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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My Summer Skincare Routine

skincare routine 2014 summer

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are enjoying this nice summer weather. I certainly do :)

However, summer also means it is a time for a skin-care routine switch. Since I’ll be spending a lot of time outside in the sun (even with sunscreen), this means that I have to quit using acids and retinol (they make the skin photosensitive) until the late fall. This also means using creams that are not as rich as those in my winter routine, as well as exfoliating more often to properly remove sunscreen.

skincare routine 2014 summer 1

The first part of my routine is pretty similar to the winter one – it consists of cleansers and masks.

The first product on the photo is Clinique Mild Clarifying lotion. I did mention that I am avoiding acids during summer, but this one has such a low concentration that I’m using it now and then. Since the acid is weak, I don’t get exfoliating benefits.

At the moment, I’m using La Roche Possay Effaclar cleanser. I’ve been using it for half a year and so far I like it, although I might be tempted to try something else once it is finished. It works well for what it is – it cleanses my skin without stripping it too much – after all it is intended for oily skin.

In the centre is Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask. I’m not too happy with it. It is a nice mask, but the scent is overwhelming and irritating.

Bioderma Sebium exfoliator is my staple – this is the second time I’ve repurchased it and I plan to repurchase it again. It perfectly removes the dead skin cells, at the same time not being too irritating.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion is the best (and the most expensive) toner I’ve ever used.

skincare routine 2014 summer 2

After I’ve received a deluxe sample ser as a GWP, I’ve decided to completely stick to Caudalie routine and to test all the products from Polypehnol C15 range simultaneously. I plan to write a more thorough review soon, but after using it for two weeks I have to say that I like the whole collection.

In the evening after cleansing I apply Polyphenol C15 Eye Contour Cream on the eye area and two to three drops of Polyphenol C15 Serum on the face. After five minutes (once the serum has sunk in) I apply Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. Once or twice a week I apply several drops of Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil.

In the morning I apply a couple drops of Polyphenol C15 Serum and follow with Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20. If I plan to spend some time outside, I apply additional sunscreen (at the moment I’m finishing up Uriage Tinted Sunscreen).

This routine doesn’t make my skin perfect (I don’t think there’s anything that could help with my pores), but it helps with dehydration and flaky skin. Also, it doesn’t break me out and leaves my skin pretty much clear.

Do you switch your skincare in summer?

xoxo Tamara

New In: Sisley, Guerlain, Treasures by Tan

sisley guerlain haul

Hello lovelies,

here are several other items I’ve bought this May. First there is Sisley L’Orchidee Rose blush which I ordered from Liberty London. They had some promo going on and I ended up paying it only GBP12. I wanted to get a bronze version too, but it was out of stock.

Then I accidentally entered one perfumery and found that they have some Guerlain 50% off. I wanted to try the new style of quads forever, so this was the perfect chance. I got Les Gris and Les Tendres. I also bought two nail polishes: Madame Batifole and Star Dust.

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treasures by tan haul

While I was browsing Etsy looking for stainless steel balls for nail polish, I found an interesting new indie seller: Treasures by Tan. I saw that they carried a whole collection of interesting shades of holo nail polishes. I wasn’t sure about paying $95 for a whole collection, so I waited for a discount.

treasures by tan

These aren’t the strongest holos there – some shades are rather subtle and they require at least 3 coats for opaqueness. I have yet to test them and I plan to post a review soon.

treasures by tan haul 1

Being in a periwinkle phase, I couldn’t resist another nail polish: Love Spell – a periwinkle holo (sadly, rather subtle). I also received two cute minis as a GWP: Holo can you go and Little Bo Peep.

Well, this would be all (until my Dior Addict It and Real Techniques stuff arrive).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

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

APRIL EMPTIES

 

april empties all

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:

april empties es

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

april empties

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.

april empties face

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

march empties eyes

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

Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Ecological Compound Review and Ingredients

ecological compound

Hello lovelies,

today’s Skincare Sunday is devoted to a product that’s been present in my routine for several years: Sisley Ecological Compound.

