NEW IN: Nuxe, L’Oreal, Real Techniques + No-Buy Update

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Hello lovelies,

it’s time for another new in post in which I feature the items I received this month. All these items were ordered back in May, but the shipping can sometimes take some time. li

On the top photo you can see the items I got at L’Oreal Glam Lights presentation: Elseve Arginine Resist Light Shampoo, Preference Glam Lights Hair color in #2, Elseve Arginine Resist Spray and Miss Manga mascara. I’ve already worn Miss Manga mascara – I definitely like it more than Dior, but I have to wear it more to really form an opinion. I also plan to dye my hair this week – I already took “before” photos and I’m waiting for my hair to get slightly oily (I don’t want to dye freshly washed hair).

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The following is my order from iHerb. I saw that they had Real Techniques Sam’s Picks set in stock and I couldn’t miss this opportunity. I adore Real Techinques brushes (and own several of them) and this set contained several brushes I didn’t have plus I wanted to try the exclusive blending brush. I started to wear a bit more of eyeshadow so I also ordered Eye Shading brush.

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The final items are a gift from my sister – 2 Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balms (I’ve been on a lip balm kick recently) and a cosmetic bag with mini Crème Prodigieuse, Huile Prodigieuse and a sample of Parfum Prodigieux. The cosmetic bag has two compartments and it seems like it would be great for travelling.

Now, an update. I have yet to buy anything. I know that I’ve promised that I’ll post my wishlists, however at the moment I don’t want anything (surprisingly). I just need to stick through another week.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

E-BAY Brushes (Real Techniques dupes/lookalikes) Review

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Hello lovelies,

as you probably know, I really, really like Real Techniques brushes, but I don’t like their European price. You can get them for cheaper on iHerb, but they rarely have discounts and when you include the shipping, it is not really that much cheaper. While I was browsing e-bay (my favourite entertainment), I ran into a familiar looking brushes. These brushes, even though are not really a true copy of Real Techniques, are made on a same principle – with a very long ferrule which is also a handle and a rubberized end. They come in several colours: gold, pink (like real Real Techniques) and blue. I picked the blue handles since I didn’t want to confuse them with Real Techniques.

My brushes have no brand name on the handle and the whole set of 5 brushes cost me $12. The brushes arrived in a padded envelope. Duofibre brush arrived a bit damaged – you’ll see from the photos that the ferrule is slightly dented. I’ll fully review each brush in detail below, but I can say that the bristles are as soft as those on Real Techniques and none of the brushes shed.

The brushes, with the exception of the duofibre brush are all very dense and appropriate for buffing in foundation or powder.

I’d definitely recommend them – although the set lacks a couple of fluffier brushes for light powder and brush application, it is a great set for the price.

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Kao što već znate, jako obožavam Real Techniques kistove, ali ne volim koliko koštaju u Europi. Mogu se nabaviti jeftinije na iHerbu, ali kad se uračuna poštarina, onda to i nije neki popust. Dok sam bezveze pretraživala e-bay (moj omiljeni hobi), naletila sam na kistove koji izgledom jako podsjećaju na Real Techniques. Iako ti kistovi nisu direktna kopija Real Techniques, slično izgledaju – drška u boji s gumom na krajevima. E-bay kistovi dolaze u nekoliko boja: zlatna, roza (kao i pravi Real Techniques) i plava. Odabrala sam plavu tako da ih na prvi pogled razlikujem.

Moji kistovi nemaju nikakvo ime brenda na sebi, a cijeli set od 5 kistova me koštao samo $12. Kistovi su stigli u omotnici s mjehurićima. Samo je bockalica malo oštećena – -izlomljen je metalni dio. Svaki ću kist u detalje recenzirati niže u postu, ali ovdje mogu još spomenuti da je dlaka (sintetička) jednako mekana kao i na pravim Real Techniques kistovima i da mi još niti jedna dlaka nije ispala.

S iznimkom bockalice, svi su kistovi gusti i pogodni za utrljavanje pudera.

Ove bih kistove svakako preporučila – iako bi bilo bolje da set sadrži kist za lagano nanoštenje pudera i za rumenilo, ipak je za cijenu sasvim dobar set.

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SISLEY Eye Shading Brush Review

 

I have wanted this brush for ages and a couple of months ago, I have purchased it during the 20% off sale. It was very expensive even with 20% off, but its regular price is around $56.

The brush comes in a plastic protective cover and unffortunately, I couldn’t find of which hair it is made (but I think that the hair is natural).

For me, this is all-in-one brush. It has very unusual shape – very dense hair is cut under the angle. I have to mention, that unlike with Sisley Blush brush, the hairs here are very soft.

The shape allows you to use this brush for several purposes:

- you can use the flat side of the brush to apply the shadow all over the lid

- you can use the higher, pointy part of the brush (dip it into the shadow from the outer side) to apply the shadow in the crease or you can use it as a blending brush.

