EMPTIES │ July Empties (the biggest empties so far)


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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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November EMPTIES

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Hello lovelies,

approximately a month ago I decided to sort of go through my collection to see what I have to use up and I selected several products. You can read more about it in this and that post. Well, here are November results:

I didn’t spend a single make-up product, but that’s because I didn’t wear a lot of make-up this month. I can say that Artdeco eyeshadows are really, really close to being finished.

I’ve managed to use up Caudalie cleanser, Avene thermal water and Sisley cleansing milk. I like all of them and I’ll definitely repurchase Caudalie cleansing mousse if I need to travel somewhere. I’m always afraid that liquid products will leak, but this is not the case with Caudalie. While I agree that Avene thermal water is very, very overpriced (do they mix it with unicorn tears or what?), I still repurchase a bottle because it is a perfect refreshment during summer. Sisley cleansing milk is something I’ll repurchase if I win a lottery, but I still have a bunch of GWPs, so no hurry:)

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Next I used up Sisley All Day All Year which is a good moisturizer now worth its price (I think it is well over $300), SVR Clarial Peel which is a nice serum/exfoliator, although too weak for my skin, Sisley Hydraglobal which is not so moisturizing overpriced moisturizer (it is great for oily, but not so good for dehydrated skin) and Madre Bees lip balm (nice, although I hate honey scent).

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The last, but not least I used up Sisley Soir de Lune body cream (super strong scent and staying power – great if you like it, bad if you don’t like the scent), Sisley Celuli Pro (super, super overpriced anticellulite treatment). Granted, I only used a sample but honestly, there’s no way that I’ll give over $150 for a 150ml tube of anticellulite product. For that price it should transform my body into Victoria’s secret angels body in only one treatment. There is also Thalgo Crème Thalgomince which isn’t anything special.

Well, this would be it. I’m looking forward to my next empties month. If you have a blog which features empties posts, let me know in the comments because I like to read such posts.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

AVENE Mineral Lotion 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Review and Ingredients

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are doing great.

Several days ago I’ve made two posts about sunscreens and I recommended some. Today I’ll review Avene mineral sunscreen.

The sunscreen comes in a tube bottle which contains 100ml. It retails for 15 euros. The sunscreen isn’t 100% mineral since titanium dioxide isn’t a full spectrum UVA filter, so they need to add chemical filter to cover the part of UVA which aren’t by titanium dioxide.

The sunscreen has slightly unpleasant scent which disappears quickly upon application. It is runny, but at the same time thick. Since it contains titanium dioxide, it leaves a white cast which is impossible to completely cover. Trust me, I tried applying foundation over it, but the white still went through. Therefore, I do not recommend it to use as a daily sunscreen because it is really obvious.

Another minus is the fact that titanium dioxide and my skin do not agree. It horribly clogs my pores and causes breakouts.

However, the reason I recommended this sunscreen is that it is very waterproof and difficult to remove. I use it when I’m out riding a bike or doing any outdoor activity that will make me sweat.

If you have no problems with filters, I’d recommend this sunscreen for sport activities. On the other hand, I need to remember to avoid titanium dioxide and stick to zinc oxide sunscreen.

Here are the ingredients:

Avene thermal spring water (avene aqua). titanium dioxide. isodecyl neopentanoate. triethylhexanoin. c12-15 alkyl benzoate. cyclomethicone. glycerin. polyglyceryl-4 isostearate. c30-45 alkyl methicone. cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone. hexyl laurate. alumina. water (aqua). stearic acid. caprylic/capric triglyceride. caprylyl glycol. disodium edta. iron oxides (ci 77492). iron oxides (ci 77491). octyldodecanol. pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate. silica dimethyl silylate. sodium chloride. sodium myristoyl glutamate. sorbic acid. tocopheryl glucoside. triethoxycaprylylsilane. xanthan gum.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara



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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AVENE Cleanance K Review

During my teens, I’ve been using many products from Avene Cleanance line. While the regular Cleanance cream didn’t impress me, Cleanance K is a product that I have repurchased several times. I usually use it during October, as a preparation for more intensive treatements (for example Diacneal or Ystheal).

40ml tube of Cleanance K retails for 13 euros.

Cleanance K is a light-textured cream/gel which sinks immediately into the skin. It is silicone based, so it leaves the skin unnaturally smooth on the touch (I hate it in a nighttime treatments), but you might like it if you use Cleanance K before make-up. I cannot say that a little goes a long way – the amount that I usually use is at least the size of two or three peas.

Cleanance K doesn’t clog the pores – the AHA and BHA actually keep them very clean. However, it is not very friendly towards the dehydrated skin – I definitely need to pair up with a moisturiser if I don’t want to end up with a severely dry skin.

My skin has gotten used to the acids, so the cream doesn’t irritate it (unlike retinoids), but those with sensitive skin might want to use it sparingly – every second day.

When applied the cream gives a mat finish, but don’t expect any long-term mattifying effect. I usually get oily in a couple of hours.

This is a very good AHA/BHA overnight treatment.

Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

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AVENE Body Oil Review

I was really disappointed with Avene Body Oil. Ingredients-wie, it is mineral oil mixed with Avene Thermal water, avocado and calendula oil and vitamins A and E, plus the horrible fragrance.

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