100 Days No-Buy Challenge + Post No-Buy Haul pt 1.

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. I wanted to post my no-buy impressions in October, but life got in a way so here we have it – almost a month after it officially ended.

Surprisingly (actually not, considering the fact that at the moment I barely find time to eat and sleep) this one went much better. I did failed a bit – I bought that Douglas beauty box, but I’ve been pretty disciplined for the remainder of my no-buy.

Sadly, my discipline didn’t last very long – as soon as the midnight struck I ordered what seems to be a yearly supply of skincare, bodycare and make-up. It’s so much that I won’t show it all in this post but you can look forward to part two soon.

So, this is the majority of the stuff I bough.

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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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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

CHANEL Le Vernis swatches – brights (Holiday, Marilyn, Rouge Fatal)


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this post concludes my Chanel swatching series. This post features some of the brighter shades.

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CHANEL Le Vernis swatches – nude shades (Inattendu, Frisson, Peche Nacrée)

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here’s the second part of my Chanel Le Vernis collection swatches. This post will feature pale, nude shades.

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Chanel Le Vernis Swatches – neutral shades (Attraction, Frenzy, Quartz)

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Hello lovelies,

recently I’ve gone through my Chanel nail polish collection and I’ve noticed that a bunch of them haven’t been swatched here. I’ve decided to remedy that, so here’s the first part which features neutral shades.

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Attraction is a frosty white. As all frosty shades, this one shows every brush stroke. Other than this the formula was nice – slightly thin, but easy to apply. I’m not a fan of streakiness (ruins the polish, IMHO), but I like how the colour looks on my nails. The swatches are made with two coats.

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Frenzy is a pale semi-sheer grey crelly which leans to the warm side. Even though it seemed pretty sheer in one coat, two coats are enough to make it pretty opaque. Sadly it leaves some bald spots when applied. This is one of my favourite mannequin shades. I used two coats for the swatches.

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Quartz is a metallic taupe. It shows a bit of brush strokes, but it is considerably less streaky than Attraction. I didn’t like this shade when it first came out, but I’m quite digging it now. The swatches are made with two coats.

While Chanel’s nail polish price definitely doesn’t reflect its quality, it is a nice luxurious treat. Stay tuned for peachy and bright part of my collection.

xoxo Tamara

CHANEL Le Vernis May Swatch & Review

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Hello lovelies,

this nail polish has been a long-time lemming, ever since it was launched. I was lucky enough to find one last summer on a 50%off.

FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thin, easy to work with. Two coats are fully opaque.

COLOUR and FINISH: A crelly neutral light pink.

MY COMMENT: It is a very simple, yet stunning spring nail polish. It is a favourite of mine to wear in spring.

Swatches: 2 coats, no top coat

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xoxo Tamara