Skincare Sunday – Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream Review

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Hello lovelies,

it is time for another Skincare Sunday :)

I absolutely hated body creams/lotions and up to the last year I used them rarely – mainly during summer to moisturize tanned skin. I hate that they do not sink in quickly and often leave greasy coat on the skin. Last year I realized that my skin requires moisture and I went on a search for a body moisturizer. I found Clarins body milk (which I have to review), but I wanted to find something budget friendly and enter Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream.

I love it – that’s all I have to say. The pale pink coloured cream has a watery, gel-like consistency which feels like a whipped cream. The cream spreads easily and a little goes a long way (the amount I have on my hand below is enough for one leg). It leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Another benefit is that is quickly absorbs into the skin.

The scent is nice – it reminds me of roses. Upon application it is strong but it weakens quickly and very soon you can smell it only if you put your nose on the skin.

The cream comes in a 200 ml jar and costs $10 (59 kn). I bought it on a sale, but I don’t remember how much it cost.

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My skin is not super dry so this cream is perfect for me. However, I would not recommend it for drier skin types. I, on the other hand, will continue to repurchase it.

xoxo Tamara

February Empties :)

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Hello lovelies,

even though February is the shortest month, when it comes to empties, it was epic. I usually kept 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 :)

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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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100 Days No-Buy Update: Day 28 (72 more to go)

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Hello lovelies,

It’s been two weeks since my last update so I’m checking in with a new no-buy update. I’m happy to say that even after 28 days, I still haven’t caved in – my no buy is going as strong as it was on the first day. I even added the counter on the sidebar :)

I’ve been busy with creating a world document cosmetics inventory where I listed every single cosmetic item I own (be it full size or sample). To be honest, the numbers are scary and as of today (unless I find more stashed  somewhere in my handbags) I have 349 skincare and make-up products (222 full sized, 61 mini sized, 66 samples). Here it is important to mention that when it comes to eyeshadow, I counted each pan separately – so for example Naked palette counts as 12 eyeshadows, Guerlain quad as 4 etc. I have 55 fragrances (17 full sized and 38 samples), one candle and 300 nail polishes (scary when you realize that 200 were bought in the last three months) and 8 nail treatments. When it comes to nail polish, I’m not sure if I had mentioned it before, but I decided to limit the number of nail polishes I can buy this year to 200.

First two weeks were easy because I mostly stayed at home and I deliberately stayed away from lookfantastic, hqhair, feelunique and eBay (plus they didn’t have any tempting promos). The last two weeks were a bit more difficult – hqhair and lookfantastic stocked Naked 3. Naked 3 is one of the items from my “Allowed to buy” list (together with either Essie Spring and Summer minis or max of 8 ILNP) so I put it in the cart and almost clicked Checkout, even though I didn’t find any discount code. However, I went through my inventory and realized that I have over 100 eyeshadows and clicked little x in the corner instead. I think I’ll get Naked 3 once I put my eyeshadow count under 100.

I was forced to visit drugstores: Kozmo discounted fabric softeners (we always need those) and Muller had Milka chocolates (I’m addicted to Milka with Oreos, yum). I swear I’ve been good and didn’t buy anything but chocolate and fabric softener. Resisting temptation there made me visit dm and BIPA which didn’t tempt me at all. Then I went to Douglas and, while Terracotta powder from Guerlain Holiday collection seemed nice, I didn’t get it. On the other hand Martimex tempted me a lot – they had Meteorites pressed powder which I like 50% off (this one is discontinued), but I managed to talk myself out – after all, I barely touched Meteorites powder I have, not to mention poor Chanel and MAC which lay unloved while I’m attempting to use up Guerlain. I’m really happy that I’ve held up so well. This gives me hope that I’ll manage to stick to my no-buy and finally minimize my collection.

I’ve made a big step towards minimizing my collection by having a bunch of empties in January and I can’t wait to show them. I don’t think I ever had such an amount of finished products.

