New In part 1: Caudalie, Freeman, Oleo Therapy, Alnatura (Skincare Haul)

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Hello lovelies,

It’s high time to show you all the shopping I’ve done /gifts I’ve got recently. I wanted to post this haul earlier, but I waited for everything to arrive (I’m still waiting for Dior and some other stuff).

The first part is skincare-related. All the make-up will be in the second part (featuring Naked 3, which is great palette).

Let’s start with the products on the photo above. I got these Caudalie mini sets with lookfantastic discount code (I think it was 20 or 25% off). The first set is Caudalie Must Have Set (full price GBP22) and the other two are Travel Kit sets(GBP12,50). The sets are pretty good value, especially with discounts. There is also a third Travel kit, which is already unpacked, so I didn’t put it on the photo.

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Caudalie Must Have Set contains a full sized lip balm, mini hand cream (30ml), mini Vinosource moisturizer (10ml), mini Beauty Elixir (30ml) and micelle water (50ml). All the raves across the internet made me want to buy Beauty Elixir and, with the price of a mini size being almost the same as the discounted set price, I thought this might be a good way to try it, as well as other Caudalie products.

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Caudalie Travel Kit contains a 30 ml micelle water, 10 ml of Vinosource moisturizer, 15ml of Divine oil and 30ml of Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel. Based on a sample I had a chance to try, I like Huile Divine, but I’d like to test it a bit more before I shell out for a full size. This is again a great way to test Caudalie products.

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Having spent all my eye contour moisturizer samples, I’ve found myself in dire need for an eye contour cream. Normally, I’d get something from Bioderma or Avene, but their creams are not moisturizing enough me and I don’t want to use Retinol during summer. Being in Caudalie mode, I ordered Pulpe Vitaminee eye contour cream. I’m using it for a week and so far I like it.

I also decided to try Freeman masks – they get all the raves on other blogs. I currently use their Avocado mask and I’m not too happy, but I hope that Enzyme and Dead Sea minerals masks will be better.

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Positive effects of macadamia and avocado oils on my skin encouraged me to include more natural oils in my skincare routine. I picked up Oleo Therapy castor seed oil for my hair and Alnatura unrefined coconut oil for hair and nails.

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The final product is a GWP from Caudalie – a mini set of their new Polyphenol line – a serum, moisturizer, eye contour cream and oil. I can’t wait to try them. I estimate that the products are big enough to last me a month of daily use, which will give me enough time to test them properly.

Well, this is it. The part 2 will follow soon.

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday: SIERRA BEES Organic Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Review

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Hello lovelies,

winter is a horrible period for my lips – central heating and cold air leave them constantly dried out. I can go without a lip balm during summer, but during winter they are a necessity.

I got Sierra Bees Organic Cocoa Butter Lip Balm as a freebie with my order from iHerb. According to the site the value of the balm is $1,95 for 4,25 grams. I was pretty happy with Organic Honey Beeswax Lip Balm, so I thought I’d try something else.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm contains a huge amount of cocoa butter – it tastes like a chocolate (yum!)and it melts on a body temperature. It is creamy and spreads easily. Another pro is that it doesn’t leave a white cast on the lips.

As for its performance, it performs ok but I’m not too amazed – I don’t feel that it sinks in the lips – it mostly stays on forming a protective coat. This doesn’t seem so bad, but it wears off really quickly so I need to reapply it quite often. I don’t have an impression that it would work to repair supper chapped lips – as I’ve mentioned, it doesn’t absorb in the lips. On the other hand, if your lips are in a decent condition, it will work to prevent more damage.

The biggest minus of this lip balm is the high content of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter melts at a room temperature and, even though the balm contains some beeswax, I wouldn’t carry this lip balm in my purse during warmer weather.

I might repurchase this lip balm later this year (when it gets colder), but first I want to try some other balms from Sierra Bees.

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Beeswax*, Cocoa Butter*, Sunflower Seed Oil*, Non GMO Vitamin E Oil (ingredients marked with * are organic).

APIVITA Lip Care with Propolis Review

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Hello, dear readers.

It’s been awhile since the last decent blog update. I apologise, but a lot of things were going on and I simply couldn’t find time to update.

Today, I’ll review Apivita lip balm. I’ve bought it several weeks ago. I was in a desperate need of a lip balm (up to then I used lipstick, but then you can’t wear lipstick at night) and Apivita seemed like a convenient choice.

