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.

earden drugstore haul wnw

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

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

dior nude haul 1

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

New in (Part 2) – Make-up (Urban Decay, Too Faced, theBalm, bareMinerals, Edward Bess, RMK)

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Hello lovelies,

here’s the second part of my huge haul – this time the focus is all on make-up. Looking at the photos, I think I have a blush problem :)

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First are Too Faced Sweethearts blushes – I love the cute heart shaped packaging, although it is a bit inconvenient to store. I haven’t used them yet but they swatch pigmented and not too shimmery. I have all three shades: Peach Flush, Candy Glow and There’s Something about Berry.

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I also discovered a new brand (at least to me) – RMK. Since I’m in a blush phase, I got a new Spring 2014 Kaleidoscope Cheek blush in Coral Pink. I was unpleasantly surprised by the size of the blush. I know it contains only 3 grams, but they could have camouflage it to look bigger.

How cute is the packaging?

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Next is Edward Bess Prismette quad in Sun & Stars. I swatched them too, and they seem great. I’m looking forward to trying more of Edward Bess products. P.S. His hair… I just can’t. I get major hair envy whenever I see him. If he were selling hair products, I’d get every single item, no matter the price.

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The final 3 items are palettes:

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The first is bareMinerals palette for Holiday 2014 which I managed to get for 11 GBP on feelunique. It contains two eyeshadows, a blush, a lipgloss, an eyeliner and a mini primer.

There’s no need to introduce Naked 3. I’ve tried it and so far I love it. I plan to post a review soon.

The last palette is theBalm Shady Lady special edition. I love reptiles, so I bought it based only on the snakeskin print packaging. I had no idea which shades I’d get and I was pleasantly surprised once it turned out that this is another nice neutral palette.

Well, I think this is it (for a while).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

New In part 1: Caudalie, Freeman, Oleo Therapy, Alnatura (Skincare Haul)

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Hello lovelies,

It’s high time to show you all the shopping I’ve done /gifts I’ve got recently. I wanted to post this haul earlier, but I waited for everything to arrive (I’m still waiting for Dior and some other stuff).

The first part is skincare-related. All the make-up will be in the second part (featuring Naked 3, which is great palette).

Let’s start with the products on the photo above. I got these Caudalie mini sets with lookfantastic discount code (I think it was 20 or 25% off). The first set is Caudalie Must Have Set (full price GBP22) and the other two are Travel Kit sets(GBP12,50). The sets are pretty good value, especially with discounts. There is also a third Travel kit, which is already unpacked, so I didn’t put it on the photo.

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Caudalie Must Have Set contains a full sized lip balm, mini hand cream (30ml), mini Vinosource moisturizer (10ml), mini Beauty Elixir (30ml) and micelle water (50ml). All the raves across the internet made me want to buy Beauty Elixir and, with the price of a mini size being almost the same as the discounted set price, I thought this might be a good way to try it, as well as other Caudalie products.

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Caudalie Travel Kit contains a 30 ml micelle water, 10 ml of Vinosource moisturizer, 15ml of Divine oil and 30ml of Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel. Based on a sample I had a chance to try, I like Huile Divine, but I’d like to test it a bit more before I shell out for a full size. This is again a great way to test Caudalie products.

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Having spent all my eye contour moisturizer samples, I’ve found myself in dire need for an eye contour cream. Normally, I’d get something from Bioderma or Avene, but their creams are not moisturizing enough me and I don’t want to use Retinol during summer. Being in Caudalie mode, I ordered Pulpe Vitaminee eye contour cream. I’m using it for a week and so far I like it.

I also decided to try Freeman masks – they get all the raves on other blogs. I currently use their Avocado mask and I’m not too happy, but I hope that Enzyme and Dead Sea minerals masks will be better.

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Positive effects of macadamia and avocado oils on my skin encouraged me to include more natural oils in my skincare routine. I picked up Oleo Therapy castor seed oil for my hair and Alnatura unrefined coconut oil for hair and nails.

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The final product is a GWP from Caudalie – a mini set of their new Polyphenol line – a serum, moisturizer, eye contour cream and oil. I can’t wait to try them. I estimate that the products are big enough to last me a month of daily use, which will give me enough time to test them properly.