I’ve mentioned (a billion times) that I can buy ILNP polishes. When the first photos came out, I was so excited because multichromes seemed unique, but I saw some swatches and several multichromes look really close to Dance Legend Chameleons (ILNP Reminiscence = DL Wazowski and ILNP Sirene = DL Sulley). I’m not so sure anymore that I’ll buy them since I prefer Dance Legend (they seem smoother). However, there is definitely one polish worth buying (at least based on the swatches I’ve seen) and it is Kings & Queens which reminds me of Llarowe’s Dirty Diana. On the other hand, Dance Legend will launch holo multichromes in March and I kind of like them, although I’ll have to see more swatches. I think I should have simply put 8 nail polishes allowed, without specifying which brand :)

I know that some of my readers probably started their versions of no-buy or project pan and I would love to hear how your no-buys are going? While preparing for my no-buy I read the first 15 pages that come up in google and found great tips so I’d like to hear other experiences too. Feel free to share your links, I’m sure my readers and I will find them helpful :)

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

DECEMBER EMPTIES

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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

SKINCARE COLLECTION and DECLUTTERING

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Hello lovelies,

here’s my second part of decluttering series, this time featuring skincare and body care. Again, I’ll separate items that are close to being finished or the items I use regularly and put them in a separate box. This way I’ll have everything in one place which will make it easier for me to actually use the stuff. On the top you can see the selection of items for “use it up” box.

My main issue with skincare is that I am prone to hoarding samples and GWP minis. I always refuse to use them thinking I might need them if I’m going on a trip. While I still plan to keep some minis just in case, the truth is that I have way too much stuff which just sits in my closet. It’s kind of like “out of sight, out of mind” – I have no idea what I have and I continue to buy new products.

Here are the photos of my collection, grouped into several category, and I’ll briefly describe which items I’ll put in “use it up” box.

- cleansers, toners, masks, exfoliators

There is an almost done Sisley toner and Avene Thermal water which has just like one or two spritzs in it. Clinique Mild lotion is my go to toner when I’m not using acid peels. I also need to spend Sisley Lyslait and Caudalie cleansing foam (both are almost finished).

I use the exfoliators and chemical peels when I feel like it and switch them often, so I don’t need to put any into the box.

It would be nice if I could finally finish Sisley Tropical Resins mask, as well as Gel Express which is half way done.

- serums, eye contour and moisturizers

I usually use a different moisturizer and/or serum every night, depending my skin’s needs. When it comes to moisturizers, one tube of All Day All Year and Hydra Global are almost finished, so I should use them up first. Next, I need to finish SVR eye contour cream and Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Gel (also almost finished).

When it comes to serums, I need to finish SVR Clarial because there’s only enough for one or two uses in the bottle. I also need to finish Sisleya Global Firming Serum mini sample.

At the moment I won’t use sample sachets.

- body care

I need to use up Eveline exfoliator and Yves Rocher Monoi oil, as well as some ancient Thalgo anti cellulite cream sample sachet. Oriflame foot exfoliator and Tender Care balm have also found a place in the box. I’m adding Nivea crème too because it is my go to universal cream which I can’t live without and I have no idea why I didn’t review it. I’ll also use a hand cream and Sephora nail balm.

I’ll probably use up one mini tube of Sisley Phyo Svelt Global. I kind of hesitated with using it because I wanted to get more samples and use it regularly to see whether $200+ anti cellulite cream really has an effect.

- oils and sunscreen

Oils are a part of my regular routine and soon I’ll write the post which will discuss my experience (which is both good and bad).

As you can see, I hoarded a bit of sunscreen and some is not even opened. This winter I’m planning to use up Clarins (since it is so greasy it will be perfect) and, if necessary, one of Lavozon SPF 30 sunscreens.

I have to say that I am looking forward to minimizing my collection. At least I’ll be able to do an inventory of my stuff way quicker (took me two hours just to find, sort out and take a quick photo of the products). I’m planning to do a complete inventory in January around New Year with nicer pictures. I hope I’ll see a bit of progress.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

FINISHED! January Edition

Hello lovelies,

if you are following me on Instagram or Twitter, you could have seen that I finally have a new camera (Canon EOS 600D) and so far I’m loving it. Of course, I’m still learning and experimentating (I’ve had it for only two days), but this post will feature the first pictures I’ve taken with it.

As I’ve been promising, January is finally the month where I have some substantial amounts of products to show. So let’s start.

