FINISHED! October Edition

This October was really productive. The stars have aligned and I have managed to spend several make-up full sizes, including a mascara. I’m really happy for it because I got a bunch of skincare this month too, so this balances it out. I’m also waiting an Oriflame order, so this will mean a bunch of new stuff, too.

As I have mentioned several times, this year I’m planning on getting a decent camera around Christmas. I’m currently taking photos with a 12 year old digital camera and I really need an upgrade. I really hope that I’d be able to get a decent DSLR for under $1000.

I’m also saving to get the driver’s licence in spring. As far as I know, getting the licence in Croatia costs around $1500 (if you don’t fail). I had no need for it because there is a good system of public transportation where I live, plus I hate driving, but many jobs require having a licence, so I think it is a high time I get one as soon as possible.

These are the reasons why I probably won’t buy much in December – I’m considering getting either Chanel or Guerlain holiday eyeshadow quad, maybe Guerlain Liu palette and some MAC product if I go to Vienna or Budapest (where the closest stores are).

But, no more talking about purchases – let’s see the items I’m saying „Goodbye“ to.

MAKEUP:

Oriflame Wonder Lash Intense Mascara. This is a nice mascara that separates the lashes well, but doesn’t do much for the volume. I won’t repurchase it.

Oriflame Visions Fresh Face Foundation in Lindsay and Lucy (sample). This foundation was discontinued a long time ago, but I have found the samples and I couldn’t resist to try it. It smells awkward. The coverage is medium, but the foundation is not longwearing. It blends nicely into the skin.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Santal. Well, it was about time to say „Goodbye“ to Rouge Allure Laque. This lipstick is very pigmented – only one thin coat is enough for a complete opacity. Santal is my perfect nude shade.

Sisley Instant Perfect Primer (sample). A lovely primer. I already have the full-size.

Oriflame Studio Artist Foundation. For the price, this was a very good foundation. The coverage is light to medium and it gives a healthy skin glow effect.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby in Rosy Nude. One of the best tinted lip balms ever. A shame that they are discontiuned.

Benefit High Beam (GWP). At first I admit that I wasn’t a fan of High Beam, but when I started using it more intensely, I liked it a lot. Since Benefit is no longer available in Croatia, I’ll have to find something similar.

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SKINCARE:

Sisley Eye Contour Mask (sample). An excelent mask – a saviour for the dehydrated eye-area.

Sisley Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar. It took me almost a year and a half to spend one bar, by using it once per day, plus once per week as a brush cleanser. I love it – it cleanses skin (although it doens’t remove make-up) without drying it out.  I’m already using a back-up.

Decleor Aroma Solutions Nutri Smooth Lipstick. A nice lip balm, but I think I’m ready for a change.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion (GWP). Excellent toner.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Cream. A very nice starter eye cream, but I feel that I need more moisture than Bioderma offers.

Sisley Lyslait (GWP). Excellent cleanser.

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex (sample). A nice mattifying moisturizer – leaves me matte without being too drying on my skin during summer. In fall, it becomes slightly too drying.

Sisley Hydraglobal (sample). A nice summer moisturizer. It is not moisturizing enough for drier skin types.

Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer (sample). Works good as a primer underneath the make-up, but it is nothing special on its own.

Declaré Hydro-energy Cream. A nice moisturizer. Possible repurchase.

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 BODYCARE, HAIR, FRAGRANCE:

 

Oriflame Perfect Body Anti-Cellulite Scrub. The worst scrub ever. This, in fact, is a salt mixed with mineral oil and some fragrance. Whenever I’d use it, my skin would be irritated by the salt and the bath-tub would be completely greasy. I’m really not in the mood for scrubing the bath-tub every time I use it.

Moschino I Love Love EdT (sample). Unremarkable.

Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Fleur de Tiare Shower Gel. A nice, moisturizing shower gel.

Nivea Long Repair Shampoo (GWP). A decent shampoo but I probably won’t repurchase.