Ecological compound is a moisturizer/serum and it is available in two sizes: 50ml tube/bottle and 125 ml pump dispenser bottle. The smaller one retails for GBP 85, while the bigger one costs GBP 139.

This is what Sisley web site says about it:

“Ecological Compound is formulated with a synergistic complex of plant extracts including Centella Asiatica, Ginseng, Rosemary, Hops and Horsetail selected specifically for their stimulating and revitalising action. Its unique composition helps to moisturise the skin and restore its comfort and radiance while helping skin fight environmental stress such as pollution or cigarette smoke to create more toned, supple skin.

The Ecological Compound is also beneficial for preparing skin to receive other skin care treatments (applied subsequently). Its fluid, non-greasy texture leaves skin with a matte appearance.”

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Centella Asiatica Extract, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, , Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Butylparben, Ethylparaben, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylparaben. (cont. linalool, coumarin, limonene, benzyl benzoate

Ingredients show that there’s nothing in there to justify the price – the main ingredients are water and mineral oil. Like a majority of high-end skincare, Ecological compound is way overpriced and doesn’t contain any effective anti-aging ingredient.

Ecological Compound has a very runny consistency and unusual scent. It takes some time to get used to it. A little goes a long way and it sinks immediately.

I’ve started using this a couple of years ago – I had several samples and, at that time, it turned out to be a great summertime moisturizer for my oily, dehydrated skin. I purchased several smaller full sizes since then. Ecological compound provided sufficient hydration to my skin – there were no flaky, dry patches – without making it greasy. A winning combination for summer. Even back then I didn’t find it sufficient during winter – dry air really wrecks my skin and it is no wonder that this lightweight serum couldn’t help much. I tried using it under a moisturizer to enhance its effectiveness, but it didn’t give any noticeable difference.

I’ve introduced it again into my routine this month and I can see that my skin has changed and that Ecological Compound is nowhere near effective. Last spring it worked, but this spring it seems like it doesn’t provide enough moisture. When I started using it, my skin was not dehydrated, but now I can see (and feel) that my skin is not as moisturized.

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase it. It is a nice moisturizer for someone with normal/combination skin, but my skin currently has different needs, so I’ll turn to other creams.

xoxo Tamara

Make-up Monday – My Lipstick Collection (Sisley, MAC, Guerlain, YSL, Oriflame)

lipstick collection

Hello lovelies,

in the first installment of Make-up Monday I decided to show you my current lipstick collection and share my impressions.

I am definitely a lipstick person, although I like the convenience of a lipgloss in summer. I prefer creamy, sheer but buildable moisturizing formulas. I’m not so concerned about how long my lipstick will wear as I don’t have a problem reapplying it every half an hour. When it comes to colors, I adore bright pinky-coral and, as you can see, the majority of my collection consists of these shades. I’m not a fan of concealer-beige nude lipsticks so my collection of nude lipsticks gravitates towards meat-coloured pinks.

My all-time favourite lipstick brand, which can do no wrong in my opinion, is Guerlain. I’ve used up tons of their lipsticks and I’m always back for more. I adore creamy formula, moisturizing properties and color range of their lipsticks.

I only have one YSL lipstick, but I don’t think I’ll get more. There’s nothing wrong with the lipstick itself, but I prefer the formula of Guerlain whichs stays creamy, while YSL sort of dries on your lips.

Other bloggers have written odes to MAC lipsticks, but I won’t be one of them (although, they wear well). Again, nothing wrong with the lipstick, but the formula feels too dry on my lips, even though it doesn’t dry them out. On the other hand I adore the shade selection and whenever I find myself at a MAC counter I have a hard time picking up the lipstick. The three shades I currently own were love at first sight.

Sisley lipsticks are on the super high end side of my collection. I have two of them and they are very good, but they don’t make me want to buy more. TBH this is good because the price is $$$$$$$$.

When it comes to budget options, my favourite is Oriflame. They have really stepped up their game and they are affordable (when you buy them on a sale). They are not really long-lasting, but the formula is great. I only hope they will change the scent as I’m not the fan of it.