Zdravo dragi,

ukoliko me pratite na Instagramu ili Twitteru, mogle ste vidjeti da sam konačno nabavila novi fotoaparat (Canon EOS 600D) i za sad ga obožavam. Naravno, još učim i eksperimentiram (imam ga tek dva dana), ali u ovom postu možete vidjeti moje prve ekspermente.

Kao što sam i obećala, konačno sam uspijela potrošiti poštenu količinu proizvoda. Pa idemo redom:

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BODYCARE / NJEGA TIJELA:

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YVES ROCHER Jardins du Monde Fleur de Cotton and Ylang Ylang shower gel. The whole Yves Rocher is my favourite – cleansing and non-drying. As for the scent, I prefer Ylang Ylang. / YVES ROCHER Jardins du Monde Fleur de Cotton and Ylang Ylang gelovi za tuširanje. Obožavam cijelu Yves Rocher liniju za tuširanje jer čiste, a ne isušuju kožu. Što se mirisa tiče, draži mi je Ylang Ylang.

AVEO Berry Nail Polish Remover. I’ve heard many raves about this product, but to me it is nothing special. It smells sickly sweet. I won’t repurchase it. / AVEO Berry odstranjivač laka za nokte. Ovaj su odstranjivač puno hvalili, ali ja sam ostala razočarana. Miriši umjetno slatko, što mi se ne sviđa. Sigurno ga neću opet kupiti.

SISLEY Soir de Lune Body Cream. An excellent body cream if you like the scent. / SISLEY Soir de Lune mirisna krema za tijelo. Ova je krema izvrsna ukoliko vam se sviđa miris parfema Soir de Lune.

ARTDECO Intensive Nail Treatment. I couldn’t have waited to get rid of it. It did nothing. / ARTDECO Intensive Nail Treatment. Nisam mogla dočekati da ga konačno potrošim jer od ovog proizvoda apsolutno nije bilo nikakve koristi.

SKINCARE / NJEGA LICA:

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SISLEY Lyslait and Floral Toning Lotion. I’ve reviewed them many times so I won’t anymore. / SISLEY Lyslait mlijeko za čišćenje lica i Floral Toning Lotion tonik. Toliko sam puta već recenzirala ove proizvode tako da više neću. Dovoljno je reći da su izvrsni.

SISLEY Moisturizer with Cucumber. A nice moisturizer if you have combination or oily skin. It is not good enough in winter. / SISLEY Moisturizer with Cucumber. Vrlo dobra hidratantna krema za miješanu ili masnu kožu. Doduše, zimi mi nije dovoljna.

L’OCCITANE Angelica Protective Lotion. A basic moisturizer. Nothing special. / L’OCCITANE Angelica Protective Lotion. Standardna hidratantna krema, ništa posebno.

SISLEY Sisleya Radiance Anti Aging Concentrate. It is one of my favourite serums – it makes my skin look more radiant and healthier. / SISLEY Sisleya Radiance Anti Ageing Concentrate. Jedan od meni najdražih seruma jer mi koža izgleda sjajnije i zdravije.

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MAKE-UP and FRAGRANCE / ŠMINKA i PARFEMI

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Teint Parfait. It is my favourite primer/tinted moisturizer and it is a shame it has been discontinued. / YVES LAURENT Teint Parfait. Jedan od najboljih baza/toniranih kremi i šteta je da ga više ne proizvode.

GUERLAIN Rouge G in Gaela. A lovely, albeit a bit too cold pink. The lipstick was very pigmented, but not as moisturizing as I’d like. I probably won’t purchase more Rouges G because I prefer the formula of Rouge Automatique. / GUERLAIN Rouge G u nijansi Gaela. Vrlo lijepa iako malčice prehladna nijansa roze. Ruž je jako pigmentiran, ali ne baš hidratantan. Najvjerojatnije više neću kupovati Rouge G liniju jer preferiram teksturu Rogue Automatiquea.

NAOMI CAMPBELL Paradise Passion. This fragrance stinks awfully. I kind of hope that the sample has gone bad because I can’t believe that someone would actually launch something so stinky. / NAOMI CAMPBELL Paradise Passion. Ovaj parfem zbilja smrdi tako da se nadam da je uzorak bio pokvaren jer ne mogu vjerovati da bi netko pustio nešto tako smrdljivo u prodaju.

