POLISH ME SILLY Holy Shift (Meet my Chromies collection) Swatch & Review

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With Chromaflair pigment finally being made available to wider public, it was only a matter of time when will other indie nail polish brands jump onto the multichrome bandwagon.

Polish me Silly are my first multichromes that aren’t Dance Legend or ILNP and, to be honest, I don’t like them as much and I’ll tell you why in a little bit.

These nail polishes are available as a mini in a 9ml bottle ($7,50) and a full size of 15ml ($11,50). I got them during a 10% off sale for which I’m not sure if it is still on. The code is FLASHSALE10, it doesn’t hurt to try :)

Now, Holy Shift looks like a blue to purple to coppery red to gold shift multichrome in the bottle. On the nails, on the other hand, only a shift from blue to purple is visible. I can see a hint of copper if I twist my hand under weird angles. It is a bit disappointing, especially when my other multichromes show full colour shift on the nails.

However, if you put Holy Shift under water, magic happens – it looks amazing – I can even see a bit of green and grey. It is a shame that this doesn’t translate to the nails.

These multichromes are pretty sheer, so it takes at least three coats to make it opaque. The easiest route is, of course, to wear it over black nail polish. The formula is good, neither too thin not too thick.

I used 3 coats for swatches, no base coat or top coat.

polish me silly holy shift 3

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polish me silly holy shift 4

 

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Under water:

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Although my review is not as positive-toned, this nail polish is far from horrible. I definitely plan to wear it whenever I go swimming (this way I’ll be able to admire it properly), but if you want stronger multichromes, I’d suggest ILNP and Dance Legend.

xoxo Tamara

ESSIE She Said Yes Wedding 2014 Collection

 

 

essie wedding 2014

Hello lovelies,

every spring Essie launches wedding-themed collection of 4 nail polishes. I thought about getting the mini set but, based on the sparse swatches I found, I liked the collection enough to get all four of them in full size.

I’m so happy that this shade doesn’t contain those horrible chalky Essie crèmes – I was pretty happy with the formula across all the shades. Let’s now see the swatches:

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100 Days Cosmetics no-buy Final Update

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Hello lovelies,

this is the final update of my failed 100 Days cosmetics no-buy project. I really hoped that I’d manage to survive 100 days without buying beauty products, but I did not. I’m a bit embarrassed, to be honest. Still, even though the project hasn’t fulfilled its main goal, it made me realize some things about my beauty purchase patterns.

1. I tend to shop more when I’m bored; especially after I started to shop online. Not so nice weather we had in the first three months also contributed.

2. I don’t think a capsule make-up collection is for me. I admire those who can create a collection of several, well-picked items, but I prefer a bit of variety.

3. I’m a total nail polish addict, and I don’t think this addiction will stop soon. I’ve purchased approximately 80 nail polishes during my no-buy.

4. I can enter the drugstore/perfumery without buying anything. The same goes for on-line stores. Even though I’ve bought so much, the number of items I’ve bought doesn’t even come close to the number of items I’ve put in my cart and then returned back to shelves.

What’s going to happen in the future.

1. Longer no-buy projects aren’t for me. I think I can handle a short – month long – no-buy, but longer no-buys are sure to fail.

2. I’m better at using up products than at not buying them. My other project – 14 for 2014 is going great.

3. Never, ever am I to create a list of permitted items during my no buy. Those 8 nail polishes are one of the main culprits (together with my lack of self-control) for the fail. If it is a no-buy, than it is a no-buy. If I think that I might end up without an essential product during no buy, I have to buy it before a no buy, so that I don’t even have an excuse of shopping anywhere.

Now, I want to show you (along with a bunch of previously shown nail polishes.

rimmel apocalips haul

The first are Rimmel Apocalips lip glosses. Basically, I’m not a lip gloss person – I prefer to use lipstick. However, lipsticks are horribly inconvenient to carry during hot summer temperatures because they melt. I’ve heard great things about Rimmel Apocalips and decided to get a few… six to be exact. The worst thing is that I don’t like a half of them.

