New In: Dior, Caudalie, Clarins, L’Oreal

dior clarins caudalie haul

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.

dior clarins caudalie haul 1

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.

dior clarins caudalie haul 2

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

 

 

CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel Mascara Review

chanel le volume de chanel

Hello lovelies,

let’s take a break from all the nail polish and switch to make-up instead :) Oriflame mascara in my last empties post reminded me that it’s been awhile since I reviewed a mascara. Today I went through my stash to pick my new mascara since I got rid of Oriflame and I picked a mini Chanel mascara.

It is Volume de Chanel  ($30) and I received this mini approximately a year ago with a magazine. I had a Chanel mascara before – it was Sublime de Chanel and I liked it as a nice daytime mascara. After wearing more natural mascaras for several years, I was looking forward to trying a volumizing one. However, while it is volumizing, Volume de Chanel won’t be entering my favourites mascaras list.

chanel le volume de chanel brush

Volume de Chanel has a silicone bristles brush – the bristles are shorter and there’s a lot of them. This means that the brush picks up a lot of product. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, in this cases it only helps to create clumps. It gives a volume, but the lashes aren’t smooth – mascara makes them look like I have a bunch of spider legs on my eyes.

Since the bristles are short, they often stick my lashes together so instead of a bunch separated lashes, I have three super thick lashes. This is easy to fix by combing the lashes (what I did).

I like the colour – it is very deep black.

The mascara isn’t waterproof, but it doesn’t smudge or flake off on me. Granted, I only wear mascara on the upper lashes, although I put it on my lower lashes for the purpose of review and didn’t get any smudging in the 6 hours I had it on.

To be honest, I think that there are better volumizing mascaras, at least for my lashes.

Click to see how it looks on my lashes

MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

Click for STASH INVENTORY

My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

Click for the PICTURES

ORIFLAME Power Curl Mascara Review

Oriflame Power Curl Mascara is that ona mascara that you always keep in the stash because you know that you can always rely on.

It retails for $10, but very often it is possible to get it for even less than $5.

The mascara has a bit weird brush – it is sort of oval shaped and on the one side the bristles are very short, while on the other side the bristles are longer and they create a curve. I’d say that the brush, as far as the shape is concerned, is very similar to the brush of another Oriflame mascara – Wonderlash (except that Wonderlash has silicone bristles). The bristles are not very closely set, thus being good for defining.

For such a cheap mascara, this mascara is excellent. Although this is primarily curving mascara, it gives a decent volume and lenght. It also curls my eyelashes, but nothing too dramatic. I don’t think that any mascara could do what an eyelash curler can.

The black shade is very black, not greyish and the mascara doesn’t flake or smudge. I’m happy to note that mascara dosen’t dry out very quickly in the tube, so you’ll get the maximum of it.

The mascara is easy to remove with almost every eye-make up remover (even Estee Lauder one).

This is definitley one of mascaras that is very close to HG. I really don’t know why do I keep throwing away so much money on the mascara, when I can get an excellent mascara for much less.

Overall:

Click to SEE how it LOOKS on the LASHES

CHANEL Sublime de Chanel Mascara Review

Some days ago I saw a woman in the tram and I swear that her lashes were at least an inch long. At first I didn’t believe that they are natural, but since she wasn’t wearing any mascara I could see that they were real. This was enough to make me obsess about long eyelashes so I’ve decided to find some lengthening mascara.

I’ve already been writing about Chanel L’Ame d’un Regard Collection which is available in Europe since February. The only item I’ve purchased so far is Sublime de Chanel Mascara in Deep Black. 6ml retail for 30 euros.

Sublime de Chanel is first and foremost a lengthening and curling mascara. Shade Deep Black is a very intense true black shade.

The mascara has a plastic/silicone bristles brush which is good at separating and defining lashes without sticking them together.

Sublime de Chanel doesn’t flake or smudges. I’ve tested it doing exercises and sweating a lot and yet the mascara hasn’t budged.

The mascara is indeed lengthening an it makes my lashes look considerably longer (but they are still not an inch long). I usually don’t curl my lashes because they are naturally slightly curvy, but the mascara didn’t straighten my lashes. However, I don’t know how will it react if you put it on the curled lashes. Since this is not a volumizing mascara, I didn’t expect volume at all, but my lashes did get a slight volume.

Sublime de Chanel is the most appropriate as an everyday mascara. It is natural looking enough so it won’t be over the top and you can combine it with a more volumizing mascara to get more dramatic look.

Overall impression:

Click to see WAND and how it LOOKS ON THE LASHES

MAX FACTOR Masterpiece Mascara Review

I haven’t tried many silicone brush mascaras. Before Masterpiece, I’ve tried Oriflame Wonderlash mascara (excellent) and Max Factor False Lash Effect (horrible). I’ve picked Masterpiece because the brush is very similar to Chanel Inimitable and I wanted to see how such brush works on my lashes before shelling out $40 for Chanel.

I have the black colour, which is a regular black – it is not very deep, but neither greyish. Mascara never smudges and it doesn’t flakes. There is very little of product in the tube- only 4,5 ml, which makes it pretty expensive for a drugstore mascara (it retails around 12 euros).

Masterpiece brush has a lot of silicone bristles, which are excellent in defining lashes. This means that mascara doesn’t clumps and if I apply Masterpiece, I never have to comb the lashes.

It is also great for the lengthening – my lashes seem much longer if I use this mascara.

However, do not expect a lot of volume. The swatches are made with only one coat of mascara, but even putting three coats didn’t help much in the volume department.

As for the curling, my lashes have a natural curl, so I don’t curl them. This mascara didn’t weight down the natural curl.

What I really hate with this mascara, and I’ve had the same problem with False Lashes Effect, is that the mascara formula feels heavy on the lashes. It seems that something in the formula of their newer mascaras bothers me, because I don’t have that problem with 2000 Calorie mascara. It is very uncomfortable, especially if I wear the mascara for the whole day, because my lashes seem very heavy (and there is only one coat of mascara on). Whenever I wear it, I cannot wait to remove it. This makes me not wanting to purchase it and I’d rather take Chanel next time (by the way, Chanel seems to have a new mascara: Sublime de Chanel)

Summary: Excellent lengthening and defining mascara, but not so good in volumizing.

Overall:

Click to see how it LOOKS ON THE EYES