MOSCHINO Hippy Fizz. A cheap fruity horror. / MOSCHINO Hippy Fizz. Jeftin voćni užas.

Well, that would be it. I’m planning to swatch many lipsticks, so stay tuned. Until you hear from me the next time, enjoy your weekend.

Love, Tamara

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Voli vas Tamara

L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere Linden Soap Review

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I can’t remember the last time I used L’Occitane soap, but recently I got another soap from Bonne Mere range so this was the chance to remind myself. Bonne Mere soaps contain 100 grams and retail for $7. They come in a variety of scents, my favourite so far being Milk and Rose soaps. This time I have Linden scented soap.

The quality of the soap is here – a little goes a long way and the soap doesn’t melt too easily. Unlike the rose soap (which has a particles of rose inside, so it can be too harsh on the skin), Linden soap is actually pretty gentle on the skin. While I can’t say that it is moisturizing, it doesn’t dry my skin out. However, I still prefer shower gels.

As for the scent, at first it is really strong and nothing like a linden blossom (I should know since a linden tree grew next to my house). My first association was patchouli and Lush store. Later, as the scent weakens in intensity, I could smell a creamy linden, but the smell doesn’t stay on the skin for too long.

Ne mogu se sjetiti kada sam zadnji put koristila L’Occitane sapun, ali budući da sam nedavno kupila jedan, to je bila prilika da se podsjetim. Bonne Mere sapuni sadrže 100 grama i koštaju 27 kuna. Dolaze u raznim mirisima od kojih su mi za sad najdraži ruža i mlijeko. Doduše, ovaj sam put kupila sapun s mirisom lipe.

Kvaliteta je tu – sapun se sporo troši i ne topi se prelako. Za razliku od sapuna s mirisom ruže koji je grublji (zbog komadića ruže), sapun s lipom je jako nježan na koži. Na žalost ne mogu reći da je hidratantan, ali niti dodatno ne isušuje kožu. Opet, još uvijek preferiram gelove za tuširanje.

Što se mirisa tiče, ovaj mi sapun isprve nije mirisao niti približno poput lipina cvijeta. Zapravo miris me je jako podsjetio na pačuli i miris Lushevog dućana. Kasnije, kako miris slabi, počinje se osjećati kremasti miris lipe, ali miris ne ostaje na koži dugo.

ORIFLAME Intense Hand Protection Concentrate Review

At work, I very often come in contact with the substances which dry out hands. Currently, a hand cream is something that I can’t live without. After spending Eucerin hand cream, which was very good, I wanted to find a cheaper solution and I’ve found it in Oriflame Intense Hand Protection Concentrate. It is not as cheap as I have hoped for – I got it on the sale for $4 for 50ml tube (Eucerin costs around $10 for 75ml).

The cream is very thick, but it spreads easily. However, it won’t sink immediately – it will take at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to sink in completely. This makes the cream not so work-friendly, as in this case you need something that will sink in quickly.

As for its effectiveness, it is very good – I usually apply a two pea-sized amount and it moisturizes pretty well (especially if I apply it in a thicker layer and use it over night). It works well for the cuticles, too.

The cream has a light, inoffensive scent, which needs some time to disappear completely.

All in all, a nice option, although I’d prefer if it would sink in more quickly.

YVES ROCHER Jardins du Monde Indian Cotton Flower Review and Ingredients

Hello, dear readers.

I’m a huge fan of Yves Rocher shower gels, so when I visited their store, I had to update my collection. This time I’ll review Indian Cotton Flower shower cream. The cream has 200ml and retails for around $3.

The consistency of the cream is pretty liquid, but even a small amount foams up pretty well. While both the gel and the cream formulas from Jardins du Monde collection are moisturizing enough, I think that the cream offers a tiny bit more of moisture.

As for the scent, it is very mild, slightly floral. However, I have no idea whether this is the true scent of the cotton flower or not. I do have a branch with cotton flowers as a decoration, but it is scentless.

The only objection I have to these gels concerns the packaging – the flip top can be pretty difficult to open.

If you’re into long-lasting scents, this gel won’t be the best choice. On the other hand, if you are sensitive to scents, you might want to give it a chance.

As for me, I like it, but my favourites from the line so far are Tiare and Ylang Ylang.

