APIVITA Express Beauty with Grape Mask Review

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Hello dear readers,

as a huge fan of moisturizing masks, I couldn’t help trying another one. So far, I’ve only used one Apivita product (a lip balm) and I found it pretty good so I was looking forward to try out more.

Apivita has a huge range of Express Beauty masks , but I have picked up Express Beauty Mask with Grape because it claimed to moisturize the skin, plus it contains antioxidants (vitamins A and E).

The mask is supposed to firm the skin and remove lines (not that I can comment much on it). You shouldn’t apply it to the eye-contour area. The instructions say to rinse it off well with water after 10 minutes, but I prefer to to apply a thicker coat of it and leave it on over night. I have to warn you that I currently use Ystheal plus 20% glycolic acid peel, so my skin can handle a lot. If you have a sensitive skin, you might be better following the instructions.

The colour of the mask is light, light pink with a red dots here and there (I have no idea what are those). The consistecy is very light, almost lotion-like.

I do feel a light stinging after applying the mask, but it disappears quickly upon the application. Other than the stinging, there are no other irritations. The mask sinks in very quickly (even though I apply it liberaly).

The mask isn’t as moisturizing as, let’s say Sisley masks are, but overall, my skin really likes it. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t moisturize my skin – it does, but if I find myself with truly dehydrated skin, I’d use something else.

As for the efficiency, I really love the mask. Together with my current routine, it made my skin great (compared to how my skin usually behaves). Ever since I use it, I haven’t had any problems with flakey skin (which usually is the case in this time of the year). I cannot comment its firming properties, but this mask is a good choice for a radiant-looking skin.

The mask is really affordable compared to the rest of the Apivita range – you get two sachets (each containing 8 ml) for approximately $7. Each sachet lasts a long time – I think I’ll get at least 10 uses out of each.

Although I’ll probably experiment with more Apivita masks, I’ll always have a sachet of two of the Grape mask as a back-up. I recommend it :)

Love,

Tamara

APIVITA Express Beauty with Grape Mask Review

Pozdrav dragi čitatelji,

kao velika obožavateljica hidratantinh maski nisam si mogla pomoći, a da ne probam još jednu. Do sada sam koristila samo jedan Apivitin proizvod (balzam za usne) koji mi je bio toliko dobar da sam poželjela isprobati još.

Apivita ima veliki izbor Express Beauty maski, a ja sam za početak izabrala masku s grožđem jer sadrži antioksidanse (vitamini A i E) i trebala bi hidratizirati kožu.

Maska bi također trebala učvrstiti kožu i ukloniti bore, što ne mogu komentirati. Masku ne bi trebali nanositi na područje oko očiju. U uputama piše da bi masku trebalo dobro isprati vodom nakon 10 minuta, ali meni je draže staviti deblji sloj maske i ostaviti ju na licu preko noći. Ipak vas moram upozoriti da ja trenutno koristim Ystheal i 20% glikolnu kiselinu, tako da je moja koža prilično otporna. Ukoliko imate osjetljivu kožu, savjetujem vam da pratite upute.

Maska je jako svijetlo roze boje, s komadićima crvene (nemam pojma što bi to bilo). Vrlo je lagane teksture tako da podsjeća na losion.

Nakon nanošenja osjećam lagano peckanje koje ubrzo prestaje i osim toga nema drugih iritacija. Maska se upija brzo.

Maska nije toliko hidratantna kao na primjer Sisley maske, ali sveukupno moja ju koža voli. To ne znači da maska ne hidratizira kožu, ali ukoliko mi je koža zaista dehidrirana prije ću posegnuti za nekom drugom maskom.

Što se učinkovitosti tiče, jako obožavam ovu masku. Zahvaljujuću maski (a i ostatku preparativne kozmetike koju trenutno koristim), moja je koža u jednoj od do sada najboljih faza. Od kad sam počela koristiti masku, nemam problema s perutanjem kože, što mi se inače redovito događa u ovo doba godine zbog suhog zraka. Ne mogu komentirati tvrdnje o učvršćivanju, ali ova je maska dobar izbor ako želite blistavu kožu.

Maska je relativno jeftina u usporedbi s ostalim Apivitinim proizvodima. Za cijenu od 38 kuna (nisam 100% sigurna) dobijete dvije vrećice od kojih svaka sadrži 8 ml. Svaka vrećica traje dosta dugo – pretpostavljam da će jedna vrećica biti dovoljna za 10 nanošenja.