Here are more color accurate swatches on the skin:

rimmel apocalips swatches

Basically, I hate the three lightest shades. Though they don’t look so, the first two are the worst kind of nudes for my complexion – those pale, concealer-like lipsticks/lip glosses. I browsed a bunch of swatches and they didn’t seem as light. The third shade – Luna – applies unevenly. Don’t worry, I’ll review them once I properly test them.

The last three shades, on the other hand, are perfection.

Elizabeth Arden isn’t much talked about in the beauty community, but I there was a GWP promo, so I decided to grab some items from their Summer collection. First, look at the packaging – I adore nautical theme.

elizabeth arden haul

I got a crayon lipstick (Sunrise), duo eyeliner (Midnight Sail) and cream eyeshadow (Sand Dollar). The eyeshadow reminds me of Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille.

elizabeth arden gwp

The GWP came in a gigantic green and yellow bag (I don’t like the colour, but I like the size) and consisted of 8 Hour hand cream, Visible Difference lotion and lip gloss in the shade Sunset.

darling diva holo haul

The final purchase is Darling Diva holo nail polishes. I accidentally ran into a promo they had – 10% off the items and, since I wanted Landslide (bright green) forever, I ordered it… Together with 4 other nail polishes. Still, I only regret not buying the rest of the White Witch collection. The holos are very strong and I’ve got a feeling that Darling Diva is about to become my favourite indie brand.

I almost forgot to mention several Deborah Lippmann and Butter London nail polishes, but I forgot to take a photo of those.

I also bought a lot of make-up for my birthday which has yet to come and this make-up will be stashed away until then.

How is your no-buy going?

xoxo Tamara

12.04.2014 Beauty Blog Link Love

Jenny breaks down a sultry brown smoky eye look step by step, featuring Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage on My Funny Valentine.

What’s $7, silicone-free, and smells like blood oranges with a floral twist? Find out on theNotice.

Phyrra loves the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette and so should you! She brings you 5 tutorials and a review too!

Musicalhouses gives the MUFE HD Cream Blush a review – find out why she likes it so much!

Boring body wash or shower nirvana in a bottle? Makeup Morsels investigates: uplifting shower gels at any price point.

Fleurissante has gotten her hands on new OPI Brazil collection. Check the swatches and dupes.

Beauty Reflections gets Unicorn Hair without the commitment using L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed knows that nothing really says spring like new spring nail polish shades – so come admire her swatches from the Spring Quo by Orly collection!

Do you ever have a product that you want to toss instantly? See what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has to say about this liquid eyeliner pen from Essence.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty falls in love with blush that feels like second skin! Check out these Make Up For Ever gems.

Win it! Head over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to find out how you can win a year’s supply of Dove products!

OPI Brazil Collection Dupes & Comparison part 1 (bright shades)

opi brazil dupes

Hello lovelies,

here’s Part 1 of my OPI Brazil collection dupes. Even though the collection looked very dupeable, it turned out completely the opposite once I swatched them on the nails . Of course, my collection is around 400 nail polishes, so someone with more nail polishes could have more dupes.

OPI Brazil collection swatches here:

OPI Brazil collection dupes here:

 

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ESSIE Hide & Go Chic Spring 2014 Collection Swatches and Review

essie hide go chic group

Hello lovelies,

when I first saw the promo of Essie Hide & Go Chic collection I was underwhelmed. After seeing swatches, I was a bit more interested which led me to ordering a mini set. Later, I decided to order the two missing shades from color4nails.

Once I’ve seen it, I’ve fallen in love with it.

Let’s skip to swatches (2 coats, no base or top coat):

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OPI Brazil Collection Swatches – updated

opi brazil group

Hello lovelies,

I think this will be my most picture-heavy post. Back when I first saw promo images of OPI Brazil collection, I thought that I might get a coral and a pink shade. Then I decided that a yellow is nice. After that, those nudes looked good, too. Then, I thought AmazOn AmazOff is very unique. The epilogue – I have bought the entire collection. Colour-wise, this collection is not that unique (hence dupes post will follow soon), but I found all the shades right up my alley.

I’ll give some general info first – before I head into swatching.

- DUPES – part 1 here; part 2 here

- I hate OPI brush with passion – it is too wide and not rounded enough. I can’t make a neat line around the cuticle.

