway – (Closed)

Hello my Beauties,

how’s your week going? Did you have the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee outside in the sun yet? I’m still hoping to do that very soon… 
But today we are going to continue with the spring giveaway series, that as i promissed is going to last for a whole month. 

Today’s edition starring: A Blushing Affair. Excited about that? 
Blushing affair P2 summer attach blush, Essence Highlightter BlushToday you have the chance to win 3 limited edition items to make your face glow in the spring sun:

  1. Essence highlighter from the Fantasia edition in 01 Elf Yourself (0.31oz/9g)
    Essence highlighter powder in 01 elf yourself
  2. P2 rumble in the jungle duo bronzer from the Summer Attack edition in 010 Tropical Touch (15g)
    P2 Summer Attack 010 tropical touch
  3. Essence blush from the Home Sweet Home edition in 01 Knits For Chicks (0.28oz/8g)
    Essence blush  01 knits for chics Home sweet homeThe rules are going to be as simple as usual: 
    You have to be my follower in order to enter.
    Use Rafflecopter & ENTER HERE this international giveaway, which is going to be open until April the 11rd 2013.

As usual: All entries from multiple or spam accounts, like accounts set up for giveaways only will be banned!!!
Btw, I know who’s entering the giveaways only… *wink wink*

If you TWEET about it, please do it from this blog post page (via share on twitter button) and not from Rafflecopter!!
Thank you and good luck!

Until next time, stay beautiful!


Surprising Spring: A Giveaway a week! – ( Closed )

Hello my Beauties,

how are you doing lately?
My day’s are really busy at the moment and i definitely am ready for the sunny & warm spring to start…any idea where it’s still hiding? (it actually suppose to snow over the next days again…)
I think we need to do something about that and give the spring something to come looking for. Like a nice weekly giveaway 😉
What do you think? Does it sound good? I thought so.

This is going to be the start of the spring giveaway series, that’s going to last for a whole month. I hope you are excited about that.
See By Chloé P2 volume gloss
This time you can win a perfumed shower gel & body lotion (samle size 30ml) from the line See by Chloé and a bright color matching nail polish in the new design & texture by P2 ( a german nail polish brand).

The rules are going to be incredibly simply this time: 
You have to be my follower in order to enter.
So go ahead CLICK HERE and enter this international giveaway, which is going to be open until April the 3rd 2013.
P2 volum gloss 080 grande dame See by Chloe
As usual: All entries from multiple or spam accounts, like accounts set up for giveaways only will be banned!!!

Btw: If you TWEET about it, please do it from this blog post page (via share on twitter button) and not from Rafflecopter!! Thank you!

Until next time, stay beautiful!

PS: The beautiful Trine-Marie is holiding a $30 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.
Make sure to stop by her blog, support & enter as well. Tell her, i said HI 🙂



NOTW – P2 Sand Style 060 strict

Hello my Beauties,

how was your weekend? 

Tonight i’m sharing with you a quick Nail Of The Week, with a short review and swatches. 
You know what a big hype the sand style polishes made in the past month’s. Not only high-end brands came out with the textured polishes, or Liquid Sand, as they are also called, but also drugstore lines seem to jump on the trend train. 

A few weeks ago the german brand P2 announced the launch of their sand style polish collection.
And as you imagine, i was very excited to get one of those to try. 
What i’m wearing today is the P2 Sand Style in Nr. 060 strict
P2 Sand Style Polish 060 strictColor & Finish: It’s a dark, sparkly purple-ish silver with small and big hex glitter. The finish is gravelly and matte, but because of all the glitter, it still looks sparkly. (I hope it makes sense…)

Application & Opacity: Not streaky at all. Already one coat gives a really nice look, but it’s still a little too light. To make sure it’s an even surface, i would always apply the second coat, to also make the color more luscious. (As it also says on the bottle.) 

Drying time: The polish didn’t take long at all to dry. After the first coat i probably waited 4-5 minutes and then applied the second one. After 10 minutes it was completely dry.

Price: 11ml coast 1,95 € in the local drugstore. (I’d say, not a bad price at all.)
P2 Sand Style polish 060 strict
I have to say, i’m quite pleased with the look of the polish on my hands. I will also admit, that the finish feels very unusual and i might be putting a clear polish on tomorrow, but i will definitely give it a try and wear this sand style polish by itself first. 

It’s a really wearable color, even if it has so many sparkles and has therefore a fancy side to it.

Now i’m just curious how easy it’s going to be to get this polish of my nails again. Keep your fingers crossed, it’s easier than the regular glitter polishes…
How do you like the color and the look of sand style polishes in general? Have you tried any yet? Let me know. 

Until next time – stay beautiful. 



❄ I ♥ Drugstore Makeup TAG! ❄

Hello my Beauties!

