SWATCH & REVIEW│ Dior Mono Eyeshadow in It-Purple

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Hello lovelies,

recently Dior have launched a new collection which features a new mascara in 4 shades, a new eyeliner and 4 new shades of their mono eyeshadow. I was slightly intrigued by the sparkly black but it was out of stock (and I’m glad, because I saw it later in store and it wasn’t anything special) so I only got the purple.

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Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink Glow (Transat collection for Summer 2014)

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Hello lovelies,

today I’m going to talk about Dior Nude Shimmer powder in Pink Glow, which is a part of Transat collection for summer 2014. The product retails for 38GBP and I got mine from feelunique.

The powder comes in a heavy silver round compact with cannage imprint. You also get a nice dust bag with it. The compact on the outside catches fingerprints (my biggest pet peeve). The compact contains a mirror and there’s also a mini kabuki brush included, which is pretty soft and nice. The powder has 10 grams.

Even thought the product description (“DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer can be used as a light veil on the rounded areas of the face to catch the maximum amount of light and create a naturally dazzling glow”) leads me to believe that this should work as a highlighter, on my skin this shade is actually a blush.

dior nude transat shimmer pink glow

The shade Pink Glow has two pink quadrants with pale pink letters. The other two quadrants are rosy bronze shade with pink letter imprints. The product contains shimmer. The pink quadrants with light pink letters are extremely sheer and pale and they barely show even on my NC15-20 skin. The bronze quadrants are surprisingly more orange than I thought they’d be. However, mixed together, they give a perfect, slightly bronze pink flush. If you use a really small brush, you can get the colour from each quadrant individually, but I prefer to mix all shades together.

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Depending on your skintone this will work either as a blush or a highlighter. It is too pink to be used as a bronzer.

On my skin this is the perfect summer blush. It is very pigmented and I don’t see how it could work as a highlighter. It is shimmery, but the shimmer is barely there – only to prevent the product from looking flat. It wears well – I didn’t notice any fading throughout the day.

I definitely like it. It’s been a while since I last bought something from Dior and this blush definitely makes me want to get more.

Did you try Nude Shimmer?

xoxo Tamara

New In: Dior, Caudalie, Clarins, L’Oreal

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Hello lovelies,

my no-buy is still going strong, but I have finally received my feelunique and echemist orders.

Recently Dior have launched their It Line which features 4 shades of new Addict It Lash Mascara (black, pink, purple and blue), 4 shades of liquid Addict It-Line eyeliner (black, pink, purple and blue) and 4 new shades of mono eyeshadow (yellow, black, pink and purple) (you can get them all at feelunique). I’ve been toying with an idea to get a coloured mascara, so this was the perfect chance and I bought Addict It Lash mascara in blue. I considered getting an eyeliner, but I’m not a fan of liquid eyeliners, so I passed them.

For years I’ve been trying to find a dupe of my perfect purple eyeshadow: Urban Decay Ecstasy (which I got in Book of Shadows 2 palette) and Dior Mono eyeshadow in It-Purple looked like a pretty decent match.

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Then I was feeling a bit in a citrusy mood so I decided to use a discount and get Caudalie Zeste de Vigne shower gel. I enjoyed The de Vigne gel, so I hope this one won’t disappoint. I also received several samples with my order: La Roche Possay Redermic R anti wrinkle treatment and Decleor Aroma Lisse Energizing Smoothing Cream SPF 15. It’s been awhile since I last used Decleor, so I’m looking forward to trying it.

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Ever since I’ve started to shop on-line, I was looking for an eu-based store with reasonable or no shipping which has Clarins products and I finally discovered e-chemist.co.uk. There I have found Clarins Everlasting foundation for mere GBP20, which is over 30% cheaper than its retail price in Croatia. While I do not need a foundation at the moment (I’m currently using a BB cream), it was too good a deal to miss out. I like the Clarins foundation – this is the second time I’ve repurchased it – and it will be good to have a heavier coverage foundation in the arsenal. Another bonus it that this foundation can be diluted with moisturizer for a lighter coverage.

