February Empties :)

february empties

Hello lovelies,

even though February is the shortest month, when it comes to empties, it was epic. I usually kept my empties in a small box, but this time they couldn’t fit inside so I needed to find a new home for them. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve finished so much products.

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January Empties :)

jan empties

Hello lovelies,

I don’t know about you, but seeing a bunch of empties makes me really happy. The reason probably is the fact that I’m really set on minimizing my collection this year and so far January has been a great month for empties. It’s a pretty long post, so I’ll skip to the main part:

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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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GIVENCHY Absolutely Irresistible EdP Review

 

Approximately 10 to 5 years ago, Absolutely Irresistible would have been my favourite. Today, I find it okay.

By Kilian’s Love and Tears has woken up my love for jasmine and my love for spicy, woody fragrances dates form the first high-end fragrance I have bought: Le Baiser du Dragon.

Absolutely Irresistible is very elegant fragrance.

On my skin it opens up with a burst of spicy pepper, followed up by jasmine. Drydown is very spicy: pepper again plus cedar and a hint of amber and jasmine.

The sillage is pretty good.

The fragrance is very fresh – it is a bit cloying at the start, but it becomes milder as the time go by.

Still, this is far from being my favourite Givenchy fragrance. It is a bit monotone, there are no hidden notes that pop out.

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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GIVENCHY Photo’Perfexion Light Foundation in #4 Light Beige Swatch and Review

I can’t believe it took me so long to finally write a review for this foundation. I’ve got the 5ml sample the moment the foundation came out, I’ve tested it and made swatches and then completely forgot about it. Recently, I’ve been rearranging the foundation samples box and found the tube. I’ve been using the foundation during the last week, to refresh my memories.

The full-sized foundation comes in a weird tube – it has an in-built sponge and foundation goes through a sponge. Very gimmicky and not hygienic in my opinion. The full-sized foundation has 30 ml and retails for $48.

I’ve tried a shade #4 Light Beige. This shade has a neutral undertone. I’m NC15-20, eventually NC25 if I tan and the foundation is much too dark when I’m at my lightest. I could pull it off only when I’m super dark in the summer.

The foundation has a light to medium covevrage, depending on how much layers you put on. It covers redness, but doesn’t mask acnes well. It can settle into pores, but it doesn’t emphsize flaky skin.

On the face, it doesn’t oxidize and it hasn’t broken me out.

The finish is natural – neither matte nor dewey. It doesn’t control oil and I need to use pressed powder with it.

If you are searching for a light coverage foundation and if you can get a good shade match, this might be your ideal choice. Unfortunately, I have to forego this foundation as there is no a good match fo me.

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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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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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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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My Stash: Foundations and Powders

When it comes to the foundations and powders, I’m still having control over it. I have three foundations, plus several 5ml samples, and 4 powders. Although I’d be happy if I could only have one of each, I don’t believe this is over the top.

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GIVENCHY Le Prismissime 9-Colors Eyeshadow #61 Acid Lights Swatch

Top picture source: Temptalia

All other pictures are mine.

Givenchy Le Prismissime 9-Colours Eyeshadow is the star item of Givenchy Acid Summer Collection.

The compact contains 9 eyeshadows (the size of each eyeshadow is approximately 1×1 centimeter). The compact contains the mirror and 3 brushes in the special drawer underneath the eyeshadows.The palette retails for $62.

The palette contains the following shades:

1st row: rosy bronze (swatches almost like orange), sky blue, turquoise

2nd row: matte purple, pearly white, bright yellow

3rd row: grass green, turquoise green, brown

The quality of the shadow varies depending on the shade. The palette offers a variety of finishes: some are more matte (purple, sky blue, turquoise – but neither is completely matte), some are slightly shimmery (yellow, rosy bronze, turquoise green, brown, grass green, white). *Flash swatch emphasize shimmer, while the swatch taken without flash emphasizes matte*

The most pigmented shades are turquoise, purple and yellow.

White, turquoise green and rosy bronze are not as vibrant as before mentioned shades, but they are silky and still offer a decent pigmentation.

Sky blue and brown eyeshadow do not apply evenly.

Grass green is the worst shade in the palette. It is incredibly sheer (I really had to pack it on in the swatch) and chalky.

Keep in mind that none of the shades applied on the skin is not as bright as it is in the compact. Nevertheless, this palette seems as a nice product to have if you like to wear bright colours from time to time. Those who are really into bright colours might find the palette not bright enough. However, this might be a nice introduction to the bright coloured eyeshadow as the shades are not too bright to be putting off to someone who is used to neutrals.