Here are all 11 of them lined up:

lipstick collection 3

The lipsticks: Guerlain Shalimar, Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer, MAC Lady Danger, Guerlain Nahema, MAC Vegas Volt, Sisley L9, MAC Impassioned, YSL Rose Dahlia, Sisley #11 Sheer Baby, Oriflame Color Drop Rose Elixir, Oriflame Giordani Gold Dusky Nude.

They are swatched in the same order:

lipstick collection 2

lipstick collection 1

Which lipstick colours do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Eau Efficace Review

eau efficacce

Hello lovelies,

the last few months I’ve been so focused on nail polish that I have forgotten about all other niches of cosmetics industry. Therefore, I decided that Sunday will be a day devoted to skincare. The first installment of the series will be dedicated to Sisley’s cleansing water Eau Efficace. Although it is not described as such, I’d called it overpriced micellar water.

It comes in a great packaging – to be honest, this was the decisive point – with a convenient dispenser on which you simply put a cotton round and press down (don’t press too hard, or the product will squirt all around). Once I’m done with this water, I plan to keep my toner inside. The bottle contains 300ml and costs GBP71. The consistency is water-like – therefore “eau” in the name. Like all other Sisley products, it has a light herbal scent which might take some time to grow on you.

The product is described as “a 3 in 1 cleansing treatment that deeply purifies, hydrates and desensitised the skin whilst removing all impurities and traces of pollution. Formulated with deeply cleansing plant-based saponins, Eau Efficace removes even the thickest make up and leaves the skin cleansed and toned without needing to rinse.” Seems great, huh? Well, as the majority of marketing claims, this is not true.

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February Empties :)

february empties

Hello lovelies,

even though February is the shortest month, when it comes to empties, it was epic. I usually keep my empties in a small box, but this time they couldn’t fit inside so I needed to find a new home for them. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve finished so much products.

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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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DECEMBER EMPTIES

december empties

 

Hello lovelies,

here are the items I spent the last month. It is not too much, but I’ve managed to use up the eyeshadows I had for a while, as well as an eyeliner. Also, in my next empties post (January) I’ll start with counting the items in several categories: skincare/haircare, make-up, fragrance, full-size product, mini/gwp product, sample. I consider a mini/GWPs as facial/make-up/products which contain 5 or more milliliters, but less than a full size or hair/body products which contain 10 or more milliliters. Nailpolishes containing 5 or less milliliters are also considered as a mini size.

Ovo su proizvodi koje sam potrošila ovaj prosinac. Nije previse, ali uspjela sam potrošiti dva sjenila i olovku za oči. Također bih željela najaviti da ću od sljedećeg posta potrošene proizvode zapisivati u nekoliko kategorija: njega kože ili kose, dekorativna kozmetika, parfemi, puna veličina, mini veličina, tester. Kao mini veličinu smatram sve proizvode za njegu lica/šminku/lakove za nokte koji sadrže 5 ili vise mililitara (ali manje nego puna veličina) i proizvode za njegu kose koji sadrže 10 ili vise mililitara. Lakovi od 5 i manje mililitara su također mini.

Onto the products.

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I’ll start with sample foils: the first is Sisley Soir de Lune body cream, which is a great product if you like the scent. The next is Sisley Eye Contour Mask. I like it and I think this is my last sample, which makes me sad. I don’t think I’ll purchase a full size, but I’ll probably try to find a cheaper version.

Apivita Express Beauty with Grape is a good mask with really strong scent.

SVR Chronolys Eye Contour cream is a nice introductory eye cream.

Sisleya Anti-Aging Concentrate is an overpriced serum which does nothing special. It moisturizes the skin, but other than this I didn’t find any other benefits.

Prva na redu je Sisley Soir de Lune krema za tijelo. Ukoliko vam se sviđa Soir de Lune miris, obožavat ćete ju. Zatim je na redu Sisley okoloočna gel-maska. Sviđa mi se, ali mislim da je ovo bio zadnji tester zbog čega sam malo tužna. Ne vjerujem da ću kupiti punu veličinu, ali ću portažiti jeftiniju varijantu.

