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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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