Well, this is it. The part 2 will follow soon.

xoxo Tamara

Drugstore Haul – Essence & Catrice

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Hello lovelies,

I think I might have a blush problem :) During last few months I did a lot of on-line shopping and I didn’t visit drugstores a lot. However, recently I went in to see what’s new there and some things from Essence have caught my eye.

I saw two limited edition collections: Love Letters and Bloom Me Up and ended up getting two highlighters. My Guerlain blush which I use to highlight it almost gone. I’ve bought Shiseido High Beam White, but I also wanted a shimmery option. Granted, I have a bunch of Meteorites Pearls, but they can be a hassle to use. I think these Essence highlighters will serve me well. I haven’t worn them yet, but based on the quick swatch they do not seem overly shimmery.

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I also got two ombre blushes from Essence. Shade-wise, they remind me of MAC Proenza Schouler blushes; however, I don’t have those to compare. On the orange/coral blush you can see the reason why I rarely buy anything in dugstores – someone swatched it.I guess it was too much of a hassle to open the tester drawer and they had to open a product intended for sale. I didn’t open it in store to check it in detail – the cover is transparent and it looked ok, but obviously store light masked it. I’ll be smarter the next time.

I’ve increased my collection of Essence nail polishes – I bought several more textures and some other shades which aren’t on the picture because I’ve moved my nail polishes and they currently all reside mixed in boxes. I’m dreading the day when I’ll have to organize it.

newin essence catrice

My final purchase is Catrice nail polishes. For a while this was my favourite brand, but then I discovered Golden Rose, indie and on line shopping. I got two texture shades: Oysters & Champagne and Call Me Princess. I also bought Berry Potter & Plumberdore (purple-blue duochrome) which I got mostly for its name, although the nail polish itself is pretty, too.

What did you get recently?

xoxo Tamara

100 Days Cosmetics no-buy Final Update

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Hello lovelies,

this is the final update of my failed 100 Days cosmetics no-buy project. I really hoped that I’d manage to survive 100 days without buying beauty products, but I did not. I’m a bit embarrassed, to be honest. Still, even though the project hasn’t fulfilled its main goal, it made me realize some things about my beauty purchase patterns.

1. I tend to shop more when I’m bored; especially after I started to shop online. Not so nice weather we had in the first three months also contributed.

2. I don’t think a capsule make-up collection is for me. I admire those who can create a collection of several, well-picked items, but I prefer a bit of variety.

3. I’m a total nail polish addict, and I don’t think this addiction will stop soon. I’ve purchased approximately 80 nail polishes during my no-buy.

4. I can enter the drugstore/perfumery without buying anything. The same goes for on-line stores. Even though I’ve bought so much, the number of items I’ve bought doesn’t even come close to the number of items I’ve put in my cart and then returned back to shelves.

What’s going to happen in the future.

1. Longer no-buy projects aren’t for me. I think I can handle a short – month long – no-buy, but longer no-buys are sure to fail.

2. I’m better at using up products than at not buying them. My other project – 14 for 2014 is going great.

3. Never, ever am I to create a list of permitted items during my no buy. Those 8 nail polishes are one of the main culprits (together with my lack of self-control) for the fail. If it is a no-buy, than it is a no-buy. If I think that I might end up without an essential product during no buy, I have to buy it before a no buy, so that I don’t even have an excuse of shopping anywhere.

Now, I want to show you (along with a bunch of previously shown nail polishes.

rimmel apocalips haul

The first are Rimmel Apocalips lip glosses. Basically, I’m not a lip gloss person – I prefer to use lipstick. However, lipsticks are horribly inconvenient to carry during hot summer temperatures because they melt. I’ve heard great things about Rimmel Apocalips and decided to get a few… six to be exact. The worst thing is that I don’t like a half of them.

Here are more color accurate swatches on the skin:

rimmel apocalips swatches

Basically, I hate the three lightest shades. Though they don’t look so, the first two are the worst kind of nudes for my complexion – those pale, concealer-like lipsticks/lip glosses. I browsed a bunch of swatches and they didn’t seem as light. The third shade – Luna – applies unevenly. Don’t worry, I’ll review them once I properly test them.

The last three shades, on the other hand, are perfection.

Elizabeth Arden isn’t much talked about in the beauty community, but I there was a GWP promo, so I decided to grab some items from their Summer collection. First, look at the packaging – I adore nautical theme.

elizabeth arden haul

I got a crayon lipstick (Sunrise), duo eyeliner (Midnight Sail) and cream eyeshadow (Sand Dollar). The eyeshadow reminds me of Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille.