I’ve also repurchased another product of which I only have fond memories – L’Oreal Voluminous x5 Carbon Black Mascara. It’s been my HG, but I never dared to purchased it in Croatia as the products in Croatian drugstores aren’t sealed, so you often end up with buying a dried out or damaged product.

Well, this is it. My sister told me to expect some Nuxe – I can’t wait to see what did she get me. I also hope that my iHerb package will be here soon.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

 

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

14 for 2014 Challenge – Update #1

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Hello lovelies,

I thought that the end of March would be appropriate time to post an update of my 14 for 2014 challenge. I’ve started this challenge in February by picking 14 make-up products which I must finish in 2014. This update will show how much I’ve managed to spend.

Let’s start with eye and some face products:

14for14 3m update eyes

Oriflame concealer is at least 2/3 full. It is very thin and lightweight so a little goes a long way.

Uriage Bariesun is over half full.

Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero is much shorter than it was in the first post.

The same goes for Urban Decay 24/7 in Bourbon.

Oriflame Preppy Chic Eyeshadow trio – I am close to hitting the pan on the lightest shade and the brown shade has a pretty good dent in it. I didn’t use the taupe as much.

LIPS:

14for14 3m update lips

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby is finished and the other three shades are close to being finished, too.

FACE:

14for14 3m update face

Dior Diorblush is finally showing some signs of wear. I finally believe that I’ll be able to finish it.

Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats is also pretty close to being finished.

Even though there’s only little product left around the edge, I think YSL Poudre de Soleil will still last me a long time.

T. le Clerc Poudre has a decent amount of product left.

Guerlain Meteorites is the only product which I don’t think I’ll be able to finish. I’ve been using it almost daily (not to mention how much I used it the last year) and I have yet to hit the pan.

My current score is 1 product finished and I have a good hunch that I’ll be adding three more finished lipsticks soon.

I’ve thought about adding a replacement product once I’ve spent one – that way I’d always have 14 products on the list, but I think it would limit me too much. In the end I decided to simply spend the products from the list and then enjoy in my stash.

xoxo Tamara

14 for 2014 Challenge

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Hello lovelies,

I think that 2014 will be the stash clear-out year. In the past several years I have bought a bunch of make-up, some of which is still barely used. I don’t like the feeling of practically throwing my money away because, no matter how much I say to myself that make-up is my hobby and that I collect it; if it is not used, it is a waste of money. Although I do not strictly stick to expiration dates, I really don’t want to use 10 years old eyeshadow when I can get a new one (of course, this would mean getting just one new eyeshadow).

I’m still not sure how will my no-buy go – so far it is good, but there are almost 70 days left – and I’d like to continue with it through the whole year; at least when it comes to make-up. I don’t want it to be too restrictive; after all, having the restrictions would only make me want to break them more, so I’ll get several exceptions like mascara or some super undupeable limited edition product. Of course, the continuation of my no-buy throughout the year at this point is just a speculation.

What is not a speculation is a new challenge I’m imposing on myself. I named it 14 for 2014 Challenge because in my attempt to make more space in my collection, I decided to pick 14 items which I must finish in 2014. I did create a list of 20-something items to use more frequently several months ago, but that list served only as a guideline. This list, on the other hand, will contain products which I really don’t want to have in 2015; meaning that they must be completely gone this year.

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FINISHED! September Edition

September was a really slow month when it comes to the products I have spent. I also have to brag myself a bit and say that, with the exception of Essie nail polish (shade Recessionista) I haven’t bough any single product, be it make-up or skincare, since August 10th. That’s almost two months of an unintentional no-buy. It wasn’t so hard – I simply didn’t think about it at all.

Anyway, I’m planning on having a huge shopping spree – I need some Vitamin C serums, glycolic acid peel and something with Retinol. I’m kind of low with the body-care products, too, and I’m planning to raid Yves Rocher store.

Also, Sisley has launched new blushes in the trashiest packaging possible (the plastic cover with zebra pattern) but I’m in love with the coral shade.

Next, I’m gathering the courage to get my hair cut – I haven’t been at the hairdresser for over two years (because of the very traumatic experience) and my hair is in horrible condition. I’ll have to cut off at least 10 to 15 centimeters and I just need to find a reliable salon. This also means that I’ll have to get some hair-care products.

