EMPTIES │ July Empties (the biggest empties so far)

 

july empties

Hello lovelies,

it seems that being persistent pays off. When the month started, I didn’t think I’d have so many empties, but I’ve determinately stuck with using up the products and the result is here – the biggest empties post so far. Even though there is a lot of small samples, there’s still quite a generous amount of full sized products. Surprisingly, several make-up items are gone, too (among which the unspendable Dior blush). In the light of my pre no-buy haul, I’m glad to have more space.

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REVIEW │L’Occitane Roses et Reines Travel Kit (shower scrub, body lotion & hand cream)

l'occitane roses et reines travel kit

Hello lovelies,

Roses et Reines is a part of L’Occitane’s elegant rose collection (along with Rose 4 Reines). Some items are still available on hqhair.

4 roses are in the heart of this collection – Turkish, Grasse, Bulgarian and Moroccan rose. Together, they give a light, slightly sweet and timeless fragrance to all the products from the collection. I am not a fan of rose scent – often it can be too strong and, as much as I dislike using this word, old-fashioned. L’Occitane have, however, created a nice, fresh composition which is not overwhelming for which I’m grateful as it means that I can use it without having a headache.

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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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L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Discovery Set Review

 

l'occitane shea butter set

Hello lovelies,

what do you think about discovery sets? I like them – often you can test a lot of products from a range for pretty affordable price. It is definitely much better way to test the products than the miniature samples.

Even though I’ve been familiar with the majority of L’Occitane products featured in this set, I thought it would be nice to remind myself why I liked them. The fact that I needed to order something to get a GWP didn’t hurt either. Besides Shea Butter set, L’Occitane offers Almond and Verbena discovery collections. All retail for 20 GBP and can be bought at hqhair.

The set includes the following items housed in a nice turquoise cosmetics bag:

l'occitane shea butter set 1

1. L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml

I don’t use a foot cream often – I’m pretty lucky that the skin on my feet is pretty low maintenance. This lavender scented cream works ok for me, but I doubt it would help someone with drier skin. The consistency seems lighter than that of a hand cream.

2. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml

It is another item that I’ve tried and liked. The consistency is slightly on the thicker side, but it spreads easily and skinks in relatively quickly. It is a great, albeit expensive, body moisturizer.

3. L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml

Another item that I really love is Shea Butter Hand Cream. It is one of L’Occitane classics and for a reason. It nourishes hands and cuticles and this small size makes it a convenient on the go.

l'occitane shea butter set 2

4. L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g

Compared to Bonne Mere collection of the soaps, this one feels much creamier. I tried it on my skin and, while it didn’t strip as much moisture as soaps usually do, still left my skin feeling pretty dry. However, I like it as a hand soap.

5. L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml

This lip balm is just ok. It has a light, non-offensive smell, it spreads easily on the lips, but it doesn’t sink in. This is the balm that I would prefer to use in winter, as it would create a balmy film on my lips. In summer, I prefer something that doesn’t stay on my lips. As for the performance – it is moisturizing, but keep in mind that my lips are in a pretty good condition at the moment.

6. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml

I’ve already reviewed it on the blog and I still love it. It is a gentle, lightly scented shower cream. It doesn’t create a foam, but it gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its moisture. I found that I do not need to use a lot of body lotion after showering with it; in summer I can get away without using any.

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This set retails for 20 GBP, but you can snag it for less if you use some of many available discounts on hqhair.

L’Occitane is not a brand big on discounts (at least not in Croatia) or nice value sets (if I buy a holiday set for $80+, you could at least give a gift box for free), so this set is not of a great value, but the retail value of the set is still lower than buying the items individually.

I’ve calculated the value of the items in the set

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml (250 ml for GBP 14 – 75 ml for approximately GBP 4.20)

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml (200 ml for GBP 29 – 50 ml value approximately GBP 7)

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 8 – 10 ml value approximately GBP 2.60)

L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 7.50 – 10 ml value GBP 2.50)

L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g (GBP 4.50)

L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml (15 ml for GBP 8.50 – 3ml value GBP 1.70)

and, as you can see, the value of the set (not including the bag) is GBP 22.50, which is not considerably cheaper compared to the set’s full price.

So, do I recommend it? It is definitely a nice option to try some products if you are new to L’Occitane. The product size also makes is pretty convenient for travelling. However, if you are expecting a bang for your buck, you might be disappointed.

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.

dior nude haul 2

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.

dior nude haul 3

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.

dior nude haul 4

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.

dior nude haul 6

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.

dior nude haul 5

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

January Empties :)

jan empties

Hello lovelies,

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

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L’OCCITANE Fig Tree Leaf Scented Candle Review

fig tree candle loccitane

Hello dears,

L’Occitane candle is my first scented candle and I’m not quite sure how to evaluate it. I’ll start with general information. L’Occitane candles generally come in a hexagonal tin jars with a cover included. They contain 100 grams and retail for approximately $19.

Fig trea leaf scent is a woodsy, sharp scent with a hint of sweet fig. When I sniffed the candle in the store, I wasn’t 100% sold on in, but when I started burning it, the scent developed nicely. It was very pleasant and discreete, nothing too strong or nauseating.

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Pozdrav dragi,

L’Occitane svijeća je moja prva mirisna svijeća, pa nisam baš sigurna kako bih ju recenzirala. Započeti ću s općim informacijama. L’Occitane svijeće dolaze u limenoj šesterokutnoj kutiji s poklopcem. Kutija sadrži 100 grama svijeće, a košta 119,30 kuna.

Svijeća smokvino lišće je oštar drvenasti miris s dodatkom slatke smokve. Isprva nisam bila 100% sigurna da mi se miris sviđa, ali kada sam upalila svijeću, miris se je prekrasno razvio. Miris je jako ugodan i diskretan, a nije prejak i ne izaziva mučninu.

fig tree candle

The candle didn’t burn evenly. I followed the instructions, so I’m not quite sure where’s the problem because there’s still a lot of wax left on the sides of the tin. I have several hypothesis, one beiing that I got a candle from an older batch, and the other the fact that I have burned the candle in a very cold room, which might have made the wax harder and not easy to melt. For now, I’ll give L’Occitane another chance and try other candle once the weather gets better.

So far, I have bruned the candle for approximately 8 hours and there’s still a little bit more than a half left. I also have to mention that the scent of the candle hasn’t weakened with more burning.

I’m still not quite sure whether to recomend it, but if you are into candles, it might be worth to take L’Occitane candles into consideration.

Have a great week. Love,

Tamara

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Jedini problem koji imam s ovom svijećom je da se nije ravnomjerno topila jer još je ostalo dosta voska na stranicama. Sve sam radila po uputama, pa mi nije jasno u čemu je problem iako imam par teorija. Jedna je teorija ta da sam kupila svijeću starije proizvodnje, a druga je da se svijeća nije dobro topila jer sam ju držala u veoma hladnoj prostoriji. Za sada ću se suzdržati od konačne odluke i dati još koju priliku L’Occitaneu.

Svijeća je do sada gorjela oko 8 sati i još je preostalo malo više od polovice. Također moam spomenuti da miris svijeće nije oslabio.

Još nisam posve sigurna bih li preporučila ovu svijeću. Ukoliko ste obožavatelj svijeća, ipak mislim da slobodno uzmete i L’Occitane svijeće u obzir.

Uživajte u tjednu. Voli vas,

Tamara

fig tree candle loccitane after two hrs

The candle after 4 hours of burning (svijeća nakon 4 sata gorenja).