MAY 2014 Empties

 

may empties

Hello lovelies,

it’s again that time of the month when I show you my beauty trash bin. When it comes to empties, it doesn’t bother me that this month wasn’t the greatest because I can tell that June will be better.

Let’s start with the hair products.

may empties hair

I’m not really impressed with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource shampoo (2x) and conditioner (2x). The shampoo is ok (but only ok) while the conditioner did nothing for my hair. I’ve cut my hair recently, but my ends are still dry; however, the conditioner did nothing to help. It was as if I didn’t put anything on. I won’t be repurchasing it.

Schauma shampoo is nothing special, too.

I am a bit more satisfied with Redken Diamond Oil shampoo. I’m sad that I don’t have more samples, because these two weren’t enough for me to see how it performs, but the shampoo has a potential. once I’m done with Kerastase, I might repurchase full size.

However, I absolutely love Redken Diamond Oil conditioner. It is amazing – super creamy and moisturizing for my hair. My ends look much smoother and shinier whenever I use this. You can really feel that it moisturizes the hair. This is a definite repurchase.

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may empties face

I’ve decided to start a new skin-care regime this June to properly test Caudalie Polyphenol range, but before starting it, I wanted to use up some samples.

I don’t think I’ll repurchase Bioderma Sebium Serum. It has a lightweight formula, with some acids added, but I didn’t feel like it actually does something for my skin

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion is great and I dread the day when I’m out of these mini bottles – at the moment I’m not willing to shell out $100+ on a full size.

Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet is a lightweight moisturizer. I think it would be best suited for oily to combination skin as I don’t think it does a lot for dehydrated parts of my skin. However, I’ll hold my judgment for a while and give more thorough review after using up another mini sample.

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water is Caudalie’s take on micellar waters. I don’t think it is a bad product, but I certainly had better. It removes light, non-waterproof makeup, but I would not trust it to remove heavy make-up. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it; I still prefer Bioderma.

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may empties body

Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Tiare Flower is one of my favourite shower gels. I think that the fact that I’ve repurchased it twice tells enough. It is affordable, smells nice and mild for the skin.

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir is not my favourite take on jasmine, but it is still a nice everday scent. However, I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.

Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible is an ok fragrance, but nothing worth repurchasing.

Ferre Ferre fragrance is another nice everyday scent which I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I need to add that I’m very particular about the scents I wear and, with the exception of Lidl’s Suddenly Madame Glamour I prefer stronger scents – I like strong notes of tiare, jasmine, oud, vanilla and violet.

Caudalie Thé des Vignes shower gel is a nice, scented shower cream. It doesn’t later well and it is exceptionally mild for the skin so I think it might be well suited for those with sensitive skin (if you can handle the scent). I have repurchased another Caudalie shower gel and I might purchase this one again, too.

MAY TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 2

MINI: 7

SAMPLE: 9

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2014 TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 31

MINI: 34

SAMPLE: 40

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

PROMO: John Masters Organics Scalp Hair Care Line / Linija za njegu kose i vlasišta

SCALP SKUPNA

Hello lovelies,

here’s some information about new John Masters Organics Scalp Hair Care line. As a premium organic brand John Masters Organics rarely launches new product lines.

Scalp line is intended for all those who have problems with their scalp. The line contains three products (leave-in treatment, shampoo and serum) which are specially developed to solve the problems caused by dry or oily scalp, lack of follicles, overproduction of sebum, thin hair and lack of volume.

Danas vam donosim informacije o novoj liniji proizvoda za njegu kose brenda John Masters Organics. John Masters Organics predstavlja premium organsku kozmetike i rijetko na tržište izlazi s novim proizvodima jer smatra da njihovi proizvodi nemaju alternative.

Linija Scalp namjenjena je osobama koje imaju problema s vlasištem. Linija sadrži tri proizvoda (leave-in tretman, šampon i serum) koji su posebno razvijeni kako bi rješavali probleme nastale zbog  masnog ili suhog vlasišta, nedostatka folikula, pretjerane proizvodnje sebuma ili tanke kose, te nedostatak  volumena.

SCALP Sampon od metvice i surucice

SCALP Spearmint & Meadowsweet scalp stimulating shampoo / SCALP Šampon za stimulaciju vlasišta od metvice i suručice (263 ml, 169 kn)

This purifying shampoo optimizes scalp conditions for healthy, manageable hair. Six certified-organic ingredients remove buildup and stimulate the scalp while soy proteins hydrate hair and lock in moisture. Made with 6 certified-organic ingredients. Safe for color-treated hair.