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DIOR Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder Swatches

 

Unlike Diorskin Nude Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder ($55), Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder is a true bronzer. The round compact comes with a small kabuki brush included and it retails for $52.

It comes in 6 shades:

001 Miel (Honey)

002 Ambre (Amber)

003 Cannelle (Cinnamon)

004 Epice (Spicy)

005 Caramel

006 Sienne

It is very silky, matte (the bits of shimmer here and there on the swatch were accidentaly transfered) and extremely pigmented, but very blendable.

I’m not a fan of the shade selection – I think that they won’t match my skin tone very vell (with the exception of the shade #3).

The bronzer is swatched in this order:

Top row: 001 Miel (Honey) swatch, 002 Ambre (Amber) swatch, 003 Cannelle (Cinnamon) swatch

Bottom row: 004 Epice (Spicy) swatch, 005 Caramel swatch, 006 Sienne swatch

DIOR Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Swatches

Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder retails for approximately 50 euros. It comes in a round compact with a kabuki brush included.

This is not a pure bronzer – it is a really sheer, bronze tinted powder, that is better to be used as a highlighter. It is sheerer than Chanel’s summer 2012 bronzers.

The powder is divided on quarters and each quarter has the bas relief letter so that is spells the word NUDE. The letters come in two colours (the shades of pink and beige bronze). The quarters are two toned – a lighter and a darker shade of bronze.

There are four shades available:

001 Aurora. This shade is intended for very pale skin and if you don’t mind a bit of shimmer, it could serve as a real bronzer.

002 Sunlight. Slightly darker shade than Aurora.

003 Zenith. Warm, slightly orangey shade.

004 Sunset. The darkest shade in the bunch, a bit too orange for my liking.

Overall, I think I prefer Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. Dior Nude Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder is too sheer for a bronzer, plus none of the shades would match me well (the closest being Aurora and Sunlight). Also, in spite of the shimmer, it lacks the true glowy quality that Chanel has.

The bronzer is swatched in this order: 001 Aurora swatch, 002 Sunlight swatch, 003 Zenith swatch, 004 Sunset swatch.

DIOR Eye Gloss Swatches (Summer 2012)

Dior Eye Gloss comes in a similar bottle like Dior Lipgloss with the sponge tip applicator. It retails for around 25 euros.

Eye Gloss is a cream eyeshadow, available in four shades and, as far as I know, all of them are limited edition. Don’t expect amazing pigmentation – when you spread the eyeshadow, they are very sheer and they give a hint of colour and a lot of shine. Applying another layer after the first one had dried might deepen the colour, but don’t expect too much.

The shades are:

750 Sunset. Shimmering pinky peach coral.

020 Sheashell. Pearly white shade.

240 Azur. Shimmering baby blue with a hint of turquoise

560 Tan. Shimmering bronze medium dark brown.

The eyeshadow dries very quickly upon application and I think that those with non-oily eyelids won’t complain on the lasting power. I have extremely oily eyelids and I have tested the product only at the counter without a primer and, once applied, it stayed on for three hours without creasing. After five hours, the creasing was very visible.

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DIOR Croisette Summer 2012 Preview

Here are some pictures of Dior Croisette summer 2012 look. There is another quint available – in brown-bronzey gold tones. I admit that I’m tempted to get the quints only because they look nice.

They are also introducing a new member of the Nude family – Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder (six shades).

The only product I really like from this collection are the nail polishes.

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Dior is back!!! – DIOR Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012fe

I know this is not a fashion blog, but this collection has left me breathless. After Galliano left, it seemed as if Dior has lost it’s track. Thankfully,this collection put it right back. This collection is the essence of Dior – feminine, elegant and strong.

You can watch the video from Dior’s you-tube channel:

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You can see the photos of the dresses in the photo gallery here.(scroll down)

My favourites are dresses on these pictures: 4 (very nice), 7, 8 (nice), 10 (love it), 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34 (perfect), 35, 36, 38 (my absolute favourite), 39, 40.

I hope that one day I’ll be able to afford one of these.

Which dresses did you like?

Friday FAVOURITES 20.01.2012

The exams are approaching, so I don’t have much time for make-up – I mostly sleep and/or study.

