I’m back visiting my hometown Riga this month and one of my favourite things to do when I’m here is to raid the local shops and pick up some products that can’t be bought anywhere else. So far I’ve picked up four so there will be four mini-reviews popping up on the blog over the next few days.
First up – Mossa Matt Coverage Tinted BB Cream (€14.99/50 ml). It’s only available in one universal “soft beige” shade that will suit most fair to light medium skin tones. The product is very sheer, though, so you can definitely get away with this not being a perfect shade match as it really blends out to not much coverage at all. It claims the added benefits of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid so it doubles as a bit of a skincare too. On the skin it feels extremely light, a perfect holiday base product for me. The finish is quite natural so you can definitely apply some powder on top for a slightly heavier and/or matte coverage. It also won’t cover any redness or blemishes so you might want to use something to spot-conceal if you need more coverage. I really like this BB cream because it seems to be one of the very few base products that doesn’t cling to dry patches on my skin and it’s so easy and quick to blend.The packaging is very light and clean, it won’t weight down your make-up bag if you wanted to carry it with you.
The availability is Ok-ish – it’s available online from a few lesser known websites depending where you’re located. They’re also available to purchase in stores but only in selected European countries. It’s a shame really because they’ve got some great and very affordable products. They’ve got a very decent selection of skincare and some amazing body-care products so if you happen to be traveling or live in one of the countries where Mossa is available definitely have a look, I’m sure you will find something that interests you.
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I was so excited for the Paradise Mascara (£9.99/6.4ml) to finally make it across the pond. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from the US ladies. I snapped the Paradise mascara up as soon as it launched online and I’ve now had a few good weeks to test it. The brush is medium size with traditional type of bristles (as opposed to plastic or rubber bristles) which is my preferred type of mascara wand.
When it comes to mascaras I have worked out a very strict three stage testing process. First of all I it has to be easy and quick to apply. I’ve got no time for mascaras that require several coats to look half decent. I like mascaras that can give me an instant impact – pigment, volume and length, please. In this category the Paradise mascara scores quite well. It won’t give you super dramatic look but for something stronger than natural look it works just fine. The formula sits somewhere in the middle, not too dry, not too wet. It coats lashes well, gives some volume and length but not much curl so more of an everyday mascara for me.
Next I watch how the mascara performs throughout the day – is there any flaking or smudging. I noticed a very minimal flaking with the Paradise mascara. I suspect, however, that it might be due to the fact that I spend the majority of my days with my baby daughter who I am convinced is the most adorable baby in the world so I smile a lot. If you don’t spend your days squinting the flaking shouldn’t be an issue.
Finally – I like mascaras that are easy to remove. The Paradise mascara performed well with all different types of cleansers and make-up removers (I tried micellar water, cream and oil cleansers). Nothing to complain here.
So to sum up – it’s a solid everyday option but then there are so many mascaras that can do the exact same thing. I’d say walk don’t run. It’s a good one to try if you’re up for something new, but I don’t see it as a game-changer.
Have you tried the Paradise mascara?