Iako ću vjerojatno eksperimentirati i s drugim Apivitinim maskama, uvijek ću u zalihama imati vrećicu ili dvije ove maske. Preporučam :)

Voli vas,

Tamara

SISLEY Hydraflash Formule Intensive Review and Ingredients

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Dear readers,

today I’ll review one of my favourite Sisley products – Hydraflash. It is a hybrid between a mask and a cream (you can use it both ways) which comes in a 60ml tube and retails for cca $150.

The mask claims that it contains beta-hydroxy acid, but I don’t see it listed on the ingredients list.

Hydraflash is a thick cream. As I have mentioned it can be used as a mask (you wipe it off after 10 minutes) or as a cream. It has a natural scent which reminds me of lavender and sage.

Hydraflash is supposed to leave your skin moisturized and radiant and on my skin it really performs as it should. I usually apply a generous amount of the cream twice or thrice per week and simply leave it on. Since I spend a lot of time outside (and the cold weather is killing my skin), this mask is a real saviour. I have noticed that when I use Hydraflash, my skin doesn’t require much of additional moisture and I have no problem with flakey skin.

The mask sinks in very quickly and leaves almost matte finish.

My only issue, and the reason why I’m so hesitant to purchase the full size, is the fact that it doesn’t last me a long time. I have to use really huge amount of the product for the mask to be effective and I simply can’t afford to spend $150 every two or three months.

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Dragi čitatelji,

danas ću recenzirati jedan od meni najdražih Sisley proizvoda – Hydraflash. Hydraflash je zapravo kombinacija maske i kreme (može se koristiti na oba načina) koja dolazi u tubici zapremnine 60 ml te košta oko 1100 kuna.

Na proizvodu piše da sadrži BHA, ali ja tu kiselinu ne vidim izlistanu na sastojcima.

Hydraflash je gusta krema za koju sam već spomenula da se može koristiti kao maska (obrišete ostatak nakon 10 minuta) ili kao krema. Ima prirodan scent koji me podsjeća na lavandu i kadulju.

Hydraflash bi trebao hidratizirati kožu te joj dati blistavost. Na mojoj koži ta krema zaista tako funkcionira. Obično nanesem obilnu količinu kreme dva ili tri puta tjedno te ju ostavim na licu preko noći da se upije. Budući da provodim dosta vremena vani (a hladan zrak mi ubija kožu), ova maska me zbilja spašava. Primjetila sam da kad god koristim Hydraflash ne trebam koristiti nikakvu drugu hidratantnu kremu te nemam problema s perutanjem kože.

Maska se inače upija jako brzo te ostavlja gotovo mat finiš.

Jedini razlog zbog kojeg još nisam kupila punu veličinu nego koristim testere je činjenica da se maska brzo troši. Zbilja trebam nanijeti ogromnu količinu proizvoda da bi maska bila učinkovita i jednostavno mi je trenutno previše davati 1100 kuna svaka dva ili tri mjeseca (koliko bi mi, po mojim proračunima, trajala jedna tubica).

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Sisley Hydraflash INGREDIENTS (sastojci):

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SISLEY Black Rose Cream Mask Review

Being a huge fan of Sisley masks (especially Express Flower Gel and Hydraflash), I wanted to try this as soon as it came out. However, the stores were always out of samples (and sometimes even out of the full sized product), saying that this masks simply flies off the shelves. I was so happy when Sisley decided to include the 10ml size of the mask into their GWPs, so currently I have 40ml of the mask.

The full sized mask comes in a 60 ml tube which retails for around $140.

Like the name says, the mask is a pale peachy cream. It feels light and rich at the same time. The instructions say to apply it on the clean face and leave it on for 10 minutes to sink in, then wipe off the excess. I don’t follow the instructions and I use it as I would use a moisturizer, only I apply a thicker amount.

It sinks in slowly, but it is far less sticky that the Express Flower Gel.

When I compare its effectiveness, Express Flower Gel gives my skin a more “I got a full-night sleep” appearance, while Black Rose effect is not as dramatic in giving fresh-looking skin.

On the other hand, Black Rose is way more moisturizing than Express Flower Gel – once I use it, I can count that my skin won’t get dehydrated for the next several days, no matter what I do with it.