For this reason, I’ve decided to go with natural make-up.

I have used the most the following items:

cK Loose Powder

Dior Diorblush Strawberry Sorbet

Guerlain Ombre 4 Eclats in Perles des Mers (minus the turquoise shade)

Essence quad in Ciao Bella

Sisley Phyto Ombre in Sorbet

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Chance

Rouge G in Gaby

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique

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SKINCARE STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

In my Make-up stash inventory post, I’ve promised skincare and body care stash post so here I am, fulfilling my promise.

You can read on my make-up inventory HERE.

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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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Fleurissante’s Favourites 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I wish you all the best in the next 2012. May it be much, much better than the previous one.

Fleurissante’s Favourites lists my favourites products in the last year. It doesn’t matter if they were freshly released or something available for a long time, which I have discovered the last year – the only thing that matters is that this are the products which have come closely to the Holy Grail status.

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DIOR 3 Couleurs Smoky in #091 Smoky Black and #291 Smoky Navy Swatch and Review

Together with their fall 2011 collection, Dior have released and ingenious concept of trio eyeshadows. The compact cost $48 and it contains three shades, each of a different texture, two applicators and a mirror. The top two shades are darker – one is matte and the other is packed with glitter and shimmer. Below these two shades, there is one lighter satiny shade, in a bigger pan.

The concept seems ideal – you practically get everything you need in one compact. The colours are well coordinated and I could see myself wanting all of these. However, not all the shades impressed me when trying them in a real-life.

However, I’d like to warn you that I have only tested these products at the counter. I’m still writing a review based on this first impression because I believe that the testers are there in order to impress the customer and make them buy the product. Also, the swatches were done with a light swipe of finger. The purpose was not to show the exact colour (swatches on Dior website are pretty accurate), but rather to show a level of pigmentation the shade has.

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DIOR 3 Couleurs Smoky in #781 Smoky Brown and #481 Smoky Khaki Review and Swatch

Together with their fall 2011 collection, Dior have released and ingenious concept of trio eyeshadows. The compact cost $48 and it contains three shades, each of a different texture, two applicators and a mirror. The top two shades are darker – one is matte and the other is packed with glitter and shimmer. Below these two shades, there is one lighter satiny shade, in a bigger pan.

The concept seems ideal – you practically get everything you need in one compact. The colours are well coordinated and I could see myself wanting all of these. However, not all the shades impressed me when trying them in a real-life.

However, I’d like to warn you that I have only tested these products at the counter. I’m still writing a review based on this first impression because I believe that the testers are there in order to impress the customer and make them buy the product. Also, the swatches were done with a light swipe of finger. The purpose was not to show the exact colour (swatches on Dior website are pretty accurate), but rather to show a level of pigmentation the shade has.

 

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DIOR 3 Couleurs Smoky in #051 Smoky Pink and #571 Smoky Nude Review and Swatch

Together with their fall 2011 collection, Dior have released and ingenious concept of trio eyeshadows. The compact cost $48 and it contains three shades, each of a different texture, two applicators and a mirror. The top two shades are darker – one is matte and the other is packed with glitter and shimmer. Below these two shades, there is one lighter satiny shade, in a bigger pan.

The concept seems ideal – you practically get everything you need in one compact. The colours are well coordinated and I could see myself wanting all of these. However, not all the shades impressed me when trying them in a real-life.

However, I’d like to warn you that I have only tested these products at the counter. I’m still writing a review based on this first impression because I believe that the testers are there in order to impress the customer and make them buy the product. Also, the swatches were done with a light swipe of finger. The purpose was not to show the exact colour (swatches on Dior website are pretty accurate), but rather to show a level of pigmentation the shade has.

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DIOR Garden Party (Spring 2012) Preview

What is a better way to enter December than with an invitation to spring garden party?

Even though it is colour-wise very similar to other spring launches, Dior have this time made a breathtaking collection. This is definitely my favourite (even though I couldn’t pull off most of the colours). I’m definitely getting a Garden clutch in Granville Garden (brown one), maybe even the quint (although I have no idea what could force me to actually touch it – it is even prettier than anything that Guerlain have ever launched).

How do you like Dior Garden Party

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