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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NEW IN: Kérastase and Sleep-In Rollers

kerastase

Hello lovelies,

I don’t know about you, but I often go through different cosmetics hoarding phases – one month I’m collecting lipstick, the other nail polish and the third I buy skincare like crazy. My current phase (other than the nail polish one) is hair care. My hair is very complicated and annoying and it is impossible to find a hairdresser who would style and treat it right without costing an arm and a leg. Since the hairdressers I’ve visited (not the cheapest, but on the cheap side) can’t even do the basics right (like cut your hair 5 cm only (I ask them to give me the scissors and I cut one strand to the length I want) or lighten my dark blonde hair (level 6-7) to level 8 or 9 without making it yellow (and I warned them that my hair has a lot of red pigment). I don’t even have to mention that when they dry your hair, they put the hair dryer on the highest temperature and hold it on a half a centimeter distance, practically burning your hair.

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PROMO: John Masters Organics Scalp Hair Care Line / Linija za njegu kose i vlasišta

SCALP SKUPNA

Hello lovelies,

here’s some information about new John Masters Organics Scalp Hair Care line. As a premium organic brand John Masters Organics rarely launches new product lines.

Scalp line is intended for all those who have problems with their scalp. The line contains three products (leave-in treatment, shampoo and serum) which are specially developed to solve the problems caused by dry or oily scalp, lack of follicles, overproduction of sebum, thin hair and lack of volume.

Danas vam donosim informacije o novoj liniji proizvoda za njegu kose brenda John Masters Organics. John Masters Organics predstavlja premium organsku kozmetike i rijetko na tržište izlazi s novim proizvodima jer smatra da njihovi proizvodi nemaju alternative.

Linija Scalp namjenjena je osobama koje imaju problema s vlasištem. Linija sadrži tri proizvoda (leave-in tretman, šampon i serum) koji su posebno razvijeni kako bi rješavali probleme nastale zbog  masnog ili suhog vlasišta, nedostatka folikula, pretjerane proizvodnje sebuma ili tanke kose, te nedostatak  volumena.

SCALP Sampon od metvice i surucice

SCALP Spearmint & Meadowsweet scalp stimulating shampoo / SCALP Šampon za stimulaciju vlasišta od metvice i suručice (263 ml, 169 kn)

This purifying shampoo optimizes scalp conditions for healthy, manageable hair. Six certified-organic ingredients remove buildup and stimulate the scalp while soy proteins hydrate hair and lock in moisture. Made with 6 certified-organic ingredients. Safe for color-treated hair.

Key ingredients:

• spearmint & peppermint – stimulate scalp for optimal hair growth

• meadowsweet extract (spiraea ulmaria) – natural astringent; prevents hair loss

• eucalyptus oil – removes bacteria; anti-inflammatory

• zinc – reduces irritation and protects the scalp

• soy protein – strengthens hair follicle

• guar gum – natural thickening agent; builds volume; locks in moisture and increases shine

Ovaj šampon služi za pročišćavanje i stimulaciju vlasišta za zdravu i podatnu kosu.

Šest certificirano organskih sastojaka uklanjaju naslage i stimuliraju vlasište, dok proteini soje hidratiziraju kosu i zadržavaju vlagu. Šampon izvrsno djeluje na probleme nastale zbog masnog ili suhog vlasišta, nedostatka folikula, pretjerane proizvodnje sebuma ili tanke kose, te nedostatak  volumena. Dovoljno je nježan za obojenu kosu.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• metvica i suručica – stimulira vlasište za bolji rast kose

• ekstrakt suručice (spiraea ulmaria) – prirodno učvršćuje korijen kose; sprječava ispadanje

• eukuliptus, eterično ulje – djeluje protuupalno i antibakterijski

• cink- sprječava iritacije i štiti vlasište

• proteini soje-jačaju folikulu kose

• guar– prirodni sastojak za zgrušnjavanje; daje kosi volumen i sjaj, te održava vlagu u kosi

SCALP Leave-in regenerator od zelenog caja i nevena

SCALP Green Tea & Calendula Conditioning Mist / SCALP Leave-in regenerator od zelenog čaja i nevena (125ml, 229 kn)

This lightweight, leave-in conditioning spray combines the antioxidant benefits of green tea along with 9 other certified-organic oils and extracts to strengthen and revitalize hair. Guar gum naturally builds volume while soy proteins replenish lipid content to lock in moisture.

