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.
my “favourites” type of posts will feature beauty product that I especially gravitated to the past month. I haven’t done favourites for a while, primarily because for the past six months I’ve been focusing on using up the make-up I chose for my 14 for 2014 project. After six months, I’ve used up more than half of the products, so I finally feel comfortable to dig into my huge collection. Let’s say I’m pretty happy I don’t have to wear the same look every day anymore.
The last month has been really productive. I’ve sorted out all of the products which are close to finishing and I’ve been almost exclusively using them for the last month. Some products still aren’t finished, but many are.
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Several weeks ago, Lancome was giving mini samples of the famous Genifique serum. I have one 7ml sample and I’ve been testing it.
The serum comes in 20ml (limited edition), 30ml and 50 ml bottles with a dropper. It is considerably cheaper in US than in Europe (30 ml bottle retails for around $100).
I have to mention that this serum has almost 100% identical ingredients as L’Oreal Youth Code Serum (unfortunately, I cannot find it in Croatia).
Now, onto the review. I’ve been using it once per day for a little over two weeks. I need one drop of the serum for the whole face.
The serum is very runny, almost like water and it has silicon feeling. As I have mention, a little goes a long way, so I have almost half a bottle left.
The serum sinks into the skin immediately.
So far, I haven’t noticed any improvment on my skin. Actually, Genifique caused a serious breakout – 10 cystic acnes on the jawline. I will stick to this regime until I finish the sample, but I doubt that my skin will turn better.
All in all, I suggest you to try the sample first. I have checked reviews on Makeup alley and many had the same problem – Genifique was making them break out.
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I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.
I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.
I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.
I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.
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La Roseraie Blush Palette
And here it comes: more green (which, along with pastels, seems to be the “it” colour this spring).
Lancome have again made a very pretty collection, but I’m afraid that nothing tempts me here. What about you?
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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.
Here are the original posts: Project 10 Pans, Sample Challenge
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