I have washed this brush several times and it has never shed a hair. Also, unlike Sisley Blush brush, this one doesn’t bleed any colour.

The handle of the brush is a bit thicker, so it might take some time to get used to it.

I really love this brush and I have yet to see a cheaper version (if you know one, feel free to say in the comments). For me, it is perfect for travelling – I can only take one brush with me and have everything I need.

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INGLOT 7FS Brush

The prime reason I have purchased this brush is because the slanded shape reminded me of Sisley Eyeshadow Brush and I have hoped that  I’ll save some money, but now that I have both, they cannot compare.

Inglot 7FS brush is far from bad, but it is completely different.

7FS is made of squirrel hair and the handle is wood. It is very soft, but the hairs are not too dense. Now that I have it for some time, I’d say that it is more similar to Studio Basic Blending Brush, but Inglot has shorter hairs.

I prefer to use this brush as a blending brush or to apply a sheer wash of colour. The brush doesn’t pick up too much pigment. I’ve tried with various brands – from Sisley and Guerlain to Inglot and Urban Decay and, no matter how much eyeshadow I pack on the brush, I always end up with just a wash of colour.

I like the shape, it is slightly slanted so this brush is perfect for applying the shade all over the lid with one swipe.

I paid approximately $17, which is not too high for a good brush. I have washed it several times and the brush didn’t shed at all.

Overall, I like it, but it is not as multi-function as I have hoped.

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SISLEY Blush Brush Review

Sisley Blush Brush is a slanted brush made of natural hairs. It costs $65. The brush comes in a transparent plastic bag with a plastic brush cover to protect the hairs.

When it comes to make-up brushes, I’m not very into high-end. All the brushes I have are in drugstore price-range and none was more expensive than $15.

I got Sisley Blush Brush as a Christmas present, after whining for ages that I need a decent blush brush. Up to then I either applied blush with Avon brush (too wide) or with the tiny applicators that I got with my Guerlain blushes. I specifically requested a slanted brush – it seems that this type of the brush is the perfect shape to apply blush on my cheekbones.

Now, back to the Sisley brush.

I couldn’t find what the handle is made of, but based on how it feels under my fingers, I’d say it’s a black plastic or wood. The ferule is a gold-coloured metal. The brush is made of goat hair.

I still can’t say whether the brush is really worth the price. The hair is not scratchy, but I wouldn’t mind if it were a tiny bit softer.

The brush is around 16,5 cm long, while the length of hairs varies from 3,5cm to 2 cm.

My only big issue with this brush is that, when washed, it leaks black paint. Granted, the water is just a shade or two greyer, but I find any colour leaking unacceptable for a high-end brush. I have washed it several times and I still see some colour leaking.

The brush didn’t shed a hair. I’ve been using it for over a month, washed it once or twice per week and the brush still hasn’t lost any of its hair.

Howeverm I advise you not to throw the plastic bristle cover. It seems that the brush might loose shape quickly if you do not keep the bristles covered to maintain the shape.

The brush picks the colour pigment well. Since the bristles are not too soft, it can pick up the harder blush texture (for example, the shimmering side of Diorblush, which has much harder texture than the non-shimmering side). If the blush you are using is very soft in texture (for example Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats), just tap the blush lightly with the brush; otherwise the brush will pick too much product. As I’ve mentioned before, the brush shape is ideal for my cheekbones, the brush applies blush perfectly and it blends it easily.

All in all, I’m satisfied with this brush. I expect it to last for at least 10 years (if my cheap Avon brush managed to last so far, Sisley should too). Maybe I’ll get more Sisley brushes in the future – I have my eye on Eyeshadow, Kabuki and Powder brush, as they seem resonably priced compared to other brushes of this range.

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BRUSH Stash

My brush collection is something that I have started to expand recently. Up until two years ago I had like 3 brushes: power brush, two eyeshadow brushes and some of the applicators I got with the eyeshadow quads.

My brush collection varies in price: there are expensive high-end brushes next to cheap drugstore one (and I don’t see much difference in quality).

I take care a lot for my brushes – the oldest one in my collection is 10 years old and it is still good as new (even better). I wash them once per week (depending on how much make-up I do that week) with gentle, no-silicone shampoo in lukewarm water.

Currently I have 4 face brushes (but looking to expand it), 11 eye-brushes (not counting the applicators I got with the eyeshadow palettes) and 1 lip-brush (don’t need more).

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SEPHORA Foundation Brush

 

I’m not 100% sure if I really like this brush.

On one hand, it is very soft, but on the other hand it doesn’t apply foundation well. The brush comes with the protective cover for the bristles.

When I apply the foundation with a brush, I usually dip the brush  several times into the foundation, as I’m working part by part of my face. When I dip the clean brush for the first time, the foundation is applied perfectly even. As I redip the brush, which is now slightly wet, it applies the foundation streaky. It doesn’t help if I try to wipe of the foundation remains – in order for the brush to work properly, I would have to wash it with detergent each and every time.