Key ingredients:

• green tea extract – rich in antioxidants; natural antibacterial; stimulates hair growth

• calendula extract – soothes and protects the hair and scalp

• broccoli seed oil – rich in fatty acids to eliminate frizz and give hair a smooth, natural shine

• chamomile extract – strengthens and revitalizes the hair; treats scalp issues

• rosemary extract – stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine

Najnoviji proizvod JMO linije je upravo ovaj lagani leave-in regenerator u spreju. Kombinacija antioksidativnih karakteristika zelenog čaja i drugih devet certificirano organskih ulja i ekstrakata koji osnažuju i revitaliziraju kosu. Guar daje kosi volumen dok proteini soje dodaju lipidni sadržaj koji omogućuje bolje zadržavanje vlage.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• ekstrakt zelenog čaja – bogat antioksidansima, djeluje antibakterijski, stimulira rast kose

• ekstrakt nevena – umiruje i štiti kosu i vlasište

• ulje sjemenki brokule – bogato prijeko potrebnim masnim kiselinama, kosu čini glatkom, podatnom i sjajnom

• ekstrakt kamilice- daje kosi snahu i vitalnost, sprječava iritacije problematičnih vlasišta

• ekstrakt ružmarina – stimulira rast kose, daje joj volumen i sjaj

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SCALP Serum za stimulaciju i ciscenje vlasista

SCALP Deep Purifying Serum / SCALP Serum za stimulaciju i čišćenje vlasišta (59ml, 219 kn)

This salon-grade serum uses a variety of extracts and oils to treat and soothe damaged scalp while removing excess sebum and oily buildup. Great for scalp massages.

Key ingredients

• spearmint & peppermint – stimulate scalp for optimal hair growth

• wintergreen – antibacterial; helps soothe headaches

• meadowsweet extract (spiraea ulmaria) – natural astringent; prevents hair loss

• vitamin B complex – helps retain moisture; prevents flakiness; slows hair loss

Metvica i menta okosnice su ovog visoko kvalitetnog blagotvornog seruma osmišljenog za profesionalne tretmane u frizerskim salonima, no možete ga koristiti i kod kuće. Zimzelen djeluje antibakterijski te sprječava glavobolju, a ekstrakt suručice (livadnog aspirina) smanjuje opadanje kose teučvršćuje korijen kose. Serum John Masters Organics za stimulaciju i čišćenje vlasišta djeluje blagotvorno, ali snažno na vlasište kako bi biljnim ekstraktima i uljima tretirao i umirio iritacije dok istovremeno uklanja višak sebuma i masne naslage. Izvrstan je za masaže vlasišta.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• metvica& menta – stimulira vlasište za bolji rast kose

• zimzelen – djeluje antibakterijski, sprječava glavobolju

• ekstrakt suručice (spiraeaulmaria) – prirodno učvršćuje korijen kose; sprječava ispadanje

• B kompleks– održava vlagu u kosi, sprječava prhutanje; usporava ispadanje kose

Sve John Masters Organics proizvode možete kupiti u BB Naturavera web trgovini.

xoxo Tamara

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L’OREAL Elvital Anti-Haarbruch Mask Review and Ingredients

l'oreal elvital mask

 

When it comes to cosmetics, hair care is probably one of the domains I’m least interested in. However, my hair is completely weird – it is very thick and tries to defy the laws of gravity when it shouldn’t.

A couple of months ago I finally got my hair cut (I didn’t cut it for over two years after my last hairdresser had traumatised me) and since I still don’t trust the hairdressers completely, I want to avoid getting it cut for as long as possible.

L’Oreal is known for transferring almost 90% identical formulas from one of its brand to another, so this is the company I trust the most when it comes to hair product (they own Kerastase).

From what little of German I understand, Elvital Anti-Haarbuch Mask is intended to nourish and repair damaged hair.

The mask is very thick in consistency – like a butter and you really have to dig in. Once you get it on your fingers, it is creamier and it easily applies on the hair.

The instructions say to leave it on towel-dried hair for 2 to 3 minutes – I usually leave it up to 10 minutes.

I’m currently using Subrina Anti-Dandruff shampoo, which is effective against dandruff, yet it tangles my hair. The mask detangles it without a problem.

As for its efficiency, I have noticed that my hair is softer and easier to style. It is not damaged at all, but I’m using the mask for almost a month and when I started it, my hair was undamaged. Usually, I get split ends after a month, but so far there is no split ends.

So far I’m pretty satisfied, but I need to give it more time for better estimation.

INGREDIENTS:

l'oreal elvital mask ingredients

FINISHED! July Edition

First, I’d like to thank all the readers who are reading and following my blog. i have to admit that I’ve been so busy and yesterday I have realized that the second year of blogging has finished.

