SWATCH │ Moment Nail Polish #204 & #205

Hello lovelies,

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

Hello lovelies,

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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NEW IN │ Pre-100 Days No-buy Shopping (Caudalie, La Roche Possay, Yves Rocher, Catrice, Ciate and more) Part 1

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Hello lovelies,

finally the majority of items I’ve ordered in a tiny time frame of 2 days have arrived. I’m still waiting for several nail polishes, which should hopefully arrive soon, as well as some Emma Hardie products. After all, it’s been over 3 weeks. I think that once they arrive I’m finally set.

Now, let’s see what I’ve got so far.

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SWATCH │ Zoya scattered holos (Dream, Blaze and Storm)

Hello lovelies,

Zoya makes the most stunning scattered holos. I was very impressed with Aurora, but the other three shades I own are just as amazing. They apply like a dream – very evenly, without bald spots. Scattered holos are a bit tricky to photograph – they look less sparkly and not as impressive on the photos. Trust me, in real life these are fantastic.

I usually buy my Zoya from color4nails.

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SWATCH │ My picks from OPI Holland collection (Kiss me on my Tulips, Red Lights Ahead… Where? and I Don’t Give a Rotterdam)

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been swatching my nail polishes the entire weekend – right now I have about 100 left to swatch – because I want to have zero untried once I’m done with my no-buy. Today I’m going to show you three shades I have picked from OPI’s Holland collection (plus Pedal Faster Suzi is still on its way to me – I don’t know what’s happening with the post – it’s been three weeks since it shipped).

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SWATCH │ Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Polish

deborah lippmann yellow brick road

Hello lovelies,

OPI’s summer collection has gotten me interested in yellow nail polish. Yellow is a colour that my stash is lacking, so I used a discount on Beauty Bay to get me some fancy yellow nail polish.

I’ve loved all Deborah Lippmann nail polishes so far, so I thought I couldn’t make a mistake. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │Wet’n’Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone

wet n wild comfort zone

Hello lovelies,

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a bit of an eyeshadow snob. My experience with drugstore eyeshadows haven’t been as good – Catrice is hit or miss, Essence (the ones I’ve tried) is miss – the only nice affordable eyeshadows were Artdeco and Inglot. I’ve heard a lot about Wet’n’Wild eyeshadows – some reviews said they were horrible, some raved about them. With such a varied reviews, I needed to try the eyeshadows to make the decision.

While browsing Wet’n’Wild stand I noticed a nice green duochrome eyeshadow which was a part of Comfort Zone palette. The rest of the shades seemed nice, so I decided to pick the palette. The palette retails for 49,90 kunas (around $9) in Croatia.

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REVIEW │ Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Contour Cream

caudalie polyphenol eye contour

Hello lovelies,

here’s another product from Polyphenol C15 line. It is Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream.

The full sized product comes in a 15 ml tube and it retails for GBP 26. You can get it from feelunique. I am using a GWP sized 5 ml tube. I’ve been using it for a month, every day, and there’s still some product left.

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SWATCH │ Guerlain Star Dust Nail Polish

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Hello lovelies,

I have nothing but words of praise for Guerlain nail polish. I have bought two shades recently and I’m so pleased with them that I want more.

Star Dust is a limited edition shade for Spring 2014 and I’ve managed to get it 50% off. It is a beautiful shimmery very light minty colour.

This is the shade which I prefer to wear as a top coat or an accent over a minty blue nail polish. Used on its own, it is pretty sheer. I have used three coats for the swatches and you can still see a nail line.

The formula is slightly thicker than I prefer, but I can work with it. I really love the brush of this nail polish – it is wide and flat, so one stroke is enough to cover my nail. However, I think that persons with smaller and/or narrow nails will find the brush too big.

xoxo Tamara

REVIEW │ Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

caudalie polyphenol serum

Hello lovelies,

today I’m going to talk about a product from Caudalie Polyphenol c15 line which I used quite a lot. It is Anti-Wrinkle Defense serum.

The full sized product comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper and it retails for GBP35. You can get it from feelunique. I have used a GWP sized bottle, which contains 10 ml and I got a good month of daily usage from it.

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SWATCH │ Dance Legend Chameleon Nail Polishes: Roz, Sulley and Boo

Hello lovelies,

Dance Legend make the best multichrome nail polishes, in my opinion. They are opaque in two coats and have super strong colour shift. The only minus is that they come in small, 6 ml bottles which retail for $8. You can also layer them over black – in this case you only need one coat.

Today I’m going to show you three shades from Chameleon collection.

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The first is Roz. Roz shifts from purple pink through green to gold. Under-water photo above shows the true multichrome effect and you can see that it goes to dark blue.

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Sulley shifts from turquoise green through blue and teal to pinkish purple and orange. Under water, it shows the rainbow of colors.

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Boo goes from coppery red through orange gold to green. Under water photo above shows that the shift goes to dark blue.

Have you tried multichrome nail polishes?

xoxo Tamara

REVIEW │ Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil Review

caudalie polyphenol skincare line

Hello lovelies,

today I’d like to talk about a skincare line which has seriously impressed me. Caudalie have launched their Polyphenol C15 line in April and I had a chance to try all the products thanks to a very generous GWP.

The prices are reasonable – they range from GBP 26 to GBP 35 – which is on the expensive side, but still much cheaper than lots of high end skincare. You can find all the products on feelunique.com.

This skincare line claims to “provide a powerful anti-wrinkle & anti-oxidant formula for those that live life to the fullest but want to keep skin youthful”.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the performance of all the products – so satisfied that they all have found a place on my wishlist. My main skin concern is dehydrated, often flaky skin. My skin is oily/combination, but as I’m getting older (27 years at the moment) my skin is more easily dehydrated. I rarely brake out, but I can experience hormonal acne here and there. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 products are not miracle-makers but they did solve the majority of my skin issues.