Click for the INGREDIENTS

EVELINE Slim Extreme 3D Anti Cellulite Peeling Massage Shower Gel Review and Ingredients

Eveline is one of my favourite budget friendly companies, especially when it comes to body care, although they make make-up and skincare, too.

Slim Extreme 3D Anti Cellulite Peeling Massage Shower Gel is one of my favourite body exfoliator (others being L’Oreal Exfotonic which is discontinued and Sisley Foaming Exfoliant which is expensive).

Eveline Peeling Gel comes in a 200 ml flip top opening tube and retails for around $5. This is both the shower gel and exfoliator in one. It also claims that it helps to reduce cellulite in combination with Eveline anticellulite creams, but I haven’t tried it that way, so I cannot comment the claims.

The exfoliating beads are tiny, but there could be more of them – for my skin that amount of beads works if I use it daily. However, if I only use it from time to time, it is not strong enough.

A bonus is that it can be used as a 2 in 1 (especially if you don’t have sensitive skin) which makes it the perfect product for travelling.

As a shower gel, it foams up and it cleanses well. It has a slightly minty scent.

I like it, but I’m not sure I love it. However, for the price, it is still my favourite choice.

FINISHED! October Edition

This October was really productive. The stars have aligned and I have managed to spend several make-up full sizes, including a mascara. I’m really happy for it because I got a bunch of skincare this month too, so this balances it out. I’m also waiting an Oriflame order, so this will mean a bunch of new stuff, too.

As I have mentioned several times, this year I’m planning on getting a decent camera around Christmas. I’m currently taking photos with a 12 year old digital camera and I really need an upgrade. I really hope that I’d be able to get a decent DSLR for under $1000.

I’m also saving to get the driver’s licence in spring. As far as I know, getting the licence in Croatia costs around $1500 (if you don’t fail). I had no need for it because there is a good system of public transportation where I live, plus I hate driving, but many jobs require having a licence, so I think it is a high time I get one as soon as possible.

These are the reasons why I probably won’t buy much in December – I’m considering getting either Chanel or Guerlain holiday eyeshadow quad, maybe Guerlain Liu palette and some MAC product if I go to Vienna or Budapest (where the closest stores are).

But, no more talking about purchases – let’s see the items I’m saying „Goodbye“ to.

MAKEUP:

Oriflame Wonder Lash Intense Mascara. This is a nice mascara that separates the lashes well, but doesn’t do much for the volume. I won’t repurchase it.

Oriflame Visions Fresh Face Foundation in Lindsay and Lucy (sample). This foundation was discontinued a long time ago, but I have found the samples and I couldn’t resist to try it. It smells awkward. The coverage is medium, but the foundation is not longwearing. It blends nicely into the skin.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Santal. Well, it was about time to say „Goodbye“ to Rouge Allure Laque. This lipstick is very pigmented – only one thin coat is enough for a complete opacity. Santal is my perfect nude shade.

Sisley Instant Perfect Primer (sample). A lovely primer. I already have the full-size.

Oriflame Studio Artist Foundation. For the price, this was a very good foundation. The coverage is light to medium and it gives a healthy skin glow effect.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby in Rosy Nude. One of the best tinted lip balms ever. A shame that they are discontiuned.

Benefit High Beam (GWP). At first I admit that I wasn’t a fan of High Beam, but when I started using it more intensely, I liked it a lot. Since Benefit is no longer available in Croatia, I’ll have to find something similar.

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SKINCARE:

Sisley Eye Contour Mask (sample). An excelent mask – a saviour for the dehydrated eye-area.

Sisley Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar. It took me almost a year and a half to spend one bar, by using it once per day, plus once per week as a brush cleanser. I love it – it cleanses skin (although it doens’t remove make-up) without drying it out.  I’m already using a back-up.

Decleor Aroma Solutions Nutri Smooth Lipstick. A nice lip balm, but I think I’m ready for a change.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion (GWP). Excellent toner.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Cream. A very nice starter eye cream, but I feel that I need more moisture than Bioderma offers.

Sisley Lyslait (GWP). Excellent cleanser.

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex (sample). A nice mattifying moisturizer – leaves me matte without being too drying on my skin during summer. In fall, it becomes slightly too drying.

