FAVOURITES │ July

july favourites

Hello lovelies,

my “favourites” type of posts will feature beauty product that I especially gravitated to the past month. I haven’t done favourites for a while, primarily because for the past six months I’ve been focusing on using up the make-up I chose for my 14 for 2014 project. After six months, I’ve used up more than half of the products, so I finally feel comfortable to dig into my huge collection. Let’s say I’m pretty happy I don’t have to wear the same look every day anymore.

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June Empties + No Buy Update

 

june empties

Hello lovelies,

what a match (USA vs. Belgium). It is a shame that both teams couldn’t pass to the next round. Still, it was a pleasure to watch, so I don’t regret staying up late.

Even though it doesn’t seem like it, I didn’t spend a lot of stuff in June. I hope that means that July will be much better. I did, however, manage to make quite a dent in my perfume samples.

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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

L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights Brunch

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Hello lovelies,

the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of summer hairstyle trends are highlights and by highlights I mean of natural, subtly highlighted hair which looks as if it was lightened by sun. All the same, highlights are not limited to summer – well made highlights can really give the depth to the hair – transforming your hairstyle from plain to Hollywood glamour. To achieve such a look, you’d need to spend both time and money. L’Oreal have, however, decided to simplify the process by creating a new product which will allow you to achieve such a look at home.

L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights contains everything you need for natural DIY highlights (hair lightening cream, hair dye developer, decolorisation agent, shampoo and brush). You mix lightening cream, developer and decolorisation agent and then apply it to the brush.

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The secret of this system is in the new three-phase brush by which you can easily and evenly apply the hair dye on the hair. The hair dye doesn’t transfer – it stays where it is.

Yesterday I had a chance to convince myself that it really works on L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights presentation at L’Oreal Academy in Zagreb, where they showed us how to use this system on Croatian actress Leona Paraminski.

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At the beginning of the presentation we were greeted by L’Oreal manager Ana Andrašek and we watched a short film featuring L’Oreal’s ambassador Blake Lively.

After the film Marijana Gabud, the colorist demonstrated the whole process, step by step, on Leona to show us how simple the application is. Even Leona got the chance to try her hand in application and, according to her, it is really easy.

Depending on how light you want your hair to be, you can leave it on from 25 to 45 minutes. Marijana showed us that L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights work even on dyed hair, but it won’t work on grey hail.

L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights are available in three shades:

Glam Lights # 1 for light blonde to very light blonde hair

Glam Lights # 2 for dark blonde to light blonde hair and

Glam Lights # 3 for light brown to dark blonde hair.

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We had a small brunch while we were waiting for the hair dye to take effect, when I had a chance to get a recommendation for my hair colour (I’m supposed to use #2).

40 minutes later, Leona showed us the results – beautiful, subtly highlighted hair with golden sheen.

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I can see that this set will be the hit. It is already available in DM drugstores (probably in others, too, but I haven’t had the time to check) and it retails for 65 kunas ($12).

 

In the end, all attendees received a gift-bag which contained L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights set, Arginine Resist shampoo and detangles and new L’oreal Miss Manga mascara.

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I would like to thank L’Oreal Paris Croatia and Alert for inviting me. I really enjoyed the brunch and I’m looking forward to trying L’Oreal Préférence Glam Lights on my hair.

What do you plan to do with your hair this summer?

xoxo Tamara

MAY 2014 Empties

 

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Hello lovelies,

it’s again that time of the month when I show you my beauty trash bin. When it comes to empties, it doesn’t bother me that this month wasn’t the greatest because I can tell that June will be better.

Let’s start with the hair products.

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I’m not really impressed with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource shampoo (2x) and conditioner (2x). The shampoo is ok (but only ok) while the conditioner did nothing for my hair. I’ve cut my hair recently, but my ends are still dry; however, the conditioner did nothing to help. It was as if I didn’t put anything on. I won’t be repurchasing it.

Schauma shampoo is nothing special, too.

I am a bit more satisfied with Redken Diamond Oil shampoo. I’m sad that I don’t have more samples, because these two weren’t enough for me to see how it performs, but the shampoo has a potential. once I’m done with Kerastase, I might repurchase full size.

However, I absolutely love Redken Diamond Oil conditioner. It is amazing – super creamy and moisturizing for my hair. My ends look much smoother and shinier whenever I use this. You can really feel that it moisturizes the hair. This is a definite repurchase.

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may empties face

I’ve decided to start a new skin-care regime this June to properly test Caudalie Polyphenol range, but before starting it, I wanted to use up some samples.

I don’t think I’ll repurchase Bioderma Sebium Serum. It has a lightweight formula, with some acids added, but I didn’t feel like it actually does something for my skin

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion is great and I dread the day when I’m out of these mini bottles – at the moment I’m not willing to shell out $100+ on a full size.

Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet is a lightweight moisturizer. I think it would be best suited for oily to combination skin as I don’t think it does a lot for dehydrated parts of my skin. However, I’ll hold my judgment for a while and give more thorough review after using up another mini sample.

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water is Caudalie’s take on micellar waters. I don’t think it is a bad product, but I certainly had better. It removes light, non-waterproof makeup, but I would not trust it to remove heavy make-up. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it; I still prefer Bioderma.

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Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Tiare Flower is one of my favourite shower gels. I think that the fact that I’ve repurchased it twice tells enough. It is affordable, smells nice and mild for the skin.

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir is not my favourite take on jasmine, but it is still a nice everday scent. However, I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.

Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible is an ok fragrance, but nothing worth repurchasing.

Ferre Ferre fragrance is another nice everyday scent which I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I need to add that I’m very particular about the scents I wear and, with the exception of Lidl’s Suddenly Madame Glamour I prefer stronger scents – I like strong notes of tiare, jasmine, oud, vanilla and violet.

Caudalie Thé des Vignes shower gel is a nice, scented shower cream. It doesn’t later well and it is exceptionally mild for the skin so I think it might be well suited for those with sensitive skin (if you can handle the scent). I have repurchased another Caudalie shower gel and I might purchase this one again, too.

MAY TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 2

MINI: 7

SAMPLE: 9

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2014 TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 31

MINI: 34

SAMPLE: 40

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

February Empties :)

february empties

Hello lovelies,

even though February is the shortest month, when it comes to empties, it was epic. I usually keep 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

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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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