- all the shades, except Red Hot Rio and Next Stop… The Bikini Zone were swatched in 2 coats. These two were swatched in 3 coats. I used no top or base coat.

- AmazON AmazOFF stains your nails like crazy. I’ve had it on for 5 minutes that it took me to take the photos and after removing it, I had a nice teal tinted nails.

- I found the formula good – the crèmes were a bit streaky in one coat, but the second coat evened it out. These crèmes are much nicer than Essie one

- I apologise for the horrible state of my nails and cuticles – I decided to swatch the collection right after washing a dishes. I tried to oil it, but it didn’t help much. I strongly suggest you not to click on the photos :)

- Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around is missing at the moment because the seller forgot to put it in the box. However, it is on its way to Croatia and I’ll update the post as soon as I get it.

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Dance Legend Optical illusion swatch & review

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Hello lovelies,

the weather’s been really nice the past few days, so it is time for another holo nail polish swatch.

FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thick, but easy to apply. I generally love the formula of Dance Legend holo nail polishes (New Messiah is an exception). The nail polish is very opaque – a true one coater.

COLOUR and FINISH: A beautiful linear holographic brownish plum purple. At the moment I have nothing similar to it.

Swatch: 2 coats, no top or base coat.

dance legend optical illusion

 

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dance legend optical illusion 3

dance legend optical illusion 1

xoxo Tamara

COLOR CLUB Halo Hues in Cosmic Fate and Over the Moon Swatch & Review

Hello lovelies,

again I’ve decided to put two swatches in one post. Today it is Color Club’s turn. I ordered these babies half a year ago and I still haven’t worn a majority of them (thank you, cloudy winter). The photos of the blue one were taken in February when the sun wasn’t as strong; the photos of the orange were taken in March.

COSMIC FATE

It is a muted beigey-orange linear holo. It is surprisingly pigmented – almost one coater, although I could see a bit of nail line peeking through. A second coat will deal with this issue. I haven’t seen a lot of orange holos, so this one is definitely a unique one in my collection.

Swatches: 2 coats, no base or top coat

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color club cosmic fate 2

color club cosmic fate 1

OVER THE MOON

It is an icy blue linear holo. Like Cosmic Fate, this one is very pigmented, too. It applies without a problem – no unevenness or bald spots. The holo effect is much stronger in real life – the photos were taken in February when the sun wasn’t as strong.

Swatches: 2 coats, no base or top coat

color club over the moon 4

color club over the moon 3

color club over the moon 2

color club over the moon 1

xoxo Tamara

MARCH Empties

 

march empties

Hello lovelies,

after a great February, here’s not so great March.

 

MAKE-UP

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Guerlain Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs Jeu de Nacres – I can’t believe I’ve finally managed to use up an eyeshadow palette. These Guerlain palettes are giant – each pan contains 1.5 grams (a size of an average full sized eyeshadow) so it is no wonder that it took me several years to finish it.

Oriflame Mono Eyeshadow Midnight Black – I didn’t actually use up this eyeshadow. It was sitting in my traincase and one day I went to find a lipstick and my hand was all black. Somehow this eyeshadow managed to shatter all over my traincase. Well, good riddance. It wasn’t a good eyeshadow – too much fallout and hard to blend.

 

FACE:

march empties face

Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face – I’ve already reviewed it and it is too greasy for my skin.

Sierra Bees Cocoa Butter lip balm – a nice lip balm.

Sisley Confort Extreme – surprisingly good moisturizer. I was afraid that it would be too greasy and too heavy for my skin, but it wasn’t. It sufficiently moisturized my face. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for a super dry skin.

Sisley Tropical Resins Mask – I’ve used up a full size recently and I think they reformulated it. This sample differed in consistency and smell to my old full size. The effect is, however, the same – the skin is clearer, but the results aren’t too dramatic.

Chanel Le Jour de Chanel – I’ll stick to my previous review – it sucks and I’m not impressed.

Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF 50+ – sadly, it is too greasy. Otherwise, it is a good sunscreen, I’d just prefer if it had a formula of Photoderm AKN.

Eucerin Aquaporin Light – an ok lightweight moisturizer.