Key ingredients:

• spearmint & peppermint – stimulate scalp for optimal hair growth

• meadowsweet extract (spiraea ulmaria) – natural astringent; prevents hair loss

• eucalyptus oil – removes bacteria; anti-inflammatory

• zinc – reduces irritation and protects the scalp

• soy protein – strengthens hair follicle

• guar gum – natural thickening agent; builds volume; locks in moisture and increases shine

Ovaj šampon služi za pročišćavanje i stimulaciju vlasišta za zdravu i podatnu kosu.

Šest certificirano organskih sastojaka uklanjaju naslage i stimuliraju vlasište, dok proteini soje hidratiziraju kosu i zadržavaju vlagu. Šampon izvrsno djeluje na probleme nastale zbog masnog ili suhog vlasišta, nedostatka folikula, pretjerane proizvodnje sebuma ili tanke kose, te nedostatak  volumena. Dovoljno je nježan za obojenu kosu.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• metvica i suručica – stimulira vlasište za bolji rast kose

• ekstrakt suručice (spiraea ulmaria) – prirodno učvršćuje korijen kose; sprječava ispadanje

• eukuliptus, eterično ulje – djeluje protuupalno i antibakterijski

• cink- sprječava iritacije i štiti vlasište

• proteini soje-jačaju folikulu kose

• guar– prirodni sastojak za zgrušnjavanje; daje kosi volumen i sjaj, te održava vlagu u kosi

SCALP Leave-in regenerator od zelenog caja i nevena

SCALP Green Tea & Calendula Conditioning Mist / SCALP Leave-in regenerator od zelenog čaja i nevena (125ml, 229 kn)

This lightweight, leave-in conditioning spray combines the antioxidant benefits of green tea along with 9 other certified-organic oils and extracts to strengthen and revitalize hair. Guar gum naturally builds volume while soy proteins replenish lipid content to lock in moisture.

Key ingredients:

• green tea extract – rich in antioxidants; natural antibacterial; stimulates hair growth

• calendula extract – soothes and protects the hair and scalp

• broccoli seed oil – rich in fatty acids to eliminate frizz and give hair a smooth, natural shine

• chamomile extract – strengthens and revitalizes the hair; treats scalp issues

• rosemary extract – stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine

Najnoviji proizvod JMO linije je upravo ovaj lagani leave-in regenerator u spreju. Kombinacija antioksidativnih karakteristika zelenog čaja i drugih devet certificirano organskih ulja i ekstrakata koji osnažuju i revitaliziraju kosu. Guar daje kosi volumen dok proteini soje dodaju lipidni sadržaj koji omogućuje bolje zadržavanje vlage.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• ekstrakt zelenog čaja – bogat antioksidansima, djeluje antibakterijski, stimulira rast kose

• ekstrakt nevena – umiruje i štiti kosu i vlasište

• ulje sjemenki brokule – bogato prijeko potrebnim masnim kiselinama, kosu čini glatkom, podatnom i sjajnom

• ekstrakt kamilice- daje kosi snahu i vitalnost, sprječava iritacije problematičnih vlasišta

• ekstrakt ružmarina – stimulira rast kose, daje joj volumen i sjaj

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SCALP Serum za stimulaciju i ciscenje vlasista

SCALP Deep Purifying Serum / SCALP Serum za stimulaciju i čišćenje vlasišta (59ml, 219 kn)

This salon-grade serum uses a variety of extracts and oils to treat and soothe damaged scalp while removing excess sebum and oily buildup. Great for scalp massages.

Key ingredients

• spearmint & peppermint – stimulate scalp for optimal hair growth

• wintergreen – antibacterial; helps soothe headaches

• meadowsweet extract (spiraea ulmaria) – natural astringent; prevents hair loss

• vitamin B complex – helps retain moisture; prevents flakiness; slows hair loss

Metvica i menta okosnice su ovog visoko kvalitetnog blagotvornog seruma osmišljenog za profesionalne tretmane u frizerskim salonima, no možete ga koristiti i kod kuće. Zimzelen djeluje antibakterijski te sprječava glavobolju, a ekstrakt suručice (livadnog aspirina) smanjuje opadanje kose teučvršćuje korijen kose. Serum John Masters Organics za stimulaciju i čišćenje vlasišta djeluje blagotvorno, ali snažno na vlasište kako bi biljnim ekstraktima i uljima tretirao i umirio iritacije dok istovremeno uklanja višak sebuma i masne naslage. Izvrstan je za masaže vlasišta.

