EMPTIES │ September

september empties

Heh, the smallest empties post ever :) Especially compared to what I used up in the last months. As I’ve been pretty busy, I didn’t have enough time for pampering, hence no favourites post this month as I actually didn’t wear any make-up. As I’m getting into a new routine, I’m starting to introduce more make-up, so hopefully there’ll be something to post in October.

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EMPTIES │ August

august empties

While I love finishing products, I really hope that all my future empties posts will feature less products. It is very time consuming to write, arrange and take photos of a bunch.

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EMPTIES │ July Empties (the biggest empties so far)

 

july empties

Hello lovelies,

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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New In: Sisley, Guerlain, Treasures by Tan

sisley guerlain haul

Hello lovelies,

here are several other items I’ve bought this May. First there is Sisley L’Orchidee Rose blush which I ordered from Liberty London. They had some promo going on and I ended up paying it only GBP12. I wanted to get a bronze version too, but it was out of stock.

Then I accidentally entered one perfumery and found that they have some Guerlain 50% off. I wanted to try the new style of quads forever, so this was the perfect chance. I got Les Gris and Les Tendres. I also bought two nail polishes: Madame Batifole and Star Dust.

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treasures by tan haul

While I was browsing Etsy looking for stainless steel balls for nail polish, I found an interesting new indie seller: Treasures by Tan. I saw that they carried a whole collection of interesting shades of holo nail polishes. I wasn’t sure about paying $95 for a whole collection, so I waited for a discount.

treasures by tan

These aren’t the strongest holos there – some shades are rather subtle and they require at least 3 coats for opaqueness. I have yet to test them and I plan to post a review soon.

treasures by tan haul 1

Being in a periwinkle phase, I couldn’t resist another nail polish: Love Spell – a periwinkle holo (sadly, rather subtle). I also received two cute minis as a GWP: Holo can you go and Little Bo Peep.

Well, this would be all (until my Dior Addict It and Real Techniques stuff arrive).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

APRIL EMPTIES

 

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Hello lovelies,

here’s another round of epic empties. I thought about separating it into two posts, but then I decided to squeeze it all here.

MAKEUP:

april empties makeup

Oriflame Very Me Preppy Chic eyeshadow – I didn’t actually spend it – it fell out of the pan. I managed to put it in, but when I touched it with a brush, it fell apart like this:

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Life’s too short to waste it on a ruined eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Pink Dahlia – I love the color, but I’d prefer more moisturizing formula.

Oriflame Color Drop in Rose Elixir – I liked it – it is moisturizing, the shade is nice. The only thing that bugs me is the small amount you get in a bullet.

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewell in Dusky Nude is another nice nude lipstick.

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BODY & HAIR CARE

april empties body

Oriflame Silk Beauty Body Cream is a holy grail. I love everything about it – the formula, the scent and the price. I definitely need to repurchase it.

Dead Sea Shower Gel (2x)– ok shower gels

Nivea Cream – I can’t believe that I still haven’t written a review about it. I always have a jar of it – it is a must have during winter. I use it all over the body and it instanty repairs and soothes dry, damaged skin.

SunDance Self Tanning Spray – I didn’t finish it because it sucks. Actually, I suck at applying spray self tanner. I used it only once and ended up all patchy. Good thing is that it doesn’t stink – it has a surprisingly nice smell for a self tanner. The spray is transparent and sinks immediately so I couldn’t see where I put it. I thought I did fine until the tan developed. Well, I wore long trousers for two weeks. I guess spray tanners are not for me.

Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure is very close to becoming a holy grail. It makes my hair very soft. My hair is currently super damaged (need haircut, ASAP) but it managed to keep it in a nice condition.

Lancaster Tan Deepener is another product I’m throwing out. I used up half of it two years ago and then I didn’t use it at all last summer. Since it is opened for such a long time, I though the best would be to throw it away.

SKINCARE

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Sisley Eau Efficace is a very expensive cleansing water. It is not bad, but there are equally good (If not better) cheaper cleansing water.

Garnier Essentials Rose Extract Toner – I thought this might be a good dupe for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion, but I don’t like the toner as much. It is not bad, but it didn’t make my skin feel moisturized like Sisley did.

Olaz Regenerist Serum is nothing special. It is a thicker, yellowish serum with a tiny micro shimmer (not visible on the face). I did not feel it did much for my skin. I definitely won’t repurchase.

Sisley Ecological Compund is an ok light moisturizer. I might repurchase it.

Sisley Lyslait – a good but expensive cleansing milk.

april empties face

Sisley Intensive Day Cream – damn you Sisley for making this. This is very close to becoming my holy grail moisturizer (if it weren’t for a $300 price tag). It makes my skin moisturized and instantly fixes flaky parts. My skin has never looked as nice as it did while I was using it, but I have yet to talk myself into giving this amount of money for a basic moisturizer.

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex – I used it ages ago and I think they did a bit of reformulation, at least when it comes to scent. The full size product I had certainly didn’t smell so strong of slivovitz. Other than the scent, it worked well – it kept me mattified without being to drying.

Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux is a nice eye contour cream. I’d recommend it for first wrinkles/dehydration lines – it is light and moisturizing. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it, though. I am currently using Caudalie, which I like more.

Avene TriAcneal is a cream I don’t think I’ll repurchase. This cream was launched to replacec Diacneal which I liked more. I feel as if TriAcneal didn’t do anything for me.

Sisley Sisleya Global Firming Serum is an expensive moisturizing serum. Definitely not worth the price, IMHO.

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FRAGRANCE

april empties fragrance

Oriflame Amethyst Fatale – I don’t like the scent at all – it is too unremarkable.

Valentino Rock’n’Rose – I have no idea why I liked it several years ago. It is another bland, characterless scent, made to appeal a huge number of customers. It is a light floral with a hint of rose.

Cartier Eau de Cartier is a slightly citrusy, but otherwise unremarkable scent.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio smells like the ‘90s. It’s like a baby of Lancome Tresor and Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey. I don’t like such a floral-aquatic type on my skin.

Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour is my favourite daytime scent. I often use it when I need to use fragrance, but I don’t want to spend my good stuff. The scent is very similar to Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle and a true bargain at $6 for 50ml. Unlike Coco Mademoiselle EdT which turns fruity, this develops richer oriental notes on my skin. Yes, I will repurchase it.

APRIL TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 12

MINI: 6

SAMPLE: 7

2014 TOTAL

FULL SIZE: 29

MINI: 27

SAMPLE: 31

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

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

lipstick collection

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:

lipstick collection 3

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:

lipstick collection 2

lipstick collection 1

Which lipstick colours do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara