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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FAVOURITES │ July

july favourites

Hello lovelies,

my “favourites” type of posts will feature beauty product that I especially gravitated to the past month. I haven’t done favourites for a while, primarily because for the past six months I’ve been focusing on using up the make-up I chose for my 14 for 2014 project. After six months, I’ve used up more than half of the products, so I finally feel comfortable to dig into my huge collection. Let’s say I’m pretty happy I don’t have to wear the same look every day anymore.

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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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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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APRIL EMPTIES

 

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Hello lovelies,

here’s another round of epic empties. I thought about separating it into two posts, but then I decided to squeeze it all here.

MAKEUP:

april empties makeup

Oriflame Very Me Preppy Chic eyeshadow – I didn’t actually spend it – it fell out of the pan. I managed to put it in, but when I touched it with a brush, it fell apart like this:

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Life’s too short to waste it on a ruined eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Pink Dahlia – I love the color, but I’d prefer more moisturizing formula.

Oriflame Color Drop in Rose Elixir – I liked it – it is moisturizing, the shade is nice. The only thing that bugs me is the small amount you get in a bullet.

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewell in Dusky Nude is another nice nude lipstick.

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BODY & HAIR CARE

april empties body

Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream is a holy grail. I love everything about it – the formula, the scent and the price. I definitely need to repurchase it.

Dead Sea Shower Gel (2x)– ok shower gels

Nivea Cream – I can’t believe that I still haven’t written a review about it. I always have a jar of it – it is a must have during winter. I use it all over the body and it instanty repairs and soothes dry, damaged skin.

SunDance Self Tanning Spray – I didn’t finish it because it sucks. Actually, I suck at applying spray self tanner. I used it only once and ended up all patchy. Good thing is that it doesn’t stink – it has a surprisingly nice smell for a self tanner. The spray is transparent and sinks immediately so I couldn’t see where I put it. I thought I did fine until the tan developed. Well, I wore long trousers for two weeks. I guess spray tanners are not for me.

Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure is very close to becoming a holy grail. It makes my hair very soft. My hair is currently super damaged (need haircut, ASAP) but it managed to keep it in a nice condition.

Lancaster Tan Deepener is another product I’m throwing out. I used up half of it two years ago and then I didn’t use it at all last summer. Since it is opened for such a long time, I though the best would be to throw it away.

SKINCARE

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Sisley Eau Efficace is a very expensive cleansing water. It is not bad, but there are equally good (If not better) cheaper cleansing water.

Garnier Essentials Rose Extract Toner – I thought this might be a good dupe for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion, but I don’t like the toner as much. It is not bad, but it didn’t make my skin feel moisturized like Sisley did.

Olaz Regenerist Serum is nothing special. It is a thicker, yellowish serum with a tiny micro shimmer (not visible on the face). I did not feel it did much for my skin. I definitely won’t repurchase.

Sisley Ecological Compund is an ok light moisturizer. I might repurchase it.

Sisley Lyslait – a good but expensive cleansing milk.

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Sisley Intensive Day Cream – damn you Sisley for making this. This is very close to becoming my holy grail moisturizer (if it weren’t for a $300 price tag). It makes my skin moisturized and instantly fixes flaky parts. My skin has never looked as nice as it did while I was using it, but I have yet to talk myself into giving this amount of money for a basic moisturizer.

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex – I used it ages ago and I think they did a bit of reformulation, at least when it comes to scent. The full size product I had certainly didn’t smell so strong of slivovitz. Other than the scent, it worked well – it kept me mattified without being to drying.

Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux is a nice eye contour cream. I’d recommend it for first wrinkles/dehydration lines – it is light and moisturizing. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it, though. I am currently using Caudalie, which I like more.

Avene TriAcneal is a cream I don’t think I’ll repurchase. This cream was launched to replacec Diacneal which I liked more. I feel as if TriAcneal didn’t do anything for me.

Sisley Sisleya Global Firming Serum is an expensive moisturizing serum. Definitely not worth the price, IMHO.

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FRAGRANCE

april empties fragrance

Oriflame Amethyst Fatale – I don’t like the scent at all – it is too unremarkable.

Valentino Rock’n’Rose – I have no idea why I liked it several years ago. It is another bland, characterless scent, made to appeal a huge number of customers. It is a light floral with a hint of rose.

Cartier Eau de Cartier is a slightly citrusy, but otherwise unremarkable scent.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio smells like the ‘90s. It’s like a baby of Lancome Tresor and Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey. I don’t like such a floral-aquatic type on my skin.

Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour is my favourite daytime scent. I often use it when I need to use fragrance, but I don’t want to spend my good stuff. The scent is very similar to Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle and a true bargain at $6 for 50ml. Unlike Coco Mademoiselle EdT which turns fruity, this develops richer oriental notes on my skin. Yes, I will repurchase it.

