NEW IN │ Pre-100 Days No-buy Shopping (Caudalie, La Roche Possay, Yves Rocher, Catrice, Ciate and more) Part 1

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Hello lovelies,

finally the majority of items I’ve ordered in a tiny time frame of 2 days have arrived. I’m still waiting for several nail polishes, which should hopefully arrive soon, as well as some Emma Hardie products. After all, it’s been over 3 weeks. I think that once they arrive I’m finally set.

Now, let’s see what I’ve got so far.

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REVIEW │L’Occitane Roses et Reines Travel Kit (shower scrub, body lotion & hand cream)

l'occitane roses et reines travel kit

Hello lovelies,

Roses et Reines is a part of L’Occitane’s elegant rose collection (along with Rose 4 Reines). Some items are still available on hqhair.

4 roses are in the heart of this collection – Turkish, Grasse, Bulgarian and Moroccan rose. Together, they give a light, slightly sweet and timeless fragrance to all the products from the collection. I am not a fan of rose scent – often it can be too strong and, as much as I dislike using this word, old-fashioned. L’Occitane have, however, created a nice, fresh composition which is not overwhelming for which I’m grateful as it means that I can use it without having a headache.

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Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion Review & ingredients

clarins body milk

Hello lovelies,

if you are following my blog, you probably know that I dislike body lotions – I often find them too sticky and hard to absorb into the skin. I was pretty lucky and my skin didn’t require extra moisture; however, as I’m getting older, my skin needs more hydration so I had to find a body lotion that will suit my needs.

I’ve bought Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion in a duo pack in a duty-free. The set consisted of two 400ml bottles of body lotion and retailed for approximately 35 euros, which was a true bargain. This size usually retails for GBP39, while the standard, 200 ml size, retails for GBP30. I’ve already used up one and now I’m using the second one.

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According to Clarins, this body lotion visibly minimises the signs of ageing caused by sun, cold, heating and air-conditioning. Helps smooth dry, rough patches and improve skin tone. Gently removes dull, flaky cells for a youthful, all over glow and it is fast absorbing.

I can say from my experience with the product that the majority of the claims are true. However, I find this lotion more appropriate for winter, since my skin does not require that level of moisturizing during summer. As for being fast-absorbing – it definitely absorbs more quickly than the majority of other body lotions, but I still have to wait a couple of minutes before putting on my clothes.

This body lotion is a God-send for dry skin. While the skin of my body is generally not dry, I experience some dryness on my legs and ever since I’ve started using Clarins I had no problems with flaky skin on my legs. This lotion also works great as an after-sun lotion. In this domain it is comparable to my beloved Sisley Crème Reparatrice Corps. It soothes the skin, while shea butter works its magic on sunburns.

The consistency is thicker (I’m not a fan of it) – it feels more like a cream than a lotion, so you need more product to cover the entire body. I’ve solved this problem by applying the lotion on a slightly moist skin – the moisture helps the lotion to spread more easily. This technique, though, prolongs the absorption time.

Here are the ingredients.

clarins body milk ingredients

I can see this lotion becoming a staple in my body care. I’m not too thrilled about the retail price (I doubt I’d get lucky to find it so cheap again) and I might experiment with other (more affordable alternatives), but I definitely count on this lotion in winter.

xoxo Tamara

L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Discovery Set Review

 

l'occitane shea butter set

Hello lovelies,

what do you think about discovery sets? I like them – often you can test a lot of products from a range for pretty affordable price. It is definitely much better way to test the products than the miniature samples.

Even though I’ve been familiar with the majority of L’Occitane products featured in this set, I thought it would be nice to remind myself why I liked them. The fact that I needed to order something to get a GWP didn’t hurt either. Besides Shea Butter set, L’Occitane offers Almond and Verbena discovery collections. All retail for 20 GBP and can be bought at hqhair.

The set includes the following items housed in a nice turquoise cosmetics bag:

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1. L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml

I don’t use a foot cream often – I’m pretty lucky that the skin on my feet is pretty low maintenance. This lavender scented cream works ok for me, but I doubt it would help someone with drier skin. The consistency seems lighter than that of a hand cream.

2. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml

It is another item that I’ve tried and liked. The consistency is slightly on the thicker side, but it spreads easily and skinks in relatively quickly. It is a great, albeit expensive, body moisturizer.

3. L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml

Another item that I really love is Shea Butter Hand Cream. It is one of L’Occitane classics and for a reason. It nourishes hands and cuticles and this small size makes it a convenient on the go.

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4. L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g

Compared to Bonne Mere collection of the soaps, this one feels much creamier. I tried it on my skin and, while it didn’t strip as much moisture as soaps usually do, still left my skin feeling pretty dry. However, I like it as a hand soap.

5. L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml

This lip balm is just ok. It has a light, non-offensive smell, it spreads easily on the lips, but it doesn’t sink in. This is the balm that I would prefer to use in winter, as it would create a balmy film on my lips. In summer, I prefer something that doesn’t stay on my lips. As for the performance – it is moisturizing, but keep in mind that my lips are in a pretty good condition at the moment.

6. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml

I’ve already reviewed it on the blog and I still love it. It is a gentle, lightly scented shower cream. It doesn’t create a foam, but it gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its moisture. I found that I do not need to use a lot of body lotion after showering with it; in summer I can get away without using any.

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This set retails for 20 GBP, but you can snag it for less if you use some of many available discounts on hqhair.

L’Occitane is not a brand big on discounts (at least not in Croatia) or nice value sets (if I buy a holiday set for $80+, you could at least give a gift box for free), so this set is not of a great value, but the retail value of the set is still lower than buying the items individually.

I’ve calculated the value of the items in the set

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml (250 ml for GBP 14 – 75 ml for approximately GBP 4.20)

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml (200 ml for GBP 29 – 50 ml value approximately GBP 7)

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 8 – 10 ml value approximately GBP 2.60)

L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 7.50 – 10 ml value GBP 2.50)

L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g (GBP 4.50)

L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml (15 ml for GBP 8.50 – 3ml value GBP 1.70)

and, as you can see, the value of the set (not including the bag) is GBP 22.50, which is not considerably cheaper compared to the set’s full price.

So, do I recommend it? It is definitely a nice option to try some products if you are new to L’Occitane. The product size also makes is pretty convenient for travelling. However, if you are expecting a bang for your buck, you might be disappointed.

xoxo Tamara

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

dior nude haul 1

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been shopping a bit lately and ended up overdosed on blush and bronzer. I bought a total of 3 Dior Nude bronzer/blush products.

dior nude haul

Since my YSL bronzer is almost finished, I got Nude Tan Matte in Ambre. On a first glance, Dior looks slightly darker than YSL, but I think this shade will will work very well with my skin.

Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo was on a whim purchase. It is a part of last year’s summer collection and I couldn’t miss it. It is actually bronzer and blush duo, which seems very convenient in case I need to travel.

The last powder is a part of 2014 Transat collection – it is Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink. This is not straight out bronzer/blush, although on my skin tone it will work as such. On darker skin tones, this might work as an all-over-powder or a highlighter.

dior nude haul 2

It’s been awhile since my last L’Occitane shopping. I was playing cart tetris on hqhair and realized that I can get a discount on L’Occitane. Then I realized that they are running a GWP offer and I was sold. I already needed a shower gel, so I decided to go back to my Almond Shower oil.

dior nude haul 3

I needed to spend additional 20 GBP to get a gift so I bought a cute Shea Butter mini set. The set contains a full sized Shea Butter soap, travel sized Shea Butter shower cream and Shea Butter body cream, mini Shea Butter hand cream, Shea Butter foot cream and Shea Butter lip balm in a cute mint cosmetic bag.

dior nude haul 4

The GWP contains a travel sized body cream from Roses et Reines collection, travel sized exfoliating shower gel and mini hand cream in a cute rose printed bag.