Apivita Express Beauty with Grape je dobra maska, ali ima prejak miris za moj ukus.

SVR Chronolys je dobra početna krema za okoloočno područje.

Sisleya Anti Aging Concentrate je preskup serum koji nema nekakav poseban učinak. Hidratizira, ali to je sve.

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The next are bigger products. First is a random shower gel. It is a mini size and I have found a bunch of these so I’ll continue to use them up. It has a nice pine and incense like scent.

Eveline Silm Extreme Peeling Massage Shower Gel is more of a shower gel than peeling. I would use it if I were on a seaside and had to wash off super heavy sunscreen, but as an exfoliator it is too mild.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion is my go to toner.

Yves Rocher Monoi Dry Oil is a nice oil with a tiare scent which is perfect for summer. I’m definitely repurchasing it.

Na redu su malo veća pakiranja. Prvi je na redu nekakav gel za tuširanje. Našla sam hrpu tih mini gelova u ormariću s kozmetikom (pojma nemam otkud se to stvorilo), pa ću ih nastaviti koristit. Gel inače miriše malo po crnogorici i tamjanu,

Eveline Slim Extreme Peeling Massage Shower Gel je više gel za tuširanje nego piling. Kupit ću ga ponovno ako odem na more i treba mi gel za tuširanje koji će sigurno skinuti naslage kreme za sunčanje i soli, ali kao piling je preblag.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion moj je svakodnevni tonik.

Yves Rocher Monoi Oil je krasno suho ulje s mirisom gardenije s Tahitija koji je savršen za ljeto. Definitivno ga ponovno kupujem.

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The last is make-up. I have spent Guerlain Retractable Eyeliner in Bohemian after several years of using it. The colour was nice (purple), but the pencil itself was too hard to apply.

The next are two Artdeco eyeshadows: shades 208 and 218 (brownish taupe and brown). I like them, but there was only a bit left and it cluttered my space so I decided to use them up.

Emporio Armani Diamonds is a fragrance which left no impression on me. I am a fan of heavier fragrances, but this one was so bland I can’t even remember if I like it or not.

Zadnja na redu je šminka. Nakon par godina upotrebe konačno sam potrošila Guerlain olovku za oči. Nijansa je bila krasna, ali se jako teško nanosila.

Zatim su tu dva Artdeco sjenila: nijanse 208 i 218 (sivo-smeđa i smeđa). Sviđaju mi se, ali budući da je ostalo samo malo sjenila uz rub, odlučila sam ih do kraja potrošiti.

Emporio Armani Diamonds je miris koji na mene nije ostavio nikakav dojam. Inače volim jače mirise, ali ovaj je toliko bezličan da se ne mogu sjetiti sviđa li mi se ili ne.

Do you keep records of the products you spent?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

November EMPTIES

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Hello lovelies,

approximately a month ago I decided to sort of go through my collection to see what I have to use up and I selected several products. You can read more about it in this and that post. Well, here are November results:

I didn’t spend a single make-up product, but that’s because I didn’t wear a lot of make-up this month. I can say that Artdeco eyeshadows are really, really close to being finished.

I’ve managed to use up Caudalie cleanser, Avene thermal water and Sisley cleansing milk. I like all of them and I’ll definitely repurchase Caudalie cleansing mousse if I need to travel somewhere. I’m always afraid that liquid products will leak, but this is not the case with Caudalie. While I agree that Avene thermal water is very, very overpriced (do they mix it with unicorn tears or what?), I still repurchase a bottle because it is a perfect refreshment during summer. Sisley cleansing milk is something I’ll repurchase if I win a lottery, but I still have a bunch of GWPs, so no hurry :)

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Next I used up Sisley All Day All Year which is a good moisturizer now worth its price (I think it is well over $300), SVR Clarial Peel which is a nice serum/exfoliator, although too weak for my skin, Sisley Hydraglobal which is not so moisturizing overpriced moisturizer (it is great for oily, but not so good for dehydrated skin) and Madre Bees lip balm (nice, although I hate honey scent).