I’ve also thrown out three nail polishes: Catrice limited edition in En Vogue, Carla Cosmetics and Rimmel Grape Sorbet. Catrice is a horribly thick and quickly chipping mess, Carla Cosmetics is super sheer and gritty and Rimmel is dried out.

What products have you spent recently? Please share in the comments.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. My 500th post :)

FINISHED! August Edition

August empties could have been more impressive (no eyeshadow this time), but since I only have one face and one body, I think I did a pretty good job.

As you know, I’m a bit obsessed with list making, so at the end of July I’ve made a list containing absolutely every cosmetic item (make-up, skincare, fragrance) I currently own. I have included the samples too. Anyway, the number is horrible. Since the majority of eyeshadows in the eyeshadow palettes are the same size as an average full-size product, I have counted every pan of eyeshadow as a separate item (the exception is YSL Palette Esprit Couture). So, when I put it all on the paper, I had 410 items, out of which 178 are sample or travel sizes). I hope that the end of this year will bring at least 100 items less from the list.

Here’s a screen cap of the list.

As you can see, there are several categories and each category has its own table. There is an index of markings I use to, for example, note that I have yet to review the item or that I have to take its photo.

Here’s the example of Moisturizers table.

I have decided to organize alphabetically (to the brand name) in four columns: BRAND, PRODUCT INFO (product name), the AMOUNT of the product in the packaging and a column in which I put a plus if I have opened that product.

Still, one list wasn’t enough for me. Therefore, I’ve made “To spend” list, which I’ll change every two months.

This list contains the items that I plan to use more intensely during a certain period of time. When that period is over, I may transfer it to the following list, or I may take if off the list for a while. Of course, I strikethrough every product I have spent on both the lists.

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Friday FAVOURITES 27.01.2012

Gloomy grey sky made me want to bring up some colour in my life. And the best way to do this is are vibrant warm colours of the fall.

The products I loved the most this week are:

Guerlain Blush Cherry Blossom

YSL Poudre de Soleil

Guerlain Ombre 4 Couleurs #406 Tsarina

Guerlain Retractable Eyeliner in Bohemian

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in Ambre Precieuse

Benefit Lipstick in Lady’s Choice

This colour scheme looks very flattering in combination with blue eyes.

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This colour combination reminded me of an interesting home decorating idea: Custom Shower Curtains. Instead of the boring, standard design, it is possible to make your own unique design.

 

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Friday FAVOURITES: 13.01.2012

 

I’ve decided to start a new series: Friday favourites. I hope that I’ll manage to update every week, but sometimes it might even do one or two updates per month. It will feature both make-up, skincare and body care items I might use excessively the previous week.

 

This week, I’ve gone grey. As I usually wore very natural, neutral make-up during holidays, I couldn’t wait to do something more dramatic. I went with greyish-black smokey eye, pale face and neutral lips.

 

The products I’ve loved the most are:

Urban Decay Perversion eyeshadow (black)

Urban Decay Gunmetal eyeshadow (sparkly grey)

Guerlain Jeu de Nuit quad (only dark and medium grey)

Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat in Dune (soft beige grey)

Benefit Lady’s Choice lipstick (nude pinkish beige)

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Ambre Precieuse lipgloss (sparkly brown)

Guerlain Meteorites compact Mythic Parfait

Guerlain Meteorites Perles d’Or.

 

I have combined grey eyeshadow on the lid, blended with a touch of black in the crease. I’ve used Sisley Dune in the inner corners of the eye. The black eyeshadow (UD Perversion) was used as an eyeliner.

The foundation was my usual Clarins Everlasting, fixed with Guerlain Meteorites Mythic Parfait to give an impression of flawless porcelain skin.

I have used Guelain Perles d’Or to give a touch of blush.

On the lips I’ve put Benefit Lady’s Choice with a drop of Guerlain lipgloss blended in the centre of the lips.

Have a great weekend :)

MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

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Sisley haul + Project 10 Pans Update #3

It’s been a long time since my last Project 10 Pans update. I have finally spent more product, so when I count in 2 extra spent products from update #1, 3 products form update #2 and eight products featured in today’s update, I feel like I deserve a reward.