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The GWP came in a gigantic green and yellow bag (I don’t like the colour, but I like the size) and consisted of 8 Hour hand cream, Visible Difference lotion and lip gloss in the shade Sunset.

darling diva holo haul

The final purchase is Darling Diva holo nail polishes. I accidentally ran into a promo they had – 10% off the items and, since I wanted Landslide (bright green) forever, I ordered it… Together with 4 other nail polishes. Still, I only regret not buying the rest of the White Witch collection. The holos are very strong and I’ve got a feeling that Darling Diva is about to become my favourite indie brand.

I almost forgot to mention several Deborah Lippmann and Butter London nail polishes, but I forgot to take a photo of those.

I also bought a lot of make-up for my birthday which has yet to come and this make-up will be stashed away until then.

How is your no-buy going?

xoxo Tamara

100 Days No-Buy Update (Day 91) or How I Have Failed

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Hello lovelies,

I think that the title says it all. My no-buy went fine for three months and then all went to hell.

no buy haul

First Color4Nails started to carry Zoya which was enough for me to buy some of their naturel and magical pixie line, as well as several other polishes. Then I had a bad day and ended up getting a bunch of Golden Rose nail polishes. Then OPI launched Brazil collection – needless to say I liked every single nail polish (I ordered them). Several indie sellers had a discount. Then everything got out of control – there will be more Zoya and Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, a bunch of Too Faced, theBalm and Rimmel and much more (they still didn’t arrive).

While a part of me is shocked – it seems much more listed like this – I hope I’ll manage to mask some as birthday gifts.

Here’s the stuff I got which has arrived.

Color4Nails order:

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AEngland Dancing with Nureyev, Zoya Taylor, Rue, Brigitte, Cosmo, Lux, Aurora, Carter, Dhara, Monet.

Golden Rose & drugstore haul:

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Golden Rose Fantastic Color 180, 166, 152, Golden Rose Holiday 55, Golden Rose Rich Color 06, 105, Make Up Factory 515, Essence Million Dollar Baby, Golden Rose Care + Strong 169, Essence Here’s My Number.

Polish Me Silly haul (Meet my Chromies collection)

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Cosmic Kisses, Bombshell, Holy Shift, Lovestruck, Guilty Pleasure

OPI haul pt1.

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I Just Can’t Cope-a-Cabana, Where did Suzi’s Man-Go, Toucan Do It If You Try, Live.Love.Carnaval, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Hey Baby, Red Hot Rio

OPI haul pt2.

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Love Angel Music Baby, Taupeless Beach, I Sao Paolo Over There, Next Stop… the Bikini Zone, OPI Scores a Goal, AmazON AmazOFF (Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around is missing, but it will join them soon.

I plan to review and swatch OPI Brazil collection as soon as possible. I also want to do a comparison post. You can expect my impressions on my no-buy on 11th April.

How is your no-buy going?

xoxo Tamara

DECEMBER Shopping part 3 (Dance Legend, OPI, Essie)

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Hello lovelies,

finally the last part of my December shopping :) Dance Legend always take a long time to arrive and I ordered the rest the last day of 2013. I’m still going strong with my no-buy and I think I’ll do a nail polish collection post soon, now that all the polishes are here and I know that there won’t be any new-in at least until ILNP spring collection launch. I’ll tell you more about my no-buy in the next no-buy progress post and I’ll reserve this post for the pretties :)

dec haul opi

First is OPI. I didn’t have a lot of those, so I ordered all the polishes from Vintage Minnie Mouse collection and several other: Elephantastic Pink, I Don’t Give A Rotterdam and Happy Anniversary.

dec haul essie

The next is my Essie order. Ever since I realized I could get mini sets at eBay, I’ve wanted them on and off. Finally, I decided that I debated enough and that it will only bother me if I don’t get them, so I ordered last year spring and summer collection minis.

dec haul dance legend

The last is my order from Dance Legend. I love their multichromes (they have a finer pigment, compared to ILNP) so I ordered three more: Sulley, Wazowski and Knight (this one is limited edition and it is not available on their site anymore). They have two other multichromes which are very similar to ILNP Birefringence and Cygnus Loop so I’m not sure I’ll get those. While browsing the site, I noticed Candy Flakes collection. I got Lollypop (pink flakes) and Tinsel (green flakes). I also ordered a top coat for dark polish #603. The bottle shows what the top coat looks on a dark polish – the top coat is actually flakes suspended in slightly dirty transparent polish (you’ll see what I mean when I swatch it).