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The last, but not least I used up Sisley Soir de Lune body cream (super strong scent and staying power – great if you like it, bad if you don’t like the scent), Sisley Celuli Pro (super, super overpriced anticellulite treatment). Granted, I only used a sample but honestly, there’s no way that I’ll give over $150 for a 150ml tube of anticellulite product. For that price it should transform my body into Victoria’s secret angels body in only one treatment. There is also Thalgo Crème Thalgomince which isn’t anything special.

Well, this would be it. I’m looking forward to my next empties month. If you have a blog which features empties posts, let me know in the comments because I like to read such posts.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

New: SISLEY Phyto Ombre Glow Preview

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Hello lovelies,

being a huge fan of Sisley, I’m always happy to see their new launches. This fall Sisley launches Phyto Ombre Glow which will replace Sisley Touch. On the formula reminds me of MAC Extra Dimension shadows (gel to powder). In France, they retail for 28 euros.

Here’s what they say about the product:

• Talc-free, residue-free formula for ultra-luminescent and thoroughly pure color, with a translucent finish

• An unprecedented percentage of mother-of-pearl to catch the light from every angle and deliver radiance to the eyes

• To be worked in infinite ways, for a versatile make-up result: light and natural through to more intense, more metallic, bold looks

• Enriched in Green Tea leaf, White Lily petal extracts and Camellia Oil, it softens and respects the skin of the eyelids

Here are the shades:

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The shades, with the exception of Pearlized Light correspond with the shades of Sisley Touch (sliver, gold, copper). While I’m not sold on silver, I think I might get one of other three shades, probably Pearlized or Bronzed Light.

Which shades would you get?

xoxo Tamara

Picture source: Sisley promo mail

SISLEY Sisleya Global Anti-Aging Cream Review

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Hello dear readers,

I’ve been incapacitated for everal days and barely had enough strength to go to work. My skin was a complete mess too – extremely dehydrated and constantly flaking. To battle such a condition, I needed a real weapon: Sisleya Global Anti Aging Cream. I have several GWP  jars (5ml) which I use sparingly because I’m not willing to shell out over $470 for a jar.

The cream is very thick and has a nice herbal scent. To apply it, I take a small amount and warm it up by rubbing it between my fingers. This makes the consistency less thick so you can apply smaller amount and spread it easily. It won’t sink immediately, so I usually put it on an hour before I go to bed. It is possible to use it underneath the make-up, but be sure to use extremely small amount so that it can sink quicker.

As for the effects, Skinleya is great.  It instantly fixes up all the traces of dehydrated skin. Sisley Masks are good, but some things are even beyond their repair, so this is where Sisleya comes it. The skin is completely healed, renourished, smooth and soft.  My skin is typically oily and dehydrated, but this Sisleya isn’t too rich for me. My skin feels greasy, but only until the cream sinks in. However, if you have a drier skin type, you should probably look into the version for dry skin.

Skinleya is definitely one of my favourite creams, although the price makes me look for cheaper alternative. If you know one, feel free to recommend one :)

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Zdravo drage čitateljice,

zaadnjih sam nekoliko dana bila izvan stroja, jedva imajući snage da se dovučem na posao. Koža je također bila u potpunom rasulu – jako dehidrirana i perutava. Kako bih ispravila to stanje, trebala sam naći pravi lijek: Sisleya Global Anti Age Cream. Iman nekoliko posudica kreme koje sam dobila kao poklon uz kupnju i koje jako štedim jer mi je puna cijena od cca 2500 kuna ipak malo previše.

Krema je jako gusta i ima krasan biljni miris. Nanosim ju tako da malu količinu kreme lagano protrljam među prstima kako bih ju zagrijala i kako bi krema postala lakšom za nanošenje. Krema se neće odmah upiti, tako da ju obično nanosim sat prije spavanja. Moguće je kremu koristiti ispod šminke, ali tada to trebaju biti jako male količine kako bi se krema što prije upila.