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My nails are pretty big (even at their shortest) so I always have hard time to find big stamping patterns. I have a bunch of stamping plates and yet none of the designs ate big to completely cover my nails. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Moyou London nail stamping plates and decided to take a plunge. They have an amazing selection of patterns, some of which are offered in XL size. I also bought a bigger squishy stamper.

dior nude haul 5

I bought three nail plates: Princess #14, Sailor #07 and Pro #05. The patterns are really big – even bigger than my nails which are currently pretty long. I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Did you buy anything recently?

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday – Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream Review

oriflame silk beauty body cream

Hello lovelies,

it is time for another Skincare Sunday :)

I absolutely hated body creams/lotions and up to the last year I used them rarely – mainly during summer to moisturize tanned skin. I hate that they do not sink in quickly and often leave greasy coat on the skin. Last year I realized that my skin requires moisture and I went on a search for a body moisturizer. I found Clarins body milk (which I have to review), but I wanted to find something budget friendly and enter Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream.

I love it – that’s all I have to say. The pale pink coloured cream has a watery, gel-like consistency which feels like a whipped cream. The cream spreads easily and a little goes a long way (the amount I have on my hand below is enough for one leg). It leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Another benefit is that is quickly absorbs into the skin.

The scent is nice – it reminds me of roses. Upon application it is strong but it weakens quickly and very soon you can smell it only if you put your nose on the skin.

The cream comes in a 200 ml jar and costs $10 (59 kn). I bought it on a sale, but I don’t remember how much it cost.

oriflame silk beauty body cream 1

My skin is not super dry so this cream is perfect for me. However, I would not recommend it for drier skin types. I, on the other hand, will continue to repurchase it.

xoxo Tamara

YVES ROCHER Malaysian Coconut Silky Body Lotion Review and Ingredients

I hate body lotions. In my life, I have found only 4 I can tolerate on my skin: Sisley Crème Reparatrice Corps, L’Occitane Hand and Body Lotion, L’Occitane Shea Butter Body Cream, and finally Yves Rocher Les Plaisirs Nature body lotion.

From Les Plaisirs Nature Collection, so far I have tested Malaysian Coconut body lotion, but I’m planning on getting other scents, too.

Malaysian coconut retails for around $8 for 400ml. It comes in a bottle without the pump, but the pump can be bough separately.

The lotion is very light-weight, but moisturizing. My skin is not too dry, so this works fine for me. It doesn’t sink as quickly as I would like, but I don’t mind waiting for a minute.

The coconut scent reminds me of beach and summer. The scent starts strong, but it weakens quickly. The next morning, I can’t feel it on the skin.

Overall, this is a good light lotion which I like very much (especially for the price).

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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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YVES ROCHER Monoi de Tahiti Oil Review

 

Mine dose of Tiare scent for this summer :)

As a total fan of Tahitian gardenia scent, I couldn’t resist it.

Yves Rocher Monoi de Tahiti scented dry oil comes in a 125ml bottle with a spray pump. It retails for around $11.

It sinks quickly and leaves my skin lightly perfumed and moisturized. If you have drier skin, it will not be enough, but for my skin, the level of moisture is just fine.

The scent is not quite the Tiare I like – it is way too sweet and lacks floral dimension. Unfortunately, on my skin the scent doesn’t linger for too long – maximum of four hours. Take into account that I might be a bit spoiled by Montale, which is impossible to wash off, but Monoi de Tahiti is a bit too mild for me.

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L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Body Cream Review

Yesterday, I have reviewed Shea Butter Hand & Body Lotion and today it is the time for Shea Butter Body Cream. Unlike the lotion, the body cream has 25% of shea butter.

I still haven’t purchased the full size (250ml jar for approximately $50), but I have used for over ten 8ml samples and I have to say that this is one of the best body moisturizer ever. It is even better than Sisley Creme Reparatrice Corps, for a three times less money.

The cream is thick, so you’ll have to use more, but it sinks quickly into the skin and you can immediately put your clothes on. 8ml lasted me enough to apply it twice or thrice on the legs, arms and decollete.

The scent is very light, creamy, just like the scent of the rest of the Shea Butter line.

As I have said before, it is very moisturizing and repairing. However, for its thicker consistency, I’ll use it during colder months because centra heating does such a wreckage on my skin and I don’t think that hand and body lotion I use now will be up to that challenge.

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L’OCCITANTE Shea Butter Hand and Body Lotion Review

You may have noticed before that I absolutely hate body lotions. The skin on my legs is completely dried out, yet I haven’t use any lotion as they are too sticky and non absorbing. I can tolerate Sisley Creme Reparatrice for Body, but I’m still not willing to shell out over $150 for something that will be gone in a month, no matter how good it is.

I’ve been testing samples of L’Occitane Shea Butter Body cream (I’ll review it soon) which is good, but I’ll go through it very quickly and I’d like a cheaper alternative. As I was browsing Shea Butter line in L’Occitane store, I saw Shea Butter Body Milk and Shea Butter Hand and Body Lotion. I have picked Hand and Body Lotion, since it had 300 ml of the product in a pump bottle for approximately $30. However, you have to take into account that this lotion has the lowest percentage of shea butter.

I love it very much. I use approximately two pumps, which is enough for my legs (and I have very long and wide legs), although I use thicker layer on the lower part of the legs, since this is where the skin is very dry.

The lotion is very thin and runny, so a little goes a long way. You can see on the picture that I haven’t spent too much of the lotion – I’ve been using it once per day for a month.

The lotion sinks quickly and I can immediately put on clothes. The lotion has a pleasant, creamy scent which doesn’t stick on the skin for long.

I have noticed a huge improvment in how my skin looks – before using this lotion the skin was so dry that it looked scaly. After, there is no visible dryness.

The name says that the lotion can be used on hands, but I prefer to use it as a body lotion. The pump allows you to use lower dosages, just don’t press the pump completely. Since the lotion is runny, you won’t need much, but it also won’t help much. I can think of it as a quick fix when you need a bit of moisture, but you don’t have the time for a richer cream to sink in.

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SEPHORA Oh My Cherie Body Lotion Cake Gourmand (Sweet Cake) Review, Swatch and Ingredients

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Oh My Cherie Body Lotion is Sephora holiday limited edition scent and it comes in a 150ml tube. It is advertised as a non-oily shimmery lotion enriched with vitamins A and E.

I have received this lotion as a part of a set (together with bubble bath and washing sponge) packed in adorable plastic bath tub.

TEXTURE

The lotion is very thin in consistency. It spreads easily, a little goes a long way and it sinks immediately. The lotion is indeed non-oily and non-sticky.

REVIEW

I was a bit shocked when I first started to use this lotion because somehow I have overlooked the “shimmery” part. Still, the shimmer is very fine and very tiny and it washes off easily. You will not look like a glittering Christmas Tree wearing it.

I’m a huge hater of body lotions, as I find most of them too greasy and too sticky. This lotion is an exception – the texture is very light, it sinks in immediately and it is not sticky.

The scent is very cookie-like – impossibly sweet, biscuity, but at the same time slightly fruity . I don’t think it is everyone’s cup of tea, sometimes even I find the scent too strong. The scent stays on the skin until you wash the lotion off, but after an hour of wear it is not as intense.

The consistency of this lotion has won me over completely, and I’m looking forward to try some other scents from the range.

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Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

Here are the original posts: Project 10 Pans, Sample Challenge

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DIPTYQUE L’Ombre dans L’Eau Body Lotion Review

L’Ombre dans L’Eau Body Lotion is a lightweight perfumed body milk. It is scented with the L’Ombre dans L’Eau fragrance. The full-size comes in a 250ml bottle and it retails for cca $40. There is also a travel set available, which contains 100ml of body lotion and 100 ml of shower gel.

I have two 10ml samples of Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau body lotion. So far I have only spent one – it was enough for 2 applications on the legs only and 2 applications on the whole body

This body lotion is absolutely the best I have tried so far (I usually hate body lotions as I find them too sticky and not especially helpful). The consistency of L’Ombre dans L’Eau body lotion is very light. It spreads easily and a little goes a long way. It sinks into the skin immediately, so this means that there is no waiting while the lotion sinks in. It leaves the skin extremely moisturized.

