OLEA Fresh Balance Moisturizing Toner Review

I have featured this product like my favourite in 2010 and I can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed so far.

When it comes to skincare, I like to experiment so I often try something new and rarely repurchase even the products that have worked greatly for me.

Olea is a store brand of one of Croatian drugstores and I have first purchased this toner on a whim. I  wanted to save up my Sisley Floral Toning lotion GWPs and Olea Moisturizing Toner was the first non-alcohol toner that has come to my hands. It comes in a 250ml bottle without a pump (so the dispensing can be problematic, plus there is always a problem of accidentaly spilling the product) and it retails for around $3.

I don’t expect much from a toner, but this one is very good to my skin. Whenever I use it regurarly after the cleansing, my skin feels much more hydrated. After the cleansing, my skin doesn’t feel tight.

I also use it in the morining instead of washing the face (washing 2 times per day irritates my skin and makes it more oily).

The toner has a pleasant, inoffensive scent. I can say it is a HG, even better that several times more expensive Sisley.

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SKINCARE STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

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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SISLEY PARIS Botanical Floral Toning Lotion Review

I’ve received tons of 30ml  GWP bottles of this toner. Full size Botanical Floral Toning  Lotion has 250ml and retails for $98.

This is a nice basic toner. It is alcohol free and smells like rosewater. I like it very much. The toner is very moisturizing and refreshing. This is a great choice for every type of skin (if you can handle the price – I know I can’t).

What I hate about this toner is that I go through the bottle really fast – one 30ml (GWP) bottle barely lasts for two weeks. At the price, I don’t think I’m ready to spend almost $100 on a toner every two to three months.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octoxynol-13, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene

LUSH Tea Tree Water Review

Every now and then I wander in the Lush store and buy tons of soaps, bath products and other stuff. Very soon, most of this stuff lies forgotten somewhere in the skincare cabinet. After several months I repeat it all again. I do not care about their “all natural” claims, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who cannot resist their products. All of them look cute and smell absolutely irresistible.

I’ve purchased the toner because I liked how it came in a spray bottle. The toner is available i three sizes: 100ml, 250 ml and 500ml. Luckily, I’ve purchased the smallest size. I cannot imagine what would I do with half a litre of it.

Tea Tree toner is absolutely the worst toner I have ever used. I don’t know what it is supposed to do, but I’m sure that it should not cause redness, irritation and breakouts. I’ve been using it every day for three months, and the whole time my skin was in horrible condition. I don’t think I’m sensitive to tea tree oil, because I’ve been using tea tree products before, without any negative reaction.

The only thing I like about this toner is the smell (very fresh) and the spray bottle. If you decide to purchase this, I suggest you to take a smaller bottle to test it.

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My Favourite Cosmetics Products in 2010

I probably should have published this earlier, but it was a bit hard to decide which items I should put on the list. I didn’t want to de recommendation for every category because I simply haven’t tried every new product that has been released in 2010 and I’d feel stupid recommending something if I haven’t tried all other products from the same category.

I’d like to talk about the products I’ve found in 2010 and which have become my HG (holy grails) and irreplaceable items in my stash.

SKINCARE

In 2010 I’ve stopped being a skincare snob. For a long time I’ve been using only high-end French cosmetics, because my dermatologist (he is also a skincare snob) told me that French make the best skincare. In spite of that, in 2010 I have finally ventured in drugstore skincare. Today, I’m so glad I did it, because I have found some excellent skincare items there:

OLEA Moisturizing Toner. I cannot rave enough about this product. It is so cheap and yet so good. This is a definite replacement for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion

OLAY Complete Night. Excellent moisturizer, which moisturizes without making me greasy. It made me want to try out the Day version and Beauty Fluid

HYGIEIA Zincia face cleanser. (not on the picture) One of the rare items in my skincare routine which I have repurchased. Naturally, I have to combine it with cleansing milk when I have to remove make-up, but this is the most gentlest, the most non-irritating cleanser I have found.

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There are also some high-end items which I won’t give up:

SISLEY Gel Express aux Fleurs. Excellent moisturizing mask for times when I need that extra boost of moisture.

SISLEY Creme Gommante. Very gentle exfoliator, which I also use as cleansing mask.

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Also my favourite hair care item has become:

GARNIER Natural Beauty Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. It lathers well, the hair isn’t dried out and it has a lovely smell.

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As a body exfoliator, I’ve only used:

L’OREAL Exfotonic. Body exfoliator with AHA which is neither too mild not too strong. I was afraid that it is discontinued, but I regularly find it in my drugstore.

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MAKE-UP

As far as the make-up is concerned, in 2010 I haven’t discovered many new HG items, but there are a few worth mentioning:

GUERLAIN Cherry Flower Blush. At first I hated it, but now I cannot live without it. This is a wonderful neutral peachy-pink.

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GUERLAIN Jeu d’Ombrelles eyeshadow quad. Purple eyeshadow usually makes me look sick, but this is an exception.

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GUERLAIN Rouge G #61 Gaela. Even though the lipstick could be more moisturizing, it has a lovely bright pink colour and it is very longlasting.

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SISLEY Phyto-Lip Star Rose Quartz. Excellent non-sticky pink lipgloss with tons of silver and pink microglitter.

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CLARINS Everlasting Foundation. I think I have said everything about it in my recent review.

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CATRICE Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary To Go, Clay-Ton My Hero, Let’s Mauve On and Caught on the Red Carpet. These four shades are my favourites so far. They offer excellent pigmentation where only one layer is necessary to get almost exact shade as it is in the bottle.

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SEPHORA #45 Mineral powder brush. It is the only brush I have backups of. You can use it in various ways: as a stippling brush for liquid foundation, for loose powder both regular and mineral, for blush, for cream foundation, etc…

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GUERLAIN Meteorites #3 Teint Dore. I love everything about meteorites and this shade is my favourite. I use it instead of loose powder and the result is soft glowy skin.

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And my final discovery is the perfume:

GUERLAIN L’Heure Bleue. I have debated for so long about this fragrance and finally I have caved in and purchased EdT version. I adore the soft violet and vanilla scent.