Što se tiče učinkovitosti, Skinleya je super krema. Odmah briše sve tragove dehidrirane kože. Sisleyeve maske su inače jako dobre u tome, ali u nekim situacijana ni one ne mogu pomoći te tada nastupa Sisleya. Koža je potpuno izliječena, nahranjena, glatka i mekana. Moja je koža obično masna i dehidrirana, ali ova krema nije prebogata. Krema je na koži malo masna, ali to nestaje kako se krema upija. Doduše, ukoliko imate suhu kožu, radije isprobajte verziju za suhu kožu.

Skinleya je definitivno jedna od meni najdražih krema, iako zbog cijene tražim jeftiniju alternativu. Ako znate koju, slobodno preporučite :)

SISLEY Phyto Blush Eclat in #05 Pinky Coral Swatch and Review

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Hello, dear readers,

as you know, Sisley is one of my favourite brands (despite its price) and today I’m going to show you the swatch of their new version of Phyto Blush in the shade Pinky Coral.

But first, let’s say something about the product. The blush comes in a black and white plastic compact with mirror and brush included. The cover of the compact has a zebra print and the compact itself doesn’t feel like it is of a good quality.

Unlike the old version, this version contains considerably smaller amount of the product – 7 grams vs. 10 grams in the old one. The price remained the same – $85.

The brush included is nothing special – it is very wide so it will serve for touch-up, but I prefer to apply it with a proper blush brush.

The blush inside the pan is zebra patterned and it contains two complimentary shades, which in spite of the name aren’t coral – light peachy pink and dark peachy pink. The ligher shade still leans more on the pink side, while the darker shade is more peachy. Both shades contain a barely visible shimmer.

It is possible to use both shades separately, but to do so you’re going to need a very narrow blush, so it might be easier to use them mixed.

I fell in love with this blush the moment I saw the promo pictures. I’ve been looking for a perfect peachy-pink blush for ages and this one is a pure perfection. It compliments my skin-tone well and it doesn’t turn orange or pink after several hours. It stays on from the moment I apply it to the moment I take it off in the evening without fading.

As for the pigmentation it is pretty good – pigmented enough but still fool-proof and it is extremely hard to overdo it. I have to add that I’m not a fan of super-pigmented blushes (Illamasqua, Inglot) because it is hard for me to find the exact amount and I always overdo it.

All in all, I adore this blush despite the price.

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Bok, dragi čitatelji,

kao što znate, Sisley spada u meni jedan od najdražih brandova (usprkos cijeni), a danas ću vam pokazati swatch nove verzije rumenila Phyto Blush Eclat u nijansi 05 Pinky Coral.

Ali za početak nekoliko riječi o proizvodu. Rumenilo dolazi u crno-bijeloj plastičnoj ambalaži s uključenim ogledalom i kistom. Poklopac rumenila ima zebrasti print i ne djeluje kao da je kvalitetan. U usporedbi sa starijom verzijom, ovdje dobijete osjetno manje (10 nasuprot 7 grama). Cijena je ostala ista – oko 480 kuna.

Kist koji dobijete unutra nije ništa posebno – može proći ako trebate popraviti rumenilo, ali ja preferiram pravi kist za rumenilo.

Rumenilo ima zebrasti uzorak napravljen od kombinacije dviju nijansi iste breskvasto roze boje. Razlika je u tome što svijetlija nijansa vuče na roskasto, dok tamnija vuče na breskvasto. Obje nijanse sadrže jedva vidljivi shimmer.

Moguće je koristiti svaku nijansu zasebno, ali za to će vam trebati jako uzak kist, tako da je jednostavnije koristiti kombinaciju obje boje.

U ovo sam se rumenilo zaljubila čim sam ga ugledala na promo slikama. Dugo sam već tražila odgovarajuće breskvasto-rozo rumenilo i ovo je kao napravljeno za mene. Jako dobro paše uz moju nijansu kože i ne oksidira na koži. Rumenilo ne blijedi – ostaje onakvo kakvo je i bilo kad sam ga stavila.