Well, this is my haul. I have to say that I’m looking forward to putting all these nail polishes to use.

xoxo Tamara

New In: December shopping pt. 2 – INDIE nail polishes (Darling Diva, Femme Fatale, Elevation, Liquid Sky, Lacquistry, Alanna Renee)

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Hello lovelies,

this is the second part of my December shopping (I still haven’t bought anything in January). This one will feature exclusively indie nail polishes (I’ve gotten a bit indie-crazy the last month). Tomorrow, I’ll talk about how my no-buy has been going a bit more, so that this post can be focused on nail polishes.

1. Femme Fatale (I order it from color4nails, but they have their own site: Femme Fatale Cosmetics)

dec haul femme fatale

It is Australian brand with glitter packed jelly base nail polishes. A bit of glitter fishing is necessary (especially if you want to catch a certain shape, but overall you get enough glitter on the brush. Each polish comes in a matte black cardboard box and the bottle contains 12 ml.

I ordered: Burning Blossom, Wickerman Embers, Edge of the Cosmos, Wolfsbane and Nightsong Grotto.

2. Darling Diva (I ordered from their Bigcatrel store, but they also have Etsy shop)

dec haul darling diva

They had a sale, so I ordered several shades and I’m totally in love with this brand. Although I thought that I won’t like them, the last two shades are absolute perfection and I can’t wait to show you swatches.

I ordered: Perdita, Honey Do, Bethany and Chandelle.

3. Elevation Polish (I order it from their Bigcartel store)

dec haul elevation polish

Elevation Polish also had a sale and, although the shades on sale weren’t love at first sight, I managed to pick three. When I got them, I was very surprised – the nail polishes were amazing and much prettier than on their site.

I ordered Trift, Marmolada and 2AM Walks with Farrihn.

4. Liquid Sky Lacquer (I order it from color4nails, but they also have their Bigcartel store)

dec haul liquid sky

I picked three of these on color4nails sale. My first impression when I got them was that they are surprisingly runny for a glitter packed nail polish. All shades are from their Haloween collection.

I ordered: Dem Bones, Trick or Treat and Witching Hour

5. Lacquistry (you can get it from her Etsy store) and Alanna Renee (I got it from color4nails, but it is also available on Femme Fatale and on her site).

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Lacquistry’s Amazeballz! would definitely be the nail polish of the year, had I got it earlier. Although my camera hates it, so it refuses to photograph it well, it is, just like the name suggests Amazeballs. The bottle I ordered is a medium sized – contains 30 ml of nail polish and costs $30. There is also smaller (normal size) 15 ml bottle and super huge 75 ml bottle. Alanna Renne is another Australian nail polish brand and I picked one to try. Had I known that Darling Diva Perdita is very similar, I would have picked a different shade.

I ordered: Amazeballz! and Lenny.

Well, this would be all. I’m looking forward to trying these polishes. I’m glad I’ll have something to entertain me during my no-buy (86 days to go).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

New in: December shopping (ESSIE, CHINA GLAZE, INDIGO BANANAS, EMILY DE MOLLY, etc.)

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Hello lovelies,

my no-buy is still going great (although it’s been only a week – this means 93 more days to go). I was tempted a bit on the first day, but I managed to press the little x button on time.

In this post I’m going to show you the purchases I made back in December, but which arrived the last week. I have to say that when I decided to go on a no-buy I though that the stuff I had bought will arrive at a slower rate, therefore giving me the impression that I’m actually buying something without buying it for real. The post messed up my plans.

Anyway, here are the things which arrived.

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I’ll start with Orly nail polish. These actually arrived in December, but I didn’t have time to put the post up. I got Passionfruit, First Kiss, Dazzle and Hot Shot.

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I ordered 4 Essies: Butler Please (a stunning bright blue), Pretty Edgy (I thought this one would be a bit darker), Lapis of Luxury (very similar to Using My Maiden Name, minus the shimmer) and Little Brown Dress (I wanted a nice dark brown).