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My Stash: Blushes, Bronzers, Concealers

My stash posts are almost finished. This post will feature all of my blushes, bronzers, concealers and other random face products.

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My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

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My Stash: Lip Products

Here is the second part of my stash. This time I’ll show you my lipsticks and lipglosses. I thought that there is much more, but when I saw it on the pictures, it doesn’t seem much. There are 9 glosses + one lipstain and 17 lipsticks, out of which 3 are almost finished. (I?ve just realized that I didn’t put lipstick samples)

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BENEFIT Full Finish Lipstick in No Competition Review and Swatch

Benefit Full Finish Lipsticks are among my favourites.

The shade No Competition is a dark burgundy shade, which goes on pretty opaque. It is extremely pigmented and on my swatch it is only lightly applied.

The texture of the lipstick is very silky. The lipstick is very moisturizing and longwearing – it lasts for over 4 hours without fading.

Overall:

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BENEFIT Boxed Powder Dallas Review and Swatch

I have received a small size of Dallas bronzer (3 grams) as a part of my Celebutante palette. There was also a mini brush included, but I find it scratchy, not to mention that it grabs too much product.

Dallas is advertised as a perfect combination of blush and bronzer. Colour-wise, it reminds me a bit on Terracota Blush & Sun (but these are more shimmery). 12 grams of Dallas retail for $28.

Dallas is a matte bronzer, although the flash picture reveals some shimmer. Nevertheless, on the skin it is purely matte and I don’t see any sparkles.

The bronzer looks much darker in the pan, but it is a very natural shade. It contains enough pink so that it doesn’t look too orange on the skin.

While this bronzer is intended for paler girls, I still think that it would be too dark for those really pale. Even I have troubles with making it look natural and I’m currently NC15. During summer, when I’m a bit darker (NC20-25), this bronzer is ideal and vary natural.

My only issue with this bronzer is the fact that it is too pigmented. Pigmentation is not a problem per se, but I always end up with bronzer looking too dark upon thet application. Maybe it is because of the soft texture, but whichever brush I’ve used, I always pick up too much of a product. It is a bit wasteful, in my opinion.

However, I still like it very much as it is a very good, natural looking bronzer.

Overall impression:

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Project 10 Pans: Part 1 – Make-Up

I’m sure that many of you have heard for Project 10 Pans. It is a less radical version of no-buy, where you are not allowed to purchase anything new until you have spent 10 products from your stash.

Yesterday, I’ve been organizing my stash and found tons of items that are almost finished and which are only wasting space. I’ve decided that it is a high time for me to get rid of those items, so I’ve started my own Project 10 Pans (or in my version Project 42 Pans) in which I’m hoping to finally spend all of these products (and to save some money, of course, because I’ve got my eye on Dior Summer collection).

In the past, I’ve been starting such a project, but soon I would cave in and the project would fail. This time I’ve decided to post about the project on-line, hoping that it will force me to stick with it.

I’ve formed these rules:

    – I’m allowed to buy only essential items at any time (such as a moisturizer, a foundation, a cleanser or a mascara)

    – after I spend first 8 products, I’m allowed to purchase only one thing, as a reward for myself (luckily for me, many of the products are sample of GWP size, so it shouldn’t be too hard)

Plus several additional rules:

    – I’ll stop carrying all my credit cards with me

    – the amount of cash I’m carrying with me must not be enough to get any make-up item

This post features the first part of my project which concerns make-up. I’ve only put one eyeshadow palette in this project, as it would be impossible to spend even half of mine eyeshadows.

I’m including links for:

Part 2 – skincare

Part 3 – hair and bodycare

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Nude lipstick comparison: Lady’s Choice vs. Rose Ingenue

I’ve already reviewed both shades: Benefit Full Finish lipstick in Lady’s Choice and Guerlain Kiss Kiss in Rose Ingenue.

Both lipsticks seemed very similar, so I’ve decided to compare them.

In the tube, Lady’s Choice seems pinker, while Rose Ingenue is more brownish nude.

On the lips, they look the opposite: Lady’s Choice is more beige nude, while Rose Ingenue is pinker. I prefer the colour of Rose Ingenue.