Sisley Hydraglobal (sample). A nice summer moisturizer. It is not moisturizing enough for drier skin types.

Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer (sample). Works good as a primer underneath the make-up, but it is nothing special on its own.

Declaré Hydro-energy Cream. A nice moisturizer. Possible repurchase.

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 BODYCARE, HAIR, FRAGRANCE:

 

Oriflame Perfect Body Anti-Cellulite Scrub. The worst scrub ever. This, in fact, is a salt mixed with mineral oil and some fragrance. Whenever I’d use it, my skin would be irritated by the salt and the bath-tub would be completely greasy. I’m really not in the mood for scrubing the bath-tub every time I use it.

Moschino I Love Love EdT (sample). Unremarkable.

Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Fleur de Tiare Shower Gel. A nice, moisturizing shower gel.

Nivea Long Repair Shampoo (GWP). A decent shampoo but I probably won’t repurchase.

I’ve also thrown out three nail polishes: Catrice limited edition in En Vogue, Carla Cosmetics and Rimmel Grape Sorbet. Catrice is a horribly thick and quickly chipping mess, Carla Cosmetics is super sheer and gritty and Rimmel is dried out.

What products have you spent recently? Please share in the comments.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. My 500th post :)

YVES ROCHER Jardins du Monde Ylang Ylang des Comores Shower Gel Review and Ingredients

Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Ylang Ylang is the third in the Jardins du Monde shower gels that I have tried and, when it comes to scent, it is my favourite.

Jardins du Monde shower gels come in a 200 ml bottle and retail for around $3. The only issue I have, when it comes to these shower gels, is that the flip tom can be hard to open and I often break my nail trying to open it.

Everything else about this shower gel is fabulous – the scent is nice – fruity floral. I don’t have much experience with ylang ylang, so I’m not sure how similar it is to the real flower, but I really like it as it is.

The scent doesn’t linger for too long on my skin. This works fine for me, since I doubt I could fall asleep if the scent were too long-lasting.

The gel foams up well and cleans my skin nicely, without being drying.

I am really happy with these shower gels and I can’t wait to try other scents.

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YVES ROCHER Malaysian Coconut Silky Body Lotion Review and Ingredients

I hate body lotions. In my life, I have found only 4 I can tolerate on my skin: Sisley Crème Reparatrice Corps, L’Occitane Hand and Body Lotion, L’Occitane Shea Butter Body Cream, and finally Yves Rocher Les Plaisirs Nature body lotion.

From Les Plaisirs Nature Collection, so far I have tested Malaysian Coconut body lotion, but I’m planning on getting other scents, too.

Malaysian coconut retails for around $8 for 400ml. It comes in a bottle without the pump, but the pump can be bough separately.

The lotion is very light-weight, but moisturizing. My skin is not too dry, so this works fine for me. It doesn’t sink as quickly as I would like, but I don’t mind waiting for a minute.

The coconut scent reminds me of beach and summer. The scent starts strong, but it weakens quickly. The next morning, I can’t feel it on the skin.

Overall, this is a good light lotion which I like very much (especially for the price).

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FINISHED! September Edition

September was a really slow month when it comes to the products I have spent. I also have to brag myself a bit and say that, with the exception of Essie nail polish (shade Recessionista) I haven’t bough any single product, be it make-up or skincare, since August 10th. That’s almost two months of an unintentional no-buy. It wasn’t so hard – I simply didn’t think about it at all.

Anyway, I’m planning on having a huge shopping spree – I need some Vitamin C serums, glycolic acid peel and something with Retinol. I’m kind of low with the body-care products, too, and I’m planning to raid Yves Rocher store.

Also, Sisley has launched new blushes in the trashiest packaging possible (the plastic cover with zebra pattern) but I’m in love with the coral shade.

Next, I’m gathering the courage to get my hair cut – I haven’t been at the hairdresser for over two years (because of the very traumatic experience) and my hair is in horrible condition. I’ll have to cut off at least 10 to 15 centimeters and I just need to find a reliable salon. This also means that I’ll have to get some hair-care products.

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EUCERIN pH5 Hand Cream

I’ve given up on L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream because of its packaging (aluminium tube on which I have managed to cut myself several times), so the replacement was needed.