Nuxe Nirvanesque Light – even though the name says Light, it is actually pretty rich and moisturizing. I like it, although I’m not too fond of the scent. I might purchase the full size.

Eucerin Extra Light Sun Lotion SPF 30 – again, a good sunscreen, but slightly too greasy for my liking.

 

BODY

march empties body

Oriflame Chocolate Dream Shower Gel – I really need to learn to stop buying “chocolate” scented shower gels, because the scent doesn’t even come close. It is actually very milky, creamy scent. Another minus is that I went through this rather fast. Usually 200ml shower gel lasts me for at least two months (I shower every day), but this one lasted less than a month.

Lavozon After-Sun Lotion – I had it in my drawer from the last summer. My sister bought it for a trip but ended up not using it, so I decided to finish it up. It is very light-weight, but doesn’t sink in quickly. Overall, I don’t really like it and I won’t repurchase.

Sisley Phyto Svelt Global – very overpriced and nothing special.

Caudalie Divine Oil – I had only a tiny 3ml sample, but so far I really like it as a hair and body oil. It smells divine. I have several more on the way, so I’ll be able to give a more in-depth review.

Sisley Soir de Lune Body Cream – a good cream, but I dislike the scent. Luckily, I think this one is the last one. Yay!

MARCH TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 6

MINI: 2

SAMPLE: 8

2014 TOTAL:

FULL SIZE: 17

MINI: 21

SAMPLE: 24

xoxo Tamara

ZOYA Magical Pixie Collection – Cosmo & Lux Swatches and Reviews

zoya magical pixie

Hello lovelies,

color4nails have started to carry Zoya. Naturally, I had to order some. Today I’ll swatch the nail polishes from Zoya’s Magical Pixie collection – this collection features 3 texture nail polishes with chunky glitter. I picked Cosmo and Lux. I didn’t quite like Vega, but now I’m a bit sorry for not getting this one, too.

Cosmo:

FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thin and packed with glitter, but relatively easy to work with. I had some trouble with the bigger glitter which didn’t want always to stay where I placed it. The first coat is sheer – I prefer to add a second coat; even then it is not truly opaque (but that can be seen only on close-up photos). When it comes to application, I’d suggest two thin coats to get the best results.

COLOUR and FINISH: It is a sliver shimmery texture with big hexagonal glitter which has a holographic sheen to it. That holographic effect and sparkliness are  very hard to capture on the photos. In real life it is blindingly sparkly. The texture finish is very rough – even rougher than the finish of glittery Golden Rose Holiday nail polishes. Even two thicker coats of Seche Vite didn’t even it out completely.

MY COMMENT: It is a good thing that I don’t mind rougher textures because I’m so much in love with this nail polish that I plan to wear it quite often.

Swatches – 2 coats, no base or top coat.

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zoya cosmo 2

zoya cosmo 1

 

Lux

FORMULA and APPLICATION: It is slightly thicker, but more sheer than Cosmo. I had the same issues as I did with Cosmo (the glitter didn’t want to stay where I wanted it). This nail polish is still pretty sheer in two coats, so I’d suggest adding a third one.

COLOUR and FINISH: It is a sparkly pale pink with bigger hexagonal glitters which have a holographic sheen to it. It is so much nicer in real life – the photos do not do this one a justice. The texture is the same as the texture of Cosmo – very chunky and rough.

MY COMMENT: These Magical Pixie dust nail polishes didn’t get a lot of love, but they both are in my Top 20 nail polishes.

Swatches – 2 coats, no base or top coat

zoya lux

zoya lux 2

zoya lux 1

Did you get anything from this collection?

xoxo Tamara

Gwen Stefani for OPI: Love Angel Music Baby and Hey Baby Swatch & Reviews

opi gwen stefani my picks

Hello lovelies,

here are the two nail polishes I’ve picked from Gwen Stefani for OPI collection. I actually didn’t plan to buy anything, but I added these two nail polishes when I was ordering OPI Brazil.

Love Angel Music Baby

FORMULA and APPLICATION: It has a very thin formula, but it is easy to work with. It applied evenly, although the first coat was a bit too sheer for my liking. The second coat took care of this problem.