Other than that, I really like it. The size is perfect – neither too big or too small and I can easily apply foundation on the smaller parts of my face.

As this is my only foundation brush, I really don’t know whether other brushes work better.

Overall:

STUDIO BASICS Eye Blending Brush Review

This is one of my oldest make-up brushes. I’ve purchased it a long time ago (together with several other brushes), when there wasn’t a great selection of make-up tools in my country. Nevertheless, I’m still using it. I don’t remember how mush I’ve paid, but it was very cheap.

The bristles are very soft, but they are synthetic. In the first month of using it, it has lost only two bristles, and since then it hasn’t shed.

It is advertised as a blending brush, but I find it impossible to use it that way. The brush picks enough of eyeshadow and applies it evenly. The bristles are long, and there is a lot of them, therefore the blending is not precise. Instead, I use it to apply the base eyeshadow all over the lid. Since the brush is almost the size of my eyelids, I only need two swipes.

Overall impression:

SEPHORA Professionel Mineral Powder Brush #45 Review

„This expert tool is equipped with a durable aluminum handle and soft, synthetic bristles that are ideal for picking up the perfect amount of powder. The plump shape complements the circular movements needed to apply mineral powders. Whether you are working with foundation, bronzer, or blush, this essential will help you achieve your desired look.“ (from sephora.com)

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My Favourite Cosmetics Products in 2010

I probably should have published this earlier, but it was a bit hard to decide which items I should put on the list. I didn’t want to de recommendation for every category because I simply haven’t tried every new product that has been released in 2010 and I’d feel stupid recommending something if I haven’t tried all other products from the same category.

I’d like to talk about the products I’ve found in 2010 and which have become my HG (holy grails) and irreplaceable items in my stash.

SKINCARE

In 2010 I’ve stopped being a skincare snob. For a long time I’ve been using only high-end French cosmetics, because my dermatologist (he is also a skincare snob) told me that French make the best skincare. In spite of that, in 2010 I have finally ventured in drugstore skincare. Today, I’m so glad I did it, because I have found some excellent skincare items there:

OLEA Moisturizing Toner. I cannot rave enough about this product. It is so cheap and yet so good. This is a definite replacement for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion

OLAY Complete Night. Excellent moisturizer, which moisturizes without making me greasy. It made me want to try out the Day version and Beauty Fluid

HYGIEIA Zincia face cleanser. (not on the picture) One of the rare items in my skincare routine which I have repurchased. Naturally, I have to combine it with cleansing milk when I have to remove make-up, but this is the most gentlest, the most non-irritating cleanser I have found.

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There are also some high-end items which I won’t give up:

SISLEY Gel Express aux Fleurs. Excellent moisturizing mask for times when I need that extra boost of moisture.

SISLEY Creme Gommante. Very gentle exfoliator, which I also use as cleansing mask.

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Also my favourite hair care item has become:

GARNIER Natural Beauty Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. It lathers well, the hair isn’t dried out and it has a lovely smell.

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As a body exfoliator, I’ve only used:

L’OREAL Exfotonic. Body exfoliator with AHA which is neither too mild not too strong. I was afraid that it is discontinued, but I regularly find it in my drugstore.

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MAKE-UP

As far as the make-up is concerned, in 2010 I haven’t discovered many new HG items, but there are a few worth mentioning:

GUERLAIN Cherry Flower Blush. At first I hated it, but now I cannot live without it. This is a wonderful neutral peachy-pink.

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GUERLAIN Jeu d’Ombrelles eyeshadow quad. Purple eyeshadow usually makes me look sick, but this is an exception.

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GUERLAIN Rouge G #61 Gaela. Even though the lipstick could be more moisturizing, it has a lovely bright pink colour and it is very longlasting.

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SISLEY Phyto-Lip Star Rose Quartz. Excellent non-sticky pink lipgloss with tons of silver and pink microglitter.

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CLARINS Everlasting Foundation. I think I have said everything about it in my recent review.

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CATRICE Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary To Go, Clay-Ton My Hero, Let’s Mauve On and Caught on the Red Carpet. These four shades are my favourites so far. They offer excellent pigmentation where only one layer is necessary to get almost exact shade as it is in the bottle.

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SEPHORA #45 Mineral powder brush. It is the only brush I have backups of. You can use it in various ways: as a stippling brush for liquid foundation, for loose powder both regular and mineral, for blush, for cream foundation, etc…

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GUERLAIN Meteorites #3 Teint Dore. I love everything about meteorites and this shade is my favourite. I use it instead of loose powder and the result is soft glowy skin.

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And my final discovery is the perfume:

GUERLAIN L’Heure Bleue. I have debated for so long about this fragrance and finally I have caved in and purchased EdT version. I adore the soft violet and vanilla scent.