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GIVENCHY Gelee d’Interdit Lipgloss Swatch and Review (Acid Summer Collection)

Top picture source: Temptalia

Other pictures are mine.

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On the promo pictures, Givenchy Acid Summer collection was bursting with bright colours. Reality is not as bright.

Here are swatches of the new Givenchy lipgloss from Acid Summer (Summer 2011) collection.

You can click here for the Le Prismissime Acid Lights eyeshadow palette swatch.

Givenchy Gelee d’Interdit lipgloss retails for 25 euros.

The glosses seem so vibrant and intense in the tube and I really thought that they would seem so on the lips. However, what you get with most of the shades is clear gloss with some glitter.

I haven’t swatched all the shades, because they were not available at the counter, but those that are swatched are very disappointing.

I have swatched:

#1 Tempting Rouge. There’s nothing tempting in this shade. It is a bright jelly red in the tube, but on my NC20 skin it is almost transparent. I have thought that this might be very similar to Chanel Aqualumiere in Party Red, but it is not as nearly pigmented and it didn’t swatch evenly. The little colout you can see is there because I swatched it very heavily (at least four coats).

#5 Explosive Raspberry. This shade is actually among pigmented ones (even thought it is heavily swatched). It is a bright pink (slightly on the colder side) with glitter.

#6 Frozen Rose. Again, one of transparent shades with lots of glitter.

#7 Blooming Pink. The best shade in the range (and the only one worth getting IMHO). It is rose pink colour (on thte warmer side) with glitter. This is the most pigmented shade among the swatched ones.

#8 Electric Purple. Again, nothing electric about it. It is transparent (although whan I packed it on, I could see a hint of lilac) with tons of glitter.

#9 Neon Orange. Almost-transparent orange with glitter.

#12 Elegant Nude. Warm beige-pink shade. It is not very pigmented, but it is neither transparent.

On the lips, the lipgloss is slightly sticky and moisturizing. The lipgloss gives a shiny, jelly-lips effect, but in most cases it looks like a transparent gloss with glitter. The lipgloss stays on the lips for 2 hours.

To sum up: among the 7 shades I have swatched, only one is decently pigmented, 2 shades are so-so, and 4 are practically transparent.

While this is a good quality lipgloss, the lack of colour is the problem which I cannot overlook.

Overall impression:

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Foundation Swatches

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I’ve been a bit bored today so I’ve decided to swatch most of the foundations I have. For reference, the skin of my arm is currently NC20.

The swatches are (from left to right):

GIVENCHY Photo’Perfexion Light in shade #4 – you can see that the foundation oxidizes and turns into darker orange shade as it dries

LANCOME Effacernes concealer in Beige Pastel (yes, I know that this isn’t a foundation, but it is here because of the colour reference as this shade is the exact shade as my face is)

MAX FACTOR Second Skin Foundation in #70 – it is scary how pink it looks

LANCOME Teint Miracle #03

CLARINS Everlasting Foundation #103

GIVENCHY Photo’Perfexion #4

GIVENCHY Photo Perfexion #6

GIVENCHY Photo’Perfexion Foundation Review

Givenchy Photo’Perfexion is one of the foundations I’ve been testing prior to getting Clarins Everlasting. The foundation comes in a pump bottle, and it retails for around 40 euros, but keep in mind that the bottle contains only 25ml of the foundation, whereas the standard foundation packaging contains 30ml.

My skin is oily and, while I do not have heavy acne and I am not breakout prone, I can count on one acne per week. My pores are also very expanded. In spite of this I am not a fan of full and medium coverage foundations. What I require from the foundation is minimal coverage – the foundation simply needs to even-out my skin tone, cover slight discolourations and minimize the appearance of the pores.

I’ve been seriously considering this foundations ever since it has been launched and since I’ve heard many raves about this foundations on the various boards in my country, I almost bought it without even trying it. Luckily, a very generous SA gave me four 5ml samples of this foundations in 04 Perfect Vanilla and 06 Perfect Honey. Considering the fact that the full-size bottle of foundation contains 25ml, I can only thank the SA for providing me with so much samples and saving me some money.

The foundation is medium coverage, although it is possible to build it up to full coverage. It covers imperfections well, it doesn’t emphasize pores. The good coverage doesn’t bother me, because I mix the foundation with moisturizer and that way the coverage is much lighter. The finish is natural and the face indeed looks photoshoped.

