100 Days No-Buy Challenge + Post No-Buy Haul pt 1.

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. I wanted to post my no-buy impressions in October, but life got in a way so here we have it – almost a month after it officially ended.

Surprisingly (actually not, considering the fact that at the moment I barely find time to eat and sleep) this one went much better. I did failed a bit – I bought that Douglas beauty box, but I’ve been pretty disciplined for the remainder of my no-buy.

Sadly, my discipline didn’t last very long – as soon as the midnight struck I ordered what seems to be a yearly supply of skincare, bodycare and make-up. It’s so much that I won’t show it all in this post but you can look forward to part two soon.

So, this is the majority of the stuff I bough.

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NEW IN │ Pre-100 Days No-buy Shopping (Nuxe, Decleor, Emma Hardie) Part 2

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I guess there’ll be a part three, too. I’m still waiting for some products – it’s been over a month and I think it is mostly due to vacations that my post is delayed. Well, these are the cons of on-line shopping.

It seems that my skincare obsession continues, judging by the amount of mini skincare sets I’ve ordered. Even though I have found HG in practically every category, I still have to test more. Fortunately, some brands were kind enough to launch mini/discovery sets which give you enough to properly test a big range of products without breaking the bank. After all, it is easier to throw out a mini than a full size.

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NEW IN │ Pre-100 Days No-buy Shopping (Caudalie, La Roche Possay, Yves Rocher, Catrice, Ciate and more) Part 1

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Hello lovelies,

finally the majority of items I’ve ordered in a tiny time frame of 2 days have arrived. I’m still waiting for several nail polishes, which should hopefully arrive soon, as well as some Emma Hardie and other skincare products. After all, it’s been over 3 weeks. I think that once they arrive I’m finally set.

Now, let’s see what I’ve got so far.

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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

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: Sisley, Guerlain, Treasures by Tan

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Hello lovelies,

here are several other items I’ve bought this May. First there is Sisley L’Orchidee Rose blush which I ordered from Liberty London. They had some promo going on and I ended up paying it only GBP12. I wanted to get a bronze version too, but it was out of stock.

Then I accidentally entered one perfumery and found that they have some Guerlain 50% off. I wanted to try the new style of quads forever, so this was the perfect chance. I got Les Gris and Les Tendres. I also bought two nail polishes: Madame Batifole and Star Dust.

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treasures by tan haul

While I was browsing Etsy looking for stainless steel balls for nail polish, I found an interesting new indie seller: Treasures by Tan. I saw that they carried a whole collection of interesting shades of holo nail polishes. I wasn’t sure about paying $95 for a whole collection, so I waited for a discount.

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These aren’t the strongest holos there – some shades are rather subtle and they require at least 3 coats for opaqueness. I have yet to test them and I plan to post a review soon.

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Being in a periwinkle phase, I couldn’t resist another nail polish: Love Spell – a periwinkle holo (sadly, rather subtle). I also received two cute minis as a GWP: Holo can you go and Little Bo Peep.

Well, this would be all (until my Dior Addict It and Real Techniques stuff arrive).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

New In: Elizabeth Arden, Born Pretty Store, Drugstore products

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Hello lovelies,

here’s the first round of the products I’ve ordered in May. I’ve developed quite an obsession with bronzers and it seems that my eyeshadow addiction has been revived.

I’ll start with Elizabeth Arden. All these products were a part of New York City Bloom collection for last spring (2013) and they are still available on feelunique.com. I can quite comfortably say that I’ve bought these primarily for the packaging – it is at the same time luxurious and cute – 20% off at feelunique was just an extra incentive.

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I bought two eyeshadow trios: Violet Bloom (a nice selection of purple neutrals) and Viridian Bloom (brownish beige neutrals with teal blue). There is also a bronzer – I got Soft shade.

bp glitter haul

I received the items on the photo above from Born Pretty store to review. I picked a pack of glitters, pastel metallic stud set and pink rhinestone set (use code TSG10 for 10% off the site). I am mostly looking forward to trying the studs and rhinestones – I already have some ideas in mind and I can’t wait to try them.

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The last items are two drugstore products. IQ cosmetics blush in Peach and Wet’n’Wild 8 pan palette in Comfort Zone. I’ve been eyeing it for ages and I finally decided to get it. I’m glad I did because the quality is amazing.

That would be all for this part.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara