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

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Hello lovelies,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are all 11 of them lined up:

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

They are swatched in the same order:

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Which lipstick colours do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara

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



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Hello dear readers,

finally here’s the post which had to be published a month ago: my make-up collection. When I find more time, I’ll post skincare and nail polish collection pictures too.

Bok dragi čitatelji,

ovo je konačno post koji je trebao biti objavljen prije mjesec dana: moja kolekcija šminke. Ukoliko uspijem pronaći malo vremena, možete očekivati i slike kolekcije preparativne kozmetike i lakova za nokte.

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As you know, I’ve been on various sorts of no-buy, low buy and project 10 pans which weren’t as successful as I’d like them to be. Still, compared to the older pictures of my stash, I feel like I haven’t purchased too much stuff the last year. I’m still continuing with a sort of low buy and I have to admit that seeing how much stuff I have, I feel like it’s less likely that I’ll buy more make-up.


Kao što znate, imala sam hrpu perioda zabrane kupnje ili smanjene kupnje kozmetike koji i nisu ispunili moja očekivanja. Ipak, ako usporedim slike kolekcija, čini mi se da prošle godine nisam kupila toliko stvari. Nastaviti ću s projektom smanjene kupnje kozmetie. Moram priznati da, kad vidim koliko stvari imam, prođe me želja za kupnjom još kozmetike.

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So, here’s my complete make-up collection. As you can see, I’m quite a hoarder. I’ll just briefly mention the products – I won’t write the shade names, because a majority of the products were mentioned in my previous collection posts. If you want to know the exact shade of some product, please ask in comments.

Evo moje potpune kolekcije. Kao što možete vidjeti, jako volim gomilati. Samo ću ukratko imenovati proizvode, bez spominjanja nijansi budući da je većina proizvoda spomenuta u slikama prošle kolekcije. Ukoliko želite doznati ime određene nijanse, slobodno pitajte u komentarima.

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First we’ll start with eyeshadows. This is my favourite part of make-up and I have ammassed quite a collection. The first picture features my Guerlain palettes + Chanel and YSL palette.

Započeti ćemo sa sjenilima. Sjenila su moj najdraži make-up proizvod i imam ih poprilično. Na prvoj su slici Guerlain, Chanel i YSL palete.

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This photo features all of my other eyeshadows (Clarins, Catrice, Inglot, Sisley, Chanel), UD Book of Shadows 2 and Benefit Celebutante palette.

Na ovoj su slici sva ostala sjenila (Clarins, Catrice, Inglot, Sisley, Chanel), UD Book of Shadows i Benefit Celebutante paleta.

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Next, we’ll continue with lip products. I prefer lipsticks to lip glosses and I almost never use a lip liner. On the far left are Sisley glosses, followed by Guerlain. Next are Sisley lipsticks, Guerlain and Benefit, MAC, Oriflame and finally three Rouge Automatiques. The lip liner is Essence.


Zatim prelazimo na proizvode za usne. Ruževi su mi puno draži od sjajila, a olovku za usne koristim rijetko. Na krajnjoj lijevoj strani su Sisley sjajila i jedno Guerlain. Zatim slijede Sisley, Guerlain i Benefit ruževi, MAC, Oriflame, a na kraju su tri Rouge Automatique. Olovka za usne je Essence.

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I don’t have many face products. The foundations are Dior and Sisley, concealers Lancome and Oriflame. There is Inglot Duraline and two primers: Guerlain and Sisley.

Nemam puno proizvoda za lice. Puderi su Dior i Sisley, korektori Lancome i Oriflame. Tu se također nalazi Inglot Duraline i dvije baze za lice: Guerlain i Sisley.

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Here are powders and highlighters. We start with Guerlain blush which I use as a contour/highlight, Meteorites from holiday collections, Sephora compact powder, more meteorites, cK loose powder, two pressed meteorites and Sisley loose powder.

Ovo su puderi i highlighteri. Na početku se nalazi Guerlain rumenilo koje koristim za konturiranje i osvjetljivanje, Meteoriti iz božićnih kolekcija, Sephora kompaktni puder, još meteorita, cK puder u prahu, dva kompaktna meteorita i Sisley puder u prahu.

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Blush is a product which, for some reasons, I have quite a lot of. First is Sisley, then Inglot and Dior (this one is impossible to spend), Guerlain and Sisley. In the second row are YSL and Guerlain bronzers.

Rumenilo je proizvod kojeg imam poprilično, iako ni sama ne znam kako. Prvo je Sisley, zatim Inglot i Dior (ovo je rumenilo nemoguće potrošiti), Guerlain i Sisley. U drugom redu nalaze se YSL i Guerlain bronzeri.