The balm doesn’t feel too waxy – since it contains beeswax, I was afraid that I’ll have problems with difficult application, but it goes on smoothly. It has a dusty coconut scent – not something I’m fan of, but I can tolerate it.

As for the care, it really nourishes my lips, especially during night. It doesn’t disappear quickly, so sometimes when I wake up, I can still feel that there’s some balm left on the lips after all night sleep.

Quality wise, it is a good product for an affordable $10 (contains 4.4 grams of product).

The only issue I have is the packaging. It literary feels like it is going to fall apart in my hands. It feels super cheap and of bad quality.

The repurchase of this (or some other lip balm from Apivita line) depends on how well will the packaging hold. I don’t expose it to any extreme condition – it simply sits on my table, so I don’t expect much problems, but you can never be sure.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine #56 Chance Review and Swatch

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine is Chanel’s version of tinted lipbalm/moisturizing lipstick. It retails for 30 euros for 3 grams.

So far, I only have shade #56 Chance (a light, but bright pink colour).

As for the texture, Rogue Coco Shine has a light, almost watery texture which melts easily. On the lips it looks glossy. It is very moisturizing, but staying power isn’t impressive. I’m lucky if I can get 2 hours of wear.

The lipstick/lipbalm applies smoothly, it doesn’t emphasize the dryness of the lips and it doesn’t settle into liplines.

The colour, even though is very bright, it is extremely sheer. You can get a bit stronger colour with piling the lipstick on, but because of its texture, if you put too much, it might bleed out of the lips.

This is a decent moisturizing lipstick, but I’m not sure that it is the best value for price. It seems I will spend it pretty quickly (I’ve only wore it for a week, and almost 3milimeters of lipstick bullet are already gone).

Overall impression:

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Sisley haul + Project 10 Pans Update #3

It’s been a long time since my last Project 10 Pans update. I have finally spent more product, so when I count in 2 extra spent products from update #1, 3 products form update #2 and eight products featured in today’s update, I feel like I deserve a reward.

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DECLEOR Aroma Solutions Nutri-Smoothing Lipstick Review

Decleor Nutri-Smoothing lipstick is a lipbalm which promises perfectly nourished and smoothed lips. The packaging contains 4 grams, which in my country retail for cca $18.

I’ve been avoiding lip balms for a very long time, because every time I’d use one, it would work for a couple of days and after I would need to use it more and more, because the balm would stop working. So far, Decleor Nutri-Smoothing Lipstick  is the only lipbalm that I have used for a longer period of time (over a year) and it is still as good as it was at the beginning.

The consistency of this lipbalm is a bit unusual – it is very waxy and the scent reminds me of one lipbalm I have used when I was little. The scent might bother some people as it doesn’t disappear immediately upon the application. Also, the lipbalm has a slightly sweet taste. I don’t know if many would feel it, but I’m very sensitive to sweet, so I can.

The balm is waxy and it will create a coating over lips. Because of its waxiness, sometimes the balm might be a bit too hard to apply. I usually apply a thicker coat of it only before going to sleep and a bit of the balm is still on the lips in the morning. Since it is waxy, even if I apply it during the day, it will stay on the lips much longer than the average lipbalm.

The lips are completely moisturized and they stay that way during the whole day.

Even thought this is pricey investment, I think it is be worth the money. For me, it has lasted for a year (applying it once or twice per day).



GUERLAIN Kiss Kiss Baby #261 Rosy Nude Review and Swatch

I’ve already written a review of Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby lipstick/lipbalm in Crystal Nude. The lipstick retails for $31 (3,4gr/0,12oz).

Today, I’ll review another two shades: #261 Rosy Nude and #262 Cherry Summer (the last one was a limited edition shade for Guerlain Summer 2010 collection).

Rosy Nude is a muted medium dark pink. It is not completely sheer and it has a surprisingly good pigmentation for a tinted lipbalm. It definitely lightens and colours my pigmented lips.

Cherry Summer is a bright pinkish coral. It is also surprisingly pigmented and very bright, even on my red lips.

Both shades have a tiny micro shimmer, which doesn’t show up on the lips.

Kiss Kiss Baby Lipstick (although I consider it a tinted lip-balm) is very moisturizing and contains SPF 10. Both balms have the typical Guerlain scent which doesn’t bother me.

This lipstick/lipbalm will last me for a very long time, because only a light swipe is enough to give moisture and this means that I won’t go through it as fast as I did through Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss.


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