EMPTIES │ September

september empties

Heh, the smallest empties post ever :) Especially compared to what I used up in the last months. As I’ve been pretty busy, I didn’t have enough time for pampering, hence no favourites post this month as I actually didn’t wear any make-up. As I’m getting into a new routine, I’m starting to introduce more make-up, so hopefully there’ll be something to post in October.

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EMPTIES │ August

august empties

While I love finishing products, I really hope that all my future empties posts will feature less products. It is very time consuming to write, arrange and take photos of a bunch.

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

newin july

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 and other skincare 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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My NAIL POLISH Collection

 

I have been away for several days, so to make it up, I have decided to show you my steadily growing nail polish collection (which should have been posted with my make-up collection a couple of months ago).

As I’ve caught myself many times wanting the polishes which are practically dupe of some other polish I have, I found some time and took photos of the polishes in my collection which I have sorted according to colour.

I can already see the benefits, as I have slowly composed the list of the shades I need to have.

I wanted to add the links to the polishes I’ve already swatches, but the computer I’m currently using is incredibly slow (and it is adsl). I can’t believe that my blog logs faster on dial-up connection.

 

So, here’s the collection (names are from left to right):

 

The first picture in the post contain some of my pinks:

Chanel Morning Rose, Inglot 343, Chanel Marilyn, Catrice Raspberry Fields Forever, YSL 19, Catrice Big Spender Wanted, YSL Rose Lunaire

 

 

White and berry

Inglot 202, Rimmel French Ivory, YSL 12; Catrice Let’s Talk About Barrie, YSL Rose Pourpre

 

Light Pink

Catrice Just Married, Sephora Pink Agate, YSL Perle Rose, Catrice Miss Piggy Reloaded, Bourjois 14, Chanel Rose Cache, Bourjois Beige Glamour

 

Oranges, Coral, Red

Catrice Salmon & Garfunkel, Catrice Pimp My Shrimp, Max Factor Diva Coral, Catrice Bloody Mary To Go, Golden Rose Classics (I don’t know the shade number)

 

Reds

Catrice Marilyn & Me, L.A. Girl Garnet, Catrice Caught on the Red Carpet, Max Factor Ruby Fruit

 

Purple

Catrice Let’s Mauve On, Catrice Plum Play With Me, Max Factor Fantasy Fire, Carla Cosmetics (I don’t know the shade name), Catrice Iron Mermaiden

 

Taupe and Black

Max Factor Cappuccino, Catrice Clay-Ton My Hero, Catrice Lost in Mud, Catrice Captain Sparrow’s Boat

 

Gold and Silver

Max Factor Ivory, Chanel Gold Shimmer, Catrice In The Bronx, Inglot 207, Look by Bipa Metallic Hologram, Golden Rose 69

 

Green

Catrice Sold Out Forever, Look by Bipa Green Changer, Catrice After Eight

 

Blue

Illamasqua Rain Drops, Deborah 56, Sephora Bleu Sapphire, Catrice (from one L.E, l don’t know the shade name).

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The following shades are on my wishlist:

dark blue (something like Chanel Blue Satin)

crème turquoise (like Chanel Riva or one of Max Factor minis)

non opaque jelly pastel yellow

black

medium dark grey

purple – like Chanel Paradoxal (or Rimmel dupe)

medium dark forrest green

bright orange (like that from Dior 2011 summer collection – I think it was named Aloha)

orange red (like Catrice Fred Said Red)

dark chocolate brown

lilac pink (like Chanel Lilac Sky or Rodeo Drive)

berry pink (like Chanel Gondola)

Thank you for reading :)

 

 

BOURJOIS So Laque in #27 Beige Glamour Review and Swatch

THe first time I swa this shade was on one of my colleague and I thought it was Chanel Rose Cache. Bourjois So Laque in Beige Glamour has some similarity to Chanel Rose Cache, but they are not dupes. Beige Glamour is much lighter.

Beige Glamour is a medium dark creme dirty pinkish beige shade. The polish is very pigmented – one coat is enough for opacity, but I prefer to use two. This is very elegant, understated shade.

I never comment wear, as everything wears off after a day or two on my nails without the top coat.

The polish has 10ml and retails for  $9.

 

 

 

BOURJOIS, DECLARE, EVELINE and MAX FACTOR Haul

Another bunch of items :). Of course, nail polishes were not necessary, but I couldn’t resist them since they were on sale.

Sisley Foaming Exfoliator reminded me to another amazing product: Eveline Anti Cellulite Body Scrub/Shower Gel. I have used it a couple of years ago and I don’t realize why I have stopped it.

I also got myself a cellulose bathing spoonge. Currently I’m using a natural spoonge from the sea, but I have wanted something a bit harsher for a light exfoliation.

The nail polishes (from l to r):

Max Factor Max Effect Mini nail polish Fantasy Fire

Max Factor Max Effect Mini nail polish Cappuccino

Max Factor Max Effect Mini nail polish Ivory

Max Factor Max Effect Mini nail polish Diva Coral

Bourjois So Laque in Beige Glamour.

Oh, and I have almost forgotten Declaré moisturizer (not on the photo). This brand has been available in Croatia for quite some time, but I have always ignored the counter. Several days ago I saw the package of one cream which reminded me of Sisley Sisleya creams. That was enogut for me to stop and study the brand a bit more. Basically, they are formulated for sensitive skin, not too expensive (the majority of the prices vary from $25-$50, although there are some more expensive products). I already have goten my eyes set on a pore minimizing serum (don’t remember the exact name)

Anyway, I caught the sight of several travel size moisturizers which come in small 15ml jars. This amount will be more than enough for me to test it.

For a start I have bought a travel size of Hydro Energy cream (costs around $8).The ingredients seem ok and I can’t wait to spend Bioderma to try this one instead.

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BOURJOIS Bio Detox Foundation #53 Beige Clair Swatch and Review

I have received several sample sachets of this foundation long time ago, but I haven’t got the time to test it properly until recently. As far as I’m aware, Bio Detox line of products is about to be discontinued, so I hurried up with the testing to see if I’ll miss this foundation.

The foundation claims to be made of 98,8% of ingredients of natural origin. I have tested the shade #53 Beige Clair, which is a shade too dark for me (I’m NC15-20), but I can make it work if I put a bit of lighter pressed or loose powder over it.

When I first put on this foundation I was like “Is this a joke?”. This foundation reminded me why I have avoided them for a long time. It was extremely thick and cakey looking.

Bio Detox has medium to full coverage with matte finish. It feels heavy on the skin and my skin felt very tight. The matte effect lasts up to 5 hours, but after that I need to touch up (for your information, I have extremely oily skin with lots of expanded pores).

When you apply this foundation, you need to blend it fast, as it dries very quickly.

What shocked me most is the way this foundation looks on the photos. As you know, on the blog I always show a close-up of my skin without and with foundation. What you probably don’t know is that I take the photos of my whole face with or without foundation, but I don’t publish those. I couldn’t wait to take photos to show you how horrible the foundation is, but instead of looking thick, cakey and unnatural, on the photos my skin looked great. My skin had that healthy matte glow (not too flat), the pores appeared minimized (while in reality were very emphasized) and the foundation didn’t highlight the dry patches on my skin.

Another plus for this foundation is that it hasn’t broke me out.

I think this would be a great foundation for occasions where you need to look good on photos, but when it won’t matter how you look in real life. However, for the fact that Bio Detox is the perfection only on the photos, but cakey, thick mess in real life, I wouldn’t recommend it as a foundation for wedding day.

I still have one of the sample sachets of the foundation left and I’m going to save it for when I need to take photo for my ID or passport.

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