Pigmentacije je prilično dobra, ali ipak ne previše, tako da je jako teško pretjerati s rumenilom. Moram napomenuti da baš i ne volim jako pigmentirana rumenila poput Illamasquinih ili Inglotovih jer mi ih je jako teško dozirati u uvijek nanesem previše.

Sve u svemu, ovo rumenilo usprkos cijeni obožavam.

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Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat 05 Pinky Coral swatches:

sisley blush coral swatch

The swatches are made in this order (from left to right): both shades mixed, darker shade, lighter shade.

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Swatchevi su poredani ovim redom: obje nijanse izmiješane, tamnija nijansa, svijetlija nijansa

sisley coral blush skin swatch

FINISHED! December Editon

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Hello dear readers,

first I would like to wish you all happy new year. I hope that all your wishes will come true and that every day of the new 2013 will be fulfilled, that you’ll live every day like your last and that you won’t regret anything and you’ll look forward to good things to come.

I know that in my November edition I have promised many more finished products, but December is even more of a fail than November. I guess it seems that January will be perfect.

Also, January will be the month when I (hopefully) will finally get a DSLR camera. The store in which I planned to buy it obviously isn’t interested in selling (weird, because they are Canon importers) and, as far as my experience goes, has a poor customer service, so I’m looking for another (probably cheaper) store.

Anyway, I’m planning on publishing 2012 favourites this week and the next week you can expect the photos of my collection. You’ll also see the round-up of my so called „low buy“ (yeah, right).

Without further delaying, here are the items spent in December:

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Dragi čitatelji,

prvo bih vam željela čestitati Novu Godinu. Nadam se da će vam se ispuniti sve vaše želje te da će vam svaki dan nove 2013. biti ispunjen i da ćete svaki dan živjeti kao da je posljednji bez da žalite za bilo čim te da ćete se radovati svim dobrim stvarima koje vam ova godina nosi.

Znam da sam u studenom obećala više potrošenih poizvoda, ali po tom pitanju prosinac je bio pravi debakl. Izgleda da će siječanj biti savršen.

Također nadam se da ću u siječnju konačno nabaviti DSLR fotoaparat. Trgovina u kojoj sam ga namjeravala kupiti očito nije zainteresirana za prodaju (što je čudno, budući da su oni zastupnici Canona) i prema mojem iskustvu nemaju bog zna kakvi odnos s kupcima, pa tražim neku drugi (vjerojatno jeftiniji) dućan.

Također planiram objaviti post s favoritima u 2012 ovaj tjedan, a idući tjedan možete očekivati slike moje kolekcije, te sažetak moje takozvane „smanjene“ kupnje kozmetike (moš’ mislit).

Da dalje ne duljim, ovo su proizvodi koje sam potrošila u prosincu:

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MAKE-UP (Šminka):

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SISLEY Skinleya #20 foundation sample (2ml) . A light coverage foundation which I use in combination with Phyto Teint Eclat to get the correct shade for my skin. - Tekući puder s laganim prekrivanjem kojeg koristim u kombinaciji s Phyto Teint Eclat da bih dobila točnu nijansu.

SISLEY Phytocernes + Concealer #2 sample (0,5 ml). A concealer which I have used in combination with Effacernes, to dilute it and to get the correct shade. - Korektor kojeg koristim u kombinaciji s Effacernes korektorom kako bih ga razrijedila i kako bih dobila točnu nijansu.

SKINCARE (Njega kože):

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BIODERMA Sebium H2O micelle solution (250 ml). An excellent make-up remover which I’m tempted to buy (and I probably will after I spend Sisley Eau Efficace). Considering the amount, it has lasted a long time. – Odličan odstranjivač šminke kojeg ću vjerojatno ponovno kupiti nakon što potrošim Sisley Eau Efficace. S obzirom na količinu, odstranjivač je trajao puno duže nego što sam to očekivala.

SISLEY Hydraflash mask sample (4 ml). A nice pick-me up for my winter-dehydrated skin. – Dobra maska za oporavak kože dehidrirane zbog hladnoće i suhog zraka.