The only thing that bothers me a bit is the fact that the scent of this body milk is a bit too strong for my liking. The scent itself is very unusual: to me it smells like a bouquet of herbs. I’ve heard from some people that it reminds them on the scent of tomato leaves. I can see why they would think this, but this scent is much more refreshing than the scent of tomatoes. The rose in the scent is discernible only after several hours and only if you closely sniff the skin. However, don’t expect a typical rose – there is none of the sweetness – it slightly reminds me of Creed 2000 Fleurs, which contains a spicier rose. The fragrance lingers well into the morning.

L’Ombre dans L’Eau is a great body lotion, but the fragrance can be a bit overwhelming. I’ll have to browse Diptyque range to find a lotion with slightly gentler scent.

Overall: 

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Project 10 Pans Samples Challenge

During spring, I’ve made a plan of finally finishing some products from my stash. I haven’t updated it for a while, but it is only because I haven’t managed to spend anything. Later I have also announced a possibility to include more samples in the challenge.

Last week I have finally managed to find some time so I’ve been rearranging my cosmetics storage and I have figured out that I have tons of samples and testers. As I’m a bit afraid that they don’t go bad, I’ve picked several products I would like to spend. Some of these are already reviewed, as I’ve been using them before, but some I’ll have to test for the first time. I will only write a review if the product was tested for at least a week of daily usage.

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L’OCCITANE Pivoine Flora Beauty Milk Review

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I seems that L’Occitane body milks are one of the few body lotions I can stand. I’ve got this (travel size) in a set with a shower gel and mini shea butter hand cream.

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Milk has a floral scent, stronger than the shower gel from the same line, which lingers for some time.

The milk is pretty thin in texture and very lightweight. It spreads easily and sinks almost immediately in. I can dress right after applying milk, as it doesn’t leave sticky residue.

A little goes a long way (but I don’t have very dry skin), but it still leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

Overall impression:

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L’OCCITANE Almond Milk Concentrate Review

L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate retails for $40. A jar contains 200 ml.

For the last several days, I’ve been using several samples of Almond Milk Concentrate, which I have managed to accumulate during time. So far, it seems like an amazing product.

Every sample has 8 ml, which was enough to use it two times on the whole body (and I’m pretty big). I don’t have an extremely dry skin, so I’ve been using it sparingly, but it was enough.

The cream is a bit thick (thicker than lotions), but it spreads easily and only small amount is necessary. It sinks in almost immediately, which is a big plus in my book, as I can immediately put the clothes on. Another plus is that it is not sticky at all and it doesn’t leave a residue which then washes of (those who have read Dove Body milk review know what I’m talking about).

Almond Milk Concentrate leaves skin incredibly smooth and moisturized. The cream has very light scent (the same as Almond Shower Oil), but it is milder and disappears after half an hour.

I absolutely love this product. It is light, yet moisturizing. The only issue is the price (while I have no problem shelling out $40 on an eyeshadow or a lipstick, I’m not so willing to pay as much on a body milk).

Overall: 5

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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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Project 10 Pans: Update #2

You thought that I have forgotten about my Project 10 Pans? Well, I didn’t.

Here’s another update with the items I have spent in the last three weeks, since the Update #1.

The last two weeks have been really slow and I didn’t spend so many products. But the good thing is that many are close to finishing, so I hope that soon, I’ll be rid of many more items.

But for now, this are the products that are gone:

Dove Pro Age Body Lotion (yes, I have finally gotten rid of this horrible, horrible product)

Estee Lauder Spotlight (if you by chance own this product, please cut the tube, as I have found out that even when I couldn’t squeze anything out, there was over 5 ml of cream left in the tube). 

Clarins Pink Clay mask.

As I have said, it is not much, but still, it is 3 products less.

And not to forget, ever since I have realized that Meteories Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder  is being discontinued (I don’t know why, because this pressed powder is the best out there), I’ve been searching to stock up. I have found an amazing deal ($35), so I’ve got Mythic Parfait, which I will save for the winter.