Ljekoviti sastojci

• metvica& menta – stimulira vlasište za bolji rast kose

• zimzelen – djeluje antibakterijski, sprječava glavobolju

• ekstrakt suručice (spiraeaulmaria) – prirodno učvršćuje korijen kose; sprječava ispadanje

• B kompleks– održava vlagu u kosi, sprječava prhutanje; usporava ispadanje kose

Sve John Masters Organics proizvode možete kupiti u BB Naturavera web trgovini.

xoxo Tamara

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GARNIER Natural Beauty Granatapfel und Bierhefe (Pomegranate and Yeast) Shampoo Review

 

The shampoo comes in a 300ml bottle and retails for around $2. I have tried several shampoos from the Natural Beauty range and so far I’m the least safisfied with this one.

The shampoo has a thicker gel-like consistency. Upon application if foams up pretty well. It has a nice, mild scent which doesn’t linger for too long.

On the bottle it says that the shampoo is voluminzing. I have to admit that I haven’t noticed that my hair is more voluminous than it normally is when I was using this shampoo.

My main issue with this shampoo is that it leaves my hair feel very brittle, like it is drying it out too much. I don’t expect super-soft hair – if I want it, I’ll use a hair mask or conditioner, but with this shampoo my hair feels much drier than usually.

And another problem is with the cap of the shampoo – it is pretty hard to open, so I always damage my nails by trying to open it.

However, there is somehting this shampoo is great for and that’s washing make-up brushes. A little is necessary and my brushes are cleand and soft. I might repurchase it for this purpose.

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SISLEY Shampoo with Botanical Extracts Review

Sisley Shampoo with Botanical Extracts for Frequen Use comes in 200ml bottle and it retails for around $80.

I’ve had one 10ml sample which was enough for one use (my hair is long and thick). If my hair weren’t as dirty, I’d probably get two uses out of the sample.  I usually wait until I accumulate enough samples for several uses, so that I can give a more fair estimation of the products, but  since recently I’mvery keen on getting rid of the samples, so I couldn’t resist it.

Please, take this review just as a brief comment. If I get more samples or if I go crazy and purchase the full-size shampoo, I’ll update the review accordingly.

The shampoo is very thin, almost watery. It has a pleasant rosemary scent, which reminds me a bit of L’Occitane’s shampoos, but Sisley is much milder.

The shampoo foams up, but don’t expect a huge foam.

THe hair is shiny, clean, but it doesn’t feel brittle or dry. My hair is currently very damaged, but the sun will ruin it even more, so I won’t cut it until autumn and then I’ll remove all the damaged hair.

After only ne use I’m impressed, but usually all shampoos turn out to be amazing the first time and then go bad the longer I use it.

As with everything Ssiiley, I suggest getting the samples first. They are usually very generous and give you the chance to try the product without wasting the money.

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FINISHED! June Edition

The last month has been really productive. I’ve sorted out all of the products which are close to finishing and I’ve been almost exclusively using them for the last month. Some products still aren’t finished, but many are.

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L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo Review

Months ago I have received two 8ml samples of L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo with 5 essential oils which have left a good impression. However, these two samples were enough for only two times, so in order to test the shampoo properly, I’ve decided to get 75ml travel size.

Full size contains 300 ml and retalis for $18. It is also possible to get a refill, which is a bit cheaper (400ml for $20).

This shampoo is amazing. The consistency seems pretty thin to me (but this is probably due to the fact that I’m used to thicker, creamier shampoos). I do not have to use much because the shampoo lathers well. Nevertheless, my hair roots get pretty oily, so I must apply the shampoo twice.

Using this shampoo, my hair looks good even three days after the washing (usually I have to wash hair every other day).

As my hair is in pretty horrible condition (I’ve dyed it light blonde, then after a month I opted for medium blonde and a couple weeks later I’ve dyed it dark blonde, trying to get back to my natural colour), I don’t think that a shampoo can save it. However, I’m cutting my hair soon and I’ll continue to use the shampoo, so in a couple of months I’ll edit and see if the shampoo has other benefits.

The smell of the shampoo is absolutely amazing (I wish they made similar perfume).

This is a nice shampoo, and while I cannot say much about its repairing benefits, I can say that my hair feels much softer and looks shinier after using it for a month.

Overall impression: 4.5

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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.