COLOUR and FINISH: It is a pale gold with silvery shimmer. It has a matte finish – OPI called this finish satin. You can, of course, put a glossy top coat to get a glossy look.

MY COMMENT: I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do. I don’t even want to top coat it. I’d prefer it to be a bit more colder – I think it has too much of yellow tone which clashes with my skintone.

Here are swatches: 2 coats, no top or base coat:

opi love angel music baby

opi love angel music baby 2

opi love angel music baby 1

Hey Baby

FORMULA and APPLICATION: The formula is a bit thick, but I could work with it. It applied evenly – almost a one-coater, but I like to add a second coat for good measure.

COLOUR and FINISH: Super glossy, slightly cool-toned bright pink. OPI calls it crème, but it lacks the chalkiness of a typical crème nail polish – I’d sort it under crellies.

MY COMMENT: As all pinks, I adore it.

Swatches: 2 coats, no top or base coat.

opi hey baby

opi hey baby 3

opi hey baby 2

opi hey baby 1

Did you pick anything from this collection?

xoxo Tamara

100 Days No-Buy Update (Day 91) or How I Have Failed

no buy title

Hello lovelies,

I think that the title says it all. My no-buy went fine for three months and then all went to hell.

no buy haul

First Color4Nails started to carry Zoya which was enough for me to buy some of their naturel and magical pixie line, as well as several other polishes. Then I had a bad day and ended up getting a bunch of Golden Rose nail polishes. Then OPI launched Brazil collection – needless to say I liked every single nail polish (I ordered them). Several indie sellers had a discount. Then everything got out of control – there will be more Zoya and Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, a bunch of Too Faced, theBalm and Rimmel and much more (they still didn’t arrive).

While a part of me is shocked – it seems much more listed like this – I hope I’ll manage to mask some as birthday gifts.

Here’s the stuff I got which has arrived.

Color4Nails order:

no buy haul zoya aengland

AEngland Dancing with Nureyev, Zoya Taylor, Rue, Brigitte, Cosmo, Lux, Aurora, Carter, Dhara, Monet.

Golden Rose & drugstore haul:

no buy haul golden rose essence

Golden Rose Fantastic Color 180, 166, 152, Golden Rose Holiday 55, Golden Rose Rich Color 06, 105, Make Up Factory 515, Essence Million Dollar Baby, Golden Rose Care + Strong 169, Essence Here’s My Number.

Polish Me Silly haul (Meet my Chromies collection)

no buy haul polish me silly

Cosmic Kisses, Bombshell, Holy Shift, Lovestruck, Guilty Pleasure

OPI haul pt1.

no buy haul opi pt1

I Just Can’t Cope-a-Cabana, Where did Suzi’s Man-Go, Toucan Do It If You Try, Live.Love.Carnaval, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Hey Baby, Red Hot Rio

OPI haul pt2.

no buy haul opi pt2

Love Angel Music Baby, Taupeless Beach, I Sao Paolo Over There, Next Stop… the Bikini Zone, OPI Scores a Goal, AmazON AmazOFF (Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around is missing, but it will join them soon.

I plan to review and swatch OPI Brazil collection as soon as possible. I also want to do a comparison post. You can expect my impressions on my no-buy on 11th April.

How is your no-buy going?

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Jolly Jewels #113 and #116 Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies,

I’ve decided to cram up the swatches of two Golden Rose Jolly Jewels nail polishes (113 and 116) in one post.

FORMULA and APPLICATION: On a thicker side and packed with glitter but I could work with it. The one coat deposits more than enough glitter, but the base colour is too sheer for my liking, so I either apply two coats or layer one coat over a similarly coloured nail polish. The glitter can stick out, so make sure you use a thicker top coat to even it out.

COLOUR and FINISH: #113 contains bigger orange and smaller silver hexagonal glitters in a bright pink jelly base. #116 contains bigger silver and smaller black hexagonal glitters in a red jelly base.

MY COMMENT: I especially like #113 – orange and pink do not often look good together, but this combination looks really fresh and spring appropriate. I find that #116 is prettier in the bottle – the colour combination reminded me of poppies – but it doesn’t translate well on the nail – it is too glitter heavy. I think I’ll continue to use it as a top coat over red nail polish.