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Here are eyeliners and other eye products. There is Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel, Guerlain eyeliners (liquid and loose), Oriflame mascara and Essence eyeshadow base plus other eyeliners (Essence, Guerlain, UD, Givenchy, Sisley, Sephora)

Ovdje su olovke za oči i ostali slični proizvodi. Možete vidjeti Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel, Guerlain tekući i eyeliner u prahu, Oriflame maskaru, Essence bazu za sjenila te ostale olovke za oči (Essence, Guerlain, UD, Givenchy, Sisley, Sephora)

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In the end here are make-up samples (foundations and primers mostly).

Popis završavam s uzorcima (uglavnom puderi i baze za lice).

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Well, that would be it. I do have quite a lot of stuff, but I try to use all of it (of course, not at the same time). I generally create “looks” in which I rotate different products. Anyway, I hope you liked the post :)

Have a great weekend.

Love, Tamara

Evo, to bi bilo to. Znam da imam puno proizvoda, ali trudim se koristiti ih sve (naravno ne istodobno). Uglavnom kombiniram “lookove” tako da izmjenjujem različite proizvode. Nadam se da vam se post svidio :)

Uživajte u vikendu.

Voli vas,


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Make-up Collection – June Update

Voila! As I have anounced, here is a 6th month make-up collection inventory. When I first took it out of the traincase and the storage box I was shocked by the amount of stuff I have. After taking the photos and putting it neatly, I see that the collection is not as terrifying as it seemed. There are two items missing from the photos: Oriflame Absolute concealer and Benefit Lady’s Choice lipstick. It seems that I have lost them somewhere.

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My brush collection is something that I have started to expand recently. Up until two years ago I had like 3 brushes: power brush, two eyeshadow brushes and some of the applicators I got with the eyeshadow quads.

My brush collection varies in price: there are expensive high-end brushes next to cheap drugstore one (and I don’t see much difference in quality).

I take care a lot for my brushes – the oldest one in my collection is 10 years old and it is still good as new (even better). I wash them once per week (depending on how much make-up I do that week) with gentle, no-silicone shampoo in lukewarm water.

Currently I have 4 face brushes (but looking to expand it), 11 eye-brushes (not counting the applicators I got with the eyeshadow palettes) and 1 lip-brush (don’t need more).

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In my Make-up stash inventory post, I’ve promised skincare and body care stash post so here I am, fulfilling my promise.

You can read on my make-up inventory HERE.

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I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.



I’ve already shown my make-up collection. Now, I think it is time to talk about fragrance.

I’m not a great fragrance collector – I usually buy one fragrance in the smallest packaging possible (30ml) which lasts for cca 6 months and then I switch to the new one.

My taste in fragrances has changed extremely – while I was little I loved heavy chypres. As a teenager I have switched towards orientals – but with a slight masculine note. In my late teens I liked woody orientals, while the appreciation of florals came only in my 20s, after an identity crisis.

On the tray you can see all the fragrance I have bought in my life (only Fragonard Miranda is missing). I have a rule that I never spend the fragrance completely – I always save several millilitres in case the fragrance is going to be discontinued.

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My Stash: Blushes, Bronzers, Concealers

My stash posts are almost finished. This post will feature all of my blushes, bronzers, concealers and other random face products.

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My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

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My Stash: Meteorites

I think that there is no person which hasn’t heard about Guerlain Meteorites pearls. My Meteorites collection is tiny. Even though I’m Guerlain fan, I wasn’t impressed with the pearls for a very long time. My first purchase were the giant pearls form Midnight Butterfly collection, which were a bit disappointing. They had far more shimmer and they did not give that subtle healthy skin glow.

I also have compact Meteorites powder, which is discontinued and replaced with the new one. I was a bit reluctant purchasing it, because none of the shade (except the LE one) didn’t match my skin 100%, but after testing it a bit more, I’ve realized that the powder really adapt to the skin. It’s a shame that it is discontinued.


My Stash: Lip Products

Here is the second part of my stash. This time I’ll show you my lipsticks and lipglosses. I thought that there is much more, but when I saw it on the pictures, it doesn’t seem much. There are 9 glosses + one lipstain and 17 lipsticks, out of which 3 are almost finished. (I?ve just realized that I didn’t put lipstick samples)

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My Stash: Foundations and Powders

When it comes to the foundations and powders, I’m still having control over it. I have three foundations, plus several 5ml samples, and 4 powders. Although I’d be happy if I could only have one of each, I don’t believe this is over the top.

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My Stash

Recently, I’ve been cleaning and organizing my stash (I do this approximately every month or two), and very often I would find an item for which I had no idea when did I purchase it. It made me think back, when I first started to buy make-up.

I’ve been a make-up lover ever since I was 8, but I’ve been living in a small place where there wasn’t much available. When I started the university, more brands became easily accessible, but it wasn’t until three years ago that I got an idea of what my stash should consist of.