I would like to thank you for your support :)

I’ve been looking back on my older posts and it is funny how one changes oneself through the period of time.

Reviewing some of not-so-widely known brands was one of reasons for which I have started blogging, and while this still remains true, some of my attitude towards blogging has changed.

I remember how much stuff I have accumulated during my first year as a beauty blogger. I would often find myself in the store purchasing something thinking „I really don’t need it, but I would like to review it on my blog“ and ending up with the product which wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I really needed.

As the time flies, I realize that I have changed my attitude towards make-up and cosmetics in general. Today, I have a much clearer perception of what I want and need and what I do not. I’m more focused on purchasing essentials and products that will work for me, rather than purchasing something that has a gorgeous packaging (although I may cave in from time to time).

It seems that I less and less willing to settle for the second best. However, the quest for THE product lasta a long time. I’ve been hunting THE blush for a year and I have yet to narrow the choice down (this is what lists are for). Luckily, this means that I have enough time to finish with the products I already have.

So, without further rambling, here are the products I have spent this month

GARNIER Natural Beauty Granatapfel und Bierhefe (Pomegranate and Yeast) Shampoo Review

 

The shampoo comes in a 300ml bottle and retails for around $2. I have tried several shampoos from the Natural Beauty range and so far I’m the least safisfied with this one.

The shampoo has a thicker gel-like consistency. Upon application if foams up pretty well. It has a nice, mild scent which doesn’t linger for too long.

On the bottle it says that the shampoo is voluminzing. I have to admit that I haven’t noticed that my hair is more voluminous than it normally is when I was using this shampoo.

My main issue with this shampoo is that it leaves my hair feel very brittle, like it is drying it out too much. I don’t expect super-soft hair – if I want it, I’ll use a hair mask or conditioner, but with this shampoo my hair feels much drier than usually.

And another problem is with the cap of the shampoo – it is pretty hard to open, so I always damage my nails by trying to open it.

However, there is somehting this shampoo is great for and that’s washing make-up brushes. A little is necessary and my brushes are cleand and soft. I might repurchase it for this purpose.

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SISLEY Shampoo with Botanical Extracts Review

Sisley Shampoo with Botanical Extracts for Frequen Use comes in 200ml bottle and it retails for around $80.

I’ve had one 10ml sample which was enough for one use (my hair is long and thick). If my hair weren’t as dirty, I’d probably get two uses out of the sample.  I usually wait until I accumulate enough samples for several uses, so that I can give a more fair estimation of the products, but  since recently I’mvery keen on getting rid of the samples, so I couldn’t resist it.

Please, take this review just as a brief comment. If I get more samples or if I go crazy and purchase the full-size shampoo, I’ll update the review accordingly.

The shampoo is very thin, almost watery. It has a pleasant rosemary scent, which reminds me a bit of L’Occitane’s shampoos, but Sisley is much milder.

The shampoo foams up, but don’t expect a huge foam.

THe hair is shiny, clean, but it doesn’t feel brittle or dry. My hair is currently very damaged, but the sun will ruin it even more, so I won’t cut it until autumn and then I’ll remove all the damaged hair.

After only ne use I’m impressed, but usually all shampoos turn out to be amazing the first time and then go bad the longer I use it.

As with everything Ssiiley, I suggest getting the samples first. They are usually very generous and give you the chance to try the product without wasting the money.

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FINISHED! June Edition

The last month has been really productive. I’ve sorted out all of the products which are close to finishing and I’ve been almost exclusively using them for the last month. Some products still aren’t finished, but many are.

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5 Surefire Ways To Damage Your Hair (Guest Post by Aleya)

Having head full of beautiful shiny hair can add greatly to your beauty. Knowing this you probably take time to care for it and style it so that it looks good and is more manageable. Unfortunately many of the things that we do to our hair can cause it to break, get dry and even fall out. Here are a few things that many women do that will cause damage to their hair.

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L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner Review

I have already written about L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and I have finally tried the conditioner from the same collection. I have accumulated two 8ml sized samples. Just for your information, L’Occitane shampoos and conditioners usually come in different sizes – there is a 75ml travel size bottle, 300 ml bottle, 500 ml bottle and 500 ml eco refill (this verson is the cheapest solution – you just have to decant it into an old, clean shampoo bottle)

L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner has a very thin texture. Since it is a repairing conditioner I have expected something thicker, but it is very runny. A little goes a long way and after using it for a month two or three times per week, I have yet to spend half of the amount I have. I have a medium long, thick hair  – just below my shoulders and I apply the conditioner on the lower third of my hair.

