REVIEW & SWATCHES │ Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Les Gris

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Grey isn’t a typical summer colour (although with the weather we are having I find it rather appropriate) but I wanted to write a review of Les Gris as it seems that they will be discontinued. However, grey eyeshadow lovers need not to worry as a new grey quad will be a part of Guerlain’s fall collection.

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REVIEW & SWATCHES │Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Eyeshadow Trio in Violet Bloom

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Hello lovelies,

this is the second palette from Elizabeth Arden’s spring 2013 collection – Violet Bloom. This palette is also still available on feelunique for GBP 22 (although this one is often out of stock).

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

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

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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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New In: Dior, Caudalie, Clarins, L’Oreal

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Hello lovelies,

my no-buy is still going strong, but I have finally received my feelunique and echemist orders.

Recently Dior have launched their It Line which features 4 shades of new Addict It Lash Mascara (black, pink, purple and blue), 4 shades of liquid Addict It-Line eyeliner (black, pink, purple and blue) and 4 new shades of mono eyeshadow (yellow, black, pink and purple) (you can get them all at feelunique). I’ve been toying with an idea to get a coloured mascara, so this was the perfect chance and I bought Addict It Lash mascara in blue. I considered getting an eyeliner, but I’m not a fan of liquid eyeliners, so I passed them.

For years I’ve been trying to find a dupe of my perfect purple eyeshadow: Urban Decay Ecstasy (which I got in Book of Shadows 2 palette) and Dior Mono eyeshadow in It-Purple looked like a pretty decent match.

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Then I was feeling a bit in a citrusy mood so I decided to use a discount and get Caudalie Zeste de Vigne shower gel. I enjoyed The de Vigne gel, so I hope this one won’t disappoint. I also received several samples with my order: La Roche Possay Redermic R anti wrinkle treatment and Decleor Aroma Lisse Energizing Smoothing Cream SPF 15. It’s been awhile since I last used Decleor, so I’m looking forward to trying it.

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Ever since I’ve started to shop on-line, I was looking for an eu-based store with reasonable or no shipping which has Clarins products and I finally discovered There I have found Clarins Everlasting foundation for mere GBP20, which is over 30% cheaper than its retail price in Croatia. While I do not need a foundation at the moment (I’m currently using a BB cream), it was too good a deal to miss out. I like the Clarins foundation – this is the second time I’ve repurchased it – and it will be good to have a heavier coverage foundation in the arsenal. Another bonus it that this foundation can be diluted with moisturizer for a lighter coverage.

I’ve also repurchased another product of which I only have fond memories – L’Oreal Voluminous x5 Carbon Black Mascara. It’s been my HG, but I never dared to purchased it in Croatia as the products in Croatian drugstores aren’t sealed, so you often end up with buying a dried out or damaged product.

Well, this is it. My sister told me to expect some Nuxe – I can’t wait to see what did she get me. I also hope that my iHerb package will be here soon.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara



theBalm Shady Lady Special Edition palette swatch & review

Hello lovelies,

how often do you buy make-up based on the packaging?

I have to admit that the packaging is important to me and it certainly influences my impulse purchases. One of such was theBalm Shady Lady Special Edition palette. As a reptile lover, I couldn’t resist the snakeskin print packaging. The palette is available at for GBP26.

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This palette comes in a cardboard packaging with magnetic closure and a mirror on the flip top. It contains 9 pretty big eyeshadows, each containing 2,2 grams of product. All the eyeshadows belong to the neutral color family and even though it contains cool toned eyeshadows, the overall tone of the palette leans to the warm side.

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The eyeshadows are dry and very powdery – even a light touch of brush kicks up a lot of powder. I had a bit of fallout during the application. The lighter shades are very pigmented, but two of the darkest shades leave a lot to be desired. All the shades are shimmery and some contain microglitter. The swatches are made on bare skin without the primer.

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The eyeshadows wear well even without a primer (I have oily lids) – up to six hours. With primer, they stay on until you decide to remove them.

Three shades are eyeshadow/eyeliner shades, while the rest is just the eyeshadow. I didn’t notice any difference in formula.

Let’s go through all the eyeshadows:

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Envious Erin is a pigmented pale shimmery ivory.

Devilish Danielle is a pigmented shimmery champagne.

Luscious Lani is a pigmented shimmery pink which looks very peachy on the skin.


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Insane Jane is a shimmery medium dark taupe eyeshadow/eyeliner (tbh, it is a bit light for an eyeliner). It is one of my favourite shade – both color-wise and formula-wise. I’m considering getting a single (if it exists; I can’t find it on feelunique).

Mischievous Marissa is a shimmery copper orange-gold eyeshadow. It has a great pigmentation.

Just This Once Jamie is a shimmery grayish lavender purple eyeshadow. It is the second favourite, although the pigmentation could be a bit better


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Feisty Felicia is a shimmery dark, almost black, purple with bright purple and golden microglitter eyeshadow/eyeliner and it is the biggest disappointment in the palette. It looks so pretty in the pan, but the amazingness doesn’t show up on the skin. The base colour isn’t very pigmented – it a splotchy, uneven dark grey. The microglitter doesn’t translate well on the skin – you just get a grey splotch with a sparkle here and there. The colour payoff is too weak for it to work as an eyeliner (unless you use Inglot Duraline or other sealing gel).

Caught in the Act Courtney is a shimmery bronzy brown eyeshadow/eyeliner with golden and bronze sparkly microshimmer. It is another disappointment, albeit not such as Feisty Felicia. The pigmentation is slightly better, although it doesn’t apply super evenly. The glitter is more apparent.

Shameless Shana is another shimmery copper shade, although it looks browner compared to Mischievous Marissa. It has a great colour-payoff.

In spite of the two bad-performing shades, I think it is a great palette. I would like the eyeshadow formula to be closer to the one of Urban Decay, but I can work with it. You just need a super soft brush to apply them. The shades in the palette offer a numerous combinations – from super natural neutral looks to smoky eye.

xoxo Tamara