BIODERMA Sebium Hydra cream sample (5ml) . Plain basic moisturizer. I probably won’t repurchase. – Obična hidratantna krema. Vjerojatno ju neću ponovno kupiti.

SISLEY Sisleya Eye Contour Cream sample (2 ml). An excellent eye contour cream, but too pricey for what I get (+ the full size comes in a jar). – Izvrsna okoloočna krema, ali puno puno preskupa.

SISLEY All Day All Year sample (10 ml). A very good day cream, althought I don’t trust the alleged SPF much. – Vrlo dobra dnevna krema, iako se ne pouzdajem previše u navodni zaštitni faktor.

SISLEY Sisleya Radiance Concentrate sample (3 ml). The perfect serum for my skin, but I think that SVR Clarial is a bit better. – Savršeni serum za moju kožu, ali mislim da je SVR Clarial ipak mrvicu bolji.

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FRAGRANCE (Parfemi):

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MOSCHINO Light Clouds EdT sample. Unremarkable. – Ništa posebno.

MOSCHINO Funny! EdT sample . Unremarkable. – Ništa posebno.

MOSCHINO Toujours Glamour EdT sample. The best fragrance from the Moschino line, although it isn’t something special. – Najbolji Moschinov parfem, iako ni on nije ništa posebno.

DSQUARED She Wood EdT sample. To my nose rose is prevalent, but it is grounded by something woody. Interesting. – Parfem u kojiem prevladava ruža prizemljena drvenastom bazom. Zanimljivo.

LA PRAIRIE Silver Rain Shimmer Mist sample. It smells expensive, but something just doesn’t agree with my nose. – Miriši skupo, ali nešto u parfemu mi ne odgovara.

BY KILIAN Beyond Love. Indeed, it is beyond love, it is perfection. My absolute favourite. Idiot me didn’t purchase the big bottle. – I više od ljubavi, to je savršenstvo. Moj najdraži parfem. Glupa ja nije kupila veliku bočicu kad je mogla.

And that would be all. Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your holidays :)

Love, Tamara

I to bi bilo sve. Hvala vam na čitanju i uživajte u praznicima :)

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):

sisley hydraflash ingredients

FINISHED! November Edition

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Hello, dear readers.

As much as November was a success in business life, it was a total FAIL when it comes to finishing products. I can’t recall a month with less finished products. Luckily, I haven’t had time to buy much, so this kinds of balances it. Still, I’m staying positive and I’m hoping that this means that December will be something. I’m kind of looking forward to see what kind of fail my low buy was, lol :)

So, without further ado, here are the products I have finished this month.

SKINCARE:

 

 

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Sisley Lyslait 30ml.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion 30ml. Since I’m finishing these so often, I won’t review them any more. Suffice to say I love it.

Sisley Ecological Compound 5ml. A lovely, lightweight moisturizer.

Sisley Sisleya Radiance Anti-Ageing Concentrate 3ml. One of my favourite serums with the least favourite price. It makes my skin very even, without redness.

MAKE-UP:

november makeup

ESSENCE I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base. An excellent product for the price and I have already repurchased another. It lasted for almost a year.

SISLEY Instant Perfect primer 2ml. A nice primer.

ESSENCE Nail Art Sealing Top Coat. When I bought my first bottle, I was very satisfied with it. After finishing the second, I’m not sure I love it so much any more. I’m switching to Eveline. P.S. I have no idea how the bottle got so dirty. I tried to clean it, but it didn’t go away.

HAIR and FRAGRANCE:

november fragrance

GARNIER Natural Beauty Coconut and Cacao Butter Shampoo (not on the photo). An excellent scent, but didn’t help much with dry hair.

GUERLAIN Idylle edt sample. A lovely spring-time scent.

SANTA MARIA NOVELLA Gelsomino soap. An excellent soap for hands.

Well, that’s it. 10 products in total. We’ll see what December will turn like.

I’m a kind of busy right now, having to attend another conference and then I’m going on a short trip somewhere, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t post as regularly.

Have a great week,

Tamara