Swatch: 2 coats, no base or top coat

#113

golden rose jolly jewels 113

 

golden rose jolly jewels 113 3

golden rose jolly jewels 113 1

#116

golden rose jolly jewels 116

golden rose jolly jewels 116 3

golden rose jolly jewels 116 2

Which one do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara

14 for 2014 Challenge – Update #1

14 for 14

Hello lovelies,

I thought that the end of March would be appropriate time to post an update of my 14 for 2014 challenge. I’ve started this challenge in February by picking 14 make-up products which I must finish in 2014. This update will show how much I’ve managed to spend.

Let’s start with eye and some face products:

14for14 3m update eyes

Oriflame concealer is at least 2/3 full. It is very thin and lightweight so a little goes a long way.

Uriage Bariesun is over half full.

Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero is much shorter than it was in the first post.

The same goes for Urban Decay 24/7 in Bourbon.

Oriflame Preppy Chic Eyeshadow trio – I am close to hitting the pan on the lightest shade and the brown shade has a pretty good dent in it. I didn’t use the taupe as much.

LIPS:

14for14 3m update lips

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby is finished and the other three shades are close to being finished, too.

FACE:

14for14 3m update face

Dior Diorblush is finally showing some signs of wear. I finally believe that I’ll be able to finish it.

Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats is also pretty close to being finished.

Even though there’s only little product left around the edge, I think YSL Poudre de Soleil will still last me a long time.

T. le Clerc Poudre has a decent amount of product left.

Guerlain Meteorites is the only product which I don’t think I’ll be able to finish. I’ve been using it almost daily (not to mention how much I used it the last year) and I have yet to hit the pan.

My current score is 1 product finished and I have a good hunch that I’ll be adding three more finished lipsticks soon.

I’ve thought about adding a replacement product once I’ve spent one – that way I’d always have 14 products on the list, but I think it would limit me too much. In the end I decided to simply spend the products from the list and then enjoy in my stash.

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Ecological Compound Review and Ingredients

ecological compound

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

L.A. Girl Garnet Swatch & Review

la girl garnet

FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thin, easy to work with and super pigmented. One thicker coat gives full opacity, although I prefer to use two thin coats.

COLOUR and FINISH: A deep shimmery dark red. Depending on the angle, it goes from dark burgundy to red.

MY COMMENT: This one to me looks similar to OPI’s Germanicure (reminder to myself: do a comparison post). I’m glad this swatch reminded me of how much I like this colour. I love how deep and glowy this red looks.

Swatches: 2 coats, no top coat

la girl garnet 3

la girl garnet 2

la girl garnet 1

xoxo Tamara

29.03.2014 Beauty Blog Link Love

Jenny reviews the NARS Eye Paints in Mozambique and Iskandar on My Funny Valentine.

Love the Urban Decay Electric Palette but need vegan dupes? Check out Phyrra’s UD Electric Palette Dupe List.

Over at theNotice, Rae has a warning about a fraudulent online shop that sells cosmetic supplies… but doesn’t always ship them. If you live in Canada or the US, consider yourself warned!

Love cream blush? Then you should check out Musicalhouses’ MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush swatches!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella revisits some old favorites: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts. Go down the memory lane with her!

Spring is finally here and FabDiva20 has got some Spring related goodies from NARS Final Cut Collection! Check out her NARS Final Cut Collection Haul!

Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!

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CHINA GLAZE Snowglobe Swatch & Review

china glaze snow globe

FORMULA and APPLICATION: thick, but easy to work with. The nail polish is filled with glitter and one coat deposits a pretty decent amount of it.

COLOUR and FINISH: A medium-sized hexagonal iridescent glitter.

MY COMMENT: I picked up this polish instead of Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven – the Lippmann didn’t have the best reviews and Revlon dupe was too expensive, so I got Snowglobe. I like this polish; not on the bare nail, obviously, but it looks really nice layered over white and I can’t wait to try it over black or dark blue. (here’s how it looks over white)

Swatch: 2 coats, no base or top coat

china glaze snow globe 3

china glaze snow globe 2

china glaze snow globe 1

xoxo Tamara