Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Ecological Compound Review and Ingredients

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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

Skincare Sunday: SR SKINCARE Glycolic (30%) and Lactic/Salicylic (20%) Acid Peels Review

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Hello lovelies,

it’s time for another skincare Sunday. Ages ago, I promised you to review SR Skincare acids. After using them for 5 months, I feel I can finally give a good review. The acids are from their Active Solutions line. They are available in various concentrations and they come with a bottle of neutralizer, brush/cotton rounds and instructions. They retail from 6GBP for the lowest concentration and the bottle contains 30 ml.

Glycolic acid – 30%

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My skin is very tough and resistant so I immediately started with a pretty high concentration – 30%. I decant a bit of acid into a small plastic bowl and apply it with a brush that comes with it. It is suggested to keep it on a face for a couple of minutes the first time and then to gradually increase the period it is on with every other wear. After that period you apply a neutralizer and wash it off.

As I’ve mentioned, my skin is very tolerant so I decided to keep it on for 10 minutes (I didn’t feel any stinging or see any redness). Basically, it felt like a water on my face. I used it twice a week for a month and I didn’t notice any exfoliation. My skin was the same as always. My pores weren’t clearer, my skin wasn’t brighter. If there were any results, they were barely visible.

I am a bit disappointed with this acid – I thought 30% was enough even for my skin, but I was wrong.

Lactic/Salicylic acid – 20%

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I decided to pick a lower concentration of this acid because the web site stated that it is much stronger than glycolic acid. It turns out I was right and , to be honest, I think I should have gone with 15%. I started using it after using glycolic acid for a month.

You apply this acid with a cotton round which you get with your package. You leave it on for a minute, gradually increasing the time every time you wear it. After that you apply neutralizer and wash it off.

This acid really burns – the first time I put it my face felt on fire. I barely managed to keep the acid on for 2 minutes. Luckily, I didn’t see any redness. As I continued with the use, my skin got used to the acid so I could tolerate it for longer periods (but never for more than 10 minutes).

I’m not too happy with this acid. In spite of irritation, my skin barely peeled. I only got a minor nose peeling after I didn’t put a moisturizer on. Honestly, the pain wasn’t worth it.

Conclusion:

It seems that these acids weren’t for my skin at the moment. I’ve been using them for 5 months and I haven’t noticed any obvious improvement in the condition of my skin. I will stop using them at the end of March because they can photosensitize the skin and start to use them again in October (since I have over half a bottle left of each). Maybe I’ll introduce a stronger concentration of salicylic since I could see the effect of this one.

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday: SIERRA BEES Organic Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Review

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Hello lovelies,

winter is a horrible period for my lips – central heating and cold air leave them constantly dried out. I can go without a lip balm during summer, but during winter they are a necessity.

I got Sierra Bees Organic Cocoa Butter Lip Balm as a freebie with my order from iHerb. According to the site the value of the balm is $1,95 for 4,25 grams. I was pretty happy with Organic Honey Beeswax Lip Balm, so I thought I’d try something else.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm contains a huge amount of cocoa butter – it tastes like a chocolate (yum!)and it melts on a body temperature. It is creamy and spreads easily. Another pro is that it doesn’t leave a white cast on the lips.

As for its performance, it performs ok but I’m not too amazed – I don’t feel that it sinks in the lips – it mostly stays on forming a protective coat. This doesn’t seem so bad, but it wears off really quickly so I need to reapply it quite often. I don’t have an impression that it would work to repair supper chapped lips – as I’ve mentioned, it doesn’t absorb in the lips. On the other hand, if your lips are in a decent condition, it will work to prevent more damage.

The biggest minus of this lip balm is the high content of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter melts at a room temperature and, even though the balm contains some beeswax, I wouldn’t carry this lip balm in my purse during warmer weather.

I might repurchase this lip balm later this year (when it gets colder), but first I want to try some other balms from Sierra Bees.

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Beeswax*, Cocoa Butter*, Sunflower Seed Oil*, Non GMO Vitamin E Oil (ingredients marked with * are organic).

Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Eau Efficace Review

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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 :)

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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 :)

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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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

CAUDALIE Fleur de Vigne Cleansing Mousse Review

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Hello lovelies,

I’ll be away the next 10 days, but I have prepared several post which will be published during this period. I won’t have a computer, but I’ll post on Instagram (fleurissante_tamara), so you can find me there.

Since I’m travelling, I thought it would be a good idea to post my travel cleanser: Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Mousse Cleanser. The travel size comes in a ml bottle, but there is also a full size available. I don’t remember how much I paid it (I think around $10).

The cleanser has light herbal, slightly unpleasant scent, which reminds me of must (or mošt, as we call it here). One press of the pump releases sufficient amount of foam.

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I apply the foam on a wet face, spread it evenly rubbing it a bit and then wash it off. Once it is on my face, the foam doesn’t foam up more – it disappears. It is kind of opposite of what I’m used to (putting the cleanser which foams up vs. putting a foam which disappears), but my face is really clean. A welcome bonus is that it is not a drying cleanser and that it doesn’t irritate my skin or my eyes.

I do not use this foam to remove my make-up. Even though I don’t wear waterproof make-up, I still don’t think that the foam is strong enough to completely remove make-up.

Although the bottle is very small, it definitely lasts a long time. When I first got it I was afraid that I’m going to use it up in a week. In my estimation, there is enough cleanser to last you at least for a month, if not even more.

While I will repurchase the cleanser when I plan to travel, for my everyday cleanser I’ll use something with zinc.

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xoxo Tamara

URIAGE Bariésun Crème Teintée Clair SPF50 (Tinted Sunscreen) Review

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Hello lovelies,

today I’m going to talk about one of my favourite sunscreens I’ve mentioned in my Sunscreen F.A.Q. post.

The cream I’ll be talking about is Uriage Bariésun Crème Teintée SPF50. It is available in two shades: Clair (the lighter one I own) and Gold. This cream has chemical filters. It retails for approximately $25 for a 50ml tube.

The packaging is a flip top tube, which is not the best way to pack sunscreen (I prefer air-tight pumps), so make sure to spend all the cream in one season.

The shade Clair is very light with pink undertones. It is so light that I thought it would be too light for me (NC15-20), but it adapted to my skintone.

The finish of the cream is slightly shiny, so I usually mattified it with Guerlain pressed powder.

The consistency is on the thicker side, but since less is more principle doesn’t apply to sunscreens, it is a plus in my book. The cream feels sticky upon application, but after 5-10 minutes the stickiness is gone. Like any sunscreen, this cream isn’t longwearing so if you plan to spend the entire day outside on sun, make sure to reapply every two hours.

The coverage is light – it covers discolourations (redness, brown spots), but don’t expect miracles. It will even out your skin tone. Unfortunately, it emphasizes enlarged pores.

The cream has a kind of milky creamy scent which is not very strong and disappears quickly, but I find it very unpleasant.

The cream protects the skin well – I’ve been using it instead of a foundation the entire summer and my face didn’t tan a bit. Since I don’t like a heavy face make-up, it served as a nice foundation replacement.

Here’s a swatch on my skin, which is currently NC20.

uriage bariesun swatch

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

AVENE Mineral Lotion 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Review and Ingredients

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are doing great.

Several days ago I’ve made two posts about sunscreens and I recommended some. Today I’ll review Avene mineral sunscreen.

The sunscreen comes in a tube bottle which contains 100ml. It retails for 15 euros. The sunscreen isn’t 100% mineral since titanium dioxide isn’t a full spectrum UVA filter, so they need to add chemical filter to cover the part of UVA which aren’t by titanium dioxide.

The sunscreen has slightly unpleasant scent which disappears quickly upon application. It is runny, but at the same time thick. Since it contains titanium dioxide, it leaves a white cast which is impossible to completely cover. Trust me, I tried applying foundation over it, but the white still went through. Therefore, I do not recommend it to use as a daily sunscreen because it is really obvious.

Another minus is the fact that titanium dioxide and my skin do not agree. It horribly clogs my pores and causes breakouts.