The only real minus I could find (besides the price) is the scent. I think that this is the most disgusting scent I’ve ever smelled. Although the name says Black ROSE, I can barely scent a rose in it – it smells more like you’ve put rose petals into water and they started to rot and became stinky. Another thing the scent reminds me to is the scent of the depilatory cream – you know that poorly masked stink of the chemicals which dissolve the hair? That’s exactly the scent of the Black Rose mask. When I first put it on, I had to make sure that I didn’t put a depilatory cream on the face by accident, lol.

I got used to the scent to some degree – at least I don’t have to check whether I applied a depilatory cream – and it won’t make me stop using this mask, but I felt the need to warn you.

SISLEY Eye Contour Mask Review and Ingredients

This is another Sisley product that I can’t live without and I cannot believe that it took me so long to review it. What’s best, I didn’t have to purchase it yet, thanks to the bunch of samples and GWP tubes. When the samples and GWPs will be gone, I’ll have to shell out $120 for a 30ml tube.

In the terms of consistency and texture, it is similar to Sisley Express Flower Gel – a thick whiteish gel, only without the scent. I use it rarely – on average twice or thrice per month and I need a tiny, rice-sized amount for one eye. It might feel a bit uncomfortable and sticky when you apply it, so I suggest to use it in the evening before you go sleep. The instructions say that you should wipe off the excess after 10 minutes, but I just go sleep with the mask on and leave it to skin during the night.

In the morning, the eye-contour area is very moisturized. The few tiny under-eye lines are non-existent and there are no dark circles around the eyes. I especially like to use it when I feel that my skin is super parched and needs extra moisture boost.

This is an excellent product, although it might be unnecessary if you already have Express Flower Gel.

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NIVEA All-in-1 Extra Deep Cleansing Review

This review of Nivea All-in-1 cleanser is based on using ten 2ml sample sachets (which sums up to 20ml of the product). For that reason, I’m not sure about the retail size and price.

The cleanser, as they claim, has five actions (although this is a basic 3-in1 cleanser) and I’ll break-up the review into 5 parts.

1. Wash. The first function is that of a basic cleanser. I’ve tried to use it that way, and quit immediately as it is simply too harsh for everyday usage. I’ve tried to use it for several days in a row, and the result was cleansed, but irritated skin.

2. Scrub. As a scrub, this works pretty well. The scrub particles are very tiny and there is a lot of them, so you can be sure that it will completely remove dead skin cells.

3. Mask. I didn’t see any benefits of using this product as a mask. I’ve tried to apply it both to the dry and wet skin and the mask never dried. In the end I have washed it of, and I absolutely couldn’t see no difference.

4. Antibacterial. Taking into account the fact that it contains alcohol, you can be sure that it is antibacterial.

5. Non-irritating. The cleanser is definitely not non-irritating. Even if I overlook the fact that alcohol is on the top of the ingredient list, there remains the fact that this is pretty harsh exfoliator which will for sure irritate sensitive skin. Since my skin is pretty thick, I can handle harsher exfoliation from time to time, but this doesn’t mean that sensitive skin could.

Another thing that I have to mention is the fragrance. It is incredibly strong. Normally, I’m not too much bothered by the fragrance, but this was too much. The fragrance is harsh and it doesn’t weaken.

To conclude: even if I will not purchase full-sized product, I’ll continue to use what little I have left as an exfoliator. This turned out to be a great one, but I would avoid using it as a cleanser as it is simply too harsh.

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SISLEY Facial Mask With Tropical Resins REVIEW and INGREDIENTS

Sisley Tropical Resins Mask claims to purify the skin, absorb the excess oil and restore clarity and brightness. It comes in a 60ml tube which retails for around $120.

As you know, I really like Sisley products. I find them generally a bit pricey, but still worth it. However, this mask is an exception. I can’t say that the mask is horrible – I didn’t have any problems with it, but it also did nothing.

The mask has a nice gentle herbal scent. I’m not bothered by it, but it might be too strong for other.