I’ll start this review series with Overnight Detox oil.

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SWATCH │ Chanel Le Vernis in Rose Exuberant

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Hello lovelies,

I knew I forgot to swatch one Chanel nail polish. The nail polish in question is Chanel Rose Exuberant.

This shade belongs to my favourite colour group and I have quite a few of similar shades. It is a bright fuchsia pink without shimmer. It is very opaque – one coater if you use one thick coat, although I prefer to use two thinner coats. The formula is of the perfect consistency and it goes on evenly.

This is one of my favourite go-to spring shades.

I used two coats for the swatches.

xoxo Tamara

SWATCH & REVIEW│ Dior Mono Eyeshadow in It-Purple

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Hello lovelies,

recently Dior have launched a new collection which features a new mascara in 4 shades, a new eyeliner and 4 new shades of their mono eyeshadow. I was slightly intrigued by the sparkly black but it was out of stock (and I’m glad, because I saw it later in store and it wasn’t anything special) so I only got the purple.

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SWATCH │ Treasures by Tan Love Spell

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Hello lovelies,

a couple of months ago I was in a periwinkle nail polish phase so this shade was a temptationI could not resist.

It is a periwinkle blue linear holo – holo effect is weaker than I thought it would be, but it gives a nice spark. Unlike the majority of Treasures by Tan nail polishes, this one was opaque in two coats. I had no other issues with application – the formula wasn’t too thick and the nail polish went on evenly.

I used two coats for the swatches.

You can find Treasures by Tan nail polishes in her etsy store – they retail for $9,50 and they contain 15ml.

xoxo Tamara

REVIEW │ Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Eyeshadow Trio in Viridian Bloom

elizabeth arden eyeshadow trio viridian bloom 2

Hello lovelies,

how often do you buy product just because you like the packaging?

I am a total sucker for pretty packaging so I couldn’t miss this beautiful Elizabeth Arden eyeshadow trio. Even though it is a part of last year’s spring collection I decided to review it since it is still available on feelunique.

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SWATCH │ Darling Diva nail polish in Landslide and Nightbird

Hello lovelies,

here are several more nail polishes from Darling Diva White Witch collection. Darling Diva is one of my favourite indie brands – her holos are pretty strong and they retail for $11 (15 ml bottle) and you can get them HERE. You can find the swatches of the other three shades I own HERE.

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NOTD │ Bright Summer Manicure with ORLY Terracotta, Luxe and Rage

notd orly terracotta, luxe, rage

Hello lovelies,

here’s a manicure I’ve been wearing recently. I’ve applied two coats of Orly Terracotta nail polish (tbh reddish coral is not the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word terracotta) and then I applied one diagonal line a the tip of the nail with Orly Luxe. After it dried, I applied the other diagonal line in the opposite direction with Orly Rage.

I like how this notd turned out. Usually they are better as an idea, but this one was a success.

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xoxo Tamara

100 Days No-Buy (or setting myself up to fail again) vol.2

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Hello lovelies,

as you can see from the title, I’ve entered my decluttering phase. This is a third attempt at a proper, longer no-buy and I hope this time I’ll succeed (or at least fail at it later). As they say third time’s a charm.

As usually, it is motivated by me going through my make-up collection and realizing just how much stuff I have (by the way, are you interested in make-up collection inventory post)? In addition to that, lately I’ve been pretty bored and I’ve often found myself wanting to purchase stuff I don’t even like just for the sake of buying it. Fortunately, I had enough of self-control to press the little x in the upper corner. Most of my current lemmings were surprisingly make-up – I have an extensive nail polish wish list, but the number of over 100 untried nail polishes prevents me from buying them. I’m sure the majority of them will be there even when my no-buy ends.

Other than wanting to declutter, I need to save some money right now –  I have over 200 euros worth of skincare on my wishlist because I’m planning to get a year’s supply of skincare in one go. I thought about ordering it now, but I think it would be safer to wait until the summer is over, especially since I don’t plan to use the new stuff until I use the majority of what I have.

The rules of my no-buy are simple: DO NOT BUY BEAUTY PRODUCTS (this includes make-up, skincare, hair care, fragrance, nail polish). I can only purchase items I completely run out (yeah, like that’s gonna happen). My only exception is Feelunique summer sale during which I’m only allowed to buy items from my wishlist (on Pinterest) and only if they are at least 20% off.

I plan to post a haul soon, since I did buy some items after my no-buy June month (skincare and some make-up), but I’m still waiting for Caudalie set to arrive in mail so that I can post it all together.

I count July 3rd as the official start date, as I haven’t purchased anything after and the last day of my no-buy challenge will be on October 10th. I’m allowed to shop all I want on October 11th (hopefully, I’ll have some self-control).

I won’t update frequently – I don’t see a point in “all’s going well” weekly updates, but I’ll let you know about my progress.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

SWATCHES │Golden Rose Fantastic Color Nail Polish (144, 180, 184)

 

Hello lovelies,

it’s time for another group swatch post. Today I’ll be showing three Golden Rose Fantastic color nail polishes. I am a huge fan of Golden Rose – they always bring out affordable and trendy nail polishes. They have several ranges of nail polish – my favourite being Rich Color and Paris, with Fantastic Color coming third. However, I’m not a fan of Paris bottle shape – they are not easy to store and they take a lot of space. Fantastic Color range, on the other hand, comes in a more user-friendly bottle.

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