However, the reason I recommended this sunscreen is that it is very waterproof and difficult to remove. I use it when I’m out riding a bike or doing any outdoor activity that will make me sweat.

If you have no problems with filters, I’d recommend this sunscreen for sport activities. On the other hand, I need to remember to avoid titanium dioxide and stick to zinc oxide sunscreen.

Here are the ingredients:

Avene thermal spring water (avene aqua). titanium dioxide. isodecyl neopentanoate. triethylhexanoin. c12-15 alkyl benzoate. cyclomethicone. glycerin. polyglyceryl-4 isostearate. c30-45 alkyl methicone. cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone. hexyl laurate. alumina. water (aqua). stearic acid. caprylic/capric triglyceride. caprylyl glycol. disodium edta. iron oxides (ci 77492). iron oxides (ci 77491). octyldodecanol. pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate. silica dimethyl silylate. sodium chloride. sodium myristoyl glutamate. sorbic acid. tocopheryl glucoside. triethoxycaprylylsilane. xanthan gum.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

SUNSCREEN F.A.Q. Part 2 + Recommendations

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Hello, lovelies.

I hope you are well. Here is the second part of my brief sunscreen summary. The first part can be found here. This time I’ll give you recommendations for some of my favourite sunscreens. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Is there a safe way to tan?

As it is mentioned, even UVA rays cause cancer so tanning beds aren’t consider a “safe” way of tanning.

However, if you like tanned skin, the safest choice is a self tanner. The majority self tanners in stores are based on Dihydroxyacetonem, a chemical which in reaction with the dead skin cells on the surface creates skin darkening which lasts for approximately 5-10 days.

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What is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen?

Physical sunscreens create a layer which deflects the UV rays from the skin. They are generally stable, but their consistency is thick and they often leave a white cast on the face. They are less likely to irritate the skin and therefore they are appropriate for persons with sensitive skin.

Physical filters are titanium dioxide (protects against UVB and a part of UVA spectrum) and zinc oxide (protects from full UVA and UVB spectrum).

Chemical sunscreens contain filters which absorb the UV rays. They are generally photostable (exception avobenzone), but they can irritate sensitive skin. They are more user-friendly because they can be put in various formulations.

The most common chemical filters are: Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150 and Uvinul A Plus

What is a SPF?

SPF (skin protection factor) is a number which indicates the amount of time we can spend on sunlight without getting burned. This amount of time depends on how your skin reacts to sun. For example, your skin burns after 5 minutes in the sun (no protection). If you use the right amount of SPF 15 sunscreen, this means that now you can spend 75 minutes out without getting burned (5 minutes * 15); for SPF 30 this is 150 minutes, etc.

SPF number usually indicates protection against UVB rays. UVA protection is on my sunscreens usually indicated just by saying UVA, and it generally is one third of UVB protection.

How much sunscreen do we need to apply?

Sunscreen is really not something you should save and for it the old “a little goes a long way” does not apply. You should apply 2mg of sunscreen for 1 cubic centimeter of your skin. Yes, this means that a 30ml bottle of sunscreen will last you less than a month if you use it daily on the face.

The following example will illustrate how smaller amount diminishes the protection. If you apply half of the recommended amount of SPF50 sunscreen, you won’t get SPF25 protection; rather, you’ll get one square root of SPF50 which is approximately SPF7.

How often should I apply sunscreen?

If you spend a lot of time outside, the sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or every time after you get out of the water.

Some of my favourite sunscreens:

Chanel UV Essentiel (zinc based sunscreen)

Bioderma Sebium Mat (SPF 30, but works well under make-up)

Uriage Barie Sun Crème Teinte (nice replacement for a tinted moisturizer for lighter skin)

Eucerin Sun Crème SPF 50 (tinted sunscreen for darker skin)

Lavozon (Mueller brand) and Sundance (DM brand) sunscreens for body

Sundance SPF30 lip balm and Sundance SPF 50 stick lip balm

Avene Mineral sunscreen SPF 50 (excellent titanium dioxide waterproof sunscreen)

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Useful links:

You can find more information about sunscreen and skin cancer on the following links:

Paula Begoun – Cosmetic Cop

Skin cancer

European Union sunscreen guidelines

FDA sunscreen guidelines

Medicine.net

I hope that you have found answers to your questions.