You can see the texture of the both lipsticks in the picture. Lady’s Choice gives a more unified opaque and yet glossy finish, whereas Rose Ingenue doesn’t look as smooth and appears more matte.

Even though there are some similarities between these two shades, I would not call them the exact dupes. I also prefer the smooth, creamy texture of Lady’s Choice, but Rose Ingenue is a prettier shade.

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BENEFIT Full Finish Lipstick in Lady’s Choice Review and Swatch

Benefit Full Finish lipstick range is one of the best lipstick range out there. I’m not a Benefit fan because I despise their horrible packaging, but these lipsticks are something I will continue to buy.

I’ve got a mini size of Full Finish lipstick in Lady’s Choice with my Celebutante palette last Christmas,sand since then, it has become my favourite nude lipstick.

Lady’s Choice is a nude pinkish beige, very similar to Guerlain Rose Ingenue. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy, soft and the lipstick is moisturizing.

What i like most is that the color is very pigmented and the lipstick is completely opaque. This is one of rare lipstick through which my natural lip colour doesn’t show.

Another bonus is that the lipstick is longlasting. In fact, in the term of how long it stays on the lips, it is the absolute winner.

Overall impression:

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BENEFIT High Beam review

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The full size High Beam comes in a bottle with a brush applicator (which is very similar to a nailpolish applicator). My mini-size High Beam has a doe-foot applicator, which I prefer.

High beam is a light pink highlighter which can be used on the browbone, cheeks or mixed with the foundation.

MY EXPERIENCE

I am a NC15-20 and at first I thought that High Beam would be too pink, frosty and too obvious on me but it blends very easily and looks very subtle.

I prefer to use it to highlight under eyebrows and in the inner corner of the eyes. I don’t use it to highlight the cheek bones, where  I have a lot of expanded pores, it can emphasize them a lot. Also, I cannot use it under the eyes, because it looks entirely too pink and too unnatural, not to mention that it creases in the tiny lines.

I like it a lot, but this isn’t the type of highlighter which I can use all over my face. For that, I prefer Guerlain Meteorites.

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BENEFIT Celebutante Review

This set is a great value. It includes mini lipsticks in Lady’s Choice and No Competiton, lipgloss in I’m With the Band, Highbeam illuminator, Benetint, bronzer/blush in Dallas, eyeshadows in Leggy and Dandy Brandy and two brushes (Fluff Shadow/Talent Brush and bronzer blush). All shades are very neutral and I think it could work with almost every skin-tone. A small booklet with lesson is also included. The product comes in a pink carboard box with magnetic closing which resembles a clutch and the mirror is on the inside of the cover.

Since each of the product can be bought separately in full size, I’ll give a complete reviews later.

Lipstick Lady’s Choice (0,04oz/1,2g) is a classic nude shade. No Competiton (0,04oz/1,2g) is a dark red colour.  Both lipstick are very silky and they are not drying.

I’m With The Band lipgloss (0,09oz/2,5ml) is a pink-orange shade which looks like a mixture of Chanel aqualumiere glosses in Candy Glow and Colibri, but more shimmery.

Highbeam (0,09oz/2,5ml) is an illuminator in light pink shade.

Benetint (0,08oz/2,5ml) works great as a lip stain. I have red lips and this brings out my natural colour without looking too tacky – I put some benetint and when it is dry, I apply lip-balm.

Eyeshadow in Leggy(0,04oz/1,2g) is very frosty light beige/pink. Dandy Brandy (0,04oz/1,2g) is warm dark brown.

Dallas (0,1oz/3g) is almost similar to my YSL bronzer, but much more pigmented.

The two brushes included are nothing special, but can be used for touch-ups. The fluffy side of the two-sided brush works OK when applying eyeshadow in the crease. The other side reminds me more of a concealer brush than eyeshadow brush. Bronzer brush is very soft and picks up a lot of pigment, but it doesn’t distribute it evenly.

I’m not the fan of a bulky carboard packaging, but nevertheless this is a great travel set.