REVIEW │ Freeman Facial Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal

freeman avocado mask

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clay masks, along with moisturizing masks are a must have in my routine. Having combination skin with enlarged pores often results in clogged pores, so my skin benefits from using clay masks. After finishing Sisley Tropical Resins Mask I had no idea what to buy instead. It was approximately at the same time when Freeman launched in drugstores, so after hearing a lot of rave reviews, especially for this mask, I bought three masks. Today I’m going to review Clay Mask with Avocado & Oatmeal.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │ Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Les Gris

guerlain les gris 2

Grey isn’t a typical summer colour (although with the weather we are having I find it rather appropriate) but I wanted to write a review of Les Gris as it seems that they will be discontinued. However, grey eyeshadow lovers need not to worry as a new grey quad will be a part of Guerlain’s fall collection.

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SWATCH │ Ciate Nail Polish in Jewellery Box

ciate jewellery box

When I first saw the bottle shot of Essie’s Belugaria, I was really intrigued. It looked like a nice big glitter in a black base nail polish – elegant with an edge. Imagine my disappointment when I saw what a chunky mess it is.

Eight months forward, I decided to try some Ciate nail polishes. I was always intrigued by the cute bottle with a black bow on it, but I couldn’t find any retailer willing to ship the nail polish to me. Then I went to fragrancedirect as I was not willing to pay full price for a nail polish which I might hate. The shades were limited (usually discontinued or limited colours) and the name Jewellery Box really stood out. I didn’t bother googling the swatches, so I was pleasantly surprised once it arrived.

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NEW IN │ Pre-100 Days No-buy Shopping (Nuxe, Decleor, Emma Hardie) Part 2

prenobuy haul eh, nuxe, decleor

I guess there’ll be a part three, too. I’m still waiting for some products – it’s been over a month and I think it is mostly due to vacations that my post is delayed. Well, these are the cons of on-line shopping.

It seems that my skincare obsession continues, judging by the amount of mini skincare sets I’ve ordered. Even though I have found HG in practically every category, I still have to test more. Fortunately, some brands were kind enough to launch mini/discovery sets which give you enough to properly test a big range of products without breaking the bank. After all, it is easier to throw out a mini than a full size.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Eyeshadow Trio in Violet Bloom

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this is the second palette from Elizabeth Arden’s spring 2013 collection – Violet Bloom. This palette is also still available on feelunique for GBP 22 (although this one is often out of stock).

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REVIEW │ Caudalie Beauty Elixir (+ Ingredients)

caudalie beauty elixir

Since its launch, Caudalie Beauty Elixir has become almost a cult-like product in the beauty world. I don’t think there’s anyone who didn’t try it and many swear by it. As always, I’m a bit late to jump on the bandwagon, however, several months ago I’ve gotten my hands on it.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │ Jade Holografico in Psicodelica, Energy and Magia

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Here’s the last part of my Jade holographic collection.

Jade holos are pretty strong and they have a nice formula which requires two coats. Jade offer some really nice colours (although many of them are not available on color4nails) and they are one of my favourite holos.

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EMPTIES │ July Empties (the biggest empties so far)

 

july empties

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it seems that being persistent pays off. When the month started, I didn’t think I’d have so many empties, but I’ve determinately stuck with using up the products and the result is here – the biggest empties post so far. Even though there is a lot of small samples, there’s still quite a generous amount of full sized products. Surprisingly, several make-up items are gone, too (among which the unspendable Dior blush). In the light of my pre no-buy haul, I’m glad to have more space.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │ Jade Holografico in Seducao Rosa, Mystic Gold & Fascinio Violeta

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I’ve finally gotten around to swatching the remaining Jade holographic nail polishes. Today I’m bringing you the first part featuring Seducao Rosa (pink), Mystic Gold (gold) and Fascinio Violeta (purple).

Overall, they have a pretty nice formula, but you need at least two coats. Holographic effect is very strong.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │ LAYLA Hologram Nail Polish (Emerald Divine, Shocking Pink, Gold Idol)

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Layla holographic nail polishes were the first holos I’ve encountered. Later I’ve found out about Color Club, which were more accessible. Finally, I found a seller on e-bay who had a decently priced Laylas and got three of them: Emerald Divine, Shocking Pink and Gold Idol. Each nail polish came with a buffing nail file.

Laylas are notorious for being very difficult holos which need a special Aquabase base coat to apply evenly. I’ve heard countless stories of them dragging, leaving bald spots and, all in all, being very problematic. This, however is not my experience.

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FAVOURITES │ July

july favourites

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my “favourites” type of posts will feature beauty product that I especially gravitated to the past month. I haven’t done favourites for a while, primarily because for the past six months I’ve been focusing on using up the make-up I chose for my 14 for 2014 project. After six months, I’ve used up more than half of the products, so I finally feel comfortable to dig into my huge collection. Let’s say I’m pretty happy I don’t have to wear the same look every day anymore.

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REVIEW │ Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20

caudalie polyphenol fluid

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here’s the final product from Polyphenol C15 line. It is Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20.

The full sized product comes in a 40 ml tube and it retails for GBP 29. You can get it from feelunique. I am using a GWP sized 15 ml tube. I’ve been using it for a month, every day, and there’s still some product left.

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SWATCH │ Moment Nail Polish #204 & #205

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here’s a quick swatch of two Moment glitter nail polishes #204 and #205. With the emergence of indie nail polish makers which started the chunky glitter trend, there’s something retro in a simple tiny glitter nail polish.

Both shades have a medium concentration of glitter – I used two coats for the swatch. The base is slightly thick, but the nail polish applies evenly. in Croatia, Moment nail polishes are available in Offertissima stores.

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SWATCH │ Glitter /Flakies Top coats (Zoya, OPI, Golden Rose and Debby)

debby zoya golden rose opi

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I wasn’t really sure what title to put on this post – top coats in my head means a sheer polish you put on top of your manicure to give it shiny appearance – while nail polish is not something I’d use for the following products, as they do not look good on its own.

Basically, today I’m going to show you swatches of Zoya Monet, OPI Nothing Mousie ‘bout it, Golden Rose Jolly Jewels #101 and Debby #37.

All these nail polishes require, in my opinion another nail polish as a base because otherwise they look bad.

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