It’s finally weekend. It was a crazy and busy week for me, so right now i’m just happy to stay in, since it’s really cold outside. 
While enjoying my cozy weekend, i’ve decided to do this fun I ♥ Drugstore Makeup TAG, that has been going around youtube so much lately. Hope you do it as well. 🙂

 I tag YOU all to do this!


1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
There are two actually. The well-known Revlon & the german brand Catrice. I think the most drugstore items that i use on the daily basis are by Cartice. I love how the quality meets price here. And as i became a huge fan of the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters this year, Revlon has to be my other brand of choice.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products? 
My favorite lip products of the year 2012 are definitely the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters and the new Sheer Glam lipsticks by P2 cosmetics. Two current ones that i’m loving are the 070 Cherry Tart & 060 Fame! The sheer glam lipsticks are a great alternative to Revlon’s lip butters, as they are not being sold here in Germany (what a shame btw!)
They have a creamy buttery consistency, a little bit of color and leave my lips moisturized. I’m really happy with all the lipsticks by P2 and that’s one of the reasons, why you can win one of them in my current giveaway. Plus i find the P2 packaging super cute.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter P2 Sheer Glam lipstickAs for my favorite cheek product i would have to pick the Silky Touch Blush in 10 adorable by Essence, a very light pink with a  matte finish. I love the formula and how beautifully pigmented the blushes by Essence are. There’s no issues with blending into powder or liquid foundation at all. The packaging is very simple clear study plastic, and i have had no problems even while traveling.
Essence Silky Touch Blush 10 adorable

My most favorite face product of the year is the Bebe young care Goodbye make-up tinted moistruizer.
(It’s by Johnson-Johnson, so you might find something similar in the States). It gives my face moisture and a light coverage, as a great alternative to heavy makeup, like thick foundations or heavy powders. I didn’t feel like my skin needs too much coverage these days, so this product has been exactly right. It smells a little bit like sunblock, which reminds me of a beach vacation every time i use this tinted moisturizer.

bebe Young Care Goodbye Make-up tinted moisturizer

3. Least favorite product? For me it’s the Maybelline color sensational lipstick in golden pearl 862. I didn’t expect it to be that shimmery & pearly. You don’t get much color on your lips, way less than from Revlon’s lip butters. And i feel after drinking, eating and talking, i have that shimmer all over my face. I know i sounds a little weird, but i just don’t like it. But on top of all that i find this typical “lipstick smell” unpleasant.
So for me, it’s the biggest downside to this lipstick, along with the pretty high price (around 10 euro/13 US-Dollar).
Maybelline color sensational pearly nude 862
4. What is the best makeup bargain? Seriously i will have to go with the Essence blushes again. Great product for really small money!! If you have an Essence display at your local drugstore, go ahead and try them. 

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?) Recently i have discovered the highlighter pen by Catrice. It’s a relative new product on the market, but i feel like it didn’t get enough attention so far. It’s a creamy pearly long-lasting highlighter, that reminds me a little bit of the NYX  jumbos. It brightens really well the eyebrow area and gives a nice sparkle in the corner of my eyes. I enjoy using this highlighter pen on the daily basis.
highlighter pen Catrice made to stay

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced? This one is really easy. It’s the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer. Not least because of the newest addition on Catrice’s display. During the summer Catrice came out with the new Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner, that looks a lot like the Secrets Smoothing Primer. The only difference is that the jar that it comes in, is not made of glas, but plastic. But seriously, that is the only downside for Catrice. The texture is the same, mousy and creamy. The primer by L’Oreal needs much longer to soak in. And i don’t even start with the price. L’Oreal around 16 euro vs. Catrice  4, 99 euro. So as you can see – L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer is just way too overpriced & not competitive.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe!!  The best one that i have handy at the moment is one of my all time favorites mono eyeshadow is  Catrice 410 C’mon Chameleon as dupe to  M.A.C. Club.
Anyone who ever had a makeup obsession knows how M.A.C. Club looks like. Club is officially described as “a red brown with a green shimmer”. In my opinion it’s more complex when you look at it. A light brown, green and blue mixed toghether with little sparkles. And  it looks different depending on the way you wear it. C’mon Chameleon is a lovely duochrome forest green mixed with warm brown  color. The effect is even better i noticed, when applied on a dark base like a black NYX jumbo pencil. 
C'mon Chameleon eyeshadow Catrice

8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype? In my eyes it’s Rimmel London lasting finish by Kate in 05. Yes i know Rimmel  teamed up with Kate Moss to create that line, and it was all over the media. But somehow i didn’t like the formula, nor the feel on my lips. And yes, maybe i’m not the biggest fan of bright, matte lip colors – the lipsticks are described as a satin finish, but to me, they are definitely matte. And besides, i can’t stand when a lipstick  blends into the lines of my lips. No wonder this one has been lying around after just a week of using. True story.
Rimmel London lasting finish by Kate in 05
What are you favorite drugstore brands and products? Please do the tag and tell me more about your beauty secrets!