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DISCLAIMER – I am not a professional dermatologist and this article is based solely on my knowledge of physics and chemistry (It is surprising what one remembers from high school :)).

SUNSCREEN F.A.Q. part 1

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Hello, lovelies.

Even though we are well into summer, it is never too late to start taking care of your skin and one of the best ways to do it is to regularly apply sunscreen. I’ve made a small summary, hoping to cover the most important questions related to sunscreen. I’ve planned to be brief, but once I started writing, the facts just came out so I’ll separate this into two parts.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a product which contains filters that, once applied on the skin, prevent the absorption of UVA and UVB rays, therefore preventing the damage they can create. It can come with chemical, mineral or the combination of both filters.

What are UV rays and what are they doing to my skin?

UV (ultra-violet) rays are electromagnetic radiation with the wavelength shorter than the one visible to human eyes (between 400 and 10 nm).

The main source of UV rays is sunlight.

There are several types of UV rays, but the rays we are hoping to block with sunscreen are type A and type B. While ozone layer blocks the majority of UVB layers, it doesn’t block UVA and almost 95% of UV radiation on the Earth’s surface is UVA.

UVA rays (long-wave; 400-315 nm) penetrate the skin deeper and can cause photoaging (damages collagen and elastin). In the past, they were considered “safer” and they were often used in tanning beds. However, even UVA rays can cause skin cancer.

UVB rays (short wave; 315-280 nm) cause sunburn, redness and they are a crucial factor in the development of skin cancer.

How can sun damage manifest itself?

First and foremost, the most obvious type of sun damage is dried, burned, red skin. However, the damage the UV rays are doing goes deeper, and with time, prolonged exposure to sun can lead to brown spots, as well as wrinkled and aged skin because UV rays damage collagen and elastin. Of course, the worst kind of sun damage is a skin cancer.

You also need to remember that sun damage is cumulative.

Is it possible to reverse sun damage?

It is not possible to completely reverse sun damage, but some cosmetic products can diminish it.

Exfoliation (chemical and physical) can remove the upper, dead, layer of skin cells and even out your skin. Don’t forget that exfoliation can sensitize the skin.

Products with vitamin C can minimize or completely whiten out brown spots, but they can make the skin sensitive to sun.

Vitamin A can boost collagen production, therefore minimizing wrinkles, but it can cause skin sensitivity to UV rays.

Hydration is also important because UV rays can dehydrate the skin.

Of course, it is never too late to start wearing sunscreen regularly.

How to minimize skin cancer risk?

The best way to minimize the risk of skin cancer is to avoid sun exposure, especially during summer between 10 am and 16 pm, as well as regularly use a high SPF sunscreen.

It is also important to regularly examine your skin at your dermatologist. Keep in mind that, if skin cancer is found early, there is a good rate of recovery. If it is found too late, when the cancer has progressed, the chances to successfully cure it are much diminished.

I hope that you’ll find this helpful. Part 2 can be found here.

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DISCLAIMER – I am not a professional dermatologist and this article is based solely on my knowledge of physics and chemistry (It is surprising what one remembers from high school :)).

APIVITA Express Beauty with Grape Mask Review

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Hello dear readers,

as a huge fan of moisturizing masks, I couldn’t help trying another one. So far, I’ve only used one Apivita product (a lip balm) and I found it pretty good so I was looking forward to try out more.

Apivita has a huge range of Express Beauty masks , but I have picked up Express Beauty Mask with Grape because it claimed to moisturize the skin, plus it contains antioxidants (vitamins A and E).

The mask is supposed to firm the skin and remove lines (not that I can comment much on it). You shouldn’t apply it to the eye-contour area. The instructions say to rinse it off well with water after 10 minutes, but I prefer to to apply a thicker coat of it and leave it on over night. I have to warn you that I currently use Ystheal plus 20% glycolic acid peel, so my skin can handle a lot. If you have a sensitive skin, you might be better following the instructions.