APRIL TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 12

MINI: 6

SAMPLE: 7

2014 TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 29

MINI: 27

SAMPLE: 31

xoxo Tamara

MARCH Empties

 

march empties

Hello lovelies,

after a great February, here’s not so great March.

 

MAKE-UP

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Guerlain Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs Jeu de Nacres – I can’t believe I’ve finally managed to use up an eyeshadow palette. These Guerlain palettes are giant – each pan contains 1.5 grams (a size of an average full sized eyeshadow) so it is no wonder that it took me several years to finish it.

Oriflame Mono Eyeshadow Midnight Black – I didn’t actually use up this eyeshadow. It was sitting in my traincase and one day I went to find a lipstick and my hand was all black. Somehow this eyeshadow managed to shatter all over my traincase. Well, good riddance. It wasn’t a good eyeshadow – too much fallout and hard to blend.

 

FACE:

march empties face

Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face – I’ve already reviewed it and it is too greasy for my skin.

Sierra Bees Cocoa Butter lip balm – a nice lip balm.

Sisley Confort Extreme – surprisingly good moisturizer. I was afraid that it would be too greasy and too heavy for my skin, but it wasn’t. It sufficiently moisturized my face. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for a super dry skin.

Sisley Tropical Resins Mask – I’ve used up a full size recently and I think they reformulated it. This sample differed in consistency and smell to my old full size. The effect is, however, the same – the skin is clearer, but the results aren’t too dramatic.

Chanel Le Jour de Chanel – I’ll stick to my previous review – it sucks and I’m not impressed.

Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF 50+ – sadly, it is too greasy. Otherwise, it is a good sunscreen, I’d just prefer if it had a formula of Photoderm AKN.

Eucerin Aquaporin Light – an ok lightweight moisturizer.

Nuxe Nirvanesque Light – even though the name says Light, it is actually pretty rich and moisturizing. I like it, although I’m not too fond of the scent. I might purchase the full size.

Eucerin Extra Light Sun Lotion SPF 30 – again, a good sunscreen, but slightly too greasy for my liking.

 

BODY

march empties body

Oriflame Chocolate Dream Shower Gel – I really need to learn to stop buying “chocolate” scented shower gels, because the scent doesn’t even come close. It is actually very milky, creamy scent. Another minus is that I went through this rather fast. Usually 200ml shower gel lasts me for at least two months (I shower every day), but this one lasted less than a month.

Lavozon After-Sun Lotion – I had it in my drawer from the last summer. My sister bought it for a trip but ended up not using it, so I decided to finish it up. It is very light-weight, but doesn’t sink in quickly. Overall, I don’t really like it and I won’t repurchase.

Sisley Phyto Svelt Global – very overpriced and nothing special.

Caudalie Divine Oil – I had only a tiny 3ml sample, but so far I really like it as a hair and body oil. It smells divine. I have several more on the way, so I’ll be able to give a more in-depth review.

Sisley Soir de Lune Body Cream – a good cream, but I dislike the scent. Luckily, I think this one is the last one. Yay!

MARCH TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 6

MINI: 2

SAMPLE: 8

2014 TOTAL:

FULL SIZE: 17

MINI: 21

SAMPLE: 24

xoxo Tamara

14 for 2014 Challenge – Update #1

14 for 14

Hello lovelies,

I thought that the end of March would be appropriate time to post an update of my 14 for 2014 challenge. I’ve started this challenge in February by picking 14 make-up products which I must finish in 2014. This update will show how much I’ve managed to spend.

Let’s start with eye and some face products:

14for14 3m update eyes

Oriflame concealer is at least 2/3 full. It is very thin and lightweight so a little goes a long way.

Uriage Bariesun is over half full.

Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero is much shorter than it was in the first post.

The same goes for Urban Decay 24/7 in Bourbon.

Oriflame Preppy Chic Eyeshadow trio – I am close to hitting the pan on the lightest shade and the brown shade has a pretty good dent in it. I didn’t use the taupe as much.

LIPS:

14for14 3m update lips

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby is finished and the other three shades are close to being finished, too.

FACE:

14for14 3m update face

Dior Diorblush is finally showing some signs of wear. I finally believe that I’ll be able to finish it.

Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats is also pretty close to being finished.

Even though there’s only little product left around the edge, I think YSL Poudre de Soleil will still last me a long time.

T. le Clerc Poudre has a decent amount of product left.

Guerlain Meteorites is the only product which I don’t think I’ll be able to finish. I’ve been using it almost daily (not to mention how much I used it the last year) and I have yet to hit the pan.

My current score is 1 product finished and I have a good hunch that I’ll be adding three more finished lipsticks soon.

I’ve thought about adding a replacement product once I’ve spent one – that way I’d always have 14 products on the list, but I think it would limit me too much. In the end I decided to simply spend the products from the list and then enjoy in my stash.

xoxo Tamara