The consistency of this mask is really unusuall. It is an extremely thick greyish paste. It is so thick that I had barely squezeed it out of the tube. I need to use a lot of it, so I’ll spend it very quickly (after using it for a month and a half, twice per week, I have spent almost half the tube). I spread it all over the face in a thin layer – it looks almost transparent on the skin, no matter the thickness of the layer I applied. On the skin, the mask feels very greasy, but it hasn’t caused any breakouts.

i have to admitt that after all this time, I haven’t noticed any difference – my skin is still the same as it was before I started using the mask. The mask didn’t cleared out my skin, didn’t absorb excess oil and didn’t brighten up my skin. It really is nothing special at all.

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Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

Here are the original posts: Project 10 Pans, Sample Challenge

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THALGO Moisture Quenching Mask Review

Thalgo Moisture Quenching mask is a moisturizing mask which should be applied in a thicker layer on the dry face, left for 10 minutes and wiped away with a tissue. I adore such masks as they visibly improve the appearance of the skin. Sisley Floral Mask is my favourite for the nights when I barely get 4 hours of sleep (and as the college workload piles up, those nights will be more and more frequent).

The full-size of Thalgo mask (50ml) costs arounud $30, but I have tried only a 5ml sample (which lasted for over 10 uses).

Unlike Sisley Floral Mask, Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask is a thick white cream. It has a light smell, but it disappears quickly.

The mask is indeed rich – it feels very greasy on the skin, but it hasn’t caused any breakouts (I’ve used it twice per week for almost two months). It won’t sink into the skin immediately – sometimes it took almost half an hour for the mask to be completely soaked into the skin. You have to keep in mind that I never wipe away such masks – I prefer to leave it on overnight as an intensive moisturizing treatment.

Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask really helps with my dehydrated skin – the skin feels soft and moisturized for days after using the mask.

While it doesn’t transform my skin like Sisley Floral Mask does, it is still very effective and much cheaper that Sisley.

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Project 10 Pans: Update #2

You thought that I have forgotten about my Project 10 Pans? Well, I didn’t.

Here’s another update with the items I have spent in the last three weeks, since the Update #1.

The last two weeks have been really slow and I didn’t spend so many products. But the good thing is that many are close to finishing, so I hope that soon, I’ll be rid of many more items.

But for now, this are the products that are gone:

Dove Pro Age Body Lotion (yes, I have finally gotten rid of this horrible, horrible product)

Estee Lauder Spotlight (if you by chance own this product, please cut the tube, as I have found out that even when I couldn’t squeze anything out, there was over 5 ml of cream left in the tube). 

Clarins Pink Clay mask.

As I have said, it is not much, but still, it is 3 products less.

And not to forget, ever since I have realized that Meteories Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder  is being discontinued (I don’t know why, because this pressed powder is the best out there), I’ve been searching to stock up. I have found an amazing deal ($35), so I’ve got Mythic Parfait, which I will save for the winter.

CARITA Ideal Douceur Masque de Cotton Review

Carita Ideal Douceur Masque de Cotton is a moisturizing mask which you do not have to rinse off. I like such masks very much, as I have found that they are ideal when my skin is particularly dehydrated. Such masks give an extra moisture boost and I usually see a visible difference on my skin. My favourite mask of such type is Sisley Express Flower Gel, but for the last month I’ve been using a 5ml sample Carita Masque de Cotton twice per week.

Full-size packaging of Masque de Cotton has 1.69 fl.oz. (50ml) and retails for $62 (37 euros).

Masque de Cotton looks like a really thick moisturizer. It has really mild, barely perceptible scent. The cream spreads easily, but it feels really heavy on the face. The instructions say that you should leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then wipe off the residue with a tissue. I usually don’t do this with Sisley Express Flower Gel because I prefer to leave the mask on during the night. However, I wash off Masque de Cotton, because it seems very rich. Even used that way, Masque de Cotton is really moisturizing and for a couple of days after applying the mask, my skin is considerably less dehydrated.

This is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to Sisley. It is not my HG, but I will certainly consider purchasing a full-size when I finish off Express Flower Gel

Overall impression:

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My Favourite Cosmetics Products in 2010

I probably should have published this earlier, but it was a bit hard to decide which items I should put on the list. I didn’t want to de recommendation for every category because I simply haven’t tried every new product that has been released in 2010 and I’d feel stupid recommending something if I haven’t tried all other products from the same category.

I’d like to talk about the products I’ve found in 2010 and which have become my HG (holy grails) and irreplaceable items in my stash.