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I’ve finally made my first order on Etsy. I ordered several nail polishes from Indigo Bananas. What I like the most is that they offer a mini version of almost every shade and, to be honest, the mini isn’t really that mini – it contains 8 ml and cost $7.25. I bought the following shades: A Star to Sail By, A Thousand Dreams, Maui Wowee, Son of Fire, Suneater and Moonlight. From the quick swatches, I can say they are amazing – the first and the last shade are metallic flakies, while all others are duochrome holos.

newin dec china glaze

I’ve gone a bit crazy over neons, which can be seen from my China Glaze haul – I’ve ordered a bunch of them and I’ll list the shades I ordered, but they are not necessarily in the same order as in the photo. I have: Pool Party, Orange Knockout, Surfing for Boys, Flirty Tankini, Hang-Ten Toes, Rose Among Thorns and Love’s a Beach.

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The last is a mixture of several brands. There is Color Club Antiquated, China Glaze Mango Madness (a bit disappointed by this one because it looked like a flakie and not glitter), China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright and two Emily de Molly from MeiMei Signature: Hardware and Bellissima.

newin dec remington

The last product is a straightening iron – I thought about getting a GHD but, as far as I know, you cannot regulate temperature and, to be honest, it is too expensive if I don’t plan to use it often. Instead, I have Remington (have no idea which model) and I hope it will work just fine for me.

I also forgot to mention Shiseido highlighter, but I’ll tell you more about it soon.

There are several more orders I’m waiting which I’ll post once they are here. I’ll also post a no-buy update in about a week.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NEW IN: (fake?) OPI and DANCE LEGEND

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Hello lovelies,

my postman has been really busy :) Here are several nail polishes I ordered from eBay and Dance Legend.

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First I’ll start with OPI. I ordered three shades: Kiss me on my Tulips, Red Lights Ahead… Where? and DS Extravagance from a certain eBay seller whose name I won’t mention (yet). While the shades, the brushes, the font and everything else matches to my authentic OPI polishes, all three shades came with the code (on the sticker and on the bottle) scratched off. This makes me doubt their authenticity. I have sent the message to the seller and I’ll let you know what their reply was.

Započet ću s OPI lakovima. Naručila sam tri nijanse: Kiss me on my Tulips, Red Lights Ahead… Where? i DS Extravagance od jednog eBay sellera čije ime još neću spomenuti jer sumnjam na autentičnost laka. Iako nijanse, kistovi, font i sva druga obilježja odgovaraju originalnim OPI lakovima, na ova je tri laka izgreban kod s bočice i s naljepnice na dnu te zbog toga sumnjam u njihovu autentičnost. Poslala sam poruku selleru pa ću vam javiti što je odgovorio.

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Onto something nicer. I finally received my Dance Legend order. Dance Legend is a Russian brand of nail polishes – they have every sort of nail polish imaginable – from holos to multichromes, thermals and neons. The prices of the polishes are reasonable $8-$13, as well as the shipping which is $10, no matter how many nail polishes you order (if you order over 10 polishes, the shipping is free). The only problem is that the shipping time is very long. For some reason, my package spent almost three weeks in Moscow. However, once it was out of Moscow, it arrived in a week.

Prelazim na ljepše stvari. Konačno su mi stigli Dance Legend lakovi za nokte. Dance Legend  ruska je marka lakova za nokte – nema čega nema – od holo i multichrome do termalnih lakova i neon. Cijene su razumne – mislim da se kreću od $8 do $13, a ni poštarina nije preskupa. Poštarina je $10, a ukoliko naručite više od 10 lakova, besplatna je. Jedini je problem što lakovima treba čitava vječnost da stignu. To je uglavnom krivica ruske pošte, jer su prema broju za praćenje lakovi tri tjedna bili u Moskvi. Kad su konačno izašli iz Moskve trebalo im je samo tjedan dana da stignu.

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I ordered three holo shades from New Prism collection. I think they have 12  various shades of linear holos and, since I’m a holo addict and own a bunch of holos, I wanted to pick out the shades which are different from the rest of the holos I own. They are $13 and come in a 15ml bottle.

I got Robots vs. Humans (chocolate brown holo), New Messiah (finally a gold holo which doesn’t look green) and Optical Illusion (an interesting brownish purple holo).

Naručila sam tri holo laka iz New Prism kolekcije. Postoji 12 nijansi, ali sam odlučila odabrati one koje još nemam u kolekciji. Holo lakovi koštaju $13 i sadrže 15 ml.