The colour of the mask is light, light pink with a red dots here and there (I have no idea what are those). The consistecy is very light, almost lotion-like.

I do feel a light stinging after applying the mask, but it disappears quickly upon the application. Other than the stinging, there are no other irritations. The mask sinks in very quickly (even though I apply it liberaly).

The mask isn’t as moisturizing as, let’s say Sisley masks are, but overall, my skin really likes it. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t moisturize my skin – it does, but if I find myself with truly dehydrated skin, I’d use something else.

As for the efficiency, I really love the mask. Together with my current routine, it made my skin great (compared to how my skin usually behaves). Ever since I use it, I haven’t had any problems with flakey skin (which usually is the case in this time of the year). I cannot comment its firming properties, but this mask is a good choice for a radiant-looking skin.

The mask is really affordable compared to the rest of the Apivita range – you get two sachets (each containing 8 ml) for approximately $7. Each sachet lasts a long time – I think I’ll get at least 10 uses out of each.

Although I’ll probably experiment with more Apivita masks, I’ll always have a sachet of two of the Grape mask as a back-up. I recommend it :)

Love,

Tamara

APIVITA Express Beauty with Grape Mask Review

Pozdrav dragi čitatelji,

kao velika obožavateljica hidratantinh maski nisam si mogla pomoći, a da ne probam još jednu. Do sada sam koristila samo jedan Apivitin proizvod (balzam za usne) koji mi je bio toliko dobar da sam poželjela isprobati još.

Apivita ima veliki izbor Express Beauty maski, a ja sam za početak izabrala masku s grožđem jer sadrži antioksidanse (vitamini A i E) i trebala bi hidratizirati kožu.

Maska bi također trebala učvrstiti kožu i ukloniti bore, što ne mogu komentirati. Masku ne bi trebali nanositi na područje oko očiju. U uputama piše da bi masku trebalo dobro isprati vodom nakon 10 minuta, ali meni je draže staviti deblji sloj maske i ostaviti ju na licu preko noći. Ipak vas moram upozoriti da ja trenutno koristim Ystheal i 20% glikolnu kiselinu, tako da je moja koža prilično otporna. Ukoliko imate osjetljivu kožu, savjetujem vam da pratite upute.

Maska je jako svijetlo roze boje, s komadićima crvene (nemam pojma što bi to bilo). Vrlo je lagane teksture tako da podsjeća na losion.

Nakon nanošenja osjećam lagano peckanje koje ubrzo prestaje i osim toga nema drugih iritacija. Maska se upija brzo.

Maska nije toliko hidratantna kao na primjer Sisley maske, ali sveukupno moja ju koža voli. To ne znači da maska ne hidratizira kožu, ali ukoliko mi je koža zaista dehidrirana prije ću posegnuti za nekom drugom maskom.

Što se učinkovitosti tiče, jako obožavam ovu masku. Zahvaljujuću maski (a i ostatku preparativne kozmetike koju trenutno koristim), moja je koža u jednoj od do sada najboljih faza. Od kad sam počela koristiti masku, nemam problema s perutanjem kože, što mi se inače redovito događa u ovo doba godine zbog suhog zraka. Ne mogu komentirati tvrdnje o učvršćivanju, ali ova je maska dobar izbor ako želite blistavu kožu.

Maska je relativno jeftina u usporedbi s ostalim Apivitinim proizvodima. Za cijenu od 38 kuna (nisam 100% sigurna) dobijete dvije vrećice od kojih svaka sadrži 8 ml. Svaka vrećica traje dosta dugo – pretpostavljam da će jedna vrećica biti dovoljna za 10 nanošenja.

Iako ću vjerojatno eksperimentirati i s drugim Apivitinim maskama, uvijek ću u zalihama imati vrećicu ili dvije ove maske. Preporučam :)

Voli vas,

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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Evo, to bi bilo to. Planiram poswatchati hrpu ruževa preko vikenda, tako da pratite blog. Uživajte u vikendu.

Voli vas Tamara

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 :)

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