It blends well into the skin. It is pretty longlasting and won’t disappear from the skin. It doesn’t control oil and I think it is most suitable for those with normal/combination skin. It is lightly fragranced, I can barely feel the smell and it disappears after you’ve put the foundation on. It doesn’t oxidize.

It has SPF 20 PA+++ (titanium dioxide 3.16%, octinoxate (ethylhexil methoxycinnamate) 2.997%) which means that I can get away with no sunscreen during winter, but during summer I would use sunscreen.

Givenchy has a good range of shades, especially for fair skin ladies. I usually wear Dior 010 during winter and Dior 020 during summer and the shades that would match me in this foundation during summer are 04, 05 and 06. 04 is light neutral (but slightly on the pink side) while 05 has more yellowish tone. 06 is slightly darker, slightly orange. There are several even lighter shades, although their availability depends upon the country (in Croatia 03 is the lightest – this one would match me during winter).

Now, what I really dislike about this foundation (and this is what put me off of buying the full-size) is that it feels heavy.Although it blends in pretty well and I can’t see that I’m wearing a foundation if I look in the mirror, but I feel it sitting on my face and I don’t like it when I can feel that I have a foundation on. I tried to “dilute” it by mixing it with Estee Lauder Spotlight, but even then the foundation felt heavy. If I pay so much for the foundation I expect it to be a perfection and this, sadly, isn’t.

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GIVENCHY Magic Kajal Review and Swatch

Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil is a thick black eyeliner which retails for $22 for 0.09oz. The pencil comes with its own sharpener. The thickness of the pencil might make it difficult to control, especially if you want a thin line. To achieve a thin line, I  suggest you to hold the pencil almost parallel with the skin and just lightly press.

Magic Kajal is an intense carbon black shade and they claim it is suitable to apply to the waterline. I wouldn’t advise you to do it, because it is very prone to smudging, not to mention that it will disappear pretty quickly. If you want to line the waterline, use Guerlain Loose Kohl.

The eyeliner itself is extremely soft and very pigmented. I really like the rich black colour and it is probably one of the blackest eyeliner out there. The eyeliner seems a bit more waxier than my other eyeliners.

A little goes a long way and you really need only slightly touch the skin with the eyeliner to get an intense colour. Unfortunately, this is the most smudgeable eyeliner I’ve ever had. I usually apply the eyeliner only on my upper lashline, so I usually don’t have problems with smudging. However, Magic Kajal somehow manages to smudge under my eyes, even though I’ve put it over the primer and only on the upper lashline. Therefore I can only wear it in winter, because it is not as smudge prone during the dry, cold weather.

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GIVENCHY Radically No Surgetics Age-Defying and Perfecting Foundation Review

I have oily and dehydrated skin with huge, expanded pores. My skin is light (NC15 which can get NC20 or 25 in the summer.)

Before finding Clarins Everlasting foundation, I’ve tried tons of other foundations and a couple of days ago I’ve found a sample (made by a SA) of Givenchy Radically No Surgetics foundation in the shade 02 Radiant Opal. I liked the previous Givenchy foundation I’ve tried (Photo’Perfexion) so I thought I’ll give this one a chance.

Full size product comes in a pump bottle with lilac cap. The foundation has SPF15 and it retails for 60 euros.

They claim that this foundation is fighting all the signs of aging, not to mention that it gives a natural and youth-like appearance after the application. From the description it seemed like it would be an ideal foundation for me – that it would be moisturizing and natural looking. I was very wrong.

This foundation should be called a “flake detector”. I swear, the foundation made my every flake and every bit of dry skin to show up. In that terms it is even worse than Chanel Mat Lumiere. It didn’t matter which primer or moisturizer have I put under – flaky skin was always visible. Avoid this at all costs if you have problems with dehydrated skin.

The foundation applies evenly, but it dries really fast so I’d suggest to apply it to the small sections on the face and blend quickly; otherwise it will be very difficult to blend and it won’t be even. Also, it tends to settle into fine lines. I only have those barely visible lines under my eyes (everyone has those) and I constantly had to blend the foundation which has settled there.

As for the shade range, it seems that there is a decent choice of neutral light shades. Shade 02 Radiant Opal goes a bit peachy, but it is still neutral enough.

The foundation has a medium coverage which you can build up to heavier coverage.

On my oily face Radically No Surgetics foundation stays for at least seven to eight hours it is set with a loose powder, which is pretty decent period, but still not close to those super long-wearing foundations.

This foundation is among the worst I’ve tried and it definitely is not worth 60 euros.

Overall impression:

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