SKINCARE

In 2010 I’ve stopped being a skincare snob. For a long time I’ve been using only high-end French cosmetics, because my dermatologist (he is also a skincare snob) told me that French make the best skincare. In spite of that, in 2010 I have finally ventured in drugstore skincare. Today, I’m so glad I did it, because I have found some excellent skincare items there:

OLEA Moisturizing Toner. I cannot rave enough about this product. It is so cheap and yet so good. This is a definite replacement for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion

OLAY Complete Night. Excellent moisturizer, which moisturizes without making me greasy. It made me want to try out the Day version and Beauty Fluid

HYGIEIA Zincia face cleanser. (not on the picture) One of the rare items in my skincare routine which I have repurchased. Naturally, I have to combine it with cleansing milk when I have to remove make-up, but this is the most gentlest, the most non-irritating cleanser I have found.

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There are also some high-end items which I won’t give up:

SISLEY Gel Express aux Fleurs. Excellent moisturizing mask for times when I need that extra boost of moisture.

SISLEY Creme Gommante. Very gentle exfoliator, which I also use as cleansing mask.

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Also my favourite hair care item has become:

GARNIER Natural Beauty Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. It lathers well, the hair isn’t dried out and it has a lovely smell.

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As a body exfoliator, I’ve only used:

L’OREAL Exfotonic. Body exfoliator with AHA which is neither too mild not too strong. I was afraid that it is discontinued, but I regularly find it in my drugstore.

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MAKE-UP

As far as the make-up is concerned, in 2010 I haven’t discovered many new HG items, but there are a few worth mentioning:

GUERLAIN Cherry Flower Blush. At first I hated it, but now I cannot live without it. This is a wonderful neutral peachy-pink.

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GUERLAIN Jeu d’Ombrelles eyeshadow quad. Purple eyeshadow usually makes me look sick, but this is an exception.

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GUERLAIN Rouge G #61 Gaela. Even though the lipstick could be more moisturizing, it has a lovely bright pink colour and it is very longlasting.

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SISLEY Phyto-Lip Star Rose Quartz. Excellent non-sticky pink lipgloss with tons of silver and pink microglitter.

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CLARINS Everlasting Foundation. I think I have said everything about it in my recent review.

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CATRICE Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary To Go, Clay-Ton My Hero, Let’s Mauve On and Caught on the Red Carpet. These four shades are my favourites so far. They offer excellent pigmentation where only one layer is necessary to get almost exact shade as it is in the bottle.

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SEPHORA #45 Mineral powder brush. It is the only brush I have backups of. You can use it in various ways: as a stippling brush for liquid foundation, for loose powder both regular and mineral, for blush, for cream foundation, etc…

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GUERLAIN Meteorites #3 Teint Dore. I love everything about meteorites and this shade is my favourite. I use it instead of loose powder and the result is soft glowy skin.

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And my final discovery is the perfume:

GUERLAIN L’Heure Bleue. I have debated for so long about this fragrance and finally I have caved in and purchased EdT version. I adore the soft violet and vanilla scent.

SISLEY PARIS Express Flower Gel Review

This is a must-have. If there is any Sisley product that I would recommend to everyone, this is it.

I got several 15ml GWP tubes (the full size packaging contains 60ml) and several 4ml sample sachets.

This is supposed to be a moisturizing mask – you are to apply a thick layer of mask on your face, wait for a few minutes so that it sinks in and the wipe of the excess. I usually just apply it before sleeping and sleep the whole night with the mask on. At first it is a bit sticky, but until the morning the mask has sunk in.

The reason why I’m so thrilled with this mask is that it has excellent regenerating, moistuizing and calming properties. I’m using this only on nights when I know that I will get less than 5 hours of sleep. If I’m having a mask during the night, I look as if I had a whole night’s sleep and not barely 4 or 5 hours.

I’m using it only once or twice per week, so I cannot comment whether it would lose effectiveness with daily use.

The mask is rose scented. Although their effectiveness was the same, I must note that the sachet sample of this mask had slightly different scent than the GWP tube (I got both from a reputable store, so I know that it’s not a fake). The sample sachet had very strong, old-fashioned rose scent which bothered me (I usually don’t have problems with strong fragrance)and sometimes it still lingered in the morning.The GWP tube, on the other hand, had a very subtle rose scent.

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