Izabrala sam Robots vs. Humans (čokoladno smeđi holo), New Messiah (konačno zlatni holo koji ne vuče na zeleno) i Optical Illusion (zanimljivi ljubičasto smeđi holo).

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I also got two polishes from their Chameleon collection. The only multichromes I saw up to then were those from ILNP so I picked two which looked the most unique: Roz and Boo. Little did I know that ILNP would launch Nostalgia, which falls somewhere in between these two shades. I’ll do a comparison post soon, but I tell you: You need all of them. Multichromes cost $8 and they come in a much smaller bottle (6.5 ml)

Također sam naručila dva laka iz Chameleon linije. Budući da su jedini multichrome lakovi koje sam dotad vidjela ILNP, izabrala sam dva koja su mi se činila najjedinstvenija: Roz i Boo. Tada nisamznala da će ILNP predstaviti nijansu Nostalgia koja je nešto između ove dvije koje sam naručila. Uskoro ću staviti post u kojem ću usporediti ove lakove, ali već vam sad mogu reći da trebate sva tri :) Multichrome lakovi dođu $8, ali dolaze u puno manjoj bočici – samo 6,5 ml.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NEW IN: Layla, Color Club, OPI

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Hello lovelies,

someone needs to stop me from buying all the polishes :) Here are the nail polishes which arrived this week and I have a bunch of them on their way to me. I can’t even keep track of them all :)

On the top photo you can see my Color Club Halo Hues. At first I only planned to get several from each collection and in the end, I ended up getting all of them. The holo is super, super strong – this photo was taken in shadow and you can still see the holo effect. There are only two nail polishes which have a weaker holo effect: Kismet and Eternal Beauty.

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I also couldn’t resist trying some of Layla Hologram nail polishes. They offer a variety of colours, but I decided to pick the shades which I don’t have in a holo version (well, except pink). I got Gold Idol (which looks more like a green to me), Shock Pink and Emerald Divine (this one is absolutely fabulous green). I also got 3 nail buffing files – it seems that, to make the application easier, you have to prepare your nails with a nail buffer. Each polish cost me $13.

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What is a nail blogger without an OPI nail polish? I ordered five of them for a start, but I have 3 more on their way to me. I got Germanicure (burgundy), My Pointe Exactly (grey) and I Theodora You (pink). I also ordered two DS (designer series). They come with silver caps and back in time (when I wasn’t so much into nail polish) they were fabulous linear holos. The two I picked are more of a scattered holo type and I have to say that they remind me a lot of Oriflame Palladium nail polishes. I got DS Reflection (red) and DS Opulence (pink).

Well, this would be all for today although, knowing me, I might have another new in post soon.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NEW IN: Huge Urban Decay, Deborah Lippmann, Essie and other Haul

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Hello lovelies,

here are some items I ordered in October. I think I need to keep my hands off make-up and nail polish for a while :), even though I got quite a deal on some items. Anyway, let’s see.

URBAN DECAY

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Several years after its launch, I finally have Naked Palette. I got a Naked Palette set and used 20% off from HqHair. It would be a shame to let it pass. I also received an amazing GWP – a set of New CID Cosmetics which I’ll show you later.

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

ESSIE

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I think I have Essie addiction :) I found an ebay seller with acceptable shipping, so each Essie was under $10. Some polishes are from Wedding 2013 collection and some are permanent.

3. My Better Half

4. Using My Maiden Name

5. Sexy Divide

6. Vanity Fairest

7. Braziliant

8. Knockout Pout

9. Pink Glove Service

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DEBORAH LIPPMANN

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I can say “thank you ebay” for these polishes, too. I have found a seller with reasonable shipping, so the polishes are a bit more expensive than US retail price. These polishes are also available on Beautybay, but way more expensive.

10. Mermaid’s Dream

11. Glitter In The Air

12. Mermaid’s Kiss

NEW CID COSMETICS

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I am not very familiar with this brand, but I received a 37 GBP value set as a GWP. They didn’t say what’s in the set, so I browsed a little around and found that the set should contain a nail polish, a lipstick and a primer. However, when it arrived, I was quite surprised. My set contained a nail polish (10GBP), an eyeliner (13GBP) and a cream eyeshadow (14GBP). Much better, in my opinion. Also, the polish contains a led lamp in the cap.

13. I-line Professional Kohl Pencil in Soft Brown

14. I-colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Diva

15. I-polish Light Up Nail Polish in Strawberry Gateau

CHINA GLAZE and GOLDEN ROSE

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Finally, some of my other polishes. I wanted Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven, but I found a comparison site and China Glaze Snow Globe looked way nicer. I also got some Golden Rose Jolly Jewels.

16. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #103

17. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #116

18. China Glaze Snow Globe

19. China Glaze Prism

Well, that would be it. Share your hauls in the comment :)

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New In: SR SKINCARE and DEBBY

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Hello lovelies,

although I was supposed to be on a low buy, I had to purchase my basic skin-care for winter. I have already created my fall/winter routine and I have stocked up on the products (with the exception of a cleanser).

SR Skincare is a brand formerly known as Forever Young and they offer affordable skincare solutions with top ingredients. The shipping from the UK to Croatia is a bit expensive (7 pounds), but super fast (less than a week).

I’ve ordered the following items:

Glycolic acid peel (30%). I’ve used lower concentrations of glycolic acid and my skin is quite used to it, so I got a higher concentration. You also get a brush and neutralizer.

Salicylic and lactic acid peel (20%). I’ve used only lower concentration of this peel. Salicylic acid is supposedly very strong, so I won’t try it right now. This peel also comes with application pads and neutralizing gel.

Vitamin C serum. This bottle leaked. I’ve tried to contact the store about it, but my message couldn’t get through. I hope that they’ll improve the packaging, primarily because Vitamin C can be very unstable.

Hydrat hyaluronic acid serum. I’m looking forward to trying this.

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I also couldn’t resist when I saw a new brand in BIPA drugstores: deBBY. I got this star shaped glitter nail polish. I absolutely love holographic stars :)

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NEW IN: Born Pretty Store

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Hello lovelies,

I didn’t buy anything this month and luckily the package from Born Pretty Store has saved me from a no-buy crisis :) They are my go-to nail art supplier and I can’t wait to try these products. They gave me so much nail art inspiration and I can’t wait to show you nail art ideas.

I have picked the following items:

Nail Art Decoration Kit 9in1  *which contains 6 mini bottles of hexagonal glitter, a mini nail file, wooden stick and nail glue. The set retails for only $3.64 and you can get 10% off with the code TSG10.

Flower Design Stamping Template  *is a pretty basic stamping plate. Currently it is on sale for $0.99.

Born Pretty Holo Nail Polish #9 *. As you know, I’m a huge fan of their holo polishes. This is the eight shade in my collection and I only need 4 more to complete it. The polish retails for $4.59.

I’m looking forward to try all the items.

I am going to review all items during the following two weeks. I hope that the weather will be friendly enough to photo the holographic polish.

If you have any request on which product you want me to review first, let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

* = press sample

New In: ORIFLAME and BORN PRETTY Shopping + swatches

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Hello, lovelies.

I hope you are enjoying your day. Today I’m going to show you what I’ve found in my mail recently. I haven’t had much time for shopping during the past several months so when I found some, I went a bit overboard.

After several months I finally made my Oriflame order. For a long time, they didn’t offer anything interesting, but recently they have launched their BB cream version. Even though BB creams are huge rage for several years, and I’ve been intrigued by their multifunctionality, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon way too late. The main reason is that I wasn’t comfortable ordering the “real” Asian BB creams and all those available in drugstores were very, very dark. Oriflame offer their cream in three shades and I got the lightest.

I also threw in two hand creams in jumbo sizes since they were on sale.

I’ve succumbed to the lure of holographic nail polish (who wouldn’t) and order 7 Born Pretty nail polishes (3 from the official Born Pretty store and 4 from e-bay). I’m still waiting for other 3.

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The polishes themselves are excellent – the holographic effect is pretty good and two coats sufficient. I’ll review them fully once I receive my Born Pretty store order.

However, I couldn’t wait to show you at least swatches made on swatching sticks. I’ve put two coats of each shade on the stick and even though they look sheer here (sticks are transparent) on the nail the polish is completely opaque.

Here are the shades #3, #4, #8 and #11.

born pretty holo polish swatch

If you want to get swatch sticks, I recommend e-bay seller hkiron-aus ($2.58 for 50 sticks).

Thank you for reading :)

xoxo Tamara