Other than being thick, my hair gets greasy on the roots (so much that I have to wash the hair frequently, which then ruins the rest of the hair). Naturally, the ends are extremely dry and split.

This conditioner is amazing. After only one use, my hair appeared considerably healthier (I’m not imagining it, the others were asking me if I had cut my hair). The ends are not as dry as they used to be.

The conditioner won’t repair the existing split ends, but there is no new damage.

Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner is among those products that have made the difference after the first use. I’ve been using if for over a month and, naturally, now the improvement isn’t as drastically visible. I think that the conditioner did its best after the first use and now I just use it to maintain the results. I’m sure that if I would stop with the conditioner, my hair would be back to its horrible self.

The conditioner smells just like the shampoo from the collection – slightly fruity. Keep in mind that the scent tends to stay in the hair, so you can smell it on the hair the next day.

L’Occitane Aromachologie is something that is definitely worth considering, especially if you have dry hair. Now I can’t wait to test the mask, which is supposed to be even better.

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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 Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo Review

Months ago I have received two 8ml samples of L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo with 5 essential oils which have left a good impression. However, these two samples were enough for only two times, so in order to test the shampoo properly, I’ve decided to get 75ml travel size.

Full size contains 300 ml and retalis for $18. It is also possible to get a refill, which is a bit cheaper (400ml for $20).

This shampoo is amazing. The consistency seems pretty thin to me (but this is probably due to the fact that I’m used to thicker, creamier shampoos). I do not have to use much because the shampoo lathers well. Nevertheless, my hair roots get pretty oily, so I must apply the shampoo twice.

Using this shampoo, my hair looks good even three days after the washing (usually I have to wash hair every other day).

As my hair is in pretty horrible condition (I’ve dyed it light blonde, then after a month I opted for medium blonde and a couple weeks later I’ve dyed it dark blonde, trying to get back to my natural colour), I don’t think that a shampoo can save it. However, I’m cutting my hair soon and I’ll continue to use the shampoo, so in a couple of months I’ll edit and see if the shampoo has other benefits.

The smell of the shampoo is absolutely amazing (I wish they made similar perfume).

This is a nice shampoo, and while I cannot say much about its repairing benefits, I can say that my hair feels much softer and looks shinier after using it for a month.

Overall impression: 4.5

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CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Hair Mist Review

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is very far from what would be my ideal fragrance. This bottle is the result of my identity crisis. Usually, when it comes to fragrance, I have pretty developed sense of what I like and what not. However, at some point in time, I couldn’t find a good perfume; it didn’t matter whether I have tried a mainstream or niche fragrance – I could not identify with one.

I picked Coco Mademoiselle out of boredom. It seemed nice at the first sniff – slightly fruity, slightly floral and slightly oriental. I cannot describe it better, because to my nose nothing stands out. It’s a “fit-in-the-crowd” fragrance and it definitely isn’t for someone who likes to be noticed.

I wanted to get EdT (because I surely won’t pay for the EdP version of a “so-so” fragrance), but on my skin EdT had the same staying power as the hair mist (which is almost half cheaper).

I used it both as a regular fragrance and as a hair mist. I was expecting much weaker staying power, but I can feel the scent on the skin even after eight hours (although it is very weak). On the hair, the scent stays until you wash it and I’ve only used a light spray.

While I do not like the fragrance itself very much (my nose has never agreed with Chanel perfume), those who like Coco Mademoiselle in EdT version might want to test the hair mist, as on my skin is practically the same as EdT version (minus the price).

Project 10 Pans: Part 3 – Body and Haircare

Last Saturday, I’ve announced my new project through which I’m hoping to finally get rid some of the stuff from my stash. There are 42 product on the list, so I’ve split them up into three parts (makeup, skincare, body and haircare).

You can find older posts here:

Make-Up + Rules

Skincare

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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.

CARITA Le Cheveu Revitalising Scrub For The Scalp Review

When I first heard of scalp exfoliators, I was very sceptical and I thought that it would be just a waste of money. But I’m glad Carita proved me wrong.

The exfoliator contains grounded sunflower and jojoba seeds, which look pretty big and one might think that the exfoliation will be too harsh, but they provide very gentle exfoliation. The exfoliator has a onderful scent – it smells like hazelnuts and almonds.

I separate the dry hair into wide sections and apply the exfoliator on the scalp. I massage it for several minutes, rinse off and wash the hair with the shampoo.

The difference in my hair is really obvious. After the exfoliation, the hair looks healthier, stronger and has more volume.

The exfoliator is pricey (it cost me aronund $35), but it comes in a big 150ml tube and it is impossible to spend. One tube usually lasts me for almost two years if I exfoliate one time per week.