Eucerin always has the promo where if you spend 720 kunas (around $130), you get a free product. My mother uses Eucerin moisturizers and she was missing 50 kunas to the required amount for a free product, so I’ve put the hand cream into the cart.

The cream comes in a 75ml plastic tube with a flip top opening. It retails for around $10. It has a pleasant, mild scent which disappears quickly upon application.

The consistency feels like a mousse – it looks thick, but when you spread it, it goes easily and it is very lightweight. It sinks in immediately, without leaving a greasy layer on the skin, which is a bonus, in my opinion.

The cream leaves the skin on your hand moisturized for a long time. It immediately fixes the skin dried out from hand-washing dishes.

Even though it is far from cheap, in my opinion this cream is worth every penny.

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SISLEY Soir de Lune Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel Review

 

I got an 8 ml sample of this shower gel with one GWP. The full size comes in a 200ml bottle and retails for $87.

The shower gel is a part of Soir de Lune fragrance line, out of which I have only used Soir de Lune perfumed body cream.

8 ml was enough for 3 uses – it would last more, but I thought that this was a body cream (they have the same packaging and I didn’t read what it says on, so I’ve thrown away more than half of it).

The shower gel is a transparent gel with a yellowish tint. It doesn’t foam up much – in that it reminds me more of shower creams like L’Occitane Shea Butter Shower cream; but it cleanses skin well.

It is not drying, but I wouldn’t call it moisturizing after. After using it, I still felt like I could do with a bit of moisture (for example, after using Yves Rocher shower gels, I don’t need to use a body lotion).

As for the scent, it is the same as the scent of Soir dew Lune fragrance – a white floral chypre (I’m not the fan of the scent). The scent of the shower gel will linger on the skin for some time, more than with ordinary shower gels – up to 4 hours. Of course, the scent will be very mild.

If you are a fan of Soir de Lune range, both shower gel and body cream are high-quality product and will nicely complement the fragrance. However, I’m still not quite used to the scent – it’s quite sharp and I’m fonder of sweet, gourmand scents.

FINISHED! August Edition

August empties could have been more impressive (no eyeshadow this time), but since I only have one face and one body, I think I did a pretty good job.

As you know, I’m a bit obsessed with list making, so at the end of July I’ve made a list containing absolutely every cosmetic item (make-up, skincare, fragrance) I currently own. I have included the samples too. Anyway, the number is horrible. Since the majority of eyeshadows in the eyeshadow palettes are the same size as an average full-size product, I have counted every pan of eyeshadow as a separate item (the exception is YSL Palette Esprit Couture). So, when I put it all on the paper, I had 410 items, out of which 178 are sample or travel sizes). I hope that the end of this year will bring at least 100 items less from the list.

Here’s a screen cap of the list.

As you can see, there are several categories and each category has its own table. There is an index of markings I use to, for example, note that I have yet to review the item or that I have to take its photo.

Here’s the example of Moisturizers table.

I have decided to organize alphabetically (to the brand name) in four columns: BRAND, PRODUCT INFO (product name), the AMOUNT of the product in the packaging and a column in which I put a plus if I have opened that product.

Still, one list wasn’t enough for me. Therefore, I’ve made “To spend” list, which I’ll change every two months.

This list contains the items that I plan to use more intensely during a certain period of time. When that period is over, I may transfer it to the following list, or I may take if off the list for a while. Of course, I strikethrough every product I have spent on both the lists.

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YVES ROCHER Monoi de Tahiti Oil Review

 

Mine dose of Tiare scent for this summer :)

As a total fan of Tahitian gardenia scent, I couldn’t resist it.

Yves Rocher Monoi de Tahiti scented dry oil comes in a 125ml bottle with a spray pump. It retails for around $11.

It sinks quickly and leaves my skin lightly perfumed and moisturized. If you have drier skin, it will not be enough, but for my skin, the level of moisture is just fine.

The scent is not quite the Tiare I like – it is way too sweet and lacks floral dimension. Unfortunately, on my skin the scent doesn’t linger for too long – maximum of four hours. Take into account that I might be a bit spoiled by Montale, which is impossible to wash off, but Monoi de Tahiti is a bit too mild for me.

Here are the ingredients: