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

newin july

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

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

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

 

 

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’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